Friday, July 15, 2005

Pottering about

The Dr. Dementor Show

It seems there are dementors roaming my neighborhood. I'm still looking forward to getting the new Harry Potter book on opening night. I have a lot of questions, just like everybody else.

Some of the questions have become standard for each book in the series:

* What l'il beastie will Hagrid adopt this year?

* Who is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher?

We have more information on, and more opportunity to debate, other notions:

* What word games is JK Rowling playing? I suspect a connection between Dumbledore and Voldemort. Their names are nearly anagrams, especially when you consider how pronunciation shifts: d ≈ t; v ≈ b (like in Spanish); u ≈ o (imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger's accent).

* What about Harry's romantic life? Will he end up with Hermione? Ginny? Draco?

* What big secret is being concealed from Harry this year?

* Who dies in this book? In Britain, there's been heavy betting, suspiciously centered on the town where the books were printed. In honor of this, the Grauniad ran a contest to tell the death of this character in the style of a writer other than Rowling. I especially liked the one after PG Wodehouse. Harry Flashman's account, as told to John M. Ford, is also excellent.
I would like to point out that Bloomsbury could have generated this hype and misdirection for very little money. I would also like to point out that there are an awful lot of Weaselys running around.

* And of course, what happens to Harry?

The really big question, though, is : what's up with the house elves? I'll save that for a future post.


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