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(Lack of) Adventures in the Jury Pool Room, HBP cover, AI - The Phantom Librarian
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(Lack of) Adventures in the Jury Pool Room, HBP cover, AI
Well, I wasn't impaneled. Sigh. After--no kidding--six hours of sitting in the jury pool room doing nothing. The commute was long, but not as much of a pain as I was expecting--a couple of buses and a train. Maybe an intersteller jump or two. And the neighborhood wasn't any place I'd been, so I walked around at lunch--we were released for an hour--and saw new places. Ended up at the library, of course, because, hey, I'm me, but I did get to see a few blocks of Dorchester that I otherwise wouldn't have.

I didn't do any writing. On the plus side, I re-read Frankenstein in its entirety. (The real one, not the Dean Koontz version. It's interesting how many of the added things seem to have become part of the mythos without actually being in the book--eg, the notion that he was made of criminal body parts. There's no indication of what people the monster was built from. I think the reason I like this novel is that I like both of the antagonists--and dislike them both--in equal measure. The weakness in the Koontz novel is that Victor is no longer himself, though since the issue is brought up, I have hope that it will be addressed.)

New HBP Image
So the expanded cover, with the base of the pedastal, includes Ron and Hermione off on one side, and a redhead who could be either Lily or Ginny on the other. I think there are solid reasons for it to be either of them, but I'll put a tentative bet on Lily--thinking in terms of the series having a kind of mirroring effect, the second book dealt with the feminine, the third with the masculine. The fourth was kind of an ego discovery. The fifth mirrored the third by giving us much more information about Harry and his father figrues. If the sixth mirrors the second in this regard, it would make sense to get a view of his mother figures--his real mother, perhaps more interaction with Molly, maybe a bit about Petunia... but I think it will be mostly about the real mother. Lily. So that's my vote.

On the other hand, if the Ginny relationship is being set up to have an impact at the end, book 6 is about as late as it can really get started, at least as a serious friendship.

Dark Mark? I think we're going to get a flashback and see the night James and Lily died, and I'll bet that sign went up over the house and was still there when Hagrid and Sirius arrived.

Was satisfied with the result of AI, though momentarily nervous about who ended up in the bottom two. I think that's vague enough not to be considered a spoiler.
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chicleeblair From: chicleeblair Date: March 31st, 2005 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I kind of think it sees to be more Ginny, but that's juts opinion.
velvetmouse From: velvetmouse Date: March 31st, 2005 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Stupid question time - where are people seeing this expanded cover? I keep seeing it refered to, but I haven't yet found a link to an image of it!
sreya From: sreya Date: March 31st, 2005 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
You can find it on The Leaky Cauldron... or at least, they have a scan of a promotional cut-out that includes more artwork from the cover. I assume that's what Fern is talking about, otherwise, I don't know where it is either!

But you can see Hermione, Ron, and "the red-head", as well as the Dark Mark.
sreya From: sreya Date: March 31st, 2005 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I think it's Lily. The facial structure is different from Ginny's on the cover of CoS, and since GrandPre has kept Ron relatively consistent, I think she'd have kept Ginny as consistent. Or at least tried to keep a resemblance to Ron.
sixth_light From: sixth_light Date: March 31st, 2005 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)

The eye of the beholder...

To my eyes, the red-headed lady looks almost identical to Ginny from the CoS cover, and very different to Grandpré's pictures of Lily. Both CoS-Ginny and redhead have the same rounded facial structure.

Interesting insight into how people can see the world differently, anyway...
From: magnolia_mama Date: March 31st, 2005 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)
*chuckles* You know you're a hopeless fangirl when you wait with bated breath all day to find out what someone thinks about the latest hot-button issue. :-)

FWIW, despite the fact that H/G is my OTP, my very first thought on seeing that girl was that it was Lily, and Ginny never even occurred to me until I saw a post on an H/G forum.
From: laizeohbeets Date: March 31st, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
FWIW, despite the fact that H/G is my OTP, my very first thought on seeing that girl was that it was Lily, and Ginny never even occurred to me until I saw a post on an H/G forum.

Same here. I don't think it matters which redhead it is, really. More Lily backstory and H/G romance? Works for me.
gehayi From: gehayi Date: March 31st, 2005 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
From what I've heard, Lily is going to figure prominently in this book (maybe we'll finally find out why it's so important that Harry has Lily's eyes) and that we'll see the Potters' deaths in the first chapter.

So my money is on Lily.
marionravenwood From: marionravenwood Date: March 31st, 2005 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
After--no kidding--six hours of sitting in the jury pool room doing nothing.

