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Hogwarts (No Spoilers) / Re: Pottermore
« on: July 23, 2012, 11:23:06 AM »
Dude, I was sorted into Hufflepuff, too! After about 5 tries, I was successfully able to brew a cure for boils, though it's only a practice potion, so I've not really earned any points for it, yet.  I'm liking all the extra back-story stuff, and especially all the stuff on wands - wand cores, wand woods, etc.

I think it's interesting, though it takes rather longer than I think is optimal. It is fun to see how she envisioned certain things and to get her take on stuff. I'm liking it so far. 

Sirius, I was a little surprised by that, too.  On the other hand, they hadn't spent any time dwelling on how hard it hit Harry to lose his wand and how unhappy he was using someone else's wand.  So it wouldn't have made much sense within the movie for him to repair his wand. 

I actually liked the fact that he snapped the Elder Wand and threw it away.  I think that achieves the purpose of making sure it never causes any trouble again better than simply putting it back in Dumbledore's grave.  Because after all, if some other evil wizard tries to find it and is able to trace it to Dumbledore and/or Harry (which, I have to imagine, wouldn't be hard to do given how famous they both are), then they could still grab it from Dumbledore's grave and then attempt to disarm Harry (or worse).

Ping, I also went early Saturday morning.  Which theater did you go to?  I'm curious whether we were in the same theater or not. 

Okay, folks.  What did everyone think? 

I liked it on the whole.  I know it deviated from the book in lots of places, but I still thought the movie held together for the most part.  I cried when H/H/R first enter the Room of Requirement from the Hogshead Inn tunnel.  I also cried when Ron discovers that Fred is dead and when Harry sees Lupin and Tonks dead, too. 

And when he's talking with his parents, Sirius and Lupin in the Forbidden Forest.

I liked King's Cross station.  I thought that was done well.  I also really liked the Gringotts scene.  I would have liked more of the dialogue with Ollivander from the book, but oh well.

I was surprised that there was no explanation of why Harry was able to leave King's Cross and "go back."  It seemed to have just been understood that he could.  I thought that was a bit of a plot hole for the movie.  It's not the kind of thing that I would have thought would take that long, either. 

But over all, I thought it was a great movie - well worth seeing in the theater, and maybe even worth seeing twice.

Anyone else?

The Ministry of Magic / Re: Registration disabled
« on: July 11, 2011, 09:24:21 AM »
Ah.  That explains the sudden decrease in the amount of emails I was receiving per day.  Thanks, MoM!

Hogwarts (No Spoilers) / Re: Visit Hogwarts?
« on: April 25, 2011, 06:50:53 PM »
I figure if I set my expectations low enough, I would probably enjoy it.

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Re: Deathly Hallows, Part 1
« on: January 05, 2011, 12:25:11 PM »
Ping - I'd be open to going to see it again in the theater with you.  I really liked it a lot (and I don't like Michael Gambon as Dumbledore, either; bonus:  he's not really in this movie).  PM me if you want to go.

Hogwarts (No Spoilers) / Re: New Books
« on: December 07, 2010, 08:15:58 AM »
I haven't heard anything like that, Heather.  Do you remember your source?

Hogwarts (No Spoilers) / Re: Visit Hogwarts?
« on: December 07, 2010, 08:15:27 AM »
Has anyone gone yet?  Would love to hear reviews from someone.

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Re: Deathly Hallows, Part 1
« on: December 07, 2010, 08:13:46 AM »
I actually liked this movie far more than any of the others.  I felt like it actually did justice to the scope of the book, took the time to develop the characters, showed the actors' maturity in their roles, and was fairly coherent.  I never felt like it was belabored at all.  In fact, this was the first movie that I actually liked.

Hogwarts (No Spoilers) / Re: Movie 6 Discussion
« on: November 21, 2009, 02:00:38 PM »
I recall the HP theme in the very beginning of the movie but not all the way through.  Yes, Dumbledore fell off the tower in the book, too. 

