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15 August 2007 @ 12:25 pm
Reviewing Deathly Hallows! (Part 2)  
Apparently there is a limit to journal entries here on LJ, which I didn't know about, so here is Part 2 of my Deathly Hallows review! Here are the other parts: Part 1 | Part 3


Last Updated:
5 August:
Chapter 12
15 August:
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
17 August:
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
19 August:
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19



Chapter 12: Magic is Might

Snape is the new Headmaster, eh? I find that amusing only because in one of my RPGs, he's the Deputy Headmaster while Lupin is the Headmaster. Canon-wise, I am not amused. Snape is a psycho murderer who doesn't deserve to have control over all those kids. He'll probably kill them off one-by-one if they don't prove 'useful' or 'worthwhile'.

I wonder what happened to McGonagall, then. Did she get to keep her Transfiguration and Deputy Headmistress positions? She'll keep Snape in line, even if she's only second-in-command; or, at least I can see her trying do, but I don't know how far she'd get with a Death Eater (Snape) as the new Headmaster and two more (Alecto and Amycus Carrow) as other professors for DADA and Muggle Studies.

So now it seems like it's compulsory to attend Hogwarts for all wizards and witches in the area, and that Blood Status will be given to all students now, in order to weed out the Muggle-borns. Plus there's the Muggle-born Registration deal at the Ministry--which it seems Hermione never went to (which makes sense to me) and it seems like Cattermole's wife is being accused of being Muggle-born, or something of the sort; that's what Yaxley was implying at least, or that's what I got out of it.

Kreacher's being nice to the Trio now. How cute! It's amazing what a little piece of jewelry (even if it's not the real locket) can do to brighten the House Elf's spirits. Nice job, Harry, you did something right!

I don't know if I was just reading too much into this, or if there really is a parallel between this, but I found that there was a parallel between the Death Eater stakeout of Grimmauld Place versus the Trio stakeout of the Ministry of Magic. I also found it amusing, although I know that's how it's supposed to work, that the Muggles in 11 and 13 Grimmauld Place don't know that there really is another house between them. I wonder if they notice the Death Eaters on the other side of the street, or if the Death Eaters have some kind of Muggle-repellent charm on them as well so the Muggles won't notice them either.

Armed with Puking Pastilles, Nosebleed Nougats, and various other things, the Trio arrives at the Ministry. In a short amount of time, all three of them 'become' Ministry workers: Hermione becomes Mafalda Hopkirk, Ron becomes Reg Cattermole, and Harry becomes Albert Runcorn. Together they all enter the Ministry, using their coins to get in. I think the coin/bathroom idea is rather silly, but then again I'm not a Death Eater, nor am I running the Ministry of Magic; but I can still think what I want!

They get inside successfully and are milling around the Atrium, looking around at everything, what's changed and what hasn't. The most obvious change is from the moving golden statue of the House Elf, centaur, and wizard to an immobile black statue of a wizard and witch sitting on benches made out of Muggles/Muggle-borns, with the inscription 'Magic is Might' on a plaque at the bottom.

Um, what is this?! 1984?! Woah, sorry, but seriously! I just read 1984 for the first time last semester, so it's still fresh in my mind. I hated that book. It was all about oppression, communism, the government taking over and ruling the people, and the people having little or no control over it. Ergh! Granted, I obviously don't know if this book turns into 1984 or not (but I heard it doesn't, because my friend told me that if it did, she would have thrown her book out the window) but that's just what I thought of when I read about the changes to the Ministry, but specifically the ones with the big black statue.

As they're meandering about, Yaxley comes up and accosts them, mainly Ron. Ron has to stop the raining in Yaxley's office--or rather, the person that he is pretending to be, Cattermole, does. There's also information implying that Cattermole's wife is being interrogated as a Muggle-born or some such nonsense. Eh, it's Yaxley, he'll talk smack to anyone who will listen, or anyone who will stand there and take it.

After Yaxley leaves them alone, the Trio gets on the nearest lift, which is then occupied by a couple other wizards. Hermione starts giving Ron instructions on how to fix Yaxley's office, but Ron doesn't seem to get it. As usual. The lift stops on the proper floor, and Ron gets off. Hermione tells Harry that she should probably follow Ron, to help him, but before she can get off the lift, it goes up one more floor and Harry and Hermione run into Umbridge. Dun dun dun!


Chapter 13: The Muggle-born Registration Commission

In the last chapter, Ron-as-Cattermole got off on the previous level, while Harry-as-Runcorn and Hermione-as-Mafalda get off on the next level. Hermione goes with Umbridge to one of the court rooms while Harry exchanges a few words with the new Minster of Magic (Pius Thicknesse, who is under control of the Imperius Curse) before he runs off.

On his way to Umbridge's office, Harry passes a dozen or so witches and wizards making pamphlets and talking quietly amongst themselves, but worried that Dolores will overhear them. Gold writing on pink paper, what are these people thinking?! Those colors don't go together! Well, they do, but not as well as a different combination of colors: like gold and red, or pink and black. Gold and pink, no. Then again, maybe it's pink because that seems to be Umbridge's favorite color.

It doesn't take Harry long before he finds Umbridge's office, and all he had to do is use a Decoy Detonator on the wizards and witches in the room for them to become distracted long enough for him to slip inside. It looks almost exactly like her office did when she taught back at Hogwarts, give or take a few items. Pink used to be my favorite color when I was younger, but now it's blue. I wanted to be the Pink Power Ranger too! Even if my favorite color were still pink, after all this shit that Umbridge caused in Book 5, and now again in this book, I highly doubt that pink could continue to be my favorite color.

There were several things different/interesting/weird about Umbridge's office. The first thing that sticks out (pun intended) is Mad-Eye Moody's blue-irised, magical eye. Harry tried it out and saw that Dolores could spy on the workers on the other side of the door through a telescope. Can't she find some other way besides using a deceased man's eye? That's gross! Frankly, I think at the moment, I would have done the same thing that Harry did: have my anger flare up and tear it out of the door to leave a big gaping hole in my wake.

He tried the Summoning Charm on the locket, to no avail, which makes a lot of sense because Umbridge doesn't seem like a lady would just leave something like that laying around. However, he's distracted by a file cabinet, where he quickly finds Mr. Weasley's file and finds information on him, some of which he already knew, but some of which he didn't: Mr. Weasley is a 'blood traitor' (according to the pure-elitist purebloods), a member of the Order of the Phoenix, he's married with seven children, the youngest of them attend Hogwarts, but the youngest son ('Ron') is stuck at home sick with Splattergroit, 'Undesirable No. 1' has stayed at the Burrow before, and they might still be communicating, and that he and his house and family members are being tracked.

