Philosophical Harry Potter
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It's Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts and the Wizarding World is tense due to increased Death Eater activity. Remus Lupin has been reinstated as the Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor and is trying to help Harry get over the death of his godfather, Sirius Black. Severus Snape is spying on the Death Eaters for the Order, though the DE's think he is spying on the Order for them. The Death Eaters are devising a plan to kidnap Harry Potter later in the year.
Dumbledore, in an attempt to bring the students closer together, has managed to get the Muggle internet integrated with Hogwarts and has given all the students and teachers journals (as well as to the Order members). Word of this has gotten to the Death Eaters and they've managed to start up their own journals as well to keep in contact with one another.
Even with the threat of Death Eaters, Dumbledore keeps the school running smoothly. Quidditch teams are beginning practice and a Halloween Ball is being planned, in addition to the Yule Ball.
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These have been driving me crazy:
What did Dudley think of when he saw the dementor? What could be his worst memory?
"We shall have to send all the students home tomorrow," said Professor McGonagall. "This is the end of Hogwarts. Dumbledore always said. . ."
What did Dumbledore always say?
How is Voldemort the last remaining descendant of Salazar Slytherin? If Slytherin lived before c. 993, he could have any number of descendants living today.
And finally, does Slytherin have any connection with the Portuguese dictator Antonio Salazar?
I'm new to this community and I am glad I found it, as many of the topic discussions are questions that I have been wondering myself. One aspect of the books that I find very interesting is the wizard genealogy and how it affects the entire society. I wonder how many Muggles actually know about the wizarding world because there is a long history of intermarriage with Muggles and most wizards would have a Muggle relative somewhere. I am very interested in the Muggle born Hogwarts students and how they would cope with living in two different worlds, especially with the amount of prejudice they would face. Hermione seems remarkably well adjusted and her parents are also accepting of her being a wizard, but I wonder if she is the exception. Especially with the war going on, I could imagine some Muggle parents not wanting their children in the wizarding world when their is essentially a psychotic dictator in power.
Anyway, those are just a few of my thoughts.
I don´t know if it was discussed before, but... Don´t you think it´s weird that Dumbledore tolerate Snape´s behaviour to Harry? Severus is evidently torturing him, and Dumbledore seems to know nearly everything, so he must know this. But he does nothing against it. Why? Usually bullying is gone after at schools...
The same - It seems that James and Sirius were torturing young Severus. ... ehm, I not sure here, because Sirius talks about it as "Sev and James pulled out wands immediately everytime they met each other" or something like that... so the scene in OotP could be similar to other situation when Severus was more quick? ... But in the other hand James had usually Sirius with, so... well, I am not sure here... But Severus is torturing Harry... that´s evident...
So why do you think Dumbledore doesn´t do anything with it?
People usually think of Gryffindors as "good", and Slytherins as "bad". But is this really so? Slytherins may be bad by Gryffindors' standards, but they consider themselves to be good. And vice versa. Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw just seem to be stuck in the middle...they're definitely not "bad", but they're not as "great" as Gryffindor. They're just "good".
So, basically, what do you think about Slytherin's concept of "good"? What does "good" mean to Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw, then? While we're at it, do we even have a clear picture of what is "good" to Gryffindor?
I'd like to start a comment-dialogue about this, comparing and discussing the differences (if you do indeed believe there are differences...if not, let's discuss that, too!) :-)
The Sorting Hat was going to put Harry into Slytherin. If it had, do you think that Snape and Harry would have had a better relationship?
Muggleborn or from magic familly?
What would you prefere... to be from magic or non-magic familly?
I don´t want to speak about „pure blood“. Just a little thinking... ... muggles and wizards share one planet after all...
... I realised during reading 4th book that some wizards can´t behave unconspicuously in muggle world... some of them even can´t choose clothes and so... yeah, I know that´s funny, but... did you realize how small wizard world is? ... and so some wizards must live only in that small world? ...
... can you imagine that some of them have never seen TV, never have played footbal, never ridden on a bike and thousand other things? I have feeling that they missed something...
... in Chamber of Secrets Snape talks about danger of exposure of their world... so, if all wizards and witches had some classes and practise about and in muggle world, it could low this danger.
... the way of thinking in muggle world differs a bit (maybe more than a bit)... so, wizards could gain from knowing more about muggles, they could see their problems from new point of views and so...
I know you probably tell me that we could leard and gain much more from them... But they don´t wanna share their world. We can not. But they can...
First a little background: our beloved community member little_sun
posted a really great entry in harry_potter
the other day. :-) She asked about whose perspective, other than Harry Potter's, we would like to see in the books. She had a good point; although Harry isn't technically the narrator of the series, we see everything that goes on through his eyes. So...someone commented that we should get Voldemort's point of view, which really, really got me thinking. Here's what I wrote in response:
Yes, there are so many things I want to know about Tom Riddle. Part of it's my geekiness showing through (I am studying to be a criminal psychiatrist), but I am fascinated with the criminal mind--including Voldemort's. I'd like to know about his childhood (it has already been inferred that it wasn't a happy one for several reasons) and what might have caused him to become uber-dark. For instance, if his father hadn't abandoned him, might he have taken a better view towards muggles, instead of crusading against them in every way possible? Or was the guy just destined to be a sociopath, no matter what?
I thought that Dumbledore's approach to the duel at the end of OotP was very
interesting...much like a psychiatrist trying to rationalize with a patient who suddenly whips out a gun and points it at someone. The way in which he handled himself was just exquisite. The biggest thing---what really made me smile and think "Go Albus, you rock", was how he kept calling him Tom. He was acknowledging not the villian that he created of himself, but the still-vulnerable teenager Dumbledore knew at Hogwarts. I'm willing to bet this really messed with his mind; no one had called him Tom since he left Hogwarts. This was Dumbledore's way of rationalizing with him, reminding him of who he once was...perhaps even of who he still could be?
I'm an optimist. I like to try to see the good in people, whoever they may be; and I think to a certain extent, Dumbledore is like that, as well. I don't fully believe that Tom Riddle is-and-always-was inherently evil. If Dumbledore keeps playing the psychiatrist card with Tom's best interests at heart, who knows that will happen? :-) Personally, I think it would be the most awesome endings ever if Tom gradually has an awakening and leaves the dark side, himself
---kind of like "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", only on a trancendentally higher level. :-D
Please feel free to either yell at me or agree with me, in whole or in part...let me know what you think!
I have a little obsession about "Why Dumbledore trusts Snape" ... Of course I don´t want to insist on opinion he really trusts him. Maybe he trusts him maybe not. Well, let´s say he does... Why then?
I am not sure you are interested in the question, so I put it into my diary. You are welcome, please, tell me your opinion.http://www.livejournal.com/users/little_sun/14372.html
Thanks a lot.
I believe this community become brilliant :P
Another possibly related subject: Sir (Nearly Headless) Nick's speech to Harry at the end of book 5.
Out of respect for any fledgling fans in the community, I will post my thoughts as comments, and I encourage the rest of the community to do so, as well (so, if you haven't read OotP and would not like the ending revealed prematurely, refrain from reading the comments.) :-)