I get the reason why J.K. Rowling did it, but it killed me. I had to stop reading to let it sink in.
Why can’t all the houses get along? Why all the hate on Slytherin? Why all the mockery at Hufflepuff? Why all the scoffing at Ravenclaw? Yes, I realize our main characters are from Gryffindor, but that doesn’t mean that every other house is bad.
I’m honestly surprised that Hermione didn’t drag Harry and Ron back to Hogwarts to do their seventh year.
The first in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, is slated for publication in September 2015, and publisher Bloomsbury will release each of the subsequent titles annually, re-creating the original publishing schedule which started in London in 1997, and so successfully developed readers as they, and Harry and friends, grew older together.
Illustrator Kay has reimagined Harry for a new generation of readers, in a style that nods to Daniel Radcliffe’s portrayal of the boy wizard in the film versions of the novels, and captures the character of Harry in the books.”
It can’t be both. Before people start insisting that JKR never meant for the Slytherins to be understandable here, there’s no indication of that. No one ever condemned the Slytherins for leaving. The complaint just makes it sound like people can’t make up their minds. Like the claim that JKR purposely wrote all the Slytherins as unlikeable, a complaint often made by the two-thirds of fandom who like or at least sympathize with the Slytherins, so she clearly did not. When JKR wants characters to be completely unlikeable, she writes them that way: no one likes Umbridge, for example. It’s more likely she knew, as any author knows, that Slytherin House and her Slytherin characters did not need her personal stamp of approval on every page to be liked by her readers, so she wrote them the way she saw them in her mind. What comes across in the books is thatSlytherin probably isn’t her favorite house. That doesn’t mean that we weren’t supposed to like them.
I cried more when Dobby died than when Dumbledore did- although what Dumbledore did was amazing, he knew he would die. Dobby, however, was prepared to save them without knowing the consequences. In a way, I feel like Dobby died as a consequence of others actions and he was completely innocent whereas Dumbledore died as a consequence to his own actions.
Thats not to say I didn’t cry when Dumbledore died! I did!
Ron Weasley, for me, has always been the bravest of them all.
To forever be in the shadow of your older brothers is one thing, but to stand in the shadow of your best friend is another. But he never deserted Harry. He pushed aside his jealousy and his insecurities and loved his friend with everything he had. Was willing to not only risk his life, but to die for his friend. That, my friends, is bravery.