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 am now debating typing up another long post. A bit more personal in nature.
Yes! Do!, PB. If you have something to share with us we would be most interested in listening.
Between the emotional turmoil that is LeakyCon being over for this year and your posts about my growing up, I wanted to post a few words for you all.
When I joined our little group here, I was about 15-16 (I think we celebrated my 16th birthday here not long after I joined?), and if I’m correct, that would mean that my seven year Leakyversary will be coming up, as I’ll be 23 next month (CRAZY!). When I briefly met Melissa Anelli at LeakyCon, I thanked her for the site and the convention, because she brought me to a group of friends I’ve had for a long time and again thanks to her, I was able to meet some of them.
But I really need to also thank all of you, because I wouldn’t be this upstanding young man you all seem to think I am without any of your help. When I joined I was a shy, awkward teenager. Now I’m student state president of a community college journalism non-profit organization, a year away from three associates degrees and transferring to a university, and I’m a lot more mature, thoughtful, and aware of the world than I would have been without all of you.
Growing up is a difficult thing, and somehow I landed myself a group of mostly older friends who were able to guide and help shape my world view, personality, and every other bit of my life. All of the women of the group have given me a perspective on life I would have never found on my own, and helped mold me into a more compassionate, understanding person, and you’ve even given me a glimpse of how to try and understand women (but I doubt I’ll ever grasp that one fully…I’m content with knowing some things are better left unknown :P).
And to the few men here, thank you as well. You’ve shown me good models of how to conduct myself (Well, maybe not you, Sirius. You’re sort of a terror! Kidding…).
I really feel I HAVE grown a lot, especially in the last couple of years since I started in college (and I’m sure stopped you all from worrying about me not doing anything with my life), and a lot of that can be attributed to everything you all have brought to my life. Other events may have spurred some decisions in my life, but never think that what I learned from all of you has been forgotten, because my family here has been a constant in my life for a long time, and I wouldn’t be where I am now without all of you.
PB, this afternoon my daughter was complaining how the older people in her circle of “imaginary” online friends try to “mother” and mentor the younger ones. I told her our group had a tendency to “raise” our younger members as well and it was very difficult not to do so. She told me she was surrounded by enough older people in her real life and she wished her older friends would just be friends. It worried me those of us here might have said too much to our younger friends sometime. After such a conversation it is very much a relief to see your lovely post. I’m sure you didn’t always appreciate our advice when we were offering it in an unsolicited manner but it is good to see you know it came with your best interest at heart. I hope someday my daughter will too. I may just have her read your post.
PB Life doesn’t get any better than this! I’m sitting at my computer with the early morning sun shining through the window thinking about the power of the written word. We all came together because of a shared love of the story of a boy who, at the age of eleven, discovered that he was a wizard, set off for life in a boarding school and found a whole new world. That work of fiction travelled around the world swiftly because of modern communications and literally changed lives, not least the life of the author! All of us here have been enriched, supported, strengthened by our exchange of ideas, experiences, specialised knowledge and shared fun and games. Some have realised long-held ambitions to be writers, some have grown from teenagers to adulthood, I have had more fun these last seven years despite having my physical world curtailed by increasing infirmity. Thank you for your eloquent testimony that our words, too, have made a difference in your life, you cannot know what joy that gives me. When you really sit down and think about it, we have worked a fair bit of magic ourselves:)
Thanks a lot PotterBoy and Graymayne!! It’s just after 4:00 am here and I haven’t been to bed yet and now it will be a while I can go to bed. I have to stop crying and get my sinuses clear first. I love you both even though, or perhaps because, I have never met either of you physically. ;)
Adella!!!! I am so glad you have wandered over. I know you have a lot on your plate with changing schools and seeing your family and all the other new things in your life. I hope you and PotterBoy will keep us, at least peripherally, in your lives for a few more years. Those of us who are getting older like hearing from and about all of the young’uns. ;)
I will always have a soft spot for the girl that I advised to defy her family because I thought she needed whatever emotional support we could give. Hugs, huge hugs to you. ;)
The Mississippi All-Stars Lion’s Band has won the International Parade Band Competition in Hamburg, Germany. The son of one of my lifelong friends is a drummer in the band. This is the tenth time in the last thirteen years this band has won this international competition.
Her is a video of their winning parade performance.
What a day!
I just about managed to watch Wimbledon, through my fingers at some points, lol! What a game.
PB, what a lovely post. Thankyou for making us all so happy. This group really is so very special.
Deanie, how lovely to see you go all slushy!
Ironsos, I knew we could rely on you!
Asti I watched the Men’s Singles Final this afternoon, but I took a break from the tension at the start of the third set only to return when the score was 4.1. against Andy. Just think, during the whole of my lifetime no UK man has won this title and I have been a Wimbledon fan since I was in my teens, despite having no interest in playing tennis myself. It was so hot today that I didn’t venture out of doors.
Well, we got a mani-pedi today. The shop we go to has been sold, but one of the sisters still works there. She did the DS’s nails. My nails were done by the new owners husband or father, I’m not sure which. It is so difficult to tell the age of most oriental females.
