Thursday, April 3, 2014

Harry Potter MotW #36

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

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  Trelawney vs. Firenze

Oh tough call!  I guess they're both quite odd, in their own way...but they're also wise in their own way too.  As much as Trelawney ended up not being the complete flake we thought her out to be, I think I still would have preferred:

Firenze


There was something incredibly mysterious about him from our first meeting with him in the Forbidden Forest.  He spoke in riddles but there was always hidden knowledge in his words.  I think I would have quite liked his class.  The way it looked and felt like being outdoors...looking at the stars.  I don't know if I would have understood much, or even passed his class at all...but to be honest, that could be said for Trelawney's class as well!  

Professor Firenze was a centaur, part of the Forbidden Forest Centaur colony, and a Divination teacher at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1996 to 1998.  Before sometime in March 1996, he lived with the colony in the Forbidden Forest, on the borders of Hogwarts in Scotland. In 1992, Firenze saved Harry Potter in the forest from Lord Voldemort, frightening him away and carrying Harry on his back to safety. Despite his heroics, his herd saw this as a dishonourable act, as they considered themselves too great to be ridden by humans.
About four years later, in March 1996, Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts, hired him to teach Divination in Sybill Trelawney's stead, after she was sacked by Dolores Umbridge. But once again, the other centaurs saw this as servitude, and his colony attacked and banished him. They would have killed him were it not for the intervention of Rubeus Hagrid.  After Dumbledore was reinstated as headmaster, Trelawney was returned to her classroom, since Firenze's was still estranged with his colony, Dumbledore allowed them both to continue teaching, though Trelawney was uncomfortable with sharing her classes with a centaur. When Firenze was injured fighting in the Battle of Hogwarts, he returned to his colony later when the other centaurs had come to the opinion that his pro-human leanings were not so shameful.Harry Potter Wikia

4 comments:

  1. Trelawny is too spiritual for me. I quite liked Firenze and he sounds so wise! He could teach me interesting things for sure :)

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  2. Aww I think everyone preferred Firenze this week :). I felt way too loyal to Trelawney to change anything. She was treated so badly even though she was an absolute fruitcake haha :) xx

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  3. Hahaha I think he's about as clear as Trelawney, true :D
    I think I'd prefer him as a teacher, but in general I doubt I'd take the class anyhow, no matter who taught it.
    I just think Firenze is better suited for this because of his species.. I picked the same :D

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  4. Heh, yeah I can't say I would have excelled in either class because I think more like Hermione and McGonagall do. But if I had a natural ability with Divination, it could be quite cool! And it would be especially neat to have a centaur for a teacher :)

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