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Old 20-05-2007, 06:01   #11
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Re: new diary entry

Okay....let's explore just a little....it may be that I am simply getting anxious and we haven't had much in the way of great speculative debate on this site in a couple of months.....BUT....I have always contended that the 3 main characters represent the Ego (Harry), Superego (Hermione), and Id (Ron) of the author Herself. The Id is the "Devil May Care" part of all of us. It is the least rational part of each person. It is the spoiled brat in all of us. It is the part that comes up with the witty retort as a deflection of criticism, anger, or something that hits too close to home. Ron, throughout the stories, has been the one to pop off the wise crack, and, in doing so, has often "accidentally" predicted something that came to pass. Let's say, for the sake of argument, that She was speaking out of her Id when she quipped about the Squid being the world's largest animagus, making an 11th hour appearance to save the day. Would she be so bold as to point us that directly at the truth, assuming that no one would ever take a remark like that seriously? Now, it doesn't have to be literal---it doesn't have to be the squid, and it doesn't have to be the animagus form of Gryffindor, but it could mean that someone (or thing) is not all he/she/it appears to be.

She loves word play, She never writes anything accidentally or carelessly, and She has a wicked, mischievous sense of humor that delights in this sort of thing. She would get just as much pleasure out of people ignoring or overlooking the comment as she would our debating something that is so "obviously" "unbelievable"........


Here's what I wrote in a long-ago thread debating whether Harry will die in Book 7, as we referred to it at the time, or not: JKR has built a brilliant microcosm of the human psyche among the major players in her storyline. Most notably is the trio of Harry (Ego), Ron (Id), and Hermione (Superego). The Ego must eventually overcome the influence of the Id in order for a person to mature completely. The Superego sees to it that a balance occurs. The Id and the Superego cannot coexist without the Ego. It seems more likely that the Id is the expendable part---it's the self-serving "I want" in all of us. The Id is an important part of a person's personality because it allows him/her to get basic needs met. The Id wants whatever feels good at the time, with no consideration for the reality of the situation. It could be argued that the Ego and the Superego can exist without the Id. The Ego is reality based---it understands that other people have needs, wants, desires---most importantly, it understands that being selfish & impulsive can hurt us in the long haul. The Ego's function is to meet the needs of the Id, while taking into consideration the reality of the situation. The Superego is the moral part of a person's psyche and develops later due to the moral and ethical restraints placed on us by our parents. Some people equate the Superego with the conscience as it dictates our understanding of right vs. wrong. The Ego is the strongest so it can provide for the needs of the Id, not tie the Superego's panties in a knot, and still manage to take into account the reality of a given situation. Not an enviable job, but if the Id gets too powerful/influential, impulses and self gratification take over the person's life. If the Superego becomes to strong, the person would be driven by rigid morals, would be judgmental and unbending in his/her view of society. What's with the Freudian philosophy? Long story, short: the Ego can't die. The Id can die (or it could be shifted to another person in this symbolic trio....hmmm.....who could represent the object of Harry's irrational wants and desires?), the Superego can die (note one Tom Riddle), but the Ego must remain. Harry is the Ego in this equation. He lives. If anyone dies, it will be Ron, but given the symbiotic relationship of Ego, Superego, & Id, perhaps none of the Big 3 will die. JKR likes symmetry. Also, JKR usually refers to Harry as her "hero".....I think it more likely it is a manefestation of her own Ego. She's not about to kill the part of herself that keeps her grounded. Just a thought....
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