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Opinion by bendaimmortal posted over a year ago
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It is known for a fact that accidental magic often happens when a (young) witch or a wizard is really angry, really scared, or really confused. Not to mention in a state of a high stress which can involve all of those emotions.
And then something magical happens, usually something horrible, to the person or thing that is causing the emotions on the witch/wizard.

The books make a big deal about accidental magic, and how young children have little to no control over their magic and thus do a lot of accidental magic.
But obviously they're doing something about it, as the magical society is still mostly hidden but no one can learn magic control over-night and just wake up one morning and no longer have accidents.

Despite of the books making a big deal about the accidental magic, I don't think Rowling has ever given any official explanation as for how do witches and wizards work on the problem. Apart from there being a Squad in the Ministry of Magic for reversing accidental magic situations.
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List by lorythefangirl posted over a year ago
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Lets get started so lets go with the pros, as you know they will be the hardest so lets get it over with...
PROS
1.You seem to have lots of money as a death eater as when you look at the malfoys house its very big...
2. They seem to have extreme trust in the the dark side as they believe in the unbreakable vow and we know that when you break an unbreakable vow the punishment is death.
3. You are more safe from the dark lord as that you work for him and if you stay a loyal follower he should not have to hurt you and youre family.
4. You dont really have to do any work as voldemort belives that he is the king and has full power so you just do what your told and to be honest he doesnt really wnat to give you that much since he wants to kill harry himsef
4. You get to unleash the evil villian in you and your pierrs wont judge you as they will embrace it.
5. If you are a desendant from a deatheater you wont have to feel guilty because you would have to be a deatheater.
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Fan fiction by Matsuo_Yumi posted over a year ago
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The two of us; Kaitlyn and I, walked through the large doors and into the Entrance Hall. The entrance Hall was crowded as it always was on the first day. Students of all years were entering in groups, leaving the First Years a little startled. They probably didn’t know where to go, what to do, whom to look for. I smiled to myself, we were just like that! Some five years ago, I realised that we had grown only when I saw the little ones.
“Cal? Caldera?” I turned towards Kaitlyn, who looked irritated.
I raised an eyebrow, “What did I do?”
“We were talking, remember?” she said, furrowing her eyebrows.
I sighed. I had told her about the incident with Fred and she wouldn’t stop talking about how I was cursed by oblivion.
“How oblivious can you be? He asked you to the Yule Ball and you accepted! Why did you? To dance?” she kept speaking.
I rolled my eyes. Why did they think that going to the Yule Ball with Fred was such a big event? It was almost two years ago.
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Opinion by FanFic_Girl_26 posted over a year ago
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I will miss Richard Griffiths very greatly. He was a fantastic actor and a great loss. He did an awesome job bringing Vernon Dursley to life the way he did.

Sometimes his true warmth peeked through, as in that one neat scene in the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone where he is talking about Sundays being a ‘fine day’ and asks why that is. When Daniel’s Harry asks him “Because there’s no post on Sundays?”, Richard momentarily dropped the Vernon persona and beamed warmly at him, replying, “Right you are, Harry”, and went on in a far jollier fashion than his character Vernon usually portrayed — that is, until the hundreds of Hogwarts letters began to pour into the house.

I bet that deep down, unlike Vernon, Richard liked imagination and magic. Plus, if Vernon was real, Richard would’ve also taken the time to give Vernon a lecture on how an uncle should treat a nephew — especially if the nephew, like Harry, happened to be a wizard. :)

Rest in peace, Richard. As you go on, be sure to take our love for you with you as you head off into, as Albus Dumbledore put it, ‘the next great adventure’. :’)
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List by zar_far11 posted over a year ago
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Dolores Umbridge: the horrible woman who is the most cruel and hated character in the Harry Potter series. Here are 100 reasons as to why I hate Dolores Umbridge.


1) She believes in extremely harsh, severe, and cruel punishments.

2)Too much pink.

3) She's just doesn't make sense. Like, how she tells everyone to raise their hands if they want to speak, but then she ignores them.

4) She's racist. Well, she's technically "half-breed-ist", because she thinks wizards and witches are better than centaurs, werewolves, goblins, elves, etc. I hate that, because without the help of a lot of half breeds, the Hogwartians would have lost the Battle of Hogwarts.

5) She has a bad taste in fashion. She wears way too much frill and lace.

6) Her voice doesn't match her appearance. I mean... she looks like a toad with the voice of a…um… really-high-pitched-singing bird. Very weird.

