Magic 101

History of Magic is badly taught at Hogwarts, writes Naomi Chana. She seems to be bucking for the job with ideas on how to improve history teaching at Hogwarts and elsewhere.

Cranky Professor wonders why so many Hogwarts teachers are incompetent, possessed by the Dark Lord or both.

Both suggest J.K. Rowling use fewer adverbs.

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  1. My guess for why “why so many Hogwarts teachers are incompetent, possessed by the Dark Lord or both.” is that the story is largely told from the perspective of the children. When I was going to school I suspected all of my teachers were incompetent, possessed or both.

  2. Suprisingly, IMDB published my review of the film. Needless to say, I can’t quite figure why people care (about the film, not my peerless review of it).

  3. Richard Brandshaft says:

    We all see our hobbies in the ink blots. What I saw in Hogwarts was the lack of “gun safety.” The magic Hogwarts deals with is a lot more dangerous than a gun, and teachers and students alike treat it with a lot less respect.

    Imaging a children’s book in which some students broke into the faculty gun cabinet, it turned out for the best, and no one thought there was anything wrong with the student’s behavior.

    That said, someone whose writing holds the interest of children barely old enough to read and adults alike is doing something right, regardless of what critics think of her style.

  4. Hoo great stuff!