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Where WB Went Wrong

Warner Brothers Reel

By hpboy13 When I complain about the Harry Potter movies, one of the most common responses I get is that I simply expect too much from the movies. Which may be a legitimate point: I do expect a lot. But after this weekend, I can say that I do not expect the impossible, because I just watched The Hunger Games. And that is the most flawless book adaptation I have seen in the last decade (and I have seen a great many book adaptations of varying quality). So I will take a look at my main complaints with the Potter series, and why most of them don’t apply to Hunger Games. Spoiler alert now, for the Hunger Games movie and books. SPOILER ALERT!!! Also, to clarify, none of these complaints except the first one apply to Sorcerer’s Stone or Chamber of Secrets, which I thought were excellent. It was the rest of the Harry Potter movies that I found lacking, and here is what WB should have done differently. Here are the 7 steps to making a good book adaptation. #1: Wait until all the books are out! This honestly seems like the biggest no-brainer: if your source material isn’t ... Read More »

More Important Things: How the Sorting Hat Sorts

The Sorting Hat

By hpboy13 Summary: I question whether the Sorting Hat makes its decisions based on the personality of the students, or their values. And if it’s their values, does that help explain why some characters didn’t end up in the House that seems to best fit them? The questions posed over at Level 9 right now are about the Sorting Hat, and I determined a long time ago that it is a flawed system, but I am much more interested in how the Sorting Hat sorts… Jo said that the Hat does not make mistakes, and yet there seem to be a lot of characters in the books who were Sorted oddly. Why is Neville a Gryffindor and not a Hufflepuff? Why on earth is Hermione not a Ravenclaw? Does Luna really fit into Ravenclaw? Did Harry cheat the system? And so forth. The Hat supposedly Sorts students based on whether they’re brave, intelligent, hard-working, or ambitious. But what happens if a student is both brave and intelligent, both hard-working and ambitious? Does the Hat choose the trait which is more prominent? No, because then Hermione would still be a Ravenclaw. I would argue that the Hat Sorts people not on ... Read More »

Dumbledore’s Decoy


By hpboy13 Hello folks! Sorry about the lack of updates – real life has an annoying habit of getting in the way, and college is even worse with limiting productivity! That, and seeing Europe, and working on my novel have kept me from writing. And I’m afraid that it’ll be several weeks, perhaps even a month or two, before the next essay. However, let’s focus on the positive: we are delving deep into the glorious area of book discussion! And before I forget, this essay owes a huge debt of gratitude to John Kearns’s Harry Potter Companion (, where I got to hash out the books chapter by chapter with some brilliant HP fans. I have mentioned previously that Order of the Phoenix is my least favorite of the books. Not for any of the usual reasons: I never had issues with CAPSLOCK!Harry or Sirius dying. Rather, it’s because the entire book seemed rather pointless, to be honest. All the other books move the story along as a whole, but what does OotP accomplish? After 800-odd pages, we have learned that… (drum roll, please!) Harry and Voldemort will have to kill each other! Gee, who saw that coming? [/sarcasm] Really? ... Read More »

New at The Three Broomsticks: In Defense of Jo Rowling


hpboy13 is at it again! This time, the conversation in the Three Broomsticks surrounds the author of our favorite series, Jo Rowling herself. Read More »

In Defense of Jo Rowling

JK Rowling

By hpboy13 Please note: I am studying abroad in London at the moment, which means two things: my essays will be much less frequent, and all page numbers cited in my essays until mid-May are from the UK editions of the books. So, I gather that I’€™ve gained something of a reputation for negativity around here. And, to be fair, I have been critical of quite a few things. What has drawn the most ire is being critical of some beloved characters (though I would point out that I never criticize them as characters, only as people€“ meaning I love reading about them, I just wouldn’t be friends with them). I have also criticized the movies, and I make no addendum to that. However, the one thing I have NEVER criticized, and never will, is Jo Rowling’€™s writing. Now, does that mean that the books are flawless? Well€, no. Before you exit this window in a fit of rage, hear me out. Nothing is ever perfect. Perhaps Jo used one too many ellipses in Book 5 when she should have ended a sentence. Perhaps I don’€™t like what she did with a particular character or ship. I will likely address ... Read More »

