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April 2009
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Grizzly Weinstein [userpic]
Rounding up the Harry Potter Series

<< Very mild spoilers if you haven't read the first 5 books >>

No I don't have the book yet (but according to UPS it is in Redmond), but I do have some thoughts on the next two books and the series in general.

It is obvious that Rowling is making a statement on the British class system with the use of Mud-Blood and Pure blood (and Half-Breeds), and having the difference matter to the 'bad' characters only. The good characters know it is not your breeding but what you do that measures your worth.

Using children's literature to teach lessons of equality is wonderful. And I think she is doing a pretty good job. However, I think she is not seeing the full picture. Notice the children of the Death Eater's are themselves bad. The noble children seem to be born of noble parents; the one exception to this being Sirius. So in one instance she seems to be saying, "Nobility is a trait of action, not of birth" but what is really coming out is, "Nobility is of birth, but not of race".

Here is how she should correct this in the next two books: Make Draco Malfoy a tragic hero. He is getting older; give him a proper catharsis and an heroic death. This is what I think should happen. Snape is uncovered as Dumbledore's spy and Lucius Malfoy is about to give the final death blow in an epic battle between 'armies'. Draco, who idolizes Snape and secretly hates his father (as do all Freudian boys – we should be given more examples of his father's harsh love and berating of Draco), intercedes by standing up to his father, asserting family dominance (perhaps hoping to run off with his mother) his father is surprised and in Hollywood moment, praises his son's skill before he dies. Voldemort is quite angered, and strikes down Draco before fleeing yet again. Thus Draco's noble action temporarily shifts the balance of power.
Now we truly see nobility is an action, not a birthright.

To round off Harry we must see his true power. Voldemort has him without his wand and is not going to make the mistake of letting him have his wand back again. This is where Harry finally realizes he doesn't need his wand and deflects all of Voldemort's spells without one. Finally in a crappy, sappy moment pities Voldemort and give him a big hug in front of the world (which is reported in the Quibbler and Daily Prophet by Rita Skeeter). No one fears Voldemort and his power is gone, he spends the rest of the days in Azkebahn trying to rid himself of Harry's stench (Harry never did figure out that 'Old Spice' spell).

Current Music: Yo Yo Ma - J. S. Bach Suite No 2 In D Minor: Courante

I've been hoping she does something interesting with Draco's character for a while.

Of course, the obvious parallel from the previous generation is Snape -- and we still don't know all of what's up there. Here's hoping Harry does a better job with Draco than his father did in perhaps similar circumstances...

cute pic.


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Oh yeah, check out my latest entry you are more than welcome to come (I think I might have even met you before, you seem familiar from reading yor journal).