Living Together in Harmony?

Are you ready for some Harmony?

If my HP-related feeds this morning are any indication, JK Rowling’s latest bombshell is the spark that could re-ignite the fandom. What was the bombshell, you ask? Just that little tidbit that she now regrets the Ron/Hermione relationship.

According to those who participated in the HP fandom pre-Deathly Hallows, the “Shipping Wars” made the infamous “Snape Wars” pale by comparison. According to Morgoth (founder of the Chamber of Secrets forum), reading through Shipping War threads was like reading lengthy dissertations in which even the footnotes had footnotes.

So what’s with the “Harmony” at the top of my message? It’s the name of the Harry/Hermione ship. Followers of this ship are known as “Harmonians.” JKR just give this ship new life. No, she didn’t come out and say that Hermione should have ended up with Harry, but that IS how the Harmonians will read it.

Last night at supper, I was in the process of saying to my husband, “And this is just sooooo irresponsible. JKR knows about the Shipping Wars. She knows what happened the last time Harry/Hermione was on the table.”

And then, in mid-sentence, I stopped and turned around and said… “But wait. All the forums are closing. There’s really NO PLACE anymore for engaging in a Shipping War. What if…. What if this is all just a ploy to bring back the forums? What if she did this just to give fans something to buzz about?”

One little comment re-opens the Shipping debate… and also sparks questions about “What constitutes canon?” Will those Hermione/Ron shippers who have been so certain that any random utterance out of JK Rowling’s mouth is canonical gold still believe that point now that she has demolished their ship with a single random utterance?

Anyway, get ready for the fireworks. It looks now like the Chamber of Secrets may not be closing…

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Battle of Hogwarts – 15th Anniversary

On May 2, 1998, the Battle of Hogwarts was fought. Each year, Expecto Patronum! honors all the brave men, women, Headmaster portraits, and magical creatures who helped in the fight against Lord Voldemort for the future of the Wizarding World, especially:

  • Harry Potter – who personally faced Lord Voldemort twice that night… and prevailed
  • Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger – who stood beside Harry throughout his Quest and provided much-needed support during the Battle
  • Luna Lovegood – for keeping Dumbledore’s Army alive and helping Harry into Ravenclaw Tower
  • Neville Longbottom – for keeping Dumbledore’s Army alive and slaying Nagini
  • Ginny Weasley – for keeping Dumbledore’s Army alive and giving Harry inspiration
  • The Portrait of Phineas Nigellus Black – for locating Harry in the Forest of Dean
  • Severus Snape – for getting the Sword of Gryffindor to Harry in the Forest of Dean and for using his dying moments to offer the memories that would help Harry to defeat Lord Voldemort
  • The Portrait of Albus Dumbledore – for providing much-needed guidance to Headmaster Snape
  • Aberforth Dumbledore – for helping Harry, the Order, the DA, and many others get in to Hogwarts from the Hog’s Head and for then fighting in the Battle alongside many other citizens of Hogsmeade
  • The Members of the DA, the Order, the Gryffindor alumni, the Slytherins who returned with Slughorn, and the citizens of Hogsmeade – for standing up to fight
  • The Magical Creatures who fought – particularly Kreacher and the House Elves, the Centaurs of the Forbidden Forest, and Grawp
  • Minerva McGonnagall, Horace Slughorn, Filius Flitwick – for leadership during the Battle and for directly battling Voldemort
  • Molly Weasley – for destroying Bellatrix Lestrange
  • Hagrid – for being true of heart
  • Peeves and Trelawney – for their unique contributions

And now, we’d like to honor the fallen heroes:

Severus Snape


Credit: Look… at… me by ~FabiolaCapo

Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks


Credit: Remus x Tonks: Pale and Still by ~Kitoky

Fred Weasley


Credit: the death of Fred by *viria13

Plus Colin Creevey and the 50 or more unnamed dead.

Thank you!


We are celebrating the 15th Anniversary with new fanart. If you have any Battle of Hogwarts fanart that you particularly like, you are encouraged to share it in the Comments thread!

Pottermore, PoA Chapter 11 (what I’ve found so far…)

DISCLAIMER: This is not exactly a live blog and it’s definitely not a Finder’s Guide. It’s what I’ve found so far. There’s also probably some stuff I’m missing. :)

Here’s what I’ve found so far (DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED!)…

CHAPTER 11: THE FIREBOLT

Scene 1 (“The Firebolt Is Confiscated”)

I think I may have messed up the Zoom levels in this chapter, so if commenters can verify or correct the zoom levels, I would be very grateful.

After this chapter, I will take a break until I have finished teaching my class. I should return in about 7-8 hours.

