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Post  John Bumbledore on Sat Feb 26, 2011 3:03 pm

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-- JK Rowling Official Site Vol. 1 (15 May 2004 - 9 Nov 2004)


Liz Mann - May 15, 2004 9:39 am
Edited by Kip Carter Nov 17, 2005 1:56 am

I have added the links to JKR's sites to the original messages so that others do not have to search for the URL's (Uniform Resource Locators). - Kip

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No point in starting lots of threads if the discussion will only last a few posts. It's better to have one thread for all those things.

To start this thread off, TLC has an report about jkrowling.com which is interesting.

JKRowling.com has been intricately redesigned, by the company Lightmaker. Once a list of publishers, it is now a design of a cluttered desk strewn with gum wrappers, an empty teacup (points to the one who can divine the dregs), newspapers and of course a notebook - and the thing that's of real interest to fans: text written by J.K. Rowling herself, containing clues and tidbits about the books.

Click around and enjoy; the author has promised the site will become a link between her and her fans for the dispelling of rumors (many of which she gives the old heave-ho to right off - no Green Flame Torch, it is officially said at last) and news about publication. And of course, it's earmarked by her signature witty commentary.

For instance, in a hilarious news item marked "CHATROOM UNINTERESTED BY JKR'S THEORIES," she comments that she wandered into Mugglenet's chat room under a fake name and "Nobody was remotely interested in my theories about what's going to happen in book seven...In the end, I gave up trying to impart any gems of wisdom and joined the discussion about SpongeBob SquarePants (don't ask). ... I would like to take this opportunity to say that the pracise of calling Lord Voldemort 'Voldie' must stop, as is the insistence that with a bit of therapy 'Voldie' would be a real sweetheart. I might drop in again sometime to check that you've done as you've beeen told. Look out for 'Squidward'."

There really is too much information to report on all at once, so make sure you check it out. For a sample, click below. Thanks Tim for the heads up!

The site reveals that: Ginny's real name is Ginevra.
Molly's maiden name is Prewett - she has family members who were killed by Death Eaters.
Gilderoy Lockhart really is based on a real person.
Her editors wanted to cut the scene in PS where Hermione, Harry and Ron fight the troll, but she refused.

In the EDITS section, you get some backstory on Dean, a summary of a scene where Draco and Theodore Nott converse, an explanation of the "missing cousin" from Goblet of Fire and a tiny explanation about the first chapter of Book Six, which is called Book Six throughout the site, which this editor believes to indicate that there is, as yet, no official title for Book Six.

I went to the site and it looked like the old design. Also, I don't want to stop calling Voldemort Voldie. Ginervra, though.

->I changed the name of this thread to allow discussion of the material contained on the site since we are promised more info. on Book 6 in the future as well as other supplemental information.<- S.E. Jones



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S.E. Jones - May 15, 2004 9:43 am (#1 of 2901)


Thanks Liz. I hadn't even heard half of those rumors, they were funny! I'm still roaming around the site now. As for the Voldie thing, I think Saralinda's nicknames have gotten a wider distribution around the internet that she ever thought they would when she created them. When most of our membership use terms like "Voldie" or "Voldilocks" we remember Saralinda and the way she had of posting which puts the terms in context, but other sites that have picked the terms up don't and may overuse them just a tadbit....


tracie1976 - May 15, 2004 9:46 am (#2 of 2901)


In the Ginny thread I was asked to post the link so since we have this thread I'll post it here. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] or [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


Star Crossed - May 15, 2004 3:32 pm (#3 of 2901)


Poor Ginny. No wonder she gets everyone to call her that.

The thing that made me laugh was the comment about no more of 'Voldie'. So sad. I did love calling him that. However, she never said anything against 'Dork Lard', did she? Wink

The thing that took me by surprise the most was Dean's history. Poor Dean. Maybe somehow she'll incorporate it into the books about his history. I hope Dean finds out.

Since we really don't have one certain part we're talking about yet, I'll stop there, rather then comment on the whole site.


haymoni - May 15, 2004 3:51 pm (#4 of 2901)


I kindof like Dean the way he is - Muggle-born. He's like Hermione. I really don't want him to be part wizard.

I loved it when he said he doesn't tell his parents anything.


JKR4PM - May 15, 2004 4:39 pm (#5 of 2901)


LOL!! Dork Lard!

OMG thats funny!


Chris. - May 15, 2004 4:40 pm (#6 of 2901)


Oh, I'm different. I love Dean's backstory.


Liz Mann - May 15, 2004 4:45 pm (#7 of 2901)


Dork Lard? *snort*

The thing that made me laugh was the comment about no more of 'Voldie'. So sad. I did love calling him that.

Hey, she was talking about on Mugglenet. She might not know if we call him that on here.


JKR4PM - May 15, 2004 4:52 pm (#8 of 2901)


Nope. I'm going to honor JKR's wishes. Form now on it is the Dork Lard!

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Star Crossed - May 15, 2004 5:00 pm (#9 of 2901) "
Edited by May 15, 2004 5:01 pm


Prongs, go us. We both love his history. It's so sad and it's so cool and it's so...everything.

Maybe she'll show up here...Liz...may I have proof you actually are Liz and not JK herself?

EDIT: Darn you evil smiley for not showing up! Took me ten minutes to find, but you won't show up!


Sherbie Lemon - May 15, 2004 5:14 pm (#10 of 2901)


Lol, Dork Lard! That's priceless! From now on, that is the only thing I'm calling him!

EDIT: I don't think this thread had started when I placed my following comment on the Predictions thread (or if it had, I foolishly overlooked it), so I'm going to bring it over here because that makes more sense. Sorry for double posting, guys!
Here is a some information straight from JKR's new site that we can pick apart and analyze to death!:
"The Opening Chapter of Book Six
I have come close to using a chapter very like this in 'Philosopher's Stone' (it was one of the discarded first chapters), 'Prisoner of Azkaban' and 'Order of the Phoenix' but here, finally, it works, so it's staying. And that's all I'm going to say, but when you read it, just know that it's been about thirteen years in the brewing. "

Hmm...13 years in the "brewing" eh? I assume the 13 years is the 13 years she's been seriously writing the HP series. Could this be a flashback chapter? She mentions on the site, under the heading, "Opening Chapters of Philosopher's Stone," about originally having a flashback-type scene: "There were various versions of scenes in which you actually saw Voldemort entering Godric's Hollow and killing the Potters..." So I wonder if we are going to see that. It would make sense that she would consider explaining the details of that pivotal night in PoA and OotP, because in PoA, we've got the dementors forcing Harry to hear parts of the struggle in Godric's Hollow, and in OotP, we have the dementors again, and Dumbledore giving Harry quite a bit of background, as well as Harry "seeing" Voldemort's thoughts. So I think that a flashback scene would make perfect sense. Any other ideas?


haymoni - May 15, 2004 5:27 pm (#11 of 2901)


Do I have to do something special to get into the F.A.Q.s? I can pull that page up - I get 2 feathers and 3 envelopes but when I click on the envelopes, I go nowhere!!!!


Liz Mann - May 15, 2004 5:35 pm (#12 of 2901)


No, Star Crossed, I am not J.K. If you check the YKYAHPFW thread and the PS/SS movie thread, you'll see that I have recently bought a script signed by her and members of the cast off ebay. Would I do that if I were J.K?

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Star Crossed - May 15, 2004 5:38 pm (#13 of 2901) "
Edited by May 15, 2004 5:39 pm


Oh! Sherbie! You're brill! I don't know how we would see it. Perhaps another SS/GoF where the first chapter is not in his PoV? Or maybe it'll be a dream. Hnn. Need to ponder. Ponder, ponder, ponder (Bother, bother, bother. Heh. SS is getting me hyper. Razz). Since Book 6 does need to lay down the groundwork for Book 7, this is quite possible. I don't think she would do that part about how she tried to have the flashback in SS without any reason. Oooh! I'm so excited! *dance*

Haymoni, that's odd. Maybe you're not clikcing on the envelope itself?

EDIT: This I know. I printed out my own copy and posted it on my wall. Razz But how did you get that much money? Perhaps I'm picking up on Moody a bit too much.


Sherbie Lemon - May 15, 2004 5:43 pm (#14 of 2901)


Haymoni, try the text only version. You can access it on the top of the page.

Cheers, Star Crossed!

Ooh, I just thought of something. Isn't it a bit odd that she says "13 years in the brewing," instead of 13 years in the making? Because when I think brewing, I think brewing potions, and when I think potions, I think Snape. Could it have something to do with Snape? Is this a clue within a clue?!


Star Crossed - May 15, 2004 5:48 pm (#15 of 2901)


You're just spitting out all these theories tonight, aren't you? Perchance Severus was there for some reason *cough Trying to save Lily because he was in love with her cough* Yay. Go you. Very Happy


haymoni - May 15, 2004 5:53 pm (#16 of 2901)


Whoa - maybe the flashback is the introduction of the Double Agent Severus Snape. Chapter 2 would start with Harry finishing up an Occlumency lesson, having broken into Snape's memories again.


Star Crossed - May 15, 2004 5:57 pm (#17 of 2901)


Shortest stay at Privet Drive! He returns to study Occlumency! I'm not sure who would enjoy that more. I think they both would love to see each other over summer hols. *cough*


nmnjr - May 15, 2004 6:08 pm (#18 of 2901)


If you click on the scrapbook (in the upper part of the screen) it says you can find rewards throughout the site that will show up there. I think I've clicked everywhere possible and haven't found anything! Could someone please clue me in?

Also, the hair elastic on her desk...does the screen it leads to do anything? I only got the doorknob to jiggle, but otherwise it doesn't do anything.

Thanks for any leads!

EDIT: Just found one. I will put it here so that people who want to search themselves may.


Chris. - May 15, 2004 6:13 pm (#19 of 2901)


Remember the phone number to the Ministry of Magic? Key it in into the cellphone lying on the desk and then press the green call button.


Star Crossed - May 15, 2004 6:23 pm (#20 of 2901)


Took me forever to get that one, Prongs. Brandon was making it worse. Razz And there's another one that an eraser will show the message to.


Chris. - May 15, 2004 6:26 pm (#21 of 2901)


I got the eraser on pretty easy but I'm having trouble even viewing my finds. It comes up saying there's an error!


S.E. Jones - May 15, 2004 6:26 pm (#22 of 2901)


Also, the hair elastic on her desk...does the screen it leads to do anything? I only got the doorknob to jiggle, but otherwise it doesn't do anything.

nmnjr, if you leave the lights off and leave that screen for a few minutes, you might get a visitor. I did....


Star Crossed - May 15, 2004 6:29 pm (#23 of 2901)


Really? Oooh. I got a phone call. I answered it, but it hung up two seconds later.


Chris. - May 15, 2004 6:44 pm (#24 of 2901)


Am I the only one who's waited ages for this visitor to arrive?


Star Crossed - May 15, 2004 6:47 pm (#25 of 2901)


No. I just got it now. I missed the visitor but got the message. Don't keep looking at the window or you'll never get it. Let it become idle and check out other stuff on other windows.


DJ Evans - May 15, 2004 6:48 pm (#26 of 2901)


Hey guys & girls, I found all of the clues, except for the Spider? I've gathered the Feather, the Potion Bottle and the Leaves, but can't find the Spider. I know there is one that moves across the screen on her desk, but it doesn't do anything when I click on it. Is there another area where you can click on a spider?

Later days, Deb


Star Crossed - May 15, 2004 6:50 pm (#27 of 2901)


I think it's on the links.


nmnjr - May 15, 2004 6:50 pm (#28 of 2901)


Oooh, this is fun!

The one on her desk is the spider. It should disappear with some (very short-lived) blue sparks.


Ozymandias - May 15, 2004 6:52 pm (#29 of 2901)


I got the spider but not the feather. Is it one of the feathers that comes down with the owl post on the FAQ or are there feathers I've missed somewhere?


Star Crossed - May 15, 2004 6:53 pm (#30 of 2901)


I had to click a lot of feathers to get it. I'm pretty sure it's blue.


DJ Evans - May 15, 2004 6:56 pm (#31 of 2901)


The Feathers that I collected was on the "Fan Sites" link and they are two of them on the bullentin board in the top left hand corner--green leaves with a red tack pinned in them I think. I still can't get the spider. If it is the one on her desk top, I can't get it to do anything.

Later days, Deb


Madame Tartan - May 15, 2004 7:02 pm (#32 of 2901)


Did anyone put the coins in their case yet? It's on the fan page, you get a picture. Very Happy Check it out.


Ozymandias - May 15, 2004 7:03 pm (#33 of 2901)


Thanks, DJ Evans. I think you can get the spider if you wait for it to pause, then click it. (For me it was on top of the newspaper.)


Star Crossed - May 15, 2004 7:05 pm (#34 of 2901)


Coins in the cases? Remind me to do that later, Jadie. My windows are tied up right now. *hisses at the evil wheel*


Madame Tartan - May 15, 2004 7:08 pm (#35 of 2901)


Of course.

Also, in response to the knowledge that Molly's last name is Prewett: Fabian and Gideon Prewett were members of the OotP.


nmnjr - May 15, 2004 7:08 pm (#36 of 2901)


On the links page, move the book with the question mark to the side. You'll see a key and that will unlock the box.


Ozymandias - May 15, 2004 7:10 pm (#37 of 2901)


Star Crossed, when you do, try putting one into the coin case on the very top shelf. Mine are already in so I can't, but I wonder if you get something different depending on where you put them?


Sherbie Lemon - May 15, 2004 7:14 pm (#38 of 2901)


Hey, did anyone get a "Certificate of Appreciation" for putting the MoM number into the cell phone? I did, and got to see a rough draft of one of the pages in PS/SS. It was written on notebook paper in blue ink that was quite smudged. Nevertheless, she wrote that the Stone was found in Harry's parents vault and that Nicholas Flamel was dead. It was a page-long conversation between Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Way Cool!!!


Star Crossed - May 15, 2004 7:15 pm (#39 of 2901)


I thought it was awesome, Sherbie! Took me forever to read, but it was well worth it! Poor Harry. Having his parents accused of theft. Sad

Ozymandias, will do. And I shall tell you the results! *salutes*


Madame Tartan - May 15, 2004 7:16 pm (#40 of 2901)


I got it, but it drove me crazy. My screen isn't large enough to see it all, so I could only read down to where Harry got angry with Hermione and Ron.


Ozymandias - May 15, 2004 7:18 pm (#41 of 2901)


*returns salute*

I'm getting screen caps of all the scrapbook rewards, if anyone has trouble accessing them. Let me know if you want them posted...

Edit: and I don't know how to post images, so you'll have to tell me how if you want them. Wink


Chris. - May 15, 2004 7:19 pm (#42 of 2901)


Ozymandias, yes please, as I know how to get the rewards, but I can't access them which is a shame


DJ Evans - May 15, 2004 7:49 pm (#43 of 2901)


A BIG thanks Ozy, I FINALLY got the spider!!!!! I'm jumping up and down now!!! hee hee Now I've got all of the clues, but I don't know what to do or how to do anything by having them. Any ideas?

Oh, thanks for the clue about the coins--I'm going to go and try that one out!!!

I wonder if the butterfly does anything? I haven't been able to catch it yet!

Later days, Deb


Chris. - May 15, 2004 7:53 pm (#44 of 2901)


Deb, same here! It's too darn fast


Sherbie Lemon - May 15, 2004 8:02 pm (#45 of 2901)


To post images, use this code with the *'s. <*img src=whatever address for the picture you're posting*> Good luck!

I've gotten all four Certificates, does anyone have anymore?

"


Star Crossed - May 15, 2004 8:06 pm (#46 of 2901) "
Edited by May 15, 2004 8:10 pm


Four?! I only have two, but I'm about to work on the coins now, so that might be number three.

EDIT: Just did the coin thing. It won't let you put any coins in the top one.

EDIT AGAIN: Who's Gary?!


Sherbie Lemon - May 15, 2004 8:08 pm (#47 of 2901)


By coins are we meaning the medals? Because I haven't found any coins!

Good luck, Aly!


Chris. - May 15, 2004 8:10 pm (#48 of 2901)


Hmmm... Just looked at the Trophy Room, why has Bellatrix Black got a trophy?! Is this canon?


Star Crossed - May 15, 2004 8:12 pm (#49 of 2901)


At first, I thought this was a clue to who would die. But then I saw Harry had a trophy and was like "Uh-uh!" Any other speculations?


Chris. - May 15, 2004 8:17 pm (#50 of 2901)


Trophies:


Tom Riddle, twice
Harry Potter (1)
Frank Longbottom
Sirius Black
James Potter
Bellatrix Black
Lily Evans
Harry Potter (2)
Percy Weasley



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Chris. - May 15, 2004 8:21 pm (#51 of 2901)


Star Crossed: EDIT AGAIN: Who's Gary?!

Gary was the name of Dean in earlier drafts... I think!


Madame Tartan - May 15, 2004 8:24 pm (#52 of 2901)


When the pencil holder falls, one of the pens makes sort of an arrow pointing towards the biography. Does anyone know if that means anything?


Ozymandias - May 15, 2004 8:25 pm (#53 of 2901)


Sherbie: Thanks for the help, but I'm HTML stupid. Does this mean that the images have to be online? Because I just have them saved onto my computer.

Star Crossed: Gary is Dean. On the certificate, before you click the link that brings you to the pic, there is an explanation of what the reward is. This one explains that Gary is a rejected name for Dean (who was originally going to be in the Midnight Duel scene but got cut.)

Edit: Double post with Prongs. But I'll leave it anyway, because it explains about the Deul scene.

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Star Crossed - May 15, 2004 8:27 pm (#54 of 2901) "
Edited by May 15, 2004 8:28 pm


I just got the phone call again. Someone said 'Hello', then hung up.

EDIT (I have a lot tonight, aye?): Poor Gary. Sad


Ozymandias - May 15, 2004 8:28 pm (#55 of 2901)


What have you done to get the phone call? That's never happened for me.


Star Crossed - May 15, 2004 8:31 pm (#56 of 2901)


Just stay on the main page for a while. A long time. Then when you hear ringing, press the green call button.


Chris. - May 15, 2004 8:35 pm (#57 of 2901)


When I get so many awards, the site closes, leaving me to start all over again! Grrrr


Denise P. - May 15, 2004 8:59 pm (#58 of 2901)


I have been trying for an HOUR to get the stinking spider!!! Any hints? That is all I am missing for the 4th certificate.


DJ Evans - May 15, 2004 9:14 pm (#59 of 2901)


Denise, I liked to never have gotten the spider, but if you are just patient even you will finally get it. It will pause every so often and just keep clicking on it. Other than that I don't know what to tell you. It liked to drove me batty trying to get it!!!

Later days, Deb

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S.E. Jones - May 15, 2004 9:37 pm (#60 of 2901) "
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I know some are interested in the reward extras:

Early page of PS

First typed manuscript of PS

Sketching

Sketching 2


The Great Abbycadabra - May 15, 2004 9:40 pm (#61 of 2901)


Goodness, I really must know if that visitor is all that happens with the door. It's driving me nuts. And what's with the fly? Like the butterfly, it's too fast for me. Hrm, watch me be up all night trying to figure this out.


Ozymandias - May 15, 2004 9:51 pm (#62 of 2901)


Wonderful, SE Jones. I'm glad someone knows how to post images. *rolls eyes at my own idiocy*

Edit: I want to know if the radio does anything else? It keeps turning itself on and off. Is that it?


The Great Abbycadabra - May 15, 2004 10:06 pm (#63 of 2901)


That's all I've been able to make it do. I keep playing with it myself. But it bothers me because JKR says herself that loud music distracts her when she's writing. Hmm.

And I just got a phone call. What's that about?


Ozymandias - May 15, 2004 10:15 pm (#64 of 2901)


I've gotten several phone calls. They've all been the same: hang ups. I was going to keep the window open to see if it ever changes, but I accidentally clicked it closed. Dang.


Kip Carter - May 15, 2004 10:35 pm (#65 of 2901)


As to the phone calls, the latest one I received has a lady's voice answering with, "Hello! Hello!" and maybe some other words and then hangs up.


Denise P. - May 15, 2004 10:41 pm (#66 of 2901)


If you leave the main page up, you will hear:

dog barking
owl hooting
radio coming off and on
phone ringing (Hello? Hello? Is anyone there?)
a doxie or cornish pixie flies across the desk and knocks over the pencil cup, the watch then glows for a moment

In the room with the locked door, if you wait long enough (up to 15 minutes) Peeves will knock over the flowers and write a message on the mirror

You can find a Dark Mark on the Fansite link

I FINALLY got the stinking spider. I clicked on it when it was stationary on the news link....I thought I had to do it off the page. Whee! I got all 4 certificates now...

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Madam Poppy - May 16, 2004 2:18 am (#67 of 2901) "
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I got all the items you need for the page of printed manuscript but the reward was not added to my scrapbook. I think it is because I was clicking on items in a random order and it didn't register. I may try it again from another computer. I think that sometime in the future the door to her office will open.

Aren't The Latest Rumor ads funny? The Quibbler ad says "Fudge forced to flee...Minister for Magic chased from office". I thought is was odd they used "for Magic" and not "of Magic". There is one for a Muggle-Deterring Gate, one from Borgin & Burkes and a Celestina Worbeck (sp?) concert. One one for Magi-Me More is interesting. JKR did say there would be a new Minister of Magic in Book 6, so the Quibbler article is correct.

Spell work lost its fizz?
Charms gone stale and droopy?
Then you need....Magi-Me More!
Losing power and concentration as you grow older?
Roll back the years with Magi-Me More.
One daily pill and you will be transfiguring like a wizard of 20.
Healers warnings: side effects include dizziness, vomiting and tusks.

OK, what are "tusks", or shouldn't I ask? I looked for some Weasley brother ads but nothing yet.

Here's another ad from Madam Malkin.

Madam Malkin's Robes for all occasions
All our robes are self-ironing and repairing.
Mid season sale up to 50% off selected items
We are now carrying Whopperwear.
The robe range for the outsize witch or wizard.


Denise P. - May 16, 2004 6:05 am (#68 of 2901)


Mare, tusks are the long overgrown teeth that some animals, like elephants and a walrus, have.

I think the closed door will open when when Book 6 is getting nearer.

Bravo to the team that designed that website, I am in awe of it.


Liz Mann - May 16, 2004 7:28 am (#69 of 2901)


I can only get to the text-only version. I'm not missing out on anything, am I?


Neville Longbottom - May 16, 2004 7:36 am (#70 of 2901)


Yes, you are. But maybe you should wait a few moments when you got at the main page. At least on my computer, the flash version needs a few moments to appear. There are some fun things on the Flash version.


Julia. - May 16, 2004 8:53 am (#71 of 2901)


Um, what's this about a printed manuscript? I didn't see anything about said manuscript, but that could be because I was looking at 1:00 in the morning. Where is it? What do I have to do?


Sherbie Lemon - May 16, 2004 8:56 am (#72 of 2901)


It's one of the awards/certificates you recieve.


haymoni - Jun 26, 2007 7:23 am (#73 of 2901)


Did someone say that there was a poll on the JKR website? Where is it?

I finally got to the FAQ using the text only versions. Some of OUR frequently asked questions need to get on that list.


azi - May 16, 2004 9:04 am (#74 of 2901)


How do you recieve the award thingys?


Sherbie Lemon - May 16, 2004 9:28 am (#75 of 2901)


Azi, go back and reread this thread starting at post #17. That should help point you to the rewards!


Mare - May 16, 2004 9:45 am (#76 of 2901)


It's so funny, when it's day everything is light (the window next to the closed door) and the the butterfly is a day butterfly, when it's night there are moon and stars and its a moth!

BTW on one of the portkeyed sites, there is a radio that you can turn aon and stays on. There is a poll at the FAQ link!


azi - May 16, 2004 10:05 am (#77 of 2901)


Thanks! Unfortunately the page keeps freezing so I can't get anywhere but I'll find a way eventually! Hmm, I think I'm going to need a magnifying glass to read the passage I just got.


Star Crossed - May 16, 2004 10:06 am (#78 of 2901)


Go Lyssa, go Lyssa, who's da coolest? Lyssa is! She finally got her forth certificate and is now speaking in third person.


Gina R Snape - May 16, 2004 10:26 am (#79 of 2901)


I agree, Haymoni. The question is...How do we get our questions onto the website? And, when will the Lexicon/forum/TLC or some other part of the floo network get onto the fan links page?

I must confess, I was a little saddened that she chose to visit Mugglenet and not our forum. I guess I'm just greedy. Heh, heh.


Anna L. Black - May 16, 2004 10:50 am (#80 of 2901)


I think she wrote there that she has thousands of questions, so she asks us not to send any more... I hope she'll answer the one about Mark Evans, as there's no doubt that Sirius IS dead.... But if she agrees to answer the question about Mark, does it mean that the answer is something like "Pure coincidence"?


Neville Longbottom - May 16, 2004 10:52 am (#81 of 2901)


The question is...How do we get our questions onto the website?


I read somewhere on this page (please don't me ask where on this page exactly) that she doesn't want any new questions, because she has gotten more than enough from letters. She also admitted that she reads the boards, and on this way she will be aware of many (if not all) the questions from the fandom as well.


Sherbie Lemon - May 16, 2004 10:55 am (#82 of 2901)


Did any one get to vote on the poll? I clicked and clicked, but no luck. Also, that stupid Dark Mark wouldn't go away, so I didn't see the question underneath. If it's about Sirius being dead, didn't she just answer that in the latest chat?


Little Ginny - May 16, 2004 11:16 am (#83 of 2901)


Yes, I voted (I voted for Mark, of course- though I want to know about the Giant Squid soon!). The "Is Sirius really dead?"-question is indeed below that said Dark Mark.

Did anyone get more than four awards yet? Because I couldn't find more than four by now.


Q. Trimble - May 16, 2004 11:21 am (#84 of 2901)


That site is great! I've only just disovered it and I've spent the last half an hour clicking on things.

Maybe the lexicon will win next month...


tracie1976 - May 16, 2004 11:25 am (#85 of 2901)


Little Ginny I've only found four right now too. I can't figure out any more but who cares the awards we get to see are great


Mare - May 16, 2004 11:45 am (#86 of 2901)


<>Okay, you can turn the radio on at the "extra stuff" link.

I haven't seen the pixie yet.
BTW the awards site has a spider too, it comes with the key and the scroll and dissapears when you leave too. But it doesn't seem to do anything when you click on it. (except run away, like the fly and butterfly)


Anna L. Black - May 16, 2004 11:55 am (#87 of 2901)


I kepp having a feeling that the key that transports you to the fansites can somehow open the mysterious door near the mirror, but it isn't possible, is it?


Prefect Marcus - May 16, 2004 12:43 pm (#88 of 2901)


One of the big, real pieces of information that I got from the site is that Rowling refers to MWPP as "The Marauders". So I am going to start calling them that now.

Marcus


Mare - May 16, 2004 2:08 pm (#89 of 2901)


Okay I saw the pixie. I payed attention to the watch (tried clicking it but that doesn't work) it turns into Dumbledores 12 planets watch.


Liz Mann - May 16, 2004 3:19 pm (#90 of 2901)


Okay, doesn't that door with the mirror and the window do ANYTHING except the thing with Peeves? Cos if it doesn't, what the heck's it there for?


tracie1976 - May 16, 2004 3:31 pm (#91 of 2901)


I've read that it might open when she is close to finishing the 6th book but other than that, I can't find anything to do with it.


Mare - May 16, 2004 3:53 pm (#92 of 2901)


What I find strange is that my cursor changes when I go over the handle. And the "do not disturb sign probably hangs there as long as we can't enter. Or would it be a hint: don't disturb this page and Peeves come by?

PS are there people with better view screens who could make/have a transcript of the scribbled page with HRH discussion about the philosophers stone?


Sherbie Lemon - May 16, 2004 4:17 pm (#93 of 2901)


Check, Mare! I've been working on writing a transcript for about 30 minutes now, I'll post it as soon as I'm done!


Sherbie Lemon - May 16, 2004 4:50 pm (#94 of 2901)


Transcript of the Early Philosopher’s Stone page:

“So this Flamel bloke found the stone -” said Ron

“No, he made it,” said Harry. “He was an alchemist… (scribbles here, can't tell what's written)”

“So the stone turns all (or base) metals into gold,” said Hermione. She had that old proving-I-know-more-than-everyone-else-look on her face, the other two noticed. “Of course, I read about him in ‘Alchemy, Ancient Art and Science’ by Argo (or Argis) Pyrites-”

“I missed that one myself,” muttered Ron.

“- Of course, it’s some of the most difficult magic you can do. And you end up with not just pure gold, but also with a funny stone thing-“

“Which is what I’m on about,” said Harry. “The Philosophy stone, yes. And it works too. It kept Nicholas Flamel and his wife alive for about 500 years.”

“What?”

“I know,” said Harry. “But it’s true. He was spotted at the opera in Paris in 1762 and he was born back in 13 something.”

Ron whistled.
“But he’s dead now?” he asked.

“Of course,” said Harry. “Someone stole his stone so he couldn’t make anymore Elixir of Life, could he? It takes awhile to make another stone and by that time, I suppose he was just too old to live without his Elixir until a new stone was ready. And now I’ll tell you something else really weird that I haven’t told you up to now – the stone was found in my parent’s safe at Gringott’s Bank.”

But instead of the interested noises Harry had expected, Ron and Hermione simply stared at him. (JKR scratched out something here)

“What?” said Harry.

Ron cleared his throat, opened his mouth to speak, but shut it again.

“What?” Harry said.

“Well, Harry,” said Hermione. “I mean...”

“You mean what?”

He stared at them both as they shuffled their feet and tried not to look him in the eye.

“You don’t think,” he said suddenly and angrily, “that my parents stole the stone?”

“Um...” said Ron.

“Look,” said Harry furiously, “that’s like saying they murdered Flamel...”

“Oh Harry, we never thought...”

“Not much, you didn’t,” said Harry. “I don’t know how it...(runs off page)...but the stone wasn’t put there by them...”

(Runs off page again)”I’m sure you’re right.”

That’s all folks! Everything written in purple and held in parentheses is mine, not JKR's. I asked for a second opinion on her hand-written page, and everything I've regurgitated seems to be exactly how it was written (there were a few places where a word or two was quite hard to decipher, but I think I got it).


Star Crossed - May 16, 2004 5:03 pm (#95 of 2901)


That's what I got! But thank you for the troubles! Now I can read it whenever I want!


Cliff Hamaker - May 16, 2004 6:30 pm (#96 of 2901)


Ok, I've gotten all of the certificates. But what I was wondering about was the seeming Family trees on the desktop? And how the diskettes all say JK Rowling where they usually say 3M or whatever. But some of the stuff you can only see before all the stuff slides onto the page.


Mare - May 17, 2004 12:59 am (#97 of 2901)


Thank you so much Sherbie! Interesting plot turn it would have been! But I think I like the one we have now better. Gives Dumbledore one of his best lines: "death is but the next adventure".

But thank you again, between my computerscreen and my english I could only figure out the "what" part of the page!


Sherbie Lemon - May 17, 2004 6:37 am (#98 of 2901)


No problem, Mare! I can imagine how difficult it'd be trying to read a scribbled second language, especially with a less-than-ideal computer screen!


Prefect Marcus - May 17, 2004 7:47 am (#99 of 2901)


There is also the problem that it is in English Script, which is different enough from American Script as to make it hard to read on this side of the Atlantic.


scully jones - May 17, 2004 8:28 am (#100 of 2901)


I've gotten all four certificates, but I have not yet recieved a phone call. I'm sure there's more to that door as well.... I just can't figure it out.



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Post  John Bumbledore on Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:11 pm


icthestrals - May 17, 2004 8:55 am (#101 of 2901)


Well, I'll just have to enjoy the fun stuff on the site through you guys. I apparently only get the text-only version. Oh well.

I did read through everything and laughed out loud at Nearly Headless Nick's song on his beheading. That answered some questions!


Loopy Lupin - May 17, 2004 9:03 am (#102 of 2901)


I don't know if this has been mentioned but the door is closed, but if you look in the mirror it is opened. Interesting.


Mare - May 17, 2004 9:29 am (#103 of 2901)


Isn't that the door at the other side of the hall?


Padfoot - May 17, 2004 9:58 am (#104 of 2901)


I've only been able to read the text only version. Still, very interesting. Thanks Sherbie for "translating" for us.


Roybb95 - May 17, 2004 10:06 am (#105 of 2901)


I don't know if you have noticed this, but in the Links page, the picture on the left side of the shelves is continued on the right side, even though they aren't at the same height.

Something else about this picture is that it's the only picture on the site, and it's a moving one - look at the birds that come and go. But there's something weird - the moving birds don't move from the first half of the picture to the other.

Could this be a witch's house? (moving pictures??)


Roybb95 - May 17, 2004 10:12 am (#106 of 2901)


I've just noticed something else in the mysterious door page (though I'm not sure it's important): there is a window next to the door. Does this mean that the door leads outside...? Wait a moment - Peeves has just got into the links room and turned off the candle - I thought he enters only the door room...


Roybb95 - May 17, 2004 10:24 am (#107 of 2901)


Comets!! I am at Israel right now, so it's night over here, which means I can see the night mode from the window of the door room, and I'm seeing comets from the window. Remember in PS at the first chapter when Dombledore meets McK, she tells him about comets over Kent? Is this a clue to where this house might be, and if so, does it help us?


Loopy Lupin - May 17, 2004 10:27 am (#108 of 2901)


LOL Mare......Duh!!!!!! You'll have to forgive me I don't feel too well today (not to bad, just a little fever). LOL, yes you're right.


Mare - May 17, 2004 10:40 am (#109 of 2901)


When I first read your post Loopy, I was totally "how dumb of me to not catch that". And then I thought about it and was... Hmmm or maybe not..

In the biography section one of JK's photo's has blinking eyes. Not as lovely as Tomoé's avatar though.

And I'm off to the links room in a minute Wonder how often the site updates?


DJ Evans - May 17, 2004 11:01 am (#110 of 2901)


Padfoot, I know the first few times that I tried to get on there I kept getting the text only site, then someone else posted the link and I tried it and got the flash version. To see if that is your problem and anyone else's, try this link: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

I hope that helps you!!

Also, on the page with all of the books in the book case? If you look at the bookmark tacked on the left side of the bookcase--doesn't it look like it should do something? I mean it sorta just sticks out more so than the rest of the scene--if that makes sense there.

Later days, Deb


Roybb95 - May 17, 2004 11:11 am (#111 of 2901)


I managed to printscreen JKR's desk before it was fully loaded and saw a few things:

1) She has an open copy of PS, on the contents page. It begins with "THE BOY WHO LIVED" (naturally), and is stopped on "HALLOWEEN".

2) On the opposite side to the contents page there is a family tree or something like that. There are at least 2 more of them: One under JKR's photo with her husband, and another next to watch.

3) One of JKR's disks has a date written on it 12\6\03, but it can June 12th as well as December 6th.

But as I said, you can see this only if you look at the desk before it is completely loaded.

P.S. JKR said once that she doesn't like loud music. Could it be Peeves turning the radio on. And it changes the station until it finds a clear one, meaning someone controls it. And he is invisible, because we can't see anyone near the radio.


Padfoot - May 17, 2004 12:34 pm (#112 of 2901)


Thanks Deb, that link worked for me. Wow, someone sure spent a lot of time working on designing this web site. At least it isn't annoying like the DVD extras for SS. That butterfly moves really fast!


DJ Evans - May 17, 2004 2:34 pm (#113 of 2901)


You're more than welcome Padfoot--glad to be of help. Now if we can just find out if that "speedy" little butterfly does anything besides "flitter" around. hee hee

Roybb95, can you tell if it's a family tree of her's or of Harry's family? Cool either way, though.

Later days, Deb


nmnjr - May 17, 2004 4:06 pm (#114 of 2901)


Re: Roybb95 (post #111)

Considering JKR is British, 12/6/03 probably means 12 June 2003. When was her son born--was it last year or 2 years ago?


dobbyiscool - May 17, 2004 4:08 pm (#115 of 2901)


I don't remember who said it, but I agree that the bookmark looks like it should do something. That bugged me for a while. Ok, that door page is driving me nuts. You can't do anything, save turn on/off the lightswitch! Oh well. That butterfly is driving me insane, too, as is the fly that buzzes about, and then leaves when you go to click on it.


Prefect Marcus - May 17, 2004 4:12 pm (#116 of 2901)


Has anybody determined what that light switch between the phone and the keyboard does?

About the only thing I can find it doing is lowering the lights. It must be to a lamp or something.


Star Crossed - May 17, 2004 4:15 pm (#117 of 2901)


I thought it was power for the phone or just something to entertain. It certainly entertains me.


dobbyiscool - May 17, 2004 5:07 pm (#118 of 2901)


I think it's just a desk lamp, b/c the light turns brighter/dimmer around the phone/keyboard area.


Chris. - May 17, 2004 6:42 pm (#119 of 2901)


Supposedly the 'Do Not Disturb' door actually opens! Inside are pictures of JK's parents annd other stuff. Hmm... maybe a link to what's in the DoM door? Yes, I know it was the Prophecy but that other :points: door.


Ozymandias - May 17, 2004 6:45 pm (#120 of 2901)


I 've been playing around with the screen captures of the first page before everything drops too, and I can't make out anything on the family trees. On the page on the far left, it says "... bespectacled boy who didn't" "I had been writing (something crossed out)..." "...thoughts for fear..."

IN the upper right corner there appears to be a description of the houses (You can see Hufflepuff and Gryffindor, and you can see that the page continues, but not what it says.) I think this is the same sheet on the bulletin board on the extra stuff section (to the right of the page that drops down)

So yeah, I have spent way too much time on this, and learned nothing.


Tomoé - May 17, 2004 7:17 pm (#121 of 2901)


Marè -> In the biography section one of JK's photo's has blinking eyes. Not as lovely as Tomoé's avatar though.
Thanks ^_^

Thanks Sherbie for transcribing the handwritten page, I was clueless again.

It seems there something to do with Peeves, if you wait long enough in the portkey pages, Peeves pass and blows things away :

Extra Stuff : the pen moves and the "street cars" business card is blew away.
Links : the bookmark moves and the candle is blew off.
Fan site : the ribbons move and the "first prizes" are blew away.

Any idea?


Mrs. Sirius - May 17, 2004 9:57 pm (#122 of 2901)


Have you notice the picture of her and her husband on the bottom right hand side of the screen? Notice how much he looks like Harry?


Star Crossed - May 18, 2004 3:51 am (#123 of 2901)


My friend commented on how she thought they were Lily and James.


Roybb95 - May 18, 2004 6:15 am (#124 of 2901)


I don't think it's important, but look at the coffee cup: the remains of the coffee have the shape of the moon. Now, you can see this moon on the notebook next to the watch and the pen. I know it is because of the shape of the cup, but I couldn't ignore the fact that other coffee marks around the desk have the same shape. They are all perfect circles and are not complete. As I said a few messages ago, I'm working with a printscreen of the desk while being loaded, so you won't see some of the things I'm talking about just like that. As an example, you can't see the disk with the 12\6 date, and you can't see most of the coffee marks (on the diary, the table, paper sheets and so on).

I don't think it means anything, and probably it's just because the lazy web designer didn't want to draw new coffee marks all the time, especially for something you see only for a few seconds, but who cares.


Roybb95 - May 18, 2004 7:28 am (#125 of 2901)


I would like to correct what I have said about the family trees: the only thing that might be a family tree is on the page opposit to the contents page in the opened copy of PS. The other two diagrams I mentioned before can't be family trees: they both begin with one text paragraph, and continue on to at least ten more lines with text.

If this was a family tree, this would mean that there was a single man\woman that gave birth to at least 10 children alone...


Leonean1 - May 18, 2004 12:23 pm (#126 of 2901)


I think that I have collected all of the required items -- the leaves, the feather, the potion, and the spider. But that was back when I was clicking all over the site not really knowing what on earth was supposed to happen. But from my interpretation of the drawing on the "Extra Stuff" page, it seems like those items have something to do with you getting to the mystery ? behind the door. Notice how they all point to a ? (inside of a cauldron), which is the symbol used for that blasted hair twist thingy.

And I think that someone mentioned opening the window -- how did you do that??


Little Ginny - May 18, 2004 12:55 pm (#127 of 2901)


Leonean1, when I had collected the leaves, the feather, the potion and the spider, I got an award automatically. Didn't it work with you?

Unfortunately (in these circumstances) my computer is very fast, so I couldn't see much of the stuff you mentioned that one could see when uploading the page. Ach, why did my family have to buy the latest model?


Leonean1 - May 18, 2004 12:58 pm (#128 of 2901)


I'm not sure, Little Ginny. At first, I though nothing. But I have gotten 4 rewards. So I guess whatever was supposed to happen happened! One more thing. Reading about JKR's post-smoking obsession with gum has really got me thinking more about Neville and the gum wrappers... I wonder if his desk at Gran's looks anything like this one?

"


S.E. Jones - May 18, 2004 1:30 pm (#129 of 2901) "
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Here's what the desk looks like when it's still uploading, bofore all the links appear. I lightened it so if anyone wants the original, darker version, let me know....


Tomoé - May 18, 2004 1:36 pm (#130 of 2901)


Little Ginny, click the links below to see sceenshot of the un-loaded main page and "extra stuff" page. I lighted the main page with photoshop. Those images are high-def, so it could take a while to load.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Edit : It seems we cross-posted Sarah. ^_^

Re-edit : Sirius question is head to head with Mark Evans question! We must do something if we don't want Jo to answer an already answered question. Does anyone found a way to re-vote?


Mare - May 18, 2004 2:11 pm (#131 of 2901)


Yes, when you log in at .com it's different than when you login at co.uk. site's the same but all my awards are missing, so I can probaly vote again. Off to try that now, wll vote again tomorrow at diffrent computer.

Anjhd what dorks are voting for the Sirius question????

Edit: Okay, I went directly to F.A.Q - other stuff and then the FAQ poll: It worked. So everybody: revote!


Star Crossed - May 18, 2004 2:18 pm (#132 of 2901)


Yay! *goes off to vote*


Liz Mann - May 18, 2004 2:24 pm (#133 of 2901)


I've voted!


Padfoot - May 18, 2004 2:25 pm (#134 of 2901)


I just voted too.

Someone mentioned earlier that JKR's husband looks like Harry Potter. I just looked and he really does!


Star Crossed - May 18, 2004 2:27 pm (#135 of 2901)


I voted, but we're still even 44 and 44!


Padfoot - May 18, 2004 2:27 pm (#136 of 2901)


Maybe the voting is rigged?


Star Crossed - May 18, 2004 2:37 pm (#137 of 2901)


Rooooooooooar. Better not be. I will get all my friends and people I don't even know to vote. We will not be given an answer we already know!


Tomoé - May 18, 2004 2:54 pm (#138 of 2901)


Thanks Mare!

Get a quick look, there are :

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

You have a new vote on each of them. I doesn't make much difference, there are likely thousands of votes already, but if each of us vote five times we still can get it.


S.E. Jones - May 18, 2004 2:56 pm (#139 of 2901)


I have this nagging feeling that it won't make a difference on the voting. I think if she picks the Sirius question we'll get the answer we all expect and if she picks the Mark Evans question we'll get one of her "can't tell you that, you'll have to wait for the next book" type answers.... *sigh*


Liz Mann - May 18, 2004 3:26 pm (#140 of 2901)




All the questions have obvious answers. They could have picked better ones.

I haven't got all the ingredients yet. I have the leaves but I can't find the feather, the potion or the spider. Please help.


Brandon Christopher - May 18, 2004 3:43 pm (#141 of 2901)


I say we make Liz squirm and not tell her.


big evil grin*


Liz Mann - May 18, 2004 3:47 pm (#142 of 2901)


Nooooooooooooooooooooo...


S.E. Jones - May 18, 2004 4:03 pm (#143 of 2901)


Here's some clues, Liz:

Think about where you see an annoying spider that keeps crawling in front of you, just asking to get caught.

As for the potion, I think I saw it sitting on a shelf somewhere....

The feather? Well that'd be quite a prize, wouldn't it?...


Brandon Christopher - May 18, 2004 4:22 pm (#144 of 2901)


You told! (or partially)

Bad SE :p


Liz Mann - May 18, 2004 4:40 pm (#145 of 2901)


Umm... sorry, it didn't really help. The only two places I can think of that have shelves are the links page and the fan sites page, but I can't see the potion bottle in either of them. Unless I already got it and don't remember. And the only place I can see a spider is in the fan sites section but nothing happens when I click on it. And the one about the feather I can't work out either.


Prefect Marcus - May 18, 2004 4:53 pm (#146 of 2901)


All I know is that I am going to be really ticked if the polled question turns out to be "Is Sirius really dead?"


Liz Mann - May 18, 2004 5:05 pm (#147 of 2901)


Actually, the one about Mark Evans is now 1% ahead of the Sirius one.


DJ Evans - May 18, 2004 5:23 pm (#148 of 2901)


Liz, since you haven't been answered yet really in your quest, here is the way to go. Look on the "Links" screen for the Potion Bottle--on one of the shelves in the middle, I believe. Also, you'll need to stay on JKR's desk there and you'll see a spider every so often. AND don't worry when you can't "capture it/click it"--after about the millionth time you'll get him! Finally the Feather is on the "Fan Sites" page--in the top left hand corner of the bulletin board. Hope that helps?

Later days, Deb

And please don't hate me Brandon for helping a fellow Lexicon family member?


S.E. Jones - May 18, 2004 5:47 pm (#149 of 2901)


Finally the Feather is on the "Fan Sites" page--in the top left hand corner of the bulletin board.

Nope, sorry, Deb. The buttetin board is on the Extra Stuff page....

Um, feather, "prize"... things that are awarded... like trophies.....


DJ Evans - May 18, 2004 6:14 pm (#150 of 2901)


S.E. Jones, you're right of course on the Bulletin Board being on the Extra Stuff page. That's what I get for trusting my poor memory!!

So as not to confuse anyone any more, after my "goof up", here is the correct list.


Feather is on the "Fan Sites/Key" (the shelves with the Medals on them)
Potion Bottle is on the "Links/Ink Pen" (the shelves with the books on them)
Leaves are on the "Extra Stuff/Coffee Cup" (the bulletin board)
Spider is roaming around on "JKR's desk"

Again, sorry for the "ooops" there!!!

Later days, Deb



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Post  John Bumbledore on Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:26 pm


Tomoé - May 18, 2004 9:20 pm (#151 of 2901)


I was browsing on the site and notice this in the F.A.Q. about the book:

Lisa Smith,
6, Wisteria Walk,
Little Whinging,
Surrey

Dear Johanne Rowling,

[Questions]

Your sincerely,
Lisa Smith,
Age twelve xxx

Should we consider Lisa as a Harry Potter character? Will she play a role in next books?


