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You'll look after her, won't you?

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HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD SPOILERS
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Bella prepares to leave for the final battle. Rodolphus stays behind to watch over Delphi. "You'll look after her, won't you? If something goes wrong?"

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Ebemsa's avatar
Hello again !
I imagine Delphi dying her hair like that; sort of :
static.lexpress.fr/medias_9605… , in a gothic lolita style.
Looks weird on a child. But well, all that part may be.
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desleaHobbyist General Artist
I love the picture you linked! And you're right, it does look odd on a child. I'm starting to think the easiest way of dealing with that particular detail is just to assume she dyed it. Because otherwise we get tangled up in why the hell does she have blue and silver hair and it all just gets too hard. ;) I mean, maybe she's just straight dark like Bella, and every solid colour she tried looked too much like her, or something.
Tatgoat's avatar
OH HER FACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your Bella is so tender here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and I have a huge weakness to your Rod:DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD)

As for Dephi's hair you may just nailed it! It may be just a reminding that she's indeed related to Teddy -and Tonks-
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desleaHobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :) :) :)

Yeah, I think really, just thinking about the logistics of CC as a play, that's got to be what it's about. You've got two people with blue hair - one incidental character and one focal. She can't have full blue because that would give the game away, but two-tone is close enough to foreshadow but different enough to not be in your face. (Which means, then, that the blue hair must be real, not dyed - except Teddy's is a Metamorphmagus colour, not a true colour. Or, we could just politely ignore it, treating as a stage management device rather than a canon detail, I guess).
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:):):)

Are we totally sure Delphi is not even partially a Metamorphmagus??? 
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desleaHobbyist General Artist
No, I don't think we're sure of that. She can't be a strong one, because she needed Polyjuice, but she could be a weak one. And that would add further weight to the theory about why Voldemort wanted Tonks dead, too - if their daughter had already been born and was showing signs of being a Metamorphmagus too, that would make it much more likely people would draw associations between her and  Tonks.
Tatgoat's avatar
So indeed another link:)
gor-dis's avatar
Nice work. Only Bella and Roddy should look older, while Delphi should be a baby, no more than a year old, I think.

As for the hair,  from the POV of genetics it is quite possible for a child of two dark haired people to have blond hair, it is the opposite that is impossible.
Also, Delphi's hair may be dyed while she impersonates Diggory's niece - just to conceal her likeness to her well-known mother.
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desleaHobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

I agree Delphi was probably only a year old, weighing up all the factors, but there is a theoretical scenario that allows her to be two years old (basically - Voldemort seeing Bellatrix in Azkaban shortly after his rebirthing, she was pregnant when he got her out, and gives birth before Department of Mysteries). I must admit to a bit of a weakness for that scenario, more for Delphi than for them (ie, givng her more time with them).

Bella and Rod are difficult because they're about forty, and it's quite difficult to age them to forty without over-ageing them, just as a matter of software and hardware limitations where I'm living. (You can fine-tune it more than that, but not with the processing power I have at my disposal). And if I have to get them not-quite-right, I'd more-often-than-not push younger rather than older, mostly just as a reaction against that "beautiful=good/ugly=evil" motif in both the books and the movies, which has always irked me.

I do have trouble with the blonde-Narcissa thing - as you say, it is possible, but the odds go way down the more generations you go back without any blondes, and we really don't know of any at all in the Black tree. But if it's possible for Narcissa, then of course it's also possible for Delphi - except Delphi is described as silver, not blonde. Honestly, your suggestion that she dyed her hair as a disguise is probably the simplest answer, and it's a workable get-out-of-plothole-jail-free.
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janachHobbyist Traditional Artist
When an artist like you who is good at realistic work actually shows us Delphi, it becomes obvious how hideous Mary-Sue hair really is. I don't know what JKR and her co-authors were thinking.
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desleaHobbyist General Artist
Thank you - and yes, I agree. I was neutral on the hair until I started trying to depict it. I have to do a fair bit of post-work to even make it tolerable. *sigh* I can make it work on the adult version under certain lighting, but I really struggle to get a look that I can work with on the child version.

The other thing that doesn't help is the complete absence of images of Esther Smith in character as Delphi. I saw a description recently of "silver with blue tips," which isn't in the script, so I'm guessing it was said by someone who has seen the play. If I'd read that before I started depicting Delphi, I might have taken a different approach, but to be honest, I actually think the silver is more problematic than the blue. Certainly, it is artistically. It's a horrid colour to work with and it has no canon grounding in either Bella's or Voldemort's family tree (other than, at a stretch, Movie!Narcissa's two-tone hair, but even that was only silver in the last movie - before that it was blonde). At least we've seen blue on Teddy!
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