princess heroines and knights in distress (krystalgamer) wrote in hp_essays,
princess heroines and knights in distress

The Green Eyes of Lily and Harry

The Green Eyes of Lily and Harry

We've all wondered why Lily and Harry's green eyes hold significance. I was bored and plugging random things into Wikipedia when I stumbled across an article about the color green. Don't ask how this happened, but I suddenly found myself intrigued. What WAS the significance of Harry having Lily's green eyes? (NOTE: This is more of an examination of the color green than an actual theory)

First, let us look at a few definitions of green that I thought held some sort of importance (as in, we don't care that the Hulk was green skinned.) 

The most obvious definition is that green is for envy. The green eyed monster. We've seen envy a couple times in this series already. Ron was envious of Harry in Goblet of Fire. Peter Pettigrew was envious of James, Sirius, and Remus. None of these situations have turned out good, have they? For awhile, it tore Ron and Harry apart. Lily, James, and Sirius ended up dead. So will envy, a recurring theme, show up yet again in Deathly Hollows? I think so!

Green thumb - Neville?
Someone who works well with plants is said to have a green thumb. Huh. Sound familiar? Neville has a real aptitude for Herbology! It helped Harry in Goblet of Fire (the gillyweed!) and proceeded to assist Harry in Order of the Pheonix. And then finally, he was the only other boy to fit the description of the Prophecy. All of this leads me to believe that we haven't seen the last of Neville Longbottom. Well, of course we haven't, but maybe he'll kill Bellatrix for us? (even though she's my favorite DE.)

Speaking of Gillyweed...
A physically-ill person is said to look green around the gills. I don't think this is likely, but could Gillyweed suddenly pop up again and assist our hero? Could it be required in a potion? DOES SNAPE HAVE IT IN HIS STORES? 

This could also mean that some sort of fish (I'm thinking the Giant Squid) might show his gills to us one last time...Possibly when someone's injured. Or maybe the Giant Squid's injured? I'm reaching for this one...

An inexperienced person is sometimes known as green. Could this mean that Harry isn't prepared for a duel to death with dear ol' Voldy? 

Fire escape exit signs are green in Puerto Rico, but red in Mexico. In America, they can be either green or red. Yet again we see the clash of Green vs. Red. Could this mean a showdown between a Gryffindor and a Slytherin - Harry and Malfoy, maybe? Voldy and Harry? Perhaps someone might just EXIT this world...

According to old folklore:
Green is thought to be an unlucky color in British and British-derived cultures. Huh. I think this speaks for itself. Interesting, though, eh? Luck's played a huge part in Harry's life, but can Mother Nature switch up the wheel of fortune?

On the other hand...
In Dante's Divine Comedy, green is the color used to symbolize hope. I don't know if this means anything good, but maybe JKR's a fan of Dante? XD If so, it bodes well for the Order and Harry.

In the metaphysics of the New Age Prophetess, Alice A. Bailey, in her system called the Seven Rays which classifies humans into seven different metaphysical personality types, the third ray of creative intelligence is represented by the color green.

This is a very long system, and I'm not going to explain it all. What it basically is is a metaphysical concept that is used in theosophy - which literally translates to "god-wisdom". According to Alice A. Bailey, each person has a soul ray that remains the same through all their incarnations, and a personality ray that is different for each incarnation. Each ray is also governed by one of the Masters of the Wisdom.

So this third ray is the ray of creative/active intelligence. It's gift from the Holy Spirit was the ability to discern spirits. Ring a bell? Harry could hear voices behind the veil AND he could see the Thestrals - both a rare feat. He was also invited to a Ghost party in Chamber of Secrets. The main traits of it are love, creativity, and beauty. Not gonna touch beauty (it's debatable XD), but Harry's advantage of Voldemort was that he could love. And he DOES have that sort of creativity in his actions.

It's an interesting theory, but we'll see if it holds much stock in the Harry Potter universe.

NOTE: can explain it a lot better than me, claiming that each ray also plays a part in a person's destiny. - THANKS JAMES!

Life and Nature
Green is the color symbolizing earth, nature, and in a broader sense, life. Again, this bodes well for our hero.

And this is the end! This wasn't so much of a theory as an examination of what the color green represents (there were of course other things it represents, but I didn't think those were too significant). Perhaps one of these definitions will come into play in Deathly Hallows.

EDIT: luxleviathana said:
What about green in relation to Slytherin, too? Harry was nearly Sorted into Slytherin and I'm sure Slughorn says something about how he wished Lily was in Slytherin.

Thank you! I think the comment speaks for itself ^_^



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