New Wizard of the Month on JKRowling.com

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Jun 30, 2007

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The full moon is high over England now, which means it is July 1st and the calendar on JKRowling.com has been updated to reveal the latest Wizard of the Month. Be sure to check it out.





124 Responses to New Wizard of the Month on JKRowling.com

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cool.

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Am I the only one who knew that it would Gryffindor this month?

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I knew it would be Gryffindor!

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yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!! GREEN EYES!!!

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Last ever WOTM before Book 7… omg… this is starting to freak me out.

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I must say, I’m not a supporter of the whole “Harry’s the heir of Gryffindor” bit, but I will say its very interesting that Godric’s got red hair and green eyes.

Are these character portraits approved by JKR? If so, striking resemblance to Lily.

I’m sure its just coincidence.

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I knew it! I knew it! I knew that’s who the wizard of the month would be! That really makes me think that the unknown Horcrux will be Ravenclaw’s.

But my, oh, my, he does look very lion-like. The lion-like-ness bears resemblance to Scrimgeour. The red hair bears resemblance to the younger Albus Dumbledore. And the general look of his face bears a bit of resemblance to Hagrid. Also, the “enlightened fighter against Muggle-discrimination” bit is very reminiscent of Dumbledore.

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Green eyes? Red hair? Oh jesus, that is NOT a coincidence… she’s either messing with us one last time or this means, well, you know… heir!

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so true…I’m getting more and more nervous!well, I think Godric’s must have been in the Potter’s house the night of the murder…Dumbledore said that Voldemort wanted to do a horcrux with Harry’s death and (obviously) he didn’t manage to do it…

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I actually thought it would be Ravenclaw. When Hufflepuff and Slytherin were WotM they had the objects that Voldemort turned into Horcruxes. I personally thought that a Ravenclaw artifact would be a Horcrux and that we would see what it was in the picture. Could this mean that Gryffindor’s sword really is a Horcrux?

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I think he tried to, but couldn’t since Harry didn’t die…so that’s why I think the sword must have been in Godric’s Hollow, Dan :P

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Green eyes? IMO these eyes are blue.

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Do you all think it means anything by their not being a date of birth of death???

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@ Dan: I think it means that Ravenclaws relict is The Horcrux, and that she wants to keep it a secret until after the release of book 7.

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Dan, I’d been thinking that the relic belonging to whichever founder ended up being July’s wizard of the month would be the item that is a suspect Horcrux but ends up not being the “mystery Horcrux” and that August’s wizard of the month will end up being the one that will be holding what the readers will have found out by then is the true “mystery Horcrux.”

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I actually thought it would be Ravenclaw. When Hufflepuff and Slytherin were WotM they had the objects that Voldemort turned into Horcruxes. I personally thought that a Ravenclaw artifact would be a Horcrux and that we would see what it was in the picture. Could this mean that Gryffindor’s sword really is a Horcrux?

I doubt it, she is keeping the Ravenclaw item a secret till the book

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OWW!! I’m not the first to say GREEN EYE!!!!!

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sighs It’s been July for one hour and a half here in sweden and i can’t stop crying. In just a couple of weeks everything will be over, oh god.

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OH MY GOD!!!!!! red hair? green eyes? i can tell you all thought what i did!!!!!!!!!!!!

OH MY GOD JO, JUST RELEASE THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!! I THINK I MIGHT DIE IF I HAVE TO WAIT ANY LONGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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If you zoom in the image, you can see the eyes are certainly green…mmm…and red hair?yayy!

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Yep, knew it was gonna be gryffindor, since hufflepuff and slytherin had their horcrux items in the images, and JK couldnt show ravenclaws just yet. Godrics sword is still definitely not a horcrux, and Harrys gonna serve as the gryffindor horcrux.

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Could Godric Gryffindor be Harry’s great-great-great-great-great uncle or something? not a direct decendent like a great-great-great-great grandfather?

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he has red hair like a Weasley, but he has Lily’s eyes!

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I really don’t know i’m just going to wait for the book.

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He was also the first owner of the sorting hat, hmm interesting. I also can’t get over the green eyes and red hair! Why can’t it be July 21st already?!!

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You guys, it says that Gryffindor was the original owner of the Sorting Hat-what if the SORTING HAT is a Horcrux?

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First – has she not already debunked the theory of Harry being Gryffindor’s heir? Also, Lily was muggle-born, so the red hair cannot be a connection to her. Which leaves the Weasleys, of course, all of whom were/are Gryffindors. And it would fit, wouldn’t it?

