Don't expect any sensible theories or discussion here, because it's me and I am all about the pointless comments. And definitely no squeeing, either. Not only is it anti-EMPIRE, but these days I can't get that het up for anything that doesn't feature prominently nosed Northerners or omnisexual space captains.
Six Assorted Thoughts I Had While Reading HBP
From the "Ooh, Bit of Politics There!" file:
Loved the sly dig at the much-mocked "Preparing For Emergencies" leaflet. Tee hee. (Note to the non-British: this was an official government handout sent to all British homes last year, which was about what to do in case of terrorist attack or Something Non-Specifically Very Bad happening. It was widely thought to be totally pointless and became the subject of much satirical comment.)
From the "Too Much Bad Telly" file:
To those who are familiar with Little Britain – is anyone else picturing Kingsley Shacklebolt coming over all Sebastian-like, and trying to "protect" the Muggle prime minister by sitting on his lap and sticking his tongue in his ear as frequently as possible?
From the "Pretentious Literary References" file:
Slughorn reminds me greatly of the character of Sillery from Anthony Powell's A Dance To The Music Of Time. I wonder if this is a coincidence. ADTTMOT also contains a mystical Dr Trelawney, so it's not the first time that I've wondered whether JKR has read it. (Mind you, ADTTMOT is a twelve-book series with so many characters that it would probably be weirder if none of them were anything like any HP characters.)
From the "Hilarious For Entirely Personal Reasons" file:
It was when Lupin was talking about his "furry little problem" and the subsequent widespread belief that he owned a badly behaved rabbit. In my previous flat, I lived above a woman who owned exactly such an animal and she was rather fond of yelling the phrase "NAUGHTY RABBIT!!!" at all hours of the day and night. I now realize it was probably all a flimsy cover for her own lycanthropic tendencies.
From the "I Am The Oracle, Hear Me Roar" file:
Mild amusement at the fact that my midlife crisis picture is OMG LIEK SO CANON now. I for one am fully expecting Lupin to turn up in a mullet and see-through shirt at the start of the next book.
From the "Titter Ye Not... Oh, Go On Then" file:
Still sniggering at the fact that if Tonks deserves "someone young and whole", this implies that Lupin is canonically missing a bit. And anyone who took a good look at the silly were-creature in the PoA movie should be able to take an educated guess at what that bit might be....
Going to the pub with pelirroja_ljc tonight. Possibly some further discussion may take place. Or we might just drink gin and talk about the weather.