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Old March 29th, 2007, 7:45 pm
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Old March 29th, 2007, 10:05 pm
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Not telling McGonnagall may not be a mistake, if you believe this essay.


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Old March 29th, 2007, 10:42 pm
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Agreed with just about everything-except for one thing. Harry, under no circumstances, should tell anyone about the horcruxes. How can he, with all the various magical means of persuasion? Voldemort must never know that anyone knows about his horcruxes until its too late. The best kept secret is one that never leaves your lips.


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Old March 29th, 2007, 10:57 pm
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Without going into particulars, I agree with the general point of this editorial: Harry has matured, but he has made or is about to make a few mistakes. The final stage of his growing up will most probably involve him realising his weaknesses and dealing with them. What might be a mistake or not, is an open matter.

After all, it seems to me that this is one path to maturity. First you learn as a child, then you rebel as a teenager when you feel you know a lot but that nobody understands you, then you cool off a bit and start thinking carefully of your past actions that probably led you to some stupid decisions and finally you mature into the stage of thinking carefully and reach your potential.

This is a natural path, and I did not mind having it more or less pointed out to me (again) by this editorial. It was, generally speaking, a nice one. I found it useful to have a list of potential weaknesses written out. Although I do not consider this to be a brilliant editorial, I'd rather read this kind rather than the kind that either has blatant errors (LV could resurrect only with Harry's blood) or pointless morality babbling (on how evil Evil is and how good it is that Harry is Good).


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Old March 29th, 2007, 11:04 pm
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Agreed with just about everything-except for one thing. Harry, under no circumstances, should tell anyone about the horcruxes. How can he, with all the various magical means of persuasion? Voldemort must never know that anyone knows about his horcruxes until its too late. The best kept secret is one that never leaves your lips.
Ya, I agree with the hocrux thing. Hocruxes should definitely not be made public. But just because people don't know about the hunt for hocruxes doesn't mean they can't help Harry. Then there the whole thing about DD. I think that you have to keep in mind that at the end of HBP DD had just died. Part of the WWDD is just Harry dealing with that and grieving. Which is going to subside once Harry is forced perhaps too soon, to get on with his life and hunt for hocruxes.


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Old March 29th, 2007, 11:31 pm
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Good editorial. But no - horcruxes need to remain secret - veritaserum and legilimency are too readily available in campEVIL.


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Old March 29th, 2007, 11:43 pm
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Good editorial. But I have to disagree with you some matters:

1: Telling McGonagall would be a very bad mistake. How would she help Harry anyway? What if she tells about it to someone that's not exactly supposed to hear it. Then Voldemort would be aware of Harry's and the order's plans. I don't think that Lord Voldemort knows about the destroyed Horacruxes , nor that anyone knows about them. Even Lucius Malfoy had no idea what the Diary was....

2. Telling Ron and Hermione is good, but this means they're going to hav to tag along. I think we have greatly underestimated the trio, and especially Harry. He's destroyed a Horacrux by himself in Chamber, he faced Lord Voldemort and lived again in Goblet. He faced a large number of Death Eaters in Order.
I also believe that most of the hard Horacrux destroying work was done by R.A.B. And about R.A.B, whom I believe is not Regulus Black, I mean come on, you took his name and saw that he had the the first and last letter and made the connection. I'm pretty sure R.A.B is a great wizard. much better than Dumbledore( he alone took the Locket and battled the Inferi, this guy must be....sick.
When I look at R.A.B I think of the name Riddle for some reason, or maybe the initals are just a nickname. We'll have to wait for Hallows to see. Also Dumbledore is truly dead and Snape is evil;there is nothing good about a guy KILLING another guy, it dosn't matter what intention you had and I doubt Dumbledore would ask his freind to kill him for the good of Harry. I mean how would killing the greatest wizard in the world benefit Harry.I know Dumbledore is wise but what is wise about getting yourself killedI wanted Snape to be good, we all like bad boys, yet he is truly bad.

Sorry, went a little offcourse. I know you think Ginny is important for Harry and the plot. I think Harry made the right decision breaking up with her. It's just way too dangerous. Ginny is not a Horacrux and I think she has a slight chance of dying 10%. Somebody good has to die.

Let's play Death Odds:
Draco Malfoy 0%
Severus SnAPE 92.3%/ DECEASED
Harry 50%
Voldemort- DECEASED
LEStrange - DECEASED or jail but I doubt it
Neville- 23%
Luna- 0%
Wormtail- BYE BYE DEAD
Narcissa - 25%
Hermione- 12%
Ron- 57% ( I know i'm wrong but I just have a feeling)
Ginny 10%
TONKS 5%
I am afraid that Deathly Hallows will have a ''Sword of Shannara'' like ending were he'll just win by showing Voldemort his true self or something similar. I would be dissapointed if something like that would occur, but it looks like it probably will.

PLEASE GIVE ME SOME FEEDBACK ON THIS. IGNORE THE GRAMMER AND SPELLING ERRORS. NO TIME TO EDIT.