The Great Abbycadabra - May 18, 2004 9:38 pm (#152 of 2901)


Brandon! That was mean!

Hmm, Tomoe, very interesting.

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Dragonesss - May 18, 2004 9:52 pm (#153 of 2901) "
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Spider is roaming around on "JKR's desk"

How long do you have to wait for a spider?
Butterfly comes every 25 seconds, I saw the pixie, and phone rang 4 times. Where is that "annoying spider"?



Brandon Christopher - May 18, 2004 9:53 pm (#154 of 2901)


What else would you expect from me Abby. ;-)


Tomoé - May 18, 2004 9:59 pm (#155 of 2901)


The spider comes back every one or two minutes, if it doesn't reappear, you should have it already. Or maybe there's a bug, close the window and try again.


S.E. Jones - May 19, 2004 12:18 am (#156 of 2901)


Maybe you've already clicked on the spider? Try getting the other components and see if you get a certificate....


Mare - May 19, 2004 1:19 am (#157 of 2901)


Well so far I got 7 votes in, I can make that ten when I get to my homecomputer but that's it... and it's still 44%/44% ! GrrrRRRrrr

Okay make that 8 and eleven, with thanks to Mrs. Gump: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


Mrs. Sirius - May 19, 2004 5:54 am (#158 of 2901)


I clicked on the leaves the feather and the spider last night they disappeared but I got nothing for those.


Mare - May 19, 2004 6:13 am (#159 of 2901)


Did you get the chemical bottle? You need all four!


Fawkes Forever - May 19, 2004 8:16 am (#160 of 2901)


Woohoo, cool site. Finally got a few minutes at work to have a look at it....

I like the little bits of background information... most of which will not make it into the series... but nice to know all the same!

I voted for the Mark Evans question... but no doubt she'll give us a cryptic answer.. like.. "Good Question... you'll find out in book 6... maybe!"

Actually, I wonder will she take some of the questions from the live webchat that weren't addressed.. you know the 1600+ questions Now that would be good if she did that


Miréimé - May 19, 2004 9:05 am (#161 of 2901)


I'm currently voting for Mark Evans question on each web site (it's so long with my 56k connection -_- ). If we succeed to maintain the score even on Sirius and Mark question, I hope Jo will answer both.


Little Ginny - May 19, 2004 9:43 am (#162 of 2901)


Now I voted everywhere possible, but it's still 44/44!!! I can't believe that. It's simply not fair!


Mellilot Flower. - May 19, 2004 11:02 am (#163 of 2901)


can I ask if anyone has discovered why their's an extra bit of paper and a gum wrapper added on the first screen? everything else that's added tends to be something important... but I can't get them to move. also, I was wondering if anyone had put either of the coins in the top box... instead of the two on the same shelf because now I've moved them they stay that way...


Tomoé - May 19, 2004 12:45 pm (#164 of 2901)


I think the extra bit of paper and a gum wrapper are blew away when Peeves and the pixie pass.


Ozymandias - May 19, 2004 2:32 pm (#165 of 2901)


Star Crossed tried to put the coins in the top box, but she said it wouldn't let her.


haymoni - May 20, 2004 8:24 am (#166 of 2901)


Sorry to be so thick...WHERE IS THE POLL???


Liz Mann - May 20, 2004 8:27 am (#167 of 2901)


Go to the FAQ section.


haymoni - May 20, 2004 8:32 am (#168 of 2901)


I have not been able to access the FAQ in the flash version at home.

OK - I'm at work and I voted - was the Snape question always there - Is Snape Lily's brother?

I have this bizarre, desperate need to know about Mark Evans.


Padfoot - May 20, 2004 8:35 am (#169 of 2901)


The poll isn't available in the text only version. I tried that first. Sorry.


haymoni - May 20, 2004 8:38 am (#170 of 2901)


I was editing my post, Padfoot.

I did get my vote in though.

I hate to say this but I think this poll is rigged.


Verbina - May 20, 2004 9:17 am (#171 of 2901)


Four interesting graphs in the screenncapture and only one can be a family tree...so what could the others be? Also the one by the picture of her husband and herself has a very interesting diagram at the bottom but...what could that be about. It is sort of circular diagram. I thought of the life cycle of a phoenix but...nothing else there makes me think of a phoenix. Hmmmm interesting really.


Lonewriter-tex - May 20, 2004 9:34 am (#172 of 2901)


I have found the site very usefull. i visit it quite often as it answere s question I can use in my HP fanfic I'm writing, Harry Potter and the Key to the Past.


lys potter - May 20, 2004 11:33 am (#173 of 2901)


I just voted at all 5 sites and it said that Mark Evans was up 45% to 43% over Siruis Black. Yea!

Also, interesting that the screen capture of the desk before the links come up shows the watch with a plain white face - no numbers or hands. Does the watch ever actually take you anywhere?

"


Anna L. Black - May 20, 2004 11:35 am (#174 of 2901) "
Edited by May 20, 2004 11:36 am


Voted everywhere, it's now 45% to Mark Evans, and only 43% to Sirius's death


haymoni - May 20, 2004 11:43 am (#175 of 2901)


TLC has a blurb that the website has received 17.5 million hits.


Julia. - May 20, 2004 12:14 pm (#176 of 2901)


Stupid mum's computer!!! Text only version here, I guess I'll only get to vote several times at home, unless I can find out a way to vote from several computers in the library at my old high school... Anyway, do we know when she'll answer one of the questions?


Mellilot Flower. - May 20, 2004 12:31 pm (#177 of 2901)


THe watch hand changes when the doxy passes over...


tracie1976 - May 20, 2004 12:32 pm (#178 of 2901)


TLC posted this: JKR also told Newsround the site will be updated in the next few weeks.
So hopefully we know the answers soon.


Star Crossed - May 20, 2004 12:33 pm (#179 of 2901)


Maybe she'll soon cancel the votes, since we're ahead now. Honestly, who the heck votes for the Sirius question? And on that, who the heck votes for whether Snape is Lily's long lost brother or whatever?!


Tomoé - May 20, 2004 12:36 pm (#180 of 2901)


As to what's behind the door: "I told you on the site patience is the key." - BBC Newsround

Nothing to do but wait in the door screen, I'll try it today.


Padfoot - May 20, 2004 1:24 pm (#181 of 2901)


I never once thought Lilly and Snape were related. There was one question that was just the DE symbol. I voted for the Mark Evans one, although I really am not that interested in it. We could come up with much better questions (and we do!).


Star Crossed - May 20, 2004 1:33 pm (#182 of 2901)


The Dark Mark means there's spoilers for OP on it, and the question behind it asked whether or not Sirius is actually died.


Doris Crockford - May 20, 2004 2:13 pm (#183 of 2901)


I tried waiting at the screen with the door for about an hour today before I gave up.The poll's back to 44-44 now Sad


Star Crossed - May 20, 2004 2:21 pm (#184 of 2901)


Nuuuuu! I shall get all my friends to vote on every site, and I shall vote on every computer I can get on, come Monday morning at PUB.


Mare - May 20, 2004 2:40 pm (#185 of 2901)


Way to go Starcrossed!

And doris, some-one said you have to turn the lights off at the door site. I also put another window (minimised till it was only a bar) up as the active one. So "Peeves" would think I wasn't looking. I don't know if that helped, but he got there pretty fast.


Miréimé - May 20, 2004 2:48 pm (#186 of 2901)


For Peeves, he comes with or without the light. With or without an active window on it. I guess he always comes after a determined amount of time.

Tomoé, did you vote on the computer of your roommates? That would been 14 more vote.


Chemyst - May 20, 2004 3:05 pm (#187 of 2901)


I think two reasons the vote is so close between Sirius & Mark is that 1. a bunch of little kids just see the "pretty green dark mark" and vote for a surprise picture, and 2. OotP was a really big book and if you read it only once very fast to find out what happens to Harry, you are probably asking, "Who is Mark Evans???"

... So how do I get page 3? Clues please.


S.E. Jones - May 20, 2004 3:44 pm (#188 of 2901)


Page 3? You mean in the scrapbook? They don't really come in any sort of order... What ones do you have? What tasks have you done? The phone? Have you got all the ingredients listed with the cauldron with the "?" on it? Have you unlocked the box on the 'Links' page? Have you put the plaques in their place?


Tomoé - May 20, 2004 5:18 pm (#189 of 2901)


I've been waiting for four hours already and the door didn't open yet, I'll wait for 20 more hours then give up.

I didn't vote on my computer room-mate yet, there's still 11 days until the end of the month (I'm guessing there will be a up-date each month since there's a wizard of the month).

Edit : my connection failled at some point, so I don't know if it's make 4 hours for the computer of not.


DJ Evans - May 20, 2004 5:47 pm (#190 of 2901)


Star Crossed: "Maybe she'll soon cancel the votes, since we're ahead now. Honestly, who the heck votes for the Sirius question? And on that, who the heck votes for whether Snape is Lily's long lost brother or whatever?!

Maybe it's Sirius (a.k.a. Gary O.) who is hoping to "really" come back in some form or fashion that keeps voting there? hee hee

Later days, Deb

"


prof sprout - May 20, 2004 6:05 pm (#191 of 2901) "
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For those who can only open the text version. Try "recover popup" I had the hardest time trying to open it, then I tried the recover popup button. It worked, you might have to refresh the pages also. Good luck, it was fun. Can anyone tell me the phone number, I lent out my OOP so I can't look right now. Thanks.

I think its funny that she doesn't like the word "Voldie" I think we should all behave ourselves. I'm going to keep up using the LV anyway.


Tomoé - May 20, 2004 6:07 pm (#192 of 2901)


62442

She doesn't like Voldie, I'll write Tom then, it's sorter (pretty lasy I am).


Star Crossed - May 20, 2004 6:19 pm (#193 of 2901)


To me, he will always be the Dork Lard. Razz


Kip Carter - May 20, 2004 6:49 pm (#194 of 2901)


The door has been opened! I received an email where a particular site has the results of cracking the door. For those who are interested, check out the Chamber of Secrets site. There's nothing of note inside the door - as of yet.

This link will take you away from the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum. If your browser is set up to bring up a new browser when a new link is offered, you may have one browser still here while the new browser will visit the CoS site.


Sherbie Lemon - May 20, 2004 7:10 pm (#195 of 2901)


Yay! Thanks for that link, Kip! That is so very cool. I'll bet that's book 6 lying on that table. Ooh, I can't wait till we can open it without cheating and see what's written inside!


S.E. Jones - May 20, 2004 7:31 pm (#196 of 2901)


Um, guys, you know, she may have been kidding about the whole 'Voldie' thing..... Either way, it's our word, our members started it and I think of the member that started it when I use it, so I'm going to continue to do so....


Iverson Godfrey - May 20, 2004 10:52 pm (#197 of 2901)


Maybe she thinks of "Voldie" as a term on endearment and doesn't approve. In which case, I would think of this as a simple misunderstanding and we could all go on calling him what we like, because I don't think any of us say "Voldie" for a warm and fuzzy effect.

But, maybe she feels that by using such a term and disregarding any pretense of respect or fear of him, we are taking something away from the significance of the fact that there are very few (very special) people in the wizarding world who dare to say that name outloud. By using such a silly name we may be undermining the powerful fear that is supposed to be felt at the very thought of him, and "hearing" his name would nolonger provoke feelings of awe and respect for those brave enough to say Voldemort. If that is the reason she doesn't like it, we should all stop refering to him in any silly or diminuitive ways.

I hope that all made sense. What do you think? (and is this still on topic? If not, please feel free to move it to the appropriate thread.)


Tomoé - May 20, 2004 11:38 pm (#198 of 2901)


Who's the one who started the Voldie thing Sarah?

(I did a wrong move and have to start the wait all over again. It's been 6 hours now.)


Mare - May 21, 2004 12:37 am (#199 of 2901)


The link to the site which could tell you how to open the door doesn't work for me. Sad Any-one out here who can tell me what I have to do?


S.E. Jones - May 21, 2004 1:49 am (#200 of 2901)


Tomoe, Saralinda started the whole 'Voldie' thing. She also started the terms 'VoldiWar' 'Voldilocks' and others that you might hear here on the Forum and that have spread to other HP sites. She had a tendency to give out nicknames to most people and things, though, as a kind of posting quirk that is very much missed, by me at least. Tim, with a little help from Saralinda, started the 'Dork Lard' while on EZboard while singing their own rendition of 'The Duke of Earl' (so called 'The Dork of Lard').

Iverson Godfrey: But, maybe she feels that by using such a term and disregarding any pretense of respect or fear of him, we are taking something away from the significance of the fact that there are very few (very special) people in the wizarding world who dare to say that name outloud.

I certainly hope not. That would suggest that she thinks people take her books even more seriously than we do (i.e. they actually believe them and actually fear Voldemort) and that isn't good, from my point of view. Besides, Dumbledore says his name in the books to show he isn't afriad, so why should anyone else? Especially since he's a fictional character.....



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Chemyst - May 21, 2004 4:52 am (#201 of 2901)


By using such a silly name we may be undermining the powerful fear that is supposed to be felt at the very thought of him. This seems right; there has always been a huge fuss made about what to call Voldemort. Snape told Harry that DD might use the term Voldemort, but no one else was qualified. From the first time we heard the name, it has always been shown as a big deal to not be voiced. There absolutely must be an explanation coming in one of the future books. But, funny how I came to a conclusion 180° from Sarah's! Instead of it suggesting that JKR might think people ought to take her books even more seriously, I thought she was encouraging us to "play along" with the game.

Can anyone translate this? Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diem nonummy nibh euismod ticidunt ut lacreet dolore magna aliguam erat volutpat. Ut wisis enim ad minim veniam, quis nosttrud exerci tution ullam corper suscipit lobortis nisi ut aliquip ex a (it is from the Mugglenet forum pages Kip linked to earlier, and is believed to be a "place holder" for what will someday be found written in a book behind the secret door.)


Tomoé - May 21, 2004 5:24 am (#202 of 2901)


That's been eleven hours, the door is not open yet (except if it had open last night).

Thanks Sarah, I remembered timrew's Dork Lard, but didn't remember Saralindra.


Mare - May 21, 2004 5:24 am (#203 of 2901)


I got to the side at least, and I can't find a way tot go through that door and see that book, but I saw the "avatar" of the person who hacked the site, so I got a glimpse of the room anyway.

Poor JKR, she made such a lovely site, with all the mysteries we love so much and we don't have the patient to wait till it opens... it just gets hacked. too bad she doesn't put book six on the internet.

(Or do you think she counted on it to happen?)

Edit: Tomoè`, I don't think the door is supposed to go open yet. but the flash animation for when it does, has been made already. and some-one managed to get a hold of that. (Or something like that, I'm not that good with this computerstuff)


Miréimé - May 21, 2004 5:45 am (#204 of 2901)


Marè, the link isn't working for me either. I guess they learn some people were messing up with it so they remove it (or change the flash file name). We'll get acces to this when JK want it, I guess.

Chemyst -> Can anyone translate this?

I'll have my Latin-French dictionnary this evening, so i'll try to translate it later today.


Tomoé - May 21, 2004 6:15 am (#205 of 2901)


I'm taking her "patience is the key" line literally, it probably won't work, but it won't be for the lack of trying. ^_^

I gave a look to the Flash code jimmybondo87 gave in the second page, the code lines about the phone, I translate it :

(if number 62442 is typed on the phone
[if already open show the check mark, else show the award end if]
else show the "wrong" sign end if)

The three other lines of codes are to show the reward, the check mark and the "wrong" sign.

The whole thing means there only one number that give you something. We already knew that, but the code confirm it.


Leviosa - May 21, 2004 7:06 am (#206 of 2901)


OK, this Latin looks very strange to me. It doesn't look like proper Latin. I got the impression that it is wrongly typed, but it could also be a kind of dialect or vulgar Latin, I have really no idea.

I can try to translate some bits, but I'm convinced that I got it very wrong as it doesn't make much sense. I hope someone can do better than me.

Pain may be the same "lorem" (no idea what that could mean) (and) may love (subjunctive of amare??), ...

consectetuer, could be either from consecare (to cut) or consequi (to follow) or that's at least all that I can think of adipisci means to reach or to achieve. For elit I have absolutely no idea. It doesn't look like a verb and it doesn't look like a noun either, it might be an adverb.

...it follows reaching "elit"...

or

..."elit" is reaching cut,...

makes even less sense

nonummy might mean nonnumquam (sometimes), it's the closest word I can find. nibh is very strange. The only thing I could think of is nihil (nothing). I'm quite positive that euismod is eiusmodi (such). I have no idea for ticidunt but it's probably a verb, third person plural.

...but sometimes they "ticidunt" such day nothing...

lacreet could mean laceret (subjunctive) from lacerare (to tear up, to lacerate). volutpat is probably voluptas (desire). aliguam sounds like aliquam (someone or something)and it's a female form.

...like it teared up with big pain something was desire...

wisis: as the letter w doesn't exist in Latin, it's probably visis, maybe from visum (picture, imagination). minim could be minime (least)

...That I come that is to say with imaginations at least,...

nostturd seems to be a wrong form of noster (our). exerci could be exercitus (troops as noun, trained as adjective). tution: the only thing I can connect to that is tutus (safe) or as noun tutum (safety). corper is probably corpus (body). lobortis might be laboris coming from labor and meaning work. aliquip is probably aliquid (anything). ullam (any) doesn't seem to have a noun where it belongs to, at least I can't find one.

...who suspects any body of our troops in safety with work if not like anything out from.

Here is the whole "translation":

Pain may be the same "lorem" may love, it follows reaching "elit", but sometimes they "ticidunt" such day nothing like it teared up with big pain something was desire. That I come that is to say with imaginations at least, who suspects any body of our troops in safety with work if not like anything out from.

I know it doesn't make sense, but this is all I can figure out. Maybe it helps someone to come up with a logical solution, then my work wouldn't have been in vain.


Tomoé - May 21, 2004 9:06 am (#207 of 2901)


I found the purpose of the latin text :

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

I also found a translation :

On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains.

Both quotes comes from Lorem Ipsum.


Miréimé - May 21, 2004 9:52 am (#208 of 2901)


Some of this Latin is weird indeed, Leviosa. Look like they took bits of Latin text and put them together and made a lot of mistakes while transcribing it. Or worst, they transcribe a Latin manuscript written with weird calligraphy, so they do their best, but they messed some letters.

Lorem = the closer word I see is lorus=thong. If they used the wrong declension table, they could end up with lorem instead of lorum

Elit = My guess is Eligere -> Eligit -> Elit = Elected. They just forgot some letters.

adipiscing elit = It could also be "adispiscetus erit"=was achieved. Far fetched, I know

Lacreet = Why not Lacrent = they cry

Wisis = Medieval Latin has W. So I guess I should try to find a Medieval Latin dictionary at the University Library. But won't be before Monday. For now, I'll stuck to = to imagine,

The closer translation I can do without my dictionary is :

That the pain that like the thong itself be, the following was achieved, but sometimes such nothings "ticidunt" the day when they cry a woman from a great pain it will be the desire. I will come to the least, as you imagine in fact, who will take on the safety of our troops if not when anything from A...?

Not much sense in these sentence, I'm afraid.

But you didn't work in vain, Leviosa, what you've done was very useful to my version.

Edit : Thanks Tomoé. All this work for nothing ~_~


Tomoé - May 21, 2004 10:01 am (#209 of 2901)


The translation I found was the translation of the original lorem ipsum, but there are computer generated lorem ipsum that add random latin words to fill blanck space. Maybe Lightmaker (the company that made Jo's website) used a lorem ipsum generator and that's why it doesn't make sense.


Miréimé - May 21, 2004 10:03 am (#210 of 2901)


I guess you're right, there's no logic in that. ^_^

So the conclusion is : there will be something written there soon, but they don't have the text yet so they put some computer generated Lorem Ipsum (Latin filling text) in the while.

Edit : Because anyway, we shouldn't be suppose to have access to that part of the site.


Tomoé - May 21, 2004 10:48 am (#211 of 2901)


Exactly, they used the Lorem Ipsum to set the font's size and color and it will be replaced by a real text later. They didn't advertise the renewal of the site, they didn't expect 17 millions of visitor the first week, that part could wait.


Little Ginny - May 21, 2004 1:57 pm (#212 of 2901)


Sherbie, I just read your "translation" again and compared it with the handwritten page- that was really a great job you did!- and was astonished to see that where your "translation" ended, my computer showed some more lines. I tried to translate them as well, and I hope that I got it about right. Here is what I did:

' "Not much, you didn't", said Harry. "I don't know how it got in there, but the stone wasn't put there by them(underlined)..."

' "Right", said Harry(crossed out) Ron quickly. "(something crossed out) I'm sure you're right."

' "There must be an obvious explanation", said Hermione.

' (Something crossed out)Harry wasn't at all convinced that they meant it, but at that moment the bell rang which put an end to the conversation.'

My annotations are in brackets.


Liz Mann - May 24, 2004 8:00 am (#213 of 2901)


The Mark Evans question has now got 45% of the vote and the Sirius one has 43%.


Mare - May 24, 2004 9:11 am (#214 of 2901)


Go Mark, Go Mark, Go Mark!


Hogs Head - May 24, 2004 4:45 pm (#215 of 2901)


I can see it now -- the long awaited ending to Book 7.

I can't take it any more! STOP calling me Voldie!

Harry, Ron, and Hermione shouted in unison, "Voldie, Voldie, Voldie, you big fat Voldie."

Just then, Voldemort's head exploded.

Okay, maybe not.


Star Crossed - May 24, 2004 5:56 pm (#216 of 2901)


No, no, it reminds me of my friend's AIM icon.

Hey Voldie! Pause "Bother, bother, bother, bother!"

And then his head would explode. Wink


Belladonna - May 24, 2004 7:35 pm (#217 of 2901)


I've stalled at the spider too. A bizzare looking spider runs across the desk when peeves visits. I've tried clicking on it without success.


Mickal555 - May 25, 2004 3:20 am (#218 of 2901)


Hi I am 13 and I love the books and the web-site I have just read all the messages I never realised how much effort there is in that web-site. It was ages away Roybb95 posted it, I am in australia and I can see the meteors aka shooting stars, and the book did say there was shooting stars all over kent that night. But then it probebly dousnt matter now.


Ginney Weasley - May 27, 2004 10:23 am (#219 of 2901)


Hi. I haven't posted in a while, but I wanted to chime in since I'm excited about the new site. I can't wait for an update.

I also wanted to add to Tomoe's list of sites so we can vote for the Mark Evans question.

Original List:

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Additions:
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Happy Voting

Ginney


Miréimé - May 27, 2004 12:24 pm (#220 of 2901)


Thanks Ginny! I'm voting ^_^!

For now :
Marks -> 44%
Sirus -> 43%
Snape -> 13%


Tomoé - May 27, 2004 1:56 pm (#221 of 2901)


Thanks Ginny!

Hoping that will be enough to get the answer for Mark's question. I put my occupational therapist on the case too. ^_^


haymoni - May 27, 2004 5:34 pm (#222 of 2901)


Who is voting for the Sirius question???

Seriously!!!


Miréimé - May 27, 2004 8:11 pm (#223 of 2901)


People who still are in denial. They'll accept it, but if Jo kills Harry at the end of book 7, they will have hard time.


Mare - May 28, 2004 3:38 am (#224 of 2901)


Or people who do read the site, but not the other interviews, and so do not know that she has answered that question already.


Tomoé - May 28, 2004 7:26 am (#225 of 2901)


Quick quotes should be the next site awarded, we would then all be even.


S.E. Jones - May 28, 2004 12:09 pm (#226 of 2901)


What do you mean, Tomoe?


Padfoot - May 28, 2004 1:32 pm (#227 of 2901)


Even people who are denial about Sirius dying should realize she would never admit if he was coming back.


haymoni - May 29, 2004 5:56 am (#228 of 2901)


So will she really tell us about Mark Evans?


prof sprout - May 29, 2004 7:55 am (#229 of 2901)


I'm thinking she might say something like, "good eye, you'll have to wait and see" or something along those lines. Where she'll be vague, but give us enough vagueness to guess to decide if he is significant. I just don't think it is coincidence that we officially learn her last name (I know it was in a chat before hand) and he is mentioned in the beginning, many, many pages later we find out her name. Darn her Surprised) I wonder if it will be updated for June. We know the wizard of the month will change. I also wonder what it will do for Harry's birthday, maybe that is when the door will open.


haymoni - May 29, 2004 8:41 am (#230 of 2901)


With our luck her answer will be "Nope, no relation. Evans is just a common name."


S.E. Jones - May 29, 2004 10:23 am (#231 of 2901)


I'm with Prof. Sprout. It will probably be a "maybe, you'll have to wait and see" type of thing.


Neville Longbottom - May 29, 2004 3:20 pm (#232 of 2901)


I agree with haymoni. I tend to think that Mark's name was just by accident the same as Lily's. I still voted for the Mark question, though.


haymoni - May 29, 2004 6:25 pm (#233 of 2901)


Neville - JKR doesn't just throw things in - I just meant we've guessed every other possibility - it would just be ironic if Mark was a nobody, even though he just HAPPENS to have Lily's last name and just HAPPENS to be 10 years old. Hah, even better for Harry - he'll hate Dudley too!!

I will be very, very, very disappointed if the Sirius questions wins.


Neville Longbottom - May 30, 2004 1:51 am (#234 of 2901)


I know that JKR just doesn't throw things in, but I think it is possible that she gave Mark a common last name and forgot, that it was Lily's maiden name.


S.E. Jones - May 30, 2004 2:07 am (#235 of 2901)


We have a Mark Evans thread. You might find it interesting.


Star Crossed - May 30, 2004 10:14 am (#236 of 2901)


I don't think so. It's too coincidental that we find out about a ten year old with the last name Evans in the same book we find out Harry's mother's name is Evans. Plus, throw in the fact she never even gave two people the same first name which is really hard, I don't think she'd do that.


Diagon Nilly - May 30, 2004 11:47 am (#237 of 2901)


Was it ever stated anywhere that Lily and Petunia were the only children in the Evans family? Is it possible that Harry's maternal grandparents had extended family?


haymoni - May 30, 2004 2:12 pm (#238 of 2901)


We won't know anything for certain until Book 6 arrives. If the Mark Evans question wins, I'm sure she'll give us a very polite, but totally bogus answer. (and yes, I was in high school during the '80s, thank you very much!)


Neville Longbottom - May 30, 2004 2:22 pm (#239 of 2901)


Plus, throw in the fact she never even gave two people the same first name which is really hard, I don't think she'd do that.


Yes, she did. There's Tom Riddle and Tom the Innkeeper. There are also Frank Bryce and Frank Longbottom. And at least Tom Riddle is a major character, therefore I doubt she willingly choose to call the barkeeper Tom, too.


Chris. - May 30, 2004 2:29 pm (#240 of 2901)


Yes, there's characters with the same first names but surnames show family connections.


haymoni - May 30, 2004 2:46 pm (#241 of 2901)


We really should get to know what Tom the Innkeeper's last name is. I just can't believe that the MOM would trust the gate to the Wizarding World to just anybody.

While there are far more pressing questions I would like to ask JKR, that would be a fun one to see on her website.


S.E. Jones - May 31, 2004 12:42 am (#242 of 2901)


If anyone is curious, the questions stand currently at 46% for Mark and 42% for Sirius. Since this is now the 31 of May, and the site will probably be upgraded (hopefully! *crosses fingers*) in the very begining of June sometime, it looks like Mark might win..... Unfortunately, the real question remains whether or not she'll actually answer it or step around the question somehow. Maybe she should've asked, "which of these questions do you think I'll give a real answer to".....


haymoni - May 31, 2004 5:27 am (#243 of 2901)


There is a report on the Leaky Cauldron that they spoke with JKR and she asked if they liked the site. Do we like the site??? How many hits did it have the first week???

She also said it would be updated soon. Yes!!!


Tomoé - May 31, 2004 8:51 am (#244 of 2901)


I hope it will be updated the 1st day every month.

I wonder how she will proceed with the next questions, will she keep Lily/Snape and Sirius's ones until they get answer, will she keep the Sirius one and replace the Lily/Snape one, or will she give us three brand new questions. And, must of all, how will she answer Mark Evans's question if the character is significant.


S.E. Jones - May 31, 2004 5:36 pm (#245 of 2901)


Didn't she say she had gotten like thousands of questions the day they did the World Day chat (which is where she's pulling the FAQ poll questions from, apparently)? I'm betting she puts up three completely new questions, though we may see some repeats since some people would have asked the same or similar questions twice....


Liz - May 31, 2004 8:41 pm (#246 of 2901)


On JKR's Web site she says the first chapter of the sixth book could have been used as the first chapter of the SS and that she couldn't fit it into PA or OP but the website also says that in one of the early drafts of the first chapter of ss was the scene of Voldemort in Godric's Hollow and I think that scene will be in the next book.

Beth


Mrs. Sirius - May 31, 2004 10:08 pm (#247 of 2901)


On the Mark Evans question, I think it's interesting that not only do we learn Lily and Petunia's last name in the same book where we discover 10 year old Mark, but most interesting is that JKR was sure to mention in an interview, prior to OoTP's release that Lilly's last name was Evans.

Ensuring that when we read the scene in which Harry first see's his mother's initials, we have been clued into who James was writing/pining about before Harry hears his father say the name.

Likewise, when Harry says to Dudley "you beat up Mark Evans" or whatever the quote is, a little bell is going off in our minds.


S.E. Jones - May 31, 2004 11:18 pm (#248 of 2901)


JKR's site now has a new Wizard of the Month listed and a new Fan Site listed. I don't see any other obvious updates but hopefully there will be more made very soon...

P.S. does anyone have the last Wizard of the Month info?


Mare - Jun 1, 2004 12:52 am (#249 of 2901)


P.S. does anyone have the last Wizard of the Month info?

Steve?

Maybe we should have put it in this thread. BTW, I can't seem to open the new wizard of the month. Sad


Neville Longbottom - Jun 1, 2004 2:10 am (#250 of 2901)


You can definitely see it on the "Text Only Version".



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Susanne - Jun 1, 2004 3:11 am (#251 of 2901)


I have been checking the site all morning, and it looks like it is being updated gradually.

The fan site award has been changed to Godric's Hollow.


Chris. - Jun 1, 2004 7:57 am (#252 of 2901)


The last 'wizard of the month' was Felix Summerby, inventor of the Cheering Charms.


Liz - Jun 1, 2004 1:34 pm (#253 of 2901)


How are you supposed to open up the door(if you can) after you take the port key that is a hair tie. I hope people know what I'm talking about.

Beth


Leprechaun Jack - Jun 1, 2004 1:49 pm (#254 of 2901)



You can't open the door yet. JKR said something about being patient. I think when we get close to book 6 being released the door will open with the date.

Jack


Liz Mann - Jun 1, 2004 12:54 pm (#255 of 2901)


That is possible. In fact, quite likely. I never thought of that.


Liz - Jun 1, 2004 2:05 pm (#256 of 2901)


Thanks I only just went to the site yesterday, so I'm glad someone could tell me.

Beth


Brandon Christopher - Jun 1, 2004 2:56 pm (#257 of 2901)


Has anyone else noticed that the "Wizard of the Month" are just the wizards cards out of the video games basically? I don't think we're going to get any new information or characters through that part of the website.


Liz - Jun 1, 2004 4:20 pm (#258 of 2901)


I don't do video games, so that information is pretty new.

Beth


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 1, 2004 5:59 pm (#259 of 2901)


The section opposite where the poll is(not the side you vote on)is blank now. If my memory serves me correctly there used to be writing there. Maybe she's updating it now and will put the answer there!


S.E. Jones - Jun 1, 2004 7:05 pm (#260 of 2901)


It's not blank on my screen.


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 1, 2004 7:11 pm (#261 of 2901)


It is on mine.


Liz - Jun 1, 2004 9:26 pm (#262 of 2901)


I'll check it out tommorrow. I'm to tired.



Beth


Mrs. Sirius - Jun 1, 2004 9:40 pm (#263 of 2901)


The wizard of the month has changed again, it is now Gwenog Jones, 1968, captain and beater of the Holyhead Harpies, only all female Quidditch team.

Yesterday it changed to another name that I now don't recall. The first was Felix Summerby.


S.E. Jones - Jun 1, 2004 10:47 pm (#264 of 2901)


Yesterday it changed to another name that I now don't recall. The first was Felix Summerby.

Did it? It was Gwenog when I looked the site up at 1:00 am June 1 and then every time I rechecked the site. Did you go through jkrowling.com or through one of the other sites?


Roybb95 - Jun 2, 2004 3:51 am (#265 of 2901)


The was site updated (rumors, news). In the rumors page, she said that "a clever Potter fan hacked his way through the door with the 'Do Not Disturb' sign on it". She mentions it as well in the news section, when she's talking about the popularity of the site. She says that the hacker saw a book with some title that she says isn't important. Does anyone know what she's talking about, and if that hacker uploaded a screen shot of that book?


Mare - Jun 2, 2004 3:54 am (#266 of 2901)


It's all somewhere in this thread Roybb95. Kip posted the links somewhere. Try the search button, insert "Kip" and search in this thread alone.


Mare - Jun 2, 2004 4:06 am (#267 of 2901)


Honoustly, from what she writes she seems such a nice person. And I think maybe we even scare her by taking her words too serious sometimes...


Tomoé - Jun 2, 2004 6:00 am (#268 of 2901)


Gwenog Jones? Is she parent of Hestia Jones?

"


Kip Carter - Jun 2, 2004 6:01 am (#269 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 2, 2004 7:04 am


Roybb95, I mentioned the opening of the door in my Post #194 above.

If you want to go directly to the gif file where the door opens, here is the link.

And thanks to Marè for remembering!

"


Star Crossed - Jun 2, 2004 6:12 am (#270 of 2901) "
Edited by Jun 2, 2004 7:12 am


Very interesting observation, Tomoe! But I don't think so, because they seem to be around the same age, or Hestia Jones is older. At the time of OP, she's is about thirty years old. Yep, according to my cell phone, she was 27. It is likely they are sisters or cousins or something though.

EDIT: She being Gwenog.


Liz Mann - Jun 2, 2004 11:06 am (#271 of 2901)


I'm glad she was kidding about the 'don't call Voldemort "Voldie" thing', because I do all the time. Voldie sounds funny!


Tomoé - Jun 2, 2004 11:19 am (#272 of 2901)


Sorry, I didn't translate the thought properly, I meant are they related.


S.E. Jones - Jun 2, 2004 1:35 pm (#273 of 2901)


Star Crossed, where did you find Hestia's age?


Star Crossed - Jun 2, 2004 3:02 pm (#274 of 2901)


No, I don't know where it's at. I said Gwenog is 27. I have no idea how old Hestia is. I was just guessing at her age, because she was in the new OP, not the old one, so she can't be that old.


Iverson Godfrey - Jun 2, 2004 3:41 pm (#275 of 2901)


I'm glad she was kidding about the Voldie thing as well, although I am a little embarassed that I took her so litterally...it's so hard to determine tone when reading a statement like that. Oh well, I guess I wasn't the only one.

Too bad none of the information on the rumors page was related to the books this time.


Padfoot - Jun 3, 2004 8:09 am (#276 of 2901)


Same here Iverson Godfrey. Voldy, Voldie, moldy Voldy!


Mare - Jun 3, 2004 1:19 pm (#277 of 2901)


Okay the F.A.Q. questions are currently at 12% (Lily and Snape), 42%(Sirius) and 45% (Mark Evans).
What is not right with this FAQ?




haymoni - Jun 3, 2004 1:33 pm (#278 of 2901)


When are we going to get our answer????


Liz - Jun 3, 2004 1:52 pm (#279 of 2901)


Question,

Does anyone know if the " Muggle Net's Chatroom" is actually called "Muggle Net's Chatroom?" Because JKR said that She went on there and I want to know if it exists and if so how to get on there.

Beth


Liz - Jun 3, 2004 2:21 pm (#280 of 2901)


Also, was anyone on JKR's website when the hacker got through the door?

Beth


Liz Mann - Jun 3, 2004 2:23 pm (#281 of 2901)


[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

I think that's it.


JKR4PM - Jun 3, 2004 3:36 pm (#282 of 2901)


Mare, that adds up to 99%. Where is the other one?


Weeny Owl - Jun 3, 2004 9:22 pm (#283 of 2901)


The other one percent is probably made up of parts of a precentage.

It could be something such as:

12.2%, 42.6%, 45.2%

Why post the .2, .6, etc. since the main numbers are what counts unless it's a tie.

"


Mare - Jun 4, 2004 12:22 am (#284 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 4, 2004 1:23 am


The 99% percent was exactly what I was reffering to. And you're probably right Weeny Owl, but it just looks like some-one can't count! (And 42.6 would have to be 43, so it would all have to be numbers below .5 )

"


Iverson Godfrey - Jun 4, 2004 4:53 pm (#285 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 4, 2004 5:55 pm


Maybe JKR wants to hold on to a percentage for herself. She could use it as a tiebreaker, if there was one....but, haven't the percentages added up until just recently? Maybe they've figured out that some people have been stuffing the ballot, so to speak, by voting multiple times through the different addresses and they are holding out the 1% difference that may have made. Or, probably most likely, someone made a mistake and didn't realize it before they updated the information.

Edit: I guess it was a glitch, I just checked it and the current numbers are 12,43,45...100% today.

"


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 5, 2004 3:58 pm (#286 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 5, 2004 4:58 pm


Maybe whenever she answers the FAQ Poll thatll be behind the door. But I'm pretty certain it'll be book 6 news.(I hope!)

Your not elituret frend, Aberforth


Diagon Nilly - Jun 5, 2004 5:30 pm (#287 of 2901)


Question: I have to read the text only version of the site because my connection is so slow and stupid. Will this fun stuff (like opening the door)be available in text only format...does anyone know?


Mare - Jun 5, 2004 5:42 pm (#288 of 2901)


Jessica, my guess would be that if it is news or information about something than Yes, Jo would probably want it available to all her fans. But don't worry, if, whatever it is, is not available to the text only version, just come over here and we while give you a three page discription of it.


Penny Lane. - Jun 5, 2004 6:06 pm (#289 of 2901)


Last week I was on a dial up connection, and was stuck with the text only version as well. I think there is a difference, as I couldn't find any of the "Easter Eggs" on the text only site.


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 5, 2004 6:11 pm (#290 of 2901)


Heres an off the wall, probably innaccurate idea. Maybe the mirror on the page with the Do-Not-Disturb sign is a kind-of Mirror of Erised for the website. Because in the mirror the door is open and there is no sign. I know this probably isn't right but I just thought I would post it.

Your not eliturit frend, Aberforth


Rosariana - Jun 6, 2004 6:40 pm (#291 of 2901)


All this waiting in front of a door is reminding me of something from book 5...

About the poll, the Mark Evans question is currently in the lead. I really hope it wins, because no matter how JKR chooses to respond, it will be helpful. If she says it is a coincidence and Evans is a common name, then we can stop speculating about Harry's long lost cousin. If she skirts the question with "you'll find out later" we'll know there is some significance. If she tells us maybe, then I would think she hasn't yet decided whether or not to use him as a character (like the Weasley cousin).


Lexicon Steve - Jun 6, 2004 7:44 pm (#292 of 2901)


I don't think she'll say "You'll find out later." Remember that she chooses the questions that she's going to include. If she didn't want to answer it, she wouldn't have put it on there at all.

Notice that she also can phrase the questions however she wants to. So she writes "Is Lily really dead?" There's someone missing from that question. Did she skip James on purpose because she doesn't want to answer that question? Oh, the "James is Lupin" crowd will love THAT!

Steve


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 7, 2004 6:51 pm (#293 of 2901)


The poll is now at 101%... strange...

youre nott elituret frend, Aberforth Dumbledore


draco all the way - Jun 8, 2004 1:49 am (#294 of 2901)


I got 2 phone calls! Yippeeee!

Could anyone please link me to a picture of what is behind the door? Don't give the CoS site because I couldn't find one.

"


S.E. Jones - Jun 8, 2004 2:39 pm (#295 of 2901) "
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Here Draco ATW.


Catherine - Jun 8, 2004 2:48 pm (#296 of 2901)


OOOH! Thanks! I hadn't seen that.


Liz Mann - Jun 8, 2004 3:25 pm (#297 of 2901)


Neither had I.


Star Crossed - Jun 8, 2004 3:59 pm (#298 of 2901)


Me either. Thanks!


popkin - Jun 8, 2004 4:09 pm (#299 of 2901)


Thank you, S.E. Is that where the meaningless Latin filler text is supposed to be? I couldn't see it. Also, does anyone recognize the people in the picture on the wall?


S.E. Jones - Jun 8, 2004 4:53 pm (#300 of 2901)


They are JKR's parents, I do believe. I think there is a picture like that in the biography on the main page of her site.



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mooncalf - Jun 8, 2004 5:08 pm (#301 of 2901)


As someone who has only been able to access the text-only version of the site (and I have tried every link on this thread) - thanks to all of you who have posted pictures; it makes me feel like I'm not missing as much!


draco all the way - Jun 9, 2004 12:44 am (#302 of 2901)


Thanks S.E!! I'm glad I asked.


Weeny Owl - Jun 13, 2004 9:50 am (#303 of 2901)


I checked the site yesterday and the same poll is still there. Has JKR said when she'll answer the question and put up a new poll?


Liz Mann - Jun 13, 2004 12:53 pm (#304 of 2901)


I don't think so.


Penny Lane. - Jun 13, 2004 1:54 pm (#305 of 2901)


You know what she should do? (I'm putting this here in case she decides to check in with us once in a while)

She should put up a diary of her progress on Book 6. - And give us a place to post encouraging comments and such. Kevin Smith (an american movie director) has a website where he does something similar, and posts the occasional post about progress on his next movie.

As for updates, it just says soon.


Liz Mann - Jun 13, 2004 2:00 pm (#306 of 2901)


She should put up a diary of her progress on Book 6. - And give us a place to post encouraging comments and such.

I think she'll probably use the news page to do the updates. As for the place for us to post messages, I don't think that's a good idea, because loads of people will be saying, "Keep writing!", "Hurry up!", "Are you nearly done yet?", "I can't wait!" It'll put too much pressure on her. It's not like us with our fanfiction. She's got lots more readers than we have.


Mare - Jun 14, 2004 1:20 am (#307 of 2901)


I think it would be a great if there was a place where we could tell her how cool we think the site is, but it would get flooded! she would never be able to read all the messages.

"


S.E. Jones - Jun 14, 2004 1:30 am (#308 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 14, 2004 2:33 am


Maybe she'll ask that in one of the polls after awhile? "What do you think of this site?" A- It's incredible, I read it as much as the books. B- It's not bad; at least I don't have to look at bad CGI werewolves to get my Potter fix. C- Site? I thought it was some online advertisement for gum...

That sort of thing....


Padfoot - Jun 14, 2004 10:07 am (#309 of 2901)


LOL! I thought it was some online advertisement for gum... Yes, I bet that one will get lots of votes.


NYCNomad - Jun 14, 2004 11:04 am (#310 of 2901)


What's going on with the black circle thing that takes you to the door with the window and mirror? Are you supposed to do something there?


Liz Mann - Jun 14, 2004 11:45 am (#311 of 2901)


We've concluded that the door doesn't open at the moment, but that perhaps it will when J.K's finished writing book six or something like that. Maybe there'll be a sneak preview behind it!

"


Julia. - Jun 14, 2004 12:00 pm (#312 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 14, 2004 1:00 pm


Merlin's beard I hope so. JKR, if you're reading this, *hint hint.*

"


Madam Pince - Jun 14, 2004 5:52 pm (#313 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 14, 2004 7:05 pm


OK, just spent almost three hours on that *!@#&% site. And I swear, if I even HEAR another fly buzzing around, in real life I mean, I am going to swat it SOOOOOO hard with a flyswatter!

Mooncalf, (and others who are on dial-up or otherwise only able to get the text version), do you have a pop-up blocker on your computer? If so, try closing it down while you're on the JKR site. That did it for me. I'm on an old, slowwwww, dial-up computer, but when I closed the pop-up blocker it worked fine. Slowly, but fine. You do have to wait a good while at the very beginning for things to load up.

I still have to get my fourth award. My picture of the cauldron with the "?" in it and the clues pointing into it is only partially drawn, so I'm assuming I'm still missing something. I haven't heard the phone ring at all, nor have I seen Peeves. I did see the Cornish Pixie knock the pen cup over, but it happened while the screen was partially dark (while I was reading one of my awards) and by the time I got back to the desktop, the Pixie was gone.

The watch, for me, just does what a watch does best -- marks the time. Which, interestingly enough, was accurate to my computer. Don't know if that means the website is keyed to East Coast U.S., or if it just automatically adjusts to whatever the user's time zone is. I suspect the latter.

Did anyone figure out what to do with the pack of gum that's lying at the bottom of the bulletin board? If you click and drag it, it will change orientation and move along wherever you drag it, but I've yet to find a place to "drop" it that it will stay or do anything fun....

And, for the record, I have voted for the question she answers to be "Is Snape Lily's long-lost brother?" because that is my pet theory, of which I am 100% convinced of its accuracy. StarCrossed, if you still think it's totally a silly question, read my theory/post -- I think it's in the Snape thread way, way back when. Try the search feature and type in "Dad Evans" or "Perseus Evans" or something. I am currently (have been for way too long) deep in the throes of another Snape theory, which perhaps will be ripe for posting and ridicule any time now.

Edit: my "Snape is Lily's brother" theory is on the archived Snape thread, post #64, 09/06/03.


vball man - Jun 14, 2004 5:59 pm (#314 of 2901)


I think that's a "revealer." Rub it on the blank page above it.


S.E. Jones - Jun 14, 2004 6:03 pm (#315 of 2901)


Did anyone figure out what to do with the pack of gum that's lying at the bottom of the bulletin board?

What pack of gum? All there is is an eraser that you use to erase a piece of paper and get the image with the cauldron and the "?" on it and the ingredients you need to collect for the award....


Madam Pince - Jun 14, 2004 6:09 pm (#316 of 2901)


Ok, duh on me. I read posts where people were talking about an eraser but hadn't seen one. To me an eraser is pink. And the thing at the bottom of the bulletin board looks exactly like one of my packs of "Extra" chewing gum to me. So again, duh.

But I somehow got part of the image with the "?" cauldron....maybe in my efforts to move my 'gum' I was actually doing some erasing accidentally....

Off to try again... (I swore I was going to stop this and go pay my bills and do laundry like I should be doing...)


NYCNomad - Jun 15, 2004 4:44 am (#317 of 2901)


Would sombody be willing to post all the clues and hidden things they've found for those of us who are clueless? I've found the green leaves that show a picture but that's really it. I'm sure they're all posted at some point or another in this thread, but I just honestly lack the patience to read 316 posts.


