Friday, March 31, 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Yeah, I was a badass in grade four.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
I thought of all the stupid things I've done
Thursday, March 23, 2006
In short, this book is awesome. I recommend it.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Dork dork dork.
Anyhoo, I had a genuine point to bring up about the climax of this novel. As you all know (since only people who have read the book are bothering to read this) at the end of the story, Severus Snape murders Albus Dumbledore, completing the job that Draco Malfoy had been given by Lord Voldemort. Snape made an unbreakable vow with narcissia malfoy - saying he would help her son accomplish his task of killing dumbledore. If snape did not do so, he would die.
As we all know, many people in the Order of the Pheonix and many students at Hogwarts did not trust snape. Dumbledore never explained why. The reasoning seems to be, however, that Snape felt genuine remorse for being the one who told Lord Voldemort of the prophecy that would cause harry to be marked as the dark lord's equal. Whether this is the actual reason or not remains to be seen.
The point I am arriving at, however, is that all of the charactes believe Snape a betrayer of the Order of the pheonix because he murdered Dumbledore. I belive the opposite. I belive for Snape to continue doing his job (mainly: telling the order of the dark lord's plans) it was necessary for him to kill dumbledore.
The first and most obvious argument against my idea is that snape, having apparently betrayed the order, would have no way to communicate with them anymore. I'll confess this is a strong argument - however, I expect that there could easily be some sort of anonnymous communication put into place. This is a moot point and entierly speculative - you'll just have to trust that the rest of the evidence seems to point towards my theory.
There is another outstanding antithesis that could be posed. Hagrid overhears dumbledore and snape arguing and reportedly hears snape saying that he does not wish to continue doing something. It is never specified what that is - I believe that this point is inserted to make the reader sympathise with harry potter's views. That is to say, Rowling is setting up an interesting twist - all through six novels, snape has been suspected of being evil. Then, in the sixth, it seems that this is proved as true. It must be remebered, however, that except for the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first chapter of the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the first two chapters of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the entier narrative is focalised through Harry Potter's eyes. This means we are always subject to Harry's bias, even when his friends disagree with him. All evidence seems to point towards Snape's guilt in betraying the order, but we are not aware of what Snape and Dumbledore actually knew, nor are we likely to know until the next book comes out.
There is no doubt in my mind that Snape has killed Dumbledore. I belive that this action was necessary in the structure of the narrative to make Harry accept his fate of having to face Voldemort. Some believe that Dumbledore isn't really dead (I heard an interesting - albeit flawed - theory about a horcrux) - I'm not here to dispute that point - I will withhold judgement until the end of the series. Let us assume, however, the there is no way that dumbledore will come back to life (as much as we might want him to).
Dumbledore was aware of Malfoy's attempts to kill him. How would dumbledore have have known of this plan? The book seems to suggest that the only people aware of the plan are bellatrix lestrange, narcissa and draco malfoy, severus snape and lord voldemort himself. More death eaters become aware of the plan when they invade hogwarts, obviously, but there is no textual evidence to show that they were aware of the plan at the beginning of the novel. The most logical conclusion is that Snape himself told dumbledore of the plan. Upon taking the unbreakable vow, snape made a decision that allowed him to remain in proper service of dumbledore's cause. Snape, perhaps, is one of the most intellegent and accomplished wizards in the series besides Voldemort and Dumbledore themselves. It is because of this, perhaps, that dumbledore trusted him to make this sort of decision. In fact, this is of course pure conjucture, but I would reason to guess that Dumbledore knew some way of saving snape from the unbreakable vow. Alas Snape kills dumbledore. It is important to note that snape was infront of five death eaters when this happened. He could not back down from the job, he needed to maintain his position as a double agent, working for the order (not against it).
Dumbledore pleads with snape not to kill him. Or so it seems... He never says "don't kill me." Need I note that Dumbledore himself says of Nicholas Flammel in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone that "death, to a well organised mind, is nothing but the next great adventure" (or something to that effect). Does Dumbledore, then fear death at all? Was he pleading for his life? It seems unlikely, since he just consumed a potion that might have killed him eventually anyway. Furthermore, he risked death before the narrative when he destroyed the horcrux that was the ring. Dumbledore was no stranger to the danger of death, so why would he plead for his life? Perhaps the answer is that he is only human, but something doesn't quite sit right still.
Furthermore, consider, if you will, how dumbledore puts himself at draco malfoy's mercy. It is evident that Dumbledore does not need a wand to preform magic, much as young wizards, in times of distress, do not. Why then could he not disarm Malfoy? The answer, of course, is that he did not want to. With just Dumbledore, Malfoy and Harry up on the tower, Malfoy could have been stopped. If malfoy had be stopped, then so could have the death eaters and Snape.
