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08 August 2007 @ 02:10 pm
Pity The Living: On Tom Riddle  
My possibly expository, wannabe thought provoking, allegedly critical, ridiculously lengthy, and naturally highly spoilery essay on the nature of evil and a boy named Tom.

Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.
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mistress_siana: ditamistress_siana on August 9th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
I like that song. :) And the story is simply beautiful, thanks to you too for the rec.

You know, I think writing a series of 7 books is a rather bold enterprise, and even more so as a first project. So, I'm willing to forgive quite a few plot holes and absurdities. But as far as Tom Riddle is concerned, I feel Jo has, well, broken a promise. For years she's said love would be Harry's great power. She underlined the importance of forgiveness before, regardless of whether it's deserved or not. And in the end? It's the misunderstanding of wands that does Voldemort in. I wouldn't feel half as bad about it if Tom's choices had been concious, or if Harry asking for remorse had been an actual possibility, for Tom as well, and not just to absolve Harry from guilt. I think Jo wrote both Harry and Dumbledore exceptionally well in DH, with their vices just as obvious as their virtues, deliciously flawed but still able to overcome their flaws with much work. With Tom, I think she missed some great possiblities, which, in my opinion, is sad for both the character and the series as a whole.

Btw, I had a little look at your lj and liked your in-depth commentary a lot. Would you mind terribly if I friended you? :)

zanesfriendzanesfriend on August 16th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
Voldemort had a chance to repent at the end, and he would not. Even after all he and his friends had suffered at Voldemort's hands--directly and indirectly--Harry had enough love and compassion to offer Voldemort the chance, to even plead with him to do so.

Also, Harry was willing to offer his life to destroy the last Horcrux. True, he ended coming back from death, but going into the woods he had no guarantee that this would happen; indeed, he was sure that it would be the End. "Greater love hath no man than he who giveth up his life for his friends."