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Quest for Knowledge

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Danielle Pfaff

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Transcript of Quest for Knowledge

Ms. Pfaff's love of learning, logical approach to problems, and sense of justice are similar to Hermione Granger's characteristics in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series.
Thesis
Logical (to the point of Skeptical)
“But that’s – I’m sorry, but that’s completely ridiculous! How can I possibly prove it doesn’t exist? Do you expect me to get hold of – of all the pebbles in the world and test them? I mean, you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist!” (
Deathly Hallows
, Rowling 346)
Hermione is loyal and stands up for what she believes in, whether it is defending elves, muggles, or, on many occasions, Hagrid. She constantly defends people or creatures against injustices large and small. I also have a strong sense of right and wrong. Many of my beliefs center around fair treatment and equality. I am quick to dismiss negative and derogatory rhetoric, as well as espouse my point of view on issues I see as a matter of justice.
Love of Knowledge
"I know I messed up Ancient Runes," muttered Hermione feverishly, "I definitely made at least one serious mistranslation. And the Defense Against the Dark Arts practical was no good at all. I thought Transfiguration went all right at the time, but looking back-" (
Half Blood Prince
, Rowling 220).
Ms. Pfaff
Quest for Knowledge
Hermione takes learning very seriously. She is meticulous and dedicated to doing things correctly, as well as passionate about certain subjects. I read with this same passion; if I am learning something I enjoy, I will put everything into annotating, generating theories, and understanding concepts. When I wrote my thesis, I was not satisfied enough to turn it in until I had gone through a rigerous revision process. Even after I turned the paper in, I continued to improve upon my theories and writing.
Like Hermione, I am never satisfied with an answer that does not provide definitive proof. This trait often causes people to view Hermione as skeptical. Although I enjoy debating about abstract theories, I employ concrete examples to make my points. I often reject a theory if a person cannot offer concrete details to support it. As with Hermione, this can often alienate people. Often times, I ignore the feelings of the person I am debating with in favor of a truth or an answer--or even simply being right. Hermione also alienates people in the name of being correct or logical; this is something Ron and Harry learn to live with and accept as part of her personality.
Strong Sense of Justice
“You know, house-elves get a very raw deal! It’s slavery, that’s what it is! That Mr. Crouch made her go up to the top of the stadium, and she was terrified, and he’s got her bewitched so she can’t even run when they start trampling tents! Why doesn’t anyone do something about it?” (
Goblet of Fire,
Rowling 96)
Citations
Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Harry Potter #7. N.p.: Random House, 2007. Print.

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter #4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. New York, NY: Scholastic, 2002. Print

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter #4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. New York, NY: Scholastic, 2002. Print.

"Stack of Old Books, Light Backgrounddetails." Stack of Old Books, Light Background [image 31x50 Pixels 97]. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.
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