Let us turn to Snape's escape. Throughout the entier time snape does not bother to touch one memeber of the order of the pheonix and only (apparently) puts an impediment jinx on professr flitwick. Why would he so brazenly avoid hurting anybody (hagrid and harry in particular, as he must get past them both to escape from the school and he likes neither of them) Harry potter accuses snape of being a coward for killing dumbledore and running. Snape does not take well to this. He shouts "Do not call me a coward" when his face is contorted in rage instead of the smirk that harry expects. Why is snape so mad at harry? well, first off, harry is hated by snape, but also, snape has just done something very brave - he has killed the leader of the order of the penix, turning the same against himself, so he can continue to operate against the dark lord. he is now in danger of being found out by voldemort and being killed there, and in danger of being found by the order and killed there. That is why he does not want to be called a coward - because it is not true.
Historically, as well, snape has been proven to be not evil. Let's take this evidence as precident.
Do you see where I'm going with this argument? Snape, not evil.
Damn it! I overthought Harry Potter. AGAIN!
Sunday, March 19, 2006
The sheep pulled a knife on the shepherd!
I mean, c'mon, how is that not awesome?
Thursday, March 16, 2006
We pulled out the old spoken word tricks and I read the audience a newspaper article about Dan Brown.
A lot of people stopped us to say they enjoyed the set. This is good, but I think I cna do better.
However, I played solo tonight as well. For this preformance I feel I did well. I hit the notes, my voice didn't break like it did at the last open mic and things were sung clearly. Afterwards, people said they liked my stuff, which was heartening, and I was asked to play at the art show on april sixth. So, if you happen to be in Scarborough area on the sixth, you can see me play. Hurrah! With my newfound confidence, perhaps, I endevour to say, it won't suck?
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Pirates ARE cool! And I have the graph to prove it!
Pirates are cool. Math says so.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
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I hope you enjoyed these profound works of poetic genius as much as I. Until next time, goodevening, and keep an eye on that spam.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
I'm living my life by the smell of the seasons
The thing is, unlike most stories I write about thsi sort of subect (such as Oh Shit or only words), the ending isn't as sad as one might expect. The truth is, in the end of this one, although there is no romantic love to be had between teh characters, there is indeed a resolution that is somewhat more cheerful than abandonment and loss of love. Trust me. It's not a bad deal altogether. there was another point, but I'm at a loss as to what it was (Mike and I had to deal temporarily with a drunk girl) so yes...
that was my rambling about what I'm writing about these days.
Oh yeah! It's all about the connections. This new story I'm writing, well, it takes what some might have suspected already and solidfies it into a cohesive unit - all of these stories are set in the same fictional town. So, this allows me to bring Sven Reid Thompson, Gordon Matthews, Edwin and this new guy (named John) into the same movie theatre at the same time. Oh the terrible fun of recycling characters and having them all exist in the same arena! Hurrah!
Thursday, March 09, 2006
I don't belong to you, you see
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Yes, I would venture to say...
Dear John Locke
Monday, March 06, 2006
"Hurrah! It's a flying horse!"
Saturday, March 04, 2006
"You fucking disapoint me"
I wasn't sure where I stood. I liked the album, but it didn't feel like it had staying power. But, in retrospect the song "What's going on" had proved to remain very good. as far as airy quite songs go, I really like it.
Just thought you should know.
Friday, March 03, 2006
Thrills: the gum that tastes like soap
If you can get past the initial soapy taste, however, after about a minute they just taste like sugar.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
A note about future life
Needless to say, because of the proximity of this open mic to my house, I will be playing a song or two by myself, and the band that is the guys I live with and Mike-on-a-Bike will probably also make an apperance. Apparently I'm going to be singing for this band-in-constant-flux now. Strange days, strange days indeed.
It's on March 16th, which is a thursday, but hey, it shoudl be fun. Check it out if you like, we can all have beers at my place when it's over.
Notes about recent life
(A side note to version Two-Point-Oh: I unfortunetly had to leave before the Dead Elm Society of Canada. I also missed You Know Him. Sad times, but the University of Toronto at Scarborough is a long haul from York)
This morining I was viciously attacked by a migraine and had to miss mythology - which pissed me off because we were learning the Myths of Argos and we were supposed to watch a clip from Clash of the Titans. Ah well... next time I guess.
By a twist of fate, my OSAP has still not arrived, so I am living the poor life, but eating surprisingly well. I went to my brother's house yesterday and we did a bunch of nothing - lazed about and feasted upon the gourmet food that he did provide. We had tomato soup and tuna melts for lunch and roast for dinner. It kicked ass, partly becuase it tasted good, partly because I didn't have to cook it and partly because I didn't have to clean up, either. In retrospect, I probably should have helped Kevin out with the dishes, but... well, you know. There were also video games played and some episodes of CSI watched.
I have a quiz on the gospels of Matthew and Luke tomorrow. I guess I should get back to that Oxford New Revised Standard Version Bible (College Edition).