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PS/SS Final Chapter The Man With Two Faces [2007 Feb. 24th|11:19 pm]
Readdown to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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Well, we made it to the end of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone by finishing The Man With Two Faces

Send some thoughts up to Harry in the Hospital Wing before he heads back to the Dursley's on the Hogwarts Express. Previous chapters will remain open for discussion.

If there were any new ideas someone brought up, or if you have any lingering questions from previous chapters feel free to talk about those too.

Tomorrow night we will head make preperations year two at Hogwarts and start Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secerts with Chapter One The Worst Birthday. The post should be up at 12a US EST 2/26/07 so we can all wish Harry a happy twelve years.

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[User Picture]From: pica_scribit
2007-02-26 12:51 am (UTC)

PS:17 - The Man With Two Faces (Bloomsbury 1997) - 2

12) "but your mother needn't have died." There had better be some bloody good reason for this in DH. Voldemort has killed hundreds, maybe even thousands, in his quest for power. Why would he balk at killing some muggleborn girl? Why would he even care?

13) "Quirrell raised his hand to perform a deadly curse." Where in bloody hell is Quirrell's wand in this scene?! He's going to perform Avada Kedavra wandlessly? Holy shit!

14) Quirrell can't touch Harry. I thought the "old magic" protecting Harry was only protecting him against Voldemort, and yet *Quirrell* is the one suffering in this scene. Voldemort does not appear to be suffering any ill effects at all, except for losing his vessel.

15) The voices calling to Harry. Where are these coming from? I never really paid attention before. Or is this Dumbledore showing up just as Harry blacks out?

16) "What happened down in the dungeons..." So they were in the dungeons! Isn't that where Snape lives?

17) "I see you are not to be distracted. Very well..." Dumbledore tries to avoid telling Harry the details of what followed his blackout. An old man's mistake, trying to protect someone he has grown fond of.

18) "After all, to the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure." I hope you're enjoying your adventure, Professor. We will miss you. I like that Harry found these words worth remembering, since he repeats them to Ron and Hermione. It shows how closely he pays attention to Dumbledore and how much respect he has for the headmaster's wisdom.

19) "Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things." And yet, Dumbledore always calls him "Tom". But I guess that would spoil the surprise in CoS if we already knew Voldemort was once called Tom.

20) "Not truly alive, he cannot be killed. And there we have the main problem which Harry must overcome.

21) "He left Quirrell to die." Dumbledore announces Quirrell's death a long ways into this conversation. I think he was reluctant to bring it up.

22) "He shows just as little mercy to his followers as his enemies." And that, I will swear to it, will be Voldemort's downfall. Fear can only inspire so much loyalty.

23) "Why would he want to kill me in the first place?" Was it the right thing to do for Dumbledore not to tell Harry about the prophesy here? Would it have been too much pressure on an 11-year-old? Would it have inspired too much self-importance?

24) "To have been loved so deeply [...] will give us some protection for ever." Bullshit. Then almost everyone would be safe from Voldemort and killing curses would be rebounding all over the place.

25) "And then, your father did something Snape could never forgive." Ah, the first reference to The Prank! The stuff of legends! Also, I don't believe for a second that Snape felt he owed James Potter anything. It makes a lot more sense if Snape protected Harry for his mother's sake.
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[User Picture]From: dolphinluv2783
2007-02-26 03:54 am (UTC)

Re: PS:17 - The Man With Two Faces (Bloomsbury 1997) - 2

"your mother needn't have died"

I've always wondered about this too. I don't know that it was so much that Voldemort was going to give Lily the opportunity to live. I think it's more that he was just saying that to Harry to persuade him at the time. I can't imagine that Voldemort, having killed so many others, would let anyone live. Unless he was also trying to get her to come over to his side (because of her potions abilities, perhaps)?
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[User Picture]From: pica_scribit
2007-02-26 04:02 am (UTC)

Re: PS:17 - The Man With Two Faces (Bloomsbury 1997) - 2

Well, we know from PoA that Lily really needn't have died. When the Dementors crowd in, we repeatedly hear Voldemort telling Lily to "stand aside". And why would he need her when he's already got Snape? Or at least he thinks he does....
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