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Harry Potter: Dark Vs. Light

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Dohn121 is a freelance writer who currently resides at the foothills of the Shawangunk Mountains of New York's famed Hudson Valley.


Brief Overview

To celebrate the opening of the sixth installment of the Harry Potter movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I thought it sensible to write a HUB on Harry Potter. The release date was July 17th, 2009. So, just in case any of you have been living underneath the Rock of Gibraltar and don't know the phenomenon called Harry Potter, here's a little insight:

Harry Potter is the name given to the main character of British children's author J.K. Rowling. Leading up to his eleventh birthday, Harry is met by a half-giant named Rubeus Hagrid who reveals to him that Harry is a world reknown wizard and that the Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has accepted him as a student. The news of course is a surprise to Harry, who has throughout his childhood been raised (and supressed) by his uncle Vernon and his aunt Petunia Dursley, who is his deceased mother's older sister. It is from this point that the story opens up, as Harry begins his first year at Hogwarts where he is completely in awe of the wonders of magic and the realm of the wizarding world that once lay dormant from him.

Warning: May contain Spoilers

The following does contain spoilers so beware. If you have not yet finished J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series or are planning to read the series, please be forewarned that my article does give away some insight to the plots of all seven books and so may in essence, ruin the anticipated conclusion of the story entire.

Actor Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Actor Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Harry Potter: Our Modern Day Everyman

One of the elements that drew me into a Harry Potter the series is well, Harry Potter. He, as person and not a wizard is really nothing special. Were it not him getting practically smited by the evil wizard Lord Voldemort he would not be popular all over the Wizarding World. He inherited his magical traits through his parents and early on in his childhood, he knew not how to control his talent as he'd only use magic by accident. Take these two very important elements away and you'll have, for all of your troubles, a plain ordinary boy of eleven who doesn't say much, is shy of the opposite sex, is about as loud as a field mouse and gets very average grades in school. In other words, Harry is human just like the rest of us, er, no hocus-pocus. Harry gets scared, makes mistakes, and wants to be accepted just like any boy at the age of eleven. J.K. Rowling did a good job of selling this to the reader (who, of course, are predominantly children) so that they can relate to him. Had she made Harry a complete hero like let's say Achilles or Superman then most children would most likely feel alienated from his character. When facing danger, the first reaction for all of us is to run and hide. Most of us don't jump into a street brawl every chance we get, but Harry is different in theis sense: He'll jump into a gun fight unarmed if it means protecting those he loves and that is the real source of his courage. And it's not that he wants to save the day either. He too fears death. Truth be told, the bravest of people know and understand the dangers whenever facing adversity and get scared just like anyone else. The only thing that separates them from cowards is that they jump into the fray anyway and so choose to act rather than not.

The Only Person He Ever Feared

The late Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore

The late Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore

Actor Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore

Actor Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore

Harry's Krishna

In the Hindu classic, the Bhagavad Gita, Krisha explains to Arjuna his duties as a warrior. Much in the same way, Hogwart's Head Master Albus Dumbledore explains to Harry his duties as a warrior. By the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Dumbledore tells Harry to choose, "Between what is right and what is easy..." In other words, it's easy to run away from a fight or, more commonly, to run away from your problems. But to take a stand against the forces of evil or to combat one's own weaknesses for the greater good is indeed a great difficulty. The one weakness that Dumbledore does have is his compassion for others, namely Harry. The internal conflict that Dumbledore faces during the course of the seven-part series lies between his love for Harry and his reluctance to get too close to him. But why doesn't he want to get too close to Harry you ask? Because if Voldemort was made aware of Dumbledore's deep affection for Harry, he would use it to his advantage to destroy Dumbledore as Dumbledore is the only person on the planet Voldemort fears. He is the one wizard that could stop him from regaining his full-form and destroying the entire wizarding community, namely Hogwarts and Harry is in fact made aware that he is safe from Voldemort's harm so long as Dumbledore's around. So, if Zeus is the God of all gods, then Dumbledore is the Wizard of all wizards because he is the most powerful of the bunch. Later on in Deathly Hallows we discover that Dumbledore all along was the rightful owner of the elder wand, the most powerful wand in the world. One could then argue that Voldemort much like Hades, who rules the Underworld as Dumbledore rules a Mount Olympus, as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry does in fact sit high atop of rocks and is extremely difficult to reach. In addition to this, Dumbledore's cleverness borders on precognition. For instance, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore shows up three hours early for Harry's hearing in front of Ministry of Magic which had originally tried to deceive him by giving him a false start time! Perhaps Dumbledore is omnipotent and/or omniscient, so as it seems, or maybe he's just really clever as he is the most powerful wizard in the world. But just as Harry rushes to help his friends and family when he is in dire need of his help, so does Dumbledore when Harry needs help. Consequently, both would sacrifice themselves for those they love. So as this maybe viewed as a weakness, it is also a power they possess.

