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Love Is in the Air . . .

Snoopy ValentineLiterally!  Throughout Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince, Cho Chang and Ginny Weasley have been juxtaposed—both in the air of the Quidditch field and on the ground—as Harry’s possible love interests: 

“Yeah,” said Ron slowly, savoring the words, “we won.  Did you see the look on Chang’s face when Ginny got the Snitch right out from under her nose?” (OotP, chap. 31, p. 704)

Boy, did Ginny ever get “the Snitch right out from under” Cho’s nose!  As we see yet again, when “Ginny play[s] Seeker against Cho” in Half-Blood Prince and Gryffindor beats Ravenclaw 450 points to 140, the other Snitch that Ginny was “Seeking” enters the Gryffindor Common Room and stumbles upon the big celebration of the Quidditch win:

“Harry looked around; there was Ginny running toward him; she had a hard, blazing look in her face as she threw her arms around him.  And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed her.” (HBP, chap. 24, pp. 532-33)

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The Mirror of Erised and Existentialism

Here is a special guest post by Dr. Joel Hunter, who teaches in the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. His post discusses

the context and content of his article “Kierkegaard’s Mirror (of Erised)“:

My article in Reason Papers is a follow-up research paper to the general argument I presented in the essay on technological anarchism published in Travis Prinzi’s collection Harry Potter for Nerds. The gist of my approach to the HP saga in the previous article is to draw a close correspondence between magic in the world of HP and technology in our world, with particular attention to its social effects. Once that close connection is established, we have a basis to compare how magic affects the HP world with how technology affects our world.

The Mirror of Erised presents one of the most suggestive magical devices in the series because its primary effect is precisely anti-social. It amplifies any narcissistic moral defect that might be lurking in the folds of one’s heart. A sociological analysis, therefore, seems less amenable to exploring the Mirror’s meaning.

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