Honestly, I thought 'Undesirable No. 1' might have been Hermione Granger, since she's a Muggle-born. I didn't even contemplate it being Harry, but then when he saw himself on a poster with that title pasted underneath him, I felt a little silly that I hadn't realized it was Harry. Oh well. Harry's a half-blood, not a Muggle-born; and being Harry Potter you I think the Ministry/Death Eaters would give him a better nickname than that.

I would read Dumbledore's book, if it weren't written by Rita Skeeter. I want to read the great wizard's biography, but only if it were written by someone else besides that witch. Hee hee, Dumbledore scratched his nose as Harry set the book back down after looking at it. Then again, Thicknesse had just walked in on a nearly-caught-Harry-as-Runcorn before he re-covered himself with the Invisibility Cloak.

Harry hurried back onto the lift and ran into Ron there, and they were immediately joined afterwards by Mr. Weasley. He glared at Harry and asked Ron why he was all wet. Then Mr. Weasley gave Ron a tip on what might stop the rain in Yaxley's office. Ron almost let the name 'Dad' slip. Oops, be careful, Ronniekins! You don't want to give yourself away, not even to your daddy, and especially not there in the Ministry!

Ron exits the lift as soon as he can, and then Percy hops on, but just as suddenly leaves at the next stop, not wanting to deal with his father. After Percy leaves, Mr. Weasley turns on Harry. Harry found out that Runcorn found out that Dirk Creswell's family tree had been changed to make him seem more pure, or something like that. I'm not sure the exact details of all this, but it sounds like Creswell got in deep trouble for that, or the wizard who told Runcorn what he had found about the true history of the family tree.

Harry finally makes it down to the lowest level where the courtrooms are. There are Dementors watching over the Muggle-borns, other Muggle-borns being tortured, and still other Muggle-borns being interrogated. It's cold, sad, and depressing. The poor Muggle-borns! Why do they have to be the scapegoats? What did they ever to do you, crazy Death Eaters? Nothing! Right? You're just jealous of them, huh? I bet!

After a guy named Arkie Alderton is threatened with the Dementors' Kiss and dragged out of the courtroom where Umbridge, Hermione, and Yaxley are, Mrs. Cattermole is brought in. It's a good thing Harry has his father's Invisibilty Cloak, or else he wouldn't be able to do near as many things as he could with it--like slip inside the room after Mrs. Cattermole.

What is up with Umbridge and the cats?! Even her Patronus is a large long-haired cat! We also find out that Umbridge does have the locket, although she tells a lie and says the 'S' stands for 'Selwyn' and that she's a descendant of that pureblood family. I'm wondering if Umbridge really is a pureblood, or if she's a half-blood like Voldemort. That would be the Hilter Syndrome times two!

To make matters short, after Mrs. Cattermole is questioned about her wand, and from whom she stole it (which she really didn't, because as any smart witch or wizard knows, the wand chooses them), and where is her husband, Harry Stuns both Umbridge and Yaxley. Actually, he warns Hermione that he's behind her, but then when he sees the locket and hears Umbridge's lie, he can't hold it back anymore.

Harry' Stag Patronus was so much more brighter and stronger than Umbridge's! Ha ha, take that! Let's stick it to Dolores! Oh my God, you look like a frog! Sorry, couldn't resist quoting that song! Even Hermione's Otter Patronus was more awesome than Umbridge's even though she had a bit of trouble conjuring it.

They free Mrs. Cattermole and chase off the Dementors before Harry takes charge of the situation. Hermione's Patronus evaporates when she loses her concentration, but Harry's stays strong, even standing guard as the Muggle-borns pair off with a wand-carrier and a wandless. But wouldn't the Ministry officials realize that Harry had been there when they go downstairs and see the Stag Patronus? Or did it evaporate too and it just wasn't mentioned?

Wait, let me get this straight. How did the rest of the Ministry officials find out what was going on in enough time to start sealing off the fireplaces? Who told them? Did Yaxley wake up quicker than Dolores or something and run and tell them, or what? I know he comes to in enough time to follow the Trio out. Whatever the reason, at least some of the Muggle-borns got away, except now I'm worried the Ministry/Death Eaters will still hunt them down.

Yeah for confusion over the real Reg Cattermole! Somebody's not telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Hee hee! I bet Mrs. Cattermole was utterly confused, especially in the arms of a man who looks like her husband but claims to not be.

Before they can get caught, the Trio escapes from the Atrium through the toilets in the bathroom, or however that works. I'm a little unclear over what happens at the very end of the chapter. It's like they Disapparate, but that Harry didn't feel right about it. He felt like Hermione's hand was slipping away from him, and I don't know about Ron. I guess I'll find out in the next chapter what happened to them!

Hmm, I just thought of something. Now that they have the next Horcrux, can Voldemort track them that way? You know, since it's a piece of His soul and all, I would think that He'd have some kind of way to locate it.

And speaking of the Locket-Horcrux, wouldn't Mrs. Cattermole remember hearing the word 'Horcrux' since it's so unusual? What if she were questioned about what happened, and then let it slip that 'Reg' and 'Mafalda' were talking about something called a 'Horcrux'? Would the Death Eaters understand what that meant, and would they tell Voldemort about it so He could go after the Trio?


Chapter 14: The Thief

I find it sad that the Trio can't go back to Grimmauld Place anymore. That's too bad, really. I liked reading about them in Grimmauld Place--especially since it was Sirius' house and then Harry's house. If it hadn't been for Yaxley grabbing onto Hermione as she was Disapparating, they could have gone back. I'm going to miss reading about the Trio in Grimmauld, especially now that there is Nice!Kreacher to talk to them and cook for them. Maybe they'll be able to sneak back there and collect whatever it is they need; that is, if they still need anything from there.

Now, since the Trio and the other Order members were now the Secret Keepers of 12 Grimmauld Place now that Dumbledore is dead, even Apparating onto the front stoop with a Death Eater latched on gives away the previous Order Headquarters? Apparently. I figured they would need to physically tell the address to someone else, or let them inside, but I guess letting them see the front door from the top of the stoop does the same thing.

