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Delve into my mind, the mind of a Harry Potter-obsessed young woman, and read the conversations which I have had with Harry Potter characters. Find out why the chicken had to go to the bathroom and all those weird things that Jo forgot to mention.

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J.K. Rowling has placed a series of clues in the “Harry Potter” series to show the reader that Severus Snape is not a traitor to the Light; he is, in fact, one of the most dedicated to the cause. This essay will outline the clues from the text to prove that the “greasy git” can also be called “Dumbledore’s man through and through.” It will attempt to show that the scene on the Astronomy tower should not be taken at face value-- Dumbledore’s death by Snape was a planned collaboration between the headmaster and the spy.

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S.S. loves L.E. by JoTwo

A discussion of all the evidence within and outside the books that supports the theory that Severus Snape loved Lily Evans.

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A must-read for fan fic writers interested in accurately depicting Hagrid's dialect.

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Hermione's written an essay as her Advanced DADA project. Is Lycanthropy hereditary? If so, what are the odds of the baby inheriting its parent's curse? And should werewolves be allowed to have children? With her usual precision, Hermione looks into the problem. A Back to School challenge response.

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The purpose of this essay is to examine Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as presented to us in the writings of J.K. Rowling, within the context and traditions of the British 'Public Schools.'

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A very important treatise for writers of Next Generation fics. Discusses the ages of all the Next Gen characters, with implications for their interactions, including ships.

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It is a well known fact that Hermione used a time turner in her third year, however how much she aged from it is debatable. Here is a reasonable answer, using the books, math, and other reliable sources in order to get it. Slightly edited

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An analysis why Snape's Worst Memory does not preclude Snape being in love with Harry's Mum.

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The two-cent Knut, and other contemplations on the value of Wizarding money. Includes conversion tables, commentary & quotes from the first 6 books.

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Is Snape evil? I don't think so. Apart from it being an awful letdown, it would also mean that JKR is a sloppy writer. Is Snape good? Well, he has just cast an Unforgivable Curse, and we all know what that does to your soul, so far from me to go and claim he's all sweet and nice and so misunderstood. But maybe he needn't be either of those. Here is my theory for Snape's behaviour in HBP, in a long (but hopefully not dry) essay with plenty of canon reference :-).

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Why there are no excuses for how MWPP behaved during SWM

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Family Ties by AuthorByNight

An exploration of the various factors when writing about a canon character's family.

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Head, Heart, Hand by Erebus

J.K. Rowling once said that Harry needs Hermione badly. This is undoubtedly true. But Harry also needs Ron. The Trio often work as a single united whole. However, just as your head, hand and heart don't draw lots on whose turn it is to pump the blood today, the members of the Trio don't just do things willy-nilly. An essay on Trio dynamic.

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Come On Eileen by JoTwo

Everything you wanted to know about Eileen Prince ... but were afraid to ask.

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The Knave of Spades by Yamato

Some thoughts about Draco’s character development in HBP and some speculating about his role in the final book. Spoilers ahead, do not read this if you haven’t finished HBP.

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Why I think Rowling is working a little too hard to make us distrust Snape.

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Ever wonder what a Dark Art was? Ever wonder why they were Dark? I did, so I theorized. Take a look at my ponderings and contemplate the Dark Arts.

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A look at the Lily/Petunia relationship from Petunia's point of view.

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What's My Line? by JoTwo

Discussion about what the occupation of Harry's parents might have been.

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A brief survey of the reasons behind the House points system at Hogwarts.

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A look at how magic functions within the Potterverse, with specific focus on Sectumsempra and Crucio.

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There's an old playwright's adage about the gun on the mantlepiece. If you show people the gun on the mantlepiece in Act One, then you have to have the safety catch come off in Act Two and fire it in Act Three. Draco Malfoy's the Harry Potter gun.

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A deeply analytical essay on the most powerful wizard in the world, written Pre-HBP.

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An analysis of the Dumbledore Murder plot in HBP, in terms of Draco Malfoy's character development.

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Have you ever truly looked at Trelawney's predictions? Not just the two prophecies, but the ones she tosses off in class? Would it amaze you to discover they are true?

