Potterhead July: Why Muggleborns Choose the Wizarding World

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It’s July and that means Harry Potter Month. I’ve been rereading the books in preparation for the Cursed Child (coming out at the end of July). To kill time further, I’ve written this post to talk about why Muggleborns choose the Wizarding World.

An obvious reason is to escape the ordinary and the mundane. Or a horrible environment like Harry (half-blood). The Wizarding World offers sanctuary and a place of belonging. It’s also a place where you can be proud of. You come from a non-magical background yet you are gifted and therefore gained access to another world. Knowing two worlds, two different cultures, can make you more accepting and knowledgeable. The Muggleborns took the chance to leave their world behind for the Wizarding one. They could’ve rejected their invitation out of shock or worry, but they didn’t waste the opportunity.

Despite the term “Muggle” is often used in an insulting way, Hermione is proud of her heritage. We can look up at Harry and Ron, but having Hermione and the other Muggleborns sharing the same universe connects us readers – even though most of the Muggles outside of the Wizarding World are usually dismissed by magical individuals and are portrayed as irritable, fragile, caught up with trivial things or to an extent, naive and stupid (of course, most of the witches and wizards we’ve come across are no different to them).

The Muggleborn witches and wizards know what it’s like to be human and to have an upbringing devoid of magic. They teach us that despite our ordinariness, we can create magic too and overcome impossible obstacles, and to top it off, they face discrimination from racists. Yet they don’t break ties with the Wizarding World because they have a place in it and they’re not going to let haters drive them away. Seeing ourselves in a magical world gives us strength and courage.

Hermione doesn’t only use magic to get through challenges, she uses her brain to outsmart her opponents. She does have limitations. Just because she has magic doesn’t mean she has forgotten where she came from. Magic being the only solution to every problem and everything is a fantasy that we indulge in but let’s not forget doing ordinary things can be magical too.

Offering more room for new possibilities, to be who you are and use magic, The Wizarding World is far more attractive and who would say no to it?

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7 thoughts on “Potterhead July: Why Muggleborns Choose the Wizarding World

  1. Leah@Heart Full of Ink says:

    You brought up some great points about why Muggleborns choose to attend Hogwarts. Can you imagine being a Muggleborn and getting your Hogwarts letter and not knowing if it’s genuine or not? At least Harry had Hagrid to explain things to him. I’ve often wondered what Hermione and other Muggleborn witches and wizards reactions were to being told they’d been accepted to a magic school:)

  2. Haley Keller says:

    I can’t imagine learning that your a witch or wizard and then not going to Hogwarts. I feel like I’d live with so much regret afterwards as I wondered what it would have been likely.

    One thing I definitely wonder about is what would happen to Muggleborns’ magic if they didn’t go to Hogwarts. Since there’s no one around to teach them, I wonder if they would have high rates of wandless magic that they couldn’t control for the rest of their lives or if they’d be able to teach themselves some level of control by themselves.

  3. aentee @ read at midnight says:

    Thank you so much for participating in Potterhead July, I thought of the topic after reading Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, where one of the characters was an equivalent of a Muggleborn and she decided she has had enough magic and mayhem for a lifetime and just want to go back to being a Muggle. Of course, this has happened in the past with Harry’s world as well with Mcgonagall’s mother choosing to lead an ordinary life with her Muggle husband, but became bitter about it later on in life (I obviously spend way too much time on Pottermore) – so I found that very interesting! Such infinite possibilities for discussion with these books.

  4. Heather says:

    I think you (and everyone in the comments) make very good points about how it doesn’t seem easy to understand why someone would give up Hogwarts or the magical world. It is, after all, something amazing and beyond the ordinary heyday of what we muggles live with every day.

    At the same time, I do think that suggesting muggleborns “choose” the wizarding world may be something of a debate in itself. A muggleborn gets an acceptance letter to Hogwarts and in many ways, that is their only choice. While a wizarding child could apply to other magical schools around the globe or even be taught magic at home by their parents, a muggleborn isn’t guaranteed those options. Considering how corrupt the Ministry of Magic is in the books, with its fascist leanings and general injustice, I could easily see that muggleborns aren’t allowed to “choose” the wizarding world so much as get coerced or even forced into learning magic so as to protect the integrity of the wizarding world’s secrecy. The lack of options present in the wizarding world gives me a lot of serious doubt.

    Because, you’re right still, that plenty of people would want to go there, but plenty of people wouldn’t, I think. I think you only need to look at the criticisms of the series to see why people would turn it down. Some people might have a moral apprehension to going, others might simply have other plans for their lives. There isn’t a lot of call for wizarding engineers. And, what’s more, some people may not be willing to front the cost—honing your magical powers in general means sacrificing your ability to use technology and even, to some extent, your own values.

    So, when it comes to why people would choose Hogwarts? OBVIOUSLY, we all know! It’s great. But when it comes to whether people actually do choose Hogwarts… I do have my concerns.

  5. Brooke Evans says:

    I think that you brought up some great points about being muggleborn and having magic. Of course if they had the choice to go to Hogwarts and they didn’t, there would be some very angry people out in the world, just waiting for their letter:)

  6. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense says:

    I love the way you present Muggleborn wizards and witches as individuals choosing to be a part of two different cultures. I quite agree, being immersed in two different worlds definitely exposes you to different kinds of people, making you value the differences in people. Great post!

  7. Lunch-Time Librarian says:

    These are some great points here and I agree for sure. I’ve always wondered too if the muggleborns didn’t have a bit of an advantage in knowing both worlds because they would be able to seamlessly navigate between the two. Unlike pure/half blood wizards who often come off as strange when in the muggle world.But for sure I can see how any muggle born would choose the wizarding world.

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