Hallowe’en

I’m reblogging tonight guys because I’m exhausted and I found this earlier today and I thought you would really enjoy it.

All the times Halloween was a huge deal in Harry Potter,

The chilling night of Hallowe’en holds particularly poignant value for Harry. And not because he liked trick or treating.

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I am a die hard Harry Potter fan and I can hold my own in a Harry Potter trivia contest against pretty much anyone so I’m especially excited to embody a Harry Potter character this weekend. Anyway here’s a cool halloeen article from Pottermore.

31 October is a date many Muggles know all too well as a day for dressing up, achieving various levels of success carving pumpkins and simply celebrating all things spooky. For Harry Potter, Hallowe’en becomes a haunting part of his life from a very early age for a very different reason. In fact, the eerie date seems to follow him around. Observe…

The day his parents died

This was the date where everything changed, where Lord Voldemort stormed Godric’s Hollow and callously murdered Harry’s parents on 31 October, 1981. This date would become legendary in two very different ways, for while Harry lost his parents and was plunged into a miserable life at the Dursleys, the rest of the wizarding world celebrated their newfound peace, with Lord Voldemort mysteriously and temporarily vanquished. We see the date once and for all in the emotional scene where Harry visits his parents’ graves.

The snowy graveyard at Godric's Hollow.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

The day Harry, Ron and Hermione became a trio

On a very different Hallowe’en, one decade later and barely a handful of months since Harry had started his new magical life at Hogwarts, did Harry experience a far more traditional night of festivities. Oh alright, traditional for a wizard, at least. First, there was the glorious Hogwarts Hallowe’en feast, complete with live bats, over-large pumpkins and a troll in the dungeons. The only problem? That last part wasn’t supposed to be a Hallowe’en decoration.

But the scary scene where Harry, Ron and Hermione found themselves embroiled in a fight against an unleashed troll actually turned out to be another hugely important moment in Harry’s life. Not because knocking out a troll as a first-year is pretty cool, but because it was the day that Hermione joined Ron and Harry’s friendship group, and formed one of the most iconic trios that ever lived — in our humble opinion. Despite the unusual circumstances, Harry and Ron (who had earlier in the day insulted Hermione in typical Ron-fashion) saved Hermione’s life, thus fusing together a legendary friendship, not to mention getting Ron off the hook.

The troll in the girls bathroom
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The day the Chamber of Secrets opens again

Harry’s second year at Hogwarts promised an even more Hallowe’en-ish Hallowe’en. First of all, there was the fact he got to go to an actual ghost party, celebrating the deathday of Nearly Headless Nick. But if the buffet of mouldy cheese, maggoty haggis and a tombstone cake weren’t scary enough, the rest of Harry’s night was absolutely petrifying. No, literally Petrifying. Taunted by a troubling voice inside Hogwarts’ walls, Harry leaves Nick’s party and arrives on the scene of something that will affect the school’s entire year: the opening of the Chamber of Secrets.

If ‘ENEMIES OF THE HEIR, BEWARE’ wasn’t horrible enough, there’s also the shocking sight of Argus Filch’s cat horrifically frozen and hanging by her tail. Although Harry didn’t know it yet, this was yet another 31 October punctured by Lord Voldemort’s presence. That guy sure had a knack at sticking to a particular date, didn’t he?

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The day Sirius Black breaks into Hogwarts

For Harry’s third year, surely the poor lad was due a peaceful Hallowe’en? As it turned out: no. In Prisoner of Azkaban, a new threat haunted Harry in the shape of escaped Azkaban convict Sirius Black. And, as luck would have it, the events of Sirius’ escape reached an apex on those dying embers of October when an unfortunate security slip-up led to Sirius breaking into the notoriously safe Hogwarts castle.

After leaving ominous slash marks on Gryffindor house’s portrait, the Fat Lady, Hogwarts was officially plunged into a very dark Hallowe’en night. As it turned out, Sirius Black really wasn’t that scary after all. The fact a perilous Death Eater had been able to live in the Hogwarts grounds as a rat for three years, however, is pretty bad.

Student and teachers find the slashed Fat lady
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The day Harry is picked to be a Triwizard champion

The final time we hear of Hallowe’en mentioned in the books comes in Harry’s fourth year, and it’s, again, a particularly memorable one. Awash with excitement over the upcoming Triwizard Tournament, this day was meant to be a fun, relaxed one for Harry, where he could watch the picking of the three school champions as a humble observer.

Finally, a year where he wasn’t the centre of attention! Or so it was for about five minutes before Harry found his name rise out of the Goblet of Fire itself. The prospect of a life-threatening series of tasks, as well as school-wide ridicule from people thinking he was a chancer who tricked the cup? We can’t imagine anything more terrifying for a teenager.

An illustration of the Goblet of Fire and the Age Line.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

But one more thing…

Funny that the Deathly Hallows shares half a name with Hallowe’en too. In the wizarding world, ‘Hallows’ are known as three enchanted and hugely powerful objects that can unite to ‘conquer Death’. At one point or another, Harry has temporarily possessed all three of them. Seeing as the Muggle holiday celebrates the supernatural and the unknown, how fitting that the Hallows should be so-named in such a familiar way, and that Harry Potter of all people should be so intimately connected to both. Spooky.

 

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