Friday, March 29, 2013

HP Readalong ~ 5.2

Soooo, I've been a rather crappy readalonger for the past couple of weeks in terms of commenting, thanks to midterms and spring break travels and whatnot, but I resolve to be better!  Well, as much as Order of the Phoenix will allow, because this shiznit is boooring.  SO MUCH unnecessary detail.  SO MANY extra words.  And what is with the daily recaps?!  But anyway.  Here's some Harry Potter-ish news for you: Richard Griffith, the actor who played Uncle Vernon, died yesterday.  All the sads for the man who did a fantastic job of portraying one of the biggest douches EVER.
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I feel like this picture is disrespectful but this is how we know and love him, right?  Or at least how I know and love him.  Happy Harry Potter Day.

So, this week Harry gets about a trillion detentions with Dolores Umbridge and completely fails to learn a lesson, the lesson being "shut your mouth and save your hand."  Speaking of hands, how does Harry not tell anyone that he's being forced to torture himself?  (Although, to be fair, this is probably a lot more mild than being dragged into the Forbidden Forest in the middle of the night with no almost no magical training whatsoever, like in Sorcerous Stone [snort, Neville]).  Never mind Ron and Hermione, who he briefly decides confiding in, but what about McGonagall?  These kids need to learn to trust adults more.  Also, those detentions are like seven hours long.  How is that okay?  What about homework and sleep and the fact that this is a school, not a prison?!
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Skipping to the end of this week's section, when McGonagall tries to give Harry more detentions for beating the shit out of Malfoy and Umbridge intervenes, I have to say that I kind of actually agree with Umbridge.  While a lifetime ban is a little excessive, it's far more appropriate than some detentions, which have already been proven to be ineffectual and are just another example of athletes getting away with stuff.  Don't get me wrong, I think that Malfoy should also be punished for insulting opponents' families and, in general, poor sportsmanships, but that doesn't make what Harry and George did okay.  The punishment should fit the crime and the crime was associated with Quidditch sooo...maybe like a 3-month ban would be better, but detentions are totally insufficient.

My post-it regarding Percy's letter to Ron: "DOUCHE DOUCHE DOUCHE."  Enough said.
Sirius: "the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters."  How true, especially when you look at Sirius himself, who can be very kind and good but also horrible to Kreacher.  Of course, we don't get to see that complexity with the Terrible Three who are firmly on the side of good even while being obnoxious teenagers.  Speaking of Sirius: "'You're less like your father than I thought,' he said finally, a definite coolness in his voice."  NOT COOL.  Let's just be mean to orphans for not being as awesome as their dead fathers, because that's fun right?  Poor sad Harry.  Also speaking of Sirius, because apparently it's all about Sirius this week, the scene where he suggests that the DA meet in the secret passageway behind the mirror on the fourth floor and they're all, "nope, doesn't work"?  I think this is a sign that Sirius's time has passed and he's become obsolete.  It kinds of sets us up for the ending... :[

As for Dumbledore's Army, I like it.  One part of me is like, "silly kids thinking they know things," and another is like, "YOU GO KIDS, you take what's yours and you show that lady."  Because it's easy to talk the talk but they actually walk the walk and even though their chances of success are not that high, at least they're trying, which is more than most people can say.  It's like the high school version of the Order.  Oh, and the scene where Hermione is like, "we out to elect a leader" and Cho's all "DUH, Harry's leader"?  They may all agree with this, but they are all wrong because Hermione is obviously the leader.  She thought of everything, she organized it, she did the coin thing.  Harry just shows up and tells them what to do, but Hermione is obviously the brains behind this operation.  Once again, she does all the work and gets none of the credit.  **ANGRY FACE**

Does anyone else feel bad for the poor sad giants?  The wizards' fear of otherness has forced them into hiding (much like Muggles' fear of otherness forced wizards into hiding) and then they couldn't even overcome their own internal prejudices enough to preserve their own population (see the Death Eaters).  It's sad how these patterns just repeat themselves over and over, even though the players and their roles may change.

