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HP Questions: Book 3 & 4

July 19, 2007

Since I missed last night’s post, I’ll do both the third and fourth HP book questions tonight. So, let’s get on with it.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Year Three at Hogwarts

  1. Why do the Dursley’s hate Harry with such a passion? Is it simply because they despise anything that’s out of the norm – which is how it appears – or is it something more?
  2. This isn’t really one of my ‘questions’ but I’ve always wondered about that first conversation Aunt Petunia had with Uncle Vernon about her sister and ‘those’ people.

Well, um, that’s all I can think of for Book Three, believe it or not. So, on to

  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Year Four at Hogwarts
  1. This question isn’t really about the story. On the back of the US hardcover edition, there is a creature with a long beak and long, curly antennae. What the hell is that thing?
  2. Will anything come of S.P.E.W. in the wizard community at large?
  3. Why do the House Elves seem to genuinely enjoy being slaves? Were they enchanted in the past? Perhaps they have an innate desire to please and wizards of the past perverted this into something that would benefit them?
  4. Will Dobby ever completely get over his urge to hurt himself every time he talks badly of the Malfoys?
  5. In the course of this book, Harry gives his Marauders Map to the fake Alastair Moody. In Book 5, Harry has the map back. When did he get it back and who gave it to him?
  6. Here’s one I’ve seen elsewhere and something I found very odd when I read it. Why did Dumbledore, upon hearing of the manner of which Voldemort was resurrected have a ‘triumphant gleam’ in his eye? When I first read that, I was almost convinced Dumbledore was on Voldemort’s side. Pretty silly, huh?
    1. Theory: Perhaps the fact that Harry’s blood now flows through Voldemort’s veins will give Harry an unexpected edge against him. That in the addition of the same phoenix giving feathers for both of their wands might come into play in the final battle.
  7. How will Wormtail replay his life-debt to Harry?

Fewer questions than I thought, but there’s still two more books. See ya tomorrow night!

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My HP Questions: Book Two

July 17, 2007

hp2cos.jpgDay two of this long week until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows brings me to my questions from book two, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Year Two at Hogwarts.

  1. In every book, at least once and sometimes more than that, Hermione reminds everyone that no one can apparate inside Hogwarts grounds. So – what about house elves? Dobby does it twice in this book – the first time when he visits Harry in the hospital and then ‘pops’ away and the second time after he’s put the smack-down on Lucius Malfoy. I highly doubt this is ‘sloppy writing’ on Rowling’s part, since, like I said, we are almost beaten over the head with this no apparating state of Hogwarts.
    1. Theory: Perhaps they can do it simply because they are there to do housework and need a faster way to get around. Most wizards obviously don’t take them very seriously and therefore probably don’t think much about it.
  2. This question is one my husband is always asking me: If Wizards can create food out of thin air with their wands, can fix anything, can transfigure objects into something else – why are there poor wizards? If the Weasley’s house is held together by magic, why can’t they ‘magic up’ a better house? I mean, the Burrow is nifty but is often portrayed as almost falling apart. And why should any of them have to wear antique dress robes – transfigure the damn things into something presentable.
  3. Has the school ever been sued over that Whomping Willow?
  4. Why was Nearly Headless Nick (nearly) beheaded in the first place? He seems like such a nice guy. Was he a whistle blower way back in the day and had to be killed to shut him up…or is it something more sinister? Hmmmm.
  5. Tom Riddle – Lord Voldemort – told Harry that Hagrid had tried to raise werewolf cubs under his bed while they were both at Hogwarts. Assuming this is true (and we know how trustworthy that snake is – bleah) how would werewolf cubs come about? In later books, it’s established that werewolves become so when they are bitten by another werewolf. Are cubs the product of two werewolves? Personally, I’ll just keep thinking that Voldemort was exaggerating to make his point.

I think that’s all I have for tonight. How about you?

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Authors, Creators – who needs ’em?

July 16, 2007

Since the publication of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, there have been a lot of HP fans who are outraged that Hermione and Ron are the couple as opposed to Hermione and Harry. Some of these people have gone so far as to start petitions for J.K. Rowling to not only apologize for some perceived slight, but to also change her story to fit their desires.

