Literally! Throughout Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince, Cho Chang and Ginny Weasley have been juxtaposed—both in the air of the Quidditch field and on the ground—as Harry’s possible love interests:
“Yeah,” said Ron slowly, savoring the words, “we won. Did you see the look on Chang’s face when Ginny got the Snitch right out from under her nose?” (OotP, chap. 31, p. 704)
Boy, did Ginny ever get “the Snitch right out from under” Cho’s nose! As we see yet again, when “Ginny play[s] Seeker against Cho” in Half-Blood Prince and Gryffindor beats Ravenclaw 450 points to 140, the other Snitch that Ginny was “Seeking” enters the Gryffindor Common Room and stumbles upon the big celebration of the Quidditch win:
“Harry looked around; there was Ginny running toward him; she had a hard, blazing look in her face as she threw her arms around him. And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed her.” (HBP, chap. 24, pp. 532-33)
I went into Fred Meyer this afternoon and passed Ginny Weasley just outside the gardening section.
No, not Bonnie Wright (my town isn’t that cool.) Just Ginny Weasley–a girl with long red hair, average build and the sort of face I’d pictured Ginny as having, not too far removed from Miss Wright’s. She may have been the same Ginny I see walking downtown sometimes, but I didn’t want to stare to make sure. She probably gets that a lot.
Harry turned up, oddly enough, on the Scala Sancta in Rome. He was right in front of me in a crowd of French traditionalists who went up the stairs at the same time my group did. The glasses, the face, the Seeker build, the hair–he was perfect, though his hair was too shaggy over his forehead to look for a scar.
I’ve seen a young Ron and Ginny altar-serving at a church and Lily Evans was at a party I attended a couple of weeks ago. And character spotting doesn’t stop with the Potter books; Bella Swan was on our flight out of Tampa last year.
Just a few odds and ends to throw out. Arabella sent me a note about Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games, making the 2010 TIME magazine 100. You can find her entry here. Robert Pattinson also made the list. Besides playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Pattinson has also appeared in a few other minor movies. 🙂
The next item is a Youtube video called “Harry Potter Starts a Band.” I didn’t particularly like it although it involved some great editing. It was too dark (lightwise), too hard to understand, and had too much Michael Gambon in it. It was almost like the movie of Half-Blood Prince. 😉 There may be some bad language in it; I couldn’t tell since the guys in it were so hard to understand and annoying to boot. There’s definitely bad language in the comments section. Anyway, if you’re interested in Youtube mixed videos, check it out and let us know what you think. H/T to The Torch Online. Continue reading →
Two things I like about this chapter: Romance and Politics. 🙂
I won’t attempt to summarize the whole chapter since there’s so much packed in there. Instead, I’ll have some random thoughts on things that stood out for me.
As the chapter begins, Harry is dreaming of Voldemort searching for Gregorovitch. For HP obsessives, we should remember way back to Goblet of Fire and the passing reference to Gregorovitch as Krum’s wand maker. Did anyone catch this on first reading DH? I don’t think I did. This reference, combined with the actions of Harry’s wand three chapters ago, should get us thinking about wands and wand-lore as something important to which we should pay attention throughout the story. Continue reading →
Half-Blood Prince‘s final chapter opens with a favorite device of Ernest Hemingway, the simple declarative sentence:
“All lessons were suspended, all examinations postponed.”
It really is one of Rowling’s finer moments as a writer, poignant and rich with subtlety. In this one statement, she wipes away all the carefree wonderment of childhood with pointed irony. Hogwarts shifts in symbolism from a place of comfort and safety where the worst worry was two parchments on werewolves for horrible Professor Snape, to a place in which parents are spiriting their children away as fast as possible because Snape has murdered the headmaster.
We see the Centaurs and Merfolk gather and pay their respects in ways I believe would have left Dumbledore deeply honored. His entombment is rich with symbolism, as Harry thinks “for one heart-stopping moment, that he [sees] a phoenix fly joyfully ino the blue.” Yet, the “next second the fire had vanished,” and a brilliant “white marble tomb” sits in its place.
In Dumbledore’s death, Voldemort has seemingly gained a devastating victory. Harry and Hogwarts no longer have their protector. The last bastion of paradise is now vulnerable — very vulnerable. Hogwarts has become, in one sense, a graveyard. Continue reading →
I’ve always found Ginny Weasley fascinating, given her ever evolving role in the story and the lives of other characters. In 2004, Rowling hedged her bets on Ginny in an online chat session:
Field: Do you plan for Ginny to take on a major character role in the next two books?
JK Rowling replies -> Well, now that Ginny has stopped being mute in Harry’s presence I think you can see that she is a fairly forceful personality (and she always has been, remember Ron saying that she ‘never shuts up’ in Chamber of Secrets)?
And the Anelli/Spartz interview generated this series of statements:
the plan was, which I really hope I fulfilled, is that the reader, like Harry, would gradually discover Ginny as pretty much the ideal girl for Harry. She’s tough, not in an unpleasant way, but she’s gutsy. He needs to be with someone who can stand the demands of being with Harry Potter, because he’s a scary boyfriend in a lot of ways. He’s a marked man. I think she’s funny, and I think that she’s very warm and compassionate. These are all things that Harry requires in his ideal woman. But, I felt — and I’m talking years ago when all this was planned — initially, she’s terrified by his image. I mean, he’s a bit of a rock god to her when she sees him first, at 10 or 11, and he’s this famous boy. So Ginny had to go through a journey as well. And rather like with Ron, I didn’t want Ginny to be the first girl that Harry ever kissed. That’s something I meant to say, and it’s kind of tied in. Continue reading →
I’ll admit from the start, I’m not one for the “shipping” debates (which student should date which). Nevertheless, there is some importance to the whole dating scene, not least the fact that Rowling’s a big fan of Austen’s novels, so romance will undoubtedly play a part.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the shipping debates, there are a few different camps, and the debate can get really heated. There’s Harry/Hermione, Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione, Harry/Luna, Ron/Luna. I know there are others, but those are the main camps. Of course, HBP answered many of these questions: Harry/Ginny became a reality, and Ron/Hermione is just about as close to reality as you can imagine. No surprises here, really: there were hints and foreshadowings all along, and the Ron/Hermione pairing (even if it never comes to perfect fruition in the series) is an alchemical necessity (alchemy series still pending, stay tuned).