Bewitched: A Summer Series

Wednesday, June 01st, 2011 | Author: Hollie

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”

– Virginia Woolf

She’s right, you know. Ever since Father Time pressed “start” (or was it Mother Time?), women’s contributions to society have been shrouded. In centuries past, female writers were either advised or reared to believe it was their holy duty to assume the pen-name “Anonymous”. Despite living in contemporary times, our brilliant JK Rowling decided it was best to take on an androgynous one – a reflection of lingering attitudes toward women, no? Amidst all this, it is difficult to imagine when literature did not celebrate the role of women in society, and for the past twenty-odd years, scholars have been uncovering women’s history, discovering the layers of our true role in the people’s histories, ancient to contemporary. The result? Boundless veins of evidence that, without women and girls, the world would have ceased spinning by the time we reached the Dark Ages. You’re thinking, “Duh, we knew that!”. Sure, and I’m glad you do, but please consider this: people have failed to acknowledge women’s roles properly, fully, and with due respect.

To remedy these wrongdoings and illuminate truth, it is important to look closer and examine the ‘who, what, where, when, why, and most interestingly, how’ of women’s roles. As a fellow woman, role model, family member, friend and colleague to many amazing ladies, I need to have that conversation, and I believe you do too. As a Harry Potter fan, I’ve studied the intriguing female characters of the series – many admirable, most eccentric, a few disappointing, and others downright horrifying. As women and witches, these characters have a duality; a remarkable element infuses their feminine nature. For me, this mirrors the powerful and gifted women of ¬†’the real world’. I would like you to join me in discussing how Jo Rowling’s witches shape and influence the wizarding world.

Over the summer months, we’ll philosophize over our most beloved female characters in the series. I will attempt this from a personal and informal point of view, so I will not be referencing MLA style (sorry,


I understand and value the importance of citation, but this is for fun – so let’s leave out the formalities. I want you to feel free in expressing your opinion as well, and I encourage positive and critical feedback. In the end, no witch will be left unanalyzed!

My intention in writing  this collection of essays is to inspire all of you you to converse with each other about the nature of women, the wonders of witches, and the world in which they forge and dwell. Going forth, let the world never disgrace women and girls, and let us celebrate the mystery and magic of womanhood, which burns like a restless flame in all of us.

Jo – thank you for being a voice for women and girls everywhere. This one’s for you!

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  1. Adam says:

    This is awesome! Looking forward to the summer series! :)

  2. Hollie says:

    Thanks so much, Adam.

  3. Katherine says:

    Wow, this sounds like its going to be amazing!

  4. Rhea says:

    Wow! This is going to be wonderful. I’m a hardcore feminist and believe in everything you’ve said about women. Cant wait!

  5. Marcel says:

    Ooh! I can’t wait. There is so much to say about the female characters in HP. It’s going to be intense!

  6. Melissa says:

    lol I completely thought of doing something similar to this for Specialis Revelio! I am really looking foreward to reading it!

  7. Lanny Pro says:

    Second Life regulars are a sorry bunch. They need a real life and for whatever reason, can’t get one. They make the problem worse by hiding out on that website and not forcing themselves to go into the real world.