January 18th, 2005

OotP, Chapter Twelve, still in McG's office

Book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Chapter: Twelve, "Professor Umbridge"
Brief summary of scene: McGonagall tells Harry to be careful.
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My take on this is that Harry is just too immature at this point to realize the grey areas of this little talk. He knows that Dumbledore is good, and Voldemort is bad, and he hasn't yet come to the realization that there's more out there than just pure good (ok, DD, not so much pure good, but you get it--US and THEM) and pure evil.

I identify much with McG here--there's way too many shades of grey in my life I guess, and I am sure she's both sorry to have to present it to Harry that it doesn't MATTER if he's right or wrong, that this isn't about being right or wrong, it's who's in charge that matters--sorry, and also frustrated, because she thinks that he ought to understand it.

(I understand it, cause some days my boss is Umbridgey.)

Of course Harry's as thick as the walls of the castle sometimes, especially when it comes to emotional matters, and I'm not really surprised that he doesn't get it.

In scenes like these, can you really believe this series is more for children than adults? I can't.
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