Thursday, January 24, 2013

Harry Potter readalong 2.1

Harry Potterlong! No, wait...

BEFORE WE BEGIN. Re last week's conversation about wizard-mother-love protecting their offspring, a lot of you were like, Voldemort probably didn't go around killing a lot of babies, and I am like, THIS IS THE EVILEST WIZARD OF EVER, so you know he was out Slaughtering some Innocents in his spare time. So I move that 'Voldemort probably didn't kill a lot of other babies' is specious reasoning because yes, he probably did. HOWEVER, Alice made the good point that Lily had the chance to escape and gave that up and THAT'S what saved Harry, so phew, load off my mind. Because Loving Your Baby Enough is nebulous and hard, but Putting Yourself In Harm's Way For Their Sake is specific and surprisingly easy.

Or saved from gory death. Or whatever.

Moving on. Ok, so the scene where Harry tells Dudley he's forgotten the magic word, and the whole family loses their shit, that scene is hilarious. Other than that, the first chapter of this book is so much UGH BACKSTORY. Which, ok, it's not like there are eleventy thousand characters or like Harry's history is super complicated, so to reiterate all the business about Voldemort &c feels unnecessary.


OH AND THEN DOBBY. How are we seriously in disagreement about Dobby?

Srsly, u guise.

Dobby = Jar Jar Binks, Jar Jar = the worst, therefore Dobby = the worst. Q.E.D. Let's talk about how Ginny almost forgets her diary DUN DUN DUNNNNN except it's a different diary later, never mind, only GINNY AND DIARIES DUN DUN DUNNNNN.

I don't know, what else. Lockhart? There's something satisfying about a character so unrelentingly smarmy. That's part of what appeals to adults about children's books, is that you get the odd character who is a Stock Character and you are like, Ah ha ha, yes, this guy.

But, like, in the best possible way.

Love to hate him. And then Colin! Love to love him! Man, so much of my notes on this section are just, Ugh, backstory. Ugh, Dobby. HA, Lockhart. Awwwww, Colin. I have not been in a thinky place. Oh! Except, I got really bothered when there were no girls on the Slytherin team, like, of course there wouldn't be, those misogynistic bastards. Only, I feel like that's lazy characterization. Like, oh yes, and he kicks puppies. But maybe it's super advanced to have 'no girls' = shitty business in what is basically a middle-grade book?

SPEAKING OF THIS BOOK'S AGE RANGE, the disembodied voice being all, 'Come...come to me...let me rip you...let me tear you...let me kill you...' I mean...


That's too scary, right? Or when Dobby has to IRON his HANDS? Bashing your forehead is one thing, but ironing your fingers is a lerrrrrrrtle bit dark. More Game of Thronesey than I remembered. OH MAN, YOU GUYS. I have been laughing at this comic for AGES and laughing alone. Please, someone, laugh with me.


AH hahahaha oh man. Oh crap, Dobby again. 'Dobby is used to death threats, sir. Dobby gets them five times a day at home.' Oh Dobby, you sad sack. I WILL PLAY MY SAD TROMBONE FOR YOU. (No I will not.)

I forget how far we were supposed to read. Is it past where Colin shows up petrified? And Dumbledore is like, Minerva found him on the stairs, and then LESS THAN A PAGE LATER Minerva is like, If Albus hadn't been on the way downstairs for hot chocolate, and I am like, GET YOUR STORIES STRAIGHT, YOU TWO. Also, lay off the sauce, whoever is editing this.


For the rest of us, MORE SAUCE.

24 comments:

Reading Rambo said...

Imma comment again tomorrow 'cause I have to go to bed and can't finish this now but I'm 97% sure that was NOT my excellent point. Pretty sure I made the specious one that is actually awesome because omg he is Lord Voldemort and he does not have TIME to be killing babies; he has giants to command.

Kayleigh Murphy said...

Got to agree with Alice here - he was evil, but he also had PLANS. I don't think he held back from hurting people, but I also don't think he was like *yawn* I'm bored, let's go find kids to kill.

But I do think it's the fact that Lily sacrificed her life for Harry that's the key. I mean, that's mentioned in like every single book so I don't really think there's any reason to doubt that.

Laura said...

I think the 'no girls' thing is a liiittle bit lazy, but at the same time it's kind of awesome because it's like 'Hey kids, you HATE Slytherin and one of the shitty things they do is not let girls play, therefore not letting girls play is THE WORST' So I'm down with JK here.

And Dobby is the absolute WORST. The very worst. I'm happy that so far no one else seems to like him either, but that's clearly not going to last, so... I'm probably going to have to get cross today. STUPID DOBBY.

Jennifer said...

I agree that the sacrifice is key, but I still don't buy that Lily was the ONLY person to do that.

Reading Rambo said...

Hokay.

1. GRRM comic = awesome
2. More sauce for all (except JKR)
3. I do not like Colin
4. Dobby is the worst until later, where he becomes tolerable-to-okay

Theeeee end.

Red said...

Ugh Dobby. Fine is good later but now he is Jar Jar.

OMG that GRRM/JKR comic. The best. (Cos srsly, wtf GRR?)

More sauce, please.

