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boop - Jul 27, 2004 4:41 pm (#1201 of 2004)

Centauriffic,Tom and Magika Welcome to the most friendly family Forum out there. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas. Be sure to check out the chat thread and the chat room. We love talking to you and getting to know you better. Most important thing to remember is have lots of fun here.

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Lori V - Jul 27, 2004 6:12 pm (#1202 of 2004)

Hello everyone.

I am Lori V as you can all tell. I am 31 years old and live in Fayetteville, NC. I work at a radio station and got into the Harry Potter books in a weird sort of way. I was in college, going for a degree in broadcast journalism, when the Goblet of Fire came out. There was this big thing about children reading about wizards and how it would make them want to practice magic or something like that and I was assigned a story to see how parents really felt about these books. So, I read Goblet of Fire and got really interested and read the other three shortly thereafter. I have been hooked ever since. I thought I was the only person over 30 who didn't have kids and was hooked on these books so I was really happy to find this place where there are others like me. I look forward to getting to know some people with similar interests and discussing the books with people who won't look at me like I am crazy or something.

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boop - Jul 27, 2004 9:04 pm (#1203 of 2004)

Welcome Lori, you came to the right place to talk about the books. There are lots of ideas, so feel free to share yours as well. We are always looking for new ideas. I am 43 and there is all age groups on this forum. We are a very friendly family forum. Sometime stop by the chat thread and chat room and say hi. Most important thing to remember is have lots of fun!!

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Leila 2X4B - Jul 27, 2004 9:07 pm (#1204 of 2004)

Lori V. I hate to break it to you, but we are all a little crazy on this forum. We obsess too much...We are a bunch of insufferable little know-it-all's...We spend way too much time talking about Potter. But hey, if this is insanity give me my books and a padded room and I will be content.

Welcome to the forum.

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Elanor - Jul 28, 2004 2:24 am (#1205 of 2004)

Hi Lori ! I understand you perfectly because I am 31 and don't have kids too ! Well, I'm a teacher, so I know a lot of kids but, to be honest, I'm pretty sure they sometimes think I'm a little weird... But, that is really good, because I think people who take themselves too seriously, people without passions nor imagination are sad people and I feel pity for them : they don't know what they manage without ! So, between being a killjoy or a "potty" I've chosen ! And all the other people here have done the same ! So welcome aboard !

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icthestrals - Jul 28, 2004 4:22 am (#1206 of 2004)

Welcome everyone! Check out Potty HQ if you would like to join those of us who are Potty about Potter!!

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RowanRising - Jul 28, 2004 6:33 am (#1207 of 2004)

Hello Forum! My name is Becky - I'm 21 and live in Denver. I've been reading HP for about...4 years now, and only recently discovered the miracle that is the Lexicon! I've been reading the forum for about a month and just couldn't keep my mouth shut anymore Smile

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Padfoot - Jul 28, 2004 7:03 am (#1208 of 2004)

Welcome all new members! Becky, I also live in Denver. There are a few of us forum members who live in Colorado. Welcome!

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RowanRising - Jul 28, 2004 7:13 am (#1209 of 2004)

Thanks Cynde! Smile

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Marie E. - Jul 28, 2004 8:14 pm (#1210 of 2004)

Welcome, Becky! I'm in Colorado Springs. For the longest time I was the only member regularly posting from Colorado. Tell me you're a Broncos fan and I'll get positively swoony.

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Professor Jeeves - Jul 28, 2004 10:02 pm (#1211 of 2004)

Hi, I'm Professor Jeeves, from India. I've been a member of this forum before; though it was under a different name. I loved all HP books and movies and am really looking forward to HbP.

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RowanRising - Jul 29, 2004 6:35 am (#1212 of 2004)

Well as I've lived here all my life- how could I NOT be a Broncos fan? Silly question! Wink

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anbigin - Jul 29, 2004 7:39 am (#1213 of 2004)
Edited Jul 29, 2004 8:39 am

Welcome to all these fantastic new people.

I just wanted to give Prof. Jeeves a special shout out for having such a fantastic avatar:)

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littlepix - Jul 29, 2004 10:39 am (#1214 of 2004)

Hi!!!

I'm littlepix and I'm 20 years old. I am a student of the University of Exeter (same as JKR!) where I am about to embark on my second year of a degree in History. I am absolutely obsessed with Harry Potter, so much so that I have seen the first two films countless times (it must be approaching at least 20!) and am about to re-read the series for about the eighth time having been inspired by the vast amounts of theories and clues discussed here.

Anyway, that's about all I have to report. I hope to get to know all of you soon and share some theories of my own...Wink

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wormsé - Jul 29, 2004 10:59 am (#1215 of 2004)

Welcome to the forum, littlepix! Hope you have lots of fun! Always, Lindsay

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thetheatre62442 - Jul 29, 2004 7:36 pm (#1216 of 2004)

Hello everyone!

I've been reading this forum religiously for the past 3 weeks, though not posting more than a few thoughts. I'm still in high school (LAST YEAR!)in the States and I'm planning to go to England or France for college, depending on where I get in. I'm extremely excited about it! Anyone who lives there, if you wouldn't mind putting in your 2 knuts about some great schools out there, seeing as how I haven't been tehre more than a few times. That would be great!

As my name says, I'm a theatre geek! Anything to do with Broadway especially. I'm also an avid HP reader! My parents and friends are just happy that I've found somewhere with people to talk about it with! I can't wait for more theories on HP6. They're the best part!

All the best, Theatre

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Elanor - Jul 29, 2004 10:31 pm (#1217 of 2004)

Hi Theatre ! I live in France and will be glad to give you some informations but you should give us more more details : what do you want to learn ? in what vocational training prospect?... Maybe you shoud post them in the chat thread where we could answer you ? See you there !

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InfiniteAbyss - Jul 30, 2004 12:19 am (#1218 of 2004)

Hi There,

Abyss from Scotland here, pleasure to meet you all.

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Mynn - Jul 30, 2004 1:37 am (#1219 of 2004)

Hi!

My name is Tiffany and I live in Ogden, Utah. I'm 28 and to say I'm obsessed with Harry Potter would be to seriously underestimate things. I have converted everybody I work with, and all my friends to HP(except for my brother who is being stubborn). I work for the government and have probably listened to, or read the books 100 times.

I first got into HP after reading a magazine article around the time PoA came out. It's very exciting to find a place where I'm not the only Harry Potter Freak. I look forward to all the discussions.

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boop - Jul 30, 2004 4:54 am (#1220 of 2004)

Welcome Tiffany to the most friendly family forum on the web. This is the place to be to feed that Harry Potter obsession. Its great to hear you are getting more fans of the books, keep up the good work. There are lots of ideas here, so pick some and if you have anything to add please do so. We look forward to reading new ideas. Stop by the chat thread. Also the chat room some evening we have a great time in there and look forward to talking to you as well. Most important thing to remember is have lots of fun.

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Scarlett Beth - Jul 30, 2004 8:06 am (#1221 of 2004)

Hi I am Monica! I live in Riverdale UT. And am in the military (air force). I am obsessed with Harry Potter, and think about the series all the time. I love listening to theories on what will happen next.

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haymoni - Jul 30, 2004 11:33 am (#1222 of 2004)

Hey Monica! From another Monica!

Thanks to Ms. Lewinsky, I doubt there will be very many of us in the future so we have to stick together!

(Just my own personal theory that there will be very few parents willing to name their beloved daughters "Monica" in the near future!)

I've been wrong before though! (Mark Evans!)

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The giant squid - Jul 30, 2004 2:16 pm (#1223 of 2004)

Welcome, newcomers! I'm looking forward to seeing your thoughts on our sometimes odd theories, and maybe a few of your own.

haymoni, don't forget the Friends effect...I think Ms. Geller might just overrule Ms. Lewinsky. Wink

--Mike

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Gemini Wolfie - Jul 31, 2004 3:35 am (#1224 of 2004)

Hi everyone. New to the boards as well. I've already starting being active on the boards. I hope I don't annoy anyone with my posts. I do tend to be wordy. I didn't become obsessed with the HP books until recently although I've owned all of the books for quite some time. If you can believe it, I don't frequently read for pleasure although I find my self rereading large parts of the books. I do love discussion forums though. So I'll be spending a lot of time reading what everyone has to say.

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boop - Jul 31, 2004 4:26 am (#1225 of 2004)

Welcome Genini Wolfie to the best most friendly forum out on the web. I am glad you have found yourself at home. There are lots of ideas and glad that you are sharing yours as well. Stop by the chat thread and chat room some evening and say hi. Most important thing to remember is have lots of fun.

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RuthJ - Jul 31, 2004 3:21 pm (#1226 of 2004)
Edited Jul 31, 2004 4:39 pm

Hello, all. My name is Ruth, and I'm a college student living in California, at least until I graduate. I started reading HP a couple years after PS/SS came out, but this is the first forum I've participated in, so please bear with me, as I'm sure I'll make a few blunders. I'm also an avid runner and a loyal San Antonio Spurs fan, and Ron is by far my favorite character (although since book 5 I've come to admire Ginny too).

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 31, 2004 3:59 pm (#1227 of 2004)

Hello everyone, guess it's time I dropped a post here too. My name is Pam. I live in the US, and a die-hard Harry Potter fan! I am also owned by nine ferrets, two cats, and a horse.

My family, (husband, kids, grandkids) thinks I'm just a little nuts about Harry Potter, but of course they think I'm nuts anyway!

DD is my favorite character.

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boop - Jul 31, 2004 5:10 pm (#1228 of 2004)

Welcome Ruth and Pam. The best HP site out there. Look forward to hearing your ideas. This is a great family forum. Stop by the chat thread and chat room and say hi. Most important thing to remember is have lots of fun.

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Nicholas Xylas - Jul 31, 2004 5:43 pm (#1229 of 2004)

This is a great family forum

I guess this isn't the place to find the punchline to Uncle Vernon's Japanese golfer joke then?

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Pinky - Aug 1, 2004 2:34 am (#1230 of 2004)

Well, Nicholas, seeing as we're still waiting for the rest of Dumbledore's joke about the witch, troll and hag...

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Sir Tornado - Aug 1, 2004 2:57 am (#1231 of 2004)

Witch, Troll and Hag; was that Witch Umbridge? Great companions for her. Anyway, Welcome all.

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Akaisha - Aug 2, 2004 3:24 am (#1232 of 2004)

Theater6- (something-whatever),

Why England or France? The best place is Hollywood_ LOL! I'm just saying that because I am In Los Angeles... but... I went to the 'Orange County High Scool of the Arts' (a.k.a. OCHSA) and it is a great school, but that was years ago... so I don't know, for you... I don't live in Europe...

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Akaisha - Aug 2, 2004 4:03 am (#1233 of 2004)

Elanor... Hi, My name is Akaisha. I joined a few about a months ago or so... I am an aspiring actress but I am also a history tutor and I specialize in the 1500-1700's (especially British history) I am an avid Tudor fan... I am building a web site about the Tudor Dynasty and when it is finished I will post the link. I want it to be prefect so it may take awhile,, you might be interested, being a historian and all... History is my hobby actually. I was the only one in my class that actually did not fall asleep- LOL! I am form the USA in Los Angeles, but I am terribly bored with American History' mainly because it is so learned here. I want to learn of my ancestors (which are Irish and Welsh)... and so little is known... I know that I can trace my family to the name Mullen (or something like that- which is Irish, but who knows?. I took honors literature in High School, which was British literature and I kept my school book (yes, I'm so bad that I never gave it back- I'm thief- but, I couldn't part with it- I love it so... It's still on my shelf and I graduated in '97. Of course I am a proud American... of course, of course, but I know all about American History... It is boring to me. For a while I actually studied Egyptian History, but of course I lost interest after Cleopatra. The same for Roman and Greek history... I loved Greek mythology and all... and it was interesting up until Cleopatra., but after... I lost interest. To tell everyone the truth I am extremely interested in Irish history now. I cannot separate fact form fiction... Ireland is full of myths and legends... If anyone knows a good site on Irish history I would be sooooo happy. It's funny how the Isle of the West' has always been about magic, fairy's, leprechauns. elves, etc... I've only heard of very few people that actually were a part of history. I guess it's because Rome stayed away from the Emerald Island so long... The Roman's were always known for their learning (and actual recording of history). It's almost a pity that they didn't come to see the Irish sooner- LOL... well anyways I'm blabbing on and on...

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Elanor - Aug 2, 2004 9:11 am (#1234 of 2004)
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Hi Akaisha ! Glad to meet another "modernist" ! Well, I don't know if I can translate it in english, but in France we name "Modern Period" the 17th and 18th centuries, 19th century is "Contemporary Period" and 20th century "History of present time". I know, it is stupid, but it is an academic convention ! But still, I am a specialist in Modern History too.

I don't know how it works in the USA, but here, when you study history at the university, you have to study all periods for 3 years first, with options you choose. My favourite periods were then Antiquity (Roman and Greek), Middle Ages and Renaissance/Modern Periods (in all Europe too and consequences of the Great Discoveries). And my options were roman and greek archeology, paleography and english history, so I'm a little familiar with the Tudor Dynasty history, but not a specialist at all ! I'd love to visit your site ! After that, in your 4th year, you have to choose a period and a precise subject in the aim of succeeding a "master's degree". It is a complete master's thesis. Mine was concerning the history of a small general hospital at the end of the 17th century. I loved doing it : I made an inventory of its archives, transcribed them...

So, after that, I did a 5th year when you take another exam : the "DEA" (my dictionary says it is a "post graduate diploma taken before completing a PhD") and then began a doctoral thesis during 2 years, but then I gave it up : it was too difficult to work and study at the same time. My subject was also concerning social, religious and beliefs in the 17th and 18th centuries. I unfortunately never finished it, but I still love doing historical researches for my own pleasure.

I presume all of this explains why I love the HP series : the historical, mythological and old beliefs background is really credible and so well thought out with JKR's imagination ! And I really love doing some researches on the threats on this site (I just hope I won't weary other people here with historical posts : please, when you think I'm getting annoying tell me !).

Hoops ! I don't believe I wrote so much, sorry for the length ! Welcome again Akaisha, wish to meet you on the threads !

PS : it reminds me, I have found in old archives a lot of old potions recipes from the 17th century which are often closer to wichcraft than to medicines, if anybody is interested in I can try to translate some of them in english !

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septentrion - Aug 2, 2004 10:02 am (#1235 of 2004)

Elanor, I've studied history too but aaaaaaages ago and I've forgotten a lot. I was most specialized in contemporary history (19/20th centuries). Being a student was ont of the best times of my life !

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Kasse - Aug 2, 2004 11:30 am (#1236 of 2004)

Hello everyone, I have actually been posting for about a week now and I figured that it is time that I introduced myself.

Ok I am in my mid twenties, grew up pretty much everywhere, but I am now residing in NYC. My fist name is Sam , but feel free to call me Kasse, also feel free to email or im me when you see me online

I read the posts for about two months before I actually joined and I just want to say that I am happy to be a part of this forum - IMO it is the best one out there!!!!!

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Julia. - Aug 2, 2004 11:50 am (#1237 of 2004)

I'd love to im you Kasse, but what's your screen name?

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Carmen Green - Aug 2, 2004 2:59 pm (#1238 of 2004)

Hi everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself before I started posting occasionally.

My name is Carmen, and I'm Canadian.

I'm currently having a sort of early mid-life crisis (finished law school, only to realise how much I don't like the law; am in the middle of a divorce; you know, the usual) - and all this at the ripe old age of 26! (very soon now)

So... I've fallen back on my life-long love: writing. Have decided to find a part-time 'menial' job to help pay the bills, and am taking the year off to write my novel (at last!). Alas, freelance writing doesn't pay enough, consistently, otherwise I'd continue doing that (I did it in my free time while a student).

Needless to say, since I'm posting here, I adore all things Potter, and must say that Jo Rowling is a constant source of inspiration. I don't know what I would have done during this period in my life, had it not been for her books (and books in general) - and writing, too - LOL.

Ok, well, that's it for me - for now. I'll try to keep up with the new posts on the forum, and apologise in advance for any ignorance I may display as a result of not having had the time to read all the old posts (writing takes up the better part of my day - I'm in the outlining phase at the moment, and I'm terrified of goofing up my plot line).

Take care all!

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Ozymandias - Aug 2, 2004 3:02 pm (#1239 of 2004)

Welcome Carmen! I'm a writer too, though I've been in a slump lately. Wish it took up the better part of my day. Anyway, welcome, I'm sure you'll enjoy yourself here. I've found the forum family to be very supportive and kind. Come on over to the chat thread if you want to talk.

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Sam Harks - Aug 2, 2004 3:48 pm (#1240 of 2004)
Edited Aug 2, 2004 4:49 pm

Hello all, I was so excited to log on today and see that i can now post. A quick intro: I have lived the world over and currently reside in Toronto, Canada (i think i've finally found a home here). I am still in school (of the post-secondary kind) working towards a Business degree, despite having attempted others before (Engineering 2yrs, Economics 1yr), I still am not sure this is the field i will be working in but seeing as i have only one year left at least I'll graduate with it ;-p.

I love to read and find Harry Potter, as well as many of your theories/predictions, very intriguing.

I hope i will serve as an asset to the dialogue though i must state the caveat that i often (unintentionally) play devils advocate if only to better understand all points of view.

Sam H.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Aug 2, 2004 5:53 pm (#1241 of 2004)

Hello everyone,

My name is Beckie Large-Swope. I am a teacher librarian at Longs Peak Middle School. I live in Longmont, Colorado, U.S.A. I have a Masters degree in European Medieval History.

I love the HP books. On a professional note I can hardly keep them in the library. Thank you JKR for sparking a love of reading in children and adults alike. Beckie Large-Swope

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tracie1976 - Aug 2, 2004 5:58 pm (#1242 of 2004)

Welcome to all the new members! Have fun posting and chatting

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Maddest Dragon - Aug 2, 2004 8:25 pm (#1243 of 2004)

Hi! I'm a 29 (in two weeks)-year-old woman, live in northern California, plan to settle somewhere in the western U.S., but not quite sure where. Enjoy Harry Potter (but not all the commercial hype surrounding it), as well as other good books and intelligent discussions thereof.

Oh--and I'll go incognito for now, but I'll tell you this: my username is based on my real one in some way. Anyone who really wants to can have fun guessing!

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Sir Tornado - Aug 2, 2004 9:52 pm (#1244 of 2004)

Welcome to all new members. Have fun posting on this Forum.

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shepherdess - Aug 2, 2004 10:14 pm (#1245 of 2004)

Sam Harks,

Welcome to the forum; this is a great place to be. Here, you will meet many fun and interesting people from around the world, many who do not speak English as their native language. Part of what makes this forum such a great place, and easy for everyone to understand (regardless of their native language), is the standards the forum has regarding how people post. That's why we recommend using proper capitalization. Please capitalize the word "I" even in the middle of a sentence, so everyone knows it's the word "I". Other than that, go have fun!

And welcome to all other new members to the forum also. I hope you each enjoy it here as much as I do.

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Veritaserum - Aug 3, 2004 7:19 am (#1246 of 2004)

Hi, everyone! I'm so excited I can finally post! I've been reading this forum basically all summer, and now I'm finally a member, yay!

My screenname is Veritaserum, but you can call me by my nickname Pivo if you want. I am sixteen years old, lived the last twelve years in Centennial, Colorado, but now I'm back in Omaha, Nebraska where I was born.

I've been an HP fan since about sixth grade, even before Chamber came out. I'm a fan of books of all kinds, I love movies, volleyball, and discussing religion/philosophy. I also write stories for fun in my free time, so maybe someday I'll get around to a fanfic. Anyway, very happy to be here. (Although I probably won't be on as much once school starts) Cheers

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Marie E. - Aug 3, 2004 3:50 pm (#1247 of 2004)

Welcome all new members! Ludicrous Patents, you have brought the current total of Colorado members up to four (I'm in Colorado Springs). Woo hoo!

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utkitten04 - Aug 4, 2004 7:41 am (#1248 of 2004)

Hello Everyone!

My name is Kathy and I am a 21 year old graduate student at the University of Tennessee. I received my first degree in Biomedical Engineering, and I am working on a Masters in Polymer Engineering.

My boyfriend got me interested in Harry Potter about a year ago by showing me the movies. I decided that if a movie based on a book could be that good (I'm usually disappointed by movies based off of novels), then the books have to outstanding. I asked for them for my birthday (which is in September), and I haven't been the same since.

I discovered the Lexicon about 2 weeks ago and have spent many an hour reading through some of the various threads and essays that caught my attention. It is an excellent way to kill the wait time when running experiments.

Anyway, I'm sorry my first post is so long winded. I'm just excited that I can finally contribute!

Kathy

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Julia. - Aug 4, 2004 8:08 am (#1249 of 2004)

Welcome to the Forum everyone! We're really thrilled to have you here, and we all look forward to reading your posts.

Kathy, don't worry about being long winded, that happens all the time here. Actually, your post was nothing compared to some of the posts on some other threads here. University of Tennessee, huh? *shakes fists* I say the following as I get ready to move into my dorm room in Storrs CT, GO HUSKIES!

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utkitten04 - Aug 4, 2004 10:07 am (#1250 of 2004)

Haha...to each their own Julia. Good luck at UConn =)

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Ladybug220 - Aug 4, 2004 11:46 am (#1251 of 2004)

Welcome utkitten! I have to say GO Vols!!!

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ReadingNut - Aug 4, 2004 12:07 pm (#1252 of 2004)

OK, I've finally posted so I'll have to tell about myself.

I've been lurking on the forum for over a year. I love all the discussions and feel quite delighted reading everyone's theories.

I have been reading Harry Potter since PoA was in hardback. So I waited for GoF and OoP and am waiting for HBP.

I am American. I am female. I am 36. I have small children.

I guess that is all that is relevant. (Or irrelevant. Whatever.)

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Upulwan - Aug 4, 2004 4:54 pm (#1253 of 2004)

Hi everyone,

Thrilled to be here! I'm a 24 year old Media and English graduate from Sydney, Australia, just finished my degree from the Unviersity of New South Wales and like Kathy who just introduced herself, I discovered Harry through the movies first, when I saw Chamber of Secrets. Then, naturally,I started reading the books, and naturally, I was hooked. I've been a pathological reader all my life, but there have been only a very few stories that grabbed me like Harry!

I've been lurking for a while, but the discussions were getting way too interesting just to read and not say anything, so I decided to join! Upulwan's not my real name, it's just a simpler derivative/extraction of my real name which is known to cause severe debilitation to the tongues of those who try to pronounce it! I'm originally from Sri Lanka, (been in Sydney for just three and a half years) and my parents, following the same logic as Hermione's parents, gave me a tongue-twisting ancient Sanskrit name, and so here I am, doomed to be mispronounced all my life!

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Bowserbabe - Aug 4, 2004 8:14 pm (#1254 of 2004)

Hey there everyone!! I was so excited when I found this forum!! I absolutely love Harry Potter and I'm wasting away while waiting for HBP!! I'm 25, married female with a 3 year old who's in love with Harry Potter!! Ya for me!!

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Sir Tornado - Aug 4, 2004 8:16 pm (#1255 of 2004)

Welcome all new members

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Caput Draconis - Aug 5, 2004 3:03 am (#1256 of 2004)

Hey all!

Upulwan, I'm a media student (of sorts) too, although doing my thing at the University of Newcastle - but still, I'm waving to you from the central coast of this fine state. *waves* Teehee. Have fun!

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Bkfly - Aug 5, 2004 6:48 am (#1257 of 2004)

Hi, my name is Bonnie. I am 22 (23 September 5!) I just graduated in May from the University of Maryland - GO TERPS! I'm currently looking for a job so that is why I have a lot of free time and have been reading the forum for quite some time now. I decided to join last night. My first experience with Harry Potter was the movies which I really liked. I had always assumed the books were just children's books and never wanted to read them. A neighbor kid of mine loaned me the 5th book last summer and I thought I'd read it just to see what it was like. I ended up LOVING it and bought books 1-4 right away. I read those and then reread the 5th (made a lot more sense this time.) Anyway, I am hooked on Harry Potter! My friends and family make fun of me nonstop for my obsession so I'm glad there is a place for us Potter fans to share our thoughts and ideas with people who actually care! I look forward to being a part of this forum. Thanks!

Oh and I'm getting married in November! Smile)))))))))

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psipsina - Aug 5, 2004 8:10 am (#1258 of 2004)
Edited Aug 5, 2004 9:11 am

Hello guys,

I am new to posting in this Forum, even though I have been an avid reader of all of your posts for months!!

I am 25, living in Manchester, UK, and I am of Greek origin!

Kisses to all!!!

Edit: Oh and congrats on the upcoming wedding Bkfly!!!

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Padfoot - Aug 5, 2004 8:23 am (#1259 of 2004)

Welcome all new members! Have fun getting involved with the interesting discussions. Stop in the chat thread and say hi sometime.

Welcome

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ladykishka12 - Aug 5, 2004 8:37 am (#1260 of 2004)

Hi I am Lady Kishka

I am a new mother as of 6-28-04 with a handsome son. As he grows he will be read to by me all of the Harry Potter books, despite objections from my husband. I have read the books over and over and won a competition that was to have awarded me the first book five in the store, but my competitor was just a knowledgeable about the trivia of Harry Potter and we instead got copies without having to wait on line, and I got a wand. I am in my late 20's. I finally joined the forum to ask my burning question about a goof in book five. I also was compiling my own data base of the books, then I found this site and realized I couldn't do better.

Sincerely LadyKishka

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Duncan - Aug 5, 2004 11:27 am (#1261 of 2004)

Im new here I was in the forum long ago but now im back and I hope we can have some fun here thkz

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tracie1976 - Aug 5, 2004 12:15 pm (#1262 of 2004)

Hello and welcome to all the new members. Hope you have fun posting, reading. Don't forget to join us in the chat room

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Fluviusi Saepio - Aug 6, 2004 8:00 am (#1263 of 2004)

Hello!! My name is Andrea, I am 22, and just started reading HP this past January. I recently graduated from school, and with some extra time on my hands, I’ve revisited my love for reading, starting with the HP series. His world mystifies me and enthralls me like very few things do anymore, and I am anxiously awaiting HBP and book 7.

I also picked my name as a sad attempt to make my own spell-type thing, which, if the latin translator did not fail me, is something to do with a "wall of rushing water". I like water.

Well, I just hope to add my small part this enormous (and amazingly thorough!) forum. Thanks!!

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mike miller - Aug 6, 2004 8:35 am (#1264 of 2004)
Edited Aug 6, 2004 9:36 am

Welcome to all our new members! Have a look around and let us know what you think. Many interesting theories, observations and insights. Check out the search function if you trying to find out something specific.

Bkfly - There are quite a few of us from the Maryland, Virginia Pennsylvania area on this forum. I'm just outside of Baltimore (Bel Air, MD) Check out the "gathering" thread as we're trying to get together for some "Live, face to face" HP discussion at the Renaissance Festival on Sept. 18th.

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Bkfly - Aug 6, 2004 9:42 am (#1265 of 2004)

mike miller- I saw the thread about an east coast gathering and meeting at the Renaissance Festival..what a great idea! I have been there twice in the past, I hope to make it on September 18th. By the way I live in a small town in Maryland about 45 min Northwest of DC. I have friends in Bel Air..it's about an hour and a half from me. Thanks for the info!

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Sir Tornado - Aug 6, 2004 9:03 pm (#1266 of 2004)

psipsina (cool name) who do you support? Man Utd or Man City?

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Aug 7, 2004 5:01 am (#1267 of 2004)
Edited Aug 7, 2004 6:04 am

Marie E, We are almost neighbors!

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Paint - Aug 7, 2004 1:59 pm (#1268 of 2004)

I have always used paint as my user name in all chat rooms, because that is my nickname since I was a child. I had blots of blond in my brown hair when I was born which made me look like a painted horse. By the age of 3 however my hair had turned all brown, but the nickname stayed. I am 56 years old and an attorney. I read HP books 1-4 when 5 came out, because an English teacher told me she thought these books would last through the ages just like Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, books I still read about once every 4-5 years. I read 1-4 in about a week and immediately bought OOP in hardback and read it in a couple of days. This is the first time I've had to wait between books and was supprised at the lenght of time between OOP anf HBP. I have found myself re-reading the books many many more times then any other book I've read before and each time noticing something different. I just started looking at HP forums recently to find out when book 6 was going to come out and was suprised to find all the dicussions about these books. It's pretty obvious to me that JKR has written classics which will be studied for years. I think however that some posters are reading way too much into the books, usually to explain away some JKR mistakes(like the illegal chess moves in SoS). Just my humble thoughts. I won't post much, I never do, but when I do they will usually be this long. I hope everyone has a good day. Paint

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Kip Carter - Aug 7, 2004 2:31 pm (#1269 of 2004)

Welcome, Paint and all new members of whom I have not greeted!

I feel that you may surprise yourself as you delve more into the threads wihtin the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum. You may find there is a special area which tickles your fancy and you will find yourself enjoying the ideas that are ventured by some of our members.

Everyone eventually finds what they are looking. Have fun and enjoy being a part of the Lexicon Family. Welcome to all!

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jellicle cat - Aug 7, 2004 7:29 pm (#1270 of 2004)

hello i am jellicle cat and i live in missouri and i love harry potter and all them! i am 15 yr-old girl, my birthday is in may and that's about it!

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tracie1976 - Aug 7, 2004 7:44 pm (#1271 of 2004)

Welcome to all the new members!!! Have fun reading, posting, and chatting

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shepherdess - Aug 7, 2004 7:45 pm (#1272 of 2004)

Jellicle cat,

Welcome to the forum! We just have one little request. We have members from around the world who do not speak English as their first language. So, in an effort to make the forum easy for everyone to understand, we request that you use proper capitalization in your posts. Aside from that, go have fun!

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Scarlett Phoenix - Aug 8, 2004 4:17 am (#1273 of 2004)

HI EVERYONE!! My name is Scarlett and I live in Georgia and I enjoy reading and re-reading the Harry Potter series to find new and interesting facts that I have never thought of before. I have 2 sons ( one which will be 8 on Monday (Aug 9th) and the youngest will be 6 on September 21st. According to Kip I am the 1,000th member to join the forum! (Does this mean I get anything special!) It's nice to finally find a place where there isn't any "heated" discussion going on and sifting through posts that have nothing related absolutely whatsoever to the subject to find theories and comments about HP.

I look forward to reading up!!

Scarlett

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Kip Carter - Aug 8, 2004 6:04 am (#1274 of 2004)
Edited Aug 8, 2004 7:22 am

Welcome, Scarlett, you are the 1,000th member of the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum under the new membership system that was put into effect November 2003 with 19 Hosts, 975 Participants, 3 Moderated, and 3 No Access for a total of 1,000 with 402 Read Only for 1,402 according to World Crossing (WX); however WX discounts the No Access members. We have reached 1,000 members before under the old system; but the new system, I feel, provides a better picture of our members.

And Scarlett, you only thing that you get special to be one of our new friends and experience the joys of now being a part of the best family within the Harry Potter World. Enjoy!

Edit added: I sent the email to Scarlett at Sat, 7 Aug 2004 20:57:25 -0700 (PDT), which was 8:57pm PST (our computer time).

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Mariana - Aug 8, 2004 7:06 am (#1275 of 2004)

Hi!! I'm a 17 year-old girl from Brazil, and I just love Harry Potter books. Only the books - I hate those movies, I think they ruin the essence of JKR books! Anyway, I think JKR is a genius, it's a great story, and I'm looking forward to reading the remaining books!! That's it!!

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Marie E. - Aug 8, 2004 7:07 am (#1276 of 2004)

Welcome Scarlett, and congratulations! I lived in Georgia for four years in the 90's and went to school at Georgia Southern. I get so homesick for it sometimes, which is funny. I have to pacify myself with sitting on my porch and drinking sweet tea.

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Scarlett Phoenix - Aug 8, 2004 11:55 am (#1277 of 2004)

Thanks Marie! True there is nothing better than a nice tall, cold glass of southern house wine!

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MJ Shaw - Aug 8, 2004 12:20 pm (#1278 of 2004)

Just a brief introduction…

I have been a Harry Potter fan since before the first time I picked up The Sorcerer’s Stone (as I saw the first movie before reading any of the books). From page one of book one, to the final page of book four (all four being out when I began) I devoured the ongoing story. As I lay Goblet of Fire aside I already wished to have my hands on the yet to be released fifth in a series that would be seven…

Agggh!

It would be another year before Order of the Pheonix would be released and I went about life as usual. When OP did come out I opened the front cover with great expectations and yet a sense of dread; hoping that I would not be let down. And, I wasn’t.

For me, the best thing about J.K. Rowling is her dedication to her characters and her loyalty to their inevitable growth. She captures me as she does because Harry is not the same boy at 15 that he was at 11. There is realism to her fantasy world that rings true to my ears because she makes the extraordinary seem ordinary, and she writes from her heart and sensibility rather than for the dictates of convention. OP did not reintroduce us to a naïve boy, but to an angry young man full of frustration and angst. I cannot begin to say how much I respect an author who presents a story according to their imagination and not according to a successful bank account.

But enough of that…

Book six is on its way. I don’t think it needs to be said, but Oh YEAH am I ever looking forward to it! In general, I am not an overly enthusiastic fantasy reader. Tolkien has my vote, as does R.A. Salvatore, for worthwhile complexity and realism. My typical reading habits range from literary classics (modern and past) to scientific journals and everything in between. Whatever my mood is – is what I’ll be reading… However, the world J.K. Rowling has created in the Harry Potter series grabs me by my child’s imagination and appeals to my deepest adult wishes. It is because of this unique mix that I can honestly say that “Harry Potter and the…(insert as necessary)” will forever be my favorite read-yet-again books…

Hmmm, and I live in the Pacific Northwest of the USA, where the mountains and forests just drip of magic… Smile

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psipsina - Aug 8, 2004 1:42 pm (#1279 of 2004)
Edited Aug 8, 2004 2:44 pm

Tornedo (sorry for the late reply) none of the two.

As ironic as it may sound, I am a Liverpool fan

And I detest Man Utd....

I live through what goes on when there is a Man U match here, and trust me...it is enough to detest them on sight!

Edited for spelling mistakes....too late on a Sunday night!!!

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Upulwan - Aug 8, 2004 5:27 pm (#1280 of 2004)

Hello Caput Draconis,I'm waving back as hard as my short arms would allow, hope you can see me! Nice to find a fellow antipodean on the forum (even though I'm an antipodean 'of sorts'): I've put my feelers out in Sydney but haven't been able to spot a fellow Pottermaniac in flesh- all my sensible friends think I'm mad... (not that I can sincerely deny it)

And hi everyone else too, who seem to have happily found that jinxed book Ron mentions in Chamber of Secrets, the book you can never stop reading, which makes you go around with your nose stuck in it for the rest of your life Smile

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Leprechaun Jack - Aug 8, 2004 7:18 pm (#1281 of 2004)
Edited Aug 8, 2004 8:19 pm

Welcome all,

This is a very friendly family style forum. Pick a topic and start reading, then add some observations of your own. Please stop by the Accio Sirius "-- Chat and Greeting Thread for Members" 8/7/04 11:43am thread and meet everyone.

Jack

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Sir Tornado - Aug 9, 2004 1:57 am (#1282 of 2004)

As ironic as it may sound, I am a Liverpool fan – psipsina

YAY!! You are with me there. Faithfull Liverpool fan here too.

And I detest Man Utd.... – psipsina

Well, Though I support the Reds, I do have a soft-spot for Man Utd and am hoping they do better than what they did yesterday. 3-1 loss to Arsenal. What'll come next?

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Nymphadora - Aug 9, 2004 5:02 am (#1283 of 2004)

I live through what goes on when there is a Man U match here, and trust me...it is enough to detest them on sight! – psipsina

Psipsi, I'll still take you with me to a Man Utd match next year... Be prepared!! Ok, I might consider treating you beforehand in the Old Trafford center to soften you up Wink

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boop - Aug 9, 2004 5:12 am (#1284 of 2004)

Welcome all new members. This is the best family friendly forum out there. There is lots of support here. Have a look around and pick some threads and read, then add your own thought too. We look forward to hearing new ideas so please feel free to join in. Make sure you stop by the chat thread and say hello and some evening stop in the chat room too. We have a good time in there. Always look forward to meeting new members. Most important thing to remember is have lots of fun.

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Archangel - Aug 9, 2004 5:12 am (#1285 of 2004)

Hi everyone!

Nice to meet all of you. I just got my ID today and started posting ideas immediately. Very Happy

Anyway, my username's from my favorite comic character, Archangel. I love to play and to watch tennis. My favorite tournament is Wimbledon and I hope to watch a live match one day.

Cheers!

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psipsina - Aug 9, 2004 5:28 am (#1286 of 2004)

Lol Nymph

I might just indulge you then ...provided I get a good treat !

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Puja - Aug 9, 2004 7:34 am (#1287 of 2004)

Welcome Archangel and all the new members. Tennis is also my favourite game Smile

Today is my birthday, I've now become 20. One year ago on this day my parents gifted me all the 5 books of Harry Potter, and since then I've become a huge fan of HP. However this year I am not quite enjoying my birthday because my dad has went to Chennai (a city in Southern India) for attending an official meeting Sad

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Kasse - Aug 9, 2004 7:41 am (#1288 of 2004)

Happy 20 th Birthday Puja!! A fellow Leo (my birthday is in six days -on the 15th)

Welcome to all the new members, I look forward to seeing you posts on the various threads, be sure to stop by the chat room once in a while!

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Siki - Aug 9, 2004 9:13 am (#1289 of 2004)

Hey Everybody, I am Katie. I am 15 years old. I have been a reader to this forum for awhile. I live in Michigan, which is in the northern part of the United States. I hope some of my ideas will be interesting and helpful on this forum.

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Miss Moony - Aug 9, 2004 12:50 pm (#1290 of 2004)

Hi everyone,

I'm an 18 year old theatre student at University of Toronto in Canada, and I am ridiculously obsessed with Harry Potter. I've been 'lurking' here for a long time but I am technologically incompetent, so to speak, so I have never posted before. I am looking forward to lots of interesting conversation (I especially like the giant squid theory Very Happy) and I hope to even be able to contribute some ideas of my own!

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Archangel - Aug 9, 2004 6:23 pm (#1291 of 2004)

Happy Birthday Puja! Good to know you like tennis. =) Any other tennis lovers out there?

Hello to all. Enjoy your day. Cheers!

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Liz - Aug 9, 2004 10:36 pm (#1292 of 2004)

Wow... I slack off on reading the posts and I come back to 111 posts on this thread alone...

Welcome all new members and 1,000nth member Scarlett Phoenix.

Yes, it's true there is always room for more in the chat room.

See you all around and have a wonderful week.

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Puja - Aug 10, 2004 12:50 am (#1293 of 2004)
Edited Aug 10, 2004 1:54 am

Thanks Archangle and Kasse and advance happy birthday to you. I once entered into the chat room but nobody was there at that time.

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mike miller - Aug 10, 2004 3:31 am (#1294 of 2004)

Welcome to all new Lex Forum members! We are a very friendly family here with many great ideas and theories. Make sure you put on your sense of humor when you start looking through the threads, some of us will make your funny bone go wild! Please let us know what you think. If there are a few things about the series that have been bothering (sorry but I had to do it - inside joke) you, the search engine is great.

BKFLY - I hope to see you at the Ren Fest!

MJ Shaw - Where in the great NW? I was born in a little town in Washington called Wenatchee (Apple Capital of the World!); but I grew us in the Seattle area. I now live just outside of Baltimore.

Puja - Happy Birthday (a day late - sorry, I didn't check this thread yesterday).

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Marè - Aug 10, 2004 4:11 am (#1295 of 2004)

Welcome Siki and Miss Moony, and the rest of the newer members off course. I hope you enjoy your stay.
We don't have an official forum tour yet (we have trouble finding a suitable bus, apparently it has to be purple with comfortable chairs...) But like Mike said, the search button gets you very far, and if you still have trouble finding what you are looking for you can always ask on the "questions for the hosts" thread. (somewhere in the top section.)

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David V - Aug 10, 2004 10:23 am (#1296 of 2004)

Hi Everyone! My name's David, 26 year old from San Jose, in the great state of California. I'm currently pursuing the college education everybody speaks so highly of. My hobbies include reading, movies, panning for gold, scratching my back, sleeping, etc. I've been addicted to HP since just before OP arrived. Found the Lexicon a couple of months ago, and found it the perfect way to spend the (almost) intolerable wait for HBP.

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Mynn - Aug 10, 2004 12:51 pm (#1297 of 2004)

Welcome to Lexicon, David! The wait is intolerable. (not just almost)

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NZ Morgan - Aug 10, 2004 1:24 pm (#1298 of 2004)

Hello everyone.

I'm a 13 year old male i live in New Zealand i enjoy tennis, acting and Harry Potter of course.

This is a lovely family like Forum with loads of friendly people!

P.S If you see me in the chat room don't mistake my name for a girls please!

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Sticky Glue - Aug 10, 2004 1:35 pm (#1299 of 2004)

Hi Morgan, great to see another kiwi on here to join me. Hope you have a great time here.

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Scarlett Phoenix - Aug 10, 2004 1:59 pm (#1300 of 2004)

Thank you Liz Thank you!! Welcome to all who are new. Glad you could join us I am still a newbie myself but I enjoy reading the posts and making sure the theories I have haven't already been posted. Taking a while to get through it all but I am enjoying every minute of it.
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Valis - Aug 10, 2004 5:56 pm (#1301 of 2004)

Hello! Been reading for a while, and decided to have the option of adding my $0.02.

Just an average HP Fanatic, eagerly awaiting 6 and 7 like the rest of you! I'm 26, a Paramedic and a Pool Manager, born in UK, but live in the US, and I love cats. That's about it, I suppose!

I look foward to meeting many of you and discussing theories!

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Shanda - Aug 10, 2004 6:03 pm (#1302 of 2004)

Hello to all the fellow new people. I am 22 and live in anaheim california. I've been reading the different threads for about a month and just started posting. I really enjoy reading all of everyone's theories. I have a hard time making up my mind on which ones might be correct because when I make a decission someone comes up with an equally good reason why the theory is no good. Anyway I am going back to read some more.

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Crystal* - Aug 10, 2004 6:13 pm (#1303 of 2004)

Hey everyone! My name is Crystal and I'm a total band geek!I play clarinet in the school band and totally love being a band geek (but no American Pie jokes!)

I go to school with Liz (some of you might know that already). I'm usually not online because I don't have a home computer.*tear*But I use the library's computers as often as I can.(Which,sadly, is not that often)

I love to read!(Especially Harry Potter,obviously, or I wouldn't be here)

Oh yeah and did I mention I'm 14? I'll be 15 on September 20.That also means I'll be getting my driving permit in April 2005.Yay!

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Jo Pep 90 - Aug 10, 2004 6:59 pm (#1304 of 2004)
Edited Aug 10, 2004 8:05 pm

Hi y'all. My name is Joseph Pepperdine, Jody for short. I'm 14 years old (July 2). I'm a male, obviously.

I live in Montgomery, Alabama, USA. I play football and my teammates call me "Slim" because I'm the slimmest guy on the team. And I like to skateboard.

I have two older sisters, Mary and Sarah, and an older brother John (Jack), but I guess that's not really important.

Anyway, I've been reading this forum for a while, but I just joined today. I started reading Harry Potter books a little before the movies came out.

And something really interesting: I grew four inches this summer, so yeah, I'm happy about that. Thanks.

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Puja - Aug 10, 2004 11:35 pm (#1305 of 2004)

Thanks Mike. It's ok I know it's not possible to visit every thread.

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Ladybug220 - Aug 11, 2004 6:04 am (#1306 of 2004)

Welcome Jo Pep (Jody) - it is nice to have another Alabamian on the board. I lived in Montgomery for several years before moving up to Birmingham.

And a big welcome to all of the other new members too!

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virgoddess1313- Aug 11, 2004 8:35 am (#1307 of 2004)

Crystal- I was a band geek in high school, so I can sympathize with you on the American Pie jokes. And I was a redheaded flute player, so I really got them thrown at me!!!

Big welcome to our new members!! You'll have a great time here!!

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Atl Johnson - Aug 11, 2004 11:45 pm (#1308 of 2004)

Hi all. My name is Atl Johnson and I am 25 years old female. I am originally from Florida but live in Maryville, Tennessee to attend college. Started reading the HP series a little before the first movie was released and have enjoyed re reading the series repeatedly ever since. My favorite characters in the book are Fred, George, and Ron. F & G because they are soooo funny and Ron because even though he acts scared he's really really brave. Alrighty then, I think I have shared enough....toodles...until we meet again....

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Ronan - Aug 12, 2004 2:19 am (#1309 of 2004)

Hello everyone! My name is Hugo and I'm from the Canary Islands (Spain). I was born exactly the same date (year and all!) as Hermione, though I'm not sure if we're really that similar Wink I've studied translating & interpreting and worked as a teacher. Errr... what else... I started reading HP books a while after the release of GOF, and as far as I can remember I started reading the Lexicon soon after; cause I love learning small details, things about minor characters and such things Smile. I've read the forum for a long time and love to see other people's theories and discoveries, and finally I decided I'd join too. While I'm on it I have a question for Atl, the previous poster. Is Atl a shortened name of your name or is it just like this? I like the way it sounds.

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LooneyLuna - Aug 12, 2004 5:06 am (#1310 of 2004)
Edited Aug 12, 2004 6:07 am

Hi everyone! My name is Julie, and I'm 36 years old (from Illinois, USA). I only discovered the Harry Potter series 21 months ago, after my third daughter was born. Up late one night nursing her, I saw The Sorcerer's Stone on HBO. Needless to say, I became hooked, and the next day went out to buy the books.

I have been lurking through the threads and love the interaction and theories!

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Thora - Aug 12, 2004 6:08 am (#1311 of 2004)

Hello all! I'm so excited to be here! I'm a 25 year old mother of 3. I live in Ohio, USA, for now anyway. I started reading the books in 2001, back when I only had one kid and plenty of time to read. Now I hide from my husband with one of the series and hope that if I'm really quiet he'll loose track of time gaming online and I'll get to read until the kids get up in the morning. I'm one of those people who becomes so involved with a book that I have trouble separating it from reality, so I think I'll be right at home here. Wink So the big question is.... is it all true? Did the MoM ask JKR to write the books so that when they reveal themselves to us in a few years the transition to a unified society will be more smooth?

Okay I know I'm a nut.

Certifiably Yours, Thora

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tracie1976 - Aug 12, 2004 7:14 am (#1312 of 2004)

Welcome to all the new memebers!!! Have fun chatting/posting/reading.

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Maddest Dragon - Aug 12, 2004 9:15 pm (#1313 of 2004)

Happy birthday to us, Kasse! Mine's the same as yours.

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Kasse - Aug 13, 2004 6:06 am (#1314 of 2004)

Maddest Dragon - you are 15th Aug too - Yay go Leo's

Welcome to all new members look forward to reading your posts and maybe seeing you in the chat room!

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Puja - Aug 13, 2004 6:58 am (#1315 of 2004)
Edited Aug 13, 2004 8:00 am

Advance happy birthday Maddest Dragon. Both you and Kasse have their birthday on India's Independence day.

Kasse it seems that you are very fond of Leos :-)

Welcome all new members.

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Mortianna Wentworth-Snape - Aug 13, 2004 1:11 pm (#1316 of 2004)

Hi there! I'm just letting everyone know that I just joined. I'm a huge Professor Snape fan, but I also really enjoy debating other subjects as well. Please write to me! Mortianna

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True Love - Aug 13, 2004 1:47 pm (#1317 of 2004)

Just want you to know that August 15th is also the day of the cat if you speak French - le mie en août - just say it phonetically...

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Elanor - Aug 13, 2004 1:52 pm (#1318 of 2004)

Very nice True Love ! And do you know why you'll never be wrong? Parce que le "tort tue" (ok, yours is better !)

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Maddest Dragon - Aug 13, 2004 3:47 pm (#1319 of 2004)

Just want you to know that August 15th is also the day of the cat if you speak French - le mie en août - just say it phonetically... - True Love

Wow! That I never knew. Wonderful--I love cats.

I only recently found out that I was born in the Year of the Cat on the Vietnamese calendar--it replaces the Chinese Year of the Hare.

Puja--late happy birthday to you!

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septentrion - Aug 14, 2004 1:50 am (#1320 of 2004)

ohoh, Gina has competition...

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Denise P. - Aug 14, 2004 3:40 pm (#1321 of 2004)

Just a reminder, this thread is for new members to introduce themselves. If you would like to comment or welcome them, please be sure that you do it over on the Kip Carter "-- Chat and Greeting Thread for Members" 8/14/04 3:38pm thread.

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Quidam - Aug 18, 2004 12:26 am (#1322 of 2004)

Hi. I'm a Harry Potter fan from Melbourne, Australia.

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Time Traveler - Aug 18, 2004 2:58 am (#1323 of 2004)

Hello, nice to meet you all guys. I'm a fan of Harry Potter series.

I'm living in Seoul, South Korea, so I speak Korean. However, I have read all HP books in English (American addition) and I believe it was an excellent choice. It took much more time to read, though.. :-)

I got to know about this site, HPLexicon, several days ago and I find it very interesting to read lots of essays and posts here. How wonderful speculations and theories!!!

I have no specific and peculiar theory but I think I'll follow some lovely theories..:-)

Well, I'm wondering if there was/is a thread about genetic differences between Muggle and Wizard/Witch. They seem apparently to have different biological structures.. don't they?

It seems slightly long for just a hello. I hope to see you guys in other threads.

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Marè - Aug 18, 2004 4:01 am (#1324 of 2004)
Edited Aug 18, 2004 5:01 am

Time traveler, hi welcome!

There were several genetics threads, some are gone now, but this one keeps hanging around :
Muggle Genetics
You might find the discussion you're interested in there. Enjoy the read!

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Prof. Nadine - Aug 18, 2004 6:52 am (#1325 of 2004)

Hi Everyone! I'm Nadine - I'm going by "Prof. Nadine" because when I become a Hogwarts teacher I plan to be the Prof. of Interspecies Communication. I'm 46 years old and I live in Columbus, Ohio. I seem to be obsessed by all things Harry Potter (as are my sister and my nephews - it must be genetic). I seem to have great difficulty figuring out the "riddles" on JKR site...my husband says it's because I was born after 1980.

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siliconsmiley - Aug 18, 2004 11:40 am (#1326 of 2004)

Hi Folks. I got duped signing up for my world crossing user name and thought that I had to put in my real name. Funny, since I am a computer geek and have been for 20+ years.

I am 29 and I live in Baltimore, MD in the USA. I did not ready any of the HP books until after the first movie came out. Then I read them all. Now I cannot wait for Jo to finish the other two.

I was glad to find that there are so many people discussing great theories here. It has been very interesting reading, but a lot of work to get through all the posts.

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Padfoot - Aug 18, 2004 12:06 pm (#1327 of 2004)

Welcome all new members! Have fun here discovering all the crazy theories and adding your own.

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Mete Ower - Aug 18, 2004 3:19 pm (#1328 of 2004)

Mete Ower is my hero. If I had met Mete Ower as a child, I might have grown up to accomplish great things instead of becoming a politician. - Adoring Fan

Mete Ower has always been known for her extreme modesty and wonderful charm. She does not usually speak of herself in the third person but this courageous eighteen year old will stop at nothing to dazzle others with her incredible personality.

