My Perfect Job: I'll discover a cure for what ails you
An original editorial by Jill D.
Lately, I have become quite fascinated with all things Harry Potter
read and re-read all the books, looking for the latest clues, and trying
to figure out the entire plot of Half-Blood Prince
before it comes out
July 16th. I also am quite addicted to the editorials on MuggleNet,
particularly the North Tower
I enjoy picking apart the HP series with a
fine-tooth comb, looking for all the tiny clues and hints of allegory.
Alas, I have forgotten something extremely important about this
fascinating series and its wonderful author, JKR. That is, I forgot about
it until this months topic for The Burrow came up. I forgot it was all
supposed to be fun. I was in danger of over-analyzing every minute detail
that came along and forgetting that JKR may have written some of them not
as clues, but as mere entertainment. Nevermind the fact that it wouldnt
necessarily fit with the Potterverse canon. I actually broke away from my
analytical mindset and allowed myself some moments of creativity.
I must confess that I didnt completely break away from the technical side
of things. I am a professional scientist. I spend my workday in a lab,
wearing a lab coat and using chemicals to conduct experiments. I have a
sneaking suspicion that although the Sorting Hat repeatedly puts me in
Ravenclaw, Potions would still be my favorite subject, in spite of
Professor Snape. So I got to thinking: couldnt I be a professional
Potions Maker/Research Scientist? Surely there are wizards that have to
conduct scientific research. Professor Lupin mentioned that the
development of the Wolfsbane Potion was relatively new. A potion that
complex must have been developed by somebody who set out to solve the
particular problem of Werewolf violence. What other potions have been
discovered in recent years? The Mandrake Draught, perhaps? I also assume
that would be a difficult potion to brew. So, a Wizard Scientist would
simply have to find an ailment that plagues the general Magical Population
and then try to solve that problem.
I am assuming, of course, that these potions are so complex that the
average wizard is not going to stumble upon the brew by accident. Not
that great scientific discoveries havent been happened upon in that
manner, but I think that the majority of the complex potions have been
created intentionally. After I realized that I could have a wonderful job
researching wizarding plagues, I narrowed my focus to the even more
complex question: what, exactly, would I try to solve?
I began mentally thumbing through the books, trying to figure out what
problem intrigued me the most and which of those could be helped by a
potion. I decided I would set out to fix the problem of accidental human
transfiguration into animals, much like Hermiones mishap with the
Polyjuice Potion. I chose this because a potion mishap caused the
ailment, and I figured it could be solved by a draught of some sort. It
also took awhile for Madame Pomfrey to fix Hermione, so theres obviously
not a very good cure out there. The other reason I decided to research
this particular problem is the great potential for this ailment to become
very debilitating. In Order of the Phoenix, when the kids all troupe up
to the hospital wing in St. Mungos to visit Gilderoy Lockhart, there is a
woman in there who seems to be more dog than human. Judging by the fact
that this ward is for the permanently disabled, theres probably not a
very good cure out there for this womans particular ailment either.
Maybe she had a potions accident like Hermione, but maybe not. However, I
still believe that I would be able to concoct a potion that could help
that poor woman out.
So there it is, my magical job in the Wizarding World. I would be a
fantastic research scientist who would discover new potions to cure
ailments. First off, I would cure the awful animal/human mishaps, and
then I would move on to other things. I could invent potions like
Pepperup, but instead of curing the common cold, I could cure stomach flu.
The possibilities are endless. I cant wait to get into that lab!