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"I reckon he had a pretty good idea we were going to try, and instead of stopping us, he just taught us enough to help. I don't think it was an accident he let me find out how the mirror worked. It's almost like he thought I had the right to face Voldemort if I could...."
"Yeah, Dumbledore's off his rocker, all right," said Ron proudly.
(Harry Potter)

What's the meaning of proudly in this context?

closed as too localized by FumbleFingers, WendiKidd, Renan, ctype.h, Deco Feb 17 '13 at 6:16

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    My soon took the HP books off to college, but my wife and I think Ron is proud because Dumbledore's madness reflects the trio's: "We're crazy just like Dumbledore!" – StoneyB Feb 17 '13 at 2:27
  • It’s been looked very awkward before I get you and your wife’s divine words. I’m very happy to meet who understands literatures. – Listenever Feb 17 '13 at 2:40
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    I think this is Too Localised because I can't closevote it as General Reference. The meaning of proudly is easily obtained from a dictionary. The specific significance here is something for the reader to figure out in context. ELL is not Literary Criticism. – FumbleFingers Feb 17 '13 at 3:07
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    @Martha: I haven't read it, but given Harry Potter is a children's book, I doubt the word would be used in a particularly "puzzling" way, in context. – FumbleFingers Feb 17 '13 at 14:43
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    I agree with @FumbleFingers that this is at bottom a LitCrit question. – StoneyB Feb 17 '13 at 20:03
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A paragraph or two earlier comes this:

"I always said he was off his rocker," said Ron, looking quite impressed at how crazy his hero was.

Ron is proud because, in his mind, Harry's musings have just proven his pronouncement about Dumbledore to be correct- Dumbledore is off his rocker.

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