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Tuesday, 02 August 2005
Spoiler

squashed frog

Dear reader, I confess: I have read the latest Harry Potter and enjoyed it more than the last (which isn’t saying much).  What follows is a spoiler for those who have not yet read Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, but intend to.  What follows is incredibly dross for those of you who have not yet read the book, and don’t intend to.  I will share some of my thoughts.

Dumbledore dies, while begging Snape: please.  Harry assumes that Dumbledore is begging for help, possibly for his life. Snape kills Dumbledore,  presumably because Dumbledore has asked him to do so. He was begging Snape to kill him, not to save him. Possibly Dumbledore knew he was not going to live anyway, and having established that Draco (Harry’s schoolboy rival) was not actually a nasty fellow did not want Draco forced into killing him by the Death Eaters. This would have put Draco completely under the spell of Tom Riddle.  Snape is therefore a good guy. Indeed he saves Harry’s life right at the end by telling the Death Eaters not to kill him. He also immobilises Harry when Harry (foolishly) tries to charge after them, and gives Harry some very important advice (for the next book perhaps) when he tells Harry that he must learn to close his mind.

All in all this book reveals (once again) that Harry is a very immature young wizard who needs to grow up fast. The book begins with Harry being immobised by Draco. Instead of Harry responding to this warning by learning to cast silent spells (and he has the opportunity in class) he ends up being immobilised by Dumbledore at the end of the book and watches helplessly as his most significant father figure dies. Harry is also too immature to recognise what Snape is doing: he is caught up in this notion of dualism (good/evil) although Dumbledore has told him so many times that there is good and bad in everyone. 

All in all it was satisfying to see Dumbledore croak: you can’t run a 3rd year potions class at Hogwarts without splattering frog’s brains on the dungeon walls.  My last guess is that in the final book, Harry will finally prevail over Tom via good doses of luck and JK’s authorial licence.

Posted by bigblue on 02/08/2005 at 11:02 PM
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