What the Harry Potter Series Gets Right About the Different Types of Students

What the Harry Potter Series Gets Right About the Different Types of Students

As a Potterhead, it’s a great pleasure to write an article about the different types of students found in the Harry Potter series.

The Jealous and Envious Student

The Jealous and Envious StudentThere are many kids who are snared by the comparison trap. When they see the successes and gifts of others, instead of being happy for them, they tend to focus on their shortcomings. Jealousy and envy bloom, which trigger an unhealthy competitive feeling in them. These kids would feel envious when another is considered more popular or well-liked or when another is acknowledged for getting good grades. Some of these kids might not covet what the other student has, but would certainly consider themselves superior and thus devalue the other students.

That’s right; I’m talking about Draco Malfoy.

Draco was the only son of Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy. Since he came from one of the pureblood wizarding families, he was raised to believe that he is more important and superior to half-bloods and Muggle-borns. As the only heir to a rich family, Draco was a very stubborn spoilt brat and he didn’t mind letting the world know. This is why he was sorted into the Slytherin House the moment the Sorting Hat touched his head.

While at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Draco always tried his best to trick and hurt people to get what he wanted. He developed a rivalry with Harry, Ron and Hermione and made several attempts to get them into trouble. He always resented the attention they received, especially Harry. And, of course, we cannot forget his hatred for Hermione and for calling her a “Mudblood.”

Teachers –besides Snape –couldn’t stand his childish and immature behavior but because he came from a wealthy and pureblood family, he often escaped punishment. He was that kind of kid who came from a great family and who didn’t give a care about school work.

Draco’s Best Lines:

“I really don’t think they should let the other sort in, do you? They’re just not the same, they’ve never been brought up to know our ways. Some of them have never even heard of Hogwarts until they get the letter, I imagine. I think they should keep it in the old wizarding families.”

“You know how I think they choose people for the Gryffindor team. It’s people they feel sorry for. See, there’s Potter, who’s got no parents, then there’s the Weasleys, who’ve got no money — you should be on the team, Longbottom, you’ve got no brains.”

The Clumsy Student

The Clumsy StudentIn every school or class, there is that one kid who appears awkward and is always clumsy. These kids may be introverted and may often bump into objects, drop things, fall over and be the easy target for bullies.

In the Harry Potter series, if there’s one kid who fits this description, it’s undeniable Neville Longbottom.

Neville was that kind, shy, passive and introverted boy who always thought he’s just a good-for-nothing. He is also told by his grandmother that he is not enough. While Neville was initially portrayed as a rather mediocre and disorganized student, his character undergoes a massive transition and he joins Dumbledore’s Army. Who would have believed that the shy and clumsy boy would have the guts to reject Voldemort’ offer to join him?

Neville’s Best Lines:

“Alecto, Amycus’s sister, teaches Muggle Studies, which is compulsory for everyone. We’ve all got to listen to her explain how Muggles are like animals, stupid and dirty, and how they drive wizards into hiding by being vicious toward them, and how the natural order is being reestablished. I got this one (indicates to a large gash on his cheek) for asking her how much Muggle blood she and her brother have got.”

“I’ll join you when hell freezes over!”