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  1. Could I do two articles, one on ways to generate imaginative ideas and the other on the importance of using your imagination?
  2. I do think it would have depended entirely on when Harry showed Dumbledor the book. He's very unlikely to have done it early on as he didn't think there was anything particularly remarkable about it beyond the prince being good at potions. Later on it's hard to say, it probably would have stopped the attack on Draco as Dumbledore likely would have planted a seed of doubt in Harry's mind but while that would have changed the plot slightly (we'd have seen that final quidditch match), I don't think it would have changed the ultimate outcome at all. I think that's because the prince's book really has very little to do with the horcrux story line; even if Harry had had to stop using the prince's instructions, I think he still would have managed to get the memory from Slughorn just on the strength of Slughorn's regard for Harry's celebrity status (it would have been more difficult but by no means impossible). If Dumbledore had encouraged him to stop using the book before Ron's birthday though, there is a chance it could have ended in tragedy, so I guess that's the biggest possible change that could have occurred.
  3. I probably would have gone for elegant dull purple dress robes with a matching cloak (nice and sombre without being black, though it's also symbolic of Hogwarts). If I had any badges or what have you left from my time at Hogwarts I'd wear those out of respect for the time Dumbledore was in charge, providing they were nice and understated. I'd definitely need sensible flats as footwear given where the funeral was held - I do not want to upstage matters by wearing heels and having to be unserimoniously yanked out of the ground.
  4. Everard "But I don't care either! I don't care."
  5. I think I would have been inclined to close it, at least for a little while until the situation became less uncertain. While Tarma's right in that Hogwarts is a safe place, it also means that a large proportion of the wizarding youth are concentrated and penned up in one area; they're not just vulnerable to a physical attack but also one of ideals. It would have been very difficult to predict the fall of the ministry and the take-over at Hogwarts at that point but if it had crossed my mind that Hogwarts could be used as a weapon to control and indoctrinate a new generation, it would definitely have given me pause. (Not that it would have mattered one way or another in the end, given that it could have been reopened by the very people I was concerned about taking over).
  6. Sparks showered down around me but I ignored them. My wand felt alive in my hands as I twisted and ducked, sending curse after curse at the invaders. I could taste acrid dust on my tongue and the tang of something far worse kept hitting the back of my throat. My arm swept out and a foe fell in a flash of red light. There was a crash and the sound of tumbling rubble. I started back, worming my way father behind the suit of armour I'd been crouching behind. The fight had moved off down the corridor and I pressed trembling hands to my mouth. Never again would I leave my wand on my bedside table when I snuck out for a snack. All I could see beyond my hiding place was rubble and the limp arm of someone lying just out of sight. My dreams of heroism had drained away, leaving me trembling and sick.
  7. I don't know. I kinda always thought it was a strategic/psychological move on Voldemort's part. Sure, it would have been impactful to kill Dumbledore and capture Harry all in one night but I think it's more interesting to watch the shockwaves of the two events independent of one another. This way, Dumbledore's death had a chance to truly sink in (for Harry, as well as everyone else); it was Voldemort's way of saying 'I can strike whenever I want now and there's nothing you can do about it'. For someone intent on playing the long game, I think that sort of slow-action terror would be even more attractive than a decisive checkmate.
  8. Yeah, as Tarma and Maxim said, she definitely just dashed out in what she was already wearing in preparation for bed due to the urgency of the situation or because that's what her instructions were (and I can well believe someone with her sort of style would wear impractical slippers because they were pretty or unusual). As for me, I'd grab my doc martins: sturdy, lots of grip and good for slogging through mud, water and anything in between. In a real crisis, it'd probably be the sparkly blue ones simply because they have zips up the side so I can pull them on quickly without bothering with laces.
  9. Pretty much agree: Draco is by far the worse off here as he basically has no options that don't result in him suffering. For a kid who hasn't really been exposed to danger or the actuality of risk, he really doesn't have any way to compartmentalise. While he might be a spiteful little toad, he hasn't actually ever been called upon to do any act of brutality beyond being a snotty school bully and he's really seeing the difference, certainly in terms of consequence. I do feel a lot for Harry as he's so vulnerable right now: not only is he helpless to stop what's happening but there's also the chance that he'll be discovered and won't be able to fight back. Snape sorta has my sympathy but less so as he's had a long time to prepare himself for this and he also, at least in part, understands why this has to be done. Dumbledore has engineered this whole situation so it really is for him to face up to it, so I agree with everyone else that I feel the least sympathy for him (not least because he doesn't have to stick around and deal with the fallout).
  10. I'm pretty sure mine would be bright, maybe even glittery. It would be the mote of light that takes you by surprise when you see it in the corner of your eye or the quick tingle of static electricity when you touch something.
  11. Yeah, if mine were the treasured items from the world of art and historical study I mentioned previously then I'd simply rely on their status to protect them. Any particularly complicated enchantments would just draw attention to them. I'd let everyone else do the preservation work for me. If they were more ordinary items, then I'd use protections that people used on their money or other moderately precious items: just enough to discourage casual tampering but nothing so special it gave away that they were anything out of the ordinary.
  12. I headed down to the winter fling slightly late, having been delayed with paperwork. I complimented Will on his excellent organisation before strolling toward the refreshment table to get myself some butterbeer. I rested against the wall to sip and enjoy the sight of everyone having wonderful times. There’s truly nothing that can top HOL parties for fun, friendship and comradery. Being part of this is enough to warm someone in even the bleakest winter.
  13. I absolutely don't think the punishment was strong enough and this whole episode is one reason why I really struggle with Half Blood Prince at an emotional level; I felt betrayed both by what Harry did and, later on, because I think of it as a terrible case of forcing the plot. He caused horrible injuries to someone on school property and yet he got a worse dressing down (if not punishment) when he crashed a flying car as a 12 year old where nobody was actually hurt. I can see where you're coming from Will. Self-defence is a strong counter argument and the truth should definitely have been investigated more thoroughly and both students punished according to their actions and intent. My problem is that Harry had no need WHATSOEVER to use that spell. He's duelled for his life before against wizards using the unforgivable curses and he knows what works: he knows that a disarming charm saved him from Voldemort. I totally fail to see why, in a situation where he's facing an unforgivable curse, his instinct would be to yell out a spell he's only read twice (not only could he not be sure that it wouldn't be brutal, he couldn't even be sure it would stop Malfoy at all). Everywhere else in the books we've seen that his instinctive reaction is to reach for a familiar spell that can deescalate things, even if another spell might work more elegantly under the circumstances. I'm not sure stupidity in the heat of the moment or blinding hero worship is criminal but it's certainly negligent enough to make him culpable and means he deserves every scrap of remorse he felt (and a far worse lecture than he got from someone whose known biased might dilute the effect).
  14. I'm sure Sirius has a paw print somewhere, maybe on his chest or shoulder. He might have added a pair of stag antlers too after getting out of Azkaban.
  15. Lucius Malfoy, sneering at a professor, lines ('Feeling superior does not make me so' 50 times) (Incidentally I'm always shocked by this chapter at how inconsistent Hogwarts punishments are. Harry ought to have been expelled for this and yet he's come closer to being thrown out for far lesser offences than negligently causing grievous bodily harm.)
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