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Okay, once again, I'm going to go ahead and post a very very early review. It's practically tradition. I stay up all night reading the book at light speed, then come here half-drunk from lack of sleep and tell what I think of it in questionable grammar and sentence structure. Just in case you haven't gotten the gist yet, this is going to contain SPOILERS 2 DA MAXX.

It was very nearly perfect. I'm actually dumbfounded at how much I liked it. I'm definitely going to need a second reading very soon, because there was just SO MUCH. There was SO MUCH in those little 750-plus pages, which, ironically, its shortness is the one of the only things I can complain about. How anyone could fit so many things into so relatively few pages, still mystifies me.

So many deaths... it's hard to believe. And they happen so quickly, especially in the final battle. The only death I caught as it happened, and not as an aftermention, was Fred's. When they said that Tonks, Colin, Lupin had died, I hadn't had any idea. Of course, it was realistic to the tone of the battle, but still quite a nasty shock to read "Oh, by the way, Lupin's dead."

The tone was way way way way way darker than all the rest of the novels combined. I was shocked at certain places that this novel used to be meant for small children. It's hard to imagine a 9-year-old reading them anymore.

Because the action was so fast paced, it was a little hard to follow for me, though I suspect that has a lot to do with staying up 24 hours straight and reading the book as fast as I possibly could.

And I really feel like I have to give a single brief "I told you so." I was right about a lot of things. Which, really, I kind of wish I hadn't been. I expected to be wrong. But I have an immense new respect for JKR. I was a skeptic. I never ever thought she could ever wrap everything up satisfactorily. But I think she pulled it off, guys.

I am happy and tired. It hasn't hit me yet that I just got done with the last first reading of a Harry Potter book. When it does, I will cry. But for right now, I will sleep.

Good luck with your reading adventures. Though I guess if you read this, you've probably already finished.

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / My attitude toward spoilers
« on: July 19, 2007, 01:30:12 AM »
I would like to note that I am signing off the internet for a few days.

Spoilers are everywhere, you guys. Everywhere. The New York Times just posted a review of Book 7. With spoilers.

My friend just called me to tell me he's 150 pages into it. I had to hang up on him to keep him from telling me things.

Temptation is high to look at spoilers, especially when it's so easy, but I implore you to hold on for a few more days. As for me? I'll be gone for two days, 29 minutes at least, and when I finish the book, this will be the first place I'll come.

And even if you don't WANT to look at spoilers, be careful if you're surfing the net. I have no doubt that people will sabotage various webpages with THE GIANT SQUID EATS KARKAROFF ON PAGE 205!!!!11!!LULZ!!!1ONE.

And, on that note, farewell. Until we meet again, as older and wiser fans.

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / I know why Snape is good.
« on: June 26, 2007, 05:11:40 PM »
Since the release of book 6, I have struggled with my own opinion on whether Severus Snape is on the side of the Order or on the side of Lord Voldemort. Like many of you, questions about his loyalty have plagued my mind for years. I am happy to announce that our worries are over. I am now firmly of the opinion that Snape is a good guy, and I shall give you all good evidence why.

Once upon a time, a man named Severus was lurking in a bar, spying on one Albus Dumbledore. At this point, Snape was under the employ of Lord Voldemort. While listening at the door, he heard the latter part of a prophecy made by the interviewee of Professor Dumbledore, one Sybill Trelawney. He almost immediately ran to Lord Voldemort to tell him of this news, but, and this is important, not knowing who Trelawney was at the time, he did not tell Lord Voldemort who made the prophecy. Lord Voldemort soon met his downfall due to that prophecy when he tried to destroy Harry Potter.

We know that it was around this time that Snape went to Dumbledore and expressed his remorse at ever being on the Dark Lord's side. He then entered the employ of Hogwarts as a teacher, which must have been at about the same time as Sybill Trelawney also became employed at Hogwarts.

Fourteen-ish years later, Lord Voldemort returned. He became obsessed with discovering the entirety of that prophecy. The record of the prophecy was smashed in the hall of prophecy, and Voldemort was ticked because now he could never find out what it said.

Two years later, Trelawney unwittingly revealed that Snape had interrupted their interview sixteen years prior, and soon thereafter, Professor Dumbledore and Harry Potter had a conversation in Dumbledore's office in which Dumbledore revealed that he believed it would be unwise to allow Trelawney to go free because she made the prophecy and she could be found out by the Dark Lord.

As a side note, Obviously, if the Dark Lord can torture Bertha Jorkins into remembering things she had forgotten under influence of memory modification, he would be capable of getting information out of Trelawney, who similarly has no memory of making the prophecy.

And now, for the grand finale...

After sixteen years of teaching in the same school as her, Snape now definitely knows who Trelawney is. He knows that Lord Voldemort would LOVE to find out who Trelawney is. And yet, Trelawney is still alive and safe. The only explanation is that Snape never told Voldemort that Trelawney made the prophecy, and the only reason for that would be that Snape is on the side of the Order of the Phoenix.

There. What do you think?

The Three Broomsticks / Clubs, Societies, and Teams?
« on: January 19, 2007, 08:59:44 PM »
So I just joined a Harry Potter club at my University, and hence irrefutably cemented the fact of my geekdom in the annals of time. I was sorted by a very informal, subject-to-change process into Ravenclaw (shhh, you didn't just hear that,) and it was actually quite interesting. I brought up Hogsmeade and we might get some new people soon, since there are about 20-ish people and they all seem to be web-savvy. Anywho...

Is anyone else a member of a HP-related club dealie? I was just curious because we were talking about making T-shirts, but someone said that we wouldn't be allowed to make shirts because of licensing restrictions on the Harry Potter trademark. It seems like we should be able to wear a shirt that says WWU Harry Potter Club or something, but does anyone know more than me about it?

Also, we're looking into some activities to do around campus to promote the club. We're going to start showing the movies this quarter in one of our big lecture halls, and as such, we want to get lots of people to come and fill the space. We were talking about doing some sort or skit or demonstration in the central part of campus to advertise (something along the lines of pointing a wand at someone we planted and say a spell and they belch "slugs" or go into the full body-bind or fall over, just to cause a scene) but does anyone have any ideas for something just as awesome, or even potentially MORE awesome-r?

