Skip to comments.A Very Harry Ending
Posted on 02/20/2007 2:08:05 PM PST by CholeraJoe
click here to read article
It's very lengthy but I found it fascinating.
Harry didn't ride in the thestral-drawn coaches his second year. He and Ron arrived in the bewitched car. His third year he did ride in the coaches but didn't see the thestrals.
At the end of his first year though, he killed Professor Quirrel with his bare hands. Why couldn't he see them before Year 5, after seeing Cedric die?
It says: "Harry does not see him die in the book, although he does in the film. This error will cause some problems later in the story, since Harry should be seeing the thestrals already in his third year if he had seen Quirrel die."
So according to the book, he didn't see Quirrel die, but he saw Cedric die at the end of book 4 and sees the thestrals at the beginning of #5.
I so wish the movies would stick to the facts!! It gets too confusing!!
I just had a "Duh" moment about year 1. The first years didn't ride in the coaches. They took boats.
So am I. And you're right!! Pages 725/726 of GoF mention "the horseless carriages" but nothing about Harry seeing thestrals.
GofF was already so long, I guess Rowling took some license to defer that part to the next book. Or maybe one cycle of the moon has to occur for the effect to be apparent. Whatever.
Thanks for the link. I've been reading for a half-hour already and I think I'm about 1/3 of the way through.LOL! I guess I'm pondering to much as I read along. I have to finish this later, but I have another class to get ready for!
I know what you mean. It took me the better part of Sat. to read the whole editorial. Plus, it's followed by a discussion thread that's at least six pages long!
That thread is really interesting too, as the author discusses/defends her theories. Enjoy...
Just went back for a few moments -- the part involving the recurring references to Harry having Lily's eyes was quite interesting speculation. I don't know if I'm rooting for that to be a correct interpretation, or hoping that it isn't because it won't be a surprise any more. Hmmmmmm.
I love the part about the eyes, it's awesome. Especially the way the author ties it into the Eye of Horus. Good stuff.
While I have many problems with this editorial, I do like the thought of Snape healing baby Harry at Godric's Hollow. That seems to me to be a plausible reason for Dumbledores complete trust in Snape.
OMG you're right and now I feel horrible!! I just assumed we were the only ones still reading this thread! :)
I'm still here. I read the whole editorial last night. Pretty good stuff.
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