Saturday, March 16, 2013

Harry Potter and the Readalong of Fire 4: All twinkling suspended until further notice

After a month of letting Goblet of Fire toy with my fragile emotions, it’s finally come to a crashing halt. This week, Harry learned that Neville’s parents were tortured to the point of insanity, but he couldn’t be bothered to give Neville a kindly pat at the breakfast table; Bertha Jorkins proved herself to be the world’s loneliest witch when she agreed to a romantic moonlight stroll with Wormtail; a sizable group of adults stood by while a 14-year-old boy was tortured; dementors continued to be a terrible idea; Hermione walked around with a kidnapped Rita Skeeter Beetle in a jar in her purse like it was no big; and Sirius turned a doorknob with his PAW.

Even with opposable thumbs, no simple feat.

I know Voldemort is serious business, with the murdering and the torturing and the ability to smell people's guilt despite his complete lack of a proper nose. But I can’t seem to take him seriously. Especially after this:
The thing Wormtail had been carrying had the shape of a crouched human child, except that Harry had never seen anything less like a child. It was hairless and scaly-looking, a dark, raw, reddish black. Its arms and legs were thin and feeble. . . . 
The thing seemed almost helpless; it raised its thin arms, put them around Wormtail’s neck, and Wormtail lifted it. (pp. 640–541)
I need upsies.

Dumbledore, on the other hand, I’m suddenly taking QUITE seriously. His congenial twinkle has been replaced by “cold fury,” and he’s radiating power like burning heat. He’s a contradiction of temperatures. DO NOT MESS WITH HIM.

But I’m really interested to know why Dumbledore looked briefly triumphant when Harry recounted how Voldemort was able to touch Harry’s face without hurting himself. I’m assuming this is an Easter egg and I shall be rewarded later for my keen observation.

RIGHT, Rowling?

And I don’t know what you’ve heard, but this did not, by any means, make me tear up in the Laundromat:
Remember Cedric. Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory. (p. 724)

Can't we all just get along?


  1. Just another example of how amazing Sirius is. Opposable thumbs are for SUCKERS. Oh, Bertha. A misguided lady. Why WOULD she walk away with Wormtail?

    I was wondering about that triumphant look, too. Someone on Jennifer's blog left a comment with an interpretation that sounds right.

  2. Something along the lines of "everyone likes to be proved right after 13 years of theorizing."

  3. Well now I want a kitten, so thanks for that. And I definitely didn't tear up this morning talking about how you most certainly did not tear up at the laundromat last night. NOPE.

  4. Way to pick up on the triumphant look! I think I totally missed that on my first read, and it gets (mostly) explained later.

    I somehow doubt Bertha Jorkins agreed to walk with Wormtail willingly, considering he had been living as a rat in the forests and most likely didn't smell too peachy. I'm assuming he imperiused her?

    And that last GIF makes me feel terrible for ever destroying pinatas with extreme glee... I must have been such a cold, heartless child.

  5. YOUR GIFS ARE ALL THE CUTEST! Except the Hermione one. That's the suspiciousest.

    I'm pretty concerned now about Dumbledore's varying temperatures. Is he... Feeling ok?

  6. Your gifs are the best and are needed in this sad time.

    Harry really needs to be nicer to Neville. I mean come on, you don't need to tell him what you know but maybe just a kind word here or there. Considering you've hardly considered him or why he might be so update over the Crucio curse

  7. And this is why I need to go read ALL the comments. *goes to read all the comments*

  8. Definitely NOT. Only dry eyes here. *sniffle*

  9. Maybe she WAS imperiused. But, then again, her name is Bertha.

  10. I'm surprised I was able to GIF at all. The sad was nearly crippling.

  11. I LOVE YOUR GIFS. And also, all the grown-ups standing around while Harry is tortured? WTF. I don't care how evil Dumbly is, I refuse to believe that they're all cool with it. We shall revisit this later (lips zipped).