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Here’s another clip from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. This clip does not show the much-anticipated Ron/Hermione kiss, but it does show Ron speaking Parseltongue, Ron extracting a basilisk fang, and Hermione destroying the Cup of Hufflepuff Horcrux.

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This is the final blog post of “Harry Potter and the Bestiary of Christ.” If you have not done so already, please read parts 1-4 of this series.  (Note: This final installment is an updated version of a blog post that I originally made in the summer of 2010.)

Weasley is Our King!

The Unicorn Is Found.

          In The Hunt of the Unicorn as an Allegory of the Passion, the tapestry entitled “The Unicorn is Found,” depicts the unicorn dipping its horn into a stream to purify it. The unicorn, a Christ figure, is surrounded by other animals, some of which are Christ symbols as well, such as the lion and the stag. But standing near the stream closest to the unicorn’s horn is a small, slender creature which may represent a genet, an ermine, or a weasel. The much-maligned weasel is a favorite animal of author J. K. Rowling.

The Weasel, Enemy of Serpents

“Ron was the only one of three major characters whose surname never changed; he has been ‘Weasley’ from start to finish. In Britain and Ireland the weasel has a bad reputation as an unfortunate, even malevolent, animal. However, since childhood I have had a great fondness for the family mustelidae; not so much malignant as maligned, in my opinion.”–J. K. Rowling in “Some Random Facts About the Weasley Family” at http://www.jkrowling.com/

Generally speaking, calling someone a “weasel” is usually an insult. Indeed, there are numerous examples of Draco Malfoy calling Harry’s best friend Ron Weasley such insulting names as “the weasel” or “the weasel king.” In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the Slytherins mock Ron Weasley with badges that proclaim “Weasley is Our King!” sarcastically and sing a song by the same title which has lyrics that insult Ron’s Quidditch-playing skills and make fun of his family’s poverty.

     The Bestiary of Christ reveals a totally different perception of weasels. “Although the weasel is the smallest of carnivores, it can win combats with much bigger animals than itself,” thus “the weasel is the perfect symbol of a Christian who, no matter how weak in himself, can still triumph over Satan, the most terrifying monster of hell.” (Bestiary 147) This passage calls to memory the scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in which Ron must confront his deepest fears and insecurities when he is tempted by the locket of Slytherin Horcrux, which contained a fragment of the Dark Lord’s soul. Voldemort spoke to Ron in this scene as a deceiver and a tempter, just as the Father of Lies, Satan, deceives and tempts the Christain to sin. But like the Christian who is weak in himself and yet with God’s help can triumph over Satan, Ron, with Harry’s encouragement, rejected Voldemort’s lies and used the Sword of Godric Gryffindor to destroy the locket Horcrux.

Ron Destroys the Locket Horcrux.

          The Bestiary of Christ also describes the weasel as the “symbol of the perfect disciple;” Ron is Harry’s devoted follower, sidekick, and best friend. The weasel is also described as a “symbol of paternal affection,” reminding the reader of Molly and Arthur’s great love for their children.

Weasels are said to be the enemies of rats (Peter Pettigrew) and snakes (Slytherin bullies, Death Eaters, and Lord Voldemort himself). The Bestiary also describes the weasel as “the most implacable vanquisher of that terrifying reptile, the basilisk…” (Bestiary 148-149).

      According to this legend, the weasel must sacrifice its own life to slay the basilisk. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ginny Weasley almost loses her life in the basilisk’s lair. She is saved only when Harry slays the basilisk with the Sword of Gryffindor and uses one of the creature’s fangs to destroy the diary Horcrux, thus freeing Ginny from Tom Riddle’s enchantment.
 
          Another bit of weasel lore known to J. K. Rowling is that “Weasels are careful to feed on rue before fighting with snakes…” (Bestiary 150)  In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the poison that Draco Malfoy intended for Dumbledore was mistakenly consumed by Ron Weasley (an example of a weasel being poisoned by a serpent). During Ron’s recovery in the hospital wing, Madame Pomfrey gave Ron essence of rue as an antidote to the poison.
 

Weasels who have been poisoned by serpents must ingest rue in order to recover.

