During the second half of vacation, I gained two pounds. (Or, four? I lost two in the first half of the week, but ended the week two pounds over the last week. Count it however you like!) So this week I was trying to be extra careful about what I'm eating (though that didn't really work, I'm only being "normal careful"). I'm in one of those odd "ever hungry" (as I call 'em) periods right now. I don't know why, but for a few days every couple months I want to eat endlessly but always stay hungry. But I'm not giving in!
I'm rereading Sorcerer's Stone (and likely will continue with the whole series), and got an odd vibe about Ollivander this time. I wonder if he would actually pick a side in a war? Not sell wands to the bad guys? Or if he'd be more like an arms dealer and sell to both sides? Two things started me pondering this:
"...it's really the wand that chooses the wizard, of course."
"I'm sorry to say I sold the wand that did it," he said softly.
"Thirteen-and-a-half inches. Yew. Powerful wand, very powerful, and in
the wrong hands... well, if I'd known what that wand was going out into
the world to do...."
He shook his head and then, to Harry's relief, spotted Hagrid.
It seems sort of odd that he stopped himself from continuing with that sentence. Would he have not sold it to Voldemort? But if he has worked with wands so long, and the wand chooses the wizard, would he stand in the way of a wand's wishes or making the match?
This quote as well:
"...After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things -- terrible, yes, but great."
That's something like saying "Oh, the Nazis? What scientific progress they made! They did it in bad ways, but what progress!".
The last (and most obvious) bit is:
Harry shivered. He wasn't sure he liked Mr. Ollivander too much.
Harry's opinion on people doesn't tend to be too accurate (Snape), but I suppose that sentence allows JKR to get the message through to the younger readers.