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Thanks for visiting my blog. Sorry I haven’t posted in over two months…..I’ve had SUCH a busy summer! But don’t worry, I’m working on Part two of my Triwizard Tournament post…..And remember, this blog does have spoilers, so if your reading the books, check the top of the post for the Spoil-o-meter!

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The Triwizard Tournament -Part Two

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Hey everyone-

My apologies for not posting for such a long time. I’ve had an incredibly busy summer. Also I’m on the lookout for new Narnia topics, if you have suggestions please comment!

Before you read this post, make sure you read the post preceding this one, titled The Triwizard Tournament -Part One. This is the second part in my Triwizard Tournament posts.

Like promised in part one, I will be focusing on the champions, the tasks, and what the champions do to prepare for them.

Here’s some info on the champions:

Harry Potter was one of two Hogwarts champions, although it is strictly against the rules. However, because the Goblet of Fire chose his name, they had to go along with it. I’m not going to write all that much about him, because if you’re reading this blog, you probably know who Harry is. Harry James Potter was the first and only son born to James and Lily Potter. When his parents were killed by Lord Voldemort, he went to live with his no-good aunt, uncle, and cousin: the Dursleys. His Aunt Petunia was Lily’s sister. He played on the Gryffindor Quittitch team as Seeker and captain for a few years.

Cedric Diggory was the first Hogwarts champion chosen to represent the school. Cedric put his name in the Goblet of Fire in his sixth year. During his years at Hogwarts, he served as a prefect,  Hufflepuff Quittitch team captain and Seeker. Although he was overshadowed with the press by Harry (because of Harry’s age), he got a lot of support from the school, because they were mad at Harry for putting his name in the cup (which he didn’t).

Fleur Delacour was the Beauxbatons champion. She was a part-Veela, and later went on to marry Bill Weasley, Ron’s older brother. Fleur’s grandmother was a Veela, (she is the person who gave Fleur and her sister the ‘beauty and charm’) and her father was a wizard (where she got her magical ability). During the Wand Weighing Ceremony, Fleur’s wand was pronounced ‘inflexible,’ which would have made it into the Daily Prophet, however young Harry Potter was the ‘main attraction.’ She was only noted in the last sentence, and her name was spelled wrong.

Viktor Krum was the Durstrang Institute champion. At the time of the Triwizard Tournament, Viktor Krum was the Seeker for the Bulgarian National Quittich team. During his time at Hogwarts, he fell in love with Hermione  Granger, and she accompanied him to the Yule Ball.

Now that you know all about the champions of the Triwizard Tournament, what were the three events that took place?

The first of the three events in the Tournament was pretty insane. Champions must, one at a time, retrieve a golden egg….guarded by a dragon. Champions chose their dragon by pulling out a tiny replica from a bag. Big surprise that Harry got the fiercest dragon, the Hungarian Horntail, huh? After the first task, Harry was tied for first with Viktor. Harry summoned his Firebolt (broomstick) and, with his amazing Qudditch skills, retrieved the egg.

The second event of the Tournament was underwater. Champions, with the aid of their wand and whatever they brought with them, had to retrieve something stolen from them, in this case, a person. Harry’s was Ron, Viktor’s Hermione, Fleur’s, Gabrielle (sister), and Cedric’s, Cho Chang (girlfriend). The champions had one hour to retrieve their person from the Black Lake, infested with fierce creatures. Harry arrived to the people first, but instead of just taking Ron and going (Hermione’s his friend too, right?) he waited to make sure everyone got saved safely. Cedric came next, and took Cho. Viktor Hermione. Hence realizing that Fleur was out of the competition, Harry took it upon himself to save both Ron and Gabrielle, not knowing that she would be saved either way. Because of this, Harry was awarded second place, with 45 points. Cedric 47, Viktor 40, and Fleur with 25. Harry’s strategy was using Gillyweed, given to him by Dobby the elf (read my elf post to learn more about him!) to grow temporary gills and flippers.

