Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Vs. Arthurian Literature
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published in 2000, and is the fourth and middle book of the Harry Potter series. It is considered the turning point in the series, as the reader finds a more grown up Harry and much more serious tone in the book. The Goblet of Fire is the central book in the Harry Potter series, as the Quest for the Holy Grail is a central theme in Arthurian literature. This is one of the many similarities found between the fourth Harry Potter book and the Arthurian legend. There are also many similarities in story line between the two stories. These similarities are shown consistently throughout the book, and are important to the story as a whole because it allows readers a more in-depth understanding to the story itself. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a significant book in the Harry Potter series that has many similarities to the quest of the Holy Grail of the Arthurian legend.
The Triwizard Tournament and the Quest for the Holy Grail have many similarities that are strung together. The Triwizard Tournament is a magical competition held between the three largest wizarding schools in Europe: Hogwarts, Durmstrang, and Beauxbatons. One “champion” is chosen to represent each school, and they compete against each other in a series of three tasks. In the end, the true winner and the one who is “worthy” receives the Triwizard cup, 1,000 galleons, and eternal glory. This is similar to the Quest for the Holy Grail, which is an expedition for the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper, and was also used by Joseph of Arimathea to collect Jesus’ blood at the cross. The Holy Grail was lost, but it was prophesized that a descendant of St. Joseph would one day rediscover the Grail. This knight would be named the best knight in the land, and be bestowed with the honor of eternal glory. Each quest ended with glories many sought after, but were only given to those “worthy” of the rewards. Before the quests began though, the champions of each own had to first be chosen.
The Triwizard tournament began with the Goblet of Fire, which is a simple wooden cup that is stored in “a great wooden chest encrusted with jewels”. The Goblet chooses the champions by spitting out their names in a rush of red flames. Cedric Diggory is chosen at the Hogwarts champion, Fleur Delacour as Beauxbatons, and Viktor Krum as Durmstrang champion. Once the champions name has been chosen, there is no turning back. This becomes problematic for Harry Potter, when his name is mysteriously chosen as a champion. He is forced to participate, and Harry begins his quest alongside three others for the Triwizard cup. Likewise, the Quest for the Holy Grail began with a cup. There are a multitude of stories depicting different Holy Grails, but in some, the Holy Grail was believed to be a simple wooden cup that was housed in a chest of gold and precious stones. The connection between the Goblet of Fire and the Holy Grail goes beyond signifying the start of the quest. They are both magical objects that seem to have a mind of their own. The Goblet of Fire is able to identify who is worthy of being a champion, just as the Grail only reveals itself to a worthy knight. In the old Arthurian legend of the quest, all of the knights of Camelot met at the round table, and were joined by Sir Galahad, Lancelot’s son. As Sir Galahad took his seat, an image of the Holy Grail appeared floating over the table, signifying the beginning of the quest for the Grail. Sir Galahad, Sir Bors, and Sir Perceval set out on their quest for eternal glory.
The tasks of the Triwizard tournament were considered to be taxing, dangerous, and could only be completed by those who were extremely gifted wizards. Likewise, the Holy Grail could only be sought out and found by a knight unlike any other. The first task of the Triwizard tournament, the champions have to rescue a golden egg from a mother dragon armed only with their wand. They are awarded points for how quickly and effectively they can compete the task. Defeating a dragon is extremely difficult, which can be shown in Arthurian Legend because a knight is considered great if he defeats a dragon. Furthermore, dragons are prominent themes of the Arthurian Era, and King Arthur’s father Uther Pendragon’s name derives from the word “dragon.” After some incredibly quick thinking, Harry Potter summons his broomstick, and is able to successfully retrieve the egg from the dragon, completing the first task. Harry’s chosen method of defeating the dragon was a broomstick, which is important because Harry is an amazing seeker in the game of Quidditch. A seeker’s goal is to catch a small golden snitch (a ball with wings). The golden snitch is seen a parallel to the Sorcerer’s stone, which is furthermore a parallel to the Holy Grail because the Sorcerer’s Stone and the Holy Grail are believed to give eternal life to the carrier. Harry is usually on his broomstick seeking the golden snitch, but during the first task Harry is seeking the golden egg, which can then be said to be a parallel to the golden snitch, thus the Sorcerer’s Stone/Holy Grail.
In the second task of the Triwizard Tournament, each champion has to rescue the person most important to him or her. Harry sets out on his quest to rescue Ron Weasley, his best friend. On his journey, he has to fight grindy lows and merpeople, but eventually reaches Ron, only to find that Fleur’s sister still remained with no savior in sight. Harry displays chivalry similar to that of King Arthur and his knight’s, and unnecessarily rescues Fleur’s sister. In the third and final task, Harry and the other champions must wander through a maze while fighting a collection of creatures. This was Harry’s final quest, and in the end of the maze, the champion who find’s the Triwizard cup is the champion. Harry’s story has finally caught back up with Sir Galahad and his knights, as they were now on their final pathway to the finding the winning cup. At this point, the Triwizard cup can be seen as a “second” Holy Grail.
