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Are You The Hermione Granger Of Your Squad?

The two of you are more alike than you think.

Do you stay up all night practicing spells? If you answered yes to that question, then this article is for you. All I want in life is to be Hermione Granger, and this article will tell you what makes you two alike. You won’t need Felix Felicis for this one.

1. Puberty hit you like a train.

Like all preteens, we went through that phase we do not speak of. In the books, Hermione used magic to fix her teeth and hair. Unfortunately, because we Muggle folks never received our Hogwarts letters, we had to turn to the simpler stuff like flat irons, Invisalign and makeup.

  1. You have a hard time expressing your feelings to your crush.

Honestly, most girls I know keep their feelings about their crush to themselves. There are times when your adrenaline is pumping and all you want to do is just grab him and kiss him. It can sometimes be hard because you do not know how the other person feels. But you never know. He could feel the same way, or you guys could be destined to defeat evil and have two children together.

  1. You get mad when you get a B on an exam.

Sometimes just getting a C on a test that you studied hard for is better than nothing, but for people like Hermione, C’s do not get degrees.

  1. You are a cat person.

Cats are not for the fainthearted. That is all I have to say about that.

  1. You are often found reading or studying.
Hermione
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Rather than partying or watching the usual on Netflix, you are found with your nose in a book

  1. You have a free spirit.

You are a bit of a free bird. You don’ let anyone tell you that you can’t reach your goal, and you don’t let anyone get in your way of achieving it.

  1. You are a fighter.

On the rare chance that your life is in danger, you don’t just stand there and take it.

  1. You are resourceful.

You always know just what to do in most situations. You always have a plan B because most of your plans do not go as planned — and that is what the Undetectable Extension Charm is for.

  1. You know how to comfort a hurting friend.

You are always in tune with people’s emotions. You are the friend who knows how to comfort your friends when they are feeling down.

  1. You are an avid rule follower. However, if the ones you love were in trouble, you would break every rule under the sun to protect them.

Hermione has broken the rules countless times to protect her friends, and you are no different. You think of the well-being of your friends rather than the possible consequences of your actions.

  1. You will follow your best friends to the ends of the earth.

You are a loyal friend. Silly books and spells will not pick you up when you’re feeling down, give you a shoulder to cry on, or laugh with you. Friends will do all those things and more. You just have to be willing to take a chance on them.

 

 

Most thought provoking Harry Potter fan theories

If you’re a Potterhead, you know that ever since “Deathly Hallows, Part 2″ was released, we have had very little to look forward to. This has led to lots of super fans coming up with completely insane and often hilarious “Harry Potter” fan theories. Here are some the best that the internet has to offer:

1) Draco Malfoy is a werewolf.

One fan came up with the theory that to punish Lucius Malfoy for his failure to retrieve the prophecy in “Order of the Phoenix”, Voldemort set Fenrir Greyback (a werewolf) on Draco. The fan argued that this was what caused Draco’s sickly appearance and anxiety throughout “Half-Blood Prince” rather than his quest to kill Dumbledore. The fan also references the time Voldemort suggests that Draco should “babysit the cubs” when he learns of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks’ baby.

2) Dumbledore is actually Ron Weasley traveling back in time.

This theory doesn’t have a lot to go on other than some physical similarities between Ron and Dumbledore such as long fingers and a wounded left leg. While this theory is really fun to think about, sadly it simply can’t be true based on J.K. Rowling’s amount of information about Dumbledore’s personal life (i.e. his childhood, love for his best friend Gellert Grindelwald, etc).

image13) Neville Longbottom was never bad at magic.

The beginning of the Harry Potter series really depicted Neville as a bumbling excuse for a wizard. However, it turns out that it may not have been him the whole time. It’s common knowledge that in the wizarding world, the wand chooses the wizard. A wizard must have that connection with his wand in order to be able to use it properly. This is proven time and time again throughout the series. Anyway, Neville starts off his time at Hogwarts using his father’s old wand…hence why he really falls behind his classmates in every subject except Herbology. After “Order of the Phoenix” when his wand is broken in the fight at the Department of Mysteries, Neville is forced to get a proper wand and then suddenly, he becomes good at magic. As a diehard Harry Potter fan, I feel pretty dumb for not realizing this the first 22 times I read the series.

4) The Dursleys hated Harry because he was a Horcrux.

In the “Deathly Hallows” it became apparent that being too close to a Horcrux causes people to be almost physically repulsed. One fan theory believes that it was because Harry was a Horcrux that the Dursleys hated him so much. While this theory holds some water, it can’t be true or else Harry would’ve had no friends or girlfriends while at school due to everyone hating him. Still, it would be nice to think that the Dursleys weren’t terrible entirely on their own.

5) Harry is immortal after killing Voldemort.

This theory stems from the infamous prophecy’s line, “either must die at the hand of the other, for neither can live while the other survives.” The fan responsible for this theory, states that because Voldemort is killed in “Deathly Hallows”, Harry can’t be killed because Voldemort would’ve had to have been the one who did it. While intriguing, if this theory is true it is extremely sad. After all, Harry, who has watched so many of his loved ones die, would want nothing more than to be reunited with them one day. To have that promise of peace taken from him would be horrible.

While most of these theories can pretty much be proven false, some of them really make you wonder. After all, J.K. Rowling has so much information about the beloved characters that never made it onto the pages of her books, it’s entirely possible that fans may have touched onto something deep and true that was simply never revealed to the public. Hopefully one day, J.K. Rowling will look at these theories and tell us which ones have some truth to them.

 

Is my neighbor a werewolf?

