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Wrote a drabble for the hp100 LJ Entry challenge: the LJ of Sirius Black, My Fucking Life.

In the spirit of All Media Marathon Weekend (current tally: 8 eps Jeremiah, 3 eps Stargate, 1 movie, 1 MST3K), I started a re-read of Philosopher's Stone. Some things I noticed this time around:

* Hagrid knits on the train. He's very domestic!

* Draco's dialogue: "I say, look at that man!" Topping, what?

* During the Quidditch match, there are bits that aren't from Harry's POV. (All the business where Ron and Hermione think that Snape is jinxing Harry's broom.) This discovery seemed more exciting in the pub after two pints of beer and a glass of wine ("Fuck me!") than it does now. But still.

* When the kids discover Fluffy, Neville is along. I think the movie must have driven that out of my head.

* When Hermione unlocks the door with Alohomora, she grabs Harry's wand out of his hand and uses it. That seems like it must be a breach of wand etiquette, but I wonder how bad it is. Like grabbing the mouse at someone else's computer? Like making love to someone else's wife? Somewhere in the middle?

* Writing fic has given me a great affection for almost every single one of the characters. Every time someone new shows up, I have an inner squee. Harry (sweetie!), Percy (honey!), Fred (sweetie!), George (oh, my darling George!), Ron (Weasely is our king!), etc, etc, etc, down to Flint, Wood, and Mrs Norris. It's like I feel I have a personal connection to them now, any of them that I've written about.

* OK, I didn't just notice this today, but really, Sirius, why do you have a motorcycle so big that Hagrid can ride it?

* This is a damned entertaining book.


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Sporfle!
I love your icon!

And yeah about Sirius' motorcycle. Just yeah. Overcompensating much?


I wonder if Sirius has a nice set of leathers to wear when he's riding.

The Harry POV is very patchy in all places. I mean right at the start of PS, is the whole section of how Harry got dumped at the Dursleys. Did someone tell Harry that story?

And that *bugs* me, because I always use the Harry POV excuse for any inconsistencies. I've been known to spout, 'But that's just Harry's OPINION!' any time someone decides to tell me what Draco's *really* like. *grin*

Hee! I hear you. I figured the bit at the beginning was just to get us in, so I was surprised to find that bit at the Quidditch game. I'll be keeping an eagle eye out now for more.

But even though it's mostly Harry's POV it's always felt a lot more like JKR's POV to me, moreso than a lot of books I read.

Your enthusiasm makes me want to re-read it too. ;>D And your icon makes me want to eat a peep!

Don't eat the peep! They're better as objects of curiousity and experimentation, I find. I've had some in my freezer for two years now -- they're like my household gods now.

The knitting! The yellow jersey like a circus tent! Hagrid is such a groover. He just doesn't care!!! It bothers me a little that he reminds me of my grandmother. It bothers me even more that this might be intentional on JKR's part (the cups of tea, the rock cakes, the patchwork quilts)..I should shut up now. Its a fact that this woman is a Comic Genius, and it becomes more and more evident every time I reread 'Philosophers Stone'.

Grandma Hagrid! LOL! I won't be able to get that image out of my head now.

Oh, yes. In fact I think of Hagrid as the grandma figure in Harry's life (to Dumbledore's kindly old granddad figure).

And PEEPS PEEPS PEEPS!

You're making me think scary Hagrid/Dumbledore thoughts! Eek!

*licks your icon*

That icon is a work of stunning genius.

Many thanks! I have to use it as much as I can today. :)

There's a tiny Draco POV at the end, also - something about him not believing his eyes.

Hagrid will make someone a wonderful wife one day.

I'll keep my eye out for the Draco POV. And now you've got me thinking about Snape/Hagrid domestic slash. Aieee!

I tell a (unintentional) lie. Just checked that and it's 'Malfoy couldn't believe his eyes when he saw that Harry and Ron were still at Hogwarts next day... ' from the duel set up.

Yup, Snape comes in from a hard days potion making to find Hagrid in his pink apron, making the supper and tending to the babies.

OK, I didn't just notice this today, but really, Sirius, why do you have a motorcycle so big that Hagrid can ride it?

Running on very little sleep, this was hysterically funny for some reason.

I only wish we'd got to see him riding it!

This is a great post, and why? Because I'm doing the exact same thing with Chamber of Secrets, even as we speak. And god...it's amazing how much I've let the movie rule my memories of what's *actual* canon.

