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Monday, December 19, 2005
Chrismahanukwanzadon (yule!)

Here is, before all else, one of the FUNNIEST fanart comics I've ever seen in my life. ^_^

Accio Brain

A wonderful example of the delightful rib tickling you'll find when you enter is this, a little Holiday Cheer.

Funny

"Christmas was approaching fast... and great bunches of mistletoe had been hung at intervals along the corridors. Large groups of girls tended to converge underneath the mistletoe bunches every time Harry went past, which caused blockages in the corridors; fortunately, however, Harry's frequent night-time wanderings had given him an unusually good knowledge of the castle's secret passageways. "

Funnier
"Mistletoe," said Luna dreamily, pointing at a large clump of white berries placed almost over Harry's head. He jumped out from under it. "Good thinking," said Luna seriously. "It's often infested with nargles."

Funniest

'Twas the night before Christmas in Gryffindor tower;
each student was snug as a bird in a bower
But down in the dungeons, our Snapey was scheming
and plotting away while the kiddies were dreaming
Snape didn't like Christmas, you see, not at all.
(Perhaps 'cause his cauldron was one size too small)
But this year he would finally have peace and quiet,
escape from the usual Gryffindor riot
Of crackers and dungbombs and god-awful singing.
Snape hated that noise, how it left his ears ringing
He'd hitch up a dog (and he knew just the one)
to a sled, and put in Christmas stuff by the ton
Then he'd take it away and he'd set it on fire,
and do his Snape happy-dance all 'round the pyre
You probably think that his plan can't succeed,
and that someone will stop such a naughty misdeed
But brains and ambition, I'm sorry to say,
trump courage and good intentions any day
So next morning the cry could be heard round the school:
"Merry Christmas to nobody!" Slytherins rule!
-Pirate Monkey "How the Snape Stole Christmas"

 

Here's a random,. non-HP related funny morsel!
I'm sure many of you have been kept up-to-date on how people have been trying to avoid using the word 'Christmas' because there are so many holidays around that time, and they don't want to offend people.
Well....

"Personally, I'll wish people a Happy Chirstmas whether their Christian of not. I'm not, but I don't get upset whenever someone forgets to say 'Happy Yule'. I mean, just yesterday someone bought something where I work and I accidentally said  'Have a nice Christmas'! They turned and glared at me "I'm Jewish."
"Oh." i said, immediately contrite. "The I hope you have a TERRIBLE Christmas."
Can't these people just take it with good intentions?"
-Nefarious Cretin


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Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Innocence

Here's to all the sneaky little quotes which, taken out of context have no profound meaning...but most true Harry Potter fans will quirk a smile at them...or something.


Professor McGonagall

"Are you quite sure you wouldn't like a cough drop, Dolores?"

Severus Snape
"Or maybe, he's waiting to hear why you two didn't arrive on the school train."

Albus Dumbledore
"Time is making fools of us again."

Luna Lovegood
"I enjoyed the meetings, too. It was like having friends."

Harry Potter
"Dumbledore's man through and through," said Harry. "That's right."




And as a treat, I found this hilarious fanart site....full of funny Death Eater/Slytherin material! Go on, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. All the funny stuff is on the bottom

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Successful Minor Characters

Here's a shout out to Minor Characters Who Made it Big!

Rita Skeeter

"Come on Harry, there's no need to be scared of getting into trouble. We all know you shouldn't really have entered at all. But don't worry about that. Our readers love a rebel.

Firenze

"That is human nonsense. Trivial hurts, tiny human accidents, these are of no more significance than the scurryings of ants to the wide universe, and are unaffected by planetary movements."

Professor Flitwick

"I am a wizard, not a baboon brandishing a stick"
[He makes Dean Thomas write this as detention lines]

The Potato

Hagrid joined them at the table and started peeling his potatoes with a brutality that suggested that each tuber had done him a grea tpersonal wrong.
[Yes, tubers are mentioned a great deal in teh Harry Potter series, from describing garden gnomes, to the kitchens, and other such potato related areas!]

Cormac McLaggen

"Oh look! The Gryffindor Keeper's got hold of one of the Beater's bats."
Harry spun around in midair. Sure enough, McLaggen, for reasons best known to himself, had pulled Peakes's bat from him and appeared to be demonstrating how to hit a bludger at an omcoming Cadwallader.

I absolutely LOVED this character! I'd hate him in real life, but as a character he was brilliant! I actually imagine him to be a bit like James must have been!

