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
It seems that in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter there is a division on people that are muggle born, pure bloods and even squibs. To get a better understanding of this theme, I started comparing this to our world.
There are only a few known Pure Blood families in the Harry Potter world, but if this was a real world, I think they would be the majority. Voldemort’s sole purpose was to get rid of Muggles. I think this can stem from the hate he had on his father growing up. His deep rooted hatred led him to commit murders and betrayals.
In the Chamber of Secrets, we take a peek into this world of hatred. Draco is the first one to bring up the word Mudblood. “No one asked your opinion, you filthy little Mudblood” (p 112) Ron later explain what Squib means. “A Squib is someone who was born into a wizarding family but hasn’t got any magic powers. Kind of the opposite of Muggle-born wizards, but Squibs are quite unusual” (p 145) By knowing some spoilers I have overheard from here and there throughout my life, I know that Ron and Hermoine become a couple. Other than their other children I heard they have in the last book, there is a chance that one of their grandchildren can become a squib. I wonder if generation and generation after, will their great grandchildren be considered Pure Bloods if they continue to have children with other Pure Bloods? It’s interesting thinking about the possibility not touched by the author yet from what I have read so far.… Read the rest
I remember I was in elementary school but I do not remember what age or grade I was in. I do know however that I was becoming an avid reader and loved going to the library at school or the field trips we would take to our local library with our teachers. I was always isolated by my classmates so I took refuge in fantasy worlds in the books I’ve read. I recall one trip to the school library, I saw “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” book on the shelf. I would see some kids at school carrying the book around so I wanted to know how good it was. The cover of the book also intrigued me. When I checked it out and brought it home, my mother saw it and forced me to return it back to the library the next day. As her being a strict christian, she said I shouldn’t be reading books that talk about wizards or witches. It also didn’t help that in that moment, I would keep seeing news segments in Spanish of how dangerous reading those books can become and that they had to do with Satanism. I became angry because growing up, I know Spanish news is always exaggerating and I felt sad that my mother became influenced by that. As a good daughter though, I did return the book to the library without reading it. After the years I would feel left out when the series became bigger. As the years passed by, however, my mom became less strict and would even watch the Harry Potter movies that would come out on Spanish television.… Read the rest