28 August, 2001
I'm still alive.
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Head of Auror Office
Obviously, Gryffindor! DUH!
Hi! I'm Rija, Harry Potter addict since, well as you can see I was born when it got released, so let's say when I was 6, make that 2007. BTW, my name is not pronounced like RI-JA, it's pronounced RI-YA. My favorite as you can all see is Dan, which is Harry.
- "Twitchy little ferret, aren't you Malfoy?" - Hermione Granger
- "Honestly, you two don't you read?" - Hermione Granger
- "Albus Severus...you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them is a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew." - Harry Potter
- "That's what Hermione does. When in doubt go to the library." - Harry Potter
- "IF WE DIE FOR THEM, I'LL KILL YOU HARRY!" - Ron Weasley
- "And that's the second time we've saved your life tonight, you two-faced bastard!" - Ron Weasley
- "You are the true master of death, because the true master does not seek to run away from Death. He accepts that he must die, and understands that they are far, far worse things in the living world than dying." - Albus Dumbledore
- "In dreams, we enter a world that's entirely our own." -Albus Dumbledore
- "I don't remember asking you to show off, Miss Granger." - Severus Snape
- "Always." - Severus Snape
- "No one asked for your opinion, you filthy little Mudblood."- Draco Malfoy
- "Azkaban- the wizard's prizon, Goyle. Honestly, if you were any slower, you'd be going backwards."- Draco Malfoy
- "Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, come to die." - Tom Riddle "Voldemort"
- "Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies." - Tom Riddle "Voldemort"
And my most favorite one is this:
"Why do you live?" - Voldemort
"Because I have something worth living for." - Harry Potter
I've been seeing stuff about how Twilight is better than Harry Potter or vice versa. What'd you think? Should they be doing that at all? I have my own reasons why Harry Potter is better than Twilight and you know that.
First of all- Harry Potter isn’t just a childish bedtime story. Nor is it shallow. A story based off a single dream has no depth. Twilight fans will never know what kind of man James was before he turned vampire. Rowling, however, spent 15 years planning every little detail. She created a world within our own for her witches and wizards. She has based their heritage off of real mythology and history. Their spells are in a dead language and they have organized governments with strict laws. She has followed her characters’ stories from childhood to graduation and many times to their deaths. One of the best things about this series is that you can study these intricate details. The Twilighters can only argue about who Bella will marry. In Harry Potter, there are arguments over everything from Snape’s loyalty, to the cryptic meaning of Trelawney’s prophesies, to petty ship-wars. In Twilight, very few people ask the questions “What does she mean by that?” “Are these two little details supposed to be connected?” “How did she get that idea?” “Does this result differently than we think it will?” To Potter fans, these are common, everyday questions. Like an amusing childhood fairytale, Meyer’s “saga” is to be taken for face value; delving deep within will display its undesirable flaws. The mere fact that Harry Potter makes you think, makes you question Rowling, and causes you to come up with creative theories proves its superiority.
One of the primary arguments presented by Twilighters is that their book is more emotional that Harry Potter. I, however, beg to differ. Let’s delve into the subject of love, after all that is the primary emotion in Twilight. In Twilight, there is only one kind of affection found: an obsessive, oppressive, “without him I become a dull zombie” wet dream. Unlike Twilight, Harry Potter proves that there is incredible power in love, and that love doesn’t always work out. Unfortunately, I have to agree with WhatIsRightOrWhatIsEasy; neither of these books even compare in romance to Jane Austin. In Harry Potter, we have many different kinds of love present: Parental love, romantic love, sibling love, platonic love, childhood crushes, and unrequited love. There are two loves in particular that aren’t present in Twilight: parental love and unrequited love.