But, wait! Moody put up those wards/charms/traps to keep Severus Snape out. Does it only keep Snape out, or the other Death Eaters as well? I guess it only keeps Snape out, because Mundungus Fletcher was able to get inside and filch some things from the house.

When I heard about Ron's Splinching, I thought it would be like Hannah Abbott's in HBP, where she got Splinched in half at the waist and had to be put back together. However, after a little bit more reading, I realized that I had thought wrong. Ron had not been Splinched at the waist, but was only missing a chunk of his arm; yet that large chunk of missing arm caused the redhead to lose a lot of blood. For a moment, I was worried that Ron was going to lose too much blood to survive and would croak on us right then and there, but luckily, Hermione was able to stop the bleeding and heal the wound with Essense of Dittany.

After Ron was 'healed' for the time being, they started passing around the Horcrux and examining it. Ron asks if Harry and Hermione can 'feel it', but only when the other two get the locket into their hands can they. Harry thinks of it as feeling like a light pulse, like a heartbeat.

That makes sense to me. Well, in all reality, at least to me, there is a difference between a heart and a soul; but for this plot device, we can let that slide. It's enough that they all can feel a weak pulse (whether from the heart or the soul) inside the locket--to which Harry refers back to later on in the chapter while he's sitting on his watch.

After fruitlessly attempting to open up the locket, Harry and Hermione set up the tent, which she also just happened to have in her little beaded bag. To quote Harry from Movie!GoF (via Hermione using magic to set up the tent so they don't have to do it manually) 'I love magic!' It was just how he (and I) remembered it being from the Quidditch World Cup three years ago.

They're in the tent in the forest where they were for the Quidditch World Cup. Now all they need are House Elves and Death Eaters and crazy, obsessed Ireland and Bulgaria fans, and they'll be all set! Wait, no, nevermind.

While Ron recuperates in the bottom bunk of the two bunk beds Harry and he are sharing, Harry and Hermione take turns standing guard. During one of Harry's shift, his scar begins to burn and he starts to have another dream-vision. This time Voldemort has cornered Gregorovitch and is harassing him for something, but we don't know what it is, nor do we find out what it is or what it could be, mainly because Harry doesn't know.

The main point of the dream-vision was that Gregorovitch claimed a thief stole whatever-it-was. The thief was a blonde young man; or at least he was blonde and young when Harry-Voldemort saw into Gregorovitch's mind. Harry thought he looked familiar, and then I started thinking about who it could be. My first thought was Lucius Malfoy, but then my second thought was Aberforth Dumbledore. I don't think Lucius Malfoy would have a Fred and George-ish mischievous smile on his face, which is why I second-guessed myself with Aberforth. Plus, I think that Harry would be able to recognize Lucius Malfoy, even if he were at a younger age than Harry knew him to be now, or someone with whom Harry went to school, but that he might have some trouble in recognizing Aberforth.


Chapter 15: The Goblin's Revenge

The scene about the Horcrux hanging around Harry's neck making him unable to perform proper magic (or a Patronus at least) and making him feel heavy and dreadful, makes me think so much about The One Ring and the effect It had on Frodo while he was wearing it in Lord of the Rings. I'm glad Hermione realized that's what it was so then Harry could get at least a little bit of relief. I also think it's a good idea for them to keep switching around wearing the locket every 12 hours, so then none of them have to suffer for too long--except for the fact that Ron gets even grouchier when he has to wear it. If I were Harry, I would very quickly grow tired of that. Hell, I'm not Harry, and I already am tired of Ron's complaining!

Not much happened plot-wise at the beginning of the chapter other than the Trio moving from site to site every night in order to keep from being spotted, Harry having trouble taking to Ron and Hermione about the 'thief' he saw in the vision, Ron and Hermione talking about Harry behind his back, and all three having trouble keeping their bellies full with good, healthy, nutritious food, and Ron almost incessantly complaining.

Oh! How could I forget?! The Trio also discussed where the next Horcruxes could be, such as Hogwarts, Tom Riddle's former orphanage, etc. However, after visiting the place in London where Tom's orphanage used to be, and seeing office buildings, they came to the mutual conclusion that He wouldn't have left a Horcrux there. It would have been more likely for Him to have left a Horcrux at Hogwarts than at the orphanage, since he actually liked Hogwarts! Yet, Harry's continued talk about there being a Horcrux at Hogwarts, turned Ron and Hermione off of the idea, so Harry finally gave in to their denials and shut up about it.

It only really began to pick up a few pages later when Griphook, Gornuk, Ted, Dean, and Dirk set up camp next door and talked over cooking/eating salmon while the Trio eavesdropped with Extendable Ears.

Things that were mentioned/overheard during the discussion:
- why Ted and Dean are on the run
- Gringott's is no longer up to the goblins' standards and is no longer run solely by the goblins
- the Weasleys already have children that are hurt: Bill with scaring via Fenrir and George with a lost ear via Snape
- Snape caught and punished Ginny, Neville, and Luna
- the sword of Gryffindor that was in the Headmaster's office, and is now at Gringott's, according to the goblins, is fake
- goblins created the original sword of Gryffindor

After the Trio overheard as much as they could, they called Professor Black to his portrait, and Hermione magically blindfolded him before they began to question him. At first, Phineas Nigellus wasn't going to talk to Hermione, until he realized that Harry and Ron were with her too, so then he consented and answered their questions, along with making some snide remarks of his own.

Things that were discussed during and immediately after the conversation:
- Phineas Nigellus thinks the sword belongs to 'Professor Snape's school'
- more information on Ginny's, Neville's, and Luna's punishment in the Forbidden Forest
- Phineas says that he saw Dumbledore remove Gryffindor's sword from its case and destroy a ring with it
- Phineas says that goblin metal doesn't need cleaning, and that the sword imbibes power from other things it touches.
- Hermione realizes that the sword was imbibed with poison from the Basilik's fang

I find it interesting that Phineas addressed Hermione as 'Muggle-born' and not 'Mudblood'. Even the portrait of Mrs. Black wouldn't stop shouting about Hermione being a 'Mudblood'. Hmm, interesting... Perhaps Professor Black realized he was outnumbered and couldn't see, and there was no telling what the three teenagers would/could do to him if he provoked them anymore. Phineas did call Hermione 'simple', but not 'Mudblood'. That's a start!

