tags: Harry Potter



2001 Sep 2
Wizard's School

Ursula K Le Guin. The Wizard of Earthsea. We are living in a postmodern world where everything has already been created, so everything is de facto derivative….

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2006 Mar 16
HOWTO: create a horcrux

Now I haven’t read Harry Potter and the Half-Blooded Prince yet, but I stumbled upon the concept of the Horcrux randomly following links. The concept is familiar to any J.R.R. Tolkien fan, and clearly, there is at least one way known to create a Horcrux.

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2007 Jul 21
archetypes dying in media res

Because of the release of Deathly Hallows today, I had to catch up and read Half-Blood Prince. One of the reasons why I had decided to put off reading it was because everyone had ruined the “big surprise,” which was the death of Albus Dumbledore.

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2007 Jul 21

“If she means so much to you,” said Dumbledore, “surely Lord Voldemort will spare her? Could you not ask for mercy for the mother, in exchange for the son?”

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2007 Jul 22
severus snape: the man, the myth, the legend (massive spoiler!)

“You never saw Snape cast a Patronus, did you, Riddle?”

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2007 Jul 23
pathetic and yet heartbreakingly brilliant (spoilers!)

I can’t seem to get over Snape’s forlorn and hopeless devotion to Lily. On one hand, it’s really sad and pathetic. On the other hand, it’s heart-wrenchingly awesome.

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2007 Jul 25
returning to earthsea/of wizards and warlocks

I’m still ruminating about the end of the Harry Potter saga. The mainstream media’s reaction has always interested me. They continue to be bemused by the idea of a novel taking the world by storm, and infiltrating popular culture. Never mind the fact that people were writing “Frodo Lives!” on subway walls 40 years ago, or the fact that The Lord of the Rings trilogy was extraordinarily successful, and, as far as wizards go, Gandalf the Grey is as well-known as Merlin, and is arguably the favorite and most-beloved of wizards amongst nerds and geeks world-wide.

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2007 Jul 25
severus and lily

I don't think you can really call it love, but still…

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2007 Jul 26
scattered thoughts (spoilers!)

It’s ironic, really. While I have thoroughly enjoyed the Harry Potter series for the past 7 years (I was gifted the first three books in 2000), I never really held it in high regard, especially in terms of literary merit. To me, it was the fantasy equivalent of a romance novel: lots of fun to read, but not something you would read again. As I’ve mentioned before, the only books that I’ve managed to read more than once have been The Lord of the Rings, The Last Unicorn, and The Wizard of Earthsea. (Actually, digging around in my memory, there are a few more: some of Madeline L’Engle’s books, in particular A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters; and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy series by Douglas Adams.)

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2007 Aug 2
the sorting hat

Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,
These cunning folk use any means
To achieve their ends.

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2007 Aug 2
this type of hero

How much of your destiny is truly predetermined? How much of it is self-fulfilling prophecy? (There are technical terms for these things, I think, except I can’t remember them. Confirmation bias? Forer effect?)

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2007 Aug 3
mika "happy ending" revisited

Wow. This puts a different spin on ”Happy Ending” by Mika.

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2007 Aug 24
harry potter and the lord of the rings

This idea was stolen shamelessly from this page that satirically insinuates that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a thinly-veiled rewrite of The Lord the Rings. Being the Middle-Earth loser otaku that I am, I had to adjust a few plot points:

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2007 Aug 28
clinical definition of blogorrhea? (damn Lord Byron)

I don't know why. I've been once again obsessed with the sad and sorry life of Severus Snape, and how he lost the only woman he loved, and how his life was effectively ended after she was murdered.

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2014 May 19
Littlefinger and Snape

It's kind of funny how Littlefinger/Sansa works kind of like Snape/Harry Potter if Snape had a creepy and possibly sexual interest in Harry Potter.

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2015 Apr 7
Severus Snape

Why Snape's Tragic Back Story Isn't So Tragic • Dorkly • 2015 Mar 31

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2015 Jun 30
Snape Revisited

I've really been all over the place with how I regard the character of Severus Snape.

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2015 Dec 21
Hermione Granger as a person of color

Given the postmodernist/postcolonial filter through which I was exposed to English literature, I've always been wary of taking authorial intent as the end-all/be-all of textual interpretation and deconstruction, but it's also true that Hermione Granger's skin color was never mentioned in the text, as pointed out by the author herself.

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2016 Jan 6

OH at the Starbucks counter:

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