The parental love found in Harry Potter is incredibly rich. Molly Weasley and Lilly Potter are perfect examples of motherly love, and display it in their own special ways. Lilly sacrifices her life to protect Harry. The magic that results aids Harry until the Goblet of Fire. Stop and think about THAT for a moment. If a murderer or a kidnapper tried to separate you from your child, would you be willing to die to protect your child? What if you knew that there was only a slim chance of your baby surviving and growing up afterwards? This is one of the most beautiful acts of courage and selflessness in the entire series. The other super-mom, Molly, has an intense love for her children. While she scrambles to make ends meet, she still has plenty of room in her big heart for Harry and Hermione; Harry comes to see her as a second mother. She is also ferociously protective of her children. After Bellatrix attempts to kill Ginny, Molly singlehandedly takes down her daughter’s attacker. In Twilight, you neither see Bella’s mother or Bella displaying this much love and strength for their babies. The lesson: Never EVER mess with a mad mama- you will pay with your life. The Harry Potter men also make better dads. They support, protect, teach, and laugh with their kids; they wouldn’t think twice of dying for them, and will raise and care for their friend’s children. Sirius Black escapes prison and becomes a wanted fugitive to protect Harry, and later Harry raises Teddy Lupin after the Battle of Hogwarts. James Potter goes down fighting to protect his baby boy as does Remus. In the Epilogue of Deathly Hallows, Ron is seen loving on his daughter. Unlike Miss Swan’s father, he refuses to just sit around watching TV and be deceived. Instead, he jokes and encourages his daughter; it’s evident that he’s rightfully proud of her, and he’s going to let the whole world know that. Arthur Weasley is the same way. Love and dedication. It’s obvious that the Cullens stand no chance against that.
What about unrequited love, the most painful emotion ever to exist? All I have to say is one name: Severus Snape. After befriending Lilly as a child, he fell in love with her, only to be denied her love in return. Their original friendship survived house rivalries and Marauder ridicule for five years; even after losing her as a friend, Snape continued to love Lilly and remained fiercely loyal to her long after her death. The most emotional thing about Snape’s love for Lilly is that he felt that he was the cause of her death. He realized that his handful of mistakes lead to a lifetime of regret. He could have begged for death or even committed suicide, but he remained strong and kept all of that, pain, remorse, and love inside. Now that’s passion.
Another thing that Rowling succeeds in doing that is missed by Meyers is recognizing the reality of adolescence. Not everyone in the world is the popular new girl who manages to snag the hottest guy in school, and Rowling knew this. Where in Twilight do you see the person that everyone teases, turns their backs on, and snubs? They aren’t found in Forks. Who are the oddballs, klutzes, victims, social outcasts, recluses? They don’t exist. In Harry Potter, almost everyone takes these roles at least once, although there are some whose names stand out: Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, Snape, even Hermione and Harry. Are there any idiots in Twilight who are likely to fail school? Beyond anyone who finds sparkly vampires attractive, there are no Crabbes or Goyles in that series. What about school bullies? And no, James and his little gang don’t count. Twilight, the utopia where people don’t pick on and torment each other has never existed, doesn’t exist, and until Judgment Day, never will. Just ask Draco. There are dozens of cliques in the teenage world with thousands branches, but Meyers chooses to only portray 3: the popular, ordinary kids, the mysterious “vegetarian” vampires, and a pack of Native American shape-shifting werewolves. In Harry Potter, the cliques can be as broad as the four Houses, or as small as an individual person. There are the Quidditch players, the study-holics, the quirky pariahs, the fan-girls of the current heartthrob, Dumbledore’s Army, Inquisitorial Squad, Slug Club, the pranksters, the Slytheryns, Death Eaters in training, etc.
The most important emotions and themes present in Harry Potter that isn’t even found in Twilight is prejudice. It is only alluded to twice in Twilight- werewolves vs. vampires, and Bella’s hybrid baby. In Harry Potter, it is one of the cornerstone motifs. There is rivalry between houses- especially Gryffindor and Slytheryn. “Pure-Bloods” shun their muggle-born counterparts, who they call “mud-bloods”. Part-blood wizards in Slytheryn are pressured to disown their muggle roots, which leads Snape to call himself the “Half-Blood Prince,” and Tom Riddle to become Lord Voldemort. Whole blood wizards and witches who sympathize with muggle-borns are called “blood-traitors.” In the seventh book, this blood-based discrimination is very pronounced; the Death Eater controlled Ministry of Magic orders a roundup of muggle-born witches and wizards, who get sent to Azakaban. Even Hermione, who manages to dodge court, gets a brutal taste of this intolerance. While captured with Harry and Ron in the Malfoy’s mansion, it is she who is tortured by Bellatrix, primarily for her blood status. That sounds like a real Holocaust to me. Remus, who is a good man and skilled wizard, is forced into permanent unemployment just because he is a werewolf. Dumbledore shows a mercy that looks beyond the common bigotry when he offers him a job as the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. When parents find out his secret, they are outraged and force him to resign. Hagrid is even attacked by Umbrige, and it’s barely coincidence that he happens to be half-giant. Prejudice doesn’t even stop among wizards. House elves are reduced to slavery for wealthy wizarding families, and even in their freedom, most have no other occupation but in the kitchens. Goblins are held with mistrust by many wizards after they stage a revolt while seeking equality. Righteously outraged centaurs attack Umbridge after she calls them beasts of sub human intelligence. One of the reasons that Harry managed to win the final battle was that he and his allies managed to put their prejudices aside and unite to fight an evil.