Second, he’s holding the sword, yes, but the text draws attention to the fact that Dumbledore was wrong, when, in the “Horcruxes” chapter of ‘HBP he says that the “last known relic of Gryffindor’s” is safe. I seem to remember he was waving towards the sword, and that is what is mentioned in the book – BUT there is also the Sorting Hat, another known relic of Gryffindor’s. How many times have we had issues in the books with things that think for themselves? Where DOES the hat keep its brains, exactly? The only thing that makes me think that it is NOT a Horcrux is that it has been calling upon the School to unite against evil etc., which is not something any piece of Voldy’s would would do, probably …

Third, I am really tired of the whole “Harry is a Horcrux” business. Dumbledore did acknowledge that it is possible, though not wise, to use animals. No discussion of humans – which seems even less likely/wise, plus we do know that Voldemort cannot really endure possessing Harry – which means no part of he latter is likely to be a hospitable environment for V.’s soul.

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OMG Red Hair Like Lilly and Green Eyes Like Lilly also. OMG Jo you throwing us one of the biggest hints or 1 heck of a heart-attack with the Red Herring

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Oh, but: I do like the idea of her keeping Ravenclaw’s object a secret ‘til August … at least on the site … :)

Oh – what a fabulous time to be in London (sorry, couldn’t resist …).

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Huh. That’s odd… If Godric really is Harry’s ancestor, the red hair and green eyes would indicate that the heritage is on Lily’s side…but she’s muggle-born. Does anybody else find that a bit curious…?

(I realize that a fair few centuries divide Harry and Godric, and that the hair and eye colour would change with almost every generation, but still… why did Jo decide to give him those exact colours when they’re so significant to the story??)

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I so knew it would be Gryffindor… So this could mean 1 of 3 things:

1- The sword IS the one relic of Gryffindor available (other than the Sorting hat, which Jo has stated is NOT a horcrux) and Voldemort somehow has managed to make it a horcrux by now, so it’s been under everybody’s nose all this time. That would mean all four deathly hallows are ready and Harry has to find each one.

2- The sword IS the only relic available from Gryffindor but Voldemort still has to get hold of it and make it a horcrux. That would mean we will get to witness how a horcrux is made and a particularly significant and cruel murder take place. The making of this horcrux would be a relatively major thread or arc in Deathly Hallows.

3- The sword IS NOT the only Gryffindor relic and Jo has been misleading us all this time to think so, even with this new Wizard of the Month picture. Voldemort was clever enough to find another relic and make a horcrux out of it. And Harry will figure out this other item is the Gryffindor horcrux along the way.

So, in one month we’ll finally meet Ravenclaw and her wand, scepter or whatever item is the mystery horcrux.

This also means that Dumbledore was wrong and Nagini is not a horcrux. I so want him to be wrong about that, I want to have a whole set of horcruxes made from the founders’ objects

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Sorry for posting again so soon forgot to put something in. If you go and look at pictures of Gibbon Monkeys you will see GG

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Artemisia I was gonna say that! Darn you!

As for the hair and eye colour—it could be significant or it could the arbitrary choice of an artist at Lightmaker. A disproportionate number of WotMs tend to be redheads, or at least a shade of rusty brown. Couldn’t it just be the colour palette that is used for Jo’s site?

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Glad to see everyone thought like I did.

For me, this means two things:

1. That the last horcrux of which we currently do not know belongs to Ravenclaw, which is why she’s not Wizard of the Month. She would have to be holding her special item, and so she couldn’t be revealed yet. Jo did say that Ravenclaw “would have their day”.

2. I’ve always thought that because if Lily’s red hair that Harry may be the heir of gryffindor through her side. Even if you don’t believe this theory, yo have to admit that he does bear a striking resemblance to Lily, because of the Green ees and dark red hair. I think this is definitely too much of a coincidence.

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Emms, Jo already flatly stated that the Sorting Hat is NOT a Horcrux. See the Rumors Section of Jo’s site.

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I thought JK Rowling stated somewhere that Harry wasn’t an heir of Griffindor. It is odd that she gave Godric red hair and green eyes like Lily. Even though she is muggle born, there has to be wizard blood somewhere in her lineage?

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JKR also insinuates that Harry is not Heir of Gryffindor in her interview with Melissa and Emerson: “JKR: ...As a writer, it was more interesting, plot-wise, if Harry was completely alone. So I rather ruthlessly disposed of his entire family apart from Aunt Petunia. I mean, James and Lily are massively important to the plot, of course, but the grandparents? No. And, because I do like my backstory: Petunia and Lily’s parents, normal Muggle death. James’s parents were elderly, were getting on a little when he was born, which explains the only child, very pampered, had-him-late-in-life-so-he’s-an-extra-treasure, as often happens, I think. They were old in wizarding terms, and they died. They succumbed to a wizarding illness. That’s as far as it goes. There’s nothing serious or sinister about those deaths. I just needed them out of the way so I killed them. MA: That sort of shuts down Heir of Gryffindor [theories], as well. JKR: [Pause.] Yeah. Well – yeah

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I’m still not sure how in the interview that jump was made between Harry’s grandparents dying natural deaths and any shutting down of Heir of Gyrffindor theories. Not sure how those two things would be connected.