After battling creatures such as sphinxes, acromantulas, blast-ended screwts, and a boggart, Harry reaches the middle of the maze and finds the Triwizard Cup in all of its glory. Harry and the other Hogwart’s champion, Cedric Diggory, reach the Cup at the same time, and decide to share the winnings. However, when they went to grab the Triwizard Cup, it transported them to a graveyard where Harry watched the rebirth of Voldemort. The Cup appeared to be a portkey, transporting them from one place to another. This is similar to the finale of the quest for the Holy Grail. When Sir Galahad arrives at the Grail Chapel, he allowed entry and was able to retrieve the great cup. Upon touching the Holy Grail, Sir Galahad is ascended into Heaven. Harry witnessed the rebirth of Voldemort, which is significant because it can be seen as his next life of fighting the villain. This is parallel to Sir Galahad being lifted into heaven with the Grail, into his next life of eternal glory.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Quest for the Holy Grail have many similarities that can lead to a greater understanding of each story. J.K. Rowling used the Holy Grail story throughout the fourth book to add a greater in depth understanding of the story. Harry is believed to be worthy of the Cup, just as Sir Galahad was, but they both have to fight long and hard to reach the main goal. The Triwizard Tournament as a whole is a quest, but each task is it’s own micro task. This shows that while one quest can end, there will always be another quest to be completed.
The Lord of the Rings Vs. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Porter and The Sorcerer’s Stone is a British American film that was released in 2001. Chris Columbus directed the film which is entirely based on fantasy. The movie is based on the novel by J. K. Rowling; Harry Porter and The Sorcerer’s Stone. On the other hand, The Lord of The Rings is a fantasy movie based on the novel The Lord of The Rings by J. R. Tolkien. The film was directed by Peter Jackson and produced by Fran Walsh. The two popular movies have received huge fame since they were released. However, there is much debate on the differences and similarities and differences among the two fictional stories. The essay below will be comparing and contrasting the elements of the two fictional stories.
The plot of both movies is based on an imaginary, superficial and magical world. In Harry potter, the plot reflects on a poor, young and orphaned boy who was to rescue his world by defeating an evil force. Similarly, in the movie Lord of The Rings, Frodo was to save his world by defeating an evil power. Harry Potter was to kill Dark Lord Voldemort while Frodo had to defeat Dark Lord Sauron. While the Harry Potter movie is a series suitable for young adults the Lord of The Rings is an epic adventure that is not suitable for all children and has an age limit. The plot in Harry Potter focuses on Harry’s story and is intertwined with a world that is familiar to its viewers and focuses on how one grows and deals with the problems they encounter in the life around them. On the other hand, Lord of The Rings covers the stories of nine companions especially after their separation and the stories of other characters too. The writer also creates an entire new mythical world for the viewer.
In both movies, the characters are not entirely human although they have human qualities that enable the viewer to easily relate with them. The protagonists in both movies have mentors. The mentors in both movies help to restore calm and security in the scene of the movie when all hope seems lost. The two protagonists Frodo Baggins and Harry Potter are quite similar. They are both orphans, were both cast into a magic world they knew little of and they both had destinies they never asked for. Harry had to face The Dark Lord Voldemort. Frodo had to travel to Mount Doom and cast the One Ring so that Dark Lord Sauron would be defeated. The primary antagonists are also quite similar. Both Sauron and Voldemort sought total control and power. They also used objects that had their own power induced in them which allowed them to survive despite having been destroyed before both stories began. Voldemort had the horcruxes while Sauron had one ring. They were both known as the Dark Lord and people were scared at the mention of their names.
In the movie Harry Porter and the Sorcerer’s stone, the castle is given a great description without the use of useless Jargon. The producer created the school’s image at the beginning of the movie during the unfolding of the story. On the other hand, in the movie The Lord of The Rings as the movie develops the characters move in many quite different settings. The setting in this movie requires greater depth since it does not incorporate the real earth. However, the writer of this story tries to incorporate some sense of reality to the setting. He therefore gives the setting a feel of the old world. Similarly, to Harry Potter, the setting of the story is in current times although the castle has been there for hundreds of years.
The themes addressed in the two movies are quite different. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone deals with themes of love, death, oppression, survival as well as the theme of good versus evil. On the other hand, the movie Lord of The Rings context is more traditional and it has a typic epic story. It deals with themes such as good versus evil, death and immortality, hope and despair and even knowledge and enlightening. For instance, the theme of magic in Lord of The Rings is reflected but it is not to be celebrated but instead it is to be shunned and completely destroyed. Characters such as Aragorn and Boromir as asked to avoid the magical powers that the ring holds. Boromir dies after he sought the powers of the ring. On the other hand, in the movie Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s stone, the same theme of magic is viewed quite differently. Magic and sorcery is encouraged and accepted by the human characters in the movie. Conclusively, some themes may seem quite similar in the two movies although they are interpreted differently in the movies.
Motifs and symbols
The lord of the Rings encompasses various symbols such as the ring, the great eye of Sauron and even the minas tirith. The ring is a symbol of the evil that is reflected in the movie, the great eye of Sauron is also a symbol of the elusive evil in the film. Some of the motifs in the movie include geography and race and physical appearance. For instance, the writer uses the physical journey to symbolize the human experiences. There also use of different races such as elves, men. orcs and hobbits to show the realm’s diversity and the various forms of characterization. On the other hand, Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone describes the muggle world as an ordinary world with non-magical beings and this in contrast to the wizards who are known for their magical ways. An example of muggles are the Dursleys who are selfish and cruel people. The movie also uses symbols as the scar on Harry’s face which symbolizes astounding and unique facts about him that he did not know of. The lightening scar on his head is much of an honor since it shows how he survived a great battle.
