Meeting with the
Goddess/Woman as Temptress
Figures in Harry Potter
2004-2007 by Lynne Milum. All rights reserved.
There are three transformative events
that are the possible culmination of the hero's journey.
These are Meeting with the Goddess, Atonement with the
Father and Apotheosis. For the protagonist who was
raised in the absence of love, love is the life goal.
This type of story culminates with a sacred marriage -
immersion of the hero in the highest love form.
The Goddess is the feminine
introduction to the hero – she may be manifested as good
or evil; or frequently as both in a single package. She
is the source of life, as well as the sower of awareness
of the wonder and mystery of that life garden. The
Goddess guides the hero and provides him the means for
success in his trials.
In a sense, all women comprise the
Goddess – they inherently represent Life and Death
simultaneously. Some may clearly take on the 'shadow'
side of the Goddess as represented in the Temptress
model, while others may have both elements of light and
shadow. It is for Harry to make the choice whether that
woman partners with him to achieve a higher plane of
existence or exposes his weaknesses by prompting his
ultimate fall into sin and self-doubt.
Remember that the physical appearance
of the Goddess is not necessarily indicative of her
inner or "true" beauty. In fact, those who witness her
with ugly hearts and minds are incapable of perceiving
the great inner beauty. As a result, the obvious is not
reliable. There are dimensions of Rowling characters as
yet unexplored that may reveal paradoxical outcomes.
Meeting with the Goddess for the
It is no accident that most
of the women in the series are namesakes of goddesses -
for each woman in her own right is a goddess - giver and
destroyer of life (for physical death is a consequence
of life). She is the symbol of life and is all
that can be known. She is the keeper of forms that rise
from the timeless unconscious - that which is God,
Brahman, Void, Source of all Being. We are thus
manifested into life constrained by time.
Several women portrayed in the series
thus far have specific attributes of the Goddess. These
characterizations may focus on the romantic aspect, but
there is also the ‘motherly’ and ‘sisterly’ perspective
of this motif that needs to be considered. Also notable
is J.K. Rowling's selection of goddesses across
religious and spiritual belief systems - could this in
itself parallel the multiplicity and fragmentation of
world cultures within the series? And finally, is it
destiny that these goddesses be aligned through the
culmination of this grand myth?
What follows is consideration for
"Goddess/Temptress" figures in Harry's life, depicting
elements of true Goddess and her Shadow. While all women
are goddesses; the hero has but one Goddess to be found.
She is his reflection, his complement, apparent opposite
yet unified with his soul. Harry’s true Goddess is the
one likely to guide him through critical trials, and
will recognize and accept him despite horrific acts he
must perform. Harry shall accept her completely as well.
While potentially modified by the
last adventure, ‘Goddess for the Series’ has largely
been defined for Harry in the Half-Blood Prince. Harry's
Goddess is embodied in three entities, or a trinity.
This aggregated Goddess manifests herself as mother,
sister, and true love.
As mother, Lily Potter sacrificed her
life to Voldemort for love of Harry. Harry owes his
existence to Lily not only for birth, but also for her
ongoing protection from Voldemort.
As sister in spirit, Hermione has
already posed the goddess in each adventure.
- Helped Harry past the last challenge in The
Provided the warning of the
Basilisk in Chamber of Secrets (and portrayed the
Sleeping Lady metaphor)
Traveled through time with Harry
in Azkaban to save Sirius
Sharpened Harry's skills in
preparation for the Triwizard tournament in Goblet
Partnered with Harry in the
Department of Mysteries during which Harry was
emotionally devastated when she collapsed after
Antonin Dolohov’s attack
And followed Harry's instructions
when Hogwarts was overrun with Death Eaters in
Ginny was revealed as Harry’s true
love in Half-Blood Prince.
Up to this point, it was still plausible that she and
Hermione had reversed roles - Ginny was the little
sister in Harry's adoptive family and was still viewed
that way through the battle at the Ministry in Book 5.
