|PS/SS Final Chapter The Man With Two Faces
||[2007 Feb. 24th|11:19 pm]
Readdown to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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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2007-02-26 12:50 am (UTC)
PS:17 - The Man With Two Faces (Bloomsbury 1997) - 1
I'm caught up for real this time! Yay! And here it is: The climax of the first book -- where the action of the series really gets going. There is some stuff in this chapter I really love, and some that after a number of re-reads, I still don't get.
1) "It was Quirrell." zOMFG!!!1!!1 WTF?!?!?!!! I'm trying to imagine what it was like for people to read those words for the first time. I saw the movie before I read the books, so I didn't have as much time and emotion invested in the story, which is a crying shame, but nothing I can do to change it now.
2) "I wondered whether I'd be meeting you here, Potter." Clearly Voldemort has discussed Harry with Quirrell, and expects him to be able to perform great feats.
3) Quirrell has Bondvillainitis. He must have caught it from Voldemort. Listen to him gloating and spouting his plans when he hasn't even got his hands on his goal!
4) "Quirrell snapped his fingers. Ropes sprang out of thin air and wrapped themselves tightly around Harry." Wandless magic! Quirrell is apparently a bit more of a badass than we thought!
5) Quirrell isn't afraid to say Voldemort's name. Even the other Death Eaters call him "the Dark Lord", but Quirrell says his name, bold as you please.
6) "There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it." I've always loved this line, and I think it exactly sums up what Voldemort is: exactly the opposite of Dumbledore.
7) Voldemort's possession of Quirrell. Here we learn it did not begin until after the Gringotts break in, so Quirrell was on his own when he met Harry in the Leaky Cauldron. We do know he didn't start wearing his turban until the next day, since Harry sees it on him at the start of term feast.
8) Voldemort understands Harry. He knows exactly what the Mirror is, and he knows that Harry will want very badly to find the stone first.
9) The Philosopher's Stone. I confess I have never understood how Harry ended up with the stone. Where was it before it was in his pocket? The Mirror doesn't work like that. It doesn't *give* you what you want! Clearly the stone wasn't even in the room before Harry saw it in the Mirror, which meant that all the protections were guarding...nothing, until Harry got there. Dumbledore really could have kept the stone in his pocket, and set up the protections as a decoy and a trap for anyone trying to steal it. It's a great and exciting scene, and a lot of important character stuff is going on, but when you take a step back and look at it, the scene doesn't actually make any sense at all. And Dumbledore's explanation of how Harry got the stone later in the chapter does not really seem to shed any more light on the subject.
10) "Let me speak to him ... face to face ...." Voldemort intends to use Legilimency against Harry, and he needs eye contact to do so. This goes along with my "you can't perform Legilimency without the person knowing" theory. As soon as he maintains eye contact, he knows where the stone is.
11) Voldemort gives Harry the opportunity to choose. How very...odd of him. Harry is his arch-nemisis, so far as Voldemort knows. While winning him over to his side would certainly be a triumph for the Dark Lord, surely it's safer to just kill the kid.