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Screwing Up

December 06, 2008, 04:38 PM

OK, I think, it's time I took the twist I was intending to take here from the beginning – that is, learning from the old bloke with the silver beard who has to die in book 6. So, lesson number one (I'm sure I'll lose the number pretty quickly, but that way it sounds more poignant) –  Mistakes. I suppose there are a lot of things to learn from Dumbledore before we reach the point in the books where he admits that he makes mistakes, which happens – as you most likely know – in the...

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I Choose To Read

September 29, 2008, 03:57 AM

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. (p 358 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Bloomsbury paperback) Happy Banned Books Week! I've got to admit that, living so far away from the USA, I don't quite know how this whole deal works, and I don't know what Dumbledore would say about that. However, I was born in a country, which at the time was still part of the Soviet Union. Banning anything potentially "dangerous" or simply disagreeing with the ideas...

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Enchanted, freed, knocked out

August 28, 2008, 06:40 AM

Dobby must poke Harry Potter, sir, he must wake up! (p 425 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Bloomsbury edition) I was about 13 years old when I picked up Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the first time and I was absolutely amazed and fell in love with it from the first pages. However, now feels that it was more like a Love-Potioned trance – for example, I wouldn’t stop for one moment to consider what it all actually meant. To my own defence I could probably say that it was...

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Name: Justi
LeakyName: Wandguardnoodle
House: Gryffindor

I'm a university student, studying natural sciences, living in a remote corner of Europe. I'm also a moderator at the Leaky Lounge. I admitthat, while at school, I enjoyed being the know-it-all of the class, but now I'd rather not boast of my knowledge, but try to find out about things that I don't know yet – and there are plenty.

Albus Dumbledore has always been one of my favourite "teachers", though I've started paying attention in his "classes" only recently – I've noticed that I can actually learn quite a lot from the bloke and his example, and it often helps me to take new lighter views of things and sometimes just say "Alas, earwax" to many unpleasant experiences.

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