  • Zoom 1:
    • Stephen Fry reads this dialogue-heavy scene and uses a delightful “McGonnagall” voice to read her lines.
    • COLLECT Chocolate Frog Card for Dunbar Oglethorpe (next to books to the left of the gobstones). Oglethorpe was the Chief of Q.U.A.B.B.L.E. – a Quidditch “betterment” league for Britain.
    • Move cursor to make Hermione pull the book up over her face.
  • Zoom 2:
    • UNLOCK “Gobstones” (JKR-Exclusive Content) – found on table in back of Ron. By moving your cursor, you can also get a gobstone on the table to squirt gunk. I’ve always wondered about Gobstones, since I knew that Severus Snape’s mother was an avid player while at Hogwarts.
    • COLLECT Spellotape (from the chair to the right, near McGonnagall).
    • COLLECT Homemade Mince Pies from the table next to the gobstones.
    • From the Comments:
      • COLLECT a bauble from the Christmas tree. (Thanks, Annie and Elizabeth!)

Key to Zoom Levels:
I am using the conventions I’ve seen used elsewhere when discussing Pottermore zoom levels:

    • Zoom 1 = the original zoom level.
    • Zoom 2 = zoom in one level from Zoom 1.
    • Zoom 3 = zoom in two levels from Zoom 1.
    • Zoom OUT 2 = zoom out one level from Zoom 1.
    • Zoom OUT 3 = zoom out two levels from Zoom 1.

Pottermore, PoA Chapter 1 (what I’ve found so far…)

DISCLAIMER: This is not exactly a live blog and it’s definitely not a Finder’s Guide. It’s what I’ve found so far. There’s also probably some stuff I’m missing. :)

Here’s what I’ve found so far (DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED!)…

CHAPTER 1: OWL POST

Scene 1 (“Harry’s Birthday”)
The key for Zoom Levels will be found at the bottom of the post.

First off, I had the headphones connected to the computer when I opened this scene (but did not have them placed on my head), so I didn’t make the connection between Pottermore and the squeaking and scratching noises I was hearing. I thought they were coming from some mouse or bird that had accidentally found its way into the room. That didn’t quite make sense, though, because my black cat (Severus, of course) was calmly sleeping on top of his kitty condo.

If it had been a live animal, he would have been all over the place… and so would his black/white sister (Minerva). It was only then that I realized… the noise must be coming from Pottermore!

Here’s what my cats REALLY act like when there’s a bird nearby…

So… back to finding stuff on Pottermore…

  • Zoom 1:
    • I haven’t found anything yet. But I did enjoy listening to Hedwig hooting and watching the Monster Book of Monsters struggle against the belt that Harry bound it with.
  • Zoom 2:
    • COLLECT Tiny Brass Compass (near the Monster book). It makes a useful companion for long journeys by broom.
    • COLLECT Chocolate Frog Card for Edgar Stroulger (inventor of the Sneakoscope).
    • COLLECT a Galleon lying on top of the books on the shelf. (Thanks, Annie!)
    • CLOSER LOOK at McGonnagall’s note announcing the coming school year and attaching the permission note to visit Hogsmeade.
    • CLOSER LOOK at Hagrid’s birthday note.
    • CLOSER LOOK at the Daily Prophet article on Arthur Weasley winning the Daily Prophet Grand Prize Galleon Draw. (Thanks Z.J. Malik!)
    • CLOSER LOOK at Ron’s letter to Harry from the Weasleys’ summer holiday in Egypt. (Thanks Z.J. Malik!)
    • CLOSER LOOK at Ron’s birthday note to Harry about the Sneakoscope. (Thanks Z.J. Malik!)
    • CLOSER LOOK at Hermione’s letter to Harry from her holiday in France.

    Information I enjoyed in the Sidebar:
    The contents of the Broomstick Servicing Kit (Hermione’s birthday gift to Harry) and the behavior of the Sneakoscope (Ron’s birthday gift).

    Key to Zoom Levels:
    I am using the conventions I’ve seen used elsewhere when discussing Pottermore zoom levels:

    • Zoom 1 = the original zoom level.
    • Zoom 2 = zoom in one level from Zoom 1.
    • Zoom 3 = zoom in two levels from Zoom 1.
    • Zoom OUT 2 = zoom out one level from Zoom 1.
    • Zoom OUT 3 = zoom out two levels from Zoom 1.

