Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Family That Potters Together

If you don't know what a horcrux is, you should probably move on to the next blog.

Today, my wife called me from work at 10:30am to tell me that she'd figured out that Harry Potter was a horcrux and that he would have to kill himself in order to kill Voldemort.

That's because we're a Harry Potter family--multiple copies of all six books, tapes of all six books, all four movies, and access to Harry Potter web sites.

So, we talk a lot about what's going to happen in Book 7.

Here's our Family Ideas:

1. Harry Potter is going to die in Book 7. Voldemort has to die too. It may end up that Harry, Voldemort, and Snape all die.
2. Harry is going to find the four missing horcruxes by performing legilimency on Voldemort
3. RAB is Regulus Black, the brother of Sirius Black
4. Draco Malfoy has become a werewolf (adapted from one of my students).
5. There's going to be trouble in Voldemort's camp because of the destabilizing presence of Severus Snape and Draco Malfoy (if he lives very long).
6. Dumbledore was on to Snape. That's why he gave Snape the jinxed Defense Against the Dark Arts job.
7. Because Voldemort is a much more accomplished wizard than Harry, J. K. Rowling still has to provide mechanisms to even the odds.
Harry's assets:
Harry is mentally stronger than Voldemort (Book 4)
Harry has access to Voldemort's mind (Book 5).
Voldemort has Harry's blood in him (Book 4)
Wormtail is going to aid Harry (Book 3)
Dissension among the Death Eaters (my assumption)
Harry can now apparate (a major equalizer)
Harry has Hermione to figure out several of the major puzzles
Harry's friend Ron has one good idea per book

Mary eventually decided that Harry couldn't be a horcrux because of questions about why Harry wouldn't have been more attracted to the Dark Arts if he had part of Voldemort's soul. I'm not so sure. The idea that Harry would have to die himself in order to kill Voldemort would solve a lot of problems. I'm willing to give it more thought before I give up on it.


Sage_Pongo said...

I know I am an island in a sea of doubt with this belief, but I still to this day am holding out that Snape is a good-guy. I think that when he reformed he did it forever. When Snape carefully looks over the enfeebled Dumbledore, he concludes that Dumbledore is beyond any help available, and to keep up his guise of a double agent he kills Dumbledore. Also, he was required to assist the novice Malfoy because of the oath given to Draco’s mother. Snape had at least 50 million chances to kill Harry before he killed Dumbledore, and then bent over backwards to try and not kill him after doing the disgraceful deed. I firmly think that when Dumbledore pleaded to Snape it was asking Snape to kill him. Dumbledore was described as being in unbelievable pain and he knew his time was near.

I also don’t think that Dumbledore was on to Snape and gave him the defense against the dark arts job because it was jinxed. Dumbledore truly trusted Snape, he asked Harry to deliver himself to Snape after drinking the poisonous liquid that guarded the horcrux.

Harry’s track record of judging people’s character is extremely poor, Dumbledore’s on the other had is dead-on accurate. My official stance on Severus is the same that Lupin holds, if Dumbledore trusted Snape, then so do I.

Ric Caric said...

So, are you planning to give Dick Cheney dolls to your kids?

Sage_Pongo said...

I’m trying to have an innocent Harry Potter conversation here, and you have to bring Dick into things. Would a Dick Cheney doll come with a defibulater (batteries not included)? Seriously though, I don’t understand your quip. How did discussing the value of Snape’s character revert to Dick Dolls? I really don’t understand, I don’t even like Mr. Cheney. Anyways, I was hoping you would consider my ideas and reply with insightful or meaningful arguments or criticisms pertaining to the topic at hand. If you come up with any I’ll be anxiously awaiting them. I do so enjoy listening to the opinions of other Potter fans.

Ric Caric said...

I'm sorry but I have a hard time taking your idea about Snape seriously. From my perspective, Snape has about as much chance of being good as Dick Cheney.

Like Dumbledore, I could be wrong but I believe that Snape will turn out to be so powerfully evil that he'll end up destabilizing and weakening the Voldemort camp and indirectly contributing to Voldemort's second fall. One thing for sure--Harry and one of Dumbledore's pictures will be having a very revealing discussion of Snape in Book VII.