IR Waiting - Jun 15, 2004 6:01 am (#318 of 2901)


Having read all of the messages on this thread over the last few days I have one suggestion for all of those people who want to vote numerous times on the poll. If you go to the website and right click anywhere a menu comes up and you choose "Settings". Then micromedia Flash player settings comes up. If you move the arrow all of the way to the left you will get a message that this will remove all information for this website from your computer. Click "OK" and then you can find all of the clues again (for fun) and vote again on the poll. Have fun!


IR Waiting - Jun 15, 2004 6:06 am (#319 of 2901)


Sorry, I forgot one thing. After you do that you have to close out of the website and go back in and then you can vote again and find all of the clues again. Enjoy!


Star Crossed - Jun 15, 2004 6:45 am (#320 of 2901)


Nope, not going to read the post. *crosses arms, childishly* If I think Snape is Lily's long-lost brother, I'd have to destroy my idea that Snape fancied Lily at Hogwarts or move to Kentucky (Kidding about the Kentucky thing. Not trying to insult anyone. Well, maybe my best friend. ;D)


TGF - Jun 15, 2004 7:06 am (#321 of 2901)


Should we really be rigging JK Rowling's poll?

Not that it won't be rigged anyhow by other people, but nonetheless...


Liz Mann - Jun 15, 2004 7:27 am (#322 of 2901)


Just because others are likely to do it doesn't mean we should do it first.


TGF - Jun 15, 2004 7:33 am (#323 of 2901)


That's what I was thinking...


Liz Mann - Jun 15, 2004 8:03 am (#324 of 2901)


On the other hand, if others are going to rig it anyway, we might as well make sure it's rigged the way we want it. Just joking.


dobbyiscool - Jun 15, 2004 8:56 am (#325 of 2901)


I don't think of it as rigging, we are just trying to insure that our question wins...

Ok, so we're cheating, but if we all hadn't voted so many times the poll probibly wouldn't be so close, and she'd end up answering the wrong question!

"


S.E. Jones - Jun 15, 2004 9:51 am (#326 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 15, 2004 10:54 am


Clues:

Cauldron -> use the eraser on the blank paper pinned to the bulletin board to get pictures of the clues:
Leaves: This one's easy, just look up.
Spider: Think about where you see an annoying spider that keeps crawling in front of you, just asking to get caught.
Potion: I think I saw it sitting on a shelf somewhere....
Feather: Well that'd be quite a prize, wouldn't it?...

Phone -> Think Arthur and Harry and a really small booth....

The Links Page -> There's an award hidden there if you can find the key to unlocking it.

The Fan Page -> You can get an award by putting things in their place....

For those too impatient to go looking themselves, here are the awards.


Madam Pince - Jun 15, 2004 12:43 pm (#327 of 2901)


Sarah, thanks so much for posting those awards. Although I figured them out, my computer screen is like someone else's who mentioned the same problem earlier -- I can't see the bottom of the awards that are printed on a long "page." (ie -- sorting hat, and original handwritten page of PS.) Grrrrrrr....so frustrating. Can't scroll them up or down, nor change their size. Well, there's probably a way but I'm too computer-illiterate to know how to do it. But with yours -- hey presto, there's a scroll bar! Yay!

By the way, what do you suppose Snape has to do with the Sorting Hat, anyway? He's written on that page twice. Or was she just ruminating on main characters to be introduced in the Great Hall / Feast / Sorting Hat scene? Peeves is written down, and he is introduced in that chapter. She also seems to have made a list of things for Dumbledore to announce when he says "a few start of term notices." I can't quite make out the other sentence -- it's either "Does scar have to happen at Feast?" or maybe it's "Does sort have to happen at Feast?" Either makes sense, assuming she's referring to Harry's scar hurting. If that's what she meant, maybe that's the Snape reference, since the scar hurt when HP *supposedly* looked at Snape.

Hmmmmm...now that I'm re-reading this scene in PS, I'm starting to wonder about a Snape-scar connection. And there was one JKR interview where she said the shape of Harry's scar is not its most significant aspect, which then begs the question of what exactly is its most significant aspect? That interview question always bothered me a bit.

Hmmmmmm....Snape.....scar....this is all beginning to cook in my brain with my new Snape theory..... ***off to read more of the Snape threads***

And StarCrossed -- your loss! Don't blame me if you now lie awake nights wondering about Snape and Lily's real relationship... ***stubbornly juts out jaw in self-righteous assurance that my theory is correct***


NYCNomad - Jun 15, 2004 1:02 pm (#328 of 2901)


Madam Pince, just a thought, but might the location of the scar be the most important?

"


Madam Pince - Jun 15, 2004 1:42 pm (#329 of 2901) "
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Could be. I'm torn between thinking the importance has to do with how he got the scar (ie: external force - the person or spell that gave it to him), versus the scar is emblematic of whatever it is within him that is the opposite of Voldemort's power (ie: internal force.) Did it "pop out of" him, or was it "applied onto" him?

Do you mean where it is on his head, or the fact that it's on his head rather than his body?

Well, we're getting off-topic here. I'll move my question to the Physical Characteristics thread, how's that?


S.E. Jones - Jun 16, 2004 2:24 pm (#330 of 2901)


Mad. Pince, NYCNomad, I moved the discussion (as well as NYCNomad's last post) to the Physical Characteristics thread.


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 23, 2004 8:03 pm (#331 of 2901)


The poll is once again at 101%. yure naht eliterut frend Aberforth Dumbledore.


azi - Jun 25, 2004 7:38 am (#332 of 2901)


Grrr, when are they going to change the poll? I'm getting annoyed with waiting. Such meanies these people, and also bad at maths.


prof sprout - Jun 25, 2004 9:51 am (#333 of 2901)


Now we all have to be patient. I would rather have her writing book six. I'm sure she'll do it soon. Though there is no excuse for bad math Surprised) It is probably a rounding error though.


coolbeans3131 - Jun 25, 2004 6:34 pm (#334 of 2901)


Mugglenet is reporting that someone got through the door and has the title for book six!


Gina R Snape - Jun 25, 2004 7:00 pm (#335 of 2901)


Oooooooh! Looks very convincing. I guess we'll find out if it's real soon.


TGF - Jun 25, 2004 7:20 pm (#336 of 2901)


Links for those that aren't informed of this:

The supposed text: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] The video of 'proof': [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

I think the question that runs through all our minds right now is: "Who's this Storgé guy and what does his pillar have to do with anything?"

I think making the matters its own thread should wait until the rumor is halfway confirmed however. But still, a title takes us closer to a book 6 than we've ever been, so I can't help but hope here.


Star Crossed - Jun 25, 2004 7:20 pm (#337 of 2901)


Oooh. Hope that's real. Anyway, I sent my friend to jkrowling.com (She was never there before!) And she actually came up with a view source. She wanted me to post it here, to see if anyone here could figure out if it means something:

function reenterSite() { // open the window... var win = window.open

She's doing her best to open the door, and right now I believe she's going to type all that to see what happens. If anyone has any ideas, please share!


TGF - Jun 25, 2004 7:26 pm (#338 of 2901)


On a related note, I really really do hope it's longer than OotP... I know quantity isn't quality, but when it comes to JKR we have 100% quality in every word written, so I think the longer the better.

~heaven is an endless Harry Potter book~


Star Crossed - Jun 25, 2004 7:28 pm (#339 of 2901)


Same here. However, I'm going to get yelled at for this one, but I sort of hope the sixth book doesn't come out by Christmas like many speculate. I hope it comes out somewhere next summer.


TGF - Jun 25, 2004 7:33 pm (#340 of 2901)


Why?!?

That's more realistic certainly, but its pretty much a given that it won't be released by Rowling until it's ready, so I say the sooner the better.


Gina R Snape - Jun 25, 2004 7:36 pm (#341 of 2901)


::ponders the analytical madness that well ensue of that title turns out to be correct:: (Should we start tossing around ideas on a new thread now?)

I doubt it will come out that soon. Something tells me both books 6 and 7 will be released on a June date.

Of course, many of us suspected book 6 will be bigger than book 5. But I cannot say that's entirely a good thing. OoP needed a brazen editor to go in and hack a few things out. If book 6 is longer, then I hope it is also better. But I'll leave those details to another thread.

Was it July 1st we're supposed to know for sure about this new book development?

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Star Crossed - Jun 25, 2004 7:37 pm (#342 of 2901) "
Edited by Jun 25, 2004 8:37 pm


The sooner the better? That means all this will be over! After book six we have one book left. So, nope, I'm in no rush for book six. Besides, I can always say I want my graduation present to be book seven, if the path continues.

EDIT: Yes, Gina, it seems the truth will unveil itself on the first.


TGF - Jun 25, 2004 8:02 pm (#343 of 2901)


Every day I live with the nagging fear that I might have some horrible accident, and never get to read book 6 and 7. So I say bring them on, and then let me die in peace.


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 25, 2004 8:18 pm (#344 of 2901)


I'm fiddling away with the door but it just won't open. As soon as it does I will send you all pictures of my findings. urre nott eliterut frend Aberforth Dumbledore


Madam Pince - Jun 25, 2004 8:27 pm (#345 of 2901)


Ha-ha, TGF! I know exactly what you mean! It's probably so morbid, but I have actually looked at obituaries in the newspaper and thought to myself "Poor guy, he'll never know how it turns out!" Am I a sicko or what? Of course, if he's been a good guy, he'll go someplace where he can get an advance copy or something...


Verschwinden Sie - Jun 25, 2004 8:29 pm (#346 of 2901)


Okay, for those folks who asked and/or are wondering what Storge is, here you go...

Storge is another classical reference, and a Greek one to boot. Storge is one of the four prime loves, referring specifically to the instinctual love we have for things which are small and weak. In modern usage, it means the instinctual love a parent has for a child.

Not that I'm accepting "Harry Potter and the Pillar of Storge" any more than I accept titles of the counterfeit Harry Potters (my favorite of which has to still be Harry Potter and Leopard Walk Up To Dragon... just because that title makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE), but if you look at the titles from titles of the books since Prisoner of Azkaban, it kind've makes sense.


Madam Pince - Jun 25, 2004 8:48 pm (#347 of 2901)


Thanks for the reference, Andrew. I took a class on C.S. Lewis in college and we studied "The Four Loves" extensively, and yet I was still drawing a blank on what storge was. Of course, that was a while ago....

Hmmmmm...you're right...."Pillar of Storge" does make some sense. Oh well, we'll wait and see, I suppose!


S.E. Jones - Jun 25, 2004 9:50 pm (#348 of 2901)


How very interesting. Thus far the only pictures I've seen of the door opening are when the first hacker hacked their way through the code and to the nonsense Latin space filler. This should be intriguing....


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 25, 2004 10:27 pm (#349 of 2901)


The word pillar has only appeared in COS and OOtP. Veritaserum.com has the passages where the word pillar are used. These seem pretty insignificant, but, I suppose they could mean something... yor nohtt elitirut frend Aberforth Dumbledore.


Magical Max - Jun 26, 2004 3:02 am (#350 of 2901)


I have got three of the hidden surprises except for unlocking the box in the links page. Just where is the key for this box to be found ?



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Little Ginny - Jun 26, 2004 4:17 am (#351 of 2901)


John Fallon, look for a question mark!

Oh, I must read up all what I can find about storge, whatever it is! I can't believe it! I didn't visit the forum for two days, and that's what happened. I do hope that this is a sign book 6 will be coming pretty soon.


Catherine - Jun 26, 2004 4:33 am (#352 of 2901)


I was a little suspicious, so I started anagramming.

Storge = "go rest" and "rogets"

I wonder if somone's funning us with this title?


Diagon Nilly - Jun 26, 2004 12:17 pm (#353 of 2901)


Although insignificant, I'm wondering what the references to "pillars" are in CoS and OotP? She does mention something about clever fans getting the connection to those books, but alas, I am not clever...


Gina R Snape - Jun 26, 2004 12:57 pm (#354 of 2901)


Neither am I, in this case! Should we start a new thread to discuss this?

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popkin - Jun 26, 2004 1:42 pm (#355 of 2901) "
Edited by Jun 26, 2004 2:43 pm


It sound something like "pillows". It could mean the four founders - the "pillars" of Hogwarts. I think it might have called them "pillars" in the Sorting Hat's song.

Yep. Well, the Houses that they founded, anyway. I just looked it up (OotP, US, CH11, P206):

"The Houses that, like pillars four,
Had once held up our school,
Now turned upon each other and,
Divided, sought to rule."



aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 26, 2004 1:50 pm (#356 of 2901)


And storge' is one of the FOUR types of Greek love, and there were FOUR founders maybe thats just a coincidence. yorre nohtt eliterut frend Aberforth Dumbledore

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Verschwinden Sie - Jun 26, 2004 2:11 pm (#357 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 26, 2004 3:12 pm


It's an interesting theory on the # of founders vs. the # of types of love in Greek mythos. However, I can't see where the parallels would really be drawn. Without breaking the Lexicon's rules on the subject, one of the founders would have to represent each type of love, and while I'm cool with the concept of agape, storge, and philia being applied to one of each of the founders (though I must admit I'm very curious as to which person would get which attribute), I can't see where J.K. Rowling would be applying eros to a fourth... plus, I can't see any of those four types of love applying to Salazar Slytherin.

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TGF - Jun 26, 2004 2:36 pm (#358 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 26, 2004 3:37 pm


If Storge means instinctual love a parent has for a child, then would it not follow then that this is related to Lily in some way? Certainly seems like it to me. It was 'Storge' which saved Harry from Voldemort to begin with then.

And do we know that the Pillar of Storge is an actual physical pillar? If we take pillar as meaning simply a support, then hey, it could be the Dursleys. Note that I don't actually think it is, but if Storge is what saved Harry, then let's remember that the thing that's preserving and supporting the original charm is Petunia...

The real question is: How do you pronounce Storge? Is it 'Stor-jay' or 'Storg' or what?

I agree that the love types can't be the four houses... doesn't really fit at all.

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popkin - Jun 26, 2004 2:55 pm (#359 of 2901) "
Edited by Jun 26, 2004 3:57 pm


The way the four types of love are described in this site:

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

I think they line up with the four founders, or Houses, as follows:

Philios: Slytherin (what's in it for me)

Storge: Gryffindor (protective, instinctual)

Agape: Hufflepuff (perfect love)

Eros: Ravenclaw (ran out of time to read this, but it's the only house left, think Cho Chang)


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 26, 2004 3:02 pm (#360 of 2901)


Veritaserum.com describes eros as physical attraction.


Prefect Marcus - Jun 26, 2004 3:05 pm (#361 of 2901)


This "pillars of whatever" is all rumor. There is no proof at all. There isn't even any circumstantial evidence.

Of course, if you want to speculate, go for it. Just as long as you realize it may all be for naught.

Marcus

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Liz Mann - Jun 26, 2004 3:06 pm (#362 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 26, 2004 4:10 pm


He was standing in at the end of a very long, dimly lit chamber. Towering stone pillars entwined with serpants rose to support a ceiling lost in darkness... - CoS, Chapter 17, pg 226 (Bloomsbury edition).

I could see this being important. Surely the Chamber isn't just going to become irrelevant now? Salazar Slytherin has a secret chamber of which the others knew nothing and the Basilisk is the only thing he keeps in there?

And Prefect Marcus, yes it hasn't been confirmed yet, and should still be treated as a rumour, but the evidence for it, if the person who hacked their way in is to be believed, is pretty good. We'll just have to see. In the meantime, anything to speculate on is fine by me.

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S.E. Jones - Jun 26, 2004 3:14 pm (#363 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 26, 2004 4:15 pm


There is one thing that I would like to point out JKR did say on her site, under the 'News' section. Take it as you will: Reaction to JKRowling.com: 'Watching Harry Potter fans spread the news about this site, work out all the riddles in about ten minutes, collect all the prizes, then proceed to hack the site apart looking for more clues... well, I must say I never dreamed that sitting in front of a computer could be so much fun. I can see that this site is going to be a great source of entertainment and amusement to me.'

That being said, Marcus, as long as people realize it is unconfirmed, they are free to speculate....


The giant squid - Jun 26, 2004 4:00 pm (#364 of 2901)


I can see that this site is going to be a great source of entertainment and amusement to me.


Yes, when I read this I thought, "She's going to toy with us, isn't she?" Like, oh, hiding a fake title on the site so when someone hacks it they think they've discovered something big. Then a few months later, after we've all dissected the words "pillar", "storge" and "of" Wink she reveals the actual title to be something completely different like Harry Potter and the Ministry of Sugar Lumps or something.

--Mike


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 26, 2004 7:01 pm (#365 of 2901)


Mugglenet has some good reasons for how it could be fake. ure nott eliterut frend Aberforth Dumbledore.

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Rich - Jun 26, 2004 7:42 pm (#366 of 2901) "
Edited by Jun 26, 2004 8:43 pm


If this title is even real (I won't believe it is until JKR says so, not some 30-year-old hacker living in his parent's basement) I think "pillar" would refer to something figurative not tangible. As in a pillar that holds great love.

EDIT: It's fun to speculate anyway.


Verschwinden Sie - Jun 26, 2004 8:16 pm (#367 of 2901)


To cover a couple of things, I believe the word is pronounced "store-gee" or "store-gay" however you like.

As for the four loves, I'm pretty sure they go as follows:

Agape-- The love of God. Storge-- The love of a parent for a child. Philos-- Brotherly love. Eros-- Erotic love.

As far as the four founders go... ummm... I'm really trying to churn my brain to apply those four types of love to the characters of the four founders of Hogwarts, and they're fitting pretty poorly.

However, as for storge, I can see it being applied since the last two titles are related in one of those "strange logic chain" kind of ways. After all, you've got to have fire to resurrect a phoenix, and the chain of events following Harry Potter's name coming out of the Goblet of Fire were responsible for the resurrection of the Order of the Phoenix (see, clever little supposition... hehehe), and of course you'd need parental love to nurture something newly born (or reborn) to help it grow.

Plus, there is that whole "storge's what protected Harry Potter" thing.

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TGF - Jun 26, 2004 9:03 pm (#368 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 26, 2004 10:07 pm


Hmm I was beginning to think it was a hoax, but Andrew B's post brings up a good point. It does flow with that sort of logic.

I still remain somewhat unconvinced however... The more I think about it, the more it doesn't seem right. I can't for the life of me think of what a Pillar of Storge would do in a story. It can't be a pure metaphor, after all... the Goblet of Fire was a real device, as was the Order... Rowling has never had a title that was in itself a pure metaphor. It's always been a person/people/place/object in the *text*, not in the subtext.

I also just can't buy into this four founders thing. Eros, no matter which way you shake it, doesn't fit anywhere. This is suppose to represent a house, remember, not just Cho or whatever, and no one Houses appears to be more inclined towards 'Eros' than any of the others. Heck, forget Eros, why and how is Storge representative of Gryffindor, rather than Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw? The whole thing is just based on that Sorting Hat song, and you'll note it states "'LIKE' pillars four", rather than 'with' or whatnot.

And even then, the fundamental question is what would a Pillar of Storge do? Again, Rowling hasn't ever made these kinds of abstract and metaphorical titles. Her titles have always been straight forward and related to what's in the book. The Pillar could be some magical object (like the Goblet of Fire), I suppose, but we've heard nothing about it before (which is now an unusual thing... I mean, in OotP most of the places and things you see were all things that had at least been mentioned in previous books) and it doesn't really flow stylistically either. Why would she be using a Greek term? This pillar I think we can assume would be in Britain, and historically speaking it seems unlikely that a Greek term like that would be used.

What I think is that the person who started this rumor was just very clever and selected a title that seemed to be at first glance quite believeable, and presented it in a rather effective way. He/she thought of a title for his/her little scam, looked up where he/she might find the word 'pillar' in the books and made that news post with that nice 'you might find hints in CoS/OotP' line. Send us all on a wildgoose chase.

Though we'll see, I expect JKR will say something about this before long. Maybe after she's laughed at us enough. Who knows.


S.E. Jones - Jun 26, 2004 9:15 pm (#369 of 2901)


Well, I'm not sold on it being real, but....

As TGF has some spot on points, I'm going to suggest that maybe the pillar might have something to do with the locked room in the DoM.


Hem Hem - Jun 26, 2004 9:26 pm (#370 of 2901)


That sounds as reasonable as anything. My first thought, which was really nothing more than an automatic brain association, was to think of the archway in the DoM. If there's an old archway down there, there could easily be an old puillar with some legend behind it.

That said, I really do not believe in this rumor. The presentation of the title, and the title itself, really don't feel genuine. If for no other reason, I don't think JKR would use an accent mark on one of her names.

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Madam Pince - Jun 26, 2004 9:39 pm (#371 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 26, 2004 10:40 pm


The "Pillar of Storge" could be the name of the charm that Lily / Dumbledore used to protect Harry. In this sense, "pillar" would be a figurative term for 'support', and therefore it would be "the charm that supports by using the love of a parent."

But "Harry Potter and the Ministry of Sugar Lumps" now, that one is going to be a toughie....


draco all the way - Jun 26, 2004 10:02 pm (#372 of 2901)


I can't see JKR ever using EROS in any of her books. It is essentially a 'children's book' (snort) afterall.

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S.E. Jones - Jun 26, 2004 10:15 pm (#373 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 26, 2004 11:16 pm


Agape-- The love of God. Storge-- The love of a parent for a child. Philos-- Brotherly love. Eros-- Erotic love.

Draco ATW, Eros was used for romantic love as well as lust, though. I think you are taking the words 'erotic love' too literally. It had good points as well. It was what was shared between spouses and what was professed as 'courtly love' and 'unrequited love' in later poetry....

Agape is actually 'self-less love', considered the highest level of love, but could also be divine.


TGF - Jun 26, 2004 11:50 pm (#374 of 2901)


The Pillar of Storge" could be the name of the charm that Lily / Dumbledore used to protect Harry."

I like that idea a lot... and it fits in with my earlier Petunia thoughts. I think you could have a book about this idea for sure. Nicely done Madam Pince.

Problem is: Is there any spell with a name similar to that at all?

I don't think it involves the DoM at all. We were just there in the last book, it wouldn't seem to be much of a Department of Mysteries if they were to get into it once again right in book 6.

I wish she'd hurry up and tell us if it's true or not so we can either stop or go into full speculation mode.


the judderman - Jun 27, 2004 12:17 am (#375 of 2901)


Perhaps Harry himself is the Pillar of Storge - he survived because of that kind of love and thus represents its power. It has been speculated a lot that the power Harry posseses which will 'vanguish the dark lord' and has more then anyone else is love, and this title could be reffering to that. However it would be, as TGF said, unprecedented for JKR to include a metaphor as a title, and I cant imagine anyone turning to Harry and actually saying, "You are the Pillar of Storge" and without this the reader would be basically left with a vague title which younger children wouldnt pick up on at all. Also, JK knows that people have hacked through the door already, she refers to it in the news section. Why would she then put some massive secret like the book title there, as she knows that it can be rehacked and revealed. This, in my opinion suggests that it is either her messing around with us, or that the hacker in question just made it up.


TGF - Jun 27, 2004 12:34 am (#376 of 2901)


We know that JKR writes the content of the site, but I doubt she personally updates the thing, but rather passes it on to her webdesigner, who posts it in turn according to a schedule. And even if she does do it herself, this kinda mistake can still happen (From what I know from webdesign, this results from getting content ready to post onto a website for say a week from the day, but accidently posting it after your done instead of just saving it). I've actually seen content that isn't suppose to be released yet get posted up too early accidently plenty of times. A brief 10 second window of error can lead to enormous leaks.

Though I still lean towards this being a clever scam, mind you.

Judderman, your idea is pretty well-reasoned, but I'm afraid I'm gonna have to rain on it too... if Harry's the Pillar of Storge, wouldn't that make the title of the book technically "Harry Potter and the Harry Potter"? Razz

I was just thinking about the Pillar being a spell again... another thing about the titles is they always represent something 'new' to that particular book (the Order may be an old organization, but it was very new to us in book 5). The Lily Love-Sacrifice charm, however, is something we've known something of since the end of book 1. This isn't as big a flaw as the idea of the title being a metaphor, but it's still a flaw.

Again, I wish she'd just bloody tell us.


TGF - Jun 27, 2004 12:50 am (#377 of 2901)


The Leaky Cauldron has posted some updates on the authenticity of the things. I'll paste them here for everyone's convenience.

Update: As many Leaky readers have pointed out, some of the text is Americanized ("realized" instead of "realised," as is common British spelling), and some small details don't seem to match JKR's writing - i.e., "more clever," instead of "cleverer" (she has used "cleverer" and "cleverest" throughout the books - I'd daresay this is also the proper grammar but I don't have my reference book at hand). Also, the continous lack of a "how to" for finding this book, both from the original emailer and the legions (surely there are many clever fans who would have figured out how to duplicate the mistake by now) is troubling. Anyway, we're all sure we'll know soon.

Update #2: This is most likely a hoax. A very good hoax, and we don't know if it's a fan cackling at his screen right now, or JKR sitting at home cracking up at all we fanatics. But Leaky readers have sent in more reasons to disbelieve this: apparently the font that "Book 6" is written in does not appear anywhere else on the site; the graining on the desk is odd; the "help" button on the page flickers whereas it stays solid throughout the rest of the site, and the Dark Mark is on the wrong side of the page (it should cover the spoiler area and require clicking.) Someone noted that it would be strange for JKR to put up info on the site before it was to be revealed - but that's not true, as it seems her wizard of the month and fan site award were automatically made live on the first. Many are also speculating as to who's "typing up" her words - now, we don't know if she is sitting at her desk actually uploading things (Lightmaker may have set her up with a system like Blogger or Movable Type, where she can update without going into code), or if she is sending things to Lightmaker for posting - but it's been made fairly clear to us that she is typing them, not dictating them.


draco all the way - Jun 27, 2004 1:01 am (#378 of 2901)


The americanism definitely rules out the possibility of this being written by JKR, doesn't it?

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Verschwinden Sie - Jun 27, 2004 3:44 am (#379 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 27, 2004 4:47 am


Well, I think J.K. Rowling has already started to cover the more innocent aspects of eros (if there is such a thing) to a certain extent in her books. That's off topic, though, so moving on...

Like I said, I haven't embraced this being a real title. Doesn't stop me from speculating about its nature, though... and we do know that J.K. Rowling tried to give readers a taste of what was to come for Harry Potter and was dismissed from another Harry Potter forum because people thought her ideas were nonsense, so I can see where we might be looking at it going "I dunno... it just doesn't feel right to me" when it is, in fact, right on the money.

However, I can very well see the Pillar of Storge being a real (and quite non-metaphorical) object. Doesn't anyone remember that Dumbledore said the Department of Mysteries had a whole room dedicated to the force that fills Harry so much and which Voldemort doesn't have at all?

These guys have time in a bell jar and thought in a fish tank. Why does it seem so odd they'd actually have love in a pillar? It seems like an easy a way to look at the thing as anything else is? After all, trying to examine it intangibly has been done for thousands of years, and we haven't gotten very far with it.

Maybe a pillar of the stuff is just what the healer calls for. Heck, maybe it's more than that. Maybe being able to use it is what Harry's gift is? It's what's kept him on the winning side so far...

And it does seem kind of odd that J.K. Rowling would mention that what Harry has that's beyond Voldemort is love, and then just happen to mention there's a whole room full of the stuff at the Department of Mysteries if we're never going to see it.

It doesn't seem too odd that the text would be Americanized on her website, either. She does keep two of them (one American and one British), and she also supports the Americanization of the text in her books for her American audience.

Yeah, okay. It's probably a fake title. We've already had a lot of fun off it, though, haven't we? We could practically start writing Harry Potter six ourselves off the thing, for all the ideas it's giving us.


Mare - Jun 27, 2004 4:17 am (#380 of 2901)


Okay, I don't think it is the real title, but I'm not so sure that it wasn't JKR who arranged for all of it.

Wouldn't you love to have a little fun with your fans? We are a pretty strange bunch, but you know if it all came out, everybody here would be laughing at ourselves, for falling for it.
And hey, all the things we learned about pillars and storge must count for something !

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Verschwinden Sie - Jun 27, 2004 4:41 am (#381 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 27, 2004 5:42 am


Nah. Goofy would be trying to say something like... hmmm...

I think it's probably significant there are four types of love and four Hogwarts founders... but only three types of pillar (doric, ionic, and corinthian), which is how many founders were left after Slytherin decided to leave because he couldn't reconcile his problems with the other founders.

And yes... even I'M having a hard time believing I came up with that just now.

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Catherine - Jun 27, 2004 5:05 am (#382 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 27, 2004 6:09 am


As I said earlier, I'm treating this whole thing with extreme caution until we can confirm it.

I could see JKR and her web designers having some fun here. I am reminded of the Pensieve scene in Dumbledore's office in GoF when Dumbledore tells Harry that curiosity is not a sin, but that we should "exercise caution with our curiosity...yes indeed..."

So if we're "breaking" into the locked area, probably deserve whatever we get! Even if it is a hoax from a thirty year-old hacker who lives in his parent's basement!LOL, Rich! I snorted my morning tea up my nose when I read that, which is probably TOO much information, but true nonetheless!

Also, I would like to strongly agree with Sarah's assement when she said Draco ATW, Eros was used for romantic love as well as lust, though. I think you are taking the words 'erotic love' too literally. It had good points as well. It was what was shared between spouses and what was professed as 'courtly love' and 'unrequited love' in later poetry....

I think we've already seen examples of this in the novels, and I wonder if there might be something about the "courtly love and "unrequited love" in the regard in which Lupin holds Lily in the film version of PoA.

Anyway, maybe I should post this on the "You know you're a fan" thread, but it's so funny to me that we can get so excited over something that is likely a hoax!


Diagon Nilly - Jun 27, 2004 6:34 am (#383 of 2901)


I'm with Andrew, TGF and Catherine...I'm really rather dubious as to the title's authenticity as well. That being said, I also liked Andrew's idea about this pillar (or all four pillars (if there are four))as a physical thing being behind the locked door at the DoM.

I get this huge mental image of the room at the end of "The Fifth Element."


haymoni - Jun 27, 2004 9:13 am (#384 of 2901)


I've been calling it Book 6 for so long, the real title will come out and I'll probably STILL call it Book 6.


DJ Evans - Jun 27, 2004 10:53 am (#385 of 2901)


The "Pillar of Storge" could be the name of the charm that Lily / Dumbledore used to protect Harry. In this sense, "pillar" would be a figurative term for 'support', and therefore it would be "the charm that supports by using the love of a parent." Madam Pince

I too definitely have a feeling that this is all a hoax, but in saying that--I had an idea of what "Harry Potter & the Pillar of Storge" might/could mean. Madam Pince & a few others posted part of what I had in mind, except that I would add that Petunia is involved & it's more than the name of the charm itself. JKR has stated in a couple of her interviews now that we will learn more of the Evans/Potter's families in the upcoming books. I can see where this just might be the book where we do learn more of the family background. "The Pillar of Storge" could be that Petunia is the "pillar/support" that has protected Harry for us all of this time. Without Petunia housing Harry and therefore giving substance to the charm that DD did put on them--then the "storge" of Lily's love sacrifice would have been for naught? Does that make sense? I'm trying to get across that Petunia is the means (pillar) to the charm (Lily's love) working.

Also, that book 6 is where we learn more of the Evans'/Potter's backgrounds--that Harry just might finally get around to asking Petunia some questions about his parents, etc.. I just don't think (IMHO) JKR will wait till book 7 to reveal all of that, cause if she did, then book 7 is basically/mostly only going to be background filler since she has SO much to fill us all in on as she has promised.

Later, Deb

P.S. Hopefully we've only got 3 more days and we'll hear something definitely, if not before, whether it's real or not on the new title.

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Madam Pince - Jun 27, 2004 10:56 am (#386 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 27, 2004 11:58 am


Too true, haymoni! And good thoughts, Deb!

I think it's probably a hoax, too, but it's still a lot of fun! My, but we're an odd bunch, aren't we? Probably ought to find something more productive to do with our time.... ****as piles of dirty laundry sit staring at me, calling out to be washed****


DJ Evans - Jun 27, 2004 11:12 am (#387 of 2901)


Madam Pince--I go for being on the forum over doing the wash "any" day!!! As you said, it's much more fun!!!!! hee hee

Also, by us all chatting/discussing HP as much as we do--don't you think it gives JKR such a warm feeling to know we love her works so much? It's a shame she doesn't have more time to get online and read more of the forums--I'm sure it would be a good break for her read what all ideas we can come up with!! hee hee

But I'll still be anxiously waiting here to see if it's the real thing or not on July 1st.

Later, Deb


TGF - Jun 27, 2004 11:49 am (#388 of 2901)


I think I'm gonna save anymore thoughts for until after Rowling says something about all this myself.


Penny Lane. - Jun 27, 2004 2:44 pm (#389 of 2901)


Okay guys. Sorry to break it to ya'll, but now The Leaky Cauldron is saying that is most likely a fake. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


Liz Mann - Jun 27, 2004 3:01 pm (#390 of 2901)


Yeah, well. Nice to speculate on anyway.


Ozymandias - Jun 27, 2004 6:20 pm (#391 of 2901)


Ok, now that the "storge" speculation seems to have died down... (shame I missed that)

This one has been bothering me for a while. On JKR's site, in the rumors section, the entry debunking some of the titles that were floating around says this about "Harry Potter and the Green Flame Torch":

And this green torch business seems to be cropping up everywhere. Do you really think getting rid of Voldemort would be that easy?

So how/why would a green torch be an easy way to get rid of Voldie?

(Forgive me if this has already been discussed. I don't get that much internet time since I moved back home for the summer.)


Makgraf - Jun 27, 2004 6:51 pm (#392 of 2901)


From what I can remember from the rumours (Even calling them rumour is elevating them to too high a status), in book 6 Harry gets the "Green Flame Torch" which kills Voldemort. Then stuff happens in book 7.


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 27, 2004 7:30 pm (#393 of 2901)


It was something like, it saves good and kills evil or something like that, and there was all this speculation that Hermione would get hurt and Harry would have to decide whether to use it to save her or kill Voldemort. Or something like that. ure nott eliterut frend Aberforth Dumbledore


Ozymandias - Jun 27, 2004 7:43 pm (#394 of 2901)


Thanks, guys, that was really bothering me.


Liz Mann - Jun 28, 2004 3:07 am (#395 of 2901)


I think we can be pretty much sure that the Green Flame Torch rumour is fake. I'm sure J.K. has commented on it somewhere. Not sure where, though.

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 28, 2004 7:09 am (#396 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 28, 2004 8:10 am


Theres a link on TLC to the Newsround Website that confirms the book 6title rumours are a hoax...

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

I don't think it'll be long until we find out the real title though, we found out about OotP pretty early on... so fingers crossed....


Penny Lane. - Jun 28, 2004 8:08 am (#397 of 2901)


She updated her rumor section as well on JKRowling.com but she didn't update the FAQ!!! I wish she would.

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 28, 2004 8:35 am (#398 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 28, 2004 9:35 am


She's a funny lady... here's what she had to say on the matter ....

I am trying very hard not to feel offended that anyone thought this was possible. 'Storgé', for crying out loud. Come on, people, get a grip.

She then added a new rumour of her own.... that book 6 would be called .... "The toenail of Icklibogg" Sounds facinating


Gina R Snape - Jun 28, 2004 8:40 am (#399 of 2901)


Toenail of Icklibogg. Hmmmmm, sounds like a potions ingredient.

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Catherine - Jun 28, 2004 8:47 am (#400 of 2901) "
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Gina's Toenail of Icklibogg. Hmmmmm, sounds like a potions ingredient.

I wonder what you turn into if you put it into Polyjuice Potion? Perhaps Gina can ask Snape! Wink



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Grant the Great - Jun 28, 2004 8:57 am (#401 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 28, 2004 10:12 am


I normally just read, not post, but check the door! I opened it!!! There's just a brick wall with some white stuff (drywall?) on it and a wire that is kinda cut and sparking. I guess it is just to show that someone hacked into it?

Also, looks like the Lexicon got site of the month! It isn't July yet, though? Hmmmm . . .

EDIT: She said, as we have joked many times before, that she comes to the Lexicon to check her facts!!! Ha hahahah!

CORRECTION: I meant the About the Books tab, and it does work. Oops.

EDIT AGAIN: Check out the FAQ. You have to click on the right envelope, not go to another one and then click on that tab.


tracie1976 - Jun 28, 2004 9:04 am (#402 of 2901)


The Leaky Cauldron reports : We're very proud to add our Floo Network partner, The Harry Potter Lexicon, as the next site recognized by JKR as worthy of a Fan Site Award:

This is such a great site that I have been known to sneak into an internet café while out writing and check a fact rather than go into a bookshop and buy a copy of Harry Potter (which is embarrassing). A website for the dangerously obsessive; my natural home.

Congratulations Steve (who, trust me, is cartwheeling), and the Lexicon!

Steve !!!


Denise P. - Jun 28, 2004 9:09 am (#403 of 2901)


Heh, get a grip indeed! I made the comment in chat that the title was so weird that I doubted she would make reference to something that was going to fly over the heads of a lot of her readers...I was right!

Woo! Go Steve the Lexicon!


TGF - Jun 28, 2004 9:10 am (#404 of 2901)


Okay. Now we have to find out which account is her forum account.

I knew she'd use the Lexicon for writing purposes... I mean, after all, it *is* all here!

Gogo Steve! You be the man!


S.E. Jones - Jun 28, 2004 9:14 am (#405 of 2901)


I can't believe she didn't put the Evans/Snape question in the FAQ! Hum, oh well, maybe she's just taking her time with that one....


Gina R Snape - Jun 28, 2004 9:34 am (#406 of 2901)


All I can say about the Lex is....it's bloody well about time!!!!

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Anna L. Black - Jun 28, 2004 9:49 am (#407 of 2901) "
Edited by Jun 28, 2004 11:06 am


Ok, a lot of questions were added to the FAQ's "About the Books" section, but I can't open the FAQ Poll... Can anyone check and see if anything's new there? (Maybe it's just my computer that can't open it)

Edit: I finally got in, only to find out, to my disappointment, that she didn't answer it... Sad Oh, well.... *sigh*


TGF - Jun 28, 2004 10:01 am (#408 of 2901)


There's nothing new in the FAQ poll.


Eponine - Jun 28, 2004 10:25 am (#409 of 2901)


I got the door to open also. But, alas, there is nothing there but a sparking electrical wire. I guess now we can speculate about the number of bricks or the shape of the plaster on the wall and how that will relate to the next book.


S.E. Jones - Jun 28, 2004 10:27 am (#410 of 2901)


Hehe, I like what she put behind the door. It makes it look like she grabbed everything, including the sheetrock, in a hurry and ran for it.... I think we may have scared her a bit with our fanaticism....


Julia. - Jun 28, 2004 10:29 am (#411 of 2901)


JRK actually checks her facts on the Lexicon! How wonderfully amazing! I am now going go get up from my chair and Dance. But before I do, I must give a hearty MAVEL TOV to LEXICON STEVE and the rest of the Lexicon staff for winning the JRK FSA this month. *goess off to dance*

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Mattew Bates - Jun 28, 2004 10:31 am (#412 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 28, 2004 11:32 am


Five of the bricks will disappear if you click on them, but when you click the fifth, they all come back. It makes me think two things:

1. There may be a specific order to click them,

or

2. JKR is pulling a funny on us.

Also, I've gotten the poll to load, and it's at 11% for Lily/Snape, 40% for Sirius, and 48% for Evans.

"


Ladybug220 - Jun 28, 2004 10:43 am (#413 of 2901) "
Edited by Jun 28, 2004 11:44 am


Mugglenet is reporting about the brick wall behind the closed door and supposedly some one has worked out the order for the bricks. They give the spoiler at the end if you want to highlight it to reveal the new book title.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Here is part of a comment that was posted that tells how they got through. I haven't tried it since I am at work yet.

We in the netherlands broke the code. For the titel you have to click the middle stone, the lower inner stone, the lower outer stone, the lowest stone and then the highest stone posted by Claire


TGF - Jun 28, 2004 10:44 am (#414 of 2901)


How did you get the door to open?! I still have it stuck on the Do Not Disturb sign!

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TGF - Jun 28, 2004 10:45 am (#415 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 28, 2004 11:51 am


NO ONE POST THE TITLE before telling me how to get the door open!! I want to see for myself... don't don't don't!!!

Edit: Okay, sorry I... overreacted... just had to clear my browser cache... okay, time to work on the bricks.


Eponine - Jun 28, 2004 11:05 am (#416 of 2901)


It worked! Whoo-hoo! There's another room back there.


S.E. Jones - Jun 28, 2004 11:22 am (#417 of 2901)


I've actually heard that title before in a rumor section somewhere.... Hm....


TGF - Jun 28, 2004 11:24 am (#418 of 2901)


This was the bloody hardest puzzle ever.

Instructions and explanations: (Spoilers for puzzle-mongers like myself)

The key to the puzzle is Hagrid's line when entering Diagon Alley... 'Three up... two across...' Hagrid says. So if you count the number of bricks from top to bottom, numbering them 1-5, the one in the middle is three (Count from the top because of 'three up'). Then we have a '...' and then a 'two across'. '...' means that the next brick isn't mentioned in Hagrid's line. Then two has you hit the second stone (from the top of course). Across sends you across the wall to the bottom one. Then the only one left is the top.

God, it seems simple typing it like that, but my God was that wall ever so frustrating.

I wonder if I could've just gotten the Philosopher's Stone movie and seen which bricks Hagrid was touching in that scene.

I think I shall take the liberty of making the new book title thread now.


Chris. - Jun 28, 2004 11:24 am (#419 of 2901)


Oh no... I can't get on Jkrowling.co.uk!


Mare - Jun 28, 2004 11:36 am (#420 of 2901)


Thanks for the explanation TGF, I couldn't figure it out with the mugglenet one.

And Prongs, o No, try one of the 8 other sites!

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S.E. Jones - Jun 28, 2004 11:36 am (#421 of 2901) "
Edited Sep 20, 2006 1:12 am


Wow, TGF, that is way more complicated that it needs to be.

Try this. Click around till you find where all five bricks are (here). Then click the middle one, the one below it, the one above the middle one, the lowest brick, then the highest brick.


Mare - Jun 28, 2004 11:39 am (#422 of 2901)


Mugglenet seems to think this title is for real, somehow I have a hard time believing that...

"


TGF - Jun 28, 2004 11:40 am (#423 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 28, 2004 12:42 pm


There's no way you could figure that out without being told the order in advanced SE Jones. That is not the way of a true puzzle-monger. And besides, what's the point of a Harry Potter puzzle if you don't know how it relates to Harry Potter at all?

Edit: It's on the JK Rowling.com website. Why the heck wouldn't it be real? It would be just a TRIFLE petty to put up such a difficult puzzle that only yields a fake title.


S.E. Jones - Jun 28, 2004 11:45 am (#424 of 2901)


Petty. But, a bit humorous to watch us all trying to figure it out.... At least if you're JKR....

That being said, it probably is real being it's connected to her site. Unless someone actually hacked into the designers's server....


Neville Longbottom - Jun 28, 2004 11:46 am (#425 of 2901)


I can't get on the site either. Sad Can someone please tell me the title of book 6. I am just too curious. Maybe you can write the answer in the same white colour the solutions in the logic-riddle thread are written. In this case those who don't want to know won't read it.

"


Mare - Jun 28, 2004 11:49 am (#426 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 28, 2004 12:50 pm


I don't know, I think the Storgè title was a another person, as in not even JKR playing with us.
And I don't think she would give us the title because of an action started by some-one else.

And it nowhere states this is the book six title. There are lots of papers flying around there and we get to see only one.
It says on mugglenet this was an old book 2 title, if that is so, would she re-use a known title for the 6th book?
And the fact that the layout of the room changed completely, as opposed to the video's we had of the first hacker who got trough. Is this what the room was suppossed to be, or is this JKR making a bit fun of us. I mean come on, a fake hacker, and the entire HP internet community discusses pillars and Storgé's. I would see if I could make em do it again too!

(donkeys and stones any-one?)

Edit: Neville look at the new thread TGF started.


TGF - Jun 28, 2004 11:51 am (#427 of 2901)


Neville: Look at my new thread down at the 'new thread' section. Best to leave discussion of it there.

I don't think a hacker could do that Jones, there's a limit as to what a hacker can do... There's a difference between extracting content and inserting. And would a hacker have the presence of mind to put in that puzzle, rather than just a title of its choice? No way.


Ginevra - Jun 28, 2004 11:52 am (#428 of 2901)


In the FAQ About the Books section, there is a question about which order Harry's parents should have come out of the wand in GoF. JKR answers that it should be the original way with James first and Lily second rather than the way it appears in later editions with Lily first and James second. I was just wondering what your thoughts were?

"


S.E. Jones - Jun 28, 2004 11:53 am (#429 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 28, 2004 12:55 pm


Ginevra, I restarted that topic on the 'Glitch in GoF' thread. Feel free to go join in.

EDIT: TGF, it's possible but not probable TGF, that was kind of my point....


Mare - Jun 28, 2004 11:55 am (#430 of 2901)


I was just wondering what your thoughts were?

Couldn't be more confused, to be honoust...


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 28, 2004 11:56 am (#431 of 2901)


I have all four prizes/easter eggs but the do-not-disturb sign is still on the door. Is there anything else I need to do to get the door to open? yure nott eliterut frend Aberforth Dumbledore


Neville Longbottom - Jun 28, 2004 11:57 am (#432 of 2901)


Thank you. I'll looking at the new thread.


TGF - Jun 28, 2004 11:59 am (#433 of 2901)


Aberforth: Clear out your browser cache. On Internet explorer, select 'Internet Options' under 'Tools' and then delete all of your temporary internet files. Close all IE windows and reload the site and it should be good.


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 28, 2004 12:08 pm (#434 of 2901)


Thank-you so much!


Ladybug220 - Jun 28, 2004 12:12 pm (#435 of 2901)


Ok, I got the door to open and through the bricks (Thanks Sarah!) is there anything besides the office directly behind it? I can't seem to click on anything in the room and I don't see the title that Mugglenet had up.


S.E. Jones - Jun 28, 2004 12:14 pm (#436 of 2901)


Feeling hot Ladybug? Need a 'breath of fresh air'?.... Trying hard not to give too much away here.....


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 28, 2004 12:31 pm (#437 of 2901)


Ok the sign is off, I'm at the door, clicking the handle, but it still won't open. Can anyone tell me what im doing wrong? yurre noht elitirut frend Aberforth Dumbledore

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Emily - Jun 28, 2004 12:34 pm (#438 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 28, 2004 1:35 pm


OK, We know JKR uses the Lexicon (Very Happy), so has she been on the forum? We know you're there, Jo... come out, come out! (OK, not trying to sound like Letrange, but... please?)