Retrospectively, Harry gave his life for Ginny in
Chamber of Secrets not because of a romantic love, but
because love underlies Harry’s identity. But for Fawkes,
that adventure would have been his last. He just has
that ‘saving thing’ going on, as Hermione notes in the
Order of the Phoenix.
Cho takes on the obvious role as the
first love interest in Harry’s life. To recognize a
'woman' role in his life that is neither mother nor
sister is a step towards maturity. Cho helps Harry break
from his childlike self-perception. Cho feels a strong
connection to Harry even before Cedric's death - so the
relationship isn't based solely on selfishness and pity.
After the Ministry battle at the end of the Order of
the Phoenix, both Cho and Harry have been released
from their romantic attachment.
Cho's name is sourced in goddess
language - in Tibet, Chomolungma is Goddess Mother of
the World, insurmountable as the summit of Everest. By
legend, Cho Oyu - or Turquoise God falls in love with
the Goddess, but she turns to another in marriage. Chos,
pronounced Chö, is also the Tibetian word for dharma or
Her last name finds roots in Chang O,
the Chinese moon goddess who lives in a palace of
Goddess Moments: Cho shows much
kindness towards Harry, even when she turns him down for
the Yule Ball. Cho is also a Seeker and a member
of the D.A.
Shadow Moments: Cho demonstrates
irrational jealousy toward Hermione on several
occasions. She also leverages her role as a victim of
Cedric's death, through her persistent tears and desire
to "talk" with Harry. Cho defends Marietta Edgecombe's
actions - somehow it was Hermione's jinx to seal a
promise and not Marietta's betrayal of the D.A. that was
the primary act of ugliness. - Harry sees that her
priorities are skewed and moves on.
Parvati and Padma Patil
Parvati has been a consistent
presence throughout the series, and she was Harry’s
first date at the Yule Ball. Parvati is characterized as
the most beautiful girl in the class (Presumably Padma
is nearly as beautiful). Although Harry did not treat
Parvati well at the Ball in Goblet of Fire, both she and
her sister Padma join Dumbledore’s Army under Harry’s
leadership. There is clearly respect in Harry’s
relationship with her.
Parvati is the Hindu Goddess of the
World - she is wife of Shiva, the destroyer power of the
universe. Another name for Parvati is Kali, who is the
great Mother-Destroyer of Hindu spiritual texts. Parvati
is truly the wife of "time" as Shiva is the embodiment
Padma is a member of Ravenclaw and
was Ron's first date at the Yule Ball, but was truly
neglected through his jealous outrage over Hermione. She
is quite intelligent but needs attentiveness, and finds
offense when not central to the discussion.
Padma or Lotus Flower is also the
name of a Hindu Goddess. She is wife of Vishnu, god of
world preservation. In Hindu narratives, Vishnu is the
Cosmic Dreamer who creates and sustains the universe out
of inspiration from Padma. Padma is both the source and
the object of Vishnu's cosmic dream - She rubs his foot
and drives the dream - and thus Vishnu dreams of her,
his shakti or spiritual energy.
Rowling has developed these
characters and consistently shown their human flaws,
such that these twins are a bit self-absorbed. Their
individuation in skills of bravery and knowledge may
still be revealed - Parvati, in particular, showed
desire for practical knowledge when prevented DADA
practice. Also of note in the house selection, Parvati
was chosen for bravery, while Padma was chosen for
intellect. This may be indicative of choices yet to be
made by the girls. The twins depart from Hogwarts on the
morning after Dumbledore’s death.
Goddess Moments: Parvati believes
in Harry and joins D.A. with sister Padma. They are both
appreciative and loyal members of the D.A.
Shadow Moments: Both girls show
great impatience at the Yule Ball and find other boys
who are attentive. Parvati shows an obsession with
Trelawney and her divination teachings. So Parvati is
also capable of falling for this type of ruse.
