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Harry Potter and the Hero’s Journey

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Last week, I found a post on Tumblr that analyzed a character from the TV show "Doctor Who" and compared that character's journey to the pattern of Joseph Campbell's "monomyth," or "the hero's journey" (the original post can be found here). Monomyth, as conveniently explained by Wikipedia, "is a basic pattern that its proponents argue is found in many narratives from around the world." Essentially, it is the theory that many great literary heroes have all gone through the same seventeen stages of adventure (i.e., their stories all follow the same pattern). After researching this for a while, I was inspired to make my own comparisons between Harry's journey in the "Harry Potter" series to see if it matched up with Joseph Campbell's pattern. Read More »

Knowing Harry, Knowing Yourself: Discover Your “Potter” Personality

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Who needs a stuffy personality test? Let's find out what our "Potter" personalities are! Read More »

Exploring Animal Cruelty and Mistreatment in “Potter”

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It’s a well-known fact that throughout the "Potter" series we’re introduced to a number of different animals, both “Muggle” and magical, each of which are uniquely portrayed by Rowling in their own way. In an interview with BBC Radio 4, Rowling expressed that she typically liked to derive many of these creatures from folklore and mythology, and many, even the seemingly “normal” ones, exemplify magical properties (think owls delivering mail). Further, though, I think it’s important to recognize that a lot of the different creatures in the "Potter" series haven’t necessarily been given happy endings, or stories for that matter. Read More »

More Than Just a Pretty Face

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Fleur Delacour is a character better known for her loftiness and beauty than her accomplishments and acts of humanity. I took what I believe to be Fleur's top five best moments in the "Harry Potter" novels in the hope of reminding everyone that, though she is a bit annoying at times to both the reader and the Weasley women, Fleur deserves a lot more recognition than she gets. Read More »

Is Harry Potter Divergent?

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Hogwarts sorts students into houses via the Sorting Hat. Divergent sorts people into factions via the aptitude test and the choosing ceremony. If Harry entered Veronica Roth's world, would he be deemed divergent? Read More »

Not as Crazy as You’d Think

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We all know Professor Trelawney by her crazy predictions, mind-numbing lectures, and outrageous frizzy hair. But is she as loony as we think? I decided to make a chart weighing whether her predictions throughout the Harry Potter series are generally correct or incorrect (not counting her two prophecies). Read More »

Which ‘Deathly Hallows’ Ending Did You Prefer?

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At the end of Deathly Hallows, Harry is faced with what to do with the three Hallows. The stone, he discards in the forest. The cloak, he keeps as an inheritance. But the wand finds two different endings. Read More »

What to Do If You’re Falling Out of Love with ‘Harry Potter’

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What to do if you’re falling out of love with Harry Potter. Read More »

Harry’s Hair

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Known in the books for having "jet black", permanently untidy hair, Harry Potter's ever-changing hairdo throughout the films has caused both frustration and satisfaction from the fans. In this editorial, I examine each of Harry's many hairstyles and gauge how close they are to the books' description. I also included some reaction GIFs on what I've noticed has been the general opinion on each look in the Harry Potter fandom. Read More »

The 7 Things We Hate About You (Know Who)

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Those of us with a passion for all things Potter can most certainly agree that Lord Voldemort is as sinister as they come. Here are 7 reasons we love to hate him: Read More »