Although the writing of the two fantasy stories is decades apart, the fantasy genre of the two movies has enabled viewers to effectively compare the components of both movies. As seen, each of the movies revolves a fantasy concept. The storylines are similar yet have quite different concepts. Some concepts can be reflected in both movies but be looked at from a totally different point of view because of the conflicting stories. However, it is to be noted that the main idea of the movie was to deal with the evil forces that are reflected. The above discussion encompasses both the similarities and the differences in both movies.
The Questionable Nature of the Monsters in Harry Potter Universe
In J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, we are introduced to a well developed and rich world in which humans, monsters, and marvels of all varieties live together, in a place tied together with magic. There are seemingly regular people, wizards, witches, ghosts, goblins, serpents, dark lords, and more. Harry is brought into this world as an eleven year old boy with no background in this world, which gives the reader someone to relate to—which is a nice way of saying that he’s the one we receive all our obvious exposition through. Monsters in the text are portrayed in a very roundabout and creative way in this work, in that everybody has a different reaction to them—rather than monsters being universally feared, such as in Beowulf or Bisclavret, certain characters that are monstrous to Harry, or his friends, or his family, or even to us, aren’t considered monstrous to others. This ties into Jeffrey Cohen’s fourth thesis in his essay Monster Culture: (Seven Theses), an excerpt from Monster Theory: Reading Culture, wherein he theorizes that monsters thrive at the edge of difference; that monsters are created in the grey area between the familiar and the foreign. In Rowling’s first Harry Potter novel, the monstrosity of certain characters is defined by their familiarity with the characters they interact with: this is seen in the characters of Hagrid, Fluffy, and the Dursleys.
The first example of this can be shown in one of the first monsters Harry interacts with: Hagrid. Most readers of the book wouldn’t think of Hagrid as being very monstrous. After all, Harry thinks he’s all right, and so would most people in Hogwarts, but the Dursleys would beg to differ. When they first meet, Harry’s uncle, Vernon Dursley, responds by grabbing a rifle and demanding he leave: “‘I demand that you leave at once, sir!’ he said. ‘You are breaking and entering!’”. Hagrid easily overpowers him, removing the gun from his hands, and “ bending it into a knot as easily as if it had been made of rubber,” (Rowling 30). Vernon Dursley’s reaction is in contrast to Harry’s. While Harry’s immediate reaction isn’t written, he patiently listens to what he has to say, and very gratefully accepts the gifts he brings. Vernon doesn’t ease up; he continues to berate Hagrid throughout the chapter, however briefly: “Uncle Vernon seemed to have got back his courage. He was glaring at Hagrid and his fists were clenched,” (Rowling 35).
Here, he confronts Hagrid directly, threatening him with physical violence. Hagrid calls his bluff, threatening him with the sharp end of a large umbrella, and Vernon stands down once again. While Vernon’s attempts at threatening Hagrid are unsuccessful, it’s obvious he sees Hagrid as a threat. Hagrid is trying to bring magic into Harry’s life, and Vernon sees magic as threatening it’s what killed Harry’s parents, and forced Harry into his regular, boring life. Vernon is scared of magic, because it’s out of the ordinary, and he hates things that are unfamiliar to him. This ties in very directly with Cohen’s fourth monster theory, where he writes: “The monster is difference made flesh, come to dwell among us the monster is an incorporation of the Outside, the Beyond,” . This line from Cohen’s essay encapsulates Vernon Dursley’s situation rather literally Harry is a physical and real manifestation of the magical world that has actually come to live and dwell among them, which scares him. So while Hagrid is viewed favorably by Harry, who he becomes good friends with throughout the novel, Hagrid is seen as monstrous to Vernon Dursley, who views all magic as threatening to his way of life.
Another monster we see in the text we are introduced to much later, and that is Fluffy, the three-headed dog. Fluffy is the first of many monsters and precautionary measures within a secret chamber which contains the Sorcerer’s Stone. When Harry, Ron, and Hermione first stumble across Fluffy, they are obviously frightened to death:
They weren’t in a room, as he had supposed. They were in a corridor. The forbidden corridor on the third floor. And now they knew why it was forbidden. They were looking straight into the eyes of a monstrous dog, a dog that filled the whole space between ceiling and floor. It was standing quite still, all six eyes staring at them, and Harry knew that the only reason they weren’t already dead was that their sudden appearance had taken it by surprise. (Rowling 96)
They are terrified of the monster for obvious reasons dogs typically aren’t large enough to fill an entire corridor space, and are typically only one headed. And this comes after they have been told repeatedly by many of the Hogwarts staff that if they enter the forbidden corridor, they will “die a very painful death,” (Rowling 76). So not only are they terrified of the monstrous sight before them, they are also terrified of the fact that they know Fluffy is every bit as deadly as he looks which is confirmed to them later personally. Harry is looking for Professor Snape, and he finds him in the staffroom, tending to a wound on his leg this comes shortly after they see Snape walking towards the forbidden chamber during a lockdown and Snape complains, “Blasted thing, how are you supposed to keep your eyes on all three heads at once?” (Rowling 108).
This shows Harry and his friends directly how real of a threat the three-headed dog creates. However, Fluffy isn’t monstrous to Hagrid. Fluffy is among one of the pets Hagrid keeps during the novel. When Harry mentions him to Hagrid, not knowing this, Hagrid replies, “Yeah he’s mine bought him off a Greek chappie I met in the pub las’ year,” (Rowling 113). He describes Fluffy as if he’s just a regular guard dog, like a pit bull. He knows Fluffy’s Achilles Heel, so he isn’t frightening to him. To Hagrid, Fluffy isn’t a monster at all. So while the three headed dog is monstrous to Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Professor Snape, Fluffy is just a big dog to Hagrid.
