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Charts for A Writer’s Guide to Harry Potter

Obstacles to Overcome, Lesson One, Point 6:

Character Beginning Obstacle to Ending Triumph

Situation Overcome

Dobby Enslaved to the Cannot act on Due to his loyalty to Harry, wins his
Malfoys. his own against freedom.
Malfoys without
punishing self.

Ginny Crush on Harry. Tongue-tied Increases strength and self-confidence.

around Harry. Dates and marries Harry.

Ron Youngest son In shadows of Overcomes his fears of living in

with five older brothers. In shadows and returns to his best friends.
brothers. shadows of Achieves greater fame than any of his
Harry. brothers.

Neville Living with Poor memory, Shows the power of his magic in killing
grandmother, inept, lack of the last Horcrux, the one closest to
who belittles confidence. Voldemort.
him. Unpopular
at school.

Snape Hates Harry. Death Eater Helps to save the life of Lily’s son and
Unlikable background. restore the Wizarding World.
professor. Distrusted.
Torturing the Heart of the Hero, Lesson One, Point 7:

Character Heart Probing the Pain Reward

*Harry Seeking what Accepts death, and Finds his family,

was lost. then chooses life. both old and new.
Ron Always second Returns to friends he Wins Hermione’s
best. betrayed. heart.
Neville Doesn’t Becomes leader of a Kills the final
measure up. resistance Horcrux. Outshines
movement. his father.
Hagrid Unfairly Must visit the giants Creates a new, loyal
maligned and who first abandoned family for self, both
misunderstood. him and bring one in Grawp and
home to nurture. friends.
Voldemort Unloved and Fails to do this. Loses himself to his
unable to love. Always self-serving. inability to love.
Book Stone Secrets Azkaban Goblet Phoenix Half-Blood Hallows
Pranks, jokes, Questions of The internal search Harry on the crux Blemishes, teen Harry reconciled with With Ron and Hermione as
and rule- personal for personal identity between child and angst, and anger Dumbledore is a huge his full partners searching
breaking identity begin intensifies with man; Hermione’s run amok, mark in his growth to for Horcruxes, Harry is
abound; with Harry’s Harry’s fear of his developing disagreements tolerance; this lesson stripped down to his bare
Personal Growth

bonding as fear of his reaction to the political/human between friends; continues all year with his soul. He comes to terms
friends a major Parseltongue; Dementors and Ron’s (elfin) rights Ron and growing understanding of with what he is willing to
accomplishme increasing strain of being interest as Hermione made and commitment to fight, and die, for. Then he
nt. awareness of sidekick to the Boy- reflected in SPEW; Prefects; Harry destroy Voldemort; willingly lays down his life
the intolerant Who-Lived; 1st huge Ron attempts to takes on adult increase in Ron’s self- for those he loves and to
world around spat among friends. establish own responsibility confidence. combat an evil that will not
them. identity apart from through the end without his sacrifice.
Harry. DA.
Wide-eyed Increasing More choices in Harry feeling out Growing NEWT level classes; On-the-job training. The
discovery, coursework and coursework (with of his league and responsibility intensive coursework. theories learned, and
school work interest with Hermione trying challenged by the with the OWLs. beyond their training as the
Inside Harry’s Head, Lesson Four, Point 2:

hard, but time the Dueling everything). much older Harry taking needs arise.
School Work

to fool around. Club. champions. charge of own

education with
Girls with Harry’s A smidgeon of Burgeoning Harry’s first Hot and heavy The two main romantic
cooties (or at indifference to interest as Harry interest in the romantic relationships and the relation-ships severely
least the butt Ginny’s crush notices Cho Chang; opposite sex (with relationship; frustrations they entail. tested—Hermione and
Ron’s through his

of jokes). and Hermione’s Hermione and Ron’s Hermione Ron and

crush on quarreling increases. maturing the Hermione’s defection and jealously;
Lockhart. fastest.) constant Harry and Ginny’s through
quarreling. separation.
Spotting Clues, Lesson Four, Point 4:
Pag Camouflaged Item or Clue
Book Quote
e# Spotted
Stone 5 As he pulled into the driveway of number four, the Professor McGonagall in Animagus
first thing he saw—and it didn’t improve his mood— form
was the tabby cat he’d spotted that morning.
55 “You was just a year old. He came ter yer house an’— Hagrid is withholding info regarding
an’—” what happened at Godric’s Hollow
and intimate knowledge of Tom
Hagrid suddenly pulled out a very dirty, spotted Riddle.
handkerchief and blew his nose ...

