Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Analysis of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
When watching Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I observed the different teaching philosophies that McGonagall, Sprout, and Umbridge display within the varied classroom setting. *** discuss/ name and explain the different philosophies talked about in essay
In evaluating Professor McGonagall’s teaching practices at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I noticed that she incorporates and demonstrates three educational philosophies, namely essentialism, perennialism and progressivism.
Professor McGonagall is known and well respected by both students and professors for her high level of student and classroom expectations. McGonagall is known for her strict, no-nonsense demeanor and as the master of her classroom. Because of the common culture that exists between both student and professor, she has gained the respect of all of her students. While her teaching strategies are traditional she is training their minds to promote reasoning.
McGonagall uses great books by Hogwarts finest thinkers and writers, while teaching them the traditional educational values of reading, writing, and arithmetic. At the beginning of class, she warns her students that anyone messing around will be forced to leave and not be welcomed back. She states, you have been warned (McGonagall). She provides her students with instructional demonstrations, where students are asked to conduct group experiments, such as the project-based learning approach. Her students tend to be inquisitive and ask many questions and in turn, she provides them with the help that is needed by roaming the classroom and answering their questions when needed.
Overall, McGonagall utilizes three of the five teaching philosophies: essentialism, perennialism and progressivism. In the film, I believe that Warner Brother Studios chose to exemplify these three philosophies within McGonagall because they wanted to create a character who was a good example of moral ethics as well as honorable. She is capable of demonstrating both sides of the spectrum, the teacher-child-classroom relationship as well as the student driven classroom relationships. She is able to allow the students to flourish in their creativity. In regards to McGonagall, I would model her teaching philosophy of ___________. ***what will you avoid in regards to the three philosophies that she uses.
Alongside McGonagall, Professor Sprout also uses the philosophy of progressivism in her classroom. She is a cheerful, roly poly teacher, who is well liked by her students. Her philosophy offers a hands-on learning experience in an outdoor classroom setting.
Within her class, she teaches them how to repot a Mandrake plant. She provides them with step-by-step instructions while also advising them of the dangers of their activity. The students are given tools for protection, then proceed with caution as she explains and demonstrates what they will do. She double checks their work and asks for understanding.
From this we can gather that she is an encouraging and thoughtful teacher who focuses on the individual’s learning and progression throughout the time in her class. Her teaching philosophy of progressivism allows them to gain real-world experiences that can be utilized during their years at Hogwarts. There is no testing in her classroom, the pupil’s education is built around their experience, while they focus on one discipline at a time. Professor Sprout’s education states that, if a single pupil wants to come, then the school ought to remain open for that pupil (Professor Sprout).
Ultimately, I feel that Warner Brother Studios chose to show Professor Sprout in a way where progressivism is seen in a nurturing light, because the students face peril, evil, darkness, and restriction of creativity among other professors within the school. In my own classroom, I would adopt Professor Sprouts way of teaching in a progressive light, we see that she is very encouraging, supportive, and allows students to lead and she follows in their footsteps.
Consequently, we observe that Professor Umbridge adopts a completely different philosophy when teaching her students. The philosophy she demonstrates in her classroom, is essentialism. Essentialism is _______________.
Professor Umbridge’s demonstrates this by standing in front of the class as she teaches them which gives her a sense of superiority which exemplifies the idea of teachers being in charge. When she does this, she is imparting her wisdom and knowledge so that the students may learn from her instead of discovering on their own. She is endowing them with her great wisdom and knowledge.
Umbridge is viewed as the mouthpiece for the Ministry of Magic’s political stand on the practices and policies that govern Hogwarts. This teacher intimidates her students with an iron fist approach telling them there will be discipline, order, and obedience in her classroom. She has a set of classroom rules in place where speaking is never an option. She does not call her students by their names but refers to them as children (Umbridge). Because there will be no talking in class without her permission, Professor Umbridge insists they raise their hands.
