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Post  John Bumbledore on Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:40 pm

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- JK Rowling Official Site Vol. 2 (9 Nov 2004 - 14 Jul 2005)


Kip Carter - Nov 9, 2004 3:31 am (#0 of 2930)
Edited by S.E. Jones Sep 20, 2006 12:37 am

Less than six months ago (15 May 2004), Jo Rowling gave us a treat, her own web site. Immediately Liz Mann started a thread at 7:39am PST that became one of the most popular threads on the Lexicon Forum. The limitation on maximum messages is quickly approaching and this new thread is established to continue the discussions on the wealth of information provided on Jo's web site.

The original thread JK Rowling Official Site has Permanent status, has been renamed [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and eventually will move to our Archived folder. Hopefully much of the data concerning the clues on the site will be preserved when our editors edit the original thread.

Marè, one of our excellent Hosts, was kind enough to share her compilation of the clues JKR has provided on her site so far. Here are some of her comments and suggestions: (Being her posts are normally in a "dodger blue" type color, I felt that her input should stay that way."

... maybe the first post in the new thread could be a reference to all the clues, a place where everybody can link back to if they are being asked again how many clues, where to find them etc. etc.

"... I would suggest that as long as the door is still open when you put it up there, make the last part about the 3 chapter titles in white as not to spoil anyone. (We should make that policy anyway, I got accidentally spoiled with the last clue and I didn't like it.)

Maybe Sarah can add some more screen shots in the last part if she has them."" "

I have not been able to provide Sarah's screen shots at present; however below is Marè's compilation: (I did make some edits from her original post.)
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To create this list I used posts and links from the following members:

Nmnjr, Denise P., Madam poppy, Tomoé, Ginney Weasley, Marè, Sherbie Lemon, S.E. Jones, Grant the Great, TGF, septentrion, mollis, Thora, Neville Longbottom, Cuivienen, Lady kazuma, Bumbledore.
Screenshots were taken by S.E. Jones, Ozymandias and Bumbledore. Thank you!
Also a thanks to the text version of Jo's site (saves me typing) and The Leaky Cauldron (and its archives) where all the news and dates can always be found!

These are all the working links to Jo’s site:

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Specific things about the site:

If you leave the main page up, you will hear several things:
a dog barking,
an owl hooting,
a radio coming off and on ; you can also turn the radio on and off yourself if you go to the « extra stuff » site and use the switch.
a phone ringing (Hello? Hello? Is anyone there?),
a doxie flies across the desk and knocks over the pencil cup and at the same time the watch glows for a moment and changes appearance.

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

When it's day everything is light (the window next to the closed door) and the butterfly is a blue butterfly, when it's night there are moon and stars and the butterfly is a moth.

The Latest Rumor ads:
The Quibbler ad says, "Fudge forced to flee...Minister for Magic chased from office". There is one for a Muggle-Deterring Gate, one from Borgin & Burkes and a Celestina Worbeck (sp?) concert. An ad for Magi-Me More and one for Madam Malkin.

Easter eggs:

There are currently seven « Easter eggs » (hidden surprises) that you can find by clicking and moving things on the site.

For all the seven surprises a hint will be given, then a complete instruction as how to find it in white highlight to read and a screenshot for all the people who can only access the text only version.


1. Manuscript of Philosopher's Stone

Go to "Extra Stuff" (the coffee cup) and use the eraser (the white block) over the empty sheet of paper.
It reveals four things that must be collected to receive this extra.

Spoiler:
Leaves: This one's easy, just look up.
Spider: Think about where you see an annoying spider that keeps crawling in front of you, just asking to get caught.
Potion: I think I saw it sitting on a shelf somewhere....
Feather: Well that'd be quite a prize, wouldn't it?...

And if you still can’t find them:

Spoiler:
Feathers (on the Fan Site Awards page)
A Potion (on the Links page)
The spider (on the Main page)
Leaves (on the Extra Stuff Page)


2. Very early page of Philosopher's Stone

Go to the phone on the main page. What's the only phone number mentioned in Harry Potter? Think Arthur and Harry and a really small booth....

Spoiler:
Type in M-A-G-I-C, or 6-2-4-4-2 in the phone.

Early Philosophers Stone page


Transcript of the Early Philosopher’s Stone page: (by Sherbie lemon)

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

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

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

“I missed that one myself,” muttered Ron.

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

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

“What?”

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

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

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

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

“What?” said Harry.
Ron cleared his throat, opened his mouth to speak, but shut it again.
“What?” Harry said.
“Well, Harry,” said Hermione. “I mean...”
“You mean what?”
He stared at them both as they shuffled their feet and tried not to look him in the eye.

“You don’t think,” he said suddenly and angrily, “that my parents stole the stone?”
“Um...” said Ron.
“Look,” said Harry furiously, “that’s like saying they murdered Flamel...”
“Oh Harry, we never thought...”

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


3. Ancient Drawings

On the Fan Sites" page, You can get an award by putting things in their place....

Spoiler:
Drag the medals into the boxes.

Ancient Drawing


4. Page of doodlings

On the "Links" page, search for a strange book title. There's an award hidden there if you can find the key to unlocking it.

Spoiler:
Drag the book with the question mark to the left. It will show you a key, which you can use to unlock the box on the right of the screen.

Doodles

On 16 September we got 3 more Easter eggs and a new section called the rubbish bin.


5. Peeves

To get the picture of Peeves, try calling him.

Spoiler:
Type in PEEVES – 733837 in the phone.


6. Nearly Headless Nick

A picture of Nick can be found by mixing up another potion.

Clicking the middle of the pens to the left of the rubbish basket on the Rubbish Bin page breaks the pen and reveals the pictures of the ingredients.

Spoiler:
1: Egg shapes, which are on the rubbish bin page.

2: Gobstones, on the fansites page. Move the empty medal case to see them.

3: Some nettles, pins or Knarl pins maybe? It's very well hidden on the Extra pages. It's on the left of the page near the picture of the dog.

pins


7. Dragon breeding

Someone seems to have lost his or her marbles…

Spoiler:
You have to click on the marble when it glows. It's a very short time frame, but it glows just before the doxy comes.


Dragon breeding


The Room of Requirements or « the Door »

On the Extra Stuff page, there's a picture of the room with the door (& the mirror and window) and it's labeled "Room of Requirements".


*On June 28 the door opened for the first time:

It showed us a brick wall and some lose electrical wires. But that wasn’t all…

The key to the puzzle was Hagrid's line when entering Diagon Alley...
'Three up... two across...' Hagrid says. So if you count the number of bricks from top to bottom, numbering them 1-5, the one in the middle is three (Count from the top because of 'three up').
Then we have a '...' and then a 'two across'. '...' means that the next brick isn't mentioned in Hagrid's line. Then two has you hit the second stone (from the top of course).
Across sends you across the wall to the bottom one. Then the only one left is the top.

After tapping the bricks, they disappear showing a room:

Clicking the fan blew a piece of paper in your direction revealing the long awaited title of book six.


*On August 16 the Door opened once again to show us… darkness.

Clicking around you could find a light switch around 4,5 cm from the bottom and 3/4 cm from the left edge of the door.
It showed a room with a dart board and some arrows, you obviously had to throw a combination to move on…

The dart combination is 713, the same as Harry's vault.
After typing the vault combination the dartboard moves to show us… a vault.

The combination is the telephone number to call Gobb Lynn, Security Specialist.
The card is revealed on the Extra Stuff page after Peeves blows through.

So the vault combination is 302723.

After typing this the vault opens to reveal a paper that could be clicked to reveal some text:

(He) looked rather like an old lion. There were streaks of grey in his mane of tawny hair and his bushy eyebrows; he had keen yellowish eyes behind a pair of wire-rimmed spectacles and a certain rangy, loping grace even though he walked with a slight limp.


*and a new hint was given with Halloween: 31 October.

The sign is off the door, but it will not open, the door is locked, we need a key to open it.
Waiting for Peeves is the answer. As always when he flies by, he knocks over the vase but this time keys fly out! Try the keys one after the other on the keyhole. At some point one key will be the right one and the door opens to show you. . . a larger view of Jo’s desk!
But how to see the small stuff?

Everything is too small to read. . . clicking and dragging the drawer handle will open the drawer to reveal a magnifying glass. Use it on the bound manuscript left of the newspaper.

This will show you a riddle:

"One by one we come to life,
Then side-by-side we wait
While our company swells in numbers
(Some come early, some come late);
And some of us may bore you,
And some of us enthrall,
But you cannot choose between us
You must take us one and all.
We'll be bound together tightly
For we're naught if we break free.
If you'd like some clues about us
Simply answer: WHO ARE WE?


And the answer is . . . C h a p t e r s

Typing this reveals a manuscript titled: HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE by J. K. Rowling. Four pages rise out of the top, three of them can move, just click and drag to see the chapter number and titles.

CHAPTER 2 SPINNERS END
CHAPTER 6 DRACO'S DETOUR
CHAPTER 14 FELIX FELICIS.


*While everybody is waiting for the adventcalendar to count down and give us a christmas present, Jo fools us all and the door opens on the winter solstice, December 20.

This time, clicking the handle of the door won't help, clicking the handle of the door in the mirror does the trick.
The Room of Requirements then shows us a christmas tree with 6 gifts under it.

Clicking the gifts reveals the tags, each of them has a riddle or a question you need to solve:

I cannot be other than what I am
Until the man who made me dies
Power and glory will fall to me, finally
Only when he last closes his eyes
unsolved riddle

-> Prince


Say you'd never seek to lose me
While you live we cannot part
I must dwell lifelong inside you
Locked within your beating heart

-> Blood


Two in a whole, and four in a pair
And six in a trio, you see?
Eight's a quartet,
But what you must get
Is the name of just one of me.
unsolved riddle

-> Half


And the questions:
What is Ron Weasley's least favorite luncheon meat? -> Corned beef
What form does Hermione's Patronus take? -> Otter
What city did baby Harry fly over? -> Bristol


Solving all the six riddles lights the christmas tree and gives us our christmas card from Jo.

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

'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' is COMPLETED and has been delivered to my English language publishers, who hope to announce the publication date within 24 hours.

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

Wishing everybody a wonderful holiday and a happy and peaceful 2005,
With love from,
JK Rowling."



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Below is the rest of the original post starting the new thread: (now the old thread.)

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Below are the words Liz used to start her original post and I felt they should be a part of the opening for this new thread. - Kip

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

To start this thread off, TLC has a report about jkrowling.com that is interesting.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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Post  John Bumbledore on Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:42 pm


Mare - Nov 9, 2004 3:44 am (#1 of 2930)

Okay, Ozymandias I moved you, sorry! But I sneak in here with a reason. I got the idea that now that the list is there, it might not be so difficult to keep it updated. But seeing how the first post is already very long, future updates might need the second post. So I kind of conquered yours...

But thanks for the list of screenshots! there is nothing wrong with obsessive documentation.


Mare - Nov 9, 2004 3:46 am (#2 of 2930)

This post was made by Ozymandias.

I have screenshots from when the door opened on Halloween.

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These are just on my Photobucket account, so it's not exactly permanent. If anyone has a better way to host them and wants to do so, please go right ahead. Also, Kip, if you want to add these pictures to the first post and delete this one, go for it.

Enjoy my obsessive documentation, everyone! (There are about 10 more that I didn't post. The screenshot key is my friend.)


Her-melanie - Nov 9, 2004 6:33 am (#3 of 2930)

I thought Adami's suggestion about Felix Felicis referring to Fawkes was brilliant! I had no idea that phoenix in Dutch is Felix, and phoenixes are said to be very lucky, right? Since "lucky" seems to be the most prevalent translation, it makes PERFECT sense to me. Maybe it will be a term describing another strange wand effect that happens when wands with cores of Fawkes' feathers try to battle (like priori incantatem) or work TOGETHER (Harry and Neville, with Neville's new wand).


Ronan - Nov 9, 2004 6:49 am (#4 of 2930)

Some people have suggested Spinners could refer to Petunia, Fudge or Rita Skeeter. Surely the word spinner has some meaning I don't know, I've checked in a monolingual dictionary and a bilingual one and haven't found an appropiate definition. Could someone explain to me the meaning of this word in this context? I finally found out why everyone was mentioning Aragog, but I don't get this one. Thanks!


Mare - Nov 9, 2004 6:56 am (#5 of 2930)

No a phoenix isn't Felix in dutch. The translator chose Felix as the name for Fawkes. I don't think Felix Felicis will refer to Fawkes, so I'm curious as to see how he's going to solve this little problem he managed to get himself in (possibly two things with the same name). Don't get me wrong, he translated the books wonderfully, he just should_not_have_translated_all_the_names!

Ahum... with Felix Felicis I think of the description of "the lionhairman" we have been given. But it doesn't realy sound like a name to me.


Her-melanie - Nov 9, 2004 7:05 am (#6 of 2930)

Oh, sorry for misunderstanding. Yes, that will be a bit awkward for the translator, won't it. It does SEEM like that would be the secret "lion" man's name, but I am so unwilling to accept that JKR would make it that easy for us. I am suspicious of the most obvious explanation.


From Venus - Nov 9, 2004 7:38 am (#7 of 2930)

Not that I'm trying to lead anyone off the subject, but I noticed that Mare stated that the "evening" butterfly is a moth. I don't know that it makes too much difference either way, but my neice, who is very knowledgable about such things, says that both the day and night insects are butterflies. The way they wave their wings when resting gives them away. Butterflies will always gently flutter their wings or even hold them flat together for a second or two and then continue gently waving. Moths, however, sit perfectly still when resting, they do not wave their wings. What does this have to do with anything? Absolutely nothing, I guess, but thought I'd mention it anyway.


Mare - Nov 9, 2004 7:52 am (#8 of 2930)

From Venus, I read your explanation about the butterfly in the other thread. I decided to leave it like this anyway. Why? Because I don't think the sitemakers had a niece as smart as yours and thought that just changing the colours would be enough to give the distinction.
I could be wrong about one thing though, is a "night butterfly" by definition a moth? Or other phrased, do other butterflies exist, except moths, that are active during the night instead of the day?


bella - Nov 9, 2004 9:27 am (#9 of 2930)

Ronan, I believe that the reason there has been so much speculation about Spinners End is that no one is sure what context the two words should be taken in. Until we get the word from JK herself there is no way to tell. Just the wonderful theories that have been posted so far.


Liz Mann - Nov 9, 2004 1:37 pm (#10 of 2930)

No idea if this has been suggested before, but Spinners End, I think, might refer to travelling by Floo. You spin as you go through the fireplaces, don't you? The traveller is the 'spinner' and the grate they come out at is the 'end' - spinner's end.

As for Felix Felicis, I found this in a Latin dictionary:

Felix, -icis fruitful; auspicious, favourable; fortune, sucessful

And when I typed 'felix' into an online Latin dictionary it came up with: felix felicis : lucky, fortunate, happy.


Amilia Smith - Nov 9, 2004 2:24 pm (#11 of 2930)

Ronan-- I believe Rita was mentioned as a spinner as she spins (or creates, makes up) stories. Fudge is a "spin doctor," he likes to put his own spin on things, spin (or twist, turn) events to show the most favorable light. And Petunia has spun a cocoon (like spiders, caterpillars spin silk, which they use to create a save place for the transformation to a butterfly or moth) for herself. She has encased herself in her own private, perfect world where she doesn't have to deal with magic in any way, shape or form. For that matter, she doesn't even have to deal with her son's weight problem.

Hope that makes sense.

Mills.

P.S. If there were other reasons for saying Rita, Fudge and Aunt Pet are spinners, or if any of my explanations were off the mark, please feel free to correct me.


Grindylow - Nov 9, 2004 3:15 pm (#12 of 2930)

In reading all the posts thus far, I have a question....in COS, how was Dobby able to leave the Malfoys to warn Harry not to return to Hogwarts, when Kreacher couldn't unless he was "told" to? My daughter's theory is that Dobby punished himself and that Kreacher would not be willing to do that. Any other theories out there?

I would also like to weigh in on Harry inheriting Godric's Hollow. If my memory serves (and it may very well be falty), wasn't the Potters' house blown to bits? Would there then be anything to inherit?


Jessalynn Quirky - Nov 9, 2004 3:21 pm (#13 of 2930)

Spinners End, I think, might refer to travelling by Floo.--Liz Mann

Maybe Spinners End is where you end up if you walk into a Floo fire without saying anything? (Stretching here, I know)


Ainsley Black - Nov 9, 2004 3:24 pm (#14 of 2930)

Dobby did punish himselfe for leaving Malfoy Manner (or whatever it's called) and as far as Godric's Hollow i too think it was blown to bits. I'd really like Harry to Visit his parents Graves though, i think it'll give him some more closure as is said.


Grindylow - Nov 9, 2004 3:49 pm (#15 of 2930)

I remember Dobby punishing himself, but if that is all house elves have to do when they disobey, why wouldn't more of them do that?


Ydnam96 - Nov 9, 2004 3:51 pm (#16 of 2930)

I think Dobby is special in many ways, he doesn't seem to have the same desires, thoughs, motivation that the other House evles have. It could be that other house elves would never even think of disobeying their masters, maybe it's like a born in characteristic? Dobby got a recessive gene?


Redneck7 CO - Nov 9, 2004 4:20 pm (#17 of 2930)

I agree with Ydnam96 that Dobby was an anomaly among his kind in that he wanted to disobey. It then seems that Kretcher is also an anomaly among house elves in the since that he wouldn't have nearly as much problem disobeying or betraying Sirius as he would have Mrs. Black.

As far as Harry inheriting Godric's Hollow there may not have been anything of the house left, but it would still stand to reason that the property would be willed to Harry, possibly in a trust awaiting him to come of age. It is impossible to say what happened or will happen to the Godric's Hollow as we don't know enough about the WW. Another possibility though is that if there is insurance in the WW the Potter house may have been rebuilt and insurance proceeds may also give some explanation to the amount of gold Harry inherited.

I don't remember anything being said as to the Potter family wealth, but for the most part couples in their early twenties with kids tend not to have a plethora of gold laying about (although that is just my assumption).

I know some of this is far fetched but I thought I would throw it out there anyway.


Medulla - Nov 9, 2004 4:50 pm (#18 of 2930)

I don't remember where, but i read that James Potter inherited enough money for him not to have to work ever! so that would mean that harry has his grandfathers money that James sadly didnt have time to spend. Im not sure how accurate it is but it fits in with the dursleys telling aunt marge that he was unemployed.


Jessalynn Quirky - Nov 9, 2004 5:01 pm (#19 of 2930)

Yes, she did say that, and I'm also positive that she said that James did have a job anyway.


Ronan - Nov 9, 2004 5:16 pm (#20 of 2930)

Thanks bella for your post, and thanks Amelia Smith for your wonderful and detailed explanation about the possible meanings of spinner! =))) One of the things I love the most about this forum is how helpful people is and how many things I learn!


Tomoé - Nov 9, 2004 6:18 pm (#21 of 2930)

Well, I can't go into too much detail, because you're going to find out in future books. But James inherited plenty of money, so he didn't need a well-paid profession. You'll find out more about both Harry's parents later. (Aol chat, October 2000)


MickeyCee3948 - Nov 9, 2004 6:39 pm (#22 of 2930)

Hope later means chapter 1 of HBP.

Mikie


Tomoé - Nov 9, 2004 7:26 pm (#23 of 2930)

It doesn't matter where in HbP as long as we don't have to wait for the final book I will be hapy. ^_^


the7eagle - Nov 9, 2004 9:47 pm (#24 of 2930)

Hi all am new to posting though have been around for some time reading across the forum

just wanted to add to the "Spinners End" discussion

could it mean the spinners side of the story

it could mean that aunt Petunia comes clean with her connection with the wizarding world or what the letter meant when it said "remember my last "

or fudge spinning another yarn or 2 in self-defence of denying the coming back of Voldemort

your invited to pick the holes in my idea

do seem to agree with Ydnam96 and Redneck7 about Dobby being quite different while it is logical for Kretcher to disobey because of the conditioning he has gone through as the black family slave

it is quite surprising for Dobby to react the way he does in warning Harry It makes me think he almost comes from a royal lineage (he is shown as a thinking Elf) He may not be the HBP but he definetly looks life the link Hermoine needs to free the Elves

theEagle


Tomoé - Nov 9, 2004 10:23 pm (#25 of 2930)

I think Dobby is strong enough to almost overcome the old enchantements that make house-elves house-elves .


Denise S. - Nov 10, 2004 1:19 am (#26 of 2930)

Regarding interpretations of "Spinners End": I think it would refer to a place name and not someone who is a "spinner" (of any type). If it were referring to someone, there would be an apostrophe to mark "Spinner" as the possessive of "End". Simply put, it'd be written "Spinner's End."


StareyedSlytherin - Nov 10, 2004 1:25 am (#27 of 2930)

I think that the elves have their own personalities just like any other character in the story. Dobby acts the way he does simply because he's Dobby, and Kreacher is the same way. Also, I think that the way they were treated by their masters might also have something to do with it. Dobby was treated poorly, and because of that he didn't care for his masters and was happy to be freed. I'm not really sure that Kreacher was actually treated much differently by his masters, but for some reason he was able to accept it and have a great respect for them and possibly share their beliefs. Under Sirius, he wasn't shown much respect and didn't give much respect in return. With that in mind, Kreacher had just as much reason for his disobediance as Dobby had. I think the elves, like the other characters, are entitled to [and responsible for] making their own choices as is an important point of the series.

Hope I worded that clearly ^_^

And just to keep this on topic, is that door still open? Sorry, just realised this is the JK Rowling Official Site thread and this post might be a little off topic.


StareyedSlytherin - Nov 10, 2004 1:30 am (#28 of 2930)

I think it's refering to a street name too, but I don't want to overlook the fact that it could also be a reference to an important event, a clue or warning of something to come later in the book. We all know how carefully JK hides those things ^_^


Sir Tornado - Nov 10, 2004 1:43 am (#29 of 2930)

There is one thing that I find really curious...

2.SPINERS END

6.DRACO'S DETOUR

The chapters 2 and 6 have these names right? My question... why isn't there an apostrophe (') between "R" and "S" in SPINNERS END? We can't say that JKR forgot to put it because DRACO'S DETOUR has an apostrophe.

Any ideas?


Ainsley Black - Nov 10, 2004 6:39 am (#30 of 2930)

the lack of an apostophy in Spinners End is because it is not possesive as in Draco's Detour. this was explained by someone earlier on but i cant find the post right now.

Spinners - a Noun

Spinner's - belonging to the Noun

Spinners' - more than one of the Noun


Krypt 24 - Nov 10, 2004 6:42 am (#31 of 2930)

Spinners End could be a street or other location, but as was brought up before it could be, for example, something the same as "Rivers End," meaning rivers eventually "end". No idea what could be meant by a "Spinner". A child's toy top, like what is seen on the 'rubbish bin' screen on JR's official site?


Ainsley Black - Nov 10, 2004 6:51 am (#32 of 2930)

doubt it is anything to do with the spining top as i cant think how that would relate to the story. The spinning top in the rubbish bin section i think is just her way of showing us what she thinks a Sneakoscope looks like.

I'm still in favour of Spinners End being a house but who's is anyones guess.


Ainsley Black - Nov 10, 2004 7:36 am (#33 of 2930)

OK so i fouund this out about an ancient site called 'Spinsters Rock'. It's in Dartmore and this is an interesting bit that someone has researched about it. I've always thought that Spinners End has had a ring to it, something stone circle sounding if you like, so i've been nosing around Google and well this is what i've got.

The name Spinsters Rock was first recorded by William Chapple in 1779. The folk tale he relates is that three Spinsters (meaning spinners of yarn, not unmarried women) put the stones up. I haven't managed to see a copy of his original description of the site but Crossings Guide To Dartmoor (1912) says that Chapple derived the name from Some Celtic words having much the same sound....and which he says mean an open observatory or stargazing place". My Cornish isn't good enough to began to guess what word sounds like Spinster but means star gazing place."

I like that idea of it having something to do with star gazing and i never knew Spinster used to be a name for a woman who spun yarn. I'm off now to see if i can find the translation into Celtic.


From Venus - Nov 10, 2004 8:21 am (#34 of 2930)

I just had a thought. Spurred on by what you just said, Ainsley Black, I'm wondering if Spinners End could be in the Forbidden Forest somewhere. Maybe it's a place where the centaurs go to stargaze. We do still have a centaur teaching at Hogwarts, right?


Tomoé - Nov 10, 2004 9:41 am (#35 of 2930)

On chapter 2? Not very likely.


StareyedSlytherin - Nov 10, 2004 10:41 am (#36 of 2930)

That would be very hard to write into chapter 2, unless Harrys taken back to Hogwarts for the remainder of the summer Wink


lobelia - Nov 10, 2004 11:00 am (#37 of 2930)

The End part of Spinners End makes me think of a peninsula or the end of land. We haven't heard much about the island that the Dursley's took Harry to when they were trying to escape the letter. This is Chapter Two, maybe the family goes into hiding on Spinners End.


KWeldon - Nov 10, 2004 12:18 pm (#38 of 2930)

Something Ainsley said made me think that perhaps Spinners End is referring literally to a sneakoscope? Maybe there is a person that is in Harry's presence that is untrustworthy up until this point, and during this chapter the sneakoscope quits spinning because that person is revealed or comes clean?

EDIT: Okay, after more thought since this is only Chapter 2 this theory isn't likely....


From Venus - Nov 10, 2004 5:10 pm (#39 of 2930)

We know that this is going to be Harry's shortest stay at the Dursley's and so I thought maybe the best place for him to be if he wasn't there was at Hogwarts. That's the only reason why chapter 2 didn't seem too early to me to place him there. I believe things are going to be quite different in book six than we are used to. Don't you think it might be possible that he would stay with Hagrid or someone? And then, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch of the imagination to have him go into the forest with Hagrid. And maybe meet up with some centaurs or something. I don't know, it just didn't seem too far-fetched to me.


Sadie - Nov 10, 2004 5:21 pm (#40 of 2930)

Hi, I'm new to this. It's my first post. But I learned something this weekend which i think is interesting and disturbing: "On the night of November 5th, throughout Britain, bonfires are set alight, effigies are burned, and fireworks are set off. The people do this to commemorate their country's most notorious traitor: GUY FAWKES"

Could Fawkes be a traitor?


Grimber - Nov 10, 2004 5:23 pm (#41 of 2930)

Spinners End sounds like the End of a street. Like you find in 'Fairchild Circle' or 'Falcon Crest' where the street at the end widens to a circle around to cover several homes. If you look at the street of Privat Drive, ( at least in the movie) one end is a dead end. It could also be a country road that dead ends at a farm (Harrys Grandparets lived in the country didn't they) or it could be the name of what a place is called (like Weasly home Burrows)?

I also look at this is chapter 2, first couple of chapters has always started with Harry at the Dursleys ( even GoF, we see his dream while at PD)

my guess would then be if it is a palce its:

a place he goes to leaving the Durselys. Hemoinies Home? Harrys Grandparents home? ( James or Lilys parents). A place harry 'dreams' of that Voldemort goes to. A place some where something happens that sets the Order to need to move Harry so soon? ( order fights some of Voldemorts followers and they get some distubing news/info). one of the Orders spys (snape?) learn something critical to the story line at a seedy tavern/hotel called the Spinners End


Jessalynn Quirky - Nov 10, 2004 5:29 pm (#42 of 2930)

Could Fawkes be a traitor? --Sadie

Interesting thought Sadie, but since Fawkes has saved Harry before, I don't think Fawkes is a traitor.


T Brightwater - Nov 10, 2004 5:36 pm (#43 of 2930)

Hi Sadie, and welcome! I suspect Fawkes' name comes from the association of fire - the evening of Guy Fawkes Day is Bonfire Night. Since Dumbledore has emphasized how faithful phoenixes are, I don't think he could be a traitor. Anyway, there's a whole thread devoted to Fawkes under the "Magical Creatures and Plants" heading.


riotgrrrl - Nov 10, 2004 5:48 pm (#44 of 2930)

Does anyone remember exactly how long the door is usually open? It's been a week and a half and it's still open! What's going on???


Ydnam96 - Nov 10, 2004 5:57 pm (#45 of 2930)

hmmm anyone else find it interesting that in PS the newscaster on the TV mentions bonfire night and how people must be celebrating it early? We all know that "conicidences" are usually planned when it comes to JK. Just makes me go hmmmm... I mean, I wouldn't know what to do with myself if Fawkes was a traitor.


Hollywand - Nov 10, 2004 6:45 pm (#46 of 2930)

Maybe the Grangers live at Spinners End. There's a lovely little set of towns merged together around the north of London called Pinner and Hatch End---these actually exist around Wealdstone in Harrow. Hah, all of these names refer to the landscape, it's so charming. Somehow, I think of a fishing village, known for its wonderfully woven nets and sweaters---Spinners End would be a wonderful name for a this little fishing village.

We are getting a kind of directional advance in Spinners End and Draco's Detour, it goes nicely with the dragon map location.


T Brightwater - Nov 10, 2004 8:03 pm (#47 of 2930)

By the way, the door can now be opened in Netscape; for a couple of days it would only work in Internet Explorer.


WeasleyKing - Nov 10, 2004 8:43 pm (#48 of 2930)

Hello every one. This is my first post too. I have been following this thread and hadn't really been on the band wagon with the Spinners End chapter being about a place until today. I am from the states but my Grandmother just left me a collection of David Winters Cottages. (Small figurines of buildings in Britain and Scottland mostly.) I liked the "Hog's Head" and the "Green Dragon" best at first, but then I noticed one was called "Spinners Cottage." If the 2nd chapter does turn out to be a place, Mr. Winter's has already illustrated it for my imagination!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Nov 10, 2004 8:52 pm (#49 of 2930)

HollyWand, I think you have done it again. That makes more sense to me than any theory I have heard yet! Have a butterbeer on me! Might even drink one with you myself!


Hollywand - Nov 10, 2004 11:12 pm (#50 of 2930)

Hi Twinkling Blue Eyes! I'd love to meet you at the Leaky Cauldron for a BB. ;-)

I was thinking that there are a whole series of subtle cues and clues on the JKR website. It's Jo's style to put the red herring in the most obvious spot, and slip some other really prescient clues in the shadows. An example of this from the web site would be:

I am intrigued by the appearance of "Manx Mouse" in the bookshelf of the Links port. This seems a clue about the predicament of Wormtail.

The scrapbook now contains seven items. Isn't that a magic number underlying the Potter series? What if the scrapbook rewards are interlinked clues for serious sleuths? Are the details somehow interlinked by theme?

I am also intrigued by the scaps of paper that get covered by other pages---to me, it seems classic that those seemingly bits of filler graphics would have some guideposts. If only, if only, we could read them.....
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Nearly Legless Mick - Nov 11, 2004 5:38 am (#51 of 2930)

Hollywand - it's funny that you mentioned Hatch End and Pinner. I also know them quite well, and I could easily imagine Hermione and her family being from that area, or somewhere like that.

I also expect that Hermione's family could be dragged into events by some of the DEs, especially the Malfoys.

In this event I can imagine Arthur offering to let the entire Granger family stay at the Burrow, although the Order may prefer somewhere secret to be safer.

And your idea about the scrapbook providing a clue. Nice one! Now there's something to get stuck into.


Hogs Head - Nov 11, 2004 8:01 am (#52 of 2930)

I take it that Hollywand's "Manx Mouse" reference is to the little pink book of that title that appears toward the left end of the lower bookshelf? When did it first appear?


Ann - Nov 11, 2004 8:11 am (#53 of 2930)

Manxmouse is a British children's book (1968), by Paul Gallico; I don't think it's been published in the USA. It's about a toy mouse who comes alive and makes friends with a manx cat.

Make of that what you will....

Oh, and it's been there since before she added the Amnesty International volume to the bookcase (in place of some fairy tales.)


From Venus - Nov 11, 2004 9:21 am (#54 of 2930)

Hollywand, I, too, have been noticing things that must be clues on the JKR website, for instance, the flying things that you see in the window in the door room at first look like birds, but when you put them in perspective with the little town below, they are gigantic. I think they are dragons, and I believe we will be seeing dragons in the next book. Another clue is her dragon breeding page we have in our scrapbooks. Why is there all that stuff about breeding and training dragons if it is illegal to do so?

I like the idea of the giants, riding into battle, mounted on dragons, with Hagrid, the HBP in the lead. Heh heh.

Anyways, (got carried away there) you're right! There are definitely clues all over the place in there. It's driving me crazy!


riddikulus - Nov 11, 2004 9:50 am (#55 of 2930)

Hi Sadie, Welcome. It seems impossible to think of Fawkes or DD as traitors. They're so full of love for Harry, it would seem. But, certain things that DD has done, lead me to think, there will be some kind of twist, regarding him and Fawkes, at the end. Things aren't always as they seem and a mystery should have a twist at the end, you'd never suspect... therefore, it's not a bad suggestion.


Sadie - Nov 11, 2004 11:41 am (#56 of 2930)

Thanks Riddikulus. When I read about Guy Fawkes and discovered that he was considered a pretty evil person and a traitor, I was shocked that JKR would name DD's phoenix after him. Guy Fawkes was a Catholic terrorist from around 1600 who tried to blow up the English Houses of Parliament. On Bonfire Night in England, Guy Fawkes is burned in effigy on a bonfire. I love DD's Fawkes, and hope the only similarity is the fire. I know there is a spot to discuss Fawkes other than here but it's not frequented so forgive me.


JackO - Nov 11, 2004 12:01 pm (#57 of 2930)

I like some of your theories about Spinners End. Now don't take this next part too seriously, I was just thinking about everything we know about the first part of book six and it popped in my head. Well...

We know that this time around Harry won't be with the Dursley's too long. We also know that JKR contemplated on putting the the first chapter of HBP in some of the other books (I think I saw this on her website) but decided it fits best here. We also know that chapter two is called Spinners End, and many people seem to think this is some kind of house.

Now wouldn't it be great if the reason Harry was leaving the Dursley's early was because his friends were throwing him a BIRTHDAY PARTY! Yes, Hermione sets up a little party at her house to try to get Harry's mind off Sirius. Wonderful.

If you think my arguments are stupid and pointless and make no sense and are just wishful thinking, than all I have to say to you is that I completely agree.


Her-melanie - Nov 11, 2004 1:21 pm (#58 of 2930)

AAWWWWWWWW, that would be the best thing ever!!!! I can't believe no one has thought of that. It would be very sweet and would make me feel warm and fuzzy inside, and maybe even make me cry (how Cho-like). I approve, JackO.


JackO - Nov 11, 2004 1:25 pm (#59 of 2930)

Very appropriate for a fan fic, no? I think I'll put it in mine. I originally thought of Spinners End as a street, just from instinct, but since people talked about houses this idea just sort of came. I don't know if it would be appropriate in the actual book, so don't get mad at me, but I think it's just what Harry needs.


Sticky Glue - Nov 11, 2004 2:11 pm (#60 of 2930)

Thinking about Spinners End, I was re reading OotP the other night and think that it might be where Sirius house is, Not 12 GW place but his house.

In OotP he tells Harry that he ran away from home at 16 and lived with Harry's grandparents for a year until his uncle left him some money and he bought his own place.

Maybe Sirius has left this house to Harry and it in Spinners End


KWeldon - Nov 11, 2004 2:25 pm (#61 of 2930)

Sticky Glue,

I really like this idea, particularly because of the thought of Sirius providing for Harry yet giving him something that is NOT the horrid 12GP Black home.

KWeldon


I Am Used Vlad - Nov 11, 2004 2:27 pm (#62 of 2930)

I love that idea, Sticky Glue. Many people on this forum have said how they'd love to see a Wizard funeral and find out if wills exist in the WW. If Spinners End is Sirius' old place, we may be getting some answers.


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Ainsley Black - Nov 11, 2004 3:33 pm (#64 of 2930)

I am so loving the idea that Spinners End could be the place Sirius bought after leaving 12GP!!!!


Grimber - Nov 11, 2004 4:14 pm (#65 of 2930)

VERY good idea. Would answer a few questions floating around the forums too, such as:

What happend to Sirius Motercycle?

Where did Sirius get a wand after PoA?

Where did Lupin go/stay after he left Hogwarts in PoA?

There may be several answers for Harry about his parents too at Sirus's home. Pictures, letters, mabey even some of James and Lilys personal effects. Even soemthing about his Potter grandparents.

All the questions JKR said there would be at least SOME answers to. Might be also a reason Harrys not at the Durselys long this time, he has to go claim his inheritance.


Tomoé - Nov 11, 2004 5:14 pm (#66 of 2930)

Good Idea Sticky Glue, Spinners End could be Sirius's place. I hope the birthday party still work though. ^_^


Grant the Great - Nov 11, 2004 7:22 pm (#67 of 2930)

Though, yes, the birthday party is cute, I disagree. I think that Hermione--though thoughtful and considerate--would not even be allowed by Dumbledore to interfere with Harry's summer so (now, Cho on the other hand . . .). Anyway, Dumbledore keeps tabs on Harry at all times, and he wouldn't whisk him off for a birthday party any time soon; it'd be to dangerous.


Tomoé - Nov 11, 2004 7:53 pm (#68 of 2930)

The crest come from the lexicon's main page, the sketch come from the billboard on Jo's website. We see the colored crest on the fansite award page, but that's the only place it appears. It seems to be linked with the fansite, but can it be clue about when coming? If it's related with the fansite, I see the book (analysis of HP books), the heart (what the fans love), the crystal ball (predictions) and the lightning bolt (what the fans dislike). On the other hand, if it's related to what's to come:

Red with a book
Green with heart
Yellow with a crystal ball
Blue with a lightning bolt

The same color than the Hogwarts crest but not the same design. According to the colored crest, Gryffindors will study, Slytherins will love, Hufflepuffs will see future and Ravenclaws will storm. So Harry and crowd will study hard to learn more magic and eventually vanquish Voldemort, love will bloom among Slytherins (Harry's second kisser?), something will happen to the Hufflepuffs regarding Divination and there will be conflicts among Ravenclaws.



According to the sketched crest (I switched the color instead of the symbol because it's much easier and I'm very lazy ^_~) Harry and crowd will still study hard and there will still be conflicts among Ravenclaws, but love will bloom among Hufflepuffs (Harry's second kisser?) and something will happen to the Slytherins regarding Divination.

So, I am losing my marble yet again or is there clue for what's coming?

Edit : I didn't thought Hermione will take Hary to her home if he have to stay at Spinners End, they could make him a decent party wherever he is. If Harry is out of #4PD by July 31st, I hope his friend will make him the day of his life.

Edit : Can anyone read the motto?


KWeldon - Nov 11, 2004 8:14 pm (#69 of 2930)

Tomoe,

I think your analysis is very interesting. There's that whole Slytherin/love thing again!!!!

KWeldon


Gina R Snape - Nov 11, 2004 8:26 pm (#70 of 2930)

All together now... "Love is in the air..."




Helen Potterfan - Nov 11, 2004 8:27 pm (#71 of 2930)

Hi all, I looked on my calendar today to see when the 7 weeks of 7 days falls again after October 4, and I realized that it falls on November 22, which is the day before GoF is released on video and DVD (at least in the US, I saw that the UK release is the 19th)! What a great week that will be if we get a new update AND the new DVD!!!

I also noticed that the 22nd is the last in the 7 weeks of 7 days before Christmas (in fact, it's the last this year), so I'd just like to ask JKR to give us an amazing holiday present, what we most want: THE RELEASE DATE for HBP Smile!!!


hawkeyetkdchick - Nov 11, 2004 8:57 pm (#72 of 2930)

Tomoe- I really like your observation and your interpretations! It could be nothing, but then again...

I think the drawing could also represent people who were sorted into houses that don't seem to fit them. The book in the red "Gryffindor" piece reminds me of Hermione-she should have been in Ravenclaw(the book) but was sorted into Gryffindor. It also seems that a heart would not normally represent someone who is in Slytherin, although so far I don't know who this could represent. I also can't quite figure out the crystal ball or the lightning bolt, but maybe we'll figure this out later on in the books. I've also always thought that the sorting hat had a reason for sorting people into specific houses, and that Hermione being in Gryffindor was not a mistake. Either way, I think that the symbol does represent something.


Tomoé - Nov 11, 2004 9:08 pm (#73 of 2930)

The crystal ball could represent divination or it could represent the ability to extrapolate what you know of the present to what is likely to happen in the future, visionary is not the usual characteristic of the Hufflepuffs.

The lightning bolt could represent rashness, Ravenclaws are known to be clever and being rash is not clever at all.

Edit : I'm happy to see I'm not the only one that loose her marble. ^_~


Ydnam96 - Nov 11, 2004 9:15 pm (#74 of 2930)

wow Bumbledore!


Tomoé - Nov 11, 2004 9:30 pm (#75 of 2930)

WOW! we are 335 on this thread! Never thought we were that much.


riotgrrrl - Nov 11, 2004 9:59 pm (#76 of 2930)

Tomoe- It looks like on the colored crest that it says (and I kid you not) "Crabble (something) Pe(xxx)tia (something)" where x's are illegible. The second almost looks like "lune" and the last "Nibbum" although I'm not sure what these mean. The sketched one is much less clear. Any thoughts???


Tomoé - Nov 12, 2004 12:08 am (#77 of 2930)



It seems to be a "Old English" type of font which make it unreadable when shrunken to this size. The line below, in "Arial" is pretty easy to read, though it's no bigger; ©️2004 J.K.Rowling. All Rights Reserved.

There's not enough upward stroke for first word to be Crabble. The first letter is either a C or a G. Maybe a old T though. The second is an r, there's no mistake possible. The third is a round one, likely a vowel. The fourth is a upward one, d or t (the only ones I found something in my online Latin dic.). There two or three round letters, one of them can be an i, then an s. The last bunch could also be a round letter plus ris. It could be Traderis, which means to hand down.

The second word has only four letters. The first is either A, S or Z. The second is squared and full in the middle, either m or w. The third is a round one and the last is r. It could be Amor, love.

The third word begins with Pe and ends with tia, as you said riotgrrrl. There another upward letter beside the t and there could be an r between the e and that letter. I suggest Perfectia, perfection.

The last one and the hardiest one. Could be D or a strange N, then there's a vower, then two upward letters, finally two or three round or squared letters. It could be Defluo or one of his other form, Defluxi, Defluere, etc., which means to come down, esp. of the gifts of heaven.

Traderis Amor Perfectia Defluere. Can anyone make some sense out of this, so it could say something like given for the love of perfection? I know nothing about Latin.


Magical Max - Nov 12, 2004 3:02 am (#78 of 2930)

I like the idea of Harry inheriting Sirius' place instaed of 12 GP. 12GP is far too big and gloomy for a young man to live in by himself. Plus there's the problems of Kreacher and Mrs Black's portrait.

A small flat(apartment) would be far more cosy . And secure, once DD has cast all the necessary charms on it ( Fidelius, etc.) When Sirius walked out on his family , he obviously never told them where his new place was. So now the DE's know about 12 GP( thanks to Kreacher) , the remaining Blacks would have no idea where to look if Harry stayed at Sirius' place from now on.

Sirius' motorbike is most likely in the garage at his flat.

Question. Is a wizard's bachelor pad just as messy as a muggle one or even more so ?


Ainsley Black - Nov 12, 2004 4:54 am (#79 of 2930)

Sirius' place probably is!!!!

I do hope Lupin is there to help Harry learn more about his parents and that Dunmbledore tell Harry everything he's been keeping from him.


Jessalynn Quirky - Nov 12, 2004 4:57 am (#80 of 2930)

I think Spinners End is where Sirius lives, and maybe where he keeps the bike (unless the MoM confiscated it....). I don't know about the UK, but in America 16 is when you get your license to drive. Wouldn't it be awesome if Harry could ride Sirius' motorcycle all over town.....and above town!


Ainsley Black - Nov 12, 2004 5:03 am (#81 of 2930)

In the UK you have to be 17. I think Hagrid may have beaten the bike into bits when he found out what Sirius had done to the Potters and so the bike is no more! Bet he regrets it now!! LOL


Aurora Gubbins - Nov 12, 2004 5:26 am (#82 of 2930)

Going back a few messages, someone mentioned glorious Middlesex, specifically, Pinner, Hatch End and Harrow - this is my neck of the woods and I have to say that any dentist working in Harley Street could do far worse than live in Pinner. Incidentally, locally there is a place called Kennet End (looking at the local map, this is a building!), and another place called Headstone Manor. A little more useless information for you all!

Can't find my Latin Dictionary...

Aurora xx


Aurora Gubbins - Nov 12, 2004 5:29 am (#83 of 2930)

Ainsley, in the uk you can have a bike licence if you are 16, the provision being that you only ride a motorcycle of 49 cc or less. Sirius' bike is quite likely to be far more powerful than that though, isn't it?!

Aurora xx


Tomoé - Nov 12, 2004 6:37 am (#84 of 2930)

Quite likely Aurora. And at 16, Harry can't obliviate the policemen. ^_~

I believe Hagrid still have the bike. Jo said the Sleuths among us can find where it is and there a picture of the bike beside Hagrid's cabin in the pre-production of SS. That's the only clue we've got, so I believe Hagrid still have it.


Hogs Head - Nov 12, 2004 7:30 am (#85 of 2930)

Grimber, et al.:

We once had a thread on the "Flying Motorbike," but, alas, it was munched. I have not restarted it yet, despite dozens of creative theories on its whereabouts, because there were no additional clues to go on. (JKR had hinted in one of her Q&A talks that we already had enough clues to guess, so everyone was a little frustrated.)

Perhaps we did collectively guess its correct (albeit fictional) location and custodian, but with dozens of other competing and very worthy guesses, no one could winnow the list down to just one. Theories that it was stowed in some abode of Sirius, that it was in the custody of Hagrid or Arthur Weasley or Kingsley Shackelbolt etc., etc., all abounded. Various curious places were suggested as its home. My sentimental (but not logical) favorite was that it was stowed in the cupboard under the stairs at 4 Privet Drive albeit in magically invisible and untouchable form -- most unlikely, don't you think? So, for now, we don't know.

I thought I might restart a "Flying Motorbike II" thread if JKR ever commented on it again, gave a new hint on her website, or if the mystery remained unresolved after Book 6.

Thanks to the editors, I do have the entire old thread in Word format. If I ever do restart the thread I would certainly not re-post all of the old posts but might synthesize the best of the various guesses into one summary list.


Aurora Gubbins - Nov 12, 2004 10:04 am (#86 of 2930)

Tomoe, I agree with you, I think Hagrid has it, though it could be in the posession of Arthur Weasley. Maybe he keeps it in the garage next to where the Ford Anglia used to live before moving to the Forbidden Forest.

Aurora xx


WeasleyKing - Nov 12, 2004 10:15 am (#87 of 2930)

wow...the door is still open. I can't remember it staying open this long before. I kind of want it to close so it can hurry up and open again. I love working the clues! Patience does not seem to be a virtue of mine when it comes to HP...


Annika - Nov 12, 2004 10:22 am (#88 of 2930)

I am worried that the next big update (possibly Nov. 22 according to a few) will be all about PoA DVD release. Not that it won't be interesting to sort through, and by that point I will be thoroughly jealous of those in England who have had the DVD for 3 days, but I need information on HBP.

. . . toddles off to St. Mungo's. . .

Annika


WeasleyKing - Nov 12, 2004 10:30 am (#89 of 2930)

I think usually when there is something about the movies Jo wants us to know, she puts it in The Daily News. And that hasn't been updated in a while. I think the Room of Requirements will open to tell us things only Jo knows. Which makes the books the best subject. I've never been driven mad by hopefulness before...

...goes to join Annika at St. Mungo's.


John Bumbledore - Nov 12, 2004 10:58 am (#90 of 2930)

Fan Site Award: Slogan or Motto

Edit: Edited and Reposted by Bumbledore

Tomoé, I have seen discussion on other forums about the Hogwarts school motto being “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus” (Never tickle a Sleeping Dragon).

Edit: So, I am still thinking it is a latin phrase with the subject being the recognition of devotion of fans/supporters.

" Edit: Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus (in Brush Script font face) but this clearly doesn't match the word sizes in sequence."
Edit: Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus (in Monotype Corsiva font face) Is this any better or closer?
-- Bumbledore
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?


Quidditch Mom - Nov 12, 2004 11:30 am (#91 of 2930)

I have often wondered if Arthur somehow got his hands on Sirius' old motorbike, stripped it down, and used the parts to tinker with the Ford Anglia.


Hogs Head - Nov 12, 2004 11:35 am (#92 of 2930)

Quidditch Mom -- That was one of the theories on the old thread. Another similar one was that the Flying Motor Bike and Ford Anglia were zooming around in the Forbidden Forest together spawning flying tricycles.


