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Rupert or Ronpert?

Emma:

Emma again. Listen to 1:48–“He still blushes” (when asked about the kiss). Watch Emma’s reaction to this remark. 😀 She insists that Rupert is really shy.

Alternate endings for the Malfoys and Epilogue re-shoot?! (How much of this will be on the DVD?) Also, Steve Kloves talks about Draco’s relationship with his mother.

Here’s a link to a blog where you can vote for the “Most Epic Couple”–is it Edward and Bella from Twilight or Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter? Go vote!

http://www.nextmovie.com/blog/ron-and-hermione-better-than-edward-and-bella/

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On an upcoming  episode of SQPN’s “Secrets of Harry Potter” podcast, we will be discussing chapter four of The Lord of the Hallows, entitled “Harry Potter and The Bestiary of Christ.” This week, I am posting excerpts from that chapter. Here’s the first installment.

“There might be eagles. There might be stags…”

Badgers!” said Lucy.

—conversation between Peter and Lucy Pevensie in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (LWW 112, emphasis mine.)

            In addition to the themes of free will, life after death, the immortality of the soul, and the power of love and self-sacrifice, the Harry Potter novels are rich in symbolism derived from ancient and Medieval folklore and legends. A wealth of information on Christian symbolism relevant to Harry Potter can be found in The Bestiary of Christ by Louis Charbonneau-Lassay.

This book was published in French in 1940 and in English in the early 1990’s. Much of the information in this book is a compilation of various Medieval bestiaries, which were treatises on animals and what they symbolized. Bestiaries were highly imaginative popular literature in Medieval times and were used to teach moral lessons and Christian theology. Some of the animal symbols in this book which are used in the Harry Potter novels include the lion, the serpent, the unicorn, the stag, the phoenix, the basilisk, and the weasel, among others. Our examination of animals used as symbols in the novels will begin with a closer look at the mascots of the four Hogwarts houses: the Slytherin serpent, the Gryffindor lion, the Ravenclaw eagle, and the Hufflepuff badger.

The Symbolism of the Four Houses

            During Harry’s first year at Hogwarts he is introduced to the Sorting Hat ceremony, a yearly ritual at the school in which the new students are sorted into one of four different houses, each house named after the four founders of Hogwarts: Salazaar Slytherin, Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Helga Hufflepuff. The hat sings a song to explain the qualities that the four founders of Hogwarts were seeking when selecting students for his or her house:

 

            You might belong in Gryffindor

            Where dwell the brave at heart,

            Their daring, nerve, and chivalry

            Set Gryffindors apart;

            You might belong in Hufflepuff;

            Where they are just and loyal,

            Those patient Hufflepuffs are true

            And unafraid of toil;

            Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,

            If you’ve a ready mind,

            Where those of wit and learning,

            Will always find their kind;

            Or perhaps in Slytherin

            You’ll make your real friends,

            Those cunning folk use any means

            To achieve their ends. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, page 118)

            The conflict of good versus evil at Hogwarts focuses on the enmity between two houses that are always in direct opposition to each other: Gryffindor and Slytherin. Harry Potter, our heroic Gryffindor, is a model of what this house stands for: chivalry and courage. Draco Malfoy, Harry’s Slytherin arch-rival, is also a model of his house’s ideals: ambition and pure-blood supremacy. Even the two characters names reveal their allegiances.  Likewise, Professor Albus Dumbledore, a Gryffindor, and Lord Voldemort, the Heir of Slytherin, have names that were carefully chosen for their symbolic meaning.

Harry’s name could be thought of as the verb “to harry.” The term “to be harried” means to be harassed or distressed by repeated attacks,” as when Harry is harried by the many attempts Voldemort has made to kill him. The name Potter has symbolic meaning derived from the Bible, where God is referred to as a “potter,” as in Isaiah 64:8: “But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we are all the work of thy hand.” (KJV) Other references to God as the “potter” can be found in Jeremiah 18:5-6 and Romans 9:20-21.

Harry, Hermione, and Ron are in Gryffindor House, the House of the Lion. Their friend Luna is in Ravenclaw House, but here Luna is showing her support for her friends on the Gryffindor Quidditch team by wearing her unique lion hat.