Born in a little town known as Ottawa, (Ontario, Canada, North-America, Earth, Milky Way, Universe) this French-Canadian has extensively travelled. Though one would assume that ticket agents would automatically give her a free ride given her dazzling smile, she has been forced to follow her military parents into exotic locations such as Germany, France and Nova Scotia.

She is currently enrolled in college (in Québec) in one of the most prestigious programs available - documentation. She used to read three books a day until she discovered that other people existed and sacrificed her reading time to a bizarre ritual known as "socialization." She enjoys laughing maniacally as she beats people at video-games, making up elaborate Harry Potter theories and plotting to take over the world. Sometimes, all three at the same time.

Her most embarrassing moment was getting rescued by her mother when the driving license people asked her what color her eyes were (She was babbling a lot.) They have a tendency to go from a marvelously delicate brown to a beautiful deep green. But only under certain light conditions. It also depends on whatever her silky brown hair is tied back or not.

When writing (in English), she sometimes sounds like she swallowed a dictionary and randomly regurgitates words. People are expected to pretend that this is normal as English is not her first language. (Please note that she doesn't usually over-abuse adjectives like in this post.) A lucky observer can even sometimes stumble on a shameful mistake, such as substituting "their" for "there".

You should feel privileged to be allowed to know her. -the Prime Minister of Canada.

Note: Any comment from the prime minister of Canada that would happen to be in the preceding post should not be taken as actual recommendation.

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True Love - Aug 18, 2004 4:56 pm (#1329 of 2004)

Mete Ower - I too am from the small town of Ottawa, Ontario Canada - first language French but lost it somewhere between Camp Borden and Camp Petewawa (my dad was in the military) so I am now considered an Anglo by the French Canadians. Welcome to the site! I am sure the PMO will find your ramblings humourous.

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emily 86 - Aug 19, 2004 3:48 am (#1330 of 2004)

hello. just want to say good luck to everyone who got their A level results today like myself! hope no tears.

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Nox - Aug 19, 2004 4:59 pm (#1331 of 2004)

Howdy, I'm Nox - perhaps short for obnoxious (just kidding)...30 something year old mother of 2 from Dayton Ohio. Started reading Harry Potter to my daughter on a 4 hr flight, and found myself hooked. Got my husband hooked too! Now it's a family affair. It's a painful withdrawl from an addiction waiting for HBP...

I take solice in reading your theories and discussing them with others. Finally decided to make the big leap and come aboard. Hope to talk to you soon...

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mike miller - Aug 20, 2004 2:59 am (#1332 of 2004)

Welcome to all new forum members! I'm sure you'll find us a very friendly group. Make sure you put on your sense of humor as many of our membership are quite funny (maybe punny is a better word). *bows to the King and Prince of SPEW). If you have questions that have been bugging you for a while, look through all of the discussion threads and try out the search function.

Matthew Wagner - Where in Baltimore? I'm out in Bel Air. There are quite a few of us in the Mid-Atlantic region. Looking forward to hearing from you over on the chat for members thread.

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Boris the Bewildered - Aug 20, 2004 5:24 am (#1333 of 2004)

Hi! I am a 50 years old Potterhead and have been reading all books over and over to myself them my 6-year-old. I am ready to discuss. I have been reading many of the threads and it has been pure joy!

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siliconsmiley - Aug 20, 2004 6:36 am (#1334 of 2004)

Mete, very nice intro. Take 5 points. Smile

This is the the user formerly known as Matthew Wagner. Pinky was kind enough to send me an email and movtiviated me to look at my preference page. Before that I had spent all my time working my way through hundreds of posts in a number of threads here.

Mike, I live in Canton. I guess I'm one of the new yuppies taking over. I've been living in Baltimore since 1998 and I love it.

If there are a lot of us close, it would be neat to have a meet some time.

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Lady Black99 - Aug 20, 2004 12:09 pm (#1335 of 2004)

Hi I'm a 23 year old First Grade Teacher living in Miami, FL. As u can tell by my name my favorite character is/was/and always will be Sirius Black. Don't get me wrong I do think he is dead but I know there will be more about him written. Anyway I started reading Harry Potter as a recommendation from my best friend. She thought it would help me take my mind off a a bad break up. It did, that was 3 years ago Lol. Anyway I've really enjoyed reading all your comments. I never thought that on my first day I would have posted anything and its my third day here and I've already lost track of how many times I've posted an idea. I'm very excited to have found this place. You have no idea how many times I've wanted to discuss a Harry topic and my friends just don't want to hear it. (I think they are tired of it). Well I'm looking forward to talking to all of you in the future.

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Classicsquid592 - Aug 21, 2004 11:37 am (#1336 of 2004)

Greetings, In this forum I am willing to go by my screen name "Classicsquid" or my pen name "E. S. Leaders". I have been watching this forum for a long time from the outside and am now very pleased to have the opportunity to make my voice heard within the Harry Potter fan community. I have long possessed a deep and passionate love for classical literature and mythology and have been waiting for a Harry Potter fan site that analyzes the books as great pieces of British literature rather than as artifacts of popular culture. I hope to bring my love of great literature to this site and to over time become a valuable member of this forum. I hope that despite my delayed induction into the fan community I can still grow to be accepted as an equal.

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Catherine - Aug 21, 2004 12:04 pm (#1337 of 2004)

Hi to all the new members! It's great that you introduced yourselves, and I look forward to reading your posts.

We all have a lot of fun here on the Forum. It's such a friendly group, and everyone has a lot of ideas to share.

See you around!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 21, 2004 12:41 pm (#1338 of 2004)

I hope that despite my delayed induction into the fan community I can still grow to be accepted as an equal. -- Classicsquid592

Don't worry about the delay, Classicsquid. Everyone starts at some point. The months will fly by.

Welcome all new members! See you around!

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boop - Aug 21, 2004 3:21 pm (#1339 of 2004)
Edited Aug 21, 2004 4:22 pm

Welcome all new members. Have a look around and add your thoughts. We look forward to reading new ideas. Most important thing to remember is have lots of fun.

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Angharad - Aug 21, 2004 3:52 pm (#1340 of 2004)
Edited Aug 21, 2004 4:54 pm

Hi everyone, I just joined today and I am looking forward to posting.

I have worked in libraries and bookstores since the 1970s, and am currently working as a Children's and Teen Librarian in a public library in Arizona.

I read the first book the month it came out in America and was responsible for the subsequent Harry Potter craze that year in the elementary school I was working at (I recommended it as a read aloud to a 4th grade teacher the next day, and a month later all heck had broken loose).

My interest caught fire again recently after I saw the third movie. I have been charting the books (I started before I discovered the Lexicon, and continued because I learned so much from it).

I recently collaborated with a member on the HPANA forum to create an index to all the book-related information in Jo's interviews, articles, and on the website. My friend did the paraphrases of the info, and I indexed them and designed the website. So far, 59 different sources have been indexed. The URL is linked from my member profile as my homepage.

Here are the topics:

Students at Hogwarts: Harry | Hermione | Ron | Neville | Other Hogwarts students

Staff at Hogwarts: Dumbledore | Hagrid | McGonagall | Snape | Lupin

Other main characters: Voldemort | Sirius Black | Peter Pettigrew

Places & organizations: Hogwarts | Other locations | Ministry of Magic | Death Eaters

Hogwarts miscellaneous: Gryffindor | Quidditch

Families: Potters | Weasleys | Malfoys | Blacks | Dursleys

The Wizarding World: Animals & Creatures | Magical Objects | "The Rules"

The Books: Names | Relationships | Death | Wizards vs. Muggles | Fan theories | General book info Book 1 | Book 2 | Book 3 | Book 4 | Book 5 | Book 6 | Book 6-or-7 | Book 7

JKR: Opinions | What she won't tell us

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The giant squid - Aug 21, 2004 4:44 pm (#1341 of 2004)

Welcome, all mewcomers! E.S., from one squid to another, let me assure you that there's no shame in coming in late. Just share your insights, theories and random thoughts with us and folks'll warm up to you in no time.

--Mike

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Parrothead Patronus - Aug 22, 2004 8:43 am (#1342 of 2004)

Hello everyone. I'm 30 and I'm from Alabama. I started reading the Potter books earlier this year. I found Chamber of Secretes at a yard sale. I was curious so I bought it and took it home and read it that night. The next day I went out and got the rest of the series. I've re-read the books six or seven times now. I can't wait for the last two.

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Donna Robinson - Aug 23, 2004 12:59 am (#1343 of 2004)

Hi, my name is Donna, I live in New Zealand. I got into HP about 18 months ago. I read the first two when my 15 year sister came for a holiday. I am married with 4 kids. 7yr boy, 4yr girl, 2yr old twin girls. I had always liked the movies, I would play them constantly. Then when I picked up the books, I couldn't put them down. What is it about them. I brought all five and they take pride of place on my book shelf, although they are getting a bit tatty.

I have read them through about 5 times now. I am currently comtemplating restarting them again. My husband thinks its cute. I think I'm crazy but I don't care. Anyhoo. thats me. am very curious about talking to people who feel as passionate as I do about HP. By the way, has anyone been to JK Rowlings site. For the life of me I have not gained any rewards yet in my scrapbook. Found the door but not much else. See ya

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Alice I - Aug 23, 2004 4:29 am (#1344 of 2004)

Hello all, My name is Alice and I am a newbie here. I did not realize until fairly recently that the HP Lexicon had a forum. I found the Lexicon nearly a year ago while doing research for a story I decided to write. (My version of book 6 in the HP series)

I found the Lexicon to be an extremely useful tool for reverencing HP facts and usually had it open while I was writing. I actually sent a note to the Lexicon via e-mail about seven months ago saying Kudos for such a well organized site.

I have since found out that what I am writing is called a Fan Fiction. I had never heard that term before but it certainly is an apt description for I am a fan of the series and it is a fictional piece.

A funny thing happened after I started writing this little story. The darn thing took on a life of it's own! I kid you not!! I have been working on it for a little over a year now and I'll be darned if I can't try my hand at anything else until it is done!!

If there are any writers out there tell me if this is normal for someone who is a writer. I have never written anything before and the effects that this piece of work has had on me are quite remarkable! I started writing it as a lark, a way to pass the time until JK came out with book six. It was really more of a joke really but that is not how it turned out. I have written a total of eighteen chapters thus far and as it turns out my chapters are approximately twice the size (word count) as JK's chapters!

So far those who have read it like it a fair bit so I might post some here. I'll check out the forum a bit first though.

OK on to who I am: I am a forty year old mother of two young children. Ally is 6 and Emily is 4. I live in Upstate NY and am still a little bit of a newbie to the whole internet forum experience. I may not always understand the little abbreviations that you will undoubtedly use but I am learning fairly quickly. For instance I now know that BTW stands for By The Way and that sort of thing. Please be patient with me when I ask what seem like stupid questions. We older folk are a bit slow on the uptake sometimes.

Well that is a little about me. Hope to see you all around the forum. Alice I

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Pinky - Aug 23, 2004 5:28 am (#1345 of 2004)

Actually, Alice, we have a Forum specifically for FanFictions. We try to keep this forum just for discussions about the actual books. You can find the link for the FanFiction Forum in the section just above this one.

Welcome to all the new people! Have fun, read some wacky theories, and get to know all of us in the Chat thread or Chatroom.

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dragon keeper - Aug 23, 2004 8:31 am (#1346 of 2004)

Hello everyone, My name is Nicole, I live in Humboldt County, CA and I have been hooked on Harry Potter for about a year now. In that time I have read all five books twice and I have seen all of the movies. (Since I am a college student I don't have time to read them as much as I would like to.) I am a future teacher and I love talking to the kids I meet about HP; I can always find a fan no matter which school, after school program or summer camp I go to. I have been browsing the lexicon forum for a couple of months and finally decided to join. Just reading the messages aren't enough, I need to get in on the action. Since I am new, I might not have read all of the posts on previous discussions, so forgive me if I repeat something that has already been said. I look forward to talking with you. Cheers!

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Sticky Glue - Aug 23, 2004 8:39 pm (#1347 of 2004)

Hi Donna, Great another Kiwi in here. Where abouts in New Zealand do you live

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Marè - Aug 23, 2004 11:48 pm (#1348 of 2004)
Edited Aug 24, 2004 12:48 am

Okay welcome all!
First, for Alice:
Commonly Used Abbreviations for the Lexicon Forums
We don't use netspeak here, but we do have some adapted Harry Potter abbreviations. You'll find them at the thread above.

And for Donna, skip through this thread (search button is in the teal bar, might come in handy) for hints and help for the JKR site.
JK Rowling Official Site

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Donna Robinson - Aug 24, 2004 1:39 am (#1349 of 2004)

Hi Sticky glue, I live in Nelson, the mainland.

And thanks Mare for the tip. I've now gained three rewards. Cool

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JackO - Aug 24, 2004 4:30 am (#1350 of 2004)

Hi, I'm 14 years old and am fairly new to the the whole internet forum thing. I live in Israel now, but for the past 7 years I lived in San Deigo, CA. The Harry Potter books were the first books that really interested me when I learned to read well in English, and they opened me up to reading other books (in between waiting for the next book to come out). I've known about the Lexicon for a while but have only now decided to join the forum. This place is brilliant by the way. Quite amazing. And the chats are interesting too. It might take me a little while to get used to this, but eventually I'll manage... I hope. See you around!

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Madame Librarian - Aug 24, 2004 10:41 am (#1351 of 2004)

Alice asked:
A funny thing happened after I started writing this little story. The darn thing took on a life of it's own! I kid you not!! I have been working on it for a little over a year now and I'll be darned if I can't try my hand at anything else until it is done!!

If there are any writers out there tell me if this is normal for someone who is a writer.


I do believe it happened to a writer you might have heard of by the name of J. K. Rowling. You're in good company.

Welcome all. Have fun. Confused? Don't be shy, ask a question. We are a helpful bunch.

Ciao. Barb

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Mynn - Aug 24, 2004 10:57 am (#1352 of 2004)

A funny thing happened after I started writing this little story. The darn thing took on a life of it's own! I kid you not!! I have been working on it for a little over a year now and I'll be darned if I can't try my hand at anything else until it is done!!

If there are any writers out there tell me if this is normal for someone who is a writer.


I've been writing since high school. (still not published ) And All of my stories seem to take on a life of their own. At least my good stories that I would let anyone else read. I think that's the sign of a good story. It's called life. Everybody has plans and hopes and ambitions (much like a plan for a story) and then life happens. Unexpected things take place. New idea come into play. I think it's perfectly normal. At least... I hope it is.

*cringes at the thought that I really AM insane *

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tracie1976 - Aug 24, 2004 11:29 am (#1353 of 2004)

Welcome to all the new members!!!! Have fun reading, posting, and come to the chat room too

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Nox - Aug 24, 2004 3:57 pm (#1354 of 2004)

Hey Jacko - just had to say welcome. I too lived in San Diego, CA. (although, for 30 years!) I was born and raised there. Now I'm in Ohio. Glad to see you've joined and look forward to discussions/chat...

All the Best, Nox

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 24, 2004 4:11 pm (#1355 of 2004)
Edited Aug 24, 2004 5:13 pm

The darn thing took on a life of it's own! I kid you not!! I have been working on it for a little over a year now and I'll be darned if I can't try my hand at anything else until it is done!!

If there are any writers out there tell me if this is normal for someone who is a writer.


Yup, perfectly normal.

I'm a 42-year-old mother of 6. Lots of us "older folks" around here! We come in all age ranges, but we all love Harry! Welcome, everybody! Oh, Alice, I grew up in Rochester, NY!

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Pigwidgeon - Aug 24, 2004 5:26 pm (#1356 of 2004)

A funny thing happened after I started writing this little story. The darn thing took on a life of it's own! I kid you not!! I have been working on it for a little over a year now and I'll be darned if I can't try my hand at anything else until it is done!!

Oh yes, this is quite normal. Or if it isn't normal, then there are a LOT of abnormal folks out there (including yours truly).

Welcome, all newbies!

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Alice I - Aug 24, 2004 5:30 pm (#1357 of 2004)
Edited Aug 24, 2004 6:35 pm

Oh, Alice, I grew up in Rochester, NY!

Did you really?! That is where I am from. I live in Rochester and have all my life. I grew up in the city around Monroe High school. Now I live in East Irondequoit! Small world eh?

Actually, Alice, we have a Forum specifically for FanFictions. We try to keep this forum just for discussions about the actual books. You can find the link for the FanFiction Forum in the section just above this one.

I know that you have a FF section, I was actually just introducing myself and telling you all a little bit about me. If I hadn't started writing this story I would never have found any of these HP sites and thusly I would never have posted here. Until I started doing research for this story I had no idea that there were so many forums and fan sites out there. It is really quite remarkable! I thought that this thread was specifically for introducing yourself. I am confused as to why you say that it is only for discussions of the books.

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Marè - Aug 24, 2004 5:43 pm (#1358 of 2004)
Edited Aug 24, 2004 6:44 pm

Hi Alice, you are absolutely right about this thread being for introductions. (Shoo, everybody, go take the chat to the chat thread. )
What Kip meant is that this forum is for the bookdiscussions (and a bit of movie talk).

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annie-girl - Aug 24, 2004 10:11 pm (#1359 of 2004)

Hi folks,

My name is Annie and I am from Melbourne, Australia. I am 28, married, no kids, 2 cats and I write database applications for small businesses for a living (when I am not skiving off by visiting forums like this!). I was introduced to the HP series as book four hit paperback and have been devoted ever since. I have read all of the books several times although I find I can get so carried away that I read too quickly and can sometimes miss the nuances.

Pleasure to meet you all.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 25, 2004 10:05 am (#1360 of 2004)

Alice,

If you stop by to read this thread again, I'll post to you on the Members' chat thread, as per Mare's request!

Welcome Annie-girl! I know there are a fair number of members from Australia and New Zealand on the Forum, and they're always glad to see more.

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wolfgrl - Aug 25, 2004 10:31 am (#1361 of 2004)
Edited Aug 25, 2004 11:33 am

Well I guess this would be a good place for my first post. I am 27 (almost 28), female, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. I am an accountant, a Taekwondo black belt, and I volunteer working with wolves at a place called Wolfpark. The picture that will hopefully appear with this is one of our 2004 wolf pups named Kailani. I started reading the Harry Potter books after the first movie and got hooked. I found the Lexicon site from the fan sites section of jkrowling.com. Congrats by the way on winning the fan site award.

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boop - Aug 25, 2004 10:53 am (#1362 of 2004)

Welcome All new members. This is a very friendly family forum, which won't take you long to see that. We look forward to reading your ideas and thoughts. Make sure you check out the chat thread and chat room. We always look forward to meeting new members. Almost important thing to remember is have lots of fun.

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Padfoot - Aug 25, 2004 12:22 pm (#1363 of 2004)

Welcome all new members! Wolfgrl, I love your avatar, it's so cute.

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Mandie MacLaren - Aug 26, 2004 12:07 pm (#1364 of 2004)

Hello everyone!

I'm Mandie, and this is my first time posting on this forum, although I have "lurked" here in the Lexicon for about a year now! Finally got the time to make it all official...

I'm a college student from Buffalo, NY, and I'm going to be getting my master's next year in international public relations.

It's so nice to see that I'm not the only one out there that isn't "too grown-up" for Harry Potter. I love analyzing these stories, and I must say that the posts that I've read on this forum have given me more food for thought than any other Harry Potter reference site or book!

I can't wait to dive right into the discussions!

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dragon keeper - Aug 26, 2004 2:07 pm (#1365 of 2004)

Welcome Mandie, my name is Nicole and I am new as well.

I am also a college student, but I live in Northern California and I am getting my teaching credential. I too am so thrilled that I found people who love Harry Potter, my husband isn't really into the series and I didn't have anyone to talk to.

Hooray for the Lexicon!!

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Mandie MacLaren - Aug 26, 2004 8:59 pm (#1366 of 2004)

Hi Nicole! Yes! Hooray for the Lexicon! It's great to know another college Potter fan! I'm glad to talk about the series any time--we can move over to the Chat thread, or we can pick a thread or create a new one! Have any wild theories that haven't already been posted? Have you already started participating in a thread? So many theories, so little time...

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wolfgrl - Aug 27, 2004 5:47 am (#1367 of 2004)

Thanks Padfoot, Kailani is my favorite wolf pup this year. She doesn't look like that anymore though, she is about one month old in the picture, and is now about 4 1/2 months. Now she just looks like a mini wolf.

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Muggleborn - Aug 27, 2004 8:13 am (#1368 of 2004)

Hello everyone! My name is Brad and I live in the great San Joaquin Valley of California. I'm 37 with 2 kids and one on the way. I became addicted to the Harry Potter series after my 6 year old son and I went to see the Sorcerer's Stone. I walked out of the theater and down the street to the local book store and bought the series. At least, the first 5 books.

I have been lurking on this site for about a year now and just love to read all the great ideas. My wife cannot figure out what the big deal is, but then again she has not read any of the books.

I hope to add to some of these great discussions.

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ShelterGirl - Aug 27, 2004 8:16 am (#1369 of 2004)

Welcome Brad!

It's good to have you here.

Smile

Julie

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dragon keeper - Aug 27, 2004 9:56 am (#1370 of 2004)

Yes, welcome Brad, I haven't heard from too many Californians here, (I am from Humboldt) glad to have some west coast company.

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Hazell Tole - Aug 27, 2004 10:36 am (#1371 of 2004)

Hi there everyone, my name is Hazell and I am 20 years old and live in Milton Keynes in England. I live at home with my mum and stepdad and my three cats.

My passion is Harry Potter and my boyfriend thinks I am mad!. He hasnt read any of the books so I tell him " ah, you wouldnt understand love. Until you read the books you are ignorant of the magic it holds for all who reads them"

I first read Harry when I was 15 and was so addicted, I have been reading them over and over ever since!

I just wanted to say HELLO to everyone here and thanks to Kip who was very helpful in getting me to become a full member. Thanks Kip!

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 27, 2004 2:16 pm (#1372 of 2004)

Welcome everybody (especially Mandie -- hey, I grew up in Rochester!)

There are a lot of adult Potter fans out there. I'm 42 and UNASHAMED!!! Yea, Harry! I discovered Harry Potter a few months before Goblet of Fire came out, and I've worn out multiple hardcover copies of most of the books.

Enjoy the Forum, everyone!

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Lore..!! - Aug 28, 2004 11:05 am (#1373 of 2004)

Hi! I'm From Venezuela.. And I just (obviously) love harry potter.. My English isn't perfect so forgive the grammar and stuff.. my email is [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].. and if anyone wants to write me or something.. feel free to ok?.. Wink

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boop - Aug 29, 2004 1:49 am (#1374 of 2004)

Lore, Welcome to the forum!! Don't worry about your grammar. We are a very friendly family forum here! You have come to the right place to feed your Harry Potter obsession. We look forward to hearing your ideas. Make sure you check out the chat thread. Most of all have fun here!

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RandomFormerNewbie - Aug 29, 2004 2:17 pm (#1375 of 2004)

Hello Everyone,

I'm Nieves, 29, mother of Willow who is almost 9 months old. I live in Michigan, USA. I'm an artist/poet or at least I try, but lately with little Miss Willow I barely find the time. I've been reading Harry Potter since GoF came out. I've also read all 5 books to Willow - once while I was pregnant and twice since, she loves Hagrid (or at least how I read him) we're anxiously waiting for HBP.

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Professor Ellechim - Aug 29, 2004 2:58 pm (#1376 of 2004)

Hi, I'm Ellechim (think Mirror of Erised), age 30-something. I started reading Harry Potter after my husband bought Prisoner of Azkaban for my then-6 year old son for Valentine's day. My son is now 9 and my daughter is 7 and we are hopelessly, unashamedly hooked. My husband loves the series too, but he doesn't pick things apart the way I do. I was born in Lexington, Ky and consider that my home, but I've lived over half my life in Southwest Georgia. I majored in Theatre and now homeschool my children. I also write genealogy books and romance. I've been lurking here for awhile and am looking forward to discussing all sorts of Harry Potter with ya'll. (That's south georgia speak for "all of you" and I promise no more weird grammar)

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Uncle Brad - Aug 29, 2004 5:03 pm (#1377 of 2004)

I'm Brad, mid-40's from southern Illinois. I saw the Sorcerers Stone on DVD (my very first DVD) and was hooked ever since. I went out and bought the first two books that weekend and the next two the next weekend. I am now impatiently waiting for book six by reading the posts on this and the fan fiction forums.

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Gerald Costales - Aug 29, 2004 6:47 pm (#1378 of 2004)

Gerald Costales, Have been reading some of the threads and want to join in the disscussions. Male. Age 47. Live in Redlands, CA about 70 miles east of Los Angeles. Waiting for the Half-Blood Prince

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Sackbutt - Aug 29, 2004 7:40 pm (#1379 of 2004)
Edited Aug 29, 2004 8:42 pm

Greetings everyone. My name is Jeannine and I'm from Southern California where I teach music. I am 32 years old. Sackbutt, my screen name, is the precursor to the trombone; in case you are wondering.

This past summer, I read all five of the Harry Potter books for the first time and am eager to discuss it with people. I am impressed by the arguments, theories, and good grammar of this forum and I am ready to participate!

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Brett Starnes - Aug 29, 2004 8:04 pm (#1380 of 2004)

Hey, My name is Brett (I know it was hard to figure out, I was just too lazy to pick another name). I'm 22 and I just graduated college in May, and I ship out for the Army on 9 Nov. I read the first 4 HP books in one weekend 2 years ago and have been hooked ever since.

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Ozymandias - Aug 29, 2004 11:09 pm (#1381 of 2004)

Hello everyone! Welcome to the forum!

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captain teagué - Aug 30, 2004 5:41 am (#1382 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Pinky Aug 30, 2004 6:53 am

Hey everyone, I've jus recently found this site and realised what an amazing place it is! Thank you JKR for rewarding it!

Im Hollie, Im 19 and live in Devon, England, in a little town that no one will really know! I go to university in Cardiff, Wales, studying Politics although its all a bit up in the air at the moment because I didnt quite pass my first year...so we'll see what happens there! I obviously LOVE the harry potter books and can not wait until the 6th book which I really hope is out soon!

Hi hollie-wood! Just a reminder - please try to capitalize the beginning of your sentences, and the word "I". It makes your posts much easier to read. I have edited your post so that it is correct. Thank you! ~Pinky

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Mandie MacLaren - Aug 30, 2004 12:38 pm (#1383 of 2004)

Hello everyone! It's nice to meet so many people from all areas of the world!

Nieves--that is so nice that you've started the tradition of reading stories to your daughter! My mother and I still enjoy reading books out loud to one another!

Ellechim, I love your name! I have cousins that live in Jasper, GA--is that anywhere near you?

Brett--nice to meet a fellow college student here! I'm a senior at the University at Buffalo. Where did you go to college?

Hollie! Wow! A person from the actual place all the action takes place! (I'm sure there are lots of people from England on the Forum, but you're the first I've met since I'm relatively new here!) What is it like to live in the midst of all this Potter Mania?

It's great to meet everyone! Would anyone be interested in starting a thread or a discussion on how they began/what inspired them to read the Harry Potter books?

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Padfoot - Aug 30, 2004 12:49 pm (#1384 of 2004)

Welcome all new members!

Mandie, there is a thread where we can tell each other how we got involved in reading these books. It is in the Potty HQ thread. Go take a look and tell how you became interested in the HP world.

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Madame Librarian - Aug 30, 2004 1:28 pm (#1385 of 2004)

Hey, guys, so nice to see lots of new faces here. New faces mean new ideas.

Well, Padfoot beat me to it, Mandie. It's a fun to read how various members discovered HP. Why not mention how you found the Lex and the Forum, too.

OK, post away, everyone!

Ciao. Barb

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Mandie MacLaren - Aug 30, 2004 1:52 pm (#1386 of 2004)

Thanks, Padfoot and Madame Librarian! I have posted my "Potter History" over on the Potty HQ, if anyone wants to read it!

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Amy Culver - Aug 30, 2004 6:26 pm (#1387 of 2004)

Hi Everyone,

I'm Amy Culver from Arizona. I'm 39, have one daughter 20yrs old.

A few years ago it was she that got me interested in Harry Potter and I'm a bigger fan than she is now.

I'm glad to be a new member of this site.

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Mandie MacLaren - Aug 30, 2004 7:29 pm (#1388 of 2004)

Hi Amy! Glad to have you here!

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 31, 2004 7:10 am (#1389 of 2004)

Welcome, everyone! Hi, Amy, I'm an Amy too (42-year-old Minnesotan mother, heavily addicted to Harry Potter)!

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Mary Pearl - Aug 31, 2004 2:21 pm (#1390 of 2004)

Hello everyone! It is so cool to see so many people of so many different ages who are into Harry Potter. My name is Mary, I am 17 (almost 18!) and I live in Colorado. I am proud to say that I have been into Harry Potter since before it was a craze, so I was not just "jumping on the bandwagon." I am looking forward to speaking with all of you!

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Padfoot - Aug 31, 2004 2:53 pm (#1391 of 2004)

Hi Mary! I live in Denver. Nice to meet another forum member from CO. Welcome!

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Marie E. - Aug 31, 2004 8:33 pm (#1392 of 2004)
Edited Aug 31, 2004 9:33 pm

Yay! Another Coloradan!! Mary, I'm in Colorado Springs. Welcome to the forum!

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Bree Kennedy - Aug 31, 2004 10:20 pm (#1393 of 2004)

Hello everyone! I'm a 32 year old mother of one (toddler) who lives in Houston, Texas. I got into HP when the GoF came out, so I guess I did "jump on the bandwagon", but I love the books and chatting with adults about the mysteries found in the books. I look forward to chatting with you all (you were expecting ya'll weren't ya?) hehe

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Marè - Sep 1, 2004 1:24 am (#1394 of 2004)

Oh, it doesn't matter around here whether you "jumped on the bandwagon" or not. (We're not some crazed sportsfans forum...) What matters is that you're on board now!
So to all new members: welcome and have fun!

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Springz - Sep 1, 2004 1:53 am (#1395 of 2004)

I'm 13 and I live in the UK in a city called Oxford. I started reading Harry Potter when I was 8 and have "grown up" with him (well, actually I'm still growing up). I have a brother who is 8 and he has read all the books too.

I enjoy doing fan art and I'm currently making an internet gallery for all my pictures!

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Calla 22 - Sep 1, 2004 7:29 am (#1396 of 2004)

Hello Everyone! My name is Kara. I'm 29 and I live in Northern Lower Michigan. I became a Harry Potter fan after reading the first book, on the recommendation of a friend, and became hooked. I enjoy reading and researching the theories and discussions on this site (which is the best around) and will hopefully will be able to contribute. This is my first time joining an on-line discussion, but couldn't resist all the critical theories. My husband thinks I'm a bit nutty, but he has not read the books (I'll make a believer out of him yet!) Thanks everyone for all the great thinking material.

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Mellon - Sep 1, 2004 12:29 pm (#1397 of 2004)

Hello Everyone,

I'm still finding my way around this forum. I'm 29 as well and live just north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I've been a Harry Potter fan since I watched the first movie. After that I was hooked and in two years have read the series five or six times and am restarting it again. I look forward to discussing HBP and the previous books with everyone!

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tracie1976 - Sep 2, 2004 4:24 am (#1398 of 2004)

Hello and welcome to all the new members!!!!

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Mad Deaf Moody - Sep 2, 2004 8:42 am (#1399 of 2004)

Boondocks!!!

My name is Tyrone, 25, male, and deaf. I live in Mississippi. I just started reading Harry Potter two years ago at college, so I'm still learning the history of Potter Universe. As you can see, Mad Eye Moody is one of my favorite characters besides Sirius. Being at a residential deaf school made it pretty easy to like Hogwarts, since the culture is almost the same ... Muggles = Hearing folks, Wizards = Deaf folks (winks)

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raven7 - Sep 2, 2004 8:57 am (#1400 of 2004)

Hi everyone - I'm Mandy. I posted here before but a long time ago. I haven't posted since July (I'm terrible). I used to post on another site, but I had some problems. I decided to come back here where the people are nicer!

I'm 34 years old, and live in Pennsylvania. I love Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, X-Men and almost any fantasy movie, book, etc. I'm an addicted.
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Phoenix song - Sep 2, 2004 10:06 am (#1401 of 2004)

Hello everybody! My name is Barbie and I'm a 34 3/4 year old wife and mother from Louisiana. I have 3 kids, (7 1/2, 5 & 3 1/2) that I teach at home.

I've never joined a forum before, and I'm just now getting acquainted with how it all works. Computers have never been my forte.

Like Raven7, I love Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. I love the very complete and intricate worlds that these authors have created. Also, very unlike most moms that I know, I love science fiction movies like the Matrix trilogy, Star Wars and things like that. I have to blame my husband for my change in movie taste, because I was all into nothing but "chick flicks" and comedies before I married him.

I love that there are so many people with varied backgrounds, different education histories, different occupations, different ideas, and different ages on this forum. It's so nice that we can all find common ground in our love for Harry Potter!

Its so nice to meet you all!!

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Ladybug220 - Sep 2, 2004 10:24 am (#1402 of 2004)

Welcome to all of our new members!

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Padfoot - Sep 2, 2004 11:24 am (#1403 of 2004)

Barbie, where do you live in LA? I was born in Lafayette also my parents moved back there a few years ago.

Welcome all new and returning forum members!

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Phoenix song - Sep 2, 2004 11:57 am (#1404 of 2004)

Padfoot, I live in Pearl River. It's a tiny little town about 45 mins. or so north-east of New Orleans and around 2hrs south of Lafayette. It's nice to see that there are other people from Louisiana on the forum. Especially those that share my taste in music and animagi! LOL!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 2, 2004 12:03 pm (#1405 of 2004)

I'm in Lockport, La.

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Phoenix song - Sep 2, 2004 12:27 pm (#1406 of 2004)

Too cool Twinkling Blue Eyes! There's a whole slew of us Cajuns!

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Padfoot - Sep 2, 2004 12:48 pm (#1407 of 2004)

I do not know if I am technically a Cajun. I moved away when I was 4. I have been down there the last several years to visit my parents at Christmas though. (Speaking of which, I do own a children's book called The Cajun Night Before Christmas.

I guess we should pick up this conversation on the chat thread.

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Orpheus - Sep 3, 2004 3:04 am (#1408 of 2004)

Hello my name is Andrea Farrell I am mad about Harry Potter, I love the Lexicon it is my number one reference site for my proboard members. If they ask me a question I refer them here. If I need something answering I check it out here, the book references are great though for the sake of your copyright I do check with the books rather than take any from your site. I also make up loads of weird potions and I write fan fic. I've just started writing for Immeritus, and on my own proboards and I try to support the proboard community and support the kids that run them. I feel that proboards are far safer than chat lines and I encourage the kids to visit the proboards and get off the chat lines.

I am a nurse tutor of 36 years of Age and I feel like Peter Pans sister because I never grew up, once I found so many like minded kids and adults like me I gave the proboards a shot. Orpheus

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mike miller - Sep 3, 2004 3:19 am (#1409 of 2004)

Welcome to all our new members! Glad to have you aboard and looking forward to reading your posts. I hope you'll find us friendly bunch, ask questions and take advantage of the search function to see what has been said about some of the most common questions about Harry's world. See on the Chat thread!

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Phoenix song - Sep 3, 2004 6:42 am (#1410 of 2004)

Mike Miller, great post! I agree, WELCOME to all new members!! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Our members are good at providing the answers that you need. There is so much information available here along with lots of theories, ideas, and predictions for future books. We welcome your ideas and hope that you'll enjoy a few of ours, too.

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From Venus - Sep 3, 2004 7:02 am (#1411 of 2004)
Edited Sep 3, 2004 8:05 am

Hello! My name is Mary Cannello and I am new to the world of computer forums and computers themselves. I am a stay-at-home grandma, and therefore I have lots of time on my hands during the day. I will be 52 years old in December. I spent about 20 years of my life working with animals at various animal hospitals and grooming salons. I love animals, and so, not surprisingly, Hagrid is one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter books. I can thoroughly understand why he would want to raise a baby dragon. However, very much like Ron, I am petrified of spiders and so I wouldn't keep anything like THAT for a pet.

I had to quit the animal care and grooming business 4 years ago to stay at home and take care of my invalid mother-in-law. And then, when both of my 3 grandkids’ parents started working, I began taking care of them during the day also.

I have 3 grown children. The oldest daughter, 28, is handicapped and so lives at home with me and my husband. My oldest son, 27, is the father of my 3 grandchildren; one boy,8, and 2 girls, 6 & 4. My youngest son, 22, is at college. He is majoring in music; he plays trumpet and hopes to teach music some day in grammar or high school.

I am originally from Chicago but 14 years ago we moved to the rolling hills of southern Indiana. We have a house on top of a hill out in the country about 10 miles south of a little town called Salem. We are about a 40 minute drive from Louisville, KY, which is about as close to a city as I want to be. Chicago is a wonderful city but I'd rather visit it than live in it. My life is, for the most part, quiet and peaceful. I spend the week with my grandkids, and on the weekend, I play guitar and sing at a couple of the local catholic churches.

Harry Potter has been a fun addition to our lives. I have read them out loud to my daughter (who cannot read) over and over again. I enjoy speculating what is coming next with my sister, who is also a great fan. I enjoy reading all the things you people on this site have to say and that is why I have decided to join in the fun!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 3, 2004 7:27 am (#1412 of 2004)

Welcome to everyone.

From Venus, thank you for sharing. I must ask how to you find time to read Harry Potter what with taking care of an elder and 3 grand kids. Yikes! I think you and Denise (who has 8-- yes 8--kids) would get along well. She seems quite busy and it makes me tired just to hear about her day.

Anyway, yes, please don't be shy and join on in the fun!

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Phoenix song - Sep 3, 2004 8:15 am (#1413 of 2004)

From Venus: Thank you for sharing a bit of yourselves with us! Welcome to the family! I have to just say that I am so impressed with you! How you can be the nurturer and care giver to so many and still have any time for anyone or anything else is quite beyond me. Bless you for doing so much for so many. I hope that you find peace and enjoyment every time that you log on.

I know that it can be intimidating to learn computers at a less than traditional age. I'm a 34 year old that has never done much with them before, either. So we're in the same boat. I've found that if you just ask how to do something that someone will be happy to help you.

My dad and my mother-in-law are from around Louisville, KY. I haven't visited too often, but they love it up there. It's nice to see so many different people from all over the world with the Potterverse in common. Have fun on the forum and be sure to ask whenever you are confused about anything.

Barbie

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From Venus - Sep 4, 2004 7:23 am (#1414 of 2004)

Thanks for the welcome everyone. I think I'm going to love it here!

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Betelgeuse Black - Sep 4, 2004 8:05 am (#1415 of 2004)

Hello,

I'm Betelgeuse Black. I'll withhold my real name for a while yet. I'm in the United States and from Tennessee originally. I live in Texas now. I am married with 3 children and I see the shady side of 40 years on this earth. I'm also a colon cancer survivor.

I'm not completely obsessed with the Potter universe (my wife would disagree :-) ) but I really love the books. It's a great escape from the world. I learned to love reading when I was 11 with the JRR Tolkien books. I never thought I'd be so enchanted by a series like LOTR but I think these books are just as enduring.

I hope all of you will bear with my posts while I try to read the various threads while I still try to catch up with this library of ideas. It's hard to search correctly with limited times to find out if the ideas have been shared before. Also, it's hard to place the ideas in the correct thread when you don't have a good feel for the web site.

I'm rambling again... Hello to all.

Betelgeuse.

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Phoenix song - Sep 4, 2004 9:42 pm (#1416 of 2004)

Betelgeuse Black: Hello and welcome to the forum! We're so glad to have you here! Don't worry, you don't have to share your real name at all if you don't want. Your forum name will done just fine.

Congratulations on surviving colon cancer! I'm sure that you and your family have been through a lot to get on the other side of that road, and we're glad that you have. I know that it's tough to deal with cancer. My dad has renal cancer that has spread to his brain, and it's been really rough. I'm sure that you'll find lots of other people on the forum that have a great deal of compassion and understanding in regards to cancer. Thanks for sharing your story!

I also love the LOTR books in addition to our Potter series. My husband tried for over a decade to get me to read those books, and I stubbornly refused. I gave in during the long wait between Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix. I'm glad that I finally read them, because I truly enjoyed every page.

Well, glad to have you and I hope that you feel welcomed, comfortable, and happy in your experiences. If you have any questions, please just ask and someone will be glad to help you. There are a lot of ideas, theories, and information on these threads. Don't be intimidated by the size of them, just take them at your own pace. I'm reminded of what my mother-in-law says in reference to a large and intimidating job: "You start eating an elephant one bite at a time." (Of course, she doesn't literally eat elephants, but I'm sure that you know what I mean.)

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MzWhizz123 - Sep 5, 2004 6:59 am (#1417 of 2004)

Hello from Nevada, Betelguese. Nice to have you on the forum.

Just wanted you to know that my father was diagnosed with cancer in 1980. He had surgery and one kidney was removed. Since his brother and father had both succumbed to cancer at a young age, (50s), we supposed that he, too, was not long for this world.

I can't say whether it was his determination to survive, his habit of eating 3 almonds a day, (one of those "cancer fending-off" theories), or simply his deep stubborn nature, but that man lived for another 22 years! He survived colon cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer--it seemed like they were all competing to see which would finally get him.

During that time, he was traveling to Davis, CA every six months to see an oncologist who is internationally renowned for his research. Apparently, he was so impressed with my father's tenacity, he cried every time Dad showed up in his office and hugged him! Then he wrote a chapter in his latest book about the effects of a positive attitude on the spread of cancer.

The point is that we are NOT helpless against cancer any longer. Every day brings new hope. Get regular check-ups and keep smiling! (Eat the almonds, too--you never know!)

Congratulations and welcome!

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Siouxwolf - Sep 5, 2004 7:15 am (#1418 of 2004)

Hi there everyone, my name is Siouxwolf and I am currently living in sunny South Africa. Have been a huge fan of Harry Potter since I saw the first movie. After that I had to get the books and I am now officially addicted:-) I have family in the UK as well Hello guys:-) I know my cousin logs onto this site. I am 33 years old and I am a female. I have one cat called Rafeki, a cockatiel called Frankie and two dogs called Jenny and Max. I have a passion for Native American Indians and Wolves. I work at a University in the Faculty of Commerce.

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Chris. - Sep 5, 2004 8:05 am (#1419 of 2004)

Welcome to the Forum, Siouxwolf. You've come to the right place if you're looking for some other HP fanatics!

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essie125 - Sep 5, 2004 9:07 am (#1420 of 2004)

I'm 22 and a major HP fan, I live in the netherlands and I study English language and Culture. Like the rest of you I can't wait for the sixth book to come out. I'm also looking forward for the PoA dvd and the GoF movie November next year. I also like drawing and designign.

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Phoenix song - Sep 5, 2004 9:24 am (#1421 of 2004)

Hello Siouxwolf: Welcome to the forum! I know that there are many different nationalities that share this forum, but I'm still amazed to be speaking to someone from South Africa! (Or should I have said "typing to someone from South Africa"?) I'm from the U.S. and we're pleased to have you! I see that you're a fan of the Native American Indian. I'm part native Indian. There's a lot of culture within the Native American Indians. I also know from our postings regarding Professor Lupin that there are a lot of experts of wolves that are members.

Hello Essie! We're glad to have you on board, as well. Again, it's impressive to me to see that you're from the Netherlands! We're all in the same boat in waiting for the Half-blood Prince to be released. I know that I'll be standing in line at midnight to be one of the first to buy a copy!

I hope that you'll both feel welcome and comfortable! Barbie

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Agramante - Sep 6, 2004 6:10 am (#1422 of 2004)

Hi, I'm Michael, an oceanography student and longtime devotee of the arts, living in Rhode Island. I love not only the level of perception in these debates but the friendliness as well. A pleasant change from some other boards I've visited! I'm amazed at how much effort people here have put into understanding these books--but not really, because I've done the same with others in the past. I've been waking up to the world of Harry Potter all year, and it's an easy place to become lost in and let my imagination start wandering. Here's to JK and her amazing creation!

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Phoenix song - Sep 6, 2004 6:23 am (#1423 of 2004)

Agramante: Hello and welcome to the forum! Love your avatar! You're right about the people who are members of this forum. I'm new to the boards as well, but they are all a very friendly and welcoming bunch. And, to quote Ron when Prof. McGonnagal transformed from a cat in class, these people are "bloody brilliant!" I can also get lost in the Potterverse. I can be doing the most mundane of tasks and have my mind working to wrap itself around all of the details and discussions that we share about these wonderful books. Have fun!

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Agramante - Sep 6, 2004 6:58 am (#1424 of 2004)

Though this site says I posted at 7:10 AM and unless that's Pacific time, I can assure you that I was not awake at anywhere near 7:10 AM today.

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Pinky - Sep 6, 2004 7:22 am (#1425 of 2004)

Agramante, you are correct. The times you see on this forum are correlated to the actual physical presence of the WX servers, which are in Pacific Time. Since you live on the East Coast, you need to add 3 hours to the time you see to get your current time.

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Alicia McIntosh - Sep 6, 2004 5:27 pm (#1426 of 2004)

Hi I'm Ali and I live in Arizona USA. It's funny, I HATED Harry Potter when I was younger because my sister did. But when I heard A movie was comming out I decided that if there was a movie about it it had to be good! So I read the four books that were out (I skipped the end of the first one so I would be surprised when it ccame out) and I got completely obsessed! I am always rereading a book now! I'm 13 and I'm a girl. I can't wait for the next book to come out! Have you ever noticed how little we know about Voldemort's mom?

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Siouxwolf - Sep 7, 2004 12:18 pm (#1427 of 2004)

Hi there,

Just wanted to say WELCOME TO ALL THE NEW MEMBERS! I am quite new myself and getting the hang of the threads:-) Have a great time.

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Phoenix song - Sep 7, 2004 12:46 pm (#1428 of 2004)

Alicia McIntosh: Hello and welcome to the forum! It's a good thing for you that you were able to shelve the sibling rivalry long enough to give JKR a try. We're all addicted to the Potterverse, and are glad to have you join us. I, too, have noticed that we know very little about Voldemort's mom. JKR has said that the mystery surrounding Voldemort's birth will be made known to us. (I think in the next book?) Check out the JKR at the Edinburg Festival thread. There is a lot of speculation on that thread about what this could mean.

Barbie

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timrew - Sep 7, 2004 12:58 pm (#1429 of 2004)

Welcome to the best Forum on the Web, folks! (at least, I think so!).

You'll find all ages of Harry Potter fans on here, from 10 to 54 year old curmudgeons like myself! So step right in and start enjoying yourself. Hey, and if you think I'm old for a Harry Potter fan, I lent my books to my mother and father-in-law (77 and 80), and they've both become converts as well!

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phoenix fire - Sep 8, 2004 8:02 am (#1430 of 2004)

Hi, I am pretty new to the forum. I do more reading than I do posting, but I find this forum a great way to get questions answered and hear new ideas! I am a twenty-something in New Hampshire and have been hooked on Harry Potter since Goblet of Fire came out. It was actually my mother and older sister who turned me on to the books, so I have never felt age was an issue when it came to these books, good story-telling knows no age! I think it's alot of fun to try to spot the clues and dream up lots of theories, but what I've loved most about the books is how they catch you be surprise, JKR's great plot twists!

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Phoenix song - Sep 8, 2004 8:08 am (#1431 of 2004)

phoenix fire: Welcome to the forum! Posting is a good way to get your questions answered, and it also allows us to gain new insights from the readers. When we all share our ideas, it allows us to weed out the ones that don't fit, and find the ones that we've missed. I agree that JKR can catch you by surprise!

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Madame Pomfrey - Sep 8, 2004 5:39 pm (#1432 of 2004)
Edited Sep 8, 2004 6:47 pm

Hi everyone.I'm Kelly.After reading the threads for a few of days I've decided to join the forum.I'm from Texas.I am 42.a wife,mother,grandmother and icu nurse(reason why I chose Madame Pomfrey).After watching SS & COS with my grandson I went out and bought the books and now I'm hooked.I have read all 5 books 3 times and can hardly wait for HBP.I've really enjoyed reading everyones thoughts on whats to come.Really a bunch of bright minds.Its good to see there are alot of older HP fans out there.My kids think its so funny that I'm so in to this.They probably think I belong in St.Mungo's.Oh well,its good to find a place I belong.

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Gotis - Sep 8, 2004 10:22 pm (#1433 of 2004)

Howdy! I'm a 25 year old male living in the middle of the U.S.A. Like all things that I love, I discovered Harry Potter late in the game. Being the un-hip guy that I am, I'd never heard of Harry until GoF was mentioned on Conan O'Brien's show. It was later still that I gave it a second thought. My sister rented the first movie and I saw the ending of it and liked it. OotP was out before I got around to reading the first one. It was frustrating to read SS/PS knowing that Quirrel was the bad guy Sad But I still loved it. Of cousre by now I've read all 5 at least 4 times, and parts of them many more times. I also read through essays, threads, bios, ect. here at the Lexicon on an almost daily basis. Wow, I think I'll quit before I take up any more of your time:)

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EbonyRebel - Sep 9, 2004 3:23 am (#1434 of 2004)
Edited Sep 9, 2004 4:30 am

Hi, I'm called Trisha, I'm 20 and from Ireland. I chose the name EbonyRebel coz I come from the "Rebel County" (Cork)...the Ebony part is more complicated. I love playing piano, so I took half of the title of the Stevie Wonder song "Ebony and Ivory"; if I had a wand, it would be made of ebony and unicorn hair (I love horses), and I've always wanted to go to Africa, and a carved ebony head my aunt brought home years ago from Tanzania always symbolises Africa to me (the craftsmanship is amazing). Er, on to Harry Potter...like you, Gotis, I didn't discover the HP books until GoF. I read them all in order, so the whole series has me gasping at the brilliant twists! I've done a Hermione on it and read all five books more times than I can remember - I know them all off by heart, almost! (except the fifth one of course!)My favourite character is a throw-up between Severus and Remus. I just can't decide! I love them both.

By the way, like you, Veritaserum, I'm wildly excited about finally being able to post! I too have been reading the forum all summer - you guys all kept me sane when I was in Italy (and desperately homesick and lonely). Thanks to all in the forum for providing the only light during that time :-)

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Phoenix song - Sep 9, 2004 4:47 am (#1435 of 2004)

Madame Pomfrey: Welcome to the forum! We're from neighboring states, Texas and Louisiana. I'll give you a big bayou welcome (Hey ya'll!) My father has been in hospitals practically daily since the first of June, and most of those days have been in the ICU. I really appreciate all that the ICU nurses do, so thank you! It would be easier if we had magical methods of healing, but since we don't, we appreciate the nursing that we receive.

Gotis: Welcome on board! I, too, started reading HP when the GoF came out. I just wondered what all of the hoopla was about, and decided to buy SS to find out! I started with SS not because it was first, but because it was the only one in paperback at the time, and it was the cheapest. The laugh was on me, though, because I'm thoroughly and completely hooked like you are.

Ebony Rebel: Glad to have you join! I just love Ireland! My family's background is at least 1/2 Irish. (So I guess I'm a half-blood, too!) There are a few members on board from Africa. One, Sioux Wolf, joined just recently. Maybe you could e-mail her about her country? Enjoy the forum!

Barbie

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kimio beach - Sep 9, 2004 6:29 am (#1436 of 2004)

Hello, fellow HP fans!! I normally list-lurk, and it took me a very long time to finally post something. But once I started I found it easier and easier to just do it!