A third example of a monster in the text is Harry’s foster family, the Dursleys. They don’t treat Harry like a member of the family, or even like a human in many cases, blaming him for events he has no control over. During their visit to the zoo for Dudley’s birthday, a boa constrictor mysteriously gets out of its cage when the protective glass disappears, which Vernon blames Harry for: “Uncle Vernon waited until Piers was safely out of the house before starting on Harry. He was so angry he could hardly speak. He managed to say, ‘Go cupboard stay no meals,’ before he collapsed into a chair,”. With little context or explanation, Vernon assumes that Harry intentionally let the boa constrictor loose, and indefinitely revokes his dinner. Other characters have a strong negative reaction to the Dursleys as well. Towards the end of the text, when everyone is leaving the train station after the school year, Hermione Granger notices the Dursleys. Hermione, who Harry befriends throughout the school year, who presumably hears all about the Dursleys from Harry, is even caught off guard with how generally awful they are:
It was Uncle Vernon, still purple-faced, still mustached, still looking furious at the nerve of Harry, carrying an owl in a cage in a station full of people. “Hope you have a good holiday,” said Hermione, looking uncertainly at Uncle Vernon, shocked that anyone could be so unpleasant.
Even after seeing them for what can’t be more than thirty seconds, Hermione finds them revolting. But not everyone sees them that way; Dudley has a small group of friends. Make no mistake, his friends are very rude and awful people to Harry too—frequently punching him for no reason—but in a way that brings them together. While they act monstrously to Harry, they are reasonably friendly to each other. We don’t see much of their friendship in the novel, as Harry is the main character, but we are told that “Everybody knew that Dudley’s gang hated that odd Harry Potter in his baggy old clothes and broken glasses, and nobody liked to disagree with Dudley’s gang,” (Rowling 20).
This implies that Dudley’s gang of friends use Harry as a way of banding together, how they find common ground. They act monstrous to Harry, but to Dudley’s best friend Piers, the Dursleys treat them very nice. They took him to the zoo, bought him ice cream, and spent the day together. So even the Dursleys, who are repulsive, horrible people to Harry and to all of his friends, can be nice and friendly to others. This is especially notable because the Dursleys are all human characters. Because in a world where what we would call monsters work together with humans at a bank, or at a school, or in a shop, our human definition of monster no longer holds true. In a world of magical and mystical creatures, the biggest monsters Harry overcomes in the text are the ones he lived with for ten years, before he was a wizard at all.
All in all, the numerous characters in the Harry Potter universe are all well developed and well rounded, their diverse relationships shifting and redefining themselves throughout the text, for better and for worse. Hagrid appears as monstrous to the Dursleys for bringing magic back into their lives after trying to separate themselves from it for ten years, but is seen as a great friend of Harry. Fluffy, the three-headed dog, is seen as monstrous to Harry, his friends, and Professor Snape, but a pet to Hagrid. And the Dursleys themselves are seen as monstrous, awful people to Harry and his friends, but normal and even friendly people to Dudley’s group of friends. There aren’t very many monsters in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone the monsters are all within the eye of the beholder. After all, no one believes they’re the monster, or strives to be a monster. Some people are just trying to fit in, and some people are giant three-headed dogs.
Harry as the Sacrificial Lamb in Harry Potter
Do you sacrifice all of humanity in order to keep the one you love alive or sacrifice this person to save all of humanity? This is the decision that Dumbledore (the Headmaster of Hogwarts) had to face when he had to choose whether to tell Harry Potter the truth of being a Horcrux. Dumbledore knew of the horcrux’s due to the suspicions against Voldemort and his curiosity of dark magic. Dumbledore not telling Harry was the right thing to do. A Horcrux it is either an object or living being in which a dark wizard places a hidden fragment of his soul for the purpose of immortality.
Thus, if he is killed or destroyed in one form, he still remains alive as a horcrux. It is only created after committing murder, which is considered the supreme act of evil in the wizarding world. In this case, Voldemort (one of the greatest dark wizards) was obsessed with immortality when he discovered the term Horcrux in one of the dark arts book in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library. The soul is not meant to be torn apart, and so making even one horcrux can immensely weaken the host, let alone doing it six times over. One can imagine just how fragile Voldemort’s state had been when he attempted to murder Harry Potter. When Lily (Harry Potter’s Mother) casted a powerful protective charm over Harry, it rebounded Voldemort’s death curse, and the backfiring curse caused his loosely held soul to part and attach to the only living thing in the room, which was Harry Potter who became the unknown seventh horcrux.
If Dumbledore told Harry the truth, Harry would have released a hint to Voldemort about being a possible horcrux. These hints would have been discovered by Voldemort’s powerful ability of Leglimency, which is the act of magically navigating through the many layers of a persons’ mind and correctly interpreting that person’s findings. Dumbledore knew Voldemort was able to penetrate Harry’s mind in the fifth year, therefore he attempted to get Snape to teach Harry Occlumency (which is the power to close one’s mind). But Harry was unable learn the spell and failed to close his mind when Voldemort tricks Harry to come to the Ministry of Magic to retrieve the prophecy. What would have happened if Harry did know that he was a Horcrux. Would Voldemort have killed him or would he have kept Harry captive? If Voldemort would have known who would know what he would have which is even more reason not to tell him. Now say if Dumbledore did tell Harry the truth. What would happen? Well, that would mean that Dumbledore is playing with fate and interrupting what is supposed to happen based on the prophecy. If Harry knew that the Deathly Hollows made him invisible, would he have gone after the Horcrux’s or the Hollows?
