I'm pleased to have this opportunity to pinch-hit for Chapter 12, "Silver and Opals," in part because, here, as also was the case in the chapter I summarized earlier
, the important advancements of the novel's (and series') major plot occurs behind-the-scenes, while those aspects that I feel are most crucial to Harry's development are easy to overlook upon an initial reading. So, in other words, there's a lot to play with. I hope I can do it justice. This is part one of two. Part Two will go up tomorrow, because it isn't done yet, and is a more standard "read-through." Part One is something different, though, and perhaps is not part of the HBP Read-Through at all.
(Which is why it is not currently titled or tagged as such.)
It is an examination of Harry's development and trajectory as a hero and as a person. It is an exploration of Harry's limits, and his motivations. It's an explosion, for me, of the Harry I idealise and carry around in my head. It is a close reading of nine very brief paragraphs in the center of Chapter 12, a tracing/treatment of what led to Harry's brutal assault on Mundungus Fletcher, and an argument for the centrality of this attack's significance to Harry's journey.
So, Silver today, and Opals tomorrow. I have lots
to say about Opals, so I hope you'll all stick around. Gratitude to siriaeve
and the rest of the mods for their patience regarding my real-life essayathon. All book cites refer to the first US hardcover editions.( Collapse )