It always upsets me that Dumbledore’s funeral isn’t shown in the HBP movie, just because it’s one of my all-time favorite book moments. The guests, the white casket, the service, and most definitely Fawkes’ lament. The whole chapter gives me chills, but I’ll never see it played out in a film.
your tags on that dane dehaan fancast post are SO RELATABLE I FEEL YOU
!!! honestly !!! I really feel Dane Dehann as Draco. One of my favorite dualities in Draco is the way that he embodies both masculinity and femininity? I feel like he’s encouraged socially to be hyper-masculine in terms of violence, stoicism, and dominance? But his descriptions have always struck me as very feminine or delicate, and I think his dramatic flair can also be interpreted as a bit feminine or effeminate? And I love that canonically he kind of falls apart in terms of failing to fulfill the terms of masculine dominance that he is expected to live up to, specifically in regards to his failure to kill Dumbledore & his emotional breakdown in 6th year where that hyper-masculine shell kinda crumbles?? And I think that Dane can embody that so well??? That like vaguely threatening femininity, and masculine posturing in order to mask extreme emotion.
I sometimes felt guilty about betraying Dumbledore’s trust, of course … he had admitted me to Hogwarts when no other headmaster would have done so, and he had no idea I was breaking the rules he had set down for my own and others’ safety. He never knew I had led three fellow students into becoming Animagi illegally. But I always managed to forget my guilty feelings every time we sat down to plan our next month’s adventure. And I haven’t changed …
I know no one wants to think Mycroft will die - he’s my favorite character - but I’m positive he’s going to:
a) He’s the Protector character, and Protectors always die. Think of Dumbledore or Kenobi. The hero has to defeat the villain on his own at the end, so the protector can’t be around to bail them out if things get bad. Sherlock has to deal with Jim himself, and if
Mycroft’s around, Mycroft’s going to do it. Sherlock’s got to lose the
safety net. But it’s not just the Jim-storyline in which Mycroft is
Sherlock’s guardian: it’s also the Johnlock-storyline. Mycroft has
always told Sherlock “Caring is not an advantage,” and Sherlock has
always tried to live up that. When Sherlock and John get together,
Mycroft can’t be around saying “It’s okay that you’re indulging in
sentiment, Sherlock.” Sherlock has to decide that for himself. He has to internalize his own “parent” figure.
b) Mycroft will need to redeem himself for being under Jim’s thumbsince TGG, and there’s no time for a redemption arc. Mycroft
is a Good Guy; he gets to be redeemed since he was only ever trying to
protect Sherlock. The audience has to be able forgive him, but a full
and realistic redemption arc for Mycroft would take over the rest of the show.
It would make the Sherlock-and-Mycroft relationship more important than
the Sherlock-and-John relationship, and that’s never going to happen.
Mofftisson can short-cut that by having Mycroft die heroically to save
Sherlock. I don’t understand why people say things like “I don’t think
Mycroft is under Jim’s thumb; he’s not a villain” or “Mycroft won’t die;
he’s not a villain.” No one said he was a villain. He’s one of the Good
Guys, placed in a very difficult situation through no real fault of his
own, but he’ll suffer for it. He loves Sherlock a ridiculous amount;
that’s why he’s in this bad situation. Good Guys die, too, particularly in fairly adult stories like Sherlock.
c) There’s no real point to him once we/Sherlock finds out he’s under Jim’s thumb. Mycroft’s usefulness as a character comes from his power: that he is the
British government. But once it comes out that he’s been under Jim’s
thumb the whole time, he won’t look very powerful anymore. The point of
the character is gone. If they don’t kill him after we find out he’s
under Jim’s thumb, he’ll just sort of fizzle out, which I don’t think
Mofftisson would do to a character they love as much as Mycroft.
d) Mycroft dying would definitely advance Johnlock. Sherlock
concentrates on what he feels is his one value - the work - and so John
thinks Sherlock has no feelings. Then, when Sherlock tries to open up,
John can’t let himself believe that Sherlock is how he desperately wants
him to be and so shuts Sherlock down (like in THoB).
