On HP4GU there's a thread about Dumbledore's speech at the end of OotP, which I find totally horrifying (the speech, not the thread). It was suggested that everything Dumbledore is saying is essentially to help Harry--he cuts him off talking about Petunia because he (DD) doesn't want him to get off track and doesn't think Petunia's an issue. He talks about Kreacher because he knows Harry might be Kreacher's owner now and needs to prevent Harry from murdering him later. He maybe is trying to show Harry it's okay to be angry at Sirius by talking about Sirius' flaws. Needless to say, I don't agree with this, but for me what Dumbledore is doing in that scene isn't just being a Puppetmaster. Really, he's just an ass, imo. )

I got up this morning and went downtown in the pouring rain because there was a big electronic recycling drive where I could bring my old laptop. It's sad how much credit I give myself for this great sacrifice.

ETA: So I was reading the post Aja linked to saying that yes, Pureblood Prejudice is racism. What struck me was the end of the post seemed to also suggest that thinking Pureblood Prejudice was not racism, meant you were a DE apologist. I'm not seeing the leap there. If I argued that anti-Semitism wasn't racism because Jews were not a different race, would I be saying anti-Semitism was right? If I say sexism is not a synonym for racism am I defending sexism? It seems like the word "Prejudice" used in the term "Pureblood Prejudice" is the umbrella term for all these things. Or is just assumed that if you say it's not racism you must be supporting it because racism is the baddest?
I started writing this post pre-HBP, so it’s mostly about Hermione in OotP, but I mention some things from HBP at the end. It’s about something that seems to me is one of the biggest driving forces with Hermione as a character, yet I haven’t often seen it discussed (probably because I’m just not looking in the right places). It starts out focusing on Hermione’s actions when it came to Harry/Cho. I shall call it, Hermione Granger, Saboteur Extraordinaire. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (I've been thinking.)
( Aug. 1st, 2005 04:27 pm)
I was thinking about essential choices today in HP...well, that and Peter Pettigrew and Draco. It all goes back to that line in CoS, It's our choices that show us who we are. Spoilers for HBP. )
I feel like I'm about to write a big cliché here, but I was struck recently by that essay about Snape being a deeply horrible person because it seems to mix a lot of things together about how people deal with this deeply horrible character. )
I love men. I mean I really like that they exist and I love boys too (no, not that way over-sensitive types!). This was just brought home to me a few minutes ago. Optional personal story under cut )

Ahem. *dries eyes* Anyway, this also gets into something I was thinking about last night--well, it's somehow related in my head, ymmv. Something about comfort zones. )
I'm reposting this here on my own lj--was originally on a community but here's a record here for linking purposes.:-)

I forget why I had found these excerpts but a while ago for some reason I must have looked back at GoF to find the last time we saw Ginny and compared it to her first appearance in OotP. Anyway, I give you, The Two Faces of Ginny )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Straw Man)
( Feb. 8th, 2005 12:22 pm)
Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] roxannelinton! May your day be filled with fish and improv!! I would dedicate this essay to you, but it seems kind of lame. Well, if you want it, it's yours. (Cue Elton John song: “And you can tell everybody this is your poooost, it might be quiiiiite boring but, now that it’s up….” Hey, it’s better than Goodbye English Rose, right?)

I've been thinking about courage lately--I think there's a couple of things that put it in my mind. First the amusing fact that I came up half-Gryffindor on that "What mix of houses" are you quiz. Second was the PS/SS re-read, which is now up to The Forbidden Forest. That brought up the subject of cowardice. )
...when you go to ff.net, and you read a story about a character you've had a crush on since you were 11 and you read a fic probably by some very young girl who loves him as much as you do, and she wants to make him really cool because he's her romantic ideal...

...only her romantic ideal is totally cringeworthy? So she turns him into a big loser? Probably without realizing it?

Anybody else have experiences like that? I'm not talking about characterizations you hate - for instance, Crying!Draco, Evil!Ron, Fluffy!Snape, Mommy!Remus, Basketcase!Mulder or Infant!Pippin. I mean more superficially cringeworthy. Like once you hear how he dresses and grooms himself as an adult you know you'd be making a sacrifice being seen with him in public? Or his life and behavior is supposed to be romantic but really makes him the adult equivalent of the high school loser (and not the hero in disguise loser either)?

