Top image: The eagle that represents Haru, his future, and his freedom, seen throughout the series.
Bottom image: Doves that appear after Haru and Rin swim at the aquatic center in episode 12, season 2.
The difference between both images is striking.
In the top image, you see a lone eagle flying high on warm air currents. It’s free, but solitary.
In the bottom image, you see a pair of doves flying into the sunset. Doves are believed to mate for life, and they’re often used in symbolism to represent love, faithfulness, and devotion, as well as never being separated from the one you love.
They are used to set off the contrast between Haru before and Haru after, when Haru tells Rin that he found it — his dream — and it’s clearly with Rin in Australia, or wherever else the path takes them. Rin needs Haru to show him the way, but likewise, Haru needs Rin. Their fates, their paths, are intertwined and inseparable, and without one the other would be lost. They are meant to be by each other’s sides.
Doves aren’t a subtle symbol of this. They’re a glaringly obvious metaphor that’s hard to ignore.
there’s something really interesting in this passage that I wanted to point out
Trelawney assumes that Harry was born in midwinter because of his “dark hair” and “mean stature” and “tragic losses so young in life”
Tom Riddle was born in midwinter, is describe in CoS as resembling Harry, and his mother died right after his birth
Harry has a piece of Voldemort’s soul in him
that’s why Trelawney made that assumption
TRELAWNY WAS ACTUALLY A GREAT SEER SHE JUST MESSED UP SOMETIMES AND ACTED A LITTLE GOOFY SO NO ONE TOOK HER SERIOUSLY
BECAUSE CLASSICAL ALLUSIONS
For those of you who don’t know your Greek mythology, Cassandra was the daughter of the King and Queen of Troy. Apollo tried to get in her pants by giving her the gift of prophecy and took nice guy douche-bagging to a godly level by cursing her when she turned him down.
The curse? That she would never be believed.
So all of Cassandra’s warnings to the people of Troy fell on deaf ears.
And in case you don’t remember, Trelawny mentions that her great-great-grandmother’s name was … you guessed it… “Cassandra”