Leaky's Daily Quotedown to Deathly Hallows: 44 Days
October 07, 2010, 03:34 AM
There are now only 44 days left until "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" hits theaters! We are posting a quote from the first half of the book every day in celebration and to give us a chance to discuss and ponder the final book as it goes to film. Here is today's quote!
The moment his eyes fell upon Ron, all other concerns fled Harry's mind, for blood drenched the whole of Ron's left side and his face stood out, grayish-white, against the leaf-strewn earth. The Polyjuice Potion was wearing off now: Ron was halfway between Cattermole and himself in appearance, his hair turning redder and redder as his face drained of the little color it had left.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
"What's happened to him?"
"Splinched," said Hermione, her fingers already busy at Ron's sleeve, where the blood was wettest and darkest.
, "The Thief"
Poor Ron. I wonder if this had not happened, if he would have reacted better to things that happened after. It was the start of a hard time for him, the first in his life.
This part comes right after a remarkable, if not unlikely, escape from Ministry of Magic with the locket, and yet no celebrations here because one of them is seriously injured. Rowling just keeps up the pace and from the beginning when Hedwig gets killed and Mad Eye gets killed and Fred is injured — you know its going to be a rough ride. I’m glad the posters are so dark and scary, this is a dark and scary story!
I noticed that too, taoist1. The earliest references to people leaving limbs behind were almost flippant – making it sound like a cartoony sort of predicament, not like people were on the verge of bleeding to death. This seems like an example of plot points that JKR didn’t really think through when she first started writing about them, but then developed the concepts more thoroughly as the series went on. (I guess my conception of her as some sort of writing superwoman who had every detail of 7 volumes clear in her head before ever setting pen to paper is a trifle exaggerated!) Another example of what seems like an afterthought is her statement identifying Dolohov as the Death Eater who killed Gideon and Fabian Prewitt. Had she planned that from the outset, it seems to me that she would have had Ron react more strongly to his encounters with the murderer of his uncles than with the rest of the Death Eaters, the same way that Neville has a special fear and revulsion for Bellatrix.