I understand why Opal didn't simply do the house colors. Want some Slytherin socks? Go buy some green and black balls of yarn! Consider yourself to be a Hufflepuff? Buy yellow and black. It ain't rocket science.
This particular colorway is "Hedwig" and I've been obsessing about "Ron" too. I've heard lots of comments about the colorways. To me at least, this looks like Hedwig. I totally get Tonks and Ron, but what would a Dumbledore look like?It's funny. Other people will loudly exclaim, "Oh, that looks just like Lupin!" In some ways, it's all like any good book. We bring a piece of ourselves to the experience, and no one book can please all people.
So in honor of Banned Book Week 2008, go read yourself some Harry Potter, one of the most challenged books of all time, and maybe knit some socks while you're reading.