did she get a haircut
no she’s not in uniform
Is that a new bow?
[image description: two screenshots of lavender brown from chamber of secrets and prisoner of azkaban, then a half-blood prince promo shot. in the first two, she is played by a black actress. the third is a white girl.]
The moment when Harry takes Draco’s wand
J. K. Rowling: I said to Arthur, my American editor - we had an interesting conversation during the editing of seven - the moment when Harry takes Draco’s wand, Arthur said, God, that’s the moment when the ownership of the Elder wand is actually transferred? And I said, that’s right. He said, shouldn’t that be a bit more dramatic? And I said, no, not at all, the reverse. I said to Arthur, I think it really puts the elaborate, grandiose plans of Dumbledore and Voldemort in their place. That actually the history of the wizarding world hinged on two teenage boys wrestling with each other. They weren’t even using magic. It became an ugly little corner tussle for the possession of wands. And I really liked that - that very human moment, as opposed to these two wizards who were twitching strings and manipulating and implanting information and husbanding information and guarding information, you know? Ultimately it just came down to that, a little scuffle and fistfight in the corner and pulling a wand away.
Melissa Anelli: It says a lot about the world at large, I think, about conflict in the world, it’s these little things -
J. K. Rowling: And the difference one individual can make. Always, the difference one individual can make.
AUGH! JKR frustrates me as usual. I’m not opposed to the idea behind this the way she’s explaining it, but the way it actually played out in the text was just stupid. Instead of seeming to be about the little things or the difference one individual can make (seriously, even the way she’s describing it, how is that about the difference one individual can make?), it just seemed like man, wand ownership is really easily transferred, that must be inconvenient as all fuck in daily life. It didn’t feel like a MacGuffin or a misdirect, but a let-down on the arc we had been promised.
What if Draco had GIVEN HIM THE WAND instead? How much better would that have been? Because as it is, it’s not a story about the difference one individual can make. It’s a story about the difference a Chosen Savior can make. Which is ACTUALLY THE EXACT OPPOSITE STORY.
Amazing! I too imagined Draco attending healer school in a story I wrote. I guess it just follows naturally from the events of Deathly Hallows…
How I got out of doing the dishes
My mom: Do the dishes
Me: *places sock on counter*
My mom: What's this? Why is it here? *hands me the sock*
Me: MASTER HAS GIVEN DOBBY A SOCK!
My mom: wait what?
Me: DOBBY IS A FREE ELF
Me: *runs to room*
Harry’s heart rose; if they were going to be working with Hagrid it wouldn’t be so bad. His relief must have showed in his face, because Filch said, “I suppose you think you’ll be enjoying yourself with that oaf? Well, think again, boy — it’s into the forest you’re going and I’m much mistaken if you’ll all come out in one piece.”
At this, Neville let out a little moan, and Malfoy stopped dead in his tracks.
“The forest?” he repeated, and he didn’t sound quite as cool as usual. “We can’t go in there at night — there’s all sorts of things in there — werewolves, I heard.”
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Chapter 15 - The Forbidden Forest
I can’t believe I was supposed to judge tiny Malfoy for being scared of the Forbidden Forest. Rather than thinking about how incredibly sad it is that Harry, Ron, and Hermione all value adult approval over their personal safety and in fact, rarely think about their personal safety at all. Obviously Draco does some messed up stuff for his parents later, but STILL. At least he didn’t become a Death Eater to help HAGRID.