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The Weasley Family Archives

Posts about any members of the Weasley family, or about the Weasley family dynamics in general.

RE: Voldemort's Unwilling Executioners

Suggestion that Arthur Weasley might have been an Imperius victim of the last war, followed by speculation about the role of non-DE "fellow travellers" during that period. Question of who those "loads of people" Karkaroff is supposed to have put in Azkaban were supposed to be, anyway. And my explanation of why it is so important to me as a reader to see more patsies and weaklings in canon

 

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: Snape & the DEs, Reprise (With Bits of Where's the Canon?)

Snape and his narrative function: his indeterminacy, his subverting role in the text. His character: the tension between his instincts and proclivites and his moral principles. His relationship to House Slytherin and specifically to the Malfoy family. Also contains some discussion of House Slytherin in general, and passing questions as to the nature of the Dark Arts.

 

RE: Pranks & Pranksters, Bullies, and Guilt By Association

Pranks, pranksters and the Twins. Charismatic bullies and Ex-Victims-Turned-Bully. Reader identification with these character types and how it affects interpretations of the Twins, Sirius and Snape.

 

RE: Lupin's Edge/Twins' Edge?

Discussion of "Edge," followed by one of the Twins' harrassment of Percy.

Posted February 22, 2002 at 1:47 pm
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RE: Malicious vs. mischievous

On the question of whether the Twins' behavior towards Percy shows malice, and the steadily disintegrating state of the Weasley family dynamics.

Posted March 04, 2002 at 12:29 am
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RE: Percy, Ron, Puffskein

Argues that the end of PS/SS doesn't really make much narrative sense unless one accepts that at that time in his life, Ron really did care for Percy's good opinion. Also, a brief discussion of Ron's murdered (?) Puffskein.

Posted March 07, 2002 at 3:34 am
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RE: Neville and the Canary Creams

Discussion of the Neville and the Twins' Canary Creams - was it a "mean" prank? Did Neville really mind it? - followed by a suggestion that Neville does not appreciate Hermione's (or Lupin's) condescending attitude towards him.

Posted March 07, 2002 at 3:58 pm
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RE: Arthur Weasley, With Imperius Curse

Canonical suggestion that Arthur Weasley was once a victim of the Imperius Curse.

Posted March 24, 2002 at 6:07 pm
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RE: A Few Short Percy Apologetics

Defense of Percy's character.

Posted April 12, 2002 at 5:59 am
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RE: Hurt-Comfort and reader crushes

The "hurt-comfort" dynamic and reader crushes on male characters. Contains an explanation of why Ron does not benefit very much from hurt-comfort.

Posted May 30, 2002 at 1:02 pm
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RE: Arthur Weasley With Imperius -- Now, With New Canon!

Evidence for the theory that Arthur Weasley was once a victim of the Imperius Curse. Also includes a summary of the "Missing Weasley Child" theory, and an invitation to combine to two for an "Unwilling Filicide Arthur Weasley" scenario.

Posted June 21, 2002 at 1:37 pm
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RE: Fred and George: The Bullies You Do Know

Polemic on those mean nasty bullies, Fred and George. A post that caused a good deal of trouble, really.

Posted August 22, 2002 at 2:13 pm
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RE: Fred and George: The Bullies You Do Know

An attempt to clear up misapprehensions (some of them downright *weird*) about bullying and bullies on route to defending my belief that the twins are depicted as bullying types.

Posted August 25, 2002 at 9:43 pm
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RE: Twins, Toons, Humor and Instinct

Objection to the prevalence of "my instinctive reading is spontaneous and natural ...but *your* instinctive reading is over-analyzing the text!" sentiment floating about on the Twins thread. Emphasis on the subjectivity of humour and a challenge to the notion that comedic or "toonish" scenes do not reveal character or have deeper significance, using as an example GoF's Ton Tongue Toffee scene and its role as a precursor to both the QWC and Pensieve scenes.

Posted August 27, 2002 at 10:38 pm
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RE: Why I Dislike The Twins

A bit of a reprise of "What does it mean to 'like' a character?" this, itemizing factors contributing to my strongly negative reader response to the Twins. Also raises the issue of the double-standard in list etiquette, according to which it is acceptable to abuse unpopular characters in the harshest of imaginable terms, while polemic directed at popular characters raises objections of unkind behavior and "vituperative language."

Posted August 27, 2002 at 11:11 pm
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RE: Bully!Sirius, "Coach" Twins, Snape's Grudge, and Stoned!Harry

Defense of the (now canonically-established) theory that MWPP really *did* bully Snape back in their school days, followed by a thematic analysis of Snape's Grudge, the Train Stomp, and the end game of PoA.

 

RE: Twins, Toons, Humor and Instinct

More on the extent to which characters' canonical behavior is revelatory of character, regardless of whether or not they are portrayed as "Toons," and a disussion of the thematic significance of the Ton Tongue Toffee scene.

Posted August 29, 2002 at 7:38 am
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RE: Why I Dislike The Twins/Toon Talk

A bit more on the Twins as bullies and the Twins' relationship to Percy, followed by a discussion of humor and its relationship to character analysis: aren't the characters' actions revelatory of their character regardless of whether or not said actions are *funny?* And why on earth would someone cease to find something funny merely because they have come to believe that it is cruel? Have none of these people ever heard of black humour?!

 

RE: TBAY: Arthur Weasley With Imperius Curse and Small Craft Advisories

Some new canon for Imperio'ed!Arthur. This one is notable mainly for coining the metaphor of the approaching "hurricane" of Book Five's impending release

Posted October 13, 2002 at 4:18 pm
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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: the twins are two people

Differentiation between Fred and George; Padma and Parvati as evidence that wizarding culture (and its magical artifacts) do indeed recognize the individuation of twins.

Posted December 31, 2002 at 11:28 am
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RE: Ron and the Trouble with Veela

Why does Ron react more strongly to the Veela than Harry does?

Posted January 22, 2003 at 7:36 pm
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RE: SHIP: Reading With Hindsight, D/H, Hermione's role in Draco's future development

Discussion of whether people noticed SHIPping "evidence" in the early volumes on first read, or only through hindsight. Evidence for Draco having a "nasty twisted little crush" on Hermione. Suggests that the Malfoy family has been established as both Ron's and Hermione's nemesis, and that this may indicate that Hermione will have some role to play in Draco's future development in canon.

 

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: 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: Ginny's invisibility

Argues that eros first really makes a major appearance in GoF because the Potterverse is a mirror which reflects Harry's own developmental concerns, and then predicts that we will see more of Ginny in Book Five.

Posted February 20, 2003 at 7:29 pm
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RE: Blackmail Revisited - Fred, George, & Hermione

Yes, of course Fred and George are "really" engaging in blackmail! And it would seem to be illegal in Wizarding Britain, too. But more to the point, why all that emphasis on blackmail in GoF? (A question no one ever answered, alas.)

Posted February 21, 2003 at 6:10 pm
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