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Thanks Beth, the pause makes you wonder though doesn’t it?

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I do think that Dumbledore may be the most likely candidate for heir of Gryffindor. I recall that Jo said that Dumbledore’s family would be a profitable line of inquiry.

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But Beth, what else could Jo have said? I mean I have never been one to believe in this theory but… really, if Harry is the heir of Gryffidnor, what would Jo have said in response to Melissa’s question?

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Yes, izzysgamma, the pause really does make you wonder…

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Don’t those look like burns on his sleeves? Do you think maybe he had something to do with dragons?

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I wounder if the burns are from duelling?

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I believe LV wanted to get GG’s sword – hence his request to come back to Hogwarts and teach. I think we will find he wanted to use Harry as his subject to create this Horcrux – given that his parents were bpth Gryffindors. So…there may only be 3 Horcruxes to find…

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Amy – I think she would have said something to evade the question – as she did for so many other questions in that interview…

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Is JKR just messing with us? Is she trying to throw us off the trail? Because you guys are right, Lily was muggleborn so Harry can’t be the heir of Gryffindor right from her side of the family? But why then does he have striking green eyes and red hair?

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Izzy – I agree – the pause does give me pause…

I personally like the idea of Harry somehow being Gryffindor’s heir….what if Lily were adopted, for example? (not sure if this was shut down elsewhere). I just was commenting on what she said in the interview…

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that IS very weird that there is no date of birth or death… the other founders had approximate ones didn’t they?? ...weird…

and I knew that Ravenclaw would be last because we don’t know her horcrux. and she doesn’t want us to.

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I think I read somewhere that even if you were a muggle born there had to be wizard blood somewhere in your family. I like the idea of the burns being from a dragon.

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Trish, at first I was thinking the burns were from duelling. But then I thought about where it said that he “was the most accomplished dueller of his time” and thought, would he have taken that many hits if he was so accomplished at duelling?

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Heather, for all the founders it says, “Medieval, precise dates unknown.” At first I thought that this might be a clue to the founders secretly being immortals. However, the sorting hat says, “While still alive they did divide Their favorites from the throng, Yet how to pick the worthy ones When they were dead and gone?” So, that kind of sent that theory tumbling down.

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i think that Dumbledore is the most likely person for being related, and fits with younger version of him. And i THINK DD was in Gryffindor wasnt he?! Also an heir to the founders would be ‘allowed’ to be ‘buried’ at Hogwarts?

like the idea of the Weasleys too, be nice!

Roll on the 21st!!!!!

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Oooh – what if Lily was not a direct descendant of Godric, but of a Muggle parent of Godric? So…she would be a relative, but not a direct descendant. This might also explain GG’s fight against Muggle discrimination…I also like the idea that the Weasleys are descendants. Just tossing out wild theories because I CAN HARDLY WAIT 20 MORE DAYS.

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The “enlightened fighter against Muggle-discrimination” bit is very interesting. Did Dumbledore inherit that trait/ideal from him? Why did this great wizard from a thousand years ago fight against Muggle discrimination? Did he marry a Muggle? What exactly, if any, is the significance that this being a Godric Gryffindor ideal will have in the storyline?

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I was pretty sure it would be Godric this time—Rowena has always been the mysterious one. I am betting that, indeed, Ravenclaw will have its day in Deathly Hallows!.

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Aww… I was hoping it would be Rowena… she’s my idol… and I want to see what her picture is! Well, maybe next month…

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Okay, I didn’t want to say it, but I feel the need to. I absolutely hate any heir of Gryffindor theories. I find them horrid, because they contradict a key theme of the books, namely that heritage doesn’t matter. It is voldemort, the villain, who is obsessed with being Slytherin’s heir. And for whatever reason, big parts of the fandom seem to agree with Voldemort in that case, that it is all about heritage. Therefore they want Harry to be the Heir of Gryffindor, the good founder. But Harry doesn’t need to be the Heir of Gryffindor to be a fighter for good. It is completely random and doesn’t mean anything. He is already “The Boy Who Lived” and “The Chosen One”, what difference would it make, if he were Gryffindor’s heir. None, as far as I can see, because he would still be the same person, whether he is a descendant of Gryffindor or not. I really hope Jo does not go this way.

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I completely agree with you hg123. I don’t see the reason why Jo would need to go down that path. I mean the only thing is choices not abilities etc, isn’t it? And here you have Voldemort, the one who was “blessed” with this incredibly ancestry, and he ends up so horridly f^%#ed up. Right? And then you have Harry, the completely average person who was not born with any particular gift at all, and he is set to become the savior of the wizarding world. I just don’t understand why she would do that… but I’m sure she won’t abandon what has been one of the main moral themes of these books… if she does make Harry the heir of Gryffindor I’m sure it would still somehow correlate with her theme. Maybe she would use it to highlight how Harry and Voldemort were indeed born into very similar circumstances but made very different choices? I don’t know, I’m rambling now. This certainly gives us a lot to think about though.

