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?!
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.
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.