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Post  John Bumbledore on Thu May 12, 2011 2:08 pm


HungarianHorntail11 - May 21, 2006 5:20 am (#1201 of 2974)

Does Fabius Watkins remind anyone else of an Oakland Raider?


journeymom - May 21, 2006 9:42 pm (#1202 of 2974)

Lol! Yes!


Phelim Mcintyre - May 24, 2006 5:35 am (#1203 of 2974)

This isn't on Jo's website yet but how cool - a new dinosaur has been named after the world of Harry Potter. Dracorex hogwartsia or dragon king hogwarts. Here are to links for people to follow: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] or [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

And Fabulous Beasts tells us that dragons aren't real.


Thora - May 24, 2006 11:19 am (#1204 of 2974)

And Fabulous Beasts tells us that dragons aren't real.

What's Fabulous Beasts?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander has a whole section on them.

This is better posted on the References in Pop Culture thread I think.




Phelim Mcintyre - May 25, 2006 1:00 am (#1205 of 2974)

Sorry, I meant Fantastic Beasts. But Dumbledore's intro tells Muggles that dragons aren't real.

Also sorry If I miss posted this, but I can see JKR mentioning this on her site.


Finn BV - May 31, 2006 4:52 pm (#1206 of 2974)

New wizard of the month up at JKR.com – a witch who gave up magic after a year! How cool!


Mediwitch - May 31, 2006 6:41 pm (#1207 of 2974)

OOH - this should fuel the fire for those who speculate about Petunia with regards to Jo's "...not a squib, but..."/"...shockingly indiscrete..." comment!


Finn BV - May 31, 2006 7:44 pm (#1208 of 2974)

Hehe, thinking the same thing here Mediwitch!


Dobby Gilliweed - May 31, 2006 7:57 pm (#1209 of 2974)

Madame Pomfrey, I went to the fan sites page, and it appears that it actually ends in "urtis", so it looks like it could be a person with the last name curtis or kurtis, etc. I hope it helps you on your search!


Snuffles - Jun 1, 2006 1:52 am (#1210 of 2974)

Without seeming nitpicky, JKR's wizard of the month actually says she gave up magic for a year, not after a year.


Ann - Jun 1, 2006 4:30 am (#1211 of 2974)

Snuffles is right. I wonder if her surname is pronounced "hook-em" or "hoe-come" (like hokum)? Either would be quite appropriate.

And JKR also said about Petunia "She's not a Squib--she's a Muggle, but...." So she's not simply a witch who gave up magic. (I've often wondered if it was taken away from her for some reason, though. There's a line in PS/SS where Hagrid says he ought to be "made to live as a Muggle." Maybe that's a hint that this is an extreme wizarding form of punishment?)


Madame Pomfrey - Jun 1, 2006 6:58 am (#1212 of 2974)

"She's not a Squib--she's a Muggle, but.. Couldn't she be a muggle by choice such as Daisy had for a year? I wonder if there is an incantation that can remove your wizarding abilities or if you simply quit doing magic,it goes away? Isn't that kind of what happened with Merope?

Thanks,Dobby. I had forgotten..Curtis does sound like it might be the name.Odd that the wizard hasn't been introduced to us considering we know all the others who recieved awards.


Madame Pomfrey - Jun 1, 2006 10:38 am (#1213 of 2974)

Never mind about Pet,Jo has said she has never had and never will have magic abilities


Hollywand - Jun 1, 2006 6:59 pm (#1214 of 2974)

You mean I've been 'shipping Pet and Peeves all this time, and to no avail? Imagine the domestic bliss...... darn.


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 1, 2006 7:12 pm (#1215 of 2974)

LOL Hollywand, they certainly deserve each other!


Ann - Jun 1, 2006 9:31 pm (#1216 of 2974)

Where has she said that Petunia has never had magical abilities? In fact, I don't believe she's ever said that she never will either. She has said that she will not become a better person--she and Vernon are beyond redemption (which always makes me wonder about Dudley), but that's not the same thing at all.


Amilia Smith - Jun 1, 2006 11:24 pm (#1217 of 2974)

It's in the Rumours section:

Aunt Petunia will start exhibiting magical tendencies

No, she won't. Aunt Petunia has never performed magic, nor will she ever be able to do so.

End quote.

Mills.


Ann - Jun 2, 2006 5:04 am (#1218 of 2974)

Ooops! Thanks, Mills! I'd read it of course--I suppose it just didn't register.


Madam Pince - Jun 2, 2006 5:54 am (#1219 of 2974)

Don't worry, Ann, I'm still in denial about it myself. I soooo wanted Aunt Pet to have some vestiges of magic about her...


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 2, 2006 8:04 am (#1220 of 2974)

I soooo wanted Aunt Pet to have some vestiges of magic about her...

Yes, such as the ability to present a set of "father/son" matching tails. (Well, I can dream, can't I?)

Has the Rumors section been updated lately? I neglected to check it the last time I was on.


Thora - Jun 2, 2006 9:25 am (#1221 of 2974)

Odd that the wizard hasn't been introduced to us considering we know all the others who recieved awards.- Madame Pomfrey

Well it's not as if we haven't heard of, or even heard, her husband. So she's not a complete stranger. Can anyone from the UK identify the regional background of his accent?

(For those who I've totally lost, go to her extra stuff page and turn on the radio, the gardening expert you hear is the husband of the current wizard of the month.)


azi - Jun 2, 2006 10:10 am (#1222 of 2974)

Thora - it is definitely a Southern accent. Whether is is East Anglia (Norfolk, Suffolk) or the South West (i.e. West Country, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset etc.) I'm not sure. Maybe someone from the south will be able to tell the difference!

I'm leaning towards a South West accent...but I may be wrong!


Madame Pomfrey - Jun 2, 2006 1:16 pm (#1223 of 2974)

Thora,I was referring to the Fan Sites room.If you look to the left there is part of a trophy whose name ends with rtis(maybe Curtis.)Anyways,we all know the others who recieved awards I.E Harry Potter,Tom Riddle etc.I was trying to figure out whose trophy it was but it may just be filler.


haymoni - Jun 2, 2006 1:57 pm (#1224 of 2974)

Yes, I wondered about that - who their right mind would have given Bella an award????


mooncalf - Jun 2, 2006 11:24 pm (#1225 of 2974)
Edited by Jun 2, 2006 11:25 pm

Maybe someone was afraid not to give her an award. Bella can have that effect on people.

:-)


Hollywand - Jun 3, 2006 9:18 am (#1226 of 2974)

Yeah...maybe Bella got the "Most Likely to End Up in Azkaban Award".


Mediwitch - Jun 3, 2006 7:06 pm (#1227 of 2974)

:snort: ..."Most Likely to End Up in Azkaban Award"...


Phelim Mcintyre - Jun 4, 2006 6:40 am (#1228 of 2974)

Living in the South of England the accent on the radio is traditonally South Western. Probably Dorset, Somerset or Wltshire. Sounds similar to Phil off Time Team


the judderman - Jun 4, 2006 7:59 am (#1229 of 2974)
Edited by Catherine Jun 4, 2006 8:39 am

bellatrix lestrange seems to be a very powerful witch, so it doesnt surprise me at all that she would receive awards in school. Just because we aren't meant to like her doesnt mean shes not talented.

the judderman,

The reason your post is in italics is because you did not use proper capitalization at the beginning of your post. We do not use netspeak on the Forum, which means that we capitalize the first letter of a sentence, proper names, and we use apostrophes in contractions. --Catherine


azi - Jun 4, 2006 2:22 pm (#1230 of 2974)

Hehe, Phelim, that's so true! No wonder I recognised it!

Having been to the South-West this weekend, I agree with what Phelim says on accents!

I agree Judderman!


Finn BV - Jun 4, 2006 6:26 pm (#1231 of 2974)

Happy Birthday (not) Draco!


Laura W - Jun 5, 2006 4:08 am (#1232 of 2974)

Rats! (Or should I say, Ferrets?) You beat me to it, Finn!

I was just about to write on the DM thread, "For those of you so inclined - which I am not!! -, you might want to wish Draco Malfoy a Happy Birthday today", but I decided to come here first and I saw your post. Ok, well the important thing is that *someone* said it.

Laura


Finn BV - Jun 5, 2006 5:53 am (#1233 of 2974)

I'm sorry, Laura, but I didn't want Draco to feel belated or anything…


Madame Pomfrey - Jun 5, 2006 6:45 am (#1234 of 2974)

OK..I'll say it then. Happy Birthday,Draco.However, no presents from me nor "forever more."

Hey...Someone can paddle him 17 times with any magical device of your choice!


John Bumbledore - Jun 5, 2006 7:05 am (#1235 of 2974)

"Someone can paddle [Draco] 17 times with any magical device of your choice!" -- Madame Pomfrey

And the Whomping Willow raises a limb to volunteer!

Seventeen wacks, and as is traditional (here anyway), one more to grow on.

Poor Draco, he has been led down a very bad path by his father.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

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Madame Pomfrey - Jun 5, 2006 7:57 am (#1236 of 2974)

That is true,John.Had he been raised by someone else he probably would have been ok.

Perfect whipping device,by the way.


Thora - Jun 5, 2006 10:21 am (#1237 of 2974)

Yes well, then Harry should be horrid after the way he was raised. Chioces, you know...

Thora


zelmia - Jun 5, 2006 3:29 pm (#1238 of 2974)

So I guess this means darling Draco may indeed yet make it to the end of the series.


skh - Jun 6, 2006 2:21 am (#1239 of 2974)

I'm sure this isn't the place and I'm sure there are thousands of better threads, but poor old Draco - I don't think he'll ever be "good" but I think there'll be a redemption of sorts...

Anyway, hope the birthday wasn't too miserable Draco!


Neville Longbottom - Jun 9, 2006 7:28 am (#1240 of 2974)

Yes well, then Harry should be horrid after the way he was raised.


To be fair to Draco, the difference is, that as far as we know Lucius and Narcissa love him. That is a difference, because Harry has no reason to accept the Dursleys' moral values, because they treat him badly from the beginning, while Draco has reasons to accept his parents moral values, because he feels close to them.


Jewel - Jun 11, 2006 12:23 pm (#1241 of 2974)

Good point, but even so Draco still has a choice in how he treats others. Sirius' family were all muggle haters, but that didn't stop him from making his own choices. He chose not to care what the parentage was of the people he befriended. What mattered was the person that they were, not how pure their blood was.


skh - Jun 12, 2006 1:15 am (#1242 of 2974)

I agree Jewel, but Neville makes a v good point - I guess Sirius is more the exception, as it is possible to make these huge steps to go against the family grain in a massive way and although Sirius managed it, it is generally the exception... Not that this condones Draco in anyway, it just makes it more understandable.


Amilia Smith - Jun 12, 2006 2:51 am (#1243 of 2974)

It just goes to show how strong a personality Sirius had, for all his flaws. I wonder what he could have become if he hadn't been shut up in Azkaban at such a young age.

Mills.


Winky Woo - Jun 26, 2006 8:51 am (#1244 of 2974)

***Alert*****

JK Rowling is going to be on Richard and Judy at 5pm!

For our none UK members its a husband and wife chat show, a bit of an institution in the UK. Unfortunately I am In my folks house and I cant tape it. :sad:

I'll try and take a few notes and report back!


Madame Pomfrey - Jun 26, 2006 10:00 am (#1245 of 2974)

Thanks Winky,Maybe we will find out some scoop!


It's Tonks - Jun 26, 2006 12:50 pm (#1246 of 2974)

Check this out [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] JKR just gave some info about the final chapter and some changes in who lives and who dies.


Winky Woo - Jun 26, 2006 2:17 pm (#1247 of 2974)

I've posted on the chat thread a kind of summary of what I can remember...which isn't a lot!

Winky X


TheSaint - Jun 26, 2006 2:58 pm (#1248 of 2974)

I have to wonder if she is almost done if she knows how the end has changed!


Madame Pomfrey - Jun 26, 2006 3:11 pm (#1249 of 2974)

One character got a reprieve, but I have to say two die that I didn't intend to die."

I wonder who got a reprieve? And the two that she didn't intend to die? Now,I'm worried.


Ponine - Jun 26, 2006 3:38 pm (#1250 of 2974)

I know, Madame Pomfrey, I know!!


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Choices - Jun 26, 2006 4:50 pm (#1251 of 2974)

And those deaths supposedly occur in the first part of the book - maybe even in the first chapter, if I remember correctly.


TheSaint - Jun 26, 2006 5:31 pm (#1252 of 2974)

Choices: Where is that from? I did not read that part.


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 26, 2006 5:43 pm (#1253 of 2974)

ahh me niether! I'm really a bit scared now......what if it's someone like Luna or Neville, or Ron or Hermione....

::pleading with Jo to not kill my favorite characters::


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jun 26, 2006 10:54 pm (#1254 of 2974)

Not to put a damper on anyone's hopes concerning the two upcoming deaths...

JKR does say something to the effect that since we're dealing with pure evil, one does not target the extras, they go for the main characters, or I do when asked by Judy if the two are much loved ones. Also she said when she told her husband which ones, he shuddered and said something like oh no, not that one.

EDIT: Found the quote. "A price has to be paid, we are dealing with pure evil here. They don't target extras, do they? They go for the main characters -- well, I do." AFP here Methinks someone needs to start a thread on this topic. HINT, HINT...

...toddles off to bed...


TheSaint - Jun 27, 2006 12:14 am (#1255 of 2974)

But she also states that it is minor changes. Should it be major changes then all the clues we have been trying to decipher for years are useless. Her ability to change a major plot line after this many books and years would mean all of these clues are herring.

As we know, almost every character has been 'grim' at some point. So maybe they are all written with the possability of death, just to be on the safe side.


Ann - Jun 27, 2006 5:09 am (#1256 of 2974)

There's no evidence that these two additional deaths occur in the first chapter or the first part of the book, Choices. She mentioned them in connection with the last chapter--she said one character got a reprieve but two more died, so the last chapter will have to be changed. She's said that the last chapter deals with what happens to the survivors, so she has to erase two aftermaths and add one.

She didn't say anything about where the deaths occurred. You might assume, since she's presumably around halfway done, that the new deaths occur in the first half; on the other hand, she plans her books quite thoroughly, so it may be that she made those changes some time ago, in the planning stages.

But, given the extent to which she's planned the whole series, I'm fairly sure that, however major, the two new deaths aren't Harry, Ron, Hermione, or Ginny. Surely those characters' fates (which could include death) are so key that they've been set forever. I'd suspect the same of Luna and Neville, but that's less sure. And there are a lot of major characters.

So, cheer up, Choices. Perhaps she's decided to reprieve Dudley and kill off Vernon and Petunia. (She seems to have moved in the direction of blaming them for Dudley's cruelty in recent books.)


The One - Jun 27, 2006 5:36 am (#1257 of 2974)

Ann, that was my initial reaction, but after having considered a bit more I changed my opinion. See my post:

The One, "+ Who will die in books 6/7?" #805, 26 Jun 2006 1:44 pm

But, I still doubt that the plans for Harry's survival is changed.


Lina - Jun 27, 2006 6:24 am (#1258 of 2974)

Ann: She didn't say anything about where the deaths occurred. You might assume, since she's presumably around halfway done, that the new deaths occur in the first half; on the other hand, she plans her books quite thoroughly, so it may be that she made those changes some time ago, in the planning stages.

I have been wrong in the past, so I could be again, but I tend to take this even more broadly. She wrote the last chapter 16 years ago and now she has to change it because one character survived that she expected 16 years ago that would be dead by the end of the series, and two other that she expected to be in the last chapter, when she wrote it, aren't alive any more. So, the way I see it, it is possible that the two characters that she has to remove from the last chapter are dead already and we know that they are dead, but we don't know that she planned 16 years ago that they would be alive.

I hope it is possible to understand what I wrote and that it makes sense. Maybe I am just too optimistic, but I just see it as a possibility. She was talking only about the last chapter of the book that has to be slightly changed because the characters in it are not going to be the same. But the changes in plot that have caused the changing in the last chapter did not have to happen in the last book exactly.

I truly hope that some day she will post at least a part of the original last chapter at her site so that we can see who are the characters that she was talking about.


The One - Jun 27, 2006 6:57 am (#1259 of 2974)

Lina, I must admitt I doubt this. It is my impression that she always knew that Dumbledore and Sirius would die. The other detah's has been rather minor, and will probaly not have promted her to change the last chapther. I sort of doubt that she would have told us what happened to Cederic if he had not died.

No, I think that the dath's she refers to are in book 7, but so far we know nothing about where in the book it happens.

Just my 2 knut


Ann - Jun 27, 2006 8:49 am (#1260 of 2974)

I agree that Dumbledore's death and Sirius's death (which was clearly essential in ways we don't yet understand) must have been planned from the beginning. The more I think of it, the more I like my idea of a one for two switch of Dursleys, from the nasty son to the parents who made him nasty. After all, as JKR becomes a more experienced (and, I'm sure, exemplary) parent, her views on the Dursleys will become more and more negative. I know she said somewhere that she views Vernon Dursley as the nastiest character she's created. Surely she'll want him to suffer for his horribleness.


The One - Jun 27, 2006 8:57 am (#1261 of 2974)

The storry is about love, not about revenge. I doubt very much that Jo will ounish her characters just for the case of revenge.

Petunia might provide Harry with some more information. But exept from that the Dursleys is simply background characters of little significanse. Hardly worth the bother of killing of.


Soul Search - Jun 27, 2006 6:04 pm (#1262 of 2974)

What good would an "Epilogue" be if the main characters are killed off? I have always thought that her holding up the last chapter and saying it was an epilogue told us that, at least, Harry, Ron and Hermione survived.

Since Harry would be miserable if Ginny died, she must live too. Besides, they have to give the wizarding world some fine wizards and witches. Probably be a lot of trouble raising them, though.

I wonder if characters introduced late are at more risk; sort of, introduced as expendable.

A number of students that were in the DA were introduced in CoS. Fudge was mentioned in SS, but we first met him in CoS. Draco mentioned his father constantly, but we first met Lucius in CoS. Dobby, too.

Lupin and Rosmerta were introduced in PoA. Scabbers was in SS, but Wormtail didn't appear until PoA.

Bill and Charlie were mentioned in SS, but we didn't meet them until GoF. Bill's probably safe, since he got messed up rather badly; that should be enough for him. Moody, Fleur, Victor, and Winky were introduced in GoF. We first met Narcissa in GoF. I think that is the first time we learned her name. Draco didn't talk about her much. Actually, we didn't really "meet" Narcissa in GoF; maybe we should call it HBP for her.

Tonks, Luna, Aberforth, and Grawp in OotP, and, of course, Umbridge (hope she wasn't reprived.) There were also some aurors; they could well be at risk. Also Bellatrix and a lot of DE's.

Slughorn in HBP, plus a slew of students, none of whom seem to be significant in any way.

There are some students that were in SS, but have faded away. Like the first year Quidich team.

I wonder if she includes magical creatures, like the centaurs.

As I think about it, there are a lot of characters that could get killed off without affecting our favorites. Wishful thinking, but there you are.


TheSaint - Jun 27, 2006 9:30 pm (#1263 of 2974)

Going by the last book release...

She apparently started before her son was born, but laid it aside for quite some time.. she restarted, just before her son was one (in March). March 2004 she gave an update on progress. June 2004 she gave us the title...which she does not do till she is done. Dec we were told she was done..edits and all and given a release date.

Since she has updated and given pretty good evidence that she is fairly far along (knowing how story has changed the outcomes) then I am most hopeful!


Phelim Mcintyre - Jun 28, 2006 3:08 am (#1264 of 2974)

There is a vote on the BBC website, entertainment page, whether JKR should kill off Harry.


jose043 - Jun 28, 2006 3:55 am (#1265 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Dobby have a wonderful day & more to come.

Josephine & Anne

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dobbyiscool - Jun 28, 2006 1:00 pm (#1266 of 2974)

Wow, I had forgotten that Dobby's birthday and my sister's are the same day.

Happy Birthday Dobby!


Jewel - Jun 28, 2006 4:07 pm (#1267 of 2974)

How could I forget it was Dobby's birthday, I was just on Jo's site last night and mentioned it to my daughter! (She loves Dobby!)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DOBBY!

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S.E. Jones - Jun 28, 2006 5:51 pm (#1268 of 2974)

Lina --She wrote the last chapter 16 years ago and now she has to change it because one character survived that she expected 16 years ago that would be dead by the end of the series, and two other that she expected to be in the last chapter, when she wrote it, aren't alive any more. So, the way I see it, it is possible that the two characters that she has to remove from the last chapter are dead already and we know that they are dead, but we don't know that she planned 16 years ago that they would be alive.... She was talking only about the last chapter of the book that has to be slightly changed because the characters in it are not going to be the same. But the changes in plot that have caused the changing in the last chapter did not have to happen in the last book exactly.--

You know, this is a possibility, though I have to agree with The One that Sirius and Dumbledore's deaths were probably planned from the beginning to happen when they did. You did make me rethink a few things, though. The character who got the reprieve has been in the last book all along, but I wonder if the two who are now going to be killed might be newer characters that she didn't initially foresee and so weren't initially in the last chapter of Book 7? We have characters like Rita Skeeter and Luna, just as examples, who started out as different or multiple characters but became who they now are in the course of writing books 4 and 5. I doubt she had an end in mind for them back in the early 90s when she wrote that last chapter....

EDIT: I moved my post to the 'Who will die in books 6/7' thread....


Finn BV - Jun 29, 2006 2:37 pm (#1269 of 2974)

Hi Sarah! Good to see you around!

Happy Belated, Dobby!


Ellen Jones - Jun 30, 2006 1:06 am (#1270 of 2974)

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but what do you do with the red and green bottles beside the door that won't open on JKR's site? How many drops go in the plant? Thanks.


Ellen Jones - Jun 30, 2006 1:11 am (#1271 of 2974)

Never mind. I found it @ mugglenet. Thanks anyway.


Sticky Glue - Jun 30, 2006 6:16 pm (#1272 of 2974)

New Wizard of the month - Tarquin McTavish (went to prison for traping his muggle neibour inside his tea kettle.)


Mediwitch - Jun 30, 2006 7:18 pm (#1273 of 2974)

Wonder if he lives on Privet Drive?


Elanor - Jun 30, 2006 10:45 pm (#1274 of 2974)

First thing that came to my mind when reading "Tarquin" was Grand Moff Tarkin and Leia's "I thought I recognized your unique stench when I was firt brought on board". Then I thought of the Roman kings and then of Tarquin, a character from the French movie "Chouans!", quite austere character (played by Lambert Wilson -Matrix's "Merovingian" - when he was very young).

Too much thinking that early in the morning, LOL!


Nathan Zimmermann - Jun 30, 2006 11:48 pm (#1275 of 2974)
Edited Jul 1, 2006 12:46 am

Tarquin was also the name of the last of the legendary kings of Rome before the institution of the Roman Republic in 509 B.C.E. He figures prominently on one of Shakespeare's long poems although I cannot remember which one.

The surname McTavish belongs to one of the clans that inhabits the Hebrides Islands off the western coast of Scotland. There motto is particularly interesting given J.K. Rowling's recent statements about the deaths of two characters in book seven because, their motto is translated into English as meaning: Do not forget me after death.

Also, it should be noted that the Hebrides are home to the species of Dragon know as the Hebridean Black Dragon.

Britain's other native dragon is more aggressive than its Welsh counterpart. It requires a territory of as much as a hundred square miles per dragon. Up to thirty feet in length, the Hebridean Black is rough scales, with brilliant purple eyes, and line of shallow but razor-sharp ridges along its back. Its tail is tipped by an arrow shaped spike and it has bat like wings. The Hebridean Black feeds mostly on deer, though it has been known to carry off large dogs and even cattle. The wizard clan MacFusty, who have dwelled in the Hebrides for centuries have traditionally taken responsibility for the management of their native dragons. (FB page 12)

The description of the dragon is intriguing because in a way it reminds me of Severus Snape in three ways.

First, Severus Snape has been described as bat-like. For example he was described as an overgrown bat during the course of PS. Second, Severus was a member of the House of Slythern while in school and later served as it's head. The emblem of Slytherin is a serpent. Third, the fact that the diet of the Hebridean Black consists mainly of deer and can sometimes include large dogs reminds me of the animosity that existed between Severus and James whose animagus form was that of stag (deer) and Sirius whose animagus form was that of large black dog.


Madame Pomfrey - Jul 1, 2006 7:38 am (#1276 of 2974)

Tarquin is still alive.I wonder if we'll see him mentioned in book 7?

Interesting post,Nathan.


Ann - Jul 1, 2006 11:57 am (#1277 of 2974)

Very interesting indeed, Nathan, particularly the bit about the deer and the dog. I wonder who has a cow Animagus form! Whoever it might be, one can easily see Snape devouring the sort of person who would take that form--placid and cud-chewing.

Odd that someone who was imprisoned for putting a Muggle in a teakettle should be selected as Wizard of the Month. Isn't it supposed to be an honor? Who is doing the selecting, do you think? Have we had dishonorable WoMs previously?

Edit: Okay, there is Yardley Platt (February 2006), who was a serial goblin killer, but he lived in the 15th-16th century, and it may have been seen as a good thing then. (I've forgotten when the Goblin wars were, if I ever knew.) And there's Carlotta Pinkstone (November 2005) who has been imprisoned, but she's the founder of a protest movement, and gets arrested as a political statement. Other wizards of the month seem to be famous, though for fairly silly things, like wearing a jellyfish for a hat, eating a Venomous Tentacula, and being the first to die of Dragon Pox. But they don't otherwise seem to be petty criminals.


Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 1, 2006 12:20 pm (#1278 of 2974)
Edited Jul 1, 2006 1:44 pm

In my earlier post concerning the Clan McTavish I forgot to mention that the chieftains of the clan claim descent from the ancient kings of Dalriada. Although this claim may not be wholly accurate as Patricia Adams pointed out in her genealogies of the Clan McTavish

Please keep in mind that the pedigree of Clan MacTavish reaching this far back in history is in ancient times. There are no existing birth records, death records, etc., with the exception of the ancient annals and chronicles. There were no computers, no CDs, no microfilm, etc. Not everyone could read and write. The name of the same person was many times spelled differently by different scribes. We have to depend on the Annals of the Four Master, Annals of Ulster, Annals of Tigernach, and these records often time disagree on the year of the event. Later published materials may have picked up on incorrect information, or may have found newer documentation. Clans may very well have changed pedigrees over the years, sometimes because they learned of factual information and sometimes because they simply took advantage to change the line of a Chief to what they felt was a loftier claim. (The Clan Campbell, for example, changed their published Chief's line between 1975 and 1992.) I take this opportunity to caution you when reading history or pedigrees based on ancient documents or documents 1700, which may be written in another language (such as Latin) and call for translations. The line of any chief of a Clan (just as our personal family research) becomes speculation and opinion as you go back before the year 1000. Some of us in our own personal family research may not even be searchable before the year 1700. Different historians have different opinions. If those opinions or writings are incorrect, the erroneous information may be written and rewritten for years. Again, I caution you: I have put together the Chiefly line of Clan MacTavish with what I feel is correct from the information we have; however, research continues and I am always open to new documentation with sources cited. (Adams July 2000)

I find the idea of the chieftains reworking genealogies to assert stronger claims to be strikingly similar to the actions of Severus Snape in so far as Snape gave himself the epithet the Half-Blood Pince in order to emphasize the fact his mother was a witch while, downplaying the fact that his father was a Muggle. Is it possible that McTavish is a either a Death Eater or a former Death Eater?

Ann, the only character I can recall being described as a cow is Fleur. In chapter five of HBP Ginny calls Fleur a cow.

"Whereas Bill and Fleur . . . He's a down to earth sort of person, whereas she's -" "A cow," said Ginny nodding. (HBP Large Print Edition page 127)

On the subject of the Tarquin McTavish imprisoning his Muggle neighbor in a tea kettle. His crime reminds me of the tea party scene with the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, and the Dormouse in chapter seven of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

This piece of rudeness was more than Alice could bear: she got up in great disgust, and walked off; the Dormouse fell asleep instantly, and neither of the others took the least notice of her going, though she looked back once or twice, half hoping that they would call after her: the last time she saw them, they were trying to put the Dormouse into the teapot.

Edited to combine two post because, upon reflection the second post although it was able to stand alone. It seemed that the flow of the was better served by combining them


haymoni - Jul 2, 2006 5:38 am (#1279 of 2974)

Everytime I see "Tarquin", I think "Tarquin et Pindar. Lapis Philosophorum"

Tarquin & Pindar Philospher's Stone

It's from "Gone-Away Lake", which gives a good explaination of what a philospher's stone is.

It has always made me resent that the American Book was called "Sorceror" instead of "Philosopher".


Eponine - Jul 2, 2006 6:20 am (#1280 of 2974)

haymoni, that's the book that taught me what a Philosopher's Stone was. I was thinking of Tarquin et Pindar yesterday while reading this tread!

It has always made me resent that the American Book was called "Sorceror" instead of "Philosopher".

Me too!


Anna L. Black - Jul 4, 2006 1:25 am (#1281 of 2974)

Rita Skeeter was also called a cow in GOF. But be are already familiar with her animagus form, so it doesn't say much....


Regan of Gong - Jul 4, 2006 2:25 am (#1282 of 2974)

Was that after she printed the article about Hagrid in GoF? And there was that killer line from Dumbledore?

"Don't worry Harry, I have gone temporarily deaf and did not hear a word of what you just said"


Ginerva Potter - Jul 15, 2006 2:33 pm (#1283 of 2974)

Hi, I just noticed something on the site that I've never seen before. There is a shadow over the diary entry that I don't remember being there. Has anyone noticed that? Is it just a cool time of day thing? Thanks!

Ginny


Ginerva Potter - Jul 16, 2006 8:50 am (#1284 of 2974)

Nevermind. It's still there and it's probably just something I've never noticed! It has been so long since we had an update; I'm grasping at straws!

Ginny


Madame Pomfrey - Jul 16, 2006 2:11 pm (#1285 of 2974)

Ginerva,I think the shadow has always been there.I do the same thing when we haven't had updates in awhile. We are ready for an update,Jo.


Soul Search - Jul 16, 2006 5:24 pm (#1286 of 2974)

I think we should hint for a book title. She certainly knows what she is going to call Book Seven. I have been writing "Book Seven" for way too long.


Madame Pomfrey - Jul 16, 2006 6:00 pm (#1287 of 2974)

Yes,book title would be most excellent.


Amilia Smith - Jul 16, 2006 10:23 pm (#1288 of 2974)

Especially if Book 7 really is going to be released next year. Every week that goes by without giving us a title gets me more and more worried that it won't be coming out until 2008.

Mills.


virginiaelizabeth - Jul 16, 2006 11:16 pm (#1289 of 2974)

I wish she'd open that stupid door! It's driving me mad that she won't open it! I just wish she'd update, It's been a while for her journal and the FAQ Poll. But if it takes a long time for her to do it AKA time away from writng book7, then she can forget the web site and just finish the book!!


journeymom - Jul 17, 2006 10:34 am (#1290 of 2974)

The spinning top on the Rubbish Bin page still doesn't do anything other than spin? It's not part of a puzzle?


Finn BV - Jul 17, 2006 3:55 pm (#1291 of 2974)

I really want the WOMBAT, level 2.


Gina R Snape - Jul 17, 2006 4:31 pm (#1292 of 2974)

Me too! I was just looking at my level 1 certificate yesterday trying to decide where to hang it. It sure would be nice to have a second certificate to go next to it.


Lina - Jul 17, 2006 10:27 pm (#1293 of 2974)

Journeymom, if the spinning top is a part of some puzzle, we haven't discovered that yet.

I would like the Wombat test level 2 too...


Esther Rose - Jul 18, 2006 5:23 am (#1294 of 2974)

Oh I wouldn't play with that spinning top for too long. It just might be a Horcrux.


Caius Iulius - Jul 18, 2006 2:18 pm (#1295 of 2974)

Anything new would just be nice.


skh - Jul 19, 2006 3:10 am (#1296 of 2974)

Even a new picture that didn't do anything!!! I know we all prefer that she be writing, that's taken as read - but for the love of ... please give us an auld update!

(whine over!)


Mrs. D. - Jul 19, 2006 9:29 am (#1297 of 2974)

I even brought my laptop on vacation so I could check to make sure the second Wombat didn't open and close while I was gone. I need therapy!


Snuffles - Jul 20, 2006 3:07 am (#1298 of 2974)

Pop into St. Mungo's Mrs. D.

We all need a bed from time to time!


Thora - Jul 20, 2006 11:45 am (#1299 of 2974)

Don't worry all, I'm going on vacation soon and the way my luck goes something exciting HP related will happen. After all, last time I was without internet for a few days she gave a half an hour interview. (Yes, I am aware that I have revealed my insanity, but I was going to warn everyone to keep thier eyes open last time. I thought better of it. Sure enough I missed out on the interview. The time before that we got the WOMBAT test. I have rotten luck!)


skh - Jul 21, 2006 4:22 am (#1300 of 2974)

I hear you Thora - last time I was away, I nearly missed the WOMBAT... I just got back in time though!


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Chemyst - Jul 21, 2006 5:27 pm (#1301 of 2974)

Thora, if it will help get another update, I will gladly owl-post you a few galleons for your holiday fund!


Mediwitch - Jul 22, 2006 5:28 pm (#1302 of 2974)

When I saw a bunch of new posts I was afraid that something exciting had happened while I was on vacation...while I really would love something new from Jo I am glad I didn't miss anything!


Thora - Jul 23, 2006 10:14 am (#1303 of 2974)

Thanks for the offer Chemyst.

Well I leave Friday the 28th, so everyone get ready.


Kneazle - Jul 25, 2006 10:35 am (#1304 of 2974)

Does anyone know, If you missed the first WOMBAT will you be able to do the second?


Madame Pomfrey - Jul 25, 2006 11:03 am (#1305 of 2974)

I think everyone can take the second Wombat reguardless of how well they did or even if they missed the first one.


journeymom - Jul 25, 2006 11:57 am (#1306 of 2974)

I certainly hope so!


The giant squid - Jul 25, 2006 12:28 pm (#1307 of 2974)

I can't point out the exact place, but I believe somewhere JKR mentioned that the WOMBAT Level 2 will be open to everyone, even those that missed Level 1.


Gina R Snape - Jul 25, 2006 1:51 pm (#1308 of 2974)

I cannot imagine them closing out Wombat 2 to anyone who missed the first one. That would be very unfair. Not to mention it would discourage participation, which I hardly think is something they'd want to do.


Finn BV - Jul 25, 2006 7:24 pm (#1309 of 2974)

I believe it was the thing inside the door after it was over and once results were ready. But I definitely remember her saying not to lose heart if you missed it.


John Bumbledore - Jul 26, 2006 8:33 am (#1310 of 2974)

I hope to one day take the W.O.M.B.A.T Level 1 exam. I missed it the FEW SHORT DAYS it was available. Sorry, rant over.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Madame Kulich - Jul 27, 2006 10:36 am (#1311 of 2974)

Does anyone else have the FEELING that an update will come soon? I can't shake it. I have checked her site almost every hour for the last three days because I just know it will be updated soon. Just want to see if I am alone.


journeymom - Jul 27, 2006 12:39 pm (#1312 of 2974)

Well, I check the web site daily... just in case!


Kneazle - Jul 27, 2006 12:52 pm (#1313 of 2974)



!Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

You're not alone I check at least twice a day, morning and then night!


Flo - Jul 27, 2006 12:59 pm (#1314 of 2974)

Hello everyone,

I am looking forward to an update, too! Maybe next Monday, as it will be 31 July ?


Kneazle - Jul 27, 2006 1:13 pm (#1315 of 2974)

!Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

All we'll probably get then is a happy birthday Harry. AHH, pessimism! LOL


Good Evans - Jul 27, 2006 1:29 pm (#1316 of 2974)

Yes I was thinking Jo / Harry's birthday or maybe an announcement prior to the New York readings / panel meeting. that would be this weekend before she goes?? Oh I hope we get something - that door has been closed a mighty long time.


Gina R Snape - Jul 27, 2006 7:12 pm (#1317 of 2974)

I can foresee her using the event here in NYC as an opportunity to make some sort of announcement (book title?). That would certainly show up on the website. But I don't know about another WOMBAT. I will rely on those with better psychic abilities than me in this case.


zelmia - Jul 28, 2006 12:21 pm (#1318 of 2974)

Well, even if there is another WOMBAT soon, I can't remember my Student ID so I guess I'll have to start over.


TheSaint - Jul 28, 2006 3:00 pm (#1319 of 2974)

Yikes! I don't know where I packed mine!


azi - Jul 28, 2006 3:07 pm (#1320 of 2974)

**Is proud her ID number was packed carefully when moving, and now sits next to her computer**


TheSaint - Jul 28, 2006 3:11 pm (#1321 of 2974)

Oh, sure....rub it in!


Die Zimtzicke - Jul 28, 2006 4:42 pm (#1322 of 2974)

Laurence Olivier named his son Tarquin, after a character in a play, but I can't remember the play. I'll have to go try to find it. If it was British, as Olivier was, then maybe it's something Jo would know.

Edited to add: it was Shakespeare...the Rape of Lucrece.


Eponine - Jul 28, 2006 5:37 pm (#1323 of 2974)

My ID number is saved in a Word document. If I had written it down, I know I would have lost it.


TheSaint - Jul 28, 2006 5:58 pm (#1324 of 2974)

finds Wombat ID, proceeds to break out label maker and makes label with id number to attach to computer* Whew! *wipes brow*


Mediwitch - Jul 28, 2006 7:27 pm (#1325 of 2974)

Me too, Eponine!


cindysuewho45 - Jul 28, 2006 8:06 pm (#1326 of 2974)

Hi all, I still have my W.O.M.B.A.T. info. and numbers, thank God! And I too would love it if we could a new up date. I have been looking in about ever other day, just so I will not miss out on anything. I was thinking that 7/31 would be a good time to look in to it.


Gina R Snape - Jul 29, 2006 8:02 am (#1327 of 2974)

I printed out my WOMBAT certificate on glossy paper and have it proudly displayed in my home office.


Kneazle - Jul 29, 2006 9:16 pm (#1328 of 2974)
Edited by Jul 29, 2006 9:17 pm

!Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

>HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEVILLE!
Are we to take this as he survives?


Finn BV - Jul 29, 2006 9:46 pm (#1329 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Neville, and I sure hope so Kneazle!


Laura W - Jul 29, 2006 11:51 pm (#1330 of 2974)

Happy birthday, Neville.

Laura


jose043 - Jul 30, 2006 12:45 am (#1331 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Neville & Many more to come.

Josephine & Anne


septentrion - Jul 30, 2006 6:38 am (#1332 of 2974)

Happy birthday Neville!

If there's an update tomorrow, I hope it'll be available for more than a week, just because I'm going on holiday to meet Lina.


Jewel - Jul 30, 2006 7:33 am (#1333 of 2974)

Happy birthday to Neville!


Mediwitch - Jul 30, 2006 8:57 am (#1334 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Neville!


Choices - Jul 30, 2006 9:25 am (#1335 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Neville - Live Long and Prosper!!


Good Evans - Jul 30, 2006 10:42 am (#1336 of 2974)

Me too Gina

for anyone that did print or save their certificate your number is printed on it, so you do have a record!

Happy Birthday to the round faced forgetful one!


Tazzygirl - Jul 30, 2006 3:09 pm (#1337 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Neville!

I, too, have my I.D. number saved in a Word document!


virginiaelizabeth - Jul 30, 2006 6:35 pm (#1338 of 2974)

Happy Birthday to Neville and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to HARRY!!! Jo has updated it now! YAY it's been a great day, both Harry and Neville are going to live!!!


Ida-ho-Potato - Jul 30, 2006 7:20 pm (#1339 of 2974)

The calender in JK site said July 31, but the real date was still July 30 around 7pm, eastern time.

So Happy Birthday Harry Potter!!!!!!!!

I guess it is tomorrow already in England.


Kneazle - Jul 30, 2006 7:46 pm (#1340 of 2974)
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!Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

SO where's our updates? Open door? Hello? I NEED SOMETHING!!!{shuffles off for a calming draught}


virginiaelizabeth - Jul 30, 2006 7:48 pm (#1341 of 2974)

Kneazle, I think the birthday's are done automatically, as when I saw that Harry's B-Day was up it would have been around 3AM in England, so if she does update, she will probably wait until morning..just guessing here!


Finn BV - Jul 30, 2006 8:03 pm (#1342 of 2974)

The birthdays are done automatically. England is 5 hours ahead of Eastern Time, I believe. So at 7:00 they turn.


Mediwitch - Jul 30, 2006 8:50 pm (#1343 of 2974)

Happy Birthday, Harry!




Tazzygirl - Jul 30, 2006 9:08 pm (#1344 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Harry!!


Madame Pomfrey - Jul 30, 2006 9:45 pm (#1345 of 2974)

Happy Birthday,Harry and Jo!


jose043 - Jul 30, 2006 10:34 pm (#1346 of 2974)

Happy Birthday to Harry & JKR hope you both have many more.

Josepine & Anne

PS It is 1:35pm Perth West Aus. 31st July


Laura W - Jul 30, 2006 11:05 pm (#1347 of 2974)

"Happy Birthday to Harry & JKR hope you both have many more"

I second that, Josephine!

Laura


Snuffles - Jul 31, 2006 12:39 am (#1348 of 2974)

There were so many posts I thought I had missed an update!

I am now worrying about what I did with my Student I.D. *breaks out in cold sweat* I'm sure it's tucked away safely at home!


azi - Jul 31, 2006 3:01 am (#1349 of 2974)

Happy birthday Harry and JKR!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 31, 2006 3:10 am (#1350 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Jo and Harry!


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Herm oh ninny - Jul 31, 2006 6:36 am (#1351 of 2974)

Happy Belated Birthday to Neville!

Happy Birthday Harry and Jo!!


Jewel - Jul 31, 2006 7:05 am (#1352 of 2974)

Happy birthday to Harry and J.K.R. and many more to come!


Ann - Jul 31, 2006 7:08 am (#1353 of 2974)

Happy Birthday, Harry! And I hope Jo is out enjoying her birthday as well.

Since she seems to do the substantive updates herself (I seem to remember her saying that one error was due to her typing late at night), I hadn't really expected an update today. I do think it's about time we got the title, though. She knows it, and, assuming that the seventh book will be out in the summer of 2007, I'd expect that the whole publicity schedule wouldn't be messed up by giving it to us now. (We got HBP on June 29, 2004, and we got an excerpt in mid-August.)

I rather suspect that the lack of updates mean she's writing quite constantly at the moment. Book 7 is going to be huge, and I'm sure she's begun to realize that. If you tot up all the things she says we'll find out alone--there's an essay on the Lexicon called "The List" that pulls most of them together, and it's a daunting "to do" list for her--she's got a lot on her plate, and then presumably she's got to put some plot in there as well. I'm beginning to wonder if we're not looking at Christmas 2007 instead of the 07-07-07 date everyone's been hoping for. (Please, please, don't make us live through another three-year summer, Jo!)


Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 31, 2006 8:21 am (#1354 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Harry and Jo!

Gina your Avatar is great. I laugh every time I see it. LPO


Stephanie M. - Jul 31, 2006 10:54 am (#1355 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Harry and Jo!


Choices - Jul 31, 2006 11:04 am (#1356 of 2974)

Birthday greetings to Harry and JKR - I wish you happiness and many more happy birthdays to come. {{{hugs}}}


Stringer - Jul 31, 2006 1:13 pm (#1357 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Jo! Thanks for sharing the world of Harry Potter with us!


Tazzygirl - Jul 31, 2006 5:09 pm (#1358 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Jo!!


Mediwitch - Jul 31, 2006 7:02 pm (#1359 of 2974)

*smacks self in forehead*

I forgot to wish Jo a Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Jo!




Ponine - Jul 31, 2006 9:14 pm (#1360 of 2974)

Happy birthday Harry and Jo!!! Live long and prosper!!

I can't see Harry's cake for some reason... It's stuck on wizard of the month, 30/07 for some odd reason...


Madame Kulich - Jul 31, 2006 11:53 pm (#1361 of 2974)

Same here. When I put my cursor over the flip calendar, it is blank. And, when I click on it, it just sits and spins, not doing anything. I wonder what is going to happen? An update? I couldn't be so lucky...


Elanor - Jul 31, 2006 11:58 pm (#1362 of 2974)

Same for me here! Maybe an update is on its way indeed, woohoo!!!

Happy Birthday Jo, Joyeux anniversaire Harry!

And happy birthday to the forumers born on that harry day too!


Madame Kulich - Aug 1, 2006 12:49 am (#1363 of 2974)

I was going to go to bed, but now that the Wizard of the Month link isn't working, I don't want to for fear of missing an update!!!! I hope we get one!


Good Evans - Aug 1, 2006 1:00 am (#1364 of 2974)

Erica Stainwright is the new Wizard of the Month and it works fine for me! - I haven't found anything else yet, am going back for a quick check round the site, but nothing on the main page besides Erica!


skh - Aug 1, 2006 2:48 am (#1365 of 2974)

Maybe that's why Petunia is so anti-wizardry... Lily found some old erica Stainwright products and gave the to her sister to "help her", while really tricking her, hehe! Doesn't sound like her style though - more the kinda prank Sirius would've played?!


cindysuewho45 - Aug 3, 2006 1:43 am (#1366 of 2974)

Hi all, well yes I too could not get the "Wizard of the month" to work. I must have stayed up until 3am looking for new things, but could not find anything. I hope we get something new soon, like this month sometime would be good. I can hope.


Gina R Snape - Aug 3, 2006 1:17 pm (#1367 of 2974)

Just wanted to pop in and say that last night Jo said she's still deciding on a title for the book. She said she had one picked out but then in the shower yesterday thought of a better one. So, we might get a title update soon!


Madam Pince - Aug 3, 2006 1:23 pm (#1368 of 2974)

You know, that's almost kind of scary. You would think that the title of the final book, out of all of them, would've been set in stone ages ago. To imagine that she could all of a sudden think of a "better" one while showering, well.... who knows what else she can/will change? Maybe she's beginning to think along all sorts of new lines and will just have to write another book to round out the series! Wouldn't that be nice?! I'm not expecting it, but it would be nice!


Gina R Snape - Aug 3, 2006 1:40 pm (#1369 of 2974)

I dunno. I think that she leaves the title until she's written the bulk of the book. I take it as a good sign in this case, that she is thinking up titles. It means she's closer to finishing.


Ann - Aug 3, 2006 2:13 pm (#1370 of 2974)

But it makes me wonder whether we'll actually get Book Seven, whatever she calls it, by summer 2007. She did have the title of Book Six set in stone, and announced by late June of 2004, just a little over a year before it came out. On the other hand, that was a title she'd really liked as early as CoS, so perhaps (she says hopefully) the two processes aren't directly comparable.

Perhaps we'll get an update when she gets back? Or next Monday, when she's over her jet lag?