What she teaches her students is that they will gain knowledge through their examinations, she believes school is about studying and test taking. She also warns the students not to question her methods and compares this act to doubting the Ministry. Students quietly sit at their desks and write with pen and paper and rote information from their textbooks. Instead of focusing on the student’s opinions, she only deems the Ministries and her own as the guiding force in the classroom.
The filmmakers chose to portray Umbridge in this traditional, old school way of teaching where students are to be seen but not heard. However, despite Umbridge’s views on how the classroom should be run, I would not agree. When teaching my future students, I would not adopt this theory. I would want to find more creative ways and other avenues that would allow them to test their understanding of subject other than her test taking methods. I would allow my students to have a voice and that their opinions are welcome.
After viewing the film and being able to critique the different educational philosophies that are presented, I was able to solidify my own teaching philosophy which is one of acceptance, encouraging creativity, understanding, and helping my students to pursue their interest while also being a role model. Overall, this film showed me the more effective ways of teaching students in a way that allows their creativity to flow and where they feel the most comfortable. The student’s dislike for Umbridge and adoration for McGonagall was blatantly obvious and continuously shown throughout the film which made it all the more obvious on which professors’ philosophies encourages and discourages learning. The level of respect, learning, and relationship development that occurred between student and professor is what appealed to me the most when watching this film. What was discouraging, was the amount of forceful rules and discipline that professors like Umbridge displayed which eliminated students excitement for learning. When subjected to this environment, students are not able to progress during their academic years at Hogwarts. This film allowed me to cohesively see and understand the different philosophies that are brought into the classroom and how they affect the learning environment as a whole.
Harry Potter and The Astrology Signs
- 1 Harry Potter: Leo
- 1.1 Birthday – July 31 – Leo
- 2 Ron Weasley: Taurus
- 2.1 Birthday – March 1 – Pisces
- 3 Hermione Granger: Virgo August 23 – September 22
- 3.1 Birthday – September 19 – Virgo
Harry Potter: Leo
Leo’s are the center of attention so it makes sense that the main character would be a Leo. While Leos usually have a pompous air, they aren’t egomaniacs. They are natural born leaders, and people look to you to show them the way.
The book makes it clear that Harry is the leader of the group. The plus side of being these qualities are that you attract loyal friends, who you’ll do anything to protect. Ron and Hermione are some of the most loyal friends, and for Harry to get not only one but two best mates, that would follow him on any adventure, he must have a presence that makes people want to follow him. The downside is that it seems like everything is always happening to you. Luckily, they’ve got the strength of character to weather any storm (but seriously, you wouldn’t mind taking a break from the spotlight once in a while). A personality trait that most Leos have is that they embrace being the center of attention. Harry doesn’t love the spotlight, it just kind of finds him.
Birthday – July 31 – Leo
Most of the personality traits of a Leo fit Harry perfectly. With everything from his leadership ability and loyalty, to his need to be in charge and sometimes off-putting dominance, Harry Potter is a natural born Leo.
Ron Weasley: Taurus
Taurus’s are dependable (or as some might put it, stubborn), and you make great friends. They like comforts to enjoy the comforts of life and you wouldn’t turn down a little extra cash so some people mistake them for shallow. Ron is a very loyal friend and has definitely been called stubborn once or twice throughout the book. He is also well known to eat a hearty meal. Ron didn’t come from a wealthy family so he is very likely to enjoy a couple extra galleons when given, but he’s not shallow at all: his emotions run deep, far deeper than anyone around him knows. Even though his stubbornness counters it sometimes, he still knows how to have fun.
Birthday – March 1 – Pisces
Those born under the zodiac sign Pisces are daydreamers – their mind leans towards the fantastical and mystical. They are brooding by nature, and this can lead others to find them either intriguing and mysterious – or other times boring or too quiet.. They care deeply for others, and Pisces can barely stand to see their loved ones unhappy. Ron does exhibit some of these qualities, such as brooding, or caring for others (even if he does have the emotional range of a teaspoon). But he isn’t exactly a daydreamer or do people find him intriguing, as he says many times during the book that he is overlooked because his best friend is the boy-who-lived. So while he does have lots of qualities of Pisces I find that he is better fitting as a Taurus.
