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Favorite part of new Harry Potter trailer?

Posted by Melissa
May 03, 2011, 11:55 PM
The romantic good vs. evil swan dive
519 (15%)
The "mother" of all duels
1244 (36%)
The Knights of Hogwarts
515 (15%)
Dropped Dead Fred
588 (17%)
Something else!
531 (15%)
  3397 votes in total


106 Points

In all the excitement of Pottermore, I forgot to tell you about a book……………..

Jen, Lady Hawke, MM, Ava, and everyone else who has read and enjoyed Hunger Games, you HAVE to read Delirium by Lauren Oliver. It’s a YA book, (though, Lady Hawke, I would want you to ok it before letting your daughter read it.)

It is the first part of a planned trilogy and…………..


It is similar to Hunger Games in that is a post apocolyptic world where the citizens are controlled, monitered and watched.

In my opinion, it is BETTER than The Hunger Games.

It’s just come out in paperback here……….. I am not sure if it is available yet in the US. If it is not, I will happily buy a copy, post it to one of you, and you can pass it on to each other. That’s how good it is.

Please look out for it. I really want you who loved THG to read it.

Posted by asti on August 27, 2011, 07:51 PM report to moderator
857 Points

Our friend who is originally from Virginia came by. While she was here, her mother called. In southern Virginia (Virginia Beach) they have been without electric power since about 8:00 am. ;)

I hope all who are in areas that will be affected by Irene can stay safe. ;)

Off to take care of other things before we go to dinner and grocery shopping. ;)

Posted by Deanie on August 27, 2011, 08:25 PM report to moderator
404 Points

Wotcher Ya’ll

HeadMistress it is good to have a spy in Ravenclaw. Course I could end up being a spy somewhere too :(

An interesting thing about the “Welcome to the House” things PB posted – all of them (it seems) are quick to point out that each House has produced wizards and witches that went over to the dark side…. Yet Hagrid tells Harry in SS that all the wizards and witches that went bad were in Slytherin. (even tho he knew Sirius [from Gryffindor] was in Azkaban for betrayal and murder). So which is it? has Jo changed her story?? Why were there no mentions of this in any of the books?

Which ever house you go to to ride out Irene, I hope you stay safe Jen

I’ll be wrurkish (that is lurking while Watching the Race)

Posted by Sirius B (HeartMagic104) on August 27, 2011, 08:36 PM report to moderator
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SIRIUS, I think on Hagrid’s part It was just bluster, the common agreed consensus of pretty much everyone not in Slytherin that it was only Slytherin’s who went bad, a self protective mechanism of the mind that they couldn’t end up “like that”.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 27, 2011, 10:27 PM report to moderator
404 Points

that is a good possibility LH

Posted by Sirius B (HeartMagic104) on August 27, 2011, 10:43 PM report to moderator
839 Points

I was watching the news earlier, Irene looks nasty!!! D: Protegos to anyone in the path of the storm!!

All this Pottermore talk is making me bang my head on the wall. I desperately need to get in there… Obviously, I’m hoping for Ravenclaw, but I think I’d be OK with anything other than Gryffindor. Nobody in there right mind would put me in Gryffindor. I’m a coward. I could handle Hufflepuff or Slytherin (after a lot of whining and complaining though).

Asti, I looked up the summary for that book and it sounds really good!! I’ll have to add it to my list of books to read, but unfortunately that list is rather long at the moment, so it could take a while…

Posted by Hermione Weasley on August 27, 2011, 11:06 PM report to moderator
1623 Points

Things are pretty quiet here. We had some brief downpours on and off during the day, but right now things are calm. It looks like winds are supposed to start picking up around 4am and the heavy rains around 7am. So, we’ll see how things are when I get up in the morning. For now, I’m headed to bed.

