19 Ways the Deaf World is Hogwarts

Hermione: "Feels strange to be going home, doesn't it?"

Harry: "I'm not going home. Not really."

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1. Just like the world of magic exists alongside the ignorant muggle world,

the Deaf world exists alongside the hearing world.

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 …Often escaping notice until moments like DPN and Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

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2. Harry felt alone and misunderstood in his muggle home;

many Deaf feel isolated until the day they find the Deaf world.

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And oh what a glorious moment that is!

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3. Ron and Malfoy came from wizarding families;

some members of the Deaf community come from generations of Deaf family members and pass down the culture.

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4. Harry and Hermione are raised by muggle families;

many Deaf come from hearing families who know nothing about the Deaf world.

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5. Wizards have their own lingo, like “muggle,” “snitch,” “apperate” and “expecto patronum;

the Deaf world has its own languages – sign languages – and its own words too, like “CODA” and “deafies”.

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6. Like wands, butterbeer, remembralls, and other uniquely wizard things,

Deaf have flashing doorbells, TTYs and vibrating bed alarm clocks.

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MAGIC!  😉

 

7. Gilderoy Lockhart, Harry, and Viktor Krum are wizard celebrities,

so are Curtis Pride, Marlee Matlin, Matt Hamill, Ashley Fiolek, Braam Jordaan, and Sean Berdy in the Deaf world.

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8. Just like the anticipation of waiting for the letter from Hogwarts,

many Deaf students eagerly wait for their acceptance letter to Gallaudet.

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9. Some say that similar to the battle between Dumbledore and Voldemort,

the debate continues between the Deaf community and audism.*

 
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10. Just like Hogwarts, where witches and wizards come to learn magic,

Deaf institutes are where Deaf come to learn their language and culture.

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[And can I just say how much some of the deaf schools look like Hogwarts??] 

 

11. Like divination, potions and charms are studied at Hogwarts,

Deaf students can study the Deaf President Now movement, Deaf poetry, and sign languages from around the world.

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12. Like Harry is eager [unlike most] for school to begin so he can be with people who understand him,

many Deaf students are eager for school to begin so they can be with their Deaf friends.

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13. Hogwarts has dormitories and houses;

most Deaf students reside at the institutes for a majority of the school year.

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[And often cause a bit of trouble while there. 😉 ]

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14. Just like Harry and his classmates are very passionate about Quidditch,

you ain’t seen Deaf pride until you’ve gone to a Gallaudet football game.

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15. Like Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Lupin become mentors for the students,

Deaf students often find Deaf role models in their professors…

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…and many become like family.

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16. Just like at Hogwarts,

drama, excitement, adventures abound at Deaf schools…

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…and so do rivalries.

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17. Hogwarts was a place of refuge from the harsh world outside,

Deaf institutes can be refuges for many students from the often misunderstanding hearing world around them.

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18. Just like Ron and Hermione,

many Deaf institute students later marry.

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19. But most especially like Hogwarts,

deep and long-lasting friendships are made.

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Did I miss one of the ways the Deaf World is Hogwarts?

Comment below!

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*CHANGE: In the first version I wrote “oralism” but meant audism. My mistake! Audism is the assumption that speaking/lip-reading is better than sign language.

 

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