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Updates on today's events... the cat had to go out at five. She had to come back in at six. I am putting her out in a minute and that will be IT for the night! Otherwise come summer she is a control freak.
At six-fifteen, two other cats had a Very Loud exchange outside our bedrooms, and my cat flew off our bed. She apparently went straight into Christy's room, leapt onto her desk then behind the curtain to have a nosey! Satisfied it was over, she came straight back to our bed!
At seven my alarm was supposed to have gone off but I was having an awful nightmare that developed into me and Steve being in an impending plane crash, heading vertically for the water, thinking I was dying and leaving the children behind. We survived, as if it had been a dream but I was already injured in hospital from something else. I awoke in some shock at seven-twenty.
Ten to eight and Christy and I headed to see the surgeon - he had actual photos of the inflammation in her wrist joints, they are all full of red blood vessels instead of being creamy white, and so we'll go to a rheumatologist at the end of the month. He thinks it's PTSD from the fall at school three years ago that set up a reaction that just never ended, called synovitis - it is the inflammation of a synovial (joint-lining) membrane.
Eight-thirty and we hit the Asian food store for pork buns and other assorted items, including some sweets that really do taste of coconut milk!!
At nine we did the supermarket.
Ten o'clock and my friend dropped off her children to stay for the day, as her dad had gone into hospital with a possible stroke. The boys went off to the park to get muddy, then after lunch we took them to the beach where they got wet and sandy, then we came back and put them in the spa to get warm and pink! Another boy arrived. Five boys in the end, all in the spa. Then all in a row in the sauna!!! That was funny!

So. The end of Harry Potter... the epilogue was trite but also had closure that children appreciate. I didn't mind it but I really don't think it was even a bit necessary. Maybe it was intended to stymie the fanfic writers LOL! Maybe JK Rowling wanted to say, 'See, you mad people, Harry grew up, married, had children... not dead, not gay, not anything else either!' *g*
Mind you, recounting the epilogue to Christy, it just sounded ridiculously stupid!

And I got out all my old National Geographic maps today - India with no Pakistan or Bangladesh. Palestine with no Israel. No Namibia. Rhodesia. Japan owning a lot of offshore islands, including half of Sakhalin. Did I spell that right? *shrug* Also, one map, made in 1942, had as a subtitle that any direct line would take you in a bombing route to Tokyo. And another had as it's subtitle something like, 'Borders stand as of 1 September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland'. It would be considered hugely un-PC these days! So then Steve got out his mother's old encyclopedia! OMG! I'll tell you about that tomorrow! And that was today. Tonight. Night, all!


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Oct. 6th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
The end of Harry Potter... the epilogue was trite but also had closure that children appreciate
That's sort of how I felt. It was just too perfect, not needed.

Busy day! The pictures of Christy's wrist sound odd. The boys in the sauna sound adorable.
Oct. 6th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
-The pictures of Christy's wrist sound odd.
I'll have to scan them for you sometime when it's not after midnight! OMG!
It really is interesting, and although it means no easy fix, at least it shows her pains are very real.

-It was just too perfect, not needed.
Yeah, we all know they were happy ever after at the end of the main book, huh.
I was disappointed by the deaths of Lupin and Tonks. I know maybe Lupin needed to be with his 'gang' to help Harry, but I wondered if it was just twitching at heart strings or something. She made little use of their deaths, so why do it?
ALthough maybe I'm just peeved because I liked Lupin best!
Oct. 6th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
I'll have to scan them for you sometime when it's not after midnight!
Yeah, those would be really interesting to see!

I was disappointed by the deaths of Lupin and Tonks.
Yeah, that's true too. Really no need for all of that.
Oct. 6th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
I felt the epilogue was written for kids, not for us - and kids like closure. In that sense, it was the equivalent of 'and they all lived happily ever after', true to fairy tale tradition. It doesn't, of course, stop fanfic in the slightest as people will simply rewrite the ending (as they have done with traditional fairy stories - think of Sondheim's Into the Woods)!!

Love the image of the kids going to the park to get muddy, etc.

Give Christy my best wishes - her wrists must be very painful.
Oct. 6th, 2007 11:42 am (UTC)
-It doesn't, of course, stop fanfic in the slightest as people will simply rewrite the ending
No, I guess nothing would stop that LOL!

I will pass on your wishes to Christy. I suspect clarinet playing is not helping and I'm afraid, just after we have paid for the damn thing, they'll tell her to stop!

