Little HP Questions Answered v2

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Inkwolf
August 22nd, 2005, 3:06 am
Yeah, all I remember is the Dementors in PoA...each time Harry ran into one, he heard more of the scene.

surrypotter
August 22nd, 2005, 3:07 am
Yeah, all I remember is the Dementors in PoA...each time Harry ran into one, he heard more of the scene.

where you been inky? on vacation?

Inkwolf
August 22nd, 2005, 3:13 am
Well, I guess that's a little question. :whistle:

No, I've been busy with various stuff and trying to get a new second-hand computer to be usable...plus, there have been major storms in the area, and it seems to have messed up the phone system. I can't seem to stay connected for more than ten minutes at a time. (I'm in the library now, using the lovely, uninterrupted T1 line and downloading MacOsX stuff.....having a key to the library is one of the world's greatest privileges! :D )

Oh, and I've stopped going to the Snape and Dumbledore HBP threads because the circular arguments got irritating. :p

surrypotter
August 22nd, 2005, 3:19 am
Well, I guess that's a little question. :whistle:

No, I've been busy with various stuff and trying to get a new second-hand computer to be usable...plus, there have been major storms in the area, and it seems to have messed up the phone system. I can't seem to stay connected for more than ten minutes at a time. (I'm in the library now, using the lovely, uninterrupted T1 line and downloading MacOsX stuff.....having a key to the library is one of the world's greatest privileges! :D )

Oh, and I've stopped going to the Snape and Dumbledore HBP threads because the circular arguments got irritating. :p

well your insight has been missed and it's good to see you back ... now on to the little questions ... sorry for the disruption :P

Lucybird
August 22nd, 2005, 11:58 am
I have a question that it seems to me I should have been able to find the answer to, so please forgive me for asking!

On more than one occasion, I have read and heard mention of there being a scene in one of the early books (probably book 3) that was some sort of flashback to the night in Godric's Hollow when Harry's parents were killed. I have searched this discussion and couldn't find it (I am rather terrible at searches - I get frustrated very easily). I even skimmed book 3 again to see if I could find, but to no avail.

Can anyone point me in the right direction please? I would appreciate it ever so much! :)

Thanks in advance ~ pensie

The nearest thing I can think of is in POA when Harry hears what happened when he encounters a dementor

Sushi891
August 22nd, 2005, 9:43 pm
This has always bothered me in CoS. How come only HARRY can ehar the basilisk when it's going to attack??? That doesnt make sense to me, when Harry spoke to the snake everyone understood, why then, when the snake is ready to attack, only he, harry can hear?


Harry Potter can hear the Basilisk talk because he knows the language of the snakes, which is Parselmouth. Since the Basilisk is a type of snake, the young protagonist can understand him. I'm a bit confused on the next statement you made, the one where it says that, "Harry spoke to the snake [and] everyone understood [it]". I guess the answer to that question is that anyone who knows Parselmouth can understand what the Basilisk was saying.

Inkwolf
August 22nd, 2005, 10:00 pm
They didn't understand, though, remember? They thought he was egging the snake on to attack Justin.

haha
August 23rd, 2005, 1:33 am
They didn't understand, though, remember? They thought he was egging the snake on to attack Justin.
We were able to understand what Harry said to the snake but everyone else, including Ron and Hermione, simply heard Harry hissing at the snake. That's all.

Undrhil
August 23rd, 2005, 1:39 am
I think halfbludprince is asking who no one else could hear the basilisk making any noise at all. And this is a rather good question. I wouldn't think that a Parselmouth would be able to hear a snake through solid walls and pipes. Therefore, I point halfbludprince back to PS/SS in which Harry talks to a snake through plate glass. The snake can hear him just fine. Presumably, the snake would be making noise but you normally can't hear noises like a snake would make through plate glass, so I think that was set up to show that someone who could speak and/or understand parseltongue would be able to hear a snake even through thick walls and pipes.

Yes, I know that thick walls and pipes are more sound insulating that a sheet of plate glass, but the theory is still the same. The basilisk is a little bit larger than the snake at the zoo, so the difference in insulation material is made up for in the size of the snake. :)

Undrhil

RomulusWazlib
August 23rd, 2005, 1:40 am
Here is a little question:

Why couldn't Harry see the Thestrals in his third year (PoA)? Didn't he see Quirrel die in year one?

Undrhil
August 23rd, 2005, 1:42 am
JKR explained this. He never really saw his parents die. And he fainted before Quirell died. So, until he saw Cedric die in GoF (and let it sink in over the summer vacation) he was unable to see Thestrals.

Undrhil

FizzingWhizB
August 23rd, 2005, 1:46 am
Here is a little question:

Why couldn't Harry see the Thestrals in his third year (PoA)? Didn't he see Quirrel die in year one?Nope. He passed out before Quirrel bit the dust, so he didn't actually see him die.

RomulusWazlib
August 23rd, 2005, 1:46 am
Oh, thanks!

Well, in the movie, I'm pretty sure Quirrel is dead before Harry passes out.

Guess I'll have to believe JKR and the books. They're canon!

FizzingWhizB
August 23rd, 2005, 1:54 am
Oh, thanks!

Well, in the movie, I'm pretty sure Quirrel is dead before Harry passes out.

Guess I'll have to believe JKR and the books. They're canon!
The movie tends to transpose several events, so it is best you observe the book's canon first and foremost.
I found it interesting, though, that Harry sees Quirrel die before he passes out in the film. I often wonder why they needed to change that event. People who have never read the books are going to be asking the same questions when the OotP film comes around.

Undrhil
August 23rd, 2005, 2:03 am
Well, they had to show Vapourmort pass through Harry to cause him to faint. It wouldn't be dramatic otherwise! LoL

Undrhil

SPEWstinks
August 23rd, 2005, 1:54 pm
House elfs can apparate inside Hogwarts....

The question is: Huh?

FizzingWhizB
August 23rd, 2005, 2:04 pm
House elfs can apparate inside Hogwarts....

The question is: Huh?According to JKR: House elves are a different breed; thus they have different kinds of magic that can transcend the Rule of No Apparition Inside Hogwarts.
Dumbledore likely trusts that they won't abuse this ability due to their subservient nature. They only use Apparition for moving around without being noticed.

anabel
August 23rd, 2005, 3:05 pm
I think halfbludprince is asking who no one else could hear the basilisk making any noise at all. And this is a rather good question. I wouldn't think that a Parselmouth would be able to hear a snake through solid walls and pipes. Therefore, I point halfbludprince back to PS/SS in which Harry talks to a snake through plate glass. The snake can hear him just fine. Presumably, the snake would be making noise but you normally can't hear noises like a snake would make through plate glass, so I think that was set up to show that someone who could speak and/or understand parseltongue would be able to hear a snake even through thick walls and pipes.

Yes, I know that thick walls and pipes are more sound insulating that a sheet of plate glass, but the theory is still the same. The basilisk is a little bit larger than the snake at the zoo, so the difference in insulation material is made up for in the size of the snake. :)

UndrhilI wonder if snakes "talk" at a frequency ordinary people can't hear. Lots of animals can hear things outside the range of our hearing. Perhaps Parselmouths, in addition to being able to understand and speak Parseltonge, can hear higher frequencies than most people. Just a thought.

Dedalus Diggle
August 23rd, 2005, 10:00 pm
I wonder if snakes "talk" at a frequency ordinary people can't hear. Lots of animals can hear things outside the range of our hearing. Perhaps Parselmouths, in addition to being able to understand and speak Parseltonge, can hear higher frequencies than most people. Just a thought.
Actually snakes have decent hearing, but their ears are internal. Most of the sound they hear comes not through the air but through vibrations carried by the ground. They have no trouble listening for the footsteps of fieldmice :wow:

But let's face it - JKR has no intention of sticking scrupulously to real-world biology - there are no venomous snakes the size of Nagini, if there were snakes like the basilisk big enough for Harry to get the sword and his hand into its mouth, it sure wouldn't be able to get out of the pipes through the plumbing fixtures (even the toilets), etc., etc.

meriandmaddie
August 23rd, 2005, 10:06 pm
and weaker than before. He can't control the magical properties of love as he is incapable of it.

Question: Why aren't there more obliviated people in St. Mungo's if Lockhart had been going all over the place doing this to people? It should be full to the brim!

anabel
August 23rd, 2005, 10:19 pm
Question: Why aren't there more obliviated people in St. Mungo's if Lockhart had been going all over the place doing this to people? It should be full to the brim!Weren't most of them in other countries? I suppose there would be magical hospitals in other countries too. I think Lockhart's backfired memory charm had more serious side effects than his usual ones, but his spells are so unreliable in general that you really can't tell!

bryanweasley
August 23rd, 2005, 10:34 pm
um...this question has been bugging so... how come they didn't use a timeturner to go back and stop Voldemort when he was younger???sorry if this question has already been asked...:)

Same reason Hermione stopped Harry from going after Pettigrew. It's the same reason if time travel was available, Hitler couldn't be touched. It would change the course of history to the point nobody would know what would happen.

The nearest thing I can think of is in POA when Harry hears what happened when he encounters a dementor

Hagrid gives Harry the story and he sees the green light and hears laughter in Book 1.

surrypotter
August 23rd, 2005, 10:38 pm
According to JKR: House elves are a different breed; thus they have different kinds of magic that can transcend the Rule of No Apparition Inside Hogwarts.
Dumbledore likely trusts that they won't abuse this ability due to their subservient nature. They only use Apparition for moving around without being noticed.

funny thing is .. you'd think the "most powerful wizard" DD would be able to transcend "Elf" magic .. but maybe "Elf" magic is older than Wizard magic?

anabel
August 23rd, 2005, 11:10 pm
funny thing is .. you'd think the "most powerful wizard" DD would be able to transcend "Elf" magic .. but maybe "Elf" magic is older than Wizard magic?
Maybe he doesn't want to. The elves in Hogwarts need to Apparate to do their jobs. But elves belonging to DEs could get in, as Dobby proved, so it does seem to be a security hole.

surrypotter
August 24th, 2005, 12:34 am
Maybe he doesn't want to. The elves in Hogwarts need to Apparate to do their jobs. But elves belonging to DEs could get in, as Dobby proved, so it does seem to be a security hole.

EDIT: No HBP spoilers or references in this area

Lash Dresden
August 24th, 2005, 2:56 am
Dobby got in before he was freed. He visited Harry in the hospital wing after the bludger incident.

DobbysBludger
August 25th, 2005, 2:21 pm
Dobby got in before he was freed. He visited Harry in the hospital wing after the bludger incident.

