Friday, 18 January 2013

HP Friday: Am I weeping already?

Super fast and incoherent Harry Potter Friday post! In this week's installment of Reading Rambo's Harry Potter Readalong ALL THE GIFS, we're discussing the second half of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, chapters 10 through the end of the book. There will be spoilers, kittens, and if these books ares still spoilable for you, you should really be reading along with us. (Do iiit.)



Sure things are sad in this book, and it's dark when I wake up, which is mega sad, but we musn't dwell.

Not on Harry Potter Friday!

This book is so wonderful. I. Freaking. Love. The trials H+R+H have to go through to get to Quirrell. Especially Snape's logic puzzle. And oh man interesting that Dumbledore said Snape hated Harry's father with such ferocity because James saved his life. Is that right? (Spoiler) By keeping Snape's duel-agent status a secret? Was there an Incident that I don't remember? (End of spoiler.) Anyway, we most of us know that James was (spoiler) an ass hat, so we do not blame Snape for hating him. We hate him too, really.


And yikes did these books get sad early. Of course the mirror, but what made me break right down this read-through was this heartbreaking bit o' writing, which comes after Dumbledore tells Harry that his mother died to save him, that Quirrell/Voldemort couldn't bear to touch him because "it was agony to touch a person marked by something so good."

"Dumbledore now became very interested in a bird out on the window-sill, which gave Harry time to dry his eyes on the sheet." (Pg 217-217)


Aaaaarrg! All these years I thought Dumbles was being flaky and really was interested in that bird! Reading these books as an adult is brutal.

And we find out in the big confrontation (because Quirrell is one of those villains who monologues, thankfully) that Quirrell was able to touch Harry in the Leaky Cauldron because he and Voldemort hadn't yet fused.

Which I imagine went something like this.

Finally, in personal Harry Potter news, the husband played some Pottermore last weekend and was sorted into *drumroll*

SLYTHERIN!

Hufflepuff + Slytherin. Our love is true.

Damn straight.

22 comments:

  1. Yes! to everything you say. Dumbledore effectively lies to Harry right after he says of course he won't lie. There is SO much more to the Snape/James Potter backstory. And NO, that was NOT the reason Snape worked so hard to keep Haryr safe that year, thank you very much.

    My husband is a hufflepuff and I am a slytherin and our love is true.

    I agree with everything you said *except* that I still maintain that Quirrell was wearing Voldie as an accessory when he met Harry in the Leaky Cauldron because that was pre-unicorn-blood-drinking good times and Voldie couldn't live on his own outside of someone else's body.

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    1. Right? I didn't think that was the reason either. Oh yeah, no, I remember the reason now. Is Dumbledore lying or had JKR not decided on that yet, do you think?

      I knew I should have brought my book to work! In that last confrontation scene, I'm pretty sure Quirrell says that, after he failed to rob Gringotts, Voldemort decided he needed to keep a closer eye on him, and that's when he infiltrated his body. Now I'm doubting myself though. I'll have to find the quote.

      Hufflepuff and Slytherin 4eva. I love that they're the two most unpopular houses, too. Really plays into my latent hipster.

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    2. Yeah I remember that quote about Voldy only fusing with Quirrell after he failed to steal the stone from Gringotts. I mostly remember it cos I thought "Ah-HA plot hole closed".

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  2. Young Ethan Embry HEARTS!

    SPOILERS the saving Snape thing Dumbly mentions happened when they were in school. BUT details of which you will find out!! END SPOILERS

    The mirror and Dumbledore explaining Harry's mom's love to him were the SADDEST. I do not remember crying at all the first time reading this. Poor Harry :(

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    1. There is so much I don't remember! This is the BEST.

      I don't think I cried the first time either. We were heartless, then.

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  3. "All these years I thought Dumbles was being flaky and really was interested in that bird!"

    Awwwww. *hugs Younger Kayleigh*

    I'm not a huge Family Guy fan, but that Peter GIF is amaaaazing. And thank you for not hating on the trials. They are super-cool.

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    1. They are amazingly cool. I had semi-forgotten about Snape's trial (stupid movies) and it made me love him ALL THE MORE.