Chemyst - Aug 3, 2006 4:32 pm (#1371 of 2974)

I think you are spot-on, Ann, about having the book six title in mind for years, hence, 'the two processes aren't directly comparable.'
I think Gina had posted that she was going to stay on in The Hamptons for a bit, so her jet may be lagging awhile before it even takes off. But yes, when she gets home I hope she puts 'update website' at the top of her list. One can always pay the help to do the unpacking, right?


Madam Pince - Aug 3, 2006 5:29 pm (#1372 of 2974)

That's a good point, Gina. I guess I always tend to think that since JKR knows the end of the story, that Book 7 is basically pretty much already "written," which of course isn't true at all. There could be a lot that would come up in the course of writing which might change the title, and perhaps now she is getting closer -- she did say something to the effect of "the pressure's off now" which I took to mean she had worked her way through all the potentially cluttered and complicated stuff, and she's apparently decided who lives and who dies. That's gotta be good news. I'll be eagerly watching the website hoping for a big clue!


Madame Kulich - Aug 7, 2006 11:52 pm (#1373 of 2974)

Is the FAQ poll page a little different than usual? I don't remember a "46%" just sitting there on the top left of the page. Do any of you remember that? Maybe we are getting an update soon?! Oh, I wish.


skh - Aug 8, 2006 2:02 am (#1374 of 2974)

Sorry Mme. Kulich, it looks the same to me


Madame Pomfrey - Aug 10, 2006 1:30 pm (#1375 of 2974)

Please Jo..We need book title or a couple of chapter titles..ANYTHING..


legolas returns - Aug 10, 2006 3:35 pm (#1376 of 2974)

I hope that she will give us something. She has said in some interviews that she would be giving us the plot if she told us more clues. There must be a small bit of padding that she could tell us about that we could happily speculate for months on end. The description of the new minister of magic gave us hours of pleasure I seem to remember and the small bit when Harry is lying in the bushes at Privit drive in OOP lead to a major meterological discussion. She cant leave her site like it is until she is ready to tell us when the book is finished. The poll question has been the same for months. Pretty please with a cherry on top-tell us something new. *Goes back to rocking in seat gently*


Rea - Aug 10, 2006 11:00 pm (#1377 of 2974)

Happy birthday Ginny... and me!!! Same day,same year Wink


Hogwarts Class of 85 - Aug 11, 2006 3:40 am (#1378 of 2974)

Here's hoping Ginny's birthday wishes come true


jose043 - Aug 11, 2006 6:22 am (#1379 of 2974)

Happy birthday Ginny & hope you have many more.

From

Josephine & Anne

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cindysuewho45 - Aug 11, 2006 11:14 am (#1380 of 2974)

Hi all, I was up at 3:30am. 2days ago, and on the TV on A&E they had a story about JKR. In this show, JKR said that she had to rewrite the the first part of the PS many time. Because the way she did it at frist gave away the plot for all 7 books. So I was thinking that I need to go back onto JKR site, and look at my scrapbook. Where I have a handful of original writings from PS. I hope there is some good info.. There is like 12 things there and I'm thinking that about 3 or 4 of them are frist writings.


John Bumbledore - Aug 11, 2006 12:07 pm (#1381 of 2974)

Happy birthday, Ginny Weasley!

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Mediwitch - Aug 11, 2006 8:11 pm (#1382 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Ginny and Rea!!



psst...Rea, you and Ginny beat me by 5 days!


Tazzygirl - Aug 12, 2006 5:54 pm (#1383 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Ginny and Rea! (I'm a little late! Sorry! )


kabloink! - Aug 18, 2006 7:58 am (#1384 of 2974)

Where did that tidbit of info come from that book 7 would be done right about the same time as the 5th movie? People kept telling me that, and would argue when I looked at them like they were nuts, because Jo had never put it on her site.


Madam Pince - Aug 18, 2006 9:47 am (#1385 of 2974)

I don't know that we know a date for Book 7, do we? I think we've just been guessing based on how she says she's getting along, and on the schedules of her previous books. Plus, we just thought that 7/7/07 would be way cool. But as far as I know, the only confirmed dates for anything are OotP Movie on 7/13/07, and HBP movie November 2008. (There's an exact day but I forget. Which I think is odd that they could give an exact day for HBP release when they basically haven't even started yet, but hey... I read it in USA Today for what that's worth...)


Nathan Zimmermann - Aug 18, 2006 9:57 am (#1386 of 2974)

The release date for the movie adaptation of HBP is I believe November 21, 2008.


The giant squid - Aug 21, 2006 1:34 am (#1387 of 2974)

Which I think is odd that they could give an exact day for HBP release when they basically haven't even started yet, but hey...--Madame Pince

That's because the studio has already decided when the movie will be done. The budget includes a specific number of days for filming, another number for post-production, etc. Normally a movie can just get pushed back if it's not ready by the pre-arranged release date, but with the HP machine already in motion I think they have a good idea how long everything will take.

Of course, that's usually when it all goes wrong...

Following the current pattern, then, the movie for Book 7 will come out in June 2010. At that point Dan will be 20 (just shy of 21), Rupert will be 21 ( a couple months away from 22) and Emma will have been 20 for 2 months. Not too bad for playing 17 year olds.

Not that this has anything to do with JKR's website, so I'll toddle off now.

--Mike


Chemyst - Aug 21, 2006 5:59 am (#1388 of 2974)

Mike, I'd agree that the cast's ages would be one of the several compelling factors to keep a well-paced production schedule. Now, if only we knew what would be the compeling factor in scheduling a website update...

How's that for a segue back to topic?




Marie E. - Aug 21, 2006 1:04 pm (#1389 of 2974)

Love the segue, Chemyst!


Sticky Glue - Aug 21, 2006 9:56 pm (#1390 of 2974)

Happy birthday Percy - I wonder if that means he going to survive, I thought he might be a character to die?


skh - Aug 22, 2006 3:29 am (#1391 of 2974)

See, I'd say that Perce has to live, as I think he has some sort of crucial (well, in a semi sort of way - crucial for a periphery character, if that makes sense!) role to play... Something along the lines of finally copping on that his family are lovely and, seeing the light at a crucial time, doing something to save one of them. Although, I have to say, I read a theory before about Perce as a double agent (probably on the Percy thread here) that was so good, I'd LOVE it to be true!

Anyhow, Happy Birthday Percy, have a great day! Here's hoping that all your dreams come true and you do manage to end up being Minister of Magic at some stage (but after yuo've come to your senses a bit, so instead of being JUST pompous you're also more clued in to reality, hehe!)

Sarah


Ag Hart - Aug 23, 2006 5:11 pm (#1392 of 2974)

Well, skh, Jo did mention that everyone other than Voldemort was redeemable.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Aug 23, 2006 8:30 pm (#1393 of 2974)

I had a depressing thought today. It seems like a while back Jo commented that no one had figured out the ending. She liked that. I think she will play her cards very close until the book is published. I fear we may not get very many tidbits. LPO


skh - Aug 24, 2006 3:57 am (#1394 of 2974)

Interesting to see who will be redeemed, won't it? (I know this post doesn't really belong here, but idle speculation while we wait for updates is ok, surely?!)

I think Snape and Draco have to be the most likely candidates - dont't think they'll turn out to be "good" or "nice" but I think that they just won't be able to follow every Voldie order right through to the end, in the way that Draco failed to do for Dumbledore.

How about Bellatrix?! That would be the biggest WOW! But that's a "no-way, no-how" to my mind!

It would def be fun if the pictures / background of the website pointed to this kinda stuff, wouldn't it? You know, all those crescent shapes everywhere etc. Don't think they could point to this kinda thing, but woul dbe fun if they were a cryptic clue to SOMETHING!

Anyway, enough idle speculation for now, back to work for a bit!


Ag Hart - Aug 24, 2006 10:02 am (#1395 of 2974)

skh-- The impulse to keep a thread active must be something akin to my impulse to fill in blank sheets. After having reread the transcript of Jo's NY appearance, I must make a correction. She said "almost" anyone other than Voldemort is redeemable. That makes sense, as I can't see Fenrir as a redeemable character. In any case, you may have hit on a great idea for a new thread . If there isn't already one on "redemptive possibilities, there certainly should be. The honor is all yours.


Thora - Aug 24, 2006 11:30 am (#1396 of 2974)

What does a crecent shape mean if you see it at the bottom of your tea cup? Anyone know?


painting sheila - Aug 24, 2006 7:52 pm (#1397 of 2974)

While re-rereading Sorcerer's Stone today - I had a thought. What if the James/Snape relationship is a foreshadow of the Harry?Draco relationship?

Would that mean Harry saves Draco, but Draco is the one that lives in the end?

I don't think I could stand it if that happened!


Chemyst - Aug 24, 2006 8:13 pm (#1398 of 2974)

Thora, there was this.


skh - Aug 25, 2006 3:31 am (#1399 of 2974)

Hey Chemyst - new love and mother .... interesting! Those thoughts could def lead to interesting conclusions!

Nope, Fenrir and Bella are both leopards unlikely to change their particular spots, I think!


Grindylow - Aug 25, 2006 10:52 am (#1400 of 2974)

What about Wormtail? Dumbledore says that Harry might one day be glad he saved Wormtail's life....?


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haymoni - Aug 25, 2006 11:41 am (#1401 of 2974)

Peter is going to use that hand to save Harry.

If my "hand of the Other" theory turns out to be correct, I will be so happy!!

I only have 2 theories I cling to - Otto Bagman is the big, blonde Death Eater and the carefully worded prophesy refers to Peter.

I want to be right about SOMETHING!!!


Ludicrous Patents Office - Aug 25, 2006 5:23 pm (#1402 of 2974)

Haymoni who is Otto Bagman? I missed that one. LPO


Nathan Zimmermann - Aug 25, 2006 5:29 pm (#1403 of 2974)

LPO, Otto Bagman is the brother of Ludovic Bagman, he had incurred the wrath of the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office because of an unusual lawn mower.


haymoni - Aug 26, 2006 8:39 am (#1404 of 2974)

Saving Otto's butt was how Arthur got the tickets in the top box.

It seemed to me at the time a bit extravagant - why not just get Arthur regular tickets to The Cup? Why in the Top Box and why so many? That must have been some lawnmower.

Ludo was in trouble for passing info - what if it was really Otto that passed the info on - info that he learned from his not-so-bright brother?

How many big, blonde adults have we met? Ludo is the only one that I can recall. I am guessing Otto may have blonde hair as well.

Oh - I just want to be right about SOMETHING - that's all!!


Chemyst - Aug 26, 2006 10:59 am (#1405 of 2974)

How many big, blonde adults have we met? What about Lockhart's golden waves? Of course, he's in St. Mungo's so... not him.

I'm really pulling for your "other hand" theory, or at least a close variation. I like it.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Aug 27, 2006 1:12 pm (#1406 of 2974)

Thanks Nathan. He was pointed out a few times. I think he will return. LPO


painting sheila - Aug 27, 2006 7:26 pm (#1407 of 2974)

Haymoni,

Can you repeat what your theory of the "other hand" is? I missed it - but it sounds interesting from what I can gather.


Denise P. - Aug 28, 2006 6:00 am (#1408 of 2974)

If you want to discuss theories, please post to the appropriate thread This is to discuss JKR's website


haymoni - Aug 28, 2006 6:50 am (#1409 of 2974)

There was a thread on the Prophesy itself. I think I put something on there - also check Peter Pettigrew's thread.

I'm sure I posted it all over the place.


Viola Intonada - Aug 29, 2006 10:50 am (#1410 of 2974)

Is it just me, or is this the longest we've gone without an update? Or did we just get spoiled this spring with all of the great updates? I like that she has the diary entry so that I don't have to go to all of the screens to see if anything has been updated and wondering if I missed something.


haymoni - Aug 29, 2006 12:06 pm (#1411 of 2974)

Yes - I'm surprised that we haven't had a wrap-up to the "Harry, Carrie & Grawp" evenings.


Chemyst - Aug 29, 2006 12:13 pm (#1412 of 2974)

There was an update — of sorts — earlier this month, although it did not get mentioned on this thread. From the main page, click the reading glasses to go to the library of links. One of the books now goes to a charity for The Children's Voice.
I know; not the spoiler you were hoping for.


haymoni - Aug 29, 2006 12:19 pm (#1413 of 2974)

My guess is she is worried about revealing even a minute detail that will ruin the ending.

I just take heart that no updates to the website = more Book 7 pages written!


Finn BV - Aug 29, 2006 3:32 pm (#1414 of 2974)

"Harry, Carrie & Grawp" --haymoni

Psst, it's "Garp." But that's an easy enough mistake for any HP fan to make!


Geber - Aug 29, 2006 8:16 pm (#1415 of 2974)

I think the lack of updates go even beyond what haymoni said about not giving away the ending; Ms. Rowling is probably feeling boxed in by what she has written in the previous books, already written on her web site, and already given away in interviews. Writing an ending that fits with everything that is out there is probably tough enough without saying anything more. She doesn't know what she can't say because she isn't finished yet.


LooneyLuna - Aug 31, 2006 11:35 am (#1416 of 2974)

I didn't think about that, Geber. I'm sure you and haymoni are correct. Makes sense. Still, I'd love to see another poll. It's been ages since the last one.


Ann - Aug 31, 2006 5:20 pm (#1417 of 2974)

Or the W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 2? Please?


Nathan Zimmermann - Aug 31, 2006 6:59 pm (#1418 of 2974)

The new Wizard of the Month for September is now on J.K Rowling's calendar.

Hambledon Quince 1936 - present Author of controversial theory that wizards originate from Mars, Muggles from mushrooms.


septentrion - Sep 1, 2006 1:02 am (#1419 of 2974)

Nuclear mushrooms? That theory was just...LOL


Die Zimtzicke - Sep 1, 2006 6:48 am (#1420 of 2974)

I wish we'd get an update. There are so many theories and questions out there, I'm sure she could find SOMETHING to talk about that wouldn't be too damaging. When she posted that Luna was not Snape's. daughter, I hadn't even HEARD that one yet.

I want to know if the BIG blonde death eater is also a part giant. If so I think Hagrid will be the one to defeat him.


Nathan Zimmermann - Sep 1, 2006 9:29 pm (#1421 of 2974)
Edited Sep 1, 2006 10:11 pm

The given name of the new wizard of the month is interesting. There is a small village in Surrey named Hambledon. Hambledon has some interesting legends attributed to it.

First, the church of St Peter lies some distance from most of the houses, at the top of a hill. The churchyard contains two gigantic yew trees - one with a 30 foot circumference and hollow, with space for 12 people inside. The yew tree is associated with Lord Voldemort

Second, local legends assert that if a person walks around the interior of the Church three times you will see a witch.

The surname Quince interesting because, the quince comes from a plant that is self fertilizing just like the Snape is a Vampire and the Lupin is James theory were self propagating.

Quince is frost hardy and requires a cold period below 7 °C to flower properly. The tree is self fertile however yield can benefit from cross fertilisation. The fruit can be left on the tree to ripen further which softens the fruit to the point where it can be eaten raw in warmer climates, but should be picked before the first frosts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quince

The climate in England makes their cultivation difficult because of inadquate temperatures during the summer.

Quinces are mentioned for the first time in an English text in the later 13th century, though cultivation in England is not very successful due to inadequate summer heat to ripen the fruit fully. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quince

I think that Hambledon's Quince's surname, may be an indication that his theories on the evolution of wizards and witches are not generally accepted by the Wizarding World at Large.


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 1, 2006 9:38 pm (#1422 of 2974)

That's pretty cool Nathan! I love when stuff connects like that! I also am amazed at how many time JKR does this. Very Cool!


azi - Sep 2, 2006 4:44 am (#1423 of 2974)

That theory is hilarious! The diagram makes it so much funnier as well.


haymoni - Sep 2, 2006 10:11 am (#1424 of 2974)

"Grawp" - what a maroon I am!!!


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 2, 2006 10:43 am (#1425 of 2974)

You're not a moron, just an obssesed Harry Potter fan!


Madame Pomfrey - Sep 2, 2006 4:26 pm (#1426 of 2974)

Can anyone read what it says at the bottom of the diagram the Wizard Of The Month is holding?


azi - Sep 3, 2006 3:14 am (#1427 of 2974)

Alas no! Sorry, Madam Pomfrey! I tried taking a screenshot and zooming, but it just makes it blurrier.


Madame Pomfrey - Sep 3, 2006 6:07 am (#1428 of 2974)

Thanks for trying,Azi. I didn't have any luck either.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Sep 3, 2006 4:10 pm (#1429 of 2974)

I love the diagram! LPO


skh - Sep 4, 2006 1:58 am (#1430 of 2974)

IN fairness Nathan, yew trees are to be found in most graveyards and cemeteries in the British Isles, even here in Ireland.


Phelim Mcintyre - Sep 4, 2006 3:17 am (#1431 of 2974)

That is because they are meant to keep the devil away and allow the dead to rest in peace.


Nathan Zimmermann - Sep 4, 2006 8:48 am (#1432 of 2974)

I did not know that. It is highly interesting from a symbolic point of view.

The fact that J.K. Rowling assigned Voldemort a wand made of yew could seemingly symbolize two things:

First, it could imply that Voldemort is in some way dead or dying?

Second, Voldemort's wand keeps his enemy, Harry at bay allowing him to rest because, as wands containing cores from Fawkes they will not function properly against each other.

Third, there is a degree of irony about Voldemort's wand being made of yew because, like the devil Voldemort is for the Wizarding World the personification of unadulterated evil, an evil that most people would like to keep in check.


Gina R Snape - Sep 4, 2006 5:35 pm (#1433 of 2974)

Perhaps it was hoped by the wand that by using a yew wood wand, the evil in Tom Riddle would be kept at bay. But the phoenix feather core allows it to regenerate, thereby creating a neverending cycle of waxing and waning evilness (or the power of his evilness)?

Don't know if that makes sense. I'm just rambling off the top of my head.


Phelim Mcintyre - Sep 5, 2006 2:54 am (#1434 of 2974)

Hi Gina - I was wondering where you were as I haven't seen a post for you for tooo long. I've been talking about you on the Sectus thread.

But to get back on topic. JKR are you reading this?

Imperio Give us an update!


Gina R Snape - Sep 5, 2006 5:22 pm (#1435 of 2974)

Thanks, Phelim. I've been horribly busy. But I do pop in now and again and read a post or three.

I've no plans to go to Sectus at the moment, though I am considering going to Prophesy in Toronto.


S.E. Jones - Sep 5, 2006 6:37 pm (#1436 of 2974)

Actually, it's holly that repels evil while Yew is there to represent rebirth (as in a "to be born again in heaven" sort of thing). Nathan, if you're interested in what JKR has to say about wood and symbolism, you should read the "Wands" post on the 'Extras' page of her site.

Here's a quote from that, "I gave Harry a wand made of holly wood back in 1990, when I first drafted chapter six of ‘Philosopher’s Stone’. It was not an arbitrary decision: holly has certain connotations that were perfect for Harry, particularly when contrasted with the traditional associations of yew, from which Voldemort’s wand is made. European tradition has it that the holly tree (the name comes from ‘holy’) repels evil, while yew, which can achieve astonishing longevity (there are British yew trees over two thousand years old), can symbolize both death and resurrection; the sap is also poisonous."


Nathan Zimmermann - Sep 5, 2006 6:45 pm (#1437 of 2974)

S.E., thank you I will definitely take a look at the information. It is good to see you again.


Madam Pince - Sep 6, 2006 11:44 am (#1438 of 2974)

Sarah, just had to say -- the picture of your niece is adorable!


dobbyiscool - Sep 7, 2006 2:39 pm (#1439 of 2974)

Wow, I haven't read this page in 125 posts, and there hasn't been an update in that time. That's depressing.


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 7, 2006 6:21 pm (#1440 of 2974)

I'm waiting for the WOMBAT 2! I missed the first one and I want to see how much I really know. That wouldn't give anything top secret away...where is it?? I try to comfort myself by saying that at least she is using this time to work on book 7...


Regan of Gong - Sep 8, 2006 3:36 pm (#1441 of 2974)

Good Lord! The Daily Mirror is reporting that JKR is about half-way through writing book 7, and is at the 750 page mark. The part of the article that matters can be read here, right on Mugglenet's main page.

Remember to take with salt as Ciaran says.


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 8, 2006 5:40 pm (#1442 of 2974)

AHHH I hope it's really that long!! How awsome would that be?!


Holly T. - Sep 8, 2006 6:47 pm (#1443 of 2974)

750 pages in manuscript doesn't mean a 750-page-long book. I mean, is that 750 pages in longhand, typewritten, or what? About 1,300 typewritten, double-spaced pages approximately equals a 700-page book.


Madame Pomfrey - Sep 9, 2006 5:57 am (#1444 of 2974)

Ooh,I'm hoping for a very long book that explains everything..


Gina R Snape - Sep 9, 2006 6:07 pm (#1445 of 2974)

So am I, Madame Pomfrey!


Laura W - Sep 11, 2006 1:35 am (#1446 of 2974)

Thanks for the professional voice of reason, Holly. (Even though I'd like that which Madam Pomfrey requested, as well.)

Laura


Eponine - Sep 11, 2006 11:26 am (#1447 of 2974)

Well, she's squashed the 750 pages rumor.

JKR has written 750 pages of book 7, and told a journalist this at the tea party for 'Driving Lessons'.

Oh pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease. I haven't written 750 pages of book seven, and if I had, I'd be very worried, as I'm not close to finishing it yet.

I was at the tea party for Driving Lessons, though, so this isn't pure fiction. The journalist reports that I said that Rupert is 'absolutely terrific' in the film. He is, so that bit shouldn't be in the rubbish bin at all.

I wouldn't have minded a book that long.

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Madame Pomfrey - Sep 11, 2006 12:52 pm (#1448 of 2974)

Oh geez! While that would worry her it would make me deliriously happy.750 pages and not even close to finish would make a very big book.Is that the only thing she has updated,the rubbish bin?


John Bumbledore - Sep 11, 2006 2:17 pm (#1449 of 2974)

I have been thinking of the "Hambledon Quince 1936 - present Author of controversial theory that wizards originate from Mars, Muggles from mushrooms." and how it seems a parallel to a muggle author's theory about differences in thinking and understanding between the genders: "John Gray, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus"

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legolas returns - Sep 11, 2006 2:22 pm (#1450 of 2974)

Hee hee. Does that mean that Muggle borns are fungus from Mars?


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skh - Sep 12, 2006 3:50 am (#1451 of 2974)

Yes Mme. Pomfrey, that appears to be the only updte. How come she can scotch a rumour so quickly, but still hasn't updated the diary or put in a new poll question?! boo-hoo!!!!


Mezzanine - Sep 12, 2006 4:57 am (#1452 of 2974)

Yes Mme. Pomfrey, that appears to be the only updte. How come she can scotch a rumour so quickly, but still hasn't updated the diary or put in a new poll question?! boo-hoo!!!!

Exactly.


septentrion - Sep 13, 2006 7:23 am (#1453 of 2974)

UPDATE!!!!!!

check the news section, the diary and the extra stuff / miscellenaous section (NAQ). She's still hesitating between two titles for book 7 and she says it's very significant that DD had James' cloak at the time of his death. Of course she doesn't say what...


Snuffles - Sep 13, 2006 7:31 am (#1454 of 2974)

Thanks septentrion

So why did DD have James' cloak???...... At least this will give us all something to think about for a bit!

Thanks Jo!


Madame Kulich - Sep 13, 2006 7:34 am (#1455 of 2974)

I have to admit that I never really thought about why Dumbledore had James' invisibility cloak. And, since this question has a significant and crucial answer, I can't stop thinking about it now. What in the world would be so crucial about this? I can't imagine. It may just be too early for me.


cindysuewho45 - Sep 13, 2006 8:50 am (#1456 of 2974)

Hi all, I loved the new info. on JKR's site. The things she was talking about in the Extra Stuff (DD being able to be invisible) is also talked about in book 1 on page 212 and 213.


azi - Sep 13, 2006 9:50 am (#1457 of 2974)

Yey! *Dances*

This cheers me up after a near run-in with the next door neighbour who hates me (the feeling is mutual).


John Bumbledore - Sep 13, 2006 9:54 am (#1458 of 2974)
Edited Sep 13, 2006 10:41 am

"The dementors have her site blocked here at work. Care to share any other tidbits?" -- Haymoni

Haymoni, have you tried the textonly versions of Jo's site? ( e.g. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] or [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] I believe you can use the same form for each language they provide en=English, fr=Français/French, de=Deutsch/German (sp?), it=Italiano/Italian, and es=Español ) It maybe only the Flash site that is blocked.

Well, for those who may not be able to reach her site, here follows the updates: her new diary entry, a News entry with a book 7 update, Extras-Miscellaneous NAQ, and an older update to the Rubbish Bin:


Section: Diary

SEPTEMBER 13th
Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry. I know it's been a very long time since I was last in touch. I've been writing a novel, you see.

My readings in New York with Stephen King and John Irving were so much fun. It's not often that I do something like that and wish I could do it all over again, but I would have happily done a third night. If you were there, and yelling, thank you: the crowds, both nights, could not have been more wonderful.

I did mess up one answer, though. I was asked, 'what question have you never been asked that you ought to have been asked?' - or something very similar – and my mind went blank. Blame long years of trying not to give away the plot. But it occurred to me almost as soon as I got off stage that there IS a question I've always been surprised nobody's put to me, and that I really should have said it while I was still on-stage. I can't make amends to the girl who asked, but it is in tribute to her that I give the answer, belatedly, under 'Miscellaneous', Extras section.


Section: News

Wednesday 13 September 2006
Book 7 Update

Now that I'm back from New York, the only real news is that I'm continuing to work hard on the book. I've done quite a lot, and I'm really enjoying it, though every now and then I look up and realise that it's THE LAST ONE. You might think I'd have got used to that idea during the sixteen years I've been planning seven books, but it still keeps hitting me... no more Harry after this... and then I bury myself in book seven again and tell myself I've still got plenty to write.

The heightened security restrictions on the airlines in August made the journey back from New York interesting, as I refused to be parted from the manuscript of book seven (a large part of it is handwritten, and there was no copy of anything I had done while in the US). They let me take it on, thankfully, bound up in elastic bands. I don't know what I would have done if they hadn't; sailed home, probably.

I am currently trying to decide between two possible titles. I was quite happy with one of them until the other one struck me while I was taking a shower in New York. They would both be appropriate, so I think I'll have to wait until I'm further into the book to decide which one works best.


Section: Extra Stuff

NAQ
... which means, 'never asked question'.

Why did Dumbledore have James' invisibility cloak at the time of James' death, given that Dumbledore could make himself invisible without a cloak?

Prior to posting this I had a quick look on-line, and realised that some fans have been speculating about this question. However, nobody has ever asked me about it, and they really should have done. Just to allay the fears of the justifiably suspicious, this isn't what we in the know call 'a Mark Evans situation.'* There IS a significant - even crucial - answer.

* Note to newcomers: my attempt to put to rest certain wild theories about the unimportant character of 'Mark Evans' backfired when I inadvertently built up even more excitement by promising to explain his significance.


Section: Rubbish Bin

Symbol(s): Excessive Additives
JKR has written 750 pages of book 7, and told a journalist this at the tea party for 'Driving Lessons'.

Oh pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease. I haven't written 750 pages of book seven, and if I had, I'd be very worried, as I'm not close to finishing it yet.

I was at the tea party for Driving Lessons, though, so this isn't pure fiction. The journalist reports that I said that Rupert is 'absolutely terrific' in the film. He is, so that bit shouldn't be in the rubbish bin at all.

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S.E. Jones - Sep 13, 2006 9:55 am (#1459 of 2974)

I started a new thread where we can ponder the answer to the NAQ (never asked question) posed on JKR's site. I moved a couple posts from here to there as I thought they posed some good questions and possibilities themselves.

EDIT: John, thanks for taking the time to type out the new info for those who can't get on her site.


haymoni - Sep 13, 2006 10:25 am (#1460 of 2974)

Mr. Bumbledore - my hat is off to you. I can access the jkrowling.co.uk version.

Thank you very much!

Hah! Take that, dementors!!!!


legolas returns - Sep 13, 2006 12:06 pm (#1461 of 2974)

Yeah! We have something to speculate on for days and days. Yipee *happily skips off to ponder*


Madame Pomfrey - Sep 13, 2006 12:24 pm (#1462 of 2974)

Thank you,Jo.I was hoping for something new to discuss.


Finn BV - Sep 13, 2006 12:40 pm (#1463 of 2974)

I'd love to have seen Jo at the airport. "Ahem, I am J.K. Rowling! This is Book 7 here!! I cannot put it away in my checked baggage!"

Good NAQ, will have to think it over…


haymoni - Sep 13, 2006 12:42 pm (#1464 of 2974)

What was so dangerous about a manuscript???

I think it was a plot to get her to cough it up!!!


legolas returns - Sep 13, 2006 12:45 pm (#1465 of 2974)

Apparently they stopped books because they might have been dipped in explosive substances and made into a bomb. As if JKR would blow up her manuscript. I mean PLEASE! I asked a very nice security man at Edinburgh Airport and he told me thats why books were stopped.


haymoni - Sep 13, 2006 12:46 pm (#1466 of 2974)

I'm stickin' with my plot theory!!

(At least in JKR's case!)


Madam Pince - Sep 13, 2006 1:04 pm (#1467 of 2974)

Thanks for that info, legolas returns. I have been puzzling and puzzling about why books were prohibited there for awhile -- I could figure no earthly reason. I'm with Finn, I think that would've been hysterical to witness JKR's interaction with the security agent!

Now I'm a bit nervous -- is it just me, or is it scary that there is only one copy floating around this earth? ***sending anti-flood/fire/silverfish/other-disaster charms to JKR's house and immediate vicinity anytime she's working on the manuscript***


legolas returns - Sep 13, 2006 1:06 pm (#1468 of 2974)

Well lets be thankful she is not doing it on the computer and forgetting to save her document and accidently closing it. I did that today. Was not a happy girl.

Yes a single copy is rather frightening.

I would have loved to be a fly on the wall in the security section. I am not sure that she would have taken the whole manuscript with her. Possibly only the section she was working on.


Lina - Sep 13, 2006 2:26 pm (#1469 of 2974)

I would have liked to be working on that plane... "No problem, Mrs. Rowling, just hand the manuscript to me and I'll keep it safe until we land..."


legolas returns - Sep 13, 2006 2:28 pm (#1470 of 2974)

How about a nice little confundus charm to make her think she has had it in her possetion all the time. You could finish reading the manuscript on the plane.


Soul Search - Sep 13, 2006 4:08 pm (#1471 of 2974)

I think we could be a great help with title selection. Just give us loyal fans the two titles. We can come up with a lot of comments, then VOTE. How about that.


legolas returns - Sep 13, 2006 4:12 pm (#1472 of 2974)

That would be cool. It might even help us work out what happens in advance.


kaykay1970 - Sep 13, 2006 5:50 pm (#1473 of 2974)

I vote for Harry Potter and the Very Happy Ending.


Choices - Sep 13, 2006 7:41 pm (#1474 of 2974)

Legolas Returns - "You could finish reading the manuscript on the plane."

"Ummm, excuse me, Captain sir, could you circle the airport a few more times? I'm not finished reading this yet." ;-) LOL


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 13, 2006 7:56 pm (#1475 of 2974)

LOL I would just love to have been there to witness that interaction with security! If she was on my plane I'd have hunted her down, and asked for a picture and a couple hundred autographs to pass out around the forum! LOL Maybe it's a good thing that I wasn't on that plane!


painting sheila - Sep 13, 2006 8:30 pm (#1476 of 2974)

Maybe it was so HUGE that it wouldn't fit in the overhead or under the seat in front of her!!

(YEAH!!! Lots and lots of pages for us!!)


aggieamy - Sep 14, 2006 4:56 am (#1477 of 2974)

There used to be a time in life ... I'm thinking high school when I was concerned about the number of pages in a book. Really anything over 400 pages was something I wouldn't look forward too. Now I must admit that if that book is not at least 1000 pages I'm going to be very sad.


Caius Iulius - Sep 14, 2006 6:33 am (#1478 of 2974)

More than a 1000 pages would work for me


Snuffles - Sep 14, 2006 6:37 am (#1479 of 2974)

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I hope Jo gives us plenty of notice to order our fork lift trucks so we can carry home book 7! The bigger the better for me


Caius Iulius - Sep 14, 2006 6:43 am (#1480 of 2974)

Snuffles, we could just assemble at the distributors and start reading there. You could read us the first chapter, I could read the second, and so forth...


legolas returns - Sep 14, 2006 2:07 pm (#1481 of 2974)

As long as I can get the book up the stairs I will be happy. The longer the better-the more to savour. I know it was a rumor about the 750 pages but we can still hope .


Thom Matheson - Sep 14, 2006 3:29 pm (#1482 of 2974)

Let see stand in line until midnight, 1/2 hour to get home, I might get to sleep about the next day, midday. Everyone get a really great nap.


John Bumbledore - Sep 15, 2006 11:37 am (#1483 of 2974)

"Let see stand in line until midnight, 1/2 hour to get home, I might get to sleep about the next day, midday. Everyone get a really great nap." -- Thom Matheson

Oh NO! I slept through chapters 10, 11, and 12! Ack!

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


geauxtigers - Sep 15, 2006 10:12 pm (#1484 of 2974)

LOL! I'm with Lina on this one! "well we will let you take it on, but it will need to be stored in our bomb proof compartment" A.K.A. my hands!

I plan on reserving a forklift for next summer! The bigger the better! I might not be able to all night, but I will definatly read until I do fall asleep! I will be there are midnight to get it if it mean I have to arrive at noon that morning! ACCIO BOOK 7!

Glad we got an update, but I've been having a hard time keeping up with the cloak thread!


Hogwarts Class of 85 - Sep 18, 2006 11:33 pm (#1485 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Hermione! Many happy returns of the day.


legolas returns - Sep 19, 2006 12:16 am (#1486 of 2974)

Happy birthday Hermione .


Laura W - Sep 19, 2006 1:06 am (#1487 of 2974)

And a "Happy Birthday, Hermoine" from me too!

Laura


jose043 - Sep 19, 2006 1:43 am (#1488 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Hermione many more to come.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Snuffles - Sep 19, 2006 1:52 am (#1489 of 2974)

Happy birthday Hermione. May you be an insufferable little know it all, for many more years to come


Mrs. D. - Sep 19, 2006 7:23 am (#1490 of 2974)

Happy Birthday to Hermione and my little girl who is rapidly catching up to Hermione! LOL!


Madame Pomfrey - Sep 19, 2006 7:48 am (#1491 of 2974)

Happy Birthday,Hermione! I hope this means our clever girl survives the series.


Finn BV - Sep 19, 2006 4:59 pm (#1492 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Hermione!!


Choices - Sep 19, 2006 5:32 pm (#1493 of 2974)

Best wishes and many happy returns of the day. Have a happy Birthday, Hermione.


painting sheila - Sep 19, 2006 9:03 pm (#1494 of 2974)

Yeah!! Happy Happy Birthday Hermione! I hope you get lots and lots of books! WooHOO!


zelmia - Sep 20, 2006 9:46 pm (#1495 of 2974)

It's so weird to think that if these characters were alive they'd be in their mid-to-late 20's now. Hermione would be 27. That just strikes me as a bit ... Maybe I just have too much time to ponder such things....


painting sheila - Sep 20, 2006 9:53 pm (#1496 of 2974)

Is there any way to get a question to JKR? where does she get the questions to answer on her Rumors page?


Starling - Sep 21, 2006 6:16 am (#1497 of 2974)

It has been known for her to pick things from the Leaky comments. I remember the "holy flying giraffes!" incident. But I suppose she peruses the rest of the web too (Mugglenet, the Lexicon, Veritasereum, et al) and finds out which questions get asked most often.


Ann - Sep 21, 2006 10:36 am (#1498 of 2974)

Right. And then she doesn't answer them!


Starling - Sep 21, 2006 11:17 am (#1499 of 2974)

She may have her reasons.


haymoni - Sep 21, 2006 11:51 am (#1500 of 2974)

She answered a few questions from The Open Letter that is posted on TLC.

Granted - it's been ages since she's done that!


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journeymom - Sep 21, 2006 4:00 pm (#1501 of 2974)

I'm guessing she's just concentrating on finishing Book 7 and isn't willing to put a lot of effort into extraneous stuff like her web site. More's the pity for us. But I can understand it, too.


S.E. Jones - Sep 21, 2006 4:55 pm (#1502 of 2974)

True, journeymom, very true.... Still, I'd actually rather have a site update than book 7. I know, I sound insane, right? I'm just as eager to get book 7 as anyone else, but then things might be over... the characters who die will be dead... Harry will be gone. I'd rather have more tidbits I can overanalyse and theorize about a little longer before all our questions are answered......


constant vigilance - Sep 22, 2006 12:04 am (#1503 of 2974)

I second what S.E. Jones said. I'm only on my second read of HBP because the ending was that upsetting to me.


Viola Intonada - Sep 24, 2006 8:19 pm (#1504 of 2974)

I have to agree with S.E.

I'm looking forward to book 7, but not the end of the series.


Starling - Sep 25, 2006 4:49 am (#1505 of 2974)

I'm only on my second read of HBP too, also because it was too upsetting. Maybe I should read book 7 in parts, with small doses of therapy in between the bits ...


septentrion - Sep 25, 2006 7:11 am (#1506 of 2974)

So glad not to be the only one...I dread the moment I reach chapter 27.


Snuffles - Sep 25, 2006 7:27 am (#1507 of 2974)

Don't worry Septentrion. Chapter 27 will surely only be half way through the book


cindysuewho45 - Sep 25, 2006 9:55 am (#1508 of 2974)

Hi all, I am happy for the up date, but I would love to know more! I would also like to see more W.O.M.B.A.T., something on grade 2 would be cool! And I, like you all, would love to see book 7 end up with 1000 pages. But I was thinking that it may be something more like 777 pages in book 7 and come out on 7 / 7 / 07, or 7 / 17 / 07 etc..


Starling - Sep 25, 2006 10:42 am (#1509 of 2974)

I hope it's a summer release, it was lovely being able to sit outside on a terrace to read it last time. Made it (only slightly) less gloomy!

I wonder if Jo actually knows how many chapters there will be?


Finn BV - Sep 25, 2006 10:46 am (#1510 of 2974)

cindy sue, since the number of pages differs between each edition (UK, US, Raincoast, foreign languages), she can't plan it to be 777 pages – it would also be quite difficult to determine while writing it, too, as she doesn't type it (and, if she did type it, she probably doesn't type it on the same size paper as it's published on).


Thora - Sep 25, 2006 3:36 pm (#1511 of 2974)

That and I'm sure Warner Brothers would take exception to her releasing a book on the same day as the movie... or is that old information?

Back to discussion of the site: Am I the only one who pictured ton-tounge toffee as bigger? I thought Acid pops would be more in the way of a lolly pop or sucker, too.


DJ Evans - Sep 29, 2006 7:07 am (#1512 of 2974)

HEADS UP EVERYONE!!! Just got on & on my home page I've got it set where it shows the latest news on The Leaky Cauldron & it's showing that Jo has updated her web site!! Thought I'd get the word out -- I'm not going to be able to check it out till later. I'm late as it is for an appointment now.

Later, Deb


Gina R Snape - Sep 29, 2006 7:25 am (#1513 of 2974)

Ah well. Guess one theory on the cloak thread has been shot down...


Eponine - Sep 29, 2006 7:29 am (#1514 of 2974)

THE DOOR IS OPEN!

I'm off to figure out what to do now.


Phelim Mcintyre - Sep 29, 2006 7:31 am (#1515 of 2974)

So who else could have been under the cloak. I think HP and the graveyard of memories would have been a good title. But did some people really take the Quibbler story in OoP seriously?

There is also another warning about ebay (oh what a suprise), another news story. Oh yes and a diary update. But what about some more Easter Eggs, or a faq pole please! And yippee - the door is open.


Eponine - Sep 29, 2006 7:35 am (#1516 of 2974)

It's the new WOMBAT!


Phelim Mcintyre - Sep 29, 2006 7:41 am (#1517 of 2974)

Eponine, I can open the door and have found the shamrock, horseshoe, rabbits foot, quill and ink, candle, wombat revision guide and copy of HbP but what else?

Edit Haymoni - like you I've tried various clicks and bits and getting nothing.


shadzar - Sep 29, 2006 7:44 am (#1518 of 2974)

New wombat? I opened the book, but nothing happened.


haymoni - Sep 29, 2006 7:45 am (#1519 of 2974)

My candle keeps blowing out.

I've tried clicking in a certain pattern.

It seems only dipping the quill in the ink keeps the light on.

MMMM...


Eponine - Sep 29, 2006 7:52 am (#1520 of 2974)

Okay, here's how to do it.

First, click on the candle.

Then, click on the quill, it should move to inside the cup. Next click on the open Wombat book.

Last, click on the clover, which should turn into a key.

Take the key and open the drawer (it might take a couple tries to get it)

After that, click on the time turner (it's right next to the WOMBAT book), and your test will start.

I'm so glad I saved my WOMBAT student ID!


Anna L. Black - Sep 29, 2006 8:28 am (#1521 of 2974)

Thanks, Eponine I've been trying different combination of all the objects (I was sure that the order in which they 'go out' is a hint to the order in which you need to click on them...)

That was a difficult test, especially it's first part (about Magical creatures).


painting sheila - Sep 29, 2006 8:31 am (#1522 of 2974)

YEAH! I did the W.O.M.B.A.T.

I am not sure I did very well ---- we will see!


Phelim Mcintyre - Sep 29, 2006 8:34 am (#1523 of 2974)

Have taken WOMBAT and know I did badly - troll here I come!!!


haymoni - Sep 29, 2006 8:36 am (#1524 of 2974)

I didn't take the first WOMBAT.

This test was killer! I obviously need to purchase FB.


azi - Sep 29, 2006 8:37 am (#1525 of 2974)

But, but, I'm away from home and don't have my ID.

I'm taking it anyway though.


Finn BV - Sep 29, 2006 8:39 am (#1526 of 2974)

Ahh, the internet is being so slow!!


septentrion - Sep 29, 2006 9:33 am (#1527 of 2974)

I've submitted my wombat, I really don't know how I'll fare. This time, I tried to cheat by using the lexicon, but it was how she worded her questions to make the use of Steve's marvelous website unuseful. I'll just have to wait and see.

Note : she said Snape wasn't under the invisibility cloak at Godric's Hollow, not that he wasn't at Godric's Hollow...


Liz Mann - Sep 29, 2006 9:39 am (#1528 of 2974)

I've done my W.O.M.B.A.T. I think I did okay, but I don't know how okay. I'm so glad it's finally out, though. I tried to crack the method of opening the thing myself, but in the end had to refer in part to Leaky.


Elanor - Sep 29, 2006 9:39 am (#1529 of 2974)
Edited Sep 29, 2006 10:10 am

I've done it too! Thanks for the update Jo!

In truth, after a hard day at school, brain isn't entirely functional anymore so I've just let the Force guide my fingers on the keyboard! Will probably regret it when receiving my T for Troll but, hey, I am still only a humble padawan!

I agree about Snape Septentrion! She didn't say Snape didn't use the cloak at all either, nor that it was not for him that DD had it but just that, on that night, he wasnt't at Godric's Hollow AND under the Cloak! (Wrong thread where to say that probably though, sorry! )


painting sheila - Sep 29, 2006 10:33 am (#1530 of 2974)

If she'll debunk the Snape under the cloak theory, maybe we should post some more "rumors" for her to answer . .

1. Is Lupin a traitor to the "good guys"? 2. Does Ron live? 3. Is Marietta scared for life? 4. Is Dumbledore "dead" dead or just dead?

any more you would like her to look at?


vanessa cave - Sep 29, 2006 10:53 am (#1531 of 2974)

Hi all, I have just taken my WOMBAT test i got an outstanding in the first one but i think it will be Troll this time that was really hard. Was it just me or was most of that guess work?


haymoni - Sep 29, 2006 10:54 am (#1532 of 2974)

I'm guessin' it was guess work!!!

Maybe I'm better at guessing than I am at actually knowing!

How long did it take to get results with the first set?


Elaine2005 - Sep 29, 2006 11:16 am (#1533 of 2974)

Is the door still open? For some reason, the first time I go to the door, the Do Not Disturb sign is there. If I exit and come back, the Do Not Disturb sign is gone, but the door is still locked. I exit again and come back, but the door is still locked for me.

What am I missing?

Thanks for any help!


barbara webb - Sep 29, 2006 12:09 pm (#1534 of 2974)

Help! I can't get the Clover to turn into a Key. It just sparkles!Thanks


Liz Mann - Sep 29, 2006 12:16 pm (#1535 of 2974)

Perhaps you need to clear your temporary internet files folders, Elaine. If you have Internet Explorer, go to 'Tools', 'Internet Options' and then 'delete files' under the temporary internet files heading.


Elaine2005 - Sep 29, 2006 12:24 pm (#1536 of 2974)

Thanks, Liz!

My door is now open! Now it is time to go to work on figuring things out.


Elaine2005 - Sep 29, 2006 1:20 pm (#1537 of 2974)

Barbara,

If you are still having troubles turning the clover into a key, go to the .net version of the website. I had the same problem at jkrowling.com and at some other people's suggestion I tried going to jkrowling.net. It worked!

Hope that helps!


barbara webb - Sep 29, 2006 2:05 pm (#1538 of 2974)

Thank you, finely got the key!


colbow - Sep 29, 2006 7:15 pm (#1539 of 2974)

Finally was able to take the W.O.M.B.A.T as I have High-speed now...I am thinking Troll here.......


Soul Search - Sep 29, 2006 7:58 pm (#1540 of 2974)

In the diary JKR says "Sitting at my desk trying to invent a word yesterday brought back memories of the last time I did so."

Now, the bit about "Horcrux" was cute, but I paused on "trying to invent a new word." I had a couple of thoughts:

What "new word" are we in for in book seven? What new concept in the wizarding world needed a new word?

How many new words has JKR coined for Harry Potter? Not counting spells, maybe.


virginiaelizabeth - Sep 29, 2006 8:02 pm (#1541 of 2974)

What "new word" are we in for in book seven? What new concept in the wizarding world needed a new word?

I thought the same thing! Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to guess...

I took the WOMBAT. It was really hard, and I did think it was a lot of guesswork! I'm thinking I got a Troll as well!


Jewel - Sep 29, 2006 8:59 pm (#1542 of 2974)

Well, as I didn't get to take the first W.O.M.B.A.T. test, I had no idea what to expect on this one. I thought it would be a lot longer than it was, although, I still think I managed an almighty T(roll)!


Chemyst - Sep 29, 2006 9:16 pm (#1543 of 2974)

What new concept in the wizarding world needed a new word?