Hermione Granger: Virgo August 23 – September 22
A Virgo is someone who is altruistic, logical, responsible, and organized. Hermione is all of these things. In the first book, she makes many comments about how she already studied the curriculum and she stresses to the boys the importance of not breaking rules. People born under the astrology sign Virgo also have downfalls, they can be obsessive, critical, and perfectionists. Hermione exerts all of these quirks. She often talks down to Harry and Ron, even if she doesn’t know she’s doing it. She is also at the top of her class because she takes her grades so seriously.
Birthday – September 19 – Virgo
This means that she was born under the astrological sign that I thought she would. Hermione is almost the perfect example of a Virgo when you compare traits.
Throughout the series, the author, J.K. Rowling, bases a multitude of things off of the stars. Among these are names (Sirius-the Dog, Regulus, Orion, ) She makes it a point to give her character the qualities to match that of their zodiac sign and even made it a class in the later books. It is clear that she believes in more magic than that of the kind she writes about.
I would Also like to say that I am a Leo. I don’t have many qualities of the Leo other than loyal to friends so this shows that our zodiac sign is not always a great estimate of character, but it is fun to compare your friends’ personalities to the one the sky seems to believe that they have.
Analysis of Harry Potter’s Life
Harry lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and cousin Dudley. it is obvious that the family does not want Harry there, as his room is just a cupboard under the stairs and they are unkind to him. He is obviously different from his normal uncle, aunt, and cousin, as weird events seem to take place when he is around.
We know that Harry is not meant to be a normal human because of the flashback of Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall showing them dropping Harry off at his Aunt’s doorsteps. This dramatic irony lets readers know that Harry does not belong in this ordinary world. Harry’s call to adventure begins when owls start leaving invitations for Harry to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry’s refusal of the call is not actually done by him, it is done by his uncle and aunt, who destroy all of the letters being left for harry. When so many letters are sent that the family can’t possibly destroy them all, they take Harry and flee the house. However, the Dursley’s attempts to stop Harry from attending Hogwarts are not successful, as Hagrid himself comes to get Harry and introduce him to his new life.
Throughout the Harry Potter series, Harry has multiple mentors, but Hagrid is the first one he ever meets. Hagrid comes to save Harry from the Dursleys, who are trying to keep him from being his true self – a wizard. Hagrid helps Harry navigate the wizard life throughout the novel, as this whole magic thing is pretty new to Harry. The threshold that Harry crosses is his first time entering Diagon Alley, which is a secret wizarding alley filled with toy shops, broom shops, wand shops, and even own shops. Diagon alley is a representation of the wizarding world which Harry is about to enter, and crossing that threshold allows for Harry to have his first personal experience with his new world of magic. Harry makes a couple of very important allies in this novel – Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. When Harry is cornered by a troll in the bathroom, his friends Ron and Hermione help him. Harry’s wand is taken and he relies on Ron to save him.
This becomes a regular occurance in the series, as these three become best friends and are always there for eachother in a time of need. Harry’s interaction with the troll is also one of his first tests he faces a wizard. What Harry does not know is that much harder tests will soon arrive. Harry’s approach to the innermost cave is when he faces Fluffy, the three headed dog blocking the doorway that leads to the actual ordeal. It is important to note that, yet again, Harry has Ron and Hermione by his side. Inside the cave, the three face tests that they need to pass in order to read the final confrontation. They do pass these, which leads the journey to the ordeal. However, Harry must face the ordeal alone without the help of Ron and Hermione. This will make it more difficult for him to succeed, as he usually had someone to bail him out of trouble before this. When Harry reaches the final confrontation, it is revealed that Voldemort is teached up with Professor Quirrell. Voldemort’s head is on the back of Quirrell’s, which was hidden by a turban before.
