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Happy Birthday Fred and George! and WotM is Magenta Comstock

The Wizard of the Month calendar on Jo’s site is again this year displaying happy birthday wishes to Fred and George Weasley for April 1st. What a fitting birthdate is April Fools Day for these pranksters!
Be sure to visit The Floo Network Homepage for a tribute to their wacky wares from Weasley’s Wizarding Weezes this month!

On the text only version of Jo’s site we have April’s WotM as:
Magenta Comstock
1895 – 1991
Experimental artist whose portraits’ eyes not only follow the viewer around the room, but also follow them home.
(Magenta is a new canon character, not one of the Famous Wizards Cards. Yay! New canon!)

EDIT: And now the twins’ birthday message on the calendar has been replaced with the moving picture on the Flash version of the site. Eep! Those eyes are creepy! 0_0

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  • Joan

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Fred & George. Hope you both make through Deathly Hallows in one piece.

  • El Cronista de Salem

    Love canon :)

    About the name origin:

    Magenta is a color (something related to an artist) and it could play with “Magnet” too, as the portrait eyes are some like magnets, ¿no?

    But no clue about Comstock. Do you? :S

    ** waiting 3rd wombat!

  • Poke

    Happy Birthday, Gred and Forge. Yeah, definitely come out alive through Death Hallows and marry me (one of you)! :-D

  • aasa

    “whose portraits’ eyes not only follow the viewer around the room, but also follow them home.”

    ha ha ha ha, oh I’d like to see that…

  • Maxim

    I think we can take the description literally for the WotM. Probably the eyes will float somewhere around her or something :).
    But what makes me wonder, is there anywhere in the books ever mentioned something about an artist’s shop?

  • Moony

    Did you see the fool on Mugglenet? They told they had a preview of DH. Well found.

  • http://www,butterbier.de Quibbler

    The eyes that follow the viewer home: That’s really creepy!

  • Mellilot

    Comstock is the name of the main character in George Orwell’s Keep the Aspidistra’s Flying… and there was an Anna Botsford Comstock, artist, educator and conservationist…
    Comstock;
    From kom, a dock or harbor, and stock, a stick or timber–the wharf or dock of timber

  • Anon

    Comstock was also the name of a major family in Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon and Baroque Cycle, all involved in gov’t, business, and cryptography. Not sure that’s relevant to JKR’s story…

  • http://www.hp-lexicon.org/about/sources/jkr.com/jkr-com.html Belinda

    And then there’s “Comstockery“, which American art students may recognize as a term referring to prudish censorship. I personally like this one. Imagine the eyes from a nude painting leering at Anthony Comstock and then following him around! hahaha
    Perhaps Jo encountered this term when dealing with the likes of Laura Mallory?

  • Banagramdersnatch

    Since artists are attracted to wearing protective smocks, MAGENTA COMSTOCK is clearly meant to be an anagram of SMOCK-COAT MAGNET.

    (Loving the Floop Page, Bel~!)

  • Banagramdersnatch

    Ha ha, you see? Mrs. Comstock is clearly wearing a smock-coat in her portrait! And she has quite the magnetic personality…

    Anagrams tell all!

  • Reader2

    Well, what do you know, those eyes really do follow you around.
    Then again, after “three green thumbs” it was not a big surprise.

  • Maxim

    Have you mentioned the tiny text on the pencil?
    Could this be the name of the pencil?
    I’ll investigate it closer and post it if I found something.

  • El Cronista de Salem

    “… supplies”, says on the pencil.

  • Maxim

    The pencil states: “Hogsmeade Artist Supplies”
    So this comes from Hogsmeade, however I couldn’t find any information about it :s

  • El Cronista de Salem

    How do you see the “Hogsmeade Arti–”??? :O with the zoom i can only see “–st Supplies”.

  • Peppergnome

    LOL Bandersnatch!

    You can rearrange Banagramdersnatch into “Star man bad changer”.

    It also anagrams into “A handbag crams rent”, but that sounds more like Bel. ;)

  • anna

    werent fred and george born april 1st?

