Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Harry Potter-Section 6-Post B

I am going to write a letter to Tom Riddle, or more commonly known as Lord Volemort and I will be asking him questions, giving him advice, and other things as well:
Dear Voldemort,
Obviously you are being challenged more by Harry Potter than you ever have before. Before his sixth year at Hogwarts he has just been trying to stop you from gaining power and trying to keep you at bay, but now that you found out that he and Dumbledore have been after your Horcruxes, which you probably thought were a secret that nobody knew about, and attempting to rid you of this world forever must be quite a shock to you. I read about how you slaughtered dozens of wizards and goblins around you, whether they were friends or foes because you just found out about Harry’s quest, and I understand that you would be angry or scared but why would you do that? I would advise you against that and I am telling you to keep your cool. That doesn’t solve anything and you need to check up on your Horcruxes, which you did. Also, keeping Nagini close to you is also smart, but sometime in the near future after you figure out the deal with the Hogwarts horcrux, you should put Nagini somewhere unexpected and random, I know that you are big on the trophy keeping thing but if you let that go and make it impossible for Nagini to be traced then you can’t be killed.
Yours truly,
Tommy Tyson

Harry Potter-Section 6-Post A

"Professor, we've got to barricade the school, he's coming now!"
This quote is significant because it shows that there is going to be a climactic finale to this book, and this quote helps build the suspense and anticipation for it.

Simile: "... and tiny little ears like a hippo's." Luna Lovegood says this on page 511.
Onomatopoeia: "CRASH". This sound is describing the sound of coin and treasure falling on page 537.
Metaphor:"... he was Voldemort". This is when Harry compares himself to Lord Voldemort by use of a metaphor on page 548.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Harry Potter-Section 5-Post B

In this section, J.K Rowling uses her suspense skills in that she gives us answers, and then branches off of those to raise more questions. In section 5 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we (as readers) finally start getting some answers to some of those pesky, unsolvable clues that Dumbledore left Harry, Ron, and Hermione. In Hermione’s book that was left to her, an odd symbol was etched in its pages, but in this section the gang visits Xenophilius Lovegood and he gives them some odd answers. He tells them about the Deathly Hallows which are three items that make the possessor of all of them master of death. J.K Rowling makes the book even more cliff hanging because she writes each character to have his or own belief about the Hallows. “The three of them spoke at the same time; Hermione said, “the Cloak,” Ron said, “the Wand,” and Harry said, “the Stone.”” This quote reveals each characters thoughts about the Hallows and why one may be better than others. But the unanswered questions J.K Rowling asks are “who is right?” “Where are the Hallows?” “Do the Hallows even exist?” and “How do we get them?” This turn of events and wonderful writing wasn’t the only thing that happened though. Also, the gang gets attacked by Death Eaters, they get captured and imprisoned at the Malfoy Manor, and they escape (but not without the sad death of Dobby the House Elf) to Ron’s brothers house, where they formulate a plot to steal a Horcrux out of a Gringott’s vault.

Harry Potter-Section 5-Post A

Mottled: spotted or blotched in coloring.
Effusion: the act of effusing or pouring forth.

I believe one emerging theme in this book is love. Love is encouraged among friends and even those witches and wizards that are unknown. Examples in this section show that.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Harry Potter-Section 4-Post B

This is the most exciting section so far in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. So much happens, and it is all significant. The section starts out with Harry and Hermione in a graveyard of Godric’s Hollow. They are visiting Harry’s parents’ graves, but they also see another grave. This ancient worn out grave carries the symbol that was in the book that Dumbledore left Hermione. Since this symbol keeps popping up, I think this part about Dumbledore’s clues will be revealed. But then, Harry and Hermione narrowly escape Voldemort and return to their camp. When they keep moving on, a silver doe appears to Harry as he is taking a night watch, and I believe another example of foreshadowing is taking place because we don’t learn the identity of the person who cast the silver doe or what it’s importance is, but we will soon I think. Anyways, the doe leads Harry to the sword of Godric Gryffindor at the bottom of a freezing pond. Harry dives in when Ron rescues him from drowning! At Ron’s return, he and Harry destroy the Horcrux with the sword, but not before it speaks to Ron. It tortures Ron by showing him what he most fears; that Harry and Hermione don’t care about him anymore, and that they are falling in love. However, he and Harry don’t tell Hermione this, and I believe this is another example of foreshadowing because I think the Horcruxes actions will be brought up again, and the fact that Harry and Ron did not tell Hermione what it did will come back and bite them in the butt. In conclusion, there was a lot of foreshadowing and unsolved mysteries in this section, which are both very clever, and suspenseful writing tactics used by J.K Rowling.

Harry Potter-Section 4-Post A

Gait: a manner of walking, stepping, or running.
Querulous: full of complaints; complaining.

This quote is significant because it is the first time Harry hears Ron's voice since his return, and they are the first words Ron says after saving Harry's life.