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  4. Yeah, I thought the saving thing happened at school, at some point, but alas I do not remember the details. Because OMG four and a half years!

    I think the trials are awesome too, and people have been like 'well they were easy...' and I'm like no! No they weren't! Shhhhhh.

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    1. Shhh indeed! The trials are excellent.

      How great is it to not remember all the things! Discovering pieces of the story again is making me a bit giddy.

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  5. *Spoiler*: didn't James save Snape's life when he was going to be attacked by a certain werewolf that one time he stumbled upon a certain 'treehouse'? *spoiler*

    Lily's sacrifice gets me every time that I read this. Yes it's old magic, and it's something a smart girl would have looked up, but the nature of the sacrifice was so instinctual and loving that it's so much better than twirly wand maneuvers or magic words.

    Awwww the subtleness of Dumbledore and his bird-out-the-window gazing. It's true, you really do appreciate the finer sensitive details JKR weaves into the story.

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    1. Oooooh, that makes sense. That's probably it. Weird that James would randomly be decent. (I think maybe he's not as one-dimensionally horrible as I think he is.)

      I love the idea of "old magic." It makes me think of Narnia and the Crystal Cave and MAN I love these books.

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  6. Reading children's books as an adult I do a lot of, Wait, what?

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    1. Ha, yes, I liked your comment about the troll boogers, as we would call them in Canada. Very clearly for the little ones. (Ha, boogers *chortles*)

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  7. Okay so Dumbledore did lie to Harry about exactly why Snape hates but was protecting Harry, but I'm okay with it. I think it's perfect that Harry finds out the whole drama between his parents and Snape much later, when he can better understand it. 11-year old boys are still a teeny bit stuck on the "girls are gross" thing to wrap their heads around unrequited love.

    Woo hoo for another Slytherin member! Not that I plan on continuing Pottermore, but I'm trying to be okay with being in Slytherin.

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    1. Yeah, there's no way Harry would be able to understand the complexity of the whole James/Lily/Snape thing, so I agree that it's good he didn't find it out here. But I think it's possible that Dumbledore doesn't fully understand Snape's feelings, too.

      Reading the welcome letter in Pottermore for Slytherin makes me love them all the more. So misunderstood, these ones! And Merlin was a Slytherin, so there's that, too.

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  8. I'm not sure if it's in this book or CoS (which I just finished)but there's a scene where Harry notes that Snape gets angry and then looks a little too long at Harry's face (*ahem* eyes *ahem*) AND I NEARLY MELTED INTO ONE GIANT TEAR!

    I love the hospital scene, both that line with Dumbles looking away (your kiddles explanation is so cute!) and with the photo album Hagrid hands to Harry - so many feels!

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    1. Aaarg! I think that is in CoS, because I don't recall it, but I will be on the look out for it with tissues at the ready.

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  9. I sort of am not joining Pottermore because I don't need another online timesuck in my life, and sort of not joining it because I am afraid I'd get sorted into Slytherin. I heard what some of the Sorting questions were, and my answers to them felt very Slytheriny. But I refuse to be put into the same house as Snape. Snape is the devil.

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    1. Now that I'm Sorted, I can pretty confidently say I will never log on to Pottermore again, so not too much of a timesuck there, for me. I'm looking forward to more discussions about Slytherin as this readalong goes on, because I feel so bad for that house! And hey, c'mon, Snape's not that bad. He just has a lot of feelings.

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  10. EEEK, Rex Manning Day gif. I can't tell you how many times I have watched that movie, and how much I love Ethan Embry in it.

    Moving on to HP...

    I like all the sad, darkness in the books balanced with the magicalness.

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  11. I'm totally late in commenting but baby Ethan Embry is pulling me in...

    Ugh, James is an ass hat. I need JKR to write a prequel in which All Is Explained, vis-a-vis why Lily ended up with such a douchewaffle.

    Although if her two choices were James Potter and Severus Snape she was pretty much going to be disappointed either way.

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    1. "Romancing the Douchewaffle". I'd read that.

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