Pottermore, CoS Chapter 8 (what I’ve found so far…)

DISCLAIMER: This is not exactly a live blog and it’s definitely not a Finder’s Guide. It’s what I’ve found so far. There’s also probably some stuff I’m missing. :)

Here’s what I’ve found so far (DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED!)…

CHAPTER 8: THE DEATHDAY PARTY

Scene 1 (“Nearly Headless Nick’s Party”)
The key to zoom levels can be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1 – You are invited to enter. :)
  • Zoom 2 – Watch the ghosts dance, and listen to the ghost music (very eerie and cool)
  • Zoom 3:
    • UNLOCK “Peeves” (Exclusive JKR Content)
    • COLLECT a Jet Black Candle
    • COLLECT a Galleon

Scene 2 (“Enemies of the Heir Beware”)
The key to zoom levels can be found at the bottom of the post.

  • Zoom 1:
    • From the Comments – COLLECT the hair of a Slytherin student! (Thank you, christy, itsmeas, Becky Abel!)
    • From the Comments – COLLECT a Licorice Wand (in the middle of the group of Slytherin students to the left). (Thank you, BloodCrimson11937, itsmeas, Rob!)
    • From the Comments – COLLECT Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum (towards the left of the Slytherin students). (Thank you, BloodCrimson11937, Steph, WolfsbaneKey15329, matt kenny, drakangel614, Annelucy! Special thanks to Steph and drakangel614 for the very precise directions!!!)
  • Zoom 2:
    • COLLECT five Galleons
    • From the Comments – COLLECT Cauldron Cake near Hermione’s foot. (Thanks, Yuka!)
    • Get the torches to burn brighter and illuminate the writing on the wall

Key to Zoom Levels:
I am using the conventions I’ve seen used elsewhere when discussing Pottermore zoom levels:

  • Zoom 1 = the original zoom level.
  • Zoom 2 = zoom in one level from Zoom 1.
  • Zoom 3 = zoom in two levels from Zoom 1.
  • Zoom OUT 2 = zoom out one level from Zoom 1.
  • Zoom OUT 3 = zoom out two levels from Zoom 1.

Battle of Hogwarts – 14th Anniversary

On May 2, 1998, the Battle of Hogwarts was fought. Each year, Expecto Patronum! honors all the brave men, women, Headmaster portraits, and magical creatures who helped in the fight against Lord Voldemort for the future of the Wizarding World, especially:

  • Harry Potter – who personally faced Lord Voldemort twice that night… and prevailed
  • Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger – who stood beside Harry throughout his Quest and provided much-needed support during the Battle
  • Luna Lovegood – for keeping Dumbledore’s Army alive and helping Harry into Ravenclaw Tower
  • Neville Longbottom – for keeping Dumbledore’s Army alive and slaying Nagini
  • Ginny Weasley – for keeping Dumbledore’s Army alive and giving Harry inspiration
  • The Portrait of Phineas Nigellus Black – for locating Harry in the Forest of Dean
  • Severus Snape – for getting the Sword of Gryffindor to Harry in the Forest of Dean and for using his dying moments to offer the memories that would help Harry to defeat Lord Voldemort
  • The Portrait of Albus Dumbledore – for providing much-needed guidance to Headmaster Snape
  • Aberforth Dumbledore – for helping Harry, the Order, the DA, and many others get in to Hogwarts from the Hog’s Head and for then fighting in the Battle alongside many other citizens of Hogsmeade
  • The Members of the DA, the Order, the Gryffindor alumni, the Slytherins who returned with Slughorn, and the citizens of Hogsmeade – for standing up to fight
  • The Magical Creatures who fought – particularly Kreacher and the House Elves, the Centaurs of the Forbidden Forest, and Grawp
  • Minerva McGonnagall, Horace Slughorn, Filius Flitwick – for leadership during the Battle and for directly battling Voldemort
  • Molly Weasley – for destroying Bellatrix Lestrange
  • Hagrid – for being true of heart
  • Peeves and Trelawney – for their unique contributions

And now, we’d like to honor the fallen heroes:

Severus Snape


Credit: DH: Look at Me by FrizzyHermione

Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks


Credit: SPOILERS_Lupin + Tonks Ending? by ~endoftheline

Fred Weasley

Weasleys mourn Fred's death
Credit: Fredless by ~balmasque

Plus Colin Creevey and the 50 or more unnamed dead.

Thank you!


Waiting for Pottermore: The Movie!

Well, a third set of Pottermore emails went out today, and I didn’t receive one. So I took the cue from my Waiting for Pottermore Top 10 List and went to Tyson’s Corner tonight to see the very last IMAX 3D showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. To tell the truth, it’s better in 2D. But hey, I didn’t have to wait as long to see the 3D version, and it was a rather intimate showing of the film.

Anyway, while I’m off busily writing about DH2, I thought you might find a way to entertain yourselves with this little movie. Enjoy!

ETA: OMG! GMTA!!! I just discovered that The Last Muggle posted this same video yesterday! But I solemnly swear I didn’t steal it from her. I found it in a social group on CoS.