The name Albus Dumbledore means “white bumblebee.” An alb is the white garment worn by a Catholic priest, and dumbledor is an archaic word that means bumblebee. Tolkien made use of this word in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil in “Errantry,” a poem which tells of a diminutive hero who vanquished the giant insects in battle. (Tolkien Reader 214) According to the Bestiary of Christ, the bumblebee was a symbol of the soul’s survival after death. The bee disappears in winter and reappears in the spring, thus becoming a signifier of the Resurrection.

"Dumbledore means 'bumblebee' in old English and JKR said that she liked to think of him walking down the corridors, humming to himself, so I thought I'd draw him humming away to the first spring bumblebee."--fan artist penguin2006

Draco Malfoy, on the other hand, has a name that has very negative connotations. Draco is the Latin word for “dragon” or “serpent,” both traditional Biblical symbols of Satan, most notably the serpent who tempted Eve in the book of Genesis and the serpent described in Revelation 20:2, “…the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan…” (KJV) The surname Malfoy can be thought of as the French mal foi, which translates as “bad faith,” so Draco Malfoy’s name literally means “Dragon of Bad Faith” or “Serpent of Bad Faith.”

Draco Malfoy's Dark Mark.

            The most extensive serpent imagery associated with any one character in the novels is that imagery which surrounds the supreme villain, Lord Voldemort. He is a descendant of Salazaar Slytherin, the founder of Slytherin House. He, like his ancestor, is a parselmouth who can speak to snakes. Voldemort has a hairless, snake-like appearance, having two slit-like nostrils instead of a human nose.

Voldemort

His loyal minions, the Death Eaters, are each identified by the Dark Mark, a distinctive snake and skull tattoo. This is a symbol from Christian art: the skull and serpent are often depicted at the foot of the Cross of Calvary. The skull represents death, the punishment for the sin of Adam, and it is symbolic of the fallen nature of mankind. According to Jewish legend, Adam’s burial place was at Golgotha, the “place of the skull.” The skull at the foot of the cross was there to represent Adam’s skull, and the serpent was present as an allusion to Satan, the great tempter in the Garden of Eden who brought about the fall of mankind.

In this depiction of the Crucifixion by Fra Angelico, the skull of Adam is present at the foot of the cross.

As the teenager Tom Riddle, Voldemort opened the Chamber of Secrets and unleashed the great serpent, the basilisk, upon the Hogwarts School. The basilisk, or cockatrice, is another symbol of Satan which is mentioned in Isaiah 14:29 (KJV): “Out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.”  In The Bestiary of Christ, the basilisk is described as a symbol of Satanic evil. This is mentioned in a description of a little country church that was decorated with “the image of a knight on foot striking a helmeted basilisk with his sword. It is the struggle between Good and Evil, so often and variously depicted, and could be seen as Christ fighting with Satan.” (Bestiary 423) This imagery is found in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in the chapter that describes how Harry used the Sword of Godric Gryffindor to slay the basilisk.

The name Godric means “power of God,” reminding us that the Christian, like Harry, will not be abandoned in his or her fight with the Great Serpent. We have the “power of God” on our side in our conflict with the Dragon. Also note that the surname Gryffindor can be thought of as the French griffin d’or which means “griffin of gold.”  The griffin, according to the bestiaries, is a symbol of Christ because of its dual nature: it is both lion and eagle, just as Christ is both God and Man. The eagle is a creature of the heavens, symbolizing the divine nature of Christ, and the lion is a creature of the earth, representing Christ the Man. The griffin’s mastery of the earth and sky came to be associated with Christ’s Ascension. The griffin was, through its association with Jesus Christ, thought to be the enemy of serpents and basilisks who, as previously mentioned, are symbolic of the Devil.

Griffins from the recent film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

The eagle, mascot of Ravenclaw House, was a symbol of Baptism because the ancients believed the eagle’s life was renewed by plunging itself three times into a body of water, hence its depiction on Christian baptismal fonts. The eagle was often depicted as a slayer of serpents in many cultures, and thus viewed as an enemy of Satan. Its ability to soar to great heights was associated with Christ’s Ascension, as well as with St. John, the evangelist who was considered to be the most “intellectual” of the four gospel authors. This association of the high-flying eagle with great intellectual acumen may be the reason J.K. Rowling made it the mascot for Ravenclaw, whose motto is “Wit beond measure is man’s greatest treasure.” The eagles in Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have a brief but important role, used symbolically to represent Divine Providence or Divine Intervention.

