Friendship

Neglected and friendless as Harry was at the Dursleys’, it did at least make him resilient. At Hogwarts, Harry finds himself both popular and admired, quickly becoming something of a ringleader within his trio of best friends.

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So many adventures! I don’t know if I could have survived a first year at school like that. I’d love to go to Hogwarts, but I’d like to go there without being friends with Harry (well, I’m a Ravenclaw so probably wouldn’t have been). The sneaking around during Christmas, Norbert, the Forbidden Forest… And their interest in and conviction no one but them can stop Snape from stealing the stone. These are some strange kids.

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The Mirror of Erised. I wonder what I would see in it. I think we all do. Ron sees himself achieving everything his brothers’ achieved before him, but him being the best. It feels like a naive, child’s wish. Professor Dumbledore sees himself holding a pair of socks… Which most definitely isn’t him telling the truth. And Harry sees his family. That shows maturity and a search that will continue throughout the books. Where is his family? He will find it surrounding him in friends and father figures. It is possible to find your family, if you aren’t lucky enough to have them around you. That is something to remember.

So what would I see in the mirror? I have my family around me. I knit my own socks. I do tend to achieve my goals in school/university. I’ve been thinking about it a lot. But it is difficult, how do you know what you most desire? Hopefully I’d see myself living a happy life. (Or meeting the Queen herself – J.K. Rowling.)


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Education

Harry arrives at Hogwarts more than ready to begin his wizarding world education. From strict McGonagall to nervous Quirrell, bullying Snape to cheerful Sprout, there’s lots to learn – inside the classroom and out.

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QUIDDITCH! How I love that sport! I would definitely play if I was a witch. Now I had to settle for football instead (and some volleyball). But imagine, flying through the air, chasing *insert ball*. I don’t know what player I’d be though. Chaser or beater probably, those seem the most fun. Also, imagine Lee Jordan refereeing the game. Do we know what happened to him? I want to imagine his refereeing professionally.

Bad behaviour

Thinking back to these chapters you can really see bad behaviour from many different people. Snape being a total stupid person treating Harry like he does. Malfoy being even more of a bully than I remembered. Jeez, I didn’t remember him being this much worse of a person than in the movies. Ron not taking Hermione’s feelings into consideration, at all.

These are not that bad, compared to what’s to come, but the behaviours presented here are what kids needs. I think this teaches kids how to be a nice person. With Snape and Malfoy you feel with Harry and in that way learn not to behave like them. You also learn how to deal with people like them. Find your friends and don’t care about the ones talking shit.

Concerning Ron, you learn to think before you talk, and to not judge a person too quickly. You can feel how ashamed he becomes when he realises that he hurt Hermione, and that it is possible to make it right (you just need a mountain troll).

I haven’t thought about this before, but I do think I as a kid learned from this, subconsciously. As many have said, the Harry Potter series have thought people the importance of friendship and not hatred. No one should live in the closet. No one should be unaccepted. The Harry Potter generation has all learned this from an early age.


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First Impressions

From learning he’s a wizard to arriving at Hogwarts, Harry’s wizarding world initiation is fast, so first impressions are important. Receiving his wand, meeting Ron, Hermione and Malfoy, being Sorted into Gryffindor – a lot that happens in those early weeks has a lasting impact.

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These chapters… These chapters! These chapters are filled with first impressions of the magical world. The wonder of Diagon Alley, Plattform Nine and Three-quarters and the Sorting Hat. No matter if you read it for the first time or the twentieth, you are as amazed.

Arrival at Hogwarts

If I had to chose one thing from the Harry Potter books to experience it would be arriving at Hogwarts as a first year. The tradition of going by boat across the lake is beautiful and gives such a first impression of Hogwarts. Just imagine the castle and its reflection in the lake. Beautiful and magical. I’d love it.

Being sorted would be nerve wracking, Pottermore is a much safer way to be sorted (you don’t have a few hundred people looking at you), but I would definitely do it if it meant I could study at Hogwarts (#Ravenclaw #HousePride). Also, please tell me, is there anyone who would mind attending one of the feasts at Hogwarts?

You have to agree Hogwarts knows how to make an entrance. From the first moment Harry puts his foot close to the school you are filled with wonder. This is something every school should strive for – wonder and excitement. A great welcome would give any student a bag of motivation. There won’t have to be magic or a banquet, but something special to welcome the students back. Maybe ice cream as dessert? Or a chocolate frog?


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Magic and the Muggle World

The Dursleys hate magic. They would prefer it not to exist, but they know it does. So they angrily reject and stubbornly ignore any signs of it in the Muggle world – even when forced to take in their wizard nephew, Harry.

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I love the first chapter of Harry Potter. The normal family and the strange things that happens. Having read it sooo many times and now listening to it, I cannot do anything but appreciate it. It draws you in and you never want to leave.

Separate Worlds

I have to say that it is astonishing how separate the muggle and magical worlds are. They basically have nothing to do with each other. Not even fashion seems to have crossed over (not to mention normal paper and pencils). In the first chapter Dumbledore and McGonagall are dressed in the usual robes worn by the magical community. When reading the books as a kid this just makes the magic more magical, but when thinking about it now I don’t know how to feel. Maybe I’m just used to a very global world.

Thinking about something as simple as the different fashion styles of muggles and wizards, I cannot help to think that there has to bee quite a few wizards with basically no muggle connections. Or at least throughout history there has been very few connections. But since television doesn’t work that well together with magic (magical interference) it might be how the communities have managed to stay so uninfluenced by each other.


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The Wizarding World Book Club

I am a little late to the party, but who cares? 😀 The Wizarding World Book Club. I heard about it, loved the idea, and somehow didn’t log in to Pottermore. It started a month ago, Friday 23 June, but I’ll be joining now (I started listening to the first book on audiobook. First time listening to a Harry Potter book).

I hope to have some fun Harry Potter months to look forward to!