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Rowling love - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Rowling love
Ah, the cure for a headache is amusement. :)

Everyone has beaten me to the punch on revealing what's on JKR's spiffy new website, so I'll content myself with just loving her tone. She's fannish... you just know it. Only a fannish person would know to tell us the color of Sirius's eyes, Ginny's full name, and Molly's maiden name (thank you, thank you, JKR--I needed that for my gen ficathon entry, and was about to settle for someone being a relative of Arthur's when I really wanted him to be a relative of Molly's). Of course, she does miss a beat with the American wizards question--it's not just that people want to see American wizards; they want to see how they would operate in the Potterverse, so "writing your own book" doesn't help, unless she's planning to license it... Hmmm. Extra points for frustrated tone, though.

Highlights:
Snarkiness about not calling Voldemort "Voldie" and treating him like "with a bit of therapy, he'd be a nice guy."

Total frustration with anyone but James as Harry's father.

Voldemort=last descendent of Slytherin. End of story. Again, extra points for snark. Loving JKR.

"How dare you?" as the answer to Lily being a DE or Peter being Neville's father. No mixed messages there!

Total giggling at the H/H vs. R/H fights.

Points for non-snarkiness on the Remus's twin issue, which she shoots down but admits to understanding the origin of.

Great portkey concept (though I wish there were a non-flash version for those of us with slow connections).

And she's going to start picking favorite fansites! Whee! (How to create net drama, though...)

This woman knows how to keep the excitement up between books. And possibly how to spend some time when she's having trouble with a chapter or something. :)

Now, I'm off to beat her Minesweeper score.

I feel a bit...: amused amused

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silverhill From: silverhill Date: May 15th, 2004 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree. I love how JKR has some absolutes. There's enough mystery in the books. There are enough things that can be read two ways.

Voldemort being the last descendant of Slytherin is not something that's open to interpretation. It's one of the few things that's stated as absolute fact.

But some people still don't believe that, and I love how JKR puts her foot down.


And I love knowing that Ginny's name is Ginevra. I remember reading a GinnySue fic where the author said "I know her full name is actually Virginia, but I'm having it be ____." And I never remembered her being called Virginia.
lync From: lync Date: May 15th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear I must be totally out of the loop and it's possible I'll find the answer farther down in my flist but I'm gonna ask anyway... what's the url? :P
volandum From: volandum Date: May 15th, 2004 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
www.jkrowling.com

It doesn't appear on my Friends list, so I went to the Friends of Fern.
lync From: lync Date: May 15th, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thankies! LOL I did find it on my flist but thanks for letting me know! :)
liwy From: liwy Date: May 15th, 2004 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
From: alouette Date: May 15th, 2004 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thanks for telling that this thing existed! I'm so happy now. :) Where does it say Sirius's eyecolour, though? I found all the other stuff but that must have escaped me somehow, or else it's missing in the text only version (I don't have Flash, my computer's too weak for me to dare to upset it with that).
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: May 15th, 2004 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/fansite_view.cfm?id=1 ]
It's itn hthe bltext for the fan site she pickedthis month. lol!
I" malso lovign the site. there was one bit called (the first chapter of book 6" adn I went "what?? she published excerpts??"
Of course she woudn't though. lol1anythign else woujdl spoil things but the one thign I havne't read through myself yet is the FAQ. :P
From: alouette Date: May 16th, 2004 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thanks! Right, the only thing on the site I hadn't checked out. Well, there aren't any huge spoilers anywhere, so I think you can read the FAQ safely, too. Some of it's quite amusing. :)
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: May 16th, 2004 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh I'm not affraid of spoilers at all .I jsut wanted to save soem stuff for the next day. LP

have fun!
mafdet From: mafdet Date: May 15th, 2004 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I get the feeling JKR thoroughly enjoys the speculations her fans make. And I laughed at her comment on Harry's father being anyone but James - people watching too much Star Wars.

