Harry, Ron, Hermione And The Path To Growing Up And Saving The World

Most teens would know that growing up is hard enough as it is, making your parents proud of you, getting good marks in school. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger had to do all of this and fight off the Dark Lord Voldemort, also responsible for the killing of Harry Potters family and countless others and trying to take over the Wizarding World. The biggest problem that Muggle teenagers face is trying to find a boyfriend or a girlfriend and try and pass through high school with high enough marks to get into a good university. The Wizarding World however has all these and much more such as wondering if your family has been killed by Death Eaters yet or if there is a spy in the school trying to let Death Eaters into the school and kill the Headmaster. Harry, Ron and Hermione get the brunt of all of this Wizarding drama because of Harry Potter being destined to be the one to vanquish the Dark Lord and Ron and Hermione simply because they chose to be his best friends. From the very start the trio were finding themselves in the Library searching for the meaning of the name Nicholas Flamel and seeing what kind of treasure he had hidden in the school that they believed the Potions Master was trying to steal for the Dark Lord Voldemort. Somehow between all of these setbacks the trio end up being on the passing side of the line each year.

Despite facing death several times throughout their time at Hogwarts their schooling seems to continue on despite an uproar of angry parents at times and they stick with it to the end. Each year the Dark Lord Voldemort sets his ever growing gaze on the school until eventually comes The Battle Of Hogwarts where Voldemort and his disciples finally gather up the courage to attack the school. Nothing like this would ever come close to coming true in the Muggle world where an army of evil people attack a high school and not just that, but they get defeated by the students. You can imagine how painful exam time must have been for them, what with facing the Dark Lord himself, barely escaping death and countless serious injuries and still having to study for that pesky Defence Against The Dark Arts exam. Wizarding school would be undoubtedly harder than Muggle school because not only do they learn things that they would use on a day to day basis they also learn self defence in the school and in that time period that might have been the most important class they ever took, despite it being taken over by Death Eaters and turned into a Dark Arts class at one point.

Despite every setback that the three friends had faced throughout their early teenage years to their early adulthood they still ended up alright with kids and good careers. If someone was to look at this from year one and know about all the predicaments that they would face throughout the years I believe it would be a safe bet to say that they wouldn’t make it out of that school in one piece but against most odds they made it and they are successful in the Wizarding World today. There is no way any Muggle children would have a harder life than Harry Potter and it is a surprise he ended up on top and with Voldemort dead, I mean not many people and even Wizards at that could say that they beat Voldemort when they were nothing more than a year old, had faced him several times throughout high school, lived and had defeated him for the last time when they had just finished high school.

Life After Hogwarts And The Many Careers Of The Wizarding World

Just like in the Muggle world people need to go to school and get good marks to get good jobs. That’s not saying that people who have good marks are promised to get a good job or that someone with bad marks is destined to have a bad job. There are many different jobs in the wizarding world from being the Minister of Magic, somewhat of the president of the wizarding world, to Teachers at Hogwarts to even just shop helpers on Diagon Alley. There are different jobs for different types of people, someone who is particularly adept at potions could work at an apothecary or someone who has excellent marks and are particularly brave could make a perfect Auror while someone who has been a thief their entire life could make an adequate Bus Driver for the Night Bus. Just like the more reputable careers of the Wizarding World like jobs within the Ministry of Magic or a Teacher and there are other jobs that aren’t so reputable such as working as a Death Eater or an Illegal Smuggler who sells highly valuable and illegal items such as Dragon Eggs or certain poisons or potions.

There would also be summer jobs for students or part time jobs for people who simply need another job. An Assistant at a Wand Shop or a Potion Shop would be perfect for a young Wizard who wants to find out about the world of working in the Wizarding World.
There are some jobs that have very specific prerequisites or assets such as Gringotts only hiring Goblins for the most part and in the Muggle world with the way things are now this wouldn’t be allowed where an employer would be able to hire people based on the workers race instead of the workers ability. The jobs in the Wizarding world wouldn’t be too different from Muggle jobs in the sense that a lot of jobs would be related, they just need to be ramped up because Wizards have the means to do so. Such as the Wizarding world has Aurors the Muggle world has Police Officers and in the Wizarding world they would have jobs exactly like the ones that there are in the Muggle world such as Shop Clerks,Judges, Taxi Services and even Animal Breeders. Wizards would be able to do Muggle jobs with no problem at all but Muggles would have an overwhelming struggle to try and do jobs in the Wizarding world.