Through various films (and television shows), we’ve seen many different versions of werewolves; such films include Van Helsing, Harry Potter, Twilight, and Teen Wolf. In these examples, the inhuman capabilities seem about the same, as does the way the people change into wolves. Sometimes, they don’t even change all of the way and become a sort of wolf-man, like in Harry Potter. Each time a werewolf is portrayed, they usually have a strong association with the full moon controlling their powers and supernatural abilities.

After transforming into a werewolf, one obtains superhuman strength, increased reflexes, and enhanced senses. As cool as it would be to have those wolf powers, when shifting from man to wolf, the experience is usually depicted as painful. Often, the shifters show no sign of human conscience while in wolf form.

Who is a werewolf? Graphic from the Scribe's Desk
Who is a werewolf? Graphic from The Scribe’s Desk

So where does this legend come from? The stories originated in Europe. Just like accused witches, those who were thought to be werewolves were questioned, tortured, and killed. Some Christians also associated werewolves with the devil and evil. At times, serial killers claimed to be werewolves, as well as those with clinical lycanthropy, which is when you believe you’re a werewolf.

There are several theories as to why people even considered others to be shape-shifting humans. One possibility is that they misunderstood the condition of those with rabies. It’s possible that they connected the aggressiveness, confusion, and hallucinations of those who had the disease to animalistic behavior and therefore a transformation.

Another theory from  folklore suggests that since livestock and people would get murdered during the nighttime, that’s when the shifters transformed. Therefore, those with porphyria were highly suspicious. Porphyria is in a group of hereditary diseases and one of the symptoms is for the skin to become extremely sensitive to sunlight. This causes redness, blistering, and sometimes scarring.

A third possibility that contributed to the idea of werewolves is a rare disorder called hypertrichosis. It’s a disorder which causes excessive hair growth. Not only does is grow a lot, but it could grow thickly on any part of the human body. This can cause the same hair growth men have on women. The hair can grow around their lips and chin. This disorder can affect anyone of any race.

Unfortunately, there’s no real conclusion as to the exact way these rumors and myths begin, but it’s safe to assume that the lack of understanding that science has been better able to fix over the centuries went a long way towards the entertaining movies and books we enjoy today.

Geek inspired tech your parents probably saw coming

In a recent episode of “The Big Bang Theory,” viewers were introduced to a new TV remote that looks awfully like a certain famous and rather heroic wizard’s wand. By using a few simple swishes and flicks, owners of this device can cast spells to control their electronic devices. Fans of the Harry Potter series were clearly targeted for this product. This technology, while relatively simple, is pretty fascinating. With more obvious gadgets bringing geek inspired technology to attention, it might get you thinking about what other technology has been inspired by different fandoms. Continue reading Geek inspired tech your parents probably saw coming

Daniel Radcliffe escapes his Harry Potter image in “The Woman in Black”

The film opens with three young girls playing together in an attic nursery, surrounded by their petite tea sets and delicate porcelain dolls. Suddenly, the girls are caught off-guard by an unseen presence and take on a somewhat mesmerized state as they begin to walk over their toys, crushing them under their small feet, only to jump to their deaths out of the nursery window. Continue reading Daniel Radcliffe escapes his Harry Potter image in “The Woman in Black”

Harry Potter comes to an end…sort of

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Ever since I saw the first “Harry Potter” movie when I was 11 years old, I’ve been dreading this day. As dorky as it sounds, I’m going to miss Harry and all his deadly fun. It’s been over a decade since the beginning of the book series and movie franchise; most of us have grown up with these movies (whether you like that fact or not) and Nov. 19 will signal the beginning of the end. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1″ will premiere that day, followed by “Part 2″ July 15, 2011. So in honor of the newest installment, let’s take a look back the best moments from the previous movies and get you excited for the next one.

1.”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

Let’s face it, there’s nothing like the original, and to pick a best moment is hard to do. But if I have to choose it would have to be every single moment Harry (Daniel Radcliff), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) were together on screen. They were so little and cute; you just can’t help but love seeing them together and knowing it’s just going to get better from there.

2. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”

Right up front, best part about this movie, the fact that the boys’ voices were cracking the whole time. It’s pretty distracting actually, but you can’t help but laugh.

3. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”

This is one of my favorite out the franchise. The best moments out of this film are those between Sirius (Gary Oldman) and his godson, Harry. The moments are intense, sad, happy and dark. Every emotion is pulled between these two characters and it honestly makes the movie. A good runner up would be when Hermione punches Malfoy (Tom Felton) in the face. Epic win for Team Potter.

4. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

If you think I’m going to say the best moment in this movie is anything with Robert Pattinson, then you’re wrong. The best part was the massive amount of flippy hair. Almost every male character had flowing locks. I’m not sure why this is so entertaining, but it is. Oh, and I guess the epic return of Lord Voldemort could be in that category too.

5. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix”

If you’re thinking Cedric Diggory flashbacks, you’re reading the wrong article. This one is all about Harry and Dumbledore’s (Michael Gambon) confrontation with Lord Voldemort. Harry sees visions of what Voldemort sees and what he wants him to see, which leads to a monstrous fight at the Ministry of Magic between Death Eaters and the Order of the Phoenix, along with Harry and his crew. The effects are great and the fighting is pretty intense for people swinging twigs at each other.

6. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

Hands down the best and saddest part of the entire series is the death of Dumbledore. I cried in the theater when it happened. I don’t say best because I wanted it to happen; I say best because of how it was done. Dumbledore went down like a hero and there wasn’t a single person not crying. An honorable mention would have to be the Inferi in the cave scene. They’re just plain creepy.

Movie seven appears to be the best movie yet. Hopefully it will give us real closure, unlike so many movie series before it.