A Trinity in Harry Potter

There are various instances of a “trinity” in Harry Potter, such as the Harry-Hermione-Ron trio, and the Peverell brothers who each owned one magical artefact of the Deathly Hallows.

Oh and there’s the Triwizard Tournament between Hogwarts School (of Witchcraft and Wizardry), Durmstrang Institute, and Beauxbatons Academy (of Magic).

I’ve heard of this fan theory that suggests that Voldemort represents the Elder Wand, Severus Snape the Resurrection Stone, and Harry Potter the Cloak of Invisibility. Not to mention that all 3 of them were Half-bloods.

And now, I’ve suddenly realised that 3 types magical creatures in the Harry Potter Universe, could correspond to the 3 magical artefacts that make up the Deathly Hallows. 

These three types of magic creatures, which are not symbols of any of the 4 Houses of Hogwarts, are prominent even in the muggle world of mythology and folklore: The dragon, the Unicorn, and the Phoenix.

The Dragon could be associated with the Elder Wand, in that it’s powerful, deadly and even fatal. Both make good prizes that every wizard would want to possess.

The Unicorn, shares an similarity with the Resurrection Stone which was set in the Peverell ring passed down generations in the Gaunt family (Voldemort’s maternal ancestors). The Resurrection Stone could (supposedly, according to The Tale of the Three Brothers) bring back the dead to life. Similarly, Voldemort survived on drinking unicorn blood with the help of Quirinus Quirrell in the Philosopher’s Stone (Book 1), tethering to life the Dark Lord who has lost form after his body was destroyed when he first tried to kill the infant Harry Potter at Godric’s Hollow.

The Phoenix, the immortal magical creature, bursts into flames when it’s growing too old, and rises from its ashes. This aspect is particularly similar to the Cloak of Invisibility, first owned by Ignotus Peverell, the cloak that supposedly enabled him to hide from Death until old age as depicted in The Tale of Three Brothers. Another characteristic of the Phoenix is the potent healing powers of its tears, which as seen in the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2), was the antidote to Basilisk venom. Thus the phoenix (in this case, Dumbledore’s phoenix Fawkes) is able to save lives and thus allowing Harry to live longer, a function which I believe to be similar to the Cloak of Invisibility.

Last but not least, these three types of magical creatures, the Dragon, the Unicorn, and the Phoenix, provide the most commonly-found wand cores, namely, dragon heartstring, unicorn hair, and phoenix feather.

“Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus.”

Seemingly “little” words of kindness, gratitude and encouragement

Thanks. Happy Birthday. Jiayou (加油!)

These words, however effortless they may seem, have such an impact beyond what people usually perceive, and of course, they mean much more especially to me.

These words, however minute or insignificant they may appear to be, could brighten up one’s day. They make one feel that he/she is appreciated, is valued and important (to others) enough to show some concern for him/her. 

They make one feel that he/she is not alone, that he/she is not forgotten or left out, that he/she has friends and ppl who care, that he/she is worthy of living in this world.

There’s would always be a he/She who wants to be counted in/involved in things that done/experienced together with others; he/she who wishes to have friends, especially those who would stay true and sincere, regardless of what happens, until the very end; he/she hopes to have friends who are thoughful enough to do something for him/her, in true and pure friendship.

I concede that true and longlasting friendships are rare, but I don’t believe that it’s that uncommon to have true friends at any point in one’s life.

I myself have came across several, but struggle to maintain them as studies, NS, time and other commitments attempt to diminish them. 

The way to start a friendship, or any other relationship for that matter, always starts with words of kindness, words in which one tries to be nice and friendly, words which start a conversation that would otherwise not be initated.

I’ll always remember, the times when Zhi Wei and Cedric thank me, when Tristan and Jessie encourage me, when Kai En consoles me, when Joel Eb, LTC Low and CPT Ming Xiang ask how I am, when Gladys Aiyo at me falling sick again, when Miss Janell says she believe I could do it (A levels). All these I’ve mentioned are just a handful out of the many kind words I’ve received from some of the many people I hold dearly to my heart, the people who mean the most to me.

Thoughts in my free time,

Zq

Monday “yay”

Have been busy with a lot of stuff, and getting easily distracted, such that I tend to forget things.

There’s something that I couldn’t forget.

It was when I watched the news in the morning that I remembered that yesterday was 4 June, the 28th anniversary of the Tiananmen incident/massacre, when the social and political movement turned into a tragedy that would be remembered by people for years to come.

So I read that Hong Kong, as is every year since 1989, held a candlelight session, a commemoration event that mourns the dead and calls for vindication for the victims of this incident.

Hopefully, one day, wounds could be healed, justice would be upheld, and differences would be reconciled.

zq😓