In fact, there are many social issues in Meyer’s “saga” that lack conviction; for one, there is the almost total lack of social class stratification in Twilight. In Harry Potter, there are the incredibly rich Malfoys, the massive inheritance bestowed upon Harry, the middle-class Dursleys and Grangers, and at the bottom, the Weasleys, who survive from paycheck to paycheck (pre Wizardly Wheezes). Foreign influences in vampire world are limited to the Italian Volturi and a few feral vampires. Foreigners in Harry Potter include the French Beauxbatons and the Eastern European Drumstang- which includes the Bulgarian Viktor Krum. There are mentions of Foreign Ministries of Magic and even magical organizations in North America. While Bill worked as a curse-breaker in Egypt, and Charlie was among dragons in Romania, Voldemort laid low in Albania. During the Triwizard Tournament, different breeds of dragons from multiple nations are pitted against the competitors; they include the Hungarian Horntail, the Chinese Fireball, the Swedish Short-Snout, and a Welsh Green.
And don’t even get me started on the topic of feminism. Twilight is full of gender role stereotypes that ARE vampires- these sexist notions should have been dead decades ago, but instead continue to haunt this world and suffocate women of what they truly deserve. Here are some of the chauvinistic concepts present: Bella happily cooks dinner and cleans house for her father as he cleans his gun, drinks a beer, and watches football on TV. Like some housewife from the 1950’s, she acts like belongs in the kitchen. This is the 21st century, where guys can cook too! Despite Edward’s urging her to get an education and encourages her to hope and dream, she decides to stay at home, cook, and care for the family. Although I have no problems with a stay at home mom, something is definitely wrong when every woman in the series shares the same occupation. Methinks Meyers’ women enjoy staying home hiding behind their husbands. Then Edward decides to begin dictating who she may be friends with, going to the point of removing the tires from her truck. ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP ALERT!! Bella also completely falls apart when Edward leaves her, and only recovers when she begins spending time with Jacob. What’s with the constant need for a man in her life? Whenever she is exposed to peril, Jacob or Edward must come to the rescue. Bella isn’t even seen fighting side-by-side with Edward; usually she’s hiding somewhere behind him as he goes in for the kill. After discovering that Forks is in western Washington, I was even more surprised by this sexist point of view because Washington is usually pretty liberal.
This is much different than the Trio; Harry and Ron’s survival is quite dependent on Hermione’s intelligence, quick wit, and guidance. At one point, in the Chamber of Secrets, Ron ends up admitting “Where’s Hermione when you need her?” Compared to Twilight, there is no dearth of equality for women in Harry’s world. Here women can be feminine without being submissive. In the rough game of Quidditch, there are many talented female players: Angelina Johnson, Katie Bell, Alicia Spinnet, Ginny and Cho. The Holyhead Harpies is a professional all women’s team in the sport. Women also rise to prominent positions in government. Umbridge-no matter how corrupt she is- had a high standing position in the Ministry of Magic; later we learn that Hermione rises through the ranks in the same government and leads reforms that undo centuries of prejudice. They had their first woman Minister of Magic in the 1750’s! The muggle world was still being dominated by guys at that time. The females in Harry Potter truly kick ***! In the Battle of Hogwarts, students and alumni of all genders and ages unite to defend their school. Formidable female fighters on both sides include Bellatrix Lastrange, Ginny, Professor McGonnagal, Mrs. Weasley, and Tonks. Even Luna is a strong, quirky character who manages to hold her own.
