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Post  Potteraholic on Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:52 am

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    off as well. First, there's                

Verity Weasley wrote:I'm sorry, but I really want to know how wizards vote.
Here's your chance to tell us, Verity. (Or whoever posts next.) I'm breathless with anticipation.

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Post  Verity Weasley on Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:24 am

the question of choosing locations

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Post  Potteraholic on Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:33 am

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    for the voting to take                

I'm assuming only witches/wizards over 17 get to vote? And not any non-humans, half-giants excluded?

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Post  Julia H. on Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:43 pm

place. Not everyone pays attention

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"Dumbledore’s Army: Alive and Kicking"

One of the reasons why I have chosen this story is that it was the first one I participated in and I became instantly hooked. But I think it is also a successful story with a coherent plot that satisfyingly fills a "gap" in the DH-year, exploring details not revealed in the book. The characters are in character from Neville to Phineas Nigellus Black, and I like the variety of HP characters appearing in this story. There is an entertaining mixture of drama and humour, and we successfully created a genuine "Hogwarts-feeling". I simply love Luna's insanely insightful remark at the end of the story! And, last but not least, the story includes Headmaster Snape, whose life in the DH-year we know so little about.

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Post  Verity Weasley on Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:40 pm

to such matters, but I

Yes, I imagine voting is restricted in such a way, PAH. No voting rights for house-elves, centaurs and the like.

I'll re-read the Featured Story of the Week and be back with comments later on.



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Re: Potty Game: Five Words (Vol. XV)

Post  Mona on Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:52 pm

took great care to ensure

Groping in the dark here.

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Post  Verity Weasley on Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:17 am

that locations favoured those wizards

I imagine Fudge might have used some sneaky tactics to ensure he got the lion's share of the vote, perhaps by making it difficult for certain witches and wizards to get to wherever they needed to get to in order to cast their vote. I'm not sure who might favour Fudge, perhaps older wizards?

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This was a great choice Julia. I enjoyed re-reading it. I remember starting this story and being a little concerned initially as other posters didn't seem to get my intention. However, it soon got on track and continued apace. For a long, action-packed story I think we did very well. It has good pace and stays nicely on track. Suspension builds gradually, aided by the split towards the end from the action in the great hall to the action in the headmaster's office. It certainly fills in a gap inn the existing story and I think it does that very convincingly. And as you say, Luna's delightfully original take on the situation was the perfect ending!

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Post  Mona on Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:01 am

and witches who were most

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FSOTW
Great choice, Julia. It was a good story with an interesting plot, and I enjoyed reading it.

The concluding sentence, spoken by Luna, was wonderful!

I also liked this one -

"Try Alohamora," said Neville. "That's what Hermione would do."

"Or we could perhaps smash the case," Luna added serenely.

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Post  Potteraholic on Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:32 am

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    advanced in years and my                

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greatest supporters?...

Here's the voting section, in case this helps anyone.

My thorough understanding of the voting system certainly paid off as well. First, there's the question of choosing locations for the voting to take place. Not everyone pays attention to such matters, but I took great care to ensure that locations favoured those wizards and witches who were most advanced in years and my... (54 words)

Verity Weasley wrote:I imagine Fudge might have used some sneaky tactics to ensure he got the lion's share of the vote, perhaps by making it difficult for certain witches and wizards to get to wherever they needed to get to in order to cast their vote. I'm not sure who might favour Fudge, perhaps older wizards?
In the States, especially in rural areas, to make it easy for the oldest voters to get out and cast their ballots, voting is held in or near places where they are most likely to go: churches and other places of worship, libraries, post offices, or some building in the center of town where they do their shopping. Election Day is the first Tuesday in November, with additional special elections as needed, for a seat that opens up in the middle of a term, for example. But, particularly in rural areas, voting can happen on a Sunday so that older, churchgoing citizens who don't travel much during the week, can vote before or after the service. So with all that being said, all of these places would tend to be convenient to all citizens, and not just the senior ones. My point in sharing this info.? (I do have one. ) ... I'm stumped as to the sorts of places in the wizarding world that would be especially convenient to older wizards and witches, but not to younger folks.

Also, thinking ahead, about the last few words of this story, I'm wondering if there should be a narrative sentence? Or should it jest ending with the last of Fudge's reflections before he leaves?

Looking forward to what comes next!

Julia, love your choice of FSOTW, especially because I didn't have time to archive the post-story comments that were originally written about it. I, too, will post my comments about it later.


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Post  Verity Weasley on Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:16 am

greatest supporters. The Celestina Warbeck

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concert was a masterstroke...or something like that. Perhaps Fudge engineered this concert to take place on election day, or week or however they happen to do it in the wizarding world, so concert-goers could vote at the same time.

