The Crouch Family Archives

Posts about members of the Crouch household: Junior, Senior, Mrs., and Winky.

RE: Crouch and the Imperius Curse

Why did Crouch teach Harry to resist the Imperius Curse? Plus a brief discussion of whether or not one can learn to resist Imperius

Posted January 26, 2002 at 2:13 pm
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RE: Humor--the Train Stomp--Crouch Jr. and Sr.

The "train stomp" at the end of GoF and my dislike of the Twins. Examples of farcical humor in the books. Affection for Crouch Jr. and a brief analysis of his father's behavior towards him.

Posted February 02, 2002 at 3:34 am
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RE: Remorse--Dementors--the Crouch Family

Of what was Barty Jr. dying in Azkaban? Could it have been remorse? And more objections to the use of dementors as prison guards

Posted February 07, 2002 at 1:42 am
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RE: Life Debts, the Crouches

Speculation on the nature of life debts and a suggestion that the consequences of Barty Jr's violation of his own life-debt to his father might well have affected the end-game of GoF. Also, my first defense of the claim that Barty Jr. did not really want to commit parricide.

Posted February 26, 2002 at 2:56 am
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RE: The Big Bangers and Neville

More fanspec silliness, this one focussed on "Neville Owes A Life-Debt To Barty Crouch." Also repeats my insistence on a later date than 1981 for the Longbottom Incident.


RE: More Moody Madness

Why Crouch Jr. taught Harry to resist the Imperius Curse (again), followed by some speculation as to his feelings towards Neville and discussion of his overall character.

Posted March 08, 2002 at 1:17 pm
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RE: Crouch Jr and Mystery DEs, Fourth Man, SYCOPHANTS

Examines the possibility that Crouch Jr. might really have been innocent of the assault on the Longbottoms, suggests that allegiance to Voldemort might have imbued the Death Eaters with special magical powers, and summarizes the Fourth Man Avery theory.


RE: Neville: Memory, History, Legacy, Power

Neville as a literary double to Harry, and its ramifications for the series' thematic emphases on memory, history, legacy and power. Also touches on Voldemort's, Snape's, and Crouch Jr's roles within this schematic and on the leit-motifs of burial, exhumation and parricide in GoF.


RE: Talented DEs

Argues that allegiance to Voldemort imbued the Death Eaters with special Dark powers. Also contains a defense of the idea that at the time of his trial, Crouch Jr. had been out of school for less than a year; an evaluation of Peter Pettigrew's magical abilities; and an argument that the DEs were deliberately aiming to miss at the end of the graveyard scene in GoF.


RE: Finding Voldemort -- Barty's "loyalty"

Discussion of how Pettigrew found Voldemort so very quickly, and how Barty Jr. could maintain his standing as a Death Eater whose "loyalty never wavered" after his hysteria at his sentencing.


RE: Dark Magic Power Boosts, Adrenaline-Inspired Power Boosts

More defense of the "allegiance to Dark forces imbues wizards with special powers" theory, with the additional suggestion that Voldemort's return to semi-corporeal form and to British shores at the beginning of GoF might have been responsible for empowering and emboldening the Death Eaters. Also, a rejection of the notion that Peter Pettigrew's magical ability is particularly adrenaline-powered.


RE: Cruciatus and Imperius (Some TBAY), Dark Magic Power Boosts

Discussion of contributing factors to the strength of an Imperius Curse, with particular emphasis on why Crouch Jr.'s will to resist should have grown stronger at the beginning of GoF. Also, some teasing support of the ludicrous "Cruciatus Makes You Stronger" theory.


RE: Crouch, the duel, and the Imperius

Why did Crouch teach Harry the Imperius Curse (yet again!); and did he tell Voldemort about Harry's rare talent at resisting it? Also, a bit of happy shared Crouch sympathizing with a fellow admirer of young Barty's ("He had so much fun!").

