Featured Editorials Archive
Below are older featured editorials arranged by date with the most recent listed first.
One Last Memory by S.P. Sipal
As any faithful reader of the series knows, Dumbledore withholds vital information from Harry until the opportune moment for it to be revealed. Usually this opportune moment comes when Dumbledore believes Harry is ready to face the impact of what the information portends. Dumbledore has never fully answered Harrys question as to why he trusts Snape. Maybe, just maybe, theres a memory which will reveal the foundation of Dumbledores trust. It seems to me, as to a lot of readers, that there is one crucial memory which could answer many questions--one Harry does not possess: Godrics Hollow.
Rising From the Ashes: The Importance of the Phoenix by A. Abraham (aka Gryffinpuff)
I feel the significance of the phoenix lies solely in its symbolic meaning. Dumbledore is, in a literary sense, a phoenix. And when, like an aging phoenix, he realized the time was approaching when he would die, Dumbledore "prepared his funeral pyre," laying out everything the newly born phoenix would need.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Antagonist by Melissa Walker
Based on information provided by B.J. Texan and Rowlings consistent and abundant use of red herrings, I propose she has intentionally set us up to believe that Voldemort is the main antagonist in the story, while all the time brilliantly laying a foundation for another to emerge behind him.
Our Thoughts on Book 6 by MuggleNet Staff
The staff at MuggleNet spends long and dedicated hours
working endlessly to bring the visitors Harry Potter info 24/7...so they must think they know what's going to happen in Half-Blood Prince, right? Beware of spoilers and names of those rumored to die, but otherwise, find out what we think, for a change!
The Ring by Nicola Franklin and Simon Franklin
Could Simon Franklin and his mum, Nicola, of North Yorkshire, England, have discovered both the 'ominous clue' in the PoA movie AND the identity of the half-blood prince? We here at MuggleNet think they may be on to something. Of course, we could wait to learn otherwise July 16, but what fun would that be? Enjoy!
Confessions of a Fanfiction Addict by Emily Reutlinger
Hi. My name is Emily and I am an addict. The following is the first step in my attempt to temporarily recover from my addiction to all non-JKR fiction and nonfiction writings concerning the Harry Potter series. If anyone else finds my plight familiar, here are some things we must remember: Harry is not a ninja. Ron is not a Death Eater. There is no such thing as DarkHermione the uber-skank.
Hermione the Spy? by darkleaf
"Is there a defense? I defy anyone who has watched you as I have -- and I have watched you more closely than you can have imagined." I am sure there are a few ways he has kept an eye on Harry, but Hermione may be his biggest weapon.
An Old Rivarly Reborn by Mary Jo
Slytherin and Gryffindor had a great friendship that ended in an even greater rivalry. Slytherin left behind the Basilisk to attack Hogwarts and enforce his will against Gryffindor. I think Godric left behind something even more powerful that could guard against an attack by Salazar Slytherin: Fawkes the Phoenix. Could he, then, be the key to the whole mystery?
Tearing Apart the HBP Covers by Sam Barrett, Andrya Evans, Alex Rendon, and Corrie B.
With the unveiling of three Half-Blood Prince covers March 8, speculations are running rampant throughout the Potterverse about what Dumbledore, Harry, and an old, tatty Potions book have to do with JKR's master plan. Here, several MuggleNet readers share their thoughts on possible meanings to be derived from the artwork.
Harry Potter and Feminism by Trixstar
I would like to argue that the Harry Potter series is actually the perfect vehicle for subversive feminism and that Ms. Rowling promotes perfectly the kind of equality that the magical world seems at first to overlook.
Love, Love, Love by Lil'layah
Whats more irritating than all the pesky Mudblood-lovers who still think they can defeat you while you know youre the most powerful being on earth? Youd never be able to understand it, you cant see why they feel it, you hate it because it means theyre going to try to kill you. But it's not love...
The Battle of Hogwarts by Alan
We've all thought about it. We've all wondered what would happen and as horrible as it would be, we all have an inkling of hope that it will happen: a battle at Hogwarts. How would it occur, though, and who would win?
Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: A Very Different Approach to Dumbledore and Divination by darkBlue
Peoples beliefs can shape their choices and the outcomes of their actions. A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that, in being made, actually causes itself to become true by virtue of the changed behaviors resulting directly from the expectations.
Free Will and Determinism in Harry Potter by Lauren Dworsky
In her five Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowlings characters are proponents of free will, or emphasizing choice over birth, yet there is a contradictory theme of determinism that undermines the words that her characters speak.
Suicide By Werewolf by Theresa Faustina
Ive always thought there was a good chance the Whomping Willow Incident was the final straw in the battle between the Marauders and Snape...Yet, on mulling over the events in the books and pondering Snapes character, I came up with another idea. What if Snape knew that Lupin was a werewolf BEFORE he entered the passage under the Willow?
Percy's Perspective by Joshua Bradshaw
As any actor can tell you, the best way of figuring out why a character behaves a certain way is to try to put yourself in that character's place. Therefore, our goal here is to try to see things from Percy's perspective.
Biblical Symbolism in the World of Harry Potter by Amanda
I'm sure every HP fan is aware of the avid religious groups who are against the world of Harry Potter because the books and movies are supposedly evil due to their exhibition of magic and witchcraft. A pastors daughter, I have been forbidden to read the novels or watch the movies. But I do so in secret anyway.
Pettigrew's Debt by Scottie Reeve
It seems in the magical community that love, mercy and sacrifice in the name of another wizard act as some sort of seal that cannot be broken by any spell. Lily forged a seal between Harry and Voldemort through her sacrifice and love. I believe a similar seal exists between Harry and Peter Pettigrew due to the mercy he showed in stopping Sirius and Lupin from killing him in the Shrieking Shack.
Voices From Beyond by Kathy Lye
I am not planning on joining the argument about whether Sirius Black is really dead, because I know he is. Gone, passed away, shuffled off this mortal coil, dead as a doornail. I also do not believe that Sirius will make a miraculous return to life -- JKR would not stoop to that. I have come to terms with the fact that he has gone, but in the Potterverse, that doesnt mean we wont hear from him again.
Religion in Harry's World by Tamar
Religion in the Potterverse. No one knows quite what to think of this subject. Religion is not referred to openly in the books, and it is unknown whether any of the characters hold any kind of faith or what difference of opinion there might be between them on the matter. There is no real reference to God whatsoever in the books, and the whole subject gives the impression of being ignored - for the reason, I think, that it is ever so controversial.
Potterholics Fight for Respect by Andromeda Tonks
The other day, I was confronted by a blunt (and, some may say, somewhat insensitive) question: "Why exactly do you like Harry Potter? I mean, what's so good about it?" That, my friends, is a question that has been the bane of Harry Potter fans for what seems like an age.
Trekkers: The Next Generation by Shelby Brenn
So, what's my point for this article? It's to point out that we're just another crazy group of fans that love the world created by a genius mind. That's not necessarily a bad thing. It's good to have something to love and to always make you smile. However, I worry that we may be making a bad name for ourselves when we "go overboard" with our fandom.
The Possibility of Time Turning by Bram Goetschalckx
When I read PoA, I just couldnt get a clear view of the Time Turner. Even in a magical world, it seems somehow out of place. Have you noticed how theories building on the Time Turner always tend to get slippery at a certain point? Thinking this through, a troubling suspicion came to mind: could it be that Time Turning is always a paradoxical act? If so, this would have bleak implications for all HP-sleuthing involving the Time Turner. Just like discussing a squared circle, building theories on the Time Turner would prove utterly pointless.
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