-I felt the epilogue was written for kids, not for us - and kids like closure
Heh. We showed the children The Birds not long ago. They were horrified that it ended with the couple running away, but no solution to the birds themselves!
Then again, they are getting used to movies that 'carry on', like Pirates of the Caribbean, where each successive movie seems to be little more than a vehicle for the one to follow.
And I wonder if the epilogue killed some children's chances to dream of their own ending. Like Harry marries Hermione *g*
Or Ron becomes Head of Hogwarts. Or, even better, Hermione does! Or wizards become leaders of the nation. Or they all move to an island to live in peace... or something else. Not just, they all get married and have children named after dead people and go to Hogwarts...
Oct. 6th, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
Yes, but I think the kind of kids who dream up their own endings would do so regardless, just like fanfic writers, or writers in general. I know I always did. I even moved all my favourite characters into other 'books' to meet each other... I wonder JKR was thinking of the kids who aren't able to generate their own 'what if?' scenarios and give them a brief version of the 'future' that they could unpack and imagine at leisure. That's if she wasn't just glad to have reached the end! *g*
Oct. 6th, 2007 11:24 am (UTC)
P.S. The thing that 'got' me most was the death of Hedwig - she didn't 'use' that, either, and in an interview she said it was a metaphor for putting away childish things. I am offended at the idea of an animal being seen as 'childish things'.
Oct. 6th, 2007 11:37 am (UTC)
-I am offended at the idea of an animal being seen as 'childish things'.
Oh yeah, the death of Hedwig, that REALLY upset me and the boys, it was so unexpected and as you say, didn't have any real meaning or anything. I know the boys didn't see it as anything but mean! And I nearly cried reading it. Poor Hedwig, after seven years with us on Harry's journey, and having played some key roles, to be just *pouf* gone. And hardly mourned.

If it's all for children, as you said above, then why do you think JKR did something so cruel - deaths of animals hit children harder than people usually, because it's a sadness they know, huh.
Oct. 6th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
I get the impression she is one of those people who doesn't have pets and doesn't regard animals as having any personality. They are more like animated toys. It angered me. I've come across examples among parents in schools where I've taught - the sort of people who threaten to give the puppy/kitten away (or worse) and I was shocked to find the same attitude in a novel. I've 'forgiven' her because of the wonderful things she has done for children's reading, the best of which is, in my opinion, getting kids to read/listen to a long sustained story without illustrations, and hold all the complexities of the plot in their heads. However, I do think she has 'feet of clay' from an adult point of view!

I think she wanted kids to learn how to come to terms with loss through fiction, which is admirable, but I wouldn't have chosen that particular death unless I was going to make a lot more of it. I thought the way Harry just sort of picked himself up and carried on was detrimental to his character, too.

I think by the time she reached the end, she had to have a few deaths, because of all the hype and media stuff, and also to show kids that sometimes we have to have sacrifices (our own or others') if we are to make great gains. So she had to choose who to 'kill off' and chose some comparatively minor characters. I don't think anyone (especially the publishers) would have accepted one of the major trio dying in a children's book. She saved Harry (who was willing to die) and used his friends instead. Lots of philosophical discussion to be had!!

A flawed but great series - the fact that it matters to us says it all, really!
Oct. 7th, 2007 09:31 am (UTC)
-I don't think anyone (especially the publishers) would have accepted one of the major trio dying in a children's book.
I was so sure Ron was going to cop it *g* and we were all ready for someone to die!!! Still, it's good that she left those guys intact, their deaths might have been too much for some children who are totally caught up in it.
Oct. 6th, 2007 11:54 am (UTC)
P.S. From a plot device perspective, it was important that Hedwig wasn't available to contact the trio on their meanderings. She couldn't have been left at Ron's house - someone would have sent her with a message and that would have endangered the 'blackout'. If she'd been with them they'd have been tempted to use her with similar results. Leaving her caged somewhere else would have been cruel.
Oct. 6th, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
P.S again. The ending had a peculiar satisfaction to it in that it gave a cyclical structure to the story - once more, we have a generation who will go to Hogwarts and there could be more adventures... That's another fairy tale tradition in some ways - the prince marries the princess and you can start inventing adventures for their kids!! It takes the whole thing back to the start, which is Harry going to Hogwarts like his parents. Closed but open. Clever.
Oct. 7th, 2007 09:25 am (UTC)
OMG a sequel!!! I hadn't thought of that!!! OMG! James and Lily jnr and Albus and Draco's child and Hugo and ... yeah, there is that! Heh!

Have you watched the Harry Potter on YouTube? It's soo cool... Hang on, I'll find you a link...

Oct. 7th, 2007 10:21 am (UTC)
That was hilarious! Thanks!

I'm not saying JKR will write a sequel, but she certainly hasn't closed the door!!
Oct. 7th, 2007 10:23 am (UTC)
Sorry - in wrong lj!! Still enjoyed....
Oct. 7th, 2007 10:29 am (UTC)
That's okay, I always know it's you... or him *g*
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