Tuesday, January 03, 2006

This is So Wrong

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I just finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and I am pretty depressed. I surely never believed Albus Dumbledore could possibly be killed, and his demise and funeral were certainly an emotional blow, by far the most tragic death in the saga so far. Sirius Black's death, while obviously a major blow to Harry, could never have the impact of losing Professor Dumbledore, who from the first page of the series has been the very foundation of all that is good and right in the world of wizards. But I come not to praise, or bury, Albus Dumbledore, not yet. While his death was a terrible knife in my metaphorical chest, my concern now is the awful twist of that knife that came at his funeral.

Where Harry, being “noble”, informed Ginny he “can't be involved” with her any more. Never has a fictional character broken my heart so completely. I cried over this. Six years of his life I've lived with him, feeling the joy of his triumphs, and the depths of his fear and despair. Nothing in his life compares to the thrill and pure joy he finally experienced with his relationship with Ginny. I so fell in love with her... and I damn well expect Harry to honor and be true to her, and love her, love her like he loves Ron and Hermione, love her like he did Sirius, and Dumbledore, and Hagrid. Love her even more, for who else will love him like she can, she will, she does?

Yet, in the most stunning blunder of his young life, he tells Ginny he “can't be involved” with her any more, because Voldemort might use her to get to him. O, may he be delivered from what his hubris deserves. Isn't Harry smart enough to see how completely lame and useless this is? Could Voldemort not get to Harry through Hermione? Ron? Luna, for crying out loud? Or, more to the point, Ginny! Does he think Voldemort will see much difference in his leverage on Harry whether they're “going out” or not? Frankly, it's hard to believe that Harry wouldn't give up his soul and the eastern hemisphere to save Hermione or Ron. There's nothing Harry could do to discourage Voldemort from trying to threaten them. Harry, through Ron, is fairly close to the entire Weasley family. Any of them would serve as a terrible hostage, but perhaps the youngest, and the only girl might be the likeliest choice. So, how does their relationship really matter as far as Voldemort is concerned?

As a sixteen year-old, with no mother figure, with both father figures now dead, it seems incredible that Harry could have the strength to push away the one he must know, in his heart, is his true love. It was a difficult journey to be able to finally express his feelings just a short time ago. Life is hardly worth living without love. How can he possibly push Ginny aside, when virtually the only family he has is the Weasleys? Ultimately, I'd expect Ron, Hermione, Fred, George, Bill, Fleur, Lupin, and Tonks at least to come down on Harry with wands high to straighten him out. It's senseless for Harry Potter to fight Voldemort alone, rather than with the backing of all his friends. Including the one who claims his heart.

Finally, and most importantly, Ginny deserves better than this.


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