I watched this movie yesterday that got me thinking about Snape in a weird way. I should at least partially blame [livejournal.com profile] sydpad's

I'm going to include spoilers for the movie and probably ultimately talk more about The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence than about HP, but it did eventually lead to Snape... Spoilers for MWSLV within. )

Btw, this wound up much longer than I anticipated, and in the middle of it I got my eyes checked. They’re still dilated so I apologize for any mistakes there might be. The whole thing might be written in wingdings for all I know right now.
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Pica loquax certa dominum te voce saluto)
( Apr. 3rd, 2007 11:02 am)
I was reading [livejournal.com profile] bookshop's post on OTPs (I took out the link because it's f'locked--oops!) including H/D, and along the way the subject came up of JKR putting jokes in the books for fans--easy to spot jokes. And one came up that I've always actually been kind of interested in, because I think it goes deeper than a joke, which is Myrtle as Draco's fangirl. )
Thank you to anyone who left a comment on [livejournal.com profile] dorrie6's love meme about me.:-D I can't overestimate how cool it is. Yay! (And every comment I left I mean double--there were so many people I had to say good things to, and I'm glad I got a chance!)
This weekend I saw Bad Day at Black Rock. It's one of those movies that I find almost more interesting to analyze than to watch—but good. I think because it contains a kind of redemption storyline that I really love. And I found a way to relate it to Harry Potter, of course. The fault also lies with [livejournal.com profile] black_dog, though, because we’ve been having these cool conversations about being a man.--spoilers for BDABR )
I was on HP4GU today and realized there was an actual Draco-related issue in HBP that I hadn't written thousands of words about--and it relates to Snape too! Anyway, we were talking about Harry feeling remorse about Sectumsempra even though it was self-defense yadda yadda, and I realized there was something I was kind of dancing around in talking about the scene that seemed really obvious but I actually don't think I've ever read much about it from this angle. Draco crying in the bathroom. )

Btw, how much do I love Stephen Colbert for putting Gwyneth Paltrow's head on his shelf? It's still the best moment in her career, imo.
[livejournal.com profile] prettyveela has put up a poll here asking people to pick a side in various HP canon conflicts. As usual I have trouble actually picking a side, but I did eventually vote in all of them. What I keep thinking about after doing it, though, is not which side I chose but exactly why I picked one or the other. All the situations are so different that although it seems like it should be easy to come up with rules for all of them, that's not what happened. Reading the comments it wasn't usual to for instance, see two situations judged in ways that seemed completely opposite (I do it too). In situation A X acted with malice but Y was really stupid! So Y is at fault. But in situation B Y was stupid but X acted with malice. So X is at fault.

So I of course have to obsess on my own reactions. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (I've been thinking.)
( Sep. 18th, 2006 09:41 pm)
Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] millefiori!!

I was reading a thread on HP4GU today--naturally a long-running thread that I think started with the question of Dumbledore's placing Harry with the Dursleys and it echoed Sirius' life in a weird way for me, in a Meta-way. It started as a conversation about just what business it was of Dumbledore's to decide who Harry lived with. Like, if you accept that the Dursleys are just supposed to be the best choice, it still comes down to Dumbledore alone being the one to make it, as if he's got any connection to this kid at all beyond Harry's being really important to his personal plans for the future.

But it kept getting into all these criticisms of Sirius as a guardian to Harry. Criticisms that were really beside the point. The criticisms weren't particularly radical--he's immature, he's reckless--and he was always these things, it wasn't just Azkaban, because remember the Prank. But to me, actually, it seems like what was Sirius doom as a character wasn't only his own flaws but the fact that he just wasn't important enough to Dumbledore. )
Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] arclevel!!

I was having a conversation today that touched on Lucius Malfoy...I've never talked much about Lucius, but after HBP especially I'm very fond of the character. One of the problems with him is that I think, like Draco, there's always been such a question mark as to what kind of character he really is. People have always just filled him in as they needed to for their fic--which is of course fine. Draco was basically the same way, treading water for 5 books (is he Mabel or Flashman? Does he have any point at all?) and then revealing a lot more of what the character may have been about only in HBP. So I was thinking about Lucius and I realized that in trying to understand him these days it comes down to which characters with whom to group him. And I group him with the Marauders. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (la_pensee in the Garden of Wasted Things)
( Jan. 8th, 2005 01:54 pm)
[livejournal.com profile] pauraque has started a re-read of PS/SS, which is up to chapter four. Hagrid has arrived to take Harry away. Heh. The first time I read the book I remember being incredibly impatient at this point--we know the kid is special, so why are they dragging out his return to the WW with a thousand owls and a trip to the sea? If that kid didn't just slip a letter in his pocket soon I was going to stop reading right there.

Ahem. Anyway, so the subject of Petunia came up, and I said some of this over there, but I figured she deserved a post, especially since I've discovered a very strong and disturbing way that I identify with the woman. Poor Petunia. )
Chatting last night I came up upon one of my least favorite theories--that Draco Malfoy really needs to be smacked, hard and often. I've been doing a lot of wondering, therefore, why I find this idea so distressing...not to mention why I don't have this idea myself. It's not like I don't understand where it comes from: he's a rotten kid, he calls people names, he's a snob and a bigot, he whines, he blames other people for things he's responsible for. I don't admire any of these things at all--most of them really bother me as character traits. Yet still I feel wildly protective of this kid. And so I have lost another Sunday afternoon to explaining why in many many words...

Why Draco shouldn't be smacked. )
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( Apr. 3rd, 2003 09:57 pm)
I'm all wibbly over [livejournal.com profile] colin_creevy going postal over on [livejournal.com profile] nocturne_alley. Wah. I have decided to take my wibbliness and channel it into how I feel about Hagrid, particularly with regards to Draco )


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