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We Need to Talk About Harry Potter’s Witch Hats

So you may or may not remember in the first scene of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film where Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall wear cool, pointy wizard hats as they walk through Privet Drive.

 

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The same hats are spotted again amongst the crowds at Diagon Alley, among teachers at Hogwarts, and most iconically, on the students in the Great Hall at the end of the film where they throw them up in the air.

 

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As one Reddit user said, “They threw them up into the air and forget them.” That’s exactly what happened. 

 

The fashion of Hogwarts slowly deteriorates as the films progress with McGonagall losing her hat and even the holy trinity of Harry, Hermione, and Ron abandoning their robes by the final film. What is the deal with the small, but consistent deterioration and forgotten fashion staples of Hogwarts? 

 

The author herself tried to explain away these inconsistencies in the hats of Hogwarts, but I’m just not convinced. “Standard wizard clothing comprises plain robes, worn with or without the traditional pointed hat, and will always be worn on such formal occasions as christenings, weddings and funerals.” Rowling also noted that the pointed hats are a “matter of cultural pride.” If they truly are, then explain to me why even the most anti-muggle witches and wizards are seen without them on a regular basis. 

 

 

A very apparent inconsistency of hats in the films is clearly seen at the wedding of William Weasley and Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One.

 

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All but one of the wedding’s attendees are wearing hats. ONE.

 

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If we’re still going by the rules as explained by Rowling, all of the wedding’s attendees should have been wearing their hats. As absurd as they may have looked, they are supposed to be a crucial part of a witch or wizard’s attire at weddings. 

 

Another explanation to where the pointed hats have gone can be attributed to Reddit user TheMockingjay which explained, “Umbridge burned them.” 

 

The only way to truly find out what happened is in J.K. Rowling’s next book, Harry Potter and the Return of the Wizard Hats

 

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10 George Orwell Quotes That’ll Make You Question Everything

It was a bright day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

 

When George Orwell published his iconic novel 1984, also known as Nineteen Eighty-Four, he used that opening line to invite readers to question everything. Question the existence of life. Question the gaze put upon them at any waking moment. Question the normalcy of a potentially fictional reality. Orwell’s dystopian novel blurred the lines between fiction and reality.

 

A cultural phenomenon since its release in 1949, the cultural impact and relevance of 1984 has only grown as time’s gone on. In the wake of recent political upheaval and social turmoil occurring around the globe, particularly in the United States, the novel has become a best-seller once again. These quotes will show you why. Here are 10 Orwell quotes from 1984 that will have you questioning everything.

 

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1. “Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.”

 

2. “Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”

 

3. “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

 

4. “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

 

5. “Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
 

 

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6. “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

 

7. “The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed. Indeed, so long as they are not permitted to have standards of comparison, they never even become aware that they are oppressed.”

 

8. “Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”

 

9. “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.”

 

10. “Big Brother is Watching You.”

 

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Feature Image Courtesy of ‘Her Campus’.

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According to the Internet, J. K. Rowling Doesn’t Exist

With all the hype surrounding the impending release of the JFK assassination files, the internet is going a little conspiracy crazy. In the roundup of theories including flat earthers, Avril Lavigne, and Beatles body replacements, there was one I hadn’t heard before and it’s about J. K. Rowling. 

 

Norwegian film director Nina Grünfeld is convinced that J. K. Rowling doesn’t actually exist.

 

Yup. 

 

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Back in 2005, Grünfeld argued Rowling’s inspirational story (that she dreamed up the magical world of Harry Potter while stuck on a delayed train) was too good to be true. The director claims that J. K. Rowling is instead a pen name, a front for an entire industry of professional writers turning out page after page, chapter after chapter of the books.

 

Grünfeld cites the Nancy Drew series as, well, not exactly proof, but, you know. Carolyn Keene, the pseudonym behind Nancy Drew, is actually a collective of thirteen writers spanning 1930 through 1985. Which is pretty cool, honestly, that there was a complete team of both men and women creating a singular voice together.

 

In theory, if this were true and J. K. Rowling as we know her is just the pretty face fronting the facade, then I have so many questions. Who is the woman we know as J. K. Rowling? What was her life before she was cast in the role of a lifetime? Who really wrote the Harry Potter series? You’re telling me I’m honestly supposed to believe that someone other than J. K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter and they didn’t immediately break their NDA and write a tell-all Tumblr post about it?

 

Please. I wasn’t born yesterday.

 

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