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Rowling love - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Rowling love
For the two people who don't know, update at http://www.jkrowling.com

I love that she's in tune enough with the fandom to know about ship wars and use the term "shippers."

I don't know if I missed this in an earlier update or if it's new (I'm a bad fan and don't always check), but in the "About Me" part of the FAQ, someone asked who her favorite character was, and she listed nine. Plus one she likes writing but wouldn't want to meet (Snape), and one favorite new character (Luna). Which is an interesting distinction, because we know from other comments that she doesn't want to meet "bad" characters, so the other nine would definitely count, in her book, as "good." That more or less lays to rest theories of Evil!Ron, Evil!Dumbledore, Evil!Ginny, and Evil!Lupin. I think the fact that these are among her nine special favorites (the others being the Harry, Hermione, Hagrid, and the twins) pretty much says that they aren't going evil any time soon.

And thank you for just flat out saying that yes, the boys called themselves marauders. I always thought that apostrophe was a weird thing to hang a theory on. Like I said in gmth's journal, a book called The Pirate's Guide To Lost Booty would not imply that there is only one pirate in the world, or that pirates don't call themselves pirates, or really much of anything. In fact, if I saw such a title, I'd assume it was written by a pirate (or former pirate) for use of other pirates. They thought of themselves as "marauders," hence the map's name. And I don't think they'd have minded it getting into the hands of other "marauders" over the years. Besides that, it's certainly easier to say than MWPP.

I also loved the news update... "Eh, I was sick of that headline. Nothing new to report, but here's something new to look at..." Sounds like any of us popping in to LJ to make a post in order to break the routine.

EDIT: It does make me realize that I have to put on the gas with Shifts, go back to more than twice-a-week posting. If she kills R/T before I finish, then I'll lose my ability to believe in it and it will end up unfinished. So, from here on in, I'll be putting the pedal to the metal, racing against random canon balls that might come in my direction. It will be bad enough when it's sunk post-building.
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alphabet26 From: alphabet26 Date: December 10th, 2004 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)
And thank you for just flat out saying that yes, the boys called themselves marauders.

I thought that they occasionally referred to themselves like that, but that it wasn't something they usually did. I thought the reason they used "Marauder's Map" was mostly because of all the cool alliteration.

It's just that I remember high school, and I couldn't see any of my 17-year-old friends calling themselves "Marauders" (especially because we were the Spartans, and the Marauders were another high school ;P). But seriously, I just didn't see MWPP using that a lot. Of course, now some fics are going to have dialogue like this:

"So, are you Marauders ready for this test?" Lily asked as she sat next to James.

"Oh, yes, Lily, the other Marauders and I studied very hard," said James.

"Some Marauders studied harder than others," Remus pointed out, glancing over at Sirius.

Sirius was stretched out, staring at the fire. "What? Just because some Marauders are naturally brilliant is no reason to hate us."

[Peter didn't say anything because I HATE HIM and he's not in this story.]
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 10th, 2004 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
::am terrified::
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: December 10th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)

I thought that they occasionally referred to themselves like that, but that it wasn't something they usually did. I thought the reason they used "Marauder's Map" was mostly because of all the cool alliteration.

Well, you know, I call myself by my name, but I don't bring it up all the time. :)
alphabet26 From: alphabet26 Date: December 10th, 2004 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
No, that's true. I guess I'm not saying what I mean very well. Maybe a better analogy...using your online name in real life? I mean, sure, my sisters know that I'm "alphabet," but they don't call me that, because it's only under certain circumstances that that's my name.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 10th, 2004 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Two points on this...

First, JKR didn't capitalize. It doesn't seem to be, like, a club title, just something they thought of themselves as. I can see their casual speech referring to pranking as "going marauding" more than actually referring to, say, "the other marauders" or whatnot. They thought of themselves as marauders and probably dug the word, but...

