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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 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. 

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, 06:45:42 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) / 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) / 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.

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? 

Hogwarts (No Spoilers) / HBP -- some recent thoughts
« on: June 07, 2007, 11:56:50 AM »
So, I've started re-re-reading HBP in preparation for book 7 coming out and one thing struck me (that was probably already obvious to everyone else in the HP universe): 

1)  If there has been a curse on the DADA position for as long as there has been, why would Snape want the job so much?  Wouldn't he know that being granted that job would, in essence, be sealing the fate of his future at Hogwarts?  If his story to Narcissa and Bellatrix about why he's stayed at Hogwarts is true (it was a comfortable job, an easy place to hide, learn Dumbledore's strengths, etc., etc.), then why would he continue trying to get into that very spot that would lose him his comfortable job and the protection of Dumbledore?  I'd find it hard to believe that he didn't know about the curse.

2) Why does Dumbledore choose this particular year to move Snape into the DADA position when he obviously knows about the curse on the job?  Is it because he knows about Snape's Unbreakable Vow to Narcissa (either because Snape told him or because he legilimens-ed it out of Snape) and, thus, must be resigned to the fact that Snape has to leave anyway (one way or the other)? 

3)  That last one also raises the question of what really is an Unbreakable Vow?  Does that mean if you don't follow through with it you die?  Or does it mean that once you make the Vow you are somehow magically compelled to follow through with it, even if it later becomes something that is against your will?

Anyone have any thoughts?

« on: October 20, 2006, 08:12:49 AM »
I admit that I don't understand all of the science of this (where's KM when you need him??), but check out this article from Yahoo! News:

Scientists create cloak of invisibility
By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer
Thu Oct 19, 7:36 PM ET
Scientists are boldly going where only fiction has gone before — to develop a Cloak of Invisibility. It isn't quite ready to hide a Romulan space ship from Capt. James T. Kirk or to disguise Harry Potter, but it is a significant start and could show the way to more sophisticated designs.

In this first successful experiment, researchers from the United States and England were able to cloak a copper cylinder.

It's like a mirage, where heat causes the bending of light rays and cloaks the road ahead behind an image of the sky.

"We have built an artificial mirage that can hide something from would-be observers in any direction," said cloak designer David Schurig, a research associate in Duke University's electrical and computer engineering department.

For their first attempt, the researchers designed a cloak that prevents microwaves from detecting objects. Like light and radar waves, microwaves usually bounce off objects, making them visible to instruments and creating a shadow that can be detected.

Cloaking used special materials to deflect radar or light or other waves around an object, like water flowing around a smooth rock in a stream. It differs from stealth technology, which does not make an aircraft invisible but reduces the cross-section available to radar, making it hard to track.

The new work points the way for an improved version that could hide people and objects from visible light.

Conceptually, the chance of adapting the concept to visible light is good, Schurig said in a telephone interview. But, he added, "From an engineering point of view it is very challenging."

The cloaking of a cylinder from microwaves comes just five months after Schurig and colleagues published their theory that it should be possible. Their work is reported in a paper in Friday's issue of the journal Science.

"We did this work very quickly ... and that led to a cloak that is not optimal," said co-author David R. Smith, also of Duke. "We know how to make a much better one."

The first working cloak was in only two dimensions and did cast a small shadow, Smith said. The next step is to go for three dimensions and to eliminate any shadow.

Viewers can see things because objects scatter the light that strikes them, reflecting some of it back to the eye.

"The cloak reduces both an object's reflection and its shadow, either of which would enable its detection," Smith said.

The cloak is made of metamaterials, which are mixtures of metal and circuit board materials such as ceramic, Teflon or fiber composite.

In an ideal situation, the cloak and the item it is hiding would be invisible. An observer would see whatever is beyond them, with no evidence the cloaked item exists.

"Since we do not have a perfect cloak at this point, there is some reflection and some shadow, meaning that the background would still be visible just darkened somewhat. ... We now just need to improve the performance of cloaking structures."

In a very speculative application, he added, "one could imagine 'cloaking' acoustic waves, so as to shield a region from vibration or seismic activity."

Natalia M. Litchinitser, a researcher at the University of Michigan department of electrical engineering and computer science who was not part of the research team, said the ideas raised by the work "represent a first step toward the development of functional materials for a wide spectrum of civil and military applications."

Joining Schurig and Smith in the project were researchers at Imperial College in London and SensorMetrix, a materials and technology company in San Diego.

The research was supported by the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program and the United Kingdom Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.


