What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?
|A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.||
|The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.||
|Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen||
|I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.||
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I was hired here in April 1984. In 1995 I moved to another Division of our offices with a promotion. In November 2000 I was again promoted and moved back to the first Division.
Everyone in the Division was reading the harry Potter books and raving about them. So I started reading them. I fell in love at “thank you very much.” Only the first 4 were out at that point.
Then when the first film came out, my DS and I went to see it with one of my coworkers. The movie was great, but te sound was too loud for the size of the theater. (24 screens in a space that could have housed only 5 or 6 old style theaters.)
As they came out in Audio and paperback I bought the last three. Audio were on cassettes. And discovered Leaky and Mugglenet at the same time in late 2005. I determined that Mugglenet seemed to be aimed at a younger audience than Leaky.
In early 2006 I found the Leaky Polls and I backread all of them I could find. Then I lurked for a few weeks (Polls changed every week then), and started actually posting in April 2006.
My first major break from just posting and citing which book, chapter and paragraph my ideas came from was when I posted that I would be going into have my first knee replaced. The surgery was in August 2006.
I knew early on that I did not belong in the forums where the mods were always looking over your shoulder. Then came the day that someone reported our non-compliance to the forum rules and Melissa came in and declared that the Poll Comments were not a regular forum and we did not have to “stick to the subject”.
Someplace in there I started buying the audiobooks on disc. So now I have all 7 books on cassette, read by Jim Dale (US versions), and all 7 on discs, and somewhere along the line I also got all 7 read by Stephen Frye (UK versions) on one of my flash drives. So now I mostly listen to them. ;)
I am so grateful for this place and everyone I met here. I am also grateful that so many lok on this as a type of home (not the loony bin type, either, *Ironsos!).
I am surprised that so many of us seem to find the HP books about the same time. Although we found the poll corner at different times, we all had the same reaction.
If I am going to make any comments on SS, I guess I will have to write them down as I am reading. Lol
Hi! Just letting you all know I’m in with you in the re-read, but am heading off to work in a few minutes. I’ll try to post tomorrow.
Evening all! I was reading in the sunny garden this afternoon and I am using my first copy of Ps, with the black and white photo of a steam train, in which I have pencilled a cross in the margin in past re-reads against anything that seemed to be important in hindsight. One thing we learn early on about Harry is his vivid dreaming and that he has flash-back memories BUT when reading the book for the first time these aspects of Harry don’t appear to be important and I know that they didn’t register with me. The story-line is so interesting that the reader is driven to continue reading at a great pace and because of this Jo was able to leave hints and clues in plain sight. This is why we have all found re-reading the books such a worthwhile experience, for the bits we overlooked in our haste.
Miss Hagrid Hi! It is great to see you back again. I loved your contributions to the book theories back in the “old days”.
ASTI, it is a terrible thing to have to go outside on a hike to find a signal.
I have an observation that keeps coming to me. I imagine a lot of people would think it over simplified that Harry becomes best friends with the first boy he sits with on the train and marries that boys sister. They would also think it too simple that the first girl with whom they come in contact becomes the third in the trio of friends and ultimately a wife. I was reflecting that the first girl I spoke to when I arrived at my dorm in college became my maid of honor for my wedding thirteen years later, the friend who joined me for LeakyCon. The first boy I sat down and talked to in the student union building was a reader in my wedding and I am in contact with him almost every day. We text each other regularly and often sit and watch TV shows together, texting back and forth. So, sometimes the first people you meet really are the people you were meant to meet.
MISS HAGRID, good to see you. I’m glad you are joining us.
Jo makes a point in telling us that Harry was able to ride a broom without being taught. We never know if Voldemort had been a great Quidditch player in his day. I wonder if Harry’s skill is purely inherited from his father or if Voldemort might have been a great flyer as well.
Well, Voldemort did manage to fly without a broom in the later books. He must have had some sort of affinity for heights, but I suspect Harry got that talent directly from his father. ;)
Busy at work with graduations. Today was horrible. I just finished working on reports and flyers. Its after midnight. i need to rest but I wanted to read your posts. I was happy to see so many posts on Harry. I did not get time to read today. :(
Tomorrow is the first two of the four graduations. I won’t be home till after 9:00pm. I hope I get time to read. :(
Happy reading. See you tomorrow. :)
The Leaky Times — Breaking News
Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Magic, Head Auror Harry James Potter (AKA “The Boy Who Lived”; For complete coverage of his defeat of Lord Voldemort, the darkest wizard of all time, please see the archives dated 31 October, 1981 through 2 May, 1998) issued a statement this morning concerning the recently increased, and purposeful, activity at The Poll Commenter’s Castle, as reported here just last week. A veritable flurry of movement could be observed from just outside the Castle walls, with several residents hurrying to and fro, large texts and several days’ worth of snacks in hand. One can only presume the various members of the Castle intend to embark upon a lengthy study session, but of what, it was not immediately clear.