It's just kind of horrifying.
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Totem)
( Jan. 30th, 2005 02:26 pm)
Recent conversations got me thinking about kids and labels--or being labeled in childhood. As a kid I remember learning fairly early on that WHO you are--meaning who you are seen as--had a lot to do with the way you were treated. It seems like this is an important part of any kid's development, so here's some personal experiences, which people can apply to fiction if they like or not.;-) )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (I've been thinking.)
( Jan. 28th, 2005 04:50 pm)
I've been trying to think of something to post for a few days, and every time I start something it ceases to amuse and I delete it. Which is why I'm late with HAPPY BIRTHDAY [livejournal.com profile] conniemarie and [livejournal.com profile] nmalfoy I notice. Hope you guys both had great days!

One thing that did come up in a sub-thread of the PS/SS re-read was Remus, about whom I shall now ramble for a seriously long time. )
Two posts ago we got into an exchange about an old thread on FAP entitled "HP Structure Demands More Draco," and it's made me think about how characters tend to work in the series and how that may or may not predict what they will do. If that made sense, come along with me! )
I had a stray thought today while reading the various theories of Sirius being poisoned, mostly about why I like Snape not staying for dinner. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (la_pensee in the Garden of Wasted Things)
( Nov. 12th, 2004 03:03 pm)
Update on the Christopher Walken connection: I think I mentioned my parents knew him somehow when he was a kid? 'Kay, the real deal is that my mother's sister (my aunt) went to dancing school with him as a kid, back when his family ran a bakery in Queens. Apparently his brothers are still in the bakery business. So there ya go. That's how my mother knew him. She used to go to his dance recitals.

Hee.

Been re-reading OotP and really liking Ron there. I've always liked Ron as a character but almost never identify with him in any way. In this book I realized in a small way I did. Not that this reflects all that well on me or Ron. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Me)
( Oct. 13th, 2004 12:54 pm)
I've been lj-tongue tied lately and I don't know why. I didn't get to check my flist a lot over the weekend, and then there were all these great posts I couldn't think of anything to say to-so know I read and appreciated if I said nothing!

Then I went to update and also had nothing to say--gasp! But now I do (sorry!), from reading around other discussions. What would I do without the [livejournal.com profile] daily_snitch? *pimps Daily Snitch*

Anyway, one discussion that's come up is a variation on the old theme, Molly Weasley-do you approve? For the record I actually quite like her as a character, even if I probably would have spent most of my life locked in a cupboard in search of quiet if I were her child. But the discussion made me think about which family I would feel at home with in the Potterverse. )
I don't know what I really want to say here...it just occurred to me to ask have I ever mentioned how much I like Peter Pettigrew? )
I had some thoughts reading the recent shipping manifestos, particularly the H/D one and this thread here, which has some great stuff in it. Anyway, it related back to some other recent discussions and got me thinking about relating to Slytherins and the fact that we really don't know any. )
I was reading through some essays today--can you believe I've never read "Draco Malfoy is Ever So Lame?" ::sigh:: Me neither. It's great. Anyway, I came across another post of Elkin's that struck me as even more interesting given OOTP (which it was written before) and the recent discussions we were having here about Gothic Lit. The incest ones. Incest is common trait in Gothic families like the Blacks and the Malfoys. So is madness. That's why it was so interesting to read Elkin's essay on Draco the Nutter

Synopsis and further thoughts inside. )
I was having this discussion on [livejournal.com profile] reenka's lj and this came up...

Can a canon character be out of character? )
sistermagpie: Might as well be in Chinese (Chinese)
( Jul. 19th, 2004 08:58 pm)
I hesitate about posting this because it's so long and I just posted something long and people must think I have serious compulsive typing disorder. I honestly think I must just be going through a phase because I've been writing other stuff too, not to mention stories for work ahead of schedule. But [livejournal.com profile] roxannelinton said to post it so blame her. Anyway, last night I was thinking about the HP movies for some reason and I had this sudden weird flash of imaging an HP movie made in the early 40s or sometime around then, and I thought it could actually be quite good, possibly better... )
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