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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 »

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 »

Becoming Harry Potter: Parselmouth #MNBHP


Harry is labeled a Dark wizard because of an “inherited” skill. Ernie Macmillan is essentially saying the skill makes the person and not the other way around. Hopefully most of us know not to take Ernie seriously in forming our opinion of Harry’s character, but how many of us take Ernie-like judgment statements as fact rather than prejudice (pre judgment)? How many things do we believe about others just because someone says they are so without getting to know the person ourselves?… Read More »

Seven Obstacles for Seven Books

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Seven Obstacles for Seven Books By hpboy13 Over the years, many essayists have attempted to connect the seven protections of the Sorcerer’s Stone to the seven books of the Harry Potter series.  Such a premise, by necessity, includes a bit of stretching – connecting types of magic and elements and whatnot.  I always enjoyed these essays – if you care to look at some of my favorites, dig into the MuggleNet archive and read the Two-Way Mirror column by Daniela (editorials #2, 4, and 5) for some absolutely epic matrix-y analysis.   I want to take my own stab at it, because I have not really seen an updated version that takes the latter books into account.  (This theory was in its heyday shortly before Book 6 came out, once everyone was heartily sick of guessing who the Half-Blood Prince was and analyzing every word and every ellipse in the prophecy.  After Half-Blood Prince, everyone was far too concerned with RAB, Horcruxes, and Snape to return to this, especially since the sixth obstacle fit the sixth book like a glove and did not demand much further analysis.)   Knowing Jo, seven obstacles for seven books should have some connection.  After ... Read More »

Becoming Moaning Myrtle: Life of the party #MNBHP


Becoming Moaning Myrtle: Life of the party~> How are you going to silence your Moaning Myrtle? Think of one stinky thought that brings you down, turn it around and share your new, improved, life-of-the-party thought with us... Read More »

Becoming Gilderoy Lockhart: Self-Obsessed Fraud #MNBHP


The title of this article is: Becoming Gilderoy Lockhart. You may be asking yourself, who in the world would want to become Lockhart? Probably no one, the problem is that so many of us are becoming Gilderoy…. Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Friend of house-elves #MNBHP


Becoming Harry Potter: Friend of house-elves. How are you going to become a friend of house-elves? ... Read More »

What would Snape see in the Mirror of Erised?


This editorial was written for an essay contest at the Harry Potter Festival at Chestnut Hill College. by Kat M.  Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Halloween adventurer #MNBHP


This Halloween don’t just trick-or-treat. Make this year a year of adventure--a Harry-sized adventure... Read More »

A Muggle’s perspective on the influence of death in the wizarding world

Tale of the Three Brothers

This editorial was written for an essay contest at the Harry Potter Festival at Chestnut Hill College. by Kerri C. Read More »

Imperfections blur the lines between reality and fantasy


This editorial was written for an essay contest at the Harry Potter Festival at Chestnut Hill College. by Sarah P. Read More »

Becoming Dudley Dursley: Baconator #MNBHP


Becoming Dudley Dursley: Baconator... What’s your Baconater? Read More »

Becoming Hermione Granger: Cool Logic in the Face of Fire #MNBHP

How will you develop Hermione-esk logic? Will you be the one to solve Rowling’s next riddle? Share your answer with us using #MNBHP Read More »

Becoming Albus Dumbledore: A Well-Organized Mind #MNBHP


Organize your mind by reorganizing your treasure... Read More »

Becoming Lord Voldemort: Master of Quirrell #MNBHP


This post is titled Becoming Lord Voldemort, but it’s really not hard to become him. Most of us battle with self-centeredness. The real challenge is admitting to that Voldemort tendency within ourselves and turning away from it. When we feel the me-first urge, we need to remember Harry—the boy who has a “saving people” thing—and ask ourselves: Is placing myself above everyone else worth becoming more like Lord Voldemort? Or would I rather have a “saving people” thing? Share your answer with us using #MNBHP. Read More »

September Quibbler contest winner: When Harry met Salander


This is the winning entry for the Literary Potter Quibbler contest. by Elizabeth Tolbert There is a wonderful quote by Maya Angelou that states, “we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” There are times when we find that those words ring true, and it is usually when we least expect it. Even two people whom we perceive to be polar opposites have more in common than we think. Take, for instance, Harry Potter and Lisbeth Salander (of the Millennium Trilogy, just in case you’re not familiar. In which case, dishonor on you and dishonor on your cow.) Now, you’re probably thinking, “what on earth could the Boy Who Lived have in common with the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo?” And the answer to that is a lot more than you or I could possibly have imagined. Let’s start with their backgrounds, shall we? As you know, Harry’s parents died tragically, leaving him in the neglectful and barely-there care of his reluctant aunt and uncle. While Lisbeth is no orphan, her parents were unable to properly care for her, seeing as one is in a permanent care facility and the other is a murderous psychopath. This left her ... Read More »

Becoming Ronald Weasley: Wizard’s Chess master #MNBHP


Share with us how someone's been the "necessary sacrifice" for you, using #MNBHP. Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Facing the Mirror of Erised #MNBHP


"The happiest man on Earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal mirror, that is, he would look into it and see himself exactly as he is…" - Albus Dumbledore. Share with us what you see in the Mirror of Erised using #MNBHP. Read More »

Becoming Hermione Granger: Taking the fall #MNBHP


If you complete this challenge, you won’t be a Muggle anymore. If you don't, maybe you're more like the Dursleys than you think... Read More »