hpboy13 blasts Ronald Weasley

Ron Weasley

Today in the Three Broomsticks, resident editorial writer hpboy13 takes on everyone's favorite ginger: Ron Weasley. What does hpboy13 have against Harry's best friend? Read More »

hpboy13’s damnation of Severus Snape


In recent weeks, the character of Severus Snape has been under much scrutiny and debate by frequent quibble authors, yielding great discussion by fans along with popular fan-essays like “Snape’s Anger,” “The Two That Might Have Been,” and “The Deification of Severus Snape.” The last of these three great papers, written by Glovebox, dealt with the fact that ever since the advent of the “Prince’s Tale,” all of Snape’s darker actions in life have been neatly forgiven by the fandom. In fact, the character we once all loved to hate has now become one of the most staunchly adored. Continuing on in this same vein, resident inflammatory writer hpboy13 of The Three Broomsticks column of MuggleNet has written a new editorial entitled “My Damnation of Severus Snape,” addresing this fandom phenomenon – and, as the title of the piece suggests, he judges the cunning Potions Master rather harshly. Note that does not necessarily endorse this particular opinion of Snape – nor the opinions of any of its quibble writers – but it is deeply interested in them, and the great fan discussion that have accompanied these writings. To comment on this editorial and others by hpboy13 head on over ... Read More »

My Damnation of Severus Snape


Controversial editorialist hpboy13 responds to a fan editorial about Severus Snape. Read More »

Featured Editorial: The Movie Eight Paradox

Harry Potter DHp2

Controversial editorialist hpboy13 discusses the final film's standing in an overall series ranking. Read More »

Ron’s Jealousy

Ron Weasley

By hpboy13 Summary: I take a look at why Ron is such an unlikable character, concluding that it’s because he is consumed by jealousy. I then go back through the series, this time trying to get into Ron’s head to figure out what on earth he was thinking. “You – complete – arse – Ronald – Weasley!” Hermione cries in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (DH 380). Her sentiment is shared by quite a few characters in the books, and by many readers of the books – my dislike of Ron in infamous on MuggleNet, and I won’t even repeat some of the things my friends call him.. Which of course begs the question of why? Why is Ron Weasley, Harry Potter’s best friend, such an unlikable character? It is fairly certain that Jo did not intend it to be so. I believe, after debating Ron endlessly with other fans, that the root of the problem comes from Ron’s jealousy. I would go so far as to call it Ron’s defining characteristic. It is certainly one of the first aspects of his character that we are introduced to. When he is talking to Harry for the first time aboard ... Read More »

Neville and Luna: The Ship That Should Have Been

Neville and Luna

By hpboy13 Abstract: The Neville/Luna relationship does not get nearly enough love! J.K. Rowling seems to have inadvertently written this pairing, having debunked the rumor that the two characters would get together in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in her website’s “Rumours” section only to later admit that she could “see them getting together” after Deathly Hallows was released. I make the case for why Neville and Luna should have ended up together, and show how the books seemed to be leading up to that all along. Let me introduce myself. I am hpboy13, and I have been the Internet’s biggest proponent of the Neville/Luna ship. In fact, if you google “Neville/Luna ship” my 2007 essay on the subject is the first result. And whatever nasty rumors you may have all heard to the contrary, they totally do end up together, despite what Jo Rowling says! In the deluge of interviews that immediately followed the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows back in July 2007, there was so much new information released that some of it got glossed over. One of these nuggets is Jo’s admission about Neville and Luna. According to her Dateline interview on July ... Read More »