Stan Shunpike

Stanley Shunpike, conductor on the popular Wizarding conveyance the Knight Bus, has been arrested on suspicion of Death Eater activity. Mr Shunpike, 21, was taken into custody late last night after a raid on his Clapham home...
"Stan Shunpike, a Death Eater?" said Harry, remembering the spotty youth he had met three years before. "No Way!"
"He might have been put under the Imperius Curse," said Ron reasonably. "You never can tell."
"It doesn't look like it," said Hermione, who was still reading. "It says here he was arrested after he was overheard talking about the Death Eater's secret plans in a pub. If he was under the Imperius Curse, he'd hardly stand about gossiping about their plans, would he?"







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Monday, August 22, 2005
Severus Snape: part 2

I have finally finished my ultimate 'proof Snape is on our side' essay!

I beg you to read it...you know, unless you don't care, or you already KNOW Snape is on our side, in which case......well there are pretty graphics! And everyone loves a picture book! :)

Severus Snape: Dumbledore's Man at Heart

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[So Dumbledore's reason for trusting Snape may be a bit awkward by our standards, but the part about showing remorse appears twice in the book, and it works in my favor. You see, Dumbledore says that Snape showed remorse after Voldemort decided to kill the Potters, obviously before Voldemorts downfall. And yet..Snape tells Bellatrix that:
"I spun him a tale of deepest remorse when I joined his staff, fresh from my Death Eater days."
He applied for the job AFTER Voldemorts downfall.
In short, Snape turned to Dumbledore prior to the Lord's downfall, but did not make it known to any of his Death Eater buddies until after, making it seem as though he was just using Dumbledore's trusting nature for protection. If Snape was really a Death Eater, he would have mentioned spying on Dumbledore during that time period in order to persuade Bellatrix he was to be trusted.
]
[//:quote]

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Thursday, August 11, 2005
Let's go to the Movies....

Quoted from Mugglenet:

TVGuide.com is reporting that the fourth movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, has been slapped with a PG-13 rating due to "sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images." If this is confirmed, GOF is the first of the Potter films to receive this rating by the MPAA

Yes......so apparently this movie is 'scarier' than  the others.
But is the real reason for the rating?


Ain't it Cool News says:
In addition, there’s bizarre sequence in a glorified jacuzzi with Harry and Moaning Myrtle (Shirley Henderson) that may provide you with some additional reasons why Myrtle is moaning. She is clearly attempting to check out his goods under the water.

A Mugglenet Reader says this:
Cedric tells Harry to take the egg into the bathroom. He does. Moaning Myrtle is actually IN THE BATH with Harry and keeps peeking under the bubbles. We hear the mermaids, finally.

So. Myrtle gets a little sneak preview........that's going to be a little awkward. Who thought this up, exactly??
Don't these people realize that in this movie Harry is only 14? Barely even a freshman in high school? WHY DO WE WANT PEOPLE LOOKING AT HIS BITS??

*sigh* Maybe the movie makers just feel there isn't enough action going on. That's a laugh. Or maybe they're a bit deluded age-wise as Daniel recently celebrated his 16th borthday.

The rest of the movie looks pretty good. I haven't read any reviews (just scanned them for these quotes) because I hate spoilers, but....well here are some pictures. There are loads more at Mugglenet.

Krum and Durmstrang Students
Heehee......why couldn't the guy to his left be the Champion? I'd support him. ^_-
Barty Crouch
I never pictured him to look so much like Hitler....
Dumbledore at Penseive
Looks more like he's about to hex himself to death, actually. ^_^
Mad Eye Moody
Excuse me, Mad Eye, but is that a Strap-on?

As I said,t here are a great many more....and the article by the Mugglenet reader is, I'm assured, a very good one.

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Monday, July 25, 2005
Lord Voldemort

We've got an omage  for Snape......


Now one for the Dark Lord.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
"There is no good and evil, there is only power...and those too weak to seek it."
[Few people understand what a truely GREAT evil quote this is. And certainly one of Voldemort's finest. ]

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
"It was merely a lucky chance that saved you from me. That's all I wanted to know."
[Voldemort being egotistical? Or something.....else...*mysterious finger wiggling*

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
"I miscalculated, my friends, I admit it. My curse was deflected by the woman's foolish sacrifice, and it rebounded upon myself. Aaah ... pain beyond pain, my friends; nothing could have prepared me for it. I was ripped from my body, I was less than spirit, less than the meanest ghost ... but still, I was alive. What I was, even I do not know ... I, who have gone further than anybody along the path that leads to immortality. You know my goal – to conquer death. And now, I was tested, and it appeared that one or more of my experiments worked ... for I had not been killed, though the curse should have done it. Nevertheless, I was as powerless as the weakest creature alive..."
[This is actually a very important quote, and has been quoted many times in debates about Godrics Hollow and the horcruxes]

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
"There is nothing worse than death, Dumbledore!" snarled Voldemort.
"You are quite wrong," said Dumbledore.
[What exactly is worse than death? And why, exactly, would Dumbledore be prepared to use it?]

