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Prof. Sky Alton

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  1. A heartfelt thank you to all the Slytherin staff who made this possible! It was a massive undertaking and you rose to the challenge and created something fun and fascinating that was still casual and relaxing. It's been lovely to stop by the Dungeons and spend a little while pawing over the books with everyone. So many excellent points and perspectives that I've never considered before. I'll miss it a lot. Oh and I got 31/35 on the quiz
  2. I honestly don't remember reading the epilogue for the first time (I must only have been around 11) but I 'think' I was pretty satisfied with how it all wrapped up. I think I was subconsciously more moved by the fact that this huge adventure that had consumed my life and that of my school friends was finally coming to an end. As Tarma said, I can't remember anything that was left unresolved that hasn't since been tied up for those who want it to be, so no real complaints there. As an adult, I think I'd have preferred to finish up slightly after the battle, possibly with a nice peaceful
  3. I think if you're going to pick characters to honour in any context you're going to get criticism from people who didn't like those characters or thought another deserved it more, so the backlash doesn't really surprise me. It always felt to me like J. K. was trying to fit as many crucial characters in as she could into the names so the epilogue was a proper emotional sucker punch. On the whole, I'm ambivalent about the names. They're nice enough. They do seem a little heavy handed and on-the-nose (which might be another reason other people struggled with them). I think I'd have preferr
  4. Absolutely. The wand was nothing but trouble and caused people to do terrible things. It also wasn't that useful to Harry (once he'd repaired his original wand, he had one that would serve him well) so there was really no sense in keeping it when it could have caused so much drama. I just hope they put some extra enchantments on the tomb to stop history repeating itself. I dare say Bill Weasley could have offered some ideas based on his experiences in Egypt.
  5. I think it's sort of wistful and rueful. Because right now he feels like he's had enough trouble to last a lifetime but he probably knows deep down that there will always be trouble and he'll always feel drawn to help. So it always felt more like a 'I'm going to take a well earned rest and then I'll just have to see what else life has in store' sort of statement. I've definitely said similar things after accomplishing huge tasks ('remind me never to do that again' seems to be my go-to) and then I'm right back to it shortly afterwards because that's just how life (and indeed my character) works
  6. I agree with people so far that Kings Cross was really Harry's entry point into his new life. I also think it represented a crossroads for him in more ways than one because it was the place he had to swap that new life for the old one every summer. It was also created specifically for people to journey from. So as a place that needs to represent the duality of the choice he has and the idea of leaving in one direction or the other, it's quite a good one. I think mine would be in nature. Possibly a forest clearing so that it would be impossible to see very far around it, making it harder
  7. I don't think it's intrinsically as 'bad' an end goal to hunt hallows as it is to make horcruxes. While you could conceivably have to hurt someone to gain a hallow (like killing someone in a duel for the wand), it isn't an actual, required part of the process as murder is for creating horcruxes. However, I think the effect on the person could end up being as damaging. They are both alluring and powerful goals that could cause someone to lose touch with reality. Mindlessly focusing on acquiring power (even if your motives start out being noble) can cause people to make decisions they nev
  8. Yeah, I agree with Hannah and Tarma: it was a matter of convenience and expediency. The paths to it are probably quite well marked from the coming and going of the spiders and Hagrid over the years. It's also a sizable cleared area where they could gather and easily keep an eye on the perimeter too. Also, I bet certain death eaters had fun riling up the spiders prior to taking it over.
  9. I completely sympathised with Harry because it's never nice to feel that you've been manipulated or kept in the dark, particularly not when the stakes are this high. I really don't remember how I felt about Dumbledore at this stage when first reading it; I don't think I was 'shocked' exactly as we'd known for a while that Dumbledore was playing a deep and dangerous game. Rereading it, there is a certain amount of frustration (particularly all the times before where he gave the impression of telling Harry all he knew and didn't). However, a detached part of me also remembers just how pig headed
  10. I agree with Tarma in that I think there was always a streak of cunning and ruthlessness in Snape that would have meant he belonged in Slytherin whenever he was sorted. He valued skill and ambition so much. I'm not sure this would have changed even if the sorting hat had prioritised his deep rooted courage and honour and placed him in Gryffindor. He might even have ended up being more resentful in the end because I can imagine friction still happening between him and other strong personalities like James, which might have gotten worse if they were constantly rubbing each other the wrong way wh
  11. I'm not sure if Snape would really have known what to do with himself if he abandoned Dumbledore's cause. I'm not convinced he would have actually wanted Voldemort to take over because I never got the impression that Snape as a more mature adult was particularly invested in the Death Eater ideology at a spiritual level. That's not to say I think he was a real supporter of the good guys, just that I'm not sure what his true motivations would be if you took away his primary one of protecting what Lily gave her life for (and in so doing, subtly avenging her death). I don't think he knew ei
  12. Okay, gonna be cynical for a moment: I think Snape died that way because it's interesting and it stands out from all the other spell based deaths in the book. I think a lot of writers are guilty of adding things purely because they're awesome and elicit a particular thrilled reaction from a reader (and really, providing they don't totally go against the internal logic of the book, why not?). But, if I'm thinking in-universe, what February said is really interesting. I can imagine Voldemort wanting to be particularly sure of this death and not having any difficulties with wands. What Tar
  13. I can understand why the movies declared her dead (and I consider movie and book canon entirely separate) but I always think the book version of Lavender survived because it sounded to me like rescue got to her in time and Greyback wasn't full wolf. It always seemed to me like when Rowling killed someone outright, she told us so. I agree that it would be interesting to know what Lavender was like after the attack: I hope she was able to recover psychologically. I'd love to see her as a warrior type afterwards (though still with those softer qualities and love of sentimental things that made he
  14. I wasn't really surprised or unsurprised. I can imagine Rowena Ravenclaw making efforts to make sure her daughters name wasn't dragged through the mud and perhaps by the time her influence faded, nobody was interested enough to go digging for the story. Helena (due to guilt over her theft and the very personal trauma of her death) and the baron (due to remorse and shame) weren't going to tell anyone; I'm guessing lots of people had their own theories about the bloody barons crimes and perhaps those theories became accepted 'fact' over the years, meaning that nobody thought to look for an alter
  15. I agree with most people in that Crabbe's death left me unmoved when it first happened as he'd never shown signs of being redeemable and it was poetic justice that his own foolishness caused it. However, when Draco began to get upset that they'd had to leave him, then I did feel something. Even though Draco probably didn't particularly 'care' about Crabbe and Goyle beyond their usefulness as followers, it still reminded me that every death has a ripple effect for the people in that person's life. Everyone leaves an empty space. Fred's death was.... yeah, ridiculously hard. But I concur
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