Secrets 50 Harry looked quickly around and spotted a large black The vanishing cabinet. Doesn’t
cabinet to his left… come to fruition until Half-Blood.

155 Under a large, cracked, and spotted mirror were a row The bathroom entrance to the
of chipped sinks. Chamber of Secrets.

156 Moaning Myrtle was floating above the tank of the Moaning Myrtle was the girl killed
toilet, picking a spot on her chin. 50 years before by the basilisk.

Azkaban 303 He peered out at the grounds again and, after a Red herring—trying to throw
minute’s frantic searching, spotted it. It was skirting suspicion on Crookshanks when it is
the edge of the forest now…It wasn’t the Grim at really Scabbers, aka Wormtail. Also,
al…it was a cat…. Harry clutched the window ledge in the Grim is not who he appears to
relief as he recognized the bottlebrush tail. It was only be.

Goblet 472 “Course Dumbledore trusts you,” growled Moody. Refers to Snape’s Dark Mark, but
“He’s a trusting man, isn’t he? Believes in second also Barty Crouch’s own Dark
chances. But me—I say there are spots that don’t Mark, concealed by his cover as
come off, Snape. Spots that never come off, d’you Mad-Eye.
know what I mean?”
604 “Harry,” he said as Harry reached the door. “Please Dumbledore is hiding his thoughts
do not speak about Neville’s parents to anybody else. here from Harry regarding Neville’s
He has the right to let people know, when he is ready.” parents, but also others. We find out
“Yes, Professor,” said Harry, turning to go. in Hallows just how much
“And-” information Dumbledore has
Harry looked back. Dumbledore was standing over withheld throughout the series.
the Pensieve, his face lit from beneath by its silvery
spots of light, looking older than ever. He stared at
Harry for a moment, and then said, “Good luck with
the third task.”
Phoenix, 540 Marietta gave a wail and pulled the neck of her robes Marietta had definitely disguised
Blooms- right up to her eyes, but not before the whole room herself as a friend to Dumbledore’s
bury had seen that her face was horribly disfigured by a Army, but the main person in
series of close-set purple pustules that had spread disguise here is Umbridge, acting as
across her nose and cheeks to form the word a concerned professor.
‘Never mind the spots now, dear,’ said Umbridge
impatiently, ‘just take your robes away…’
Half- 343 ‘So the Ministry called upon Morfin. They did not need Morfin appeared to be the
Blood, to question him, to use Veritaserum or Legilimency. murderer, when in reality it was
Blooms- He admitted to the murder on the spot, giving details Tom Riddle.
bury only the murderer could know…
396 The girl did not say thank you, but remained rooted to Either Crabbe or Goyle in
the spot and watched them out of sight… Polyjuiced disguise.
Chapter 13 Villains, Lesson Four, Point 4:

Book Chapter 13 Title “Villain” in Their Cameo Role


Stone Nicolas Flamel Quirrell Quirrell and Snape’s confrontation in the Forest. Snape
appears to be the traitor, but that’s through Harry’s biased

Secrets The Very Secret Diary Ginny Weasley As a result of her Valentine, Ginny sees that Harry has
Riddle’s diary and is terrified.

Azkaban Gryffindor versus Sirius Black Sirius breaks into the Gryffindor boys’ dormitory, trying to
Ravenclaw and Wormtail find Wormtail. But Pettigrew has pretended death and fled
the scene.

Goblet Mad-Eye Moody Barty Moody transfigures Malfoy into a ferret. He appears to be
Crouch/Mad- Harry’s protector, but in reality, reveals the Dark side of
Eye Moody Barty Crouch.