And congratulations, Steve!

"


Chris. - Jun 28, 2004 12:37 pm (#439 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 28, 2004 1:37 pm


Emily, I think we need to go on a purge of all the members, active or not, to find JKR'S username.


S.E. Jones - Jun 28, 2004 12:50 pm (#440 of 2901)


I somehow doubt that JKR has, as yet, participated in the Forum. Though she may (or may not) have wondered in and poked around a bit, just to see what we were all like, at some point. However, few of the hordes of people who visit the Lexicon make it onto the Forum, and even fewer ever become participating members....


coolbeans3131 - Jun 28, 2004 12:52 pm (#441 of 2901)


I think she did make a mistake with the James/Lily wand order thing, or am I crazy?

Could that really be the title? Maybe different times we'll see different papers and the last one will be the actual title. I'm having a hard time believing this one. If it said book six on it, that would be different. Still exciting to get new information about the mirror and the prophecy.


Mare - Jun 28, 2004 12:55 pm (#442 of 2901)


I'm not sure if she made a mistake with the wand order thing because there has been so much discussion about that, she would read things twice before she posted it.

PS:Chatt any-one?


Sir Tornado - Jun 28, 2004 1:03 pm (#443 of 2901)


All right Marie, coolbeans, Sarah, Prongs, any of you JKR? Please?

"


Anna L. Black - Jun 28, 2004 1:04 pm (#444 of 2901) "
Edited by Jun 28, 2004 2:05 pm


I'm trying to upload a file that shows the order of the bricks, I hope the link will work:

The correct order

*crossing fingers*

Edit: It works


S.E. Jones - Jun 28, 2004 1:12 pm (#445 of 2901)


Anna, your link didn't work for me....

If you want to know the correct order of the bricks, just check my post #421.


TGF - Jun 28, 2004 1:15 pm (#446 of 2901)


Doesn't anyone else like figuring these things out for themselves other than me? Come on, a diagram to figure out the bricks. Where's the fun in that?


Ladybug220 - Jun 28, 2004 1:20 pm (#447 of 2901)


Ahh, thanks again Sarah! My boss was coming in as I was looking at it before so I had to close down my internet. Somehow, it doesn't seem like a title that JKR would use...


coolbeans3131 - Jun 28, 2004 1:27 pm (#448 of 2901)


Sorry Tornedo, I'm not JKR.

TGF, I confess, I cheated. I just didn't have the patience to figure it out myself, knowing the title to book six might be behind it.

In the FAQ questions, there's a question about the title of book seven. Wasn't it book six before today? If so, that makes this title much more likely to be true, in my mind at least.


TGF - Jun 28, 2004 1:35 pm (#449 of 2901)


I already pointed that out in the Book 6 title thread coolbeans Razz. And yes, it does make it sound pretty true.

I was pretty damn tempted to while I was pouring over that line in PS to try to figure it out. But I knew I'd only get to solve the puzzle once, so I kept with it.

Sorry Tornedo, I'm not JKR.

Okay, I'll admit it... I'm JKR and am just trying to convince you that what I posted on my site was true. Yep. That's the truth all right. Oh, and while I'm here: James is Snape. Bet you all didn't see that coming.


Sir Tornado - Jun 28, 2004 1:52 pm (#450 of 2901)


James is Snape.--TGF

That did make me laugh

Oh, that reminds me, I did stumble upon JKR.Had her lips sealed. .She did tell me somethings though. Can you belive it? Apparantly, Lily is Belatrix.

Shocked? So am I.



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Neville Longbottom - Jun 28, 2004 2:23 pm (#451 of 2901)


First of all, because I have forgotten it in my last post, my congratulations to the Lexicon. And I really mean it when I'm saying, that the site really deserves the award.

Another thing, and it has to do with the bricket wall. How on earth did someone figure this out? Is there a clue I missed? How on earth is someone able to

a) have the idea to klick some of the stones to get the wall open b) klick exactly five stones (and not three, or seven, or twelve, which all seem more like Jo's numbers) c) klick the correct five stones out of all these d) klick them in the correct order.

And that in no time at all. How is this possible? Who is this genius? Or was this another hacking attack?

"


S.E. Jones - Jun 28, 2004 2:34 pm (#452 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 28, 2004 3:36 pm


Three up, two across. Remember how you get into Diagon alley?

There's the five stones. Otherwise, it's mainly figuring out the correct sequence....


Neville Longbottom - Jun 28, 2004 2:39 pm (#453 of 2901)


Oh, thanks.


TGF - Jun 28, 2004 2:41 pm (#454 of 2901)


Neville, I explained how you figure it out (without just looking it up like a big cheater) in my post above... It's number 418.


S.E. Jones - Jun 28, 2004 2:49 pm (#455 of 2901)


I hope you weren't referring to me, TGF.... I spent some time figuring that puzzle out and am quite proud of it! (And I did get the Diagon Alley connection and looked it up right away, just so you know....)


TGF - Jun 28, 2004 2:52 pm (#456 of 2901)


Oh you did? I thought you were a cheater too. Razz I apologize for thinking such.

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Kip Carter - Jun 28, 2004 3:10 pm (#457 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 28, 2004 4:13 pm


TGF, Sarah (S.E. Jones) has no reason to ever cheat. She is very gifted and extremely smart. When you feel really good about your abilities to solve some puzzles, check out my latest Logic Problem.


coolbeans3131 - Jun 28, 2004 3:10 pm (#458 of 2901)


From JK's site- "Who is your favourite character? I love: Harry, Hermione, Ron, Hagrid, Dumbledore, Ginny, Fred, George and Lupin. I love writing (though would not necessarily want to meet) Snape. My favourite new character is Luna Lovegood."

I'm surprised Ginny is there, she's not a very fleshed out character. I'm terribly disappointed Neville isn't listed. I love Neville! I just want to hug him and feed him a ham sandwich!

"


S.E. Jones - Jun 28, 2004 3:11 pm (#459 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 28, 2004 4:13 pm


A ham sandwich? Any particular reason? (Just curious...)

I think that Ginny (who is, as you said, not very fleshed out as a character, as yet) being on the list points to her being more important in the future. The other characters are either main characters or well developed ones....


coolbeans3131 - Jun 28, 2004 3:36 pm (#460 of 2901)


My son's favorite food is ham , so I guess that's why. (shrug)

I also think it points to Ginny's role being bulked up. For some reason, I'm not very happy about that. I guess I don't like Ginny very much. Kind of how I didn't know how much I loved Hermione until I thought she might be the one to die while reading OotP.

The weird part is, I would like to see Neville and Ginny get together.

Back on topic, since she mentioned Fred and George, I'm hoping they have a good role in book six.


Star Crossed - Jun 28, 2004 3:39 pm (#461 of 2901)


HA HA! Take that! She loves Ron! Would she love someone is supposedly going to cheat Harry?

I'm calm, I'm calm. Brilliant job, Lexicon! You totally deserve it! Oh, and I totally cheated. I asked everyone for help. I don't like waiting. I already knew the title though, because the forum about the title is higher up than this, so I read it first.


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 28, 2004 4:57 pm (#462 of 2901)


I'm kind-of surprised she didn't list Sirius. Even though he's dead and it was her choice to kill him. urre noht eliterut frend Aberforth Dumbledore


Lady Kazuma - Jun 28, 2004 5:04 pm (#463 of 2901)


Firstly, congratulations Lexicon! Even though I have had absolutely no influence on what happens here, I feel proud anyway, just for being a member.

Second, I got through to that room all on my own - I didn't even know there was something supposed to be behind there. I clicked on the bricks because I click on everything. When I clicked on five, and they disappeared, I figured it was a puzzle, and randomly clicked them. I got it right on the third try, I'm proud to say.

Anyway, that title sounds a lot more reasonable that Storge!


Diagon Nilly - Jun 28, 2004 6:26 pm (#464 of 2901)


I wondered how long it would take for the Lexicon to make it to web site of the month...and now I know.

I feel priveledged to be a member! Smile

Shout out to The Lex!


Madam Pince - Jun 28, 2004 7:10 pm (#465 of 2901)


Well, I was kind of offended that she was offended that we thought the 'Storge' title might be possible. What's she mean, "get a grip?" I thought we had some very good theories going there for awhile! Sure, 'storge' is not exactly a word that's in common everyday usage, but it's not too obscure to look up. Not like 'Azkaban,' for pity's sake. And she does use a lot of classical Greek references in her books. So, I don't think we were too nutty.

But anyway, now we can start in on the new title!

Oh, and BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Steve and the Lexicon! What an honor to know that JKR actually uses your work to help bring us her magical world! Steve, you must be so proud!


Cezar Salem - Jun 28, 2004 7:34 pm (#466 of 2901)


I totaly agree Madam Prince... And anywas how can the new one (wont say it cause of spoilers) be better than Pillar of Storge !??


Susanne - Jun 29, 2004 1:46 am (#467 of 2901)


I don't post very often but I needed to vent some frustration to some people who I knew would understand! No matter what I try, I can't get JKR's webpage to load. I followed TGF's advice to another member (thanks!)and cleared the chache but it still hasn't worked.

It looks as though the page is still being updated as the The Daily News front page now has a piece about the title of book six and it was still the Azkaban premier earlier this morning. Could this be why I can't get the page to load??

"


Verschwinden Sie - Jun 29, 2004 2:09 am (#468 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 29, 2004 3:09 am


Try the mirror site for the one you're using. J.K. Rowling's site is both at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Chances are if you've only been working on the one site, the other will load up fresh for you. I say this because after finding all the certificates for jkrowling.com I had to go through and get them all again on co.uk, because the website loaded up like I hadn't been there before (which I hadn't).

So yeah, if you haven't been to one of those sites, give it a try and see if you can't get it to work. =)

After all, when in doubt, follow the simplest course of action.


Susanne - Jun 29, 2004 2:38 am (#469 of 2901)


Thanks Andrew, it worked! The news section has been updated today, just in case anyone wants to check it out..

Susanne


Fawkes Forever - Jun 29, 2004 2:53 am (#470 of 2901)


Drat & double drat... tried everything known to man & I still can't get the door to open.... it's just not meant to be I think...

Must get myself over to the new thread for the Book 6 title..... you guys have been busy... stupid work getting in my way


Fawkes Forever - Jun 29, 2004 7:29 am (#471 of 2901)


Ok, so the door now opens & I can see loads of bricks... some plaster splashed on the wall & a frayed electrical wire, oh & Peeves left me a message.... hmmm, how many bricks....

Woohoo... I'm in... cool!


Gina R Snape - Jun 29, 2004 7:30 am (#472 of 2901)


She likes to write Snape but would never want to meet him, eh? That's ok. I'll keep him plenty busy so she never has to run into him.


Mare - Jun 29, 2004 7:39 am (#473 of 2901)


GINA!!!

LOL.

Have you taken a look at the new FAQ section yet Fawkes? And if you need some help with the wall, just browse through the thread, TGF has posted the solution. Off course I'm pretty sure you will find it out yourself if you want

PS Gina, do you know that when Penny read my posts she thinks of dolphins and Snape...
All because I met you and snape once ... just once. (Than again Penny reminds of rainbow bright and she dumped that avatar a long time ago.)

"


Fawkes Forever - Jun 29, 2004 7:52 am (#474 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 29, 2004 8:59 am


I'm stubborn, I wanted to find out myself.... hee hee....

Oh new FAQ's ... cool!

ARGH... so many more questions from her answers.....

EDIT : Regarding the question about Ginny & Lord V.... she says that she "can't answer fully until all books are finished, but it would have strengthened the present-day Voldemort considerably"

Well yeah.... there might have been two Voldys running around... Snr & Jnr.... lol!


Gina R Snape - Jun 29, 2004 8:23 am (#475 of 2901)


LOL, Mare. Well, it would be nice to meet you again. Wish I could be part of the European meetup.

I've met Penny too, you know. Now you have one degree of separation!

Y'know, the more I think about it the more I think JKR revealed the title sooner than planned just because of that Storge thing. I don't know whether to be happy or annoyed at that.


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 29, 2004 11:33 am (#476 of 2901)


I hope she still makes a few updates on the 1st.

"


TGF - Jun 29, 2004 12:41 pm (#477 of 2901) "
Edited by Denise P. Jun 29, 2004 1:43 pm


She seemed to indicate that she was going to release it today, but things got a bit muddled (what with people not believing it) when the Pillar rumor started spreading.


Weeny Owl - Jun 29, 2004 1:40 pm (#478 of 2901)


I can't manage the bricks because my monitor is too dark for me to see each individual brick. Oh well.


Hogs Head - Jun 29, 2004 4:57 pm (#479 of 2901)


Okay, just to double check, how many items are supposed to be in my scrapbook, assuming I have them all?


S.E. Jones - Jun 29, 2004 5:04 pm (#480 of 2901)


4.

"


Hogs Head - Jun 29, 2004 5:28 pm (#481 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 29, 2004 6:30 pm


Great. And thanks mucho. Now, instead of clicking around for easter eggs, I can get down to the more serious task of pondering what JKR means when she says,

Certain crucial pieces of information in book six were originally planned for 'Chamber of Secrets', but very early on (first draft of Chamber) I realised that this information's proper home was book six. I have said before now that Chamber' holds some very important clues to the ultimate end of the series. Not as many as six, obviously, but there is a link."

and, it seems to me to be of somewhat less importance except for its novelty:

. . . I shall tell you one thing . . . the [you know who -- see the spoiler thread] is neither Harry nor Voldemort. And that's all I'm saying on THAT subject until the book's published.

"


Julia. - Jun 29, 2004 7:29 pm (#482 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 29, 2004 8:35 pm


What? She said that on her site? Where? When?

EDIT: Never mind, I found it. That's what I get for not checking her site before this thread.


popkin - Jun 30, 2004 4:37 am (#483 of 2901)


I can't find where the poll question is anymore. Is it gone, or have I just forgotten where to look?


pedrobobo - Jun 30, 2004 6:43 am (#484 of 2901)


I can still find the poll question...

Sirius is at: 41% Mark Evans is at: 47%

(bring up FAQ page and the poll is the bottom tab on the left hand side)


Marye Lupin - Jun 30, 2004 7:38 am (#485 of 2901)


I can't believe people are voting for the Sirius question!

If she doesn't answer the poll tomorrow (July 1st) I'm going to start thinking she's stalling. It's already making me suspicious...


Verschwinden Sie - Jun 30, 2004 7:51 am (#486 of 2901)


J.K. Rowling never set a schedule for answering the question. She just says the winner will be the next question she answers... so I imagine if it's a really tasty nugget everyone's wanting, she might take a good long time before releasing it so it's closer to the book (after all, you don't want to give the whole thing away a year in advance).

"


Hogs Head - Jun 30, 2004 7:54 am (#487 of 2901) "
Edited Jun 30, 2004 8:54 am


Hmmm. Just a thought -- do you think JKR answered the Mark Evans poll question by what Book 6 title, revealed behind the secret door and brick wall?


Bluenote1313 - Jun 30, 2004 8:08 am (#488 of 2901)


I think that if Mark Evens is the HBP that she will only answer the question with more doubletalk...something along the lines of "if I told you that I would have no reason to write the book" That seems to be a standard answer when someone has asked her a question that is impartant to the rest of the series.

"


Professor Dumbledore - Jun 30, 2004 10:43 am (#489 of 2901) "
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I think mark evans was just some name that was thrown in to show how Dudley needed his whole gang behind him to beat up the ten year old. I don't think he's magical because Madam Bones says in OoTp that there are no other wzard families living near Harry. I'm wondering why there is a dark mark by the sirius question. it's suppose to mean that that is a rumor? how come people aren't voting for that one?


Chris. - Jun 30, 2004 10:54 am (#490 of 2901)


The Dark Mark means that it is a no-go area for people who haven't finished OotP.


Bluenote1313 - Jun 30, 2004 11:01 am (#491 of 2901)


Dumbledore...I think the reason we are on the Mark Evens thing is that JKR doesn't just randomly pick names out, especially when related to Harry. If she wanted to make sure that he was ignored she would have named him Mark Smith or something...not give him the last name to match HArry's mothers maiden name. As far as no wizard families in the neighborhood....he is only 10...he could be like Hermoine and born to Muggle parents and the Ministry would have no idea until he turned 11. Although that would eliminate the Half-Blood Prince theory for Mark Evans.


Ozymandias - Jun 30, 2004 1:27 pm (#492 of 2901)


I just think it's odd that she would choose that question for the poll if he was massively important and she would be forced to give an evasive non-answer. Why not just pick three "Is Sirius really dead?" questions and be assured of not giving anything major away no matter which one wins the poll?

I'm firmly in the camp that Mark Evans is a coincidince, an oversight, or at best, a really distant relative that won't have much significance in the plot but will give Harry a chance to have a bit of family.


haymoni - Jun 30, 2004 5:52 pm (#493 of 2901)


I'm guessing she got more than a few requests for who Mark is - she has respect for her fans - we would be screaming if the Mark question wasn't on the poll.

I refuse to believe that 10-year-old Mark Evans was an oversight. Look what became of "young Sirius Black". Did anyone realize his importance in SS/PS?

Won't get fooled again! - The Who (Yes - another one of those old fogey bands.)


Bluenote1313 - Jun 30, 2004 6:41 pm (#494 of 2901)


I am sticking with my theory that the last name Evans was for a reason....maybe not the HBP but she could ahve easily had Harry say "I know it took all three of you to beat up that 10 yr old" without having him mention the name....


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jun 30, 2004 8:15 pm (#495 of 2901)


The Sirius question is once again starting to catch up to the Mark Evans one. I think its because a whole lot of people are just starting to go to her site to see the new title, and if they just now found out about the website maybe they never heard that JKR said that Sirius is dead and won't come back. ure nott eliterut frend Aberforth Dumbledore


Julia. - Jun 30, 2004 8:36 pm (#496 of 2901)


We shall have to double our efforts! I will now go around to every computer in my house and vote from all the possible sites listed!


S.E. Jones - Jun 30, 2004 10:11 pm (#497 of 2901)


She's just updated the Wizard of the Month: Donaghan Tremlett....


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 1, 2004 6:23 am (#498 of 2901)


I wouldn't be surprised if she waits till July 31st to answer the poll question. Hopefully along with Harry's and her own birthday, she'll have a couple of presents for us loyal fans.


viapalfuriana - Jul 1, 2004 8:49 am (#499 of 2901)


CONGRATULATIONS!!!

It is the VERY BEST Harry Potter site. Whenever I have doubts, I come to your web site. It helped me understand many gaps.

I am very proud of you. GO ON!!!

Viapalfuriana


The Chaser - Jul 1, 2004 11:43 am (#500 of 2901)


Help! I can't view all the JKRowling website any more.

I'm OK on the initial screen, and I can view news and rumours, but trying to go to another screen (for example by clicking on the coffee mug) just locks the screen, although I can still hear the dog barking.

Also, the mobile phone is not in the left hand corner any more - should it be?

Does anyone have any ideas? I've tried clearing my cache (not being a technical person that was quite daring enough for me...)



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azi - Jul 1, 2004 1:13 pm (#501 of 2901)


The poll is now 46% Mark Evens question and 42% Sirius question. Not good! Hehe, great choice for wizard on the month as now we know who it was who got married in OoP. I think it was the bassist of the Weird Sisters. Big fuss in the Daily Prophet, Harry annoyed at idiots who wrote it becasue there was nothing about Voldemort. Unfortunately I'm having trouble finding the quote at the moment. This is why we need a chapter page at the front!


Gina R Snape - Jul 1, 2004 1:13 pm (#502 of 2901)


Chaser, I've had the exact same problem with the US site. I suspect it's access overload.

If you haven't already, try the UK or IT site

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] or [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Good luck!


FionnsStair - Jul 1, 2004 1:47 pm (#503 of 2901)


Hi I'm very, very new to forums this is my very first posting.

I found the JKR site by accident but I was very pleased. I am a really big fan I have all the books on audio (and physical both British and American) I listen to them non stop. I think I have listened to every book at least 50 times each. I start at book one then listen to a few chapters till I fall asleep every night. When I finish I start the next book and so on and so forth. I think at this point I just like to hear Jim Dale's voice I don't really even hear what he saying anymore.

The reason I am posting here is because I can't seem to find anywhere else this should go. It seem a bit strange to me but I may just be being a bit silly.

Okay here goes on the JKR site under "F.A.Q", then to "About the Books" there is a question "Can prefects take points or not?" you'll all just have to go read it. It will be too long if I type it all here. Well it sounds to me like she is saying that Ron was mistaken and prefects CAN dock points? However, in the OotP on page551 (British) pg 625(American) Ernie says "It's only teachers who can dock points from houses, Malfoy,"

Malfoy goes on to say that he knows only teachers can dock points.

Then Ernie says "He can’t be allowed to dock points...that would be ridiculous...it would completely undermind the prefect system," pg552 (British) and 626(American)

Now all that suggests that none of the prefects know they can dock points, not just Ron. Ernie doesn’t think they can, Malfoy says that he KNOWS only teachers can.

So I'm confused Can they or Can't they? I'm sorry this was so long please forgive.


S.E. Jones - Jul 1, 2004 2:09 pm (#504 of 2901)


Erin, try your question under the 'Problems in 5th Book' thread....


popkin - Jul 1, 2004 2:22 pm (#505 of 2901)


It is a big clue, though, isn't it? It would have been so much easier to say that Percy was being pompous, and overstepping his authority. Why didn't JKR answer in that way?


Mare - Jul 1, 2004 3:40 pm (#506 of 2901)


Because she is only human and probably forget what she made Ernie say to Malfoy?
Remember when the question was asked it was about Ron's decision vs. Percy's. Now out of the top of your head as a writer, and you need to answer the question, which character is most likely to make the mistake and will therefore provide you with the most logic "he didn't know the system good enough" answer?


Prefect Marcus - Jul 1, 2004 5:41 pm (#507 of 2901)


Also, don't forget that when she first posted the GoF Wand-order answer, she got it backwards!!! That is a major flub-up so she changed it less than 48 hours later. (This mistaken posting went up on the very same day that she stated on the site that you can always trust everything you read on it.) :-D

The bit about Perfects not giving points versus what Malfoy and Ernie says is only a minor point compared to the wand-order. I am inclined to trust her site, and just assume that the characters got it wrong in the book. Characters have been wrong before. Why not now?


Marye Lupin - Jul 1, 2004 6:02 pm (#508 of 2901)


I'm just going to tell myself that fifth year prefects can't take points ;-) (Percy was in his sixth year in CoS). Why not-- I doubt it's that big a deal.


Prefect Marcus - Jul 1, 2004 6:04 pm (#509 of 2901)


Excellent, Marye Lupin! Very excellent indeed!

Unfortunately it directly contradicts what she says specifically on her web-site. :-(

Marcus


S.E. Jones - Jul 1, 2004 11:40 pm (#510 of 2901)


Please move the Prefects/points question to the 'Problems in 5th Book' thread....

Thanks!


The Chaser - Jul 2, 2004 1:41 am (#511 of 2901)


Thanks for the suggestions, Gina.

Unfortunately neither worked :-( I guess I'll have to keep trying and hope for the best.

And at least I'll hear about anything that appears on the site via this forum!


the judderman - Jul 2, 2004 2:43 am (#512 of 2901)


Is it just me, or has the door shut again?


Lady Kazuma - Jul 2, 2004 3:46 am (#513 of 2901)


You're right. The Do Not Disturb sign is back.


Neville Longbottom - Jul 2, 2004 4:00 am (#514 of 2901)


That's good. At least in this case we'll know that whenever the sign is gone, there's something new behind the door.


Hogs Head - Jul 2, 2004 6:31 am (#515 of 2901)


Perhaps JKR is re-thinking what a great title "Pillar of Storge" might have been.

But now we now that the door will be used a device for leaking interesting tidbits to us. Neat.


Phelim Mcintyre - Jul 2, 2004 7:00 am (#516 of 2901)


Here is what JKR says about the Lexicon on her website - well done guys. She actually uses the site to check on her facts when writing - wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Harry Potter Lexicon This is such a great site that I have been known to sneak into an internet café while out writing and check a fact rather than go into a bookshop and buy a copy of Harry Potter (which is embarrassing). A website for the dangerously obsessive; my natural home.


TGF - Jul 2, 2004 10:21 am (#517 of 2901)


I hope that she has an equally hard puzzle for the next time it gets opened. I'm going to be the first one to guess at a pattern here and estimate that it opens again in three months (with, what I would hope will be, a release date, but then one can only dream).

And did anyone else not always think that the Weird Sisters were... you know, girls?


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 2, 2004 10:51 am (#518 of 2901)


No TGF, I thought the same thing. In light of the Wizard of the Month, I figure they're more like Heart-- girls fronting the band with some male musicians as backup.

Doesn't anyone else think we'll get some serious information on July 31st?


tracie1976 - Jul 2, 2004 11:20 am (#519 of 2901)


Forget July 31st....I want information now!! lol I really do hope we get some new information on July 31st...a b-day present for us from JKR and Harry lol.


haymoni - Jul 2, 2004 11:28 am (#520 of 2901)


I thought the Weird Sisters were female - the "hairy" business just made me think they weren't human - I don't know what I thought they were, but male just didn't come to mind.

JKR has taught me to rethink the obvious.

I wonder if we should be paying greater attention to the winners of "Wizard of the Month"?


TGF - Jul 2, 2004 12:43 pm (#521 of 2901)


I don't think the Wizard of the Months have any specific significance. I mean, they're just fun little things... I don't see how a female beater and a Weird Sister could tie into the plot in any particular way.


Diagon Nilly - Jul 2, 2004 2:40 pm (#522 of 2901)


I thought the weird sisters were mostly girls up until about a month ago. I thought they were hairy in that Grateful Dead meets Jem and the Holograms kind of way.


Diagon Nilly - Jul 2, 2004 6:40 pm (#523 of 2901)


This was posted at The Dark Mark:

DarkMark has received an Anonymous tip saying:

"On JK Rowling's site, make sure you highlight everything. This will work in either Text Only version or the normal version. Once you get into the locked room some people are having trouble with, the radio is important. Listen carefully

--Anonymous "

If anyone figures out what this means, let us know!


TGF - Jul 2, 2004 7:42 pm (#524 of 2901)


It means that someone wants to put someone on wild goose chases, Nilly Razz.

Seriously, it sounds like a standard hoax. Highlighting everything will change the sound of the radio? I don't think that's even possible. How can a site tell if you've highlighted or not? And it works in the text-only version too? That might be a little hard, as there is no radio playing in the text-only version. Also kinda funny that the rumor comes the day AFTER the 'locked room people are having trouble with' is permenantly shut again.


Leila 2X4B - Jul 2, 2004 8:05 pm (#525 of 2901)


I think that JKR will have clues to her site that people will pick up on. She likely won't have impenetrable doors and hidden text. When she wanted us to find info on a page she put a revealer on the board. These people who either hack onto her site or put up wrong info is annoying to people like us who just want to enjoy her site and will her to hurry up with announcing the release of her next book.


Diagon Nilly - Jul 2, 2004 8:24 pm (#526 of 2901)


Okay, thanks...I've only just come from the non-text version of the site for the first time just now. It's infuriatingly addictive. But, I got three award certificates...I'm not sure how I got them, but I did. I spent WAY too much time as Homer Simpson going "Light goes on. Light goes off. Light goes on. Light goes off...ad infinitum."


TGF - Jul 2, 2004 8:31 pm (#527 of 2901)


Yeah, I thought the light had some puzzle property too when I first saw that part and was doing the same thing. Razz

Maybe one day it will.


Mellilot Flower. - Jul 3, 2004 5:52 am (#528 of 2901)


I'm having fun, I'd got all of the prizes before, but then my modem got fried and now I'm on an interim computer getting them all again!


shoe - Jul 4, 2004 3:44 am (#529 of 2901)


Hi, I haven't posted on the forum for absolutley ages! I foung the JKR site about three days ago, on the first day when I 'opened the door' there was a wall of bricks behind it. You could 'push' some of the bricks away, like you were trying to get into diagon alley. I couldn't do them in the right order though and got frustrated and went for a cup of tea!

Has anyone else seen the page like this, when I came back to it the next day the 'do not disturb' thingy was on the door :-(


Mare - Jul 4, 2004 8:26 am (#530 of 2901)


Shoe, you might want to read this thread. It'll tell you the story of and when all the clues the site has given us.


popkin - Jul 4, 2004 9:46 am (#531 of 2901)


shoe, since the 'do not disturb' sign is back on the door we can't open it up anymore. I hope it means that they are changing the information behind the door and we will be able to open it up again soon. What I most want to see behind that door is a statement of when the HBP will be published and available to read.


shoe - Jul 4, 2004 3:04 pm (#532 of 2901)


Hello!

I did read alot of the posts, but not all of them, sorry but there's hundreds! Just wondered if anyone has managed to get past the bricks?


Ladybug220 - Jul 4, 2004 3:35 pm (#533 of 2901)


Shoe, it was a office that had a bookshelf with a fan on it. When you clicked on the fan, it began to turn and then blow so sheets of paper off of the bookshelf. One sheet would come up to the screen and "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" would type out over it.


Denise P. - Jul 4, 2004 3:48 pm (#534 of 2901)


JKR has said the door will open at various times. It is locked now but you can bet, when it is opened again, it will sweep fandom like a wildfire once more and someone will have a screen capture of it.

I am hoping the next time it opens, she says she is finishing her first draft and getting ready to send it to her editors! Hey, a girl can dream, can't she.....


shoe - Jul 4, 2004 4:01 pm (#535 of 2901)


Thanx!

We'll all be keeping an eye on that door then! ;-)

"


Madam Poppy - Jul 6, 2004 12:22 am (#536 of 2901) "
Edited by Jul 6, 2004 12:23 am


Shoe, there are lots of other hidden treats to be found at JKR's site. Look at the posts around May 15th if you wish to find them the easy way. Click on "Outline" above and you'll see just the 1st line of each post. It's an easy way to find a particular topic or person.

Welcome, by the way!

Poppy


MrsGump - Jul 6, 2004 6:17 am (#537 of 2901)


She answered the poll question. That's all I'll say until everyone has a chance to read it.


tracie1976 - Jul 6, 2004 6:30 am (#538 of 2901)


I cannot get the page to load correctly...grrrrrrrrr. I'll keep trying though and thanks for letting us know MrsGump.

Added: I just can get to the text version of it and there is no answer to the poll question. Someone e-mail me the answer please. I'm very impatient and I want to know now lol.


Neldoreth - Jul 6, 2004 6:31 am (#539 of 2901)


hem, I dont find the poll in the "text-only-version" (Thats all I can access to from my work-place). If the answer is interesting, would someone take a few secs and mail it to me (adress to be found in my avatar) Thanks!!!


Star Crossed - Jul 6, 2004 6:40 am (#540 of 2901)


I sent you an email with the answer.


haymoni - Jul 6, 2004 6:42 am (#541 of 2901)


As I said in the Mark Evans thread - I am thoroughly disappointed.


Fawkes Forever - Jul 6, 2004 6:58 am (#542 of 2901)


She is a funny lady.... I'll say nothing until the mods say its ok to spill the beans....

Lets just say the Mark Evans question won....


Alianora - Jul 6, 2004 7:29 am (#543 of 2901)


That made me laugh so hard. *wipes away tears of laughter* Poor woman-we on the forum make her stress too much.

"


John Crichton - Jul 6, 2004 8:14 am (#544 of 2901) "
Edited by S.E. Jones Jul 6, 2004 11:51 pm


To all of you who voted for Mark Evans, DARN YOU! LOL There had to get that out. We could have gotten an interesting bit of info about Sirius if not for all of our damn curiosity over the surname Evans. Oh well at least we know he is just a name and nothing more. Now lets hunt down J.K. Rowling and get some real info:) j/k


Bluenote1313 - Jul 6, 2004 8:42 am (#545 of 2901)


At least by answering that question she killed a few threads on the board. Smile

No matter which question she answered half the people were going to be unhappy. If she failed to answer this one the Mark Evans theories would have gone on...I think we can assume we will hear for Sirius again in some way...whether in be through the veil or in the Crystal ball (cribbed from the movie)....


Anna L. Black - Jul 6, 2004 9:48 am (#546 of 2901)


Although I'm dissappointed, I have to say - the woman is brilliant. She made me laugh so much when I read it. And everybody - look out for someone with a fake goatee and two kids


Neville Longbottom - Jul 6, 2004 10:05 am (#547 of 2901)


I am actually not surprised. That's one thing I guessed right from the beginning.


TGF - Jul 6, 2004 10:22 am (#548 of 2901)


I really wish there were a 'What's new?' section of the site that would say things like 'added a new question to the FAQ' etc... currently the way you find out to check the site is by looking on TLC. That's kinda disorganized.


popkin - Jul 6, 2004 10:51 am (#549 of 2901)


Well, I was surprised, but relieved to find out that it wasn't a spoiler. I worry that I'm going to ruin the next book for myself by reading too much on the internet.


Leila 2X4B - Jul 6, 2004 12:03 pm (#550 of 2901)


The FAQ poll was hillarious. HA. I had a feeling about that though. LOL.



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The Chaser - Jul 6, 2004 12:18 pm (#551 of 2901)


Noooo! I haven't been able to access the JKRowling site for a couple of weeks - in fact it's getting worse, all I get now is a green screen!!

Mods, please, when can people post what's there and not just hints? Otherwise I might just explode with frustration!


prof sprout - Jul 6, 2004 12:22 pm (#552 of 2901)


Hit refresh, I can never access it normally. I don't know if that will work for your problem. The answer might be on the Mark Evans thread.


The Chaser - Jul 6, 2004 12:39 pm (#553 of 2901)


Thanks for the tip, Prof Sprout. Sadly it didn't work. I'll just have to curb my impatience...


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jul 6, 2004 12:46 pm (#554 of 2901)


FOr those of you who can't access the site and want to know the answer to the poll they have it on both mugglenet, and HPANA.


Prefect Marcus - Jul 6, 2004 12:53 pm (#555 of 2901)


You know, I am almost sorry she gives out these little hints and tidbits. It ruins so much of the speculation fun.

Well, so much for the Mark Evans and Madam Marsh threads.


sigh*


The Chaser - Jul 6, 2004 12:57 pm (#556 of 2901)


Thanks Aberforth.

Time for some new theories, perhaps.


Liz Mann - Jul 6, 2004 1:05 pm (#557 of 2901)


Man! Oh well.

I loved her answer though! It was soooo funny!!

The fact is that once you drew my attention to it, I realised that Mark Evans did indeed look like one of those 'here he is, just a casual passer-by, nothing to worry about, bet you barely noticed him' characters who would suddenly become, halfway through book seven, 'Ha ha! Yes, Mark Evans is back, suckers, he's the key to everything! He's the Half Blood Prince, he's Harry's Great Aunt, he'd the Heir of Gryffindor, he lives up the Pillar of Storge and he owns the mystic Kettle of Nackledirk!' (Possible title of book seven there, must make a note of it).




Love Those Mandrakes - Jul 6, 2004 8:27 pm (#558 of 2901)


So much personality in her website...it is great! I literally laughed out loud in the middle of "cubeland" as I read the post.

Don't you feel like slapping the forehead, wishing you would have voted for the other poll? I do.

Until the next clue, I guess.


Prefect Marcus - Jul 6, 2004 8:43 pm (#559 of 2901)


Don't you feel like slapping the forehead, wishing you would have voted for the other poll?

Not at all. One problem (actually two) has been solved. Now on to other matters.


Hem Hem - Jul 6, 2004 9:26 pm (#560 of 2901)


And, considering how funny her answer was, I would have paid to be able to read it. Man, she has an amazing sense of humor!

It's these little posts on jkrowling.com that make me feel like I know Jo personally. So although the answer may not be as theory-feuling as some people like (although I thought it was sufficiently telling), it was so worth it!


Madam Pince - Jul 6, 2004 9:39 pm (#561 of 2901)


I am so bummed she's closed the door again already! I didn't even log onto her site when the "Do Not Disturb" sign disappeared -- I got all the info here on the Lexicon Forum -- I intended to log onto her site when I had plenty of time (my computer is sooooooo slow and her site takes forever to download for me.) Then I was away for the holiday weekend, and now I come back today to try and log on and look into the "secret room" for myself, and here she's gone and locked it all up again. ***pout***

And, for the record, I voted for the "Is Snape Lily's brother?" question. Because I was convinced that I already had the Mark Evans thing all figured out, and I was equally convinced that Sirius is dead as the proverbial doornail and so therefore we won't be hearing more from him! But see, what do I know? Sounds like we'll definitely hear from Sirius through the mirror, and Mark Evans is just....well....her explanation was funny, though, wasn't it?


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jul 6, 2004 9:56 pm (#562 of 2901)


She said a new poll will be coming soon, I hope that by coming soon she means tommorow!


mooncalf - Jul 6, 2004 11:38 pm (#563 of 2901)


Can someone please post the entire response, for those of us who can't access it?

Please? (Picture TGF's avatar here.)


S.E. Jones - Jul 6, 2004 11:55 pm (#564 of 2901)


Here's the entire Question and Answer on Mark Evans:

Q: What is the significance, if any, of Mark Evans?

A: I couldn’t answer the poll question before now, because I’ve been making arrangements to take my family into hiding. It takes time to arrange fake passports, one-way air tickets to Bolivia and twenty-four hour armed security.

Why should I resort to such desperate measures? Because after you’ve heard this answer, I’ll have to disappear for my own safety.

Now before I get down to it (you can guess what’s coming, can’t you?) I am going to put up a feeble pre-emptive defence. Firstly, you were all spinning hightly ingenious theories about Mark Evans, so I thought that you would welcome the chance to hear the truth about him. Secondly, I tried hard not to raise hopes or expectations by adding the curcial words ‘if any’ to the question. Thirdly... there is no thirdly. I’m just killing time.

(Takes deep breath)

Mark Evans is... nobody. He’s nobody in the sense that Mr. Prentice, Madam Marsh and Gordon-Dudley’s--gang-member are nobodies, just background people who need names, but who have no role other than the walk-on parts assigned to them.
(Checks that Neil has immunized the dog and Jessica has packed her Gameboy, and continues)

I’ve got nobody to blame but myself. Sirius Black, Mrs. Figg, and Mundungus Fletcher were all mentioned in passing well before they burst onto the stage as fully fledged characters, so now you’ve all become too clever, not for your own good, but for mine. The fact is that once you drew my attention to it, I realised that Mark Evans did indeed look like one of those ‘here he is, just a casual passer-by, nothing to worry about, bet you barely noticed him’ characters who would suddenly become, half way through book seven, ‘Ha ha! Yes, Mark Evans is back, suckers, and he’s the key to everything! He’s the Half Blood Prince, he’s Harry’s Great-Aunt, he’s the Heir of Gryffindor, he lives up the Pillar of Storge and he owns the Mystic Kettle of Nackledirk!’ (Possible title of book seven there, must make a note of it).

Then why - WHY - (I hear you cry) - did I give him the surname “Evans”? Well, believe me, you can’t regret it more than I do right now. “Evans” is a common name; I didn’t give it much thought; I wasn’t even trying to set up another red herring. I could just as easily have called him ‘Smith’ or ‘Jones’ (or ‘Black’ or ‘Thomas’ or ‘Brown’, all of which would have got me in trouble too).

What else can I say? Many of the theories you presented were highly plausible. If you knew how often I’ve checked the FAQ poll hoping that one of the other questions might edge into the lead...

Well, that’s that. The car with false license plates is at the door and I’ve got to glue my goatee. Goodbye.


The giant squid - Jul 7, 2004 12:31 am (#565 of 2901)


Heh...I keep picturing the next poll answer and JKR quoting Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: "The next time I say let's go someplace like Bolivia, let's go someplace like Bolivia!" Smile

So much for Mark, Marsh & Gordon. Now I can't wait for book 7--Harry Potter and the Mystic Kettle of Nackledirk!

--Mike


mollis - Jul 7, 2004 6:59 am (#566 of 2901)


Okay, maybe I'm missing something here, but who is Mr. Prentice? We all know Madam Marsh and Gordon, but who is this Prentice guy?

Not trying to start any theories about the "missing-Mr. Prentice" who was cut from an earlier book only to come back in Book 6 as the HBP, but it has been bothering me that I couldn't place him.

Thanks!


Star Crossed - Jul 7, 2004 8:25 am (#567 of 2901)


Good, I'm not the only one who has no idea who that is. I thought it was just me.


Dumbledore - Jul 7, 2004 8:26 am (#568 of 2901)


I have no clue either.


Anna L. Black - Jul 7, 2004 8:28 am (#569 of 2901)


LOL, Mr Prentice is one of Arabella Figg's cats


Leila 2X4B - Jul 7, 2004 9:05 am (#570 of 2901)


Mr Prentice was the person on the street when Figgy was escorting Harry and Duddley back to number 4 Privet Drive after the dementor attack


mooncalf - Jul 7, 2004 10:56 am (#571 of 2901)


Thank you, S.E. Jones, for posting all that.


Dr Filibuster - Jul 7, 2004 2:52 pm (#572 of 2901)


Yes, thanks Sarah, and ICThestrals for the tip-off on the Mark Evans thread.


Rich - Jul 7, 2004 11:58 pm (#573 of 2901)


Looking back now we know the truth about Mark Evans do you think that these FAQ polls are all going to have questions that will not divulge any important information. I knew the questions wouldn't tell us anything too important but I at least thought this poll was going to tell us if Mark Evans is related to Harry, but alas.

Most of the time I don't believe theories/rumours until JKR confirms them, but now are reading what she's said I don't believe it. Something's going down.


icthestrals - Jul 8, 2004 5:23 am (#574 of 2901)


You're welcome, Dr F.


Star Crossed - Jul 8, 2004 6:00 am (#575 of 2901)


Most of the time I don't believe theories/rumours until JKR confirms them, but now are reading what she's said I don't believe it. Something's going down.

Taking a lead out of Hermione's many books, if we can't trust JKR, then who can we trust?


mrweasley - Jul 8, 2004 6:13 am (#576 of 2901)


I think JKR's regret sounded honest - maybe she was even trying to give us a hint: She said she was checking the Poll again and again, hoping that one of the other two options would make it.

Doesn't that sound as if both of those actually would have provided some crucial information?


Cuivienen - Jul 8, 2004 7:49 am (#577 of 2901)


I think its more likely that she's referring to the fact that Mark Evans appears out of her own "mistake" whereas the other two theories can be blamed entirely on the fans. After all, she provided us with mark Evans to ponder over, but certainly never suggested that Snape was Lily's brother!


StareyedSlytherin - Jul 8, 2004 9:30 am (#578 of 2901)


I agree. Out of all of them, the Mark Evans question appeared to me to be the most likely to give us any good information.


Bluenote1313 - Jul 8, 2004 10:27 am (#579 of 2901)


I agree, I think she hoping that one of the other two would win the poll so she didn't have to explain that she made a mistake giving the boy the last name Evans, thus causing all the speculation.

If the Snape/Lily sibling question had won she could have answered easliy by saying "no way".....instead she had to explain in detail how it was her mistake to involve poor Mark in these theories Smile.


Anna Osipova - Jul 8, 2004 1:26 pm (#580 of 2901)


Actually, seeing as how JKR provides lengthy answers to many of the questions posed, I think she's simply like that. She would have found a way to make the Snape/Lily question into a very long answer.

I think, though, that even if she simply answered the Sirius is really dead, she would have provided us with some hidden details we could have used. For example, while admitting that Evans was a mistake, she also mentioned a couple other characters who could not be the prince.


Madam Pince - Jul 8, 2004 3:49 pm (#581 of 2901)


If the Snape/Lily sibling question had won she could have answered easily by saying no way"....." (-Bluenote 1313)

Well, she wouldn't be able to say a simple "no way" if 'Severus Snape' really is an anagram for 'Perseus Evans', now would she?

By Grabthar's Hammer, my theory shall yet be proved!


Cuivienen - Jul 8, 2004 3:58 pm (#582 of 2901)


But, if it was, she'd have just said something along the lines of: "Really, you lot!" And left it at that. Telling us it was true would have given away too much info.


Bluenote1313 - Jul 9, 2004 11:49 am (#583 of 2901)


You know...the Snape/Lily theory has grown on me for one reason....we have not yet heard WHY DD trusts Snape so much. We all have seen how Snape treats Lily in school, but what if he found out AFTER he was a DE that Lily was his sister. That would explain why he turned on Voldy and is working for DD....it would also help to explain why Snape was protecting Harry in SS. It doesn't help explain why he hates him so much now but that could be because Harry is more like James than Lily.


Star Crossed - Jul 9, 2004 1:25 pm (#584 of 2901)


How could he not know Lily was his sister? Why would he change his name? How would the Marauders' Map now show his 'real' name? Nope, cast me on the purdy ferry that Snape fancied Lily.


Madam Pince - Jul 9, 2004 1:51 pm (#585 of 2901)


StarCrossed, I'm telling ya, you gotta read my post #64 in the first Snape thread (the archived one)! It will answer all your questions! Bwahahaha ***twists waxed moustache in a twirly motion*** (which looks mighty silly on a female, let me tell you.)

I contend that he does know that Lily was his sister (well, step-sister, in my theory), and I explain at great length why he would change his name.

Now come on, I just know I've tempted you to at least look at it...


**coos in a soft voice*** Come along.... read ... read ... you too shall be a believer ... come along ...


Bluenote1313 - Jul 9, 2004 1:57 pm (#586 of 2901)


there are plenty of people who have half-siblings out there who know nothing about the other person. Perhaps adoption was used as well. What is the person's real name in that case? I am sure Snape is his real name and Lily Evans was her real name but where there were from could still be debated.


popkin - Jul 9, 2004 2:31 pm (#587 of 2901)


My theory (and I am not at all sure about it) is that Lily and Snape are cousins. It's posted somewhere on the Forum - probably on the Severus Snape thread. So, I didn't want that question to be answered, because it would not answer my question.


Gina R Snape - Jul 9, 2004 6:32 pm (#588 of 2901)


I think JKR will never post a poll to answer a question that will provide a real answer to something. In fact, I am going to assume from now on that any questions posted for a poll will all lead to JKR letting us know it's some crazy theory and we're off the mark. I just doubt she'll ever tell us anything really juicy on her site. She likes to tease too much.


popkin - Jul 9, 2004 9:07 pm (#589 of 2901)


I think you're 100% correct, Gina.


TGF - Jul 9, 2004 9:52 pm (#590 of 2901)


She's told us plenty of juicy things so far. She's not going to spoil the ending, but volumes of discussion has already been generated by that site.


legolas - Jul 10, 2004 1:22 am (#591 of 2901)


I agree that she uses that poll to tease. If Snape was related to Lily then Harry would have had a wizarding blood relative to go to and would have been sent ot him instead. Dumbledore says that Harry went to his last remaining relative. I am more in the Snape loved Lily camp and thought that James was not good enough for her.