Posted by Bookworm Jen on August 28, 2011, 12:11 AM report to moderator
404 Points

night Jen stay safe tomorrow

Posted by Sirius B (HeartMagic104) on August 28, 2011, 12:45 AM report to moderator
857 Points

Sirius We all know that hagrid made a number of broad statements that were not strictly true. (Aragog and his kin would not hurt a friend of Hagrid’s, Skrewts were “harmless”, the belief that Dumbledore was infallable, and several others.) ;)

Hagrid seems to have “forgotten” or ignored small truths that did not fit his general beliefs, or at any rate he was given to hyperbole. ;)

Wormtale went to the dark side, and he was a Gryffindor. Perhaps he went in fear and cowardice, but he went. Which leads to the obvious question of how did he even get into Gryffindor. What quality did he have at 11 that allowed the sorting hat to put him there? When and how did he lose that quality? Did the hat put him there solely because he asked and ignore his shortcomings and basic personality?

That could be what is causing the current sorting to not heavily weight the person’s preference. Jo wants no more “Wormtails” in their secondary house when the personality and psychology would place them in their primary house only. ;)

It’s late and I’m waxing philosophic and a bit maudlin. Sorry. ;)

I want to be a Ravenclaw, but I suspect I’m not really brainy enough for it. I know I’m not Gryffindor material, I dislike direct confrontations. That may also disqualify me from Slytherin. Or not.

I am something of a peacemaker, smoother-over and behind-the-scenes person. I am usually a supporting character, not the star. So even though I am secure that I do have a brain and I do use it, the rest of my personality traits may put me firmly into Hufflepuff. ;)

I just wish I would get my email so I can get the sorting questions behind me! ;)

Posted by Deanie on August 28, 2011, 02:28 AM report to moderator
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good point Deanie (Hagrid) and I wonder that about Wormtail too, what did put him in Gryffindor????

Posted by Sirius B (HeartMagic104) on August 28, 2011, 02:35 AM report to moderator

Hey guys. I haven’t caught up today, and it’s already so late…I’ll probably just wait ‘til tomorrow, but I glimpsed your mention of Delirium by Lauren Oliver, asti, and I wanted to say that I’m really happy that you liked it so much! It’s on my list to read, and soon. It’s out in the US, by the way. It came out in…February, I believe. Lauren Oliver also has a book out called Before I Fall, so if you’re a fan of her writing, you might want to check that out, too. And…how on earth did you come across Delirium in the first place?!

Posted by Ava/TheWeapon on August 28, 2011, 04:10 AM report to moderator

Oh, and I just checked, asti, and _Delirium_’s sequel (I don’t know how many books will be in her series…), Pandemonium, will be out in early March 2012.

Posted by Ava/TheWeapon on August 28, 2011, 04:14 AM report to moderator
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Deanie I certainly am not brainy enough for Ravenclaw, but look where I am. :( With these questions, ANYTHING is possible for any of us. If I had gotten the questions LemonDrop did tonight I would have gotten Gryffindor. That’s right. LD is Gryffindor, and I am not. You can imagine the scenes in my house tonight. To top it all off, my son got Slytherin. He burst into tears. This is NOT the way Pottermore should be making us feel. I am so extremely not happy.

And I know the world has bigger issues going on with the storms and everything else (more Protegos to everyone!), but I can’t help still feeling upset. I want a CHOICE.


Since I am still feeling very negative and complainerish, I will take myself off for now to sulk in my corner. Stay safe, everyone.

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on August 28, 2011, 06:06 AM report to moderator
1623 Points

Morning all!

Things are definitely picking up here, though it looks like we won’t be getting it quite as bad as originally predicted. I woke up at 6, and it was raining, though not to heavily. Just before 7, the skies opened up; there was a major downpour. That has passed, and now we’re back to regular rain, but its getting pretty windy. I’m seeing lots of leaves and small branches flying around.

About a half hour ago, my sister texted to say she still had to work, so I was getting ready to go over there and babysit, but now she’s just called to say she doesn’t have to any more. She’s already lost power, so for now, I’m going to stay home, but once my dad’s up, I’ll see what he wants to do. At this point, I think we’ll be equally safe at either place; it’s more a matter of if we’d rather go over to the house so we can all hang out together. Of course, if we don’t end up losing power, I suppose I’d rather just stay here. :)

Posted by Bookworm Jen on August 28, 2011, 07:52 AM report to moderator
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Power just went out – ironically, just as I was typing a post on my computer to say it hadn’t gone out yet. It’s pretty nasty out there. I’m off to read; I’ll be trying to conserve phone battery, so won’t be here much, but will post of anything major happens.