Will I never live that down, can't we let sleeping Bludgers lie. :rotfl:

vapormist
August 25th, 2005, 4:54 pm
Okay, this is just a thought that came to me while I was peeling potatoes last night. I was surprised, upon thinking, by how little we hear of Harry and co. read for entertainment (excluding Hermione, of course). The only book we ever hear of Harry reads for fun is Flying With the Cannons.
Isn't it a bit weird that a bookworm like Jo (she lives off people who like reading! :p) would make her main characters totally ignorant of the joy of reading? Or is it just never mentioned like the showering because it isn't important?

Super_Sonic
August 25th, 2005, 5:20 pm
Okay, this is just a thought that came to me while I was peeling potatoes last night. I was surprised, upon thinking, by how little we hear of Harry and co. read for entertainment (excluding Hermione, of course). The only book we ever hear of Harry reads for fun is Flying With the Cannons.
Isn't it a bit weird that a bookworm like Jo (she lives off people who like reading! :p) would make her main characters totally ignorant of the joy of reading? Or is it just never mentioned like the showering because it isn't important?



This is probably partly due to the fact that Harry and Ron are always
busy with homework, Quidditch,or thinking about what Malfoy/Snape/Voldemort are up to... :eyebrows:

vapormist
August 25th, 2005, 5:23 pm
Well, I'm not suprised Ron doesn't read, but Harry, all the time he spends awake at nights could be put to a good cause, such as finally reading "Hogwarts, a History" :)

FizzingWhizB
August 25th, 2005, 11:14 pm
Well, I'm not suprised Ron doesn't read, but Harry, all the time he spends awake at nights could be put to a good cause, such as finally reading "Hogwarts, a History" :)And actually learn for himself the ins and outs of Hogwarts? So not like Harry. :p
I have a feeling Harry has way too short of an attention span to focus on reading for fun. Plus, there are no deadly creatures theratening his friends' lives in the library (as of yet), so he could probably care less.
I think Harry's content with having Ms. Walking Encyclopedia by his side--that way he really doesn't have to read for himself. However, this may pose some problems for him in the future.

vapormist
August 26th, 2005, 2:56 pm
And actually learn for himself the ins and outs of Hogwarts? So not like Harry. :p
I have a feeling Harry has way too short of an attention span to focus on reading for fun. Plus, there are no deadly creatures theratening his friends' lives in the library (as of yet), so he could probably care less.
I think Harry's content with having Ms. Walking Encyclopedia by his side--that way he really doesn't have to read for himself. However, this may pose some problems for him in the future.
Isn't that like a typical boy thing to do? I mean, Harry isn't stupid, and I'm sure he would enjoy reading if he only bothered to try...
And I agree about the future problems. I've seen many people point out that Harry wouldn't stand a chance even agains teen Tom Riddle :love:, because Riddle practically read everything he saw and was very eager for knowledge, and thus knew heaps more than Harry does at the same age...Although Tom is better than Harry in all aspects, IMO :)
Maybe it's just the bookworm in me talking...

wizard123
August 27th, 2005, 2:11 am
EDIT: No HBP spoilers or references in this area.

surrypotter
August 27th, 2005, 2:23 am
EDIT: No HBP spoilers or references in this area.

wizard123
August 27th, 2005, 2:30 am
hmmmmmm I thought it might be something else...*going to read HPB again*

foster
August 27th, 2005, 1:45 pm
I'm sorry, I realise this is going to sound totally stupid, but there you have it. Aren't owls nocternal? So, don't they sleep during the day? Shouldn't they be asleep when they are delivering the mail? Someone, please help me out??

eviemarshall
August 27th, 2005, 7:16 pm
I have a question I haven't seen addressed. If it has been, please point me to the discussion. We know that in CoS, Harry was accused of underage magic even though it was Dobby that performed the hover charm. In OotP he got into major trouble for the patronus charm. It was pointed out that the MoM could detect the magic, but not who actually performed it. Here's my question: when the advance guard arrived at Privet Drive to escort Harry to headquarters, there was all sorts of magic being performed by them. I'm assuming the MoM wasn't aware that adult wizards were in the vicinity, so did they detect magic or not, and if so, why wasn't Harry blamed for performing more underage magic?

surrypotter
August 27th, 2005, 8:03 pm
I have a question I haven't seen addressed. If it has been, please point me to the discussion. We know that in CoS, Harry was accused of underage magic even though it was Dobby that performed the hover charm. In OotP he got into major trouble for the patronus charm. It was pointed out that the MoM could detect the magic, but not who actually performed it. Here's my question: when the advance guard arrived at Privet Drive to escort Harry to headquarters, there was all sorts of magic being performed by them. I'm assuming the MoM wasn't aware that adult wizards were in the vicinity, so did they detect magic or not, and if so, why wasn't Harry blamed for performing more underage magic?

I think it has been addressed, and the MOM can detect UNDERAGE magic ... all of the order were OVERAGED (no insult intended) Witches and Wizards. Therefor, no magic detected.

eviemarshall
August 27th, 2005, 9:32 pm
OK, so Dobby is considered "underage"? I thought I read, forgive me if I'm wrong, but that they couldn't detect who actually performed the magic, but in Harry's case since he was the only registered wizard in Little Whinging, it was automatically assumed that he was the one who performed it?

TaraBrady
August 27th, 2005, 10:29 pm
That's right, the MoM can detect magic, but not who performs it. According to MoM records, Harry was the only person capable of performing magic who was supposed to be in the vicinity of Privet drive when he performed the Patronus charm in book 5, and when Dobby levitated the pudding in book 2.

I'd guess that, since Harry was already in trouble for performing magic, they may have notified the MoM department responsible for regulating underage magic that there would be adult wizards going to Privet drive to escort Harry to London, and not to be surprised if there was magic done.

heir_gryf
August 29th, 2005, 4:30 am
There is a theory out there that each task at the END of Book 1 represents every book in the series...
can someone explain to me which tasks correspond with which book?

(Like the one with the keys, what book is that representing?

NOTE: I love the books...but I just can't remember how each task fits with each book....it's been a while :)

Undrhil
August 29th, 2005, 5:01 am
Oh my goodness! That sounds like an excellent theory! It makes perfect sense too!

Book One: We first meet Hagrid and find out about his love for animals of all kinds and Harry has to get past Fluffy as the first task.

Book Two: Professor Sprout uses a plant (Mandragora, I think) to cure the petrified victims of the Basilisk. The second task is to get past the plant down the trap door (Devil's Snare).

Book Three: They free Sirius and Buckbeak (and Peter Pettigrew, unwillingly). The third task was chasing down the key.

Book Four: The Three Trials for the Triwizard Tournament. Each requires a strategy to overcome. The fourth task was the Chess game.

Book Five: Umbridge. The fifth task, they would have had to fight a troll is Quirrell hadn't done it for them.

Book Six: ... Well, I can't really give it away, but it focuses somewhat on Potions. And the sixth task was the potions.

Book Seven: The final matchup with Voldemort. Enough said.

Very clever. I wish I knew who originally came up with that. And it makes so much sense!!

Undrhil

Mundungus Fletc
August 29th, 2005, 5:32 am
The seven tasks seven books thread is here (http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=36313&highlight=seven+tasks+books)

bryanweasley
August 29th, 2005, 5:48 pm
Maybe he doesn't want to. The elves in Hogwarts need to Apparate to do their jobs. But elves belonging to DEs could get in, as Dobby proved, so it does seem to be a security hole.

Dobby is a house elf of Malfoy. As Draco is at Hogwarts, that is the loophole as to how he got in.

LocoGente
August 30th, 2005, 12:47 am
My sister just finished reading book five and she brought up a good question. We didn't know where or who to ask so I hope that it is okay I give it a shot here.

In book five Harry discovers that he can now see the horses that draw the carriages. It is explained that this is because he has finally seen death (in Cedric's murder). But did he also not see his parents killed? Why couldn't he see the horses from the start then?

BellatrixL
August 30th, 2005, 1:01 am
My sister just finished reading book five and she brought up a good question. We didn't know where or who to ask so I hope that it is okay I give it a shot here.

In book five Harry discovers that he can now see the horses that draw the carriages. It is explained that this is because he has finally seen death (in Cedric's murder). But did he also not see his parents killed? Why couldn't he see the horses from the start then?

Maybe he didn't see his parents being murdered in front of him. He was so young, he was probably in a craddle and therefor perhaps couldn't see it...While with Cedric's murder, it happened right in front of him...He actually saw Cedric die.
Or at least that's what I thought to myself when I learned about the Thestrals. But maybe I'm wrong.

Desraelda
August 30th, 2005, 1:13 am
My sister just finished reading book five and she brought up a good question. We didn't know where or who to ask so I hope that it is okay I give it a shot here.

In book five Harry discovers that he can now see the horses that draw the carriages. It is explained that this is because he has finally seen death (in Cedric's murder). But did he also not see his parents killed? Why couldn't he see the horses from the start then?
Harry was only 15 months old when his parents died and he didn't understand death or know what happened at the time. He was in his crib and didn't see his parents die. He also didn't see the threstrals when he left at the end of the year Cedric died because the death hadn't sunk in, yet, according to JKR.

TaraBrady
August 30th, 2005, 1:17 am
In book five Harry discovers that he can now see the horses that draw the carriages. It is explained that this is because he has finally seen death (in Cedric's murder). But did he also not see his parents killed? Why couldn't he see the horses from the start then?JKR has answered this on her officiall site. She says that Harry didn't actually see his parents' deaths, although he did hear it. He didn't see Quirrell die in PS, either, although he does see it in the film. The full page is here (http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/faq_view.cfm?id=21). It says 'spoiler warning' at the top, but it's a OotP spoiler, not an HBP spoiler.

ylh98
August 30th, 2005, 11:24 pm
A question: Ron's dress robe was second-handed and ugly. Why couldn't/didn't he ask his mom or dad use a combination of color-changing spell, repairng spell, and other magic to make the robe better looking?

anabel
August 30th, 2005, 11:48 pm
A question: Ron's dress robe was second-handed and ugly. Why couldn't/didn't he ask his mom or dad use a combination of color-changing spell, repairng spell, and other magic to make the robe better looking?That goes for pretty much everything the Weasleys and Lupin own. I think Jo is stressing that magic can't solve all problems, and that there will always be different levels of wealth. It does make me wonder, when they learn all this Tranfiguration but can't Transfigure old clothes to make them new, but I think it's important to the story that the Weasleys are poor. Jo was living below the poverty line in Edinburgh before the first book was published, and I think she wanted to show poverty in the books because she knows just what it feels like.

