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Favorite part of new Harry Potter trailer?

Posted by Melissa
May 03, 2011, 11:55 PM
The romantic good vs. evil swan dive
519 (15%)
The "mother" of all duels
1244 (36%)
The Knights of Hogwarts
515 (15%)
Dropped Dead Fred
588 (17%)
Something else!
531 (15%)
  3397 votes in total

3226 Comments

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Wotcher Ya’ll

Thank God Jen & Won are back on and are safe. now I hope Mistic is also safe and at worst just out of power still. Hope you did well on the gaming tables Won

Interesting thoughts about Hagrid statement, upon thought I am inclined to agree.

Further thoughts about the Pottermore sortings – I am wondering if it is not just your answers to the questions that determine which House you get but also which questions you get. I was thinking that no matter which questions you get the end result would be the same, that all the combinations of questions had the same psychological/sociological value and would produce that same result. IE that the Headmistress would be in Ravenclaw no matter which group of questions she got and so on for all of us. BUT – with her revelation that she would have answered the questions LD got the same way as LD did so she would have been sorted into Gryffindor also makes me wonder….. It’s like one group of questions gets you into G or H, another group gets you into R or S etc etc…. I also think there is merit in the speculation that they want to keep the number of people in each House relatively even so the competition for House points is mostly fair. So it may be the questions and answers don’t matter at all, we are all going into whichever House they need to put us in to keep things even. I think if I remember right in all canon the # of students in each House each book was always right about even. I think I am arguing myself into not caring anymore which House any of us are in.

Posted by Sirius B (HeartMagic104) on August 28, 2011, 11:10 PM report to moderator
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I must be getting Alzheimers… for the life of me I cannot remember where it was I just read this, but I read that there are about a dozen unique pools of questions, and the specific pool of questions your individual quiz are drawn from are based primarily (but not entirely) on your geographical location, age & sex… Each pool contains a few hundred questions, of which the ones for each questionnaire are selected at random so that no 2 quizzes are identical. It would appear that age is the most ‘heavily weighted’ parameter…

Posted by Won_Two on August 28, 2011, 11:49 PM report to moderator
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thanks Won that clears that up, but still….

Posted by Sirius B (HeartMagic104) on August 29, 2011, 12:44 AM report to moderator
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Have the fan in the dooway and on high. Nice little thunderstorm at the moment really
cooling things off.

The only thing that will save me with the sorting hat is I will consider it to have plaved me where I
need to be as opposed to where I want to be.

Posted by ironsos on August 29, 2011, 01:45 AM report to moderator
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It should resd “placed”.

Posted by ironsos on August 29, 2011, 01:46 AM report to moderator
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It should read “read”

I need a drink.

Posted by ironsos on August 29, 2011, 01:47 AM report to moderator
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Ironsos Have one for me, even if it is just water. I have to go to work in the morning. ;)

My PH goes in, unpaid, on the weekemd fairly often. Heaven help one of us if she’s been turning my desk upside down! ;)

I may have to go cry all over our deparment head’s desk and have him interfere. I understand that sometime last week she was trying to get away with something and he finally told her (loudly enough that others heard him) that he was the boss and she would do it his way. ;)

I found out how we got saddled with her, too. She was a friend or dating or something (maybe related to?) a legislator who had a pretty large say in our budget allocations. He’s out of office now, but still has political pull. Maybe she will decide that she’s had enough and just retire! (I wish!) ;)

Off to bed. ;)

Posted by Deanie on August 29, 2011, 02:19 AM report to moderator
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No Pottermore email for me yet. le sigh ;)

Posted by Deanie on August 29, 2011, 02:20 AM report to moderator
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I’m so glad everyone stayed safe through the storm! I hope the damages are not too awful for anybody. Jen I was worried about the trees, too, I’m glad you didn’t sustain major damage. After seeing what a fallen tree can do to a house up close and personal when our neighbors across the street lost their house in our wind storm here in 2006, I have become extremely leery of them and though I love them, wish like mad that we didn’t have so many so close.

Deanie the treadmill is an excellent idea, LOL! I should have thought of that. :) I hope the cramping has finally let up, I hate that feeling. Be sure you’re getting enough calcium and potassium! At least that’s what the doctor told my Dad when he was getting Charlie horses all the time. As for the Houses, I do admire Ravenclaw, for sure. I just really, really, really want Gryffindor. sigh

Asti unfortunately the feedback buttons don’t allow for comments, or I would most definitely tell them we need some sort of choice, even if it is just an “anything but…” button, as LH said, since that’s really what Harry got. Though that would not have helped me personally, since my preference is an “ONLY GRYFFINDOR!!!” button, LOL. I do really wish they would allow comments, even if only very short ones to avoid overwhelming their staff. I can understand them not wanting Lemon-sized posts from one million users on each page (can we all just pause a moment to imagine that chaos? OMG! LOL), but a brief line would be good, maybe a 30 character maximum or something.

