Harry Potter Edition
I worked in a bookstore when the Harry Potter books came out, and fell in love immediately. I re-read them every July, read the first five aloud to my kids (who said they could finish by themselves, sniffle) and am fairly versed in the Potter-verse. For the next installment of Pop Goes the Tarot – Harry Potter. OH – and because I couldn’t stop, I went ahead and picked characters for the Minor Arcana, too.
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Harry Potter – The Fool. Whether he wanted the role or not, the Boy Who Lived fulfilled his role as the Hero. He followed the Fool’s Journey until its end.
The Magician – Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore . One of the smartest and most capable wizards in history, who always had something up his sleeves. (sometimes a lemon drop, sometimes Machiavellian tendencies)
The High Priestess – Sybill Trelawney . She foresaw the coming of the chosen one who would overthrow the Dark Lord. Unfortunately, she was only correct in her Divination three times, but they were great times. Particularly when she said that Umbridge was in grave danger. *snicker*
The Empress – Molly Weasley – The Empress is a woman who is comfortable with herself, who makes others comfortable around her. She has seven children, several bonus children, and has managed to hold on to her smile throughout hardship. She makes do, and makes things work.
The Emperor – Rufus Scrimgeour. He has removed all emotion and has settled into a serious job. The Minister of Magic is a serious man, and understands that feelings can be distractions. He focuses on what he can control.
The Hierophant – Xenophilius Lovegood Life was easier for Luna and her father when everyone thought they were crazy. Xenophilius spent years of his life researching and studying the arcane knowledge that was pushed aside, and when our trio need an answer, he’s the one they go to.
The Lovers – Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin. They crash into each other so hard, it makes ripples in the world and changes it forever.
The Chariot – Madam Rolanda Hooc h – The referee for the Quidditch matches and the flying instructor for the students. ” Well, what are you waiting for?
Strength – Ginny Weasley. The only girl among six brothers, there is nothing soft about Ginny Weasley. She is tough, she is a feminist, and she lends her strength to her friends. She’s a lot like her mother.
Hermit – Severus Snape – Whether he’s a sinner or a saint, or just a broken hearted fool who believed in the wrong people, there isn’t a lonelier character than Severus. He keeps his head down and does what he needs to do. Alone.
The Wheel of Fortune – Potions Class – Are you going to blow yourself up (Seamus) or create liquid luck? Hard to say, but it’s a fair bet that Seamus is always going to blow himself up.
Justice – Hermione Granger – from making the boys finish their own homework, to becoming an activist for House Elf Rights, Hermione has a bead on what is fair, and what is not, and makes Justice her life’s work at the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, where she continued looking out for the little guy.
The Hanged Man – Cedric Diggory – The golden boy was sacrificed so that no one could ignore the return of the Dark Lord. He became a martry and a rallying point for Dumbledore’s Army.
Death – Sirius Black – For most of his life, Sirius was an agent for change. His friendships changed his life, his alliances changed history, and his release from prison shifted everything once again. His death changed Harry back to who he was before – alone and without a real family.
Temperance – Minerva McGonagall – She is unerringly fair, strict and rule abiding. Except when it’s time to break the rules. If you’re going to have someone on your side, make it McGonagall.
The Devil – Dolores Jane Umbridge – She is the Devil because she has no outside forces influencing her to be cruel. She is cruel because she is. She is so convinced of her right-ness that she will torment and torture others to get them on her side. She is the Devil in a pink, fluffy cardigan.
The Tower – Cornelius Fudge – You can only hold your hands against the Tower and deny that it’s falling for so long. You will walk away with bloodied hands caused by ignorance.
The Star – Rubeus Hagrid – He is a true friend, and a soft place to land. He is loyal and kind and gentle, and he shines brightly for his tribe.
The Moon – Tom Riddle – Raised in fear, he grows his power in fear, and then rules by fear. And its fear that takes him at the end.
The Sun – Ron Weasley – Even when his faith is shaken, it’s the love of his friends that brings him back to them. He always has Harry’s back (even when they’re not speaking) and he always sees the silver lining. (Unless there are spiders)
Judgement – Arthur Weasley . He manages to raise a family, keep his head down and become accomplished at work, fight in the Order of the Phoenix, look after Harry like a father, and still maintain joy. His unerring view of the people around him – their strengths, their weaknesses – makes him clear headed and reliable.
The World – Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – One of the quietest characters in the series (except when her soldiers fight for her) Hogwarts becomes a stronghold for all things good. It’s the place that children become adults, and wizards choose their alliances. For some, it’s the first home they’ve ever known. Still waiting for my letter, Ms. Rowling.
I chose a character for each of the Minor Arcana as well. I do have a reason for each of these, and will go back to add them as time allows.
Ace of Swords Rowena Ravenclaw
Two of Swords Luna Lovegood
Three of Swords Cho Chang
Four of Swords Poppy Pomfrey
Five of Swords Lucius Malfoy
Six of Swords Aberforth Dumbledore
Seven of Swords Draco Malfoy
Eight of Swords Narcissa Malfoy
Nine of Swords Frank and Alice Longbottom
Ten of Swords Moaning Myrtle
Page of Swords Neville Longbottom
Knight of Swords Bellatrix Lestrange
Queen of Swords Augusta Longbottom
King of Swords Alastor (Mad Eye) Moody
Ace of Pentacles Godric Gryffindor
Two of Pentacles Helena Ravenclaw
Three of Pentacles Dobby the House Elf
Four of Pentacles Griphook
Five of Pentacles Peter Pettigrew
Six of Pentacles Horace Slughorn
Seven of Pentacles Fred and George Weasley
Eight of Pentacles Percy Weasley
Nine of Pentacles Olympe Maxime
Ten of Pentacles Pomona Sprout
Page of Pentacles Hedwig
Knight of Pentacles Lee Jordan
Queen of Pentacles Arabella Figg
King of Pentacles Dean Thomas
Ace of Wands Salazar Slytherin
Two of Wands Amelia Bones
Three of Wands The Three Broomsticks pub
Four of Wands The Great Hall
Five of Wands Peeves
Six of Wands Angelina Johnson
Seven of Wands Firenze
Eight of Wands Argus Filch
Nine of Wands Colin Creevey
Ten of Wands Kreacher the House Elf
Page of Wands Gellert Grindlewald
Knight of Wands Dudley Dursley
Queen of Wands Fawkes
King of Wands Garrick Ollivander
Ace of Cups Helga Hufflepuff
Two of Cups James and Lily Potter
Three of Cups Antioch, Cadmus and Ignotus Peverell
Four of Cups Petunia Dursley
Five of Cups Helena Ravenclaw
Six of Cups Ariana Dumbledore
Seven of Cups Gilderoy Lockhart
Eight of Cups The Pensieve
Nine of Cups Fleur Delacour
Ten of Cups The Sorting Hat
Page of Cups Seamus Finnigan
Knight of Cups Nearly Headless Nick
Queen of Cups Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank
King of Cups Filius Flitwick