Obviously, Harry would want to master death before taking on Lord Voldemort, but that in turn would have led him to his demise due to that fact that he would be more focused on getting the Deathly Hollows rather than going after Voldemort. Dumbledore, knowing how greedy one can be with the Hollows, did not tell him, which was the right thing to do. Another incident that would have occurred if Dumbledore told Harry the truth is that Harry would have tried to sacrifice himself, because as a child he would have felt the need of being the only way to stop Voldemort and for everyone else to survive. After the death of many people he loved, and the fact he is in Gryffindor, which is sign of how brave he is willing to be. The consequence of this would be that no one would have known where the other horcrux’s were because Harry was the only one who was able to see through Voldemort’s mind. Dumbledore still cared for Harry.
It was even mentioned in the 6th book where Dumbledore said to Snape: “Harry must not know, not until the last moment, not until it is necessary, otherwise how could he have the strength to do what must be done”. Dumbledore knew that it would be difficult not only physically, but emotionally and mentally as well, for Harry to complete the task himself. If Dumbledore were to send harry to look for the Horcruxes and told him he was one himself, he is practically sending him on a death wish. In conclusion, Voldemort would have found a way to protect the last Horcrux and humanity would be ruled by him.
The Huge Franchise of Harry Potter
Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the life of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s struggle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic, and subjugate all wizards and muggles, a reference term that means non-magical people. Since the release of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, on 26 June 1997, the books have found immense popularity, critical acclaim, and commercial success worldwide. They have attracted a wide adult audience as well as younger readers, and are often considered cornerstones of modern young adult literature. The series has also had its share of criticism, including concern about the increasingly dark tone as the series progressed, as well as the often gruesome and graphic violence it depicts.
As of May 2013, the books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, making them the best-selling book series in history, and have been translated into seventy-three languages. The last four books consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history, with the final instalment selling roughly eleven million copies in the United States within twenty-four hours of its release. The series was originally published in English by two major publishers, Bloomsbury in the United Kingdom and Scholastic Press in the United States. A play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, based on a story co-written by Rowling, premiered in London on 30 July 2016 at the Palace Theatre, and its script was published by Little, Brown.
The original seven books were adapted into an eight-part film series by Warner Bros. Pictures, which has become the second highest-grossing film series of all time as of August 2015. In 2016, the total value of the Harry Potter franchise was estimated at $25 billion, making Harry Potter one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time. A series of many genres, including fantasy, drama, coming of age, and the British school story (which includes elements of mystery, thriller, adventure, horror, and romance), the world of Harry Potter explores numerous themes and includes many cultural meanings and references.
According to Rowling, the main theme is death. Other major themes in the series include prejudice, corruption, and madness. The success of the books and films has allowed the Harry Potter franchise to expand, with numerous derivative works, a travelling exhibition that premiered in Chicago in 2009, a studio tour in London that opened in 2012, a digital platform on which J.K. Rowling updates the series with new information and insight, and a pentalogy of spin-off films premiering in November 2016 with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, among many other developments.
Most recently, themed attractions, collectively known as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, have been built at several Universal Parks & Resorts amusement parks around the world.
The Last Book about Harry Potter, and Logistics
The release of the seventh and the final book in the Harry Potter series might just have been the most anticipated affair in the recent history of publishing. It certainly was the largest. For the Potterheads around the world, it couldn’t have come soon enough.
The thought of Harry Potter and logistics together is something most people never think of. In the US alone, around 12 million copies were printed. In delivering those books on time to customers across the United States and 29 other countries under a blanket of heavy security, the U.S. publisher, Scholastic Inc. understood that with millions of fans pre-ordering books and expecting them to arrive on Saturday morning or be ready at their booksellers in the pre-dawn hours, failure to have books available as promised was not an option. UPS, DHL, FedEx and the US Postal Service all carried parcel deliveries of the books, which by contract, could not appear in stores before mid-night July 21. In the previous years due to the contractual guarantee of delivery on time, the transportation and warehouse vendors had to increase security and product tracking. This was done, so, the books are out with least amount of risk and exposure points. Even people in war zone got their copies. Paxton International, an Afghanistan based Logistics Company sent one of its executives to Dubai to buy the book at exact time of its release in London and then catch the next flight to deliver the books.
Amazon’s U.S. fulfilment centres processed approximately 18 tons of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” per hour and shipped to more than 43,000 zip codes across the country. Within 24 hours, booksellers of both the brick and mortar and online variety had collectively sold 8.3 million copies of the final episode in author J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular series. The planning for the rollout started months before Scholastic even had the finished manuscript. Each carrier used were the ones who had previous experience working with Harry Potter franchise and thus knew he challenges that awaited ahead of them. During the months leading up to the rollout, they met with Scholastic managers frequently and developed detailed distribution plans. They were bound by strict confidentiality agreements until the project was complete.
The plans were based on various factors, such as length of haul and, for international shipments, customs clearance. The carriers were also expected to balance the need to deliver the books early enough so that Scholastic’s customers to supply their own outlets. They also had to address matters pertaining to security and cost. Various meetings with not only the carrier’s management team but also all the essential people including the drivers and the security team were called so as to understand and solve the day-to-day problems they face.
