In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter there are a lot of magical life lessons were we learn throughout each book/film one being, Never judge a book by it’s cover. J.K Rowling uses Harry Potter’s perception of how he sees individuals and judges them by any type of actions/activities nobel or suspicious. The books are perceived through Harry’s eyes. Is Harry’s view of others always accurate?
In the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry learns a lot about what he thought he knew of others. Could he have been wrong or right? Harry kept his eye on Professor Snape and thought he could not be trusted. Harry’s finger would always point out to Professor Snape for any type of suspicious occurrence, such as the release of the Trolls in the castle that nearly took Herminoes life away. Especially in the beginning when Harry sees Hagrid take something from the vault at Gringotts, and how Hagrid wanted to protect it. He thought that Professor Snape was the one who was after the stone. Or when Harry quickly assumed that Snape was the one who enchanted Harry’s broom during the Quidditch game. What really determined Harry in believing that his judgments towards Snape were true was when Snape stopped Professor Quirrell:
“Oh, I thought we’d keep this private,”said Snape his voice icy. “Students aren’t supposed to know about the Sorcerer’s Stone, afterall.”….”Have you found out how to get past that beast of Hagrid’s yet?” “You don’t want me as your enemy, Quierrel” Said Snape taking a step toward him. … Read the rest
In the book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire a recurring theme found is the Importance of Friendship. The beautiful relationship between Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ronald Weasley makes the story feel a lot more deeper. These characters not only make us laugh, cry, and sometimes mad but make us feel connected emotionally and to the wizard world. It helps us realize that friends are there to respect one another and protect each other no matter the challenge or quest that lies ahead. Throughout the story, we see that Friendship is used to move the story along and get main points dealt with. Harry Potter is only one boy but with his friends at his side, there’s nothing he can’t do.
We witness the Importance of Friendship throughout the whole book but J.K. Rowling shows different sides of friendship and how friends are treated. On Harry Potter’s end he has friends who are willing and want to help him succeed and grow. His devoted friends, even when they are in an on going argument, they are there for him no matter what because of the love they have for him. One example of Friendship is when Hermione helps Harry with his first task in the Triwizard Tournament by learning the Summoning Charm. She stood with him the whole day before the first task to teach him how to use the summoning charm to use his strengths of riding on his broom stick to use against the dragon and fly away.… Read the rest
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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
In the book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, we are introduced to dementors. What exactly are dementors? According to Professor Lupin they are, “among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them” (P. 187). They are meant to represent fear, which is why they are the ones who guard the prison of Azkaban. It’s strange that Harry’s encounter with the Dementors wasn’t the same as everyone else’s. When Harry first encountered them on the Hogwarts Express, he had fainted, yet no one else had. This was a result of Harry’s past, the Dementors affect him this much because of the horrible things he has encountered. Harry mentions that he can hear his mother’s screams right before her death. That’s something nobody would want to even think about experience let alone have to relive it.
When Professor Lupin had the class practicing on the Boggart he got in the way of Harry’s turn because he had thought Harry’s greatest fear was Voldemort. His greatest fear ended up being the Dementors. Lupin observes this saying, “that suggests that what you fear most of all is – fear. Very wise, Harry” (p. 155). This is important because in the previous books Harry, Ron, and Hermione go through things like keeping Voldemort from the Sorcerer’s Stone and finding out who opened the Chamber of Secrets. These types of obstacles aren’t for the faint of heart (Ron is more of a scardy cat but he’s too loyal to leave Harry and Hermione alone).… Read the rest
There are a lot of different themes that occur in the Harry Potter series. Two themes that captured my attention while I was reading the book and watching the movies was the recurring theme of love and sacrifice. In the series, we see different types of sacrifices from various characters protecting Harry or their loved ones. This form of love and sacrifice gives the audience an understanding of what each character stands for in their fight against Lord Voldemort. This also helps Harry understand as the series progress an idea on how important he is not only as someone who can defeat Voldemort but as a friend and family member to the people around him.
The most well known sacrifice in the Harry Potter series is Lily Potter’s death. In the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer of Stone, before Lily is attacked by Lord Voldemort she cast a sacrificial protection spell on Harry to keep him safe. What draws me to this scene is the deep and pure love of a mother that ultimately saves Harry’s life. We learn how powerful her love and sacrifice for harry was because the spell was able to keep Harry safe for so many years until Voldemort was able to break the spell.
