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Lecture 20

ENGB35H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 20: Albus Dumbledore, Lord Voldemort, Tomboy

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Natalie Rose

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ENGB35 – Lecture 20 – Continuation of Harry Potter
Magic world arbitrary
Arbitrariness becomes a good thing when compared to the rules
Disobedience is rewarded in certain situations
‘You can’t!’ said Hermione. ‘After what McGonagall and Snape have said?
You’ll be expelled!”
‘SO WHAT!Harry shouted! Don’t you understand? IF Snape gets hold of the
Stone, Voldemort’s coming back! Haven’t you heard what it was like when he
was trying to take over? There won’t b any Hogwarts to get expelled from! […]
Losing points doesn’t matter any more, can’t you see?
“I think he sort of wanted to give me a chance. I think he knows more or less
everything that goes o here, you know. I reckon he had a pretty good ide we
were going to try and instead of stopping us, he taught us just enough to help
I don’t think it was an accident he let me find out how the Mirror worked. It’s
almost like he though I had the right to face Voldemort if I could…”
oLets the kids learn from their actions
oSimilar to ‘Little Women’ and ‘the Purple Jar’ that the parent figure
allows the kids to explore and learn from their mistakes or experiences
oDumbledore planned their disobedience and it makes us question
whether it is disobedience or not
oControlling what Harry and the others are doing and encouraging
them to do it
Quirrel vs. Snape: Implications of the plot twist?
Starting Point – Snape is bad, when he sees him arguing, Quirrell must be
the good guy
Hermione says just because he is really nice, doesn’t mean he is bad. Yes he
hates you, but it doesn’t necessary mean that he wants to kill you.
“So useful to have him swooping around likes an overgrown bat. Next to him,
who would suspect p-p-poor, st-stuttering P-Professor Quirrell?”
Snape has some aspects that makes people think he’s evil, but there are also
positive aspects of Snape
Snape is Dumbledore’s agents, and by distrusting Snape, is distrusting
Dumbledore’s judgments
The Good and Evil is very clear, but it still may be complicated
Just because someone acts a certain way, it doesn’t mean that person is evil
or good
“A foolish young man I was then, full of ridiculous ideas about good and evil.
Lord Voldemort showed me how wrong I was. There is no good and evil,
there is only power, and those to weak to seek it”
Moral icr
oLatin moralis mor, mos: custom
oNot a religious moral icr
“Harry’s fictional realm of magic and wizardry perfectly mirrors the
conventional assumption that me do and should run the world. From the
beginning of the first Potter book, it is boys and en, wizards and sorcerers,
who catch our attention by dominating the scenes and determining the action.
Harry, of course, play the lead. In his epic struggle with the forces of darkness
– the evil wizard Voldemort and his male supporters – Harry s supported by
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