Thursday, 9 May 2013

HP Friday: The Tales of Beedle the Bard

It's Harry Potter Friday, and this week we read The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I'm blogging from my iPad because my computer's out sick with a virus, so please pardon whatever weirdness results.

I'd never read this before, and I LOVED it. That said, this'll be a short one.

First, a question about the symbols on the Fountain of Fair Pleasure:


Pardon the fuzzy. We've got, from top to bottom, a fish-type-looking-thing, Omega, an eye, and the Deathly Hallows symbol. That's all got to be super significant, right? Any guesses? Maybe we need to know more about runes. Maybe we need Hermione.

And then (big fat spoiler for the next book), I might just need to read the book again, but isn't Harry alive at the end of all this because of the resurrection stone? So shouldn't he be a spooky shade of a person? Or no, because he had all three and was actually the Master of Death? (End of big fat spoiler.)

Lots, lots of Aberforth lovin' goats references around these parts.

In conclusion,

15 comments:

  1. Patrick Stewaaaaaaart! My heart goes all squishy every time I see him.

    I...did not pay attention to those symbols really, but I'm sure you're RIGHT. Because I don't think JKR does things haphazardly, as evidenced by yet another reference to Aberforth's goat fetish. Poor Aberforth. The world just doesn't understand your love.

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    1. As does mine, my friend. How did they get through all the HP movies without casting that guy?

      The world most certainly does not understand Aberforth's love. The world is a little unsettled by it.

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  2. I didn't even notice those symbols! We definitely need Hermione.


    Ummmm I can't remember EXACTLY what saved Harry... was it the stone? Or was it just some weird "I sacrificed myself so now I get to live again" type deal?

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    1. Didn't he put the stone in his mouth or something? Or, no, that's how he opened the snitch. I DO NOT REMEMBER.

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    2. He uses the stone to "resurrect" his family for his trip into the forest. When he drops it (and it breaks?) they disappear.

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    3. Oops didn't scroll all the way down and missed Emily's comment. So don't mind me, ummm Patrick Stewart! Fairy floss! Oh wait, you guys call it cotton candy right (could there be a more unappetizing lolly name?). Wait, he calls it cotton floss...HOW MANY NAMES DOES THIS DELICIOUS SWEET HAVE?

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  3. Dude, I didn't even look at that illustration. Kudos to YOU.

    I love this group so much. SO MUCH.

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    1. I also love this group. This group is boss.

      I love that JKR did all the illustrations. JKR is just the best.

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  4. I GOT A COMPUTER VIRUS AS WELL! What the hell?

    Patrick Stewart, you are the best.

    Right, the book. I didn't even pay attention to the symbols on the fountain. Good catch. Now we just need someone who can translate ancient runes.

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    1. WHAT THE HELL?

      I bet Patrick Stewart could translate ancient runes. I bet he could translate the crap out of them.

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  5. I don't know what to tell you about the symbols, man. But The Fountain of Fair whatever doesn't show up again, does it? (translation: I don't really care about things unless they apply directly to Harry Potter. This is true about everything.)

    I DON'T REMEMBER THINGS ABOUT THE DEATHLY HALLOWS! Or at least not things as specific as that. But something something he knew they were just images so he was ok? I don't know stuff, man.

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    1. Haha, yeah, I don't think the fountain shows up again. OR DOES IT? We'll have to keep our eyes peeled.

      I, I don't know. We need to read the book, I think.

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  6. I saw the deathly hallows symbol at the bottom but didn't connect the other symbols to anything so stopped thinking about it, beyond thinking that I was half-expecting an orouboros (sp?) in the design of the fountain.

    Harry didn't come back as a shade because I think Voldie only killed off the horcrux part of Harry. He used the resurrection stone to have a color guard on his way to meet Voldie--the four adults/family members who all died to protect him in some way.

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    1. Oh, holy crap, so he semi-resurrected his parents and guardians??!?!! That, that, I don't know how to take that.

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  7. Hmm, Harry was Master of Death, but it wasn't that or the stone or resurrected him. He just had some extra soul-bits floating around that took the curse instead of him. Hence the demon-child in his chapter-long hallucination. Man, it's kind of fun to describe like this.

    Oh, and I wondered about the symbols on the fountain too. We need some answers.

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