Quirrell forces Harry to look into the Mirror of Erised, which shows ones deepest desires. In the mirror, Harry sees himself standing there with his parents. Soon after, Harry gets possession of the sorcerer’s stone. Voldemort offers an alliance to Harry, saying that Harry could have his family back, but Harry stays strong and refuses to form an alliance with Voldemort. Voldemort’s soul passes through Harry (which was very dangerous for Harry) and he ultimately leaves without the stone. Voldemort will prove to be Harry’s biggest enemy throughout the whole series. The reward that Harry gets is that he defeated Voldemort and did not allow his to have possession of the stone, so Voldemort will not be returning for a while. The reward is good for Harry and the entire Wizarding World, as Voldemort is an extremely dangerous threat to Harry and to everyone else. Harry, Hermione, and Ron are all taken to the Hogwarts nursing area. There journey there is not covered in much detail, as Harry suddenly wakes up in a nursing room bed. Harry wakes up in a nursing room bed after his ordeal with Voldemort.
Harry is regaining his strength and is recovering from his injuries from his fight. This is symbolic, as he is resurrected in the sense that he is recovering from the life altering event. The return with the Elixir in Harry Potter’s journey would be being completely void of Voldemort’s terror. Dumbledore states that he believes Voldemort will return, but Harry has allowed for the wizards to have time to get ready for his arrival and to fight back. Harry is now a known hero and he realizes he is capable of being one, as well. Though he was famous based on something that was not his own doing before, now he is known for being the Boy Who Lived AND the kid that defeated Voldemort.
Character’s Names Meanings in Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling uses a vast variety of words that are made up, but are secretly derived from Latin, Greek, Old English, and many other old languages to portray Rowling’s genius writing. Although many of the names, spells, potions, and even places seem like casual made up words, nearly all of them have a hidden meaning behind them. Understanding the meaning behind these words give even more insight into the thought and detail that went into making this series so outstanding.
A lot of the characters names in the books have a Latin origin. Rowling spent a lot of team researching names with Latin roots and finding their specific meanings. Then, Rowling implemented these names is some version into the series. For example, Albus Dumbledore’s first name is Latin for white. Many people take this as symbolic for the role Dumbledore plays, while others simply believe Rowling used this name because of Dumbledore’s long white beard. The main villain in the series, Tom Marvolo Riddle, aka Lord Voldemort, had part of his middle name derived from Latin. The Latin term volo means to want or to move quickly. This is representative of Voldemort as he had a desire for power and moved swiftly into the spotlight of being the most feared wizard. Draco Malfoy’s first name is Latin for dragon. This is symbolic of the level of power and strength Malfoy believed he possessed in the series. Remus Lupin’s last name is a version of the Latin word lupinus, which means of a wolf. This is symbolic as Lupin turns into a werewolf every month during a full moon. There are many more names in the series that are derived from Latin, all of which have meanings that give clues to the specific character’s purpose or qualities.
Rowling, being a very gifted and trained writer and researcher, also used greek words and mythology as origins for her characters’ names. For example, Narcissus Malfoy, the mother of Draco Malfoy, had her name from Greek Origins. Narcissus was a male character from Greek mythology, who loved his image so much that he looked at his reflection until he died. This reflects the arrogant attitude the entire Malfoy family had throughout the series. Because of their pure blood genes, the Malfoys believed they were better than most and were keen to portraying it. Another example of Greek origins playing a role in the names of Rowling’s characters would be Argus Filch. Filch is the caretaker at Hogwarts and is described as very strict and always keeping a close watch on the students of Hogwarts. His job likely has to do with the picking of his name as Argus was a ginormous hundred-eyed watchman in Greek mythology. Draco Malfoy’s best friend, Gregory Goyle, also had his name derived from Greek. She chose the name Gregory based on a Greek word that means observant and attentive. This could be representative of the fact that Goyle basically plays the role of Draco Malfoy’s bodyguard throughout the series.