The Ministry of Magic / "Problims"
« on: September 29, 2006, 08:29:09 AM »
This is from the News banner above:   "The layout is still in flux. Post any problims you notice in the MoM."  ;D

The Ministry of Magic / House cup link
« on: July 14, 2006, 11:52:05 PM »
Um, Ping?  The house cup link in the Great Hall seems to be malfunctioning.  When I click on it, it takes me back to the main page.

Cold Storage / NaNoWriMo 2004
« on: January 05, 2005, 01:22:07 PM »
So, I'm curious:  for those here who participated in National Novel Writing Month (or whatever it is that NaNoWriMo stands for), how did it go?  I never heard much from either Ping or Shelly, who I know were both planning on participating, and if anyone else participated, I don't recall hearing from them either.

Library / JKR's newest hints - SPOILER!
« on: November 07, 2004, 05:23:43 PM »
If you haven't seen Shelly's post in the "Secrets of JKR's site" thread, then this thread may not be for you.  It is to speculate about the newest hint that she released behind the Do Not Disturb door.

I'll give you a few spoiler spaces to get out of this thread





Okay, presumably, everyone who's left wants to talk about it.  So the new clue tells us the names of three chapters in book 6:  Spinners End (no apostrophe; I checked) Draco's Detour and Felix Felicitis.

Anyone have thoughts on any of these things??

Spinners End makes me think of spiders, and sepcifically Aragog.  I wonder of Aragog dies there in book 6.  Draco's Detour ... I have no idea.

Felix Felicitis I presume is a new character.  Perhaps he's the new DADA prof, and maybe he's the one we got the description of earlier.


Library / JKR's answer to the FAQ poll
« on: October 06, 2004, 02:56:06 PM »
So, what does anyone think Dumbledore has been writing to Petunia about before book 5??

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / The Riddle House
« on: September 02, 2004, 02:00:36 PM »
Okay, here's a question for y'all.  I am rereading GoF and in the first chapter, it gives the history of how the Riddles died, etc.  Okay, so then it says something like "The wealthy man who owned now" hired Frank Bryce (the gardener) to continue to live on the grounds and take care of the grounds. 

So, who is this wealthy man who owns the Riddle House and who wants it kept up?  Any thoughts?

My first guess is Lucius Malfoy, but I have no idea as why he would want to keep it.  I'm curious to know what you all think.

Library / Misuse of Muggle Artifacts?
« on: July 12, 2004, 11:06:43 AM »
I was re-reading CoS thinking about Arthur Weasley's job (he has to conduct a bunch of raids), and I thought of this question:

if it's illegal to charm muggle objects and make them magical, how do things like flying broomsticks, flying motorcycles, flying carpets, etc., come to be?  We find out that moving pictures happen because you develop the film in a certain potion, but how do we get things like charmed apparently muggle objects?

Anyone have any thoughts?

Cold Storage / Iraq revisited
« on: July 10, 2004, 02:10:50 PM »
So, since the news of the Senate committee's report on Iraq has come out lamblasting the CIA for faulty information re: Iraq, I am wondering what people think will/should happen now with regard to:

-- the CIA
-- US involvement in Iraq
-- US apologies (if any required) to the UN and the international community at large
-- George W. Bush's reelection

Library / Rita Skeeter
« on: June 28, 2004, 06:16:10 PM »
I thought she was done for at the end of book 4, but lo and behold, she resurfaced in book 5.  Any thoughts as to whether or not she'll reappear again, and if so, what role she'd play?

Hogwarts (No Spoilers) / British slang in HP books
« on: June 24, 2004, 09:19:25 AM »
Mad asked this question in the HP versions thread, and I thought it interesting enough to warrant its own thread, so here it is:

Alright, here's a question or two for our UK members.  What exactly is "treacle" and how do you pronounce it?  I looked it up, but I'd like to hear it from someone besides a dictionary.    And when Tonks says, "Wotcher" to Harry, what does she mean?  (And how do you pronounce it?)

... and 7 points to Mad for a great discussion idea!

Library / New MoM?
« on: June 21, 2004, 01:22:56 PM »
This thread is sparked by Morgan's posting of interview tidbits with JKR:

Is there going to be a new Minister of Magic in the next books?

Yes. Ha! Finally, a concrete bit of information, I hear you cry!

So, who do people think it is? 

The obvious answer, I think, is Dumbledore, which is why I think it won't happen. 

I have a hard time thinking that she'd introduce someone new for that position, though.  I'm pulling for Arthur, though I also think it's unlikely.

Ooooh!  What if it were Lucius Malfoy??  Wouldn't that be terrible?

