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World of Harry Potter. Analysis by Juli Griffo. Muggles Wizards / Witches Magical Creatures. Muggles. Example : YOU ! ( Probably )

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world of harry potter

World of Harry Potter

Analysis by Juli Griffo

  • Example: YOU!(Probably)
  • Harry Potter lives in the UK; Muggle culture is nearly identical to that of *us* but most closely related to a normal resident of England during the time period (approx.1980-2008)
  • Money, Politics, Computers, etc.
wizards witches
  • Hidden, according to Wizarding Law, from the Muggles and regulated by the established Ministry for Magic (UK)
  • Require wands to properly channel magic
  • Underage magic is highly regulated
  • Wizards/Witches can be born of Muggles (nasty term “Mudblood”) or 1 muggle parent &1 wizard “Half-Blood” or a “Pure Blood” family
  • Wizarding snobbery desires Pure Blood above all & also feel incredibly superior to muggles
special wizards
*Special Wizards*
  • Half Wizard/Half magical creature ex: Hagrid (half giant)
  • Wizards who have been magically changed ex: Remus Lupin (bitten werewolf)
  • Animagus - Wizards who can shape change at will into an animal ex: Sirius Black (dog) or Professor Minerva McGonagall (cat)
magical creatures
Magical Creatures
  • House-elf: Slaves to human families, typically passing down through pure blood families - offspring of house-elves are born into slavery. Can only be released if presented with clothing.
  • Hippogriff: proud flying 4-legged creature
  • Centaur:4 legged highly sentient proud creatures who move in herds in the Forbidden Forest outside Hogwarts
  • Goblins: proud, short, strict, makers of special metals, run the Gringott’s Bank (safest bank in the world!), very envious of wizards
hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
  • England’s Magical School
  • Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore
  • 7 years of study - marked by 5th year OWLs (Ordinary Wizarding Levels)&7th year NEWTs (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test)
  • Prestigious school, but it is not a requirement for school age wizards to attend - can also consider attending schools in other countries, though a vast majority of English wizards have attended Hogwarts
  • Four Houses which act as student families: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Slytherin-sorted on first day of first year
ministry of magic
Ministry of Magic
  • Methods of entering the hidden building (as with St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies) are accessible for all levels of wizarding (underage wizards can access from unhidden realm of Muggles as with King’s Cross - train that takes students to school)
  • Statue portraying Wizard as most powerful above magical creatures - later portraying the dominance of muggles (Voldemort’s seizure)
  • From Chapter 1 of Book 1, first sentence:“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.”
rules of magic
Rules of Magic
  • Strict enforcement of Underage Magic (school age/before 17- Magical Coming of Age) outside school by age 11
  • Politics / Secrecy - Must not be seen by muggles nor harm muggles with magic
  • Requires tools for humans, though magical creatures do not need wands or spells to use magic properly
  • No specific reference to God/Heaven as the exact religion, though there are Christmas and Easter holidays (Christian holidays)
  • Wizards can leave an imprint of themselves and roam the world (or Hogwarts) as ghosts
  • “Behind the veil” sort of other place after you die to go that’s unexplainable
  • Example: Nearly-Headless Nick - on explaining his reasoning for leaving a ghost of himself:“I was afraid [of death]”
a message for love
A Message for Love
  • Dumbledore is the greatest advocate of love and insists that love is the most important thing in life and the key in living in peace and stopping Voldemort
  • Harry Potter has experienced a rough childhood and through the miracle of love is able to feel empathy even for those who have hurt him
  • The stories real boil down to love prevailing over all evil in the world
the weasleys
The Weasleys
  • Good example of a family who would be able to call themselves superior if they want to because they are a pure blooded family but do not hold to such ideals
  • Family is poor, large, and red-headed
  • Mr. and Mrs. Weasley have taught their children well about moral integrity
  • Nastily called “Blood Traitors”
magical locales
Magical Locales
  • King’s Cross
  • St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries
  • Diagon Alley
  • Hogsmeade
blood status
Blood Status
  • Pure Blood
  • Half Blood
  • Mudblood
  • Half Breed
  • Blood Traitor
sometimes secret organizations
(Sometimes Secret) Organizations
  • The Order of the Phoenix (Albus Dumbledore)
  • The Death Eaters
  • The Ministry of Magic
  • Dumbledore’s Army
gringott s bank
Gringott’s Bank
  • Run by Goblins
  • Nigh-Impenetrable
  • Can exchange muggle money for wizarding money and vice versa
owl post and transportation
Owl Post and Transportation
  • Owl Post
  • Floo Powder
  • Apparition
  • Port Key
wizard candy joke shops
Wizard Candy & Joke Shops
  • Honeyduke’s
  • Zonko’s Joke Shop
  • Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes
  • No wizarding child would not know all about these places
the unforgivable curses
The Unforgivable Curses
  • The Imperius Curse - remove free will and take control of a victim
  • The Cruciatus Curse - physically and mentally torture a victim with magic
  • The Killing Curse - Only one survivor of such a curse: Harry Potter
following harry potter
Following Harry Potter
  • Harry lived in the cupboard under the stairs before age 11 in his aunt and uncle’s house
  • Even though he’s famous in the wizarding world, he has no idea before he gets there
  • He has no previous prejudices
  • He has trouble wanting to be mean to others even if they are mean to him because of his rough childhood
  • Perfect main character to follow because he sees everything for the first time in the same way that the reader does
harry in real life
Harry in Real Life
  • Daniel Radcliffe’s face is iconic now.
  • It’d be hard to find someone who hasn’t at least heard of Harry Potter
  • Harry Potter’s magical world is everywhere now - on tv, in the news, in the movies, on the internet (lots of fan fiction!)
  • Collectibles, stamps, figures
  • Facebook groups
  • Translation of Harry Potter music for many different instruments
the wizarding world of harry potter
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Opened at Universal in Florida
  • Allows visitors to step into the world of Harry Potter and see recreations of the movie world
  • Performances and collectibles
  • Might not be real magic, but probably feels magical to visitors