Actress Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall

Actress Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall

Actor Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid

Actor Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid

Actor Gary Oldman as Sirius Black

Actor Gary Oldman as Sirius Black

Actor David Thewlis as Remus "Moony" Lupin

Actor David Thewlis as Remus "Moony" Lupin

Actor Rupert Grint as Ronald Weasley

Actor Rupert Grint as Ronald Weasley

Actress Emma Watson as Hermione Granger

Actress Emma Watson as Hermione Granger

Actress Bonnie Wright as Ginnie Weasley

Actress Bonnie Wright as Ginnie Weasley

Actors James and Oliver Phelps as Fred and George Weasley

Actors James and Oliver Phelps as Fred and George Weasley

Actor Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom

Actor Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom

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Actress Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood

Actress Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood

Dumbledore's Army

Dumbledore's Army

Actress Natalia Tena as Nyphadora Trunks

Actress Natalia Tena as Nyphadora Trunks

Allies of Justice

As Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Professor Minerva McGonagall is a staunch defender who places the needs and safety of others ahead of her own, namely her students. One example of this is her reluctance to part with Harry outside the Dursley's home in Little Whinging in the company of Hogwart's trustworthy groundskeeper Rubeus Hagrid and Professor Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone). Their roles, (including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, parents Arthur and Molly Weasley all consequently play surrogate parents to Harry) However, Dumbledore concedes that Harry should be with his family and when he does turn eleven, he will attend Hogwarts. Of course Professor McGonagall has no choice but to comply with the Headmaster's wishes

In another instance and when Dumbledore was on leave, leaving Professor McGonagall in charge, the school is attacked by an unknown assailant, as students were falling victim to it (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets). In fear of the student's safety, Professor McGonagall was left with no other choice but to close Hogwarts down until the mystery was solved. Fortunately however, Harry was able to solve the mystery with the help of Hermione, who while frozen stiff held in her hand the clue he was desperately searching for. But McGonagall isn't always so stern and unyielding. From reading the books and seeing the movie, one cannot deny her loyalty to not only Hogwart's but to Gryffindor House, especially its Quidditch Team. One day when observing Harry flying around on a broomstick without authorization, she refused to report him, rather, she commends him and has Harry meet with Oliver Wood, the captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team and requests that Harry join up immediately. Curious enough, on the day of his first official Quidditch match, Harry receives an unexpected gift--a brand new broomstick he'd been wanting ever since laying his eyes upon it while shopping for school supplies in Diagon Alley: A Nimbus 2000. As to the whereabouts of who gave Harry the broomstick, it's not entirely clear, only that McGonagall gives Harry a smile of approval just as soon as Harry looks over at her while sitting in the Great Hall.

Also important to note is that Minerva is another name for the Greek Goddess Athena who was Zeus' favorite. Legend has it that Athena sprung not from the womb of her mother, but from the very head of Zeus! Minerva or Athena was said to be a woman of the utmost wisdom and of he arts and held at the highest esteem. Surely, Minerva McGonagall is certainly that, as she is second in command at the greatest school of witchcraft and wizardry in the Wizarding World. Athena is the only one deemed worthy of being entrusted with Zeus' most powerful weapon--the lightning bolt. Interestingly enough, Harry is given a broomstick which certainly saves him in imminent doom, especially in The Goblet of Fire where he must utilize it to escape the wrath of a fire-breathing dragon during the Triwizard Tournament. Were I the author of the Harry Potter series, I would've changed the name of Harry's first broomstick and called it the Firebolt, which he eventually receives from his godfather Sirius Black as a gift later in the series, as it this would have played much more consistently with my theory. One does have to wonder if it was in fact Dumbledore rather than McGonagall that gives Harry the Nimbus 2000. Overall, it would have served as a much better coincidence were it the other way around.

