pqotw 96

Podcast Question of the Week – Episode 96

This week’s PQOTW is all about inspiration, Professors, and… sweaters?

Daniel Radcliffe stated that, for the production of Order of the Phoenix, he had input into Harry’s wardrobe for the Dumbledore’s Army scenes. He cited that David Thewlis’s costumes in Prisoner, specifically the sweaters he wore, were inspiration. With this in mind, as well as how Harry is elected leader by the members of the DA, where does Harry draw inspiration for his teaching styles from? What makes him qualified to instruct other students in defensive magic?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and tune in to episode 97 to see if your ideas are discussed on the show!

  • SlytherinKnight

    I think that Harry draws his inspiration from Remus and Crouch Jr/Moody, they are the only two competent Defense teachers that he’s seen. I think he combines their teaching methods; Harry uses Remus’ approachable attitude and easy-going personality while using CJr/Moody’s aggressive ‘faith’ in his students. Crouch Jr pushed his students by treating them not as children but as young adults and saying that they were ready for more advanced works, pushing them to excel. Look at the fact that the majority of the DA could conjure a corporeal Patronus by the end of Harry’s fifth year, aside from the DA, who do we see with that ability outside of some members of the Order? That shows that pushing your students and engaging them allows them to excel.

    Also, Harry has the experience from the Triwizard Tournament that allows him to be qualified; he can throw off the Imperious Curse, conjure a corporeal Patronus by his third year and his adventures in first and second year, how many other students can do that.

  • DisKid

    I think Hermione already summed up why he’s qualified to teach. Out of all the students in that year, and possibly the rest of the school, he has had the most experience actually using defensive spells in life threatening situations. He’s also obviously good at it considering he is not only not dead yet, he made it through tri-wizard tournament/graveyard. I don’t personally think there’s much question as to why he’s qualified. Truthfully he’s probably more qualified as a teacher than half of the Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers so far! Especially Lockhart.

    As to where he got his teaching styles from, good question. My own thoughts are he created his own style by self-conciously combining styles of wizards he’s seen in action with dark arts defense such as Remus and Moody.

  • AccioPotassium!

    The main inspiration behind Harry Potter’s teaching methods would have to be our favorite marauding werewolf, Remus Lupin. Professor Lupin has greatly affected the performance of the chosen one throughout the third novel. Moony’s teaching style infused elements of valuable information with a hands-on approach to learning. One of Remus Lupin’s greatest strengths as a teacher would have to be his ability to make his lessons with a hint of amusement. This amusement seems to transfer onto Harry’s teaching style during the course of their hidden underground movement. Harry also uses some of the central lessons that he acquired from Mr. Lupin, such as the most remarkable teaching of the Patronus charm. Harry’s teaching of the Patronus charm is the definitive connection between both teachers, which shows how much they believe in their students when dark times are approaching.

  • As well as what everyone else has been saying, I think one of the biggest influences in his teaching style are actually Umbridge and Snape. His teaching methods are the exact opposites of theirs. Umbridge is the most obvious influence. They’ve formed this club because of her teaching methods, so it seems natural that he would strive to do the exact opposite of everything she is doing. With Snape, He’s kind and encouraging where Snape is cruel. I think that particularly in dealing with Neville, that Harry is using his experience with terrible teachers to inform the decisions he makes.

  • Elvis Gaunt

    Harry seems to have a pretty decent amount of control over the class and they respect him for his knowledge and skills in that particular subject (weather they believe in Voldemort’s return or not). He is not very stern with them and at the same time he does not take any nonsense (he stops Fred and George jinxing Zacharias). Who are the teachers we know in the series who exhibit these qualities? Professors Lupin and Flitwick.
    But, there is a difference between a Professor teaching their students and a student teaching their fellow students. Harry has no authority over the others in the room. He is teaching them as a friend to help them. Hermione had thought him the summoning charm and she also helped him practice a lot of curses and jinxes for the Third Task the previous year. He must have picked up some do’s and don’ts from her.

    So, I think Lupin, Flitwick and Hermione are the biggest influences on his teaching style. (Maybe he picked up a little bit from McGonagall and Moody-Crouch too.)

  • Hufflepug

    He seemed to have drawn inspiration from quite a few people:
    Umbridge – it makes sense that he would want the most interactive environment possible while he’s rebelling against someone infamous for shouting “wands away!” He sees a need for DADA education to be defensive training rather than theory, so she is his first and foremost inspiration.
    Lupin – it also makes sense that his favorite DADA professor, and the one who did the most hands on training with all of the students and was able to teach Harry the Patronus Charm, would be the one whose teaching styles rubbed off on him the most. Part of it probably also was due to the fact that Lupin was in the Order and had actually encountered a lot of the things that most of the other professors just used as a facade.
    Neville/Luna – they begin inspiring him during the DA lessons rather than before them, but when Harry sees that the outcasts are shining, he develops even more enthusiasm for seeing his peers improve and it motivates him to continue challenging everyone and being supportive.
    Lily – this is more subconscious, but two of Lily’s standout traits were her enthusiasm for learning and the care that she had for people she loved. Harry shows these traits in every single DA lesson. It may be some of his mother coming out in him.

