2/25/05 05:54 pm
Sent: Friday, February 25, 2005 5:54 PM
Subject: RE: So, Ron.
Damnit! You're right. But Harry's walking down to the village and back with Greg! and Maybe Greg comes over to pet the squonk, which he's allowed to do when it's just Harry in charge. [note: at the pet store, Harry would also talk to the SNAKES! and have little snake friends. aww.]
But I'm right on the Draco train with you - I mean, he's SO awful, and we have almost no insight into his inner life whatsoever, but I have to assume he has one, and I just--I find his life in the books really painful to contemplate, because he seems miserable, and the people around him seem miserable, and his home life obviously stinks, so I think --exactly right-- if he just had someone who UNDERSTOOD, and man, I'm 12. No, really, I'm struck dumb by the problems of Draco Malfoy, adolescent.
And, right, it is sort of horrible to be Ron, after having made such a big fucking deal about Hermione and Fleur, to suddenly discover this whole other thing, and he probably thinks that, at least, no one would ever believe Draco.
Also, once he finds out that Draco likes how shabby he is - which he realizes is a primary motivating factor - it's okay that he's a little mercenary about the whole thing, and maybe doesn't like Draco quite as much as he thinks he's supposed to like someone that he sneaks off to make out with, all the time.
And, right, the Weasleys are no longer particularly poor. The kids are out of the house, Arthur's making a little more, and Ron is just shabby because he likes his old pants, which are soft and comfortable, and doesn't see the point of new ones. They're very solidly middle class, I should think, by now - frankly, the Weasleys always seem pretty solidly middle class to me, it's just that Ron is friends with Hermione (only child of two dentists) and Harry (faaaabulously wealthy) and so it seems really miserable and awful, but the kids seem to have enough food and warm clothing and are able to go to the Quidditch cup, and all. Also, Draco probably thinks he's richer than he is, and doesn't realize that estate is about to be a millstone around his neck, and it's probably entailed to the hilt, and there are lots of shabby rooms and scarred up furniture which Lucius and Narcissa sniff is ANTIQUE, and all.
But you're right, Harry! I just get sucked into Ron and Draco's drama all the time, possibly because they're huge sluts who start screwing around almost immediately, before Greg and Harry even just brush hands by accident, because Harry is confused about his sexuality even existing, and Greg is trying not to be poor and huge and clumsy and bad at school AND like boys, especially Harry Potter, who dates Cho Chang. Never mind that Greg's information is at least 2 years out of date.
2/25/05 04:00 pm
Sent: Friday, February 25, 2005 4:00 PM
Subject: Re: So, Ron.
I would like to point out that you requested something about HARRY,
and I tried, and it isn't my fault that Draco always ends up being
(Also, re: your insight into his character after a terrible day at
work- I think this is actually tied into why I love The Hero and The
Crown more than The Blue Sword- because in THATC Aerin is so alone, so
lonely and everyone is so meeeeeean to her, and so when one person
finally realizes how lovely and awesome she is it feels so wonderful,
and that's how I see Draco an awful lot of the time. That's all. I
was thinking about it.)
And Iike that we're finally having a story where wizarding sexual
mores are sort of close to our own- i.e., Ron struggling with liking
boys, instead of having passionate male friendships (no matter how I
adore them) or moral hygiene homosexual affairs. Because, he has no
gaydar, and gets crushes on straight boys, and never had willing
stableboys around his house.
There was probably one excruciating episode where he almost leaned in
to kiss someone, his quidditch pal Philip, and Philip sort of jerked
away and was NICE about it, but blushed and said he wasn't really, um.
And they had been spending all summer together, and Ron felt like
such a moron, and things were weird and the last time he saw Philip he
was walking with his arm around this girl, and he waved at Ron but Ron
had already turned around and started walking the other way.
So Draco is just flirting shamelessly, but Ron is just not risking any
more humiliation, and maybe he even thinks Harry's self-improvement
kick is a hint at him to stop being so lame, and no matter how many
times Draco plops down next to him in the library and smiles and says
that Potions was terrible, and could Ron help him figure out solvents?
Ron is still never going to risk looking like an ass, not again.