Sirius, I actually liked the burning of the house scene.  I thought it accomplished a good purpose:  gave the sense of foreboding and gathering darkness/danger that, in the book, is accomplished with narrative but can't be captured in a movie as well.  The house-burning scene communicated that the stakes were serious and they're not safe.  I didn't consider that a serious plot modification.  I considered that an addition that captured the sense of the book and so, therefore, a good move. 

But on the whole, I agree with Ping - the movie hits the major points of the book, so that works for me.   

Hogwarts (No Spoilers) / Re: Visit Hogwarts?
« on: November 21, 2009, 01:52:23 PM »
I could be talked into going to Orlando for this.  In fact, a couple of work friends and I *have* discussed it.  Not completely seriously, of course, but not completely joking, either....

The Ministry of Magic / Re: little problem
« on: July 26, 2009, 05:09:08 PM »
Yeah, Sirius.  I think RL just intruded too much and people moved on to other things. 

Nice to see you, though!

Hogwarts (No Spoilers) / Re: Movie 6 Discussion
« on: July 26, 2009, 05:07:57 PM »
Hi, Sirius!  I liked the movie, too.  I thought it struck a good balance between just being a good movie and telling part of the HP story.  I also thought that it didn't suffer from what all the other movies do:  trying-too-hard-to-be-just-like-the-book-itis.  I thought it did a good job of just being a movie and telling a story in the way that movies can do and books can't.  I did kind of miss the battle in the castle, though, but I suppose they had to cut somewhere.  I enjoyed all the 'ship stuff, actually.  I thought it added to the movie and was done pretty well.

All in all, not bad.

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Tales of Beadle the Bard
« on: December 20, 2008, 01:49:03 AM »
Has anyone read it, yet?  I bought it for my bro for Christmas, and I intend to read it before I wrap it up to give to him. 

Library / Re: Snape: a double agent?
« on: August 31, 2008, 08:32:03 AM »
Yeah.  I just reread the entire series from beginning to end a couple of months ago, and then came back here to read all of our speculation threads.  Have to say I found some of our theories downright amusing and, at times, scarily on target. 

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Re: Half-Blood Prince Movie News
« on: August 08, 2008, 09:11:51 AM »
What kinds of things in particular do you have in mind, Ping? 

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Half-Blood Prince Movie News
« on: July 29, 2008, 09:49:50 PM »
They've announced an actor to play the 11 year old Tom Riddle from the orphanage:

Potter' trailer unveils a young Voldemort
By Claudia Puig, USA TODAY
The sixth Harry Potter movie is continuing to creep toward its Nov. 21 opening.
The trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince arrives today online and makes its debut in theaters Friday before The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Film editing is complete, says director David Yates, and studio officials will soon see the finished product.

PHOTOS: See a photos from 'Harry Potter'
Then next month, test audiences will get a sneak peek — something that doesn't seem to faze Yates in the least. "That's an incredibly useful process," he says.

The big reveal in the trailer (and in this exclusive photo from it): a glimpse of the young Tom Riddle, who grows up to become the wizarding world's most malevolent force, Lord Voldemort.

Voldemort is played by Ralph Fiennes, and his 11-year-old incarnation is played by 10-year-old Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, the actor's nephew. Not only does he bear a resemblance to the grown-up Voldemort, but he also has the requisite intensity, Yates says.

"His mother (Martha Fiennes) is a film director, and Hero was very focused and disciplined," Yates says. "The fact that he's related to Ralph wasn't the primary reason for choosing him. It was an advantage that he looked very similar to Ralph. Of course that was useful. But primarily I went for Hero because of this wonderful haunted quality that seemed to bring Tom Riddle alive on-screen for us."

Yates stressed how hard it can be for very young actors to find the necessary dark place to play such a creepy character.

"But even though he's the nicest child you'd ever want to meet, sweet-natured and pleasant, he got the corners and dark moods and odd spirit of the character."

Audiences also will meet a teenage Voldemort, still known as Tom Riddle. He's played by Frank Dillane. The character made an appearance in the second Potter film, Chamber of Secrets, played by a different actor.

