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Becoming Hermione Granger: Taking the fall #MNBHP


If you complete this challenge, you won’t be a Muggle anymore. If you don't, maybe you're more like the Dursleys than you think... Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Sticking up for Neville #MNBHP


“Give it here,” Harry called, “or I’ll knock you off that broom!” “Oh, yeah? [...] Catch it if you can, then!” he [Malfoy] shouted, and he threw the glass ball high into the air and streaked back toward the ground. … A foot from the ground he [Harry] caught it, just in time to pull his broom straight, and he toppled gently onto the grass with the Remembrall clutched safely in his fist. - SS/PS. If we want to become Harry Potter we have to stand up for others, not to the point of becoming bullies ourselves but to show the Nevilles that they do matter, that they don’t have to be picked on. That we are on their side even if they are a bit strange or uncool or whatever. Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Dealing with expectations #MNBHP


If you want to become Harry Potter, you’ve got to be more that what is expected - you have to be unexpected. And here's how... Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Finding your place #BHPSorted


Once you’ve joined your world, it’s time to jump in and find your place. Let us know your place in your “magical” community along with your Hogwarts house in the discussion section or on Twitter with #BHPSorted. Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Joining your world #MyMagicalWorld


Once we discover our magic and believe in our magic, it is time to find our magical world. For Harry, that world lay beyond a brick wall on a street called Diagon Alley. Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Believing in your magic


More often than not, if you’ve discovered your magic, you’ve probably encountered a moment of doubt. You think, "I can write, but I’m no J.K. Rowling." Or "I can paint, but I’ll never be Picasso." Or "I’m fairly good at Legos, but I’ll never be able to build the Empire State Building." And you are right - you won’t. But what you will do is something no one else will do. Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Discovering Your Magic #MyMuggleMagic


Many of us long for Hagrid to bust down our door and tell us that we are able to do magic, that we belong in this place called Hogwarts, that we have rare gifts and abilities that connect us with a very special world. We want to discover that we are witches or wizards. But the thing is, we all have magic on the inside. Read More »

Becoming Neville Longbottom: A True Gryffindor


“But you are a pureblood, aren’t you, my brave boy?… You show spirit and bravery, and you come of noble stock. You will make a very valuable Death Eater. We need your kind, Neville Longbottom.” “I’ll join you when hell freezes over,” said Neville. “Dumbledore’s Army!” … Harry pulled the Invisibility Cloak from inside his robes, swung it over himself, and sprang to his feet, as Neville moved too. In one swift, fluid motion, Neville broke free of the Body-Bind Curse upon him; the flaming hat fell off of him and he drew from its depths something silver, with a glittering, rubied handle— DHs In SS/PS when Neville tries to stop Hermione, Harry, and Ron from sneaking out, Hermione hits him with the full Body-Bind curse. For this he earns his very first points because, as Dumbledore says, “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” Dumbledore declares Neville brave even when everyone else thinks he’s clumsy, talentless, and cowardly. At the end of CoS Harry is struggling with whether he should have been placed in Slytherin. Dumbledore assures him that only a true Gryffindor ... Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Facing Your Draco


“You see, I, unlike you, have been made a prefect, which means that I, unlike you, have the power to hand out punishments.” [Draco] “Yeah,” said Harry, “but you, unlike me, are a git.” –OotP Harry and Draco’s dislike of one another from the beginning is anything but subtle. Draco is everything Harry despises—selfish, judgmental, snobbish, cruel, disloyal, and cowardly. Harry is everything Draco wants but can’t admit—famous, talented, adored. The two spend years rivaling one another. Draco is vicious to Harry and his friends. And Harry snaps back on occasion. Yet, in the end, Harry saves Draco’s life. Why? Because of what makes him Harry and not Draco. Harry is love where Draco is hate. That love gives him the ability to be kind even to his enemies. To risk his life to save the very ones who tried to kill him. When we face our Dracos the most important thing is that we don’t become Dracos ourselves. The means are more important than the end, because the means define who we are. If Harry had let Draco die, or killed him, he wouldn’t be the boy of such strong character we adore. He would have, like Barty Crouch, ... Read More »

Becoming Ginny Weasley: Brave, Strong, Beautiful


Brave “The thing about growing up with Fred and George is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” –OotP Strong “Yeah, size is no guarantee of power,” said George. “Look at Ginny.” “What d’ you mean?” said Harry. “You’ve never been on the receiving end of one of her Bat-Bogey Hexes, have you?” –OotP Beautiful “A lot of boys like her,” said Pansy, watching Malfoy out of the corner of her eyes for a reaction. “Even you think she’s good-looking, don’t you, Blaise, and we all know how hard you are to please!” –HBP Why did Harry fall for Ginny? He never noticed her (romantically) until sixth year. She was beautiful long before that. What got his attention was who she was on the inside. The strong, brave girl who could hold her own with Fred and George. The girl who, like Harry’s mother, was unafraid to face Voldemort and possibly die to save others. The girl who did not hold Harry back from his destiny even though it meant she may never be with him again… And he [Harry] knew that at that moment, they understood each other perfectly, and when he told ... Read More »