I am a female 30-something Japanese-American, living in Tokyo, Japan. Born in California, moved to the east coast when still young, then moved to Japan when a teenager. English is still my native language, and I prefer to read in English although I read and speak Japanese fairly well.

My Harry Potter "obsession" started after GOF came out and I have subsequently devoured all the books - DH hasn't read the books and I am SO glad that I discovered the Lexicon Forum so that I could talk about it. It is so nice to see such a variety of people from all over the world and all different age-groups. And you are all so nice and friendly and intelligent. Some of the other forums I have visited are not so nice....

Happy posting!!

ps. how do you create an avatar? I am not too computer-literate...

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Padfoot - Sep 9, 2004 6:47 am (#1437 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Sep 9, 2004 7:48 am

Welcome all new members! I hope you have lots of fun on this forum.

Kimio, if you want to have an avatar, go to "change password or preferences" located at the top right of your screen. There you can unload a picture of your choosing. There is a size restriction however. I use a program called EZ Thumbnails that will shrink a picture to the correct size. If you want the link it's: EZ Thumbnails I hope this helps!

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Madame Pomfrey - Sep 9, 2004 6:51 am (#1438 of 2004)

Thank you for the welcome Phoenix Song.I hope your father is doing well.I've always wanted to visit Louisiana especially for the food.I was glad to see the "yall".It's very hard to refrain from using it when we normally talk that way.Welcome Gotis,Kimio and EbonyRebel.

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Siouxwolf - Sep 9, 2004 10:01 am (#1439 of 2004)

Hello, hello,

Welcome to all the newbies, you have come to a wonderful place, full of really great people. I also quite new to the forum and I have been made really welcome.

EbonyRebel you would just love South Africa. there are many markets here were you can buy those Ebony heads and more. To me Africa is the wildlife and its people.

Again welcome.

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Phoenix song - Sep 9, 2004 1:10 pm (#1440 of 2004)

Kimio Beach: Great to have you on board! I read your post the other day in which you found the clue that tells us whether Petunia was the eldest or the younger sister. GREAT CATCH! (It's on the Good Old Aunt Petunia thread for anyone who wants to know the answer.) Yes, it does become easier to post once you realize how nice everybody can be. This is a really warm, intelligent group of people. I've really been enjoying myself immensely!

I read that your husband hasn't read the books. Don't feel too badly, though, my husband has read the books, and loves the books, but doesn't get as obsessive as I do about them. He says that it's like a boat ride on the ocean. You can ride in the boat and have a lovely time without delving into the deep waters to see how far down it goes. He loves to read the books on "surface" level for enjoyment. I love to delve down as deeply as I can until I'm forced to come up for air. You're in great company, though. The forums members understand the need to examine and explore every detail, and do so without judgment. Enjoy!

Madame Pomfrey: Thank you for asking about my father. He is stable now and has hospice, and we have hope for more good days. Like I said earlier, the nurses are just wonderful every where we go. I have tons of respect for people in your profession!

The food is great in Louisiana. There is a reason that our cholesterol levels are the highest in the nation. (And it is difficult to refrain from an occasional "ya'll" when it's part of your daily routine.)

I hope that you both enjoy the forum!

Barbie

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icthestrals - Sep 10, 2004 4:54 am (#1441 of 2004)

Welcome to all new members! The word "y'all" pops up in my posts every so often as well, Barbie, so don't sweat it. Check out the Potty HQ thread if you dare to declare your Pottiness to the world!!

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John Bumbledore - Sep 10, 2004 8:52 am (#1442 of 2004)

Hi, Bumbledore is John and I am he. I am 39, male from North Carolina, USA. Fisrt time posting to HP Lex Forum. Been re-reading the books since I realized upon my second reading of it, that the script about the mirror of Erised was simply written in right-to-left order. Been puzzeling over what might be clues and forshadowing by Jo.
I was recently disapointed to find that the jkr site no longer greeted me by name and had *lost* the four scraps I had earned. So I had the fun of finding them again. I was wondering how many times has (or how many different items/clues have there been when) the DND door opened.



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ShelterGirl - Sep 10, 2004 9:05 am (#1443 of 2004)

--*Waves to fellow North Carolinian*

There are a few of us on here. Untamed Shrew is another one. Welcome to the forum!

Julie

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Emily - Sep 11, 2004 11:28 am (#1444 of 2004)

Hey Bumblebore and everyone else! Welcome to the Forum!

Bumblebore (can we call you BB?) and Sheltergirl- I'm aso a North Carolinian!

And I second icthestrals- go visit Potty HQ to get on the Official List of Potty People!

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Chris. - Sep 11, 2004 11:36 am (#1445 of 2004)

Welcome to new members! Hope everyone has a wonderful time on the Forum!

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Scarlet Knight - Sep 11, 2004 5:07 pm (#1446 of 2004)

Salutations,

I'm 34, live in Texas and recently found myself sharing the in the magical world that jkr has created. This is my first time on the message board and I look forward to adding to the lex in positive ways.

I'm an ecletic individual who enjoys variety. Sports, books, music, art, etc. Since a friend introduced me to Harry and the gang, I can't seem to get enough of these wonderful characters.

I honestly didn't understand what the big deal was, of course it's very clear now and I can't wait for year 6!

A special thank you to Barbie for clarifying certain points about the lex!

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Catherine - Sep 11, 2004 6:36 pm (#1447 of 2004)

Welcome to Bumbledore and Scarlet Night!

Welcome to all new members!

See you all around on the Forum soon, I hope.

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Phoenix song - Sep 11, 2004 8:04 pm (#1448 of 2004)

Scarlet Knight: It's wonderful to see that you're all on board now! I'm so pleased that I was able to help you! Please e-mail me again if you need any help or want to talk again. It seems as if we have a lot in common: we're both 34; we live in neighboring states...I'm in LA; we both began to read HP to find out what all of the "fuss" was about; and we both love HP. (Of course, there's a lot of that particular "symptom" going around in here!)

Bumblebore: Welcome to the Forum! I agree with Emily in that we'll probably come to know you as BB if that's okay with you? "Bumblebore" seems like a "finger twister" to me, it's a little odd to type.

I'm not absolutely certain, but I think that the DND door has been opened twice. The first time (that I know of) it revealed that the title of book 6 was Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince. The last time (just a few weeks ago) it revealed the description of a character. The clue is much discussed on the New Clue thread. I believe that she opens it like every two months or so. We're so starved for book six that we'll take every little scrap that she'll throw to us. {Then we'll examine it, dissect it, discuss it, and argue over it until the next clue...gives us "Potties" something to do while we wait!}

Welcome to the forum everybody! Please ask if you need any help or direction. There's always somebody willing to answer even the most basic of questions!

Barbie

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Pinky - Sep 12, 2004 10:59 am (#1449 of 2004)

Hmmm, seeing as his name is actually BumbleDore, I can't see why anyone would want to call him "BB".

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Phoenix song - Sep 12, 2004 11:02 am (#1450 of 2004)

OOPS! You're right Pinky. I'm so sorry Bumbledore! I must have had another brain cramp. My greatest apologies, and I won't make the same mistake again.

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Emily - Sep 12, 2004 11:22 am (#1451 of 2004)

Sorry Bumbledore! I completely missed that, won't do it again! *going to iron hands*

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João Paulo Costa - Sep 15, 2004 1:36 am (#1452 of 2004)

Hello. I've just entered the HP_lexicon Forum. I'm 28 years old and from Portugal. I've been in contact with the Harry Potter books for about 4-5 years, and have been increasingly impressed with the magnitude and detail of the universe created by JK Rowling, and also with the reaction that it creates (in the internet and outside).

I've read the HP_lexicon for months now, and I think it is excelent: information about everything, from people to objects, and also the essays. I shall be contribuing myself sortly.

Good readings to all.

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Marie E. - Sep 15, 2004 10:44 am (#1453 of 2004)

Welcome, Joao! You know, it's the essays on the Lexicon which drew me in. I think the first one I read was the timeline of the night the Potter's were murdered. After that I was a goner!

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happyhedwig - Sep 15, 2004 1:42 pm (#1454 of 2004)

Hi! I have been reading the Lexicon for a few months now, and have decided to join so that I can chat. I also have a few interesting theories floating around in my head that I would like to share. Maybe I'm not the only one thinking certain things! I am 25 and live in Utah, and am devouring any tidbit of HP information I can get. I am looking forward to hearing from you all!

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Miguel A. Jimenez - Sep 15, 2004 5:06 pm (#1455 of 2004)

Hello All! I too have been reading the Lexicon for a few months and finally worked up the nerve to post something. I am 21 and live in Arizona where I am studying media arts before I (try to) go on to film school. I have been a Harry Potter fan since last summer and I cannot wait for the sixth and seventh books to come out! I can only imagine the frustration of fellow fans when they waited for OotP to be released. I look forward to reading all of your great ideas on our common obsession, namely, Harry Potter!

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Bethany Dalton - Sep 16, 2004 3:45 pm (#1456 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Sep 16, 2004 4:48 pm

HI my name is Bethany and I'm 21 years old. I am a huge fan of Harry Potter and love to have discussions and debates about the upcoming books.

I am Cook III for a company called Wegman's. Although my occupation says Chef, that is a title I believe should be earned

I look forward to joining in discussions on this forum. I hope I can have intelligent conversations with adults instead of petty arguments with children.

Sincerely Yours, BGD

Edit: I edited out a paragraph that could lead to a discussion that is not appropriate on the Forum. Bethany, there was nothing wrong with what you said, we just don't discuss that on the Forum. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Denise P, Forum Host

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hawkeyetkdchick - Sep 16, 2004 4:33 pm (#1457 of 2004)

Hi! My name is Stephanie, I'm 22 and am currently living in Iowa. Like Miguel, I just got into Harry Potter last summer, and now I'm hooked. I read all five books at once, and it's killing me waiting on the 6th one. Smile I've posted a few places, but I figured it's about time to introduce myself here. I think that's about it. Oh yaeh, and my favorite character is Lupin! Very Happy

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Padfoot - Sep 17, 2004 7:09 am (#1458 of 2004)

Welcome all new forum members. Look around and have a great time investigating all sorts of theories. We would love to hear any new insights you may have. If you cannot find a topic you are looking for, try using the search function, it is really helpful. Come introduce yourself on the chat and greeting thread. And most importantly, have fun!

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mike miller - Sep 18, 2004 5:46 am (#1459 of 2004)

Welcome everyone! We're glad you've found your way to this forum. Please let us know what you think and if you have nagging questions, try the search function or scour the discussion topics for the details that spark your fancy. You will find we're a friendly bunch.

Miguel - Glad to have you aboard. I'm a Sun Devil myself so either don't hold it against me or GO DEVILS! I currently live just outside of Baltimore, MD.

BGD - We are anxiously awaiting out first Wegman's, scheduled to open in the spring. I'm familiar with the company and I can hardly wait.

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El Cronista de Salem - Sep 18, 2004 6:04 am (#1460 of 2004)

Hello! I am El Cronista de Salem and I am from Spain. I love the Lexicon and I am the director of its spanish version, El Diccionario de los Magos ([You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] See you later! Wink

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 18, 2004 1:32 pm (#1461 of 2004)

Miguel, am I very much mistaken or is that a Canon XL1 as your avatar? I'm a videographer and that's my camera of choice. The only problem I have with it is that you cannot focus as you zoom in or out, so you've either got to switch it to automatic or zoom - focus, zoom - focus, zoom - focus. Film school would be amazing. I'm an English major (as are many members here ) but my minor is in film.

Everyone, welcome to the forum!

El Cronista, I didn't even know there was a Spanish version, I must go investigate. Perhaps you should post a link for it on your second line of information after your title? That way lazy people like me wouldn't have to go to all the trouble of manually typing it in.

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kaye~ys - Sep 18, 2004 5:44 pm (#1462 of 2004)

Hi, there, people. I'm Kaye from Malaysia, but currently I am working in Korea under a voluntary organization that promotes world peace through the belief of one world under God. I am also a pharmacist registered back in my country.

I am 24 of age, female, and I am from a Chinese background even though my nationality is Malaysian.

I started reading Harry Potter in 2001 when I was doing my final year in Pharmaceutical Studies in Glasgow, Scotland. My favorite book is 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'. I was not a keen fan back then, but the fire was rekindled after the third installment of the the Harry Potter movie. After a few months of browsing through the internet reading various informations and different views concerning the HP world, I decided (worked up the courage, finally!!!) to join in the talk.

I look forward for a good talk on all topics of Harry Potter, and will be extremely pleased to be enlightened by new views and thoughts about the Harry Potter world. Smile

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Catherine - Sep 19, 2004 7:50 am (#1463 of 2004)

Hi kaye~ys,

Welcome to the Forum. I'll look forward to seeing you on the threads!

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Doxy Bowtruckle - Sep 19, 2004 1:03 pm (#1464 of 2004)

Hi everyone, feel like I know some of you as i have been reading for a while.

I'm AJ, 30, and live in Southampton U.K, i've got 3 great kids(all boys) who are crackers about HP. I'm recently divorced, after years of torture and have finally met that special person in life! Ahh.

Looking forward to chatting and reading the answers to the many questions and theories that i have.

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Phoenix song - Sep 19, 2004 3:13 pm (#1465 of 2004)

Welcome to all new members! It's great to have you all aboard, and I hope to see your posts soon. It's wonderful to have so many different types of people involved. It makes it more interesting to hear so many different ideas and point-of-views.

Doxy Bowtruckle: Love your name! How interesting! Glad to see that you have recently been "freed" from your house-elf status. Best wishes on your new relationship. Hopefully he's also interested in HP. It takes special people to put up with all of us Potter fanatics.

Enjoy the forum. Please take an extra dose of Gryffindor courage and plunge right on in! You'll find that this is an amazing group of people and that we'll welcome you right away. Please be sure to ask if you have any questions, somebody will be glad to help you out.

Barbie

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Doxy Bowtruckle - Sep 20, 2004 12:27 am (#1466 of 2004)
Edited Sep 20, 2004 1:29 am

Hi Pheonix Song,

Thanks for the warm welcome.

Yes, I have been set free from the enslavement! So life is great.

New partner is just as mad as the rest of us for all things HP, although we have both been left dissapointed by the films.

Thanks again! Doxy B

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Mrs Brisbee - Sep 20, 2004 2:16 pm (#1467 of 2004)

Hi. I'm 39, live in Vermont, USA, and love the Harry Potter books. I've gotten my Husband hooked too by playing the audiotapes when he was around so now he listens with me. I've got a daughter who's four, who is mostly indifferent to it, except she knows I like HP so keeps asking me if I want things like Harry Potter legos Smile

I've been reading through a lot of the threads. This board is pretty fast moving, but eventually I'll catch up enough.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 20, 2004 3:05 pm (#1468 of 2004)

Mrs Brisbee-

This board is pretty fast moving, but eventually I'll catch up enough.[


Mwah-ha-haaaaa.

You would think so, wouldn't you??

Seriously, welcome to the forum. If anything stumps you, just give a holler. Someone will answer. Oh, and it might take a while to bite the bullet, but there's a lovely button called "Mark as Read." It can be your best friend.

Again, welcome. Smile

Julie

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Phoenix song - Sep 20, 2004 4:14 pm (#1469 of 2004)

Mrs. Brisbee: Hello and welcome to the forum! I've heard that it's beautiful in Vermont this time of year. I'd love to travel there to see what a real Fall looks like. Here in Louisiana we have two seasons: summer and almost summer.

I'm glad that you've "hooked" your husband on HP. It helps to have a partner that at least understands some of our fascination with all things Potter. My husband likes the books, but isn't as insane as I am. So I vent out my frustrated ideas and thoughts to these poor folks!

I totally agree with Julie regarding the "mark as read" button. I joined the forum in early August and began at the top of the page and tried to diligently read each post at every available opportunity. I felt as if I were on a treadmill trying to read everything, and wasn't taking in as much as I would have liked because I felt pressured to "catch up". I finally gave in and marked everything as read and felt such relief!

Also, if you'd like to post on a subject (ex. "Heir of Gryffindor") but you aren't sure if what you'd like to say has already been posted, then just use the friendly "Search" button located at the top of the page. It will pull up all relevant posts and will allow you to have the background information before you add in your "two knuts". Please ask if you have any questions! We're a friendly group and will be glad to help you out.

Doxy B: You're very welcome! It's great to know that new members are as excited about the forum as present members! (I'm rather new as well, and I LOVE IT!)

Barbie

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Mrs Brisbee - Sep 20, 2004 6:26 pm (#1470 of 2004)

Hiya again. Thanks for the tips ShelterGirl and Phoenix Song. I've already employed the Mark As Read button. And yeah, you can laugh at me, becuse I probably will never catch up Smile

And yes Vermont is spectacular in Fall. It actually does look like those gorgeous postcards people might send you when they vacation here. But those two seasons in Lousiana sound wonderfully simple. Up here there are five seasons (Mud season is the extra one) though sometimes it feels like there are eight or twelve.

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Mae Mae - Sep 21, 2004 11:52 pm (#1471 of 2004)

Hello there, I have been reading the Forums for quite some time now, but yesterday I decided to become a "posting member". I am Mae Mae, 29 years old, the mother of a 9-year-old potterholic boy and myself just as bad. I live in Estonia (sometimes in Latvia, as my husband is Latvian)and I am at the moment supposed to be writing my BA theses (hope my tutor does not browse potter-related forums:-)). I am really looking forward to discussing with all of you the thoughts I have on the magical world! Cheers, Mae Mae

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Pinky - Sep 22, 2004 4:05 am (#1472 of 2004)

Welcome Mae Mae! I think you may be our first member from Estonia! Years ago I met a girl from Estonia that made us an incredible cake with fresh fruit all over it. Yummy! Have a great time posting on as many threads as you can. Is your son going to join too? Or will he be reading over your shoulder?

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Mae Mae - Sep 22, 2004 5:48 am (#1473 of 2004)

Thanks, Pinky! It is always a pleasure to encounter people that know of the existence of Estonia, tiny as we are. My son is dyslectic, so writing in any language is a hard job for him (reading is more or less ok, though he tends to skip some vocals when reading out loud, but he has read all the 5 Potter books, the Hobbit and tons of Estonian childrens' literature). So he will be looking over my shoulder, I guess...which won't make his contribution any lesser, mind you:-)

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Phoenix song - Sep 22, 2004 7:09 am (#1474 of 2004)

Mae Mae: It's great that your son has found literature that appeals to him. Many children with dyslexia are diagnosed so late in their education that they have grown to hate reading all together. I'm glad that he has not fallen into that category.

My brother was extremely dyslexic. With my mother's insistence, he was diagnosed fairly early. He was able to receive excellent help and now doesn't even notice the problem. Good luck!

It's great to have you both! I hope that you enjoy the forum!

Barbie

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tracie1976 - Sep 22, 2004 8:53 am (#1475 of 2004)

Welcome to all the new members!!!!

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El Cronista de Salem - Sep 22, 2004 8:59 am (#1476 of 2004)

Thank you to all you!

It is my first week in the FORUM, and I love it. It's great! All you are really Harry Potter fans, who are interesting in the books, not in if Daniel Radcliffe has girlfriend or if Rupert Grint has changed his look.

All you are great. I can discuss with very prepared people!!! :-)

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haymoni - Sep 22, 2004 9:02 am (#1477 of 2004)

Well...we wonder those things...we just don't comment...usually.

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Medulla - Sep 23, 2004 4:17 am (#1478 of 2004)

I have to agree with El Cronista de Salem! I'm a newbie on this forum as well ( my name is Nat by the way and i am a 20 year old biomedical student is Australia) and its great to talk to people over the age of 10 about the books. My little cousins just arent cutting it anymore! You have created a truely fantastic site, i just need a few spare weeks to read it all!

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Daioma Dumbledore - Sep 23, 2004 5:35 am (#1479 of 2004)

Hi everyone, my real name is Amber, I'm 29, and from Melbourne Australia, (by the way the Daioma part of my name is actually my middle name, completely made up by my mum, long story! It's pronounced Day-o-ma) Anyway, I've been reading Harry Potter for only two short years and am completely hooked, my boyfriend can't believe how many times I've read them and how often he finds me reading the lexicon, yes I've been hiding in the background for quite a while reading as much as I can, and this is my first post. Hopefully I will be posting more often now I've gotten the courage to write my first one! Anyway, looking forward to reading everyone's wonderful ideas on what JK has in store for us in the up coming books! Ciao

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Dobby's Tea Cozy - Sep 23, 2004 6:44 pm (#1480 of 2004)

Hello! My name is Joanna, I'm a 29 yr old mom of 2, and I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I think I've read all 5 books at least 100 times! (or close to it) I've been reading the forum for a long time, but just decided to become a posting member. I love all the theories and interesting discussions on here, and can't wait to read more!

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Eponine - Sep 23, 2004 6:55 pm (#1481 of 2004)

Hi, Sis! That's my sister, can you tell from our avatars? I lured her into the forum with talk of intelligent theories and pleasant people.

Welcome to all the new members. This is a great place to discuss Harry Potter.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 23, 2004 7:10 pm (#1482 of 2004)

I thought that those cuties looked familiar. Hi and welcome.

Leila

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Phoenix song - Sep 23, 2004 7:42 pm (#1483 of 2004)

Hello to all new members! It is great to have you all! How interesting to have two new members from Australia post back-to-back! GDay, mate! (Isn't that the saying? Where I'm from we just say "Hey Y'all!")

Eponine: I'm glad that you posted letting us know that Joanna was your sister. When I first saw her post I thought, "Now I know that those are her niece and nephew!"

I'm glad that you've decided to join us Joanna. I have found the forum to be a great place to exchange ideas and formulate new ones. I'm jealous that you already have family that you can discuss HP with, though. (Just joking! Good for you both!) My family is game only for whatever is seen in the movies, and that can be quite limiting!

Have fun and welcome everybody!

Barbie

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Abracapocus - Sep 23, 2004 7:52 pm (#1484 of 2004)
Edited Sep 23, 2004 8:55 pm

My name is Sheila and I am from Lynchburg, Virginia. I am 48 years old. I have been lurking off and on for about a year now, so I already feel like I know so many of you. I live alone -- just me, my dog and my Harry Potter obsession. I also love movies, blues music and rock music.


Yeah, I can identify with one of the prior posts when someone said that they feel disappointed when Accio doesn’t work. There have been a few situations when I have considered that a well-placed spell would have been extremely helpful especially at work. As I look around my dusty, cluttered computer room, Scourgify also comes to mind -- yet I sit -- and I type.

Of the trio, I simply adore Ron. If HP were the real world, I would love do lunch with Remus or Mad-Eye or Minerva. Snivellus is a most wonderful character to read about because he is so ambiguous, creepy and nasty. I also have a great appreciation for cunning, smooth and sinister Lucius Malfoy. I could live without Fudge, Draco, Bella and Grawp as characters. Fawkes is my favorite animal, but I wouldn’t say no to a niffler.

I am fascinated with the dark objects of 12 GP and equally fascinated with Dumbledore’s office. Would NOT like to experience the Mirror of Erised or a boggart, which would promptly turn into a drinking fountain with a – a – HUMAN HAIR IN IT!!! – ergh!! My Patronus would probably be a raven… or a flobberwom. I haven’t decided yet. My favorite subjects are Transfiguration and Potions. I share Hermione’s thoughts on Divination. If I could do one spell in real life, it would probably be Obliviate… as I have the tendency to say and do dorky things with great regularity as I have proven yet again with this post.

I don’t know if I will post much as I have noticed that you guys are very, very thorough. Every time I think I have thought of something new to add, I do a search and find someone else has thought of it both first and better.

Well, nothing much interesting to say except Greetings, Salutations and OBLIVIATE!

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Daioma Dumbledore - Sep 23, 2004 7:55 pm (#1485 of 2004)

Thanks for the welcome Phoenix Song! Yes G'day is the true blue aussie "hello", although other than myself I don't know too many girls that use it, I have six older brothers (& 1 sister) so I picked it up from them at an early age, although since I've been with my Italian boyfriend for almost two years & am attempting to learn the language I'm more likely to say "Ciao! Come stai?" (G'Day, how are ya! in australian!) Very happy to see at least one other aussie in here, since because of the time difference, we may very well end up discussing between ourselves while you lot sleep! :-)

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Phoenix song - Sep 23, 2004 8:26 pm (#1486 of 2004)
Edited Sep 23, 2004 9:27 pm

Daioma: Don't count on all of us being asleep while you're awake. I do most of my posting late at night while the kids are sleeping. (It's much more quiet that way, and I'm much less likely to make big mess-ups.)

Abracapocus: I really enjoyed your post! You already seem very much at home, so please don't feel too intimidated to post regularly. What you see as us being thorough is really just fanaticism gone awry. Even if we've covered a thought completely, we're likely to recycle it again with entirely new vantage points. We can't benefit from your thoughts unless you are willing to share them!

The spell that I would most likely use would be the one that was used to put a person on "mute". "Silencio" could be quite beneficial to me at times in my very loud home.

Barbie

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tracie1976 - Sep 24, 2004 2:46 am (#1487 of 2004)

Hello and welcome to all the new members Surprised)

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Dobby's Tea Cozy - Sep 24, 2004 7:35 pm (#1488 of 2004)

Pheonix Song, sorry to take so long to reply, yes, those are my cutie's on Eponine's avatar....I've allowed her to use them until she has cuties of her own...which she says will be a VERY long time. I'm glad I have someone in my family who loves HP as much as I do, or perhaps more, and we've already started the next generation. My 4 year old LOVES the first 2 movies, and got mad because I went to see the 3rd one without her.

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Phoenix song - Sep 25, 2004 8:16 am (#1489 of 2004)

Dobby's Tea Cozy: I understand you seeing the movies first without your children. I did the same things with all three movies. I felt that I needed to judge their "scariness" to see if the kids were "up" to the movie before they began to see it. It's also near impossible to enjoy a film with small children. (Trust me, I know!)

I'd love to put up a picture of my three kids, but I'm afraid that I'm not that technologically proficient at this point.

We're so glad to have you on board with us "Potties". Have fun!

Barbie

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Dobby’s Tea Cozy - Sep 25, 2004 4:13 pm (#1490 of 2004)

Yeah, I think I'm going to make her wait to see the 3rd one, I'm afraid the dementors and the werewolf might be a bit much for her! It took me awhile to figure out how to do the picture thing myself! Thanks for the welcome!

Joanna

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Medulla - Sep 25, 2004 10:31 pm (#1491 of 2004)

Hi Daioma I am equally as glad to see some aussie representation here although im not sure that i have ever said G'Day mate to anyone other than tourists- theres nothing quites as fun as living up to our reputation!!! I am a sydney girl myself and feel that we don't get nearly as much potter news as the Brits (is that acceptable or do you prefer poms or english?)that's why i went hunting for information. I should try and work out how to use that chat room! i am totally computer illiterate.

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muggle born - Sep 26, 2004 12:25 am (#1492 of 2004)

Hi my name is jan, I have been reading your posts for months now with great interest. I got the harry potter books 1 to 5 last year for my birthday (40). It was only after watching the films that i decided i would like to read the books, Once i started to read i couldn't stop, It is so addictive. I NEED book 6 now. anyway less of that. I live in north wales (uk) have 4 children 25-24-17-16, my two eldest are my step children but i have always regarded them as my own they have left home and the two younger ones are at home. I don't know what else i can tell you.

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Phoenix song - Sep 26, 2004 7:43 am (#1493 of 2004)

muggle born: That is indeed an interesting avatar that you've gotten. Where did you find it?

Glad to have you on board! It's a lot of fun to hear all of the wonderful ideas that are on this forum. I'm sure that you'll have a great time.

We are all in desperate need of book 6. The wait between books 4 and 5 were so long, and I don't think that I could stand another wait like that one. Hopefully this one will be much shorter. She doesn't expect any "baby" related delays, so I'm hoping that she means that the book will be well on it's way to the publisher before then. Oh well, wishing desperately on her next book is like relentlessly picking at a wound and hoping that it will heal faster.

Barbie

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muggle born - Sep 26, 2004 9:38 am (#1494 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Pinky Sep 26, 2004 11:37 am

Thank you, I got the picture from a site called 'funny babies' I told my 3 year old grand daughter it is a photo of her when she was a baby, now every time she sees the picture on my desk top she points and says 'its me'(cruel) I'm really glad I got my books just after the last one came out, it has been hard enough waiting this long.

Muggle born, please capitalize all "I's" in your posts, and also the first letter in your sentences. I have edited your post. Thank you. ~Pinky

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muggle born - Sep 26, 2004 11:10 am (#1495 of 2004)

Sorry pinky I'm not used to using capital letters when posting. I will check before I post in future.

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Lizard - Sep 26, 2004 6:21 pm (#1496 of 2004)

Hi, my name is Alyssa. I am 34 and have 2 daughters ages 6 and 9. We live in Bendigo, Australia. I started reading the Harry Potter books before the fifth one came out. I read them first and now I read them to my girls. We love the books and the movies. I went to see the first 2 movies with my sister and mum, the girls were too young at the time but I have since bought the movies and they watch them at home. There was no way they were letting me leave them at home while I went to see the 3rd movie though so we all went together and my 6 year old spent the scary bits sitting on my knee but has seen it since then and doesn't take her eyes off it. So I guess you could say we are all hooked and however long we have to wait for the next book and/or movie will be just too long for us.

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Sir Tornado - Sep 27, 2004 1:15 am (#1497 of 2004)

Hello, welcome everyone to the forum.

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Phoenix song - Sep 27, 2004 8:00 am (#1498 of 2004)

Hello Alyssa! Welcome to the forum! We've had two other new members from Australia this week! I'm also 34 with two daughters (3 and 5) but I also have a son (7). It's good to be able to share HP with the ones that you love. I've been reading SS to my kids (it's the least scary for the little ones) and they love the movies as well. I am surprised by how easily the kids adapt to the scary parts, though. Before the spider scene in CoS, I stopped the DVD and explained what was about to happen and that Ron and Harry would be alright. When we watched it they didn't seem to be fazed one bit. My son thought that the spiders were "cool" and was more concerned about me being afraid. (I do not care for spiders at all!)

I am anxiously awaiting the release of PoA. And, of course, the release of HBP! I hope that you enjoy the forum!

Tornedo: You'll be 16 tomorrow? Happy birthday, that's a great age! (Gee, I feel so old! I could actually be old enough to be your mom! Yikes!)

Barbie

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Lizard - Sep 28, 2004 12:59 am (#1499 of 2004)

Thanks for the welcome Barbie, it's funny you mention the spiders in CoS, because my girls were the same. They came and sat beside me and held my hand in case I was scared because I don't get on well with spiders either.

Alyssa

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angel z - Sep 29, 2004 11:34 pm (#1500 of 2004)

Hi to all. I have been following a few of your discussions for a while and finally decided to join in. You see this is my very first forum or chat experience, but it seems like a lot of fun and you all appear to be so clued up on the Potterverse, so the temptation for a maniac HP sleuth like me was too much to resist. I am 31 and live with my husband and 3 boys in Grantham Lincolnshire England. My husband thinks I'm mad but then again its a typical muggle trait. I look forward to talking some more but alas earwax its off to work for me now. Angel z

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 30, 2004 5:43 am (#1501 of 2004)

Welcome, Angel! You are in good company here, we all fancy ourselves HP sleuths. And most certainly this forum is sometimes too much fun, don't be surprised if you find yourself checking in ever hour or so at work!

Have fun looking around. I know the size of this forum can seem intimidating, but don't be afraid to ask questions or to use the ever valuable "Search" button in the teal toolbar at the top of the screen. Happy posting!

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Phoenix song - Sep 30, 2004 5:47 am (#1502 of 2004)
Edited Sep 30, 2004 6:49 am

angel z: Welcome to the forum! It's so nice to see that there are members who are becoming brave enough to begin to post. I'm a new member of only a few months, but I was too tempted to chat to resist posting for more than a few weeks. I'm glad that you jumped on into the water.

It's great to have more members from England. There are a lot of times that questions will arise where we will wonder if the answer is simply an "English" tradition. We like to have lots of English members so that they can clue the rest of us in.

If you like being a "sleuth" you should check out the thread about the "long theory about Harry's family". There you can check out some interesting theories about HP, and join a group of HP Super Sleuths!

I also have a husband and family that thinks that I'm a little nuts for Harry. As you've correctly stated, it's a common muggle affliction to denote anything not ordinary to the status of being crazy. We should remember that Dumbledore was noted as being "mad" in the sorting hat scene in PS/SS. If he is mad, then we're in great company!

Welcome and enjoy!

Barbie

Sherbie: I LOVE MR. BIG! I WAS SO ECSTATIC WHEN HE RETURNED FOR CARRIE! YEAH!

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angel z - Sep 30, 2004 10:12 am (#1503 of 2004)

Sherbie, its as if you know me already, I waited with baited breath while at work, checking in oh maybe once or twice, for those of you across the water to wake up. Thanks for the welcome and Phoenix hope I can be of help in many future discussions, but you may have to put up with my puzzelings over some American phrases. I know this is going to be fun!

angel z

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Amilia Smith - Sep 30, 2004 10:16 am (#1504 of 2004)
Edited Sep 30, 2004 11:19 am

Hi! As I have been posting now for about 3 months, and lurking for another month before that, I decided I should probably get around to introducing myself.

I am 26, single, and live in Utah. I have just finished my undergraduate work for a bachelor's degree in History, and am currently saving up money for grad school. I hope to be a librarian when I grow up. The more I think about this idea, the more I like it. However, I am somewhat afraid of the degree of computer literacy expected of librarians. Every time I think I am getting better, something new to try comes up, and I am reminded how little I really do know about computers. Poor Kip had to talk me through signing up with World Crossing step by step through a series of three separate emails.

As you can no doubt tell by my screen name (and my email address, for that matter) I haven't got a whole heck of a lot of imagination. Therefore, you won't see me coming up with interesting theories on my own. I love reading other people's theories, however, and bouncing the ideas around in my head.

Besides Harry Potter, the main thing I do for fun is Scottish Highland Dance. I went to a competition in Los Vegas last weekend, and got first place in one of my dances. I only placed in the one, but I was very excited as it has been a long time since I got a first.

If I were sorted into a Hogwarts house, it would be Hufflepuff. I am not particularly brave or ambitious. I consider myself fairly intelligent, but not spectacularly so. However, I am a worker. What is more, of all the House traits, hard work is the one I admire most in others, and the one that bothers me the most if it is missing.

As I am something of a workaholic, as well as a slow typist, I usually only take the time to post on my days off, about once a week. So you may not see too much of me. I do way too much lurking, though, and usually log on once a day for a half an hour or so to catch up on my favorite threads.

Mills.

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Phoenix song - Sep 30, 2004 11:23 am (#1505 of 2004)

Mills: Don't sell yourself short! Hard work is the character trait that I admire most as well. Where would the world be without the workers of the world?

Congratulations on the dance competition. That sounds like a lot of fun! I've only seen the Scottish Highland Dance on TV.

angel z: I'll be glad to help with any American phrases. Probably the biggest difficulty that you'll face would be with our love of using initials like DD (Dumbledore) or MWPP (Moody, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs). It'll all come easy with time, though.

Glad to have you all on board! Let us know if you have any questions!

Barbie

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Missy Greene - Sep 30, 2004 6:39 pm (#1506 of 2004)

Hey all- I found this forum during my quest to find the answers to JKR's website a few weeks ago. Boy did I come to the right place! I've been sitting here in Virginia, enduring the taunts of my muggle husband, reading all the fascinating posts I can. I'm such a die hard Ravenclaw that I have to know the logical reasoning behind everything, so this forum (and site in general)are a natural home for me. I've read the books at least 4 times, and have just started reading book 1 to my kindergartener, and am discovering a new joy with the series by seeing his reactions.

I don't know how often I'll get to post, I teach preschool during the day, then have fun with my 3 and 5 year old boys and three dogs until I drop from exhaustion, but I hope to get some 'mommy time' when my husband starts his new work schedule. Anyways, I have fun just lurking!

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Pinky - Sep 30, 2004 6:45 pm (#1507 of 2004)

Hmmm.... and I don't suppose the name "Horatio Hornblower" would mean anything to you?

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Good Evans - Oct 1, 2004 12:22 am (#1508 of 2004)

Welcome all new members (nice to see another Brit too)- and what a great bunch of avatars you all have!!!! (specialy Ioan Gryffod - phew! have I spelt him correctly?) we are all a bit crazy and most of us seem to have muggles to contend with, it is the curse of HP - keep smiling, and posting!

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Emily - Oct 1, 2004 4:13 pm (#1509 of 2004)

Welcome, everyone!

Don't forget to go down to the Potties thread and sign up!

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sailto mist - Oct 1, 2004 7:11 pm (#1510 of 2004)

I joined a few months ago; however, with all the wonderful weather here in "sunny" Florida, I have not been able to get back to the forum for a while. Just thought I'd finally say hello! Smile


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Phoenix song - Oct 1, 2004 8:33 pm (#1511 of 2004)

Missy Greene: Welcome to the forum! You have definitely found the right place if you're insistent upon finding out all of the answers to the riddle of JKR. This bunch is a tireless group of nit-picky fanatics! We never settle for the obvious, dissect a thing half to death, discuss, debate, deliberate, and have an awesome time in the process. (Sounds like a lot of fun to me, and sounds like it's right up your alley, too!)

Many of us have partners, parents, or siblings that don't fully understand our Potter obsession. I've found that it's okay because we have each other. There is a thread that you should check out, "You know that you're a Harry Potter/Lexicon Forum fan when..." It will allow you to know that you are in perfect company. We have a lot of fun with all of the ways that Harry Potter can come up in our ordinary "muggle" lives.

Sailto mist: I don't know what could have possibly have kept you from the forum! It's not as if you've had a few hurricanes or anything that could have possibly interrupted your life! (Just joking, of course.) Glad that you're back and that you've finally posted!

Welcome to you both and have a great time!

Barbie

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sailto mist - Oct 3, 2004 5:06 am (#1512 of 2004)

Thanks! I don't know how I've managed to be away so long. Also, being a teacher, might have contributed to being away a while. The beginning of the year is always more work.

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CrazyMom - Oct 4, 2004 1:21 am (#1513 of 2004)

Hello, I just wanted to tell everyone how cool I think this forum is. I'm new and have had fun checking out this forum between hurricanes here in Florida. We have officially made the record books as the eye of 3 hurricanes have intersected our county in 6 weeks. Will someone talk to the right people at the Ministry of Magic and give those weather people a pay raise already? Anyway, the forum has been fun and has given me and my family many topics to theorize over. Thanks.

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John Bumbledore - Oct 4, 2004 9:03 am (#1514 of 2004)
Edited Oct 4, 2004 10:12 am

Pinky, Phoenix Song, and Emily,

No problem, :-) as long as it doesn't happen again. :-p

Now it is my turn to apologize for the late response. Seems I could not remember my password, and for some reason, HPL forum stopped recognizing me. I bumbled about a bit with trying to find which email address I used to register then, could not access that email from work.. Alas, long story short, I'm back and looking forward to participating in the forums here at HPL.

BD *hmm does that look the sinister to Very Happy or like half-moon "glasses" on a big grin*

bd it is.

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Phoenix song - Oct 4, 2004 9:08 am (#1515 of 2004)

Bumbledore: I am so glad that you have posted again! I was worrying that you were too upset to continue! I will keep my fumble fingers to myself and will be more careful with my quick readings!

Crazy Mom: Glad to have you on board! You have my greatest sympathies on all of the hurricanes! I know that it's absolutely horrible! I hope that you didn't suffer too many losses.

Barbie

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John Bumbledore - Oct 4, 2004 9:24 am (#1516 of 2004)
Edited Oct 4, 2004 10:28 am

Phoenix Song,

Upset? Well, yes, but not with any fine members of this form! No, no! Upset only with the clutter of my own pensive (and more with these pesky muggle artifacts --cant'puters I believe they call them-- we must use to participate in these fine forums).

And I would also like to welcome all the Floridians, hope that you and your owls are all safe and accounted for with a warm dry perch to roost upon.

bd.

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angel z - Oct 4, 2004 10:21 am (#1517 of 2004)

Bumbledore, your avatar brings back some very frustrating memories. Day after day, rocking backwards and forwards banging my head repeatedly on the monitor. The task from hell!!! It very nearly came to a short spell in St Mungo's I can tell you. But I'm fine now (honestly).

To all new members, welcome, I am still but a fledgling myself. But I feel I have found my natural home and so I'm sure will you.

Those of you in Florida, I really think the MoM need to sort those weather wizards out with their pay rise. Unless of course there's another reason. You don't have any escaped DE's hiding out over there do you? That could account for the' re interest in you. I'd look into that if I were you. Seriously though its easy to joke when you have observed from a safe distance. My thoughts with all of you.

angelz

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CrazyMom - Oct 4, 2004 2:11 pm (#1518 of 2004)

Thanks for the best wishes. We are trying to find some time-turners over here so that we may get our roofs re-shingled and our electric generators in place so that our owls can give us our messages in a safer location. Is there anything else we need to look out for, living in a tropical climate? Something keeps tugging at my memory, but I can't remember what it is. Anyway, I'm looking forward to being a part of the Lexicon Forum. We are all doing just fine, now. Thanks again.

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The giant squid - Oct 4, 2004 10:13 pm (#1519 of 2004)

Welcome, everyone! Feel free to head over to the "Chat and Greeting Thread" for the chit-chat stuff. Don't worry about catching up on the topic--it doesn't have one.

--Mike

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Chris. - Oct 5, 2004 3:24 am (#1520 of 2004)

Just in to say a big hello to all new members!

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Denise P. - Oct 5, 2004 1:10 pm (#1521 of 2004)
Edited Oct 5, 2004 2:22 pm

This thread is for people to introduce themselves ONLY The correct place to respond to a post from here, even if it is to say welcome is Kip Carter "-- Chat and Greeting Thread for Members" 10/5/04 1:22pm

If chat type posts continue to be placed here, they will be deleted and the poster may be placed on moderated status.

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Ms Hagrid - Oct 6, 2004 10:26 am (#1522 of 2004)

Hi! My name is Kathy and I live in San Jose, California. I'm 46 years old, widowed, with one teen-aged daughter. We have both been fans of Harry Potter since PS/SS was published in the US. In fact, the day we finished it, we ordered CS from Amazon UK because we were so eager to know what happened next!

I haven't been able to read through all the posts yet, but I'm really impressed with the intelligence and humor I see here! I hope I can add to it! Bye for now...

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Scales - Oct 6, 2004 8:31 pm (#1523 of 2004)

Kip, if you read this...yes it was the mark as read that was messing everything up!

Hello all...I have been away for a long time, but I hope to join back in the discussions and have fun talking about good ol' Harry and friends.

My name is Brigid, I live in Portland, Oregon, 32 (and I love my friends because no one I've met thinks I'm older than 26). I've been busy in life with work and just life alone, but I have never forgotten about this great place. I am a little behind in all the HP things, and I really, really need to read OoP again.

Talk to you soon! Scales

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Angel Harris - Oct 8, 2004 4:54 am (#1524 of 2004)

Wow I didn't know you could post and stuff. Ok first off I would like to say Hi. I'm not really new, but I have a habit of not reading everything I should, so I didn't read that you have to send an email to try to get a post on here. After that explaination my name is Angel. I'm 18 and living in the U.S.

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L. Evans - Oct 9, 2004 4:42 pm (#1525 of 2004)
Edited Oct 9, 2004 5:42 pm

Hi!

Although I have read many of the threads here all the way through, which as you know is quite a feat, I only made my first post today. I am an eighteen-year-old university student in Canada. I started reading Harry Potter aged eleven, so as you can imagine it's really been an integral part of my life. Although my screenname is L. Evans, I usually go by Teshi or the name Evans alone.

I hope I can make a useful contribution!

Teshi/Evans

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Josh Santilli - Oct 9, 2004 5:15 pm (#1526 of 2004)
Edited Oct 9, 2004 6:17 pm

Hi Everybody,

I’m Josh Santilli, I work on the Lexicon as Steve's Assistant Editor and I manage, write and edit the Floo Network Home Page. Well, I promised myself that I would try to have as much involvement in the forum as humanly possible so here I go....

So, I'm from Sydney and have loved Harry Potter for about.... 4-6 years now....My hobbies include Drama, Photography and Japanese. I play Archery, I fence and do Kung-Fu. I love the Harry Potter films and novels and can't wait to get involved in some interesting discussions on the forum.

Well that’s about all I can think about at the moment, but If you would like to ask me something, you can send me an e-mail at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]...

Talk to you soon,

Josh Santilli

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Mike Ball - Oct 10, 2004 10:47 am (#1527 of 2004)
Edited Oct 10, 2004 11:55 am

Mike Ball 51-year-old, retired, middle school, 7th grade, language arts teacher. I taught middle school/jr. high in Lexington, KY for 27 years. I was not a fan of the Harry Potter series at first - actually I did not think that I would like it at all. I thought the Harry Potter series was just a modern version of the Lord of the Rings series, so I refused to read it. (I still DO NOT like Hobbit or Star Wars stuff!!) I finally (kicking and screaming all the way) used Harry Potter Book 1 as a book in my remedial reading class - I was hooked by the end of chapter 1 - and the rest is history. Once I "got into" Harry Potter, I saw how brilliant the books are. I taught public school for over a quarter of a century and there was nothing in all those years that did more to encourage non-reading kids to read - than Harry Potter. So glad to have discoverd the magic and shared it with so many people young and old.

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chocfrogger1 - Oct 11, 2004 6:59 am (#1528 of 2004)

Greetings All, I'm Lynn from Michigan, USA, where we are enjoying the brilliant fall colors right now!! I have been lurking here for a few weeks, and have enjoyed the site very much. I started reading the Harry Potter books to screen them before I'd let my daughter read them. I ended up reading them aloud during the evenings to my daughter and husband. Its a credit to Jo that her stories have equal appeal for my ten year old daughter and her late-thirties parents. I'm excited about sharing my theories and getting to know you all better.

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joshadoresemma - Oct 12, 2004 12:07 pm (#1529 of 2004)

Hello all my name is Josh (joshadoresemma) I'm a non ashamed Potter freak! I found the link to this site on JK's website. The HP boards I post on the most are The Emma Watson Forums and Three-Tasks.com. I don't post on the offical ones because my browser never lets me stay logged in same with HAPANA. I'm 24 and I live in Kettering Ohio in the U.S. I hope to make lots of friends here, My aim is PotterFreak1379 if anybody wants to chat but be warned I'm a slow typer. Oh and also I was wondering how do I get an avatar and sig talk to everyone later bye.

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Badb Catha - Oct 13, 2004 1:59 pm (#1530 of 2004)

Hi!

I'm Mauro again, and I used to be "Corwin" in this forum. I've changed my nickname in Badb Catha some minutes ago.

Now, I have only to find a not-copyrighted image of a (harvesting a corn field) Carrion Crow, to use as Avatar

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Albus-Dumbledore - Oct 14, 2004 11:14 pm (#1531 of 2004)

Hi I am one month old on this forum and till now I haven't posted on this thread, but I think that the time has come for me to do so.

I am 16, male and I live in India. I like reading HP,Lord of the Rings and "A brief history of Time" by Stephen Hawkins.My other hobbies are Philately,watching movies ; "Matrix" and "spiderman-2" being my favourite.

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Amber Rose - Oct 16, 2004 3:29 pm (#1532 of 2004)

Hello! My name is Amber and I am a 23 year old HP fanatic from Wisconsin, in the U.S. I have been reading the forum for months, but have not posted yet! I have a 14 month old son who takes up a majority of my time, so I only read bits when I can.

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Gypsy Evans - Oct 18, 2004 1:03 am (#1533 of 2004)

Hello, I'm Gypsy. I'm a 17 year old Australian Harry Potter fan. I decided to have a look at this forum after MuggleNet Interactive went off-line. I enjoy Harry Potter, Anne Rice novels and Art House cinema.

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Maria Dunlavey - Oct 20, 2004 11:28 am (#1534 of 2004)

Hi, I'm Maria (prounounced like Mariah — not that it matters online), a fourteen-year-old from the northwest corner of Massachusetts. I've been lurking around the forum for months, but never worked up the courage to post anything until about two minutes ago. My year tends to be divided into two halves: being obsessed with Harry Potter and being obsessed with Lord of the Rings. Right now, I'm into Harry. Hey, maybe this year I can manage both at once.

Anyway, other things I'm into are biology (ornithology in particular) and Latin — in fact, I have a Latin book open next to me right now. I enjoy writing, and am currently working on a Marauder-era fanfiction, which is currently something like 65 pages long with only fragments written. No, I don't have a life. How'd you guess?

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Leprechaun Jack! - Oct 20, 2004 11:24 pm (#1535 of 2004)
Edited Oct 21, 2004 12:26 am

I had to add an ! after my name. I wanted to get my little guy to dance again so I had to change my name a little. Jack

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Gryphonlord - Oct 23, 2004 11:39 am (#1536 of 2004)

Hey! My name's Pete, and I'm a huge-esque Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling fan in general. I belive not only in the worth of the series, but also in Rowling's talent as a write and I look forward to her other works of fiction or non-. I've been virtually obsessed with Hogwarts castle since I saw the Sorcerer's Stone years ago, by which means my media-obsessed brother got me totally hooked on everything Potter. While I don';t regret that particular Rubicon, it doesn't make me feel any better about being a total geek for Potter!

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Prof. Scoots - Oct 24, 2004 1:37 am (#1537 of 2004)

Hi All, My name is Scott (aka Prof. Scoots) and I am an adult fan of Harry Potter and JKR. I work on a Harry Potter site as a forum moderator, and visit the lexicon frequently. It is the best source of factual information about the "wizarding world" Jo created and a tremendous resource for anyone who is a fan of the series. Great job!!

Prof. Scoots

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wwtMask - Oct 27, 2004 4:25 am (#1538 of 2004)

Hello fellow Potties! My name is Maurice, I'm 24 and from Florida. I had read all 5 Potter books and seen the first 2 movies but only recently became obsessed with the Potter-verse after finding that the excellent audio version of the books (british edition) could keep me awake at work! Besides reading this forum, I also read Harry Potter doujinshi (fan made manga) when I can get it and write fan fiction. Finally, my favorite characters are Gred and Forge...er, Fred and George ^_^

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Saralinda Again - Oct 29, 2004 7:59 pm (#1539 of 2004)

Um, my name's Kayte and I used to hang out here before Real Life smacked me upside the head. So some of you may already be thinking, "Yeah, the crazy granny in Pittsburgh with all the cats and the major attitude about spelling errors."

I still love animals and HP and Victoriana and grand opera, and I still write and edit professionally when the spirit moves me, but we have a grand new brand baby -- uh, that's a brand new grandbaby -- so that takes a lot of my free time, and I'm up to my neck in politics just now [sigh] so don't expect to see a lot of me until after the election.

And my favorite character is Tonks -- she *rocks*!

K

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Fatima - Oct 30, 2004 3:39 am (#1540 of 2004)
Edited Oct 30, 2004 4:40 am

Hello everyone -

Am a new member and look forward to getting to know everyone better. Am from Great Britain a country of tea lovers and bad weather. Currently I am studying at university and hope to go into teaching later on in my career. Of course I love the Harry Potter books and various other literature.