7) Umbridge tried to get Dumbledore sacked. Well, if you haven't noticed, Dumbledore's still headmaster and Umbridge left Hogwarts with a fear of centaurs. I'd leave Dumbledore alone, if I were you. ;)
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List by karolinak1999 posted over a year ago
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This article is based on my Harry Potter forum:
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All memes submitted to my:
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....I know you can do that on the actual Forum, but here it's simpler - no comments, no page 1, page 2........
.......Also, it's a great way of making sure the meme you are considering to submit.....hasn't been posted already!!!!

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"All the Polls"

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Guide by karolinak1999 posted over a year ago
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This article is based on my Harry Potter forum:

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Created this to keep track of the winning meme's!!!

So far 32 rounds completed....more coming shortly!!
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Finalized rounds & Winners


Round 1: 25/8/13 1st place: link 2nd: LadyAmortentia
Round 2: 31/8/13 1st place: link 2nd: loonylovegood7
Round 3: 10/9/13 1st place: link 2nd: totalpotterfan & GoodWitchesRAJA
Round 4: 21/09/13 1st place: link 2nd: LadyAmortentia
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Opinion by Thecharliejay posted over a year ago
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J.K. Rowling goes Beyond the Epilogue
[info from various sources including MSNBC and USA Today]

J.K. Rowling has announced in new interviews with the Today show on NBC TV today (July 26) that the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was vague on purpose.

She said it was her desire for it to be "nebulous," something "poetic," and that she wanted the readers to feel as if they were looking at Platform 9 3/4 through the mist, unable to make out exactly who was there and who was not.

She admitted her original epilogue was "a lot more detailed," including the name of every child born to the Weasley clan in the past 19 years. For example, Victoire, who was snogging Teddy, Lupin and Tonks' son, is Bill and Fleur's eldest child.