Anywho... *kicks forum* ARISE, POTTER FANS.  ;D

The Ministry of Magic / Forum descriptions
« on: July 09, 2006, 03:02:33 AM »
Just a nitpicky little observation, but I noticed that the descriptions for the Shrieking Shack and Hogwarts are a little outdated. Since book 6 and movies 3 and 4 are out, the SS should probably be for discussion of Book 7 only, and movies 5 and up, with everything else confined to Hogwarts.

Told you it was nitpicky. And not to pressure you, or anything, Pingly... I know how busy you are.  :)

Flourish and Blotts / It's that time again... HP Mad Libs! (COMPLETE)
« on: July 08, 2006, 05:13:14 AM »
EDIT: Results are up! Check page two for the completed Mad-Lib. Stay tuned for another soon. (And by "soon" I really mean, "whenever I get around to it," unless someone else wants to take this one?)

OK, for the first time in almost two years, we've got a nice, brief Mad Lib here for your viewing enjoyment.

In case you don't know the rules, here's a brief refresher, with a couple of amendments:

1. I have taken a passage from one of the six HP books and taken out some words, now it's your job to fill them in to create a whole new, wacky scene! Oh, the hilarity! Choose whatever words you like, as long as they are the correct part of speech as listed below.
2. Post only one word at a time. If you posted a word and two days (48 hours) have passed with no other reply, you may post another word. This is in order to give everyone a fair chance, but also to prevent the thread from dying altogether. Just use your best judgment to make it fun for everyone.
3. Since this is a Harry Potter story, you might want to respond with Harry Potter-ish words. It's your choice, though.
4. I'm going to take the liberty of editing certain words; not for content, but for grammatical correctness in the story. I'll also correct any spelling errors / typos I see. This is all to ensure a comprehensive and complete story (even if it doesn't make much actual sense, LOL)

Are you psyched? I'm psyched! Are you psyched!? OK, here we go!

1. Verb ending in -ing
2. Name
3. Noun
4. Noun
5. Noun
6. Verb, past tense
7. Noun
8. Noun
9. Name
10. Adjective
11. Adjective
12. Noun
13. Name
14. Adjective
15. Adverb
16. Verb
17. Noun
18. Adjective
19. Noun
20. Adjective
21. Adjective
22. A duo
23. Verb ending in -ing
24. Noun
25. Verb
26. Verb ending in -ing
27. Verb, past tense
28. Noun
29. Adjective
30. Body part
31. Verb
32. Adverb
33. Verb ending in -ing

The Great Hall / Oh, yeah. Who's cool?
« on: October 10, 2005, 01:03:33 PM »
So, Mugglenet had this contest for a while entitled "Funny Ways Voldemort Won't Die." I submitted an entry and didn't win. However, they released the whole list today, and... well... Check out number 33.

Yeah, that's mine. I guess that makes me famous now. Starting now, I'm selling autographs for five... no, make that ten dollars each. Better get in line soon, though. I can hear the crowd gathering outside my house even now.

The funny thing is, they changed the wording of my entry a little bit. The one I submitted said "naked" instead of "topless." Must have been too risque for the Mugglenet folks.

Anyways, yeah, I was pretty excited about that, but I wish I would have won one of the prizes. Ah well. ;D

Rules: (Please read all the rules before submitting your caption. You never know when they might change on you. Even though I just copy/paste them every time.)
- I'll present you with one picture. It is your job to come up with an appropriate caption to go along with that picture.
-Captions are all to be submitted to me by PM. Do not post your captions in this thread.
- 3 points will be awarded to each person who participates. You may send as many submissions as you'd like to but you will only receive 3 entry points (no matter how many you send).
- 12 points go to the winner, thus a total of 15.
- 7 points go to second place, a total of 10.
- I'll post everyone's submissions when I've finished judging
- Entries are judged on creativity, grammar, and humor, and how much chocolate you give to Shelly. ;D

This picture is also in the gallery, where you might be able to find a better quality, bigger version of it. Sorry about that, these things always get shrunk down and sometimes they wind up looking kind of bad. But you get the gist of it, right?

(Oh, and I was just kidding about the chocolate part. But it couldn't hurt to send me some anyways!)

This contest will close Wednesday, September 14. If I'm feeling nice, I'll post results on the 15th.

The Three Broomsticks / Hurricane Katrina
« on: August 28, 2005, 11:42:30 PM »
I just wanted to send my best wishes to everyone in the New Orleans/Louisiana/general southern area, and hope that everyone makes it through the storm OK. I've been watching on the news, and the situation does not look pretty at all. My thoughts will be with everyone in that region of the country.

Rules: (Please read all the rules before submitting your caption)
- I'll present you with one picture. It is your job to come up with an appropriate caption to go along with that picture.
-Captions are all to be submitted to me by PM. Do not post your captions in this thread.
- 3 points will be awarded to each person who participates. You may send as many submissions as you'd like to but you will only receive 3 entry points (no matter how many you send).
- 12 points go to the winner, thus a total of 15.
- 7 points go to second place, a total of 10.
- I'll post everyone's submissions when I've finished judging
- Entries are judged on creativity, grammar, and humor

I would just like to point out the above rule and emphasize its importance, particularly the grammar bit. I just feel the need to let you know that your chances in the contest will be far better if you proofread your captions before sending them in, as I am a stickler for spelling and grammar. It is a simple matter to type your caption in a word processor such as Word to spelling/grammar-check it before sending it, and it really makes a dramatic difference.  :)

Apologies for the poor quality of the image.

This contest will close on Friday, August 26th at 11:59 pm, PST (my time zone.) I'll probably post results on August 27th. Good luck to all applicants! May your creative juices flow freely!

Madame Puddifoot's Tea Shop / A brand spankin' new caption contest!
« on: August 03, 2005, 05:41:21 PM »
Rules: (Please read all the rules before submitting your caption)
- I'll present you with one picture. It is your job to come up with an appropriate caption to go along with that picture.
-Captions are all to be submitted to me by PM. Do not post your captions in this thread.
- 3 points will be awarded to each person who participates. You may send as many submissions as you'd like to but you will only receive 3 entry points (no matter how many you send).
- 12 points go to the winner, thus a total of 15.
- 7 points go to second place, a total of 10.
- I'll post everyone's submissions when I've finished judging
- Entries are judged on creativity, grammar, and humor

This contest will close on Thursday, August 11th at 11:59 pm, PST (my time zone.) I'll probably post results on August 12th.

