I owe many thanks to elskegaderian, who wrote the remarkable story "Jetée" in response to my desire for a (dark) spotlight to fall on two of my favorite Harry Potter characters, Arthur Weasley and Remus Lupin. Go forth and read!
Also FYI, the articles at HogwartsProfessor.com have been updated to include new Half-Blood Prince analyses.
And here is today's quote for the day. If it sounds familiar, that may be because it is the poem quoted in the final scene of Smoke Signals, which was the first commercially successful film to be an almost exclusively Native American production (written by, directed by, and starring American Indian artists). It was originally published in a longer version entitled "Forgiving Our Fathers" in the poetry anthology Ghost Radio.
"How Do We Forgive Our Fathers?"
by Dick Lourie
How do we forgive our Fathers?
Maybe in a dream
Do we forgive our Fathers for leaving us too often or forever
when we were little?
Maybe for scaring us with unexpected rage
or making us nervous
because there never seemed to be any rage there at all.
Do we forgive our Fathers for marrying or not marrying our Mothers?
For Divorcing or not divorcing our Mothers?
And shall we forgive them for their excesses of warmth or coldness?
Shall we forgive them for pushing or leaning
for shutting doors
for speaking through walls
or never speaking
or never being silent?
Do we forgive our Fathers in our age or in theirs
or their deaths
saying it to them or not saying it?
If we forgive our Fathers what is left?