Onwards and upwards, my friends.
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14 comments:

  1. Aw, Hermione gets credit. Everyone is crazy impressed with her complicated Galleons trick. I actually think it's really smart to hold a vote and make Harry the leader -- since he's the one teaching the class, and he's the one being discredited constantly by the government, it makes a lot of sense to emphasize how Not Insane and Actually Pretty Helpful he is.

    I didn't know Richard Griffiths had died. I'm sad now. :(

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    1. I'm sorry to make you sad. *HUGS!* She gets SOME credit, but not as much as I'd like.

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  2. Sad for Uncle Verne's death. He did such a good job playing king doucheface.

    RIGHT? How are all of these detentions happening at insane hours for such long periods of time. Filch is all angry he can beat children, but the other punishments this school seems to come up with are almost as bad. (Umbridge's punishment falling outside the school's punishments cos she's clearly on her own.)

    Well Hermione is doing all of the DA organizing work but Harry is the one who's going to be teacher. So it's like prez & vp.

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    1. Yeah, maybe if Hermione got SOME sort of title I'd feel better about it. Because man does that lady work hard.

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  3. Oh man, Umbridge's punishment is not at all mild in comparison! It's actual torture! Yes, the trip into the Forbidden Forest was dangerous, but Hagrid goes in there all the time and is fine. It's not even, I can't even compare the two.

    Oh, Richard Griffiths! That is sad. He was so well cast in that role and did such a great job.

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    1. (copy and pasting from below because I'm lazy and everyone's protesting the same point) It's not mild per se, but both are effed up. I mean, the danger you know, right? At least nothing worse can happen to Harry in these detentions than a scarred hand and a bad night's sleep, as opposed to potentially being eaten by giant spiders because there are too many kids for Hagrid to supervise them all at once. Yes, Umbridge's INTENT is much worse and what makes hers more horrible, but both are sucky.

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  4. Oooh. Ooooh. I like that about Sirius's time having passed. It feels very true.

    And hey! I also don't think that Umbridge's punishment is milder than going in the Forbidden Forest! I feel like the FF detention was sort of stupid thinking-y, but Umbridge's is just outright EVIL, and has allll the bad intent behind it. Bad Umbridge.

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    1. It's not mild per se, but both are effed up. I mean, the danger you know, right? At least nothing worse can happen to Harry in these detentions than a scarred hand and a bad night's sleep, as opposed to potentially being eaten by giant spiders because there are too many kids for Hagrid to supervise them all at once. Yes, Umbridge's INTENT is much worse and what makes hers more horrible, but both are sucky.

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  5. Detentions at Hogwarts are always so ridiculous. Even pre-umbridge they'd last 4 or 5 hours, it's bonkers.

    I Think Hermione would make a terrible leader. She might be smart and organised but she has no patience or tact. Although on a side note this just reminded me that it took Hermione 3 attempts to master a transfig spell in class - so thank god for the DA because there is no way you could perform it right at OWLS without practice.

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  6. Hermione deserves all the credit, always.

    Well, not always, but pretty close.

    The quote about good people and death eaters is so spot-on and it is kind of ironic that Sirius is the one who says it... Although I guess he is a good guy deep down, even if he can be a bit immature/irresponsible and is a complete ass to Kreacher. OotP is definitely the starting point for Harry's discovery that all adults are flawed, even the ones he looks up to.

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  7. Hermione should be leader because she knows TONS of jinxes and counter-jinxes (POR EJEMPLO, the jinx she puts on the parchment so any snitcher gets face boils) and also a ton of other handy stuff. Harry only knows how to Patronus.

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  8. Well, Harry EVENTUALLY learns to stop mouthing off to Umbridge. It just took a really, really, really long time! Lol.

    Hermione does deserve a lot of credit, and it made me happy that people were all impressed with her Protean Charm (am I remembering that right?). But I think part of the great things about Hermione is that she doesn't seek out attention and graditude either. She just does what she does, and appreciates when somebody congratulates her on doing it well.

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