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
Harry Learns about Good vs. Evil
Harry Potter brings to attention many different themes within the series. One theme that stands out is the idea of good vs. evil and how Harry learns there is more than just those two sides. When he was eleven years old in the Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone, his manner of thinking was very concrete, that there was only a good side and evil side, however, once he grows older, and after all the obstacles he has been through, Harry starts to learn that there is more to just good and evil, that there are grey areas in between.
In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry starts to learn about the magical world, and has his first lesson about good and evil with the Hogwarts houses. Right away, he learns that Gryffindor is good and Slytherin is bad. In this passage, Harry has asked Hagrid what the houses are, Hagrid says, “Better Hufflepuff than Slytherin,” said Hagrid darkly. “There’s not a witch or wizard who went bad who wasn’t in Slytherin. You-Know-Who was one,” (Rowling 80). Hagrid’s answer to Harry is a good example to good and evil being only two sides, a lesson Harry believes at this age. In this moment Harry learns that Slytherin is bad, that every student who is in Slytherin turns out evil, and that it would be better to be in Hufflepuff or anything better than to be in Slytherin. For even Ron says, “I don’t suppose Ravenclaw would be too bad, but imagine if they put me in Slytherin,” (Rowling 106).… Read the rest
What Harry Potter Taught Me
By Ashley Munoz
Every time I listen to how someone grew to love Harry Potter, they always tell me how they read it with their siblings or how their parents read it to them every night, they tell me how they stood in line during midnight releases and midnight showings for the movies. My parents never took me to those midnight releases or read the books to me, they were always too preoccupied with what was going on in their lives. I found out about Harry Potter from my older sister. We shared a room when we were kids. There were three of us girls. My older sister had her twin bed in the corner, and in the opposite side of the room, my twin sister and I had a bunkbed. I was on the top bunk, and every night I would watch my older sister read Harry Potter. I never really knew what she was reading, only that she loved it and I was very much interested. However, since it was her favorite book, I wasn’t really allowed to read it. My mom also would never let me read them because she thought I was too little for them, I was only eight years old and not at all too young. And so, I never knew what Harry Potter was until the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came out in theaters. My mom took all of us to see it on Thanksgiving and I instantly fell in love with the story.… Read the rest