Harry & Friends (General Discussion)

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Harry & Friends (General Discussion)

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1Irisheyz77
Jun 30, 2007, 4:57pm

A place to talk about Harry and the various other characters in the series.

As not everyone has read all the books yet please try to include spoiler warnings if you think you might be giving something away.

2booklover79
Jun 30, 2007, 6:23pm

There's one character that I think is a little too hard on Harry. I'll go ahead and warn for spoilers just in case!!!=)

Charity, Michael's wife. I wouldn't call her a friend but her character irks me. I can understand that she worries a lot for her husband and wants to make sure he's safe and will be there for their children. It's understandable, she fears for her husband..what with his line of work and all. But I think she blames Harry too much for all the danger Michael gets involved in. Yes, Harry has gotten Michael involved in situations where his life was in danger, but he never force Michael to tag along. It is Michael's nature to be loyal and be there for a friend in a time of need.

Even if Harry wasn't around, Michael is a Knight of the Cross and he carries around a huge broadsword..a really big weapon! He's not using it to pick his teeth or using as a paperweight.lol. From what we learn about Shiro (when him and Harry have the conversation about duels in Death Masks), sometimes a Knight is involved in duels to the death. They do have occupation hazards where sometimes their life is on the line.

So I think Charity is a bit harsh in how she views Harry. It's obvious that she does not like Harry and is always cold and while not hateful or mean towards him, not very nice to him. For someone that professes to be a Christian she is not showing the Christian compassion toward others and holds a lot of resentment toward Harry and is not afraid to blame him for when her husband gets hurt. It seems irrational to me, but I guess when it comes to protecting your loved ones who is irrational right?

What does everyone else think?

3MaggieO
Jun 30, 2007, 8:24pm

I do think Charity is a bit over the top with her animosity toward Harry. But there is a reason for it, besides her feeling protective of Michael. But that's all I can say here. Read on.

4Irisheyz77
Jun 30, 2007, 8:26pm

I like Charity. She can be a little mean towards Harry but Harry is often reckless and on the surface at least - irresponsible. He does tend to just rush head long into disaster after all.

But I think that she worries about Harry too and that's part of where some of her coldness and comments comes from that. After all if she hated him then she'd never have agreed to let her son be named after him.

5Caspettee
Abr 21, 2008, 7:21am

I think Charity has a love/hate relationship with Harry. She also always struck me as a mother who worries about her kid hanging out with the "bad" kids. I dont blame Charity really because well Harry IS trouble and it finds him on a regular basis.

6elbakerone
Abr 21, 2008, 11:02am

I agree (#2) that sometimes the way she blames him seems over the top, but I think a lot of it is the stereotypical wife vs. husband's bachelor friend scenario. I think some of her nagging is the inherent "you need to settle down and get a wife and kids" type of jesting.

Actually I've always thought their relationship was a source of ironic humor. Usually the wife would be antagonistic towards the beer-drinking/sports-watching bachelor friend, but in Harry's case the trouble he drags Michael into is demon fighting and crazy magic stuff.

7Caspettee
Abr 22, 2008, 7:07am

elbakerone that is a good way of looking at it. I suspect you have nailed it on the head for that one.