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Equality between genders…a rare phenomena

     J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” portrays gender roles and stereotypes in a different way than many stories and novels during this time.  The roles of males and females are more equally depicted.  In many novels, gender roles can be skewed and females can play very original and unique roles […]

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Siriusly Evil?

Nothing’s black and white, not even in the wizarding world. None of the characters have a telltale title like “Glinda the good witch” and “the wicked witch of the West.” Instead the characters of the Harry Potter fantasy world tend to be more ambiguous. This is shown especially in the Prisoner of Azkaban in the […]

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Shadowy Black, Looming Lupin

Throughout her famous book series, J.K. Rowling uses her characters to make the story enticing and move the action along.  Events do not happen by chance but as a result of the choices and actions of the characters participating in them.  In her novel, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban, Rowling purposefully makes her […]

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The Award for Worst Parents Goes To…THE DURSLEY’S!

Harry Potter, the Chosen One, resumes his life after every school year at his Aunt and Uncle’s home; completely normal life for someone who is destined to do great things. Though he is gifted with a home, food, and clothes, he is usually considered to be an “abused” child. He returns for summer holidays to […]

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Harry Potter and the Determining of his Heroism

The “hero” of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books is unquestionably Harry Potter, but when taking a closer look at what it is that makes him a hero it is hard to define. Is the heroism Harry Potter displays throughout the various books due to events surrounding his birth or is it due to the heroic […]

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Like Father, Like Son?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry begins to find out more about his parents, particularly his father and his friends at school in relation to the Marauder’s Map, and the gang’s dealings with Snape.  There is a progression from this point through the rest of the novels that illuminate the reader into […]

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Wand: 200 Galleons, Books :1000 Galleons, Friendship: Priceless.

Harry Potter must watch! Loyalty among humans was a major theme in Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban , by J.K. Rowling. Specific examples of this was the relationships between Harry, Hermione, and Ron as well as Black, Lupin, Pettigrew, and James Potter. First off the relationship between Harry, Hermione, and Ron is the […]

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A hero is defined as a man of distinguished courage or ability, who is admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.  However, Harry’s heroism does not stem from admiration or his nobility.  He falls more under the “some have greatness thrust upon them” category.  Only instead of “greatness”, lets pretend Shakespeare meant “heroism”. Harry’s […]

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Family Feud: Witch and Muggle Edition

Non-magic people (more commonly known as Muggles) were particularly afraid of magic in medieval times, but not very good at recognizing it. On the rare occasion that they did catch a real witch or wizard, burning had no effect whatsoever. The witch or wizard would perform a basic Flame Freezing Charm and then pretend to […]

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Emotional “Incendio”

In the opening scene of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the title character is secretly doing an essay on, ironically, fourteenth-century witch-burning.  Although this book is set in a modern time, some of the feelings that generated the witch burnings still exist in Rowling’s world. Non-magical people, Muggles, exist in a […]

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