Here are a few more thoughts I had regarding Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:
- It seems obvious to me that Snape was acting on Dumbledore's orders when he killed him. I would also assume that Dumbledore had made Snape promise to keep Draco from becoming a murderer even if it meant Snape himself had to kill him well before Narcissa asked him to make the same pledge. I doubt Snape would have made the Unbreakable Vow had he not already made the same vow to Dumbledore.
- It's nice that all the Draco fans have some textual support for their heartfelt conviction that Draco is something other than an abhorent little shit. They can rest easy knowing that if left to his own devices, he probably wouldn't murder an unarmed man. Hey, give him a Nobel Peace Prize!
- Harry and Ginny… I don't know. I'm not opposed to Harry and Ginny being together, but it's hard for me to work up much enthusiasm for the relationship. I'd rather have seen him with Luna. Or Susan, of course, but I'm not entirely delusional, you know.
- Speaking of Luna, she was in fine fettle throughout the book. Her Quidditch commentary was one of the comic highlights of the book.
"…but now that big Hufflepuff player's got the Quaffle from her, I can't remember his name, it's something like Bibble — no, Buggins —"That's comedy gold, my friends.
- As I mentioned in an earlier post, I think R.A.B. is Regulus Black. But I'm not sure I agree with georgevna, who thinks that Dumbledore's offer to fake Draco's death is a clue that Regulus's death was faked. It's certainly possible, of course, but if he was still alive, wouldn't Kreacher have refused to recognize Harry as his rightful owner? It's been demonstrated that House-Elves have their own form of magic, against which wizarding magic has no effect. (For example, they can apparate within Hogwarts, which is supposedly impossible.) I would think that a House-Elf's bond to his or her owner would transcend even a Fidelius charm. I'm just speculating, of course, but it seems a reasonable assumption.
- Continuity error! Dumbledore says that since Voldemort applied and was rejected for the Defence Against the Dark Arts post at Hogwarts, not DADA teacher has lasted more than a year. But Quirrell was clearly around for more than one year. As Hagrid says in Book I:
"Oh, yeah. Poor bloke. Brilliant mind. He was fine while he was studyin' outta books but then he took a year off ter get some firsthand experience.... They say he met vampires in the Black Forest, and there was a nasty bit o' trouble with a hag -- never been the same since. Scared of the students, scared of his own subject now, where's me umbrella?"Even if we assume he taught for one year and then took the next year off for his sabbatical, he would have to have returned to Hogwarts for at least one year before Harry's first year for Hagrid to have observed his change in demeanor. So unless he took a second sabbatical year, Harry's first year at Hogwarts must have been Quirrell's second consecutive year as DADA professor.
OK, I think I have another post of this nature in me. Tomorrow before work, probably.