The Triwizard Tournament -Part One

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In the fourth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the story focuses on the Triwizard Tournament. The Triwizard Tournament is a magical contest between three wizarding schools in Europe: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Durmstrang Institute, and Beauxbatons Academy of Magic. Before I tell you all the details of the Triwizard Tournament, here’s some information on the schools themselves:

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Well, you probably already know a lot about it, as that is the setting for most of the series, but I’ll tell you about it anyway. Hogwarts is a boarding school in Scotland. I cannot tell you exactly where it is, because it’s is protected by endless numbers of the most power spells imaginable. These spells can only be lifted by the Headmaster, and if they are lifted they can only be lifted temporarily. The students at Hogwarts are separated into four houses: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff, but I’ll tell you more about those in a future post. Hogwarts was founded by: Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Helga Hufflepuff, and Rowena Ravenclaw.

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Durmstrang Institute for Magical Learning is located in the northern parts of Norway, and is for guys only. It was founded by Anselm Hrochson in 1003 A.D. Students at Durmstrang Institute are separated into four different Halls: Stärke, Prägen, Unverwandt, and Erreichen. Unlike Hogwarts, the halls are named for characteristics of the students who belong to that hall. Durmstrang Institute has had many headmasters, but it’s most famous, by far, is Igor Karkaroff. He made several mistakes during his years at the Institute, so when he ‘disappeared,’ the students and professors cheered.

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Beauxbatons Academy of Magic is located near the city of Cannes in southern France, and is strictly a girls only school. The Headmaster, like Hagrid, is half giant, though she denies it. Unlike Hogwarts and Durmstrang, which are both castles, Beauxbatons is a palace, however, like Hogwarts, it is Unplottable, so no Muggle or wizard from any rivaling school can find it. In addition, if you are from the school, it is disguised so that no one can see it unless they know how to look for it. Ladies attending Beauxbatons dress in a light blue silk uniform.

So, here is some information on the tournament itself:

The first Triwizard Tournament was held in about 1294. It is designed to test the champions’ (one champion per school) magical ability, intelligence, and courage, most often judged by the Headmasters or Headmistresses of the three competing schools. The prize of the competition, is a monetary prize and the Triwizard Cup. Now, you may be wondering, ‘how are the champions chosen?’ Well, those wizards and witches that want to be their school’s champion put their name on a slip of paper and drop it into the Goblet of Fire, however, there is an age limit to how old you have to be. Students 17 (that is when they are ‘of age’ in the wizarding world, as opposed to 18 in our world) and up can put their name into the goblet. Professor Dumbledore put a magic ring around the goblet to prevent underage students from putting their names into the goblet, however, someone of age can put your name in, and the goblet won’t know the difference, put it is strictly forbidden. When it is time, the goblet shoots out the names of one person from each school, and they are the schools’ champions.

The Triwizard Tournament is such a huge topic. It is basically the whole fourth book, and I cannot fit everything into one post. My next post will be on the champions and the three events in the tournament, and how the champions prepared for them.

From reading this post, which school would you want to attend? Remember, Beauxbatons Academy of Magic is for girls only, and Durstrang Institute is only for guys.

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House Elves

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House elves play a large role in the Harry Potter books. For example, Dobby saves Harry Potter and his friends in the seventh book when he and his friends were captured. There are three elves in particular that I am going to talk about, but first, here is some general information you should know about house elves:

House elves are magical creatures in the Wizarding World whose loyalty belongs to their master. They serve both wizards and witches, and they must do everything their master tells them to do. They are very devoted to their masters, because that is how house elves are, but if they don’t like what their master is doing, they might sneak information about what they are doing to people who need to know. However, if they do this, or anything bad that goes against their masters orders, they beat themselves up. For example, when Dobby the house elf sneaked into Harry’s house, he ironed his own skin as a punishment. They also love to work. When Hermione Granger tried to put together a club for freeing house elves, Harry and Ron tried to tell her that they like to work, and that she didn’t need to make the club. House elves live to work, and they love to. House elves are loyal to their masters forever, unless they are freed by their masters. They can only be freed if their master gives them a piece of clothing.