Old and Middle English words were also a factor when Rowling was picking the names of her characters. One example of this would be with Godric Gryffindor. Godric is a version of the Old English name Godrich. In Old English, Godrich essentially meant good person. This can a nod at the fact that the characteristics Gryffindor wanted his students to possess were bravery, nerve, and daring. Rubeus Hagrid, everyone’s favorite character, also had part of his name derived from Old English. In Old English, Hagrid was a dialect word that basically meant you had a bad night. Considering Hagrid enjoyed drinking and did it a lot more than he probably should have, one can reasonably assume that he had a lot of bad nights. A final example would of course be the most important character in the series, Harry Potter himself. Rowling needed the perfect name as it is featured in every title and is a name that everyone around the world is familiar with. She ended up choosing the Middle English name, Harry. The name Harry is derived from Henry. Henry was the name of many kings of England and it is no coincidence that Rowling gave her main character a name of such stature.
It’s fascinating to know the amount of research that went into simply picking the names of the characters. Rowling truly expressed her genius and advanced knowledge of older languages through her character’s names alone. The ability of an author to provide history in all of the characters names while still writing one of the most popular book series of all time is incredible. It is extremely impressive that without even reading a single page, a reader could have a legitimate basis for all of the characters by simply looking at their names and doing a little research. Not many other book series, if any, could say the same.
Magic in Harry Potter
It is no secret that books have a way of impacting an entire world. Over the course of history, books such as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Secret Life of Bees, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter have changed the lives of millions of people. These books have important lessons and morals that are crucial in the lives people build, even though others have challenged them.
The Harry Potter series is significant because despite people challenging its content, it has many themes in the book that has made a positive impact on its readers and the world they live in, influencing them to make a change and live better lives.
Over the years, many people, have argued against the series, claiming it teaches demonic lessons and witchcraft. While the Harry Potter series does incorporate witchcraft into the storyline, it is not used in a way that influences children to practice it. Instead, it is used to emphasize the good moral lessons present in the series. J.K. Rowling uses magic to build a theme of good vs. evil, showing how the protagonist chooses good over evil. Good magic exists in Harry Potter, Rowling did not create a demonic lesson behind this fantasy world. The world of witchcraft and wizardry in Harry Potter is like other dimensions in other multiple famous novels. For example, Narnia is another universe in the Chronicles of Narnia book series. Harry Potter is just another example of a world created from fantasy and imagination. Rowling in no way tries to persuade readers to practice demonic witchcraft. The witchcraft in the series is used to teach readers life lessons and to positively inspire them to be better. Despite what others say, the Harry Potter series is still important in shaping the character a young person strives to be.
While the Harry Potter series is classified for the children’s section, the entire storyline is spewing with life morals that adults still need to learn. Some of these morals are simple while others are deeper, but both sides still greatly impact people’s lives. People will argue that the Harry Potter series influences anti-family themes, although a common theme portrayed in the series is, in fact, family. Harry finds the people he loves at Hogwarts, the wizarding school. Love is present within Hogwarts, whether it is through the teachers, friends, or siblings, and is the opposing side of evil that is present throughout the series. Love and family are used to fight against evil and can be seen in every character.
Even though Harry never met his parents, his love for them helped him survive when evil tried to destroy good. Rowling uses love to show readers it is the most powerful tool in the universe and can stop any type of evil. It is the oldest form of good vs. evil. In another case, Lord Voldemort kills his father because he did not have love; he grew up in an orphanage and was incapable of love, feeling abandoned and unwanted. Since he was incapable of loving someone and was never even loved himself, he turned to power. This is not an anti-family theme, but just an example of how the absence of love, trust, and family can contribute to negative lifestyles. This is another way of how Rowling compares positive themes to negative themes in order to inspire readers.
