This interview almost killed. The end was just chaotic.
Mark was pressing all the buttons, then Chris joined in, then Tom. Tom hi-jacked the joystick and almost broke it at some point. I just couldn’t breathe.
These men sure know how to turn the worst interview ever around.
Unlike Harry’s relatively brief and contained encounters with Firenze and Griphook, interaction with Dobby and other house-elves is more sustained and more intricately woven into the structure of the Potter series. Disturbingly too, far from resenting their condition of perpetual servitude to wizarding families, most of the house-elves appear to relish it, a characteristic that, given contemporary attitudes to issues of slavery and personal freedom, has precipitated something of an ideological furor as critics have compared the elves to enslaved African-Americans, unliberated housewives within chauvinist societies and even allegorical representations of the natural inequalities present in our world. The fact that the house-elves can only be freed if they are given clothes is also seen by Mendelsohn as a method of denying agency to the oppressed while Julia Park argues that, in writing about the house-elves,
"Rowling means to draw a parallel to slavery, but, once again, because she frequently uses the elves for comic effect, she spoils her effort at social commentary. There is nothing funny about slavery, and the author’s depiction of an enslaved class as something to entertain her readers is reprehensible. Her demeaning use of these characters … betrays her middle-class, patronizing attitude toward all types of laborers, and specifically unpaid/underpaid workers."
Anyone sharing such views is liable to feel outraged when Rowling turns Hermione’s efforts to raise awareness of these creatures into something of a joke, so that her Society for the Protection of Elvish Welfare comes to be known by the acronym S.P.E.W.. This apparently dismissive levity seems so startlingly inappropriate that it almost forces instinctive agreement with Gupta, who states unequivocally that Hermione’s outrage at the elves’ condition is completely understandable and the fact that “it is presented as an eccentricity and taken as an eccentricity by all around her … shows that the Magic world is incomprehensibly irrational from any our world perspective”."
- From Harry Potter and the Unsettling Subalters by Molly Brown, in Magic is Might: Proceedings of the International Conference (2012)
I wonder if many other people listen to music and imagine intense, dramatic, emotional movielike scenes with their favorite characters, or if I just have too much time on my hands
You’re not alone.