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On Why Draco Malfoy is a Great Antagonist

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By teaadict Abstract: I was inspired to write this piece after reading too many fanfictions that start out great about the years right after the war, and then become unenjoyable as soon as they mention something about how Draco and the Malfoys are living terrible lives or plotting the rise of the next “Dark Lord.” I feel like these people have completely missed Rowling’s point in creating such a rich and deep antagonist in the Harry Potter series. Personally, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are the least likable characters in the series, because they were the hardest to relate to. They were too simple. Sure, they had some decisions to make, but really, all along, we knew they were the “good” guys and there was never any doubt as to whether they could be “bad.” The major decision of the series, whether to be for or against Voldemort, was already made for them. Hermione was Muggle-born, Ron was from a family of well-known “blood traitors,” and Harry’s parents had been killed by Voldemort. For them, the only decision was whether they should react actively or passively to the threat Voldemort posed. Since they were all in Gryffindor, the outcome was already ... Read More »

Richard Harris or Michael Gambon – which was the superior Albus Dumbledore?

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There is an age-old debate in our fandom, one that has been raging ever since the theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004. Read More »

Aragog: Beast or Beauty?

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By Bloke44 Abstract: I am writing to support Aragog: the misunderstood Acromantula. I know that sometimes Hagrid can have an unhealthy obsession with magical creatures, but I’m totally with him on the Aragog front. Hagrid: Rash or Not? Hagrid is accused of being rash for owning Aragog, but I must comment that he was not aware of the danger Aragog posed. Tom Riddle accuses Aragog of being vicious, when we all know he was the vicious one! Hagrid was not acting thoughtlessly and rashly, because he thought Aragog would make a harmless pet and was unaware of the developments Aragog would make – leading people to believe that he was monstrous. Also, at the time Hagrid owned him, he was small and really was harmless – as Hagrid had pointed out. Untrue Accusations. Aragog never killed anyone (contradicting the accusations suggesting that he had an appetite for wizards and witches). At this point I must admit that in the Dark Forest he did say to Ron and Harry: “My sons and daughters do not harm Hagrid, on my command. But I cannot deny them fresh meat when it wanders so willingly into our midst” (COS, p.207). People must realize that ... Read More »

“9 Reasons Harry Potter Wipes the Floor with Lord of The Rings” – A fan rebuttal

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Last week, MuggleNet ran a story covering a certain post that originated on WhatCulture.com about how Harry Potter was a better book series than the Lord of the Rings trilogy, written by J.R.R Tolkien years ago. After publishing that story, we expected a strong response from the Harry Potter fandom - and you guys didn't disappoint. Read More »

Lord of The Rings V. Harry Potter (A Rebuttal)

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By Adam S. Summary: Here is a comment I posted on the article “9 Reasons why Harry Potter wipes the floor with Lord of the Rings.” I really like both series, actually, although I would definitely say my allegiances ultimately lie with LOTR. I answer each of the author’s points, one by one with a counter argument. 9: It Has A Superior Main Character: I have no reply here at face value. This is a great point – Harry Potter is a great character and we see him grow over a longer period of time than Frodo. I disagree with the author’s moral judgements made towards Frodo, however, in regards to Frodo’s care for only the Shire vs. Harry’s care for his friends. While Tolkien is clear that LOTR is not an allegory in any way, we do Tolkien an injustice if we don’t look at the context in which he wrote. One of the main aspects of Tolkien’s personal context is the horror of WWI in Britain, furthermore, his Christian worldview influences him in a certain way as well. As a result, Frodo’s longing for the Shire is not merely a longing for a return to a comfy chair ... Read More »

Quibble of the Week: How Do Dementors Breed?

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More likely than not, the question of how Dementors may breed has not been as pressing on your mind lately as it has been on mine. You see, on the last episode of Alohomora! during our general discussion of these fascinating creatures, I challenged the fandom to write an editorial speculating the mechanics of how Dementors breed. Read More »

MuggleNet’s Rebuttal: A reboot of the “Harry Potter” film series? No Thank you!

