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Old September 14th, 2008, 8:58 pm
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TMQ #142 -- Madam Solfeggia

Discussion of The Magic Quill #142 -- Madam Solfeggia by Robbie Fischer.


DOUBLE CHALLENGE

SURVEY: The yak found under Penelope Spankison's bed was: (A) Madam
Solfeggia's pet yak, of course! (B) A similar yak supplied by the same
mysterious dealer. (C) A Tibetan animagus whose similarity to Madam
Solfeggia's yak was a coincidence. (D) A random victim pulled out of
some kind of magical wormhole for no other purpose than to leave a
grisly message under Spanky's nose. (E) A runaway zoo animal that
followed Penelope home and gave its life to protect her from a
knife-wielding assassin.

CONTEST: Describe a magical procedure, creature, or object from a book
outside the Harry Potter series, something that might make a nice
addition to the HP magical world. You may choose any book that Robbie
has already reviewed on The Book Trolley. (This will save the time it
takes him to read it.)


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Old September 15th, 2008, 2:27 am
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Re: TMQ #142 -- Madam Solfeggia

Bravo, Robbie, Bravo!

I'll vote for (A) (Madam Solfeggia's yak) or (C) (the Tibetan animagus, though I'd accept a Nepalese animagus as well). Though I could imagine either an animagus or a yak protecting Madame Solfeggia.

Looks like I'll have to do a little reading for the contest!

I wonder if Zichari Goode's knives have any mutual sympathy, if somehow the dying yak was pulled to the home of someone who had another one of them?



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Old September 15th, 2008, 11:58 am
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Re: TMQ #142 -- Madam Solfeggia

For the survey, it's A).

The picture of the Cheshire cat pops into my head. A grin without a cat. We've all seen cats without grins but never a grin without a cat.


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Old September 16th, 2008, 2:24 am
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I vote E

Talking animals from Narnia!


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Old September 16th, 2008, 12:11 pm
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Another exciting instalment
I would go for A or B... hmm A would be probably because the yak was mistaken for Madam Solfeggia...

Hmm.. this magical procedure was taken from Diane Duane's Young Wizards Series... Magic Spells are done and created before hand and are stored in a form of small chams and can be kept on a bracelet or other things that are convienent... this would allow the user to be able to use the spell immediately without the need for a wand or incantation...


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Old September 16th, 2008, 3:34 pm
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Re: TMQ #142 -- Madam Solfeggia

I quite like E, I have to say!

The idea of babies being given magical gifts or talents at birth, one of the central plot lines in Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (as well as featuring in the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, of course!), or the magical book Ella is given that shows whatever it thinks Ella should see (such as a letter by her father, a map of where she is, or the image of the man she loves crying). There are also a lot of creatures in the Spiderwick Chronicles that would be fascinating to see, and the fauns, satyrs and nymphs from Narnia (and the Ents from Middle Earth) would also make great additions to Fantastic Beasts...

There is a fascinating magical skill in Diane Wynne Jones' The Magicians of Caprona that I could see appearing in Harry's world. The protagonist, Tonino, has the unique ability to significantly increase the power of any spell cast by someone in his presence.


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Re: TMQ #142 -- Madam Solfeggia

I think that you could get a very good story out of E, so that's what I vote for.

About magical creatures, I think that the dryads from Narnia could live in the Forbidden Forest, for example.
And when I read what Andromeda T said, I thought that it would be great if the Entwifes was found.



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Re: TMQ #142 -- Madam Solfeggia

I definitely love ents!


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Old September 18th, 2008, 7:39 pm
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Just to throw some ideas around:
Magic staffs
The luggage and the Nac Mac Feegle (Terry Pratchett)
Flying Monkeys (Wicked)
Dwarves alla Artemis Fowl
Buggers from Ender's Game (not technically magical, oh well)
Whole imported characters alla Jasper Fforde (Sherlock Holmes?)
Vampires in general
A character with real psychic powers (premonitions, self fulfilling prophecies, etc.)

My favorite idea, though, is a Mugglenet Version of the Fire Swamp Scene from The Princess Bride. Great for creating a budding romance.


