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Character Analysis #4 – Neville Longbottom

nevillehbpThis extremely long recess from blogging has its own reasons; laziness and procrastination being the chief ones, apart from the quagmire of frustrating non-creativity I have somehow found myself trapped in.

With due apologies (to anyone who would take them), I pull myself out of the mire with all the effort I can muster and present to you the 4th character analysis in my series: Neville Longbottom, the boy who is often underrated, taunted for his magical ineptitude and tormented by the memory of his tortured parents; but whose understanding of loyalty, courage and friendship (not to mention Herbology) is second to none.

Let us now buckle up for a journey through Neville’s life at Hogwarts, along with some interesting facts about his present life. Continue reading “Character Analysis #4 – Neville Longbottom”

From Author to Director – A Tough Transition

It has been a long time since I put up a blog post but college schedule is quite tight and I often do not find myself in the mood for blogging. But once the winter break starts, I shall resume analysing more characters and reviewing more books. For now, I publish this piece on movie adaptations that I worked on for a college assignment featuring the Harry Potter movies as a case study. Do read on!


“When I have had too much of reality, I open a book.” 

                                                                                       -Anonymous

Who doesn’t like good books? Books are the best escape from the mundane reality of human life; they transport us to a world unseen and sometimes, purely imaginary. A world that doesn’t exist in real life but is nevertheless, very inviting and worthy of existence. A world that you would wish was solid and real. Continue reading “From Author to Director – A Tough Transition”

Character Analysis #3 – Luna Lovegood

indexI think that in each one of us, there surely lies a hidden inclination towards bizarre objects, thoughts and theories. At least, that’s true for me. Luna Lovegood’s character is something that I’ve always been able to relate to, since her introduction. In this post, I am going to take you through a journey of her life as we know it from the books, coupled with a few tidbits of her life after Hogwarts. Continue reading “Character Analysis #3 – Luna Lovegood”

Character Analysis #2 – Sirius Black

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The boy who was ostracised from his family of pure-blood Slytherins for the sheer sin of being a Gryffindor. The man who was wrongly thought to have betrayed his best friend to death. The innocent criminal who had to spend twelve years in Azkaban for a crime he had not committed. The godfather who wasn’t equipped to give his godson the fatherly love he craved for.

To put it briefly, Sirius Black’s is a character with many dimensions that has been misunderstood for ages. In this post, I shall take you through a brief journey of his life and try to unveil the different shades of his character. Continue reading “Character Analysis #2 – Sirius Black”

The Marauder’s Map – A Revisit

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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

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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”

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.


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