Zoe kingson - Nov 12, 2004 11:42 am (#93 of 2930)

Hi, I'm new to posting, but I've been lurking and reading for a while.

I never considered that the titles of books on the links page could be clues, but since i've been reading the threads here, i'm starting to wonder.

One of them is called "I Capture The Castle." i wonder if this is a clue having anything to do *maybe* with Harry inheriting Sirius's place? or something involving Hogwarts?


Aurora Gubbins - Nov 12, 2004 11:56 am (#94 of 2930)

Hogs Head; Flying Tricycles? I suspect offspring of the aforementioned bewitched vehicles would be a wonderful little car by the name of Reliant Robin, a three-wheeled car which does not require the driver to possess a full driving licence as technically, it is not a car. Not much good for Harry and friends though as they have a tendency to spontaneously combust! An obvious muggle-baiting prank if ever there was one. Tsk! Tsk!

Aurora xx


azi - Nov 12, 2004 1:13 pm (#95 of 2930)

Oooo Zoe, like Voldemort invading Hogwarts and taking it over? I always liked the theory that an invasion would happen. School unites at the last second against a common enemy, or falls, whichever way I don't mind.

Ahhhh, Reliant Robins. The subject of many Mr Bean jokes, I do believe, with their lovely characteristic of toppling over at regular intervals. I don't think they would fly very well. They'd probably end up travelling uside or something. Smile


Tomoé - Nov 12, 2004 4:12 pm (#96 of 2930)

Welcome Zoe!





That should be a close enough font to see if the mottos could fit.

The school motto is indeed Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, but it doesn't seems to fit with the writing on the award. If it was the case, the first letter of the two first words should be identical, but they are not. Plus the crest is not the school crest the motto don't have to be Hagwarts's. The truth lie somewhere else.


Aurora Gubbins - Nov 12, 2004 5:30 pm (#97 of 2930)

Hey everyone, I found my Latin dictionary!!

TRADERIS: surrender/deliver/entrust/to betray AMOR: love PERFECTIA; completion/perfection DEFLUERE; flow down/fall/droop/to come from/be derived

I suppose that if Tomoe is right then the phrase means something like "Allow complete love to be delivered" or "Offer complete, total love". Somewhat different from "never tickle a sleeping dragon"!

We'll see what that all means when the time comes. A neighbour of mine is always full of wise sayings. She'd probably say "All good things come to those who wait", but who can wait, right guys?

As soon as I get my POA DVD I'll be checking it for clues, I'll let you know... Aurora xx


Tomoé - Nov 13, 2004 2:51 am (#98 of 2930)

I'm not sure it should be defluere, I can't read the last letters of the final word. Thanks a lot for looking though. ^_^


Madame Librarian - Nov 13, 2004 7:32 pm (#99 of 2930)

Wild guess: Surrender...mumble, mumble...to the perfect love...mumble, mumble.

Doesn't quite fit with a British schoolboy story.

How about: Perfection flows when you surrender to love.

Naaah, that sounds like s 60s teeny-bobber rock'n'roll song.

That's enough from me.

Ciao. Barb


haymoni - Nov 13, 2004 7:52 pm (#100 of 2930)

I never opened the door to get the chapter titles.

How long do I have to wait for Peeves to come?

Can I still open the door? The sign is off and the handle moves. The radio comes on after a bit and then goes off.

Can I still get in?


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Grindylow - Nov 13, 2004 7:54 pm (#101 of 2930)

You can still get in if the sign is off the door. Peeves will come in just a bit....patience.....


haymoni - Nov 13, 2004 8:04 pm (#102 of 2930)

Got it!

Yes, I have no patience.


Denise S. - Nov 13, 2004 8:08 pm (#103 of 2930)

I feel like a moron asking this, but once the door opens, are you able to click on anything or do something? The last two times I went, all I saw were a messy desk and flickering computer screen, and nothing happened.


haymoni - Nov 13, 2004 8:11 pm (#104 of 2930)

Denise - it took me a while but if you click and drag the handle on the drawer, it will open. It is deceiving because your pointer-thingy (whatever that's called) doesn't change like it usually does when you go over a link.

When you click and drag on the drawer handle, it opens and you'll find a magnifying glass. Pick it up and drag it over to the notebook on the left side of the desk. Let the magnifying glass drop onto the notebook - again nothing about your cursor (that's the word!!!) will change. Unclick and let the magnifying glass drop onto the taped piece of paper on the note book and it will enlarge.


Grindylow - Nov 13, 2004 8:19 pm (#105 of 2930)

I know haymoni....I have no patience either! Smile


Denise S. - Nov 13, 2004 8:29 pm (#106 of 2930)

Thanks, haymoni :-)


Half Blood Prince - Nov 13, 2004 8:48 pm (#107 of 2930)

just was brainstorming and something hit me. If Spinners End is Chapter 2 it is somebody's house. It couldn't be Ron's. I would assume it would be a wizard's home for obvious reasons. It wouldn't seem that Lupin would have a great house. I doubt Sirius would have time to purchase a new home. The answer is obvious. DD's home. He would want to talk to him more because of Sirius and what not, so what do you guys think?


haymoni - Nov 13, 2004 8:54 pm (#108 of 2930)

We are discussing this on a few of the threads. Some suggestions were Lupin's house, the house Sirius bought when he inherited the $$$ from his uncle, Aberforth's house and Dumbledore's house. In Jo's world, anything is possible.


Half Blood Prince - Nov 13, 2004 9:08 pm (#109 of 2930)

lupin doesn't seem likely he seems like an unfortunate person, but then again Spinners seems very un-Dumbldedorish,


haymoni - Nov 13, 2004 9:10 pm (#110 of 2930)

Dumbledore tells Sirius to "lay low at Lupin's" so there must be a place that Lupin calls "home". Spinners End could just be another safe house for the Order.

Oh, hurry up Book 6!!!


MickeyCee3948 - Nov 13, 2004 9:32 pm (#111 of 2930)

Where did DD tell Sirius to "lay low at Lupin's"? Can't remember that one.

Mikie


haymoni - Nov 13, 2004 9:38 pm (#112 of 2930)

At the end of GOF -

Arrghh! I can't find my copy! Accio GOF! Accio GOF!

Anyway, it is in the hospital wing, when Dumbledore tells him to round up the old crowd and lay low at Lupin's.


Hollywand - Nov 13, 2004 9:43 pm (#113 of 2930)

Doesn't The Shreiking Shack belong to Lupin?


haymoni - Nov 13, 2004 9:47 pm (#114 of 2930)

I doubt it. It seems to be a landmark - the most haunted place or something like that.


riddikulus - Nov 14, 2004 2:43 am (#115 of 2930)

Hollywand, it was made for Lupin. It's not his, per se. When the moon turned full and he was to change, he'd have a place to go where others wouldn't be harmed and he could thrash around, etc.

As far as Spinners End. We really have a lot of choices. There's Aragog... Rita Skeeter or the like... there's a variety of peoples homes or places, etc. It could refer to a sneakascope and Moody and his demise, etc. Most likely though, it's a place from the past, to fill us in on that chapter that can finally be placed. I honestly don't see it being Lupins or Sirius' homes... it'd be something pertaining to Harrys backstory, personally. His parents home, or the like.

But, if I can include yet another theory... perhaps it's about the bad stories about Harry coming to an end. They tore him up for a long time and now that the truth is out and Harry isn't an attention starved lunatic, maybe it's simply referring to that. The Spinners End.


Ainsley Black - Nov 14, 2004 4:53 am (#116 of 2930)

That doesn't fit with the context of the title, it would have to be in the possesive form - Spinner's - i believe Spinners itself is a noun or name in it's own right.


Ann - Nov 14, 2004 9:03 am (#117 of 2930)

The eternal curse of the missing apostrophe seems to be blocking us here. But speaking as the grammar nut who posted an explanation of singular and plural possessives a few pages back, I don't think that the missing apostrophe is such a problem if it is a house name or a street name. In such contexts, and even things like businesses, the apostrophe tends to fade fairly quickly, since people begin to think of the phrase as a name, not a phrase.

The lack of the apostrophe does, however, make it very unlikely that the second chapter title refers to the end of a particular Spinner in the sense that, say, the sixth chapter title refers to the detour of a particular Draco.


Madame Librarian - Nov 14, 2004 9:13 am (#118 of 2930)

Ann, very good point! Here in the US there's a catalog/retailer known as Lands' End. Note that they use the apostrophe as if for a plural. I suppose they are recognizing that the world over there are many places that are the "end" of the road, so to speak.

There is a real place, isn't there, called Lands End? Isn't it in the UK somewhere? How is that written? Anybody?

Ciao. Barb


Gina R Snape - Nov 14, 2004 9:24 am (#119 of 2930)

ROFL. Perhaps Spinners End is a retail catalogue for wizarding clothing!


haymoni - Nov 14, 2004 11:59 am (#120 of 2930)

Wouldn't that be something?

Maybe Harry can't make it to Diagon Ally this year, so he has to order all of his supplies!


Mademoiselle Fleur - Nov 14, 2004 12:17 pm (#121 of 2930)

I think Spinners End has to be a place. If Jo had meant for there to be an apostrophe, she would have fixed it by now. The lack of apostrophe is not an accident.

Somehow, the name brings to mind someplace dark, lonely. It's a hideout, maybe. Someplace quiet; and in-between place. I have no idea why. It's just that the second I read that name I got some mental image of it. Thought I'd throw that in.

Since it's the second chapter of the book, we can assume that Harry spends the first chapter at his aunt and uncle's house and traveling to Spinners End. After, all Jo said that this is the shortest stay with his aunt and uncle he's ever had. Some members of the order comes and picks him up near the beginning of the chapter, or Arabella Figg sends him there by floo, maybe. Anyhow, he gets to Spinners End. Why is he there? It's not for protection. The safest place Harry can be is on Privet Drive with his aunt. We know that. Perhaps it is for Order work? I mean, we know that "either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives." So Harry can't just sit around Privet Drive his whole life and hide. He has a duty now. So maybe Spinners End is where he is getting updated with info about Voldemort and the Death Eaters. By now, the whole wizarding community is aware of Voldemort's return, so Voldemort doesn't need to be discreet and lay low any more.

Spinners End could also be not just a hideout for the Order, but the new HQ. Since Sirius is *weep* gone, I wonder what happens to 12 Grimmauld Place? If he had a will, it would go to whoever he left it to, maybe Lupin. But Sirius was quite young, and don't think he was expecting to die. If he didn't have a will, it would go to Harry. Harry however, is a minor, so in the muggle world (or in my state at least) it is in the possession of the legal guardian until he is 18. I can't imagine Uncle Vernon getting 12 Grimmauld Place, though. Maybe it goes to one of his relatives, like Bellatrix or Narcissa. Hmmm... That would be interesting. Does anybody know how the whole inheritance thing works in Britain?

Hmm.. That's just my opinion of Spinners End. Thoughts?


Madame Pomfrey - Nov 14, 2004 3:29 pm (#122 of 2930)

Now that Voldemort has some of Harry's blood I think it would be only a matter of time before the magic that protects Harry at Privot Drive wears off.I think maybe this is why it will be his shortest stay and the only place that would be safe at this point would be with Dumbledore at Spinners End.Thats just a thought.I would think the Order would still be at Grimauld since Dumbledore is the secret keeper and not even Kreacher would know exactally where this is.


Loony Loopy Larissa - Nov 14, 2004 4:36 pm (#123 of 2930)

I think Harry goes to Spinners End, if it is indeed a place, during that chapter. Chapters are a few pages long. That is enough time for him to get wherever it is and have whatever adventure.

I believe Jo said Harry would have his shortest stay every at Privet Drive because there would be a new Minister of Magic. I know she mentioned these two clues together. I couldn't tell you why a new Minister would effect Harry's stay, however.


Hollywand - Nov 14, 2004 5:58 pm (#124 of 2930)

Just a shot in the dark, but I imagine 4 Privet Drive is a pun on Harry's development. The destruction of 4 Privet, or the Private Personal Drives leads to his growing maturity.

So, perhaps Book Six begins with destruction of the Dursley House and possibly the Dursleys, as a parallel narrative to the destruction of James and Lily at Godric's Hollow.

Spinners End, then, could be a place of refuge after the malestrom.

Speculation, and curiosity, alas, earwax, knighted the kneazle...


Madame Kulich - Nov 14, 2004 8:14 pm (#125 of 2930)

Amazing Hollywand, absolutely amazing. I loved your take on Privet Drive and the shorest stay ever. It makes sense and on so many different levels.


Hollywand - Nov 14, 2004 9:09 pm (#126 of 2930)

Thanks Dalus Kulich! There's a whole discussion of the houses that appear in the series on the Alchemy thread, please feel free to join in! ;-)


Grant the Great - Nov 15, 2004 12:09 am (#127 of 2930)

Hey; I just found out how to tell which key! (unless it just worked once). There appears to be only one key that doens't move in an oval path. The right key moves with turns (forming a quadrilateral). Just a hint. Can anyone confirm it?


mindy blue - Nov 15, 2004 1:24 am (#128 of 2930)

Hollywand, I love your idea and I totally agree that something will happen to the Dursley's to make it his shortest stay ever- due to Madame Pomfrey's idea of the "magic" of the Dursley's place wearing off now that Voldemort has some of Harry's blood in him. I do believe that Petunia will survive the attack though, because I have a feeling she may be the one who shows magical ability later in life.


Ainsley Black - Nov 15, 2004 6:59 am (#129 of 2930)

Hey what if Petunis dies protecting Harry just like Lily did, now that would be a twist??!

I like the idea of Harry being trained up a bit at Spinners End, let's face it, if Dumbledore's known all this time that HArry has to face Voldermort in a final battle he really should be giving Harry some real training for it, what he learns at school is hardly enough and he's been VERY lucky up till now. Maybe Spinners End is an old Auror safe house where Moody and alike are going to help prepare Harry?? Ooooo i do like that idea!


Julie Aronson - Nov 15, 2004 6:59 am (#130 of 2930)

Well, as of this morning, the "Do not disturb" sign is back on the door.

Next clue please!!!

Julie


Ainsley Black - Nov 15, 2004 6:59 am (#131 of 2930)

THE DOOR IS CLOSED!!!!!!!!


Thora - Nov 15, 2004 10:22 am (#132 of 2930)

Grant the Great, there's no confirming it now, but I do recall somone mentioning that the proper key was the erratic one and didn't move in cirlces like the rest, so you were probably right.

This bodes well for the 22nd doesn't it?

Thora


Mare - Nov 15, 2004 11:10 am (#133 of 2930)

It was Bumbledore in this excellent post on the old thread: Bumbledore "JK Rowling Official Site (15 May 2004 - 9 Nov 2004)" 11/2/04 10:08am.


kabloink! - Nov 15, 2004 11:36 am (#134 of 2930)

Ok, I haven't been here in awhile, and as 300 some-odd recent posts are a bit too much for me, I'm going to spurt off my opinion here, then go back and read some more. As for Draco's detour being spiritual or mental, I highly doubt he will become good-ever. Personally, I have a theory that after VOldermort's demise, he may become the next evil power. The belief that he will not be good, however, has to do with something that JKR says at some point-that he is not good, and too many girls are confusing Draco Malfoy with the actor who plays him. I believe this is on her website somewhere.

I also like the idea of Spinners End being a place, and where Harry goes when he leaves the DUrsley's. I don't think the Dursley's will meet their end quite yet, as Harry still needs to go back to Number 4 Privet Drive after his sixth year, as I don't think VOldemort will meet his downfall until book 7. The idea of Spinners ENd referring to a spindle is bloody brilliant, though, and Sleeping Beauty is my favorite fairy tale. I also enjoy finding literary connections within Harry POtter-my husband is always yelling at me just before I touch a pen/pencil/highlighter to our Harry POtter books....


Gina R Snape - Nov 15, 2004 11:44 am (#135 of 2930)

OMG. Hi Kimberly! :waves furiously:

I agree, there is no way Draco will wind up 'good.' But I do think he will make a wrong turn and be sorry for it. Regardless, I am excited to get a chapter about Draco. He needs some layer of complication added to his character, IMO.


Ann - Nov 15, 2004 11:45 am (#136 of 2930)

The Dursleys can't be killed, or at least they can't all be killed, at the beginning of book six, since JKR in her Edinburgh chat said

Half Blood Prince is the least that you see of the Dursleys. You see them quite briefly. You see them a bit more in the final book, but you don’t get a lot of Dudley in book six—very few lines.

There's something odd about the way she's phrased this: first that we don't get a lot of the Dursleys, then we'll see them in Book 7, and then that Dudley has very few lines? She seems to be distinguishing between the Dursleys and just Dudley. Perhaps he gets killed! But then she's also said he's the only Dursely who has a possibility of redeeming himself--the others are past hope. So that would be a bit depressing.

Also, I think people are confused about the blood protection. It seems to me that there are two types of protection. First the protection that is in Harry's blood, which comes (apparently automatically) from the strength of his mother's love and her willingness to sacrifice herself for him.

Then, there is the protection he gets from dwelling where his mother's blood (not his own) dwells, which is strengthened by Dumbledore, using various spells, and by Petunia, the compact she sealed in accepting him. Voldemort has not overcome this protection--indeed he speaks of it as continuing and unassailable at his rebirthing scene. So Lily's blood can still protect him, even though the effects of her love on his own blood have been overcome via Voldemort's transfusion.


riotgrrrl - Nov 15, 2004 12:03 pm (#137 of 2930)

I agree Ann, I think he still has some protection at the Dursley's home, and maybe he just has to go there briefly to make sure he can still call it "home" and then he goes to train with Moody or DD. Does anyone have any ideas about the new minister? Luscious? Maybe this is discussed on another thread but a new minister could really turn their world up-side down, especially if it is an ambiguous character and we don't know where his or her loyalties lie.


Ainsley Black - Nov 15, 2004 1:07 pm (#138 of 2930)

Has anyone else thought that the character described by JK, you know the lion like man, could he be the next Minister of Magic???


KWeldon - Nov 15, 2004 1:59 pm (#139 of 2930)

I'm pretty sure that has been suggested, but I can't remember by whom. I think it's very possibly the Minister.


Julie Aronson - Nov 15, 2004 2:03 pm (#140 of 2930)

Maybe the lion man is Luna's dad. I was thinking about him today as I scanned tabloid headlines in the grocery store. Since his "Quibbler" published the first true account of Harry's story, he could become much more significant in wizardly communications.

Just a thought...


Hollywand - Nov 15, 2004 2:15 pm (#141 of 2930)

I don't think the fact that Jo mentions that a character will appear in a story line in an interview is a guarantee that the character will be alive in the book. The series refers to people who are historical, people who are portraits, people who are ghosts returned all the time.

Cedric and Lily speak to Harry in the graveyard scene after they are clearly ghost figures.

After Voldemort's reincarnation he is clearly able to touch Harry and invade Harry's mind. I'm not convinced that Lily's charm has not been circumvented by Voldemort.


Sadie - Nov 15, 2004 5:06 pm (#142 of 2930)

Remember, Harry told Dumbledore: " He [Voldemort] said the protection my - my mother left in me - he'd have it too. And he was right-he could touch me without hurting himself, he touched my face. For a fleeting instant, Harry thought he saw a gleam of something like triumph in Dumbledore's eyes" While He who must not be named (but we do) can touch Harry, something about this pleases Dumbledore. This is what I want to understand most.


MickeyCee3948 - Nov 15, 2004 6:01 pm (#143 of 2930)

Hollywand-I think many members will agree with you that Voldemort has negated Lily's protection but the protection that DD put on 4 Privet Drive and Harry is something else. It still seems to be in effect or DD is making a real mistake in sending Harry there for the smmer again.

Sadie-Check out "The glint in Dumbledore's eye" thread down in the theory section. Lot's of good ideas in that thread.

Mikie


the7eagle - Nov 15, 2004 8:39 pm (#144 of 2930)

Sorry if this has been suggested,

Draco's detour could be to do with Diagon Alley becouse if the speculations about Neville getting a new wand are true then around that chapter we should see them there with neville in order to see him buying his new wand

also this aptly sounds like the time to spy on Draco as he sets of on his adventure possibly to get the hand of glory

theEagle


Daioma Dumbledore - Nov 15, 2004 10:31 pm (#145 of 2930)

Eagle, we may not see Neville get his new wand, we didn't see Ron get his


vanessa cave - Nov 16, 2004 6:05 am (#146 of 2930)

hi can anyone please tell me how to capture a screenshot?


riotgrrrl - Nov 16, 2004 9:27 am (#147 of 2930)

I can't remember how but if you use the search feature, I'm sure you can find it as it has been posted before.


Grimber - Nov 16, 2004 10:02 am (#148 of 2930)

hitting 'print screen' will dump the current screen to your clipboard. then just open a paint program and select paste.

Just as I did with this image Smile


Ladybug220 - Nov 16, 2004 12:42 pm (#149 of 2930)

You can also paste the picture in a Word document as well.


Classicsquid592 - Nov 16, 2004 2:08 pm (#150 of 2930)

My print screen button, says "System required" on it, and doesn't do anything when I hit it. Is there any special software you have to install for it to work?
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Grimber - Nov 16, 2004 2:35 pm (#151 of 2930)

shouldn't. You could get a screen grabber utility, but I've never had a need for one. my print screen button has Sys Rq on it as well.


Steve Newton - Nov 16, 2004 2:40 pm (#152 of 2930)

Well, my computer also says Sys Rq under Print Scrn, but, it seems to show up pretty well when I paste it into Word.


John Bumbledore - Nov 16, 2004 3:44 pm (#153 of 2930)

About using print screen key

This is a Windows feature and is almost never turned off. I just doesn't tell you that it did anything when you push the key (no ding or popup dialog - these are what programmers call a 'warm fuzzy' response.)

So to capture and image from Jo's website follow these simple steps:

Open a document that accepts images like Windows paint brush or a word processing application (such as MS Word or Lotus WordPro, etc).
Return to your web browser window and get to where you want to capture an image.
First hold the 'Alt' key and then hit the 'Print screen' (by hit I mean a 'press and release' key stroke after which you may release any other keys you may have been holding down lik 'Alt' 'Shift' or 'Ctrl').
Now return to your word processing document and use the edit menu to paste, while you say "Accio Image!" ( Please note that some advanced computer users my wish to try a mouse short-cut with the right button menu or even a keyboard short-cut of 'ctrl'+'V' )
Save the image or document and you are done.

"Bumbledore."
Edit: P.S. why hold the 'Alt' key? It is a little know secret that this lets you get just the image from the active window instead of the entire video screen display. So you don't see the windows task bar, start button, clock, and any other clutter that may be visible on your screen.


hawkeyetkdchick - Nov 16, 2004 5:16 pm (#154 of 2930)

Ann- When Jo was talking about Dudley and the Dursleys in the interview you mentioned, she referred specifically to Dudley because the question that was asked was specifically about Dudley. The question was "Is there more to Dudley than meets the eye?" I don't think her answer means that there is anything special about Dudley. Actually the answer to the question (Is there more to Dudley than meets the eye) is "No."

Hollywand- Jo says specifically "You see them quite briefly[in HPB]. You see them a bit more in the final book..." I think this is clear that the Dursleys will survive to book 7.

This may have been mentioned before, but I think Spinners End could be referring to something other than a place (although that is a good theory). Since Spinners has no apostrophy, "Spinners End" would have to be a statement-with Spinners as the plural noun and End as the verb. When I first read "Spinners End" I was reminded of Harry's sneak-o-scope, because it spins when someone untrustworthy is around. In PoA, it was spinning all of the time, but I think that was because "Scabbers" was around. Anyway, I think the chapter may be about the end to some lies or some untrustworthy things that are going on-perhaps at the Dursleys(since it is so early in the book). Maybe Harry will figure out just how much Petunia knows about the wizarding world, and find out if she really is a muggle.


Thora - Nov 16, 2004 6:46 pm (#155 of 2930)

Another note for those with no print screen button (my husband pointed this out for me today, he's so brilliant.) If you are using windows try going into your on screen keyboard. Start> Programs> Accessories> Accessibility> On screen keyboard. There is a "psc" button on there. From there just follow the preiviously posted excellent advice.

hawkeyetkdchick- hmm like the idea of Petunia's subterfuge ending... ever notice that people condemn that which they hate most about themselves?

Thora


KWeldon - Nov 16, 2004 8:12 pm (#156 of 2930)

I think the chapter may be about the end to some lies or some untrustworthy things that are going on-perhaps at the Dursleys(since it is so early in the book). Maybe Harry will figure out just how much Petunia knows about the wizarding world, and find out if she really is a muggle.

I think this is a great theory. However, why would Spinners be plural? He only has one sneakoscope, unless JKR is referring to the sneakoscope and Petunia, since she has been, for example, putting a spin on her well-kept secrets...


hawkeyetkdchick - Nov 16, 2004 9:11 pm (#157 of 2930)

KWeldon- That's true. I don't know why it's plural, but I like the idea that it could be about the sneakoscope and Petunia.


Shacklebolt - Nov 16, 2004 9:58 pm (#158 of 2930)

Draco's Detour. Hmm, maybe Harry throws him off the train


Hollywand - Nov 16, 2004 10:12 pm (#159 of 2930)

Perhaps Draco's Detour involves Fleur Delacour.


WeasleyKing - Nov 16, 2004 10:28 pm (#160 of 2930)

Do you think Jo will give us more chapter clues before she finally gives us the HBP release date?


kabloink! - Nov 16, 2004 11:08 pm (#161 of 2930)

I doubt it. She seems to give us clues about completely different things each time, or at least I haven't found a particular connection. Well, I suppose the character description she gave us last time could have something to do with a chapter title, but I don't think so. Also, if she's far enough along to have given us chapter titles as well as the title of the book, I don't think a release date could be all that far off.


Ydnam96 - Nov 16, 2004 11:20 pm (#162 of 2930)

So I was just playing around on jk.net and swear I heard a new sound: a ringing bell like on a kid's bike. It happened just before the phone rang. It was strange.

Also, I must admit I am frustrated with that particular site...I've gotten all the easter egss on jk.com but when I wait on kj.net for the marble to glow and click on it...I can click while it's glowing till my hand falls off and nothing happens. It's happened several times now. I mean, I know what's there...so it's not a big deal other than it's frustrating.

Random thought: does anyone know what music is playing on the radio on the site? Anyone think the name of the song/composer could be a clue?


hawkeyetkdchick - Nov 16, 2004 11:44 pm (#163 of 2930)

Shacklebolt- LOL. I think that would be a good chapter.

Ydnam96- I thought the music was just something made up. I didn't recognize it as a song that already existed. Also, there might be copyright laws violated if she used someone's song and didn't credit them. But then again, if it's a really old song or something, copyright laws might be different...


leepyear - Nov 17, 2004 4:46 am (#164 of 2930)

Hey I have been watching this thread for a while and this is my first post. I have been thinking about Felix Felicis and how it could relate to the weasley twins and something they invented at their joke shop.


KWeldon - Nov 17, 2004 6:07 am (#165 of 2930)

Hawkeyetkdchick,

Or, maybe it's about Petunia sending Harry to somewhere to learn more about her family rather than her have to tell him about it, especially in front of Vernon. As in "Spinner send" and JKR is using a play on words.

KWeldon


hawkeyetkdchick - Nov 17, 2004 7:20 am (#166 of 2930)

KWeldon-

I like that idea, especially since Spinners End really does sound like a place.

I also just wanted to say that there is a thead opened up (but not approved yet) that is specifically to discuss the new HPB chapter titles. I just found it last night, and I'm moving anything else I have to say about the chapters over there. I think it might be approved now since the door is closed, and that would clear up this thread for more general stuff about JK's website.


riddikulus - Nov 17, 2004 11:43 am (#167 of 2930)
Edited by Nov 17, 2004 10:44 am

Hi Leep, Welcome. I'm sort of thinking Felix Felicis might be a name of one of Nevilles new plants. Although, I like all the ideas so far on the name from others, as well.


Zoe kingson - Nov 17, 2004 3:50 pm (#168 of 2930)

...Petunia, since she has been, for example, putting a spin on her well-kept secrets...

Agreed. Or perhaps because she's been "spinning" so many lies?


KWeldon - Nov 17, 2004 5:44 pm (#169 of 2930)

Or perhaps because she's been "spinning" so many lies?

Yes, this is what I meant. Thank you for making up for my lack of mastery of the English language.


emma bailey - Nov 17, 2004 6:02 pm (#170 of 2930)

Brit's say: end (house or a get-a-way) Vs Americans say: end (Stopping or the end) JKR help us out just a little.


riddikulus - Nov 17, 2004 7:18 pm (#171 of 2930)

We also say end as in rear... perhaps its this Spinners tushy.


KWeldon - Nov 17, 2004 8:04 pm (#172 of 2930)

Brit's say: end (house or a get-a-way) Vs Americans say: end (Stopping or the end) JKR help us out just a little.

Emma,

Are you saying that it's unconventional for Brits to use the word "end" to mean stopping/end? Because if that's true, then that sure is a big argument against any theories that interpret the title in this way, since JKR is clearly not going to use American vernacular.

Please clarify, thanks.

KWeldon


riotgrrrl - Nov 17, 2004 9:05 pm (#173 of 2930)

Yes, Riddikulus, nice observation!


remiden - Nov 17, 2004 9:51 pm (#174 of 2930)

It is not unconventional for Britians to use end as meaning to stop.


kabloink! - Nov 17, 2004 10:03 pm (#175 of 2930)

I would imagine that it wouldn't be, but it would be unconventional for an American to think of it in the other way, i.e. that of a house or place? I'm not sure if I remember correctly what the earlier comment was. I like the idea of it being a house, perhaps an ancestral home of the Potters we never knew about? I know JKR says that Harry has no family left aside from the Dursleys, but perhaps he has a legacy as a Potter that we know nothing of yet...and I think we're supposed to learn more about James's family in this next book.


riotgrrrl - Nov 18, 2004 11:59 pm (#176 of 2930)

So I'm guessing that all of you in the U.K. have been quiet because you're waiting in line to get your PoA DVD's? LUCKY!!!! We still have 3 days......


Aurora Gubbins - Nov 19, 2004 3:31 am (#177 of 2930)

I've just discovered that the plant Privet corresponds astrologically to the moon. Don't know if that will make anyone think...

Just to gloat - I had an email this morning from Amazon to say my DVD is winging it's way to me!! Accio DVD!! (Won't spoil it for anyone by posting any gossip about all those wonderful extras and the sneaky hints about what may come)

Aurora xx


Ainsley Black - Nov 19, 2004 3:37 am (#178 of 2930)

Ha HA i got my DVD wednesday!!!!!

Was expecting it to arrive today via Mr Postman but came Wednesday so i've atched it twice already!!!!!!

Lucky lucky me!

I can't look at all the extras though as my remote control is busted so i'm going to go play at my mums later!


Mare - Nov 19, 2004 5:43 am (#179 of 2930)

Hem hem! :puts on strict face: DVD talk on the PoA movie thread please.


Ainsley Black - Nov 19, 2004 7:27 am (#180 of 2930)

Ooops! Smile


Tomoé - Nov 19, 2004 9:44 am (#181 of 2930)

Monday (November 22th) will be the 7th day from the 7th week since we get loads of questions answered and the question pool was closed. The door used to open every 7 weeks of 7 days from the renewal of the site, even if the door didn't opened last time, Jo gave us a treat. The door opened 20 days ago and I don't see her re-opening the door this soon, espacially because the door stood unforbiden for so long. So I guess will get a treat. New question pool maybe, another bunch of awnsered questions maybe, new stuff in the extra section maybe? We'll see.


septentrion - Nov 19, 2004 11:06 am (#182 of 2930)

Something new monday ? Argh I have to do some maintenance on my computer this week-end (to erase the hard disk and reinstall averything *sigh*). And I don't go back to work before wednesday. I'd better achieve my maintenance work.


Tomoé - Nov 19, 2004 1:08 pm (#183 of 2930)

There could be something new Monday, but maybe there will not. Maybe the October 31st mess the whole thing up, maybe it's now the 7th day of the 7th week from October 31st that matter (Dcember 19th) or maybe she'll past November 22rd and open the door on January 10th with nothing new in between.


Grimber - Nov 19, 2004 4:20 pm (#184 of 2930)

mabey she will put something new on around christmas, for an X-mas treat.


kabloink! - Nov 19, 2004 4:35 pm (#185 of 2930)

Yeah, I kind of got the idea that opening the door on Halloween was a treat for a day that is so special at Hogwarts. It would kind of follow this time of year that we would get something for Christmas. She must be getting close to being done by now, maybe it will be a release date!!! *crosses all fingers and toes, wishing fervently*


Thora - Nov 19, 2004 5:48 pm (#186 of 2930)

Nothing until Jan 10th? Wow, I think we'd all be having serious withdrawl symptoms by then... but at least we have the holidays to distract us... as if anything could keep our minds off HP.

Thora

edit: I just recalled that she is most likely due in January, so I wonder if she will be keeping to any dates at that point. If you are wondering how I arrived at that conclusion... she announced on July 24th that she was pregnant and due next year, and I assume that like most women who are expecting a third that she would wait the normal three months before broadcasting it. I could be wrong and she could be due as late as march, but January is my bet. (And Jo if you are reading this try eating bananas to help with the swelling feet, works like a charm!)


haymoni - Nov 19, 2004 6:14 pm (#187 of 2930)

I just went on the site and I went to the FAQ to see if there was a new poll or anything. I clicked on the "About the Books" section and nothing came up on the left page at all, but the right page had the answer to the "About Me" question - what have you bought - the bit about the castle.

Maybe they are working on the "About the Books" section???


Tomoé - Nov 19, 2004 9:23 pm (#188 of 2930)

I'm on jkrowling.co.uk and the FAQ "close" botton doesn't work. they could be updating as haymoni said.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Nov 19, 2004 9:42 pm (#189 of 2930)

All works fine here, even after clearing temp Internet files. Looking forward to more developments.

Sorry, what I meant to say was same old same old.... here at least.


kabloink! - Nov 19, 2004 9:57 pm (#190 of 2930)

Nope, mine's working fine, as well, unfortunately. Maybe your computers are picking up on something that mine is missing though-I hope so.


Tomoé - Nov 20, 2004 12:09 am (#191 of 2930)

Maybe it didn't last very long, it depends when the computer load the page. Anyway, will see by Monday. ^_^


septentrion - Nov 20, 2004 5:24 am (#192 of 2930)

It Nov. 20th 01:23 pm here and nothing new on the site.


Cezar Salem - Nov 20, 2004 10:09 am (#193 of 2930)

I Siriuly think, that the next time she opens the door, will be to anounce the book title... I say this because when she firt opened the door to anounce the title to book six, she said (in the news section): youll se that the door will open again,again and again! this seems exactly the kind of clue for J.K to give us... the door opend 2 times already since... only one more "again" is left, wich means the book anoucement! And anyways, as most speculate, its due time and she seems almost done...lets hope!!!


Tomoé - Nov 20, 2004 11:41 am (#194 of 2930)

It's likely, we learned OoP's due date around 6 months before it reach the shore, if HbP will be release this summer, we should have news in December or January.


Ginerva Potter - Nov 20, 2004 7:39 pm (#195 of 2930)

Hi, I was just reading through transcripts from interviews with JK Rowling and I saw this little tidbit!

But I’m not going to tell you the title; cause I’m a bit superstitious about that, I like to keep it a secret until the book’s finished.

So, the book must be finished and it has to be getting close! Yea!! It was from an interview done in 2000, but if she is superstitious, then I would imagine she wouldn't tell us the title until she is done with the book. Since we know the title....


riddikulus - Nov 21, 2004 2:24 am (#196 of 2930)

Good catch Ginny. I thought it was in re-writes or edits due to her first clue... but I like yours better and agree... we should see this book soon. (fingers crossed). Or, she's going to have 7 years bad luck by telling us... wait that's breaking mirror...

I'm starting to think that Spinners End is Vodies childhood home and now that he's able to touch Harry, perhaps he's also able to nab him from the Dursleys where he ends up at Spinners End.

I'm also going with my out there theory that Draco will wind up being the Half Blood Prince... he comes to find that he's the one thing he's detested and this leads to his detour.

I think Felix Felicis might be a person, the name of the person described in the other clue. The tawny haired, yellow eyed, limping person.


Ainsley Black - Nov 21, 2004 4:40 am (#197 of 2930)

Voldy was bought up in an Orphanage while he was at Hogwart's at least and i would asum before then too seeing as his father disowned him and his mother died after child birth!

As for Draco being the HBP, he looks too much like his father to be another man's child and i can't see Narsissa taking on some other womans child.


kabloink! - Nov 21, 2004 5:59 am (#198 of 2930)

Well, I suppose there is the idea that Lucius is muggle born, or half-blood himself, like Voldemort. It seems somewhat unlikely to me, but good thinking, Riddikulus. Or, maybe Narcissa wasn't Lucius's first wife? That could explain her facial expression, "like she has dung under her nose." from book four. It seems odd that Draco would be her step son though if she is so attached to him.


Star Crossed - Nov 21, 2004 6:27 am (#199 of 2930)

Well, with JKR's style of writing, we have to figure out how Harry would see Draco's Detour. Especially in the second chapter. Ever since Hermione told him about how the Daily Prophet slipped in a few comments about him, I think he'll pay more attention to the paper. It's very possible Arthur, or anyone really, raids the Malfoys' mansion. The Daily Prophet catches wind, and does an article about it, ad then they get Draco to quote something like, "I never knew about any of this. I didn't know he was a You-Know-Who supporter or we had such bad stuff under our house. Maybe this is why I never got any love as a child." That way, everyone thinks he's innocent. After all, it was said Slytherins only care about themselves.

But don't forget what detour really means: A deviation from a direct course of action.

So Harry, being the classical Freddy from Scooby Doo, still thinks Draco's up to something, just taking a break to lay low.


Richard Reid - Nov 21, 2004 6:39 am (#200 of 2930)

Wasn't that the sixth chapter? I thought Spinners End was the second. Never mind.

I agree with everything else you say. I think the Detour may well be Harry's perception of Draco.


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Star Crossed - Nov 21, 2004 6:45 am (#201 of 2930)

I believe you're right. It's early here, sorry. Very Happy


Ainsley Black - Nov 21, 2004 11:07 am (#202 of 2930)

I do like that thought about Draco turning on the water works for the public eye, typical Draco thing to do really isn't it?


Ginerva Potter - Nov 21, 2004 3:39 pm (#203 of 2930)

Riddikulus - I like the idea that Spinners End could be Voldemort's home.

We are supposed to find out more about him and his birth. Maybe this is the home of his parents before he was born? Just a thought.

Ginny


From Venus - Nov 21, 2004 10:24 pm (#204 of 2930)

Thank you to Ginerva Potter for that neat bit of research you did. I do believe you are on to something. Oh, to think that it could be that close! I'm starting to believe (hope?) that we will get a release date the next time the door opens. I hope so.

Anyways, on a totally different note, has anyone ever noticed that if you have the trophy room open and sitting for a long time, the clock stops ticking? I noticed it quite a while ago and mentioned it once, although no one ever commented. Does anyone have any ideas? It kind of bugs me, I think it's a little creepy. I wonder if it means anything?


From Venus - Nov 21, 2004 10:40 pm (#205 of 2930)

By the way, am I imagining things, or are there new books on the bookshelves in the links room? Can anyone help me?


Ydnam96 - Nov 21, 2004 11:52 pm (#206 of 2930)

I thought I saw some new ones there as well!


Ainsley Black - Nov 22, 2004 2:47 am (#207 of 2930)

well it's the 7 weeks 7 days deadline and door is not open so i guess the whole halloween thing put a spanner in the works.


Sadie - Nov 22, 2004 6:56 am (#208 of 2930)

This morning the links room took longer than ever to load and I am positive there are new books there


nmnjr - Nov 22, 2004 7:02 am (#209 of 2930)

Does anyone (maybe Sarah) have a screen capture from before?


KTO - Nov 22, 2004 9:11 am (#210 of 2930)

I will be the first to admit that I know VERY LITTLE about JK's site, however after reading a few posts, I went to the links room and there is a book with a question mark on it, is this new??


Helen Potterfan - Nov 22, 2004 9:19 am (#211 of 2930)

KTO, No, the book with the question mark is not new, but it is important if you are new to JKR's site! It could be the key to a clue Wink. If you want a more direct hint, read the white post below (use your mouse to highlight below this line).
This is one of JKR's original clues, or "easter eggs". Slide the book to the left with the mouse. There is a key behind the book. Move the key over to the box on the right. Enjoy!


Helen Potterfan - Nov 22, 2004 9:34 am (#212 of 2930)

There does seem to be more books, but I can't find a post with a screen capture in the old thread. I did notice a lot of duplicates. I know we've mentioned before the duplicate Sayers book, but I also see two "Spell Potions", two "Book of Spells", two "Woman's [not sure if this is what it says] Book" two of a second "Book of Spells" (different spine, I'm not sure this is what it says, but I think so), and two "Short Stories". Why two of some of the books; is she just filling space on the bookshelf, or giving us a clue?


Hollywand - Nov 22, 2004 10:14 am (#213 of 2930)

The Manx Mouse appeared as a title that was not there from the original. Interesting reference material, wouldn't you say?


MickeyCee3948 - Nov 22, 2004 10:21 am (#214 of 2930)

I have a habit of checking JKR's web site(all pages)first thing every morning and other than some new books which appeared back during the summer I cannot notice anything new. I may be wrong, it wouldn't be the first time but I don't believe there are any additions.

Mikie


Ainsley Black - Nov 22, 2004 10:23 am (#215 of 2930)

Yeah but then you've got things like 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Sense and Sensability' there too (loving the fact that JKR shares my love of Jane Austine!!!)

Is the Katherine Mansfield book lying horizontal on the lower shelf new???


Hollywand - Nov 22, 2004 11:59 am (#216 of 2930)

Katherine Mansfield and "I Storm the Castle" as titles were there since July.

I have suggested on the Alchemy thread that the numeric sequence of the clues may also have some alchemical significance:

The three clues that are one (chapter titles) She has spoken of the last two books as the same book, so Spinners End would be the two that are one

Draco's Detour, chapter six of book six, the nadir or nigredo.

Felix Felicis, the doubled seven, the two that are one, seven alchemical steps, the cat attains the gold, chapter fourteen.


IR Waiting - Nov 22, 2004 12:19 pm (#217 of 2930)

Thank you!!!!!!! Bumbledore,,,,,Your are the Best!!!!! Finally, someone who explained the whole print screen thing in the language of the computer impaired.

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!


Daisy Pennifold - Nov 22, 2004 12:27 pm (#218 of 2930)

I don't remember E. Nesbit's book from before, and I think that I would have especially noticed hers, as she is one of my very favorite authors (and why they don't reissue "The Wonderful Garden" is something I'll never understand).

Other than that, there do seem to be more titles, but I can't remember which were there before and which ones were not.


John Bumbledore - Nov 22, 2004 1:19 pm (#219 of 2930)

Links Books on shelves.

Nothing changed since a Links capture on Nov. 1, 2004.

IR Waiting

You are welcome. glad to be of help. NOw please, go on, and on.. LOL




Molly's Accountant Cousin - Nov 22, 2004 1:36 pm (#220 of 2930)

Has anyone heard the doorbell ringing before? I tried the search feature for this thread, but came up "no matches found". A doorbell rings and then an dog starts barking.


Hollywand - Nov 22, 2004 1:41 pm (#221 of 2930)

Yes, Molly dear. The dog barking has been there from the inception. During the evening you will get an evening bird calling and the doorbell stops ringing and the butterfly transforms into a moth. The site matches your time and will change to an evening scenario at 8pm, your time.


Molly's Accountant Cousin - Nov 22, 2004 1:47 pm (#222 of 2930)

Thank You Hollywand.


From Venus - Nov 22, 2004 8:04 pm (#223 of 2930)

The books that I thought were relatively new are Roddy Doyle's The Van and Manx Mouse although now that I've done some searching I see that they are not that new. But they are definitely moderately recent.

Anyways, I am now trying to figure out what a manx mouse is. Anything to try to hide the disappointment in there not being an open door when we thought there would be.


From Venus - Nov 22, 2004 8:36 pm (#224 of 2930)

Well, duh! I just read this on Nov.11, by Ann, Post#53, "Manxmouse...a British children's book by Paul Gallico... It's about a toy mouse who comes alive and makes friends with a manx cat."

Has anyone read this book? Do you think it may have some significance? Could it be a clue? Am I going mad?

Jo! Help us! Have pity on us! We need something more. We need a release date! Please!!!

EDIT: I typed Manxmouse into Dogpile and came up with this; it's from the website Monsterfacts (or something like that):

At school, Rowling's favorite subjects were English and foreign languages. She particularly enjoyed reading books such as Manxmouse by Paul Gallico, about a creature with a mouse's body, rabbit's ears, and monkey's paws, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and other books in C.S. Lewis's Narnia series.

So, maybe the books on the shelves are merely some of Jo's favorites and don't mean anything more than that. Just her way of sharing some of her favorite books with us. Thanks Jo.


Ann - Nov 22, 2004 9:02 pm (#225 of 2930)

There has been one change on the links page that I've noticed, late summer perhaps? The book linking to Amnesty International replaced a book of Fairy Tales (I think it was.)


Flutterby - Nov 22, 2004 10:51 pm (#226 of 2930)

Someone mentioned above that after Voldemort's demise they think Draco will become the new force of darkness to the WW. I think he's to much of a weeny for that. Whining and snivelling when buckbeak scratches him, yes to get more attention, but still. Let's see he's scared of the pixies in CoS,then Hermione clocks him,there are several other instances I could mention ....


kabloink! - Nov 22, 2004 11:20 pm (#227 of 2930)

Good points all, Flutterby, but you never know how future or present events could change him. He may have to stand up and "be a man" in the upcoming books, or die trying. Its amazing what peole can do when under pressure. Maybe that could have somethign to do with his detour? I suppose I hadn't thought about the whole weenie thing, I guess I had viewed him as spoiled rather than weak.


Tomoé - Nov 23, 2004 12:50 am (#228 of 2930)

Nothing on November 22nd, at least Septentrion won't miss anything. ^_^

It does seem like the whole halloween thing put a spanner in the works, like Ainsley Black said. Will we get something on December 19th (the 7th day of the 7th week since Halloween), will we have to wait until January 10th (the 5th time 7th day of the 7th week since the renewal of the website)? Or maybe she'll try a new patern?


Ainsley Black - Nov 23, 2004 5:30 am (#229 of 2930)

or maybe that old pattern was nothing but an accident!!!!

I hope not though!!!


Tomoé - Nov 23, 2004 12:51 pm (#230 of 2930)

An accident is highly unlikely as it happened three times in a row (May 10th to June 28th, June 28th to August 16th, August 16th to October 4th), an accident is still a possibility, but the odds are pretty long.


riotgrrrl - Nov 23, 2004 4:30 pm (#231 of 2930)

Possibly there has been no update because she has had the baby? And she knew she was close and wanted to give us something on Halloween instead? Or not.


Penny Lane. - Nov 23, 2004 5:20 pm (#232 of 2930)

If she had the baby, we would know. When her son was born, there were announcements about her giving birth before swhe was out of the hospital.. heck, probably before she even got there.

SOmetimes, I'm rather glad to not be famous


Hollywand - Nov 23, 2004 8:58 pm (#233 of 2930)

I just looked at the JKR site out of habit...the fan site/trophy room seems to be in the process of being updated....and the wizard of the month, Devlin Whitehorn shows a date of 02/07/40...weird...perhaps some updates in progress....


riotgrrrl - Nov 23, 2004 9:26 pm (#234 of 2930)

I guess maybe the news travels a little slower overseas....(baby news, that is). Wizard of the month is correct here, weird.

Last Edit: Has anyone noticed before that the medal box (similar to the ones you put the other medals in) is movable on the top shelf of the trophy room? Does anyone think this might have a meaning (maybe we can do something with it later) or is it just another extra that doesn't really do anything? Any thoughts?


Tomoé - Nov 23, 2004 9:39 pm (#235 of 2930)

There were stones (?) hidden behind that were used to get a easter egg, I don't think there's any other purpose than that.


emilythestrangew - Nov 23, 2004 10:36 pm (#236 of 2930)

I believe that the butterfly in the links area is new... Also, has that wallpaper been in the background of the bulletin board? I think the "pick new fansite winner" card is new on that also. I think I saw one of the cards blow away after awhile too...otherwise it was just me being tired. Maybe none of that is new... and if it is I guess its not that important.


riotgrrrl - Nov 23, 2004 10:37 pm (#237 of 2930)

Thanks, Tomoe- it's been so long that I couldn't remember!