But the bonds of friendship is far from ending there, as Ronald Weasley,Hermione Granger and Ginnie Weasley fast become Harry's closest and dearest of friends. All three (the Gryffindor Trinity?) meet each other aboard the Hogwart's Express train for the first time in their lives. It's safe to say that all three are, for the most part, misfits in the realm of the Hogwart's student body. Harry is shy and is sometimes hated by other students due to his celebrity status, Ron is shunned upon because he's poor, and Herimione is disliked because she is Hogwart's smartest student. Somehow, all three are able to set aside their differences and manage to help one another despite incredible odds.

Ginnie Weasley gets into the mix later on, beginning with the Chamber of Secrets, as she nearly dies if not for the help of Harry. By Harry's Fifth Year at Hogwart's, Harry is finally given his due and so is asked to teach others in secret Defense Against the Dark Arts, including but not up to the Patronus Charm which was taught to Harry by Professor Remus Lupin. Althought they were not aware of it at the time, the group of a dozen or so students, they had inadvertently formed what would later be known as the D.A. or better yet, Dumbledore's Army in which to combat against Dementors and Deatheaters alike. Members of the D.A. include Ronald Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, Ginnie Weasley, Fred and George Weasley, Cho Chang, Seamus Finnigan, and Marietta Edgecomb. When the Ministry of Magic learns of Dumbledore's Army, as earlier on, Professor Umbridge had declared that secret organization were banned, Dumbledore is confronted for his "involvement." But instead of denying the fact that he had anything to do with the D.A., he happily takes the fall but doesn't go "quietly" but instead, escapes with the help of Fawkes, his pet Phoenix and easily escapes the Auror of the Ministry of Magic. In this way, none of the members of the D.A. could take the full brunt of the blame.

With the return of Voldemort to nearly full power the once disbanded group of wizards and witches called together once again the Order of the Phoenix to protect not only the Wizarding World from harm, but Harry Potter, as he is the ultimate target of the Dark Lord Voldemort, especially when he learns of the prophecy: "...Neither one shall live while the other survives." The Order of the Phoenix included members such as Nymphadora Tonks, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Arthur and Molly Weasley, Alastor Moody, Kingsley Shacklebot, Alice and Frank Longbottom, Bill Weasley, Fleur Delacour, and James and Lily Potter just to name a few. In the second coming of the Order of the Phoenix saw the House of Black serve as it's Headquarters. All members agreed unanimously however, that it was indeed a necessity as the safety and sanctity of Harry Potter was paramount to thier cause and so meant to protect him with their lives. However, it is in the Battle of Hogwarts that Dumbledore's Army is put to the last and ultimate test against Voldemort and his Deatheaters.  It is with great disdain that many readers were falsely told that Harry Potter would die before the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.  Such an accusation brought about panicked distress to many fans worldwide.


Actor Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort

Actor Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort

Enter the Antagonist

Every hero needs a villain and in this story, Harry's is the mysterious Dark Lord Voldemort. When Harry was a baby and barely a year old, Voldemort tries to kill him because of a prophecy that conceded that this baby boy named Harry Potter would one day destroy him. So when Voldemort arrived at the Potter family residence, Harry's mom Lily Potter tried in vain to stop him but failed and was killed along with James Potter, Harry's father. And so with both parents dead, Voldemort then turned to cast the death spell--the Avada Kadavra spell--upon Harry who laid defenseless in his crib. But the spell backfired on Voldemort, nearly killing him in the process and so forced him to go into exile while clinging to life. One of the ways in which Voldemort saves himself from dying was by killing a unicorn and then consuming its blood, which gives him, as Firenze, the centaur, a "half-life, a cursed life." Harry however, came out unscathed save for a off-center lightning bolt shaped scar above his brow. But because of this, Harry Potter becomes reknowned for being the only known person to has ever survived the death curse and so was from that moment on known in the wizarding community as "The Boy that LIved." Ironically, he gains Voldemort's power in the process and so, becomes his equal. It's also important to note that when the time came for Harry to choose a wand and in the words of Olvander, "the wand chooses the wizard" Harry's wand chooses Harry as its master. Readers will later learn that both Harry's wand and Voldemort's wand were made from the same phoenix feathers in which when both wands do battle with one another, the battle ends in a stalemate, as was its credo. In this way neither can kill the other using their "chosen" wands.  More on this later.