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
"Greatness inspires envy, envy endangers spite, spite spawns lies. You must know this, Dumbledore."
[Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering....muahaha]

And finally:

"Lord Voldemort doesn't WANT scones this morning." he snapped. Wormtail quailed.
[Ever notice that Voldie speaks in the third person a bit too often?]

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Sunday, July 17, 2005
Severus Snape...again.

WARNING: THIS OCNTAINS BOOK SIX SPOILERS!
DON'T GO ON........


We're all deeply in mourning for Professor Dumbledore...there is absolutely no one who could replace him. He was our pillar of safety and wisdom. Nothing in the books will be the same. Trust it from someone who lives and breathes Harry Potter: When I'm not reading it, writing fanfiction, or theorizing it, I'm roleplaying with my sister, or thinking up ideas on everything in between. (Not that i'd ever claim to be the biggest Harry Potter fan...I'm more an Arthur Weasley person myself). But everything that affects the characters also deeply affects me.
However upon Dumbledore's death, I was accepting. I could deal with it, because I knew the wizarding world would not go to pieces. The new Minister of Magic seems to know what he's doingm even if he's not the most decent. The Order still has leaders (Minerva, Alastor Moody) loyal members (Remus, Arhtur and Molly) and our favorite inventors, Fred and George.
And lets not forget spies.

Spies? Yes, I do not beleive that Snape has betrayed us. Snape has always been one of my favorite characters, and though I could deal with him as a Death Eater (I still love Lucius!).....the murder was unacceptable.
I cried for half an hour, not because of Dumbledore's death (that came later, during the funeral) but because I was sure Snape's words in chapter two were true.

But now, two days later, I'm beginning to think more reasonably. At first I was shocked and repulsed, feeling physically ill every time I thought about it (a little strange, don't you think?), but eventually my Snape fan side prevailed, and I desperately clung to every theory i could come up with.

Dumbledore was already dying from that potion.
He didn't kill Dumbledore to save himself, but to save the Malfoys, who would surely die if Draco failed.
His place as a spy was more important than Dumbledore's leadership.

But I still couldn't really hold on to it, and I kept feeling betrayed. Really betrayed, I';ve never felt anything like it.

Until a few minutes ago. It's always nice to have someone to back you up, better still when they've got good arguments.

My friend sent this to me, but the source is unkown, Anyone who knows where it came form, I'd love to know.



On Evil Characters; or, why Severus Snape isn’t One

I am certain that those of you reading this are shocked and appalled by the turn of events in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  For myself, I wasn’t so shocked by the death of Professor Dumbledore as I was by his murderer – undeniably, Professor Severus Snape.  I immediately condemned Snape; I took all his reasonings, so carefully explained to Narcissa and Bellatrix in Chapter 2, to be the absolute truth, having been previously hidden in what we believed as lies.  I believed this to be the greatest ploy of J.K. Rowling’s, for we, the readers, would never doubt Dumbledore.  His word is like gospel, after all, and since his unshakeable faith in Severus Snape has been a constant from book one on, there was no way that he could be wrong.  His death at the hands of one of his most beloved students was, I thought, Rowling’s coup de grâce.  The New York Times said today (July 16th) that: ”Harry will learn to re-evaluate the value of first impressions and the possibility that his elders' convictions can blind them to parlous truths.”

However, I have since come up with an alternate theory. 

There can be no denying of the fact that it really was Snape who cast Avada Kedavra at Dumbledore.  No, I do believe Snape killed Dumbledore.

On chapter 27, pgs 595-596 American, three nonconsecutive quotes:

“For the first time, Dumbledore was pleading.”

“[…] there was nothing but revulsion and hatred etched in the harsh lines of his [Snape’s] face.”

“ ‘Severus… please…’ “

Nothing will convince me that Albus Dumbledore was pleading for his life.  It would be the most out-of-character thing that he has ever done; he was not the sort of man who would beg for himself.  He did not plead Severus to save his life.  In fact, I think he was pleading for Severus to kill him.  It would be necessary for Dumbledore to plead this, because if he did not impart the desperation of the moment to Snape, it is entirely possible that he might not have done it.

