Beautiful. Inspirational. Also, I have not seen anything this year.
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See, Rowling largely operates Harry’s generation in a clear system of parallels to the previous generation, Marauders and all. Harry is his father—Quidditch star, a little pig-headed sometimes, an excellent leader. Ron is Sirius Black—snarky and fun, loyal to a fault, mired in self-doubts. Hermione is Remus Lupin—book smart and meticulous, always level-headed, unfailingly perceptive. Ginny is Lily Evans—a firecracker, clever and kind, unwilling to take excuses. Draco Malfoy is Severus Snape—a natural foil to Harry, pretentious, possessed of the frailest ego and also deeper sense of right and wrong when it counts. And guess what? Neville Longbottom is Peter Pettigrew.
Neville is a perfect example of how one single ingredient in the recipe can either ruin your casserole (or stew, or treacle tart, whatever you like), or utterly perfect your whole dish. Neville is the tide-turner, the shiny hinge. And all because he happens to be in the same position as Wormtail… but makes all the hard choices that Pettigrew refused the first time around. Other characters are in similar positions, but none of them go so far as Neville. None of them prove that the shaping of destiny is all on the individual the way he does.
Oh, my gosh, I feel a little overwhelmed.
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JUST SOME HIGHLIGHTS, OKAY? LEAVE ME ALONE.
The guy obviously thinks he is doing a tyrannosaur, specifically a Tyrannosaurus rex given his short arms. T. rex is the most well-known one with short arms, although it seems, now that we have a good number of skeletons that are at least 30% complete (I think we’re starting to approach 50), that young ones did not have such relatively small arms. They seemed to become so as they got much bigger. If you want to know why, I can expand on that. Carnotaurus from the Cretaceous of Argentina is another short-armer but I suspect he would not know that one. Obviously neither would be good football ends as they would short-arm all the passes thrown their way. Ba-dum-dum.
Now here’s the problem. T. rex has only 2 digits (fingers) on each hand. The dude has 4 showing plus the thumb so he seems to be more in zombie mode than T. rex mode. Also, he is standing way too upright and should, instead, be more horizontal – although not necessarily completely horizontal – to balance out the tail, which would be horizontal off the hip going backward. So I would give him a C- at best. If he was in a dinosaur course I was teaching, he would be in the D or F range, frankly.
So he is doing a bad impersonation of a T. rex.
New Mexico-based paleontologist Ralph E. Chapman, formerly of the Smithsonian, recently e-mailed me with a dream of an offer: “write if you need [dinosaur] info and stuff.” After receiving approval to knight him Around the Horn’s staff paleontologist, I asked him to grade this LSU fan (which, yes, helped me win today’s show).
I also asked Ralph to rank dinosaurs, by weight class, as if they were entering a Mortal Kombat Dinosaur Fighting Tournament. That e-mail is forthcoming.