Posted by Bookworm Jen on August 28, 2011, 10:27 AM report to moderator
106 Points

Good evening!

Had a fab day today. We went blackberry picking, and came back with purple fingers, scratched arms, and two big tubs full of berries! Daughter worked really hard, washing, drying and freezing the berries, and I am now looking forward to making many delicious desserts!

I have also spent some more time looking at Pottermore. I havn’t really done much more of the story, (I’m about to make my first potion!) but I’ve been looking around, familarising myself with it. I must say, I’m impressed. It could really do with some music, or background noises like on Jo’s website, but I love the details in each scene. I see longevity of interest in the collecting of house points through various magical tasks……..I was a bit unsure what there would be to keep you there once you’ve been through all the books.

Jen, thanks for the updates. I hope you’re enjoying the book, and really hope the weather eases. I hope you, Won and everyone else in it’s path stays safe.

Lemon, I’m so sorry the whole experience has been spoiled by the Sorting. Have you used the feedback, to let them know how strongly you feel? Maybe it will be one of the things they change before the official launch.

Ava, put Delirium to the top of your list! As I said, I think it’s even better than Hunger Games! I knew about Pandemonium, thanks, and believe it’s going to be a trilogy. I know of her other book, but havn’t read it. One of the things that attracted me to the book was that it was compared to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, a book and author I admire tremendously.

Where is MM?

Posted by asti on August 28, 2011, 01:05 PM report to moderator
857 Points

Headmistress LemonFaerie I know this sorting has put you out of sorts (very bad pun intended), but do not go sit down and sulk! Walk it off on the treadmill! at least put your disappointment to good use!

Oh! And watch the movies or read as you walk. Dwell on all the excellent qualities of Ravenclaws. After all there are several times when the Gryffindors were much less than admirable in relating to Harry, Ron & Hermione.

I can’t even open my treadmill and my air walker has a table and other flotsam and jetsam on it, so it is not useable either. You have to walk enough for both of us. ;)

Besides I have the residual soreness from a severe cramp at the top of my calf. It was so bad that it woke me up and then, I had to wake the DS so he could massage it enough to try and straighten the leg. I can walk on it now, but when I flex my foot, it remindes me to go carefully. ;)

Posted by Deanie on August 28, 2011, 01:49 PM report to moderator
857 Points

Did we ever learn what house had Aberforth? ;)

And, yes, where is Madame Minerva? ;)

Posted by Deanie on August 28, 2011, 01:50 PM report to moderator
245 Points

ASTI, have you commented the website needs the little environmental noises and music? Considering that is one of the more notable “different” aspects of JKR’s personal website it seems she would be open to asking Sony to incorporate that sort of thing at Pottermore.

LEMON, you might point out to them that you have a child who was emotionally scarred by being Sorted into the wrong house, not to mention the trauma to a commited girl like yourself. You think the Sorting Hat needs to give everyone an override choice if they are horrified by the House into which they Sort.

Maybe there should at least be an “Anything but…” input button just before your House is assigned. Harry didn’t actually get to choose which House he wanted. He said, “Anything but Slytherin.”

I know that is not the same as having a choice but Harry didn’t choose Gryffindor. He just asked for it to not be Slytherin so at the Epilogue he really should have told Albus Severus, “If you really don’t want Slytherin you can ask the hat not to put you there.”

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 28, 2011, 02:08 PM report to moderator
839 Points

Hey everyone!!!
It’s cold and gray here today. :( I think we’re getting some effects from Irene. Ew. Now I have to spend my day inside, doing a bunch of homework I’ve been neglecting all summer. Sigh… It would be nice if I could get my Pottermore e-mail, then at least I’d have an excuse to procrastinate some more. Harry Potter ranks higher than school on my list of priorities.

