The New Minister
An original editorial by Mindy
Everyone from McClaggan to Godric Gryffindor has been mentioned for this
character, and most of them I disagree with completely. Like it has been
mentioned, Gryffindor lived a thousand years ago. McClaggan appears to me to be just
a name she put in for a minor character. As far as being the new Defense
Against the Dark Arts professor--or the Half-Blood Prince himself--well, he could
be. My thoughts are, however, that he is likely the new Minister of Magic.
Fudge has stepped down from the position, and due to Ron's humor, many had
been questioning whether it was Arthur Weasley that would take his place. Since
J.K. Rowling told us flat out on her website that it was not, I've been wondering who would
step into this role at a time when the wizarding world desperately needs
strong and stable leadership. When I read the passage behind the door about the
lion-like man, nothing struck me at first--until I thought about that very
A lion has long been one symbol of royalty; and to be royalty is to be a
leader to many people...or even a nation. Lions are also known to be
strong and they won't back down easily from a fight. The new Minister of Magic
has nothing short of a war on his hands. He's going to need to be a rock in
order to weather the storm he's facing. From the description given by Rowling,
this man also sounds older and dignified (wire rimmed glasses, or something
of the sort, I believe, and walking with grace): exactly what the wizarding
world needs at this time--someone that's going to keep their head.
Another reason my mind jumped to this character being the Minister is because
of a character found in the Chronicles
of Narnia. Now I will admit, as much
as I love a good fantasy story, I have only read The Lion, the Witch, and the
Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. That was enough, however, because it is the character
of Aslan that reminded me of Rowling's character. Seeing she's
mentioned reading Lewis, and all of the other comparisons you can make between
the book and the series, I don't think this too much of a stretch.
Narnia is under the icy enchantment of the White Witch (who many fear), when
Lucy and her siblings enter the picture. (Dementors? Voldemort? Harry and
his friends? I'm sure you can connect the dots). Aslan is a lion that is
thought of as a king or god in Narnia, and it his return that brings about the
hope that seemed lost. It is his return that helps the four Pevensie children
defeat the White Witch.
With the Lion-like man being the Minister of Magic, he in a sense would be
thought of as a king because he obviously has the whole of Great Britain to
worry about. And as the head of the magical world, he would be in the position to
help Harry, by any means possible, to defeat Voldemort. Who's to say this
Lion-like man wasn't a very key figure in the first fight against Voldemort and
that this possible return (since we haven't heard of him before) won't be a
big relief to a lot of witches and wizards? With so much connection between
Lewis' story and Rowlings' series, I wouldn't be surprised a bit.
Of course, I also wouldn't be surprised if I'm way off. But the more I think
about it, the more I believe it's a great possibility.
I also believe, though not as strongly, that even if the Lion-Man is the new
Minister, that he could be the Half-Blood prince. Think about all the book
titles before now. The Sorcerer's Stone...mentioned many times, seen only once in
the entire story. The Chamber of Secrets...the same. The Prisoner
of Azkaban...technically seen more than once (the "Grim"), but didn't make a known
physical appearance until the end of the book. The Goblet of Fire...mentioned a
handful of times, but only seen twice in the beginning. The Order of the
Phoenix...members were seen enough, spent time at headquarters, but you didn't see them in
full force until the battle at the Department of Mysteries. Each
of the title characters or objects were integral to Harry facing his climatic
battles at the end.
Being a new minister of magic and going through a war...there's a great chance
Harry's not going to get to see a lot of the man. And if the
Lion-Minister is a strong leader like I predict, he's going to be a target of
Voldemort's. The last thing the Dark Lord needs is someone keeping his
enemies under control and organized. Chaos and fear are what he thrives on. And
where there is danger, there is Harry Potter. The Lion-Minister would be the
integral part of how Harry gets to face Voldemort yet again.
And even with all this, there is still the possiblity that the Lion-Minister
could be called McClaggan. Maybe he's none of these people, or maybe he's
three rolled into one. We'll just have to wait to see, but I know it's going to be
worth that wait. Rowling has proven that over, and over, and over again...