Anonymous said: Yeah, so this really isn't a question, but I just wanted to thank you so much for this! I reread the series every three years, and am currently on my third read. I only found this after I started Deathly Hallows this time, and its made the series just so much more meaningful. It truly does get better each time.
:) Thank you very much. Congrats on your third reread!
Anonymous said: I don't know how often you look at this blog anymore, but it's September 1 and I owe you a bit of a thank you. I found your blog in the month leading up to DH 2 as a way for me to quickly reread the series. You introduced me to a lot. This blog got me started on tumblr and in the fandom, it made me notice so many new things, and changed everything for me. It sounds stupid but you opened me up to a lot and I just want to thank you for doing that. I still come back here sometimes 2 years later
Thank you so much for this message. It just makes me so happy that other people got just as much out of this blog as I did and even happier that people still enjoy it. :)
So, I’ve just accidentally begun rereading the series again for the first time since completing this project (I’ve reread a couple of the books individually but not the entire series again - it’s exhausting), and I actually noticed something in Sorcerer’s Stone that I’ve never ever noticed before, which is that, when Dumbledore is talking with McGonagall outside of the Dursleys’ home waiting for Hagrid to get there with baby Harry, she sounds disapproving of the wizards and witches not being more subtle with their celebrations over Voldemort’s defeat, and Dumbledore tells her that the wizarding world has had “precious little to celebrate for eleven years.” This clearly indicates that Voldemort has been active for the past 11 years. Given that James and Lily were 21 years old when they died, that means that they would’ve been starting at Hogwarts with their friends right around the time that Voldemort was really beginning to emerge as a force of evil in the wizarding world. I’m sure it was all secret-like and small beginnings when it started, but I’m also sure that there had to have been whispers and murmurings during James, Lily, Sirius, Remus, Peter, and Snape’s time at Hogwarts for all seven years. This isn’t like. A Big Revelation or anything. I’m just sort of overwhelmed at the idea that, just like Harry’s seven years at Hogwarts (well, not just like, but you get the general idea), his parents’ entire time at school must have been peppered with tragedy and darkened by the growing force of the Death Eaters and Lord Voldemort. Isn’t it sad to think that Harry and Ginny’s children are the first Potters in three generations to have a (relatively) normal, murder- and pureblood mania-free time of education at Hogwarts?
I’ll most likely be posting little things like this as I reread again. I hope you’re all doing well and as always, I’m so happy that people still get a kick out of this blog.
kenzie-emery said: I'm rereading your reread and I'm at the very beginning, at The Vanishing Glass. You mention things like Dean making footballs come in his direction and Hermione changing clocks... It's been my headcanon for a while that 6-year-old Hermione read Matilda and related to her so hard and tried to make books and pencils move (like all of us did after reading Matilda, I'm sure,) except with Hermione of course it actually worked and she just KNEW she was special and it makes me happy to think about. =)
I saw a post like this going around recently and it made me so happy to think about. When I was a kid, I actually wasn’t allowed to read or watch Matilda because of the magic (my family was/is VERY conservative and strictly Christian; I had to hide my Harry Potter books when I first started reading them in high school), and never got around to watching it until about a year ago, and it made me so upset because I identified so much with Matilda and I know that if I’d had access to her story when I was a kid, I wouldn’t have felt so alone during my childhood, and the thought of a young Hermione experiencing that and then making magic of her own and realizing that she was something special brings me so much joy. :) Also, it makes so happy that you’re rereading my blog. I’m so glad people are still getting something out of this!
"‘There are all kinds of courage,’ said Dumbledore, smiling. ‘It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. I therefore award ten points to Mr. Neville Longbottom.’"
— I just realized today how much more meaningful this quote is when you remember Dumbledore’s backstory. For years, Albus remained at Gellert Grindelwald’s side even as Grindelwald became more and more corrupt, simply because he was his friend. He turned a blind eye to the immorality of Gellert’s plans. He couldn’t bring himself to stand up to Grindelwald because he didn’t want to jeopardize their friendship. Even as an adult, he didn’t confront Grindelwald until it was nearly too late. Those ten points weren’t awarded to Neville just so Gryffindor would win the house cup. They were awarded because Dumbledore recognized that Neville, at the age of 11, was far braver than the young Albus had ever been. (via cobbledstories)
jasonferulo said: I'm re-reading Deathly Hallows and reading your posts in between chapters and I miss seeing these on my dash everyday. You brought up so many points that I never would have thought of otherwise. Don't ever delete this blog! :) Hope all is well!
Aww, thank you! It makes me so happy that folks are still getting some mileage out of this blog and my posts. :D I have absolutely no plans of ever deleting, so no worries there. Thanks so much for the message!
Anonymous said: What is some of the foreshadowing for the Deathly Hallows? Jo does a lot of foreshadowing and I'm curious to see what hints and clues she left about the three hallows in previous books.
This is a good question! I can’t think of much foreshadowing for the individual Hallows, but here’s what I can recall, and, curiously, it all leads back to Dumbledore, which I suppose makes sense, all things considered: I do think that it’s always been sort of hinted, in a very subtle and easy-to-miss and kind of glossed-over way, that there was something more to the Invisibility Cloak than meets the eye (ha). The fact that Dumbledore had to be the one to give it to Harry because it was “in [his] possession” at the time of James’ death was always pretty odd, especially coupled with the knowledge that Dumbledore doesn’t need an Invisibility Cloak to become invisible, so I feel like that was always leading up to something else, which in this case was Dumbledore studying the Invisibility Cloak to determine if it was, indeed, a Hallow, something that had once been his obsession. That also leads to the Resurrection Stone, which we know was in the ring that Voldemort made into a Horcrux. Although certainly never brought up until the sixth book, I always found it perplexing that Dumbledore put on the ring when he found it and I think Harry wondered about that as well. Dumbledore knew the ring was a Horcrux and still, he placed a ring containing a portion of Voldemort’s soul on his finger. It never made any sense to me until we discover that the stone in the ring was the Resurrection Stone, and obviously, even if Dumbledore hadn’t had a youthful obsession with the Deathly Hallows, there are many people in his life that he would want to see returned to the land of the living. The yearning to see his mother and sister again was so strong that he, more or less, forgot himself. I don’t think there was any foreshadowing for the Elder Wand, though. At least, none that I can remember off the top of my head.
If you like Marauders era and/or Remus/Sirius fic and/or Shoebox Project, I thought you should know (if you don’t already) that the lovely people over at Fuck Yeah SBP is having a Shoebox Project Reread (or just Read, if this would be your first time reading it) this month! It actually began a couple of days ago, but it’s only two chapters to catch up on if you start now. They’re hosting a chat room for folks to pop in and talk about it as they read. More info can be found in this post, which also provides links to the master post/reading schedule and chat room. If you’ve never read SBP before, I highly, highly recommend it if you have any affection whatsoever for the Marauders.
I hope you’re all doing wonderfully!