Harry Potter And Sorcerer Stone By Rowling
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Harry Potter And Sorcerer Stone By Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone by J.K. Rowling is a children\'s novel
about a young boy, Harry Potter, and his adventures at Hogwarts, a school for
wizards and witches. The novel is filled with humorous tales of exciting
escapades in and around the school. There are many characters in the novel, and
they do not always get along well. They make fun of each other and judge each
other by a certain set of standards. Some of these standards include wealth,
intelligence, family and athletic ability. These are all superficial ways of
judging people. Being a children\'s author, Rowling shows her readers other, more
important ways of categorizing others through less apparent methods. These true
values that she emphasizes are judging others by their character and heart. The
false values by which children judge each other are more blatant in the novel
because they are illustrated through conversation instead of actions. The main
ways that they judge each other are: financial status, family background (Muggle
or wizard), house affiliation, intelligence and athletic ability. Almost every
character has some good values and some bad values in the novel. By illustrating
the characters with faults, Rowling makes them more realistic and believable.
The first skin deep value used to measure the status of a character is money.
Just as in the real world, some people have more money than others. One
character that seems to be very well off in the wizard world is Draco Malfoy. He
has all of the newest and nicest books and school supplies on the first day. His
owl is of the nicest breed. When the students receive mail at meals, Malfoy
frequently receives packages of goodies from his family and he is not humble
about it. He is quite a contrast to Ron Weasley and his family. Ron comes from a
poor family. Everything he brings to school with him seems to be a hand-me-down.
Ron says, "you never get anything new, either, with five brothers. I\'ve got
Bill\'s old robes, Charlie\'s old wand, and Percy\'s old rat." (p. 100).
Malfoy likes to use this weakness to make fun of Ron. He makes comments such as,
"What would you know about it, Weasley, you couldn\'t afford half the
handle" when Harry gets a new broom (p. 165). Later, when they run into
Hagrid, Malfoy says to Ron, "Are you trying to earn some extra money,
Weasley...that hut of Hagrid\'s must seem like a palace compared to what your
family\'s used to" (pp. 195-196). These are very cruel comments, but money
is not the only way that Malfoy judges others. Family background is the second
shortsighted way of judging people in the book. Whether a character comes from a
Muggle family, a pure Wizard family or a mix between the two seems to play an
important role in the book. For example, Draco Malfoy is from a pure Wizard
family and he takes great pride in it. He often judges others by this measure.
On the train to Hogwarts he says to Harry, "You\'ll soon find out some
wizarding families are much better than others, Potter. You don\'t want to go
making friends with the wrong sort." (p. 108). Harry has Wizard parents,
but he has lived with Muggles his whole life so he has no experience in wizardry
at all. Harry\'s friend, Hermione Granger, is from a pure Muggle family. For this
reason, Malfoy makes fun of her on more than one occasion. Ron is also from a
pure Wizard family, but he does not make fun of those who are not. There are
still other shallow ways of judging others. One of these ways is which house
each person belongs to. Each person is assigned to a house when they get to
Hogwarts. There is much competition between the houses, but the greatest
competition is between Gryffindor and Slytherin. When introducing the houses the
Sorting Hat says, "you might belong in Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at
heart, their daring, nerve, and chivalry set Gryffindor apart;... or perhaps in
Slytherin you\'ll make your real friends, those cunning folk use any means to
achieve their ends." (p. 118). Slytherin has a history of having its
members from pure Wizard families and of winning the House Cup many times. Draco
Malfoy is part of that house. However, it is not necessarily the best house.
There have also been a number of bad Wizards that belonged to that house.
Voldemort, a master at dark arts came from Slytherin. Gryffindor also has a good
reputation. On the train to Hogwarts hermione
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