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Catching up with old friends, Harry, Hermione and Ron
July 16, 2009 - Betsy Bethel
My husband and I had the pleasure of catching up with old friends last night at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It was great to see how Harry, Hermione, Ron and Ginny have changed as they mature. Sixteen now, it's hard to believe!
I was so happy to see the budding young love between Harry and Ginny and Hermione and Ron, the latter not without its thorny bits, of course. Ron is the quintessential Everyteen — vainglorious and clueless most of the time. I admit I inwardly rejoiced with Hermione when Ron's intolerable love-puppy Lavender got kicked to the curb.
I smiled knowingly when Harry began to accept Ginny's love for him. She's adored him for so long! And isn't it interesting how much she looks like his own mother? A great match, I'd say.
It also was nice to see the shadows of self-doubt and pending doom lifted from Harry's countenance. He smiled and laughed so much more during this visit than the last two times we saw him! Although he fully comprehends his arduous tale is far from over, that this is but the eye of the storm, he continues to show unmatched courage and hope.
And Luna? Well, Luna was delightful as always. What a free spirit! It's refreshing to know that some people never change. I absolutely loved her Gryffindor mascot costume!
I was not surprised at all to learn how Harry's nemesis, Draco, is definitively following in his father's footsteps. For once, however, I actually felt sorry for the nasty little rat. Maybe it was because I got to know his mother a little better on this visit. To know the foul boy has a mother who loves him somehow transformed him in my eyes — a little, anyway.
I'm a little worried about Professor McGonagall. I'll have to ask my husband if he, too, thought she looked peaked. I'd say she could use a nice tonic from Madame Pomfroy to put some color in her cheeks.
The kids' new professor, Horace Slughorn, left a bad taste in my mouth. What a sycophantic weakling! I do see why Dumbledore values him, however. His memories of the Dark Lord chilled me to the bone. I think Tom Riddle as a youngster is even more frightening that what he has become.
And what of the old professors, Dumbledore and Snape? Now that's the mystery of mysteries. I will say no more; you'll have to find out for yourselves.
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"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," also known as Harry Potter VI, is rated PG and showing at all local theaters.
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Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Harry Potter lounge in the Gryffindor common room during our recent visit.