Category Famous Characters from World Literature

What is the role played by Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series?

Albus Dumbledore is the headmaster of Hogwarts. Dumbledore is also the founder and leader of the Order of the Phoenix, an organisation dedicated to fighting the evil Lord Voldemort.

As a supremely talented wizard, Dumbledore displays extraordinary powers. He is the only wizard Lord Voldemort ever truly fears. This is despite his friendly nature; he often uses humour to make people feel comfortable in his presence. Dumbledore goes head-to-head with Voldemort, holds off an army of bewitched dead bodies called ‘inferi’, and knocks out several officials of the Ministry of Magic in a split second. Later he dies, but remains a looming presence even after his death.

Rowling gives a distinct picture of Dumbledore’s appearance. He is tall, lean and has a very long and crooked nose that looks as if it has been broken at least twice. His silver beard is so long that it can be tucked into his belt. His eyes are a soul-piercing shade of blue that usually twinkle with kindness and mischief. His fingers are long and skilful. Dumbledore wears half-moon spectacles and a colourful array of robes, ranging from purple to bright orange.

Dumbledore plays a significant role in Harry’s life. Dumbledore is like his godfather and constantly reminds Harry that love is the greatest magic of all. This great wizard himself had a great capacity for love and he believed in the good in everyone. He is also not hesitant to give a second chance to people.

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What makes Hermione Granger unique?

 

Hermione Jean Granger is one of the most loved characters in the Potter series. She first appears in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as a new student on her way to Hogwarts. She becomes aware of her magical nature at the age of eleven and is accepted at Hogwarts.

Hermione possesses a brilliant academic mind and proves to be a gifted student in almost every subject that she studies. Harry and Ron save her in a difficult situation and she becomes best friends with them.

After that, she comes to their rescue in various situations; Hermione often uses her quick wit, smart recall, and encyclopaedic knowledge to help and save Harry and Ron.

However, Hermione is insecure and often fears failure. Rowling once stated that Hermione resembles herself. Emma Watson plays Hermione Granger in the Potter films.

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What do we know about the villain of the Potter series?

Lord Voldemort is so ominous that even his name is not uttered in Hogwarts. Instead, he is referred to as ‘You-Know Who’, or ‘He Who Must Not Be Named’. Voldemort is the archenemy of Harry Potter.

According to a prophecy, Harry Potter has ‘the power to vanquish the Dark Lord.’ Voldemort attempts to murder Harry, but kills his parents, Lily and James Potter instead.

Voldemort is the last descendant of the wizard Salazar Slytherin, one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is obsessed with the purity of blood and he aims to get rid of the Muggles-people of non-magical origin like Hermione Granger. He is the leader of the Death Eaters, a group of evil wizards and witches dedicated to ridding the Wizarding World of Muggles and establishing Voldemort as its supreme ruler. Rowling describes Voldemort as ‘the evilest wizard for hundreds and hundreds of years’.

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Why is Harry Potter so popular?

Harry Potter needs no introduction. The popularity of this adorable young wizard was so widespread that J K Rowling, the creator went on to write seven novels featuring Harry and his friends, and their adventures.

Harry Potter first appears in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Harry is introduced as an orphan who is mistreated by his guardian aunt and uncle and their son. On his 11th birthday, Harry discovers that he is the son of the famous wizard-witch couple-James and Lily Potter. He also learns that his parents had not perished in a car accident, as his aunt and uncle had told him. They had been murdered by an evil wizard named Voldemort.

Harry is the only person to have ever survived an attack by Voldemort by somehow rebounding the latter’s killing curse. However, this leaves him with a lightning-bolt-shaped scar on his forehead.

Harry’s survival angers Voldemort particularly as the boy is already a celebrity in the world of wizardry. On his 11th birthday, Harry is invited to join the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is taken under the wing of the school’s headmaster, Albus Dumbledore.

At Hogwarts Harry become friends with classmates Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger and finds a rival in Draco Malfoy. The rest of the story is about the rivalry between Harry and Voldemort. Voldemort attempts to take Harry’s life beginning in the first book and continuing throughout the series. With the help of those who love him and believe in him, Harry is able to emerge victorious in the end.

Harry Potter has been considered as one of the greatest literary and film characters of all time.

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What made Willy Wonka so popular among children?

The eccentric Willy Wonka, his chocolate factory and the Oompa-Loompas who works there are popular among kids. Willy Wonka was created by the famous author Roald Dahl for his novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 1964. Willy Wonka also appears in its sequel titled Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator that came out in 1972.

Willy Wonka hides five Golden Tickets in his chocolates. The children who find these tickets will be rewarded with a lifetime supply of chocolates and also a tour of his factory. Each child can take an adult of their choice as well. Though it looks like a simple lucky draw, Willy Wonka was actually selecting five kids to test their moral values. The children are totally unaware of this competition though.

As the tour of the factory progresses, four children get eliminated. A kid named Charlie Bucket is the only one left and he is declared as the winner. Here comes the real surprise. Wonka reveals that the real prize is the factory itself. He was actually in search of someone to take it over and look after the Oompa-Loompas who work there, once he retires.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was first published in the United States and became an immediate best seller. The story was originally inspired by Roald Dahl’s experience of chocolate companies during his schooldays. During his schooldays, chocolate companies would often send test packages to the schoolchildren in exchange for their opinions on the new products.

The film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was as famous as the book. Johnny Depp plays Willy Wonka in the film. In the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Gene Wilder plays the character of Willy Wonka. The Oompa-Loompas in the film are orange-skinned with green wigs and have a quirky hair style.

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Why The Cat in the Hat is considered a masterpiece?