Who pissed in Ron's pumpkin juice? I knew he was already upset, but seriously, what is the problem with Jo making her characters just suddenly blow up over the smallest thing?! She did it with Remus in Chapter 11, and now she just did it with Ron in this chapter. I mean, I can see Ron's point of view, and why he'd be upset, and in all reality, I was getting pretty tired of his moodiness and brooding. I'm just not used to sudden changes, even in fiction.

Like I said, though, I can see where he's coming from. He thought that Dumbledore told Harry what to do, that Harry would have some kind of clue about where they were going, where the other Horcruxes were, and how to destroy said Horcruxes. Ron is also upset with Harry for inferring that something's not that bad because he's 'been through worse'.

I bet the Harmonians had a field day with this line of Ron's: "I get it. You choose him." Granted, I'm a Harmonian, and this line made me inwardly giggle. The thing that separates me from the other 'stereotypical' Harmonians, though, is the fact that I support both Harry/Hermione and Ron/Hermione, and I don't try to tell the Ron/Hermione shippers that they're wrong and don't know what they're talking about and that Harry/Hermione is the 'one twu wuv'! Remus/Sirius is my OTP, always has been, always will be, and there's nothing that can change that.

Ron's outburst and subsequent Disapparition didn't piss me off the way Remus' row with Harry and then running off did. As I stated earlier, Ron had been moody and broody the whole chapter, so it was like this was the final straw for him, and he just couldn't take it anymore.

I don't know what to think for Harry and Hermione now. In a way I feel bad for them, but in a way I don't. Maybe it's because I'm trying to rationalize it from my own point of view. If Ron is that upset about Harry and everything, worried about his parents etc. then he needs to relax and calm down. He'll probably come around after he's had some time to himself, some time alone to think. At least that's what happened in GoF after Ron's and Harry's row. I wish Harry could have gone and comforted poor Hermione. She's so distraught! I would have wanted comforting if my sorta-boyfriend had just had a hissy fit-fight with my best friend and then left in a huff. Then again, I'm not Hermione, and it might have been awkward between them if Harry had tried to comfort her, since he and Ron are best friends.


Chapter 16: Godric's Hollow

According to Harry's point of view/reason of seeing things, Ron is gone and he's not coming back. Well, there goes my hope that he'd come back after he chilled out some. Oh well, I'll still hold out a bit of hope for that, even if neither of the fictional characters about which I'm reading are. Yet, now that I remember, with the protective wards that Harry and Hermione put up each time they move and set up a new camp, Ron wouldn't be able to find them. Poor Ron, poor Harry and Hermione. To quote one of my favorite animated Disney movies: "Our trio's down to two!"

Neither Harry nor Hermione are saying Ron's name. Something about them being too angry with Ron to say it, and not wanting to upset the other. The thing is, even when one talks about 'he' or 'him' the other will know of whom he's speaking and then they'll get upset all over again.

Hermione's crying all the time now, even so much that Harry has started taking over Hermione's job of putting the wards up around their new campsites. They still move every couple of days because they don't like to stay in one place for too long. I think they're heading north, because they've gone from Wales to Scotland, and the former is south of the latter.

This didn't really bother me at first because I understood Harry was just trying to check up on Ginny and make sure she was alright. However, then I started thinking about it too much, like I have a tendency to do with things, I over-analyze them. Then it was kind of creepy to me and it seemed like Harry was being stalkerish while he watched his ex-girlfriend's dot on the Marauders' Map. I know it's just a dot with a name over it, and he can't see Ginny actually doing anything, but after thinking about his actions for a while, I started to get weirded out by Stalker!Harry.

At least the Duo doesn't have to eat alone at meals. They'll pull out Phineas Nigellus' portrait from Hermione's beaded bag and set it in Ron's empty chair at the table. Harry and Hermione get to talk to him and are able to find out a bit of information here and there about various things happening around the school. That is, if they're nice to him. Professor Black isn't loyal to Snape, per se, but they were both Slytherin Headmasters, so Harry and Hermione have to be careful what they might accidentally let slip about Snape that Phineas might take as rude or insolent.

They've found out several interesting, useful facts from Phineas Nigellus, including:
- Snape is facing small mutinies from a hard core of students
- Ginny is banned from going to Hogsmeade
- Snape has re-instated Umbridge's decree about no more than three students being able to meet at a time

From this, Harry gathers that Ginny, Neville, and Luna are trying to carry on Dumbledore's Army, which makes him proud and glad that they're his friends. I figure they could still have those meetings if they really wanted to. I mean, the DA was able to get around Umbridge's decree before, so why couldn't they again? Then again, Snape seems more hard core and intolerable of insubordination than Umbridge. Snape's just a crazy evil guy, I still say. I never liked him, and I still don't. No, I'm not a Scorpio that holds grudges against fictional characters...Whatever gave you that idea?

Grindelwald's sign is in Hermione's book that she received from Dumbledore, The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I wonder if it were already in there when Dumbledore got the book, like if another student drew it in there, or if Dumbledore did? I must stop thinking about Dumbledore/Grindelwald. I figure that if Grindelwald is evil (whether or not he is Hitler) then Dumbledore wouldn't draw the symbol in there. Maybe another Dumbledore could have, like Albus' father, or his brother Aberforth. Or, it could have been another student's before or after Albus had it--either their own copy or he loaned it to them--and they could have drawn it in there.

*bounces* OMG, they're going to Godric's Hollow! YAY! Hermione actually said 'yes' to that for a change, instead of 'no'! Whee! Of course, they're going to visit the Potters' and the Dumbledores' graves, but they're also going to try and visit Bathilda Bagshot while they're there. I didn't know that Godric Gryffindor was born in Godric's Hollow, I just thought it was named after him, but now I know differently, and the former does make sense! I also like Hermione's theory on wondering if Dumbledore entrusted Bathilda with Gryffindor's sword. That very well could be a possibility. There's only one way to find out.

Harry and Hermione don't go to Godric's Hollow right away. They travel around some more and continue to do research and discuss things/possibilities/ideas/Horcruxes before they finally leave for Godric's Hollow; when they get there, it's Christmas Eve. What a very symbolic time to be there, I think!

That war memorial is pretty sweet! It looks one way from far away, but as they approach it, it changes into something different! That is so awesome! I thought that the illustration at the beginning of the chapter was a stone statue of James, Lily, and Baby Harry, and it looks like I was right! The one thing I wasn't correct on for that was I thought it was in the cemetery next to the Potters' graves, but it didn't make much sense as to how something so big could fit easily next to two graves. Being out in the middle of the square makes much more sense.

