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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Nope, Frodo wasn't in it, but it sure was good....

Posted on 2005.10.16 at 00:16


mechtild at 2005-10-24 15:12 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Lifted from absolute wickedness

Hi, Frazzy/Frankie/Aquila,

I am back from Indiana. Thanks for your response.

Mech, you said you wanted some of the characters to be 'lifted from absolute wickedness'. Personally, I believe that neither Snape nor Draco is evil. Surely Draco's actions, or lack thereof, towards his 'mission' show that he is not cut out to be a death eater, he simply does not believe in what is expected of him. As for Snape, Dumbledore must have had a very good reason for trusting him (which I've gone into in detail in my 'theories' post on my LJ) and I don't think he is evil either, just a very good double agent. Besides, the 11th hour isn't here yet. ^_-

As you can see from "Anonymous," few HP fans probably believe that Snape has, in actuality, gone over the the "dark side". The very best reason I can think for Snape killing Dumbledore is that he had solemnly vowed to Draco's mother that he will save Draco. So. If Draco had not killed Dumbledore, as he had promised, Voldemort would have killed Draco. Therefore, Snape killed Dumbledore himself, so that Draco wouldn't be found lacking in Voldemort's eyes. Snape was caught between two vows - fidelity to Dumbledore and having to save Draco's life. That's my theory.

As for Draco, I look forward to what Rowling will do for him. So far I have seen him as a stock if neurotic school story bully -- arrogant and nasty, yet weak and cringing as soon as he meets any resistance. I did not see his crying in the lavatory, or his failure to kill Dumbledore, as springing solely from his lack of desire to do an evil thing, but simply as a lack of nerve (if depraved nerve). He was unmanned (un-boyed?), when put to the test. When it came to having to risk himself, he could not do it. So far he has been a blow-hard, happy to let his minions do his actual dirty work. At the end of Six, we seen him given a chance to do his own dirty work. We have seen him bragging cryptically to his friends about the "big mission" he has been given to perform (perhaps to make himself as famous as Harry, whom he so hates and envies) -- if in an infamous way -- but, when it came to it, he simply didn't have the "stones" to do it.

I do not yet see, from the text, anything to show that his fear and misery come from a nobler self suppressed, but from a lack of courage in the face of doing a truly grave at great risk to himself. The only sense I have that he truly, in his heart, did not wish to do it, on account of higher feelings, in the scene in which Dumbledore is trying to talk him out of it, I suspect comes from my own wish to see him reformed. A sense of true inner conflict for Draco also comes to me while reading the scene not from the scene itself, but because it reminds me of Mr. Von Trapp, in the end of The Sound of Music (which I have seen many times), trying to talk young, newly-Nazi-ized Rolf out of betraying the Von Trapp family to their pursuers. Rolf is obviously conflicted, loving Liesel but wanting respect and a position in the Party. Van Trapp tries to appeal to Rolf's prior loyalties and better feelings. It doesn't work, however. Rolf blows the whistle on them. Rolf had no Snape to come and blow the whistle for him, saving him from perfidy.

However, having said that, just because Rowling has not, as a writer, given me adequate "hints" of Draco's goodness so far in print, it does not mean she hasn't got a big rehabilitation for Draco in store. It seems to me, if she is going to stick with her overall genre, it is fitting that Draco be reformed. Therefore, I expect her to reform him, whether she has prepared for it adequately in the text or not.

Of course, personally, I strongly desire that she reform him -- and Snape -- if only so that Harry can be reformed, since his weakness seems to be his obsession with casting about for someone to blame and then seeking vengence upon them.

cont'd - two-part post

mechtild at 2005-10-24 15:14 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Lifted from absolute wickedness

part two

As for film Sirius and Remus, I did like those actors very much in their roles, although I will agree that Gary Oldman lacked the height, looks and presence of book Sirius, who was described as your basic "tall, dark and handsome" sort of youth and man.

As for the relationships in the book, Harry has always seemed to me to be unsuited to anything vaguely romantic. Not that I see him as an asexual character, just that he wouldn't really be able to devote himself to a long term relationship when his attention is mainly focused on Voldemort. As for Draco, I think of him in much the same way, although for different reasons.

I also see Harry as too consumed with his mission to go mucking about with romance with anyone: Ginny, Draco or Dobby the house elf. Even for a teenaged boy, he has seemed all along remarkably uninterested in sex of any sort. His little "awakening" seeing Ginny in the midst of necking was an "ah ha" moment for him, not just about Ginny but about feeling desire generally, I thought.

I always thought that if anything romantic were to happen for him it would be with Ginny, as a sort of Romeo and Juliet type of romance. Servant of the dark Lord and daughter of blood traitors.

I thought it would be Ginny simply because she had had a crush on him for so long. Like in old films like, "It's a Wonderful Life" or "The Robe", difficult heroes often end up with women who had loved them from childhood. It's sort of a literary guarantee of groundedness or permanency; something like that. I simply have not found the way Rowling has worked it out in 5 and 6 convincing, because I am unpersuaded by shy, faithful Ginny's morph into Action Hero girl. Where the heck did that come from?

~ Mechtild
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