Although Wizards have vastly different jobs than Muggles the same problems still occur such as spies in the government or people trying to take over the highest position in the government. Wizards to however have some relations to very important Muggles such as certain ministers and mayors in order to try and have some grip on the affairs of the Muggle worlds. Some Wizards might end up very high the chain of careers due to hard work and such and as a counterpoint to that some Wizards might end up on the very bottom end of the chain due to slacking and laziness. The difference between the potential hazards of the jobs of the Wizarding world and the jobs of the Muggle world is how easy it is to recover from the potential hazards. If a Muggle were to break their legs or something along those lines they run the risk of never being able to work again and risk ruining their lives. In the Wizarding world if someone was to break both of their legs they would be able to go to the Wizarding Hospital and after some immense pain they would be back to work maybe within a couple weeks.

The Many Secrets of Hogwarts, From Secret Passages to Forgotten History

There seems to be countless secrets that The Castle Of Hogwarts holds dear and there are some secrets that maybe nobody will ever know. Even the staff of the school don’t know many of the secrets such as the Chamber of Secrets. Due to the Marauder’s Map at least seven of the secret passages are made clear to Harry throughout the series despite some of them being closed off since the making of the map. There are also some secrets that are known only by staff of the school considering they need the password to get into Dumbledore’s office and some of the house common rooms. There are also secrets hidden in some of the paintings in the school such as the painting that hides the entrance to the kitchens where someone needs to simply tickle the pear to get it to giggle and show the entrance. There are dozens of other secret passageways varying in secrecy such as the Room of Requirement, to the passageway underneath the Whomping Willow that leads to the Shrieking Shack. There are also secret passages within the school and hidden tricks to getting around such as the vanishing step, or hidden doorways behind bookshelves that lead to other parts of the castle, most of which the castle caretaker Argus Filch knows about and uses to get around the castle faster than the students can.
There are things in Hogwarts that aren’t just secret passages and things that are a secret to everyone, there are also some tips and tricks to help students get around the school without too much trouble. Things that include running from the caretaker’s cat, Ms. Norris to knowing that the paintings in the school might help you in your time of need. There are also things that are widely known such as don’t ever go into the Forbidden Forest because who knows what lurks there and if you can help it don’t go swimming in the lake for fear of the Giant Squid and the Mermen that live there and they aren’t too keen on people dropping in for a visit. Hogwarts seems to be like a normal school in that keeping in the loop with your fellow classmates for the latest gossip and news might keep you on the path to success and in Hogwarts case it might keep you alive.
There are also things that hold historical significance in the school such as the knowledge that the school was built by three main founders, Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff. These are just widely known facts and history of the school. There are also things that might be taught in the school such as the history of the Headmasters at Hogwarts. All of these are outlined in the book “Hogwarts A History” which would be publicly available to all students interested except for the books in the restricted section which of course would be off limits. The Restricted Section seems to be another point of secrecy within Hogwarts as students that wish to access that section need explicit permission from a teacher and even then the students aren’t sure what lies within the shelves of it. The Hogwarts library would also have books on things outside of Hogwarts such as the potential history of the Ministry of Magic and the rise and fall of various wizarding factions. Hogwarts carries countless secrets within its walls and for someone to try and learn every one of the secrets of the school would take their entire lives maybe just focusing on one extensive secret such as the Room of Requirement. There are some secrets within the walls that maybe most people don’t wish to know and might be quite deadly.

