Editorials

Rereading the Series Years Later

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What's it like to reread the series years later and feel different? Read More »

The Troubling Treatment of Children in the Wizarding World

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I have to admit that when I heard the news of a potential Harry Potter stage show about Harry’s childhood with the Dursleys I was not very excited, which in turn made me feel really disappointed. As a long time Potter fan I wanted to be excited about the possibility of getting more from the wizarding world, but the idea of seeing more of Harry’s childhood held little interest for me. In fact, the more ... Read More »

Arthur Weasley: The Importance of Passion

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“But you’re Muggles! We must have a drink! What’s that you’ve got there? Oh, you’re changing Muggle money. Molly, look!” – Arthur Weasley What many of us lack is passion. Passion for something outside of ourselves, passion with purpose. Arthur Weasley is a prime example of the importance of passion. He was passionate about Muggles – not just their artifacts. His daily labor in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Department was primarily focused on protecting Muggles from ... Read More »

The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore

Since the beginning of time (and by time, I mean Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), I’ve always thought of Dumbledore as not only wise beyond his many, many… many… years, but as someone who was in a sense “ethically and morally superior”. He was the Wizard who could do no wrong; he was a role model, in particular to Harry, and as Headmaster of Hogwarts I had assumed a certain level of credibility attached to his name, at least to some degree. But as we continued to read on through the books and as the final pieces of the story fell into their rightful place, I found myself feeling a bit unsure of exactly where Dumbledore stood in my lineup of favorites. I mean, who was Dumbledore, really? Read More »

Welcome to the Restricted Section

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Books have always been a huge focal point in the Harry Potter series, and this is something that I both love and attribute to J.K. Rowling’s love of them herself. Throughout the series, we’re introduced to a number of different types of books and constantly reminded of their importance; from the book that almost ate Neville (think Prisoner of Azkaban, Care of Magical Creatures class) to Tom Riddle’s Diary to Severus’ copy of Advanced Potion-Making (Half-blood Prince) to even the Tale of Three Brothers, we are truly shown the importance of books and the information they hold. That being said, there’s one set of books that I think has been purposefully left a mystery; and that is the Restricted Section. 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 »

What If Harry Had Said No?

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I know the title of this article is “What if Harry had said no,” but let’s start off with “What if J.K. had said no?” What if the idea for Harry Potter popped into her brain, and she said “no” to writing the story of the Boy Who Lived? None of us would be reading this article. I wouldn’t have written it. MuggleNet wouldn’t exist. The Wonderful World of Harry Potter would be occupied by some other tribute to ... Read More »

The Technicalities of Quidditch

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About a week ago I was watching a Quidditch match on youtube. At one point in the game, a chaser was standing directly next to the snitch. He was standing there for some time while a play was happening that didn't involve him. This raised a question in my mind. Can only the seeker catch the snitch? I had never thought of this before. It would make for an interesting game if a seeker was diving for a snitch and some random beater came out of no where to snatch it up for the opposing team. While I'm sure that muggle Quidditch players have done their research on the subject, and the chaser I was observing was doing as he was supposed to do within the rules of the game, I wanted to make sure. Read More »

LGBT Students at Hogwarts

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As marriage equality sweeps across the United States, visibility of gay and trans rights is increasing, and it has made me consider what it would be like to a be a gay student at Hogwarts. Certainly Dumbledore and the rest of the professors would readily take any students, but which house would be most welcoming and safe for LGBT students? Would it be Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin to introduce gender neutral dorms or start ... Read More »

What I Love Most About the Harry Potter Fandom

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The Harry Potter fans are the best fans in the world (maybe a little biased). But what makes us different than any other group of dedicated fans, whether it be Star Wars, Twilight, or Lord of the Rings, is that we’ve literally brought our story world to life. QUIDDITCH Thanks to Middlebury College, we now have the ability to play Quidditch in reality (though we aren’t able to play by flying on brooms, yet… the ... Read More »