I believe that what we are seeing here is that the revulsion and hatred on Snape’s face is not directed at Dumbledore, as our narrator would naïvely perceive, but in fact at his self.  Harry is a biased narrator (he can’t help it, poor boy), but there is no need to believe everything he sees.

As to the next part of my theory, on page 583, same chapter, from Dumbledore to Harry:

“ ‘Tell him [Snape] what has happened, and bring him to me.  Do nothing else, speak to nobody else, and do not remove your cloak.  I shall wait here.’”

Dumbledore’s last action towards Harry was to petrify him; I believe this was in order to render him in a situation similar to the one in which Lily’s protection was cast on Harry.  A baby cannot move or protect itself, and, under Petrificus, neither can Harry.  This part is somewhat ambiguous because I’m not entirely sure what makes one sacrifice for love give protection and another not, but bear with me.  As Lily’s death protected Harry, Dumbledore’s death would restore – or rather, place anew – protection upon him, another one made of love.  (And I would dare anyone to argue that Dumbledore did not love Harry.)  Of course, in order for that to work, Dumbledore needed to be killed…

Also, referring to above, I believed he needed to plead because otherwise, he might have died from the potion in the basin… and I don’t think that counts for the whole sacrificing-for-love’s-protection.

So why Snape, then?  Why does Dumbledore leave such a miserable task to someone who he trusts and respects, to someone who will live with the horror of his task for the rest of his life? 

Haven’t gotten there yet.  But what convinced me of Snape’s torment is Chapter 28, “Flight of the Prince”:

“ ‘DON’T-‘ screamed Snape, and his face was suddenly demented, inhuman, as though he was in as much pain as the yelping, howling dog stuck in the burning house behind them – ‘CALL ME COWARD!’ “ (pg 604, American)

This convinces me.  It was not a cowardly action that Snape took, but rather the most difficult thing that he could have done; one, I daresay, that Harry mirrored when he forced Dumbledore to drink the rest of that poisonous liquid.

As for Dumbledore’s golden trust in Snape that had apparently been misled:

“ ‘And Dumbledore believed that?’ said Lupin incredulously.  ‘Dumbledore believed Snape was sorry James was dead?  Snape hated James…’ “ (Chapter 29, pg 616 American)

Well, I don’t think Snape was sorry (at least, not much) that James was dead.  HOWEVER: we all know that Voldemort did not originally intend to kill Lily Potter.  We still have no reason as to why he would suddenly develop squeamish tendencies for a woman of Muggle heritage.  Though we know clearly that Voldemort has no comrades, I nevertheless believe that Snape might have been the reason Voldemort did not originally intend to kill Lily.  I think he might have been, for reasons to possibly be unveiled in book 7, truly sorry and horrified that his treachery had caused her death.  Let’s not get delusions of grandeur about unrequited love, but it’s entirely possible that he did harbor some reason for not wanting her dead – one great enough to make him deeply regret his part in it.

In a cheese-lined nutshell: Dumbledore pleaded for Severus to kill him in such a manner that would leave love’s protection once again layered on Harry.  He was already dying from the cave’s potion, and so left as a sacrifice to the one person who can kill Voldemort.  Snape, loyal to the bitter end, does as Dumbledore wishes and kills him, thus sealing his own ‘loyalty’ to Voldemort and fulfilling his Headmaster’s wishes.  Oh, and saves Draco in the process, but forget about him.

In the end, I believe the NY Times is right; Harry must re-evaluate his first impression, the one he never got past – that Snape is a traitor.


Brilliant! Don't you see! JK Rowling must know this...she must have deliberately done it. She likes Snape just as much as we do......there's something more to it.

I'm deeply indebted to the person who write this, because they explain everything wonderfully.


And, just because it's a quote blog....

"Sorry"
"Sorry sir"
"You don't have to call me sir, professor".

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Saturday, July 16, 2005
HBP

CF says she's far too distraught to write, so I'm posting this for her. She asked me to put up all the predictions she wrote that came true.

-large majority was flashbacks (But that was Erin, not her)
-Dumbledore sticks to his decision and lets Harry knw more...lots more.
-It wasn't a penseive on the cover
-Harry wasn't (as) angsty
-There was more Quidditch
-Harry took NEWT potions
-Luna became more prominent, but not Neville
-We don't like the new Minister (but I think we can respect him)
-Felix Felicitus wasn't a spell.....nor was it a person. This counts as half.
-Ginny was Chaser
-Fred and geroge jooined the Order
-Umbridge came back (briefly)
-New DADA teacher...certainly NOT the lion man.

So that's like....eleven out of thirty something.

CF says she'll be back once she's done with her 'alone time'.