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Old March 29th, 2007, 11:52 pm
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go public is just dumb for harry. he lose the element of surprise and a punchers chance to actually do it as soon as voldemort finds out


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Old March 30th, 2007, 12:14 am
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In general, a great editorial, but I also disagree that Harry should reveal the Horcruxes to McGonagall. We know she wants to help Harry, but we have also seen that she doesn't handle information very well. In PS/SS, she did nothing (as far as we know) when the trio told her that someone was after the stone. She also didn't deal well when Harry told her that Draco was up to something in HBP. Now, as presumed head of the Order, how would she deal with the information that Harry has to track down fragments of the soul of the enemy? I can't imagine her reacting well, or even believing him at all at first. In this respect she reminds me a bit of Molly Weasley. She wants the best for Harry, but she does not see him as an adult, able to make his own decisions. Granted, he is not yet of age, but that really doesn't matter in this case. Her reaction when he refused to tell her what he and Dumbledore had been doing shows that she is not ready to learn about the horcruxes. The people he should tell are Ginny, maybe Neville and Luna, and possibly Lupin. Ginny, because he can't leave her out of the hunt even if she doesn't come along for the ride. Neville and Luna, because they have proven that they can be trusted. And Lupin, because he is the closest thing Harry has to a parent now, and we know he can keep secrets well. Plus, as a former DADA teacher he could be useful. Anyway, that is all I can think to say right now.


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Old March 30th, 2007, 12:58 am
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I liked this editorial. Good to hear another person who thinks Ginny will save the day. Also now that you mention it, Trelawny probably will make a third prediction. All very interesting.


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Old March 30th, 2007, 2:26 am
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Interesting editorial, but I disagree with it on all of the points that the other people listed above. I'd also like to mention that you mixed up Kennilworthy Whisp and Newt Scamander. Whisp is the authority on Quidditch (which, at this point, will not help Harry much) while Scamander is the magical creatures expert. I really liked the Ginny's love saves the day idea, though. It's cool to see that other people feel the same way about that issue.


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Old March 30th, 2007, 3:38 am
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I think that Harry will need Ginny because she is the only person in the wizarding world who has gotten over Harry Potter.

To almost everyone, he is still The Boy Who Lived/The Chosen One. Ron and Hermione still feel thay have to humor him when he gets emotional. Even Dumbledore admitted, at the end of OotP, that he made errors of judgment where Harry was concerned.

But Ginny had her obsessive crush, got over it, and now loves the actual person Harry Potter. When he acts like a jerk, she recognizes that's all it is and calmly points it out. And because he loves her, and respects her, he has to listen. He needs that.


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Old March 30th, 2007, 4:33 am
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Great job on your editorial!

I'm not sure I agree with you on all the points, but I do agree that Ginny will play a much larger role than originally thought. Her love for Harry, and his love for her will be a big part of the story. (I hope)

Anyway, thanks! And keep up the good work!


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Old March 30th, 2007, 4:51 am
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Harry is not making a mistake by not informing the Order. Dumbledore did not keep them ignorant because he did not need their help. He kept them ignorant for seciurity reasons. Nobody in the Order can offer Harry much. (Yes, not even Bill: Hermione is an ace arithmancer, which is the chief cursebreaking theoretical skill.)

Harry also did not make a mistake by breaking up with Ginny. Prince was a story about right vs. easy choices in who Harry includes in his life: and the fact that it was so difficult for him to breakup with Ginny emphasizes the "correctness" of the decision. Now, it might not work out as Harry hopes: but that is another issue.

Also, from a literary point of view, Ginny has to prove herself worthy of Harry. That is best done if she initiates her inclusion in the quest.


Finally, Harry should NOT return to Hogwarts. Again, it is the easy and cowardly decision. There are not Horcruxes at Hogwarts: Dumbledore should have found those immediately. There is not information about their locations at Hogwarts: Dumbledore should have found that immediately. There is nobody there who can teach Harry spells to fight Voldemort. There is nobody there who can tell Harry anything that they did not already tell Dumbledore about Voldemort's past. Harry cannot go out and hunt Horcruxes while limited by a student's curfew hours.


So, to be blunt, I think that this editorial is making the very mistake that Rowling warns against: it counsels that the "easy" choices are the right ones. Almost all the choices recommended here are the wrong ones for Harry to make.


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Old March 30th, 2007, 6:56 am
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Without going into particulars, I agree with the general point of this editorial: Harry has matured, but he has made or is about to make a few mistakes. The final stage of his growing up will most probably involve him realising his weaknesses and dealing with them. What might be a mistake or not, is an open matter.