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Crossing Rides by animeluvr8

Some of us Harry Potter fans have a bit of a problem. It’s not a large problem necessarily. Not life threatening, but it does cause dilemma for many. The problem interferers with fan fiction reading and writing for some. For others, it makes posting in forums and taking stances in arguments a tad more difficult then it is for most. Some have to hide their little secret, pretending to have only one stance and secretly indulging in the other when no one is looking.

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This is a study of the UK population during the Harry Potter at Hogwarts era which seeks to determine how many wizards live in Britain, and how these figures might be determined.

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Toby or not Toby? by JoTwo

Everything you(n)ever wanted to know about Severus Snape's father

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The Effects of a Violent Childhood on the Boy Who Lived This is an academic essay for a Master's level course on the effects of violence on children, particularly domestic violence. It discusses the effects of Harry Potter's traumatic upbringing and school years on his psyche. I'm considering a rewrite to include events of the last book. Reviews are appreciated! I got an A+.

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What can we learn about Neville Longbottom through the verbs associated with his character in Book One?

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Ever wondered whether fan fiction has any other use than titillation? Quaternary intertextuality outlines a possible use of fan fiction as a tool for analysis of characterisation in canonical fiction. Several techniques are considered, and some questions regarding fan fiction as a meme and as a subject of anthropological study are raised.

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Fools' Gold by JoTwo

Theory about why alchemy might feature in book 7 and who could be an alchemist.

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Magical Theory by Mara202

An essay about the theory of magic, mostly from a physical point of view. Includes bits of the M-theory, 'programming' and various spells and techniques.

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Behind the Veil by JoTwo

Theory about what may happen in book 7 based upon JKR stating in an interview that she is a Christian.

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Speculation about the star signs of James and Lily

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This essay discusses the differences between Gryffindor and Slytherin, as well as the system of placing students into houses using the sorting hat.

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This essay follows Draco Malfoy through his experiences in Deathly Hallows and attempts to speculate as to his motivations and virtues, or lack thereof.

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From the outset you would not believe that such a dirty, hole in the wall junk shop would have such importance in the Harry Potter series, but it does. We know that it is essentially a wizarding junk shop that caters to the darker elements of wizarding society. Items keep showing up from the shop and are used later on in the series. I believe that there are further items of importance that reside there, which have yet to be discovered.

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Discussion of the possible locations of Puddlemere (home of Quidditch team Puddlemere United) and the home of Quidditch itself, Queerditch Marsh.

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Some interesting insights on the basics of magical theory in a sparkly, purple, easy-to-read format.

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A look at the ways authors strive to make fanfiction "real" so that readers can feel a fic actually "happened" on some level of reality.

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Why could Harry not see the Thestrals until his fifth year? What do you have to do to see one? The intriguing creatures, the lucky Winged Horses, have aroused much speculation in the world of Harry Potter analysts. To see the main arguments summed up, please read this essay and be encapsulated in the topic yourself.

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Polyjuice Potion is both versatile and complex - in this essay, I've tried to put forward some information, both canon and from opinion, about some of the most popular Polyjuice rumours and questions.

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A collection of essays taking an in-depth look at some of the questions surrounding Peter Pettigrew.

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Take potions, charms, and spells, throw in contraception and out comes a system of classification for magic in the HPverse.

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This story takes places after GOF. -“Now that wizards face a danger far greater than Voldemort, we must learn to work together with our enemies. Only if all wizards are united can we hope to survive. You must find an ally in your enemy. To help you do this, this year you will no longer be divided in houses. Instead, you will be assigned a partner with whom you will work during the year… that student with whom you best need to improve your relationship.” As Dumbledore said it, Harry could only stare horrified at a very frightened Draco Malfoy, who was looking back at him. Snape shook his head in distress. “Trust Dumbledore to create havoc the very year in which Voldemort decides to send his daughter to Hogwarts.”

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The real reason why Snape hates Harry before Harry even arrives at Hogwarts is hidden in the three questions that Snape asks Harry in the first Potions class.

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While there is plenty of fanart depicting Snape seeing Lily in the Mirror of Erised, there is also a canon scene in which Snape does, in fact, see Lily in the Mirror of Erised.

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