The Dark Lord's Deatheaters

Actor Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy

Actor Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy

Actress Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange

Actress Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange

Actor David Tennant as Barty Crouch Jr.

Actor David Tennant as Barty Crouch Jr.



Actor Timothy Spall as Peter Pettigrew a.k.a. Wormtail

Actor Timothy Spall as Peter Pettigrew a.k.a. Wormtail

Lucius Malfoy

Lucius Malfoy is the husband of Narcissa Black and father to Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter's Gryffindor nemesis.  Being of pureblood ancestry, Lucius Malfoy is a key player in the corruptible Ministry of Magic, donating large sums of bribes in exchange for favors.  Although his public affiliation is with Slytherin House, his main and secret affiliation is with the Dark Lord Voldemort and so abides by all that Voldemort commands.  If the term "hate breeds only more hate" then his example should stand as a testament, as Draco Malfoy is miniature-sized version, minus the resolve (Draco is for all intents and purposes a coward when it comes to carrying out orders that requires its undertaker to risk his life.)  In The Chamber of Secrets, It is Lucius that drops Tom Riddle's diary into Ginnie Weasley's knapsack which spurs the second rise of Voldemort.

Bellatrix Lestrange

An uncomprimising loyal supporter of the Dark Lord, Bellatrix Lestrange is arguably the most dangerous of all Death Eaters. She is the epitome of malice and discontent, proving so time and again with the torturing of Neville Longbottom's parents, Alice and Frank Longbottom using the cruciatus curse to the point of insanity in the First Wizarding War and then killing Harry's godfather, Sirius Black in the Second Wizarding War within the confines of the Ministry of Magic when vowing to kill all her relatives who held an allegiance to the Order of the Phoenix.

Peter Pettigrew a.k.a. Wormtail

A former friend of James Potter (Prongs), Sirius Black (Padfoot) and Remus Lupin (Moony), Peter Pettigrew was the weakest of the bunch who allied themselves as the "Marauders" who vowed to fight against Voldemort and his Deatheaters and so joined the ranks of the Order of the Phoenix in the First Wizarding War.  However, as his Animagus (his animal form) implies, Pettigrew was indeed a rat because he disclosed pertinent information involving the whereabouts of James and Lily Potter to Voldemort.  Pettigrew also is responsible for the death of Cedric Diggory in The Goblet of Fire.

Barty Crouch Jr.

Son of the Ministry of Magic's own Barty Crouch Sr., Barty Crouch Jr. is responsible for disguising himself as Auror and Professor Alastor Moody in order to gain access into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy by concocting and drinking Polyjuice Potion. Barty Crouch Jr. is solely responsible for manipulating the Triwizard's Tournament in order to trap Harry into confronting Voldemort. Barty Crouch Jr. was also one of the escapees during the massive Azakaban Breakout which also includes fellow Deatheater Bellatrix Lestrange.  Other minor Deatheaters include Crabbe and McNair.

Two halves of a whole

Ying and Yang

Ying and Yang

The Balance Factor

According to Wikipedia, the Yin and Yang, "is used to describe how seemingly disjunct or opposing forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, giving rise to each other in turn." This to me, makes perfect sense, as it describes the relationship between Harry and Voldemort, between the Order of the Phoenix and the Deatheaters, between the forces of light and the forces of darkness, between love and hate. The birth of Harry Potter marks a new beginning, filled with profound hope to the wizarding world, as before his existence, the world knew of no solution to the threat of Voldemort. Literally, Harry Potter to them, is the embodiment of hope and so is very much a messiah (so shall the child lead the way). Harry breeds only hope in the hearts and minds of the wizarding world and its general public. This would then make Voldemort the anti-christ, as he is the absolute essence of Doubt (hope's exact opposite). He breeds only fear and doubt into the hearts and minds of the general public. It is in fact his fear of imminent death that drives him to find a means to avoid it. He is always describe by Rowling as being unnatural and uncompromising and ever-calculating. Under this premise, both characters create the "balance" that is the Wizarding World, and both require an army to face the other, as they threaten to each other's existence.

