Potter: The Idea of Being
world of Harry Potter is a world of magic, ghosts, wizards,
witches, and magical people of all ages. As the students at
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry prove on a daily
basis, you're never too young to get started discovering
your magical ability.
as much as the trials and troubles of Harry and his friends
appear to be "normal," the magical world that author J.K.
Rowling has created is anything but normal.
are a few ways that "being different" is considered
magic to do ordinary, everyday things is no big deal.
Mrs. Weasley, for example, uses magic to wash the dinner
dishes. The Weasley family, especially, uses "floo
powder" to travel from place to place. (Then there was
the portkey, in the latest book, which whisked people
away great distances in the blink of an eye.) Professor
Dumbledore transports food from the kitchen to everyone's
plates in the dining hall with a wave of his wand.
Muggles have to spend their own time washing dishes,
carrying food, and traveling great distances. The
magic-users of Harry Potter's world have their time free
to do other things.
is delivered by owl post, not by postal workers. The owls
can travel long distances and, we assume, do not stop
until their letters and/or packages are delivered. (How
many times did Hedwig or Pig, Ron Weasley's little owl,
arrive at Hogwarts exhausted from the journey?) It's also
amazing that the owls just seem to know where everyone is
at the very moment. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of
Fire, Harry Potter's owl, Hedwig, manages to find
Sirius Black every time, even though no one else seems to
know where Sirius is hiding.
students and professors (and indeed seemingly everyone
else in the magic-using world) wears robes, not "regular
clothes." How many times did Arthur Weasley try to "fit
in" by wearing "regular" (but non-fashionable)
probably the biggest way in which the world of Harry
Potter is "different" is that in that world, people who
use magic are considered "normal." It is considered high
praise and a great accomplishment if you have magical
ability, even as little as Harry's friend Neville
Longbottom has. The Muggles, people who don't have any
magical ability, are considered "different" or
"irregular" by the magic-users of Harry's world.
the next time you read or reread one of your favorite Harry
Potter books or see the movie (again), remember to look for
what's different and how those "differences" look to those
of us without magic.
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