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  1. Here you go: source: http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/10/...and-scores-more
  2. JKR interview spoilers below. Oh yes. I've read that, and a good deal of the resultant screaming that is now occurring within the fandom. Personally, I think it makes Dumbledore's blindness regarding Grindelwald make a lot more sense, and while I'm surprised that she chose to take that angle, I don't think it's completely out of the blue as some people are claiming. There were a decent number of people who read DH and thought there was a definite Dumbledore/Grindelwald subtext. I, of course, was too busy wondering whether Harry was going to die to notice. I also think it's f
  3. I believe I referenced liking Atlas Shrugged in one of my essays, and I also listed Semifinalist in the Anthem essay contest as an accomplishment, but that's as far as it went. FWIW, I'm currently a Freshman at Caltech. I think that what you write about in your essays partly depends on the college you're applying to, but for the most part I wouldn't make Ayn Rand or Objectivism the focus of your essay. I don't think mentioning it in an essay where it's relevant, (mine, I believe was on the importance of passion for what you do), is a problem, but in essays where Ayn Rand or Objectivism are the
  4. Well, for one, if Dumbledore had survived the year, things would have been even worse for Draco than they were. For another, like Dumbledore says, he'd prefer Severus to do it rather than fall into Bellatrix's or Greyback's hands. He also probably predicted that the school would fall to Voldemort eventually with him dead, and hoped that Severus would be able to protect the students. I mean, like Harry says, sending Ginny & co. into the forest with Hagrid is a pretty tame punishment considering he's supposed to be a cruel evil Death Eater. I also think that Dumbledore intended either for
  5. Okay, so, I said I'd write more on Dumbledore once I'd given myself some time to digest DH, so here it is: Re: The Ariana business. I've read some good discussions of this part of the Dumbledore backstory, particularly this one, where the author rants about discusses whether or not Albus' resentment of Ariana was believable. She concludes that it is, citing her own experiences with a handicapped sibling as an example. I agree with her conclusion. I don't think it remarkably earth-shattering to find that a brilliant teenaged Albus, having a handicapped sister, would have resented her at l
  6. Haha, I noticed that about as soon as I'd typed it, because I'm rereading the book and I was in the Godric's Hollow chapter. I didn't notice the first time I read it, because I've taken it for granted for a while now that Lily and James died in 1981.
  7. The general fandom consensus is that this book takes place in This is based off of Nearly Headless Nick's deathday party. If there's another way to derive a date, I haven't yet found it.
  8. I also stayed up all night reading it with my two friends. It involved a lot of frustrated noises, pounding the floor, gasping in shock, and asking "what page are you on? Can you believe....?"
  9. I'm playing the online version, and it just asked me what the national dog of France was. National dog? There was no answer for "who cares."
  10. 1. Riddle killed the Gaunts before he opened the chamber. He used their murder(s) to make the diary. He was 16 at the time. source: http://www.hp-lexicon.org/timelines/timeline.php 2. Dumbledore can't kill Voldemort, and I'm pretty sure that Voldemort did try to hit Dumbledore with Avada Kedavra. Also remember that the unfogivables are Dark Arts, which Dumbledore probably wouldn't use on principle, same goes for the rest of the Order. I also gather that Avada Kedavra in particular is pretty difficult to cast, and is therefore not extremely practical for firing off quickly. It's also poss
  11. Probably best. We won't really know until the book comes out anyway, and maybe not even then. Thank you, though, and I hope he snaps out of it as well. I've read some fan stories where he doesn't, and he always ends up either killed by Voldemort or suicidal. Not a happy prospect, and if JKR tried to make him fatalistic and happy it would be even worse for being unbelivable.
  12. You're welcome. Oh, I don't know. I see HP prophecy as a sort-of magical guesswork. It may be right more often (or a lot more often) than normal guesswork, but it's still guesswork and not 100% accurate. Though I do agree that as such, it's pretty much useless, because all it'd do is give you a major headache trying to figure out which bits to ignore/follow etc. Harry'd have been much better off if he'd never heard the darn thing, in my opinion, and things would have turned out pretty much the same. But it does make things more interesting.
  13. Ooo, good call. I forgot to note one assumption on my part: That crackpot prophecies (anything Trelawney says while not in a trance) are false prophecies, and are therefore not recorded in the hall of prophecy. I base this on Dumbldore's assertation in PoA that Trelawney has only made two "real" predictions, but this is not very concrete evidence, I admit. However, it does suggest that Dumbledore does distinguish between real and false prophecies, and I think that is what he is doing in HBP, even though he does not state it. He and Harry have a close relationship. He probably knows that Harry
  14. Here's the relevant passage from pg. 512 of HBP secondary source (I don't have my book on me): http://gfp.typepad.com/the_garden_of_forki..._potter_on.html [...] indicate that words have been left out by the secondary source That's one of my favorite passages in the whole series. (Though it's better without the [...])
  15. Hey! Welcome to the forum. The importance of NHS will depend on the selectivity of a particular college. The Ivys, for example, aren't likely to care very much, while a smaller school that doesn't have very many NHS members matriculate might be impressed. As for the service part of it, perhaps there is some volunteer work that would be of particular value to you. I know my friend who is premed volunteered at a hospital while she was in high school. I've done tutoring with the hope that it will increase my chances of getting a job as a tutor in college. I also thinks it helps me keep up
  16. It does exist in the HP universe. However, as Dumbledore said in HBP, not all "real" prophecies are fullfilled. In Harry's case, he could hide from Voldemort for the rest of his life if he wanted to, but since Voldemort believes in prophecy, Voldemort would most likely keep searching for him. This is why it will be Voldemort's fault if the prophecy is fullfilled. Harry's involvement is reactionary; Voldemort made the first move when Harry was only a year old. Here's a relevant quote: source: http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/faq_view.cfm?id=84 Personally, I didn't find the prophec
  17. UK: 608 pages (GoF is 636 pages) US: 784 pages (GoF is shorter, presumably due to increased font size in DH) source: http://www.mugglenet.com/
  18. You can digg that story here: http://www.digg.com/environment/A_global_climate_catastrophe
  19. *shrug* The HP fandom has woken up a bit since the book 7 date was released.
  20. Here is what the HP Lexicon has: source:http://www.hp-lexicon.org/wizards/a-z/g.html#Grindelwald Grindelwald is mentioned in PS in chapters 6 and 13. Here's an interesting tidbit from the interview JKR did with Mugglenet after the last book release: source: http://www.mugglenet.com/jkrinterview3.shtml Edited to add quotations
  21. Thanks for the information. Knowing this, I really don't agree with the Hitler/Voldemort analogy. I do wish we knew more about Voldemort's predecessor, Grindelwald, who was defeated by Dumbldore in 1945. JKR won't talk much about him, so perhaps he will come into play later. She does say we'll get more of Dumbledore's history in Deathly Hallows.
  22. This brings up an interesting historical question. Did Hitler actually believe all the anti-semetic rubbish, or was he just exploiting a long-standing prejudice to get control of Germany?
  23. I agree with your interpretation of Death Eaters. However, I think Voldemort is exploiting their prejudice for his own ends (immortality and power). According to some areas of fandom, the Death Eaters were once known as the Knights of Walpurgis (the quote is unclear): Depending on how you interpret it, she could mean that she originally called them that, or that the characters did. (Ach, passive voice!) Anyway, I digress. Assuming she means that the characters originally called the Death Eaters something different spawns a whole line of speculation of a KKK-esque age-old underground org
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