15) The Burrow.
I love the description of the house, and I think the movie did a pretty good job of capturing it. Why do I think Mr Weasley named the house? The name carries connotation of rabbits and their tendency toward having lots of offspring. The friendly clutter of the interior always reminds me of my best friend's parents' house. Come to think of it, it is also surrounded by chickens....16) "It was remarkable how much she looked like a sabre-toothed tiger."
This and the twins' reaction to her approach always makes me giggle.17) Molly Weasley.
I love her. I love her concern for her own children, and her concern for Harry, whom she has barely met before. The confession that she and Arthur were planning to come collect Harry themselves says a lot, I think. I can't imagine my parents ever doing that for one of my friends. But I guess none of my friends had such dire home lives (that I knew of).18) Ginny.
Her crush on Harry in this book is so perfectly done. I was exactly the same at her age. I fancied a boy who worked at a local book store. He was a couple years older than me and our mothers were friends. I would go into the store sometimes just for an excuse to see him. But if he ever tried to talk to me, I would turn bright red, become unable to speak, and try to escape as quickly as I could. I spent almost five years crushing rather desperately on him and writing epic (probably Sueish) stories about our life together before I got over it. I chilled out around the same time Ginny did too, at 14 or 15.19) De-gnoming the garden!
I love this concept. I really wish they had kept it in the film. Guess it wasn't important enough to make the cut. :(20) Gilderoy Lockhart.
Introduction of a new important character is always fun. I just wanted to make note of it. I do wonder, though, why Lockhart decided on dealing with magical creatures as his field of "expertise". He's probably a pretty decent writer if he's published all those books (I presume he at least did that much himself), so I have to wonder why he didn't try to get famous writing fiction. Romance novels, maybe? I also wonder how old Lockhart is. Probably a bit older than the Marauders, but a little younger than the Weasleys. I imagine him being about 35 for this book.21) Arthur Weasley.
Just wanted to mention the first time we see dear old Arthur.22) Mundungus Fletcher.
There we have it. The measure of JKR's brilliance once again. Here she is, innocently dropping a name that seems perfectly random, only to pick it up again three books later and run with it. I'm willing to bet Mundungus is going to play a key role in DH
, probably because he's been fencing the horcruxes that Regulus Black collected at Grimmauld Place. I wonder if Mundungus's shrinking door keys will come into play?23) Mortlake and his ferrets.
I think it's interesting how many times JKR randomly mentions ferrets
. I think she must like the little beasts.24) Arthur/Molly = Ron/Hermione.
I see the dynamic between Molly and Arthur as being very similar to the one between Hermione and Ron. Give them a few years and a pair of matching rings, and they will be indistinguishable. :p25) Ron's room is two flights up from Ginny's.
Shit. *goes to fix fanfic* *makes note that Ginny has brown eyes*26) The Adventures of Martin Miggs, the Mad Muggle.
Hee! I love the idea of wizards reading fiction and so forth about muggles with the same delight with which we read about them. I once wrote a story that involved two young witches writing fanfic about muggle characters, trying to figure out how their world "worked" and how they managed to do various things without magic.27) Scabbers!
Sorry; I just have to make note when he's mentioned. I always wonder how much he is really sleeping and how much he's listening.