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Secrets of JKR's new site
« on: May 19, 2004, 12:00:53 PM »
So, since there are obviously things to "discover" at JKR's new site, I thought we could start a thread where we could reveal how to use the site, discover things, etc.  For those who want to find these things yourself, this thread will have MAJOR spoilers, so be warned.  For this first post, I'll give you some room so that you can read this portion but not see anything else.  Ready?  Get set.  Go!







Okay, so to start us off:

1)  Ju already told us the number to punch into the cell phone.  I'd still like to know how she found that out.

2)  What's with the light switches?

3)  What's with the door and the do not disturb sign?

4)  What's with the radio?  Anything?  

5)  At one point, the pen cup on the desk was knocked over, but I couldn't move anything, so I went off to some part of the site.  When I came back, the pen cup had uprighted itself.  Any significance?  

Library / St. Mungo's
« on: May 01, 2004, 05:12:53 PM »
This conversation began in the thread about Barty Crouch Jr's future.  At some point in there, Susan Bones posited that ... oh what the heck, I'll reproduce the whole conversation here:

Susan said:
The fact that Neville's parents are being kept in St. Mungo's makes me think that perhaps there IS a "been-kissed" ward inside.  On the other hand (if you're a Gal Waters fan you'll know what I'm talking about) I don't believe the Longbottoms are being kept there for any good reason.....

I asked her what she meant by that and her response was
Let me put that a different way:  They aren't being kept there for any good reason, they're being kept at St. Mungo's for a very bad reason...namely, to keep them insane.

Since I found this statement intriguing, and since we were clearly off-topic, I am starting this new thread so that the conversation can continue. 

So Susan, if you don't mind, can you explain more what you mean by these statements?  I don't think I'm following your train of thought.

Library / The Lestranges
« on: January 04, 2004, 01:23:06 PM »
I'm curious about something.  In the books it says that both Rodolphus and Bellatrix tortured the Longbottoms until they lost their minds, but the books really only focus on Bellatrix.  We don't see much of Rodolphus.  Any thoughts as to why?

Library / The Order of the Phoenix
« on: November 13, 2003, 03:50:21 PM »
A thought just occurred to me:  the Order seems to be a secret society working against evil, specifically, LV.  Part of my impression, though, and you can correct me if I'm wrong, is that it's re-formed in book 5 in part because the Ministry isn't going to do anything about the fact that LV is around.  Am I right?

If that's the case, it makes me wonder why it formed in the first place.  Was the Ministry just as idiotic and incompetent when LV was first rising to power?  Was the Ministry in just as much denial then as it was in books 4 and 5?  What kind of relationship did Dumbledore/the Order have with the Ministry before such that Dumbledore found it necessary to form a secret order?  

Do I make any sense?   Anyone have any thoughts?

Library / Widely used abbreviations
« on: November 09, 2003, 07:19:19 PM »
Just a reminder that we're trying to keep this list short by limiting it only to those abbreviations most widely used here at this board, not all over the 'Net.

Here's the comprehensive list so far:

FAQ - freqeuntly asked questions
PM - private message
LOL - laugh out loud
ROTFL - rolling on the floor laughing
EG - evil grin
VEG - very evil grin
RL - real life
IRL - in real life
IIRC - if I recall correctly
MHO - my humble/honest opinion
IMHO - in my humble/honest opinion
BTW - by the way
FYI - for your information
RP - role play(ing)
HP - Harry Potter
JKR - JK Rowling
YKW - You-Know-Who
PoA - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
GoF - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
OotP or OoP - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
LV - Lord Voldemort
MoM - minister or ministry of magic
DADA - Defense Against the Dark Arts
YKW - You-Know-Who
DA- dumbledores army
IC - In character
OOC - Out of character
BIC - Back in character
TY - Thank you
OMG- Oh my gosh
Ship - relationship
R/H - Ron and Hermione
H/H (or H/Hr) - Harry and Hermione
H/G - Harry and Ginny
D/H - Draco and Hermione
H/C - Harry and Cho
JK or J/K - just kidding (confusing since JK is also used to refer to JKR)
YABB - Yet another bulletin board
ITA - I totally agree

[Any others listed do not show up frequently enough on this board to bother mentioning. If something is showing up a lot, it may be added to the list by the MoM.]

Library / Headaches for Harry
« on: October 29, 2003, 07:41:15 PM »
I thought this was, er, interesting.


Harry Potter causing Hogwarts headaches?
Marathon reading sessions may result in a wicked health woe.

