You know, one thing in the Harry Potter fandom always confuses me: Talking about Neville as though he could have been The Boy Who Lived. Because from the information we’re given, he couldn’t.
And it has nothing to do with Neville. Or Harry. Neville absolutely proved that he is just as strong and brave and selfless and possibly more badass than Harry. I adore Neville. But he couldn’t have been The Boy Who Lived.
Because it had nothing to do with either of them, and everything to do with Snape.
If it wasn’t for Snape’s obsession with Lily, Voldemort would have won that night. Snape begged Voldemort to spare her, and because of that, Lily was given a choice. Voldemort killed James without a second thought, but because of Snape, he asked Lily to step aside. She refused. And that is how the protective spell was cast.
If that spell had just been about dying to protect someone, Lily and Harry both would have been protected when James died. But James never really had a choice- Voldemort was always going to kill him. It was Lily’s act of refusing to allow Voldemort near Harry when she was presented with the option to save her own life that triggered the spell.
Which is why it couldn’t have been Neville. Unless a different Death Eater had been in love with Frank or Alice and been willing to plead with Voldemort for their life, all three of them would have died if Voldemort had decided Neville was the child from the prophecy. He would have killed them all without a second thought.
Which is why, as annoying as it is for me to say it (I am not a Snape fan at all) it was Snape who allowed Harry to be The Boy Who Lived.
“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
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Was she going to slap you because you never in any way made him gay in the actual books, taking zero risks/doing absolutely nothing for gay characters in literature, and only announcing your “authorial intent” afterwards for a cheap shot at looking like an ~ally~
Gay people are just normal people. We are not told about any of the Hogwarts professors love lives, other than Snape, and it would be completely out of character for Dumbledore to walk around telling everyone about his sexuality.
Did you want her to make him dress in glittery platform boots, a crop top, and decorate his office in rainbow flags to make it more obvious for you? Would that be enough of a stereotype to appease you people? Or what? Please tell me. I’d like to know how you think a gay character is supposed to be portrayed.
And did you miss the Grindelwald chapters in the ‘actual books’? Or was that also not obvious enough for you? Did Dumbledore need to whisper “always” wistfully in order for you to connect that he had romantic feelings for Grindelwald? Maybe you are American and need them to gaze longingly into each others eyes with awkward close ups of their fingers almost grazing each other that Hollywood thinks means ‘true love’.
It didn’t fit into his relationship to Harry to ever say “I’m gay”, and so it was not stated explicitly (you might have noticed the book was told from Harry Potter’s perspective).
The point is though, that he is a homosexual, well respected, powerful, and very loved wizard- and his sexuality doesn’t matter because no one else thinks it matters. a.k.a. no one care that he loves men, and that is wonderful.
What she said^
The Divinity School, England, United Kingdom
Oxford is known worldwide as the home of Oxford University, which is the oldest English University, and is actually made up of 38 mini colleges around the city. Also, most of J.K. Rowling’s books were inspired by this city, making it one of the major locations for the Harry Potter Film. The Divinity School served as Hogwarts infirmary in four films, and where students were taught to dance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The Bodleian/Duke Humfrey’s Library was Hogwarts Library. The Golden Compass and Downtown Abbey were also filmed here. Amazing.
Can we all please take a moment to appreciate Hagrid here? Seriously, everyone always talks about how Harry has no father figure and how terrible it was for Sirius to die because now Harry’s all alone (dont get me wrong, Sirius is my favorite character) but honestly, Hagrid is the best father Harry ever had. He did so much for him, and no one, sometimes not even Harry realizes that. Hagrid gets no where near the mount of credit he deserves. Take a minute and try to imagine where Harry would be with out him and you’ll understand what im talking about.
I think JKR said it was really important to her that Hagrid carried him out of the forest, because he carried him to safety when he was a baby. Hagrid has been there since the beginning, and he was also there at the culmination of Harry’s journey. He’s always cared SO MUCH and been really open with Harry for the most part, which is something Harry needs since people tend to keep secrets from him. Yeah, he’s irresponsible with the monsters, but all of Harry’s father figures were pretty irresponisble, and Hagrid was definitely like, the most solid and reliable out of all of them. And he never left.
Hagrid was also most like a parent in his correction of Harry. For Sirius and Molly, Harry could do no wrong. Dumbledore saw Harry’s flaws, but he depended on them for his own plans to work.
But Hagrid saw Harry for exactly who he was, good and bad. He was the first to publicly defend Harry’s innocence anytime he got blamed for something he didn’t do; but he was also the first to call Harry out on his treatment of Hermione in PoA. He is consistently honest and forthright in addressing Harry’s behaviour and choices, and always acts in the way he believes will be best for Harry’s growth and especially for his moral development.
Harry is the man he is because of Hagrid. No one else did that for him.
Awesome point, awesome awesome.
I also think that everyone forgets how much Hagrid went through as well. I mean yes Sirius was falsely put in Azkaban but Hagrid was denied his magic, expelled from school and could only get a job working in a school full of people who could do magic. Hagrid couldn’t really work in the muggle world very well, what with being half giant. Yet he never grumbled, he was so kind. Plus he was so gentle and sweet. Not many people could become best friends with an enormous spider and actually care for it. Hagrid cared about everybody and everything, not just Harry even after everything that had happened to him.
RUBEUS HAGRID APPRECIATION LIFE.
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