I’ve decided I’m just going to go off on tangents about my favorite characters from HP. They’re always on my mind, and they’re SO INTERESTING. I have so much to say about them, truly. Every time I think I’ve wrung everything out of them, I stumble across something else that sends me down a whole new path. Draco Malfoy is, in my opinion, one of (if not THE) most interesting character in the series. He’s set up in the first few books as just a dick, a little rich boy who enjoys reaping the benefits of his father’s terribleness and has swallowed his family’s beliefs whole. And I think that’s accurate for the first few books. But as the books go on, and we learn more about ALL our friends (yes, I did just refer to the HP characters as our friends. Act like you don’t think of them like that too), I start to see Draco as…sad. Really, really sad. He’s caught between striving for his father’s approval – something I think we can all relate to on some level – and coming to the realization that his father and the other Death Eaters are WRONG, on a fundamental level. And you can see how that tortures him. I think that’s a big reason why he’s so obsessed with being mean to Harry & Co. He’s so very jealous of everything they represent – Ron has a family that is warm and unconditionally loving, Harry is literally the representation of the opposite side of the war that Draco is on by virtue of his birth. Even their friendship is something he’s never had – after all, Draco doesn’t have friends, he has minions. Crabbe and Goyle may make for impressive muscle, but they’re no Ron & Hermione. Probably the most interesting thing about Draco, though, is that I’m able to extrapolate all of these motivations – that I’m able to imagine the childhood he must have had, striving for his father’s attention and praise (while his father was slightly distracted with the denounce-everything-you-believe-to-stay-out-of-jail dance he was doing at the time) and how that affected him through his life; and I can imagine him slowly coming to the realization that everything his family taught him was wrong and the affect that world-shattering revelation would have on his character and his actions; purely from the way Rowling writes him. At his core, his literary character core, Draco is a fairly straightforward foil for Harry. But he becomes so much more than that in Rowling’s hands. That’s why we love her, isn’t it?
Monthly Archives: March 2015
So, I thought about Hermione a lot this week (no, I’m not going to acknowledge the fact that I haven’t posted in months. You know where I’ve been). My commute is 45 minutes long (closer to an hour fifteen during the evening rush hour) so I have plenty of time to think about Harry Potter. It’s my favorite thing to think about. This week the object of my musings was Hermione – specifically the way people tend to insist on shipping her with Harry or Ron and how MAD THAT MAKES ME.
OK, so I’m not stupid. I’m aware that she ends up with Ron. And I’m glad about this – first of all, if I HAD to ship one of the couples it would be Hermione / Ron (do they have some kind of lame name?) – mostly because I feel like Rowling was TOTALLY hinting towards that ending for a while. Also because I think Hermione was important as a sister / family to Harry, and also I LOVE THAT THEY’RE ALL REAL FAMILY IN THE EPILOGUE. IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY. They were family to one another through the whole series, and it warms my cold black heart to know that they will always be together.
HOWEVA. All that aside, I very strongly feel that reducing Hermione to the pivot point in a love triangle reduces her to SO MUCH LESS than her character. I mean, Hermione was (arguably) the second most important person in the series – and I say arguably not because she shares the spot with Ron, but because without her Harry would have died like ninety million times if it wasn’t for Hermione and the fact that she was the greatest witch of all time ever. She was a smart, caring, brave, FULLY REALIZED character, She was tortured, kept Harry alive (bajillions of times), ensuring Harry and Ron didn’t fail out of Hogwarts, researched everything that allowed Harry to destroy Voldemort’s (oooh, relax) horcruxes…..and people want to talk about which one of her best friends she wants to date. SEROIUSLY?
I love Hermione. She’s my favorite Harry Potter character (followed by DOBBBBBYYYYYY) and easily in the top five of my favorite fictional characters of all time (Racetrack, Newsies; Nynaeve, Wheel of Time; Eowyn, LOTR; Leslie Knope, Parks & Rec) so, YES it bothers me when people discount her or try to make her less than she is. We have enough fictional women who are simply there for the man to play off of; do we need to cut down our more fully realized females to fit that mold too?