I think the reason you can’t just choose your house is because of people who aren’t as involved in the series as we are. At this point, it’s really only diehard fans who are in Pottermore, but eventually people will be signing up who’ve only seen the movies, or only read the books once, but still consider themselves fans. And I think a lot of these people would choose Gryffindor, considering it to be “the best” just because that’s where Harry is. Or Slytherin to be different. And that would completely throw off the balance of the houses. I certainly didn’t know what house to pick until I’d read the books a few times over. And there are also the people who might choose a house because it has qualities they like, even though it might not be ualities they have. I think they just want it to be accurate instead of people just picking random houses. Although, I think it would be good if, at the end of the test, they took the two houses you would be best for and asked you to pick the one you would prefer and consider that as part of it’s decision as well. Then, even if you don’t get your favorite house, at least you wouldn’t be stuck with your last choice.

Deanie, I don’t think that was ever said, but I would probably guess Gryffindor. Or maybe Hufflepuff. From what we know about him, he wasn’t as talented as his brother, so I don’t think he could be a Ravenclaw, and he doesn’t seem very witty or cunning either, so probably not Slytherin. We know he was very loyal to Ariana, but not to Albus since they barely spoke to each other for the rest of their lives. He was certainly brave enough to stand up to Albus though, and brave enough to join in the battle evn though he thought it was lost, so that leads me to think Gryffindor.

Posted by Hermione Weasley on August 28, 2011, 02:24 PM report to moderator
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I agree with HW on her assessment of Aberforth. I think he had an inner core of strength that was expressed differently than Albus’ so Albus didn’t understand him.

As far as Peter Pettigrew was concerned I think one of FELIPE’s Sorting questions was telling. It was “What would you like people to do when they hear you are dead?” Not what WILL they do but what would you LIKE them to do? Peter, in his admiration of the “popular Gryffindors” would have liked people to ask about further tales of his great exploits. So, that is the answer I think he would have given to that question.

Some of the Sorting is the desires of your heart. Some of it is how you have trained yourself to behave. I know the desires of my heart are often different than how I choose to act. So, it depends on whether you answer the question on “what would you do” or “what would you like to do”.

So, I believe someone could have a basic nature but choose to rise above their basic nature or not live up to their capabiities. Or they could desperately wish to be something than what they are.

Many people wonder how Neville ever got into Gryffindor. He is not an obvious hero but when the time comes he steps up and does what is necessary. If Voldemort had come and killed his parents and marked Neville as his equal Neville actually had in him what was necessary to step up and do the job. We have seen Harry as the hero for so long we tend to forget he would not have been an obvious choice either if he had not been carrying a bit of Voldemort around in him. He would have just been a small, skinny, emotionally and physically abused homeless boy.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 28, 2011, 03:51 PM report to moderator
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Another quick update…as of 2:30, my power still hadn’t come on, and I also hadn’t been able to get Internet access on my phone. But it had quieted down outside – windy, but no rain. So my dad and I took a ride over to the town where his house is. We went down to the beach, and the wind there was crazy! Now we’re at the house, and the next round of the storm has start up, with lots of wind and rain again. At least here I’m getting the 3G on the phone. I’m hoping the power will be back on when we get back to the apartment though, because I’m covered in sand from the wind blowing it around at the beach; I want to take a shower!

Posted by Bookworm Jen on August 28, 2011, 04:03 PM report to moderator
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Power’s back on, yay! I guess 7 hrs total want too bad of an outage. I’m off to take that shower and have some food (that I can now heat up, more yay!) and then I’ll stop back in before I start back in on my school assignment. Just a week to go until it’s due; yikes, how did this last month go by so fast?!

Posted by Bookworm Jen on August 28, 2011, 05:29 PM report to moderator
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Yay! I’m glad you are back up and running, JEN. I didn’t say before because it was your decision but I worried about you going to the house where there are trees. Trees are very dangerous in high winds. Many of us here have seen them in action. I was more comfortable with you being trapped in a building than smashed by a tree. I’m glad you are almost finished with it.

Now, I wish we would hear WON has returned.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 28, 2011, 06:41 PM report to moderator
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Back from my day in West Virginia evacuation… Stayed at the Indian tribe run Casino/Hotel. Power was out here in St Marys County, SoMD until about an hour ago… According to my generator’s log chart the power went out at 8:02 pm yesterday… I believe that was about 2 or 3 hours before the storm peaked here in SoMD… I am really quite glad it is gone! My cousin stayed, and she says that this was the storm that would NOT END! She said it howled and poured from 1pm till 3am!

