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Posted on Wednesday 13 June 2007 at 9:18 am

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1) The chocolate is taking over my house (further explanation to follow in another post)!

2) If stupid Harry hadn't interrupted Hagrid, I firmly believe we would have known Tonks' house since book one. From chapter 5 (US hardback pg 80) of Stone, Harry and Hagrid speaking:

"And what are Slytherin and Hufflepuff?"

"School houses. There's four. Everyone says Hufflepuff are a lot o' duffers but -"

"I bet I'm in Hufflepuff," Harry said gloomily.

See? Assuming I have my time line correct (feel free to correct me if this doesn't work), I am determined that Hagrid was going to say "but one was just accepted into the Auror training program" as proof that Hufflepuffs are in fact not a bunch of ol' duffers. What else could possibly make sense?

3) In case you didn't guess based on the above, I am rereading the Harry Potter books in an attempt to get them all reread before the release of DH. I have figured out that, going by US pagination, one has to read about 80-100 pages a day in order to finish the entire series by July 20. To be precise, counting today as day 1 and July 20 and day the last, it is 87.921052 pages a day. Yes, I am a dork for figuring that out. No, I don't plan to try to read .921052 of a page.

4) As I am rereading, I am working up a list of all the unanswered questions that come into my head. Some are things fandom has been debating for years, some are utterly unimportant and I am sure they will never be answered in the books. Once I finish each book, I'll try to post my questions so y'all can tell me if some of them have been answered and for some reason I missed it and can also point and laugh at how crazy I am :-)

Comments:

JD
jdbracknell at 2:10 pm on 13 June 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, I'm re-reading, too, and making notes on un answered questions. We can compare notes, see if we came up with the same things!

*is a dork*
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 4:55 pm on 13 June 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it fun being a dork?

Hopefully we at least have a few different things in our notes or comparing them could become fairly boring.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 2:38 pm on 13 June 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I was trying to re-read them, too, but I got about 3/4 into SS and then hit a wall because Remus isn't in it! Why isn't Remus in it??
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 4:40 pm on 13 June 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I found Tonks in Stone. Sort of. If you squint funny.

Doesn't that count for anything?
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 4:41 pm on 13 June 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Pig Snout is also one of the first pass-words. So that's twice for Tonks.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 4:54 pm on 13 June 2007 (UTC) (Link)
See? Surely that counts for something!

Besides, imagine the pain JKR had to go through actually writing the first two before she could get to Remus. Reading them again is much less of a hassle than writing them had to be for her.

And yes, I'm serious. To quote JKR:
The first book will always have a special place in my heart, because it was the first book I ever published. However, I prefer the plot of CHAMBER OF SECRETS. And just to confuse the issue, I was looking forward to writing the third book from the start of the first because that's when Professor Lupin appears, and he is one of my favorite characters in all seven books.
drumher
drumher at 2:49 pm on 13 June 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I've tried to reread the first two but I have the same problem with them as mrstater did. I just recently read OotP again from beginning to end instead of just skipping to Remus' parts but I didn't take any notes so I'll just have to wait for your probing questions to prove that once again, I'm not reading between the lines well enough.
JD
jdbracknell at 3:59 pm on 13 June 2007 (UTC) (Link)
That's exactly what Mr Bracknell said. He re-read OotP, with all the crazy theories I'd discussed with him in mind, finished it and said 'you know, I still can't see what you're talking about...'.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 4:57 pm on 13 June 2007 (UTC) (Link)
To be perfectly honest, I think at least half the flist's theories (not even counting some of mrstater's wilder ones) made from reading between the lines are never going to happen in the books. But the speculation is just way too much fun even if we are all wrong.


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