"Even at a very young age, Tom Riddle shows tendencies toward cruelty and maliciousness," Yates says. "And it's a very unsettling thing to see."

Here's the link for the article from USA Today, complete with photo:  http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2008-07-28-potter-trailer_N.htm?se=yahoorefer

« on: June 17, 2008, 06:46:54 PM »

You might think that I chose my second theme, the importance of imagination, because of the part it played in rebuilding my life, but that is not wholly so. Though I will defend the value of bedtime stories to my last gasp, I have learned to value imagination in a much broader sense. Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared.

One of the greatest formative experiences of my life preceded Harry Potter, though it informed much of what I subsequently wrote in those books. This revelation came in the form of one of my earliest day jobs. Though I was sloping off to write stories during my lunch hours, I paid the rent in my early 20s by working in the research department at Amnesty International's headquarters in London.

There in my little office I read hastily scribbled letters smuggled out of totalitarian regimes by men and women who were risking imprisonment to inform the outside world of what was happening to them. I saw photographs of those who had disappeared without trace, sent to Amnesty by their desperate families and friends. I read the testimony of torture victims and saw pictures of their injuries. I opened handwritten, eye-witness accounts of summary trials and executions, of kidnappings and rapes.

Many of my co-workers were ex-political prisoners, people who had been displaced from their homes, or fled into exile, because they had the temerity to think independently of their government. Visitors to our office included those who had come to give information, or to try and find out what had happened to those they had been forced to leave behind.

I shall never forget the African torture victim, a young man no older than I was at the time, who had become mentally ill after all he had endured in his homeland. He trembled uncontrollably as he spoke into a video camera about the brutality inflicted upon him. He was a foot taller than I was, and seemed as fragile as a child. I was given the job of escorting him to the Underground Station afterwards, and this man whose life had been shattered by cruelty took my hand with exquisite courtesy, and wished me future happiness.

And as long as I live I shall remember walking along an empty corridor and suddenly hearing, from behind a closed door, a scream of pain and horror such as I have never heard since. The door opened, and the researcher poked out her head and told me to run and make a hot drink for the young man sitting with her. She had just given him t he news that in retaliation for his own outspokenness against his country's regime, his mother had been seized and executed.

Every day of my working week in my early 20s I was reminded how incredibly fortunate I was, to live in a country with a democratically elected government, where legal representation and a public trial were the rights of everyone. Every day, I saw more evidence about the evils humankind will inflict on their fellow humans, to gain or maintain power. I began to have nightmares, literal nightmares, about some of the things I saw, heard and read.

And yet I also learned more about human goodness at Amnesty International than I had ever known before. Amnesty mobilises thousands of people who have never been tortured or imprisoned for their beliefs to act on behalf of those who have. The power of human empathy, leading to collective action, saves lives, and frees prisoners. Ordinary people, whose personal well-being and security are assured, join together in huge numbers to save people they do not know, and will never meet. My small participation in that process was one of the most humbling and inspiring experiences of my life.

Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people's minds, imagine themselves into other people's places. Of course, this is a power, like my brand of fictional magic, that is morally neutral. One might use such an ability to manipulate, or control, just as much as to understand or sympathise. And many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are.  They can refuse to hear screams or to peer inside cages; they can close their minds and hearts to any suffering that does not touch them personally; they can refuse to know.

I might be tempted to envy people who can live that way, except that I do not think they have any fewer nightmares than I do. Choosing to live in narrow spaces can lead to a form of mental agoraphobia, and that brings its own terrors. I think the willfully unimaginative see more monsters. They are often more afraid. What is more, those who choose not to empathise may enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we collude
with it, through our own apathy.

One of the many things I learned at the end of that Classics corridor down which I ventured at the age of 18, in search of something I could not then
define, was this, written by the Greek author Plutarch: What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. That is an astonishing statement and yet proven a thousand times every day of our lives. It expresses, in part, our inescapable connection with the outside world, the fact that we touch other people's lives simply by existing.