Me too! The call for jury duty must be going around. I spent most of my day sitting and sitting and sitting at the Justice Center (which, somewhat humourously, is right across from the World of Coke) until they finally said, never mind, y'all can go home, and dismissed us.

re Hp cover art: someone on lj (can't recall who--ack) suggested that it looks like Ron has a scar on his face.
prettyveela From: prettyveela Date: March 31st, 2005 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Connielane has posted some pictures to compare them. My bet is on Ginny. Her role was increased in OotP and everyone was like "gah?" when that happened, I think JKR did that in book 5 to prepare for Ginny's bigger role in book 6.

Also, JKR said we'll find out huge things about Lily in books 5 and 7. So far book 5 happened, so I'm betting that she hasn't changed her mind on 7. I just don't see why she'd be on the cover without James.
ann_mcn From: ann_mcn Date: March 31st, 2005 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Once you finally serve, jury duty is very interesting. Had a near miss for a sequestered capital punishment jury (I was to report in with my bags on Monday, but he agreed never to seek parole on Saturday), and then a civil trial about a car wreck.

Just heard a short quote on NPR's Morning Edition quoting a librarian named Fern; I wondered if it was you, but she was on the West Coast. I wasn't paying attention until it was too late, so I dont' know what it was about - sorry!
mrs_who From: mrs_who Date: March 31st, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, dear. I have jury duty tomorrow, as a matter of fact. DH has to take the day off to school the children. I'm taking the new Martha Grimes on CD and some knitting - if they let me into the courthouse with those deadly weapons.

I think the redhead must be Lily, the features are much blurrier than the ones of Ron & Hermione. I think we'll be seeing a partnership develop between Dumbledore and Harry in this book (as opposed to the mentor relationship) and Harry will spend an illuminating time in the pensieve and - yes - will see his mother's death and the dark mark floating over the village of Godric's Hollow. (Silhouetted against the background.)
I also predict a partnership developing between Ron and Hermione as they are off-to-the-side, one which Harry probably doesn't discover until the end of the year. Just my guesses. Guesses are fun. :)
stardustmajick From: stardustmajick Date: March 31st, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd have to say the red head is Lily... Mainly because the drawing looks too mature to picture a scrawny 15 year old. Also, there's almost an ethereal cast to her that the pictures of Ron and Hermione don't have, like she's almost not there. And she's naked, which spirits are almost always depicted as being in paintings. (That I've seen, anyway.)

Anyway, there's my opinion on it. :p
empressov From: empressov Date: April 1st, 2005 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not convinced she's naked though. Given Grand Pre's chalk pastel style, I think she might be wearing a shirt that's either green or white or some combination in between. Plus, it doesn't hold that ghosts in the Potterverse have ever been naked. Look at Nick, The Baron, Myrtle, and even our resident poltergheist-Peeves. They all wear clothing from the time of their death.

That all being said, I think it's most likely that things on the cover and associated cover art are tied into the main plotline (as defined by the title of the book). It's been this way in the past (seeing Cedric, Viktor, and Fleur on the GoF cover due to their involvement with the Goblet, seeing members of the Order on the OotP cover....) and so, given that we know the HBP plot is a relic originally tied into CoS and given that Ginny today has a very direct past connection to the Chamber, enchanted diaries, and to Riddle, then if one of these things is the the main connect between the CoS plot and the HBP plot, it's quite conceivable that she's going to be connected to the HBP main plot in some manner.

(Here via Snitch)
spiffariffic From: spiffariffic Date: April 1st, 2005 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)

From the Snitch, wrth cwrs.

I've seen people comparing the facial structure and stuff, but I don't see how they can make comparisons so easily - the redhead's really craning her neck there, and it doesn't give a very good view of what shape her face really is.

Having said that, I'd love for it to be Lily, but I think it's Ginny. Unless it's Susan Bones. Or Molly (well, probably not since she's a bit too old for it to be her). How funny would that be?
a_t_rain From: a_t_rain Date: April 1st, 2005 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
My sympathies -- I've been called for jury duty twice since I moved to North Carolina, but never served. At least they dismiss us in a timely manner here, and $12 for forty-five minutes' service is not too bad.

I think it's totally Lily -- the background looks foggy, like a Pensieve scene, and she has that sad, face-of-the-dead look.
lavinialavender From: lavinialavender Date: April 1st, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
*nods* Her face isn't as clear as Ron or Hermione's.
lavinialavender From: lavinialavender Date: April 1st, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

All the way.

Question, though...I wonder when the Dark Mark was cast, if it really is over the Potters' house. When he first arrived? After James's death?
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