That means Sherlock is all the more sure his only value is the work, so
he hides more and more feelings, which makes John think he doesn’t have
any. The Three Garridebs in the season four finaleis
going to break that cycle, but that doesn’t necessarily establish a new
pattern right away; it gives them the opportunity to reevaluate what
they thought they knew about each other and start a new pattern. Now
that cycle has a lot of issues on both sides, but the original problem
was that Sherlock feels his only value is the work. This idea has to
come from his childhood - Mycroft and Redbeard aka The Other One’s death
- and Mycroft dying gives Sherlock an opportunity to revisit it:
Sherlock is constantly trying to be good/clever enough that Mycroft will
finally like him, but Mycroft already adores him. If Mycroft can
convince Sherlock that Mycroft doesn’t think Sherlock’s only value is
the work and has never thought that, that gives Sherlock the opportunity
to think “Maybe other people don’t just value me for that, either.” So
in 4x3, The Three Garridebs breaks the cycle, and in 5x1,
Mycroft’s death starts a new cycle: one where Sherlock thinks John might
like him for reasons besides his “utility” and John thinks Sherlock
does “feel things like that” - Sherlock will be devestated when Mycroft
dies, and John will see that.
e) It’s already been foreshadowed by the red stripe parallel in TSoT (which I’m talkin gabout more below).
f) Sherlock and Mycroft need to talk, and the only way that’s going to happen is if one of them is dying. Sherlock doesn’t think Mycroft cares about him:
MYCROFT: You always were so stupid. Such a disappointment. YOUNG SHERLOCK (angrily): I’m not stupid. MYCROFT (sternly): You’re a very stupid little boy … Mummy and Daddy are very cross …
Mycroft loves Sherlock so much it’s ridiculous, but Sherlock isn’t willing to hear it:
MYCROFT (without turning round): Also, your loss would break my heart. SHERLOCK: What the hell am I supposed to say to that?!
Mycroft can’t even say this to Sherlock’s face because he knows
Sherlock’s just going to laugh at him. Obviously there’s something that
Sherlock perceives that Mycroft has done to him and Mycroft feels
terribly guilty about it: “The Other One” dying, which is Redbeard.
They’ve got to talk about this for Sherlock to be able to move forward,
but I really don’t think they will unless it’s life-and-death. Sherlock just will not believe it. It’s
a lot like the way John refuses to see that Sherlock cares about him.
If The Other One died and Sherlock blames himself and now Mycroft is
dying and Sherlock blames himself, they’re going to end up talking about
The only argument I’ve heard against Mycroft dying is that Mofftisson
love him too much, but I’d say a) I think Mycroft will still be around
in Sherlock’s Mind Palace so it’s not like he’ll be gone, b)
I’m confident I’m right about the timeline of Mycroft dying (at the end
of 5x1), so there are only two more episodes, and c) Mofftisson do love
Mycroft - enough to have him do something big and important and
emotional. This is going to be a huge scene. It’s going to be
heartbreaking. Killing Mycroft is by far the most dramatic thing they
can do with him. It’s by far the most memorable thing they can do with
Let’s talk a little about the timeline. I just said I’m confident about Mycroft’s death being at the end of 5x1. Here’s why:
Mycroft’s death will be an episode that Jim is actively involved in because obviously Jim is going to be the one to arrange it. So that means it won’t be the middle episodes, leaving us with 4x1, 4x3, 5x1, and 5x3. It can’t be 4x3 because that’s going to be all about Mary, and it seems extremely unlikely that Mofftisson would kill off two major characters in one episode: both Mary and Mycroft. It can’t be 5x3 because a) that would be a really depressing way to end the series and majorly detract from the Johnlock happy ending, and b) 5x3 is going to be busy enough, with getting rid of Jim and resolving Johnlock; we don’t have time to deal with Mycroft, too. It can’t be 4x1 because that’s way to early; we haven’t had enough build up for Mycroft’s death yet, and most people don’t have any idea that it’s even possible that he’s selling Sherlock out to Jim. There are a lot of other things that have to be dealt with in season four before we could get to Mycroft. So that only leaves 5x1.
