What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?
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MISS HAGRID, that is very good. Harry was flying almost before he could walk. He just doesn’t remember he has known how to fly almost his entire life.
I find it interesting that Hagrid and the professors go to such trouble to do excessively elaborate Christmas decorations the day before almost the entire student body goes home for Christmas. I wonder they would not have decorated the school a week or two earlier so the whole student body could have enjoyed it.
Lady Hawke Jo was only portraying the English customary way of celebrating Christmas, not the overly commercialised approach that we have today. Her parents would probably have had similar experiences to me. When I was a child my Dad brought our fake tree and its lights and glass decorations down from the top of the wardrobe in the bedroom I shared with my sister on the evening of Christmas Eve. It was decorated and placed on a table in the front room bay window and switched on. In the kitchen, my mother and her mother who lived with us, were busy preparing the stuffing for the turkey and making the breadcrumbs for the bread sauce. Mince pies had been made earlier in the day, and the home-baked Christmas cake was finally iced and decorated simply with china ornaments. Holly and mistletoe from the greengrocer were placed above mirrors and pictures and there was no tradition of wreaths on the front door. Despite wartime rationing, which lasted until l953, my parents made Christmas very special, yet we never went to church. Decorations came down on Twelfth Night. Twelve days of Christmas then back to reality. (During the war all our windows had blackout material so the lit tree would have been visible only to us).
Last night, I found myself livid when Petunia left Harry standing in the middle of a busy King’s Cross not knowing where to go. She knew how to get on the platform and was too much of a jealous shrew to be concerned for the well being of her nephew.
Also, I found myself wondering why Molly Weasley was asking about the platform number. From what I can tell the platform does not change from year to year. She went there for 7 years and by this point two of her 7 children had graduated.
KOREY, I noted Molly asking the platform number as well and it seemed strange she needed to ask.
I don’t think Petunia accompanied Vernon into King’s Cross with Harry and his trunk. She was in the car but it says Vernon put Harry’s trunk on a trolley and pushed it inside. Of course, it was the same for Petunia to sit in the car, knowing what she knew, and not going in with them to tell Harry what to do.
I’m tossing this in as an explanation although I don’t really think it is legitimate, could the Hogwart’s Express have changed platforms since Molly’s day? I don’t think so but it is an explanation.
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I can almost believe she was unaware, but don’t they do the test after the husband’s procedure? If they don’t he must have had a quack. If they do, she’s got some ‘splainin’ to do. ;)
I think that it was more of a “test” question for the children. So if they get lost, they know where to meet. Or just as a family tease, like making sure the iron (or stove or some other appliance) is off before going on vacation. ;)
Actually Molly had been goiing for at least 9 years. Ginny was only one year old when Bill left for Hogwarts and she was 10 at the beginning of the first book. ;)
I’ve just developed a theory: I think that Dumbledore contacted Molly and Arthur and asked them to keep an eye out for Harry Potter who was starting his first term at Hogwarts. He would know that Ron was starting his first term also. Molly and Arthur had been members of the Order of the Phoenix and so had James and Lily, so the Weasleys would have been very upset by their deaths. Dumbledore would have known about the home conditions at No. 4 because Mrs. Figg had the job of keeping tabs on him, and he knew that Prof. MacGonagall disapproved of the Dursleys, so he probably guessed that they wouldn’t get involved in Harry’s safe delivery to Hogwarts. He needed someone on that platform and who better than Molly with a potential friend for the orphan as a bonus? What do you think?
My DS comes home tomorrow. I am very glad, but I also think the little time apart has been good. I am looking forward to having him home.
My daughter has written a fan letter to her favourite author, who lives in the US. I had the delights of queuing up at the Post Office to buy the neccessary stamps! She’s so pleased to have written it, she’s been talking about it for ages. I have tried to warn her that it is not likely that she will get a reply…….but you never know. I’d be delighted for her if she did.
Graymayne, I really like that theory! Dumbledore working behind the scenes, aware of everything, and already guiding Harry.
Graymayne and CoolG, my childhood Christmases were similar, but without the blackout curtains! My parents always dressed the tree on Christmas Eve, though ours was a real one. Today, although we put the (fake) tree up earlier, it still always comes down on Twelfth Night. Lots of mince pies were made, though we never had a Christmas Cake. We always went to the morning service on Christmas Day. I remember once my Mum put the potatoes on to parboil, and forgot to turn them off……we came home from church to a terrible smell of burnt potatoes and unhappy saucepan.
Graymayne You are probablyright. She may very well have been talking loudly and asking those questions to alert Harry to their prescence.
I did find myself notinh the description of the dream Harry had his first night there. He does not remember it but it was an excellent bit of foreshadowing and an obvious clue to Quirrel’s Voldemort conundrum.
Were Molly and Arthur members of the OofP the first time around? I don’t think they were – I don’t remember any reference to their experiences during the first war. And they weren’t in the picture that Mad Eye showed harry in book 5.
