discussion the second
So now we have the kids feeling sorry for Quirrel and sticking up for him. OH KIDS! Misplaced as it is you and your noble intentions are full of kindness. Can I just keep you all in my pocket?
Then they get caught! Stupid Norbert. I often wondered if Norbert was the one Harry faced in GoF and if so, that sucks cos HARRY SAVED YOUR LIFE AND THAT'S RACIST!! But more to the point, Harry, Hermione and Neville lose, between them 150 house points and somehow Harry takes it all upon hisself that all those 150 points belong to him. Hmmm... my boy, you do know that responsibility for that can be shared right? You don't have to be a martyr for EVERYTHING. I suppose this is why I love him so much though. He OWNS it. His great idea got them in trouble and he beats himself up about it. For someone living a life without guidance and perspective this kid has something inherently good and noble about him. He, as a person cares for others before himself. What a Big Damn Hero. Oh, Harry!
Apparently there's something about a Goblin Rebellion that Hermione has read about. I want to read about that too! I've always been interested to know what purpose the Goblins serve in Potter!verse beyond the handling of money and possessions. Seeing as how this entire story is really an allegory for WWII and Britain's role in that point of history, the Goblins are almost portrayed with a neutral light. It is implied that they are viewed as second class citizens but never fully addressed in the text. Gringott's seems to be Switzerland or more correctly Swiss Bankers. With the Great Council of Geneva in 1713 laws were established that confidentiality be kept with the client unless City Council agreed on the need to divulge any pertinent information. Furthermore, this code of secrecy was regulated only by a Civil Law which gave clients the right to complain against banks that did not keep confidentiality. It remained much the same at the turn of the century. When the first World War broke out they were still protected from the stock market crashing due to the civil code and labour laws set in place by Switzerland's government. During WWII the Banking Act of 1934 was passed under the development of Germany and France attempting to pressure the banks to divulge information on their clients. The Act also placed regulations stating that any violation on the part of the bank/bankers without the permission of the client, was punishable by imprisonment. When many German's who held Swiss accounts were being systematically executed it became even more evident the need for privacy and confidentiality. They were still however monitored by the Gestapo. The Nazi's used these regulations to their benefit also by depositing assets and stolen goods confiscated during raids of European Jews and many other victims that suffered at their hands. This money/gold was used to fund the war. After the Nazi's lost the war much of the stolen goods were not allowed to be claimed by their original owners or heirs due to losing proof of ownership (paperwork) after being raided. Sounds like Gringott's to me! Even the word 'Gringotts' contains the word 'ingot'. Oh, Joanne. I C WHAT U DID THAR!
Now we come to the sad part about the unicorn. 'Always the innocent are the first victims.' Emblematic allegory here we come! In our understanding of the Unicorn in mythology it serves as a symbol of good fortune or purity. The Chinese viewed it - along with the phoenix, tortoise and dragon - as such but they believed it also made an appearance at the birth or death of a great man. It was said that a unicorn appeared when Confucius was born. The Western world is of the belief that it's origins lie within the rhinoceros as it is written in the Bible, when it was being translated from the original Hebrew to Greek and given the translation of 'wild ox'. Greek historian Ctesias wrote of a one horned beast who fought elephants, it is believed to be the rhinoceros. Also in Greek mythology Artemis' chariot was pulled by eight unicorns lending more to the associations of innocence and purity regarding unicorns. Therefore, we can view the symbolism as Unicorn = Purity, Innocence & Fortune. This makes the associations between death and unicorns in the Potter!verse very concerning. Unicorn hair is used in the making of wands, yes? However, one cannot obtain a hair from a unicorn unless it is dead, an unusual occurrence. Can one then suppose that those with a core of Unicorn hair in their wand are predisposed to an early death? Cedric Diggory's wand had a core of Unicorn. So does Ron's... BOTH of Ron's wands in point of fact. OU OMENY FORESHADOWING!!! Adding more to this, war is a-brewing according to Ronan, (insert some rambling about significance of name/numerology and the bearing it has on personality meta here) for he also says, 'Mars is bright tonight.' For all their insight the Centaurs sure don't like getting involved. Yet another statement on prejudice and non-involvement. So they would be Sweden? Allowing either side passage through their territory whilst maintaining neutrality? Mayhaps.
Harry is affected by seeing this magnificent creature laid fallow on the dingy forest floor. He'd never seen anything so beautiful and sad. Now, we all know the boy is emotionally retarded but the fact that he is affected by this is cut short by Rowling's insistence on immediately focusing on THE PAIN FROM HIS SCAR! Really Joanne? You couldn't give us a little more insight to this boy's processing of emotion? ROBBED! I feel robbed. That was a perfectly good opportunity ripe for the picking. GAH. JOANNE!
Back to Harry's
So off they go on a quest to through the trapdoor! I liked the way the tension was ramped up at this point of the movie. It was quite the adventure as opposed to 'thanks for doing all the work Snape!' plot we have in the book. On to the Devil's Snare. OMG! WE DON'T HAVE WOOD! WHAT ARE WE GONNA DOOOOOOO?!?!? LOL! OH KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDS!! And Ron, 'Are you a witch or not?!' the voice of reason, WHUT? They're Muggle kids Ronald, they default to starting a fire with kindling and friction! *puts that point in the continuing WHY I THOUGHT H/HR WAS ENDGAME scoreboard*
Potions task = LOGIC = HERMIONE
As Harry decides for them a course of action my heart went all a flutter! They look ate each other. Little things like that make me love an OTP. They talk without words. JOANNE YOU WROTE THAT! *another score in WHY I THOUGHT H/HR WAS ENDGAME column* Of course being the Big Damn Hero/Martyr figure of this story he must take this upon himself and then WE GET OUR FIRST HUG!!! YOU GUUUUUUUUUUUYYYYYYYYS! THESE FUCKING KIDS KILL ME WITH FEELINGS. *ticks off another mark*
Back to questing. Snape is just a Big Damn Hero. I always liked him cos there was something intrinsically complicated about him from the get go. Spending his entire year protecting Harry when he'd rather be doing something else. JOANNE YOU WROTE THAT!
Also, Quirrell being on a world trip kind of feels like The Alchemist gone wrong. Anybody else get that vibe?
Harry must lie to Quirrell out of necessity but I thought one of the main themes of this book was DON'T LIE KIDS! Especially after all that rhetoric about stealing and learning how is that teaching kids? Now, granted Rowling didn't set out to have these books be teaching tools but kids pick up on stuff like this you know? It must seem conflicting to some youngsters mind. Learning good. Stealing bad. Lying... maybe? This is such a grey area of morality that most are confronted with but for the most part kids see things in black and white. Right and wrong. Here's where I think would be a good time for parents to sit down with their kid and hack out the meaning and intent of this situation. But try explaining that to a kid? Yeesh. 'Tis one of the hardest things as a parent to do, IMO.
Alright, I've rambled enough. 'Til next time kids...