"But it didn't work very well as a piece of writing," J.K. said. "It felt very much that I had crowbarred in every bit of information I could ... In a novel you have to resist the urge to tell everything."
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Article by Scarlet127 posted over a year ago
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"Of the many fearsome beasts and monsters that roam our land, there is none more curious or more deadly than the Basilisk, known also as the King of Serpents. This snake, which may reach gigantic size, and live many hundreds of years, is born from a chicken's egg, hatched beneath a toad. Its methods of killing are most wondrous, for aside from its deadly and venomous fangs, the Basilisk has a murderous stare, and all who are fixed with the beam of its eye shall suffer instant death. Spiders flee before the Basilisk, for it is their mortal enemy, and the Basilisk flees only from the crowing of the rooster, which is fatal to it."
—A page from an old library book.[src]
The Basilisk is a giant serpent, also known as the King of Serpents. It is a creature bred by Dark Wizards. Herpo the Foul was the first to breed a Basilisk; he accomplished this by hatching a chicken egg beneath a toad which resulted in the creature known as a Basilisk. Basilisk breeding was banned in Medieval times. The practice can be hidden when the Department for Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures comes to check by simply removing the egg from the toad.
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Article by Scarlet127 posted over a year ago
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Dragons are giant winged, fire-breathing reptiles. Widely regarded as terrifying yet awe-inspiring, they can be found all over the world and are frequently referred to in Asian and medieval European folklore. Able to fly and breathe fire through their nostrils, they are one of the most dangerous and hardest to conceal creatures in the wizarding world. The Ministry of Magic classifies them as XXXXX, most dangerous, or known wizard killers. Despite how dangerous they are, there are people who are trained to work with them, called dragon keepers, or dragonologists. A wizard who illegally trades and sells dragons is referred to as a dragon dealer. Members of the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures who kill Dragons are called Dragon Killers.
Dragon mothers breathe fire on their eggs to keep them warm. The dragon's first fire breaths, usually accompanied by thick grey smoke, appear when the dragon is around six months old. However, the ability to fly is normally developed later, at around twelve months, and the dragon will not be fully mature until it is two years old and ready to live on its own. Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit states that you are to feed a...
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Article by Scarlet127 posted over a year ago
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A werewolf is a human being who, upon the complete rising of the full moon, becomes a fearsome and deadly near-wolf. Werewolves can be easily distinguished from regular wolves by their shorter snout, more human-like eyes, the tufted tail, and their mindless hunting of humans whilst in wolf form. At all other times, they appear as normal humans, although they will gain a pallor as the moon approaches and then wanes. This condition is caused by infection with lycanthropy, also known as werewolfry. A werewolf cannot chose whether or not to transform and will no longer remember who they are and would kill even their best friend given the opportunity once transformed. Despite this, they are able to recall everything they have experienced throughout their transformation upon reverting to their human form. A mixture of powdered silver and dittany applied to a fresh bite will seal the wound and allow the victim to live on as a werewolf, although tragic tales are told of witches and wizards begging for death rather than becoming werewolves. The Wolfsbane Potion, invented by Damocles, allows the werewolf to keep their human mind during transformation.
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Review by Scarlet127 posted over a year ago
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Witch Weekly in 1995. The piece, written by Rita Skeeter, claimed that Hermione Granger was Harry Potter's girlfriend and that she was toying him around by seeking the affections of Viktor Krum, who himself was very much smitten with her. As with much of Skeeter's writing, though the essence of the article was false, there was smidgen of truth that lent the article an air of believability to those who did not know better. While Harry was not Hermione's boyfriend, the two had in fact been close friends since early in their first year at Hogwarts. Additionally, Hermione had danced with Krum at the Yule Ball earlier in the school year and Krum had invited her to visit him over the summer, a fact that Skeeter was only able to learn because she was listening in via her beetle form as an unregistered Animagus. The article also suggested that Hermione might be brewing love potions, something which she likely was in fact quite capable of doing, but would never actually do
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Review by Scarlet127 posted over a year ago
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the Fat Friar
The Fat Friar was a wizard, who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in his youth, and was Sorted into Hufflepuff. He was a jolly man and very forgiving. He devoted his life to religion and, after his death, returned to the school as the resident ghost of Hufflepuff House.
As a ghost, the Friar was pearly-white and slightly transparent, like all other ghosts. He had short brown hair, which he wore with a small tonsure. At first sight a monk, he was dressed in a habit held by a rope belt. He was fat and short, and usually carried a mug with him.
The Friar was very cheerful and welcoming, and happily greeted new students at Hogwarts. He also tended to find something to value in anyone and look past their faults, as he always insisted with the other ghosts to let Peeves attend the Start-of-Term Feasts despite his many wrongdoings. He also appeared to be quite sociable, meeting and engaging in conversation with fellow ghosts during Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington's five-hundredth Deathday Party.He also seems to have some House pride, as he happily reminisced about his "old House" when welcoming first-years. Despite this, he was always resentful of the fact that...
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Review by Scarlet127 posted over a year ago
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Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, known after his death as Nearly Headless Nick, (d. 31 October, 1492) was a wizard who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was Sorted into Gryffindor House. He was a wizard of the royal court as an adult. He was executed by an improper decapitation, after he had a magical mishap with Lady Grieve, in which she grew a tusk. Since then, he is the resident ghost of Gryffindor Tower at the Hogwarts Castle.
As a ghost, Sir Nicholas was pearly-white and slightly transparent. He had long curly hair. He would usually sport a ruff, which would ensure his partially severed head stayed in place, as well as tights, a pair of breeches, a doublet[ or, occasionally, a tunic. He had a preference for extravagant plumed hats. He also sported a small moustache and goatee. He carried himself in a prim fashion and spoke in an airy, delicate tone.
Sir Nicholas is affable, kind and always willing to lend a hand to Harry and other fellow Gryffindors whenever they need it. Nicholas apparently enjoyed eating during his lifetime, as after his death he spent the feasts at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry looking wistfully at the food....
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Review by Scarlet127 posted over a year ago
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Helena Ravenclaw
Helena was a tall witch with waist-length hair. She wore a floor-length cloak.
Helena Ravenclaw (late 10th century — early 11th century), known as the Grey Lady after her death, was a witch and Rowena Ravenclaw's daughter. She attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was Sorted into Ravenclaw house. At some point, she stole her mother's diadem and ran away to Albania. Rowena became fatally ill, and hoping to see her daughter one last time, sent the Bloody Baron, a man who harboured an unrequited love for Helena, to find her. The Baron killed Helena when she refused to return with him, before killing himself out of regret for what he had done. She and the Baron eventually returned as ghosts to Hogwarts Castle, where Helena is the Ghost of Ravenclaw House.
During the last few years of Tom Riddle's education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he became interested in the subject of Horcruxes. Planning to create some in an effort to become immortal, Riddle favoured objects worthy of the honour. He apparently heard of Ravenclaw's diadem, and questioned the Grey Lady about it. Tom managed to obtain all necessary information to get the diadem.
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Guide by Scarlet127 posted over a year ago
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the bloody baron
The Bloody Baron (late 10th century — early 11th century) was a wizard who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Founders' time and was Sorted into Slytherin house. After Hogwarts, he fell in love with Helena Ravenclaw, but she did not love him. He was sent by Rowena Ravenclaw to find Helena in Albania, but Helena refused to return with him and so he killed her in a rage. When he realised what he had done, the Baron stabbed himself with the same knife and died. Since then, he is one of the ghosts that haunts Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the ghost of Slytherin house. Covered in Helena Ravenclaw's blood to this day, he earned himself the moniker of "Bloody Baron".
During his lifetime, the Baron was described by Helena Ravenclaw as a "hot-tempered man". He insisted on having his way in interactions, responding with violent uncontrolled anger when contradicted. As a ghost, he was frightening and most people did not seem to enjoy his presence, not even his fellow ghosts. However, he seemed to have a cordial, if not friendly, relationship with the ghost of Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington, despite Ronald Weasley's allegations of the latter...
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Fan fiction by kool123 posted over a year ago
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This is a one-shot fanfic I wrote a couple of years ago, and is set at the end of The Goblet of Fire.
Hope you like it! :)