  • Peppergnome

    Anna, when it turns April 1 in England, it is still March 31 in North America and places west. The Lexicon is based in the Eastern Time Zone of the U.S., so they are 5 hours behind GMT.

    (ooh, look! We have smileys!) :)

  • Heidi

    Is it just me or is anybody else hoping for/anticipating the final installment of the W.O.M.B.A.T.s? The first two were six and twelve months ago, respectively. Seems to me it should be time, no?

  • El Cronista de Salem

    Heidi, I can’t wait the third wombat! I update JKR.com minute to minute, and nothing :S friday was the day. Now, it will be when Jo wants.

    ===
    Maxim, how can I see the text of the pencil? With my zoom I can only see “–st Supplies”. Help me, please! :)

  • Bandersnatch

    “Star man bad changer!” ::rotflol::

    Just saw the Flash animation for the first time. Those eyes are a bit disturbing.

    I was impressed that you guys could even make out “-st Supplies” on her brush handle! Then I figured out how to zoom the picture by 400%. It’s cool that the animators put in tiny yet observable details like that.

    Bel~, in your copious free time (ha!), could we have a page listing all of the zoomy details that you can see when you magnify every square inch of Jo’s website? (I don’t ask for much.) :-P

  • El Cronista de Salem

    I am not Bel~, but there are some tidbits for zoomer fans :P on the revealer (eraser) of Extra Stuff, the bottles of the Room of Requeriments and some wotm have had hidden details. I remember Erica Stainwright, with her bottle :)

    But I still don’t know how Maxim saw that >.

  • Big_Kelpie

    how do you zoom stuff?

  • http://www.hp-lexicon.org/about/sources/jkr.com/jkr-com.html Belinda

    LOL :D
    You guys are too funny!! (To Pepper and Bander: I’ve got BananaGrahamDerSnacks in my handbag! teehee.) Loving the anagrams!
    As for the yummy Zoomables, sure thing! I actually started a page like that ages ago when the Accessibility Enabled version debuted, because you could zoom easily on that. Now that many folks use browsers with super easy zoom features, it would be fun to list a “treasure map” of sorts for explorers. :)
    If you don’t have one of these handy dandy browsers, enter the site using the Accessibility Enabled button, then you can right click and zoom in.
    As a matter of fact, one of my Snippets last month for the Floo Network Snippet Search *was* the zoomed in Revealer. :D
    About the WOMBAT grade 3… yes, I would expect it anytime now that we’ve past the six-months-to-the-day mark that separated the first two. But I think Jo probably wanted to avoid the April Fools day weekend, and so next weekend being Easter may be a likely time. But the most predictable thing about Jo is her unpredictability!
    Curious thing I noted yesterday… It had been EXACTLY one year, one month, one week and one day since she answered the last FAQ Poll. Whoa.

  • El Cronista de Salem

    I don’t like polls, Bel. Because it means that she won’t reply 2 questions and the third won’t be properly answered. it is better the simple FAQs :P

  • Big_Kelpie

    It says watch on the watch and book mark on the book mark.. the phone always says its 13:25. and zooming stuff for like 10 minutes gave me headache

  • karlii

    I think it is significant that this artist about eyes appears… and we are supposed to find out in Bk7, just what exactly is so important about Harry having his mother’s eyes.

    There MUST be more to this! *crosses fingers*

  • Maxim

    @ El Cronista de Salem :
    I’ve put it on the net.
    You can view an image of it right here:The pencil.
    Sorry for my late answer :$.

    And I agree that the dooropening will come soon, hopefully with lots of information!

  • El Cronista de Salem

    Thanks, Maxim ;)

  • severusisn’tevil

    Hey Fred and George— Happy Birthday and good luck in the next book. You’re just too hilarious to lose.
    P.S. What about you guys’ romances? I mean, if Remus of all people has a girlfriend now, what about you two (Not that I think Remus does not deserve Tonks, quite the opposite)?
    PPS Have you joined the Order yet? You can now you’ve left school.

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