It seems renewed interest in the happenings referenced above (re: Mr. Potter and his many achievements, including but not limited to Mr. Potter’s personal and heroic role in those dark days), has spiked over the weekend, spawning new fears from some inside the Ministry. It is well known that subversive groups attempting to resurrect the turmoil then experienced by the wizarding world, as well as the poor, misbegotten and unknowing Muggles, have attempted to gain access to our most closely guarded texts in the past, in order to secure some understanding of how such a powerful dark lord was defeated. One can only surmise such interest is expressed in hopes of avoiding a repeat occurrence of defeat with the advent of a new challenger to the title of Most Dangerous Wizard.
Recent unauthorized forays into said archives have resulted in the removal of many copies of historical texts documenting the War and the events surrounding its conclusion. While Mr. Potter, well known for his sangfroid, even in the face of great danger, cautions against unwarranted alarm over these raids of our historical documents, the Minister and others disagree, stating only nefarious purposes could possibly warrant such a sudden, large-scale incursion into the bowels of the Ministry itself. The Minister reports all possible security measures have been put in place to prevent further raids on the archives.
While no solid links have been made between the removal of the archived texts and the activities at the Poll Commenter’s Castle, only someone with less than half a brain could fail to see the connection. The Castle and its residents, long uneasy associates of the Ministry, despite their lengthy and historically positive relationship to Mr. Potter, would do well to recognize their actions have drawn the attention of the Ministry and make all haste to put forth proofs of their innocence. After all these years of relative peace, it would be a poor job indeed to have to resurrect the sorts of trials popularized by Senior Undersecretary to the Minister, Dolores Umbridge. Indeed, a hard-working reporter might go broke keeping herself in working Quick-Quotes Quills while speculating, er, relating the details of such goings-on as we have not witnessed in lo these many years.
For a full rundown on each resident of the Poll Commenter’s Castle, their past associations, criminal records (if any) and known skills/weaknesses in Defense Against the Dark Arts (which many have argued is nothing more than an excuse to study the Dark Arts themselves), please see continuing coverage of this developing story on pages 7, 12, 14, 22, 37 and 51. Anyone with information concerning the goings-on at the Castle is encouraged to contact this reporter immediately.
I stopped reading last night as Harry and Hagrid were about to enter Diagon Alley. I noticed that Hagrid talks as if Quirrell had been the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher for quite some time but took a break. However, in Half Blood Prince Dumbledore claims to have not had a DADA teacher last more than a year at a time. I know this anomaly has been posted before but I do not know if we ever puzzled through it. Is it a continuity error (one of the very few) or is Hagrid mistaken?
DaBEETLE has been watching us!!!! We must go tell HEADMISTRESS LEMONFAERIE so she can take care of her, That woman, DaBEETLE, makes me so angry, always trying to “make something” different than it is out of nothing. We are just reading the magical history and the story of our Harry so we don’t forget where we came from and she is trying to make it into insurrection and a crime against the Ministry, even THREATENING us! Who does she think she is?! GRRRRRR!!!!! We don’t need to raid the Ministry Archives either. We have our own copies of everything. So, she needs to look elsewhere to find who has been raiding the Ministry.
korey 1979 Perhaps this is a good time to introduce you to a website which was used a lot before the court case with J.K.
In writing seven novels with such a complicated plot there will inevitably be discrepancies from time to time, although the publishers should have been more vigilant. A further complication arises at times when the films differ from the books and this causes fans to become mixed up. You need to look up the guides to each book for specific references within those books and the problem you mentioned involves the time-line and the clash we know occurs between Hagrid’s version of events and Dumbledore’s (in a later book).
On the way to the dentist we received the call that my 84 year od cousin whose wife passed away in April died ths morning. My aunt whose husband passed away in Novemer is not recocering from her stroke. She is being moved to a nursing facility for comfort care tomorrow if she makes it through the night.
We are at the dentist since we already cancelled this appointment when my cousin’s wife died. We have to get it done and out of the way since we can’t accomplish anything else today anyway. We have too many appointments with the cataracts and funerals coming. We need to mark off what we can. My mother elected to sit in the car and wait. I am in the treatment room with my father. My daughter came inside but she is keeping an eye on her grandmother.
