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12 November 2006 @ 17:52
PS - Chapter 4 - The Keeper of the Keys  
Comments for Chapter 4.

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Ianus Incantatus: Coffee Swimjanus_incantus on 13th November 2006 00:49 (UTC)
I mentioned in my opening statement that I'd be looking into Hagrid more carefully. Indeed, behind a good-humoured character there seems to be an important informant. Most of the things Hagrid says are not accurate, but they tend to always be partially true. So Hagrid's word seems to give us the correct direction, but he is not completely reliable in details.

Apart from the third person limited omniscient narrator (Harry Filter), we seem to have a 'Hagrid Bias', created by the early chapters of Philosopher's Stone, which reinforces the 'Harry Filter'. It is Hagrid who presents an idealised view on Harry's parents. It is Hagrid who makes it clear to Harry (and the reader) that he is famous. And it is Hagrid who firt introduces the idea of the very dark nature of Slytherin House (though that is in the next chapter).
wandrin_dreamer: Cheekypan_alchemist on 29th November 2006 15:37 (UTC)
Re: Hagrid
Well... yes. Hagrid does generalise awfully. But the fact that we know that means that Harry knows that too (the 'filter').

And just a note on Hagrid giving "an idealised view on Harry's parents". Anyone who is going to tell a child that their parents are anything less than good, is rather heartless. And heartless is one thing we know Hagrid isn't. It is also very difficult to look at people you admire or like and see their flaws.

wandrin_dreamerpan_alchemist on 29th November 2006 16:13 (UTC)
Re: Hagrid
Hagrid's Devotion to Dumbledore

"Never insult Albus Dumbledore in front of me."

Vernon got a much bigger reaction from Hagrid after insulting Dumbledore than he did after, in my opinion, a much more nasty attack on the Potters.

Why is Hagrid so devoted to Dumbledore? Is it because Dumbledore didn't think he opened the Chamber of Secrets?