Additional repairs

I have been reminded some other pages were still missing from the site – Formal Rants and also Fiction. This is further evidence of how scatter-brained I am. I thought the rants were lost at first, but I fortunately found a backup.

A few panels on Harry Potter at PCA/ACA reminded me briefly of the old arguments in the Potter-Taran Treatise. I didn’t think of it at the time, but if I were in another discipline, it would be the genesis of an article. Such musing will have to wait until Book 7, when a more complete case can be made. Given the events of 6, I think almost all of my original points still stand. The only argument that has been weakened somewhat concerns Draco, who turned out to be not completely evil after all – and now more closely resembles Ellidyr, the Prince of Pen-Laurau, another troubled lad.

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  1. You fiend. I’ll be avoiding you for the entire month of July, lest there be another “incident.”

    And, not that you are necessarily arguing against it, but Malfoy’s character is fairly ancient. Most children’s stories have one. I guess the best term is foil– someone who is not quite a trickster and not quite the antagonist. The protagonist’s photonegative. Heck, even _A Little Princess_ has one with Lavinia, the rich girl. This character balances out the protagonist and makes the story more palatable. Children do not necessarily want to identify with a “bad” character, but its existence lessens the overwhelming pressure produced by the desire to embody the “good” characteristics. Harry is a bit of a pest. Malfoy’s snarkiness allows child readers to recognize Harry’s unrealistic nature without really admitting having any similar thoughts. (I knew I wasn’t supposed to find Sara Crewe sicky sweet.) We should be seeing Malfoy grudgingly come around to Harry’s sunny bunny credo in 7, just as Lavinia finally did. There are children’s stories without this character however. The two that come most readily to my mind are The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Dorothy was built (Baum apparently acknowledged this) from an Alice framework, but more than that, both books were allegories of their respective socio-political environments. Harry could be said to meet this framework, but with Alice and Oz, Carroll and Baum had a more pointed intent toward socio-polical allegory (Baum on the economic system present in the US and Carroll’s interest in the educational and judicial systems). I think Rowling is a bit more escapist.
    I’m still avoiding you in July.

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