I don't know if we will need a narrative sentence to end with. I guess it would round it off nicely.

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Post  Julia H. on Tue Oct 04, 2011 11:11 am

concert was a masterstroke. The

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Post  Verity Weasley on Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:39 pm

concert-goers were only too happy

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to vote for me in return for free entry...or something else!

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Post  Potteraholic on Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:58 pm

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    to vote for me in                

So, what's the next voting point? There was a first: location, so there must be at least one other point, right? And then, we probably only have room for one more topic, for the closing paragraph. Any ideas, anyone? (I figure about 12 posts for each of the two remaining posts paragraphs.)

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Re: Potty Game: Five Words (Vol. XV)

Post  Betelgeuse Black on Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:47 pm

appreciation of the mead donated

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with the concert? He can't look too much like he's bribing them so maybe a supporter donated things in his name. This could easily go in a different direction too.

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Post  Verity Weasley on Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:44 am

at the concert.

My advertisement


I see your point about needing a 'second' to go with the first, but this is a journal entry, not an organised report, so it's quite possible that Fudge might go off on a different tangent and not say any more about the voting system specifically.

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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:56 am

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    campaign was quite clever, if                

lol! Fudge not following up on something in a logical way would also totally fit his style of governance, IMHO. So, the next 20 posts about his ad campaign? Or is there another tangent ol' Fudgy will get sidetracked on before he Apparates to Number 10? Or does he remember his second point about voting after all?

Mona wrote:Groping in the dark here.
I am, too, Mona... quite a few times. Thank goodness for the spoiler box ideas!

Julia, I will try and read the 'FSOTW' and comment soon... right now am working on reposting the PS/SS section of the 'Series Read-along' thread, and am in that mindframe only. My system is posting the chapter notes/summary on its own followed by that chapter's comments. All the chapter notes/summaries posts will be linked in an index in each book's first post. (It's just like how I reposted the 'Pre-DH Movie Read-along' thread.) So, I'm having to do some skimming through the posts to see where chapters start and end. Halfway through PS/SS. I can't wait til I get to actually read some of these reposted threads. Which reminds me... Mona, how's rereading the threads going?


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Post  Verity Weasley on Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:47 am

I do say so myself.

I don't think we'll have enough posts for Fudge to return to his voting point. The ad campaign and a closing narrative sentence will probably take us to the limit. So, who has a clever political slogan?

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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:17 pm

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    Dr. Filibister had no chance                 ... against... ready for that slogan... who's got one?

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Post  Julia H. on Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:20 pm

against me. The campaign slogan

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Hold no grudge / Vote for Fudge Or: Give me a nudge / Our man is Fudge


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Post  Verity Weasley on Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:36 pm

FUDGE WON'T BUDGE ON THE

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I was just thinking 'Fudge won't budge on the issues that matter' but if anyone can think of a better ending, go for it!

I used caps, since we're already in italics.

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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:48 pm

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    CAUSES THAT COUNT! said it                

The first part of the slogan rhymed, so I went for some alliteration in the second half.

His button/banners/posters could look like this :



  FUDGE WON'T BUDGE  
on the
CAUSES THAT COUNT!
 




I just realized something... in my original calculation of how many posts were left, I quickly figured 7 pages, thinking page 60 to page 67 (the last page) was 7 pages (60 + 7 = 67). But, in actual fact, it is 8 pages! 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67 is 8 pages. (I forgot to count page 60 itself. ) Which means we have 15 more posts and 75 more words for this story! cheers Maybe he gets back to that 2nd point about voting procedures after all?

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Post  Verity Weasley on Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:09 am

all really. That favour I

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did for (someone) who is the editor of the Daily Prophet paid off...Or something like that? Perhaps that ensured Fudge got lots of favourable coverage while the Prophet ran some less than flattering stories about Dr Filibuster.
Great ending for the slogan, PAH. I LOVE collaboration!

Good news about the posts left, too.

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Post  Potteraholic on Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:20 am

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    did for Barnabas Cuffe, the                 He's the DP's editor listed on the .


  FUDGE WON'T BUDGE  
on the
CAUSES THAT COUNT!
 

Thanks, Verity! And, I'm not campaigning for Fudge, just like my idea for his buttons/banners/posters, and giving it a little more air time.

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Post  Verity Weasley on Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:10 am

editor of the Daily Prophet

I wonder if Fudge was a Slytherin? He certainly had an affinity for the colour green.

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Post  Potteraholic on Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:20 am

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    , garnered quite a healthy return.                

Verity Weasley wrote:I wonder if Fudge was a Slytherin? He certainly had an affinity for the colour green.
Isn't green an emerald shade? I was thinking his buttons/banners/posters could match his jaunty lime green bowler.


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CAUSES THAT COUNT!
 

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