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I don’t think Harry’s the heir. If anyone is, I’d say Dumbledore. Plus, he also had auburn hair! Possibly the Weasleys as well. But I’m sure Jo shot down Harry being the heir.

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WOW! He looks sooo cool! This makes me soo excited thinking that Ravenclaw will play a big part in DH! YAY US RAVENCLAWS!!! lol :-)

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Perhaps Ravenclaw will finally have her day in the last book!! Yaaaaaay! Is a Ravenclaw

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Yay for Godric Gryffindor!! (giddy Gryffindor squee) How appropriate that he’s July’s WotM. The bit about him fighting against Muggle discrimination is interesting.

Don’t worry Martini, Jo said Ravenclaw will have its day and it hasn’t happened yet (at least, not in this Gryffindor’s humble opinion _), so something big is definitely coming in DH.

This is going to be the greatest July ever!!

Love from, Jenny Wildcat

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Oops…sorry for the bold. I guess stars around words make them bold – eh, it just adds to the celebration! _

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Looks like Melissa was right that one eppy of Pottercast about it being Gryffindor! And we see the sword! SO of course that’s going to play big… I think if it was Rowena it would have been a MAJOR Spoiler because she’d be with her item. Man I can’t wait for the book!

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did we already know the sorting hat was originally godrics? i forget…...sorry if im just being stupid….i like how hes holding the sword tho…

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What the FRENCH toast?? I thought it was supposed to be Ravenclaw. The only new canon is that he didn’t own the hat first. Probably belonged to Merlin or somesuch. sigh

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Hmm. . .very odd indeed. Has anyone thought of the fact that Harry’s SCAR could be a Horcrux?? It is said that the Killing Curse NEVER leaves a mark. . .odd, don’t you think, that Harry then has a scar, which gave him the ability to feel Voldemort’s feelings and see things through his eyes? Very odd indeed. And yipee for Ravenclaw! It’s about time they have some glory! I certainly do hope Rowena Ravenclaw’s Horcrux plays a large role in the story!

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Very cool! As far as the Heir of Gryffindor goes, my favorite theory is that Slytherin was the only founder whose lines have died out (All that pureblood nonsense). All the rest of the founders had tons of children, and their children had lots of children, etc. So, that there is not just one heir of Griffindor, there are many, many heirs, including both the Weasleys and Dumbledore and many others.

Does it make me greedy to still want an excerpt, hint, chapter titles, or something?

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I think that the various heirs will play a very important role. I have thought for some time with the various sorting hat warnings about banding together, that the house heirs will have to work together to defeat voldemort. And although I don’t think Harry has to be Gryriffindors heir, we have had hints about Zacharias Smith = Hufflepuff Heir. What if each heir had to take up their object and together banish Voldemort…

Slytherines heir = Voldemort Ravenclaws heir = Luna? Unknown Hufflepuff heir = Zacharias Smith Gryffindors heir = Harry / Weasley / Neville / Unknown

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Big surprise that it was Godric Gryffindor. Not really, but it does make it more exciting for the book release no? Yay! I think there is defn. some sort of connection, whether it be Lily or someone else.

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did JK Rowling ever say that Petunia was not a wizard in any form, or did she just say that Petunia wasn’t a squib?

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Jo said Petunia was a Muggle.

“Is Aunt Petunia a Squib?

JKR: Good question. No, she is not, but—[Laughter]. No, she is not a Squib. She is a Muggle, but—[Laughter]. You will have to read the other books. You might have got the impression that there is a little bit more to Aunt Petunia than meets the eye, and you will find out what it is. She is not a squib, although that is a very good guess. Oh, I am giving a lot away here. I am being shockingly indiscreet.”

http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/news_view.cfm?id=80

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hmmm…i am too excited to concentrate, really. in about 20 days, i will have the book in my hands. i guess if i could stand years, i can wait 20 more days.

but if there is an heir to gryffindor, i would prefer to find out that it was dumbledore. i just don’t like the implications behind harry being the heir. he is special enough already. hehe

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It’s very possible that either Dumbledore or Ron is the heir of Gryffindor if we go by the importance of these characters and the hair color depicted in the wizard of the month announcement. DD had red hair (before it went grey). I don’t think Harry is the heir of Gryffindor, or at least the red hair and green eyes is no proof that he is. This is very exciting, however. I think this is almost positive proof that a horcrux is a relic of Ravenclaw’s. Ooooh!!! I can’t wait! I think I may do a dance or cry or both at midnight.

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Here is what Rowling had to say on the subject:


JK Rowling’s World Book Day Chat, March 4, 2004 (http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2004/0304-wbd.htm):

Jami: Is Harry related to Godric Gryffindor? JK Rowling replies -> People are always wondering who Harry might be related to. Maybe he is ;)


Anelli, Melissa and Emerson Spartz. “The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling: Part Three,” The Leaky Cauldron, 16 July 2005 (http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2005/0705-tlc_mugglenet-anelli-3.htm):

MA: What about Harry’s family — his grandparents — were they killed?