I hope they don’t go downhill now. We’ve been going there since 2005. Well, I have. He’s been actually gettiing his nails done since 2006. I actually went there quite a bit before the previous owners bought it, probably since 1999 or 2000. ;)
I think I need to go get something to eat. Ya’ll have a good night. ;)
CoS Did anyone else notice that several items spotted by Harry in Borgin & Burkes shop featured in later books? The withered Hand of Glory, a glass eye, the opal necklace (apparently fatal to muggle owners) and the black cabinet in which he hid, all of them attracting Draco’s attention. One thing which gave me pause later was the fact that Harry and Ron dashed to the top of the tower to their first year dormitory which now bore the notice Second Years! We didn’t see the Sorting so we have no information about this year’s intake, were there no boys sorted into Gryffindor? Why did they not assume that they would be on the floor below? Here’s another thought, how on earth do the house elves sort out the luggage destination so quickly, because they only have the time taken for the feast to be consumed to receive McGonagle’s list, now showing house destination, and sort out the luggage which the first year pupils leave on the train? I can see that this separates the first years’ luggage from the rest, which travels in the coaches with the owners, but what then?
GRAYMAYNE, I think you just stay in the same dorm all four years and they change the sign every year.
I rather suspect that the reason they stay in the same dorm for the full 7 years is because each year the incoming classes are different sizes. Harry’s year could easily have been quite a bit smaller than the incoming class when he was a third year student. Look how many witches and wizards of marriageable and child bearing age had been killed in the years before he turned one. And how may “celebratory” babies were born the July and August after he went to live at the Dursleys.
I suspect that the class sizes started getting smaller about the time Harry was born. V had been building and holding power for about 11 years before he “disappeared” while trying to kill Harry, so I suspect the newborn rate dropped a bit during those 11 years. Then Harry and is classmates were probably almost the fewest babies born for any given year between 1970 and 1981.
Then on Halloween 1981 Harry lives & V disappears. So the dorm rooms should be of various sizes and holding different numbers of beds. Once a class is assigned to a dorm room, they would stay in that room for their whole 7 years.
I would not have been suprised to learn that the tower had more than a basic 7 dorm rooms for each gender. I suppose it is not inconcievable that there were, in the past, classes for each house that numbered 20 or more students. The doors for the unused rooms may have just disappeared until needed for a future class. We do know that Hogwarts has a lot of walls pretending to be doors and doors pretending to be walls.
Hogwarts would hardly have all those empty classrooms if they had not been used to some extent in the past and may be needed in the future. ;)
In CoS, when the trio visit Hagrid while Ron is having his slug problem, There is a half plucked rooster on the table and then when Nick an Justin get petrified Hagrid storms into Dumbledore’s office waving another rooster around. This is right after Hagrid tells Harry that they have lost 2 roosters. I find it interesting that she points out the half plucked bird as a fooster instead of a chicken. ;)
I assumed that once a class was assigned to a room – they stayes there the whole 7 years. This gives the houselfs time to organize and store the luggage for the 6 years already sorted and then all they have to do is store and transport the 1st year after they had been sorted. I also assume there is some sort of expandable/contractable charm on the rooms so they are the exact size need for any given class sizes.
Also – Ron points out that if Wizards had not married muggles they would have died out years ago. So I’m assuming the magical world has shrunk due to inbreeding as much as anything else.
Why did I say “all four years”? I was typing on my Blackberry as I watched my friend walk toward the car and I was desperately trying to post.
Work was horrendously frantic today. We were trying to pull everything back into order after a very busy weekend…… Hot and sunny, AND the Wimbledon Final.
I am loving the current hot weather. It has been SO long since we have seen the sun regularly, or felt anything approaching hot. I am so hoping it lasts.
Tomorrow is a big day for my daughter. She finds out who her new teacher will be next year, and which of her friends will be in her class. It’s always a nervous time for her.
Lady Hawke, I left a little update for you and your daughter at the New Castle.
Actually I looked to see when I need to renew my state ID and saw the date. I had completely forgotten
IRONSOS, Happy Birthday! Sorry you had the nasty surprise about your ID going out of date. It turns out my father’s did the same thing this year. His birthday was Father’s Day and when we went to the closing for the house last week the attorney informed his driver’s license had just expired. That means I will have to get both of my parents to the DMV very soon. Not only have they changed states, his license has expired.
Thanks Lady Hawke. I thought the ID was good for 8 years but it is actually ten. I have till 2015 to renew.
I had to check back in the books to see what Jo had said about the dormitory location and Goblet of Fire is the last time “top floor” was mentioned. My own school background, day not boarding, was similar in the Infant/Junior to the Senior Department upstairs; the classrooms started at the north end of the building and worked towards the south end in order of seniority. Obviously, in the senior department the pupils moved between classrooms for lessons, but the form-rooms, your home base, were still allotted North to South end according to your year. This might account for my year bias in the matter of dormitories, but it would seem more logical to me to have the younger, smaller ones at the top, they have more energy to burn, but they need more sleep. Being on the top floor would mean that no-one had to go past their dormitory and they could sleep undisturbed. Believe me, sound carries on stone staircases! I would have made the house prefects responsible for ensuring set bed-times were observed by the first five years. Numbers for Years 6 and 7 would drop according to OWL results and these two years would be in the lowest dormitories nearest to the Common Room where they would be doing their heavier homework load and staying up later. The only dormitory to be permanently vacated by the occupants would always be the one nearest to the Common Room, most unsuitable for first years, so the solution obviously would be to have all the returning pupils to move into the dormitory below their previous one, leaving the top floor vacant for the new intake.
Deanie I liked your analysis of the pupils numbers due to the “V” effect. I agree with the idea of adjustable dormitory sizes.
Happy Birthday, ironsos!!! Hope it’s been a wonderful day for you! Sending you many hugs!!
Hello, everyone! Sorry I keep visiting these parts so very infrequently… But I still love y’all!! :-D