10 Facts about Ronald Weasley

  1. Ron is a member of the pure blood Weasley family. Both of his parents, Arthur and Molly, come from pure blood lines. Draco Malfoy describes the Weasleys as having, “red hair, freckles and more children than they can afford.” He is the fifth Weasley son to attend Hogwarts. His elder brother, Percy, is a prefect and his older twin brothers, Fred and George, excel academically and are extremely popular because of their pranks. Ron and his family don’t really know much about the muggle world and are often fascinated by the things that Harry tells them about that aspect of his life.
  2. Ron has six siblings: Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, and Ginny. Ron often feels overlooked and left out. During their first meeting in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone, Ron tells Harry, “Every one expects me to do as well as the others, but if I do, it’s no big deal, because they did it first.”
  3. Besides Hagrid, Ron is Harry’s first friend in the wizarding world and at Hogwarts. They meet on the platform 9 ¾ and then share a compartment on the train. They bond when Harry buys all of the tea lady’s sweets to share with Ron who only has homemade sandwiches to eat.
  4. Ron helps Harry defeat Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone by directing their trio as they play a life size version of wizard’s chess. Ron sacrifices himself by allowing the white queen to smash his knight, which renders him unconscious, but wins the game. Harry and Hermione are then able to complete their quest.
  5. In the second book of the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ron and his twin brothers, Fred and George, steal their father’s flying car and drive to the Dursley’s home to rescue Harry. Their father is curious about how this artefact operated, but their mother is livid.
  6. In the fourth book of the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Ron and Harry fall out when Harry is selected as the fourth participant in the Triwizard Tournament. Harry insists that he didn’t put his name in the goblet of fire. Ron doesn’t believe him. He feels as if he is constantly in Harry’s shadow. They don’t reconcile until Ron sees how dangerous the tournament is and realizes that Harry would never sign up for it.
  7. Ron realizes that he may have romantic feelings for Hermione when she is Viktor Krum’s date for the Yule Ball.
  8. Ron’s first girlfriend is Lavender Brown. They start dating during their sixth year at Hogwarts. Part of his reason for doing it is obviously to make Hermione jealous. They spend a lot of time making out (snogging) in public. She gives also gives him the annoying nickname, Won Won.
  9. Ron destroys one of Voldemort’s horcruxes, Slytherin’s Locket, but not before the necklace convinces him to abandon Harry and Hermione. The locket plays on Ron’s insecurities and whispers to him, “I have seen your dreams, Ronald Weasley, and I have seen your fears. All you desire is possible, but all that you dread is also possible. . .Least loved, always, by the mother who craved a daughter. . .Least loved, now, by the girl who prefers your friend. . .Second best, always, eternally overshadowed. . .” Eventually Ron destroys, but not after much temptation and anger.
  10. Ron and Hermione wind up together! In the epilogue of the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, we see how the characters are faring 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts. Ron and Hermione are married with two children, Rose and Hugo. In this final scene, they are seeing their daughter Rose off to her first year at Hogwarts. 

Houses Divided: What Do The Hogwarts Houses Really Stand For?

One of the most basic aspects of Hogwarts School is the fact that the student body is divided into four Houses: Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, and Ravenclaw. When the school began, each founder had a different perception and vision of what Hogwarts could and should be—and though these houses grew from those visions, they also took on an identity all their own.

Hufflepuffs are known for their loyalty—but this is not a one-dimensional house. While they may seem at first glance to be plain people, or not as brash as compared to other houses, Hufflepuffs are more than they may appear. Hufflepuffs are tenacious as well as loyal. They may not be flashy, or show off like other houses might, but they are intelligent, and they protect their own against any and every threat. Hufflepuffs are also adept at self-defense. While the other houses may require a password to gain access to the common room and dormitories, the Hufflepuff house dormitory needs only for one to tap on a particular area of a particular painting in a set rhythm—failing to do so correctly will result in said person being soaked in vinegar and being denied access to the dorm. Hufflepuff is the only house that has such a defense mechanism.

While Ravenclaw may seem to be a kind of stuck-up, bookish house, looks can be deceiving. Ravenclaw as a house prides itself on learning for learning’s sake—it’s not so much the books that are important. More important is the act of learning itself, the act of constantly pushing the boundaries of knowledge. The Ravenclaw dormitory itself helps to foster a culture of knowledge and wisdom by working to keep outsiders out—to gain entry into the dorm itself, a person has to correctly answer a riddle-question. While it may seem as a test for one individual, it is actually common to find a group of people outside the Ravenclaw dormitory door working together to come up with a correct guess to the riddle-question.

Slytherin is perhaps the most notorious—and most often misunderstood—house. Throughout the book, it is made clear that Slytherin is a house that has churned out more Dark wizards and witches than any other. While this may be true—and while Lord Voldemort himself may have come from Slytherin—the definition of Slytherin house does not begin and end with an all-consuming darkness. Slytherins, as a whole, tend not to be as obsessed with blood purity so much as honor and tradition. While the respect they garner is tinged with a little fear, that comes with the territory. There is a long history and tradition to uphold—it is said that Merlin himself was a Slytherin. Slytherin is a brotherhood, a place for people with a potential for greatness, a cunning wit, a sense of self-preservation. To be a Slytherin is to carry the reputation and the history of the House on your shoulders, and that is no small or easy task.

Gryffindor house is known for their bravery—but that bravery can often be a double-edged sword. The bravery of Gryffindors can sometimes veer into recklessness, and some accuse Gryffindors of having no regard for rules, or else being arrogant, self-righteous, or deliberately involving themselves in unnecessary heroics. Gryffindors tend to avoid associations with some of the other houses, Slytherin in particular. Slytherin and Gryffindor houses have a notorious and bitter rivalry, one that began during the founding of Hogwarts and is felt to even Harry Potter’s day.

Each house is not as cut-and-dry as it may seem, and appearances can be deceiving. The truth about each house is that, like the wizards and witches who founded them, the houses and the people in them defy definition.