Posted August 21, 2002 at 7:58 pm
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RE: "Despiadado" Crouch and HumanRightsMartyr!Wilkes

Discussion of the precise nature of Crouch's, errr...reforms to the WW's judicial system - specifically of the use of the Unforgivable Curses on suspects - and speculation that Wilkes may have died in custody at the hands of Frank Longbottom, followed by a list of reasons that Snape might be so very hostile towards Neville.


RE: TBAY: Canon College: DEs and Aurors 101

A rather complicated TBAY post, mainly about the Wizarding World under Crouch and the extent to which it might have resembled Stalinist Soviet Russia, but also touching on the debate over whether or not the Twins are bullies, on the issues of netiquette, reader response and humour that had been raised in the course of that debate, on the various ad hominem arguments that had been circulating nastily around the list that entire summer, on an old SYCOPHANTS/Evil Overlords discussion, and--oh yes--incorporating a tiny bit from the Snape's Grudge thread as well. Apparently it was a bit *too* complicated for HPfGU, though, as very few people seemed to get the subsidiary points I was trying to make with it at all.


RE: TBAY: Weasley Predisposition To Imperius?

Some thoughts about the possibility of a Weasley vulnerability to mental domination (To what extent would it violate the series' thematic emphasis on choice? Could it have been the reason that Lucius Malfoy targetted Ginny as the victim of Riddle's Diary? Could it have been the reason that Crouch/Moody did not think that Ron would make a good Auror?) Also, speculation that Harry was actually the intended recipient of Riddle's Diary, and some commentary on Crouch Jr. and Sr's respective degrees of Imperius-resistance (as well as on their physical dissimilarities).


RE: TBAY: Crouch - C.R.A.B.C.U.S.T.A.R.D. (1 of 9)

Part one of the nine-part Crouch monstrosity. Is Crouch portrayed by the text as Dead Sexy? Was Mrs. Crouch Tough, or Weak? Where did Barty Jr. learn his skills of interpersonal manipulation? And just why *is* Elkins so resistant to a reading of Crouch Sr. as Dead Sexy, anyway?

Posted December 07, 2002 at 5:58 pm
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RE: TBAY: Crouch -- Where Three Roads Meet (2 of 9)

Part two of nine. Examines Crouch's political situation in the wake of Voldemort's fall and his motives in regard to the trial of the Longbottoms' assailants. Contains an analysis of the Penseive scene and the QwC exchange with Winky as parallel scenes. Also proposes that Crouch's relationship to his son replicates in microcosm his relationship to the wizarding world as a whole.


RE: TBAY: Crouch -- The H Word (3 of 9)

Part three of nine. Crouch's multiple narrative functions in the text, and the extent to which his hypocrisy enables JKR to use him to serve somewhat contradictory functions. Challenges the reading of Crouch as Tragic Hero on grounds that Crouch's degree of self-interest and hypocrisy prevents him from exhibiting the nobility of stature requisite in a classically-defined tragic hero. Also touches on the Crouch-Brutus parallel, suggesting that its use is ironic in intent.


RE: TBAY: Crouch -- Midnight In the Golden Wood (4 of 9)

Part four of nine. Evaluates the motives underlying Crouch's political decisions and how these relate to his narrative function. "Thematically hedgehogs" Barty Crouch Sr.


RE: TBAY: Crouch -- "My mother saved me" (5 of 9)

Part five of nine. Proposes that Crouch Jr's statement that his father saved him from prison only in order to honor his dying mother's last request is not objective truth, and suggests a number of reasons why young Crouch himself might have believed it.

Posted December 07, 2002 at 6:44 pm
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RE: TBAY: Crouch -- Last Orders (6 of 9)

Part six of nine. Examines Crouch's behavior in regard to his son after the QWC and takes a cold hard look at his thematic role within the text.


RE: TBAY: Crouch -- Through A Glass, Darkly (7 of 9)

Part seven of nine. Crouch's mirror relationship with his son, his redemption scene, and his thematic function within the context of the series as a bildungsroman. Also, some discussion of the relevance of mirrors not only to the Crouch subplot, but also to the series as a whole and to reading practice itself. Includes a rather snarky Lacan reference.


