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TLC interview spoilers - The Phantom Librarian
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TLC interview spoilers
Everyone's talking about what's said about ships in the TLC/MuggleNet interview, but I noticed something else that she tossed in there without even thinking that it was questioned:

JKR said:
"But I thought of Draco as someone who is very capable of compartmentalizing his life and his emotions, and always has done. So he's shut down his pity, enabling him to bully effectively. He's shut down compassion — how else would you become a Death Eater?"

I know there was some argument--Harry never actually saw the Dark Mark and all that--but the fact that it was said casually in the context of other things pretty much confirms that Draco is, indeed, a Death Eater.

For the rest...

Learning more about Dumbledore in the next book? Interesting.

Sounds like we're right about Regulus--she seems pleased at the guess, and to have given the matter thought... especially since it was what she said she hoped she'd be asked.

Giggles and laughs at the oh-dear-maths on the number of people. Now she has another odd one with 3000 wizards/witches in all of Britain! With forty per year, as she says now seems to make sense, that's still about seventy in each of the four houses, so 280 students at Hogwarts... is nearly 1/10 of the wizarding population betwen the ages of 11 and 18 and attending Hogwarts? :p

She was surprised to find out that anyone had guessed R/T, and only found one reference. Oh, fellow crewmates on the Wotcher Wolvie... we weren't nearly loud enough! (Though at least it confirms that she didn't pluck it from fansites.)
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dreagoddess From: dreagoddess Date: July 20th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
And she talks about the Sorting Hat!! *squeebounces*
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: July 21st, 2005 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm cutting mine a lot longer than that -- I've got flist folks in countries where the translations not out and kids who are reading as fast as they can and in chapter four...

That's a great interview -- I'm glad you aimed us at it!
maple_clef From: maple_clef Date: July 21st, 2005 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, fellow crewmates on the Wotcher Wolvie... we weren't nearly loud enough!

I guess not! A very interesting interview in general - not least her thoughts on fandom interpretation of the books. I was particularly interested that she brought up R/T herself and was clearly keen to hear the interviewers' opinions.
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: July 21st, 2005 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I noticed the bit about Draco, too, and thought of you...

I was also surprised that even she thought people would see R/T as coming out of the woodwork. I didn't even begin to acquaint myself with fandom till a month or so after I'd read OotP, and have certainly never read any of the books with the goal of trying to ship anybody with anybody else, but even I noticed the obvious camaraderie between Lupin and Tonks right from the scene where she was introduced. And Harry's relations with both of them in HBP were an obvious contrast - in OotP they were usually together and usually happy, and in HBP they were never together and both described as drawn, tired, and unhappy. It wouldn't have been altogether surprising had it not been there, but it's certainly not surprising that it was! Although of course I'm preaching to the choir here. ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 21st, 2005 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I get the impression that she thought she was being subtler than she was, and was surprised that there was a fandom for the ship. She probably doesn't realize that there's anyone, like, partying on board the Draco/Myrtle right now. ;P
lucyparavel From: lucyparavel Date: July 21st, 2005 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm always with JKR on the "oh, dear Maths" response so I have sympathy for her there. I haven't read the interview yet, I must do so right away! Just commenting to tell you that I love your fiction and your thoughts about various fandoms. I'm finally being brave and commenting to tell you so. I've friended you as well, I hope that's all right.

This is the wrong thread to talk about it-but I had tons of thoughts about your Star Wars brothers vs father and son essay. Quickly, I finished raising a sister after our mom died and its a very difficult and confusing thing to do that's hard from both sides. I'm sure it will continue to always effect our relationship. I thought you did a great job of outlining the difficuties in such a switch of roles and differing needs. Sorry I didn't get around to commenting about it at the time. It's been a hectic month.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 21st, 2005 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thanks!