Minerva McGonagall - Goddess of
Yes, Minerva McGonagall does carry
aspects of the Goddess. She has her motherly side
(although a bit crusty) a definite personal guardianship
for Harry. She objected when Harry was first delivered
to the Dursleys as a baby, but was overruled by
Dumbledore. Minerva is his surrogate mother at Hogwarts
– the head of his house. She is greatly loved by most of
the faculty and is honored by them – indicating presence
of an inner beauty. McGonagall has a bit of humor below
the surface of her serious side, making her a lovable
curmudgeon. And she is above all worthy of Dumbledore's
McGonagall has remained distant to
Harry, despite opportunity for guidance. She is,
however, close confidante and mentor of Hermione.
Perhaps this indicates that Minerva is the ideal whom
Hermione is destined to replace - at least as Hogwart's
mother and unequivocal transfiguration master. This
perspective facilitates a parallel for Harry to succeed
Dumbledore in the role of Father and supreme wizard.
As goddess, Minerva is the Greek
virgin goddess born of Zeus - she represents purity,
reason and wisdom. Notably, Minerva also represents the
"intellectual side of war" as she is a prudent advisor.
Goddess Moments: Professor
McGonagall recognized Harry's skills and placed him on
the Quidditch team during his first year. In the
latest episode, McGonagall challenged Umbridge in
defense of Hagrid, and consequently was struck down with
four simultaneous "stunner" curses and miraculously
lived. Minerva has vowed to assist Harry in his wish to
be an Auror despite seemingly insurmountable odds. She
is the consummate expert at transfiguration - another
term for achievement of enlightenment. Additionally,
Minerva is the generational counterpart to Dumbledore
(e.g. the Hogwarts Father-Mother complement). She is
believed to be an original OOTP member, although not
identified in Moody's photograph. McGonagall was an
active participant during Harry's early crisis,
responding to Dumbledore's request when the Potter's
were killed. She strongly opposed the Dursley placement.
On multiple occasions, McGonagall prevented Harry's
expulsion and consistently shows thinly veiled worry for
the members of the Gryffindor tribe. Consistent with her
namesake, she seems to represent either sisterly or
unrequited love for Dumbledore.
Shadow Moments: Professor
McGonagall is tempestuous in anger and for her,
"rules" sometimes supercede the "spirit" in decision
Sybil Trelawney is the messenger of
Harry's power and his destiny. Harry now understands her
role and why Dumbledore retained her at Hogwarts. Sybil
symbolizes that each person may glimpse their true
potential, even as they maintain a false life - she has
seen the truth twice. Professor Trelawney has lived in
fear that someone would recognize her as a fraud - and
unmask her. She has lived for fourteen years off the
name of her great-great-grandmother Cassandra Trelawney,
a famous seer.
Her name originates with the Great
Pagan Goddess Cybele who through transformation by the
Greeks became known as the Sibyls - by some accounts,
the oldest Goddess known.
Goddess Moments: Trelawney is the
source of Harry's prophecy, so she somehow is in
tune with his life and destiny.
Shadow Moments: Trelawney lives a
fraudulent life of self-imposed suffering. She often
reduces herself to tricks in divining the future - and
comes of as a charlatan.
Yes - Dolores, Goddess of pain and
sorrow (Greek and Roman origins) despite her seeming
unredemptive qualities has a goddess role. Read the
words of Algernon Swinburne regarding this dark goddess:
Cold eyelids that hide like a jewel
Hard eyes that grow soft for an hour;
The heavy white limbs, and the cruel
Red mouth like a venomous flower;
When these are gone by with their glories,
What shall rest of thee then, what remain,
O mystic and sombre Dolores,
Our Lady of Pain?
- Algernon Swinburne
How could this not characterize
Dolores Umbridge whose last name is literally "shadow"
or "suspicion"- she is clearly the shadow goddess
of pain and suffering.