Here is the transcript of the interview, courtesy of Mugglenet. The whole interview is about 80,000 characters, so I have to do this in a series of posts. Sorry about that.

Emerson Spartz, MuggleNet (ES): Who do you discuss Harry Potter with?

JKR: When I'm working on it, you mean? Virtually no one, which is, for me, it's a necessary condition of work, I have this reputation for being reclusive. Now, that came, I’m not sure that it holds so true in America, but in Britain you really can’t read an article on me, and I read probably a hundredth of what's out there so I know it must be happening more, without the world reclusive being attached to my name. I’m not reclusive in the slightest. What they mean is that I'm secretive and I don’t do a lot of – I’m secretive because that for me is necessary condition of work. It's got nothing to do with the franchise, it's got nothing to do with trying to protect "the property” – I hate it being called “the property” but other people call it “the property” – it’s because I think if you discuss the work while you’re doing it you tend to dissipate the energy you need to do it.

You will meet, we've all met, a heck of a lot of people who stand in bars and discuss the novels they are writing. If they were writing they'd be at home actually writing it. Very occasionally I might tell Neil that, I say, I've had  good day, or I've, you know, I wrote  good joke, it made me laugh, whatever, but I would never discuss in details. And then once I’ve handed in the manuscript then my editors, and that's Emma, who is my UK editor, and Arthur, who is my American editor, they would both see the manuscript at the same time. They collaborate on what they both think about it and then they come back to me and suggest things. Of course, it’s very liberating once someone's read it to be able to then discuss it, so you know I've kept it quiet for 18 months while I've been working and then you get this explosion, because you really want to talk to someone about it now, so Emma and Arthur are the ones who get my first effusions and then it's wonderful to hear what they think. They were both very positive about this book, they really liked it. And then we have arguments as well, obviously.

ES: This is kind of a strange question but how many times have you read your own story?

JKR: That is not a strange question, it's a very valid question because once the book is published I rarely reread. A funny thing is when I do pick up a book to check a fact which I obviously do a lot, if I start reading then I do get kind of sucked in myself and I may read several pages and then I put it away and go back to what I’m doing, but I would never, if for example I was heading to the bath, and I wanted to pick up something to read, I’d never pick up one of my own books. Therefore there are thousands of fans who know the books much better than I do. My one advantage is I know what’s going to happen, and I’ve got a lot of backstory.

Melissa Anelli, The Leaky Cauldron (MA): How many boxes is it, now, of backstory?

JKR: It really is hard to say because I’m so disorganized, but yeah, there’s boxes. It’s mainly in notebooks because the backstory is so valuable, so I mainly need that in a format I can retrieve, because I lose stuff. So, it’s harder to lose a book than it is a bit of paper.

ES: When book seven is out, will you keep the Web site open to keep answering questions?

JKR: Yeah, I don’t see the Web site closing, like on the stroke of midnight when the seventh book’s finished. No, definitely not. My feeling is, I couldn’t possibly answer all the questions, because the novel is the wrong form in which to, for example, present a catalog of your characters’ favorite colors. But people actually want to know – it’s that kind of detail, isn’t it? So, I’m never going to answer everything that an obsessive fan would want to know in the novels, and the Web site is another way of doing that.

Also I think people will continue to theorize about the characters even at the end of book seven because some people are very interested in certain characters whose past lives are not germane to the plot, they’re not central to the story, so there is  big leeway there still for fanfiction, just as there is, I mean – Jane Austen, I'm a huge Jane Austen fan and you wonder about the characters lives at the end of the story. They still exist, they still live, you're bound to wonder, aren't you? But I am as sure as I can be currently that seven will be the final novel, even though I get a lot of really big puppy dog eyes. “Just one more!” Yeah, I think it will be seven.

ES: Seven books is a long series.

JKR: Yeah, exactly, I don’t think they’re going to say you wimped out, come on!

MA: If you were to write anything else on the Harry Potter series would it be about Harry Potter himself or another character or a reference book?

JKR: The most likely thing I’ve said this a few times before, would be an encyclopedia in which I could have fun with the minor characters and I could give the definitive biography of all the characters.

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Favorite HBP quotes?
« on: July 23, 2005, 10:21:40 PM »
I finished my second reading of HBP this morning (I did much better this time, only cried five times), and I thought I'd share a few of my favorite quotes from the book. Feel free to share your own!

"Dumbledore would have been happier than anybody to think that there was a little more love in the world," said Professor McGonagall curtly.

But he understood at last what Dumbledore had ben trying to tell him. It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew -- and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents -- that there was all the difference in the world.

"Do you remember me telling you we are practicing nonverbal spells, Potter?" [said Snape]
"Yes," said Harry stiffly.
"Yes, sir."
"There's no need to call me 'sir,' Professor."

(Talking about the difference between Inferi and ghosts) "Well, what Harry said is the most useful if we're trying to tell them apart!" said Ron. "When we come face-to-face with one down a dark alley, we're going to be having a shufti to see if it's solid, aren't we, we're not going to be asking 'Excuse me, are you the imprint of a departed soul?'"

Oh, I laughed so hard at that last one. I wish there had been more scenes like that, with Harry and Snape in DADA. So, what do you guys think? I know there are a million other great quotes in there, so what were your favorites?

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Thoughts on Half Blood Prince
« on: July 16, 2005, 10:11:35 AM »
Warning: I know it is probably incredibly obvious, but I think I'll give fair warning just in case, since I appear to be the first one to have finished the book. This post contains Spoilers To The Max.

Well, I, for one, am almost to the point where I will never forgive JKR for what she has done. I mean, that is just not cool with me, at all. I lost count of the number of times I cried in the course of my reading, but I would venture a guess around eight, and I absolutely sobbed uncontrollably into my pillow when Dumbledore died. This is not what was supposed to happen, and I can't... I can't accept it. I'm in a fog. Snape can't... he CAN'T!! I'm beginning to think I hate this book, honestly, just for all the bad feelings it created. It has been my policy to immediately skim through the book once I'm done, but I can't even bear to look at the passages again. I will however, bring up some concerns I had.