  • Susan Schutjes

    I agree that the former and other teachers Harry has experienced (especially Lupin re. the Patronus), will have mostly determined his teaching style. I want to add to that, that he knows he can work with others on defensive spells specifically. He is qualified for that, as he learned those extra spells for the Third Task together with Ron and Hermione. Although he was the one who needed to learn back then, he learned those spells together with the other two. While doing so, he probably picked up the best way to explain new spells to himself and to others. And how practise makes perfect. Does this make sense?

  • horcruxe29

    The main reason Harry is qualified because he has faced a myriad of life threatening situations and responded appropriately and effectively with defensive magic. Not only did he procure the Sorcerer’s Stone, defeat the basilisk, win the Triwizard tournament, and survive the graveyard, he is the only survivor of the Killing Curse. Just the fact that he had survived makes him a sort of symbol against the Dark Arts. Combine that with his incredible survival abilities using defensive magic, Harry is more than qualified to teach and lead Dumbledore’s Army. Harry’s teaching skills probably come from Remus Lupin and Crouch Jr/Moody as they are the only teachers who were actually qualified for the position.

  • I love that!
    It shows that Dan really understood Harry’s respect for the wonderful Lupin. Something which I don’t think he ever really got enough credit for.

    I’m a teacher. The best kind of teachers learn from experience and observation of other teachers. What’s good? What’s not? They take it and apply it to their work. It makes them better teachers.

    Harry draws from Lupin and his own experience and somewhat minimal logic. He reflects on his own experience. He realises that the most important spells to learn first are the supposedly easy ones. His first defence spell he ever learnt was the very one that saved his life.

    Harry also isn’t afraid to show that he’s the facilitator. He has the knowledge. Harry makes it clear where they all stand immediately. That’s a mark of a good teacher. Experience, knowledge, observation, behaviour boundaries and if needed a classroom contract.

  • KeeperoftheKeys

    The most noticeable thing in my opinion was Harry’s commitment to starting with the easier stuff and working up. He didn’t burst into the Room of Requirement starting them each on conjuring a Patronus. He exhibits a practicality in his teaching and I think that he takes that from most of the teachers at Hogwarts, namely McGonagall and Snape- both of whom are shown to take their students through lessons that start small and work up to the big stuff, however he is more encouraging and understanding than Snape so that reminds me more of a McGonagall or a Flitwick. And obviously the by-the-book-method Umbridge uses is ineffective, so he does the exact opposite.

  • FeatherSickle7662

    I think because of Harry’s experience and the things he has been through, those things helped the DA members to select him as the leader and branded him qualified for the position. Harry at this point has also had private instruction from Lupin on casting a Patronus. This is also where I think he gets his style of teaching. He is encouraging them constantly and helping them as much as he can. He also has to take Neville aside to convince him that he can do this, just like Lupin did in POA. And of course, He is HARRY FREAKIN POTTER!

  • constant_vigilance

    First, I think that Harry drew inspiration from both the good and bad teachers he’s had. His patience and positive reinforcement come from Lupin, his demonstrative style and willingness to confront difficult spells from Crouch Jr./Moody and Hagrid. But he also has learned what not to do from other teachers. He avoids condescending comments that–while at times effective for Snape–would have been out of place in the D.A. context. Like others, I think that he’s making a deliberate effort to be the opposite of Umbridge.

    As for why he’s qualified, I think that he’s one of the only students who has been a student outside of the Hogwarts classroom. He took private lessons from Lupin in his third year, and then worked with Hermione and Ron to prepare for the First and Third Tasks in year four. Having these experiences may have given him a little more insight into what worked for him and what didn’t. Working on those spells to prepare for the Triwizard Tournament, he didn’t have any real guidance–he just had to figure it out. When you take the time to really learn something and understand it, it makes you better able to teach it. Knowing something inside and out would likely give you the confidence necessary to be a good teacher.

    I think fear is also a big motivator for Harry here. He’s afraid of what’s coming and likely feels the most heightened sense of urgency as compared to the rest of his classmates. He is training people who, whether he wants to admit it or not, will be fighting alongside him for good. He wants to protect them and give them the best tools to make it out alive. Perhaps that’s what makes him a good teacher.