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
After much discussion these past two weeks I decided to dive into the pros and cons of film adaptations of popular books. The assumption is that when an author writes a book or creates a series their initial thought is not “I want this to become a screen play for a movie!”. So when a book does become a movie the directors and producers have the difficult task to please two sets of audience. The fans of the books who have been loyal to the original and love the story and are ready to tear apart any discrepancy’s. Then there is the clean slate audience that have never read the books and the films would be their initial introduction. Having to capture their interest and not feel out of the loop despite not reading the books. So I will mention a few differences of the films and books.
One thing that is hard for the films to capture is the depth of importance some items in the Harry Potter world have. For example, Marauder’s Map, the film does a great job of capturing a visual representation of the magical item. Seeing the footsteps travel through the map is always fun. But one thing that the film just didn’t capture was who this map actually belonged to until later in the films it would be briefly mentioned. This map belongs to Harry’s father and his gang of friends and whose friendship would have an effect in the future. Another item that does lacks in importance is the invisibly cloak.… Read the rest
The Harry Potter series has been with me since I was ten years old and I have grown up with these characters ever since. A set of books about a boy who lived through death and overcome everything with the help of his friends and family. In the wizarding world we learn that love and friendship is strong enough to fight off evil. Not to mention that being courageous is the fight within. Although the series presents with dark themes about death and discrimination, we also learn about the true meaning of friendship, love and courage. Therefore, I will be creating a graphic art piece on 11 x 17 about Harry, Ron and Hermoine and other important elements that have made an impact to the story and ourselves.
My main goal for this piece is to make sure I convey the importance of friendship, family, and courage. I will be including the main characters Harry, Ron, and Hermoine as the center of the piece. They are the glue to this series and the main attraction. Their friendship plays a huge role on how the series plays out. The backdrop will be the castle of Hogwarts where the series mainly takes place. Hogwarts is the foundation for these characters, it’s not just an institution its home for many wizards. They are also many objects throughout the series that have had a significant impact. I will be placing these objects on my piece. The placement of these objects will not be random, but there will be a point as to why it belongs there.… Read the rest
Liberty and justice for wizards and magical creatures throughout the Harry Potter series, does not always consists of fair trials. When tracing this theme throughout the Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire, we are introduced to the social inequalities of both wizards and the Magic of Ministry. When looking at the characters that suffer through such action, we witness Sirius Black’s imprisonment, Buckbeak’s trial, and Winky’s false accusation. When Harry and others are confronted by the truth of the Ministry, it is suggested that the wizarding justice system does not implement justice, but rather display an injustice approach. We witness the ministry corrupt and more concerned with being dramatic on punishing supposed criminals than allowing them a fair trial.
As we read through the middle of book number three we get a better understanding of why Black’s incarceration lasted him twelve years in Azkaban. With the rumors of a man who’s believed by the entire wizarding world to have been part of the movement of Death Eaters and Voldemort’s right-hand man, his sentence was black mailed for supposedly murdering innocent Muggles, as well as, being the reason why James and Lily Potter died. Black never got a chance to go to trial for his supposed crimes and instead was sent to Azkaban immediately, where he could have possibly gotten the chance to convince everyone that he did not do it. However, this showed that the Ministry was too concerned with keeping their image to even give him a simple trial after the initial crime.… Read the rest
When we read the Harry Potter series as a kid, we think of nothing other than the adventure of a lifetime for kids who practice magic. A set of books that cater to the younger generation in the world of fantasy where magic exists along with unicorns, dragons, and centaurs. As we get older, we read the books again or even watch the films with a new set of eyes and realize that these books mean more than just having the ability to practice magic with your friends. J.K Rowling’s ability to include themes that reflect to today’s issues in a series of children books is deceptive but admirable. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, we first read about the word Mudblood and what it entails. Those who are considered Mudbloods are Muggle-borns who practice magic, but do not come from a family of wizards. Half-bloods also carry the same definition, yet those who are Half-bloods have parents who are considered Pure-blood and Muggle born wizards. Those who calls themselves Pure-bloods are wizards and witches who come from a family tree full of wizards. Lastly, people who are known to be Muggles are people born into the world with no association to the magic world. These are the terms J.K Rowling introduced in the Harry Potter series that add to the dominant theme of discrimination against Mudbloods, Half-bloods, and Muggles. Whats prominent is how the series reflect to today’s society in how we discriminate groups of people.… Read the rest
The Wise Old Dumbledore?
Just for a moment could you imagine being a student at Hogwarts living through this amazing experience, being a good learner, trusting and listening to your elders, and then boom suddenly you find yourself in the middle of a war between the dark forces and that trouble maker Harry Potter. Then you run up to a Hogwarts Professor to ask what is going on only for them to push you out of the way to run into the dungeon to hide with the rest of Slytherin house. That is the reality some young students at Hogwarts faced.
Harry being destined to die and Dumbledore not revealing this to him until the very last moment always had me star struck. My big question is, if Dumbledore knew harry carried a horcrux why didn’t Dumbledore tell him of this sooner? I know harry was a child, but from what I gathered he could of figured out a way to save him a lot sooner. “It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”- Dumbledore. In this quote he clearly sees Harry as a leader but fails to oversee the care of the other students. The theme that I’m going for is that Dumbledore throughout the series is just being so vague and mysterious to keep secrets but then he doesn’t do anything about it and his secrets die with him.… Read the rest