Book 1

 

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  • Some of the Trivia is very dumb, or so blatantly obvious that it does not deserve to be considered trivia such as the answer “any object” for what was Dumbledore’s comment on what could be a horcrux.
  • It could be said that the muggle household that Harry was raised in, is not the typical upbringing that many muggers would have had. As for Harry, the Dursleys were adamant about anything relating to magic or was atypical, different, and odd was to be shunned and punished.  The Dursleys were an extreme example of what prejudices muggles could have.
  • Having Harry grow up in a family that held no affection for him and therefore had no contact with the wizarding world, did his lack of education in magic at a younger age (like many other half-bloods and muggers) effect their entry into Hogwarts?
  • Learning doesn’t work in the way portrayed as it is in Hogwarts/ Harry Potter Novels, the idea of either you have the “magic” or “talent” or you don’t. Even if you do not have the innate ability to do so, a person should through hard work and perseverance has the capability of learning skills. Magic is treated more as some bestowment rather than a skill.
  • In this sense, Neville who has difficulty performing magic could he have a learning disability when relating it to our reality.
  • Hogwarts has so many poor teachers. A good example of this is Severus Snape, who is said to be one of the best position masters yet many student do not respond well to his teaching method. The idea that just because you are very skilled and a master within your field, does not mean you can teach that skill. Snape’s teaching style is very militaristic in nature, through destroy his student’s self-esteem and then mold them into what he pleases. However, is this method effective for growing adolescents. Someone brought up that the nature of boarding schools is that education is very strict making Severus method accurate, however, Minerva is shown to be a strict but fair teacher without tearing her students down.
  • Had Harry had the knowledge (he was never given full truth on Voldemort) would he have been able to still be courageous enough to fight his adversary. Would he have been driven by anger or motivated by revenge?  The impact of information within Harry’s life is evident as for much of the series, many things are hidden from him by many of the adult figures in his life. In the case of them not telling the full truth of Voldemort’s death. Perhaps Dumbledore and others were trying to preserve a sense of his childhood/innocence by withholding information from him. Did they make the correct choice waiting till Harry entered school? What if some random student had told him rather than an adult?
  • Wizarding world seems to deny the truth of Voldemort (in his existence) and other threats, innocence is bliss). However, even if you deny something that is truth, it will not make its existence disappear. The Dursleys also seem to have a similar mentality to this when it comes to Magic and Harry himself and perhaps used this as justification for their abuse. There is also this need in the plot for Harry to be abused so that the story may continue forward.
  •  The Ministry of Magic is a mess as a system of government. They also rely on a boy, then teen to solve their problems and sees him a tool that works for them. The ministry isn’t keeping up with the muggle world no has any connect, but still they cannot keep the magical world secret.
  • The Dursleys and Malfoys each used as parallels and are shown to be prejudiced and intolerant in different ways (race, class etc.). In addition J. K. Rowling  tends  to use  appearance  as a  way to visually represent  the characters “spirit”  but there is a fallacy there and  she often  uses “ugly” trait  for characters  that are meant to be antagonists or  villains.