And 5x1 makes sense: a) it’s close enough to the end that Mycroft will still be around for almost everything, b) it’s not so close to the end that it detracts from the happy ending, and c) in terms of the narrative arc of a story this size, 4x3 and 5x1 will be the grimmest episodes.
So I was thinking about the manner of Mycroft’s death:
shooting, explosion, poison, etc. It has to be something that leaves
Mycroft able to talk to Sherlock for a few minutes after it happens so
they can talk about Redbeard aka The Other One’s death and that Mycroft doesn’t blame Sherlock for it
(read the link, seriously). At this point, Jim isn’t going to have any
major people left besides Janine, so that rules out snipers for the
manner of Mycroft’s death. Mycroft spent this whole time getting rid of
the snipers. It can’t be that Mycroft dies because someone that he
trusted actually turned out to be working for Jim: Mycroft dying because
he trusted people would only strengthen “Caring is not an advantage,”
not negate it.
And then I thought of the red stripe parallel:
It’s always bothered me a little because Bainbridge and Sholto almost died, but Mycroft is actually going
to die, so that’s not an exact parallel. But then I was thinking: what
if the parallel isn’t dying; it’s the manner of the death.
I’m not saying Mycroft’s getting a delayed-action stabbing because
that was all very symbolic and not really appropriate to this. I mean a
more general parallel: stabbed/killed using a knife. Jim doesn’t like to
get his hands dirty, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he could
throw knives. That’s still killing from a distance, which Jim is all
about. And Mycroft has been under Jim’s thumb this whole time; however
unwillingly, he’s been sort of working for Jim. And at the end of it,
Jim – quite literally – stabs him in the back. After all, Mycroft does
check his abdomen:
I think Jim is going to “attempt” to kill Sherlock - he in no way wants Sherlock to die or thinks Sherlock will die - because he knows that Mycroft will “take the bullet” (knife) for Sherlock.
Jim’s basically playing chicken with Sherlock’s life, but of course Jim
is going to win; Mycroft is Sherlock’s brother. This level of
manipulation is 100% Jim’s style, and a great final “fuck you” to
Mycroft. Jim loves to manipulate huge risks (like he did in HLV). He’s saying to Mycroft: “You’re so much under my thumb I can decide that you kill yourself.”
Half-Blood Prince has always been my favorite book because it felt like a normal year. Aside from Harry’s lessons with Dumbledore and impending doom, it was like they were normal Hogwarts teenagers facing romance, exams, drama & school sports.
One of my favorite types of Harry Potter aus will always be the “What if [your favorite character] got Sorted into a different House?”
Because while I don’t necessarily
believe that a different House would really change who a
character is as a person, it would still be a distinct environmental
shift that would probably bring out entirely different qualities.
So here’s one I had lately – and pack
your bags, because when I go on rambling insane thought vacations
they’re never brief ones – sharing on the off-chance that hey it
might amuse a handful of people. Because why not.
What if Lucius Malfoy ended up in a
different House at Hogwarts?
My favorite female character would have to be Ginny Weasley. And most of the people I know would not agree with me. (You know who you are LOL) I can’t help it though, she really is my favorite female. I mean there are so many great girls/women to choose from so it can be a hard choice but I have always liked Ginny and I seem to relate to her the most.
She is the youngest so we have that in common (although she has all brother and me all sisters) but she grew up strong. To me it seemed like she was never really the center of attention (except for the second book clearly) but other than that she was always just a note in the back ground until Dumbledore’s Army when she stepped forward and was all yes I am a badass. I really loved that about her. I feel like a lot of people over looked me growing up because I wasn’t the trouble maker and I love seeing someone that was over looked grow up to be a badass.