One of the things I really want to know is what that potion was that Dumbledore drank. What was he hallucinating about when he drank it? That was the most horrible scene I have ever read in a book, bar none, and I want to know why the heck JKR submitted us to that torture. And for a fake Horcrux?!?! WHY?!?

The Horcruxes... It sounds as if Harry will not go back to school next year in order to find them and destroy them. There are probably four of them left, and it sounds as though R.A.B. has the locket of Slytherin, so I gather that is where Harry will go first. I found the idea of them fascinating.

I have to go, I will edit this post (or repost) later with a more complete review.

EDIT: OK here I go again.

I cannot think of words strong enough right now to express my contempt for Snape. Even the sorts of words that would get me banned on this forum are not nearly strong enough. I can't tell you how long I looked at those words on the page... "avada kedavra." I just could not believe that he would do it. I really did think that Snape could be trusted. I think I'm not alone. Nobody suspected Snape simply because Snape was the most easily suspectable character in the whole series. I NEVER would have really thought he was the Half Blood Prince, and especially not in the way they did it. I mean, come on, his mom's last name was Prince? How lame is that? I'm still looking for some way it can be untrue, that someone had him under the imperius curse, but I suppose that's impossible.

Dumbledore's funeral was the saddest, grandest, and yet most ill-received thing I have ever read. It makes it final, irreversable. I don't like it one bit.

I also was displeased with the amount of romance in the book. I could not stand the continued mentions of Ron and Lavender, the completely OPEN and OBVIOUS to a future R/H pairing, the fling between Harry and Ginny, Hermione's unbridled jealousy... it all made me sick, to be perfectly frank, but you all know I've been against ships from the start, and I can't say I wasn't expecting it.

Shoot, I have to go again real quick. I promise I have good stuff to say, too, I'm just getting the bad out of the way.

EDIT AGAIN: OK I'm back.

The fact that Harry isn't going back to school next year confuses me. I can't understand why Harry, or JKR for that matter, made such a decision.

I understand how JKR said that Book 2 could have contained part of Book 6 now, and I actually smacked myself for not realizing it sooner. The diary! It would have been simple to say that the diary contained part of YKW's soul, and even introduce the idea of Horcruxes in book 2.

I loved the Felix Felicis potion, I loved how many instances of Aha! I had through the book. I loved those revelations where a vital question was answered, a piece of the puzzle clicked into place, et cetera.

I am sure I have a lot more to say. Quidditch is a topic which comes to mind, as well as the Vanishing Cabinet and Draco. However, I feel good and vented now. My dad, who has never read the books and expresses no desire to do so, offered to be the recipient of my vent, and even patiently bore with me as I cried again. I apologize if this review seemed unduly harsh, but I am still rather caught up in emotions. I am sure that once I have had some sleep, calmed down a bit, and read the book again, I will love it as much if not more than any previous book. But for now... I've been awake for a long time, and it's been an emotional 24 hours. I'd like a bit of sleep before I have to pack up to go on vacation. I'll be back in a few days, anxious to read what you've all written.

The Ministry of Magic / Quick Reply
« on: July 04, 2005, 08:28:05 AM »
I usually use the quick reply feature to make posts, but lately I've had a weird problem. Whenever I try to click "post," I get a message that says I've already submitted the post, and must have double clicked or tried to refresh, when I know I haven't. I usually can solve it by hitting "back" on my browser, and then "forward," and then clicking through a message that says something about POSTDATA or something, but it still seems weird. Any ideas on how I could fix it? Do I need to clear my cache or something? Or maybe the board doesn't like Firefox?

Also, just out of curiousity, I seem to remember having the BBCode buttons on Quick reply, but now they've disappeared. Did they not work out, or is it another Firefox thing? I love my new Mac, but sometimes compatibility with the rest of the world is a problem.  :-[

Thanks in advance!  ;D

Madame Puddifoot's Tea Shop / How about another caption contest?
« on: July 04, 2005, 08:15:10 AM »
 Rules: (Please read all the rules before submitting your caption)
- I'll present you with one picture. It is your job to come up with an appropriate caption to go along with that picture.
-Captions are all to be submitted to me by PM. Do not post your captions in this thread.
- 3 points will be awarded to each person who participates. You may send as many submissions as you'd like to but you will only receive 3 entry points (no matter how many you send).
- 12 points go to the winner, thus a total of 15.
- 7 points go to second place, a total of 10.
- I'll post everyone's submissions when I've finished judging
- Entries are judged on creativity, grammar, and humor

This contest will close on Monday, July 11th at 11:59 pm, PST. (Which is my time zone, and it's just less effort for me to think in those terms.) I'll probably post results on July 12th.

The Great Hall / Role Play Spectacular!
« on: June 30, 2005, 11:42:14 PM »
Ever since Shelly's expulsion, she had been reluctant to pull pranks as she had used to. In fact, the last time she had broken a school rule was when she had, well, been expelled. She was afraid to do anything to jeopardize her new wonderful position as Keeper of Keys and Grounds, even if it meant fading into the background and performing her duties quietly. But Shelly was bored. She had never been one to sit still for long, and things had just been too quiet for too long. It was time to shake things up a bit. What harm could one little prank do?

Soon after moving into her office, Shelly had noticed a small, secret compartment in the closet, where she now sat crosslegged on the floor. She stared intently at a small cauldron, stirring the contents first in clockwise, then counterclockwise directions. She glanced at her watch, then removed the cauldron from the heat, setting it to cool. Just because her wand had been snapped didn't mean she couldn't brew a couple of potions, right? That doesn't really count as magic, right? Right?

She emptied the potion into a couple of small flasks, slid them into a handy loop on her belt, and left the office, making sure to close and lock the door behind her. She stuck her keyring into a pocket of the jeans she now favored instead of wizards robes, and headed in the direction of the kitchen. She slid down the banister of the stairs, waving at several of her old housemates and a group of Hufflepuffs as she went by. She also passed a group of rather suspicious looking Slytherins, but that was normal, too. That particular group always looked at her as though they resented the fact that she was still at Hogwarts.

