I'm embarrassed to have posted my silly thoughts on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when there is Janet Batchler. I mean, really, why bother?
All Batchler has done is assemble the three most thoughtful posts on Harry Potter that you're likely to read between now and book 7. This stuff is good.
First, Batchler takes on the question of who dies next. Then she tackles the matter of Draco's attempt to kill Dumbledore. And finally, there's her tour de force on Snape.
Batchler's analysis is careful and very, very smart. And can only add to the fun of waiting for the final installment.
Galley Friend R.S. (who pointed me to Batchler) also has an interesting theory about Snape: That he was bound to Dumbledore by an Unbreakable Vow, perhaps a vow to protect Harry at all costs.
Throw that one on the fire.
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