JKR: No. This takes us into more mundane territory. As a writer, it was more interesting, plot-wise, if Harry was completely alone. So I rather ruthlessly disposed of his entire family apart from Aunt Petunia. I mean, James and Lily are massively important to the plot, of course, but the grandparents? No. And, because I do like my backstory: Petunia and Lily’s parents, normal Muggle death. James’s parents were elderly, were getting on a little when he was born, which explains the only child, very pampered, had-him-late-in-life-so-he’s-an-extra-treasure, as often happens, I think. They were old in wizarding terms, and they died. They succumbed to a wizarding illness. That’s as far as it goes. There’s nothing serious or sinister about those deaths. I just needed them out of the way so I killed them.

MA: That sort of shuts down Heir of Gryffindor [theories], as well.

JKR: [Pause.] Yeah. Well – yeah.

MA: Another one bites the dust.

[Laughter]

JKR: Well, there you go. See, I’m aware that “Half-Blood Prince” will not delight everyone, because it does shoot down some theories. I mean, if it didn’t, I haven’t done my job right. A few people won’t particularly like it, and a lot of people aren’t going to like the death very much, but that was always what was planned to come.


Hummmm… I don’t know. The way I understand it, Jo didn’t directly shot down the theorie about Harry being the Heir of Gryffindor. She shot down the theorie saying that his grandparents were killed because they were heirs of Godric Gryffindor. Anyway, that’s what I understood from the context of her answer. And I don’t think her hesitation is irrevelant either. As someone already mentioned, what else could she have answered without giving too much away? If harry is the heir, technically, she did not lie because she can argue that it was james’ parents she was talking about just before they made the Heir comment. If harry really is not the heir, I don’t think she would have shot the rumour down like that because she loves to make us speculate, not to mention all the trouble she gave herself by leaving clues all troughout the books about Harry being related to Gryffindor (godric’s sword, Godric’s hollow, astrological sign leo, etc…) I don’t know, the whole think is really suspiscious to me…

And also guys, the fact that Lily was muggle-born changes nothing at all. Jo did not give us informations about squibs just for fun. Actually, not that I think about it, she mentions them quite often… too often to be just a coincidence. It’s possible that one of Godric’s descendant was a squib and that that squib’s descendants remained Muggle until her. Jo did say that squib happens in the best families. And also, she said that there’s more about Petunia than meets the eyes. “She is not a witch but… She’s not a squib but…” Squibs are non-magical people born of magical parents. With that definition in mind, I don’t think children of squibs are considered squibs themselves. So it would fit with what Jo said about Petunia. That would also explain why her parents were so proud to finally have a witch and Petunia’s jealousy toward her sister’s magical heritage.

And if Harry is the heir, that would also explain why Voldemort always considered harry as the real menace instead of Neville (Slytherin vs Gryffindor) and why he wanted to spare Lily’s life at first. Jo said we would learn something huge about Lily Potter and that the fact that Harry has her eyes is very significant… And now Godric Gryffindor has red hair and green eyes just like her….So, what are we suppose to conclude from that?? Either Jo is giving us a clue or she’s attempting to fool us and the heir is someone else entirely… the weasleys maybe? I suppose it’s possible though there are not as many clues suggesting that as there are for Harry.

That being said, personally I don’t really care who is the heir (if there is one).

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Lily: Red Hair/Green Eyes. Gryffindor: Red Hair/Green Eyes. Hmmm…

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Actually, redheads with green eyes are fairly common.

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Personnally, I think it would make the story even more interesting if the heir to Gryffindor is really Neville… hmmm….

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hg123, I agree, I really do. I really really want to know if JKR approves these drawings—we’re so desperate for canon hints from her site that I think we’re all willing to stretch the notion of Harry as the heir and what not.

Dumbledore being the heir though… not so much of a stretch…

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Says right there that the hat belonged to Gryffindor…that means it’s a relic….so why oh WHY did Dumbledore forget to mention it in his horcri recap?!

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Beck said: “As far as the Heir of Gryffindor goes, my favorite theory is that Slytherin was the only founder whose lines have died out (All that pureblood nonsense). All the rest of the founders had tons of children, and their children had lots of children, etc. So, that there is not just one heir of Griffindor, there are many, many heirs, including both the Weasleys and Dumbledore and many others.”

That’s my favourite heir theory as well.

‘Harry, you’re descended from Godric Gryffindor?’ ‘Big deal, so’s half of wizarding Europe and a substantial part of the Muggle population.’ ;-)

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HAHA! Godric Gryffindor! Is that everyone? I think the sorting hat will bevcome important, why else would Fawkes feel the need to serve the sword of Gryffindor to Harry through the Sorting hat? That connects, Fawkes, Dumbeldore and Godric Gryffindor.

