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Cell Analogy: Harry Potter Edition

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Megan Butler

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Transcript of Cell Analogy: Harry Potter Edition

Animal Cell
By: Megan Butler
Cell Analogy: Harry Potter Edition
Nucleus
Analogy: The nucleus is often said to be the "brain" or the "power house" of a cell. Just like Professor Dumbledore, the head master of Hogwarts, he controls everything that goes on in the school.
RER
Analogy: The Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum is much like the Hogwarts Express. The main function of the RER is to transport proteins within the cell. It is made up by a system of tubules and vesicles. Which relates to the express because it transports the students to Hogwarts.
Mitochondria
Analogy: I think a good example of Mitochondria from Harry Potter would be a wand. Much like a wand, this organelle supplies the energy needed in order for the cell to perform its functions. I believe the wand is the main source of energy because it produces magic in order to perform a certain spell.
Ribosomes
Analogy: The ribosomes are represented by the potions classroom. We often refer to ribosomes as "little protein factories". In Hogwarts, this is where most of the useful potions are created by professors to teach students or to heal them. Each potion is coded for a specific function, just like the proteins made by the ribosomes.
Golgi Apparatus
Analogy: Wizards use owls to transport letters or small packages throughout the wizard world. The Golgi adds finishing touches to the proteins and ships them off. Just like a wizard gives a letter to an owl to be mailed to a specific part of the wizard world.
Protein
Analogy: Magic represents the proteins because it is very important to the wizarding world, like it is for the cell. Also, just like we can't survive without proteins, wizards and other objects that are in this world can't survive without magic. Just like the magic/spells, proteins are involved in virtually all cell functions.
Cell Membrane
Analogy: I believe Hogwarts School best represents the Cell Membrane because it protects everything inside, such as the students, professors, and all the valuables the castle contains. Like the cell membrane which protects all the vital organelles in the cell.
Cytoplasm
Analogy: As you can see by the picture, there is a big rock wall supporting Hogwarts. Much like the cytoplasm the wall keeps the castle in place. The main function of the cytoplasm is to keep the organelles in their places in the cell.
Lysosomes
Analogy: The main function of a lysosome is to break down things in the cells in to simple substances that the cell can then reuse for something else. I chose the Room of Requirement to represent the lysosomes, because like this room the lysosomes store many spare parts that may be "required" for the cell. This room stores many items that could be used by the wizards later on.
Cytoskeleton
Analogy: The cytoskeleton provides a nice, solid structure, much like our skeletal system. The professors of Hogwarts are like the cytoskelton because the provide structure and alignment to the students that go there.
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