Sirius Black is another character who shows his love for Harry in the form of loyalty as well as sacrificing his own life to protect him. In the Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius shows his love for harry by respecting his wishes not to kill Peter, even though killing peter was the reason for Sirius ability not to go insane during his time in Azkaban.… 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
There is an overarching theme of death within the wizarding world; therefore, it is no surprise that the most important artifacts and arcs within Harry’s story are the Deathly Hallows. As detailed within the book of the same name, anyone who unites the Deathly Hallows will become a master of death. Each of the Deathly Hallows corresponds and is a representation of characters within the series. To start, the Elder Wand corresponds to the character of Voldemort. Voldemort’s ruthless quest to “live forever” is what leads him to create the horcruxes. His fear would only grow upon itself once his own curse was rebounded onto himself from Harry and ge was reduced to almost nothing. Voldemort would not meet Death completely. He would become so close to it, however, that once he regained support and power, he would become unreasonable and unrelenting in his quest to find the mythological wand that would make him undefeatable.
The Resurrection Stone is the next of the Deathly Hallows and it corresponds to Snape’s character. Snape is a complicated character, with so many dimensions to himself. Snape’s guilt and grief over Lily Potter’s death that fateful night is one that so clearly fills his persona once that information is known. With Harry constantly roaming in and around the castle and the grounds of Hogwarts, Snape is surrounded by Lily’s memory. With this information, it is easy to see how the Resurrection Stone and Snape are connected. Snape would do anything in order to bring back Lily.… Read the rest
Blog Post: Critic across the Harry Potter books/films
First of all: I am a big Harry Potter fan and be sure I will always be a big Harry Potter fan. I grew up with these books and movies and don’t know what I would do without them. There are many things in Harry Potter that I still don’t understand, but that’s what makes up the whole universe of HP. That’s why so many people still talk about it in the HP forums on the internet or at conventions today.
There’s one thing I’ve been worried about since the 4th part and I’m still very critical about it today. The relationship between Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore.
The 4th part is the Trimagic Tournament, where 3 schools compete against each other. Harry participates in this tournament although he is much too young and these games are much too dangerous.
This is where the moment begins for me that I can’t understand. How can Dumbledore allow Harry to play in this tournament and put him in such danger? He knows everything about this very dangerous tournament and after everything that’s going on he might think there’s something wrong.
There’s no relationship in Part 5, because Dumbledore is building a distance to protect Harry, whose thoughts and dreams are now influenced and sometimes even controlled by Voldemort. However, Harry didn’t know the reason and therefore felt left alone.
In the 6th part the two approach again a bit. Still, I don’t understand why Dumbledore didn’t tell him right after he learned that Voldemort created 7 Horcruxes, what Horcruxes are and how to destroy them.… Read the rest
Dobby is an imperative character to the Chamber of Secrets. I am referring to deconstruction as a method of analyzing language (conversations, words, dialogue, etc.,) in which language can be read in a different way than it typically is. For example, if someone was to use the word, “focused”, I would read it in a context that analyzes the individual word, or if a word was italicized, I would deconstruct the word and sentence it is in and analyze “why” the word was specifically used in italics. The point of deconstructing language in itself provides great value because it gives readers insights beyond the typical, surface level reading.
In this case, I analyze Dobby’s language in the beginning of the book to show how he foreshadows danger more than just his obvious phrases (See, you can deconstruct why I italicized “obvious”). In the beginning of chapter 2, Dobby comes into Harry’s room and introduces himself, and then proceeds to giving Harry a warning:
But Dobby has come to protect Harry Potter, to warn him, even if he does have to shut his ears in the oven door later… Harry Potter must not go back to Hogwarts… Harry Potter must stay where he is safe. He is too great, too good to lose. If Harry Potter goes back to Hogwarts, he will be in mortal danger…
When it comes to using deconstruction, words always refer to other words. Therefore, language is unstable and referential in an infinite-like manner. This means that words can refer to other words because of the fact that all language is connected by meaning, and meaning is created with words (Signs and signifiers, as Derrida puts it).… 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