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A Film Analysis: Deathly Hallows Part Two

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By Jeffery Tucker Abstract: After analyzing all the movies in his previous essay, the author shares his thoughts on the recently released final installment. The Harry Potter film series, after a decade of production, has finally come to an end. What began as a children’s fantasy with earnest innocence has culminated in a dark, depressing world for the series’ protagonist to exist in. Expertly crafted and directed by David Yates, the series has reached its climactic conclusion with one of the best entries in the saga and one of this year’s greatest films. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 begins where its predecessor left off, with the death of Dobby the Elf and Voldemort finally acquiring the Elder Wand. Harry, Ron, and Hermione get straight to work to find and destroy the rest of the Horcruxes that house pieces of Voldemort’s soul. Seeing as how Part 1 ended on a cliffhanger, Part 2 doesn’t do much to remind the audience of what happened before, relying instead on quick flashbacks and the audience’s memory. This is a bold move and it unfortunately doesn’t work too well as the beginning seems rushed until the trio reaches the outskirts of Hogwarts, ... Read More »

Too Good to Be True: How the Final Potter Film Shortchanged the Character of Severus Snape

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By VCRavenclaw Abstract: I argue that the second Deathly Hallows film failed to clarify what happened with the Snape/Lily relationship, and also oversimplified Snape’s complex character motivations in protecting Harry. I suggest some brief canon sections that could have been added to the film to remedy these points of confusion for Potter film fans who have not read the books. Like so many other Potter fans, it was difficult for me to complete the books without the infamous Severus Snape becoming the character whom I simultaneously love to hate and hate to love. He has resonated with me, as he has with so many other readers, because of the incredible complexity that JK Rowling so brilliantly weaves into his development throughout her writing. For this reason I was particularly excited and anxious to see how the second DH film would wrap up his story in its own rendition of The Prince’s Tale. The result was, for me, admittedly disappointing. I will clarify that this disappointment is not at all derived from Alan Rickman’s performance, which was wonderful and heart-wrenching. Rather, I left the theatre feeling that the screenplay created a lot of ambiguity around Snape’s character, particularly in regard to ... Read More »

Neville Longbottom and the Overdone Storyline

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By Michael Maupin Abstract: The author has a few complaints about the movie depiction of the clumsy, yet lovable character. While watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, did you develop a deep love for the character of Neville Longbottom? I’ve been asked this before, and while I honestly liked Neville in Books/Movies 1-5, I felt that he was just too blown up in the final movie. First, let’s analyze the character of Neville. In Sorcerer’s Stone, he is introduced as a forgetful, timid, and, let’s be honest, dim-witted student who lives with his grandmother. To my confusion, at first, he was Sorted into the House of Gryffindor. Gryffindors are typically brave, and whilst Neville is precisely the opposite of brave in the beginning, as the books go on, he evolves…Kind of. Neville stays relatively the same until the final book, when he takes Harry’s place as the leader by defying Snape and the Carrows. Honestly, that’s not my main problem. My main problem took place during the on-screen action of Deathly Hallows – Part 2. At first Neville seemed to be played quite well by Matthew Lewis, but as I watched, I grew more and more ... Read More »

Book to Film – Some More Perspectives

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By Stuart Abstract: One view is that you can never make a good book into a good film. But is this necessarily true? Is the trick in good screenplay writing and what other forces come into play? Are some books more adaptable than others and where does this place the Harry Potter series? Much has been written about how well or badly the Harry Potter books have been adapted into the films and we’ve seen endless comments about how ultimately an adaptation is doomed to failure – and yet the films are incredibly popular, to the extent that there are many Potter fans that have never actually read the books… so what are we missing here? We all acknowledge that a book and a film are two very different forms of telling a story. The key differences are, first of all a book uses words to paint a picture and the imagination creates that picture in our mind. As every individual is different so is their imagined view of the world depicted in the book. Secondly, a book is not limited in length or complexity of plot – it is the author’s skill that ensures that such complexity is still ... Read More »

The Effects Of Harry Potter

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By Lilah Abstract: The author writes about how Harry Potter has affected her life personally and the lives of millions of fans around the world. I first read Harry Potter when my mum’s friend brought it round for her to read. I picked it up and at the age of 3 I was stuck. That day changed my life. And I just wanted to write about how Harry Potter has affected the lives of millions and especially about how it affected mine. When you’re young, you wonder aimlessly. Not knowing where you’re heading, where your destination lies. But that doesn’t matter to you; you’re youthful and carefree. But from the age of 3, the year I first read Philosopher’s Stone, I knew what I wanted out of life. I wanted to read and I wanted to write. I wanted people to wait for my book and most of all I wanted to change people’s lives the way Harry Potter changed mine. You might think 3 is a little young to decide your future. But for me it was perfect, and now I had loads of time to practise what I love to do. If I had never read that life-changing ... Read More »

A MuggleNet Editorial: “Harry Potter and the Oscar Travesty”

