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Becoming Dobby: Weird but free #MNBHP


Becoming Dobby: Weird but free ~ Yes, Dobby is weird, but he is also free. Free to help other dismissed elves. Free to rescue the Chosen One. Free to do the good he was prevented from doing when he was the Malfoy’s slave…. Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Quick to forgive #MNBHP


Becoming Harry Potter: Quick to forgive ~ Harry and Ron have been at odds from page 285 (give or take) to page 358! Harry, bewildered and frightened, turns to his best friend (one of them) for comfort only to receive rejection. And yet, before Ron can even say, “I’m sorry,” Harry forgives him…. Read More »

Becoming Hermione Granger: Toast Deliverer #MNBHP


Becoming Hermione Granger: Toast Deliverer ~ What Hermione bringing Harry toast says about her and how a simple act shows the power of the Hermione-Harry friendship... Read More »

Becoming Albus Dumbledore: Judge of Beards #MNBHP


Becoming Albus Dumbledore: Judge of Beards ~ Fred and George, along with some of their peers, have broke Dumbledore’s specific warning and decree for underage wizards not to submit their names into the Goblet. He could be livid—certainly if this were Umbridge the boys would be carving, “I Shall Not Break Arbitrary Rules,” into their hands. But, Dumbledore chooses instead to complement the boys’ beards. Why?... Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Impervious to Imperio #MNBHP


Becoming Harry Potter: Impervious to Imperio ~ In his first lesson on the Unforgivable Curses, Mad-Eye Moody (Crouch Jr.) tells the class that, “it takes real strength of character, and not everyone’s got it,” to be impervious to the Imperious Curse. Clearly, Harry has very strong character because he was impervious to Voldemort’s Imperious Curse. So, how do we, those of us who want to be a bit more like this boy wizard we so admire, develop the strength of character to become impervious? I think we can find the answer, or at least part of the answer, in the words of our favorite Headmaster... Read More »

Becoming Cedric Diggory: Humble Hufflepuff #MNBHP


Becoming Cedric Diggory: Humble Hufflepuff ~ Tag someone who reminds you of Cedric Read More »

Becoming Ginny Weasley: Valentine’s Day Reject #MNBHP


Becoming Ginny Weasley: Valentine’s Day Reject ~ How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day? Read More »

Becoming Sirius Black: Azkaban Escapee #MNBHP


Becoming Sirius Black: Azkaban Escapee ~> How are you going to escape Azkaban? Read More »

The Potions Riddle

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The Potions Riddle By hpboy13   Danger lies before you, while safety lies behind,  Two of us will help you, whichever you would find, One among us seven will let you move ahead, Another will transport the drinker back instead, Two among our number hold only nettle wine, Three of us are killers, waiting hidden in line.    While writing about the obstacles protecting the Sorcerer’s Stone, I brought up the incredible way Jo integrated all the elements of the potions riddle into Half-Blood Prince, in the correct order no less.  To recap, Snape’s potion riddle that Hermione solves (SS285) features three poisons (“killers, waiting hidden in line”), two bottles that “hold only nettle wine,” one potion to move forward towards danger, and one potion to move backwards to safety.  Prefect Marcus over at The HP Lexicon, among many others, figured out the two potential solutions to the riddle (  For my purposes, I assume the correct order is the following, because it fits with many of the parallels throughout the series: Poison, Wine, Forward, Poison, Poison, Wine, Back.   As long as there has been a Potter fandom, fans have noticed that there are an awful lot of sevens ... Read More »

Becoming Remus Lupin: Voice of Reason #MNBHP

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Becoming Remus Lupin: Voice of Reason ~ Who has been your voice of reason? Read More »

The Three-Book-Long Chess Match

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The Three-Book-Long Chess Match By hpboy13   Let us harken back to Sorcerer’s Stone, to a chess match that won Ron Weasley fifty points for Gryffindor, and ended up being one of the best scenes in the entire film series.  This chess match is one of The Analyzed Passages of the Pre-DH Era – those lines or paragraphs in the first five (later six) books that the fandom collectively agreed foreshadowed later books… if we could only understand how!  (see also: the prophecy, “in essence divided,” Dumbledore’s “gleam of triumph,” etc.)  One of the things that a majority of fans agreed on back in the day was that the chess match secretly foretold how the rest of the series would play out… if readers could only decipher which piece was which character! Well, now we have Deathly Hallows available to us.  Does the chess match indeed foretell how DH ends? Surprisingly, there is much less consensus now that we actually have the allegedly foretold ending, than there was while everyone was still guessing.  On the one hand, broad strokes of the chess match certainly seem applicable.  On the other hand, it’s not readily apparent as a perfect fit, and some ... Read More »

Becoming Hermione Granger: Courageous #MNBHP


Becoming Hermione Granger: Courageous ~ Whom do you know that has shown courageous friendship? Read More »

Becoming Fred & George: Freakishly Generous #MNBHP


Becoming Fred & George: Freakishly Generous ~ Who do you know who is freakishly generous like Fred and George? Read More »

Becoming Neville Longbottom: Boggart Master #MNBHP


Becoming Neville Longbottom: Boggart Master… How are you going to conquer your boggart? Before you answer, consider the following... Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Bad Blooded #MNBHP

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According to Aunt Marge, Harry is bad from the inside out and there is no changing the inside. We Potterheads know better than that. It is our choices that show who we truly are. We all have both darkness and light within. What darkness are you going to turn into light in 2015? Read More »

Becoming Dobby: A Free Elf #MNBHP


Becoming Dobby: A Free Elf...Would you do for someone what Dobby did for Harry? Read More »

Becoming Ernie Macmillan: Foot Eater #MNBHP


I just want to say, Harry, that I’m sorry I ever suspected you. I know you’d never attack Hermione Granger, and I apologize for all the stuff I said. We’re all in the same boat now, and, well—” He held out a pudgy hand, and Harry shook it. What do you do when you realize you’ve stuck your foot in your mouth? How do you treat others who have, like Ernie, stuck their foot in their mouths? Read More »

hpboy13 is back!


Head over to the "Quibbler" to check out hpboy13's most recent editorial, "Seven Obstacles for Seven Books"! Irvin's editorial looks at each obstacle the trio overcame in "Sorcerer's Stone" and how each obstacle the trio overcomes pairs with each of the books in what magic is involved and how the trio gets through it. Read More »

Becoming Ron Weasley: Bibliophobe #MNBHP


Harry and Ron stumble upon Tom Riddle’s diary in Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom. Harry’s first response is to pick it up—logical, right? Not to Ron. He’s been in the wizarding world long enough to know not to trust a—dun, dun, duuunn—book! ... Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Slytherin’s heir #MNBHP


Becoming Harry Potter: Slytherin’s heir Labels. At one point or another we have all either given one to someone or received one. Some labels can be good and encouraging: youngest Seeker in a century, the Chosen-One, the Boy-Who-Lived, etc. Others are not so good and very discouraging: attention seeker, lousy boyfriend, Mudblood, etc…. Read More »