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Old September 19th, 2008, 3:47 am
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Re: TMQ #142 -- Madam Solfeggia

Well, looking at the list, I have read a few of the ones listed in the "After Harry Potter" collection. The obvious thought is Eragon and the Dragon Riders ... but I'd modify it to some witches and wizards who have a special connection with animals. Hagrid might have been one, but he didn't get the benefit of proper training by an experienced Animagnetist because the gift had not appeared in the human side of his family for centuries. Or perhaps it came from the Giant side? Even Dumbledore didn't have connections to find such a person, partly because of the things that kept him busy during his life. (He must have been watching Gellert nervously for years before Tom Riddle appeared.)


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Old September 19th, 2008, 12:52 pm
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Re: TMQ #142 -- Madam Solfeggia

I won! Cool. I'm not sure exactly how though... Love the string quartet and the "viola joke" -- or in this case, maybe a joke violist. (NB "quartet" is a collective noun, so gets a singular verb.) Also love the way she straightens the guys out on that Shakespeare misquote.
Well, it didn't appear that Perseph knew the yak, so I'd have to rule out E. It has to be A, and Madame S is in real danger. That knife really did "have her name on it". Whoever sent it took a "stab in the dark" (whee, puns!) and thought they were sending Spanky a dead werewolf; some sort of vigilante, no doubt.
As for the magical creature/thing from elsewhere:
I want to give this more thought, but in case I don't get back here for a few, the magical fiddle from "The History of a Soldier", which appearantly contained the soldier's actual soul, and which brought the princess back from the brink of death when he played it, and which the devil kept trying to possess -- it certainly seems to fit in with Madame S's delima. (Yes, you said book, and that's a ballet, but it is a well known "faery story", and that's just what popped into my head.)
I'll try to come up with something better soon.

What's the diff between a viola and a violin?








A viola burns longer.......


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Re: TMQ #142 -- Madam Solfeggia

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I won! Cool. I'm not sure exactly how though...
I went with your idea about music calming the beast (i.e. the three-headed dog), but I modified it to include the idea that continuous music can delay werewolf transformation. Totally not canon, but a fascinating idea, I thought.

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NB "quartet" is a collective noun, so gets a singular verb.
Yeah, yeah...One of those rules that are meant to be broken, IMHO.


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Re: TMQ #142 -- Madam Solfeggia

If you want to expand the magical items from books, there's the other ballet, "The Red Shoes", that compels the wearer to dance until death, unless he/she can get the damned things off!


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I don't know if these creatures is actually magical, but they are in books about magic.

Marsh-wiggles from Narnia (from the book The Silver Chair). Puddlegum, that pessimistic guy who travels with Jill and Eustace, is a Marsh-wiggle.

The Boggart from the Septimus Heap-books. If you are lost in a marsh, it is good to have a guide.


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Re: TMQ #142 -- Madam Solfeggia

So let's see: We have Spanky in motion following the murder/yak. We have Joe and Sadie in motion following Chat Noir and AoUL. And we have Merlin in motion in Il Comte's mews. This is getting good!


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Re: TMQ #142 -- Madam Solfeggia

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Hmm.. this magical procedure was taken from Diane Duane's Young Wizards Series... Magic Spells are done and created before hand and are stored in a form of small chams and can be kept on a bracelet or other things that are convienent... this would allow the user to be able to use the spell immediately without the need for a wand or incantation...
Gosh, I was plotting out a story with that device a while ago. But this isn't that far from HP, since charms can be placed on objects to be activated under certain circumstances. Think of the Peverell ring and the sign-up roster that left the secret-breaker purple-pimpled.


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Old October 1st, 2008, 8:48 pm
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Oh oh oh how about Trimalchio.
I can especially imagine the count having a few silver skeletons in his closet (or on his table).

I know it's not magical and on the book trolley, but it fits perfectly into the magic quill.


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Re: TMQ #142 -- Madam Solfeggia

Finally!! I turned in Chapter 144 to the editors today. Congratulations to the contest winner, and thanks to all who contributed ideas!


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Re: TMQ #142 -- Madam Solfeggia

Not to be rude, Robby, but do you have any sense of when #144 will be put up?


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Not to be rude, Robby, but do you have any sense of when #144 will be put up?
It's totally up to the editors now. Once I send the text to them it can take a week or more to be posted. I should be a good boy and write #145 this weekend to keep the rhythm going, or rather to get it going again. Sorry things have slowed down so much, but there's still life in this column, honest!


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