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Nixon, Helen, and Barbara Comber. “The Harry Potter Phenomenon: Part 1.” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, vol. 44, no. 7, 2001, pp. 663–670.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
10/15 – Novel Presentation – Hufflepuff
10/15 – First Blog Post – Ravenclaw
10/17 – Creative Activity – Slytherin
Novel Presentation Instructions
What this is: a spark for critical discussions of the novel. For critical discussion, you’re trying to help foster space where we look at books critically, rather than from the idea of simple pleasure in the narrative. For assistance, look at the themes your group and the other group found in your theory reading and presentations. Close your presentation with two to three discussion questions. Limit yourselves to 15 minutes.
A book review – you’re trying to get people to read closely based on themes or theories of the text.
A summary of the narrative – assume everyone has read the book and knows the story. Do not retell the plot.
Self and Peer Evaluation due to submission link one week after the presentation.
Write a 500-750 word blog post that does a critical reading of an issue or theme in any or across the Harry Potter books and/or films. Be sure it involves close reading — that is close, critical reading of the text. Use citations as needed.
Do not write plot or narrative summary except as needed to explore themes. Assume everyone reading your post will be familiar with the text.… Read the rest
A lot of fans of Harry Potter know that Death is talked about repeatedly throughout the books and is one of the major themes in Deadly Hallows. Although the series is labeled as a children’s book, I think it is most suitable for older teenagers to adults. The reason I say this is because the concept of death becomes more impactful as we grow up. What I mean by this is that we start becoming more self aware about life itself and how it ends. Children can experience this too if they suffer a loss at a really young age or have gone through a traumatic experience that included death. However, the theme of Death is such a difficult topic because it happens to everyone and everything that is living and people are afraid of the unknown. Personally, I have always thought about death at a young age but as my parents age and I do too, it seems that everyday I can’t stop worrying about the day that I will lose the people I love the most. Not only that, having no concrete visual evidence of what happens after death scares me from dying as well.
We can say the same thing about Voldemort. He was so afraid of death that he broke laws and went where most people haven’t to live forever and gain power. In an interview with J.K. Rowling she says that “”Voldemort’s fear is death, ignominious death. I mean, he regards death itself as ignominious. He thinks that it’s a shameful human weakness, as you know.… Read the rest
Having finished the (main) Harry Potter series for the second or third time, books and films, I was left with that same empty feeling that I had to come to know when finishing any kid of series with nothing to follow. The first time I finished the series, all the movies had already been released and that was the end of that. I was content with the books ending, perfectly wrapped with a bow, a little less content with the movies after realizing how much they left out. As much as I wanted to know about the wizarding world, I would move on to other series’ that caught my attention. That is, until The Cursed Child. I didn’t exactly know about The Cursed Child until maybe a year or two after it was released. Like any fan, I was excited to hear that this would somehow continue Harry’s story, but having experienced other sequels that did not exactly live up to its predecessor, I was hesitant to read it. That being said, I didn’t read it until this class, three years after it was released. I only read a summary that I found online. Just with reading the summary, I already had issues with the story. These issues remained constant for the most part once I read the script.
One of the key issues that this play brought up was the storyline that Voldemort and Bellatrix had a child. It is hard to believe that during the time between the events of Goblet of Fire and the Deathly Hallows that Voldemort would have had any leisure time or would even desire any leisure time to have a child with his most loyal servant.… Read the rest
Blog post 2
An important theme in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the importance of friendship. Throughout the story, Harry has made acquaintance with different people. But the closer friends he has are Hedwig, Hagrid, Hermione, Ron, the Weasley twins, Dumbledore, and Sirius Black. The reason friendship is so important is because thanks to his friends, Harry has been able to get tasks done and survive at Hogwarts. Also for Ron and Hermione to have stayed and put themselves in danger for Harry shows how loyal they are to Harry.
One example of how friendship helps them survive is when they go into the secret door and they all work together to complete the tasks. Hermione knows how to survive the Devils plant, and Ron uses his chess skills in order to get through that task. Dumbledore also comes in time to help Harry and makes sure that the sorcerer’s stone is destroyed.
Another example of how friendship works, is when George and Fred give Harry the map that helps him get anywhere he wishes. But the thing about that map is that it belonged to his father and his group of friends from when they were students.
