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Jun. 3rd, 2007


Less cool than I thought it was

So, I'm reading Order of the Phoenix now, and Prof. Binns calls Harry "Perkins" when Harry disturbs his lecture in order to be able to take Hedwig to Prof. Grubbly-Plank (such a great name!). I got all excited for a moment, thinking that Crouch had called Percy "Perkins" as well, and that there must have, once upon a time, been a particularly memorable young wizard called Perkins in England (possibly -- crossover brain here -- it was even The Brain from Pinky and the Brain, whose big robotic human suit was always "Mr. Perkins"). But, alas! Crouch used to call Percy "Weatherby".

So never mind. :-)

Mar. 18th, 2007



Just a few notes

Hi Guys, this is my first post here.  =)

I am simultaneously reading 3 Harry Potter books.  I started over on the whole series for myself and am on Chapter 7 The Sorting Hat (obviously SS), I'm reading the series to my nephew who is 7 and we're on Chapter 5 of PoA, and I listen to the audio books while I ride my bike to work and back daily and I'm in GoF The Madness of Mr. Crouch.  Anyway... y'all didn't need all that info.

SS notables:

I like the mention of Harry being fast in Chapter 2 (pg 20 Am. paperback).  I have always seen it as foreshadowing of his Seeker abilities.  JKR often uses his "seeker skills" to his benefit outside the Quidditch Stadium.

I found it really odd how the 20 odd ghosts that appear in the enterance hall while the first years are waiting for the sorting ceremony to begin seem to not know why they are all standing around when all the ghosts seem very well informed on the happenings in the castle in other parts of the stories.  

I'll skip CoS for now.


If Dobby gave Harry all the mail he'd been stopping Harry from getting in the previous year, why are this years birthday cards his first?  Maybe they're the first he'd recieved on his birthday.  There we'll go with that.  =)

Did Harry really explode the glass that Aunt Marge was holding or did she do it?  If she'd done it "just last week" can't she have done it again?  JKR never does set the record straight.  Or does she when Fudge mentions only the "blowing up of Miss Marjorie Dursley" and never mentions the shattering glass?  My nephew brought that one up.  Asked if really was Harry.  I had to answer honestly that I didn't know.

How did Harry "accidentally" flag down the Knight Bus?  I mean sticking out your wand hand?  That's a pretty simple motion to not hail the Knight Bus accidentally by many people.  Could he have been being watched?  Is it not possible that Dumbledore was having Harry watched like he was in HBP?  Dumbledore himself can be invisible, couldn't he be watching over Harry?  Did he hail the Knight Bus for Harry and have a fair idea where Harry would go and put Cornelius Fudge on the awares so he could meet Harry at the arrival point?  It just seems unlikely that Fudge would be there to greet Harry if he wasn't warned.  Since neither of the others on the bus knew to tell Fudge (or indeed what to tell him about) is it unlikely that a younger and more naive Harry (and thus the naration) wouldn't know about Dumbledore's protectiveness?  Maybe I'm reading into something that A) isn't there and B) doesn't really matter.  That's most likely.

I wanted to share with you guys also a new revelation to me.  The Knight Bus: showing my nephew how it was spelled he asked "Why isn't it the night like night time, and I answered much to my own surprise, "Because it came to his rescue, like a Knight in Shining Armor."  I didn't even realize that that's how I had interpretted it.  Strange...

In relation to the Knight Bus:  "How come the Muggles don't hear the Bus?"  " 'Them!'said Stan contemptuously.  'Don't listen properly, do they? ...' "  He doesn't like Muggles much.  And then in HBP he's arrested for spouting off about Death Eater activity isn't it?  I'm not saying I think he is one, but he's definitely set up to be on the fence.

In Diagon Alley in the Magical Menagerie, Ron never pays for his rat tonic for Scabbers, but Hermione brings it out to him later.  Why doesn't ron protest.  He really hates having things bought for him.  Oversight or foreshadowing on Ron and hermione's budding relationship?  I like the idea of the latter even if I do think it's improbable.  =)

And I have nothing to say about GoF because it'll come better (and more decently formed) from reading the text.  =)

That's it.  I swear I had more...  oh well.

Mar. 1st, 2007


Something about Percy

I'm wondering when the exact point is that Percy Weasley changes from the somewhat prissy, lawful member of the Weasley clan, and becomes a total officious non-well-meaning prick.

On page 58 of Chamber of Secrets, he's found in a Diagon Alley junk shop, engrossed in Prefects Who Gained Power: A Study of Hogwarts Prefects and their Later Careers. This is the same day that the Malfoys are selling off their more incriminating Black Arts things, and the same day that Lucius Malfoy puts Riddle's diary into Ginny Weasley's cauldron full of school books. It happens after Harry sees the Malfoys at B&B's, and before the donnybrook in the bookstore. And we all know who's the most powerful former prefect of all.

Feb. 26th, 2007



A Fun Little Thing I Noticed in CoS

This is the first time I’ve re-read CoS after reading HBP and I found this one lovely bit of foreshadowing by JKR absolutely delightful:

If only Harry had remembered, he could have told Dumbledore the three things he saw Draco show interest in while he was hiding in the vanishing cabinet in Borgin & Burkes were 1) the hand of glory; 2) the cursed opal necklace, and 3) the vanishing cabinet itself. None of this seems to have stuck in Harry’s memory, though.

Feb. 24th, 2007


Dumbledore is Chaotic alignment (I'm the last to decide, right?)

I'm re-reading the first book, and I just got past the first Sorting Hat scene. Dumbledore greets the students with a few words -- blubber, oddment, nitwit, tweak. (Or something like that; I'm not at home right now.) Compare that to Order of the Stick #68, where Elan considers what to do based on good vs. evil, finds that unhelpful, and then based on law vs. chaos, which is even less helpful.

I mentioned this to my kids, who are the big OotS fans, and they said basically "Duh, Mom! Of course Dumbledore is Chaotic Good!"

So that must mean Voldemort is Lawful Evil. :-)

Feb. 21st, 2007

harry hero


Snape in PS/SS, in Light of Snape in HBP

Since nobody ever talks about Snape ... *g*

One of the things that jumped out at my during this reread of PS/SS was the converstation between Snape and Quirrell in the Forbidden Forest. While it seemed originally like the end of PS/SS cleared up any questions there could be about that conversation, reading it after HBP put a little bit different spin on it for me. I haven't decided for myself whether I think Snape is a good guy, bad guy, life-indebted guy, or all of the above.

Here's the section, and some questions I've been thinking over at the end of it.Collapse )
joan mad men


Book One - how can we use it to predict Book Seven?

Righto! This poll has been exposed like whoa, but I'm pimping it here because it's relevant!

Been re-reading Book One? Want to tell me how useful it's going to be in predicting Deathly Hallows?

Click here, lovelies.

Buff layout, D. Lol at "We like canon."

Feb. 20th, 2007

{self-indulgence} defaulty redhead


Welcome to canon_reread!

Welcome to canon_reread -- the pre-DH do-it-at-your-own-pace reread. Our goal is to re-experience canon from start to finish before the release of the seventh and final Harry Potter book.

Here's how it works:

Whenever you decide you have the time, pick up your copy of Philosopher's Stone, turn to page one, and start reading. You may stop at the end of the first paragraph, the end of the chapter, or even the end of the book, if that's your style. Doesn't matter to us.

Then keep going with CoS, PoA, GoF, OotP, and HBP -- in that order. And along the way, keep track of your thoughts, reactions, theories, etc. here in canon_reread for everyone else to read and enjoy!

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