Originally Posted by texmati
I think it's a theme through out the books that the major deaths are pointless. Cedric dying changed nothing, sirius's dying was completely unnecessary. At the end of book 6, it appears that dumbledore died for nothing, as the locket was not really a horcrux.
Cedric dying totally changed everything for Harry. It wasn't just kiddy adventures anymore. Cedric's death signaled that Voldemort was back for real and it galvanized Harry.
Edited to say, Cedric's death was senseless,
though, from a real life perspective. Voldemort was that heartless, he didn't even think twice about it. Cedric's death wasn't pointless as far as Harry's story goes, but it was purposefully abrupt and needless.
Sirius Black's death had to happen because of JKRs alchemy theme. It's weird and convoluted and I don't know exactly how personal journeys through alchemy work. But Harry's father-figure, Sirius, had to die as part of Harry's personal transformation in his alchemical 'black stage'.
The name Albus means white. Rubius (Hagrid) means red. JKR says she was fascinated with alchemy and that Harry's life is about the allegorical transition a hero makes through a yellow, white, red, black and gold stage of life. Or something like that. Anyway, knowing that about her makes some of her weirder plot points make more sense.
Originally Posted by Sailor
Yes, I thought that was true too.
What I found improbable was that, after getting to the cemetery, a newly "born" and incredibly powerful dark lord, along with several of his death eaters, still let a 15(?) year old get away. Not only did he get away, but he also managed to drag Cedric's body with him.
I know he had that whole "help" from his parents ... but, still. The kid was 15, facing an incredibly powerful wizard, and surrounded by several powerful adult death eaters.
Though, of course, I realize he HAD to get away in order for the books to continue!
To Voldemort it wasn't improbable, it was unthinkable.
I think he was simply so surprised about the whole wand-to-wand, priori incantatum thing, it just really blew his mind. He certainly wasn't expecting that. Time and again, Voldemort under estimates his encounters with Harry. Harry was going to be dead by the time he was done there, he certainly didn't think he'd have to plan ahead for the possibility that Harry would be getting away.
IMO Harry got Cedric's body as well because Harry is athletically gifted like that. It's like how he's a great quidditch seeker, able to grab the snitch away from Malfoy at the last second.
Originally Posted by 1littlebit
another thing i wondered about the deathly hallows and half blood prince is why lucius and narcissa didn't run to dumbledore and beg him to hide them after voldemort asked draco to kill dumbledore.. and why didn;t they run the first chance they could and look for draco in the castle instead of waiting for voldemort to go in? i had one more.. i'll get back to you.
During all the speculation between HBP and Deathly Hallows I was convinced that Snape had taken Draco into Dumbledore's pre arranged wizard witness protection program. Deathly Hallows was going to open with the now very humble and grateful Malfoys being taken to join Draco in hiding.
But that's not the Malfoy's perspective! At the start of Deathly Hallows they probably thought things were pretty uncomfortable but that they were still in control. They probably figured they could still work the situation to their advantage, come out on top. Fortunately for Draco, Narcissa valued the life of her son more than she wanted Voldemort to obtain his nutty objectives, and when things went pear shaped, she was willing to find out from Harry if Draco was still alive. She still couldn't do it without gouging Harry's chest with her fingernails.
I prefer that the Malfoys were the same imperious snots to the end of the story. Even in the epilogue, at Platform 9 3/4 when their kids are bording the Hogwarts Express for the first time, grown-up Draco only gives Harry the slightest nod of acknowledgment.
Originally Posted by Irishmommy
Double potions would mean two class periods together. So if a regular class was 40 minutes, double potions would be 80 minutes.
I always figured it was like 40 minutes of lecture, 40 minutes of lab.
Ah, that felt gooood!