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February 2002 Archives

RE: Future books: Humor element, Voldemort/Harry encounters & Non-Characters

Preferences in humor, humor in the series

Posted February 01, 2002 at 4:18 pm
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RE: Humor--the Train Stomp--Crouch Jr. and Sr.

The "train stomp" at the end of GoF and my dislike of the Twins. Examples of farcical humor in the books. Affection for Crouch Jr. and a brief analysis of his father's behavior towards him.

Posted February 02, 2002 at 3:34 am
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RE: Tough Peter

Discussion of Peter Pettigrew: his physical daring, his lack of stoicism, his likely motivations

Posted February 02, 2002 at 6:38 am
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RE: Where's the Canon? (Part One) -- Canonical "suggestion" and plausibility

Canonical plausibility and reading practice. How do readers form a mental map of the "Spirit of Canon" from which they evaluate a speculation's plausibility? What factors contribute to that model? Uses Redeemable Draco and the "Heir of Gryffindor" theory as illustrative examples. Part one of two.

Posted February 06, 2002 at 3:32 pm
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RE: Where's the Canon? (Part Two) -- Fans, Subversion, Snape & the DEs

Subversive readings and what drives them. "Fault lines" in the text which lead to reader anxiety. The question of why the fandom does not tend to subversion when contemplating the relationship between Snape and his old Slytherin housemates and DE colleagues. Part two of two.

 

RE: Remorse--Dementors--the Crouch Family

Of what was Barty Jr. dying in Azkaban? Could it have been remorse? And more objections to the use of dementors as prison guards

Posted February 07, 2002 at 1:42 am
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RE: In defense of Hermione and Neville

Speculation on whether Neville or Hermione would ever betray Harry or his cause. My own reader desire for Neville's role in future canon, and my distaste for the spectre of "DE-butt-kicking Super-Neville."

Posted February 07, 2002 at 1:30 pm
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RE: Snape & the DEs, Reprise

Speculation on Snape's old Slytherin housemates, including a Redeemable!Avery defense. House Slytherin's apparent emphasis on in-group loyalty, and the effects this might have had on Snape. Discomfort with the depiction of the DEs in canon. Defense of the notion that Snape genuinely favors members of his own House. Snape's relationship with Karkaroff, Lucius Malfoy, and Barty Crouch Jr. And an analysis of Snape's Sudden Movement. Also, the introduction of S.Y.C.O.P.H.A.N.T.S.

Posted February 08, 2002 at 2:36 pm
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RE: Pranks--Envy--Ghosts--Library Policies

An anti-prankster rant, and a brief discourse on envy as the primary spiritual killer of the Potterverse. Suggestion that Moaning Myrtle's unwillingness to forgive her schoolday tormentors is what keeps her as a ghost. British University library policies.

Posted February 08, 2002 at 3:00 pm
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RE: Where's the Canon (Part One) -- Canonical "suggestion" and plausibility

What constitutes a "canon-based" speculation?

Posted February 09, 2002 at 12:55 pm
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RE: Predatory Karkaroff as Stock/Type

Karkaroff as a variant on a classic character stock of the Golden Age detective story.

Posted February 10, 2002 at 12:55 pm
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RE: Weak vs. Unwilling, Fidelius, Pettigrew's Poor Strategy

Genre conventions regarding coercion and how these may be reflected in canon. Speculation on how precisely the Fidelius Charm works, and why Pettigrew did not merely claim to have had the Potters' location wrested from him by force. The Dark Mark as a binding ritual compact, and the extent to which anyone could be said to bear it "unwillingly." The Death Eaters' likely feelings about Voldemort's reincorporation.

 

RE: Weak vs. Unwilling, Fidelius, Pettigrew's Poor Strategy

More on Pettigrew's character and motivations

Posted February 10, 2002 at 6:58 pm
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RE: FLIRTIAC--What's In A Name?--Draco--Envy and EEWWWWer

Support for FLIRTIAC, some joshing around about anagrammatic name-play, and other such forgettable fluff. Notable mainly for the T.S. Eliot/SHIPping reference at the end, play on which was later to cause so much trouble.

