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Chapter eight. Bill and Fleur get hitched, but more importantly (as we know these scenes are a vehicle to give us more hints and clues to the plot) we learn about Xenophilius’ strange pendant and more back story of Albus Dumbledore. Of course, Dumbledore is once again presented in two, extremely different versions. Doge maintains his glowing, saint like view of Dumbledore while Aunt Muriel takes up Rita Skeeter’s mantle of a dark, power hungry Dumbledore. This time we key in on Dumbledore’s sister, Ariana. Aunt Muriel tells a seemingly twisted story hinting that someone in Dumbledore’s family killed her sister for being a squib. Was it the mother? Was it Albus? Who?
While Potter is confused by these horribly varied accounts of Dumbledore’s life, I find myself naïve and the eternal optimist. Much like
Doge, I want/need/insist that Dumbledore is the good, wise wizard I knew him to be in the Sorcerer’s Stone. In fact, I don’t know if I ever grew up from those first four books where Hogwarts was a safe, albeit wild magical world where one can fly on broomsticks and conquer baskilisks with some plucky courage and a bit of luck. In fact, I find myself at the Cedric Diggory wall. I’m sure most of you know what I’m talking about – the moment that the very first Hogwart’s student (in Potter’s time) was killed. On the other side of that wall lay the Order of the Pheonix, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows and a loss of innocence – frankly a loss of innocence that I haven’t been willing to accept. Probably why I still get annoyed at Harry Potter’s angst and broodiness. Don’t get me wrong. Any person should be broody and self-centered after witnessing the death of Diggory. But for me, its when the series changed and Hogwarts was no longer a safe, fun place for the escapist child in me.
Alright. What do you think of chapter eight?