Phew! Looks like Hurricane Dennis's little brother showed up in NY today to pay us a little visit. It was kind of creepy when the windows all started banging open and the wind was crashing in the room, but I must say, summer rain is the most beautiful weather I've ever encountered. Today was a productive day, or should I say afternoon? Granted, the day's not over yet. I feel like I learn more in hours of staring at Fictionalley Park posts more than I've ever taken in, say, a Spanish lesson. Fortunately, or unfortunately? I hit upon a thread that was very stiumlating and interesting. Sexuality in the Harry Potter Series.
I quote, once said to someone very dear to me, "Sometimes what Umbridge did to Harry reminds me of sexual harrassment.. of rape." Yes, when I was re-reading OOTP, I certainly felt that way. When he was out of the room and at a distance, he started to run, and I felt something very, much more powerful going on beneath the surface. He was forced to write in his own shedded blood, refused to tell his friends, fearing that his friends and how they would reacted would make the situation much more worse, as if it would expose the horror between this 'private fight of wills'. I read the entire thread, post by post, and was delighted to find someone who took this point of view, as well. The comparison of CoS and OOTP could not have hit home more with me. Coincidentally enough, I was re-reading CoS right after re-reading OOTP, strange isn't it? I am aware of now, how similar Ginny and Harry are, in the sense that they were both deprived, or had something taken away from them. Ginny was robbed of her soul, which Tom Riddle used to feed on for his own strength and benefit, while Harry was 'stunted' , or restrained from telling his truth. These brilliant people explain it with much more investigation into both books, so if you are interested, please go here.
I admit I was very thrown on how many metaphors and concepts people were able to come up with for the entire Chamber of Secrets. What strikes me is that these metaphors are entirely plausible. J.K. Rowling, I think, incorporates that we are going to be seeing growth when Professor Sprout introduces the Mandrakes, which are somewhat subsitutes for what we would be seeing in the children's lives and their own growth. Mandrakes become "moody and secretive", "develop acne"..yes, these two certainly point toward what both males and females go through, though in different ways. Then, they move into each other's pots when they are fully and clearly mature, which is evidently sex for humans. Um, yes, I am a bit mad. and look into things a lot, but it's fun to see this things and explore into their depths. I also admit that when I first CoS, the first HP book I've ever read when I was eleven, I did not think of any of this, was unable to, because I was a child, and I think the HP books go through a different microscope when you start reading the books at an older age. Instead of what the book just gives us, we're able to put out what we've learned, what we know and start peering more closely. This is especially useful, because the sixth book is coming out, and I am very, very glad that I know now that I cannot only experience the book, but understand it fully. It is very different and strange at the same time, that though at eleven I could grasp the horror of what was happening, years later I can understand why it was so terrifying. Admittedly, Cos, beyond any other book in the Harry Potter series I've ever read, was the most scariest for me, and will always will be. Possibly. Who knows? Eventually we will know, and that's what makes it even more exciting.