On Blackfaces, Black Faces, and Black Pete

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A look at Dutch folklore and European history So, there has been some controversy on a certain folkloristic figure in the Netherlands for the past few years. What is the problem here? In 2011, an artist called Quinsy Gario accused the depiction of Black Pete to be racist. At some … Continue reading

Harry Potter and the Magic Way of Moving

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The other day the Reading Dutchwoman asked me a question while I was helping her move over to a new place: what would Harry do? In this specific case, I assumed it was about how would wizards handle something like moving out. So, I present to you my thoughts on … Continue reading

Harry Potter and the Stench of Decadence

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Before I start a rant about the moral deprecation and total abandonment of whatever values there are in this world, I must say that decadence does not entail the total downfall of a civilization. It still is rather glaring though that some wizards apparently take no heed of what they … Continue reading

Harry Potter and the Diagon Alley Deathtrap

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Diagon Alley is the main commercial centre for Wizards in the British Isles; a sort of national shopping mall, if you wish. It is a place obscured from view somewhere in the City of London. Mind you: the City of London, because Greater London was more like the neighbouring city … Continue reading

Harry Potter and Hogwarts’ Admittance Letters

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I find it quite odd how Hogwarts conducted their policy with regards to Harry Potter. If I understood chapter 3 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone correctly, the first time he got a letter it must be the 24th of July, when the other letters must have been sent … Continue reading

Harry Potter, Dudley Dursley, Money, and a ‘Brazilian’ Snake

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So, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry wakes up one day to realize Dudley Dursley gets to celebrate his 11th birthday. His older cousin outshines Harry in every aspect, first and foremost in a physical way. There are 37 presents awaiting little Duddikins. Even if you assume this … Continue reading

Harry Potter and the Lack of Social Services

Harry Potter and the Lack of Social Services

As can be read in the first few chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry is deposited at the doorstep of his aunt and uncle, Petunia and Vernon Dursley. Petunia Dursley and Lily Evans were sisters and therefore the Dursleys constitute the only living relatives of Harry Potter. … Continue reading

Harry Potter and the Lack of Wizards

Harry Potter and The Lack of Wizards

As I discussed the Fidelius and some other flaws extensively last time, let’s turn to a fresh topic: Harry Potter and the problem of population. I also want to say that I’ll use the wikia1 for my sourcing for lack of a better one. JK imagines the wizarding population to … Continue reading

De similitudine inter equites et homines potestate et virtute superiores

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[On the verisimilitude between knights and superheroes] Fear not, dear reader, you shall not have to painfully translate every word via Google Translate or a Latin dictionary, this article will continue in English. No, what will be really discussed here is the verisimilitude between literary chivalric knights and superheroes. Why … Continue reading

Harry Potter and the First Plothole Continues

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So on with the next part: last time we found out that a half-giant with little to no magical expertise could break through the Fidelius Charm of a heavily protected house to retrieve a one year-old child, which came to be regarded as the saviour of the world later on … Continue reading