Augurey or loosing of sanity

Wed 28 August 2019

(my comments on “The Augurey” by La Matrona, originally published on Reddit)

What is my pet-peeve is when the characters behave like idiots just to keep the plot together. Let’s see. I have just deleted “The Augurey” from my computer.

First of all, just let me state, I have nothing serious against Harmony. I probably prefer Hinny, just because I don’t feel like going against canon when not necessary, and because Northumbrian and “Inner Demons by serendipity_50” have shown me it can be done well, but otherwise it doesn’t bother me. For example, “Escape by SingularOddities” is a rather decent story (I wrote a review of it). So, it is not that.

SPOILERS AHEAD, so please skip if it bothers you (and it doesn’t make sense to mark everything as a spoiler, not much will make sense without them).

It is not even the original premise of the story. The Trio while still hiding in the Grimmauld Place finds out through the Family Black Tree wallpaper (finally somebody found some good use for it!) that Delphini happened (after all, Bellatrix was Black originally). Harry, having a soft heart for orphans, finds her after the war (completely neglected and abused), saves her and brings her as his own. I have never heard about it before, and it could lead to a nice story. So, it is not the basic plot either.

What bothers me, is how it is done. Harry for reasons nobody ever explained (and which don’t make sense either) decides to hide his wish to look for Delphini from everybody (including and especially from Ginny; it looks like the only reason is to make a tension between them, which could lead to their break up). Then he asks (only!) Hermione for help, and finally he breaks in in the middle of night to the house where Delphini lives hidden, takes her away, and presumably kills her neglectful foster mother (he “takes care of her” in rage after finding out how horribly Delphini was neglected). Then he brings her to the Grimmauld Place, where Hermione finds a book on the paediatric care and cures her. So, to summarize, Harry (who still planned to be an officer of the law at that point) just committed completely useless breaking and entering, abduction of a baby, murder, and non-reporting of crime, and I wonder whether not-bringing her to St. Mungo for professional help does not constitute a criminal neglect as well. What’s Hermione’s reaction? She doesn’t report him to the law officers, but she gushes about his big heart and how great a man he is. Sorry, I thrown the story away in that moment, so I don’t know how it continued.

There are zillion other things he can do (even if the existence of Delphini should stay hidden from the wizarding world), just to mention the first idea which came to my mind, he can ask for help his buddy The Minister for Magic, there is zero reasons to keep this whole thing hidden from Ginny and other Weasleys.

There are many decent ways how to break up with your girlfriend decently, and there are many possible reasons which could be found. I can happily imagine that after Ginny haven’t heard about him for a year fallen apart for the biggest hero of them all, Neville. I can imagine Hermioine deciding that after all her affection towards Ron was more curiosity or wish to have her first crush completed than true love (no, Hermione not forgetting Ron his leave after being cursed by the locket makes as much sense as anybody accusing Ginny of bringing the basilisk to the castle, i.e. none at all). So, I believe even post-War Harmony can be written in a reasonable manner (I tried to make a suggested talk between Hermione and Ron in “Late Morning Talks” to show how I would do it). However, the author was lazy and he just wanted to to get to the Harmony cooing over small baby as easily as possible, so he went straight ahead. Grrr.

Category: faith Tagged: review harryPotter blogComment


To přece ví každé malé dítě

Mon 22 April 2019

Někde v nějaké diskusi jsem zmínil, že přece každé malé dítě ví, co je Geiger a tak jsem neodolal a přepíšu sem příslušnou úvahu Karla Čapka (ze sbírky novinových sloupků „V zajetí slov“, Svoboda, Praha, 1969, str. 135):

To přece ví každé malé dítě. To mi řekl jeden automobilista, když …

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Harry Potter and Aristotle

Thu 15 November 2018

Aristotle in the seventh and eighth chapter of his Poetics writes:

Now, according to our definition, Tragedy is an imitation of an action that is complete, and whole, and of a certain magnitude … As therefore, in the other imitative arts, the imitation is one when the object imitated is one …

Category: faith Tagged: review HarryPotter


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Evangelium království

Sun 29 July 2018

(kázání pronesené ve sboru ČCE Praha-Braník, 29. července 2018)

Po Janově uvěznění přišel Ježíš do Galileje a hlásal evangelium Boží. A říkal: „Naplnil se čas a přiblížilo se Boží království; čiňte pokání a věřte evangeliu.“

—Marek 1:14-15

Když se zeptám křesťanů na to, co je evangelium, většinou dostanu celkem …

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Convert RHEL-7 to CentOS

Wed 02 May 2018

I have tried to suggest update of Migration Guide for RHEL7→CentOS7 migration, but apparently after CentOS was bought by Red Hat, there is not enough desire to document such migration, ehm ehm. So, just recording this for posteriority:

cd …

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Loving Vincent

Thu 22 March 2018

Movie “Loving Vincent” is certainly an experience worthy of the tickets to go to the cinema. The main idea of it is to make “animated” film by painting endless number of quality oil paintings in the style of Vincent van Gogh about the painter himself. I have been warned that …

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Pokud nebude hnutí ANO trvat na účasti A. Babiše ve vládě, měli bychom …

Wed 07 February 2018

(odpověď v interním dotazníku KDÚ-ČSL)

Podle mého „na jednání o naší případné účasti ve vládě přistoupit“. Zde je můj komentář (který se do formuláře nevešel).

Zároveň zcela souhlasím s tím, že lidovci (a každá politická strana) vstupovala do voleb s tím, že jsou ochotni se zasazovat o správu věcí veřejných …

Category: faith Tagged: politics KDÚ czech


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O panu Drahošovi a ozbrojení obyvatelstva

Wed 24 January 2018

(komentář k diskusi na Facebooku k včerejší diskusi prezidentských kandidátů panů Drahoše a Zemana)

Byl jsem z té včerejší diskuse upřímně nešťastný (tedy z pěti minut, které jsem vydržel sledovat).

Ne, proto, že by novinář Primy byl neschopný minimální novinářské práce a jenom se snažil přivést diváctvo co nejvíce do …

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On Lying

Sun 07 January 2018

(a comment to the blogpost by Robert O’Callahan)

I think the truthfulness among Christians is overrated. Here, I said it.

OK, before saying anything else, I have to say that being honest is very important, and I know what I am talking about. I had my brush with an …

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Podpora kandidátů na prezidenta

Thu 14 December 2017

(z emailové diskuse)

K obavám z roztříštěnosti:

Pokud v prvním kole bude mít Zeman více než 50% hlasů, bude zvolen. Pak je úplně jedno, kolik hlasů dostane Drahoš a Fišer. Pokud v prvním kole nedostane více než 50%, a předpokládejme, že do druhého kola se dostane, pak záleží na kandidátovi …

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Design notes on plan9-for-vimspace

Mon 04 December 2017


The purpose of this paper is to document any possible ideas, which could be salvaged from the Acme text editor of Plan9 fame, and reuse in vim.

(This is still a bit a work in progress, any comments and suggestions are more than welcome).

When I have seen for …

Category: computer Tagged: vim plan9 ACME GUI


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