But how much more are you, Harvard graduates of 2008, likely to touch other people's lives? Your intelligence, your capacity for hard work, the education you have earned and received, give you unique status, and unique responsibilities. Even your nationality sets you apart. The great majority of you belong to the world's only remaining superpower. The way you vote, the way you live, the way you protest, the pressure you bring to bear on your government, has an impact way beyond your borders. That is your privilege, and your burden.

If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped transform for the better. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.

I am nearly finished. I have one last hope for you, which is something that I already had at 21. The friends with whom I sat on graduation day have been my friends for life. They are my children's godparents, the people to whom I've been able to turn in times of trouble, friends who have been kind enough not to sue me when I've used their names for Death Eaters. At our graduation we were bound by enormous affection, by our shared experience of a time that could never come again, and, of course, by the knowledge that we held certain photographic evidence that would be exceptionally valuable if any of us ran for Prime Minister.

So today, I can wish you nothing better than similar friendships. And tomorrow, I hope that even if you remember not a single word of mine, you remember those of Seneca, another of those old Romans I met when I fled down the Classics corridor, in retreat from career ladders, in search of ancient wisdom:

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. I wish you all very good lives.

Thank you very much.

« on: June 17, 2008, 06:45:42 PM »
I guess this is probably the most appropriate place to post this.  This is the text of JKR's commencement speech to the 2008 graduating class at Harvard -- typical JKR:  funny, witty, clever, and very poignant.  Wish I could have been there.  (note: the address was too long for one post, so I split it into two posts).

JK Rowling's Harvard Commencement Address
Copyright of JK Rowling (Author of Harry Potter Books), June 2008

President Faust, members of the Harvard Corporation and the Board of Overseers, members of the faculty, proud parents, and, above all, graduates.

The first thing I would like to say is 'thank you.' Not only has Harvard given me an extraordinary honour, but the weeks of fear and nausea I've experienced at the thought of giving this commencement address have made me lose weight. A win-win situation! Now all I have to do is take deep breaths, squint at the red banners and fool myself into believing I am at the world's best-educated Harry Potter convention.

Delivering a commencement address is a great responsibility; or so I thought until I cast my mind back to my own graduation. The commencement speaker that day was the distinguished British philosopher Baroness Mary Warnock. Reflecting on her speech has helped me enormously in writing this one, because it turns out that I can't remember a single word she said. This liberating discovery enables me to proceed without any fear that I might inadvertently influence you to abandon promising careers in business, law or politics for the giddy delights of becoming a gay wizard.

You see? If all you remember in years to come is the 'gay wizard' joke, I've still come out ahead of Baroness Mary Warnock. Achievable goals: the first step towards personal improvement.

Actually, I have wracked my mind and heart for what I ought to say to you today. I have asked myself what I wish I had known at my own graduation, and what important lessons I have learned in the 21 years that has expired between that day and this. I have come up with two answers. On this wonderful day when we are gathered together to celebrate your academic success, I have decided to talk to you about the benefits of failure. And as you stand on the threshold of what is sometimes called 'real life', I want to extol the crucial importance of imagination.

These might seem quixotic or paradoxical choices, but please bear with me.

Looking back at the 21-year-old that I was at graduation is a slightly uncomfortable experience for the 42-year-old that she has become. Half my lifetime ago, I was striking an uneasy balance between the ambition I had for myself, and what those closest to me expected of me. I was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do, ever, was to write novels. However, my parents, both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing personal quirk that could never pay a mortgage, or secure a pension. They had hoped that I would take a vocational degree; I wanted to study English Literature. A compromise was reached that in retrospect satisfied nobody, and I went up to study Modern Languages. Hardly had my parents' car rounded the corner at the end of the road than I ditched German and scuttled off down the Classics corridor.

I cannot remember telling my parents that I was studying Classics; they might well have found out for the first time on graduation day. Of all subjects on this planet, I think they would have been hard put to name one less useful than Greek mythology when it came to securing the keys to an executive bathroom.

