Sunday, December 20, 2009

Get the horn

I picked up a Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince at an introductory snip of £7 in Sainsburys recently. Watching it with the Bomber, I couldn't help but notice "The Unicorn in Captivity" tapestry from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Hunt of the Unicorn" series hanging on a wall in Hogwarts.

It was striking because I've seen the weavers working on a twleve year project to recreate the tapestries in West Dean.

The original myths surrounding The Hunt of the Unicorn refer to a beast with one horn that can only be tamed by a virgin maiden; subsequently, Christian scholars translated this into an allegory for Christ's relationship with the Virgin Mary.
Ooh Austin, behave! In Potter land:

The blood of a unicorn will keep you alive, even if you are an inch from death, but at a terrible price. You have slain something pure and defenceless to save yourself and you will have but a half-life, a cursed life, from the moment the blood touches your lips.
You pays your money and takes your choice.

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