Does Magic Really Exist?

Yes, I believe it does. As Voldemort claims, when justifying his exile from the known world wherein he abruptly goes into seclusion, "...It was old magic [that defeated him]." Two forces are in a constant struggle/are in constant flux between one another during the entirety of the Harry Potter series, i.e.internal conflict: The forces of Light and the forces of Darkness. Both are indeed very strong, but the forces of Light, as readers will find, wins in the end against impossible odds, which of course is nothing new.

With that said, if love is magic and love is real, then love IS magic. Lily Potter stepped in to rescue Harry from complete and imminent death when guarding Harry from Voldemort. In the process, she paid the ultimate price. So the question comes down to this: Would you die for the ones you love? If the time calls for it, would you sacrifice yourself in order to save your son, your daughter, your sister or brother? In my religious teachings, I was taught that love only breeds love and hate only breeds more hate, "as the oxcart that follows the ox, so does karma," in other words. In essence, in the case with the Potters, love certainly does breed love, as Harry is the sole offspring of Lily and James as Draco is the sole offspring of Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy ( it is also important to note that love does play a role in the Malfoys as well towards the end of the series, in the form of vindication).

I will argue that Rowling's message when creating and writing the Harry Potter series is that love is real and that it is indeed magic, per se. It is the Power of Love that consequently defeats the Power of Hate and is the underlying message throughout. Harry Potter is able to conquer the powers of Darkness not through his abilities as a skilled and trained wizard, or his knowledge of his textbooks from Hogwarts, but his enduring love for his friends and family in which was passed down to him by his loving parents. The very same "trait" in which Lily Potter exhibited in protecting Harry is the very same trait Harry uses in order to stand up for those he loves and cherishes, no matter what the circumstances may be. And it is for this reason that Harry Potter is indeed a powerful wizard, because his capacity to love knows no end.

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Trenton on July 26, 2013:

I'd never heard of the Gilligan's Island theory of Lost. This is ieinresttng, because I've just spent a couple hours today reading Vozzek69's new book, Things You Never Noticed About Lost . Near the end of it, he talks about various theories that are out there, including Lost as a video game or virtual reality experience. He even makes a comparison to paintball war games. Anyway, the idea of some god-like gamer running scenarios and messing with people's lives helped me formulate my brand-new Duck Amuck theory of Lost. To see what I mean, pop on over to YouTube and type in duck amuck 300 .I never realized all the parallels between Lost and this classic Warner Bros. cartoon. Briefly: there's a farm setting (Ray in Australia, and Iowa); a scene in the frozen north (polar bears, evil Canadians, and FDW); a tropical setting (the Island); a mirror; a sea picture (the freighter); TWO Daffy Ducks in the same scene (time travel); a plane crash; an explosion; and at the end, a DEMAND for an explanation! It's uncanny. All that's missing is some guns, but the cartoon opens with a little Musketeer-type swashbuckling, and that's close. ;)

Recep on July 25, 2013:

I'm so glad this show is back as well. NBC needs to put this on Thursday at 9. It could hold it's own there I think. Adam I thugoht did a great job with Harry and I agree I thugoht he was going to be a goner. I loved when the attorney came in with the nail in his head LOL and I'm even more glad that Harry screwed her old law firm and stuck to her guns until she gets the 3Million. I thugoht she was a tad bit nasty to bringing up Ollie and Chunhua sleeping together but that's Harry for you. I also liked when they were meeting in the beginning and she ended her cause with it's only my opinion like Adam did his. Chunhua was perfect with Ollie also. I did like Tommy's ex girlfriend. I do hope they get back together. It was a funny story I thugoht and only something Tommy would do. Yes I think we are to assume that the daughter put the bullets in the gun. I sure didn't see that coming either. It was a perfect ending. And I also liked how Cassie handled that bastard in the office. So glad this show is back.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on November 11, 2011:

Hi Carrie! Again, I thank you for reading this and commenting on it. At the time I wrote this hub, it was my Magnum Opus as I spent a good 30+ hours on it. I really like the fact that you got my message :) Can you tell that I enjoyed reading Harry Potter? Thank you again!

