Hey Everyone! My name is Sierra and I have been a Potterhead since 2001 when the first movie came out. I know - it's quite the crime to have seen the movie first and only then become a fan, but such was my journey into Harry Potter's magical world. I've never looked back since!
I just graduated from a Muggle university, but like many out there, I still haven't quite figured out what to do with my future - save for the fact that I know it will involve Harry Potter in some way. I am currently working abroad in Europe teaching English and I also write for Level 9 with my fellow awesome Unspeakables. I love to talk about Potter, so hit me up anytime!
Summary: A look at why the Hufflepuffs do not deserve the reputation many give them
I agree with this wholeheartedly! I am not a Hufflepuff, but a Ravenclaw, however, I too am sick of hearing people rag on Hufflepuff house! I think this whole issue points out a problem with the series: we get everything through a very Gryffindor-biased perspective and when we see Hufflepuff in the book, it tends to be when they're feuding with Harry in some way (ie when Harry gets chosen as a fourth champion and when everyone thinks Harry is the heir of Slytherin). But Hufflepuffs have such good qualities. You would think people would be proud to find out they're loyal, honest, hardworking, virtuous, and all around good quality people, but apparently not and I don't understand why. Great quibble!
CoS Chapters 1 & 2 Close-reading Questions/Thoughts by SpiritAuror2
Rated: All Ages [Reviews - 4]
Summary: 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.
In high school I took a lot of AP courses (which are basically advanced courses for college for anyone who might be reading this outside the US) and they often assigned light homework for summer, usually just to read a book ahead of time or something like that. But obviously that is a far cry from what might be expected of an 11-year-old to do so I too find it surprising that Harry would have homework for the first few summers. Maybe it wouldn't be so odd going in to 5th and 7th year because of exams - the narrator often describes in those years how grueling the homework was for them before exams, so I wouldn't be surprised if those summers were busy with assignments.
I'm from the U.S. so I am not a great authority on this, but the few times I have been lucky enough to visit in Europe, it seemed totally normal to have dinners this late at night. I think in general, the culture abroad is much more prone to take their time eating at meals and have them later at night than we do in the U.S., which is something I think we could learn a thing or two from. But perhaps someone out there who actually lives in Europe/the U.K. can give the most accurate information?
Summary: On Episode 10, Michael noticed that the Dursleys are compared to animals very often. Kat asked for a portrait of the Dursleys as animals... so here it is! See if you can spot Harry!
This needs to be front page news on MuggleNet or something! I love it and I can't believe someone actually drew this - it's awesome!
Author's Response: :) Thanks, I'm glad you like it!
Summary: This quibble relates the four Hogwarts houses to the most widely used system of personality characteristics in the world: the Big Five, also known as the Five Factor Model. As a psychology student I thought it would be interesting to match the five components that are considered to be the building-blocks of our personality with the houses and their separate qualities.
This was a fabulous quibble! I think so often a lot of people try to come at the Sorting Hat from personal perspectives we have on the four houses - that is to say, looking only at what the Sorting Hat songs tell us, how characters are sorted, what Pottermore has to say, personal biases (I'm guilty as charged for all of the above!). But I think you are really one of the first people to take all of that and add a solid scientific component that was both useful and really cool! I found this really interesting and the fact that as you pointed out, this theory is based on research rather than research skewed towards proving a certain theory makes it all the more interesting and valid.
I don't know much about the field of psychology, but if you find more cool theories during the reread that are applicable to HP, I would love to hear what the psych world has to say!
Author's Response: Wow, you made me blush! I'm still working on another psychology-related quibble (nature, nurture and choices in the HP world), which has unfortunately been massively delayed; my studies are draining a lot of my time right now. But once I have some time to spare again I'll get back to it. Thanks for your kind review, I'm glad you found my take on the houses and their qualities interesting.
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.