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Old July 25th 05, 20:28   #31
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Elenopa, repeated readings of the books, allow you to see connectivity to each other.
I'd rather re-read Arthur Ransome. He wrote twelve books in his series and they are all different. I feel my 70 year old 'Swallows and Amazons' calling to me.

God, I sound so cynical.

Maybe it's the writer in me, but I feel JKR could do so much more with the stories and all she is doing is retreading the same ground. I feel book five would have been so much better if Harry had been expelled from Hogwarts and spent most of the book actually doing things with the Order of the Pheonix to stop Vordlemort.

Anyway, I'm seething that JKR gets all the millions, and I can't get my book published.
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Old July 25th 05, 20:36   #32
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I thought of something that may throw a wrench into the pro-Snape theory, don't you have to really mean it for an unforgiveable curse to work?
Yes and No. To do any strong magic, such as the unforgiveables, a Patronus, apparition, etc, you need to have a strong conviction, or strong focused emotion behind it, in the case of an AK that would likely be hatred. But, I don't think you neccessarily need to hate the person you are aiming the wand at, I think, you should be able to call upon hatred of something else, focus that hatred, and point the wand and recite the incantation. So, I believe it would be possible for Snape to use his hatred for James or Voldemort, to foucs himself, and point the wand at Dumbledore. I thought about this myself actually. I thought, I couldn't have read that right or maybe he only said AK out loud, but was actually performing a different incantation silently (This was when I hadn't accepted that Dumbledore was actually dead, and that it was a trick for the Death Eaters viewing pleasure).

Snape is a Sociopath, and his mind is very compartmentalized, so this should be a much easier feat for him them some others.
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Old August 9th 05, 18:17   #33
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And I do wonder if Harry's scar could be a Horcrux .. can't see
Waa! Want book!
I thought the same at first, but remembered a point about Voldemort, he already appeared to have 7 Horcrux's , which was his goal, before this encounter, therefore leaving his ego to not create another one.

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Old August 10th 05, 02:00   #34
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The question about Harry really depends on how you create a horcrux. Is it something you do after you kill someone, like pulling out a memory and placing it a pensive, or is it some additional part of the spell used to kill?

If it's an add on, part of the killing spell it may have rebounded on Harry the same way the AK rebounded on Voldemort.

I just wonder if they're going to find the cup sitting on the counter in the ice cream shop. When the owner's death was casually mentioned in the beginning I couldn't figure out what he would have to offer to either side. As a history buff he could certainly recognize a famed object, the rent on the spot suggests he has some cash, and Hufflepuff strikes me as someone who would add "great for ice cream" as a feature to her prized possession.
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Old August 22nd 05, 23:39   #35
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Another interesting fact about HBP popularity, from Leaky Cauldron.org

Arab News reports that even though HBP does not yet have an Arab edition, it is the hottest selling English book in Saudi Arabia.
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Yea, that is quite surprising, isn't it?
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