Human suffering is the consequence of
time and the plain of opposites. Just as Kali offers
reassurance even as she swings the sword of death -
suffering is an illusion and release from suffering is
Harry's acceptance of Dolores
Umbridge and his ability to forgive could release him
from the negative energy (rage) she induces in him.
Shadow Moments: Professor
Umbridge delights in physical torture - she baits
Harry into anger through accusation of lies and
incompetence and squeals in delight in his failures.
Umbridge revels in lying and deception such that (to
her) the end justifies the means. Her zealousness
through deception was demonstrated by sending Dementors
to Little Whinging with no thought for innocent people
(Muggles or Squibs). She truly has no sense of right or
light, and wallows in her own ignorance. When McGonagall
rightfully defended Hagrid during the nighttime attack,
Umbridge had no hesitation to send Stunners at her. In
the end, if Dolores believes an act is to her advantage,
she will do it. And to her end, through her ignorance
she injured primarily herself - almost as a female
incarnation of a Lockhart.
Susan Bones has been mentioned in
each book to date and it is clear that she has
experienced tragedy similar to Harry. Voldemort murdered
her uncle and his family. Strangely, Harry does not know
Susan in Order of the Phoenix, even as most
readers recognize her name. At the hearing her aunt,
Amelia Bones, is impressed with Harry's abilities in
producing a corporeal Patronus and Susan echoes that
admiration as well when the D.A. assembles at the Hogs
Head. Susan loses her Aunt Amelia – a powerful witch who
headed the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, in
Susan's name is the short form of
SUSANNA and is derived from the Hebrew word shushan
meaning "lily" (or in Modern Hebrew, "rose"). This is
the name of a biblical woman who ministered to Christ.
The name is also used in an Apocrypha story of a woman
falsely accused of adultery and is subsequently defended
by the prophet Daniel. Her last name, of course, alludes
to images of death, but in another context, "bones"
refers to the essence or something deeply ingrained.
Goddess Moments: Susan is a
loyal member of the D.A. and, with Hannah Abbott,
takes on Draco on the train returning home.
Shadow Moments: Other than some
notoriety for her uncle's misfortune, Susan is not yet
associated with a shadow event.
Hannah Abbott, like Susan Bones, has
been present in each book of the series. She too is a
member of Hufflepuff. Hannah is a prefect, and generally
considered smart - but is a bit short on common sense.
Her mother is murdered by Death Eaters in The Half Blood
Prince and Hannah leaves Hogwarts.
Hannah’s name also has biblical
origins, as it stems from the Hebrew name Channah
which means "favor" or "grace". Hannah was the mother of
the prophet Samuel in the Old Testament. Her last name
Abbott is rooted in "abbot" meaning father or the
superior of a monastery for men.
Goddess Moments: Hannah is a
loyal member of D.A. and, with Susan Bones, takes on
Draco on the train returning home.
Shadow Moments: Hannah does not
handle stress well and accidentally transfigured a
ferret into a flock of flamingos. She believed Harry to
be the Heir of Slytherin in the Chamber of Secrets. She
also worried that Sirius Black could turn into a
flowering shrub in the third book and leaned to House
favoritism by supporting Cedric Diggory in the Goblet of
Madame Maxime is not Harry's goddess,
rather she is Rubeus Hagrid's true love. Portrayed as a
dark and elegant half-giantess in Goblet of Fire, Olympe
gives the rough Hagrid a new perspective. In Half Blood
Prince, Maxime also shows a new side to herself being
rugged enough to travel mountainous wilderness in search
of the giant colonies. Great danger was ever-present in
the approach to giant leadership, and Maxime managed to
She is patient with Hagrid when he found Grawp and
decided to return him to Hogwarts.
Olympe Maxime’s first name comes from
Mount Olympia, home of the Greek Goddesses, while her
last name highlights her giant origins in meaning
largest or at the highest level of development.
