British Soc & Lit 2: Harry Potter Podcast

Students in British Society & Literature 2 should listen to this podcast about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Group 6.

  • Each group may ask up to two questions about the podcast for presentation question credit, using the “Leave a reply” comment link.
  • Group 6 is also responsible for answering your question in the comments.

12 thoughts on “British Soc & Lit 2: Harry Potter Podcast

  1. Jieun Yoo

    I enjoyed your topic very much!! I too really was surprised with Snapes action. My question is this.
    Snape does try his best to protect Harry and is a good person in the heart but is also a mean person at the same time. This makes Snape a very interesting person because, in JK’s books all most every person is depicted as good or evil. Snape is one of a few exceptions.

    Why do you think that JK made Snape so complicated and do you think this complex personality is more charming or confusing?

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    1. Yerim Kim

      Thank you for your question.
      Considering only the contents of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I think Snape was actually meant to help Harry but being bad for Harry and being considered a villain in the book is the reversal technique the author used to make the story more interesting. Considering the whole story of Harry Potter series, however, I think J.K. Rowling wants to talk about how Snape tough and difficult life was for Snape. So including whole story, I think this character’s complex personality is very charming for the readers.

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  2. Hyejin Yoo

    I’m from group 1 and I agree with your opinion that Snape was misjudged. However, why do you think that Snape did not tell Dumbledore about the truth even though he suspects Quirrell?

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    1. Jieun Chun

      I think Dumbledore was also suspicious of Quirrell and knew about that too. But he only had a firm belief and had any supporting evidence, so he would have Snape to watch over Quirrell. This is just my guess, Thank you 🙂

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  3. Jong Hun, Kim

    I’m from group 1. I thought your topic was so interesting and it seems to be like much arguable in many ways. But My opinion is a little bit different because, According to this novel, there is no doubt Snape tried to protect Harry from much danger. I actually had a similar experience like Snape and Harry. When I was young, my parents sometimes hit me and spoke very hard enough to hurt me. But when I grew up, I knew that everything my parents did was for me. They just didn’t tell me about those things. And I love them.

    Have you ever experienced this similar things which you didn’t realize but later, you understood why they did to you?
    Do you think Harry will not understand about what Snape did?

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  4. Jong Hun, Kim

    I’m from group 1. I thought your topic was so interesting and it seems to be like much arguable in many ways. But My opinion is a little bit different because, According to this novel, there is no doubt Snape tried to protect Harry from much danger. I actually had a similar experience like Snape and Harry. When I was young, my parents sometimes hit me and spoke very hard enough to hurt me. But when I grew up, I knew that everything my parents did was for me. They just didn’t tell me about those things. And I love them.

    Have you ever experienced this similar things which you didn’t realize but later, you understood why they did to you?
    Do you think Harry will not understand about what Snape did?

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  5. Jeonghyeon, Ahn

    I really enjoyed your podcast.
    The contents was good and also the sound effect was great!!

    I agree with you. It is hard to say OK for Snape’s grudge though he saved Harry.

    And my question is here :
    Nevertheless, if Snape had really, really understandable reasons to hate Harry, can he be justified because of the reason? If so, what is the right extend where his grudge allowed?

    p.s. Did you play the recorder yourself? 😀 Encore!

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    1. Jieun Chun

      Thank you for an interesting question.

      In the book, the real reason why Snape hated Harry was because Harry’s father and Snape had detested each other so much. Nevertheless, James Potter had saved his life and Snape said he couldn’t stand it, and this is a part of why Snape hates Harry as well.
      Although this is an understandable reason of Snape’s hatred to Harry, I don’t think it is justifiable that he treated Harry unfairly in the class or acted mean to Gryffindor students.

      P.s. The recorder is not played by me. It is Rec0rder Mast3r’s artwork from youtube 🙂

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  6. Garam Park

    Thank you for your question.
    Everyone will have the uncomfortable experiences with their parents. And after a while, everyone would know why they did it. Because they love us. The relationship between Snape and Harry, however, is not just a parental relationship, it is not at all alike. It is true that he saved Harry in the Quidditch game. But was he acting unfair to Harry because he really loved him? I do not think so.
    I hope this answers your question.

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  7. Heeran Kang

    Hi, I’m from group 5.

    Very interesting topic and nice background music from the movie series!
    My question is- do you think Snape deserves to be misunderstood by the students?

    It seems that other professors are aware of the fact that he is an innocent person, and at times even trying to save Harry’s life, but students including Harry always end up judging him to be a mean person. However, I was wondering if you think that his efforts to protect them should be underestimated because of the way he treats those students (particularly Gryffindor’s)?

    Thank you in advance.

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