July 19, 2005

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (major spoiler alert)

OK, I'm going to talk about Harry Potter now, so if you don't want to know what happens in the new Harry Potter book, stop reading this post. If you continue reading this post, you're going to find out what happens in Harry Potter. So, again, stop reading if you don't want to know. If you do want to know, go ahead and keep reading. But if you don't want to know, you should stop reading....now.

So Dumbledore is dead, which was a shock and I almost started crying when the book gets to the part where Dumbledore's picture is now on the wall of the headmaster's office. Anyway, Snape kills Dumbledore, which is really a shocker. Of course, the great question now is whether or not Snape is actually on the good side or the bad side. As I see it, it's possible Snape told Dumbledore everything about the Unbreakable Vow and Dumbledore knew at some point either Malfoy or Snape was going to have to kill him. I would think Dumbledore would prefer Snape kill him in this situation because Dumbledore probably knew Malfoy wouldn't be able to live with the thought of having done the deed himself. However, even if Dumbledore gave Snape permission to kill him, Snape has definitely got a problem letting go of whatever animosity he has towards Harry, which doesn't make too much sense in light of the fact that he has to know Harry is the one who must defeat Voldemort. So, basically, Snape's deal is still up for grabs. I wasn't so surprised with Snape being the half-blood prince, though. I started to suspect it was him, but the only thing that kept me from going full-force with it is that the book is 50 years old and that seemed too old a book for it to have been Snape's while he was in school. But if it originally belonged to his mother, then that explains that. This is the one thing I've never understood about the books, though: Why doesn't Dumbledore ever tell Snape to cool it? Surely he knows Snape is a jackass when it comes to how he treats Harry. Why doesn't that ever seem to give Dumbledore any insight into what really motivates Snape?

What will really surprise me is if come the next book Harry, Ron and Hermione really don't return to Hogwarts because it seems to me it all has to end at Hogwarts. Especially considering that for whatever reason Voldermort wanted so desperately to be back at Hogwarts. I'm not saying the book has to literally end at Hogwarts, but Harry should still be part of Hogwarts when it ends. The whole idea of coming full circle and everything. Anyway, I'm one of those people that get really upset at the idea of people not finishing their education, so that would be a personal disappointment to me if Harry didn't finish what he started at school. Also, I don't think we really have to consider Dumbledore gone because we know he's still available for input through his portrait, which means stuff still has to happen at Hogwarts to access Dumbledore. Of course, he can just move to different paintings, but I don't think that will do. I like the phoenix imagery at Dumbledore's funeral, which should be expected considering how much of a connection there's been between Dumbledore and his phoenix throughout the series. The one bit of information I'd like for sure is to know which house Dumbledore belonged to when he was at Hogwarts. I don't think it's ever been stated in the books. I guess people assume he was with Gryffindor, but we don't really know that.

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