Evil Children and Attack Birds
Chapter 13: Evidently ALSO Part of the Great Re-read
I was a few pages into Chapter 13 before I realized I’d read all this before. So one more chapter of review before the “new stuff”…
Children are creepy. Not all children, of course. Obviously. But if you have a disturbed character as an adult and as a child, I can promise you the child will be entirely more unsettling. There’s something about the juxtaposition of innocence and evil that makes bad kids so captivating, and mini-Voldemort is no exception. Kid’s a creeper! Did you see the movie? I saw the movie. We all saw the movie. And not to credit the movie with much (that’s another story for another entry), but the kid…is a creeper, even in the film, definitely more in the book. And there is no attempt to hide that fact. None at all.
Anyone remember the movie “The Good Son”? Mini-Voldey has massive traces of whatever character Macaulay Culkin played in that film. He’s essentially Damien, let’s face it.
Is it safe to say that I’m a little disappointed in how obviously evil this kid is (was)? I think a super sweet young Voldemort would be way more interesting, if only because his descent into darkness would be that-much-more unnerving. If he could turn evil, couldn’t anyone? But so far, all the evil (or potentially evil) characters in the series have been pretty obvious in their affinity for the darker things in life. Save for Tom Riddle’s charismatic appearance in that diary waaaaaaay back (ages and ages ago), there haven’t been any super sweet, amazingly lovely, downright fabulous folks who turned out to be evil. At least not yet (unless I’m missing someone). And it’s a bit disappointing.
Chapter 14: Kind of Feels Like an Episode of Degrassi, Minus the Canadian Accents
Note: If the ladies I know had the ability to do magic in college, there would have been a lot of guys pecked to death by little birds.
This chapter introduced absolutely nothing I didn’t already know, save for perhaps Draco’s failure to turn up for the Quidditch match (I’m not entirely sure how this played out in the film). But Harry psyching out Ron with the luck potion and Lavender Brown sucking Ron’s face off, much to the dismay of a devastated Hermione, was all verbatim from the film. It seems that where the movie left out massive plot points and huge elements of the main story, it did not leave an ounce of the love story to the imagination. And I’ve already explained how little I care about who’s hooking up with who. I want to know what a horcrux is!
But in the meantime, Harry likes Ginny and Ron likes Hermione, but he’ll continue making out with Lavender and Hermione will continue pouting over it. And I still don’t know why Tonks is appearing all over this book, seemingly arriving out of nowhere – or whether or not Snape is actually evil – or what happened to Dumbledore’s hand – or where the hell this whole thing is going…
…or how to launch attack birds at guys who piss me off.
These things are important and I hope I figure a few of them out soon. Well, at least the bird thing.