Harry and Hermione finally find the cemetery behind the church, enter it through the kissing gate (no wonder I didn't know what that word meant; it's British!) and immediately began looking around.

It doesn't take them long to find either grave, and the first one they come upon is Kendra and Ariana Dumbledore's. The quote at the bottom of their tombstone reads: "Where you treasure is there will your heart be also." I'm not quite sure what that means, and I honestly haven't thought much about it. It doesn't seem like the Duo knows either. Wait! Maybe it's something like 'What you treasure, you love' because I'm sure Albus loved his mother and sister, and they could have been like a 'treasure' to him. I guess it all depends on whether or not the word 'treasure' is literal or metaphorical.

Now we know Lily's and James' birthdays. If Lily was born on 30 January, that means that Snape is only 21 days older--3 weeks older--than she is, since he was born on 9 January. Then, if James was born on 27 March, that means that Remus is only 17 days--a little over 2 weeks--older than he is, since he was born on 10 March. Snape's the oldest of the four, and James is the youngest. *snickers* I still like Ty's comment about Snupin. He said something along the lines of, 'Well, now we know where Snupin comes from. Snape was born in January and Remus was born in March - Snape/Remus. Lily was born in January and James was born in March - Lily/James.' Gods, I love you, Ty, you're the greatest! *smirks and chuckles*

Enough about birthdays, though. The quote at the bottom of the Potters' tombstone reads: "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." I agree with Hermione that is has to do with life after death, about living after death. I was thinking something similar, like death is the last thing to go, and death is an enemy; but one can overcome or 'destroy' that 'enemy' by living on past their death. I wonder if that means Harry's parents and/or Dumbledore and/or Sirius could contact him even though they're dead; or vice versa? I know that sometimes in real-life the deceased can communicate to us in dreams...So why should it be any different for this fictional book? Plus, with Sirius, he was never buried, but is still behind the Veil, so he would probably be the easiest with whom to make contact, I think.


Chapter 17: Bathilda's Secret

Bathilda's Secret must be the fact that she's really dead and a snake has taken her place. I thought it was a secret in that she either: 1.) knew who Harry and Hermione really were even though they were disguised as Muggles, 2.) knew who the thief was, or 3.) was holding the sword of Gryffindor via Dumbledore's request until the time that Harry could come get it.

Frankly, when she knew who Harry and Hermione were, I thought that she might be a Seer of some kind. Not a Seer like Trelawny, but someone kind of like Dumbledore where he/she knew/understood more than he/she let on.

Unless I misread something, I thought Harry and Hermione had the Invisibility Cloak on while they were walking, and that they kept it on while they were looking at his parents' house. Maybe they slipped it off while they were standing outside the gate and I just didn't pay attention to that part. Better yet, maybe they had it on the entire time from first leaving the cemetery to when Bathilda came upon them; and that Bathilda is like Moody was--and it was thought that Dumbledore and Snape were--where she is able to see through the Invisibility Cloak.

The sign outside the Potters' house does some explaining and question-answering about why the cottage was left in its state of disrepair and why an attempt wasn't made to rebuild it. I really liked the message it contained, and I found it very sentimental. Then it was cute and sweet how random witches and wizards wrote little messages on it for Harry and his parents; but mainly for Harry in support and encouragement of him. I'm with Harry on this one: I think it's neat, and even those witches and wizards 'vandalized' the sign, they left positive messages.

Then Bathilda shows up, recognizes them, and Harry and Hermione follow the little old lady over to and into her house. We don't know this yet, but the fact that Bathilda is dead and Nagini has taken over her body accounts for the foul-smelling things: spoiled food, dirty laundry, and various other dead and rotten things. Once inside, Harry does a bit of 'dusting' with "Tergeo!" and finds the picture that contains the blonde-haired young man that Harry recognized from his dream-vision of Voldemort seeing into Gregorovitch's mind. I still think 'the thief' is Aberforth, unless it's Elphias Dodge (since he was also close to Albus); but I think Aberforth Dumbledore is quite more likely, since he was in pictures with his older brother Albus in Rita Skeeter's book, and they were brothers. Besides, if I'm remembering correctly, Albus did not have blonde hair, only his brother Aberforth did.

If this were really Bathilda Bagshot, I have a feeling that she would have known who the young man was. However, that wasn't, so she didn't, obviously. I was wondering why she was so mute and never said anything to them. Plus, that also explains why she did things the Muggle way--lighting the candles, making a fire, etc.--instead of using magic like she should have been able to because she was a witch.

Harry didn't let Hermione know this until later after he had come to, because he didn't even realize it until later, but Bathilda never spoke and didn't want Hermione with her and Harry when she did talk because she was really Nagini the snake, so she could only speak in Parseltongue which only Harry could understand. That, and it would have given her away that 'she' was a fraud and not really Bathilda Bagshot.

So Harry and Bathilda go upstairs, but she still doesn't say anything to him right away. When she does speak, it's in Parseltongue, which like I just said, Harry doesn't register until later. Then Voldemort starts to possess Harry, and after he feels excited, Harry speaks for the Dark Lord, telling Nagini-Bathilda to 'hold him'. Then Bathilda leads Harry further into the bedroom. Harry asks her if she has anything for him, but she just nods her head, so he repeats his question.

Harry starts toward a pile of dirty laundry that Bathilda has acknowledged, but before he can even start to look for a sword, Bathilda's body crumples and Nagini is there, coming out of her 'neck'. Then Nagini attacks!

Harry and Nagini fight and roll around and crash into things before Hermione hears them and calls out to see if everything is alright; but when she doesn't get an answer quickly enough for her liking, she races upstairs and joins in the fray. Now the wizard and witch are fighting the gigantic snake, curses flying and Nagini lunging at them and trying to bite, grab, squeeze, and suffocate them. She actually succeeded in doing that to Harry before Hermione ran upstairs, and Nagini's crashing into Harry, and Harry's inability to speak properly caused Hermione to instantly worry and run upstairs in the first place.

When Harry first stepped and slipped on his wand, I thought it was going to break, or had broken then. I mean, put between 120 to 150 pounds (I don't know how much Harry weighs, so I'm just guessing here) on a slender, lightweight piece of wood, and see how easily it can withstand the stress before it snaps. However, it doesn't seem to break just then, and Harry is able to scoop it up before grabbing Hermione and diving behind the bed with her, using the bed as a shield from Nagini.