Scholastic began the process of calculating load plans when they were informed about the book’s actual size and weight. So that they could see how many books could get in a truck and then reserved the capacity. However, Scholastic’s logistics partners took on the responsibility, when it came to the particulars of loading. All truckloads were exactly equally heavy. The uniform loads were palletized, with each pallet shrink-wrapped with a corrugated top and banded. This had dual purpose. Apart from the obvious, it was also very easy to tell, if any book had been leaked. Apart from all these, every load was photographed before the trailer doors were closed and sealed.
The process of moving the books from the binderies to distribution centres run by major resellers Like Barnes & Noble, Amazon etc. got under way as the release date neared. The delivery schedule was based on length-of-haul calculations from the binderies. Shipments for destinations farthest from the binderies moved out first for delivery to staging locations within a day’s drive of the distribution centres.
All the staged trailers were brought to respective company facilities chosen for their tight security. On the site, a trailer-tracking and -monitoring technology were used to provide geo-fencing around each trailer. In addition to that, several times a day, electronic safeguards, security personnel checked the trailers’ seals. In total, around 70% of the loads moved entirely over the road and the rest moved as intermodal shipments.
Still, the challenges of the project was not over. One of the issues were asset utilization. As with all truckload carriers, the concern was over keeping its equipment productive and moving. But the sheer size of the project and the security requirements made it likely that some trailers were tied up in this project longer than usual. The main reason given for such an issue was that since the distribution was scheduled with such a vast volume they had to work far ahead of when they wanted the customer to have the product.
One of the reasons for the project’s success were in part due to the carriers’ efforts to communicate the delivery plan throughout. They even set up a special toll-free number for drivers or consignees to call if they had any delivery issues. Keeping security in mind, all the books were packaged, wrapped, and labelled. for example, there was no labels identifying books, and opaque black shrink-wrap on skids and pallets obscured the contents and made any tampering quickly evident. To add to the security, drivers were only told that they were picking up printed material.
One of the carriers also designed a special label for the shipments that included both the delivery date and instructions in bold type telling drivers not to deliver early, keeping in mind that in their business, early delivery is a good thing. For this, their whole workforce had to be re-trained. The publisher’s logistics team also had to arrange for the air shipment of books to 29 foreign countries to coincide with the release date.
Scholastic used different consignees in different countries. In India, they used Safexpress. They just wanted to use one freight forwarder so as to control the timing of the release from us to the foreign airport. As with the trucked shipments, all of the air shipments also moved on pallets. When it came to scheduling, the goal was to have shipments clear at destination as close to the release date as possible. For this, Scholastic allowed their carriers to put the plan together based on their experiences with clearance and delivery in each country. The shipments finally moved on a total of 17 airlines and all- cargo carriers.
My Review of the Novel Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
My book report is on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I chose this book because I love Harry Potter and I decided to read the books. It was first published on July 02, 1998. Before it, there was Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and after the Chamber of Secrets, it was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
This book is about an ordinary 11-year-old boy living with his aunt and uncle. He learns that he is actually a wizard, and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.Harry lives with his aunt and uncle in Surrey, England. He goes to school at Hogwarts, which is in Scotland. JK Rowling has said that Harry is born on July 31, 1980. The main story starts when he’s 11, meaning that, it takes place throughout the nineties. Harry finishes his last year a Hogwarts in 1998.Harry’s horrible uncle, aunt, and cousin are keeping him trapped in the house with no one to keep him company but his snow-white owl, Hedwig. He is afraid that the magical life he once had at Hogwarts was all just a dream. His summer is sucking—until a house elf from the magical world appears in his room. Dobby, the house elf, warns Harry that danger awaits him back at Hogwarts. Hogwarts was his first real home where he finally had real friends. Dobby causes destruction downstairs purposely to discourage Harry from going back.
Harry’s horrid Uncle Vernon is outraged and locks Harry in his room. In the middle of the night, Harry hears a noise outside. His friend Ron and his twin brothers came to save him. Harry escapes from Privet Drive and they fly to the Burrow, the Wesley’s home. Mrs.Weasley is happy to see Harry in the morning, even though she is upset with her sons for sneaking out in the night. The Weasleys and Harry go to Diagon Alley to buy their Hogwarts stuff. In Diagon Alley, they see Harry’s other best friend, Hermione. They also bump into Draco and his father, Lucius. Harry also meets Gilderoy Lockhart, his new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Harry and the Wesley’s set off to the Hogwarts Express station. Harry and Ron can’t enter the station so they ride Ron’s flying car, following the Hogwarts Express. Harry and Ron arrived at Hogwarts safely, after being beat up by the whomping willow, earning them detention.
A few days later, Quidditch practices start. Draco is the new seeker on the Slytherin team. Draco calls Hermione a“Mudblood” which insults her Muggle family. After the practice, Harry hears a creepy voice in the castle and soon after sees Filch’s cat petrified and hung up next to the wall where someone wrote with blood, “The Chamber has been opened. Enemies of the heir beware.” Harry, Ron, and Hermione are shocked. They investigate and find out that fifty years ago a chamber at Hogwarts was opened and a student was murdered. During the Quidditch game, Harry gets smacked by a magical ball that knocks him off his broom. He is brought to the hospital wing and sees a first year that has been petrified. When Harry is better, he finds out he can talk Parseltongue to snakes. Everyone is afraid of him because only the heir of Slytherin had the ability to talk to snakes. Later, more students and even a ghost were petrified. Harry is confused. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are fixed on solving the mystery. They brew up a potion called the Polyjuice potion, which turns someone into a different person.