Tomoé - Nov 24, 2004 1:41 am (#238 of 2930)

I'm affraid it's all old stuff.
There always have been a butterfly/moth in the links page.
The wallpaper in the background of the bulletin board was already there when I took my first screen shot (before June 28th 04)
The "pick new fansite winner" card was added on June 28th 04.
A card blow away with Peeves since the renewal of the site on May 10th 04.

You didn't get a good score this time, but thanks for the try and keep looking.

Edit : you're welcome riotgrrrl.


septentrion - Nov 24, 2004 3:46 am (#239 of 2930)

the rumor is HBP will be released in June 2005. Why isn't there anything to deny it in the rumor section ? Maybe it's more than a rumor **have a hoping face**


Aurora Gubbins - Nov 24, 2004 5:42 am (#240 of 2930)

Septentrion; I heard that very same rumour myself! Message to all; Log on to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and click on register. When your birthday comes around you will get an owl deliver you a birthday greeting from Jo! You won't have to put the year in though Wink Aurora xx


Gina R Snape - Nov 24, 2004 8:58 am (#241 of 2930)

Hmmmm. septentrion, I think you are onto something there!!!


Sadie - Nov 24, 2004 9:29 am (#242 of 2930)

AHHH I watched PofA last night. It was a lovely thing to get me through the waiting.


Elanor - Nov 24, 2004 9:54 am (#243 of 2930)

I've found something funny about butterflies and HP! Since I haven't received my PoA DVD yet, I was very frustrated and bought some HP stickers from the PoA movie at the supermarket this afternoon to cheer me up. One of them is a picture of a pieces of candy box with written on it: "Madam Barboleta - 1913 - 2003 - Sugared Butterfly Wings". A lot of butterflies are also painted on the box. curious isn't it?


Enchanted1 - Nov 24, 2004 12:05 pm (#244 of 2930)

Greetings to all! I have to say I am so happy to have purchased the DVD PoA. I had been mis pronouncing "Sir Cadogan" and am quite embarrased! I've just reread GoF and am near the end of OoTP. I pick up new nuances every time. I just wish my memory were as good as that of my 10 yr old!

We are anxiously awaiting HBP. Anyone else catch the mention of the cemetary in the extras?


Ainsley Black - Nov 24, 2004 12:51 pm (#245 of 2930)

yes i did catch that little mention!! I also saw the way Jo was looking at him as he was talking as if she was just waiting to jump in and stop him saying too much! lol


Dr Filibuster - Nov 24, 2004 2:31 pm (#246 of 2930)

There's a PoA movie thread. Meet you there to continue this discussion.


Thora - Nov 24, 2004 4:52 pm (#247 of 2930)

I've been betting on a summer solstice release like last time, I posted that ages ago... I think... yup #2160 on the old thread. June 21-22. It fits with the reports of Scholastic not expecting the revenue this fiscal year:

"For what it is worth, I don't think that HBP will be published until after May 31, 2005. That is the end of the fiscal year (June 1-May 31) for Scholastic, and according to their president's letter for the 2004 Fiscal annual report: 'Without last year’s unprecedented sales of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Fiscal 2005 will of course have lower trade revenues, but our core trade business will be stronger.'

So they are not forecasting the revenues for HBP for this fiscal year. Odds Bodikins courtesy of Phoenix song "

It also fits with most kids being out of school for the summer.

I think she didn't give us an update because the date was so close to the PoA movie release.

Boy, those stickers sound interesting, butterflies, hmmmm.

Thora


Land of the Shire - Nov 24, 2004 9:05 pm (#248 of 2930)

Re: "Felix Felicis," has anyone suggested it might be a spell? Perhaps a good luck charm, or even some kind of potion?


riotgrrrl - Nov 24, 2004 9:54 pm (#249 of 2930)

Yes, I believe that's been suggested. And might I add the idea is quite popular!


Tomoé - Nov 25, 2004 3:13 am (#250 of 2930)

Yes it have been suggested, some think it the formula for the cheering charm.
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Eloise Black - Nov 25, 2004 3:21 am (#251 of 2930)

Hello All

A few people have mentioned the butterflies on JR's site. I am wondering if they could be the "Crumple-horned snorkacks", that Luna & her dad are going looking for on their holidays.


Ainsley Black - Nov 25, 2004 7:50 am (#252 of 2930)

Some one mention some time ago that she saw a documentry about JKR and in it there was a note book that JKR used which had on it a blue butterfly and a yellow butterfly. Sorry but i can't remeber who found this out but i do think it's a pretty good explination for our butterfly friends!!


Ydnam96 - Nov 25, 2004 3:25 pm (#253 of 2930)

So, this may have been brought up before but I thought I'd ask about the bulletin board on JK's site. Before all the stuff shows up on it there is a drawing that looks like a square with a circle in the middle that is sectioned like a pie. I think it says room of something...There are some red arrows pointing to it and pointing from it

I took a screen capture, but it doesn't get very clear. Anybody have any ideas?


Eponine - Nov 25, 2004 3:33 pm (#254 of 2930)

Ydnam, I think it is from the last time the door was opened. Wasn't that the dart board? I believe what it says is "Room of Requirement" which is the name for the room behind the door.


kabloink! - Nov 25, 2004 4:36 pm (#255 of 2930)

I noticed that, too. Now that you mention it,I remember it exactly whot it was. I don't think I had notice the card with "Holiday" info on it before, or maybe I did. I just want something new!


Cezar Salem - Nov 25, 2004 7:55 pm (#256 of 2930)

Remember JK said that Cos had some clues and stuff... I was looking at the chap 14 title and guess what it was? Cornelius Fudge... Maybe at this point in the book, Fudge will have been kicked out and Feilx Felicis assumes as MoM!!!


kabloink! - Nov 25, 2004 10:12 pm (#257 of 2930)

I thought she said that the entire thread that was in CoS that is now in HBP had been completely deleted from Cos? I don't remember correctly when it was, but I think it might have been either in FAQ on her website or at the Edinburgh Book Fair, I'm pretty sure she addressed that. Good thinking, though. Or maybe the new Minister is a new, improved Fudge after having had the spell, Felix Felicies cast upon him! Sorry its late, I'm tired.


Ydnam96 - Nov 25, 2004 10:18 pm (#258 of 2930)

Thanks Eponine, that makes sense!


remiden - Nov 26, 2004 1:28 pm (#259 of 2930)

Kabloink, she said that she removed the Half blood prince storyline out of CoS, not that she had actually removed the half blood prince, so the character coul dbe there, just not known yet as the hbp. She also said that CoS holds clues to the ultimate end of the series, and that does not mean that the clues have something to do with the HBP, just that they are there.


MzWhizz123 - Nov 28, 2004 5:41 pm (#260 of 2930)

Happy Birthday Bill!


Tomoé - Nov 29, 2004 5:08 pm (#261 of 2930)

Thanks MzWhizz123, I would have missed it he you hadn't mentioned it.


skh - Nov 30, 2004 3:04 am (#262 of 2930)

Remiden - so the Half Blood Prince could be in CoS, but we're just not told that he's the HBP... interesting! Especially as the Twins refer to Percy as HB in CoS (in that instance referring to him as Humungous Bighead due to his inflated sense of self-worth over his Prefectship). So, HBP could be Humungous Bighead Percy and poor old prefect Perce will redeem himself after all!

I suppose this needs to be on a Percy thread? SKH


Cezar Salem - Nov 30, 2004 4:27 am (#263 of 2930)

Percy is pure blood. the prince is a half blood


skh - Nov 30, 2004 5:16 am (#264 of 2930)

The name "Half Blood Prince" doesn't necessarily mean that the Prince is a half blood - he could be the champion of half bloods, for example... Percy's girlfriend Penelope wasn't pure blood, for example... Okay, it's a wooly theory!


From Venus - Nov 30, 2004 9:01 am (#265 of 2930)

The name "Half Blood Prince" doesn't necessarily mean that the Prince is a half blood - he could be the champion of half bloods...

That's an interesting way to think about it. If this were true, then the HBP could be anyone (well, any male since he has to be a prince.) Also, since LV is a half-blood, but he fights against those with mixed blood, then it would almost make sense that the one to lead the defense of the half-bloods would be a pure-blood.

Anyways, it would widen the possibilities somewhat.


skh - Nov 30, 2004 10:18 am (#266 of 2930)

On the other hand, the reference to Percy as HB comes from PoA, not CoS (I was reading the "funny excerpts" on Mugglenet, and it was there - am also re-reading CoS, so my memory tricked me into thinking that the comment was from Book 2!)

... And there was me, all excited with a real theory of my own for once, boo! :-((


Lillie Frog - Nov 30, 2004 5:34 pm (#267 of 2930)

Hello people. I have hardly posted here, though I read a lot. I have to thank everyone on this site for getting me through that door a couple of times!

What I wanted to ask was wether there is a list of all the birthdays that have been announced on the JKR site?

I don't get the chance to go there often enough to have made the list myself, so I wondered if anyone else had.

Thanks.


Eponine - Nov 30, 2004 5:40 pm (#268 of 2930)

There's a new wizard of the month on her site now.


Tomoé - Nov 30, 2004 6:44 pm (#269 of 2930)

Here it goes Lillie :

Neville Longbottom -> July 30th
Harry Potter -> July 31st
Ginny Weasley -> August 11th
Percy Weasley -> August 22nd
Hermone Granger -> September 11th
Minerva McGonagall -> October 4th
Filius Flitwick -> October 17th
Molly Weasley -> October 30th
Charlie Weasley -> November 28th

Edit : pretty creepy the new witch of the month.


kabloink! - Nov 30, 2004 7:09 pm (#270 of 2930)

Hehe-she reminds me of Malificent from Sleeping Beauty...perhaps the Sleeping Beauty theory on Spinners End has some gumption with that illustration...


Gina R Snape - Nov 30, 2004 7:23 pm (#271 of 2930)

Oh, this is soooo weird! I was just chatting with a friend the other night about the list. We were thinking that Lucius Malfoy must be a Leo. But we couldn't remember if she'd covered from the beginning of the Leo cycle. Then I said the earliest name I could remember posting was Neville Longbottom.

Sure enough, I was right! So thanks for posting that list!

btw, I still think Snape will turn out to be a Pisces. But I'm betting on Luna Lovegood's birthday showing up any day now under Sag.


kabloink! - Nov 30, 2004 8:21 pm (#272 of 2930)

Why do you say Luna is a Sag? DO the traits of Sag really point toward her? Maybe she's more of an Aries? Forgive me, but I'm a Sag girl, myself, so I have to wonder. Then again, I've always thought that my Chinese astrological sign was more accurate-a dog.


Ann - Nov 30, 2004 9:00 pm (#273 of 2930)

Tomoé, thanks for the summary. But it was Bill Weasley on 11/28, not Charlie! You might also add Fred & George on April 1; it hasn't come round on her rollodex yet, but she mentions that in Extra Stuff.


Ginerva Potter - Nov 30, 2004 9:48 pm (#274 of 2930)

Tomoe, I'm sorry to correct you, too, because it is a great summary! Hermione's birthday is the 19th of September, not the 11th. I do need to write these down, thank you for remembering them for all of us!

Ginny


riotgrrrl - Nov 30, 2004 10:32 pm (#275 of 2930)

I think that Snape will be a Gemini- the twins work so well with his good/evil I'm on your side/I'm on the other side personality. My mother is a Gemin and you never know with her.


Kerrie-Louise - Dec 1, 2004 2:09 am (#276 of 2930)

Is it just my eyesight or has JK got the christmas decorations out early?


Kip Carter - Dec 1, 2004 2:17 am (#277 of 2930)

I do not feel she is early. In South Carolina most people put their Christmas decoration up on Thanksgiving and turn them on immediately. I think she has added a nice, colorful, and friendly feeling to her site.


skh - Dec 1, 2004 2:57 am (#278 of 2930)

Decorations wise, it's a wee twitchy bit early for decorations in Europe I think (do others agree?)however not wildly so - I would be putting mine up this weekend but I'm away, so am starting today!

Does anyone think she'll link in different days on the site? Some Europeans celebrate Sinter Klaus (excuse the spelling, we're regular 25th Dec people here in Ireland!) on 6th of Dec, for example-- in Belgium and Germany, children leave their shoes outside the door and the fella fills them with chocolate and little toys. In Germany, Christmas Eve is a big deal... Wishful thinking, I guess!

PS - is Luna not a bit too dreamy to be a Sag? I'm a Sag myself, and didn't think vague-ness a Saggie trait. Would like to think it would be some one more, well, lively?

Sarah


Sticky Glue - Dec 1, 2004 3:10 am (#279 of 2930)

Here in NZ, my mother always said that it was bad luck to put up the xmas tree before the 1st December, I thought that was tradition from the uk passed on for generations. But in typical kiwi fasion it's probably got altered alot from the tradition of the mother land. But we always did most of our decorating on or after 1st december.


wolfgrl - Dec 1, 2004 6:17 am (#280 of 2930)

I think the decorations are wonderful I have a question, as I do not have speakers on my computer, does the radio now play christmas carols?


Kerrie-Louise - Dec 1, 2004 6:17 am (#281 of 2930)

in the UK we're meant to observe 12th night. Putting the tree up on Christmas eve and then keeping it up for 12 nights before taking it down. Tradition says that any longer and it's unlucky and the trees spirit would become angry. However my decorations are going up next weekend if I have time!


Kerrie-Louise - Dec 1, 2004 6:19 am (#282 of 2930)

No the radio is still playing the same tune!


Ainsley Black - Dec 1, 2004 6:26 am (#283 of 2930)

I'l be putting my decs up tonight when Mia goes to bed but i'll not be putting the tree up till Christmas Eve (mainly cause i don't have a lot of room for it plus it's such a great suprise for Mia to come down and find the tree and her presents in the morning. Last year i think every morning she came down and was still amazed at the decorations! Bless her little cotton socks.


Ainsley Black - Dec 1, 2004 6:31 am (#284 of 2930)

Ok so who loves the Advent Callender on the Extras board? I do wish she'd put some more easter eggs (or should that be Christmas presents) on the site, even just one!


vanessa cave - Dec 1, 2004 6:37 am (#285 of 2930)

hi i'm not getting any decorations on the .com site is anyone else having problems? my decorations are going up tonight but no tree until sunday as we can't borrow a trailer till then


Ainsley Black - Dec 1, 2004 6:41 am (#286 of 2930)

have you tried the .co.uk site?


skh - Dec 1, 2004 7:32 am (#287 of 2930)

it's likely that you need to clear caches.

Also, Kerrie-Louise - I thought the 12th night thing was that it's bad luck to leave the tree up past the 12th night (i.e. Jan 6th) but that it didn't matter when it went up. Your theory sounds more plausible though!

Getting my tree on Monday!

Sarah


bella - Dec 1, 2004 7:33 am (#288 of 2930)

Anyone have any thoughts on when the new update could be?


Eponine - Dec 1, 2004 7:40 am (#289 of 2930)

I love the Christmas decorations!


From Venus - Dec 1, 2004 8:14 am (#290 of 2930)

Oh, what fun! The decorations are great! I especially love the little Christmas tree in the dark room behind the door in the mirror and the snow falling outside the window. I always thought that the "door" room was a little bit creepy, but this has made it much more homey for me.

I don't usually put up any decorations until the week before Christmas, but that is very late for around here (southern Indiana). Most people have everything up by Thanksgiving. I think Jo just put them up early because there are so many different customs all over the world and she's trying to please us all.

Well, I'm going back to Jo's web site, I want to check the rest of the rooms to find more Christmas stuff.

Thanks Jo, the Christmas decorations are delightful!


azi - Dec 1, 2004 8:21 am (#291 of 2930)

I love the christmas decorations too! I was hoping we could open the advent calendar and get a little HP related treat every day, but unfortunately we don't appear to get that...Sad But I love it anyway and I'm hoping we could open the last of the advent boxes of christmas day and get a HP related present like a release date or something. You never know. Smile


From Venus - Dec 1, 2004 8:44 am (#292 of 2930)

Azi, there is one door open on the advent calendar and there is a piece of candy in it (at least I think it's candy). What I was hoping is that there will be a new door opened every day, just like a real advent calendar, and on Christmas day we will get what we've been hoping for; the release date for HBP!

Please Jo, please!! We've been good!! It's what we really really want for Christmas! A release date! And you don't even have to wrap it!!


skh - Dec 1, 2004 9:15 am (#293 of 2930)

I have to say, much and all as I love HP and the website, I won't be logging on Christmas Day! ;-)

I do love all the decorations and especially the spilled tags on the rubbish page, but isn't she organised, with gift tags already - does that mean Jo's already parcelling her gifts?! I haven't even bought any yet, tee hee!! I do wish we could do something with the decorations though! Like, opening the Advent calendar ourselves - although maybe we will be able to retrieve some of the goodies and save them towards a prize or summat.


Thora - Dec 1, 2004 9:31 am (#294 of 2930)

If you go to the fan sites page you can see the reflection of the flashing tree lights on the trophy. So the dark room in the mirror at the end of the hall is the trophy room! How thrilling!

Thora


skh - Dec 1, 2004 9:54 am (#295 of 2930)

I'd noticed it, but not worked out the connection - clever you!


wolfgrl - Dec 1, 2004 9:58 am (#296 of 2930)

Hey Venus, the circle In downtown Indianapolis is already completely done and lit up. It looks wonderfull. Just thought I would share with a fellow Hoosier.

Thora, I had noticed the lights on the trophy as well but did not figure it out. I am very impressed.


Ann - Dec 1, 2004 10:57 am (#297 of 2930)

Everyone was talking about birthdays a while back...my bet for Snape's is Christmas, or possibly Christmas eve.


prof sprout - Dec 1, 2004 11:37 am (#298 of 2930)

On the extra stuff (the one with the cup as a port key) If you do a screen shot before the "about" Is there a new paper. (I'm not talking Christmas stuff) It has "Summ" (maybe summer), crossed in red. Tell me what you think of this and if it has been there before.


Quibbler Editor In Chief - Dec 1, 2004 12:41 pm (#299 of 2930)

I was just wondering if anyone knows when 7 weeks from the last big update was...I guess that would be the door opening last time??? It seems that we get something every 7 weeks.


John Bumbledore - Dec 1, 2004 1:19 pm (#300 of 2930)

Seven Weeks from Oct 31 is Dec. 19

Thora, good eyes and smart as a tack to catch the tree in the mirror, lights on the trophy and connect the two! Wow!
Extra Stuff board: Sorry Prof Sprout, that paper with red highlight and Headline of
Summ...
Yip.. is old. But the "Gobb Lynn Security" business card is gone from under "Street Cars" card. New are the three holiday cards, the Advent calendar, and the Christmas List just above the radio.

On the Links page (the book case), there is a snow man in a snow globe beside the cup holing the pen-portkey. Also garland across the top.

On the "Fan Sites" trophy case, the FSA has new blue ribbon/streamers on the handles.

There are bows and gift tags scattered about both the desk and the rubbish bin, but none of them load late, so they neither move (no hidden potion ingredients) nor do they have active links (portkey or Easter-egg items).

Alas! Earwax.

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Hollywand - Dec 1, 2004 2:11 pm (#301 of 2930)

One wonders why all the bows are Slytherin colours. Yikes.


Sadie - Dec 1, 2004 3:10 pm (#302 of 2930)

Bumbledore, you are a wizard! Of course you are.


Hogs Head - Dec 1, 2004 3:17 pm (#303 of 2930)

Yet I wonder if some member with loads more time than I have will kindly watch the various new screens for hours on end trying to see whether Peeves blowing through will cause any of the new decorations or cards to change? Perhaps not, but please report back if you're brave enough to undertake this.

Also, if someone could kindly dial the phone-corollary for every known 6, 7 and 8 letter Christmas related word into the phone. That will probably yield nothing, either, but I'm too unimaginative and tired to do that myself.


Aurora Gubbins - Dec 1, 2004 5:07 pm (#304 of 2930)

Seasons Greetings one and all!!! Christmas decorations here in the UK often go up (in the shops and stores) around late September time. The lights in main town and city centre areas are ceremoniously lit at the end of November and I always try (and always fail) to get my tree and decs up in the first week of December. Wish Professor Flitwick was here to decorate my tree - he always does such a marvellous job at Hogwarts... Aurora xx


Ginerva Potter - Dec 1, 2004 6:09 pm (#305 of 2930)

I LOVE the decorations!!! It is so cool that Jo does these little things and we all get sooo happy! (I'm all warm and fuzzy!) Thanks, Jo!!!

Thora, kudos to you! I, too, saw the lights reflecting in the trophys but didn't make the connection. Thanks for sharing with some of the slower folks on the forum! Smile

Also, I think that the advent calendar is going to count down the days of Christmas for us. Mine already has two doors open! Maybe we will get a treat when all the doors are open.

Ginny


Lori V - Dec 1, 2004 6:59 pm (#306 of 2930)

I was just checking out all the new stuff on the website and I noticed something that I was wondering if anyone else did too. In the room of requirement looking out the window the bushes covered with snow makes some type of picture that for some reason looks like it might be familiar. Does anyone else see this or am I just crazy? Maybe I am just reading too much into this, I was just curious what everyone else thinks.


MickeyCee3948 - Dec 1, 2004 7:09 pm (#307 of 2930)

Ginny - Just checked the web site and 2 doors are open on the Advent Calender. Hogshead I waited until Jeeves came by and their was no change to the site, nothing else moved.

Mikie


Ginerva Potter - Dec 1, 2004 7:40 pm (#308 of 2930)

MickeyCee - I should have been more specific. I was refering to a post by From Venus. From Venus said there was only one door open on the advent calendar. Now there are two doors open on the advent calendar. It is already Dec. 2nd in England, so I think that is why there are 2 doors open even though here in the U.S. it is still the 1st.

If I misunderstood you completely, I'm sorry. Just thought I would explain myself Smile

Ginny


From Venus - Dec 1, 2004 8:17 pm (#309 of 2930)

Man, I was all excited because I thought I had something new! I made the connection between the lights reflected on the trophy and the Christmas tree in the mirror, only when I raced here to report on it I found Thora had already beat me to it. Rats! Oh well. I'll just have to be faster next time to get my moment of glory!

I am now waiting for Peeves to come so the vase will get knocked down and I'll be able to see out the window better. It does look like some kind of outline...wait, I hear Peeves...

Well, it sort of looks like some kind of bird or something (Fawkes?) but I think it's just the roads of the little town way out there. You can see the little lights twinkling if you look real close.

Hey! My advent calendar has two doors opened now also! Hurray! I'll be willing to bet that on Christmas we're going to get something special from Jo. PLEASE JO, WE'VE BEEN GOOD. WE WANT A RELEASE DATE FOR HBP!!! PLEASE PLEEEEEEASE!!


Tomoé - Dec 1, 2004 10:35 pm (#310 of 2930)

Thanks Ann and Ginerva for correcting the birthday list, that's not my week for posting. ¬_¬ I'll add that Ron's birthday is on Mars 1st (Tomoé counter-check, then counter-counter-check, yes it's March 1st).

The 7th day of the 7th week since Hallowe'en is December 19th, but since there's a pretty advent calendar ... with a new door opening every day ... since December 19th only 6 days apart from Christmas ... since the door opened on Halloween, a important day in the series ... I mean ... how can she be more obvious. I expect the door to open on December 25th and maybe there'll be some extra Easter egg too. Maybe I'm raving ...

Prof Sprout, the paper with "summ" written on it was easier to see be for the Advent Calender was placed. It's a schedule and it's written "Summer Hol[...] Yipeeeee". I suppose it was "Summer Holidays, Yipeeeeeeeee".

Edit : I checked again, Ron is born on March 1st. ^_~


septentrion - Dec 2, 2004 2:33 am (#311 of 2930)

You can find all the birthdays in the time lines section of the Lexicon.

I too hope something big for Christmas, when the last door of the advent calendar will be opened.

I've tried "christmas" on the phone but got nothing for it.


Aurora Gubbins - Dec 2, 2004 3:24 am (#312 of 2930)

I have to say I would bet a few knuts on the next ROR opening showing us the cover artwork for the HBP. Only a few knuts, mind! I don't suppose it will be an image of the Prince himself though, as it would ruin the plot. To all those speculating about the birthdays of the likes of Malfoy Jr and Sr and Snape; Why would anyone wish a happy birthday to someone they don't like? We know that Jo likes to write the characters, but she has said they are not likeable people and has even gone as far as to tell younger fans not to like Draco and not to confuse Snape with Alan Rickman (who I rather like myself!) I really don't think we'll be seeing birthday greetings to these people on the website. I have posted this thought before and still stand by it. Just a thought Aurora xx


Kerrie-Louise - Dec 2, 2004 7:48 am (#313 of 2930)

I have also tried tree, Snow and snowing in the phone. nothing I'm afraid!


skh - Dec 2, 2004 8:16 am (#314 of 2930)

And I waited around on loads of the pages for Peeves, but I couldn't see / didn't notice any appreciable differences.


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 2, 2004 8:20 am (#315 of 2930)

Ok,Can someone please help me?I have the snowglobe and the decor in the trophy room but nothing else.any suggestions?


Classicsquid592 - Dec 2, 2004 10:16 am (#316 of 2930)

Had the spider drawn in the corners of the letters in the FAQ always been there? I don't seem to have noticed it before.


riddikulus - Dec 2, 2004 10:33 am (#317 of 2930)

Even though there isn't a Happy Chanukah for Anthony Goldstein in the books Wink It would have been nice to have something on the site to acknowledge it.


Tomoé - Dec 2, 2004 10:36 am (#318 of 2930)

The spider always have been there Classicsquid.

Madame Pomfrey, juste change the extention of the site, .com, .it, .de, .fr, .us, .tv, .co.uk, .org, .net, .info or .org.uk . It worked for me last night.

Aurora, wouldn't it be kind of disrespectuous not to wish an Happy birthday to Professor Snape when you wished it to Professors McGonagall and Flitwick? The Mafoys are less likely to be seen on the calendar, but Snape is a big player in Harry Potter books. I expect to see Professor Sprout as well.

Edit : Now that you mention it, Goldstein does sounds like a jew name (can I get any slower).


Mare - Dec 2, 2004 11:25 am (#319 of 2930)

Even though there isn't a Happy Chanukah for Anthony Goldstein in the books Wink It would have been nice to have something on the site to acknowledge it.

Goldstein sounds like a very German name to me (golden stone). Not nessecarily jewish.
Chanukah doesn't feature in the books, because it is not a part of Jo's world, likely because it is not a part of the authors own world.
If you're asking her to acknowledge it, why not all the other religious holidays from people like hindu, moslims etc? they don't get a mention either.
She celebrates what she knows, and we don't even know for what reason. I think the christmas decorations are ment as a fun way to give the site some winter/seasonal/holiday spirit. I don't think they are ment to be seen as any indication of religion and I suggest we keep it that way over here.


Tomoé - Dec 2, 2004 11:29 am (#320 of 2930)

Thanks Marè, I wasn't that slow after all.


Annika - Dec 2, 2004 11:39 am (#321 of 2930)

I have a silly questions. Is the word Calendar spelled different in Britain? On the website, it is spelled Calender.

Thanks, Annika


azi - Dec 2, 2004 11:48 am (#322 of 2930)

Well, according to my UK spellchecker and what I thought before it's 'calendar'.


Ainsley Black - Dec 2, 2004 11:49 am (#323 of 2930)

that's what i got too!


Annika - Dec 2, 2004 11:53 am (#324 of 2930)

That is what I thought as well, but was confused when I saw "Advent Calender" on the website, I figured I would check.

Thanks! Annika


TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 2, 2004 11:56 am (#325 of 2930)

Calendar - A system of timekeeping that defines the beginning and length and divisions of the year.

Calender - A machine that smoothes or glazes paper or cloth by pressing it between plates or passing it through rollers.

Two different animals, so is a misspell.


Ainsley Black - Dec 2, 2004 11:57 am (#326 of 2930)

must admit that when i write i always spell it wrong it seems! Not the only word though!


Mrdrama - Dec 2, 2004 2:51 pm (#327 of 2930)

I was wondering if someone could help me, I originally used the .com site, but I want the Christmas decorations, so I am using the .co.uk site, but now I need to get all my goodies again, and I can't remember the # that was on the bulletin board, can anybody help me!!!!


John Bumbledore - Dec 2, 2004 3:34 pm (#328 of 2930)

Goodies for Mr Drama

If you are asking for the numbers to dial in the phone.. it is by word to number and neither appeared on the extra stuff board.
Having said that, I will give them now in hidden text, just click and drag over the space below...

Dial - M a g i c - 6 2 4 4 2 - on the phone.

Dial - P E E V E S - 7 3 3 8 3 7 - For an Achient drawing of Peeves.

And that is the end of the hidden text.

-- B^D - Bumbledore


Aurora Gubbins - Dec 2, 2004 3:51 pm (#329 of 2930)

Tomoe; Profs McG, Flitwick and Sprout are all on Harry's side, Snape is not and as (I say again) JK wouldn't actually like him as a person she wouldn't be very likely to send him a birthday card. Everyone else who has had their birthdays celebrated on the site has been a friend not a foe. We haven't seen any of the Dursleys, Malfoys, or anyone from Slytherin. Anyway, enough said I think.

Has anyone else made the connection between Ignatia Wildsmith and Father Christmas/Santa Claus/St. Nick? Aurora xx


Ponine - Dec 2, 2004 4:50 pm (#330 of 2930)

Oh, and also - I cannnot see a picture of the room of requirement anywhere??


Thora - Dec 2, 2004 5:31 pm (#331 of 2930)

Ponine, When we refer to the Room of Requirement we are refering to the door reached by the hairband port key. I believe there are links on the first page of this thread to pics of what was inside it when the door has been opened before. The recent discussion about it is that we have now placed it in relationship to the trophy room, they are at opposite ends of a hall.

Thora

P.S. Riddikulus, hope you come home soon.


KEMME DAVID - Dec 2, 2004 6:04 pm (#332 of 2930)

Has any one else noticed that there are now 3 doors open on the Advent Calender?


Sadie - Dec 2, 2004 6:34 pm (#333 of 2930)

Yes, there are three doors open here too. So many to go...Waiting for Christmas.


Hogs Head - Dec 2, 2004 7:15 pm (#334 of 2930)

My theory is that the Happy Birthday greetings are to major and/or beloved (by her) characters who JKR perceives as surviving into the present, i.e., 2004 and the fictional moment corresponding to the actual moment the greeting is posted. I'm not aware of any birthday greetings to characters who are portrayed as perishing in the fictional HP world.

So, assume arguendo that I'm correct, who besides Snape has not had a birthday greeting?

Per my theory then, they either did not survive HP7, did not survive long enough thereafter to see 2004, did not rise to the level of importance of "belovedness" to get a greeting, or else their birthday has not yet been "invented" by our own beloved JKR. Critique away, but don't hate me just because I'm a beautiful porcine specimen.


Tomoé - Dec 2, 2004 7:23 pm (#335 of 2930)

Or they are born between December and May, maybe up to July, like the twins and Ron. ^_~


Hogs Head - Dec 2, 2004 8:45 pm (#336 of 2930)

Tomoe: Surely some were born in that date range, so it will take until May to fully test my theory out, unless in the meantime we get a birthday greeting for a character we know is deceased, like Sirius.


riotgrrrl - Dec 2, 2004 8:57 pm (#337 of 2930)

Or possibly she is only giving us a few at a time so next year (yes, the site will still be up, fingers crossed) we will get to see new birthdays of people who are not necessarily new to the series (from HBP). Riddukulus- I had the same thoughts when I saw the site first.


Ginerva Potter - Dec 2, 2004 9:55 pm (#338 of 2930)

Can anyone tell me how Advent Calendars work? Do they normally only have 24 doors and you open the last one on Christmas Eve? Or do they have 25 doors and you open the last one on Christmas?

The Advent Calendar on Jo's site only has 24. Which maybe means *fingers crossed, hoping with all my might* that we will get a treat on Christmas Eve! Just an observation. Smile

Ginny


Aurora Gubbins - Dec 3, 2004 3:04 am (#339 of 2930)

Ginny; I don't know where you are in the world, so I'll tell you my own experience of Advent calendars (two 'a's and no apostrophe). For many years these calendars have only ever had 24 doors to be opened between the 1st of December and Christmas Eve inclusive. In recent years there has been (particularly on the calendars containing chocolates) 25, with the 25th being slightly larger. There have also been calendars available with extra treats to take the owner all the way through to New Year's Day (with apostrophe).

Look closely and you will see that Jo has actually put a 25th window on her calendar - it's the star at the top of the roof. As to the little treat behind that door...

Aurora xx


Aurora Gubbins - Dec 3, 2004 3:22 am (#340 of 2930)

A question for everyone here: Now we have established that the room at the end of the hall is the trophy room and the DND door is the Room of Requirement, let us assume that the notice board and the rubbish bin are in the same room as the desk - which of the remaining doors in the hallway is the library, and what lies behind the other door?

Does anyone know why the portkey for the ROR is a hairband? It's probably been discussed before but I must have missed that one.

Aurora xx

(I just tried ADVENT on the phone. It didn't work)


KWeldon - Dec 3, 2004 6:09 am (#341 of 2930)

What is the connection between Ignatia Wildsmith and Santa?


Aurora Gubbins - Dec 3, 2004 7:15 am (#342 of 2930)

Ignatia Wildsmith invented Floo Powder (see desk calendar), Santa uses chimneys to access properties to deliver presents. The connection is chimneys - very appropriate at this time of year!

Aurora xx


From Venus - Dec 3, 2004 7:53 am (#343 of 2930)

Wow, I never would have made the connection between floo powder and Santa, do you think that's the way he does it?

Riddikulus,I sure wish you a speedy recovery, I hope everything will be all right and that you are home again soon. You are in my prayers. Not to make light of anything serious, and I hope you don't take this the wrong way because I only mean well, but,you know, God already knows how the last two books of the series turn out, so, really, there are no worries there. Cheer up. It's all good.


Thora - Dec 3, 2004 9:41 am (#344 of 2930)

Wow, love the chimney connection!

Well I just spent a bit of time looking at pictures old and current and the ROR always shows a view of her desk. The first opening it was to the bottom left of the doorway, the second it was to the bottom right, and the third it shows an arial view. From that view we discover that the desk is the same as the main page, and that the carpet matches that of the rubbish bin page but not the hallway. However the current bin doesn't match the one in the center bottom of the first door opening.

So any guesses on where the cork board from the extra stuff page is, my bet is directly above the computer screen. Where she can just look up at it.

Anyone else notice that the room is below the stairs? That's what the first pic shows. Jo's office is in the closet under the stairs? Is she saying she's enslaved to the books?

Okay there are entirely to many things buzzing around my head...

Thora


Aurora Gubbins - Dec 3, 2004 11:14 am (#345 of 2930)

Thora: love your comments and suggestions! How/where did you notice the stairs? It would make sense that that is where she sits, day after day.

Here are a few more seeds trying to sprout in my mind: In the edits on the notice board, there are a few bits about the opening, and subsequently discarded chapters of PS/SS. Jo says "The very, very earliest drafts of the first chapter of 'Philosopher's Stone' have the Potters living on a remote island, Hermione's family living on the mainland, her father spotting something that resembles and explosion out at sea..." She also tells us that the opening chapter of HBP is similiar to one of the discarded first chapters of PS/SS. The two may be connected and I feel that there is something in there staring us all in the face and laughing out loud. We just don't see it - it probably has a Fidelius charm on it. I keep looking expecting the words to start moving around and rearrange themselves into something.

Does anyone else have any ideas, specific to the notice board? Shall I trot off to St. Mungo's?

Aurora xx


Aurora Gubbins - Dec 3, 2004 4:33 pm (#346 of 2930)

From Venus: Obviously your family have taught you wrong - everyone knows that Santa/Father Christmas/St. Nick travels on his sleigh drawn by reindeer headed by Rudolph. He has never travelled through the Floo Network. He uses chimneys to enter and exit the buildings to which he delivers. That said I do believe that he has a Time Turner, otherwise he would never make it around the globe and deliver to everyone. Maybe it's the same one Hermione used - after all she needed it throughout the term whereas he only needs it for a few hours on Christmas Eve!

Aurora xx


From Venus - Dec 3, 2004 7:23 pm (#347 of 2930)

You know, I think you're on to something. The Time Turner would definitely explain how he gets it all done in one night.

As for the floo powder theory, I guess I fell for it because I always wondered how that fat little guy got down the chimneys. Maybe he has one of those devices that the Knight Bus in the movie has.


Magical Max - Dec 3, 2004 11:59 pm (#348 of 2930)

Also could Santa's elves be related to the house-elves? Centuries ago, there was a cultural split where the majority of the elves were content to remain in servitues but a radical few were willing to wear bright, gaudy clothes and earn wages as Santa's Helpers.

Could explain why the other elves at Hogwarts give Dobby strange looks all the time. They think he has gone over to the "other side"

Better watch it with this thread or we'll all end up with Dungbombs in our stockings


Hollywand - Dec 4, 2004 12:21 am (#349 of 2930)

HaH! John, I read your last line as Dumbledore's socks! ;-)


Thora - Dec 4, 2004 8:08 am (#350 of 2930)

Well, maybe I was wrong about under the stairs, but on earth is the diagonal line in the room? Look at it: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Any ideas?

Aurora: I think a scene showing more events from the night in Godderic's Hollow can be counted on. The things she has said seem to circle around that. And Rudloph is certainly a muggle inventiton, so couldn't it be surmised that in the HP universe Santa uses a form of floo powder? There aren't many houses with adaquate chimney space, and some sort of magic must be involved. Wizzarding fact doesn't always match muggle legend exactly. So maybe he uses the sleigh AND a type of powder specifically designed for roof to tree travel. Or perhaps he apparates and muggles just think it's down the chimney.

Hmmm I wonder why Sirius never tried the chimney when he was after wormtail?

John: Love it!

Thora


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kabloink! - Dec 4, 2004 9:03 am (#351 of 2930)

You know, I think its actually an attic room with a skylight. Take a look just to the right of the diagonal line, there's a partial blue square there, outlined in brown. It also appears that there is a beam of light shining across the room from there. Make sense to anyone else?


Ann - Dec 4, 2004 9:29 am (#352 of 2930)

It's clearly an upstairs room, but the window looks too low to be a skylight to me. Perhaps a dormer? It's hard to tell how deep the room is; obviously there's nothing off to the left, but it could go back to the right some distance.


Hollywand - Dec 4, 2004 9:45 am (#353 of 2930)

Attic? Hmm, that's interesting, perhaps Rowling is up in Sibyll's Tea Room! That Extra Stuff tea cup, hmmm....


riotgrrrl - Dec 4, 2004 9:45 am (#354 of 2930)

I guess those could be stairs but when you look at the fan and the shelves, they seem to go over the diagonal line. It almost looks like some type of cover for electrical cords. Or possibly we are reading too much into this. On another note, what are the stars by the (poster's) names now?


riotgrrrl - Dec 4, 2004 9:46 am (#355 of 2930)

Never mind about the stars!


From Venus - Dec 4, 2004 9:46 am (#356 of 2930)

Something else I noticed about the various rooms; the room with the DND sign on the door, the room with the bookshelves (the links room) and the room the bulletin board is hanging in all have the same wallpaper. Now, this doesn't mean that they definitly are the same room, but it sort of points that way.

Isn't it true that the room of requirement is a different room every time the door is opened, depending on what is needed at the time? So, the room won't always be the same every time the door opens. (I, too, think the room in question looks like an attic or upstairs room with a window/skylight. Thanks, Thora, for the excellent screen capture picture you provided us with; that door opening was before my time here on the forum.)

EDIT: I noticed the stars too. Maybe we're being decorated for the holidays also.


riotgrrrl - Dec 4, 2004 10:07 am (#357 of 2930)

If you click on the stars it will tell you about premium memberships. I didn't know there were a maximum numbers of posts each day. It must be really high!


Ydnam96 - Dec 4, 2004 10:10 am (#358 of 2930)

could i be a shelf that has fallen? I just thought the rest of the room looks pretty untidy...


Ainsley Black - Dec 4, 2004 11:15 am (#359 of 2930)

I think that diagonal line and the brown outline is a picture of something, maybe a landscape? the Brown frame is too narrow for a window frame and the colour of the light area above the line looks, well wrong for it to be a view of the sky from a window.


Ainsley Black - Dec 4, 2004 11:18 am (#360 of 2930)

Oh and WHAT is that green strip stuff in the bottom right corner???


Ydnam96 - Dec 4, 2004 11:20 am (#361 of 2930)

Ainsley, I think it's supposed to be some sort of plant, like a mini-palm tree type plant.


Ainsley Black - Dec 4, 2004 11:23 am (#362 of 2930)

OH! maybe we should all club together and send her something a bit more colourful for her office! lol


The giant squid - Dec 4, 2004 1:05 pm (#363 of 2930)

Regarding the stars: go here Kip Carter, "-- Our Future with World Crossing - IMPORTANT! Please Read!" #, 22 Nov 2004 4:02 am and all shall be revealed


Ginerva Potter - Dec 4, 2004 1:17 pm (#364 of 2930)

From Venus - I know this is off topic, but how do you change your font(color and style) and how do you insert those cute pictures (Rudolph)? I just love those!

Thanks,

Ginny


Flutterby - Dec 4, 2004 4:43 pm (#365 of 2930)

When I was a teenager we lived in this older farm house, my room had angled walls, a real pain if you sat up in bed to fast. Anyway that is what it looks like to me. A small room off the end of the top floor. And if that is the case then the window with the light shining from it could be a skylight.


Joelle - Dec 4, 2004 4:47 pm (#366 of 2930)

I must say that I love the christmas decs. Its very festive.

Thanks Jo!

-Joelle


From Venus - Dec 5, 2004 12:10 am (#367 of 2930)

Ginerva, go to theHow do you....thread and all will be explained. That's where I learned how to do it. And if you right click on any of the smilies or little pictures and then click properties it will tell you how to produce it.


Ainsley Black - Dec 5, 2004 4:54 am (#368 of 2930)

Flutterby - can't see the pic hun!


Hogs Head - Dec 5, 2004 12:59 pm (#369 of 2930)

I hope we aren't required to start paying for a World Crossing subscription. I know that makes me sound like a cheapskate, but as an old Internet purist, I'm afraid that is against the grain for me. I understand World Crossing's position, but I'd hope the Forum could either move somewhere else or just get a "grandfather clause" pass.


Ainsley Black - Dec 5, 2004 2:43 pm (#370 of 2930)

I'm not sure but was wondering the same thing.


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Dec 5, 2004 3:15 pm (#371 of 2930)

She has made a minesweeper update on the extras page.


Ainsley Black - Dec 5, 2004 3:52 pm (#372 of 2930)

that's been there for quite some time unfortunatley.

Really wish we could get some new bits on there.


Classicsquid592 - Dec 5, 2004 4:50 pm (#373 of 2930)

Flutterby ... What does what look like? All I see is a red "X"


Neville Longbottom - Dec 5, 2004 5:20 pm (#374 of 2930)

Happy Birthday, Hagrid.


Grindylow - Dec 5, 2004 7:24 pm (#375 of 2930)

Oh Neville! You beat me to it! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAGRID!!!!


Mademoiselle Fleur - Dec 5, 2004 8:57 pm (#376 of 2930)

Yes, Happy Birthday!


kabloink! - Dec 5, 2004 9:35 pm (#377 of 2930)

I must say that I prefer sharing an astrological sign with Hagrid than with Luna! Happy BIrthday Hargrid!


Ginerva Potter - Dec 5, 2004 9:38 pm (#378 of 2930)

From Venus - Thank you! I really appreciate it!

Also, is Hagrid's birthday the 5th or the 6th? My calendar says the 6th, but all the posts on the forum say the 5th.

Thanks.

Ginny


dizzy lizzy - Dec 5, 2004 10:34 pm (#379 of 2930)

I can see it, but perhaps it might be better if you ask us to go to the actual site and look at the room and try and find what you are looking for.

That way you don't get frustrated because sometimes I see it and sometimes I don't. I'm no expert, but it might have more to do with the memory capacity of both the server and our computers.

Also perhaps a duplicate of the post in the ask our hosts thread may solve the technical aspects of your problem.

Lizzy

Edit: There is a fly on the window. The squiggles on the snow look like snow covered heather to me. Could also be sheep. But I can't see anything that looks like chickens?? Lizzy


Neville Longbottom - Dec 5, 2004 10:59 pm (#380 of 2930)

Also, is Hagrid's birthday the 5th or the 6th? My calendar says the 6th, but all the posts on the forum say the 5th.


It's the sixth. The calendar changed on midnight in the UK. The posts here say it's the fifth, because it was still the fifth in the USA when we posted this, but Hagrid's birthday is december 6th.


Mare - Dec 6, 2004 2:16 am (#381 of 2930)

Hagrid has the same birthday as Saint Nicholas! (Who, by the way, does not have a sleigh with flying reindeers, but arrives every year in a steamboot with his white horse that can walk over rooftops...)

Anyways, happy birthday Hagrid!


Snuffles - Dec 6, 2004 5:35 am (#382 of 2930)

December 6th 2000 is also the date that Goblet Of Fire was published. (well according to my calender that gives useful bits of info each day!!)


Neville Longbottom - Dec 6, 2004 6:56 am (#383 of 2930)

Hagrid has the same birthday as Saint Nicholas! (Who, by the way, does not have a sleigh with flying reindeers, but arrives every year in a steamboot with his white horse that can walk over rooftops...)


Hear, hear.

And I don't think it's a coincidence that this is Hagrid's birthday. He is not unlike St.Nicolas, a nice man, with a big beard, who gives presents to the good kids.

"
Ladybug220 - Dec 6, 2004 7:08 am (#384 of 2930) "
Edited by Dec 6, 2004 6:08 am

Snuffles - where do you live? Here in the States, GOF was published in early July 2000.


Snuffles - Dec 6, 2004 7:37 am (#385 of 2930)

hi ladybug220

im from the UK.


skh - Dec 6, 2004 9:24 am (#386 of 2930)

Well, I was hoping for some one to have a birthday on Weds (to share with me!) but the 6th is close enough - Happy Birthday Hagrid!

PS - I too think that the room is an attic room in the picture, it looks very like my bedroom in my London flat where I lived 2 years ago, which was a dormer in a converted attic (and it cost HOW much?!).

Was there not another time when the Room of Requirement door opened and it did look more like an understairs area, with stripes that looked like timbers? This is from memory though, so undoubtedly incorrect.

Sarah (getting excited about me burpday!)


Zoe kingson - Dec 6, 2004 11:51 am (#387 of 2930)

HogsHead, i agree. what a drag.

"
siobhan - Dec 6, 2004 2:37 pm (#388 of 2930) "
Edited by Dec 6, 2004 1:41 pm

Hi i was just wondering if anyone else had seen the new 'easter egg' up on the site the daily news paper dated the 5th of January 2005? I was curious to find out what this date signifies


Ainsley Black - Dec 6, 2004 3:28 pm (#389 of 2930)

I dont see that date anywhere, where about's is it?


Ydnam96 - Dec 6, 2004 3:44 pm (#390 of 2930)

Siobban, what are you referring to?


Hogs Head - Dec 6, 2004 4:11 pm (#391 of 2930)

In the U.S., the Daily News is still showing today's date, Dec. 6, 2004, but the last entry is Aug. 15, 2004. No change and no noticeable "easter egg."

P.S., today's birthday greeting to Hagrid will test my theory (re: birthday greetings only to those who survive until the "present") if Hagrid is (as some suspect) to be one of the casualties of Book 6 or 7. Candidly, since I agree with Harry that there's ". . . no Hogwarts without" Hagrid, I'm hoping this is a sub silencio sign that Hagrid survives. He deserves to be an old man, living in peace with his weird and dangerous critters.


Ainsley Black - Dec 6, 2004 4:16 pm (#392 of 2930)

here here, Hogs Head!


Ainsley Black - Dec 7, 2004 3:42 am (#393 of 2930)

Ok so i didn't realise this last night but on the diary ('Biography') the date last night said 1965 - 2005 but this morning it says 1965 - 2004!!!

Oh and my callendar hasn't updtaed either, still says 6th Dec and it's 10.41am on the 7th here!


siobhan - Dec 7, 2004 7:15 am (#394 of 2930)

I was on the main page and peeves went through(as he often does) and a doxy flew past so i clicked on the doxy (or the watch which was spinning) i can't remember which and the daily news popped up with no writing on it , just a blank page with the 5th january 2005 as the date. Now whenever i click on the daily news this blank page comes up


Cat 7 of 9 - Dec 7, 2004 7:58 am (#395 of 2930)

Siobhan it wasn't the watch that you clicked, maybe it's the doxy but I haven't managed to get it....YET ;-D I will keep trying.

