Hekate crosses the generational line that divides Titan from Olympian divinity. Zeus honors her above all the gods, and she is honored in turn by men and gods alike. She retains all the powers allotted as her share “at the first time, from the beginning,” and she retains these privileges on earth, in the heavens, and in the sea, wielding her influence over all domains…In her allotted role as intercessor between men and gods, Hekate is highly responsive to petition, bestowing her favor as she wills. She is called upon men in all their diversified pursuits: war, athletics, horsemanship, navigation, law courts, and assemblies, as well as the work of tending herds and flocks. Her most important epithet is fittingly reserved for last…this is her function as kourotrophos, “nurse of the young,” a role that assures the continuation and well-being of life from its inception. Hekate is dedicated to fosterage but creates no genealogical line of her own, for she remains forever a virgin.
What is more, she is called a mounogenes, a “single-born child.” She has no siblings, and oddly enough her father bears the name of Perses, which in the Works and Days is also the name of Hesiod’s rival brother, whose lazy and thievish conduct occasions the admonitory tale of Pandora’s creation. Unlike that brother, she is a daughter, and unlike him, of course, she has no one with whom she must share. Quite the contrary. She receives more than her share; in fact, she gets it all - not once but twice. Her social position in Zeus’ family circle is unclear. As a mounogenes from her mother, Hekate seems to remain inside the maternal sphere. As a daughter without brothers, she is also like an epikleros (heiress) of her father’s line and hence comes under the special paternal protection of Zeus….
As an intermediary in human affairs between gods and men, honored by all alike, Hekate may be said to neutralize or at least mitigate in advance the negative effects for mortals of Prometheus’ guileful mediation that motivates the anger of Zeus and the creation of Pandora. Hekate also compensates in advance for the negative presence of Pandora herself…these two figures may be viewed as an antithetical pair: the first represents an economy of abundance, the second one of scarcity, and both are drawn into the essential game of reciprocity and exchange….In highlighting [Hekate’s] role as kourotrophos, Zeus also introduces a new form of feminine activity that shifts the emphasis from female fecundity and generative power to a maternal nurturance that is independent of the act of childbirth.
Okay, okay, I’m going to tell you what Hermione sees in Ron.
A trio is a balancing act, right? They’re equalizers of each other. Harry’s like the action, Hermione’s the brains, Ron’s the heart. Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and I mean that genuinely—by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has, they have assassinated her character in the movies. She’s been harmed by being made to be less human, because everything good Ron has, she’s been given.
So, for instance: “If you want to kill Harry, you’re going to have to kill me too”—RON, leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of Harry and says this. Who gets that line in the movie? Hermione.
“Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.” Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books—that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does Hermione say it in the movies? Beginning of Movie 2.
When the Devil’s Snare is curling itself around everybody, Hermione panics, and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says “Are you a witch or not?” In the movie, everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest, brightest flare of sunlight spell there ever was.
So, Hermione—all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you’re making a kick-ass, amazing character, and what you’re doing is dehumanizing her. And it pisses me off. It really does.
In the books, they balance each other out, because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct, Ron has that to back it up; Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep Hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check. Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him, and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing, like when she says “You have a saving people thing.” That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a hundred percent right, but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic “she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant, but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally,” at least Harry.
So in the books they are this balanced group, and in the movies, in the movies—hell, not even Harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies. No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies—God isn’t good enough for Hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.
Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books, who gets it in the movies? Hermione, who hates to fly. Hermione, who overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over Harry’s big idea to get out of the—like, why does Hermione get all these moments?
[John: Because we need to market the movie to girls.]
I think girls like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books, and like the Hermione in the books just fine before Hollywood made her idealized and perfect. And if they would have trusted that, they would have been just fine.
Would the movies have been bad if she was as awesome as she was in the books, and as human as she was in the books? Would the movies get worse?
She IS a strong girl character. This is the thing that pisses me off. They are equating “strong” with superhuman. To me, the Hermione in the book is twelve times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of Hermione in the movies. Give me the Hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.
Here’s a classic example: When Snape in the first book yells at Hermione for being an insufferable know-it-all, do you want to know what Ron says in the book? “Well, you’re asking the questions, and she has to answer. Why ask if you don’t want to be told?” What does he say in the movie? “He’s got a point, you know.” Ron? Would never do that. Would NEVER do that, even before he liked Hermione. Ron would never do that.
Melissa Anelli THROWS IT DOWN about the way Ron and Hermione have been adapted in the movies on the latest episode of PotterCast. Listen here. This glorious rant starts at about 49:00. (via karakamos)
This this this this this this. Why I have a problem with the movies.
Temple of Isis, Egypt, early 20th century
Michonne in 4x11 ‘Claimed’
Natalie Dormer + The eyebrow thing
She’s really some sort of malicious fae or something.
Some sort of Sidhe who doesn’t always bother to keep her glamour up.
She’s totally part veela.
Benny is awesome
It’s been over two weeks since mankind failed to vote for “Persephone” as a name for one of Pluto’s moons - my way of coping with the disappointment was drawing Hades’ reaction, obviously.
No man dared tread on him.
Disney Princesses as Game of Thrones characters by DjeDjehuti.
You think Coupons are your ally………
You merely adopted the struggle. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see name brand until I was already a man.
And by then I had knock offs!
I was wondering what would bounce first. Your pride or your checks
All good and true book-lovers practice the pleasing and improving avocation of reading in bed … No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.
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