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

Yes! I also just wrote that Dobby = Jar-Jar.

re: a beating of a different dead horse: it's because voldemort gives lily a chance to step aside, not just that she died to protect her child.

re: GInny's diary: don't you think she was already writing in it before she got to school? oh, the book would have been so much better and shorter if her parents had just said, "too bad, ginny, we don't have time to turn back. your brothers can buy you a new diary when they take their next hogsmeade weekend." and ginny would be all, like, " but mom, it's a magic diary that thinks for itself, and no, i can't see where it keeps its brain." and arthur would be all, "GINNY! let's take that thing to dumbledore." boom, book over.

can't wait for the second half of this book. all the good parts are YET TO COME.

Jennifer said...

Why don't you think it's the same diary? Ginny finds the diary in a book (don't even get me started on how one finds a book IN a book but anyway) before school starts so of course this is the same diary and it is a CLUE that we are meant to miss. And Dobby is the best although not really in this book, he doesn't get fun until Goblet of Fire. I have no idea who Jar Jar Binks is but I'm thinking Star Wars? I shall Google now.

Tika Viteri said...
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Tika Viteri said...

That GRRM/JKR comic is FAB. That is exactly how that would go, and I laughed with you at my desk and then my Olympic swimmer co-worker laughed at me for LOLing at my desk and we had a moment. BLISS.

I'm SO GLAD we all hate Dobby in this book. I mean, I know he gets better(ish) and all and then BOOK 7 happens and I will cry again, but for now, STFU about your death threats and having to iron your hands and I do not care because you are Jar Jar Binks.

I will now be automatically resorted into Slytherin. Someone pass the sauce, it's Hfriday!

Amy said...

Dobby = Jar Jar Binks, Jar Jar = the worst, therefore Dobby = the worst.

yessss. lol when I reread this last year, I was surprised by how much more annoyed I was by Dobby (and also Hagrid)

Rayna said...

OMG that JKR/GRRM comic is amazing. I am so excited for the return of Game of Thrones in March!

I also noticed this time how extra-creepy the disembodied voice is, and I don't know why I didn't find it scarier when I read this as a kid. Maybe 12-year-old me was made of tougher stuff than I thought...

Kayleigh said...

NO, I say to you all. Dobby is not the Jar Jar Binks of Harry Potter, because and really probably only because we don't see as much of him. Dobby shows up every now and then and screws things up horribly but usually does at least one bit of good, and then goes away for another 8 chapters or 3 books or whatever. But Jar Jar is up in your face with his annoyingness all the live-long day. Dobby wins.

Also, good crap your posts make me laugh. That GRR comic is so, so good. And WHAT THE WHAT with the Minerva and Dumbledore story mix up!? So many things.

LBC said...

So many things that I forgot to put in my post in yours...

I almost used that beating a dead horse gif, because I feel like the backstory is clunky.

And Dobby...I don't like him, but maybe I will in later books, but all the stuff about him being punished totally = 50 Shades of Grey creepy.

Kerry M said...

Yessssss the backstory is the worst! I like Dobby though. Or at least don't dislike Dobby.

Megs said...

"Bashing your forehead is one thing, but ironing your fingers is a lerrrrrrrtle bit dark."

CORRECT. Breaking a pitcher on one's head = Slapstick. Ironing one's hands = "Stop scaring the children."

AnimeJune said...

Count me in as ready to run through platform Nine and Three Ughs to join the UGH DOBBY EXPRESS. Efin' DOBBY. GO AWAY.

Sarah said...

Awwww, so much Dobby hate! Dobby's so fun! And SOOOO not as annoying as Jar Jar Binks.

I'm glad I wasn't the only one confused about who found Colin on the stairs. I can't believe that hasn't been corrected yet. OORRRRRR maybe they had a fling and that's why they couldn't get their story straight? AH HA!

Sara said...

The comic is quite funny. But the beating of the dead horse = funni-ER. Funniest? "I will play my sad trombone for you (no I will not)." Win.

Flogging The Waters said...

Not doing this reading sadly as I am too busy, and I've posted this link before, perhaps even here, but since you bring it up I cannot help myself re: Harry Potter and GOT:

http://thebookisalwaysbetterthanthefilm.blogspot.com/2012/06/old-news-from-bottom-of-tbr-pile-or.html

musingsfromthesofa said...

Totally agree about Dobby. And love that Grrrr Martin/JK thing!

Jenny said...

Okay, I don't think Voldemort was out slaughtering babies for fun (except Muggle babies), AND I agree that the crucial thing for the curse to rebound was that Voldemort was going to let Lily go and she was like NO I WILL NOT STEP ASIDE TO LET YOU KILL MY BABY. She was so great. Lily Evans Potter.

Also, Ginny forgets her diary after she acquires it from Lucius Malfoy. For sure. She forgets it when they're on their way to Hogwarts, and they have to go back. It's definitely after Diagon Alley.

the scarecrow said...

I admit, I HATED Dobby in book two. He became pretty neat from, say, book 4 onwards though? The biggest selling point is not his loyalty to Harry, but his pseudo-bromance with Ron. Anyone who treats Ron well (and feeds him, to boot) is okay in my books.

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