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June 2016

The Marauder’s Map – A Revisit

marauders map

The Marauder’s Map, as most Potterheads would agree, is one of the most ingenious wizarding inventions of all time. A map enchanted to show the whereabouts of every creature and every hidden passage at Hogwarts, it is well worth a revisit. Let’s get started then.

And yes, I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good.

The history of the map can be traced way back to 1975, when the then Hogwarts mischief makers – Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, Sirius Black and James Potter (Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs), managed to pull off a bit of highly advanced magic and enchanted an innocent looking piece of parchment with a Continue reading “The Marauder’s Map – A Revisit”

Character Analysis #1 – Dobby

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

If anyone were to ask me which character’s death was the saddest in the Harry Potter series, my answer, hands down, would be “Dobby”. I developed so much of a deep attachment with the poor elf as soon as he was introduced in the second book, that I was close to wailing over his death in the Deathly Hallows. I think, therefore, the first character on my blog’s list of HP character analyses ought to be Dobby. Let’s start off with a brief journey through his life in the series.

Dobby, in the Chamber of Secrets, is rather bent upon keeping Harry away from Hogwarts and we are introduced to him in his very first attempt at doing so – The Privet Drive cake smashing episode! Harry escapes expulsion from Hogwarts by a hair’s breadth and naturally, doesn’t take to the elf very well. Nevertheless, it is Dobby who enlightens him about the Chamber’s previous opening and Harry certainly owes him something. At the end, Lucius Malfoy is tricked by Harry into flinging Riddle’s diary (containing Harry’s sock) at Dobby which instantly frees him from bondage to the Malfoy family.

“Harry Potter set Dobby free!”

“Least I could do, Dobby”, said Harry, grinning. “Just promise never to try and save my life again.”

Continue reading “Character Analysis #1 – Dobby”

Rain

rain

This is one of my earliest poems. It was raining after a long time then and inspiration struck me, the result being this poem.

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As I walk alone on the road,

All hope lost, never to return again

Trapped in an ocean of sorrows, misery and gloom

Oh! I hear thunder, I see lightning…

Startled though I am initially,

With a chill going down my spine,

When the first virgin drop of heavenly essence

Falls on my chin… Continue reading “Rain”

Felix Felicis – Interesting facts

felix_felicis_by_oo_shaketramp_oo-d50uqzsAll Potterheads must have had a secret desire to lay their hands on the famous luck potion, Felix Felicis. Well, here are some facts about this potion that you probably don’t know.

#1. Felix Felicis was invented in the 16th century by Zygmunt Budge.

#2. It takes a whooping six months to brew it. Besides, it requires highly advanced potion-making skills.

#3. It should be perfectly concocted. Any slight mistake will result in disastrous consequences.

#4. If taken in excess, it may lead to recklessness and over-confidence. It is also capable of being toxic to the body, on overuse.

#5. It looks like liquid gold, with droplets of the potion leaping over the surface like goldfish.

#6. As useful a potion as it may be, it does have its limitations. For instance, it cannot get you through things that are powerfully magical like The Room of Requirement (and the Peruvian instant darkness powder).

#7. Its use is banned in all sporting events and competitions as it would be rather unfair to have luck concentrated on one side.

#8. Felix Felicis is a Latin phrase that literally translates to Luck of Luck.

Hope you enjoyed that!

-Sruthi.


An entry long sought after – accomplished!

Not very long back, just about four years ago, I was introduced to the wonders of the internet and had the opportunity of experiencing them myself (Oh yes, it was then that I, for the first time ever, tried my hands on a computer). Being the young girl from a remote town that I was, my first internet experience was absolutely fascinating and the fact that one could maintain an ‘open diary of sorts’ on it immediately enticed me. Ever since, I’ve had the idea of a blog snuggled up in one corner of my mind. Continue reading “An entry long sought after – accomplished!”

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