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I've said over on Snapedom that, if Lily was the be-all and end-all for young Sev, she should have been the be-all and end-all. So why couldn't he have joined the Death Eaters specifically to protect her? I do know the answer to that, of course: we couldn't have a scene that might make him more sympathetic. But why did Rowling also have to diminish James and Lily? Consider Voldemort's attack: Read more... )
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As I expect all of my friends know, I was deeply disappointed in Deathly Hallows, and therefore in the Potterverse as a whole. It seemed to me meanspirited, full of contradictory messages, and poorly written. In many ways, after two years, it still does. But, as a result of a couple of conversations, something just occurred to me. What if the Potterverse is not exactly what it seems to be? Or, rather, what if Rowling actually achieved her goal with these books - but that goal wasn't exactly what we (or at least I ) thought it was? Read more... )
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Author mary-j-59
Title Narnia and Hogwarts
Genre Informal essay, g-rated, about 2,800 words
Summary Is Rowling really the C.S. Lewis of this age, as some have claimed? why or why not?
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First, as I said, we're on youtube! Someone managed to get a pretty decent video of us singing "Prime Numbers" in the park for the wizrock podcast. Here it is:

http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=421y7GReM50

A little more under the cut: Read more... )
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Well, we are back, and we had a blast! Draco and the Malfoys like us! Kids were asking us to sign their T-shirts! Eek! More under the cut, because I'm rambling a bit. Read more... )
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Travis Prinzi got back to me with a very nice note last night, so all systems are go! He and I disagree strongly on (1) theology and (2) the way we see the "Potter books", but he liked my paper, anyway. :) It may still need a little editing, but I do think it makes sense.

Here goes:
Author mary-j-59
Title J.K. Rowling and the mores of the 19th century
Genre essay, about 3,000 words. G-rated
Credits Thanks to Bohemianspirit, Raisin-gal, and Cardigrl, whose posts and the resulting discussions inspired me, Travis Prinzi for allowing me to quote, and my sister for her comments and encouragement. The essay follows the cut:
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This was a question asked over on the whysnape board, and here was my answer. I have expanded it a bit as a result of the bitter word's excellent essay on Dunbledore and the comments that resulted. It is an informal essay/meditation, g-rated and probably about 500 words. Read more... )
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I guess that title's pretty clear! I've put the entry behind a cut, because it's pretty long - about 1,700 words. My ramblings follow:
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title Severus vs Sirius: a short meditation on the nature of love
author mary-j-59
genre Essay, gen, about 4,800 words.
rating G. No warnings.
summary and credits What is the real difference between Severus Snape and Sirius Black? Is it simply that one is good, and the other evil? Or is it more subtle than that? Thanks to all whom I credited. The essay follows the cut:
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Title:"To Love and Be Wise": the Ethical Imperative in the Potterverse
Author:mary_j_59
Type: Essay
Category: Gen
Length: About 6,000 words
Rating: G
Summary:What is the major conflict in the Potterverse, and, if we can answer that question, might it help us predict the ending? Compares the Potterverse to the world of "Lord of the Rings"
Disclaimers and Notes: I'd like to thank my sister and Beyond_Pale, who read this for me and approved it. The essay follows the cut (and it's not about Severus Snape! Really! This one is about Harry-)
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TitleSo, what's so wrong in Potions Class? (or, Harry Potter and the sin of plagiarism)
Author mary_j_59
category essay, gen
length about 500 words
warnings none - rated G
summary So - what, exactly, is the problem with Harry's use of that Potions textbook? Why am I so bothered by it when many fans don't seem to care? The essay follows the cut-
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Title:Snape as a Pillar of the Universe? Who is Severus Snape, and what is his role in the "Harry Potter" stories?
Author:mary_j_59
Type: Essay
Category: Gen, I think?
Length: About 5,900 words
Main characters and/or pairings: Severus Snape, Harry Potter, Hagrid, Buckbeak, Hermione, Draco Malfoy, Neville Longbottom, Albus Dumbledore - and others
Warnings: This is an examination of Snape's role in the books when seen by the light of books by the Inklings. It includes religious (specifically medieval Catholic) imagery and religious ideas, so please avoid if you find these offensive.
Rating: G
Summary:In his novel "Descent into Hell", Charles Williams originates the idea of a "terrible good". Is it possible that Severus Snape exemplifies this concept?
Disclaimers and Notes: I'd like to thank my sister and aubrem, who read this for me and approved it. The essay follows the cut - it is also at the Snape the half-Blood prince fest.
Read more... )

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