The book also shows his father’s friends and how loyal they were to one another. They knew Professor Lupin was a werewolf, so they all became Animagus. This means they can turn into animals. They would do this to ensure Lupin would not harm anyone. Also Dumbledore planted the whopping Willow in order to secure Lupins safety when he turned.… Read the rest
For my last blog post in this subject I would like to dedicate myself to a topic that interests me especially.
I’m often on the go on YouTube or in forums and read and look at a lot of things about fan fiction, characters or background stories. In this blog entry I’d like to list some facts some of my classmates certainly didn’t know and hope you enjoy reading this blog entry. I did a lot of research and put together 10 exciting facts for you. Enjoy!
1st Steven Spielberg almost was the director
Steven Spielberg was asked to do the direction for the films. He refused, but not without first going through some ideas, in which direction the films should go. Are you wondering what the films under Spielberg’s direction would have looked like? Not everything has to be left to the imagination, since he has publicly discussed his ideas about the films. Spielberg wanted to make the series animated, and wanted to summarize some books. Maybe there are some people who would love to see the books brought to life this way, but I’m sure many Harry Potter fans are relieved that the movies have turned out the way they are.
2nd Ian McKellen almost was Dumbledore
Sir Ian McKellen )(known e.g. for his role in ‘Lord of the Rings) was offered the role of Dumbledore, but he refused. Dumbledore was then played by Richard Harris in the Philosopher’s Stone and the Chamber of Secrets.… Read the rest
Luna Lovegood is a fictional character in the Wizarding Books written by J.K Rowling. Luna is sorted into Ravenclaw house and makes her first appearance in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She is not your typical character for she is quite unique compared to the rest of the students at Hogwarts. Many in the wizarding world think that she is nothing but an odd girl. Many have given her a nickname “LoonyLovegood.” Which means someone who is strange or a weirdo. I think her character is astonishing and is a type of character that is over seen. Her character throughout the series shows that aside of her being a bit odd she is very knowledgeable and has been a huge help in Harry’s incredible journey to fight against the dark lord, Voldemort. Explains why she’s in Ravenclaw House.
This Ravenclaw embodies the true meaning of mindfulness and intelligence, she is a perfect example in teaching others about “Self-acceptance” Here is a quote from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: “Always be yourself because if your not yourself who are you? A: Someone else therefore not being you at all.” Luna never shows any distress against what others think of her and tends to live life in her own bubble with no interruptions. She is always open to new things and learn from them, she pays no attention to what others think of her. Luna much believes that the mind is better use for other things such as reading the Quibbler or getting lost in your own thoughts.… Read the rest
As we know, the last book of the series of Harry Potter, Deathly Hallows, had the wielding of power as big part of the last chapter. We know the mighty Lord Voldemort will do anything to harness power and use it control anybody he wants too. There is only one problem with that, there is a little boy that goes by the name of Harry Potter that is the only one standing in the way from allowing Voldemort to have complete power and Voldemort needs to end Harry once and for all. As we learn through this last book, the only things that can stop Voldemort’s magic is; Love itself.
As a child, Voldemort or Tom Riddle, had a very rough life. As much as we know Tom Riddle was named after his muggle father who is said to have abandoned both his mother and him because his father found out his mother was a wizard. His mother shortly died after he was born and he was sent to an orphanage. This is where the power hungry Tom Riddle is born. He started to develop a strong hate for the muggle kids in his orphanage and would terrorize them to make himself feel superior over them.
In this last book it goes deep into the concept of harnessing power and trying to control it for ones self or for the better of a society. There people like Dumbledore where we find a not of him writing to Grindelwald about the dangers of having too much power and saying, “Yes, we have been given power and yes, that power gives us the right to rule, but it also gives us responsibilities over the ruled.… Read the rest
Throughout the Harry Potter series bullies are introduced not only in the non-magical world but also at Hogwarts. With the harassment and belittlement that happens between student interactions, J.K. Rowling’s idea for incorporating this was to uncover character development, which we see with Luna Lovegood. In addition, to how bullies arise connects to symbolic interactionism where the world functions based on the common meanings people give to things and are derived through social interactions with others. Since, Hogwarts four founders Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin, have divided students by grouping them based on qualities and placing them in the appropriate house. With each house valuing different traits their common means to divide and put a symbol to a lot of these characters range from good to bad.
