When I was younger, there were many fantasy series that became popular like Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien, because they transported the reader to a fantastical realm. When J.K. Rowling released Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, I decided to give the book a try. I have always been fascinated with different types of magic wondering if magic was real and the mysteries behind it.
I received the first book as a Christmas present from my older sister, who thought I would enjoy it. I received the rest of the series from my Grandmother, who was horrified to discover she had bought a book about sorcery but didn’t discover this fact until the release of the fifth book in the series.
After reading the complete series I realized that I was in love with the world Rowling had created but I hated her main character, Harry Potter. Throughout the series, he relied too heavily of the prophecy, thinking by being destined to defeat the dark wizard, Voldermort, he was the most powerful.
Harry Potter’s Character
He never seemed to work hard for things and expected things to occur through luck or by chance. Despite not knowing his parents, who were killed by Voldermort, Harry showed characteristics of his father, being reckless, excellent at defensive magic, and being the seeker in quidditch, instead of trying to strengthen individual traits.
One with the power to vanquish Voldemort. … Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies… and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not… and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives. –J.K Rowling: Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter Character
Of the golden trio. Ron Weasley, Hermone Granger, and Harry Pitter; I was hoping both Ron and Harry failed in their quest and Hermone would be the trim pant hero of the story. Luna Lovegood was another character along with Neville Longbottom and Draco Malfoy were main characters and yet were never fully developed.
Severus Snape was my favorite teacher and his death seem odd to me. He was a potions master and triple agent. yet couldn’t prevent his demise. If these four, Draco, Luna, Neville, and Hermone with Snape as their mentor was the story where each represents a house, then I may have been a fan of the plot.
The characters I fell in love with from the novels are not those that have a fan base in the real world. Daphne Greengrass and Tracy Davis are two students from Slytherin that most people don’t recognize either from the books or movies.
Daphne was known as the ice queen of Slytherin with Tracy as her close friend. Both girls were examples of how Slytherins should act instead of the mockery Rowling made with Draco and his two followers Patrick Doyle and Vincent Crabbe.
Daphne never showed her emotions keeping a cold exterior yet didn’t get involved with Draco and his verbal battles with Harry. Her family was considered grey meaning she was on either side of the war.
Tracy was a quiet bookworm yet was observant taking advantages of situations when she went unnoticed in large groups. They were loyal to their house treating it like a family and were protective of Astoria Greengrass when she arrived at Hogwarts who was Daphne’s little sister.
The Houses of Hogwarts
I was never a fan of people believing that the Slytherin house was dark and its founder, Salazar Slytherin, hating muggle born. Muggle borns are children whose parents don’t possess magic even if their child does. The Gryffindor house, founded by Godric Gryffindor, was made of heroes to banish the evil of the world.
That only left rejects of society living in the house of the badger or Hufflepuffs, founded by Heiga Hufflepudd, and that Ravenclaws, founded by Rowena Ravenclaw, were snobbish intellects. There were all merely stereotypes the author created and many fans accepted them as facts. I align myself with Slytherin because of their cunning nature and the fact they see their house as family.
Many children sorted into the Slytherin house come from abusive households. Those that feel like outcasts, that struggle to find acceptance discover that family is not always blood while learning to use masks to hide themselves. When Hogwarts first opened, muggles were hunting witches and wizards committing them to death. There is a possibility that Slytherin feared muggle borns revealing the school to witch hunters.
The main character, Harry was from the house of the lion but so was Peter Petigrew, the man who aided in the death of Lily and James Potter, but also played a major hand in Tom Riddles’ return to power. Tom Riddle was later revealed to be the dark Lord Voldermort, the villain of the series.
The Gryffindor house represents courage but there are many different forms of that characteristic. Those who stand up for their beliefs, their friends when they need help, or when you stand up against a situation that you know is wrong. There is also courage in going through with a situation knowing it’s against what society thinks.
I never saw Hufflepuffs as rejects of the school or as people pointed out, the kids of magic school that did drugs. Some of my friends show characteristics of Hufflepuff, and they are the most hardest working people that I know. A large amount of my friends shows loyalty and kind-heartedness toward others. There is a concept that people that are nice can be easily manipulated, which is not the case.
People that are leaders of organizations or movements are associated with the badger house. In the books, I felt that the Hufflepuff house is underappreciated. Except for their head of house, Professor Pamela Sprouts, and the Champion of Hogwarts, Cedric Diggory. In the fourth book, Harry Potter and The Triwizard Tournament,
J.K Rowling falls to explain what the distinct characteristic that that represents Hufflepuff house, instead she uses Cedric to showcase the house characteristics through his actions throughout the fourth book before his death. Rowling portrays characters sorted into the Ravenclaw house are shown as being highly intelligent or boastful of the knowledge they possess.
Those in Hufflepuff want to share what they learned with others to spread the wealth of knowledge. There is nothing wrong with sharing your knowledge with others, but there are kinder ways to go about sharing it. Telling people what they want to know when they don’t ask you for it is rude.
Telling people how a task should be completed without knowing them or asking their opinion is also rude. A perfect example of this, is in the books is from the fifth book, Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone where Hermone raises her hand in every class and corrects other students on how to use their wand,
When the readers are introduced to Dumbodore’s army in the fifth installment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phenix, Harry and Hermone teach their fellow classmates how to defend themselves from the rise of the dark lord and his followers. Even going as far as teaching them the spell Expecto Patronum, a spell which creates a patronus or a creator of light to chase away dementors.
Dementors are creatures made from darkness that feel on emotions and are used to suck the souls of criminals before coming under the control of Riddle. In the second novel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, with the introduction of the dueling club. In both scenes the students are given knowledge on how to defend themselves with a hands-on approach.
Personal Thoughts of Harry Potter
I could see myself living a life inside of the novel. Being sorted into the Slytherin house and completing my seven years of Hogwarts, gaining mastery in potions and runes before attaining a job. Either as a potions mistress or a spell weaver.
What appealed to me was the idea that magic in the world of Harry Potter would assist people in the real word being forced into life choices based on physical limitations. I would not be judged based on my disability but rather my talents with magic.
J.K Rowling never mentions the disabled community she shows examples of those with magical prospects but nothing that was severe enough to be considered disabled. I doubt magic can prevent this and think that children with magic and handicaps were given home schooling.
Furthermore, it’s clear that Rowling but thought into her world and the character that exist within the pages. Despite my dislike for the plot of the novel’s the setting and school have enough charm to draw me in. I enjoy the concept that there is a school for those gifted in magic tat will be accepted despite their upbringing in society.