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26 March 2005 @ 10:08 pm
En Famille with the Nif  
My mother opens the conversation with this gambit: "So today at work I got so bored I was on-line looking up facts and fiction about Harry Potter."

Me: *pauses with food half way to mouth* Fiction?

Nif!Mom: Oh, you know, the -- what's the word? Things people think are going to happen in the up-coming book?

Nif!Sister: Fic?

Nif!Mom: No, what's that?

Nif, and 3 sibs: NOTHING.

Nif!Bro: I think you're talking about spoilers.

Nif!Mom: Ahh, yes. Anyway, I have this theory about Harry Potter --

This devolved into a very serious (Sirius?) three hour conversation between me, my siblings, and my mother about the characters of HP, the possible plot lines of HP, possible pairings, and philosophies underpinning why we think what we think about the series.

Highlights:

1. Nif!Sis2: Draco totally has a crush on Hermione! He's overcompensating by making fun of her all the time and I think it's the best plot twist ever! You'll see!

Nif!Mom: Draco's in the closet. He's a total queen.

Nif!Bro: So you think he's overcompensating by making fun of Harry all the time?

Nif!Mom: Well, doesn't everybody think that?

2. My mother's explanation of why Neville Longbottom is going to end up being the hottest and most talented wizard ever, and her crush on Arthur Weasely.

3. My brother's rampage about how Remus Lupin is essentially the greatest character of all time, and a collective Nif!Fam agreement that Remus deserves to be fed grapes by scantily clad Lolito-models for the rest of his life. (This agreement reached after extensive discussion of Remus' sexuality, which I stayed out of.)

4. Nif!Sister1's explanation of why she feels that Harry Potter is a red herring, and that Neville is the one mentioned by the prophecies, which is why she thinks Neville will die and Harry will live, and it will be the world's greatest (and weirdest) mindfuck.

5. My mother's deeply held belief that the only way the series can end is if Harry and Voldemort have, in her words, "A Vulcan mindmeld."

The debate got so intense that my brother ended up lying down beneath the cocktail table in the living room while my youngest sister crawled over it, and my middle sister hurled pillows. I hid behind the sofa, and my mother tried to steal my sister's blanket.

We are a crazy tribe.
 
 
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peeps wanna see peeps boink: naughtymusesfool on March 27th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
hee! Sounds like me, my mother, my sister and my niece speculating.

My brother's rampage about how Remus Lupin is essentially the greatest character of all time, and a collective Nif!Fam agreement that Remus deserves to be fed grapes by scantily clad Lolito-models for the rest of his life. (This agreement reached after extensive discussion of Remus' sexuality, which I stayed out of.)

Hee! I like your family. Though didn't you mention his undying and very reciprocated devotion to Sirius?
pure FORESHADOWING: angelina sexnifra_idril on March 27th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
We tried to talk about Sirius, but all of us just ended up making exaggerated sad faces and wailing things like "HE WAS SO SAD!!!" and "POOR REMUS!!!" so we didn't get that far. *laughs*
peeps wanna see peeps boink: ronmusesfool on March 27th, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)
Heh. In my family, the conversation usually devolves into, "Ron better not die!"
The Scientific Nature of the Whammymiss_pryss on March 27th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
Wow, your family's awesome.
pure FORESHADOWING: Clark RHPSnifra_idril on March 27th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
*grins* Yeah, they're pretty cool.
O is forozymannedias on March 27th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
1. You made a narrow escape, my dear, in not being caught at your game of slashy dorkitude. Next time you won't be so lucky *evilbellatrixlaugh*

2. I was going to give a big fat "wtf" to your mom having a crush on Arthur Weasley, and then I remember that this is in fact your mom. I shall instead simply start coming up with even more tasteless jokes about her based on this new revelation.

3. As much as I hate to agree with the SheBeast, yes, Draco is the Queen of the Queens, or perhaps the Princess of the Queens (as Lucius (Luscious?) seems to be the reigning regina).

4. Tell Nif!Sister1 that she is highly creative and also bugfuck loco. Actually, tell them both that: Draco and Hermione? Puhleeeze. Hermione would be like "Um, your hair is prettier than mine - I don't really dig on that. But you know who does? Harry."

5. Vulcan mindmeld!?!?!?!?!?oneone1 OMGWTF?

So I hope you're having a good Easter, ducky. I'll call in the evening when i'm not watching deadwood *sniffle*.

PS - having just spell-checked this entry, I though you might be interested to know that "OMGWTF" according to the lj spell checker could be reasonably construed as "Octavia" which only makes me thing of Antony & Cleopatra, which only makes me think of three things:

1. Fulvia is dead. Dead? Fulvia. Fulvia is dead? Dead. Fulvia? Fulvia. Dead? Fulvia is dead.

2. The poop was beaten gold.

3. Fie fie fie.

God bless random neural firing.
.: love him dammit (pandarus)hackthis on March 28th, 2005 06:38 am (UTC)
2. My mother's explanation of why Neville Longbottom is going to end up being the hottest and most talented wizard ever, and her crush on Arthur Weasely.

All that Neville-love! I think I heart your family.
hms_yowling on April 5th, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC)
Your tribe sounds fun
And I agree with some of their predictions...

1. That Draco has a crush on Hermione (a la James crush on Lily). Note the importance of James' (attention to his) hair and Draco's (seemingly overly-fussed with) hair. Also, Draco went from Harry as primary target to Ron as primary target. Because Ron is his rival for Hermione's affections!

2. Snape is Harry's father. Um, yes. Unpopular theory. (Can you hear the screams of HP/SS OTP slashers throughout fandom?). And my theory has to do with hair, again. See, my theory is that Snape's hair is unruly, too, and the only thing that keeps it under control is a really greasy potion. Other things that made me scarily convinced of this:

The scene in the first HP movie in which Harry and Snape first locked eyes. Others saw slash. I went... "huh." There was something about the way that scene was framed that bugged me. And then, the photo of Lily and James. James has glasses, yes, but is nowhere near as darkhaired as Harry. Final nail in coffin? The line in the POA film in which Lupin says something to the effect that Lily "could always see the best in people."

Um, as to canonical book references that support this theory, I have none. Mostly because it would require re-reading all the books...

3. Neville will prove to be a hero, if not the one who defeats Voldemort.

4. Less a prediction and more of a "oh, I hope this happens because it would be so evil and dramatic and *fun*. I want Ron to not recover quite so quickly from his interaction with the Brain and Ginny to become a star Quidditch player and Harry's and Hermione's (and Harry's and Neville's) friendships to solidify and Ron to become one seething mass of resentment (oh, yes, Ron, due to his injury can't be Prefect either and either Harry or Neville gets the job) and betrays Harry!

5. Conversely, I want Percy to be on the side of good and to be a sort of Scarlet Pimpernel, pretending to be, well, more of an ass than he actually is, all in the service of some Secret Plan of Dumbledore's.

I guess we'll see in July, though, no?