Harry and Ron transform into Malfoy’s friends to try to get the truth out of Draco. Malfoy isn’t the heir of Slytherin. For a while afterwards, there wasn’t any more attacks until, Harry finds a diary. He writes in it and someone writes back. Harry is shown Tom Riddle, a teenage boy who accused Hagrid of opening the Chamber of Secrets. He and Ron go down to Hagrid’s hut to ask him some questions. When they arrive at the hut, Lucius Malfoy and Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic, make Dumbledore and Hagrid leave Hogwarts. Before Hagrid leaves, he tells Harry and Ron to follow the spiders that were crawling around Hogwarts. Harry and Ron go into the forest where they meet Aragog, Hagrid’s huge spider friend.
They learn that Hagrid did not open the Chamber of Secrets and the monster that killed the girl was not a spider. They escape from the hungry spiders just to find Hermione has turned to stone. Harry and Ron find a piece of paper stuck in Hermione’s hand. It is a page from a library book that talks about a snake-like monster called a basilisk that turns people to stone. Before they get a chance to tell anyone about what they have learned, the professors say that Ginny Weasley has been taken into the Chamber. Harry, Ron, and Lockhart go into the girl’s bathroom and enter the Chamber through a secret passageway. Lockhart injures himself so, Ron stays behind with him. Harry keeps going. He enters the Chamber by whispering something in Parseltongue. He sees Ginny Weasley’s body on the floor of the Chamber. Harry sees Tom Riddle next to her. Tom is actually the preserved younger version of Voldemort. Beside Tom, is the basilisk.
Dumbledore’s phoenix and Gryffindor’s sword comes to Harry’s rescue. He kills the basilisk with the sword and stabs the diary, where Tom Riddle was being preserved, with the basilisk tooth. Ginny wakes up at that moment. It turns out that Ginny was being possessed by Voldemort through the diary. She was the one who wrote the bloody message on the wall. Harry emerges from the chamber with Ginny, safely. He explains his experience to Dumbledore. He killed Tom Riddle. Hermione is cured, and so are all the rest of the petrified people. Harry goes home for the summer, hoping to see his best friends soon, waiting for the next year at Hogwarts.
One of the themes presented in this story is friendship. Throughout the summer, Dobby stops communication between Harry, Ron, and Hermione.Ron still comes to save Harry from his aunt and uncle. Even through rough times, their friendship still prevailed. I mean, they did just go through some insane stuff last year.
I loved this book so much. It’s my favorite book because it’s the book that talks about Slytherin, my house, the most. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Unless, you be disrespecting Harry Potter. But then again, I wouldn’t even be talking to you in the first place.
The Concept of Good Versus Evil in Harry Potter
Light and darkness, two aspects of life that differ in all magnitudes and shapes. The world is split in two, good people and bad people, both have good and bad inside of them. What matters is the part people choose to act on. From the wizarding world or muggle world. Foremost, it is harder to understand what is worse than the punishing, unloving Dursleys and their bully son, or the wizarding bullies like Draco, who besides insults with, can cast spells along them. But, there is someone half-alive, half-defeated, unicorn blood drinker, the evilest wizard ever, Lord Voldemort.
Furthermore, everyone understands what an act of evil is, and Voldemort qualifies extravagantly for acts of evil representing hatred, greed, and intolerance. He has killed for self-defense, not to protect others, not for any of the reasons that people might all be able to imagine. He has killed cold-bloodedly, sometimes for enjoyment, sometimes for his own personal gain. That is called evil, and at the end of both books there is a clash of two extremely different, want a better world, souls. One that has been damaged and has become less human, because human includes the capacity to love and Voldemort has deliberately dehumanized himself. And there is this flawed, vulnerable, wounded, and yet still fighting, still loving, still daring to hope soul which is Harry on the good side. They meet, and they clash, and it is what happens when they clash what gives the audience the rush of adrenaline to make them interested in the story. Consequently, during their first confrontation for the sorcerer’s stone, Lord Voldemort tells Harry, “There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it…”. This statement refers to how Voldemort wants to change the perception of bad justifying being evil as his search for power against others with the absence of it, better known as “weak.” Questioning the goodness of his actions in order to attract Harry to his side. In the Chamber of Secrets, Professor Dumbledore states “it is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
In this book, the audience begins to understand that despite the fact that Harry and Voldemort share a lot of life circumstances practically speaking, it is their decisions that characterize them and make them truly different. In essence, the concept of good versus evil is meant to represent most people in society. As the yin and yang symbol represents, the light is good, the dark is bad, the black dot in the light side means the amount of darkness that is in the good, and the white dot in the dark side means the amount of good that is in the darkness. No one is one hundred percent good or evil, all people have both inside of them, but it depends on which urges they choose to act on.
The Importance of Socks and Sock Memorial Day
Do you recall how crestfallen Dumbledore appeared while he confessed that “you may never have enough socks…every other Christmas has come and long past, and that i didn’t get a single pair. humans nevertheless insist on giving me books.” If this announcement from an all-effective wizard doesn’t help you comprehend the importance of socks, then perhaps the truth that socks helped a person attain independence from a lifestyles of servitude need to make you recognize the significance of the same; Dobby the elf did gain freedom with the assist of a single slime-covered sock talented to him by Harry Potter!
