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06:28 pm: not literally
"I'm going to kill your Daddy!"

"How will you kill Daddy?"

Oops. I assured him that I was not, in fact, going to kill Daddy, that I was just frustrated that he wasn't answering the phone when I'd told him I'd be calling.

Still, I'm fascinated that he wanted to know how I was going to kill Daddy, but not why.

Could be the Harry Potter influence, but I'm not sure. Teddy's been pretty much unfazed by the violence, to my surprise. Even Cedric Diggory's death didn't bother him at all. He's been very verbal in expressing his anger at Dolores Umbridge. We're nearing the end of Order of the Phoenix, and we're having a bit of confusion about appropriate responses to people who aren't nice. How should one react to a Malfoy or an Umbridge or a Snape?

I expect very interesting conversations about Snape when we finish the series.

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From:derbyhat
Date:March 26th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)

Off the top of my head....

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Malfoy is a jerk.

Umbridge is awful.

And as a reader, you're supposed to hate Snape and then find out that he's a sympathetic character. But since you spent so much time hating him, it doesn't really matter that it wasn't his fault.

You could also see him as proof that Voldemort's theory that power is everything doesn't hold true. Snape is a bad ass with a ton of skill, knowledge, and power. And despite that, he's never really in control of major events for the entire series. He's manipulated the whole time. It's a bit sad, really.

high gain questions of the day...
Has IM, cell phones, and other "instant" social networking methods changed our expectations for response times? If yes, is that good, bad, or ugly? Why?
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From:katehaney
Date:March 26th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)

HGAOTD: Yes.

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I think it nets neutral. It's good that we expect OURSELVES to respond quickly. It's bad that we expect OTHERS to respond quickly.

And you're absolutely right about the HP bad guys. One thing that's been interesting in reading it to Teddy is that, to him, Malfoy and Umbridge are equivalent. He doesn't have any sense that Umbridge, as an adult in a position of authority, should be held to higher standards.
From:derbyhat
Date:March 26th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)

Re: HGAOTD: Yes.

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In a sense, Malfoy and Umbridge are equivalent. They're both awful people because they're trying to live up to perceived expectations of their personal authority figures. Draco wants to be admired by his dad and, to a lesser extent, the Death Eaters. Umbridge wants to be admired by Cornelius Fudge.
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From:katehaney
Date:March 26th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)

Re: HGAOTD: Yes.

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That's true. But Umbridge should know better, should be better. Malfoy is a child. A warped, twisted, completely fucked-up asshole of a child, but still a child.
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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:March 26th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)

Re: HGAOTD: Yes.

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Holy Monkey you two. Keep discussing this. I have read all the books.. but have never thought too hard about this. Snape always confused me, Is he good, is he bad? but Malfoy and Umbridge... never thought about this... oh so interesting. I love you both. :)
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