When would they have occasion to use it? It would mostly be used with each other, and they are pretty much together. Maybe an occasional pledge of marauder solidarity or something, but there wouldn't be a lot of reason to say it.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: December 10th, 2004 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, my point was actually supposed to be more that even one's real name doesn't actually get used all that much. You can go through entire conversations or even days without actually calling somebody by name. So their likely behavior would be pretty much like what you were imagining -- "Yeah, we're the marauders," and then it only comes up if they want to use it for something like the map. *g* A made-up name might get used a little less because it wasn't for real, a little more because why make up a name and not use it, and a little less again because you probably don't address or refer to the group as often as a given individual.

Then again, perhaps I should be quiet and go work on the Founderfic in which it is shown that by basing nicknames on their Animagus forms, MWPP were unknowingly following a very old and probably abandoned tradition.
daisan From: daisan Date: December 10th, 2004 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi hi. Friending you to keep up with your wonderful fanfic. Thank you for writing such quality stories. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 10th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome! Nice to meet you.
leeflower From: leeflower Date: December 10th, 2004 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)
And because I'm a freak for the unreliable narrator, it might be pointed out that depending on the grammar preferences and proficiency of whichever marauder actually wrote it out on the map, the apostrophe might have appeared because one of them had a tendency to apostrophize.

I know plenty of people who do that.
idleleaves From: idleleaves Date: December 10th, 2004 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that she's in tune enough with the fandom to know about ship wars and use the term "shippers."

So was I. It made me smile. The entire structure of that response amused me.

And thank you for just flat out saying that yes, the boys called themselves marauders.

Absolutely. Hee. Nice to have that confirmation.
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: December 10th, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

My name is Kizmet and I'm a JKR junkie

See, I know that I don't want to know that Luna and Neville aren't destined for each other. But I went and looked, didn't I?

See, it was like Mark Evans thing. Was it important? Was it useless? Was it a deliberate attempt to get us off track? So I went and read and felt the immediate let-down that it was a mere co-incidence and had no meaning at all. I was depressed. I didn't want to know, not really.

But yes, as soon as I hear there's an update, what do I do? Yes, I scamper off and read everything! I'm an addict and there should be a 12 step program for me: HP Anonymous or something.

I still love Luna/Neville.
vytresna From: vytresna Date: December 10th, 2004 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
*gleefully cuts the bottom out of Yueh's Lever*

That's one less thing I have to worry about.
sreya From: sreya Date: December 10th, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you notice she fixed the Weasley Boys ages? Charlie's now three years older than Percy, and Bill's two years older than that. :~p

As for canon-balls... she posted some stuff about the prophecy that's messed me up for my Longbottom fic. Again. Dangit anyway!
mrs_who From: mrs_who Date: December 10th, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well I was tickled about the Luna/Neville thing because I think JKR gave us some Harry/Luna hints at the end of ootp. Having a relationship where you understand each other at the deepest levels -- places where others just don't understand -- is a very meaningful thing. Granted, it's a stretch! ;-)

EDIT: It does make me realize that I have to put on the gas with Shifts, go back to more than twice-a-week posting.

Glory Be! O Frabjous Day! Calloo Callay!!

Fern, I want to compliment you on the tone you take in this blog. I think the authorial intent discussion disintegrated into logical fallacies and trite-isms but you were most gracious and reasonable. I know I wouldn't have been nearly so patient!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 10th, 2004 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I'm afraid some of the graciousness was produced by the internet aided ability to just say, "Oh, forget it." ;P

Glory Be! O Frabjous Day! Calloo Callay!!
I'm actually having fun at the moment breaking down scenes for the rest of the year. JKR's timeline gets really slippery in the spring! It's an autumn-heavy book. I'm going to take her cue on it.
From: strangebacon Date: December 11th, 2004 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
It does make me realize that I have to put on the gas with Shifts, go back to more than twice-a-week posting.

Woo! Mind if I friend you to keep up to date? I'm really enjoying this story!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 11th, 2004 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like friends. :) Cool.
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