As she walked past the trophy room on her way to the kitchens, she heard a loud banging and muffled shouting, as though someone was locked in. As she fumbled with her keys to unlock the door, she thought she heard the voice on the other side mumble in a scarcely audible voice "Oh, it's you," though it could have just been her imagination.

Madame Puddifoot's Tea Shop / Caption Contests for All!!
« on: June 24, 2005, 12:07:49 AM »
 Rules: (Please read all the rules before submitting your caption)
- I'll present you with one picture. It is your job to come up with an appropriate caption to go along with that picture.
-Captions are all to be submitted to me by PM. Do not post your captions in this thread.
- 3 points will be awarded to each person who participates. You may send as many submissions as you'd like to but you will only receive 3 entry points (no matter how many you send).
- 12 points go to the winner, thus a total of 15.
- 7 points go to second place, a total of 10.
- I'll post everyone's submissions when I've finished judging
- Entries are judged on creativity, grammar, and humor

This contest will close on Thursday, June 30th at 11:59 pm, PST. (Which is my time zone, and it's just less effort for me to think in those terms.) I'll probably post results on July 1st.

Madame Puddifoot's Tea Shop / Even newer-er caption contest
« on: June 14, 2005, 02:25:24 PM »
 Rules: (Please read all the rules before submitting your caption)
- I'll present you with one picture. It is your job to come up with an appropriate caption to go along with that picture.
-Captions are all to be submitted to me by PM. Do not post your captions in this thread.
- 3 points will be awarded to each person who participates. You may send as many submissions as you'd like to but you will only receive 3 entry points (no matter how many you send).
- 12 points go to the winner, thus a total of 15.
- 7 points go to second place, a total of 10.
- I'll post everyone's submissions when I've finished judging, (probably on Monday)
- Entries are judged on creativity, grammar, and humor

This contest will close on Sunday, June 19th at 11:59 pm, PST. (Which is my time zone, and it's just less effort for me to think in those terms.)

Library / Countdown
« on: April 11, 2005, 04:08:19 PM »
I've decided to start a little activity leading up to the release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Each day, I think someone should enter this thread and post the number of days remaining until the release, which is July 16th. For example, I'll start it.

95 days left!

Good so far? So tomorrow, someone should come in here and post the next reminder. This is where the cool part comes in. If you're the first person to post a countdown reminder for the day, you get one whole shining gleaming point that you can use either for the house cup or, if you'd like, you can serve it as a nice side dish with your dinner tonight or even wear it as jewelry! I assume most of you will opt for the first option though.  ;D

Rules: Actually, there's only one. You must wait until it is Midnight, Eastern Standard Time in the US to post the day's reminder. Otherwise, certain people living in Australia would get all the points, and that just wouldn't be fair, would it?  ::)

I made this thread to spark some activity on the boards. So if you find yourself posting the countdown and think "Wow, I should really go post that idea I had and see what these guys think," then DO IT! Let's bring this board back to activity!!

Library / Ron is Dumbledore?
« on: April 08, 2005, 10:42:57 PM »
I read an idea on the internet a week or so back that seems, especially at first glance, to be a very extreme T-Shirt winning idea. But the more I read about it, the more plausible it becomes. I'm still not ready to accept it totally yet, but I was wondering what you guys think.

Gee, Shelly, aren't you going to actually tell up anything about the theory?

Sure, sure I will. The very basic-est idea of it is that Ron Weasley, at some point in the future, travels back in time and becomes the person who is now known as Albus Dumbledore.

The entire text of the theory, which of course describes it much more eloquently than I, can be found here. But for those who don't want to read that whole thing, I shall do my best to describe it, short version.

The people who came up with that theory are also running on the theory that JKR is using chess as a running metaphor for the Second War, or even the entire series, and that the chess game at the end of book 1 had high significance. Dumbledore play the part of the black king, Ron is the knight (which is appropriate to the theory, because in the chess game in SS, Ron both played as a knight, and as a so called "king" by leading the other pieces.) Harry and Neville are the bishops (If Harry is taken out, Neville is Dumbledore's backup.) Voldemort is the white king, Bella is the white queen, the list goes on.

Harry describes both Ron and Dumbledore as being tall, thin, and having long noses. Dumbledore has long fingers, Ron is noted as having "big hands and feet" which of course implies long fingers. Dumbledore has a scar on his left knee in the shape of the London Underground. Ron had his left leg severely broken by a dog in PoA. More resemblances are listed in the essay.

There is another key fact, one of the main things that makes me attracted to this theory. Dumbledore states at one point that he hasn't liked Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans since he came across a vomit flavored one in his youth. Bertie Botts Beans were invented in 1955, about 40 years before Dumbledore says this. Most people estimate Dumbledore at 100-150 years old, which would put him somewhere between 60 and 110 when the jelly beans were first invented. This can't be considered "youth" even by Dumbledore's standards.

There are a lot more interesting examples in the text, but these are a few of the main points.

So my question is; what do you think? Is this nothing but someone's crazy, over-developed, illogical, half-baked idea? Or are they really onto something here?

The Three Broomsticks / Dealing with Grief
« on: February 28, 2005, 11:59:26 PM »
I'm going through some tough stuff in my personal life right now, and since I love all of you to pieces and respect your opinions and insights, I was wondering if I could ask for some advice.

My Gramdmother has had cancer for a long time, but very recently it went from being in remission to covering her whole body, and she has approximately 2 weeks to live. I've visited her a few times, but I never know what to say. How do you talk to someone who is dying? A lot of you know me, and you know that my favorite way of dealing with things is to joke about them, but I'm not entirely heartless, and I know when it's inappropraite to make light of a situation. But it leaves me faltering for some way to grasp the situation and decide how to cope.

I love my Grandmother, but we were never exceptionally close, and I'm experiencing quite a large amount of regret and guilt for not bonding with her when I had more of an opportunity. Now, she's having difficulty talking for long periods of time, and every move she takes exhausts her. It's all I can do to keep from crying constantly. I've never experienced death like this, and quite frankly, I'm stumped.