PS This is my first post, I love reading all the posts they are full of great ideas (so much to read, so little time.) What I realy need is a "Time Turner" LOL


Mare - Dec 7, 2004 8:05 am (#396 of 2930)

Welcome Cat 7 of 9 (Voyager reference? )

I don't think clicking the doxy does anything. I know lots of people have tried it in the past. It's just a nice detail that flies by, as impossible to catch as Peeves, or that (GRRRrrr) fly!


Snuffles - Dec 7, 2004 8:21 am (#397 of 2930)

Just a thought. There has been references to JK only putting birthdays on her site for people who are alive now. We know when Harry's birthday is because it is always mentioned in the books but did she put his birthday on her site? I hope she did and ive just forgotten.

toddles off for a butterbeer to calm nerves *


Neville Longbottom - Dec 7, 2004 8:32 am (#398 of 2930)

Yes, she did.


Snuffles - Dec 7, 2004 8:35 am (#399 of 2930)

Thankyou Neville.


Cat 7 of 9 - Dec 7, 2004 9:12 am (#400 of 2930)

Marè I watch Voyager but I never thought of it (7 of 9) like that, I had a couple of accidents & lost 2 of my lives, also I'm thirty-cough years old so loosing 2 isn't so bad.

Has anyone got a full list of birthdays that JK posted on her site, lost mine. Don't ask.....I'm a clutz


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Mare - Dec 7, 2004 9:21 am (#401 of 2930)

A list can be found in this same thread.
Click here:
Tomoé, "JK Rowling Official Site" #269, 30 Nov 2004 5:44 pm

But its not completely correct, read the comments in the posts after it to get a correct list.


Steve Newton - Dec 7, 2004 10:45 am (#402 of 2930)

Does anyone think that there is any chance that the Advent calendar is counting down to the Christmas present of a release date for HBP? Am I just being overly optimistic?


siobhan - Dec 7, 2004 11:06 am (#403 of 2930)
Edited by Dec 7, 2004 10:08 am

Just went back onto the site and clicked on the daily news again.The paper is still blank but the date has changed it is now the 6th of January 2005 so mow i'm just confused. Maybe there is a hidden message in it or something.I can't read any of the articles any more either so i hope it is significant or i'll never get to read the new stories! Edit:The date on the calendar is 06/01/05 too! Strange


emilythestrangew - Dec 7, 2004 11:13 am (#404 of 2930)

Siobhan... could it be that your computer clock is wrong or something? Or maybe the site is just not working right on your computer for some reason?


Sadie - Dec 7, 2004 1:03 pm (#405 of 2930)

I completely believe we will get a wonderful Christmas present, and that the Advent Calendar is counting down to it. I hope it is a bunch of easter eggs that lead to an announcement of the release date. Cockeyed optimist here.


dizzy lizzy - Dec 7, 2004 2:28 pm (#406 of 2930)

I think I said in another thread that JKR has us all wrapped around her little finger!

Having said that I think Sadie is also spot on, I'd rather be the cockeyed optimist here when the 'game' is being run by Jo. Far more enjoyable and you get to meet a great bunch of people.

Lizzy


Thora - Dec 7, 2004 5:53 pm (#407 of 2930)

Well I think the question to ask is: Does anyone NOT think we will get a release date for Christmas? Personally I'm saving a spot under my tree just for Jo to fill.

Thora


Kaden007 - Dec 7, 2004 6:13 pm (#408 of 2930)

On my computer the date says dec. 7 so I don't know why nobody else has the right date. I totally agree with the release date countdown. I can't wait! P.S- Happy Holiday's all you Harry Potter fans!


Tomoé - Dec 7, 2004 8:28 pm (#409 of 2930)

For OoP, we knew when the book will be released six month before the release date, so if Jo intend to release HbP over summer 2005, the anouncement should be made soon.

So a release date is high on my possibility list.


septentrion - Dec 8, 2004 4:14 am (#410 of 2930)

I also think a release date will be for soon because she didn't deny the rumors about a publication in june 2005.


Her-melanie - Dec 8, 2004 8:45 am (#411 of 2930)

Has anyone noticed that when Peeves flies by on the Extra Stuff page, he moves the card in front of the taxi card, and there is a string of numbers with parts erased on it?? I would include a pic, but I don't know how. Has anyone noticed this?


Thora - Dec 8, 2004 10:58 am (#412 of 2930)

You mean the Gobb Lyn Card? It was the combination to the vault when the door opened the second time, please see the posted pics on the first post this thread.

Everybody post your bet on the release date, I'll keep track and the winner gets bragging rights!

I pick the 21st of June. Thora


popkin - Dec 8, 2004 11:15 am (#413 of 2930)

I think you're right, Thora. June 21. And, If I'm lucky, it will be delivered by the post office a half day before it comes out in the book stores. It was last time.


Cat 7 of 9 - Dec 8, 2004 11:45 am (#414 of 2930)

Thanks Marè :~D


Mrdrama - Dec 8, 2004 12:14 pm (#415 of 2930)

Alright, I'll be SUPER optimistic and say 11 June 2005!


Neville Longbottom - Dec 8, 2004 12:16 pm (#416 of 2930)

I say June 18th.


Elanor - Dec 8, 2004 12:29 pm (#417 of 2930)

I say June 23th, but only because it is my name day (St Audrey's day)!


wolfgrl - Dec 8, 2004 12:31 pm (#418 of 2930)

I say June 25th 2005


mooncalf - Dec 8, 2004 12:32 pm (#419 of 2930)

I'll take June 4th


Saralinda Again - Dec 8, 2004 12:38 pm (#420 of 2930)

June 3, because it's my birthday, and what a ROCKIN' present that would be ...


dizzy lizzy - Dec 8, 2004 1:37 pm (#421 of 2930)

I'll go for June the 18th


Star Crossed - Dec 8, 2004 1:44 pm (#422 of 2930)

All the good days are taken. I'll vote for June 27th, because my friend told me to.


Tomoé - Dec 8, 2004 2:08 pm (#423 of 2930)

I vote for June 27th too, because it's my birthday. ^_^

popkin -> If I'm lucky, it will be delivered by the post office a half day before it comes out in book stores. It was last time.

From what store did you order OoP?


bella - Dec 8, 2004 2:36 pm (#424 of 2930)

I just really hope that everyone is right about next June. It would be lovely to get some confirmation on all these rumours. If it does come out this summer I think I'm going to go with the 21st.


Grindylow - Dec 8, 2004 3:32 pm (#425 of 2930)

I go with the 25th of June as was stated earlier... Smile


prof sprout - Dec 8, 2004 4:00 pm (#426 of 2930)

I just do not want it coming out around June 11th, I'm getting married that day. I don't want anyone thinking I left him at the alter because I'm reading. I don't want to ruin the honeymoon, reading either (okay ruin his plans for the honeymoon) Surprised)


Grindylow - Dec 8, 2004 4:44 pm (#427 of 2930)

LOL Prof Sprout! I totally agree!!!


Phoenix song - Dec 8, 2004 4:49 pm (#428 of 2930)

Prof Sprout: I would suggest that if the book is being released in June that you must change the wedding date! You wouldn't want to miss your wedding because you were standing in line at Barnes and Noble, but you don't also want to miss the reception because you're in the corner reading the book and telling those who are giving you congratulations to "hush" because they're wrecking your concentration!

Congratulations, by the way!

Barbie


Ainsley Black - Dec 8, 2004 5:02 pm (#429 of 2930)

i'm going for June 19th because that is my birthday!!!!


prof sprout - Dec 8, 2004 5:33 pm (#430 of 2930)

When I read on Mugglenet, that the release date might be June 11th, I yelled to my mom we may need to change the wedding. I better hold off on postponing the wedding until I know the exact release date. We were only dating a short time when I made him stand in line at the store with me for OOP, and it was released on 2 days before his birthday. My grandma yelled at me for not paying attention to him on his birthday because I was reading.


Ginerva Potter - Dec 8, 2004 5:46 pm (#431 of 2930)

My vote is for June 18th!! I would like it to be sooner though!

Also, the Gobb lyn card isn't there anymore. I did see the new card after Peeves blows by. The numbers don't seem to be significant to me. Sorry.

Ginny


Daioma Dumbledore - Dec 8, 2004 5:59 pm (#432 of 2930)

Since I had a dream about the release date recently I'm going to go with that which was 1st July. But OMG I wish it would hurry up!!!!


hawkeyetkdchick - Dec 8, 2004 7:58 pm (#433 of 2930)

Her-melanie: I noticed the taxi card, too. I tried typing in just the numbers that I thought were visible into the phone (055546), but it didn't work.


Ann - Dec 8, 2004 8:18 pm (#434 of 2930)

I'll vote for June 1st (ever the optimist!)


hawkeyetkdchick - Dec 8, 2004 8:24 pm (#435 of 2930)

Does anyone have an old screenshot of the main page (of Jo's desk)? Right now the cell phone battery is at about 1/2 power. I'm wondering if it's always been that way, or if it was at full power before... ? Does anyone know?


Lady Kazuma - Dec 8, 2004 8:37 pm (#436 of 2930)

I'll vote for June 24th, because I have that circled on my calendar. I don't remember why I circled it... oh well.


kabloink! - Dec 8, 2004 8:40 pm (#437 of 2930)

I'll go with June 21st or 22nd-can I do 2? I;m thinking right arounf the summer solstice again.


Tomoé - Dec 8, 2004 11:13 pm (#438 of 2930)

LOL prof Sprout, I'm sure your grandma was wrong, Harry Potter is part of who you are and if your future husband can't understand that, he's not meant for you. Beside, he's no 10 years old anymore, birthday doesn't mean that much if people take care of us the rest of the year.

LOL Kazuma-sama, that have to be it. ^_^

Does anyone else dreamt they actually read the book?


From Venus - Dec 8, 2004 11:33 pm (#439 of 2930)

I'm voting for June 20th. That's my sister's birthday, and it would be a great way to celebrate!

BTW, I think the phone has been at half-power for quite a while, if not always. I noticed it that way a long time ago, I'm pretty sure.


Kerrie-Louise - Dec 9, 2004 1:16 am (#440 of 2930)

I'm going to vote for June 15th. No real reason but it sounds nice!


Tomoé - Dec 9, 2004 1:40 am (#441 of 2930)

Just as a reminder, here's the release date of the first five books:

PS June 30th
CoS July 2nd
PoA July 8th
GoF July 8th
OoP June 21st

It doesn't mean the release date for HbP have to be between June 21st and July 8th, but the odds are high.


Mrdrama - Dec 9, 2004 1:49 am (#442 of 2930)

Thanks, Tomoe, I was wondering when the others had been released, I 'm still being optomistic and say the eleventh, not quite as optomistic as Anne, clearly, but optomistic all the same.


Snuffles - Dec 9, 2004 1:53 am (#443 of 2930)

Ill go for June 6th cos its my bday and im not gonna get a better pressie than that!!


vanessa cave - Dec 9, 2004 3:30 am (#444 of 2930)

i'm going with the 16th june just because thats my birthday i'd love to be super optimistic and go with feb but thats not going to happen


septentrion - Dec 9, 2004 3:56 am (#445 of 2930)

I' go for the 11th of june because it's a saturday and I think the books were published mostly on saturdays, and because I needed a date to vote for


Aurora Gubbins - Dec 9, 2004 4:32 am (#446 of 2930)

I'll take the 9th of July!

Aurora xx


Snuffles - Dec 9, 2004 4:39 am (#447 of 2930)

I hope you have a long piece of paper Thora or a very good memory there are alot of dates to keep track of. Good Luck


The giant squid - Dec 9, 2004 4:41 am (#448 of 2930)

I'll go with June 20 for HBP, for no reason whatsoever. I just had a thought, though--wouldn't it be great if she released book 7 on July 31? Well, great in a symbolic sense, not in a waiting-an-extra-month sense...

--Mike


Springtime - Dec 9, 2004 6:36 am (#449 of 2930)

I'll go with July 1st


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 9, 2004 7:25 am (#450 of 2930)

June 25th.My daughters birthday.


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Mare - Dec 9, 2004 7:25 am (#451 of 2930)

Well if we are going as far as July 31, I'll choose July 15! Would be a nice birthday present, visiting family can entertain themselves with the cake I hope. Because I won't be paying attention!

(But I think it's going to be June!)


Ronan - Dec 9, 2004 7:59 am (#452 of 2930)

I'll say 15, cause it sounds nice. By the way, has anyone considered weekdays in their bets? I haven't =P but I think fridays or mondays would be the most probable days. I'd preffer monday!

Tomoé, I also dreamt of reading HBP! It's funny, the only scene I remember is Daphne Greengras saying hello to Ron and Harry inside a grotto. That's a very likely scene in HBP Wink


Sadie - Dec 9, 2004 7:59 am (#453 of 2930)

I'll take July 9th my Mama's birthday!


Thora - Dec 9, 2004 8:05 am (#454 of 2930)

kabloink!- Hey if I had to choose between the 21 and 22 you do to. It was tough, esp since the full moon is right around then too.

Snuffles, have no fear that's what Micorsoft word is for!

The Giant Squid, that would be nice wouldn't it?

So Mare what's your pick? Should I put you down for July 15th?

By-the-way, I hope no one minds this being on this thread, it does pertain to the advent callendar on the site. Please email me if this gets moved to a new thread.

I won't add any more guesses after the 24th, in case we are right about the star door. Oh and I'll keep the list around if we have to wait for January 10th too.

I'm getting so excited!

Thora


Mare - Dec 9, 2004 8:08 am (#455 of 2930)

So Mare what's your pick? Should I put you down for July 15th?

Sure.


popkin - Dec 9, 2004 8:22 am (#456 of 2930)

Tomoe, I'm pretty sure it was Amazon.


KWeldon - Dec 9, 2004 8:34 am (#457 of 2930)

I'm picking my birthday, July 9.


Thora - Dec 9, 2004 9:04 am (#458 of 2930)

Oh and that is a new taxi card I think, the revealer doesn't reveal anything on it though, so the old eraser trick didn't work either.

Oh and I'm pretty sure that the snow scene is just the town, the lines seem to match the base of trees and vertical surfaces that wouldn't retain snow.

Thora


Ladybug220 - Dec 9, 2004 9:13 am (#459 of 2930)

I am going with July 10 as that is a Saturday and books are always released on a Saturday.


Tomoé - Dec 9, 2004 11:43 am (#460 of 2930)

I'm also sure the snow scene is just the town, Thora.

Ronan I dreamt I read the book three times, but it didn't makes much sense. I remember Sirius alive and Harry talking to each other in a reddish room. Can't remember what they were saying, but it was obviously before OoP. Made no sense at all. ^_^

*Tomoé's off to order HbP from amazon.ca*

Edit : Oh crap, they need the release date to make the book avalaible to pre-order...


Cat 7 of 9 - Dec 9, 2004 12:36 pm (#461 of 2930)

Siobhan Just went back onto the site and clicked on the daily news again.The paper is still blank but the date has changed it is now the 6th of January 2005 so mow i'm just confused. Maybe there is a hidden message in it or something.I can't read any of the articles any more either so i hope it is significant or i'll never get to read the new stories! Edit:The date on the calendar is 06/01/05 too! Strange

Try changing the time/date on your computer, it should change on JK site too ;~)

I'm also going with release date of 20th June.


Tomoé - Dec 9, 2004 12:53 pm (#462 of 2930)

I works normally for me, which website do you use? .com, .co.uk, .org, .us?


Kaden007 - Dec 9, 2004 1:19 pm (#463 of 2930)

I don't care what day the book comes out. I just hope it hurries upand is out as soon as possible! And I had a dream that i was chosen to go to Jk's house and raid her house and found the transcripts to book five. It was so awesome!


Doris Crockford - Dec 9, 2004 1:21 pm (#464 of 2930)

I'll vote for June 24th (for absolutely no reason at all- it just feels right). But I think it would be really nice to have it May 21st (the day after I finish exams), or July 21st (my birthday). But I'm not sure I want to wait until July for it.

Kaden, that sounds like an awesome dream.


Zoe kingson - Dec 9, 2004 1:33 pm (#465 of 2930)

I have a question about a picture on the website.

On the extra stuff page, in the upper right hand corner, is that little black and white picture her husband? I assume so, because he's the guy with her in the photo cube on the front page, I think, right?


kabloink! - Dec 9, 2004 1:48 pm (#466 of 2930)

OK, if I have to choose, I'll go way off and say July 8-Its my husband's birthday. THen I would know exactly what to get him for a present!


lkb - Dec 9, 2004 2:00 pm (#467 of 2930)

I have to say june 11, its my birthday...


IR Waiting - Dec 9, 2004 2:09 pm (#468 of 2930)

I guess I have to pick July 31st since it is my birthday!!!!


Doris Crockford - Dec 9, 2004 2:16 pm (#469 of 2930)

Zoe, I'm almost positive it is her husband, who is the guy in the cube on the front page.


Emily - Dec 9, 2004 3:32 pm (#470 of 2930)

My vote goes to...


drumroll*

June 25. No particular reason.


Lady Kazuma - Dec 9, 2004 4:31 pm (#471 of 2930)

Well, if we were going for birthdays I suppose I should have choosen July 29th? But I don't want to wait that long. I'm still going with June 24th, although I suppose June 23rd would be better, since it's a Saturday.


bella - Dec 9, 2004 4:48 pm (#472 of 2930)

Now that we've got all these dates how dissappointed is everyone going to be if the last calendar door opens and there is nothing inside but another candy? I think I would have to cry, even though until the 25 rolls around it's still a very likely possibility.


Grant the Great - Dec 9, 2004 5:54 pm (#473 of 2930)

Has anyone been there at the stroke of midnight in the UK? Do you see the door open? There might be something to that. Heck, I'm also going to vote for my birthday: March 24th . . . hey, a guy can dream, can't he?


Sadie - Dec 9, 2004 5:55 pm (#474 of 2930)

The Gobb Lynn Security card is gone? What might this possibly mean?


Sadie - Dec 9, 2004 5:58 pm (#475 of 2930)

When I go to the Extra Stuff page, sometimes some of the little doors are closed. After a bit, they open.


Thora - Dec 9, 2004 9:29 pm (#476 of 2930)

Well concidering that according to rumour bookstores have been warned to expect a release date around the start of the year I think it's not impossiblethat we will find for Christmas. We don't have to wait long either way, either it's behind the star or behind the door, either way I think we can count on having it before the end of January, that still puts us in the June/July range for a 6 month from announcement to release time frame.

Personally I think Jo really enjoys her online fans and using the website to guide us, so why wouldn't she use it to reveal the date?

Oh and action objects load late on all the pages, good eyes though. And that is Neil, I recognise him from the interview with Katie Couric the night OotP came out.

Thora


Amilia Smith - Dec 9, 2004 9:36 pm (#477 of 2930)

I am going to vote for June 14.

For some unknown reason, I seem to think that Tuesday is new book day. Everyone here is saying Saturday, but I could have sworn that new books, DVDs, and CDs were usually released on Tuesdays, while new movies were released to the theaters on Fridays. I'm probably totally off my rocker. But I'm voting for a Tuesday anyway.

Sibhan: have you tried looking at the News section in the text only version of the site? I know you can't see Easter eggs or the Room of Requirement there, but you should still be able to read the news. Also, you would be able to highlight and check for invisible ink in your mysterious article if it came up. You can't highlight in the Flash version, but you can in the text version. (This is also useful to know if you are trying to copy and paste quotes from Jo's site.)

Mills.


Hogs Head - Dec 9, 2004 10:25 pm (#478 of 2930)

Rather fruitless to guess a release date since it may soon be announced but, what the hey, I'm a sport --

The third of June -- another sleepy, dusty, Delta day. So, out of nostaligia and a weird sense of Southern loyalty to folksinger Bobbie Gentry, I'll pick that day.

(Also, June 3 used to be Jefferson Davis's birthday, back before he was abolished, but that's not why I picked the day. As a kid, I always thought his photos and portraits looked way too scary. He could have easily been mistaken as a member of the Ancient and Noble House of Black, with that little goatee and all, had those two worlds ever collided.)


Helen Potterfan - Dec 9, 2004 10:37 pm (#479 of 2930)

I'm guessing June 21st because it's the summer solstice and my father's birthday!


kabloink! - Dec 9, 2004 10:52 pm (#480 of 2930)

YEah, when I worked for Waldenbooks last CHristmas, all of the people who had been there for the release said that they had known at least 6 months before the book was released. I've actually volunteered to work that night, if they decide to have the cafe at our store open...


Saralinda Again - Dec 9, 2004 10:54 pm (#481 of 2930)

Saith HogsHead: The third of June -- another sleepy, dusty, Delta day.

And every year I thank Ms Gentry for that lyric. The only way I can ever get my husband to remember my birthday is to start humming that song somewhere around mid_may.

Is that 06/01/05 date intended as British style date, or American? Does it represent June first, or January sixth? Or both? What if on January 6 she will announce that HBP comes out on June first?

(sigh)

I need to relax a little. Just the merest inkling that we might have a new Potter within the next seven months has me quivering.


Tomoé - Dec 9, 2004 11:48 pm (#482 of 2930)

I though the same thing bella, what if there's nothing at all on Christmas, what if she doesn't give a date, just a new question pool or something alike?

Well, we'll have to wait a bit longer I'm afraid, what else can we do?


Flutterby - Dec 9, 2004 11:55 pm (#483 of 2930)

I'm going to put my bet on June 5th!! Just a feeling.


Sadie - Dec 10, 2004 7:07 am (#484 of 2930)

Honestly, I hope Christmas brings the release date, but I'll settle for anything. Anything.. The waiting is the hardest part


From Venus - Dec 10, 2004 7:32 am (#485 of 2930)

I'm with you, Sadie, I'll be disappointed if we don't get the release date for Christmas, but if we get something else to play with, like some more chapter titles or character descriptions, then I'll be happy.

(Hint hint, are you getting all this, Jo, dear?)


Qwaz - Dec 10, 2004 8:22 am (#486 of 2930)

I don't know about that but she's certainly updated her site today Smile

Including squashing the rumour of Harry back in court.

By the way, Hi all.


Phoenix song - Dec 10, 2004 8:24 am (#487 of 2930)

Amilia: I could be wrong, but I think that the release date on new books is usually a Saturday. You're right,though, new theater movies is Friday and new movies for sale is Tuesday (usually).

Maybe somebody else knows if the previous books were released on Saturdays. I know that GoF and OoP were on Saturday.

Barbie


Thora - Dec 10, 2004 8:28 am (#488 of 2930)

Good catch Qwaz, I couldn't find anything else new though. I expect the next news article will be on her baby being born...

Thora


bella - Dec 10, 2004 8:32 am (#489 of 2930)

It does seem hopeful though, that the most rampant rumours (Jan./Dec. realease date) weren't squashed with the update.


MickeyCee3948 - Dec 10, 2004 8:36 am (#490 of 2930)

JKR has updated her news page-nothing much but keeping us informed that she is still working on the book and its getting harder because of the small package she is carrying with her everyplace she goes.

MIkie
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azi - Dec 10, 2004 8:45 am (#491 of 2930)

It seems to my memory that GoF book was released on a Tuesday. I know this because I had a music exam that day and then went back to school armed with the book. OotP was released on a Saturday because I went to a jazz festivial and bought it there, getting home at 2.30am and reading until my eyes died.

Edit - there's a new FAQ!!!!!


Bkfly - Dec 10, 2004 9:15 am (#492 of 2930)

Hello all. I don't post much here, but someone I work with told me he read a rumor on the Godrics Hollow site that said someone from Scholastic "unofficially" said that a big announcement would be made in January. The scholastic guy also said the release date would be no earlier than Summer 2005 but before Summer 2006. If that's true let's hope it's well before 2006! I have been too busy to find this myself on Godrics Hollow. I just wanted to see if anyone else had read that.


Amilia Smith - Dec 10, 2004 9:31 am (#493 of 2930)

HPANA just got the Fan Site Award. Congrats to them!!!

Bkfly: I read the same rumour on Mugglenet. I think that is why we are all guessing release dates in June.

Mills.


Penny Lane. - Dec 10, 2004 9:44 am (#494 of 2930)

I'm so confused... I just checked in and all that was new for me was the rumer about "joanie" and the short news article on the front page. Did she give us other new stuff to? What areas are updated?


Eponine - Dec 10, 2004 9:49 am (#495 of 2930)

Check the rumors section, not the rubbish bin. She also added two things to the extras page about wands and squibs.


Ginerva Weasley - Dec 10, 2004 9:54 am (#496 of 2930)

I'm not sure about GoF but I am 100% sure a that OotP was released on a Friday.


Ladybug220 - Dec 10, 2004 9:57 am (#497 of 2930)
Edited by Dec 10, 2004 8:59 am

If you go to the extras page there is a new bit about "SQUIBS" and 'WANDS'!

edit: it is under the miscellaneous tab.

OOP was released on a Saturday in the US. Many bookstores stayed open past midnight so that they could sell them once it became saturday.


wolfgrl - Dec 10, 2004 10:00 am (#498 of 2930)

There are new answers on the FAQ page as well and

The poll is gone said a new one will be up soon


Julie Aronson - Dec 10, 2004 10:03 am (#499 of 2930)

Actually, if you read the all the entries on the "Extra Stuff" page, you'll find that she's added to some of the old ones, too.

At this point, any little nibbles of information are great!

Julie


Ladybug220 - Dec 10, 2004 10:03 am (#500 of 2930)

Hmm...those are not showing for me - maybe I need to clear my cache.
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Little Ginny - Dec 10, 2004 10:05 am (#501 of 2930)

The poll is now up!

There is at least one question that shemight actually answer, but I picked another one, hoping, that if not directly answering it, she might at least give a clue.

I won't say too much, so you all can have the exiting moment of reading the questions.


Amilia Smith - Dec 10, 2004 10:05 am (#502 of 2930)

Penny Lane: As Eponine said, the Rumours section has the most good stuff. There is also the new FSA. Dumbledore's Howler is no longer up on the FAQ poll, but there isn't a new question up. I think that the site is being updated as we speak, as I can't see anything new in the Extra Stuff page that Eponine is talking about. I am keeping a window open and checking back periodically. So glad today is my day off!!!

As to what day books are released: I am probably going crazy with the whole Tuesday thing. However, I imagine doesn't really matter what day books are usually released on. Harry Potter is so big that they could probably release it on any day they chose. Like how some BIG movies are released on Wednesday instead of Friday.

Mills.

Edit: Crossposted with Little Ginny. Am now rushing off to check the poll.

2nd Edit: Still no poll for me. What site are you on, Ginny?


wolfgrl - Dec 10, 2004 10:11 am (#503 of 2930)

my poll just says comming soon, but I have all of the other updates. ????

Maybe I have to exit and go back in.

Edit that worked. I exited and went back in.


Julie Aronson - Dec 10, 2004 10:13 am (#504 of 2930)

The poll was up for me--I just voted!

Try jkrowling.com


Eponine - Dec 10, 2004 10:13 am (#505 of 2930)

I've got the poll questions. One of them is soundly whipping the other two.


Little Ginny - Dec 10, 2004 10:15 am (#506 of 2930)

I was on jkrowling.com, but now I'll check out the others.


Amilia Smith - Dec 10, 2004 10:19 am (#507 of 2930)

I exited out of the site completely, and then reentered. By so doing, I was able to access the new poll, more FAQs, and the squibs and wands entries on the Extra Stuff page.

Mills.

Edit: right clicking, and then hitting reload probably would have worked as well. I just didn't think of that till later. Lots of Open Letter questions answered. Smile


popkin - Dec 10, 2004 10:22 am (#508 of 2930)

I don't remember for certain what day of the week OotP came out in book stores, but it definitely arrived in the mail on a work day. My husband came home for lunch and had it in his hand when he came in the door. That night the local children's book store had a Harry Potter party at midnight to celebrate the book's release.


KTO - Dec 10, 2004 10:33 am (#509 of 2930)

Hopefully, when she says she is busy writing, it means she is busy writing book SEVEN and six is DONE!


Aurora Gubbins - Dec 10, 2004 11:04 am (#510 of 2930)

Joy of Joys - there's new stuff!!!

See you i a few days when I have marvelled at the new things to read and (hem hem) vote on!

Aurora xx


prof sprout - Dec 10, 2004 11:05 am (#511 of 2930)

There is a new item in the rubbish bin. About Jo being called Joanie. Click the purple icon.


Cezar Salem - Dec 10, 2004 11:41 am (#512 of 2930)

I think we should join together like we did when there was the first poll(the whole sirius dead and mark evans fiasco), and chose what question we want answerd... personaly we can discart the ron quesiton(how mad would I be if that won! lol) the neville question is good, but Im afraid that if it realy is crucial to the plotm she wont answer it straight.. just give us more undecifrable clues! now the chapter question I am sure we will probably get a strait answer...if I had to chose between getting good answer i would definatly want the neville question, but if I ad to chose between wich question would be best answered, I would chosse the chapters question... so what do you guys think ? wich question is the best to chose from ? give your opiniums!

P.S I tried as best to not spoil anything for anyone in relation to the question... I did all I could to adress them without giving them away...

EDIT: as always, sorry for my bad grammer, (the whole excuce, english is my second laguage blah blah blah, u know the routine ;-)


KWeldon - Dec 10, 2004 11:56 am (#513 of 2930)

I guessed the first question was just a throw-away question. Who cares about the answer, especially if it's subject to change? Surely a snippet of an answer for the second question beats a quasi-answer for the first one, IMHO. The third question is...not so important to the books, again IMHO.

Thanks, Jo, for the goodies!!


Gina R Snape - Dec 10, 2004 12:09 pm (#514 of 2930)

Aaawwww, don't pitch out the Ron question. I think the Neville question is one she is dying to answer, but not likely to give us a satisfactory answer to.


wolfgrl - Dec 10, 2004 12:21 pm (#515 of 2930)

I vote goes to Neville, We will know the answer to # 1 eventually, but as to Neville's question, if it is not in the book we will never know. I love Ron, but I don't feel it is that important to the plot, just iceing on the cake.


Ginerva Potter - Dec 10, 2004 12:29 pm (#516 of 2930)

Did anyone notice what JKR wrote about how the Order communicate? That we've seen how they communicate even before we know there is an Order. Any thoughts?

The only thing I can think of is the pictures. Like the ones in DD office. But I'm not sure we find out about that before we know about the order.

Ginny


Gina R Snape - Dec 10, 2004 12:30 pm (#517 of 2930)

Actually, I am trying to get Kasse to start a thread on that topic because she has a theory. It was the one thing that sparked my interest more than any other on the site.


Thora - Dec 10, 2004 12:30 pm (#518 of 2930)

Ginny how about the line "Fawkes we will need a warning" does that ring any bells? Thora


Amilia Smith - Dec 10, 2004 12:37 pm (#519 of 2930)

But she said we saw it before we knew about the Order of the Phoenix, and that it involves wands.

Anyrate, there is also a discussion going on over on the Order of the Phoenix thread.

Mills.


bella - Dec 10, 2004 12:40 pm (#520 of 2930)

But she says they use a wand to communicate, oh bother, now I am going to go mad trying to go through all the books to see who was doing what.

I think I will also have to choose the Neville question, I would much rather have a small snipet regarding the plot, than the number of chapters which to me also seems irrelevant as we are going to find that out and doesn't really answer anything. As for the Ron, if it happens it happens and if not no big deal. I am all for getting something new to theorise. EDIT: Sorry for the cross post


Thora - Dec 10, 2004 12:49 pm (#521 of 2930)

Oh okay sorry my site is not done updating yet.

Thora


Marie E. - Dec 10, 2004 12:51 pm (#522 of 2930)

I think it is great how she's using questions from the Open Letter. What a brilliant idea that was! Much better than trying to write to her directly, I think. Her response about Hermione's wand shows just how much research she does.


nmnjr - Dec 10, 2004 1:04 pm (#523 of 2930)

Site update means...new Easter Eggs? Hopefully. I'm going to start searching.


KWeldon - Dec 10, 2004 1:09 pm (#524 of 2930)

Did anyone notice what JKR wrote about how the Order communicate

sorry, where is this????


mrweasley - Dec 10, 2004 1:09 pm (#525 of 2930)

I think I found a quote that could refer to how the OotP members communicate (using only their wands):

He [Dumbledore] raised his wand into the air and pointed it into the direction of Hagrid's cabin. Harry saw something silvery dart out of it and streak away through the trees like a ghostly bird.

This quote is from GoF, Ch. 28 when Harry and Victor Krum find Mr. Crouch in the woods. Harry alarms Dumbledore, they go back to the site and find Victor stunned. After that Dumbledore sends this "bird" message to Hagrid.


Ginerva Potter - Dec 10, 2004 1:20 pm (#526 of 2930)

KWeldon - It's located in the Rumour section. The Rumour the Order Communicate with Chocolate Frogs.

Ginny

Edit - Kudos to you, Mr. Weasley! I don't remember ever reading that part in GOF! But that has to be it!


riotgrrrl - Dec 10, 2004 1:55 pm (#527 of 2930)

You beat me to it MrWeasley. I actually thought of that as I read OotP and wondered why we didn't see it again.


Star Crossed - Dec 10, 2004 2:00 pm (#528 of 2930)

MrWeasley, that's what I assumed. Good to know people think that, too. Very Happy Means I'm not totally crazy.

Seems I'm the only one who voted for the Ron question. I have a feeling it's going to be a good one. And, plus, it might mean that if he does, he'll live past the war. Though I know he will. Yep, he will.


Adami - Dec 10, 2004 2:00 pm (#529 of 2930)

Can you still vote? If so, I vote for July 2nd (my sisters birthbay).


Eponine - Dec 10, 2004 2:47 pm (#530 of 2930)

You know, she already sort of answered the Ron question in an online chat ages ago.

From the Barnes and Noble Chat October 20, 2000

Will Ron ever get a girlfriend? I'm laughing again.... Why wouldn't he?! Though he's not doing too well at the moment, is he? But then, Fleur Delacour was really aiming a bit high.

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


Sadie - Dec 10, 2004 3:14 pm (#531 of 2930)

I went with the Neville question. I think it's really important and maybe she will give us half an answer, but that's better than nothing. At least give us something to think about. I am thrilled she updated. New news is great news! Re Mr. Weasley's quote from GoF. WoW! I don't remember that. Great find! Question though. Wouldn't others see that? Since the Order is top secret, wouldn't that be risky? I'm thinking it might be something even less noticable.(?)


Eponine - Dec 10, 2004 3:24 pm (#532 of 2930)

Okay, if she knows how many chapters HBP is going to have, does that mean she's finished with it? Or close to it maybe? Please, please, please?


Thora - Dec 10, 2004 3:36 pm (#533 of 2930)

Yes you can still post guesses for the release date, I will collect them until the 24th.

Thora


Steve Newton - Dec 10, 2004 4:13 pm (#534 of 2930)

Sadie, others would definitely see it. Its a secret organization it would be meaningless to anyone not a member. I'm also sure that it was not used frivolously.


Sadie - Dec 10, 2004 6:29 pm (#535 of 2930)

Why would it be meaningless? If Vodemort or the Ministry was looking for something, anything, and he saw "...something silvery dart out of [his wand] and streak away through the trees like a ghostly bird..." can we believe he wouldn't question it?


Steve Newton - Dec 10, 2004 6:33 pm (#536 of 2930)

Not if Dedalus Diggle was around.

But seriously, why would the Ministry care if someone was shooting off lights?

Voldemort doesn't seem to get around much.


riotgrrrl - Dec 10, 2004 6:50 pm (#537 of 2930)

I think that the Death Eaters would think it might be significant because they knew about the Order the last time, or at least that there was a group banded against them.


Prefect Marcus - Dec 10, 2004 7:13 pm (#538 of 2930)

Actually, I think the Silver Dart is the most likely candidate for the communication between Order Members. Harry saw something that looked like a "ghostly bird". It's not particularly bright. It was fast. Harry barely saw it, and that was during a dark night made even darker by being in the forest. During daylight, it would be nigh impossible to detect.

I would also assume it would be very difficult to intercept.


Miss Caramel - Dec 10, 2004 7:44 pm (#539 of 2930)

I have to agree with Sadie... Even if the "silver dart" is barely noticable, it is noticable none the less. Although, it is a great theory and does seem most likely. I will have to ponder and research this one or it will drive me nuts and then I'll have crazy wizarding world dreams tonight!


the judderman - Dec 10, 2004 7:54 pm (#540 of 2930)

question 1 seems to me to be completely boring. Who cares how many chapters there will be? seriously, will the number 16 or 28 or 560 or whatever actually mean anything? it wont tell us ANYTHING about the next book - not even how long it will be (after all a chapter has no set length) let alone anything about the plot. The Ron question seems stupid to me too. If Ron is really gonna die, she isnt going to reveal that in a FAQ question, (think, she wont even say straight out that sirious is dead so as not to spoil things, and that book is published) and otherwise it would be pretty unlikely that in his whole life Ron will never ever ever find any girl who likes him. He's hardly Voldemort. Therefore i think if this forum is to unite and vote for one question, i think it has to be the Neville one. It may be that Neville is of NO signifigance at all, but wouldnt that be worth knowing? If not then even the vaguest tiniest clue is worth asking about. Luckily this question is already winning, Hooray!


Steve Newton - Dec 10, 2004 8:15 pm (#541 of 2930)

A signal that can't be seen would not seem to be very useful.


Ann - Dec 10, 2004 9:19 pm (#542 of 2930)

I'm sure the silvery bird in GoF is the means she's talking about. But it isn't just a "silvery bird." It's Dumbledore's patronus (a phoenix), I'm pretty sure. (I think she mentioned that we've actually seen Dumbledore's patronus when she answered the question about what it was. We've talked here before about patronuses being more useful than we've seen so far; communication is obviously one of their uses.

(I do think about the chat/interview where she said that wizards had something even better than the internet, though. But perhaps whatever that is doesn't include e-mail.)


From Venus - Dec 10, 2004 10:56 pm (#543 of 2930)

WHOOPPEE!!!!!!NEW STUFF!!!!!!THANK YOU JO!!!!!! Wow, new stuff! Now I'm gonna be up all night!

Yes, I do agree that the silvery dart from DD's wand could definitely be what she spoke of. And it could very well be a patronus, they could possibly be useful for more than just chasing dementors away.

So far, the Neville vote is winning, with 66%. I think the other two, though interesting, do not have the impact that the Neville one holds. I think that it, by far, could have the most interesting answer.

EDIT: I've just had a thought. What if the shooting stars are the way they communicate. I know they are mentioned as being seen, maybe more than once. And to add to it, she has those shooting stars in the window of the DND door room. I don't know, what do you all think?


Thora - Dec 10, 2004 11:39 pm (#544 of 2930)

Ah, but what is a shooting star if not a fast floating streak of light?

Thora


Lizard - Dec 11, 2004 1:10 am (#545 of 2930)

Hi, I've been reading the posts for a while but this is my first post here. I'd like to vote for the 23rd of June, my birthday or earlier so wouldn't that be a great pressie?? I got Ootp for my birthday when it had only just been released and it was the best present i got.


wolfgrl - Dec 11, 2004 5:23 am (#546 of 2930)

Question, where did she say we had already seen DD patronus? I would like to read that. I know she told us what it was but I was unaware we had seen it. Also where in the book is this part, I like others aparently missed it.


Saralinda Again - Dec 11, 2004 7:10 am (#547 of 2930)

Didn't DD produce a patronus to drive away the dementors who attacked Harry during the Quidditch game? Or is my memory as shot as my bod? I don't think it was described in any detail, though.


From Venus - Dec 11, 2004 9:04 am (#548 of 2930)

Yes, Saralinda, he did produce a patronus at the quidditch game, and it must have been a doozey because he was VERY upset. But the silver streak of light that he sent out that night by the Forest was smaller and more descreet, I think.


Mademoiselle Fleur - Dec 11, 2004 11:54 am (#549 of 2930)

I definetly think the patronus is the means of communication Jo was talking about. As for the FAQ question, I voted for the Neville one. The question about chapters is a complete throwaway. As for the one about Ron, well, I think we all already know the answer to that one. Wink


N. C. Evans - Dec 11, 2004 12:37 pm (#550 of 2930)

In the new article about Wands, Jo says that Ron's wand is made of ash?

I don't think his first wand was ever specified (although we know that the "Unicorn hair's nearly poking out." SS p.105US, PS p.79UK). But in Prisoner of Azkaban, he says:

Look at this, said Ron, pulling a long thin box out of a bag and opening it. "Brand-new wand. Fourteen inches, willow, containing one unicorn tail-hair." (PoA p.56US, p.47UK)

I even checked my ARC of PoA, and it says willow, too.

Is this a mistake? Which should it be, willow or ash?
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Loony Loopy Larissa - Dec 11, 2004 1:23 pm (#551 of 2930)

I suppose I will vote for my own birthday and be very optimistic at the same time. May 22. Gosh that would be great.


Little Ginny - Dec 11, 2004 1:30 pm (#552 of 2930)

Regarding multiple voting for the FAQ-poll, does anybody still have a list of the different domains (or whatever that is called) of the site?

I found jkrowling.co.uk, jkrowling.com, jkrowling.de, jkrowling.it, jkrowling.nl and jkrowling.org so far, but I think there were more.

EDIT: May would of course be great, but I hope it's June at least. My bet is June 11th, I don't know why, I just have one of those feelings that usually deceive me.


riotgrrrl - Dec 11, 2004 2:16 pm (#553 of 2930)

N.C. Evans- I thought the same thing but did not have time to go through the books to take a look. Maybe it's a mistake. I know we all put her on a pedastool but she is only human and prone to mistake like the rest of us! And pregnant at that and trying to please us all by writing until her fingers are numb and...


Thora - Dec 11, 2004 2:25 pm (#554 of 2930)

Little Ginny please see the first post on this thread for the list of official sites.

Thora


zelmia - Dec 11, 2004 4:15 pm (#555 of 2930)

My understanding was that she borrowed the concept of the trees corresponding to the different birthdays, but that she didn't follow it exactly as the ancients did. By her own example, Hagrid's wand should be elder, as he is born in early December. But his wand is actually Oak.
Ron's wand is Willow, but if Jo was actually following the ancient Celts, his wand should be Ash.

My question is: According to the new Fan Site winner, HPNA...Something... "There's a new quiz on [Jo's] site." Anyone see/find that?
One more thing: Hermione was "nearly 12"?? That makes the "official" timeline from the DVD's completely wrong. I thought she had approved those. Hm. Looks like she changed her mind.
BTW: The domains are easy. It's jkrowling.net, .com, .org, etc etc.


Emily - Dec 11, 2004 4:54 pm (#556 of 2930)

Hey guys, what's the Neville question? If someone can put it in whit text so as not to spoil it for anyone else, that would be great. Sorry, but I can't get on the site (other than text-only, which doesn't have a poll). I've tried everything, including disabling pop-up blocker, which worked on my old computer. Anyway, thanks!


haymoni - Dec 11, 2004 5:22 pm (#557 of 2930)

Just went to her site and it is December 12 - Charlie Weasley's B-day!

Happy Birthday, Charlie!


Julia. - Dec 11, 2004 5:55 pm (#558 of 2930)

Here it is Little Ginny.

Tomoé, "JK Rowling Official Site (15 May 2004 - 9 Nov 2004)" #138, 18 May 2004 1:54 pm


Ainsley Black - Dec 11, 2004 5:59 pm (#559 of 2930)

Zelmia - by 'quiz' they are talking about the new FAQ poll questions.

i've gone for the Nevile one too but it's almost a cert that if she gives us an answer to it we'll end up with many more questions!!! lol


hawkeyetkdchick - Dec 11, 2004 6:11 pm (#560 of 2930)

Emily- Here are the questions to choose from in the FAQ poll and their %'s as of now:

"How many Chapters will Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Hhave? (Subject to editorial changes, of course) 12%

What is the significance of Neville being the other boy to whom the prophecy might have referred? 66%

Will Ron ever manage to become more than just good friends with a girl? 22%

Happy Birthday to Charlie!

Madame Pomfrey - Dec 11, 2004 6:12 pm (#561 of 2930)
Jo stated Hagrids wand is Oak.I dont recall reading anything about Hagrids wand except that the ministry broke it in half or something like that.Does this mean he will have possession of a wand in books 6&7??

the judderman - Dec 11, 2004 6:14 pm (#562 of 2930)
I think something very interesting, and probably discussed somewhere, but im too excited to check thouroughly, is that she is in a position to tell us how many chapters there will be!!! That must mean that she is finished or nearly finished. i hope.

N. C. Evans - Dec 11, 2004 6:19 pm (#563 of 2930)
Emily: have you tried adding a /en (for English) at the end of the website name? In other words:

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

This opens the site in the current window, rather than opening a new window, so if disabling pop-up blocker isn't working for you, maybe this will. (By the way, there are eleven sites altogether, and there are links listed in the first post of this thread, which comes up for me everytime I open the thread.)

For those who still can't get into the main site to see the poll, these are the questions (and current standings). I really don't see how this will spoil things for anyone, so here goes:

12% How many chapters will Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince have? (Subject to editorial changes, of course)

66% What is the significance of Neville being the other boy to whom the prophecy might have referred?

22% Will Ron ever manage to become more than just good friends with a girl?

Edit: sorry, I cross-posted with hawkeyetkdchick

N. C. Evans - Dec 11, 2004 6:30 pm (#564 of 2930)
Oh, Wow! I just spotted something! (I don't think anyone has pointed this out yet.) At the end of the Jo's latest news article, she says:

Meanwhile, the distance between the keyboard and yours truly increases day by day as my third child races Harry’s next adventure into the world. I will soon need extendable fingers to type."" "

as my third child races Harry’s next adventure into the world -- this must mean that the announcement should come about the same time as the baby! I know we have all been expecting/hoping/dreaming that this will be so, but now she has confirmed it for us!

Haven't we been figuring that she is due sometime in January?


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 11, 2004 6:12 pm (#561 of 2930)

Jo stated Hagrids wand is Oak.I dont recall reading anything about Hagrids wand except that the ministry broke it in half or something like that.Does this mean he will have possession of a wand in books 6&7??


the judderman - Dec 11, 2004 6:14 pm (#562 of 2930)

I think something very interesting, and probably discussed somewhere, but im too excited to check thouroughly, is that she is in a position to tell us how many chapters there will be!!! That must mean that she is finished or nearly finished. i hope.


N. C. Evans - Dec 11, 2004 6:19 pm (#563 of 2930)

Emily: have you tried adding a /en (for English) at the end of the website name? In other words:

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

This opens the site in the current window, rather than opening a new window, so if disabling pop-up blocker isn't working for you, maybe this will. (By the way, there are eleven sites altogether, and there are links listed in the first post of this thread, which comes up for me everytime I open the thread.)

For those who still can't get into the main site to see the poll, these are the questions (and current standings). I really don't see how this will spoil things for anyone, so here goes:

12% How many chapters will Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince have? (Subject to editorial changes, of course)

66% What is the significance of Neville being the other boy to whom the prophecy might have referred?

22% Will Ron ever manage to become more than just good friends with a girl?

Edit: sorry, I cross-posted with hawkeyetkdchick


N. C. Evans - Dec 11, 2004 6:30 pm (#564 of 2930)

Oh, Wow! I just spotted something! (I don't think anyone has pointed this out yet.) At the end of the Jo's latest news article, she says:

Meanwhile, the distance between the keyboard and yours truly increases day by day as my third child races Harry’s next adventure into the world. I will soon need extendable fingers to type.

as my third child races Harry’s next adventure into the world -- this must mean that the announcement should come about the same time as the baby! I know we have all been expecting/hoping/dreaming that this will be so, but now she has confirmed it for us!

Haven't we been figuring that she is due sometime in January?


Nathan Zimmermann - Dec 11, 2004 6:31 pm (#565 of 2930)

Madame Pomfrey, the length and composition of Hagrid's wand were mentioned in PS when he and Harry visited Mr. Ollivander's shop in 1991.

N.C. Evans, the statement concerning Ron's wand being willow could possibly be a mistake unless the wood from which his wand is made is a clue as to his future role in the series.


Thora - Dec 11, 2004 7:25 pm (#566 of 2930)

Yes, January is 6 mos from when she announced her pregnancy on her site, it's typical to keep it a secret for the first 3 mos. but then she could have annouced it early... no definate knowledge there either way.

Thora


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 11, 2004 7:36 pm (#567 of 2930)

Thanks for the info Nathan.Shamefully I've only read S.S. once compared to the umpteen times I've read the remaining books.


Amber Rose - Dec 11, 2004 7:49 pm (#568 of 2930)

I love JK's comment about her husband calling her Kevin! I guess some papers will do anything for a story.


Amilia Smith - Dec 11, 2004 10:19 pm (#569 of 2930)

Happy Birthday, Charlie!

Mills


Classicsquid592 - Dec 12, 2004 12:27 am (#570 of 2930)

This must mean that the announcement should come about the same time as the baby!

