- From: Joe Curwen <jcurwen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 16 Mar 2007 13:57:46 -0700
In article <k61lv2tndtgb46q9gb747na33c8f79kvo2@xxxxxxx>, Toon says...
On Thu, 15 Mar 2007 16:09:58 -0400, "blue" <noemail165375@xxxxxxxxx>
So......................back again, why does Lupin close himself off to
love? Love is supposed to be THE KEY, a powerful ancient magic, powerful
enough to have saved Harry and to defeat Voldemort, love and unity, so why
is Lupin making excuses here? He just doesn't want love at all? Or is just
Tonks? Is it because he's hiding something, or thinks she is? Is it a JKR
Yes. A red herring. Tonks conceals herself by morphing. Lpin is
bothered part by age, part by his wolfness. He's the lowest of
lowies. The only thing worse is they who marry a lowly. Like a blood
traitor, but worst. There's the inherent danger. Perhaps werewolves
are sterile (they do reproduce by biting/infecting after all), and
doesn't want Tonks not to have her own child. and with Voldemort
back, why risk his relationship known and used against him or Tonks
(see Harry/Ginny, end of HBP).
I think the point of the Tonks/Lupin romance is to show that love is so powerful
that it can overcome our differences. It is a simple message but it is repeated
in every pairing shown in the book (except one). It doesn't have any meaning or
purpose beyond that.
I think that the man and woman in all of the pairings are opposites. Lupin and
Tonks are opposites not only in personality but because a werewolf represents
the adolescent fear of the changes in the body that come with adolescence and a
metamorphmagus represents the adolescent wish to control changes to the body.
Similarly, Molly and Arthur, Bill and Fleur, Ron and Hermione, Hagrid and girl
Hagrid are all described in opposite terms in the books.
You also get pairings where the characters are described by something similar.
Whenever that happens, the pairing fails. Notable examples are Harry and Cho
(both traumatized by Cedric's death)and Ron and Lavender (both immaturely
needing to display their affection because of an insecurity). Interestingly,
Bill and Fleur met this criteria too until Bill's face was disfigured. Note that
their love wasn't legitimized in the story until Bill was horribly scarred at
which point he was described in terms opposite of Fleur. Harry and Ginny too
were just alike and that is why their relationship couldn't last. I guess this
means that something will have to happen to Ginny.
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