Also, I know I shouldn't be grieving for her now, because she's still alive. I feel terrible, because it's a selfish motive for which I grieve so soon; I want to soften the blow for when she does pass away. Is that a seriously wrong thing to do?

Any advice or wisdom from anyone would be vastly appreciated.

The Great Hall / Step into the Role Play...
« on: December 30, 2004, 12:48:54 AM »
Shelly grunted and heaved her weight behind the trunk holding all her belongings. She strained and pushed, willing the stupid trunk to move. It shifted about three centimeters before Shelly fell over, once again, to her knees. She turned around and sat, leaning her back against the side of the large trunk, taking a moment to catch her breath and wipe the sweat out of her eyes.

It was sure amazing how much life had changed in the past week. An emotional roller coaster, one might say. She had seriously thought her life was over when she was expelled, and the moment her wand was snapped in half had surely been her darkest hour. But not long after, Dumbledore had done the last thing anybody, least of all Shelly, had expected and offered to let her stay on as Keeper of the Keys. Of course, he had required a public apology and restitution, but it had been well worth it to be allowed to avoid being a muggle burger-flipper for the rest of eternity.

She had confronted the angry Great Hall one morning during breakfast and offered a humble apology, (well, as humble as Shelly could ever be, anyways.) It hadn't been easy to face the accusing stares. Shelly was well aware that much of the staff and student body hadn't approved of Dumbledore's decision, but he stood by it, and for that, Shelly was incredibly grateful.

She had spent most of the last week scrubbing the halls, the dungeons, and the Gryffindor common room, all of which had borne the brunt of Shelly's short temper. She was amazed herself at how much mayhem she had caused, and it still brought a slight flush of shame to remember the incident. She hadn't yet had the opportunity to speak to any of the students, or indeed, anyone but Dumbledore. Shelly slept in a spare bed in the hospital wing, and spent her days cleaning. Still, it was all worth it.

Then, just hours ago. when she had finished the last of the restitution, Dumbledore had given Shelly her own office. Granted, it was nothing more than a swept-out rather large broom cupboard on the ground floor (Shelly had heard Filch grumbling about how he needed that cupboard) but it was really all hers! There was a desk crammed into one corner and a dingy chandelier on the opposite wall, and a bare four-poster bed behind a curtain on the east wall, but Shelly was determined to brighten it up a bit. Which brought her back to the trunk.

Shelly didn't even want to think about moving this trunk down seven flights of stairs. Without even thinking, she reached into her pocket and retrieved the four inches of what remained of her wand. She stared at it thoughtfully for a second. It would certainly make things easier... no. Shelly pocketed the wand as quickly as she had removed it. She wouldn't betray Dumbledore's trust like that. Not after he had vouched for her, given her everything.

Shelly stood up and threw herself at the trunk again, this time moving it several inches. Aha! Progress! she thought triumphantly. She continued in this vein for several minutes, moving the trunk in spurts. Finally, she arrived at the first set of stairs. She started to push the trunk, but stopped suddenly. Wait, that's pretty stupid, isn't it, Shelly? It'll just go flying down the stairs and burst open, won't it? Proud of herself for avoiding a disaster, Shelly walked to the other side of the trunk and pulled it. However, she had misjugded her distance from the top step. Her foot dropped unexpectedly, and her other foot automatically flew out behind her to compensate. She fell down painfully, and with both hands still locked on the trunk handle, the trunk started down the stairs.

Shelly was pushed backwards and tumbled down the stairs, with the trunk landing on her every step of the way. About two-thirds of the way down, her left arm sank to the shoulder in a trick step, but the rest of Shelly flipped over with the extra momentum, wrenching said shoulder. To add insult to injury, the trunk landed at the bottom of the stairs, popping its lock and scattering the sixth floor with Shelly's underwear, chess set, and posters of the Weird Sisters, along with the rest of her belongings.

"Great," Shelly said aloud. "Fantastic." She tried to get her arm out of the stair, but her shoulder objected loudly and she went still. "Leave it to me to hurt myself while moving a trunk." Besides, with her luck, someone would be along any minute.

[OOC: Wow, this came out to be pretty long. But I felt like I had to add some closure to the old story. Call it an obsessive-compulsive thing.  ;D]


JKR has just announced from behind the door on her site that HBP is finished and that the release date will be announced publicly in the next 24 hours.

I'm so stoked! Here's the transcript from the site:

"I know you all expected this to happen on Christmas Day, but I was sure that those of you who celebrate Christmas have better things to do on the day itself than fight your way into my study, whereas those of you who DON'T celebrate Christmas would definitely prefer not to wait until the twenty-fifth, so...

'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince' is COMPLETED and has been delivered to my English language publishers, who hope to announce the publication date within twenty four hours.

Although I have joked about HP&THBP racing my third baby into the world, I have in fact had all the time I needed to tinker with the manuscript and I am as happy as I have ever been with the end result. I only hope you feel that it was worth the wait when you finally read it.

Wishing everybody a wonderful holiday and a happy and peaceful 2005,

JK Rowling.

*total and utter shock*

I'll go post details on how to get through the door in the JKR site thread.

[EDIT:] Should I have made this a little more spoiler friendly? I was too excited to think about that when I posted, but maybe I should change it... Ping? What do you think?

Library / Harry Potter Astrology
« on: December 19, 2004, 03:47:43 PM »
Wow, this site is really neat. It's amazing how well this describes me.

HP Astrology

Here's what mine says, and tell me if it doesn't sound like it could be the biography of Shelly.

Gryffindor Sagittarius:

Gryffindors born under this sign are exuberant and full of good humour. They are intelligent, but often do not make the best of students, because they would rather be outside enjoying the fresh air or off studying on their own. They aren't good at diplomatic silence; if a teacher makes a mistake, the Gryffindor Sag will draw attention to it right away, usually loudly and in front of the entire class. At length. These students can get into trouble - their hot tempers make for easy dueling matches, and their impish senses of humour inspire a great many practical jokes. Still, they rarely mean anything malicious. They're too jovial to harbour malice. These Gryffindors are likeable extraverts, on good terms with practically everybody, and they generally do all right in the end. Many excellent Quidditch players come from this sign.

I love it!

