For this month’s MINP, I made an instagram account for Severus Snape, a character from the Harry Potter series. So far, I posted five pictures that I thought meant a lot to him. The first picture that I posted was a picture of 7 potion bottles that were mentioned throughout the series. One example is of the polyjuice potion. The polyjuice potion played a major role in a few books, since it does perform the useful task of turning into someone else. The second picture I posted was of a green eye, resembling Lilly Evans/Potter’s. In the last book, a few of Snape’s memories were shared with Harry, including multiple of him and Harry’s mother, Lilly. Snape fell in love with Lilly at a young age, and was heartbroken after she wedded James Potter. However, this didn’t modify his love for her as when Dumbledore made him vow to take care of Harry, Lilly’s son, he unhesitantly agreed. Lilly and Harry’s green eyes are mentioned and noticed a lot by Snape. The third thing that I posted was a picture of his patronus. This also relates to Lilly since they both have the same animal as their patronus; a doe. The fourth picture is text that says, “This book is the property of the Half Blood Prince.” Snape played a great role in the 6th book, The Half Blood Prince as the Half Blood Prince is unveiled as Snape. The last thing that I posted was a picture of the Defence Against the Dark Arts textbook. During 5 of the books, Snape shows a strong passion for becoming the teacher of the Defence Against the Dark Arts course, but is restricted by Dumbledore to do so.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter. UK: Bloomsbury, print
After reading both the Harry Potter series and the Divergent series, I found many similarities between the theme, the characters, and the setting. I found the main character of Harry Potter, Harry, and the main character of the Divergent series, Tris, very similar. They both have a symbol that most represents them and the hardships that they have been through, Harry – the lightning scar on his forehead symbolizes how Voldemort killed his parents and attempted to kill him, while Tris has the three bird tattoos that identifies her bravery, because of the fears that she’s overcome throughout her life. Both Harry Potter and Divergent’s settings are also pretty harsh. I wouldn’t like to find myself someday in their dystopian world. While Harry Potter’s location in the first few books are mild, I would absolutely not want to be involved in a scene where there is a battle against Death Eaters. On the other hand, I would never want to wake up in Tris’ society where people are sorted and are indirectly threatened to be kicked out of the groups they thought they belonged to. Lastly, I found that both books had a lot to do with hurt and betrayal. Expectedly, people feel betrayed and hurt a lot in daily lives, but Harry and Tris have both felt misery from people they or their relatives are close to. For example, Harry’s parents both died because of how Peter Pettigrew, one of James Potter’s childhood best friend disclosed their hiding spot to Lord Voldemort. He then also accused Sirius Black of supposedly revealing their hiding spot. In Tris’ case, her own brother betrayed her for a cause that he didn’t know was true or not. He took Erudite’s side, against his own sibling that he knew for his entire life.