word-of-the-day

pure-blood vs. muggle
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In honor of J.K. Rowling’s and Harry Potter’s birthday today on July 31, we are delving into the world of wizards by dedicating the word of the day to our beloved Potterheads and Hogwarts fans.

pure-blood: (noun) This is a term for wizards and witches who have a purely or approximately pure magical heritage.

muggle: (noun) A muggle is a person who is born into a non-magical family and is incapable of performing magic.

  • If you are a proud Potterhead, a new study suggests there is more reason to be proud! In fact, reading Harry potter helps reduce prejudice. “That’s the conclusion of research just published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. It finds that, among young people, reading J.K. Rowling’s book series—and, crucially, identifying with the lead character—can reduce bias toward stigmatized minority groups. Bigotry, the researchers note, is a continuing theme in the series of phenomenally popular young-adult novels. Voldemort, who represents pure evil…believes all power should reside in pure-blood witches and wizards, as opposed to those born of one magical parent and one non-magical muggle. In addition, Harry and his friends interact with various sub-human species such as elves and goblins, who regularly complain about being forced into subservient roles, not unlike blacks in apartheid South Africa. Harry ‘tries to understand them and appreciate their difficulties…’" So there you go, reading Harry Potter isn’t only fun but educational for life! Read the full article here
  • According to Rowling, ”The wizards represent all that the true muggle most fears: They are plainly outcasts and comfortable with being so. Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit!“

Happy Birthday J.K. Rowling

& Happy 35th Birthday, Harry James Potter.

Saurian

With camouflaged character,
you slithered into my life
and I couldn’t help but
envy your tough skin,
as if not even hate could
twist your mouth’s smug state.
But after a while I began to detest
your scaled caresses against
my virgin soft skin.
And after a while I began to cringe
at the sight of your dull dry eyes
that couldn’t cry when I cried,
that couldn’t shine when I shined.
Thank you but no thank you,
my discreet quiet old friend,
just slink out of my life
the same sly way you came in.

pistanthrophobia
—  (noun) Pistanthrophobia is defined as the fear of trusting people. This fear is conceived from negative experiences an individual endured in former relationship(s). Trust is perceived as one of the most fragile connections and understandings humanity builds, which is why pistanthrophobia must be overcome to live a fulfilling life.