Books, Harry Potter, On Writing

Where do I begin?

I am not sure why don’t write regularly on the blog anymore. It isn’t as if I don’t have time. I do. It isn’t as if I don’t have topics anymore. I have plenty of those. And it isn’t as if I have moved on to any other platform to express myself. I do not know anything better than a blog to express your thoughts.

I want to write about Hermione and what she means to me. I want to write about voyeurism. I want to talk about the story tellers who told me more than just stories. And that is just the beginning.

It is just that I am now getting very aware of how difficult writing can be. None of the topics I want to pick next is going to take an hour or two. Each is worth a month of obsession. But how long can a woman wear a swimsuit and stare at the deep end of the pool? Some day you have to take a plunge.

The next post will be about the Potterverse. So what intrigued you most about the Harry Potter Universe? Tell me so I know where to begin.

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Harry Potter Analysis II – Do you like Hagrid?

One thing that fascinates me about HP series that I can like the whole series a lot inspite of not liking a lot of individual elements. I can see that I disagree with Rowling in so many aspects, but I can not help be drawn to the series time and again.

One thing I realised is that I rate Hagrid as a unreliable person and would agree with the Villians rather than the Heroes with their estimation of him.  Some of the following I picked from this thread. But these points always crossed my mind. (https://www.reddit.com/r/harrypotter/comments/14i4b2/did_anyone_else_feel_like_hagrid_was_greatly/)

When McGonaggal questions the wisdom of allowing Hagrid pick up Harry from his house, Dumbledore claims that he would trust Hagrid with his life. It is a place Voldemort has just visited and played havoc and most people would not have wanted to go there and Hagrid who, whatever his other faults may be, is a risk-taker and genuinely liked the couple. But to claim that he would trust Hagrid with his life? 

He jinxes Dudley and he grows a tail. Yeah, he is horrible to Harry. And yes, it is funny to think of a fat boy with a pig’s tail. Still. He is a muggle. He can’t defend himself. Not fair.

He seems to be the sort of person who would sit on birthday cakes. Not a big deal, I agree. But what if he had misplaced or lost the Philosopher’s Stone? I don’t think he is beyond all that. Hagrid incubates a dragon in a Wooden Hut and though this is something Hermione points out to him, he does not understand why dragons should not be grown in Wooden Huts. He just does not understand the danger of animals. Three 11 year old children come out of their dorms to take a fire breathing dragon to the tallest tower? What if the dragon sneezes and the children’s robes catch fire? He is too busy singing lullabies to the dragon to think of his friends’ safety.

They are made to do detention and guess what they are assigned? To accompany Hagrid to the forbidden forest  where a unicorn murderer is lurking. Does Prof.McGonaggal know they are assigned such a dangerous detention?

He know that the Philosopher’s Stone is precious and Fuffy’s role is crucial there. He still blabbers to some stranger. Wow.

But the thing that put the lid on it was in Chamber of Secrets, where Hagrid asks the boys to follow the Spiders and there his precious Aragog would not mind it if its children ate the boys for dinner. Hagrid would not have guessed that it would happen? Precisely. If the car did not show up on time, Harry and Ron would be dead-meat. Literally.

I understand that his gifting Harry an owl on his birthday and his getting that photo album etc meant something to Harry. But Hagrid expecting the children to take care of his brother is just too much. By then, my sympathy for Hagrid was at an all time low. 

I am not saying that Harry should not be kind to him. He should. But if Hagrid really understood the danger of animals and able to bring our the best in them? If he had been a really good “Care of Magical Animals” teacher, then it would have been more relatable. But Dumbledore’s role as the principal of Hogwarts is to provide the best teacher for the children. Making Hagrid or Trelawney as teacher as he is feeling sorry for them is not acceptable to me.

Does anyone feel so too?

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Harry Potter Analysis I – Why I am rereading all 7 books

After experimenting with lots of cine quiz games and all that fun, my lunchmates and I started to tell the stories of movies that one of us watched and the others did not. So I got to narrate the story of Bama Vijayam, Nee Paathi Naan Paathi, Kan simitum neram etc and got to hear the stories of a few new movies like Bahubali and all that. But we just ran out of interesting stuff to narrate and as I don’t want to hear of Tamil serials and all that stuff, Harry Potter came to the rescue. So I glance at a few chapters each morning in my iPad’s iBooks and we are good to go for a short story-telling session. I don’t give the gist, I tell the entire story along with cats that read maps and round-faced boys with remembralls. But re-reading always means re-analysing and here is the first thing I noticed amiss

Professor McGonagall spends the entire day and a good part of the night outside Privet Drive observing the Dursleys. But when Dumbledore states that Petunia Dursley is going to be entrusted as Harry’s guardian, she seems shocked and taken aback. She is also unsure about whether it is true that Lily and James are really dead. If she is not certain about Lily’s demise and was completely in the dark about Petunia probably going to be the child’s guardian, then why was she spying the Dursleys in the first place?

I will be wondering aloud in this blog about similar stuff for a few months now. So if you are a Potterhead, please join me.