This course blog is now an archive of the work the students in this Interdisciplinary Studies class did on The Worlds of Harry Potter in Fall 2019. The students in the course produced both creative and research work. I hope you enjoy exploring the site.
The Harry Potter series has meant a lot to me over the years. As a child I watched the series over and over again. I was about the age as the characters in the film when I started watching the movies and it really meant a lot to me seeing these characters every time the new movie was released. I only read the first two books as kid only after seeing the first few films. However, a great joy I had is that I watched all these films with my family. To this day I have not seen a Harry Potter movie without at least one family member. So the series became very nostalgic to me and a big part in family as well. We all make references to it every once and a while and during Christmas time we re-watch some of the movies. Now my family while religious never had a negative stigma towards the series. My father always enjoyed watching different types of world building movies and creative characters and visuals. So the series for has always been fun for me and everyone around me, even people at school including students and teachers, everyone seemed to know what it was, and because of that the series felt like what I can only describe as a modern classic.
Being an adult after the series finished always left me wanting more of it. That’s when I read the rest of the books. Yet, I still wanted more canon content and fantastic Beasts while I thought it was great didn’t feel the same.… Read the rest
Throughout the Harry Potter series we are introduced to different wizard families that help or interfere with Harry’s quest to defeat Voldemort. One particular family that has captured many readers interest including myself is the Malfoy family. I think that the Malfoy family are interesting characters to focus on because unlike many families in the series they are the only family that switches sides in the end. In the novels, the Malfory’s are described to be wealthy pure-blood wizard family with a reputation of being pure-blood supremacist. However, as the novels progress from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer of stone to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow we start to see each family member mainly question what is right and wrong. Starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer of stone, we get an idea of who the Malfoys are through characters like Harry, Hadgrid and Arthur Weasley. Through Harry’s point of view when he first meets Draco in Madam Malkin’s, Draco is described to be snotty, unsympathetic and spoiled to a point where Harry is reminded of his cousin Dudley. Hadrig gives more information about the Malfoy by stating “ There’s not a single witch or wizard that went bad that wasn’t in Slytherin” (29:47). This bit of information gives the readers an indication that the Malfoys family are considered evil and sinister because of their families desire to be Slytherin as well as their ancestors being Slytherin’s too. As for Arthur Weasley, he views the Malfoys as a power hungry and a bit conceited, especially with Lucius Malfoy.… 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
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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