I feel sorry for Sirius.

On the night when Voldemort kills Lily and James, Sirius goes to check on Wormtail as he’s the Secret Keeper but discovers he’s not there and has told Voldemort where they’re hiding.

Sirius turns up at the Potters’ ruined home and Hagrid is there picking up baby Harry from the rubble. Sirius tells Hagrid to give Harry to him as he’s his godfather but Hagrid tells him that Dumbledore ordered him to take Harry to live with the Dursleys.

Did Dumbledore ignore James and Lily’s wishes by ignoring the fact that Sirius is Harry’s godfather who was the Potters’ choice as they wanted him to look after Harry if something happened to them?

Sirius had lost two of his best friends and it was his fault for persuading Wormtail to switch places with him as the Potters’ Secret Keeper, so maybe he was trying to atone for his error by trying to look after Harry.

Sirius had also lost Wormtail as a friend because he betrayed the Potters and brought about their deaths.

Dumbledore knew he was giving Harry to a family of muggles who would never understand him, and he must have known that Lily and Petunia didn’t get on, especially after he wrote to Petunia and said she couldn’t go to Hogwarts and she clearly held a grudge about that.

Sirius might have brought Harry up properly, making sure he knew how great his parents were.

“Writin’ lines! What good’s that to anyone? Yeh’ll do summat useful or yeh’ll get out. If yeh think yer father’d rather you were expelled, then get back off ter the castle an’ pack. Go on!” – Hagrid laying down some truths about life at Hogwarts to Malfoy (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone).

Several books later….

“Now, you are going to be doing some lines for me, Mr Potter. No, not with your quill,” she added, as Harry bent down to open his bag. “You’re going to be using a rather special one of mine. Here you are”. – Umbridge trying to punish Harry in her own special way (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix).

 

Book Review: The Green Mile

Posted: March 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

I’ve just finished reading “The Green Mile” by Stephen King. 4599610

I watched the film adaptation back when I was  at university, but only recently did I decide to give the novel a read as well. I only remember parts of the story from the film, so it was good to refresh my mind.

Obviously, this novel is definitely not the easiest of reads, what with the rather graphic descriptions of murder and execution, but the horror of Paul Edgecombe’s flashbacks of his past life is intersected with his gentler life in a retirement home.

The main light-hearted parts of the novel involve the little mouse Mr Jingles, who brings a sense of child-like innocence to an otherwise dark tale.

I was fascinated by the “miracles” John Coffey committed and wonder how he acquired such a gift. It’s so sad that he was wrongly accused of murder when all he had done was try to help the poor little girls.

This film brings about a fear to grow old and watch other people dying and be the only one left, just like Paul. The gift/curse of John Coffey kept Paul tethered to life, forced to live with sending an innocent man to his death. That’s what gets me in the end, even worse than the execution itself.

I don’t know if I would read this again, but it was a good read. I’d give it 7/10 because it was very well written with enough horror and mystery to keep you reading, but it took me a while to get into it.