"The Eagles are Coming" by fantasy artist Michael Whelan depicts the rescue of Frodo and Sam in The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

That the Gryffindor mascot is a lion is not surprising; the lion is a Biblical symbol of Christ and a symbol of the Resurrection.  In Revelation 5:5 Jesus is referred to as “the lion of the Tribe of Judah.” The lion was also a symbol of the Resurrection to the early and medieval Christians because it was believed that lion’s cubs were born dead. When the cubs were three days old, the father lion breathed on them and brought them to life, just as Christ lay in the tomb for three days before the Resurrection. This same symbolism of Christ the Lion is used by C. S. Lewis in The Chronicles of Narnia. The character of Aslan is a magnificent lion and a literary “Christ figure” who sacrifices himself to save the life of a human traitor. He is gloriously resurrected due to the workings of “Deeper Magic from Before the Dawn of Time.” We know that Jo Rowling read and loved this story as a child, and I believe that Lewis’s Narnian Chronicles had an influence on the plot and symbolism of the entire Harry Potter series.

Aslan's dramatic resurrection in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Perhaps that is why Aslan’s colors are associated with Gryffindor House: Peter Pevensie’s shield was decorated with a red lion rampant, and his sword had a golden hilt. (LWW 160) Aslan’s army had tents of crimson and yellow, with banners depicting the red lion. (LWW 168) The colors of Gryffindor House are, of course, red and gold.

High King Peter, a knight of Narnia clad in Aslan's colors.

J.K. Rowling’s description of the Hufflepuff dormitories will seem familiar to fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: There are “little underground tunnels leading to the dormitories, all of which have perfectly round doors, like barrel tops,” she said in the Bloomsbury live online chat on July 30, 2007. This description sounds remarkably like the description Tolkien gave of Bilbo Baggins’ home, a comfortable hobbit hole called Bag End. Bilbo’s home is a cozy, luxurious tunnel-like construction with perfectly round doors.

Gandalf visits Bag End in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Hufflepuff House is known for the virtues of loyalty and hard work, and is represented by a badger mascot. Perhaps a Narnian influence can be detected here as well: in Lewis’ Prince Caspian the badger Trufflehunter is one of the Old Narnians that aids Caspian in the war with the wicked usurper, King Miraz. Trufflehunter the Badger is loyal to Aslan even in the darkest of times. Trufflehunter’s faith in the Great Lion remains strong, even when many other Narnians have ceased to believe. Likewise, there are many Hufflepuff students who are loyal to Harry: some are members of Dumbledore’s Army, and many more are among the large number of Hufflepuff students who stand alongside the Gryffindors and Ravenclaws who fight to defend the castle in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Loyal as a badger: Trufflehunter was known for his loyalty to Aslan in Chronicles of Narnia. Loyalty is also a virtue that the members of Hufflepuff House are known to display.
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These are some of the posters for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 that were released today. “It all ends”–what a depressing thought. I’m glad the twins finally have a poster of their own. I hate to imagine George without Fred. 😦

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This is a lovely retrospective video of the making of the Harry Potter series with a preview of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two.

Watching Daniel, Rupert, and Emma grow up together on screen has been an amazing emotional journey for the cast, crew, and the fans. There will never be another film series like this one. What an incredible accomplishment!

Neville Longbottom

 

I am looking forward to seeing Neville standing up to Voldemort as well as Neville’s epic battle with Nagini.

Draco Malfoy. Are the Malfoys evil, mislead, or misunderstood? I wonder how the Draco's family will be portrayed in the final film.

I love all of the new posters. These are three more of my favorites. 🙂

If you listen to SQPN’s Secrets of Harry Potter podcast, our next episode will be a Father’s Day show. We are discussing the roles of Arthur Weasley, James Potter, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Xenophilius Lovegood, and Lucius Malfoy as fathers or father-figures in the series. I was fascinated by this interview with J. K. Rowling, in which Arthur Weasley is discussed, and thought we could launch a great discussion from it.

From J. K. Rowling’s Interview with Merdith Vieira on Dateline MSNBC, posted at http://www.accio-quote.org/

VO: [clip of Arthur Weasley in ‘Order of the Phoenix’] One character, Arthur Weasley, the father of Harry’s friend, Ron, seen here in ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’, actually got a new lease on life.

JKR: When I sketched out the books, Mr. Weasley was due to die in Book 5.

MV: So what happened there?  Why did he get the reprieve?