Anna Osipova - Jul 10, 2004 2:57 pm (#592 of 2901)


Even if she never gives us an important answer, if she hadn't told us that Mark Evans is a nobody, we would still be discussing him as a possibility for the HBP. So even a 'no' is better than a nothing at all, IMO.


Cuivienen - Jul 10, 2004 6:51 pm (#593 of 2901)


The site has been updated to announce JKR will be at the Edinburgh Book Festival this year (as always). Hopefully someone can go and get some really good questions asked.


Prefect Marcus - Jul 10, 2004 7:48 pm (#594 of 2901)


Nah.. We will likely hear questions about why she became an author, where she got the idea for Harry, and what advice she has for future writers.


haymoni - Jul 10, 2004 7:55 pm (#595 of 2901)


Who goes to these things???? I realize it is a Book Festival and the questions should be more literary in nature, but someone better ask when Book 6 is coming out!!!

It sounds like it will be a small group and it also says that it is something like a lottery to get in.

Anyone from this Forum going to try for a chance to be there?


Aeoliano - Jul 10, 2004 8:47 pm (#596 of 2901)


On her website there is a room reached via a ring on her desk which is labeled with a question mark... I wonder if that is the room from book 4 and if it is going to appear in the next book? And the door in the room used to open to a brick wall and a broken electric wire... now (at least for me) a "Do Not Disturb" sign has been hung on the knob blocking entrance? Has anyone solved this conundrum?

-- A..


Denise P. - Jul 10, 2004 8:50 pm (#597 of 2901)


She put the title of the next book behind the door. She has said it will open periodically with more tidbits.


colbow - Jul 10, 2004 9:14 pm (#598 of 2901)


Marcus- Yes ~it probably will be the same questions over again, but I do hope that we get some type of juicy news/tidbit, but I am not holding my breath..


Tomoé - Jul 11, 2004 5:28 am (#599 of 2901)


Aeoliano, about the question mark room, it use to be the closed door with the "Do Not Disturb" sign. Then, the "Do Not Disturb" sign disappear, the door opened to a brick wall, on which five bricks were pushable. Pushed in the correct order, the wall opened to the title of book six. The "Do Not Disturb" sign is back again, but JKR tell us the door will open on important information again in the future.


Aeoliano - Jul 11, 2004 5:39 pm (#600 of 2901)


Hmmm... well I pushed the bricks but apparently in the wrong order although I tried various combinations...

I got confused because I noticed that in the ExtraStuff (Tea or Coffee cup) area there is an eraser and if it is pulled across the blank white paper a caldron with a "?" appears with a drawing of a feather, a potion, a bug, and some leaves going into the caldron. Then there is the fan site display room where ? medallions are placed into their receptacles. And then there is the ? room with the door...

I thought they were related? I guess I am just not quick-witted enough to pick up on JKR's clues.. LOL

-- A.



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S.E. Jones - Jul 11, 2004 5:46 pm (#601 of 2901)


Aeoliano, here's a post I made with a list of the clues that can be found on the site. If you gather the clues, you get awards (there are four of them in total).


Joelle - Jul 11, 2004 7:06 pm (#602 of 2901)


wow as it took me tons of time to actually read this entire post it was extremely helpful. however one thing to be noted is perhaps we over analyze?


Tomoé - Jul 11, 2004 7:40 pm (#603 of 2901)


Yep, all the time! ^_^


Aeoliano - Jul 11, 2004 8:21 pm (#604 of 2901)


Aeoliano, here's a post I made with a list of the clues that can be found on the site. If you gather the clues, you get awards (there are four of them in total).


Thank you!!!

I think I received three... I couldn't remember the phone number to get into the Ministry of Magic.. LOL

As for the cauldron.. well that is still confusing you can find those things in the other areas. There are feathers which appear when the FAQ is selected.. yes there is a spider.. I'm not sure about the potion but leaves from the flower in the "?" room? It's still a mystery!

-- A.


S.E. Jones - Jul 11, 2004 8:35 pm (#605 of 2901)


Think about where I said you could find all the clues for the cauldron in that post, Aeoliano.

Leaves: This one's easy, just look up. (This is where the cauldron is)

Spider: Think about where you see an annoying spider that keeps crawling in front of you, just asking to get caught.

Potion: I think I saw it sitting on a shelf somewhere.... (there are only two pages with shelves on them)

Feather: Well that'd be quite a prize, wouldn't it?... (think of prizes, awards, etc.)

Hope that helps....

P.S. You can find the MoM number on the Lexicon....

"


Nymphadora - Jul 12, 2004 8:04 am (#606 of 2901) "
Edited by Jul 12, 2004 8:07 am


P.S. You can find the MoM number on the Lexicon.... - S.E. Jones

I really, really laughed out loud at this, Sarah. Kind of like "you can find my number on the registry", it is so SO British (or at least seems to me ever since I live in Britain).

But the Ministry's number should be ex-registry, or rather Unregistrable, right?? LoL


Aeoliano - Jul 12, 2004 8:48 am (#607 of 2901)


So British? If so then pray pass the eccles cakes...

I could certainly use a hot, piping eccles cake this morning!!! I am very tired of the "boring" croissants and sticky buns we have here in Cayucos. Of course a possible replacement would be a bombolo fatto fresco a Tellaro.

I am suppose I shall have to muddle through without them.

-- A.


TGF - Jul 12, 2004 1:13 pm (#608 of 2901)


The Ministry's number is 'MAGIC' (62442), if you look at it, which is kinda clever.


Ponine - Jul 12, 2004 1:24 pm (#609 of 2901)


Have someone been able to reopen the door we are not to disturb? She is so efficient, and closed it on me again! I also saw that someone asked earlier about that third case for rewards in the trophy room - I don't know what to put there? And what is its function, does anyone know? Is this some sort of clue to Ron's stint in there for Filch so many moons ago?


S.E. Jones - Jul 12, 2004 1:27 pm (#610 of 2901)


I don't think so. There are three cases and only two medals that go into them. That's it. Sorry....

If anyone finds something different, let me know....


Aeoliano - Jul 12, 2004 3:23 pm (#611 of 2901)


I picked up the four prizes ... I guess thats all anyone has yet found? The "?" room is interesting it knows whether its day or night whenever you enter. During the day you hear cars zooming, door bells ringing, a dog barking... at night you hear owls hooting... and the wind or fog closing in... the fog reminds me of Cayucos..

-- A.


Madam Pince - Jul 12, 2004 5:35 pm (#612 of 2901)


Legolas, Snape doesn't necessarily have to be a blood relative of Lily's in order to be her relative. I agree that there can be no blood relation, but I think it's a possibility they could be step-siblings. But I agree with what some others have said -- I don't think she's going to give us any real tasty concrete answers on this site. Sigh....


Verschwinden Sie - Jul 12, 2004 8:25 pm (#613 of 2901)


I just can't help but think Snape and Lily Evans can't be step-siblings (surely Petunia would've been just as animatedly annoyed at having an evil lurking wizard named Severus in the house and at least mentioned him).

With that said, however, there is something about the way J.K. Rowling answered the question about Mark Evans that's just... It just sits up and begs like a hungry dog after scraps when it looks at the "Snape/Lily" connection, since she was really hoping one of the two questions she had up against Mark Evans would win out against it. So, I think there's something else there.


King Size - Jul 12, 2004 11:16 pm (#614 of 2901)


hey, could you give me the post # and info on this "snape/Lily" connection thanks K C


Verschwinden Sie - Jul 12, 2004 11:32 pm (#615 of 2901)


You can actually look it up by using putting "Snape Lily" into the search engine for the site. Also, it was one of the questions on J.K. Rowling's site... so it's a pretty popular theory. You shouldn't have much trouble finding information on it.


King Size - Jul 13, 2004 11:12 am (#616 of 2901)


Ah Thanks a lot!!! K C


caro - Jul 14, 2004 7:31 pm (#617 of 2901)


Does any one know if the door with the "Do not disturb" sign opens?


Gina R Snape - Jul 14, 2004 8:06 pm (#618 of 2901)


It did...but now it's closed again. Scroll up through this thread and you'll see the whole timeline and info on that door.


caro - Jul 14, 2004 8:36 pm (#619 of 2901)


Thanks!!!!


Aeoliano - Jul 14, 2004 11:10 pm (#620 of 2901)


On the discussion about the technical aspects of the website:

Yes, she really could be controlling the whole shebang if she so desired. JKR is now a BILLIONAIRE, as is the queen, and those loveable geeks Bily Gates and Paul Allen.

Now, if I were lightspeed, and she were my customer, I would certainly go out of my way to set up a very user friendly, easy to manage interface to her website. After all, she is a celebrity. It really is a matter of time and access. Her time and what sort of access she has from her computer. Wireless access in coffee shops is fairly prevalent so she could stop, take a sip and access her site.. or this site... whlst typing book 6.

jKR if you are out there, please have them send me an order of mystical magical eccles cakes to go.. ~RLMAO" ~laugh~

"


The Wandless Wizard - Jul 14, 2004 11:55 pm (#621 of 2901) "
Edited by Jul 14, 2004 11:56 pm


What is with the eccles cake thing? I have seen you mention it in like 20 posts. I am confused See, confused face.

Anyway, back on topic. I would assume, JKR sends the info she wants to update to the webmaster who maintains the site and does the actual html. I could be wrong, but that is my guess. Maybe it is my hope. I don't want her messing around trying to fix a broken link when she could be writing HP6.


S.E. Jones - Jul 15, 2004 12:01 am (#622 of 2901)


I doubt she's messing with broken links. You can write administration pages so that all she has to do is click somewhere and type into a field the info she wants to appear and hit a submit button. And poof, the site updates. However, for big changes in the Flash (unless she knows Flash), she'd need a webmaster of some kind. Big changes in the Flash would be like the Door opening. Small updates that she could do would be like updating the Rumors or News sections. She could easily report a broken link to her webmaster who updates her Flash changes and he/she could fix it for her without her ever having to mess with it.....


Verschwinden Sie - Jul 15, 2004 4:18 am (#623 of 2901)


Eccles cakes are an English dessert originating in the Eccles region of England (the name, incidentally, also means "church cakes"). They're small cakes flavored with currants, candied citrus peel, and nutmeg... and thus far, I don't recall them being mentioned in Harry Potter, so I'm guessing the whole "British" subject has reminded Aeoliano that he's had some upon a time and would like some more, so he's being very Oliver Twist about it. =)


Devika - Jul 15, 2004 7:42 am (#624 of 2901)


I've really missed the forum for quite a few days... Can someone please tell me what is it that JKR has revealed about Mark Evans?


Mare - Jul 15, 2004 7:55 am (#625 of 2901)




Devika, look here:
S.E. Jones 7/6/04 11:55pm


Roybb95 - Jul 16, 2004 12:09 am (#626 of 2901)


I wasn't on the forum for a long time so I don't know if you have already disscused this before, but just in case:

I went over on my so called "prizes" and read once again what she said about her ideas about how to sort the new students to houses:

... a panel of ghosts or prefects, A MAGICAL GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH EACH PERSON WOULD HAVE TO PASS...

Doesn't this remind you anything? We know that when she decides not to use an idea, she uses it somewhere else - the best example is the HBP (it was originally the name of the second book).


S.E. Jones - Jul 16, 2004 12:52 am (#627 of 2901)


It wasn't that she decided not to use the HBP idea for CoS, just that the plot points connected to the "HBP" of the story where taken out of CoS because she decided they fit better in Book 6. When she removed the plot points, she removed the title that went with them and renamed the book 'CoS'. This is all on her website... somewhere (News maybe?).... That's a bit different from going through different drafts of things and discarding bits....


Aeoliano - Jul 16, 2004 1:55 am (#628 of 2901)


What is with the eccles cake thing? I have seen you mention it in like 20 posts. I am confused See, confused face.


Sorry about that.. they are flat, round cookies which have the consistency of pie crust think but with a narrow inner layer. Within that layer are currants and sugar. They are traditionally made with lard but we have found that lard-substitutes work just as well. They are a "provincial" sort of tea cake or cookie from 'round the Manchester region.

And okay I might be addicted to them.. and Harry Potter discussions make me hungry for several.. ? Especailly in the morning piping hot from the toaster oven...

-- A.


Roybb95 - Jul 16, 2004 12:41 pm (#629 of 2901)


Re: S.E.Jones:

I only meant that JKR might use some concepts in different ways, after removing them from other books. Just an idea, it caught my eye and seemed quite odd. As an example, she might have planed that Sirius would die and would be "sorted", let's say, to heaven or hell. Than she thought how to do that and recalled her idea of sorting to houses from the first book. I don't really think this is the exact case, but there might be some connection...(most likely there isn't, but still... maybe...)


Aeoliano - Jul 16, 2004 5:13 pm (#630 of 2901)


:-| flavored with currants, candied citrus peel, and nutmeg...

We try to avoid the fruit cake ingredients and stick with the basics... Currants... and because we were experimentalists ... chocolate chips... ~laugh really loud~

I can see Harry Potter eating an eccles cake or two...

-- A.


Tarantallegra - Jul 16, 2004 8:08 pm (#631 of 2901)


Ok, how about we need to figure out why that gillywobble of a fellytone on JKR's desk rings.

I have had just about enough of it, and it seems like right when I start getting into a thread theory, it rings (dagblasted thing), and breaks my concentration. Can anyone figure out how to either turn it off or figure out its relevance?

This is, of course my fault, and therefore avoidable, but I do like to have the volume up on my speakers, to listen for anything special, and also her music. I really love the music ( subliminal messages...) Don't you love the music? We ALL love the music...

'night

#VALUE!



popkin - Jul 17, 2004 11:09 am (#633 of 2901)


You can talk freely about the eccles cakes in the recipes thread. Your comments will be quite welcome there, and someone might even post a good recipe for them.


Gina R Snape - Jul 18, 2004 10:50 am (#634 of 2901)


I think Aeoliano's eccles cakes might go down quite well with nice cold glass of Dragonfruit Snape beverage.

As for the phone, I wish it did more. I figured out to dial 'M-A-G-I-C' in about 2 seconds flat. Thought it might be cute if you could answer it and leave messages for JKR, or dial 999 (like 911) and see what happens, etc. Maybe she'll read this thread and come up with some new ideas.


Aeoliano - Jul 18, 2004 12:03 pm (#635 of 2901)


Forget the recipes I will take the cakes... or cauldron cakes... ~laugh like Peeves~


azi - Jul 19, 2004 8:20 am (#636 of 2901)


Argghhh! *Runs around screaming manically* There's a new FAQ poll! Everyone get voting! Just thought I'd tell you all. Thats my HP fix for the day...it's a tougie folks!


JK Powers - Jul 19, 2004 8:32 am (#637 of 2901)


There has been a little spec ulation about Percy working undercover, but Idon't think it would turn out that signifigant.

I'm sure Wormtail has been busy helping Voldemort with tiny details, but again, I don't expect it to that significant.

I expect Dumbledore's howler to Petunia to be more revelaing, or at least more interesting than the other two, so far that one is in the lead.


icthestrals - Jul 19, 2004 8:45 am (#638 of 2901)


I voted for the Howler question. Yeah, she'll answer that one!


MrsGump - Jul 19, 2004 8:54 am (#639 of 2901)


I voted for the Howler, too. She answered the Precy question in the World Book Day chat, and I'm sure the Wormtail one will be a "he's been doing secrete stuff for LV"-type answer. I wonder how long it's going to take her to answer this set.


Diagon Nilly - Jul 19, 2004 8:56 am (#640 of 2901)


Question, I hit the check mark and expected there to be some sort of indicator on how well each question is doing to show up on the facing page, but nothing showed up on the facing page....So I left that area and came back to vote again...and then I left and came back to vote yet again...

...Did I just vote three times?


haymoni - Jul 19, 2004 8:59 am (#641 of 2901)


The Howler question was at 57% and the others were in the 20s.


Mare - Jul 19, 2004 9:00 am (#642 of 2901)


No I think she said that Percy wasn't under an imperious curse. I want all questions answered, anyway we can force a tie?


Ladybug220 - Jul 19, 2004 9:16 am (#643 of 2901)


I just voted for the Howler question from 2 different computers at work.

I had checked the poll a couple of hours ago and it still had the Mark Evans answer.


icthestrals - Jul 19, 2004 9:16 am (#644 of 2901)


Nilly, did you click on the "cast vote" button after you marked your choice? You have to do that and then you will see the percentage results.


MrsGump - Jul 19, 2004 9:21 am (#645 of 2901)


Echo: Was Percy acting entirely of his own accord in Order of the Phoenix?

JK Rowling replies -> I'm afraid so.

When I read that, I took "own accord" as all on his own. No Imperious Curse, no blackmail, no secret agenda... just Percy.

Of course, I'd love all the questions answered, and the losing questions from the last poll. :-) But I guess it wouldn't be much of a poll then.


Catherine - Jul 19, 2004 9:32 am (#646 of 2901)


I voted for the Howler question.

In my opinion, I think the Percy question has been asked and answered. Possibly someone could infer that, yes, Percy was acting undercover of his own accord, but I think she was being straightforward when she's been asked about Percy before.

I hope so. I would hate to think that I picked a bummer question!


Anna L. Black - Jul 19, 2004 10:36 am (#647 of 2901)


I voted for the Peter question. The answer to the first question, obviously, is "No", as she answered a similar question before. And I don't think she'll reveal anything new in the Howler question, so I prefered to choose the question about Peter - maybe she'll only say "You'll find out in HBP", but I'd rather hear that than "No, Percy isn't bla bla bla".


tracie1976 - Jul 19, 2004 10:46 am (#648 of 2901)


I just voted for the Howler question....twice lol.


Star Crossed - Jul 19, 2004 10:50 am (#649 of 2901)


Same as Anna. One is obviously no, and I doubt she'll answer the Howler question. I think we have the best chance with the Peter one, but no one is voting for it.


septentrion - Jul 19, 2004 11:08 am (#650 of 2901)


I'm voting for the howler question.



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TGF - Jul 19, 2004 12:45 pm (#651 of 2901)


Voted for the third one. It's the biggest question there.


Madame Kulich - Jul 19, 2004 1:24 pm (#652 of 2901)


I also voted for the howler question. I always wondered what it meant! So, does anyone know how long we have to wait to see the answer? PS I got so excited when I read that a new FAQ poll was up that I fell out of my chair at work trying to get to the Web site fast enough. I was literally on the edge of my seat when, BOOM, I fell off! I am such a HP nerd! Smile


icthestrals - Jul 19, 2004 1:34 pm (#653 of 2901)


Dalun, now that's dedication to your obession!!


Liz Mann - Jul 19, 2004 1:52 pm (#654 of 2901)


I voted for the Howler question as well. The one about Percy never occured to me and the second one she's already kind of answered in the World Book Day chat.


Luke E.A. Lockhart - Jul 19, 2004 2:40 pm (#655 of 2901)


I voted for the Peter Pettigrew one, because it's the only one I don't have a pretty good idea on.


Mare - Jul 19, 2004 4:00 pm (#656 of 2901)


I voted for Percy, because before OoP came out I was a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y sure Percy wasn't going to betray his family. And then we got book five, and now I'm still in denial.


The Wandless Wizard - Jul 19, 2004 4:37 pm (#657 of 2901)


I voted for the Wormtail question. I am pretty confident that "Remember my Last..." means remember my last letter, the one DD sent with Harry. I could be wrong, but it makes enough sense to me that it does not bother me. I also agree that JKR gave close to a good enough answer to the Percy question in the chat. That leaves Wormtail, which is a good question. I am afraid we will get a vague response. Something like, he is still working for Voldemort only he is not trusted for a mission like the one to the ministry. But there is a possibility we wil get a good answer and I have no good guesses for what that might be.

However, if the group decides to vote en masse for a different question, I still have a few computers to vote at and a several different sites to vote on (I only voted once so far). After all, we know how well this groups choice for the Mark Evans question worked out (cough) (snicker) Just kidding


Catherine - Jul 19, 2004 4:37 pm (#658 of 2901)


I can understand Mare's voting.

Mare, that is VERY noble of you!

I don't think Percy will truly betray his family--annoy them incredibly, yes, but betray? I hope not!

But I can see wanting absolutely, "not-in-denial" confirmation.

Thus, the beauty of her website! And, the evilness of her voting!

Why can't she just answer all the darn questions! Smile


Star Crossed - Jul 19, 2004 4:43 pm (#659 of 2901)


If she does, we'll have nothing to look for until HBP comes out. Very Happy


Leprechaun Jack - Jul 19, 2004 5:37 pm (#660 of 2901)




Strange how she worded the Percy question, HUH ?

Is Percy working undercover for ANY secret organization/boss? The capitalization is mine.

Could Percy be working for someone we don't know about. JKR said he was not under any curse...but...maybe he's working for another Anti-Voldy league and doesn't want any harm to come to his family. Personally I think he's a prat and Voted for the Howler question.

Jack


S.E. Jones - Jul 19, 2004 5:41 pm (#661 of 2901)


I found the use of the the word "boss" very interesting myself. You can guess which question I voted for.... My brother, unfortunately, voted for Pettigrew....


Chris. - Jul 19, 2004 5:43 pm (#662 of 2901)


Can someone post the questions for me, as I'm currently, and hopefully not for long, able to cast my vote?


Star Crossed - Jul 19, 2004 5:48 pm (#663 of 2901)


Not the exact thing, but roughly:

Is Percy working undercover for any secret organization/boss? Where has Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail) been since the end of GoF? What did Dumbledore mean by the Howler to Aunt Petunia?

Heeey. I voted for the Pettigrew one! I still feel that she won't give us a good answer for the Howler one.


Aeoliano - Jul 19, 2004 5:48 pm (#664 of 2901)


Is Percy working undercover for any secret organization/boss?

Where has Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail) been since the end of 'Goblet of Fire'?

What did Dumbledore's howler to Aunt Petunia mean? ('Remember my last')

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lys potter - Jul 19, 2004 5:49 pm (#665 of 2901) "
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Prongs, the questions are:

Is Percy working undercover for any secret organization/boss?

Where has Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail) been since the end of 'Goblet of Fire'?

What did Dumbeldore's howler to Aunt Petunia mean? ('Remember my last'?)

I just voted for the howler and the scores were 19%, 23%, and 57%, respectively.

Oops! I posted at the same time as Aeoliano.


Chris. - Jul 19, 2004 5:55 pm (#666 of 2901)


Thanks! Always sure to get a response, or three, on the Forum.


Aeoliano - Jul 19, 2004 5:59 pm (#667 of 2901)


Just read her last comment about this site... I think she is updating more than just the FAQ poll...

a website for the dangerously obsessive, my natural home Oh no I've heard this before: Addictive personality traits and OCD go hand-in-hand?

Reminding me why I despise the dehumanizing label making machine called psychotherapy.

I much prefer delving into the ontological with logotherapy and Harry Potter... ~laugh~

-- A.


Sano - Jul 19, 2004 6:36 pm (#668 of 2901)


Hi all, this is my first post on these forums, but I have been reading here for the past week or so (after seeing you on the JK site, congrats Smile).

Anyways, I voted for the Pettigrew question as well considering the Howler will either not get much of a response, or, as I have come to believe, it is talking about Dumbledore's letter he left with Harry when he was a baby. Either way, I think learning about Pettigrew would be more interesting. Smile


Mare - Jul 19, 2004 7:27 pm (#669 of 2901)


Thanks Catherine!

After reading Sly's new fic over on the FFF, I really felt bad. JKR better get Percy in the Weasley group hug again, or I'm going to need therapy.

And I find it funny to hear all the replies. The last vote almost everybody was rooting for the same question, (okay, so we pretty much trashed every-one who would vote for any of the none Mark evans questions, but still )and now we all have a different opinion.


Gina R Snape - Jul 19, 2004 8:13 pm (#670 of 2901)


I voted for the Dumbledore question. As others have said, JKR seems to have answered the Percy question already, and it's a bit of a no-brainer that Pettigrew has been hiding out and taking care of Voldemort. Probably running errands and such. Testing the limits of his new hand, etc.


DJ Evans - Jul 19, 2004 8:30 pm (#671 of 2901)


As there is hardly anything that you can take for granted in the world that JKR has built, I voted for the Percy question. I still have high hopes for him. Though I will agree that he is a git and will most likely always be a git--I just still think there is much more to his story that we know of.

Later, Deb


Neville Longbottom - Jul 20, 2004 12:45 am (#672 of 2901)


I voted for the Percy question. If only the answer might destroy the "Percy is a Death Eater" rumours.


Ozymandias - Jul 20, 2004 12:45 am (#673 of 2901)


I voted for the Howler. That has been bothering me for so long!

Liz, you said that JKR had partially answered the second question in a chat. Do you have a quote? I don't remember ever seeing that one.


S.E. Jones - Jul 20, 2004 12:51 am (#674 of 2901)


Liz Mann: ...the second one she's already kind of answered in the World Book Day chat.

Did she? Here's what she said of Wormtail and Book 6:

World Day chat, March 2004:
Rita: What about Wormtail? Is there hope for redemption?
JK Rowling replies -> There's always hope, of course. You'll find out more about our rat-like friend in book six.

Catheldral school: Will wormtail ever pay harry back?
JK Rowling replies -> You'll see... keep reading!

Does that help any Ozy?


Ozymandias - Jul 20, 2004 1:10 am (#675 of 2901)


Thanks, Sarah. I had seen those answers and was wondering if Liz had seen something I missed.


Lady Kazuma - Jul 20, 2004 7:12 am (#676 of 2901)


*stares at the FAQ page for about 10 minutes*

I...I just don't know...

Percy working undercover could tell us for sure if he's a good guy, a bad guy, or a self-serving guy. As one of the fourteen world-wide Wormtail fans, I do feel an obligation to vote for his question. After all, he could be doing something interesting - we don't really know. Actually, I'm pretty sure I know the answer to the Howler one, anyway. And if I don't, then I'd like it to be cleverly revealed in one of the books.

Well...I suppose I shall vote for the Wormtail Question.


azi - Jul 20, 2004 7:44 am (#677 of 2901)


I voted for the Wormtail question. I'm a bit confused why JKR would put it there when she said we'd find out what he'd been doing in book 6. Maybe she decided not to put it in the book. The other two questions seem to have pretty obvious answers - Percy has no boss but Fudge, Dumbledore's last is the last contact he had with Petunia before the Howler. Both are of little interest to me compared to what Wormtail is doing. (Although no doubt I will be jumping around whatever question wins)


Catherine - Jul 20, 2004 8:15 am (#678 of 2901)


Jack's post about Percy did make me rethink my priorities.

Hmm. I don't think that Percy has to be a Death Eater for this question to have possibilities. Luna has alleged that Fudge has a secret army, and we do know that Fudge is really paranoid. Arthur really offended Percy by suggesting that Fudge was just using him, but maybe there is some truth there.

Since we know that the world isn't divided into good people and Death Eaters, I think it's highly probable that Percy could be spying/tattling on people for the Ministry, and being, as it has been suggested many times, a true git. But that doesn't mean he's working for Voldemort, at least not knowingly.

I still don't regret voting for the Dumbledore/Howler question. Even if the explanation is quite simple, I'd still like to know!


Mare - Jul 20, 2004 8:16 am (#679 of 2901)


didn't JKR said she used questions from a stack she already had? (The chattsession maybe?)

So maybe she even chooses her questions randomly, and maybe even worse are going to pop up... (Makes it easier to choose )


Gina R Snape - Jul 20, 2004 8:30 am (#680 of 2901)


Wow, I must say. I am rather surprised at the variety of reactions. For some reason, I really didn't think anyone would still be contemplating Percy after what JKR said in the chat.

I guess it might be a tight race for the question, eh?


Verschwinden Sie - Jul 20, 2004 9:08 am (#681 of 2901)


Here's an atrocious thought. What if she's only choosing questions she knows won't reveal any significant information for her FAQ polls, so that no matter what we choose, we get "Nah... Not really all that important" as an answer?


Tomoé - Jul 20, 2004 9:23 am (#682 of 2901)


That's not as easy as the last one, the three questions can bring unespected answers or nothing at all. I voted for the Howler question, but as I think about it, Wormtail's question is the more likely to surprise us, if JKR do write more than what she did in the Wolrd Day Chat that is.

The Howler question seems to the one that will be answered though.


Catherine - Jul 20, 2004 9:29 am (#683 of 2901)


Here's an atrocious thought. What if she's only choosing questions she knows won't reveal any significant information for her FAQ polls, so that no matter what we choose, we get "Nah... Not really all that important" as an answer?--Andrew Buchanan

Alas, earwax, Andrew, I have begun to worry about this as well. Maybe as long as she keeps us dangling after these little tidbits, she's distracting us from asking when the book is coming out!


Gina R Snape - Jul 20, 2004 9:39 am (#684 of 2901)


I know, Andrew. I expressed similar sentiments a few posts back.


mollis - Jul 20, 2004 11:13 am (#685 of 2901)


I voted for the Howler question. The Percy question has been answered, and wormtail is working for Voldy doing misc. undercover stuff. I don't see her providing much about that. But I could see her saying the "remember my last" referred to the most recent correspondence between DD and Petunia. JKR could easily say that DD sends Petunia regular updates on Harry and tells them when to pick him up from the train station at the end of the year. Stuff that will probably never make it in the book, but would provide great background info for us obssessive-types.


haymoni - Jul 20, 2004 11:18 am (#686 of 2901)


I voted for the Howler but had a question about something on her site.

The "prize" that you get from the Links page - the one that has the ideas for how students would get sorted - I can't see the bottom of it. I keep trying to maximize and move my windows around but I can't see her drawings.

What's on there????

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mollis - Jul 20, 2004 11:33 am (#687 of 2901) "
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Haymoni - Sarah posted links to the prizes way back in post #60 - I think the one you are talking about is the first sketches one. S.E. Jones 5/15/04 9:37pm


MrsGump - Jul 20, 2004 11:36 am (#688 of 2901)


Well, if you can't see from the line down....

On the left it says Dumbledore, a line extending down from his name, then forest, next line Quidditch trials, next line corridor and the whole thing is circled.

On the right it says Does the Scar have to happen at feast

In between those two is the word Snape, boxed in a diamond-thing of curly-q's.

A little way down on the left it says Dumbledore & Snape, and Dumbledore is circled. Right under that is the word Peeves.

To the right is the sorting hat poem: Oh I might not look too pretty; But don't judge by what you see; I'll eat myself if you can find; A smarter hat than me

There are some doodles underneath:

left: a circle with a weird curved shape thing (?), a sorting hat with a patch over one eye and its mouth open, then another hat same way but with stars cascading out of the top.

Down at the bottom there is a word that I can't make out, best I get is Golri 2. If anyone can read that, I'd like to see what they think it is.


haymoni - Jul 20, 2004 11:42 am (#689 of 2901)


Thanks, I feel better now!


Tarantallegra - Jul 20, 2004 12:42 pm (#690 of 2901)


Unless I am quite mistaken, I think you can vote more times than we thought... When you got to a certain site (ie [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] or [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] so on and so forth...), you can click on each of the languages (there are five) and you get a seperate vote for each one... so doesn't this mean if there are 11 JKR web sites, and 5 languages for each, we can vote 55 times a piece? I've tried it and it seems to work for me... Anyone else?


Ozymandias - Jul 20, 2004 12:51 pm (#691 of 2901)


During the last poll it was discovered that you can vote at each site, but I don't think anybody has tried the languages. Good idea!

EDIT: Nope, doesn't work for me. Darn.


Tomoé - Jul 20, 2004 12:55 pm (#692 of 2901)


It doesn't worked for me either when I tried two months ago.


Steve Newton - Jul 20, 2004 1:08 pm (#693 of 2901)


Haymoni,

I have the same problem with all of the prizes. I found, however, that if you print them the entire page is printed.


haymoni - Jul 20, 2004 1:20 pm (#694 of 2901)


I'll try that, Steve. Thanks!

We have such helpful people here!


remiden - Jul 20, 2004 1:39 pm (#695 of 2901)


I have an idea. She states that there are clues to what happens in book six on her site if you know where to look. If you watch the watch when the doxy flies past, it changes faces. I have lent my copy of CoS in video form to a friend of mine, so I cannot check right now, but when the faces change, the places where 5, 6, and 7 turn red while the rest stay black. Can anyone else check that to see what 5, 6, and 7 are on the Weasley's clock in the movie? I checked the books, and they do not tell......


Aisha Ahsia - Jul 20, 2004 2:41 pm (#696 of 2901)


I have found the spider, but I don't know where and how I can find the feather, the vial and the leaves. Does anybody else know, if sou Please(!!!) tell me, I'm going nuts here...


Padfoot - Jul 20, 2004 2:49 pm (#697 of 2901)


Ok, I am having some problems with the JKR site. All I can access is the text only version, in which I can not vote. Someone a loooong time back posted a link to the JKR site that looked identical to what I see, only I was able to access it. Would somebody please help me out and post that link for me? Thanks so much!


S.E. Jones - Jul 20, 2004 3:32 pm (#698 of 2901)


Aisha, here's a link to all the clues. They're just clues so you still have to go hunting, but they might give you a head's up....


Chemyst - Jul 20, 2004 4:37 pm (#699 of 2901)


I don't see how Percy could ever work undercover, he is simply too inflexible and could not adapt to changing circumstances. Now, Percy as a tattle-tail or Percy being sent off to be a decoy without his knowledge, those could work. But generally I lean toward what Gina, Andrew, and many others have said about none of these questions being too important to the main plot. Perhaps the "Remember my last," is less memorable than we've assumed.

Padfoot - these are all I have listed, and I haven't tried them all

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lys potter - Jul 20, 2004 5:25 pm (#700 of 2901)


Chemyst, all of those worked for me just now. The scores are now

20% Percy

23% Peter

58% Howler

I guess my interest in the answer to the howler question doesn't lie in the short answer (DD is referring to his last communication to Petunia), it's in the long answer. What was his last communication to her? What all did he say? How often does he communicate with her? What else does Petunia know about Harry that we (and Harry) don't know? How have they been communicating? You get the picture. Not that I think she's going to tell us all of this, mind you. I just think that if she's going to take a very entertaining eight paragraphs to tell us that Mark Evans is nobody (but he just has to be!), then she might write at least that much about this. And maybe, just maybe, I can interpolate some other far-fetched theory from the way she words it!

Anyway, this question has been bugging me for ages, because of the peculiar way the howler was worded.

Whew! That was a mouthful!



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Sano - Jul 20, 2004 9:48 pm (#701 of 2901)

I guess I'm one of the lucky onces, each language resets the poll for me Smile. Now all I have to do is vote 55 times on this computer, and 55 times on my family's computer. Sorry being a cheater, but you can bet your bossom (hehe) I'm not the only one doing it. So rack up 110 votes for the Wormtail question Razz.


The giant squid - Jul 21, 2004 12:24 am (#702 of 2901)

Alas (earwax), the links prize...I seem to be under some sort of Impedimentia curse here, 'cause I just can't seem to get it. Sad I've got the other three, but that one...

--Mike


S.E. Jones - Jul 21, 2004 12:48 am (#703 of 2901)

Have you searched the shelf? Thoroughly?


The giant squid - Jul 21, 2004 12:49 am (#704 of 2901)

Well, I thought so... ::shrug::

EDIT: Success! Very Happy Thanks, Sarah. I hadn't been thinking sideways, which is unusual for me as I'm usually off on a different tangent than the rest of the world. Wink


narisa - Jul 21, 2004 6:30 am (#705 of 2901)

I vote for the Howler question because it always annoy me since I open an dictionary and found out the different meaning of the word 'last'.


Gina R Snape - Jul 21, 2004 7:36 am (#706 of 2901)

Well, I doubt we'll get a full explanation on any of the questions. But, I would at least like to know if DD has sent Petunia more letters than just the one when he dropped off Harry. I mean, it stands to reason that there would be some sort of communication between them over the years, but everyone is so tight-lipped and Harry is so oblivious that we don't get to see it.

I'm curious to know how much interaction Pet and DD have had over the years and knowing there have been more letters (perhaps warnings from DD over the years to keep Harry?) would satisfy a bit of my curiosity, not to mention open up a whole new line of conversation on the Pet thread.


Fawkes Forever - Jul 21, 2004 8:06 am (#707 of 2901)

As the 'ol Sorting Hat would say... 'Difficult.... very difficult... but where to put you'? My vote that is

Hmmm, I can't see us getting an answer on the 'What Wormtail was up to', probably just... 'spying for Voldy' or something... or perhaps 'running amuck in cyber space, penning several internet rumours about the Pillar of Storge & the kettle of Whatsits Name

I'm tied between the other two questions, even though I initially thought... 'remember my last' refered to the letter Dumbledore left with Harry as a baby... but now I'm not so sure.

I also thought the Percy question had been addressed, but, I saw an interview with the guy (Chris Rankin), who plays the part of Percy in the movies. He was saying that he's received a lot of hate mail after the release of OotP, and that at the Premiere of PoA, he asked Jo (in a joking way) to make him 'nice' again. Apparently she told him not to worry as Percy would 'redeem himself' in some way... So, he could be working for some secret organisation... the Order of the Budgie perhaps

ARGH, I don't know what to pick.... will ponder on it some more... but falling towards the Howler question... would love to know how much Pet knows & how often Dumbledore checks in on her... hmmm... still thinking....


Puja - Jul 21, 2004 8:44 am (#708 of 2901)

Padfoot, do you have the latest version of macromedia flash, if not, then download it perhaps then you will be able to access JKR's site.

I've voted for the howler question, ever since I've read OotP I was wondering what did Dumbldore meant by "Remember my last". The explanation which he gave to Harry was not quite satisfactory.


Grant the Great - Jul 21, 2004 9:28 am (#709 of 2901)

OK, I want to post this before I forget (so I'm still on post 686 right now). A lot of us have been assuming that it was the last letter that DD sent to Petunia, meaning the letter on the doorstep. However, think about Chamber of Secrets: "I will be writing both your families blah blah blah" (obviously not exact quote) when they run into the Whomping Willow. So, maybe there was something in that letter! I haven't voted yet. There's not submit button for me, strangely. Hmmmm . . .


Padfoot - Jul 21, 2004 9:48 am (#710 of 2901)

Thanks Chemyst and Puja. Something worked and I was able to vote for the Howler question. Of course I would really like information about "my last" in the books. So if she answers that question, it won't be in there.


CM1507 - Jul 21, 2004 10:56 am (#711 of 2901)

That's true. I would still like to know ahead of time. I was not allowed to vote once for each language, but I did vote once on each site (11 times) for the howler question.

P.S.

Stats are still as follows:

Percy-20%

Wormtail-23%

Howler-58%


Lady Kazuma - Jul 21, 2004 11:05 am (#712 of 2901)

We're all awfully negative here... We're always doubting that she's going to give us any important information... But what are we basing that on? Mark Evans theories were running unchecked, so she used the poll as a chance to silencio them. She does have control over the questions - why would she put one up if the only answer she would give is "You'll have to wait to find out!" and whatnot.

Brighten up, people. I don't need to be depressed here, I get enough of that in the outside world.


Verschwinden Sie - Jul 21, 2004 12:33 pm (#713 of 2901)

Well, I don't think any of us are going to get amazing questions with amazing answers. I don't, for example, think one of the questions J.K. Rowling will put up on the poll is "Will Harry or Voldemort win?"

Hope springs eternal for some juicy little tidbits, though.


Mare - Jul 21, 2004 1:29 pm (#714 of 2901)

I think if we look at everything Jo has said to us via her site, she is playing it very honest with her fans.
Look at Mark Evans, here he was and that we made of him. We picked him up and made him half of a prince.
And when she was given the chance she told us. Which I think is nice because wouldn't it have been a dissapointment if we would have gotten book six and he was nowhere to be found?

I think she is going to answers those questions with a lot of humour, and she may not tell us all, but I think she is going to give us some information to ponder over till the HBP finally arrives.


Hogs Head - Jul 21, 2004 2:03 pm (#715 of 2901)

Even if one of the three questions is eliminated with an answer like the Mark Evans question -- "no, that's not important" etc., that still eliminates something, and so is more helpful that not.


Aisha Ahsia - Jul 21, 2004 2:16 pm (#716 of 2901)

thanks S.E Jones. I have found all the four clues/things although I only found the spider. Strange, Ah well, it doesn't matter.Smile


Hermione Weasley - Jul 22, 2004 9:07 am (#717 of 2901)

I voted for both Peter and the Howler several times. I know this is a bit off thread but I was wondering if any Brit or UKer out there could tell me what a "budgerigar" is? There was one other thing but I can't remember what it is at the moment....Any response to this would be great! I'm not familiar with that term.

Thanks!!


Prefect Marcus - Jul 22, 2004 9:16 am (#718 of 2901)

A 'Budgie', as they are normally called, is a small bird often kept as a pet.


Hermione Weasley - Jul 22, 2004 9:18 am (#719 of 2901)

Is that what JKR means by the news of Bungy the budgie learning to water-ski? It's a newstory about water-skiing birds?!


icthestrals - Jul 22, 2004 9:28 am (#720 of 2901)

Hermione, check out the Lexicon. It has a "translation" page for British expressions, etc. so that Americans (and others) can understand those kinds of things. I have found it extremely helpful!


Fawkes Forever - Jul 22, 2004 9:35 am (#721 of 2901)

Opps... sorry guys.... Order of the Budgie.... what was I thinking


Hermione Weasley - Jul 22, 2004 2:10 pm (#722 of 2901)

icthestrals, Thanks! I'll check it out!


Hermione Weasley - Jul 22, 2004 3:24 pm (#723 of 2901)

I came into the last poll at the very end so I don't know how much time elapsed from the onset of the questions to her answer. Does anybody know/remember/care? Smile


Padfoot - Jul 22, 2004 3:54 pm (#724 of 2901)

I think it was about a month between the question and answer.


mom molly - Jul 22, 2004 5:00 pm (#725 of 2901)

I voted for the howler question. I mean why send a howler instead of a nice owl post? Why use her first name only (how friendly are Dumbledore and the Dursleys)? My school principal was never on a first name only basis with my parents.


Verschwinden Sie - Jul 22, 2004 9:34 pm (#726 of 2901)

Budgie = parakeet.


Aisha Ahsia - Jul 23, 2004 1:46 pm (#727 of 2901)

I don't understand what we need to know about the Howler Dumbledore sent to Petunia. Didn't he explain that at the end of OoP? He thought she might not fancy the idea of having Harry live there anyomore because of the dementors attack, he wanted to remind her that the fact that she let him stay with them might be the reason he has stayed alive all those years. Don't you think that he only used a Howler because maybe that would make a much greater impact on her?? I just don't understand why that is a poll question when we already have got the answer. What more could you possibly want to know? BUt maybe it is more on that subject after all since JKR decided to put it on the poll...

I woted for the Wormtail thing, although I suspect he has just been hiding out with Voldemort, being his personal servant perhaps, or taking care of Nagini since there really isn't much else he can do, given that everyone believes him to be dead and all.

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Prefect Marcus - Jul 23, 2004 1:56 pm (#728 of 2901) "
Edited by Jul 23, 2004 1:57 pm

Well, Aisha, I cannot speak for others, but the reason I want to know more details about that howler is two fold.

The first being that the last letter from Dumbledore to the Dursleys that we know about is the CoS letter to them telling them about Harry and Ron flying the car to Hogwarts. Now why would Dumbledore wish to bring that embarassment to mind when he was trying to convince Petunia to keep Harry? So there must be at least another letter since that CoS letter, which implies that there is more correspondence going on than we know about. What is going on?

The second being Petunia recognized Dumbledore's voice. She had to in order for "Remember my last" to make any sense. So when has she been talking to Dumbledore, and what are the circumstances?


Catherine - Jul 23, 2004 2:07 pm (#729 of 2901)

The second being Petunia recognized Dumbledore's voice. She had to in order for "Remember my last" to make any sense. So when has she been talking to Dumbledore, and what are the circumstances? --Marcus

This is what interests me, too, Aisha and Marcus. Even Harry didn't recognize Dumbledore's Howler. Petunia, however, did. This makes me wonder if she's gotten a Howler(s) before from Dumbledore, or has spent time speaking with Dumbledore. Either way, Harry, and therefore we, are uninformed about this. I would like it explained.


Gina R Snape - Jul 23, 2004 8:07 pm (#730 of 2901)

Thank you, Marcus. You explained it perfectly!

btw, cute dog. Is it yours? I still see keep thinking of your avatar with you real face and thinking of the cartoon guy with the big hairy chest as being the real you.


Prefect Marcus - Jul 23, 2004 8:36 pm (#731 of 2901)

No, it is not mine. It is a picture of a pug that I got off the Internet somewhere.

I don't own a dog. I have never owned a dog. Truth be told, I am a cat person. (Don't tell Catherine. She'll never speak to me again.)


Gina R Snape - Jul 23, 2004 9:30 pm (#732 of 2901)

Not to fear. I am a cat person too!

I wonder what kind of pet Snape would keep...


Weeny Owl - Jul 23, 2004 10:19 pm (#733 of 2901)

Excellent! Add me to the cat person club.

I wonder if Dumbledore wrote to Petunia and told her anything about what happened at the graveyard.

It's so frustrating waiting for JKR to answer questions and then finding out her three choices aren't the ones I want answered.


Anna L. Black - Jul 24, 2004 1:47 am (#734 of 2901)

I don't think Petunia knows about what happened in the graveyard - she seems shocked when Harry tells her that Voldemort is back, so it must have been a surprise for her.


Little Ginny - Jul 24, 2004 3:37 am (#735 of 2901)

I just read on the JKR Site that she's expecting her third baby, due next year (congrats, Jo!!!) but doesn't think that book six will be late because of the baby, because she's proceeding very well with the book.

Wait a moment... does that mean that, perhaps, book six could be ready by the time the baby's to come? That we could, perhaps, have the book in a year's time or even less???

What a great thought...


Anna L. Black - Jul 24, 2004 4:20 am (#736 of 2901)

I just saw it as well... But it sounds as though she hasn't finished writing it yet, which means that we still have a lot of time to wait for it.

Anyway, congratulations to JK!!


Mellilot Flower. - Jul 24, 2004 5:16 am (#737 of 2901)

I don't know which of the new questions to vote for! I've been agonising for days...

Someone tell me please!

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Anna L. Black - Jul 24, 2004 6:02 am (#738 of 2901) "
Edited by Jul 24, 2004 6:02 am

*whispers:* For the Peter Pettigrew question.



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Ladybug220 - Jul 24, 2004 6:11 am (#739 of 2901) "
Edited by Jul 24, 2004 6:13 am

*whispers - don't listen to Anna - vote for the howler question*

Hehe


Catherine - Jul 24, 2004 8:00 am (#740 of 2901)

PSST! Chloe, vote for the Howler question!