Goddess Moments: Madame Maxime
has reverence for Dumbledore. She is headmistress of
Beaubatons Academie and is refined in manner. In Book 6,
She joins Hagrid as envoy to the giants on Dumbledore’s
request. This task required great strength and courage,
as well as a manifest trust in Hagrid. The effort
appeared to work until Death Eaters conspired against
Shadow Moments: During the
Triwizard Tournement, Madame Maxime uses Hagrid to find
out about the tasks, most notably for the dragons. At
the Yule Ball, she denies her giant blood in a private
conversation with Hagrid. In part, this may be a
protective device, since prejudice against giants is
rampant in the wizarding world. After a period of
coldness between them, and only after Cedric’s death,
Olympe rejoins Hagrid as they make diplomatic plans to
align with the giants.
Bellatrix (Bella) Lestrange
Bella is a favored student of
Voldemort and appears to be the premiere female Death
Eater. She is married to Rodolphus Lestrange with whom
she was sent to Azkaban after torturing Frank and Alice
Longbottom to insanity. She claims to be an esoteric
student of Voldemort – privy to his darkest powers as
she teases Harry during the ministry battle. She
subsequently escapes with Voldemort. Bella is with
‘Cissy’ when visiting Snape in Spinner’s End. She is not
mentioned in the battle at Hogwarts at the end of Half
Bella Lestrange’s name can be read as
beautiful in a strange manner or as bizarre.
Bellatrix is a bright star in the
Orion constellation, also known as the Amazon Star.
Bellatrix is Latin for Amazon or warrioress.
Goddess Moments: The only person
Bella seems to have true affection for is her sister
Narcissa expressed at the beginning of Half Blood
Prince. Voldemort seems to have some affinity for her –
"He shares everything with me!… he calls me his most
loyal, his most faithful…" as she esteems Voldemort for
the power he wields. One creature dedicated to Bella is
the house elf Kreatcher who keeps her portrait nearby
and wants to serve her instead of Harry – could she be…
Shadow Moments: Bella would cast
of her husband in a moment at Voldemort's call. This
woman has cruelty imbedded in her soul - guilty of the
Cruciatus curses cast on
Neville's parents, which ultimately drove them mad. Her
despicable nature is known from her introduction as one
of the prisoners captured with Barty Crouch Jr. and
charged with that attack. After her escape, Bellatrix
duels with her cousin Sirius Black in the Department of
Mysteries and causes his death. Subsequently, she
catcalls Harry telling him he is powerless. Bella
attacks Harry until Voldemort’s arrival at the fountain.
Fleur Delacour, translated audibly in
French as "flower of the heart", carries in her veela
blood both the enticement of love and the potential for
ugliness. Note that Fleur did not hold powers to
entrance Harry, although he was mesmerized by the legion
of veela at the World Cup. In Book 5, she has returned
to London and is working with Bill Weasley at Gringotts.
Their engagement is announced in Book 6. Fleur
ultimately shows her strength and love by pronouncing
the results of Bill’s werewolf attack (Fenrir Greyback)
as a premiere badge of nobility.
Goddess Moments: Fleur admires
Harry for the compassion he demonstrated for her sister.
She becomes an ally by the end of Goblet of Fire and
indicates her intent to return. Bill Weasley has reigned
her in as his Goddess, and she refuses to let the nature
of his injuries change her resolve to marry him.
Shadow Moments: Fleur is arrogant
and holds herself above others, particularly in the area
of physical beauty. Her tribal association with
Beauxbatons is very strong. Fleur wields veela charms to
obtain what she wishes - most frequently that is the
attention of desirable Hogwarts males. She alienates
Mrs. Weasley, Ginny and Hermione at the Burrow by just
being Fleur (or Phlegm as Ginny has nicknamed her).
Nymphadora Tonks is presented as a
young woman who is still struggling with adulthood - she
does not seem comfortable in her emerging role as
manifested by her pronounced clumsiness. Tonks is
however, competent and comfortable in the disguises
facilitated by her metamorphamagus ability. Tonks must
develop a stronger sense of identity to balance her
ability to "become" another by appearance.
