Melissa Anelli, The Leaky Cauldron: What does it do to you to see a character that you love, for people to express sheer hate -
Emerson Spartz, Mugglenet: Or vice versa.
Joanne Kathleen Rowling: It amuses me. It honestly amuses me. People have been waxing lyrical [in letters] about Draco Malfoy, and I think that's the only time when it stopped amusing me and started almost worrying me. I'm trying to clearly distinguish between Tom Felton, who is a good looking young boy, and Draco, who, whatever he looks like, is not a nice man. It’s a romantic, but unhealthy, and unfortunately all too common delusion of — delusion, there you go — of girls, and you [nods to Melissa] will know this, that they are going to change someone. And that persists through many women's lives, till their death bed, and it is uncomfortable and unhealthy and it actually worried me a little bit, to see young girls swearing undying devotion to this really imperfect character, because there must be an element in there, that "I'd be the one who [changes him]." I mean, I understand the psychology of it, but it is pretty unhealthy. So, a couple of times I have written back, possibly quite sharply, saying [Laughter], "You want to rethink your priorities here."
JKR: Again, your word!
MA: He was utterly fascinating in this book.
JKR: Well, I'm glad you think so, because I enjoyed this one. Draco did a lot of growing up in this book as well. I had an interesting discussion, I thought, with my editor Emma, about Draco. She said to me, "So, Malfoy can do Occlumency," which obviously Harry never mastered and has now pretty much given up on doing, or attempting. And she was querying this and wondering whether he should be as good as it, but I think Draco would be very gifted in Occlumency, unlike Harry. Harry’s problem with it was always that his emotions were too near the surface and that he is in some ways too damaged. But he's also very in touch with his feelings about what's happened to him. He's not repressed, he's quite honest about facing them, and he couldn't suppress them, he couldn't suppress these memories. But I thought of Draco as someone who is very capable of compartmentalizing his life and his emotions, and always has done. So he's shut down his pity, enabling him to bully effectively. He's shut down compassion — how else would you become a Death Eater? So he suppresses virtually all of the good side of himself. But then he's playing with the big boys, as the phrase has it, and suddenly, having talked the talk he's asked to walk it for the first time and it is absolutely terrifying. And I think that that is an accurate depiction of how some people fall into that kind of way of life and they realize what they're in for. I felt sorry for Draco. Well, I’ve always known this was coming for Draco, obviously, however nasty he was.
Harry is correct in believing that Draco would not have killed Dumbledore, which I think is clear when he starts to lower his wand, when the matter is taken out of his hands.
[-- curtesy of Mugglenet]
...Feeling delusional, anyone?
** Harry/Ginny shippers collectively pissed themselves when The Chosen One suddenly began to pine for a certain fiesty Weasley (and no, it wasn't his best mate, sorry hardcore Harry/Ron slashies). Four books later, H/G-ers around the world tasted the sweet -- but brief -- nectar of vindication after Harry's wet dreams and Dean's minor bumbles suddenly find Ginny a free agent. Draco/Ginny fans alternately glowered and shook their fists. Ginny/Hermione pairers whacked Hermione upside her head with their books.
** With the final revelation of Blaise Zabini came an interesting -- and fuck, I'll just say it -- colorful twist to the on-going debate as to what the mysterious, and once sexually ambigous, Slytherin actually looks. While some Draco/Blaise enthusists lamented the loss of their copper-toned god with piercing baby blues and reluctantly jumped ship, others embraced Canon!Blaise; still tall, still dark and most definitely naughty.
** The master manipulators of Draco/Hermione experiments are somewhat evenly split. While there was next to no interaction between the King of Snark and his favorite Mudblood, some felt his posturing in Madam Malkins was classic SexualTension!Draco (and that new tatt on his arm didn't hurt the hotness factor). While Draco's future is uncertain, Hermione's jealous preoccupation with Ron has the followers of this dark horse ship sending up an S.O.S.
** Bill/Fleur. Seemed pretty much in the bag. Is now Canon, mos def.
** I've crossed paths with quite a few Tonks/Sirius, but man, was I bowled over by Tonks/Lupin. Well, congrats to all you clever T/L-ers who knew all along.