She said that the baby was racing Harry's next adventure into the world. An announcement of a release date can't exactly be considered entering the world. I was thinking that she was saying her goal was to finish the book and send it in for publication before her baby was due.


Grant the Great - Dec 12, 2004 12:51 am (#571 of 2930)

BIG NEWS! OK, so I was at the fan site part of the website, and I heard this noise that I hadn't heard before: a clock ticking. I was reading the past 80-or-so posts on this site, so I just kept listening to it. Long after Peeves came and the music went a few times (about 45 minutes), the clock STOPPED! Now that I'm finally at the end, this may be big. Also, when Peeves blew by, he blew off all three ribbons, rather than the two that he did before. That means there are some updates on that part of the site. OK, now someone smart iwth computers take over! Good hunting!

EDIT: Upon reentering the Fan Site part of JK's website, the ticking resumed. Maybe it was just a recording that finally ran out.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 12, 2004 1:07 am (#572 of 2930)

Typical male...get a gal's hopes up and then...

LOL, thank you Grant, is good to see such an attention to detail.

Pam :-)


TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 12, 2004 4:09 am (#573 of 2930)

June 24th.


vanessa cave - Dec 12, 2004 6:40 am (#574 of 2930)

happy birthday Charlie and personally i would love to know how many chapters the HBP will have


Little Ginny - Dec 12, 2004 7:32 am (#575 of 2930)

Thanks for the links!!


Neville Longbottom - Dec 12, 2004 7:46 am (#576 of 2930)

Happy Birthday Charlie.


MickeyCee3948 - Dec 12, 2004 10:11 am (#577 of 2930)

I'm afraid that I don't expect a release date around Christmas. I believe it will come in January with a July 6th release date. I also believe that if the poll indicates the Neville question wins we will come out with more questions than answers.

Mikie


N. C. Evans - Dec 12, 2004 10:18 am (#578 of 2930)

Classic Squid: I hope you're right, and "she was saying her goal was to finish the book and send it in for publication before her baby was due." But I kind of thought that there wouldn't be an announcement until the book was sent for publication, or shortly after. So maybe it amounts to the same thing! Either way, there's not much time left before the baby arrives, so I'm hoping that we will hear something on Christmas day when the last square opens on the Advent Calender.

I will vote for July 23 as the release date.


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 12, 2004 10:39 am (#579 of 2930)

Happy Birthday Charlie."The cool Weasley".


Helen Potterfan - Dec 12, 2004 1:49 pm (#580 of 2930)

I think the chapters option on the FAQ Poll is in response to our (and probably other fan sites') discussion of the chapter titles after door last opened. I, and others, pondered how many chapters there would be because we were trying to place where in the story the chapter titles would be. Having this clue in the FAQ Poll makes me wonder if the chapter titles she gave us are significant. I also think, like the chapter titles, that this question is a sign that she is in the final editing stages of the book! If my supposition is correct, Jo is following our discussions (and probably laughing constantly at our malformed suppositions).

EDIT: Sorry for the jargon; I'm in dissertation mode. JKR's site and this site are for me what minesweeper is for Jo Smile In English: If my guess is right, Jo is following our discussions and laughing at how far off base we wander!


Mademoiselle Fleur - Dec 12, 2004 2:25 pm (#581 of 2930)

I vote for June 4. Dunno why. Smile


Qwaz - Dec 12, 2004 2:38 pm (#582 of 2930)

Just a point, it's been said on jo's sight that we've seen "the much more reliable" way the order communicates and by a member of the order.

I'm pretty sure it must be the faint silvery stuff dumbledore shot to summon hagrid. We haven't seen any other member of the order use a method of communication we didn't know about yet.

I disagree however with some peoples assumption that this must be a patronus. The patronus may have more uses than we've seen but so far the only reason there seems to be for this theory is that the stuff dumbledore shot was silver. if this is proff enough then they are obviously communicating with wormtails new hand :roll

there are tonnes of spells and i'm willing to bet loads are silver. I'm not saying it can't be the patronus, just that it's a little to early to jump to conclusions there.


Helen Potterfan - Dec 12, 2004 3:07 pm (#583 of 2930)

Hey Sarah (skh), Charlie's a Sag as well! I'm also a sag. I always thought I'd use a Holly wand since my birthday is in December and holly is associated with Christmas. The Celtic wood for us, according to Jo's posting, is Elder. I think I'll stick with the Holly! (Helen slaps her own hand and gets back to work)


Joelle - Dec 12, 2004 7:32 pm (#584 of 2930)

Ok- a quick sidetrack onto the Room of Requirement. I have the idea that it is just a different part of her room with the desk each time. The first time it was a fan etc, but I cannot remember, nor have a screen shot of what it looked like. However with the Chapter titles we clearly saw part of her desk. i.e. the left hand side, if you were looking at the computer. The next time it opened I believe that we saw the right hand side, because i saw the photo cube, etc. If this is true, then the bookshelves would also be in the room in miniature form--think links page. I don't know, what do you think, am I crazy? do the first 2 door openings show this pattern as well?

-Joelle


hawkeyetkdchick - Dec 12, 2004 8:44 pm (#585 of 2930)

Madame Pomfrey -

I thought Bill was the cool one (with the long hair and pierced ear)? And Charlie was the dragon guy. Maybe I'm wrong, though...


riotgrrrl - Dec 12, 2004 8:56 pm (#586 of 2930)

Dragons are still pretty cool, though.


Qwaz - Dec 12, 2004 9:10 pm (#587 of 2930)

Nah, hawkeye...you're right.

Bill's described as "Cool" (and now's dating a drop dead good looking 1/4-veela...presumably) I always thought of Charlie as Ruggard (Spelling?) which is still cool...It's just bill's the one actually described that way.


Thora - Dec 12, 2004 10:50 pm (#588 of 2930)

Joelle,

I was circling around that same thing back a bit, look on the first post on this thread and you can get the pictures. All 3 do show her desk, and the rubbish bin carpet matches the ROR, but not the hall, however it is not the same rubbish bin as below the fan. The trophy room is at the other end of the hall, the room with the tree. If you look in the reflection on the snow globe on the links page though you will see a normal window reflection, not tilted or perspective squashed like a skylight would be. The ROR has what we think is a skylight (above the fan), and a diagonal roof (I originally thought stairwell) line. While this is not a conclusive way to rule it out, I'm not totally convinced the bookshelf is in the ROR. To bad we don't have a wallpaper sample of the trophy room, the hallway matches the ROR, and the paper behind the dartboard.

Hope you followed all of that sorry it's late here.

Thora

P.S. How long do you think it will be before Alivans jumps on Jo's wandwood wagon and offers a wider selection? I'm excited to be willow too!


Mare - Dec 13, 2004 1:31 am (#589 of 2930)

Oh updates!!!

Hmm, Rons wand is willow and ash? and Hermione was eleven, so the approved timeline was incorrect.
Yoehoe Jo! (Jumps up and own, points to the way she handled the creevey's camera question) please explain...

(Poor woman she has one picky fandom to deal with )

Okay, I have to send a mail to an internetless Jackie, with all the updates, someone said their were some updates in older "extra stuff" text as well. Is that true?
I think maybe there is a tidbit extra about Malfoy and Nott but I'm not sure about that Smile


septentrion - Dec 13, 2004 1:39 am (#590 of 2930)

there's an update about squibs and wands in the extra stuff section.


skh - Dec 13, 2004 3:23 am (#591 of 2930)

Come on the Sags!! (thanks Helen!) I love that there is a Weasley Sag! PS, I don't log on over the weekend, did she give a birth year for Charlie? Or a middle name or anything? (Yeah, I;m just nosey!)

I have to say, Jo, thanks for changing the headline on the paper, I too was well fed-up with that headline!

I wonder what the pleasant reason Harry will leave Privet Frive will be - to go to Spinners End with Ron, to visit some friends or relatives?!

Sarah


hawkeyetkdchick - Dec 13, 2004 7:45 am (#592 of 2930)

Yeah, Charlie is pretty cool, too. Dragons are neat.

skh- Unfortunately, I don't remember a date or a middle name or anything when the birthday came up.


wolfgrl - Dec 13, 2004 8:24 am (#593 of 2930)

As to Ron's wand since she decided what the wood were during PS/SS I think we should take it as his first hand me down wand was Ash, and his new fit for him wand was willow.


Elanor - Dec 13, 2004 10:36 am (#594 of 2930)

Skh, the Lexicon says now 12th of december 1972 for Charlie. I noticed it because it is my year of birth and I am so happy to have a Weasley boy born the same year than me!

Besides it is very interesting because its birthday has somehow the number 12 everywhere: 12-12-1972, the more if you say it in French because we pronounce 72, "sixty-twelve"... A connection with the 12 uses of Dragon blood?


Amilia Smith - Dec 13, 2004 1:03 pm (#595 of 2930)

Very interesting, Elanor.

Mare: I didn't notice anything besides the new WANDS and SQUIBS entries in the Extra stuff section. I reread the Malfoy/Nott edit, but I am pretty sure it is the same as before. There is, however, a Theodore Nott mention in the new FAQs. Smile

Mills.


Star Crossed - Dec 13, 2004 2:07 pm (#596 of 2930)

Actually, I think there was an update in the Malfoy/Nott section and in the Hermione Granger section.


IriSka - Dec 13, 2004 4:15 pm (#597 of 2930)

June 18th as a release day guess from me.


Mare - Dec 14, 2004 12:44 am (#598 of 2930)

Actually, I think there was an update in the Malfoy/Nott section and in the Hermione Granger section.

I had the same idea, just a sentence or so. I can't remember wether the first time it also read that they talked about the DE's stories of Harry's survival. (would love to read that)

toddles of to the hermione section...


skh - Dec 14, 2004 3:39 am (#599 of 2930)

Hey, I'm FOUR DAYS older than Charlie Weasley, how cool is that?! 72 was the year, I'm telling ya! What a vintage... If I'd been to Hogwarts, we could've dated... hmm...

WAKE UP girl! Day dreams!

Regarding Wands - my theory is that Jo forgot she made the willow remark when she found out about the Celtic wood theory, as she seems to love the idea of them sharing a little wand link, as it were. She even said that she orginally thought she had a different wood earmarked for Ron's wand (she got this wrong as well, though - but she did indicate that she didn't check it out, just saying "I think" - and you know, she is 8½ months pregnant and it's Christmas next week!!)

Anyhow, that's my ha'pence worth, Sarah


septentrion - Dec 14, 2004 6:36 am (#600 of 2930)

On the Leaky Cauldron, they cite Jo's spokespeople, they say all the rumors about an announcement of HBP release early next year are just speculation and that THAT information shall be on her website first, well before the bookstores get it. It doesn't mean there won't be an announcement, but nobody will know it before we can see it on Jo's website.


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Thora - Dec 14, 2004 7:08 am (#601 of 2930)

Well the good news about that is that it puts a stronger case towards Christmas!!!!! The January rumours were starting to dampen my spirits, but I'm feeling gleefull now! Oh I hope, I hope, I hope....

Thora


KWeldon - Dec 14, 2004 7:41 am (#602 of 2930)

Actually, I was discouraged by it, since I assumed it would be a date later than the rumors are suggesting. And, they make a good point that if the baby and Harry are racing and that she is getting farther physically from the typewriter, then it's not close to having a release date if she is still writing and her editor's haven't even seen it.

I guess we are so desperate that we aren't seeing things clearly.


Snuffles - Dec 14, 2004 7:44 am (#603 of 2930)

I agree with KWeldon i have a feeling its going to be later. I feel so depressed now, does anyone know how to do a cheering charm?


Mare - Dec 14, 2004 7:47 am (#604 of 2930)

Whips up a cheering charm for snuffles.

Don't worry, I'm pretty sure she going to give us something for christmas... so if it's not a release date, what could it be?


wolfgrl - Dec 14, 2004 8:00 am (#605 of 2930)

Cover Art :-)


Rosie - Dec 14, 2004 8:08 am (#606 of 2930)

There is a new message on her web site now saying that her new baby and new Harry Potter book are racing to see who will come out first! Does any one know when Jo's baby is due? That will give us a clue to when to expect the next book in the shops.


Snuffles - Dec 14, 2004 8:17 am (#607 of 2930)

Thanks Mare, it goes well with the butterbeer * hic *


KWeldon - Dec 14, 2004 8:49 am (#608 of 2930)

As far as the baby's arrival, all we know is "next year." I think.


Ainsley Black - Dec 14, 2004 11:25 am (#609 of 2930)

that little anouncement by her spokespeople also said that she was still writting.

would they really have sorted out the cover art before the books been to the publishers for editing? When in relation to the others did the artwork come out?


Prefect Marcus - Dec 14, 2004 12:26 pm (#610 of 2930)

The announcement of the new baby came in July of this year. Most expectant mothers know sometime after four weeks when they discover something is missing. However, some get an attack of the mummy flu very early on and see their doctor even sooner. Nevertheless, four weeks is a good rough estimate as to the earliest a woman knows.

That makes the baby due no later than March. Gof and OoP were both ready for sale three months after the manuscript had been delivered, were they not? That makes June 2005 the latest date for publishing.

Of course, this assumes that Rowling didn't underestimate the time needed to finish HBP. I think it safe to say that if the baby arrives first, HBP is going to be pushed back at least six months, to Christmas of 2005.

Now, if she didn't make the baby announcment until after four weeks, we should be seeing HBP that much sooner. :-D


Neville Longbottom - Dec 14, 2004 12:40 pm (#611 of 2930)

OotP was released nearly half year after she sent in the manuscript. The date was released in January and the book was published in June.


Liz Mann - Dec 14, 2004 1:58 pm (#612 of 2930)

Guys, a change has occured on J.K's site, and possibly a very exciting one. I've posted about it on the HBP thread.


Prefect Marcus - Dec 14, 2004 2:20 pm (#613 of 2930)

The engineer in me strikes again.

The results of the poll as of right now are:
11% for number of HBP chapters.
22% for Ron getting a clue about girls.
67% for possible significance of Neville in the prophecy.


That works out to 1 in 9, 2 in 9, and 6 in 9 respectively.

Twice as many people want to know about Ron versus HBP chapters, and twice as many people want to know about Neville than the othet two.

I think the Neville question will win. What do you think? :-)


Grindylow - Dec 14, 2004 2:47 pm (#614 of 2930)

OOOhhhhhhhhhh Liz! Way to go! I think book six is finished and her writing is now focused on book SEVEN! WOO HOO! I believe there will be a release date announced soon!!!!!!!! Thanks Liz!




KWeldon - Dec 14, 2004 3:33 pm (#615 of 2930)

Marcus, it's good to see you again!!

Grindylow, yes I saw that on TLC, too! Awesome!!


Thora - Dec 14, 2004 3:55 pm (#616 of 2930)

AHHHHHH! Liz your right! I had to open one that I don't use much because I haven't cleared my cache, and there it was plain as day!!!!!!

AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thora


Prefect Marcus - Dec 14, 2004 4:49 pm (#617 of 2930)

Thanks KWeldon. It's good to be back.


Tomoé - Dec 14, 2004 5:35 pm (#618 of 2930)

My two knuts about the release of HbP:

Jo announced her pregnancy 20 weeks ago, so in the early announcement theory (4 weeks or less) she should be around her 24 weeks. If that's so, the day by day increasing distance between Jo and her keyboard wouldn't make sense at all. Around 30 to 35 weeks would seem closer to the reality.

That being said, I don't see HbP released as a surprise for this Christmas, Jo said her baby was racing with Harry's next adventure, it seems she still working on HbP. And for Harry's next adventure to come into the world for Jo doesn't mean the book is ready to sell, it just means Jo's part in it is over. There still editing, proof reading for misspelling, drawing covers, printing, which should take around six other months. The sooner we can get it is summer 2005.

That being said, I was a firm believer that Blaise was the Mystery Slytherin, so maybe that take worths even less than two knuts. ^_~


Prefect Marcus - Dec 14, 2004 6:19 pm (#619 of 2930)

There is zero chance that the book will be released for sale this year. There is simply no way that the world's most anticipated book could be published in volumes of tens of millions of copies and nobody know about it. It is NOT going to happen.

However, she could easily announce any time now that she has delivered the manuscript to Bloomsbury.

Marcus


SarcasticGinny - Dec 14, 2004 7:30 pm (#620 of 2930)

Squeeeeee! How exciting. I just got to JKR's site now. I'm REALLY excited to hear that I was right about Theodore Nott being our "Thestral" Slytherin! I was sort of wrong, I suppose about the Prewett brothers having some significant to Fred and George Weasley, however, as Jo says it won't be important to the plot.

Still, great lot of info, now? Somehow my gut says the book comes out in September. I wouldn't mind putting it in my students' next year curriculum!

The stuff about wands was pretty cool too, no? I'd have a Willow wand if I was a witch. :-)


Helen Potterfan - Dec 14, 2004 8:56 pm (#621 of 2930)

I think Jo must be in the editing stage at the very least. She has released chapter titles to us, and has given us the option of knowing how many chapters there are. I don't think she would share this information if she wasn't at least in the final revision stages.

I also think that Liz's post on the HBP thread is interesting. That's a significant change! If you haven't seen it, see TGF, "HP6: the Half Blood Prince" #, 28 Jun 2004 11:34 am

I also think that Jo would have countered this rumor when she updated her "Roumors" page. I thnk the rumors that we will find out in January may be wrong, hopefully because she's going to reveal the release date on the web site on Christmas day or Christmas Eve.

Hopefully waiting, Helen


Chemyst - Dec 14, 2004 9:16 pm (#622 of 2930)

™ Speaking of due dates,
...she could easily announce any time now that she has delivered the manuscript to Bloomsbury. - Prefect Marcus

– Your pun has been duly noted and groaned over.


fortuna major - Dec 15, 2004 1:01 am (#623 of 2930)

Jo has actually confirmed that the silvery stuff was a patronus. When asked at the Edinburg Festival what form Dumbledore's patronus takes she replies, "You have a clue . . . It's a phoenix, which is very representative of Dumbledore for reasons I'm sure you can guess."

So we know that much. Personally, I'm not buying that as a means of communication because I would assume that it would be difficult and time consuming for a patronus to travel long distances. In OoTP Dumbledore mentions that members of the Order have means of contacting one another, and this is how Snape ensured that Sirius was still at Grimmauld Place. I wouldn't think that a Patronus could travel easily from Scotland to London and many wizards can't produce them in the first place.

I'm off for another set of rereads/scourings . . .


Mare - Dec 15, 2004 1:22 am (#624 of 2930)

Jo has actually confirmed that the silvery stuff was a patronus. When asked at the Edinburg Festival what form Dumbledore's patronus takes she replies, "You have a clue . . . It's a phoenix, which is very representative of Dumbledore for reasons I'm sure you can guess."

How does this proof that the silvery stuff shot in the direction of Hagrids cabin is a patronus? It doesn't in my opinion. Remember we also saw DD use his patronus to chase away the dementors during the quidditch match. We "saw" his patronus there (couldn't make out what it was though). It is possible that the silvery stuff we were talking about is a patronus (being described as a ghostly bird with DD's patronus form a phoenix), or anything like a patronus, it is also possible it something completely different.
If it is a patronus, well we don't know much about what a patronus can or can't do, we do know that Harry manages to teach some fifth years how to make one. So a full grown wizard should also be able to create one. The difference is, I guess, the lack of real danger. Harry can create a real patronus in the face of a dementor. I think Cho or Hermione would have some problems with that. They could however create one to send on a errand.
And how do we know it can't do that errand with the speed of light? We don't yet.

On another note. SQUEEEE! Can we get to the end of that advent yet, I'm all exited again!


septentrion - Dec 15, 2004 1:44 am (#625 of 2930)

I'm excited too ! My computer still need stuff to be fixed but there's no way I'll give it to the repair man before Christmas : I can't miss the great news I'm sure is hidden at the top of the Advent calendar ***big hoping face***


Mare - Dec 15, 2004 2:07 am (#626 of 2930)

I know have strange picture in my mind of an egyptian looking woman holding on to her computer while the repair man is trying to drag it away... Harry Potter does strange things to you.


septentrion - Dec 15, 2004 3:43 am (#627 of 2930)

LOL ! ROFL ! I never tried the egyptian look but that's an idea.

About the strange things HP does to you, I wholeheartedly agree. It has made me do things I haven't done since my teens : hanging posters in my wardrobe, buying stickers, reading big heavy books in English (ok, I've never done this before)...


Ainsley Black - Dec 15, 2004 4:04 am (#628 of 2930)

I've not noticed before but on the rumors page at the bottom (where the adverts are) there is a headline from The Quibbler. It reads "Fudge forced to flee! Minister for Magic chased from office!"

Anyone else seen this and is this a good clue that fudge is out and a new minister is in?


Mare - Dec 15, 2004 4:24 am (#629 of 2930)

It has been there since the beginning of the site Ainsley... I think any discussion about it should be in the old JKRowling thread. I don't think you're up to wading through +/- 3000 posts (allthough the first ones are a nice read, they show you exactly what happened when the site was just new and everybody overly excited)

So let's conjure up quick quotes:

JK Rowling's World Book Day Chat,
38050

miggs: Is there going to be a new minister of magic in the next books? JK Rowling replies -> Yes. Ha! Finally, a concrete bit of information, I hear you cry!


Ainsley Black - Dec 15, 2004 4:28 am (#630 of 2930)

Cheers Mare, sometimes there is just ssoo much to remember it tends to leak out (rushes off to find pensive that was last years christmas present).


Mare - Dec 15, 2004 5:32 am (#631 of 2930)

You're welcome And I get that all the time. On the positive side: when you get back to the site and reread all the bits it's like they are new! (hey, I have to do something to keep me occupied till december 25th)


Sadie - Dec 15, 2004 7:56 am (#632 of 2930)

I've been thinking. Perhaps the way the members of the order communicate is through portraits?


Tomoé - Dec 15, 2004 8:02 am (#633 of 2930)

It can't be the way Jo was talking about, we didn't see any members doing so before we know about the Order of Phoenix.


Ann - Dec 15, 2004 8:26 am (#634 of 2930)

And she said that the Order's method of communication only takes a wand--you shouldn't need a portrait to do it. However, it does make me wonder, if they use patronuses (patroni?) to communicate, why did DD use the portrait of Phineas Nigellus in OotP to communicate with Sirius? Or was that just because she wanted to show us about the portraits. (Reason enough--it was a great scene!)


veraco - Dec 15, 2004 8:37 am (#635 of 2930)

I think the Order uses the same spell Dumbledore used to call Hagrid in GoF (can't remember the chapter) a kind of patronus, but not exactly the same (I like to think it's a "copy" of Fawkes).


veraco - Dec 15, 2004 8:41 am (#636 of 2930)

Ann about the portraits, maybe Dumbledore wanted to show Harry how they work, just in case he ever need to used them...


kabloink! - Dec 15, 2004 8:45 am (#637 of 2930)

Arg, I'm over due for a series reread. Perhaps I will do so once I finish all of these blasted papers and exams. While doing so, I will see what I can find that would be a manner of communication through a wand.

Perhaps it is similar to the idea of the Dark Mark in the sky? Only to everyone but the Order, it would simply appear to be a funny shaped cloud?


Prefect Marcus - Dec 15, 2004 11:56 am (#638 of 2930)

I am sure the Order has many methods of communication. Some are more secure. Some are more secret. Some are more convientient. Some are faster.

They use whatever method is appropiate at the time.


wolfgrl - Dec 15, 2004 12:01 pm (#639 of 2930)

Perhaps with all of the protections on 12GP, the silver patronuses (sp) would not have been able to reach Sirius, and the only method that could was the portrat. Just an idea


KTO - Dec 15, 2004 12:30 pm (#640 of 2930)

I think that JKR posts on this sight obviously anonymously and may be giving us clues, thoughts?


Tomoé - Dec 15, 2004 12:44 pm (#641 of 2930)

She read for sure, but I'm not sure she post.


Cuivienen - Dec 15, 2004 12:51 pm (#642 of 2930)

Perhaps with all of the protections on 12GP, the silver patronuses (sp) would not have been able to reach Sirius, and the only method that could was the portrat. Just an idea

More likely is that instantaneous portrait-travel is faster than a Patronus flying all the way to London from northern Scotland.


scoop2172000 - Dec 15, 2004 1:15 pm (#643 of 2930)

The Latin plural of patronus is patroni, though I like patronuses better as a plural.


Mademoiselle Fleur - Dec 15, 2004 1:34 pm (#644 of 2930)

Maybe the form of communication is the thing that Sirius gave Harry. After all, he WAS a member of the Order. I definetly think Jo is here, reading our posts. She may even post herself every once in a while...


Prefect Marcus - Dec 15, 2004 1:54 pm (#645 of 2930)

Just a small detail that I think is significant.

When JKR answered the question, "On your website, you used the term "marauders" to refer to James and his friends. Were they actually called that or are you just borrowing the fan term?" she replied, "James, Sirius, Remus and Peter dubbed themselves ‘marauders’".

You will note that she used the term, 'marauders', not the phrase, "The Marauders". In other words, I think they used the term to describe their activities and actions, not the name of their group.

This is supported by canon where the map is called, "The Marauder's Map" Note the singular not plural form of 'marauder'.


fortuna major - Dec 15, 2004 3:45 pm (#646 of 2930)

Mare:

How does this proof that the silvery stuff shot in the direction of Hagrids cabin is a Patronus? It doesn't in my opinion.

Then what other "clue" do we have as to what shape Dumbledore's Patronus takes. Jo definitely said that we had had a clue. It's true that until she spells it out for us we probably can't say "confirmed" but that's the best evidence I've seen for what the silvery stuff was either way.

I also got the impression that a Patronus was just a positive force. When Harry reaches out to pat his when it comes back to him at the end of PoA it disappears. They don't seem to last long or to have a physical form capable of carrying letters like an owl or communicating like a messenger. I have always wondered why Dumbledore conjured a Patronus there in the woods because I wouldn't expect there to be any Dementors around. They could have powers that we don't know about, but for some reason I'm still not quite buying it. Maybe it's just me.

I'm going to continue this on the Order thread.


MickeyCee3948 - Dec 15, 2004 3:56 pm (#647 of 2930)

I don't see a patronus being able to travel hundred of miles. I believe it is a spell to chase dementors away and nothing else. I believe that the silvery stuff that DD sent towards Hagrids cabin is the form of communication JKR was talking about but that it has nothing to do with the wizards patronus. I believe it is similar to the Dark Mark that call the DE's whenever their master calls them.

Mikie


Hollywand - Dec 15, 2004 4:07 pm (#648 of 2930)

The patronus is described as a positive force, but not a living entity in the text. That's why the Dementors cannot invade its core and steal its power.


Sadie - Dec 15, 2004 4:14 pm (#649 of 2930)

A patronus is an anti-dementor spell. Projects hope, happiness and desire. A strong one will turn into an object. ...Google search

I'm not sure this is what we are looking for.


Gina R Snape - Dec 15, 2004 5:13 pm (#650 of 2930)

A patronus is not the only magical silvery light we've seen. We can also see that memories become silvery strands when they are placed into a pensieve.

With that in mind, I see no reason why the thing DD sent Hagrid wasn't a message, similar to a pensieve's "string of thought" and hence NOT a patronus.
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Madame Pomfrey - Dec 15, 2004 7:12 pm (#651 of 2930)


I've been gone a couple of days and was real excited when Liz Posted the "welcome"changes on JKR's web site.I think you all are right.She must be through with book 6.Gina,I like your idea of how members of The Order send messages with "pensieve"thoughts.


Lady Kazuma - Dec 15, 2004 7:17 pm (#652 of 2930)


There's nothing that says that the silver stuff was patronus. Quoting:

Harry saw something silvery dart out of it[Dumbledore's wand] and streak away through the trees like a ghostly bird.

Notice that this does not indicate that the silvery stuff is either a dart, or a bird. Dart in that sentence is a verb, describing what the silvery stuff did. The ghostly bird is simply a simile (I think, anyway. It's been a long time since I had to learn about metaphors in school). It's just giving us something to visualize. If it had been Dumbledore's patronus, it would have BEEN a bird, not been LIKE a bird.

There's no proof at all that that is a patronus. Dumbledore also used a silvery light to knock out the Minister, Umbridge, Kingsley, and Dawlish in OotP. It was also used by a Death Eater during the DoM battle. It was also used to form Wormtail's new hand.

Also, there's no way of knowing how detectable that light really is. It's possible that Dumbledore could have concealed the message somehow until it got to Hagrid, or that only certain people could see it, or something to that effect. More likely, it's probably impossible to get the actual message from it without being the person it was intended for. Seeing it wouldn't make much of a difference - We can assume the Death Eaters are communicating without seeing their messages flying around, and it wouldn't make any difference if we could.

Naturally, there are several ways that the Order communicates (Fawkes's feather to Sirius in OotP seems like a good example). Perhaps different forms are used in different situations. Over long distances, and the feather was probably the best method of communicating secretly to Molly's children. Remember, that letter was from her, not Dumbledore, so the rest of the Order may be able to do that as well. They would have needed to send that message without anyone noticing, because no one is supposed to be a Grimmauld Place, and her children weren't supposed to know about the attack at the time.

As for the mirrors...while it is possible that the Order uses them, Sirius only specified that it was used by he and James during school. There's no indication that the rest of the Order uses them.


Hollywand - Dec 15, 2004 8:10 pm (#653 of 2930)


Dear friends, I am ususally looking for updates on Jo's site on this thread, and it would be great if we could return to the site specifically.

I just got a note from Amazon saying Book Six would not be available at all in the near future, and I am concerned.

This thread is dynamite for alerting others to changes on JKR's site without all of us having to log on to her site everyday.

Great discussions above, but could be more effectively carried out on the Dumbledore thread, the Order Thread.

Thanks a very bunch.


Hollywand - Dec 15, 2004 8:21 pm (#654 of 2930)


My advent calendar has only five doors open when it had about twelve this morning! What the heck? They aren't in a line, either, they are random! Weird.


kabloink! - Dec 15, 2004 9:25 pm (#655 of 2930)


My advent calendar is normal, with 12 doors open, or however many it is supposed to be at this point. It is weird that you guys got that emai-I don't think I got one, but I think I'm registered to get the email from Bloomsbury, not Amazon. Maybe it is because Jo asked them not to send out the emails? Perhaps she wants those of us who are eager enough to find out from her (via her website) first?


riotgrrrl - Dec 15, 2004 11:09 pm (#656 of 2930)


All doors are open when I checked, too. This site has been do informative that I have to admit, sometimes I check this thread before the actual site and only if there are about 30 new posts do I go to her site before I read the posts here. Hopefully one of those days is approaching quickly. It's like being a kid again. I can't wait!!!


mooncalf - Dec 16, 2004 1:40 am (#657 of 2930)
Edited by Dec 16, 2004 12:41 am


I got the same e-mail from Amazon. I suspect that it is in response to the rumours that book stores were getting memos saying that the release was imminent. We know that those memos have been shown to be invalid - but I don't think that Amazon knows any more than we do about the release date of the book.

I will stay optimistic and watch Jo's site - and this thread - for reliable information about the release date of the book. :-)


vanessa cave - Dec 16, 2004 3:17 am (#658 of 2930)
Edited by Mare Dec 16, 2004 2:27 am


think i'm going crazy i have now started dreaming about the book and the advent calendar, i'm putting all my hopes on Christmas

Vanessa hi! If you are wondering why your text is in italics...? It's because you didn't capitalize your i's.
We try to use proper grammar on this forum, and it would be appreciated if you capitalised your i's next time. Marè


scoop2172000 - Dec 16, 2004 10:21 am (#659 of 2930)


My spin on the Amazon email is this:

Rumors have persisted that the bookstore industry is going to get some sort of insider information in January about the HBP release date.

Amazon recognizes that it is NOT going to get word before we, the fans, do. Jo has made it clear her website is THE source of official news and information.

So Amazon's email essentially means, "Hey folks, right now we don't know anything more than you do about the release date."

My belief is that the industry IS about to get word. However, word won't come through back channels. Industry insiders will find out the same time the rest of the world does, because Jo herself is going to announce the news on her website.

My gut tells me Jo's going announce on Christmas she's finished writing HBP and it is now in the hands of her editors.

Jo, if you're reading this, you'd make Christmas very merry/happy for millions of fans by letting us know.


Weeny Owl - Dec 16, 2004 10:30 am (#660 of 2930)


Updates on this thread are good, but before I come here, I always check The Leaky Cauldron. They have a lot of interesting information about newspaper articles, what the various actors are up to, and they keep a very tight watch on JKR's website.


John Bumbledore - Dec 16, 2004 11:22 am (#661 of 2930)


DOH! The Order is of the Phoenix!
I believe it is similar to the Dark Mark that call the DE's whenever their master calls them. by Mikie

Good job! I never put 2 and 2 together with that, seeing it was DD that sent it and he has Fawkes... but anyone in the order can send a "Phoenix Mark" with the intended message to another member. No telling how fast or how far it can travel until Jo gives us these details about this magic that she controls (as the inventor/author).

Mikie, that solves that one for me. 1) We know that a symbol for a group is based on the leader, i.e. Skull and Snake in green smoke for DE to come to LV. 2) Dumbledore is the leader of the Order of the Phoenix" so a phoenix in silver light is an appropriate interpretation of the pattern. So what will Jo call it? A Phoenix mark? An Order mark?

<)B^D= (John) Bumbledore

P.S. [Edit:] I guess I should go post this on the Albus Dumbledore or The Order threads.. even though it is a discussion of a clue given on Jo's website, and that is what this thread is about... No harm, no foul.

P.P.S. I also think that Jo has "told" us that "HT and the H-BP" is done and in the hands of Bloomsbury (and Scholastic) while she is now focused on Book Seven (while the "delivery" of Harry's next adventure is in the hands of her publishers.)





Sadie - Dec 16, 2004 4:01 pm (#662 of 2930)


If this is true, it's not really a mark so much as a signal or a sign...sigil is a sign in magic

other synonyms for signal: flag...alarm...red flag...alert hmmmm


mooncalf - Dec 16, 2004 10:34 pm (#663 of 2930)


I think you're right, John. She just doesn't want us to open our present before Christmas.

And I just got a message from Amazon retracting the first message. If anyone is interested, I have posted the message in the HPB thread.


Grant the Great - Dec 16, 2004 11:58 pm (#664 of 2930)


Umm . . . I really think that the site always said Book 7. I remember reading that at the beginning and thinking "oh, that's weird." However, I think it was more of a "this site is gonna be around for a while, so get settled" thing.


Neville Longbottom - Dec 17, 2004 3:10 am (#665 of 2930)


No, it really didn't. The Leaky-Cauldron has a screencap from a few days ago (I think it was December 13th), where it still said book 6. Therefore it was changed very recently.


nmnjr - Dec 17, 2004 6:49 am (#666 of 2930)


Slightly off-topic, but:

I dreamed last night that the door on JKR's site opened and revealed the full name of Hogwart's founder at Rosaceae Ravenclaw. I think it's because I had just taken my paleoethnobotany final exam. Rosaceae is the plant family that includes fruits such as raspberries and strawberries.

If the door opens on Christmas day, I hope this isn't it!


scoop2172000 - Dec 17, 2004 9:55 am (#667 of 2930)


I think Amazon's retraction is hilarious. Howlers indeed, hee, hee, hee. I wonder whether the whole incident was some sort of publicity stunt. Someone needs to check the closed ward at St. Mungo's. Maybe Lockhart's on the loose again.

I stand by my post yesterday: Amazon doesn't have insider info about the status of HBP. The bookselling industry is going to find out the same time we, the millions of fans, do. Jo is going to tell us on her website.

Please, oh please, let it be Christmas.


Joelle - Dec 17, 2004 5:05 pm (#668 of 2930)


Ok so I know I have to post here, even though it is slightly off topic.

My boyfriend got me a wand for Christmas (yes he gave it to me early) But How awesome is that. And its on topic because it relates to the wand section on the extra stuff section.

But i thought that if anybody would appreciate it, it would be you guys.

-Joelle


Thora - Dec 17, 2004 9:17 pm (#669 of 2930)


As far as the wand woods I wrote to Alivan's and here's what they said:

Hi Thora,

We are looking into it. We are confused by her statement that Ron has an ash wand--in Chapter 4 of Prizoner of Azkaban she states he bought a willow wand. We are also puzzled by her saying that Hermione's wand is made of vinewood. According to our research, vinewood is very thin and whispy--much like a vine--and would not make a sturdy wand. We will be researching a great deal more after Christmas.

Mary Alivan's Master Wandmakers Imagine...the Magic!

Just thought I'd share.


Hollywand - Dec 17, 2004 10:23 pm (#670 of 2930)


Gosh, it seems that every letter the poor woman writes down gets scrutinized down to its atomic particles........ Oddment. Nitwit. Blubber. Tweak. ;-0


Nathan Zimmermann - Dec 17, 2004 11:20 pm (#671 of 2930)


Hollywand, that will assure J.K Rowling a place among the pantheon of great fantasy authors.


Quidditch Mom - Dec 18, 2004 5:44 am (#672 of 2930)


Sorry if this has been addressed...but I was wondering about this statement from the newly added FAQ on Hogwarts. JKR said that kids identified as magical are under "no obligation to take up the place, however; a family might not want their child to attend Hogwarts."

Pretty sure she included that tidbit for a reason. So, the family would either want their child to attend a different wizarding school, or not attend wizarding school at all...My hunch is this relates to the person she talked about in an on-line chat that found magic later in life. Since Lily went to Hogwarts, I think this may be evidence that Petunia (with the same parents) can be ruled out as the character that finds they are magical later in life.

Or maybe we get an interesting new exchange student in book 6?

(I'll post this on the Petunia thread, too.)


Her-melanie - Dec 18, 2004 6:30 am (#673 of 2930)


I think the "vine" JKR means is big thick vines, which when made into a wand would be flexible, or "springy," which is how Lily's wand is described by Mr. Ollivander. He said it was good for charm work. As we have seen, Hermione is also good at charms. If we look at the trio as I think JKR intends us to, we should see them as being strong ultimately because each has a different strength. If Hermione's is Charms, and Harry's is obviously DADA, will Ron's be.... Transfiguration???!!!


Aurora Gubbins - Dec 18, 2004 3:37 pm (#674 of 2930)


Joelle: I am deeply envious of your gift of a wand! I have sent an owl to my husband with a wish list and a generic request for "quality HP merchandise". Don't suppose it'll do much good though...

Quiddich Mom; I too picked up the bit about not taking up the place at Hogwarts that was offered. I took this to be a huge hint about Petunia and posted on the GOAP thread accordingly. I think she wouldn't go because it wasn't "normal" to be magical. Incidentally - did anyone notice (in the book) that when Marge's glass exploded a owl did not arrive with a warning letter. This incident was a few days before the "blowing up" incident and not, as shown in the film, at the same time. I think Petunia did that. I think this is why there is this snippet of information on the website, along with the whole Squib thing and the gossip flying around about Petunia being muggle/squib/magical. I have to take full credit (gloat!) for the flurry of activity since the "Is Aunt Petunia a Squib" question - it took about four days of hard practice to get my (then) five year old son to say it properly and not say "Squid" instead! BTW, can you expand/direct me toward info on the 'finding magic later in life thing'? - I don't know about that!

Her-melanie; Re the LIly's wand and charms comment - I believe you have hit the nail on the head. Maybe your wand should be made of Hickory, since that is what hammer handles are made of! LOL

Aurora xx


Amilia Smith - Dec 18, 2004 7:35 pm (#675 of 2930)


WOW!!! That was your question, Aurora? Way to go!!!

The "magic late in life" thing is from the Barnes and Noble interview of March 1999. Quick quotes is now combined with Madam Scoop's, and it is super easy to look just about anything up. But I'll save you the trouble. The complete quote is as follows:

Will there be, or have there been, any "late blooming" students in the school who come into their magic potential as adults, rather than as children? By the way, I loved meeting you, and hearing you speak, when you came to Anderson's in Naperville. I can hardly wait until you tour again.

Ahhh! I loved the event at Anderson's. It was one of my favorites. That is completely true. No, is the answer. In my books, magic almost always shows itself in a person before age 11; however, there is a character who does manage in desperate circumstances to do magic quite late in life, but that is very rare in the world I am writing about.

End quote.

Mills.


Ainsley Black - Dec 19, 2004 4:46 am (#676 of 2930)


Oooo! that is a really good tit-bit isn't it?! That has to be GOAP!


Grindylow - Dec 19, 2004 7:25 am (#677 of 2930)


GOAP?


Saralinda Again - Dec 19, 2004 9:40 am (#678 of 2930)


Good Old Aunt Petunia.


Aurora Gubbins - Dec 19, 2004 12:14 pm (#679 of 2930)


Amelia: Thank you for your kind comment!

I see now what the late in life thing now means, and it does seem to fit in doesn't it? Thanks for sharing it with me and everyone else here who hadn't heard it!

Aurora xx


Aurora Gubbins - Dec 19, 2004 4:30 pm (#680 of 2930)


I have just decided to offer my services in place of extendable fingers. Jo if you need someone to type for you I will gladly help!! I can do about 12 words per minute and can type solidly for a good 12 minutes at a time!

Aurora xx


Flutterby - Dec 19, 2004 6:58 pm (#681 of 2930)


Jo, And when Aurora's poor, weary fingers give out I shall also give taking dictation a go! 50 words a minute.....


From Venus - Dec 19, 2004 7:13 pm (#682 of 2930)


Hi. I've been busy and had to catch up with almost 200 posts here. Way back in post #571, Grant the Great mentioned the ticking of the clock stopping after a while. I just want to tell you that it has always done that. I mentioned it ages ago, but nobody seemed to give it much thought.

Also, you had mentioned that all 3 of the ribbons blow away when Peeves comes. But they don't; just the 2 First Place ones blow away. So, there is nothing new there.

BTW...Hey Jo! Put me on the list of volunteer typists as well! I'll even be willing to work overtime!


Grant the Great - Dec 19, 2004 7:46 pm (#683 of 2930)


From Venus--Sorry, I can get bugged when people don't remember old comments, and now I did it! Sorry!

Furthermore, Jo, I'm at about 80 WPM, and I'll type as long as you need me to!!!! Heck, I'll pay you to let me!


septentrion - Dec 20, 2004 2:54 am (#684 of 2930)


I'm not so quick for typing but I volunteer for proof-reading !


Rosie - Dec 20, 2004 3:22 am (#685 of 2930)


All this 'someone' who will use magic in 'later life' stuff - I wonder - could it be Dudley. Remember that Jo said that parents may choose not to send their child to Hogworts. They may of not stopped Harry going, but in amoungst all these letters was there was one for Dudley that the Dursleys managed to hide?


wickedweasley - Dec 20, 2004 3:57 am (#686 of 2930)
Edited by Dec 20, 2004 3:06 am


No I am sure Jo has said somewhere that Dudley is just plain old Dudley!

Cannot think where will try to look it up.

It was in her chat at the Edinburgh Book Festival. It is still on her website in the news section.


Leprechaun Jack! - Dec 20, 2004 5:39 am (#687 of 2930)


Rosie -All this 'someone' who will use magic in 'later life' stuff... but in amongst all these letters was there was one for Dudley that the Dursleys managed to hide?

OOOOH Rosie nice one, I don't have my books on me (I still haven't unpacked from moving) ,but after I read that, I vaguely remembered when Harry got his first letter and Vernon took it away from him. Aunt Pet saying "Vernon, oooh, look at the "name" on it." or something to that effect. Wasn't that on Dudley's birthday? How old is Dudders anyway?

Jack


Gina R Snape - Dec 20, 2004 7:46 am (#688 of 2930)


Dudly and Harry are the same age. But I too doubt he has any magic. I've got my money on Aunt Petunia.

Anyway, to keep this on-topic (as this is the 'Official Site' thread and not the 'who will have magic later in life' thread...), I predict we will get something big on the day the Advent Calendar reaches the star, but it will not be the publication date.


MickeyCee3948 - Dec 20, 2004 8:02 am (#689 of 2930)


Gina-Are you trying to be Scrooge this year? While you may be right don't spoil Christmas as we all have our hopes up for a publication date.

Mikie


Gina R Snape - Dec 20, 2004 8:16 am (#690 of 2930)


Heh. No, not a scrooge. I've just got a hunch.


Doris Crockford - Dec 20, 2004 8:53 am (#691 of 2930)


What do you think we'll get instead of the release date, Gina? We've already gotten the title, chapter titles, and an excerpt from the book, so I think (or possibly just hope ) that the next big piece of info we'll get is the release date.


Ainsley Black - Dec 20, 2004 11:30 am (#692 of 2930)


That or it might be the cover art!


MickeyCee3948 - Dec 20, 2004 12:08 pm (#693 of 2930)


As my youngest granddaughter would say. Cover art! Is that all. It's not enough, I want more. Please, Please Please. We have been so good this year.

Mikie


Ainsley Black - Dec 20, 2004 12:12 pm (#694 of 2930)


Sorry Mikie but you can't use your grandaughter for that one!! there is no real shame in admitting that that is what you say yourself.

I'd love more than the cover art but i'm trying not to get my hopes up too much.


MickeyCee3948 - Dec 20, 2004 12:20 pm (#695 of 2930)


Moi!! You mean you think I would say those things Ainsley Black. Well I am totally flabbergasted by such an idea.

Guess, I will just have to wait and find out Christmas morning if we all get what we want. Just like my granddaughter.

Mikie


Ainsley Black - Dec 20, 2004 12:24 pm (#696 of 2930)


Same here.

I shall be struggling through my hang over while my mum gets my little one her breakfast to log on and see what present we'll get.


scoop2172000 - Dec 20, 2004 12:31 pm (#697 of 2930)


I thought that the cover art is created after the editing of the book is done -- that Mary GranPre (spelling?) gets to read an advance copy so she can do the U.S. cover art and chapter art.

I think HBP is months away from that stage. My belief is Jo finished it very recently and it is in the early stages of being edited.

I think her Christmas announcement will be that she's finished writing it.

Sometime in January, her publisher will give us the anticipated release date.

Accio HPB!


Ainsley Black - Dec 20, 2004 12:33 pm (#698 of 2930)


I'm not sure how the cover art process is worked but it does makes sense for the artist to read through the book first.


wolfgrl - Dec 20, 2004 12:35 pm (#699 of 2930)


So if we do get the cover art, that would be a very, very good sign.


septentrion - Dec 20, 2004 12:53 pm (#700 of 2930)


For OoTP, Mary GrandPré had to read the book because she does artwork for the cover and for the beginning of each chapters, but the designer who made the cover art for the Bloomsbury edition hasn't read the book, he was just given some piece of information of what was expected from him.



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Helen Potterfan - Dec 20, 2004 1:33 pm (#701 of 2930)

This is going back to chapter titles, but I was just reading a chat session JKR did Sept. 8/99,and noticed the following: "Will Aragog appear in any later books?

Yes. But I'm not telling you anymore than that!"

So, now I think Spinners End may have something to do with Aragog, though I don't know what.

The chat can be viewed at: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Forgive me if this was quoted before, but I don't remember it being quoted.

By the way, if you haven't checked out madamscoop.org--which is now connected to TLC's quotes page--you really should. She has JKR's interviews arranged by character and topic! It's great, and very useful for our many queries and conversations!


Neville Longbottom - Dec 20, 2004 1:36 pm (#702 of 2930)

IMO, Spinners End (even ignoring the missing apostrophe, this could have been simply a spelling mistake) is too early a chapter to revolve around Aragog. I would be really surprised, if the spiders already appear in chapter 2.


Helen Potterfan - Dec 20, 2004 1:42 pm (#703 of 2930)

I do think we'll get the release date. As I've mentioned before, I think Jo would have refuted the summer release rumour during the latest update if it isn't true. Her spokespeople's statements also indicate that she will release the date on the web site. These facts, coupled with other hints such as the change in the "Welcome" message to book 7, make me believe we're getting a release date. Jo knows what we want for Christmas!

Now all I have to do is figure out how to get on the computer at my mother-in-law's house on Christmas Eve and Christmas without being obvious. I can see it now..."Sorry, we can open presents just as soon as I check this web site. Baby Alex can wait a little longer!..." I wouldn't really do that (would I?)!


Gina R Snape - Dec 20, 2004 1:48 pm (#704 of 2930)

Well, so far she has made changes available after midnight GMT. This means those who are west of the GMT zone will be able to view the changes on Christmas Eve.

I don't think the star will reveal cover art. I do think it's likely she will announce she has sent the book to the editors. I just don't see a release date being available yet. :shrugs:

Maybe she will give us more chapter titles, or dispell a major theory or something along those lines.


Qwaz - Dec 20, 2004 1:49 pm (#705 of 2930)

Yes, that's why I've all but convinced myself that it's not involving Aragog.