Evik
August 31st, 2005, 3:18 pm
I was wondering why did Sirius wait twelve years in Azkaban before he escaped? I mean he was an animagus from the beginning of his arrest so he could have escaped almost immediately.

I hope this hasn't been discussed somewhere. If it has I apologise.

Inkwolf
August 31st, 2005, 7:05 pm
I was wondering why did Sirius wait twelve years in Azkaban before he escaped? I mean he was an animagus from the beginning of his arrest so he could have escaped almost immediately.

I hope this hasn't been discussed somewhere. If it has I apologise.

Well. apparently he wasn't motivated enough until he saw Wormtail's picture in the paper...

DracosAngel05
August 31st, 2005, 7:14 pm
I was wondering why did Sirius wait twelve years in Azkaban before he escaped? I mean he was an animagus from the beginning of his arrest so he could have escaped almost immediately.

I hope this hasn't been discussed somewhere. If it has I apologise.
He states at some point ,though I am not entirely sure of the exact wording, that the fact that he knew he was innocent along with his animagus abilities are what kept him from being effected by the dementors entirely. After seeing wormtail's picture in the paper, he said that he had even more motivation which in turn gave him a new wave of strength and ability to finally escape.

KristynM
August 31st, 2005, 9:56 pm
Adding to it, why try to escape? Especially early on in his imprisonment, his crime was infamous. Everyone knew that Sirius Black was a dangerous man, that he killed all of those muggles. His escape would have been even bigger right after the downfall of Voldemort because all of the hype and worry around Voldemort would have had no time to cool down. Sirius had no need to try to escape. Seeing Wormtail, though, really drove him over the edge. He knew he was innocent, so he had strength. He could keep sane. And when he saw Wormtail with the Weasley's, he pulled together all of his strength and his energies together to escape because that is when he had the need, the desire, to do so.

Genetrix
September 1st, 2005, 1:57 am
Also, it was better that he bide his time, whether he was intending to do so or not. The Sirius we see mostly is impatient and does everything at the spur of the moment and on a whim. This might be another side of Sirius that told him to stay still and wait for his one chance.

DracosAngel05
September 1st, 2005, 4:22 am
Adding to it, why try to escape? Especially early on in his imprisonment, his crime was infamous. Everyone knew that Sirius Black was a dangerous man, that he killed all of those muggles. His escape would have been even bigger right after the downfall of Voldemort because all of the hype and worry around Voldemort would have had no time to cool down. Sirius had no need to try to escape. Seeing Wormtail, though, really drove him over the edge. He knew he was innocent, so he had strength. He could keep sane. And when he saw Wormtail with the Weasley's, he pulled together all of his strength and his energies together to escape because that is when he had the need, the desire, to do so.
That makes complete sense. If he would have escaped earlier, he would have had an even harder time convincing the few people who actually believed in his innocence.

Evik
September 1st, 2005, 9:36 am
Good points, guys. Thanks for them.

Just out of curiousity, how did he know that Scabbers was Pettigrew? All rats look the same. Maybe he noticed that Scabbers was missing a toe?

ComicBookWorm
September 1st, 2005, 11:27 am
Good points, guys. Thanks for them.

Just out of curiousity, how did he know that Scabbers was Pettigrew? All rats look the same. Maybe he noticed that Scabbers was missing a toe?
He said that he was quite familiar with what Peter looked like as a rat.

Desraelda
September 1st, 2005, 1:10 pm
He said that he was quite familiar with what Peter looked like as a rat.
And that Scabbers was missing a toe.

Evik
September 1st, 2005, 1:12 pm
He said that he was quite familiar with what Peter looked like as a rat.
So he was able to recognise him even as a rat? That's weird, don't you think. But maybe it can be possible. They were friends for a long time and see each other in their animal forms every month, so he may have been able to recognise him.

blah123
September 1st, 2005, 3:30 pm
I always wondered what the Bat Bogey Hex was, and whether it was a creation of Ginny's or not. Then, I decided to re-read book 1 and came upon this comment from Ron which suggests it is an existing curse,
If either of you get us caught, I'll never rest until I've learnt that Curse of the Bogies Quirrell told us about... Pg 117, British Version, Philosopher's Stone
So, it seems that it is a normal curse/hex afterall, and not one created by Ginny. I know, i seem to have answered my own question, but i thought it was an interesting little fact.

Hilary
September 1st, 2005, 8:31 pm
I was just on JK Rolwings site and something happened and I was wondering if it happened to anyone else and what it does. A big black bug flew across the screen. It was enormous and I was wondering what happens when you click on it? Has that happened to anybody? Also when you click on the cup to check out the Extra Stuff there's a blank piece of parchment pinned to the board. If you take the eraser and erase the blank paper a picture turns up. Is that picture important...I can't seem to make anything happen by clicking on the picture. What should I do? I really hope someone can help me here. Thanks a lot.


Hilary :p :blush:

charliewoo_88
September 1st, 2005, 8:35 pm
Hilary- those little things on the JK site are to access the little secrets on the site. There's a section on mugglenet about it I believe...

Charlotte
:)

surrypotter
September 1st, 2005, 8:37 pm
I was just on JK Rolwings site and something happened and I was wondering if it happened to anyone else and what it does. A big black bug flew across the screen. It was enormous and I was wondering what happens when you click on it? Has that happened to anybody? Also when you click on the cup to check out the Extra Stuff there's a blank piece of parchment pinned to the board. If you take the eraser and erase the blank paper a picture turns up. Is that picture important...I can't seem to make anything happen by clicking on the picture. What should I do? I really hope someone can help me here. Thanks a lot.


Hilary :p :blush:

tee hee ... her site is fun ... if you go to www.harrypotterlexicon.com ... it'll tell you how to find all the secret things :)

Hilary
September 1st, 2005, 8:39 pm
Thank you sooo much :) I really appreciate it!


Hilary :p :blush:

Desraelda
September 1st, 2005, 11:07 pm
I was just on JK Rolwings site and something happened and I was wondering if it happened to anyone else and what it does. A big black bug flew across the screen. It was enormous and I was wondering what happens when you click on it? Has that happened to anybody? Also when you click on the cup to check out the Extra Stuff there's a blank piece of parchment pinned to the board. If you take the eraser and erase the blank paper a picture turns up. Is that picture important...I can't seem to make anything happen by clicking on the picture. What should I do? I really hope someone can help me here. Thanks a lot.


Hilary :p :blush:
When you erase the parchment, it shows you things you need to find. The black bug is one of them, so try to click on it. When you find all of them, you get a bonus to put in the scrapbook.

There are a lot of other things on the site besides that. Look in the rubbish bin and click on the pen. When it breaks, it'll show you other things to look for.

Happy hunting. :tu:

blackforest
September 1st, 2005, 11:13 pm
Quirrel could have taught another position, perhaps. Or maybe Jo forgot to mention that.

PhieryPhonix
September 1st, 2005, 11:19 pm
If I saw my friend turn into an animal frequently, I not sure if I would even want to recognize him....

MoodyMuggle
September 2nd, 2005, 8:16 am
OK my questoin is: what were Harry's parents doing to annoy Lord V (apart from being the parents of the person the prophecy said would defeat him)?

In CoS (pg 248 UK) when Harry breaks Lucius' bond on Dobby, Lucius Malfoy says:
"You'll meet the same sticky end as your parents.... They were meddlesome fools, too."

So what were they meddling in? Was it just because they were fighting back against Lord V, or was there something else?

Vita
September 2nd, 2005, 8:18 am
I dont think that's been revealed yet. We can assume they were part of the order who was trying to defeat Lord Voldemort but what they exactly did, I cant tell you.

Desraelda
September 2nd, 2005, 1:20 pm
OK my questoin is: what were Harry's parents doing to annoy Lord V (apart from being the parents of the person the prophecy said would defeat him)?

In CoS (pg 248 UK) when Harry breaks Lucius' bond on Dobby, Lucius Malfoy says:
"You'll meet the same sticky end as your parents.... They were meddlesome fools, too."

So what were they meddling in? Was it just because they were fighting back against Lord V, or was there something else?
Probably part of the "thrice defied" thing. We might find out what it was before the end of the series, but I doubt it.

ComicBookWorm
September 2nd, 2005, 1:28 pm
Probably part of the "thrice defied" thing. We might find out what it was before the end of the series, but I doubt it.
It probably isn't important enough to learn. The fact that DEs considered them a nuisance is enough. They tried to interfere with DE activities... which ones are not important.

Desraelda
September 2nd, 2005, 5:05 pm
It probably isn't important enough to learn. The fact that DEs considered them a nuisance is enough. They tried to interfere with DE activities... which ones are not important.
Agreed.

Adara84
September 4th, 2005, 8:51 am
I was just on JK Rolwings site and something happened and I was wondering if it happened to anyone else and what it does. A big black bug flew across the screen. It was enormous and I was wondering what happens when you click on it? Has that happened to anybody? Also when you click on the cup to check out the Extra Stuff there's a blank piece of parchment pinned to the board. If you take the eraser and erase the blank paper a picture turns up. Is that picture important...I can't seem to make anything happen by clicking on the picture. What should I do? I really hope someone can help me here. Thanks a lot.


Hilary :p :blush:

That "big black bug" is supposed to bee Peeves I think. He knocks the mug whith pens over.

Inkwolf
September 4th, 2005, 11:24 am
Actually, the big black bug is a Doxie, but it does fly over just as Peeves cute loose. :)

I saw a screenshot once, but don't remember where it was...

haha
September 4th, 2005, 11:33 pm
Actually, the big black bug is a Doxie, but it does fly over just as Peeves cute loose.
:lol: I always wondered why Peeves looked so much like a big black bug!

surrypotter
September 4th, 2005, 11:36 pm
It probably isn't important enough to learn. The fact that DEs considered them a nuisance is enough. They tried to interfere with DE activities... which ones are not important.