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Peskipinski - Oct 30, 2004 2:38 pm (#1541 of 2004)

Right then, well I'm brand new, though I have been haunting this place as a guest for a quite a while. Finally broke down and joined. I'm from Kansas, in the US and started reading the Harry Potter books as soon as they came out in the US. After the first one I started ordering them from Britain to get them faster. I've managed to convert about 10 of my friends into Potties, despite their initial misgivings. Love reading and love Harry Potter so this seems like a good place for me. Though you probably won't see much of me until all the American elections are done. I scored 66% the last time I took the "How Obsessed with Harry Potter Are You" quiz.

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May Crook - Oct 31, 2004 6:43 am (#1542 of 2004)

hello everyone I am not only new to this forum I am new to computer chats and posts. Harry Potter is huge in my family. I have 4 children ages 6-15 and we all love the books. I also have been haunting the lexicon for a long while. I finally decided to give it a try. Looking foward to talking with you all. May

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Albus Glumbumble - Oct 31, 2004 8:58 am (#1543 of 2004)
Edited Oct 31, 2004 10:19 am

Hello everyone! I'm 14, a student living in Wexford, south-east of Ireland. I'm the only person in my family who cares about HP, and I'm also an aspiring writer. Lexicon is heaven! I never knew there were places like this where you can discuss every tiny aspect of HP; the best books ever written, ever. I'll be around often, but there's hardly ever anyone around here on GMT!

And is Leprechaun Jack! really Irish, or is he taking the mick out of us?

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dizzy lizzy - Oct 31, 2004 5:02 pm (#1544 of 2004)

Hi Everyone! I have finally got around to registering after 4 months of browsing as a guest. I am so bowled over by this site. I often feel like a little kid in the lolly shop wondering what to look at next. I am a very dizzy 30 something year old girl who lives in Australia (hence the user name). I love HP and it never ceases to amaze me how people can read many different meanings into the HP books. English is my "second language". I am deaf (severe, both ears) and have a poor grasp of grammer - usually at the wrong time! Looking forward to having a good chat with you all.

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Ms Amanda - Nov 1, 2004 7:31 pm (#1545 of 2004)

Howdy! I'm a 25-year-old English tutor living in Nashville, Tennessee. I've been browsing Lexicon for about one week now. I'm new to obsessing about the Potter-verse, too; I never knew anyone except my friends and I theorized about what might happen next, plus I wouldn't even read Harry Potter until after the first movie came out. Who talks about this stuff except English majors? Looking forward to hearing all about your theories and maybe even airing a few of mine.

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Heather Hook - Nov 2, 2004 12:42 pm (#1546 of 2004)

Hello Everyone! My name is Heather. My nick-name is Person. I'm 27 (I think.) I have a BA in Liberal Studies, but decided to be a stay-at-home mom instead of following another profession. I have a 2 1/2 yr. old daughter named London (yes she was named after the city, no she wasn't conceived there.) The story behind her name is a special one... ask me later. I'm not good at typing, spelling, or computers, which makes this really fun for me! I love learning new things and discussing literature of all kinds, especially Harry Potter.

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LoopyforLupin - Nov 2, 2004 7:22 pm (#1547 of 2004)

Hi everyone.. new to the forum not the Lexicon.. just wanted to say hi and that I look forward to talking with you all.. so excited I get to post now

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septembria - Nov 3, 2004 4:46 am (#1548 of 2004)

Hi, I'm new to this forum and just wanted to say hello from Barcelona. I've just finished reading book 5!

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Woods Dom - Nov 3, 2004 5:39 am (#1549 of 2004)

Hi, everyone Smile Ive been searching the lexicon for I while now but now Im only just coming to the forum. Woods Dom is my username and I live in the UK. love films, dvd collecting, books, and art.

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Nearly Legless Mick - Nov 4, 2004 8:09 am (#1550 of 2004)

Hello everyone.

I'm a 1970 vintage Londoner and ! got into Harry through my wife a couple of years ago. Since then I have enjoyed many heated discussions with my fortysomething brother and his family, and a few good friends who are all Potter addicts. Found this site a few months ago and it's just fantastic so congratulations to all of you for making it what it is.

See you around.

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Adamo Lateramen - Nov 6, 2004 7:46 pm (#1551 of 2004)

Hello every one, brownie points if you can find out what my name means! (kip knows) its latin if you need a hint. Im a 20 year old australian huge harry potter fan, i also love any other books in the fantasy sci-fi genre. I love the books, and dont think the movies do them justice. i aslo dont like people who are too lazy to read and only go see the movies. cop out!!!

the only good thing about the movies is alan rickman playing snape... perfect casting there. oh well, look forward to get to know you all.

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True Love - Nov 7, 2004 2:25 pm (#1552 of 2004)

It is hard to know where to post on the Lex anymore. I am certainly not new but I haven't been around for a good while. Not since the chat room died. So many rules too. Hard to know what to post where.

So here I am - still a Potter fan, still into photography and still interested in what people have to say. So I will read these posts and see what is up.

TTFN - Moi

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Richard !!!Reid - Nov 8, 2004 5:32 am (#1553 of 2004)

Same with me - I am not new, however, I don't think I have ever signed this page, so here we go.

I am Richard, I am 17 and I live in Scotland. My main interest is computing programming.

As like True Love, I am still here - still kicking around, somewhere.

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Ginerva Potter - Nov 8, 2004 6:49 pm (#1554 of 2004)

Hi all! I love this Forum! Thanks to everyone for making it so Great!

I am Kim (I go by Ginny), I live in Michigan, US, and I'm not sure when I became a potty. Sometime after GOF. Regardless, I was hooked from the first word.

I'm 26, a mother of 3, ages 4, 2, and 4 months and I can't wait to read them Harry Potter!

In my spare time *laughs hysterically*, I love to read just about anything, but I can't wait for HBP!

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Blaise Zabini - Nov 8, 2004 7:56 pm (#1555 of 2004)

Hello everyone! I just signed up a couple of day ago, though I've been going on the Lexicon for ages. My name's Kathy. I won't tell you my age, or you'll all laugh at me. I've been a Harry Potter obsessive for ages - think about it, argue about it, fantasize about it . . . I live in Mel, Australia.

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Denise S. - Nov 9, 2004 6:33 pm (#1556 of 2004)

Hi to everyone, and hi again to the people I already know. My name's Denise (hopefully the avatar will keep people from getting me and Denise P. mixed up), and altho' I've technically been here since fall 2002, I sorta went MIA last fall, so I'm trying to get back into the swing of things here. There's nothing like 32,000 unread posts to get you motivated. ;-P

I'm 21 and a junior at a women's college in Virginia in the US. This year, though, I've escaped and am studying at Tsuda College in Tokyo, Japan. I'll be here 'til next July (July 31st, incidentally). The first goal I made when I got here? Why, read PS in Japanese, of course!

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Sir Tornado - Nov 9, 2004 11:55 pm (#1557 of 2004)

Hello again Denise.

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Leah McGuire - Nov 10, 2004 11:46 pm (#1558 of 2004)

Hello everyone. I have been coming to the Lexicon for a good bit, but just joined the forum. I have been a Harry Potter fan for a few years now. I am a homeschooling mother of three and we all love Harry. And I love all things Snape as well, including Alan Rickman. Reading online and off is my main hobby outside of my family.

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Solattice - Nov 11, 2004 11:54 am (#1559 of 2004)

Hello everyone, I guess I should introduce myself (although I've already posted a couple of times). I'm 22, female, I live in Colorado, and I've only been a Potter fanatic for about a year now. The books were so great, though, that I read all of them in week, then read them all again the following week. I'm a biology major, soon to complete my Bachelor of Arts, which means that I'll have a degree but won't be able to get a decent job without more schooling. It'd be great if there was a Harry Potter major though! I still have 9/10 of the forums to read through, but I don't have enough spare time, and I rarely post, at this point. I won't read through the shipping threads, though, that's just too much (I like for love to just happen, it matters not to me who ends up with who). So hi everyone, great work on the theories!

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Ydnam96 - Nov 12, 2004 11:58 am (#1560 of 2004)

Hey All,

I have been a member for a while, but only recently started regularly reading/posting here on the forum. I realized that I never introduced myself either. I'm 26 and I live/work on a college campus just outside of LA. I am a recent "convert" to the world of Harry Potter. I was turned off at first by the media coverage of Harry Potter but about a year before OotP came out I watched the 1st movie and got hooked. I have since read and re-read all the books multiple times. I also am a big fan of Lord of the Rings and CS Lewis and well, reading in general. I'm waiting, rather un-patiently, for the next book. But at the same time I think I will be very sad when the 7th book is out and we no longer have anything to theorize over. That's me, I'm pretty boring (aside from my job as a Resident Director at a college, which can be pretty exciting.).

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ogregirl - Nov 16, 2004 2:45 pm (#1561 of 2004)

Hi, my name is Shana, but I go by ogregirl...I have been an HP fan for about a year and a half now, but I have read them all about six times....I try to read them to my kids (who are four),but they want pics..They do like the movies tho... I am a new member, after just recently getting back on the internet..And have found a lovely amount of HP stuff to keep me occupied till number 6 comes out..My boyfriend was mad at JKR for awhile when I first started reading the books, because I did very little else until I was done reading Smile I am a Snape fan, always have been, always will be (but I am also a Sirius Black fan too) Ok, enough for now, see you all on the forum...

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Free Ranger - Nov 17, 2004 10:20 am (#1562 of 2004)

Hi. I'm an over-50 mother of a nine-year-old daughter who is almost as big a HP fan as me. I read and reread the books, and always discover something I overlooked. This forum will be great for expanding my thought processes! It's nice to know that other people ponder the plots like I do. As for me, I live in rural Virginia, but am moving soon to New Zealand to pursue a career shift. Hope to stay there permanently, but at least I can keep up with this forum from there! I read almost incessently, but most of it is just passing time until the next HP book comes out (almost kidding).

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kabloink! - Nov 18, 2004 5:45 am (#1563 of 2004)

WOW! So many people. I used to post here quite frequently when the Lexicon was still quite young, and I kind of faded out through the Fallout shelter days. I'm back now, though, and I guess I have to reintroduce myself. My name is also Kim, and I was just married last Valentine's Day. I live near Lansing, Michigan and I am currently a 5th year senior at MSU. I was going to Grand Valley the last two years, and before that U of M. I will FINALLY be graduating in May with my BA of History. No, I'm not teaching, though I may go back for that later. RIght now I just want to be done with school for a bit. My husband and I have no kids as of yet, but we do have a kitty named Arwen.


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Karla Labanda - Nov 29, 2004 12:53 am (#1564 of 2004)

Hola a todos; Hello everybody:

I don't know if your remember me, but I'm still here, well I'm not living in Ecuador, I'm living in Japan now, but I still love Harry Potter, and my grammar is not good yet, so please help me with that and I hope I can continue now learning about Harry and sharing theories and everything

Mata ne!! Bye

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Kerrie-Louise - Dec 1, 2004 12:21 am (#1565 of 2004)

Ok here goes! My name's Kerrie-Louise, I'm 24 and live in Cambridge in the UK. As with most people here I'm a big Harry Potter fan. My other interests are reading, Computers and "free-form drama" (commonly known as LRPing)I'm married with no children as such, unless you count my husband!

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Emma Malcolm - Dec 1, 2004 6:11 am (#1566 of 2004)

Hi Everyone! I am Emma. I'm 13 . As my name clearly states I'm female& I love Harry Potter. I liked Lexicon forum when I visited as a guest so I decided to join .

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Marye Lupin - Dec 6, 2004 1:30 pm (#1567 of 2004)

Hi all! I'm an old member but I haven't been to visit here since September so I thought I'd go ahead and reintroduce myself! I'm 18 years old, freshman, math major in college in Southern Maryland (SMCM if anyone's interested). I've been really busy since fall started but as the semester is beginning to end I am ready to re-enter the wonderful world of Harry Potter!

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Mara Jade - Dec 7, 2004 8:19 pm (#1568 of 2004)

Hi everyone! I'm so glad to have finally found some other Harry Potter fanatics to discuss all my thoughts and theories with! My name is Karleen, I am 22 and living in Australia. As well as being a Harry Potter fan, I also love Star Wars, which is where the name Mara Jade comes from. I can't wait to get posting!!

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Caput Draconis - Dec 7, 2004 11:38 pm (#1569 of 2004)

Hiya Mara! (and welcome back Marye!)

I'm in Aus too, there seem to be a bunch of us infiltrating the forum of late...anyway, welcome, have fun discussing, check out the philosophy, and feel free to pop over to the chat thread if you want to say hi.

And may the force be with you. (*rolls eyes at self*)

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hells456 - Dec 8, 2004 5:22 pm (#1570 of 2004)

Hello, I've been posting around for a bit now, so I thought I would introduce myself. My name is Hells, I'm 26 and I live in Wiltshire, England (near Stonehenge). I have a three year old daughter and only discovered Harry Potter when my daughter saw the first film on the telly. After reading her all the books as bedtime stories we have both become obsessed. So much so that I have had to paint and carpet my understairs cupboard to make a playhouse for her.

I love JKR, Austen, Dickens and many others.

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LadyCelestra - Dec 11, 2004 8:57 am (#1571 of 2004)

While vacationing, on a long drive with our four teen-agers, my daughter wanted to listen to a book tape. It was the first book of Harry Potter. After that, I was hooked... Now you can often see me putting around our garden, doing dishes or taking a walk with a walkman on, listening to these great books written by JK Rowling.

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Adami - Dec 12, 2004 2:25 am (#1572 of 2004)

Hi, I'm new here and my name is Louise. I'm 14 years old and I live in the Netherlands. I'm a big Harry Potter fan and I found this forum on a link on jkrowling. com. I really like reading all the posts here and stuff. Adami

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Joanne R. Reid - Dec 20, 2004 9:10 am (#1573 of 2004)

Hi, My name is Joanne. I'm 60 years old and a huge Harry Potter fan. Many of my friends think I'm a little silly. They say that Harry Potter is for kids. I don't think so. The Harry Potter books are classic adventure stories. They are filled with wonderful characters caught up in extraordinary circumstances. They combine aspects of classic mystery novels, suspense novels and adventure novels all in one. And, I love the characters. I am and always have been a Hermione. It's wonderful to have a heroine that is, in her own way, the best of the best. I'm very excited about Halfblood Prince and will be amongst the very first at my bookstore. Bye 4 now, Joanne

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Alia Tarpley - Dec 22, 2004 6:38 am (#1574 of 2004)

Hello All!

My name is Alia, I live in the northeast mountains of Georgia. I just purchased Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban before Thanksgiving and loved it immensely! I have only one of the books, as they do tend to sell out kind of quick in these parts.

Some of my hobbies include: writing, drawing, walking, skiing, horseback riding, race cars, reading, movies and music. I hope to make some new friends here as this seems to be a very friendly place! Have a good day everyone!

~Alia~

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Jack O'Hare - Dec 28, 2004 6:46 pm (#1575 of 2004)

Hi, I am new to these forums, but I have used other forums regularly over the past few years. My name is Jack (I haven't figured out how to change my username yet), I am male, I just turned 18 two days ago. Um, what else... I have read Harry Potter since 1999, and they are my second favourite book series. I live in Brisbane, Australia, and I am about to start a science course at university. I can't wait for the 6th book to come out! I like reading, watching movies, music, parties, typical stuff for an 18 year old I guess. I'm looking forward to getting to know you people on these forums.

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loopy4loopin - Dec 29, 2004 12:31 am (#1576 of 2004)

Hi All,

I'm Tania from Australia and I am also an HP fan. Its hard to find people that I can discuss HP with so I look forward to chatting with all the fans here. I post as loopy4loopin for obvious reasons - he is my fav character and a legendary magical being. I also love Snape in particular and I hope to set the cat among the pigeons on that forum very soon Smile

Tania

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Joyce - Dec 29, 2004 9:49 am (#1577 of 2004)

Hello all,

My name is Joyce and I am a 31-year old fan from The Netherlands. I have been a huge fan ever since I overheard a woman talk about the books in the book shop and I decided to buy them. That was in December 2000 I think. The Dutch translation of Goblet of Fire was just released.
After that I got sort of obsessed with Harry Potter. With the release of OoP I went with a few friends from The Netherlands to London to buy the book, because we wanted to taste the atmosphere over there with the release. I don't have to tell you it was great and we are making plans to go to London for HBP also.


I have been visiting Lexicon for a long time now, I just never visited the forum. I know, I should be ashamed of myself. But the Lexicon is great, and that is why several friends and myself wanted to translate it into Dutch and Steve gave us permission to translate the site. So that is what we are working on, and I have to say that every time Lexicon keeps amazing me. I thought I knew almost everything on the site, but I keep discovering new great things.

Well, this is some information about me. I think I will have lots of fun here and if you have any questions just ask.

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Laurel VonWick - Dec 30, 2004 7:51 am (#1578 of 2004)

Hello everyone and new members.

My name is Rachel a.k.a Laurel VonWick. I chose that name because I thought it would be a great witch's name. I am from Radford, Virginia, U.S.A. I have been reading Harry Potter since 2001. I fell in love within the first few pages. I have read each book at least twice. Every time I read the books again, I see something I did not see before. I absolutely love JKR's writing style and enjoy the excitement of what's to come. I am extremely impressed by the Lexicon web site and staff. One day I will get fired for browsing at the Lexicon instead of doing my work. If they attempt to fire me, I can always show them around the web site. I am sure it would change their attitudes. I am also very impressed by the members of this forum. I browsed as a guest for two months before joining the forum. I have seen so many clever ideas and theories. Also, if it wasn't for the Lexicon, I would have never got through JKR's door before Christmas. Does anybody know why Hermione's patronous is an otter? I never would have guessed. Thanks and I look forward to reading your posts Smile

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katrira - Jan 1, 2005 2:30 pm (#1579 of 2004)

Greetings one & all! I'm Katrira aka Tara Nightwatcher, currently living in upstate New York. I just turned 45 last month and got hooked on Harry Potter because my then 20 year old god-daughter didn't want to be the only adult-without-kids at the opening of the CoS movie in our area. Then she presented me with the whole book series for Christmas that year. We now have wonderful discussions & debates on various Harry topics whenever we're alone, since no one else around here wants to hear it. I found this forum in August and finally got the courage to start posting. I love this site and the people on it are wonderful. Happy 2005 everyone!

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Margenne - Jan 4, 2005 9:42 am (#1580 of 2004)

Hello to all! My name is Terri and I am a 30 (well, next month) year-old fan from New Jersey in the USA. Been a fan since 2000 when my twin sister introduced me to SS. I absolutely love the series and the fact that it has such a wide variety of readers. I have to admit I only first browsed the Lexicon last week, but I've known about it since the first movie came out. Once I started there was no turning back, and when I checked the forum out yesterday I was immediately hooked. Especially after I read the "Dumbledore is the Giant Squid" thread. I am a believer! Surprised) I love the depth and scope of the HP Universe here, and I can't wait to really get started!

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gldnsnidget - Jan 5, 2005 10:03 am (#1581 of 2004)

I'm New! Hello to all, my name is Sheralyn. I am 27 yrs old and I live in Georgia, USA. I, like a few others who have posted, am an only HP fan. My kids are too young and my husband is only mildly interested. I had to drag him to the CoS movie as I have a HUGE spider fear. Of course, I could not let that get in the way of my HP obsession. I became acquainted with the books when they first became a craze but did not read them because I figured them to come from the "Lion, Witch & Wardrobe" mold(Yuck). Before I moved to Georgia I lived closer to my sister and she brought over her copy of SS movie and told me to give it 10 min. Later that day I borrowed and bought what I could and had books 1-4 read in two days. I found JKR's site early in 2004 and finally decided to brave the forums a few days ago. Thank you to all who have posted how to find some of her surprises. I could only find three of them on my own and I didn't even attempt the door. It's a big help to all as slow as I.

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Sirius Lee - Jan 8, 2005 10:45 am (#1582 of 2004)

I'm not exactly a newbie around here - been posting for a number of months, lurking for ages longer - but I never got around to posting on here. I only get 10 of these posts a day, so bear with me as I get the most out of this one!

Off the Lex, I'm known as Chrissy. I'm a 25 year old city girl; born and raised in downtown Boston, now living in New York, and would sell my wand to Voldemort to be in London! I work at a film studio here in New York, which is, surprisingly, dead boring. It does however give me about 7 1/2 hours a day to play on the forum!

For years I resisted reading Harry Potter claiming they were silly kids books. I finally broke down at a classmate’s insistence. I was instantly hooked and a year later, I found myself in Times Square at midnight to snatch up OotP! Oh how times have changed!

Most Embarrassing Harry Potter moment: On my, oh, 472nd(-ish) read through of SS, I was so engrossed in it that I completely missed my train stop. It was very late and I was on an express train, so it took me ages to catch something coming back the other way. My friends still tease me about it!

Now that you know a little more about me, I look forward to seeing you all around the boards! Off to the chat thread.....

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Winky Woo - Jan 8, 2005 11:28 am (#1583 of 2004)

Hi

I'm Andrea, 31, from Liverpool in England. I live with my Partner Wilm who is Dutch and 2 dogs called Inca and Lola. I first read HP around 2001. I am really impressed with level of detail on this site. Wilm thinks I am completly nutty as but at last other people who understand! Actually he's a fan too, but not obsessed!

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Jordan Utsman - Jan 8, 2005 7:59 pm (#1584 of 2004)

hey , my name is JOrdan UTsman Im 14 and i live in Florida . I am a self proclaimed harry potter freak. I got my first book when i turned 9 and just fell in love with it. I have lovved TLC forever but never registered. I have read each book at least 16 times and ii have lotss of theories.Hope to talk to you all soon.

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Bonnie DeMoss - Jan 9, 2005 7:23 am (#1585 of 2004)

Hi, everyone. I'm Bonnie DeMoss. I'm 40 and I live in Crestview, Florida. I am a huge HP fanatic. My favorite characters are Neville and Lupin. Glad to meet you all.

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vmonte - Jan 9, 2005 6:59 pm (#1586 of 2004)

Hi, my name is Vivian and I live in the New Jersey (U.S.A.). My favorite Harry Potter character is Ron Weasley. I'm a big Harry Potter fan, and I admire JKR's talent. I'm actually not a new member, I've been posting for over a year now. It's nice to meet all of you.

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[BHelen Potterfan[/B] - Jan 10, 2005 10:18 pm (#1587 of 2004)

Hi Sirius Lee (Chrissy), I too am a New Yorker and a late Potter convert. Maybe I'll see you on the night of the 15th in line for HBP! I've also been on the forum for a while, but haven't posted here. I'm a 28-year-old PhD student in English. I'm writing a dissertation on Charlotte Bronte, and have found the forum and JKR's web site to be my favorite procrastination destination!

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GryffEndora - Jan 12, 2005 10:23 am (#1588 of 2004)

Hi! My name is Jenifer, I'm 32 years old & I live in Minnesota. My first Harry Potter experience was Christmas 2001. I had purchased SS/PS on tape as a gift for my mother. A few days after christmas My mother had a minor operation and I asked if I could borrow her present to listen to while I waited for her. Well, I listed to the whole thing that day, twice! I just couldn't get enough of it. I soon decided I had to get the rest. I now own every book on cd. OotP was the first Harry Potter book that I actually read several times before listening to Jim Dale read it to me. I always have a Harry Potter book in my car cd player and I also have the books on my iPod. Jim Dale reads me to sleep every night. I'm a bit obsessed. I'm so happy to find a group of people who I can share my addiction with and who can help me find greater depths in these great books.

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The Willow Tree - Jan 12, 2005 2:29 pm (#1589 of 2004)

Hello everyone,

My name is Jane, i'm 38 years old and i live in Scotland with my 17 year old daughter who, just like myself, is a big Harry Potter fan. I read Philosopher's Stone in 2000 after 2 years of nagging from my daughter ("mum you should read these books,you will love them"). She was right, i've been hooked ever since.

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Dean Thomas - Jan 12, 2005 5:07 pm (#1590 of 2004)

Hello my name is Mark Whitaker. I am 15 years old, and I have been chatting on Lexicon for at least three years. When I get older I plan on becoming author after being inspired by JKRowling. I am currently working a science fiction series. Soon I will be able to host a website on the series and post it here.

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E Thomas - Jan 13, 2005 10:35 am (#1591 of 2004)

My user name is E Thomas, my real life name is Elizabeth Thomas...I also known on some other forums as Devera. I am a 22-year-old college student living in the northwest United States. I've been a fan of Harry Potter since shortly after it came out. I found the Lexicon through J.K. Rowling's web site last summer, but just recently decided to join the forum to post.

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purslane - Jan 13, 2005 1:41 pm (#1592 of 2004)

Hi there!

My name is Angie, but my username is purslane everywhere I go on the internet, so you might have seen me around. I'm 28, soon to be 29 on Jan. 30. I've been married for 8 years, I have 2 children, a 4 year old daughter and a 19 month old son, and I'm a stay at home mom. I got into HP when GoF came out...my husband bought the 4 books for me for Christmas that year, and I just devoured them. I absolutely love all the books, although Order of the Phoenix is my favorite so far. I love the stories, the way they are written, and the way they make me wish I was a kid wizard myself.

Anyway, I love all kinds of reading, and some of my other favorite authors are Michael Crichton, Patricia Cornwell, Nelson DeMille, and of course, my childhood favorite, Roald Dahl. I like cross stitching occasionally, playing a variety of video games (I'm a huge Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic fan), and spending time with my family. I love to meet new people, so feel free to say hi if you see me online! Smile

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Regan of Gong - Jan 16, 2005 1:15 pm (#1593 of 2004)

Hey everybody, My name's Regan Kerr and i come from Wollongong, Australia...i've got a kangaroo sitting next to me right now...joking.I'm a guy of 14 and have so far enjoyed reading the discussions and theories on (it seems), every aspect of the books. I have a golden labrodor named Ralphy who's 13 and almost completely deaf. We shall also be getting ferrets soon. I found this site through JKR's website, this place is mad. I started reading the books after i got CoS for my ninth birthday, although i took 2 1/2 months to start reading it. I've been hooked ever since. I'm completely new to this whole forum thing, please put up with me... Thanks- Regan

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Connie1983 - Jan 17, 2005 10:52 am (#1594 of 2004)

I thought it was about time I'd introduced myself over here too, since I've been reading all the posts for a couple of months now and actually made my first contribution today Smile

well my name's Connie Bestman, born in 1983 as my nick says which makes me 21 at the moment, turning 22 in a couple of weeks. I live in the Netherlands, been reading all the HPbooks in English since I borrowed PS from a friend of mine about 2,5 years ago. I've almost finished my study (journalism) and besides HP I'm also into LOTR, (rock)music, making websites, surfing the web, just stuff like that.

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Marauder Moony - Jan 17, 2005 1:04 pm (#1595 of 2004)

Hi, I'm Kim... a 28-year old Potter fan from North Carolina. My first encounter with the books was when I saw kids on the news lining up at bookstores at midnight to buy them. I was shocked.. kids lining up to buy books?! I had never seen such things. I worked in a toy store and they were always coming in "Do you have the latest Harry Potter yet?" "Do you know when The next Harry Potter comes out?" ...behavior usually reserved for the video games. As a lifelong avid reader, I was very proud. But I'd never read one. I tried one day on a lunch break, it was pretty good... but that was as far as it went.

When the first movie came out, I thought it looked cool... so I rented it on video and thought "this is pretty good." The same with the second. I had toyed around with checking the books out from the library, but it was impossible to get my hands on one. Even years later, they were always all checked out or "lost." So and put in hold requests for all 5. As soon as I started the Chamber of Secrets (the 1st one to become available, and the one I'd started at work) I was hooked! I had loved the movies, but this was so much better.. there was so much more going on! So I read them all, managing to get the rest of them done in the correct order.

I am now working through them a second time, having been intrigued by all of the talk on the net of of the little (and some not so little) things I originally missed. I was amazed at how deep the stories were, how much symbolism and subtext was buried in them. It reminds me so much of my favorite book - Alice In Wonderland - another deep and complex "children's book." As a bookworm, I love the fact that there are so many people of all ages who are as devoted to these books as I am. As an artist, I love imagining the characters and scenery as I read. As a Classics major, I love that when my friends hear "Expecto paronum" I can explain exactly what it means, cases and all.. though I felt like quite the dunce when I totally missed the whole werewolf thing.

My favorite characters are Lupin, whose role in the Marauders is much the same as the one I played among my high school friends, and and Ron (who we always refer to by his full name, said exactly as the Howler did in the CS movie.) In my first run through the books, I was intrigued by Mad-Eye Moody and will admit to a soft spot for ol' Snivellus. I look forward to hanging around here reading everyone's takes on the previous books (perhaps posting myself sometimes), and counting down to the release of Book Six with all of you!

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M. Devout - Jan 17, 2005 8:12 pm (#1596 of 2004)

Hi all! After reading the posts for the past couple of months, I finally decided to throw in my two knuts as well.

I’m a 24-year-old Anthropology student (hopefully for good, my major has changed many, many times) currently residing in the southwest. I just started reading the series a couple of years ago when one of chemistry study buddies (I was planning on going into Dental Hygiene at the time, before I discovered I really don’t like sticking my hands in stranger’s mouths…) sparked my interest with her absolute adoration. I’ve been a fan ever since;)

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tgcali - Jan 20, 2005 11:34 am (#1597 of 2004)

Hello,

My name is Trisa, I'm 34 and I'm from San Diego, California (USA). I've always been an avid reader and finally decided I wanted to check out the Harry Potter books when the 4th book had just come out. I was instantly hooked. I have an eight year old daughter and she is just as big a fan as I am. I actually got her interested instead of the other way around! She decided the other day she wanted to re-read Order of the Phoenix so it's 'fresh in her mind' when the Half Blood Prince comes out. Gotta love it. Otherwise, we're just a couple of carefree, beach brats that are always looking for new sea shells to add to our collection! Health and Happiness to all. Looking forward to interesting discussions to come.

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Jak Frank - Jan 22, 2005 5:36 am (#1598 of 2004)

My name is Jak Frank. I am 19 and I live in Santa Fe, NM (USA). I am currently a college freshman, and I read the first Harry Potter book about a year ago. I didn't like it, but thankfully people pressured me into reading the second, which was somewhat better but still not good. I almost gave up then, but I decided I might as well read the third. The third book was the first one I actually enjoyed. I think that Ms. Rowling really found her groove in the fourth book, which I thought was the first really good book of the series, and I finally read the fifth book, which is now one of my favorite books of all time, and that is saying a lot.

My favorite stand alone book is From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury, but what I read most are fantasy series such as Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, Ian Irvine's Mirror books and my personal favorite: Stephen King's The Dark Tower series.

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Alandra Jade Hart - Jan 23, 2005 7:15 am (#1599 of 2004)

Hey all My name is Alandra, i'm brand new here so I don't have an EZBoard name. I live about 20 miles south of Madison, Wisconsin, USA. And I am 17 years old (i feel kind of young here). You can call me Andri, Al, AJ, or Alandra.

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Fred Cringe - Jan 24, 2005 6:33 am (#1600 of 2004)

Hi all.

I'm mumble mumble years old and from Ireland. I've been lurking on this site for about 6 months or so reading the excellent ideas/comments. Being an internet user of long standing it's a pleasure to come across a site such as this with such erudite and reasoned posters. I haven't found much to say as other people seem to have already stated similar views to mine. Still, with a new book out in July, I'll most likely be throwing my 2 Knuts worth in with the rest of you.
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Bathilda - Jan 24, 2005 10:22 am (#1601 of 2004)

Hi, I'm Ginerva. I've been lurking and forming a quasi-curriculum for Harry Potter study. I have two kids (ages 4 and 2), and by the time they can read and discuss these, all seven will be out! I have a serious fantasy of forming an HP book club for summer reading for my kids and their friends when they can better comprehend.

I live in Indiana, I'm in my mid thirties, and I have a degree in Literature among other things. Thought it would be fun to post from time to time, although it looks as if there is little left to tackle.

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lisa halterman - Jan 28, 2005 4:32 pm (#1602 of 2004)

Hello, I cannot express how nice it is to find so many other people who love these stories as much as I do. I am in my 30's and am an at-home mom, with 3 children. I started reading the first book to my kids so that we could spend some time together. I read the first chapter to the kids and tucked them into bed. I immediately sat down and read the rest of the book. I have now read all the books thus far and it has been a joy. My oldest son and I were both diagnosed with severe depression in the last year. While we went through the beginnings of a healthier mind, we read these books and it was something that got us through the rough moments. We are much better now, but we are grateful to have had so much fun reading these books.

I am so grateful for such a wonderful author with such amazing creativity!

Sincerely, Lisa

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Pleiades Moody - Jan 31, 2005 9:05 am (#1603 of 2004)

Greetings Dears! I'm Pleiades, and I'm an old Hogwarts Alumni. I live in the "South Bay" of So. Calif. and work at various magical things. It's a pleasure to see the Lexicon doing so well, I lost track of it for a while (magical communications problems). On the old site I was (more accurately) "Wednesday", my small claim to fame...composing the first Lupin and Voldemort bios. I haven't looked to see the updates yet. Nice to meet you all (again)! P

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librachick - Jan 31, 2005 11:03 am (#1604 of 2004)

Hello all! My name is Sarah, and I currently live in Orem, UT, USA. It is just south of Salt Lake City, where the 2002 Olympic Winter Games were held. I am originally from Altoona, PA, USA. I am 27 years old, married, and no children. I have a cat named Nermal, after the cute cat on the show Garfield. She looks just like her. Anyway, I became a Potter-holic about a year ago, and I am happily anticipating the new book because it is my first time waiting for a book! I hope to have fun theorizing and scrutinizing with the rest of you!

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Cornelia - Feb 1, 2005 4:28 am (#1605 of 2004)

Tere! I am Cornelia, me and my family currently live in Estonia. We moved here two years ago. I am married and have two children, four and two years old. Am a fulltime mother and housewife, at the moment I enjoy it, lucky me, because of my husband’s job I cannot work here in Estonia. I am addicted to the Harry Potter books since four years, my favorite character is Professor Severus Snape, he is really cool!!I am reading the books in englisch for the first time now and it is even greater fun then in my native language. I can hardly wait till summer when the new book will be out and I hope being here will shorten the time till July...

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jellybean - Feb 2, 2005 9:40 pm (#1606 of 2004)

Hi! I'm Ande, 19 years old, Army wife and new mom of a 6 month old named Joseph. I'm on my 16th runthrough of the books now (I'm halfway through GOF at the moment) and it seems as though everytime I read them I find something new that I didn't notice before. I picked up PS one day when I lived in England (I'm in DC now) and since then, I haven't put them down. I actually won a copy of OotP in a Harry Potter trivia game sponsored by the local library. I'm a stickler for detail and have memorized most of the books - gosh they're just written so well! At any rate, I can't wait for my son to start reading so we can experience these books together (prolly for my millionth time, by then) because I've never read a book twice before Ms Rowling came along!

Ande

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amy clay - Feb 3, 2005 8:03 am (#1607 of 2004)

Amy Clay, 24, female, Mobile, Alabama (on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico), USA, new to the Harry Potter Lexicon Forums, wife, accountant and graduate student. I have not actually read the books yet, but I LOVE all 3 movies. Since stumbling upon the Lexicon I have decided to read the books, but have a couple of others on my list first (in between being a wife, accountant and student, not mention my other hobbies) =)

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pottermom34 - Feb 5, 2005 1:03 pm (#1608 of 2004)

Hi my name is Michelle. I'm 33 years old am happily married with 2 daughters. They are Cassie (5) and Sarah(2). My daughters and I are big Harry Potter fans. Cassie loves the movies and is already saying she wants to be Hermione for Halloween and have a Harry Potter birthday party (her birthday isn't 'til September). Both of them like to run around trying to say spells and curses. Cassie is always trying to do a patronus, and Sarah tries to copy but it dosen't quite come out right.

I actually saw the first movie before reading the books. I liked it so much that I read the books. I just finished reading them a second time, and will probably read them again before I read book 6. I can't wait for the rest of the movies to come out.

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Katelyn Black - Feb 5, 2005 4:03 pm (#1609 of 2004)

Hi, my name is Katelyn (kat for short) I am a grandmother of four, and we as a family love Harry Potter! We have Harry Potter party's just for fun all year long. I have all the books so far,(I have read them over and over. Each time I enjoy them even more.) and I can't wait for July to come. I like the movies (The books are better)but you can't put everything in a movie it would be too long.

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gforce2588 - Feb 6, 2005 10:29 am (#1610 of 2004)

Hey..I guess you all can refer to me as "G". I'm 16 years old and (like most of the people in this forum, I'm guessing), own and have read all the entire series so far. After reading the first book (which, I have to add, I read before the books became a really big thing here in the U.S. back when I was in about 5th grade), I've finished every book after the first in one day...including books 5 and 6 :-)! Can't wait for the next one...it feels so far away...

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sir nicholas - Feb 14, 2005 2:01 am (#1611 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Feb 14, 2005 2:09 am

Hello, people!

I'm Sir Nicholas (also known as Nearly Headless Nick), a 19 yr-old student, and I've been an HP fan since reading OoP (Yes, I read OoP before the previous four books, though now I've read them all numerous times, and I can't wait for HBP). I like the story because it really triggers our imagination, reasoning, and analytical thinking. I like to dissect every line in the books, finding clues here and there, and I hope I can contribute to this forum.

More about me: I'm a full-blooded Filipino (kumusta na lang sa lahat nang mga Pilipino dito [hello to all Filipinos here]), male, and a Mass Communications student (major in Broadcasting) in one of the universities here in the Philippines. I enjoy reading, listening to music, playing the guitar, singing, playing the drums, and surfing the net in my free time. I also do web design as a hobby.

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josenegro - Feb 20, 2005 4:29 am (#1612 of 2004)

Hi Everyone,

I am new to HPL and the Forum. My name is Ryan Black and my username is josenegro. I was born and grew up in the United States but now I live in the Canary Islands. They are a part of Spain, but are closer to Africa than Europe. I live here with my wife, our new born baby boy, and our dog. Ironically, I discovered HP while living here in 2003 right before Order of the Phoenix came out. Lucky for me I didn't have to wait three years for book 5. I look forward to participating, and I hope I can contribute to the concordance as well.

Hope all is well with everyone.

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Albus Silente - Feb 20, 2005 1:48 pm (#1613 of 2004)

Hi all! My name is Angelika, I'm German, but I live in Italy since about 6 years. I'm 25 years old and I'm violin-maker. My hobbies are music, reading (=> HP) in German, Italian and English, motorbikes (sure I would like Sirius' flying one...) and travelling. After just reading the forum for about 2 months, I thought that maybe sometimes I could say something too, too many nice (and strange) theories:-) hope to have a good time here! see you around! Angelika

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Joel Tan - Feb 21, 2005 6:45 am (#1614 of 2004)

Greetings to all Harry Potter fans at the Lexicon!

I am Joel, and I am a gigantic fan of this particular community and the Lexicon itself! I truly appreciate all the hard work which has been put into this website. Not to mention the continuous input from visitors, staff and artists alike - everyone plays a part in making it successful! I really do feel at home here and I'm glad I am a part of this wondrous community.

Best Wishes, Joel

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Meanie Mom - Feb 24, 2005 3:03 pm (#1615 of 2004)

Hello, My name is Mary Kay and I have been reading this forum for about a year while working up enough courage to join and post. I enjoy the books very much. I have 2 kids ages 15 and 13. I don't feel the angst Harry was feeling in OOTP was that out of line. I have a 15 year old son and the worst thing in the world to him and his friends is a grown-up assuming they can't handle or deal with ...whatever. I also identify with Molly. I would try to protect my kids too, but we can't. Unfortunately, we can't change the world to suit us, we can only arm our kids with as much knowledge and competance and fortitude to deal with the world that exists.

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jose043 - Feb 28, 2005 6:12 am (#1616 of 2004)

Hi to you all. I live in Australia & in the state of Western Australia, in the Capital of Perth. I live about 10 minutes from Perth in a suburb called Maylands. I have been reading Lexicon site for about the past 6 months & have enjoyed reading the different views that people have been writing. I have two children one in their late 30's & the other in their early 40's. My daughter is a very avid reader of Harry Potter. I have 3 Grandchildren aged between 12 years, one coming up 9 years & one coming up 4 years. I have listened to all 5 Harry Potter books, quite a few times & enjoyed them very much. Though they are fiction I find a lot that happens to Harr, also happens in real llife.

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Mistress Gim - Feb 28, 2005 7:00 pm (#1617 of 2004)

Hello all! I'm new to this community of the Harry Potter series fans, so I don't have a previous username. Most anywhere else I'm known as 'Queen of Roses', if that rings a bell; if it doesn't...well, okay then, you don't know me.

I'm female, in my late teens, an avid reader and writer, and an actress. I love to learn and my nickname at school - started by one of my "dearest friends" (whom I can't at all stand) - is Hermione.

I love to discuss well-written books and argue points, whether they be moot or not. I plan on publishing at least one of my books relatively soon; and one of the things I want most is to meet my two favorite authors, JKR and James Patterson.

The HP Lexicon is THE place I turn to for information on Harry Potter, sometimes as research for a fanfiction I might be writing, or just to sate some thought nagging my curiosity. I've rarely seen such a complete website anywhere, and it's great for me to know that there are sites so set on such an obscure place as the internet.

Regards -

Koto Asakawa, Queen of Roses



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Sehvekah - Mar 1, 2005 5:48 am (#1618 of 2004)

Well, an intro thread... Haven't done one of these in a while, so, here goes... something, at any rate.

I'm Sehvekah, and no, that's not my real name (never use that on the 'net if I can at all help it) and no, it doesn't mean anything(at least I don't think it does. Knowing my luck though, it probably translates as "toilette water" in some not-so-long-and-not-nearly-forgotten-language). I'm 22 and largely a lurker both on and offline. More or less an NT rational personality, but with a rather, unique, form of cynicisim. A little smarter than average, but not so much it's worth bragging about, with a love of sci-fi, computers, books and a habit of working hard to not work hard. I curently reside in a small town in a blistering, dead, sulforus hole that is otherwise known as "Wyoming". Needless to say I loathe every moment of it.

Got hooked on the series in mid '01 when I decided to read the first three books that'd been bought for my little brother to see what the hype was all about. Then I borrowed GoF from the library(they did get it back, eventually), preorded OotP first day I could, and have repeated the process with HBP.

Now I know what the hype was about.

I found the Lexicon searching for info on Harry Potter in general and OotP in particular in the months before it's release.

So, now I'm lurking(and occasionally posting) here to kill time waiting for HBP. And the ninth and second seasons of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, respecitvly.

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OliveHornby - Mar 3, 2005 6:34 am (#1619 of 2004)

Hi to everyone. I'm new to posting, but I've been reading the posts since late summer.

My name says it all--I really like the character of Sirius Black. I'm not a Snape-hater or anything like that, but Sirius is just as interesting to me as Snape.

I think there was a joke about "Detention with Snape" in the Snape section way back, and I decided that I would rather serve detention next to Sirius than serve it with Snape!

The release of HBP is exciting, and I can't wait to be part of the group when it happens.

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Denise P. - Mar 5, 2005 10:43 am (#1620 of 2004)

Please remember this thread is for introductions only. Any replies should be made on the chat thread.

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zampeada - Mar 5, 2005 3:28 pm (#1621 of 2004)

Hi there! I'm 26 years old male from Malaysia and currently trying to finish my master. I started reading Harry Potter books two weeks ago. I first start with the second book and now in fifth book. I can't wait to watch the fourth movie actually.

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The Weaslys - Mar 6, 2005 2:58 pm (#1622 of 2004)

Hi to everyone.

Even though we have been reading and occasionally posting we have never taken the time to intro ourselves. I say "ourselves" because most times it is me (the Mom) and at least one or two out of my six sons reading. As you can imagine I can relate to Mrs. Weasley very well! And yes, I am aware that in our user name I left the "E" out of Weasley. My eldest is soon to be an 18 year old college student here in Michigan. My youngest is 4. The others are 15, almost 13,10 and 7. Thank you all for the wonderful discussions. As far as I am concerned this is the best place to spend time online reading about HP.

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Vampi Digitalwytch - Mar 6, 2005 4:19 pm (#1623 of 2004)

Hello all, feel free to call me Vampi. I'm a divorced mom of two and agewise, well, I'm over 21 and under the average age of a Wal-Mart doorgreeter.

I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico and jobwise, I do over the phone tech support for a growing dialup only ISP. I also am working on breaking into the Horror writing business. I've had some success with having stories published in Sins of the Flesh magazine over in the UK and with Splat Books' Self Mutilation series here in the States.

As far as Harry Potter goes, I am a latecomer to the fandom. I'd seen the movies and while I thought they were pretty decent, I didn't quite see what the big deal was. But when my son checked out Sorcerer's Stone from the school library and we read it together, that's when I gained a greater appreciation.

I do have to chuckle over forgetting my old adage of the book is always better than the movie.

I learned about this site from over on one of the many 'poke fun at bad fanfic' sites where the Lexicon was mentioned as an example of there are good sites which are not hard to find for researching the Harry Potter world.

I guess what captivates me the most is the concept of the Muggle world and the Wizarding one, and I feel Rowling's handled it far better than White Wolf has with their Magic: The Gathering gaming system.

Anyway, that's all I've got to say for now and I look forward to posting with you all.

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Jo S - Mar 6, 2005 4:44 pm (#1624 of 2004)

Hi everyone. I used to post quite alot here and also go to the chat room. However in April last year I found out I was pregnant and was quite sick for the following nine months and so was unable to keep up. (I spent the last 3 months horizontal) I am 28, married with a beautiful 3 month old daughter named Hannah. She is gorgeous. Im currently being a stay at home mum which is fantastic fun, but Im going back to work in a few months and my husband is going to be a stay at home dad to look after Hannah. I am a Technology teacher and live on the outskirts of Sydney Australia. I am mad keen on Harry Potter books and have some theories about what is going to happen.... which I will post another time. I cant wait for book 6 to come out. Ive already preordered at my local book store, and am trying to convince my husband to let me dress hannah as hermione for the launch. (I will be Mcgonagall and he can be dumbledore). So far hes not that keen. p.s what happened to the chat room, when ever I go there now noone is there. Have people moved elsewhere in the last year???

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Diagon Nilly - Mar 7, 2005 11:04 am (#1625 of 2004)

Oh my goodness! I've been posting in here a while and I don't think I've ever formally introduced myself.

My name is Jessica, I'm 30, married, and work as a computer illustrator and graphic designer for a video game development company. I'm also currently at university learning various computer art related thingies and earning a Masters so one day I can teach other people about various art related thingies.

I love my husband, Harry Potter (obviously), Star Wars, Dance Dance Revolution, Disneyland, posts by Timrw, bad 80's movies, Hunter S. Thompson (R.I.P.), The Simpsons, amaretto ice cream, my Macintosh, Carmengia convertibles, tattoos, comics by Alan Moore, Art by Ralph Steadman and Art Chantry, English Bulldogs, petting zoos, New York City, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and dreaming about how I'd spend my money if I ever won the lottery. There's other stuff I like a whole lot but I'll spare y'all.

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Randy Chicago - Mar 12, 2005 6:35 am (#1626 of 2004)

Hey everyone! I am Randy, and I am a 15-year old male from the USA! I am OBSESSED with HP lol. I am a member on many HPRPGs and even own my own RPG. I look forward to enjoying HP here too!

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LaLaLisa - Mar 22, 2005 1:40 am (#1627 of 2004)

Hi, everyone. My name is Lisa and I am a 23 year old college student (will be a college grad in May!) from the Western U.S. I first started reading the HP series back in high school. I really enjoy the books and cannot wait until book 6 comes out in July!! I am excited to enjoy some great discussions about the books with all of you and can't wait to hear all of your theories and post some of my own about what is coming. Best to all.

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fleur-de-lys - Mar 22, 2005 10:47 am (#1628 of 2004)

Helloooo...I finally got around to introducing myself. My name is Lori. I'm 32, married to a wonderful husband, and have a fabulous, quite entertaining almost 3 year old (in June) little boy. I live near Philly, Pennsylvania. I became a Harry Potter fan after watching the first movie. I now own all three dvds and all five books, soon to make that six. I really am enjoying the forum. There are so many interesting theories out there and my eyes have really been opened. I've been dying for someone to discuss Harry Potter with, since the only other people i know that know about Harry Potter (my husband, my mom and my best friend) have only seen the movies. I've wanted to share some of the theories on here with my husband, but will not give away what happens in the next two books. When not reading or watching Harry Potter, I enjoy reading romance and mysteries, cross stitch, BBCAmerica, Bue Collar Comedy (I wonder if there's a redneck joke for Harry Potter), spending time with my family, and working on Pioneer Girls at my church. Thanks to the Lexicon for all the great info and updates and this awesome forum. You guys rock!!!!! Looking forward to reading and posting with everyone here.

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echo - Mar 24, 2005 5:11 am (#1629 of 2004)

My name is echo, I live in north east Florida. I am a married father of 4.

As for any Hobbies I don't have any of my own, you see as a father of four my hobbies are whatever my kids are in to this week...

My eldest got me in to Harry Potter, she got me to watch SS when it came out. The movie was pretty good but I had a lot of questions that I was asking her. So she turned one of my lines on me: "Read the book Dad!" So I did.

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Ardeth Unknown - Mar 25, 2005 7:38 am (#1630 of 2004)

James Boyle, 13, easily gets bored, sometimes annoying, not always thinking when he posts.

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DeMinor - Mar 29, 2005 4:57 am (#1631 of 2004)

Giday, I'm Mac from New Zealand many things interest me Harry is the top of this list.

I play in a couple of bands and dare I say it we have used some of the filcs posted around the place, the best reaction we have had would be the filc about Nearly Headless Nick.... "Pretty Fly for a Dead Guy" based on the Offspring song.

Besides all this I help run a Boarding Cattery in Wellington, and before I get asked, no I didn't get a part in LOTR, even though most others here in NZ did!!

Mac

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magicgirl - Mar 30, 2005 2:06 am (#1632 of 2004)

Hi, I'm Anita. I am a teacher from Australia. Have been a lurker on this site for a while and have just got the courage to finally join up.

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Michelle Saryana - Apr 2, 2005 7:43 pm (#1633 of 2004)

Hi all! I'm Michelle and I'm 13. I'm kind of new but I hope to jump right in. Aside from magic and Harry Potter, some of my favorites are dance, traveling, friends, chocolate, soccer, and reading.

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Luisa - Apr 4, 2005 2:12 pm (#1634 of 2004)

Hi, my name is Luisa. I'm 15 and live in Canada. Love Harry Potter, reading, making movies with my friends, and hate scary movies. I also love Monty Python. That's about it on me, but I really hope that I can get right in to this forum.

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Susan Bones - Apr 7, 2005 10:12 pm (#1635 of 2004)

Since finding the Lexicon Forum through JKR's site last year, I've enjoyed reading the many brilliant theories out there. I thought I'd finally get signed up and introduced in case I actually want to post some time. I'm a 42-year-old mother of 2 and an optometrist living in southern California. My husband and I had been hearing about the Harry Potter phenomenon, so around 4-5 years ago he finally bought the first 3 books at once and started reading them to our daughter (who's now 12). Since then the whole family (daughter and a son, Cool has read (or had read to them) each book at least once, and we listen to the audio tapes all the time in the car. We even got my 73-year-old mother hooked!