In a 2007 documentary, J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life, Rowling discusses how she chose to incorporate themes in the series that readers would find a personal connection. The series is used to educate readers on real life problems and inspire them to be better. Conflicts that occur in the series are parallel to problems that occur to real people in everyday life. For example, Lupin’s struggle with being a werewolf is supposed to reflect a person with AIDS and the struggles they deal with (A Year in the Life). Rowling’s purpose is to connect to her readers, not negatively influence them. Death and depression, more darker themes present in the series, are used to emphasize the positive themes. Readers use the experiences from the characters to connect with their lives. By seeing how these characters deal with these real-life problems, readers are encouraged to deal with their own problems in an effective way. For example, violence is a reoccurring event people see and deal with, whether it is at home, in the news, or in the simplest form. Rowling uses violence as a reason to fight for the good side. An effective novel such as Harry Potter needs that conflict of protagonist vs. antagonist/good vs. evil, or else there is no structure and people lose interest. Rowling uses the evil parts of life to emphasize the good in order to encourage readers to do the same, to fight for what is right.
Not only did Rowling create a legacy that changed the world of literature, she used it to solve real world problems; Rowling used her books as a gateway into making a difference. In other words, she created books that changed the world now she created a charity, Lumos, that will do the same. Lumos is an organization that helps orphanages and institutions for children around the world. Rowling’s intentions were never to harm her readers, but to use the Harry Potter series to make a positive difference in their lives. Therefore, it is an important piece of art because it does not purposefully influence children to participate in negative actions, but instead can change their lives for the better and teach them lessons they can carry out through their whole lives.
Acceptance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
In the third Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry and his friends mature into teenagers, and the series itself also matures noticeably in both depth and tone. The series continues to mature in multiple ways in book four, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Goblet of Fire is the longest in the series so far, with this book having grown to be twice the length of its predecessors. Harry and his friends also grow within the novel. The main plot of Goblet of Fire concerns the resurgence of an event known as the Triwizard Tournament: A magical contest that was “first established some seven hundred years ago as a friendly competition between the three largest European schools of wizardry… generally agreed to be a most excellent way of establishing ties between young witches and wizards of different nationalities…” (Rowling 187). This competition between Hogwarts, Beauxbatons Academy of Magic in France, and the Northern European Durmstrang Institute is designed to teach students to accept and befriend other cultures, a theme which splinters off into other subplots, and results in the story further maturing by exploring these themes of acceptance.
One of the very first examples of learning to accept others in Goblet of Fire can be found in Hermione and her efforts with the Society of the Promotion for Elfish Welfare (S.P.E.W.). After witnessing how heartlessly Winky the house-elf is abandoned by her master, Hermione does research on the history of house-elves, and learns that they are treated as slaves, Hermione commences S.P.E.W. in an effort to end what she sees as the mistreatment of house-elves. With S.P.E.W., Hermione aims include“[securing] house-elves fair wages and working conditions…changing the law about non-wand-use, and trying to get an elf into the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, because they’re shockingly under-represented.” (Rowling 224-225). S.P.E.W. gains zero support from anyone at Hogwarts, including the very house-elves she was attempting to liberate. While Hermione is correct in noting that the unpaid labor system is imperfect, as it is very easy for wizards to abuse their own house-elves, Hermione does not take the personal and societal views of the house-elves into account. As Hagrid tells her, “‘It’d be doin’ ’em an unkindness, Hermione,’ he said gravely, threading a massive bone needle with thick yellow yarn. ‘It’s in their nature ter look after humans, that’s what they like, see? Yeh’d be makin’ ’em unhappy ter take away their work, an’ insulting’ ’em if yeh tried ter pay ’em.’” (Rowling 265). The house-elves residing in Hogwarts find Hermione’s crusade insulting, but she fails to listen when anyone reminds her of this. According to Luisa Grijalva Maza’s article “Deconstructing the Grand Narrative inHarry Potter: Inclusion/Exclusion and Discriminatory Policies in Fiction and Practice”, Hermione “fails to ask the elves their own opinion of their needs” and her failure to do so is a sign Hermione is succumbing to “the view that house elves are inferior in that they areincapable of constructing their own meanings of freedom and happiness, in this way reinforcing the superiority of her newly adopted magical human identity” (Maza 431). The introduction of such a complicated theme in this novel shows how much the series has matured since its last mention of house-elves. Although Hermione does not give up on S.P.E.W.’s mission by the end of the novel, it is implied by the text that Hermione’s actions are unnecessary and unwanted, and S.P.E.W. should try harder to accept the opinions of house-elves and actually work together with them when it comes to their goals of betterment.
