Friday, July 27, 2012

Character Profile: Hedwig

One of Harry Potter's first companions throughout his journey at Hogwarts was the snowy owl, Hedwig. This loving pet companion made her first appearance in the Philosopher's Stone when Rubeus Hagrid buys Hedwig as a present for Harry's 11th birthday.

"....and I don't like cats, they make me sneeze. I'll get ya an owl. All the kids want owls, they're dead useful, carry 'yer mail an' everything." - Hagrid, the Philosopher's Stone 

Upon living with the Dursleys, Harry mostly spent his time in his room, and Hedwig was the only living thing in the house which did not loathe the sight of him. Hedwig could often sense what Potter was feeling and bring comfort to the young boy.

In the wizarding world, owls serve not only as great companions but as a mailing service. Keeping Potter connected to his friends residing out of his isolated muggle world, Hedwig would carry mail out to Potter's friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

Unfortunately, in July 27th, 1997, Hedwig was one of the casualties in the Battle of the Seven Potters. While flying through the air trying to help his beloved owner escape the Death Eaters, Hedwig intervened a Killing Curse that was meant for Hagrid. Of many character deaths, J.K. Rowling described that this event marked the symbolic end of innocence and childhood for young Harry Potter.

What's your favorite moment with Hedwig?

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