Review for Gambit
"In chess, knights are usually sacrificed early and seldom last to the end of the game." And he'd said, "I'll be a knight," in their first year.
Totally. I suspect that Snape didn't know the full extent of Draco's mission when he made the Unbreakable Vow.
What mars this for me is the concept of Dumbledore as a manipulator. It's overused in this fandom and usually completely undefended. This is the only time I've seen someone even come close to a reasonable explanation. I can't see Dumbledore sneakily using Harry to accomplish an end, but I can see him thinking of the Voldemort issue as a chess game with Harry as the king.
"Harry can hate now. Avada Kedavra hate, green as his eyes." What a perfect expression.
What's not clear in here is why Ron pulls his punches with Harry, what he suspects that Hermione knows or why he thinks winning the game/playing his full deck would risk their friendship.
To my mind that doesn't make Dumbledore evil--he's in a difficult position.
As for Ron pulling his punches, what I tried to imply in explaining the gap between the Ron we saw in PA and the Ron we saw since is that he doesn't really like putting himself forward, and in this particular instance he knows Harry's hate is beyond rational. With Hermione I tried to imply that she too might be making some of the same deductions.
Thanks you for the thoughtful and critical review--that kind of response is precious and all too rare.
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