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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2009 12:05:12 PM PST
maketime4fun says:
I like A Witch's theory. Why did Charlie get a new wand in the first place? I was under the impression that the wizards keep their wands forever unless they were broken or damaged. Would a slain family member's wand work as well for a new owner? Harry had quite a time getting his borrowed wands to work for him.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2009 12:45:55 PM PST
For some reason I assumed Harry gave her money for his books. But how she afforded for them all I have no idea.
Now when my Ultimate Collector's Edition comes, I'll have to check out the camera man. Maybe he got lopped off in the ABC Family version (not wide-screen).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2009 4:11:48 PM PST
M. Svitak says:
I LOVE Mugglecast!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2009 4:18:23 PM PST
M. Svitak says:
Maybe the hand me down wand was what limited Ron's magical skill, Neville had his father's old wand which he broke in OotP, his magical ability (and confidence) was better after that.

The most likely answer is that JKR wanted to illustrate how poor the Weasley's were that even wands were handed down, and was written before she had fully developed wand lore. After all, you never heard about wands changing allengance before DH.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2009 7:04:03 PM PST
Maybe, to a wand, one Weasley brother was much the same as another (remember what the Sorting Hat said to Ron?) and maybe the new one was Charlie's graduation/ new job present-- apparently he left during the spring and Ron started that September.

And Mrs. Weasley would never have accepted money from Harry; it was Arthur's place to bring it home and hers to stretch it. Harry would have to get very creative to find ways of paying for anything for them, like giving Ginny the free set of Lockhart books.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 7:17:03 PM PST
C. Wiley says:
It said in one book that he would have gladly gave them half his gold , but he knew they would not take it. I believe he did not want to belittle them by offering.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2009 8:57:31 PM PST
maketime4fun says:
Ooooooohhh, I so wanted to hold out for the Ultimate Super-Dooper DVDs, but when I saw the collector's trunk BluRay movies 1-5 with all the bookmarks and extra shiny things, I caved. Now I'm going to hold out for the Ultimate editions of HBP and DH. I hope...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2009 9:04:48 PM PST
maketime4fun says:
Mugglecast rocks! Hard to believe they were all high school kids when they started the show and now they are all in college and have published a well-written book.

My other favorite HP podcasts are Snapecast, Spellcast, SQPN: Secrets of Harry Potter, WZRD: Your Wizard Rock Station, and Pottercast. Alleycast was #1, but they don't podcast anymore and Snapecast is also on a limited schedule. SPQN I think is onto Angels & Demons and haven't done a new show in ages.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2009 4:41:25 AM PST
M. Svitak says:
wow, you are really a podcast guru! I'll have to check some of them out, it makes a break from re-listening to the audiobooks! I came into Mugglecast late-- I only got an ipod two years ago, but I was instantly hooked. Although I laugh sometimes, with some of the things they say you can tell they're really young (although that may be from and older (and hopefully wiser!) perspective. I cringed tho when they talked about one of them turning 21!

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 6:36:38 PM PST
1593 says:
How come Nagini was not blasted at Bathilda Bagshot's house when Harry's wand was blown apart?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2009 7:53:57 AM PST
Hermione's spell missed. I note that it is a little unclear whether Harry might have damaged his wand a bit by stepping on it before the blast; must re- read that bit veerrrry carefully now....

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2009 8:00:17 AM PST
Did anyone ever notice a delightful comment made by Percy at the Yule Ball. I noticed it last evening as I was reading it. He said things at the Ministry were a bit upset with "Rita Skeeter buzzing around."

Hm. Buzzing! Really. Maybe she's a beetle or something. (he-he) It was even before Ron and Harry noticed the beetle listening in on Hagrid and Madame Maxine.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2009 10:05:12 AM PST
M. Svitak says:
Hmmm, I wonder if it's when you become an Animagus, you end up turning into an animal that mirrors your personality, or does your personality change to mirror the animal you become? Case in point - did Sirius already have that bark like laugh which is why he became a dog, or did becoming a dog give him his dog-ish characteristics? Was Peter Pettigrew always a rat?