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Knight - Apr 13, 2005 9:40 am (#1636 of 2004)

Hello, i am a 21 year old student from the Netherlands. I started reading HP last year after my niece told me about the books and insisted that I read them, and after the third chapter of book one I got hooked to it as well. I read book after book and finally in februari I finished OotP, I became curious about book Six and soon after I found JKR's site ( I loved all the secrets hidden there...) and trough that site found multiple chat rooms / Forums including this one.

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Classicsquid592 - Apr 17, 2005 2:11 pm (#1637 of 2004)

Greetings,

I have been a member for about a year and I made alot of posts last fall and winter but I've been away for a few months and I doubt anyone remembers me so I think that a new introduction is in order. I am studying to be a zoologist and writer and have a great deal of appreciation for world mythology, fantasy literature, and anything British so I fit right in with the Harry Potter fan community. When I quit posting, updates had started to slow down incredibly and so I pulled away from the lexicon for a while. Now, as the release of the next book creeps closer I am going to try to catch up with the lexicon forums.

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Finn BV - Apr 17, 2005 6:08 pm (#1638 of 2004)

Hey everybody! I'm Finn V. (it's an Irish name) and I believe that, thanks to the Floo networks sites, I am now officially obsessed and thought I should join this forum. I think it amazing all the ideas that you guys come up with, and you should be commended for them. Some of the threads are so long, I don't know how some of you editors keep up with them! I want to reply to an early one, but them I'm afraid everybody's going to have contradicted that post in post number 456 or something, and then I'll seem really weird…

Anyway, thanks for maintaining a great site and I look forward to (gradually) posting more!

Your buddy- Finn

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Talker450 - Apr 18, 2005 5:40 am (#1639 of 2004)

Hi, Im Talker, I live in a small village, near a town called Houston. I became a Harry Potter Fan, when I bought the first book for my grandchildren. (I read it twice befor I gave it to them.) Now all they get are "used" books. Can never get to much info on Harry so I will be here often.

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Snuffles - Apr 19, 2005 12:53 pm (#1640 of 2004)
Edited Apr 19, 2005 1:57 pm

Hi, although I have been posting on here for a few months, I have never introduced myself! My name is Julie and I'm 29 years old from the UK. I am married and have a 2 year old daughter Olivia, who I'm proud to say is picking up Potterisms nicely. I'm a Potterholic and proud of it.

For everyone I have spoken to I say hi again, for those I haven't I look forward to speaking soon.

Julie

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ImmortalGoddess - Apr 20, 2005 4:32 pm (#1641 of 2004)

Hi I'm Sarah I'm 19 and I'm from the UK. I became a Harry Potter fan after watching the first two movies then buying the first four books in a boxset, now I prefer the books to the movies. Anyway looking forward to disscusing everything Harry Potter.

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Potterhead - Apr 22, 2005 3:48 pm (#1642 of 2004)

Greetings everyone, my name is Carolyn, and I am from Connecticut (US). "Potterhead" is one of the affectionate names my husband calls me when I am steeped in all things Harry Potter. My older sister encouraged me to read the Harry Potter books a few years ago, and I have been hooked ever since. This site has been a wonderful haven for me, and eventually I will get up enough nerve to post!

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Astragynia Winifred Posy Miranda Yseult Cawdor - Apr 26, 2005 1:43 pm (#1643 of 2004)

Hi, I'm a 20-year-old Californian studying in Canada. I have a family as great as Ron's (though not so large), some of Snape's sarcasm, Dobby's taste in colour (well, almost), some of the same ancestors as Seamus Finnigan and McGonnagall (maybe), and Hermione's interest in books and history but Neville's grades (due to the having the Weasley twins' study habits).

As to my name, well, I thought it was time somebody had some "proper wizarding pride."

-Astragynia

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Springtime - May 1, 2005 7:10 am (#1644 of 2004)

Hi I am Laura. I am a mother of 4 ages 14-23, 2 boys 2 girls. My 16 yr old got me hooked on HP. I took her to see the first movie after that I had to read the books. We both love reading the different threads together and seeing who is in the chat room. I am in Ontario, Canada just north of Toronto. That's it for now. Hope to see you in the chat room sometime.

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Madam Pince - May 1, 2005 7:16 am (#1645 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter May 1, 2005 11:17 am

Welcome, Springtime! (Hey, that's appropriate for this time of year, isn't it? ) And welcome to all other new Forum members! Or welcome back! ***waves at classicsquid***

Added Edit by Kip Carter: I will be deleting this post within the next 72 hours. Denise P. has posted numerous times concerning the use of this thread being for introduction only, not for Chat responses even you are welcoming the poster. Chat-type comments should be posted on the Chat thread only.

Denise P.'s most recent message concerning this, that still survives, was on March 5, 2005 with many others having been deleted along with the Chat post. These extra posts have reduced the maximum number of available posts for our members on this thread by 160 plus, with only 1,202 message positions remaining.

I realize that we have a very friendly group of members, who just enjoy welcoming any new posters; however please let this thread be used for the new members to Tell About Themselves.

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Shannon aka Brammwell - May 1, 2005 8:41 pm (#1646 of 2004)

Hi, my name is Shannon and I'm from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

I'm new to Lexicon, only joined about a month ago, and I must say, if one could hand out Masters of Harry Potter degrees there would be a slew to be passed out here.

As for me, it's pretty simple..born and raised in Northern Ontario where moose and bears are common place and you’re more likely to meet a bear when walking at night. In fact my grandmother was well known for attacking bears with a broom when she found them in her garbage....I'm not kidding!

I'm 33, married (have been with my husband for 18 years..high school sweethearts), and we have two kids. I'm proud to say that my son was born on July 31st, but alas, I did not name him Harry. This is also the land where hockey is a religion and if you have a son it is either named after it's father or it's father's favorite hockey players....my son received the latter. My hobbies are pretty simple, Harry Potter, crosstitching, reading, writing, scrapbooking, and spending time with my girlfriends.

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Demonic Kitty - May 5, 2005 6:07 am (#1647 of 2004)

Hi, I'm Marilyn
*crowd of people say "Hi Marilyn"* (....I feel like I'm talking in an AA meeting) I'm 16, Huge Harry Potter fan. A few people know me as Springtime's daughter. I am from New Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada. My mom told me about the lexicon, which is fair seeing how I got her into Harry Potter. I have read the Harry Potter books like at least 10 times each and know them and the movies inside and out and I can't wait for Book 6 to be out.

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Stephanie M. - May 5, 2005 1:20 pm (#1648 of 2004)

Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie and I am obsessed with everything Harry Potter. Some things I also love are swimming and ceramics. I have to thank all of my buddies who told me about the Forum.

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far from prefect - May 6, 2005 1:50 pm (#1649 of 2004)

So tricky to come up with a clever screen name! This was the best I could do... I love the Lexicon! Not quite as much as I love the books but what a wonderful place for us truly fanatical to browse. I am a certified habitual reader in my mid-40's (female). I live in Portland, Oregon which has weather quite similar to that of the greater Hogsmeade area. I have a 21 year old daughter who is nearly as obsessed with Harry Potter as I am. I am proud to say that I got her hooked! Neither of us has seen the HP movies and We Will NOT! Nothing can compete with imagination and really, don't they usually get so many details wrong in the movies? Doesn't that bother you? It does me. Strictly canon, that's my motto. I look forward to reading more of the insanely creative theories that you all come up with. Amazing! One thing I have to wonder, though, who would want to be married to Snape? What kind of crazed back-story does Gina R have????? Cheers! FFP

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Finn BV - May 6, 2005 2:22 pm (#1650 of 2004)

FFP - no HP movies for the two of you? Oh, I was scared that they'd leave a lot of stuff out and I know they're not canon, but I think you've got to see them - they're part of HP lore! Anyway, welcome to the forum, along with all other new members!
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quibbler - May 8, 2005 10:48 am (#1651 of 2004)
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Hi, I reagularly read the forum since 2002 and i am registered since last year but I've never posted in this thread. My real name is Marlies Neumüller and I am from Austria. Anyone here from Austria too?

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Miriam Huber - May 15, 2005 5:09 am (#1652 of 2004)
Edited May 15, 2005 6:33 am

I am reading this Forum since a year at least and posting since some months, but I never introduced myself, wanted to remain anonymous. But lately I have been posting so much, I found it rather rude not to introduce myself. So:

I am a female thirty-something (don´t want to update this post every year ) living in Germany. I am sort of a "pastoral worker" (studied theologian working paid and full-time in church service, but not ordained) and was and will probably again be teaching. At the moment I am writing my theological PhD -- and is there a better procrastination tool than Harry Potter?!

I borrowed the first four books from my sister some time around 2001, I think. I couldn´t put them down (bad prepared classes for a few days...), but I got really hooked only when OoP came out (at that time I didn´t even know it was out, someone gave it to me as a present!). Now I am completely obsessed. I love especially how insightfully and carefully JKR has styled her world, (almost) every detail of it, how the books fit one into another, how the characters mature and change (these teenagers in Oop!).

What I really, really appreciate about this forum is the way people communicate, trying always to be friendly and polite but nevertheless able to disagree and, if necessary, to keep disagreeing.

Since I started reading the forum, I have a private list in my computer about "assumptions" and "predictions" and the like for the last two books (which changes sometimes after a forum discussion)... In two months´ time I will be able to tell you if I guessed right at least once

Have a good day, all of you! "Miriam"

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Ruthie - May 18, 2005 8:00 pm (#1653 of 2004)

Hey everyone Smile My name's Ruth and I'm 16 from N.Z (that's New Zealand for all those who've never seen the tiny speck of land on a map before :p) I joined about a month ago but only just found this thread lol. As well as being a huge HP enthusiast I also do trampolining which totally rocks - even thought 9 out of 10 people look at me as if I was reading the Quibbler upside down on page 57 when I tell them : )

I think the forum is amazing and also have to reccomend the Recurring Boy Who Lived thread as it's one of the most ingenious theories I've read

Happy Posting! Ruth

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ATOBrettUSA - May 21, 2005 1:44 pm (#1654 of 2004)

Hi everybody!

My mane is Brett and I'm 23 years old and originally from Michigan. I graduated form college (Hist. and Poli. Sci.) last year and joined the Army (Tanker), who promptly sent over to Germany. I started to read the Harry Potter books after the Book Four, when I read all of them in one weekend and got totally and completely hooked. I used to post under another name, but I forgot the password and I don't have the e-mail acct. anymore. I am, however, back and ready to read HBP and start posting!

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applepie - May 24, 2005 7:49 am (#1655 of 2004)

Hi everyone...I've been reading the forum for a while now but just began posting last week and have been feeling an introduction is probably necessary....better late than never, I guess. I am a married, mother of two from New Orleans. I love the forum and the ideas that you all have are wonderful. I must admit that I do not read as deeply as most of you do, but after reading some of the theories and thoughts posted, my brain takes off in "Potter-Frenzy" with all sorts of possibilities for the series.

My addiction started by seeing the first movie. The children were so naive and curious, and the setting was so wonderfully magical that I found myself engulfed by this fictitious world, and wanted horribly to make it real. After that, I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I would find myself reading until 2 or 3 am and having to wake up at 6 am to get my children ready before going to work. I was reading at traffic lights and in my morning/afternoon commute...any spare moment, which is probably why I wasn't reading so deeply.

I have re-read the series a few times, but have never read the first book. I feel I am missing out on some wonderful information, so I will probably read it at some point, but I find the forum a wonderful way to keep my memories alive while waiting for the rest of the plot to unfold.

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CatherineHermiona - May 25, 2005 11:17 am (#1656 of 2004)

I'm new on this forum and I'm only 12 years old. I wanted to introduce myself here first. I'm from Croatia, Rijeka. My mum is here a member too. Maybe you know her, her name is Lina. I hope I won't be boring. My mum told me not to embarrass her so I hope I won't. That is it for now. Bye!!!

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lemonbalm&bees - Jun 1, 2005 10:00 am (#1657 of 2004)

Hello all. I saw that there was a forum on the Lexicon and was immediately insanely jealous of all of you. You've all been discussing Harry Potter so long without me! I had to join! You all seem to care so much about this world as well as have formed such unique ties with each other...

I'm a student right now with the eventual goal of being a music teacher. Of course, my ideal job would be starting from scratch and opening my own program at Hogwarts, but I suppose I could also be happy in front of any school band full of Muggle children.

I still remember the first time I read a Harry Potter book. My mom came to pick me up from high school and handed me these three supposedly wildly popular books that I had never heard of before. When she saw how magnetic those cellophane-covered library books were, she promptly made a trip to the bookstore and bought our own copies. The spines on those books are now soft as tissue, the glue has split and pages are constantly falling out from being opened so many times. I am about to ship off a package to my dad for Father's Day. I record myself reading Harry Potter so that he can listen to them while driving on business trips. The next tape I record will be the first chapter of The Half Blood Prince! Can't wait!

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Griselda Marchbanks - Jun 3, 2005 4:46 am (#1658 of 2004)

Hello everyone, I'm from Greece and 16 years old. I'm viewing this forum for quite a while and it is really really good so I decided to join. I hope I will have a nice time here.

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Moo4Freedom - Jun 5, 2005 7:30 pm (#1659 of 2004)

Hey! New member here long timen fan. Mainly want to test my pic.

I'm 16 Live in LA and LOVE cheese and chocolate, but not together

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phaseolus vulgaris - Jun 8, 2005 7:53 pm (#1660 of 2004)

Hi. I probably introduced myself in this very topic years and years ago, but I've just returned after a long absence and Kip suggested I reintroduce myself. I'm Chris, 44 years old for a few more months, I'm an engineer, married with three children and living in the Milwaukee area. I travel way too much at times. Besides the obvious books, I love Raymond Chandler's books, I read a little Terry Pratchett now and then, and I read lots of nonfiction about science and mathematics.

My user name came from a packet of garden seeds, I wanted something different. It has a nice latin ring to it...

See you in the chat room one of these nights.

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Reble Sheep Go Moo - Jun 9, 2005 8:24 am (#1661 of 2004)

Hi Everyone,

My name's Joy, I live in Liverpool, I'm 14 years old and I LOVE Terry Pratchett books. In fact I like all Fantasy books but there are are some wonderful biographical novels out there (Bill Bryson anyone?) I've been view this site for a few weeks and think it great. You all go into so much detail, I just love it, all my friends in school think i go on about the little details way to much. But I reckon that's what JKR put them there for.

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annie megowhitz - Jun 13, 2005 7:16 am (#1662 of 2004)

Hello to you all!

My name is Meg, but my friends call me Annie. I’m 18, and I have far to many things to worry about at the moment (exams and the burden of impending responsibilities as an "adult")...hence i love reading about Mr. potter as his life is far worse then mine and its just good old fashioned mindless escapism! I’m from England and other then Harry, I like reading all the classic novels, and I love the allusions JKR often makes to other stories and mythologies! I think all the theories on this forum are just genuis, so i decided to join in on the fun! xxx

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Not So Headless Nikki - Jun 13, 2005 7:54 pm (#1663 of 2004)

Hello! I have been reading this forum (and all things Lexicon) for months and months, but finally decided that I had to join about a month ago. I really like all the theories, and I must admit that I never really thought this deep into Harry Potter until I found the forums. And now...well...my husband thinks I'm obsessed!

I "found" Harry Potter a few years ago when I decided that I was going to watch the first movie. Obviously I had heard about all the hype surrounding the books so I was curious. But I thought that they would go against my faith so I stayed away. I watched the first 2 movies and really liked them so I thought I would read the books, too. So, around the time that POA came out in theaters, I was reading all 5 books. I LOVED them instantly! I read them every chance I could get, which was difficult with 2 kids. Anyways, now I'm hooked on everything involved HP.

Oh, and I'm 24, a stay-at-home-mom, and I've been married to my high-school sweetheart for 4 years. I live in Minnesota, US.

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Leia Tyndall - Jun 14, 2005 2:27 pm (#1664 of 2004)

Hi. I've been a member for a couple months now, but haven't said anything about myself yet. I'm 27 and attending college to become a Wildlife Scientist. To the astute reader, the answer is YES, I was named for another well-known fictional character. My parents were fans of Star Wars, & when they found they couldn't use the boy's name they'd picked out, they had to choose a girl's name. The timing was just right (I was "in the oven" when the movie came out) so I was named for the princess.

I've always loved mythology & fairy tales, but wasn't too impressed with all the hype surrounding the series. It wasn't until my sister & I had nothing better to do on New Year's Eve when we decided to watch Harry Potter (SS/PS) in the theaters. I was surprised that I enjoyed it so much (& liked it better than the other movie we watched that night). I decided to check it out at the library, but felt silly going into the children's section. I read the first book & even enjoyed it (mainly due to all the little details) even better than the movie (which is usually the case). I passed the book along to my mom, and we both ended up being hooked. Oddly enough, my sister hadn't read the books, & I didn't realize that until we watched PoA last summer in the theaters (she exclaimed loudly her surprise about Sirius being Harry's Godfather)....guess what I got her for Christmas?? he he he

Anyhow, just last night I was talking to my mom & she was so excited it was the 13th--only 3 days til the 16th. I had to burst her bubble & tell her the next book wouldn't be out for a MONTH & 3 days LOL... :{ poor her!!

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Caroline Horner - Jun 15, 2005 1:46 pm (#1665 of 2004)

My name is Caroline Horner, I am 38 years old. I live in a small village in New Mexico, between to native american reservations. My partner and I have 4 dogs and 2 cats. I attend college.I want to be an elementary junior high science teacher, and a junior high football coach. I love everything about Harry Potter. My family and friends say I am just a big kid. I really like that about myself.

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essie125 - Jun 19, 2005 7:25 am (#1666 of 2004)
Edited Jun 19, 2005 8:26 am

hello everyone my name is Esther.

I'm from Heerhugowaard, that's a town in the Netherlands with about 64.000 people. According to dutch standard that is very big. I study English Language and Culture at the University of Amsterdam. And I just found out how these smileys work etc. I love this forum and all the theories on it. It makes the books even better. Never knew there were so many potties out there.

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Elise O'Bryan - Jun 22, 2005 2:47 pm (#1667 of 2004)

Well, I think I may have done this incorrectly when I registered, because this shows my real name, but oh well. Seeing as you already know my name, I'm just going to tell you all that I'm a female from Kentucky (U.S.), I am a college student, and would one day like to become a high school history teacher, and I love Harry Potter! Nothing very interesting here...

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lkb - Jun 28, 2005 2:49 pm (#1668 of 2004)

Well... now that I have been posting for a while... the name is Laura and I am really enjoying your posts! Hopefully my two cents here and there do not throw you off! I am quirky, 25 and have two kids, really three if you count my husband! Indianapolis IN is where I currently call home...

LKB

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Herm oh ninny - Jun 29, 2005 6:13 am (#1669 of 2004)
Edited Jun 29, 2005 7:16 am

Hello all! My name is Kelly and I am a 26 year old Early Childhood Education major from New Jersey. I am a part-time movie theater manager at night, and I work as a one-to-one aide to a child in a therapeutic school full time during the day. I live at home with my parents and two younger sisters (who are also major Potty-heads!) I had never heard of Harry Potter before until a few years ago when my youngest sister informed me that we were all going to go see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone no matter what! Since I am an avid reader, I decided to read the book before watching the movie. I was instantly hooked and have since become an obssesed, crazy Potter Maniac!!

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Cassiopeia - Jun 30, 2005 4:10 am (#1670 of 2004)

Hello! I've been reading the forum as a guest for several months now, and finally decided to join! I'm married, have 2 kids, who we homeschool, and we live in New England. I started reading HP years ago, after my sister told me about them. I was hooked immediately! My husband, 2 of my sisters and a few friends read them, too, but no one else I know reads them as much as me (except all of you, of course!). My husband definitely thinks I am a tad obsessed and I have to agree!

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The Mad Muggle - Jun 30, 2005 5:17 am (#1671 of 2004)

My name is Denton, I'm 44 and live in West Tennessee. Self-employed, married, 2 kids.

A few years ago, my mother-in-law bought the first 3 books for my kids as a gift. Being the dutiful father, I decided to read the books first before allowing my kids to read them. The whole family has been hooked from there.

When OoP came out, we were on our way to Florida for vacation, stopped and picked up our copy and my wife and I took turns reading aloud while the other drove. 10 hours in car with kids never went so fast!!!

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Riley the Happy Dude - Jun 30, 2005 6:29 pm (#1672 of 2004)
Edited Jun 30, 2005 7:38 pm

I am a 12 year old person from Seattle. I have read the HP books several times and I have read PoA over 10 times .

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Briar Rose - Jul 2, 2005 12:29 am (#1673 of 2004)

Hello potter fans! My name is Sara and I'm 25 years old. I live in the Netherlands. Since I'd watched Chamber of Secrets in the movie theaters with my friend I got hooked with the Potter mania. Soon after that I raced to the bookstore and bhought all the Potter books that were released (four in total).

I devoured the books and read non-stop. My parents knew I was a fond reader but not like that! Whenever I read a Potter book I'm completely sucked into the world of magic, good and evil, hogwarts and muggles. People must shout to me or say something twice (or more) or else I will not hear them, ha ha.

Atfer I read all the books I went immediately for the world wide web. Soon after that I got in contact with many Potter fans around the world. A forum like this is fantastic to communicate and share ideas or theories. One of my favorite characters of them all is Severus Snape. He intrigues me alot.

So for me its time to come out of the dark and join this community. Just a few days until the sixth installment comes out. I'm very very excited.

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Herm-own-ninny Weezly - Jul 3, 2005 4:44 pm (#1674 of 2004)

Hello everyone! I have been reading this forum for over a year now, but finally decided to join. You see, I am generally a shy person, and the thoughts here are often so brilliant that I feared anything I had to say would seem rather pointless. Nevertheless, I have finally gotten the courage to join and see what you all think of my opinions.

I am an 18 year old female from Illinois, and I'm about to start my first year of college in August with a double major of English and Spanish. Harry Potter has been an obsession of mine for many years now, and I've even started a book club among my friends called "The Order of the Muggles." Like everyone here, I can't wait for the 6th book and have even taken work off on the 16th and 17th to read!

I look forward to participating in some great discussions with all of you!

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sanity - Jul 4, 2005 12:50 pm (#1675 of 2004)

Hihi! I am sanity! A 34 (almost 35) year old Michiganian (U.S.), Virgo. Grandmother of 6, aunt many times over, mother of one, step mother of three. My daughter and I have become obsessed with Harry and his world! Not a bad obsession, after all!

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Michele Lovegood - Jul 5, 2005 6:49 pm (#1676 of 2004)

Hi! I "joined" this forum maybe a year ago...but have never posted anything. I am almost 37 years old, and have been obsessed with Harry Potter since I first read it just over a year ago. My kids and I are eagerly awaiting the HBP of course, and now I am adressing my fix with a healthy dose of Lord of the Rings. Not quite as good as Harry in my opinion, but good nonetheless.

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[Ponine]Ponine - Jul 6, 2005 5:13 pm (#1677 of 2004)
Edited Jul 6, 2005 6:14 pm

*ahem* So I realized that I never really have presented myself... It is tricky.... I am currently enjoying the first year of my thirties, and figured it as good a time as any to start my graduate studies in English (in the States) this fall. I am leaving in about six weeks, and am already giddy. I hope/plan/pray to become a writer and translator, and would love to talk to other with similar interests... I am happily single, which makes things like picking up and going to the other side of the world for a couple of years that much easier. The biggest challenge about going abroad to study (again) will be to leave my precious puff, Mio, behind with my parents. Other than that - I have a social work background, and have worked child protection for a couple of years. As I already have posted here for some time, I suppose I will sneak in an opportunity to say how impressed I am at the level of discussion here, and the vast amounts of knowledge about anything from Quicksilver to Japanese names and grief processes... Thank you for letting me be a part of this! Hugs from Lee

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Herm-own-ninny Weezly - Jul 6, 2005 9:44 pm (#1678 of 2004)

It sounds like we have similar interests, Ponine! I am currently about to start my first year of college studying English and Spanish. I am from the States, but plan to study in Britain for my graduate degree (your opposite). A career in writing, translating, editting, or teaching (college level) all sound like good choices to me right now, so we'll see where I end up!

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Fawkes-The-Phoenix - Jul 8, 2005 4:28 am (#1679 of 2004)
Edited Jul 8, 2005 5:31 am

I'm Yuen Gin Hao (Pronounced Yuan Jin How)i'm chinese from Singapore in South-East Asia...erm i'm 13, birthday is 28/12/1992 so right now i'm actually 12, still in secondary 1...I love the Backstreet boys aaaaand I support all H/HR shippers!

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Jeremy Tuttle - Jul 8, 2005 6:00 pm (#1680 of 2004)

I'm 54, single, male, living outside Houston, Texas USA. I'm a college drop-out, had a long career as a computer programmer, currently seaonally employed (semi-retired?) as a non-destructive testing technician working at various nuclear power plants around the US.

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Ravenclaw Prefect - Jul 9, 2005 2:47 pm (#1681 of 2004)

Good afternoon all! I have been reading along for a few weeks now and am getting quite excited about the upcoming release of the newest Harry Potter book. I am a late fan to the Harry Potter World, I really didn't start reading it until Goblet of Fire was about to be published.

I look forward to reading the book and then sharing ideas as well as seeing things that others spot as they read.

Ravenclaw Prefect

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Miss M - Jul 14, 2005 6:57 am (#1682 of 2004)

Hi everyone! My name is Maura and while I have been reading this forum for years, I just decided to join. I'm 19 years old and live in Michigan but go to college in New York. I can barely wait the next two days for HBP!!!

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Ida-ho-Potato - Jul 14, 2005 10:08 am (#1683 of 2004)

Hi, my name is Ida Hodson. I live in Coatesville, Indiana, USA. I am 32 years old and a Female. I am married to a wonderful man named David for 10 years and we have 2 Children together ages 7 and 4. I started reading the Harry Potter books just after OP was released. Once I started reading them I was hooked. I have read each book several time (well maby more than several). I am really looking forward to book 6.

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Mabella - Jul 14, 2005 2:38 pm (#1684 of 2004)

Hmmm....what to say? My name is Tess, I'm 16 and live in the good ole' US of A! Chicago to be exact. I've been reading the series for so long that I can't remember when I was first introduced to its brilliance(either 7 years or 5). In that time though, I've read each book at least 4 times(the third one many many more, it being my favorite....so far....we shall see if the 6th or 7th can surpass). I'm eagerly awaiting the 6th book's release(1 day, 6 hours, 22 minutes, and 25 seconds....24...23...22.... :-> )



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Courtney22 - Jul 16, 2005 4:46 pm (#1685 of 2004)

Hello everyone I joined the forum awhile ago but haven't posted in a long time so I thought I would re-introduce myself. I'm Courtney and I'm from Virginia Beach Va. I have been away from the forum because I was finishing up my Masters in Communication. Incidentily I did my graduate thesis on the use of different genres in children's literature and the Harry Potter series and it turned out quite well if I do say so myself. (My Professor said she had no interest in HP before but she thinks after reading my paper she might have to go and read the books)Anyway I'm excited to be posting again and look forward to numerous heated discussions about the 6th book Smile

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Elaine2005 - Jul 16, 2005 9:06 pm (#1686 of 2004)

Hello all!

I have been reading the forum for a year now but officially joined it in anticipation of Harry Potter 6. I have two children who are regretfully too young to enjoy Harry Potter. My husband enjoys the movies, but hasn't read any of the books. My obsession with Harry Potter has grown with each book or movie. My nephew introduced me to the books a few years ago. Before I heard him talking about the books I thought that they were so popular, they couldn't possibly be good! Very snobbish!

I impressed my nephew when I read book 4 in one day. I couldn't do the same for book 5, but I just finished book 6! I thought I should introduce myself before I head over to share my opinion of the book on the spoiler thread!

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Verity Weasley - Jul 16, 2005 9:29 pm (#1687 of 2004)

Hi, like Elaine 2005 I have been reading the forums for a while but finally got around to registering so I could discuss the new book. I'm 35, a mother of two boys, and a mature age uni student studying teaching. I live in Australia and there hasn't been nearly as much hype here about HP6 as it seems there has elsewhere.

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waltmeier - Jul 17, 2005 1:54 pm (#1688 of 2004)

Hi All! I'm Wendy. I'm a 29 year old single mother living in Philadelphia, PA, US. My son is very into the Harry Potter movies and likes the first 3 books. I'm still trying to get him into GoF. He's definitely looking forward to the movies, though.

I do have all the books (I'm one of those 12AMers). I like the books more than the movies, even though I love the movies as well!

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Fawkes's Lament - Jul 17, 2005 4:39 pm (#1689 of 2004)

Hi all! My name is Amber, I am 21, and I have been lurking as a Read Only member for a couple of months, but like several others decided to become a participant so I could discuss the new book. I have been having so much fun reading everyone's theories, and hope to come up with some of my own.

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Shelly Belly - Jul 17, 2005 4:46 pm (#1690 of 2004)

Hi I am 34 have 4 children and a hubby...who happens to be the only person alive who actually calls me shelly outloud. I have been a Harry fan for years and am so psyched about the 6th book.

Oh and I am from central NY state.

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Amy Chan - Jul 17, 2005 7:19 pm (#1691 of 2004)

Hi everyone! I've been lurking for a while and finally decided to join to post about HBP. I'm Amy of the incredibly ubiquitous last name from sunny (sometimes) California.

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L.W.P.P. - Jul 17, 2005 7:53 pm (#1692 of 2004)

Hey, I am 15 and I am a big Harry Potter fan, me and my mom read 1-5 together and we are reading (I've already finished) 6 seperately, but, yeah, that's really it for now.

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The Smiling Wolf - Jul 18, 2005 5:14 am (#1693 of 2004)

Hi, I'm Fiona and I'm 20 (!). I've been reading Harry Potter since I was 13 or so (I was in year 8 so yeah 13) I've converted my Mum into reading the books and both of us love Snape.

Oh... I'm from the UK, I go to Portsmouth uni (currently in summer holidays and v. bored) and I study Sociology. Would much rather be going to Hogwarts and study Charms and Divintation though.

Love reading, writing, movies and Harry Potter.

Favourite characters are: Snape, Lupin, Hermoine, Ron and Sirius still, although he's dead now.

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Leviosa - Jul 18, 2005 5:36 am (#1694 of 2004)

Hello everyone!

My name is Susanne (short Susi), I'm German and 18 years old.

I used to be on this forum about a year ago but as I didn't post much, I guess nobody will remember me.

Anyways, now with my school year almost finished, I finally have time to come back.

My favourite HP books are PoA and OotP.

I'm also interested in history, politics and foreign languages.

See you around!

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kingy89 - Jul 18, 2005 11:37 am (#1695 of 2004)
Edited Jul 18, 2005 12:37 pm

Hiya I'm kingy89.From Preston, England Im a big Potter fan, some of my friends say I'm too old for it at just 16, but I can't help having started reading the HP books at a more tender age now can I?I read plenty of other books and my all time favourite is a book called "Firebringer" by Steve Clement-Davis, I would reccomend it to anyone.I've only just found this site and I think it's great - although I might just hav to set up my very own HP chatroom, so look out for it everyone!Apart from reading I like just about every sport I can lay my hands on, except running-there just isn't anything fun about running, and wishing i was HP. (sad, I know, but dreams are dreams because they can't happen)

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U No Poo - Jul 18, 2005 6:59 pm (#1696 of 2004)

Hi all!

Shane here. I am almost 30. I own a small-town video rental store that has a lot of down time, so I watch a lot of movies and read a lot of books. GOF is still my favorite Potter book.....

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Estel Ithil - Jul 19, 2005 12:16 am (#1697 of 2004)

I'm 21, live in Sydney, Australia. I am a girl. I have been a Harry Potter fan since the second book came out. My first love is horses, and I have owned two in my life, my first being Wombat, a little grey welsh cob,he died of colic in our ninth year together(2004), and I now own Beckham, and ex race horse. He has bad luck with heath problems. It costs me a fortune! My favorite characters in the books are Fred and George (not so much in the last book though) and Ron. Infact, I rather like all the Weasleys, even Percy. My favorite magical animal is the Thestral, because of horses I guess, but they have a calm, for lack of a better word, savage beauty about them. That's about it really.

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bugggirl - Jul 19, 2005 7:11 am (#1698 of 2004)

Hey Everyone, I'm bugggirl, or bugg for short. I am 36, married with two kids and currently live in Albuquerque NM. My family is getting ready to move to Germany so in between packing I read the forum. It keeps me sane! I'll only be able to post till July 17, then the movers come to packup the computer and I probably won't get it back till mid-October. I've been reading the forum for over a year now, but had to start posting about HBP! It's really helped having people to talk to about it! Thanks! Bugg

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Valfunde - Jul 19, 2005 9:29 am (#1699 of 2004) Reply
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Hi, everyone. I'm a 34 year-old married female from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Fortunately, my husband is as crazy about the Harry Potter series as I am, so that helps maintain a happy marriage! I work at a private university where I am an academic advisor and guide students who want to go into medical and health professions careers. My academic background is in English, so I really find myself drawn to the HP books as literature, especially in their character development and the exploration of universal archetypes and themes from hero mythology. It's hard to say who my favorite character is because they're all so wonderful in their own ways. I suppose Snape, Dumbledore, and Hagrid are my favorite three, after our boy, Harry. Hermione is pretty awesome too. I'm glad to be a part of the forum and can't wait to post and converse with all of you.

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Van Brewer - Jul 19, 2005 9:43 am (#1700 of 2004)

Van Brewer, 44, male, Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA, husband, father, grandfather, experiment planner, avid reader, outdoor enthusiast, rocket scientist has-been and home improvement wanna-be.

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Deb Zawacki - Jul 19, 2005 12:44 pm (#1701 of 2004)
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Deb Z--

Music Teacher in Ohio. I am working on a PhD so I had to clear up everything this past weekend that was due to read Book 6. For months I will probably think of new things--in fact I already have some questions--- things that struck me right away.

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Susanne W - Jul 19, 2005 4:50 pm (#1702 of 2004)

Hello. My name is Susanne. I'm in extremely hot and sunny CA-USA. Just wanted to introduce myself. I've been an HP fan since the 3rd book came out, I guess and haven't been able to get enough since then. I'm not usually one to spend a lot of time on forums and chats, but I just HAD to see others' opinions on the ending of HBP. And I'll probably just make a few posts. I have two little boys who love the HP movies but aren't quite old enough for the books. Looking forward to reading lots of discussions!

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Chris Longbottom - Jul 19, 2005 10:50 pm (#1703 of 2004)

Chris here, 21 years old from Bandung, Indonesia. I knew about Harry Potter from a newsletter and immediately attracted to the wizard school idea. When I finally read it, the rich details were overwhelming. From magical foods, plants, creatures, and Quidditch. Truly magical.

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LedHead - Jul 20, 2005 1:11 am (#1704 of 2004)

Greetings all,

Ledhead here, based on my music habits.

29 as of yesterday

Late commer to the HP world. Started with movies moved on to audio books and now to that whole book in hand thing.

Located in the general area of Seattle.

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Miss Malaprop - Jul 20, 2005 1:59 am (#1705 of 2004) Reply
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Welcome, everybody!



I hope you all enjoy your time at the forum!

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calvinit21 - Jul 20, 2005 4:13 am (#1706 of 2004)

Seth, 25, Athens GA. Currently engaged and trying to get my fiance into the series.

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Marè - Jul 20, 2005 4:39 am (#1707 of 2004)
Edited Jul 20, 2005 5:40 am

Miss Malaprop, to make sure this thread doesn't get cluttered with chitchat, it is only for new members to introduce themselves and tell us something about themselves.

However I understand that with so may new members, people would like to welcome them, so I invite every-one (new and not so new) to say hi at our chat thread as well: Chat and Greeting Thread for Members
This is the place where you can get to know our community, but also learn about the current weather all around the world, little dogs, glazing of cakes and pool maintenance for example.



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Prongs Patronus - Jul 20, 2005 8:45 am (#1708 of 2004)

Hello, all!

Prongs Patronus here, an older (but no less avid) Harry Potter fan. Found out about this wonderful site from the JKRowling.com fan awards section, have to say she was very accurate!

I am a long-time fan of classic children's literature, comparative religions/folklore/mythology have been a lifelong study. I am also a terrific cook and gardener--when I can tear myself away from reading and the Internet! I look forward to meeting, and making, many new friends here. Thanks!

PP

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Garden Of - Jul 20, 2005 8:28 pm (#1709 of 2004)
Edited Jul 20, 2005 9:29 pm

Hi, my name is Eden and I read my first Harry Potter book about five years ago when I was pregnant with my one and only child. My son is four 1/2 and has taken after his mom and is a huge fan. I hesitated joining the website even though I have been visiting for some time because I was born in the sixties and thought I would be the oldest person on the site. Glad to be wrong about that. I just finished Book Six and I have figured out the whole Snape thing so I am going to try and find the appropriate "thread" and share my views. So nice to know there are people out there as obsessed as I.

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Jagrid - Jul 22, 2005 6:33 am (#1710 of 2004)

Hello! Jagrid here & I am pleased to make all of your acquaintances. I am female and live just outside Pasadena, California. I am a 5th grade teacher, and turned a half-century old last November. I'm single. I adore Harry Potter on so many levels, and in fact did a lot of my Master's homework using the Potter books. I use the Harry Potter books in my classroom each year, simply because I am able to use them to teach so many concepts abour reading, writing, and story structure.Besides Harry, I like to garden, travel, read, take photgraphs & lots of other stuff.

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Ana Cis - Jul 24, 2005 10:25 am (#1711 of 2004)

Hello Everyone!

My log name is Ana Cis (veryyy loonng last name Smile). I live in Virginia Beach, VA; I'm a systems analyst (work in integrating computer and communication systems). I'm 50, but a child at heart! I love books that are full of mystery/suspense and adventure; I also like science fiction and fantasy genres. My niece got me hooked in the Harry Potter Series after the Chamber of Secrets came out. I received Book 6 on the 16th and read it all in one sitting—looking forward to the 7th! …Looking forward into participating in many of the discussions.

Cheers, Ana Cis

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Indigo Light - Jul 24, 2005 3:30 pm (#1712 of 2004)

Hello, I am Indigo from the US. I'm 51, love HP books and films. I came here to be able to discuss HP with someone other than my 7yo dd!

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Mrs. D. - Jul 24, 2005 8:18 pm (#1713 of 2004)

I've already been posting, but here we go. I am Mrs. D. but not for the reason you may think. My hubby is named Norbert like the dragon and thus it is Mrs. Dragon or D for short. My kids got such a kick seeing a character with their dad's name! We live in the US and it is not a common name here. My daughter is thrilled to share her birthday with Hermione.

I am 37 with two fantastic kids, one of which shares my passion for reading. I must confess I cried while reading HBP. The only other novel I remember crying with was Insomnia by SK. I am sure there have been others, but those I will remember by name.

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Claire C - Jul 26, 2005 7:21 am (#1714 of 2004)

Hey everyone :-) I'm Claire, a 16 year old HP from the north of England. I'm pretty much the only person in my group of friends who reads HP so am very glad to find this forum! Other than Harry Potter I like dance, drama, photography, art and general time-wasting on the internet. Nice to meet you all!

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Jul 26, 2005 12:28 pm (#1715 of 2004)

Hi all! Soul Mate for Sirius here! (or SMS for short if you prefer!)

I'm brand new to the world of posting in general, let alone the Lexicon. I've been hanging around ever since B6 came out, reading all your wonderful thoughts, but I finally got up the nerve to join the forum and post!

Although I'm new to the Lexicon, I'm by no means new to the world of Harry Potter. I've been a Harry Potter fan for a few years now, but recently it seems to have completely consumed my life Wink.

Anyway, about myself...I'm 20 years old and hail from Cleveland, Ohio, although most of the year I'm in Columbus, Ohio seeing as I'm a student at The Ohio State University (GO BUCKS!!). I'm studying History and English there. Besides HP, I spend most of my time either working (although my job changes so often it doesn't make sense to post where) swimming, or hanging out with my friends.

So yeah...that's me! It's great to meet everyone and I can't wait to start swapping ideas!! (I just wish I had found this forum sooner!)

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icthestrals - Jul 26, 2005 3:32 pm (#1716 of 2004)

Hello all. I haven't been here in a few months, so I'll re-introduce myself. My real name is Kim. I'm 37, female and live in northern Florida. I am much busier now than I was last year, so I can't come to the Forum as often as I would like. Oh yeah, and I LOVE Harry Potter! I've missed you guys!

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Toady Hoady - Jul 27, 2005 2:10 am (#1717 of 2004)

Hi, My name is Janice, I have been viewing this forum for a couple of years now and have been fasinated by all your different posts. After finishing THBP i felt i needed to start contrubutibing. Wish me luck, as all this is a bit new to me! Thanks.

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RobinAZ - Jul 30, 2005 7:41 am (#1718 of 2004)

Hi! I am new and still trying to figure out the forum. I am Robin, 49 years old, and a huge HP fan. I live in Mesa, Arizona and I am looking forward to participating in the forum (once I figure it out..LOL)

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shepherdess - Jul 30, 2005 9:39 am (#1719 of 2004)

RobinAZ (and any other newcomers to the forum), an excellent place to start would be the threads "Navigating the Forum" to help you figure out how the forum works; "The Lexicon Forum Staff" to familiarize yourself with the hosts who run the forum; and "Commonly Used Abbreviations for the Lexicon Forums" so you can be aware of the forums guidelines concerning the use of abbreviations on the forum. All these threads can be found near the top of the forum's main page.

Other than that, just find something that interests you and jump in. And feel free to visit the "Chat and Greeting Thread for Members" to get to know other forum members, and for off topic discussions.

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Matilda the Pygmy Puff - Jul 30, 2005 11:07 am (#1720 of 2004)

Hey everybody! I've been on this thread for a little over a year I believe and I haven't ever posted on this thread. My real name is not Matilda, or Jones actually, but Anna S. I am 18 and live in Virginia. I've been a huge HP fan since they came out. My family, and most of my friends are big fans also. I have learned so much from the lexicon, and I hope it sticks around after the series is complete.

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Brella W - Aug 1, 2005 11:52 pm (#1721 of 2004)

Hiya...My name is Brella by all who are close to me, I am 24, I live in SoCali. I was introduced to Harry and the gang by some students I was tutoring during college...I wanted to see why kids who were flunking English and couldn't past the standerized tests were reading books bigger than my hand. Boy did I find out. I am so glad I found this site I always feel a little wierd when I tell people that one of my favorite books is Harry Potter they look at me like I must be a bit touched. Oh well they don't know what they're missing! Cheers all!

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matthew Linden - Aug 2, 2005 12:16 am (#1722 of 2004)

Hi my name is Matthew. After reading the first book to my kids I got more and more into it. Not surprising being a C S Lewis and Tolkien etc Fan.

I love the puzzles that surround the books and look forward to discussing them

I live in London and have two children

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Troels Forchhammer - Aug 2, 2005 12:27 am (#1723 of 2004)
Edited Aug 2, 2005 1:28 am

Hi there,

Troels Forchhammer, my age is liable to regular changes, but is currently nearing the end of the thirties. I'm from Denmark, got four kids, a physicist by education and works with research and analysis into testing of mobile phones.

I usually hang out on the usenet newsgroup alt.fan.harry-potter (which I may, inadvertently, refer to as AFH-P, though I'll try to curb my impulses here), but since Steve has kindly offered to host our FAQs, Hogwarts Library at the Lexicon I felt I had better move on ‘ and at the recent Accio conference I learned that there's an active and knowledgeable group here on the lexicon forum developing an interesting interpretative/predictive framework for the books using an alchemical basis. That proved the final nudge — it was just too tempting ;-)

So I am looking forwards to learning a lot here.

Best regards and with eager anticipation, Troels Forchhammer

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Uncle Mikey - Aug 2, 2005 5:28 pm (#1724 of 2004)

Michael Wolff, currently in North Charleston, South Carolina. 49 years old. Occupations: this, that and the other! Militant Reader, film fanatic . . . fond of poetry, becoming involved in impossible comic book creation schemes, diet Dr. Pepper, obscure music and Moaning Myrtle (not necessarily in that order).

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carolina lady - Aug 6, 2005 8:31 pm (#1725 of 2004)

Hi all I am 39 from North Carolina. My younger son was the first HP fan in the family. He got me hooked and eventually my teenage son as well. I love to read all the theories on the threads when I'm not down at the beach!

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TangledWeb - Aug 6, 2005 9:48 pm (#1726 of 2004)

Hi everyone! I'm 25 living near Detroit, Michigan. Got hooked on HP during college, and haven't looked back since! Smile I have only posted a few times on this site, but have had a great time reading everyone's thought and theories...it definitely make the time between books pass by a lot quicker. Smile Thanks everyone!

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Yoghurt - Aug 6, 2005 11:34 pm (#1727 of 2004)

Hello All! Ben is my name, but they call me Yoghurt. I wish there was an amusing anecdote to go with the nick, but actually I just like yoghurt! I'm 19, as of today, I'm a Uni student studying Music in Melbourne, Australia. It's great to see so many people of all different ages and nationalities posting on here. It makes me all warm and fuzzy to have something in common with so many people all over the world!

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Seven - Aug 7, 2005 8:48 pm (#1728 of 2004)

Hi guys! My name is Kelly, I'm a 21 year old female from New Zealand. I've been reading the lexicon forum for about a year now, always too scared to post my theories incase I got AK'd!

Hope everyone got their Harry Potter fix with book 6. See ya in there. Kelly

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Saralinda Again - Aug 7, 2005 9:23 pm (#1729 of 2004)

Great to meet you, Kelly! Now that you've posted without any dreaded flask of green light, I hope you'll share your ideas with us. We were all new once, after all, and we're usually pretty gentle.

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Sticky Glue - Aug 8, 2005 1:52 pm (#1730 of 2004)

Hey great Kelly, another Kiwi.

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kaykay1970 - Aug 9, 2005 4:45 am (#1731 of 2004)
Edited Aug 9, 2005 6:21 am

Hi.I am 35 from Tennessee.I have a very large family and we're all Harry Potter fans. Myself and my 3 eldest children have read the books many times.My husband and 8 year old daughter Brittany really aren't avid readers but they love the movies.Brittany has played the Dvd's and Playstation games so often that I'm surprised she hasn't worn a hole through them.My youngest is only 2 so he isn't so much a Harry Potter fan as he is just a Dobby fan.He will actually beg to watch the Dobby movie(a.k.a. Chamber of Secrets.)He'll watch the opening scenes that involve Dobby and then he'll disappear so fast back to his mega-blocks that you would swear he had disapperated.Well,anyway anyone know where I could get a good time-turner for all the soccer games and parent-teacher conferences that I must attend.

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Sokbom Hong - Aug 10, 2005 1:51 am (#1732 of 2004)
Edited Aug 10, 2005 2:55 am

Hello everyone, at last I have come over my fear and joined the forum! As I'm 100 percent sure everyone here is, I have been a greatest, biggest fan of Harry Potter ever since I was the age of 10. I am now 17, and my name is Sokbom. Some people in England called me Sokkie during my 3 years of stay there, but now I am back to my own country, Korea, everyone calls me Sokbom.

I just wanted to say that I am very excited and that I hope everyone will greet me welcomly. The reply from anyone would be great for I want to make new friends who shares my interest.

I have done a quite a lot of job on Harry Potter; that is to say I always had, and still have, some things to do with Harry Potter that I always use to busy myself when I am free. So far, I have made a board game on the 5 books, which, (allow me to show off for a bit) went incredibly well and now everyone thinks I should take it to some professional game shop to get examined. Well, that was almost a year ago, and now I'm planning to make a second one on the 6th book.

However these days, I am really busy drawing a plan for Hogwarts. I realized that no one actually drew the inside of the Hogwarts, and as I want to be an architect, I have started this big challenge for myself. I have been researching, and examining for almost a month for every bit of information on the castle and its contents, and have to admit the Lexicon have been a great help. I am really glad to say, that I have finished the 7th floor plan just yesterday and now am labling it.

I have to say I am very proud and pleased of what I have done so far, and am intending to carry it on until i finish. I would than be glad to maybe send it over to the Lexicon to share it with others. But for now, it is almost dinner time and I hope everyone gets a good day. * Sokbom *

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Brella W - Aug 10, 2005 2:29 am (#1733 of 2004)

Welcome Sokborn! It is very nice to meet you. So you designed a Harry Potter board game, I think that is so cool! I wish I was talented or creative enough for that. But alas my talents lie in analysis. So glad you finally joined and hope to see you around.

Hey KayKay,Welcome! My nephew is just as bad as you daughter he actually got points in school for reading the book by answering questions on a test that he was able to answer based solely on the movie. I was very peeved at him for that. He wants me to just tell him about the books, but I refuse to I told him he needs to read them himself! But he does kick my patootie in the quiditch world cup game! Hope to see ya around!

Brella

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Finn BV - Aug 10, 2005 5:03 am (#1734 of 2004)
Edited Aug 10, 2005 6:04 am

Brella, to make sure that we don't clutter up this thread with all greetings, as Mare- says, we have created the -- Chat and Greeting Thread for Members. Perhaps Kip or someone else should note this in the initial post of the thread, after all, "Greeting" is the other significant word in that thread's name!

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Zinovia - Aug 10, 2005 5:45 am (#1735 of 2004)

Hello. The name's Zinovia, but everyone calls me Jenny. I'm 22 and a Harry Potter fan (obviously). I'm too busy to post very often, but I'll be around just the same. Nice to meet you all.

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John Reutebuch - Aug 10, 2005 5:45 am (#1736 of 2004)

Gutentag! I'm John Reutebuch. I was born on May 13,1994 and I'm very interested in the Potter universe, so if you have a theory,I look forward to hearing it!By the way, I said "Gutentag" because I have a German heritage.Auf weidersehen!

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SPEW Supporter - Aug 10, 2005 9:37 am (#1737 of 2004) Reply
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I finally did it - I joined this awesome forum!

My name is Mayree P, I'm 40 years old, married, mother of 5 and reside in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Since 2000, my daughter (then 11) begged and pleaded for me to read Harry Potter. I found her copy of the first H.P. book on top of a couple of other books I was planning to read on a long air flight May of 2003. My daugher had become Sam in "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss and wasn't going to let it die until I at least tried. . . .

By the end of May I had read and finished through book 4 and anxiously counted down until the June midnight-release of Ootp. Not only did Harry Potter save our mother-daughter relationship it has become an enjoyable release of stress for me.

It has taken about a year of visiting this Lexicon site to finally join and boy am I happy to be here.

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Maia Aine - Aug 11, 2005 5:52 am (#1738 of 2004)

Greetings! I am a book-loving mother of 4 and have so enjoyed reading through this forum that I decided to join. I am impressed by the thoughtful analysis and attention to detail in the postings.

My son and I love to discuss the Harry Potter books, which we have read many times over. It will be a long wait for Book 7, but oh so much fun to discuss the possibilities and reminisce on the tale thus far.

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Kerfuffle - Aug 15, 2005 10:48 am (#1739 of 2004)

Hello, long time lurker, but relatively new poster. I have 2 teenagers that also love Harry Potter and a husband who doesn't quite understand what the fuss is all about. (silly muggle)

We have been reading Harry Potter since Prisoner of Azkaban came out and my son is now 15 and I find the behavior of the teens in the newer books to be spot on.

I love to read and enjoy JKR's style very much. I have always liked the King Arthur legends and other mythology. I find she does a magnificent job of using lots of references in her writing.

I hope I don't embarrass myself in any of my posts.