Posted February 11, 2002 at 5:34 am
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RE: Why Suspect Lupin?

Hints of darkness to Lupin's personality which, even apart from his lycanthropy and consequent social standing, might have contributed to his friends' suspecting him of being the spy during Voldemort's first rise.

Posted February 11, 2002 at 3:23 pm
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RE: Ambushes and a New Avery Theory

Speculation about DE cells and bloody ambushes, followed by my explanation of Why Avery Is Very Important Really and proposal that he was that mysteriously unnamed Fourth Man in the Pensieve scene of Gof.

 

RE: Limitations of UC

Limitations of the Killing Curse, how Imperius seems to work

Posted February 12, 2002 at 3:40 pm
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RE: Fan Readings & Subversion

Potential causes for reader anxiety in the HP books: lack of adult content, "genre soup," and poor craftsmanship in the writing itself, with particular emphasis on Draco's depiction. Discussion of "fannish" reading practice in general, and the extent to which it can be said to lead inevitably to subversion.

Posted February 12, 2002 at 6:01 pm
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RE: Avery and Ambushes

Elaboration on the Fourth Man theory, with a good deal of snarking about Avery's backstory. More speculation about DE cells and bloody ambushes (complete with jumping up and down on couches screaming "Yay!!! Bloody Ambush! Bloody Ambush! Bloody Ambush!"), a cheerful proposal of an utterly subversive "Neville owes a life-debt to Barty Crouch Jr." theory, and a lackadaisical attack on the Good Ship LOLLIPOPS with the suggestion that Snape loved Florence Wilkes.

 

RE: Snape & the DEs, Reprise (With Bits of Where's the Canon?)

Snape and his narrative function: his indeterminacy, his subverting role in the text. His character: the tension between his instincts and proclivites and his moral principles. His relationship to House Slytherin and specifically to the Malfoy family. Also contains some discussion of House Slytherin in general, and passing questions as to the nature of the Dark Arts.

 

RE: FLIRTIAC and the Marauder's Map

FLIRTIAC defense: an explanation of why a transfigured human Mrs. Norris' first name might not show up on the Marauder's Map.

Posted February 14, 2002 at 6:24 pm
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RE: SHIP: Florence, Bertha and C.U.P.I.D.'S.B.L.U.D.G.E.R.

"Cupid's Snitch," a fanspec parody. The mysterious Florence from the Penseive scene was the future Mrs. Lestrange, and Sirius was the one kissing her behind the greenhouses.

Posted February 15, 2002 at 3:40 pm
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RE: Avery and Ambushes

The FEATHERBOAS post. Contains some joking around over Fourth Man Avery's backstory and bloody ambushes, and a good long wrangle over the timing of the Longbottom Incident. Also a bit on Memory Charmed (or, in this case, Reverse Memory Charmed) Neville.

 

RE: Why Suspect Lupin?

Lupin's "Edge" and why it is so appealing.

Posted February 16, 2002 at 4:29 am
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RE: Pranks & Pranksters, Bullies, and Guilt By Association

Pranks, pranksters and the Twins. Charismatic bullies and Ex-Victims-Turned-Bully. Reader identification with these character types and how it affects interpretations of the Twins, Sirius and Snape.

 

RE: An 0ld-fashioned discussion

Fluff piece answering question "who is your favorite non-wizarding character?"

Posted February 16, 2002 at 12:16 pm
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RE: Would Lucius have gone on a Voldy hunt?

Musings on Lucius Malfoy's motivations and his (and other DEs') likely feelings about Voldemort.

Posted February 16, 2002 at 2:52 pm
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RE: Snape & the DEs

Snape as a principled sadist and sympathetic character. Analysis of both "The Egg and the Eye" and the end of PoA in terms of reader sympathy for Snape. Snape's divided loyalties in regard to House Slytherin.