The first part of her full name
"nymph" means minor nature goddess usually depicted as a
beautiful maiden. Dora means "child of god" and is a
diminutive form of the patron saint "Dorothy of
Caesarea." St. Dora was an apocryphal martyr who was
tortured and sentenced to death for her faith. She made
a vow of virginity, refused to marry, refused to worship
idols and was mocked by the lawyer Theophilus. Saint
Dora is often represented with fruit and flowers and
accompanied by the Christ-child.
Goddess Moments: Tonks very
nature as Metamorph is transformative and portrays a
rare soul. She is brave and works hard to defend Harry
in his 5th year. Tonks loves Remus Lupin and
refuses to give him up despite his being a werewolf.
Shadow Moments: Tonks has
Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange as aunts through
her mother Andromeda. Her clumsiness may emphasize her
"real-ness" (not a perfected being) or a subconscious
character flaw. It may also indicate that Tonks is not
yet comfortable with her own true identity. Tonks
visibly suffers when Lupin rationalizes their
Molly (Prewett) Weasley is Harry's
surrogate mother at a time when Harry is moving past
childhood. She provides a framework for stability - a
cosmic mother - yet also provides a temptation for Harry
to revert to his missed childhood. Ego could easily
convince him that he deserves retreat in her motherly
protection, instead of facing the reality that only he
can take on Voldemort in the end.
Harry continues to move toward
isolation in Order of the Phoenix, yet cannot
completely break free. He witnesses Molly's dependency
on her family her as she takes on the boggart at
Grimmauld Place. He also sees her seeming judgment of
Sirius - complaints that are largely based on his
Sirius' inability to grow up. Ironically, he has spent
12 years in Azkaban for a crime he didn't commit and
remained psychologically (and physically) confined to
the very end - above all, he followed his own freedom
Molly has not yet yielded parental
protection of Ron, Harry and Ginny - but she has dealt
with the maturation of Bill - now a peer in the Order,
and Charlie. She and Arthur struggle with the adulthood
choices of Percy, Fred and George in Order of the
Phoenix, and appear to reconcile the twins' life
dreams at the end of that episode.
Goddess Moments: Molly is
nurturer and source of unconditional love for Harry. She
is the mother of Harry's closest friend Ron and is
Harry's most beloved (living) woman.
Shadow Moments: Molly exhibits
chronic overprotective behavior. Her fears are revealed
in taking on the boggart and demonstrate flaws or areas
that she herself needs to mature in. Molly has a
tendency to spoil as well as to be bossy. While finding
blind favor for Harry, Molly tends toward hypercriticism
of her own children.
Luna is a girl so characterized by
her detachment from the world, she is castigated by
others for her 'strangeness' and perceived ignorance.
Yet, much of her behavior is Buddha-like. She is quite
selfless and generally accepts others for what they are.
Luna tends to make factual observations of others, but
these are often perceived as her personal judgment - for
example, the fact that Padma Patil was not treated well
by Ron at the Yule Ball. In other examples, Luna states
"facts" that are rejected by the practical world.
Spiritual truth does not always follow the physical
One gets the feeling that Luna may be
wise in the spirit and is a messenger to Harry in the
area of detachment and selfless love. Others are not
ready for her message, thus ridicule the message not
In Roman mythology, Luna was an
ancient lunar goddess who loved beautiful Endymion and
requested eternal life for him from her father Jupiter
(Roman equivalent of Zeus). Endymion was then blessed
with eternal sleep and Luna visited him in his dreams.
She is also associated with the Nemean Lion (as in
Gryffindor) and is characterized as a pale young woman
on horseback carrying a torch.
Luna the goddess begins her journey
across the sky following her brother the sun. Harry
himself has been associated with both Son (Christ-like)
and Sun (Light of the world) mythological motifs. Note
that Luna has already "followed Harry across the sky" in
Order of the Phoenix. Her last name evidences a
positive role, full of "Love" and "Good".