carriethomson from United Kingdom on November 09, 2011:

You amaze me dohn!! that was such a great summarization of what the harry potter series is all about and its true love helps you endure anything for the sake of loved ones,and that’s what helps you win battles!! Great going Voted up and awesome!!


hpfan101 on November 01, 2010:

hey i like your photo comments

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on May 21, 2010:

Thank you, MPG Narratives. I don't know anyone that has a signed copy of the first book until now! Years back, I was reluctant to read the book as I thought it might be too made-for-kids until I gave Sorcerer's Stone a try (a girl I was seeing forced me to read it). It wasn't long before I was hooked. Thank you so much for reading and for the compliment.


Maria Giunta from Sydney, Australia on May 20, 2010:

Have read all the books, have a framed, signed copy of the first book, I really enjoy J.K.Rowling and the whole Harry Potter series. You have done it justice with this hub, well done.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on April 30, 2010:

Thanks for reading this Holly! Although the movies are really good, the books are really a lot of fun to read ;)

Holle Abee from Georgia on April 30, 2010:

I haven't read the books, and I've only seen one of the movies, but I enjoyed your hub!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on April 13, 2010:

Thanks ladyjane1! Yes, so many great actors have been featured in all the Harry Potter movies. Richard Harris is one of my favorite actors and I wish he were still alive to play Dumbledore in all the Harry Potter movies. Thanks for the comment!

ladyjane1 from Texas on April 05, 2010:

I really enjoyed The Half blood prince movie it was amazing. And I have always been a big fan of Gary Oldman and Ralph Fiennes. You did a great job on this hub. Nice.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on January 13, 2010:

Okay, I know that you now want to buy both "The Giving Tree" and "The Sneetches" after having now read both of those hubs, but I have to recommend your buying the entire Harry Potter series as well. Your daughter will be able to enjoy them when she reaches such an age when she can. I thought everyone in the UK read Harry Potter. Who knew?

Gous Ahmed from Muslim Nation on January 13, 2010:

I'm not very much into Harry Potter, but he is a very interesting character. I haven't read any of the books, but i have seen one of the movies, i think the 3rd one! I enjoyed it very much, and hope to see them all. I never understood what all the fuss was about, but by reading your hub, you have re ignited the flame inside me to catch up on Harry Potter movies, thanks!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 06, 2009:

Yeah, the realism behind Harry Potter's character really drew me in more than anything. It was easy to relate to him because of it. Thanks again, Maita. I hope that you enjoy your weekend as well...Go GIANTS!!!

prettydarkhorse from US on December 06, 2009:

Great effort Dohn, that makes you a great writer, Now I like Harrys attitude, ready to defend his loved one, no matter what..can we be all be like that,

Happy weekend, and I hope NYG wins today...


dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 16, 2009:

Thanks for clearing that up, Lissa. I'll take your word for it, by the way. Thank you again for reading me and reading my ezine article. I look forward to hearing from you again.

Melissa Simmons from upstate NY on October 16, 2009:

Yep, he was smuggled out not long after he got there and his father brought him home and covered him with the invisibility cloak and Winky the house elf was in charge of him. :) He just wasn't part of the mass breakout like the Lestranges and others in Order of The Phoenix. :) I will definitely check out your ezine article, I'm always looking for things to read. :)

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 16, 2009:

Really? (About Bary Crouch Jr) It's been years since I read the books but will have to go back and read it again. However, I wasn't wrong, was I? :D

You are certainly a fan of the books. Thank you for reading me...Did you also read my ezine article as well? You just might enjoy it.

Melissa Simmons from upstate NY on October 16, 2009:

Great hub, I enjoyed reading it. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, but just of the books, the movies have disappointed me time and again. Just one note on your article, Barty Crouch Jr was smuggled out by his father and believed to be dead by the wizarding community. :) Sorry, I'm a stickler for the details and I've read these books so many times I could probably recite chapters from memory :)

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 15, 2009:

Hey, thanks, Newyork204. I went and checked out you site...Care to swap backlinks? I'm going to add yours if you don't mind. Thanks for reading and visiting me.

