|PS/SS Chapter Fourteen Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback
||[2007 Feb. 21st|11:01 pm]
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Hope your posts are fire proof. We're gunna go see Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone Chapter Fourteen Norbert The Norwegian Ridgeback.
While we're talking about Norbert, perhaps you'd like to share what you share what your favorite Fantastic Beast is.
Also we're getting awfully familar with a place we were told not to visit. Once again we'll meet by the Forbidden Forest at 12:00a US EST 2/22/07.
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My favorite Fantastic Beast is the same as Hagrid with dragons. I would not think that it is wise to keep one that is not pewter or a plushie, but I would love to see a real one. Keeping it as a pet is just...well, I wouldn't do it, but Hagrid has a knack for keeping magical creatures that won't kill him.
My question for this chapter deals mostly with Draco. Why was he out by Hagrid's hut considering all that we know about Draco? Is he following Harry, Hermione, and Ron in order to dig up dirt on them, to curse them? What is Draco up to?
True, he did. I would say that I knew that, but there's evidence that I didn't. ^_^ So it makes sense now. Thanks!
Have we ever seen Norbert again? Will we?
Not very many notes for chapter 14. One thing did strike me, though:
1) What is this chapter's purpose? The whole reason for the Norbert subplot is twofold. A) So that Harry gets the detention that sends him into the Forbidden Forest to witness what is happening to the unicorns. This could easily have been done some other way. B) The "stranger" at the pub won Hagrid's confidence by providing him with a dragon's egg. This all seems like a very complicated way for Quirrell to obtain a rather small piece of information which the trio get much more easily. Is it possible there is more going on here than meets the eye? Have we, perhaps, not seen the last of Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback?
2) Hermione knows the twelve uses of dragon's blood by heart. And yet we do not know even one of them. I wonder if this knowledge is going to come in handy, giving Hermione a chance to save the day in DH. Interesting that this topic is brought up once more in a chapter involving a dragon.
3) Hagrid in the library. Is there any way for this *not* to look suspicious?
4) The trio's attitude. None of them seem to be taking things as seriously as they ought to. Granted, they don't necessarily understand yet that their lives may be on the line, and they certainly don't know about Voldemort's involvement. But it troubles me to see them treating it like some kind of adventure or personal challenge, and even moreso that they still don't take Hagrid seriously.
5) Stoat sandwiches! "Stoat" is always an ace comedy word.
6) Hagrid doesn't know what else is guarding the stone. I don't think any of the teachers are meant to know what one another's protections are, apart from Dumbledore.
7) "You know everything that goes on round here," said Hermione in a warm, flattering voice." Awww, look! Hermione's got feminine wiles! We don't usually see her being manipulative like this.
8) "Wonder what it's like to have a peaceful life," Ron sighed. Poor Ron! You're never going to know that as long as you're friends with The Boy Who Lived.
9) "We'll get into trouble, and that's nothing to what Hagrid's going to be in..." Is it just me, or was it really, really thick of Hermione to say something like that in front of Malfoy? She should totally know better.
10) "Bless him, look, he knows his mummy!" Watch me read waaaay too much into this one! Why "mummy", not "daddy"? Comedy value for readers? I've read other books wherein dragons have no fixed gender. Could this be true in the Potterverse, as well? That would mean a dragon's mummy is the one who hatches and raises it, regardless of what sex they may be.
11) Hagrid doesn't know Draco yet. When he sees him running away from the hut, he just calls him "a boy". So this is the beginning of the antagonism between Malfoy and Hagrid.
12) Why didn't Ron think of Charlie? It's Harry who comes up with the idea of sending Norbert to Charlie. Wouldn't it be nice if JKR let Ron have a good idea for once, especially one about his own brother whom Harry has never met?
13) Feeding Norbert. When Ron gets bit, he's down helping Hagrid feed Norbert *without* Harry and Hermione, but *with* Harry's invisibility cloak. That just struck me as odd.
Not really a part of this chapter, but I had a new thought today on the "McGonagall is evil" theory. What if McGonagall isn't working for Voldemort? What if she's in business for herself, but with similar goals? She and Voldemort might be rivals. Maybe Voldemort isn't even aware of her. She could be a support or threat to him without ever letting him know, for her own reasons.