Caleythia reviewed Single
on Aug 10, 2005 10:12 am
I've never been much into shipping, mainly because all of my ships are pure fanon and slash. The only thing I know about het ships are what I read while moderating VENOM. I've never cared either wya about H/G. After seeing all the talk about this essay, I decided to assauge my curiosity and give it a read. Let me say: I am impressed. From a purely structural standpoint, this is a very well written and organized essay. You've presented very clear and effective evidence and backed up all of your points well.
On the issue of H/G, let me begin by saying that I did not like the way it was written in HBP, from the perpective of an out-and-out romance. The information you've presented, however, has made me reassess my view of the whole affair. Your logic on the topic, is, I think, flawless. Your essay makes perfect sense and I hope to see this come out in Book 7.
Thank you for sharing this lovely essay.
Mynuet reviewed Single
on Aug 10, 2005 10:06 am
Absolutely wonderful essay! I had more to say, but the one thing I remember to comment on right at the moment was with regards to the blow to the head. One point of logic that you didn't include is that fighting off the Imperius requires force of will. When you're unconcious, you cannot exert your will, and so any lingering influences towards control, like the theoretical love potion, would be able to work unimpeded. By the time he wakes up, it's already taken effect without him being aware of it, and so he doesn't notice the change in his own behavior. It's a simpler explanation than yours, but it seems to me to make sense.
Myanceris reviewed Single
on Aug 10, 2005 09:48 am
Wow. That is awesome. A lot of things certainly make a lot more sense. I remember thinking to myself while reading the book that a lot of things about the H/G ship didn't fit and I said myself that it was superficially clumsily done, but upon reading your theory, it seems much more likely that it was clever writing because we all know that JKR is a clever writer and the shallow trite-ness of the H/G ship in HBP seemed so out of character for JKR's writing that I was almost embarrassed to read it, but if we take what we know of her subtle blending of plotlines from the first few books then it is much more plausible that things with H/G aren't exactly as they seem. In any case, I hope and pray that you are right because if it turns out to be genuine, then it will well and truly be an iconoclastic revelation.
Tab reviewed Single
on Aug 10, 2005 09:31 am
I like H/Hr (don't know if that makes me a shipper, though), and I love this essay to pieces. I can see Hermione doing something like that; and while I thought a more sinister reason behind the love potion plot, I like your hypothesis a bit better, simply because it highlights the shades of gray when it comes to good intentions. Hermione is *very* concerned for Harry's well-being, books 1-5 demonstrate that clearly, and I could see how she could think that Harry might need a bit of love to help him get over the bump of losing Sirius. In that aspect, love would be the best thing to counteract Harry's impending depression (little did Hermione know that Harry had resolved to move on and live). And while she takes into consideration Harry well-being, she often does so at the expense of knowing whether or not if her actions are wanted. Be that as it may, if you are spot on, and Hermione is behind it all... book seven can't get here fast enough.
Lutter reviewed Single
on Aug 10, 2005 08:18 am
You, my friend, are a genius. I've never read anything like this. Every word of your essay makes sense, and my faith has quickly grown back.
Once again, big time props!
Harmonians won't be too happy with ur essay though, even more so then H/G shippers :D