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Rule #51: Sometimes - you're wrong.

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Don’t talk so bitterly about any woman. I don’t think now that people can be divided into the good and the bad as though they were two separate races or creations. What are called good women may have terrible things in them, mad moods of recklessness, assertion, jealousy, sin. Bad women, as they are termed, may have in them sorrow, repentance, pity, sacrifice.
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

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…while “the female gaze” is attracted by things like a naked, sweaty Chris Evans or Idris Elba, it’s also attracted by things like: men smiling in sweaters, men crying (DON’T LIE TUMBLR), barefoot fragile Sebastian Stan in the rain on Political Animals, men holding babies, men speaking foreign languages, Mark Ruffalo, and a whole bunch of weird stuff on Ao3 that I don’t even wanna get into. And that’s just “the female gaze as it pertains to men.”
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Harry Potter’s Regressive Stance on House Elves


Harry wondered if Kreacher might bring him a sandwich. 

This is literally in the last sentence of Deathly Hallows, excluding the epilogue. Why in the world would Harry Potter, the boy who grew up in a cupboard, pretty much educated in self sufficiency since the age of one, need a sandwich from a house elf? Harry Potter, in case the reader has forgotten, is the same boy who buried Dobby with his own bare hands out of respect and grief. 

Dobby’s last words were ‘Harry Potter,’ ironically naming the boy who in essence became his new master in everything but name (he did everything Harry asked, never questioned, never hesitated, etc.) an expression that poor Dobby considered an ode to the man that gave him the barest glimpse of temporary freedom. But the house elves don’t want freedom, Ron Weasley would probably remind me. Guess what, Ron? The house elves have never experienced freedom and it is a perfectly natural response to resist change. Just because they don’t want it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve it, a fact Hermione naively attempts to convey to them through S.P.E.W.

So what distinguishes Kreacher from Dobby? Kreacher belongs to Harry whereas Dobby belonged to the Malfoys. Harry freeing Dobby wasn’t a particularly altruistic act considering that he wasn’t giving up anything of his own. When it comes to Harry’s own property, he seems to be a little less easygoing. Nowhere in the text does Harry consider freeing Kreacher the same way he did Dobby. 

What is the point of ending this series on this note?

Is it to show us that humanity is still flawed and a work in progress?

Is it to show us that most people take one step forward and two steps backward?

Is it because J.K. Rowling settled on Harry’s exhaustion at the end of the battle (not to mention his new status as the Boy Who Outlived Voldyshorts) as a good enough incentive to make good use of what are essentially slaves? Or because she had lost the thread of the writing long ago?

And what really died during the Battle of Hogwarts?

Education. Everything Harry and his friends learned (both in school and out- see S.P.E.W.) is all irrelevant now in this empty new world. What is Defense Against the Dark Arts when no one is practicing the arts anymore? Is chess still chess when you are playing with half a board? 

The greatest calamity of the Battle of Hogwarts is that postwar, everything remains the same. House elves are still making sandwiches, children are still scared of being put in Slytherin based on inbred wizarding perceptions of that particular house and literally every female in the book is married to their high school sweetheart. It is the triumph of domesticity, of the mediocre, over adventure, over moral choice, over choosing what is right over what comes easily. 

The next battle won’t be as simple. It is the battle between each wizard and the Voldemort within themselves (the part of them that wants to continue with what is easy instead of what is right, aka keeping the house elves, refusing to acknowledge prominent Slytherins (see Ron and Malfoy in the epilogue), promoting prejudiced views against magical creatures like giants and werewolves, etc.) and it will not be as easily won, considering everyone has yet to acknowledge its existence. 

But hey, this is what they did about Voldemort’s return as well. I guess old habits die hard in the Wizarding World.

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