I don't know, but I hope it is something "magically real" that validates one of Luna's off-beat claims. I'd love seeing her get a touch of vindication in Book 7.


zelmia - Sep 29, 2006 9:18 pm (#1544 of 2974)

My exam is stuck in the drawer. I click on it and nothing happens. Nothing happens when I click on anything else either. What gives?

EDIT: Never mind. I clicked on the Time Turner but it didn't do anything at first. I kept clicking and finally it worked. I have finished my exam, but...

I must say I am happy Jo confirmed that Snape wasn't under the Invisibilty Cloak. I didn't even halfway buy that one.


Gina R Snape - Sep 29, 2006 9:24 pm (#1545 of 2974)

Did you click the hourglass?


Mrs. Sirius - Sep 29, 2006 10:19 pm (#1546 of 2974)
Edited Sep 29, 2006 10:58 pm

I can not get the clover to turn to a key even at jkrowling.net that I clicked on from the above link! Any other suggestions?

Edit: ughhhhh, I got the key but it turns to a pencil when I drag it.

I also notice that I used to have a WOMBAT card on her desk. When i clicked it I could enter the code and get into the room. Now that card is missing.


Lina - Sep 29, 2006 11:28 pm (#1547 of 2974)

I didn't notice that, Mrs. Sirius, but it seems logical. Next time it will have to deliver 3 kinds of results - for those codes that took only the first test, those who took only the second one and those who took both. Oh it sounds so exciting! I haven't tried yet to enter the same code from the first test twice, I wonder if it will let you do the test again or if there will be a warning that the results from the previous test will be lost?

I think it is even more difficult to get a Troll than to get an Outstanding unless you leave most of the questions unanswered. You should be very sure that some answer is wrong and that is as difficult as being sure that some answer is correct. Most of the answers are in the blur between the two results.

I definitely plan to take the test several times and to get an Outstanding among them. I need to print it and to put it next to my previous Outstanding.


Madame Pomfrey - Sep 30, 2006 12:43 am (#1548 of 2974)

Geez,what a hard test! I'll be happy if I get an acceptable this time around.


Tazzygirl - Sep 30, 2006 12:55 am (#1549 of 2974)

I've been so out of touch with the threads! I thought I missed the WOMBATs! Anyways, I took it! I think I might have received an Acceptable, but probably a Troll. I had no clue on many of the questions...

Now we sit and wait... sigh.


The giant squid - Sep 30, 2006 2:05 am (#1550 of 2974)

Yeah, I'm not too sure about my answers either... I only got an Acceptable on the first WOMBAT, so my hopes aren't too high. It got to the point that everytime I saw the words "according to a recent MOM poll" I started to twitch.

Hmm...my certificate says "test taken on 01/04/06". Was that April 1 or January 4 (i.e. is that written in American or British)? If it's Jan. 4 that puts about 9 months between tests. Nine months from now would be June, which would give her just enough time for one last test before book 7/OotP movie comes out.

If it's April, that's 6 months. That would allow us to take level 3 in March. Silver linings...

--Mike


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S.E. Jones - Sep 30, 2006 2:34 am (#1551 of 2974)

Mike, it was April. Most of the stuff on her site is written with the format: day/month/year.


Mrs. Sirius - Sep 30, 2006 6:32 am (#1552 of 2974)

Has anyone who took the first WOMBAT's taken it this time? I still can not get the key to open the desk and I wonder if it because I took the WOMBAT's the first time.

I have tried to get the pen to write on every piece of paper and that hasn't worked either.


Eponine - Sep 30, 2006 6:41 am (#1553 of 2974)

Mrs. Sirius, I don't think it's turning into a pencil. The key is just turned on its side so you can unlock the drawer with it. Try taking the key and putting it in the drawer just under the right side of the red disk on the desk. It might take a few tries, but it should work.

I had saved my student ID in a Word document, and I just copied and pasted. It worked fine for me using the same ID.


Elanor - Sep 30, 2006 6:43 am (#1554 of 2974)

I did Mrs Sirius! I've had trouble opening the drawer at first: the top of the key has to touch the drawer, where the drawer's handle is (I've checked and there is a screenshot showing the key's exact required position on mugglenet, here: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] ). Hope it helps! And happy WOMBAT!


Madame Pomfrey - Sep 30, 2006 7:09 am (#1555 of 2974)

Mike,I cringed also at the MoM poll questions.How the heck are we supposed to know percentages?


Finn BV - Sep 30, 2006 7:28 am (#1556 of 2974)

What "new word" are we in for in book seven? --Soul Search

Aw, Chemyst stold my thunder, but it could also be something as minor as just another Luna invention. Or a wizarding drink. Or the name of a store. Doesn't have to be as important as "Horcrux," even though she paralleled the two!

Well, I wrote down my answers since I had 10 minutes left. Here they are!

Which of the following statements is true? (Inferi cannot speak)
Which of the following statements is false? (Hags have four toes on each foot)
Which of the following are considered most dangerous by the Ministry of Magic? (Werewolves)
Which of the following are considered amortal (have never died, and can never died) by the Ministry of Magic? (Dementors)
Which (still unresolved) issue do most historians believe triggered the infamous goblin rebellion in 1612? (Wizard attempts to enslave goblins and use as house-elves?)
Which of the following statements on giants is true? (Many giants are cannibals)
Which of the following statements on house-elves is false? (House-elves have an average life-expectancy of 200 years)
In a recent Ministry of Magic poll, what was identified as the issue most concerning the community at the present time? (Insufficient information given by the Ministry of magic regarding the return of Lord Voldemort)
According to a recent article in the Daily Prophet, which subject at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has been more complained about by parents more than any other (History of Magic, this was a tough one – could have been CoMC or DADA too!)
What percentage of wizards and witches believed that Weather-Modifying Charms should be regulated due to their effect upon the environment? (33% – who knows!)
Which health scare at St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries has recently caused widespread panic? (Suspected brain damage to the Imperius Curse)
What change would 18% of wizards like to see to the requirements for membership of the Wizengamot? (Proof of pure-blood status)
Assuming that you already have a wand, which three of the following objects would you consider indispensable in case of trouble? (Hand of Glory, Invisibility Cloak, Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder)
Which of the following is the only magical invention whose effect has not yet been duplicated fully by Muggle ingenuity? (Self-ironing robes)
Which of the following is the only Muggle invention whose effects cannot be duplicated fully by magic? (Telephone)
The following beliefs are all widely held in the wizarding world, but only one is actually true. Which is it? (Muggle-born wizards usually have a witch or wizard ancestor)
The following beliefs are all widely held in the wizarding world. Which is false? [Didn't have time to get the question entirely – that's what I think it was.] (It is possible for a Muggle to produce elementary magic if they have access to a wand and a book of spells)
Muggles are (ignorant)



Good Evans - Sep 30, 2006 7:32 am (#1557 of 2974)

ah well Finn - you and I answered 10 the same!!!! I definitely feel a Troll coming in my direction!

Mrs Sirius - I had a lot of trouble with the key in the drawer, but I got there eventually!


Nathan Zimmermann - Sep 30, 2006 7:41 am (#1558 of 2974)

Finn, I put a different answers for numbers four, nine, and fifteen I said

4. poltergeists because, of this bit of info on peeves from her website:Peeves isn't a ghost; he was never a living person. He is an indestructible spirit of chaos, and solid enough to unscrew chandeliers, throw walking sticks and, yes, chew gum.

9. I answered Muggle studies

15. I said aeroplanes, because, Arthurr weasley s deepenst desire is to find out how aeroplanes stay up.


Chemyst - Sep 30, 2006 7:43 am (#1559 of 2974)

How the heck are we supposed to know percentages?

I don't really think you are supposed to know; I think on many of the questions you could eliminate a couple and then guess 50/50 on the last two. I think it is an ingenious design because nobody's feelings should get too hurt— we'll all realize that even for an HP trivia expert, the magic of luck will determine most scores.

_____________


Finn said: #14 - Self-ironing robes LOL That was the first one I eliminated due to perma-press fabrics! Many of your answers were my second choices! We'll see... And you thunder is fine; I didn't steal it for keeps.


Steve Newton - Sep 30, 2006 7:56 am (#1560 of 2974)

I figured that the percentages were Daily Prophet headlines that appeared on her site. Just a guess, though.


Finn BV - Sep 30, 2006 8:23 am (#1561 of 2974)

The percentages were a lot, half, a third, and very little, and from there you determine what you think the wizarding population feels about the issue.

Nathan, Muggle studies? Complained about? That would have been my last choice. CoMC because most don't like Hagrid, DADA because the teacher keeps changing, often for bad reasons, and History of Magic because students don't learn anything because Binns is bad. Hmm…

Chemyst, I agree, I like how it's more of an opinion thing. She admitted the grading system was quite difficult to understand.


Mrs. Sirius - Sep 30, 2006 8:31 am (#1562 of 2974)

Ughhhh My computer is just not inter facing well. Finally, finally the key worked but not the exam wont move or come out of the draw. I hope I hope this exam stays at least until tomorrow, I going out of town! ughhhh If I were to find a library and took the test there I wonder if tha would get me my results.....?


Ann - Sep 30, 2006 8:32 am (#1563 of 2974)

I agree, Chemyst. I think the tests are formulated so that no one could "know" the answers. The result, as one takes it, is the feeling of being rather at sea--facing an unknown culture. And that is no doubt her intention. You have to think about the questions logically and then guess. For example:

Would more parents complain about Muggle Studies (because they're pure-blood fanatics) or Care of Magical Creatures (because of injuries) or Defense against the Dark Arts (because they ought to teach the Dark Arts themselves) or History of Magic (because it's biassed in some way or another or dead boring)?

What do wizards seem to think about environmental issues? Would there be a small minority who felt weather charms were a problem? Or a huge majority? After all we never see weather charms used at all, and you'd think they'd be useful for horrible days when Quidditch games were scheduled. Or would that be cheating?

They're quite creative, these tests, but I agree that a lot of the answers are random, once you rule out the few obviously wrong options.

I do wish she'd give us the right answers after the test is over, though--it would be a tremendous addition to our knowledge of the wizarding world!


Eponine - Sep 30, 2006 8:58 am (#1564 of 2974)

Okay, these are my answers. Last time I got an Outstanding, but I'm not so sure I'll get one this time! I'm expecting a TROLL.

1. Which of the following statements is true? (Inferi cannot speak)
2. Which of the following statements is false? (I don't remember what I answered)
3. Which of the following are considered most dangerous by the Ministry of Magic? (Werewolves)
4. Which of the following are considered amortal (have never died, and can never died) by the Ministry of Magic? (Dementors)
5. Which (still unresolved) issue do most historians believe triggered the infamous goblin rebellion in 1612? (Wizard refusal to grant goblins the right to carry a wand?)
6. Which of the following statements on giants is true? (Giants' eyesight is very poor compared with that of humans)
7. Which of the following statements on house-elves is false? (House-elves cannot be ordered to kill themselves)
8. In a recent Ministry of Magic poll, what was identified as the issue most concerning the community at the present time? (Insufficient action taken by the Ministry of Magic to fight Lord Voldemort)
9. According to a recent article in the Daily Prophet, which subject at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has been more complained about by parents more than any other (Defence Against the Dark Arts)
10. What percentage of wizards and witches believed that Weather-Modifying Charms should be regulated due to their effect upon the environment? (33%)
11. Which health scare at St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries has recently caused widespread panic? (Uncontrollable bleeding due to Nosebleed Nougat - I'm pretty sure that one is wrong, but I liked the answer)
12. What change would 18% of wizards like to see to the requirements for membership of the Wizengamot? (Average age lowered from 87)
13. Assuming that you already have a wand, which three of the following objects would you consider indispensable in case of trouble? (Broomstick, Invisibility Cloak, Potion making kit)
14. Which of the following is the only magical invention whose effect has not yet been duplicated fully by Muggle ingenuity? ("reparo")
15. Which of the following is the only Muggle invention whose effects cannot be duplicated fully by magic? (Computer)
16. The following beliefs are all widely held in the wizarding world, but only one is actually true. Which is it? (Muggle-born witches/wizards are generally slower to show signs of magic in childhood than those who have one or more wizarding parent.)
17. Which of the following statements is FALSE? (According to the latest research from the Institute of Muggle Studies) (It is possible for a Muggle to produce elementary magic if they have access to a wand and a book of spells)
18. Muggles are (interesting)

I thought more people would complain about DADA because of the inconsistency of the education over the years.


Lexicon Bel~ - Sep 30, 2006 9:00 am (#1565 of 2974)

Elanor, I'm hurt! How could you recommend Mugglenet over us? Razz

I've updated the Lexicon's Guide to Jo's website, and included instructions (with pictures) here. We are working on our commentary and full text of the exam coming up!


Finn BV - Sep 30, 2006 9:02 am (#1566 of 2974)

Hehe, Muggles are interesting.

12. What change would 18% of wizards like to see to the requirements for membership of the Wizengamot? (Average age lowered from 87)

I didn't think that was the answer, though it may be something wizards would like to see, because it's not a "requirement."

EDIT: **waves to Belinda** Thanks for everything you do! Your section on the Lexicon is so thorough, I love it!


Elanor - Sep 30, 2006 9:26 am (#1567 of 2974)
Edited Sep 30, 2006 10:04 am

Oops! So sorry, Lexicon Bel! The more because I love that section of the Lexicon too (ok, I love all of them! )! But I will iron my fingers!

I know I have some answers wrong, and actually I sometimes did it on purpose, just because I found the answer funny, as for question 13: "Assuming that you already have a wand, which three of the following objects would you consider indispensable in case of trouble?" I answered Broomstick, Invisibility Cloak and Lunascope - just because I love Luna (and it makes me think of her) and I'm sure some day she'll be right about something!


Madame Pomfrey - Sep 30, 2006 10:37 am (#1568 of 2974)
Edited Sep 30, 2006 11:14 am

Has anyone copied the list of questions and possible answers? I think I misread a couple of the questions.

Never mind. Found it. There may be more that 1 right answer for some of the questions.For example We know that dementors,to our knowledge,don't speak,but according to the Lexicon Hags are known to eat children,which was the answer I put.I thought I had remembered that so I looked it up.I had a hard time choosing because both answers sound right.


Anna L. Black - Sep 30, 2006 11:34 am (#1569 of 2974)

Muggle studies? Complained about? That would have been my last choice. CoMC because most don't like Hagrid, DADA because the teacher keeps changing, often for bad reasons, and History of Magic because students don't learn anything because Binns is bad. Hmm… - Finn BV

I've answered History of Magic - I thought it would be funny if the complains for over 100 years would be because during all those years it was Binns teaching the subject But it's probably the wrong answer anyway


Lexicon Bel~ - Sep 30, 2006 11:47 am (#1570 of 2974)

Elanor, all is forgiven no need to iron your hands! and thanks for the kind words. (btw, I was mostly joking)

::waves back to Finn::

We are working feverishly on the text and commentary. It'll be up soon!


The giant squid - Sep 30, 2006 1:25 pm (#1571 of 2974)

I answered CoMC for the most complained about class. It said "in recent years", and the only ones who seemed to tolerate Hagrid's teaching methods were Harry, Ron & Hermione, so I figured I had a good shot at that one. DADA was my #2 choice.

I also took mine completely from memory (the books were too far away..I'd have had to actually get up to get them ) so my results are solely based on what stuck in my head after scouring the Lex & the Forum and the latest re-read.

--Mike


journeymom - Sep 30, 2006 3:14 pm (#1572 of 2974)

Most complained about class: I didn't answer CoMC because Hagrid has only been teaching since PoA, and the question states for the last 100 years (doesn't it?). I answered Muggle Studies, but History of Magic makes complete sense with Binns having been teaching for the last 100 years.

I'm sure I did horrible. I've never read Fantastic Beasts all the way through. I said Inferi are the most dangerous, but I suppose they're not considered a 'beast' where Werewolves are. Poor Lupin!

But yay! I got to take the test! I missed the first one.


Ann - Sep 30, 2006 3:29 pm (#1573 of 2974)

I thought the one solid answer (where I actually knew what I was talking about) was the false statement about house-elves. The one I thought was clearly false was that they are attached to the house, not the people in it. But that's clearly not true, since Sirius says (OotP) that it's a matter of being a Black, and that Tonks isn't "family" enough for Kreacher to have to obey her.

But now that I think of it, I suppose you could say he was attached to the house's owner and his/her family. That would mean that, now that Harry owns twelve Grimmauld Place, Kreacher would also have to obey Dudley or Petunia? But that's still not like being attached to the house itself, is it?

Admittedly some of the other bits sounded a little weird....

(Oh, dear! I bet I got a Troll.... I just know I got a Troll!)


journeymom - Sep 30, 2006 3:37 pm (#1574 of 2974)
Edited Sep 30, 2006 4:09 pm

What three magical objects did you choose to use in a difficult situation?

I chose broomstick, invisibility cloak and- extendable ears. 8-o (That's me, embarrassed.) I didn't even see the scroll bar and didn't realize there were several more choices. I would have chosen sneakascope. (Instead of extendable ears.)


azi - Sep 30, 2006 3:50 pm (#1575 of 2974)

The items I chose were an invisibility cloak, a potion-making kit and a cauldron.

I put Inferi too...didn't realise the question said 'beast'! That'll teach me to read the question...

I answered Defence Against the Dark Arts for the 'most complained about subject' because of the many and varying teachers the students get over the years. Would have chosen History of Magic otherwise.


Sticky Glue - Sep 30, 2006 5:06 pm (#1576 of 2974)

New wizard of the month

Idris Oakby, founder of the sss (society for the support of squibs)

On another note - did anyone notice that if you click around before doing the test - if you click on the half blood prince book - it opens to a page - can anyone work out what page number it is? Do you think it might be important?


haymoni - Sep 30, 2006 6:04 pm (#1577 of 2974)

I had this horrible feeling that all of the questions would come from HBP because of that book.

It would be interesting to know what chapter that is. It looks like the title is 2 word that are each about the same length.


Madame Pomfrey - Sep 30, 2006 7:05 pm (#1578 of 2974)

I don't think a book will do too much good on that test..maybe some of the questions,but not many.


Hogs Head - Sep 30, 2006 7:16 pm (#1579 of 2974)

Did I miss how and when to get the score to Test 2?


Finn BV - Sep 30, 2006 7:49 pm (#1580 of 2974)

It will be available in a few days/weeks, Hogs Head. There will be notices, and you can go and retrieve your grade by entering your code.

Off to check to see if I can read the chapter name.


Hogs Head - Sep 30, 2006 7:54 pm (#1581 of 2974)

Where, though? Back behind the door or elsewhere? I just can't recall how that worked on Test 1.


Finn BV - Sep 30, 2006 8:05 pm (#1582 of 2974)

I believe ther was a WOMBAT card on the main page, which you clicked and entered your code.

Did anybody notice that the horseshoe on her desk flashes gold when you click it? Don't think it does anything though…

Can't read the text of HBP.


haymoni - Sep 30, 2006 8:28 pm (#1583 of 2974)

The rabbit's foot moves a bit also.

I figured they were there to click on if you wanted some extra luck!


painting sheila - Sep 30, 2006 10:13 pm (#1584 of 2974)

I chose a wand, a flying broom and a potions kit. (gulp)


journeymom - Sep 30, 2006 10:52 pm (#1585 of 2974)

Painting sheila, you can't have chosen a wand, it was a given. Wasn't it?


Anna L. Black - Sep 30, 2006 11:29 pm (#1586 of 2974)

The golden locket also moved if you clicked on it. I'm guessing she wanted to confuse us with "irrelevant" objects (and she definitely succeeded, if you ask me).


S.E. Jones - Oct 1, 2006 1:28 am (#1587 of 2974)

Anna L. Black --The golden locket also moved if you clicked on it.--

Golden locket? You mean the rabbit's foot?


Good Evans - Oct 1, 2006 1:45 am (#1588 of 2974)

Idris oakby, love her!!! I missread it though and thought it said the society for the support of squids. I wondered why Mike needed support !!!!!!!!


Anna L. Black - Oct 1, 2006 2:52 am (#1589 of 2974)

Well, I guess I was thinking about Horcruxes too much But it does look like a locket at first glance (at least to those like me, who didn't know about rabbit's foot being a supposed talisman).


cindysuewho45 - Oct 1, 2006 3:23 am (#1590 of 2974)

Hi all, I was very happy that we all got our wish, and that JKR gave us new things to look at and do. I too was looking to see if I could tell what page etc.. The HBP turned to, but I could not tell.


Madame Pomfrey - Oct 1, 2006 7:03 am (#1591 of 2974)

What did ya'll choose for the giant question? I chose poor eyesite because the image of Grawp lowering his head to look at Hermione popped in my head.I'm not sure that is right,though.


vanessa cave - Oct 1, 2006 7:09 am (#1592 of 2974)

Hi i put Muggle studies as most complained about subject, simply because i think over the last 100 years there would have been alot of wizarding familes who believe the subject was a waste of time and during Voldies reign alot who were dead against it being taught. CoMC- hagrid has only been there a couple of years so i disregarded that one, i should think parents of young wizards would expect injuries and other strange things to happen to their children studying Defence against the dark arts abd why complain about History of magic everyone had to endure one seriously boring subject at school? well that was my thought anyway


lkb - Oct 1, 2006 7:18 am (#1593 of 2974)

My choice on the cmplaints one was the DADA one. Rember what Dumbledre said? That since Voldy wanted the position no one had stayed in the post for more than one year...

lkb


Marie E. - Oct 1, 2006 7:36 am (#1594 of 2974)

Definitely got a Troll, yep, yep, yep.


riotgrrrl - Oct 1, 2006 7:57 am (#1595 of 2974)

Pomfrey-

I put nocturnal for giants because that's what we saw in OTP but eyesight was my 2nd choice.


Madam Pince - Oct 1, 2006 9:24 am (#1596 of 2974)

Thanks to Eponine for the directions to how to open the test! If it weren't for you, I'd still be clicking madly and frustratedly (is that even a word? ) on all the different things! I did try on my own, for about ten minutes, and then I said oh what the heck -- why re-invent the wheel Eponine's already invented?

It took me another ten minutes to find where I had written down my old identification code -- I knew I had saved it somewhere "safe," but the question was... where? Finally found it, in a totally weird place near the computer... whew!

I thought they were pretty random questions -- total guesses on most of them. I don't have high hopes of a good score!


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 1, 2006 11:36 am (#1597 of 2974)

If I had to guess on what chapter HBP book opens to I'd say it was the chapter on Felix Felicis, because Felix is a lucky potion, and we had a four leaf clover, rabbit's foot, and a horse shoe. They're all 'lucky' so it seems to fit. But I guess we'll never really know for sure!


Finn BV - Oct 1, 2006 1:25 pm (#1598 of 2974)

Oooooh… Ginny, smart thinking!

The Lexicon's commentary is up, but I don't agree with some of it.


shadzar - Oct 1, 2006 2:28 pm (#1599 of 2974)

I think i chose for my 3 magic items:

Broomstick- escape
Foe glass- early alert
Invisility cloak- recon, or escape

XD


Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 1, 2006 3:33 pm (#1600 of 2974)
Edited Oct 1, 2006 4:13 pm

The Lexicon's thoughts on the W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade Two are interesting. Although, I also disagree with some of the answers.

On another point the name of the new wizard of the month is interesting.

There is a reference to a giant by the Name of Idris in Celtic and Welsh mythologies,

Idris, said to be a giant that lived on the Cader Idris (The chair of Idris above Dolgellau, Snowdonia, Wales. He is often in Welsh legends credited with bringing astronomy, poetry, and philosophy to the British Isles.

It is interesting that Idris the Giant is credited with bring to Britain the one field of study both Wizards and Muggles engage in (Astronomy)

The surname Oakby is also interesting because, throught the series J.K. Rowling has associated Oak trees with a giant of a person (Hagrid), his wand was sixteen inches, oak and according to Me. Ollivander was bendy.

Is it possible that J.K. Rowling uses the word oak in connection or association with people of the highest character?


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Finn BV - Oct 1, 2006 4:17 pm (#1601 of 2974)

I think the most interesting point I've seen is that everybody chose broomstick for trouble-making. Why wouldn't you just Disapparate?

I think I'm pretty convinced that Giants are cannibals. From OP20, emphasis mine: "'Well, like I say, they're not meant ter live together, giants,' said Hagrid sadly. 'Not in big groups like that. They can' help themselves, they half kill each other every few weeks. The men fight each other an' the women fight each other; the remnants of the old tribes fight each other, an' that's even without squabbles over food an' the best fires an' sleepin' spots. Yeh'd think, seein' as how their whole race is abou' finished, they'd lay off each other, bu'…'"


Eponine - Oct 1, 2006 4:31 pm (#1602 of 2974)

Well, Finn, what if you were at Hogwarts? Everyone knows you can't Apparate or Disapparate on Hogwarts grounds!

I chose the broomstick because there are circumstances that could prevent Disapparation, and I'd want another option.


xray - Oct 1, 2006 4:54 pm (#1603 of 2974)

I'm surprised at some of the answers found in the Lexicon commentary.

First of all, it's clearly stated in GoF that Veela are women. Period. I'm surprised that even Lexicon Steve didn't know that. (I'm not saying they chose it, they just didn't simply eliminate it because of canon which I expected.)

The Lexicon also lists Dementors with 25 Xs (yes I counted them all) and Werewolves with only 5 Xs. The number of Xs reflect the danger rating by the MoM. Is the Lexicon is guessing at the danger rating (of XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX)? I didn't see a source for it but usually if the Lexicon doesn't know they say so; if it's listed it must be factual.

Regarding the 3 items in case of trouble... doesn't this mean that you're already in trouble? What good would a sneakoscope or foe glass or any of that do for you? You already know you're in trouble. I chose Broomstick, Invisibility Cloak and Floo Powder. The reason for Floo Powder is simple... if the death eaters are attacking your home and you've got children, how do they escape?

This was a fun and enlightening test. As a friend of mine pointed out, it seems to do with the plot behind book 7. Perhaps we can use some of the wrong answers to better speculate on book 7, but in order to do that properly we'd have to know all of the correct answers. Maybe if someone gets a perfect score and knows exactly what they picked, they'll share it Smile


Mediwitch - Oct 1, 2006 4:55 pm (#1604 of 2974)

Me too, Eponine!


xray - Oct 1, 2006 5:04 pm (#1605 of 2974)

I chose the broomstick because there are circumstances that could prevent Disapparation, and I'd want another option.

Yes, especially when you consider the children. If you're at home with a house full of children, Floo Powder would be indispensable.


Eponine - Oct 1, 2006 6:20 pm (#1606 of 2974)

Well, fancy seeing you here, xray!

How long did we have to wait last time for the results to be posted?


Madam Pince - Oct 1, 2006 7:22 pm (#1607 of 2974)

I didn't even see "disapparate" as a listed option.

In the "muggles haven't replicated" question, I chose "reparo" even though it was not technically a magical item, but I thought all the effects of the others had been pretty well duplicated. What did you guys think of that question?

***knows she took the test too quickly, and feels a "T" coming on...***


Finn BV - Oct 1, 2006 7:23 pm (#1608 of 2974)

It wasn't, Madam P. I was just thinking it would save you an option because you wouldn't need any object for it, just the knowledge and training.


Madam Pince - Oct 1, 2006 7:25 pm (#1609 of 2974)

Ahhhhh! Whew! Thought I was totally losing it, there...


geauxtigers - Oct 1, 2006 8:09 pm (#1610 of 2974)

For my three items I said, Instant Darkness Powder-if you need to make a quick escape; Potions kit- there are lots of reasons it would be handy if you knew what you were doing, some things could save your life i.e. a bezoar, or maybe if someone told you to live you had to give them something that could be in your potions kit I know thats a stretch, just what I was thinking when I was taking it. And last but not least an invisiblity cloak.

Anyway, I think I got a Troll on this!


S.E. Jones - Oct 1, 2006 8:51 pm (#1611 of 2974)

But, what good is a potions-making kit if you don't have a cauldron to go with it.....

JKR has said that the grading is very hard to understand, so I'm betting there aren't many 100% right or wrong answers. In a lot of college courses where the subject if very hard and the professor knows no one will know the right answers to most of the questions, they give partial credit for various things within the answer. So, I'm betting, especially considering some of the questions seem to almost be based on opinion, you get a certain number of points for the answer JKR considers the most correct, slightly fewer points for the answer she considers not quite as correct, fewer points still for the answer she considers even less correct and so on. Then you get a grade based on how many points you have versus how many questions you got right or wrong. That might explain why so many people seemed to get O's last time and why some questions are opinions centered.

I just thought I'd throw that out there for those who are worried they got Trolls. Things could be much better than we think....


Mrs. Sirius - Oct 1, 2006 9:50 pm (#1612 of 2974)

Thanks for all of your help guys. Again as a member of the wizarding community, muggle computers dumbfound me very quickly...

I will note that normally I get to JK's site through the link on the Lexicon homepage. As this link would not get me the clover to become a key, I used the link at the top of this post. JKrowling.org or .net. With these links I did not have the WOMBAT card at the top of JK's desk which I did get through the Lexicon link.

On the .org link clicking is very hard. Clicking the eraser is tricky, it often has to be repeated. Same thing with the door handle I have to double to get to work. Now on that link the handle is not working at all.

I managed to take the test yesterday before I left. I took it so quickly that I think I missed any subtle wording because I was in such a rush. Any result about troll would be nice.

I was going to take the test again, but now when I enter the room, flick on the candle, put the quill in the ink bottle and click the clover, the candle goes out and the quill pops out of the bottle, and that is weather I enter the English or Spanish page, hmmmm....


S.E. Jones - Oct 1, 2006 10:19 pm (#1613 of 2974)

Mrs. Sirius, you have to click the WOMBAT book on the desk between clicking the quill and the clover.


Ann - Oct 2, 2006 5:05 am (#1614 of 2974)

The book on the desk is indeed pretty clearly open to the chapter Felix Felicis. I took a screen capture and blew it up. The heading on the left side says Harry Potter, and on the right side the number of letters is right for Felix Felicis. Oddly, the page number on the left hand page is in the wrong place--the center of the book rather than the outside corner.

The book is the one thing that doesn't go back if you click on it before the candle, by the way. It will stay open for the whole thing if you don't click anything out of order. I have no idea whether this is at all important, but it's weird. (Do I have too much time on my hands? No, not really.)


colbow - Oct 2, 2006 8:18 am (#1615 of 2974)

Madam Pince wrote ***knows she took the test too quickly, and feels a "T" coming on...***

Alas, I did too... I was just excited that could even take the test!


Gina R Snape - Oct 2, 2006 12:28 pm (#1616 of 2974)

I'm guessing the test is like what you'd call a Likert scale. You get points for each answer, with best answers scoring a 5 and worst or wrong answers scoring a 1 or 0. You answer based in knowledge and judgement or feel for the wizarding world. Then all the scores get added up and if you fall in a certain range you get a certain grade. Think of the Cosmo quiz as an example of this.

I thought it was interesting that there were a number of werewolf questions. It makes me wonder how many people with werewolf bites are showing up at St. Mungos.

I also thought it was interesting that certain questions had a bit of a Pureblood bias feel to them. For example, "muggles are" had a range of answers from interesting to an annoying fact of life to subordinate to wizards. How might that be scored differently? It is a flat out opinion question, and I wonder if there is some effort here to suss out how many readers have a pureblood perspective or bias. I opted to take the quiz twice, once with the prejudicial pureblood perspective and once with a muggle friendly perspective. So we'll see how I score as a result.

As for the 'in an emergency' situation, I thought it would be redundant to choose both a broomstick and floo powder as both are means of escape. But then, I do not have children. So, that was interesting to see how some of you chose floo powder for that reason.


Chemyst - Oct 2, 2006 1:18 pm (#1617 of 2974)

I'm guessing the test is like what you'd call a Likert scale. ...yada, yada, yada...

Thank-you Gina. I guess all that studying for your PhD is paying off! How are classes this fall? ('Better answer that on the chat thread, I guess.)


Gina R Snape - Oct 2, 2006 1:43 pm (#1618 of 2974)

LOL, thanks Chemyst. Yes, that is my hard earned grades at work for the HP community--a much more useful purpose than research on social issues! School has me buried in work. But I still manage to find the time to pop in here and lurk.

FYI, I think I chose potions kit, broomstick and foe glass. I figured, a potions kit would include a small cauldron, no? Broomstick would help you get away quickly, whereas floo powder would require you to be near an accessible floo. And the foe glass would tell you exactly who your enemies are, and how close they are to your doorstep. Plus, you'd have the added advantage of seeing if anyone in the crowd descending upon you is actually on your side!


John Bumbledore - Oct 2, 2006 2:13 pm (#1619 of 2974)
Edited Oct 2, 2006 2:54 pm

"In the diary JKR says 'Sitting at my desk trying to invent a word yesterday brought back memories of the last time I did so.' What "new word" are we in for in book seven?" -- Soul Search

Perhaps it will be the word used to refer to the "bit of soul" kept in a Horcrux?

"Plus, you'd have the added advantage of seeing if anyone in the crowd descending upon you is actually on your side!" -- Gina R Snape

Gina, that sounds like your using the proverb, "the foe of my foe is my friend." LOL I think a foe glass only shows your, erm, foes.

Oh, and lest we forget, all the Ministry Time Turners were destroyed in the DA battle. The glass on the desk is just an "hour" glass for timing the test, and likely is charm and jinx proof to avoid cheating. JM2Ks

Not a time turner, but what do you call an "hour" glass that only last 25 minutes (the amount of time aloted for the W.O.M.B.A.T. Level 2 test)? A sand clock or sand glass, perhaps?

I though we were told that dementors had died? I'm thinking of Harry's impression that the flesh on the hand looked as if the dementor had drowned.

4. Which of the following are considered amortal? I chose poltergeists, never having lived and so can not be killed.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

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Hogs Head - Oct 2, 2006 4:09 pm (#1620 of 2974)

Have the novels ever shown a foe glass to really work? I'm having trouble remembering an instance. I say that mainly because I picked potions kit. Ergo, foe glass must be ruled out, no?


Madame Pomfrey - Oct 2, 2006 4:13 pm (#1621 of 2974)

Well,I found 2 references to possible poor eyesight with giants.In OoP Grawp lowers his head to look at Hermione,then again,in the Forbidden Forrest he squints at her.Maybe it's just Grawp though.

Oh,I hope the new word has something to do with how she is going to bring back my Dumbledore!


Gina R Snape - Oct 2, 2006 4:43 pm (#1622 of 2974)

Hogs Head, the sneakoscopes seem to have questionable performance. But the foe glass was fully functional at the end of GoF.


Chemyst - Oct 2, 2006 6:28 pm (#1623 of 2974)

"Plus, you'd have the added advantage of seeing if anyone in the crowd descending upon you is actually on your side!" — Gina R Snape
Gina, that sounds like you're using the proverb, "the foe of my foe is my friend." LOL I think a foe glass only shows your, erm, foes. — <)B^D= John Bumbledore

John,
But wouldn't even modest powers of deduction allow you to know that if they show up for real but aren't showing up in the glass, then they are not a true foe? In which case the proverb is, "Absence makes the foe grow fonder."

...and that would be the 0.416 model of the hour glass.


Horcrux - Oct 2, 2006 6:59 pm (#1624 of 2974)

On the question about the goblin rebellion. I remember reading something perhaps the 5th book that suggested that lack of goblin representation in the wizengamot is the reason for the rebellion. I remember it being ginny and mrs. weasley talking about it. does anyone know anything about it? i could have been just imagining though


Gina R Snape - Oct 2, 2006 7:52 pm (#1625 of 2974)

Absence makes the foe grow fonder. :snort:

But in a nutshell, yes, that is precisely what I was going for.

And, it seems to me the goblins have been rebelling for so long that it is the status quo. They control the banks. I am doubtful they will try to stage a coup.


cindysuewho45 - Oct 2, 2006 10:22 pm (#1626 of 2974)

Hi all, I know that I can not be the only one, but on JKR's site my W.O.M.B.A.T. card is gone! I do not know what has happened to it. I am thinking that it will show back up soon. I feel good about the test, there was one or two that I know I got wrong. There could be more, but I hope not.


S.E. Jones - Oct 3, 2006 12:49 am (#1627 of 2974)

The WOMBAT card disappeared when she opened the locked door for the Grade 2 test to be taken. It probably will show back up when the results are ready, just like before.

There is now a new thread, started by the Lexicon's own Lexicon Bel, to discuss the WOMBAT Grade 2 questions and answers. Please continue all further discussion of the test there. Thanks!


Geber - Oct 3, 2006 11:02 pm (#1628 of 2974)

Once we have taken the test, how do we find out the results?


S.E. Jones - Oct 3, 2006 11:33 pm (#1629 of 2974)

Geber --Once we have taken the test, how do we find out the results?--

There will be a card or something similar to that appearing on her website where you can put in the student ID number you were given to find out your results.


Dobby Socks - Oct 4, 2006 1:52 am (#1630 of 2974)

I opted to post this here since it has nothing to do with the questions themselves...

Just a general hint based on the previous WOMBAT test: the card which arrives on the main page of Jo’s site after the door is closed should bring you to a room with a clock. The hand on the clock will move from something like “received exam” to “grading in progress” to “results have been calculated and are being owled to you.” (Might not be the precise categories, but it’s something similar.) If I’m remembering correctly, grades came out about a week after the door shut.

For those nervously awaiting results, I noticed that last WOMBAT period JKR’s site updates would always happen at midnight GMT (7pm for me in Eastern Time.) So instead of wringing your hands all day, simply check each day after midnight GMT. This helps preserve a bit of sanity. At least in my case!


Madame Pomfrey - Oct 4, 2006 4:25 am (#1631 of 2974)

Happy Birthday,Minerva McGonnagall!!!


jose043 - Oct 4, 2006 4:34 am (#1632 of 2974)

Happy Birthday to Minerva McGonagall & many more to come

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Finn BV - Oct 4, 2006 5:20 am (#1633 of 2974)

Happy Birthday McGonagall!

…and the WOMBAT is now closed! Shouldn't be too long until results now!


Winky Woo - Oct 4, 2006 6:16 am (#1634 of 2974)

The WOMBAT card is back! and when you type in your ID it brings up the clock, with the hand at Paper Being Marked!

I agree Finn not long until the results!

***excited & happy dance!*****

Love Winky


Phelim Mcintyre - Oct 4, 2006 6:30 am (#1635 of 2974)

Now the WOMBAT test is not available for taking what we need now (other than book 7) is a new FAQ poll.

Oh yes (before she deducts points from Ravenclaw) Happy Birthday to the Head of Hogwarts.


Ida-ho-Potato - Oct 4, 2006 6:34 am (#1636 of 2974)


I MISSED IT. AGAIN.

(crying like a baby)
WILL I EVER GET TO TAKE THIS TEST. WILL SHE DO IT AGAIN A THIRD TIME. AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!




azi - Oct 4, 2006 6:48 am (#1637 of 2974)

Ooo, bad luck Ida-ho-Potato! **concillatory hugs** You could check out the questions on the Lexicon, and then see if you could find anyone who answered the same as you, to get a rough idea of grades when the answers come out...

Happy birthday Professor M! I keep thinking her birthday is on the 8th for some reason...

I would also like a new FAQ poll.

Grr, my mouse isn't working Sad


Starling - Oct 4, 2006 11:41 am (#1638 of 2974)

Never mind, Ida-ho-Potato! You probably would have trolled it with the rest of us!

But checking the questions on the Lexicon is a good alternative, like azi said.


Neville Longbottom - Oct 4, 2006 12:27 pm (#1639 of 2974)

the sneakoscopes seem to have questionable performance.


Why? The one Ron gave to Harry worked really well. It was ringing all the time (even in Egypt), because Scabbers was around. Our favourite Trio just didn't listen to the warning, that's not the fault of Sneakoscope. ;-)


Madam Pince - Oct 4, 2006 12:29 pm (#1640 of 2974)

Yes, that was the impression I got, too, Nathan. They ignored it, to their peril. Never underestimate the power of magic!


Gina R Snape - Oct 4, 2006 1:27 pm (#1641 of 2974)

Yes, I agree, we were given a warning about Pettigrew that the kids ignored. But weren't there other times when it didn't act properly?

Anyway, I preferred the foe glass over the sneakoscope because you could see your enemies' faces. No question in that case.


Tazzygirl - Oct 4, 2006 5:48 pm (#1642 of 2974)

Happy Birthday to Minerva!

**sits and patiently waits for test scores to appear...**


Stephanie M. - Oct 4, 2006 8:16 pm (#1643 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Minerva!!

I realized that I didn't save my WOMBAT I.D code, so I can't view my score! I also don't really feel like taking it over again. Oh well.

I actually thought that this WOMBAT test was easier than the first, but I also didn't really try as hard to do well on it, so they outcome will probably be the same.


Finn BV - Oct 5, 2006 7:55 am (#1644 of 2974)

Steph, if you used the same code from the first WOMBAT, it's the same one.


Madame Pomfrey - Oct 5, 2006 7:57 pm (#1645 of 2974)

Hooray! Results are in the post.


Stephanie M. - Oct 5, 2006 8:23 pm (#1646 of 2974)

No, I didn't use the same code as before. Oh well.


Hogs Head - Oct 6, 2006 4:08 am (#1647 of 2974)

And it says the next one in "a few months" will be "the third and final" WOMBAT.


Madam Pince - Oct 6, 2006 5:01 am (#1648 of 2974)

Grades are in!


Mrs. D. - Oct 6, 2006 7:30 am (#1649 of 2974)

I only have an "Acceptable" this time around, but I'll take it!


vanessa cave - Oct 6, 2006 8:16 am (#1650 of 2974)

Wow i got an E !!! i thought it would have been a Troll for sure. I'm celebrating now


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septentrion - Oct 6, 2006 9:33 am (#1651 of 2974)

I got an "E" as well, not bad for guesswork! I'm celebrating as well.


shadzar - Oct 6, 2006 10:25 am (#1652 of 2974)

An "E"? W-O-M-B-A-T I see no "E" in that. Where are the grade ranks so I can refresh my memory as to what I got?

I so fear the third exam!


Hogs Head - Oct 6, 2006 10:25 am (#1653 of 2974)

I pondered the questions pretty thoroughly in WOMBAT I, and only got an "Acceptable." I raced through WOMBAT II this time without any thought at all -- dinner was waiting on the table and getting cold, the family was fussing, etc. -- and got an EE. So, in Harry-like fashion, I supposed sometimes you do better with just instinct.


Madame Pomfrey - Oct 6, 2006 10:28 am (#1654 of 2974)

Wow,I made another Outstanding.Totally unexpected.


Doing happy dance*


lkb - Oct 6, 2006 11:15 am (#1655 of 2974)

what is the grading levels again? I got an exceeds expectations. Is this good? or really good? I think either way I will celebrate with something sweet, and then re-read all my harry potter books in prep for the next test..

lkb


Madame Pomfrey - Oct 6, 2006 11:43 am (#1656 of 2974)

Ikb, An E is very good. The grading system is:Oustanding,Exceeds Expectations,Acceptable,Poor,Dreadful and Troll.


Tazzygirl - Oct 6, 2006 11:58 am (#1657 of 2974)

I got an Acceptable! Which is what I thought I would receive, so I am happy!


colbow - Oct 6, 2006 12:32 pm (#1658 of 2974)

Ahhh, i managed a Acceptable!! Good enough for me!


Winky Woo - Oct 6, 2006 12:58 pm (#1659 of 2974)

I got an E again- quite happy! I've also taken it in work but I cant access the code as its on work PC and I am at home...I'll have to wait until Monday

Love

Winky X X X


Betelgeuse Black - Oct 6, 2006 1:40 pm (#1660 of 2974)

Yippie!!!

I got exceeds expectations!

I didn't get to complete the first WOMBAT so I'm thrilled to get an E.

Betelgeuse


S.E. Jones - Oct 6, 2006 3:54 pm (#1661 of 2974)

Madam Pomfrey --Wow,I made another Outstanding.Totally unexpected.--

Wow, congrats, Madam P!!!

I got an Exceeds Expectations, which I'm quite glad about as it exceeded my expectations quite a bit.


Hogs Head - Oct 6, 2006 6:16 pm (#1662 of 2974)

At Exceeds Expectations, I'm either a wonderful person or a total nerd or some of both. I'll decide later. After another martini. Tomorrow evening, that is. But am I not on the internet at 8 p.m. CT on a website for a series of childrens' books? At age 50+? I guess that answers the inquiry. Goodnight, fellow nerds and nerdettes. We are wonderful nerds.


Madame Pomfrey - Oct 6, 2006 6:26 pm (#1663 of 2974)

Thanks, I think everyone has done really well.I doubt that anyone that has just read the books but are not a true Potties like us could pass it.


Sticky Glue - Oct 6, 2006 8:11 pm (#1664 of 2974)

I took the test three times - so I got 2 Exceeds Expectations and 1 acceptable. I only got an acceptable for grade 1 last time so im happy!!! now printing out all my certificates.


Weeny Owl - Oct 7, 2006 12:17 am (#1665 of 2974)

I got Outstanding on both tests, but I'm not sure exactly why. After I thought about some of my answers, I was sure they had to be wrong, so I'm totally confused. (sigh)


Good Evans - Oct 7, 2006 12:36 am (#1666 of 2974)

I got an outstanding and am totally thrilled, I got EE on the first wombat. anyway - really pleased as progression is marvellous!


mooncalf - Oct 7, 2006 1:14 am (#1667 of 2974)

Wow! I got an Outstanding on my test. Lots of lucky guesses!


Krypt 24 - Oct 7, 2006 10:57 am (#1668 of 2974)

I'm just a casual reader of the books and not a scholar. I got "Exceeds Expectations." The exam wasn't difficult at all. It can be passed with a little logic. It was fun, though! Can't wait for Grade 3.


Madame Kulich - Oct 7, 2006 1:06 pm (#1669 of 2974)

Wow! That test was so difficult. I am so pleased that I got an E! I didn't get to take the first test, so I didn't know what to expect. I don't see how the test could get any harder!


Catherine - Oct 7, 2006 3:18 pm (#1670 of 2974)

I went down a level--I got an O on the first WOMBAT, and an "Exceeds Expectations" this time around.

At least it wasn't a Troll.


Mollyweaselbee - Oct 7, 2006 5:24 pm (#1671 of 2974)

Hello. I am new and would like to know can anyone help me to understand how to use J.K.R.'s website. I keep clicking around and tried a few things but I was not able to get anything in the scrapbook. Thanks in advance


Steve Newton - Oct 7, 2006 5:46 pm (#1672 of 2974)

Mollyweaselbee,

You might want to check this out. It is the Lexicon's guide to the JKR website.

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


Mollyweaselbee - Oct 7, 2006 6:04 pm (#1673 of 2974)

Thanks Steve Newton.


Madam Pince - Oct 7, 2006 9:44 pm (#1674 of 2974)

Or... just do a search of all of Eponine's posts -- that's how I always "figure out" how to find something on JKR's site! Eponine, you're the greatest! If it weren't for you, I'd probably still be clicking on the stupid light switch or something!


