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Becoming Harry Potter: Friend of Luna #MNBHP

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"You could’ve taken anyone!” said Ron in disbelief over dinner. “Anyone! And you chose Loony Lovegood?” Read More »

Becoming Albus Dumbledore: Humble know-it-all #MNBHP

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"I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being — forgive me — rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger…." Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: The Chosen One #MNBHP

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Becoming Harry Potter: The Chosen One ~ In Harry’s sixth year, he is labeled The Chosen One because of a prophecy made when he was a baby…. Read More »

Becoming Albus Dumbledore: Flawed in the best of ways #MNBHP

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Becoming Albus Dumbledore: Flawed in the best of ways #MNBHP ~ Dumbledore’s greatest flaw is also the best part about him... Read More »

Becoming Ginny Weasley: Hopeful despite Umbridge #MNBHP

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Becoming Ginny Weasley: Hopeful despite Umbridge ~ Ginny is able to see through Umbridge in a way Harry didn't even consider... Read More »

Becoming Neville Longbottom: Most improved #MNBHP

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Becoming Neville Longbottom: Most improved ~ In their seven years at Hogwarts, Neville Longbottom is clearly the most improved student of them all…. What brought about this transformation in Neville? ... Read More »

Becoming Remus Lupin: Friend of strangers #MNBHP

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Becoming Remus Lupin: Friend of strangers ~ "Lupin strolled away from the bed and over to the werewolf, who had no visitors and was looking rather wistfully at the crowd around Mr. Weasley…” Read More »

Becoming Ron Weasley: Prefect #MNBHP

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Why would Dumbledore choose Ron? Even if he didn’t want to put the pressure on Harry, there was still Seamus, Dean, and Neville to choose from. But he chose Ron, and I think I know why... Read More »

Becoming Hermione Granger: Beautifully secure #MNBHP

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But Hermione is still considered beautiful and is asked to the dance by Victor Krum! How does she pull this off?... Read More »

Becoming Dobby: Weird but free #MNBHP

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Becoming Ginny Weasley: Valentine’s Day Reject #MNBHP

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

Becoming Sirius Black: Azkaban Escapee #MNBHP

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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 (http://www.hp-lexicon.org/essays/essay-potionriddle.html).  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 »