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Three more updated pages


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.


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  • Taj

    These new pages are amazing but I think that (for St. Mungo’s page) McGonagall was hit by four (not three) Stunning Spells in OP31; for the hardcover American edition, that’s page 721.

  • Fixed. 🙂

  • Reader2

    I sure love the new St. Mango’s page.

    Although, as you probably expected, I have some suggestions.
    On the list of patients, since you’ve included nameless ones, you could add a few more:
    I beleave there was a wizard in cursed shoes that were eating his feet,

    a little girl with wings,

    a witch who was barking like a dog,

    a newly-bitten werewolf,

    a witch who refused to tell how she got wounded

    and somebody who was ticking like a clock.

  • Reader2

    Sorry, just one more.

    This one was named, athough I do not recall the name, a patient who thought he was a teapot.

  • Shim

    Good morning!

    Where is Steve’s full report of his visit to the movie studios??? I expected his transcription of the Black Family Tree or some new canon, but nothing new from months ago. Please, Steve, reply!

  • Marco

    I like something to add to Tom Riddles Orphanage.

    Martha was definitly one of the orphans rather than staff. (Mrs. Cole)”…and take this iodine upstairs to Martha”. The girl, who opened Dumbledore, wore an apron, so she was probably staff or an older orphan, who carried out staff duties.

    The orphanage was not neccessarily close to the shop, where Tom Riddle purchased his diary. London had already public transport incl. underground in the late 30s, and Riddle would have surely not hesitated to board a bus or a subway train without ticket, or to steal money for it.

    The Stockwell orphanage was in the Borough of Lambeth, what is in central Londen, but there is evidence, that the orphanage was rather in the outskirts of London. The orphanage staff was appearantly not able to get a doctor or an ambulance for Merope Gaunt in time, as she showed up in labor. In an urban area like Lambeth it should had been possible.

  • Awesome content. Keep it coming and good work!

  • Hey, about Snape’s page…

    “Severus Snape was a conundrum to all who know him: (…); the only person known to have been both a Death Eater and a member of the Order of the Phoenix.”

    Actually, Peter Pettigrew was an Order member and a Death Eater as well (he had the Mark, and was in the Moody picture)

  • hpboy13

    Awesome job!!! I can’t wait to see the new entry on Grimmauld Place, sicne it was such a prominent location in DH!

  • General musing:
    I’ve found that in a lot of fanfic, characters go to St Mungo’s to have their babies, and yet St Mungo’s does not have a maternity ward. I suspect this means that wizard babies are born at home. I would be very interested to know something about wizarding midwives.

  • Of course, it might also be that St Mungo’s doesn’t *need* a maternity ward. If there are about 40 wizard babies born in Britain every years (and some of those to Muggle families), then that’s less than one baby per week. I still like the idea of midwives more than hospital births, though.

  • Bandersnatch

    Wizarding midwife: “Accio baby!!”

    Ahem. Sorry. 😀

  • That cracked me up Bander!

    Eduardo Andrade (duxx), OMG you’re right. And that was one of my fave lines.

  • Bandersnatch: You might as well perform a C-section using “Sectumsempra”. I’m sure it would be just as pleasant for the mother. :p

  • Marco

    I think I have read somewhere in DH, that Harry was born in Godrics Hollow, and a village of such a size has surely no hospital.

    And since the Tonks as well as Bill and Fleur has means at home to heal injuries, what would land a muggle in hospital for weeks, I don´t think, that there is need for special wizarding midwifes.

    But Merope Gaunt had her baby in a muggle orphanage, and the staff there had surely no special medical skills, and they failed to get qualified medical attendance for her, as her condition detoriated. A doctor might have saved Merope Gaunt.

  • Luna Lupin =Moony

    Concerning the St.-Mungo’s staff: in gf31 Rita Skeeter has written an article, speculating on Harry’s mental health and she tells there’s a staff member of st.-Mungo’s who wishes to stay anonymous, but he tells her what he thinks. In OP there’s someone who had a quarrell during Christmas, there was something with his nose ??(op23) this patient isn’t mentioned on the st.-Mungo’s page, i think.
    Concerning getting babies and dying in childbirth: during my studies of history, I got a course on demographics, and the professor told us till the beginning of the 20th century, 2% of the mothers died in childbirth. Women got +-5 children, so the chances to die in childbirth =5-10%. Merope was weakened and poor, perhaps, the orphanage consulted a midwife (living nearby the orphanage), or an older woman (who was experienced) helped Merope and tried to be a midwife.

  • Moony =luna Lupin

    Lisa, I’m afraid, sometimes you are playing with the name Kingsley Shacklebold, by writing it as Kinglsey Shackelbold (or other typo’s). I know, it’s difficult to avoid these, because you have to type everything. But perhaps you can use search and replace and asterix in looking after these typo’s?

  • Heather

    Hi, on the Tom Riddle’s Orphanage page there is a typo – he attened Hogwarts should be “attended”. The ‘d’ is missing 😉
    Loving the updates though!

  • JJB

    Bandersnatch, loved your observation, I really did “laugh out loud”. I’m sure I’d prefer birth by “Accio” rather than “Sectumsempra” because curses like Sectumsempra leave scars that can’t be healed. No self-respecting midwitch would leave a scar.

  • “Accio baby!” hahaha great one!
    Yeah Lisa, it was actually a good line, but sorry 😉

  • elor

    “Accio Baby”… ouch, what a thought! Seeing as how Fred and George’s broomsticks broke their chains, crashed through several solid doors when summoned, I really don’t want to imagine the effect of this… great laugh, though! :-))

  • Luna Lupin =Moony

    It’s a stereotype/cliché, but in the 16th century midwives and women skilled in herbology had to be carefull not to end up in a witch-trial. Another fact concerning dying in childbirth: many young mothers caught an infection, because the helping doctors didn’t respect the simple hygienics (they didn’t wash their hands).

  • I updated the St. Mungo’s patients list to include the other nameless folks in the waiting room (there were actually quite a few more than you mentioned, Reader2).

    Marco, I disagree with some of your comments – I don’t see any canon backing for Martha “definitely” being an orphan except that the orphans use her first name (and it says that Mrs. Cole passed “helpers and orphans” in the hallway, implying two disparate groups of people – if there are other staff why would she have someone take the iodine to an orphan?). I also think it’s pretty solid that the girl at the door was an orphan – why would Harry (at age 15) think of her as a “girl” if she were old enough to be staff? I agree that neither is 100% certain, but this seems most likely to me by far.

  • JJB

    The girl answering the door at the orphanage would be called a “girl” more because of her duties than age—at least up to a point. Don’t forget that at the time period we are talking about the kind of person who would take a position of the kind the girl appeared to hold at the orphanage would have been in her mid to late teens. Whether staff or orphan with staff duties can’t be known but it would have been seen as highly improper to have the orphans actually be the ones to answer the door, except as pseudostaff. Mrs. Cole had enough of the lady about her—small remnant though it be—not to be aware of such expectations.

  • Marco

    Yeah, and in HBP, Ch.13 Mrs. Cole said: “I remember it clear as anything, because I´d just started here myself. … And this girl not much older than I was myself at the time,…” Since Merope Gaunt was 19 at that time, Mrs. Cole must have been also in her late teens, as she became staff member of the orphanage (and therefore in her late 20s as Dumbledore showed up). That means, that some of the staff members of the orphanage might have been actually woman in their late teens. And it is certainly not unusual to refer to a woman of 17-19 as girl.

  • Cool site. Thanks:-)

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