Hermione sets off a spell, "Confringo!" (which we find out later is a Blasting Curse that hit and broke Harry's wand) which rebounds around the room. Something happens to Harry then and he passes out and sees the scene of the night of his parents' death and his attempted death.

They didn't even have their wands! James left his lying on the couch when he ran to the door to 'protect' his wife and son, and Lily's was I don't know where. Granted, even if they had had their wands, they wouldn't have been able to shield themselves or Harry from the Killing Curse. The only thing they could have done was disarmed Voldemort, if they were even successful in doing that, which that might have been hard to do as well. We know that there is nothing you can do to stop Avada Kedavra. If someone wants you dead, you're going to be dead, no questions asked, no counter-curses to stop it. Harry is the only one who has survived it, period, end of story.

At least they tried to protect Harry. That was what gave Harry his mother's 'protection', her love and her sacrifice for him. At least Harry was able to drive off Voldemort, even though he didn't try or didn't even know what he was doing at the time, and even though he can't remember doing it at 15-months-old. He did it then, and that's all that matters. Well, not really, since Voldemort's back and stronger than ever; but I think that if Harry was able to do it before, he'll be able to do it again: keep from dying, that is.

After his fit, Harry finally comes to hours later (according to Hermione) inside the tent that they've (probably) come to call their second home, or their home away from home. She tells him how she couldn't get the Horcrux off his chest, so she had to use a Severing Charm to remove it, and that Nagini bit him, but she was able to heal and dress the wound with Dittany. So then Harry lifts up his shirt to check his 'battle wounds' and sees a deep red oval on his chest and two fang marks on his forearm.

Having the Horcrux on during the fight might explain why Harry was unable to call his wand to him with the Force "Accio" Charm. Also, I just realized this symbolism, but when the Basilisk bit Harry, it was in his forearm and Fawkes was able to heal it with his phoenix tears, which have magical healing powers.

It's not until the end of the chapter that we find out that Harry's wand did break via Hermione. I was so sad to find that out! I mean, I didn't cry or anything (since I normally don't cry over books; there were a couple exceptions, but they were non-HP/SW/LotR books) but I felt for Harry, and I felt bad for him. It was split in two with the phoenix feather barely holding the two severed, splintered pieces of dark holly wood together.

I wonder if the core is still good after being exposed to the air and other elements. Like, if there might be a way for them to keep the core and get a new wand made from it; either by themselves or by a wandmaker. I highly doubt the Duo could make a wand all by themselves, but you never know, because desperate times call for desperate measures. I don't know how they're going to find a wandmaker on their own, though, since Ollivander is imprisoned and Gregorovitch is dead. I think there is only one other European wand maker, and he/she is in France, I think.

At least they tried to repair it, instead of totally giving up right then and there without at least trying. It didn't work, the wand didn't repair itself, but it was the principle of the action that mattered. So now Harry has to use Hermione's wand, at least for now while he's on watch. All I know is that Harry either needs to find a way to get his wand in proper working order or be able to get a new one, or else he's not going to get much further without a wand of his own. He'll be a sitting duck!


Chapter 18: The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore

At the beginning of this chapter, Harry is all emo about everything: Ron, Dumbledore, his wand, etc. And he even thought some of the same things that I did about him not having his own wand: not feeling protected, feeling helpless and weak, etc. I'm sure I would have felt the same way, though. [Even though I know it's only made of real holly and ebony woods, and that there's no real core in it] I don't what I'd do without my wand. And, honestly, I would have done the same thing that Harry did, with tucking the two pieces into his Mokeskin pouch even though it was already quite full with various other important things.

I'm sure he's too frustrated and depressed to deal with it right now, but I think Harry should take a closer look at the Golden Snitch. Right now, he's thinking it's useless and of no consequence to him, that it's just something else Dumbledore gave him which won't help him in any way, that it's something that Dumbledore thought he could figure out on his own but he can't. Not only does Harry seem to not remember it or the inscription that showed up on the Snitch when Harry touched it to his lips, but Hermione doesn't either! I still say he has to stick the whole thing in his mouth.

As for the sword of Godric Gryffindor which was one of the reasons Harry and Hermione came to Godric's Hollow--besides Harry wanting to visit his parents' graves and pay his respects and see the house where he was born--did neither of them think to look in Dumbledore's old house? I guess not, or else they would have talked about it more. My thing is, though, they only checked Bathilda's house, and it wasn't there. Or, at least it wasn't in any of the rooms in which they had been. It could possibly be in one of the other rooms they never saw. So if it's not in Bathilda's house, what's stopping them from checking Dumbledore's or hell, even the Potters' house?! It could very well be in either of those homes just as easily as it could have been in Bathilda's.

Ever since I first heard the speculation that Grindelwald was Hitler, I haven't been able to get it out of my head, but especially not with this chapter, where the whole thing is practically about him, and Dumbledore. Other than the parts with Emo!Harry and Hermione not quite back to being her old self again, that is.

This is something I just realized: if Grindelwald doesn't equal Hitler, than perhaps he equals Grendel while Dumbledore equals Beowulf. Just something I thought up when I realized just how close 'Grindel' was to 'Grendel'.

However, if we're staying with the Grindelwald equals Hitler theory, then I figure I should point out some of the similarities that I noticed:
- Grindelwald's slogan was 'For the Greater Good'; Hitler wanted to have 'survival of the fittest' and wanted to kill of 'life unworthy of life'
- Grindelwald wanted to have Wizard dominance over the Muggles; Hitler wanted "Aryan" domination over "non-Aryans" and "Semites"
- Grindelwald built a prison called Nurmengard to hold his opponents; Hitler's Nazis built concentration camps to house their opponents, and Nuremberg is a town in Germany
- Grindelwald was expelled from school at age 16; Hitler dropped out of school at age 16
- Grindelwald created his symbol of the triangle with the circle and line through the middle, and then his followers started drawing it in textbooks, around school, other places in public, etc.; Hitler took the Aryan symbol for luck/prosperity and reversed it, creating the Swastika, and then his followers started riding around with his sign on their vehicles, tossing pamphlets with that symbol on it out of windows, drawing in on windows, carrying flags with it on it, etc.

Yes I did my research.