RE: TBAY: Crouch - Sympathy For the Devil (8 of 9)

Part eight of nine. The nature of Crouch's madness and death, and his possibilities as a future canonical ghost. Some discussion of ghosts in the Potterverse. Textual evidence that Barty Jr. did not really want to kill his father. And a bit of sympathy, for a change, for poor old Crouch Sr.


RE: TBAY/SHIP: Crouch - Winky As Wife and Mother (9 of 9)

Defends the proposition that Crouch Sr. and Winky's relationship was sexual and discusses that 'ship's thematic relevance to the series as a whole. Also discusses JKR's seemingly conflicted attitude towards femininity and motherhood.


RE: Crouch in 9 parts

Crouch Jr. and the extent to which his actions can be said to be motivated by love, the canonical plausibility of Crouch Jr. reappearing in future canon, the extent to which we are meant to read his veritaserum confession as objective truth, the thematic significance of bones and burial in GoF, and the attitude of people of the Crouch's social class towards marital infidelity; followed by a discussion of the House Elves, their relationship to folkloric "dobbies," and their role within Wizarding Society.


RE: TBAY: Fourth Man Avery & Fourth Man Nott

A Fourth Man Avery defense, and the possibility of a Fourth Man Nott. Younger Nott's plot potential. And a little bit on how Crouch Jr. would likely have killed his father.


RE: Imperio'd Neville Longbottom

Objections to the theory that Crouch/Moody put Neville under the Imperius Curse during their post-DADA class tea session in GoF.

Posted January 22, 2003 at 3:20 am
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RE: Crouch's memory

On Crouch's inability to remember Percy's name, viewed thematically, in terms of authorial technique, and in terms of the plot. Reiterates my pet theory that Voldemort's return to corporeal form was the cause of Barty Jr.'s growing ability to resist the Imperius.


RE: Crouch's memory

More on Crouch's not knowing Percy's name. And how did Percy come to be Crouch's assistant, anyway? Wasn't he rather young

Posted January 30, 2003 at 10:59 pm
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RE: TBAY: Screw-up!Crouches With Invisibility

Evaluation of the canonical plausibility of a sequence of Longbottom Incident theories, followed by a discussion of the possibility that Crouch's invisibility cloak was left behind at the scene there, thus leading Crouch himself to feel convinced of his son's guilt. Also contains a canon correction to an error made upthread, and an attack on the MAGICDISHWASHER theory with the claim that scenarios in which people screw up royally are actually far more in keeping with the spirit of canon than those in which they are being very clever and planning everything from the very start.


RE: Anatomy of a Rift

Examines GoF's focus on the reciprocal nature of fealty, loyalty and patronage - a reciprocal nature ignored or dismissed by the novel's villains, Voldemort and the Crouches - and suggests that the rift between Ron and Harry might serve as a kind of early warning sign to Harry, a reminder of his duties and obligations to those who have shown loyalty to him.


RE: TBAY: Barty Jr., Consummate Screw-Up

The title says it all. Barty Junior's self-sabotaging incompetence.

Posted February 14, 2003 at 5:37 pm
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RE: TBAY: Solzhenitsyn's Russia meets the Wizarding World

More on the question of possible evidence implicating Crouch Jr. in the Longbottom Incident, discussion of the reaction of the wizarding world as a whole to Crouch Sr. after Voldemort's fall, and a question about reader response to Barty Jr's performance in the Pensieve scene of GoF.


RE: What Crouch Knew and When He Knew It

Analysis of Crouch Sr's behavior at the drawing of names from the Goblet as evidence that (a) he knew who "Moody" really was, and (b) he was attempting to fight off the Imperius Curse.

Posted February 17, 2003 at 7:56 pm
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RE: Veritaserum and Truth Potions

Discussion of how veritaserum works. Quotes at length from an earlier post to argue that those under the influence of veritaserum are not utterly stripped of personality or volition.

Posted February 20, 2003 at 6:49 pm
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