[DWJ] Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at gmail.com
Tue Jul 24 10:36:31 EDT 2007

On 7/24/07, Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise <jenne at fiedlerfamily.net>
> > >Sirius and Remus's explanation for the incident is not convincing to
> me,
> > >amounting as it does to "Kids are jerks, what can you do?" (p. 670-1)
> > >Because in my experience, that kind of casual cruelty doesn't
> necessarily
> > >go
> > >away with maturity and adulthood.  Sirius's excuse in particular
> doesn't
> > >wash:  "'James and Snape hated each other from the moment they set eyes
> on
> > >each other, it was just one of those things'" (p. 670).
> >
> > No, it doesn't wash.  But...maybe Sirius and Remus are now ashamed of
> what
> > they did, but can't bring themselves to admit it to Harry (and/or
> > themselves), and thus try to gloss over things.
> Does this go along with the YA theme of "adults you used to trust aren't
> always trustworthy even when they want to be"? I mean, finding out that
> your admired grown-ups were jerks, or even put you into danger because
> they wanted to keep you safe via ignorance, is a common non-fantasy
> theme in YA books...

and, alas, in real life . . .

(who had mentors who didn't just fall off the pedestals they were on - they
did cannonballs!)

He who the sword of heaven will bear
Should be as holy as severe
- Duke Vincentio "Measure for Measure"
Ian W. Riddell
Director of Music Ministry, James Reeb UU Congregation
Artistic Director, Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus
iwriddell at gmail.com / riddell at perfectharmonychorus.org

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