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One of the things I had hoped to see in HBP, that I discussed ad nauseum back in July, was a strong female character. The ones we have are ok, but I wanted one of them to come forth and kick some ass, or a new one to show up and kick some ass. Ass-kicking was a definite request of mine. As it turned out, we didn't get that Power Chick in HBP. Instead we got Hermione doing questionable jinxes to get her love interest on the Quidditch team, then reaming out Harry for pretending to give him luck potion! Instead we got McGonagall wondering if she should close Hogwarts down after the Heinous But Necessary Death! Instead we got Molly Weasley acting the same as always! Instead, and this one hurts the most, we got Tonks acting the lovesick teeny and not kicking any ass!!!!!!!!!

Very disappointing.

I was reading this essay on HP women today. The author has the most interesting take on Tonks I have ever seen. She writes, "Tonks is like a guy's perfect girl. He wants a blonde one day; she's blonde. He wants huge breasts the next and she has them. I could go on and on. The point is society places such an importance on physical beauty that a female character that can change her appearance to fit any standard or trend of beauty it would seem is perfect except it just highlights the problem in the first place. Tonks represents that instead of accepting our appearance and finding beauty in who we are, wouldn't it be great if we could just change it to whatever we, or more likely he, wants."

Fascinating! Tonks as every guy's wet dream! Whatever his pleasure, she's got it!

That may just be worse than her lovesick ridiculousness.

Now, there is always the little disclaimer I consider when wondering about all these things in the HP-verse, and that's JKR probably didn't intend for us to think this deeply about anything she writes. But still, we do, and things like this come up, and I do wonder what her response would be.

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Is there anyone who read Half-Blood Prince with something to say that does not relate to either a) Snape's status as a traitor/"Dumbledore's man" or b) the romantic content, and execution/propriety/future impact thereof?
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So, I am trying to pass the time while I wait till morning, when I will pick the sister up at Port Authority to begin our Harry weekend. I said there'd be more HBP talk, and here it goes!

Things I Expect to Happen in HBP )
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My copy of HBP is on its way! On a tip from [ profile] ravenclawdrew, I checked Amazon and tracked my package. It's sitting around in Maspeth, NY, which I think is nearby but I have no idea how close/far it really is. Anyway, YAY!

My time is running out to make pre-HBP observations, predictions, or comments of any kind. With that in mind, I am posting a little list, random as can be, with thoughts on HBP Eve.

No spoilers to see here. Unless you consider cover art a spoiler, in which case there is one spoilery point. )
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Someone, please save me from myself. With 2 days to go, I am having trouble keeping myself unspoiled. I am having A LOT OF TROUBLE not clicking on those really convenient and thoughtful spoiler cut-tags on people's LJs.

Should I give in to temptation? I feel like an impatient virgin waiting for her wedding night!!!!!!!

ETA: Maybe if there is one tiny, tiny little spoiler that won't RUIN the book for me, like maybe the color of socks Harry is wearing, THAT TINY, someone wouldn't mind telling me...?
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I have remained essentially spoiler-free this time around, because I still remember the agony of reading OotP having been spoiled about the Heinous Death. On the one hand, sure, it was good to be prepared, as it were. On the other, I really did only have a "clue" so I was still on edge for 750+ pages.

Ponderings cut to spare flist )
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I have refrained from giving any of my predictions, suspicions, etc. here thus far, but I will make some now. I always want to talk about the things I am most afraid of, brought on by [ profile] slytherincess's post but I almost don't want to think about it. Am I too emotionally invested in Harry Potter? Is there such a thing? LOL.

This is what I wrote in response to [ profile] slytherincess's question: What are your canon boggarts?

I'm psyched about new canon, but there's always the fear that things will just be "wrong," just not the way I pictured them. I'm terrified of a trio death, although I don't really see it happening until book 7. I also would be miffed if we didn't see more development of Draco, because he has SUCH potential to be kick-ass, be it as a villain or not. To date, he's been more of a whiney brat, and I think he can be so much more than that.

Grawp...just...GAH. Put us out of our misery, or else explain why we had to read about him for so long in OotP.

No one has mentioned Sirius at all here, but I am afraid we won't learn more about his veil incident. Truly dead, sure, but HOW? WHY? Especially WHY????

What else? I agree with many of the others who said things like they'd like to see a strong female character. I didn't even realize it, but that is a serious lack. I am afraid of some of Molly Weasley's boggarts turning out to be real. I want tons more info on the Dept. of Mysteries, and I am putting a lot of faith in JKR not to let us down in that area.

I am not even thinking of ships at this point. Whatever happens, happens, and we have fandom to ease any disappointments.

Really, my biggest fear is that Ron will die. I've already said to some people IRL that I will publicly burn my book if that happens. A tad dramatic, but it's that serious!

I am sure I have more to say, and that will come later, in other Half-Blood Prince installments.


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