Harry felt so weak…happy…but weak. His worst possible enemy had been brought to immense power. What was he to do now? How was he supposed to live without having some fear inside him?
He sat, lonely and abandoned, on the damp grass in the wondrous Hogwarts grounds, running a hand through his medium length hair. He felt his scar with his fingertips as it tingled slightly from his touch. In his mind, Harry thought of himself as helpless, with no one on his side except for Ron, Hermione and Dumbledore. How was he going to cope?
And it was in that moment, his deep thoughts were interrupted. He noticed a blue shiny light ahead of him, almost like a Patronus light. Was it a Patronus? Harry stood up, eyeing the light as it grew from a mere ball into a shape. It was a woman, with a thin silver dress running down her body, as if it was just rags. Her skin was almost transparent, and as Harry stared into her eyes, he received a kind but serious look from them.
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List by BellaLovett posted over a year ago
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I'm not the one who wrote this list, I found it on tumblr. For some reason the link wouldn't upload so I decided to put it as an article because I found it so interesting

Accio Brings an object to you

Aguamenti Creates a gush of water from the tip of the spell caster’s wand

Alohomora Opens locks

Aparecium Makes invisible ink become visible

Avada Kedavra The Unforgivable Curse; Kills your opponent; taken from “Abra Cadabra”

Avifors Turns things into birds

Avis Makes birds fly out of the end of your wand

Bombarda Causes a small, locally contained explosion. To make a bigger explosion, one could use “bombarda maxima”

Colloportus Closes a door and binds it so that it can’t be opened.

Confringo AKA the Blasting Curse; Causes the item targeted to explode

Confundus Confounds your target, or makes them temporarily confused
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Fan fiction by Matsuo_Yumi posted over a year ago
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I tossed and turned around in bed as I tried to fall asleep. It was the day before I left for Hogwarts for the new school year. I don’t know whether it was excitement or just that I had forgotten to pack something that kept me from falling asleep. I had packed all my robes, other clothes, books and all other stuff the day before so that I wouldn’t have to participate in a scavenger hunt with Mum in the morning.
I sighed and turned over in bed again. The only source of light I had was the faint light of the crescent moon outside, meaning I couldn’t really see much.
I closed my eyes but sleep did not take over me. Maybe it was because I had slept more than a normal witch should during the vacation.
I groaned and threw the sheets off me and sat up in bed. I reached for my bedside table. I found it and felt around for the knob of the drawer. I pulled it open and took out my wand.
“Lumos,” I whispered and the tip of the wand lit up.
I looked at the alarm clock on my bedside table and saw that it was already three-thirty in the morning.
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Article by karolinak1999 posted over a year ago
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On the night that Sirius died, after the battle at the Ministry of Magic at the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore showed Harry, with the aid of his pensieve, the complete Lost Prophecy:

"The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches... Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies... and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not... and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives... the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies..." (OotP pg 841/741)

As Harry comes to the realization that the prophecy is about himself, Dumbledore tells him, and us:

"The odd thing is, Harry," he said softly, "that it may not have meant you at all. Sibyll's prophecy could have applied to two wizard boys, both born at the end of July that year, both of whom had parents in the Order of the Phoenix, both sets of parents having narrowly escaped Voldemort three times. One, of course, was you. The other was Neville Longbottom." (OotP pg 842/742)
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Opinion by AoifeF1 posted over a year ago
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"I enjoyed playing a real character, someone I really had to transform into definitely."
Emma Watson bristles at the mere mention of the name Hermione Granger.

