Archive for October, 2007

New Hidden Extras on JKR.com and News

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Tricks and Treats abound on Jo’s official site today for Halloween!
There also appears to be new hidden extra content for you Scrapbook.

We’ll leave this post spoiler free for those wanting to solve the mysteries for themselves, but see the first comment in this pensieve for clues as we get them.
WooHoo!

Also, the Daily News has been updated with a new article.

Time Turning on JKR.com

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Jkrowling.com has a special Halloween treat for us!
The Do Not Disturb sign on the Secret Door has returned, but along with a TimerTurner! The Time Turner allows you to revisit all the past puzzles that lay behind the Door each time the Do Not Disturb sign was removed since the beginning.

Click the handle of Time Turner to turn back one puzzle at a time, and the date of the door opening will be displayed. Click on the hourglass part of the TimeTurner to activate that puzzle. (Watch time go whizzing past outside the window!) We hope you’ll enjoy working out these puzzles for yourself, but if you’re of the impatient kind, the Lexicon’s Guide to JKR.com has full instructions.

Also the Wizard of the Month Calendar has become an Archive! Now displaying all the previous WotM honorees. It’s nice to see the twinkle in Albus Dumbledore’s eyes! (His image was not animated last month.)

For quick reference, here are the dates of the previous puzzles:

June 28, 2004 = 1st Door opening- Brick wall puzzle

August 16, 2004 = 2nd Door opening- Dart board, Gringotts Vault

October 31, 2004 = 3rd Door opening- Flying keys

December 20, 2004 = 4th Door opening- Christmas riddles

March 31, 2006 = 5th Door opening- Mirror reparo, WOMBAT 1

September 29, 2006 = 6th Door opening- WOMBAT 2

December 21, 2006 = 7th Door opening- Christmas present

Wednesday June 13, 2007 = 8th Door opening- WOMBAT 3

Happy Harry Potter Day!!

Happy Birthday Molly Weasley

Monday, October 29th, 2007

As expected, the Wizard of the Month calendar on JKR’s official site has changed to display birthday wishes to Molly Weasley for October 30th, again this year.
Happy Birthday to one witch who showed us just how powerful love really can be!

(Note for those Americans wondering about the hour delay from the usual 7pm posting, BST {British Summer Time} ended yesterday, and DST {Daylight Savings Time} for us has another week.)

Hey, Jo!

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

I’d just like to point out that I did ask what Dumbledore’s wand was made of…in July of 2004 in the open letter, which I know Jo read.

Oh well.

EDIT by Bel~: Oy, Steve! You must have been tinkering in the Timelines and got your dates mixed up? The Open Letter was actually in 2004. :) Three years ago in OUR time, not Harry’s.

EDIT: Sorry, I’m fixing it now.

NYC Sweepstakes Reading Canon Summaries

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

I’ve been waiting for a full transcript from Leaky, but want to post this list of canon summaries now. I figure I can add to it later. These summaries are actually based upon four sources: TLC and HPANA, as well as Eldritchhobbit‘s and iamstarmoms LiveJournals. All were present at the reading. Please extend Dumbledore-like courtesy to those you disagree with in the comments please.

P.S. Please give me time to update the new character information carefully and methodically. It isn’t as simple as just posting bits here and there, and I had promised the hubby that this weekend I would actually try to get out from behind the computer.

P.P.S. There were of course three other readings last week. The canon summaries for ALL of them are over at Accio Quote!