Posted by Won_Two on August 28, 2011, 07:35 PM report to moderator
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Asti, I hadn’t heard of Delirium, but Lauren Oliver sounded familiar, and when I looked her up, I realized it was because her first book, Before I Fall had been recommended to me before. Based on your description, I’ll have to check out Delirium first!

Sirius, I agree with the others regarding Hagrid’s comment about Slytherins. To me, Jo hasn’t “changed her story”; she was using Hagrid to represent the stereotypes and generalizations made by so much of the wizarding world.

Thanks, LH! As I was sitting in my apt looking out the window today, I was realizing that while I might not have my own yard with trees, there is a park right across the street with lots of them. Had the largest of them fallen this way, I think it’s tall enough that it would have hit my building. As it was, there were lots of branches flying around and several medium-sized limbs that became obstacles on the road. One of the smaller trees did snap towards the bottom, but fortunately didn’t disconnect completely so it wasn’t blowing away. I’m glad I was here for most of the day, but there were definitely several scary moments when I wanted to hide under the bed during the crazy gusts that really had me fearing my windows were going to come crashing in. My dad had gone to check on his work building, which is right around the corner from here, and a few of his small window panels were cracked. One of the advantages of being at the house instead of here would have been that there’s more space away from windows than I have in the apt (pretty much anywhere I go in here is in direct line of a window) and there would have been the option of the basement. But you’re right; there were a lot more downed trees over there in town than here in the city. My sis and BIL have a tree near the house that is partially uprooted. If it falls, it’ll hit their new bedroom, the addition that was just completed recently. Hopefully they’ve gotten someone out there now to cut it down before it falls the rest of the way. :/

Posted by Bookworm Jen on August 28, 2011, 07:55 PM report to moderator
925 Points

Evening all! I wrote a post earlier but couldn’t submit it because of a bad gateway. I copied and pasted it so I will add it now.

Afternoon all! I have been keeping up with the posts but haven’t had anything interesting to contribute. I keep checking my email on the off chance that I have received an invitation from Pottermore, but the business of house selection seems rather daunting. I am about a third of the way through The Hunger Games and I found myself thinking of the X Factor TV show, the way the contestants are carefully restyled and coached for each staged contest, and the steadily reducing number of acts. . . .

Lemon Faerie I can see why Jo had all the Weasley’s in the same house, they argued enough already without belonging to different Houses at school. Now you have three houses so far! I’m sorry that your son was so upset by being put into Slytherin but I might well feel the same way:(

Asti I’m glad that you are happy with Ravenclaw:)

BWJen I feel relieved that you are safely indoors while the storm is raging outside. I hope that your area doesn’t experience flooding.


Won_Two I am relieved to hear from you that your evacuation stay at the casino was very satisfactory and that your property sustained no damage. It certainly makes the news bulletins much more significant when you have friends in danger areas.

I watched a play on BBC2 tonight which was excellent, and full of familiar famous faces including Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes and Bill Nighy of HP fame. It was Page Eight by David Hare. It is a modern day spy story with elements I recognised.


Posted by Graymayne on August 28, 2011, 08:11 PM report to moderator
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I went and purchased DELIRIUM today. On Amazon it recommended purchasing DIVERGENT with it. I looked at the reviews and it had approximately the same proportion of wildly favorable reviews as DELIRIUM.

It is another post Apocalytical society in which people have only five choices of lifestyles. If they want to change the way they live they are cut off from their families forever. That is really all I know other than both books, like THE HUNGER GAMES, seem to start with a “choosing” or an “evaluation” day.

There was another one called THE UNWANTED that was descrived as a cross between THE HUNGER GAMES and HP. The reviews on it weren’t bad, just not as glowing as the other two.

Posted by Lady Hawke on August 28, 2011, 08:24 PM report to moderator
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Posted by Won_Two on August 28, 2011, 09:01 PM report to moderator
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For some reason stupid assed Leaky is not letting me post a link… Too damn bad, it is a real good one.

Posted by Won_Two on August 28, 2011, 09:03 PM report to moderator
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