Remember the tall cat that looks like a human, with a red and white-striped hat and a red bow tie? This cat appears in The Cat in the Hat. This novel was written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel and was published in 1957 under the pen name Dr. Seuss.

The Cat shows up at the house of Sally and her brother on a rainy day when their mother is away. The Cat shows the children a few of his tricks in an attempt to entertain them, despite the repeated objections from the children’s fish.

In the process of entertaining the kids, he and his companions, Thing One and Thing Two, wreck the house. Things take a turn here. The children and the fish become more and more alarmed. In the end, the Cat produces a machine that he uses to clean everything up and disappears just before their mother comes home.

There is an interesting story behind the name of this novel. Geisel decided to create a story based on the first two rhyming words he found – cat and hat!

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What are the unforgettable characteristics of Pinocchio?

Carlo Collodi of Florence, an Italian author wrote The Adventures of Pinocchio in 1883. Pinocchio has been conquering the hearts of generations of children ever since.

Pinocchio is a wooden marionette, carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a Tuscan village. A marionette is a puppet manipulated using wires. However, the piece of wood from which he is derived is animated. Therefore, Pinocchio moves independently. Pinocchio is often depicted with a pointy hat, a jacket and a pair of coloured, knee-length pants.

Pinocchio is prone to lying and is often carried away by bad company. But Pinocchio always gets caught while lying; his nose grows long once he starts lying. This often lands him in trouble.

Let us now talk about some of the famous episodes from the novel. Pinocchio undergoes several funny transformations. He promises the Fairy with Turquoise Hair to become a real boy, flees with Candlewick to the Land of Toys, becomes a donkey, joins a circus, and becomes a puppet again. Thanks to the intervention of the Fairy in a dream, Pinocchio finally becomes a real boy.

Collodi’s original serial was meant to serve as a warning against bad behaviour. It ended with Pinocchio’s fatal hanging. However, the story’s fans were disappointed and Collodi’s publishers insisted that he resurrect Pinocchio and continue the puppet’s adventures.

Pinocchio is a cultural icon now. He is one of the most re-imagined characters in children’s literature. He has been adapted into films as well, the most notable one being the one made by Disney.

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Who wrote the Oz novels?

Dorothy Gale is a young girl who lives with her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and dog, Toto, on a farm on the Kansas prairie.

One day, Dorothy and Toto get caught up in a cyclone that deposits them and the farmhouse into Munchkin Country in the magical land of Oz. if you want to know more about Dorothy and her dog, you should read the Oz novels written by L. Frank Baum.

Dorothy first appears in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Dorothy lands in the magical land of Oz in this novel. It contains one of the best-known stories in American literature and has been widely translated. Its ground breaking success led Baum to write thirteen additional Oz novels that serve as official sequels to the first story. Dorothy has appeared in many of the sequels as well.

The Wicked Witch of the East, the evil ruler of the Munchkins is killed by the falling house. Learning about the death of the wicked witch, the Good Witch of the North arrives with three grateful Munchkins and gives Dorothy the magical silver shoes. The silver shoes had once belonged to the Wicked Witch.

The Good Witch also helps Dorothy to get back to her house. The Good Witch tells her that the only way she can return home is to follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City and ask the great and powerful Wizard of Oz to help her.

This is why Dorothy embarks on a journey, to meet the Wizard of Oz.

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Why is Baba Yaga famous?

Baba Yaga is an ogress who snatches, cooks, and eats her victims. Her victims are usually children. She is a guardian of the fountains of the water of life. Baba Yaga lives with two or three sisters – all known as Baba Yaga- in a forest but that spins continually on birds’ legs. The fence of their house is topped with human skulls. Sounds scary, right?

Baba Yaga often accompanies Death on his travels, devouring newly released souls. She can ride through air. She usually rides in an iron kettle or in a mortar that she drives with a pestle. She is also capable of creating storms wherever she goes. Baba Yaga and her deeds can frighten young children.

This terrifying ogress appears in Slavic folklore. In fact, the term ‘Baba’ in Old Russian means ‘sorceress’ or ‘fortune teller’. Baba Yaga has appeared in thousands of folktales in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.

The first clear reference to Baba Yaga occurs in 1755 though. She is often found in a turning, chicken-legged hut, or driving a pestle. She often rests stretched out over the stove, reaching from one corner of the hut to another.

No doubt, Baba Yaga is one of the most memorable and distinctive figures in eastern European folklore.

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Who is Peter Pan?

Peter Pan is a free-spirited young boy who never grows up. This mischievous boy with a never-ending childhood can fly. He spends his time in an island called Neverland. He is the leader of a group called Lost Boys. Little Peter Pan leads a life of adventure interacting with fairies, pirates, mermaids, Native Americans, and occasionally ordinary children from the world outside Neverland.

Peter Pan was created by J M Barrie, a Scottish novelist and playwright. Peter Pan stories also involve other characters like Wendy Darling and her two brothers, Peter’s fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, and the pirate Captain Hook. The novel was first published in 1911. In 1929, Barrie gave the copyright of Peter Pan to the Great Ormond Street Hospital, a children’s hospital in London.

Besides the novel, Barrie also wrote a play featuring this adorable kid. The play was titled Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up and had three acts. This play was revised many times and finally, in 1929, a definitive version containing five acts was published. Peter Pan has been featured in a variety of media and merchandise. The first film featuring the character came out in 1924.

In 1953, Walt Disney produced an enduringly popular animated feature film on Peter Pan. Disney’s Peter Pan was different from Barrie’s original creation; he was more charmingly impish than the somewhat selfish Peter of Barrie’s play and book.

The play was adapted for television in 1955 and again in 1960. An acclaimed Broadway musical version starring Mary Martin as Peter Pan and directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, won three Tony Awards.

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