The giant squid - Oct 8, 2006 3:29 am (#1675 of 2974)

I went down a level--Catherine

I think you're the only one, Kate. Maybe you were trying to hard.


Catherine - Oct 8, 2006 6:26 am (#1676 of 2974)

I think you're the only one, Kate. Maybe you were trying to hard. --Squid Mike

Indeed. My not-so-inner Hermione rears her bushy head a little too often!


Phelim Mcintyre - Oct 8, 2006 7:15 am (#1677 of 2974)
Edited Oct 8, 2006 7:49 am

Do we have any idea what the average score is of people on the Lexicon? Is it EE, A or O?

EDIT Having counted up posted scores on this and the WOMBAT 2 thread so far we have 9 people with Outsandings, 32 with Exceeds Expectations, and 5 with Acceptable. Unless we get a load more scores I guess that we generally Exceed Expectations.


Lina - Oct 8, 2006 12:51 pm (#1678 of 2974)

I went down a level-- Catherine

I think you're the only one, Kate. Maybe you were trying to hard. -- Mike

No, she is not the only one , and yes, maybe we did try too hard. And yes, I think I feel exactly like Hermione, although I've never been Hermionish in the Muggle school.


riotgrrrl - Oct 8, 2006 3:47 pm (#1679 of 2974)

I went up one level but then again, I believe this exam had more of a scaled scoring than the last.


Mollyweaselbee - Oct 8, 2006 5:45 pm (#1680 of 2974)

Steve I tried the site you gave me last night and I was able to get 4 working and the rest I could not get the site to work. Do you have any suggestions?


Solitaire - Oct 8, 2006 5:47 pm (#1681 of 2974)

At least you got to take the test. By the time I figured out what W.O.M.B.A.T.s were and had time to look around Jo's site again, they were gone.

Solitaire


Mollyweaselbee - Oct 8, 2006 5:55 pm (#1682 of 2974)

Solitaire, if you were speaking to me I unfortunately did not get to take neither W.O.M.B.A.T. test. I was speaking of the potterania and the scrapbook pages.


Steve Newton - Oct 8, 2006 6:27 pm (#1683 of 2974)

Mollyweaselbee, I'm not sure what you meant by getting 4 working. I just checked out the link and things seemed fine to me. Where are you having a problem?


Mollyweaselbee - Oct 8, 2006 6:40 pm (#1684 of 2974)

I can't get the first potion ( typed page ), Page of doodlings drawing of sorting hat, ancient drawing pg1 (marble), ancient drawing pg3 (potion 2), ancient drawing pg4 (fansites medal), more idle jottings (pg1) plant potion- 2 steps, original synopsis(circle card),and I can only get 1/2 of revision of plan for OoP lightning bolt to work. Can you help me . Maybe I am not doing something in the right order or not at the right time.


Solitaire - Oct 8, 2006 7:54 pm (#1685 of 2974)

Actually, I was thinking of Lina, who said she went down a level. I should have posted her comment with mine. Sorry.


Finn BV - Oct 8, 2006 7:56 pm (#1686 of 2974)

Mollyweaselbee, I too had troubles getting some of the extras to work. Just make sure you're following every direction exactly as it says, and even then try some creativity of your own. There are still two I can't get (the two on the phone). Just be persistent. If that doesn't work, come back and we'll try again!


Lina - Oct 9, 2006 6:39 am (#1687 of 2974)

Comforting charms and pat to Solitaire. There will be another one test, so, if you want me, I can raise an alarm when it comes.


Die Zimtzicke - Oct 9, 2006 8:08 am (#1688 of 2974)

How many threads do we need about this test? I never take them, and when I see a lot of posts about Jo's site, I always rush over to see if there's anything new in the way of comments there I've missed.

Just curious...


septentrion - Oct 9, 2006 8:57 am (#1689 of 2974)

Kate, I too went down a level, from outstanding to exceed expectations. I think it's a good grade for a test not based on knowledgebut guess work.

Solitaire, you can always check the questions and try to give them a go. I know it's just not the same, but it's something.


Mollyweaselbee - Oct 9, 2006 11:47 am (#1690 of 2974)

Finn, I've just re tried everything that I could not get working on Jo's site and still many things are not responding. can you help?


S.E. Jones - Oct 9, 2006 1:27 pm (#1691 of 2974)

Mollyweaselbee, can you tell us what you have got thus far? That could go a long way to helping us help you with what's left.


Mollyweaselbee - Oct 9, 2006 5:32 pm (#1692 of 2974)

well I've got the "very early pages of Philosopher's Stone" (6-2-4-4-2), and the "Ancient drawing " (page 2), the " very early draft of Philosopher's Stone " (page1), and the "very early draft of Philosopher's Stone " (page 2). That is all that I could get working.


S.E. Jones - Oct 9, 2006 5:57 pm (#1693 of 2974)

And you've followed the tricks listed in the Lex?


Finn BV - Oct 9, 2006 7:04 pm (#1694 of 2974)

I believe she has.

Molly, I still can't get the two on the phone. Let me try on another version of the site to see if by any chance Jo has taken down the extras.

Well, Ancient Drawings (page 4) is quite easy. See instructions here. In the fan sites room, drag the two coins surrounding the fan site trophy into their respective cases. Nothing else to it.

I'm afraid that's all I've got time for tonight. I'll try some more tomorrow.


S.E. Jones - Oct 9, 2006 7:51 pm (#1695 of 2974)

Let's see if these help any:

First Typed Manuscript of PS:
Extras Page -> use the eraser on the blank paper pinned to the bulletin board to get pictures of the cauldron and ingredients clues:
Leaves: This one's easy, just look up.
Spider: Think about where you see an annoying spider that keeps crawling in front of you, just asking to get caught.
Potion: I think I saw it sitting on a shelf somewhere....
Feather: Well that'd be quite a prize, wouldn't it?...

Page of doodlings (page 2):
The Links Page -> There's an award hidden there if you can find the key to unlocking it. Move the books around.

Ancient Drawings (page 4):
The Fan Page -> You can get an award by putting things in their place....

Ancient Drawings (page 1):
Main Page -> Leave the window with the main page open until Peeves comes. Click the Marble on the main desktop as Peeves flies by.

Ancient Drawings (page 3):
Rubbish Bin potion -> Clicking the middle of the pen to the left of the rubbish basket on the Rubbish page breaks the pen and reveals the pics of the items you need to collect.
Eggshells: (rubbish bin)
Quills: (extras page)
Moonstones: (fan site) they're hidden behind something on one of the shelves.

More idle jottings (Page 1):
Room of Requirement -> First: On the Extras page, click the On/Off switch and listen to all of the radio talk show Toots, Shoots 'n' Roots by Tilden Toots. Second: On the the Room of Requirement page (the "?" page), on the table at the left under the window is a dying plant and two potion bottles, one red one green. Following the advice Toots gives in the radio program, click on the red bottle and lift it over the plant, it will tip and drops of the elixer will drip out one at a time. Apply 6 drops of the red, followed by 3 drops of green. The plant will come to life and bloom instantly, and the certificate will appear.

Original synopsis of 'Philosophers Stone':
Rubbish Bin and Extras page -> First: On the Rubbish Bin page, in the upper right corner of the screen is a Tea Cup. Click on the tea cup and swirl it around Clockwise at least 4 times. The dregs in the bottom of the cup will form a circle. Second: On the ExtraStuff page, on the bulletin board below the large center pages for Extras, click on the red "Circle" Interior Decorators card, the reward appears.

Revision of the plan of 'Order of the Phoenix':
Lightning Bolt ->On the Links page, wait patiently for Peeves to come through. He will knock down the picture on the left, revealing an example of a square paper containing a lightning bolt. Go to the Extrastuff page and use the pen (click and drag) hanging over the bulletin board to draw a lightning bolt on the lower blank piece of paper. This one is pretty hard, so you'll have to do it several times before it will take.


Herm oh ninny - Oct 9, 2006 8:26 pm (#1696 of 2974)

Mollyweaselbee, which of Jo's sites are you visiting? I always go to the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] version and I have never had problems getting all the scrapbook pages from it.

I got another acceptable on my W.O.M.B.A.T 2 exam. That's 2 in a row, but (said in a true Ron-ish fashion)I'll happily take it! I took the test a second time, and I purposely tried to answer all the questions wrong so that I could get a troll, but a Poor was the worst I could do


Madam Pince - Oct 9, 2006 9:50 pm (#1697 of 2974)

What did the certificate say for "Poor", Herm-oh-ninny, do you remember? I mean, did it say "You need to study more!" or something like that?


Hogs Head - Oct 10, 2006 3:55 am (#1698 of 2974)

I can never draw the lighting bolt correctly, and I seem to have never found the explanation on how to draw it. This is the one where S. E. Jones says or quotes:

"Revision of the plan of 'Order of the Phoenix':

Lightning Bolt ->On the Links page, wait patiently for Peeves to come through. He will knock down the picture on the left, revealing an example of a square paper containing a lightning bolt. Go to the Extrastuff page and use the pen (click and drag) hanging over the bulletin board to draw a lightning bolt on the lower blank piece of paper. This one is pretty hard, so you'll have to do it several times before it will take."


Eponine - Oct 10, 2006 6:44 am (#1699 of 2974)

Eponine, you're the greatest! If it weren't for you, I'd probably still be clicking on the stupid light switch or something! - Madame Pince


blushes* But I must admit that I cannot take much credit as I usually get my information from reading the comments at Mugglenet or TLC!


Madam Pince - Oct 10, 2006 9:01 am (#1700 of 2974)

Whatever -- you're still my favorite resource!

If I remember correctly, the lightning bolt was a vertical line straight down, then go right (straight across - 90 degree angle), then go straight down again. The angles are all 90 degrees, not 45 degrees like you might usually think of a pictured lightning bolt. Hope that helps!

Also, when you're swirling the teacup to look at the tea leaves, you have to be sure your contrast is set high on your computer monitor. I must've swirled that darn cup for an hour and never saw anything but dark liquid -- black like coffee. It should be lighter, so you can see the circle when it forms. I think maybe TBE or somebody finally alerted me to that one -- not sure exactly who it was, but it's another example of one I'd never have gotten / thought of without that help! So thanks again!

Good luck, molly!


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Mollyweaselbee - Oct 10, 2006 3:51 pm (#1701 of 2974)

Thank you everyone. I have tried all of the suggestions but I cannot get the blue and white eraser to move. Neither will anything else on that page. the book with the ? on it will not slide. The ? coins will not move. No matter how long I wait the marble never floats nor does it glow. None of the ingredients for ancient drawings page three will disappear. The radio does not play anything but the same tune over and over again. And the plant in the room with the locked door is only a vase with yellow flowers. I am using the US site. Does this help anyone to help me?


S.E. Jones - Oct 10, 2006 4:10 pm (#1702 of 2974)

You could try dumping your cache (I don't know if you're on a Mac or PC). Or, you could try a difference site, as suggested before:

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Chemyst - Oct 10, 2006 4:17 pm (#1703 of 2974)

somebody finally alerted me to that one -- not sure exactly who it was - Madame Pince

Oh, that would be from Post #836 on this thread.

Finn, you can't get either phone number to work? You do know you have to press the big green button with a handset picture on it to hit "send" don't you? Anyway, it took me several tries before I figured out you had to hit the green button after entering the numbers because the real cell phone I was use to using then had a very different layout where my 'send' was on the left.


cindysuewho45 - Oct 11, 2006 12:12 am (#1704 of 2974)

Hi all, Just got back from JKR's site. Where I found that my W.O.M.B.A.T. test was marked and there! EE, I am very happy about it. I am also happy that the paper says at the end that, "culminating in the third and final W.O.M.B.A.T. in a few months' time" So we will have another W.O.M.B.A.T. in just a few months. I love it!!! Good luck to all.


John Bumbledore - Oct 11, 2006 8:35 am (#1705 of 2974)

Oh, where have I been!

No matter, I'm back now. I am please that I scored an E on my W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 2. I wasn't able to take the Grade 1 test.

Well, I did take Grade 2 twice, but I'll have to wait until I go home to check my score with my second student ID.

Congratulation to all who have received passing grades! Condolences to those who did not.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

Looking forward to, "the third and final W.O.M.B.A.T. in a few months' time."

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Anna L. Black - Oct 11, 2006 10:48 am (#1706 of 2974)

"What did the certificate say for "Poor", Herm-oh-ninny, do you remember?" - Madam Pince

The Lexicon has pictures of the different certificates, and their text, just look on the "What's new" page, there's a link.


azi - Oct 11, 2006 3:14 pm (#1707 of 2974)

I got an A on the rushed test, and E on the test with which I took my time (and changed all of two answers, lol!).

Congratulations to all!


Hogs Head - Oct 11, 2006 6:01 pm (#1708 of 2974)

Madame Pince, thanks for the tip on the lightning bolt. I finally got it. I guess I just can't draw a straight line or a right angle.


Thora - Oct 12, 2006 5:47 am (#1709 of 2974)

That lightening bolt was particularly difficult. I tried for ages to get it right.


Madam Pince - Oct 12, 2006 8:14 am (#1710 of 2974)

Thanks, Anna! And you're welcome, Hogs Head!

(Isn't this a great place??!!!)


Herm oh ninny - Oct 12, 2006 7:06 pm (#1711 of 2974)

Madam Pince- I'm sorry it took me soo long to answer your post. I see that Anna has found a link for you to see all the results. Thanks Anna!

I also took forever to get the lightning bolt just right! I wanted to rip my hair out! lol


haymoni - Oct 13, 2006 5:31 am (#1712 of 2974)

The lightning bolt actually looks more like a backwards "N" as I recall.


John Bumbledore - Oct 13, 2006 9:14 am (#1713 of 2974)
Edited Oct 13, 2006 10:09 am

I thought the drawing of the lightning bolt looked more like the letter S from the rock band, KISS.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Soul Search - Oct 13, 2006 9:58 am (#1714 of 2974)

If Voldemort marked Harry as his equal, might he use the letter "S" for Slytherin?

We have been deceived throughout the six books by references to Harry's "lighting bolt shaped" scar. It is really an "S."


shadzar - Oct 13, 2006 3:47 pm (#1715 of 2974)
Edited Oct 13, 2006 4:27 pm

Soul Search:

If you look at Elder Futhark, a Nordic Runic "alphabet"; you will notice the looks almost exactly like Harry's scar. This character is representative of the letter S.

A closer "lightning shape" to what appears on her site when Peeves knocks over the picture to give you a hint what to draw on the bulletin board may be seen in Younger Futhark which was adopted in the 8th century, also standing for the letter S.




journeymom - Oct 13, 2006 5:05 pm (#1716 of 2974)

What does fubark hnias tbmler mean? ;-)


shadzar - Oct 13, 2006 5:27 pm (#1717 of 2974)

That is the alphabet consisting of the simplified version of Elder Futhark which had 24 characters. the "b" looking letter in your fubark is like the letter theta and pronounce "th", thus futhark.

The fact that the "S"s are similar to Harry's scar could mean something in relation to the Slytherin snake-ish S. Whether Lightmaker decided on which lightning shape to use of JKR had some say would make a difference on its relevance.

If she approved the lightning shape then it may mean the one seen in the movies that closer resembled Elder Futhark, and the one on her website resembling Younger Futhark, could mean the source of the scar in a for of ancient runic magic. The ancient magic that protected Harry from the AK.

Since runestones are made of these runic symbols and are used for divination, it may give clues into Lily and her charm ability and the protection itself and where it came from and why she may or may not have known what it would mean to sacrifice herself for Harry; AND why LV possibly didn't want to kill her for her knowledge.

Then again it could all be some coincedence that the lightning shape is similar to the Futharks instead of having more "prongs" to the lightnings shape.


Hogs Head - Oct 13, 2006 7:33 pm (#1718 of 2974)

But come to think of it, the S in the lightning bolt was more like the SS's in the ensignias of the self-samed group of Nazi military persons.

Who came to their demise in 1945.

When Grendelwald also came to his demise in 1945.

Coincidence or just late night imagination?

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Grindelwald (? - 1945?) The dark wizard that Dumbledore defeated in 1945 (PS6, PS13). Because of the year of Grindelwald's defeat, which is stated on the Chocolate Frog card about Dumbledore, some have speculated that Grindelwald and Hitler were the same person or that Grindelwald was somehow related to the events of World War II. Rowling has confirmed that Grindelwald is deceased (TLC). 'Grindelwald' is a small village in Switzerland; JK pronounces Grindelwald's name “GRIN dell vald” (TLC). The name could also refer to Grendel, the troll-like monster of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf.


S.E. Jones - Oct 13, 2006 8:17 pm (#1719 of 2974)

--But come to think of it, the S in the lightning bolt was more like the SS's in the ensignias of the self-samed group of Nazi military persons.--

They should look similar, becasue it is. The Nazi's used that very same alphabet for the double S on their ensignia.


Lexicon Bel~ - Oct 16, 2006 10:32 am (#1720 of 2974)

Mollyweaselbee, I'm feeling bad that I didn't notice your posts sooner! Have you been able to work out the puzzles yet? I think I may know what the problem is... are you entering the Accessibility Enabled version of the site? If so, then you will not be able to work some of the puzzles. That version is made for folks who use assistive devices (like screen readers) and keyboard controls instead of a mouse. So the radio will not work, nor the marble, because you must use the mouse to work them. Make sure that you enter the site using one of the Flags indicating your language (British flag for English). Come on back and let us know if that doesn't solve your troubles!


Thora - Oct 16, 2006 2:27 pm (#1721 of 2974)

Didn't she once say that the shape of Harry's scar wasn't as important as it's placement?


S.E. Jones - Oct 16, 2006 4:00 pm (#1722 of 2974)

--Didn't she once say that the shape of Harry's scar wasn't as important as it's placement?--

No, I don't think so.

JKR has has this to say about Harry's scar:

Detroit News, March 19, 2001:
Q. What is the meaning behind Harry's lightning bolt scar?
A. There are some things I can tell you about it, and some things I can't. I wanted him to be physically marked by what he has been through. It was an outward expression of what he has been through inside. I gave him a scar in a prominent place so other people would recognize him. It is almost like being the chosen one or the cursed one, in a sense. Someone tried to kill him; that's how he got it. I chose the lightning bolt because it was the most plausible shape for a distinctive scar. As you know, the scar has certain powers, and it gives Harry warnings. I can't say more than that, but there is more to say.

World Book Day Chat, March 4, 2004:
Cathedral: Don't want to rune the ending, but will we be finding out more about the significance of the shape of Harry's scar in future books?
JK Rowling replies -> The shape is not the most significant aspect of that scar, and that's all I'm going to say!

JKR.com, FAQ:
FAQ: What is the significance of Neville being the other boy to whom the prophecy might have referred?
JKR: ...In choosing which boy to murder, he was also (without realising it) choosing which boy to anoint as the Chosen One – to give him tools no other wizard possessed – the scar and the ability it conferred, a magical window into Voldemort's mind.
...Although Dumbledore does not say as much, he does not believe so: he believes Voldemort did indeed choose the boy most likely to be able to topple him, for Harry's survival has not depended wholly or even mainly upon his scar.


Lina - Oct 17, 2006 12:41 am (#1723 of 2974)

I must say that I read those quotes similarly as Thora does. The shape itself has no further meanings. It is only important for the scar to be prominent, that's the purpose of the shape and of the placement. The scar itself is very important, but its importance is not connected with the shape or with the placement. That's my interpretation.

I think that we can give the shape a little more importance than she did, because it is my feeling that she has put all together in the books much more symbolism than she planned. She is just describing the real life as it is and this way I think that she puts in some messages that she is not even aware of. JM2K


jose043 - Oct 17, 2006 5:20 am (#1724 of 2974)

Happy Birthday to Professor Flitwick & many more to come.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Mollyweaselbee - Oct 17, 2006 5:30 am (#1725 of 2974)

Lexicon Bell, I just wanted to thank you very much. I was able to get most of the sites completed. I am still working on the drawing of the lighting bolt and after I listen to the radio I click on the hairbrush and it disappears and then I cannot get out without clicking the back button . I cannot go from the extras site to the locked door site.


John Bumbledore - Oct 17, 2006 7:55 am (#1726 of 2974)

From Jo's website, we see one rendering of the shape of the scar. It is much like the runic S. (at Right)

Significant aspects of Harry's Scar:

Thank you Sarah for providing references from which I have drawn.
I gave him a scar in a prominent place so other people would recognize him. (Detroit News, March 19, 2001)
It is almost like being the chosen one or the cursed one, in a sense. (Detroit News, March 19, 2001) --Emphasis mine
I chose the lightning bolt because it was the most plausible shape for a distinctive scar.(Detroit News, March 19, 2001)
The shape is not the most significant aspect of that scar. (World Book Day Chat, March 4, 2004)
Choosing which boy to anoint as the Chosen One - To give him ... the scar and the ability it conferred, a magical window into Voldemort's mind.(JKR.com, FAQ)
Harry's survival has not depended wholly or even mainly upon his scar. (JKR.com, FAQ)
Now, in saying "The shape is not the most significant aspect of that scar," Jo is not saying that it is insignificant. But she may wish to distract us from the significance of the shape. One of her methods of hiding clues is to mention them in common place way, with the frequency of annoyance. I think she is hiding something about the significance of the shape of Harry's scar by placing it in plain site.
The cabinet is mentioned at least three times in Draco's Detour. It presence is annoying because it blocks the trio's view of what is happening in the shop. It is mentioned first as a common place item, a cabinet in which Harry hides from the Malfoys, when He arrived in Borgin and Burks by mistake on his first use of floo powder (CS I think). Jo seems to like to hide some hints in plain site.

Finally, why is Hermione taking Ancient runes if not to be to one to explain the significance of the shape? I predict a revelation on the significance of the shape of Harry's scar in book seven, much as she has done with citing "Hogwarts, a History."

However, I acknowledge that the shape presented on Jo's web site may determined more by Lightmaker's ability to recognize the "pen" strokes than with Jo's ideal image of what the scar looks like.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Lexicon Bel~ - Oct 17, 2006 8:21 am (#1727 of 2974)

Hmmm Mollyweaselbee, that is very strange!
It sounds like a Flashplayer problem, or a pop-up blocker, or your browser.
Are you using Internet Explorer? Firefox users have reported troubles like this.
Do you have a pop-up blocker turned on?
Does it do that on the alternate addresses? such as [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] or .org or .info ?


septentrion - Oct 17, 2006 10:11 am (#1728 of 2974)

Lina and John, you've just put words on my own ideas. Thanks.


Mollyweaselbee - Oct 17, 2006 3:31 pm (#1729 of 2974)

Lexicon Bel, Yes I do have a pop-up blocker turned on and yes I use Internet explorer and I have not tried any other site except for the US site.


Lexicon Bel~ - Oct 22, 2006 5:17 pm (#1730 of 2974)

Well, Molly... I hope that you tried turning off the pop-up blocker and that it worked for you

If anyone is interested in testing out a Widget, Jimmy from [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] has designed one that will tell you when Jo's site updates!

You can get it here: JKR.comUpdateChecker.

(A Widget is a little program that runs on your computer desktop and displays information at a glance. You will need to have the the Yahoo Widget Engine, which you can download from this link Yahoo Widgets.)


Mollyweaselbee - Oct 29, 2006 3:31 pm (#1731 of 2974)

Lexicon Bell, I just wanted to say thank you very much. I don't know why it worked, but I went back into J>K>R>'s web site and tried the room with the drawing of the scar and I got it to work. I also listened to the radio and then went to the room with the plant and revived it. Now all the rooms are done. I will be happy when another W.O.M.B.A.T. is ready I did not have the opportunity to take the other two. Well once again I would like to say Thanks.


jose043 - Oct 30, 2006 1:04 am (#1732 of 2974)

Happy Birthday to Molly Weasley & many more to come

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Ann - Oct 30, 2006 6:01 am (#1733 of 2974)

Happy Birthday, Molly! Take a rest. You've earned it.


Madame Pomfrey - Oct 30, 2006 10:16 am (#1734 of 2974)

Happy Birthday,Molly! May your clock never be set at Mortal Peril again,once Harry does his job.


Laura W - Oct 30, 2006 4:31 pm (#1735 of 2974)

Happy birthday, Molly.

with affection and gratitude,

Laura


Eponine - Oct 31, 2006 7:57 am (#1736 of 2974)

There's a small update on possible titles for book 7!

That's all I see at the moment.


Eponine - Oct 31, 2006 9:40 am (#1737 of 2974)

Too late to edit my previous post.

There's also a small update in the miscellaneous extras section on the definitions of spells.


septentrion - Oct 31, 2006 10:34 am (#1738 of 2974)

That was great, all those definitions for spells, jinxes, etc. I really appreciated this small update.


John Bumbledore - Oct 31, 2006 10:55 am (#1739 of 2974)

While reviewing the textonly version of Jo's site, I saw the update also includes a new fan site award (FSA) for Potterish.com;

Summary:

Diary update, "OCTOBER 31st - I've now got a third title. I've been thinking back, and I know that I've had more titles than this for a couple of the previous books..."
Extra Stuff > Miscellaneous > "Spell Definitions [Nomenclature] - Every now and then somebody asks me for the difference between a spell, a charm and a hex...."
Fan Sites > Latest Winner > Potterish.com [Erm, I didn't notice this before TLC is the only FSA for 2005, the text only site links to separate pages for the current FSA and each of the yearly archives: 2005 and 2004.]
Thank you for the update, Jo!
<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore
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shadzar - Oct 31, 2006 3:20 pm (#1740 of 2974)

Exactly how I saw them defined from my own experience. Good for me, possibly bad for JKR that she is thinking like me.


Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 31, 2006 8:31 pm (#1741 of 2974)

The new wizard of the month is named Lorcan D'Eath. The name Lorcan is Gaelic meaning little fierce one.

The surname D'Eath is an intriguing one because it may have a double meaning

First it might be a pun on the word death. Second, there is an astrophysicist named P.D. D'Eath who wrote volumes called Black Holes: Gravitational Interactions and another volume called Supersymmetric Quantum Cosmology.


The giant squid - Nov 1, 2006 3:22 am (#1742 of 2974)

Normally I wouldn't expect someone to reference an astrophysicist, but with JKR anything's possible.


shadzar - Nov 1, 2006 7:44 am (#1743 of 2974)

Maybe she was reading our topics about Aparition being wandless magic, and its offspring about Spacetravel and wizards....


Thora - Nov 1, 2006 5:57 pm (#1744 of 2974)

Hmmm... "Necks to you" I'd like to hear it just to get "Cauldron Full of Hot Strong Love" out of my head.


Mediwitch - Nov 1, 2006 6:40 pm (#1745 of 2974)

There's something creepy about death (D'Eath) next to you (Necks To You) - very appropriate for the day after Hallowe'en!


journeymom - Nov 2, 2006 10:35 am (#1746 of 2974)

LORCAN D'EATH

CARNAL DEATH

Thank you, Jo, for that Hallowe'en treat!


The giant squid - Nov 2, 2006 1:54 pm (#1747 of 2974)

Wouldn't that be "cornal death"? Maybe she has a thing against Candy Corn (and what right-minded mother wouldn't)?


journeymom - Nov 2, 2006 2:24 pm (#1748 of 2974)

Argh! And I thought I was so clever! Glad you caught that, GS.


Phelim Mcintyre - Nov 3, 2006 3:26 am (#1749 of 2974)

Lorcan is an Irish name which means little fierce. Suits a Vampire. (I use it for a fan ficton character on the fan ficiotn thread Lorcan Pavel which means little fierce protector.)


haymoni - Nov 3, 2006 5:05 pm (#1750 of 2974)

I went to the Lexicon to get more info on the Rubbish Bin, but there really wasn't anything there.

What do you do with the words "south" of the basket?

I don't go to her site very often - do you put the words in a certain order?

I'm guessing this was a big deal once upon a time and I just missed it.


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Lexicon Bel~ - Nov 3, 2006 7:18 pm (#1751 of 2974)

Eep. Haymoni, you're right! I don't have the Rubbish Bin page active. I'm so sorry about that.

But I do have the meaning of the "word scraps" here: Tips and Tricks.

They don't actually *do* anything, they are just a clue to one of the tricks.


haymoni - Nov 3, 2006 7:25 pm (#1752 of 2974)

Thanks!


aggieamy - Nov 5, 2006 8:54 pm (#1753 of 2974)

I just read the new stuff on on the site about the differences between Spells, Charms, and Curses. (Well something of the such anyway.) That sounds exactly like a question young wizards should expect to see on their NEWTS.

Essay 1:

Please explain the difference between a spell, charm, hex, jinx, and curse. Give examples of each to illustrate the differences and similarities.

Hmm. That might be a fun thread to have ... making up questions a wizard might expect on their OWL or NEWT exams. Thoughts? Would it be allowed or is it too fanfic?


Chemyst - Nov 6, 2006 3:36 pm (#1754 of 2974)

Go ahead and start one, aggieamy, and let the mods figure out if it's allowed. I don't think it would be fanfic at all; it would be more like an online study group for WOMBAT grade 3.
We have been promised a third & final test, so the Hermiones among us will probably post.


Ida-ho-Potato - Nov 14, 2006 12:57 pm (#1755 of 2974)

Thank Lexicon Bel for telling us about the widgets. Maby now I will not miss the third test.


KTO - Nov 25, 2006 8:01 pm (#1756 of 2974)

I have heard a rumor that booksellers expect the title to be released this side of Christmas, with this information I am sure I will have to check for updates on a daily basis, all I can say is work had better be slow.

KT


Phelim Mcintyre - Nov 26, 2006 6:03 am (#1757 of 2974)

KTO

Working in the booktrade here in the UK, I have not heard any rumours. Last thing I heard from my contacts at Bllomsbury (JKR's UK publishers) is that they don't expect the book for a while. With all the interest around the book I doubt they would be able to keep it secret.

My problem is that as the next film is due in July 07 we won't get the book then. My guess is Christmas next year at the earliest.


riotgrrrl - Nov 26, 2006 8:12 pm (#1758 of 2974)

We'll probably get more information around the movie release date. Good for business, bad for us. Although, the holiday season is "magic".


painting sheila - Nov 26, 2006 9:41 pm (#1759 of 2974)

Riotgrrrl - Cool avatar!


Die Zimtzicke - Nov 27, 2006 10:20 pm (#1760 of 2974)

I'd love her to release the last book on Sept. 1st, the day Hogwarts always started. Good to begin the story on, good to actually end on! I can't see the sense business-wise in having the film and book too close together.


virginiaelizabeth - Nov 27, 2006 11:19 pm (#1761 of 2974)

Ohh noo, I would hate that! I'd have to fake sick from school so that I could read it! I hope it comes out over the summer so that I can spend several 18 hour days reading it! I don't want it to be intterupted each day by school! **crosses fingers**


Thora - Nov 28, 2006 5:23 am (#1762 of 2974)

I think the chances of the book being released in ANY non-summer month are slim to none, they'd have to cancel school!

If she's truly still debating three titles (see Oct. 31st Journal entry on her site) then the chances of a Christmas present of a title and a subsequent book release this summer (following the timeline of the previous book) are rather slim. It would rank in the top 10 Christmas gifts ever given Harry Potter Fans, and I'm sure she'd get a kick out of the surprise and resulting glee, but I don't think anyone should hold their breath.


Eponine - Nov 28, 2006 10:06 am (#1763 of 2974)

If we get the title for Christmas, then it's possible the book could be released next Christmas. It would follow the timeline for HBP, and it could be released over school holiday so the kids can stay up all night reading it.

It'd be lovely, but I really don't think the book will be released this summer.


S.E. Jones - Nov 28, 2006 11:53 am (#1764 of 2974)

Eponine --If we get the title for Christmas, then it's possible the book could be released next Christmas. It would follow the timeline for HBP...--

How does that follow the HBP timeline, Eponine? Didn't we get the name for Christmas and the book over the summer as Thora suggested above?


Ann - Nov 28, 2006 2:13 pm (#1765 of 2974)

No, what we got for Christmas in 2004 was the fact that the book was finished and had been sent to the press, and the release date. The name "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" was released when the door opened on June 28th, 2004. We got a list of chapter titles in October of the same year. (I really hope she does that again.)


Ludicrous Patents Office - Nov 28, 2006 4:56 pm (#1766 of 2974)

I would love for it to be published on September 1. I'm a Middle School librarian and I've always wanted to have a HP book published during the school year. We could have a lot of fun with it at school. LPO


Finn BV - Nov 28, 2006 5:07 pm (#1767 of 2974)

She's still "happily writing" Book 7. It appears she still has a while to go, not counting drafts, rewrites, publisher's comments… I'll hope for Christmas 2007 but it may be as late as the next year!

Happy Birthday, Bill!


Eponine - Nov 28, 2006 7:20 pm (#1768 of 2974)

We got the book title about a year before the book was released. So if we get the title for Christmas, maybe we'll get the book next Christmas.


Laura W - Nov 29, 2006 3:09 am (#1769 of 2974)

Happy Birthday to Bill.

Laura


jose043 - Nov 29, 2006 4:46 am (#1770 of 2974)

Happy Birthday to Bill & many more to come.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Thora - Nov 30, 2006 5:42 pm (#1771 of 2974)

Awwww... Bill's a November baby! That's perfect!


riotgrrrl - Nov 30, 2006 6:00 pm (#1772 of 2974)

Perhaps I misspoke..or miswrote. I meant that I thought that we may get the title of the new book around the next movie release date- next summer.


**Thanks painting Sheila***

On another note, does anyone think we will get updates for the holidays? We typically do (I think) but there has been a lot of updates on the site recently so I have a feeling it may be a while. Oh well, like we don't have enough to do over the holidays anyways!


Phelim Mcintyre - Dec 1, 2006 2:08 am (#1773 of 2974)

New month - new wizard of the month. Ladies and gentlemen please meet

Laurentia Fletwock 1947 - present Celebrated breeder and racer of winged horses. Has campaigned for tighter restrictions on broomstick use.

Soon we should also get the Christmas decorations. I wonder what we will get this year as way of Christmas Presents (I should write Easter Eggs but that seems out of season.)


lkb - Dec 1, 2006 7:29 am (#1774 of 2974)

I was just wondering about the decorations. When does she normally put them up?

Lkb


Phelim Mcintyre - Dec 1, 2006 8:15 am (#1775 of 2974)

About two weeks before Christmas.


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 1, 2006 1:35 pm (#1776 of 2974)

I am hoping for chapter titles.When did we get HBP titles? Was it for Easter or Xmas? Also, when did we get book 6 title.I can't remember.


Mattew Bates - Dec 1, 2006 3:50 pm (#1777 of 2974)

book 6 title: June 28, 2004

chapter titles: October 31, 2004

the answer to many more questions can be found here, Madame Pomfrey.


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 3, 2006 4:25 pm (#1778 of 2974)

Thanks,Mattew. So.. we recieved chapter titles 9 mo.before the book was released.I think chapter titles as a Xmas present are very likely.


Eponine - Dec 3, 2006 4:30 pm (#1779 of 2974)

I think the book title would be more likely than chapter titles.

I'm really hoping we'll get something good!


Chemyst - Dec 4, 2006 4:17 pm (#1780 of 2974)

I think the book title would be more likely than chapter titles.
...except that she probably has decided on at least some of the chapter titles and seems to be undecided on the book's. I'm cool with either.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 4, 2006 4:32 pm (#1781 of 2974)

Sigh. It would be so perfect if she published it on 07. Especially since it is the ten year of PS/SS. Lovely symmetry to begin on a seven, end on a seven with seven books. LPO


TheSaint - Dec 5, 2006 2:42 am (#1782 of 2974)

She has said she does not release the book title till she is done with it, so getting the book title would be great!!!!!

If I remember correctly, she kept saying she was working on it after she gave us the title...but it was the editing and revisions she was working on, not the main text.


Finn BV - Dec 5, 2006 5:38 pm (#1783 of 2974)

Happy Bday Hagrid!


painting sheila - Dec 5, 2006 8:04 pm (#1784 of 2974)

Cheers to you Hagrid!

(and please make it through Book 7)


geauxtigers - Dec 5, 2006 10:08 pm (#1785 of 2974)

Hagrid's going to live! LOL! Jo's wished him a happy birthday! That means he will live! At least I hope thats a true theory...


Laura W - Dec 6, 2006 1:16 am (#1786 of 2974)

Happy birthday, Hagrid.

Laura


jose043 - Dec 6, 2006 6:04 am (#1787 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Hagrid & Many more to come

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 6, 2006 12:42 pm (#1788 of 2974)

Happy Birthday,Hagrid!


Marie E. - Dec 6, 2006 4:49 pm (#1789 of 2974)

Awww, Hagrid's birthday is on my wedding anniversary. Happy Birthday, Rubeus!


Thom Matheson - Dec 6, 2006 8:29 pm (#1790 of 2974)

Marie, mine too. 12/6/74.


virginiaelizabeth - Dec 6, 2006 10:09 pm (#1791 of 2974)

WOW! I just started freaking out because it said that there were 198 new post on this thread, so I thought there must have been a major update. Then when I clicked on it, there were only like 5 since the last time I read here. I even went back to double check (3 times!) that I hadn't seen the number on a different thread, but no, it was this one! Strange....!

Anyways, HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAGRID!!! And may you have many more!


riotgrrrl - Dec 7, 2006 6:10 pm (#1792 of 2974)

virginia- sometimes that happens to me too if I enter as a guest without realizing it....I always gets sooooooo excited!!! But alas....


wingardio leviosa - Dec 8, 2006 8:04 am (#1793 of 2974)

V & R, there is some bug-glitch somewhere virtual out there

you get oddities like (I paste)

+ Things which struck you as "odd" • 2,107 messages • 96,452,568 new

It has been reported already, a fix is on the way, just like Book 7...


Liz Mann - Dec 10, 2006 9:04 am (#1794 of 2974)

I'm sure you guys have thought of this ages ago, but I just realised that the door might open again soon, possibly with book 7 info, and am now more excited about it than I am about Christmas.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 10, 2006 8:29 pm (#1795 of 2974)

I hope we get some good info on the Solstice! LPO


Sticky Glue - Dec 10, 2006 8:47 pm (#1796 of 2974)

I'm very disapointed that we haven't got any xmas decorations or the xmas calander with a chocolate in each day, like we did one other year.

Do you think that maybe that Jo is so busy writing that she has forgotten that it is xmas - maybe somone should tell her!


Catherine - Dec 11, 2006 4:26 am (#1797 of 2974)

I know that I haven't even decorated my real Christmas tree yet, and I only have two children and one teaching job!

Let's not sound like film Dudley on his birthday..."But last year there were thirty-seven!"

This is the time of year for school concerts, dance performances, holiday parties, and family celebrations. I would hate for Jo to read this thread and think we are a bunch of Dudleys.


Snuffles - Dec 11, 2006 7:45 am (#1798 of 2974)

Just to let everyone know. It's 2.45pm here in the UK and I have just checked Jo's site and the decorations are now up!

I don't know if she has updated anything else, I'm now going to have a look......

Edit: I can't see anything different, I think it's just the xmas decorations.


Grindylow - Dec 11, 2006 8:27 am (#1799 of 2974)

The radio plays some Christmas music now, but other than that, I haven't found any updates either... Smile

Love the decorations!!!


Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 11, 2006 5:13 pm (#1800 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Charlie Weasley. LPO


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Post  John Bumbledore on Thu May 12, 2011 2:11 pm


jose043 - Dec 11, 2006 5:57 pm (#1801 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Charlie Weasley & many more to come.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Ann - Dec 11, 2006 9:01 pm (#1802 of 2974)

One odd thing about the new decorations--there's no Christmas tree in the mirror outside the Room of Requirement, as there has always been in the past (though weirdly enough, you can see the lights of it blink and off, reflected in the trophies of the Fan Sites page. But I think perhaps the lack of a Christmas tree in the eraser room means that something ill come and replace it....


riotgrrrl - Dec 11, 2006 9:13 pm (#1803 of 2974)

Good point...there has been a tree in the mirror around the holidays. You have a pretty good memory.


Mrs. Sirius - Dec 11, 2006 11:03 pm (#1804 of 2974)

Oh, I am still disappointed, I have been waiting for Sirius' birthday to be posted. I thought he had birthdays between September and December,(making him older than the rest.


Lina - Dec 11, 2006 11:49 pm (#1805 of 2974)

Mrs. Sirius, she hasn't celebrated the birthday of any character that died before she started the site and she never celebrated DD's birthday. That's why some of us started to believe that everybody, whose birthday was celebrated, will survive the series...


Good Evans - Dec 12, 2006 2:06 am (#1806 of 2974)

Happy birthday Charlie!!!

New fan site award - but I haven't found anything else new except the decs / radio and the snow outside the window, fingers crossed for a december revelation!


Laura W - Dec 12, 2006 2:10 am (#1807 of 2974)

Happy birthday, Charlie!

(As one who's formal education is in the conservation field because I was hoping to become a wildlife technician - it didn't work out that way, but that's another story -, I have always had a special affinity for Charlie Weasley.)

Keep taking care of those magnificent creatures, and may we see more of you in the next book.

Laura


Thora - Dec 12, 2006 7:47 am (#1808 of 2974)

If you will recall the tree in the mirror was connected closely with the treat we got for Christmas (or just before) that year. Perhaps if it does show up we can expect a door opening and a tasty morsel to chew over for a few months. As long as it's not a huge piece of candy again... hehehehe


Ginerva Potter - Dec 19, 2006 5:52 am (#1809 of 2974)

Hi everyone! Jo has updated her diary! Just thought I'd let you all know.

Ginny


Mrs Brisbee - Dec 19, 2006 6:24 am (#1810 of 2974)

Thank you for the heads up, Ginerva. Rowling's last sentence there was definitely SPEW-worthy!


Snuffles - Dec 19, 2006 6:26 am (#1811 of 2974)

Thanks Ginerva.

I looked about an hour ago and there wasn't anything there. I was hoping for a new poll but hey ho

I wonder if dreaming about people on stilts means she is getting more worried about someone uncovering the plot!

Edit: Jo has also updated the rumours section.


Liz Mann - Dec 19, 2006 6:41 am (#1812 of 2974)

I analysed her dream using a website called Dream Moods. Apparently:

Searching
To dream that you are searching for something signifies the need to find something that is missing or needed in your life. You may be searching for the solution to a problem.

Waiter/waitress
To see a waiter in your dream suggests that you are in need of nurturance and to feel special. The dream may also be a pun and you need to be patient and wait.

Stilts
To dream that you are walking on stilts indicates that you are feeling insecure. A situation or relationship is unstable. You are doing your best trying to balance the various aspects of your life.

I wonder if any of this makes sense to J.K.? I think all three of those things could relate to how she's feeling about book seven, and book seven's place in her life.

If she's currently writing scenes that have been planned for a decade then does that mean she's writing the final scenes? I hope the door does open this Christmas. Last time she opened it a few days before the big day.


journeymom - Dec 19, 2006 8:40 am (#1813 of 2974)

Oh my, nothing to think about in THAT dream, not at all!

Harry 'merges' with Voldemort to command the forces of good and evil? Hadn't heard that one, but it sounds more like colorful fan fiction.

Now, why would she bother to mention what Dan was thinking? "Dan has changed his theory on Snape; he says he doesn't want to be like one of those people who are photographed, beaming, next to mad dictators." Lol!


Die Zimtzicke - Dec 19, 2006 12:06 pm (#1814 of 2974)

What was interesting to me is, I now think Jo is aware of the theories that a horcrux is at Hogwarts. Is she nodding to it, or making fun of it?

Glad to see she stopped to talk to Evanna, as well as the trio. I am VERY impressed with the job Evanna is doing. I was leery of her at first, but now I agree, she is perfect.

I wonder if they are almost done filming, if we'll start getting more leaks about what is in and out from the books to the films?


azi - Dec 19, 2006 12:16 pm (#1815 of 2974)

Is it just me who doesn't get what that last line means?

Nice to have an update anyway.


Gina R Snape - Dec 19, 2006 12:32 pm (#1816 of 2974)

No, Azi. I found that bit about the mad dictator odd too. It doesn't seem to flow correctly from the sentence before it.

I bet the waiters and friends and family around her are "walking on stilts" being very careful not to disturb her in her crazed work state! I know how I get when I'm trying to write something major for school and someone breaks my concentration with an innocent hello or question or whatever.


wynnleaf - Dec 19, 2006 1:02 pm (#1817 of 2974)

"Dan has changed his theory on Snape. He says he doesn't want to be like one of those people who are photographed, beaming, next to mad dictators."

I thought she meant that Dan's opinion was that Snape wouldn't want to be "one of those people who are photographed, beaming, next to mad dictators." I couldn't see that he had meant that he, Dan, wouldn't want to be like "one of those people," because the "mad dictator" description doesn't fit Snape. It's more a description of what you'd expect of Voldemort if he won the war.

I thought Dan's "theory" possibly amused JKR in the same way that she had said, back after PS/SS, that Snape wouldn't have been the villian in that book because no way would he have put on a turban.


Ollivander's Apprentice - Dec 19, 2006 2:26 pm (#1818 of 2974)

I don't believe it was meant as a direct analogy: Snape as dictator. I read it as Dan no longer wishing to appear oblivious to Snape's (possible) faults.


Gina R Snape - Dec 19, 2006 2:35 pm (#1819 of 2974)

I can't imagine Snape photographed beaming next to anyone for any reason except in our wedding photo.


Chemyst - Dec 19, 2006 3:32 pm (#1820 of 2974)

I don't get the last sentence either, Azi. It would probably help if I knew what Dan's original theory on Snape was.

Gina, do you have any wedding photos? Suitable for public viewing?


wynnleaf - Dec 19, 2006 3:33 pm (#1821 of 2974)

I can't imagine Snape photographed beaming next to anyone for any reason (Gina)

Ha! Nor can I. I guess what I thought Dan meant was that one sees these photos of evil dictators with their henchmen grouped around them looking as though they actually admired their evil leader. I assumed that Dan meant he couldn't visualize Snape being that type.

But of course, I'm biased. Somebody will probably ask Dan eventually, and then everyone will wonder whether JKR interpreted his comment correctly and what she thought he meant. Whatever. She obviously thought it amusing.


Laura W - Dec 19, 2006 3:53 pm (#1822 of 2974)

I'm sort of on the same page as Ollivander's Apprentice on this. I take the statement to mean not that Snape is a mad dictator (as Tom Riddle obviously is), but that we should not admire bad people. A valuable lesson for this 17-year-old English boy to learn, I believe.

Forgetting for the moment that many on Lexicon are convinced that Severus Snape is really a hero - with a capital H - for the good side and a swell human being besides, it is not a big stretch for the ordinary HP fan - not us - to see Snape in a "baddie" light (ie - cruel to children in his class; possibly still a DE; enemy of James, Sirius, and Remus; killer of Albus Dumbledore; etc. etc.).

