A Thought: Harry Potter

Public Service Announcement: The New Wizarding World Movie written by J.K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has now opened in theaters and it is just as great as the other Harry Potter movies.

Before there was Harry Potter, before there was Lord Voldemort, and before Albus Dumbledore was headmaster at Hogwarts, there was Newt Scamander. The movie is set 70 years before the first Harry Potter’s time period in New York City and follows Newt from London, where he is studying magical creatures for his book, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” in the hopes of educating other wizards on these creatures.

In typical J.K. Rowling fashion, there is a dark force at play causing mayhem all over the city with “no-maji’s” (the American term for “muggles”) being killed and the wizarding world under threat of being exposed.

This movie gives light to more of the important details of the Wizarding World outside of our knowledge from Harry and his friends at Hogwarts. It was very interesting to see the political and cultural side to the Wizarding World and some of the issues that were facing wizards 70 years ago.

For example, every wizarding country has its own leader, just like Muggles and No-Magics do. In the United States, the Wizarding President was an African-American female. So it seems that the wizarding world has been knocking down barriers well before humans have. But to reflect back on the original Harry Potter books, aspects like race and gender never really seemed to be apparent or an issue. Kudos to you J.K. Rowling.

This isn’t the first time that Rowling acknowledged something major. In the creation of the four houses at Hogwarts, Rowling played on the four major personality characteristics of people.

Gryffindor, the brave; Slytherin, the cunning; Ravenclaw, the intelligent; and Hufflepuff, the loyal. But something that Rowling has taught us is that while our houses or personalities help tell us who we are, we are not limited to those specific qualities. For example, just because you are a loyal Hufflepuff, doesn’t mean you aren’t a leader or brave.

Here at Saint Mary’s, because we are a small community, we are not limited to one aspect either. Just because you are an athlete doesn’t mean you can’t be involved in say, student government or theater. There are many different opportunities on campus for students to be very well-rounded and have it all … one of the great positives of having a liberal arts degree.

Want to know what your most obvious trait is and be sorted into a Hogwarts House? Click the link below and take the test!


Author: gkvanb13

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