Friday, March 22, 2013
HP Readalong ~ 5.1
I'm writing this post on Tuesday night because I'm leaving for a short trip to Austin tomorrow morning and don't want to miss a post or worry about writing it while I'm away. If you're reading this, then the "schedule" feature was successful. If not...then I'm just talking to myself. :] Happy Harry Potter Day!
P.S. I mostly listened to this section on audiobook so that I'd finish in time to write this post early and I've forgotten most of what I told myself to write about because there are no post-its while I'm driving. Oh well, I'm sure the rest of you will make all the points and I'll be annoyed that I forgot.
Order of the Phoenix is one of the more difficult books in the series to like. Not only is Harry a little brat, but Rowling's editors apparently decided to go on vacation and so more than 200 pages pass before Harry actually enters Hogwarts castle. Snore. Details are nice and helpful and whatnot, but Rowling goes waaaay overboard with them here. And not the good kind - there is far less of the whimsy that makes the earlier books shine and far more of Harry shrieking his little head off. Eugh.
Can we take a minute to discuss how creepy Hogwarts letters are? In Sorcerer's Stone, Harry's letters specify where he sleeps. In this book, Aunt Petunia's letter specifies where she is standing at that very moment. Not cool, Dumbledore. Stop stalking your correspondents. This isn't Facebook.
We meet the real Moody! And he's kind of hilariously paranoid, which is sad, but also kind of proves that the impostor wasn't perfect (just good enough to convince everyone Moody ever knew). Because Crouch-as-Moody never warned Harry about the danger to his buttocks inherent in pocketing a wand. We also meet Tonks, who I have nothing to say about except that I want her to be my friend. Can you give me her number?? OH AND LUNA LOVEGOOD. I'm all out of order here but how fantastic is Luna Lovegood? Okay, for now she just seems weird and a little annoying...so yeah, awesome! I'll invite her to hang out with me and Tonks, too. AND WE CAN ALL BE WEIRD TOGETHER.
Oh, and there's also Umbridge, who's obviously awful in a rather shallow way, and she's all, "school's all about tests" and I'm all "facepalm" except doesn't it sometimes seem like that? Le sigh. I do love that she is compared to a toad, and her horrible bow to a juicy fly.
But before she shows up, Harry goes to 12 Grimmauld Place, and it's between numbers 11 and 13, which is not how house numbering works (unless it's different in England?). Speaking of numbers, Lupin tells Mrs. Weasley that during Voldy's first reign, the Order was outnumber 20:1, which, um, wow. No wonder there are hardly any students at Hogwarts, if even half of those Death Eaters were rounded up and put in Azkaban and prevented from procreating. This number seems very wrong, but maybe he's just exaggerating. Because there were only like 12 Death Eaters in the graveyard a few months ago.
So Harry, Ron, Fred, and George are all talking about Voldy and how he kills people and how maybe he's trying to find more effective ways of killing people and it's all so naive - as though bad guy = killing machine who just kills for fun because killing is fun right? They don't seem to understand that there's a master plan there. Like Hitler (who I'm sure Voldy is based on and maybe I should write a post about that sometime though I'm sure somebody's beaten me to it because apparently none of my observations are original), Voldy has purpose to his killing, and beyond that, a desire for power and control. Killing is more of a sideline but the kids don't see that yet. This really reveals how immature they still are, even though they play at being grown-ups, and confirms that Fred and George really aren't ready to be in the Order even if they are of age, because they still don't understand what it's all about.
A question: why is everybody so concerned about the Death Eaters finding Sirius? They're all, he's gotta watch out for Voldy, uh-oh, the Malfoys know about him, but what is the big deal? We haven't heard anything about his astonishing feats of defiance against Voldy, or any particular reason that Voldy would want him dead more than, say, Mad-Eye Moody. From what I can tell, the Ministry is the real danger here. I don't understand.