I would like to make it clear, in parenthesis, that I do not blame my parents for their point of view. There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you. What is more, I cannot criticise my parents for hoping that I would never experience poverty. They had been poor themselves, and I have since been poor, and I quite agree with them that it is not an ennobling experience. Poverty entails fear, and stress, and sometimes depression; it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts, that is indeed something on which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is romanticised only by fools.

What I feared most for myself at your age was not poverty, but failure. At your age, in spite of a distinct lack of motivation at university, where I had spent far too long in the coffee bar writing stories, and far too little time at lectures, I had a knack for passing examinations, and that, for years, had been the measure of success in my life and that of my peers.

I am not dull enough to suppose that because you are young, gifted and well-educated; you have never known hardship or heartbreak. Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the Fates, and I do not for a moment suppose that everyone here has enjoyed an existence of unruffled privilege and contentment. However, the fact that you are graduating from Harvard suggests that you are not very well-acquainted with failure. You might be driven by a fear of failure quite as much as a desire for success. Indeed, your conception of failure might not be too far from the average person's idea of success, so high have you already flown academically.

Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. So I think it fair to say that by any conventional measure, a mere seven years after my graduation day, I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.

Now, I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun. That period of my life was a dark one, and I had no idea that there was going to be what the press has since represented as a kind of fairy tale resolution. I had no idea how far the tunnel extended, and for a long time, any light at the end of it was a hope rather than a reality.

So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realised, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.

Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations. Failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way. I discovered that I had a strong will, and more discipline than I had suspected; I also found out that I had friends whose value was truly above rubies. The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won, and it has been worth more to me than any qualification I ever earned.

Given a time machine or a Time Turner, I would tell my 21-year-old self that personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a check-list of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications, your CV, are not your life, though you will meet many people of my age and older who confuse the two. Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone's total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Re: Seventh film split
« on: March 16, 2008, 04:17:21 AM »
I agree with you both.  I would certainly have preferred seeing GoF split into two than DH.  I, too, will probably watch both movies (though I won't buy the DVDs - I haven't liked the films in general enough to buy any of them), thereby supporting the cash cow.  However, I have a hard time seeing where they will split it without creating a whole new plot line that has a clear ending somewhere in the midst of all the other plots.  And, of course, if you do that, then that new plot line would have to take enough precedence over the "real" plot in order to make it have a meaningful ending.

Heather, I have to say that I don't think even an expanded prologue/epilogue would be enough to warrant a second movie unless, again, it became a whoel subplot unto itself.  But that's just IMO.  I thoroughly think that the story has been wound up so tightly that trying to add much more, even to the prologue or epilogue, would ruin some of what I find to be the beauty of book 7:  that every detail fits, that each piece has a place and a final resting place. 

So, if you couldn't already tell, I'm opposed to the idea.  I think it's an unfortunate choice, but that won't prevent me from watching to see exactly how they did it.

Zonko's Joke Shop / Re: Game.
« on: March 09, 2008, 12:05:39 PM »
Sleeping in late on ANY DAY.

Cars - Japanese or American?

Zonko's Joke Shop / Re: What do you know about the person above you?
« on: March 09, 2008, 11:59:51 AM »
I know that Heather is (or at least at one point was) a lawyer.

Flourish and Blotts / Re: Return of the one word wonder
« on: March 09, 2008, 11:58:29 AM »
[Just decided to resurrect this for fun.  Let's see if anyone joins in...]


The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Book 8??
« on: February 03, 2008, 10:14:35 AM »
I heard a rumor somewhere that J.K. Rowling said she would consider writing an 8th book because her daughter has asked (begged) her to do so.  Has anyone else heard anything about this?  Anyone know if there's any truth to this rumor?  I certainly hope she doesn't write an 8th book.  She planned 7 books, she wrote 7 books, she did it amazingly well, at this point an 8th book would ruin it.  UNLESS she's just talking about some sort of lexicon; then that's different.  But if she's talking about an 8th book with an actual plot and everything, I think that would be a big mistake.

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Re: Deathly Hallows Movie
« on: January 22, 2008, 08:00:35 AM »
I'm with you, Ping.  While I agree that there's a lot in the books, I still think that DH could be done well as one movie; it's certainly shorter than several of the books that have been made into movies (OOP, anyone?).  On the other hand, none of the movies have been done really well, IMO, so maybe that's just how it goes. 