Wesley Barras from Anchorage, AK on October 15, 2009:

I liked this a lot. I loved the metaphors. I kind of did this on my Harry Potter site

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 14, 2009:

Thank you for reading me, MissE. As you can see, I am a big fan of Harry Potter, ever since the girl I was dating pushed me into reading the series (and I wisely did so). I'm definitely into mythology and will consider reading him. Thank you for dropping in.

My other article on Harry Potter can be found by clicking here:

I hope you enjoy it.

MissE from Texas on October 14, 2009:

I love Harry Potter! This is a good and very thorough article. I like the metaphors you use and the different religious influences. The comparisons are very interesting and thoughtful. You should also read Percy Jackson if you're into mythology at all.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 01, 2009:

Haha! I know, I thought of the very same thing, Naomi. Once I was emailing a friend about this hub and HubPages and confused myself a bit. HP or HP? Hmmm...Thanks for reading me! I'm glad you enjoyed it. It took me a while to write it :D

NaomiR from New York on October 01, 2009:

This is a great hub! I'm a big fan of the Harry Potter series (both the books and movies) and enjoyed your take on it. BTW, is it a coincidence that Harry Potter and Hub Pages share initials? I think not...

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 28, 2009:

Thanks, wannabwestern. I loved writing this one too! I guess you could say that it's different way to look at Harry Potter.

Carolyn Augustine from Iowa on September 27, 2009:

Oh this is just the kind of thing I love to read. I love the way you think! Rated up!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on August 25, 2009:

I hope you do Drew. Besides, there's a lot of down time during the NFL season! Let me know what you think of it!

Drew Breezzy from somewhere in my mind on August 25, 2009:

Ok I will be sure to read it!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on August 24, 2009:

Thank you so much, Natalie for taking my advice and coming by to read this. I thought you'd get a kick out of it. A girl I was seeing in college infected me with the Harry Potter bug and I've been a fan ever since. I'm glad that you enjoyed it!

Natalie Marie on August 24, 2009:

This is awesome! What a great, comprehensive guide for all HP fans! I love the yin and yang factor that you talked about - it's thought-provoking. I also love your line, "if love is magic, and love is real, then love IS magic." Very well said.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on August 21, 2009:

NO! Go read it! It's the best one in the entire series! I didn't spoil it, Drew. Let me know.

Drew Breezzy from somewhere in my mind on August 21, 2009:

Thanks for the heads up on the spoiler alert. I have not read the seventh book. Would this spoil it? I already had some it spoiled, guess thats why I have not read it.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 27, 2009:

Thanks, HPwriter. As I told Fierycj, I worked harder on this hub more than any other hub. But I believe it was well worth it as it was truly a labor of love:)

hubpageswriter on July 27, 2009:

Awesome, well done and well-researched ;)

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 23, 2009:

Thank you SO MUCH. I worked harder on this hub than any of my previous hubs. I'm overwhelmed that you enjoyed reading this, as I know it is a bit lengthy. I actually wanted to make it LONGER! Safe to say that I am a fan. This article was more of a tribute than a summarized article. Thank you again for your support! I truly appreciate your comment.

Tammy Cornett from Ohio on July 23, 2009:

I have to say this this is the BEST article about the Harry Potter series that I have ever read--and I've read a lot of them as a hardcore fan, lol...

Even though I've read all of the books two or more times, I was still drawn in and compelled to read every word that you had written about them.

Well done--and thank you!!!:)

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 22, 2009:

Your welcome. I hope I can get a few adults to read the series. Chances are if they have children, the parents may have already purchased the books. They need only walk into their child's bedroom, pick up a book and start reading. Who knows, it just might surprise them on how entertaining the books can be.

Tatjana-Mihaela from Zadar, CROATIA on July 22, 2009:

Very interesting presentation of Harry Potters books and movies. I enjoyed the way you did it!!! Thanks.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 22, 2009:

Your very welcome, emievil. Thank you for the comment. I remember when I was a camp counselor in New Hampshire back in the summer of 2000 when the mail came in with something like 50+ hardbound copies of the Goblet of Fire. Mind you, there were only about 60 or so kids at the camp to begin with! I wasn't yet into by that point. For the next few days, you'd see campers walking to supper or to the lake or lessons while reading the Goblet of Fire. I guess a part of me wished that I was a kid again.

emievil from Philippines on July 22, 2009:

Another Harry Potter fan! I'm a fan myself (read all books and watched all the movies). I forgot which book but I read one from cover to cover in only one night (started at around 9 pm and ended around 3 am). I couldn't put it down LOL. I'll make sure I catch the latest one. Thanks for the hub Dohn.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 22, 2009:

Thank you, fiery. It took me 6 days to write and create this hub. I wanted to make sure my facts were straight and treated it very much like a thesis. It wasn't easy to do, but I had fun doing it. I have a pipe dream of one day teaching Harry Potter on the college level!

