Happy New Year, Bookworms!
I thought about kicking off the new year with a big old list of resolutions or something, but who are we kidding? I would break every last one of those resolutions and then feel worse about it because I’d announced them to the world. Why should I put myself under that kind of pressure, I ask you? I’ve decided to stick to what makes me happy, and what makes me happy is Harry Frickin Potter. Just because 2015 ended doesn’t mean The Potter Binge did! I’m still trucking along with the glorious re-readathon sponsored by The Estella Society. We’re closing in on the tough stuff, guys. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is not for the faint of heart, but, much like life, if it weren’t for the ugly heart wrenching bits, we’d never learn to appreciate the happy parts. It is with great trepidation that I embark on re-reading this novel. Hold me? (PS, this is so chock full of spoilers it’s not even funny. You’ve been warned.)
- As if the Prime Minister didn’t have enough to worry about without people popping out of his fire. Poor guy.
- There’s an ice storm raging outside my window at the moment. Makes me wonder if dementors are running amok. Then again, winter.
- Oh gross. The dementors are breeding?! That’s a mental image I could’ve lived without.
- I don’t like Narcissa Malfoy. At all. And part of me wonders if she’d still love her son if he weren’t a chip off the old evil block. BUT. She DOES love Draco, so, I guess she could be worse. I mean, lack of capacity to love was Voldemort’s downfall. At least she’s got a shred of humanity. Presumably.
- Slughorn is a muddy character for me. He’s got plenty of faults: he’s vain, fame seeking, and cowardly. Then again, I don’t think he’s rotten to the core. If he’s not actively good, he certainly doesn’t mean any harm.
- Fleur and Bill! I think part of the reason Fleur is so difficult for the Weasley women to handle is because she’s part veela. She’s quite full of herself and rather annoying, but I think they’d find her easier to deal with if it weren’t for that whole veela effect of making women undeniably hostile.
- The disappearances of Florian Fortescue and Olivander totally bum me out.
- Aaaaand Hagrid pulls through with a bone crushing hug for Harry, as per usual. Well done, sir!
- I hate seeing brokenhearted Tonks, it’s so sad when she can’t pink up her hair at will. Also, Patronuses are a very confusing little bit of magic, aren’t they? Major life shakeups seem to cause them to take a different form. Which begs the question. If one’s patronus remains the same after they fall in love, are they less in love than anyone else? Or is it simply a result of trauma?
- I wouldn’t mind a bit of Felix Felicis, I’ll tell you what.
- The Half Blood Prince and I have something in common. I make little notes on the few recipes I successfully cook so I don’t screw them up. Granted, mine usually say things like “you actually need to measure the evaporated milk. Remember that time you used the whole can and got fudge sludge?”
- The tale of the Gaunts is so utterly troubling. Generations of cousins marrying cousins is never a good idea. Science affects wizard kind, too, and that concentration of genes is never a good thing. I mean, look at the royal families of Europe. We actually studied that family tree as an example of the inheritance patter of hemophelia in biology. I didn’t really want to google the consequences of inbreeding on mental health, but I’m sure it’s a terrible idea. All that aside, though, I can’t help but assume that Merope and Morfin did not attend Hogwarts. I’ve stated before that wizard kind could seriously use a social services department, but I don’t think either child would have been so thoroughly broken had they spent large swaths of their childhoods out from under the thumb of their fanatical father. They’d have had the option to stay at school during holidays and likely would have made friends that would have offered them some respite during the summer months. And even if they had to suffer through summers and holidays with the man, once they were of age they’d have been independent enough to break free, get jobs, and stop living in crazytown. Also, how would homeschooling work in the wizarding world? The reasonable restriction for underage magic was written in 1875 (I looked that up) so how would the Gaunt children have been able to perform spells outside of school? I wonder if there’s some sort of waiver… Hmmmm…
- Hannah Abbott’s mother was found dead, poor girl. Probably part of the reason she and Neville eventually ended up together. Oh gosh. Knowing that people were brought together in part by a shared parental tragedy is heartbreaking. Dangit, Jo, my eyes are leaking!
- Katie Bell! Ooooh I hate it when you get cursed!
- I love Ron when he thinks he’s on the Felix Felicis. Positive mental attitude can be such a big factor in success, on and off the Quidditch pitch. I’m abysmal at keeping a positive mental attitude. Thanks for the reminder.
- Ron and Lavender. Extremely annoying, however, in my experience, extremely reminiscent of being 16 or so, and the novelty of making out once discovered. Thank heaven this is relatively short lived. Won Won. Bleh.
Knowing what awaits us in the second half of this book puts knots in my stomach. I’m glad you’re with me for this, I don’t want to be alone right now!
Talk to me, Bookworms! What are you reading right now? Are you Pottering along with me or have you tackled something completely new?
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All my spare time has been spent watching Jessica Jones on Netflix (SO GOOD). I just finished it, so I’m ready to dive back into reading again. Time to check the latest Kindle Unlimited arrivals… because I’m cheap. =)
Words For Worms
Being frugal with one’s book budget is smart, not cheap.
I’m tackling some nonfiction right now. Rosemary the Hidden Kennedy Daughter is pretty slow so far, but I’m determined to keep at it because some parts are super interesting. Next is Kisses from Katie. I’m waiting on it to come in the mail. You know I’m not into fantasy but Henry is about to embark on his Harry Potter adventure 🙂
Words For Worms
Yessssssssssss! Henry! Way to go!
IIRC, the ministry can only tell where magic is being used, not who’s using it. So parents are in charge of disciplining their own children and keeping them from using magic outside of school… so I guess homeschooling would be a grey area, depending on how structured they were with their lessons.
Words For Worms
I just came across a line in book 7 that says something to the effect of “parents have always had the option of teaching their kids at home.” After hearing more about the trace, though, it sounds like the kids’ spells wouldn’t even register on the ministry’s radar if they were in a place where magical activity is expected. Which honestly makes the Reasonable Restriction for Underage Magic sound like a completely empty threat to children being raised in magical families.
Yeah, I knew it was something like that. But yeah, total empty threat. Because what parent is really going to report their kid when it’s going to get them expelled?
Kristyn - Readingtounwind
I actually think I might start the Harry Potter series this year. I have sadly yet to read it but I think it might be time!
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Oh how exciting! I’d love to relive the experience of reading these books for the first time!
Jenny @ Reading the End
I was particularly sad about Florian Fortescue because you never find out what happened to him. At least with Ollivander, you see him again later! With Fortescue, that’s just a nice bloke with ice cream and answers for your history homework, gone forever. 🙁
Words For Worms
Right?! I wonder what Voldemort wanted him for anyway. His extensive knowledge of magical history, perhaps? I doubt he had a hankering for some awesome ice cream. Someone that evil probably doesn’t even like ice cream.
Just wanted to let you know how much of a delight your series of “thoughts” on the HP novels have been. I find myself smiling, snickering, and reading several of them aloud to my daughter each time. Well done. 🙂
Words For Worms
Awww, thank you! This comment just made my day (a tough thing to do, seeing as I just saw the news about Alan Rickman, SOB.)