          The Bestiary also mentions a type of weasel called the ermine, whose brown coat turns white in the winter. The ermine, due to its white color, symbolizes purity, especially feminine virtue. The ermine’s white coat disappears into the snow in the winter months and re-appears in the spring when its fur turns brown again. For this reason the ermine was a symbol of death and resurrection.  Please make note the presence of the letters e-r-m-i-n-e in Hermione’s name. What do you think of when Ron mumbles her name in his sleep as “Er-my-nee”?  Er-mi-ne?

          Otters are also part of the weasel family, so it’s no surprise that the Weasleys live near the village of Ottery-St.Catchpole, and that Hermione, the eventual wife of Ronald Weasley, has an otter patronus. In Christian art, the otter is sometimes used as a symbol of Christ’s righteousness. (Apostolos-Cappadonna 263).
 

Hermione's Otter Patronus by milkydreamsxxx on Tumblr.

          In The Unicorn Tapestries the weasel appears alongside its peers: it is as courageous as the lion, as pure as the unicorn, as nurturing as the deer, and like its fellows, it is the sworn enemy of the serpent. Ron and his family have been well named indeed.  
 

If you would like to read more, you can obtain a copy of The Lord of the Hallows: Christian Symbolism and Themes in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter from my publisher’s website at www.outskritspress.com/thelordofthehallows.

Comments on this post are welcome!

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Voting has begun in the MTV Movies Blog event, The Harry Potter World Cup. You can watch a video in which James and Oliver Phelps make their predictions and you can read more about the tournament here: http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2011/06/17/harry-potter-world-cup-bracket/.

Here are some of the predictions from the blog post I just mentioned:

Privet Drive
Really, is there any chance that the Boy Who Lived doesn’t survive long enough to win his division? On the surface, Harry seems like a lock for the Final Four, but he does have some serious contenders to worry about, most notably Dobby, Professor McGonagall and — further down the line — Severus Snape. Smart money says that the Hogwarts hero and the Half-Blood Prince will be at each other’s throats when the Elite 8 comes around.

I completely agree with the prediction above, the question is, will the fandom support Snape or Harry in the Elite 8? It will be quite an intense match, but as much as I love Severus, I’ll bet my galleons on Harry in this one.

Godric’s Hollow
Again, it’s easy to say that Hermione Granger and Albus Dumbledore are locked and loaded for the final two positions in the Godric’s Hollow bracket. But don’t underestimate fan support for Remus Lupin (my personal favorite) or George Weasley (who’s sure to blow Umbridge out of the water once again). I know that more than a few of you are pulling for Hedwig and Fawkes, too, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see those two competitors take flight.

Another likely scenario, but I am not so sure about Hedwig. Hermione vs. Dumbledore would be another intense battle that I am anticipating. I’ll predict Hermione as the Godric’s Hollow champion in the Final Four.

Hogsmeade
Beyond some immeasurably cruel match-ups like Arthur Weasley versus his son Percy and Lily Potter against Horace Slughorn, it should go without saying that this division contains the biggest fear for “Potter” fans everywhere: Cedric Diggory, better known to many as “that dead dude Robert Pattinson played before he was Edward.” If the “Twilight” fans come out and support their champion, then Ron Weasley — and the rest of the bracket, for that matter — could very well fall under Cedric’s spell.

I think not. Cedric Diggory beating Ron Weasley?!? This isn’t Twilight, and Edward Cullen is not a contender. Even if he were, it’s Ron all the way on this one. Weasley is our King!

Diagon Alley
In my opinion, this is the most contentious corner of the entire Harry Potter World Cup. Draco Malfoy and You Know Who are the two players best positioned for success, but then you’ve got notable fan favorites like Sirius Black and his wicked murderer Bellatrix Lestrange who could absolutely go deep. Honestly, Diagon Alley is a bit of a toss-up, but if there’s one certainty, it’s this: Tom Riddle is going to destroy Moaning Myrtle. AGAIN!

The outcome for this division is the hardest one to predict. Personally, I’d like to see Molly Weasley or Sirius Black as a contender, but I think Lord Voldemort has the raw power to win this one.

There it is. My Final Four predictions are Harry, Hermione, Ron, and NYAAAAH!…  Voldemort. Will it be Harry vs. Voldemort in the final battle? If so, Harry would win, Voldemort would be destroyed, and the defeated Ron and Hermione could console each other by going off to snog. But what if the final showdown is between Hermione and Ron? I’ll predict Hermione would win, and Ron would say, “I let her win. It’s just good manners, isn’t it?” ;) Ron vs. Harry? I’d remain loyal to Ron, but Harry might win that one. The same could be said for Harry vs. Hermione. Harry would probably win, but I’d vote for Hermione anyway. Well, what are you waiting for?