The movie, at least over here in Connecticut was released last Friday but I've been away and so have yet to hit the theaters. I just may go today! Thanks for the comment shamelabboush.

shamelabboush on July 22, 2009:

This is a very nice movie with amazing characters! I can't wait to watch the new release this weekend :)

fierycj on July 22, 2009:

Harry Potter is definitely one of the most well crafted stories ever told. You gotta hand that out to Rowling. You can tell she spent a lot of time trying to develop each of the characters, their uniqueness, personalities, likes and dislikes, etc. I've read the entire 7 books, and yes, you did give away some stuff. Good you warned others. Well written hub, boss.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 21, 2009:

No, but I definitely should write articles/hubs about Laos. Please read my hub "Escape: A True Story." It's the story of my paternal grandfather during the Second World War.

Although I respect the teachings of the Dalai Lama, my sect of Buddhism is different in that its teachings are directly from the Pali Canon and it's our belief that Buddha is a saint rather than a Boddhisatva (we believed that he only walked the earth once). Buddha had actually written the Dhammapada (the teachings of Buddhism) upon leaves.

JonTutor from USA on July 21, 2009:

Do you folks believe in Dalai Lama too?... I attended a meditation program conducted by Tibetan Budhist Monk... I would love to learn more about your culture...Thats a good idea...Maybe I should get printouts....Laos is a land locked country right...I dunno anything about Laos... Have you written any article about Laos?

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 21, 2009:

Yes, I'm a Theravadan Buddhist from Laos. My family and I immigrated to America in 1980. Since leaving, I have yet to return. Laos is one of the big hot spots in the world right now which deeply worries me, as the preservation of Lao culture is now in jeopardy with its escalating tourist market...You will one day, Jon. Get some nice pics of those places and place them on your fridge. It'll motivate you to get there one day. It works.

JonTutor from USA on July 21, 2009:

As far as publishing ten hubs... is it possible that they must have written all those articles over a period of time and simply publishing then.... I dunno what topics to write... I feel strongly about comparative religions... but there are some folks here.... who simply can't look beyond there own beliefs.

Are you Budhist?.... I did a meditation course and I would one day love to visit India, Tibet, Nepal, Thailand.... so many places to visit but no money.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 21, 2009:

Definitely. I see some people on Hubpages that do nothing but copy and paste whole articles. Sometimes you can tell, because their HP score for their page never goes up after a certain point because the system can decipher if the material is original or not. One of the big indicators is when people publish like 10 hubs a minute apart. No human on this planet can do such a thing with 100% original content!

JonTutor from USA on July 21, 2009:

It shows...your effort has really paid off....I already rated it upwards....I work more than 60 hours... and not a good writer... you folks inspire me... gotta write high quality articles.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 21, 2009:

I'm not going to lie. This hub took the most effort to develop. I didn't want to rely on other writer's takes on Harry Potter. I treated this hub like a thesis but with a much more relaxed tone and style. I hope everyone can appreciate the parallels themes I've pointed out. It wasn't easy and took some time for me to complete.

JonTutor from USA on July 21, 2009:

I gotta learn and write articles like you folks... Now I really wanna watch this movie.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 21, 2009:

Thanks, atlovesbm. I'm kinda of HP (yeah Hubpages and Harry Potter) fan. Right at the time when Order of the Phoenix came out, I was seeing a girl while in college who was a fan. We made a deal in which she would read some "boring" authors in exchange for my reading Harry Potter. It got me instantly hooked. I can't fight it. It's a fun read for everyone.

Anna from Orange County, California on July 21, 2009:

Great & interesting hub! I was actually going to watch the new movie.. but don't think I will anymore. Lol jk! I don't follow the entire story, but I think this is a great hub nonetheless.

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