| .: Hats, Princes and Blood :.|
.: Ryan Harriman - Aged 15 :.
Hello Snitchers! My name is Ryan Harriman, and this is the first time I am formally writing an editorial. I have actively participated in TheSnitch Competitions, and in this editorial I will explain a few of my entries. I will quote my entries throughout this editorial, but I suggest that you read 'The Sorting Hat’s First Song’ and 'One Thousand Years Ago...' before you start. I will discuss two separate theories, but be warned. Only read the following if you have read all the books thoroughly, and you want to learn interesting theories to look forward to seeing and discussing for the final two books.
My first theory, which completely spoils the endings of books four and five, discusses the outcome of the infamous prophecy. My second theory is my answer to the question on all of our minds: “Who is the Half-Blood Prince”. You have been warned.
Part One - The Lost Prophecy: Before I start, here’s a quick recap of some important events in books four and five. We learned that because Harry’s mom was murdered as she attempted to save her son, an ancient magic now protects Harry from Voldemort. Wherever Lily’s blood is, Harry is safe (which is why Harry has to live with his aunt). At the end of The Goblet of Fire, the revival potion that Voldemort drank used three things; one of which was Harry’s blood. Harry obviously has half of his mom’s blood (and half of his dad’s). Because Voldemort's body was created using Harry’s blood; he now (indirectly) has Lily’s blood! Again, since Harry is safe wherever his mom’s blood is, in a twisted sort of way, Harry is now safe wherever Voldemort is! Want more proof? Here it is:
Harry: “He said the protection my - my mother left in me... he could touch me without hurting himself...”
Dumbledore: “Very well... Voldemort has overcome that particular barrier.” –‘Goblet of Fire’
Dumbledore only thinks that Voldemort can touch Harry because the magic protecting Harry was thwarted by the Dark Lord. But in reality, Harry was safe from his touch because Voldemort had Lily’s blood. Even though Voldemort is in a solid body, it’s still not his own body. Since he forcibly used ingredients from others, his body isn’t ‘real’; instead, it’s a combination of others. That’s also why
Voldemort didn’t crumble into stone (like he did in book/movie one) when he touched Harry. Finally, as the prophecy says:
“The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches... he will have power the Dark Lord knows not... and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives...”
...Now that Harry is completely safe from the only person that can kill him, and if my theory is correct, Voldemort is going down in book seven! ;)
Part Two - Who is the Half-Blood Prince?: Here’s a little recap before we begin: J.K. Rowling said several times that there was a major foreshadow in book two. She also said she was thankful that it was carried over to the movie version. This foreshadow was about something that happened in book six, according to the interview she did on the CoS DVD. Next, on JKRowling.com she said that the first chapter of book six was one of the discarded chapters of book one. Here is how to tie these two things together:
In both the book and the movie, we learned about the four founders creating Hogwarts and how Salazar Slytherin disappeared from the castle because he only wanted pure-bloods permitted to attend. This was the...
“...dark force that slithers through the veins of Hogwarts...”
...that I mentioned in my HBP synopsis. It happened in the war 1,000 years ago, and now another similar war going on in the final books! I strongly believe that the creation of Hogwarts was an important foreshadow, because you learn from the past to create the future. Knowing more about the ‘First Magical War’ could immensely help in the current one. (If only Hermione forced Harry and Ron to read ‘Hogwarts, a History’...)
Now - about the discarded chapters in book one. J.K. Rowling said on her site that she drafted various editions of the first chapter of the first book. Of course...when has J.K. Rowling told us everything? ;) Even though she never said anything about Hogwarts as a first chapter, I think it would have been extremely probable and appropriate to start the first book with the creation of Hogwarts. One of the major themes in that book is to escape from the adult world and go somewhere where you’re allowed to dream. It would have also set up a mystery, but would have been a little overwhelming for someone who knew nothing about the Harry Potter world yet. So she delayed it... and delayed it... almost using it in later books, but decided against it because it was out-of-place. Now that the second war has officially started, it would be likely if ‘Chapter One’ was about the four founders’ troubles in the creation of Hogwarts. This chapter has been brewing in her head for thirteen years... Thirteen years ago was shortly after she got the idea for Harry, and it’s likely that she would have already thought about the ‘History of Hogwarts’!
So... back to the subject of ‘Who’. In my HBP synopsis I talked about the knowledge of a Half-Blood that will,
“...posthumously unveil the secrets of the past... and the keys to the future.”
I think that Godric Gryffindor is one of the three founders who knows how to prevent the war (I say ‘three founders’ because Salazar Slytherin would, of course, encourage war), but Gryffindor is long gone so he himself can’t say much (...unless you use the pensieve Dumbledore and Harry are looking into on the covers...). But unlike the other founders, Godric Gryffindor was smart enough to create something that will posthumously speak for him. Gryffindor created the
Sorting Hat to: 1) Sort students into houses, and 2) Spread his knowledge, as he did so poetically in book five, and of course in the song I created! ;). The Sorting Hat is obviously very smart and very helpful (as we saw at the end of Chamber of Secrets). That’s why I said,
“...a most unlikely BEING will unveil the secrets of the past...”
The Sorting Hat will take the place of the Half-Blood (assuming Gryffindor is one... but we’ll get to that a little later) and use the information Gryffindor sewed into it to stop the war, because Gryffindor could pull from his experience. Learn from the past to help the future! And honestly, J.K. Rowling is incredibly smart; she wouldn’t make the identity of the HBP too obvious. ;) And honestly, who the heck is weird enough (besides myself of course!) to suspect that a hat is, indirectly, the prince everyone is getting so worked up about!?