OHHH this thrice defied thing is interesting ... and may very well play a part in book 7, perhaps Harry will learn something about that when he visits G's Hollow?

haha
September 4th, 2005, 11:41 pm
No HBP mention in this part of the forum please :)

AlasEarWax
September 6th, 2005, 3:58 am
So sorry if this was mentioned, or if its a really dumb question but i searched and nothing came up, so here goes: In GoF, in the chapter, The Dream, Harry has a dream that he goes to this ivy covered house, and inside it is Voldemort who is angry at Wormtail for making a "blunder". Voldemort says it is lucky because "He is dead". What are they talking about here? Mr. Crouch?

kingwidgit
September 6th, 2005, 4:12 am
So sorry if this was mentioned, or if its a really dumb question but i searched and nothing came up, so here goes: In GoF, in the chapter, The Dream, Harry has a dream that he goes to this ivy covered house, and inside it is Voldemort who is angry at Wormtail for making a "blunder". Voldemort says it is lucky because "He is dead". What are they talking about here? Mr. Crouch?Yes, they're talking about Barty Senior being dead...incidentally that house that Babymort, Wormtail, and Nagini were in in that scene, was the Riddle House.

haha
September 6th, 2005, 4:14 am
So sorry if this was mentioned, or if its a really dumb question but i searched and nothing came up, so here goes: In GoF, in the chapter, The Dream, Harry has a dream that he goes to this ivy covered house, and inside it is Voldemort who is angry at Wormtail for making a "blunder". Voldemort says it is lucky because "He is dead". What are they talking about here? Mr. Crouch?
:agree: They are indeed talking about Barty Couch Senior.

AlasEarWax
September 6th, 2005, 4:17 am
Yes, they're talking about Barty Senior being dead...incidentally that house that Babymort, Wormtail, and Nagini were in in that scene, was the Riddle House.

OK.. so do you know how at the beginning of the 4th book when Harry has the first dream and Voldemort says something like "one more death, and the path to Harry Potter is clear" ? So he wanted Wormtail to kill Barty Senior? The reason I am confused about this is because the Lexicon says that that phrase was an error.

eriseid
September 6th, 2005, 4:25 am
OK my questoin is: what were Harry's parents doing to annoy Lord V (apart from being the parents of the person the prophecy said would defeat him)?

Just being part of the order must have been a big part of their meddeling.

kingwidgit
September 6th, 2005, 8:34 pm
OK.. so do you know how at the beginning of the 4th book when Harry has the first dream and Voldemort says something like "one more death, and the path to Harry Potter is clear" ? So he wanted Wormtail to kill Barty Senior? The reason I am confused about this is because the Lexicon says that that phrase was an error.The reason it's listed as an error is that in the UK version it says "One more curse", not "one more murder", and this 'error' actually hasn't been explained yet.

We know that Crouch Jr. kept Moody alive for the Polyjuice Potion...perhaps they meant for Moody to die...all that was needed for the potion was Moody's hair, which could have been clipped after his death, but we just don't know.

We know that LV & Wormtail kept Barty Sr. alive until a month before the Third task, when Crouch arrived at Hogwarts. There wasn't another murder that occurred that we're aware of. LV killed Bryce in the first chapter, then ten months later Imposter Moody kills Barty Sr., that's it.

MugglyBrit
September 7th, 2005, 12:18 am
Why was the House Harry Potter's parents were killed it destroyed? Harry wasn't injured by the rubble?

Why did Godric Griffindor and Salazar Slytherin fall out?

Why did Voldemort give Lily a choice?

surrypotter
September 7th, 2005, 1:15 am
The reason it's listed as an error is that in the UK version it says "One more curse", not "one more murder", and this 'error' actually hasn't been explained yet.

We know that Crouch Jr. kept Moody alive for the Polyjuice Potion...perhaps they meant for Moody to die...all that was needed for the potion was Moody's hair, which could have been clipped after his death, but we just don't know.

We know that LV & Wormtail kept Barty Sr. alive until a month before the Third task, when Crouch arrived at Hogwarts. There wasn't another murder that occurred that we're aware of. LV killed Bryce in the first chapter, then ten months later Imposter Moody kills Barty Sr., that's it.

What about the murder of the woman in Albania? (for the life of me I can't think of her name) Wouldn't that have been the first of three murders?

Desraelda
September 7th, 2005, 4:43 am
What about the murder of the woman in Albania? (for the life of me I can't think of her name) Wouldn't that have been the first of three murders?
Bertha Jorkins.

That "one more murder" has got to be a mistake. JKR has promised to keep her website open after Book 7 to explain a lot of this stuff and do a lot of background. I hope this is one thing.

Vita
September 7th, 2005, 4:58 am
Why was the House Harry Potter's parents were killed it destroyed? Harry wasn't injured by the rubble?

Why did Godric Griffindor and Salazar Slytherin fall out?

Why did Voldemort give Lily a choice?

Why would have Voldemort Spared Lily? (http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=61380&highlight=Lily+Voldemort)

Why was Lily killed? And why didnt Voldemort want to kill her? (http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=1361&highlight=Lily+Voldemort)

Salazar Slytherin - Why did he leave? (http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=51879&highlight=Salazar+Slytherin)

What Happened to Salazar Slytherin (http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=43948&highlight=Salazar+Slytherin)

The Potter's house destroyed? (http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=16383&highlight=house+destroyed)

Your questions are a bit bigger than "little questions" so I posted a few links that might help you. :)

eviemarshall
September 8th, 2005, 5:26 pm
EDIT: No HBP references in this area.

vapormist
September 8th, 2005, 5:32 pm
EDIT: No HBP references in this area.

zingara
September 8th, 2005, 5:37 pm
eviemarshall, we're not allowed to discuss HBP in this forum; it belongs in the Half Blood Prince Discussion (http://www.cosforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=131) area. :)

That aside, there's a thread in the forum I linked you to that deals with the edited out topic:
here (http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=60944)

and the HBP Little Questions thread is here:
Little Questions Answered - HBP (http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=60734) :)

eviemarshall
September 8th, 2005, 6:07 pm
Thanks, I couldn't find the little questions thread there.

Xanatos
September 10th, 2005, 7:22 pm
Quick Questions:

1. Is there ever a definition of "warlock", as opposed to "wizard"?

and

2. The term "half-blood" has me a wee bit confused as to what the genetic definition actually is. Both Harry and Voldermort are "half-bloods", but both of Harry's parents had wizarding power (despite one of them being muggle-born), whereas Voldermort's father was "just" a muggle (as opposed to a muggle-born wizard). Is "half-blood" actually the term used for both circumstances, or is that an inconsistency?

if you haven't noticed, I'm particularly focused on the subtleties of the series, especially after reading Half Blood Prince...

zingara
September 10th, 2005, 7:27 pm
2. The term "half-blood" has me a wee bit confused as to what the genetic definition actually is. Both Harry and Voldermort are "half-bloods", but both of Harry's parents had wizarding power (despite one of them being muggle-born), whereas Voldermort's father was "just" a muggle (as opposed to a muggle-born wizard). Is "half-blood" actually the term used for both circumstances, or is that an inconsistency?I can't answer the first question, but in regards to the second Harry's mother does not have wizards' blood so regardless of her magic capabilities, she is still considered a muggle, at least in a geneology sense.

So yes, it is used in, and applies to, both cases. :)

Xanatos
September 10th, 2005, 7:52 pm
...much appreciated.

surrypotter
September 10th, 2005, 9:37 pm
I can't answer the first question, but in regards to the second Harry's mother does not have wizards' blood so regardless of her magic capabilities, she is still considered a muggle, at least in a geneology sense.

So yes, it is used in, and applies to, both cases. :)

Actually Lily is considered a muggle born witch, which would allow for the term half blood ... she's NOT a muggle however, a muggle is a person with absolutely NO MAGICAL POWERS!!!! :)

zingara
September 10th, 2005, 9:38 pm
Actually Lily is considered a muggle born witch, which would allow for the term half blood ... she's NOT a full muggle however :)But in terms of her genetics, she is. :)

surrypotter
September 10th, 2005, 9:39 pm
But in terms of her genetics, she is. :)
NO her parents are muggles ... she is not a muggle she's a half blood or a muggle born witch

Vita
September 10th, 2005, 9:41 pm
A muggle born witch, like for example, say your mom is German and your Dad is Irish. When you were born you were half and half but you grew up in France and know there language, culture, customs and for all intensive purposes are French but not by genetics.... does that make any more sense or am I just babbling?

Lily is Muggleborn but grew up in a magical world.... I'm babbling and will shut up now :)

zingara
September 10th, 2005, 9:43 pm
NO her parents are muggles ... she is not a muggle she's a half blood or a muggle born witchLily isn't a halfblood ... her blood, coming from both of her parents, is pure muggle. It's why JK refers to them as Muggle Borns or Mudbloods: they are not half bloods. To be a half blood implies that one parent is a pure blooded wizard (James) and the other lacks the blood of a wizard in his/her ancestry (Lily).

One does not have wizard blood because they are magical. It's about lineage, not an innate ability otherwise lacking in muggles.

surrypotter
September 10th, 2005, 9:43 pm
A muggle born witch, like for example, say your mom is German and your Dad is Irish. When you were born you were half and half but you grew up in France and know there language, culture, customs and for all intensive purposes are French but not by genetics.... does that make any more sense or am I just babbling?
You're not babbling ... but since i've been doing geneology for the last 20 years, I do understand your point, and apparenly since the gene for being a witch or a wizard is PASSED genetically then somewhere in his/her family line there actually WAS a frenchman!!!!!. However, we're talking about a childrens book ... and essentially our rules of geneology don't really count ... since it's a FICTION novel!!!! But perhaps now i'm babbling :)

Clara_Riddle
September 11th, 2005, 8:07 pm
After Harry's seen Cedric die at the end of GoF (which, we know, is supposed to be the cause for him to be able to see the Thestrals) when the supposedly 'Horseless' carriages come to take them back to the train they are still, to Harry, Horseless. Isn't this wrong because OotP says that the reason Harry can, then, see the Thestrals is because he saw Cedric die? Did I miss something that explains why Harry can see them in his fifth year but not in his fourth year when Cedric had recently died?

Bunny
September 11th, 2005, 8:27 pm
After Harry's seen Cedric die at the end of GoF (which, we know, is supposed to be the cause for him to be able to see the Thestrals) when the supposedly 'Horseless' carriages come to take them back to the train they are still, to Harry, Horseless. Isn't this wrong because OotP says that the reason Harry can, then, see the Thestrals is because he saw Cedric die? Did I miss something that explains why Harry can see them in his fifth year but not in his fourth year when Cedric had recently died? Jo was asked this question and her reply was that it took time for Harry to take in what had happened to Cedric.
It wasn't until he was returning to Hogwarts after spending that time at the Dursleys and Grimmauld Place that the events sank in.
J.K.Rowling Official Site (http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/faq_view.cfm?id=21): Jo says: He did, however, witness the murder of Cedric, and it is this that makes him able to see the Thestrals at last. Why couldn’t he see the Thestrals on his trip back to the train station? Well, I didn’t want to start a new mystery, which would not be resolved for a long time, at the very end of the fourth book. I decided, therefore, that until Harry is over the first shock, and really feels what death means (ie, when he fully appreciates that Cedric is gone forever and that he can never come back, which takes time, whatever age you are) he would not be able to see the Thestrals. After two months away from school during which he has dwelled endlessly on his memories of the murder and had nightmares about it, the Thestrals have taken shape and form and he can see them quite clearly.