  • Neville married Hannah Abbott, who eventually became the landlady at The Leaky Cauldron. His students think this is cool.
  • Molly was the one to defeat Bellatrix because Jo wanted Molly to have a chance to show how powerful she is, and because she found it satisfying to create a face-off between unhealthy obsessive love and strong maternal love.
  • Jo decided not to kill Arthur Weasley in Book 5 so that Ron wouldn’t have to grow up as quickly.
  • The orphaning of Teddy Lupin brought the series full circle, though Harry was a much better godfather than Sirius.
  • Jo says (tongue in cheek) that Aberforth‘s inappropriate goat charm had to do with keeping it clean or its horns curly.
  • Dumbledore was gay; he fell in love with Gellert Grindelwald but was “terribly let down by him” when he realized what Gellert was capable of.
  • Parseltongue is not a language that people can learn. Ron really only memorized the sound of one word (“open”).
  • Dumbledore‘s first letter to Petunia (she was 12-ish) was very kind and explained why he couldn’t let her become part of the Wizarding world and join her sister at Hogwarts. His 1981 letter reminded her of her wish, appealed to her sense of fair play, and asked her to take care of Harry.
  • Petunia desperately wanted to be a part of the Wizarding world and hated that “Lily had what she couldn’t have.”
  • What Petunia almost said when Harry left Privet Drive for the last time was “I do know what you’re up against and I hope it’s OK.” But she couldn’t say it because she was too hardened by pretending not to care for so long.
  • Harry’s Horcrux was not destroyed by the basilisk poison in book2 because the poison’s damage was stopped in time by Fawkes’ tears.
  • Dumbledore worried that Harry would give in to his “reckless” impulses and seek the Deathly Hallows so he gave the book with the clues to cautious Hermione.
  • When Harry decided not to seek the Hallows after Dobby died it scared him because it was the first time he had decided not to act.
  • JKR: Portraits can “only move between portraits in the same building” or other places where the same portrait exists.
  • The parallels between Voldemort’s goals and methods and those of the Nazi Regime were deliberate, but there are also parallels to regimes that exist today.
  • JKR: “The Potter books in general are a prolonged argument for tolerance, a prolonged plea for an end to bigotry…. You should question authority and you should not assume that the establishment or the press tells you all of the truth.”
  • There is no magic involved in life debts.
  • After Book 7, Draco Malfoy goes back to “being an improved version of what he was but we shouldn’t expect him to be a really great guy any time soon.”
  • James, Lily and Sirius became full time members of the Order of the Phoenix after leaving Hogwarts and did not have regular jobs. They lived off of James’s money.
  • The Potters did not go into hiding until Lily became pregnant.
  • Lupin was “unemployable” when he left Hogwarts; he fought full time for the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Voldemort’s first rise to power did not go as far as the second one did because he was not able to infiltrate the Ministry the first time.
  • Hagrid never married. Mme. Maxime was too sophisticated for him, and there weren’t many other giantesses around.
  • Severus Snape‘s portrait does indeed hang in the Headmaster’s office. Harry had a role in making sure that Snape’s abdication did not affect his place there.
  • Headmaster portraits don’t appear immediately; the person needs to be dead.
  • Jo was surprised that no one had ever asked her what Dumbledore’s wand was made of.

The Burrow

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

So after a fairly lengthy morning of in-depth research and writing, I have now completely re-vamped our page for the Burrow. Among other things, I determined what floor each room had to fall on, and organized the page accordingly. The explanation for why the floors line up the way they do is fairly lengthy, so I also wrote a new essay explaining my logic.

Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Flitwick

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

As expected, the Wizard of the Month calendar has automatically updated to show Happy Birthday greetings to Filius Flitwick for October 17th.
I’ve updated the Guide to Jo’s site to note it.

Three more updated pages

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Just finished three more updates, of various scopes and sizes:

1. St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, for which I rewrote the entry, greatly expanded the lists of staff and patients, and added a list (albeit a short one) for donors;

2. The Leaky Cauldron, for which I rewrote the entry and expanded the list of clients;

3. Tom Riddle’s Orphanage, which I tweaked to include the fact that it is no longer still standing.

Snape, Luna, Voldemort updated

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

The profiles for Snape, Luna and Voldemort have been updated. Voldemort’s entry is humongous but still good reading, I hope!

I also reworked the main character index page, taking out almost all of the graphics, so hopefully it will load faster.

New Hogsmeade Page

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

As promised, we now have a completely re-worked and updated Hogsmeade page as well. I also created a new detailed list of all the secret passages between Hogsmeade and Hogwarts – something we hadn’t done before. Enjoy!

Gazetteer up-to-date!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Okay, my turn!

The Gazetteer pages are now completely up-to-date with the last book, except for a few destination pages (like the Leaky Cauldron and Hogsmeade, which I’m working on now). We didn’t have a lot of big or important new places, aside from Shell Cottage and maybe Nurmengard, but trying to list all the places the trio camped out took some doing!

One of the things that has been taking a lot of time is essentially re-creating entries – many of our pages were first written after book four, with more information simply tacked on as each book came out. Now that we have all the books, I wanted to organize things a little better – which, I discovered, takes TIME. At any rate, here are some of the pages I’ve re-done from scratch:

Whew. More still to come! :)

Flitwick, Greyback, Neville, Regulus and Sirius

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

I’m on a roll. Flitwick, Greyback, Neville, Regulus and Sirius now have updated profiles. That may mean that some of the quick facts still need to be looked at, but the major work of the page — the narrative profiles — has been done. I am especially fond of the profile for Neville. Here’s an excerpt:

Neville is a staunch friend of Harry Potter’s, and a true Gryffindor.

A Gryffindor, but Neville’s bravery is a different sort than Harry’s. It is the bravery of children who keep trying even though they have repeatedly failed in the past. It is the bravery of the unpopular child who never succumbs to peer pressure, even from friends. And it is the bravery of a person who doesn’t parade their personal tragedies even when it might make their life easier. Even during his most embarrassing blunders, Neville maintained a quiet dignity that eventually made him an effective leader.

Next? Severus Snape, Lord Voldemort and Luna (are you happy now hpboy13?).