Zonko's Joke Shop / Flash movie funtime!
« on: December 19, 2004, 02:32:06 AM »
Found this little gem of a flash movie, and couldn't resist sharing it.

Potter Potter Potter Potter

Library / Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« on: November 17, 2004, 10:48:22 AM »
I found a pronunciation guide to Harry Potter terms online, and I have to admit, I've been pronouncing many words incorrectly. I was shocked to see some of these. Here's a list from the site, if you don't want to click it. (It's probably not good for slow computers.) I can't hear the site.

Taken from Scholastic Pronunciation Guide

Accio: AH-see-oh
Alastor: a-LAS-tor
Animagi: An-i-MAYJ-i
Animagus: An-i-MAYJ'us
Avada Kedavra: a-VAH-da ke-DAHV-ra
Azkaban: AZ-ka-ban
Basilisk: BAS-ilisk
Beauxbatons: BO-bat-ons
*Bellatrix Lestrange: BELL-a-tricks Le-STRAWNGE
Bogey: BO-gee
Boggart: BOGG'art
Cedric: SED-ric
Circe: SIR-see
Colloportus: Cull-low-PORE-tus
Dedalus Diggle: DEE-da-luss DIG-gull
Draco: DRAY-co
Dumbledore: DUM'bul-door
Erised: ERR-i-sed
Eeylops: EYE-lops
Fidelius Charm: Fi-DAY-lee-ous Charm
Firenze: Fir-EN-zee
Flagrate: Fla-GRA-tay
Grimmauld Place: GRIM-mold Place
Gryffindor: GRIFF'in-door
Hagrid: HAG'rid
Hermes: HER-mees
Hermione: Her-MY-own-nee
Imperturbable Charm: Im-per-TUR-bub-bull Charm
Knuts: K'nuts
Kreacher: CREE-chur
Legilimency: La-JILL-a-men-see
Lucius: LOU-see-us
Ludo: LEW-do
Malfoy: MAL-foy
McGonagall: M'GONE-a-gaul
Mimbulus Mimbletonia: Mim-BEW-luss Mim-bull-TONE-ee-ya
Mundungus Fletcher: Munn-DUNG-us FLET-chur
Nagini: Nag-EEN-ee
Narcissa: Nar-SISS-a
Occlumency: AW-clue-men-see
Patronus: Pa-TRONE-us
Pensieve: PEN-siv
Quidditch: KWID-itch
*Rabastan Lestrange: Ra-BASS-ton La-STRAWGE
*Rodolphus Lestrange: Ra-DOLL-fuss La-STRAWGE
Rowling: RO'ling
Rubeus: Ru-BAY-us
Seamus: SHAME-us
Sirius: (serious)
Slytherin: SLITHER-in
Tarantallegra: ta-RON-ta-LEG-gra
Thestrals: THESS-strulls
Veela: VEE-la
Veritaserum: VER-rhett-a-SEE-rum
Voldemort: It just flatlines here... does it actually say anything?
Wizengamot: WEE-zen-gaa-mought

*These are taken straight from the site. I can only assume the second two are mispelled, because I can't see why Lestrange wouldn't have a pronounced 'N'. Can someone who can hear this confirm if the 'N' is pronounced?

Anyways, I can't believe how much I've been saying wrong. I thought I had a pretty good handle on pronouncing the words, but my main mistakes came from putting the stress on the wrong syllable, and making some letters silent that weren't. Like "Knuts''... I always made the K silent, and pronounced it "nuts". And "Rubeus," I always said it with the stress on the first syllable and the long E sound (RU-bee-us). Anyone else make these kinds of mistakes? And likewise, is there anyone who's been pronouncing everything correctly?

Flourish and Blotts / Mad Libs Reloaded
« on: November 13, 2004, 03:19:03 AM »
Okay, we're going to do things a little differently this time. Mainly because I changed the way I organized this, but also partly because I want to make it a little more interactive. So, I now have a list of the types of words I need, but they are more-or-less sorted by nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. So, instead of making you give the next word in the list, I'm going to let people choose which word to give. Make sense? There are a few new rules to go with the new format also, so listen closely.

One: When giving names of characters, please give first and last names. This is just helpful to me.
Two: There is still only one word allowed per post, and no double posting. This is to insure that everyone gets a shot at the more interesting words ^_^
Three: As always, I reserve the right to tweak words to fit better with the grammar of my chosen piece.

For more details on how the mad-libs work, see the last mad-lib post, because I'm too lazy to copy it over to here, because it's late.

Also, I'd be happy to change it if you guys don't like the format. It'll mean scrapping the table I made and starting from scratch, but I'll do it if we run into any snags, which I suspect we might. Let me know what you think.

And, the moment you've all been waiting for, the listy list of list-ness!

We need:

Eight (8) Adjectives
Eight (8) Adverbs
Three (3) Names of Body Parts (I need hardly remind you to keep it G-rated)
Eight (8) Names of Characters
One (1) Article of Clothing
Two (2) Colors
One (1) Name of an Emotion or Expression
One (1) Greeting or Exclamation
One (1) Insult
Six (6) Singluar Nouns
Two (2) Numbers
Two (2) Places
Three (3) Plural Nouns
Five (5) Verbs ending in -ing
Thirteen (13) Past tense verbs
Seven (7) Verbs in the present tense

The Great Hall / Adventures of a Mischievous Gryffindor
« on: August 24, 2004, 09:46:37 AM »
[OOC: this is 50% RP and 50% dead serious, and 100% way too fun to resist, and I had no idea where to put it, but this is an ongoing battle in the common room that just couldn't stay there, and since it involves the house cup, I put in in here. Feel free to move it if I'm mistaken.]

*walks into the Hall, totally invisible, but stomping and huffing so much that there might as well be neon sign pointing to her location*

    No way are they going to get away with this, AZ. Did you see Mad? I don't think I've ever seen her so angry, but that was no excuse for what she did. She took seventy five points from me in one sitting. Seventy five!! Totally blew our chances for the cup.

     I keep getting hexed in the hallways, and it's not like this isn't enough? I've already been cursed by my own experimental formula (which, incidentally, was pure genius) but does anyone care? Does anyone appreciate how much work I put into preparing those time-activated sweets? Has anyone even noticed that I'm half a skeleton? NO!