She has nothing against her one-time alter ego as such, but for 12 years of her life she has had to live the squeaky-clean schoolgirl character from the Harry Potter franchise.

Indeed, since the age of nine when she was first cast in the role, she has lived the magical world of Hogwarts and Hagrids and now shifts uncomfortably in her chair with the reference to the character that made her a household name and turned her life upside down.

"I'm just enjoying now being naughty," she says with a giggle in reference to her new films The Bling Ring - where she plays a real-life Hollywood obsessed bad girl who robs houses of the rich and famous for fun - and the comedy This Is the End, in which she plays a fiery, axe-swinging version of herself. Both are huge departures from her previous image, but she hopes they will show she is more than that annoying little smart girl Hermione Granger.
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Opinion by AoifeF1 posted over a year ago
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Harry Potter fans enjoy Olivander's Wand Shop at the wizarding theme park in Orlando
Two years have passed since the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, was released. So Warner Bros, keen to keep the lucrative franchise alive, have decided to launch a three-day festival themed entirely on the magical world created by JK Rowling.

In a similar vein to the Star Wars Celebration events which have been hosted by Lucasfilm since 1999, A Celebration of Harry Potter will take place January 24-26 2014, during the park's less attended winter season, at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park based in Orlando, Florida.

Park attendees will be able to join in the Celebration activities, which will include Q&As with the stars and the filmmakers, lessons in wand dueling and other muggle fun. However, packages are being offered for between £250 and £450 per person for hardened fans and will allow access to a private evening reception and early access to the theme park's rides.
There are also rumours that the Celebration may involve a soft launch of the park's awaited Diagon Alley attraction, which is reportedly opening next June.
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Opinion by Jenna4093 posted over a year ago
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This speech was given by Cheryl Klein, a senior editor at Arthur A. Levine books (an imprint of Scholastic Inc.), and continuity editor for the American editions of Harry Potter (books 5, 6, and 7 I believe.) She made this speech and gave it at the Terminus 2008 Harry Potter conference in Chicago, Illinois. The speech is about Harry Potter and why we love it, using these four elements: character, voice, theme, and plot. Enjoy!

•    My name is Cheryl Klein
•    I’m a senior editor at Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
•    And the continuity editor for the U.S. editions of the Harry Potter books.
•    And it is a great pleasure to be with you here today
•    Because before I was any of that
o    Before I started as Arthur’s editorial assistant
o    Or moved to New York City
o    Or even thought about being in children’s publishing
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Review by AoifeF1 posted over a year ago
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Rubeus Hagrid is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. Hagrid is introduced in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as a half-giant and half man who is the gamekeeper and Keeper of Keys and Grounds of Hogwarts, the primary setting for the first six novels. In the third novel Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hagrid is promoted to Care of Magical Creatures teacher, and later becomes a member of the Order of the Phoenix.

Hagrid was among the characters that Rowling says she created "the very first day". She has explained the source of his name as "another old English word, meaning — if you were hagrid — it’s a dialect word — you’d had a bad night. Hagrid is a big drinker — he has a lot of bad nights." In her article "Harry’s Fame", Rosemary Goring notes the Forest of Dean is an influence on Rowling’s work, and Hagrid is the only character that is "directly drawn from the Forest of Dean". According to Goring, Hagrid’s "dropped word-endings are a Chepstow speciality." She also notes that Hagrid is physically "modeled on the Welsh chapter of Hells Angels who’d swoop down on the town and hog the bar,...
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List by zar_far11 posted over a year ago
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[b]The Boy Who Lived turns 33 today (age determined by Muggles That Rule The Internet), and he’s probably having a pretty great day. His kids aren’t yet at Hogwarts, so — if I can get a little fan fiction-y on you for a moment — he’s probably just spending the day with Ginny, James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna. His life is a lot easier now; not having a noseless mass murderer breathing down your neck (and in your head!) does wonders for your stress level. There’s a reason J.K. Rowling focused the story on his teenage years and isn’t currently writing an eighth book called Harry Potter the Suburban Dad. (to be clear: If she wrote it, I would read it.)
Because Harry’s post-Voldemort days eventually become pretty dang easy, I got to thinking about his Hogwarts years, which were 4,224 pages strong of mountain troll-fighting, blood quill-dealing, and mysteries galore. While I’m sure even the non-Potterphiles among you are aware of his biggest accomplishments (defeating Voldemort comes to mind) there are a lot of moments where Harry was pretty bloody awesome, and it’s totally been forgotten if you haven’t recently done a re-read. In honor of Harry’s...
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