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“A disproportionate numbers of WOTMs tend to have red hair …”

I’ve noticed that a disproportionate number of wizards period seem to have red hair. And they’re usually very powerful wizards, purebloods, and/or very meaningful to the HP saga.

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I don’t think that the red hair and green eyes confirms anything, I mean, come on how many red haired people are WOTMs?

I do love the theory about half of britain being heir, it would definently cement the “un”importance of heritage, which Jo consistently pushes through.

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OMG. red hair. green eyes. harry is the heir to gryffindor. that means its gryffindor (harry) verses Slytherin (voldemort) as the final battle. will ravenclaw and hufflepuffs heirs play a part in this… hmmm

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In book 2, Dumbledore mentions that the Weasleys are a prominent pureblood family. And Arthur (whos mythical counterpart had something to do with a sword) is a “muggle-loving-fool”, just like Godric. But he’s not a great dueller.

But I very much like the idea of Dumbledore being the heir, mainly because of the response of JKR, saying that DD’s family is a profitable line of inquiry. And because he’s also mentioned as a “muggle-lover”, he had auburn hair (but blue eyes), is a brilliant dueller, and has a muggle name in his first names: Brian. And Hermione stated on the train to Hogwarts that she had heard that DD was in Gryffindor himself.

But the green eyes threw me off as well…

As for the hat and sword being horcruxes, I don’t think so. Because it was what Fawkes brought Harry in the Chamber of Secrets to help him against LV. And DD said that only a true Gryffindor could have pulled the sword out of the hat. And why would Fawkes bring Harry horcruxes to help him against another horcrux (or is that a brilliant plot twist: just put one horcrux up to another?).

Now I’m completely confused…

Susan The Netherlands

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I agree red hair, green eyes. But wans’t lily muggle born??? Jeez if there was only someone else with red hair in the series…...... :-)

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Okay, so a few of you have suggested that GG’s red hair and green eyes mean Harry’s his heir through Lilly. Other say that can’t be because Lily was muggle born and that JKR says no!

But… Just because Lily’s parents were muggles DOES NOT mean that there was never a wizard in the family before. Lets face it, GG was medieval, thats a long time for muggle/wizard intermarrage and eventual ‘loss’ of the heritage/knowledge that there were once wizards in the family. Especially if some of them were like Petunia!

Also JKR doesn’t actually say ‘no’ does she? And she’s been known to mess with us before!

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As much as I love the speculation about all things HP, I think the emphasis on the heritage and bloodlines in this discussion is stronger than Jo intended. I mean it’s one of the big things she wants to “teach” the readers that heritage and pure blood etc. are NOT important! So I think it really unlikely that she’s going to say something like: “Yeah, Harry is the heir of Gryffindor, Hermione isn’t really a Muggleborn but the heiress of Ravenclaw…and that is why they have so much power.” I think it’s a little sad that this point is the topic of so many fanfics and discussions when Jo made sure to show how you shouldn’t judge people because of their heritage or family.

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I doubt, too, that one of the trio is related to one of the founders. I agree completely with you, Tanka.

We had three founders now with three relics that we already knew about. That does not necesarily mean that the sword is a Horcrux. I guess that Rawenclaws relic (as we don’t know about it) would be too much of a spoiler. And we’ll see in 20days time which one is a Horcrux and which one isn’t.

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geese people can’t other characters have green eyes. Personally I think if anyone is the hair of Gryffindor it is Dumbledore. Sure he has blue eyes but come on people traits change through generations. Plus he does display a lot of characteristics of a Gryffindor that have been said by Sue. Plus Lilly was a muggle born, someone did mention the possibility of be being adopted but I doubt it. No hint of that has been given and I believe Jo said there’s nothing sinister about the deaths of both family’s. If there had been something Jo would have hinted to it in some way.

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I agree that the missing horcrux could now be Ravenclaw’s. I really expected her to be next WotM.

The talk about Lily not being heir of Gryffindor because she’s a muggle-born is a bit blood-purist. Who’s saying that Godric Gryffindor didn’t have a muggle ancestor?? We shouldn’t assume that all the great wizards are pure-blood. Doesn’t Dumbledore have the muggle sounding middle name of Brian?

Dumbledore is definitely the best option IMO, but I’m still not ruling out Harry. I know JK apparently ruled him out, but I found that whole question and answer a bit peculiar. And GG’s green eyes are intriguing..

Talking of hair colour, Gryffindor’s hair is thick and auburn like Lily and Dumbledore, not flame-red like the Weasleys. But I’d better hedge my bets and not rule out the Weasleys :D

It all could be a red (or green, ha ha ha) herring anyway.

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Agreeing with Misshagrid.