Clara_Riddle
September 11th, 2005, 8:29 pm
Thanks Bunny!

You're not babbling ... but since i've been doing geneology for the last 20 years, I do understand your point, and apparenly since the gene for being a witch or a wizard is PASSED genetically then somewhere in his/her family line there actually WAS a frenchman!!!!!. However, we're talking about a childrens book ... and essentially our rules of geneology don't really count ... since it's a FICTION novel!!!! But perhaps now i'm babbling :)

My theory is that the gene for being a witch or wizard is a recessive gene, which means that you'd have to have two (one from each parent) to be a witch or wizard. This can explain why witches and wizards can come out of long lines of muggles because the parents must have one magic gene and one muggle gene (the muggle gene being the dominant gene) so the witch or wizard would have inherited one magic gene from each parent, giving them two magic genes meaning that they would be a witch or wizard. This would mean that all children born of magical parentage would have to be a witch or wizard because they could only inherit the magic gene. This doesn't fit in with squibs but, as far as I can tell, being a squib is much less common than being muggle-born so I suppose that it could be a defective magic gene that is mutated making them non-magic. This is kind of technical stuff but I hope it makes some kind of sense. :shrug:

Desraelda
September 11th, 2005, 8:50 pm
My theory is that the gene for being a witch or wizard is a recessive gene, which means that you'd have to have two (one from each parent) to be a witch or wizard. This can explain why witches and wizards can come out of long lines of muggles because the parents must have one magic gene and one muggle gene (the muggle gene being the dominant gene) so the witch or wizard would have inherited one magic gene from each parent, giving them two magic genes meaning that they would be a witch or wizard. This would mean that all children born of magical parentage would have to be a witch or wizard because they could only inherit the magic gene. This doesn't fit in with squibs but, as far as I can tell, being a squib is much less common than being muggle-born so I suppose that it could be a defective magic gene that is mutated making them non-magic. This is kind of technical stuff but I hope it makes some kind of sense. :shrug:
On JKR's website under Extra Stuff, Miscellaneous, Squibs, she says that the magic gene is "dominant and resilient" and that's why squibs are rare.

surrypotter
September 11th, 2005, 10:28 pm
On JKR's website under Extra Stuff, Miscellaneous, Squibs, she says that the magic gene is "dominant and resilient" and that's why squibs are rare.
And also how you can easily bear a Witch or a Wizard in a muggle family

MoodyMuggle
September 12th, 2005, 8:41 am
On JKR's website under Extra Stuff, Miscellaneous, Squibs, she says that the magic gene is "dominant and resilient" and that's why squibs are rare.

In the same way as we shouldn't try and find the physics behind all the spells, I don't think we should worry too much about strict genetic theory in Harry Potter. Squibs can be born to magical families, and witches can be born to Muggles. it just happens.

Desraelda
September 12th, 2005, 2:48 pm
In the same way as we shouldn't try and find the physics behind all the spells, I don't think we should worry too much about strict genetic theory in Harry Potter. Squibs can be born to magical families, and witches can be born to Muggles. it just happens.
Agreed. This is magic, after all. But if JKR answers a question on her website or in an interview, then it's something she's thought about and something we should be aware of.

surrypotter
September 12th, 2005, 11:23 pm
Agreed. This is magic, after all. But if JKR answers a question on her website or in an interview, then it's something she's thought about and something we should be aware of.
I believe that we should think about what JKR states as fact, but I don't think it needs to be quibbled about. I think that some words can be interchangeable. There are an awful lot of people arguing about semantics on this point though. I think with the dilution of the bloodlines it's inevitable that things would be a little muddled. :)

haha
September 12th, 2005, 11:32 pm
In the same way as we shouldn't try and find the physics behind all the spells, I don't think we should worry too much about strict genetic theory in Harry Potter. Squibs can be born to magical families, and witches can be born to Muggles. it just happens.
There also the fact that there just might be alot better ways to use your time and thought, for example, discussing possible endings of the series and wingeing over why JK isn't finishing her book faster ;)

surrypotter
September 13th, 2005, 12:20 am
There also the fact that there just might be alot better ways to use your time and thought, for example, discussing possible endings of the series and wingeing over why JK isn't finishing her book faster ;)
now tell me, if you had a brand new cute as a button fluffy little three headed dog, wouldn't you take a bit of time out to give it your attention and love?

haha
September 13th, 2005, 1:29 am
now tell me, if you had a brand new cute as a button fluffy little three headed dog, wouldn't you take a bit of time out to give it your attention and love?
Depends on wheather said dog is likely to bite my hand off or not :lol:

surrypotter
September 13th, 2005, 1:42 am
Depends on wheather said dog is likely to bite my hand off or not :lol:
I'm pretty sure that JKR's brand new baby isn't likely to bite her hand off, I do understand the need for her to spend time, quality time, with her new baby and the rest of her family members. :)

Shuichi
September 13th, 2005, 2:55 am
Um...I don't know where to ask this, and I don't want to make a thread dedicated to such a tiny question, so...I'll...ask here. :blush:

In book 4, chapter 9 ("The Dark Mark"), page 123 in the American hardcover edition, when the trio are in the woods a French girl asks them, "Ou est Madame Maxime? Nous l'avons perdue--"

Does anybody know what that's supposed to mean in English? *SWT* Thank you~

surrypotter
September 13th, 2005, 3:00 am
Um...I don't know where to ask this, and I don't want to make a thread dedicated to such a tiny question, so...I'll...ask here. :blush:

In book 4, chapter 9 ("The Dark Mark"), page 123 in the American hardcover edition, when the trio are in the woods a French girl asks them, "Ou est Madame Maxime? Nous l'avons perdue--"

Does anybody know what that's supposed to mean in English? *SWT* Thank you~
Ou est Madame Maxime? Means Where is Madame Maxime?
and Nous l'avons perdue Are we lost?

marspeach
September 13th, 2005, 3:05 am
Ou est Madame Maxime? Means Where is Madame Maxime?
and Nous l'avons perdue Are we lost?

Close, but not quite on the second question. The l' indicates a direct object, referring to Madame Maxime. "We've lost her."

surrypotter
September 13th, 2005, 3:06 am
Close, but not quite on the second question. The l' indicates a direct object, referring to Madame Maxime. "We've lost her."
Thank you, my french is a little rusty :)

Shuichi
September 13th, 2005, 3:13 am
Ah, I see. I thought it meant something like that. :) Thank you!

Besanamo
September 13th, 2005, 3:35 am
Ou est Madame Maxime? Means Where is Madame Maxime?
and Nous l'avons perdue Are we lost?

It actually means:

"Where is Madame Maxime? We've lost her."

surrypotter
September 13th, 2005, 3:43 am
It actually means:

"Where is Madame Maxime? We've lost her."
yup we got that thanks :)

haha
September 13th, 2005, 3:53 am
I'm pretty sure that JKR's brand new baby isn't likely to bite her hand off, I do understand the need for her to spend time, quality time, with her new baby and the rest of her family members.
Oh! Is that what you were referring to? No, I don't begrudge her for wanting to spend quality time with her new baby and I completely understand. That doesn't stop other people from wanting more though, and its even worse here because its a group of greedy HP obsessed fans [well that's me anyway!] :lol:

surrypotter
September 13th, 2005, 4:02 am
Oh! Is that what you were referring to? No, I don't begrudge her for wanting to spend quality time with her new baby and I completely understand. That doesn't stop other people from wanting more though, and its even worse here because its a group of greedy HP obsessed fans [well that's me anyway!] :lol:
Yeah, that's what I meant, but I understand ... well think of it this way though ... in 2 months we get a new movie ... the month after that she's going to start writing!!!! YAY ... so then we'll only have about a year and a half ... it'll go by fast enough. :)

Adara84
September 13th, 2005, 6:49 pm
At christmas in OotP Harry got a mirror from Sirius that Sirius said he should use if he needed to contact him. Then Harry twice made a lot of effort to use the fireplace in Umbridge's office to contact Sirius.
So my question is:
Why didn't he use the mirror? Did he just not think about it?

Clara_Riddle
September 13th, 2005, 6:54 pm
At christmas in OotP Harry got a mirror from Sirius that Sirius said he should use if he needed to contact him. Then Harry twice made a lot of effort to use the fireplace in Umbridge's office to contact Sirius.
So my question is:
Why didn't he use the mirror? Did he just not think about it?

Yes, I belive that he simply forgot about it. Also he seemed reluctant to have it, perhaps because he thought it could be dangerous and might get sirius into trouble or make him come for Harry or something that might put him in danger like Harry was worried might happen when Sirius came to the cave in GoF

Evik
September 13th, 2005, 6:55 pm
At christmas in OotP Harry got a mirror from Sirius that Sirius said he should use if he needed to contact him. Then Harry twice made a lot of effort to use the fireplace in Umbridge's office to contact Sirius.
So my question is:
Why didn't he use the mirror? Did he just not think about it?
I think he didn't open the pack before. He also didn't want to contact Sirius (because of Snape) in order not to make him angry. He didn't want to make Sirius leave the house and be caught. So for all these reasons he completely forgot about the gift and that's why he didn't think about it. I hope I am right.

Evik
September 13th, 2005, 8:01 pm
I have actually two questions:

1) Why don't they use "Petrificus totalus" on werewolves during their transormation? They wouldn't harm or attack anybody. Or is there some reason why it doesn't work on them?

2) Why didn't Lupin see Harry and Hermione "from the future" on the map in PoA? He saw the "normal" H+H at Hagrid's and the "future" H+H were not far from them, so he must have noticed them. Did the map not show them at all?

Tenshi
September 13th, 2005, 8:25 pm
Just a stupid question: What is the eye colour of James? I can't remember to read it or I forgot it. So is it mentioned somewhere?

vapormist
September 13th, 2005, 8:46 pm
Hazel, mentioned in Snape's Worst Memory.

Freaky
September 13th, 2005, 8:47 pm
Why didn't Lupin see Harry and Hermione "from the future" on the map in PoA? He saw the "normal" H+H at Hagrid's and the "future" H+H were not far from them, so he must have noticed them. Did the map not show them at all?

Maybe they do show up, they are physical after all, but he would have been concentrating on the area near the Whomping Willow. There are a lot of names on the map so the others may have simply been lost inside it.

zingara
September 13th, 2005, 8:53 pm
I have actually two questions:

1) Why don't they use "Petrificus totalus" on werewolves during their transormation? They wouldn't harm or attack anybody. Or is there some reason why it doesn't work on them?

