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Gryffindor Tower #7: Fantasty vs. Reality: Why Harry Potter is Good for Christians

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by Dan (Disclaimer: if you have ever been called simple, traditional, status quo, close-minded, or a narrow-minded, foolish zealot dingbat, stop reading this right now, and go read about the Crusades.) To Do List: 8:00 a.m. Wake up, shower 9:00 a.m. Go to grocery store, buy oregano 10:30 a.m. Kidnap next door neighbor’s newborn baby 10:45 a.m. Boil next door neighbor’s newborn baby (don’t forget to add oregano) 11:00 a.m. Finish newborn stew, sell it to local gang members 12:00 p.m. Go to noon mass; frequently interrupt sermon with outbursts containing words like “douchebag” 1:30 p.m. Lunch 2:30 p.m. Make voodoo doll of brother. Buy lots of pins. 5:00 p.m. Walk through downtown, randomly punching people in the face and/or setting them on fire. 7:00 p.m. Dinner 8:00 p.m. Sacrifice stray cat in front of local mosque 9:00 p.m. Go to woods to participate in satanic rituals 10:00 p.m. Read Harry Potter to get more ideas on how to be an atheistic hellion 11:00 p.m. As I fall asleep, realize that, in all actuality, Harry Potter has never made me question my faith, and acknowledge that this list is ALMOST as ridiculous as the accusations made by many Christians about what Harry ... Read More »

Dumbledore’s Loyalties

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by Daniel Schwartz As you know, Dumbledore has a brief glint of triumph in his eyes when Harry tells him that Voldemort was able to touch him, as a result of being resurrected with Harry’s blood. Harry is now vulnerable to his mortal enemy. However, a moment later, Dumbledore looks old and weary, resigned to saying. “Voldemort has overcome that particular barrier.” What is going on here? One theory is that Dumbledore is truly in league with You-Know-Who, and thus pleased that Harry can now be destroyed by him. Yet, this really doesn’t make much sense. If Dumbledore were evil, why would he have fought against Voldemort for all those years? The two of them together could easily spread horror throughout the wizarding world. While it is easy to dismiss such a fleeting instance, I believe there is significance in what happened. Instead of being triumphant upon learning about Harry’s mortality, Dumbledore may be pleased because this news means the same for Voldemort. Having used Harry’s blood to give him a new body, Voldemort has made himself vulnerable to our hero. Voldemort spent the years after leaving Hogwarts transforming himself with dark magic so that he could never be killed. ... Read More »

Society and the Love of Harry Potter

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by RaeChel Gillis It’s odd how just one boy can affect the lives of so many people around the world. We see Scholastic and Hollywood heroes everywhere today. Each new story I read or movie I see has someone idolized or put on a pedestal for something that they have done. However, have any done so much as Mr. Harry Potter? I’m not sure if he is the most courageously bold and intelligent person in fiction ever, but he is easily and honestly the most influential. Staying up with the posts and comments through MuggleNet and seeing all the hype and energy and excitement about a book are amazing. I’m not understating the power of words, but to quote my creative writing teacher, Mr. Klein, “Kids read less these days. It’s just a fact of life we have to deal with, as educators and as semi-intelligent human beings with just a hint of common sense.” In fact, students read fewer books in count and read fewer pages, since the few books they do pick are smaller and smaller in word count. This is truly sad; for a society to place importance on how large a book is in pages is ... Read More »

Don’t Do What Diggory Did

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by Andrew Lee “He had been starting to quite like Cedric – prepared to overlook the fact that he had once beaten him at Quidditch, and was handsome, and popular, and nearly everyone’s favorite champion. Now he suddenly realized that Cedric was in fact a useless pretty-boy who didn’t have enough brains to fill an eggcup.” -Harry Potter’s thoughts about Cedric Diggory, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Cedric Diggory. What can we say about Cedric Diggory? He had it all going for himself; things were on the up and up. He led the Hufflepuff Quidditch team to victory against Harry and the Gryffindor team during Harry’s third year. He was quite popular among the student population; he was selected to be the Hogwarts champion for the Triwizard tournament. He even managed to get a girlfriend, Cho Chang of Ravenclaw. This was Cedric’s big mistake, in fact the largest mistake that he would ever make. When Cho Chang said that she would go to the Yule Ball with Cedric and not Harry something changed that day, a change for the worse. Ever since his third year Quidditch match against Ravenclaw, Harry was quite taken by the Ravenclaw seeker Cho Chang. ... Read More »

Harry Potter: The Boy Who Lives

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by Brittney C.  “It’s just a book.” You know the phrase. It comes at the worst possible times. When you’re completely hyped for the release of the long awaited fifth book that night. You’ve had waaaay too much sugar, and you just can’t stand it anymore. You’ve gotta scream at the top of your lungs! Or run around in circles! And suddenly your friend–the one who hasn’t read the books–goes, “It’s just a book…” complete with the eye roll, and, if you’re lucky, maybe even the heavy sigh. Or maybe it’s that crucial moment. Everything is riding on how Harry escapes Voldemort’s clutches one more time. You’re not aware of anything around you, when suddenly someone’s voice breaks your barrier: “It’s just a book.” Oh, but here’s the best one. You’re crying more than you ever have before. You’ve lost your godfather….one of your best friends…and someone walks in, “It’s just a book.” But it’s not. It’s not just a book. It’s a world. A world where everything you dream about comes true. Where you fight and fight and fight for the good side, and watch as evil takes someone you love. Where you can fly, cast spells, and even ... Read More »

CC #033: Week of June 1, 2003

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