Sunday, July 29, 2007

Harry Potter 7: Chapters Six and Seven



Chapter Six

and Chapter Seven

This post is safe to read if you've finished Chapter 7.

Chapter Six: The Ghoul in Pajamas

Most memorable:
-Harry noticing that Mrs. Weasley’s eyes are the exact same color as Ginny’s eyes.
-Mrs. Weasley’s frantic obsession to keep Harry, Ron and Hermione apart.
-The things Ron and Hermione have done to protect their families.

Funny: Mr. Weasley keeping Sirius’ motorbike in the chicken coop.

Connection to previous books: The books that Hermione sorts in Ron’s bedroom are all ones that have been mentioned previously. I love that she has pores indecisively over Break with a Banshee (because of her crush on Gilderoy Lockhart) and that she tosses Defensive Magical Theory (the book from Umbridge’s class) into the trash without hesitation.

Favorite quote: Mrs. Weasley asks Ron to clean out his bedroom… and Ron demands why it needs to be cleaned. Mrs. Weasley: “We are holding your brother’s wedding here in a few days’ time, young man-”
“And are they getting married in my bedroom?” asked Ron furiously. “No! So why in the name of Merlin’s saggy left-” (Scholastic hardcover, page 92)

Chapter Seven: The Will of Albus Dumbledore

Picture: Is it just me, or does Harry look incredibly tall in this picture? Or is Ginny just short?

Most memorable:
-Harry reveling in turning of age and finally being able to do magic outside of Hogwarts
-Ginny’s birthday present for Harry
-Harry’s vision of Ginny marrying a faceless stranger
-The warning that came from Mr. Weasley’s Patronus. Although we know that the Order of the Phoenix communicates via Patronus and we’ve seen Dumbledore send one before… this was the first time we really saw the communication in action.
-Rufus Scrimgeour, who was much more openly hostile than the last time we met him.
-The wonderful puzzle in the objects that Dumbledore left to Harry, Ron and Hermione. Clearly they would be very important and I couldn't wait to find out how.
-Ron knowing more about a book than Hermione .

Funny: Norberta the Norwegian Ridgeback was very funny and I loved Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches.

Connection to previous books: That in his first ever Quidditch match (in Book One) Harry nearly swallowed the Snitch. I’ve always thought that was incredibly random and was glad to finally know that Rowling wrote it in deliberately.

Favorite quote: Hermione comments that she, Harry and Ron should get some sleep because it’s late and they wouldn’t want to oversleep Bill and Fleur’s wedding.
Ron agrees and says “A brutal triple murder by the bridegroom’s mother might put a bit of a damper on the wedding.” (Scholastic hardcover, page 136)

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