I wish, wish, WISH that it was the 13th today, but it’s not. Sadly. I think it would be perfect to talk about the 13th part of Harry Potter on the 13th of August [my least favorite month. Ask me why].
So, it’s the end of Christmas break for Harry and his band of misfits [I mean friends] and they’re back in Hogwarts, under the watchful eye of teachers–even the bad ones, like Umbridge and Snape. Unfortunately for Harry, he has gotten news that he has to take Occlumency with Snape.
What on earth is Occlumency? you may ask. Well, I’m glad you did. It’s a little hard to understand sometimes. Occlumency is the art of guarding your mind against outside intrusions. Which is to say, a mixture between what Eragon does and then a little hard-core mental practicing. For example; I’m trying to ‘read your mind’ [we’ll come back to that later], and you have to keep me out, otherwise I could tell where you are, how you’re feeling, and, coolest of all, see if you’re lying to me.
Alright. To the ‘reading your mind’ thing. As Snape explains to Harry, rather nastily, it isn’t really that someone reads your mind, it’s more like they’re accessing the main screen of a computer. Hacking the main password. It doesn’t guarantee that they access ‘files’ or anything like that; just that they can see the basics and whatever’s ‘open’ already.
“Only Muggles talk of ‘mind reading.’ The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by any invader The mind is a complex and many-layered thing, Potter…or at least, most minds are…” He [Snape] smirked. “It is true, however, that those who have mastered Legilimency [the not-mind-reading-thing] are able, under certain conditions, to delve into the minds of their victims and to interpret their findings correctly. The Dark Lord, for instance almost always knows when somebody is lying to him. Only those skilled at Occlumency are able to shut down those feelings and memories that contradict the lie, and so utter falsehoods in his presence without detection.”
Alright, thanks, Slimey. I mean Snapey.
See? Like a computer. Sort of.
Earlier on in this chapter, Snape delivers the bad news–extra ‘lessons’–while Harry is still having a grand ol’ time at Grimmauld place, with Sirius and the Weasleys. Mr. Weasley is back and as happy as ever. He even managed [somehow] to dabble with a Muggle remedy. Stitches. Man, if they ever manage to make stitches so horrible again, I may never ever go to the hospital. Anyone know how to heal gashes without sewing skin together [shudders]? I would appreciate that. Haha.
Anyways. So Sirius sits in on Snape’s telling Harry about the coming Occlumency lessons, and let’s just say that it’s really hard to tell who’s the most upset about this new set up deal. I mean, Sirius really, really doesn’t like Snivellus [cute nickname], but Harry has openly admitted that he likes Umbridge about the same as he likes Snape. That’s sad. Then, Snape has this delightfully evil sneer on his face when he delivers the news–but it’s definitely not a happy, yey-I-get-to-teach-Potty-Potter kind of look. It’s more like a no-thanks-to-Dumbledore kind of look.
Okay, those of you who know me know I like evil characters A LOT. As in, Scar is my favorite Disney characters. WEIRDness. But this Snape guy? One of my least favorite evil characters. I know he doesn’t end up being all super-evil and kill-everything-in-sight like Moldy, but he’s still just plain vindictive and mean. And, shockingly enough, I really don’t like him.
I know! I know. I don’t know.