Happy landings!
-Deke

Friday, July 15, 2005
More HBP predictions

On the deluxe edition;s cover:
Harry is in his pajamas, and Dumbledore has none of his normal attire on. They're waltzing about in a forest sans wands concern
for the
tree. They appear, to my mind, to be in a memory. In that case, who are they following?

Erin and I were talking of it. We decided that the man must be Godric Gryffindor., This is working off our theory that the lion dude is Godric himself. In the excerpt released by JK Rowling, she said that the man had a 'loping grace' though he walked with a limp. This character has a walking stick. Small coincidence, but enough for us to work our theory off of. :)
If he is Godric Gryffindor, we assume he uis going into the forest to see Slazar. THis hut is randomly placed, and has a snake on the door. We assume that this is right after they've had their fight, and Salazar is getting ready to leave and/or having a temper tantrum. A very manly one.
This means we will hear about the Chamber again, which would corrolate with another hint from JKR which says something in CoS is important to this book.


JK Rowling also said that the first chapter of HBP has been years in the making. She wanted to be the first chapter of PS, and CoS, but it never made it in.

Erin: I think that they're going to end up in the chamber again, it's important to the plot. When that happens it will link to why Voldemort is evil; why he is a descendent is really important

Me: I think that the first chpater will be like in GoF, where it's something vcompletely outside of the setting. Maybe that halloween Night when Lily and James died.

Erin: Yeah...I get the feeling that most of the book will not be in the setting aand that the large majority of the book will be dealt with in flashbacks and memories, or testimonies from the other characters; example, Barty Crouch Jr's monolague or Hagrid's story about the giants.

Me: If the wizarding world is coming, all the action can't really be being fought at Hogwarts. Maybe Dumbledore will stick to his newfound decision to let Harry know about what's going on. We also need a lot more information on the first war, so we know what we're getting into
.
Erin:I think that at least part of a flashback will be part of Lily and Petunia's relationship. After all, we've recently found out she knows a lot more than she's letting on.

Me: But you don't think she's a witch, right.

Erin: Right. I also have this other theory which is more like a hope: If they start to have a war with all the advanced magic and stuff....the muggles will start to notice. It'll be pretty hard to hide having a WAR. Those British pick up a war But I'm not sure how she'd write it to satisfy me.

Me: Well muggles will definitely notice, but probably not as a whole. As Stan Shunpike says..."Muggles? They don't notice nothin, do they?"

Thursday, July 14, 2005
Half Blood Prince Predictions

Seeing as the sixth book comes out in 1 day and seven hours, I've decided that NOW would be a good time to write up my list of predictions regarding the book.
If you have any, by golly I'd love to hear them!!!
And please keep in mind....I have not looked at THE SUMMARY, so if any of them have already been proved/disproved....I'm not going to be spoiled.

  1. The half blood prince is someone we haven't met, or is a historical figure.
  2. That is NOT a penseive on the cover.
  3. Dumbledore will die
  4. We will Sirius again....as a memory
  5. We will see more of the Marauders
  6. Harry will not be so angsty
  7. There will be more Quidditch
  8. Ron will be Team Captain
  9. Ginny will be a prefect
  10. Harry will take NEWT potions (what other reason for the Adult Cover?)
  11. Neville will become a more prominent character, as will Luna
  12. Neville will become more adept at magic with his new wand
  13. We will NOT like the new Minister
  14. We will find out where Hagrid took Harry during the missing 24 hours
  15. We will find more about what the rebounded AK curse did to Voldie
  16. The man described as 'lion-like' is Godric Gryffindor
  17. Felix Felicitus is NOT a spell, but a person.
  18. Ginny will be Chaser
  19. We'll find out more about Sirius's motorbike
  20. We'll meet Aberforth face to face
  21. Grawp will make the same mysterious dissapearence as the Skrewts and Fluffy (Note: Hagrid may have said what he did with the last Skrewt, I'm not sure)
  22. This book will be darker, but have more funny bits
  23. Harry gets to play Quidditch again
  24. Remus plays a bigger part in the book
  25. The twins will join the Order
  26. Percy will rejoin the family
  27. The DA will continue
  28. Umbridge will resurface....unchanged
  29. The new DADA teacher is NOT the lion man, or McLaggan (just to be different!)
  30. Lucius will 'escape' from prison.


I'm not making predictions on romance....to tricky, and shippers are nasty people. I'd know. I'm one of them. :)

And here's an interesting one I got from here:
~ Petunia Dursley will do magic.
I'm not too sure about it....but she is a favorite for the person who comes into magic alte in life!




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