I also thought that JK Rowling had said that Harry’s grandparents were not important, but Dumbledore’s were and thus implying that it was DD and Aberforth who were the direct heirs of Gryffindor. DD being an heir would fit more with the larger picture of what is happening in the wizarding world. As until Harry came along and Voldemort heard of the prophecy, it was DD and all he stood for and espoused that Voldemort feared and was trying to destroy. Also it would be a repeat and mirror of the past disagreement between Salazar Slytherin and Godric Gryffindor.

What I did find surprising was that while she has had chosen the month of July, which is the month of the gem stone, Ruby which appears in Gryffindors sword, why didn’t she wait till the middle of the month and get the full set, placing Gryffindor in the Sun sign of Leo that would have rounded of the package nicely.

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The reason that Jo’s comments shut down any Heir of Gryffindor theories is that her description of Harry’s parentage and its significance for the storyline pointedly did not include anything related to traceable ancestry. Jo summed up their whole significance without mentioning GG and that led directly to MA’s comment that she had “shut down Heir of Gryffindor”.

The reason for the pause is, I believe, extremely simple – it is that Jo had not intended to shut down the speculation about Heir of Gryffindor (she likes speculation) and she realized that she had said by implication a little more than she intended. After reflecting on this, she no doubt realized that she could scarcely take back what she had just said, so she agreed that “yeah” Heir of Gryffindor is a non-starter.

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Did HBP say if the sword was still in DD’s office? If Snape really is evil, couldn’t he have took it with him before he killed DD..(If Albus is really dead,because she would only say Dumbledore is dead, which means that Aberforth may be the one who died).

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hg123 I agree with you, despite my previous post. It really does seem that JKs message hasn’t got through. Possibly because there is still a lot about heritage in the books- eg physical likenesses, Harry’s eyes being his mother’s being the most repeated. But I also think the idea of Lily, as muggle-born, being descended from GG’s muggle ancestors a neat way of JK driving the point home that muggle heritage is equally valid. After all Harry’s best personality traits seem to come from his mother (IMO). And any inheritance from GG is not magical it’s muggle. What would the blood-purist wizards make of that if it were made public?

Not sure I’m making much sense.

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gryffindor is a red head!!!!!!!!!! if the wizard of the month had been ravenclaw , it would’ve given too much..

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just seen quite an interview with Dan (Nick Magazine, scans on danradcliffe.com), where he says that he was talking to JKR on set one day during OooP and she saw a prop and turned to someone and said ‘keep that, you’ll need it for the seventh film”. just wondering what that might be…

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OK….somehow I knew she wasn’t going to do Rowena Ravenclaw, since that might have revealed the unknown horcrux. Hence it had to be Godric. His resemblance to a lion, immediately made me remeber Rufus Scrimgouer. Seems like Rufus can’t let go of his heritage, then again it could still be Dumbledore’s ancestor. He also does seem to have green eyes. Though I think JK crushed the Harry heir theory, but this green eye thing again pops up. Very interesting….can’t wait for the Finale in 3 weeks! wooooooooohoooo

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Matt – If Snape really is evil, my guess is that DD’s office would have sealed itself against him on the night he left (the way it wouldn’t let Umbridge in). So I think the sword was at least safe that night, though I could be wrong.

I’m a little surprised that so many people have acted like WOTM was revealing a big secret when it said that the Sorting Hat was Gryffindor’s. We’ve known that at least since Goblet of Fire, where the Sorting Hat told us itself that it was formerly Gryffindor’s hat, in it’s sorting song that year.

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He looks beautiful!!!! So Royal, regal, and Young!!! Must be ancestor of The Weasleys and Scrimgour!! I also thought it would be Him this month and I’m so glad it turned out right…..

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“Beck said: “As far as the Heir of Gryffindor goes, my favorite theory is that Slytherin was the only founder whose lines have died out (All that pureblood nonsense). All the rest of the founders had tons of children, and their children had lots of children, etc. So, that there is not just one heir of Griffindor, there are many, many heirs, including both the Weasleys and Dumbledore and many others.”

That’s my favourite heir theory as well.”

And mine, too. But I don’t like “heir” theories in general. I prefer to think that loads of wizards that live in the 20th century are decentents of the three founders who didn’t think their blood was so royal that it should be kept in the family. So Harry could have Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff as great-great-...-grandparents. And I’d prefer that we never knew.

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Ha, red hair, green eyes… remind you of anyone? Harry is so totally Godric Gryffindor’s great-great-great-great-great-great (x100) grandson or something. Wouldn’t have thought it before, but that picture of Godric seems to confirm it.

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Just to stir the pot a little more, but doesn’t Ginny have long red hair and green eyes as well? ;)

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I was hoping for Ravenclaw this month, because she normally alternates between men and women. If it were Ravenclaw, we might have seen whatever Ravenclaw’s object is. If Ravenclaw even has an object for us to see.

Gryffindor most DEFINITELY has red hair and green eyes. Interesting…

And the sword DEFINITELY looks like the sword on the UK cover.