And of course you can friend; I like friends. Though I may not friend back right awy, because my f-list is getting kind of hard to keep up with.
lilac_bearry From: lilac_bearry Date: July 21st, 2005 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm ecstatic about Dumbledore backstory! Probably from that new portrait, and that handy pensieve.
rabidtolkienfan From: rabidtolkienfan Date: July 21st, 2005 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, I nearly died of giggles at this portion of the interview!
And yay for JKR being awful at maths!
(I NEVER thought R/T would be canon, but I'm not complaining! I had to read the passage about twelve times to make sure I wan't seeing things!)
disturbed_kiwi From: disturbed_kiwi Date: July 21st, 2005 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I was just flicking through it and it seems to me that she didn't mean 3000 witches/wizards in al; Britain. She was discussing how many students were a tthe school and then realising that they might go to other schools etc, so I got 3000 witch/wiozard children. Then add parents, other magic types, etc
leeflower From: leeflower Date: July 21st, 2005 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if I could ask you the huge favor of cutting them for an extra week, as I probably won't even get it until saturday. I understand if it's too much of an inconvenience, but I'd reeeeaaally appreciate it.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 21st, 2005 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Anything I'm discussing in depth will get cut--just seems kind to the f-list--but I'm not going to be terribly careful about minor things in titles--who gets picked for a team or whatever, which I almost slipped on yesterday.
thewhiteowl From: thewhiteowl Date: July 21st, 2005 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Hurrah for R/T!!!
murgatroyd314 From: murgatroyd314 Date: July 21st, 2005 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
From the perspective of someone as far from JKR on the mathematical-thinking scale as it's possible to get:

Giggles and laughs at the oh-dear-maths on the number of people. Now she has another odd one with 3000 wizards/witches in all of Britain! With forty per year, as she says now seems to make sense, that's still about seventy in each of the four houses, so 280 students at Hogwarts... is nearly 1/10 of the wizarding population betwen the ages of 11 and 18 and attending Hogwarts? :p
Assuming 40 per year, and a total of 3000, that puts the average lifespan of a British wizard at 75 years. Which contradicts her statement in an earlier interview that "Wizards have a much longer life expectancy than Muggles". Either that, or an incredible number of wizards die young, and the remainder go on for centuries.

Oh well, at least she was honest with "don't hold me to these figures, because that's not how I think".
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 21st, 2005 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
She was surprised to find out that anyone had guessed R/T, and only found one reference. Oh, fellow crewmates on the Wotcher Wolvie... we weren't nearly loud enough! (Though at least it confirms that she didn't pluck it from fansites.)


Smart woman. But who can blame her? Technically, it's not bad thing - they are her characters at any rate. And as a laid-back R/T shipper, I'm crowing with the idea that I somehow had something to do with getting my favourite ship to sail. But I understand why she'll never admit to that - lawsuits et al. ;)
From: a_p_ Date: July 21st, 2005 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)
(Just wanted to say that I love the icon -- and the Sarah/John icon at your LJ. :) I'm a huge Terminator fan.)

From: gunderpants Date: July 21st, 2005 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)
At any rate, it is making me look forward to the next installment of the interview. Certainly will be interesting if she ever addresses R/S.
a_t_rain From: a_t_rain Date: July 21st, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I used to think she had a deliberate policy of not discussing R/S, but after reading the interview, I think there's a good chance that it simply hasn't registered on her radar. She seemed surprised that one person tumbled to R/T, which tells me she hasn't spent much time reading threads about Lupin's love life. I have a feeling she probably made a beeline for the Trio discussions when she discovered fansites, and never looked all that closely at what people were saying about the adults.

It would be hilarious if she simply had no idea that the R/S shippers existed, and it would certainly explain why she blithely rushed in where angels fear to tread.
jedirita From: jedirita Date: July 22nd, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can I just ask a question? Because I'm not really sure where to ask, but I know you're a Lupin/Tonks gal. Are all the L/Ters really happy with the book, or does anyone feel that the pairing wasn't done justice? I mean, I'm sorry but I did *not* like the way Tonks was portrayed in this book, all mopey and pining and crying. That just seems so out of character for the Tonks we saw in book five, too sappy and wimpy. I have no problem at all with the pairing, but I'm upset by how it - and particularly Tonks - was portrayed. Do any of the shippers feel that way?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 22nd, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Most of us are just delighted at our observations being vindicated.

I addressed Tonks's behavior in the post on the limits of a single POV--generally speaking, I'm willing to forgive things that are obviously necessary in order to make even thick-headed Harry go, "Hey, wait a minute... something's odd here!" If she'd been all stiff-upper-lippy and cheerful, he wouldn't have noticed a thing.
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