Author Archives: Alexa

Harry Potter, Sam Malone, Gaston, and the Male Ego

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The "friend zone" and "male ego" are common in literature, television, and film, depicting men as the ones in control of relationships and courtship. Does Harry himself have a case of the male ego? Read More »

In Defense of Cho

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We all remember Cho Chang as Harry's notorious crush during his early teenage years, but does Cho Chang have more relevance to Harry's future than we may have initially thought? Read More »

What About George?

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The loss of Fred Weasley was one of the series' most heartbreaking moments. It called for the absence of a dynamic character as well as the breakup of a powerful duo. So what exactly happened to George Weasley in this equation? Read More »

The Myers-Briggs Personality Test and Its Influence on House Selection

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Does the Myers-Briggs personality test have anything to do with one's Hogwarts house? Read More »

Something Wicked This Way Comes: “Macbeth” Allusions in the “Harry Potter” Series

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Authors throughout time have been known to borrow many of William Shakespeare's themes, character qualities, and plots for their own works. J.K. Rowling borrows several ideas from Shakespeare's Scottish play Macbeth, such as lines and themes from the witches and the concept of a ruthless female villain. Read More »

A Misunderstanding About Gryffindor House

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What exactly do people often overlook about Gryffindor House? People often believe that the value of a Gryffindor student is measured primarily on his or her athleticism, but one's sense of strength goes far beyond pure physical strength. Read More »

How Would You Use Your Magic?

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Imagine you woke up one day with the ability to perform any of the types of magic performed by the witches and wizards of the "Harry Potter" series, but you could only choose one purpose for this skill. What would you do with this ability? Read More »

Nature vs. Nurture in the Wizarding World

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One of the most common forms of psychology, developmental psychology, highlights the notion of "Nature versus Nurture" in an individual's personality. In the Harry Potter series, many characters are controlled by their senses of nature and nurture, but which seems to be the more popular of the two in the wizarding world? Read More »

Which Pet Would You Bring?

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As we learned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, first year students are encouraged to bring a small animal along with them for their time at Hogwarts. While all of the conventional pets are represented throughout the series, the advantages and disadvantages of each is barely touched upon. What significance would each pet have on a student's experience at Hogwarts? Read More »

18 Signs That You Are the Ron Weasley of Your Friend Group

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Let’s be honest. You may not be the Chosen One or the Brightest Witch of Your Age, but where does that leave you? You might be a Ron, a title that may not sound as glamorous as the former two but that is still pretty terrific. Without further ado, here are eighteen signs that you are the Ron of your circle of friends: 1. You find yourself in trouble all the time. 2. You’re the life of ... Read More »