Friday, 11 January 2013

HP Friday: Better than Christmas

Reasons Friday is the best day: 1) The weekend starts this evening; 2) HARRY FLIPPIN' POTTER.

This week on the Reading Rambo hosted Harry Potter Readalong: Book One, Chapters 1 through 9. Be sure to check out the linky for all the other bloggers who are rocking out with their HP love out.

Too many feelings. This is going to be way too long if I don't break it down to its barest bullet points, so here we go.

1) As it's been discussed on Twitter and by you guys with your smartness on your blogs, the early chapters on Privet Drive are kind of lame. In a soul-crushing, call child services kind of way. Have you guys come across that theory that the entirety of Harry's story was all in his head? That the story getting so fantastic and so dark was a result of the abuse escalating? That the really crazy parts all took place in Harry's mind when he was BEDRIDDEN at the HOSPITAL? I DO NOT LIKE THINKING ABOUT THESE THINGS.

*calms self with Christmas candy*

2) While 1st-half-of-the-book Snape is more one-dimensionally nasty than I remembered, I do know that my feelings for him had softened by the end of Philosopher's Stone. And when the casting for the first movie was announced, my pro-Snape orientation was solidified. I had some pre-existing Alan Rickman Dogma feels.

The Metatron is my spirit animal.

3) Going back to Hogwarts made me feel 12 in the best way. It's like, you know how Christmas is always kind of disappointing now that we're "adults" and junk? Because it's just not as magical? I was worried that the first experience of Hogwarts would be all dulled and old hat, but NOPE. 

4) I forgot Dumbledore was so light early on. 
"Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!
Thank you!"

I'm all used to later-books, badass-Michael-Gambon Dumbledore.



5) Poor Neville! I had forgotten that he was so non-magical early in life. That must have SUCKED. Your family poking and prodding you. Already being a disappointment at, what, 4 years old. Poor Neville.


Please allow me to hug your face.

6) STOP BEING MEAN TO HERMIONE, HARRY AND RON. (And Hermione, if you chill out they'll be less mean to you!) Ah, the perils of being 11. I didn't want age to be an excuse, but Laura and Alice pointed out on Twitter that, in fact, everyone sucks at 11. 

Now things are getting good. We're past Privet Drive, we're past the troubled beginning of the best book friendship ever ... onward to finding out what's in that grubby little package from vault 713 (oh man you guys I totally know).

Tune in next week when things are revealed!

34 comments:

  1. I specifically remember being a terrible human being at age 11. And thus, when my much younger little brother got to that age (and I was 22) we were all kinda like "Well...he'll get better eventually."

    All the House points for that Dumbledore picset.

    I cannot even think about point #1. Nope. Not a thing.

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    1. I mean, it's definitely not a thing, but I can't even THINK about it being a thing.

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  2. I have totally read the theory that the whole series is just in Harry's head. And it's so depressing I don't want to think about it. Wizard's are real and Harry is magical and there is a totally evil force trying to destroy the world. See that's much happier.

    Can I tell you how happy I am that you have a Gif of Rickman as the Metatron because no matter what else he does (even HP) I still think of him from this movie.

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    1. Truth. "We went through 5 Adams before we figured that one out."

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  3. Speaking of dark theories of a similar vein, have you heard the heartbreaking dark theory about Rugrats? IT WILL TEAR OUT YOUR HEART, SO DON'T. But it's so crazy intense, I kind of want to believe it - even though it completely darkens the show.

    Poor Neville - his family sucks! I mean, I love his gran and I'm sure they all love him but all that pressure at such a tiny age? The magical world needs to stop being so judgemental and discriminatory. It seems like a harsh place at times.

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    1. I JUST LOOKED UP THE RUGRATS THING AND I THINK I HATE YOU! But OMG it explains SO much. Like why the parents NEVER LOOK AFTER THE DAMN BABIES!

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    2. It IS a harsh place. A wonderful place, but harsh all the same.

      I think I might have heard this theory at one point, but I can't think of it now. I didn't actually watch too much Rugrats! But by the sound of it, it'd destroy me all the same. Damn internet and your sadness theories.

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    3. @Laura, right?! If Rugrats was German I'd totally believe it's true. Did you ever watch 'The Animals of Farthing Cross' (I think that's what it was called) most depressing kids show ever, EVER.

      @Kayleigh, maybe it's all the Voldemort/Grindlewald turbulence over the past 100 years, but the wizarding world is definitely not just sunshine and sherbet lemons.

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    4. Wait, no. Animals of Farthing Wood. I think.

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    5. Grindlewald! Do we learn more about him? Because I would like to.

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  4. I HAVE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT THIS TERRIBLE HARRY IN A COMA THEORY! It's horrid! But makes total sense. Damn, this is like that episode of Buffy where she thought her entire life was a delusion...

