Re: [mythsoc] Re: O.W.L.'s in Harry Potter
- In a message dated 8/1/2005 8:08:03 PM Central Daylight Time,
I'm with Grace. I liked this one a lot better than the last. I thought
there was plenty of plot development. My least favorite part was probably
the Birdbath of Doom (as my David said someone referred to it as that
I actually was strongly moved by the Birdbath of Doom scene. I'll try to
explain why (wish me luck!): Harry isn't big on obeying or passivity. He is
impulsive, which I find likable in him, and takes action when he thinks he knows
what's best, also a likable trait to me. In this scene, he has promised
Dumbledore that he'll do what Dumbledore tells him, regardless. And he does, even
though he hates what he's doing and is afraid he's killing his beloved headmaster.
It reminded me a little bit -- just a little, mind -- of Sam in Shelob's cave.
Sam has promised to try to forward the quest even if it hurts his heart to
leave his master; Harry has promised to do what Dumbledore says even if it kills
Dumbledore. It also reminds me, and as you know I mean no blaspheme at all
here, a little of the agony of Christ in the Garden.
Just my personal perceptions --
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- 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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