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Brianna Caedmon

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  1. I don't think it's cheating. I think having someone else brew the potion for him would be, but following different instructions is not. Potions making isn't just about following the instructions (or everyone would find it easy) but also about the skills needed to actually brew the potion. Harry got lucky finding the textbook, but he wouldn't have succeeded if he wasn't also good at brewing (which he must be, given that despite Snape's best efforts to cause him to fail he still achieved an EE in potions- suggesting he has some natural talent for it that had never shown due to Snape's treatment of him in class). I also think that, as many others have said, since he had no idea whether or not it would work he simply took a risk and it paid off. I also don't think his continued use of the book was cheating. He had an unfair advantage, yes, but everyone has some degree of unfair advantage or disadvantage and this is just how life is. As well as that, I also would like to reiterate that he must have had some potions skill- or he never would have been able to brew the potions anyway. I do however think that holding onto his unfair advantage was really very Slytherin of him.
  2. Charlie Weasley A warm fire, dragon "smell", a pine forest
  3. I can see people's point of view when they say these items are distracting and disruptive so a ban makes sense, however personally I can't help but think that rather than banning the item any pranks that go out of hand or aren't cleaned up afterwards should simply be punished after the fact. As someone who quite enjoys the occasional prank, I see nothing wrong with it and would personally adopt a laissez-faire policy of "If it's cleaned up and everyone is laughing I don't care.". I suspect, as others have mentioned, that Dumbledore announced the ban to appease Filch, who was worried about others attempting to take on the Weasley twins' old role. Personally, I would 100 percent be taking their products- peruvian darkness powder, pigmy puffs, maybe even a couple of those daydreams for the more boring lessons.
  4. As many others have said, I think the biggest reason was necessity. Both Dumbledore and McGonagall would have been busy, and with Hagrid away that left Snape as the only order member who was around. Since, as an order member, Snape could be trusted to intercept the message Dumbledore may well have told him to. He also could have noticed Harry was away from the feast and been concerned, as some others have suggested. It could also have been pure necessity with no other motivations at all. Like others here, I am also very curious about how patronus messages actually work- they must be incredibly unreliable and untrustworthy if they just blurt out the message in front of whoever they find.
  5. I can imagine a magazine aimed at potions masters and enthusiasts giving away a new 'exotic ingredient' for people to try brewing with each month- perhaps with preservation charms or even special charms to keep any live ingredients that way.
  6. I think, as others have said, that popularity and even the choice not to care about popularity have an effect on the development of the characters- and that this is likely in large part due to the nature of the books, since school is a time when popularity is very important. I think Harry's choice not to want to be popular affects him in that it makes him a more open minded person- more willing to talk to and engage with those who are not popular. I think Luna's similar embracing of her unpopularity leads her to be more comfortable being herself and being creative. On the other hand, I think, as others have said, that Ron's desire for popularity brings out the worst in him. I think it could be said that a major theme throughout the books is a rejection of the idea that seeking to be popular is good- those who try seem to show more negative character traits than others.
  7. Personally, I would walk as confidently into the store as possible and start getting Mr Borgin to gather the items that I say I want to "buy" together. I'd start asking after everything that was out of sight behind the cabinet, until I got to something he said was reserved. This does, of course, rely on him not realising I have no way to pay for any of this and kicking me out.
  8. I agree with February and Prof. Scarlet. I think Beauxbatons would encourage its students to be well rounded, but that there would also be less class work and more practical work. perhaps they would continue taking a few subjects, but with practical lessons?
  9. Honestly? I don't think I have a preference. Both of them seemed to me like they didn't have enough time in the books for me to form a strong opinion, but even taking them at surface level: I think I could get along with either. Fleur would be interesting to be around- as other have said she is very self-assured and fierce and can be incredibly caring and protective towards who she loves. I would also enjoy being around Tonks: she seems down to Earth and funny. So ultimately I don't think I have a preference.
  10. I agree with February that Dumbledore seems like someone who would love purple! For some reason in my head, I always imagine him wearing purple and yellow. As Phoenix pointed out, Dumbledore also loves socks... So I can imagine him knitting purple socks with yellow designs on them- perhaps moons and stars, or maybe an image of Fawkes.
  11. I think if I was Slughorn I would immediately move somewhere far away from Britain and very rural, where the Death Eaters have little presence. As many others have noted, I would be more than capable of brewing polyjuice, so I would use that to change my appearance. I would live somewhere muggle, and learn to blend in- perhaps even assuming the life of an already established muggle (though that would, of course, be rather unethical).
  12. 1. What happened on the boat in Denmark when I was a kid? 2. What special word do we have for when someone spaces out? Green
  13. Like many people here, I think Dumbledore knew to some extent what Harry's childhood would be like with the Dursleys, but didn't quite know the full extent of how poorly they would treat him (hence the anger he shows in this chapter). As well as this, I agree that he put Harry with the Dursleys because he had to, because it was the only way to protect him until he was of age. I think it was a case of Dumbledore knowing it wasn't an ideal situation but believing it to be necessary nonetheless, and I suspect that even if he had known the full extent of how the Dursleys would treat Harry he still would have left him with them.
  14. As many people have said, Snape and Bellatrix have very different personalities and motivations and would be likely to naturally crash. As well as this, as others have noted, it doesn't particularly make sense for Snape to alter his behaviour around Bellatrix- in fact, it would be suspicious for him to do so. I also agree with Phoenix's idea about how he may have been connecting the Longbottoms and their fate to Lily, and how he may have been disgusted by their fate. In terms of why he is so cordial to Narcissa:
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