> 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
> impulsive, which I find likable in him, and takes action when he thinks he
> 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
> though he hates what he's doing and is afraid he's killing his beloved
Oh, that part was fine. What got me was thinking of the practical issues:
no matter what was in that bowl, that was an awful lot of liquid to consume
all at once. Just the strategy of having to drink all that to get to the
whatsis was what did me in. It seemed terribly impractical and a little
I do think that Dumbledore was channeling the tortured children (i.e., the
ones from the orphanage whom Tom Riddle had led into the cavern and
terrified -- or did he kill them? I forget) when he cried out to Harry. At
one point he makes reference to another person, and I got the impression it
wasn't Harry he was referring to.
Speaking of R.A.B. (I just read the book over the weekend and have been
avoiding reading discussions of it before now), someone at work told me that
if you look at page 116 of book 5, there is reference to a gold locket which
cannot be opened. This is more evidence that R.A.B. was Sirius' brother.
The Slytherin locket is in the house Harry now owns.