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Vasaris, the Fuzzy Dragon [userpic]
Radom HP Thought



I was just perusing the most recent HP wank, and I see two basic arguments:

JKR is an eeeebil biatch because she doesn't love Draco as much as I do!

v.

blank stare WTF are you on, anyway?


Not to mention:
JKR is an eeeebil biatch because she's rude to her fans!

v.

blank stare WTF are you on, anyway?


I am a Harry Potter fan. I mostly stay away from online fen (or, hell, offline fen) because they scare me. I enjoy the books. The universe itself intrigues me, and yes, I have written a scant handful of improbable Harry Potter stories that involve characters of the same gender who are vastly unlikely to get together. Yes, I know slash is crazy, but it has more to do with personalities for me, not bodies. But that's a whole different discussion/argument.

In my personal opinion, the Draco Malfoy of canon (as opposed to the cannon... would he survive being drenched in lime Jell-o?) is barely even a character. He's a foil, a plot device, a rather two-dimensional racist asshat who primarily exists to give the Hero some petty problems to deal with in an everyday life that has major bad-shit going down.

In fanon, Draco has depth, motivations, etc., but in canon he's pretty much a drone.

I'm not much of a fan of canon!Draco, per se. I do find him interesting in much the same way I find entertainment in watching Forensic Files. I think that the character, with the sketchy details we have of him, has potential to be fascinating -- but since JKR isn't telling Draco Malfoy's story... well, I don't think she's bothered with much by way of the interesting things he could be, or that might motivate him, or whatever.

I think she sees Draco -- her Draco, canon!Draco -- the way I see him... Flat, black, and fairly uninteresting. So JKR is a bit baffled by his fanbase.

I don't blame her.

I do think she needs a bit of a reality check -- people see things in what you write that you didn't put there. Readers bring a different perspective and (unless you're Nathaniel Hawthorne and write a little summary of what, precisely you meant at the end of each chapter with giant, glowing neon signs saying 'symbol meaning X here!') the union of their experience with your words brings about an entirely different understanding of the text. They'll miss some things and see things you didn't consciously put there. That's the way of the world.

Still, people wigging out because she thinks they're odd for liking bad guys? They need to get over it. It's her problem, not theirs.

She's allowed to be confused and not understand someone else's perspective, just as they can be stumped by hers.

*shakes head*

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*nods* Agreed. I don't quite get why people are so bothered by whether the author agrees with their personal ideas. I mean, it's not like the author is the be-all and end-all of what they create, is it? Even if they say "X is irredeemable", as long as it's not in the books, it's not canon as far as I'm concerned. The creation has a life outside of the author, and in the case of HP, boy, does it have a life.

On the other hand, I think she's right to be a bit confused about those Draco fangirls who make him sexy and soft-hearted and incredibly witty without *any explanation at all* as to why he's so different from the canon. I think that's weird too.

Exactly.

I mean, we don't know if Draco is irredeemable. On the whole, it's a moot point anyway, unless he should change sides (which I find unlikely, although it's certainly possible.) But until she writes it, one way or the other, it's an open question.

Mind you, as I have this suspicion that Draco really isn't all that important in her worldview beyond his little, fanatical, black, nasty, bigoted self as a comparison to Harry, I suspect he's irreedmable in her eyes, hence the confusion.

And yes, IncrediblyWitty!Draco is odd. He strikes me as condescending and in possession of only a handful of useful insults. Most of which seem to translate to Me-rich-and-noble, you-poor-and-lacking-bloodline; I win! Any questions?

Generally followed by: fuck-off-moron! 'Cause face it, the Trio aren't generally much better.

*shrugs*

But then, on the whole, I prefer to write waaaay post war so that everyone involved can a) be an adult and b) hopefully have gained some perspective.

In my personal opinion, the Draco Malfoy of canon (as opposed to the cannon... would he survive being drenched in lime Jell-o?) is barely even a character. He's a foil, a plot device, a rather two-dimensional racist asshat who primarily exists to give the Hero some petty problems to deal with in an everyday life that has major bad-shit going down.

First I'm going to say that you're absolutely right about this. Then I'm going to follow it up by saying that Draco is still my favorite character.

Part of it is a matter of identification. I'm not known for my high morals, kindness, and vocal conscience after all. I simply can't identify with any of the trio.

The rest of it, the main part, is that I was a Draco fan from book one. In the first two or three books, he had a lot of potential. I remember wondering what would happen to him later- would he switch sides? Would he somehow become a major villian of some sort?

He was a coward sometimes, but so was Neville and he's been important repeatedly. Ginny barely existed in the first several chapter of COS, but she turned out to be one of the most important characters in the book.

I am vaguely irked with JKR for this reason only- that it has become glaringly obvious in the past two books that Draco will be forever resigned to the background as nothing more than a petty target of ridicule. And that seems like a waste to me.

*nods*

I have to agree about the first books. Draco was tantalizing -- he's such a little shit, but will he grow out of it? Does he evolve from baby-villain to uber-villain? Like I said, I'm not a fan of Draco per se, at least not the way I am of Snape (heh) but it was intriguing to think 'he's just a kid, how will it evolve/play out?'

And I have to agree that JKR underutilizes him. His two-dimensionality was understandable in the first 2-3 books, Harry himself is a child with a child's black-and-white perceptions, but that he's remained that way, despite Harry's evolving outlook is somewhat disappointing. I mean, I don't much care whether he joins the light side or remains in the dark, but I'd like to see him... fleshed out, I suppose?

Then again, it's Harry's story, so I suspect only the characters closest to/going to have the most meaning to Harry actually will get screen time. Evidently, Draco's just... a fly. Which is too bad, really.