Hermione: "Feels strange to be going home, doesn't it?" Harry: "I'm not going home. Not really."
1. Just like the world of magic exists alongside the ignorant muggle world,
the Deaf world exists alongside the hearing world.
…Often escaping notice until moments like DPN and Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
2. Harry felt alone and misunderstood in his muggle home;
many Deaf feel isolated until the day they find the Deaf world.
And oh what a glorious moment that is!
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.
4. Harry and Hermione are raised by muggle families;
many Deaf come from hearing families who know nothing about the Deaf world.
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”.
6. Like wands, butterbeer, remembralls, and other uniquely wizard things,
Deaf have flashing doorbells, TTYs and vibrating bed alarm clocks.
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.
8. Just like the anticipation of waiting for the letter from Hogwarts,
many Deaf students eagerly wait for their acceptance letter to Gallaudet.
9. Some say that similar to the battle between Dumbledore and Voldemort,
the debate continues between the Deaf community and audism.*
10. Just like Hogwarts, where witches and wizards come to learn magic,
Deaf institutes are where Deaf come to learn their language and culture.
[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,
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.
13. Hogwarts has dormitories and houses;
most Deaf students reside at the institutes for a majority of the school year.
[And often cause a bit of trouble while there. 😉 ]
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.
15. Like Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Lupin become mentors for the students,
Deaf students often find Deaf role models in their professors…
…and many become like family.
16. Just like at Hogwarts,
drama, excitement, adventures abound at Deaf schools…
…and so do rivalries.
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.
18. Just like Ron and Hermione,
many Deaf institute students later marry.
19. But most especially like Hogwarts,
deep and long-lasting friendships are made.
Did I miss one of the ways the Deaf World is Hogwarts?
*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.
ALSO: Check out my post “The Life Cycle of an ASL Student:”
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