Snape’s Anger


By hpboy13 Abstract: There are two key points in J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series when Severus Snape’s anger seems to get the best of him and makes him act irrationally. The first occurs in Prisoner of Azkaban, when Sirius Black escapes right out from under Snape’s “abnormally large nose.” The second occurs in Order of the Phoenix in the chapter “Snape’s Worst Memory,” when Harry witnesses a memory of the Marauders humiliating a teen-aged Severus Snape. In this essay, I delve deeper into these crucial moments in a further exploration of the emotional state of the still-controversial Potions Master of the “Harry Potter” series, and what exactly is going through his head at these moments. Professor Snape is NOT a happy person. He is always sneering, making threats, speaking cryptically, being malicious…you get the idea. But strangely enough, the one emotion he does not seem to succumb to very often is anger. When a firework explodes in his class an deluges the dungeon with potion, he snaps that he will expel whoever did it. When Gryffindors show him cheek, he gives them detention. Even when someone sets fire to him, he mostly keeps his cool (no pun intended). So, ... Read More »

Ron or Hermione? Harry’s Truest Friend


Ron Weasley has always been a beloved character in the Potterverse. As Harry Potter’s best friend, he is possibly the second-most relevant character in the books. People have begged Jo not to kill him off for many years. However, over the course of the books, he has seemed to digress as a character. Harry’s other best friend, Hermione Granger, has only progressed. From being an insufferable know-it-all, she has become Harry’s most valuable ally. Deathly Hallows cements these transformations. Hermione sacrifices everything to help Harry out, while Ron acts like a spoiled brat and lets Harry down. So who is Harry’s REAL best friend? Let’s take a trip through the earlier books and see how things play out. Sorcerer’’s Stone Ron becomes Harry’’s very first friend in the wizarding world (or ever, for that matter). Naturally, the title of ““best friend” automatically goes to him. And indeed, Hermione provides little competition for him at first, being a bossy know-it-all and getting on everyone’s nerves. Then, on Halloween, Ron displays his insensitivity for the first time, leading to Hermione being attacked by a troll. Harry and Ron save her, and the three become friends. However, it can’’t be disputed that Ron is still ... Read More »

The Trio’s Hallow Choices

Harry Ron Hermione

The Deathly Hallows carry enormous significance in the Harry Potter series, so much so that they lend their name to the final book. Yet what I find most interesting about the Hallows is not their incredible power, but rather the different appeal each Hallow has for the main characters. I find that Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s choices of which Hallow they would most want to have are very telling about them. As a refresher, in Chapter 21 of Deathly Hallows, after Hermione reads The Tale of Three Brothers, the Trio has the following exchange: “It’s just a morality tale, it’s obvious which gift is best, which one you’d choose.” The three of them spoke at the same time; Hermione said, “the Cloak,” Ron said, “the wand,” and Harry said, “the stone.” They looked at each other, half surprised, half amused. [DH page 414] Wow, talk about a difference in opinion! There have been countless editorials, for as long as I can remember, about the members of the Trio being different but coming together as the separate parts of a whole. Arguably the most popular of these is the notion that Hermione represents the mind, Ron represents the body, and Harry represents the spirit. This ... Read More »

Harry Potter and the Seven Chakras


by HPBoy13 Well, once upon a time (last Thursday, to be exact), I was dozing off in my Global Studies class, as my teacher talked about the ancient Hindu civilization. Then, we got a handout about chakras and, suddenly, I was wide awake. There were seven of them, and each one represented something. My mind immediately went to Harry Potter. A little background on chakras: they are these symbols representing different points on the body. After looking at the description for each one, I realized that they can be used to represent the books. From this kind of analyzation, I believe a conclusion can be gleaned for Book 7. Upon further thought, I realized that they can also be used to represent the seven soul-bits of Lord Voldemort, though the comparisons for that are a lot less compelling, and I will probably discuss them in another editorial. 1. Book 1-Sorcerer’’s Stone Chakra One: Earth, Physical identity, oriented to self-preservation Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. This chakra represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. ... Read More »