Within the fictional world as well as the actual international, you can’t overlook the preserve a couple of socks has for your lives; you lose all and sundry hell breaks unfastened. regardless of the efforts you placed into seeking out the misplaced twin, the possibilities of seeing it once more are quite skinny. You aren’t the best man or woman in the international who has a drawer complete of socks that misplaced their twin. To pay homage to the lost sock, and so that you can circulate on and accept the truth that the misplaced sock is never going to satisfy its better 1/2 and adorn your feet, human beings rejoice the lost Sock Memorial Day on can also nine. that is an unofficial holiday and is widely known by humans across the u . s . a ..
The starting place of the lost Sock Memorial Day remains shrouded in thriller; no person knows who got here up with the genius concept of letting pass of your single sock whose accomplice changed into both dragged into one of the corners of your property, never to be found, or the washing machine determined that it had to be separated from its soul mate. regardless of how you misplaced your precious sock, at the moment is meant so as to metal yourself to carry out one of the most heart-wrenching obligations – eliminating the one sock that turned into left at the back of via its associate.
Before the misplaced Sock Memorial Day, you’ve got one remaining danger to look for the misplaced sock in the nooks and crannies of your property; take a look at every place that could possibly shelter the lost sock. If in the direction of the end of the day, you couldn’t trace the misplaced sock, then prepare your self for the hard assignment the subsequent morning. If at the misplaced Sock Memorial Day, you can not throw away the handiest reminder of your favored pair of socks, you may convert the ones into sock bunnies, and entertain your self and the people around you.
How Harry Potter Can Impact Children
In the 1930s, Nazi Germany distributed an anti-Semitic storybook called “Trust No Fox on his Green Heath and No Jew on his Oath”. A hundred thousand copies of this were circulated to the school-children of Germany.
Around the same period, USSR was producing storybooks such as “Mochin the Pioneer’s Heroism.” This encouraged Pioneers; the youth organisation of soviet Russia, to support the Red Army in battle.
The children raised on these books would go on to support two of the most murderous regimes in history.
So what are we raising our children on now?
Here, I look to the bestseller’s chart, where Harry Potter sits at number one for children’s novels. With 400 million sales across the series there’s no denying it’s successful. Too often, however, is success used as a deterrent for the critical evaluation of texts, and as I stand here justifying that Harry Potter indoctrinates sexism, racism and the assimilation of minorities – it’s its success that makes you doubt me.
Petunia Dursely’s first described action is to wrestle Dudley into his high-chair. Molly Weasley’s is helping her children get through to platform 9 ¾, and Narcissa Malfoy, while not making an appearance, is mentioned first looking at wands for her son. Their jobs outside of being a mother? Non-existent, with a concession made to Molly as a member of the Order of the Phoenix, where her most notable action was taking revenge on Bellatrix for taunting her about the death of her son. Each women’s motivations, desires and skills lie within their mothering, and this is consistent across the series; even Lily Potter’s final act was one of love for her child. One of the smartest witches for her age, praised most for her immense capacity to love her child. Women loving their children isn’t inherently bad, but when women cease to exist outside of their capacity to be a mother in the Harry Potter franchise, it begs the question; how do children apply this to their worldview and their expectations of woman, or of their mothers?
The character of Narcissa actually also leads into another narrative within the novels, that of Slytherin’s.
Now, there were over 400 Slytherin students that attended Hogwarts over the course of the books, tens of thousands that attended before them, and a reader is lead to believe that every single one of them were cruel, elitist and altogether entirely unpleasant. This is reinforced from the readers first introduction to houses by Hagrid, who claims that “not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn’t in Slytherin”, and is maintained throughout by Ron’s fierce hatred of “those slimy snakes”. But Slytherin’s narrative follows a larger one, of minorities being pigeonholed, and the actions of a few forming the perception of a whole. Whether it’s Muslims being terrorists, or Asians being bad drivers, grown adults are struggling to reject these stereotypes that have become ingrained into society, which leads one to ask; how difficult will it be, then, for the children who grew up hearing their favourite characters agree with and justify stereotyping, to then reject the very notion of them?
The issue of muggles in the books, I think, is the greatest one there is, because no one finishes reading Harry Potter wanting to be a muggle. While J.K tries to deal with racial tensions through the existence of muggle-borns and half-bloods and the constant preaching that they’re just as valid as purebloods, this only serves to perpetuate more toxic concepts of cultural assimilation. In the novels, if someone’s a wizard, irrespective of their parents, they can enter wizarding society. The issue, however, arises if they try to maintain “muggle” culture, apparatus, or ideologies – the more muggle they are, the less intelligent they are, and the sillier they look. Intelligence and goodness is to be found if one conforms to wizarding society. It’s a racial narrative that perpetuated during the stolen generation, and that preservers today, and one has to wonder how we can expect our children grow up to a new age of racial progressiveness when our books regurgitate the racist views of the past century.
I’ve asked, today, a lot more questions than I’ve answered. Because I truly don’t know how Harry Potter has impacted children, but what I do know is that Propaganda isn’t singular. It isn’t a single book, a single movie, a single flyer. It’s systematic, and it’s gradual. I don’t think a brick should be blamed for a whole wall, nor do I think Harry Potter should be blamed for the discrimination that occurs today. But I do think that it shouldn’t be on our shelves. Because bricks make walls stronger, and while Harry potter doesn’t create prejudice, it normalises it, and the more interwoven prejudice becomes with our world view, the harder it becomes to unravel.