Posted February 16, 2002 at 9:24 pm
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RE: Serpensortia--the Dark Arts--Divination

Discussion of the Serpensortia scene in CoS and whether or not it indicates that Snape was trying to smoke out Harry's Parseltongue abilities from the very start, followed by a discussion on the nature of the Dark Arts and of Divination. I suggest that all of the truly effective forms of Divination available to humans in the Potterverse may be considered Dark magic.

Posted February 17, 2002 at 1:45 pm
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RE: A Credo for George

Attempt to pin down precisely what the Snapetheory known as "George" stands for. Mainly focussed on those two perennial questions: "Why did Snape join the DEs?" and "What made him change his mind?"

Posted February 20, 2002 at 6:45 pm
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RE: SHIP: Cupid's Snitch and Cupid's Quaffle

A post that caused a good deal of trouble. Raised the question of why, given its not only blatantly but even explicitly subversive nature, so many people claimed to find the "Cupid's Snitch" speculation so...compelling? plausible? appealing?, and then proposed as a somewhat more in-character alternative CUPIDSQUAFFLE, a fanspec parody all about Florence-the-future-Mrs.-Lestrange kissing Sirius Black behind the greenhouses. Quite deliberately broke the "rules of the game" in an attempt to draw attention to them, and in doing so, royally pissed people off.

Posted February 21, 2002 at 6:03 pm
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RE: SHIP: Cupid's Snitch and Cupid's Quaffle

Correction to error made in previous post.

 

RE: Fic vs. Spec, Lucius, backstories

Discussion of fanfic, fanspec, and fanspec parody. Also contains a brief exchange about Lucius Malfoy.

 

RE: Lupin's Edge/Twins' Edge?

Discussion of "Edge," followed by one of the Twins' harrassment of Percy.

Posted February 22, 2002 at 1:47 pm
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RE: Azkaban and dementors

Yet more objections to the WW's use of dementors as prison guards. Evaluation of Peter's state of mind just post-Shrieking Shack.

Posted February 22, 2002 at 3:53 pm
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RE: Enviable and pitiable characters

Answers to the questions "Which character do you most envy?" (Professor Flitwick), and "Which character do you most pity?" (Amos Diggory).

Posted February 24, 2002 at 7:30 pm
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RE: The Big Bangers and Neville

Complaint that the "Reverse Memory Charmed As An Infant Neville" theory utterly lacks Bang.

Posted February 24, 2002 at 9:49 pm
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RE: A Credo For George

Defense of Sadist!Snape and some suggestions as to how his moral principles might have led him to leave the Death Eaters in spite of a visceral appreciation for cruelty.

Posted February 25, 2002 at 1:24 am
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RE: Flitwick, Amos Diggory

Flitwick and the other Heads of House; Amos Diggory and his possible role in future canon.

Posted February 26, 2002 at 1:57 am
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RE: Life Debts, the Crouches

Speculation on the nature of life debts and a suggestion that the consequences of Barty Jr's violation of his own life-debt to his father might well have affected the end-game of GoF. Also, my first defense of the claim that Barty Jr. did not really want to commit parricide.

Posted February 26, 2002 at 2:56 am
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RE: SHIP: E.L.G.I.N.M.A.R.B.L.E.S. (OT-Chatter)

An elaborate Fanspec Parody, posted on the OT-Chatter list as it had become clear that some people were most definitively Not Amused by this sort of thing. This one involves OC romantic interests for the Marauders, a Lupin/Lunch Trolley Witch SHIP, speculation about Voldemort's wand, centaur/human relations, and Damaged Sues galore. All backed up with irreproachable canonical evidence, of course.

Posted February 28, 2002 at 2:00 pm
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RE: The Big Bangers and Neville

More fanspec silliness, this one focussed on "Neville Owes A Life-Debt To Barty Crouch." Also repeats my insistence on a later date than 1981 for the Longbottom Incident.

 

RE: The Big Bangers and Neville

Tongue-in-cheek speculation about Neville and the Longbottom Incident, with more timeline wrangling, as well as a "Memory Retrieval Potion" theory.