Are you really surprised that I wrote this post? You should have been surprised if I hadn’t. #PotterheadForLife
Non-Potterheads, I’m giving you an easy excuse for not commenting on this post. Potterheads, gather round the campfire.
Today’s post is inspired by a brainwave I got yesterday. This topic was not included in my original list of topics to write about. But yesterday, I started rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Yes, I got a brainwave for this post directly from Hogwarts.
“How about comparing Harry Potter characters with different types of bloggers in the blogging world?”
I fell in love with the idea at the click of the Deluminator.
Without further ado, let me take you back to Hogwarts. All aboard!
Here are the Harry Potter series characters, which I feel are very similar to bloggers in the blogosphere.
1. Mad-Eye Moody: CONSTANT VIGILANCE! In the book series, Mad-Eye Moody is portrayed to be someone who plans well in advance, is super-alert, hyper vigilant and is visually omniscient (thanks to that spinning, squelchy glass eye of his).
Does that ring any bells about a particular blogger you know? The Muggle similarities you would see are: He/she constantly checks stats, bounce rates, Alexa Rank, and knows Google Analytics inside out. He/she observes new trends in the blogging industry, and obviously takes part in them. Also, he/she would spend time observing how other bloggers write and present their content. And, the ‘Mad-Eye Moody’ type of bloggers would be the ones with editorial calendars, rough drafts ready for ‘writers block’ days, and posts scheduled well in advance.
2. Luna Lovegood: I hope to write a fan fiction series where Luna Lovegood becomes the next Editor of Quibbler. I can almost imagine what the cover page would look like. And what the topics would be. (This is my new pet project. I love you Luna!)
Bloggers who are similar to Luna Lovegood would display the following characteristics: He/she would write posts about unheard-of topics. Be it comparing an entrepreneur with Voldemort, or thinking out loud about why cooking is a superpower, they’ve done it all. He/she would always try to do something creative and unique to appreciate someone else (remember the lion-head cap Luna made, to support the Gryffindor in the Gryffindor Vs Slytherin Match in the fifth book?). Bloggers like Luna strongly believe in the topics they write about, even though it may seem ridiculous to others.
3. Hermione Granger: Insanely clever, self-confessed bibliophile, frequent mutterer of ‘Don’t you two ever read?’, unofficial body-guard for Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, social activist (remember Society for Promotion of Elvish Welfare?), feminist and a brilliant thinker. Have I done justice in describing the most brilliant witch ever?
Bloggers like Hermione Granger share the same traits: he/she will always be around to help someone in need, either with their intellect, or with their sheer power of the written word. She/he is a feminist, has a strong opinion, and unapologetically shares it (even in the face of trolls and crazy lunatics out there). Also, their posts would be well-researched, with links to appropriate websites. Don’t expect their posts to be anything but long form (remember how Hermione used to write ‘more than required feet/inches of parchment’ for her homework?)
4. Mrs. Weasley: Fiercely loyal to her family (and Harry, of course), protective of her children (“Not my daughter, you bitch!” If you don’t remember this line, and don’t visualise her saying it loud and clear everytime you read it, you are no longer a friend of mine), a mother and a wife with a heart of gold and a selfless nature, who successfully makes everyone feel at home.
Such type of bloggers are pretty rare. You know, the ones who’ve always got your back, no matter what. You may associate Mrs. Weasley with your blogger-best friend. Or you may even associate her with your mentor. Either ways, you are always assured of having someone to fight alongside with when you take on trolls, or someone to make you chicken broth when you’re down with blogging illnesses.
A few other characters I considered for this post:
1. Moaning Myrtle (for those bloggers who whine a lot, disappear for long periods of time, make a big fuss of having a great comeback, but then still go back to haunting a U-bend)
2. Draco Malfoy (for those bloggers who boast about knowing the who’s who of the blogging world and every other world, and who feel everyone must bow down to them because ‘my father is in the ‘Hogwarts Board of Governors’)