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Thoughts on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Over the weekend, I finally got to watch Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. All in all, I thought it was a good movie; much better than Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. It had a more exciting plot.

However, this isn’t a review. I couldn’t help but notice something in a particular scene. Grindelwald was leading a meeting with his followers in France, I think, and of course the English Ministry of Magic was there to ambush and arrest him and his followers. It happened so fast it’s a blur, but what happened next went down something like this: the Ministry was in the crowd, anticipating the gathering’s behavior, when one of Grindelwald’s followers happened to look at an Auror. The Auror subsequently killed her. It seemed like one of those situations where the police are just lying in wait for action, and then someone looks at them funny or something and they fire their weapons, and all hell breaks loose. It seemed like the wizarding equivalent of racial profiling.

There’s one more thing I’d like to address. Why is everyone having a fit just because J.K. Rowling said that Dumbledore and Grindelwald were in a relationship at one point? Yes, Dumbledore dated a bad guy, but it’s not like Grindelwald was always bad. If I had to guess, I’d say that the pure-blood supremacy mindset is a learned behavior, so to speak. Grindelwald had to have someone or something influence him. Unless Grindelwald is also a sociopath. There’s no learning sociopathy. Grindelwald would just be born that way: a charismatic smoother talker with a screw or two loose. Maybe it’s a combination of both?

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When Patronuses Fail

If we were in London – or Scotland, for that matter – and I was feeling blah like I am right now, I could simply cast a patronus, eat some chocolate and be all better. But because this isn’t Hogwarts and magic as J.K. Rowling defines it doesn’t exist, I have to make do with what reality gives me.

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Exhibit A: Ginger Zee

So, I was laying in bed the other day – I was awake but hadn’t gotten up yet – when I found myself wondering if I could have my cake and eat it too.

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My Favorite Quotation

I write because I love to write, not because I want to get rich

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Surprises in Writing

In response to Ever Surprised Yourself?

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Thoughts on Success

In response to What is Success?

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The Harry Potter Timeline

Today is September 1, 2017.  Which means that the timeline of the Harry Potter series is “technically” over.

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Draco Malfoy Might be on to Something 

I do feel so sorry, said Draco Malfoy one Potions class, for all the people who have to stay at Hogwarts for Christmas because they’re not wanted at home.

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What Hufflepuff Means

When I first joined Pottermore, I wanted to be in Gryffindor.  Because – let’s face it – Harry, Ron, and Hermione are awesome.  But it didn’t pan out that way.

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Picking Up the Pieces:  The Mirror of Erised

You might want to start with my poem.  This post is an expansion of it.

Last semester in my Children’s Literature class, we read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  It was really awesome.  I’d been looking forward to it since day one.

However, reading it was not without heated debate.  One of these debates was when we discussed the mirror of erised.  Some people thought it only shows a person one desire, which as you probably already know, is their deepest.  Others thought it could show multiple deep desires.