I'm a 16 year old guy from Sweden. I study natural science but my biggest passion really is books. I'd love to one day live of writing. But as of now, I just write as a hobby (when I'm not reading). Oh and I am a hardcore Liverpool fan, and enjoy watching big football tournaments, but that's as far as my sport interest goes. (I would so play quidditch, though)
Like many others I love the films but if I had to choose one thing to bring to a desert island, it would be my Blomsbury Harry Potter Collection. Then, I could gladly disintegrate alongside my dear, dear books.
Summary: In this close read, I take a look at each individual obstacle standing between Voldemort and the Philosopher’s Stone and rank them on what year of school would be required to get through each challenge. Was it too easy to get to the Stone if three first years managed to get all the way through? Or do Harry, Ron, and Hermione possess unusual and unique skills that gives them an advantage?
One has to keep in mind that the trio needed all three's skills and knowledge to get to the last room. So, while the obstacles may not have been extremely hard, they were diverse and would have required someone with good enough skills in each and every subject to get past each room. The last room then whipes all hope away for the person that has gone through all the obstacles to get the Stone, as you can't get your hands on the Stone if you want it. The chance that a sole person would go through all that and not want the Stone for own personal gain ins't very large. Add to all this, the fact that one doesn't simply wander in to Hogwarts with bad intentions.
A good essay, which goes in detail on every obstacle and its level of difficulty. However, I believe you have to see the whole picture, which I've tried to describe above, to appreciate the total level of difficulty to steal the Philosopher's Stone.
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Summary: As we dive deeper into the wizarding world, I ask what may seem like a surprising question to many fans.
Interesting! Jo has said that when Harry entered the Wizarding world, he saw only the fantastical part of it, but he soon realised that every bad thing in the Muggle world existed in the Wizarding world too. Also, everything is exaggerated due to the powers of magic and so it is often even worse in the Wizarding world.
I'd just like to expand my thoughts into why we all would still want to go to this, in default, more dangerous world. I think it's partly because of that it's different and probably fits with human nature alot better. Even with technology, we still seek to make life easier and flow better all the time and with magic, everyday life gets much easier.
However, I also believe that Jo's writing and the story as a whole is a big reason. We see how Harry's life gets better, more dangerous maybe, but he's happier in the Wizarding world. He gets friends and through Jo's writing we really get happy as readers on all the occasions where Harry gets happy. This underlying promise of a happier life in this magical world, combined with the bad and quite unjust picture of the Muggle world, I think sets of our imaginations.
A big part of being human is dreaming and, to use the Queen's own words, "Imagine better". Perhaps in the sense which Jo means; for the whole race of humans and for future generations, but maybe more so in the egoistic way of imagining a different and happier life than the already good lives we have ourselves.
I think that for me it's more the happiness that the characters often show that lures me into the world over and over, more than it is the magic on it's own. That it happens in the magical world surely adds even more to my strong attraction.
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.