After all, it seems to me that this is one path to maturity. First you learn as a child, then you rebel as a teenager when you feel you know a lot but that nobody understands you, then you cool off a bit and start thinking carefully of your past actions that probably led you to some stupid decisions and finally you mature into the stage of thinking carefully and reach your potential.
I agree with the above. But this editorial kinda made me mad. Harry made plenty of rash decisions in book 6 - trusting the HBP, Following Malfoy in Diagon Alley, spying on Malfoy on the train, etc, etc ... all of which were detrimental to him. Granted, he did make less rash decisions but this was reassuring as he needs to think before he acts because even though the editorial says his instincts are always right it's actually the complete opposite. In every single book, Harry's instincts are usually wrong - he suspected Snape in PS, suspected Malfoy and Hagrid in CoS, suspected Sirius in PoA, he rescues all the captives under the lake, he wouldnt accept that Sirius wasn't in the DoM etc etc ... in fact the only time his instincts are right on something major is in HBP when he suspects Malfoy of being up to something - and no one believes him because he's usually wrong about these things. Anyway I could go on but I do agree that Harry must learn to be his own man and can't just try to be like Dumbldore - that's why he died.


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Old March 30th, 2007, 7:50 am
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i think most of the people above have already voiced my opinions, therefore i'm not going to repeat it, but as for telling and taking people with him on the mission, true he may need some of them with him, especially if they alone have some special skill that Harry requires the help of, but i doubt it, apart from Ron and Hermione, other people might just get in the way, especially as they wont know the full story about the horcruxes, which by the way, should remain a secret.

though i do reckon the other kids and teachers would be involved in some big battle involving deatheathers but just not on Harry's private mission. i think Jo will show us the Harry we all know and love but just as a greater man that we can trust has the skill and confidence to carry it out, Jo's got it all planned out we can trust, and if he does mistakes, he has to be allowed to make mistakes so he can learn from them as he has learnt in the past.
Harry will have grown up now, and he will be of age, i guess in the end his instincs, skill, love, bravery and general need for survival will help him win as it has in the past.


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Old March 30th, 2007, 8:34 am
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Harry is not making a mistake by not informing the Order. Dumbledore did not keep them ignorant because he did not need their help. He kept them ignorant for seciurity reasons. Nobody in the Order can offer Harry much. (Yes, not even Bill: Hermione is an ace arithmancer, which is the chief cursebreaking theoretical skill.)

Harry also did not make a mistake by breaking up with Ginny. Prince was a story about right vs. easy choices in who Harry includes in his life: and the fact that it was so difficult for him to breakup with Ginny emphasizes the "correctness" of the decision. Now, it might not work out as Harry hopes: but that is another issue.

Also, from a literary point of view, Ginny has to prove herself worthy of Harry. That is best done if she initiates her inclusion in the quest.


Finally, Harry should NOT return to Hogwarts. Again, it is the easy and cowardly decision. There are not Horcruxes at Hogwarts: Dumbledore should have found those immediately. There is not information about their locations at Hogwarts: Dumbledore should have found that immediately. There is nobody there who can teach Harry spells to fight Voldemort. There is nobody there who can tell Harry anything that they did not already tell Dumbledore about Voldemort's past. Harry cannot go out and hunt Horcruxes while limited by a student's curfew hours.


So, to be blunt, I think that this editorial is making the very mistake that Rowling warns against: it counsels that the "easy" choices are the right ones. Almost all the choices recommended here are the wrong ones for Harry to make.
I agree completely.


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well i agree with most people, except hermione and ron are not the only people who need to be told. some others do. firstly is luna and neville even though it may be near the end they will have major influence and when tagging along will need to tell them at least somethin, eg. dont touch anything remotely like a locket unless directed to. second is dobby, the uk cover shows him with gryffindors sword riding on harrys back, therefore either they are running from something or dobby is injured, all that treasure, one of which is probably a horcrux. maybe voldie tempts them away with riches lol just like the blood he underestimates people lol

thirdly and finally ginny, she will be the true hero of the story i think we all agree on that, she may die to help, or destroy a horcrux harry should e,g, instant death


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Old March 30th, 2007, 5:44 pm
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Finally, Harry should NOT return to Hogwarts. Again, it is the easy and cowardly decision. There are not Horcruxes at Hogwarts: Dumbledore should have found those immediately. There is not information about their locations at Hogwarts: Dumbledore should have found that immediately. There is nobody there who can teach Harry spells to fight Voldemort. There is nobody there who can tell Harry anything that they did not already tell Dumbledore about Voldemort's past. Harry cannot go out and hunt Horcruxes while limited by a student's curfew hours.

I would disagree....Harry does not need to return as a student...however, Dumbledore has stated that Hogwarts contains an enormous amount of ancient magic...magic that probaly would serve Harry in some way, shape or form. Also, look to the bottom of your own replies....and we see a great Chekov quote......Just substitute Dumbledore's Portrait for the gun....and Harry will need to revisit Hogwarts, if not for anything but that.


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4. Not returning to Hogwarts. He will, of course, as that’s how the books are arranged...
Ms. Rowling has done it again. How many times have we read the book covers as "Year X at Hogwarts" when actually they simply say "Year X". There is no guarantee that any action takes place at Hogwarts.


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