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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Harry Potter Spoilers!

So I finished reading the book at 10 pm last night. I really liked it. I want to read the next one now though! A lot of stuff I had suspected (i.e. Harry and Ginny, Dumbledore dying, ) but there were some surprises as well. Harry was finally starting to pull his weight in this one and about 2/3rds of the way through I was like, yeah Harry! But then he had to break up with Ginny and say stuff about not coming back to school. No Harry. BAD Harry. To be honest, I was expecting Dumbledore to have Fawkes as a horcrux or something and come back, but I guess not. And the handwriting on the note in the locket was very like Sirius's so perhaps Regulus Black was responsible for the locket horcrux theivery; being a one-time death eater and all. At least we know how Harry is going to go about beating Voldemort now.

Have never liked Snape...I still think he'll redeem himself somehow in a Darth Vader-esque type situation, but he is a bad man.

McGonagall for Headmistress and Shacklebolt for Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor in year 7! Get on the bandwagon now. :)

That's about all the news I have, too...I didn't do much yesterday except work and read.

5 Comments:

Blogger Lifer07 said...

I couldn't agree more about R.A.B. being Regulus Black.

My guess is that Dumbledore and Snape had had prior conversations about the poison that Dumbledore ingested, and coming to the conclusion that there was no cure, and the certainty of torturous pain and sure death (and possibly insanity), Dumbledore made Snape agree to put him out of his misery.

Now, it begs the question, how could Dumbledore be so sure of Snape's loyalty. The explanation that he felt guilty about the death of the Potters doesn't make sense as he hated James, and apparently had disdain for mudbloods, like Lily. If however Snape was secretly in love with Lily, there would be more of a motivation for him to feel guilty enough to turn against Voldemort.

Up until Half-blood Prince there's no reason to believe that Snape and Lily had ever had anything to do with each other, but with the introduction of Slughorn's Slug Groups, (members who we must assume included Lily, Snape (and significantly Regulus Black!) we've now learned of a forum where Snape and Lily could have interacted. Snape was no doubt smitten by her skill at potions as well as her winning personality, just as Slughorn was. Since Remus Lupin would have not been invited to one of Slughorn's soirees, that explains why he would have no idea that they even knew each other except in passing.

When Dumbledore speaks about how Voldemort's downfall would come about because he doesn't understand the power of love, he's referring to the fact that Voldemort doesn't suspect that Snape's allegience to Dumbledore is real. While he thinks that Snape is motivated by his hatred for James, what he doesn't understand is that his love for Lily is an even greater motivation.

It's possible that Regulus Black is also motivated to turn against Voldemort in part because of his association with Lily, making her the ultimate hero of these books.

Dumbledore, sacrifices himself at this particular juncture because he sees that by allowing Snape to kill him, he will allow Snape to be Voldemort's number one deputy, and will put him in a position to assist Harry clandestinely with his search for the remaining Horcruxes. This shows an incredible amount of foresite and self-sacrifice on Dumbledore's part, who simultaneously saves Draco from becoming a murderer, relieves himself of torturous pain, and puts Snape in a better position to help Harry than even he personally could provide. (By the way, it's interesting that Professor Trelawny was able to gain enterance to the Room of Requirement while Malfoy was in there, although Harry could not. I believe Dumbledore was keeping him out because he knew what Malfoy was up to and wanted him to finish fixing the cabinet at a time of his choosing without interuption by Harry.)

It also shows that Snape is a great actor in showing nothing but hatred and disdain for Harry. In order for his cover to be effective, he needed to show no sign of his feelings for Lily by taking it easy on her son.

1:55 PM, July 19, 2005  
Blogger Ishylyn said...

There was no time for them to have prior conversations.

I like the idea of Snape being in love with Lily. That would make a lot of things make sense.

We decided the Snape could have taken an unbreakable vow a long time ago to protect Harry, and that killing D would not have sacrificed that vow, but made Snape trustworthy to D.

7:14 PM, July 19, 2005  
Blogger Ishylyn said...

BTW, one of the portraits called McGonagall "Headmistress" at the end of Book 6, so I don't think that's in question.

I think KS would be a great DADA teacher...

7:25 PM, July 19, 2005  
Blogger carcop said...

There was no time for them to have prior conversations.

I like the idea of Snape being in love with Lily. That would make a lot of things make sense.

We decided the Snape could have taken an unbreakable vow a long time ago to protect Harry, and that killing D would not have sacrificed that vow, but made Snape trustworthy to D.pe trustworthy to D.

7:26 PM, July 19, 2005  
Blogger Ishylyn said...

how did I get changed into some Spanish guy?

11:13 AM, July 20, 2005  

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