My name is Michael. I'm a sixteen year old Ravenclaw. The first time that I read Harry Potter I was eight. Which was really too young to get the full understanding of the books. I managed to read up to Order of the Phoenix, which was released the same year. I, like everybody, wanted to go to Hogwarts and firmly believe that the owl delivering my letter got lost. I initiate my friends in a who-knows-more game about Harry Potter, which I usually win(They are not Potterheads). On the two weeks before July 31, I reread the whole series, and on the 31 I watch all 8 movies. I am currently working as a transcriber for Alohomora! and write for Level 9.
On a more personal note, I want to be a journalist, and then work my way into writing books.
Summary: How honest is the inscription on the Mirror of Erised and what does it say about the person who stands in front of it?
I understand where you are coming from, but I think that it is based off the hearts desire. It shows Harry's parents, because that chunk of his heart is what he has always yearned for. Love is something that has always been denied by Harry, so he really doesn't know what he is missing. Only his heart knows, and that is what is reflected in the mirror.
Ron, who was always denied the joy of feeling special, was reflected as something great and something that people would notice. The Horcrux does a great job of telling this because it says "I have seen you heart... Least loved, always, by the mother who craved a daughter. Least loved, now, by the girl who prefers your friend... Second best, always, eternally overshadowed.... What are you compared to the Boy Who Lived.... Your mother confessed that she would have preferred me as a son."
This Horcrux reveals what is in his heart, and it is the same things as the mirror, only in a darker tone. In the mirror he sees a way to make himself noticed and loved.
Dumbledore saw his family. His one regret, the thing that troubled his heart the most.
They all have a common theme: love, respect, honor. Those are things that are on the brain, but they are really rooted in the heart.
Summary: These are the questions that I thought of while re-reading chapter 12 of Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone
About the Christmas thing, you forgot to take in account that, in the first year, there was no danger. However, in the third year you have the threat of Sirius Black, and people want to be near their family in times of trouble.
Summary: Some wild guesses about different aspects of using the Floo Network, and my opinion on the Floo-related topics discussed on the Alohomora! podcast.
I like your thoughts about the effects of Floo on the environment. I had never thought of it in that aspect before, but it does make sense. I personally don't think that wizards know about pollution. They are often out of touch with the happenings in the muggle world and don't pay much attention to what's happening. I don't think pollution, despite its severity with muggles, would've been made known in the wizarding world.
Author's Response: Yes that's what I was thinking, too! Even if wizards do create pollution in some way, they could probably fix it with magic. Thanks for the comment!
Summary: As we dive deeper into the wizarding world, I ask what may seem like a surprising question to many fans.
Great essay Ali. I personally would go to Hogwarts even in the threat of danger, because as Dumbledore once said, "Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."
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.