Being a fan of a series for so long that the characters who used to be older than you are now younger than you.
But they’re not really younger than me. Ron and Hermione are now 33 years old, Harry and Neville are 32 going on 33, Ginny is 31 going on 32, and Luna is either 31 or 32 (Rowling hasn’t said when her birthday is). They even have kids now.
#Being such a HUGE fan of a series that you consider its characters to be somewhere (happily) living their lives.
8. The Magic Begins: A scene you really wanted to be in the movies, but wasn’t.
Harry stared down at the commentator’s podium. Surely nobody in their right mind would have let Luna Lovegood commentate? But even from above there was no mistaking that long, dirty-blonde hair, nor the necklace of butterbeer corks…. Beside Luna, Professor McGonagall was looking slightly uncomfortable, as though she was indeed having second thoughts about this appointment.
This is one of the best moments in Quidditch, and one of my favorites as well. However, Zacharias Smith is a Hufflepuff. :)
It’s Ron’s 33rd birthday today. So here’s one of my favorite fan arts of him by one of my favorite artists, Marta.
Happy Birthday, Weasley King!
“Because if anyone deserves to be on a Chocolate Frog Card, it’s her.” Inspiration
“A phenomenon that shaped a generation.” — So true.
I wish J.K. Rowling would expound more (in a book or on Pottermore) about ancient magic in the Wizarding world. I want to know more about the creation of a Horcrux and the resurrection of a split soul. The graveyard scene in Goblet of Fire was one of the most hair-raising scenes in the whole story and I want more of that. But not simply that, not simply dark magic.
I want to know more about the blood protection Lily gave to Harry, about brother wands and Priori Incantatem, about wands in general and how they choose their wizards. I want to know about life debts, why Wormtail owed Harry one and Ginny didn’t when he saved both their lives. I want to know more about the Deathly Hallows and how the Peverell brothers really created them.
I wish there was a very large book simply about these things — the more mysterious aspects of the Wizarding world. While I can make up my own stories and explanations about them — what kind of fan would I be if I didn’t have my own head canon — I would still like to know J.K. Rowling’s views on these very interesting types of magic.
Basically… give us another book, J.K. Rowling!
Dracorex Hogswartsis: The Dragon King of Hogwarts
3.6 metres long, covered in spikes, with a long snout and a horned, demonic-looking skull… If you’re looking for a real dragon, the Dracorex Hogswartsis is about as close as you’re going to get. In 2004, a partial skull and four cervical vertebrae were discovered in South Dakota’s Hell Creek formation, and it was immediately recognised as a new addition to the paleontological record. It’s thought to belong to the plant-eating dome-headed Pachycephalosaur family, and yet the specimen is flat-headed. Classification is difficult because many Pachycephalosaurs only develop their head features as they mature, and so this might just be a juvenile, but it could also suggest that the dinosaur family tree was still evolving even towards the end of their era—the Dracorex hogwartsia roamed North America in the Late Cretaceous Period, 100–65 million years ago. The specimen was donated to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, where it was named Dracorex hogwartsia, meaning ‘Dragon King of Hogwarts’. “Dinosaurs are wonderful for getting kids to explore with their minds…and that’s where Ms. Rowling excels too,” says Dr. Bakker, curator of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. “Her books invite the reader to probe mysteries, solve riddles and learn the craft of fighting ignorance and evil.” In response, J.K. Rowling stated: “I am absolutely thrilled to think that Hogwarts has made a small claw mark upon the fascinating world of dinosaurs…I can’t help visualizing [the Dracorex] as a slightly less pyromaniac Hungarian Horntail.”
It is actually Dracorex hogwartsia, but awesome post nonetheless. :D
We who know can appreciate more fully what it means to be a book series. Books are (usually) paper and ink, yes, but the ink forms an image on our minds and informs our lives. What do we do when Harry Potter ends? The premise is faulty. Why would Harry Potter ever end? When in the history of human existence have well-considered words not left a mark? If reading is the gateway to compassion, if our power to imagine better is so linked to our ability to learn about that which we can’t experience ourselves, why do we discuss endings at all?
Put another way: Of course it has been in our heads, but why on earth should that mean it hasn’t been real?