Phoenix Detention with Delores Umbridge Through sentences carved in blood, Umbridge’s self-
righteous mask is blasted away to reveal her sadistic, power
hungry core.

Half- The Secret Riddle Tom Riddle Riddle appears to be a poor, defenseless orphan, but
Blood Dumbledore and Mrs. Cole see through him.

Hallows The Muggle-born Umbridge She’s back! You can’t sink much lower than nailing Mad-
Registration Eye’s eye to your door.
Wide-Angle Worldbuilding, Lesson Five, Point 1:

Setting/Element Muggle Parallel Important Element(s)

Hogsmeade An entirely magical Aberforth, Madam Rosmerta, secret passageways into Hogwarts,
village as well as places for dates, candies, and pranks for students.

St. Mungo’s Hospital The condition of Neville’s parents.

Ministry of Magic Government Fudge, the Department of Mysteries, the nature of power and

Department of Research facility A prophecy, some brains, a veiled arch, and lots of mysteries.

Beauxbatons and Foreign schools Fleur, idea of international cooperation.


Azkaban Prison Sirius and Bellatrix, and political abuse/torture through the

The Burrow The Weasley home The Weasleys, Harry’s adopted family.

Grimmauld Place Sirius Black’s home Familial connections in the wizarding world. Oh, and a Horcrux.
and Order

Godric’s Hollow Lily and James’ Where it all started, Harry’s parents’ grave, and one very
home village important symbol.

Quidditch World The World Soccer Krum and both Barty Crouches.
Cup Cup

The Daily Newspaper Lots of propaganda and misinformation, and a few nuggets of
Prophet truth.

The Quibbler A tabloid An alternative view of the world as well as a few nuggets of truth.

Little Hangleton Riddle and Gaunt Tom Riddle’s first murder and a Horcrux.

Tom Riddle’s Riddle’s “home” The nature of the orphaned Tom.


Tom Riddle’s Riddle’s hiding A fake Horcrux and the transition from Dumbledore leading
cave place Harry to Harry supporting his mentor.

Slughorn’s home Muggle dwelling A good Slytherin with a crucial memory.

Malfoy Manor Rich “gated” The Malfoy’s; Voldemort’s “Council” meeting.

Ministry of Magic Floor Level Guide, Lesson Five, Point 2:

Level/Floor Department

Level One Unknown

Level Two Department of Magical Law Enforcement: Improper Use of Magic Office, Auror
Headquarters, Wizengamot Administration Services

Level Three Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes: Accidental Magic Reversal Squad,
Obliviator Headquarters, Muggle-Worthy Excuse Committee

Level Four Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures: Beast, Being and
Spirit Divisions, Goblin Liaison Office, Pest Advisory Bureau

Level Five Department of International Magical Cooperation: International Magical Trading

Standards Body, the International Magical Office of Law, the International
Confederation of Wizards, British Seats

Level Six Department of Magical Transport: Floo Network Authority, Broom Regulatory Control
Portkey Office, Apparation Test Centre

Level Seven Department of Magical Games and Sports: British and Irish Quidditch League
Headquarters, Official Gobstones Club, Ludicrous Patents Office

Level Eight The Atrium, fireplaces for arrivals and departures, lifts to other floors, Visitor Check-in,
Fountain of Magical Brethren

Level Nine Department of Mysteries: Circular Room with 12 Doors, Brain Room, Death Chamber,
Hall of Prophecy, Locked Room, Planet Room, Time Room. Offices

Level Ten Courtroom Ten, probably other courtrooms not specified

St. Mungo’s Floor Level Guide, Lesson Five, Point 2:

Floor Division
Cauldron explosion, wand backfiring, broom crashes, etc.
Bites, stings, burns, embedded spines, etc.
Contagious maladies, e.g. dragon pox, vanishing sickness, scrofungulus, etc.
Rashes, regurgitation, uncontrollable giggling, etc.
Unliftable jinxes, hexes, and incorrectly applied charms, etc.