Since the first movie came out, Jo has expressed her dismay at how many viewers/readers genuinely like those characters who are mean or treat others badly.

So maybe what Dan was saying, in a very awkward way - that Jo felt was important enough to include on her website - was that he now realizes that there is nothing glamorous or sexy or admirable or praiseworthy to be found in any individual who causes pain (physical or emotional) or destruction to the world and/or its inhabitants. Nothing that would make you want to be photographed with such a person as if you were friends. And he just used Snape - the on-the-surface Snape - as an example.

If I'm right, I see a young actor and young man maturing in a way that pleases me - although it's none of my business how he matures. And Snape is, as Ollivander's Apprentice wrote, just an analogy for this.

Or not ... (Big silly grin)

Laura


Esther Rose - Dec 19, 2006 4:39 pm (#1823 of 2974)

And here I wasn't even interpreting the dream. I was actually thinking okay so which gigantic crowded hall has Harry been in that is not the Great Hall but has a fireplace that could have a hidden nook?

The only image I would think worthy of interpreting as far as the dream goes would be the stilts since that is the one item that could not be carried over subconsiously if JKR spends a lot of time writing book 7 in the cafe. My guess is that JKR is not solid about this particular scene in the book now and perhaps she is looking for ways to fix it. But that is only my guess.


journeymom - Dec 19, 2006 5:09 pm (#1824 of 2974)

"I read it as Dan no longer wishing to appear oblivious to Snape's (possible) faults."

That's it, exactly. Dan doesn't mean Snape is a dictator, literally.

[Warning, Gushing Ahead] Gina, I love your avatar! I really like that idea, even if it's not based on anything canon. It's just cool.


Gina R Snape - Dec 19, 2006 8:36 pm (#1825 of 2974)

Thanks, journeymom. I do harbour a secret desire for Snape to be Jewish.

And sorry, Chemyst. No wedding photos at the moment. Give me some time, though. I might yet conjure up one.

At any rate, let's face it. JKR is a great big tease. She could have written anything in her 'diary' of her encounters on set. But what does she choose? Something small and unclear/contentious about Snape. Mmm, hmm. Make no mistake. He's the big one to ponder over in this series, much as many of us have asserted all along.


The giant squid - Dec 20, 2006 3:25 am (#1826 of 2974)

I do harbour a secret desire for Snape to be Jewish.


The family name was anglicized from "Snapestein."

As for the Dan quote, I interpreted it the same way wynnleaf did--he didn't see Snape as the sort to side with the Big Bad and be part of his entourage. Lucius Malfoy on the other hand...

--Mike


Gina R Snape - Dec 20, 2006 5:23 am (#1827 of 2974)

Heee. I think Lucius Malfoy would have himself photographed next to anyone so long as it was a good shot of him.


Ann - Dec 20, 2006 7:28 am (#1828 of 2974)

No, no, Gina--you're thinking of Lockhart. Lucius would be very picky about his photo companion. It would have to be someone pure-blood and of less wealth or importance than Lucius, but not of so much less that he might be lowered by the association....

I thought it was very clear what Daniel Radcliffe was referring to with regard to the dictator. He was referring to people who, at an early stage, were photographed making nice with evil dictators (for example, Hitler), and then, after they come to be seen for what they are, look really stupid and naive (or perhaps even evil themselves).

I have some vague memory of hearing that Radcliffe had a theory that Snape wasn't really evil (as, of course, he isn't). It sounds to me as if he is a little more unsure of his opinion now, and thinks it might be safer to be cautious, lest he look naive by seeming to support someone who turns out to be really evil. It was a metaphor--nothing about Radcliffe being photographed at all.


wynnleaf - Dec 20, 2006 8:46 am (#1829 of 2974)

I have some vague memory of hearing that Radcliffe had a theory that Snape wasn't really evil (as, of course, he isn't). It sounds to me as if he is a little more unsure of his opinion now, and thinks it might be safer to be cautious, lest he look naive by seeming to support someone who turns out to be really evil. It was a metaphor--nothing about Radcliffe being photographed at all. (Ann)

Ann, you may very well be right. It's just that when I first read it, I thought the comment that Radcliffe had "changed his theory on Snape" was the sentence prefacing the "theory." And the second sentence "He says he doesn't want to be like one of those people who are photographed, beaming, next to mad dictators," I read as the "theory," in which it means "Dan says Snape" rather than "Dan says Dan..." Otherwise, it just didn't make any sense to me -- a reference to a theory which then wasn't described at all, and an odd comparison to Snape as a mad dictator, when those are least 2 things that we can be practically certain he is not, and which instead sound like Voldemort. Oh well. It could work either way, I guess, with either meaning having its peculiar aspects.


Mrs Brisbee - Dec 20, 2006 9:02 am (#1830 of 2974)

I think if the theory followed it would have been a colon rather than a semicolon in that sentence. I read it as "Dan says Dan"-- an explanation of why his theory changed, rather than what the theory is.


S.E. Jones - Dec 20, 2006 8:54 pm (#1831 of 2974)

I just can't believe we're discussing what the actor who plays Harry said more than we are the dream the creator of Harry jotted down for us.... Is she aware of the 'Horcrux at Hogwarts' theory, is she giving us a vague clue or hint just to drive us crazy, or was it just a dream?


wynnleaf - Dec 20, 2006 9:31 pm (#1832 of 2974)

I just can't believe we're discussing what the actor who plays Harry said more than we are the dream the creator of Harry jotted down for us.... Is she aware of the 'Horcrux at Hogwarts' theory, is she giving us a vague clue or hint just to drive us crazy, or was it just a dream?

In both cases, her dream and what she reported of what Radcliffe said, part of the interest is in why she chose those particular things to relate. Did she simply relate the dream because she felt it was interesting that it was the first time she'd dreamed of being in the HP world? Or did she want people to find some deeper meaning? Seems a bit odd. If it was really a true dream, it's unlikely that she really thinks people should try to analyze it with any degree of confidence. And if she really didn't dream such a dream, then she'd just be having us on, and what's the point of trying to analyze the dream then?

But that is why the Radcliffe quote was interesting. I don't think anyone was particularly interested in what Radcliffe thought so much as why his comments interested JKR. Surely that is of interest, just as much as her dream.


Leprechaun Jack! - Dec 21, 2006 5:15 am (#1833 of 2974)

Hello all,

It's been so long since I've been here I've forgotten how to format my text. I was just on Jo's web site and went to the (?)room . The do not disturb sign is gone and if you click on the open door in the mirror the tree appears, but I can't get the door to open. Anyone know what's up with that?

Jack


Steve Newton - Dec 21, 2006 5:19 am (#1834 of 2974)

Yours is the first report. I'm sure that many will try. This is the solstice, isn't it? She gave us some stuff last year on the solstice.

AHA! Clicking on the door brings up a wreath.


Leprechaun Jack! - Dec 21, 2006 5:33 am (#1835 of 2974)

Ok

I've got the wreath now.

ARRRRRGGGGG.

The door is still closed. I just got home from work and need to go to bed. The door will probably be opened and everyone will have figured out what's going on before I wake back up for work tonight.

Jack


Mrs Brisbee - Dec 21, 2006 5:42 am (#1836 of 2974)

OOooOOoo!

Thank you for the heads up, Jack! I got in. You all will love the present!

How to get in:

click on tree in mirror to light it, click on ceiling in mirror to get paper chains, click on door to get wreath-- not necessarily in that order, I can't remember exactly. The key is in the wind chimes!


Leprechaun Jack! - Dec 21, 2006 5:47 am (#1837 of 2974)

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

I can't believe it !!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so glad I didn't go right to bed.

Happy Solstice All

Jack


wynnleaf - Dec 21, 2006 5:50 am (#1838 of 2974)

how do you get the key?


Mrs Brisbee - Dec 21, 2006 6:01 am (#1839 of 2974)

I forgot one step in the how to before:

click on tree in mirror to light it, click on door to get wreath, click on ceiling in mirror to get paper chains-- not necessarily in that order, I can't remember exactly. And you'll need to dust away those spider webs. The key is in the wind chimes!


wynnleaf - Dec 21, 2006 6:18 am (#1840 of 2974)

Well, well, well....

How will we discuss and explore this one fully, given current Lexicon parameters? If you catch my meaning without my revealing anything? Just something to think about... Maybe better to not discuss this one here while people are trying to have the fun of figuring out how to get in.


Good Evans - Dec 21, 2006 6:19 am (#1841 of 2974)

Oh my goodness - is this it?????? what does it mean - off to google

THANK YOU JO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Finn BV - Dec 21, 2006 6:19 am (#1842 of 2974)

Just wanted to say… Merry Christmas, and thanks, Jo!!!

SQUEE!!!!


Snuffles - Dec 21, 2006 6:38 am (#1843 of 2974)

Thanks Jo. Merry Christmas

Ooh, how exciting. It gave me the Eebie Jeebies when I read it


wingardio leviosa - Dec 21, 2006 6:48 am (#1844 of 2974)

Hi, and there is a quite interesting meaning I found

right HERE

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.mystical-www.co.uk/arthuriana2z/h.htm


Pigwidgeon - Dec 21, 2006 6:54 am (#1845 of 2974)

SQUEEEEEEEEEEE! What an awesome Christmas gift! Thank you thank you thank you, Jo!


wynnleaf - Dec 21, 2006 6:56 am (#1846 of 2974)

wingardio leviosa, excellent! Thanks for the link. That gives us something to explore.


azi - Dec 21, 2006 6:58 am (#1847 of 2974)

Ooo, how exciting! No idea what it means though...


KTO - Dec 21, 2006 7:02 am (#1848 of 2974)

thanks fir the link, title makes perfect sense. does this mean our dear friend is finished???


wingardio leviosa - Dec 21, 2006 7:17 am (#1849 of 2974)

KTO, no, I do not think so

the named Objects are unhealthy to be handled, for sure (someone else we know got an ugly burn)

still, after them, or friend has to pay a visit to someone else and he has to be alive at that time (it is impolite to visit as ghost)

well, what happens after the visit we do not know. Still, the last word of the last chapter is "Scar", and I'd find it odd to finish talking of a scar on a corpse...

unless the Reichenbach temptation brought a more radical change to the plan for the last chapter too. Shall see.


wynnleaf - Dec 21, 2006 7:28 am (#1850 of 2974)

does this mean our dear friend is finished???

Did you perhaps mean is JKR finished? I got the impression that she's not quite done -- still writing the chapters that have been planned for years, according to her recent "diary" entry on her website.


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Phelim Mcintyre - Dec 21, 2006 7:29 am (#1851 of 2974)

How do we dust away the cobwebs? Ahh I can't get in.


Snuffles - Dec 21, 2006 7:30 am (#1852 of 2974)

Click on them Phelim, they should disappear.

I really love all the build up like the door opening and the snippets we are getting, but if I'm completely honest, I'm dreading the release date. Once that is set, it's like the rundown of this fantastic series. I really don't want it to end.

I think I may put my book in a glass case and get it out every now and then to look at the cover!!! (Only joking. I just know I will sit there untill I have read it all!)


kaykay1970 - Dec 21, 2006 7:32 am (#1853 of 2974)

Woo Hoo! Very nice Christmas gift, indeed!


Phelim Mcintyre - Dec 21, 2006 7:40 am (#1854 of 2974)

When I click on the bit with the title all I get is a black screen. This can't be correct can it?


Snuffles - Dec 21, 2006 7:43 am (#1855 of 2974)

Phelim, have you managed to open the door?


wynnleaf - Dec 21, 2006 7:46 am (#1856 of 2974)

Phelim,

I tried to get in on Firefox first and couldn't open the final part. You might try Internet Explorer.


Nan B - Dec 21, 2006 7:46 am (#1857 of 2974)

I wanted to find out what happened if the little guy gets hanged ...

It crosses out the attempt, puts the game away in the box, and wraps it back up in Christmas Paper again! You have to start all over with unwrapping the present!

Fun, fun, fun ...


Phelim Mcintyre - Dec 21, 2006 7:48 am (#1858 of 2974)

Yes I've managed to open the door. I click on the present and see a book with the words "Harry Potter and the" The otherwords are too small. I've seen the lid(?) with the word hangman on it but when I click the page with the book title it all I get is a black screen.


Eponine - Dec 21, 2006 7:49 am (#1859 of 2974)

I knew we'd get the title! I'm so excited now.


Phelim Mcintyre - Dec 21, 2006 7:49 am (#1860 of 2974)

I am on internet explorer! Will have to try another computer.


Nan B - Dec 21, 2006 7:51 am (#1861 of 2974)
Edited by Denise P. Dec 21, 2006 10:02 am

Please do NOT give away answers or the title on this thread!

Hint to puzzle ------->Phelim, the paper that says "Harry Potter and the " has a game of hangman on it. You have to solve the puzzle by guessing letters to spell the rest of the title, you guess the letters by typing them one at a time on your keyboard.<-----


Snuffles - Dec 21, 2006 7:53 am (#1862 of 2974)

Phelim, once you hit the piece of paper with Harry potter and ...... the screen does go black but then the hangman game appears. Are you on dial up, as it might just take a while to load.


Snuffles - Dec 21, 2006 7:57 am (#1863 of 2974)

Nan B, You may be better putting that in white text so it doesn't spoil it for those who haven't managed to solve the puzzle yet.

Edit:... Or you could delete it


Nan B - Dec 21, 2006 8:02 am (#1864 of 2974)

Snuffles, thanks for the suggestion. I don't know how to do white text so I deleted it. I can wait to discuss it!


scall - Dec 21, 2006 8:04 am (#1865 of 2974)

The final word in the title of the 7th book is also used by itself to refer to a specific time of year/holiday. It could be referring to the date of the final battle.


Nan B - Dec 21, 2006 8:08 am (#1866 of 2974)

scall, that's possible, but all the other books so far have covered an entire year's time. If your theory is true, the last book would only cover a few months, or it would cover more than just one year.


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 21, 2006 8:11 am (#1867 of 2974)

Darned dial up,I am patiently STILL trying to load RoR. Did I say patiently?


KTO - Dec 21, 2006 8:12 am (#1868 of 2974)

I have heard Jo does not release the title until she is done, I think she is finished and her diary was a red herring. The title gives me some what I believe is some insight into the focus of the book, but I will wait until others have time to play the game to get the title to post my opinions.

KT


Nan B - Dec 21, 2006 8:14 am (#1869 of 2974)

I just went to check what the title is in other languages, but the Ne Pas Déranger sign (French) and the Bitte Nichte Störren sign (German) are still up.

When we find out what the title is in the other languages, it might give us a clue as to what it means.


Snuffles - Dec 21, 2006 8:14 am (#1870 of 2974)

Hands cold compress to Madame Pomfrey *


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 21, 2006 8:23 am (#1871 of 2974)

Thanks, Snuffles! I do feel a Headache coming on. I am still working on it though.


Rea - Dec 21, 2006 8:37 am (#1872 of 2974)

I just checked the italian site, but the sign is still there. I hope they won't mess up with the translation!


Choices - Dec 21, 2006 8:56 am (#1873 of 2974)
Edited by S.E. Jones Dec 21, 2006 10:00 am

The guy on the Today Show said Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, but could he have mispronounced it and meant "Hollow" ---as in Godric's Hollow??? I'm excited and confused? What does it mean?

-I just edtited This post to add invisible text.- SE Jones


Thom Matheson - Dec 21, 2006 8:57 am (#1874 of 2974)

What does it all mean? Can we start a spoiler thread?


Eponine - Dec 21, 2006 9:01 am (#1875 of 2974)
Edited by S.E. Jones Dec 21, 2006 9:58 am

Choices, it's definitely Deathly Hallows. That's how it was spelled on her site.

-I just edited this post to put the title in white text so others aren't spoiled while they figure out the answer.- SE Jones


TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 21, 2006 9:19 am (#1876 of 2974)

Thanks guys, now I don't have to worry about getting the stupid door opened.


Thom Matheson - Dec 21, 2006 9:28 am (#1877 of 2974)



Mugglenet has already done something on their homepage.


Nan B - Dec 21, 2006 9:29 am (#1878 of 2974)

Hey, guys, we've been trying to avoid spoilers on this thread ...

How about giving people a chance to find the title on their own?

Maybe you could edit or delete your threads that give away the title (I deleted my own after Snuffles tweaked me on this ...)


Grindylow - Dec 21, 2006 9:30 am (#1879 of 2974)

Hey everyone! I was so excited to see the door opening and the title of BOOK 7! I called all my friends but one is having trouble getting into the door.

She can get to the ROR but can't seem to click inside the mirror to get the tree. Any ideas on what I can tell her to do?

Thanks and I am sooo excited!


Gina R Snape - Dec 21, 2006 9:34 am (#1880 of 2974)

Ok, I whited out my reply so people can highlight to read.


Nan B - Dec 21, 2006 9:45 am (#1881 of 2974)

Thanks, Gina.

How about the rest of you guys? Come on, give people a chance. We'll probably have months to discuss this.


Nan B - Dec 21, 2006 9:49 am (#1882 of 2974)

Grindylow: is the Do Not Disturb sign still there? Then she needs to delete cookies and clear the cache or go to one of the alternate sites that she hasn't been to for a while. Try changing the last part of the url to .com, .co.uk, .org or .net. There are a bunch of others too that are listed in the first post on this thread.

Otherwise, you have to click on the door opening at the end of the hallway in the miror. It's a little fussy about clicking in the right place.


Phelim Mcintyre - Dec 21, 2006 9:50 am (#1883 of 2974)

I sat for ages on a broadband connection (over 5 minutes) and nothing happened. I have tried another computer and got to the game. Thanks JKR. I can now do some trawling of Google to see if I can find clues.

As I am now of work for two weeks due to depression I have a) something to cheer me up and b) something to keep me occupied. My guess is a Dec 07 release date.


azi - Dec 21, 2006 9:56 am (#1884 of 2974)

Phelim - that would cause a major Christmas rush. I think it's pretty much the earliest date we could have. It won't clash with film 5 and a year later than that seems a long time to wait. I hope you feel better soon! ((hug))

I'm finding it really hard to adjust to knowing this title. No idea why...


Gina R Snape - Dec 21, 2006 10:01 am (#1885 of 2974)

Hey, Phelim! Glad to hear you finally got in. Sorry to hear about the depression. Hope your treatment kicks in. Might I suggest you eat plenty of chocolate and force yourself get some exercise. Seriously!

Looking forward to your theories, and thoughts on mine.

Hosts, are we going to set up a separate thread for them or keep up here with it?


Grindylow - Dec 21, 2006 10:02 am (#1886 of 2974)

Thanks Nan B! I did tell her to clear her cache and the cookies. I will just tell her to try a different".org" and see if that helps.

EDIT: SHE GOT IN! YAY! She and the other nurses she works with were having FITS! Thanks!

Azi---I, too am having a hard time with this title. It just doesn't seem to flow like the others have. Sad


Phelim Mcintyre - Dec 21, 2006 10:12 am (#1887 of 2974)

I think we are too busy tying the title with a certain date and definition of the single word. Wingardio leviosa posted a link earlier on post (no. 1844) I think this is right making the title refer to horcruxes but will post more when I've done some more research.

Edit - I have just been to the Bloomsbury site and they say that what we have got is the title. Not that I had any doubt. They also say that there is no release date set yet.


Grindylow - Dec 21, 2006 10:33 am (#1888 of 2974)

The same thing is being stated on the Scholastic site, Phelim.


Soul Search - Dec 21, 2006 10:45 am (#1889 of 2974)

Wow! That link wingardio leviosa provided in #1844 can sure give us a lot of discussion room: swords, cups, cauldrons, chessboards, crown (Tiara?), and a mantle that makes the wearer invisible. All things with lots of references in canon! Thanks wingardio leviosa.


Esther Rose - Dec 21, 2006 10:47 am (#1890 of 2974)

YAY!!!! I'd add more comments but I feel like I am filled with oak mead at the moment.


Chemyst - Dec 21, 2006 10:53 am (#1891 of 2974)

Woo Hoo!
Wow, this door was actually easy enough to open with out cheating help!

Thanks for the link, Wingardio. After reading what it said there, I'm of the opinion that the title refers to multiple persons/places/things and will give us a lot to speculate on.


journeymom - Dec 21, 2006 10:58 am (#1892 of 2974)

I like wingardio leviosa's link and think it's worth referring to again,

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.mystical-www.co.uk/arthuriana2z/h.htm

There's already an Arthurian legend connection in HP. We already know horcruxes will be the focus of Book 7.

Ack! Time is running out on my 'net access. I'll be back after 3:00 pm pacific time and there''' be 100 new posts to this thread.


Grindylow - Dec 21, 2006 10:59 am (#1893 of 2974)

wingardio's link makes the title a little easier to swallow... Smile Thanks wingardio!!!


Denise P. - Dec 21, 2006 11:05 am (#1894 of 2974)

Please do not discuss spoilers regarding the new title or how to solve the puzzle on Jo's site. If you feel you have to say something, make sure it is white text so no one is spoiled.


S.E. Jones - Dec 21, 2006 11:12 am (#1895 of 2974)

There is now a thread to openly discuss the title. So, go discuss away. (I've already moved three posts there to get the discussion up and running.)


Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 21, 2006 11:18 am (#1896 of 2974)

Thanks guys, now I don't have to worry about getting the stupid door opened. TBE I agree, because I can't get into the door!!! LPO


deletedaccount - Dec 21, 2006 11:22 am (#1897 of 2974)

Might be a stupid question, but what is the url to her website?


Denise P. - Dec 21, 2006 11:25 am (#1898 of 2974)

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deletedaccount - Dec 21, 2006 11:26 am (#1899 of 2974)

cool thank you Denise Smile


S.E. Jones - Dec 21, 2006 11:29 am (#1900 of 2974)

There are several, Mezuzas:

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To get the door open: Click on the door in the mirror and a tree will appear. Click on the door to the RoR (about where you'd hang a wreath) and a wreath appears. Click on the ceiling of the hallway in the mirror and garland will appear hanging from it. Click on the little bit of cobwebs you see between the little table the eraser is setting on and the door and they will disappear. Lastly click on the windchimes hanging in the window and one of them will turn into a key (it will look like the chime just changed color at first until you click on it again) and you can drag it down to the lock.

EDIT: Oops, Denise posted while I was typing. Yeah, that one works too.


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Liz Mann - Dec 21, 2006 11:45 am (#1901 of 2974)

Yey! We have a title!


deletedaccount - Dec 21, 2006 11:52 am (#1902 of 2974)

I've been clicking and clicking on those chimes and one changed to a brass colored chime but there is no key. Sad I have even tried dragging the brass colored chime in case that was the key but it does not budge. Oh well, at least I know the title.


S.E. Jones - Dec 21, 2006 11:55 am (#1903 of 2974)

The brass colored chime is indeed the key. Keep dragging! (Be sure that you click and then drag, not just drag.)


deletedaccount - Dec 21, 2006 12:03 pm (#1904 of 2974)

Well I have been clicking and dragging but it does not budge. Oh well.


Weeny Owl - Dec 21, 2006 12:18 pm (#1905 of 2974)

Rabbi Severus Snape, Gina?

I couldn't get the game to work on AOL, but it worked just fine in Firefox. That happened to me the other day as well.


barbara webb - Dec 21, 2006 1:12 pm (#1906 of 2974)

I have been trying to get into ?(eraser) since last night. I can go to all the others. I am useing AOL. Help


Laura W - Dec 21, 2006 7:02 pm (#1907 of 2974)

On Dec. 10, Ludicrous Patents Office wrote, "I hope we get some good info on the Solstice!" That must have been your inner Trelawney talking, LPO.

(And Happy Solstice to you too, Jack)

Laura


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 21, 2006 8:31 pm (#1908 of 2974)

I am having the same trouble, Barbara. I have Aol dial up. I am usually one of the last to recieve the goodies.I live in the sticks and DSL is unavailable so I must suffer.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 21, 2006 9:33 pm (#1909 of 2974)

Uh, Thanks Laura! I have probably less of a success rate than Trelawny. I'm just glad we have something. LPO


Aqualu Nifey - Dec 21, 2006 9:45 pm (#1910 of 2974)

Ahhhh!!!!

It won't let me play hangman! What did I do?!


Weeny Owl - Dec 21, 2006 9:48 pm (#1911 of 2974)

If you're having problems, use another browser. If you don't have Firefox installed, use Internet Explorer.


Aqualu Nifey - Dec 21, 2006 9:54 pm (#1912 of 2974)

OK, I got in. *sigh* I've got Firefox, but apparently I'm having problems with my router.


Sticky Glue - Dec 22, 2006 2:42 am (#1913 of 2974)

Wouldn't you know it - I've been checking her site several times a day for the last few days, but had to go out today. I come home and check here first to find 80 new messages - Dam an update while I was out.

Food for thought though!


Nan B - Dec 22, 2006 7:22 am (#1914 of 2974)

Belinda wrote the announcement about the door opening in What's New on the Lexicon main site. In it, she commented:

"Clever Jo had told us to expect the title today! Remember in OP in the Hall of Prophecies, when the prophecies were crashing around, and we heard “… at the solstice will come a new…” said the figure of an old, bearded man… “…and none will come after…” said the figure of a young woman. Today, Dec. 21st is the winter solstice."

Belinda, you rock! I love it! I never thought of that ...

I'll bet Jo is really enjoying that little part of her joke.


Thom Matheson - Dec 22, 2006 7:58 am (#1915 of 2974)

That is too cool.


MickeyCee3948 - Dec 22, 2006 8:44 am (#1916 of 2974)

Never, Never would have looked at spoken words in one book to foretell an announcement on a future book. Must reread HBP to see if I can make anything out of some obscure piece of conversation as a foretelling about DH. Jo you continue to amaze all of us with your brillance.

Mickey


Anna L. Black - Dec 22, 2006 11:44 am (#1917 of 2974)

I think I remember people speculating on the release of HBP (when we still called it "book 6") being connected to that prophecy. Than it didn't happen, so we all forgot about it. But that's so cool


Catherine - Dec 22, 2006 7:15 pm (#1918 of 2974)

Jo, THANK YOU!!

I adore your gift.

Nothing unusual smelling, no weird bangs and noises, no funny pets.

Only something to keep me guessing beyond Christmas....

--Catherine




Madame Pomfrey - Dec 22, 2006 7:21 pm (#1919 of 2974)

Merry Christmas,Jo! As usual, thank you for the wonderful gift and the world of Harry Potter.

Question: After the door opens and you click on you-know-what does it show that something is downloading because mine is just blank. I can't tell if it is downloading or not.


Mediwitch - Dec 22, 2006 7:21 pm (#1920 of 2974)

Yes, thanks so much for a WONDERFUL Christmas present, Jo! I hope you have a lovely holiday with your family!


Puck - Dec 24, 2006 10:26 pm (#1921 of 2974)

Thanks to Jo for the gift, and for you all for helping me to find it!


deletedaccount - Dec 25, 2006 12:52 pm (#1922 of 2974)

I never could get the key to leave the wind chimes.

The book is definately coming out next year, isn't it?


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 25, 2006 2:17 pm (#1923 of 2974)

I think so. Don't feel bad Mezuzas I couldn't ever get the game to download.


painting sheila - Dec 25, 2006 2:49 pm (#1924 of 2974)

Merry Christmas Jo!! and thanks a million!

She


Puck - Dec 25, 2006 9:19 pm (#1925 of 2974)

Oh, I logged in again under my sons account. For those wondering, if the guy gets "hung" the paper just closes up and you get to re-open it and try again.


Lina - Dec 26, 2006 1:21 am (#1926 of 2974)

I got hung twice before I got the right answer.


Nan B - Dec 26, 2006 12:53 pm (#1927 of 2974)

Mezuzas, I found that I had to click the chime to get it to change color, then click it again (to turn it into a key) and drag it to the door.


deletedaccount - Dec 26, 2006 6:47 pm (#1928 of 2974)

I kept clicking on it and it never did turn into a key.


painting sheila - Dec 27, 2006 8:41 pm (#1929 of 2974)

There was a certain spot I had to click on - near the top right part of the chime.

I hope it works!!

Try double clicking if you already haven't.


deletedaccount - Dec 27, 2006 10:42 pm (#1930 of 2974)

Nope, still does not turn into a key. I have clicked all over the chimes. I quit.


Sticky Glue - Dec 28, 2006 2:24 am (#1931 of 2974)

It dosn't look like a key - it just changes colour until you click on it again and drag it.

P.S have you done all the other things first - it won't change until you have.


journeymom - Dec 28, 2006 12:20 pm (#1932 of 2974)

So, what's going to happen to her web site after Deathly Hallows is published? I doubt she'll leave it up forever. Will she continue to post to it for a while? It would be nice if she'd answer some of the most common questions that will inevitably come. Does it signify anything that the candles are getting shorter?

I can imagine eventually she'll leave out a note saying, "Thanks for your business, the office is now closed", then fade to black.

I'm sorry, we're going to need something more accurate than just a frowny face when the book is published. Maybe a crying water works face.


Kneazle - Dec 28, 2006 1:02 pm (#1933 of 2974)

!Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"


Journeymom: Like this maybe?
Or maybe this?
I know how you feel!


journeymom - Dec 28, 2006 1:50 pm (#1934 of 2974)

Kneazle, definitely, the second one is more accurate! I've no doubt I'll be bawling because of the tragic deaths of some characters. Closing the web site would just emphasize the finality of it!


Mattew Bates - Dec 28, 2006 4:13 pm (#1935 of 2974)

I'm pretty sure she will keep open her website as long as she keeps writing books. She has hinted at writing other stories, after all. The real question is - Will her site stay so Potter-centric?


painting sheila - Dec 28, 2006 4:17 pm (#1936 of 2974)

The books will always be new to someone. Those just starting to learn to read. . in a few years they will need all the info we have craved, begged for, pondered on, and made up in our own little minds.

Surely she will keep it up and running. I can see how she could change it to be book specific - Book 1, Book 2, etc. That way, you wouldn't accidentally run across a spoiler for Book 3 while you were looking for Book 2 stuff.. . .

Jo - are you listening?

She


deletedaccount - Dec 28, 2006 5:00 pm (#1937 of 2974)

I kept clicking on it and trying to drag it after it changed color, but it would not budge. It was never dragable. I wasn't ever able to get past that chime changing color.


Verity Weasley - Dec 28, 2006 7:39 pm (#1938 of 2974)

What do people think will be the likely release date of book 7. I've had a look at the calendar and although 7th July 2007 is the anniversary of the London bombings, which someone suggested might make JKR avoid it, it does fall on a Saturday. All of the previous books have been relesaed on a Saturday haven't they? JKR and Harry's birthday falls on a Tuesday, and Halloween is on a Wednesday. The summer solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere) is on 21 June and that is a Thursday. Any other suggestions?

Does anybody remember how far in advance of the release of HBP we were given the date?


aggieamy - Dec 28, 2006 7:56 pm (#1939 of 2974)

I agree that JKR will probably keep her website open. I can't imagine that someone with her imagination and love of writing will be able to stop. She won't be able to. She'll be standing at the sink doing dish (maybe not ... she's entirely to wealthy to do her own dishes but work with me here) anyway there she is doing dishes and all of a sudden a great idea hits her. She'll just have to start writing on it and expand and before we know it she'll be doing something else we'll all love and be chatting about for years. Of course then we'll be able to say that we remember when she got her start with that little known story about a boy named Harry. Smile


Die Zimtzicke - Dec 28, 2006 8:08 pm (#1940 of 2974)

I think the book that ends it should come out on the day Hogwarts always started...Sept. 1st. I think it would be poetic justice. I do NOT want it 7-7-07. That's too much Potter in one month, with the film and all, in my opinion.

I think Jo will keep her site, and just branch out into other things. Her charity work, and her other, future writings perhaps.


Verity Weasley - Dec 28, 2006 9:32 pm (#1941 of 2974)

I personally wouldn't mind if the book and film came out in the same month, since the films are only the poor cousins of the books anyway, but I can see how the powers that be (movie-makers, publishers) wouldn't want that.

I agree that September 1st would be very fitting, for our last visit to Hogwarts, and it's a Saturday!


Good Evans - Dec 29, 2006 5:52 am (#1942 of 2974)

that is a great idea - 1st Sept! I was thinking that it would be the 31st July to match with Harry's birthday but with the movie on the 13th it didnt make sense. I then thought she will bring it out for the christmas market, but why bother???

yes first day of term - last day of the adventure, sounds good to me!

PS - Verity I love your user name and I think it would be right at home as a character in the HP books. the weasleys are afterall a "veritable" bunch!


haymoni - Dec 29, 2006 6:18 am (#1943 of 2974)

I am almost positive that there is a quote from JKR about keeping the site open after the books are done to answer questions.


Die Zimtzicke - Dec 29, 2006 8:12 am (#1944 of 2974)

I was hoping all of the questions would get answered in the book, but knowing us, I guess it's too much to ask. LOL!


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 29, 2006 11:16 am (#1945 of 2974)

Sept.1 falls on a Saturday. That would work out well. Does anyone remember how long it was before we found out a release date after the book title was announced last time?

Die, now you know perfectly well that we will think of lots of somethings that won't be covered in D.H.


TheSaint - Dec 29, 2006 11:21 am (#1946 of 2974)

Book Title came out August. Book Publish date came out 4 months later. Book released 6 months after that. 10 months total.


Herm oh ninny - Dec 29, 2006 11:41 am (#1947 of 2974)

The Leaky Cauldron has put up this article [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] I wonder how accurate it is? It seems too good to be true.


Madame Pomfrey - Dec 29, 2006 11:45 am (#1948 of 2974)

Cool,then maybe we will get a release date for Easter. That would put the release date October if everything works out the same as last time. Ooh.. I'm starting to get excited.

The sooner the better,Hermy so long as it's the big fat book that I crave.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 29, 2006 4:58 pm (#1949 of 2974)

Herm oh ninny we can all hope. We won't know until it is posted on Jo's website. I hope she writes her encyclopedia of the HP world. She could give her humor free reign on that one! LPO


Chemyst - Dec 30, 2006 7:30 pm (#1950 of 2974)

Well, the Baker & Taylor information from the Leaky Cauldon piece also says that the book is for children 9-11 years old, so obviously there is at least one error in that article!


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MickeyCee3948 - Dec 30, 2006 7:34 pm (#1951 of 2974)

Well my mother always tells everyone I'm just a spoiled little kid. So that puts me in the category even if I am 58 years old, I guess.

Mickey


Laura W - Dec 31, 2006 1:30 am (#1952 of 2974)

Anybody notice that, although today is Tom Riddle's birthday, Jo does not note it on her website? (That makes me feel real good, I might add.)

Laura


Betelgeuse Black - Jan 2, 2007 11:37 am (#1953 of 2974)

I'll predict Halloween for the release date of DH!

Betelgeuse

Edit: I'll take July 31st too (if the report is accurate)


painting sheila - Jan 2, 2007 12:55 pm (#1954 of 2974)

What?! There is a report some where that says the book release is JUly 31st? How did I miss that!


S.E. Jones - Jan 2, 2007 5:39 pm (#1955 of 2974)

Sheila, Herm oh ninny posted a link to a TLC artcle just a few posts back. Here's the article again.


painting sheila - Jan 2, 2007 9:15 pm (#1956 of 2974)

Yeah! I am marking it on the calendar . . . using ink!


Herm oh ninny - Jan 2, 2007 9:32 pm (#1957 of 2974)

Sheila, I don't know how accurate that article is. However, TLC hasn't posted any updates saying that it is false (which they usually do) so let's keep our fingers crossed!


painting sheila - Jan 2, 2007 9:35 pm (#1958 of 2974)

It's in RED ink! No backing out now!


Herm oh ninny - Jan 2, 2007 9:45 pm (#1959 of 2974)

He he he! Jo, if you are reading this thread you heard/read it. Red ink has been applied to Sheila's calendar! You can't ruin a perfectly good calendar by changing this date!!

The new wizard of the month looks interesting. A dragonologist who established the largest dragon sanctuary.

Has anyone else been wondering about the lack of a new Faq poll?


painting sheila - Jan 2, 2007 10:07 pm (#1960 of 2974)

wondering .. pondering. . obsessing . . .


Lexicon Bel~ - Jan 5, 2007 7:04 am (#1961 of 2974)

... checking every couple of hours... every day... for months... and months...


Gina R Snape - Jan 8, 2007 8:13 pm (#1962 of 2974)

:squeals with delight:

Happy birthday Severus Snape!


Stephanie M. - Jan 8, 2007 9:25 pm (#1963 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Professor Snape!


Midori - Jan 8, 2007 9:45 pm (#1964 of 2974)

Happy B'Day, Severus, professor, sir!

I don't know about the others but I "trust you completely"!)))
Jo, please, don't make Snape suffer much in book seven and don't make him such miserable in his after-book-7-life!


MickeyCee3948 - Jan 8, 2007 9:51 pm (#1965 of 2974)

Yeah Jo, Just off him right at the beginning.

Mickey

P.S. I was just kidding


painting sheila - Jan 8, 2007 10:02 pm (#1966 of 2974)

(I may regret this later - and if I do - I take back all birthday greetings and warm wishes. . . )

Happy Birthday PROFESSOR Snape! and many more - (gulp)


septentrion - Jan 8, 2007 11:12 pm (#1967 of 2974)

Happy birthday, Severus!


Snuffles - Jan 9, 2007 1:37 am (#1968 of 2974)

Happy birthday Professor Snape.........I suppose


Phelim Mcintyre - Jan 9, 2007 5:30 am (#1969 of 2974)

Does this mean that Snivelus will survive? Oh well, it could still be a nice long stretch in Azkaban.


Esther Rose - Jan 9, 2007 8:16 am (#1970 of 2974)

A cup of Dark Magic to you Professor Snape.


Gina R Snape - Jan 9, 2007 8:43 am (#1971 of 2974)

:flashes a raised eyebrow at Phelim:

I do hope this theory that anyone wished a happy birthday by JKR survives is true. Well, except for Tom Riddle who in my opinion is already "dead" and replaced with Voldemort.


Dobby Socks - Jan 9, 2007 10:37 am (#1972 of 2974)

Happy Birthday to the "gift of a character." May you finally get your one brief moment in the light (but watch out for that sunburn!)

P.S. She wished Tom Riddle a happy birthday? I've been off the Lexicon too long.


Madame Pomfrey - Jan 9, 2007 10:40 am (#1973 of 2974)

Just in case I'm wrong about you..Happy Belated,Snape.And if I am right..forget I said it.

PS..The dreams I have are about Alan Rickman and his black cape.Not you.


S.E. Jones - Jan 9, 2007 12:25 pm (#1974 of 2974)

I don't remember her wishing Tom Riddle, or any other "baddie" (except Snape and Draco) a happy birthday. Maybe she simply wishes a birthday greeting to those who survive and turn out to be good characters.


Die Zimtzicke - Jan 9, 2007 2:13 pm (#1975 of 2974)

Well, we know Tom's birthday, and that's something. For the record, I do not believe in the birthday/death theory, but I think it's an interesting idea.

Anyway, Happy Birthday, Professor Snape, one of the most complex men Jo has introduced us to.


haymoni - Jan 9, 2007 2:20 pm (#1976 of 2974)

Do we have a birthday for Lucius?


azi - Jan 9, 2007 2:21 pm (#1977 of 2974)

I refuse to say Happy Birthday to Snape (I just can't bring myself to do it ).

I did however put the following question to a magic 8 ball today...

'Is Dumbledore dead?'

Its answer...No.

(Its sources says that Snape didn't kill DD either. It would have got confusing if he'd killed DD but he was still alive though, right?)


journeymom - Jan 9, 2007 2:21 pm (#1978 of 2974)

Maybe she provides birth 'dates' when it's important to the plot. Somebody mentioned that January is named after the god Janus, who looks both forward and backward. An apt symbol for a guy who's spying for opposing camps.

Also, maybe Snape's middle name is Adrian. January 9 is St. Adrian's feast day. Severus Adrian Snape...?

==========================

Heh! Today is Imelda Staunton's birthday.


S.E. Jones - Jan 9, 2007 3:06 pm (#1979 of 2974)

Die Zimtzicke --Well, we know Tom's birthday, and that's something.--

Yes, we know his birthday, but we've never seen it posted to Jo's site. I find it very interesting that the only "baddies" whose birthdays we've seen mentioned on her site are Snape and Draco. Voldemort/Tom, Lucius, Umbridge, Pansy, etc., aren't mentioned at all. Aside from those two exceptions, we've only seen "good guys" mentioned and, thus far, all of them are alive. We never saw a birthday wish for Dd or Sirius, or either of Harry's parents, which is kinda odd. We've even had a "Happy Birthday Dobby" message, so why not any of them? It does give something to ponder....


virginiaelizabeth - Jan 9, 2007 8:06 pm (#1980 of 2974)

Ok I hope I don't sound dumb asking this, but where on Jo's site does she do the Happy Birthdays?? I've looked and looked and I don't see it anywhere! Is it right in front of my face and I'm just missing it? Everytime a birthday is mentioned here, I go looking for it, but have yet to find it.


MickeyCee3948 - Jan 9, 2007 9:30 pm (#1981 of 2974)

Usually says it on the calendar. But you have to get it on the birthday as it only stays up for 24 hours. The calendar will say Happy Birthday, move your cursor to the Calendar and the page will turn and show you whose birthday it is. Just like it does for the Wizard of the month.

Mickey


Laura W - Jan 10, 2007 2:04 am (#1982 of 2974)

Dobby Socks wrote on Jan. 9, 2007: "P.S. She wished Tom Riddle a happy birthday? I've been off the Lexicon too long."

Laura W wrote on Dec. 31, 2006: "Anybody notice that, although today is Tom Riddle's birthday, Jo does not note it on her website? (That makes me feel real good, I might add.)"



azi, I'm with you. I have been rather disturbed for the past 24 hours about the fact that I have wished *every* character a Happy Birthday on this thread - even Draco Malfoy, albeit reluctantly -, yet cannot get myself to do the same regarding Severus Snape. Somehow, I don't think that fact reflects well on me as a charitable human being. But I cannot do it. (frown)

Laura


Phelim Mcintyre - Jan 10, 2007 2:07 am (#1983 of 2974)

Gina - as your in the States and as far as I'm aware) not coming over to Sectus I think I may be safe saying what I did about Snape. But I will look out for howlers and curses through the post/email Wink


wynnleaf - Jan 10, 2007 7:14 am (#1984 of 2974)

Also, maybe Snape's middle name is Adrian. January 9 is St. Adrian's feast day. Severus Adrian Snape...? (journeymom)

I didn't know that Jan 9 was also St. Adrian's day. Did you know that Adrian means "dark one?" (meaning physically dark, I always understood). One of my close family members has that name, which is how I know.

Happy Belated Birthday Severus Snape.

I very much hope the birthday theory is correct. Anyone want the list?

Severus Snape 9 January, Arthur Weasley 6 February, Ron Weasley 1 March, Remus Lupin 10 March, Fred & George Weasley 1 April, Pomona Sprout 15 May, Draco Malfoy 5 June, Dobby 28 June, Neville Longbottom 30 July, Harry Potter 31 July, Ginevra Weasley 11 August, Percy Weasley 22 August, Hermione Granger 19 September, Minerva McGonagall 4 October, Filius Flitwick 17 October, Molly Weasley 30 October, Bill Weasley 29 November, Rubeus Hagrid 6 December, Charlie Weasley 12 December

So Snape is in company with the good guys, isn't he?

What I've been curious to see is if anyone dropped off the list over the year since she announced that two characters who she had not planned on dying would die after all, or if someone got added to the list after she also announced that one character who she thought would die got a reprieve. Was Hagrid on this past Dec.?


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jan 10, 2007 7:38 am (#1985 of 2974)

Was Hagrid on this past Dec.? Yes.


Madame Pomfrey - Jan 10, 2007 9:17 am (#1986 of 2974)

Azi,thank you so much for posting that.It made my day. I have spent much time trying to find a loophole in Jo's announcement of Dumbledore being dead. I have had a rough time accepting that he may be dead and am so pleased that the eight ball says that he is not.


journeymom - Jan 10, 2007 11:16 am (#1987 of 2974)

Hagrid's birthday is December 6? That's Saint Nicholas' feast day! That's no coincidence. How sweet! She paired him up with Father Christmas.

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Now doesn't Edward Woodward's Ghost of Christmas Present look like he could be Hagrid's polished city cousin?

How about Molly's birthday, October 30th. It being so close to All Hallows, will she gain help from Gideon and Fabian?


S.E. Jones - Jan 10, 2007 3:48 pm (#1988 of 2974)

I thought for sure Bill's birthday was November 28, not 29. I know it's sometimes hard to tell because, if something is posted at midnight the start of that day in England, it's like 6 pm here the day before or something like that. We've had problems in the past working out people's birthdays listed on her site because of that.


Ann - Jan 11, 2007 4:17 pm (#1989 of 2974)

I thought we had Dudley's birthday, but I see now that we don't. (I actually backed up in this thread to June 23, 2006 to make sure.) The Lexicon says it's June 23, but that is actually a calculation from evidence in PS/SS.

I'll be interested to see whether Dudley's birthday turns up next year. Rowling said (not too long after his birthday, actually) that she's reprieved one person who was meant to die in her original plan and that two others, who were originally going to live, are now going to die. I've thought ever since I heard this that she had decided to allow Dudley to live and decided to let his parents pay for what they've put Harry through over the years. In her early interviews, she seems very negative about Dudley--says he's going to get his comeuppance and so forth--but more recently she's suggested that it's Petunia and Vernon who are at fault and "too far gone." What Dumbledore said at the beginning of Book 6 suggests the same thing. Parenthood changes a person's views about other parents.

If Dudley's birthday does turn up, I'd consider it a likely corroboration of the birthday=survivor hypothesis, and also evidence for my guess.


journeymom - Jan 12, 2007 5:27 pm (#1990 of 2974)

She's suggested that it's Pet and Vernon who are at fault and too far gone? Well, then maybe they really will see Dumbledore again. At the end of of Will and Won't he says, "Well, until we meet again," to the Dursleys.

I can't see the Dursleys biting it, though.


S.E. Jones - Jan 20, 2007 12:39 am (#1991 of 2974)

I just thought of this while on the 'DH title' thread, but last time (with HBP) Jo gave us a major update every two months with the title in June, an excerpt in August, chapter titles in October, and then a note the book was finished in December. We then got the cover art in March (although it wasn't on her site) and the book was released in July.

Do you think she'll continue with the two-month jumps like before (that would mean we'll get an update in February)? Or maybe the book's already done and she'll just give us the covers in March with a release date? (I know, wishful thinking...)


Puck - Jan 20, 2007 12:44 pm (#1992 of 2974)

Well, Barnes and Noble bookstores are already reserving copies of the book. The girl at the counter told me she thinks it should be out 7/7/07. She wasn't firm on that date though. I went to Jo's site wondering if I had missed something, but alas, earwax.