And to everyone saying that the vampires of Twilight are fitter, sexier, and tougher than our wizards, I’ve got some news for you. You people really have your attraction priorities messed up. From what I’ve read of Twilight, I assume that by fitter you mean more muscular. Too many muscles on a guy is as bad as no muscles at all. In New Moon, Bella got pretty bruised up, if you know what I mean. You see, in Quidditch, the players get toned, flexible, and quick. Holding and navigating a broom probably requires strong thigh and hip muscles- when a guy has those, it’s hottest thing ever. Quidditch players also have to make quick swerves to dodge bludgers, twist their bodies to catch quaffles, reach just a little farther than their opponent to grab the snitch, and need strong arms to hurl quaffles and hit bludgers. Also, we Harry Potter fans know that brains equal beauty. A person can be the fittest hunk in the universe, but if they don’t have brains or wits, they are hideous. I’m sure that there are Harry Potter fans here in this blog who think that the Weasley twins’ witty pranks, Hermione’s intense knowledge, and any other genius, sharp-tongue, or Ravenclaw is a turn-on. Harry Potter’s characters earn their sexiness. Only the luckiest have genes on their side. In the terms of physical and mental attraction, I think that’s hotter than anything Twilight could offer- undead beings whose bodies automatically become glittery, super-strong, and super fast when they turn into vampires. So keep your “perfect” vamps; we have hot Quidditch players and gorgeous brainaics- the best of BOTH worlds.
I don’t think Meyers knows much about animals- either that or the fictional residents of Forks are incredibly stupid. In New Moon, these civilians describe the werewolves as looking like bears. Seriously, Forks is in Washington- they should know a bear when they see one!
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The Potter Kids
I made up a story called The Potter Kids. Credits to J.K Rowling who made the wonderful Harry Potter book.
The Train Ride
As I watched James and Albus run through the wall with Dad, I remembered how I was scared the first time I was here that I was going to crash. But I didn't even hold onto Mum's hand as I ran bravely into the wall with my cart. A second later, I saw Platform 9 and 3/4. I couldn't believe that I could finally go to Hogwarts!
Mum appeared next to me and said, "Don't you remember in Albus's first year when you were begging to go?" I nodded.
"Look, there's Rose and Hugo!" I said excitedly, racing over to them. My firery red curls that Mum had clipped back bounced off my back as I squeezed my way through the crowd. They were handing over their bags to the men on the train. Rose, or Rosie, was okay, but she was Albus's age so she didn't want to hang out with me as much as Hugo did. Hugo and I were best friends. We were both going into our first year, as Rosie and Albus were entering their third year, and James his fourth year.
Hugo saw me and smiled. "Hi, Lily! he said brightly. He leaned so closely his family couldn't hear. "Are you nervous?" he whispered.
I rolled my eyes. "No, I am not. I am happy to go to Hogwarts because I've been waiting since Albus went to his first year. I'm so excited!"
"Well, if you're not nervous, then neither am I!" Hugo said proudly, yet a little uneasily.
"Thatta boy!" Uncle Ron chuckled, messing up Hugo's dark red hair. Sometimes people got us confused as siblings because of our hair, but we are cousins. Mum finally came over and hugged Uncle Ron and talked to Aunt Hermione.
"We should board soon," I said to Hugo. "We have to sit next to each other." he nodded.
"So, what do you have as an animal?" Hugo asked. At Hogwarts, you were required one animal: a cat, toad, owl.
"An owl of course. You wanna see her?" I asked, but didn't give him a chance of replying. I reached to the backof my trolley and showed a cage with a small owl. The owl had light brown feathers all over it and then skinner dark brown feathers all over it and skinner dark brown feathers mixed in. Around it's black, yet kind looking, eyes were funny markings.
"Whoa, she looks way better than Rosie's owl!" Hugo exclaimed. I smiled proudly.
"What's her name?" he asked.
"Her name is Roxy." I replied.
"Cool." Hugo said.
I was about to ask him what he had as an animal, but then Mum turned around and exclaimed, "Oh my goodness! It's ten fifty five!"
