Harry Potter Commentary

I’ve decided to re-read all of the Harry Potter books before the new movie comes out in November and I’m thinking about doing a chapter-by-chapter commentary as I go. Well, more along the lines of just writing my thoughts and observations than a true commentary, but you know what I mean, I’m sure. I probably won’t say anything that hasn’t already been said on much better sites than mine; I mostly just want a place to collect my thoughts.

I haven’t figured out yet how I’m going to structure it on here, though, so if you see things appear and disappear (wait, should I say Apparate?) in the next couple of days, it’s me trying to figure out how I want it.

So far, though, I’ve noticed a couple of things from Chapter One of Sorcerer’s Stone:

  • The day starts out overcast and they’re expecting rain. Knowing more history about Dementors, this makes me think; are they being driven away at this point?
  • I am now old enough and have been around enough obnoxious children to not only fully appreciate and be irritated by baby Dudley’s tantrum, but to have a whole new distaste for his parents’ refusal to see anything wrong with it.
  • I’m realized just how very, very young the Dursleys must be. I realized the Potters were young, but Petunia isn’t much older than Lily and they can’t be more than in their mid-twenties and already bitter and nasty. It’s a shame.

So there you have it, my first set of not-original thoughts about chapter one. Once I figure out where this is going to be posted, I’ll let you know. ^_^ [update: There’s now a tab at the top. It’ll require a lot of linking to do it this way, but I haven’t figured out a better way yet.]

In other news, J came home yesterday and I got some fun “bribes” from the places he’s been. I’ll take photos and write about that later, or maybe tomorrow. ^_^


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