Penny Lane. - Jul 24, 2004 9:17 am (#741 of 2901)

Vote for what you want - but if you want some help... Peter Pettigrew is the way to go, even though it will most likely be the Howler question.


Mellilot Flower. - Jul 24, 2004 10:36 am (#742 of 2901)

Darn! those were my two options! I'd hoped there was a consensus here!

Ah well... back to agonising Very Happy


Grant the Great - Jul 24, 2004 12:29 pm (#743 of 2901)

Well, I'll break the tie with a "Vote for Wormtail." I want to find out about the howler (is that capitalized?) through the books. However, I think she'd be able to give us just enough information to be tantalizing yet satisfying about what Wormtail's been doing.


Daisy Pennifold - Jul 24, 2004 12:43 pm (#744 of 2901)

Referring to the discussion a few posts ago as to why Dumbledore sent Aunt Petunia a Howler, I always assumed that he was afraid she wouldn't read a letter. She just can't ignore a Howler.


S.E. Jones - Jul 24, 2004 1:58 pm (#745 of 2901)

There are other threads to discuss the Howler Dumbledore sent to Petunia. Some discussed it on the "Dumbledore'd Dursley Letter" thread and some, I think, brought it up on the "Aunt Petunia" thread.

Melliot, if you can't decide, may I suggest a coin? You flip to choose between two questions and then flip to choose between that question and the third....

Edit: I don't think the news necessarily means she hasn't finished writing the book (though it very likely does). She may have one draft written and is going through a second, of even final draft now. So the book is written, but not in the form she wants it quite yet. Just a possibility for the optimistics of the Forum....


Prefect Marcus - Jul 24, 2004 2:44 pm (#746 of 2901)

Actually, S.E., to be truly random with three options, you have to flip between 1 & 2, then 2 & 3, and finally between 1 & 3. The choice that gets the most vote is the winner.

If you get a three-way tie, you repeat the process.

(Hermione has nothing on me)


Ponine - Jul 24, 2004 5:56 pm (#747 of 2901)

Ok, I admit I kind of accepted DD's answer to Harry at face value, and did not see the point of really inquiring about the howler anymore, but after listening to Prefect Marcus, I am fascinated.... I was wondering if you Peter P. 'fans' could explain why you find this information to be potentially useful or interesting? And same thing with the Percy option? Anyone?


Hogs Head - Jul 24, 2004 7:45 pm (#748 of 2901)

I voted for the Howler. Seemed like the better choice at the time. I'd really like to see all three answered, even though I had assumed (probably in error) that we knew the answer to the first two.

(Sarah -- I did not reckon that the erstwhile thread about JKR's third baby would warrant more than a single entry; however, I did not otherwise know how to post it for general awareness. Thanks for the tip.)


Sticky Glue - Jul 24, 2004 8:44 pm (#749 of 2901)

Can any one tell me where you find the key for the last prize, I think 'i've heard it's for the fan site page. I've got the other three.

Also this might seem realy dumb, but with all the talk of voting, I haven't come across a link or reference to a voting page, site? where do you find it?


Hermione Weasley - Jul 24, 2004 8:49 pm (#750 of 2901)

The fan site prize is received after putting the two "coins" into the boxes. I don't know if you've already got that one. But from what I can make out, I think that's what you mean.


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Sticky Glue - Jul 24, 2004 8:54 pm (#751 of 2901)

Yeah, I have done that one, and I've dailed the number on the phone, and I've collected the for things shown with the rubber. But I've found a reference and a link on this thread to another prize, but I don't know how to get it. Also has any one found what goes in the 3rd space for medels on the top self of the fan site?


S.E. Jones - Jul 24, 2004 8:57 pm (#752 of 2901)

Sticky Glue, here a link to clues regarding all the awards. See if you can tell which one you haven't got.

As for voting, we are referring to the FAQ poll. You get there by clicking the paperclips, then on one of the envelopes that falls, and then on the side of the FAQ page that slides out (the Poll is listed at the bottom).

EDIT: Sticky Glue, I think you want the 'Links' page clue.... And, I don't know of anyone who's found a way to put anything in the top medal, yet....


Sticky Glue - Jul 24, 2004 9:00 pm (#753 of 2901)

Ok, it must be the KEY to the links site? Can you give me a hint?


S.E. Jones - Jul 24, 2004 9:00 pm (#754 of 2901)

Make sure you search the shelf like Dudley looking for a piece of candy....


Sticky Glue - Jul 24, 2004 9:11 pm (#755 of 2901)

Thankyou, I finally found the key and the voting poll. Does anyone know if the butterfly means anything, I've tried to catch it?


S.E. Jones - Jul 24, 2004 9:25 pm (#756 of 2901)

Don't try to catch it, or the fly on some pages. It's just there as eye candy...


Aisha Ahsia - Jul 25, 2004 1:43 pm (#757 of 2901)

Prefect Marcus, and the rest of you. How can you be sure Petunia recognised Dumbledore's voice? Dumbledore is probably the only wizard who has ever sent her eny owl-post, so she would know that it was he, wouldn't she? Yes, I had forgot about the letter he sent in CoS, but we don't even know if she ever read it as it probably wasn't a howler. And she could just have understood that when she got a howler from Dumbledore in times like that, he would have meant the one about letting Harry stay, since that one was more important, and made sense in that situation. "REmember my last" wouldn't make much sense if the last was about a flying car, that day in August in OoP.


Richard !!!Reid - Jul 25, 2004 2:54 pm (#758 of 2901)

To be honest, I can't really imagine Petunia begin that concerned if she did receive a letter from Dumbledore about Harry's poor behavior. However, I do feel that she was frightened, possibly not for Harry's life but for her's and her families, when she heard the news that Voldemort had returned. On the matter of the poll, I voted for the Wormtale option. However - i'm probably just being a conspiracy theorist - but I wonder if voting in the polls actually makes any difference and instead, we get the answer that she wants to give. Just an idea but I personally believe it is accurately reflective in the votes.


Verschwinden Sie - Jul 25, 2004 3:00 pm (#759 of 2901)

I don't know, Aisha... I think Petunia's reaction supports the notion that she read Dumbledore's letter telling her what keeping Harry would mean, because once she heard the Howler, her immediate reaction was to keep Harry sequestered in the house.

She had to have understood when the Howler came that it had something to do with Harry staying at her house, and there weren't a lot of times such a thing would have been explained to her, except in that letter.

I think there's more to Petunia Dursley than meets the eye, especially when it comes to wizards. Is she a rotten aunt? Yeah, pretty much. Anyone who would keep a child in a cupboard isn't on the top of my list as a decent human being.

However, think about what she's done so far. She took Harry in, knowing full well it would protect him, but expose her and her family to danger (after all, nowhere in the pact does it suggest Lily's protection of Harry extends in any way to Petunia, Dudley, or Vernon). She's been very mean to Harry for a very long time, but she's also been desperate to see him grow up to be a normal man who could lead a normal life.

Petunia Dursley is a woman who's spent years looking out her window and looking over her shoulder waiting to see who might be there.

When she found out Voldemort was back, did she throw Harry out so she and her family could be safe? No. She insisted that he stay, even overruling her husband's wishes on the subject... and let's face it, the Dursley family doesn't strike me as a family where that's a regular occurrence.

At every turn Petunia Dursley acts very much like what she is, a woman who has come up against something she hates and despises, a woman who is very bitter about the position she has been forced into... but at every turn Petunia Dursley also acts very much like a woman protecting a child from harm, which is exactly what she's doing so long as she takes care of Harry.

Wow... I know I wasn't on this subject when I started this post. Ummm... what're we talking about? J.K. Rowling's site?

Okay, well to start with on that one, kudos on the third child. Couldn't have happened to a nicer writer. As for the butterfly, I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean anything because as far as I know, J.K. Rowling confirmed there were only four certificates on her website, as well as the occasional tidbit behind the door. So far I've recovered all four certificates, and haven't needed the butterfly for any of them, nor did I need it to get through the door, so yeah... just window dressing.


contess lillein asend - Jul 25, 2004 4:21 pm (#760 of 2901)

Speaking of reactions, Have you ever wondered if JK gets on here, reads our posts and spends the day giggling about us chasing all her red herrings around. Does she think, where the heck did they get that? Can she make us all "Honorary Brits" having read all this British Lore? Maybe the fan site can give out HP degrees?

Do her daughter's friends pump her for information? Do they attend sleep overs at her house and try and sneak into the writing room in the middle of the night to see the boards?

Does she know what she has done to us?


Eponine - Jul 25, 2004 4:30 pm (#761 of 2901)

Countess, I seem to remember reading something about some of her daughter's friends getting too close to some of her notes for the last chapter, so she was going to put them in a safe deposit box at the bank. I wonder what happened. Did she catch them going through things or did her daughter stop them and tell her? Hmm...I wonder if I could go to England, befriend her daughter, and then find notes for myself? I'm probably a bit too old to pass as a school friend, though.

Edit: You know, as tempted as I would be, I definitely would not want to know the end before reading the books. I know I would be utterly depressed if I found out what it was without the proper build-up of the full books.


Richard !!!Reid - Jul 25, 2004 4:47 pm (#762 of 2901)

I would be quite tempted as well. However, I don't know if I'd really want to know what happens before I had finished reading the book. It would kind of take the thrill out of it a bit. Thats what happened with OoTP - someone told me who was to die at the end Sad


contess lillein asend - Jul 25, 2004 4:53 pm (#763 of 2901)

Richard, that is why you take off the week of the book release, lock yourself in a room, only seeing the pizza delivery boy and an occasional hot shower.


Madame Kulich - Jul 25, 2004 6:22 pm (#764 of 2901)

I read a post a couple of days ago, I think, about the watch face numbers turning colors when the ghosty thingy went by and no one responded to it. I was wondering if we could have a discussion about what this may mean. I hadn't noticed it before reading that post and then checked it out for myself and it does change. Instead of just numbering 3, 6, 9, and 12, the watch face has blue lines from the center to each number with blue dots where the numbers would be, except for I believe 5,6 and 7 and the dots are red. Check it out for yourself. This is a definite clue. Just what could it mean? Thanks


MzWhizz123 - Jul 25, 2004 6:30 pm (#765 of 2901)

I agree! After wasting days trying to catch the doxie, I think there might be something with the watch.


MzWhizz123 - Jul 25, 2004 6:34 pm (#766 of 2901)

I tried to click on the watch while it was glowing and nothing happened.


Courtney22 - Jul 25, 2004 9:26 pm (#767 of 2901)

Someone said a few posts back that Dumbledore explained the Howler to Harry...well how many times has Dumbledore given a brief need to know kind of answer only later to be revealed as half of the story. Just something to think about...


Madame Kulich - Jul 25, 2004 10:08 pm (#768 of 2901)

I also tried clicking on the watch, and nothing happened. I think the red numbers mean something. Does anyone else think so? Someone said that it may reference the Weasley clock. Can anyone correlate the red numbers to those spots on the Weasley clock? Or does anyone else have any ideas?

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S.E. Jones - Jul 25, 2004 11:45 pm (#769 of 2901) "
Edited Sep 20, 2006 12:58 am

Here's a pic of the watch:

Could the circles be something related to astronomy?


Mare - Jul 26, 2004 2:12 am (#770 of 2901)

It always made me think of Dumbledore's watch...


Diagon Nilly - Jul 26, 2004 3:51 am (#771 of 2901)

Holy canoli! Ghosty thingie? Doxie? I thought I did just about everything there is to do once I got the forth entry into my scrap book. Heck, my watch doesn't even look like that, mine's all plain and...er....normal.

Aw, bananas royal! >:-o


Sticky Glue - Jul 26, 2004 4:39 am (#772 of 2901)

Have you all seen that JKR has just answered a few more questions on her site. gives as all something more to think about


Catherine - Jul 26, 2004 5:10 am (#773 of 2901)

Been there! She specifically answers about Tom Riddle and the HBP, she appears to use a hyphen in the term half-blood, and she answers specifically that a discovery Harry made in CoS proves important in HBP. Oh, and she says if Arthur Weasley is the next Minister of Magic....


Ladybug220 - Jul 26, 2004 7:31 am (#774 of 2901)

I'm with Diagon Nilly, I see a perfectly normal watch - nothing special about it at all.


Mare - Jul 26, 2004 7:48 am (#775 of 2901)

It only changes form when the doxy comes by.


contess lillein asend - Jul 26, 2004 7:55 am (#776 of 2901)

You have to be patient, takes about 4 or 5 minutes with no input


Star Crossed - Jul 26, 2004 8:44 am (#777 of 2901)

Nice try, Catherine. Very Happy

I think we should start a petition that whenever the site is updated, people get email notifications.


tracie1976 - Jul 26, 2004 8:45 am (#778 of 2901)

JKR has updated her FAQ section of her site again. She has answered three more questions about the books. I hate to tell you guys this but she trashed another one of your theories.


Julia. - Jul 26, 2004 9:03 am (#779 of 2901)

I'm very glad to see that Tom Riddle question, but I think I found a mistake in the half blood, pure blood, muggle born one. She said 'his mother's grandparents,' did she mean his mother's parents?


Anna L. Black - Jul 26, 2004 9:07 am (#780 of 2901)

I think it's a mistake, unless it's a really obvious hint that Lily's parents were wizards. Which is kind of impossible But she does need to pay a litlle more attention to the facts there


Madame Kulich - Jul 26, 2004 9:29 am (#781 of 2901)

That was an amazing screen capture of the watch! I had no idea how you did it!! Thank you for capturing what I was trying to explain. Now, does anyone have any good ideas about the strange dots and their colors?


Diagon Nilly - Jul 26, 2004 9:35 am (#782 of 2901)

I thought maybe it was the order/place you hit the bricks in the wall when the door opens (from smallest dor to largest). But being that I never got a chance to see the door open, I don't know if this is plausible....That and you know how to hit the bricks from the SS/PS movie, so it seems like redundant clue-iness.


Catherine - Jul 26, 2004 9:38 am (#783 of 2901)

Good point, Julia and Anna.

I think that JKR must have meant to say "maternal" grandparents or else "his grandparents" or "his mother's parents."

This will probably fuel more speculation about Petunia, although I think it was a little editing error. Smile

In context, she seems to be saying that Harry is considered a half-blood because Lily is muggle-born, which we know.

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Nymphadora - Jul 26, 2004 9:41 am (#784 of 2901) "
Edited by Jul 26, 2004 9:45 am

Therefore Harry would be considered only 'half' wizard, because of his mother's grandparents. (JKR, in the answer to FAQ number three as it is currently on her website, concerning the use of the term 'half-blood').

Well, English is not my first language, but I read the four new FAQ answers carefully, and what I understood from this sentence is that she means Harry's grandparents from his mother's side. Please correct me if this is a wrong assumption, but we do know that Lily was Muggle-born (hence Petunia cannot be a Squib), at least because Snape calls her a Mudblood, and I'm quite sure JKR herself has told us so in a chat or something (just don't ask me for a quote, I can't remember where I might have read this).

What I also gleaned from this sentence is that a half-blood wizard is considered by the likes of Lucius Malfoy a 'half' wizard, therefore not as potent/talented/powerful, which may well prove key to the story, as in the case someone that is pure-blooded betrays Voldemort (well, it's an idea and might be far fetched indeed); or tries to defeat Dumbledore (if he's half-blood, we don't know that yet); or even does this mistake against Harry.

Also, I think that this particular answer is an important clarification on the matter; it seems to be gently steering us toward an exploration of ancestry, which I find crucial for the sixth book; to explain more about the Death Eaters' crooked beliefs; and to broaden the selection of candidates for the HBP title (after all, we chiefly know about most people's parents, and no further behind in their lineage, maybe a person whose parents are both wizards turns out to be the HBP because a grandparent was a Muggle).

EDIT:Posted at the same time as Catherine Allen, so my first point coincides with hers Smile


Joelle - Jul 26, 2004 9:42 am (#785 of 2901)

agree with the watch being dumbledores. its makes a lot of sense. didnt it say in the first chapter of PS/SS that the man looked at the watch with no numbers but lots of hands and circles like planets around the outside? this is from memory so i dont know how accurate the quote is.


Catherine - Jul 26, 2004 9:49 am (#786 of 2901)

Nymphadora,

You read JKR's words correctly. I think, though, that Ann, Julia, and I were wondering why she mentioned Lily's grandparents, not Harry's, as we know that Lily's parents HAD to have been muggles for her to be considered a "Mudblood." It seems to cloud the issue a little bit to mention Lily's grandparents. Why go back a further generation?

I think, if I read their posts correctly, they think that JKR made a small error, as she was probably referring to Lily's parents, not grandparents.


Prefect Marcus - Jul 26, 2004 11:55 am (#787 of 2901)

Catherine - they think that JKR made a small error.

It's not like she's hasn't made small errors before. *cough* wand order *cough*


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 26, 2004 12:12 pm (#788 of 2901)

I think JKR expresses the answer to the Lily Grandparent thing quite nicely. "The expressions 'pure-blood', half-blood and Muggle born' have been coined by people to whom these distinctions matter, and express their originators' predjudices. As far as someboby like Lucius Malfoy is concerned, for instance, a Muggle-born is as 'bad' as a Muggle. Therefore Harry would be considered only 'half wizard because of his mother's grandparents." (JKR)"Nazis used precicisely the same warped logic as the DeathEaters. A single Jewish grandparent 'polluted' the blood, according to their propaganda." Consider this, James and Lily were wizard and witch, (I am assuming James is 'pure-blood'), Lily, (having been called a 'mudblood' by Snape could be half-blood'or 7/8, or any combination thereof. Depending on who's viewpoint it is seen from. For example: Dippet talking to Riddle-"You are Muggle-born?" "Half-blood, sir," said Riddle. "Muggle father, witch mother."

(Ron)Most wizards these days are half-blood anyway. If we hadn't married Muggles we'd've died out." "Well - it's not funny really - but as it's Filch, he said. "A Squib is someone who was born into a wizarding family but hasn't got any magic powers. Kind of the opposite of Muggle-born wizards, but Squibs are quite unusual.(in Filch's case Squibs distained) JRK could have very well been referring to Lily's grandparents.


Hogs Head - Jul 26, 2004 4:42 pm (#789 of 2901)

The great things about 1-way website postings (like JKR's site) is that she can easily fix an error if one has been made. If she did not mean to say "mother's granparents," she can simple revise it in day or week or so to say what she really meant. She might even add a little "oops" explanation somewhere -- she has certainly shown herself to be human enough (i.e., the good kind of humility mixed with a good sense of humor about herself) to do that and shows no sign of wanting anyone to be misled. If the current reading is still intact two months from now, then perhaps we will know something.


soldierboy - Jul 26, 2004 5:54 pm (#790 of 2901)

I have been trying to find the feather for about a month now and have had no luck! can anyone please take pity on me. Please!


Grant the Great - Jul 26, 2004 7:33 pm (#791 of 2901)

OK, we usually give just hints, but personally I'm getting ready to just tell people and get it over with. Click on the key, taking you to the FSA (Fan Site Award) page. On the middle (main) shelf, near the left. Look for a horizontal feather. It's right there, unless you already got it and didn't realize it.

BTW, I was SO glad when JKR said that Voldemort and Tom Riddle were one in the same. It bugged me SO much with the theory that they weren't.

-Grant the Great

PS. Wow, I seem to always post when I'm irritable.


S.E. Jones - Jul 26, 2004 7:34 pm (#792 of 2901)

Look on a shelf. One with prizes attached....

EDIT: Posting's like driving, Grant: Don't post angry.....


MzWhizz123 - Jul 26, 2004 8:54 pm (#793 of 2901)

I have been thinking about the watch...(thank you SEJ for the pic!). It looks to me like the 4,6 and 11 are RED, and the 7 is Yellow. The rest of the numbers are dark--blue, green, black? Anyhow, I thought that it might refer to Book 4 when Harry's watch stopped working after the task under the lake, but was not able to find anything that corresponds with the numbers on the site watch. Then I skimmed the book looking for other "watch" references. He checked his watch when Hagrid was leading him out to see the dragons with Maxine,(it was midnight...he had to be back to the fire at 1:oo), he looked at it in the cave with Sirius when they met outside of Hogsmede, (quarter to three)...none of those seem to match either.


Gina R Snape - Jul 27, 2004 6:41 am (#794 of 2901)

Hey Grant. I'm not feeling angry and I still agree with your sentiments!


Phelim Mcintyre - Jul 27, 2004 7:05 am (#795 of 2901)

Does anyone know how to make the mobile phone work?


Catherine - Jul 27, 2004 7:09 am (#796 of 2901)

Try pretending the phone is the one in the telephone booth to get into the MOM. Remember what you dial there? :-)

That's all I've ever been able to do with it.


Phelim Mcintyre - Jul 27, 2004 7:11 am (#797 of 2901)

Oh thanks!!! And what about that butterfly and fly? Any hints?


Mare - Jul 27, 2004 7:13 am (#798 of 2901)

they are just decorational. You can't catch them, just be annoyed with them.


Phelim Mcintyre - Jul 27, 2004 7:13 am (#799 of 2901)

I want a fly swatter!!!!! And when will that door open again?


Anna L. Black - Jul 27, 2004 8:52 am (#800 of 2901)

that's what we don't know. But if she won't open it soon, I'll go crazy. I'm dying to know when the 6th book will be out, and I'm pretty sure that this is the information that will be there. :hopeful:


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Phelim Mcintyre - Jul 27, 2004 8:59 am (#801 of 2901)

I am trying every day. I go back faithfully? Will the door open? Do I see Peaves? Can I swat that fly? Can I find the forth bit of Potterabilia for the scrap book? No. If it doesn't open soon.................... Where is the forth bit. Help I'm a prisoner on the J K Rowling website (though I could think of worse places) looking for a hidden clue and with only a butterfly, a bluebottle, and a poltergiest for company.

Oh I've just noticed, we've reached 800.


Grant the Great - Jul 27, 2004 10:08 am (#802 of 2901)

Thanks, Gina.

I'm not in such a bad mood now, so I thought I should change my trend and post now. Anyway, I thought I'd just say that the website is so awesome. Anyone know if she's planning on putting up more edits, though? They are the things that really interest me. I mean, we'll find out our answers about Book 6 arrives, but we might NEVER find out about how JKR originally planned to have Dumbledore beardless and with a mullet (PLEASE let that just be a joke!)


contess lillein asend - Jul 27, 2004 10:26 am (#803 of 2901)

Has anyone noticed that She said "Just watch the next chapter will go badly" or something to that effect. Is that the first draft still?


Star Crossed - Jul 27, 2004 10:38 am (#804 of 2901)

Yes, Contess.


Anna L. Black - Jul 27, 2004 10:57 am (#805 of 2901)

You can't be sure!!!! :too hopeful:


CM1507 - Jul 27, 2004 11:56 am (#806 of 2901)

I agree with Anna that the next item we will find through the door will be the release date of the book. I wish she would open it soon. By the way have you ever noticed that sometimes if you let the little doxie come through the phone rings and when you answer it just says "Hello...". Weird!


Lina - Jul 27, 2004 2:08 pm (#807 of 2901)

I don't think the butterfly is just decorative. In the Links page it stops right under the book with the "?", the one you have to move to find the key. I wonder if there is the similar clue at the first page. It does stop a little above the link to the door (the one with the "?"). But is it close enough? Is there something closer? I tried to push the space key on several occasions, but nothing happened.

For those who managed to open the door: was it only after you collected all the pages in the scrapbook, or it opened independently?

I guess she will add something new for the scrapbook, at least until the end of the year...

And I don't think that the New Baby could delay the 6th book, but when are we going to be able to read the 7th one?????????????????????


soldierboy - Jul 27, 2004 2:46 pm (#808 of 2901)

I know I must be getting annoying and i am sorry about it. But can someone lend me a feather. I stilll cant find it. I've tried and tried but to no luck!! Please...


S.E. Jones - Jul 27, 2004 3:06 pm (#809 of 2901)

Did you search the shelves on the Links page? Maybe you've already got the feather..? Or, are you looking for the leaves? Some think those look like feathers.....


Courtney22 - Jul 27, 2004 4:45 pm (#810 of 2901)

To everyone who hasn't found all the clues yet pretty much all of the clues have been discussed in various amounts of detail throughout this thread. Might I suggest you try the search function to find out where to find all the scrap book stuff. That way you can find out the information about the clues right away instead of waiting for someone to post the answer.


Tomoé - Jul 27, 2004 4:55 pm (#811 of 2901)

I did a screen shot of the feather in its "natural environement" if you still can't see it, let me add it's dark grey.

However, as Sarah said, maybe you've already got the feather. Take a look in your scratch book and see what's missing :

hand written page = phone
typed and scratched page = feater/spider/leaf/vial
sorting hat ceremony = ? box
illustration des Gryffindors = prize room


Penny Lane. - Jul 27, 2004 4:59 pm (#812 of 2901)

The phone number doesn't change when you are on a different language site, does it? Because I was trying to "re-find" the clues again, but for some reason I can't get the phone to work.


contess lillein asend - Jul 27, 2004 7:00 pm (#813 of 2901)

Penny,

Thats a good question. Never thought of that. Some languages are read right to left, so are the letters matching the numbers backwards in other places?


Tomoé - Jul 27, 2004 8:35 pm (#814 of 2901)

No, the phone number doesn't change when you are on a different language site, I tried them all and MAGIC works with everywhere. I know the French translator didn't change the number (it should have been 62443) and likely none of the translators tried to figure out if those number had a hinden meaning (which they have ^_^).

Also, none of the languages on jkrowling.com are read from right to left (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish).


Phelim Mcintyre - Jul 28, 2004 3:03 am (#815 of 2901)

Some one else who thinks the butterfly is more than just decoration. I'm sure its not. I bet it changes into someone! But now I know where to get page 4 I'm going to and then will try the door agin. It has to open soon.

But I also want to revote on the FAQ pole. I want to know who Percy is working for.


Phelim Mcintyre - Jul 28, 2004 7:18 am (#816 of 2901)

Can't revote. Got all four bits of the scrap book, but still the door will not open. So there's my answer. J K Rowling, if you read this - open the door!!!!


Penny Lane. - Jul 28, 2004 9:05 am (#817 of 2901)

The door was only open for like 48 hours when she told us the title of the new book. She will probably let us open it again when she has more information for us.. Maybe an introductory paragraph, or the new DADA teachers name, ect.

Thanks for all the foreign language advice. Turns out I just had the wrong number :-)


Julia. - Jul 28, 2004 9:07 am (#818 of 2901)

JKR, since I know you are a Monty Python fan, I shall quote from Holy Grail.

*pounds on castle door* 'Open the door! Open the door! In the name of King Arthur Open the door!'


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 28, 2004 9:26 am (#819 of 2901)

I keep telling you people, she's waiting for the 31st to post the next big thing. I'll lay a galleon on it.


Catherine - Jul 28, 2004 9:30 am (#820 of 2901)

I think so, too. Today is the "monthiversary" of the revealation of HBP, so I checked to see if anything was there.

Nope.

I even tried Julia's Monty Python line, but that didn't work either. :-)


Phelim Mcintyre - Jul 28, 2004 9:32 am (#821 of 2901)

That makes Saturday - must check my diary. No am at home. Will check up till then.


Loony Loopy Larissa - Jul 28, 2004 9:52 am (#822 of 2901)

I'm just wondering, does anyone else think the door itself could have been part of the clue behind it when she told us about the Half Blood Prince? I unluckily did not visit her site during the 48-hour window, so I did not see it myself. Could someone please describe it to me?

While I had bad luck in not being able to see it myself, it ended up allright. It is because of that fact that I am here. I visited her site and read the news bit about how the door opened, the title is real, and that neither Harry nor Voldemort are the Prince. This allowed me to skip over the "it must be Harry" theories right from the get-go. The article did not, however, actually come out and say "Half Blood Prince." It said neither Harry nor Voldemort are the "HBP." I immediately set out to find out what that meant (it automatically registered as 'hit by pitch' because I am on my high school's softball team and spend more time as a statistician than as a player) and what the title was. I visited her fan sites page, and this was number 1. That is the very long version of how I came to be here. What a lovely ending.


CM1507 - Jul 28, 2004 11:24 am (#823 of 2901)

Larissa: When the door opened, there was a brick wall with five bricks that could be pushed in. You had to do it in the right order then it took you to an office. In the office you clicked on the fan and it blew some papers around and one popped up and it had "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" typed up on it while you were watching. That's it.

Also, could someone go to the web site and try to see the voting percentages. Its not working anymore and I was just wondering if it was just my computer. It has always worked before, but now it wont come up. Does this mean she is going to answer the Howler question now, or is it just me.


RowanRising - Jul 28, 2004 11:44 am (#824 of 2901)

Last time I checked (about 30 minutes ago), the Howler question was still the front-runner. I voted for the Pettigrew question myself- as I highly doubt she's going to give us any history that we don't already know on the history between DD & Petunia.


Penny Lane. - Jul 28, 2004 11:46 am (#825 of 2901)

Mine isn't working either, CM1507. I hope that means we get a response soon!


CM1507 - Jul 28, 2004 11:47 am (#826 of 2901)

Good its not just me. I'll keep checking the site.


RowanRising - Jul 28, 2004 11:51 am (#827 of 2901)

Okay- I retract my previous statement. Not working for me either. Maybe there is an update coming! YAY!!!


CM1507 - Jul 28, 2004 11:55 am (#828 of 2901)

In her interviews she has told people that the Pettigrew question will be answered in the sixth book. That is the only reason I didn't vote for it.


Star Crossed - Jul 28, 2004 11:57 am (#829 of 2901)

Most of these questions will be answered in the sixth book, CM1507, the reason we vote is so we don't have to wait until then. Very Happy


Eponine - Jul 28, 2004 12:03 pm (#830 of 2901)

It took me forever to notice, but I love the papers clips to get to the FAQ's. I never realized they turn into a ? to get in and an X to close! How fun.


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jul 28, 2004 12:07 pm (#831 of 2901)

It isn't loading for me either.


CM1507 - Jul 28, 2004 12:11 pm (#832 of 2901)

I realize that Star Crossed, but that is the only one I know of that was confirmed to be in the HBP so early.


DJ Evans - Jul 28, 2004 12:16 pm (#833 of 2901)

Nor is it working for me. At first I thought maybe I needed to clean out my "cache" file, but I did that yesterday, so that shouldn't have anything to do with it.

I'm in the camp that maybe, just maybe we're fixin' to get some NEW and EXCITING bits of information!!!!!! Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?

Later, Deb


RowanRising - Jul 28, 2004 12:24 pm (#834 of 2901)

I'd just like to make the comment that she does a good job or updating pretty regularly. To many websites for authors and the like get neglected for aaaaages at a time! There's constantly stuff going on jkr.com!


CM1507 - Jul 28, 2004 12:30 pm (#835 of 2901)

That's true. Good work JKR!


Rosebud221 - Jul 28, 2004 1:13 pm (#836 of 2901)

I think they screwed up the spider when they added the new article about the new baby :-( I have been staring at the darn page for the better part of an hour. Even went out & back in, just in case. I did see the spider before I started looking for it so that is the only explanation I can come up with...


Rosebud221 - Jul 28, 2004 1:16 pm (#837 of 2901)

I was JUST able to access the poll. I couldn't when I was on the site earlier today...


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jul 28, 2004 1:29 pm (#838 of 2901)

Yeah the poll is working again. Still 58,22,20.


Phelim Mcintyre - Jul 29, 2004 2:34 am (#839 of 2901)

Is the pole still open? I've voted and now want to change my vote. Is that possible? And what happens if you get the order of bricks wrong? Are you locked out?


azi - Jul 29, 2004 5:36 am (#840 of 2901)

Phelim, you can't change your vote but you *could* go to another site and vote again. If you voted at the co.uk site at first you could go to the .com site etc. And if you get the bricks wrong it just resets itself, and annoys you some more until you get your brother to work out the code for you.


CM1507 - Jul 29, 2004 9:17 am (#841 of 2901)

The poll is still open, or is it only showing results?

P.S. I would still like to know what the atch thing is all about.


the judderman - Jul 29, 2004 4:57 pm (#842 of 2901)

She's changed the wizard of the month thing to a Happy birthday Neville Longbottom thing..surely tomorow has got to be a big day as itll be Harry's birthday, here's hoping we get a birthday treat..


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jul 29, 2004 5:56 pm (#843 of 2901)

It's still just showing a blank circle on mine.

"
S.E. Jones - Jul 29, 2004 6:11 pm (#844 of 2901) "
Edited Sep 20, 2006 1:04 am

You're not missing too much.

Check it out here.


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jul 29, 2004 6:15 pm (#845 of 2901)

I wonder why there's only 7 candles. Thankyou for the link!


The Wandless Wizard - Jul 29, 2004 6:22 pm (#846 of 2901)

Does that officially negate the Neville is Harry's twin theory though? (I hope so) The calander page is dated the 29th, so Neville is born on the 29th. Do we have canon evidence that Harry's birthday is the 31st or is that a guess based on the prophecy?


S.E. Jones - Jul 29, 2004 6:28 pm (#847 of 2901)

Actually, we've thought Harry's birthday was 31 July for some time (long before OotP came out). I think she may have given it in an interview.

Does this mean Neville was born on the 29 or does it mean she's going to just leave it up for a couple days? I guess we'll know if she changes it on the 30 or 31 of July....


contess lillein asend - Jul 29, 2004 6:30 pm (#848 of 2901)

I think that negates identical or fraternal twins unless it was just a really, really, long delivery. But what about twins in a different way? (See Half blood prince or long theory on Harry's family).


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 29, 2004 6:36 pm (#849 of 2901)

I think that negates identical or fraternal twins unless it was just a really, really, long delivery.--Contess Liliiein Asend

Welllll...., unless a Time-turner was involved. Imagine! In labor and having to go back and do it all again. But I'm not even sure that makes sense. As Denise has said before, "time travel makes my head hurt."


S.E. Jones - Jul 29, 2004 6:54 pm (#850 of 2901)

I think the idea of Harry being born comes from an interview (which I can find but know I've read; don't you hate when that happens?!) and from PS (Harry spends a month with the Dursleys before going to Hogwarts, so July 31 to August 31)....

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Diagon Nilly - Jul 29, 2004 7:18 pm (#851 of 2901)

Plus there's a thing the Borders bookstores around the US & UK where they're celebrating Harry's birthday with in-store activities on the 31st. So, yes the 31st...


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 29, 2004 8:03 pm (#852 of 2901)

Imagine! In labor and having to go back and do it all again.

BITE your tongue!


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jul 29, 2004 10:30 pm (#853 of 2901)

Is the FAQ poll not loading for anybody else?


S.E. Jones - Jul 29, 2004 11:19 pm (#854 of 2901)

Here's a question: Does anyone know when Neville's Birthday was posted on the site? I'm asking because England is various hours ahead of the US (5 hours from where I am). If she posted it at 7:00pm where I am, that would mean it was midnight there in the UK. That might mean she was meaning for the Birthday wish to appear on the 30th....

The first comment reporting Nev's birthday was at 04:57 pm (PST), which makes it, I think, 6:57pm here, around midnight in the UK....


Grant the Great - Jul 29, 2004 11:20 pm (#855 of 2901)

I'm sure that the books mention when Harry's birthday is. I was looking for the quote in PS/SS that states "Hey they broke into the bank on my birthday, the day I was there," but couldn't find it. Maybe it's a movie contamination. In any case, I'm sure that it is in the books somewhere. Also, JKR said that she set Harry's birthday for July 31, because she felt that no one famous had that birthday (it is her own), so she did it as a joke with herself, making famous (in the wizarding world) Harry Potter have her birthday. Turns out he's now famous even among us Muggles, and now she's a celebrity with that birthday.

Aberforth--the FAQ sometimes just won't load for me, but it doesn't mean anything. It happens about once a week for me, so I just have to check back about an hour or two later.

EDIT: Just posted with SE Jones. Don't know. I figured the date would corrolate, but I guess you're right! I'm sure we'll find out eventually (even if it is book 7, when we discover that Neville really is the one destined to overcome the Dark Lord).

EDIT #2: Just checked the site, and it's still Neville's birthday on the 30th. I'll bet that's really his birthday, otherwise it somehow would have been deleted. I don't know if that made sense to anyone else (I'm tired), but I'm convinced his birthday is July 30 (my mom's birthday!).


S.E. Jones - Jul 29, 2004 11:27 pm (#856 of 2901)

Grant, here is the quote you were looking for:

PS, ch8

GRINGOTTS BREAK-IN LATEST
Investigations continue into the break-in at Gringotts on 31 July, widely believed to be the work of Dark wizards or witches unknown....

Hagrid! said Harry, "that Gringotts break-in happened on my birthday! It might've been happening while we were there!"

EDIT: You know, if Neville's birthday is 30 July, he could conceivably have been born just hours (or less) apart from Harry, if he was born late at night and Harry born early the next morning....


S.E. Jones - Jul 30, 2004 12:10 am (#857 of 2901)

You know, if I am right about the time difference making a difference, then we might be able to expect something for JKR's/Harry's birthday at around 7:00pm CST today (30 July)....


Grant the Great - Jul 30, 2004 7:33 am (#858 of 2901)

I wonder if she'll do more on Harry's birthday (tomorrow). I mean, will streamers and those things you blow (and they extend) at parties replace the gum wrappers? I'll be looking for cake crums! Maybe there will be a "slightly squashed" birthday cake ("I think I might've sat on it at one point, but it'll taste all right").


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 30, 2004 8:33 am (#859 of 2901)

I sure hope JKR's site server is crash-proof!

Opps! There's that hypen again :-)


Anna L. Black - Jul 30, 2004 10:07 am (#860 of 2901)

Maybe the door will be opened? *A very very very hopeful look*


S.E. Jones - Jul 30, 2004 10:43 am (#861 of 2901)

We should know around 7:00pm CST....


Round Pink Spider - Jul 30, 2004 10:56 am (#862 of 2901)

I want to point out something new on the bulletin board (extra stuff). If you capture the image of the bulletin board just before all the things get put up on the board, there are now two identical pieces of paper, one on the left and one on the right, each showing Gryffindor, circled, connected to the letters HB (half-blood), also circled, and part of the Sorting Hat's song about Gryffindors. The one on the right has a visible corner on the bottom left that says Hufflepuff; the bottom left-hand corner of the one on the left is hidden (bet it'd say "Slytherin"!).

I would post a link to this picture, but I don't know how to do it.

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S.E. Jones - Jul 30, 2004 11:06 am (#863 of 2901) "
Edited Sep 20, 2006 1:07 am

Actually, RPS, it isn't new at all. Here's an old screencapture of the noteboard. It's the same as one I just took....


Round Pink Spider - Jul 30, 2004 11:15 am (#864 of 2901)

Well, okay...sorry, thought it was new...


S.E. Jones - Jul 30, 2004 11:17 am (#865 of 2901)

I think the pages on the right and left are the same sheet of paper just reproduced. I've seen similar pieces all over the site....


Round Pink Spider - Jul 30, 2004 11:20 am (#866 of 2901)

Side-by-side pieces reproduced to be identical all over the site. Really? Where else? :-D

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S.E. Jones - Jul 30, 2004 11:34 am (#867 of 2901) "
Edited Sep 20, 2006 1:06 am

If you look at the desktop (before everything loads), you'll see that same piece of paper (though without the bottom ripped off) in two places (one is in the top-left corner, the other is under the "Update" spiral notebook). And there is also what appears to be the same grid or flow chart in three places (under the keyboard, bottom-middle, and lower-right corner)....


Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 30, 2004 11:41 am (#868 of 2901)

S.E., that piece of paper that looks like a flowchart that is located in three places reminds me of a geneaological chart.

Best Regards, Nathan


contess lillein asend - Jul 30, 2004 12:14 pm (#869 of 2901)

RPS - image that, duplicates everywhere! Who would have thought....Oh yeah - YOU oh and Me.


Rosebud221 - Jul 30, 2004 12:39 pm (#870 of 2901)

bricks?


S.E. Jones - Jul 30, 2004 1:29 pm (#871 of 2901)

Rosebud: bricks?

Huh?


contess lillein asend - Jul 30, 2004 1:32 pm (#872 of 2901)

S.E. she thinks we are talking about behind the door.


Eponine - Jul 30, 2004 1:38 pm (#873 of 2901)

Does it bug anyone else that you can't quite make out what is on those pieces of paper all over the site? Well, I can't at least. I can pick out a few words here and there, but on the whole I don't know what they say. I sure would like to though.


Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 30, 2004 1:43 pm (#874 of 2901)

If the flowchart is a genealogical chart showing one of the following possibilities.

Possibility 1: The flowchart is the family tree of Harry Potter

Possibility 2: The flowchart is a copy of the Black family tree.

Possibility 3: The flowchart is a chart showing the descent of the Half Blood Prince.

If the flowchart is not a family tree then a fourth possibility exists.

Possibility 4: The flowchart could be a chart illustrating the command structure of an organization or governmental structure.

Best Regards, Nathan


Penny Lane. - Jul 30, 2004 1:56 pm (#875 of 2901)

I think the flowchart is just backgound pieces of paper. I have zoomed in on the various items, and while one of them is clearly the table of contents of Book One, the flowcharts really just look like filler to me.


MrsGump - Jul 30, 2004 2:38 pm (#876 of 2901)

I think the chart is suppose to be the chart of plot points she keeps near her to make sure the book on task. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that she keeps a list near by.


tracie1976 - Jul 30, 2004 4:04 pm (#877 of 2901)

JKR's site has been updated...the calender now saws Happy Birthday Harry Potter.

And technically it is midnight in England so her site updating must go on England time which is 5 hours ahead of EST.


Cezar Salem - Jul 30, 2004 4:24 pm (#878 of 2901)

I know it is a little early to say this so I hope I am wrong.. but right know I feel a littel dissapointed cause I was expecting something a littel bigger for harrys birthday... then again we dont realy know if shes done with her updates, but I do hope its more than just that card... well anyways HAPPY BIRTHDAY JK AND HARRY!!!

(goes check site again) P.S is it just me, or is the door, after shes opened it already and now that we know what to expect from it , leaving you completely mad every time you go check to see if it has opened ?


S.E. Jones - Jul 30, 2004 4:29 pm (#879 of 2901)

P.S is it just me, or is the door, after shes opened it already and now that know what to expect from it , leaving you completely mad every time you go check to see if it has opened ?

YES!

Oh well, Happy Birthday JKR and HP....


MzWhizz123 - Jul 30, 2004 4:38 pm (#880 of 2901)

Well, Happy Birthday Harry and Jo! It's 31 July in London, but still the door is locked. Maybe today won't be the day after all...so sad! Sad

Has anyone had anymore ideas about the watch? I noticed that the spots are different colors, but am having trouble relating it to anything. I thought that it might refer to the planets, plus the moon and sun, but that would only come to 11. What else relates to the number 12?

There are 12 months in a year, so maybe each spot corresponds to a month, (1=Jan, 2=Feb, etc.), but still I can't make a connection.


Frog Bottom - Jul 30, 2004 5:54 pm (#881 of 2901)

Do you think it's a good sign JKR is wishing Harry a happy birthday, as in he is still alive years after book 7 wraps up? Or is that just wishful thinking?


Grant the Great - Jul 30, 2004 6:37 pm (#882 of 2901)

WOAH!

The door is open for me! Behind it, there's this bookcase with seven bottles on it. I took a leaf out of Hermione's book and picked the smallest bottle. The bookshelf caught on fire revealing a safe door, and it announced that we can expect to hear that the book has been received by publishers within a week (JKR sent it off today!). Let's see that sets the release date for about March. Is that right? I forget, how long was it between the publisher's receiving and the publication of OotP?

Yeah, I was disappointed, too, that nothing exciting like the fictional scenario above happened on this great birthday. But, I thought I'd just spice up the reading for ya'll! Hehe (ducking to avoid bullets and preparing to join JK in Bolivia).


TomProffitt - Jul 30, 2004 7:00 pm (#883 of 2901)

It takes a long time to print as many books as they need to have enough for release day. I'm guessing a minimum of six weeks just at the printers, not to mention however much time at the publisher.


Madame Kulich - Jul 30, 2004 7:06 pm (#884 of 2901)

Nasty joke!!!! Smile I didn't read the final paragraph before I opened a new window and jumped on the jkrowling.com web site and tried to open the door!!!!!!!!!!!! You got me!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 30, 2004 7:28 pm (#885 of 2901)

Me too !


contess lillein asend - Jul 30, 2004 7:34 pm (#886 of 2901)

String him up!


Mike Morigan - Jul 30, 2004 7:44 pm (#887 of 2901)

got me too, but has anyone noticed there are 4 new F.A.Q questions answered (right above the mark evans answer) sorry if this is old news

my first post hooray


S.E. Jones - Jul 30, 2004 8:17 pm (#888 of 2901)

Grant that is not nice to do to members. Don't do it again....


MzWhizz123 - Jul 30, 2004 9:20 pm (#889 of 2901)

Grant, you are a naughty boy! Ten points from Ravenclaw!


Diagon Nilly - Jul 30, 2004 10:34 pm (#890 of 2901)

If it weren't for the winning lottery ticket handed to me when I got abducted by that UFO right after being elected Princess of Greenland and winning the Oscar, I would have thought that wasn't very funny.


schoff - Jul 30, 2004 10:38 pm (#891 of 2901)

What else relates to the number 12?

12:

Months of the Year
Signs of the Zodiac
Years in School
Steps for Recovery (AA)
Hours in a Half-Day
Days of Christmas
Apostles
Tribes of Israel


Uh...that's all I've got for now.


Diagon Nilly - Jul 30, 2004 10:46 pm (#892 of 2901)

There are 12 snake statues in the Chamber of Secrets (movie version), but I doubt that counts.


Grant the Great - Jul 30, 2004 11:25 pm (#893 of 2901)

Hehehe. I enjoyed my little joke! Oh well, maybe someday that will come true . . . And, that was interesting, MzWhizz123, that you took points from Ravenclaw. I would have thought that you'd say "Gryffindor" out of consistency with the books, but I've always considered myself an Eagle.

Back on subject: have you ever noticed that if you look at the watch when it's regular, there are too many notches. There are three notches in between 12 and 3 (and 3 and 6, 6 and 9, and 9 and 12). There should only be two. Or am I just stupid right now? No, I'm right (I just checked MY watch). Is it some British thing?

::preparing myself for bogus answers similar to my last post::

Also, anyone know how many knights of the round table there were? I feel like I heard 12 somewhere, but I probably made that up. Also, there are twelve uses of dragon blood.


Phelim Mcintyre - Jul 31, 2004 2:52 am (#894 of 2901)

Just checked the door, still locked - I think someone owes a lot of galleons. I hope the Gringotts account will cope, I hear those golblins get nasty over debts.

