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List of new canon from PotterCast interviews


I posted this last night to Accio Quote, and figured it would be of interest here too…

PotterCast 130 (December 17, 2007)
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  • Helga Hufflepuff gave the House-elves at Hogwarts “good conditions of work.” Her intent wasn’t to be activist, merely to be humane.
  • The Beedle the Bard story “Wizard and the Hopping Pot” was used “to teach young wizards and witches that they should be using their magic altruistically.”
  • The Beedle the Bard story “Fountain of Fair Fortune” taught wizarding children that “magic ultimately is not the best weapon” to achieve your heart’s desire.
  • Originally Beedle the Bard was to be around 30 tales, but then Jo got the idea to hand write them and she did just the five.
  • Jo chose “horcruxes” as a plural for Horcrux because Jo didn’t want too many words ending in r-i.
  • Herpo the Foul created the first Horcrux, but Jo won’t say how, other than that it is a series of actions.
  • Jo’s encyclopedia may not be published for ten years.
  • Jo named John Dawlish for John Noe. Dawlish had been a powerful Auror, but was weakened by the time Augusta Longbottom laid into him.
  • Augusta Longbottom was a “powerful witch.”
  • Attitudes toward homosexuality in the Wizarding world are pretty similar to ours. People like Malfoy were more interested in someone’s blood status than their love life.
  • JKR: “Dumbledore, who was the great defender of Love, and who sincerely believed that Love was the greatest, most powerful, force in the universe, was himself made a fool of by Love.”
  • Grindelwald was Dumbledore’s “dark twin.”
  • There is no romantic backstory for Madam Hooch.
  • Harry was technically NOT a Horcrux because there was no intent to create one. The piece of Voldemort’s soul did not make Harry “evil” or “contaminated.”
  • JKR: “The only time he ever felt it [Harry’s Horcrux] stirring and moving was in Order of the Phoenix, when he himself goes through a very dark time” and the piece of soul enjoyed it and fed off of it.
  • The Sorting Hat detected the piece of Voldemort’s soul within Harry.
  • Official definition of a Horcrux: “the receptacle is prepared by dark magic to become the receptacle of a fragmented piece of soul and that that piece of soul deliberately detached from the Master Soul to act as a future safeguard or anchor to life and to safeguard against death.”
  • “In essence divided,” the scene in Dumbledore’s office where he watches a snake divide, was when the Headmaster was figuring out about the Horcruxes.
  • Dumbledore suspected multiple Horcruxes because Voldemort treated the diary Horcrux so “casually.”
  • Neville was born “hours” before Harry.
  • Neville could have done what Harry did too.
  • Neville’s family “just wanted him to match up” but it was “an impossible standard.”
  • Alice and Frank Longbottom earned Voldemort’s ire because they were such “efficient” Aurors, and “were responsible for a lot of captures and arrests and imprisonments.”
  • Voldemort asked Lily and James if they would join the Death Eaters, but they turned him down.
  • Dumbledore knew about the attack on Godric’s Hollow because he had put a charm on the house.
  • Jo isn’t sure how to explain Hagrid and Harry’s missing 24 hours after James and Lily were killed.
  • Jo always thought of Hannah Abbott as being pureblood, but this contradicts her “cornerstone” notebook (visible to fans in “Harry Potter and Me” video). So to compromise, Jo says Hannah is Half-blood.
  • Jo created her website because people wanted a fan club, but Jo wanted to do something that was free.
  • There will be no more WOMBATs; they were created when Jo was advised not to publish bits of Book 7 on her website.
  • Hermione went back to Hogwarts to take her seventh year and her NEWTs.
  • Kinglsey recruited Ron, Neville, Harry to be Aurors; Ron and Harry never went back to Hogwarts to graduate.
  • Hermione “had a bigger heart than she had a brain.”

PotterCast 131 (December 24, 2007)
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  • Pansy Parkinson is the “anti-Hermione,” the personification of all the girls who teased Jo in school.
  • Draco married Astoria Greengrass, the younger sister of Daphne. Astoria was two years behind Draco at Hogwarts.
  • The Love Room in the Department of Mysteries contains a fountain in the center of the room full of a powerful love potion. Wizards and witches take the potion to study its effects.
  • One “thread” in the books is what love does to people. It can make people heroic (Lily, Harry, Neville), it can also lead them into foolishness and evil (Dumbledore and Bellatrix).
  • Bellatrix was obsessively in love with Voldemort.
  • Not all Slytherins are bad.
  • Jo is very involved in the planning of the theme park. It will have the “Jo touch.”
  • Florean Fortescue was killed; there was more to him than was revealed in the books.
  • Hagrid did not create Thestrals, he only bred the ones living at Hogwarts. He did breed the Skrewts.
  • Wands are “quasi-sentient” because they carry so much magic.
  • Wands they develop an affinity (“loyalty”) for the wizards who bear them. Disarming someone may not affect this, but if won in a duel the wand will switch allegiance. The exception is the Elder Wand which “knows no loyalty except to strength.”
  • Voldemort confused “being prepared to murder with strength.”