There is also the speculation that Voldemort suffers from the Hitler complex. He is a half-blood, yet he wants to kill everyone who is not of pure blood. Hitler was rumored to be homosexual and a quarter-Jew; his grandmother was Jewish. According to the Nazi definition of 'Jew'--even if one grandparent were Jewish--Hitler fell into that category, yet he wanted to kill the Jews, homosexuals, Roma, etc.

I don't know who to side with on the argument about Dumbledore, so I think I'll stay neutral. I see strong points in both Harry's and Hermione's arguments, but I don't really want to side with either until I get more information on my own.

Harry's argument:
- he likes Dumbledore and doesn't want to believe that Dumbledore could have even for a little while been against for what he stands now
- while they're out fighting against the Dark Side, there was Dumbledore helping his friend Gellert Grindelwald come up with ideas on how to overpower Muggles
- even though Dumbledore's father was in Azkaban and his mum had just died, he wasn't alone; he had his brother and sister for company

Hermione's argument:
- the 'right to rule' is the same thing as 'Magic is Might'
- Dumbledore wouldn't have killed his sister
- Ariana probably wasn't even a Squib.
- even if Dumbledore weren't always good, then he's changed now
- Dumbledore stopped Grindelwald, a man who he had been friends with in his youth
- Dumbledore always voted for Muggle protection acts and Muggle-born rights
- Dumbledore was always against, and always fought against Voldemort

It looks like I was mistaken about the thief being Aberforth Dumbledore; instead he was Gellert Grindelwald. However, at the time, the only person I knew of who had been in pictures with Albus was his brother Aberforth. I didn't know that Grindelwald had been in pictures with him before, or even that he had blonde hair. Looks like you really do learn something new every day. And if it were Grindelwald, that would also explain the mischievous smile and why he were closer to Gregorovitch. But what it doesn't explain is why Grindelwald stole whatever it was from Gregorovitch.


Chapter 19: The Silver Doe

If anyone is reading this and wondering why I'm bringing up Snape and his Patronus at the very beginning to this section, you should read my entry about how a couple of my non-LJ friends freaked out on me for telling them I found a piece of fanart depicting Snape's Patronus, and then you should read another entry where I give my thoughts on Snape's Patronus.

Other than the fact that one of my friends told me that by the time I got to the part in the book that involved Snape's Patronus 'there's not much left' to the story--which wouldn't make sense for this part in the story since I'm only halfway through the book--I don't think this doe is Snape's Patronus. One, the picture in the fanart looked like a fawn and not a doe; and two, in all honesty, I can't see Snape helping Harry like that. Unless Snape is still playing spy for the Order and I'm just not seeing it. I still say that Snape is evil and he wouldn't want to, nor need to, help Harry Potter out.

Therefore, I think the Doe Patronus is someone else's--an Order member's perhaps? Or if not, then someone who wants to see the Dark Lord destroyed as much as Harry does. For the briefest of moments, I thought it might be Dumbledore from beyond the grave, but then I remembered that Jo said his Patronus was a Phoenix. That, and can dead people produce Patronuses? If so, I would say that it were Lily rather than Dumbledore, because James was the Stag Animagus, Harry can produced a Stag Patronus, and Lily is the wife of James and the mother of Harry, so that would make more sense. I could also see it being Sirius--if we went the route of dead people helping out Harry--but then that makes me think of James/Sirius nevermind. And I don't want to think it's Remus because, like Sirius, I really don't see him as a 'doe' type person; and I still am going to believe that Remus' Patronus is a Wolf (since he's a werewolf and all, and he matches some of symbolistic animal qualities of a wolf) unless I'm shown otherwise.

Another thought/idea/question that crossed my mind while reading was: Could the doe be a sentinel of the forest that only appears to those who desperately need her help?

I just looked up the Native American animal symbolism for deer. The definition that I found fits with what happened in this chapter: "Love, gentleness, kindness, gracefulness and sensitivity. Deer carries the message of purity of purpose, and of walking in the light."

I find this fitting because Harry somehow knew that he was supposed to follow this Patronus; there was no doubt in his mind about it. It was as if Harry knew his 'purpose' was to follow the doe, and while doing so, he was literally 'walking in the light' of said Patronus.

Either way, the doe leads Harry to a frozen pool in the middle of the woods and then almost immediately afterwards, vanishes. It takes Harry a moment to figure out why she led him here until he catches a glint of silver and ruby from the bottom of the pool, and looks down to see Gryffindor's sword.

Well, to me, at the bottom is a frozen pond is a better place to hide Gryffindor's sword than in someone's house in Godric's Hollow!

Harry strips down to his knickers and jumps in to retrieve the sword, but he starts to drown. Before he loses his will to fight the cold water and the lack of oxygen, someone pulls him out. Ron saved him from drowning by pulling Harry out of the water and grabbing the sword, while cutting the Horcrux from Harry's neck.

I knew Ron was going to come back, I just knew it! It's not much of a story without the Trio. Well, I think it could have gotten by with the Duo of Harry and Hermione, but they all work better in a group of three. Look at other trios besides Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Star Wars: Luke, Leia, and Han; Lord of the Rings: Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli. See? Groups of three!

Harry sure does almost-die (but he's not quite dead!), and/or pass out a lot in this book! I know he's been chased by Death Eaters and Voldemort a bunch already, but I'm just mentioning this as it comes to my mind.

Ron showed his Gryffindor traits when he saved Harry. That, and Harry's his best friend, so it would be really mean, rude, and dick-headish of him to let Harry drown. Since Ron was the one who pulled Gryffindor's sword out of the water, Harry realizes that he's the one who has to destroy the Horcrux. King Arthur symbolism, anyone...yes?

Again, like usual, I'm probably thinking way too much into this, but I like it how in a forest full of trees, two types are mentioned: oak and sycamore. Ron pointed to two oak trees as he said that he thought he had seen someone there, but when Harry ran over to look, no one was in between them. Then, as Ron and Harry head over to a flat rock, where they're going to destroy the Horcrux, it mentions that it is in the shadow of a sycamore tree. I did a bit of research to look up the symbolism of those types of wood, because I believed that Jo mentioned them for a reason other than the fact that they are two types of trees found in forests. Oaks are more common than sycamores, and at least where I live, cypress, ash, and birch trees are common; so that's why I think there's more to it.

Oak is known as the King of the Forest. It is used in Celtic and Druidic mythology and folklore. It is supposed to also represent a metaphoric door between different worlds, either mental, physical, or spiritual. It also stands for strength, positive purposes, magic for men, and triumph, to name a few. If you're interested, you can find more information here, here, or even here.