Oh, Jo.

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I know I’m not the first to comment on the red hair and green eyes, but it was the first thing I noticed. This is killing me because it seems he could be related to Lily, but I am NOT a fan of the Gryffindor’s heir theory because it seems to coincidental. However, very happy that it was Godric after all…yay! Agree with all those who said this means Ravenclaw’s a secret for DH. Until July 21st, cheers, everyone!

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Ok, if people are saying that Lily is related to Godric Gryffindor, wasn’t Lily a muggle? I mean, isn’t Godric a pureblood? Weren’t all the founders purebloods? I know the green eyes thing is a major thing everyone is talking about, but didn’t it say in one of the books that James was a pureblood? So if Harry WAS related to Godric, it would have to be through his dad. I know that the red hair is also a big thing for this theory, but I can’t see how Lily would be related to Godric.

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Well, I’m glad Gryffindor’s there, because I did want to see what he looked like, but I was so hoping it would be Ravenclaw this month. I guess we won’t know her special relic before the book, then.

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This hasn’t got anything to do with the WotM at all… but I was annoyed at how it says “A new full moon over England” comment!!! ENGLAND??! Hello I think you mean the UK. I’m Scottish and these comments annoy me, as they do to the Welsh and Northern Irish. The UK is not England. England is a country within the UK. Many non UK residents often call the UK England, when infact saying the UK is England is like saying North America is the USA. Just need to get that off my chest! Please Leaky Cauldron don’t make that mistake again!

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yay! been w8ing 4 Godric to be the WOTM…I named my goat after him :) lol

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The whole thing just makes me smile! Can’t you just see Jo sitting home on her computer enjoying us all throwing theories out at each other?! Less than 3 weeks to go now…we all need to hang in there I guess.

Going back to an earlier comment (Jake I think?) regarding Harry’s scar being a horcrux: I know this isn’t a horcrux thread, but I’ve been wanting to say this somewhere, so here goes: I think Slytherin’s ring cracked at some point during the Horcrux making/destroying process. It wasn’t cracked when Harry saw Tom Riddle wearing it in one of the memories, but it was cracked when he saw it after Dumbledore had located and destroyed the horcrux. That crack reminded me of Harry’s scar. Maybe Harry’s head “cracked” when an inadvertent horcrux exited his body? I don’t know if I’m making any sense….Feel free to laugh at me! 20 days ‘til we all know!

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OMG!! He looks like Salazar Slytherin!! Seriously people, if you shave of the hair and the beard, doesn’t his head have the exact same ‘monkeyish’ shape and structure as Slytherin??

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This is very special to me as this is the lsat Wizard of the Month until Deathly Hallows….ahh!!

Who knew it would be Godric! slowly raises hand

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Ginny has bright brown eyes in any recent printings of Chamber of Secrets. I think the first US printing had annother color.

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green eyes and red-brownish hair and there we have the “Heir of Gryffindor” thesis again.

Sorry people that has only fanfic value, because the Heir-thesis is connected with the Pure Blood and lineage obsessions of Salazar Slytherin. The other Founders considered every wizard or witch heir of their principles. The green eye and aubaurn hair is just de dissicion of the artist asking her?self which comtepory wizards had the most Gryffindoric characters, then you think of Dumbledore, Scrimgeour and Lilly and from what is canonly knows about appereance was mixed in to flesh out Godric.

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kamion good point- we don’t know who came up with this appearance. mind you, for some reason I’d always thought of GG as having red hair and green eyes, long before I even read the books or came onto fansites (I was a very late-comer via the films).

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Had to figure it was going to be Godric. She couldn’t show Rowena Ravenclaw without giving away a major plot point. I’m still not figuring on him being the “heir” of Gryffindor though. I think like someone else does…..that we are going to find out that he was related to Dumbledore. After all, yes, Lily was a redhead. But so was Albus Dumbledore and blue and green eyes come from the same set of recessive genes.

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See I instantly thought….Weasley’s! I just dont know about Harry being the heir….

In no time we will know….GAH!!!!!

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Nobody has noticed its the wrong month???? 010807 it should be 020707

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Come on Guys. I know that the whole Red hair Gren Eye thing is exciting and pretty coincidental AND probably REALLY gets your hopes up, But you’ve all started acting like Lilli would have been the ONLY person with Red hair and Green eyes. J.k MIGHT just be trying to get us ready for a new character or Maybe like some people have said, its coincidental. Theres probably loads of Witch’s and Wizards out there with Green Eyes and Red hair. Why do you have to jump to conclusion? Anyway thats just what iv been busting to say. Thankyou for reading :D xox

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oh! i thought for a while that being in NEW ZEALAND would be a great advantage as to reading the new Harry Potter book first! But No, Our shops wont sell it until exactly one minute past 11am. Bummer! Oh well! im so bloody excited!!

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