2) Why didn't Lupin see Harry and Hermione "from the future" on the map in PoA? He saw the "normal" H+H at Hagrid's and the "future" H+H were not far from them, so he must have noticed them. Did the map not show them at all?Tough questions, but allow me to try. :)

In regards to question 1., I think it's because it's simply easier to ostracise them than to have someone visit them every full moon, wait for them to transform, and then PT them. It's also risky, I think. A spell like PT, used as frequently as would be required for werewolves, could damage that wizard.

Question 2 ... I think the map would only register one Harry and one Hermione, and the ones it showed were the ones "tied" to that period of time. The future Harry and Hermione didn't have an imprint in the past, if you will, so the map couldn't pick up on them.

Lucybird
September 13th, 2005, 8:58 pm
There is actually a thread that looks at why Lupin didn't see the second Harry and Hermione:

Marauder's map queries (http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=4628&highlight=Marauder%27s+map)

Personally I think it's because Lupin was focussed so much on the 'first' Harry and Hermione that he didn't notice the 'second'

Evik
September 13th, 2005, 9:00 pm
Tough questions, but allow me to try. :)

In regards to question 1., I think it's because it's simply easier to ostracise them than to have someone visit them every full moon, wait for them to transform, and then PT them. It's also risky, I think. A spell like PT, used as frequently as would be required for werewolves, could damage that wizard.
I didn't mean to petrify them on evry full moon, but only if they attack you. I think that in PoA, if they petrified Remus, Peter wouldn't escpe and so on... It just surprises me that this idea didn't occur to them.

Question 2 ... I think the map would only register one Harry and one Hermione, and the ones it showed were the ones "tied" to that period of time. The future Harry and Hermione didn't have an imprint in the past, if you will, so the map couldn't pick up on them.
Actually this question wasn't originally my idea. I read it in a magazine as a mistake in the HP books. This is just what I think as well.

Thanks for your tries, zingara.

Adara84
September 13th, 2005, 9:00 pm
I have actually two questions:

2) Why didn't Lupin see Harry and Hermione "from the future" on the map in PoA? He saw the "normal" H+H at Hagrid's and the "future" H+H were not far from them, so he must have noticed them. Did the map not show them at all?

This has also been discussed here:
http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?p=2737833&highlight=Hermione#post2737833
post #412 and forward

Evik
September 13th, 2005, 9:01 pm
There is actually a thread that looks at why Lupin didn't see the second Harry and Hermione:

Marauder's map queries (http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=4628&highlight=Marauder%27s+map)

Personally I think it's because Lupin was focussed so much on the 'first' Harry and Hermione that he didn't notice the 'second'
Thanks for the link. I'll try it.

zingara
September 13th, 2005, 9:24 pm
I didn't mean to petrify them on evry full moon, but only if they attack you. I think that in PoA, if they petrified Remus, Peter wouldn't escpe and so on... It just surprises me that this idea didn't occur to them.Ah, I guess I was just thrown off by "during their transformation". My apologies. :)

I think if I caught a werewolf transforming, I'd be more likely to run than to fish out my wand, point it at said werewolf, and cast PT at it. In the situation with Lupin, they had a fugitive and an injured Snape to attend to so maybe they just didn't have the wits about them to petrify Lupin.

Tenshi
September 13th, 2005, 9:33 pm
Hazel, mentioned in Snape's Worst Memory.
Oh really *checks out*

Ah yes you are right

... Excitement exploded in the pit of his stomach: it was at though he was looking at himself but with deliberate mistakes. James's eyes were hazel, his nose was slightly longer than Harry's ...

Thank you anyway. :)

surrypotter
September 13th, 2005, 10:59 pm
Ah, I guess I was just thrown off by "during their transformation". My apologies. :)

I think if I caught a werewolf transforming, I'd be more likely to run than to fish out my wand, point it at said werewolf, and cast PT at it. In the situation with Lupin, they had a fugitive and an injured Snape to attend to so maybe they just didn't have the wits about them to petrify Lupin.
I think the hide of a werewolf might prevent a spell from working, although, according to Lockhart someone had done it at one point. (I think he might have been exaggerating though) We don't really know the magical properties of werewolves enough to know how they might react to a spell. If it were that easy ... don't you think they'd be rounded up and petrified at every full moon?

zingara
September 13th, 2005, 11:03 pm
I think the hide of a werewolf might prevent a spell from working, although, according to Lockhart someone had done it at one point. (I think he might have been exaggerating though) We don't really know the magical properties of werewolves enough to know how they might react to a spell. If it were that easy ... don't you think they'd be rounded up and petrified at every full moon? Perhaps ... but it would be a hassle, most werewolves are in hiding, and there's no saying what negative affects being hit by the curse so frequently will have on the wizard. And it doesn't work in the story. ;)

It's quite possible that they do have some sort of immunity to PT and similar spells though ... we know other magical beings have some defenses and powers, and it's true we know very little about werewolves.

haha
September 13th, 2005, 11:33 pm
Yeah, that's what I meant, but I understand ... well think of it this way though ... in 2 months we get a new movie ... the month after that she's going to start writing!!!! YAY ... so then we'll only have about a year and a half ... it'll go by fast enough.
You think it'll be over that soon? Some people were actually saying that they predicted the release of the book to be around 2010.

zingara
September 13th, 2005, 11:39 pm
You think it'll be over that soon? Some people were actually saying that they predicted the release of the book to be around 2010.It won't take her four years to write the last book ... and that's not just me being optimistic. :) The hardest part is behind her: she has a basic outline and knows what will happen and how/why. I think she has the motivation to finish it, too; once it's done, she can devote herself to other things ... it'd be a relief, I imagine, to have Harry Potter out of her life considering how it's essentially overwhelmed her.

surrypotter
September 14th, 2005, 12:35 am
It won't take her four years to write the last book ... and that's not just me being optimistic. :) The hardest part is behind her: she has a basic outline and knows what will happen and how/why. I think she has the motivation to finish it, too; once it's done, she can devote herself to other things ... it'd be a relief, I imagine, to have Harry Potter out of her life considering how it's essentially overwhelmed her.
JKR said in an interview that she'll start writing around december of this year ... and the book will be out in 2007.

witchygurl
September 14th, 2005, 2:05 am
Why does Snape save harry's life in the first book if he's evil?

haha
September 14th, 2005, 2:28 am
It won't take her four years to write the last book ... and that's not just me being optimistic. The hardest part is behind her: she has a basic outline and knows what will happen and how/why. I think she has the motivation to finish it, too; once it's done, she can devote herself to other things ... it'd be a relief, I imagine, to have Harry Potter out of her life considering how it's essentially overwhelmed her.
JKR said in an interview that she'll start writing around december of this year ... and the book will be out in 2007.
That's what I thought too but there was this thread [I can't remember what thread it was] where everyone agreed with the 2010 theory that I was getting kind of disappointed at having to wait too long.

Why does Snape save harry's life in the first book if he's evil?
If you've read the third book then the answer is there...if you haven't then you shouldn't look at the rest of this post:
To repay the 'debt' that he felt he owed to Harry's father when James saved his life when they were younger.

eVaNeScEnCe
September 14th, 2005, 5:35 am
Why does Snape save harry's life in the first book if he's evil?

The obvious answer is because of the life debt however, we've never really read Snape's view on that: Did he really feel that he was indebted to James? I mean, from what he's relayed, I got the impression he felt Jame's rescue was more an act of self-interest than heroism. He might not even hold the life debt to much value.

But ...meh...all this may just be the ravings of a delusional devotee who feels Snape may deep, deep, deep, deep down care about Harry. :angel:

Desraelda
September 14th, 2005, 1:34 pm
The obvious answer is because of the life debt however, we've never really read Snape's view on that: Did he really feel that he was indebted to James? I mean, from what he's relayed, I got the impression he felt Jame's rescue was more an act of self-interest than heroism. He might not even hold the life debt to much value.

But ...meh...all this may just be the ravings of a delusional devotee who feels Snape may deep, deep, deep, deep down care about Harry. :angel:
Yes, Snape does view James' act that way, and probably feels that James cared more about saving Sirius and Remus than him. But I get the feeling that Snape has his own peculiar code of honor that made him save Harry anyway. I think there may be some tiny niggling doubt in his mind as to whether or not he owes James and it's probably driving him crazy.

haha
September 14th, 2005, 11:37 pm
But I get the feeling that Snape has his own peculiar code of honor that made him save Harry anyway. I think there may be some tiny niggling doubt in his mind as to whether or not he owes James and it's probably driving him crazy.
But wouldn't the 'debt' be repaid, in his mind anyway, by him doing his best to save Harry in his first year?

Desraelda
September 15th, 2005, 12:26 am
But wouldn't the 'debt' be repaid, in his mind anyway, by him doing his best to save Harry in his first year?
I don't think so. Snape is a particularly tortured soul. If he wasn't, he wouldn't have projected his feelings for James on to Harry. He has to keep the torture going and won't allow himself to feel any relief, such as repayment of a life debt. That life debt is something that gnaws at his soul, so Snape won't let it go easily.

haha
September 15th, 2005, 3:02 am
I don't think so. Snape is a particularly tortured soul. If he wasn't, he wouldn't have projected his feelings for James on to Harry. He has to keep the torture going and won't allow himself to feel any relief, such as repayment of a life debt. That life debt is something that gnaws at his soul, so Snape won't let it go easily.
And this debt will never be repaid in his mind until James lets him off the hook? [which is never of course possible]

Desraelda
September 15th, 2005, 4:17 am
And this debt will never be repaid in his mind until James lets him off the hook? [which is never of course possible]
Doesn't matter. Snape is too comfortable in his misery. Forgiveness, either for himself or others, isn't in his nature. He'll never let go of what happened 20 years ago.

MoodyMuggle
September 15th, 2005, 4:08 pm
I tried searching forums on ths one and came up a blank...

Where are Lily and James' wands now?

BaronBoilcharm
September 15th, 2005, 4:29 pm
What lesson does Professor Sinistra teach?

Lash Dresden
September 15th, 2005, 4:36 pm
What lesson does Professor Sinistra teach?
Astronomy. (According to the Lexicon.)

TaraBrady
September 15th, 2005, 4:56 pm
I tried searching forums on ths one and came up a blank...

Where are Lily and James' wands now?There's a thread on this question in the Spoiler-Free version of the History of Magic forum: Where are James' and Lily's wands? (http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=53749&highlight=lily%2A+james%2A+wand%2A).

The short answer is that we don't know yet.

