Giant Wizard Werewolf Zombies, with Vampire Tendencies
We’ve had werewolves for awhile, but now with the introduction of a truly dangerous one, as well as a seemingly-random vampire, all we need is a solid zombie character to achieve the ultimate trifecta. It’s interesting that so many fantasy stories feel okay double-dipping, using two or more supernatural beings at a time. The implication is that if one of these creatures can exist, they all can exist. Once you open that can of worms…
But before we get into that, let’s talk politics first.
I liked Rufus Scrimgeour up until this point. I liked him for the same reason I liked John Kerry in the 2004 election – Kerry wasn’t Bush and Scrimgeour isn’t Fudge. But that’s pretty much out the window at this point. To step outside the story and talk style for a moment, I appreciate how unfortunately realistic J.K. has made the Ministry of Magic. There’s corruption, but it’s not unreasonable corruption. It’s the believable kind. Of course the Minister of Magic who swept everything under the rug would be replaced by the Minister who would do anything to appear as though he was doing something. I want to strike a Clinton/Bush comparison here, but maybe it’s a little too easy to compare any leader who wrongfully arrests and detains his citizens to Bush. It’s just so obvious.
Wow! My political leanings are coming on strong this entry. Anyhoo…
The fact that Umbridge is still employed speaks volumes for J.K.’s awareness of how real politics work. Not everyone is corrupt. Not everyone is wrong. And not everyone’s intentions are bad. But sometimes things go sour anyway. That can be said for any line of work or any institution. Still, I’m not sure why Umbridge is so protected. Fudge liked her, but Scrimgeour doesn’t have any obvious affinity. The only thing I can think of is that she knows too much to be safely shown the door.
That’s my feeling on it, anyway.
But to go back to the first point of this entry, now we have an evil werewolf. I’m not sure what to make of that. I love Lupin and seriously enjoy when he’s on the page, but I’m not a big fan of werewolves as characters. I’m a zombie person, myself. And I’m sincerely hoping we don’t dwell too much on Greyback. Maybe if he got as much story time as the giants, that’d be okay. Not as much as Grawp - that’d be a lot – but say, as much as the giant tribe. That would be enough to explain away any future occurences that are the result of the werewolves.
I’m a bit more interested in the vampire Slughorn brought to his party, but I get the impression he was there just for the sake of being there. His presence was comical, with the ever-so-casual move toward the girls and Slughorn telling him to stay, like a well-trained dog. Funny! So that alone tells me that vampires are probably not going to be a huge deal in the rest of this series.
And before I go, a quick note on the love story (since I really haven’t said much since I rallied against it a few entries ago).
Alright, J.K. – you won me over with the teenage wizard love triangle. Alright! My change of heart started with Hermione taking Cormac McLaggen to Slughorn’s party just to annoy the ever living crap out of Ron. I gave a quick “You go girl” fist pump in the air for that one. Granted, I’m pretty much behind anything Hermione does (save for knit hats for elves), so don’t put too much stock in this. I just think it’s fabulous that she is painted as this nerdy goody-two-shoes know-it-all (so many hyphens!), but she keeps scoring these gorgeous guys. In what universe does that happen? Yes, in a story where people are wizards, I’m questioning the logic of the nerdy girl getting the attractive sporty guys. Stay with me.
In all honesty, though, I wasn’t completely sold on the love story until Harry briefly thought to himself that with all the things he was dreaming about Ginny, he was glad Ron couldn’t do Legilimency. Okay, yes. That’s really funny! While I appreciate how realistic J.K. has made the politics in this series, I adore how she can manipulate the realities of the wizarding world to convey universal truths about growing up. No teenager is worried about his best friend actually reading his mind, but hell, if that was a possibility, this would be a legitimate concern. I enjoy how a supernatural world has been created, and then how the story is completely able to use this world to unfold. You can tell a lot of outlining took place.
Wait. Thought. Are the Inferi zombie-like? (Don’t answer that)