Ironsos It’s just that I know how your sense of humor works. Mine bends that way too, unless I put it on a leash. ;)
I think we decided that Quirrel had been DADA teacher for only 1 year then took the year off to travel and stud, then came back for Harry’s first year. Of course the argument also follows that it was not exactly the same person who returned to Hogwarts that September. ;)
The movie always irritated me because, in the book, Quirrel was not wearing the turban the first time Harry met him, but only once he was seen at school. The movie showed him in the turban at their first meeting. I know Jo approved that, but it still bothers me. ;)
Sorry, study not stud. i cannot imagine quirrel as a stud in either the movie or the book. ;)
Graymayne Thanks so much! I used to look at that website a lot and had quite forgotten all about it.
Deanie That explanation works for me. :)
Took my oldest to the orthodontist this morning. It’s made my bank account cry. Top and bottom braces for 28 months plus retainers for a year.
Even with dental insurance, that bill would be bad. not to mention investing well over two years. Asti’s son just got his braces off. ;)
Time to pack up and head home. ;)
Korey, my son had braces for a similar amount of time, and coped wonderfully. He now has retainers for an indefinite amount of time. Once the braces were fitted, it really didn’t take long for him to get used to them. And wow, his teeth look teriffic now, it is worth it! Good luck to your son.
Ironsos, I adore your sense of humour!
Deanie, I got the giggles about Quirrell being a stud! And yes, the turban thing bugged me too. One of many. Books rather than “films, based on,” every time!!
Lady Hawke, you and yours are really having a hard time. I so feel for you, and am thinking of you. xxAdella, I believe Leaky now exists in its very own special time frame. Where and when that might be, I haven’t a clue, but as long as our posts show up, I’m happy!
KOREY, I am SO THANKFUL my daughter does not have to have braces. I had to have them so I expected her to have to have them, but no, she has straight teeth. Who would have thought it?
ADELLA, I gave up long ago trying to figure out what time Leaky thinks it is. I would try to get it set in my mind and then it would be hours off of where it had been when I figured it out.
I read up to the first Quidditch match before I left home this morning. I have read no more today. We left the dentist, had lunch and went to do the grocery shopping. Many things my mother had on her list she did not purchase since we will not be home for the weekend. I have made reservations in the same hotel where we stayed in April when my cousin’s wife passed away. I have told everyone to pack for several addional days. I suspect my aunt will pass away while we are there for my cousin’s funeral and we will end up stuck there for a second funeral.
Tomorrow will be a day of packing and preparing the car.
I started to read Chapter 5, Diagon Alley and I started to smile in anticipation only to be brought up sharply by Harry’s waking thoughts in the hut on the rock. His formative years have been spent in the home of unloving relatives and a bullying cousin and he has learned to deal with disappointment. Thoughts of a huge giant, being a wizard and going away to a school to learn magic
just cannot be true so he keeps his eyes closed for as long as he can. . . . .(sniff)
How I got started reading Harry Potter:
It didn’t catch my interest at first. I had heard all the babble of those who said it was bad. I wasn’t foolish enough to jump on their bandwagon (I’m a Christian, but I’ve got sense – I know the difference between fiction and reality), but I didn’t feel I really needed to read it either. However, somewhere around the year 2000, when I was on my first ever flight (and all the way from California to Florida at that), the in-flight movie (both ways) was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. On my flight out they were charging for headphone use and I didn’t want to pay the money to listen to the movie, but I could see it and was fascinated. On the way home they were showing the same movie and were not charging for headphones. Did I ask for some? Yes! I absolutely loved it! I later saw the next two movies at a friend’s house and was casually thinking, I should read the books sometime. After my sister and I saw GoF in the theater, I was like, I HAVE to read the books. So, one by one I checked them out at the library and read them (later, I could afford to buy my own copies) and read them voraciously. If I remember right, I got on Leaky before the OotP movie came out. I absolutely loved the theorizing we did before the DH book came out. I love how complex Jo’s writing and thought patterns are and theorizing about the books was wonderful mental exercise.
I’m, once again, heading off to work in a little bit, so I’ll have to wait till later to post my thoughts on the readings.
However, I do want to add this now. Before starting my reread I watched the SS movie and was thinking about how easily Harry took to riding a broom and remembered from the final book how he had been given a toy broom for his first birthday and was zooming around the house on it. So, though Harry thought the flying class at Hogwarts was the first time he had ever been on a broom, it wasn’t – he’d already had practice, though he didn’t remember it.