This is merely a gloss-over of my thoughts on a few characters and some situations. Nothing analytical. I haven’t a mood for that.
A very depressing read. A very good read. Opened and closed a lot of doors.
HERMIONE: A very stable character. One would think that as the girl of the Trio her hormones would be bouncing off the walls most. But she’s incredibly sane compared to Harry and Ron. I suppose it’s just…Hermione. Though, there were a few points that I just wanted to smack her. The continuation of SPEW, for instance. My God, just shut up already.
DRACO: What can I possibly say about this guy? He’s just as delectably irritating as ever. He worships his father, he tries to get Harry’s attention, and he loves himself. He’s Draco Malfoy.
I adored the Qudditch fight. Draco deserved to have the snot kicked out of him for once. No, I do not condone fighting words with fists under any circumstances, but Draco was finally put in his place and that excited me. He tends to be given the leeway to say what he wishes, whenever he wishes. He’s sneaky enough to do it in classes and corridors without being caught, and when he mouths off to Harry he is given words right back. But he deserved to be shown that not everyone gets away with everything. I think he learned that without his bodyguards he is half the person Harry is. And it embarrassed him. I’m really sure Harry would have beaten him to the ground even if George were not helping. Draco is a pampered, prissy princess. He never, never initiates physical fights. NEVER. (He even ran away when Hermione smacked him.) He and Harry are equal when it comes to brains, but he is the inferior when it comes to brawn--and I believe he’s now a bit intimidated now that he knows that for sure. If he weren’t, he’d likely have attacked Harry stealthily, on his own, as soon a he could have after that Quidditch match. He wouldn’t have gotten in trouble! Not with Umbridge around. Why didn’t he? Because he’s WEAK. A flimsy little boy.
GINNY: She’s alive! She’s got a brain! She exists! I must say, I’m growing fond of her. But one thing, Missy, if you think you’re going to be petting Harry now that you’re not with that Michael Corner fellow, you’ve got another thing coming.
LUNA LOVEGOOD: Didn’t care for her either way for a lot of the book. But knew I liked her when this occurred:
“Mistletoe,” said Luna dreamily, pointing at a large clump of white berries placed almost over Harry’s head. He jumped out from under it. “Good thinking,” said Luna very seriously. “It’s often infested with nargles.”
I cracked up and cried out, “Luna! You kill me!”
CHO CHANG: Incredibly annoying. At first (say, books 3 and 4) I didn’t care for her either way. She was just a random girl who Harry had a crush on. But when she “initiated things” between them, it felt wrong, as though she was doing it more for her own benefit. Cedric’s dead, Harry, comfort me! Buck up, Bitch, Harry’s got his own problems.
SNAPE: He’s nasty and greasy and just how I like him! I must say that I was excited when the prospect of those extra D.A.D.A lessons came up because I thought Hermione was about to suggest Snape before she went off and said she wanted Harry to teach them, so you can imagine how surprised and thrilled I was when Snape was brought in to teach Harry Occlumency. I hoped the two might, possibly, maybe, perhaps, perchance get a teeny, tiny, itsey-bitsey bit closer through those lessons. I hoped wrong. It is Snape, after all. But is the connection between Harry and Voldemort over with? (I really don’t recall) Will Harry continue with his lessons with Snape? There are several unresolved things involving Snape and I cannot wait to read them in Book 6. In the meantime…fanfiction ahoy!
REMUS: He has not wavered on the #2 spot in my Favorite Characters List. While I have always seen him as a gentle, understanding type of person in fanfiction, I never thought it would go as far as it did in the actual books. I assumed I was exaggerating what he really was. He held back when his friends pestered “Snivelly”, he comforted Molly (twice) when she was in a bad state, he was the one to make Sirius sit down when he worked himself up during the big disagreement with Molly near the beginning (which I thought was particularly charming), he kept his cool (unlike Sirius) when Harry talked to them through the fire. Just an easy-going guy, I guess. I like him for it.
SIRIUS: I’ve always liked him, but I began to adore him when Christmas came around and he was singing carols. Quite endearing.
Sirius’ death: Oh man, I’m getting shaky again just typing about it now. I first found it silly to think of him not actually being dead. It would cheapen the story, I think, to bring him back, because such happily-ever-afters are not all that breathtaking as actual human situations. Coming back from the dead? Why kill him in the first place? To make Harry more miserable than he already is? Bah! Then I thought, what has always undeniably been death in Harry Potter? The Killing Curse! It would have been so much easier to just go WHAMMO, Sirius, you’re dead! Why bring a creepy veil into the picture? It makes us unsure. It makes us wonder. And why make us wonder when you can give it to us straight, JKR?
So then my head says to me, it says, “How do they really know what’s behind that veil?”
So I says to my head, I says, “Dunno, Head.”
My head replies, “Looky here, you”--I cannot, of course, because my eyes are in my head--“we don’t know what’s behind the veil! Because it’s in the Department of Mysteries. No one knows! And if Harry Potter can defy death, why can’t Sirius Black defy an unknown territory? How does Dumbledore know? How does Remus know? They don’t because they’ve never been through the veil. And I really would be surprised if JKR doesn’t bring us back to it, whether or not Sirius Black returns.”
I’m not saying I think Sirius will come back, because it’s just plain not going to happen, but his death is the most peculiar one in the books. Why not just the Killing Curse? It makes no sense.
THINGS THAT HAVE LITTLE RELEVANCE:
Natt’s cry count: Six. During “Snape’s Worst Memory” and Sirius’ death (when I realized he would die, during his death, after his death, after I finished the book, and when I went to bed that night). Good men. I like them both. They affect me so.
Number of times Harry was winked at: As far as I noticed, three times. (Twice by Fred Weasley, once by Sturgis Podmore.)
Number of times Natt smiled as Harry had dirty thoughts about Snape’s finger tracing his lips: 2,000
First new pairing Natt thought of: Harry/Sturgis Podmore. Must have been the wink. But that doesn’t mean the thoughts aren’t in my head.
Most prominent pairing Natt saw: Sirius/Remus. Undoubtedly. I think the explanation will wait, however.
Has nothing to do with OotP whatsoever:
And now...*falls into bed*