You can vote for your favorite Harry Potter characters here: http://moviesblog.mtv.com/ and view the tournament grid here: http://www.mtv.com/content/news/2011/harry_potter_world_cup.jhtml. Check the http://moviesblog.mtv.com/ site frequently for updates.

My picks for the first round of the Privet Drive division are Harry, Lucius Malfoy, Professor McGonagall, Neville, Dobby, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Professor Flitwick, and Severus Snape. In the Godric’s Hollow division, my selections are Hermione, Fawkes, Ginny, George, Seamus, Remus Lupin, Mr. Ollivander, and Albus Dumbledore. Voting is in progress now for the first round of the Godric’s Hollow division. Cast your votes now. :)

I’ll update this post as the http://moviesblog.mtv.com is updated.

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Listen to The Secrets of Harry Potter podcast episode 69, in which Ariadna Quijano, Lyn Francisco, and I discuss the final trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 frame-by-frame, and we speculate about the mysterious Pottermore website.  http://harrypotter.sqpn.com/2011/06/21/shp069-the-last-trailer-and-pottermore/.

Also, you can listen to our podcast team discussing the topic of fatherhood in Harry Potter in episode 68: http://harrypotter.sqpn.com/2011/06/19/shp068-fathers-in-the-harry-potter-series/. Jim Beeghley, Ariadna, Lyn, and I discussed Arthur Weasley, James Potter, Remus Lupin, Lucius Malfoy, Barty Crouch, Vernon Dursley, Sirius Black (Harry’s godfather), and more.

The next couple of episodes that we are recording will focus on my blog post series “Harry Potter and the Bestiary of Christ,”  adapted from my book, The Lord of the Hallows: Christian Symbolism and Themes in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.

The book is available here: www.outskirtspress.com/thelordofthehallows and here: http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Hallows-Christian-Symbolism-Rowlings/dp/1432741128/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308671544&sr=8-1.

 

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When re-reading the Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis, I came across a passage that reminded me of another story that I love.

“Oh, what a shame!” said Lucy. “I did so want to read it again. Well, at least I must remember it. Let’s see … it was about … about … oh dear, it’s all fading away again.
“And even this last page is going blank. This is a very queer book. How can I have forgotten? It was about a cup and a sword and a tree and a green hill, I know that much. But I can’t remember and what shall I do?”
And she never could remember; and ever since that day what Lucy means by a good story is a story which reminds her of the forgotten story in the Magician’s Book.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Chapter 10

 

 

 

 

http://phoenixweasley.tumblr.com/post/6661287279/oh-what-a-shame-said-lucy-i-did-so-want-to

I think that we all know how Lucy felt at that moment.

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Hanna (dazzleme7) makes some of the best Harry Potter fan videos on YouTube. Here’s another one of her wonderful creations. :)

 

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Warner Brothers official Harry Potter site has been updated with new film clips from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and all of them look fantastic! These clips can be seen at http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/harrypotterandthedeathlyhallows. When you click on the site menu’s different selections, a new film clip will play as you go to each new page of the website. I strongly suspect that all of these clips are from the new trailer that is going to be released later today.

The tumblr blogger at  http://h0gwarts.tumblr.com/  is one of the many fans who has made gifs of the new film clips. Some of my favorites are these:

You can find a lot more of these (reblogged by me) on my Tumblr photo blog: http://phoenixweasley.tumblr.com/.

And thanks to http://rupelover.tumblr.com/ for posting these YouTube videos on Tumblr today. They are from the  YouTube channel.

Also from rupelover’s Tumblr is a photo that speaks for itself.

Word are inadequate to describe what I am feeling right now.

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Here’s the rumored track listing for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two  soundtrack CD by Alexandre Desplat. According to amazon.com, the CD is scheduled for release on July 12, 2011. (These track titles are not confirmed by a reliable source just yet. I’ll update this post when I know for certain.)

UPDATE: June 16, 2011. These were not the real track listings. See below for the correct listing.