I even read one comment on a petition that said Rowling obviously has lost it and doesn’t know how the story is supposed to go.

These are the people that give fans a bad name. The ones who hate something before it is even released because it isn’t exactly like they would have done it.

So, I thought this comic strip dated July 16, 2007 (which is obviously satire) was hilarious. CLICK HERE

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Longest week of the year…

July 16, 2007

us.jpgThis is it. The last week before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows is released.

I have been unable to see the new film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, so the wait hasn’t had any reprieve at all.

And now, we’re in the home stretch and the next 6 days seem longer than the last six months.

I pre-ordered the book and I have been promised that it will be here on the release date. I’ve pre-ordered the last three times and I’ve gotten it on the release date two of those three times. If it’s late this time, I think we’re going to end up with two copies by Saturday night.

So, to make the time go a little faster (a turtle’s pace instead of a snail’s pace) I am going to post questions that I hope are answered that haven’t been answered yet from each book.

hpss.jpgHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Year One at Hogwarts. (Also known as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Year one at Hogwarts.)

  1. Why did Lord Voldemort kill Harry’s father, apparently with no second thought, but asked Lilly to move aside instead of just blasting her as well?
    1. Theory: Snape asked him not to. Some people think Snape might have been in love with Lilly because she tried to stop James and his friends from taunting him.
  2. Is there a deeper reason Aunt Petunia resented her sister and despised her ‘lifestyle’ or is it just because she’s an utter…um, meanie?
  3. Where is the Mirror of Erised? Seems to me it could be a dangerous weapon if it fell into the wrong hands-such as someone desiring more than anything to find someone so they could kill them.
  4. Is Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback going to make another appearance? (Is that him The Trio are riding in the deluxe edition illustration? (Not shown above – see a few posts ago.))
  5. Did Snape really not know Voldemort was controlling Quirrel? Did he actually think Quirrel was acting for only himself?

Do you have theories for the above questions, or different questions of your own? Post yours in the comments!

Tomorrow – questions from book two, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Mark Twain was cool

July 12, 2007

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Made me smile…

June 28, 2007

Today has been a very, very bad day. (See HERE for details. I can’t write it out again)

But this actually made me smile.

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No Sir, I don’t like it

June 25, 2007

I don’t like this. My husband just left for his sleep study and I’m suddenly feeling very lonely. I haven’t spent a night without him at least in the house for three years and I already miss him. I don’t think he believes that – maybe he thinks I’m having a party with the cat and dog – but I do.

Thinking about it, this is the first time I’ve slept without another human in the house in seven years. Yikes. It used to not bother me at all. I used to like living on my own. I don’t think I would anymore.

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If only I could get away with this…

June 23, 2007

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New flowers

June 22, 2007

Things in the vegetable garden haven’t been going well. The tomato plants seem to be doing okay – the flowers have started blooming so that’s a good sign – and the pumpkins are doing well, but not much else is.

The lettuce and squash never even sprouted. I think I have three pea plants, but they stopped growing at about 1 inch. I have three watermelon sprouts, but they’re still tiny. The strawberries are growing and getting ripe, but they’re really small.

The things that are growing the best are the vegetables I planted for someone else – radishes. They were the first thing to sprout and I’ll be picking them this weekend. They did great! I’m not a huge fan of radishes, but I ate one the other day and they are so much tastier straight from the ground. I’m not surprised by that – I was just surprised that it made me want to eat the whole thing.

The flowers are doing much better than the vegetables this year. The plant I’ve really been wanting to flower finally did this week and wow, is it beautiful. The yellow roses opened up and they’re huge and have a pink fringe around each petal. Here, check it out.

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Edited Saturday, June 23rd because I called my radishes both turnips and radishes in the same sentence.  

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Norbert?

June 8, 2007

NorbertMugglenet has posted artwork for the Deluxe Edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Quite interesting. I think this is the first time riding a dragon has even be alluded to.

To me, it looks like this dragon has a ridge down his neck, and I assume it keeps going down his back. Perhaps this is Norbert, the Norweigan Ridgeback from book one. Hey, it could happen. I’m sure Hagrid would be happy to know he’s alive and well.

How fast do dragons grow, anyway?

Can’t wait for July.