** Uh, Ron/Lavendar, anyone? *blink* Well, Ron certainly scored early points towards his N.E.W.T.S. when he minored in 6th Year Pimpology. Madam Rosmerta, giggly fourth years -- no female was safe from Big Red. Ron/Hermione loyalists alternately wacked the bushy-haired witch -- and J.K. -- with their books and breathed a huge sigh of relief when the make-out fest that was Lon came to a sweet, bitter end.
** Draco/Harry enthusiatics just got the thumbs up.
Amortenia: The most powerful love potion
-- Lovesick!Ron was a hoot and a 1/2 *snickers*
The Chosen One: Harry's new moniker to replace the beloved title of The Boy Who Lived.
-- I'm more curious now than ever as to what it will be after the whole thing goes down.
Dragon Pox: Draco's grandfather Abraxas dies of this in his older age
-- I'm wondering if it actually comes from dragons as our Muggle "chicken pox" is not really spread by chickens.
Felix Felicis: Liquid luck.
-- Picture Harry meets John Travolta from "Saturday Night Fever", pimp-walking down the street to the Bee-Gees.
The Half-Blood Prince: Snape, whose witch mother's madien name was Prince, is a half-blood by way of his Muggle father.
-- Dads, claim yo kids!! There's an ugly pattern, folks. It's there.
Horcrux: An object in which a person can store part of the soul.
-- Lends to quite a few theories regarding why Harry didn't became baked Alaska in his first showdown w/Voldy.
Inferi: Big V's army of corpses.
-- A lovely little Canon loophole if you lamented J.K. stamping out the theory of Sirius returning from the dead. But careful -- it's still just a corpse.
Rufus Scrimgeour: New Minister of Magic who replaces Fudge and doggedly pursues Harry as the MoM's one-man P.R. campaign.
-- This was the person who was behind the teasing description of the tangled golden mane and lion-like appearance.
Sectumsempra: A defensive spell against your enemies in which they wand acts as a sword and can do some serious damage.
-- Snape's one bad Mo-fo...make no mistake.
Slugclub: New Potion Prof's club of select students picked merely for his purposes of elbow-rubbing and hob-knobbing.
-- Interestingly enough, Draco never makes his list. Could it be Lucius tainted the Malfoy name?
Unbreakable Vow: Binds the person who pledges to carry out a certain promise. If failed, they die.
-- Which lends to a little theory I've had regarding Snape/Narcissa.
Witherwings: Buckbeak's new alias, to prevent him from being captured and resentenced by the Ministry.
-- This is obviously not going to stick. Nearly everyone slipped up and called him Buckbeak.
Won-Won: The incredibly hilarious -- and annoying -- nickname pegged by Lavendar for Ron.
-- Needless to say, this shall never pass from Hermione's lips in a loving fashion.
-- DEATHEATER!DRACO -- FRICKIN' YAY!!
-- "Mollywobbles"? *SNORT*
-- Did you else catch the bit where Slughorn accidentally calls Ron "Rupert"??! *cackling*
-- Canon!Blaise: As haughty as he wanna be.
-- Does Snape carry a torch for Narcissa??
-- Is J.K. a Closet!Slasher?
-- Who were the better developed characters? Those you suddenly found lacking?
-- Did the political intrigue intrigue you?
-- Was the use the Pensieve insightful? Cumbersome?
-- Would you recommend this book over any of the others?
-- Your conclusion of the Dumbledore/Snape death scene.
-- Theories on Book 7.
So I swore I wouldn't be one of those ppl who brags how little time it took to collectively read through Half-Blood Prince or get all stupidgiddyfangirl b/c I don't go *squee!* Not even silently to myself in a dark room where no one can find me.
But I'm kinda crushing on this book.
In my real, walking-talking life, there is no one else that gets why I was so amped to have gotten my mitts on a copy of this book FREE O' CHARGE (la biblioteca, baby!!), no one to bust a gut with the first time I read about the tongue wrestling adventures of Lavendar & Won-Won *SNORT* and no one who wanted to cuddle Draco and congratulate him on his cleverness.
In short, just thought I'd throw out some random shit, get the skinny on what's eating you about HBP ^_^