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100 things #4

I've let my "100 things" series fall by the way side, but here's another quote that touched my heart. This is from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the movie version (but maybe in the book, too?). From the first meeting of Harry and Mr. Weasley:

Tell me, Harry; you must know all about Muggles. What exactly is the purpose of a rubber duck?

Harry is, understandably, a bit nervous about meeting his friend's dad for the first time. Mr. Weasley has just been set up as someone who does "raids" and works as a government official - and then Mr. Weasley comes at him with this question. It's so unexpected, so academic but lighthearted at the same time. Such a fine job characterizing Mr. Weasley and the Weasleys generally. This line never gets old, somehow, and as an academic myself, something about it is especially fun. Ah, Arthur, a researcher after my own heart...

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engarian
Aug. 11th, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
It's a comment that does such a beautiful job of defusing the tension undoubtedly felt by Harry when he was introduced to Mr Weasley. There are so many muggle things of mystery, but Rowling chose to focus on a rubber duck - the perfect, benign and innocent companion of bathtime and something whose devoted followers number in the millions. It was perfect and it's great that you glommed onto that particular line.

- Erulisse (one L)
marta_bee
Aug. 12th, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
Glad you liked! I've always loved Mr. Weasley so much - such a generous, gentle man, but just as capable of courage as any other member of the Order.
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