sistermagpie: Classic magpie (I'm still picking.)
( Jun. 26th, 2007 12:18 pm)
I feel like I haven't posted in forever. I was away for a while for my brother's wedding, which was really fun. Although he's not too much like the character as a type, if I were to describe how my family feels about my brother, I think it's probably something like the way Neville fans feel about Neville...and his new wife's family and friends seem to feel the same way about her, so it was a pretty happy wedding.

Also, got an OUTSTANDING on the Level 3 WOMBAT--woo-hoo! I got O's on the second two and EE on the first one which was supposed to be the easiest. This is just like in high school when we'd get assigned summer reading and I'd get really into it and then get a bad grade when we were tested because they'd ask questions about ridiculous minutia in the story that I never remembered. The second two WOMBATs were about things I actually thought about. Anyway it’s pathetic how validated I feel about a pretend grade. But then, I was just as eager to find out Harry's OWL results and those were somebody else's pretend grades.

I'd wanted to post something before I left on this conversation I was reading on a list...I'm having trouble making it coherent, but figured I ought to throw it out before DH if I was going to throw it out at all. Especially after [ profile] jlh posted about the anniversary of The Loving Decision, which ruled that a state (in that case, Virginia) could not nullify a marriage on the basis of race. I recommend the post. In it she also brought up the more fandom-related point of how difficult it seems it is to talk about race in fandom, and this other conversation was also about race in HP as related to real life racism. Specifically, this was about

Snape's Worst Memory. )
I watched this movie yesterday that got me thinking about Snape in a weird way. I should at least partially blame [ 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.
Thank you to anyone who left a comment on [ 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 [ 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.
I've been reading a few discussions about that fandom favorite, who is good or bad in HP. I think the reason I always find this kind of discussion pointless is that "good" is not a state of being, like being asleep or awake, blond or brunette. It's an on-going struggle in which your past choices influence what your next choice is but don't guarantee your next choice will be right.

Even in HP )
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. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Two ways of looking at a magpie)
( Mar. 23rd, 2006 11:06 am)
Thinking about Snape and the UV and Draco's task got me thinking about Bellatrix, whom I hadn't thought about enough before...these things are therefore probably pretty obvious, but here I am putting them down anyway. Thoughts on Glory Up For Grabs and DE!Snape )
I was reading this thread today about the Most Complicated Life Debt Theory Ever, and I realized I never really put down my thoughts of how the Life Debt works or how it can be paid down anywhere. I blushingly confess that as usual I manage to bring this back to Draco, though it's really about Snape. Hey, I can't help it! The kid’s his biggest fan! )

None of which helps me pay my student loans.
I've been feeling weirdly disconnected recently. I'm reading my flist, and I keep hitting reply and then winding up not replying. It must be the time of year or month or something. I'm just having trouble opening my mouth. So here I am forcing myself--for the good of the world or something.:-) Because I did find myself thinking HP thoughts today, mostly due to a conversation I was reading about whether or not there would be someone revealed as ESE! in book 7. The point was made, and I agreed, that the bigger mystery for Book 7 seemed to lie in hidden allies rather than enemies, with Harry getting to know himself by coming to a new understanding of people he hated. That made me think about What sort of things Harry's been set up to see in his least favorite Slytherins--besides Tom Riddle perhaps. )
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 (Pope Magpie)
( Jan. 7th, 2006 06:56 pm)
Happy birthday [ profile] westmoon!!

I've been following a rather long discussion about Harry's getting special treatment in the books, and have something to say about it (pause for expressions of shock). It has gotten into a good area, I think, which is the idea of people resenting special treatment regardless of the reason for it. Think, for instance, about children with serious diseases and their siblings. I believe it's generally understood that siblings can feel jealous of the attention paid to the sick child, and that these feelings should be addressed and not just dismissed by saying the child should feel lucky he doesn't have a disease. Of course the child doesn't want to feel sick; but the jealousy speaks to an anxiety about how he's felt about by his parents or whatever.