The Hogwarts Express leaves exactly at eleven o'clock. I know this rule better than everyone because Dad and Uncle Ron tells me about the time a house-elf made them miss the train when the barrier was sealed. I hugged Mum, "I'm gonna miss you! Will you write to me?" I asked.
"Of course, honey!" she said. Dad came over then.
"Hurry up! The train is about to leave!" he said. I hugged him too. "James and Albus said they were going to sit with their friends, but don't mind if you two sit with them." I muffled out a 'thanks'. I wasn't close to Dad as I was to Mum, but still loved him.
Dad helped me give my stuff to the men on-board, and hugged Mum one more time. I know I've been waiting for this moment for a while, but I was nervous, despite on what I had told Hugo. "Don't worry, you'll be fine." Mum said, stroking my hair, as if she had read my thoughts.
I smiled, and then I grabbed Hugo's hand.
"Let's go, Hugo!"
Hugo and I waved to our parents then climbed aboard the train. We hustled along to find either a compartment alone or with our siblings. After searching for a moment, we couldn't find James or Al's so we settled for one with two first-years that looked nice. We sat down across from them, me at the window, and Hugo closer to the door.
As the train started to move, we all went towards the windows and waved to our parents, except the boy. Mum mouthed, "Don't worry!" and Dad just looked wide-eyed at the boy we were sitting with. I cocked my head, wondering what was that all about, but soon Mum and Dad were tiny pinpricks in the distance as the train moved further. Part of me was happy to be finally going to Hogwarts, but another part of me was scared.
"I'm Hugo. Hugo Weasley. And that's Lily Potter." Hugo said to the girl and boy.
The boy paled in the face. Although that you could barely tell the difference because he was already so pale, with his white-blond long hair hidden behind a knit cap. His grey eyes met my deep brown ones.
The girl shyly said, "I'm Shay Chang. I think my mom knew your dad," she looked at me.
Dad dometimes talked about a girl named Cho Chang, who he liked in his mid-years at Hogwarts, before Mum. But he said it never worked out after the battle, he lost touch with her.
"Who are you then?" Hugo asked, abruptly to the boy.
"I'm Felix...Felix Malfoy." he said, averting our stares. A Malfoy?!
Note: I made up some names here.
The New Girl
Albus's Point of View
I laughed along with everyone as Fred told his latest joke to everyone. I was sitting in a compartment with Fred and Roxanne Weasley, Rose, and the twins, Lorcan and Lysander Scamander. Rose and Roxanne were giggling about a guy they had seen in the hallways and ignoring us. I wondered were Lily and Hugo ended up. But knowing Lily, she was probably playing some silly hand-clapping game with Hugo.
James had wondered off with his friends, Fang and Scooter, off to probably give some un-knowing first years Fever Fudge or Nosebleed Nougat, candy that makes you sick. Ever since Uncle Ron went to work with Uncle George at Weasley's Wizards Wheezes, a joke shop, he had been slipping James some extra stuff when Dad wasn't looking.
Unexpectedly, the compartment door opened, to reveal a tall boy with messy golden brown hair, Teddy Lupin. "Hey Al," he said hurriedly, "you seen Lily?"
"No," I said, "Why?"
"James wanted to know where she was so he wouldn't blow up that section until the end of the train ride," he said, smirking.
"Hah," I replied. "I haven't seen her since I boarded. I would expect she's still near the front train, with the other first years."
"Okay, thanks." Teddy said, starting to close the door. "Oh, wait," he remembered, "there's another Malfoy is in first year. His name is like Felon or Felix or something."
I made a face. I knew Scorpius Mqlfoy, who was not the nicest of kids in my year, and he had cursed me to vomit slugs last year after I told Professor McGonagall that he cheated off my test.
"Let's just hope he's nicer than Scorpius." I said.
"Come on," said Rosie, looking up from her conversation, "Scorpius isn't even that mean."
"Just because you think he's gorgeous doesn't mean he's not mean, Rosie." I argued. She made a face and then her and Roxanne started looking at Teddy and giggling.
"Yeah, gotta get going now." Teddy said. "And hey Rosie, hey Roxanne," he added after seeing them stare at him.