Unless, of course, the reason he leaves #4 early is to return to Hogwarts for occlumency with DD (or some other tutoring...potions?...to allow him to take the NEWT perhaps) and then he'd be close enough to the forest to allow for Aragog being in the story. Even if only by word of Hagrid.

EDIT - Unfortunetly I'm at a house without a computer or web access over christmas so if the door opens or a general message is given i'll likely miss it. I'll just have to catch up with you guys when i get back.


scoop2172000 - Dec 20, 2004 2:00 pm (#706 of 2930)

Accio HBP: I'll be spending Christmas with relatives who don't have a home computer. So, I'm going to rely on the news. I'll be checking CNN and National Public Radio. If you're in the UK, I imagine checking the BBC would work.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (and I imagine Boxing Day in the UK) are some of the slowest news days of the year. The networks grasp at straws for stories. Harry Potter is a huge pop-culture icon. So, if Jo makes a big announcement on her website on Christmas, it'll make international news.


Gina R Snape - Dec 20, 2004 2:22 pm (#707 of 2930)

Hey, the door is open again.


Elanor - Dec 20, 2004 2:28 pm (#708 of 2930)

I hope the release date will be our Christmas gift! But I am not sure at all that the "present", whatever it is BTW, will happen at midnight GMT, as it is the case for bithdays. I was online, on Halloween, when she gave us the chapters' titles and the change only appeared about the middle of the morning here, in France (we have 1 hour of time difference with the UK) so I guess it was about 9 a.m. in the UK when the door opened. It might be the same thing this time.

EDIT: yes, it is! I've just seen it! I might have something to do with the winter solstice of tonight!


Harry-ette - Dec 20, 2004 2:29 pm (#709 of 2930)

Hey everyone the door is open again. I have waited on the page for about 5 minutes but nothing's happened as yet. Will keep you posted if I figure out how to get through.


Elanor - Dec 20, 2004 2:31 pm (#710 of 2930)

There is a christmas tree when the door opens!

Edit: first the room was lit and I could move the wrapping of the presents and then the room went dark and I can't move anything else.


LooneyLuna - Dec 20, 2004 2:35 pm (#711 of 2930)

I closed the door in the mirror and the door opened up.

I *clicked* on a present and the room went dark.


Harry-ette - Dec 20, 2004 2:35 pm (#712 of 2930)

Elanor how did you get the door to open?

EDIT: Sorry cross-posted


Elanor - Dec 20, 2004 2:36 pm (#713 of 2930)

I think that it was when I clicked on the Christmas tree in the corridor that it happened, now the door I see in the mirror is closed.


Cezar Salem - Dec 20, 2004 2:40 pm (#714 of 2930)

I think the room locking down, after you click on the presents, is you being punished for trying to open your present early...


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 2:44 pm (#715 of 2930)

Hey...anyone notice that the star on the tree isn't lit up????


LooneyLuna - Dec 20, 2004 2:46 pm (#716 of 2930)

The star isn't lit and neither are the candles.

hmmmm....


Elanor - Dec 20, 2004 2:47 pm (#717 of 2930)

I think it is exactly that! It is the winter solstice, a very special night, a Jo is showing us the presents we will be able to open on Christmas morning!

I have closed and re-entered the site and if I don't touch the presents, the room stays lighted and the wrappings move... And you can go back on the main desk.


LooneyLuna - Dec 20, 2004 2:49 pm (#718 of 2930)

Ooh Elanor , I certainly hope so.

I wish all peace and joy this holiday!


Nicole Bloom - Dec 20, 2004 2:50 pm (#719 of 2930)

I think that once the candles and the star is lit we can open the presents. What I wonder is all 6 presents move, are we going to get 6 clues?


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 2:51 pm (#720 of 2930)

Good question, Nicole. I would take ONE if it is the release date! I wonder when they will be lit up????? Do we have to light them some how????


Classicsquid592 - Dec 20, 2004 2:53 pm (#721 of 2930)

How do you all manage to be so quick to post these things. The door has been open for less than ten minutes it looks like to me.


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 2:54 pm (#722 of 2930)

I can only speak for myself, but I am so OBSESSSED with HP that I check daily...........


Cezar Salem - Dec 20, 2004 2:56 pm (#723 of 2930)

thats what im saying, I dont think we will have to do anything,,, only have a lot of patience! on Cristmas day we will get them! its just like in real life, when we have the presents on the tree... we have to have a lot of patience, thats the only requirement that our family asks right ? we get them no matter what... same thing here,,, but if we DO try do open them before the right time, ,we get punished right ? same thing here... If we try to open them, ,we get stuck in the rooms and the lights go out for you!


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 2:56 pm (#724 of 2930)

I also notice the card with the "star" on it. I tried moving it to the tree, alas...earwax. I also notice the Christmas Crackers on the tree.....what can it ALL MEAN????


Nicole Bloom - Dec 20, 2004 2:56 pm (#725 of 2930)

I too check daily. I've tried clicking on the candles and the star and nothing. Only the presents move was passed or clicked on.


Harry-ette - Dec 20, 2004 2:56 pm (#726 of 2930)

LOL ClassicSquid. I just got home from the pub and fate stepped in, inducing me to check the site before I toddle off to bed!


Nicole Bloom - Dec 20, 2004 2:57 pm (#727 of 2930)

Yes the crackers. They are not common where I am from, are they common in the UK?


LooneyLuna - Dec 20, 2004 2:57 pm (#728 of 2930)

I just happened to log on before starting to clean the basement (I'm working as hard as a house elf over here). Smile

Just taking a break and get a cool reward! Thanks, Jo!


Harry-ette - Dec 20, 2004 2:58 pm (#729 of 2930)

Nicole, crackers are very common in the UK and feature at most people's Christmas dinner - never seen them on a tree before though!


Classicsquid592 - Dec 20, 2004 2:59 pm (#730 of 2930)

Alright, someone said that you have to click on the Christmas tree in the mirror. It doesn't seem to be doing anything. What exactly do we do?


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 2:59 pm (#731 of 2930)

I wonder if we have to click the presents in a certain order? ANyone tried that? I am from the USA but have heard of the Christmas crackers.


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 3:00 pm (#732 of 2930)

Click on the door in the mirror and the door will open up for you.


Nicole Bloom - Dec 20, 2004 3:02 pm (#733 of 2930)

She's teasing us by building up anticipation. It's like when you shake your presents before Christmas and wonder what's in them. That is the best part.

I too was lured on here. Before studying for my last exam which is tomorrow, I though I'd check to see what's going on and now I'll be on here for a while. Oh well, Social Psychology can wait!


Classicsquid592 - Dec 20, 2004 3:04 pm (#734 of 2930)

Which part of the door? I have tried clicking all over the door and the tree. Nothing is happening.


LooneyLuna - Dec 20, 2004 3:05 pm (#735 of 2930)

I clicked on the door knob of the room that has the tree in it. This all takes place in the mirror.


Elanor - Dec 20, 2004 3:07 pm (#736 of 2930)

And she is right! I think she shows us our presents to put us in a great Christmas mood and be as kids waiting for Santa to come! I love that!

BTW, for me it was luck: I was answering Gina about the fact that the door doesn't always open at midnight when I saw her edit about the door opened! So it is mere luck. I can't believe it is the second time that it happens to me, at Halloween, it was just the same!

(BTW, forgive me if I misused English in my last posts, I wanted to type so quickly that I didn't really thought about grammar...).


Helen Potterfan - Dec 20, 2004 3:07 pm (#737 of 2930)

I clicked on one present (towards the left) and a clue popped up that I have to solve. I think it depends on which present you click. I just can't remember the answer, so I have to pull my books. Click the tree in the mirror to open the door.


Ladybug220 - Dec 20, 2004 3:08 pm (#738 of 2930)

I can't get it to work!! This is veeerrryyy frustrating!


Nicole Bloom - Dec 20, 2004 3:10 pm (#739 of 2930)

Which present towards the left?


Classicsquid592 - Dec 20, 2004 3:12 pm (#740 of 2930)

I have clicked on every part of the doorknob in the mirror and the door still hasn't opened.


bella - Dec 20, 2004 3:12 pm (#741 of 2930)

Oh, I wish I wasn't so horrid at riddles. Someone please help. And I don't remember which present but I think it was the back left one.


Nicole Bloom - Dec 20, 2004 3:13 pm (#742 of 2930)

try clicking on the tree in the mirror, that's what I just did.


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 3:14 pm (#743 of 2930)

I am on clue number 3

I DON"T KNOW THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Nicole Bloom - Dec 20, 2004 3:14 pm (#744 of 2930)

the present to click on the the big red one in the back on the left


Classicsquid592 - Dec 20, 2004 3:17 pm (#745 of 2930)

I have clicked on every light on the Christmas Tree in the mirror, I am still trying.


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 3:18 pm (#746 of 2930)

Classic Squid...go out and re-enter and then click on the tree in the mirror in the ROR


Classicsquid592 - Dec 20, 2004 3:18 pm (#747 of 2930)

I am really good at the riddles I just can't get the door open.


Helen Potterfan - Dec 20, 2004 3:19 pm (#748 of 2930)

Oh My Goodness!!!! Once you solve all of the riddles, click on the middle card. I'm sooooo excited!!!! Hurry, hurry so we can talk. I'll give it a while and give clue answers in white. Helen


Nicole Bloom - Dec 20, 2004 3:20 pm (#749 of 2930)

fifth riddle is tricky, HELP!


LooneyLuna - Dec 20, 2004 3:21 pm (#750 of 2930)

WOW!!!!! I cannot believe I solved all the riddles! On my own, yet.

THANK YOU, JO!!! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
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Ladybug220 - Dec 20, 2004 3:21 pm (#751 of 2930)
Edited by Dec 20, 2004 2:22 pm

I managed to solve all the riddles save one on my own. I took a screen shot of the final 'thing' that she gives us. I will be happy to email it out.

Hurry up everyone!!! Yahoo!


Classicsquid592 - Dec 20, 2004 3:21 pm (#752 of 2930)

This reminds me of the second time the door opened. It took me hours to find the light switch. This is just really annoying.


Round Pink Spider - Dec 20, 2004 3:22 pm (#753 of 2930)

I got it! I got it!!!!


Steve Newton - Dec 20, 2004 3:24 pm (#754 of 2930)

How do you open the door? I've been in and out a couple times. Where do you click? (I've cleared my cache)


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 3:24 pm (#755 of 2930)

I NEED HELP WITH THESE RIDDLES! I have 3 answers right! Someone HELP!


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 3:25 pm (#756 of 2930)

click on the tree in the mirror


Elanor - Dec 20, 2004 3:25 pm (#757 of 2930)

You click on the Christmas tree at teh end of the corridor.

I have trouble with the riddles, could soeone help me? Please...


Helen Potterfan - Dec 20, 2004 3:25 pm (#758 of 2930)

Here are the answers in white. Don't look if you want to figure them out on your own!!!

corned beef

bristol

otter

half

blood

prince


Classicsquid592 - Dec 20, 2004 3:25 pm (#759 of 2930)

Thank you Steve, I am glad to see I am not the only one with this problem.


dizzy lizzy - Dec 20, 2004 3:28 pm (#760 of 2930)

Once you have solved all the puzzles and all the candles light up, so will the star.

Start clicking around in the screen (hint - not on tree) and a VERY BIG SURPRISE!!!!! awaits.

Where's the tissues!!!!

Lizzy who is now very dizzy....


Classicsquid592 - Dec 20, 2004 3:28 pm (#761 of 2930)

I have waited for Peeves four times, and in between each of his visits managed to click on every inch of the doorknob and every bit of both the doorknob and the Christmas Tree to no avail. I am really frustrated.


lilysmom - Dec 20, 2004 3:29 pm (#762 of 2930)

Oh my GOSH!!!!!!!!! I feel like such a complete geek because I am so proud of myself for figuring out all of the clues by myself. I just had to confess to my boss what i was doing because I am at my desk cheering!


Nicole Bloom - Dec 20, 2004 3:29 pm (#763 of 2930)

Thanks Jo! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!


Helen Potterfan - Dec 20, 2004 3:30 pm (#764 of 2930)

Thank you Jo!!!! How many hours of the 24 do you think we'll have to wait? I'm so excited, and want to talk about it but don't want to spoil the surprize. The clues are in books 1, 5, and 6 if that helps anyone who doesn't want to look at my white text. Now I don't have to sneak around at Christmas!


Doris Crockford - Dec 20, 2004 3:31 pm (#765 of 2930)

I did it!!!!! It took me awhile to figure out the answers to the non-HP ones, but I realized that they are (highlight for answers) Half, blood, and Prince. Clever Jo! I'm so excited, but I wish she had told us (highlight for spoilers)the exact release date, instead of saying that it's at the publishers'. Oh, well, less than 24 hours until we find out.


Classicsquid592 - Dec 20, 2004 3:31 pm (#766 of 2930)

I must be doing something wrong. I will log into one of the other versions of the site.


bella - Dec 20, 2004 3:31 pm (#767 of 2930)

WOOOO HOOOO! Thank you for being so sweet to us Ms. Rowling. Merry Christmas everyone!


Elanor - Dec 20, 2004 3:32 pm (#768 of 2930)

Thanks Jo and Merry Christmas to you! What a great gift it is!

And thanks everyone for the help with the riddle I could't figure out!


dizzy lizzy - Dec 20, 2004 3:32 pm (#769 of 2930)

yes lilysmom I cried at my desk, once I got one of the riddle clues, the rest just flowed from there.

You will need to go out and try again if you screen freezes.

Click on the tree in the mirror or the door and the dor will open.

Answer the riddles (answers in post above if you need them) and wait for the star on top of the tree to shine and then start clicking. I gave a hint in my last post.

Lizzy


Lunar Tides - Dec 20, 2004 3:36 pm (#770 of 2930)

Hey this is great, I love the feeling of the christmas spirit, 'specially in my favorite forum. I'll be looking at the news tommorow, Wink

Squid, just click the door in the mirror with the christmas tree, when the door opens up, click each present. Once you answer each question and the star on top lights up, click the christmas card with the star and voila, your achievement is shown.

Rowling is great, shes the Lexicon's Santa.

-Chanuel


Ladybug220 - Dec 20, 2004 3:36 pm (#771 of 2930)

For those having problems try jkrowling.co.uk

I tried the .com site and I couldn't get through but when I went to the UK based site, everything worked.


dizzy lizzy - Dec 20, 2004 3:38 pm (#772 of 2930)

Classic squid. Mine froze and wouldn't work the first time. I logged right out of the site and started again. It may be a glitch due to the large amount of traffic on the sites.

Lizzy


Sadie - Dec 20, 2004 3:39 pm (#773 of 2930)

OH! I just checked out the site out of habit! I NEVER thought anything new would be there. THANK you ALL for your help with the clues etc. I couldn't figure out 2 of them at all. And Mostly, Thank You JO! Santa came early. Oh I am so thrilled. Over the Moon! Life is good.


Steve Newton - Dec 20, 2004 3:43 pm (#774 of 2930)

Classicsquid592, not to worry. I am usually a step or two behind. I had to go to JKRowling.org. The .com site did not work for me. I did get in and am almost giddy.

Dizzy may be right. The site is probably being hammered.


Detail Seeker - Dec 20, 2004 3:49 pm (#775 of 2930)

The german version does not seem to work, either.


Classicsquid592 - Dec 20, 2004 3:51 pm (#776 of 2930)

I just talked to a friend. He got the door to open. It just isn't working on my computer. I am now screeming and crying.


Mare - Dec 20, 2004 3:53 pm (#777 of 2930)

I want to try and solve the riddles myself, but I'm already stuck on my first one. I don't want to highlights everybodys answers, because the riddles don't have a specific order. Can somebody post, in white, the answer to the heart one? (I'm going to be back and ask for more, I don't have my books here, they are packed and stacked at my grandmothers...)

Classic squid, have you tried "çlearing your cache" it has worked for other people with your problem some times.

edit: nevermind I got it... I was thinking emotions...

:Is still surprised she actually managed to solve the riddle...)


Elanor - Dec 20, 2004 3:54 pm (#778 of 2930)

Marè, it is blood

I'm so sorry Classicsquid! I wish I knew how to make screencaptures to show you!


Mare - Dec 20, 2004 3:57 pm (#779 of 2930)

Thanks Elanor, i did get it after all, if you know the answer, it is rather simple, isn't it...

wOOt, 2 down, 4 to go!


Classicsquid592 - Dec 20, 2004 4:00 pm (#780 of 2930)

jkrowling.org does work. Now I can finally start. I am so mad that I took so long. At least it was the site not my computer. Please forgive my antics. I think I can do the riddles myself, I already helped my friend with some of them.


Mare - Dec 20, 2004 4:04 pm (#781 of 2930)

Classic squid, I can understand your anger, glad you can start for yourself, I managed to solve most of them myself and now got my reward. It is so exciting!!!!! I have to go and tell some-one, only they are not going to care as much as I do!!!

O well, I don't care about that!

Edit: My mom is not too happy, the chocolatmilk got cold...


riotgrrrl - Dec 20, 2004 4:06 pm (#782 of 2930)

I knew when I logged on to this site and there were 64 unread posts that I needed to get back to her site immediately! Thanks for not giving the answers up front for all of us who wanted to solve them for ourselves. That was very thoughtful of you all (and yes, Jo too!)!!!


Classicsquid592 - Dec 20, 2004 4:07 pm (#783 of 2930)

I got it, read the middle card and am now dancing around. Thank you Steve for helping me get the right site. I cannot wait until tomorrow night. :-)


Mare - Dec 20, 2004 4:09 pm (#784 of 2930)

Riotgrrrl, I was happy about that too, last time I was spoiled. this time it was possible to find the info you needed if you were stuck, but solve it on your own if you could.

Very nicely done by all the people here! (10 with a sticker!)


Classicsquid592 - Dec 20, 2004 4:10 pm (#785 of 2930)

For anyone having trouble getting in. I couldn't open the door on the .com or .co.uk sites, Thanks to Steve, I was able to open the door on [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


Loopy Lupin - Dec 20, 2004 4:17 pm (#786 of 2930)

I must chime in with THANK YOU JO! Yay!


Star Crossed - Dec 20, 2004 4:28 pm (#787 of 2930)

Jumping up and down. Had to throw a slipper at my mother until she finally stopped poking fun at my happiness (Honestly, she tells me I'm always depressed and the moment I get happy, she makes fun. Mothers, sheesh.). I figured out most of them for myself. All the HP ones were quite simple. But the riddles, oye vey. Mum got the heart one by herself. Couldn't figure out the other two for the life of me. Then I saw something rather obvious written in white, and it just clicked. Merry Christmas, Ms. Rowling!


Saud - Dec 20, 2004 4:29 pm (#788 of 2930)

YAY!! That was wonderful.


KWeldon - Dec 20, 2004 4:37 pm (#789 of 2930)

Thank you Jo!!! Can't wait!!

What's up with that picture next to the tree? It looks kind of morose. A group of men, recoiling from something?


KTO - Dec 20, 2004 4:38 pm (#790 of 2930)

Ms.Rowling is a very kind woman. One I would love to have tea with. KT


Neville Longbottom - Dec 20, 2004 4:38 pm (#791 of 2930)

Yay. Thank you Jo. Oh dear, we already have past midnight here and now I'm too exited to sleep.


Hogs Head - Dec 20, 2004 4:40 pm (#792 of 2930)

This is pretty cool. But I guess now the Advent Calendar on the Extra Stuff page is obsolete? Or maybe not?

(Maybe on Xmas Day, those little blue candies will be clickable -- I'm probably hoping for too much. Says to self, "I will not be greedy during the Season of giving.")

Thank you Jo. I will definitely enjoy your present when it arrives.

Guten Nacht, Neville. I guess I never realized you were in Deutschland.


Elanor - Dec 20, 2004 4:42 pm (#793 of 2930)

I know what you mean Neville, I think we are in the same time zone and I can't get to bed either! I'm just too happy for that!

BTW, I think the painting is a Nativity Scene. It reminds me of a famous painting, though I don't remember the name of the painter for now.


KWeldon - Dec 20, 2004 4:45 pm (#794 of 2930)

I wonder if the theories that we get cover art on Christmas Day might actually be true, since we will already have the publication date.


KWeldon - Dec 20, 2004 4:47 pm (#795 of 2930)

I think the painting is a Nativity Scene

Thanks, Elanor. Forgive my ignorance and for being too excited to study it closely. There's definitely a woman holding a baby.


Saud - Dec 20, 2004 4:49 pm (#796 of 2930)

86400 secs to go! (Even less!)


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Accio Sirius - Dec 20, 2004 5:03 pm (#798 of 2930)

Okay, I have tried every version and cannot click on the Christmas tree. I've read the report on TLC, but I still would like to experience it for myself! Drat! Still, thanks Jo for the great Christmas present!


Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 20, 2004 5:17 pm (#799 of 2930)

My niece thinks I'm nuts. I've called or e-mailed several of my fellow teachers to spread the news!! What a wonderful day. LPO


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 5:17 pm (#800 of 2930)

Where did you see anything about this on TLC?


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wolfgrl - Dec 20, 2004 5:17 pm (#801 of 2930)

ROLF Saud.


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 5:19 pm (#802 of 2930)



So I wonder where the annoucement will come from? Will it be on her site?


Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 20, 2004 5:28 pm (#803 of 2930)

I'm guessing Bloomsbury will announce it. They are the English language producer. Scholastic may be able to announce it. LPO


SarcasticGinny - Dec 20, 2004 5:29 pm (#804 of 2930)

Ohhhhhhhhhh thank you so much everyone, that is the best news I've heard in a long time!


Tomoé - Dec 20, 2004 5:29 pm (#805 of 2930)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too, Jo, and all your family!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the lexicon members who celebrate Christmas!

Merry end of the year and Happy New Year to all other lexicon members!

(just in case I won't come back until next year)

By the way, the picture beside the Christmas tree look like the ones Rembrandt drew, I'm not sure it's one of his actual painting though.

Edit : Thanks you very much Accio HBP, I couldn't made it without you.


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 5:35 pm (#806 of 2930)

Thank you, Jo, for the early Christmas Present! You made OUR DAY!


Thora - Dec 20, 2004 5:37 pm (#807 of 2930)

AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

We love you Jo! This is the best!

Thanks for the riddle help, I'm hopeless at riddles.

You don't click the tree in the mirror you click the door that would hide the tree.

Well time to close the guesses on the release date I see, here are the guesses as they stand.

March 24 Grant the Great

May 22 Loony Loopy Larissa

June 1 Ann,

3 Saralinda Again, hogs head,

4 Mooncalf, Mademoiselle Fleur,

5 Flutterby,

6 Snuffles,

11 Mrdrama, sepentrion, lkb, Little Ginny,

14 Amilia Smith

15 Kerrie-Louise, Ronan

16 Vanessa cave

18 Neville Longbottom, dizzy lizzy, Ginerva Potter, IriSka

19 Ainsley Black

20 From Venus, The Giant Squid, Cat 7 of 9

21 Thora, Popkin, bella, accio hbp

23 Elanor, Lizzard

24 Lady Kazuma, Doris Crockford, twinkling blue eyes

25 wolfgrl, grindylow, Madame Pomfrey, Emily

27 Star Crossed, Tomoe

July Days

1 Daioma Dumbledore, Springtime

2 Adami

6 MickeyCee3948

8 kabloink!

9 Aurora Gubbins, Sadie, KWeldon

10 Ladybug220

15 Mare

23 N. C. Evans

31 IRWaiting

Ecstatically yours, Thora


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 20, 2004 5:40 pm (#808 of 2930)

ooh weee!! I literally have tears of joy. Thank you Jo! Merry Christmas to you and yours and Happy New Year.


Gina R Snape - Dec 20, 2004 5:42 pm (#809 of 2930)

Wow. I am so excited! I figured out all the riddles on my own. And how funny that earlier I said I could see JKR next announcing she'd finished, but not the actual release date. And I guess I was right! I just didn't know it would happen *today*! Heh, heh.

Well, that was fun. But now that I'm all excited, how will I ever revise for my final exam?!?!


Springtime - Dec 20, 2004 5:51 pm (#810 of 2930)

THANK YOU JO!!!!!! My daughter & I are jumping up & down with joy!!!


Denise P. - Dec 20, 2004 5:53 pm (#811 of 2930)

I have always said that I thought it would be a late Spring/early Summer release...I still think that holds true.

Guess who will be at the local book store tomorrow to be put on the waiting list???


vanessa cave - Dec 20, 2004 5:56 pm (#812 of 2930)

I am really depressed i opened the door but i can't find the right present i've tried all of them but it isn't working can anybody please help me


Nathan Zimmermann - Dec 20, 2004 6:04 pm (#813 of 2930)

Vanessa, there should be a card with each present. Each card contains a riddle. Before you can see the message you have to solve the riddles that accompany each present. Once all the riddles have been solved a royal blue card with a gold star appears. Click on that card and the message can be read.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 20, 2004 6:06 pm (#814 of 2930)

Vanessa to the right of the door in the background is a Christmas tree. Click on it and it will open the door. You should see a much larger Christmas tree with presents under it. Each present has a tag. Click on the present and answer the riddle or question. There are six total. A candle will be lit on the tree when you correctly answer the question. Then you can click on the center card and the message will be revealed. Good luck! Our friends at Leaky can give you the riddles. LPO


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 20, 2004 6:06 pm (#815 of 2930)

Vanessa that happened to me also so I went to a UK site and it worked.


Ydnam96 - Dec 20, 2004 6:09 pm (#816 of 2930)

OH wow. I only needed help with one! I thought the one was badger. Alas...anyway.

I know we closed the guessing, but my guess is June the 21st.

wow. I leave the house for an hour and a half and look what happens!


vanessa cave - Dec 20, 2004 6:26 pm (#817 of 2930)

Hi thank you everyone for your help but its still no good (i'm sulking now) i got the door open but everytime i click on a present the screen just goes dark and nothing else happens. I have tried every present over and over again but alas earwax. I'm giving up, going to bed and trying again in the morning.


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 6:33 pm (#818 of 2930)

Vanessa.........don't give up!


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 6:34 pm (#819 of 2930)

Vanessa...if you click on the second present from the left in the back you should be able to get the riddles.....


vanessa cave - Dec 20, 2004 6:43 pm (#820 of 2930)

Hi Grindylow, believe me i've tried. I have been trying for an hour now. I'm blaming my computer, i have also tried the .org and the co.uk but are showing the 'do not disturb' sign. I have to give up for tonight (or should i say early morning) or i won't be in any fit state to take the children to school tomorrow. Thank you everybody, at least i know what happened even if i haven't seen it


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 6:44 pm (#821 of 2930)

I am so sorry Vanessa.....I am sure you will be able to view it tomorrow. Sweet Dreams!


WeasleyKing - Dec 20, 2004 6:52 pm (#822 of 2930)

I figured them all out!!! Has anyone else?


Daioma Dumbledore - Dec 20, 2004 6:52 pm (#823 of 2930)

THANK-YOU! THANK-YOU! THANK-YOU! Jo You are the best!!!!

I'm so excited! I've got butterflies in my stomach waiting for the remainder of the news!

Merry Christmas Jo, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas & New Year!

EDIT: WesleyKing, read the previous posts, we are all jumping for joy!


Ponine - Dec 20, 2004 6:58 pm (#824 of 2930)

I don't want to read the previous posts too closely, because I want to be surprised by Jo, but I can't for the life of me get the two riddles, and it is driving me MAD.... Has anyone listed the answers, or would anyone pleeease help?!? Happy Holidays from P.


WeasleyKing - Dec 20, 2004 6:58 pm (#825 of 2930)

Sorry about that, of coarse you have figured them all out. I was so excited about being clever enough to do it without any help. (I did need some assistance on the other clues.) **Embarrassed giggle


Steve Newton - Dec 20, 2004 6:58 pm (#826 of 2930)

Vanessa, It sounds as if you should clear your cache. Couldn't hurt. I also found the .org site to be friendlier.


Ponine - Dec 20, 2004 6:59 pm (#827 of 2930)

Weasley King - I know I am impressed that you got them all!!! Smile


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 6:59 pm (#828 of 2930)

Ponine...there is a post above that has the answers to the clues in white.....


Ponine - Dec 20, 2004 7:14 pm (#829 of 2930)

Aaah... Peace at last.... Smile Thank you so much, Grindylow - I did not realize how much had been written today already Smile

I must say - JK Rowling is not only an excellent author, a keeper of words and imagination like no other, but she is a lovely favorite author to have. You know?! She checks up on us, reads our thoughts and questions, tries to squeeze in answers here and there, and keeps us updated - I really appreciate that! You know, right now, I - little Ponine - know more about the HBP than our national newspapers do, thanks to Jo sharing - and that is kinda fun to me Smile

Here's to Jo, everyone!! (raising a bottle of pumpkin juice)

Love and wishes for all things warm and fuzzy, P.


MickeyCee3948 - Dec 20, 2004 7:16 pm (#830 of 2930)

For the first time, I refused to look at all of the help posted by the rest of you. I was determined to get it all by myself and I did.

Thank You, Ms. Rowling and may your family have as nice a Christmas as you have given all of us. I also wish you a Happy New Year and with the new little one on the way, I would like to make it a Healthy and Happy New Year.

Mikie


Prefect Marcus - Dec 20, 2004 7:19 pm (#831 of 2930)
Edited by Dec 20, 2004 6:24 pm

Well finally a puzzle I solved all by myself, though I do admit that somebody told me how to open the door. Sigh. Perhaps one day I can get through it completely with no help.

I should imagine the people at Bloomsbury and Scholastic are putting in some frantic work right now. :-)

EDIT: I just checked their sites. Nothing. Ah...Patience is a virtue.


Marie E. - Dec 20, 2004 7:22 pm (#832 of 2930)

This little experience has proven that I am terrible with riddles. I couldn't get a single one! Too bad they weren't all easy trivia questions. I could have answered those in my sleep!


T Brightwater - Dec 20, 2004 7:26 pm (#833 of 2930)

This was the first time I managed the whole procedure without help, though the first riddle had me stumped for a little while. This time also, when it didn't work in Netscape I tried it again right away in Internet Explorer and got through.

Thanks, Jo! Here's wishing you joyous and peaceful holidays, and a brief and trouble-free labor! **raises butterbeer**


WeasleyKing - Dec 20, 2004 8:15 pm (#834 of 2930)

Now that we know the book is finished, my friends have just started a pool on what month HBP will be released. I'm just happy that tommorrow I will know for sure. Thanks Jo!!!


Grindylow - Dec 20, 2004 8:29 pm (#835 of 2930)

Where will it be announced???? On her site?????


KWeldon - Dec 20, 2004 8:32 pm (#836 of 2930)

YES


Daioma Dumbledore - Dec 20, 2004 8:49 pm (#837 of 2930)

Well it's well into the 21st for me, and there's no announcement yet!! Maybe it will be done in UK time, can anyone tell us how long until it will be the 21st in the UK?


hawkeyetkdchick - Dec 20, 2004 9:06 pm (#838 of 2930)
Edited by Dec 20, 2004 8:09 pm

Daioma,

Right now it is just after 4am in the UK-you can use the timestamp on my message to see what time it is in the UK when you read this message. Or go to this site:

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

to see the current London time.

Edit: I posted the web address instead of linking directly to the site because I think we're not allowed to link to a site outside of the forum...


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Dec 20, 2004 9:06 pm (#839 of 2930)

Wow I'm really behind,which present do we click on???


Helen Potterfan - Dec 20, 2004 9:10 pm (#840 of 2930)

An AP press release has appeared in several places, including Newsday.com and ABCNews.com which quotes from JKR's site and says that "Rowling's U.S. publisher, Scholastic Inc., said a release date would be announced Tuesday morning." So, it seems the publishers will be making an announcement in the morning. No word on anything from Bloomsbury, but these are US sources. Any news in Britain?


hawkeyetkdchick - Dec 20, 2004 9:16 pm (#841 of 2930)

Hi guys, I have a question about what's behind the door on Rowling's website, but I'm going to post it in white, so if you haven't seen the door yet, I won't spoil it for you:

In Rowling's note, she says the book has been sent to her publishers. So does that mean that it's been edited already? Already proof-read, etc? Or do the publishers proof-read the book? I've always thought that you send the book first to the editors, and then the publishers, but I could very easily be wrong. Anyone know the process? If the publishers don't edit the book, I think we can see a sooner release date than if the publishers do the editing.


mooncalf - Dec 20, 2004 9:36 pm (#842 of 2930)

I think that the publishers do the editing. Also the typesetting, illustrations, etc. So I would expect it to be several months between the time she releases it to her publishers and the time we all are glued to our respective couches with the book in our hands.


Weeny Owl - Dec 20, 2004 9:45 pm (#843 of 2930)

This was the first time I managed the whole procedure without help, though the first riddle had me stumped for a little while. This time also, when it didn't work in Netscape I tried it again right away in Internet Explorer and got through.

Oddly enough, I couldn't get it to work through Internet Explorer, so I tried Netscape and it worked just fine!

Thanks for the Solstice present, JKR... you're the best.


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Dec 20, 2004 10:00 pm (#844 of 2930)

Every time I click a present the screen just goes dark and I can't do anything....What do I need to do?


Nicole Bloom - Dec 20, 2004 10:03 pm (#845 of 2930)

Click on the big red present in the back on the left hand side, that should start the clues


Gina R Snape - Dec 20, 2004 10:06 pm (#846 of 2930)

You might want to make sure you have no other applications running, ad#1f. It sounds like it wants to run the sequence, but just doesn't 'get there' yet.


riotgrrrl - Dec 20, 2004 10:25 pm (#847 of 2930)

Great question, Hawkeyetkdchick, I thought the same thing. It would seem that editors have it first and then when all is settled, it goes to the publishers. Especially with such popular books, don't authors have preferred editors and that would mean they are separate from publishers? Does anyone know? I guess our questions will be answered tomorrow, although I am overwhelmingly greatful for the information today!!!


emilythestrangew - Dec 20, 2004 10:33 pm (#848 of 2930)

YAY YAY YAY!! I had to have help with all of the riddles unfortunately!! Was there anything else updated on her site?


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Dec 20, 2004 10:35 pm (#849 of 2930)

I've cleared my cache,and cookies,I've closed every other program that was open,and whenever I click on a present(even the red one) the screen just gets dark and it wont let me do anything. Is there something that I am supposed to do before I click on the presents?


Ydnam96 - Dec 20, 2004 10:37 pm (#850 of 2930)

No, just click the presents. Have you tried another site? Sometimes I've had problems with one (.com or .net) and if I tried another it worked better. There are severalothers: .uk .co I think there's a full list at the top of this thread.

It could be because there are hundreds of thousands of people on the site all at once.

I hope it works for you!
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Julia. - Dec 20, 2004 10:42 pm (#851 of 2930)

YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!! It's taken all day but I finally got onto her site! Let's just say that I'm happier now than I was when I found out that a friend of mine had a baby a few days ago. Thank you sooooooooo much Jo! And a Happy Christmas and New Years to you and yours too! I'm so excited, I don't think I'm going to be sleeping much tonight...


Helen Potterfan - Dec 20, 2004 10:59 pm (#852 of 2930)

I assume from JKR's message that the book has already been submitted to editors and she has already gotten it back and "tinkered with it" to her (and their) satisfaction and it is now ready for printing. Otherwise, there would not be a release announcement. I could be wrong, but that seems most logical to me. Alternately, it's possible that they've been through this enough with books 1-5 to expect the editing process to go fairly quickly. BTW, I had to upgrade just to post this message because I reached my limit! Oh, well. I suppose I spend enough time on the forum to warrant supporting it!


Nicole Bloom - Dec 20, 2004 11:02 pm (#853 of 2930)

I too had to upgrade in order to continue posting. Ah well, Christmas present to myself. Smile


Daioma Dumbledore - Dec 20, 2004 11:28 pm (#854 of 2930)

Yay! I too had to pay my membership, I really wanted to wait until after Christmas, but I can't miss out on talking about the exciting news we've just received!!


Helen Potterfan - Dec 20, 2004 11:42 pm (#855 of 2930)

I suppose World Crossing will have a Merry Christmas thanks to JKR's news!


Qwaz - Dec 20, 2004 11:50 pm (#856 of 2930)

That is majorly cool. In the vain hope that Mrs.Rowling will see my words i'll thank her for all the hard work she's put in for the fans and am especially thankful she didn't leave it to christmas to reveal that as i'd of been of the internet for days over that period.

Believe I'll be keeping an extra close watch on the news tomorrow as you can be sure they'll snap this up in seconds!


Grant the Great - Dec 21, 2004 12:16 am (#857 of 2930)

I also had my first experience with solving everything for myself. I came to the forum and saw a ton of excited messages and rushed to JKR's website. Then, I solved everything on my own (fairly quickly, I might add). I am SOOOO excited!

As for the publisher-editor question, I think that the publishers have editors (and, given who is writing, JK will probably still get her preferred editor without looking outside). JK, thank you SO much!

Now, for my hopeless hope: I really hope that it is soon! I leave on a mission for my church sometime around May, and that means I won't be able to read any non-religious material for two years! AHHH!!! I only hope that the release date is soon! BTW, if a mod really thinks that my reference to religion there was inappropriate, just delete the whole paragraph.


Saud - Dec 21, 2004 12:22 am (#858 of 2930)

It does feel amazing like Ponine said that we got to know about it directly from JKR even before the ultra-alert reporters and their respective newspapers.


emma bailey - Dec 21, 2004 12:23 am (#859 of 2930)

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JKR WE love you!


vanessa cave - Dec 21, 2004 12:28 am (#860 of 2930)

I finally did it!!! i woke up this morning tried it immediatley and it worked first time. Aberforth all i can say is i tried absolutely everything last night (for over an hour) and the screen just went dark but now it works????????? I don't care now though i am so happy. Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy new year


The giant squid - Dec 21, 2004 12:33 am (#861 of 2930)

First of all, a great big W00t! for Jo's thoughtfulness. Like Marcus, I almost got through it without help (got stumped by sandwich fillings...). I'd have to say, though, that I doubt I would have gotten any of them if it weren't for the Forum & you fantastically obsessed people!

And it seems that theory that the HBP release would show a surge in WX subscriptions is bearing fruit...

--Mike


Flutterby - Dec 21, 2004 12:43 am (#862 of 2930)

From doing a web search this is the process a book goes through;

Author:

Illustrator:Illustrating;

Editor:responsible for finding all of the spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors;

Production Director & Publisher: art checked for mistakes,the production director estimates cost to make the book,determines the printing schedule for the book

Copy Editor:responsible for making sure that the characters, fonts, pictures, borders, and story line are the same throughout the whole book;

Printer:printing;

Publicity & Promotion

Sales

So if they are ready to give a release date then it at least has to be to the point of the Production Director & Publisher , which means it's been through editing.(see italics above) HOPEFULLY!!!! *crosses fingers*


septentrion - Dec 21, 2004 12:58 am (#863 of 2930)

How is it that while having a day off, the first thing I do is to come on internet and see a mail from the leaky cauldron telling me thegood, great news ? I couldn't solve it all by myself, like some others, I'm awful with riddles (where's Bilbo Baggins when you need him ?), but I'm staring fixedly the good news on my screen like a child staring some toys in a store. I also cry and jump on my chair.

Merry Christmas, happy new year to Jo and all of you !


dizzy lizzy - Dec 21, 2004 1:24 am (#864 of 2930)

septentrion,

I've been in to Jo's website and done the whole puzzle four times today. And I still can't stop grinning.

I had a lot of explaining to do when I was staggering around work with tears in my eyes looking for the tissues someone "borrowed" from my desk. It must have looked funny to my 3 workmates. (and yes it means the "borrower" of my tissues is one of my 3 workmates)

I can't wait for the release date. As London is 12 hours behind me (11+1hr daylight saving), I'm either going to have to stay up late or get up really early. I haven't worked that one out yet.

Lizzy


Kerrie-Louise - Dec 21, 2004 1:27 am (#865 of 2930)

Well I needed help from you lot to get the door actually open but thanks to this website and a little help from my husband,I finally got the door open and solved the clues. Thank you Jo and thanks guys for getting me that far!


Snuffles - Dec 21, 2004 2:30 am (#866 of 2930)

Wow i was on this forum yesterday afternoon and was upto date, i log on this morning and i had over 100 posts to read. I solved all the clues by myself, i am so pleased. Woo Hoo!!!

Thanks for this Jo its brilliant. Ooh im feeling really christmassy now! tick tock tick tock when is the 24 hours up????


Kerrie-Louise - Dec 21, 2004 3:20 am (#867 of 2930)

Snuffles, It should be sometime this morning. I keep checking the website just in case but it's 10.16am GMT and still nothing!


Snuffles - Dec 21, 2004 3:39 am (#868 of 2930)

Thankyou Kerrie-Louise Im at work and im trying to check the site as often as possible without anyone noticing what im doing!!!


Snuffles - Dec 21, 2004 3:45 am (#869 of 2930)

Where on JKR Website do you think she will post the release date will it be on the front on in the extras?? Does anyone know?


Ainsley Black - Dec 21, 2004 3:59 am (#870 of 2930)

There could be an article on The Daily News or maybe there will be another update in the ROR where we have to do another puzzle or a link will open up that we have to find on the tree. I keep periodicaly checking the room just in case.


Kerrie-Louise - Dec 21, 2004 4:13 am (#871 of 2930)

I would guess it would appear on the newspaper as the publishers will be releasing the news as well.


Elanor - Dec 21, 2004 4:32 am (#872 of 2930)

It is half past midday here, in France, which means it is 11.30 a.m. in the UK and there is still nothing new on Jo's website, Bloombury's or Mugglenet's, though the latter said the news would be announced in the morning... I can't wait!

But I guess it will appear on the newspaper on Jo's site as well, or maybe the crackers on the Christmas tree will work: they are meant to hide surprises inside, don't they?


Kip Carter - Dec 21, 2004 4:35 am (#873 of 2930)

Merry Christmas, Jo! I look so forward to the remaining hours of the twenty-four. May you and your family have a most glorious holiday season. You really deserve it.


Snuffles - Dec 21, 2004 4:43 am (#874 of 2930)

You can tell everyone is waiting for news as this is the only site getting any new messages!


Elanor - Dec 21, 2004 4:45 am (#875 of 2930)

Hi Kip! You're so right! Nothing can erase the huge grin that has come to my face since I saw the door opened yesterday and here we are, waiting as little kids wait for Santa to come. This is the true spirit of Christmas. Thank you so much for all that joy Jo! May your year be filled with happiness!

And "Harry Christmas" to you too Kip, and to the entire Lexicon staff: the Lexicon is my daily Christmas present, and I would never thank you all enough for all the joy I have here! Joyeux Noël et bonne année!


vanessa cave - Dec 21, 2004 4:58 am (#876 of 2930)

I want to thank everyone on this forum for being as mad as me about Harry potter, neither my husband or my friends this morning understand why i'm so excited. I've been practically bouncing around all morning


Danial Daiker - Dec 21, 2004 4:59 am (#877 of 2930)

I'm posting this very late but at 12:45 a.m. CST in USA I found that I could open the door and solved all 6 clues on the tree to light it up. And got the cool message that they release date would be announced soon. It was wickedly awesome.


Ginerva Potter - Dec 21, 2004 5:01 am (#878 of 2930)

Ok, I just had the weirdest thing happen to me when I was on JK's site. I was on the extra stuff board page and the phone started ringing. When I went to leave, instead of JK's desk popping up, I got a HUGE piece of candy. It was like the inside of one of the doors on the advent calendar. But I was clicking everywhere and couldn't get anything to happen. I tried another site but I lost the big candy! I'm waiting for the phone to ring again to see if it will pop up. Has this happened to anyone else? Am I going totally Harry Christmas Crazy?!!

Ginny


septentrion - Dec 21, 2004 5:03 am (#879 of 2930)

I'm going to try this one, my washing-up can still wait for a little

edit : bloomsbury has announced a release date for the 16th july ! I'm crying ! here is the link my hands are trembling and shaking with emotion !


Elanor - Dec 21, 2004 5:09 am (#880 of 2930)

Oh my! That's wonderful Septentrion! Where have you seen this?

EDIT: I have found it! There is an article on Bloomsbury's site! I will try and post a link to it!

Edit again: this is the link: HBP. That's it! I think I'm going to cry now!


Elanor - Dec 21, 2004 5:16 am (#881 of 2930)

LOL Septentrion with our cross-editing! This is true magic! We love you Jo!


Snuffles - Dec 21, 2004 5:17 am (#882 of 2930)

Congratulations Mare you were the closest. Ooh i cant believe it im so excited. 16th July thats definately one for my diary.


vanessa cave - Dec 21, 2004 5:18 am (#883 of 2930)

WOW! i have tears in my eyes


Kerrie-Louise - Dec 21, 2004 5:19 am (#884 of 2930)

Has it actually been announced on her website though?


Ginerva Potter - Dec 21, 2004 5:20 am (#885 of 2930)

WHOO HOO! I am soooo excited! Thank you, Jo!! Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Thanks to everyone for being so excited with me. Nobody around my house cares except me. It would be just a little less fun (just a little because I'm so happy) if I didn't have anyone to share this exciting news with! Yay!! *doing a happy dance*

Ginny

EDIT: *blushing after happy dance*


coolbeans3131 - Dec 21, 2004 5:22 am (#886 of 2930)

Wow! That is my daughters Birthday. It will be a nice sweet 16 present for her.


vanessa cave - Dec 21, 2004 5:27 am (#887 of 2930)

Kerrie-Louise it was announced on the bloomsbury website at 12 noon GMT


Mare - Dec 21, 2004 5:28 am (#888 of 2930)

16th July thats definately one for my diary.

wOOt! Allthough it is a bit late, but I guess, big book, lots of editing...

Now I know what I want for my birthday...


Ainsley Black - Dec 21, 2004 5:29 am (#889 of 2930)

I can't wait, going to call my friend at the book shop and get on the list!!!!!

This also means I can get something else for my birthday as it is being released a month after it!


Elanor - Dec 21, 2004 5:30 am (#890 of 2930)

Hi Marè! Imagine the atmosphere at Accio only two weeks after the HBP release! It will be incredible, just amazing!

EDIT: LOL Sept (answering post below)! Another good reason to pile on the pressure for being able to go... It would be so great!


septentrion - Dec 21, 2004 5:31 am (#891 of 2930)

Elanor, you're teasing me speaking of accio while I still don't know if I'll be able to go

*only joking**


Sadie - Dec 21, 2004 5:33 am (#892 of 2930)

My summer vacation just got so much better! Here it is freezing, but thoughts of summer are warming me amazingly.

Thank you Jo. And a very Happy Christmas to you!


Ronan - Dec 21, 2004 5:39 am (#893 of 2930)

Ohh, July, I really hoped it'd be June. How come they need so much time?! Do you think they might make it a bit sooner if they finish the editing process in time?


Leprechaun Jack! - Dec 21, 2004 5:53 am (#894 of 2930)

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (badly sung)

Thanks Jo For the present. It's the best one by far.

Happy Christmas !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I actually got all but one of the riddles without help. WOW!!!

Jack


Grindylow - Dec 21, 2004 5:54 am (#895 of 2930)

I want to know more about the piece of candy in the earlier posts...anyone?


Ainsley Black - Dec 21, 2004 5:56 am (#896 of 2930)

I was thinking the same. i was looking at the time it was posted and thinking that maybe it was just telling us that the date had been released!


Mare - Dec 21, 2004 5:58 am (#897 of 2930)

Hi Elanor and Sep! I'm working on that mail, but my hotmail is currently dead... Yes, Sep, we're just going to make you come to accio think about it, discussing all the new tidbits without having the annoying typo's!


Grindylow - Dec 21, 2004 5:59 am (#898 of 2930)

I am waiting on her site for the phone to ring....to see if it happens to me. I haven't heard the phone ringing in a while....


Ainsley Black - Dec 21, 2004 6:01 am (#899 of 2930)

I have a problem there as my speakers are broken so I can't hear anything!!! (sniff sniff)

might see if I can catch it ringing by watching and answering it. It could have just been a glitch for another update at a later date!


Leprechaun Jack! - Dec 21, 2004 6:01 am (#900 of 2930)

I was at the Door and Peeves passed but nothing happened when I tried to go anywhere else.

I can't find who said that they got the candy or where it happened.

Oh poop, I have to leave for work soon and everyone else is gonna' be able to pass news back and forth. I'm afraid there will be 300+ posts by the time I get back on the computer.

Jack


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Grindylow - Dec 21, 2004 6:05 am (#901 of 2930)

It is Ginerva Potter's post number 878


Ainsley Black - Dec 21, 2004 6:14 am (#902 of 2930)

phone just rang but nothing new happened and certainly no sweets


Grindylow - Dec 21, 2004 6:17 am (#903 of 2930)

Where were you when the phone rang?