The giant squid - Jan 20, 2007 3:04 pm (#1993 of 2974)

Puck, all of the bookstores & online merchants are giving out different dates, none of which have been confirmed by Bloomsbury/Scholastic. Trust me, when the date is released, you'll know. It'll be all over the Lex & the Forum.


Thora - Jan 23, 2007 7:31 am (#1994 of 2974)

And the news, and the radio, and news websites...


Sticky Glue - Feb 1, 2007 12:06 am (#1995 of 2974)

1st of Febuary and a new wizard of the month is up.

Mnemone Radford

She developed the memory modifying charms - And was the First Ministry of Magic Obliviator.


septentrion - Feb 1, 2007 5:52 am (#1996 of 2974)

The DH is to be released on July 21st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm trying to calm my heart-beat.


Snuffles - Feb 1, 2007 5:55 am (#1997 of 2974)

Oh Squeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

I am sooo excited

Thank you Septentrion , though I did spit my cup of tea everwhere after reading your post!

edit: Oh wait I'm on holiday. I'm out of the country on July 21st! What am I going to do?

*major panic attack* has anyone got a paper bag?


Marie E. - Feb 1, 2007 6:04 am (#1998 of 2974)

I can't believe we're going to have a movie and a book in the same month, week even. I really thought we were going to have to wait longer for HD.


septentrion - Feb 1, 2007 6:08 am (#1999 of 2974)

So did I, Marie.


deletedaccount - Feb 1, 2007 6:15 am (#2000 of 2974)

I cannot stand the movies. I love the books.

July 21 is a good day. I thought for sure it'd be July 7 though, but I'll live. Smile


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Jenniffler - Feb 1, 2007 6:40 am (#2001 of 2974)

escapes from lurker mode to post*

ABC reported the release date (July 21) on the ticker on the bottom of the screen this morning. I came close to skipping over to the comptuer to celebrate. Pumpkin juice all around!


Mrs Brisbee - Feb 1, 2007 6:51 am (#2002 of 2974)

Well, I'm surprised. I didn't think we'd get it so soon. Wow.


azi - Feb 1, 2007 6:56 am (#2003 of 2974)

Yey, but I'm not that excited yet...maybe when I'm not in a computer room? Ah well.


Thom Matheson - Feb 1, 2007 6:58 am (#2004 of 2974)

Ok, now I want the cover art, please.


LooneyLuna - Feb 1, 2007 7:11 am (#2005 of 2974)

Cover art and some chapter titles, pretty please with treacle tart on top!

I didn't think we'd get DH this early. I was thinking October at the earliest.

Yay!


Grindylow - Feb 1, 2007 7:22 am (#2006 of 2974)

Trying to schedule a girls week to the beach is getting harder and harder with this book release!!!

YAY!!!!!!!!


Betelgeuse Black - Feb 1, 2007 7:25 am (#2007 of 2974)

Thom,

Yes, I want the cover art too. Please relax a bit and we'll see the art in while. JKR deserves a break since she's obviously been working very hard to placate the die hard fans (us). The artists have to read the book to come up with the ideas.

Does anyone else remember how soon after the publication date announcement that the cover art came out for HBP?

How exciting! Betelgeuse


MickeyCee3948 - Feb 1, 2007 7:38 am (#2008 of 2974)

Geeesh, You'll are soooo bad! Got the release date isn't that enough for today. Give JKR at least a few hours or maybe even a day or two. She is either really excited right now that she has finished the book or really depressed to realize that the great adventure is over.

Mickey

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Eponine - Feb 1, 2007 7:39 am (#2009 of 2974)

I'm so ridiculously excited about this!

Publication date was announced in December for HBP, and the cover art was released sometime in February or March. I only know that because I was still subbing at the time, and I waited in front of the TV to see the art before I left for school.


Esther Rose - Feb 1, 2007 7:56 am (#2010 of 2974)

I am actually happy with the July 21st date. 7+7+7=21 So you could say its 7/7+7+7/07. Plus it is still in the month of my Birthday (July 2nd), and a week after my sisters Birthday (July 14th) so we are both excited for the extra Birthday present. (We consider the entire month of July our "birthday".)


painting sheila - Feb 1, 2007 8:14 am (#2011 of 2974)

Esther Rose - Good job on the 7's!

I am going to write in on my calendar right now!


journeymom - Feb 1, 2007 9:47 am (#2012 of 2974)

Septentrion, you deserve some kind of medal! You posted first on this thread and the Chat thread. :lol


Die Zimtzicke - Feb 1, 2007 11:51 am (#2013 of 2974)

I admit it...I was wrong. I thought it would be later. But at least it's not 7-7-07. I hated that proposal. I want to enjoy OotP the film in peace without having to think about Deathly Hallows yet.


septentrion - Feb 1, 2007 12:03 pm (#2014 of 2974)

Thanks,journeymom, but I would settle with Severus coming out alive of book 7.


Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 1, 2007 12:30 pm (#2015 of 2974)

The timing of the release makes me wonder whether J.K. Rowling is under pressure from Bloomsbury, Scholastic, and Raincoast to close out the series and to move onto to her next tome?


Holly T. - Feb 1, 2007 12:37 pm (#2016 of 2974)

I think the publishing houses jump when Jo says jump, not the other way around.


colbow - Feb 1, 2007 12:39 pm (#2017 of 2974)

Well if JKR has been working on it since the release date of Half-Blood Prince which was July 16, 2005, then she has been going along for some time now..plus she has alot of it written so to speak!!

July is the month for Harry!!


MickeyCee3948 - Feb 1, 2007 12:39 pm (#2018 of 2974)

I agree with you Holly. A couple of the HP sites are predicting that DH will be the longest of the entire series based on the cost. Anyone one here heard the same thing.

Mickey


KTO - Feb 1, 2007 12:48 pm (#2019 of 2974)

Dear Jo: Thank you for the hours of pleasure you have provided to me with the wonderful world you have created. I also appreciated how much you have given of yourself over the past ten years, with your charity work, your commitment to demonstrate that the strong, brilliant girls are the ones that are truly beautiful, your grace at accepting the wonderful gifts the universe has provided to you and your willingness to share these gifts with others. You are a true inspiration.

I hope you truly enjoy the next six months getting ready to share DH with the world and saying good-bye to the amazing characters you have created. It is my hope that Harry lives but I know that whatever the ending, HRH and all of the others will live on forever in the hearts and minds of all present and future fans.

In peace, KTO


Elanor - Feb 1, 2007 1:02 pm (#2020 of 2974)

Just want to say thank you Jo!

This is both very exciting and a bit sad too: this is the end of a journey, for Harry, for Jo, for us! Yet, in a way, it is also simply its beginning...

The release date is very interesting from a symbolic point of view BTW and today's date, the date chosen for the announcement of the release date, is very interesting as well! Just posted something about it on the alchemy thread (here)!


Laura W - Feb 1, 2007 1:40 pm (#2021 of 2974)

KTO, write that out in your own handwriting, exactly as you worded it here including the "In peace", and send it to her by regular (owl) post. Today if possible. I am serious. (And sign your real name.)

Laura


Ag Hart - Feb 1, 2007 2:42 pm (#2022 of 2974)

I have to admit that I'm rather surprised that JKR released the date with so little fanfare at her site. This being the last book, I expected her to milk any news for all it's worth. She didn't even make us work for the info. I expected to have to get into her study or play a game at the very least. This announcement was so business-like. There seemed to be much more of a build up for the last book. We were spoon-fed bits of info to whet our appetites before the grand announcement. I expected to hear that she had finished writing the book before she treated us to the release date. After reading Issacs' comments last night at the LC news site about a July release, I had wondered if that might force her hand, requiring her to make the official announcement a bit earlier than she had originally intended, if only by a few days or weeks. I doubt that we would have had much more of a wait in any case, as 6 months should be the bare minimum between announcement and release. Here's hoping that she still has some goodies in store for us, like chapter titles, and is not too bored or stressed out to play.


Rea - Feb 1, 2007 3:14 pm (#2023 of 2974)

I think she has to release the date that way because that is an information that can affect the value of Bloomsbury and Scolastics' shares.


legolas returns - Feb 1, 2007 3:25 pm (#2024 of 2974)

Yeah *Happy dance*. I am with you Ag. I hope we get lots of little snippets but hasnt she said that she cant tell us stuff because it would give away the plot.

I was hoping for a game to get the release date *pout*.


riotgrrrl - Feb 1, 2007 3:40 pm (#2025 of 2974)

I, too, am very pleased with the release date news. However, my sadness overshadows any other feelings I may have. I didn't think I would react this way but it feels as though my life will not be the same after the final book is released, I need something to look forward to...


legolas returns - Feb 1, 2007 3:43 pm (#2026 of 2974)

You can look forward to reading the whole series when you know what happens. You will be able to find all the little insignificant clues that you may/may not have missed.

Its not the same is it.


Soul Search - Feb 1, 2007 4:40 pm (#2027 of 2974)

I, too, have mixed feelings about July 21, 2007. I really want to read the last book and have all those mysteries solved. But I don't really want it to end, either.

And, July seems to soon. She took a break after HBP and started serious writing for DH in January of 2006. That would mean she spent a year writing. Is that long enough to complete the number of pages we all want?

Maybe, while writing DH, she got a really good idea for another series set in the wonderful wizarding world she has created so well.


dizzy lizzy - Mar 9, 2006 9:18 am (#2028 of 2974)

I seem to have the same feelings. Great delight that we know the publication date and a great sadness that the journey is almost over! The roller coaster ride into the great and wonderful potterverse is almost over *teary*.

I'm glad she is publishing the book in July. It wouldn't have been the same if it was published in December!

Can't wait for the cover art and the book!

Lizzy (I could really use a teary "smilie" right now!!)

EDIT: for those who thought the announcement was a bit flat...it was, but I can also see how this announcement can and would affect the market shares of Bloomsbury and Scholastic. So I guess, a no frills and sudden annnouncement would prevent any skullduggery going on in the sharemarket (one can only hope).


Ag Hart - Feb 1, 2007 5:41 pm (#2029 of 2974)

I would think a fun announcement might spark the sales for her publishers, not hurt them, and it certainly wouldn't have prevented Jo or the publishers making their own official announcement like last time. I guess I was spoiled by the build up for the last book. We had a brief excerpt and 3 chapter titles prior to our Christmas surprise present. We had to work for the Christmas card announcing that she had finished the book. The official release date came a bit later. I just hope Jo isn't tired of engaging us. She has the opportunity to pack a lot of fun into our six month wait and generate, if possible, even more interest in the book.


Herm oh ninny - Feb 1, 2007 6:16 pm (#2030 of 2974)

YAY!!!!!!! I'm sooo excited!! I can't believe we got a release date so soon!!


DJ Evans - Feb 1, 2007 7:30 pm (#2031 of 2974)

By any chance does anyone remember when we found out the page total was for the other books? I'm really curious to find out how big DH is going to be myself.

Later, Deb


Caput Draconis - Feb 1, 2007 7:51 pm (#2032 of 2974)

Wow, it's so soon! I'm super excited., can't help but wonder how I'll feel when it's done... Can't wait for more details!

Hugs Harry fans.


painting sheila - Feb 1, 2007 8:02 pm (#2033 of 2974)

WOW!!

I am happy and afraid!!


Lavandula - Feb 1, 2007 8:28 pm (#2034 of 2974)

You know for the first couple of hours after hearing the news today I was so elated...but now I am quite saddened that the end is near. I don't know if anyone else feels the same way (I got a hunch that a few of you do). What happens when we finish reading and discussing it? What will we be doing then? What will happen to this forum family?


Thom Matheson - Feb 1, 2007 8:54 pm (#2035 of 2974)

Guys, we have been waiting for this for nearly 10 years! I went through all the threads as to titles. Take a walk through memory lane I promise it will help. How we went nuts over the DADA teacher in Goblet, Remember we all swore it was Figg? And the characters we have gone through. And of course my personal favorite, all the dumb ships out there. The only pair we didn't have was Sprout and Filch. Wait, maybe someone did.

Will Harry get to Voldemort? Will Ginny change her name to Potter? Will Dumbledore make an appearance? BRING IT ON!!!! Thanks Rowling.


It's Tonks - Feb 1, 2007 10:11 pm (#2036 of 2974)

I'm so excited -- what a great birthday present for me!! My birthday is 7/20 so I'll be at a bookstore's midnight party on that night. I can't wait.

But truthfully, I'm sad that the end is in sight. I'll try to focus now on timing my re-reads of all the books so I'm absolutely prepared to read DH.

Thanks Jo -- it's been great and I can't wait to read your latest work of art!


Lina - Feb 2, 2007 12:04 am (#2037 of 2974)

Well, I hope that having the release day means that he finished writing the book and has more free time now. She could spend some of it on the new question pool. Thanks, Jo!


Esther Rose - Feb 2, 2007 8:11 am (#2038 of 2974)

I am happy with the release date. None of the other umpteen books I am "waiting for the last book" for have even hinted on a release yet which means DH will get all of my attention this summer. Smile Plus we will hopefully be waiting for two more movies after this.


Wanda - Feb 2, 2007 8:12 am (#2039 of 2974)

But you know, I don't reckon all the mysteries will be answered. People will be debating on the forum for years to come, about all sorts of nit-picky little things that we never found out. And I think there will be even more questions after the final book, not less.

It'll be GREAT!


John Bumbledore - Feb 2, 2007 8:19 am (#2040 of 2974)

Happy Groundhog Day!
Good point, Lina (and others). I am sure there are many items, perhaps small details that were not needed in Deathly Hallows. But since we are such rabid avid fans of the Harry Potter series, we would be delighted to get these questions answered on her web site.

Jo,
Thank you very much for sharing your story of Harry Potter. I look forward to reading the conclusion, but also feel a sadness similar to what you wrote of on your website about the sadness that the series will end. A book, a story, is always new when first you turn to the first page.

I look forward to seeing updates on your site that will answer all manner of minutia about Harry and company. May your quill never run out of ink, and may you always be able to find paper when you have need. (I was tempted to paraphrase Douglas Addams with, "so long and thanks for all the 'spells'!" But this is not a farewell letter. ) Your writings have been a cherished gift. I am looking forward to enjoying more of them.

John (Bumbledore)

*Waves to Lina!**
RiotGirl, long time no see! **Waves**
John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


John Bumbledore - Feb 2, 2007 8:53 am (#2041 of 2974)

I think I need to close that quick-edit bullet point <

/li>. I wouldn't want S.E. Jones to see my font "bleed" below my above post.
I tried to edit and put the "waves" above the blockquote tag but ran out of time.

If I could I would change This:
web site. <BR Clear=Left><Blockquote>Jo,

To read as follows:
web site.
**Waves to Lina!** <BR>RiotGirl, long time no see! **Waves** <BR Clear=Left><Blockquote>Jo,

And I would then change the ending:

John (Bumbledore)</Blockquote> <li>*Waves to Lina!** <BR>RiotGirl, long time no see! **Waves**


to remove the list item tag and waves like this:

John (Bumbledore) </Blockquote>



John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Chemyst - Feb 2, 2007 9:43 am (#2042 of 2974)

I don't seem to be reacting to "THE END" in the same way as most of you. Maybe it is because I love Rowling's wizarding world, but I'm not enamored of Harry. I'm not all that sad about the end to Harry's story.

If I feel sadness, it is stemming more from the loss of the wizarding world than for Harry. And for that I have more hope. Rowling could set almost any genre of plot and storyline into the wizarding world: a Victorian romance, an ancient horror tale, a comedic futurist story about muggle technology, etc. At the risk of sounding sacrilege, I think Harry has run his course. If JKR were to ask me, "Would you rather have Harry - Book 8 or a book about the Goblin Wars, I'd choose the Goblins.

What's with this blue, anyway? Ah, here we go!
(Just teasing, John. Your font did not really bleed!)

I'm hoping one more comparison with Tolkien will still come to pass; more stories in the same "world." Yes, there was Lord of the Rings, but there was also The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, The Histories of Middle-earth, and small works like Bilbo's Last Song. I think the wizarding world ought to have some tales that are not marketed to kids– some international conspiracy stories, some Ministry intrigue, some Hogwarts' faculty history.


azi - Feb 2, 2007 11:49 am (#2043 of 2974)

John's font bled for me...hehe. It makes a nice change from the usual at least!

I like your letter John - 'tis humourous!


aggieamy - Feb 2, 2007 12:36 pm (#2044 of 2974)

Chemyst - I agree completely. I love Harry Potter but I'll miss the world more than him. As long as JKR promises that she'll keep writing something then I'll be happy. I imagine that we'll like almost all of her stories as much or more than HP.

I guess in someways I'll miss Harry Potter and friends though.


Ponine - Feb 2, 2007 2:25 pm (#2045 of 2974)

I wish I felt the way you do, but I'm crushed. I guess I don't do endings very well, and it's just been such a good ride, with wondering and hypothesizing and waiting for the next installment, and I really have enjoyed the safety of knowing that it's not over yet, there's more to come, and it will surely work out in the end. I guess I fear it not working out in the end and never loving the books as much. Of course, I am also terrified that Ron will (sniffle) join Sirius and (maybe) Dumbledore... (Did anyone say denial?) Jo, please wait -- I'm not ready!! Ok, neurosis under control again.


riotgrrrl - Feb 2, 2007 3:32 pm (#2046 of 2974)

My fiance is going to think I'm crazy but now we can plan our honeymoon around the book release! (We have to wait until school is out anyways.)


Thanks for the shout out Bumbledore


Ag Hart - Feb 2, 2007 3:49 pm (#2047 of 2974)

I am simply hoping that the oodles and oodles of information and separate storylines that never made it into her novels wind up as screenplay material for spin-off movies or even a television series based on Hogwarts or the Wizarding World. I am thinking of some of the various characters and subplots that she mentioned on her site that found themselves edited out at some point. A movie or, better yet, a trilogy about Dumbledore's life would also be great. A film about the four founders likewise would be fascinating. JKR could be as involved in these projects as little or as much as she wants to be. Something new might get her creative juices flowing by presenting new challenges, since we can be fairly sure she won't need to work for money. She has so much info on paper or in her head about her characters or the Wizarding World that if she chose, she could write a book of short stories from that material. I would hate to see all that work and material go to waste, and I'd really like something more than a question and answer book, although that would be nice. Hermione didn't just spring into existence at age eleven. What was her life like in the muggle world? Was she ever into solving mysteries? How did her parents react to her talents? I'd spend money to find out. Writing about these characters may be the last thing on JKR's mind right now--she wants to do something new and different-- but for her children or for charity, she might someday be enticed to create an anthology of stories. Given her charitable impulses, I don't think that this is all that farfetched. One day, in the distant future, perhaps? Here's to hope!


Laura W - Feb 2, 2007 6:13 pm (#2048 of 2974)

It's funny you should put it that way, Ponine. My initial reaction upon hearing the release date was giddy excitement (I admit it). Then I felt very, very sorry - all this within 12 hours -, but I couldn't exactly figure out why. Being the rational, logical person I think I am, I have been trying to work this out over the last 24 hours.

Unlike Chemyst, it *was* Harry and how Jo got me (manipulated me? heh, heh,) to feel about him and his situation right from my first reading of PS that was and still is the primary focus of my concern in these books. I obviously love everything else contained in them: the fabulously drawn other characters, the indescribably creativity of the world of magic that she created, the important messages about ethics and human rights that she has brilliantly incorporated into the stories ... well, basically EVERYTHING.

Like many of you, I am and always have been a voracious reader. But I do not read fantasy or science fiction. Just a personal preference. I am the *absolute last person* I would expect to be so emotionally and intellectually - especially emotionally - overwhelmingly affected by any book which incorporates magic, made-up animals, other worlds, etc. I may be the only person on this Forum who has not read LOtR (great classic that it is) or anything by Tolkein and probably never will, but whose favourite fiction authors are Dostoyevsky and Steinbeck.

But the Harry Potter books were different. Like Dumbledore, I care more about Harry than about his world; more about him than the rest of the whole wizarding world - although I fully admit that is wrong of me. I blame Jo for that! (Hee, hee. I've got to blame *somebody* for my neurosis.)

The little boy who lost his parents and was made to sleep in a closet with the spiders and who was beaten up repeatedly by his cousin and who was called "boy" and "you" - as opposed to his name - by his uncle for the first 11 years of his life, and who never received a birthday or Christmas present for the first 11 years of his life is what opened my heart 16 months ago and is still my focus. (Having said that, every other minute detail of the characters, plot, writing style and messages of the six books is apparently worthy of my energy and analysis, judging by my many postings on HP-Lexicon Forum.)

Getting back to the first paragraph of this post ... Then I figured out why I felt so sorry upon hearing the release date - and that it was coming so soon. As Ponine said, I am not ready.

As irrational as it sounds (certainly to me), I am psychologically not yet ready to say goodbye to Harry and Ron and Hermoine and everybody (even Severus!!). I am not ready to say goodbye to all that takes place in Harry's life, and all the other characters' lives. I am almost not even ready to stop wondering what will be the final outcome of the battle between Potter and Riddle: to stop the torture of anticipating Book Seven (will Harry die? what is the full story about Snape? will Lupin finally find some happiness in his life? why *did* James give Dumbledore his Invisibility Cloak? do Crumple-horned Snorkacks really exist? ... etc., etc., etc.)

When *will* I be ready? I don't know. And I certainly don't expect JKR to wait for me to say, "Ok, I'm prepared for the end now." (JUST JOKING!)

Anyway, I did not write the above to be provocative or controversial or to start a debate or anything. (I do that on other threads. - snort) This is just how I feel. After what amounts to 10 years, having been told the date of release of the final book IS an emotional event for the majority of us who love and greatly value the novels; and it is normal that, each of us being different, we will experience different emotions.

JM2K

Laura


Thom Matheson - Feb 2, 2007 7:34 pm (#2049 of 2974)

Pretty sharp post, Toronto. Get the book, go to Colburg, get a blanket, and enjoy. It'll be great. By the way, never read or saw the films for LotR either.


Mediwitch - Feb 2, 2007 9:35 pm (#2050 of 2974)

Hey Laura! I can really identify with your post - I only read LoTR this summer because I got tired of my step-son bugging me. He's been after me for years, so I finally did it. They did not completely "ensnare the senses" (to quote from Snape) for me as they do for others. I am more of a non-fiction kinds of reader, and I enjoy Jane Austen and Mark Twain as well - almost as eclectic as my music tastes. Anyway, you're definitely not alone (but we are certainly in the minority)!


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James Greenfield - Feb 3, 2007 12:40 am (#2051 of 2974)

Like many of us, I am both happy that we have a release date for the seventh book, and also sad that there won't (necessarily) be any more. I think the book that many of us wish she would someday write, is the one Hermione repeatedly quotes from: "Hogwarts, a History". I really think she has enough background material to do it, and thus answer many of the questions we all still have. If she did it as a "charity" book, I'm sure many of us would happily buy it.


Laura W - Feb 3, 2007 2:45 am (#2052 of 2974)

Thanks for your kind acknowledgments of my outpouring, Thom and Mediwitch.

LW


Ann - Feb 3, 2007 2:52 am (#2053 of 2974)

Like most of you, I'm delighted that we've got a release date now. I can also sort of share the sadness many of you have expressed, simply because when we've read DH, it will all be over--no more canon, no more speculating about what will happen next and arguing over possible clues that we can use to predict that. But it will also be tremendously satisfying to have the whole thing, and after all we can always re-read the series (again).

I've been wondering about the lack of hoopla throughout the writing of the entire book, though. JKR hasn't been dropping as many hints all along as she writes the book--remember how, with HBP, we had the note about the first chapter, the connections with Chamber of Secrets, the snippet about Scrimgeour and the chapter titles. JKR seemed to be connecting with her readers much more closely than she is now. The hangman game and the release of the title was done without much comment from her, and the announcement of the release date was very flat. It didn't even mention that she'd finished the manuscript and submitted it, nor did we get any hint of her feelings upon finishing the book.

I think she's trying to move on to something else at this point, and I wish her all the best in doing so. It's got to be far harder for her than for us.

She has finished the manuscript, though. Has everyone seen the article?

"J.K. Rowling finished writing Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows in this room on 11 Jan 2007," read the message on an antique-style statue at Edinburgh's five-star Balmoral Hotel. (Associated Press)


Choices - Feb 3, 2007 11:51 am (#2054 of 2974)

I didn't see that article Ann, but I heard about it and was going to post, but you beat me to it. :-)


Ag Hart - Feb 3, 2007 3:07 pm (#2055 of 2974)

I had seen the article and wondered why the fact that she had finished the book didn't hit the press weeks ago. Perhaps JKR expected that it would and that it would have begun the hoopla that we have all come to expect with each new book. Signing the bust seemed a bit out of character but is a fitting way to signal the end of her efforts. Finishing her book in a public place was good PR and diverts, at least, some fan attention away from her personal residence. I find it difficult to believe that this book didn't receive the same build up as the rest. I expected more fanfare, not less for the finale. Perhaps the lack of informative snippets is for security reasons, to prevent leaks and ruin the surprises. (Remember the problems associated with the last book?) Perhaps JKR was so into her writing and getting DH right that she didn't wish to take the time for teaser updates. Perhaps Isaacs' comments forced a rush official announcement, short-circuiting plans for a more elaborate announcement on her site. I do hope that it isn't because she simply wants to get the entire Harry Potter experience over with and intends to leave everything to the publishers from now on.


mel gaulding - Feb 3, 2007 4:14 pm (#2056 of 2974)

I don't mean to hijack the thread, but isn't it likely she is also grieving? She has lived with these books inside her for YEARS and now it is all over. If I were Jo, I'd be feeling a bit empty and drained, and perhaps my enthusiasm for teasing the fans might be overshadowed by the need to just "set it all aside" for a while...

Although with months to go, she still has plenty of time to "mess with our heads"!


Soul Search - Feb 3, 2007 4:21 pm (#2057 of 2974)

I have heard of press announcements, but has the website been updated with any information?


John Bumbledore - Feb 3, 2007 6:27 pm (#2058 of 2974)

Soul Search, the News on her site provides a short article stating the release date. That is why we have been discussing it on this thread. I have not seen any other updates to her site (I have not checked since Friday 4:00 PM Eastern Time -USA) other than the release date for Deathly Hallows.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


2BMcsmom - Feb 3, 2007 6:46 pm (#2059 of 2974)

The reason for so little build up an her sight could be; because she wants to stay with the July release date. Instead of all the fun tidbits and games on her sight that lead up to a release date. All the books have been having summer release dates, so maybe she felt that if she did the build up the release should have been in 2008. Not in 2007. Not sure if my thoughts have come across clear but hope so.


colbow - Feb 3, 2007 10:39 pm (#2060 of 2974)

Well I avoid the whole Pottermania for a long time, as a matter of fact my husband took our kids to see the first Harry Potter movie and the kids RAVED about it, so I went out and bought SS/PS and read it..I WAS HOOKED!! Which was really good because, I went out and bought CoS,PoA,and GoF the next day!! So,I had four books to read and I think my kids lived off of Mac n'Cheese for sometime after that.. So waiting for books 5,6,7 haven't been that long of a wait....so to speak.

I am really excited about being able to read the final chapter that has been written for so long. I know when JKR held up that envelope that contained the final chapter,I have been racking my brain to figure out how it is all going to end. I think I am more worried about who will live and who is going to die,then the end of the series.

What I am really hoping for is the JKR puts alot of the back story that answer the questions so many of us have- What is Lily's eyes have to do with anything? James's cloak? Godric's Hollow who was there? and so on.......


Chemyst - Feb 3, 2007 11:08 pm (#2061 of 2974)

...or she didn't give us any games because she knows we ought to be studying for our final WOMBATS.


geauxtigers - Feb 3, 2007 11:27 pm (#2062 of 2974)

Interesting things too note, found this on [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] :

"New details have emerged surrounding the message Jo scrawled on a marble bust (stating that she had finished Deathly Hallows) in Edinburgh's Balmoral hotel. The hotel said that it has no immediate plans to turn the room into a "tourist shrine," and rather interestingly, the bust is believed to be of the Greek god Hermes.

Also, this hotel is located on Princes Street. A Snape reference - did Jo do this deliberately?"

So now let us obsessive fans break this down and come up with ludacris things about why that particular hotel? Its on Prince street, could be coincidence, but I remember my reaction when hearing she'd finished it at a hotel. Why a hotel? Now that we know its on Prince street, I think its something to consider. I'm sure its just coincidence, but I dunno, you never know with Jo. Shes always giving clues and shes so tricky! I'm not sure what Hermes has to do with it, but it did make me think of Hermione. But I don't see how the tow relate other than having similar names. Then again I did mythology in 6th grade, so its been a while...

So who thinks I'm nuts?! LOL anyone want to join me? LOL


Elanor - Feb 4, 2007 12:36 am (#2063 of 2974)

Your post made me jump on my chair Ginny! This is amazing!

" I'm not sure what Hermes has to do with it, but it did make me think of Hermione."

"Hermes" (also known as Mercury) is what we've been talking about for years now on the alchemy thread! Alchemy is the "hermetic science", named like this after that god, which is known as "the father of alchemy". Wonderful, just wonderful!

Edit: BTW, about Hermione, her initials are HG and Hg is the symbol for the chemical element mercury and we've been saying many times, on the alchemy thread, that she was "hermi-one", our "hermetic" guide in the series, on the road to "harm(i)ony". (I stop here on alchemy, I promise! Whole explanation can be found in the 1500 posts of the alchemy thread! )


Lina - Feb 4, 2007 1:04 am (#2064 of 2974)

Hermes was a Greek messenger god. So, it doesn't surprise me if she chose him to deliver a message to the public.

I did a search for the word hermetic in the AskOxford.com and this is what it says about the origin of the word:
ORIGIN from Latin Hermes Trismegistus ‘thrice-greatest Hermes’, the legendary founder of alchemy and astrology identified with the Greek god Hermes.


Snuffles - Feb 4, 2007 2:50 am (#2065 of 2974)

Tori, Princes Street is the main street in Edinburgh. Most of the bars, pubs and hotels are situated here. It's near to the castle etc. I bet Jo thought it highly appropriate as well

I am so looking forward to this book but I'm not sure I want to read it! I may keep it with me and live in denial a bit longer!


azi - Feb 4, 2007 6:23 am (#2066 of 2974)

I knew I knew where the hotel was! Interesting ideas for clues! As usual, I have nothing to add.

I read somewhere that this book is coming out on the same date which PS came out on and that's why it isn't the 31st. Is this true?


Soul Search - Feb 4, 2007 8:02 am (#2067 of 2974)

John Bumbledore, thanks.

Doesn't say much. Just the facts.


Good Evans - Feb 4, 2007 10:30 am (#2068 of 2974)

I didn't realise it was the Balmoral Hotel - I have stayed there, I recall excellent breakfasts!!

Hermes is, as well as the messenger as correctly ID'd above, the name of percy's owl. hermes is a messenger in her own books.


Madame Pomfrey - Feb 5, 2007 11:12 am (#2069 of 2974)

Wow,Geuxtigers. Yes,it was deliberate. I wish I could add something clever as to what this all means. It could be a clue or she just chose a Potterverse way of telling us the book is complete.Whichever,it was deliberate. I love you,Jo.You are so clever!


Caius Iulius - Feb 5, 2007 4:05 pm (#2070 of 2974)

Ok, I am a little late (very busy at work) but: Yaaaaay!

Well done Jo. I hope you will continue writing something special.


S.E. Jones - Feb 5, 2007 4:53 pm (#2071 of 2974)

I may be just off here, but doesn't Jo live in Edinburgh? If she does, why was she staying in a hotel to finish her book?


Chemyst - Feb 5, 2007 5:56 pm (#2072 of 2974)

SE, on the chat thread, HH11 suggested it was because she has three kids at home. 'Makes sense.


Madame Pomfrey - Feb 5, 2007 8:42 pm (#2073 of 2974)

Happy Birthday,Arthur Weasley!! Hope you get loads of plugs and other Muggle goodies.


Midori - Feb 5, 2007 11:18 pm (#2074 of 2974)

I've read in Wikipedia :

"...Princes Street was originally to be named St. Giles Street after the patron saint of the City of Edinburgh. However, King George III knew of a slum neighbourhood called St. Giles in London and objected.
It was subsequently named Princes Street after his sons, the Duke of Rothesay (later King George IV) and Frederick, Duke of York...."

Another coincidence, refered to Fred and George, this time?Smile


Laura W - Feb 6, 2007 1:18 am (#2075 of 2974)

Happy birthday, Arthur.

Laura


jose043 - Feb 6, 2007 3:50 am (#2076 of 2974)

Happy birthday Arthur Weasley hope their is many more.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Snuffles - Feb 6, 2007 3:54 am (#2077 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Arthur.

I have just been looking through all the birthdays on Jo's website. If we have assumed correctly that those that live have their day celebrated, then all of the Weasley's survive.

I did notice that Tonks doesn't celebrate , nor does Luna.

Oh dear.


Laura W - Feb 6, 2007 4:01 am (#2078 of 2974)

Or it could just be because we have no canon date for either Tonks' or Luna's exact date of birth. Let's hope the no mention on Jo's site is just that.

What you wrote above re Tonks and Luna is so horrible to contemplate, Snuffles, that I shall just erase it from my mind. (Obliviate!) There, it's gone.

Laura


Madame Pomfrey - Feb 6, 2007 7:35 am (#2079 of 2974)

LoL,Laura! I think that characters that make their appearance in book 5 and 6 won't be listed. Haven't we always had the same character Birthdays? We have had no new add-ons that I can recall nor have there been any dropped names from the Birthday wishes.


frogface - Feb 6, 2007 7:58 am (#2080 of 2974)

Check out J.K's new diary entry! It looks like we're in store for a really good end to the series!


Snuffles - Feb 6, 2007 8:05 am (#2081 of 2974)

Thanks for the heads up frogface. Makes you wonder if she has been reading this very thread doesn't it


Midori - Feb 6, 2007 8:38 am (#2082 of 2974)

Yeah! New site update is quite enthusiastic and optimistic!Smile))

By the way, there is also update in "Rumours" about publication date.


Lina - Feb 6, 2007 8:59 am (#2083 of 2974)

Yay! And some new F.A.Q. About the books (not that she really gave the answers). I'm still waiting for a new F.A.Q. Poll...

I'm pretty positive that missing of some character's birthday doesn't necessarily mean that the character won't survive. I only hope that she wouldn't celebrate a birthday for the characters that won't survive. I hope it made sense.

About the characters that died, I think she could still put them among the wizards of the month and let us know more about them...

I can really imagine us debating many things after we finish reading the DH...


frogface - Feb 6, 2007 9:46 am (#2084 of 2974)

Yeah a new poll would be nice! I expect we'll get one around July...


Ponine - Feb 6, 2007 11:38 am (#2085 of 2974)

Dear Jo - I will probably never know whether you read this thread or not. Either way, your last diary entry could have been written specifically to us, and it was a great consolation to me. It is easy to feel a little crazy for caring so much about a series of books and the characters in them, easy to be a little embarrassed over what many others may consider a tad too obsessive.

The fact that you not only respect and validate, but even appreciate our mixed feelings about receving the last book, the fact that you are right there with us, going through the same feelings and sharing it with us through your site -- I can't express how priveliged and humble that makes me feel.

Thank you Jo, not only for allowing us into Harry's world, but also for the chance to meet so many wonderful people - wizards and muggles alike.

Respectfully, Ponine.

And you know, if YOU miss the wizarding world too much, and WE miss the wizarding world too much -- We wouldn't tell anyone if you wanted to, you know...


Snuffles - Feb 6, 2007 2:16 pm (#2086 of 2974)

*claps really really hard in agreement with Ponine**

Well said


frogface - Feb 6, 2007 3:37 pm (#2087 of 2974)

Especially that last bit! hehe


Choices - Feb 6, 2007 5:20 pm (#2088 of 2974)

I totally agree. And yes....pretty, pretty please! Give us more of this wonderful world you have created and made us love so much. I'm not too proud to beg.....Please Jo!


Caius Iulius - Feb 6, 2007 5:22 pm (#2089 of 2974)

Just feel free to write any additional books about the Wizarding world, Jo


Choices - Feb 6, 2007 5:34 pm (#2090 of 2974)

Dear Jo, I have a great idea for a partnership - you write more books and we will buy them. Doesn't that sound like a good deal? :-)


Mediwitch - Feb 6, 2007 8:30 pm (#2091 of 2974)

I'll sign on to that partnership, Choices! Is it a deal, Jo?


Laura W - Feb 6, 2007 8:31 pm (#2092 of 2974)

"Dear Jo - I will probably never know whether you read this thread or not."

Ponine, I am absolutely convinced that the second last paragraph of her new diary entry is a direct response to what she has been reading on HP Lexicon Forum since Feb. 1. Of course, it would be unwise and indiscreet for her to say so that specifically on a public site, but her wording leaves no doubt in *my* mind.

laura


Ag Hart - Feb 6, 2007 9:47 pm (#2093 of 2974)

It certainly does appear that she has been reading this forum or the comments at TLC. The fact that she included the personal note that we had expected to accompany her official announcement and addressed some posters' concerns in the Rumours section are clues. I hope today marks the beginning of the personal interaction we have all come to expect. Once she has time to breathe, I believe that Jo will provide the build up that the conclusion of her epic series deserves and which only she can deliver.


S.E. Jones - Feb 6, 2007 11:17 pm (#2094 of 2974)

Laura, I don't think it's necessarily a sign that she's reading our forum. The majority of HP forums reach similar topics and comments about the same time (as Ag Hart pointed out with our forum and TLC's comments). She could be reading any HP forum and seeing these same comments.


Rosie Lu - Feb 7, 2007 12:47 am (#2095 of 2974)

I'd love a new poll! I hope we can at least get one good new poll in before DH, since they seem to take a while. But it's nice to see the new update and I'm really glad to hear DH is Jo's favorite book. Smile


septentrion - Feb 7, 2007 2:45 am (#2096 of 2974)

I wonder, about the birthdays: since now, Jo hasn't celebrated the birthdays of dead people, including Dumbledore. However, she's changed her mind about who was going to die (one reprieve and two who will die), so maybe we've seen birthdays of characters who are going to die. Wouldn't it be worth to check the birthdays to come until July 21st, to see if some birthdays aren't celebrated anymore?


Die Zimtzicke - Feb 7, 2007 2:00 pm (#2097 of 2974)

Yes, if she changed her mnd about who was to die and someone got a repreive, all bets on off on the birthdays as I see it.


haymoni - Feb 7, 2007 2:15 pm (#2098 of 2974)

Unless they were minor characters, like Kingsley or someone.


Gina R Snape - Feb 7, 2007 7:34 pm (#2099 of 2974)

Unless she's posted someone's birthday and then not repeated the birthday wish. . .


Herm oh ninny - Feb 7, 2007 8:10 pm (#2100 of 2974)

Wow, Jo's diary entry made me even more emotional about the end of my obsession. However, I now have some hope because, surely, the book that Jo considers her favorite of the series could surely not be a book which contains Harry's death.....I hope!


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Lina - Feb 8, 2007 12:02 am (#2101 of 2974)

I think you have a point, Herm oh ninny.

While about those two extra deaths, I just keep wondering if they have to happen in the last book. She said that she had to change the Epilogue that she wrote 16 years ago because two people from the Epilogue are missing and one needs to be added. So I still have a hope that at least one of the deaths already happened. Yet, I haven't done any serious research, but I can't think of a major death except Sirius and DD until now and it is hard to believe that she hadn't planned them from the beginning.

I suspect that she wasn't sure about some characters if they will survive or not and that's why she didn't include them in the birthday celebrations. I guess that some of the non-mentioned characters will survive and some not. I also think that if we see some of the "birthday" characters die in the last book, we can assume that they are those that she didn't plan to kill at first. Yet, if it doesn't happen, I'd really like her to tell us who those characters were, maybe in the F.A.Q. section.


Laura W - Feb 8, 2007 1:51 am (#2102 of 2974)

"Yet, I haven't done any serious research, but I can't think of a major death except Sirius and DD until now and it is hard to believe that she hadn't planned them from the beginning"

In the words of the immortal Albus Dumbledore, "Remember Cedric Diggory." (sad smile and tear in eye)

I'm positive she had that one planned from the beginning though, as well.

I have a bad feeling that neither of the two "new" deaths have occurred yet, but will come in DH.

Laura


Chemyst - Feb 8, 2007 5:17 am (#2103 of 2974)

I hope that once DH is published that JKR's website will become a more consistent source of answers. I don't foresee any shortage of questions!

I've wondered if one set of the death-switch involves Hagrid and Grawp. It seems like one character needs to be left to mourn for the other, but I can't decide which would be sadder. So I do hope the "Whose deaths did she change?" question gets answered eventually.


Gina R Snape - Feb 8, 2007 1:11 pm (#2104 of 2974)

Chemyst, I would not find the death of Grawp at all sad and I have a feeling after the death of DD that Hagrid would be better prepared for Grawp.

I also agree that Sirius, Cedric and Dumbledore were all long-planned deaths. I wonder if she did much revising of her epilogue, though. I wonder if we'll see a different in her writing style from 16 years ago!

I hope she continues to update her website and feed us with information. I wonder if we'll get a WOMBAT before the last book comes out. We were promised a third quiz. But it seems she'd be too busy between now and July 21st for something like that.


frogface - Feb 8, 2007 2:31 pm (#2105 of 2974)

I wonder if Voldemort counts as one of the two character deaths? I think Gina's right. I for one would find it much more sad if Hagrid died. Unfortunately I think that is what is going to happen Sad


Chemyst - Feb 8, 2007 4:51 pm (#2106 of 2974)

I see your point Gina. I would not find the death of Grawp sad of itself, but it would be very sad for Hagrid to lose so much. He has lost his mom, his dad, his wand & reputation, he periodically loses his job, he hasn't done very well connecting with Madame Maxime, and in HBP he lost Dumbledore... Now to lose his brother... I guess, more accurately phrased, is that I don't know if a heroic Hagrid death or a bereft & alone Hagrid would create a greater imprint of sorrow on the plot.


Gina R Snape - Feb 8, 2007 5:58 pm (#2107 of 2974)

The way I see it, the loss of Dumbledore will have been the greatest one he's ever known. I can see your point though.

On the bright side, he is allowed to use a wand again!


Snuffles - Feb 9, 2007 6:58 am (#2108 of 2974)

I have noticed that Jo has answered a couple of questions on the F.A.Q section, under 'About the books'. Was that updated today, or on the 6th when she updated it before?


frogface - Feb 9, 2007 7:08 am (#2109 of 2974)

I double checked to make sure Snuffles. Those were the updates she made on the 6th.


Ann - Feb 9, 2007 3:52 pm (#2110 of 2974)

Since it's come up again, I will repeat my opinion that the two who will die in the place of one are Petunia and Vernon, in place of Dudley. I think that, when she started, she saw Dudley as a nasty villain, who needed to get his comeuppance (she said as much in some early interviews); but now that she's older and wiser and has a lot more experience, as a mother, of kids, she sees that his parents have damaged Dudley as much as they've hurt Harry (more, actually, as she has Dumbledore say at the start of HBP). So I think that means she's going to have them punished instead.

The Dursleys are going to play a larger role in DH than he did in HBP, after all. We know that there's something we'll find out about Petunia ("she's not a Squib, she's a Muggle, but...") and we've also still got to learn what it was that threw Dudley into such a state when he encountered Dementors. (Don't you think that LV would have been likely to try to get him to spy on Harry?) I think that the Dursleys' very brief appearance in HBP may be balanced by a much larger role in DH. Maybe it's even through Petunia that we'll find out the "something huge" that we are slated to learn about Lily.

So if Dudley's birthday suddenly appears on the site in late June, I'll take it as a likely sign that whose birthdays are listed does reflect who survives, and also that I'm right about the 2-for-1 exchange. (How's that for circular reasoning?)


Madame Kulich - Feb 16, 2007 10:45 am (#2111 of 2974)

Anyone else feeling anxious for an update? I have been checking for updates on her site now more than ever. I think that is because I just want as much Harry Potter information now before the book comes out, because after it comes out, I'm afraid we will discuss the book and that will be it. How about a FAQ poll or two before the book comes out? Pretty please?


frogface - Feb 16, 2007 11:50 am (#2112 of 2974)

Well we had one update fairly recently so I doubt we'll see any for a while. I imagine we'll get at least one more around the time Deathly Hallows comes out as thats is what happened when Half-Blood Prince came out (has it really been almost 2 years already?! Where does time GO?!)


Sticky Glue - Feb 28, 2007 7:15 pm (#2113 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Ron


Laura W - Mar 1, 2007 1:27 am (#2114 of 2974)

Happy birthday, Ronald Weasley (and may you have many more - crossing fingers).

Laura


frogface - Mar 1, 2007 4:34 am (#2115 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Ron! Avoid Liquer Filled Chocolates and Oak Mead this year!


lkb - Mar 1, 2007 8:17 am (#2116 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Ron!!! Wahoo! I am going to assume that this means that you have a long and healthy life! I hope my wishes are not in vain!! (even though the final manuscript is in print we can stil pray for divine intervention right? he he he)


Phelim Mcintyre - Mar 1, 2007 8:54 am (#2117 of 2974)

New wizard of the month: Tilden Toots 1959 - present 'The wizard with three green thumbs' Celebrity herbologist and radio personality


Gina R Snape - Mar 1, 2007 4:54 pm (#2118 of 2974)

Wow. I bet Neville will want to collect her chocolate frog card.


Madame Pomfrey - Mar 2, 2007 9:13 am (#2119 of 2974)

Happy belated Birthday,Ron!!


Laura W - Mar 9, 2007 10:27 pm (#2120 of 2974)

It's March 9 where I live but it is March 10 in the United Kingdom where he lives so ...

I would like to be the first to wish Remus John Lupin a very Happy Birthday. May you have many, many more of them; and may the next part of your life be considerably happier than it has been thusfar.

Laura


jose043 - Mar 9, 2007 11:12 pm (#2121 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Remus Lupin & many more to come to our favourite Werewolf.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


geauxtigers - Mar 10, 2007 12:12 pm (#2122 of 2974)

Lupin's gonna live! WOOO! LOL


painting sheila - Mar 11, 2007 6:59 pm (#2123 of 2974)

Happy happy birthday Remus - (you're my favorite, but don;t tell the other professors!)


Die Zimtzicke - Mar 14, 2007 7:55 am (#2124 of 2974)

Is the Lupin thing really new this year? I thought I saw that someplace else before. I must be getting senile again. LOL!


Steve Newton - Mar 14, 2007 9:32 am (#2125 of 2974)

Maybe we should start a group of senile Harry Potter lovers. We could call them the SPOTTIES.


S.E. Jones - Mar 14, 2007 9:16 pm (#2126 of 2974)

Die Zimtzicke --Is the Lupin thing really new this year? I thought I saw that someplace else before.--

No, it's not new this year. We had his birthday last year as well.


Sticky Glue - Mar 16, 2007 1:53 am (#2127 of 2974)

Do any of you think we will get easter eggs or the last WOMBAT for easter? Did we get easter eggs last year?


