Saturday, June 16, 2007
Harry Potter Demented Theories #2: The symbol and the dragon on the other side
On J.K. Rowling's official website, she opened her Room of Requirement once more, leading to a third (and presumably final) W.O.M.B.A.T. (the Muggle equivalent of the O.W.L., though it seems as difficult as the N.E.W.T.), in the puzzle, spoiler alert, you need to put together three geometric shapes: a triangle, a circle, and a vertical line. The finished product is the same as the symbol found on the top of the spine of the UK Children's Edition of Deathly Hallows. I believe this symbol to be important to the plot. The sixth UK children's book, Half-Blood Prince, had Gaunt's Ring in the same position...
Actually... I want to concur with some opinions I heard on both Pottercast and Mugglecast and combine it with a few theories of my own: One is that the dragon on the cover of the deluxe edition mentioned in my last Harry Potter post is not Norbert but a Antipodean Opaleye as seen in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (I knew that book would eventually come in useful) and is the only dragon not to be aggressive toward humans. Found in New Zealand it would be antipodean (on the exact other side of the world) from Great Britain. Here's where the symbol comes in, as well as the solstices: the line and circle is an invisible line through the earth, the triangle is length of day in sunlight. The solstices have been known to be very important in these books and I feel that the final battle or something else incredibly major will occur on or around December 21 or June 21, booktime, the solstices. Harry will at some point be in the southern hemisphere. How does he get there? Either he apparates or the wizards have harnessed a tube travel system through the center of the earth a la Thursday Next.
Here is an excerpt from a Scholastic interview with JK Rowling in 2001, while she was still writing the fifth book, Order of the Phoenix:
Q: Could Harry have a pet dragon?
J.K. Rowling responds: You can't domesticate a dragon whatever Hagrid thinks. That's simply impossible. So no. He's got more sense. He might get a different pet at some point but I'm saying no more at this moment.
First of all, is Kreacher a pet or are we talking about something else? Are we talking about him becoming an animagus or befriending his patronus? Or is this pet something we have not seen before?
So nobody can domesticate a dragon, but what about speaking to a dragon? I reiterate my theory that dragons, basilisks, and snakes are all related and all understand parseltongue. Considering that Antipodean Opaleye is the most docile of dragons to humans, do you think Harry's power of persuasion would work? I think Harry might also have to learn some legilimency, but whether by free will, persuasion or Imperious Curse (yes, I think we will get at least one Unforgivable Curse from Harry in this book considering the circumstances), Harry is going to be riding a living, breathing fire, flying, horcrux-killing machine (considering my theory that dragon's blood kills horcri... I mean horcruxes...)
Also, does every scene on the covers occur during sunrise or sunset because the sky is always orange.
Chew on that. I'm out.