That’s interesting, Won, about the geographical issues with regard to the questions and things for Pottermore. I also firmly believe that the way we answered for the wand ceremony also affected the Sorting. I knew, as soon as I read the description of my wand, that I was at least being pointed in the Ravenclaw direction based on the answers I gave there. What’s also interesting is that LP and I also answered some questions the same, yet she got Slytherin and I got Ravenclaw. LC answered some questions in common differently, yet he still got Slytherin like LP. I am leaning more and more toward them trying to keep the Sorting fairly even as well, regardless of anything else. In which case I wish they would just say so and remove the emotional trauma over going to the wrong House, LOL.

Good points on Pettigrew and Neville, LH. :) I also agree with the comments about Hagrid. He does tend to exaggerate. ;)

I am ROTFL over your Weasley comment, Graymayne! Too true!

Didn’t MM say she was going to Texas again? Or out of town somewhere, at least. To visit her MIL, I think? I hope she’s traveling safely, it’s not like her not to at least check in from the road.

I spent the day in Everett for my Evergreen chapter’s author book signing, which was coordinated with the restaurant where we hold our monthly meetings. It was a SMASHING success, which was a great relief to all of us. As a new chapter and a new event, we were really hoping for a great result for the authors who attended. I think they all left happy. Our poor chapter president worked herself into a frenzy over it, she was so happy to kick up her heels with a nice big glass of wine at the end of the day! The only drawback for me is the drive there and back, but it’s always worth it to hang out with those girls. However, I was gone ALL day because of it, so now I am just glad to be home. I’m going to get my pjs on, grab a snack and my book and relax for a bit before bed.

Have a good night/Monday morning, everyone. :)

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on August 29, 2011, 03:35 AM report to moderator
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Happy early Monday morning, my lovelies!
Once again, I’m enduring an all-nighter, so I’m perusing YA book blogs, brewing some potions on Pottermore, and researching mythical beasts, Roman and Greek gods, and Hindu deities…

I am oh-so relieved that Irene seems to have passed our Castle dwellers without causing too much havoc. I’m hugging you all in spirit.

I totally understand what you’re saying about Chain Reaction, Jen. While I truly LOVE Simone’s writing, I find her stories to be somewhat repetitive; you can definitely tell she enjoys writing books for at-risk teens, but she hasn’t branched out yet much on the subject matter. I love her stories, I think they’re fabulous, but Chain Reaction was very similar to Perfect Chemistry. I still loved Luis’ story, and I could see why Nikki latched onto Luis the way she did, so quickly, because of her past. But while I loved _Rules of Attraction, I felt the same way, really… I just feel a huge connection with Perfect Chemistry – to be honest, my favorite parts – and the part I looked most forward to – was Brittany and Alex’s scenes. Even the small ones in Chain Reaction…I just love their story, and its excitement.
I’ll stop now.
Oh, Jen, I’ve been meaning to ask you: which one of Maureen Johnson’s books is you favorite?

Lady Hawke, Divergent is another book on my ever-growing book list. Please, once you’ve read it, let me know what you thought!

Oops, I gotta go check on my potion! See you all later!

Posted by Ava/TheWeapon on August 29, 2011, 05:00 AM report to moderator
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I’m pretty incoherent when talking about how much I love the Perfect Chemistry trilogy, Jen! I’m sorry!

Yikes…

Posted by Ava/TheWeapon on August 29, 2011, 05:02 AM report to moderator
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Morning all! We have a dry but cloudy day here and we haven’t planned a trip out. I have been perusing the website of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival and watching videos from 2010, some of the performers and some interviews with festival goers and workshop leaders etc. Very enjoyable. Below I have put a link to “Virtual Shropshire” which has a generous collection of views of my county which can be seen full screen.

http://www.virtual-shropshire.co.uk/slideshows/inspirations.shtml

Have a great Labor Day/August Bank holiday everyone.

Posted by Graymayne on August 29, 2011, 06:32 AM report to moderator
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Good morning, Graymayne.

Posted by Ava/TheWeapon on August 29, 2011, 08:02 AM report to moderator
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GRAYMAYNE, Happy August Bank Holiday to you! However, our Labor Day is not until next Monday and we are looking forward to it. My daughter will have been in school for over a month with no break by then.

FEEDBACK BUTTON for POTTERMORE? I thought there was supposed to be some way of reporting problems when using Pottermore. They said the point of this Beta is to gather our feedback and deal with problems. I thought there was supposed to be a means of getting feedback.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 29, 2011, 09:05 AM report to moderator
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Aloha! ;)

Morning lurk! ;)

Full desk, back later. ;)

Posted by Deanie on August 29, 2011, 09:53 AM report to moderator
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This is why I think you should be able to actually make a comment on Pottermore.