Pensieve (Comments)

  • Patrick

    Just one note:

    On the family tree Jo provided with today’s door opening, Draco’s wife’s name is spelled “Asteria,” not “Astoria.”

  • Eep. You’re right. Corrected. I will go back and listen to the recordings to hear what it sounds like.

  • roonwit

    the PC131 version definitely sounds like Astoria, not Asteria. Time has Astoria as well.

  • Raine

    Grindevald = The Anti-Dumbledore

  • adriana

    Interesting when Jo says that Neville could have done what harry did, she knews from the beginning that harry will be the protagonist, so then why did she includes that Neville could be “the-boy-who-alived” and could have done what harry did? I assume that she include it to prove us that Neville wasnt like we used to think, i mean that there was more inside him.
    I just was wondering…
    Also im curious to know who is Asteria Greengrass? i dont remember she from any book

  • adriana, Asteria/Astoria isn’t mentioned in canon, but her older sister Daphne is (OP31). Daphne is also shown in Jo’s notebook in the “Harry Potter and Me” video.

  • Nannette

    The Sorting Hat detected the piece of Voldemort’s soul within Harry.
    I noticed that quite a long way back and was not a bit surprised at what was happening in book five. I don’t think the lessons Harry had with Snape would have worked out because of this even if he had worked at it.

  • Marco

    Kingsley recruited also Ron and Neville to be Aurors? I thought, Ron was successor of Fred at WWW, and Neville the new Herbology teacher at Hogwarts.

    And Dawlish? Surely he was no longer an efficient Auror at the downfall of Voldemort, but there were some teaching jobs vacant in Hogwarts, in the very first place the now safe job of DADA teacher.

  • hpfan1234578

    Here’s what I think about the next DADA teachers:

    1998-1999: Dawlish
    1999-2000: R. Weasley & Dawlish(when Dawlish was sick)
    2000-2001 and onward: R. Weasley (when the shop wasn’t too busy)

  • What I think is that Kingsley would have wanted Ron and Neville for the first few “building and repairing the community” years. After that, they would have gradually settled down on other jobs (e.g. Neville was definitely a Herbology person, even if he takes after his parents in terms of talent). After all, Ginny was a professional Quidditch player before settling down to be a correspondent at the Daily Prophet (correct me if I’m wrong).

  • Marco

    Right you are with Ginny, AFAIK she played with the Holyhead Harpies. I guess, she quit Quidditsch playing, when she become the first time pregnant.

  • Clock_maker

    That’s good we know Dawlish’s first name now

  • Kaz

    If Hermione had a bigger heart than she did a brain (which is definitely true) then she must have a damn big heart!!!

    I find it disappointing that Harry never ended up as seeker for England.

  • olivier

    Thanks Kaz – you took the words for both Hermione and Harry right out of my keyboard :). As for Dawlish, don’t forget that he was hit twice by Dumbledore before Augusta got him. I (still) wonder if he wears navy-blue robes by now… And I am glad that she mentioned the fate of F. Fortescue, even if I had hoped that he’s still alive, of course!

  • I wonder what the connection is between Fortescue the ice-cream man and Fortescue the ex-headmaster.

  • olivier

    I am sure that the latter is a not-to-far ancestor from the former! (what with the knowledge of the ice-cream vendor exposed in PoA etc)

  • Jaime

    Wow I never thought Bellatix was in love with Voldemort but it does explain alot

  • DeeDee

    Neville ‘Could’ have done what Harry had done…but in all honesty..Neville did LOVE his Grandmother, but I believe he also loved her…Harry loved the Dursley’s—erm….not so much..the Dursley’s loved him–not at all(at least Vernon and Petunia–and Dudley for many years)it would have had an outcome in the end, yet perhaps not the same one..

    Also, Harry had the Dursley’s constant laments on what a horrible person he was in general…Neville….(was lamented that he couldn’t live up to his parents–yet another family tie..)

    Neville knew that despite his downfalls his family loved him…Harry knew that despite his downfalls…no one family member loved him he had to seek love elsewhere.

    In the end–Neville found acceptance(which had been there all along) and Harry love(which had not been there all along)..

    For JKR there was no choice..it’s more important for one to find love than acceptance of what may not think..(look at Luna)..

    For Neville it was a less painful journey as he had acceptance all along he just didn’t know it..I simply love his HBP discussion with McConogal about his courses.

    Love is simply more complex than acceptance..For Harry to find this in the WW fandom is quite the feat and a greater accomplishment than even DD or Voldy achieved..
    No wonder why DD couldn’t describe the “power he knows not”.

    wow OOP my least favorite book seems all that more important to Harry..


  • Brian and Rachel

    Interesting to note that Herpo the Foul is also thought to be the person to create the first Basilisk.

  • JK Rowling stumbled on witchy sounding names for example toadflax, goutwort, grommel, and others in Culpeper’s Complete Herbal, a renowned book of herbal lore from the 1600s.

  • i don’t know but i would watch it

  • stone77

    Just one note:On the family tree Jo provided with today