Good Evans - Mar 17, 2007 5:04 am (#2128 of 2974)

we definitely had something around Easter last time, fingers crossed for a repeat!


haymoni - Mar 19, 2007 12:36 pm (#2129 of 2974)

I must say that I was a little disappointed that we did not receive anything for St. Paddy's Day.


Elanor - Mar 19, 2007 12:41 pm (#2130 of 2974)

The day after tomorrow is spring equinox, there is hope still...


haymoni - Mar 19, 2007 1:07 pm (#2131 of 2974)

"Hope springs eternal.", eh?


Hogwarts Class of 85 - Mar 21, 2007 12:17 am (#2132 of 2974)

Don't know if this is the right place to post this, but according to an article on CNN this morning, Scholastic have announced that Book 7 will have 784 pages - I think that makes it the longest in the series?


totyle - Mar 21, 2007 3:04 am (#2133 of 2974)

I know if it went for twice that length it wouldnt be long enough for me..! OotP was 766 so if it is 784 I guess it must be the longest.


geauxtigers - Mar 21, 2007 2:04 pm (#2134 of 2974)

Second longest, OoP is 840, at least the scholastic eidtion is. And its scholoastic edition that is 784 pages. Bloomsbury and Raincoast haven't announced it yet, but apparently its looking like Bloomsbury at least will be around 700 or so.


Esther Rose - Mar 26, 2007 9:54 am (#2135 of 2974)

All of a sudden my fingers got itchy.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Mar 26, 2007 4:53 pm (#2136 of 2974)

I was hoping for at least a thousand!!! Only 116 more days to go. LPO


Madame Kulich - Mar 27, 2007 1:04 am (#2137 of 2974)

Anyone else DYING for an update? I feel one coming. I just know it. Any day now. I'm waiting. Patiently. Well, not so much. Jo, throw me a bone here. I need something. Anything. Give me a first draft of a drawing of Peeves' little toe, anything. I'll be happy. Well, for a day or so.


Phelim Mcintyre - Mar 27, 2007 7:40 am (#2138 of 2974)

Madame Kulich - dying for an update is an understatement. Hopefully with Easter coming up Jo will give us an update or an Easter Egg (or more) or SOMETHING , not that I'm desperate or anything (hint hint hint).

How about some cover art from Bloomsbury, or some chapter titles. A couple of sentences. Anything. Please Jo. If you're reading this. I can't stand the waiting anymore.


journeymom - Mar 27, 2007 10:31 am (#2139 of 2974)

Yes, Jo, will there be any more characters with an anagram name? Like Tom Marvolo Riddle = I am Lord Voldemort.


Chemyst - Mar 28, 2007 4:33 am (#2140 of 2974)

Dying for an update? Oh, my!
Before you do that, let's try a little reverse logic...

Please, NO updates for awhile! Don't yank our collective chains with any April Fool's tricks; we won't be amused. Don't clutter our spring break with WOMBAT finals! Spring break should be a test-free zone. And please, pretty please, don't open the room of requirement during Easter holiday because I'll be away hunting down my Cadbury chocolate eggs and I don't want to have to hunt through that mess on your desk. And besides, we haven't had rain in two weeks, so I have to go wash my car.

...waits to see if it works...


frogface - Mar 28, 2007 7:16 am (#2141 of 2974)

Chemyst, it looks as if your tactic sort of worked! We now have book cover images! Check out the Book 7's Title: Deathly Hallows thread so details and links to images of the covers


lkb - Mar 29, 2007 7:58 am (#2142 of 2974)

was it actually posted on her web site? I did not see it there... lkb


virginiaelizabeth - Mar 29, 2007 1:48 pm (#2143 of 2974)

lkb, check out mugglenet.com

It was annouced by Scholastic's and Bloomsbury yesterday.


frogface - Mar 30, 2007 4:28 am (#2144 of 2974)

Technically it has nothing to do with the website, but I just thought I'd post it here since on this thread we're always wishing for some kind of update. This is an update of sorts it certainly gives us more things to debate and speculate about with regards to DH.


Verity Weasley - Mar 31, 2007 5:56 pm (#2145 of 2974)

A very happy birthday to Fred and George! May you both have many more.


Sticky Glue - Mar 31, 2007 6:46 pm (#2146 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Fred & George


Dobby Socks - Mar 31, 2007 8:38 pm (#2147 of 2974)

Happy birthday x2 to my favorite Weasleys. Here's hoping you live to see the turn of the Millennium... the Muggle New Year celebrations are fabulous and, frankly, we need all the humor we can get on the other side of them. (We muggles do have Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Lewis Black, and Owen Wilson – when he's given free reign over the movie scripts.) Other than that, it's pretty dismal in the humor department. So if you two are still around – and you'd better be—please send directions to Diagon Alley via owl.

And happy belated to your dad!


virginiaelizabeth - Mar 31, 2007 8:46 pm (#2148 of 2974)

YAY!! Fred and George are going to live!!

A very Happy Birthday to y'all!!!


Laura W - Mar 31, 2007 11:12 pm (#2149 of 2974)

Happy birthday, Fred and George.

Laura


Phelim Mcintyre - Apr 1, 2007 5:41 am (#2150 of 2974)

And here's the new wizard of the month (from text site):

Magenta Comstock 1895 - 1991 Experimental artist whose portraits' eyes not only follow the viewer around the room, but also follow them home.

Can't wait to see the card.


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Madame Pomfrey - Apr 1, 2007 8:48 am (#2151 of 2974)

Happy Birthday,Gred & Forge, the Weasley's next door neighbors!


Sticky Glue - Apr 1, 2007 11:15 pm (#2152 of 2974)

I love the eyes that are jumping around the new wizard of the month - I tried to catch them hoping they were an easter egg - alas ear wax!


Ludicrous Patents Office - Apr 3, 2007 7:15 pm (#2153 of 2974)

I hope our favorite author is doing OK. We haven't heard much from her about the book. It must be awfully hard to finish the series. Every time I read her letter on the web site it makes me sad. LPO


haymoni - Apr 4, 2007 6:21 am (#2154 of 2974)

She's probably gone on vacation!!

Poor thing - where could she go to escape herself???


Phelim Mcintyre - Apr 4, 2007 6:43 am (#2155 of 2974)

Either that or building a shelter to hide in for when Harry Potter fanatics (unlike those on this website) declare war because of who she kills off.


Betelgeuse Black - Apr 4, 2007 6:44 am (#2156 of 2974)

I imagine she's very busy with the last minute edits to the typesetting. She's got two publishers to deal with and each printing has to be scrutinized for errors. She'll probably be done with that very soon since the publishers are going to need a little time to print millions of books!

I don't know much (if anything) about publishing so if I'm off the mark, my apologies. I'm certainly open to corrections (and learning something).

Don't forget that she has young children too! They take a lot of time even when you have help. They always want their mother. Mom is the most important person in the world to a child.

Betelgeuse


Lina - Apr 4, 2007 8:00 am (#2157 of 2974)

I think you are right, BB. Here, I offer myself as a help for proofreading.


Phelim Mcintyre - Apr 4, 2007 8:02 am (#2158 of 2974)

Lina - I gave my name to Bloomsbury as a proof reader prior to HbP but no joy. It's not like I'm untrustworthy or something is it!


Betelgeuse Black - Apr 4, 2007 8:34 am (#2159 of 2974)

Hey, I want to proof read too!

As for what comes after DH, I'd like to see someone (probably not JKR) go through all her notes and publish commentaries on revisions that didn't make it.

I've been reading the Lost Tales of JRR Tolkien(I don't have the exact title) and it's fascinating to see the revisions that were made. It helps me understand the character's motivations and tendencies better.

Let's hope for an Easter update! Betelgeuse


Ludicrous Patents Office - Apr 4, 2007 7:11 pm (#2160 of 2974)

I hope she is on vacation rather that building a shelter! I don't know much about publishing but I imagine she is pretty busy with it. I was glad to read DH is her favorite book. I have a hard time choosing between PoA and OoP. Maybe DH will replace them. BB I would love to see the revisions. I'm going to have to get the new Tolkien book. LPO


Caius Iulius - Apr 8, 2007 3:26 am (#2161 of 2974)

Unfortunately, I can't find any Easter eggs.


Die Zimtzicke - Apr 8, 2007 10:59 am (#2162 of 2974)

Maybe she's helping them write the script for the next film?


Ludicrous Patents Office - Apr 8, 2007 12:36 pm (#2163 of 2974)

Die that would be great if she wrote the scripts for the last two films! LPO


Anna L. Black - Apr 8, 2007 2:22 pm (#2164 of 2974)

Well, until July 21st I'd much rather if she wrote things to put on her website - and after that she can do the last two films!


MickeyCee3948 - Apr 9, 2007 7:52 am (#2165 of 2974)

I am willing to give her a break. She does have children who I am sure are glad that mum has finished that nasty old book so she can spend more time with them. A year and a half of rather demanding writing will take a little more than a month or two to get over.

When you also consider she is finishing up more than a decade of work on one project. She deserves whatever time she wants.

Mickey


Die Zimtzicke - Apr 9, 2007 10:44 am (#2166 of 2974)

I didn't say she was writing the scripts. I said maybe she was helping. She does have input on the scripts and with her friend Kloves back, she'll have more contact with the scriptwriter, no doubt.


Sticky Glue - Apr 12, 2007 7:50 pm (#2167 of 2974)

It's Friday the 13th today, as we didn't get any updates or easter eggs for Easter, I was hoping for something today, but I haven't spotted anything new.

So JKR must be busy with the family or maybe a major problem with DH that needs some fixing?


geauxtigers - Apr 12, 2007 7:58 pm (#2168 of 2974)

Ahh, but its Friday the 13th in Austraila, perhaps she only updates on Bristish time? **is being hopeful**! LOL


Sticky Glue - Apr 20, 2007 2:36 pm (#2169 of 2974)

Nothing for easter and nothing for friday 13th, but maybe today the 21st, 3 months to the day till the book release.

I must remember to go and have another look in a couple of hours when it will be 11am here and midnight in the uk.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Apr 20, 2007 9:01 pm (#2170 of 2974)

Perhaps we will get something for May Day. LPO


geauxtigers - Apr 20, 2007 9:41 pm (#2171 of 2974)

LOL! I love how we are scraping for any holiday or reason that Jo might give us an update! LOL So I'll add on, perhaps Cino de Mayo? Or maybe mother's day even though I don't think its the same in Britian! LOL


Madame Pomfrey - Apr 21, 2007 8:49 am (#2172 of 2974)

Didn't she update on Mother's Day last year?


riotgrrrl - Apr 21, 2007 9:17 am (#2173 of 2974)

I'd love an update but not on Cinco de Mayo- I'm getting married that day!


lkb - Apr 21, 2007 10:30 am (#2174 of 2974)

riotgrrrl,

Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!! Many wishes of happiness and a full life with your new spouse!! (although I think it would be a REALLY nice wedding gift if we got a new update don't you think? he he he)

Lkb


MickeyCee3948 - Apr 30, 2007 6:16 pm (#2175 of 2974)

Helga is the new wizard of the month with the cup in prominence!!

Mickey


Nathan Zimmermann - Apr 30, 2007 8:44 pm (#2176 of 2974)

A question have any of the other Founders been wizard of the month?


Neville Longbottom - May 1, 2007 3:47 am (#2177 of 2974)

No, Helga is the first one. Maybe the others will follow, now.


John Bumbledore - May 1, 2007 8:53 am (#2178 of 2974)

From the text only version of Jo's site:

Helga Hufflepuff

(Medieval, precise dates unknown)

One of the four celebrated Founders of Hogwarts, Hufflepuff was particularly famous for her dexterity at food-related Charms. Many recipes traditionally served at Hogwarts feasts originated with Hufflepuff.
John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


azi - May 1, 2007 10:29 am (#2179 of 2974)

How interesting! I always imagined her as blonde though, maybe because of the black/yellow emblem?

She's wearing a lot of jewels, which are sparkling. Do the Wizards of the Month normally have moving pictures? I can't remember...


journeymom - May 1, 2007 11:09 am (#2180 of 2974)

But what does it MEAN??

No, really. How noteable that she's talented with food related charms, of all things. Maybe the house elves will have something important to say about Helga.


Elanor - May 1, 2007 11:55 am (#2181 of 2974)

LOL! I do! I even see a rotation of the elements progression (on the road to "harmony" of course!)...

What about having Slytherin and his locket and Gryffindor with his sword for the next two Wizards of the Month? Which would leave Ravenclaw for August, when we'll all already know what her "relic" is (bound to the element Fire, my inner Sibyll says)...


S.E. Jones - May 1, 2007 3:30 pm (#2182 of 2974)

Alchemy discussion needs to go to the alchemy thread, please. Thank you.


Hoot Owl - May 1, 2007 9:15 pm (#2183 of 2974)

The candle flame is out on the links page. Is this new?


Tazzygirl - May 1, 2007 10:02 pm (#2184 of 2974)

Hoot Owl, the candle was lit when I checked it out. Maybe peeves came by and blew it out? I waited about 5 minutes, but Peeves did not make an appearance.


Hoot Owl - May 1, 2007 10:08 pm (#2185 of 2974)

Thank you, Tazzygirl, I think you are correct! My mistake.


S.E. Jones - May 1, 2007 10:14 pm (#2186 of 2974)

Maybe the candle is only lit during the evening hours like the desk lamp on the desktop isn't lit until the evening hours.


John Bumbledore - May 2, 2007 7:33 am (#2187 of 2974)

Maybe the candle is only lit during the evening hours like the desk lamp. — S.E. Jones

I see the candle lit at all times of the day and only out after Peeves has "blown" through the room. And there is a switch for the desk lamp and you can turn it on or off as you wish.
Similarly, there is a light switch on the wall outside the Unknowable Room and also candle sconces on the wall as seen in the mirror. These candles are also lit at any and all times.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


frogface - May 2, 2007 11:47 am (#2188 of 2974)

Has anyone noticed Helga's eyes? It might just be blue eye shadow, but they almost looked as if they were flashing blue at times to me...


S.E. Jones - May 2, 2007 4:21 pm (#2189 of 2974)

John Bumbledore --And there is a switch for the desk lamp and you can turn it on or off as you wish.--

Yeah, but the lamp is on automatically when I go the the site during the evening hours and not on automatically when I go during the morning hours (just like how there's a butterfly by default on the main page during the day and a moth at night). I figured it might be the same with the candle but apparently not (it's on for me, too, even though everything else is still set to morning settings)....

By the way, it does look like Peeves blows the candle out for anyone who actually was wondering.


journeymom - May 3, 2007 10:15 am (#2190 of 2974)

"(just like how there's a butterfly by default on the main page during the day and a moth at night)"

Oh. My gosh. I've never made the connection between day/night and butterfly/moth before! That's neat.


wynnleaf - May 4, 2007 10:04 am (#2191 of 2974)

I even see a rotation of the elements progression (on the road to "harmony" of course!)... (Elanor)

LOL! I love that!


Madame Pomfrey - May 6, 2007 5:22 pm (#2192 of 2974)

I am holding out for a Mothers day update. I think we got an update last year at that time. Does anyone know when we recieved Chapter Titles?


Chemyst - May 7, 2007 7:23 am (#2193 of 2974)

... although Mothering Sunday in the UK was March 18. (It falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent and was celebrated in honor of Mother Mary and, now, all mothers.) But if she wants to give an update on the 13th, who am I to stop her?
Three chapter titles for HBP came out around Halloween 2004.


Gina R Snape - May 7, 2007 7:51 am (#2194 of 2974)

I'm highly doubtful we'll get chapter titles. Though I do hope they do something to increase the hype before the release, I guess I'm just not hopeful it will be via the website.

I would, however, very much like to get the 3rd WOMBAT quiz.


Mrs. Sirius - May 7, 2007 8:48 am (#2195 of 2974)

Hi Gina! Yes I have been wondering if we would get our WOMBAT's before the final installment is published. And of course the big one is once we have taken all three WOMBAT's t h e n w h a t

In someways though, I wish the hype would settle down.

I am going to BUY the book. I buy the Scholastic version at midnight, and we pre-order the Bloomsbury edition on internet. I keep checking the sites for any new info but it's all on the movie. My nerves are beginning to get unsettled as they were before OoTP came.

I read today that book sellers are offering such big discounts that they may actually loose money on them.

Why would they do that? Isn't the "market" forces and supply and demand setup that they would charge more for a book in such high demand?


Lina - May 7, 2007 8:49 am (#2196 of 2974)

And the new F.A.Q. poll....


Die Zimtzicke - May 7, 2007 9:16 am (#2197 of 2974)

Regarding selling the book for less than expected...If they lose money on that book, they're at least getting you into the shop or onto the site, where you might possibly see something else you'd want to buy that has a higher markup. That's called a "loss leader" and most stores use them occasionally.


Madame Pomfrey - May 7, 2007 6:44 pm (#2198 of 2974)

Ooh,I forgot about final W.O.M.B.A.T!! *Biting nails*

Will settle for 1 Chapter Title.


Aurora Gubbins - May 8, 2007 5:15 am (#2199 of 2974)
Edited May 8, 2007 5:46 am

Is it my imagination or is there something new underneath the phone? There's something written there about the Gaunts and a circle drawn just below with arrows pointing in a clockwise direction. Or am I just waaay out of date with things? I saw the updates on the FAQ and I definitely didn't see that last week when I checked...

Interesting to see Draco in the spotlight!


azi - May 8, 2007 6:47 am (#2200 of 2974)

Yey, FAQ update!

Aurora - I had never noticed that before! I think I see the words 'Harry' and 'Dumbledore' there too. Maybe it's part of a chapter plan from HBP? Of course, I'm not very observant so it could have been there ages...

I had never heard the first theory concerning Draco before. I guess it never interested me.

Another point, in white >>>I was surprised that Tonks was in Hufflepuff and Myrtle in Ravenclaw. I have always assumed that Myrtle was Hufflepuff and Tonks more Gryffindor than any other.


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Mrs. Sirius - May 8, 2007 7:09 am (#2201 of 2974)
Edited May 8, 2007 8:07 am

azi, I had pegged Tonks as a Gryffindor too. Myrtle I would not have been surprised to see as a hard working Hufflepuff however.

Edit: Myrtle is described in (I believe)COS as sullen. Perhaps, I have unfairly, equated sullen as a hard working.


septentrion - May 8, 2007 7:18 am (#2202 of 2974)

I would have placed Tonks anywhere except Hufflepuff.


Mrs Brisbee - May 8, 2007 7:29 am (#2203 of 2974)

I wouldn't have guessed Tonk's was in Hufflepuff-- but only because Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw haven't figured prominently in the story, and Rowling has been very Gryffindor-centric so far when it comes to the Good Guys.

I'm glad, because this will help shift the perception of Hufflepuff. I think they got the reputation of the Loser House in PS/SS from both Hagrid and Draco, and first impressions are hard to shake. Personally, I've always admired Hufflepuff's ideals of fairness and justice-- good ideals for anyone who goes into law enforcement.

I don't think Myrtle has shown attributes that point to any particular House.


Esther Rose - May 8, 2007 8:50 am (#2204 of 2974)

Well seeing as I thought that Tonks was a close representative of "Mother Nature" or "Mother Earth". Her being in Hufflepuff makes perfect sense. It just didn't cross my mind until JKR answered the question.


Gina R Snape - May 8, 2007 9:20 am (#2205 of 2974)

I never thought of Tonks as a hufflepuff. I thought she was a ravenclaw or gryffindor. It would have been cool if she were a slytherin. Oh well!


journeymom - May 8, 2007 10:24 am (#2206 of 2974)

Remember Cedric! He was a Hufflepuff.


frogface - May 8, 2007 12:00 pm (#2207 of 2974)

Being a Metamorphmagus and a half-blood brought up by a muggle and a blood traitor, it doesn't surprise me all that much that she was a Hufflepuff. She probably learnt from an early age to treat being equally regardless. Not to mention she's in love with a werewolf, so no prejudice there! Also one would have to be pretty hard working to become an Auror.


Elanor - May 8, 2007 12:29 pm (#2208 of 2974)

Thanks for the update Jo!

I was very curious about the "various reasons" for which the hawthorn wand "seems to suit Draco as holly suits Harry", so I've searched a bit and posted what I have found on the alchemy thread: here.


geauxtigers - May 8, 2007 2:18 pm (#2209 of 2974)

Thanks for the update if you're reading this by any slim chance, Jo!

I actually never really thought about it, and it doesn't really surprise me that Tonks is in Hufflepuff, but if you'd of pinned me down, I'd of said Ravenclaw. And Ravenclaw fits Myrtle, but I think I'd have pinned her as a Hufflepuff. But I never really thought about.

Never thought about Draco's wand or patronus before.

And whats with Alecto and Amycus and Spinner's end. Why don't I recongnized what this is? Someone point me in the right direction..perhaps I'll check the Lex. I don't remember this and I'm sure I'll hit myself when I look at the obvious anwser! LOL

EDIT: got it! I remember now!


Ludicrous Patents Office - May 8, 2007 6:01 pm (#2210 of 2974)

I'm glad Tonks is a Hufflepuff. I think it is interesting that Draco does not know how to do a Patronus but he can do Occlumency. Aunt Bellatrix. has been tutoring him. LPO


Nathan Zimmermann - May 8, 2007 7:52 pm (#2211 of 2974)

This raises an interesting question I wonder whether Bellatrix, Andromeda and Narcissa are capable of producing a Patronus?


Gina R Snape - May 8, 2007 8:44 pm (#2212 of 2974)

I wonder if many of them never bothered to learn to produce a patronus because the dementors were under the control of the Dark Lord. They might just be in for a ruuuuuuude awakening.


Sticky Glue - May 8, 2007 9:22 pm (#2213 of 2974)

Would a DE be able to produce a patronus - they would have to be able to think of a happy memory - I don't suppose that they would have many happy memories?


S.E. Jones - May 8, 2007 11:14 pm (#2214 of 2974)

frogface --Being a Metamorphmagus and a half-blood brought up by a muggle and a blood traitor, it doesn't surprise me all that much that she was a Hufflepuff.--

I know this is just nitpicking, but she was brought up by a muggle-born and a half-blood. That still makes her a half-blood, though, so it doesn't really change your well expressed thought any.

As for DE and patroni, why wouldn't a DE be able to produce one? I mean, I'm sure Narcissa would probably consider the day Draco was born to be one of the happiest of her life so that memory could fuel one. I'm not saying she can make one, I'm just playing devil's advocate here. I mean, there were still kids in the DA that hadn't produced a caporeal patronus so not being a DE doesn't mean that your life is full of wonderful memories, so why would being a DE necessarily mean that your life is full of horror? Voldemort has only been back in power for the last, what, two years now? There were 12-13 years of relative peace where people could've fell in love, had kids, etc., and thus might have good memories to pull from. That being said, I doubt that Bell, at least, can produce one and I'd be a little skeptical of Lucius being able to either. I definitely have to agree that no one probably ever thought to teach Draco while he was growing up because they were under the control of the Ministry and then they went to being controlled by Voldemort and now Draco would be too chewed up inside (what with his entire world view being blown apart by his father being put in prison, losing his social status and privileges, and then having to enslave himself to Voldemort) to be able to learn.


Eponine - May 9, 2007 6:25 am (#2215 of 2974)

she was brought up by a muggle-born and a half-blood. - S.E. Jones

Andromeda wasn't a half-blood, was she? She was a Black, and I'm pretty sure they're all pure bloods.


Madame Pomfrey - May 9, 2007 7:01 am (#2216 of 2974)

I agree.Tonks had a Pure blood mother and a muggle father.

What was mentioned about the Carrows in Spinners End? I don't have book handy.

Found it. Snape mentions that the Carrows,Avery and a few others didn't try to find Voldemort because like him,they believed he was finished.

Thanks for the Update,Jo!!


Ginerva Potter - May 9, 2007 7:38 am (#2217 of 2974)

Ted Tonks was a muggle-born wizard.

"Very clean, aren't they, these Muggles?" said the witch called Tonks, who was looking around the kitchen with great interest. "My dad's Muggle-born and he's a right old slob. I suppose it varies, just like with wizards?" Scholastic version, page 50, chapter 3 The Advance Guard

Sirius also talks about it in The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black chapter - he says Andromeda is blasted off because she married a muggle-born. I'm having a Hermione moment!

Ginny


Mrs. Sirius - May 9, 2007 7:54 am (#2218 of 2974)

That being said, I doubt that Bell, at least, can produce one

Sara to continue in the Devil's Advocate role, Bella seems to enjoy torture. In OoTP the she says something to the effect of "I'll take the the little one" referring to crucio-ing Ginny.

There seemed to be a real joy at that thought. As long as it is something that makes her happy, why couldn't she use the memories of torturing the the Longbottoms into madness to produce her patronus?


Nathan Zimmermann - May 9, 2007 9:54 am (#2219 of 2974)

The Carrows (Amycus and Alecto) along with another Death Eater named Yaxley escaped a term of imprisonment in Azkaban.


S.E. Jones - May 10, 2007 4:26 am (#2220 of 2974)

Yes, Eponine, I meant "blood traitor" not "half-blood". I got her being a half-blood and her mom mixed up while I was typing. Thanks for pointing that out, I completely missed it when I proof-read my post.

Mrs. Sirius, a very interesting thought... would a memory that is evil but produced "happiness" for a single person be enough to conjure a patronus? Hm, I guess that would depend on the spell's definition of "happiness" and whether the spell is simply magic or innately "good magic", wouldn't it? Do we have someplace we could keep discussing this? I'll look but no particular thread is jumping to mind.


Good Evans - May 10, 2007 5:35 am (#2221 of 2974)

I agree with Mrs S - I have always taken it to be a happy memory for the person. I am sure that most of the DE's have happy memories, even if we thought they were perverse, strong enough to produce a patronus if they are able to do so. However whether they can bring the happy memory to mind is a different matter altogether, especially if it is a bit run of the mill, awards, celebrations, marriages, births etc. I shall stop there as Sarah is correct that this is strictly off topic.

Really pleased with the updates, wish there had been a new FAQ poll though!


John Bumbledore - May 10, 2007 11:01 am (#2222 of 2974)

What is Draco Malfoy’s Patronus?

As of the end of Half-Blood Prince, he has no idea how to produce one, so nobody knows. You must remember that the ability to produce a Patronus demonstrates an advanced level of magic not routinely taught to young Hogwarts students (hence the surprise of the prospective members of Dumbledore’s Army when they find out that Harry can make a Patronus). — (Jo Rowling, F.A.Q. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
As for DE and patroni, why wouldn't a DE be able to produce one?
Do we have someplace we could keep discussing this? I'll look but no particular thread is jumping to mind. — S.E. Jones
I shall stop there as Sarah is correct that this is strictly off topic. — Good Evans
Point of Order **As if Robert's Rules of Order is applicable**
I don't understand why this would be off topic, it comes directly from analysis of information provided on the JK Rowling Official Site.

I don't think the fact that Draco can not produce a patronus will enter the story in Deathly Hallow. First, the only way it could be important is if both Draco is attacked by Dementors and Harry then saves him. Second, I don't think it provides any insight as to weather or not a Death Eaters (in general) can produce a patronus. It does point out that Bella though Occlumency was much more important for Draco to learn than was the patronus charm. Finally, I don't really think that Jo wouldn't tell that to us if it was part of DH.

Now on to Tonks, wasn't there mention that she didn't pass her Auror test the first time? Being in Hufflepuff does fit that it was her hard work that earned her position in the Auror's office and not just natural skills (such as what Harry has shown).

Myrtle in Ravenclaw does surprise me. Maybe it is just her self adsorbed personality that occludes other evidence of her begin sharp and of keen mind.

I'll have another look at what is showing on the desk under or near the phone, but I don't think it is anything new. Sorry.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Gina R Snape - May 10, 2007 11:58 am (#2223 of 2974)

John, I believe she had difficulty with stealth and tracking because of her clumsiness. But Cedric was a skilled quidditch player so I don't necessarily equate clumsiness alone with being a hufflepuff. Then again, maybe it is and he was the exception.


Die Zimtzicke - May 10, 2007 12:09 pm (#2224 of 2974)

I always figured Myrtle was a Ravenclaw because I know how involved Jo is with the films, more so than the average author, and when you saw Shirley in on-set pictures, she always had a Ravenclaw tie on. I think Jo told them, but just forgot to tell us until now.


journeymom - May 10, 2007 2:24 pm (#2225 of 2974)

Whoa, good eye, Die Zimtzicke.


Mrs. Sirius - May 10, 2007 10:02 pm (#2226 of 2974)

We do know that Jo has an enormous amount of information on her characters that she doesn't share with us mostly due to a lack time but also because in the long run it doesn't advance the plot information that we must know.

Years ago, reading SS I found the difference in the description of Dean Thomas in PS verses SS. Some people were outraged that JKR might have been cowed by the pressures of the American market, but the truth was that simple editorial need for space was the cause for the deletion of the description in the Bloomsbury edition. She had not changed the character. On her web site she expanded even more on that character, that expansion is no where to be found in canon.

Die Zimtzicke, a detail person, noticed Myrtle's uniform in the movie. Most of us, I certainly did, missed that. I'll bet there are tons of other details that is in the movie and we miss.

As to a evil/wicked thought that produce joy in the person committing the evil being used to produce a patronous, a patronous is a joyous thing that protects the spell caster. Can evil thoughts protect (keep safe) a person?

An unhappy thought was responsible for helping Sirius keep his sanity in Azkaban. Would this be equivalent?


Rosie Lu - May 11, 2007 2:07 am (#2227 of 2974)

I went to look at Myrtle's tie in the films, and it almost looks Slytherin, but I know that's not right.

Take a look, though. This is Myrtle's tie:

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Then here's Slytherin:

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Now Ravenclaw:

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My guess is they gave her an older faded tie to make her appear more ghostly, which is pretty cool.


Ann - May 11, 2007 2:11 am (#2228 of 2974)

One more remark about Death Eaters producing patroni, which is not at all off topic since it deals with not one but two website FAQs:

In the answer to the question about how members of the Order communicate, JKR explained that it is an anti-Dark Arts device, which makes it highly resilient to interference from Dark wizards. That sounds to me as if a Dark wizard might have difficulty casting the spell.

And as supporting evidence, know from HBP that Snape recommends an entirely different means of dealing with dementors. Since much of his teaching seems to be aimed at the Death Nibblers, I would suspect that he would avoid teaching even about the existence of patroni.

That said, I wonder whether the Patronus might also be a good defense against other dark creatures. Not Inferi, of course, since Dumbledore quite clearly says fire is best against them, but perhaps some of the others? I wonder what would happen if Harry shot one at Bella!

P.S. Thanks for the links, Rosie Lu. At least in the publicity photo, Myrtle's tie looks gray-striped to me. Perhaps that's because she's a ghost.


frogface - May 12, 2007 5:18 am (#2229 of 2974)

I wonder what would happen if someone shot a Partonus at Voldemort? He's practically a dementor anyway!


Die Zimtzicke - May 12, 2007 6:22 pm (#2230 of 2974)

I couldn't see Myrtle's tie in the films. I didn't even try to prove it by that. I has seen some on-set pics back in the days of CoS, and it looked Ravenclaw to me, then. But I can't find them now. It's just too long ago. I wonder if it was not just faded, but if the ties were slightly different in Myrtle's day. We know prefect badges went from silver (Percy) to gold (Ron) in the span of a few years, so why couldn't ties have changed slightly in all those years?


KTO - May 13, 2007 3:12 pm (#2231 of 2974)

Jo: you are a good woman.

peace, Kt


Eponine - May 14, 2007 5:48 am (#2232 of 2974)

There's a short diary update on Jo's stance on spoilers. It might impact the DIGS crowd a bit.


Snuffles - May 14, 2007 5:57 am (#2233 of 2974)

Thanks for that Eponine


azi - May 14, 2007 6:02 am (#2234 of 2974)

I'm so glad JKR wrote that! It says exactly what I feel about spoilers, albeit in a more elaborate way than I could ever write it.

I hope this doesn't have implications for DIGS!


Lina - May 14, 2007 6:24 am (#2235 of 2974)

And there is a new FSA. I am still waiting for the new F.A.Q. Poll...


Gina R Snape - May 14, 2007 7:27 am (#2236 of 2974)

Ooooooh. I wonder if she knows about DIGS.


painting sheila - May 14, 2007 9:00 am (#2237 of 2974)

Holy Cow!! Do you think she meant it in jest? or do you REALLY think that Dumbledore is .. . . . . .


John Bumbledore - May 14, 2007 9:31 am (#2238 of 2974)

I think if she wanted to confirm DIGS it would read as,

"Even if the biggest secret gets out - even if somebody discovers the Giant Squid is actually the world's largest Animagus, which rises from the lake [bloated and decayed]... well, I wouldn't like to spoil it."

Well she has confirmed Dumbledore is definately dead, hasn't she? **Love the Spock eyebrow lift, Sheila!**

I have to say that any confirmation of the D.I.G.S. theory would make me stop ordering calamari.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


painting sheila - May 14, 2007 11:01 am (#2239 of 2974)

AH!! Calamari!! It would serve you right if your next order of calamari rose up off the plate and sucked your brains out! HA!


journeymom - May 14, 2007 11:57 am (#2240 of 2974)

Brains! Braaainsss!

Oh, sorry.


Madame Pomfrey - May 14, 2007 12:40 pm (#2241 of 2974)

Am I missing something? What is F.S.A.?


Viola Intonada - May 14, 2007 1:06 pm (#2242 of 2974)

F.S.A. is Fan Site Award.

Do you think we might get a new WOMBAT in a couple of days?


Madame Pomfrey - May 14, 2007 5:55 pm (#2243 of 2974)

Thanks,Viola.I did miss something! Ooh..I'm not ready.Haven't studied. It's a possibility though.


2BMcsmom - May 15, 2007 3:48 am (#2244 of 2974)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PROF. SPROUT!


Good Evans - May 15, 2007 5:30 am (#2245 of 2974)

Happy birthday Pomona!!!


jose043 - May 15, 2007 7:35 am (#2246 of 2974)

Happy Birthday Prof.Pomona Sprout & many More to come.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Die Zimtzicke - May 15, 2007 9:03 am (#2247 of 2974)

That's on odd one. Sprout hasn't been featured in the books since the actress who played her in the first film quit in a huff, has she?


Ginerva Potter - May 15, 2007 9:07 am (#2248 of 2974)

Sorry Die...I'm not sure who you are refering to, but Professor Sprout has been teaching Herbology in the greenhouses all through the books.

Ginny


Madam Pince - May 15, 2007 2:02 pm (#2249 of 2974)

Also, it was the second movie that featured Prof. Sprout, and she hasn't been a character in any of the other movies so far. I never heard that the actress quit in a huff, though; I just thought she never had much of an opportunity for a storyline. They needed her in CoS because they had to have the mandrakes to cure the basilisk paralysis.


Mediwitch - May 15, 2007 6:42 pm (#2250 of 2974)

I think it was the actress who played Madam Hooch (Zoe Wanamaker???) who quit in a huff because she wasn't getting enough money. Doh!


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painting sheila - May 15, 2007 7:17 pm (#2251 of 2974)

I wondered what happened to Madame Hooch. I guess they proved they COULD do the movies without her - didn't they. They took their snitch and went home!

Greed never is a good thing!


Die Zimtzicke - May 15, 2007 8:08 pm (#2252 of 2974)

I know the kids still have herbology, but the character hasn't had much page time. That's what I meant by featured. Can anyone think of any important lines she had or plot points she was in in OotP or HBP, for example? Because I'm drawing a blank.


Eponine - May 15, 2007 8:39 pm (#2253 of 2974)

She gave Harry a bunch of points for Gryffindor in OotP for handing her a watering can after the Quibbler article came out. I loved that moment.


Thom Matheson - May 15, 2007 10:26 pm (#2254 of 2974)

She is the head of Hufflepuff. Her points at the final meeting and planning for DD's funeral were big


journeymom - May 16, 2007 9:42 am (#2255 of 2974)

Sprout is the first to speak after McGonagall begins by saying she's not sure the school should reopen. Sprout says, "I am sure Dumbledore would have waned the school to remain open. I feel that if a single pupil wants to come, then the school ought to remain open for that pupil." She then goes on to make a couple of small but very supportive comments for Harry. Of the adults in the office, she didn't even hesitate to say that the school should stay open, and that the students should stay for Dumbledore's funeral.

In fact, you know how JKR likes to set the theme for the next book in the final pages of the present book? I think Madam Sprout's prominent voice here at the end of HBP is further evidence that Hufflepuff will be featured in DH.

Anyway, sorry to get off topic.


Neville Longbottom - May 16, 2007 12:27 pm (#2256 of 2974)

Sprout was there during some of the teacher rebellion scenes in OotP (awarding Harry Points, comforting Trelawney, seen speaking with other teachers about Umbridge). She also was at the teacher meeting right after Dumbledore's death and was one of those, who wanted Hogwarts to stay open and who wanted Dumbledore buried at Hogwarts. She doesn't even have less scenes than in the first four books, where she is also just background.


Choices - May 16, 2007 5:57 pm (#2257 of 2974)

She and Slughorn have some dialogue when he comes to collect some plants before he goes to Aragog's funeral. I don't think she actually says much - Slughorn does most of the talking, and she does most of the listening. LOL


Nathan Zimmermann - May 16, 2007 6:47 pm (#2258 of 2974)

Pomona reminds me of those characters that speak little but, when they do speak everyone listens.


Eponine - May 16, 2007 6:51 pm (#2259 of 2974)

You know, I wonder why we've got birthdays for people like Professor Sprout and we still don't have one for Luna. You'd think Jo would have picked a birthday for her by now.


wynnleaf - May 16, 2007 8:11 pm (#2260 of 2974)

Eponine, speculation has it that perhaps JKR only puts up the birthdays of characters which in this time are still alive. That is, they didn't die at the end of the late 90's, when the series ends.


Madame Pomfrey - May 17, 2007 7:56 am (#2261 of 2974)

I am anxious to see if Draco's Bithday comes up next month. However,if the speculation is true,and she is on to us,I don't think she will not acknowledge an existing Birthday or add a new one before the release of DH.


wynnleaf - May 17, 2007 4:33 pm (#2262 of 2974)

I thought Draco's birthday had been on her site in the past. Is that not correct?


Madam Pince - May 17, 2007 6:11 pm (#2263 of 2974)

Yes, it has been on in the past. Some have wondered, though, that if Draco was one of the characters JKR changed her mind about and decided to kill off, then would she maybe not wish him a Happy Birthday this year. Of course, that would kind of be a dead giveaway (hey, a pun!) since she's wished him a happy birthday in the past and she's probably well aware of the "theory."


Die Zimtzicke - May 17, 2007 8:36 pm (#2264 of 2974)

It's an interesting theory, but I don't buy it. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong, but I don't think that's what she's doing.


Madame Pomfrey - May 18, 2007 7:55 am (#2265 of 2974)

Oops! I worded that wrong. What I meant was I don't think she will omit a Birthday that has previously been announced(such as Draco's)or that she will be adding any new ones.If the Theory is true,she hasn't wished Happy Birthdays to anyone she knew would die from the get go,such as Dumbledore and Sirius, I guess, the reprieve and the two that die that she thought would live wouldn't be or not be on the callender til after DH is released.She is not going to give anything away.What does this mean for Luna?


wynnleaf - May 18, 2007 9:41 am (#2266 of 2974)

Since I prefer to accept the Birthday Theory (it keeps the Trio and Snape alive), I've thought for quite awhile that Luna would die. Besides that, I think JKR has set up Luna's character to be one that we and the characters could accept her death a little bit more easily than other characters. Luna's got a sense of an after-life and a mom she expects to see again. It would be possible to write her death in a way that would be, while very sad, something we could accept as not horribly tragic. Yes, it would be terribly tragic in real life, regardless what Luna thought, but in literature, Luna's point of view as regards death could make her death less painful for readers and characters.


Madam Pince - May 18, 2007 10:14 am (#2267 of 2974)

I agree with wynnleaf (again... )

I started making a list of who's been "on" and who's not, and it seems like she hasn't wished Happy Birthday to any "bad guys" (except Snape, for those of you who wrongly think he's bad... ) So it may be iffy as to whether Draco falls in the "not-included-because-he's-a-bad-guy" category or the "not-included-because-he's-toast" category. Or maybe all the bad guys are going to be toast...


Luna Logic - May 18, 2007 11:24 am (#2268 of 2974)

Madame Pomfrey: What does this mean for Luna?
Alas... Luna... no evolution of the character (see Luna's thread), character having no fear about death... Wynnleaf as expressed it perfectly: Luna's point of view as regards death could make her death less painful for readers and characters. We will regret Luna but we can imagine she is happy where she is (destined?) to be....


Gina R Snape - May 18, 2007 7:43 pm (#2269 of 2974)

Luna has always struck me as being the 'spiritual' counterpart to Hermione's 'logical' one among Harry's friends. I like this idea that we're being prepared in some way for her death. It makes sense.


Die Zimtzicke - May 19, 2007 5:40 am (#2270 of 2974)

I think Luna is connected to the veil, and Harry might need informtion from someone there. I think it's entirely possible Luna helps Harry find a way to go through it, and get back, or to talk to someone there. The adults would think that was a crazy idea- totally impossible, but Luna would not.

In other words, they could go to the land of the dead, but come back. But whether that would affect the birthdays, I don't know.

What about people where we know their birthdays, but Jo doesn't wish them happy birthday on her site? Like Tom Riddle? Is that considered different?


Neville Longbottom - May 19, 2007 12:28 pm (#2271 of 2974)

So it may be iffy as to whether Draco falls in the "not-included-because-he's-a-bad-guy" category or the "not-included-because-he's-toast" category. Or maybe all the bad guys are going to be toast...


Draco falls in the "was included" category. His birthday is somewhere at the beginning of June (the fifth, I think) and he has gotten a birthday wish ever since 2005.


Madam Pince - May 19, 2007 9:43 pm (#2272 of 2974)

Thanks for that info, Neville! Oops. I was going by someone else's info that he hasn't been on the list. Hmmm... so he wasn't on the list prior to 2005, or you only started following it in 2005? If he wasn't on, but now is, then that's a strong argument that he's the reprieve...


Lina - May 19, 2007 11:56 pm (#2273 of 2974)

According to the Lexicon, the new design of the site started on May 15, 2004 and the first birthday that was announced in 2004 was Neville Longbottom. The birthdays that were skipped at the beginning of the site were Pomona Sprout, Draco and Dobby. I'm not sure it indicates much because she might have not had the clear idea on who would be included in the birthday list.

By the second mentioning of Neville's birthday, the list is fixed at 20 people, 19 birthdays.

Some of them can be grouped:
* The trio
* All the Weasleys
* The heads of the houses.

Those who don't seem to be part of some group (in the birthday list) are:
* Neville
* Hagrid
* Draco and
* Dobby.

Now, I'm just not sure if this means anything. I'm still not sure that she would mention anybody that is about to die. But if say, someone of the Weasleys should die, we would most certainly notice their missing from the birthdays and would know what does it mean. So, it is possible that she put someone who is not going to survive, just to avoid our figuring this up. Yet, I don't see the reason to put in any of the individuals from the second list if they are not about to live through the end of series. And at the end, if there were too many deaths, I don't se the reason for her to make any list of Happy birthday wishes.

It is just too obvious that she hasn't put anybody who died before the last book.


Thom Matheson - May 20, 2007 4:02 am (#2274 of 2974)

That just tells me the theory is flawed.


Die Zimtzicke - May 20, 2007 11:13 am (#2275 of 2974)

I think the theory is flawed simply because it's hard for me to believe that ALL of the Weasleys, who are so involved in the war, all survive. But maybe that's just me.


frogface - May 20, 2007 1:12 pm (#2276 of 2974)

The theory is flawed for me because I don't see why JKR would bother doing it. And it seems a bit too elaborate to me. But if I turn out to be wrong I'll be happy to eat my humble pie


Hollywand - May 20, 2007 1:36 pm (#2277 of 2974)

The desk calendar is a reference to the larger cycle of time; the watch a reference to the smaller cycle of time; the two are linked, and "time is of the essence", which was a core metaphor for book six...well, the whole series.


Phelim Mcintyre - May 21, 2007 7:03 am (#2278 of 2974)

While not a J K Rowling website story Biritsh Royal Mail is launching a set of stamps with the UK Children's covers as the pictures. The link is [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Release date is July 17th, and my order is already in.


Snuffles - May 21, 2007 7:16 am (#2279 of 2974)

Phelim, how did you order them? All that keeps coming up for me is to send my email address so they can keep me informed. How much are the books of stamps?

Edit: I have just phoned the Royal Mail and they don't know how much the stamps are yet!


Phelim Mcintyre - May 21, 2007 8:05 am (#2280 of 2974)

I went into my local Post Office and placed a reservation. They used the price of standard first editions as a guide.


Eponine - May 23, 2007 6:43 am (#2281 of 2974)

Jo's updated her news section. She's going to be doing a reading for 1700 fans at the Natural History Museum in London the night DH is released. Everyone who gets a tickets will get a free copy of DH, and it will be signed by her. You can enter at Bloomsbury or Scholastic's websites.

Why don't I live in London?


Anna L. Black - May 23, 2007 6:56 am (#2282 of 2974)

Don't you just feel that a big update is getting closer? If I'm not mistaken, updates always came in groups (after a few smaller one, came a WOMBAT test, or something similar).


Choices - May 23, 2007 9:18 am (#2283 of 2974)

On the Today Show this morning a representative from Scholastic Books revealed they are holding a contest for the release of DH - 7 winners will be sent London to that reading and will get signed copies of DH from Jo herself. Here's the "Oh, Rats" part - you have to be under 21 years old to enter. :-(


Gina R Snape - May 23, 2007 9:30 am (#2284 of 2974)

I need a shrinking solution so I can qualify!


Choices - May 23, 2007 9:36 am (#2285 of 2974)

I'm calling Fred and George for a reverse aging potion (extra-strength). LOL


Mrs. Sirius - May 23, 2007 10:43 am (#2286 of 2974)

One entry was mailed today, one for each of my kids. (oh that's why I have kids!).For HBP time there was a contest. You had to write a paragraph about why you liked the HP books. My son wrote one that nearly made me cry. We ended up not submitting it. If they had a contest again I would submit it this time for sure.

At first I felt guilty mailing these enteries without consulting with my children, however, I know my kids and knew that they would say yes anyway. I picked up one of my 8 year olds sick at school. When I told her I entered her name and that she might win a free book and a trip to London, she said

"I don't care about the book, I want to meet JK Rowling"

That's my girls.


Madam Pince - May 23, 2007 10:45 am (#2287 of 2974)

Awwwww, man! That's age-ism! Boooo-hisssss....

I think you're right, Anna. Aren't we due at least one more WOMBAT? It had better be soon, July is fast approaching...

