sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Cousins)
( May. 13th, 2006 09:16 pm)
It seems that there's a storyline that interests JKR enough that she's done it 3 times--the young man who joins the DEs and at some point finds himself possibly unable to continue. It's the man who gets in over his head. She did it with Snape, with Regulus, with Draco. What's frustrating is honestly it seems like whichever one you like best somehow is supposed to only do the second part--like he had a change of heart without doing wrong first. I was frustrated recently in a conversation about Regulus, though I also hear it about Snape and I know Draco too gets this kind of defense. They're Death Eaters. Get over it. )
I’ve almost posted a version of this idea a few times, but I was finally reading something yesterday that, I don’t know, gave me a new spin on it? Anyway, it just has to do with John Steinbeck’s East of Eden and how I’ve always related it to Sirius and Regulus Black, only now I’m also relating it to something generally HP as well. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Two ways of looking at a magpie)
( Dec. 16th, 2005 03:58 pm)
I was reading something today that brought up that old HP argument, Weasleys vs. Malfoys and it once again made me ask: Are there any really happy families in HP canon? )

Phew! That was a lot longer than I expected it to be. I just started babbling about families. The basic idea being that this is why it drives me crazy when any family gets made one-dimensional either way, because it seems like it really goes against canon to both say a family is just completely negative or to say a family--usually the Weasleys--is ideal. I honestly don't even know if JKR *could* write One Big Happy Anybody's Family, because she just seems too aware of how people, especially families, fuck each other up and hurt each other. It’s not just that Voldemort comes from a bad family and Harry from a good one, it’s that while Harry’s family was good and then gone, Voldemort’s was just always gone. (Which of course probably means he never bonded and a sociopath is an expected result, but anyway…)
usually don't do theories because I like to be right and there's a good chance I won't be, but this came to me this morning and I'm sticking it out here, long before Book 7, where everyone will have a chance to forget it if it's wrong, but I can still smugly link to it in the small chance it's right. Spoilery for HBP theory inside )
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