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Aimee Cabuntala - Aug 15, 2005 12:05 pm (#1740 of 2004)

Hi, I'm new! I'm 13 years old. I live in San Jose, CA, USA. I'm Filipino. I love Harry Potter and I love Daniel Radcliffe. I like anime too. My favorite anime are: Inuyasha, Fruit Basket, Tenchi, Ranma, Wolf's Rain, and Cowboy Bebop. I listen to punk rock music and some metal. My most favorite bands are: My Chemical Romance, Green Day, The Dresden Dolls, Coldplay, The Killers, Metallica, AC/DC, Slipknot, Disturbed, The Used, System of a Down, Fall Out Boy, and Hanson. My current favorite song is Sugar, We're Going Down by Fall Out Boy.

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Saracene - Aug 17, 2005 12:32 am (#1741 of 2004)

Hello! I just stumbled on this forum today and it looks like a great place to hang around. I'm a 25-year-old Russian-born Australian who currently resides in Melbourne. I got into Harry Potter barely a month ago; bulldozed through all six books in a week and came out an obsessive, Smile

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Kelly Womack - Aug 17, 2005 6:22 am (#1742 of 2004)

Hi! I'm a (27) stay at home mom of three boys ages 6,4 and 1. I got into Harry Potter when there were four books out and read them about 500 times. My oldest son is a huge fan as well; he also won the wizard-costume contest at the HBP party in our area dressed as Harry.

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nschend - Aug 17, 2005 8:20 am (#1743 of 2004) Reply
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Hi!

I am a stay-at-home mom with a three-year-old daughter. I am thirty-three. I got into Harry Potter after reading Lord of the Rings. I had seen the three HP films before I started reading the books. I have read all six books in the last two weeks. I am intrigued by the series. It appeals to the dormant English teacher inside of me.

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Rikki J - Aug 18, 2005 11:18 am (#1744 of 2004)

Hello Everyone! My name is Erica, and I'm from Tampa, Florida. Last year I picked up the first two books of the Harry Potter series for a trip I was taking....I then proceeded to devour all of the first five within one month. Instant addiction! When I finished with OoP, I was appalled that I had to wait for book six, so spoiled was I that I could previously go from one book's ending to the next's beginning. I have been reading the Lexicon posts for a few months now and must thank you all for your many brilliant and thought provoking contributions.

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imprint of a departed soul - Aug 20, 2005 3:32 am (#1745 of 2004)

Hi,

I'm from Melbourne, Australia. I first joined the lexicon forum in 2004 under the name Quidam, but I didn't log on for ages and my account was disabled (my posts are still here). Now I'm imprint of a departed soul, from HBP obviously. I'll try not to get deleted this time.

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kage - Aug 23, 2005 11:11 am (#1746 of 2004)

Hi! I'm Karla, 37, from Zülpich, Germany. I stumbled into the HP universe when I had a bad flu and picked up the HP books someone had given to me about a year ago...the only thing I remember saying to my husband during that week is "And don't forget to bring me the fourth book." wich had just been released. The next week Jan (husband) was infecteted with both the flu and HP. I found this forum when OOtP was released and enjoyed your posts for quite a while now and just decided to join in. Maybe I'll even dare to say something...

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Helen Lehman - Aug 24, 2005 3:48 pm (#1747 of 2004)

Hi, Im Helen. I'm a widowed grandmother. My five-year-old grandson loves his DVD's of the Harry Potter movies. I love the books, and feel that the movies don't do them justice. I'm a horseback rider, and own a running Quarterhorse. I also have a lovely, loving female Pit Bull, and a great Belgian Griffon. I care a lot about animal rights and the environment. I love living in Southern California. Helen. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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irish flutterby - Aug 27, 2005 6:00 pm (#1748 of 2004)

Alright, I've been around here for a while and have yet to post on this thread because I have yet to read all of this thread. But as I don't think I'll ever be able to read ALL of this thread....Here's a bit about me.

My name is Brandi. I'm a 25 year old mother of two from south Georgia (USA). My family is just about the only thing that takes up more time than the forum at the moment. I am a United Methodist pastor's wife, but don't worry, no talk about the forbidden shall escape my fingers.

I have Irish and Scottish ancestry, and love all things Celtic. I also love music, writing, photography, and butterflies.

My user name is nickname that a friend gave me in highschool and I've carried it this far.

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Celeste Tseng - Aug 30, 2005 12:57 am (#1749 of 2004)

Hi there! I'm a 19-year-old college student, living in Taipei Taiwan. (Please don't hurt my feelings by telling me that you don't know where Taiwan is!!) Well, my major is Foreign Languages & Literatures, so that's why I undersatand a lttle bit English and hopefully, am able to communicate with you. As everyone here is, I'm a big Harry Potter fan. I was entranced by Harry Potter when I was still a high school student. Even now I've studied numerous western masterpieces, from Homer's epics, Dante's Divine Comedy to Shakespeare's Poetry and Faulkner's fiction, I still find Harry Potter's magic charm irresistable. I actually woke up at 5 in the morning, rushed to a bookstore and lined up for Harry Potter book six on July 16th. By the way, if someone is interested in learning Chinese, maybe I can give a hand. (P.S. my mom is a Chinese teacher and also a writer.) I'm really excited to meet so many HP fans from different countries. Hope to be friends with you soon!

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rallysogs - Sep 1, 2005 12:51 pm (#1750 of 2004)

Hello all, Im Sally, Im 26 and live in London. By day I am a youthworker. I discovered Harry just as the Goblet of Fire was published and have not looked back since. I was referred to this forum by a bunch of really great people I met at Accio 05, (you know who you are!)

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Albus4Minister - Sep 3, 2005 1:41 pm (#1751 of 2004)

Hi, I'm Jayson 14years old, from NJ. I discovered Harry when I was in 4th grade (sick with swollen tonsils). Ever since I've been addicted. As you can see from my user name Dumbledore is my Favorite. The books give new life to me they really make me think, and effect my emotions and personality greatly.

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christina - Sep 3, 2005 2:37 pm (#1752 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Sep 3, 2005 4:16 pm

Hi, Harry Potter lovers! I am so excitied to have found this site! I am 24, a stay at home mom (two girls), and love to decorate cakes. I live in Newton County, Georgia.

welcome jayson. Glad to have you here!

I added the above single line from a separate post welcoming jayson snd then deleted second message. You can edit your message within thirty minutes of posting it. - Kip

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DM Havox - Sep 3, 2005 2:59 pm (#1753 of 2004)

Greeting all. I am 26 and Live in the Washington DC area. I "discovered" Harry Potter when Goblet of Fire came out and have been a faithful follower ever since. I think we are real lucky to get to be part of the time between the books coming out, to get to run free with our imaginations, or get to some real Shirlock Holms detective work. Personally I can see the next generation studying these books. I am rally glad to be able to bounce ideas of other HP fans.

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Alvaladejo - Sep 3, 2005 6:35 pm (#1754 of 2004)

Hello all!

I am 36 and live in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Been reading Harry Potter for the last 3 years, but only recently did I start looking for info online. Very excited to have found this website and am looking forward to share ideas and feedback on what I believe to be one of the best book series written.

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Valmoer - Sep 5, 2005 9:22 am (#1755 of 2004)
Edited Sep 5, 2005 10:23 am

Hello, fellows Potterfans !

I'm 17-years-old student, and live in Nantes, France (and I'm sorry for all people from Feroe Islands Very Happy ).
I've been plagued by the Pottermania since a month before the french translation release of the GoF, when my mum offered me PS.
Started at 21:00, finished at 01:00... ^^

Think the movies are OK, but the books are far better.

Found the Lexicon about a few months ago and the forum last week. Happy to be there Smile

Also keen on rolism (D&D, L5R...) and programming (C++..)

Nice to meet y'all !

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Lavandula - Sep 5, 2005 1:10 pm (#1756 of 2004)

Hello everyone! I'm a 41 year old elementary school teacher from Northeastern Ohio with two children ages 12 and 7 who are also great Harry Potter fans. My daughter was going to be fighting me for the HBP when it came out, so we purchased two copies. My husband thinks we are obsessed, particularly me. I guess spending all my free time on the Lexicon forum and talking about alchemy would account for that! My other spare time is spent in my gardens, canning, scrapbooking, playing handbells in our church bellchoir, and keeping up with two busy children. I'm thrilled to be here!

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Oliver Wood - Sep 6, 2005 12:59 pm (#1757 of 2004)

Hi Potter Maniacs. I'm 18 living in the States. I discovered HP in 6th grade, and fell for it hook line and sinker. I;ve been on the forum awhile now but jsut thought I'd come back and introduce myself. Chat on!

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Patrick Mullan - Sep 8, 2005 3:07 am (#1758 of 2004)

Greetings Everyone,

I am a 42 year old father of two children. I live in New York. My brother Michael was a firefighter who gave up his life in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

During those dark days it was very easy to escape into the magical world of Harry Potter. And, I suppose, like everyone else in this forum I have become totally obsessed with it.

Very nice to meet you all.

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JILL HUBER - Sep 8, 2005 1:52 pm (#1759 of 2004)

As my screen name indicates, my name is Jill. I started reading the books through some kids I babysat in my 2nd year in college. Since then, I have been a huge fan. I am now 24 and I live in Dallas, TX. I am originally from Arkansas and an alumni of the University of Arkansas...GO HOGS GO! Goblet of Fire is my absolute favorite and I really enjoy what everyone has to say on the threads. Especially Troels, he looks like a friend of mine from school and he always has something intuitive/insightful to say on all things Harry Potter.

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J M L - Sep 9, 2005 9:19 am (#1760 of 2004)

Hi everyone!

My name is Jen, and I just turned 30 on September 8th. I live in the Boston area, and have been a Harry Potter fan since 2001. I am proud to say I have a couple of pieces of artwork published on the Lexicon (Harry's "Quibbler" cover, and a picture of Weasleys' Wildfire Whizbangs). I have read all six novels, both "school" books, and am eagerly awaiting the release of Goblet of Fire this November.

Take care everyone, and long live the Lexicon!

-Jen L

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JEllison - Sep 12, 2005 9:52 am (#1761 of 2004)

Howdy everyone,

My name is John. I'm 49 and live in Arizona, USA. Picked up "Sorcerer's stone" when "Prisoner of Azkaban" came out to see what all the excitement was about... now I'm hooked! ;-) I can see it's going to take me a while to read up on the threads that interest me...

See yer roun'

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Bocefus - Sep 12, 2005 8:43 pm (#1762 of 2004)

Hi everyone,

I'm a 40+ kid that has been serving in the US Navy for the past 25 years. I browse through so much technical literature during the week that I really enjoy sitting back and allowing my imagination go wild while reading of Harry's adventures. I'm currently living in Jacksonville, FL waiting anxiously to retire so I can start living a normal civilian life. While I truly cannot remember what that was like, it will be nice to see family and friends on a regular basis once again. I've been on this forum only a couple weeks now and enjoy reading what everyone has to say. Now please excuse me while I apparate to bed....**pop**

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Netherlandic - Sep 16, 2005 2:42 pm (#1763 of 2004)

Hello. I never did formally introduce myself. Shame on me because I have been posting for half a year already. When you click on my name, a little information on me is available. Otherwise, I am a Jane Austen fan, like inspector Morse and any other nice English detective. I love travelling, watching movies (no horror though) and walking around castles and palaces. I hugely enjoy discussing Pottertopics with you all, though I am a little apprehensive of writing in English which I still find difficult; especially to put all my wild an/or elaborate theories in words.

See you on the forum (preferably the Snape tread).

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Honour - Sep 17, 2005 6:39 am (#1764 of 2004)

Hi there everyone, My name is Anaherapono, It means True Angel in Maori, the language of my people. I hail from New Zealand. My daughter and I are great fans. My daughters' name is Honour and it is her name that we post under. We have enjoyed immensely, reading the posts and threads on Lexicon. Thank you all for expanding our horizons, and our knowledge base of HP, and for proving to my husband that there are too adults out there who are just as obsessive, I mean, who are "loyal, avid and yes devoted Harry Potter fans just like me er... I mean us...

Arohanui, Anahera & Honour

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Phlegm452 - Sep 21, 2005 8:47 am (#1765 of 2004)

Hello, I'm Phlegm452 after my cockatiel (Phlegm). I live in Texas, and started reading Harry Potter after someone gave me the first book. I'm 22, female and love animals. I once had a barn owl for 3 months. It was found with a broken wing, but I released him once he could fly.

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rrybnik - Sep 21, 2005 9:13 pm (#1766 of 2004)

Greetings and salutations to all. I am Mark in the muggle world and Ruben Rybnik (character from Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series) in the wizarding world. I just turned 27 on September 19. Yes, I am exactly 1 year older than the lovely Hermione Granger. The more I read the Harry Potter series the more in awe I am at JKR and her ability to mature the style of writing along with the characters. When I first read SS/PS, I viewed it as a children's book. I still liked it, don't get me wrong, it just seemed rather elementary in text style and structure. However, by book four, I was able to look back and see a gradual progression from that elementary construction to a more mature reading level and I marveled at the subtlety. Having read all the books around 35 to 40 times each (I'm NOT kidding), all I can say is, "Man, she is a story teller!" So without further ado, I shall plunge myself into some discussion and continue to hold my breath until November 16.

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Pixie - Sep 22, 2005 11:49 am (#1767 of 2004)

Hello everyone! My name is Zoé and I live in Strasbourg, France. I'm 27. I discovered the Harry Potter series in 2002 after passing this ridiculously difficult competitive examination to become an intern (still 2 years to go before I'm a fully-fledged doctor). No need to say it was a nice change after all the hard work and it took my mind off things. I've been hooked since then...

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Prof.Elisabeth Skaga - Sep 28, 2005 11:50 pm (#1768 of 2004)

Hi, everyone. My name is Marianne Kalleberg, am 26 and live in Norway. I'm married and have a little girl who's nine months. I have an extended bachelor degree, with history, arkeology(I can't remember the spelling in english, I hope you still understand) and English. I started to read Harry Potter in 2000 while I was doing my English courses, just to have something to read that wasn't school but still was in English. I got hooked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the complexity of JKR's work and I am really looking forward to reasing the whole story. Mara.

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Donna Lafferty - Oct 3, 2005 5:41 pm (#1769 of 2004)

Hi. My name is Donna, I live in Indiana (USA), and am 44 years old. I'm married, have 3 cats, and own a small business.

My introduction to Harry Potter came in the form of an ex-employee. She came into work one day ranting about how "evil" the books were. I decided to call her bluff, started reading them, and have been addicted ever since.

My favorite Harry Potter characters are Neville, Dumbledore, Lupin, and (strangely enough) Snape. I'm working on a thorough analysis of the horcrux concept, which I'll post here and at my own board once I finish.

The thing I like best about the books is the level of thought JKR puts into them. She's a tease - doling out little hints here and there, with an admirable attention to detail.

A surprising benefit of being a Harry Potter fan is that some of the best friends I've ever had have come from participating in the Harry Potter online community. Smile

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hawick girl - Oct 6, 2005 8:01 pm (#1770 of 2004)
Edited Oct 6, 2005 9:02 pm

Hello My name is Bekah. I’m 26 and live in a small town in central Minnesota, US (Hawick). I started reading the books about three years ago. I love to read.

What I especially like about the 'Pottersverse' is that it isn’t only about Harry; it is about everyone surrounding him. There is someone that everyone identifies with/likes/understands the best.

see ya

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i luv ron 33 - Oct 8, 2005 1:01 pm (#1771 of 2004)

I'm Gabby Rubin from nyc. I am 13 years old and I go to Horace Mann along with Finn and Stephanie on this forum. I started reading Harry Potter about 5 years ago and my favorite books are the 4th and 6th. I love RON he is my favorite character.

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Rea - Oct 11, 2005 6:48 am (#1772 of 2004)

Hi, my name is Silvia, I was born in Rome and live in Milan.I choose Rea as a nick because it is strictly related to my name. I started reading HP in my third year at university because I wanted to improve my english, in order to make my life easier: in fact the 80% of my books were written in english! I immediately felt in love with both the plot and the characters. Before univesity I attended the "liceo classico" so I studied ancient greek and latin for five years, spending several Hermione-ish evenings translating Virgilio, Lucrezio, Aesop, etc. So... I always loved literature in spite of my quantitative studies at university!

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Amelia HR - Oct 13, 2005 7:36 am (#1773 of 2004)

Hi! I'm so glad to have finally joined, because the forum comes so highly reccomended by all of my friends (Steph, Finn and Gabby)..... I am a Harry Potter fanatic, with a lot of really crazy predictions..... Hehe....

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Cass Lass - Oct 15, 2005 11:40 am (#1774 of 2004)

HI my name is Karyn and I live in Harare, yes, as in Zimbabwe, Africa. (are there any other Zimbos in the Forum I wonder?) I am 30 and single although I have 3 kids = read dogs. Yep dog crazy.

I first started reading the Harry Potter series some 4 years ago and was immediately hooked. I'm sure I was one of the first people in Zim to read HBP as a dear friend mailed me a copy hot off the press!!

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positively floating - Oct 17, 2005 10:52 am (#1775 of 2004)

Hi people!!

I love this site but how come it says Sirius is really dead in his profile page, come on. Don't count your owls before they are delivered, eh?

I live in Brazil, am 34 and single, female, all my friends and family think I'm a nutter because I love Harry Potter and spend a lot of time online doing HP-ish things.

Well RL is very hot and boring sometimes, what can I say. It can't be holidays all the time, can it.

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ginnyrules - Oct 19, 2005 5:07 pm (#1776 of 2004)

55 year old writer and grandma/stepgrandma/courtesy grandma to ten! (I figure if they get presents at Christmas, they're mine...smile) My memory is such (ah, the blessings of middle age...) that I am not sure how or what got me started with Harry Potter, but it only took about a paragraph of book one and I was hooked! I am a sucker for a really good story, and as you all know, JKR does a bang-up job of that! I wish I could write as well. My husband (another HP fan - we are waiting breathlessly for the GOF movie) and I live on a farm in southeast Nebraska and am usually called Carol. Glad to be here!

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bubs - Oct 23, 2005 5:52 am (#1777 of 2004)

Hi my name is Bubs, 35/M from Sydney Australia. I have spent ages looking for theories and clues into the HP books, and have made what I consider to be the ultimate discovery into the background of the HP books. Came across it totally by accident too, but it does appear to check out. (ps I wont ruin the discussions for any forums however.)

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Tazzygirl - Nov 1, 2005 11:33 pm (#1778 of 2004)

Hi! I'm Tazzygirl- I am 21, and I live on the small little island of Oahu, Hawaii. I am currently attending the University of Hawaii, and hopefully in two years I'll have a degree in Special Education. I've been poking around here for some time, and now that HBP came out and the GoF movie is coming out, I decided to join the forum and get into the discussions! Just can't get enough of Potter... Very Happy

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Les Dowich - Nov 7, 2005 2:48 am (#1779 of 2004)

I am 48, live in Australia, and was introduced to the Potterverse by the youngest of our three children. I found fanfiction by accident and the Lexicon was one of the best things I discovered when I began to write my own stuff. My favourite Harry Potter is well, all of them really except HBP which I have yet to digest properly.

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LunaLovegood - Nov 7, 2005 10:32 pm (#1780 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Nov 7, 2005 11:37 pm

Hi all! Another Potter Head here Very Happy I love anything HP and Im hoping I can find lots of hidden secrets from the books here! BTW can someone please tell me how to start a thread?

Added Edit: LunaLovegood, Welcome to the Harry Potter Forums. I noticed that you were able to start a new thread, so therefore I hope all who read this post will disregard your request. I may later remove your request from this post.

This thread is used to relate information about yourself. I would appreciate your adding another post which provides more about you personally so that our members will better relate to you and your thoughts. - Kip

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Pinky Prime - Nov 10, 2005 4:19 pm (#1781 of 2004)

Hello my name Pinky Prime my father's alais. I am 45 years old and am a afro-american male. I love SF and think that the HP series is the new Star Trek of it's age.

I hope to enlighten myself and others while having fun in this forum.

Happy Posting!

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Hermionewithdarkhair - Nov 13, 2005 10:59 am (#1782 of 2004)

Hey! I'm 13 years old and in eighth grade. All but two of my friends think I'm crazy for being obsessed with Harry Potter, but that's just who I am. People also tell me that I'm anti-social for reading all the time, and that I'm too smart for my own good, although honestly I think Jo Rowling is the smartest of anyone I know.

When I joined I was worried that I'd be the only person still in school (excluding college) here, but I guess not...

Oh yeah, and my favorite character is Hermione.

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Dumbledora Goodewitch - Nov 26, 2005 4:43 am (#1783 of 2004)

Hi Everyone,

I'm a nearly 40 year old Harry Potter fan living in Norfolk in the UK. Whenever HP is mentioned in my house eye brows are raised by the rest of the family! I only wish these books were around when I was a lot younger, I can't tell you how much enjoyment I have gotten out of them, everytime I have read them, which is a lot. I can't wait for the last one which I'm sure I read somewhere is in 2007!!!! Whilst I think the films are good, they are not a patch on the books. Well I'm off to browse the rest of this forum as I'm new to this

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Bryan Weeks - Nov 26, 2005 10:22 pm (#1784 of 2004)

Hey guys whats up, the names Bryan... Im a huge fan of Harry Potter.... My favorite book is Half-Blood Prince... I have a lot of interesting theories to discuss....

if you want to add me heres my messengers

AIM- slipknotsic200 Yahoo- bryanweeks2004

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bia - Dec 6, 2005 6:01 am (#1785 of 2004)

Hello, I'm so excited about this site and all of the amazing information and ideas exchanged. I've been reading for a while and it never ceases to amaze me how thoughtfully JK Rowling's attention to detail is and how much research you all do to find out the meanings behind them.

Oh, and I'm 33 and live in Pennsylvania and my family is glad that I have someone else to discuss Harry Potter with.

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joelle lindley - Dec 8, 2005 12:37 am (#1786 of 2004)

Hello, everyone!...You see, I'm new in this forum and i wish to know loads of opinions from other members out there about Harry Potter...I, for one am a huge fan of Harry and I can't resist being in some of its sites' forums...Thank you, hope to have a good time here!...ÜÜÜ

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Sir Eglamour - Dec 17, 2005 3:22 pm (#1787 of 2004)

Hello To say I love Harry Potter is an understatement. I love the way Rowling has taken old mythology and made it fresh and new. I am fascinated by the symbols and characters in Harry Potter. My name is Lynda , though I wish it were Monkey, and I am a mischievous person with serious ideas. I love to read, paint, write and wish I were more talented than I am!

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cindysuewho45 - Dec 20, 2005 8:55 am (#1788 of 2004)

Hi all, My name is Cindy / Cindysuewho45, I'm 45 and with my husband now for 25 years, I have 2 kids 1 grandkid and a dog - - life is great! My favourite HP book is book 6, but I have enjoyed them all and read them all 3 times each. I have lots of theories about all things HP. And I feel that JKR is a great writer. I also enjoy all the movies.

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Steve of Ravenclaw - Dec 28, 2005 10:55 am (#1789 of 2004)

Greetings! I'm Steve (as though you need another one to get even more confused over!) and have been a fan of the books ever since being the very first person in the city of Saskatoon (in Canada - though I live elsewhere in the country now) to get the library's copy of PS (so an early adopter to the fullest). As of now, I've read the books at least four or five times each (except HBP, where I've only managed three thus far).

As the name suggests, I am a fan of Ravenclaw (where I would likely be Sorted, though I have been told I have plenty of Hufflepuff and Gryffindor characteristics as well). Those in the family that have determined this would also have been sorted into Ravenclaw, so I suppose it runs in the family. Smile

I view the movies as being in a category all their own, but that's an opinion for another thread...

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Twigglet - Dec 28, 2005 5:09 pm (#1790 of 2004)

Hello! I'm Twigglet, a half-wild tabby living in the north of Scotland with my HP mad owner! She's 31 and been into the books for the past few years ever since a memorable journey to London and back listerning to the tapes of the Prisoner of Azkaban. Has recently acquired her own PC so is getting to grips with the new world of the HP website.

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BellaImmortal - Jan 4, 2006 10:47 am (#1791 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Jan 4, 2006 12:14 pm

Salve (Latin for "Hello") I'm Katherine "Kat". Let's see, I'm 18 and I live in Virginia in the United States. As you may have guessed from my username, BellaImmortal, I am a Bellatrix fan and have an unfortunate fascination for the darker side of HP. But hey, it's all good now isn't it.

I love to read and write (original fiction and fanfiction both) so the Lexicon certainly comes in handy. Very Happy

In the original fiction catagory I'm making my own language to go with several stories I'm writing, it's called Koryae. if anyone is interested, you are most welcome to contact me via email or by using AOL Instant Messenger (AIM): Lady of Annatar.

Oh, yeah, one more thing, I'm legally blind and use a magnification screen-reader program called ZoomText which makes everything on the computer monitor really large so I can see it. The program also has a speech synthesizer which "talks" to me and will read some things to me.

I think that's all for now, vale (latin for "bye")

p.s. The Latin (which i've had 2 years of) is extremely useful for a greater appriciation of, and inventing new, Latin spells.

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Fey Angel - Jan 8, 2006 8:45 am (#1792 of 2004)

Hello. I am brand new to this site. My name is Tara, I am 29 years old. I live in Iowa, where I have lived most of my life except for the 3 years I spent in Texas. I say that makes me a southerner for life Smile I live with my husband, who is not much of a Harry Potter fan, and my 2 babies (Yorkshire terriers)--Sunshine, 6 years old, and Shadow, 5 years old. I first heard about Harry Potter when I saw the first movie in the theater on a whim. Saw the second and third on dvd, found them interesting. My husband bought me the 5 book paperback set, as well as the hardback HBP. I began reading the books in November, and just finished HBP last night, only to begin again with the first this morning. I love to read, write, listen to music, and spend time with my babies. My husband thinks I'm crazy because I'm obsessed with Harry Potter. Oh, and I want to be a writer when I grow up, if that ever happens Smile

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Jewel - Jan 8, 2006 10:20 pm (#1793 of 2004)

Hello all! My name is Julia, I live in the big city of Gaffney, SC, USA. I am newly 24 years old and am the mother of three wonderful children, Kaitlynn is 7 years old, Matthew is 5, and Raynah is 1 1/2. I have been with the love of my life, Richard, for a little over 3 years. I am the assistant manager at a convienence store and in about 2 months will begin to realize my dream of going back to school for the first time in 7 years! I am majoring in Criminal Justice.

As far as my Harry Potter obsession goes, I (shamefully!) started out with the movies.(gasp!!)I love to read but with 3 children I hardly have any time for myself. I had gotten Sorcorer's Stone not long after it came out in the US, but hadn't gotten around to reading it. Well I loved the movies, and one day about three weeks ago, I found myself with no children(thanks to Mom & Dad), my boyfriend was at work, so I figured I would give it a shot. I have always been into fantasy type fiction(i.e. unicorns, dragons, wizards, ect.) so I thought it would be a good page turner(took a while, huh!) As soon as I had finished the first (in about 4 hours), I was hooked! I went the next day and bought the rest of the series out so far,and read them all within the next two and a half weeks. I am starting on the first again now. My family knows about my "obsession", and has threatened to put me into an assylum! But, who cares! I stumbled upon this site about a week ago, and feel much better now knowing that I am not alone in my love for all things "Harry Potter"!

P.S. I have only read a few of the intros on this thread (sorry, when I posted this there were some 1700+) but, it's cool to know that someone not too far from home (Kip) came up with this site for everyone. We get a bad rap in the south, but we're not all illiterate red necks!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jan 8, 2006 10:34 pm (#1794 of 2004)

Sorry Kip, can't resist...some of us are even well read and educified rednecks! Welcome, see you on the chat thread!

...toddles off in that direction... can't believe I stooped so low in the name of a welcome...

Edited before Kip gets the chance... must be the southern redneck showing, but here we are all the same as long as we share a love for Harry and lit. in general...

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Shamrock - Jan 11, 2006 4:22 am (#1795 of 2004)

Hi all

First posts are always the most difficult. My name is Johanna Im from Dublin Ireland and 24 years old. Have a 2 year old son and finally after 5 years will be marrying the other half at the end of this year.

I have not been a Harry Potter fan for very long. I bought HBP the day after its release because the store had not sold out and purely to see what all the fuss was about. And boy where my eyes opened. It was a fantastic read and shortly before I finished the book(which took about a week - could only read traveling to and from work and during lunch breaks) I ordered all previous books. So far I reread the series 3 times. Not a great fan of the movies I have to say though (I really don't like when the cut scenes and make changes)

Well Im going to leave it at that and visit other threads. Will probably catch you soon

Jo

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David Turell - Jan 14, 2006 8:38 am (#1796 of 2004)

Hello to everyone: I'm much older than Kip, at age 76. I am David Turell, a retired internist and have had great fun seeing the first four movies about Harry and friends. The last movie (Goblet) left out so much it was hard to follow as it jumped from place to place, so my wife and I had to get the books. They are beautifully written by Jo Rowling and as the author of two published non-fiction books I am jealous of her ability. I'm through most of the first five books and developing questions for which I cannot find answers. I will be checking the forums and asking questions. We live outside Tomball, Texas (near Houston) on a paint horse ranch. We breed, raise and show paints and of course, sell them.

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shepherdess - Jan 14, 2006 12:26 pm (#1797 of 2004)

David,

Normally we reserve this thread for people to introduce themselves, and don't post responses to those introductions, so I'm kind of breaking the rules with this post. (Yes, even the hosts should live by the rules. lol)

But I just wanted to make sure you understand that, while you will find many answers here (and much speculation), you will also find spoilers for book six. Now, if that doesn't bother you, go ahead and read everything you want. Just be aware that you'll end up knowing what happens in book six before you read it.

Anyway, whatever you decide, I hope you enjoy the forum, and find answers to satisfy you. And any further chat on this topic should be taken to the chat thread. (We've stretched the rules far enough here.)

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Erin Dickson - Jan 19, 2006 11:57 am (#1798 of 2004)

Hiya, my name is Erin, I'm 17 and I'm from Scotland. I've been obsessed with the books since just before the fourth book came out, when my brother got them for my birthday, and I've been pre-ordering each one since! Unfortunately, no-one I know has quite the obsession I do, so I was very happy to stumble upon this site where other people are quite happy to chat for hours about the books!

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La Signora - Jan 24, 2006 12:12 am (#1799 of 2004)

Hello! Female (obviously), 27, Australian. Was keeping HBP for my next long haul train, plane, automobile journey but finally gave in and now have my head buzzing with theories for the next one.

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Suzy Lovegood - Jan 24, 2006 3:17 am (#1800 of 2004)

Hi, I'm Suzanne, 19 years old and I live in Utrecht (Holland), where I study Environmental Sciences and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

I was first introduced to Harry Potter when a friend dragged me to the movie theatre to see the first movie. Before then I was completely anti HP (hey, you're 14/15 years old and anti everything Smile) but I really liked the movie. So when I got home I took all the books (my brothers were fans already) and shut myself inside my room.

Since then I've been a fan and have read the books over and over, both in dutch as in english and I'm recently buying all the english ones since I like them in english way better.

Well I guess this is enough about me, I hope my english is okay, since it's not my native language, I hope none of you is bothered by it Smile For now, I'm going to let my mind spin over all these interesting theories of yours!

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dhpottrerfan - Jan 26, 2006 4:15 pm (#1801 of 2004)

Hello All, wow a great place for Potter fans, I have read a bunch of the posts and my head is full of Ideas. My name is Danny, I am 47 years old married and have a boy 3 years old and currently live in North Jersey. Cannot wait until my son is old enough to read these marvelous books. I thought I was old for a Potter fan but from what I have seen I am not. Well, I am looking forward to the discussions here and will be putting my two cents in once in a while. I am developing a theory about Crookshanks, I believe he will be pivitol in the last book. I also think that Longbottom is important. Well I can get quite chatty so I will go now.

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MichaelmasGal - Jan 28, 2006 10:45 pm (#1802 of 2004)

Hi, I'm 24, I live near Washington DC. Aside from HP I like The West Wing, Buffy, books by Pat Conroy and the Ender's Game series. I also run an educational consulting firm if anyone wants to send their child to a boarding school. Sadly Hogwarts won't accept non-vetted children Wink

Cheers, Tamara

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Die Zimtzicke - Feb 7, 2006 1:35 pm (#1803 of 2004)

I have been meaning to join for a long time, but I just never got around to it.

I am in the Midwestern United States and have four kids who love Harry Potter, so I've been drawn into it secondhand!

The name I'm using here is German for a crabby old woman. I am old, but I will try not to be too crabby here.

My favorite characters are Harry, Luna, Neville and Remus. My favorite book is Order of the Phoenix and my least favorite book was Half Blood Prince.

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nefarious2all - Feb 10, 2006 11:42 am (#1804 of 2004)

Right then ... let's see ...
I was overjoyed to find that the Harry Potter Lexicon had it's own forum and took to signing up right away! I mentioned this forum to some of my on-line friends and they were as shocked as I was that this forum existed! So you might be getting a few more members ...
As for me, I'm 29 and live in Southwestern Ontario. A Graphic Designer by trade but have been sucked into the world of Harry Potter role-playing (I've been told I play a mean Rodolphus Lestrange, no pun intended). I started reading the Harry Potter books at the release of Goblet of Fire and have never looked back. My favorite characters are the Malfoys, and Neveill Longbottom (what a difference hey?!)

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kabloink! - Feb 11, 2006 8:35 pm (#1805 of 2004)

Hello all. Thought I'd post here again, now that I'm back after a hiatus of almost a year. I still live in Lansing, but grew up in Port Huron, and have lived in several places all over southern Michigan. I now have a history degree, however useless it may be at this point, I do have it. I am married, and expecting my first child in September. I have been reading Harry Potter since Goblet came out. I took SS to my college orientation with me and have been addicted ever since. I have been participating in this forum off and on since 2002, I believe. I drift in and out, and every now and then I get a fanfic whim, but they usually go unfinished as my imagination drifts elsewhere. Okay I think that's it. Good to be back!

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Anamaria-Ginny - Feb 16, 2006 4:30 am (#1806 of 2004)

Hello!I´m Anamaria my friends call me Amy.I live in Croatia,in small city Rijeka.I don't now good English.I´m 13 years old and going in same class wight Catarine.I haw a dog, his name is Floki.I love chating wight oder people and maiking new friends.That is all obout me. AMY

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Caius Iulius - Feb 16, 2006 10:57 am (#1807 of 2004)

Hello. Caius Iulius here. I have been a Potter fan for about four years now. I discovered this fan site via JKR's web site. "For the dangerously obsessive" sounded best of all the websites available.

English is not my first language, but I'll try.

My favorite book at the moment is Half Blood Prince.

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Holly T. - Feb 17, 2006 3:03 pm (#1808 of 2004)

Hello. I'm Holly. I'm 30-something, I live in Texas, I have two kids and a husband and we are all Harry Potter fans. My daughter started reading the books the summer after she finished first grade (she's in fifth grade now), then I started reading them to make sure they were appropriate for her to read. After fighting her for turns at reading OOtP the day it came out we bought two copies of HPB. My son is reading SS now, which is quite an accomplishment as he is slightly dyslexic and only learned how to read a year ago.

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nitromonkey - Feb 20, 2006 11:03 am (#1809 of 2004)

I am 12. I am in the sixth grade.I like the Harry Potter books.Ron is my favorite character in the books.In the movies probably Hagrid.Nitromonkey is my username because I started making comics.Then my friends started making comics,and Nitromonkey was the first comic I made.That was in the third grade.I still make comics,but not about Nitromonkey.I always write Nitromonkey comics inc. at the end of the comics.

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geauxtigers - Feb 23, 2006 1:31 pm (#1810 of 2004)

I'm Victoria, I'm 15 (but I'll be 16 April 9th!). I live in LA, USA and I'm in 10th grade. The first time i read Harry, was when my 4th grade teacher read PS/SS to the class when I was like 9 or 10. Shortly after I reread it on my own and have now read all the books so many times I've lost track! I like the movies, but I think that that the books are 100 times better. I found the Lexicon around Thanksgiving and I just found out that there was a forum and I joined! I'm way too obsessed with Harry Potter, and none of my friends read it except my sister (virginiaelizabeth). Hopefully yall will like my ideas, because I got loads of them!

- Victoria

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Mediwitch - Feb 25, 2006 8:49 pm (#1811 of 2004)

I realized that I'd been posting sporadically for quite a while and lurking even longer but that I'd never introduced myself! I am a female (obviously) in my mid-thirties from Northwest Connecticut. I'm married with two children; my family loves to tease me about my "obsession". By day, I'm a speech-language pathologist, and I'm a volunteer firefighter/EMT also. I love spending my free time hanging out here!

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Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 25, 2006 9:11 pm (#1812 of 2004)

I do not think I introduced myself either, I am from Texas. I first became interested in HP after the release of the film adaptation of PS.

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Nicholas Schouten - Feb 26, 2006 7:31 am (#1813 of 2004)

Well, why not make it a string of late introductions! I was introduced to HP by my then 9 year old nephew after the release of the PoA paperback, but just prior to GoF hardback release (so not so many perioeds of long, long waiting in my life, although this last period seems forever now! hehehe!). I found the Lexicon Forum within a few days after the release of HPB when I was desparate to see what others were saying and I didn't want to spoil it for anyone who had not read it all yet!

Found the alchemical thread shortly thereafter and have been slowly expanding my reading on the Forum ever since. Keeping up is a fun "chore". Many thanks to those who help make all this happen and to all those who contribute.


- Nick

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wingardio leviosa - Feb 28, 2006 7:55 am (#1814 of 2004)

Hi, I'm an italian physicist (that's why I love anti-gravity spells), I discovered (thanks to my son) that HP is not only nice relaxing reading but also intellectual gym of good quality. That's why we may find so much to discuss here... OK, I snooped around here for awhile, then I wake up one day & decided to sign up & join the fun sometimes.

I found the HPL site when reading HBP - a while after having pack-read the former 5 books one year before - and I realized that I had a lot of loose ends, e.g. I had forgotten what was Godric's Hollow - so I google that and... started tying up a lot and rereading all 6.

Favorites: Jinny W., Fred & George W., Flitwick; GoF.

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dreamer of dreams - Mar 10, 2006 8:08 am (#1815 of 2004)

I apologize for being late to the party. It wasn’t until this past fall that I read Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time. For me, it was intriguing. When I finished it, I ran out the very next day and bought Chamber of Secrets. The more I read the more I became entranced. Upon finishing the second book I immediately ran out to buy Prisoner of Azkaban. Well, to make a short story shorter, it wasn’t long before I finished reading the first six books one right after another. And now here I am, waiting as patiently as I can for book 7. As far as introducing myself, I’m just someone who really, really, REALLY likes these books.

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irish flutterby - Mar 12, 2006 6:39 am (#1816 of 2004)

Hi guys. I was on the forum about a year ago, and have been away for a while, but I'm back. My name is Brandi, I live in southeast Georgia. My husband is a pastor, so I actually started reading HP to see what all the controversy was about. I fell in love. I fell in love with the characters, the world, and the way JKR has a knack for taking me there and making it real. I have missed the forum, and I am overwhelmed and excited to read all the million posts I've missed.

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Dawn Thompson - Mar 13, 2006 8:08 pm (#1817 of 2004)

Hi all,

Im new here. I am an avid HP fan, and am looking forward to chatting with everyone. I live in California, near San Francisco, Im 41, and my other hobby is showing dogs. I have boxers. If you would like to see them, you can view my web page at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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HungarianHorntail13 - Mar 21, 2006 3:20 pm (#1818 of 2004)

HI I am Olivia, HH11's oldest daughter. I have been using my mom's screen name on the Lexicon for a while, but have finally gotten my own. Just saying HI to those who I've never met, and those who I've talked to on the chat thread. *waves all around*

P.S.- My little sister, Priscilla will be using my screen name sometimes.

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Nate Davis - Mar 25, 2006 10:43 pm (#1819 of 2004)

Hi, my name's Nate Davis. I actually already have a post on this thread (#88) from a few years ago. The reason I'm doing a new one is that I'm returning to the forum after a long absence! I was gone from December 2003 - December 2005 doing volunteer work in Central Europe (specifically, the Czech Republic and Slovakia) for my church, teaching English to the public for free, and just trying to learn about another culture.

I'm currently a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, but my family lives in Overland Park, Kansas (where I'll be spending the summer).

I'm glad to be back home, and am anxious to see what the what theories are being proposed as to what will happen in book 7!

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Denise P. - Mar 26, 2006 7:05 am (#1820 of 2004)

Nate, I remember you! Glad your mission was successful and welcome back!

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ctgretzky99 - Mar 30, 2006 7:31 am (#1821 of 2004)

Hello all! Second post here, as I cheated and posted my thoughts on book 7 previous to this introduction, as that was the thread I was lurking when I registered.

My name is Bill, I am 36, soon to be 37. I live in south eastern CT, USA. I have 2 girls, 9 and 5, and a baby boy just turn 5 monhs. I own and advertising and marketing company, and as well am a fictional writer.

I play ice hockey, snowborad and ski, snowmobiling, enjoy strumming the guitar, and dabble in horticulture. My social security
number is 064-34.....ooops wait, too much info.

I am looking forward to discussing the HP series. I first read the books only a couple of years ago, right after I saw PoA. I started with GoF, as it was the next book, and I had already seen the first two movies. Finished up with HBP, and then went back to read the first 3 books.

I have now read all of them 2 times, with HBP being my favorite, and have now read that one 3 times. I devour books. In the last year, besides HP, I have revisited some classics...Great Gatsby, Great expectations, Huck finn, Of mice and men...etc...

I am also a big fan of the works of JRR Tolkien, having read all of his works, including the Simarillion, unfinshed tales etc...way back since I was a kid, long before the movies were even a thought.

Other notes about me...I dont do the spell check thing on bulletin boards, nor check punctuation or proper grammar. I do enough of that at work and when writig for my own pleasure and profit. So if you see me mispell, or leave a comma out, just skip over it and go on. Life is too short to worry about such things on a BB.

Feel free to write me anytime or say hello....

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Tazzygirl - Mar 30, 2006 9:44 am (#1822 of 2004)

**Whispers to Esther Rose** Ummmmm... Wrong thread... Potty Games, remember?

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Esther Rose - Mar 30, 2006 9:46 am (#1823 of 2004)

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journeymom - Apr 10, 2006 12:12 pm (#1824 of 2004)

*jumps up and down* There's a reply button! I've been lurking as a guest for a couple of months. I'm a mom of a 11 y.o. daughter and 6 y.o. son. Dh likes the HP books and movies well enough but isn't obsessed like I am. We live in northern California, a wonderful place to live. Though I'll be glad when it quits raining.

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rassannassar - Apr 18, 2006 6:58 pm (#1825 of 2004)

Hi everybody,

My name is Loue. No, I'm not new here, but I am kind of out of the loop seeing as I haven't posted for a few months. So I might as well be new, because my last posts would be pretty hard to find.

Anyway, I'm supposed to say something about myself, right? Well, I love baseball. My favorite team is the Cleveland Indians, although that would probably make sense to everyone considering I live in a suburb of Cleveland. I'm almost 16 years old and I am a sophomore at North Royalton High School, home of the Bears.

I think that's more than sufficient, don't you?

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THE PHOENIX - May 4, 2006 4:53 am (#1826 of 2004)

Hi everyone. my name is Sheetal and this is my first post.i am sixteen and currently enjoying my holidays before i apply for a university . its presently very hot in pune (india). i think this forum is awesome as so many potter fans can get to know each other. i am completely obsessed with the hp books and my favourite one is the half blood prince. now if you will excuse me i have to go and throw some dungbombs. feel free to contact me. Smile

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iloveHarry - May 12, 2006 1:16 pm (#1827 of 2004)

Hi, Im Kayleigh, 19 years old, studying to become a Mental Health Nurse and will be starting University 8 Jan 07. I started reading Harry Potter about 3 months ago but have read nearly all the books twice now. I love them so much. I don't know why but I have really become attatched to the series and cannot believe there will only be one more book!

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Fawkes Egg - May 13, 2006 8:27 am (#1828 of 2004)

Hello, I'm a thirtysomething female HP fan originally from Northern Ireland, although I've wandered Europe and North America for the last 10 years or so! I'm currently living in Leeds, England, where I work as a freshwater biologist, or a duck expert to my friends! I might just stay there if I'm allowed to! ;o)

I discovered Harry Potter whilst living in Canada, and I haven't posted on here for about 2 years - so that makes me pretty new! I like travelling, hiking, camping, canoeing and eating out, and I like watching birds - hence the handle!

Looking forward to rejoining things around here.

Fawkes Egg.

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mooncalf - May 13, 2006 9:56 pm (#1829 of 2004)

Hello, I'm Janet. I'm not really new but have been away from the Forum for so long that I have had to re-register. I am a wife, mother and teacher. I became Hooked on Harry about five years ago while reading the books to my son. He's now almost 14, and though I still read to him, I'm sure he'd never admit it to his friends. :-)

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winlia - May 14, 2006 7:53 am (#1830 of 2004)
Edited May 14, 2006 8:53 am

Hi, I'm Judy. I live in one of the western suburbs of Chicago with my husband and two children, an eight-year old son, and a daughter, who is nearly six. I'm 47 years old, and I work full-time as a manager in the Quality Assurance department of a consumer goods manufacturer. In addition to obsessively rereading Harry Potter, we're animal lovers, and enjoy training our two dogs, a German Shepherd pup, and an older mixed-breed who my husband claims is part Border Collie and part American Eskimo. I'll go along with the Border Collie, but I'm not too sure about the Eskimo... she's a good girl, though, whatever her lineage.

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Miss Black - May 15, 2006 12:31 pm (#1831 of 2004)

Hi! I'm jumping for joy that I can finally post after some register trouble but anyway... I'm the biggest Harry Potter obsessive to walk this earth. I live in Northeastern US with my cat. I love the Black Family (don't ask). My favorite book right now is the OotP which I am re reading for the 10000th time. I like Country music and Giant Pandas and live, breath, eat, and sleep Harry Potter. I also write Fan fiction. Sooo... You'll be seeing me around here alot. BYE.

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SilverMoonLady - May 17, 2006 5:58 pm (#1832 of 2004)

Hello, all! Well, I'm new to the Forum, though I've been a fan of the books since the Sorcerer's Stone caught my attention, and thereafter have faithfully read every book far too often!Smile The desperate search to find as much coherent fact as I could find to satisfy a friend's fan fiction request led me here, and I'm quite glad to have wondered in!

As far as "about me" is strictly concerned, I'm a thirty-something mother of 3 in the Mid-Atlantic USA, working part-time, and thoroughly enjoying a happy succession of fictional obsessions and passions.

Looking forward to chatting on the boards!

Sil

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rettoP yrraH - May 17, 2006 9:41 pm (#1833 of 2004)

Hi we are Sam we take dried frog pills because our spelling is so bad.

We *Thwack!* I...thank you...I have been here for a very long time, since the start. Yessiry I have been here to disrupt the posting and to spawn pointless arguments about alarm clocks.

Yes it was me who invented the internet the lightbulb and the Three to Two prong plug adapter.

Hobbys include playing music, making music, making random noises, and blowing things up.

My current state of mind is a bit blurry owning to flashbacks from one of the Weasly Twin's experments. *Don't try the thing called HighFlying*

So if you see me around posting check it out, its bound to be spelled bad and I HATE NU ROCK entertaning. I'm like the hyper kid in the back of the class that never seems to get tossed out much even though he is making a racket in the back and sharpening pens.

Enough of a chat all, I can see some blood pressures going waaaay up.

See yall, (sorry)--you all--around.

GO CAVS! LOUD NOISES!!....uhh...no...Shhhh...there are no monsters in the closet shhhh...shhh...

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Mrs. Sirius - May 18, 2006 8:43 pm (#1834 of 2004)

WOOOOOOOOaaaaaaa tackle hugs Sam...S-A-M SAMMY, how have you been?? I have wondered when you would come back! Have missed the one and only Sam-I-Am! Nice to know that you are back and safe. Welcome back. Mar

Waving maddly to toctgretzy99. A fellow shoreline of CT neighbor. Welcome.

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Niciodata - May 22, 2006 7:04 am (#1835 of 2004)

Hello, I am Niciodata, From California USA. I have beautiful wife, and a baby on the way. I love all theings Harry Potter, and cant wait for the 7th book. I am currently writing a few of my own novels, and a stage play. I am a professional drama instructor, and hope to Open my own Theatre within the next 10 years.

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Torill - May 25, 2006 5:50 am (#1836 of 2004)
Edited May 25, 2006 6:58 am

Hi everyone! I have been lurking here for a while, but have now finally registered - can't wait to start posting, as soon as I learn to navigate and search and check what has been said before.. pretty impressing amount of posts in here! :-)

I am not sure for how long I have been a fan - it feels forever - some time shortly after the publishing of the fourth book I guess. I have been a member of several forums in the fandom, and was a moderator in one for a while, but it has varied how much I have posted and how involved I have been. Looking forward now to get to know people in this forum as well!

I am old enough to be the grandmother of some of you in here I suppose (never ask a lady her age ;-) ) work as a clinical pshychologist and live in Oslo, Norway just at the edge of the wonderful forests where I love to walk in all kinds of weather. English is not my first language, so I hope you will not be too harsh with me if you see some helpless language in some of my posts...

So, what kind of Potterfan am I? Let's see - the third book is my favorite in the series, closely followed by book five. Book six left me somewhat disappointed I am sorry to say, although I loved many parts of it, like the pensieve scenes, the island, the tower, Draco's plight, the Horcrux plot revelation etc. etc. Sirius is my favorite character by far, which doesn't mean I think he is perfect. As for Snape, I enjoy reading about him and wondering which side he is on; but I absolutely loath him as a person. I love reading about all the baddies too, even if I don't like them as persons, but Gwarp bores me immensely... As for the films, I love and adore and worship Cuarón's interpretation of the third book, I accept Columbus' films, but loath Newell's take on the fourth - what a hack! As you can maybe guess, the quality of the films as films is as important to me as their "loyalty" to canon in every detail - I am no "purist" when it comes to adaptation, "true to the spirit" is what counts for me...

What else to say? I love discussions of the character's motives, theories on how the magical world works, and discussions of the underlying themes, literary motifs and devices in the series. I am not so much into sleuthing and details about timelines etc. - although I might like a good debate over those things as well, especially when I think I am right!! ;-) I like to think of myself as a fairly tolerant person with not too many hangups, but I will leave it for you to judge whether this is an illusion I have about myself... :-D

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Rosebud O'R - May 27, 2006 9:14 pm (#1837 of 2004)

Hi.

(Hi!)

My name is Rosie.

(Hi Rosie!)

I haven't read a Harry Potter book since Friday night!

(Wild cheering)

Okay, I'm a teenager from Darwin, Australia who has been obsessed with Harry Potter since the age of eight. Erm... My favourite character is Dumbledore, he is (was?) so cool! Fred, George and Ron are pretty awesome too. I write fanfiction that I recommend nobody ever reads, and my favourite book in the series is number six, even though my favourite character died, closely followed by number one. Um... Is there anything else you want to know?

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Ellen Jones - Jun 14, 2006 7:14 pm (#1838 of 2004)

Hey y'all.

I'm Ellen, I live just south of Nashville, TN. I'm a stay at home mom of 2 girls, 3 and 1 1/2. I'm also a singer; I sing with the Nashville symphony and am in the process of recording a CD of lullabies.