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Earlier today, Hypable's Staff provided "7 REASONS WE WANT A 'HARRY POTTER' REBOOT" - an article that laid out a foundation of arguments as to why the filmmakers should start all over with another set of Harry Potter films including new actors, directors and writers. Read More »

Are Draco Malfoy and Dudley Dursley parallel characters?

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In terms of wealth, magical ability, and body type, Draco Malfoy and Dudley Dursley couldn't be more different. And yet in many ways these two characters are very similar. In fact, a connection is fostered between the two of them in the series when Harry first meets Draco. Read More »

Harry Potter and the Occult

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This is a research paper defending Harry Potter from the people who think it leads to the Occult. Read More »

Confessions of a Closet “Harry Potter” Fan

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Our hero’s gal pal Hermione was like looking in a mirror. Bookish, clever, and bossy, she was everything I saw myself as and everything I hoped to be. And never to be one to forget the other half of my personality, Luna Lovegood represented the eccentric quirky side that I would become much too familiar with in myself over the years. Read More »

MuggleNet editorialist explains why the fandom loves Luna Lovegood

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In his editorial Irvin muses about Luna's personal strength of character, her unfailingly decent values, and unique ability to be unfazed by ridicule when faced with bullies. Hpboy13 landed on this latter attribute specifically and suggested it was one of the biggest reasons the quirky, obsessive Luna Lovegood is so universally loved and respected by the fandom because we as Harry Potter fans are quirky and obsessive and have even had to occassionaly defend our own obsession with this magical book series. Read More »

Are love and relationships treated realistically in the ‘Harry Potter’ series?

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The focus of the Harry Potter series certainly goes far beyond the realms of romance, but how accurately is the romance that is present portrayed? MuggleNet’s own Stuart Dollin explores the probability of true love and marriage between certain characters in his essay, “The Fleeting Treatment of Romance in Harry Potter.” The essay points out that a majority of teenage romance does not last all the way to marriage, especially without the involvement of more adult maturity and whatever that may entail between two people. If J.K. Rowling were to write a post-Hogwarts story, Dollin notes that she would probably have to venture away from the style used for children’s fiction. So, you might ask, how come right at the end of ‘Deathly Hallows’ we are presented with Harry and Ginny and Ron and Hermione as married with children? How indeed? Apart from their life long friendship (at least between Harry, Ron and Hermione) what else is there to drive this? And here, I think JK Rowling really does have to fill in the blanks, at least up to the point that the two couples marry five or six years out of Hogwarts. Harry and Ginny you might just imagine, ... Read More »

MuggleNet Quibble of the Week: ‘Is the Sorting Hat Infallible?’

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This week's Quibble is inspired by our Alohomora! podcast, and defends the choices of the Sorting Hat. In this article, the author addresses some of the series' characters with seemingly contrasting characteristics to the ideals of their House, such as Hermione, Pettigrew, and Zacharias Smith, arguing that the process is not as simple as we think:

We're oversimplifying complex memories and emotions of characters to try and fit them into molds that each house supposedly has. That's dangerous and kind of takes away from the person don't you think? We're breaking people down to fit into categories that have only a few words to describe it. We're taking away from their humanity that Rowling worked so hard to build.

Are we oversimplifying? Can the Sorting Hat make mistakes…?

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Quibble of the Week: “Can owls use the Floo Network?”

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Yes, perhaps not your commonplace kind of question - but I brought it up on a recent episode of the MuggleNet podcast, "Alohomora!" In addition to a great deal of speculation on this question and others in our new forums, one of our most active commenters, Hippogriff, has written a quibble entirely about how Floo Powder might work. Read More »

Quibble of the Week: Is Transfiguration ethical?

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Ever since the additions of the Alohomora! and Academia sections/podcasts to the site, fans have had a great deal to discuss regarding their favorite book series. All the while the MuggleNet Editorials section has been actively following this intelligent discourse, and some of the most thrilling arguments have been featured as the MuggleNet Quibble of the Week. This week we'd like to do this again, and feature a quibble written in our Alohomora! section by Ali Wood about the ethics of Transfiguration. Read it at this link! Read More »

Quibble of the Week: Is there Alcoholism in the Harry Potter series?

