HP reread! Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter 2: The Vanishing Glass

On cake

There’s a little lemon theme in the first two chapters. Dumbledore likes lemon drops, Petunia doesn’t like lemon as her face turns into an expression as if she has bitten on one, Harry gets a lemon ice pop at the zoo and clearly keeps it with Dumbledore’s preference, thinking it “wasn’t bad” although it was cheap. 😮 

Dudley’s eyes are watery, and his friend Piers has a face like a rat, both of which are characteristics of Peter Pettigrew. Meanwhile, Dudley and Piers do not eat lemon ice cream. They get chocolate. 

Not Harry”s.

Howls of Horror

In all the abuse the Dursleys heap on Harry, I’ve always liked how his irreverent sarcasm is the saving grace of the situation. It makes him retain his dignity. Also it makes more or less sense as a coping strategy, although I do think the PTSD!Harry fic writers still have a point when they think that there’s realistically gotta be more damage. Also the snake incident is very satisfying to read. Speaking off coping: eleven-year-old Harry has an ability to shrug hurtful or weird things off in a laisser-faire kind of way that you could almost call dazed. Now that’s a coping mechanism if I’ve ever seen one. While Piers and Dudley are screaming, “leaping back with howls of horror” etc in the face of the newly awoken snake, Harry carries on a calm conversation with the animal, picks himself off the ground after being painfully shoved aside without comment, and deems the whole thing worthy of an emotional reaction only when the glass of the tank vanishes. That’s when he “gasped.” While everybody else is screaming. And running away. 

Harry and (P)Terry

From the initial description of Dumblemumble in the previous chapter to the reptile house keeper being in shock (“‘But the glass,’ he kept saying, ‘where did the glass go?’”) I’m surprised that nobody ever talks about how hugely influenced JKR very clearly was by Terry Pratchett, while the Tolkien influence is more on the general side. (compare Dumbledore’s introduction to that of the wizard in “Equal Rites,” and for the reptile guy, that nuclear power plant scene from “Good Omens” comes to mind, amongst others)

27 thoughts on “HP reread! Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter 2: The Vanishing Glass”

  1. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to
    make your point. You clearly know what youre talking about, why waste your
    intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be
    giving us something informative to read?

  2. You can definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write.
    The sector hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say
    how they believe. All the time go after your
    heart.

  3. What i don’t understood is in fact how you are not really much more neatly-liked than you
    may be right now. You’re very intelligent. You know therefore significantly with regards to this subject, made me for my part believe it
    from so many numerous angles. Its like men and women don’t seem to be involved unless it is one thing to
    do with Woman gaga! Your own stuffs excellent. Always deal with it up!

  4. With havin so much content and articles do
    you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright violation? My blog has
    a lot of completely unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but
    it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my authorization. Do you know any
    ways to help prevent content from being ripped off?
    I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  5. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and
    now each time a comment is added I get several e-mails with the same comment.

    Is there any way you can remove people from that service?

    Appreciate it!

    Also visit my webpage scr love138 [918kiss-m.com]

  6. I’m really inspired along with your writing talents
    and also with the format on your blog. Is this a paid theme
    or did you modify it your self? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare
    to see a great blog like this one today..

  7. Hey There. I found your weblog using msn. That is an extremely
    smartly written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and come back to learn extra
    of your helpful information. Thanks for the post. I will certainly comeback.

  8. Saya telah telah menjelajah online lebih dari tiga jam
    hari ini, namun saya tidak pernah menemukan artikel menarik seperti milik Anda.
    It is cukup berharga bagi saya. Secara pribadi , jika semua pemilik web
    dan blogger membuat konten yang baik seperti yang Anda lakukan, net akan menjadi a
    jauh lebih berguna dari sebelumnya.

    My webpage :: 123joker

  9. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was
    great. I do not know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous
    blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  10. Saya telah berselancar online lebih dari tiga jam hari ini, namun saya tidak pernah menemukan artikel menarik seperti milik Anda.
    It’s cukup berharga bagi saya. Secara pribadi , jika semua webmaster dan blogger
    membuat konten yang baik seperti yang Anda lakukan, web akan menjadi lebih berguna
    dari sebelumnya.

    Feel free to visit my web site: Slot joker game online

  11. Just want to say your article is as amazing. The clearness
    on your publish is simply spectacular and i can think you’re an expert in this
    subject. Well with your permission let me to take hold
    of your RSS feed to stay updated with drawing close post.

    Thanks 1,000,000 and please keep up the enjoyable work.

  12. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post
    was good. I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to
    a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  13. Does your site have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but,
    I’d like to send you an email. I’ve got some creative ideas for your blog you might
    be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and
    I look forward to seeing it improve over time.

  14. Saya telah telah berselancar online lebih dari 4 jam hari ini,
    namun saya tidak pernah menemukan artikel menarik seperti
    milik Anda. It is cukup berharga bagi saya. Menurut pendapat saya
    , jika semua pemilik web dan blogger membuat konten yang
    baik seperti yang Anda lakukan, web akan menjadi a jauh lebih
    berguna dari sebelumnya.

    Feel free to surf to my site – Link alternatif slot joker

  15. Saya telah berselancar online lebih dari 2 jam hari ini, namun saya tidak pernah menemukan artikel menarik seperti milik Anda.
    It is cukup berharga bagi saya. Secara pribadi , jika semua pemilik situs dan blogger membuat konten yang baik seperti yang Anda
    lakukan, net akan menjadi a jauh lebih berguna
    dari sebelumnya.

    Feel free to visit my homepage … Slot joker depo pulsa 10rb

  16. Saya akan segera rebut rss Anda karena
    saya tidak bisa
    Saya yakin tulisan ini telah menyentuh semua orang internet,
    benar-benar menyenangkan tulisan tentang membangun website baru.

    Here is my site :: Joker123 nett

Leave a Reply to http://tinyurl.com/yaan3njs Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published.