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Gryffindor Wins the Cup   Leave a comment

I can just imagine Lee Jordan announcing the winners in a Quidditch game or Dumbledore awarding the House Cup at the end of the school year.  Anyway, congratulations!  *turns away and cries for a moment*

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Posted November 21, 2012 by kitpotter in The Journey

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The Inaugural Pottermore House Cup   1 comment

The Winner of the Inaugural Pottermore House Cup

Congratulations to Slytherin House for winning the very first Pottermore House Cup.  Second Place belonged to Gryffindor.  And we, Ravenclaws, are in Third Place.  Hufflepuff is in the 4th position.  House points are now reset and we start from the beginning.  Amazing how in such a short amount of time, the scores has gone up to almost 10,000 points.  If only I didn’t have to work, I would have loved to start brewing and dueling right away as well.

Anyway, it has been almost a year since the Pottermore Beta Family started and it was indeed a much awaited event.  Though I’m sad we lost our standing when we first began, I have to applaud the Slytherin house for they deserved it.

I am not quite satisfied with my contribution and so I’m putting up a resolution to allot at least one hour of each day to brewing at least one potion and dueling while at it.  That should be enough for me to at least make 100 points in a weekday.  More on weekends, hopefully.  So that next time, win or lose, I can be prouder of myself and be a credit to my house.

Now, if only Chamber of Secrets would be opened.  That would be perfect.  Anytime now, Pottermore.  Please.

The Inaugural House Cup   1 comment

Here we are reaching another milestone in Pottermore.

It’s time for the very first House Cup!

Notices has also been put up on our Gateways and Common Rooms.

So, let’s have fun brewing and dueling! 🙂

Just Saying   Leave a comment

At first, I don’t really mind that a lot of people often mistake Ravenclaw to be associated with Ravens.  However, it seems that we are being accused of having identity crisis to the point to being rude.

So, just to make things apparently clear, here is an excerpt from our Welcome Message:

“Our emblem is the eagle, which soars where others cannot climb; our house colours are blue and bronze….”

It is also quite apparent, if you look at The Great Hall, that an eagle appears on our emblem and not a Raven.

I have nothing against ravens.  However, if we are referring to Ravenclaws, it is common sense to see that a raven, which in popular culture symbolizes death and ill omen, does not logically match with our house motto, “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.”  Eagles, on the other hand, appears as the principal icon for books, films, songs, broadsides, pamphlets, cartoons, radio and television, comics and various other aspects of popular culture.  In other words, it symbolizes higher learning.

Gryffindor’s crest is a Lion.  Nobody questions why they are not represented by a griffin – even though a griffin is part lion. It is represented by a Lion because lions, in popular culture, symbolize courage. Hufflepuff is represented by Badgers, not because of its name, but by the characteristics exhibited by that animal which is perseverance.  Slytherins are symbolized by a Serpent, which, if I’m not mistaken is characterized as sleek, powerful and often misunderstood.  So I hope it is clear that the name does not necessarily follow the animal that represents each houses’ emblem.

I know that the fight for the House Cup between Ravenclaws and Slytherins is pretty tight but there is no need for name calling or insults.  I do have friends in Slytherin and I’m sure they will not tolerate such behavior as well.

Posted September 13, 2011 by kitpotter in Commentary

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Oh, Neville!   Leave a comment

One of my favorite characters is Neville Longbottom.  He’s one of those characters that has made huge transformation and made such an impact.  He’s the boy that almost became the chosen one and yet he made something out of himself in such a way that you will never even think about “what if” or “could have been.”

According to JK Rowling, during the Sorting Ceremony, Neville has requested to be placed in Hufflepuff.  He was intimidated by the reputation of Gryffindor that chooses bravery.  However, the Sorting Hat knew immediately and was determined to place Neville in Gryffindor.  Their silent battle went on for about four minutes, almost reaching a Hatstall.  But the Sorting Hat won and we couldn’t have been happier.

From the shy, unobtrusive boy who forgets everything, he went and became one of the Wizarding World’s hero.

Before and After

Professor Minerva McGonagall   4 comments

I have always deemed Professor McGonagall an ideal teacher.  She is strict but just.  She is also unbiased – except maybe when it comes to Quidditch and with good reason.  She is the teacher that you will definitely not like to cross but at the same time, you will have great and utmost respect for.  She is such an admirable person. When I read her whole life story, I am all the more amazed by her.  Aside from Professor Snape, who definitely was the most intriguing character in the story, I am always wondering about Professor McGonagall.  I remember that reading somewhere before about a question whether the professors were married, if they have children, and where they go during the holidays.  I have wondered the same thing about her and about the other professors as well.  Finally getting inside information on one of the characters that has a certain air of mystery in them was such a lovely treat. And I like the fact that it was told in several chapters.  It is just like reading a short story. I do wish that we also get information about the other professors in the succeeding books, especially about my Head of House, Professor Filius Flitwick.

I loved her especially in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  I remember having such a wonderful time reading her scenes where she always contradicts Dolores Umbridge.  She was the only professor that Umbridge could not find an actual fault.  Her sarcasm towards her was plain genius.

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, she was simply amazing! She stood up and fought with Professor Snape and performed extraordinary magic.  In the movie, the hairs on my back stood when she cast the spell to bring the statues to life to defend Hogwarts.

 

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The Sorting Ceremony   2 comments

I really dreaded this point in the beginning.  I was actually quite nervous.  I can now understand how Harry, Ron and Hermione must have felt when they put on the Sorting Hat.  It is scary how those few questions can gauge one’s personality.

So where did the Sorting Hat placed me?

Quite honestly, my first choice was Gryffindor and Ravenclaw is my second.  Upon reading the information about my house, I realized I do belong, quite rightly, in Ravenclaw.  I think I’ve always wanted to be Gryffindor because of Harry.  Just realizing now that Harry is Harry and I am who I am.

It says on the information that Ravenclaws are mostly eccentric and an oddity. Somehow that is how most people view me.  I have my nose stuck in a book at all times and the Library is my favorite place next to my bedroom.  I just love to read and learn everything. I remember my professor saying once that knowing a little something about everything will take you far.  I think I took that to heart.  And indeed, when I ask him anything, he always has an answer. Lastly, I could really relate a lot to Luna and Hermione (as she has a bit of the characteristics of a Ravenclaw).  I’ve experience those ostracisms just because people thought me intimidating – which really isn’t. I’m as sane as Luna, though my head is sometimes up in the clouds like her.  And like Hermione, if I don’t have the answer, I go to the Library – or nowadays, the Internet. Oh! And even if I am afraid of heights, I do like sleeping in a tower.  And Professor Flitwick has always been one of my favorite teachers – Charms!

So there! I’m a Proud Ravenclaw! ♥