Ainsley Black - Dec 21, 2004 6:21 am (#904 of 2930)

On the main page watching the phone whilst playing Solitaire! lol

I'm at a disadvantage not being able to actually hear the phone so waiting on the extra's page is pointless for me. Where are you waiting Grindylow?


Grindylow - Dec 21, 2004 6:21 am (#905 of 2930)

I am on the extras page......the phone is NOT RINGING!!


vanessa cave - Dec 21, 2004 6:24 am (#906 of 2930)

The phone just rang for me on the main page but it was just the 'Hello hello' as usual


Ainsley Black - Dec 21, 2004 6:25 am (#907 of 2930)

It's like waiting for a kettle to boil isn't it?

Not sure how many posts I've got left have a feeling this may be number 10 so don't be offended if i do not reply after this but do post if you manage to get something! Smile


Ainsley Black - Dec 21, 2004 6:26 am (#908 of 2930)

It just rang here too again, i just tried going on to the Extra's page but nothing again happening here.

I still think it was a glitch.


Grindylow - Dec 21, 2004 6:27 am (#909 of 2930)

LOL AInsley....Smile I wonder if you were right, that it was to announce the date but since it has been announced on Bloomsbury and Scholastic now, it won't happen? I can't believe I have wasted 30 minutes waiting for this phone to ring! I have to get ready for WORK!!!!!


Grindylow - Dec 21, 2004 6:30 am (#910 of 2930)

So you think its safe for me to get out of my chair and take a shower?????? GEE WHIZ!!!


Rosariana - Dec 21, 2004 6:30 am (#911 of 2930)

At the door the Do not Disturb sign is gone. Is that where it tells us the date? I just heard it from my mother who was watching the news. It's not the same hearing it from JKR. Can someone tell me how to confirm this with the site?


Grindylow - Dec 21, 2004 6:33 am (#912 of 2930)

Rosariana....click on the door IN THE MIRROR to open the door without the DND sign on it. Then you will have to answer some questions and riddles to find what you seek.


Ainsley Black - Dec 21, 2004 6:33 am (#913 of 2930)

If you click on the tree in the mirror the door will open then you see the christmas tree. Click on each present in turn and answer the riddles and questions then click on the star christmas card hanging up and you'll get the first anouncement.

The actuall date was anounced on Bloomsbury at 12 noon GMT


Grindylow - Dec 21, 2004 6:33 am (#914 of 2930)

I just gave up on the phone. I have to get ready to go to work or I would sit here ALL day waiting.....


Rosariana - Dec 21, 2004 6:35 am (#915 of 2930)

Thank you Grindylow!


Ginerva Potter - Dec 21, 2004 6:43 am (#916 of 2930)

I'm sorry Grindylow! I haven't heard the phone ring again and It's not Working for me either!! I can't believe it happened to me and I lost it!! It could have been a glitch, but it was my whole screen! It was pretty bizarre! Oh well, don't know what it was about.

Ginny


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 21, 2004 6:55 am (#917 of 2930)

Well my phone rang and this is what I heard"Hello,Hello,Are you mad?" at least I think that is what she said.The radio was on at the time so it was kind of hard to hear.


Grindylow - Dec 21, 2004 6:58 am (#918 of 2930)

You are welcome Rosariana...... Smile

Ginerva...don't worry about it. Thanks for letting us know about it!

Madame Pomfrey...I am going to go back and put my screen on and see what happens.........


muggle born - Dec 21, 2004 7:03 am (#919 of 2930)

can anyone tell me what hermione's patronus is, I need it for the last clue


TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 21, 2004 7:06 am (#920 of 2930)

otter


Ydnam96 - Dec 21, 2004 7:07 am (#921 of 2930)

That's my birthday (July 16). What a birthday present!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yay


Tomoé - Dec 21, 2004 7:11 am (#922 of 2930)

July 16th? That's not fair, it's my brother birthday and he can't even read more than a couple of chapters of Harry Potter books before giving up! (just kidding, well, it is my brother birthday, and he can't read more than a couple of chapters before giving up, but it's not like Jo knew it ^_~)

I'm getting really tempted to attend Accio ...


muggle born - Dec 21, 2004 7:15 am (#923 of 2930)

thank you T.B.E


Julia. - Dec 21, 2004 7:16 am (#924 of 2930)

THANK YOU JO!!!! YOU'RE THE BEST! I'm nearly crying! This is one bit of news I'm quite happy to be woke up 2 hours early for!


Cezar Salem - Dec 21, 2004 7:17 am (#925 of 2930)

WHY SO LONG!!!! seven months is forever!!! they could probably do it in less, but I guess they want to build us up A LOT so as to make an enven bigger phenomenal impact then OotP


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 21, 2004 7:19 am (#926 of 2930)

The phone rang again with the same message.Maybe I shouldn't answer it or maybe I need to be in the Extra's room like Ginerva.


Doris Crockford - Dec 21, 2004 7:23 am (#927 of 2930)

I'm so happy that the date's been announced. I couldn't sleep at all last night, I was so excited. It's the best Christmas present ever, and the book will be out just before my birthday! But I think it's kind of odd that JKR hasn't put the release date on her website yet. I guess it'll be up really soon, but it's weird.

Waiting at the Extra Stuff pages, nothing's happening....(Edit: I'm giving up- the phone hasn't rang after 20 minutes of waiting)


dizzy lizzy - Dec 21, 2004 7:40 am (#928 of 2930)

I gave up waiting and went to bed. Its 1.40am in the morning (of the 22nd) here for me and I had this really weird Harry Potter Dream. So up I get and turn on the computer...YES!!!! I can't believe it.

Lizzy


Nicole Bloom - Dec 21, 2004 7:52 am (#929 of 2930)

Just before my birthday, Thanks Jo!


Mare - Dec 21, 2004 8:00 am (#930 of 2930)

I'm getting really tempted to attend Accio ...

If there is anyway you can.. please do!


Ladybug220 - Dec 21, 2004 8:07 am (#931 of 2930)

I may try to attend as well....


librarian314 - Dec 21, 2004 8:17 am (#932 of 2930)

Hey all!

Let's just say, I wanted to jump up and down with joy when I saw the news this morning!

Seven months isn't all that long to wait. It'll give the editors time to catch all the little mistakes (spelling errors, grammatical stuff, etc.) and make the book even better. The last book I was this excited over (Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon) was rushed to publication and it showed. There were parts of the story that could have been trimmed and typo errors that could have been found and fixed if it hadn't been rushed.

I'd rather wait and have something polished. Besides I love the anticipation. :-)

Though, now I get to be all melancholy knowing there's only one more book left. :-(

Happy Solstice!

*michelle the librarian**


Cat 7 of 9 - Dec 21, 2004 8:32 am (#933 of 2930)

Aaaah I don't believe I needed help with the sandwich question because that's what I've just had for lunch!!

Thank you Jo for one of the best presents to-date, I hope Bloomsbury keep to that date as I have just booked the following week as my holiday ( Book is on order for the 16th, still can't stop grinning ):~D

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!


Cezar Salem - Dec 21, 2004 8:33 am (#934 of 2930)

I know its early to talk about this, but she did say tthat book 6 and 7 had a lot togehter... I think that she probably wrote some of seven, she already has the last chap written... i would say book 7 before the end of 2007!mayebe even end of 2006

(i know, im crazy for already thinking about it!)

Edit: oh, and I bet she has lots of fun stuff planned for us in her site, while we await book 6!!!


bella - Dec 21, 2004 8:39 am (#935 of 2930)

Alright so I got the giant candy, now what? If anything.


septentrion - Dec 21, 2004 8:59 am (#936 of 2930)

how did you do ?


bella - Dec 21, 2004 9:08 am (#937 of 2930)

Waited for the phone to ring. I tried to answer it and nothing happened it just kept ringing, I clicked into the extra stuff page, it was still ringing and when I tried to go back to the main page a giant candy popped up, but I don't think there is anything to so with it so if anyone figures it out please post.


Helen Potterfan - Dec 21, 2004 9:20 am (#938 of 2930)

For those of you who didn't know the sandwhich and want to know where the clue is: in book one on the train to Hogwarts Ron has the sandwhich. I remembered where he had a sandwhich, but not what kind, so I had to look it up in the book. I had to look up the city too. I remembered the patronus. The riddles were easy once I realized she was using the title! I just thought you'd be interested to know where the clues came from: 2 from book one, one from book 5, and 3 from book 6!


KTO - Dec 21, 2004 9:28 am (#939 of 2930)

any news on the length of the book?


Annika - Dec 21, 2004 9:38 am (#940 of 2930)

Does anyone else think that the answers to the riddles may be clues? Where are our anagrams buffs?

Oh yeah, YEEEAAAHHHH!!!!! Happy Solstice! I am so very excited!

Annika


Quibbler Editor In Chief - Dec 21, 2004 10:18 am (#941 of 2930)

I can't wait! Hopefully she will continue to update the site until the book comes out, but what now? This is what we were all waiting for! I expect that we will eventually get the cover art, the length of the book, and an answer to the FAQ poll. Hopefully she will also answer more FAQ's and Open Letter Questions. What else should we wait for until the 16th of July?

Also, I don't think that the answers to the riddles were clues because as someone already pointed out, three of the answers were just Half, Blood, and Prince, and the other answers did not seem to have any hidden meaning.


Thora - Dec 21, 2004 10:22 am (#942 of 2930)

Well looks like no-one guessed the right date, but hey we all won anyway! I just looked on scholastic's site, and didn't see a date, am I looking the wrong place or have they not said yet?

Thora


Tomoé - Dec 21, 2004 10:37 am (#943 of 2930)

Here it is.


Annika - Dec 21, 2004 10:45 am (#944 of 2930)

Oh, I think it could possibly be a clue of sorts. HBP could be part of the clue: example - Bottled Half Blood Prince Freer in Octobers

I am not very good at anagrams, it was all I could come up with! I will keep trying.

Annika


Gina R Snape - Dec 21, 2004 11:07 am (#945 of 2930)

About the only thing that struck me as potentially significant about the clues was the one for Prince. If there is a Half-Blood Prince, is there also a Half-Blood King?

I was sitting in my office when I heard about the packages with the riddles. And my how I was happy when I had a copy of PS/SS in my office to reference for answering the Bristol riddle. As for Ron's sandwich filling, I took a guess based on the dashes for the answer. My first guess (which I knew in my gut was wrong) was smoked fish.


John Bumbledore - Dec 21, 2004 11:10 am (#946 of 2930)

I got it!

The Half-Blood Prince Otter Corned Beef Bristol

Translation... (of Hagrid's accent.)

The Half-Blood Prince ought to come with bristles.

He is a cat/Kneazel [sp?] LOL

*** Ducking and Running ***


Joelle - Dec 21, 2004 11:11 am (#947 of 2930)

Thank You very much JO!

And this forum rocks. You guys definitely help my Harry Potter Fetish even when no one else appreciates it. I can't believe the Book will be here so soon. Must start preparing myself, and make sure that I do really well spring semester so as to have earned reading it. Wink I'll check on the giant candy, but that sounds really odd. I wonder if the FAQ poll has been answered.

Annika that is one amazing anagram and I never would have thought of that. Off to check on the giant candy.

=-Joelle

Edit: Cross posted with Bumbeldore and think the new anagram is genius. :-D But he is missing the f from beef


Steve Newton - Dec 21, 2004 11:17 am (#948 of 2930)

What giant candy?


Joelle - Dec 21, 2004 11:25 am (#949 of 2930)

Appparently according to Ginevra Potter, If you wait for the phone to ring and then try to go to the extras page site, and come back to the main desk a giant candy pops up. So far I have yet to have the phone ring so it is kind of tedious. But she said that once the candy popped up you couldn't do anything with it.

-Joelle


Thora - Dec 21, 2004 11:29 am (#950 of 2930)

I like that after we have worked so hard to light all the candles on the tree Peeves doesn't blow them out when he goes by. The inner-flame of the HP fan will not be extinguished!

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Steve Newton - Dec 21, 2004 11:49 am (#951 of 2930)

Thanks Joelle, I'll give it a try.


Miss Caramel - Dec 21, 2004 11:49 am (#952 of 2930)

I am too excited!!!! I've already pre-ordered 2 HBPs. One for me and one for my nephew! Hooray! Thanks Jo!!!!


Helen Potterfan - Dec 21, 2004 11:56 am (#953 of 2930)

2 things:
Regarding length: Mugglenet reports, "Bloomsbury has informed us that HBP will be "a bit shorter than Order of the Phoenix." That makes me think it's probably around the length of 4, or perhaps between 4 and 5.

Regarding release date: Did you notice that the announcement stated that HBP "will be released at midnight BST (British Summer Time) in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa on Saturday, July 16th, 2005. " So, my question is, do you think this means it won't be released at midnight in time zones other than BST. What is the time difference between BST and EST (Eastern Standard Time, the time zone used for releases in the US)?

BTW, to those of you who guessed a Saturday release date, Good Call!

I've already pre-ordered my copy, but since it's on a weekend, I probably won't get it until Monday or Tuesday. It's already 40% off online. I'll have to do what I did with 5: I started it in the afternoon when I returned home from work, read all night, and finished it by morning!


bella - Dec 21, 2004 12:14 pm (#954 of 2930)

I can't remember where, but I think I remember reading that the release follows the time zone, so you won't be able to get it until midnight of wherever you are.

And about the candy, I've only been able to get it once.


MzWhizz123 - Dec 21, 2004 12:56 pm (#955 of 2930)

My question is: "Can we pre-order the new book through the The Lexicon so that it gets some kind of credit? Where? When? How?


wolfgrl - Dec 21, 2004 12:59 pm (#956 of 2930)

Ooooo Good question MzWhizz123, maybe you should post that on questions for the host.


MzWhizz123 - Dec 21, 2004 1:03 pm (#957 of 2930)

It's just that we CAN pre-order on AMAZON right now. If The Lexicon could benefit, I would be happy to do that. However, I want to do it soon. Gimme, gimme, gimme


dizzy lizzy - Dec 21, 2004 1:47 pm (#958 of 2930)

For one of the books it was embargoed until Midnight(GMT) and we couldn't purchase it until Midnight (GMT) regardless of what time it was. I can't remeber if this was for OoP or GoF or both. Literally everyone got it at the same time. (correct me if I'm wrong)

Lizzy (who's still dizzy with a big grin on her face...)


Ann - Dec 21, 2004 1:54 pm (#959 of 2930)

Thanks to Jo for the wonderful Christmas present! "206 days, 7 hours, 8 minutes, and 24 seconds left" according to the Leaky Cauldron!

I've been a bit obsessed with this big candy thing. Ginevra Potter and bella have each got it once. And I've been dinking around the site for quite a while (phone ringing, Peeves passing on several pages). I had the sound way up for a while, and I distinctly heard the sound of crinkling candy wrappers. But now I've given up and turned it down and my laptop fan is making rather similar noises, so perhaps it was just that.


MzWhizz123 - Dec 21, 2004 2:11 pm (#960 of 2930)

I am ashamed to say that I buckled under the pressure of my excitement and ordered through Amazon. :,(


scoop2172000 - Dec 21, 2004 2:20 pm (#961 of 2930)

I'm lucky enough to live in a major city where Barnes & Noble will be open at midnight. I plan to wait in line.

I plan to buy both the book itself and the Jim Dale U.S. audiobook. Like OotP, I'll race through reading the story itself, then allow myself the luxury of listening to it over and over again, picking up the nuances I will have missed the first time around.


Quibbler Editor In Chief - Dec 21, 2004 2:36 pm (#962 of 2930)

Someone on Mugglenet figured out the meaning of the answers to the riddles. The number of letters in each word, excluding Half Blood Prince and the number of presents and candles apparently gave away the release date. Bristol=7 (letters)

Number of presents and candles:6 Corned beef=10 (letters) 6+10=16

Otter=5 (letters)

Add those together and you get the release date -7/16/05! I'm suprised someone didn't come up with something like that yesterday before we knew the release date. I guess I was just too excited to think about that. However, I think that it seems that these numbers are kind of twisted around and it could be purely coincidence. If it was on purpose then it was another example of pure genious.


Gina R Snape - Dec 21, 2004 2:53 pm (#963 of 2930)

Wow. Someone really had a lot of time on their hands to figure that one out!


KWeldon - Dec 21, 2004 2:56 pm (#964 of 2930)

Gina, I actually typed that same message out, but didn't send it! KW


Grindylow - Dec 21, 2004 3:20 pm (#965 of 2930)

I am back on her site waiting for the phone to ring AGAIN. I just want to see the candy..........

I haven't pre-ordered yet..I am thinking I might stand in line at the local bookstore to get it at 12:00 am and start reading instead of waiting for Monday....I do want to save money though...


Aurora Gubbins - Dec 21, 2004 3:22 pm (#966 of 2930)

This is amazing! I, too, shed a few tears when I opened the door/lit up the candles/read our message. I realised that the tree was reflected in a new version of The Mirror Of Erised, the news is something we have all yearned for in our hearts for a long time.

Jo; Thank you so much for a wonderful Yuletide gift. I hope you have a very relaxed and restful Christmas and Hogmanay and keep away from the Maternity Police as you enjoy festive cheer! Have a very, very happy 2005 and beyond.

(No wonder there was 200 posts in the last 36 hours!)

Aurora xx


Ladybug220 - Dec 21, 2004 3:35 pm (#967 of 2930)

I have preordered it for my sis-in-law already.

Just remember that if you use the link on the Lexicon Website, that it will help support the Lexicon and we want it to be around for a looooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggggggggggggg time!


Ginerva Potter - Dec 21, 2004 3:58 pm (#968 of 2930)

Bella - I'm soooo glad someone other than me saw it, too! Yay, I'm not crazy!

I'm going to try another site and see if I can't get it to happen again. If I do, I'll take a screen capture!

Ginny


Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 21, 2004 4:20 pm (#969 of 2930)

In Colorado, USA for OoP I went to the grocery story and got my copy at midnight. I did not have to stand in line for very long. I went straight home and read the book. It took me 11 hours. I will order on-line for my library copies. LPO


Hogs Head - Dec 21, 2004 4:32 pm (#970 of 2930)

Someone please double-confirm or debunk this "big candy" event when you can. It isn't that I think I'm too good to wait online for the phone to ring, but I've been pretty busy lately. I also want to believe it, but just can't wait, plus I'd like to cheat just this once and do it right the first time (for a change).


schoff - Dec 21, 2004 5:05 pm (#971 of 2930)

MzWhizz123: My question is: "Can we pre-order the new book through the The Lexicon so that it gets some kind of credit? Where? When? How?

Through here.

I am wondering why Bloomsbury isn't waiting 15 more days for a tie-in with Harry's birthday. At least last time it tied in with the solstice.


lkb - Dec 21, 2004 5:16 pm (#972 of 2930)

I havent seen it as of yet...I am on 15 minutes of waiting.

LKB,

I will let you know if it happens...


Hollywand - Dec 21, 2004 6:12 pm (#973 of 2930)

Hi Scoff. I imagine Jo would like to spend July 31 with her new baby and all of us buried in her new book . So, a little peace and quiet for her... ;-)


Acceber - Dec 21, 2004 6:14 pm (#974 of 2930)

Nooooooooooooooo.....for two reasons. 1. I was at one point able to get the regular version of JKR's site and now I can't. I did get to see the opening of the chapter title door, though. 2. I'll be at camp on the release date. I suppose my best bet is to pre-order and have my mum send it to me via snail mail.

Thank you so much to JK Rowling for the opening of the RoR again and a joyous season to you and yours.


Grindylow - Dec 21, 2004 7:01 pm (#975 of 2930)

I am a glutton for punishment so here I go back to Jo's site to see if I can get the candy to pop up.

Wish me LUCK!!!


lkb - Dec 21, 2004 7:16 pm (#976 of 2930)

yeah...I had the phone ring...went to the extra's page...nothing happened...

What am I doing wrong?

Lkb


Grindylow - Dec 21, 2004 7:19 pm (#977 of 2930)

I think you have to be on the extras page when the phone rings and try to get back to the main page....

I say that like I know that's the case...I haven't even HEARD the phone ring!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thora - Dec 21, 2004 8:22 pm (#978 of 2930)

Mirror of Erised, very good, hadn't thought of that... so the door stands ajar in the mirror all the time because that's what we want so badly, the tree in the mirror was the tree in the study, and that means the trophy case is in the study also (blinking lights remember?) So the whole site is in her office. Boy do I feel dumb.

Thora


lkb - Dec 21, 2004 9:23 pm (#979 of 2930)

holy cow...that is amazing. Do you really think that she puts that much thought into the site?

If she does, I'll bet there is a lot more to it all than we think. Also, I still can not get the candy thingy.

sigh...lkb


Caput Draconis - Dec 21, 2004 9:28 pm (#980 of 2930)

Doesn't the giant candy thing happen only when each advent door opens? So like, at a certain time each day the phone rings, the door opens, there's giant candy, then everything's the same until the next door is due? Just wondering...


Verschwinden Sie - Dec 21, 2004 9:28 pm (#981 of 2930)

Not that I'm suggesting the words on J.K. Rowling's website are some form of anagram, but I thought I would note the only name that appears in full in those six words, out of ninety-one different character names I tried (and if you're just dreadfully curious the ninety-one names I tried are "Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Molly Weasley (Prewett), Arthur Weasley, Bill Weasley, Charlie Weasley, Percy Weasley, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Hermione Granger, Rubeus Hagrid, Albus Dumbledore, Aberforth Dumbledore, Draco Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy, Narcissa Malfoy, Sirius Black, Regulus Black, Minerva McGonagall, Voldemort, Tom Riddle, Remus Lupin, Neville Longbottom, Alice Longbottom, Frank Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, Oliver Wood, Dean Thomas, Theodore Nott, Severus Snape, Alastor Moody, Peter Pettigrew, Cornelius Fudge, Dudley Dursley, Petunia Dursley, Vernon Dursley, Sybil Trelawney, Dolores Umbridge, Fleur Delacour, Cho Chang, Colin Creevey, Dennis Creevey, Gregory Goyle, Vincent Crabbe, Penelope Clearwater, Avery, Lavender Brown, Millicent Bulstrode, Barty/ Bartemius Crouch, Ludo Bagman, Stan Shunpike, Ernie Macmillan, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Mundungus Fletcher, Seamus Finnegan, Arabella Figg, Parvati Patil, Padma Patil, Pansy Parkinson, Moaning Myrtle, Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, Nicholas Flamel, Marcus Flint, Olympe (Madam) Maxime, Viktor Krum, Igor Karkaroff, Bellatrix Lestrange, Rodolphus Lestrange, Ollivander, Gilderoy Lockhart, Fabian Prewett, Gideon Prewett, Madam Rosmerta, Rita Skeeter, Nymphadora Tonks, Ted Tonks, Andromeda Black, Dobby, Winky, Kreacher, Aragog, Hedwig, Fawkes, Crookshanks, Pigwidgeon, Nearly Headless Nick (Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington), and the Bloody Baron")...

Anyway, the only name... out of ALL NINETY-ONE of the above names... that actually appears whole in the six words on the website, I kid you nott, is "Theodore Nott".

Far be it from me to suggest that she might be saying something about him in anagram form, but I thought I'd throw that out there... just in case.


Grant the Great - Dec 21, 2004 10:02 pm (#982 of 2930)

I also tried the candy, but it didn't work for me. Does anyone know at what time the door opens each time? Is it just midnight in Britain?


Tomoé - Dec 21, 2004 10:45 pm (#983 of 2930)

-> half, blood, prince / otter, corned beef, Bristol<-

could the last three words have something to do with the 6th book?


Ydnam96 - Dec 21, 2004 11:19 pm (#984 of 2930)

I tried for the candy, but the phone never rang for me Sad


mooncalf - Dec 22, 2004 1:33 am (#985 of 2930)

Andrew, you're insane.

I guess that means you're in good company. :-)


Kerrie-Louise - Dec 22, 2004 1:50 am (#986 of 2930)

I am waiting on the extras' page and waiting for a ringing phone. If I've heard nothing by 9.30am I'll give up. It's 08.46 currently!


Ainsley Black - Dec 22, 2004 3:53 am (#987 of 2930)

Yesterday my phone rang loads of times! Though every time I went to do something it would stop!!!

Do you think she might be loading up some more "easter eggs" and this is just part of it. Maybe her site is getting ahead of itself! lol


Thora - Dec 22, 2004 3:54 am (#988 of 2930)

Andrew you amaze me, well I be the Theodore Nott thread gets lots of posts from this.

Thora


Mare - Dec 22, 2004 4:02 am (#989 of 2930)

Tomoe, some-one in this thread thought that the last three words hint to the release date. corned beef= 10 bristol= 6 otter=5.

Hmmm, it sounded a lot more logic in the original explanation...

And guys, about the candy... don't you think that if there was a new easter egg, somebody would have mailed it to TLC already?
I personally never thought it was true... And if so many members can't find it, I'd say we could use our time with funner things Smile

Interesting find andrew, I'm curious what will happen to theodore and blaise in the next book. (how many days till we have it in our hands?)


Ainsley Black - Dec 22, 2004 4:07 am (#990 of 2930)

205 days Mare! thats 29 weeks and 2 days!

Oh GREAT i've just got my mail and in it is a summons for Jury Duty!!!! who ever trusted a 22 year old to be in a jury? Are they MAD!!!


Sticky Glue - Dec 22, 2004 4:55 am (#991 of 2930)

Oh Bugger, the release date is when i'm away on a training course. I will have to find a book shop down there to buy it. can't order it on line or I won't get it till a week later when I get home.

How i'm I going to read HBP and study to pass my course exams????

To answer someones question a few post back. It was the last book (book 5) that was released world wide at the same time. Means I won't be able to buy it till Sunday 17th about 11am here in New Zealand - That will be about midnight the day before in the uk.


Sticky Glue - Dec 22, 2004 5:45 am (#992 of 2930)

Hi again, I just went back on her site a few miniutes ago and it had updated again.

She now has the release date on her site and she has squashed a few rumours about the riddles and clues etc.

I left the site open while I played spider, the phone rang once but I can't seem to get the large candy???


Grindylow - Dec 22, 2004 6:05 am (#993 of 2930)

Thanks for the heads up Sticky. It is great that she reads the fan sites and posts on her site regarding what she reads here and other places Smile.

As for the large candy...I have left the site up on the "Extras" page forever and have not seen it yet. The phone WILL NOT RING!!!


wolfgrl - Dec 22, 2004 6:12 am (#994 of 2930)

The big candy is real, but I think it is a glitch. I had it happen a few days after the advent calendar came up. But could never get it to happen again. I think that is how JKR will show us the prize behind the star. To be honest, I do not know if the phone was ringing at the time, I do not have speakers at work.


Leprechaun Jack! - Dec 22, 2004 6:17 am (#995 of 2930)

Jo updated the rumours page and stated that HBP is shorter then 38 Chapters. OOP was 38 chapters in length, however, that being said there is no way to tell how long each chapter might be.

HBP might only be 35 chapters and still be reams more then OOP

I hope, I hope, I hope.

Jack


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 22, 2004 6:30 am (#996 of 2930)

Andrew,Iwas about to post that your anagram could mean Theodore Nott is the half blood prince then I read in the rumours section that the clues didn't mean anything-just clues to use to open our present.However,Theo has just as much chance of being the half blood prince as anyone else.


scoop2172000 - Dec 22, 2004 7:07 am (#997 of 2930)

I can't see Theodore Nott as the Half-Blood Prince. He's in Slytherin and his father's a Death Eater, and these facts point toward him being a pureblood.


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 22, 2004 7:26 am (#998 of 2930)

But his mother is dead.We know nothing about her.She might be dead because she was found out to be half blood.Maybe Theo saw her die at the hands of his father or another D.E.Pure speculation of course.


Julie Aronson - Dec 22, 2004 8:08 am (#999 of 2930)

You know, the crackers look like candies--maybe it's a giant cracker that will explode with some sort of hat and have a motto that will reveal the new info.

Julie


TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 22, 2004 8:21 am (#1000 of 2930)

I think the crackers will produce something eventually. Had to be the 1000th post. :-)
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Grindylow - Dec 22, 2004 8:45 am (#1001 of 2930)

LOL TBE!


Verschwinden Sie - Dec 22, 2004 9:03 am (#1002 of 2930)

Which is why I noted more than once in my post that they probably meant nothing and just that it was interesting his was the only name that appeared out of every character name (for characters more important than Mark Evans... whose name, by the way, can't be found in those six words, either) in the books.


Tomoé - Dec 22, 2004 9:12 am (#1003 of 2930)

Thanks Marè.

Thedore is pure-blood : "we rarely see Draco talking to anybody he considers a real equal, and he is forced to see Theodore as such, because Theodore is just as pure-blooded as he is" (jkrowling.com)


Mare - Dec 22, 2004 9:14 am (#1004 of 2930)

The rumour section is good, No anagrams... too bad.
Listen carefully, I shall say this only once... You think she likes Allo Allo?


scoop2172000 - Dec 22, 2004 9:42 am (#1005 of 2930)

Thanks, Tomoe for clearing up Theodore Nott's pureblood status as explained on Jo's website.

Madame Pomfrey makes a good point: perhaps she was the one Nott saw die and that's why he can see the thestrals.


Her-melanie - Dec 22, 2004 9:43 am (#1006 of 2930)

I waited forever on the Extras section for the phone to ring and it never did. Boohoo. Stupid elusive giant candy. I wonder if Jo will be cheeky and update us again on Christmas Day.


Elanor - Dec 22, 2004 9:52 am (#1007 of 2930)

I've just read the new "Rumours" on Jo's site and was happy to know for sure what painter made the painting we can see near the Christmas tree. I knew it was a famous one! It is a painting from Caravaggio, who is one of my favourite painters too.

I don't know if you ever saw some of his paintings "in real" but the day you see them, you won't forget them. They are the most beautiful, powerful and moving ones I saw when I visited Roma. It is difficult to explain but I would say they just have the essence of life in them. I'm not surprised Jo loves them! She knows how to make her characters "alive" too.

BTW, I wish that we will be able to make the crackers "crack" on Christmas day!


John Bumbledore - Dec 22, 2004 10:44 am (#1008 of 2930)

TBE, that was a GRAND post!

*** Ducking and Running ***


John Bumbledore - Dec 22, 2004 11:05 am (#1009 of 2930)

Numbers and Letters

I don't care what Jo said! I'm sticking with my "Hagrid" dialect interpretation.

[The] Half Blood Prince ought to come with bristles
I got the riddles in this order: HALF, PRINCE, BRISTOL, OTTER, CORNED BEEF, and BLOOD.

So (are you ready?) my numbers were 4, 6, 7, 5, 10, and 5. So I get the book at 4:06:07 on May 10, 2005! Woo Hoo! Uhm, right? Oh, wait! It should be reversed because it was in the Mirror of Erised. That would be 5:10:05 on July 6, 2004… uh, oops. Some one have a time turner here? Okay, well maybe nott?

Letters: A B B B C C D D E E E E E F F H I I L L L N N O O O O O P R R R R S T T T

Theodore Nott (leaving letters) A B B B C C D E E E F F I I L L L N O O P R R R S

I've gone looking for that anagram link in the old thread… Eh? If I can find the old thread.

The link is from Eponine's post in Mungo's Hospital #50: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and one possible completion of Andrew's anagram is…

Theodore Nott, spell cornbread forcible fib.

<)B^D= (John) Bumbledore.


Ainsley Black - Dec 22, 2004 11:15 am (#1010 of 2930)

Are you feeling alright Bumbledore or are you still a little over excited?

Did we have a new person posting the other night, it's just Jo said she was watching but did she post????


John Bumbledore - Dec 22, 2004 12:18 pm (#1011 of 2930)

That is a tall order, Ainsley Black.

Edit: Steve, I used the [Outline] button (found at the top of the posts, just below the teal bar) to display single lines for each post, 80 per page. copy to Excel and with a wave of my wand (er, mouse) it sorted, counted and compared all in about 1 hrs time. (mostly to copy the outline of posts, and format for paste into this message.)

Including your post (but not this one) there were 327 posts on or after Dec 20, 2004.

there were 36 members that appear to have only posted once in that group of post...

They are:

Accio Sirius
Ann
Aurora Gubbins
by legolas
Caput Draconis
Cat 7 of 9
coolbeans3131
Danial Daiker
Denise P.
Detail Seeker
emilythestrangew
emma bailey
Flutterby
Her-melanie
Hollywand
Julie Aronson
Kip Carter
librarian314
lilysmom
Loopy Lupin
Lunar Tides
Marie E.
Miss Caramel
Nathan Zimmermann
Prefect Marcus
Ronan
Rosie
Round Pink Spider
SarcasticGinny
schoff
Springtime
Star Crossed
T Brightwater
The giant squid
Weeny Owl
wickedweasley
But what if Jo has posted more than one in that time frame, we would have to compare members posting among the 327 since the RoR door opened Dec 20, 2004 to a member list drawn from posts before that time.

Alas, that would not work if Jo posted before Dec 20, 2004.

We may never know the answer to your question, unless Jo answers it on her webpage.

<)B^D= (John) Bumbledore.


Steve Newton - Dec 22, 2004 12:23 pm (#1012 of 2930)

Bumbledore, how were you able to figure that out? How do you know who posted on which day? Wow!


John Bumbledore - Dec 22, 2004 12:39 pm (#1013 of 2930)

all from the skillful applicaiton of magic.

Steve Newton, I did the same around post #63 to produce a member list from the old and new threads.

<)B^D= (John) Bumbledore.


John Bumbledore - Dec 22, 2004 2:06 pm (#1014 of 2930)

I ask my fellow members...

Could Hollywand be Jo?

Holly is the wood for one with a birthday between July 8 and August 14.

Hollywand, claims to be from US, "left" coast. I have never heard of it being called the left coast, but rather the west coast. Is "left coast" commonly use in England?

How about it Hollywand?

<)B^D= (John) Bumbledore.


mooncalf - Dec 22, 2004 2:12 pm (#1015 of 2930)

Left Coast is an alternate, but not an unusual term, even here in California.


riotgrrrl - Dec 22, 2004 2:57 pm (#1016 of 2930)

Hollywand posts quite often though.


emilythestrangew - Dec 22, 2004 2:58 pm (#1017 of 2930)

Well I can honestly tell you that I'm not JKR...althought it would be pretty cool. My name is Emily as my username implies. Sorry.


Ainsley Black - Dec 22, 2004 3:02 pm (#1018 of 2930)

Sorry to go totally off subject here but I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts as to why we can prees the * and # buttons on the phone when they obviously cannot be used to make up words to spell out on the key pad as with the previous numbers we've used?

Just a random thought!


Hogs Head - Dec 22, 2004 3:40 pm (#1019 of 2930)

Left coast is pretty common slang for California. In Tejas, our poor, dirty grey Gulf Coast does not have a cute nickname, nor does it really deserve one. Alas.

I doubt the remaining letters (A B B B C C D E E E F F I I L L L N O O P R R R S -- after subtracting Theodore Nott) really complete an anagram, but I enjoy the good humor of the effort. Not enought "n's" left to spell "corned beef on . . ." anything.

P.S., lest there be any doubt, I'm not JKR, and doubt anyone would accuse me of it.


Tomoé - Dec 22, 2004 3:43 pm (#1020 of 2930)

I would say: because those botton works on normal phone. Just a guess.


Ainsley Black - Dec 22, 2004 3:47 pm (#1021 of 2930)

well the phones not been ringing as much as it did for me yesterday but i've still had no luck in getting any candy so i'll stick to my origonal thought that it was simply a glitch of maybe something yet to come!!! Oooo that might mean more suprises from Jo!!


Gina R Snape - Dec 22, 2004 8:23 pm (#1022 of 2930)

Well, I am Jo Rowling, but I'll never admit it.


Thora - Dec 22, 2004 8:34 pm (#1023 of 2930)

I have never heard left coast, but I only lived in California a year, maybe it's politically oriented? There are lots of Democrats in California.

Hollywand has been putting it out there that Victor Krum could be the HBP, or at least that's what a search brought up on her posts.

So if she is Jo we all need to read a lot more carefully.

Thora

Edit: Tee Hee Gina/Jo what a clever disguise! No one would ever suspect Jo to be a Snape sympathizer!


Leprechaun Jack! - Dec 22, 2004 9:40 pm (#1024 of 2930)

Gina - You must be a metamorphmagus, you look nothing like you do when your giving interviews.

I just had a thought...(a rare happening) What if the HBP isn't a current or new character at all, perhaps someone from the past, a story, or a history lesson (Prof Binns class is constantly being mentioned but we really never learn anything there. That being said it was Hermione who asked Binns about the Chamber in COS and that is how we learned about it)that will lead Harry to find the way to kill Voldy.

Jack


Gina R Snape - Dec 22, 2004 9:46 pm (#1025 of 2930)

Well, it's been a year and a half since you've seen me!

Did anyone ever figure out who she was when she posted on mugglenet?


Leprechaun Jack! - Dec 22, 2004 9:53 pm (#1026 of 2930)

I don't believe so... This is absolutely shameless. I'm at work and I have 2 patients to titrate on C-PAP. While going back and forth to the computer to see if there is any new information.

Jack


KWeldon - Dec 22, 2004 10:04 pm (#1027 of 2930)

Hogshead,

You haven't heard the Gulf Coast called the "Third Coast"? Here in Houston, there's even a "Third Coast Produce" company with trucks that I see often...

I'll take "third" or "gulf" over "left" any day! Wink

On topic, I doubt Hollywand is JKR. She posts surely more than JKR has time to.

KWeldon


remiden - Dec 22, 2004 10:32 pm (#1028 of 2930)

I certainly am glad that she debunked any notion that the cleus mean something. All of the anagraming was making my head hurt.


zelmia - Dec 22, 2004 10:34 pm (#1029 of 2930)

I can't get the door to open. Is it over?


Verschwinden Sie - Dec 22, 2004 10:55 pm (#1030 of 2930)

No, it's not over.


vball man - Dec 22, 2004 10:59 pm (#1031 of 2930)

So the painting by the Christmas tree is a Caravaggio. Which one? It doesn't look like Supper at Emmaus.


zelmia - Dec 23, 2004 12:18 am (#1032 of 2930)

Okay I've figured it out now. She opened the door on my birthday apparently. Wish I would have checked in then.


mooncalf - Dec 23, 2004 12:35 am (#1033 of 2930)

If you look at a map of the U.S., the California coast is on the Left side. Get it? I know it's lame but I prefer it to Third Coast. And I know a few Californians who would become apoplectic if you suggested the term had political connotations. :-)


Helen Potterfan - Dec 23, 2004 1:00 am (#1034 of 2930)

Hollywand is going to get a kick out of this conversation when she returns to the forum!


mooncalf - Dec 23, 2004 1:05 am (#1035 of 2930)

Yes, but we don't want to interrupt her while she is editing HBP!


septentrion - Dec 23, 2004 3:28 am (#1036 of 2930)

a theory has just popped up in my head : Harry is supposed to leave Privet drive early for a good reason : what if he had a party to celebrate his excellent results for OWLS ? Plus his birhtday of course.


Mare - Dec 23, 2004 3:33 am (#1037 of 2930)

I'm still thinking that he leaves after or on his birthday, but thatthe Dursleys don't get much place in the books, so it will only be a "short stay" for the reader so to say. That, or he goes early and Petunia has to come with him.


Ainsley Black - Dec 23, 2004 6:30 am (#1038 of 2930)

I think that harry leaving around his birthday is a very realistic idea. I don't know when summer holidays start anywhere else but in the UK they start around the 20th July so that would be only around 2 weeks that Harry would be at Privet Drive.


Thora - Dec 23, 2004 7:01 am (#1039 of 2930)

I'm not saying I don't get the left coast thing, but I've never heard of it. But then here in Ohio we call our area the north coast, I think it's kind of dumb since all we have is a lake, but there you are.

I think a party is very likely, though I don't think the Petunia backstory means we have to put up with her longer.

Thora


Hogs Head - Dec 23, 2004 7:22 am (#1040 of 2930)

For those trying to track down covert appearances by JKR on the Forum or elsewhere:

Notice in the updated Daily news that she wishes a poster on another site a Happy Birthday in advance -- on the July publication date -- and says something like, "Not that I was looking at the fan sites on Monday evening."

So, using my best U.S. reconstruction of what would have been Monday evening on U.K. time and assuming the JKR would have graced this very thread on this Forum, the posters during the pertinent period were:

Gina R Snape (you're still in the running to be you, too, dear)*, MickeyCee 3948, Doris Crockford, Ainsley Black, scoop2172000, Wolfgrl, septentrion, Accio HBP, Neville Longbottom, and Qwaz.

(*Aside from her jocular (?) claim to be JKR, Gina also successfully predicted that what "arrives" when the advent calendar is completed would NOT be the publication date. Perhaps a non-JKR Gina was just being pessimistic or perhaps she is a precog or perhaps a "JRK Gina" knew that the publication date would already be announced by then.)

Pretends to draw on non-existant Sherlock Holmesian pipe while pondering great mystery and few clues.

At any rate, have fun sleuthing through the "who is JKR game," but I personally hope no one succeeds in "catching" JKR in a covert appearance on this Forum or other sites. If caught I fear she'd either just quit any future covert appearances or simply change screen names.

(Real JKR, I hope I haven't disagreed with you too many times about where the books are going. That would be sooooo embarrassing for a big, vain, boring know-it-all like me.)


Ydnam96 - Dec 23, 2004 7:27 am (#1041 of 2930)

hmmm....Well if it is Gina, then all I have to say is: JK has a lot of extra time on her hands cause Gina posts a lot Wink and she should be writing the 7th book (well after the holidays of course, we want you to have a personal life. Honest. I think).

I'm from California, and I've never heard left coast. I've lived on the east coast and in the midwest and I've never ever heard anyone say left coast. I find that very interesting!


the7eagle - Dec 23, 2004 7:31 am (#1042 of 2930)

Hi Guys

to add to Bumbledore's stats
I am posting a list of how many people have posted on this thread
and how many time, on or after the 20th of december

"Accio HBP 12 Joelle 2 Qwaz 2"
"Ainsley Black 19 Julia. 2 riotgrrrl 3"
"Andrew Buchanan 3 Kerrie-Louise 5 Rosariana 2"
"Annika 2 KTO 2 Sadie 2"
"bella 5 KWeldon 6 Saud 3"
"Bumbledore 6 Ladybug220 5 scoop2172000 5"
"Cezar Salem 4 Leprechaun Jack! 6 septentrion 7"
"Classicsquid592 14 lkb 3 Snuffles 5"
"Daioma Dumbledore 3 LooneyLuna 6 Steve Newton 6"
"dizzy lizzy 6 Ludicrous Patents Office 4 Sticky Glue 2"
"Doris Crockford 3 Madame Pomfrey 6 Thora 6"
"Elanor 15 Marè 10 Tomoé 6"
"emilythestrangew 2 MickeyCee3948 4 TwinklingBlueEyes 2"
"Gina R Snape 10 Mooncalf 5 vanessa cave 8"
"Ginerva Potter 4 muggle born 2 WeasleyKing 3"
"Grant the Great 2 MzWhizz123 3 wolfgrl 4"
"Grindylow 33 Neville Longbottom 2 Ydnam96 4"
"Harry-ette 4 Nicole Bloom 12 Zelmia 2"
"hawkeyetkdchick 2 Ponine 3


I've also got an excel file with a list of people of all people who have ever posted on the new and old thread

if you want to check it email me

theEagle


Ainsley Black - Dec 23, 2004 7:40 am (#1043 of 2930)

well i'm not Jo! And I live almost as far south as you can get from her in the UK.


Gina R Snape - Dec 23, 2004 7:44 am (#1044 of 2930)

That was great, Hogs Head. You had me laughing.

Hmmmm. I don't think I post that much. I stick to a few threads only. Interesting.

Perhaps you are right. Best I attend to my writing...


Tomoé - Dec 23, 2004 7:46 am (#1045 of 2930)

I started a new thread to talk about Harry's shortest stay at 4PD, to help keep JK Rowling Official Site on topic.


LooneyLuna - Dec 23, 2004 7:57 am (#1046 of 2930)

I'm a horrendous writer - I couldn't be Jo. Smile

Back on topic - Do you think we'll still be receiving hints about HBP until the release date? I hope so.

Blessings of peace and joy this holiday season, forum members!


Steve Newton - Dec 23, 2004 8:06 am (#1047 of 2930)

the7eagle, how do you gather such stuff?


Madame Librarian - Dec 23, 2004 8:07 am (#1048 of 2930)

G'day! I'm b-a-a-a-c-k from Down Under (marvelous place). I am so totally out of it (though I do know about the release date) that I was hoping some kind Forum member might post a step-by-step guide to finding the most recent clue, which I assume is that very date. I haven't checked today yet, but I'm hoping the door is still open. I'd love to "play the find-the-clue game" just for the fun of it and to help me get back in the swing of things.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Ciao. Barb


septentrion - Dec 23, 2004 8:07 am (#1049 of 2930)

I'm not Jo either, my English is enough a proof of it

And yes I think we'll get here and there hints abot HBP. I remember, for instance, the tidbit of OotP which we could hear on amazon.com (how teasing it was !). Maybe we'll get soon the chapters number.


Steve Newton - Dec 23, 2004 8:17 am (#1050 of 2930)

Welcome back Madame Librarian!

My attempt at directions to the latest clue.

Go to the Room of Requirement? The hairband.

While looking at the door without the DND sign click on the tree in the mirror. (Some have speculated that it is the Mirror of Erised.)

Ta DAAAA! The door should open. Many have reported problems having this happen. I had to go to the .org site.

There are 6 gifts under the tree. Although some have mentioned particular gifts to pick in order, I think that any will do. Each will present you with a riddle. 3 are sort of relevant. When you answer a riddle a candle lights on the tree. After all 6 candles are li,t a star appears on the top of the tree. Also a card with the same star to the left of the tree. Click on the card and get the prize.

The answers to the riddles are elsewhere on the thread. I'd put them in white but don't know how. Have fun!
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scoop2172000 - Dec 23, 2004 8:40 am (#1051 of 2930)

I'm not Jo either, Hog's Head. I am a writer by profession, but that's where the similarities end. I'm an ordinary non-fiction writer and former journalist (who despises Rita Skeeter, by the way.)

I love this tangent this thread has taken: "Who is Jo posting on fan sites?" I think it deserves its own thread.

I think Gina could be You-Know-Who. Hiding in plain sight is something Jo would do. Maybe she's gotten tired of Minesweeper and is now passing spare time on the major fansites, having fun jumping into the fray.

P.S. Jo, if you're reading this, my birthday is December 25. Thank you for giving me, a few days early, all I wanted this year.


the7eagle - Dec 23, 2004 10:09 am (#1052 of 2930)

Well Steve

you can use ms word to knock of the useless stuff and excel to arrange the tabulated data to make a summary for yourself

your welcome anytime to ask for help

theEagle


Steve Newton - Dec 23, 2004 10:12 am (#1053 of 2930)

Ah, copy and paste into Word and then sort out. I can do that. Thanks.


the7eagle - Dec 23, 2004 10:27 am (#1054 of 2930)

Well Guys

my assumption is that around or before the release of the Chapter tiles

there was an increase in updation of jo's site

(i think like the time she answered the Creevey Question and than quickly corrected her statement)

and if jo is personally involved in what goes on her site I think around that time the book was truly over because she had found time to dwelve on various other things other than the book itself

I had guessed as much but wanted to check my theory

well she definely must be browsing the several websites that she has menstioned in her fansites section and if she could not resist mentioning Delleve from TLC on her website its almost logical to assume that she atleast is browsing the various harry potter forums

and no saying she may be participating once in a way

theEagle


Neville Longbottom - Dec 23, 2004 10:32 am (#1055 of 2930)

Gina R Snape (you're still in the running to be you, too, dear)*, MickeyCee 3948, Doris Crockford, Ainsley Black, scoop2172000, Wolfgrl, septentrion, Accio HBP, Neville Longbottom, and Qwaz.


Look, I've made it into the next round ;-). But my English is also way too bad to be JKR.


Hogs Head - Dec 23, 2004 11:27 am (#1056 of 2930)

Neville, compared to my now very ancient high German, your English is Fabelhaft.

Gina R, I'm glad you found my ridiculousment to be amusing. What is your area of study / teaching, by the way?


Her-melanie - Dec 23, 2004 11:40 am (#1057 of 2930)

Well, I'm not Jo either, and if you can't guess my real name you should smack yourself. Wink


Saralinda Again - Dec 23, 2004 11:45 am (#1058 of 2930)

Ya know, JKR doesn't have to post on the site; she could just be reading it, having quiet little conniption fits of laughter over our frantic efforts to read her mind.