“As Pottermore Beta users, you’ll be exploring all the different elements of the site and, hopefully, sharing your thoughts with us along the way. How? By using the ‘Beta feedback’ button. You’ll find it located at the bottom right-hand corner of every page on the site, and this is what it looks like:

For some reason the button doesn’t show but it is a black horizontal rectangle that says, “BETA feedback”.

It’s important for us to know what you enjoy about the site, what you would like to see improved, and that you tell us about any parts you think aren’t working smoothly.

As well as the ‘Beta feedback’ button on the site itself, we’ll also send each Beta user a survey to complete, asking some detailed questions about the Pottermore website."

LEMON, so go ask for a choice in Sorting or at least an “Anything but…”.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 29, 2011, 12:27 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

I’ve had a mildly horrendous day shopping for school clothes, bags and shoes. Every year I swear I won’t leave it ‘til the last minute, but every year I do………..it’s just so lovely at the start of the holidays to see the whole relaxing summer spread before us, and so hard to remember how quickly September comes around. And to shop on a Bank Holiday Monday is just insane, but it’s really the last chance we had. And we still need to get son a new blazer…………sigh…………..

They both go back a week tomorrow.

And I’m officially depressed as I return to work tomorrow. It feels a very long time since I’ve been there, but conversely, the fortnight has gone by very quickly. We managed to cram a lot of good stuff in……. and meeting Graymayne and her DS is definitely up there with the best!

Lady Hawke, I have somehow missed the Feedback button. I have found comments sections, and sort of thought that was where we were supposed to leave our feedback. I will go and make amends!
I hope you enjoy Delirium.

Ironsos, you made me splutter my coffee with the giggles this morning! Thankyou.

Deanie, I hope you survived the day, and the attentions of the PH.

Posted by asti on August 29, 2011, 03:41 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, we didn’t shop for school until the Sunday before she started on Thursday. I hate to ruin the middle of summer with thoughts of school. Then, I find I hate to ruin our last few free days with thoughts of school and wish I had accomplished the sad deed earlier.

Why do your children not go back until next Tuesday if Monday is not a holiday for you? In most of the US schools don’t start back until next Tuesday. Our region is different and starts much earlier which I don’t understand as it is much hotter here much longer. I noticed on the hurricane coverage leaves were beginning to change in some of the northern states. We won’t see any change of color here until the end of October at the earliest, probably not until November. So, I don’t understand why we are the area starting school so early in the summer. Sigh…

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 29, 2011, 04:20 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke, I am getting my days confused. They both go back next Wednesday, not Tuesday. The summer holidays are traditionally six weeks long, and they finished at lunchtime on Weds 27th July, so I suppose that is why they start midweek this term. I think it’s good they only have a couple of days to cope with rather than a full week.

I also do not understand why your daughter has to start so much earlier than the rest of the US. Here, the counties do differ, but it’s all within a few days of each other. Scotland go back earlier, but also finish earlier.

Is school still ok for her?

Posted by asti on August 29, 2011, 04:31 PM report to moderator
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Asti reading your post, I was so glad know I’m already done with all the school prep, LOL. It is SUCH a chore!

LH on the feedback, so far there has not been any option to write anything, only to click the “agree/disagree” buttons and the questions they ask are extremely limited. I posted about that lack, and my disappointment on the Sorting issues, on the latest Pottermore post on Leaky’s main page and got attitude back about it from people who aren’t in there yet. I should be grateful to be in there, evidently, and basically shut up and stop complaining. I just posted a little rant back over that. Probably ill-advisedly, but it peeved me. sigh

Anyway, I do really wish there was a way to give more than an “agree/disagree” on anything. I scored the Sorting Hat page as low as possible on all counts, but they have no idea why. For all they know, the page could have just had problems loading and I was frustrated. There is NO way for them to know or understand what exactly upset me or didn’t work on that page. I thought the point of the beta test was to give a lot more than that, too, but at least so far, that has been the only option. I haven’t bothered leaving comments on the comment board under the end of each chapter (although I did say I wanted a CHOICE under the Sorting one), because that has the feel of message boards between users with most people saying things like “that was awesome!” and leaving it at that, not something that the Pottermore behind-the-scenes people are actually going to pay any attention to.

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on August 29, 2011, 04:51 PM report to moderator
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Lemon, congrats for having everything organised! As well as all the stress and trauma, the amount of money involved is simply horrendous.
I too was disappointed that the “feedback” page was so limited. It seems a pretty futile way of getting people’s real opinions. I am aware 1000+ *Lemon*esque posts might take up some of their time, (!!!!!) but surely discussion and real input should be the whole point of early entry and helping to “shape the experience and ensure it is as magical as it can be……..” Having said that, (and I’m still only on Chapter 8,) I am impressed.

