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Prof. Sky Alton

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  1. It always seemed like a bit of a faff to me. Symbolic and meaningful, yes but also a bit mean and impractical. I agree with Tarma and Scarlet that the patronus was a good approach though. Not putting some kind of obstacle to prevent someone from just grabbing the sword is also probably a good idea (if for no other reason than it would be suspicious if you made it too easy). I might have used one of the things the trio faced before, like a magical creature, enchantment or plant from one of the various scenarios in previous books, such as the triwizard maze or Philosopher's Stone dungeon. It w
  2. I think it would torture Remus Lupin with the idea that he could hurt his loved ones while transformed and possibly his fear that he'd pass on the condition to his children. We've already seen earlier in the book how powerful that fear was for him, so I think the locket would easily tap into it.
  3. My world tour would be totally illogical and disorderly. I think I'd start off by journeying across Africa as it's a continent I don't know enough about and I'd love to remedy that. Next I'd head to Australia and New Zealand as I've always wanted to see them (though... have to admit, bit nervous about the number of things that can kill you). I'd probably cool off by finishing up with a leisurely trip around all the Nordic countries as I'm fascinated by their culture and history.
  4. I think my faith would be shaken somewhat but not entirely. As Tarma says, by this point in the narrative, Skeeter's credibility is well and truly shot to pieces after her other manipulations of the truth. That being said, even when you don't want to believe something and have mostly convinced yourself it can't be true, there's a seed of doubt there. After all, even Skeeter's most outrageous articles had some grain of truth under all the distortion. I think why the impact of the book is so profound though is that it shocks us into considering Dumbledore as someone with a past and motivat
  5. There's an arboretum in my city where many of the trees have been dedicated to people who have passed away. Usually there's just a small plaque or sign but some people choose to decorate the trees or to hang meaningful items from their branches. It always makes walking there a really profound experience, as I end up building a very limited picture of these people from the tree their loved ones have chosen or the little tokens that have been left there.
  6. Yeah, it has always seemed bizarre to me that they didn't have their wands to hand. Maybe ordinarily you'd leave your wand on the kitchen table or something while you pottered around the house but not when you were hiding out, in fear of your lives. Even in a house that was so well warded, I think I'd always keep my wand on me just as a matter of instinct. I think it 'would' have made a certain amount of difference if only prolonging the time they could hold out for, if not the result. But yeah, as February points out, there had to be some in-universe explanation as to why Lily didn't/c
  7. If I was angry/bitter enough to want to fight, I certainly wouldn't do it by teaming up with wizards. I can imagine some goblins being lone wolves and trying to hamper and undermine the death eaters in subtle yet vicious ways. You have to wonder what could be done by interrupting supply chains and weaponizing all they knew about various people's finances.
  8. Yeah, Tarma and Scarlet have pretty much covered it. It sounds like a suitably unpleasant punishment but wouldn't actually be as risky to them as a detention or similar which darker forces could have interfered with. At the same time it's possibly just nasty and scary enough to pay them out for trying something so foolhardy. Cause he might ultimately be on 'their side' so to speak but it doesn't mean he'd be okay with them (A) stealing from him, (B) breaking rules and (C) putting themselves at risk through what he'd see as astoundingly stupid behaviour, even if their motives were 'good'
  9. No, it didn't really surprise me. As Tarma has said, being widely regarded as evil doesn't mean you fail to experience the full range of emotions. Even Voldemort could probably cast a patronus if he needed to. I don't think Umbridge's happy memories would necessarily be to do with the undeniable pleasure she takes in being cruel though; my first instinct was to think that they were probably to do with her own personal advancement in her career and acceptance by those in power. She loved to feel depended upon by the people who really mattered, like Fudge and later by the new regime at the minis
  10. I'm thinking there's probably a book on wizarding genealogy (one of those glossy, coffee table style books) in a prominent place with a rose gold bookmark marking the page which she claims shows her ancestry. I also think she'd be the type to keep small bottles of hand cream and the like in her top drawer - floral scented and expensive, naturally.
  11. There's a poster of an ornate sword on my wall (I think it's 17th century), in a gold frame. I got it when I went to a weaponry exhibition at a museum in Paris. I also have a navy blue message board on another wall, full of photos, rosettes and certificates (slightly embarrassing remnants from my school days that I really should sort through and file away). Suspended from the edge of that I've got a Gryffindor banner and various dreamcatchers.
  12. I'd want lots of pretty charms. Gold bubbles floating in the air, enchanted birds twittering here and there, place settings that gently rippled with different colours and all manner of other clever and delicate pieces of spell work. I'd also want a drinks fountain carved out of everlasting ice with jewelled taps like those you find in the prefects bathroom (though serving different beverages rather than different bubble baths, obviously... you don't want the vows interrupted by half the guests foaming at the mouth)
  13. When reading these scenes for the first time I think my reaction in both cases was to deny what Muriel and Krum were saying outright but I also got a sort of insidious sinking feeling underneath that. I wasn't ready to believe that Dumbledore and his family were as bad as Muriel was portraying them (Will's right, she'd proved herself entirely malicious and unreliable already) or that Luna's father was intentionally glorifying Grindelwald (I did want to scream at Krum 'can't you see he's just a well meaning fool'?). However, it did hint to me even at a young age that things I'd perhaps believed
  14. I'd say that take an interest in her interests is definitely one. You should know what she's into and ask her intelligent questions about it. Learn when to stop though. If she doesn't want you impinging on one of her hobbies, then you need to respect it.
  15. Yeah, I think that even though the ministry hadn't quite fallen to Voldemort yet at that point that Tonks would still have rather avoided any awkward questions from her boss (even if they know she's a member of the order, she can still create some artificial distance so as not to get anyone's back up too much). At that point, it was still crucial for The Order to have people on the ground in the ministry to keep an eye on things and spot interference. If he truly suspected her of an alternative agenda then it might have made it difficult for her to gather information. I also second what people
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