Becoming Ron Weasley: Loyal Sidekick


When we first meet Ron Weasley he is alone in a train car. The youngest of six boys. Tucked away. Forgotten about. But then, Harry Potter asks if he can sit with him. From that moment on, everything changes. He is the best mate of the most famous wizard around. This will be both his greatest blessing and his greatest struggle. In year one, Ron looks into the Mirror of Erised and he sees himself as Head Boy and Gryffindor captain clutching the Quidditch cup. His whole life he’s been overshadowed by his brothers and now by both of his closest friends. All he wants is a bit of glory. Then, in the forest, hiding from snatchers, with a piece of Voldemort’s soul next to his, he breaks and he abandons Harry and Hermione. But he comes back… “He must have known I’d want to leave you.” “No, he must have known you would always want to come back.” –DHs What is great about Ron is that he is loyal through and through and he’s not afraid to admit when he’s messed up. Both in Goblet and Hallows, Ron has had to ask Harry for forgiveness for abandoning him. Both ... Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Gathering Your Trio


“Anyone sitting there?” he [Ron] asked, pointing at the seat opposite Harry. “Everywhere else is full.” –SS/PS “But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.” –SS/PS Friendships may begin by accident but they are fueled on purpose. Ron and Harry happened to sit in the same car on their first trip to Hogwarts. Harry could have just as easily wound up in Draco’s car. Does that mean they would have been friends? Only if Harry chose to be Draco’s friend, which he is given the opportunity to and refuses. Why? Because he sees the character of Draco and, owing much to his own character, chooses Ron. Together Harry and Ron chose Hermione. Not for her wits or intellect, but because she stood by them in the fight with the troll and took the fall when it wasn’t her fault. Circumstances brought the trio together, their choices kept them together. Neither Harry, Ron, nor Hermione were without their faults but they each found in the others something worth investing in. Harry’s selflessness. Hermione’s unwavering bravery. ... Read More »

Becoming Hermione Granger: Brave and Intelligent


“Are you sure that’s a real spell?… Well, it’s not very good is it? I’ve tried a few simple spells just for practice and it’s all worked for me. Nobody in my family’s magic at all, it was ever such a surprise when I got my letter, but I was ever so pleased, of course, I mean, it’s the very best school of witchcraft there is, I’ve heard—I’ve learned all our course books by heart, of course, I just hope it will be enough—I’m Hermione Granger, by the way, who are you?” –SS/PS That’s our Hermione. Determined, brilliant, and overbearing. But underneath all of that is unwavering bravery. “…I hope I’m in Gryffindor, it sounds by far the best…” –SS/PS Hermione admits years later that the Sorting Hat thought of putting her in Ravenclaw, but her mind had been set before she stepped onto the Hogwarts Express. She was going to be a Gryffindor—Brave and intelligent. Hermione Granger can beat out any Ravenclaw in a test of wits (she’s the top of their class) and she is one of the bravest Gryffindors in history. She sent her family to safety in DHs and stayed by Harry’s side until the very ... Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Escaping the Dursleys

Dursley Family

“The wizards represent all that the true ‘muggle’ most fears: They are plainly outcasts and comfortable with being so. Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit!” –J.K. Rowling The Dursleys are true muggles. They detest uniqueness. Abhor imagination. And care so much about what everyone else thinks of them that they can’t see who they truly are. In order to become Harry or Hermione or Ron or Neville or, especially so, Luna we cannot be true muggles. We have to be unashamed misfits. Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Our friendships shape our character. For Harry to become a wizard, he had to leave behind the true muggles and go to Hogwarts. He had to go some place to feed the misfit inside. He didn’t cut off the Dursley’s completely, though he probably would have if he could, but he spent the majority of his time with friends who fed into the person he wanted to be. The same is true of Hermione. She loved her parents, but they were dentists. To be a witch she had to go where the witches were. Ron ... Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Identifying Your Scar


Our scars show us where we have been but they also lead us to where we can go. “Don’t you want to know the secret of your scar?” Lucius asked Harry in the Department of Ministries, the answer perched temptingly in Harry’s hand. The reason for the lightning bolt that had become part of his identity not only because of how it was caused but also because of the person it produced. Harry was given a scar by a great act of evil, but he was also given a scar by a great act of love. Without the combined force of Voldemort’s killing curse and Lily’s sacrificial love Harry would not have a lightning bolt scar. The question in the beginning of Harry’s story, the one presented throughout the books was which of these powers Harry was going to choose to posses in the greatest quantity. He chose love. Harry’s lightning bolt scar is a symbol of great love. Great love of a mother for her son and great love of that son for his friends. Harry’s scar showed where he had been and gave him the opportunity to grow into who he became. But, and this is very important, ... Read More »

Editorials Serial Feature: “Becoming Harry Potter”


In this new Editorial series, MuggleNet will help you grow to be the character that you admire so. From Harry, to Ron or Hermione, Ginny, or Neville. Check back every Friday for the next installment! Share your thoughts using #MyPolyjuicePotion on Twitter & Facebook. Read More »