Author Archives: Alexa

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 »

Is Dolores Umbridge the Most Evil Character of All?

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Dolores Jane Umbridge, known for her shockingly pink wardrobe, obsession with fluffy animals, and love of all things sugary and sweet, is considered to be one of the most hated characters in all of fiction. Despite her seemingly harmless appearance, many Harry Potter fans consider her to be more unlikable than Bellatrix Lestrange and even the Dark Lord himself. Why is it that a woman with no clear criminal history (during the duration of the books, that ... Read More »

Zodiac Signs in the Wizarding World

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J.K. Rowling has openly admitted to the influence of astrological signs in interviews. While Jo has a birthday of July 31 (identical to that of her protagonist, making them both associated with the Leo sign), her characters have a wide variety of birthdays in order to highlight their individual personalities.   Aquarius: Professor Lockhart – January 26 Lockhart, like many Aquarius men, is somewhat unemotional in terms of the ethics of his actions in Chamber of ... Read More »