I'm having trouble remembering what happened this week, other than an image of Harry's scarred hands that seems to be engraved in my memory. Is anyone else so over Harry's I will not tell lies scar? Because really, there's only so many times you can display it to dramatic effect before it just gets old. We cried over it two books ago, Harry. Time to move on. And what's with him using the scars against Rufus Scrimgeour (in previous sections)? Scrimgeour did not sanction that. That's like saying Great job, Obama, with that whole Vietnam thing.
Besides displaying awkward fists, Harry also ventures into the Ministry of Magic and I have to say, ballsy move, made all the more interesting (and do-able) by the fact that Harry is impersonating a bad guy/powerful person. I think it's odd that the terrible three did SO MUCH planning and research and then just left Harry's disguise up to chance but at this point, that's to be expected and totally overshadowed by the events in the Ministry.
Magic is Might. Wizards sitting in thrones atop heaps of Muggles and general horrors. And Umbridge has officially crossed over to Team Voldy. One of the scariest things about Dolores is that she doesn't really have a team at all. I don't recall her having any anti-Muggle-born sentiment in Order of the Phoenix but all of the sudden she is literally threatening Muggle-borns with the Dementor's Kiss due entirely to their parentage. With her Napolean complex, Umbridge clearly is on the side of power, no matter what that side does, which makes her especially dangerous. Like Juliet from Lost, you never know what she'll do.
|Man, did I hate her.|
Insert REALLY LONG AND OBVIOUS expository scene HERE (the scene on the riverbank, if you missed it). Usually I don't mind exposition but this is just so clumsily done that it can't redeem itself. I mean, the three wizards and two goblins all arrive together but hadn't previously bothered to find out why their companions were on the run? How likely is that? One of them could easily have been an undercover agent sent by Umbridge to capture the others. And how sad is it that Dean Thomas is with them? Sure, Harry et al. are on the run too, but it's partially their choice. Dean is just a kid with a shitty dad who has to leave school to save his own life and that is just the saddest thing. Shame on you, Voldy/Umbridge (I've decided that they are now a single entity).
Ron leaves and nobody is surprised. Given to jealousy, angst, and a voracious appetite, nobody ever really expected him to stay (Dumbledore included) but it is really sad. He abandons both his best friend and long-time crush in a moment of anger. Normally I think about how shitty that must be for Harry and Hermione, but can you imagine how crappy Ron himself must have felt afterwards? He acted like a brat and a baby and then when back on his word. Eugh, that must have torn him apart.
A VERY IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE MOVIE: The scene where Harry and Hermione randomly cry-dance? BULL. SHIT. That scene makes me SOOO mad because that is so not their friend-dynamic and hugging is awkward enough. THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN. Who's with me? I warn you, I've gotten into Twitter-battles about this in the past, back when I used Twitter.
Harry and Hermione go to Godric's Hollow and Harry sees his parents' grave and their memorial, aw. It's sweet but leaves me wondering how nobody ever took him there before. I feel like Mrs. Weasley would have MADE SURE this was done. And then Bathilda-snake and Voldy arrives and ho-hum. Except for how Voldy wanted to kill a trick-or-treater because we clearly didn't know how evil he was yet. Thanks for the confirmation, JKR.
Finally, Harry finds the sword and Ron gets there in the nick of time (which is a really odd phrase now that I think about it). I like the part where the Horcrux plays a little movie of all his fears. It's intense and helps explain why he left. Even so, I also like that Hermione doesn't just forgive him for it. Granted, she didn't have all the information, but even still, I think that she is totally in the right for how she reacts. A little immature, sure, but she gets her very justified feelings out there and they can move on.
Up next: Draco returns! See y'all in two weeks!