I know! And I've read the books much more than I've seen the movies. I'll move on to CoS as soon as I've done with PS. I may run out of steam by GoF, though.

Hee! I like the kind of details you notice.

Hermione grabs Harry's wand...hmm...is it like grabbing someone's gun? ^_^

That might be a good comparison. Hmm.

* Hagrid knits to combat carpal tunnel syndrome brought on by too many hours at the computer. You can too.

* Woo! That is exciting, about the non-Harry POV in PS. Here I thought the first place it crops up is GOF. She does tend to limit us to the inside of Harry's head.

* Sirius? Compensating for something? lol!

Peeps are evil confections forced upon us by aliens intent on conquering the earth. They should be rounded up and destroyed with a flame-thrower.

I've been thinking about the non-Harry POV some more -- I think the POV gets tighter as the series progresses and Harry ages. It's very general in PS but by the time we get to OotP, I feel like we're inside his head. (In GoF, the first chapter turns out to be Harry's dream, so it's still his POV. Or is there something else?)

I wonder what kind of computer Hagrid has. Maybe an iMac?

I ate purple Peeps! There's got to be something wrong with that.

Interesting little snippets. One of these days I need to re-read books 1-5, the movie does tend to corrupt at times.

I still have some Cocoa Bat Peeps left from Halloween. I'm kind of scared to eat them.

And definitely re-read the books -- they're such a treat. I forgot how fun they are.

I think that grabbing someone else's wand must be quite rude if you're strangers, but something that kids and close friends can get away with. After all, wizards are so completely paranoid about being armed at all times (and don't tell me that a wand's not a weapon) that they're allowed to carry their wands on the Quidditch pitch, even though they can't use them. Kids can't be expected to behave, and with an intimate it might take on the aura of playing, but with a complete stranger--who knows? He might be serious.

As for the POV issues in PS...I figure it falls in the "changed premise" category. Like the pilot of a TV show, the first book in a long series usually features some moments of interesting continuity or downright weird shit when compared to later canon. In The X-Files, "Pilot" Scully runs half-naked into Mulder's room over some bug bites; in Star Trek: The Next Generation "Encounter at Farpoint" Troi not only sensed the emotions of others, she got really (melodramatically) involved in them; in the first of the Animorphs series Mind-Speech acts more like real telepathy than the psychic walkie-talkie of later books. The momentary POV shifts during PS can be thought of as JKR finding her writing legs, so to speak, and exploring the boundaries of her world, her character and her own narrative voice. (The characterization of Ron and Hermione is also slightly different in PS, I think.)

I think that grabbing someone else's wand must be quite rude if you're strangers, but something that kids and close friends can get away with.

That sounds about right. Though I'm sure I would have major issues with anyone using my wand. Cause I'm like that. *g*

Ooh, interesting. I've been meaning to reread the books, I'll have to look for breaches of POV.

When Hermione unlocks the door with Alohomora, she grabs Harry's wand out of his hand and uses it. That seems like it must be a breach of wand etiquette, but I wonder how bad it is. Like grabbing the mouse at someone else's computer? Like making love to someone else's wife? Somewhere in the middle?

Heh, I'd go for probably somewhere in the middle. I don't think it's that serious, since wizards, while they have a connection with their wands, still treat them pretty much like tools (unless there's something I'm forgetting). So I'm not sure if it would be really offensive, especially if it's somebody they know.

I think it's more interesting that she managed to do the spell properly using someone else's wand. I remember when Harry was trying out wands in Ollivander's and waved the ones that weren't right for him, it got pretty crazy. Perhaps that's just due to his lack of focus as well, though. Ron was using a hand-me-down wand without too much trouble (until it broke, anyway), right?

Sirius, why do you have a motorcycle so big that Hagrid can ride it?

Huh. I guess I always figured somebody cast an enlarging spell on it. Now I wonder.

I think it's more interesting that she managed to do the spell properly using someone else's wand. I remember when Harry was trying out wands in Ollivander's and waved the ones that weren't right for him, it got pretty crazy. Perhaps that's just due to his lack of focus as well, though. Ron was using a hand-me-down wand without too much trouble (until it broke, anyway), right?

In the book, the "wrong" wands just don't do anything. When he waves the right one, there's a shower of sparks or something similar. I figured that in Ollivander's he has some special wand-testing charm going that makes the right wand react that way. I don't think Harry's wand would do that any time he waved it.

I always wondered why Charlie got himself a new wand anyhow. Can you outgrow your wand? Or did he need a special non-flammable one for dragon work?

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