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The "Harry Potter" series was never honored with an Oscar trophy. One of MuggleNet's editors offers his view on this travesty. Read More »

A Quibble for mature audiences only: “The (figurative) Defilement of Harry Potter”

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This week's quibble comes from MuggleNet staff member Noah. He has some interesting points to make on the series. Warning: For mature audiences only. Read More »

Quibble of the Week: “Shakespeare’s Legacy: Hermione the Queen and Schoolgirl”

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This week's quibble discusses the name of Hermione. The author contrasts Shakespeare and Rowling's characters. Read More »

Quibble of the Week: “Harry Potter and The Holy Bible: A Comparison”

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This week's quibble compares the "Harry Potter" series with the Holy Bible. The author makes some interesting comparisons between the two. Read More »

Quibble of the Week: ‘Help! I’m a Hufflepuff!’

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Our next quibble of the week comes from Emilia. A Pottermore-beta user, she has reached out to the Harry Potter fandom at large to report a certain traumatic experience she had while on JK Rowling’s new interactive website, specifically while accessing the Sorting Hat. A natural born Ravenclaw, Emilia was sorted into Hufflepuff. Desperately, I click back, hoping I can somehow change my answers. The computer laughs in my face, redirecting me to the same page, with my “Welcome” letter. I close my eyes and lean my head against the wall. I could forget all about this account and get a new one. But then I’d have to wait until October or later. There was no way to get past this. The butterflies in my stomach turned into a potion of broiling shame. We’re happy to report that by the end of her quibble, Emilia eventually reconciled herself to the noble and hard-working house of Hufflepuff. But has this been the same experience for all Pottermore-beta users? Considering that at its root it is another online quiz, can we really trust the Pottermore Sorting Hat? To read more exciting quibbles, or to learn how you can submit one of your ... Read More »

Quibble of the Week: “The Hogwarts Houses: Analysis of Characteristics”

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In this week's quibble, all four Hogwarts Houses are analyzed. The author has an interesting view on which of the four should be considered the best. Read More »

Introducing MuggleNet Editorials Revamped

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Just because the last book has been released, that doesn't mean the speculation and critical thinking are over! MuggleNet's Editorials section has been newly revamped. Join the conversation today! Read More »

Quibble: “Latin and Ancient Greece: Not-So-Dead Languages and Cultures in Harry Potter”

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This week's quibble discusses the names of several "Harry Potter" characters. The author of this quibble argues these connections should cause "Potter" to be thought of as Epic literature - what do you think? Read More »

Is there more than meets the eye between Neville and Snape?

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In this week's quibble, one author takes an interesting look at the relationship between Neville and Snape. Was there a greater reason for Snape's hatred of Neville? Read More »

Did house-elves evolve to become slaves?

Our next Quibble of the Week was submitted by frequent essay writer Abbii, and her next piece is yet another quibble about the enslavement of house-elves. In her essay, Abbii wonders just why it is that these creatures became servants worldwide, and after theorizing several ways in which house-elves could have evolved to become what they are, she comes to the conclusion that humanity may have actively constrained house-elf identity over the centuries. Remarking the odd way in which the creatures use the english language, (regarding themselves and other elves in the third person), Abbii draws some startling conclusions about house-elf identity. She writes, “..they may be forbidden to speak of themselves in first-person, since that use would indicate that they have a sense of self, of individuality, of identity that does not relate to their masters…is this symptomatic of and identity and society crushed by its overbearing masters?” Abbii goes on to note in her quibble that there is no evidence in the series of elvish art, of house-elves having any cultural myths or legends, or even having their own language other than languages spoken by humans. So, given all of this evidence, how much of the house-elves enslavement ... Read More »

Could Bellatrix have had a child by Lord Voldemort?

Our next "Quibble of the Week" titled "Bellatrix's Secret" comes to us from Melissa, and she poses a very interesting question. Considering her dark, flirtatious nature, her undying loyalty to the Dark Lord, and her possible dissatisfaction with married life, is it possible Bellatrix and Voldemort were ever more than master and death servant... resulting in a child? Read More »

Quibble of the Week: “In Defense of the Dursleys”

Our next Quibble of the Week comes from Abbii, and like many other essays we've featured on the main page recently, this one also deals with character redemption. Now, it's a fact that the Dursleys mistreated Harry in his early years, as well as the summers he was away from Hogwarts. But have we, as fans of the boy wizard, judged these misinformed Muggles too harshly? Read More »

Quibble of the Week: “The Deification of Severus Snape”

Our next Quibble of the Week submission comes to us from Glovebox, and she believes she has some controversial things to say about the much beloved character Severus Snape. Read More »

Quibble of the Week: “O Children: An Ode to Harry and Hermione”

Did Warner Bros. work their movie magic too much when it came to Harry and Hermione? Read More »

Quibble of the Week: “The Indictment of Cornelius Oswald Fudge”

Our next Quibble of the Week comes from Ben Lamoureux, and he has endeavored to put Cornelius Fudge on trial for his crimes against humanity, and the Wizarding World at large. Read More »