[00:39] vaguely_dirty: prolly. *wonders at mutations and such*
[00:39] pikacharma: You'd have an electric ferret
[00:39] pikacharma: or just a very pointy Pikachu
HBP commentary (previous parts).
Chapter 26 -- The Cave
I thought the description of the cave and all the area around it was particularly well-done. It's not super-flowery or overweighed with metaphor but it really establishes a spooky atmosphere.
"Thank you," said Harry gratefully
*HEADDESK* He already said 'thank you'. That is, in itself, grateful. :|
Once again, a silver Potions knife is mentioned. I do seriously think that such a knife is one of the Horcruxes, because why would it keep popping up in this book, but not in any of the others? >.>
just as Snape had healed Malfoy's wound
Oh, it's a single wound now. Harry, you're such a revisionist. Then again, later on in the book he refers to wounds, so perhaps a case of poor editing? I'm just amazed that Draco's Sectumsempra wounds actually come up in Harry's mind more than once after he inflicts them.
*sniggers* It SHOULD have worked, I tell you. If only Harry had not spoken the charm out loud. XD I mean, if Fred and George could summon their brooms and break *chains*? Why couldn't Harry and Dumbledore just summon the Horcrux from outside the cave? The zombies are slow; they wouldn't have reached outside in time, and Harry and Dumbledore would be long gone! XD
"Magic always leaves traces," said Dumbledore, as the boat hit the bank with a gentle bump, "sometimes very distinctive traces. I taught Tom Riddle. I know his style."
This is interesting because it's the first time we've seen traces of magic discovered without investigating wands to find out what the last spell they'd cast. I have a feeling this will be important in DH.
"Voldemort will not have cared about the weight, but about the amount of magical power that crossed his lake."
So magical power is a tangible, measurable substance, then? This strongly suggests that magic is *inside* every wizard, rather than drawn from everywhere via wands. But if this is true, what determines the amount of power a wizard has? Blood? We've clearly seen that purity of blood has nothing to do with magical power or ability. Or is it completely random, and every wizard born has an equal chance of being born average, powerful, or weak?
And then Dumbledore says that Harry won't count because he's underage and unqualified. Um. What? O.O How the fuck do you measure that? Yes, I realise it's magic and it doesn't have to be logical, but that's precisely the problem. Even the illogic escapes me; there just doesn't seem to be any point of reference.
I mean, why would Voldiebreath even bother customising his protective enchantments so that only adult wizards could pass through? Wouldn't it have been infinitely easier to just say "NONE SHALL PASS BUT ME" and rig the boat to only react to his magic? In lolcode, this is something like:
HAI CAN HAS STDIO? I HAS A VAR GIMMEH VAR IZ VAR VOLDYMORT? YARLY BTW VISIBLE "CAN HAS BOAT!" NOWAI BTW VISIBLE "GTFO MY CAVE N00B!" KTHX KTHXBYEThis whole business with the lake and the boat made me roll my eyes a lot, in other words; sometimes I think that JKR doesn't even HAVE a magic system, she just uses magic whenever it's convenient. Which, I suppose, is a way to go, but then you leave glaring holes in your wake. Like this one.
In general, this entire scene is a shameless rip-off of the Dead Marshes in LotR. I remember reading it for the first time and being severely disappointed that JKR -- who is normally quite capable of coming up with fresh new scenarios that even hundreds of fanauthors working over 2 years weren't able to predict -- would go the imitation route. I mean, it's dissimilar enough to qualify as homage, but I don't think that a pivotal scene such as this one is a good place for homage. The similarity to LoTR never fails to knock me the fuck out of the story.
The great black lake, teeming with the dead
I know I've said this before, but wouldn't it be freaky if James and Lily's Inferi were in that lake?
Was this why he had been invited along — so that he could force-feed Dumbledore a potion that might cause him unendurable pain?
I don't understand why Harry wonders this here. He's just seen Dumbledore grope his way to the cave and the lake and the boat. Why would he think that Dumbledore knew what was coming?
So the crystal goblet penetrates the amazing impenetrable shield around the green potion. Why does Dumbledore immediately go to drink it, instead of, say, trying to splash it into the lake? Ok, that might wake the Inferi, but if he can conjure a crystal goblet, he can also conjure another basin to catch the potion he scoops out. LOGIC. WHERE. IS. LOGIC? He doesn't even TRY to spill it, WTF???
Or is it the *intent* of the person doing the scooping that matters? So if someone were using Occlumency to shield his intent tried to break the surface of the potion with a drinking vessel, they wouldn't be able to do it? ARGH POOR MAGIC SYSTEMS MAKE BABY KINNEY CRY.
Of course, I forget all about logic at the next scene which was the first time during my entire HP reading career that I actually teared up. Poor little determined Harry feeding Dumbledore the potion, seeing this super-powerful wizard reduced to fist-drumming and screeching and crying, and still having enough determination to keep his word and keep feeding Dumbledore the potion. WAH. ;___________;
Can I just say that if they cut the Inferi scene from movie!HBP, I will walk the fuck out of the theatre. Really, really well-done creepitude. And I really hope they'll put in two Inferi who look just like Harry's parents, only white and zombified. Because omg, the angst. >.>
However, the Inferi don't sound all that terrible if they're so easily held off with a ring of fire. I mean, the only chance they can do damage is the element of surprise -- if whoever's in the boat doesn't know there are Inferi in the lake might be unprepared for them, and the hesitation this would cause would be all the time the Inferi would need to carry him away. But it seems all you need to do to find out what's in the lake is throw a rock in, and an Inferius will pop right up, alerting the intruder. It also seems super convenient that the Inferi didn't try to follow them out of the lake. Voldiepumpkin so fails at being a clever bad guy, man.
"I am not worried, Harry," said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. "I am with you."
Aw! Though I wonder what he means. Does he mean that as long as he's with Harry, Harry is protected, or does he mean he (Dumbledore himself) is protected?