That's sweet, Mrs. Sirius! Tell her if she wins and doesn't want her book, there's lots of people here who would be glad to accept it, I'm sure! Dibs!


Gina R Snape - May 23, 2007 11:01 am (#2288 of 2974)

Aw, Maritza. Can't I borrow one of your kids?

Wait, where's Finn? Maybe I cano borrow him instead.


Madam Pince - May 23, 2007 11:05 am (#2289 of 2974)

As if Finn hasn't already sent in his own application...


2BMcsmom - May 23, 2007 3:44 pm (#2290 of 2974)
Edited May 23, 2007 4:18 pm

Where do you get the entries?

Edit. Thanks journeymom.


journeymom - May 23, 2007 4:13 pm (#2291 of 2974)

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

And the Bloomsbury web site, too, I presume.


Thom Matheson - May 23, 2007 7:41 pm (#2292 of 2974)

Denise, can I borrow one of your kids. You have so many, you won't miss just one. I'll give you the book, I just want to meet her. Youth potion? I need a gallon. I'm older then dirt.


Denise P. - May 23, 2007 8:03 pm (#2293 of 2974)

Only if you promise I get to pick which one and that you will keep him


painting sheila - May 23, 2007 8:35 pm (#2294 of 2974)

I entered all three of my kids. Yeah!! I am keeping my fingers crossed for anyone on the forum. Surely one of this big family will get to go!!

Good luck!!


Gina R Snape - May 23, 2007 8:41 pm (#2295 of 2974)

Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Oh, Denise. You would do a Slytherin proud.

I'll take the oldest one under 18 who is the least trouble and the most engaging. :crosses fingers:


Mrs. Sirius - May 23, 2007 10:00 pm (#2296 of 2974)

Gina, he he he, hmmm give away one of my kids for a ticket, hmmm does sound tempting.

Wait, would you take my husband? When I told him I had submitted an entry form for each of the kids, my sweet hubby, the proud Irishman who has always said he "I would never travel to imperialist blah, blah blah, London or England blah blah," said I should submit one for him and me, we could go and leave the kids!

The kids wanted to know who they would go with if they won. Well, me of course, who else?


Madame Pomfrey - May 24, 2007 6:19 am (#2297 of 2974)

Age Discrimination,I say!! This hurts.My kids are too old and my grandkids are too young.Boooo! Well,I hope someone in our Lexicon family gets to go.


Good Evans - May 24, 2007 7:06 am (#2298 of 2974)

There isn't anything on Bloomsbury that says you have to be under 21, well not that I could see anyway. Only that under 16's have to be accompanied. I have entered me and family!


azi - May 24, 2007 2:34 pm (#2299 of 2974)

I've also entered, although I found it very weird giving myself permission to go. I find it funny how you have to have photo-ID to prove your age and get in. JKR isn't alcohol!

Methinks the likelyhood of winning will be lower than winning the lottery!


Die Zimtzicke - May 24, 2007 4:59 pm (#2300 of 2974)

I am also older than dirt, but I have LOTS of kids, so I'll get a couple of entries in. I see no place on the form that asks for your age, though.


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Choices - May 24, 2007 6:20 pm (#2301 of 2974)

The contest I saw advertised on the Today Show is being sponsored by Scholastic Books - don't know if it is in conjunction with any other book publisher or not. It did say you have to be under 21 years old. The winners (there will be 7 I think it said) get a trip to London for the JKR reading and a signed copy of DH. I think it also said a chaperon would travel with the winners. I think this is only for the USA.


TwinklingBlueEyes - May 24, 2007 6:39 pm (#2302 of 2974)

Official Rules:

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7. The names of the prize winners (available after June 21, 2007), will be listed on the Scholastic website at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] You may also obtain a list of the winners by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Sweepstakes, 557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012 by July 31, 2007.

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Choices - May 24, 2007 6:42 pm (#2303 of 2974)

You're wonderful TBE - that should clear things up! :-)


Madame Pomfrey - May 24, 2007 7:26 pm (#2304 of 2974)

I got excited until I read line #3. Ahh,whats the odds I'd win anyway?


Mrs. Sirius - May 24, 2007 10:50 pm (#2305 of 2974)

I don't see anything about needing picture to apply. Also the entry form did not ask for the child's date of birth. I guess that will have to be produced when the winner is announced.

Oh how long does it take to get a passport in the USA now a days? It used to be only about one month, my kids don't have passports. I better get that done so we'll be ready.


Anna L. Black - May 25, 2007 12:42 am (#2306 of 2974)

I wish I lived in the UK/US....


Sticky Glue - May 25, 2007 2:52 am (#2307 of 2974)

Me too Anna Sad


Phelim Mcintyre - May 25, 2007 3:50 am (#2308 of 2974)

I'm 30 something, single and entered without a problem. Anna and Sticky Glue, They do usualy extend the competition to other countries.


Anna L. Black - May 25, 2007 6:03 am (#2309 of 2974)
Edited by S.E. Jones May 25, 2007 7:36 am

Well, Bloomsbury.com says:


Entry to the prize draw via this website is only open to residents of the UK and Republic of Ireland.
US residents should contact scholastic.com
Residents from other English-speaking territories may also have the opportunity to apply for tickets to the event. An announcement will be made in due course.


That's not exactly clear...

-I just edited this post to add a closing list item tag. To find out what this is and why I added it, please visit the Font "bleed-over" problem thread.- SE Jones


Die Zimtzicke - May 25, 2007 6:32 am (#2310 of 2974)

I head it's much harder to get a passport in the US right now, because they are now requiring them for almost everything, where before, they didn't require them for certain countries. A lot of people who had vacations or cruises planned are having problems getting them rushed through.

That's a problem for me, since not everyone in my family has one and some of us have expired passports.


Chemyst - May 25, 2007 8:34 am (#2311 of 2974)

My daughter just applied for a passport in April and was told to expect it to take 10 weeks. My son's friend left for Japan last Wednesday. His passport came on Tuesday – 12 WEEKS after he applied. Talk about skin of the teeth! DH release is down to eight weeks this weekend.


Rea - May 25, 2007 10:56 am (#2312 of 2974)

I live in Italy and I _unfortunately_ know a lot of informations about passports, because my aunt saw her purse & passport stolen just few days before a travel in the US. So, if you have already a ticket and your departure date is whitin 4 days you can apply for your passport in a special office, at least in Italy, that is devoted to "emergency passports" and they will give it to you the day after you application. I suppose that a similar rule exists in all other countries.


geauxtigers - May 25, 2007 10:58 am (#2313 of 2974)

I got my passport in about a month I think, might've been less. I want to enter! I need to go look at all the stuff and see about it! Rea, I think we have that in the US too. Like if you lost your passport and the like.


azi - May 25, 2007 11:29 am (#2314 of 2974)

In the UK, they have a system where you pay more to get a passport quicker (I think). When I got my passport I took the normal route and it arrived in 4 days! They warned it could take a couple of months on the form.

The reason I mentioned the age thing is because this was in the UK terms and conditions:

Proof of identity (Photo ID) and valid proof of birth date (eg birth certificate or passport) will be required before access to the Event is granted.

This will be to both check that there is a responsible adult with any children and ensure there isn't any ticket touting, I think?


Madam Pince - May 25, 2007 2:17 pm (#2315 of 2974)

The waiting list to get a new U.S. passport right now is extremely long, not only because they are now required for lots of places where they didn't used to be, but also because the format for passports has now changed -- it is much more high-tech and has a hologram thingy and all sorts of new security stuff on there. Mr. P works where they are made, and the security around there is unbelieveable. Apparently it is very intricate stuff. So, they just take longer to make. I would bet that if you're just applying now, it would be a near miracle to get one in time for the release of DH.

I don't know anything about the procedures or timetables for replacements or renewals.

Madame Pomfrey, what? You're not under 21? Shocked, I am, shocked.


Madame Pomfrey - May 25, 2007 6:35 pm (#2316 of 2974)

Well,My heart says I am but the mirror and my energy level say different.


Phelim Mcintyre - May 26, 2007 6:52 am (#2317 of 2974)

If you're in Canada and want to enter follow this link: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

And good luck.


Ann - May 26, 2007 1:12 pm (#2318 of 2974)

Just a note, since I just got my passport renewed at the last minute. I'd forgotten it was expiring until three weeks before I was leaving, and since a friend told me her passport renewal took 3 months, I went for the expedited service. It costs a fortune ($60 extra, and overnight mail both ways, you just write "Expedite" on the envelope), but I got it in 8 days. So if you win the drawing, it's possible!


KTO - May 26, 2007 5:10 pm (#2319 of 2974)

you can also go to certain locations and get your passport very quickly, it is expensive, do not know all of the locations but one is in DC.

good luck to all who enter, i alas am over 21 (yet my budget feels like that of a college student!) so my HP evening will be at my local barnes and noble.

since Jo has agreed to sign the book for 1700 I think Harry lives, otherwise they have hopefully put extra security in place.


Phelim Mcintyre - May 27, 2007 8:05 am (#2320 of 2974)

KTO - I'm over 21 (I'm 35) and entered here in the UK with no problem. As to security see my posts over on the Sectus thread.


Catherine - May 27, 2007 8:50 am (#2321 of 2974)

Ahem,

This is all very informative, but this thread has veered off topic. Let's not continue to discuss procedures to obtain passports in this thread!


Madame Pomfrey - May 31, 2007 6:53 pm (#2322 of 2974)

Salazar Slytherin is our new Wizard of the month.Wow,Voldemort certainly shares has his genetics and views.Creepy looking.He looks kind of Monkeyish! How does that tie in with the statues found in the CoS?He's even wearing the Slytherin locket! Being there is only one Wizard of the Month left til the release of DH,I wonder if we will get anther founder?

His hands are steepled together which forms a familar looking triangle kind of like the one seen on one of the DH book spines.


Mediwitch - May 31, 2007 7:21 pm (#2323 of 2974)

Madam Pomfrey, I think the statue in the CoS is Slytherin, so I'm glad the artist for the website kept him "monkeyish" looking. I too wonder whether we'll get Gryffindor or Ravenclaw in July...

Interesting thoughts about a possible horcrux for Slytherin, but wow, he'd be incredibly old!

EDIT: Uh, Madam Pomfrey, did you edit your previous post and delete your thoughts about Slytherin and a horcux?


Madam Pince - May 31, 2007 7:27 pm (#2324 of 2974)

I liked the Slytherin-horcrux idea too! (But now it's gone! Did you edit?) I guess this maybe isn't the thread for it, but I've already gone and mentioned it on the Founders thread...


Madame Pomfrey - May 31, 2007 7:33 pm (#2325 of 2974)

Sorry,I did alot of editing.I did pose the question if it was too off track to suggest that Slytherin might have created Horcruxes himself being there is no Deathdate.


MickeyCee3948 - May 31, 2007 8:06 pm (#2326 of 2974)

Is Slytherin the new wizard of the month? She has a date of 31/05/07 on him. That isn't a new wizard of the month me thinks. What is going on?

Mickey


geauxtigers - May 31, 2007 8:20 pm (#2327 of 2974)

Psst! Mickey, its already June 1st in the UK! And the website probably follows the time zone of the visitor! LOL

Interesting idea about the not having a death date...but it doesn't give a birthdate either so...


Nathan Zimmermann - May 31, 2007 9:28 pm (#2328 of 2974)

I think that given that next moth is July I tend to that Godric Gryffindor will be the WotM because of Harry and Neville's Birthday amd that if the wizard of the Month continues into August that Ravenclaw will be the wizard that month so as not reveal what relic of hers may have been turned into a Horcrux.


Elanor - May 31, 2007 9:57 pm (#2329 of 2974)

Woohoo!! Actually, Slytherin wearing his locket being the next wizard of the month is something we have discussed more than two weeks ago on the alchemy thread, and Hollywand brilliantly foreshadowed he would be the next one.

I'm not re-posting our theory and explanations here as we've been told the explanation about the 4 elements and the founders/Wizards of the Month was not relevant to this thread but the discussion starts here: post #1685. We also discussed who the following Wizards of the Month will be and why in the following posts.


septentrion - May 31, 2007 10:18 pm (#2330 of 2974)

I remember that discussion (thoug I have tons of catch-up to do in the alchemy thread).


azi - Jun 1, 2007 2:07 am (#2331 of 2974)

He looks like a hypnotist to me! .


Neville Longbottom - Jun 1, 2007 2:35 am (#2332 of 2974)

Interesting idea about the not having a death date...but it doesn't give a birthdate either so...


I am sure, that Helga Hufflepuff didn't have her birth- and deathdate mentioned either, when she was WotM.


Esther Rose - Jun 1, 2007 7:23 am (#2333 of 2974)
Edited Jun 1, 2007 8:44 am

I wouldn't be surprized if we get Albus Dumbledore or a non-founder for July. The mystery Horcrux item could either be Griffindor or Ravenclaw's I would guess that JKR would want to keep that information hidden until after DH is released.

Mrs. Sirius,

I think Dumbledore is a very good exception to the rule. ...If he was... WotM


Mrs. Sirius - Jun 1, 2007 8:07 am (#2334 of 2974)

Having Dumbledore as WOTM would throw a monkey wrench into all the theories that no wizard who die in the series are WoTM.

On the other hand, I would love to see Dumbledore as WoTM, since "no wizard has done as much for Hogwarts"


Hogs Head - Jun 1, 2007 6:09 pm (#2335 of 2974)

Was the quote something like, "An unreasonable obsession with consistency is the hob-goblin of small minds"? If only wizards who survive Book 7 have had birthdays so far, why would it be inconsistent if the 4 founders have celebrated birthdays even if they have predeceased? Or Dumbledore? (And we won't resume here the debate of whether Dumbledore is or isn't . . ..)

(It's been a long time since I posted anything. Remember Old Hoggy?)


Caius Iulius - Jun 2, 2007 4:51 am (#2336 of 2974)

Being a foreign ghost I am not allowed to put in my name for the London JKR Signing. Boo!

Only people living in the British Isles are allowed..


Phelim Mcintyre - Jun 2, 2007 5:48 am (#2337 of 2974)

Oh course we remember you Hogs Head, welcome back to the Forum.


Madame Pomfrey - Jun 2, 2007 8:54 am (#2338 of 2974)

Waves to Hoggy* Long time no see!


vball man - Jun 2, 2007 12:11 pm (#2339 of 2974)

Mrs. Sirius, The "death in the series" thing has to do with birthdays, not WotM. Smile


Hogs Head - Jun 3, 2007 12:31 pm (#2340 of 2974)

And the "death in the series - birthdays" thing is and has since inception been just one of those things that bears observing -- not quite yet a full blown theory; it certainly is not a conclusion. But for those who have already decided against it, has anyone yet spotted a birthday greeting given to someone known to perish in the series?

It's okay to be scientific and it's okay to be intuitive, but keep straight which you are doing at a given time. They don't mix too well. One is about feeling, the other is about observing, counting, and recording.

And, bear in mind, the Artist Still Known as JKR could either dash it on a mere whim or make it come to pass as she wishes, since she controls both the birthday greetings and the literature (as well she should).


Nathan Zimmermann - Jun 4, 2007 4:16 pm (#2341 of 2974)

Well the website has been updated to wish Draco Malfoy happy birthday.


Madam Pince - Jun 4, 2007 6:46 pm (#2342 of 2974)

Oh poo. There goes another theory...

But at least it might support my idea that Draco will end up switching sides and helping Harry, because she only wishes Happy Birthday to the "good guys," right?


geauxtigers - Jun 4, 2007 10:29 pm (#2343 of 2974)

I thought she only wished happy birthday to the ones that were going to live?... Because the ones that have died weren't wished Happy Birthdays!


Phelim Mcintyre - Jun 5, 2007 4:22 am (#2344 of 2974)

May be Draco is celebrating his birthday in Azkaban or St Mungos (I hope).


Gina R Snape - Jun 5, 2007 5:44 am (#2345 of 2974)

Phelim, you know I've been debating what will happen to Draco when Voldemort finds out what happens. But St. Mungo's did not occur to me! It actually makes a lot of sense. Crucio's into insanity or hexed to within an inch of his life "for the fun of it" could very well be his fate. I do suspect he will live, birthday wish theory notwithstanding.


Madam Pince - Jun 5, 2007 8:13 am (#2346 of 2974)

Tori, I think it's been ones that are still alive (as far as we know) and good guys. Draco and Snape are the only somewhat-questionable "good guys" to have gotten wishes, depending on which side of the fence you're on... For example, none of the following have gotten wishes: Lucius, Narcissa, Umbridge, Kreacher, any of the Dursleys, etc... You could argue that they're minor characters and maybe that's why they were left off, but people like Sprout, Flitwick, Bill, and Charlie have gotten wishes, and I don't think they're any more major than the baddies I listed.


journeymom - Jun 5, 2007 9:00 am (#2347 of 2974)

I hope he lives. He definitly deserves another chance.


Thom Matheson - Jun 5, 2007 9:10 am (#2348 of 2974)

I was at the "do not disturb" door fooling around for anything new when all of the sudden the vase tipped over and Peeves had written on the mirror "Peeves was here". Is all that new or is it just me?


Neville Longbottom - Jun 5, 2007 9:11 am (#2349 of 2974)

It was there since the beginning.


Lina - Jun 5, 2007 9:35 am (#2350 of 2974)

Peeves will always come if you stay somewhere long enough, at any page.


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Thom Matheson - Jun 5, 2007 10:15 am (#2351 of 2974)

There you go then, I'm usually just too impatient. Thanks.


wynnleaf - Jun 6, 2007 12:42 pm (#2352 of 2974)

The Birthday wish theory isn't really so much a theory as just a way of guessing JKR's intentions with the birthdays.

It is interesting that 1. no one has been wished a birthday who we know dies and 2. the only two people who have been given birthday greetings and aren't known to be on the good side, are also characters that either may be on the good side (Snape), or may have good reason to turn to the good side (Draco).


Gina R Snape - Jun 6, 2007 4:21 pm (#2353 of 2974)

I think it's a theory inasmuch as many people have noticed a pattern and are trying to use it for predictive value.

But with that said, I'm hard pressed to expect people on a fan forum to stick to strick academic use of scientific terminology.

At any rate, the observation concerning the birthday list is definitely one of those things I will surely be keeping in the back of my mind as I read the last book.


John Bumbledore - Jun 7, 2007 11:14 am (#2354 of 2974)

Or she could be using it as a "false trail" to keep us from guessing too much about the final outcome.

So maybe we have seen a birthday wish for the one who she thought would servive but now dies while not having seen a birthday for the two that will survive when she originally thoght they would die in the end. (erm, maybe I got the characters death/survival backwards? Don't quite know where to find that...)


wynnleaf - Jun 7, 2007 1:49 pm (#2355 of 2974)

So maybe we have seen a birthday wish for the one who she thought would servive but now dies while not having seen a birthday for the two that will survive when she originally thoght they would die in the end. (erm, maybe I got the characters death/survival backwards? Don't quite know where to find that...)

John, I completely agree. JKR could have started out including birthdays of survivors, but now has had to kill off a couple that were on the list, and let a character live who isn't on the list. But she couldn't change the list without giving away what she was doing. So that would make the whole "theory" (nods to Gina), problematic as regards making predictions.


S.E. Jones - Jun 8, 2007 3:38 pm (#2356 of 2974)

That's of course assuming the characters were major enough to get birthday wishes in the first place (I mean, have we even seen birthday notices for minor characters like Dean or Seamus?)....


Neville Longbottom - Jun 9, 2007 2:10 am (#2357 of 2974)

The most minor characters we have seen Birthday Wishes for are Professors Flitwick and Sprout. And this might very well be, because they are heads of Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw.


septentrion - Jun 13, 2007 5:09 am (#2358 of 2974)

The final WOMBATs are there, folks!


azi - Jun 13, 2007 5:51 am (#2359 of 2974)

**jumps up and down**

I enjoyed that WOMBAT! Some answers I'm not sure on though! I loved how you have to make the shape that's on the DH cover to start the test.

I wonder if we'll ever get the answers to the questions? I really want to know them!


Elanor - Jun 13, 2007 6:03 am (#2360 of 2974)

Woohoo!! I loved the fact we had to recreate the symbol of the DH cover art too! **jumps with Azi and Septentrion who must still be jumping as well **

I agree, Azi, I would love to know the answers to those questions as well! Maybe is it a hint telling us Jo will soon start writing "Hogwarts, A History"?

I also loved the question about the largest Center of Alchemical Studies!

Thanks Jo, it's been a wonderful break!

Audrey **ok, back to writing those school reports **


Phelim Mcintyre - Jun 13, 2007 6:09 am (#2361 of 2974)

OK How do we open the door?

Edit: done it


Elanor - Jun 13, 2007 6:15 am (#2362 of 2974)

Here it is, in white: "You click on the fly which is on the window, it will turn into a key that you drag to the key hole. On the test, there are a line, a circle and a triangle, you have to recreate the symbol which is on the DH cover with them (the line and the circle are to be put in the triangle)"

**Back to the school reports... **


Madam Pince - Jun 13, 2007 6:29 am (#2363 of 2974)

Oooooo, so all of the debate about that symbol must've been worthwhile -- it must mean something or she wouldn't have used it here! Hmmmm... now what does it mean?

Off to try the test!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jun 13, 2007 6:48 am (#2364 of 2974)

Ok, I put the line and circle in triangle, and nothing happens...


Elanor - Jun 13, 2007 7:02 am (#2365 of 2974)

TBE: "You first put the circle on the line, moving it slowly till some "golden light" appears, and then you add the triangle till the same "light" appears too."


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jun 13, 2007 7:04 am (#2366 of 2974)

Ahhh, thank you!


Denise P. - Jun 13, 2007 8:11 am (#2367 of 2974)

I had a computer malfunction a few weeks back and lost the email where I had emailed my Student ID from the previous WOMBAT!


Madame Pomfrey - Jun 13, 2007 8:57 am (#2368 of 2974)

I cannot catch that pesky thing! Any suggestions?

Denise,if you happened to print out one of your WOMBAT grade sheets it should be on the bottom.


Denise P. - Jun 13, 2007 9:18 am (#2369 of 2974)

Well, I know they are in the house somewhere but my guess is that they are in one of the 50 boxes sitting in the basement that we have not unpacked yet


John Bumbledore - Jun 13, 2007 9:35 am (#2370 of 2974)

You don't happen to have that message in the sent folder of a web mail account, do you?

Nah, you probably clean up your email as fastidiously as you do you home. (and yet claim to be a slacker mom. )

Good luck with the fifty boxes.. but then you probably have a packing list or index for each box.. LOL

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Stringer - Jun 13, 2007 9:41 am (#2371 of 2974)

I am on the opening page, and the phone will not stop ringing. I have pressed every button on the phone, and it just keeps going.....


Madame Pomfrey - Jun 13, 2007 10:33 am (#2372 of 2974)

Is anyone else having trouble getting the key? My patience is wearing thin and I'm normally a patient person!


Gina R Snape - Jun 13, 2007 10:43 am (#2373 of 2974)

Hmm, I grabbed the key right away. The fly sits on the window. Just click on him.

That exam was interesting. The funny thing is, I had a really long debate awhile ago about transfiguration and food. It was nice to see the question on there, because I have quite well formed ideas around that subject. Some of the other questions were intriguing and I do wish we'd get the answers. I now have a sneaking suspicion that Elf rights will come up in the 7th book.


John Bumbledore - Jun 13, 2007 11:04 am (#2374 of 2974)
Edited Jun 13, 2007 11:45 am

Perhaps if one says, click and hold it (the fly is now a key) while you drag it to the lock...

Or as I more commonly say is "click and drag." I have also played with the idea of mouse moves call "drag and drop" for which I have always wanted the mouse pointer to become a Dragon. So much more appropriate when sluring the phase to "Dragon-drop" the fly/key on the key hole.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Madame Pomfrey - Jun 13, 2007 11:12 am (#2375 of 2974)

For one thing,the sign on the door is still up upon entering.I have to portkey out then back in for the sign to disappear.The fly will not let me nowhere near it.


Puck - Jun 13, 2007 11:16 am (#2376 of 2974)

I caught the fly, but can't get the shapes lined up right. And I see a picture of Harry or Slytherins Locket on the cover. What symbol?


azi - Jun 13, 2007 11:16 am (#2377 of 2974)

Madame Pomfrey - I suggest you clear your cookies and Internet history to see if that helps! The fly just stayed in the same place for me, above the flowerpot.

Puck - the symbol is at the top of the UK book. The line goes within the circle (they join into one shape) and then that shape joins with the triangle. It should flash gold momentarily. The symbol is also on the HP Bloomsbury website.

Hope that helps!


septentrion - Jun 13, 2007 11:26 am (#2378 of 2974)

I agree, Gina, that the house elves rights will probably have a great importance in book seven. Jo has never let them out of our sight.

My favorite question was about the werewolves. I'd really like Jo to answer all the questions of the different WOMBATs on her site.


Good Evans - Jun 13, 2007 11:29 am (#2379 of 2974)

Well - supremely unconfidant - I changed answers so often - and not a clue on the various ministers for magic etc etc, ah well, heres hoping it will only be a week or two before we get the results - less than one month to the movie now!!!


John Bumbledore - Jun 13, 2007 11:47 am (#2380 of 2974)

I've just added the symbol to my previous post here as a fake avatar.

I also floundered on the Minister History portion. Nice to know I wasn't the only one to do so. Thanks.


Marie E. - Jun 13, 2007 1:50 pm (#2381 of 2974)

I thought I was doing alright on the Ministers until I hit the one right before Fudge. Think I messed up a bit there. I did the best on the Dark Arts section.

I'm glad she added this now, when we're eager for anything new.


Madam Pince - Jun 13, 2007 2:03 pm (#2382 of 2974)

Puck, the symbol is at the top of the spine of the UK Children's cover of DH. There was a lot of speculation on some thread somewhere about what it might symbolize. (I at first thought it was Bloomsbury's corporate logo! ) I found that you had to put them together in a certain order for it to work -- I moved the line into the circle and then the triangle on top of that, I think, when it finally worked. But I was trying a lot of stuff to try to get it to go! And I also found the fly just sitting there, and no sign on the door. Madame Pomfrey, I think you're getting some "old" version of that room -- the clear cache is probably the solution.

I am not hopeful as to my results, either. I think I should've paid more attention to the "Wizard Of The Month" stuff... I believe a lot of the answers might've been found there. I had no idea on the Ministers question except for Fudge, so I tried to link them to Muggle-type situations that fit the time periods. It didn't always work, though. And some of the "Which one is FALSE?" type questions threw me because I was sure that more than one were false.

Bummer on the lost number, Denise...

I agree with Gina -- I hope she posts a list of the questions and correct answers for all three WOMBATS somewhere, after all the books are done! Edit: Just read Chemyst's post on the "Books We'd Pay For" thread...


Tazzygirl - Jun 13, 2007 2:32 pm (#2383 of 2974)

I just took the test, and I think I am going to be receiving a Troll... Some of that stuff I've never heard of!

Denise- you can still get a code, it just won't help you receive your past scores.

I got the fly no problem- I was actually amazed I found it so quickly! Had a little trouble with the symbol, but then I figured it out no problem.

Did you all notice that her desk and floor are spotless of gum wrappers and everything? I don't remember if it was like that for the last 2 W.O.M.B.A.T.s, but now it just seems like she's cleaned her desk off because she doesn't have to write any more...


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 13, 2007 2:47 pm (#2384 of 2974)

In white because it has to do with a question on the WOMBAT: I think all 1st years should be taught the Ungforgivables.

Kristina, that is depressing.


Madam Pince - Jun 13, 2007 2:57 pm (#2385 of 2974)

Ohhhhh, Tazzy, you're right! I didn't notice that, but now that you mention it, I'll bet that's it.

That is depressing...


Ida-ho-Potato - Jun 13, 2007 3:11 pm (#2386 of 2974)

I did it. I got to take a WOMBAT TEST. YEAHHHHHHHHH!.. I posted in white what I thought of some answers to the test

On the ministers Fudge was easy. But if you look at the date the minister held office, the minister before Fudge, Millicent Bagnold (1980-19990) should of have been easy. Remember it was book one that everyone broke the restriction of magic in front of muggles after Lord Voldermorts down fall. Guessed Minister Nobby Leach (1962-1968) was the one for Squib right. Mainly guessed that for the 60's was all about protesting things.

I had lots of fun the test was great. I made alot of guesses on History of Magic. I guess I should have studied like Hermione instead of sleep through class.


geauxtigers - Jun 13, 2007 5:09 pm (#2387 of 2974)

Kristina, are you talking about the desk behind the secret door? Because her main desk on the main page has all the gum wrappers ect.

That is depressing.

I don't think I did too well on this one! I'm about to take it again because I can. LOL


Gina R Snape - Jun 13, 2007 5:28 pm (#2388 of 2974)

Oh, I really wish the trio had paid more attention in HoM for our sakes!!!!!

Is draught of living death a poison? I certainly have a feeling we might find something out about the curious infusion of wormwood in asphodel.


geauxtigers - Jun 13, 2007 5:40 pm (#2389 of 2974)

White---> OKay the last question, it was about what will conquer each thing, so I wasn't sure for Draught of Living Death, and Werewolf. I put No Cure, because while ingredients to DoLD and Wolfsbane potion are both on there, thats not conquering, is it? Werewolf, there is no cure even thought the ingredients for a potion to lessen the symptons are there. I'm just wondering how other people interpreted that...


Tazzygirl - Jun 13, 2007 5:52 pm (#2390 of 2974)

Tori, I was talking about her desk behind the door. Usually it's another view of her desk.


PatPat - Jun 13, 2007 6:17 pm (#2391 of 2974)

Tori: I interpreted that the same way you did. I put no cure for werewolf because even though the Wolfsbane potion helps the werewolf keep his mind, it does not CURE him of being a werewolf.

Ida ho-potato: You are absolutely right about Millicent Bagnold and I feel like an idiot now for not realizing it. Great catch!

I thought the test was incredibly hard. I got an EE on the last one but I am not expecting a very good grade on this one. I felt like I should have paid more attention to Jo's Wizards of the Month also.


geauxtigers - Jun 13, 2007 6:35 pm (#2392 of 2974)

Merci Patpat! I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that! On the first time I took it, I didn't do it like that, I put the other, wven though its not a cure. But I wasn't sure how I should interpret it, so I went back and changed just those the second time I did it. So we'll see which test I do better on. I'm guessing the second, because I should have gone with my gut initally on those two! I just kept thinking about it all day! LOL I'm not obessive or anything....honest!

I agree, Kristina, that is a bit depressing!


Madame Pomfrey - Jun 13, 2007 6:43 pm (#2393 of 2974)

Thank you, Madame Pince and Azi! That was the problem and I was finaly able to take the test. Whew! That was pretty darned hard!


Lavandula - Jun 13, 2007 8:39 pm (#2394 of 2974)

I can not seem to get the fly to turn into a key at all. I've tried it over and over. Do I have to enter something else first? This is my first WOMBAT, having missed the other two, and I really wanted to get this one done.


Tazzygirl - Jun 13, 2007 8:51 pm (#2395 of 2974)

Lavandula, if the fly moves away as soon as you get near it with your mouse, then try clearing your cookies and such from your internet. It the fly stays on the window, click and hold down your mouse on it. It should turn into the key- drag it over to the key hole and let go.

Hope that helps some...


geauxtigers - Jun 13, 2007 8:53 pm (#2396 of 2974)

Lavandula, in this is from Azi's post: I suggest you clear your cookies and Internet history to see if that helps! The fly just stayed in the same place for me, above the flowerpot.

That seems to be working for other people! If not, don't access it through your favorites, re-type it in. Sometimes you when you save it in your favorites, it saves the site as is. (does that make sense? Probably not! LOL) I've had issuse before, so hopefully that helps!


Snuffles - Jun 14, 2007 1:54 am (#2397 of 2974)

Oh dear!, put me down as receiving the Troll grade

Quite a few guesses on this one.

oh and, *blows a kiss* to John Bumbledore. Thankyou for putting that as your avatar It helped me lots!

Julie


Verity Weasley - Jun 14, 2007 3:17 am (#2398 of 2974)

A lot of this test was total guess-work - especially the History of Magic section. On that last question, about the cures for various things, it seems that the Draught of Living Death was the only one that we haven't been given information about. The books gave us answers for all the others (no cure for werewolf), but I can't recall any mention of a cure or an antidote for Draught of Living Death. Is this significant? Does this mean DoLD will feature somehow in the last book?


Betelgeuse Black - Jun 14, 2007 3:51 am (#2399 of 2974)

As for the DoLD, I guessed that a bezoar would work. Wormwood and Asphodel (sp?) are ingredients to DoLD, I think. A bezoar might work if you took it right after drinking DoLD but probably not after it has already had time to take effect.

Betelgeuse


Phelim Mcintyre - Jun 14, 2007 4:44 am (#2400 of 2974)

OK, what comes below troll? I think I did terribly. I got E and E for the last two but now.... where's the dunces cap?


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Madame Pomfrey - Jun 14, 2007 8:06 am (#2401 of 2974)

I recieved O's on the last two tests,but I'm certain that an O is out of the question for me this round.I am pretty sure I blew it on History of Magic.I will be glad when the door closes so we can discuss possible answers.


Gina R Snape - Jun 14, 2007 8:11 am (#2402 of 2974)

FYI, for those who haven't seen yet, Kip opened the WOMBAT thread for us.


Madame Pomfrey - Jun 14, 2007 8:29 am (#2403 of 2974)

Didn't know.Thanks,Gina!


colbow - Jun 14, 2007 9:35 am (#2404 of 2974)

Had to use JK.com /uk version to takemy wombat... not sure how I did, alot of guessing but it seemed easier to me. We shall see!


Ydnam96 - Jun 14, 2007 5:10 pm (#2405 of 2974)

Oh man, I did horrible. That was an impossible test!


painting sheila - Jun 14, 2007 8:46 pm (#2406 of 2974)

Mandy - you and I can fail together (sigh)


MickeyCee3948 - Jun 15, 2007 3:58 am (#2407 of 2974)

JKR's sight has been updated again with an article about a US tour in October of this year. Where she will be visiting LA, New Orleans and New York doing a read and signing books. Will be contests and drawings for tickets to the events. Wish I was young again so I could go. DRATS!!!!

Mickey


Madame Pomfrey - Jun 15, 2007 5:32 am (#2408 of 2974)

Age Discrimination,I say!!


Ginerva Potter - Jun 15, 2007 8:04 am (#2409 of 2974)

Didn't it say that fans of all ages could win a chance to go to New York? I was thinking about entering to go...but maybe not.

Ginny


riotgrrrl - Jun 15, 2007 8:53 am (#2410 of 2974)

It did say the last event was for all ages. I, too have lost my code in a move since the last WOMBAT but at least I was able to take the test anyways...not sure I'll be able to stay at Hogwarts after my grade comes in though!


Thora - Jun 16, 2007 5:16 pm (#2411 of 2974)

Ummmmm... anyone else notice that the sign is off the door? Off to find hints! Nevermind I'm an idiot.


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 16, 2007 7:46 pm (#2412 of 2974)

Wow, welcome back, Thora!


Pamzter - Jun 17, 2007 7:46 am (#2413 of 2974)

My apologies if this in old news, but it was only my second visit to JK's site, but has anyone noticed, or perhaps already discussed, the note that's laying by the garbage can (bottom left hand corner of the rubbish page)? It could be construed to read that Harry is dead. Seems a too obvious thing to do of course - but still interesting.


Mrs. Sirius - Jun 17, 2007 8:11 am (#2414 of 2974)

the note that's laying by the garbage can (bottom left hand corner of the rubbish page)? It could be construed to read that Harry is dead. Pamzter

Can someone please do a screen shot of that and enlarge it? I couldn't read it all. And the note below it too, the one of cut up word placed on a sheet of paper. I think they merit discussion.

Unless I am much mistaken, there hasn't been any discussion on this and they may be new.


Die Zimtzicke - Jun 17, 2007 8:26 am (#2415 of 2974)

I couldn't read it at all, either. But I'm an old biddy.


Chemyst - Jun 17, 2007 12:04 pm (#2416 of 2974)


I just did a quick run through paint because I didn't want to take the time to photoshop, but it appears to say:

...adding filler to lower the lines below my avatar....


Harry d--
a large cr--
is dead" a--
my fath (er?)
_all (wall?)
nothi (ng?)
there is

Photoshop might clear up the small/wall blur, but I just don't have the time to fiddle right now. I think that with "a large" in between 'Harry' and 'dead' that it does not predict our hero's precipitous demise.


Caius Iulius - Jun 17, 2007 1:14 pm (#2417 of 2974)

Wombat was difficult. Pff.


Nan B - Jun 17, 2007 3:57 pm (#2418 of 2974)

Wow, I can't wait to get my results.

I have to admit, that I decided to treat the Wombat Grade 3 as an open-book test (well, it didn't say it wasn't open-book). I learned a lot about History of Magic, and Magical Theory, researching the answers! Thank goodness for the Lexicon!

I don't remember any of the other Wombats having timers. Does anyone remember for sure if they did or didn't?

How long were the other Wombats available? I thought it was just a couple of days, but this one's been up for at least 4 days (so far).


Verity Weasley - Jun 18, 2007 3:48 am (#2419 of 2974)

The previous two Wombats definitely had a time limit, but both were pretty generous, as was this one if you just answered without searching for answers elsewhere. I can't remember how long the tests were up though but it was only a few days. It may have been as long as four, but I'm not sure. I remember quite a few people mentioned last time that they had missed it because they hadn't checked the site for a few days, so maybe Jo decided to leave it a bit longer this time to make sure as many people as possible have a chance to do it - it is the last one after all (sniff, sniff!).


Mrs Brisbee - Jun 18, 2007 3:50 am (#2420 of 2974)

The Do Not Disturb sign is back up, and WOMBAT papers are currently being marked.


journeymom - Jun 18, 2007 11:11 am (#2421 of 2974)

I'm reminded of "Paul is dead".

Mrs. Sirius, are you referring to the 10 to 12 cut-up words on the envelope? They're part of one of the puzzles. Rearrange them and they tell you how to... do what, I don't remember.


KTO - Jun 20, 2007 11:03 am (#2422 of 2974)

anyone think Jo will respond to the claim that a hacker got in a got a copy of the book and has posted the ending?


azi - Jun 20, 2007 11:05 am (#2423 of 2974)

If anyone has indeed done that (and I doubt they will have managed it), I will happily form part of the group of HP fans who will want to teach the hacker a lesson for trying to ruin everything.


journeymom - Jun 20, 2007 12:15 pm (#2424 of 2974)

Hack it from where? Scholastic's or Bloomsbury's computer? Conjecture on my part here, but I imagine it would have to be a inside job. If Deathly Hallows is on some computer somewhere, it won't be connected to the Net. If, somehow, it was hacked, the crook won't get away with it for long. Is it possible a copy was stolen from a warehouse?


KTO - Jun 20, 2007 12:46 pm (#2425 of 2974)
Edited by S.E. Jones Jun 20, 2007 1:25 pm

according to the reports it was hacked from a computer off of the interent, most responses have been too obvious, no one would have the manuscript on a computer that could be hacked.

besides in my opinion the "ending" is so far from what is expected it is like the person has not even read the books.

-please try to use proper capitalization in your posts (capitalizing the beginning of sentences, for instance) so that it is easier for others to read no matter what their primary language might be. Thank you.- SE Jones


S.E. Jones - Jun 20, 2007 1:22 pm (#2426 of 2974)

Actually, if Jo has it on her laptop (I know she usually writes on paper but I thought she'd mentioned something about typing somewhere) and her laptop is connected to the internet (like most personal computers are) then there's a chance it could've been hacked. If she handed over a written manuscript to an editor who typed it out on a computer at the publishing company, that computer would've been connected to a network which would've somewhere been connected to the internet so it could've been hacked. However, I doubt it's likely to have actually happened. More than likely someone just wrote up their own ending (we even had a thread for that on the FanFiction forum) and made up this story to justify it so the person could stir up trouble for Potter fans.


KTO - Jun 20, 2007 2:30 pm (#2427 of 2974)

I am so hoping that the "alleged" ending is not the true ending, it is wrong for so many reasons!


legolas returns - Jun 20, 2007 2:33 pm (#2428 of 2974)

Where is said alleged ending?


Madam Pince - Jun 20, 2007 2:56 pm (#2429 of 2974)

Legolas, no! Turn away from the dark side!

I would bet that JKR will not address this incident. She spoke out in support of Leaky's plea against spoilers, so I bet she'd just feel that any response by her would be throwing gas on the fire. Which it probably would be.


legolas returns - Jun 20, 2007 3:02 pm (#2430 of 2974)

I am not going to go looking for it-I was just wondering as I had not heard about it. I promise Brownies honour.


KTO - Jun 20, 2007 3:07 pm (#2431 of 2974)

I was able to trace it from HPANA, Madam Pince is right, DO NOT LOOK.

It is driving me so crazy that if it turns out to be true I am going to mail all of my HP books and movies to JO!

why, oh why do I do this to myself?


journeymom - Jun 20, 2007 4:07 pm (#2432 of 2974)

I'm not worried. I'm annoyed, but not worried.


Lavandula - Jun 20, 2007 8:23 pm (#2433 of 2974)

Does anyone else feel annoyed that this is even being discussed here?

I certainly do and don't know if I'm out of line saying that we do not deserve to have this in print.


MickeyCee3948 - Jun 20, 2007 8:26 pm (#2434 of 2974)

There have been several alledged copies of DH drifting around the internet on various sites. I have looked at a couple of them and they bear no resemblence to JKR's style. Far to amateurist.

Mickey


Mrs. Sirius - Jun 20, 2007 11:03 pm (#2435 of 2974)

Thank you journmom, I too, once did many of the clues and puzzles on her site. When I got this new computer I lost many of my awards. I have been unable to go back and do the clues. I still can't figure out the red and green liquids on the table in the mystery room.


legolas returns - Jun 20, 2007 11:41 pm (#2436 of 2974)

I to have lost lots of the information because my cache on my computer keeps on getting cleared out. Some of the things are no longer available to do anyway .

Dont you activate the radio so that Tilden Toots tells you how many drops of each to put on the plant.


S.E. Jones - Jun 21, 2007 1:24 am (#2437 of 2974)

Lavandula --Does anyone else feel annoyed that this is even being discussed here?
I certainly do and don't know if I'm out of line saying that we do not deserve to have this in print. --

Lavandula, there is nothing wrong with the way this has been discussed. Someone mentioned that there was a supposed leaked ending out there but didn't actually post any spoilers from it. We do have a policy of possible spoilers being written in "invisible" type, but, as I said, no such spoiler was actually offered. I think this rumored ending is just a fan fiction that someone is trying to get read by saying it's actual canon.


Lavandula - Jun 21, 2007 4:52 am (#2438 of 2974)

Thanks SE! As a host, I appreciate your views.


Thora - Jun 21, 2007 9:02 am (#2439 of 2974)

HHII, thanks, I wondered if I would even be a familiar face after so long.

Chemyst, I am certian that the _ in your _all is sw, as in swallow.

I'm thinking burial of Aragog, but I'd LOVE to be proved wrong and think this is a tidbit of some death in DH, though obviously not Harry's.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jun 21, 2007 9:17 am (#2440 of 2974)

"HHII, thanks, I wondered if I would even be a familiar face after so long." Trust me Thora, you have been missed. You have come up with some unique ideas

oh yes, back to topic, hmm, JKR, yep, that's it!


Die Zimtzicke - Jun 21, 2007 10:13 am (#2441 of 2974)

There was an article on Reuters from the publisher saying they knew about the spoilers and not to listen to them. They said to regard them as you would any other theory. I don't mind this being discussed on this site, but I do not think it's relelvant in this thread, unless Jo actually does comment on it. I don't mind reading spoilers. You never know until you get the book if they're true or not anyway, so I don't know why they upset people anymore than reading any other theory, which is a good description of them.


Gina R Snape - Jun 21, 2007 10:44 am (#2442 of 2974)

Die Zimtzicke, the problem with spoilers is, if you've read something that turns out to be true, you know what's coming the moment you hit the first part of what you've read before. And as JKR stated on her website, this ruins it for the experience of reading it for the first time.

It's always been the policy at the Lex that anything which is specifically from the next book cannot be put on the board, even in 'invisible ink' as it were. We use the invisibility for discussing things like book covers and newly revealed info on JRK's site so as not to spoil those who didn't see it yet. But those are spoilers with a lowercase s, not the big S for a book Spoiler. In fact, last time when the book chapters came out we were not allowed to list them at all in case one of them was accurate (and in fact one set WAS correct).

Anyway, I think the only reason we've wound up discussing it here is because JKR said on her website not to post spoilers.


Geber - Jun 21, 2007 5:34 pm (#2443 of 2974)

An earlier post assumed that JKR's laptop and the computers at the publisher would be connected, directly or indirectly, to the net. Keep in mind that publising Harry Potter books is a big budget operation, and they could easily afford to buy computers that are used for nothing but Deathly Hallows. I'm sure their computer technicians wouldn't get in trouble if they decided to fill the ethernet ports with superglue.


Hogs Head - Jun 22, 2007 4:34 am (#2444 of 2974)

I'm just gonna wait for the book . . . and for the Wombat scores.


Lina - Jun 22, 2007 8:50 am (#2445 of 2974)

Oh, oh, the results are in the post! Tomorrow we might have them delivered! ***happy dance***

I'd like a new F.A.Q. poll too...


journeymom - Jun 22, 2007 12:45 pm (#2446 of 2974)

Oh, goody, goody, goody!


Tazzygirl - Jun 22, 2007 5:33 pm (#2447 of 2974)

I was also wondering about the two peices of paper in the rubbish bin. I remember the cut up pieces of paper were for an easter egg thing, but forgot which one it went to (I have all the eggs though.). For the other one (from Chemyst):

*******

Harry d--
a large cr--
is dead" a--
my fath (er?)
_all (wall?)
nothi (ng?)
there is


Thora, I agree. I thought the '_all' said 'swall--' for swallow or even swallowed?

Interesting about the 'spoilers'. I'm choosing to remain in the dark and not look them up. I'll wait patiently for the book to come out.


Thora - Jun 23, 2007 7:23 am (#2448 of 2974)

TBE, heehee, yeah, my first theory was shot down a few weeks later in the Rubbish Bin itself. I signed up at the Lexicon specifically to ask if anyone thought Lockheart was modeled after JKR's ex-husband, to bad the muncher ate the proof of my imfamy with the rest of that Lockheart thread.

Once again, sorry Jo.


Verity Weasley - Jun 25, 2007 3:06 am (#2449 of 2974)

The results are in!!!!


Snuffles - Jun 25, 2007 3:36 am (#2450 of 2974)

Thanks Verity.

Well I have checked my Wombat and I got Acceptable

My inner Hermione is screaming "What, how can that be?" but my inner Ron and Harry is saying "Woo Hoo, at least it wasn't a Troll".

I passed, but not as well as I hoped


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