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This year’s coveted Harry Potter calendar* is making its way into stores… When the autumn term draws to a close, make sure you have this Hogwarts advent calendar on-hand to start the Christmas countdown in wizarding style Fill the drawers with all kinds of treats – this will be a Christmas tradition you can continue for years to come!
Advent Calendar £16
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Amazon UK - LEGO 75957 Harry Potter Knight Bus Toy, Triple-decker Collectible Set with Minifigures - Now: £19.99By Dumbledore
Give your young witch or wizard the ride of their life aboard the Harry Potter LEGO Knight Bus. When kids catch the purple triple-decker bus, they know they are in for a wild ride back to Hogwarts.
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With a hinged side panel for easy access to the interior and a removable roof to reveal the upper deck, this magical bus is bursting with play potential. Once Harry’s trunk has been loaded, itis time to hold tight. As the knight bus races away, swerving around corners and bouncing over bumps, kids will love how the bed slides back and forth and the chandelier swings from the ceiling. The knight bus toy playset comes with three minifigures and plenty of fun accessories to transport wizards, witches and Muggles alike to a world of imaginative play.
The knight bus measures over 6 Inch (16 cm) high, 6 Inch (16 cm) long and 2 Inch (6 cm) wide.
Contains 403 pieces.
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I suppose I should have put this under the Daily Prophet category because the title sounds like one Rita Skeeter would write. But its too late now, so I am just going to dive in.
I think that readers who view his character have polar opposite opinions on him. Either 1, he is a bad-boy dreamboat, and they want him to fall in love with their little hearts because of his smirk and his raw good looks. Or, on the total other hand, he is a death eater, and truly a terrible persona and he didn't really deserve a redemtion arc.
Of course, that is dramatizing both ends of the spectrum of Draco Malfoy. What we have to consider is the facts, which we can see in the books.
Draco was defenitely manipulated and groomed for Slytherin- and beyond. Lucius Malfoy was not a good father. It think that is easy to be seen. He fed his son his own opinions and views from the day he was born. His son grew up hearing racial slurs such as "mudblood" and talk about how muggle-born witches were inferior to pure-blood witches and wizards. Draco grew up being told that he had to get into Slytherin- and we can only assume that any other house would have been a disgrace to the family, as he was the only child of the Malfoy's. Draco grew up being told by his family who he was meant to be, what he was meant to be, how he was supposed to act, etc.
However, that is no excuse for his behavior. We learn from our parents, yes, even if they teach us the wrong lesson, but as a person you also have to do the right thing- even if it isn't right in his parents view. A great example of this is Sirius. Sirius came from the same kind of household as Draco did- but he was different. He didn't like their ideology and loved what his friends in Hogwarts talked about and how they acted. All other parts of Sirius aside, he did the right thing. Draco did not. Granted he was around people of the same ideology of him in Slytherin, he did not have to have the same ideology as they did. Draco was a bully. He bullied Harry relentlessly, along with other students. He was not a nice guy. He tried to get Hagrid sacked from his job countless times. He always made drama for Harry in the press, in the school, with gossip, he was racist towards Hermione, etc.
So here we are at a crossroads with his character- He went out of his way to be nasty, but he had also been groomed from Birth to be this person. So we are faced with the question- does he deserve to have a redemption arc (not that it is truly up to us to decide, but lets just see where this question goes)?
Draco didn't kill Dumbledore. He couldn't do it, he tried for the entire year (and ultimately failed because of all the half-attempts), but when he came face-to-face with Dumbledore, where it would have been easy to kill him. He could not kill him. That's the truth. Severus Snape had to do it, despite that this was the plan from Dumbledore- that doesn't really matter too much. Draco doesn't want to be where he is, he doesn't want to be a death eater, but there is no other way for him to have his family safe, and not taint the family name.
And Draco didn't want Harry dead. It's pretty imaginable that Draco knew that was a real possibility, but he didn't want Harry dead. Draco lied when he couldn't tell if it was Harry or not, with the charm on Harry's face making him all puffy and swollen. He could have been rid of his life-long rival, but he didn't. Draco even stopped Crabbe from firing a curse that would kill Harry.
So this may leave you confused now- do we like Draco, or not?
I think Draco deserved a redemption arc. He was forced to be a certain kind of person by his parents, and he conformed to that role. However, he did that willingly, and he could have not conformed to the role. He could have not acted the way he was supposed to, and he could have been a better person.
So my answer- kinda.
Harry Potter 8 Film 4K UHD Collection from Zavvi UK £80.99
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: The magical adventure begins when Harry Potter is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Cars fly, trees attack and a mysterious house-elf warns Harry of great danger as he returns for his second year.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Harry must confront soul-sucking Dementors, outsmart a werewolf and learn the truth about the escaped prisoner of Azkaban – Sirius Black.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry must overcome a deadly dragon, fierce water demons and an enchanted maze only to find himself in the cruel grasp of He Who Must Not Be Named.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: When few believe that Lord Voldemort has returned, Harry must secretly train his friends for the wizarding war ahead.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: As Lord Voldemort tightens his grip on both Muggle and wizarding worlds, Harry and Dumbledore work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses.
YEAR 7 – Part 1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Harry, Ron and Hermione set out to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s power – the Horcruxes. The three must rely on one another more than ever...but Dark Forces threaten to tear them apart.
YEAR 7 – Part 2
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.
Includes the complete 8-Part Documentary Series ‘Creating the World of Harry Potter’.
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I come from the UK we have Houses within everyday school (though they were called forms) . Forms where based of who you were friends with rather than academics and made mornings at least a little more bearable. They are used for school activities such as sports ( but not PE) and for taking attendance etc.
But to only stick to you form class would be a bad idea take Neville and Harry. Harry is much better at Defence against the dark arts and Neville is much better at herbology..... why are they in the same class for everything? Wouldn't it make more sense after first year to set them into two classes as we know that there are at least two of every class of the main subjects?
The most glaring problem in reality is that they are stuck in there house... we grow as people an as we get older our priority changes. I can imagine a lot of young boys believing that Bravery is the most important thing growing to release loyat or ambition is better. Is it fair to categorise people at such a young age. Within the book you see that often people of the same houses stick together during adulthood and so it could have real life consequence (as real as a book).
What are your thought? What would you do instead?