SS/PS came out when I was living in Italy for a couple of years, so I really didn't know about HP until I returned. Since then I've ready them all as they came out. I have 1-4 in Italian, if anyone is interested in the wording or a translation of a passage. I wouldn't say I was obsessed by any means. I just think they're wonderful books that are worth multiple readings. I really enjoy all of the insight and opinions expressed on these threads.

See you around the boards! Ciao!

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The expert - Jun 21, 2006 1:28 am (#1839 of 2004)

Hi my name is Jarand

I have posted her before, but tended to lose my passwords, and have had problems getting them back from WC. I wonder if the spam filters dislikes the wc emails.

Anyway, I have posted under the name The One earlier.

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professer sheppard - Jun 21, 2006 5:52 am (#1840 of 2004)

hi my name is steph, i am 19 (20 on november the 25th). got into harry at the age of 14, it tought me how to read english because at the time i could speack english but reading was a big proble. i live in the west midlands. i have a dog named pippa and i am very exited to get to know the people on here.

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The One - Jun 21, 2006 2:28 pm (#1841 of 2004)

I am Jarand, The One

The account has been down forsome time, but now it works again!

Thanks to Kip for setting up two more acounts for me..

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Amelia Carter - Jun 27, 2006 8:53 am (#1842 of 2004)

Hi, my name is Amelia. i'm 20 and originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne in England, but spend most of my time in London where i'm at University. I'm a huge fan of Harry Potter as you probably guessed. Can't wait until the next book

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Miss Amanda - Jun 28, 2006 3:02 am (#1843 of 2004)

Hi! I'm Amanda! I'm 27 years old. I live in Nashville, Tennessee. I'm originally from the great state of West Virginia.

I'm a huge fan of Harry Potter and a huge fan of this forum. I used to post under the name Ms Amanda, but I can't get that account to work for some reason.

I didn't start reading Harry Potter until college when the first Harry Potter movie came out. That's a shame because I was an English major and these books are very worth study. I'm looking forward to catching back up to all the information JKR has given us in the past year!

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Dane Hardy - Jun 28, 2006 2:46 pm (#1844 of 2004)

Hello, my name is Dane. I live in Reno, Nevada. I'm realizing now that I'm not as big of a Harry Potter fan as I thought I was, after reading some of the threads. It is great to hear the different insights, and I hope that I can add my two cents

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davon - Jul 11, 2006 2:30 pm (#1845 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Jul 11, 2006 7:15 pm

Hello

My name is Jonathan, I am currently 31 years of age, from England.

I was introduced to Harry Potter by users on a David Eddings fan site. Since this time I have read and enjoyed both all the books, and seen all the films.

I have not only read but thoroughly approve of the rules (philosophy). I am a firm believer in the saying 'do unto others as you would have others do unto you'. I am tolerant of others, and show due respect and consideration in all my posts. My usual response when I come across those who act contrary to this is to ignore the inflamatory post, or if possible delete it. I have been an internet user for long enough to know never to feed the trolls.

Coming from the UK, I can assure you that my English is of a very high standard. I have achieved qualifications in Literacy and Business Communication. This means I am more than capable of producing well-constructed, properly punctuated sentences. I do, however, insist on using UK English, I will not write in the language of the Americans. I have nothing against the people, but I see no reason to adopt their style of language - even when 95% of the net population seem to be moving that way. I have no tolerance for leet, netspeak or textspeak either, which I consider lazy and possibly even illiterate. Most of the time I don't even respond to it.

As well as reading fantasy, such as Harry Potter and the books of David Eddings and Terry Pratchett, I also enjoy listening to music, playing the keyboard, computing and watching movies.

Some members felt some comments in this post needed an explanation(s). I have created a new thread, # Controversy Originating from "Tell About Yourself" Posts to handle controversial statements made on the "Tell About Yourself thread. Please take your comments there! – Kip

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Sconie Girl - Jul 12, 2006 7:27 am (#1846 of 2004)

Hello all...

My name is Lyndee from Lakeville, MN. I have been a huge Harry Potter fan since my mom the librarian finally convinced me to pick up SS.

I seldom post on the forum, but enjoy reading others theories and ideas.

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Britanica Smith - Jul 12, 2006 8:20 am (#1847 of 2004)
Edited Jul 12, 2006 9:21 am

Hello everyone!

My name is Brittney. I am 18 years of age and I live in the wonderful state of Wisconsin. During the school year, I dorm at my school in St. Paul, MN, but right now I am at home enjoying summer break.

I am somewhat new to the Harry Potter world. I actually started reading the books a little over a year ago, and now I am hooked.

I love discussing possible theories with others and seeing their different insights on things. It's fascinating when people bring up things that you never thought of before. So that is why I joined this forum; to become better aquainted and more knowledgable about this world that we so love.

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ctgretzky99 - Jul 19, 2006 7:29 am (#1848 of 2004)

Hi Mrs. Sirius...sorry, havent come in a while! I am in southeastern ct...where are you?

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Solitaire - Jul 19, 2006 10:32 am (#1849 of 2004)

Welcome, Brittney. I think you have found the right place! I look forward to reading your posts.

Solitaire

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 20, 2006 2:06 pm (#1850 of 2004)
Edited Jul 20, 2006 3:12 pm

ctgretzky99, hey nice to meet you (xo virtual xo). I am on the Valley-Shore area, right on the Connecticut River. However, lets take this to the chat thread. I will post there later tonight, I am on my way out the door and have not been in chat for a while so I'll need sometime to catch up.
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Ivy Walker - Jul 21, 2006 3:57 am (#1851 of 2004)

Hello everybody! I'm an Italian girl, I started reading Harry Potter books five years ago and I love them so much! I love talking about them, the characters and all possible theories.

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Jadelollipop - Jul 22, 2006 7:19 am (#1852 of 2004)

Hello I have finally joined this forum for discussion of all things Harry Potter. I have been a fan of the books for years, I have enjoyed sleuthing for clues to plotlines on various other forums....

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aggieamy - Jul 27, 2006 6:53 pm (#1853 of 2004)

I've been reading threads on the Lexicon for at least a year and have finally committed to joining and posting. (Not that huge a commitment really but for some reason it took me forever to join. Smile)

I'm 24 (I'll be 25 in September ... a Virgo like Hermione), live in Kansas City, Missouri and am a civil engineer. My younger sister got me hooked on the books about six years ago and now I'm an addict. I've decided it's my personal mission in life to convince as many people as possible to try and read the first book because if they do then they'll be hooked like me and the world will be a better place.

Love the Lexicon! I visit it everyday. Rock on Lexicon Staff!

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Horcrux - Aug 4, 2006 6:23 am (#1854 of 2004)

Hello I am 16 and I'm a big fan of the books. I've read them all about 20 times. I've been a fan since the first book came out and my obsession towards them has been building ever since. This website looked really good because it has so many other people that were knowledgeable about the books.

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Ice Princess - Aug 4, 2006 10:27 am (#1855 of 2004)

Hi, my name is Emily but I prefer to be called and known as the Ice Princess. Im 16 and like Horcrux, I've also been a huge fan of the books since the first one came out. My favorite so far has been the 5th, the 6th wuz just a little too sad for me. Though, I would have to say that the 6th had some really funny stuff in it..( um, Malfoy crying and then Harry close to murdering him!). Smile Smile lol. Anyway this site looked pretty kool so I joined.

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lily.phoenixfire - Aug 5, 2006 2:16 pm (#1856 of 2004)

I'm a fortysomething female who has been lurking about in a few Harry Potter forums for several months. I finally decided to start posting. The Lexicon is a great website.

I live on the east cost of the U.S. and am a Human Resources professional. I decided several years ago to go back to school to finish my degree. I'm currently working on a degree in cognitive psychology and am planning to apply to a graduate program in neuroscience. I love research, and the brain fascinates me, so the field of neuroscience just speaks to me. I work fulltime, have two adult children and no spouse, so I can pursue what I want to pursue at this stage of my life. Smile

As for Harry Potter: I didn't start reading the books until the 4th one was published. I read all four in a matter of days. I fell in love with Harry, his friends, and his world and have been obsessed ever since. Harry is my favorite character but after him, I absolutely love and adore Remus and Sirius. I have seen some great fan art of these two. Wow.

As for the movies, my favorites are POA and GOF. I feel about the HP movies the same way I feel about the Lord of the Rings movies. The spirit of the story is the thing... I understand that there is no way all the detail in the books can make it into the movies. I think Dan, Emma, and Rupert are wonderful in their roles as are many of the other actors.

That's it I think. I hope this isn't too long. I'm glad to have found a community of people, of all ages and nationalities, who love Harry as much as I do. "See" you in the forums!

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Regan of Gong - Aug 8, 2006 1:33 am (#1857 of 2004)
Edited Aug 8, 2006 2:34 am

Just a quick note, Ice Princess. Please try not to use netspeak, l33k ot txtspeak (wuz, kool etc) on the forums here. Goodness, I'm sounding like Finn . Seriously, although the majority of people can understand it, we do have members whose native languange is that other than English, so it's a real service to them if everyone keeps to the English they're used to. For more details, you could check out the "Contreversy originating from tell us about yourself thread" or "The Philosophy of this Forum".

Aside from that, welcome to the Forum, hope to see you around soon.

Regan

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legolas returns - Aug 9, 2006 10:09 am (#1858 of 2004)

Hi. I have not posted on the forum for a while but have been keenly reading peoples theories and views. I have been previously known as Haggis and Irn Bru and Legolas. I have been letting my ideas brew for a while and am really excited to be back.

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kage - Aug 10, 2006 12:02 am (#1859 of 2004)

Hi all, just want to say "I'm glad to be back" Smile

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Hoot Owl - Aug 10, 2006 10:55 am (#1860 of 2004)

Hi, I've been reading this forum since HBP was released. It has been very entertaining and educational. I hope my questions and comments help further the discussion.

I am an educator and way too old to care so much about a fictional children's series, but that's life.

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virginiaelizabeth - Aug 10, 2006 4:55 pm (#1861 of 2004)

Welcome Hoot Owl! And just so you know, it's impossible to be too old to care so much about Harry Potter! You'll fit right in here with that attitude! Welcome again!

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Eeyore - Aug 10, 2006 6:59 pm (#1862 of 2004)
Edited Aug 10, 2006 8:01 pm

I actually joined this forum quite some time ago, then got caught up with other things and didn't come back--and at the time, I was having trouble getting ok'd to post.

Anyway, I'm nearly 57, married, with two grown daughters, both of whom are married. (No, no grandchildren yet, but that's OK.)

I started reading Harry Potter, as near as I can tell, in the late summer or early fall of 1999. I loved it from the first, went back to the book store for the second book and nagged my youngest (during her senior year in high school) to start reading. She did and we spent many hours discussing the books. We've since gone to all the midnight book releases and the movies together.

Finding out that there were so many other people who loved talking about HP once I found places on-line just made it that much more fun.

I love reading all kinds of books, especially 19th century English lit, but not limited to that either. I love old movies, and some new ones, most kinds of music--think older, the sort that fits with my age, particularly the older folk music from the 50s and 60s.

No pets at the moment, but we've shared our lives with a variety of dogs, cats and one rabbit throuh the years.

And I'm Eeyore on most forums where I end up, but I am not the only one out there, though I am probably the only one who actually answers to Eeyore in person. (I use that as my camp name when I work at day camp during the summer.)

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lily.phoenixfire - Aug 11, 2006 6:12 pm (#1863 of 2004)

Welcome Hoot Owl and Eeyore! virginiaelizabeth is so right... it truly is impossible to be too old to care about Harry.

Eeyore, I think I just read something you wrote on another forum. Your name looks so familiar.

I'm a new member to the Lexicon and to HP forums in general. The Lexicon is great and the people on the forums are truly devoted to all things Harry. We're glad you're here. The more the merrier!

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Laurent Griot - Aug 14, 2006 7:21 am (#1864 of 2004)

Hi,
I am Laurent Griot, French but living in London.
I have done a few contributions to the Wikiproject Harry Potter on Wikipedia, and on the Muggles' guide to Harry Potter wikibook, but there is too much vandalism over there, and frankly the Lexicon is so much more complete that I have decided I would rather contribute here.
For my contributions on Wikipedia, they are mostly about Harry Potter geography. Please see the following links to see parts of my work.
Possible locations of Little Hangleton
Possible locations of Godric's Hollow
Possible locations of the 3 European Wizarding schools and recruitment grounds
Historical Characters in Harry Potter
Thanks for accepting me as a participant on the forums.
Laurent

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Lana - Aug 15, 2006 6:58 pm (#1865 of 2004)

Hey everyone I'm Lana

16 from Massachusetts (USA)

I think this website is great because I'm totally bored in the summer and this is definitly my entertainment. =]

I think everyone has GREAT theories and opinions and I'm totally jealous of all the people that have like memorized the text of all these novels. I've read the serious 1.5 times so I guess I'm a rookie haha.

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Ice Princess - Aug 16, 2006 7:44 am (#1866 of 2004)
Edited Aug 16, 2006 8:45 am

Hey Lana, O my gosh! I'm from Massachusetts too!! Smile I joined the forum..like a month ago for the same reason and I've already wrote on this thread. Just thought you might like to know that there's somebody on the forum that lives sort of close...not, like in another country! Smile

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Lana - Aug 17, 2006 8:07 am (#1867 of 2004)

Haha that's so funny! I thought everyone was from brittain and I was like the American loner lol

Are you from the Northshoe area? That would be really coincidental.

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Ice Princess - Aug 17, 2006 1:19 pm (#1868 of 2004)
Edited Aug 17, 2006 2:22 pm

No, I'm actually more central. Do you know were Worcester county is?

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Marè - Aug 17, 2006 1:35 pm (#1869 of 2004)
Edited Aug 17, 2006 2:36 pm

Hello dears! This is the "tell about yourself thread" and is actually only for introducing.
But if you go to the chatt thread: Click! You will find not only a place to discuss Massachusetts, Worcester and a lot of other things, you will also find lots of other Americans.
We have bucketloads of them!

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painting sheila - Aug 17, 2006 10:24 pm (#1870 of 2004)

Hey everyone!

My name is Sheila. I am an artist - murals and starting portraits, and a seamstress - costumes mostly.

I am a huge fan of all things Harry Potter. Actually my whole family are huge fans of Harry Potter! You should hear my 5 year old say "Harry Potter" with a English accent with a southern drawl -

I guess that gives it away - I live in the great state of North Carolina.

And if anyone can come up with a better handle than just "Sheila" I would love suggestions!

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Asthore Cailin - Aug 24, 2006 4:11 am (#1871 of 2004)

Greetings All! I am a 34 year old Harry Potter fan:)! I've read all six books, and have seen the movies based on them. I am a happily married mom of 2 girls who love HP as much as I do:). I look forward to meeting other members of this forum and discussing our mutual fondness for 'the boy who lived'Smile.

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professor weasley - Aug 28, 2006 4:48 pm (#1872 of 2004)

Hello everyone! After reading the forum for over a year, I finally decided to join. I am a 28 year old teacher from NY. I happened upon Harry Potter one afternoon at the library and have been hooked ever since!

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Snapes' Apprentice - Sep 5, 2006 1:00 am (#1873 of 2004)
Edited Sep 5, 2006 2:19 am

Hi All,

When I was 2 years old I decided I wanted to be an electronics engineer. My grandmother helped me sort out the job title. What I lacked then was the sophistication to express it as; I wanted to make magical things. That was in 1945. I never quite made it to an engineering title but as an electronic technician, I've worked on hardware that went to the moon. I also worked through the hottest part of the computer era from mainframes to PCs. By the end of my career, I did in fact do some engineering level projects. Two years ago I retired.

I was intrigued by the Harry Potter books when they first appeared, but couldn't admit I wanted to read a `kiddies' book. It wasn't until SS came out on a DVD that I saw it for the first time. It was charming and something more. It re awakened that sense of seeing magic in the world. After exhausting the movies, I recently broke down and picked up a copy of HBP. The writing was so far above what could be fit into a movie, that I searched the net knowing there would be a community like Lexicon. And here I am.

After a lifetime of living in Southern California, I moved to North Carolina when I retired. It's more like the SoCal I remember from the 40s and 50s (before urban sprawl and air polution)

My hobby now is 3D computer modeling and I just started a model of Hogwarts. You can see some of my previous work at this gallery;

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

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Regan of Gong - Sep 5, 2006 3:41 am (#1874 of 2004)

Hey Snape's Apprentice, that's some clever stuff you've got. What program? I'm creating a model Hogwarts as well, but I'm using Google Sketchup, but we should probably take this to the chat thread.

Enjoy the threads, hope to see you around,

Regan

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painting sheila - Sep 5, 2006 9:02 am (#1875 of 2004)

Welcome Prfessor Weasley and Snape's Apprentise!

Snape's Apprentise - I am in NC, too!!

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Detail Seeker - Sep 9, 2006 4:16 am (#1876 of 2004)

Please remember everybody, that this thread is for introductions only - greeting an commenting is on the Chat thread, please. Thank you !

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freckle - Sep 15, 2006 12:54 pm (#1877 of 2004)

Hey everyone!

I'm Charlotte and a student in Bristol, England. I've been reading the forum for what seems like ages now and finally decided to get out there and share some thoughts cos my boyfriend is getting fed up of me going on about stuff to him!

Charlie x

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juliebug - Sep 16, 2006 10:46 am (#1878 of 2004)

Hi everyone This is my very first post, so I hope I do it right. Like Charlie who posted before me, I have also been reading the posts on this great site for ages and finally decided to get in on the action myself. I am 29 and live in Indiana. I used to teach school, but now am a stay home mom. Back when I taught, I read Harry Potter to my students everyday. I have really missed that part of my day and greatly look forward to have a place to talk about Harry again.

juliebug

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Cornish Pixie - Sep 17, 2006 1:10 pm (#1879 of 2004)

Hi! I'm Susan and have been lurking on the forum for several months, reading all the interesting ideas and theories. I saw the first 3 movies before ever opening up one of the books...don't know what took me so long! I finally read the first 6 books last summer and have been hooked ever since. I'm a 46 year old wife and mom, and my family lives in West Michigan. I really enjoy all of the insight and opinions shared on the Lexicon!

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Starling - Sep 20, 2006 2:17 am (#1880 of 2004)

Hello all! I'm a long time lurker too, and I adore the Lexicon.

I was introduced to Harry Potter by a friend called Harry Potter, and started by reading PoA, which, in my humble opinion, is the best one.

My name is Martje, 38 years old, Dutch (but living in England), and I have a Little Malfoy aged 7 (yes, he does impressions). I pester people on the Leaky comments a lot, and I met the love of my life on there.

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Jackdaw - Sep 30, 2006 5:36 am (#1881 of 2004)

Hey there! I'm Jackie and I am a Potterholic. I'm 21 years old, live in the north west of England and need someone, somewhere, to talk to about the Potterverse before lack of interaction with other fans causes me to implode! It is entirely possible that I may begin hosting Potterholics Anonymous meetings in my house! Thus is the extent of my addiction. x

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Sandylee - Oct 2, 2006 4:57 pm (#1882 of 2004)
Edited Oct 2, 2006 6:06 pm

Hi, everyone.

I'm 58, live in the Los Angeles area, am married to a sweet and sassy Englishman with long legs and very blue eyes, have 2 1/2 cats (the 1/2 cat is a feral who lives at our house but won't let us touch him), with a master's degree in Philosophy. I write in the travel industry and love to travel.

I was infected with the Harry Potter virus by a librarian friend (a very hot librarian, I might add -- nothing whatever like Eileen Pince), and have great difficulty in separating my deep passion for Professor Snape from my equally deep passion for Alan Rickman. (My husband and I have a fair and equitable agreement that if I'm ever blessed with the opportunity of a date with Rickman, he's perfectly entitled to a date with Catherine Zeta-Jones. It's a one-time-only deal and keeps our marriage spicy.)

I admire Rowling very much for the complexity of the world she has created and the power with which she's captivated so many kids worldwide. There can be no better gift to give a child than the gift of the joy of reading. Bless Jo's creative heart.

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liebermojo - Oct 7, 2006 12:21 pm (#1883 of 2004)

Greetings to one and all! I'm 32 and live in Miami, Fl. I got my first taste of HP through the Apple Store. When I purchased my first iPod and bought the 1st six books on audio about 4 months ago. I have not listened to anything else since.

I am amazed at the simplicity and complexity of the stories, And I look forward to many great discussions on ideas that are floating about.

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Mollyweaselbee - Oct 7, 2006 4:00 pm (#1884 of 2004)

Hello everyone. My name is Colette. I am a mother of 4 boys. Varying in age from 23-4. I am a potterholic. I have recently got my husband hooked also. As well as my boys. I like to quilt and I am a Medical Transcriptionist.

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Meoshimo - Oct 8, 2006 8:57 pm (#1885 of 2004)
Edited Oct 8, 2006 9:58 pm

I've been around for a while and decided it's time I told a little about myself.

My name is Mark but my friends call me Jones. I'm a 22-year-old artist living in Iowa City, Iowa, US. I had a year of college education majoring in Vocal Music (I hated it). I have three older siblings: Matthew (31) and Michael (26), who live together in an apartment in New York City, a sister, Molly (29), who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. My parents are (as I'm writing this) driving to Knoxville, Tennessee, where they will be living from now on. They are 58 years old.

From the day I heard about Harry Potter, I thought it was the dumbest thing I had ever heard of. I mean, seriously, how cliche is it to name a school for witchcraft "Hog Warts"? In college I dated a girl who loved Harry Potter and I used to tease her and say "Okay, now, how old are you again?" I maintained this line of thought until last year, just before Goblet of Fire came out in theaters. My roommate told me she was reading Half-Blood Prince. I teased her, of course, she was 31 at the time for crying out loud! Then I got curious. Not wanting to publicly eat my words, I secretly rented the entire series thus far from the library and shut myself in my room for a week and a half and plowed my way through it. Ever since, I have loved the world Jo has created for us and retreat there when I feel like escaping. I had no idea how deep they went in exploring morality, good vs. evil, friendship, loyalty, and trust. They are a magnificient series and are full of wonderful lessons on life not only for children, but for us adults as well.

My bookcase is still bereft of any Harry Potter books.

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Columbine Fairy - Oct 25, 2006 4:24 am (#1886 of 2004)

Hello everyone,

I have been a big fan of the lexicon for a long time but only just got around to signing up! I am 24, female, from Australia - we seem to be in the minority, judging by some previous posts I have read!

I read the first four books in about a week, quite a few years ago, and have been hooked ever since. Harry Potter has become my therapy - I know the books so well I can go straight to whatever book or chapter will cheer me up, and makes me feel better because no matter how bad my problems are, Harry's are always worse!

Anyway I can't wait to get amongst the discussion, so enough of this, I'll see you all in other threads!!

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IWasBorn(AUnicorn) - Oct 25, 2006 8:04 am (#1887 of 2004)

Hello! I thought I should make a first post now (even if it's only on the introductions thread) instead of becoming a lurker and eventually becoming too scared to post altogether. I'm Rhian, I'm 16, which means that I have been a Harry Potter obsessive for almost nine years, a fact of which I am very proud of. My father bought the first book for me after reading a Guardian review of it when I was seven. It gathered dust for a few months before I read it and being only seven, by the time I had finished reading it, the second had come out. If only I took that long to read all the other ones.

I live in Wales where it rains a lot - in fact I have wet feet right now. I'm a sixth form student at a very nationalistic Welsh language school, currently studying Maths, Chemistry, Music and English Literature. Hurrah.

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maximiliano - Oct 25, 2006 11:41 pm (#1888 of 2004)
Edited Oct 26, 2006 12:42 am

Hello... my name is maxi as you cant note by the name of my membership... well, you can also call me pirro , which means fire in Greek, but it actually writes with one r. only but when I use it the first time I didn't knew it so... I'm 19 years old and I'm from corrientes Argentina, but at the moment I'm living in buenos aires, I'm studding biology and I'm in my first year at the UBA.

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Annie Infante - Oct 28, 2006 12:10 pm (#1889 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Oct 28, 2006 1:11 pm

Hi, some of you that have posted here for a long time may remember me from my previous login name, The Weasleys. As the mother of six boys it seemed a good group name for us. Since those days though my eldest son has gone off to college and my three middle sons, while still avid HP fans, have developed there own IDs on HP sights and have many other interests as well.So now I am just me, no clever name or anything, but still just as big a fan as ever! With my youngest sons only 5.5 years and 9 years old I have many excuses to keep reading and exploring the wealth of detail and complexity of subjects covered in Harry Potter! I will defend these books against unfair judgments any chance I get!

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Mafer Seow - Oct 31, 2006 6:50 am (#1890 of 2004)

Mafer, Seow Vui Yin, 18, from Malaysia. Harry Potter fans. I like Science and Magic. People just say I am weird and crazy. I am still an student in STPM level, which STPM will be in next year, in Biology class where I study Biology, Chemistry, Maths, General Study and English. I am a Chinese, can speak in English, Malay, Chinese, Hokkien, Cantonese...trying to learn French. I like to do experiments, reading, drawing and more.

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MandyQ - Nov 9, 2006 9:27 pm (#1891 of 2004)

Hi all, My name is Amanda and I'm a 27 year old HP latecomer from Seattle, WA, USA. I first got over the "it's a kids's book" hump when I found a copy of Sorcerer's Stone in a bookshop in an airport on my way to Europe in 2002. I work in movies and my heart was finally won by the HP films. Now I have almost caught up on reading the books and have had this *blush* fan fic idea that popped into my head. I am a Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month and so November is the worst possible time for me to start something like that, but I haev been rewarding myself for word count with reasearchig this story and am now SO happy to have found htis wonderful resource. I am known to my fellow writers as a 'canon nazi' and I am so glad that I found a place that has a day by day calendar of the HP stories that I can use to write by.

I love all things Slytherin, just to warn you. *evil laugh*

I can't wait to meet and befriend all of you Smile

Amanda

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Lady La - Nov 20, 2006 12:50 pm (#1892 of 2004)

Hello everyone!

I'm Juliet, and I'm new here obviously. I'm 15 years old and I'm from South East England (Hooray!). I'm crazy about everything to do with Harry Potter and come on forums like these so I can talk about it without driving my family insane! Other things I like include Chocolate, cats, friends, shopping, starbucks frappaccinos and popping bubble wrap.

Catch you 'round!

Lady La aka Juliet (or you can call me Jules)

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Mrs Figgy - Nov 23, 2006 7:48 am (#1893 of 2004)

Hello, I am Mrs Figgy. I am presently cooking up polyjuice potion in my kitchen. I love to boil cabbage at the same time.

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Nov 25, 2006 11:25 am (#1894 of 2004)

Hi, everyone!

I'm not exactly new, but I left the Forum about two years ago and just now re-joined. A few of you might remember me from the Gathering for the Prisoner of Azkaban movie (it seems like ages ago) in Pennsylvania. More of you would probably just remember me hanging around the chat room a lot.

My name is Emily, I'm 16 years old. I'm the second-youngest student at West Virginia State University now and I'm highly involved in my local community theatre.

Only a few of my friends really understand or share my Harry Potter obsession, and I missed the Forum in my long absence, so I decided to come back. I look forward to getting to know everyone (again)!

Myrtle

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rlc - Nov 27, 2006 7:43 pm (#1895 of 2004)

Hi! I have been reading the forum for a long time. I have never posted before, and strangely, it's not my obession with all things Harry Potter that prompted me to post, but my profession.

I love the intelligent conversation that happens in this forum and feel like many of you are already friends. I am most addicted to that chat thread.

I am married and have a daughter who is in the first grade. We all love Harry Potter.

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kabloink! - Dec 1, 2006 3:52 am (#1896 of 2004)

Well, I don't know how long its been since I've updated here, so I'll post of new one, just for fun.

I am a 23 (almost 24)-year-old female, I live in Port Huron, Mi with my husband. I've lived pretty much all over lower Michigan in the last 6 years, but moved back to my home town back in June. I have a son who was born on September 12 of this year, and my world pretty much revolves around him these days. I work for my parents, which is very nice, as they let me bring the baby to work.

I've been a forum member since November of '02, relatively shortly after the forum began, though my participation has been alternately very active and nonexistent, depending on what is happening in my life. I started reading Harry Potter the summer of 2000, shortly after the release of the 4th book, and just before starting college. SInce then I have been hooked. I read the 6th book in just under 8 hours or so.

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Deener - Dec 3, 2006 9:48 pm (#1897 of 2004)

Hello! I am new here, I think I made my first official post the other day... but I have been reading the forums for a few weeks now.

I think my profile-thingy pretty much covers the basics (20 year old, college student, blah blah blah)

Other than that, I would like to announce that my recent HP forum trolling has caught a lot of flak from my friends. They have been calling me names like 'nerd' and 'dweeb', but I could really care less. In fact, I blame this recent obsession on them. None of them have read the whole series (in spite of my prodding), so I can't talk to them about this stuff.

Now I have new friends who will listen to me.

I love you all already.

In related news, I had my first HP related dream last night. I dreamt the end of book 7! It won't come true though, it was probably the hopeless (and quite illogical) romantic that live deep inside that came up with the idea.

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Leprechaun Jack! - Dec 22, 2006 5:52 am (#1898 of 2004)

Hi All,

It's been a long while since I've been here so I thought I'd drop in and say hello. I have to go and spend some time on the How do you? thread to re-learn how to format and color my text again.

Looking thru the posts there are only a couple (10 or so) names I remember of but hello to all I know and who remember me and a great big hello to all of you I'm about to meet.

I run a sleep lab so my work schedule is a little off, it's 8:51 am and I'm about to go to bed.

Jack

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Nellie - Dec 28, 2006 2:08 am (#1899 of 2004)

Hello!

I'm new, but have been lurking & reading the posts for a few months. This is a fantastic forum, and I can't wait to see what you guys make of my ideas. Please be gentle!

Just for info I am a 31 year old chemical engineer from London.

Nellie.

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Under The Imperius - Dec 28, 2006 10:26 am (#1900 of 2004)

'ello!

I am George W. out of Hexam, UK

I am 23 years old and WAS a member here a year ago, as The Imperius, but I have since lost the password...

I can't wait to go post and say hi to some of my old friends (Philem are you still here?)

Cheers!

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mel gaulding - Jan 4, 2007 4:45 pm (#1901 of 2004)

I have been lurking for years, loving The Lexicon and referring to it often. I adore the books and the movies, and when I saw the book 7 title, I had a lightbulb go off in my head about some predictions for the book, so I knew I had to finally join!

My name is Melissa, everyone calls me Mel, I am 50 years old and live in Northern Virginia with my life partner and two hilarious cats, one of whom apparates! I love reading, films, music of all kinds (yes, even rap!), shoes, hot cocoa, and taking long naps.

My favorite book so far is Half-blood Prince and my favorite movie so far is Azkaban. I am currently re-reading Chamber of Secrets, looking for clues!

Cheers!

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Betelgeuse Black - Jan 6, 2007 1:26 pm (#1902 of 2004)

Hello all,

I've introduced myself some years back but I thought I should say hello again since I have not been a regular poster. I read the forum as much as I'm able but I'm pretty busy. I read the JKR's interviews/website threads, Severus Snape (when I can keep up) and others.

I'm Betelgeuse Black. I always loved the name Betelgeuse since I was a small child and my brother pointed it out to me in the night sky. It just seemed natural to be a Black with a chosen first name like Betelgeuse. After all, Bellatrix, Sirius and Regulus are all stars too (and all near each other in the sky).

I'm 44, married with three children. I work on microchips so I'm a pretty technical and detail focused type of guy. I live in Texas, USA.

My daughter thinks I'm weird with my HP obsession. I've read all the books many times. I would guess that I've read each (except maybe HBP) at least 20 times. I would read other stuff but the series is good and I don't have easy access to other books. I tend to read certain authors since I've found that if I like the author's style in one book, I'll probably like their other offerings.

TTFN, Ta Ta For Now! Betelgeuse

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mona amon - Jan 9, 2007 8:49 am (#1903 of 2004)

Hello! My name is Mona. I'm a 43 year old housewife, and I'm from India. I started reading the Harry Potter books with my son some years back, but became obsessed only after The HBP. Since then I've been reading this forum and waiting impatiently for book 7.

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LaLex - Jan 11, 2007 1:38 pm (#1904 of 2004)

Hey everyone!!

I'm Irene, 19 years old typing from Italy.

I adore the books and like the movies just fine: I recently reached this peaceful place inside me where I've realized "what do I care if they left some conversation about the Map out?? I know the story as well as Kloves, probably better than Cuaron: if someone who has not read the movies doesn't understand it's their fault alone!!" and ever since I've liked the movies even more.

I'm also of the party who did like HBP all the way (though I do understand that some parts were a little slow/uneventful... compared to everything else) and cried 2 whole hours after I was done... which made it all the worse the day after since I had finished reading at 2 a.m.

Other than breathing HP I'm also a college freshman - Law - I love music and have taken dance classes for as long as I can remember.

IMC aka LaLex (which, curiously enough, means "the law")

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Ellha David - Jan 17, 2007 6:54 am (#1905 of 2004)

Hello all I'm Ellha David, I'm female, 40 year old, happily married, no child (halas!),I own (or I'm owned by, as sometime occurs me to think) 8 inherited cats (it's a long story). I'm philosophic cousellor (in both senses), I love everything that is spiritually oriented, emotionally deep and intellectually charming; this is exactly the reason why I love my job and the Harry Potter world. I'm delighted in the way JKRowling constructed Severus Piton's character! Cheers all

Ellha David

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T Vrana - Jan 20, 2007 6:35 am (#1906 of 2004)

Hi, All-

I'm a married mother of two, all of us Potter fans. I originally avoided the HP books thinking that anything so popular must be literary junk food. Eventually, though, curiosity and the need for a bedtime story found me reading SS to my, at the time, second grade daughter. Well, chapter one grabbed my interest and it was difficult to put the book down and wait for the next night. Long story short, by night two the book came with me after I turned my daughter's lights out and I've been hooked ever since.

Joined the Forum after HBP and have really enjoyed the members, the ideas and the debates.

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Janine Barnett - Jan 20, 2007 2:45 pm (#1907 of 2004)

Hello Everyone!

My story is almost exactly like T Vrana's...I'm a married mother of two, who only started reading OP to my son when it first came out. As it's such a long "bedtime" story, I started reading ahead to condense some things for him, and got hooked on the story myself! I've since then gotten all the earlier books and HBP too. I'm currently re-reading the series searching for any clues to the outcome in DH. I'm looking forward to reading more of the ideas everyone has (couldn't stop laughing about the squid!), and joining in the different discussions.

Cheers, Janine

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Wanda - Jan 25, 2007 12:21 pm (#1908 of 2004)

Hi, I'm Wanda (but that's not my real name), I'm 25, from London, and I work in Publishing... so pretty picky about grammar and stuff!

I've been obsessed with Harry Potter for a few years now, but nobody else I know is interested. So instead of talking to my computer in response to posts, I decided to join. Now I can actually chat with people about Harry!

Hooray!

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Suzan - Jan 28, 2007 6:58 am (#1909 of 2004)

Hello. I am a forty-something married mother of two boys living in Texas. I have become completely obsessed with HP. I had enjoyed watching the movies when they appeared on TV, but finally decided to go ahead and read the books several weeks ago. I was hooked by the second chapter of SS and proceeded to read all six books within a five-week period, which left me physically and emotionally drained and anxious for the publication of Deathly Hallows. I found the Lexicon soon after I began my reading marathon and have referred to it on an almost daily basis. I was also glad to find a discussion forum where the posts are intelligent, thoughtful, and well-written, and where I don't have to try to figure out the "netspeak." I hope I can keep up with everyone.

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MickeyCee3948 - Jan 28, 2007 8:14 am (#1910 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Jan 28, 2007 8:48 am

You will do fine Suzan, Welcome. A fellow Texan says hi!

Mickey

Mickey and all who enjoy this thread, I understand your wanting to welcome a member who post here to our Forum family; however this is not a chatty-type thread. Your post may encourage others to add their welcome and I do not want that to happen; therefore I am going to allow this post to remain in the hopes that others will read and understand the purpose of this thread, Use this discussion thread to tell the Forum about yourself.

Make sure this thread doesn't get cluttered with chitchat! It should be used only for new members to introduce themselves and tell us something about themselves.

If you wish to welcome the new members and/or provide advice, use the Chat and Greeting Thread for Members thread.

I feel sure the new member will review the Chat and Greeting Thread for any comments from our Forum family.

Note: Please do not attempt to delete this post! I want others to read it. - Kip Carter


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Daimauwr - Jan 30, 2007 5:29 am (#1911 of 2004)

Hi - my real names are David Glyndwr Phillips which are Welsh in origin. I was born in London, moved to central Africa when I was 7 and just like HP I was put on a train at 11 and sent to a boarding school in South Africa. Our journey was a bit longer than Hogwarts students - we were on the train 4 days & nights travelling nearly 1700 miles to our school. It wasn't a castle but being built in the mid 1800's was made of stone.

I have lived in New Zealand since 1959 and at 67 yrs of age may be one of your older members. That does not detract from my absolute fascination with everything HP and like most I look forward to Book 7. Have all the films on DVD and when my grand children are old enough (all 4 are girls) I hope they will enjoy watching the films with their granddad.

Having visited most HP sites I must say this one answers the most questions - well done indeed.

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lunalovegood4perfect - Feb 1, 2007 5:08 pm (#1912 of 2004)

hi, I'm Chris, 23 from Cambridge in the UK & working in the music industry as a sound engineer. Been a HP fan for about 8 years now, ever since i used to read them to my younger brother.

As you can probably tell I'm a Luna fan, just for the fact that she comes out with some of the best lines in the books!

PS - I'm also dyselxic, so i applogise about the grammar and spelling

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rambkowalczyk - Feb 3, 2007 7:18 am (#1913 of 2004)

I originally joined this forum soon after OOP came out but I think it's time I reintroduced myself. I am a mom with two boys. When my youngest was in 2nd grade his teacher did a read aloud with the Sorcerer's Stone. As with other books that he liked (such as Mr. Popper's Penguins) I had to buy the book and reread it to him. Being the cheapskate that I am I was grateful it was in paperback.

Darling son had to wait another year before we read Chamber of Secrets as I waited until that was in paperback. The following year Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire was put on his Christmas wish list in hopes that a relative or godparent was feeling generous. Suffice it to say Santa was good that year.

I got hooked after Prisoner of Azkaban. and the rest is history.

Even though he is now a teenager, we read the Half-Blood Prince together and will probably read Deathly Hallows together as well.

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verde823 - Feb 7, 2007 7:24 am (#1914 of 2004)

Hi everyone! I'm so happy to have found this place! I am a 28 year old mother of 3, and an avid HP fan. I just recently finished a re-read of the series in preparation for reading it to my oldest daughter (Cool, and my brain suddenly became flooded with theories I had never thought of before. I started searching the internet to see what other theories were out there, and came across this site. What a wonderful treasure!

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C.E.B - Feb 7, 2007 3:49 pm (#1915 of 2004)

Hello! My name is C.E.B. This is the first time I've ever posted a message on this site, but I've read the messages and conversations for three years now. I've always meant to join, but I've never had the motivation to --until J.K. Rowling announced that she was done with the seventh book, and then I realized if I didn't join the Lexicon now I never would. So here I am!

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mischiefmanager - Feb 9, 2007 3:52 pm (#1916 of 2004)

Hello, I'm Laura and I live in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. I'm 52 years old, married with 2 children, ages 21 and 18. Our daughter, the younger of the kids, got me hooked after we gave her book one for Chanukah when she was 12 or so, I believe. She and I have been to 4 HP cons (at 2 of which we had the privilege of hearing Lexicon Steve give his wonderful presentations) and are looking forward to Prophecy this summer.

I've enjoyed the cultural phenomenon of HP almost as much as I've enjoyed the books. The way the fans have used the net to grow and expand the boundaries of fandom, the way the books have caused a revolution in the publishing business, and the way these books have touched so many people all over the world is something I've never witnessed before and doubt that I will ever see again. It's a gift and a privilege to be part of it all. Thanks to everyone at the Lexicon and most of all, to Jo Rowling for expanding our imaginations and creating a community !

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SaraG - Feb 10, 2007 1:54 am (#1917 of 2004)

Hi, I am a high school English teacher from Israel. I ignored Harry Potter for the first few years, but when my students started writing book reports about the books, I decided I had better see what they were writing about. So I read the first book, and was hooked.

I also teach a translation course in our school, and bring a lot of examples from the Hebrew translations of the books.

My husband thinks I am crazy for being such a fan of HP and of JK Rowling, but 2 out of my 3 children (ages 27, 23, 20) are also great fans.

I'm looking forward to being able to comment on the forum, after years of reading only!

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2BMcsmom - Feb 10, 2007 12:41 pm (#1918 of 2004)

Hello Everyone, My name is Sonya and I live in rural southeast Georgia, U.S.A. I have been reading post on the forum for some months now, but just recently signed on. I have 2 sons and that is how I came by my sign on. Both of them have names that begin with B and our last name begins with Mc.

I got hooked on the Harry Potter books sometime in 2002. My oldest son brought home CoS from the school library one weekend. I had nothing new to read so I decided to try his book. The next week I bought the first four books for myself and started reading from SS. I am the big Harry Potter fan in my family. My husband likes the books too. I have read all six to him, and we listen to them on CD.

My oldest son (that got me hooked to HP) stopped reading after the third book and now prefers the movies. This is so he does not have to read what he calls such long books. My youngest son at 7 has seen all the movies. I can't wait for him to be a little older so we can read them together.

I am not a big fan of the movies. We do have them all and we go see them when they first come out. My friends want to tape my mouth shut though because through the whole movie I am constantly saying "" That did not happen, They left this out, They did say that "". But I know that I will go see OotP when it comes out.

I have already told my husband and sons that the weekend of 7/21 they should go camping because I will be spending all my time reading the DH.

Now that I have bored so many with my long post I shall go finish reading the 1600 plus post left on this thread.

P.S. I love that there is such a diverse(?)age group and from all around the world. I look forward to getting to know you better.

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severusisn'tevil - Feb 20, 2007 2:45 pm (#1919 of 2004)

Hi. i am a Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings nut. My favorite characters are Severus and Remus. I have been doing most of my stuff in the Pensieve. I particualrly like the Severus page. Anyway, I should wrap this up. I'm hoping to post a fanfic sometime, but I am so lost. This place is like a maze and I am well and truly confused.

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shepherdess - Feb 20, 2007 10:00 pm (#1920 of 2004)

severusisn'tevil, I'm sorry that you feel confused here, but I'm not quite sure what it is that you're confused about. If you are looking for a place for fanfic, the place to go would be "The Harry Potter Lexicon Fanfiction Forum" located here:

If there is something else you're confused about, try asking your question on the "Questions for the Hosts" thread. We will be glad to help in any way we can.

(Please do not respond to this message here as this thread is for introductions not conversations.)

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Toyohashi - Feb 26, 2007 11:12 am (#1921 of 2004)

Hello, I'm 24 yrs old from Canada. I enjoy reading about the Harry Potter world just as much as reading the books themselves. That said, I have a lot reading to do in these forums if I'm going to bring myself up to speed. Thanks for reading!

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Tina O'Connor - Mar 4, 2007 12:56 pm (#1922 of 2004)

Hi I'm Tina O'Connor a 60 year old grandma from Cornwall. I used to talk Harry Potter with my much older sister, she sadly died last year knowing she would never get to read book 7. It is good to get a chance to see if our theories hold any water with other obsessive fans. My problem is I'm not very computer literate so may need help!

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Eroej Kab - Mar 8, 2007 6:42 am (#1923 of 2004)

Hi, I'm a 49 yr old male from Connecticut. I have 4 kids but I am the only one in the family obsessed with HP. I feel foolish about it, but I just can't break the spell. This is the first forum I have ever posted to. Please be gentle.

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journeymom - Apr 9, 2004 11:39 pm (#1924 of 2004)

Tina, I'm very sorry for the loss of your sister. I can't say that I'm particularly 'puter literate, but most here are, so just ask when you need help!

Eroej Kab, (okay, I just know that's an anagram) I'm 38 and while my 12 y.o. daughter loves the books and my dear husband enjoys a good alagory/conspiracy/nutty theory discussion, I'm the only Potty in the house. I feel foolish as well. And yet! I persist.

You'll probably find that while people here fiercely defend their opinions, the Lexicon members are exceptionally polite and civilized, especially compared to other forums. This is NOT the first forum I've posted to, but truly, it's the best. Good will and civility make for an exceptionally pleasant forum.

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lobelia - Mar 8, 2007 10:23 am (#1925 of 2004)

I have been watching and sometimes commenting over the past year, but I have never really introduced myself. I am a 35 year old soon to be divorcee' with an 8 year old son. Over the years, I have been grateful for the forum to organize my theories about the books, however the whole forum and Harry Potter experience such as the books, movies and video games has been such a great diversion from my concerns and stress of life. I have always felt a little silly about my interest in such a kid themed area, except when you finally talk to someone you know and you find out they love the books too. It has been really eye opening to see people so nice and supportive in our virtual world on the forum and it brings me hope in our real world.

I began "reading" the Potter books on a trip from my folks house with my infant in the car. I listened to Prizoner of Azkaban. It was my first. When I got to my place, I had to sit in front of the tape player to finish it....nothing else would be done until it was done. Then I went and bought the first and borrowed the rest from the library until I bought number 5 soon after it came out. Then I went back and bought and re-read all of them until number 6. I was at Wal-Mart at midnight, with me at the check out and a friend in line to get the books. We went to my boat and read until we could no longer stay awake. In the morning it was more reading in the sun and on water rafts. I have no idea how many times I have re-read. I find myself checking a theory and finishing the book. Planning a trip to FL in a couple of weeks and have number 6 on audio tape so that we can listen to something for the long drive.

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totyle - Mar 9, 2007 1:19 am (#1926 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Mar 9, 2007 2:17 am

Hello,

I actually joined last year but did not post anything for a long time so the account expired. Have just rejoined as I find rereading the books at this stage gives rise too sooooo many questions that it is hard not to want to butt into the forum discussions!

I am 39, married with three kids who all love Harry Potter and hail from Malaysia. I first bought PS when it first came out, totally disliked it and kept it partially unread for many years. Disliked the style of writing and just could not understand the hype surrounding HP. Until...one day spotted OOTP hard cover at half price and ended up buying that and all the rest of the preceeding books and ended up being hooked BIG time. I reread the books all the time these days and each reread gives rise to so many things that did not appear significant at an earlier reread.

I know this isnt the place for chit chat but not sure where to post this query...reading through the old posts I started wondering regarding Sly Girl. Does anyone else think that she could be JKR herself? (going bright red and hiding face in hands) I know Sly Girl's intro says she's from the US....

totyle, I want to assure that Sly Girl (formerly Slytherin Girl) is not Jo Rowling. Sly Girl was in our first group of members on this forum and was in the first group to be invited on board as a Host in 2003. I have talked personally to her and can verify that she does live in the United States. I am sure that she would be quite honored that you felt that she could be Jo.

About this time three year ago, she was working with a designer and friend in an attempt to get a web site up and running. Due to the time restraints, she resigned as a Host in mid-March 2004. I really miss her because she was very talented; however I respected her decision. If I can find the time, I may call her and relay the message in your post.

Also, welcome to the posting side of the Forum. I look forward to your messages in the future. - Kip Carter 2:17 am PST (forum time) Friday 9 March 2007


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Mudblood and Proud - Mar 19, 2007 5:37 pm (#1927 of 2004)

Hi I am Kieran. I am a 26 year old medical student in the north east of Scotland.

It amazes me that a single human being can create a world as romantic and idylic as that of Harry Potter's. If only it were published when I were at School!

That she has got so many children interested in reading and has contributed so much to British literature merits much more than an OBE!

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Jenniffler - Mar 24, 2007 10:24 am (#1928 of 2004)

Hi, I'm Jenn. I really like the discussions, but I rarely felt the need to post much until the announcement of the final book, DH. I want my ideas on record.

I'm from Texas and am not as witty or in depth as many other of our Lone Star forum members. Harry Potter is a really great hobby and since my husband indulges my obsession, ahem, I mean enjoyment of the HPLF, it makes a great addition to my bookworminess.

P.S. Long live the Alchemy theorists. I think JKR totally used this to "philosophically" make the outline of this great epic.

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Bellatrix Lastrange - Mar 31, 2007 8:58 am (#1929 of 2004)

Well, I'm a BIG Harry Potter fan and I love J.K.R's writing style. The woman is brilliant. I am also an aspiring writer myself, but I don't think I can hold a candle to what she does. I am currently taking a class on the Harry Potter series and I discovered HP Lexicon while searching the net. I love reading the forums, so I thought I might join and throw in my two cents.

Oh, and the reason why I chose Bellatrix Lastrange for my name is because I love in Book 6 how much she hates Snape. And I didn't spell her last name wrong on purpose, I did that so I wouldn't steal away her glory she has in the books.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Apr 9, 2007 8:22 am (#1930 of 2004)
Edited Apr 9, 2007 9:24 am

Hi, I'm Jenn. I've been a member for quite awhile now, but it's been so long since I've poseted, and so many new people have joined it seemed I should re-introduce myself.

I'm a 21 year old college student from Cleveland, Ohio. I'm engaged, and currently starting to plan the wedding. I'm addicted to Potter, as is my fiance (although due to his super busy schedule he's WAY behind and hasn't even finished OotP yet!!) My favorite character is Sirius (obviously) and I have a little black Pom lovingly named Baby Padfoot after him.

-Jenn

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Charlotte Ash - Apr 10, 2007 6:43 am (#1931 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Apr 10, 2007 10:30 am

I found you, Bellatrix hahaha! here is a link to that forum I told you about: Link removed by Host it should work...oh yes and if you want to find all that junk I wrote just click search and type in my name...

Please do not put live links in posts. You can tell people about other sites via email or put a link in your profile. Thanks! Denise P. (Edited by Denise P. Apr 10, 2007 7:49 am)

An additional edit by Kip: Do not use this thread for messages to individuals who have provided information about themselves. This thread is strictly for members to "Tell About Yourself!" This post will be allowed to stay for a while in the hopes that others will read it and understand the purpose of this thread. Please read the original post that created this thread. Also do not use this thread to respond to either the two posts from Denise P. or Kip Carter. Use the # Questions for the Host(s) thread if you wish to reply.

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vega ome - Apr 13, 2007 5:21 pm (#1932 of 2004)

Howdy All,

Just testing to see if I can post. I am over 40 and a fan. I live out in the woods in a dark hollow. Venus is still out as big as ever tonight. Take Care

v/r

Mike

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kathy5 - Apr 15, 2007 3:39 am (#1933 of 2004)
Edited Apr 15, 2007 4:42 am

hello, My name is Kathy.

I am very new to harry potter.

we got all of the movies for our son who is 6 for Christmas.

I must tell you I am hooked.

I know the movies are good but the books are so much better!!!

I just finished book 5 on audio tape.

got started on book 6 & tape 5 was broken Sad now I have to wait a week until another copy comes in to our local libairy

I want to be all caught up when book 7 comes out.

I have 2 kids A girl who is 8 & our son who is 6

I am married going on 13 years this June

we live in NH we have a small zoo with 7 budgies, 1 cat, 1 bunny & 4 koi gold fish with 2 sucker fish. I work part time as a pharmacy tech Kathy

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Bible Spice - Apr 19, 2007 12:08 pm (#1934 of 2004)

I don't think I ever introduced myself. I've been lurking since the beginning of 2007 and posting for about a month.

