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Hmmm. - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Hmmm.
I don't have any particularly identifiable feeling about the title news. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Weird. I'm normally Miss Spoiler Girl. Gimme the plot so I can start playing with it, I don't care... it's not like I'm not going to be glued to the page anyway. But my whole response is...

:shrug:

Oh, well. I think I walked by a Dementor yesterday afternoon. Just not feeling cheerful about much, and excited is beyond my reach. Maybe I'll dance around later.

I feel a bit...: apathetic Eh.

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persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: June 29th, 2004 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Since she said it's neither Harry nor Voldemort, and barring the presumably slim possibility that she means Dobby-logic and is referring to a pre-Voldemorted (he's now a verb!) Tom, I keep half hoping it's Hagrid just because of all the people it would drive crazy. Possibly this is worrying.

I like spoilers and still end up glued in. Go figure.
volandum From: volandum Date: June 29th, 2004 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Why not simply have him en-Voldemort himself? Actually... Voldemorting himself might be a possibility, but it would probably be reflexive.
fiatincantatum From: fiatincantatum Date: June 29th, 2004 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I keep half hoping it's Hagrid just because of all the people it would drive crazy.

I really like this idea.
sreya From: sreya Date: June 29th, 2004 08:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Prince Hagrid

Oh, yay, I'm not the only one who thought of Hagrid! :D

Now I don't feel quite so crazy.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: June 29th, 2004 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Prince Hagrid

It's my pet theory now. I think I need to distance myself from it so I'm not too disappointed if it's wrong!
sreya From: sreya Date: June 29th, 2004 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Prince Hagrid

I think I'm going to actually play with it a little more, personally. It's a crazy enough idea that I honestly can't expect to be right. And yet, there is enough logic to it that it's not completely impossible, either! :p

At the very least, the idea deserves a fun icon. :D
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: June 29th, 2004 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Prince Hagrid

It's a weird idea, but I'm not sure anybody but Tom Riddle himself makes more sense, and we do have the "not Voldemort." He at least has the advantage of playing enough of a role in CoS that it's not hard to imagine that it could at some point have been meant to be large enough for him to get into the title.

....Well... not as hard as some other people, anyway.
ashavah From: ashavah Date: June 29th, 2004 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
*feeds you chocolate to get rid of Dementor-ish feelings*

I've been walking past them quite regularly. I don't know why they keep them on a university campus.

... Unless, of course, I just stress too much about things. ;-)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 29th, 2004 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
:gratefully accepts chocolate:

My Dementors tend to live on overcrowded train cars, and they zero in on me when my feet hurt and I can't sit down. Then they just stalk me from a maddening distance--too far for a Patronus, I think. :)
cynthia_black From: cynthia_black Date: June 29th, 2004 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
::hands over large bar of chocolate::

I've been going down the list of possible known half-bloods, and I'm currently favouring Dean Thomas as the HBP. Either him or a totally new character.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 29th, 2004 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Given that she's fed us the info on Dean, it's a possibiity, though if it were, you'd think he'd have gotten the development that she opted to give Neville instead.

Still, she did say that a lot hinged on information that she thought about adding in CoS then opted not to, and she also said that she'd been planning to reveal that information. So Dean's a possibility. Though isn't it a little late to make Dean a major point in Harry's destiny?

On the other hand, Ginny is dating Dean at the end of OotP. Also, they've been working with portraits as a means of communication, and Dean's been an artist from book 1. He is poised to take a larger role in the next book.
katinka31 From: katinka31 Date: June 29th, 2004 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
What about Theodore Nott? Hmm...
cynthia_black From: cynthia_black Date: June 29th, 2004 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd assume that as his father's a Death Eater, with all their pureblood bias, he's hardly likely to be half-blood. Plus I'd assumed that no one in Slytherin would be Muggleborn or half-blood.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 29th, 2004 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Rowling's note on Theodore is that Draco is forced to view him as an equal "because Theodore is just as pure-blooded as he is, and somewhat cleverer."
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: June 29th, 2004 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought she said she now didn't expect Dean's background to get into things after all, but maybe I'm confused (which is very possible). Or she changed her mind again.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 29th, 2004 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
She said she didn't think it would ever make it into the books, which would be odd if it were him, since she'd have been writing book 6 at the time. She also said she sacrificed it for Neville's story, which was "more central to the plot."

Which does minimize the possibility.

Could be an OC. If it actually refers to a prince, he would almost have to be foreign--the British wizarding community seems to recognize the regular British government at least that far, so unless she's going to magic up Princes William and Harry, it's probably not someone British. But it could be someone we've met before. Viktor, maybe?

If it's metaphorical prince-dom (or if she's not limiting herself to human wizard society) all bets are off--it could be a centaur, for all we know. Firenze, the half-blood prince.
natgel From: natgel Date: June 29th, 2004 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it strange that the real title sounds more fake than the fake one?
mincot From: mincot Date: June 29th, 2004 08:03 am (UTC) (Link)
YEs, I thought so, as well. This title just doesn't ring true, to me, and I'm not sure why. After all, the third book referenced a human being rather than an object (book 1, 4) or a place (2) or a group (5). But ... her pattern has not been to use hyphens, so far, and she has not made a major thing out of blood in titles. I don't know; this title just feels ... odd. I'm going to wait until I see it on the Bloomsbury site.
natgel From: natgel Date: June 29th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe it doesn't ring right because it kinda sounds like a bad!fic title ;p
anaid_rabbit From: anaid_rabbit Date: June 29th, 2004 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, well. I think I walked by a Dementor yesterday afternoon.
Riddikulus! (hope I spelled it right) *Voldemort in a dress appears*
My feelings for the title news are the following: I hate it. :p
mincot From: mincot Date: June 29th, 2004 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Or your textbooks suddenly start doing the fan dance, or your most difficult professor begins telling rabbit jokes ..
From: lnevans Date: June 29th, 2004 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)

*approaches with chocolate*

My friend had a great idea as to who the Half Blood Prince is:
Mark Evans.
fiatincantatum From: fiatincantatum Date: June 29th, 2004 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *approaches with chocolate*

Why not Dudley?

After all, JKR has said in an interview that one can develop magic later in life and Dudley's aunt was a witch. We don't know anything about Vernon's family or why he's so dead set against wizardry. He must have had SOME contact with wizards in his life or he wouldn't feel so strongly about it, right?

And think how much trouble it would cause Harry to have Dudley at Hogwarts...
dreagoddess From: dreagoddess Date: June 29th, 2004 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *approaches with chocolate*

*shudders* Bite your TONGUE! Dudley at Hogwarts? Dudley a prince? Oh, the humanity!
fiatincantatum From: fiatincantatum Date: June 29th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *approaches with chocolate*

Heh. But also, Dudley who has suddenly become everything his formerly-doting parents hate and fear... Dudley suddenly thrown into a mass of students who are very capable of defending themselves with magic... Dudley, the butt of the Slytherin's cruel jokes, because he isn't a pureblood...
fiatincantatum From: fiatincantatum Date: June 29th, 2004 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *approaches with chocolate*

Slytherins'

I can punctuate things properly. Really.
From: lnevans Date: June 29th, 2004 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *approaches with chocolate*

Hm...it's a decent theory, although I doubt Dudley Dursley could ever posess a shred of magical ability. It just doesn't fit in with the characterization of any of the Dursleys (save possibly Petunia) to have any magical power.
gail_b From: gail_b Date: June 29th, 2004 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here, have some chocolate. It'll make you feel better. Really. Heh.

I think the one person in the series that would make the most sense is Tom Riddle...although I do like the idea of it being Gilderoy Lockhart. :D
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