Nothing special over Harr's birthday. But this means nothing. People celebrate Mozart's, Shakespear's and many other people's birthdays when they've been dead for centuries. Now if a day was made Harry Potter day I'd be more worried as most Saint's Days comemerate their deaths.

Will look at the watch though.

Edit - Grant, you are right about the watch. But am not usre if this means anything. May just be because of computer graphics.


Tomoé - Jul 31, 2004 5:33 am (#895 of 2901)

My watch does have three notches, one to show hours, one to show minutes and the fast runner to show seconds. All the watches I ever own had three notches and all the watches my friends have ever own had three notches. Just like the one on jkrowling.com.

I don't think it's a Canadian thing, anyone?


Dr Filibuster - Jul 31, 2004 5:53 am (#896 of 2901)

Tomoe, I think you mean hands. The hour, minute and second hands.

Grant means the markings (substitutes for numbers) around the edge of the clock. There are numbers 12, 3, 6 and 9 on the clock and three rather than two notches/markings inbetween the numbers.

Having said all that, I don't know because I can only access the text version. That's why I come on here to see what I'm missing.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 31, 2004 6:35 am (#897 of 2901)

Lupin is Lupin - Jul 28, 2004 9:26 am (#820 of 898) sometimes known as Kim: I keep telling you people, she's waiting for the 31st to post the next big thing. I'll lay a galleon on it.

Ok, I was wrong. Bigtime. I'll pay up. Is Ludo Bagman in the house?


boop - Jul 31, 2004 6:50 am (#898 of 2901)

LOL Kim, At least you admit you were wrong.


Mademoiselle Fleur - Jul 31, 2004 10:25 am (#899 of 2901)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JO AND HARRY!!! Smile *checks door*


Cezar Salem - Jul 31, 2004 10:30 am (#900 of 2901)

Maybe she´s waiting till the 1st, because today is her birthday so shes a little busy or decided to take the day of and also to sort of trick us ? As they say :hope is the last one to die...(goes continue to stare at the door all day,after all I have the whole wekend now to just stare at it ... maybe thats what she ment by patient !? lol)

(OPEN UP ALREADY!!!!!!!)any parseltongs want to give it a try ?

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MzWhizz123 - Jul 31, 2004 10:49 am (#901 of 2901)

Grant, you are right! There are three notches between each number instead of two. You get your points back, (I said Ravenclaw because I checked your personal info). Sixteen STILL doesn't make any sense to me ::heads to the kitchen for another cup of coffee:: Maybe I should just let it rest in my brain for a while.


MickeyCee3948 - Jul 31, 2004 4:15 pm (#902 of 2901)

I don't expect anything else from JKR before the 15th at her reading. Do want to wish her and Harry the very best on their birthdays, though. Doubt if anything will come tomorrow after all it is Sunday and an expectant mother does need her rest. SO SHE CAN FINISH THE BOOK, SOON!

Just Kidding JK(if your surfing). Take you time and make it the best yet. We can all wait. "Sob", "Sob".


haymoni - Jul 31, 2004 4:44 pm (#903 of 2901)

The whole world must be going to her site today - my stupid dial-up is taking FOREVER!!!


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jul 31, 2004 4:45 pm (#904 of 2901)

Theres already a new wizard of the month.


Kasse - Jul 31, 2004 5:23 pm (#905 of 2901)

Happy birthday JK


CM1507 - Jul 31, 2004 8:02 pm (#906 of 2901)

The phone ringing is kind of annoying on her site. Especially if it just says: "Hello...hello...is anyone there?...*click*"


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Jul 31, 2004 11:51 pm (#907 of 2901)

I think that the current poll hasn't changed at all since the first day. This doesn't have any signifigance I just thought it was strange...


Joanna S Lupin - Aug 1, 2004 3:51 am (#908 of 2901)

Hey! Has anyone noticed that latest fansite winner is 'The Harry Potter Lexicon'? Hurray!!!!!!


Joanna S Lupin - Aug 1, 2004 5:31 am (#909 of 2901)

Sorry for posting again there were 150 knights at the Round Table,so no significance here...


Star Crossed - Aug 1, 2004 6:28 am (#910 of 2901)

Joanna, the Lexicon was last month's latest fansite. She hasn't put a new one up yet. That's the reason we got so many new members.

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Joanna S Lupin - Aug 1, 2004 12:58 pm (#911 of 2901) "
Edited by Aug 1, 2004 1:04 pm

He he - sorry, being a bit late

P.S. That explains why nobody posted this 'news' earlier hurray for the lexicon all the same.


Hogs Head - Aug 1, 2004 1:54 pm (#912 of 2901)

So I was moving and missed whether there was ever a "Happy Birthday Harry" greeting posted -- I gathered the answer was "no" from the above.

If not, I suppose JKR didn't want to "give away" whether Harry survives Book 7, even though I surmise he will.

Might we, however, presume from the 29 July birthday greeting to Neville that Neville does in fact survive Book 7?

And would Harry and Neville now be 24 years old, per the Lexicon calendar? Did I calculate that correctly?

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S.E. Jones - Aug 1, 2004 2:00 pm (#913 of 2901) "
Edited Sep 20, 2006 1:01 am

Hogs Head, it turns out that Nev's birthday was the 30th. (It was the 30th in England when the update was made and the "text only" site confirmed the date for us.)

Here's the two birthday greetings: Neville and Harry


Hogs Head - Aug 1, 2004 2:06 pm (#914 of 2901)

Thank you, Sarah. Moving is such a pain, and being "down" from the Internet just two days really backed lots of things up. I was sure something spectacular would happy on the site on 31 July and I was equally sure (and lamenting) that I would miss it. The greeting card may not quite rise to the "spectacular" level but I would have hated to miss it altogether -- just for the nuance if nothing else. So, thanks again for the links.

But again, should we construe Harry's (31 July) and Neville's (30 July) birthday greetings as evidence that each one survives Book 7? If he and Neville both survived, using the fictional calendar of the Lexicon, would they both have just turned 24 years of age?


S.E. Jones - Aug 1, 2004 2:11 pm (#915 of 2901)

Not necessarily. You can still celebrate a loved one's birthday even after they die, and JKR will definately love some characters more than others. I think it may just be more a reminder that they were both born at the end of July as it might be important in HBP....


Joelle - Aug 1, 2004 2:56 pm (#916 of 2901)

is it just me or were there more candles on harry's cake then neville's does that mean that she loves harry more? or just that hes older


TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 1, 2004 3:04 pm (#917 of 2901)

Is just you, there are 7 candles on both cakes.


Amilia Smith - Aug 1, 2004 3:07 pm (#918 of 2901)

Joelle, when I first saw Harry's cake, I thought it had more candles too. But when I looked back at Neville's, and took the time to count,I counted seven on each cake.


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Aug 1, 2004 3:15 pm (#919 of 2901)

I noticed that too...


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Aug 1, 2004 6:34 pm (#920 of 2901)

I wonder why she hasn't updated the FSA. It's already the second in the U.K. Not trying to rush her just wonering why...


TheQuibbler - Aug 1, 2004 8:21 pm (#921 of 2901)

I'm not sure if it says that The Harry Potter Lexicon is the fan site of the month, I thought it just received the fan site award. Feel free to correct me on this...


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Aug 1, 2004 9:51 pm (#922 of 2901)

That was last months.


MickeyCee3948 - Aug 1, 2004 10:38 pm (#923 of 2901)

I don't think its a monthly thing. I have been on here since May and it hasn't changed.


Phelim Mcintyre - Aug 2, 2004 1:23 am (#924 of 2901)

Dear Diary(Forum).....

Have returned to the J K Rowling site. Now has new witch/wizard of the month. Someone who has something to do with reforming hags. How do you reform a hag? Is it like producing a vegitarian vampire.

Fan site has not been updated. Does this mean that the Lexicon is so good it has won it for a second month? And the door will not open. Will return tonight to see if it has special runes that can only be read at moonlight.

Either these things have a significance (like the door will open soon) or JKR and/or her web manager is/are on holiday or JKR has morning sickness. Oh well will try again later

Phelim McIntyre

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Diagon Nilly - Aug 2, 2004 7:38 am (#925 of 2901) "
Edited by Aug 2, 2004 7:40 am

I thought the FSA only went to the Fan Site of the Month.

..Very cute Phelim Smile


TheQuibbler - Aug 2, 2004 9:27 am (#926 of 2901)

I've noticed that when I leave the J.K. Rowling site open for a long period of time the wind blows, the pencil holder tips over, some gum wrappers move and the watch, which used to just flash when this happened, now has a pattern on it that's somewhat similar to a dart board. What do you think it means, that is if it has any significance at all?


contess lillein asend - Aug 2, 2004 11:15 am (#927 of 2901)

Just a reminder, 7 generations of heirs since DD.


Phelim Mcintyre - Aug 2, 2004 11:50 am (#928 of 2901)

The Quibbler, probably Peaves. But could be more


TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 2, 2004 12:14 pm (#929 of 2901)

Contess - "Just a reminder, 7 generations of heirs since DD. " Could you please explain this, you lost me. Although that's not really hard to do :-)


contess lillein asend - Aug 2, 2004 1:02 pm (#930 of 2901)

Apparently every 25 years a pair of wizards is born, one powerful and in the spotlight and the other less so. If you start w/DD birth and count forward 25 years for each set, 3 unknown, 1 w/Volde, One in James' class, and then Harry and ________. Harry and _______ are the seventh set.


Chris. - Aug 2, 2004 1:02 pm (#931 of 2901)

-Er- Where did you get that, Contess? Is it from JKR?


contess lillein asend - Aug 2, 2004 1:03 pm (#932 of 2901)

No working on my own theory.


Rosebud221 - Aug 2, 2004 2:20 pm (#933 of 2901)

Sarah,

This is what I was referring to with my "bricks" comment...

Phelim Mcintyre - Jul 29, 2004 2:34 am (#840 of 934) Is the pole still open? I've voted and now want to change my vote. Is that possible? And what happens if you get the order of bricks wrong? Are you locked out?

--Sarahbud


Rosebud221 - Aug 2, 2004 2:36 pm (#934 of 2901)

The pencil cup gets knocked over by a pixie if you watch. You hear him laugh (or something) first...


Penny Lane. - Aug 2, 2004 3:31 pm (#935 of 2901)

Rosebud: Just so you know, you can use the edit button to avoid double posting, if you need to add something within a half-hour.


MzWhizz123 - Aug 2, 2004 3:38 pm (#936 of 2901)

Quibbler...We have been discussing that watch for a couple weeks, but have not, as yet, been able to come to any concensus.

There are twelve spots on the watch in several different colors, and twelve "hands". But if you look at the watch in it's regular state, you will notice that there are THREE slash marks between each number instead of TWO! Interesting, don't you agree? Hmmm....

Some members have been bandying around different values of 12,(months/year, disciples of Jesus, Signs/Zodiac, etc), but none that seem relavant to the text. Any ideas?


TomProffitt - Aug 2, 2004 3:40 pm (#937 of 2901)

I think it's a Flint.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 2, 2004 3:44 pm (#938 of 2901)

I think it's driving me nuts! Makes me think of DD's watch. My pet theory is his watch shows whatever he needs it to show. Ut oh, I just re-read that...throws up both hands to signal the Knight bus...one way ticket to St. Mungo's, pass the butterbeer please!


Mike Morigan - Aug 2, 2004 4:28 pm (#939 of 2901)

Somone had posted a while back in this thread that the watch, when it flashes, becomes DD's wristwatch which has planets in the solar system around it instead of a normal watch. I haven't looked at it in a while though, does anybody know if the watch, once it flashes looks to have blue and/or red planets inside? Its worth checking out.


S.E. Jones - Aug 2, 2004 6:11 pm (#940 of 2901)

Mike, check out my post 768.


Hermione Weasley - Aug 2, 2004 6:20 pm (#941 of 2901)

Has anyone else noticed that the Poll numbers are STILL the same??? Is it just my computer?


TomProffitt - Aug 2, 2004 6:26 pm (#942 of 2901)

I think the number of people polled is so high it will take a lot of people to move it even one percent.


Ann - Aug 2, 2004 6:33 pm (#943 of 2901)

I know that JK says that the gum wrappers on her site are there because she's given up smoking and chews gum to compensate, but does anyone think there might be a little hint in there about the Longbottoms? Particularly Mrs. Longbottom, who gives a gum wrapper to Neville whenever he visits? Has this been discussed?


MzWhizz123 - Aug 2, 2004 6:37 pm (#944 of 2901)

OK, I'll bite...What is a Flint?

And, yes, someone DID mention the gum wrapper connection not too long ago. It's an interesting theory...


TomProffitt - Aug 2, 2004 6:38 pm (#945 of 2901)

An error,

but Sarah's post 942/768 has made me change my mind.


MzWhizz123 - Aug 2, 2004 6:40 pm (#946 of 2901)

At first I thought it might be the solar system, (with the sun and moon), but that would equal only eleven...


Luke E.A. Lockhart - Aug 2, 2004 6:42 pm (#947 of 2901)

I would guess that the Longbottom's chewing gum is more a symptom of JKR's gum-chewing.


MzWhizz123 - Aug 2, 2004 6:45 pm (#948 of 2901)

I tend to agree with you, Luke. Poor Neville...Harry gets sympathy because his parents were killed, but Neville doesn't have any type of "closure", does he?


S.E. Jones - Aug 2, 2004 6:49 pm (#949 of 2901)

Could be Luke, but it was also put forward as a theory that there was someone connected with the gumwrappers who maybe smoked (hence the gumwrappers).... I can't remember if it was mentioned here or on the 'Longbottom' thread. If anyone is interested, they might try a Search on the 'Longbottom' thread....


MzWhizz123 - Aug 2, 2004 6:59 pm (#950 of 2901)

You know, I can't recall anyone in the WW who smokes! Can you?

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MzWhizz123 - Aug 2, 2004 7:00 pm (#951 of 2901)

I'm not trying to be a Smarty Pants or anything, really! Smile


Chris. - Aug 2, 2004 7:01 pm (#952 of 2901)

I seem to remember Dung Fletcher smoking a pipe.

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Star Crossed - Aug 2, 2004 7:01 pm (#953 of 2901) "
Edited by Aug 2, 2004 7:03 pm

Dung uses a pipe, I think. I'm almost positive, and I think he smells like smoke. Not quite the same thing though.

EDIT: Posted at the same time as Prongs. Very Happy


contess lillein asend - Aug 2, 2004 7:37 pm (#954 of 2901)

Drooble Blowing gum is an anagram


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Aug 2, 2004 7:41 pm (#955 of 2901)

Droobles best blowing gum is an anagram for 'gold bribe below St. Mungos'... Coincidence? I think not.


contess lillein asend - Aug 2, 2004 7:44 pm (#956 of 2901)

When Neville's mom hands him the gum wrapper it does not say Droobles BEST blowing gum, it says Droobles Blowing Gum.


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Aug 2, 2004 7:47 pm (#957 of 2901)

I think their official name is Droobles BEST Blowing Gum. Not all bottles of Coke say Coca-Cola but they still are Coca-cola. Correct me if they've never been called Droobles Best Blowing Gum.


remiden - Aug 2, 2004 7:50 pm (#958 of 2901)

Has Rowling used any anagrams besides the Tom Marveloso Riddle - I am lord voldemort in any of her books? She really doesn't seem to go for the recurring theme style.


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Aug 2, 2004 7:57 pm (#959 of 2901)

The mirror of Erised was Desire spelled backwards, I don't know if that counts as an anagram...


Nymphadora - Aug 2, 2004 10:13 pm (#960 of 2901)

Has anyone been keeping tabs on the Wizards of the Month and the information about each one? I can only recall Donaghan Tremlett and the Quidditch Beater from the past ones *shame on me*.

Is it possible that they will have some significance in the books to come or are they picked randomly? And is the information on them given elsewhere?


Phelim Mcintyre - Aug 3, 2004 1:34 am (#961 of 2901)

Nymphadora - we've had the guitarist from the Wierd Sisters and now someone to do with reforming hags, a name I've not seen in any book.

But to the watch, how many times do you have to wait for it to change? My pens have only been knocked over once and the watch is still the same.


remiden - Aug 3, 2004 2:07 am (#962 of 2901)

The watch only changed for about 5 seconds exactly when the pens are knocked over. Then it changes back to the normal watch.

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Nymphadora - Aug 3, 2004 2:17 am (#963 of 2901) "
Edited by Aug 3, 2004 2:19 am

Phelim, the watch is changing while Peeves and the Doxy pass; you can first hear a gust of wind and the pens being knocked over, and then you can see the Doxy fluttering across. I say hear and then see, because you have to leave the window inactive for about five minutes at the desk before it happens, so I usually have something else on top.

At first I couldn't take my eyes off the Doxy to see the watch changing!! But at the gust of the wind it flashes and changes, and stays this way for about 5 seconds.

As to the wizards, I did my research.

May: Felix Summerbee (fw 31) - 1447 - 1508, inventor of Cheering Charms.

June: Gwenog Jones (fw 90) - Still alive, Quidditch Captain and Beater for the Holyhead Harpies

July: Donaghan Tremlett (fw 94) - Still alive, Weird Sisters guitarist and fan of Kenmare Kestrels, married in June 1995

August: Honoria Nutcombe (fw 47) - 1665 - 1743, founder of the Society for the Reformation of Hags (and a Hag herself?)

The Lexicon states that the information provided for each in the website matches exactly their Famous Wizard cards.

So we have two still alive, and two dead... Maybe it's nothing to do with the coming plots after all.


Phelim Mcintyre - Aug 3, 2004 2:50 am (#964 of 2901)

Since posting have watched the watch change and return to normal. But I was distracted by the mobile phone ringing. Is the mobile phone important.

Oh yes ........

Dear Diary.

Will this thirst and hunger ever be satisfied. Went to the JKR site again. Still the door will not open, still the Lexicon as the fan site. This last one is great (better say that or may loose my membership) but the door. I've already lost my fingure nails due to the tension. If the door doesn't open soon I'm not sure how I'll cope.


Ann - Aug 3, 2004 6:46 am (#965 of 2901)

About the question of whether the gum name is an anagram--we should be able to confirm or refute this by looking at the non-English translations of the books. With the "I am Lord Voldemort" anagram, she changed the name of Riddle to something that worked in the relevant language. Has anyone done this? (I've only got the French edition of PS, which doesn't mention the gum, I think.)


Rosebud221 - Aug 3, 2004 6:54 am (#966 of 2901)

Nymphadora-- Do you think that the names of the Wizard of the Month might just be that -- names? I remember reading in her Bio (or somewhere) that Jo likes names. Maybe these are names that have occurred to her or come to her attention and she uses them in her Wizard of the Month cache because she can't really use them elsewhere. I know I do the same thing. Sometimes I hear a name and instantly picture a face to match it (or a dog, or a cat...).

--Sarahbud

P.S. I know about the edit function and use it frequently. I think I "double posted" before because I left the thread and came back with another thought... SORRY!!!


Luke E.A. Lockhart - Aug 3, 2004 8:48 am (#967 of 2901)

My Spanish translation changes Tom Marvolo Riddle to I Am Lord Voldemort, and then says in perenthesis: Yo soy Lord Voldemort.


Cezar Salem - Aug 3, 2004 9:22 am (#968 of 2901)

My portuguese version (brazilian) changes the translation to : tom servelo riddle and then eis lord voldemort I dont have the brazilian version of OotP but I dont think it would have changed, even if it was an anagram, because the might not have noticecd it. They noticed Toms and also the mirror of erised vbecaus it was answerd imidiatly in the book, th gum one isnt made obvius in the book so they wouldnt know....


Jim the Potty - Aug 3, 2004 10:56 am (#969 of 2901)

Unless JKR told them to change it...


contess lillein asend - Aug 3, 2004 12:09 pm (#970 of 2901)

without the word "best"....We is muggle born blood


Magika - Aug 4, 2004 1:16 am (#971 of 2901)

I thought I should join in the discussion:

In my Norwegian edition, the Lord Voldemort anagram is: Tom Dredolo Venster (not Riddle, Venster!) = Voldemort den store, which means "The great Voldemort".

The mirror of Erised is kalled "Speilet Mørd" which, read backwards, means something like "The dream mirror".

It's also worth mentioning that I think the Norwegian translation is lousy, because they have changed all the names to make small children understand. They have changed f.ex. Hagrid to Gygrid. A Gygr in Northern mythology is basically the same as a hag. I don't understand why, though, because small children don't understand the meaning of a Gygr.

-Si-


septentrion - Aug 4, 2004 2:00 am (#972 of 2901)

I suggest the whole discussion about anagrams in different languages should be transfered in the "thought about translation" thread.


Luke E.A. Lockhart - Aug 4, 2004 9:35 am (#973 of 2901)

My Spanish edition is the one from Scholastic, which I suppose might not be the more official one, as it's intended to teach Spanish to English-speakers.


CM1507 - Aug 5, 2004 2:53 pm (#974 of 2901)

I agree with septentrion.


Amilia Smith - Aug 5, 2004 11:33 pm (#975 of 2901)

No updates means she is writing fast and furious, right?

Just looking on the bright side.


Lady Kazuma - Aug 6, 2004 3:11 am (#976 of 2901)

I hope so Amilia...

I had a dream the door opened...It was nice, but I never got to see what was behind it...

*goes back to sleep* Who knows? Maybe I'm a seer?


Nymphadora - Aug 6, 2004 9:51 am (#977 of 2901)

That's what I've been hoping,too: that she really can't tear herself away from the last chapter to update the site!!

Hell, I can't tear myself away from the books either! Smile

Although I want to read news of the progress...


Madame Librarian - Aug 6, 2004 10:04 am (#978 of 2901)

Does something happen if you can "catch" the butterfly or the fly? I mean being able to click on them. My son once said he got the spider on the main page (desk) and all that happened was the blue starbursts.

Ciao. Barb


Nymphadora - Aug 6, 2004 10:09 am (#979 of 2901)

Barb, you can't catch either the fly or the butterfly - I read somewhere that they are items programmed to flee if the mouse reaches them. The spider on the first page, on the other hand, was an ingredient of the "potion" that gave you the first tidbit in the Scrapbook. (I say potion because the erased page shows the 4 ingredients going into a cauldron).

It has been fun trying to catch them though!


MzWhizz123 - Aug 6, 2004 2:34 pm (#980 of 2901)

Hey, did anyone else read the story on Thursday, (mine in the Reno Gazette-Journal), that there WILL be an 8th novel? She seemed pretty clear on the F.A.Q.s that seven would be the end. Sounds suspicious. Here is some of the article:

Author J.K. Rowling is planning to write an eighth "Harry Potter" novel, reported Ireland Online on Tuesday. The English novelist--currently adding the finishing touches to her sixth "Potter" book-- had previously vowed to only create seven adventures about the magical wizard. But she now wants to add an eighth entry, featuring outakes from the series so far.


contess lillein asend - Aug 6, 2004 2:44 pm (#981 of 2901)

my understanding is the *th book is for Charity and only contains information on the wizard world that did not make it to the original 7. Not a novel, more an encyclopedia of the WW. And only if she feels like it.


MzWhizz123 - Aug 6, 2004 2:51 pm (#982 of 2901)

That is what I thought, but the "outtakes" quote was a bit confusing to me. Thanks!


drippan - Aug 6, 2004 3:49 pm (#983 of 2901)

my understanding is the *th book is for Charity and only contains information on the wizard world that did not make it to the original 7.

Hmmm, I wonder if we ask for stuff her, if she'll consider putting it in the encyclopedia?

Like a Wizard/Witch wedding!! Or a W/W birth!!

What else does JKR need to include?

DripPan


Nathan Zimmermann - Aug 6, 2004 4:08 pm (#984 of 2901)

Drippan I agree with your comments and I hope a lot more is included about the Original Order and Death Eaters.


Tomoé - Aug 6, 2004 6:13 pm (#985 of 2901)

I think if it's true (why didn't she tell us first on her web site?), an eighth entry, featuring outakes from the series so far could mean we'll have a short stories/novelle book with scene that couldn't be added to the main 7 books but are still interesting to read. Like the conversation Draco and Theodore had at the Malfoy's.

Edit : I mean, we did know the title of HbP before anybody else could tell us.


Madam Poppy - Aug 6, 2004 11:23 pm (#986 of 2901)

MzWhizz123! I lived in Reno for almost 7 years on Peckham Lane. My parents, 2 brothers and my youngest daughter still live there. We may have met and never knew it.


MzWhizz123 - Aug 7, 2004 10:07 am (#987 of 2901)

Madame Poppy--The school where I teach is right off Pecham and Neil Road, behind the old Kmart on Kietzke Lane, (it closed over a year ago). I actually live in Carson Valley and commute every day. The drive through Washoe Valley is about the most beautiful sight one could wish for, so the extra two hours on the road every day is well-spent IMO!

As for Jo's website, just wanted to mention that I agree that the watch probably belongs to Dumbledore. While re-reading GoF I noticed a brief description of a watch "with twelve hands" that he looked at while they were awaiting the arrival of the other schools. I also have been thinking about someone's suggestion that his watch would probably be able to give him whatever information he desired.

I remember back in the "olden days" when having the day/date on one's wristwatch was new and exciting, (dating myself a bit, huh?!?). Since then, I can recall numerous instances throughout my life when I have attempted to consult my watch for information like the temperature, a phase of the moon, a calendar, etc. IF Dumbledore's watch could tell him whatever he needed to know--kind of like a Room of Requirement on one's arm--that would be believeable, don't you think?


Tomoé - Aug 7, 2004 10:48 am (#988 of 2901)

That would be helpful indeed, MzWhizz123! ^_^


djellibabe - Aug 8, 2004 12:10 pm (#989 of 2901)

I think if you go to frequently asked questions (about the books section) it says about her eigth book being for charity and using all the un-used information that she hasn't been able to use anywhere else. Also has it occured to anyone that she has just had a birthday and may have gone on her hols, hence no updating, (and no book writing!)


Grant the Great - Aug 8, 2004 2:13 pm (#990 of 2901)

Bite your tongue, djellibabe! Of course she's writing. What else would a billionaire have a desire to do but to serve her loving fans? (note the sarcasm)


Richard !!!Reid - Aug 8, 2004 2:31 pm (#991 of 2901)

When do you think it will be released. My guess is Summer 2006


Gina R Snape - Aug 8, 2004 2:43 pm (#992 of 2901)

Really? I think Summer 2005.


Luke E.A. Lockhart - Aug 8, 2004 2:45 pm (#993 of 2901)

Summer 2006 wouldn't surprise me, as the books usually come out in the summer.

The good news is I'm now an adherent of the "Harry Potter: Reloaded" theory; i.e. books six and seven are being written together and will be released in quick sucession...


djellibabe - Aug 8, 2004 3:34 pm (#994 of 2901)

Oh Lockhart, I hope so I am going to collapse from lack of potter!!


Star Crossed - Aug 8, 2004 3:45 pm (#995 of 2901)

I think Summer '05


Loony Loopy Larissa - Aug 8, 2004 4:07 pm (#996 of 2901)

My vote is for a hopeful summer '05.

Afterthought: #999...not too shabby.


Star Crossed - Aug 8, 2004 4:10 pm (#997 of 2901)

I think since she's almost done the first edition, it's entirely possible for summer '05.

Plus, I want to be the 1000th post. Razz


Gina R Snape - Aug 8, 2004 4:16 pm (#998 of 2901)

Heeee.

Well, I get to be 1001!

I just don't see her taking that long to bring us into 2006. She's released the title of the book and from her own account things are moving along. She hasn't mentioned anything about taking any kind of break, which precipitated her longest break between books.

It is frustrating, though, that there are no updates on her website. It's almost like that website is another form of teasing us! Even if she does provide us with some answers to things.

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The Wandless Wizard - Aug 8, 2004 4:27 pm (#999 of 2901) "
Edited by Aug 8, 2004 4:27 pm

She said the pregnancy will not delay things. So to me that means it will be out of her hands in the next 6 months (depending on how far along in her pregnancy she is). That way the end of her pregnancy, the birth, the recovery and the crying newborn child won't interupt her writing because she will be done with it by then. It will already be shipped off to the editor. So 6 months with her and 5 with the publsiher/editors. I think we can see it before this time next year.


DJ Evans - Aug 8, 2004 7:24 pm (#1000 of 2901)

I know I'm always in the camp that nobody else seems to be in, but I just have a feeling that we might even see Book 6 out as early as next spring. I'm thinking somewhere around May? That Jo is already in the last stages of her re-writes -- just nothing has being said, in case something comes up.

She very well could even have waited till she was further along in her pregnancy (where it is about to become obvious?) before announcing it. Thus if she "is" in the last stages of the re-writes and is about to turn the completed works into the publisher, then she can sit back & take it easy before the birth. She can write some on book 7 or just chill out if need be, till her due date. Even if she doesn't follow how I've got it here, I hope & pray that she has a fine & healthy baby!!!

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MickeyCee3948 - Aug 8, 2004 7:50 pm (#1001 of 2901)

DJ & Lockhart, I agree with both of you. I believe we will see HBP by April or May of next year. Depending on how the pregnancy and early period following the birth goes I believe we can expect Book 7 by late 2006. I believe the effort to keep the movie crew together is pushing her almost as much as we are.

Mikie


Luke E.A. Lockhart - Aug 8, 2004 7:54 pm (#1002 of 2901)

I wasn't actually saying I expected Book 5 sooner, I meant that I expected both it and Book 7 sometime in 2006...


Leila 2X4B - Aug 8, 2004 10:34 pm (#1003 of 2901)

I think that JKR is waiting to update the site after her August 15th reading next Sunday. By then she may have answered some questions, any questions.

Leila


Phelim Mcintyre - Aug 9, 2004 3:38 am (#1004 of 2901)

djelliebabe - I sense a Pratchett fan.

Sleeping Beauty - great thought about upating the site after the reading. Deal with the questions before we ask any more. Updating the site before the reading willcreate questions JKR's unable to answer. But then what's new. Either that or waiting for the start of the new Hogwart's term. I do hope everyone got their repies back by owl on time.


Kasse - Aug 9, 2004 6:36 am (#1005 of 2901)

I think that the book will most definitely be out next year. End of summer at the latest. GOF the movie is due out in Nov 2005 and the movies are always three books behind aren’t they? When movie one came out we had books one two and three, when the second movie came out we had books on, two, three, and four and when POA came out we had books 1 - 5. So it makes sense to me. Does this make sense to anyone else?

Well I guess as Sleeping Beauty has mentioned we just have to wait till the 15th and hope she gives us some information.


mike miller - Aug 9, 2004 7:00 am (#1006 of 2901)

Here's my hopeful timeline:

POA DVD - November 2004; HBP Book - May/June 2005; GOF Movie - November 2005; GOF DVD - April/May 2006; Book 7 - November/December 2006;

The money machine needs to be refueled every 6 months or so. The movies would continue on a 12 to 18 month schedule with the DVD releases spaced in between. We'll have to keep an eye on JKR homepage for confirmation.


Gina R Snape - Aug 9, 2004 7:17 am (#1007 of 2901)

Well, I just think the publishers have it generally set now to always release her books in the month of June for a variety of practical reasons. Chief among them is to not compete with final exams for the kids, and as a fiscal planning strategy. This is just my hunch, but I know I've heard buzz about it in the past.


djellibabe - Aug 9, 2004 7:33 am (#1008 of 2901)

Wow Phelim, I'm impressed!

Have you (or anybody) got tickets to the reading? Hopefully she will update after that. At least the lexicon remains as fansite of the month for a bit longer!!


Loony Loopy Larissa - Aug 9, 2004 9:24 am (#1009 of 2901)

I expect she will release it in early summer as Gina said to not disrupt school work for the majority of her younger fans- early summer meaning mid- to late June, since summer technically starts on...uh...June 21 or something like that (at least for me here in sad ol' Ohio). There is a slight possibility for a Christmas release (not for book 6, I mean for book 7 in 2006) because of school holidays, but I expect they would only use that if they didn't want to torture us for another 6 months)


TomProffitt - Aug 9, 2004 9:31 am (#1010 of 2901)

I don't think it would be unreasonable to hope for April 2005. The publishers are going to be highly motivated to get the book on the shelves as fast as possible.

EDIT: Besides this book will sell lots of copies no matter when it's released, even if it's 27 December.


Cezar Salem - Aug 9, 2004 9:37 am (#1011 of 2901)

I realy dont think they need that, you know, to only release it in June so as to "not compete" with school terms... Harry potter is harry potter and it will always sell well. They will sell no matter what time its let out, and the people who realy need the book will bye it during test periods or not( like I did here in Brazil when it was let out, school term here is different. People who dont need it right away will just wait a week and bye it, it will all sell the same in the end anyways. And I especially would like to think that J.K doesnt think like that and that as soon as she finishes the book she will hand it over to publishers so that it can be published right away and not wait for a better time so it can be released with noting to interfere with its selling. I would like to think of J.K as someone who doesnt think finance like that...(And anyways, if someone had to change a date it would be the schools cause no one can compete with Harry Potter.. nor the Half Blood Prince!! lol)

Edit: spell checked (for like an half hour!!)cause my English spelling is terrible!!! oh, and sorry about the donts and doesnt... my Portuguese keyboard doest( there I go again!) have the littels ( how do you call them?) thingis that you put on in between the s and t...


djellibabe - Aug 9, 2004 9:57 am (#1012 of 2901)

I don't think people were suggesting that JK would not release a book at exam times because of a financial issue, I think people were suggesting that she would rather people were studying instead of reading Harry Potter.


Diagon Nilly - Aug 9, 2004 10:19 am (#1013 of 2901)

Have all the previous books been released in June? I only started reading them a while after GoF was released, so I don't know.


Penny Lane. - Aug 9, 2004 10:54 am (#1014 of 2901)

Much of what happens to the books once JKR hands it over to her publisher is out of her control. She does have a lot of influence as her books are best sellers, but the publishers are there to make money for themselves too. They will want to release the books when it can make the most possible money and get the best publicity. Many novels are released at the beginning of the summer so that people who are going to the store to get beach stuff grab a "Summer reading book" Movies are released on a schedule too. Some weeks and weekends are better than others. I would be very surprised if HBP were released any time other than early summer.


Loony Loopy Larissa - Aug 9, 2004 1:18 pm (#1015 of 2901)

Cezar Salem, I would also like to think that she doesn't think too much about making as much money as she can. She has enough of it already without needing to make tons more- which she will do anyway. I was suggesting, as djellibabe said, that she doesn't want to have millions of parents angry at her because their children had their noses stuck in her books instead of studying. It would be impossible to find a date that would not conflict with any exams, but the dates that I mentioned previously would probably be some of the best while still being early enough to satisfy us and not too soon for the book to not be thoroughly finished.


Madam Pince - Aug 9, 2004 1:39 pm (#1016 of 2901)

Mike, I like your timeline but with the slight change that has been mentioned above -- Book 7 probably not until June 2007.

Ack! June 2007!!!! To see it in print makes it seem just soooooo far away!


Cezar Salem - Aug 9, 2004 3:17 pm (#1017 of 2901)

Loony Loopy Larissa I was not talking about yours or djellibabe posts bout about mike millers that says that the "Money machine" must be refuled every six months ( post 1009)... I totaly dissagre, and as I said before I ver much hope that J,K doesnt even think about that... On another note though, there is something that I dont understand, there only semas to be like two or thre publiushing dates you guys think of... why coudlnt it be febuary, or july? augost? october? If you guys say that the problem is releasing the book during test periods, it doesnt mean that it also coudnt be during school periods( although I dont think that releasing HBP absolutly means less studying, people can read during the weekend or after the tests, people that arent able to do that probably dont study that much anyways or gets easily distracted and would probably find another way to get distracted like a playstation game release or something similar) the book was released in june wich here in brazil is the end of the mid period where we had our tests, what I did is, I downloaded the book ( it would only get here the 10th or something) on kaaza and read it strait through and here I am, a year later, I passed years,no problem with me...why only holidays? well this is all worthless rambling wich will get me nor anyone anywhere, its just a clash of cultures witch I cant realy get... My real problem was only with mike and his "money machine" coment.

edit : although I do hope his timeline is correct...


Loony Loopy Larissa - Aug 9, 2004 4:21 pm (#1018 of 2901)

I feel I must apologize, Cezar Salem. I meant that I was agreeing with you in the hope that she doesn't consider money to be of utmost importance.

I'm the kind of student that would completely disregard school work in order to read Harry Potter, though I'm first in my class (I'm a bit like Hermione, I must admit). It would actually effect my sleep more than my study time. I started reading Order of the Pheonix at 12:30 at night as soon as it came out and continued reading until 4:30 P. M. the next day, completely disregarding food and sleep. If this were to happen, say, during exam week, I would undoubtedly do badly on one or more of my exams and ruin my 4.0 and valedictorian-ship. I know that this is just one very specific instance, but I also believe that these sort of things cross the minds of J. K. Rowling and her publishers when trying to market a book aimed at children (though thoroughly enjoyed by all ages). My argument that the book should only come out on either of the large school holidays (summer or Christmas) is based on the fact that many younger children who take longer than a day or two to read a large novel would disregard their school work, and this could have dire consequences for some. This is getting rather long, and I'm not sure we should even be continuing this subject. I must apologize again for my ignorance of your culture (and, it appears, seasons). Out of curiosity, when are you in school and when do you take exams?


Cezar Salem - Aug 9, 2004 6:01 pm (#1019 of 2901)

Its like this, it starts in febuary [ depends on some schools, because some prefer to wait till the end of carnival(mardi grass, witch here in Brazil is absolutely HUGE)to start)and around June(beginning or end, again depends on the school) there are mid terms, then in the end of (it deondes, becasue in like the fisrt two weeks its like make up tets and many people jsut shoses to dich school to travel) July we get two weeks off and then continue till December(November, depending on the school)its like this because of the summer wich is in January... just to wrap up my feelings on the subject... This kids that take longer wich you mentioned, are the ones that paces themselfs(not go completely crazy like us and read through with out sleeping!lol)so it probably doesnt interfere as much... I doubt, no matter how slow you are, that if you realy choose to finish the book in t2,3 days, no matter how long you read, that you wouldn't be able to... What happened to me was this, the book came out June 21 and I had a violin contest on the 1st and school was out only like the 20th of July and the book was due to get here around the 1(tordered from amazon.com)so you see I was in a real big dilema... I decided, either get the book on-line and deprive myself of practise during one day or go completely haywire waiting till the book got here, and not concentrate on the competition enoph or attempt to read the book during the competiton... I of course chose the Internet option, so around like the 23rd I finaly got the dowload and from then on sat in front of the computer and read and read, no matter how much my eyes ached... read till like 4 in the morning and still hadn't finished and I got to this chap wich was missing, so I looked for it on kazza coudnt find a good copy and went to down loading the audio version ( I think it was the occlumency chap) So while I waited I laid in bed and had an idea.. tomorrow morning I would go late to school (in my school if you get after the third period you cant enter and have to go back home)so I woke up, left and waited till I was like 2 min late, tried to get in, got sent back home, my mum was out, turned my computer on and finished reading the book. Did a make up test, passed. won the competition and still read harry potter( my surprise when the book actually got here the 29th so all I did was totally desnecessary)... My point, where theres a will there is a way, and those who realy want to read the book will figure out a way to read it without ruining there lives, and those who dont will just wait a day or two, or pace themselfs or whatever, but will find a way to make it work for them... so if rowling wants to release it during end of terms I would hope that she dose, 1st because whoever wants to read it will read it and second because she is not writing for the US or UK only but for all the world and for anyone that wants to read her, so if she is thinking among those dates she is being extreamly unfair and would be favoring American readers over rest of the world... no, for me the best thing for her is to just finish the book and release it as soon as it can be released and not for it to be held so as to no interfere with American or English school terms.


Siriusly - Aug 9, 2004 6:09 pm (#1020 of 2901)

Doesn't it come out at the solstice? Which we do not know.


MickeyCee3948 - Aug 9, 2004 7:51 pm (#1021 of 2901)

I can't wait until 2007! I'm old and may not make it until then!

Mikie


Verschwinden Sie - Aug 9, 2004 9:57 pm (#1022 of 2901)

A couple of quick comments. First, I'm sure J.K. Rowling is concerned with the success of her books. A woman who wasn't concerned with the success of her books wouldn't consistently sue all the people who try to plagairize her characters, which she does. She also wouldn't go to the trouble of suing someone because their actions have caused harm to the advertising campaign surrounding their book (which she did when Order of the Phoenix was leaked before its release date).

She's never seemed heartless or cruel or even vengeful about it, but she does seem very much like she faithfully and jealously defends her copyrights and trademarks... which would rightfully suggest she's concerned by the business end of her books.

As for how much control she has over when they're released... well, she doesn't have a deadline to release one to the publisher, so she can generally time things the way she wants them (after all, the publisher probably won't sit on the manuscript for more than a month or two... and in Harry Potter's case, there isn't any need to, since there essentially IS no competition it would need to avoid).

I would also imagine at this point J.K. Rowling controls the final galley of the book, so there has to be some level of negotiation between her, the publishers, and the printers even after she turns the manuscript over to them as to when it's going to be published, because her contract probably says approval of the final copy to print is hers... so the publisher and printers have to take into account her schedule for review and approval.


JK Powers - Aug 10, 2004 12:01 am (#1023 of 2901)

Just to clarify past release dates, and add my own speculation:

Book 1 / Book 2 / Book 3 / Book 4 / Movie 1 / Movie 2

Book 5 / Movie 3 / Movie 4

Book6 / Movie 5 / Movie 6

Book 7 / Movie 7

I don't believe we'll see HBP before the GOF Movie, and I think we'll be waiting for the rest of the movies to build suspense for the final book. That would maximize movie and book sales. I have thought that even before learning Jo was pregnant again, which would obviously delay the last book, and the movies would be expected to fill our cravings until the last book came out.


septentrion - Aug 10, 2004 2:15 am (#1024 of 2901)

she defends her trademarks and copyrights but accepts that people write fanfiction on condition people don't make money about it.Ssome authors refuse that fanfiction should be written from their work (hope my sentence is proper english).


Phelim Mcintyre - Aug 10, 2004 5:09 am (#1025 of 2901)

Child of the river Jellie - what impressed you. The pick up of the reference to Pyramids or the comment about the reading on the 15th. If it was the latter then it was Sleeping Beauty not me who suggested the idea. Now where did I leave my pump action magic wand?


djellibabe - Aug 10, 2004 7:57 am (#1026 of 2901)

Phelim, It was the fact that you knew who Terry Pratchett was, I got the impression that most people here only read JK Rowling. Anyway good work and a rousing chorus of the Hedgehog Song to you!!


Luke E.A. Lockhart - Aug 10, 2004 9:13 am (#1027 of 2901)

When has JKR actually sued anyone about "plagairizing" HP? Her publishers have sued those Chinese pirates, but JKR hasn't so far as I know.

Also, I must comment on two things: one, plaigairism doesn't just hurt sales, but the integrity of JKR's work, so she might file lawsuits based on that rather than on money. Two, in order to maintain control over a trademark (not a copyright on the work, but rather the name, like Harry Potter) one must defend it, or it will be revoked.

This is all according to my knowledge of U.S. intellectual property laws, which may be mildly different in the U.K.


Rosebud221 - Aug 10, 2004 10:03 am (#1028 of 2901)

Pardon me if someone else has already said this, but regarding the "money machine" comments, I don't think that has anything to do with JKR, but the money grubbing publishers and movie studios...

Also, Lockhart, I agree with you. I would certainly like to believe that JKR is protecting the artistic integrity of her books and characters and not suing out of monetary greed. From what I read about her, that's a very cynical view to take of her. I'll definitely give her the benefit of the doubt. Besides, she has more money than God now (God bless her)! It's probably the publishers pursuing all the lawsuits now anyway.


Verschwinden Sie - Aug 10, 2004 11:59 am (#1029 of 2901)

Well, there's also an Indian Harry Potter book out there she sued to get off the shelves... as for who filed the actual lawsuit, since J.K. Rowling holds the copyrights to the Harry Potter series, she has to file suit along with her publishers, which is, as far as I've read, what she's done in all cases.

You're also right about trademarks. You have to defend them or they become public property.

However, none of that indicates she's not interested in the money part of the deal. In any case, I haven't argued at any time that J.K. Rowling is interested only in the monetary aspects of her work. I know she's said that she thinks she's been overpaid for writing the Harry Potter books. I just think it's naive to think she's not interested in the business end of her work as well as the artistic end of it.


Gina R Snape - Aug 10, 2004 12:25 pm (#1030 of 2901)

Yes, I agree 100% Andrew.


Czarina II - Aug 10, 2004 12:53 pm (#1031 of 2901)

Of course she's thinking about the business end of her books. She's a writer and writing is how she makes her living! Yes, she has lots of money and she could probably provide full education for all three kids and a very comfortable retirement for herself on the money she has already made and will certainly make from the entire series. But writing is now what she does full-time, aside from fan mail, interviews, book talks, chats, etc. (all of which take up a lot of time), so naturally she defends her work and minds the accounts. I certainly don't blame her for it -- not that I'm saying anyone here is.

JKR probably likes to release the books when they will get the most coverage. February or March would be such a time, because little else is happening. Those aren't necessarily the best book-buying times, though. (Well, where I come from they are, because it is cold.) June is probably a very good time, so I'm thinking that HbP will be released in May or June of next year.


Loony Loopy Larissa - Aug 10, 2004 1:29 pm (#1032 of 2901)

The comment you had, Czarina II, that February or March would be a good time to sell the books because it would be cold put this wonderful image in my mind: it's one of the days after Christmas but before New Years Eve, and I'm curled up on an overstuffed chair, wrapped in blankets, and reading...Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince! How spectacular would it be to have the book be a surprise Christmas present this year! That would just make my whole year.


Kasse - Aug 10, 2004 1:57 pm (#1033 of 2901)

Larissa a surprise christmas gift woukd be wonderful, though unlikely.


Loony Loopy Larissa - Aug 10, 2004 2:16 pm (#1034 of 2901)

Haha, don't rain on my parade! (I know it would be unlikely, but we're allowed to hope!)


Leprechaun Jack - Aug 10, 2004 2:17 pm (#1035 of 2901)



AHHH to dream!!!!!!!!

Jack


Madame Librarian - Aug 10, 2004 2:54 pm (#1036 of 2901)

djellibabe, were you joking back about 12-15 posts earlier about Forum members just reading HP and nothing else? (Sometimes it's hard to determine when someone is just being facetious.)

Anyway, ignore this if you were joking. On the chance you weren't, I'd like to direct you to the "Recommended Reading" thread to join in the discussion of the non-HP books we've read. I think it's an amazing variety and represents the fact that members of this Forum are extremely bright, well-read, excellent communicators via the written word (without relying on too many of those emoticons or dancing smilies), and all-'round good folk. We think deep thoughts and know how to pose good arguments for some ideas we've reached through careful reading of the books, we like lively debates and, for the most part, are polite to the point of court etiquette. We have pretty solid senses of humor and usually can take a good kidding if what we speculate about is truly whacko.