    But yesssss, this was STILL magical and the same and everything was excellent, so I am pleased about that. Even though you have just BROKEN MY BRAIN with your theory DAMMIT.

    *claps at slightly silly Dumbledore* I love him like this. He's the loveliest.

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    1. My DAD, of all people, told me that theory! THANKS, DAD.

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  5. *I*, like everyone else, have been gently prodding Point #1 with my brain and then shuddering.

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  6. Nah. Point #1 couldn't happen. Because Harry goes mental in the series but he isn't, like, mental on a regular basis. Plus we all know what a cop-out dream sequences are and nobody would stand for that explanation anyway.

    michael gambon as dumbledore never quite twinkled enough for me, I have to say.

    and LOVE Rickman/Megatron. I bet if Snape were an animagus it would look like that.

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    1. SO AGREE with you about Gambon never quite working as Dumbledore.

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    2. I do agree that point number 1 couldn't happen. Especially with how it ends, it just doesn't make sense. BUT. Now that I've heard it I will just always be a little bit sadder. There's no going back.

      Also, Gambon whaaa? I loved him as Dumbledore. It has been ages since I read the later books, so I'll certainly pay attention to whether Dumbles keeps more of the shine than was apparent in the movies.

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    3. I really liked Gambon but I never thought he was whimsical enough for the earlier films. It's only book 4 onwards that he really needs to be that intense.

      Still love him though!

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  7. Holy crap, that is the craziest, saddest, most hilarious, and most awful theory I've ever heard. BUT THE TERRIBLE EPILOGUE DISPROVES IT. Breathe.

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  8. Ugh the in-Harry's-head theory gives new meaning to the King's Cross chapter in book 7 and "Why should that mean it isn't real?"

    Brb, collecting my heartbroken tears in one of my various Harry Potter themed tea mugs...

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    1. PS Awesome Dogma GIF! Megatron is the man.

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    2. Emergency Harry Potter themed mugs! You, madame, are prepared for this readalong.

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  9. >>It's like, you know how Christmas is always kind of disappointing now that we're "adults" and junk? Because it's just not as magical?

    DISAGREE. Christmas is exactly as magical as previously! I still love getting presents from Santa even though I am old enough now to where I help my parents put out all the presents. Christmas as an adult is GLORIOUS. Perhaps even BETTER than when I was a kid, because now I am old enough to have a job and buy awesome presents with my grown-up job money.

    Also, I feel sad thinking about cheerful Dumbledore. Poor Dumbledore. Things are going to take a dark turn for him as well as for Harry.

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    1. I can not even TELL you how happy I am that Christmas is still magical for you. There's hope yet!

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  10. I'm pretty sure when I was 11 I stabbed one of my classmates in the arm with a pencil. I WARNED him to stop hitting me with that book. I didn't get in trouble... so actually I was an AWESOME 11 year old. All the other 11 year old sucked.

    I do NOT like that "This is all in Harry's mind" theory! For goodness sake, his life was NOT that traumatizing! Chill, people.

    I love light-hearted Dumbledore. When shit starts getting more serious, he's a bit more of a downer even though he's still awesome.

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    1. Haha, ah, 11 year olds.

      Dumbledore is indeed always awesome. A complicated guy, but awesome.

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  11. Oh god, please tell me it's not all in his head! I could not handle that. Also, I'm impressed that millions of children can get through those first chapters without thinking, "gosh this is booooooring!" And I don't know about you, but I was a much slower reader back when I was a kid so those first chapters would have seemed to take forever!

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    1. This is a spoiler, I guess, but don't worry! It's not all in his head. That's just an internet theory spawned from sadness.

      You're right about the first chapters! I don't know what it was, though. I remember not being bothered by them when I first read it. Probably because I didn't realize how much more action packed the book gets later on, so I didn't feel anxious to get to it.

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  12. I actually sort of enjoy that morbid Harry-Potter-is-mentally-ill theory. I don't think it's TRUE and I never WANT it to be...but I like that it exists. Because I'm a sick individual, apparently.

    I do NOT, however, condone the existence of the Rugrats theory. So maybe there's hope for me yet.

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    1. Yeah the rugrats theory makes the upsetting HP theory seem like child's play but I think I'm probably the reverse of you. Although I haven't seen a Rugrats ep in years so maybe it's to do with not having to live with the consequences of accepting that theory!

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  13. The early chapters are so overboard with the Dursleys' cruelty that it boarders on hilarious. It was as if Harry took over and started writing about the book for Rowling and turned into a silly exaggiraffe.

    Snape - I LOVE Alan Rickman, but I thought he was too old to be Snape. Or McGonagall for that matter, since the book says that she has her *black* hair in a bun. When I first read this as a kid, I imagined Dumbledore would be the only old person at school.

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