I also saw Molly’s question about which platform as a tease for Ginny. Honestly, it’s really just a literary device JKR used to get the information to the reader through dialog vs. just 3rd person narrative. But the explanation I like is Molly using it to engaging and including Ginny since she’s the last one left not at Hogwarts.
asti, I was thinking of you this morning as there was a story on ESPN about the possibility of an NFL team moving to London. I know your DS and son enjoy American football – how would they feel about that?
We are about to head out. Someone posted this on Facebook this morning and I found it on Youtube for your enjoyment. This is one of the stranger things I’ve seen but it seems appropriate for this group to watch.
I think Lady Hawke is implying we are a strange group. She may be right. I cannot watch this until I get home tonight. ;)
My DS is home. I treated him to a posh new recipe; rack of lamb cooked on a gratin of new potatoes, onions, garlic and stock. I have wanted to cook it for a long time, but needed a reason……the rack of lamb was screamingly expensive! It worked quite well. The lamb was cooked perfectly, but the potatoes needed longer. Fortunately, I managed to rescue them by whacking the oven up high while the lamb was resting. It might just be my new special occasion recipe. The lamb was meltingly delicious. As it should be for the price.
LEW, yes, my DS has heard about this. He is quite excited that there is enough interest here to make it worthwhile. As you know, a game has been played in London for the last few years, and the game is getting more and more of a following in this country. I think it would be a popular move. How is the idea being received in the US?
Just put “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” on my kindle for pc. Sounds like a good read.
korey 1979 My thinking precisely! She used the word “muggles” and ensured that Platform “93/4” was mentioned because she knew that only Harry on that public platform would understand that she was a witch. It reminds me strongly of spy novels when two agents meet for the first time and use a precise form of words to confirm identity. We know that Dumbledore had long-term plans for Harry in the battle against Voldemort whom he is diligently trying to track down. He wouldn’t risk Harry failing to catch the train to Hogwarts, he is too important.
Dr. Lew I stand corrected in the matter of Arthur and Molly not being members of OttP first time round, but she did lose two brothers in that first war. They are both ardent supporters of Dumbledore and wouldn’t think twice about this comparatively simple task. The reader already knows those two phrases she used which attracted Harry’s attention so she is conveying nothing new. This is why it always seems odd when re-reading with attention. I am bloodied but unbowed, lol.
It is amazing how many little foreshadowing events/ideas occur in the first book. The later books had “red herrings”.
A logical progression I suppose.
I am being forced to watch the final of Britain’s Got Talent…….. The perils of having a 10 year old daughter. I am almost ashamed to say I am really enjoying it!
I worked overtime this afternoon, and am quite honestly wondering what they would have done had I not agreed to the hours. We were SO stretched.
Ironsos, I have read that, and would be interested to hear what you think. Pay attention to the photos.
Lady Hawke, thinking of you.
Thank you, ASTI, it has been a very hard day, very emotional, but we have come back to the room for a bit of quiet before looking for dinner. My parents are extremely tired so my daughter and I may go find dinner and bring something back for them.
It has been a bittersweet day. My cousin and his wife were each only children and had no children themselves. My daughter has become something of an heiress, although it will be in an educational trust. She and another teenage girl of importance to my cousin and his wife have inherited. The house and property consisting of some 52 acres must be sold before this takes affect. My daughter also inherited my cousin’s wife’s personal jewelry, her diamond ring, sapphire ring, and many pieces of Native American Silver Inlay. The other girl was presented the flag on his coffin for service to our country during the Korean War.
So, we have cried for our loss and cried for the gift of relief from worry over how we would fund her education. I have no idea how much the trust will be. We won’t know that until the property sells. It should certainly help when the time comes.
I have been on a pendulum swinging back and forth between sorrow and bittersweet elation.
Everyone rallied and went to dinner at a catfish/seafood restaurant favored by the family here for many years. My father particularly enjoyed himself and finished off my mother’s meal in addition to his own.
We still have no word of noticeable change in regard to my aunt. So, we will start home tomorrow and re-evaluate the situation once we have had word from that part of the family that our presence is needed.
Lady Hawke I think that is the most intelligent and caring piece of will-making that I have come across, for your cousin and his wife to take care of the future generation’s education in that way. I am thrilled for you! Take care on the journey home.
I am up early again. I need to go to the grocery store. My brother dropped by yesterday. He needed to download a book for his Kindel. He uses my WiFi to do this. Have I mentioned that he has a place in the park where I live? He usually comes down every couple of weeks and stays in his camper. He is looking for a new camper. His wife will not come down here until he does. When she does come with him, she stays in the motel in town. I need to buy a new mattress so she can stay with me. I may go get one next week.
I am trying to empty the back bedroom so I can put in new carpetl. I have the carpet downstairs but did not get it installed before I started using the bedroom. Now that I am using the smaller bedroom, I need to get the larger bedroom finished so it can be used. I have several projects that I need to get done before it gets too hot.
Lady Hawke That is good news for your daughter. It is always good to get any help you can to pay for education. I know we had 3 daughters in college plus myself at the same time. Thankfully they were able to get grants and student loans to help pay. We could not afford to pay it all ourselves.