Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Magic/Half-blood

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Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter - Magic
Half-blood
Type Status
Features Only one parent is a pure wizard/witch
First Appearance Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Overview[edit]

A half-blood is someone with magical powers, having only one pure-blood parent, the other being either Muggle or Muggle-born.

Extended Description[edit]

Beginner warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.

"Half-blood" status is only important to those wizards who give weight to the "blood purity" beliefs, the unproven and legally unsupported belief that being able to prove Wizarding ancestry somehow grants additional status to an individual or family. To those who accept this belief system, a Half-blood wizard is inferior to one who can prove ancestry from Wizarding families.

Analysis[edit]

Given the apparent group hysteria displayed by the proponents of the Blood Status theory, we perhaps should not be surprised that no distinction is drawn between the child of a Wizard and a Muggle, and the child of a Wizard and a Muggle-born.

Due to some process likely akin to hybrid vigor in genetics, quite often the most powerful wizards and witches spring from these intermarriages: classic examples would be Harry Potter, Tom Riddle, and Professor Snape. Equally, weaker wizards can come from pure-blood families; examples here would be Merope Gaunt and Neville Longbottom. However, there is quite a large faction of wizards, headed by Lord Voldemort, who believe that only pure-bloods should be educated in magic, and in fact that everyone other than the purebloods should be wiped off the face of the Earth.

Questions[edit]

Study questions are meant to be left for each student to answer; please don't answer them here.

  1. What parallels can be drawn between instances in Muggle World History such as the Civil Rights movement and the role of Half-Blood characters in Harry Potter?
  2. If you were a half-blood wizard how would you feel knowing that Voldemort was in power once more?
  3. How far can you say that the tensions between Voldemort and half-blood wizards is at the heart of the Wizarding Wars?

Greater Picture[edit]

Intermediate warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.