I am an academic in the field of religious studies, and a Harry Potter fan (of course).

I am married to a thetrical lighting designer whose enthusiasm for HP outpaces mine by a significant margin. She is less inclined to go online to speculate and theorize than I am, though. She likes the surprises, while I love to sore into the expanse potter-bilities to avoid the soul-crushing realities of struggling in the academic world. I just got a new job for the Fall, though. So perhaps you will see me posting less come August.

We are the proud parents of a black and white cat (creatively) named Tuxedo. She's female, but we named her for menswear anyway.

Glad to be here, and looking forward to sharing Hp and the Deathly Hallows with the community when it arrives.

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Vox Gerbilis - May 6, 2007 9:54 am (#1935 of 2004)

Hello, I'm pleased to join this forum after "lurking" for quite some time.

I'm a 40-year-old attorney, married, with one child. I never paid much attention to Harry Potter, assuming that they would not have much appeal for me. My literary tastes are arrested in the 19th century (favorite authors: Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot), and I've never cared for fantasy. Last fall my first-grade daughter wanted to read PS/SS, and I agreed to help her. I was amazed to discover the Dickensian qualities of JKR's writing, especially the psychological realism, the extensive use of secondary characters, and the funny names. I was immediately hooked, and I raced through the entire series. Can't wait for July 21!

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gankomon - May 10, 2007 3:42 pm (#1936 of 2004)
Edited May 10, 2007 4:46 pm

Salutations,

An interested observer of the Lexicon for some time, I am a former professional musician who now runs a corporate forum and knowledge base. I have enjoyed the varied theories of the community members, thus determined that participation would be a logical step.

My reading interests other than Harry Potter run to CS Forester, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Costain, Josephine Tey and Helen MacInnes among others. I particularly enjoy reading Catullus in Latin and Miyabe Miyuki in Japanese.

Yoroshiku onegai shimasu (please treat me well),

gankomon
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I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered.
-Number 6

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Amelie Ferrer - May 11, 2007 4:00 am (#1937 of 2004)

Hi, I'm Amelie. I'm 23 and currently living in London. I'm originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne in the north of England but i've spent large parts of my childhood living in both Italy and France (as my mother is Italian and my father is French). I miss all three places very much. In my spare time i enjoy reading and watching football (despite the terrible season Newcastle United are having!)... and as you probably guessed i'm a big fan of the Harry Potter books and i'm eagerly awaiting the final installment!

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Crystal Taylor - May 22, 2007 12:32 pm (#1938 of 2004)

My name is Crystal, and I am hopelessly addicted to Harry Potter. Ha-Ha. I had boycotted HP at the beginning, just cause everyone was making such a big deal about it. But then my mom handed me her copy of book 1, and before I was half way through I went and bought my own copies of 1-4. I reread and listen to the books on tape alot... to see if I missed anything. I can't wait to see what everyone else thinks about everything, too. I have 4 children who all love Harry Potter, my oldest is 10 and has read them all, all by herself.

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Ungrateful Son - May 22, 2007 2:37 pm (#1939 of 2004)

Hey fellow Muggles! I am haymoni's son. I, unlike her, have a life. But I am obsessed with the Potter, Potter, Weasley song like the rest of you and the books. Can anyone else wait for Book 7!??!!?

In my other life away from Potterville, I am 13, play sports(baseball, football, wrestling) and love beating people at Halo2 and can't wait till Halo3!!

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journeymom - May 22, 2007 4:14 pm (#1940 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Catherine Jun 15, 2007 5:48 pm

I, unlike her, have a life.

Hey! I resemble that remark. Nice to meet you, Ungrateful.

Welcome, Amelie and Chrystal. I love it here. I hope you do, too.

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Freorge - May 29, 2007 4:17 am (#1941 of 2004)

Hi all! After years of reading all the posts I have finally decided to do the chat and greet seeing there isn't much time left until the last installment, it is now or never. I am from Australia and like all of you, I simply can't get enough of all things harry. I am a teacher and have two wonderful children of my own (6 & 7), who incidently love Harry Potter as well (Surprise, surprise). I really enjoy reading all your ideas, so keep them coming!

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Madam Poppy - Jun 10, 2007 12:46 am (#1942 of 2004)

I was a member of the Forum years ago, but fell away when I had to go back to work. I am still as big a Potter fan as ever. I now have an iPod with all the books on it. I suffered injuries to both my shoulders lifting freight at work in March of 2005. Since then I have been recovering from surgery and lots of therapy. I became a grandmother just a few days before the last book came out. My grandaughter's name is Lily. My husband had a stroke this past August and had to retire in December. We moved down to Reno to be near my family. I can't believe the last book is almost here! Poppy

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Erika Gryffindor - Jun 10, 2007 6:51 am (#1943 of 2004)

Hi, My name is Erika, I am almost 26 and am a HP fanatic...lol I have two young daughters, and I really hope that my enjoyment of reading carries over to them. When I first heard of HP a few years ago, I dismissed it as being a child series. Then I watched the first movie, and HAD to read the books. I read 1-5 in 3 days. I have since re-read them all multiple times and am so excited for July 21st that I can barely sleep. (I told you I was crazy right?) I also can't wait for OP to come out next month, It looks amazing.

Well, glad to be here with like minded crazy fans Smile

Erika

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Wendy F. - Jun 14, 2007 7:45 pm (#1944 of 2004)

Hello all! I met Lexicon Steve at Lumos last summer here in Vegas, and just saw him again over the weekend at Sonorus, and was reminded to join this forum. I'm married, live in Las Vegas, and have two sons who are also big Harry Potter fans. We'll be out there at midnight for any Harry Potter movie opening or book release. I'm looking forward to being here! Smile

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Remi - Jun 16, 2007 4:19 am (#1945 of 2004)

Hi everyone! I'm a 30+ yr-old who discovered the HP series in the Spring of 2000. I remembering reading the first 3 books in days, reading into the wee morning hours, and having a very hard time waiting the couple of months for GOF. Like most of you, I've re-read the books & re-listened to the audio versions about 20 times each (add the movies and I'm close to triple digits). I discovered the Lexicon in 2002, about 3 months after my first child was born. It was EXACTLY what I needed to get through being a new-mom without losing my sanity. And I've been hooked ever since. I log into the Lexicon & Forum atleast bi-weekly (sometimes 3x a day), but echoing Freoge's sentiment above, I felt that it was time to officially join before the last installment makes its way into the world. Thank you all for years of enjoyment!

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Erasmus - Jun 16, 2007 3:57 pm (#1946 of 2004)

I'm a 50ish male who drives one of those big yellow things that children love to see so early on a school morning. I enjoy everything: music, sports, the weather, etc. This comes from trying to see the love of it through the eyes of others.

I've always had a poor memory (It makes rereading Christie mysteries enjoyable.) So I studied physics through observation, logic, and understanding. I like riddles and roll playing computer games that require logic to solve. I love Hermione, yet envy her knowledge retention.

I appreciate what JKR's books have done to enhance literacy, especially vocabulary: contemptuously, sepulchral, protuberant, soporific, and detritus, just to name a few in The Order of the Phoenix alone!

An finally, God help me, buy my personality matches up with Madam Hooch (ISTP: Introverted, Sensing, Thinking and Perceiving). Thankfully, I am a fan of Zoe Wanamaker.

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leelou - Jun 18, 2007 5:45 am (#1947 of 2004)

Hi all I'm Tess and I'm a student from Poland(somewhere far far away:) I've been reading post for some time now:)I'm sooooo glad that I found this forum I'm crazy potteromaniac and love to read all your theories so post on:D

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Breck Breckenridge - Jun 18, 2007 3:01 pm (#1948 of 2004)

OK, here goes. I have been a member of this Forum for about 2-3 weeks now. A bit of a "Johnny-come-lately" to the society of adult Harry Potter readers/fanatics. Previously I had just read the books in my own little world with no input from anyone else, other than occasional quick discussions with my two sons, who first started reading the HP books when they first came out.

And, at first, I thought that the HP books were pretty light fare. Initially, I couldn't really resonate with Joanne's quirky inventions. they just seemed so "made-up". Her elves weren't like the usual picture one has of elves from other literatures; ditto goblins, etc. JKR was just making all this up out of whole cloth and it sort of irked me.

But I went ahead and kept reading each new book as it came out after, oh say, PofA. But that's when the books started getting really interesting too! Oh I still didn't like Joanne's plot device of having Harry in the Tri-Wizard even though he didn't put his own name in. I still think that one was pretty weak. I mean, Bart Crouch and Dumbledore standing around scratching their heads and saying, "Well if his name is in the goblet then he must be in the Tournament!"???

Yet despite my critiques of Rowling's plot turns and decisions I was really captivated by HBP! I read that through once and then about a year later, re-read it and then started to really get interested in "Who Killed Albus Dumbledore?". That led to the John Granger books and then from them to the online forums.

I am a horticulturist-botanist-landscape designer (depending on what I can find at any given time where I am living at any given time). I've lived all over alot of the U.S. doing one or more of those three things. I am also an astrologer and Christian, I might add. And I think that Joanne's books are very moral and in their own way Christian, so take that Fundamentalists!

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Katherine Bullock - Jun 22, 2007 5:40 am (#1949 of 2004)

Hi all!

I'm a 27 year old from Baltimore, Maryland. I teach 6th grade English in a public school.

I read the first book for a children's lit class as an undergrad and have been hooked ever since. I've recently reread the series for the 3rd time in preparation for the last book. Like all of you, I simply can't wait to get my hands on it.

Lately my mind has been all about Harry Potter (especially after rereading the books), so I found these forums and I think they're great. I love to theorize and I've been enjoying lurking here for about a week, so thought I might as well join in on the fun. Smile

Katherine

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Paul Potter - Jun 26, 2007 2:09 pm (#1950 of 2004)

Hi my name is Paul and I am 33 from Northern Ireland I have been reading the forum for a couple of years but have just joined.

I have been a fan of Harry Potter since GOF and can't wait for DH to come out.

I think the movies are very disapointing as not only do they leave half the story out but change facts so I prefere the books.
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babySherrykoko - Jun 27, 2007 12:13 am (#1951 of 2004)

Hi all! I'm a college student from Taiwan. I major in English and I'm a big Harry Potter fan!! (although my literature teacher doesn't like that...) I'm looking forward to make new friends here.

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FeatherDuster - Jul 9, 2007 10:12 am (#1952 of 2004)
Edited Jul 9, 2007 11:12 am

Hello Everyone! I have always been a big fan of the Harry Potter series but thanks to Steve and his enthusiasm, I have a brand new hobby of browsing the websites (especially the Lexicon) for all the essays and new perspectives on the characters and story lines.

I am a College student from Michigan. My major is Vocal Music Education and I enjoy performing in community theatre and singing for fun. My other hobbies are being a self proclaimed foodie (a lover of fine food that isn't a culinary professional), Baking and fencing (the sport that allows you to stab your friends without getting in trouble). I hope to have fun with all of you on the forum! I'll be talking to all of you soon!

Ps: my favorite book so far is Order of the Phoenix. ( I think it really shows that harry isn't invincible and he does need help from the other characters)

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Lily Potter Fan - Jul 9, 2007 10:23 am (#1953 of 2004)

Hello I'm new! I've been reading here for a while but finally broke down and joined. Everyone on here seems really nice and smart. I love that punctuation and spelling is maintained; and none of that text messaging stuff is aloud. I'm 38 and have never sent a text message in my life, so I can't read those things!

Anyway, I'm rambling. Happy to be here!

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Joanna Lupin - Jul 10, 2007 3:03 am (#1954 of 2004)

Hi all!

I'm not exactly new here, but I return to the forum after two years away. I'm 24 and study to become a teacher of English as a second language (in fact, I'm toying with the idea of writing my thesis on the usefulness of Harry Potter books in the language acquisition lol). I live in a beautiful republic of Poland. My adventure with Harry Potter started in 2003 with an innocent present from my sister. She gave me a book ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ and I took it gladly, eager to improve my English. It was a delightful treat! I remember the agony of having to wait until I could get my hands on the next book in the series. I remember pleading with my parents to go and buy the next one, unable to face another day of waiting. And now I'm counting down days until my copy of DH arrives...

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Miss Malaprop - Jul 12, 2007 1:09 am (#1955 of 2004)

Hello everyone! I’m a 25 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. A long time ago I was a faithful reader of the forum but dropped off when I returned to study. Now it’s as if I’ve suddenly realised the world is going to end very very soon and I’d like to be back among people who are also aware of this dreadful fact!

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Lanky Lisa - Jul 14, 2007 5:30 am (#1956 of 2004)

Im Lisa and im from the UK, Ipswich to be precise that doesnt have a quidditch team and Slytherin is supposadly from round here. I love the lexicon and have a few theories and all that. Completely addicted to the books and am having a harry potter themed party on the 21st, mainly because thats when we finish sixth form but a good excuse none the less. I also have a strange habit of doodling dark marks on my arm.

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Ms Amanda - Jul 14, 2007 1:40 pm (#1957 of 2004)

Howdy! I'm Ms Amanda and I've been on the forum for many years. Just coming back after a lengthy move from Nashville, Tennessee US to Maryland, US. Great to have the chance to talk to everyone again!

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CatBailey - Jul 16, 2007 4:27 am (#1958 of 2004)

Hello, everyone! I'm Catherine, from Columbia, SC. I'm currently a waitress by profession, but acting, singing, and dancing are truly my passions. (Anyone in the area? Come see "The Secret Garden" at Workshop - I'm currently playing a ghost in the show - gorgeous musical based on the children's book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.)

I first read the books about a year after GoF came out, after being told by numerous adults that I should read them because I would absolutely love them. Obviously, they were right - an obsession was born. I read nearly all of SS that first night - I finally just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer - and tore through the next three books within the week.

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LittleGinny - Jul 17, 2007 12:33 am (#1959 of 2004)

Hello, everyone!

I used to be here a couple of years ago, till some time after HBP came out, and have now, after a long hiatus, found my way back into HP-fandom.

I used to be known as Little Ginny back then, but for some reason or other, World Crossing doesn't want me to have that space in between, and all tricks to fool it and change my username didn't work (thanks for the suggestions anyway, Kip!), which is why I'm leaving it as it is.

I'm super-excited to be back, and even more excited about the fact that I'll be holding the book in my hands next Saturday!

On the not so exciting part, I'm still studying English and History, as I used to do all those years back, and have the vague idea of getting my B.A. next Spring. Oh, and I'm still living in Germany, although I recently spent some time in Kent.

Looking forward to discussing with you all!

~Mary Ann

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PhD - Jul 18, 2007 6:56 am (#1960 of 2004)

Hi! I've lurked here for years, but only joined yesterday. Not sure why I didn't join earlier, but at least I'm here now. I'm married, 34, a student, and an associate director of a research center. My mom introduced me to Harry Potter and I was hooked instantly!

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Hungarian Horntail 10 - Jul 18, 2007 12:00 pm (#1961 of 2004)
Edited Jul 18, 2007 1:13 pm

Hello, my name is Priscilla. I am 10 years old and I just joined Lexicon. I enjoy reading and playing video games. My favorite Harry Potter book is the fifth so far. I am reading the sixth right now. My favorite video games are Elebits and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I also enjoy being on the computer.

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Nicoline Vance - Jul 19, 2007 9:59 pm (#1962 of 2004)

Hi! I have been lurking for a long time, but I thought I would finally just jump in. I have worked at a public library for 9 years in the Children's Department. I picked up The Prisoner of Azkaban to see what all the fuss was about, and I got hooked.

I live in the beautiful state of Oregon, with my husband and 2 children. I have converted my husband to a fan, but my children are still too young. I can't to share the books with them when they are ready.

N.

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mysweetdar - Jul 23, 2007 4:39 am (#1963 of 2004)

Hi, All!!!! I, too, have been lurking on this site, for years....The excitment of the arrival of the last book,finally compelled me to sign on, as I just couldn't keep my mouth shut, any longer... My name is Darlene, and I'm a 49 year old mom, and grandmother, from Pennsylvania. I'm a hairdresser, have been for over 20 years..I love to read, craft , and make quilts. Jo has certainly made a wonderful world, to escape to.....And I loved finding sites, where there are so many others, as obsessed as I am. I am looking forward to sharing, and caring, with all of you!

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Mrs Figg - Jul 23, 2007 6:16 am (#1964 of 2004)

Hello,

Well I am brand new to the forums though I have been a fan of the Lexicon site for some time. I am a quarter of a century old and gaining, I live in Nashville, TN and I am working on obtaining my PhD in Materials Science (1 more year to go!). I am a huge Harry Potter fan and was introduced to the books by my Mother who was reading one with her Middle School class. My favourite books are: Anything by Jane Austen (especially Pride & Prejudice), Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, LJ Smith series, and the Count of Monte Cristo. Of the HP books I would say Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite. I chose my forum name because I love cats (I have two and wish for more though my husband does not feel the same), and unfortunately I exhibit no magical tendencies. Nice to meet you all:)

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halfmoon - Jul 25, 2007 7:57 am (#1965 of 2004)

Hello all!

I registered to this forum because I have just finished reading the last book and I was starving for the place I can discuss things with fellow enthusiastic fans.

My name is Mari, and I am 40 years old, female, living and working in Tokyo, Japan.

Seven years ago, I started reading the book one, thinking it would help me to learn English. A few years later, I was learning English to read Harry Potter!

Anyway it did help my English a lot, as the book one took me a few month to read through, with looking up dictionaries a few times per sentence, and the book seven took me only two days, with a few times per chapter. I think I can say it was bigger improvement than a certain Hogwarts student's spell work

I would like to thank you all who built and maintain the Lexicon. It helped me great deal to look up this and that, and to build up my own theories, which I recently found mostly wrong LOL

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Potteraholic - Jul 25, 2007 8:39 am (#1966 of 2004)

Hi all fellow HP Forummers! I am a 39 year old teacher working in a NYC public elementary school and living in Brooklyn. I have no children, except for the 25 or so who become part of my growing extended family every year. I also have no pets because of my roommate's allergies to fur and dander. (I know there are other fur- and dander-free pets out there in the world, but I am not the person who would appreciate them as pets.) If I could have a pet, I'd prefer cats to dogs (they're more independent and more importantly, do not need to be walked) and would love to find one that looked like McGonagall's animagus.

Have been reading the Forum since it was first created and even signed on as a provisional member under the name 'Potter-aholic' in 2003. Wrote a couple of posts, then just lurked the Forum for years after that. Have decide to make a commitment to the Forum and finally registered. Have dropped the hyphen in my user name; 'twas completely annoying to remember to type it in and 'twas unnecessary to boot.

YAY! Love having unlimited posts. Now, it's just a question of finding things to post!

Had part of what follows posted in the wrong site ("July 19th - 24th Changes - Please Read!") and thought it made more sense to post it here.

I would also like to thank Lexicon Steve for creating this website. I have been lurking the Lexicon for years (more than I care to divulge!) and have only had the courage to post twice in all that time. The third time's the charm, they always say, so I thought I should use this 3rd post to thank everyone here at the Lexicon for giving me years of fascinating, well-presented and well-debated theories to read and be excited by over the years. All your ideas, Lexicon posters, really heightened and informed my many rereadings of the books.

Visiting the Lexicon is the very first thing I did after I finished reading Deathly Hallows. This is my home for all things Harry and I feel about this Lexicon the way Harry feels about Hogwarts. It's like Dumbledore tells Harry in OotP, Chapter 26, "I am not worried, Harry. I am with you."

Thank you everybody and looking forward to reading more thought-provoking posts.

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Littlesaintnick - Jul 26, 2007 4:12 am (#1967 of 2004)

Hi all. I'm 37 year old apprenticing piano technician and full time mom in Pennsylvania. I registered and lurked after Half Blood Prince but actually don't remember if I posted.

I adore books in general, but the Potter books are certainly my all time favorite series followed closely by Lord of the Rings. I started reading the Harry Potter books after Prisoner of Azkaban came out and not too long before Goblet of Fire. Before that, I hadn't heard of them.

Thanks for some very thougt provoking discussions!

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Accio Sirius - Jul 28, 2007 9:56 am (#1968 of 2004)

Hi all, According to Kip, it's been over a year since I was here and I had to sign up all over again. I recognize some familiar names and was pleased to get my old user name back.

Originally, I was one of the people who didn't get the HP craze, having never picked up a copy. I certainly didn't understand the adults who liked the books. Then someone gave me the first book to read when my son was in the hospital. I was hooked. As my son spent more and more time in the hospital, the books became my personal retreat.

I finished the last book by trading off reading the last few chapters aloud with my 10 year old daughter and it was a wonderful experience to share with her. It was very bittersweet in so many ways. The last time a new book came out, I still had my son with me. He's gone now and I was surprised how much of him was tied to the books for me. It was an end to so much, but I hope to discuss the HP world with all of you for a long time. Thanks. See you on the forum.

Laura

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megfox* - Jul 29, 2007 2:56 pm (#1969 of 2004)
Edited Jul 29, 2007 6:13 pm

Hello?

I am looking for my Harry Potter friends...

Kip said I could find you all here...

I've come back to play with all of you. For those of you who don't remember/know me, my name is Meg, and I was an original member of this forum. If you look waaaaay back to the beginning of this thread (like #37) you will see me, just without the * at the end. I had to take a wee sabbatical and clean up some messes in my life, but after reading DH in less than 8 hours, I realized that I was missing my HP friends and decided it was high time I came back to you all.

So, about me... I am a 28 year old high school History teacher; I live in York, Maine, with my husband Andy, my daughter Maddy, a beagle named Jetta and a cat named Tessie, and my stepson Noah (every other weekend). When I was last on the forum, Maddy was an infant - she is now a "terrible" two. To all you who are wondering, yes, I will post or send you pictures, I swear. I love the outdoors, good wine and food, the Red Sox, teaching, and of course, all things Harry Potter.

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PyroGrl - Aug 2, 2007 9:31 pm (#1970 of 2004)

Evidently I need to post on here every now and then to stay a member.

Hola. I'm not exactly "new", per se, but I haven't been HERE in over two years. I live over at the Fanfiction forums, mostly. So.

My name is Brittany, and in three months (!!!) I will reach legal age in Canada. Yay me! But I have a nephew who can't say "Brittany", so he calls me "Didi". I'm rather fond of that nickname, and lately that's what I'm known as - though you veterans of the boards may remember me as "Pyro" (*gag*). So, I've been reading Harry Potter for ten years and I've been a part of fandom for about five, nearly six, years now. I stick mostly to fanfiction, and I am a proud shipper. Well, I suppose anyone can ship, but...I tend to stray from canon. For instance, my OTP (one true pairing, for those unfamiliar with shipping language) is Draco/Hermione. Oh, I know that it'll never happen. I just see chemistry. And potential. And isn't that why fanfiction exists, anyways?

Enough about fanfiction. I also am into fan art; you can see some of my examples over at the FF forums, but I also plan on setting up my own website where I will post them.

So about me in my so-called "life". Well, I just got accepted to the University of Alberta, so that's where I'll be all of next year - and hopefully for the next few years. =] I'll be an English major, Drama minor, and I am also taking psychology and Latin courses. I like to write and sketch (I work at Michaels Arts and Crafts, where I am teaching a course in pencil portraits) and I hope to someday become an author - though if I ever get the opportunity to act, I'll take it!

I'm a musicals fan, with tastes ranging from Hairspray! to Jesus Christ Superstar (which I hope I'm allowed to say on here). I am a fan of Drew Sarich, and I don't like Orlando Bloom, and I have a strange obsession with Daniel Radcliffe's upper lip - just his upper lip. The rest of him can, I don't know, skip away. And I'm pretty random. I hope I don't frighten anyone.

And evidently, my one true house at Hogwarts is Slytherin due to my "sadistic, possessive, selfish and power-hungry nature".

And that was spoken lovingly by a friend. Oh well - it's the house that was home to my favourite Potterland family, the Malfoys, as well as Blaise Zabini, Rom Tiddle, Bellatrix, and Severus Snape. So it's all well and good. =]

Didi out.

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Chelsealyn - Aug 4, 2007 8:22 am (#1971 of 2004)
Edited Aug 4, 2007 9:29 am

HELLO EVERYONE!! My name is Chelsea (Chelsealyn) but its Chels for short. I live in Hamilton, Ontario and I'm in high school. I've been a fan of the Harry Potter series ever since my grandparents gave me the first book when I was about 7 (I still think an owl is going to come with a letter from Hogwarts and I'll be able to get on the train on September 1st). Most of my friends are fans of the movies but haven't read the books (tsk tsk) so it's kinda hard to talk about Harry Potter with them (they also think my book obsession it a bit strange but whatever). I'm also a fan of the movies (especially of Daniel Radcliffe but thats a whole other story).I think I would be in Gryffindor or Ravenclaw. I sort of have a crush on Oliver Wood and Charlie Weasley even though they are only in a few books, but don't tell anyone that;)and Severus Snape is one of my FAVOURITE characters! My favourite books I would have to say are Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows, but I love them all. I'm a major art lover and I love being creative, I'm planning on going into computer animation when I'm older. Also, when I'm talking to people, I tend to be a bit random but I'll try not to do that while I'm here :)I've always been a fan of this site but just resently joined the forum. I love reading all the posts and can't wait to join in with some of my own theories!(Oh this is so exciting!) --Chelsealyn

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QueenMaab - Aug 7, 2007 4:48 pm (#1972 of 2004)

Hello everybody. I go by QueenMaab when I post online. I used to be quite a freak of a fan-fic writer, but quit once I began writing my own first novel, which I am taking a break from at the moment.

I am 29 and have two children ages 7 and 5. I took my eldest, Gwenyth, to the midnight magic party at Barnes and Noble for the release of DH and we dressed as Tonks (me) and Hermione. They had a sorting hat there and I was sorted into Slytherin house. I swear that hat knows that Severus Snape is my favourite character and I have a Lucius Malfoy staff stashed away in my costume piles. lol.

I work with severe medically fragile children, caregiving, loving them, and sharing my HP on CD with them. (snicker) I also pass medications and am currently working on a project to promote interdepartmental camaradarie, through the diversity committee at work. I lead an incredibly busy life and so will be an infrequent poster, but I love everything HP and have used the Lexicon in the past to assist me with facts for writing fan-fics.

My greatests loves are play-acting, writing, reading, children of all developmental stages and levels of health, and learning new skills.

Nice to meet you all. Maab

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Lily Evans - Aug 9, 2007 1:44 am (#1973 of 2004)
Edited Aug 9, 2007 2:49 am

Hello. My name is Lily.I live in Greece and I am in high school.I am the biggest fan of the Harry Potter since 1999 when I read the first book of J.K.Rowling.If I was a student in Hogwarts I probably would be in Gryffindor or maybe in Ravenclaw.My favourite book is the order of the phoenix and now that I read the last book I think it would be one of my favourite.I love Fred and George,they are so crazy but all the characters have something I like.When I'll go to the university I want to be a doctor.I didn't know about this forum since a week.Now I am excited.

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Narcissa's Nemesis - Aug 9, 2007 9:56 am (#1974 of 2004)

Hi fellow Potter obsessives (if thats not too strong a word!). I was floating around cyberland in a good impersonation of Nearly Headless Nick (although he is male and I am not!) feeling totally bereft at the end of Harry Potter and looking for some solace when I came across the forum via J K Rowling's (all hail the queen)website. Wow it's fab, although having now read DH 3 times in three weeks I've already spotted some updates needed! Kip you've got your work cut out! Anyhow here's me. I'm 25, female, living in Yorkshire in the UK (near Leeds where Matthew Lewis who plays Neville Longbottom in the films is from)and I swear that I'm an undetected Muggle-born and they forgot to send my Hogwarts letter when I was 11! I'm also a member of a Molly Weasley appreciation group called "Not my daughter you bitch" - I presume I'm allowed to post that seeing as it's a direct quote?! That's all for now. Happy Pottering!

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NFla Barbara - Aug 12, 2007 1:49 pm (#1975 of 2004)
Edited Aug 12, 2007 3:30 pm

Hello. I have been lurking for several years (almost obsessively for a few weeks after reading HBP) but finally had to register and start posting last month. I have two boys, one who does not read yet and the other going into fourth grade -- he has read all of the books several times. Well, all except DH; he read it once and we just finished listening to it on tape. He and his dad are off watching OoP as we speak (I took him when it was first released, but his dad did not get to go that time). I did not read books 1-3 when they first came out and dismissed all the fuss, but was converted a few summers ago. I think the name makes my gender and where I live pretty obvious, and as for age...let's just say I'm old enough to be Harry's mother.

Edited to add: I just took the Harry Potter Personality Quiz after seeing it on another member's intro, and was thrilled to see:

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

Is there a personality type that is a sucker for personality quizzes? I know I would have gotten a different result on a different day, but I can never pass one up.

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Orion - Aug 16, 2007 6:05 am (#1976 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Aug 16, 2007 7:05 am

Hello fellow Potterfans,

I'm 40 years old, female and I live in Germany. I've been a Potterfan for years, but after Deathly Hallows came out, I had to reread all the previous books because I didn't understand half of it. So I spent the last few days in a sort of half-trance, completely potterized, and I felt I wanted to talk to other fans about lots of questions. There is so much I don't quite understand, and maybe some of You have answers. There are lots of grown-ups here, that's great. I'm looking forward to lots of fierce discussions and hopefully also some fun. Lots of greetings, Orion

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tandaradei - Aug 18, 2007 10:50 am (#1977 of 2004)
Edited Aug 18, 2007 11:53 am

Below is an explaination for myself, which I posted in another forum.

I have decided to tell you the story of my username, mainly because the horse owners will never learn it from here (hint). I chose it a good while ago for usernames in various other and previous emails, forums and other such, mainly because I have this attachment to Tandaradei.

I am a Public Reference Librarian of the regular sort -- not like Noah Wyle as Flynn Carsen in The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004) (TV). The point being, that I am not intrinsically adventurous, just as one might expect of someone aspiring to this kind of job . But life plays funny and I married an adventurous Librarian almost of the Noah Wyle variety, almost by accident; and she owns horses and has a brother-in-law who makes me “cut and burn” overgrown calves and such; and so that’s my life.

And let me say something about horses. They are usually about 10 times your body weight, and bred for fast action, and have brains the size of a walnut, so you really need to pay attention to things, for everybody's sake. So that’s the overall picture: I am a librarian around horses.

A few summers back, some German professors purchased a filly they named Tandaradei; She was a just-weaned Oldenburg / Trakehner mix, bred to purpose for hunter-jumper events. And her owners left her at the owners’ barn for the summer, as they were “over the pond” to Germany. As she would be coming to our barn, I thought I’d get to know her. Now, Trakehners I’d seen had a real tendency to paw (they are a very expressive breed, with much spirit), so even though I was a librarian I thought I’d try to lessen her of that inevitable habit.

I got myself into more than I’d thought that summer, but stuck with her. She’d come up to me, towering over me even at 6 months of age, and paw at me curiously. I’d crouch beneath her, leaning back against the pole fence behind me, and grab her hooves as they came up; I gently pushed themed backwards & up as she’d paw, and she’d lose purchase power from them. It might have taken only once for me to misjudge her pawing, so I’d be injured; but it never happened, and she lessened of this habit. We also went on walks and such; I learned that she had incredible spirit: once a pack of dogs rushed and barked; she pivoted to stare them down; this is very untypical behavior in most horses.

Well I learned one other thing at that barn. She was fed regularly, and not having known any other kind of life, totally expected her feeding at a certain time, and would throw tantrums even if the feeding was slightly late.

Our barn here at Lubbock is pretty much a co-op venture: no boarding fees and we pay our own feed; and horses get fed when the various folks in this co-op can get off work, etc., to do it. Translation: our barn NEVER worked like clockwork.

To make a long story short, when she came to our barn a near-grown yearling, I happened to be in the pen with her when it got past feeding time. She got harsh fast, and began rearing. I sided by her so she couldn’t catch me with her hooves or bite me; but she quickly caught my strategy and ran away to charge. This went on for a bit and I suddenly realized that this librarian, me, was in way over my head. At one of her charges she came up close to me and reared, throwing her hooves up. I knelt down before her with my arms out. I think I was going to try to roll away when she came down, but something happened.

She pulled her hooves back, landed, and stared down at me, then snorted. She let out a tremendous huff and went to the far edge of her paddock, finding a piece of straw and munched it angrily.

I stayed in the pen with her until someone else fed.

Well, about a week later the bond between us had become inevitable. I think she realized she could have killed me and that she had made a choice to help me live; and I think somehow she had decided that for the rest of her life I was now her responsibility. Even when out and free, running around, she'll come to me to walk behind me.

Her owners are sometimes a bit jealous of how we communicated at first, but I’ve never wanted to ride her. We do have something close and private.



Here are a few pics of Tanderedei with her owners.

As for me, I've been a hardworking member of two vastly different forums in the past: NewClues and Box Office Mojo.

Oddly, those two forums eschewed HTTP, preferring BBC code. I had to unlearn to learn those; then relearn for here! Such is life.

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freshwater - Aug 21, 2007 8:51 am (#1978 of 2004)

Wow....thanks for explaining the story behind your user name, tandaradei, it's fascinating. Much more interesting than my story about fantasizing about buying a cottage on the southern shore of Lake Superior and naming it "Freshwater".

Do you pronounce the name "tan-dor'-uh-die"....or differently? And does it mean something in German?

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tandaradei - Aug 21, 2007 12:14 pm (#1979 of 2004)

hehe, there are stories to the name.

From what Tandaradei's (Tun-der-eh-DEI, said quickly) owners say, its first a lullaby -- sounding to them I guess like tum-de-dum sounds to American English; and also after this poet/romanticist Casanova or something. I elected the name without that prior knowledge.

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Narcissa's Nemesis - Sep 27, 2007 1:59 pm (#1980 of 2004)

Hi Everyone! I don't post that often but I've updated my user name. I used to be VLW8282 if anyone is bothered. I've kind of been using the forum to help me through my 'mourning period'. I call myself a Potter fan but I'm ashamed to admit I only discovered the site by 'seekin solace' on Jo's website! Some one hit me hard with their wand please for such negligence!

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Victoire Weasley - Oct 4, 2007 10:06 am (#1981 of 2004)

Hello everyone. I'm not exactly new to the forum, but it has been awhile since I have posted anything. I have two young children (daughter 2 years and son 8 months) so I don't get a whole lot of free time, but I love to read and re-read when I can.

I'm having a hard time accepting that the series is over, but I know that Harry and everyone else are still going strong here on the HPL Forum. Thanks.

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Kasey - Oct 6, 2007 12:34 pm (#1982 of 2004)
Edited Oct 6, 2007 1:35 pm

HI there everyone. I will not be able to post very often seeing as I live in Zimbabwe (in Southern Africa) but will try my best! Er...what does that mean I hear you wonder? Well I live in Harare, the capital city, and lately I have experiencing upwards of 14 hours of power outages a day. Yeah per day. Sure cuts into your Internet time. And forget broadband if you aren't earning squillions of dollars. But enough of the whinging!

This seems like a brilliant, vibrant, friendly forum and I am very excited to join it.

I am a thirty something small animal veterinarian who was introduced to the world of HP some 6 years ago when my older brother offloaded books one and oddly enough book three onto me on religious grounds (they had been given to my nieces but he deemed them unChristian and potentially corrupting; not worried about me though :-D). I had heard of Harry and gang and was curious to read these "kids' books". Well, from page one I was hooked and have remained so ever since. No mean feat in a country where HP books are as rare as Crumple-Horned Snorkack sightings.

Anyway, I have three dogs and two cats (the little very dark JRT in my pic is the light of my life, Cassie) - the one advantage of living in Africa is the sheer amount of living and garden space you can get - and of course we vets tend to collect pets from the surgery, strom drains etc. I am relearning knitting and help out with the local amateur dramatic society. I also have an unhealthy obssession with British cookery shows.

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Hieronymus Graubart - Oct 27, 2007 12:17 pm (#1983 of 2004)

Once upon a time, I as working in my garden all day. My daughter had brought an audio-book from the public library, and whenever I entered the house for one reason or another there was this voice telling about a magical train, a three-headed dog and what seemed to be a big friendship. I didn't get more then some paragraphs, but I thought: "Whow, this isn't a children book. I wish I could sit down and hear it all". Some months later, still hard working at the job, but the garden shut down for the winter season, we found time to read it all. And as we saw Harry maturing through the four books available then, we knew there were much greater things to come.

I am a scientist (Dr. rer. nat) working as a software engineer for several years. To compensate for all this high-tech stuff, I am very old-fashioned and non-electronic in private life. It took me six years to discover first JKR's web site and then The Lexicon. Beeing this ignorant had one great advantage: no spoilers! But we heard rumours about Dumbledore's death months before the Half-Blood-Prince was published in our language. Thus, Hary Potter not only started children to read books at all, it also started my fifteen-year-old daughter to read english novels in the original language. Alas, we still could not avoid to hear that "All was well" at the radio before we got our hands on the new book (should have shut it off by time, of course).

Browsing The Lexicon and this forum, I found that the translation of the books is not always as accurate as I would like it to be (but it seems there are even problems in translating british to american). So if I tell you nonsense or ask silly questions, please consider that I may not know it better. Some day I will re-read it all in english.

Do you like to see my brain at work? Well, here is the story of my nickname:

My first thought was "Bartholomew Craybird". This may not be really a good word-pun, but for me "Craybird" sounds much like "grey beard". Thinking it over, however, I felt that "Craybird" or "Greybeard" may be too close to "Greyback" and I would not like to be confused with the bad werewolf.

I decided to confess my origin and physical appearance and became "Bartholomäus Graubart". (Strictly german, I don't know how this ä-letter looks on your screens. I know there is a HTML tag to let it look right whereever you are, but I am not so often concerned with web design and my handbook is at the office.)

No, this is not really suitable for international use. Also, it may sound too much like "Bartemius". And I could not longer remember if there had been a special meaning in "Bartholomew" at the beginning. Since I didn't want to conjure a name up from thin air, I ended with a misspelled and germanized "anonymous".

Only some days later I realised that my initials actually are H.G. Now, is this accidental? Determination? Pure magic like this patronus stuff? Indeed she is my favourite character (although she seems to be H.W. by now).

Hieronymus

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wolf~ears - Oct 27, 2007 4:41 pm (#1984 of 2004)

Well, I'll tell about my name. I have a chronic illness, and so I sort of identified with Lupin (hence "wolf"), the wizard with a disability, and because I often have trouble reading print because my illness affects my ability to process information, I first listened to the first 6 books as audio books, hence "ears." That was about a year and a half ago, when the first 6 were all out already. But I read the last book in print, because I couldn't wait, and I've been going back and reading some of the others in print, and enjoying them even more. Lots to talk about.

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Orion - Oct 28, 2007 1:28 am (#1985 of 2004)

Grüß Dich, Hieronymus, ich wünsche Dir viel Spaß bei uns im Forum! And welcome, wolf~ears!

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Paisuma - Nov 27, 2007 1:19 pm (#1986 of 2004)

Hello everyone! I'm Nicole from Germany and Harry Potter fan for ages. I'm a lawyer, currently on maternal leave with my gorgeous little daughter, sometimes reading bits aloud to her even if she doesn't understand a word. I like reading, rock music, singing, cats, living in the city and I am an internet addict. Phew, glad we could talk about it. I'm really looking forward to the forum! Many Greetings to Orion!

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Ticker - Dec 21, 2007 4:42 pm (#1987 of 2004)

Hello. I first introduced myself on this post see #82, but since I've been off line for 2 years (it's expensive to be rural sometimes) I thought I'd re-introduce myself. My name is Kristie & I live in Cody, Wy. I am married to a strong, loving & gentle man who has no clue what I see in JKR's magical books & world. I also have 2 daughters (a new one since my last visit here) who do love Harry Potter. (OK the 1 1/2 year old loves any movie, movie case, picture of kids, animals...) My oldest is 4 years old now (I was pregnant with her in post #82). She wants to watch the Harry Potter movies except for the spiders (strangely she's OK with the 3 headed dog). She doesn't yet know there are scarier things in them since she watches only select parts. But I am thrilled, of course, to have someone in my house to share anything Potter with. It's even more interesting since she can't differentiate between movie reality & mundane reality.

It is truly wonderful to be post #1984 & see how many people have come here. I hope you find this forum (& the Fan-Fiction forum) an exciting place to share & expand your brain & a place to call home as well, because, let's face it, if you're reading this you have a Harry Potter addiction too.

Good to be back!

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Swedish Short-Snout - Jan 7, 2008 8:18 am (#1988 of 2004)

Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum, so I'll introduce myself. My name is Lisa, I live in Sweden and I'm 15. I spend my free time re-reading Harry Potter, trying to read the whole Lexicon, reading other books, playing bassoon, taking care of my two rabbits and competing in rabbit jumping. I think that's all there is to say about me.

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Jasmine Evans - Apr 2, 2008 11:29 am (#1989 of 2004)

Lisa, you and I just met in the Fanfiction forum today, and we're "neighbours", so to understand that I'm from the other side of Øresund: Denmark, about 90 minutes' drive from Copenhagen. My real name is Ulla.

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Candy Lianhart - Apr 14, 2008 6:42 pm (#1990 of 2004)

I am Candy, who is just a teen, but a very ambitious one at that. I am as of yet undecided as to my future trade. Some thoughts swirling around in my mind are: interpreter, professor, actress, author, and pyrotechnician. Very vast, perhaps, but then again, so am I! I am an avid Harry Potter fan, but a bigger adherent to writing and reading in general! I am always writing things, usually more than one, so there you are. I write fan fiction, poems, reality novels, etc. My favourite characters have to be Snape and the Weasley Twins. The twins because they make me laugh, and Snape because he is just so complex and interesting. And Not BAD! I have trusted him from the beginning, so THERE! The character I would mostly likely fall for? Hmm.. It's a close race between Draco and Cedric. Character I am most like? Hard to say, as I've been compared to many. Interesting fact about me?: I am a Henry VIII scholar. Not officially, but I think so, as I can answer pretty much any question about him, his wives, and his children.

I live in the USA, but plan on immigrating to Britain at the earliest oppurtunity. Probably when I get my first job after university. Well, there you are. You now know something about me.

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Sinistra - Oct 14, 2008 8:25 am (#1991 of 2004)

Hello, my name is Elisa, I live in Italy and I'm 28. I'm a newcomer in the Harry Potter world, as I read the whole series this year, and I immediately liked all the books (actually I've been a bit disappointed with the last one - I'll explain this in a thread about DH).

I discovered HP Lexicon a few months ago and I've been reading the forum for a while. I first registered to the forum a couple of months ago, but my subscription was unsuccessful due to World Crossing problems. Now I tried again, and I'm here at last.

I chose "Sinistra" as a user name because she's one of the most obscure characters in the books, so I thought that no one had been using this name yet. Incidentally, "sinistra" is also a word in Italian - it means "left" or "sinister".

English isn't my first language, but I'm doing my best to improve it. Writing on the forum will help too.

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Istani - Oct 14, 2008 4:01 pm (#1992 of 2004)

Hi, I'm new to this forum. My name's Jessica and I'm from Berlin, Germany. I always refused to follow that hype about Harry Potter until the last book was released and then I thought it couldn't harm to read them- at least it would be a good exercise in English. Needless to say, I got hooked. I read all seven books in less than two weeks. I discovered this forum many months ago and I've been lurking ever since then until I finally decided to join.

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Orion - Oct 15, 2008 8:42 am (#1993 of 2004)

Hi Sinistra and Istani! I hope you like it here and I'm looking forward to your ideas. It's great to see new people on the forum.

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Sinistra - Oct 15, 2008 9:11 am (#1994 of 2004)

Thank you.

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Matt Kik - Feb 11, 2009 12:46 am (#1995 of 2004)

Hi All

I'm new to the forum. My name is Matt and some of you will have known my father Tim who went by the names Timrew or Scrambledeggs (when he first joined the forum). I'm a thirty-year-old male from Sheffield, UK and I work as a stage technician in a theatre.

I haven't the slightest idea how I got into Harry Potter but I do know I didn't start reading them until book four was out. After that, I do remember the agony of waiting for the next book and am still suffering that to a certain extent with the films (there's NO good reason for them having delayed OoP film!) Smile

Well, that's about it I think. Nice to be here!

Matt

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shepherdess - Feb 11, 2009 11:15 am (#1996 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Apr 21, 2009 1:58 am

Matt, usually when we have a new member join the forum, people will greet them on the "Chat and Greetings Thread for Members" thread. I don't know if you've visited that thread yet, but starting around post #674, there are some greetings for you. The underlined bold "post #674" is a direct link to those messages starting at kaykay1970, "+ Chat and Greetings Thread for Members" #674, 11 Feb 2009 6:14 am.

Also, on the "You Know You're a Harry Potter/Lexicon Fan When" thread, there have been some mentions of your dad since we learned of his passing.

You might want to check those out.

Added comment: I added in a link and an additional sentence to the original post. – Kip

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Krzysztof - Apr 20, 2009 4:00 am (#1997 of 2004)
Edited Apr 20, 2009 5:01 am

Hi, to everybody

At start, I need sorry everyone for all my language mistakes - English isn't my first language, and i don't know it enough good.

I'm not only new on this forum, because I'm also very fresh Harry Potter fan. I started read first book three weeks ago, and I have finished read last a one weak ago Smile I'm from Poland (fourth person in this topic), more precisely from O¶wiêcim (maybe somebody know, near this city is museum of Holocaust: Aushwitz - Birkenau), and my name is Krzysztof (English: Christopher), I'm 22, and work in fabric on machines.

I read only polish translation of HP made by Andrzej Polkowski, so I hope this lexicon and forum will be my source of original quotes from books. I'm planing read carefully all books again and find every info to paint map of Hogwart myself. I should finish this project few months/half year.

One more time, sorry for my language errors.

Wêdrowca

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journeymom - Apr 20, 2009 6:55 am (#1998 of 2004)

Welcome, Krzysztof! I look forward to seeing you around. Your English is excellent.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Apr 20, 2009 7:32 pm (#1999 of 2004)

Welcome Kryzystof! I'm looking forward to your map. You are truly a Harry Potter fan, all seven books in two weeks! Please spend some time posting on the threads. LPO

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Mrs. Sirius - Apr 20, 2009 8:59 pm (#2000 of 2004) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Apr 21, 2009 2:21 am

Welcome Kryzytof. I hope to see you more on the threads, please visit the chat thread for more discussions. We have had some interesting discussions on a Translation thread which is not longer around, but maybe we could find the old one or start a new one. I just love the language of Potterverse and JK Rowling.

PS your English is fine, far better than my Polish (or my native Spanish)! Maritza

Added Comments by Kip Apr 21, 2009 2:21 am: To Our Members: This thread is used only for NEW members!

Please review the guidelines in the opening post that created this thread! I will add those comments again:

Make sure this thread doesn't get cluttered with chitchat! It should be used only for new members to introduce themselves and tell us something about themselves.

If you wish to welcome the new members and/or provide advice, use the Chat and Greeting Thread for Members thread. This was also explained by Host Mare- in her Jul 20, 2005 post.



I have added this comment to the message by Mrs. Sirius not as a comment only to her, but to all. I do not mind an occasional post by an old member, such as the one by shepherdess Feb 11, 2009 12:15 pm, which provides directions to where "welcoming" messages are located. I prefer a link included so that the new member will know where to find those messages.

Do NOT delete these additional posts because each post uses one of the 3,000 maximum number regardless of whether it no longer appears in the thread. Also maybe now everyone will understand not to add their "welcoming messages" to this thread.

With the Search function not operational, a link is excellent to go directly to an area within a thread.

To Kryzytof: Your welcoming messages begin with the Solitaire Apr 20, 2009 6:53 am post.


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Sarah Maltby - Jul 19, 2009 4:15 pm (#2001 of 2004)

Hello everyone! I too am a very new Harry Potter fan. My boyfriend bought the books for me (1-6) a few weeks ago after I bought the first two films on video and wanted to know more about Harry. I then bought the following three films on DVD and watched in quick sucsesstion and because I am very impatiant I then read book 6 and 7 (I ordered book 7 online about 1/2 way into book 6) first to see how it all ended. I've since read all 7 books in order again over the past week and a bit and I went to see the sixth film on Thursday. So I've had a very Harry Potter filled month! Anyway thats my story of how I came to like Harry Potter.

I'm 25 and from the U.K. I work in a shop and live with my boyfriend and our cat, Star. And I'm female obviously.

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Robert Tobin - Aug 17, 2009 5:48 pm (#2002 of 2004)

Hi everybody, I might be the oldest HP Fan here 69 years old. I have ALL the movies plus, on my MS FS2004 Flight Simulator I have Hogsmeade and the A330 Airbus: The Hogwart Express. When I find out how to download images I will put some screen shots of me flying over Hogwarts.

I am a MAD movie buff, I have 800 DVDs. I have worked in the Movie industry, recently as a screen extra on the Queensland Gold Coast, Australia where Warner Bros have a world class studio complex. Our movie crews are the best in the World according to Hollywood production companies. I did a 6 day shoot for a TV series called "Roar" about 5th century Ireland. It starred the late great Heath Ledger whom I befriended. He is a huge loss to the industury.

Hope I can contribute to this Forum.

Live Long & Prosper

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Robert Tobin - Aug 17, 2009 6:45 pm (#2003 of 2004)
Edited Aug 17, 2009 7:47 pm

archivist’s note: this post didn’t archive with any text –perhaps the original had a picture or link which didn’t save in Notebook.

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Lady Arabella - Dec 31, 2009 10:33 am (#2004 of 2004)

Whew! I promised myself I would start posting on the Forum this year instead of just reading. Looks like I made it in the nick of time.

I am female, middle-aged (horrid phrase, but, alas, true!), living in Silicon Valley, California, and working as a Business Administrator at a medium-sized church. The fun thing about working in a church office is that I get to do a lot of different things and meet many different people during the day. The frustrating thing about working in a church office is that I have to do a lot of different things and put up with many different people every day. I also work a few hours a week as a Bridal Consultant at a local department store, helping couples set up their gift registries.

I first found the Forum back in 2005 after HBP came out. My friends, although dear, good people, aren't interested in Harry Potter (go figure) and I was desperate for discussion about the momentous events on the Astronomy Tower. So I turned to the Internet - I googled "Did Snape really kill Dumbledore?" and was led straight to the Snape thread on this Forum. I soon found my way to other threads, and it wasn't long before I was hooked. The depth and thoughtfulness of the discussions reminded me of those of the late, great, Babylon 5 (my favorite show of all time), and I so appreciated the emphasis on standard language use.

I didn't actually join the Forum as a member until 2007, and here it is, the tail-end of 2009 before I am actually posting - do I qualify for the Procrastinators' Club? I've hesitated posting because I don't have a computer at home, so use the one at work - not that anyone in the office cares, but there are already so many distractions to actually working . . . . plus, I'm not really HTML-literate, so I'm typing with my fingers crossed (awkward, that!), hoping that, indeed, a blank line starts a new paragraph and I didn't have to put break tags in . . .

This summer I volunteered at "Antiques Roadshow" when it was filmed in San Jose. It was great fun to see all of the behind-the-scenes activities that go into the making of the show. It was also exhausting - my group of volunteers ferried people and their treasures from the generalist appraisers at the entrance, to the specialist appraisers (the ones you see on TV). Each of us walked between 16-20 miles that day!

I enjoy most things except for exercise and politics - although, as I love to bake, it probably would be better for me if I enjoyed exercise more! I am very glad to be here, and wish everyone a Happy 2010!
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