Halrloprillalar (prillalar) wrote,

More HP book thoughts

More bits and pieces from my PS and CoS and now PoA re-reads. I wrote most of this last week but then forgot to post it. *g*

* In the end of PS, Dumbledore tells Harry that Voldemort can't understand the love Harry's mother had for him. Oh, Tom! I thought, or possibly said out loud, you poor orphan boy! Then I sniffled into my eggs and b.

* In CoS, when Harry and Ron are caught by Snape after arriving late, he asks them where the car is. Harry has a bit of a freakout:

This wasn't the first time Snape had given Harry the impression of being able to read minds.

Christ! I thought, or again, possibly said out loud. Maybe he is reading their minds.

But then this:

But a moment later, he understood, as Snape unrolled today's issue of the Evening Prophet.

Still, though. What with Snape (and Dumbledore) being so good at Legilimency, do you think he might be going around reading student's minds?

I didn't notice it when I was going through PS, but there's a similar bit there:

Could Snape possibly know they'd found out about the Philosopher's Stone? Harry didn't see how he could - yet he sometimes had the horrible feeling that Snape could read minds.

You know, I don't give JKR enough credit. Kudos for the foreshadowing!

* In PS, there's a throwaway line about how Harry once turned his teacher's hair blue. Do you think the MoM sent someone out to turn it back? Or were they not paying attention? I assume they knew where he was, but maybe Dumbledore was keeping it secret.

* In CoS, poor little Colin Creevy is petrified somewhere around the middle of November. Colin, as you may recall, is Muggle-born. I began to think about what Christmas at the Creevy house must have been like that year. So sad! And I'm rather surprised that after all that, his parents let him come back to Hogwarts and also let his brother Dennis go too. (Not to mention Colin passes into second year, despite having missed most of first.) I've often wondered if the MoM applied pressure to Muggle parents who didn't want their children to become wizards. Justin's remarks in CoS indicate that he had to convince his parents to let him come, so maybe it's not too much like the PsiCorps. *g*

* In PoA, Remus is talking to Harry about Dementors. Harry tell him about hearing his mother whenever he sees one. Then: Lupin made a sudden motion with his arm as though to grip Harry's shoulder, but thought better of it. So, why the thinking better of it? That's what's weird to me. Is it that he feels close to Harry but doesn't want Harry to know about Remus's association with James, and thus Sirius?

And a special werewolf section:

* In DADA class in PS, the kids take notes on various ways to treat werewolf bites. I wonder what "treat" implies here.

* People are always going on about werewolves in the Forbidden Forest. That could imply general ignorance about werewolves (most likely) or that there are characteristics to werewolves that we don't know.

* bethbethbeth already talked about the "immensely complex Homorphus charm" Lockhart claims to have used to turn a werewolf into a man. It's not clear if the change is purportedly permanent.

* In CoS, Riddle says:

On the one hand, Tom Riddle, poor but brilliant, parentless but so brave, school prefect, model student ... on the other hand, big, blundering Hagrid, in trouble every other week, trying to raise werewolf cubs under his bed, sneaking off to the Forbidden Forest to wrestle trolls

This "werewolf cubs" thing -- hyperbole? Even if the general public is ignorant about werewolves, I can't imagine Tom Riddle is.

* And, damn, I wish I could read Hermione's werewolf essay.

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