Why doesn’t this clause have perfect tense?

Harry watched Hagrid getting redder and redder in the face as he
called for more wine
, finally kissing Professor McGonagall on the
cheek, who, to Harry’s amazement, giggled and blushed, her top hat
lopsided. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

What does the bold-faced part mean? If it is the reason for Hagrid’s getting redder, I guess its tense needs to be perfect one: as he had called for more wine.


That sentence is perfectly fine, and it is similar to the following ones.

President Obama launched a pre-emptive attack against it as he called for federal immigration reform.

Alabama Governor Bob Riley was joined by Beth and Jug Twitty today, as he called for a boycott of travel to Aruba.

The crowd roared as he called for cutting defense to pay for domestic programs.

As is used to show the contemporaneity of two actions: The crowd roared when he called for a cutting defense, and Hagrid got redder when he drank more wine. In such a case, I would not use two different tenses; if I use the Simple Past with a clause, I will use the Simple Past also with the clause starting with as.

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