So that led me to realize the three characters in HP canon who get the most focused on Harry's special treatment are all characters with issues about themselves not being special--or worse. It's not about Harry, really--Harry could be carried to class by Veelas every day and it wouldn't bother them as much if they were happy in themselves, but as it is they just can't not let it bother them. If you look at what happens to these characters in canon their experience seem to all speak to this same issue. We're not inside their heads hearing about how this is an issue, but JKR is constantly thinking up new things to happen to them that play on it where they're not good enough or don't triumph. I think that's as close as she can come to telling us this is an issue.

The characters I'm thinking of are Ron, Draco and Snape. )
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…)
I was reading a discussion on a list about...well, at least what I made it about...was what kids in Snape's class are supposed to "learn" from his bad behavior. Snape seems monstrous to Neville because Neville is young and insecure, but Neville conquers Snape with his Riddikulus spell, making him look silly, and that's what he has to do in his life. Scary teachers often become not so scary when you grow up, and Snape may shrink a lot. The main point being that what's wrong with Snape is often that he's never grown up, and it's more important not to be Snape than it is to get back at Snape. When Dumbledore explains to Harry that the Occlumency lessons failed because he thought Snape could conquer his own demons and he couldn't, the implication is that Harry can hear this because he is a man who can conquer his demons. Neville's third-year boggart is a kid one. Later on he seems to get different priorities as he's able to really understand what happened to his parents and feel he should fight for justice on their behalf.
Naturally, where this is really going is Draco.:-) Well, actually Harry and Draco and Snape. )

So that was my thought. Marigold has retired to the country because it's hard for my roommate to carry her up and down the stairs with one arm, and she doesn't want to drop her. :-(
Well, this is the thing about lists, you never know when I'm going to prattle on so much in a reply that it creates a post in itself. First Slughorn, now...this. But I thought it was interesting because recently I know I was talking to somebody about why Occlumency and throwing off Imperius were so different and why Harry sucks at one and is good at the other. I was reading a discussion about Harry's greatest strengths and weaknesses (does he need to learn to keeps his mind shut like Snape says?) and it got me around to seeing what may be the difference.

Occlumency vs. Imperius, Slytherin vs. Gryffindor )
Happy birthday [ profile] jewelsong and [ profile] tiranog!!

I've been thinking about how magic works, I think mostly due to recent conversations about Dumbledore's death and the duel in the bathroom in HBP. My reactions to those things got a little more complicated than I originally expected, and connected to magic in general in the Potterverse, but I think it's important for interpreting that bathroom scene, in particular.

Magic in the Potterverse--err, long )
Happy birthday [ profile] xnera!

I realized I forgot to mention I saw Corpse Bride, which I enjoyed. Even more I enjoyed the Q&A with Tim Burton after the movie. I've heard he's very shy about speaking in front of people, but he was relaxed and funny and interesting. Afterwards I also met a guy named Shade who had appeared on that Bravo's 100 Scariest Horror Movies which I watched rather avidly, and we liked a lot of the same movies.:-)

Speaking of horror movies--well, really not but I'm attempting a transition here--I've been thinking about those Vampire and Werewolf theories that so persistently float around HP fandom and thinking about a way I think they are interesting, but for different reasons than the way they claim to be interesting. )
HBP having been out for a while now, there are two widely-held fandom theories that I feel out of synch with, so whoever cares to, what are your thoughts? One of the thing's that ultimately frustrating about HBP for me is that there's *a lot* of times where we just don't know who knows how much of what when. It's easy to miss little bits of into that way--for instance, I've heard people suggest that DD doesn't know about Snape's UV, that Snape would never tell him, when that's one thing we do know that DD knows, because Harry overhears Snape and Draco talking about it (thus Draco also knows, which he might not have) and tells it to Dumbledore. Are we supposed to believe that any scene Harry witnessed he's allowed to tell his friends about was given to them in such detail it's like they were there?

[Poll #561852]

My own thoughts. )
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 still have yet to receive my book. So this post may be filled with things that are off, or I may miss completely obvious things that have to do with the subject. It's very hard for me to write about Snape without going over stuff again, and without knowing some of the basic facts we're intentionally not told. Anyway, still, it came into my head so I'm throwing it out. I did that post about Father Figures and Draco, and I couldn't help but think about how fabulous it is from the other side for Papa Snape. )
My head's exploding. This is all over the place, but I figured I might as well jump in and start posting some meta or I'd never start.:-)

Have read HBP, obviously--spoilers for HBP inside. Long rambling.  )


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