As for sycamore, I only found one fairly good article here. It states--or rather, the author claims--that the sycamore was mentioned in the Bible. When I read about the flat rock being by the sycamore tree, I immediately thought about sacrifice on the flat rock; and sacrifice is one of the major parts of the Bible. Or something. I never really read it since I couldn't get into it. So, my train of thought went something like: flat rock = sacrifice = sycamore = Bible.

When they finally reach the stone, Harry and Ron discuss how it's going to go with Ron having to destroy the Horcrux and all, and then Harry opens the locket using Parseltongue. I want to be able to talk to snakes! Actually, I'd rather want to be able to talk to birds and trees!

Riddle's eyes in the empty 'windows' of the locket was a great visual image for me! So awesome! Then Voldemort's voice started talking to Ron, telling him negative things: Harry and Hermione didn't care that he was gone, they liked being alone together, he would always be second best to Ginny and Harry, he could never compete with Harry and would always be his sidekick, etc. Yeah, yeah, blah blah blah, Voldie, stuff it!

Harry tells Ron not to listen to it, but the voice continues on for a little while longer, trying to subdue and/or stop Ron, telling him some of the things I listed in the previous paragraph. Finally Ron builds up enough of his nerve and stabs the locket, and the Horcrux lets out a loud scream and shatters.

Afterwards, Harry lets Ron know that he only loves Hermione as a sister and nothing more, and that she feels the same way about him, and that Hermione cried for at least a week after Ron left. Sorry, but points for the Harmonians: 2, mainly because of the trick the Horcrux was trying to play on Ron's mind by trying to make him believe that Harry and Hermione loved each other more that Hermione loved Ron.

Harry and Ron hurry back to the tent and Harry wakes up Hermione. Hermione wakes up slowly, although she rather quickly sees that it's Ron, and takes her time getting over to the redhead. As soon as she reaches him, Hermione immediately starts shouting at Ron and physically hurting him, punching him and beating him up. Harry suddenly realizes that one or both of them was going to get pretty seriously hurt, so he uses Hermione's wand to make a Shield Charm ("Protego!") between them.

Then Ron begins his story. He tells them both about how he wanted to come back right after he left, but that he ran into Snatchers in an alleyway. To get out of it, Ron told them he was Stan Shunpike, because that was the first name that came to his head, and they believed him because they weren't the brightest bunch. It was five against one, but the thugs started arguing and Ron elbowed one in the stomach, grabbed that one's wand, Disarmed the other holding his wand, got his wand back, Disapparated, and Splinched himself again, losing two fingernails this time.

By the time Ron got back, they were already gone. He continues his story by telling them when he was at home, he was listening to the radio when Hermione's voice came out of his Deluminator--which Harry realizes is because it was the first time either of them had said Ron's name since he had left--and a big ball of pulsing blue light (like the kind that is around Portkeys) came out of his Deluminator and landed in the garden. Ron grabbed his rucksack, went out into the garden, and the ball of light entered into his chest near his heart and he immediately knew where to go. However, he missed them again because they left early when they kept hearing someone (him) rustling around outside their tent and calling their names, and they also tell him that they had been Disapparating underneath the Invisibility Cloak for extra protection.

But the second time he showed up in the same forest as them--the Forest of Dean, where Hermione said she had camped before with her mum and dad. Ron almost missed them again, because of all the wards and protections they had around the tent. But then he saw the Doe Patronus and Harry following it.

He didn't say this right then, but he had told Harry earlier after he had saved him from the water: he thought Harry had cast the Patronus himself but realized it was a little different, but didn't realize until Harry mentioned it that the Patronus didn't have antlers. Hence it wasn't Harry's Patronus because it wasn't a stag but a doe. While Ron thought Harry had cast the Patronus, Harry thought Ron had cast the Patronus. So is Movie!OotP not canon here, where Harry saw Ron's Patronus as a dog? Or would this have been another instance of the Patronus changing?

Harry asks, to make sure that he had mentioned it, if Ron had picked up a spare wand from his fight with the Snatchers. Ron says 'yes' and then gives Harry the spare wand from his rucksack that he had stolen from the Snatchers. From the description, the wand seems to be made out of a dark wood like Harry's, but it seems to be shorter than Harry's original. It's sad that he lost his first wand, but at least now he has something with which to protect himself besides having to rely on Hermione or Ron to let him borrow their wands.

Ron's back and they all lived happily ever after now the Duo is back to a Trio once again! Hermione's still sour and upset with Ron, but I think she's really happy that he's back, even though she won't show it in a positive light. She's showing her relief and happiness through anger and frustration.

 
 
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The God Cerridwencerridwen666 on August 20th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
Repost cause my coding sucked. XP

I honestly just got around to read this after I got off the phone with you and I just have one things to say.

Grindewald's sign is in Hermione's book that she received from Dumbledore, The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I wonder if it were already in there when Dumbledore got the book, like if another student drew it in there, or if Dumbledore did? I must stop thinking about Dumbledore/Grindewald.

Honey, give in, they're totally canon. XP
Mepridefulpenguin on August 20th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
It's not hard for me to not give in to the pairings you suggest. How many have you gotten me to like so far? At least three: Dumbledore/Harry, Regulus/Kreacher, and now Dumbledore/Grindelwald.

I just realized that I totally left out the L in his name in that entry, so now I must go back and fix it!

Anyway, now you can see the rest of what I was rambling to you over the phone about in regards to Snape's Patronus or not.
The God Cerridwencerridwen666 on August 20th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
It's because pairings that I like are usually plausible and not just paired up to see if it works. Usually pairings I like work beforehand. XP
Me: jack sparrow - fangirlspridefulpenguin on August 20th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
That's true. Your pairings do work. Plus, it gives us something more to giggle and squee over, especially because not everybody is into them.
The God Cerridwencerridwen666 on August 20th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
Well some of them anyways. I'm so tempted to write AU Albus/Gellert. *mumbles about having to find a plot first*
Mepridefulpenguin on August 20th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
Heh, yeah. Maybe it wouldn't have to have a plot per se, but they could be sitting around talking about stuff...? Like your most recent Oliver/Percy fic where all Percy was really doing was lecturing, and then he exchanges a sentence or two with Oliver.

That was probably my worst plot description ever, the first sentence of it, that is. Oi.