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Thoughts on re-reading Philosopher's Stone...[SPOILERS]

November 27th, 2004 (08:10 pm)
curious

current mood: curious

SPOILERS (but surely we've all read THIS one, by now)

McGonagall continues to perplex me. In the opening scene between her and Dumbledore, they actually seem to have a much colder relationship than I remember/seem to have imagined via fandom. There's much less of the warmth than I expected. Dumbledore's very flippant, which makes me rather like him - re-reading it in the light of OotP (i.e. knowing, as he must, about the Prophecy), you can imagine the amount of adrenaline he must be running on by the time they drop Harry off at the Dursleys. McGonagall obviously has the utmost faith in him, but there's no... intimacy. Also, her blushing and giggling when Hagrid kisses her is something I'd totally forgotten.

What happened to the school song and why don't we hear it again? Personally, I didn't like it. I also thought that the "Potter for President" banner was amusing (odd to think of someone like Ron using such a term).

Thanks to jkrowling.com we know that Dean originally had a much larger part in PS, but in the surviving text it's Seamus who looks like he'll be the more important character. Seamus, I have to say, is love. He's this wonderfully talkative little boy who tells everyone about his family (fascinating circumstances - could he be the Halfblood Prince?), looks after Neville and pops up in asides about twice as often as Dean (winking at Harry, for example, in the first Potions lesson, lending him his wizarding chess pieces). Considering how he behaves later in canon (siding against Harry in the whole DP debacle), I'm starting to understand why he has such a canon following. He's the connoisseur of girls, remember (isn't it him who makes the remark about the Patil twins being the best-looking in the year?). He's love.

There's also a reference to the Weasley twins having found a secret passage out of the school "in their first week of school". Have other student characters found this passage (the one behind Gregory The Smarmy), and what do they use it for?

Is Dedalus Diggle going to acquire a greater significance in canon than he has in OotP? After Albus Dumbledore and McGonagall, he's the first wholly magical character we hear mentioned by name - with his shooting stars in Kent (KENT ohgod he is just so perfect), lack of sense and habit of frequenting Muggle supermarkets. Add to the fact that he has a purple hat (I almost wrote purple voice then, yay synaesthetes), BOWS to Harry and gets yet another cameo in the Leaky Cauldron, I feel he must be more important than JKR is letting on. Also, he is definitely our queeniest OCC so far.

Also, I may have elskegaderian's Neville on FA to blame for this, but I swear Neville was never this camp.

Other random questions:
Where are the fics about Lee Jordan's pursuit of Angelina? // Why did I not realise just how much I adore the Weasley twins? // If I've died and been reincarnated as a R/Hr shipper, wouldn't it have been polite for someone to tell me? // Harry/Neville. I now ship it. Why? Who else does? // Quirrell. Any fics containing his backstory? // IS it Flitwick who hugs Vernon Dursley around the waist the day Voldemort is defeated? // Seamus plays chess. Are there any Ron/Seamus fics which deal with this? Yay checkmate-innuendo! // If students are allowed to bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad to Hogwarts, why is Ron allowed a rat (yes yes, I KNOW it's Pettigrew, but why not say that rats are allowed? Oversight?)

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Posted by: The Lady of Situations (xhermiax)
Posted at: November 27th, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC)

Ahhh. Good point. Is plausible.

DP = Daily Prophet. It's me abbreviating madly without any forethought, not you!

Posted by: bond girl & original porn terrorist (saltroseortopaz)
Posted at: November 27th, 2004 09:23 pm (UTC)

But begs the question, why was Percy allowed a rat?

Posted by: The Lady of Situations (xhermiax)
Posted at: November 29th, 2004 12:55 am (UTC)

I love that icon so very much.

I don't know. Is it a mistake on JKR's part or will All Be Revealed?

Posted by: bond girl & original porn terrorist (saltroseortopaz)
Posted at: November 29th, 2004 12:58 am (UTC)

Ichabod/Hessian, baby. Theirloveissofrequentlyunconscious.

I'm inclined to say she messed up...but he kind of HAD to be there, for the Purposes Of The Plot. So. Perhaps All Will Be Revealed, but I suspect it was just a plot thinger.

Posted by: Whorf's Attack Dog (imnotsatan)
Posted at: November 27th, 2004 04:06 pm (UTC)

Harry/Neville!!

I knew, out of all the HP fans on my friends list, at least one of them had to ship it..

Posted by: Amy Lin (electrovox)
Posted at: February 20th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC)

Seamus plays chess. Are there any Ron/Seamus fics which deal with this? Yay checkmate-innuendo!

Hi. I stumbled across your LiveJournal through elskegaderian's, and for some reason that fic idea is jumping out at me. Would you mind terribly if I stole it/used it as a prompt? (I have a bit of a thing for chess imagery, you see, though I'd only used it in the context of Harry/Ron myself.)

Posted by: The Lady of Situations (xhermiax)
Posted at: February 20th, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)

Ooh, no, of course not! I look forward to reading the results.

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