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Harry Potter - Character introduction

Skrevet av Soraki den 2 mai 2010 klokken 21:52

Dette var en liten stil jeg skrev i forbindelse med ett bokprosjekt der hele klassen leste Harry Potter og De Vises Stein - på engelsk. Jeg, som har lest boka opptil 6/7 ganger tidligere hadde ingen problemer med denne stilen der jeg presenterer to av hovedpersonene.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first part of one of the world's most selling book series. In this first book we, the readers, get introduced to a huge cast of colourful, independent and exciting characters. Every one of them has their own story, their own problems and concerns. Some of the characters play a bigger role than others in this book, while others will have their time to shine later. I've chosen to introduce a two of the biggest perhaps not in this book, but throughout the entire series.

Albus Dumbledore

His full name being Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, professor Dumbledore is the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In the magic society he is reckoned to be the most powerful wizard of all times. Rumour says he's the only person Voldemort has ever feared.

In the first book Dumbledore appears to be kind, goodhearted and a little eccentric. He can say the most unpredictable things, he often talks about his new favourite candy amongst fellow teachers, leaving them fussed. I believe this is his own way of psychologically making people calm down. Like in the beginning of the book, where Deputy Headmistress Minerva McGonagall is overexcited about wanting to know more about Voldemort's defeat Dumbledore asks if she wants a sherbet lemon. Throughout the book he is only seen a few times but in the later books he plays a much bigger role.

When Dumbledore meets Harry in the room where the mirror Erised was formerly positioned Harry asks him: "What do you see when you look in the mirror?" Dumbledore quickly answers: "I? I see myself holding a pair of thick woollen socks." Later this is known to be a lie, what he really sees is the same thing as Harry, his family reunited. As a child Albus had a little sister and a brother, living together with their parents, but the family was split apart by great tragedy. His father was sent to prison, his mother died and his younger sister died in an accident where Albus wasn't sure whose curse was to blame, so for the rest of his life he felt guilty.

Though being "a bit mad" as Percy put it during Harry's first night at Hogwarts Dumledore is a brilliant wizard and known for many of his achievements throughout magic history, he has several times been offered the role of Minister of Magic but refused. He is probably best known for "his defeat of the dark wizard Grindelwald, for the discovery of the twelve uses of dragon's blood and his work on alchemy with his partner, Nicolas Flames" (quoted from the back of his Chocolate frog card). Dumbledore became over 115 years old when he finally died as a result of the Murder curse during the sixth book.


Severus Snape

In the first book, Harry believes that Snape is the one trying to steal the Philosopher's Stone and hand it to Voldemort, but he is later proven very wrong when it actually turns out that he is the one who has protected Harry and the Stone throughout the whole year. His character is clouded in mystery pretty much throughout the entire series, where neither the reader, nor most of the other characters in the book knows his true purpose.
He is described as a tall and pale man with greasy, black, shoulder-length hair and a crooked nose. He is rather unlikable to his students, which in return hates him.

He teaches "the subtle science and exact art of potion-making", while most people know he has desired the job as teacher for the Defence Against the Dark Arts for many years. Snape is known for his calculating and sarcastic behaviour and Harry often falls victim for his insults, because the two of them hate each other.

In the later books Snape's despise for Harry is revealed to descend from the simple fact that Harry's father and his friends bullied Severus when they went to school together, and the fact that he "stole" the love of his life.
In the final book in the series, Deathly Hallows, a whole chapter is dedicated to Snape's memories. In this chapter it is revealed that Snape as a boy grew up in the same neighbourhood as Harry's mother. He reached out to her, realizing that she had magic powers too. At first he was rejected, but when Lily received her letter from Hogwarts, the two of them became friends. Looking forward to going to school, they ended up in different houses, Snape in Slytherin and Lily in Gryffindor. The rumour says that everyone who ends up in Slytherin will turn out an "evil wizard". Unfortunately for Snape he ended up as friends with some pretty mean students, a group who later went under the name "Death Eaters". Lily dislikes his new friends and they split further and further apart. Finally, when Snape accidently calls her a mudblood, a curse word used about those with no magical family, the friendship comes to a tragic end.
His love for Lily later became an obsession and through his work for Dumbledore he served the one purpose of protecting her son and memory.
As Snape's tragic life is revealed, the reader can't help but shedding a few tears for his bravery and admiring him for standing strong after everything he had gone through.

Harry, in the epilogue of "the Deathly Hallows" called his son Albus Severus to honour these two men's memory and tells his son that Snape "was probably the bravest man he ever knew".

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