Another example of acceptance is seen in Ron and his behavior towards women when it comes to the Yule Ball. As the Yule Ball approaches, Ron works harder and harder to obtain a date. However, he does not view the girls he wants to ask as people, rather seeing them as accessories that will make him look better at the dance. As Hermione eloquently explains, “you’re going to take the best-looking girl who’ll have you, even if she’s completely horrible…” (Rowling 394-395). Ron, growing increasingly desperate, attempts to ask Hermione, to no avail:“Well- you can come with one of us!” “No, I can’t,” snapped Hermione. “Oh come on,” he said impatiently, “we need partners, we’re going to look really stupid if we haven’t got any, everyone else has…” “I can’t come with you,” said Hermione, now blushing, “because I’m already going with someone.” “No you’re not!” said Ron. “You just said that to get rid of Neville!” “Oh did I?” said Hermione, and her eyes flashed dangerously. “Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!” (Rowling 400)Ron does not see Hermione as attractive or desirable, and in his eyes, this means no one else would possibly be able to see her that way either. Ron is insistent about Hermione lying about her date, and seeing her with Victor Krum is the only thing that makes him finally admit she was not lying. He then becomes extremely bitter and refused to have any fun at the ball. It is only after Hermione exclaims in a fit of rage “next time there’s a ball, ask me before someone else does, and not as a last resort!” (Rowling 452). Ron is barely able to respond to this, and at this point he realizes that Hermione actually has feelings, and starts to accept girls as actual people instead of objects.
Finally, examples of acceptance are seen in the behaviors of the half-giants of the story, Hagrid and Madame Maxime. In the wizarding world, Giants are seen as dumb savages. Due to this prejudice, half-giants are widely discriminated against. According to “Improving Cultural Competence” by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, people who are discriminated against have different ways of dealing with it and seeking acceptance. Madame Maxime, when confronted about her status as a half-giant, vehemently denies it, taking the Conformity approach. Those who conform are said to “places considerable value on characteristics that represent dominant cultural groups; may devalue or hold negative views of own race or other racial/ethnic groups” (Improving Cultural Competence). This is exactly what Madame Maxime does, claiming she simply has “big bones” (Rowling) and constantly denying that she is anything other than the dominant cultural group. Hagrid, on the other hand, takes the Integrative Awareness approach when he is outed as a half-giant by Rita Skeeter. Those who chose Integrative Awareness are said to “have developed a secure, confident sense of racial/cultural identity; maintains pride in racial identity and cultural heritage; commits to supporting and appreciating all oppressed and diverse groups” (Improving Cultural Competence). This is clearly Hagrid attitude about his race, as evidenced by the quote “I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.’ An’ he was right” (Rowling 406). These are two very distinct methods for gaining acceptance within a community, but the novel seems to imply that Integrative Awareness is better, as Maxime makes up with Hagrid offstage, reuniting after she tried to conform and lied about her giant heritage.
Acceptance is a major aspect of growing up. As Harry and his friends learn more about acceptance throughout Goblet of Fire, the more they seem to grow and mature as people. One of the oldest, wisest, and most mature characters in the entirety of the Harry Potter series, Professor Dumbledore, is often revered as one of the most accepting people to ever exist in the wizarding world. In stark contrast,the incompetent Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge refuses to accept the truth about Voldemort’s return or to accept any “dark” creatures as possible allies. Dumbledore has this to say to Fudge when he shows his true colors as a prejudice fool: “You are blinded by the love of your office, Cornelius! You place too much importance, and you always have done, on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognise that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!” (Rowling 708). Fudge is not accepting of people who differ from him, and that is why he ultimately fails as Minister of Magic. The more one learns about accepting others and accepting one’s self, the more one is able to grow as a person.i