And all I need is one ingredient for the antidote, and I totally offered to split it with Mad and Morrin, but NO! I can't go into Snape's office or she'll take another hundred points!! Well... what she don't know won't hurt her. I'll steal the chimaera claw from Snape and say I placed an order in Apothecary Monthly, and then I'm not giving her or Morrin one spoonful of my antidote! Not one! They'll still be horned, warty, two headed freaks, and I'll be glad!

*continues in this vein for quite some time, working into a larger and larger fury*

Flourish and Blotts / Having a try at HP Fanfiction...
« on: August 05, 2004, 10:07:18 PM »
I've never written any HP fanfics, because I've never had a story jump out at me, but this one came to me so strongly last night that I had to write it. It's a little bit different, because it's not an original story, instead I've decided to write the same story in a different POV. It starts at the end of GoF, and will end at the end of OoP. I'll post it one chapter at a time. It's untitled so far, but I'd be happy to take suggestions if you've got them. Hope you like it!



His scream of fury filled the dark graveyard, and he whipped around to face the men in masks. Even with their faces hidden, the fear they felt was palpable, thick upon the air.
They had good reason to fear.
Nobody was quite clear exactly what happened next; it all blurred into a red and black haze of pain, but each Death Eater was certain that the Dark Lord was displeased. The fact that all thirteen of them could have let Harry Potter escape was enough to make their master livid.
And one repeatedly shouted word shone through the haze of pain, and left a permanent imprint on their minds, and made sure that none of them ever forgot that night.

Chapter One: The Mistake He Didn’t Make

The Dark Lord sank down upon the filthy, moth-eaten chair. He could not believe that the place was still here, but after all, who would have found it? He himself was the secret-keeper of it’s location, and whom had he had the chance to tell in the last thirteen years? Nevertheless, the many mice, rats, and bugs that were infesting the place had done damage all on their own; hardly a single piece of furniture in the place was left unchewed. He turned his gaze yet again upon his hands, turning them over in the pale light of the candlelit room. I’d almost forgotten what it’s like, being in a proper body, he thought. Suddenly, the door on the opposite side of the room creaked slowly open, and a small man with watering eyes entered the room, holding his silver right hand in his other.
   As he approached the tall chair which held his master, he sank to his knees. He seemed to be carefully deciding what to say next, and this was no surprise; he too had felt the wrath of the Dark Lord at the graveyard. Voldemort simply glared at the back of his bowed head with cold eyes for several moments.
   “My Lord,” he finally muttered. “I-uh… was j-just w-wondering… if y-you wanted an-anything and- uh...”
   The man sitting in the chair felt a particularly strong stab of annoyance at the stuttering, blibbering excuse for a man kneeling at the foot of his chair. “Get out! He shrieked, scarlet eyes flashing dangerously in the candlelight. “Out of my sight!”
   The stuttering man hastened to obey, and scurried out of the room as fast as his short legs would allow, knocking over a small table on the way.
   “The fool.” The words echoed on the empty walls of the chamber, as the one who had spoken them stood up gracefully to right the table. He slowly walked toward the table, and noticed a small book, bound in leather and bearing on its cover an imprint of a skull with a snake protruding from its mouth. He flipped through the book with interest, and headed back to the chair, waving his wand lazily to upright the table. He sat back into the chair and flipped to the middle of the book. It had been thirteen years since he had written in it, after all.

 17 Apr. 1980
The one with the power to vanquish the dark lord approaches… born as the seventh month dies. It means me. Someone’s going to be born in three months who’ll be able to kill me. But who? I don’t think it matters much now, he’s not even born yet, but this is something to keep an eye on.

   He flipped forward through a few pages of plans for overthrowing the ministry, taking over the school, etcetera, and stopped on a page further back.

3 Aug. 1980
Born as the seventh month dies. I had Rookwood steal a copy of the birth registry. There were only two wizarding kids born last week. One was born to Frank and Alice Longbottom, I remember them, all right. And one to James and Lily Potter. Which one is it, though?

Flipping forward again, he found the next entry of interest.

18 Oct. 1980
Alas! A day to remember! A new death eater comes to our ranks, and he has valuable new information. Mr. Pettigrew brought me some information about the parents of one of the kids born in July. He was friends with their dad in school, and has, with persuasion, agreed to get me more insider information as my spy. James and Lily; though I’ve already had the displeasure of meeting them, I didn’t know they were head boy and girl at that wretched school, and that Lily’s a mudblood. So, the kid's half-blood then, no? Hmm…

His blood was beginning to boil, but he pressed on, trying to see where he had made his mistake. He flipped straight to the last entry in the book.

31 Oct. 1981
It’s decided then. I’ll kill the Potter boy. They’re hiding in Godric’s Hollow. They foolishly made Pettigrew their secret-keeper, who of course came straight to me with his new information. I’m off right now to remove them from the picture. Maybe afterward I’ll pick off the other kid, with just enough time for tea at headquarters after that.

The rest of the pages were blank, of course. What happened that night in Godric’s Hollow? He racked his brain to remember every detail. Nothing out of the ordinary, as far as he could remember. Killed the man, killed the lady, killed the baby… except it didn’t work. Of course, the foolish mudblood had died for the Potter boy, but what was it going to take to get rid of him now? He thought hard about what to do. The idea came to him in a flash so sudden and bright you could almost see the lightbulb above his head. The prophecy. There must have been more to it. Of course Severus wouldn’t have been able to hear the whole thing, they had thrown him out. The thought of Severus made him even angrier. Perhaps Severus had, even then, been working for that mudblood-lover, Albus Dumbledore. Either way, it had been Snape who had, in an indirect way, caused his downfall. How dare he? thought the Dark Lord. He would make Snape pay, he would make Dumbledore pay, and most of all, he would finally kill that wretched Potter boy. But now he had a new driving ambition. He would get his hands on that prophecy, and discover the remainder of the secret, whatever it took.


I know I'm taking a risk, giving YKW personality, but this was screaming to be written. I'd be happy for feedback, and any positive or negative comments you've got. Also, I've already found one mistake I made, so if you see any other glaring errors, I'd like to know, even if it means revealing my idiocy.  ;D

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