Feverish Musings

So the title was almost “Feverish Mushings” which actually describes my state of being fairly well.

The wisdom teeth surgery went well – and by well I mean I don’t really remember it.  The teeth came out; my face was numb for a day; pain set in for the next week.  Five days after the surgery I had a sore throat.  I battled with feeling crappy for a whole two days before finally succumbing to what seems to be a bad dose of flu; cold, cough, sore throat, fever. I’ve had five days of feeling very crappy and apparently I must look really bad because my Dad felt very bad about leaving me to go to Mauritius today.

Still, in my bleak crappy flu state I’ve been reading around the Harry Potter fanfiction as I haven’t had the will or energy to do very much else.  It’s one of the largest fanfic collections as JKR is happily OK with the idea of fanfiction (with a few caveats in regards to shipping adult/child characters, sex, etc). I have to admit it’s fascinating to see some of the character interpretations: Draco recast as a witty aristocrat rather than a racist bigot with a streak of cruelty, Snape as a misunderstood caring man who really did love Harry underneath it all of his bullying and snarling at Harry, Voldemort as a misunderstood victim (!), Harry as Super!Harry with more magical gifts than Paul Daniels can shake a hat at or Harry as an abused child (because when you actually think about it, a child being locked in a cupboard, hit with a frying pan and being denied food on a regular basis is a case of abuse and neglect and goes beyond painting the Dursleys as horrible people and Harry’s early childhood as loveless), or Dumbledore as a great manipulator who only sees Harry as a pawn in the war against Voldemort.

The last (where they are well-written) are actually proving to be some of the more enjoyable stories for me because quite frankly my view of Dumbledore at the end of the books dovetails with this interpretation (I have no doubt Dumbledore as a character believes he truly loves and cares for Harry but his actions definitely show that he is primarily concerned with controlling Harry’s actions enough to get to the end game Dumbledore envisaged).  These fics are also great for showing the plot holes and story inconsistencies that the books are riddled with as these same inconsistencies and holes are used to further the case against Dumbledore (why wouldn’t the Chief Warlock have the power to insist on a trial for Sirius Black, for instance).

It’s been interesting to read the various pairings.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I hate the romance stories that pair Harry up, give his new romantic partner (be it Ginny, Hermione, Draco, Snape or whoever) the same level of powers as he has (or a variation thereof) so of course they end up at the final battle back to back with Harry helping Harry defeat Voldemort or in some cases defeating Voldemort instead of Harry.  I like Harry as the hero of the story, the one destined to vanquish the Dark Lord; I really have no interest in seeing Ginny/Hermione/Draco/Snape/Ron/somebody else (delete as appropriate) do it.  Equally, I don’t get the stories that recast Harry as an entirely different character by changing his appearance and name (to the point where a few chapters in he is no longer even referred to as Harry).

Admittedly, a lot of these stories are ones where Snape is revealed to be Harry’s father and Harry, in canon the living legacy of James Potter in appearance bar eyes like his mother, is revealed to have been glamour charmed since birth to hide his true heritage.  Or there are the stories where Harry in a bid for independence changes his appearance and name to hide from Dumbledore and the Order.  One of the most recommended HP fanfics actually falls into this latter category and I couldn’t stand it (which just goes to show that fiction is truly a subjective thing – I didn’t even find it that well-written).

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