So now that we have the outline of my theory set in stone, I have to explain why Godric Gryffindor has to be the HBP! So I’m going to completely steal the theories from Ryan MacDougall’s amazing editorial :), and add a few reasons of my own.
Seven Reasons why Godric Gryffindor Could be the Half-Blood Prince
1) The title ‘Half-Blood Prince’ may be an offensive sobriquet given by Salazar Slytherin
2) A lion is the symbol of Gryffindor, which fits the description of the wizard on JKR.com
3) He has been mentioned, but isn’t introduced or described in the current books
4) Gryffindor would definitely be powerful enough to teach Harry some things ;)
5) Slytherin’s fleeing of the castle could be linked to Gryffindor’s favor to Half-Bloods
6) The SORTING HAT put many Half-Bloods in Gryffindor House
7) Gryffindor’s sword that Harry pulled out of the SORTING HAT has many jewels on it; possibly meaning that it is used by royalty (*cough cough* a prince
Thanks again to Ryan MacDougall for these reasons! But unfortunately he said that,
“...I just can’t get behind this theory entirely because of the problem of Gryffindor being over 1,000 years old.”
Aha! That’s where he was mistaken, for Gryffindor isn’t gone, because you are never properly dead unless, or until, you are forgotten. The other founders’ knowledge may have died with them, but not Gryffindor’s! But what does Gryffindor know that will help the wizarding world now!? In a nut-shell, I’m predicting that the Sorting Hat will refuse to separate students into houses, but combine them and teach them what they have to do to defeat the Dark Lord. Not only will the Sorting Hat have to combine the wizarding world, but it must also combine the Muggle World too (because Voldemort’s only target isn’t just wizards...).
Now I’m going to explain a few of the lines in 'The Sorting Hat’s First Song’ that have confused myself and others! The first one is;
“He will take the place of a Half-Blood / To help defeat the darkest of
The hat is talking about himself! He... or ‘it’ rather will take the place of Gryffindor (the Half-Blood) and spread his knowledge to stop judgment based on blood purity!
“In years to come, I will teach what the prince must do!”
I’m a bit confused why I wrote this line, because I just said that the Sorting Hat is (indirectly) the prince, so of course he will know what to do. The only thing that I’m able to twist out of this line is that the hat meant that he will teach what the prince (Gryffindor) wants to do- stop history from repeating itself.
So how does this relate to Harry? Obviously, the Sorting Hat wants Voldemort dead, and the only person that can kill him is, of course, Harry. Also, the title of the book is ‘Harry Potter AND THE Half-Blood Prince’, meaning that
Harry and (according to my theory) Gryffindor must be connected in some way. Simply stated, I’m almost positive that Harry is the heir of Gryffindor. Here’s another seven reasons why:
1) Only a true Gryffindor could have pulled that out of the [Sorting] Hat...” – Dumbledore
2) Harry was born in GODRIC’S Hollow.
3) Red and gold sparks came out of Harry’s wand the first time he used it
4) The symbol on the ring on the British cover looks like the Gryffindor Seal. Animation can be viewed here (may take a while to load).
5) The ring has a lightning bolt- strikingly similar to the one on Harry’s forehead.
6) This quote: (entire article can be read here)
Question: “Is Harry related to Godric Gryffindor?”
JKR: “People are always wondering who Harry might be related to. Maybe he is ;)”
7) The ring is black. (Further explanation below)
The reason why I think the ring is black is a little complicated, but I’ll try to keep it short and simple. Harry’s eyes are green. Voldemort’s are red. Red and green are opposites; when mixed they cancel each other out and make black. According to the Prophecy, Harry and Voldemort must kill each other a.k.a. cancel each other out.
Whew! Now that we have that established, here’s yet another quote from JKR: (full interview here)
Question: “Are there any special wizarding powers in your world that depend on the wizard using their eyes to do something?”
JKR:Why do you want to know this?”
Question: “Well because everyone always goes on about how Harry's got Lily Potter's eyes.”
JKR: “Aren't you smart - there is something, maybe coming about that, I'm going to say no more - very clever.”
So I’m guessing the picture depicts Gryffindor’s ring (yet another sign of royalty!), and Harry will somehow use it to defeat Voldemort (not vice-versa!). The fact that Harry’s lightning bolt scar is on it means something, but Harry’s scar is to be discussed in other editorials; this one is long enough as it is! ;)
And finally, still don’t believe that a hat could be it!? (I don’t see how you couldn’t; you probably would have stopped reading this a loooong time ago!) Here’s an astoundingly helpful quote from J.K. Rowling herself (full interview here):
“There is more to the Sorting Hat than what you have read about... Readers will find out what the Sorting Hat becomes as they get into future books."
How convenient was that!? :) So, as some would say, the Half-Blood Prince has to be alive because he has to be able to do something. But always remember; you are never dead unless, or until, you are forgotten*. :)
Thanks very much to everyone who has read this! If you want, you can reread 'The Sorting Hat’s First Song’ and 'One Thousand Years Ago...' and hopefully they will make more sense to you now. If you have any questions, comments, concerns :P, PLEASE either comment on TheSnitch’s Comments Board or email me at my ‘spam-able’ email: email@example.com'>firstname.lastname@example.org. July 16th, here we come! Thanks again!
*Which is why we always must remember Cedric and *sniff sniff* Sirius Black *sobs*.
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