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Though many classify the Harry Potter series as children's fiction, critics and fans across the world have re-opened the books in recent years and have discovered places where Jo may have infused slightly more adult themes in her magical work. Over in our Alohomora! section, fans have been finding tons of new things as they re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone alongside our new podcast - and one fan wand_stone_cloak has written a brilliant piece about addiction presenting itself in the very first chapters of the book. Read More »

Wonderbook: Book of Spells: A Way For Sony to Earn a Quick Buck, or Something Wonderful?

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By Caelin Abstract: This essay is about the recent announcement of Sony’s Wonderbook: Book of Spells, for the PlayStation 3, and whether it’s all that it’s cracked up to be. I talk about different things that Jo Rowling announced, that may prove my point, and my opinions about what we know about the Book of Spells, so far. I personally don’t believe the Book of Spells is going to be an amazing thing, but that’s for the readers to decide. I prove my point by talking about the practicality of it only being availiable for the PlayStation 3 and the fact that Sony has not been the most reliable contributor to the Harry Potter fandom. Sony’s new Wonderbook: Book of Spells probably sounded pretty incredible at first for most, but anyone who gave it a second thought may think otherwise. The question at hand here: is Sony trying to make money off of fans, or is the Book of Spells going to be a great way to learn new information about the spells and the world that Jo created? Well, how can one be sure? Let’s look at the facts: JKR stated that she would write a Harry Potter encyclopedia, ... Read More »

Quibble of the Week: “Harry Potter” and the magic of social media

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This week's Quibble of the Week discusses social media, and its profound influences on the Harry Potter fandom. In his essay, “From Books to Blogs: Harry Potter and Social Media,” apwbdumbs clarifies how invaluable social media truly is to fans... Read More »

The Politics of Harry Potter (A Response)

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By Stuart Abstract: Megan, in her essay of last May, raised some very valid points concerning the “neutering” of the political backdrop to the later Harry Potter films. This essay seeks to expand on a few of her points and tries to focus on where and why the movie-makers went wrong. Before you read this, I’d urge you to read Megan’s essay – “How Hollywood De-fanged Potter’s Radical Politics” – which was actually the first Quibble of the Month, back in May of last year. Remember this pre-dates the release of the last Harry Potter movie, Deathly Hallows pt 2. In this she describes some of J.K. Rowling’s background; however, if the Wikipedia biog is to believed, J.K. studied French and Classical Studies at Exeter University, and her work at Amnesty International was in London as a translator (presumably in French again). In fact, nothing is actually mentioned of J.K. Rowling’s political affiliations, or even her literary influences (which is probably far more important in this discussion), except that the onset of clinical depression in 1993/1994 later surfaced as the the inspiration for the Dementors, who literally suck all the life out of you. So… in terms of the wider ... Read More »

Hufflepuff, the Best House of Them All

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By Allison Klein (AKA Sailor Rallison) Abstract: A defense of Hufflepuff, showing that its members are not as average or inferior as many might think. I have never heard one of my friends say that they would want to be in Hufflepuff. They all say that they want to be in Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, or sometimes even Slytherin. But never Hufflepuff. I alone in my group of friends am a Hufflepuff. We Hufflepuffs are looked down upon, ignored, and made fun of by other so-called Harry Potter fans that have only seen the movies. They all want to be in the brave house, wearing red and gold alongside the “Golden Trio” (Harry, Ron, and Hermione). But what about the black and yellow badgers of Hufflepuff? “What the [heck]is a Hufflepuff?!” In the fan-made musical, A Very Potter Musical, Dumbledore has the question “What the [heck]is a Hufflepuff?!” Of course, Cedric Diggory, Hufflepuff extraordinaire, stands up and comes up with the answer of “Hufflepuffs are particularly good finders!” But that leads me to the question of what really is a Hufflepuff? We all know that Gryffindors are brave. Slytherins are pure-blooded and evil. Ravenclaws are smart. Hufflepuffs are… finders? Loyal? Other house ... Read More »