Posted by asti on August 29, 2011, 05:08 PM report to moderator
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Asti the schools in my county went back into session on August 1 this year. All of the Atlanta metro area schools were back in session by the 15th. Little Hawke does not start so early by those standards. ;)

When I was at school (In the dark ages) we did not start until after Labor Day, but still the last day varied quite a bit. I went to school in Virginia and got out the tenth of June and the following year, in Oklahoma and got out May 25th. ;)

It is very much a non-standard school year here. ;)

Hometime! ;)

Posted by Deanie on August 29, 2011, 05:35 PM report to moderator
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DEANIE, she did start on Aug.4, almost as bad as your county schools. That is what I mean, the entire South seems to start earlier than the rest of the country, at least the rest of the country that has a sort of Fall to Early Summer school year. I know there are some school districts that go “year round”.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 29, 2011, 06:08 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, so far so good on school this year. She has a couple of little girls in her class with whom she gets along well. My DS stayed home to study so he and I went and had lunch in the school cafeteria with them today. We found we were both quite anxious to leave when lunch ended as the energy being expended between the three of them on giggling and thumping each other was wearing both of us down. Now I’m worried about myself on the bus to and from Washington, DC with them. Will I be sane by the time I return home?

The teacher’s expectations still seem quite manageable. The greatest challenge seems to be her expectation of functional organization skills for which we are sadly lacking.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 29, 2011, 06:22 PM report to moderator
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Headmistress, I have left a little reply/message on that news page item you mentioned… ;+)

Posted by Won_Two on August 29, 2011, 08:04 PM report to moderator
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Won and LH, you two cannot imagine the depth of my surprise and gratitude when I came back to Leaky just now and saw two of the loveliest messages EVER in my notifications box, showing your responses in my defense on the Pottermore news comments. You totally made me cry, in the best possible way, and I so, SO appreciate it, and the things you said. I have such a warm glow in my heart right now, it’s like a raging wilderness fire of love for you both, and our Leaky family here. Thank you so much. I have no adequate words to tell you just how much that meant. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} from the moon and back. :)

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on August 29, 2011, 09:52 PM report to moderator
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Mostly just a bookmark, but I also wanted to ask…

Has anyone here read the original Beauty and the Beast tale by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve?

Posted by Ava/TheWeapon on August 30, 2011, 01:59 AM report to moderator
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Good Morning

I thought I would post this morning before I forget. Yesterday I was busy putting Plywood over the outside of the wall I built. While looking for scraps that were in the storage room to do this, I found the window that we had bought years ago. I had hunted for it but finally decided the DS had used it somewhere else. I was angry at first because I had purchased two windows but then was just glad I had found it. I will give it to my son-in-law to use in the addition. He is just now getting around to putting in doors and windows. He worked on other things while it was so hot after I moved out and the rush to get it finished was no longer an issue.

Today I need to straighten everything up downstairs to make room for my daughter’s things. I also looked at a door while I was out yesterday. I have a lot of extra doors but I won’t be able to use any of them. They are too tall and since they are metal can not be cut down to size. I didn’t purchase it yet because I got a bill yesterday that was unexpected. I had called twice to see if I would owe anything for the hospital ambulance that came when the DS died. They didn’t transport him anywhere and the fire department 911 emergency unit were the ones that worked on the DS. The only thing they did was tell the ems people to call the coriner. I was told that I wouldn’t owe anything twice. Yesterday I got the bill for the balance that Medicare didn’t pay. Six months later and I get a bill! I was not happy. They charged me $1250 just to come and not do anything. Now I’m wondering if I will get a bill for the 911 emergency unit. They also told me I wouldn’t owe anything after calling to see what I would owe. Here I was thinking I had everything paid that was associated with that night. The bad thing is I had gotten the insurance that would pay what medicare didn’t but found out it wasn’t in effect until March 1. Well I feel better now that I have complained to someone about this. Lol

Lemon Sorry that you got bad feedback on your post to Pottermore news comments. That just goes to show that even if you are a fan of HP, they are not a member of our group. I personally wouldn’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have our special friends.

Posted by Cool G on August 30, 2011, 09:18 AM report to moderator
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Good Morning. I’ll be around a bit this morning but then have to do a rehab run today.

COOLG, that would really steam me, especially having called twice to check on the bill. I would think at least they ought to let you pay that size bill out over time.

I’m glad you still have a use for the window.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 30, 2011, 09:25 AM report to moderator
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Another White Rabbit day for me! ;)

BbwIc. ;)

Posted by Deanie on August 30, 2011, 10:05 AM report to moderator
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