Goddess Moments: Luna possesses a
strange beauty and appears to be a victor through
her response to loneliness. Although Luna witnessed her
mother's violent death, she holds strongly to the belief
that her mother awaits her. Luna helps Hermione to get
the Quibbler article published and is a loyal member of
D.A. She cheers for whom she feels like, displays no
fear, and is detached from most associations with the
world around her. Luna is friend to Ginny and lives near
the Weasleys (Goblet of Fire) which may indicate
a family association.
Luna is tightly attached to the
beliefs of her father - it is unknown how independent
her beliefs truly are.
Petunia (Evans) Dursley
Just as Dolores Umbridge is difficult
to speak of in terms of the Goddess, the first reaction
to Petunia is quite negative. But in Order of the
Phoenix, the reader finds there is another dimension
to Petunia - one that she protects carefully for unknown
reasons. While actively denying the existence of magic,
Petunia very clearly has knowledge of the magical world.
Goddess Moments: Petunia is
Harry's only living connection to his mother. Petunia
also, for whatever reason, accepted Harry into her
household as a young child.
Shadow Moments: Petunia married
Vernon, rejecting her sister (and possibly her parents)
for his acceptance. Her true relationship with Lily is
unclear. Petunia knows of dementors, Voldemort and that
horrible boy (presumably James). The mark of her
character is demonstrated in Harry's early life -
Petunia was his living mother, yet she treated Harry
without love or compassion. Petunia is very protective
of Dudley and cannot see the issues he now faces in
growing up. Rather, she seeks to encompass Dudley in his
childhood and maintain his dependence on her. (analogous
to Molly Weasley's treatment of
Specter of Lily Evans Potter
The reader knows relatively little
about Harry's mother. She is, of course, a great mystery
to Harry and is his source of life. On that basis alone,
Lily Evans Potter is a goddess of high account in
In Prisoner of Azkaban, James
Potter is seen through the memories of his friends - but
no corollary has been provided for Lily. She saved Harry
with the loss of her life and through old magic made him
untouchable for almost 14 years. Her name - Lily - is a
flower often associated with death, but more
importantly, it is the Easter flower of resurrection.
Goddess Moments: Lily died that
Harry should live. In the Dome of Light - Lily
beckons Harry to hold strength until James can arrive.
Shadow Moments: Unless justified
or clarified in the future two books, Lily also
demonstrates the shadow side of the goddess. Lily is the
source of Harry's desire to avenge her death, reinforced
through her ever-present screams. Lily also symbolizes
Harry's psychological need to break from natal
attachment as shown by her appearance in the Mirror of
Erised - "I show not your face but your heart's
desire". Lily holds an ambiguous connection to
Petunia whose clear distaste for the wizarding world -
perhaps evidence of a deep hurt that she carries. In the
Pensieve, Lily demonstrates intense dislike for James
and simultaneously shows bittersweet compassion for
In Half-Blood Prince, the
reader finds that Ginny is the romantic interest for
In Order of the Phoenix, Ginny
shows advancing maturity. Ginny is no longer
apprehensive about speaking in front of Harry, since she
has reconciled her "crush" on him. The youngest Weasley
is moving quite freely in the realm of the opposite sex,
so much at ease relative to her protective brother Ron.
Ron is not dealing well with his sister's advancement
into adulthood, nor is he adapting well to his own
changes. Ginny seems to exemplify the independence and
personal authority that Ron eschews.
Ginny has strong friendship ties with
both Hermione and Luna. The Weasley boys acknowledge
that Hermione is close to and shares many secrets with
Ginny. Growing up, Luna may have been Ginny's playmate,
living so close to the Burrow (Goblet of Fire) as
a girl (albeit odd) with so many boys around.
Ginny is the familiar form Ginevra,
of Arthurian legend and is a variant of Guinevere, King
Arthur's mythological queen. Ginevra means "fair and
smooth" and also, a woman of the people. Ginny Weasley
also has a close relationship to another kingly Arthur -
as princess of his household.
