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Wed, Feb. 18th, 2004, 11:08 pm
flutie_piccolo7:

Hi everyone,
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.

Fri, Feb. 20th, 2004 06:45 am (UTC)
oratoriopiano: Welcome, welcome! :-)

What a good point! We know by now that it's not just Hermione's parents who are muggles, but also Seamus's father, Dean's parents, Colin Creevey's parents, Justin Finch-Fletchley's parents, and however many others. They obviously know about the magical world, as their children are part of it, and at least the Grangers have been to Diagon Alley. It's seems unlikely that *everyone* would be able to keep the secret...

"Hello, Mr. Creevey! Where's Colin?"
"Oh, he's away at school."
"Oh? What school?"

See? Of course, there may be some sort of explanation surfacing later, but I just don't have faith enough in basic human nature to believe that every muggle would be able to keep the existence of another world a secret. What about the parents whose kids received letters, but decided not to attend wizarding school? Are their memories modified? And what if they had already told many, many of their friends?

A sticky situation, indeed.

Psychotic dictator
...I thought of Adolf Hitler. Which may not be entirely off-base...

[I'll respond more in a bit, but I have to rush to class]

Again, welcome to the community!

Fri, Feb. 20th, 2004 09:32 pm (UTC)
flutie_piccolo7: Re: Welcome, welcome! :-)

Thanks for the welcome, oratoriopiano (btw, do you also play the piano?)
What I also want to know about is the Muggle parents who recieve letters for their kids, especially their reaction. How do they know it is a serious letter? And the letter itself does not really say much about Hogwarts or where to get the school supplies. And would the Sep. 1996 letters (by my calculations is when the 6th book will begin)mention the war? This would be a good thing for the parents to know if they have never been exposed to the wizard world before. I would think the muggle born kids when they arrive at Hogwarts are lost and confused, I certainly would be.

...I thought of Adolf Hitler. Which may not be entirely off-base...
I don't think it is very off base at all. I figure that Tom Riddle/Voldemort was born in 1926 or 27 and would have started Hogwarts around the same time Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938. I have a million theories about Voldemort and WW2 (and a few about Grindelwald as well) which I will post at a later time.