Posted on Dec 11, 2009 12:51:02 PM PST
1593 says:
I think your patronus very much reflects your basic nature. Sirius has many qualities that make dogs special, loyalty for example. Peter was always a basic rat. Tonks patronus changed into a werewolf if I am not mistaken. Severus' was the same as Lily's because of his life long obsession with her. James' was the compliment to a doe -- a stag.

What in Hermione's personality is like an otter? Ron is a frisky terrier. Luna is a Rabbit. Ginny is a horse. I think these descriptions add another dimension to elements of their personalities.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2009 3:54:06 PM PST
maketime4fun says:
lol...just as I typed that SPQN moved on to something else, the next day there was a new episode for them. It's hosted by a Catholic priest in Holland with some decent co-hosts.
I got my first iPod in Nov. 2005 and shortly afterwards discovered all the different Harry Potter podcasts. Search on "Harry Potter" under podcasts on iTunes and see how many come up. I listened to a lot of them, some I really didn't like, others just weren't interesting, and these are the favorites that made my short list. I went back into their archives and downloaded all their episodes and dove in. Snapecast and Alleycast I enjoy so much that I keep all their episodes in iTunes and re-listen to them occasionally.

I hear ya: I was laughing when they were lamenting about turning the ancient 21....I'm more than twice their age.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2009 5:07:42 PM PST
M. Svitak says:
It would make sense that you're patronus matched your animagus form. But was James a stag to match Lily's doe? Or was Lily's a doe to match James' stag?

They wouldn't have "officially" learned patronuses until later in their magical education (would it have been 6th year or better? The OWL examiners were impressed that Harry could do one), later than when the Marauders learned to transform, although James and Sirius being so talented they might have produced one earlier (come to think of it wasn't Lily also the brightest witch of her age?).

But using that logic, why wouldn't Ginny's patronus be a doe, since she loved Harry for so long. Although she wasn't with him at the time, so maybe that had something to do with it.

What I think is that the stag and the doe were coincidences, but showed how well suited James and Lilly were for each other. But I tend to be an incurable romantic.

Oh, sorry, that really was a long way to go to make a point. <<grin>>

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2009 5:09:35 PM PST
M. Svitak says:
**I hear ya: I was laughing when they were lamenting about turning the ancient 21....I'm more than twice their age**

...me too... shhhhhhhhh

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2009 7:37:27 PM PST
maketime4fun says:
I agree, I think patronuses take on the characteristics of the wizard. Tonks' patronus started changing when she was developing feelings for Lupin and Snape was ridiculing her for that.

JKR said her favorite animal is the otter, and Hermione is very much like herself so maybe the two go together?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2009 9:39:56 PM PST
Just a thought-- Otters are stereotypically busy, active, and make fun out of work... which rather describes Hermione's academic career.

I also think James and Lily's patronuses were a coincidence; James' matched his Animagus form. JKR never says that patronuses must be a matched pair-- I can't see Ron's or Hermione's changing, or Ginny's-- she's too independent. (Or Harry's for that matter, he's too proud of having that to match his dad's.) Tonks and Snape, on the other hand, underwent a great deal of stress re: their loved ones before their patronuses changed. In Snape's case, I wonder if he didn't manage to change his deliberately-- he's the sort, perhaps, and powerful and self- disciplined enough. Tonks' change seems to have been involuntary.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2009 7:01:58 AM PST
M. Svitak, if 21 is ancient and you're twice their age, then think what I feel at three times their age - 63.

Let me get my cane, sonny, I gotta go get the mail.

Posted on Dec 12, 2009 8:37:54 AM PST
1593 says:
Well Alan, you beat me by a hair... Let's say I'm just old enough to start withdrawing my 401K. Baby boomers unite!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2009 8:57:37 AM PST
maketime4fun says:
what? what was that? this font is too tinny for my olde eyes to read...............

good thing we're all young at heart :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2009 12:25:48 PM PST
maketime4fun says:
If one needs to focus on happy thoughts to produce a patronus, what were Snape's happy thoughts?

Posted on Dec 12, 2009 1:16:49 PM PST
The times he spent with Lily.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2009 2:17:00 PM PST
maketime4fun says:
That's what I can up with too.

Why, when Arthur takes Harry to the Ministry of Magic for his hearing in Order of the Phoenix, noone recognizes "the famous Harry Potter"?
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