Love HP. Grew up with it.
Summary: By Atana ('07)
I like it! :)
Summary: By Caitlin ('07)
How cute! :)
Summary: By Marina ('02)
I like how Voldemort is circling him and seeming to keep him prisoner :)
Summary: By Nundu ('07)
This is so sweet! :)
Summary: By Katy: This essay explores just why Voldemort's soul latched onto Harry and why it didn't latch onto anything else when his soul was ripped in half.
I imagine the elusive feline would have already been about twenty by the time the trio would have looked for Horcruxes! And, if the cat was a Horcrux, where would Voldemort's soul have gone whenever it died? Would it have gone full-on Voldemort? Or would Voldemort's soul simply have gone to reside in some other object? I guess the same goes for Nagini...
Summary: "Imagine being in Hufflepuff, I think I'd leave, wouldn't you?" This line by Draco Malfoy on page 60 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is presumably where the discrimination and stereotyping of Hufflepuff house began. We are all aware of the jokes and wisecracks that have been made, and many of us believe they are unprovoked and unnecessary. I enjoy a good Hufflepuff pun as much as the next person, but there is a line. Where is this line exactly? This is what I would like to find out.
I'm a Hufflepuff and agree with this wholeheartedly! I don't mind a little here and there, but everyone seems to take it a little far. One incident that could have led to people not liking Hufflepuff is when Ernie is talking with Hannah in the library about Harry being the heir of Slytherin and trying to kill Justin. I think that the Hufflepuffs vilifying Harry was just their way of standing up for Justin. They were trying to justify Harry "wanting" to kill him because they couldn't wrap their heads around someone wanting to "kill" their dear and sweet friend. This may have been misconstrued as backstabbing and gossipy, but I firmly believe that in their own way, the Hufflepuffs were once again only trying to protect their own.
Author's Response: Yes, very good point! They are sweet and kind, but if they are threatened, the claws come out! (literally in the case of their mascot :P)
Summary: In Chapter Three I believe Rowling gives us insight into the Dursleys' minds. With just three paragraphs, I think she truly explains how cold the Dursleys are as well as, how close-minded they are toward the magical community.
We could also further extend the metaphor of the house being the broken relationship of Lily and Petunia by using Hagrid as a symbol for what Lily is. Hagrid knocks the door down and nearly destroys the house when he comes in. What might have already been a rotten relationship between sisters, may have gotten worse when magic (Hagrid) came crashing through the doors.
Author's Response: I like that. I didn't think of it that way. After I wrote this essay I thought about comparing Hagrid to the Dursleys. When he comes, not only does he light a bright and warm fire, that warmth "hugged" Harry. So I guess one could write an essay comparing the two scenes.
Summary: A discussion of Sirius Black and Remus Lupin, with the focus on reading their canine forms as different representations of the homosexual male body.
I like the way you think. :)
Summary: Just a little comparison between who Lily Evans should have been with...
Not to mention, Severus was so selfish he was willing to sacrifice James and Harry for Lily, but James was willing to sacrifice himself for his son. Things to think about.
Author's Response: Exactly! James loved all his family, not just his wife however Severus only loved Lily but loathed her husband and son.
Summary: A look at why the Hufflepuffs do not deserve the reputation many give them
I'm a Hufflepuff and I love this Quibble! When I got Sorted into the House, I was thoroughly surprised and not at all happy. But then I took a look and realized that Hufflepuff wasn't all that different from Gryffindor, the House that everyone seems to like the most. I think one of the major differences between Hufflepuff and Gryffindor is that Hufflepuffs don't like to shout about their accomplishments and the awesome people it has housed. Hufflepuffs are also happy with who they are while Gryffindors are a bit more ambitious and always seem like they have something to prove to someone. And so, because of these reasons, I've always wondered why everyone has liked Gryffindor and everyone disliked Hufflepuff.
Summary: This quibble attempts to look at the sorting process through the Weasley family. It seems entirely possible after all the new information Pottermore has given us about the four houses, that some characters of this family could have actually been in other houses, yet JK Rowling keeps them in Gryffindor. The quibble looks at what houses each Weasley could have been in and then asks the question why they were kept in Gryffindor and posits the theory that maybe JK Rowling would have put them elsewhere, but kept them in Gryffindor to maintain the plot. It also opens up several other questions that allow plenty of room to theorize about the sorting process, especially in relation to families who get sorted together like the Weasleys.
I agree with you on pretty much every Weasley excepting Arthur. I think Arthur belongs in Hufflepuff because he is loyal, hardworking, and completely accepting of who he is. I think one thing that separates Gryffindors and Hufflepuffs, since they are so much alike, is the fact that Gryffindors always feel like they have something to prove to someone and like to, not as much as other houses, boast about their accomplishments (sorry if I've offended any Gryffindors with that statement). And Arthur is not one to boast of what a good person he is, or brag about his accomplishments. Rather he is meek and humble, like a Hufflepuff. He is also content with who he is and confident with his person because never once has he apologized for his fanaticism with Muggles when people thought it was strange. That's why I think he should have been in Hufflepuff.
Summary: A close look at how addiction and substance abuse is illustrated in the series. Will it change the way we look at certain characters, or even ourselves?
This was a beautifully written piece. I would like to say that another character you could say has a problem is Severus Snape. And you could make it his addiction to bullying children or his addiction to Lily Potter, either of them being veritable arguments. I looked at a couple of these characters you wrote about and sat back and thought yeah, that makes sense. I don't think I ever fully registered Trelawney, and I never thought of Hermione or Lucius being addicted to knowledge and respect, respectively. Well done. :)
We've talked a lot about where the curse of unicorn blood comes from, but just what exactly is the curse?! That's what this Quibble seeks to find out!
I'm back with more of my thoughts and questions that I had while re-reading the Harry Potter books. This time from Chapters 1 & 2 of Chamber of Secrets.
I pair up characters with magical creatures that are like them.
In which I try to explain my views on prejudice in the Wizarding world, and connect it to certain areas of the muggle world as well. The category is Fantastic Beats and Where to...
This is an essay I wrote for school comparing and contrasting the lives of Harry and Voldemort. It starts with their childhoods and continues until the end of the books.