Dobby the house elf, my personal favorite, was the house elf belonging to Lucious Malfoy and his family. Dobby didn’t like his masters, so, when he got the chance, he told Harry of what was happening, with punishment, of course. After being freed by trickery, and Harry’s help, Dobby went to work at Hogwarts. He got one day off a month, and was paid. At this point, Dobby had no true master, so he could call anyone what ever he wanted, and didn’t feel guilty about it. For example, Albus Dumbledore once told him that he could call him a barmy old codger, if he liked, but of course Dobby didn’t.250px-DobbyDH

Kreacher was the house elf of the Black family, Sirius’s family, who was extremely loyal to his masters, until he was left to Harry by Sirius. He was very fond of his mistress, Walburga Black, and after she died he did very little- if any- housework. He was a fantastic cook, and he was known for his French Onion soup.

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Winky was the house elf belonging to the Crouch family. She was very loyal to them, especially Barty Crouch Jr, whom she took care of while he was under the Imperius Curse. In the books, we first meet Winky at the Quidditch World Cup in book four, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. She was blamed of casting the Dark Mark, and was promptly fired by Crouch Sr. She became  ashamed and depressed, even after she started working at Hogwarts in the kitchen with Dobby.

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Whose your favorite elf out of these?

Comment to reply!

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Harry Potter and Narnia Characters

So, we know who the main characters of the Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia books are, but who plays the characters in the movie? Here they are.

Note: Some of the links may have book spoilers! Read at your own risk!

High King Peter Pevensie is played by William Moseley. At the end of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, he is portrayed as an adult by Noah Huntley.arts-graphics-2008_1129278a

Queen Susan Pevensie is played by Anna Popplewell. At the end of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, she is portrayed as an adult by Sophia Winkleman.

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King Edmund Pevensie is played by Skandar Keynes. At the end of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, he is portrayed as an adult by Mark Wells.

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Queen Lucy Pevensie is played by Georgie Henley. At the end of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, she is portrayed as a young adult by her sister, Rachel Henley.

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Harry Potter is played by Daniel Radcliffe.

Hermione Granger is played by Emma Watson.

Ron Weasley is played by Rupert Gringe.

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The Swords of Gryffindor and King Peter

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Godric Gryffindor’s and High King Peter’s swords are pretty much the two most important swords in both the Harry Potter and the Narnia series. It’s pretty obvious who they belong to, but here’s a bit more information of them:

Godric Gryffindor was one of the four original founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He founded the Gryffindor House. He used to be good friends with Salazar Slytherin, until he thought that they shouldn’t allow any Muggle-born wizards in the school, and Gryffindor opposed. He was born in Godric’s Hollow, which was named for him. It was not called Godric’s Hollow when Godric Gryffidor was born though. The reason that the lion is the Gryffidor house symbol is because the lion was Godric’s own family crest. It is unknown when Godric Gryffindor died.

High King Peter Pevensie of Narnia was the oldest of the Pevensie children. At the end of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Aslan the Lion (for more info on him, check out my Aslan post!) named all four children kings and queens of Narnia, but he named Peter the High King, because he was the oldest of the four. He and his siblings reigned for many many years in Narnia, (those stories are told in The Horse and His Boy” and even though in Prince Caspian he and Susan were told by Aslan that they weren’t coming back, he was still considered the High King of Narnia.

Each of these two very important characters have their own sword. Here’s some more information on them:

Godric Gryffindor’s sword was goblin made, so it was extremely strong, valuable, and durable. It had a silver blade with rubies the size of an egg. The words Godric Gryffindor were engraved below the hilt. Along with the sword, the Sorting Hat also belonged to Gryffindor. The Sword was made by a goblin named Ragnuk the First. The goblins claimed that Godric Gryffindor stole the sword from them as goblins do not like it when wizards and witches have their work, because they think it belongs to themselves. They believe that once the purchaser of the item dies, it should be returned to the goblin who made it. The sword was said to come to the aid of any true Gryffindor that needed it, as shown in the second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, when Harry was saving Ginny.Screen shot 2011-03-31 at 1.03.09 PM

