|Greetings from the Wizarding World at Grandview Preparatory School!
Here is a magical update on how our young wizards and witches are advancing in the fall 2016 Hogwarts/Grandview Harry Potter class…
We started the semester by studying the magical events that lead Harry Potter and his friends, Ron and Hermione, to find the Sorcerer’s Stone in our very own version of Hogwarts Castle. The testimony of those who were originally involved in the plot is confidential (due to a potential “Ministry of Magic security risk”), so we screened the film to kick off our first fact finding mission. Our class then spent significant time discussing the details of the story and after, wrote our own exceptional cinema critiques.
We analyzed specific details that cemented the main characters as the heroes of the stories. However, last week we realized that The Daily Prophet was printing very biased articles about our hero Harry Potter! We couldn’t stand for that, so we decided to write our own news articles that are now awaiting editing and publication. Expect-o Patronum them to be much closer to the truth!
What do you think would happen if you took a potion that gave you good luck for a whole day? How would it feel? And, could you live without it afterwards?
Recently, we listened to the audiobook featuring several chapters from J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. We then discussed the power of good luck potion, Felix Felicis, and how it affected Ron when he thought that Harry Potter had really given him “liquid luck.” After “drinking” the Felix Felicis potion, Ron went on to play his first perfect game of quidditch. In psychology, muggles (non-magical folk) call this the “placebo effect” because Ron Weasley never actually took the potion. So, is the mere belief in ourselves all it takes to win a game of quidditch… or accomplish anything we want to in life?
This week, we set the study of potions, divination, and transfiguration aside to concentrate on aspects of the human personality instead. We used a shortened version of the Myers-Briggs personality test (which all of our young wizards and witches took) to develop a discussion about different personality variables that muggle psychologists study. Results showed that our young students are sometimes introverted and sometimes extraverted, but all of them are gifted with personality traits that should transform them into extraordinary magical people. We also used this opportunity to discuss the personality profiles that could be expected of famous sixth year students Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and of course, our hero, the ‘chosen one,’ Harry Potter. We will continue to examine the personalities that make these two wizards and exceptional witch some of the best students that Hogwarts/Grandview has ever seen!
That is our magical news update for now! Wish us luck as we try to disentangle the personality of the ‘chosen one’ and in doing so, work to figure out why Lord Voldemort could not leave Harry Potter alone or kill him. We will continue reading and listening to our books and utilizing the study of psychology in our attempt to come up with answers.
More to come…