(AP) --Has the latest Harry Potter fantasy cast a spell of "Hogwarts headaches" on some of its most avid readers?

A pediatrician says he had three otherwise healthy children complain of headaches for two to three days last summer. It turns out all had been reading the 870-page "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" in marathon sessions.

"The kids I saw were all avid Harry Potter fans who just plowed through the book," said Dr. Howard J. Bennett, whose office is in Washington. "A lot of my kids would be reading six, eight hours a day. And it's a big book for a 9- or 10-year-old child."

He dubbed their ailment "Hogwarts headache" after the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that the boy wizard attends. He said the youngsters' headaches were probably caused by tensing their head muscles for long periods. One of the children also had neck and wrist pain.

Bennett said he encourages children to keep reading the hefty book, which he enjoyed.

"But it might be nice to take a break periodically," he said, adding that two of the headache sufferers decided to keep reading and pop Tylenol instead.

Bennett described "Hogwarts headaches" in a letter to the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. The letter in Thursday's issue is printed with a graph tracking the size and weight of the five books in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

Bennett didn't hear any headache complaints with the earlier books, which started at 309 pages and grew. "If this escalation continues as Rowling concludes the saga, there may be an epidemic of Hogwarts headaches in the years to come," he writes.

But he really doesn't want Rowling to limit the size of her books.

"Just keeping writing great books. I wouldn't dream of giving her advice," said Bennett, who is the author of medical humor books.

At Public School 6 in New York City, 10-year-old Ella Schwarzbaum said she read the book a few hours at a time over several weeks with no ill effects. Schoolmate Galen Stump, 10, devoured it during a three-day car trip to Colorado.

"I got to read it all day, every day," he said.

Galen had occasional headaches that he blamed on the long hours and poor lighting.

Library / Question about the prophecy...
« on: October 27, 2003, 03:59:59 PM »
At the end of book 5, Dumbledore tells Harry that LV was trying to kill him, thinking that he was fulfilling the terms of the prophecy.  I assumed that this means that he knew that he and Harry could not both be alive and that one must kill the other.  However, according to Dumbledore on the next page, LV's spy didn't overhear the whole prophecy.  He didn't hear the part that said that the Dark Lord would mark him as his equal, which means that he didn't hear the part that either must kill the other.

So what do you think Dumbledore meant by LV thinking that killing Harry would be fulfilling the terms of the prophecy?

Library / Past events?
« on: October 24, 2003, 12:06:22 AM »
In book 5, during Harry's trial before the Wizengamot, when Mrs. Figg is introduced, Madame Bones says to her, "We have no record of any witch or wizard in living in Little Whinging except Harry Potter.  We've always kept a close watch on this given ... given past events."

[this is as close to a quote as I can get.  My book's in my room and my roomate's asleep.]

So here's my question:  What do you think those past events are?  Do you think they have anything to do with the Dursleys?  Or Lily's and Petunia's family, the Evanses?  Do you think that Madam Bones meant that they've always kept a close watch on any wizards/witches in muggle areas or specifically in Little Whinging?

Any thoughts?

Library / Worse than death
« on: October 22, 2003, 02:33:00 PM »
I'm re-rereading book 5 at the moment and, having already read it twice before, am noticing different things that I hadn't noticed before.  Among them is this question that arises out of book 5:  What is worse than death?

Earlier, when Fred, George, Harry, and Ron are talking and trying to figure out what kind of "weapon" LV might be after, the mention that Sirius hinted that it might be worse than the Avada Kedavra curse.  Fred (or George) commented:  "What could be worse than death?"  And then, of course, at the end of the book, when Dumbledore and LV are dueling, Dumbledore tells him that his greatest weakness has always been the failure to recognize that there are things that are worse than death.  But he doesn't say what they are.

So the question is:  what's worse than death?  What do you think?  What do you think Dumbledore will say?

Library / Wizarding school - preHogwarts
« on: October 08, 2003, 05:53:35 PM »
I've been wondering this for a while and am now just getting around to bringing this up:

What do kids in the wizarding world do for schooling before Hogwarts?  Are there wizarding "grade schools" or grammar schools or something like that?  Do they go to muggle grammar schools?  Are they "home-schooled?"  Don't you think it's a bit odd that none of that has ever been talked about?  

And don't you think it's odd that they aren't allowed to do magic until they turn 11 and go to school, and even then only during the school year?  I just think of how muggle kids work hard to imitate what they see as they are growing up, and I have a hard time imagining that little wizards/witches are that dramatically different.  I wonder if there are "household spells" that every child is allowed to learn?

Anyone else have a thought about wizard childhood?

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