With the penultimate novel in the saga—Half-Blood Prince—we know that things must become much worse before they can become better and reach resolution in the seventh and last novel. We should thus expect that it will be chilling in unmatched fashion, and I shall argue that it’s the scariest of them all! Let’s take an eerie walk through the dark corners of Half-Blood Prince, to places seemingly devoid of light or hope . . . .
One thing I forgot to mention in the Fry vs. Dale discussion: After hearing Dale first and then listening to Fry, Fry really had to grow on me. Didn’t like him at first. After listening for a book or two, though, Fry was the clear winner for me.
- Merope Gaunt and the Paradox of Evil and Choice
- John’s posts on Machiavellian Snape: One and Two
- Discussion at HP Essays on my Merope post
Note: This material will appear in an upcoming PubCast (along with further commentary and other related subjects) either midweek or this weekend.
Rowling has given us a paradox concerning evil in the Harry Potter series. At face value, the lesson is very simple, and it has been stated by Dumbledore in two ways:
“It is our choices Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” (CS18)
“You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow up to be!” (GF36)
But we have a problem with Merope Gaunt, and therefore a problem with Voldemort by association. Read carefully this dialogue between Harry and Dumbledore: Continue reading