Re: [mythsoc] Re: O.W.L.'s in Harry Potter
- At 10:19 AM 7/29/2005 -0400, B.I. Davis wrote:
> An Angela Brazil story with wands? Superficially it is a school withNo, there's a difference, which is that these comparisons are absurdly
>magic stuck on. But then, one could say, the Shire is really just
>an English suburb with short people in it, Bilbo's adventure is a map with
>a dragon in it, and the Elves of Gondolin are Crusaders with much cooler
reductionist for Tolkien, but not for the first Rowling book, which
accurately fits that description. (Yes, it has a moral element, but so do
most school stories.) It's not a criticism of the book to say this:
dumping magic unexpectedly into an otherwise ordinary situation has
produced some of the best light fantasies, and the first HP book fully
>> turning on careful Talmudic distinctions between what Voldemort didThe point is that the books are so repetitious that I quickly ceased being
>> two years ago and what he did five years ago, so if the reader doesn't
>> remember the difference between what happened in _Harry Potter and the
>> Goblet of Secrets_ and what happened in _Harry Potter and the Fire of
>> Ashbacan_, Rowling will be sure to remind you;
>Is there an ox-goring I missed somewhere here? Though I take your point ...
able to remember the tiny differences among each.
>Book 2 still have some "bounce" in it. But she couldn't really bounce HarryNo, she couldn't. Which is why she should have stopped.
>along for all seven books, could she?
- ONe tidbit I didn't see mentioned in the various takes on the theory: at the end Harry rather considers "getting Snape" as a possible by-product, but isn't overly concerned with Snape or Malfoy. One could counter that he is focused on Voldemort, but I'm not sure I buy that as just putting Snape out of mind.
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