The Dean info, the Molly info, the Ginny's real name info, are all giving me rabid, frothing, drooling plot bunnies.
gail_b From: gail_b Date: May 16th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I dig your icon the most, babe...who made it?
mafdet From: mafdet Date: May 16th, 2004 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)
friede makes the bestest Remus/Tonks icons!
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: May 15th, 2004 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
you wrote "Of course, she does miss a beat with the American wizards question--it's not just that people want to see American wizards; they want to see how they would operate in the Potterverse"

At the risk of inflaming every American out there… you folks really need to get over yourselves. And I mean that in the nicest possible way. I honestly think that is one of the things that has so delighted me about the success of JK’s books – the shocked awakening in the American psyche that they are not the centre of the universe to the rest of the world. So what if you barely rate a mention in the Potterverse? The only mention Australia gets is via the “Wagga Wagga werewolf” (and only an Aussie would recognise that. :~D ) and do you hear us moaning about it? Maybe it’s because we’re used to never being mentioned in literature, I don’t know. (As Fern’s mom put it: we like to stay under the radar. ;~D ) And we certainly don’t have the language in UK or US lit changed ‘so we can understand it better’. No we, just adjust to the differences.

That said, I can understand your frustration at her encouraging Americans to go write their own wizarding stories. No, you wouldn’t be allowed to set them in the Potterverse, but that’s what fanfic is for, isn’t it? And she seems quite thrilled at the amount of fannish endeavour she has inspired. (I agree with you that her picking of select fansites could cause some MAJOR catfights... ;~P )

I also found it amusing that she could see the similarities between SW and HP.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 15th, 2004 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean, and I definitely wouldn't want to see "American wizard in London" or something in canon. My point is that it's the setup that's interesting, and I'm sure it would be interesting in Australia, in Japan, and in lots of other places that we're not seeing. It's not just "What would an American wizard be like?" but interest in the universe. How does it tick over here? How does it tick in Australia, for that matter? There are a lot of places we'll never see in canon, and "Write your own book" only works--in the sense I expect she means it--if you're not using the same universe set-up, since that would have to be licensed. Or fanfic, but I don't think that's what she meant (fics aren't generally referred to as "books"). And since the point is to see how it would work in the universe she created, that kind of defeats the purpose.
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: May 15th, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
“How does it tick in Australia, for that matter?”

Oh, we have a wonderful time in the Aussie thread over at Sugarquill coming up with ideas for that. Fruitbats instead of owls for post (I had a bit of squeee moment when I noticed one of these hanging outside Eyelops last time I watched the first film, because that was right when we were discussing the various possible methods) and we’ve also come up with Aussie versions of spells – lookatmoi!lookatmoi! for Imperio for example. (Which only an Aussie would understand.) And bananasinpyjamas! Is a very popular cheering charm. :~D
silverhill From: silverhill Date: May 16th, 2004 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm an American, and I could really care less about seeing American witches and wizards.

I think the reason is because of what cultural differences are significant.

The characters in Harry Potter are different from me not so much because they're British but because they're witches and wizards. Yes, there are cultural differences between Brits and Americans. But the cultural differences between Muggles and wizards are much more pronounced. A

lso, in the wizarding world, the cultural differences seem based on magic vs. non magic. Wizards don't know what soccer is -- so it's completely irrelevant that it's "soccer" in America and "football" in England. And American wizards are likely to be less "American" than their Muggle counterparts because they aren't a part of stereotypical American popular culture.

On the other hand, JKR does mention that American wizards prefer "Quodpot" to Quidditch and that the game isn't as popular outside of America.
alphabet26 From: alphabet26 Date: May 16th, 2004 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
And American wizards are likely to be less "American" than their Muggle counterparts because they aren't a part of stereotypical American popular culture.

See, that's interesting, because I always thought that American wizards would have to be more "in tune" to American culture for two big reasons.

1) America is geographically much bigger than England. Magical communities would be more spread out, and if the wizard population is such a small percentage, I would imagine there would be lots of places where there would just be one wizarding family.

2) Americans don't do boarding schools. Educating young witches and wizards wouldn't be as formal until college--maybe America has wizarding universities or something.

Not to inflame leelastarsky, but I think Fern has it right when she says, "How does [the universe] tick over here?" I was thrilled that we got a French witch and a Bulgarian wizard in GoF, but we still didn't really get very many hints as to the differences between the three schools. It seemed like European schools had more similarities than differences, and I would just like to know more.
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