Rhindon was the name of High King Peter’s sword, given to him by Father Christmas in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. With it, Peter fought many people, including the White Witch, and her head wolf, Maugrim, whom he slayed. Peter also used it in his fight with Miraz in The Dawn Treader. It’s hilt was made of gold, and was the perfect size and weight for Peter. It had a lion pommel (a knob at the end of a sword or dagger) made of gold and Engraved just above the hilt on one side of the blade were the words “When Aslan bares his teeth, winter meets it’s death” and on the other side of the blade, “When He Shakes His Mane, We Shall Have Spring Again.” It also said his name on it. Screen shot 2011-03-31 at 1.00.58 PMWhich would you rather have? Comment to reply!

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Horcruxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Horcruxes are great examples of dark magic. They  were first introduced in the Harry Potter series, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth book, although they appeared in books before the sixth. The Potions professor, Professor Horace Slughorn, gave Professor Dumbledore a memory (although Slughorn modified it, because he didn’t want to recall the real memory) of Tom Riddle, soon to be Lord Voldemort, (see White Witch vs. Lord Voldemort for more info about Riddle) asking him what a Horcrux was. Slughorn was very surprised that he asked this, because Tom was ‘such a good student.’ A Horcrux can be an animate or inanimate object, and even though Horcruxes are extremely dangerous to make anyway, making them with an inanimate object is safer than with a living organism, because the living organism can move, think, and talk for itself. Basically, you kill a person, which gives you the ability (with the help of a special spell, which J.K. Rowlings does not specify in her books) to split your soul in a dark way. The piece of soul goes into the animate or inanimate object, and stays there until it is destroyed, or taken back from it’s creator. Voldemort split his soul into seven different Horcruxes, because he thought that this would make him ‘immortal.’ The seven different Horcruxes are:

Tom Riddle’s Diary, in possession of Lucius Malfoy, later given to Ginny Weasley, and eventually found and destroyed by Harry in book two, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, with a basilisk fang. This Horcrux was created with the death of Moaning Myrtle.

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Marvelo Gaunt’s Ring, hidden in the Gaunt Shack, found and destroyed by Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by Godric Gryffindor’s sword. This Horcrux was created with the death of Tom Riddle Senior. Note: This Horcrux doubles as one of the Deathly Hallows.

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Salazar Slytherin’s Locket, hidden in a cave, later moved to 12 Grimmauld Place, stolen by Mundungus Fletcher and given to Dolores Umbridge in a bribe, found by Hermione and destroyed by Ron in book seven, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with Godric Gryffindor’s sword. This Horcrux was created with the death of a Muggle tramp.

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Helga Hufflepuff’s cup, found by Harry, Hermione, and Ron, in the Lestrange family vault at Gringotts Wizarding Bank, destroyed by Hermione, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with a basilisk fang. This Horcrux was created with the death of Hepzibah Smith.

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Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem, found by Harry, Ron, and Hermione, in the Room of Requirement in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, accidentally destroyed by Vincent Crabbe in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with Fiedfyre. This Horcrux was created with the death of an Albanian peasant.

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Harry Potter himself, (part of his soul) destroyed (not Harry, but the Horcrux) by Voldemort before he knew that Harry was actually a Horcrux, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Voldemort’s wand. This Horcrux was created with the death of Lord Voldemort. (It was possible, because that part of Voldemort’s soul was killed, but he still had other Horcruxes so that he wouldn’t die.)

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Voldemort’s snake, Nagini,  was always at Voldemort’s side after the cup was was stolen, so that Nagini (and Voldemort) wouldn’t die. It was destroyed by Neville Longbottom, in the entrance of Hogwarts school, beheaded with Godric Gryffindor’s sword. This Horcrux was made with the death of Bertha Jorkins. 150px-Serp

If you could make a Horcrux, what would you make it out of? Why?

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White Witch vs. Lord Voldemort

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The White Witch….versus Lord Voldemort…..who do you think is worse?

