Foreshadowing the Fate of the Weasleys
Mrs. Weasley said something interesting in Chapter 19 that only tonight, made me really raise and eyebrow. As Ron is lying in the in the hospital bed, recovering from his near poisoning at the hands of god-knows-who, Mrs. Weasley turns to Harry and thanks him for saving a whole chunk of the Weasley population: Ginny, Mr. Weasley, and now Ron. At first, I thought “Oh, true point! He is responsible for the Weasley’s having a full table at Thanksgiving”, then I remembered the British don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, which lead to a moment of silence for all the Brits who don’t know the joy of gorging oneself on turkey, only to discover just how many meals one can make out of leftover poultry the next few days.
Yes, Harry has saved enough Weasleys to play a mean game of Keep Away, but this struck me as a bit of foreshadowing. If attention is going to be paid to how many Weasleys Harry has saved, logic dictates there will be a Weasley he will get killed.
Elaborating a little…
One of my friends pointed out that an argument could be made that the Wealseys only needed saving because of Harry in the first place. Whether or not this is entirely true, the point still stands that for as many times as Harry has saved his red-headed surrogate family, he has put them in danger as well.
This goes back to my original observation eons ago (yes, eons ago) that there are just too many Weasleys for all of them to make it to the end of the series. It’s still a bit premature to start guessing at who gets the ax in Book 7 (let’s finish Book 6 first), but I’m starting to adjust my original predictions. For the first time tonight, the idea that Mrs. Weasley could die crossed my mind. I’m not sure why she wasn’t on the chopping block from the get-go. I’ve been warned that no one is safe, so save for Harry, Hermione, and Ron (who I can only assume make it to the dust jacket), I should be weighing everyone’s chances for survival. But again, that’s another entry for another day. When this book is done, I’ll float my final guesses at what will happen in Book 7 – the one book I know nothing about.
I just wanted to share the observation that I think the Weasleys are in more Mortal Peril than any family clock will ever tell them.
Moving on, to touch on another interesting aspect of this chapter, Kreacher actually has a task. He has purpose! It doesn’t change the fact that he’s a twit, but there we go. Kreacher and Dobby (who I have come to like, despite initial misgivings) will be trailing Draco.
And a note on Draco, while we’re at it. The sixth film (which we’ve already discovered took the book more as a suggestion than anything else) focuses heavily on the little pureblood. The book does not. This only stands to reason on both counts. For the film, there is something fascinating about watching Draco’s issues. However, seeing him stare angstily into a mirror, looking more like a Twilight character and less like a respectable fictional wizard, reveals that Draco does in fact have issues to deal with. Tom Felton is a good actor and the moments are wrought with emotion, but they completely give away that Harry isn’t crazy and Draco is someone everyone should be watching carefully. From the book’s standpoint, almost the entire story focuses on Harry in what I feel we can safely say is a limited omniscient style. To jump into Draco’s angst would knock the series off its tracks through a dramatic switch in the narrative voice. In other words, it wouldn’t work.
That said, the differences between the two tellings of the story are remarkable.