Harry Potter is a big part of my life and has influenced a huge part of who I am. It's not that J.K. Rowling's words of wisdom in Harry Potter are unheard of- it's that she knows how to put it in the most beautiful, but simple and easily understood terms.
As much as I love the adventure, the fantasy, and the unknown, what I love even more is that not all of Harry Potter is limited to the world of J.K. Rowling's pen. Many of us become somewhat depressed finishing a film or a book, thinking that it's all over, it's not real, it's gone away and I'm back in this mediocre world again. And while we don't have things like flying broomsticks and feasts of golden ham and pumpkin juice, floating candles, and pictures that talk in real time, we do, in fact, have the very raw and honest reality of pain, loss, and defeat, but also love and friendship.
As I've scrounged the internet, I have found some really amazing articles that have been not only educational, but also a great reminder that the world of Harry Potter never really leaves us.
The Psychology of Volemort is very well- written, and also educational. I curiously looked Tom Riddle up online because I wanted to know his backstory, his life, and everything that led him to this point of utter evil. Only being halfway through book four, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I didn't yet know the psychology of him from book six, Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince, and I had seen the movie when I was only a teenager, which was probably almost six or seven years ago.
In America was are fascinated behind missing person's cases, murders, and other crimes because there is an element of "why." This is explained a little in the article. We are not fascinated by the method to the murder or disappearance, but we want to know why the murder or disappearance happened. There's a reason why shows like Criminal Minds and Dateline grace our televisions frequently. They are fascinating.
Lord Voldemort is one of those fascinating creatures. Similar to Adolf Hitler, we want to know more, investigate, and understand the sadistic mind that their skull holds. People do not do things without a reason, they do things because something in their mind led them to do what they do.
Written by The Atlantic, it is a short, but good starting point for examining the Dark Lord's mind.
Another piece written by The Atlanic, In Defense of Hufflepuff, is magnificently brilliant in every way.
When I was 10 years old, I did a quiz and was sorted into Hufflepuff house. Now, when I was 10 years old, those quizzes weren't as intense and accurate as they are today, and at that time, the fifth movie had just come out and Harry Potter had not yet developed the huge cult following it has today.
I remember feeling disappointed and especially frustrated because my best friend had been a Slytherin and that just wasn't fair. And now, since then, I've been sorted into Ravenclaw a dozen times.
This article got me thinking. What was the problem with thinking I might be a Hufflepuff?
Nothing. There was not problem with being a Hufflepuff. And they may not have recieved all the glory, but only because they didn't want it.
More articles to be shared soon!
Special thanks to photographers Artem Maltsov and Roland Lösslein for the photography pictured above.
The last photo of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is my own work.
Thank you for reading. :)