Jadis, the White Witch, was the ruler of Narnia during the hundred year winter. She made sure there was no spring, summer, or autumn. Some of you may not know, but people and creatures in Narnia lived longer than real people, like the Pevensies. The funny thing is, that the only true Narnians, are the creatures. For example, Peter Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are real people. The Telmarines came from Telmar, and before came from our world. Many Narnians said that Narnia wasn’t in it’s right place unless a son of Adam or daughter of Eve ruled. The White Witch had a wand with which she turned people and creatures into stone. In the courtyard of her castle, there were endless numbers of stone Narnians, like lions, fauns, foxes, and many other creatures. She had dwarfs as her servants, and they did whatever they were told to do, by Jadis. In the first book C.S. Lewis wrote in the series, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Edmund came across the White Witch. When she heard that there were four kids, including Edmund, and that they were two girls and two boys, the rightful kings and queens of Narnia, as the prophecy foretold,  she coaxed him into bringing them to her, so she could “meet” them. What she really wanted to do was kill them, so she could continue reigning.

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Tom Marvolo Riddle, later known as Lord  Voldemort, was the darkest ‘dark wizard’ known to witch and wizard. He had a large group of followers, called ‘Death Eaters,’ that he ordered around, killing people, and doing as he wished. Two examples of his Death Eaters, are Draco and Lucius Malfoy. When ‘He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’ got a new Death Eater, the witch or wizard would get what was called the ‘Dark Mark.’ The Dark Mark was what the Death Eaters used to communicate with each other. When they pressed the tip of their wand to the mark, it would summon the others, and Voldemort. When Harry Potter was born, one of his faithful Death Eaters, Severus Snape, heard a prophecy saying how a boy born that year in July (who Voldemort thought was Harry), or Voldemort, would have to die for the other to live. So, since Voldemort wanted to live, he went to Harry’s house and killed his parents. Harry didn’t die because of some ‘Dark Magic’ that his mother preformed. Voldemort was scared of dying, so he made Horcruxes (I’ll talk about those in my next post). To make a Horcrux, you have to kill someone. Long story short, Voldemort started killing people for his Horcruxes, and kinda became addicted.

Although both were trying to kill certain people to save their own lives (Voldemort-Harry, White Witch-Pevensie kids), I think that Voldemort is worse, because of all the death he caused. The people that were turned into stone by the White Witch were revived when Aslan breathed on them, so technically they were never dead but they were in something similar to a coma.

So, who do you think is more evil? Comment to reply!

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Centaurs

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Centaurs are from both Narnia and the Wizarding World. You may have heard of centaurs in myths or legends. Centaurs are one of those animals that are basically the same in every story, because they weren’t created by the author. Centaurs have the upper body of a human, but the rest of them is a bit strange. What would be their legs, is a horse’s body, and they have a horse’s ears!

As you can see, Centaurs have the upper body of a human, lower body of a horse, and ears of a horse

As you can see, Centaurs have the upper body of a human, lower body of a horse, and ears of a horse

In the Harry Potter books, one of Hogwart’s Divination professors was a centaur, because Professor Umbridge fired Sybil Trelawny. His name was Firenze. With him, the students studied the stars and skies, because as a centaur, that is your job, and part of Divination class is studying the stars.

In The Chronicles of Narnia books, centaurs are Narnian creatures. Like the Harry Potter centaurs, they study the stars and skies, because it is theirs to watch. Narnian centaurs look a bit different than Harry Potter centaurs, especially in the face. Centaurs from Narnia have faces that look more like a humans, but ears of a horse. Harry Potter centaurs have faces that look more like a werewolves, with ears like a horses.

This is a picture of Glenstorm, the Centaur. He is the head centaur in the Chronicles of Narnia.

This is a picture of Glenstorm, the Centaur. He is the head centaur in the Chronicles of Narnia.

This is a picture of Firenze the centaur. He is one of two Divination professors in the Harry Potter books.

This is a picture of Firenze the centaur. He is one of two Divination professors in the Harry Potter books.

As you can see, both “species” of centaurs have similarities and differences.

So which kind of Centaur do you like better? Narnian? Or Wizarding World? Comment to reply!

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