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?