I’m honestly surprised that Hermione didn’t drag Harry and Ron back to Hogwarts to do their seventh year.
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.
I mean, there is so much wasted potential for how Slytherin can raise benign people, while the other three can produce evil students. Cormac McLaggen, Romilda Vane and the Marauders (yes, I’m holding their bullying against them, deal with it.) are great examples of how Gryffindors can be arrogant and self-righteous, Profs Quirrell and Lockhart show how Ravenclaws can be manipulative and clever, while Hufflepuff has Ernie Macmillan and Zacharias Smith, who are catty and pretty obnoxious. And that’s it, the only non-Slytherin in Voldemort’s forces is Peter Pettigrew, and even the wiki says that he may have been misjudged when he was sorted as a child.
Meanwhile for Slytherin, my favorite house, the only heroes we have are Snape and Slughorn. And while Slughorn is a great teacher who fought for Hogwarts and helped Harry with the horcruxes, he also had an entire club for coddling students and using them for their connections. There’s also Andromeda Tonks, but she is such a minor background character she isn’t even worthy of mention. The house traits for Slytherin, being determination, ambition, cunning, resourcefulness, leadership and fraternity, all leave SO MANY opportunities for Rowling to have written strong allies for Harry Potter to fight against the Dark Lord’s forces with, but no, all the students in Harry’s year are defined as underhanded and mean-spirited, defined by Draco Malfoy’s posse and the unscrupulous school Quidditch team.
Please tell me that I’m not the only one bothered by this.
I wish the movies had left SPEW in. I felt SPEW was important because it really showed Hermione’s flaws: She was rigid and often overconfident in her way of thinking and she just assumed the house elves would want what she’d want. By cutting SPEW, the movie seemed to skip over this part of her character.
I’ll never understand how people say Draco Malfoy is actually a good person, or is just “misunderstood.” Sure, he grew up with the belief that purebloods are superior to other types, but most villians and just bad people had a screwed up childhood. More than 90% of serial killers have had bad childhoods, but that doesn’t instantly make them good people. Draco never became good in the end, he just grew up and stopped being immature.