what do you think dumbledore means by this and to what extent do you agree with this quote do you think that the most inexhaustible source of magic is language

The Prompt

At the end of the Harry Potter series, Dumbledore says to Harry:

“Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.”

For your final essay, I’d like you to reflect on this quote a bit, thinking about whether or not you agree with it and how it might be relevant to the study of rhetoric. Some questions to think about:

1. What do you think Dumbledore means by this, and to what extent do you agree with this quote? Do you think that the “most inexhaustible source of magic” is language?

2. How do you think this quote might apply to the study of rhetoric, specifically the way we’ve talked about it in this class?

3. Finally, reflect back on this semester a bit. How have your magical abilities improved or changed through our study of rhetorical concepts? How might you use the skills you learned here once you leave the university?


Your reflection should be in MLA format. This requires: Times New Roman size 12 font, double spacing, 1 inch margins, appropriate heading and page numbers, correct in-text citations, and a Works Cited page.

Your reflection should be 4 double-spaced pages.

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