When considering specific characters and their greatest weakness. One unique personality we are introduced to is Luna Lovegood in Order of the Phoenix. Teased and ignored by many other students, Luna is found to be a victim of bullying. With her eccentric behavior that many are not used to, students see her as odd and use language such as “Looney Lovegood” to introduce her strange behavior. Her first interaction with Harry, Ginny, and Neville on the Hogwarts Express begins with Neville and Ginny being aware of her persona, as Ginny mentions in Chapter 10 in Order of the Phoenix, there being room in one of the seating areas, Neville says, “there’s only Loony Lovegood in here” as Ginny points out, “Don’t be silly, she’s all right”.… Read the rest
Love In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
by Ashley Munoz
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, love is a huge theme in the novel. There are so many examples, for instance the whole drama with Ron/Hermione/Lavender, Voldemort’s back ground with his mom’s love potion and he growing up with no love; Romilda Vain and her Love potion Amortentia, Fleur and Bill getting engaged and proving their love to Mrs. Weasley, Tonks’ crush on Remus Lupin, and Harry and Ginny getting together. Unfortunately, the movies do not bring up most of these themes on love, only those essential to the plot.
With Love being such a strong theme in this novel, there was a lot of stuff that the movies took out. For example, the stories of Tonks and Remus Lupin, and Fleur Delacour and Bill Weasley. Their stories were taken out of the movie, so people who only seen the movies and never read the books wouldn’t know their back stories. In the novel, Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince, we only get small hints of Tonk’s crush on Remus Lupin, since it is Harry’s point of view, we only know what he knows. Since he is a teen boy, we don’t get a lot of information except for the fact that Tonks has been depressed and was noticed by her change of appearances, for example, her vibrant colorful hair was replaced with mousy brown hair and her patronus changed. Patronus don’t usually change form unless that person had gone through some life changing event or fell in love with someone so deep it changed their patronus.… Read the rest
In Christian scripture, there exists a parallel between Jesus Christ, the savior of the world, and that of Severus Snape. He is called “Yahveh” for a reason, which means that Jesus (Jehovah; or many different names he may be called) the savior; where Severus Snape is called The Half-Blood Prince. In the same manner, Zeus also means “God” in the literal translation to English. This is a COMPLETE reference to Greek imagery, as the “half” refers to half-human, half-God. Hercules and Jesus, and at last, Severus, are all demi-gods, or “half-blood princes”. The title itself is not as significant as the scriptures reveal. In this analysis, I will make a complete connection between Greek Literature and connect it with The Half Blood Prince.
In Classical Greek epic Literature, such as Homer’s The Odyssey, we can see the correlations between half human and half-god, as Odysseus, the protagonist himself, is actually a demi-god. Contrary to what is believed or appears to be in the Odyssey, he successfully returns home, restores justice, and ends his life happily with his family. He is GUIDED by the Greek council of Gods and Goddesses, and therefore; he is a demi-god. For example, in the beginning of the Odyssey, in Book 1, Athena (Goddess of Wisdom, most favored one of Zeus’’ council) engages in a conversation with her father about Odysseus and his plight against those that wish to oppress his journey back home. She begins with “But my own heart is broken for Odysseus” (Homer). Here, Athena begins by using emotion, contrary to rationality, which is Snape’s most valuable asset as the half-blood prince.… Read the rest
Thestrals are one of the more mysterious creatures within the wizarding world. Known for their macabre reputation, thestral only reveal themselves to those who have been touched by death. Thestrals are telling creatures that serve as a reminder that life is fleeting.
We first meet a hippogriff in Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures course. Hagrid’s “dog-like” pet, Buckbeak becomes a center point in the plot of the third novel. He is sentenced to death by the Ministry for his “attack” on Draco Malfoy. His execution becomes the source that sparked the reader’s (as well as Harry’s) introduction to time travel in the wizarding world. Ultimately, Buckbeak is spared and lives out his days as a fugitive on the run with Sirius Black.
- Acromantula (Aragog)
The creepiest creature that is sure to spook many, including Ron Wesley. Acromantula is a giant species of spider, typically used to guard treasures wizard’s wish to be kept secret. We meet Hagrid’s spider friend, Aragog, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. We learn of Aragog’s past and his deep connection to the Chamber of Secrets. Tom Riddle released his Basilisk in Hogwarts to exterminate the Mudbloods of the school. However, Hagrid and Aragog took the fall, resulting in Hagrid’s expulsion and Aragog’s fleet into the Forbidden Forest.
Though technically not a mythical creature, I wouldn’t be a true cat lady without mentioning the star feline of the series. Per historical witch stereotypes, Hermione enters her first year toting her beloved cat, Crookshanks.… Read the rest