GodricHollow
September 15th, 2005, 5:03 pm
Yep, it's in PS and POA, for Sinistra at least.

Pygmy_Puff23
September 15th, 2005, 6:45 pm
HOW COME NOBODY USES A MEMORY CHARM ON THE DURSLEY'S
AFTER HARRY USES HIS MAGIC IN FRONT OF THEM?

please please reply what you think I'm going crazy :sad: :sad:

Evik
September 15th, 2005, 6:51 pm
HOW COME NOBODY USES A MEMORY CHARM ON THE DURSLEY'S
AFTER HARRY USES HIS MAGIC IN FRONT OF THEM?

please please reply what you think I'm going crazy :sad: :sad:
Because it would be useless. They know about the wizards' world and that magic exists, so the wizards would have to change their memory every year when Harry leaves Privet Drive. I think it's the same as muggle parents of a muggle-born wizard/witch. They also don't use memory charm on Hermione's parents, for example.

Desraelda
September 15th, 2005, 6:53 pm
HOW COME NOBODY USES A MEMORY CHARM ON THE DURSLEY'S
AFTER HARRY USES HIS MAGIC IN FRONT OF THEM?

please please reply what you think I'm going crazy :sad: :sad:
They did modify Aunt Marge's memory after Harry blew her up. They don't have to modify the Dursleys memory. They've always known he was a wizard and they have to know that for their own protection. It's always best to know the dangers you might face.

haha
September 15th, 2005, 11:57 pm
Doesn't matter. Snape is too comfortable in his misery. Forgiveness, either for himself or others, isn't in his nature. He'll never let go of what happened 20 years ago.
Interesting theory and surprisingly something that I [well someone I know] can relate too. Sometimes its easier to just live in your own bubble of misery than forgive yourself and move on. I wonder is his self-imposed torture will ever end for him [would make a good fan-fic].

dolohov
September 16th, 2005, 1:29 am
Ok hello, I've got 2 questions about the plot in Goblet of Fire.

First, why didn't Barty Crouch Jr./Mad-Eye Moody just make a portkey out of anything inconspicous? Like a quill or a book? I'd think that would be a lot easier.

Second, why was the Triwizard Cup still a functioning portkey after Harry came to the graveyard? Mabye I'm wrong on that one, I dunno...

jesso
September 16th, 2005, 4:21 am
This might have been asked before, but I did a search and couldn't find anything. Plus, it was difficult searching for exactly what I was looking for.

Here are my questions: Percy turned 29 recently, right? How is that possible? Also, I read here in the forums somewhere that GoF is supposed to take place in 1995. How does this all work (time sequencing)? What did I miss? I'm confused. Thanks! :blush:

haha
September 16th, 2005, 4:43 am
This might have been asked before, but I did a search and couldn't find anything. Plus, it was difficult searching for exactly what I was looking for.

Here are my questions: Percy turned 29 recently, right? How is that possible? Also, I read here in the forums somewhere that GoF is supposed to take place in 1995. How does this all work (time sequencing)? What did I miss? I'm confused. Thanks!
As far as I'm aware, in PoA, Percy reached his final year at Hogwarts [he's head boy in the book] and he finished school in June of 1994 at the age of seventeen, and soon started working for the Ministry of Magic under Mr. Crouch. This would then mean that GoF is set in 1995.

jesso
September 16th, 2005, 4:48 am
As far as I'm aware, in PoA, Percy reached his final year at Hogwarts [he's head boy in the book] and he finished school in June of 1994.

How do we know he graduated in 1994 instead of say, 2000? Is it stated in the books somewhere?
Thanks a bunch! :tu:

eVaNeScEnCe
September 16th, 2005, 4:53 am
Interesting theory and surprisingly something that I [well someone I know] can relate too. Sometimes its easier to just live in your own bubble of misery than forgive yourself and move on. I wonder is his self-imposed torture will ever end for him [would make a good fan-fic].

Only if he can let go of his own self-contempt and forgive himself first. How's that for humanistic philosophy? ;) :p

Vita
September 16th, 2005, 4:53 am
Sir Nicholas' death day was in 1492 and in CoS they celebrated his 500th death day making CoS in 1992-93... Percy graduated sping 94

Mundungus Fletc
September 16th, 2005, 7:18 am
According to the Lexicon Percy was born on 22nd August 1976 making him 29 now (assuming the slimy little git doesn't get his just desserts in book 7)

Evik
September 16th, 2005, 10:15 am
Ok hello, I've got 2 questions about the plot in Goblet of Fire.

First, why didn't Barty Crouch Jr./Mad-Eye Moody just make a portkey out of anything inconspicous? Like a quill or a book? I'd think that would be a lot easier.

Second, why was the Triwizard Cup still a functioning portkey after Harry came to the graveyard? Mabye I'm wrong on that one, I dunno...
I am not sure about the first one. It's one of the mysteries of this book.

About the second one - portkey is functioning even if it was once used. For example the portkey for the Quidditch championship worked both to get there as well as when they wanted to get back. Portkeys are not single-use, they can be used as many times as you want to.
At least these are my ideas and I hope I am not wrong.

Vita
September 16th, 2005, 10:19 am
Hello, for these little questions you might wnat to post them here (http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=58839&highlight=little+questions) in the future.

The Gurg
September 16th, 2005, 11:37 am
In relation to the first question, I think it is because of the plan Voldemort was putting was into place. I think he needed a bit of time to test things out and whatever, plus, putting Harry into the Triwizard Tornament, Harry would be sure to learn defensive spells and whatever which would give Harry more skills and Voldemort a bit more of a challenge.I think it was also so Crouch would be less easily caught by doing this.

I've got a theory that there can be two kinds of portkeys. One that can allow someone/s to use it between one place and destination at any given time, or be limited to only a few times, and one that can be used only once and needs to be reset after usage.

hp_lexicon
September 16th, 2005, 2:25 pm
Of course, he's NOT 29 now. It's still 1997 in Harry's world. Time stands still until the next book comes out and events can move forward again.

Steve
The Lexicon

Lucybird
September 16th, 2005, 2:44 pm
No he would be 20/21 in HBP

MathMathonwy
September 16th, 2005, 2:46 pm
Here is my answer to the first question, why Crouch Jnr didn't make a portkey out of anything, it wouldn't be much of a book if it went Harry turns up at Hogwarts meets the fake Moody who instantly transports him to Voldemort who then fails to kill him then Harry retunrs to Hogwarts for the rest of the year the end. A bit of artistic licence was used thats all.

The answer to the second question I guess is more of a mistake, we first learn about portkeys at the begining when they all head off to the quidditch world cup, and the portkey they use becomes useless on arrival at the destination and is thrown into the large box containing all of the other used portkeys. I think it is the only time that we find out what happens after a portkey is used until when harry is transported to the graveyard. I also think it is the only time we get to see a portkey used twice in all of the books, so unless harry makes the triwizard cup a portkey, which I doubt because he doesn't know how, then I assume the re-use of the portkey is just an oversight.

vapormist
September 16th, 2005, 3:00 pm
:welcome: to the Forums, Dolohov!

I think that the whole idea of putting Harry into the tournament etc etc was for the sake of conspiracy. Imagine Harry picking up a quill in Snape's class and, poof!, disappearing. It would be pretty obvious something out-of-ordinary had happened, there would be a lot of commotion, Dumbledore would know within minutes, and the whole affair would get plenty of attention. There might even be a way to trace Portkeys. We know, however, that Voldemort wasn't so keen on the whole reincarnation leaking out, it was said somewhere that he had wanted to kill Harry and make a grand entrance back into the wizarding world, sort of:
"Muahaha, here I am, Lord Voldemort, the greatest wizard on Earth! Didn't expect me, did you?"
Now then, if Harry disappeared during a Triwizard task, it would look very natural. There were some pretty dangerous things in that maze, and we know plenty of the previous champions died during the Tournament.

For future reference, questions of this type should go into the Little Questions (http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=58839) thread.

MorfinIsNuts
September 16th, 2005, 3:00 pm
I think, as to the first question, it has to do with Voldemort's flair for the dramatic. He likes things to be big important events. Especially something like his rebirth - this needs to be AN EVENT of huge proportions. If he just did it quietly it wouldn't be quite right. There needs to be a spectacle.

This facet of Voldemort's personality is explored further in book 6 regarding certain items that start with an H and end with an X.... He needs to feel that he is something special, something important. Therefore, even when things could perhaps be done more simply, he will make the effort to make them something bigger, more important....

As to the second question, I agree with the other poster that portkeys can be reused.

EDIT: Vapormist posted while I was writing my post. And even though she says pretty much the opposite of what I said, I think she also makes a very good point! I still think, however, that Voldie wanted a big spectacular event like Tri Wizard to be the setting for the big important moment of his rebirth. :eyebrows:

Desraelda
September 16th, 2005, 3:36 pm
Interesting theory and surprisingly something that I [well someone I know] can relate too. Sometimes its easier to just live in your own bubble of misery than forgive yourself and move on. I wonder is his self-imposed torture will ever end for him [would make a good fan-fic].
Or a great romance novel, provided he washes his hair and underwear. :rotfl: And he'd have to change his name. Severus Snape is not a name for a romantic hero. Something like Derek Whaite. :rotfl:

Of course, he's NOT 29 now. It's still 1997 in Harry's world. Time stands still until the next book comes out and events can move forward again.

Steve
The Lexicon
The master speaks. :clap: :clap: :clap: Thanks for your awesome website.

Unfortunately, events will only move forward one more time. :upset:

Desraelda
September 16th, 2005, 3:41 pm
:welcome: to the Forums, Dolohov!

I think that the whole idea of putting Harry into the tournament etc etc was for the sake of conspiracy. Imagine Harry picking up a quill in Snape's class and, poof!, disappearing. It would be pretty obvious something out-of-ordinary had happened, there would be a lot of commotion, Dumbledore would know within minutes, and the whole affair would get plenty of attention. There might even be a way to trace Portkeys. We know, however, that Voldemort wasn't so keen on the whole reincarnation leaking out, it was said somewhere that he had wanted to kill Harry and make a grand entrance back into the wizarding world, sort of:
"Muahaha, here I am, Lord Voldemort, the greatest wizard on Earth! Didn't expect me, did you?"
Now then, if Harry disappeared during a Triwizard task, it would look very natural. There were some pretty dangerous things in that maze, and we know plenty of the previous champions died during the Tournament.

For future reference, questions of this type should go into the Little Questions (http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=58839) thread.
Agreed. The minute Harry disappeared, Dumbledore would be after him. LV wanted to come back quietly so no one would know. It would have been a distinct advantage for him.