Goddess Moments: Ginny was
resurrected by Harry from Tom Riddle's enchantment in
the second book. In the most recent book, she is
represented as assertive, humorous, and accepting of
seeming outcasts such as Luna and Neville. Ginny does
not seem sensitive to what others think and expresses
herself in an easygoing manner. Ginny is also
comfortable with cross-house friendships and the company
of boys, both may be useful as the series reaches its
Shadow Moments: Ginny was
actually possessed by Tom Riddle/Voldemort when under
the power of the diary. She is deviously talented in the
vein of Fred and George. Ginny also shows great
impatience when challenged that she cannot do something,
particularly when refused by Harry or Ron.
Hermione Granger comes from the
ordinary Muggle world, yet is a true seeker of knowledge
across both Muggle and magical worlds. In the language
of the Goddess, Hermione represents the totality of what
can be known. Hermione as Harry's close friend
establishes Harry's first positive relationship with a
girl. He cannot understand the jealousy that Cho
exhibits over Hermione, because Harry does not fully
understand his relationship with Hermione. He was raised
in complete absence of love and does not yet appreciate
the depth of the love Hermione holds for him.
Throughout the series, Hermione has
assisted Harry in his journey, sometimes alone,
sometimes through cooperation or intervention of others.
But in each episode, she has provided an element of
knowledge critical to his survival. Hermione faithfully
challenges Harry to his higher ability, whether to be a
better student or to "do the right thing".
Regarding Hermione's physical
appearance, it is interesting that the students with the
most regrettable character (Draco Malfoy and Pansy
Parkinson in particular) consistently portray Hermione
as ugly, with frizzy hair and buck teeth reminiscent of
a beaver. Those who are able to see her for her true
self (including Viktor) find her beautiful, even
stunning at the Yule Ball.
Hermione has close relationships with
Harry, Ron, Ginny, and Professor McGonagall. She has
recognized the need to master other relationships -
despite rational conflict, she begins to accept Luna and
grows closer to other members of the D.A.
Hermione is completely aware of Ron's
jealousy and carefully observes other feminine interest
in Harry. Hermione seems to display an unconditional
love for Harry - something that has existed since the
first train ride on the Hogwarts Express.
The name Hermione is the feminine
version of 'Hermes', trickster of the Underworld. Hermes
could manifest both apparent good and evil though ever
knowledgeable that there is no true separation. The key
of the Goddess is to help the hero recognize the
totality of life as a noble state of 'being' - without
fear or hope.
Hermione’s namesake in A Winter’s
Tale was a noble sort, who silently suffered for her
true love. This seems symbolic of Hermione Granger's
silent love and physical injury as a manifestation of
the suffering. What was that spell she was hit with in
the Department of Mysteries?
Goddess Moments: Hermione knows
more of the secrets of the magical world than any other
student. In the Sorcerer's Stone, Hermione helps
solve the Devil's Snare and the Potion Riddle. In
Chamber of Secrets, through petrifaction, she
becomes identified with the 'Lady of the House of
Sleep'. Despite her comatose state in Chamber of
Secrets, Hermione delivers the key to Riddle's defeat by
a slip of paper identifying the basilisk in her hand.
Hermione mastered time through use of the time-turner;
this step puts one on the verge timelessness or
eternity. In Goblet of Fire, Hermione teaches Harry a
wealth of jinxes, hexes and counter curses that serve
him well in the championship and ultimately against
Voldemort. Harry experiences overwhelming fear of Her
death in the Department of Mysteries. Hermione is also a
master of transfiguration - another term for
metamorphosis or glorious spiritual change.
Shadow Moments: Hermione takes on
Rita Skeeter by challenging her attacks on Harry and
Hagrid, captures the beetle animagus, and ultimately
strikes a deal with Skeeter to write the Quibbler