In fact, I doubt she has the time or the psychic energy left -- what with Six in the final edit, Seven under way, and a new baby about to pop -- to construct a false persona to post here or anywhere else.

Jes' my two Knuts' worth ...

Saralinda/Kayte
Consistently guessing wrong about Harry Potter since 2002.


Her-melanie - Dec 23, 2004 11:52 am (#1059 of 2930)

I don't know, I wouldn't be able to help messing with people if I WERE she.


scoop2172000 - Dec 23, 2004 12:21 pm (#1060 of 2930)

Her-melanie's right: Jo probably can't resist jumping in. I imagine she rubs her hands together in glee when she does so.

When I stated earlier that Gina R. Snape could be Jo, I was joking. Gina's certainly bright enough, but she's blind **as I duck dungbombs** when it comes to men.

Jo's warned us good girls about wanting bad boys like Snape and Draco.


* runs for cover **


Nathan Zimmermann - Dec 23, 2004 12:26 pm (#1061 of 2930)

Heh I will wager a sickle on three people possibly being J.K. rowling Madam Librarian, Gin R. Snape and Hollywand.


KWeldon - Dec 23, 2004 1:09 pm (#1062 of 2930)

Guys, isn't it possible that JKR was only reading that night, and not posting? I would think she'd want to distance herself from any written record that some git somewhere could say that she stole ideas from them. Maybe even reading them would be enough to cause copyright/intellectual property problems for her, but still....

I am not her, by the way. Wink


Hogs Head - Dec 23, 2004 1:30 pm (#1063 of 2930)

Probably JKR was just reading, but it is hilarious to speculate. Kind of makes us all treat each other a little more respectfully, no?


Steve Newton - Dec 23, 2004 1:42 pm (#1064 of 2930)

In the spirit of Spartacus.

I am not Jo!


Gina R Snape - Dec 23, 2004 2:02 pm (#1065 of 2930)

Scoop, I am not blind. It is many of YOU who are...

Hogs Head, I teach social work policy to master's level social work students. And I am also a doctoral student in social work, and run a homeless shelter.

It's amazing I don't have more time for writing, eh? Of course, I have some heavily edited fanfic snippets over on the FFF for those who would, er, like a basis for comparison with canon.

Anyway, I foresee more activity on her site too, now that she is finished. I wonder how much editing will happen. I'd wager one of the updates we'll find before the book is released will be the cover art.


Penny Lane. - Dec 23, 2004 2:39 pm (#1066 of 2930)

If JKR is Gina, then she's got a really good disguise for when she comes to the states :-)

Does anyone know if Rowling is her 'real' last name? Also, is it her first husbands name or her pre-married name? I know its a wierd thing to thing about, but I've been curious for a while.


MickeyCee3948 - Dec 23, 2004 2:46 pm (#1067 of 2930)

Well, unless my humble abode has been spirited away to Scotland in the last 6 hours, then I am still a Texan who has been transplanted to the marshes and bayous of southeast Louisiana. I also don't have in my entire body as much talent at writing as Jo has in one tiny hair on her lovely head. LOL Jo if you are reading or posting.

Mikie


Ponine - Dec 23, 2004 3:19 pm (#1068 of 2930)

I think it would have been hilarious if I was Jo, after singing her praise in my previous post, but alas, I am not. It sort of does make you think about who you really are talking to in here though, does it not? P.


Sadie - Dec 23, 2004 3:41 pm (#1069 of 2930)

I know I am being very greedy in light of the delightful gift we have just received, but I cannot help but wonder what will come when the Advent calendar is fully opened.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 23, 2004 4:25 pm (#1070 of 2930)

Madame Librarian welcome back. The speculation about "Who is Jo" Is very amusing. It really makes one step and think before posting! LPO


Chemyst - Dec 23, 2004 4:34 pm (#1071 of 2930)

I guess I'll sneak this in before the Advent Calendar expires and we have more to talk about. Bumbledore, referring back to post #1014 said, "I have never heard of it being called the left coast, but rather the west coast."

Apparently John happily spends much more time as a computer geek than as a pol. (Pol is slang for an experienced politician.) Thora guessed correctly. Despite Mooncalf's apoplectic friends, the term is most definitely a "political left" spoof with the double meaning of not only being on the left side of the map, but also on the left side of the political spectrum. The expression is fairly common on certain radio talk shows, (although it is not used quite as often as it used to be, since Schwartzenager was elected as a Republican governor.)
KWeldon mentioned the Gulf being the Third Coast.

Thora also noted that the Great Lakes, (and Lake Erie in particular) are sometimes called the North Coast. And yes, they are just lakes, but they have Coast Guard Stations responsible for homeland security and commercial shipping along 1,500 miles of international border and 6,700 miles of U.S. shoreline spanning eight states and all five Great Lakes, so I guess it qualifies as real coast. In any case, "North Coast" makes a good tourist t-shirt.


Thora - Dec 23, 2004 4:49 pm (#1072 of 2930)

Wow I feel half smart now for figuring that out, I still stink at riddles. Speaking of which anyone seen riddiculus, is he really gone?

Any ideas on what the star candy might hold?


Prefect Marcus - Dec 23, 2004 4:59 pm (#1073 of 2930)
Edited by Dec 23, 2004 3:59 pm

Any ideas on what the star candy might hold?

Perhaps another easter egg.

Or the door might change without anybody noticing. (yeah, right)


Grindylow - Dec 23, 2004 5:13 pm (#1074 of 2930)

STAR CANDY?????? Are we talking about the Giant candy that was spoken of before, or is there a new one?

EDIT: I am back on Jo's page to see if the phone will ring and the GIANT candy will show up.


riotgrrrl - Dec 23, 2004 6:05 pm (#1075 of 2930)

Thora- I have not seen Riddikulus and I'm beginning to get worried.


Her-melanie - Dec 23, 2004 6:05 pm (#1076 of 2930)

MickeyCee, a New Orleanian here reporting for duty! It's always nice to know when a fellow Southerner is near. I also wonder if anything will happen with the last Advent calendar door. Maybe she will answer the poll question (with record-breaking speed).


Steve Newton - Dec 23, 2004 6:14 pm (#1077 of 2930)

riotgrrrl, I am also worried about Riddikulus. After his last message I contacted the moderators and they sent a message to his email. No response that I have heard of. His last post was deleted.


Grindylow - Dec 23, 2004 6:29 pm (#1078 of 2930)

Her-melanie: Here is another fellow Southerner! We are not alone!

Was there something wrong with Riddikulus or his last post?


Tomoé - Dec 23, 2004 6:32 pm (#1079 of 2930)

Maybe he's just off for the Holidays, I went missing for a whole month last year around Christmas.


Steve Newton - Dec 23, 2004 6:34 pm (#1080 of 2930)

His last post indicated severe problems.


Grindylow - Dec 23, 2004 6:36 pm (#1081 of 2930)

Thanks Steve. I don't know Riddikulus very well, but I hope everything is ok.


Nolifeonvenus - Dec 23, 2004 6:59 pm (#1082 of 2930)
Edited by Dec 23, 2004 6:01 pm

The last door is open but there's nothing behind it Sad

Edit: its open on [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] not .com site


Grindylow - Dec 23, 2004 7:04 pm (#1083 of 2930)

The door with the big star on it?


Grindylow - Dec 23, 2004 7:06 pm (#1084 of 2930)

I just checked the uk site and the gold star isn't open yet. That is the last door on the advent calendar....


Nolifeonvenus - Dec 23, 2004 7:07 pm (#1085 of 2930)

Grindylow - The door with the big star above it, if that's what you mean. Unless there's a small door right behind that star Smile


Nolifeonvenus - Dec 23, 2004 7:09 pm (#1086 of 2930)

Grindylow - Sorry, didn't know that, but should've guessed


Nicole Bloom - Dec 23, 2004 7:40 pm (#1087 of 2930)

I just went on jkrowling.com and all of the doors on the advent calender are open, but no surprise.


Grindylow - Dec 23, 2004 7:42 pm (#1088 of 2930)

I think the Gold star is supposed to be one too, because you can see the 25 on it. At least that's what I thought....


Thora - Dec 23, 2004 7:42 pm (#1089 of 2930)

See there you go getting us all hyper, ha ha. Less than 24 hours! I've never had an advent calendar what's usually behind the last one? Just more candy? Not that I mind candy. Perhaps we should be thinking toward HP candies, some research might do us good. Yay, I love missions.

(Riddikulus indicated that he was headed to the hospital and past his life expectancy, as I recall. It's possible he's just internetless, but I worry, that's what mommies do best, worry about everyone's babies.)

Thora


Grindylow - Dec 23, 2004 7:53 pm (#1090 of 2930)

Thanks for the info on Riddikulus, Thora. I can understand why you would be worried, for I am a mother too and worry is part of the job. I hope he is ok and you will keep me posted if you hear anything.

As for the advent calendar...I have never had one either, but I believe we all thought a door would open on the 25th to reveal something. Since we have the release date, I am thinking we may not get anything else, but am happy with our early present!


Penny Lane. - Dec 23, 2004 8:12 pm (#1091 of 2930)

Well, I had Advent Calendars growing up, but mine was a bit different from the "open the door" kind, although I had friends with those. Mom would wrap up small gifts for each day of advent - like a piece of candy, gum, a top, harmonica, cheap earings, etc. Starting Dec. 1, I'd get one present a day until Dec. 24. So, if anyone is intrested, the calanders goes from the 1st of december to the 24th. There isn't a door for the 25th because it's christmas. It's supposed to symbolize something that I've forgotten in the 5 years since high school.

I don't think we will recieve anything on the 25th either since JKR said she figures we all have better things to do if we celebrate christmas... and she didn't want to make everyone else wait.

I hope that the next thing we recieve is a looonnngg excert...


Grindylow - Dec 23, 2004 8:48 pm (#1092 of 2930)

Thanks Penny Lane....I will still go there on Christmas to look Smile

I want to see the Cover Art as well...........


Nicole Bloom - Dec 23, 2004 9:36 pm (#1093 of 2930)

I had advent calenders like that growing up with the doors on them. There were little chocolates behind each door and you got one every day in december until christmas eve, so unless J.K.'s goes until the 25th, which we will find out tomorrow, all the doors are open.


Ann - Dec 23, 2004 9:52 pm (#1094 of 2930)

There is definitely a little 25 written on the star at the top of the advent calendar. But perhaps it is just there as a goal of some kind? I assumed that her giving us the information that the book was finished and the release date a bit before Christmas was intended to allow a lot of us to spend some quality time with our families (who will probably really appreciate it). Still, there is that little 25 there. And will the calendar still be there after Christmas? That doesn't seem likely, somehow, so there will probably be some sort of site update.


vball man - Dec 23, 2004 11:01 pm (#1095 of 2930)

Is that a 25 ???


Joelle - Dec 23, 2004 11:14 pm (#1096 of 2930)

I know that the chocolate advent calendars have a 25th door with a bigger chocolate. You know as a bonus for enjoying the day. All this speculation about is Jo on the site is immensely humorous. If I was a writer I would love it. Think, your job is to make up worlds and characters, why not make up something for yourself too? I don't know. I personally like the fact that I am Joelle to you guys. Its nice. It is a break from reality while at the same time being in reality if that makes much sense.

So to be on topic, if it is just a bigger chocolate thats cool, I was so happy to get the release date so I could start bugging my friends and create a countdown, that I am not sure that I need anything else. Not that I would say no to more...

Before I ramble,

Joelle


Elanor - Dec 24, 2004 12:51 am (#1097 of 2930)

I hope too that there will be something behind the star on the Advent Calendar. I always had one when I was a kid, but there were only 24 windows on it, so the 25th might be a little surprise. Even just a little Christmas card with "Harry Christmas" written on it would be nice, don't you think so?

BTW, something curious happened to me this morning while checking the calendar. Usually, when the "extra stuff" section opens, the windows are already opened with a new one each day. But today, when I opened the section, the windows were closed and did not open at the same time, but with a timelag between them, and randomly. It is certainly only a glitch but I found it nice on the 24th.

Has it already happened to you? For my part (and I checked it every day) it is the first time but as I have DSL and the page loads rather quickly, maybe it does mean nothing, just that my computer was slowler today.

As for the painting, it is difficult to see it properly, but I think it could be "The sheperds'worship" (1609).

Have a very Harry Christmas everybody! Un très joyeux Noël à tous! And thanks again for the marvellous present you gave us Jo, it has already made this Christmas bright and unforgettable. May your Christmas be filled with joy, happiness and the magic heart can bring.


Kerrie-Louise - Dec 24, 2004 1:15 am (#1098 of 2930)

just to say that living in Cambridge in the UK and being Dyslexic probably means that you can exclude me from the JKR hunting. My calender this year was a 'Crunchie' one and it only has 24 doors. there's nothing for Christmas day. Traditionally calenders were a way of counting down to the big day itself so didn't actually have a number 25. Merry Christmas everyone


Ainsley Black - Dec 24, 2004 4:08 am (#1099 of 2930)

I've always had an Advent Calendar and sometimes they only go up to the 24th, some to the 25th and some to New years!! (I like those ones best obviously)

Jo's calendar deffinately has 25 doors on it but i'm not getting my hopes up that we'll get an update tomorrow.


Madame Librarian - Dec 24, 2004 7:08 am (#1100 of 2930)

I'm still kind of out of it here, but wasn't the book release date revealed to the general public on the Winter Solstice (a holiday that would make sense in the magical/Wiccan universe, I think). So that's just a few days ago, and to then have a revelation again on Christmas would be too soon as we are used to (but not happy about it) being a patient bunch. Either that or the Christmas one might be a little thing...eye/ear candy or a "Happy Christmas" greeting, not a factoid about the next book.

Ciao (and most assuredly not Jo). Barb
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Ainsley Black - Dec 24, 2004 8:10 am (#1101 of 2930)

Yes it was released on the Winter Solstice (which is meant to be one of the more improtant Pegan celebrations according to what I've read about Stone Henge).

She's alreaddy sent us her Christmas wishes with the anouncement in the ROR on the 20th Dec.

Maybe it'll be another "Easter Egg", like another sketch a character mentioned preivously in the books???

P.s. can you all believe how many posts are on this thread already, 1101 in such a short time!


Grindylow - Dec 24, 2004 8:12 am (#1102 of 2930)

I am with you, Ainsley. I hope so....I won't be too terribly dissapointed if there isn't anything because I already have July 16 to look forward to! Are you pre-ordering your book or waiting until July 16 to pick it up?


lkb - Dec 24, 2004 8:14 am (#1103 of 2930)

Without getting too religious, the reason that most advent calenders do not have a gift of the 25th is because the birth of Christ is supposed to be the gift for that day.

I am wondering how the site will change with the coming of the new year! At least her journal date will have to change to 2005 and her calender on her desk...hum...lets hope for more in depth riddles and puzzels...they keep me from thinking about how far away July 16th is. Smile

LKB


Ainsley Black - Dec 24, 2004 8:21 am (#1104 of 2930)

Grindylow - I shall more than likeliy go up to the local supermarket at midnight and pick it up drop my little one at my mums the day before and then spend the whole day with Harry!!!! Bliss!

Have you got the Giant Candy yet? lol I've given up!

Anyway i have to be going now! I will be trying to get online to look at the site to see if we do get anything (lol).

So to all of you lovely people i wish you a very merry christmas and a i hope you all have a fabulous day! Very Happy


Ann - Dec 24, 2004 8:55 am (#1105 of 2930)

My first question--why does it say "ADVENT CALENDER"? Shouldn't it be ADVENT CALENDAR? JKR doesn't usually do typos; could this be a clue? Is it significant that the erroneous final E is partially hidden by the card above, which blows off when Peeves goes by, making the error clearer?

My second question--why is no one eating the candies? I thought there were small children in the house!


Hogs Head - Dec 24, 2004 9:15 am (#1106 of 2930)

Love and joy and peace to all y'all from the Deep South. And, not to be parochial, the same to all youse guys elsewhere -- U.K., Europe, Afrika, Asia, etc. -- even you doggone Yankees.

As a native Texas still in residence, I suppose that many will think of me, too, as a Southerner. No doubt there is a kindred connection. But most true Southerners think of Texans as being from the Southwest, not the South. And most from the Southwest outside of Texas (New Mexico, Arizona, etc.) think of themselves as being very different than Texans. I guess we're just Texans, and hence the "Lone Star" legacy.

However, back on subject. My wife grew up in Denmark, so we always have had an Advent candle from Copenhagen. You burn off a day at a time. "24" is often the last numeric symbol on the calendar, with some other symbol (like a star) for Christmas Day. In the calendars with the candy windows, you usually don't get a separate treat for Christmas Day -- Christmas Day is itself the treat. So, if there is no other "easter egg" on Christmas Day (how confusing that might be in other contexts), I won't be disappointed. Felis Navidad, and all that.

Also, I've decided not to be in a rush for Books 6 and 7. Having stuck faithfully with the "Dark Tower" series (Stephen King) since 1970 (the final Book VII just out in 2004), all I can say is that it is somewhat sad to see that over. And, JKR has been a little more routine about turning out her next volumes than Stephen King has the volumes of his "Dark Tower" series. However, unlike JKR, King has turned out a LOT of other materials in the meantime. Also, while the "Dark Tower" series (vols. V, VI, and VII) do make some references to Harry Potter, "sneeches," and other oddments, I'm happy that JKR has resisted the temptation to reciprocate. Please continue to resist, dear Jo.

P.S., yes, a "Zoom" inspection indicates that that indeed is a "25" on the Star on the Advent Calendar, albeit a little fuzzy at that magnification.


Mademoiselle Fleur - Dec 24, 2004 9:37 am (#1107 of 2930)

Yay, Hog's Head! Another Texan!

As well as being the Winter Solstice, the day the release date was announced to the public was also Yule, a Wiccan holiday. (according to my brother.)


Ydnam96 - Dec 24, 2004 9:59 am (#1108 of 2930)

I am hoping that we get something tomorrow, even if it's just a holiday greeting. There is usually something a little special about the last door on an Advent Calendar. We'll see Smile

I do hope Riddikulus is okay! If you are reading this I'm sending prayers your way.


scoop2172000 - Dec 24, 2004 10:01 am (#1109 of 2930)

I too wonder about the Winter Solstice timing of Jo breaking the big news early. Especially since, some of you may recall, the Order of the Phoenix was released on the summer solstice of 2003.

Hey, Hog's Head -- Happy Holidays from a "doggone Yankee" -- specifically, a native Bostonian "still in residence." You too, Miss Texan Fleur.


riotgrrrl - Dec 24, 2004 10:29 am (#1110 of 2930)

Another Texan here!!! Answering a question from earlier, the doors opened slowly after I opened the page a few days ago but I didn't put too much into it. The site may have been busy or you may have had other programs running but it only happened that one time and there was nothing new to report. Happy holidays to everyone and when I speak to you all next I will hopefully be engaged (fingers crossed on my left hand)!!!


Grindylow - Dec 24, 2004 10:46 am (#1111 of 2930)

OOOHHHH riotgrrrl.....how exciting!!! I hope we are some of the FIRST people to know! That is great! I am a Tennessean where we have ICE on the ground...NO FUN.

I am hoping for a little something on the 25th, but I won't get my hopes up. I still have yet to see the GIANT CANDY...

I wish for everyone here a safe and happy holiday season, where ever you are and whatever your holiday...

ESPECIALLY FOR RIOTGRRRL


Hogs Head - Dec 24, 2004 11:13 am (#1112 of 2930)

Here's me totally thinking out loud and guessing -- I think the date the announcement was made by Bloomsbury and the date JKR announced the coming of the announcement are insignificant.

With no evidence in hand, indulge me in speculation. I suspect the timing of the announcement was something of a negotiated result between the publishers, JKR, and whatever other factions may be involved. Everyone wanted to be first. I'm guessing JKR's original plan was to announce the publication date herself on Christmas Day on her site, but that the publishers wanted their release to be first. So, to be a sport, her announcement by compromise (in my theory) was an announcement announcing the announcement.

And, at any rate, and as things go in the fast paced world of PR, I suspect some PR guy decided that Christmas Day itself and the few "dead days" after it would be low-impact announcement days. Did you notice how the announcement of the publication date (a) hit the internet via AP and Reuters immediately, (b) was on the nightly news in the U.S. (and I presume the U.K. and other English speaking countries), (c) was mentioned in passing on some of the evening talk shows, and was otherwise mentioned in lots of places. Folks, HP is popular, but PR is not spontaneous. It is highly planned and coordinated and results from hard work. It is geared to when people will be listening. Not to disparage, but I really doubt if JKR or the Bloomsbury or other PR folks know, much less give one whit, about Wiccan holidays. Nor does the reading (and book buying) public. While JKR is a writer and not a crass commercialist, the publishing, marketing, distribution, and retailing of her books is big business anyway you slice it. And, if it wasn't, we'd be waiting until July `06 for our copies and they'd probably cost $69 apiece.

Merry Christmas, and give books as presents.


Dumbledore - Dec 24, 2004 12:00 pm (#1113 of 2930)

I have to agree with you, Hogs Head, that the date of the announcement of the sixth book was probably nothing more than a coincidence. However, going with the winter solstice idea, wasn't one of the prophesies that Harry smashed something like "at the solstice will come anew..." (not the exact quote, don't have the book handy). Perhaps JKR thought it would be cute if she did let out some "new" information at the solstice. Something of course, that only us true Harry Potter nuts would pick up on.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!!!!!


scoop2172000 - Dec 24, 2004 2:07 pm (#1114 of 2930)

You're right, Dumbledore. I'd forgotten the partially-heard prophesy mentioning the solstice. Good catch on that one.

Happy Holidays everyone !


MickeyCee3948 - Dec 24, 2004 3:03 pm (#1115 of 2930)

Grindylow-Texas probably has about as much ice as you have. I heard that I-20 was treacheous last night. Heck, we even got a few flakes of snow this morning down on the gulf coast just south of Lake Charles, LA.

Back on topic, I am happy and pleased with what Jo has provided. I would love to have more but for now have already updated my 2005 calendar for July 16th. Told my wife I was going to take her to Great Britian on holiday this next year. Of course I will arrange for it to be during the middle of July.

Mikie


schoff - Dec 24, 2004 4:00 pm (#1116 of 2930)

However, going with the winter solstice idea, wasn't one of the prophesies that Harry smashed something like "at the solstice will come anew..." (not the exact quote, don't have the book handy). Perhaps JKR thought it would be cute if she did let out some "new" information at the solstice.

The Fifth Book (OoP) came out at summer solstice.


The Artful Dodger - Dec 24, 2004 4:20 pm (#1117 of 2930)

At the solstice will come a new... and none will come after.

Should we worry about book 7 now, Dumbledore?


Grindylow - Dec 24, 2004 4:59 pm (#1118 of 2930)

The 25th door is open and there is just a piece of candy in it.....


vanessa cave - Dec 24, 2004 5:06 pm (#1119 of 2930)

Merry christmas everyone hope you all have a lovely day


Thora - Dec 24, 2004 5:08 pm (#1120 of 2930)

Ahhh but the Halloween update waited a few hours to appear too.

Oh and the Calendar/Calender spelling thing was discussed shortly after the decorations went up.

Still hoping for a giant piece of candy, but I'll be happy without it too.

Thora


Grindylow - Dec 24, 2004 5:12 pm (#1121 of 2930)

Me too Thora....

Did you ever get the piece of Candy???


The giant squid - Dec 24, 2004 6:12 pm (#1122 of 2930)

the date of the announcement of the sixth book was probably nothing more than a coincidence.


Hogs Head, Dumbledore...you should know by now that nothing JKR does is a coincidence. It was clearly a hint that a major announcement will happen on the winter solstice in book 6.

--Mike


Marie E. - Dec 24, 2004 8:49 pm (#1123 of 2930)

I thought that Mark Evans couldn't be a coincidence either. I'm on the fence about this one.


djellibabe - Dec 25, 2004 12:43 am (#1124 of 2930)

Well, It's Christmas Morning, Father Christmas has been, my children are still sleeping and what am I doing ... checking a virtual advent calandar to see if there is an extra christmas pressie!! Oh well, Merry Christmas Everyone!! And to you lucky Texans throw one for me 'cos as usual Christmas in England is just looking a bit damp!! Ho HO HO!!


septentrion - Dec 25, 2004 4:40 am (#1125 of 2930)

I too only have a piece of candy behind the last door ! I'm waiting for Peeves to come just in case...

Harry Christmas everyone ! Mine is both sunny and rainy (the sky can't make up its mind) but no ice, thanks goodness !

edit : alas, earwax ! Peeves has come and nothing happened to the candies ! Never mind, Jo already gave us a marvellous gift !


Thora - Dec 25, 2004 5:17 pm (#1126 of 2930)

AHHHH It's true there's a big piece of candy, but I can't do anything with it, the graphics aren't on par with the rest of the site either. I just clicked on the cup and there it was, no portkey back either. I tried going back in and doing the ROR stuff first but it didn't change it. I took a Screen shot and will be changing my pic to show it.

Thora

There it is, boy am I glad I have the right programs to do this now.


Nolifeonvenus - Dec 25, 2004 5:47 pm (#1127 of 2930)

I got that candy, too!!!


Grindylow - Dec 25, 2004 5:59 pm (#1128 of 2930)
Edited by Kip Carter Dec 25, 2004 5:49 pm

FINALLY!!!!!!! I HAVE THE CANDY!!!!!!!!!!

Now....what to do WITH it?>>

Merry Christmas Her-melanie! I LOVE SNOW! In Tennessee we don't see much and I feel like a kid again when we do!

I moved Her-melanie's post being it did not involve the subject of this thread. This is the second time today that I have had to move chat-type posts from this thread. The next time I have to move a chat-type message from a designated subject thread, I will be placing the poster on Moderated status. I do not like having to be a Scrooge on Christmas; however I will be one if necessary. I set up the -- Chat and Greeting Thread for Members to be used for chat posts. Please keep the chat on that thread! - Kip


Ydnam96 - Dec 25, 2004 6:39 pm (#1129 of 2930)

That is sooo annoying, I can't get the candy to do anything!


Grant the Great - Dec 25, 2004 7:04 pm (#1130 of 2930)

I got the candy too. Alas, earwax, there is nothing I can seem to do. Oh well. Maybe it's a glitch. Maybe it's a treat. Maybe she's trying to tell us that we are too obsessed if we're checking on Christmas!

EDIT: Looks like the ads on the Rumors Section has updated. Now, Madam Malkin's robes come in Outsize. Sorry if I'm wrong, but I really think this is new.


karlii silverstorm - Dec 25, 2004 7:16 pm (#1131 of 2930)

LOL, Grant. For those of us with nothing better to do right now.. ;-) Anyhow, I get the giant candy when I click on the cup, and like everyone else, I find that it does nothing. I wondered if it wasn't supposed to be a 'cracker' that she was talking about. Having never seen one, I can't really say. I was hoping that it would 'pop', but you can't get it to do anything. *sigh*

Did someone say that is the image that appeared in "number 25" on the advent calendar? (calendEr)? When we looked at that a few hours ago, all the days were empty.. someone said there was still candy in them? weird. In any case, I have to say that I have never seen an advent calendar with 25 days on it. It always ends with christmas eve.. there is no more counting down after that!

Hope everyone is safe and well. and with loved ones. :-)


Penny Lane. - Dec 25, 2004 8:08 pm (#1132 of 2930)

Um.. when I click on the "Extra Stuff" portkey, I see an image of a large candy, which does nothing and I have to close the window to leave.. Is this typical?


Amilia Smith - Dec 25, 2004 8:32 pm (#1133 of 2930)

It is now. I have a question about it, though. Is the giant candy that we can all get now the same one that a few people could get earlier?

Mills.


karlii silverstorm - Dec 25, 2004 8:35 pm (#1134 of 2930)

The way I see it, the current big candy is the same one Thora has been seeing for a while. It certainly looks like the pic she posted.

I am thinking it is a glitch. Daughter is hoping they are updating. I also wonder if it wasn't some sort of thing that was supposed to happen after the 25th,.. but didn't work out quite right. Some sort of automated program? hmmmm....


Hogs Head - Dec 25, 2004 8:46 pm (#1135 of 2930)

I'm wondering if someone hacked the site and stuck that big candy on the Extras page -- JKR's site folks are too good NOT to build in an exit back to the main page.


Gina R Snape - Dec 25, 2004 9:21 pm (#1136 of 2930)

Well, either that candy is a HUGE glitch, or JKR's way of saying 'You all obsessed about the treat behind the star...HERE IT IS!!!! But I just don't see her as being quite that sarcastic to her fans.

If it were a hack, it seems like a pretty dull one to me. Oh well, I guess we'll find out when they fix it!


Madame Librarian - Dec 25, 2004 9:41 pm (#1137 of 2930)

Has anyone tried pulling the cracker ends (that is, if it is a cracker and not a candy) with another person, one pulling each end? On second thought, that's a really stupid idea. You don't need two people to pop one of those things in real life, do you?

It is extrememly odd that there's no access to that page now. Maybe big changes are in the making and JKR needed to block us out for a bit. Till New Year's Eve maybe?

Ciao. Barb


Ann - Dec 25, 2004 10:20 pm (#1138 of 2930)

I don't think it can be a hack. The details are much finer than on the advent page itself--I compared it with my screen capture--but it looks very accurately like one of the candies in the advent calendar.

I have discovered that if you put your mouse at the border and drag it until it turns into circle and slash then into a "move this picture" little square, and release the button, the candy vanishes and you get a little bar on the edge of your screen. You can then right click, hit "Back," and it will take you back to the entrance page. The same thing happens on other pages, so it's clearly not what you are supposed to do; but it might be a useful shortcut for anyone trying to figure out what's going on.

The drawing seems to be designed to limit the number of things one can try to do with it, though.


Caput Draconis - Dec 25, 2004 11:15 pm (#1139 of 2930)

Haha, Giant Candy. It does nothing, but I find it highly amusing. It must be a glitch though, because my background phones and dogs and radios have stopped, I have to re-enter through the original page. Plus it's just sitting there like a giant candy.

Hogs Head, if you feel the urge do pop over to the chat thread (or mail me) and tell me what you thought of the fate Steven King handed to our gunslinger!


dizzy lizzy - Dec 25, 2004 11:30 pm (#1140 of 2930)

I checked it out too. No sounds, no barking dogs, nothing...

I too think it must be a glitch or a hack. Sure it seems to be fairly detailed but isn't the door opening onto this piece of candy supposed to be star shaped???

Lizzy

Edit: I just checked again, it's a rectangular door and if it was an enlarged screen shot or whatever, there should be more detail. Her web pages are incredibly detailed and apart from the candy, this shot is not.


Elanor - Dec 26, 2004 1:33 am (#1141 of 2930)

Hello! When I first checked the site this morning, I saw the blue candy too (and the sound was working). I just have tried to reenter the site and I can't do that anymore: Internet Explorer "crashes" and I can't get out of Internet explorer if I don't use the "ctrl-alt-suppr" solution. I have tried the .com and .co.uk links and none of them work. I will check again in some minutes!

EDIT: the .fr link doesn't work either. Has any of you the same problem for connecting with Jo's site?


dizzy lizzy - Dec 26, 2004 1:55 am (#1142 of 2930)

Elanor, I use the .com site and went and checked in response to your query. I got in OK and I got to the same page with the blue candy. The more I think about it (and get dizzy) the more I think it is a glitch/hack. This is not like her site to do this and her website makers would all be having a well earned break. So if it is a problem it may not be fixed in a hurry. I think I will leave it for 24hrs and check again.

I posted this at 7.53pm my time.

Lizzy


Elanor - Dec 26, 2004 2:15 am (#1143 of 2930)

Thank you for checking Lizzy! It still doesn't work for me and I think you're right, it certainly means that there is a glitch on her site. Let's hope it will be fixed soon and that it foreshadows an update...


septentrion - Dec 26, 2004 4:40 am (#1144 of 2930)

The "do not disturb sign" is back ! And that piece of candy refuses to move. I had to do like everyone else : reenter the site.


septentrion - Dec 26, 2004 6:34 am (#1145 of 2930)

the extra stuff page is back too. The candy was probably a mere glitch.


Ann - Dec 26, 2004 7:35 am (#1146 of 2930)

I don't think the candy was a glitch: it had to be specially drawn or added, since it was at a far higher resolution than the actual advent doors on the Extra Stuff page. I think it must just have been a joke--we were all so fixated on that star door (which was, in the end, square like the other doors, but surrounded by white, like the giant candle).

Happy Boxing Day, everyone!


Grindylow - Dec 26, 2004 11:38 am (#1147 of 2930)

Well, the phone finally rang and I tried to get back to it and the "giant candy" was there. I am finally FREE of wondering about that candy. I had seen it earlier today but not with the phone ringing too...

Glad that is over Smile


remiden - Dec 26, 2004 1:17 pm (#1148 of 2930)

Makes you wonder if se put something on the site that you could only see while the candy was up, but everyone was so fixed on the candy that we missed it.


Grindylow - Dec 26, 2004 1:20 pm (#1149 of 2930)

I never thought of that... hmmmmm


karlii silverstorm - Dec 26, 2004 1:28 pm (#1150 of 2930)

I'm glad things are getting back to 'normal'. I figured a lot of the Christmas stuff will go away this week. Hard to say if that 'candy' was supposed to be there/do that or not. I think... that if it was supposed to be there, it was still glitchy.. and didn't do what it was supposed to. Way to weird for how the rest of the site operates.

I am wayyy behind here.. on the rubbish page.. when peeves blows the wrappers around.. there is a number on the envelope. Does it have any sifnificance yet?? or the date on the disk?

I am at the text site today.. so I can't see.. but is the Extra's page the same as it was before the big candy took over?? Or... have they changed something???!!!

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the7eagle - Dec 26, 2004 8:54 pm (#1151 of 2930)

Well from what I have seen of the Candy and what little I know of Flash Programming
is that mostly the candy thing is a glitch and that as far as addressing Ann's statement that the candy was drawn at high resolution,
well it is a flash image and will always appear as high quality
and no matter what size the image is resized it will always look good quality.

can anyone try something (since i do not have speakers and the only times i've got the candy is by accident)
right click on the candy image and tell me if you see "About Macromedia Flash Player" at the bottom of the menu that opens


but that does not mean that it was never meant to be an easter egg or something and was cancelled for some reason.
remember that this bit of Flash does not popup in another window like the other Eggs
nor does it have an option to return to the main Flash Story we are browsing
only as Ann again said (Post #1138) when she tried everything with her browser she went to the start loading sequence of the flash story.
well what she did down then was with the browser not with the Flash Story

theEagle


Thora - Dec 26, 2004 9:03 pm (#1152 of 2930)

You know... I don't think we ever talked about that date, I think I ignaored it because it ends in 03, or at least that's what it looks like to me. Picture wizzards, a little help please! As for the number on the envelope it's been discussed a length and I'm not even sure we have a definate on what it says. Several posters have spent hours on it, with no results yet. The extra stuff page is back to it's festive pre-strange candy state.

I'd think we wanted something behing that door so bad that they decided to just give it to us, but I agree that the lack of a portkey back is not typical of her excellent webmasters.

Oh and it did have the normal right click menu.

Thora


MickeyCee3948 - Dec 26, 2004 11:10 pm (#1153 of 2930)

the7eagle - I haven't been on JKR's sight since the 24th, but I am getting alot of pop-ups asking if I want to install Macromedia Flash Player. My firewall program also detected a bug yesterday after 6 months of no intrusions. I hope no one has hacked into Jo's site.

Mikie


the7eagle - Dec 26, 2004 11:44 pm (#1154 of 2930)

MickeyCee3948 - it looks like that your flash plugin may have given a problem
requiring u to reinstall flash player, hence the popups asking u to install the flash player
go to the below link and install the flash player, this is a safe link [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] preferable save the player to desktop and then run it from there

if the problem still persists then we can assume jo's site maybe hacked
though I doubt it, I am using mozilla and have not recieve a similar warning

theEagle


Grindylow - Dec 27, 2004 9:15 am (#1155 of 2930)

I am sure this must be old, though I have never noticed it before. When you first load JKR's page, there is a "Contents" page under the hairband and fan site port keys that the titles of some chapters on it. Anyone noticed this and know what book it is from?


Ann - Dec 27, 2004 9:27 am (#1156 of 2930)

It's been there all along. It's from Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone.


Grindylow - Dec 27, 2004 9:31 am (#1157 of 2930)

Thanks Ann....now I don't have to sit and try to READ the titles!


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 27, 2004 11:00 am (#1158 of 2930)

The giant candy is gone and the Do Not Disturb sign is gone.Maybe the poll quetion will be answered for the New Year.


karlii silverstorm - Dec 27, 2004 2:10 pm (#1159 of 2930)

Thank you, Thora! I appreciate that. I had a hard time reading the numbers on the envelope myself. I was hoping for a phone number... but if they go with the other numbers before it, it could mean just about anything. At first, I thought it said.. N0. 1 above the first set of numbers, but then I decided it said Neil. *sigh* something to think about anyhow. :-) I guess too, the only reason I thought maybe the date on the ruined disk is significant, is precisely because it gets smeared. *shrug* hard to say. I keep thinking there are easter eggs we have missed though.. and she is sitting there.. rubbing her hands with glee.. laughing because it is sooooo obvious. LOL

catch up with you all later!


Sadie - Dec 27, 2004 2:21 pm (#1160 of 2930)

I never saw the giant candy and the Do Not Disturb sign is back for me. I too a have always thought there is another easter egg. 7 is such and odd number (pun intended).


bella - Dec 27, 2004 2:47 pm (#1161 of 2930)

Holy cow, I haven't been able to access a computer in the last couple of days and the mystery of the giant candy now has its own website. Very odd.


Grindylow - Dec 27, 2004 3:31 pm (#1162 of 2930)

IT has its own website???


lkb - Dec 27, 2004 5:16 pm (#1163 of 2930)

yeah? what website are you talking about?

Lkb


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 27, 2004 6:02 pm (#1164 of 2930)

What web site?


TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 27, 2004 6:12 pm (#1165 of 2930)

LOL Bella! Now see what you have started?

...toddles off for a butterbeer, howling with laughter!...

Edit: Back on topic, maybe for New Years we will get the cover art. Until then I'm sure one or two of us will be watching JKR's site. :-)


MickeyCee3948 - Dec 27, 2004 6:13 pm (#1166 of 2930)

the7eagle - thanks for the referral onto the web site but I already have that program and it appears to be running fine. I think it may have been from one of my other web sites but I will survive, just didn't want Jo's site to be contaminated in any way.

Mikie


Socks - Dec 27, 2004 9:59 pm (#1167 of 2930)

This site:

The Blue Candy of Doom site


Gina R Snape - Dec 27, 2004 10:27 pm (#1168 of 2930)

Aww, nothing came up for me!


Grant the Great - Dec 27, 2004 11:55 pm (#1169 of 2930)

Nothing came up for me, either. Just a white page.


Aurora Gubbins - Dec 28, 2004 2:44 am (#1170 of 2930)

Something very important has happened to my little brain! I gave my son a copy of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for Christmas and looking through it I saw a chapter dedicated to 'Magic from before the dawn of time'. I know that in JK's library she has The Chronicles of Narnia on her shelves so I now believe that the books are there as hints and tips. BTW, the magic from gbefore the dawn of time is something to do with someone sacrificing their own life, that person having committed no treachery beforehand. Would you believe it?!

Does anyone have a list of all the books in the library that I might use as a shopping list?

Aurora xx


Ainsley Black - Dec 28, 2004 4:52 am (#1171 of 2930)

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

there you go that's the tempory home page of that Blue Candy Site!

How very odd it is that it has become a phenomenom!


Grindylow - Dec 28, 2004 5:25 am (#1172 of 2930)

I cannot believe the Giant Candy has its own site! JKR should get a HUGE kick out of that!


Ainsley Black - Dec 28, 2004 5:37 am (#1173 of 2930)

If you look at the site it looks like it belongs to a hacker.

how was your Christmas Grindylow?


Grindylow - Dec 28, 2004 5:46 am (#1174 of 2930)

Yeah, I agree...it does look like a hacker's site. I wish people wouldn't do things like that.

Ainsley...I think we will have to continue that conversation on the chat thread...Kip removed a post earlier...

Edit: I answered your post on the chat thread, Ainsley....


Thora - Dec 28, 2004 10:03 am (#1175 of 2930)

Aurora, I can't read some of the titles I'll do my best, though some time on this board someone figured out what the double book is... The Sayers one ahh there's the post, by Ann, there was discussion around there about the books too.

Ann, "JK Rowling Official Site (15 May 2004 - 9 Nov 2004)" #2378, 26 Oct 2004 6:22 pm

Then again she has doubles of several books, the Sayers being the only one that a muggle shop would have.

In the Teeth of the Evidence, Dorothy Sayers

The Little White Horse, Elizabeth Goudge

Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Predjudice,and Emma

Roddy Doyle's The Van and The Commitments (the book leaves off "the" in real life)

E. N....'s (I think it's nesbit) Fairy tales and another called Tales

Manx Mouse, Paul Gallico

Clement Freud, Grimble (it has a sequel called Grimble at Christmas)

Katherine mansfield, no idea which

I capture the castle, Dodie Smith

Hope that helps


Julie Aronson - Dec 28, 2004 3:44 pm (#1176 of 2930)

I watched the movie for "I Capture the Castle" the other day. It was pretty good! I'd never have given it a second glance if I didn't recognize the title from Jo's bookshelf.


Accio Sirius - Dec 29, 2004 7:10 pm (#1177 of 2930)

I think what I love about the site and, consequently, about the books and JKR is that she seems like one of us--with more talent, of course. And I mean that in the best possible way. Really. Are other popular authors so friendly and in touch with their readers? Her latest updates in the news and rumors section really seem to illustrate that she enjoys how much we enjoy her work! It's just so cool. She truly seems happy to make us happy. And if you're reading this Jo, guess what would make me really happy? Hint: Read my screen name.


From Venus - Dec 29, 2004 9:34 pm (#1178 of 2930)
Edited by Denise P. Dec 29, 2004 8:55 pm

I agree with you 100%, Accio Sirius. I was just thinking a while ago about her and how her pregnancy was going and when she was due, and then I realized that I was thinking of her the way I think of a friend. It's mainly because of her website that I feel this way. I have other favorite authors, but none that I fell that I "know".

So, Jo, if you're reading this, how's everything going? How's the baby doing? How'er you doing? Just some friends here that would like to know.


Grant the Great - Dec 30, 2004 11:44 am (#1179 of 2930)

I agree. I have mentioned that a bunch of times to my off-line friends (yes, I have friends offline too! Oh, the scandal!). She really is just a great person, not fitting into the Malfoy-like snobbery that often comes with people with a lot of gold.


Hogs Head - Dec 30, 2004 7:26 pm (#1180 of 2930)

GinaRSnape -- if I didn't know better I'd think these folks were trying to butter you up with all these compliments about JKR.


Gina R Snape - Dec 30, 2004 7:52 pm (#1181 of 2930)

Heh, heh.


remiden - Dec 30, 2004 10:54 pm (#1182 of 2930)

Stop replying and start writing the next book! :>D


Thora - Dec 31, 2004 8:21 am (#1183 of 2930)

Okay people stop picking on her Smile

So do Christmas decorations normally come down around new years in the UK? That's about when I take them down. I wonder if it'll change at the new month along with the wizard of the month? Or do you think there will still be bows and such laying about (after all look at the rubbage bin)?

I have to admit my desk is as cluttered as hers, but I don't think I'd leave holiday items laying about.

Thora

Edit: if anything exciting happens tonight please take screen shots I'll be gone by that hour.


septentrion - Dec 31, 2004 11:12 am (#1184 of 2930)

I don't know for UK, but in France you usually wait for the 12th Night to be past to take the decorations off. The Twelfth Night (or Epiphany) is the 1st Sunday after New Year's Day, so this year it's Jan 2nd, nest year it'll be Jan 8th.


haymoni - Dec 31, 2004 12:06 pm (#1185 of 2930)

That was The Rule at my house growing up - don't take anything down until the Wise Men come!


scoop2172000 - Dec 31, 2004 2:20 pm (#1186 of 2930)

The rule in my house, growing up in New England, was that the tree and the outside lights stayed up until Epiphany.


TomProffitt - Dec 31, 2004 3:39 pm (#1187 of 2930)

I grow up in Virginia with a father from very rural North Carolina and a mother from Boston. I can't figure any rule we ever had for taking down the decorations. Best I can figure it depended on the fall of the Holidays so we could get it done before it was back to work and school.


Madame Librarian - Dec 31, 2004 5:16 pm (#1188 of 2930)

There are houses in my neighborhood (outside Chicago) that have kept their decorations up as late as Memorial Day in late May. I kid you not! What really gets me is that they continue to turn the festive lights on long after mid-January.

I suspect JKR won't be quite such a procrastinator, assuming that is what's going on with those folks near me. Her website people are probably itching to tamper with things right away and keep us confounded and on wild goose chases (wild Peeves chases?).

Happy New Year, everyone!!

Ciao. Barb


aberforth dumbledore's #1 fan - Dec 31, 2004 5:22 pm (#1189 of 2930)

I'm pretty sure its a new wizard of th emonth on her site.


Ainsley Black - Dec 31, 2004 6:41 pm (#1190 of 2930)

The decorations have always come down on the 12th night in our family.

Yes that is a new Wizard of the Month a Mr Derwent Shimpling (1912 - Present) Ate an entire Venemous Tentacula for a bet and survived, though is still purple.

I wonder what he's got to do with anything?


LooneyLuna - Dec 31, 2004 6:54 pm (#1191 of 2930)

Didn't Fred and George use Venemous Tentacula seeds for their Skivving Snackboxes? Perhaps we'll be seeing a purple twin in HBP.

Smile


Sadie - Dec 31, 2004 9:35 pm (#1192 of 2930)

Odd, I don't see any changes on her site and it's well past mid-night


Elanor - Jan 1, 2005 2:15 am (#1193 of 2930)

Happy New Year everybody!

I've just checked Jo's site and when I open the "News" and "rumours" sections, the pages are just white, I can't see the previous news on them. There is maybe an update to come? Or is this a glitch because of the change of year in the dates on those newspapers"? I'll check later again.

Does it happen to you? What do you think about it?


The giant squid - Jan 1, 2005 2:53 am (#1194 of 2930)

Elanor, the News & Rumours pages are blank for me, as well. Curious. Also, I clicked on the Biography page for the first time since my first visit; did Jo's picture always blink? I just noticed it for the first time, and it made me think of Tomoe's avatar.

--Mike


septentrion - Jan 1, 2005 3:46 am (#1195 of 2930)

It's nearly Midday here and the pages of the rumors section are still white... I've noticed the years on her biography section are now 1965- 2005


dizzy lizzy - Jan 1, 2005 4:10 am (#1196 of 2930)

I had this happen to me this morning and I checked the text version. On the text version of Jo's web site, everything that she wrote in 2004 is on a 2004 link (for want of a better phrase). There is nothing in those two sections either as text.

I think that it isn't a glitch, the web designers have just put everything written in 2004 into their own folders and as nothing has been written yet in 2005 then the news and rumours section stays blank.

If that's the case, there is no link to the 2004 writings in the flash web site so perhaps the glitch is in the linkages??

It's now 10pmish here (Sydney daylight saving time) and the only difference compared to this morning is that the date comes up on the news now. They are still both blank.

I hope it means we will get lots of news and debunked rumours this year!

Happy New Year to all - what a wonderful year for all things Harry Potter!

Lizzy


Hermy - Jan 1, 2005 4:25 am (#1197 of 2930)

The fans site page has the HPANA still as the current winner but doesn't list previous winners. I tried to click on the 2004 part and the archives without success.

Everything looks the same in the biography section except the cover.

Happy New Year - I will celebrate on July 16,2005. Smile


Elanor - Jan 1, 2005 4:34 am (#1198 of 2930)

The pages are still blank (12.30 a.m. here) but what I find curious is that the "headline" on the News newspaper is still visible. If it was a kind of archival storage, shouldn't the headline be archived as well and hence not be visible anymore?

I've noticed the years on the biography section too. I think that Jo's picture was blinking before but I am not sure about this (could be the side effects of the champagne of last night that confuse me...).


Tomoé - Jan 1, 2005 5:24 am (#1199 of 2930)

Yep, Jo's picture in the biography book had always blinked (I remeber people made comment about my avatar vs Jo's picture not so long after the renewal).

The pages are blank to me as well.


Kaden007 - Jan 1, 2005 6:53 am (#1200 of 2930)

I can't get to some of the pages either. Maybe dizzy lizzy is right and we won't be able to see any of the old stuff. That sucks for new members if thats the case. Happy New Years everyone! I spent it over the toilet bowl trying not to throw up. I hope you guys had a better one than i did.
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