1. “Chaos” – 1:23
2. “At Shell Cottage” – 1:34
3. “Ollivander” – 2:15
4. “The Gringotts Assault” – 3:56
5. “Escape from the Vaults” – 2:01
6. “Voldemort’s Dread” – 1:13
7. “Horcruxes” – 2:06
8. “Apparition from the Void” – 3:34
9. “Hogsmeade” – 2:17
10. “Aberforth” – 4:53
11. “Albus and Gellert” – 2:04
12. “Threat over Hogwarts” – 0:49
13. “Dumbledore’s Army” – 1:41
14. “Professor McGonnagall” – 2:07
15. “The Flight” – 0:35
16. “The Dark Lord Conspires” – 2:08
17. “The Battle Theme” – 9:12
18. “The Kiss” – 1:21
19. “Attack on the Woods” – 1:04
20. “Chamber of Secrets” – 2:28
21. “Destruction of Souls” – 2:03
22. “Fiendfyre” – 3:12
23. “Thoughts and Memories” – 3:03
24. “Seeing the Light” – 1:54
25. “King’s Cross” – 2:20
26.”The End of the Battle” – 4:31
27. “Triumph Theme” – 3:46
28. “King’s Cross #2/Hedwig’s Theme (The End Of The Story)” – 6:12

Let’s hope “The Kiss” refers to the Ron/Hermione kiss the fans have been anticipating. After all, Harry and Ginny have a love theme already. I’ve said for years that Ron and Hermione should have their own romantic theme. Their fans have waited long enough! :)

UPDATE: June 16, 2011. The correct track listing has been confirmed.  Here it is:

1. “Lily’s Theme” – 02:28
2. “The Tunnel” – 01:09
3. “Underworld” – 05:24
4. “Gringotts” – 02:24
5. “Dragon Flight” – 01:43
6. “Neville” – 01:40
7. “A New Headmaster” – 03:25
8. “Panic Inside Hogwarts” – 01:53
9. “Statues” – 02:22
10. “The Grey Lady” – 05:51
11. “In the Chamber of Secrets” – 01:37
12. “Battlefield” – 02:13
13. “The Diadem” – 03:08
14. “Broomsticks and Fire” – 01:24
15. “Courtyard Apocalypse” – 02:00
16. “Snape’s Demise” – 02:51
17. “Severus and Lily” – 06:08
18. “Harry’s Sacrifice” – 01:57
19. “The Resurrection Stone” – 04:32
20. “Harry Surrenders” – 01:30
21. “Procession” – 02:07
22. “Neville the Hero” – 02:17
23. “Showdown” – 03:37
24. “Voldemort’s End” – 02:44
25. “A New Beginning” – 01:39

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The new Ultimate Edition DVDs of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince were released yesterday. Both DVD sets include a special feature retrospective of the making of all eight films called “Creating the World of Harry Potter.” The Order of the Phoenix DVD set contains Part 5 of this special feature, “Evolution.” These screenshots of the cast and crew of Deathly Hallows Part 2 are from this special feature. (Minor spoiler warning below!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the last two it appears that Arthur and Hermione are trying to keep Ginny, Neville, and Ron from rushing forward, and perhaps doing something courageous but foolish. In the video it appears that they are being pushed back from something dreadful during the chaos of battle. It could be the scene when they think Harry has been killed.

Minor spoiler warning! These photos are from part 6 of feature, “Magical Effects.” Apparently Ron extracts the basilisk’s fang! And we get to see a bit more of Ron and Hermione holding hands, which is always a good thing. ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two, I am giving away a signed copy of my book, The Lord of the Hallows: Christian Symbolism and Themes in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter at the Goodreads website on July 15, 2011. You can enter to win a copy of the book here: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/7330-the-lord-of-the-hallows-christian-symbolism-and-themes-in-j-k-rowling. It would be greatly appreciated if you would help me spread the word about this. :) It is difficult for a first-time author to promote a book, as I am relatively unknown outside of the Harry Potter convention fandom community.

If you would rather buy a copy today, you can purchase one at http://www.outskirtspress.com/thelordofthehallows/ or from http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Hallows-Christian-Symbolism-Rowlings/dp/1432741128/ref=sr_1_cc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307225900&sr=1-1-catcorr. Thanks so much! Positive reviews are always welcome.

 

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