Also, just like to point out that a goodly number of members are librarians which is probably why I felt right at home from my first days here. We just love HP, but bigger than that, we love talking about books!

Sorry for the gushy rant.

Ciao. Barb


Grant the Great - Aug 10, 2004 3:01 pm (#1037 of 2901)

Sorry to draw us back on subject, but I was just wondering what everyone's checking-the-website habits are for JKR's official site? I for one, always check the FAQ, About the Books questions, the edits (usually), and the door. However, when I check the door, I always try the handle (even though it still has "Do Not Disturb" on it), turn off the light and again try to open the door. Anyone else as crazy as I am?

PS. I've also started turning the light back on and trying again. Hehehe. I need a life.

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The Wandless Wizard - Aug 10, 2004 3:15 pm (#1038 of 2901) "
Edited by Aug 10, 2004 3:23 pm

Madame Librarian wrote: "members of this Forum are extremely bright, well-read, excellent communicators via the written word..., and all-'round good folk."

And then there is me, the exception that proves the rule.

Grant the Great wrote: "I was just wondering what everyone's checking-the-website habits are for JKR's official site? "

I actually have stopped checking. Anything worth knowing you or another will find out and post here. Hopefully not every member adopts this philosophy. We'd be in trouble then. I guess I better start checking periodically

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popkin - Aug 10, 2004 3:46 pm (#1039 of 2901) "
Edited by Aug 10, 2004 3:47 pm

When I go to the official site, I do the same stuff you do, Grant (even trying the door several times), and I always try to catch the fly and the butterfly. But mostly, I check this thread and Mugglenet to see if anything new has been added to JKR's official site.

Has anyone discussed the butterfly occasionally changing colors? Are there any theories on why it does? It has been primarily blue, green or brown at different times. Has anyone noticed a pattern?


Penny Lane. - Aug 10, 2004 3:51 pm (#1040 of 2901)

I've noticed that it is usually brown in the evening/night, while it is a blue when I check in the morning.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 10, 2004 3:56 pm (#1041 of 2901)

I too check the FAQ, About the Books questions, the edits, and the door. I always try the handle (even though it still has "Do Not Disturb" on it), turn off the light and again try to open the door. You are not alone Grant :-)


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Aug 10, 2004 4:26 pm (#1042 of 2901)

Site update!!!! It's Ginny's birthday. Not much but at least its something...


MrsGump - Aug 10, 2004 4:37 pm (#1043 of 2901)

I check the site daily too. (Sometimes two or three times) :-)

I think the butterfly is there during the day and the brown moth is there at night. I don't know if I've noticed whether it's blue or green.

Oh, I also try the revealer every once in awhile, to see if we get new instructions for another scrapbook item. Still the same potion ingredients, though.


mike miller - Aug 10, 2004 5:12 pm (#1044 of 2901)

I agree with most of you (Cezar, LLL, Rosebud, et al) that JKR is not driven or even focused on the money. The legal actions are something she must do or lose control of her work.

My comments about the "Money Machine" refer to the publishers, movie studios, merchanders, toy makers and the lot. Unfortunately, I think we have already seen the influence of the "Money Machine" in the lengths of the PoA and expected for GoF. If the movie is too long, say 3+ hours, then the theaters get one less seating each day. I think that LOTR has proven that if the story and the film are strong enough, the people will pay to see it anyway. At least that's what I hope for with GoF and OotP movies.

Back on topic, it seems I'm like most of you in how I check the website. I do in twice when voting (work and home) since their system let's me. Also, I do check this thread for news.


Kasse - Aug 10, 2004 5:30 pm (#1045 of 2901)

I could be late with the news but I just checked JKR's website and there is a happy birthday meaasge to Ginny up. I think that is is on UK time so I am guessing her birthday is on Aug 11th.


Nathan Zimmermann - Aug 10, 2004 6:50 pm (#1046 of 2901)

I wonder if we will find out the birthdays for Bill, Charlie, and Percy.


riddikulus - Aug 10, 2004 10:32 pm (#1047 of 2901)

I put in the phone #s (thanks for that advice) and got this:

Very early page of Philosopher's Stone written around 1991 and showing plot-line that was abandoned. Would have changed everything.

Looks to be dialogue with Harry explaining that he got the stone, how old Flamel would be, etc., and also how he acquired it... in his parents vault. Why would it have been there?

So, I suppose the question would be... why did she change where the stone was found?


Grant the Great - Aug 10, 2004 10:52 pm (#1048 of 2901)

I also try the eraser/revealer fairly frequently, though I've almost given up on that. I wish she would put in more easter eggs (as some of you call them, though I don't know what this means. Does it just mean it's like an easter egg hunt?). However, as I have said before, the thing I really care about (besides a soon release date of HBP; wishful thinking) is a new round of edits! They are the things that are really interesting.


Land of the Shire - Aug 10, 2004 11:11 pm (#1049 of 2901)

MickeyCee3948 writes: DJ & Lockhart, I agree with both of you. I believe we will see HBP by April or May of next year. Depending on how the pregnancy and early period following the birth goes I believe we can expect Book 7 by late 2006. I believe the effort to keep the movie crew together is pushing her almost as much as we are.

Does anyone know how long we waited for the relase of OotP once the title had been relesed?

BTW, it will take at least six months after JKR delivers the manuscript to her publishers before it can actually be published, so the only way HBP will be released by April is if she finishes the manuscript within three months. I also think a Christmas-time release (of any year) would be unlikely. I believe I read a post recently outlining the practical impossibilities of publishing such a phenominally well-selling book for Christmas and still be able to publish anything else. If anyone knows to which post I'm referring, I'd love to have a link!


djellibabe - Aug 10, 2004 11:54 pm (#1050 of 2901)

Yes I was joking!! I realise how well read everybody appears to be. Thanks for the reccomendation though, I will check that thread. As for 'checking the site habits', mine are at least twice a day usually the door first but I don't wriggle anything, just look and go again, then FAQ, then here!! Oh and Happy Birthday Ginny!

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narisa - Aug 11, 2004 1:27 am (#1051 of 2901)

How many birthday we alerady know? Harry, Niville,the twins and Ginny?


septentrion - Aug 11, 2004 2:04 am (#1052 of 2901)

Land of the Shire : I also think a Christmas-time release (of any year) would be unlikely. I believe I read a post recently outlining the practical impossibilities of publishing such a phenominally well-selling book for Christmas and still be able to publish anything else.

HP books could be released for Christmas ! The french version of OotP was released on december 3rd, and it was said that it made the 2003 year not too bad for the french publishers.


Penny Lane. - Aug 11, 2004 5:49 am (#1053 of 2901)

A few posts ago someone asked when the title for OoP was released. To the best of my recollection, it was released a few (meaning 2-3) months after Goblet of Fire. I remember she told it to everyone on the Today Show, and I had to tape her interview, because I had Political Science class. It was pre-snow here, so there's no way it was anylater then early November of 2000.


Rosebud221 - Aug 11, 2004 6:45 am (#1054 of 2901)

Easter Eggs? I thought I read all of this thread. What are Easter Eggs???


Rosebud221 - Aug 11, 2004 6:54 am (#1055 of 2901)

Right, but on the JKR site???


Mare - Aug 11, 2004 6:54 am (#1056 of 2901)

Easter Eggs is a word used for hidden bits of information or filmclips on sites or DVD's. They take some searching to find (hence the name, I guess) or a good information site were other people post their searching and finding it for you.

There are several of these bits of information you can gather on the JKR site, once found it'll be stored in your scrapbook. (You probably found them already, but didn't know they were called this way, if not just browse through this thread for hints ). Movie DVD's with extended scenes have lots of easter eggs too. (I still like Gollum receiving his MTV award on the Two Towers DVD best...)

Edit: double post, nice timing


snowflake - Aug 11, 2004 12:39 pm (#1057 of 2901)

This morning I read in JKRowling's Website: Quibbler: that Fudge had to resign, because he was kicked out from the Ministry of Magic (different wording, but that was my impressin). But I could not find it again this afternoon.


Rosebud221 - Aug 11, 2004 12:49 pm (#1058 of 2901)

Thanks for the notes about the Easter Eggs, and yes, I've collected all of my prizes except the one requiring the spider. He seems to have gotten squashed by the newspaper that delivered the news about the new baby. At least I haven't seen him since that was posted...


Gina R Snape - Aug 11, 2004 1:10 pm (#1059 of 2901)

snowflake, what screen did you have open when you saw that?


Penny Lane. - Aug 11, 2004 1:14 pm (#1060 of 2901)

I've seen that before, as an "advertisment" for the Quibbler. The one I've see is in the bottom of the Rummors page. It will flash back and forth between a few different things.


riddikulus - Aug 11, 2004 3:03 pm (#1061 of 2901)

I was in "links" and there was a feather there, so I clicked on it... the feather disappeared, yet nothing happened. Does anyone know what that was? As for the watch: It looks like those spinning things they use to hypnotize people. Stare at it for a few and see if you don't start to cluck like a chicken. I said, cluck like a chicken!


Lina - Aug 11, 2004 3:07 pm (#1062 of 2901)

This note about Fudge forced to flee comes in the "Rumours" page in random order wit other "commercials". I like to close it and open again to see all of them, but I'd like them to be just a little renewed... As well as rumours, there hadn't been nothing added for ages...

And the date of Ginny's birthday is written on the calendar (11 / 08 / 04)


TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 11, 2004 3:09 pm (#1063 of 2901)

Aah Lina, it just seems like ages. Really has been ages and ages! ;-)


MickeyCee3948 - Aug 11, 2004 3:17 pm (#1064 of 2901)

Riddikulas - Click on the cup with the half moon, use the eraser on the torn sheet of paper pinned to the board and see the items you need to find to get another award.

Mikie


Madame Librarian - Aug 11, 2004 3:22 pm (#1065 of 2901)

Lina, remember that in Europe and the UK, the convention is to show the day first, the month second, and the year third. Ginny's b-day is Aug. 11.

Hey, I haven't seen the spider recently (last 3-4 days) either. Aragog must've called him back.

I usually check once a day, clicking on the door handle (eternal hope, I guess), and visiting some of the other features in no particular order. I figure you folks will alert me if something really, really big happens should I not open everything.

Ciao. Barb


Lina - Aug 11, 2004 3:47 pm (#1066 of 2901)

I just copied the date from the calendar... :-)

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riddikulus - Aug 11, 2004 4:19 pm (#1067 of 2901) "
Edited by Aug 11, 2004 4:28 pm

Ah Mikie, Thanks! Very cool... I wouldn't have known to do that. I found them all.


Loony Loopy Larissa - Aug 11, 2004 5:24 pm (#1068 of 2901)

I usually do the same thing (just look here to see if anything new has happened) and have only checked the site half a dozen times- though I've tried the door handle possibly close to a hundred times. The news about Fudge is very curious... must investigate.


Madame Librarian - Aug 11, 2004 6:29 pm (#1069 of 2901)

Sorry, just seems as though I picked up on that...where was the news about Fudge? Rumours?

Thanks.

Ciao. Barb


Ladybug220 - Aug 11, 2004 6:41 pm (#1070 of 2901)

Yes, Barb. It is an ad for the Quibbler.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 11, 2004 6:54 pm (#1071 of 2901)

Interesting item for the Quibbler, seeing as it's a rag most pay no attention to because, it's, hmm, let's say different?

Forcasting Fudge's outster... toddles of to think again. Any ideas along this line, if you can follow this line? Stoat sandwich with all the trimmings to first one who can make sense of what I just said :-)


MzWhizz123 - Aug 11, 2004 7:12 pm (#1072 of 2901)

Jo did say that there would be a ner Minister of Magic. My vote was for Arthur, but since she said, "Alas, no.", I am wondering if, maybe it will be someone worse!


Loony Loopy Larissa - Aug 11, 2004 7:18 pm (#1073 of 2901)

I am also concerned that it is an ad for the Quibbler. I would very much like to believe it, but will not until it is reported in a more trustworthy manner.

It's amusing what is considered trustworthy... the Quibbler correctly reported Harry's story while the highly-regarded Daily Prophet spewed nothing but lies and garbage.


Madame Librarian - Aug 11, 2004 7:31 pm (#1074 of 2901)

When my son (master assistant Easter Egg finder) clicked on the little green leaves tacked up on the upper left corner of the bulletin board in "Extra Stuff," they disappeared. Whoa. Where did they go? What does it mean? I logged off the site and came back, but they are not back. Help!

And, does anyone know what the eraser on the lower left ledge of the board does. You can click and drag, but I haven't been able to make it do or anything. I'm guessing it erases something, but what?

I did figure out the phone all by myself. Yay, Barb.

Ciao. Barb


TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 11, 2004 7:36 pm (#1075 of 2901)

Worse than Fudge or Authur?


Sticky Glue - Aug 11, 2004 7:38 pm (#1076 of 2901)

The eraser is realy a revealer, if you rub it over the blank piece of paper on the notice board, it gives a picture or four things you have to find, (one one them is the leaves) when you have found and clicked on the other three, you will get another prize


Madame Librarian - Aug 11, 2004 8:14 pm (#1077 of 2901)

Ah, merci, Sticky Glue. Where does she find the time to think up all this stuff?

Ciao. Barb


Sticky Glue - Aug 11, 2004 9:46 pm (#1078 of 2901)

Madame Librarian, you will have to thank SE Jones for the clues information, There are 4 prizes that I know of, if you go to post 751 on this thread from SE Jones, there is a link to all the clues.


Verschwinden Sie - Aug 11, 2004 11:21 pm (#1079 of 2901)

Just to confirm Sticky Glue's information, yes... there are only four certificates to acquire on JKRowling.com. Sarah has already posted some excellent clues on the subject, so I encourage everyone who wants some help, but who still wants to search out the certificates for themselves, to check out her posts on the subject. =)

For those who want an easier time of it, feel free to contact me privately, and I'll be happy to tell you what to do to get all four certificates.

Andrew

P.S.-- I know, I know... not very sporting of me, but I say whatever gets you to enjoy Harry Potter more is the best magic around. =)


Phelim Mcintyre - Aug 12, 2004 2:06 am (#1080 of 2901)

jellibabie - I would prefer an encore of "the Wizard's Staff". As to the reading habits of Lexicon Forum members - I would like to be able to suggest an author they haven't read.

And when will the door open?????????????


drippan - Aug 12, 2004 4:49 am (#1081 of 2901)

There are 4 prizes that I know of, if you go to post 751 on this thread from SE Jones, there is a link to all the clues.

Maybe I'm crazy, but I can find post 751?

DripPan


Ozymandias - Aug 12, 2004 4:52 am (#1082 of 2901)

Yep, you're crazy, but don't worry. Crazy can be fun.

751


Rosebud221 - Aug 12, 2004 10:10 am (#1083 of 2901)

So, Andrew, can you get around the missing spider?


S.E. Jones - Aug 12, 2004 3:43 pm (#1084 of 2901)

You might already have the spider Rosebud, and not even realize it. Get everything else and see what happens....


Siriusly - Aug 12, 2004 4:49 pm (#1085 of 2901)

Only 3 more days till the book reading. I'll be logging on at 7pm on Sunday! I can't wait.....


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Aug 12, 2004 5:43 pm (#1086 of 2901)

The poll numbers changed a bit.


Land of the Shire - Aug 12, 2004 9:44 pm (#1087 of 2901)

septentrion writes: HP books could be released for Christmas ! The french version of OotP was released on december 3rd, and it was said that it made the 2003 year not too bad for the french publishers.

But British and American publishers have to print WAY more books than the French publishers, and earlier.


Verschwinden Sie - Aug 13, 2004 2:23 am (#1088 of 2901)

Yeah, I know how to get the spider. Sarah's right, though, because of where it is you might have inadvertantly picked it up early on... which could be why you don't think you have it now. I know that I got the spider about five seconds into my first visit and didn't realize for some time that I had even gotten the thing, or that it was important. Did you get the other three "potion ingredients"?


septentrion - Aug 13, 2004 6:21 am (#1089 of 2901)

But British and American publishers have to print WAY more books than the French publishers, and earlier.

that's right, even if the french publisher covers (right verb ?) not only France but all french-speaking countries. More clearly, what I meant is that releasing a HP book for Christmas doesn't mean that the other books sales would necessarily suffer of it.


Rosebud221 - Aug 13, 2004 7:30 am (#1090 of 2901)

I didn't go looking for the spider until just recently -- I couldn't figure out these clues until I got help from the thread. I have 4 things in my scrap book, and it seems like you guys mentioned something I'm missing. I only know that prior to a few weeks ago I only clicked on the obvious, and never had any blue "sparks" until I knew where to go...


Puja - Aug 13, 2004 8:02 am (#1091 of 2901)

Has anybody got the phone call. I've recieved three times, but when I clicked on it nothing happened.


Penny Lane. - Aug 13, 2004 8:08 am (#1092 of 2901)

Hey, consider youself lucky. The phone doesn't even ring on my computer - I think it needs a new battery.


Doris Crockford - Aug 13, 2004 8:29 am (#1093 of 2901)

When the phone rings and I answer it, all I hear is, "Hello? Hello?". So you're not missing much, Puja. Or maybe we're both missing the same thing.


Quibbler Editor In Chief - Aug 13, 2004 8:44 am (#1094 of 2901)

Does anyone know if all of the updates come at midnight British time (7PM for me), or is that only for the birthday updates?


Kasse - Aug 13, 2004 8:56 am (#1095 of 2901)

No idea Quibbler but a very good question. When should we check the site to find out if anything significant was said at this Sunday's reading?


Crystal Moony - Aug 13, 2004 8:59 am (#1096 of 2901)

ihave so far got only the feather and the leaves.can anyone tell me how to find the potion flask and the spider,please?

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emily 86 - Aug 13, 2004 8:59 am (#1097 of 2901) "
Edited by S.E. Jones Aug 15, 2004 7:15 am

small theory: when asked if mr weasley will be minister for magic rowling replies ... alas,no.

ALAS, no. does anyone else take this as a hint that dumbledore will be the next minister for magic. the word alas is so related to dumbledore i fail to see this as a coincidence!

or am i looking too deep?

->Emily, please use proper capitalization in your posts. It makes your posts easier to read for all members as we have some who do not use English as a first language or may be very young.<- SE Jones


Grant the Great - Aug 13, 2004 9:13 am (#1098 of 2901)

I think it's just JK's way of speaking. I don't think it has significance other than that the new minister will be worse than Fudge (DE? I'm not sure)

EDIT: DANG! I missed the 1100 mark! (It's not every day your young man turns 11!)

EDIT #2: Is that a movie quote only or is it in the book. I can't find it (though I didn't have time to thouroughly look).

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RowanRising - Aug 13, 2004 9:44 am (#1099 of 2901) "
Edited by Aug 13, 2004 9:44 am

Anyone else notice it says "Minister FOR Magic forced to flee"? What to make of that...hmm...if anything and I'm just crazy.


Nymphadora - Aug 13, 2004 9:54 am (#1100 of 2901)

Rowan Rising, in British English it is Minister for Magic, whereas in American English it is Minister of Magic. Since I'm logging in both the jkrowling.com and co.uk sites, I've noticed that she writes in British English in both.

Hope this clears things up for you!!

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RowanRising - Aug 13, 2004 9:59 am (#1101 of 2901)
Edited by Aug 13, 2004 10:00 am

Oh. Derr. *off to close head in oven* LOL Thanks Very Happy


Rosebud221 - Aug 13, 2004 2:06 pm (#1102 of 2901)

A lot of those updates to the site could be scheduled to automatically update at midnight London time. Most web updates are, unless there is a problem or something SIGNIFICANT happens...


Quibbler Editor In Chief - Aug 13, 2004 2:48 pm (#1103 of 2901)

Rosebud, I agree that the updates such as the birthdays or Wizards of the Month would probably update automatically like a calendar, but what about when JKR makes major updates to the FAQ, the edits, or even the door? Do you think that she has already set items like these to become available at midnight on the day that she wants them to, or if she just updates them herself at some other time? I am just asking because until the recent birthday updates I only found updates in the morning, so I am wondering if anyone who checks the site more frequently has noticed a pattern of when updates come. Also, I am curious when to check the site after Sunday's reading.


Richard !!!Reid - Aug 13, 2004 2:56 pm (#1104 of 2901)

Yes. I am from the UK and as soon as it turned midnight on the morning of July 31, Harry's birthday appeared.


Verschwinden Sie - Aug 13, 2004 3:16 pm (#1105 of 2901)

If you've got four things in your scrapbook, Rosebud, then you've got them all. =) Kudos and congratulations!


HP Sleuth - Aug 14, 2004 2:41 pm (#1106 of 2901)

I am currently wondering whether things on the site really DO update at Greenwich time, or at whatever timezone you're in at the moment. Because my watch is currently at MY time, which is 2:25 PM, and that's the time that the watch has. While we're on the subject of the watch, I have a couple things to say. One, there are 16 tick marks around the watch, although it only says 12, 3, 6, and 9. Two, when Peeves or whatever blows down the pens and stuff, there are 16 planets *gasp*. Hmmm....correct me if I'm wrong, but I recall there being 16 moons around Jupiter. Maybe all those references to Astronomy, two Neptunes, Uranus *snigger*, and Jupiter, Mars, etc, actually MEAN something.

Also, I believe this comment has already been made, but how do you reform a hag? I mean, aren't children or something their food? I'm sure that this so-called society is most likely fake, like all those fake vegetarians out there *cough* my sister *cough*. Maybe they go into Hogsmeade like those vegetarian sharks from Finding Nemo, and say "we're reformed hags", and then when everyone else is looking the other way, they eat several children at once, and then swear it wasn't them. Lol, I just had this mental picture of a hag with a hand sticking out of their mouth and saying "Uh...*points* he did it!!!". Ok, I think I elaborated a wee bit much... Hehe.

Also, my friend said that she got past the door, but maybe that was to stop me from constantly pestering her about whether she had done it yet or not...Razz Ok, I'm going to go take a nap now...about how the HBP comes out, and I read it before everyone on the Forum, and then time stops, and JKR never updates her site again, and then, and then........and........and........*snore* By the by, JKR's reading is tommorrow, so she should update Monday, and if she doesn't, then I'm going to have to search for her in Bolivia...Wow, I have been ranting for awhile. I'm really going to take a nap now and digest what I just posted.

EDIT: I added a few spaces between my paragraphs to make them a tad bit easier to read.


Mare - Aug 14, 2004 3:15 pm (#1107 of 2901)

The site somehow knows what time your computer is set too. It is dark (window near the door) when it is night, and light during day. Also the color of the butterfly changes. I really should watch it during dawn or dusk though, see how the changes go


Cezar Salem - Aug 14, 2004 3:21 pm (#1108 of 2901)

YAY!!! Im post number 1111 iuhuuuuuuuuuuuuu and tomorow is the reading... cant wait!!! I realy hope something big is answerd... Does anyone know if there is someway to see it live ?


Loony Loopy Larissa - Aug 14, 2004 4:07 pm (#1109 of 2901)

I'm pretty sure that it was dark once at around 4 or 5 in the afternoon, my time (it is not dark then, especially in the summer). The exact time might not be correct, but it was in the afternoon; I specifically remember thinking, "oh, the site must run on England time because it shouldn't be dark yet." I could be hallucinating, of course, but I don't believe I am.

Edit: I just checked her site. It is 7 PM here, and the site is daytime. Perhaps I was hallucinating again when I saw it before...


Diagon Nilly - Aug 14, 2004 7:32 pm (#1110 of 2901)

Where I live at the height of summer the sun doesn't fully set until about 11:00pm. The sky on her site was definately dark whilst the sun here was up and about. However, the watch is always set for me in PST. So I'm guessing the site compensates for time zone but not latitude.

I just wonder if they'll change the landscape outside the hallway window to reflect the seasons as well.


Kasse - Aug 14, 2004 8:04 pm (#1111 of 2901)

The reading is tomorrow - I am so excited.......


Loony Loopy Larissa - Aug 14, 2004 8:52 pm (#1112 of 2901)

I think the big question is, then, whether or not it is already in a winter-like season for those in the southern hemisphere.

I hope we learn something exciting tomorrow!


MickeyCee3948 - Aug 15, 2004 6:02 am (#1113 of 2901)

Just checked the site and nothing new. It's 8:01CDT in Louisiana USA.

Mikie


MrsGump - Aug 15, 2004 6:04 am (#1114 of 2901)

According to TLC, the transcript should be on the offical site sometime today. But go and read the CBBC article.

I feel OK voting for the Petunia/ Howler question now. :-)


S.E. Jones - Aug 15, 2004 7:19 am (#1115 of 2901)

To the watch, my brother thinks it somehow reads the time from your browser and sets the watch's time to it. Has anyone tried reseting their browser timezone to see if it changes the watch's time?


Cezar Salem - Aug 15, 2004 7:22 am (#1116 of 2901)

The site definatly knows the time at where it is being open, for example here its 1120 and so it the watch at the site. Loony Loopy Larissa also wondered about seasons it the sothern hemisphere and here its like mid winter and so is the window in that darned door(that wont opnen!!!!!!!!!! grrrrrrr)so the site ( i dont know how, does anyone?) definalty knows where it is being opened.


Diagon Nilly - Aug 15, 2004 7:22 am (#1117 of 2901)
Edited by Aug 15, 2004 7:35 am

According to the book festival, she's halfway through book six. I think a Christmas release is out of the question....unless you consider maybe NEXT Christmas.

Some more from the book festival that will be in the transcript on her site (SPOILERS)

* Aberforth Dumbledore is the barman in the Hog's Head

* Dumbledore's patronus is a phoenix

* Grawp will be more controllable in the sixth book

* We will see a bit more of Rita Skeeter

* There will be a new character called McLagan

* Harry does NOT have a godmother

* Petunia is not a squib, as she is muggle-born, but...... There's more to Petunia than meets the eye!

* Why didn't Voldemort die when he tried to kill Harry? In the end of book four, Voldemort had said he had taken various steps against dying, but we should be wondering exactly what he did.

* Why didn't Dumbledore try to kill Voldemort in that scene at the end of book five? Dumbledore gave a kind of reason to Voldemort but it's not the real answer, and that Dumbledore knows something more.

* Harry will survive to book seven but no confirmation as to whether he would grow up to be a wizard.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] if anyone wants to read.

EDIT: I noticed a new thread went up about the Book Festival while I was writing this, so any replies specifically regarding the info in the post should go there. Smile


Cezar Salem - Aug 15, 2004 7:28 am (#1118 of 2901)

Just checked the site and tried changing the clock on my browser to see what hapened and I put it an half houer early and tataaaaaa the site followed, so ti definatly reads form the browser...

And I cant wait for the transcript on her site!!!!!!!!


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Aug 15, 2004 12:09 pm (#1119 of 2901)

She's updated the site.


azi - Aug 15, 2004 12:53 pm (#1120 of 2901)

Arghhh! Site update! I'm so happy! Thanks for saying aberforth! Now if only her site contained a way to stop hiccups...


Joelle - Aug 15, 2004 4:41 pm (#1121 of 2901)

isnt the guys name mclaggan?

and yaaay on the updates!

Does this mean the FAQ is answered?


nmnjr - Aug 15, 2004 4:56 pm (#1122 of 2901)

No, the FAQ isn't answered. Sad

And I think the birthday things are strictly Greenwich Mean time, because I saw Ginny's Birthday the night before the date on the calendar, and on her real birthday night, it was gone. (I live in the eastern time zone of the U.S.)


Ladybug220 - Aug 15, 2004 5:09 pm (#1123 of 2901)

I think that the updates show up at GMT but the time on the watch will be whatever time zone you are in.


Madame Librarian - Aug 15, 2004 5:38 pm (#1124 of 2901)

Sano, a thought occurred to me as I read the transcript. When speaking of what Voldemort must have done to prepare himself for immortality (and thereby allowing him to barely survive the rebounded AK), something she also said when answering why Harry would not gain much insight if there were portraits of his parents--they would just repeat common parental platitudes, not real substantial advice. Then she added that it would be better if they had been ghosts as Sir Nicholas is. But only those too afraid to really die opt to become ghosts. Bingo (maybe)! Doesn't that describe Riddle--terrified of death? Would he not have opted to make himself a ghost if faced with certain death? It fits, I think. He had made all the preparations to take that step when the need arose, and with that AK gone wrong the ghost charm or whatever it's called is engaged. Voldemist is really a ghost, just as ordinary as the typical WW ghost. But--the difference is the dark magic he's learned to undo the ghost charm when the conditions are right and the proper "ingredients" to that body-restoring stuff he makes in the graveyard are available.

I'm not sure at this point if this line of discussion should continue on this thread or be moved/repeated to another.

I'll copy it onto the Lord Voldemort/Tom Riddle thread.

Ciao. Barb


Madame Librarian - Aug 15, 2004 8:15 pm (#1125 of 2901)

Siriusly, can you elaborate on that?

Ciao. Barb


Grant the Great - Aug 15, 2004 8:23 pm (#1126 of 2901)

Woah, sorry, but that sounded totally like it was JKR giving us a hint. Didn't she say that she actually posted on Mugglenet?


Siriusly - Aug 15, 2004 8:28 pm (#1127 of 2901)

Sorry Grant, it's nobody.


Land of the Shire - Aug 15, 2004 8:47 pm (#1128 of 2901)

I don't have my copy of OotP with me - can anyone tell us exactly what Dumbledore's "kind of answer" to why he didn't kill Voldemort at the Ministry?


Siriusly - Aug 15, 2004 9:08 pm (#1129 of 2901)

My investigation have led me to conclude the following:

The watch on Jo's desk changes to the watch of an alchemist.

There are twelve processes in alchemy to create the Philosopher's Stone. They must be done according to the appropriate Zodiac Sign.

There are 16 minerals involved in the process, that must be used during different stages.

Watch tells which stage you are on and what minerals are invoved.

Brilliant.


Laurelin - Aug 16, 2004 2:33 am (#1130 of 2901)

Anybody has an idea what to do when the door opens and all we can see is blackness? :?


Miss Malaprop - Aug 16, 2004 3:13 am (#1131 of 2901)

Laurelin, I don't know if I'm allowed to post the answer here...I haven't yet mastered invisible writing. You can find out how to solve the puzzle over at The Leaky Cauldron. Go to the comments section for the post about JKR's chat, and hints have been posted near the top of the comments.

Oooh, when can we start discussing this new juicy tidbit of HBP information?


Mare - Aug 16, 2004 4:02 am (#1132 of 2901)

Well this thread is for starting the discussion, so let's say:

For all off you: The door is open again. Hints can be found in the TLC section, but from this post on, the information and the opening techniques may be discussed here.

So SPOILER warning below!!!


Mare - Aug 16, 2004 4:04 am (#1133 of 2901)

For everybody who doesn't wants the answer right away and wants just a tiny nudge in the right direction: Go to the "extra stuff" page look good and be patient...


accio hbp - Aug 16, 2004 5:28 am (#1134 of 2901)

Nudge number two (in case you've been too patient and/or walked away from your computer). When in doubt, hire Gobb Lynn Security Specialists.


icthestrals - Aug 16, 2004 6:00 am (#1135 of 2901)

OK I'm impatient, I admit it. Can someone just tell how to see what's behind the door? If you don't want to post it, could you email me? Thanks.


mollis - Aug 16, 2004 6:00 am (#1136 of 2901)

Hmm....very interesting. And I thought when I arrived at work early I'd actually get work done. Gotta love JKR! Will wait till later to start the speculating...


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Aug 16, 2004 6:11 am (#1137 of 2901)

Well my doors open but all I can see is blackness...


Catherine - Aug 16, 2004 6:13 am (#1138 of 2901)

OK, maybe I am way too thick, but I can't see anything.

I went to TLC, and it said that only people accessing the site from Europe or Asia could get what's behind the door. I went and it's only black behind the door. I'm here in the US; is that the problem?

I just want to know what it says! Help!


icthestrals - Aug 16, 2004 6:19 am (#1139 of 2901)

If you guys ask reaaallly nice, Mollis might send you the answer you are seeking! Thanks again Mollis!!


Susanne - Aug 16, 2004 6:20 am (#1140 of 2901)

Catherine,

If you want to cheat (like me) click on comments underneath that story and ready through the posts until you come to on from a really kind person who has revealed how to get further..

Susanne


septentrion - Aug 16, 2004 6:22 am (#1141 of 2901)

maybe it's a question of time zone and people in the US will see it soon.

the path to light :
1 - switch the light around 4,5 cm form the bottom and 3/4 cm from the left edge of the door
2 - the dart combination is 713
3 - the safe combination is 302723
4 - click on the paper, but I won't tell you what it is...


Eponine - Aug 16, 2004 6:23 am (#1142 of 2901)

I'm in the US, and I was able to see it. The door does open to blackness for me too, though. You just have to do something to be able to see.


Catherine - Aug 16, 2004 6:28 am (#1143 of 2901)

Aww, thanks guys. I got it! Yeah! Sorry for my overwrought yearnings.

Sigh. Now I can relax and go about my day!


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Aug 16, 2004 6:28 am (#1144 of 2901)

I live in Tennessee and I can see everything now. It's just finding the lightswitch thats hard...


Eponine - Aug 16, 2004 6:39 am (#1145 of 2901)

Where in TN do you live? I grew up in Chattanooga.


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Aug 16, 2004 6:41 am (#1146 of 2901)

East Nashville, and Lebanon. I have family in Chattanooga...


Penny Lane. - Aug 16, 2004 6:48 am (#1147 of 2901)

I got it! I had to look up what number to put in the dartboard though :-(


Mare - Aug 16, 2004 6:49 am (#1148 of 2901)

I keep promising myself: the next one I'm going to figure out all by myself. but then I hear "doors open!" and my curiosity takes over!


Eponine - Aug 16, 2004 6:51 am (#1149 of 2901)

I love Chattanooga, I miss it so much!

Mare, I have to agree with you. I'm way too excited about learning something new to be patient enough to figure it out on my own.


Denise P. - Aug 16, 2004 6:55 am (#1150 of 2901)

I know we have some people who are only able to get to the text only version of the website. Here is what the prize is after you get through the open door.

SECRET TEXT: (He) looked rather like an old lion. There were streaks of grey in his mane of tawny hair and his bushy eyebrows; he had keen yellowish eyes behind a pair of wire-rimmed spectacles and a certain rangy, loping grace even though he walked with a slight limp.

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Mare - Aug 16, 2004 7:11 am (#1151 of 2901)

Now is he the Half Blood Prince, the new Defense against the Dark Arts teacher, McClaggan, or all three at the same time?

Edit: Gnagna, Loopy.
But I guess she likes to keep us speculating. Gives us tidbits of info so we won't bother her with questions so much...


Loopy Lupin - Aug 16, 2004 7:13 am (#1152 of 2901)

Invisible question:

This must be a description of the new character, no?

EDIT-- Mare beat me to it. Smile


narisa - Aug 16, 2004 7:16 am (#1153 of 2901)

I can't believe it. After watching the do not disturb sign for age, I have to go back home and can't use internet until now. Just 4 days of missing the site and the door was open exactly the time I gone. What a bad luck.


Mare - Aug 16, 2004 7:20 am (#1154 of 2901)

Narisa, it just opened, it still is.


Steve Newton - Aug 16, 2004 7:23 am (#1155 of 2901)

Any clue as to what the numbers 302723 stand for? Or am I being dense? I don't really want an answer to the second question.


narisa - Aug 16, 2004 7:24 am (#1156 of 2901)

no, it isn't. At least my door doesn't. Unless ypu have to do some thing with the do not disturb sign first. But there is nothing I can do.

EDIT: I am in Asia.


Steve Newton - Aug 16, 2004 7:26 am (#1157 of 2901)

I also note more gum wrappers. Is JKR giving us a clue or is she messing with us?


TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 16, 2004 7:26 am (#1158 of 2901)

Narisa, try clearing your browser's cache, it might make a difference. The door is still open for me.


tracie1976 - Aug 16, 2004 7:27 am (#1159 of 2901)

Any clue as to what the numbers 302723 stand for?

I haven't figured anything out for those numbers but I've been thinking about it.


septentrion - Aug 16, 2004 7:32 am (#1160 of 2901)

Narisa's comment makes me think the door may only open one day, according to the time zone me live in. I'll check tomorrow to see if it's still open (I hope it will).


prof sprout - Aug 16, 2004 7:33 am (#1161 of 2901)

Those numbers are a phone number on her website. You have to wait until Peeves appears though to see it. Think security.


Joelle - Aug 16, 2004 8:05 am (#1162 of 2901)

guys i insert the numbers into the thing but it just buzzez at me

help!

EDIT: ook never mind - i just cant type

who?


LooneyLuna - Aug 16, 2004 8:06 am (#1163 of 2901)

Did you turn the handle after entering the numbers? That should open the vault.


Diagon Nilly - Aug 16, 2004 8:09 am (#1164 of 2901)
Edited by Aug 16, 2004 8:12 am

She also changed some of the "background" on the Extra Stuff page. Nothing clue-ish, just little notes, like "Fan Site, pick new fansite winner" and "...Blood Prince" circled in red and I think the picture of her hugging Goofy is new too.

Edit: AAAAH! I just got the Gobb Lynn (Goblin, get it) security thing. Sneaky sneaky Jo...I wouldn't in a million years thought to wait it out on the Extra Stuff page.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 16, 2004 8:34 am (#1165 of 2901)

Ok, I am officially lost. I open the door and it's just black. Someone, please help me figure this out.


Kasse - Aug 16, 2004 8:39 am (#1166 of 2901)

awww Kim I feel your pain it took me forever to figure it out. Ok here is a link, scroll down a bit to see the instructions. Hope this helps

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


Sherbie Lemon - Aug 16, 2004 8:40 am (#1167 of 2901)

Kim, you've got to click about 1/3 of the way over from the right-hand side of the door. That should turn on the light.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 16, 2004 8:46 am (#1168 of 2901)

Thank you, thank you, thank you Kasse!

I can now continue with the responsibilities of my day which I had completely abandoned in my frustrated determination to see what was behind this door--even if I had to cheat!

EDIT: Was typing while Sherbie posted. Thank you Sherbie. However, the light switch wouldn't have been enough for me I'm afraid. I definitely needed the link. I never was much of a sleuth.


Phelim Mcintyre - Aug 16, 2004 8:48 am (#1169 of 2901)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! The computer I use that allows me to get onto the official site and get to the door has a trojan horse virus. I think I will trace who wrote it and AK them. So thanks to all of you who have let me know what's going on.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 16, 2004 8:51 am (#1170 of 2901)

I wouldn't in a million years thought to wait it out on the Extra Stuff page. --Diagon Nilly

What do you mean "wait it out"? Is there something that appears here as well?


Kasse - Aug 16, 2004 8:55 am (#1171 of 2901)

No problem Kim, anytime. We HP fans have to be so patient waiting for these books and I do not think it is fair to wait longer than necessary to see what is behind the door when it is opened. So believe me, I am one of those who look for a link with instructions ASAP!


Quibbler Editor In Chief - Aug 16, 2004 8:58 am (#1172 of 2901)

Lupin is Lupin, there is no other important information on the Extra Stuff page. What Diagon Nilly means is that the clues to open the door can be found in the background of that page.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 16, 2004 9:00 am (#1173 of 2901)

Really? You guys impress me to no end. I never would have realized that.


dc1p1 - Aug 16, 2004 9:15 am (#1174 of 2901)

Help! The Do Not Disturb sign comes off my door but it still won't open! Am I not doing something right? I waited for Peeves to blow by, but it still won't open. Can somebody help me please?


Liz Mann - Aug 16, 2004 9:23 am (#1175 of 2901)

Instructions on what to do are on The Leaky Cauldron.


Quibbler Editor In Chief - Aug 16, 2004 9:41 am (#1176 of 2901)

There are also instructions earlier on this site in invisible ink if you look at the previous posts. Just highlight the words and you can read them.


siliconsmiley - Aug 16, 2004 9:43 am (#1177 of 2901)

Yay! A tantalizing little teaser!

dclp1, try clearing out your browser's cache. The door should open to a dark room beyond.


Mademoiselle Fleur - Aug 16, 2004 9:50 am (#1178 of 2901)

Are we allowed to discuss yet? Smile


siliconsmiley - Aug 16, 2004 10:09 am (#1179 of 2901)

Chomping at the bit? Smile Me too. I hope HBP is out for Christmas.


DJ Evans - Aug 16, 2004 10:11 am (#1180 of 2901)

Just wanted to give a BIG thanks to Denise for including what is revealed in an earlier post (#1153). I had no problem with getting "to" the secret text, but once there, it just lays there. After waiting a moment I finally clicked on it and yes it came out, but it never turned upright -- just floated toward me until it was out of view. Unless I've missed something I should have done, I wouldn't have known what was on there. Again, THANKS Denise.

Later, Deb


dc1p1 - Aug 16, 2004 10:12 am (#1181 of 2901)

thanks everyone for helping! I finally got it to open! Yay!


djellibabe - Aug 16, 2004 10:18 am (#1182 of 2901)

DJ Evans, it does that for me too, can't read the paper. All that cheating just to get this far and then no reward!


Madame Librarian - Aug 16, 2004 10:27 am (#1183 of 2901)

My heavens! I got the paper and the excerpt thanks to my son who sauntered in just as I was about to throw my shoe at the computer screen. I had the list of instructions from TLC, and got as far as the black behind the open door. My son is a real fast clicker and just poked around till we got results. Then, of course, I had the codes.

Are the little extras--Peeves, the papers flying around, etc.--stuff that happens if you don't get in? Or do they lead to even more goodies? I never saw them. The only thing, and it was just once, the Gobb Lynn business card was in front of the street car one.

I'm just making sure I've not missed anything.

Ciao. Barb


Mare - Aug 16, 2004 10:39 am (#1184 of 2901)

No Peeves flying around is just to help you find the Gobb lyn clue (as far as I know). And yes, she makes it quite difficult doesn't she. Then again, there always seems to be some-one who is able to open it in ten minutes.

Maybe we should look up al possible numbers and hints in the books and have them ready for next time!


Annika - Aug 16, 2004 10:41 am (#1185 of 2901)

In the Extra Stuff section, it has been mentioned that there have been items added to the cork board. I wonder what the skematical drawing on the right hand side is. It looks like there is an machine or instrument of some sort with a graph to the left. It reminds me of nautical or aerospace radar. Any thoughts?

Annika


Star Crossed - Aug 16, 2004 10:54 am (#1186 of 2901)

Gob Lynn? I'm confused. I didn't see that...


Mare - Aug 16, 2004 11:04 am (#1187 of 2901)

The schematical drawing on the right hand side seems to be the dartboard
Also, this comes from one of the leaky cauldron posters:


Also, has everybody else noticed on the Extra Stuff page, there's a diagram of the room with the door (the dartboard, mirror and window) and it's labeled "Room of Requirements"?

This room behind the door, which has now several times been opened and shows different things each time... it's the Room of Requirement!!! To this HP fan, that's... that's just COOL! I just love JKR and this site, her gift to fans!

The room of requirement. So obvious, how come we missed that!


Star Crossed - Aug 16, 2004 11:12 am (#1188 of 2901)

Oooooh! Thank you!


djellibabe - Aug 16, 2004 11:16 am (#1189 of 2901)

On the Extra Stuff page the doodle is the dartboard and it is marked the room of requirement. There is also a new note, that reads 14th September, Shepperton Studios, but I can't read the next comment.

Under the pen is a piece of white card that says Pillar of Storge, rumours and something that looks like 'Get a grip'?

There is also a copy of her honoury degree and a black business card that I haven't noticed before. Any clues anyone?


Annika - Aug 16, 2004 11:20 am (#1190 of 2901)

Can't believe I didn't pick up on the fact that the doodle was a dartboard. Thanks!


djellibabe - Aug 16, 2004 11:22 am (#1191 of 2901)

I have been opening the door all afternoon, getting the light on, getting the darts in, opening the safe, picking up the piece of paper and then nothing. (It sort of blew forward, like with the HBP one, disappeared out of sight and then nothing). Maybe my computer can't cope but now the do not disturb sign is on again. Someone please describe exactly what happened once you got the paper!


Good Evans - Aug 16, 2004 11:27 am (#1192 of 2901)

oh no djellibabe - what a bummer!

It brought up a bit of paper with a quote assumedly from the new book it was a description of someone. The whole thing is in the leaky cauldron on this site so I wont quote it word for word again- its easy to find. I'm trying to find if we are discussing who this is on a thread somewhere - but go have a read!!!


Diagon Nilly - Aug 16, 2004 11:35 am (#1193 of 2901)

Good eyes Mare. I noticed something else. When you first enter the room or when you exit. As soon as the paper in the center lifts away you can see the piece of paper underneath with the dartboard doodle actually has "room of requirements" written on it.


Rosebud221 - Aug 16, 2004 11:43 am (#1194 of 2901)

djellibabe,

Under 14 September (it almost looks like April 04) Shepperton Studios it says Middlesex... Her list and several of the other things (notes & cards) have changed as well, I couldn't say the black card is new or not, though.

I still can't get any further than the open door. Am I brain dead? Do you have to do something special to turn on the light? I've clicked everywhere...

--SB


djellibabe - Aug 16, 2004 11:48 am (#1195 of 2901)

Rosebud, I have checked and it really looks like 14/09/04. We write day, month, year so I am sure it is September.


Good Evans - Aug 16, 2004 11:49 am (#1196 of 2901)

Rosebud its in line with the windowsill almost dead centre of the doorf- but it can take a bit of clicking


mollis - Aug 16, 2004 12:02 pm (#1197 of 2901)

Someone was asking earlier about there the second code came from. It is the telephone number to call Gobb Lynn, Security Specialist. His card is revealed on the Extra Stuff page after Peeves blows through. I have no idea who actually figured that out - but they are sure clever. & patient!


Laurelin - Aug 16, 2004 12:09 pm (#1198 of 2901)

Someone was asking earlier about there the second code came from. It is the telephone number to call Gobb Lynn, Security Specialist.

Yes.... it is the "phone-number of that "Mr Lynn"... the question is though: Do the numbers mean anything? Do they refer to anything in the HP-books like the "MAGIC"-number on the mobile phone? I am really not good with text-messages, but I had a look at the numbers and this time they do not seem to spell anything out... at least not something that makes sense imho.... What could they refer to (if they weren't chosen at random), page-numbers, chapter numbers, ages...?


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Aug 16, 2004 12:20 pm (#1199 of 2901)

Does any one here know how to take a snapshot of the page before it loads fully?


Star Crossed - Aug 16, 2004 12:27 pm (#1200 of 2901)

While it loads, press print screen, open a paint program, paste it in a document, save it, and there you go. I already made one for the extra stuff.

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