As to the second question, it was a two-way portkey. LV intended to send Harry's body back to the maze so it would look like he died during this dangerous task.

ivyagogo
September 16th, 2005, 4:38 pm
Certainly Narcissa and Bellatrix have been to the house, being Sirius's cousin. Additionally I would imagine the Malfoy's and other death eaters have been friends with the Black's. I understand that the house is under the Fidelis Charm, but don't they know about the house. Any ideas?

Xanatos
September 16th, 2005, 4:43 pm
Certainly Narcissa and Bellatrix have been to the house, being Sirius's cousin. Additionally I would imagine the Malfoy's and other death eaters have been friends with the Black's. I understand that the house is under the Fidelis Charm, but don't they know about the house. Any ideas?Even if they know about the house, only by hearing (or seeing) the location from the Secret Keeper would allow them to see the house.

Flitwick said that when the Potters were hidden with the Fidelius Charm, Voldermort could look in their living room window and never find 'em.

I may be incorrect, but that's how I understood it to be.

Harry saw the house "pop into existence" after reading the slip that Dumbledore wrote which had the address on it. I imagine that if Bella or Narcissa came calling, they'd find the house "missing" as well, and magically wouldn't be able to gain entrance even if they knew where the door was.

Suki_Shinoda
September 16th, 2005, 6:38 pm
To the first question, I doubt they wanted something that could be easily replaced or confused with like a quill.

haha
September 16th, 2005, 11:54 pm
Or a great romance novel, provided he washes his hair and underwear. And he'd have to change his name. Severus Snape is not a name for a romantic hero. Something like Derek Whaite.
Or Will Darcy :lol: And lets not go into Snape washing his underwear!

Joey22
September 17th, 2005, 3:38 am
Here's a question: In PoA, Harry makes Aunt Marge's glass explode when she indirectly calls his mother a... well, it rhymes with witch. Anyway, she says she has a very firm grip, because the same thing happened "at Colonel Fubster's the other day." Well, provided she isn't wearing a ring or something that would render the pressure she puts on the glass uneven, this should be impossible, no matter how firm her grip is. My question is this: Is Colonel Fubster a wizard? After all, Marge is the type of person who would make anybody angry, and an old retired wizard just might lose control.... what do you think?

Alastor
September 17th, 2005, 5:20 am
I can't remember if it was in an interview or on her web site, but Jo has confirmed that Colonel Fubster is a muggle.

PLIMPY
September 17th, 2005, 5:57 am
I can't remember if it was in an interview or on her web site, but Jo has confirmed that Colonel Fubster is a muggle.
Yahooligan_auror5 asks: In Prisoner of Azkaban, a character by the name of Colonel Fubster was mentioned. Is he a wizard?
jkrowling_bn: No, he's a Muggle neighbour of Aunt Marge's (poor man)
From here (http://www.quick-quote-quill.org/articles/2000/1000-livechat-barnesnoble.html) :)

Vita
September 17th, 2005, 8:24 am
Alright, quick question with a one word answer... what house was Roger Davies in?

FireInTheSky
September 17th, 2005, 9:18 am
Alright, quick question with a one word answer... what house was Roger Davies in?
He was in Ravenclaw... :)

Tiberius
September 17th, 2005, 11:07 am
First, why didn't Barty Crouch Jr./Mad-Eye Moody just make a portkey out of anything inconspicous? Like a quill or a book? I'd think that would be a lot easier.

voldemort needed to make a special potion in order to return. In all likelyhood, it would have taken all year to make. In HP, the more complex a potion is the longer it takes to make, such as the Polyjuice potion and another one which I can't mention as it is an HBP spoiler. if fake Moody had kidnapped harry at the beginning of the year, voldy probably would have needed to keep harry around for a long time while the potion was being made. Not much sense in this, as DD would have spent the whol;e year looking for Harry.

Second, why was the Triwizard Cup still a functioning portkey after Harry came to the graveyard? Mabye I'm wrong on that one, I dunno...

I'd say you can make it so a portkey can be used only once 9as in the case of the QWC portkeys, or you can make a portkey a return journey. perhaps Voldy and his Death Eaters were planning on appearing at Hogwarts. You gotta admit they'd have a grat chance of taking the school as no one at all would have been expecting them to appear.

Xanatos
September 17th, 2005, 7:14 pm
I'd say you can make it so a portkey can be used only once 9as in the case of the QWC portkeys, or you can make a portkey a return journey. perhaps Voldy and his Death Eaters were planning on appearing at Hogwarts. You gotta admit they'd have a grat chance of taking the school as no one at all would have been expecting them to appear.Voldermort would have needed to return Harry's dead body to the castle, specifically, back to the maze grounds, which is where he ended up anyways, albeit alive. If Harry's body turned up dead outside of the castle grounds, there'd be suspicion (especially with Dumbledore and Sirius), but if his body was found dead while in the maze, then it'd be chalked up to an accident of the Tournament. And if it were chalked up to it being a death by accident, then Voldermort's return would be even more "quiet".

marlenrf
September 17th, 2005, 7:27 pm
voldemort needed to make a special potion in order to return.

I've always wondered about that. Good reason.
I also used to think that is was because Voldemort needed a reaffirmation of his powers in front of all his Death Eaters in an scenario like the the Final Task. But the time of the potion seems more logical.

ivyagogo
September 17th, 2005, 10:35 pm
Xantos, you hit it right on the head. Voldemort didn't want anybody to know he was back -- Harry ruined that for him. Luckily for Voldemort though, Fudge was too stupid to believe Harry and he got to hide under the Harry smear campaign until the fight at the MOM.

haha
September 18th, 2005, 11:36 pm
Alright, quick question with a one word answer... what house was Roger Davies in?
From HP Lexicon :)
Davies, Roger (c. 1978 - present)
Ravenclaw 1990s, Quidditch captain/Chaser (
Roger Davies is a popular, athletic Ravenclaw student a year or two older than Harry. Roger went with Fleur Delacour to the Yule Ball; he appeared to be so besotted with her that he could barely think. He missed his mouth with his fork when he tried to eat and babbled stupidly in response to what she said. Later, he and Fleur spent some romantic time in the rose garden outside (GF22, 23). Roger asked out Cho Chang in early February 1996, but she turned him down; Cho used the incident to try to make Harry jealous as they sat in Madam Puddifoot's with Roger and his current girlfriend sitting at an adjacent table, kissing and cuddling (OP25, 30

zeddy
September 19th, 2005, 4:52 pm
Hi,

I am currently completing a HP quiz. Totally stumped with these questions though. If anyone knows the answers I would be really pleased to hear them!!

What did Harry SAY happened to him and Cho in the last released book?

Where did JKR get the idea for the Mirror of Erised?

I cannot find the answers anywhere and it's driving me mad now!

Any help appreciated.


Oh and I think that Roger Davies was in Ravenclaw.

Lucybird
September 19th, 2005, 8:25 pm
Hi,

I am currently completing a HP quiz. Totally stumped with these questions though. If anyone knows the answers I would be really pleased to hear them!!

What did Harry SAY happened to him and Cho in the last released book?

Where did JKR get the idea for the Mirror of Erised?

I cannot find the answers anywhere and it's driving me mad now!

Any help appreciated.


Oh and I think that Roger Davies was in Ravenclaw.

Harry said he and Cho just 'drifted apart'

I don't know about the other one though, the answer may be on JK's website

parcelsmu
September 19th, 2005, 10:41 pm
o.k,
here's my little question....

(forgive me if i've not picked the corect terminology - i dont want to offend anyone)

my husband i have just been re-watching the films and he asked whether you knew that the non-caucasion students were described as being so in the books and if so how jk worded it. now i always assumed that cho chang was asian (probably chinese) and the patel sisters either indian or pakastani - purely based on their names, but i remember being aware of angelina johnstone (sp?) and dean thomas being black but cant remember anything specific describing them as such. i saw the film of philosiphers stone before i read the books so maybe it was just a subconscious influence of the casting. but i'm not sure....
again, i dont want to offend anyone with this question, its not a comment on the ethnicity of the charcters, merely a curiosity about the descriptions in the books....

:)

witchygurl
September 19th, 2005, 10:49 pm
it says in the books that angelina and dean are black. it actually says no where about the races of cho and parvati and padma.

haha
September 19th, 2005, 11:44 pm
now i always assumed that cho chang was asian (probably chinese) and the patel sisters either indian or pakastani
Those assumptions are not that far off to make comsidering the origins of the characters last names.

Where did JKR get the idea for the Mirror of Erised?
She came up with it :lol: If you look at the word Erised and read it backward, you get 'desire'. It's the mirror of desire, [we all know that mirrors reflect words so that they appear sort of backwards] so when you look into it you'll see whatever your heart desires most.

Origins of the Mirror of Erised (http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=57177&)

Alastor
September 20th, 2005, 5:20 am
it says in the books that angelina and dean are black. it actually says no where about the races of cho and parvati and padma.Angelina is described as "a tall black girl" in OotP ch 12. It might have been mentioned before that, I don't remember. About Dean I have no idea where it's said. Lee Jordan was hinted at in PS ch 6. "A boy with dreadlocks...". Not a very common hairstyle among 'caucasians' I presume.

MoodyMuggle
September 20th, 2005, 8:13 am
It's interesting, isn't it, that the whole series of books has as a theme the foolishness of placing value on racial purity. So maybe that's why JKR hasn't made a big thing of ethnicity in the books. Although she did make jokes of French and Bulgarian/whatever accenets in GoF.

SamaraNadal
September 20th, 2005, 8:50 am
now i always assumed that cho chang was asian (probably chinese) and the patel sisters either indian or pakastani - purely based on their names

I would agree with Indian for the Patel sister, as the names Pavarti and Padma are both names of Hindu goddesses, and I believe that Hinduism is the biggest religion in India.

chakrateez
September 20th, 2005, 6:14 pm
I have a several burning questions:

What happened to the rewards for catching the escaped DeathEater prisoners from Azkaban? On the posters it said there was an 10,000 L reward for catching them and about 9 of them were waiting for the Aurors, after having been encircled by Dumbledore's Anti-Apparation spell. Shouldn't that mean the members of the Order and Dumbledore's Army should've split the reward between them?

EDIT: HBP spoilers removed

vapormist
September 20th, 2005, 6:21 pm
First question - no idea.
As for the second question - that one has major spoilers, I suggest you ask it in the HBP area.

haha
September 20th, 2005, 11:43 pm
Hinduism is the biggest religion in India.
82% of the population in fact [1991 census]. Not very up-to-date but I imagine since then, the figures haven't changed all that much.