I have a hard time seeing how to break up DH into two parts in a way that makes both parts totally sustainable as independent narratives.  I would be for them just making it into one longer movie.  It's not like people won't watch it anyway.

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Tales of Beedle the Bard
« on: December 13, 2007, 12:31:10 PM »
I wasn't sure where to post this, exactly, but the 1 copy of this book that JKR wrote that was sold in auction brought in approximately $3.98 million for JKR's childrens charity.  See story below:

JK Rowling magic tales fetch $3.98 million By Jeremy Lovell
1 hour, 9 minutes ago

A hand-written, illustrated book of wizardry by Harry Potter author JK Rowling fetched a record 1.95 million pounds ($3.98 million) at auction in London on Thursday, nearly 40 times its expected price.

"The Tales of Beedle the Bard" had been expected to go for up to 50,000 pounds at the Sotheby's sale.

The buyer was from London dealer Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox, the auctioneer said.

"There was applause when it reached one million and more when it finished," a Sotheby's spokesman said. "Bidding lasted about 10 minutes with four or five bidders in the room and the same number on the phones."

The price is the highest ever achieved at auction for a modern literary manuscript, an auction record for a work by JK Rowling, and an auction record for a children's book.

All proceeds from the sale will go to The Children's Voice, a charity Rowling co-founded in 2005 to help vulnerable children across Europe.

"The Tales of Beedle the Bard" are mentioned in the last Potter book as having been left to Harry's friend Hermione by their teacher Albus Dumbledore.

Of the five stories in the book only one, "The Tale of the Three Brothers," is told in the Potter novels, appearing in the final Potter book "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

"'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' is really a distillation of the themes found in the Harry Potter books, and writing it has been the most wonderful way to say goodbye to a world I loved and lived in for 17 years," Rowling wrote in the sale catalogue.

There are just seven copies of the Tales, bound in brown leather and decorated in silver and moonstones. Six have been given to people closely connected to the Harry Potter books.

The seventh was auctioned on Thursday.

Susan, you may be right.  I guess I just assumed for some reason that Slytherin pre-dated the Peverells, but that is purely an assumption on my part.  Not sure if she ever gave a time frame for the Peverells, did she?

Sorry, Ping.  I don't quite understand your A, B, C thingy.  Here's what I understand from the books.

                      Salazaar Slytherin
                          /        |           \
                         /         |            \
                        /          |             \ 
                  Peverell1  Peverell2     Peverell3
                  (wand)      (stone)       (cloak)     
                    |                |                       |
                    ??              |                       |
                              Marvolo Gaunt           |
                                     |                       |
                                     |                       |
                              Merope Gaunt      James Potter   
                                  Riddle                  | 
                                     |                       |
                                     |                       |
                               Tom Riddle (LV)    Harry Potter

Do I have something wrong, there?

Okay, so a co-worker brought this to my attention and I think she's right.  So Marvolo Gaunt (and therefore LV) was descended from one of the Peverells, right?  The one who had the Resurrection Stone.  And he was also descended from Salazaar Slytherin, right?  So that must mean that the Peverells were descended from Salazaar Slytherin. 

Harry is descended from Ignotus Peverell, the brother with the Invisibility Cloak, right?  So wouldn't that mean:

1)  Harry and LV are distant cousins?

2)  Harry's kids are the real last descendants of Salazaar Slytherin?

Am I making some leap here that I shouldn't be making? 

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Re: Filling in the Blanks (spoilers)
« on: July 30, 2007, 01:08:04 PM »
Here are some questions that I think are still left unanswered (none are serious plot holes, of course, but are more "I'd like to know" kinds of things):

- Why did Dumbledore never marry (to our knowledge)?
- How did James and Lily amass so much gold to pass on to little Harry?
- Do Hagrid and Maxime ever get together?
- Does George continue the joke shop?

Those are just for starters.  Anyone else?

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