It’s important that if you are re-reading this series that you answer the questions based only on the knowledge that we have so far!
For this book Shannon did me the great favor of coming up with the questions. I was burnt out and felt like I was asking the same questions over and over again. Here are this week’s questions:
1. Harry is forced to relive his parents’ murders through Voldemort’s memory. It’s one of the key scenes that we, as readers, have been curious about through the first six books. What is your reaction to this scene?
I was just so sad for Harry. He was so little when he was left all on his own. I just felt a numbing sadness. We’ve seen glimpses of this scene in almost every book and we knew the outcome when it began so it didn’t shatter me the way other parts of this book did. I just had a dull ache for Harry to have to witness what his mind wouldn’t have ever been able to churn up.
2. It seems likely that Dumbledore was once anti-muggle and was plotting some kind of wizard superiority take-over with Grindelwald, who turns out to be a pretty dark wizard. If you were Harry, would you be able to forgive Dumbledore for his youthful wrongdoings?
I’m able to be pretty empathetic and open about the actions that people take. I can 100% understand where Dumbledore was coming from at that point in his life. It doesn’t mean that I think he was right, I just understand where he was coming from. Plus take into consideration the fact that he spent his entire adult life for fairness to all magical creatures. Actions speak much louder than words.
3. Ron returns and saves Harry’s life, but Hermione is not prepared yet to forgive him. Would you give Ron the same kind of grief that Hermione is giving him at this point in the story?
Maybe for a day or two. I don’t hold grudges very well. They just seem to take too much damn energy. If the person seems to be truly sorry, I don’t hold onto my anger. The three of them are working to get some really dangerous things accomplished. If they are divided it doesn’t seem as likely that they will succeed.
4. What do you think of “The Tale of the Three Brothers” and the Deathly Hallows?
Whenever I hear something that is truly hard to believe, I always think that truth is often stranger than fiction. It wouldn’t be that hard to believe. I’ve always believed that there is more to this world than just us humans. I wouldn’t have fought it like Hermione. Maybe I’m truly a Lovegood? 😉
5. The scene at Malfoy Manor is terrifying and even though Harry narrowly escapes, Dobby is killed by Bellatrix’s knife. Has your appreciation of Dobby evolved over the course of the entire series?
Oh absolutely. While he annoyed me in Chamber of Secrets, I learned to love him in Goblet of Fire. He is so loyal to Harry and even when Dobby is scared, if Harry tells him it will help, Dobby screws up his courage and does what needs doing. (I’ve already finished the book and this was the only part of this book that induced tears this time!)