JKR: Well, I swapped him for someone else, and I don’t want to say who, for the people who haven’t– read.  But I– I made a decision as I went into writing Phoenix that I was going to reprieve Mr. Weasley and I was going to kill someone else.  And if you finish the book, I– I expect you probably know and someone else who is a father. Because I– I wanted there to be an echo of– of Harry’s loss of parents.  And you probably know who I’m talking about if you’ve finished the book.  But– so there are two characters who are killed instead in Seven.  So Mr. Weasley did get attacked, as you know, in Five.  But he would have died if I’d have stuck to the original plan.  But he survived.  I had to keep him alive partly– partly because I couldn’t bear to kill him.

MV: But there were two that weren’t supposed to die that did end up dying.

JKR: Yeah, yeah. I swapped them for Mr. Weasley.  But they didn’t then die until Seven.

MV: So as an author, then, there were certain characters you couldn’t bear to part with?

JKR: If there’s one character I couldn’t bear to part with, it’s Arthur Weasley.  And I think part of the reason for that is there were very few good fathers in the books.  In fact, you could make a very good case for Arthur Weasley being the only good father in the whole series.

VO: [clip from ‘Order of the Phoenix’] Jo was especially reluctant to lose Mr. Weasley because Harry had already lost so many father figures: his godfather Sirius Black and Hogwarts school headmaster Dumbledore.  They were victims in the struggle against evil arch villain Voldemort, who killed Harry’s parents when he was just a baby.

So what do you think? Is Arthur Weasley the only good father in the series? Comments are welcome!

 

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Minor SPOILER ALERT!

By the look of things that’s Blaise Zabini in the fiendfyre scene, climbing just below Draco. In the novel, Draco is accompanied by Crabbe and Goyle, but in the film I suspect Crabbe has been replaced by Zabini. (The actor who played Crabbe, like the actor who played Colin Creevey, is no longer in the Harry Potter films.)  This makes me wonder if the death of Colin Creevey will be the death of that cute little kid Nigel instead. If so, I think it will be even sadder. Nigel’s a sweet kid, isn’t he? I hope they don’t kill him off. That’s all just speculation on my part, of course.

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Apparently the first 40 minutes of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One has leaked on the internet, and before you ask, I’ll tell you. No, I don’t have a link to the footage, and no, I have not watched it. I am content to read about these wonderful little Ron/Hermione moments that we can expect to see on November 19, 2010. My information comes from a couple of reliable Harry Potter fan message boards and tumblr.

Spoiler concerning the “Seven Harry Potters” arriving at the Burrow: Ron arrives at the Burrow and still looks like Harry. Hermione looks over at the real Harry then runs to hug Ron who is starting to look like himself. Ron looks sheepish and says ‘thanks,’ then Tonks says ‘he deserves that– wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him’. Hermione says ‘Really?’ and Ron says ‘Always the tone of suprise’ (but it’s in a flirty/sweet way not in an angry way like it is in the book). Hermione sighs and takes the glasses off Ron. Then Harry comes flying at them. (This was posted at the Rupert & Emma Forums.)

"Always the tone of surprise."

I am so glad they kept this line in the film. This scene is going to be so cute. I love it!

Also, it has been confirmed that this still of Ron is indeed the moment when he sees Hermione in her fancy red dress at Bill and Fleur’s wedding. He stares at her, absolutely transfixed by her beauty.

I blogged about this picture a few days ago, and it looks like I guessed right about this one. 😉

I’ve got lots of cute R/Hr stuff here: http://phoenixweasley.tumblr.com/ That includes a few U. S. premiere pictures from this evening. 🙂

I wish Harry and Draco could have a moment like this in the film. It would be nice if they were finally reconciled.

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The Trio in the "Will of Albus Dumbledore" scene.

Notice that Hermione has The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Ron has the Deluminator, and Harry has the Golden Snitch.

Harry and Ginny at the Burrow on the day of Bill and Fleur's wedding.

Is this the scene when Ron sees Hermione in her dress before the wedding? "Always the tone of surprise."

The Trio at the Muggle diner in London.

Dementor attack at the Ministry of Magic.

Hermione with and injured Ron in the tent.

Harry and Hermione

 

Harry and Hermione in the woods.

Bellatrix and Hermione at Malfoy Manor

Lucius and Draco at Malfoy Manor

Ron is worried about Hermione.

Ron and Hermione on the beach near Shell Cottage

On the set of Deathly Hallows 2: Ron, Hermione, and Neville (with the Sword of Gryffindor!) Is that one of the twins with Percy that I see?

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