QUOTE(Dijares @ Aug 16 2007, 03:03 PM) [snapback]135092[/snapback]
Here you can discuss books 1 through 6 here, along with HPDH. This way you can keep the spoilers from the non-spoiler forums.
This is the ONLY
place you can do this. I will not allowed new topics to be started regarding the previous books.
Thanks! Okay, so here are a few things that struck me as I was reading the re-reading all the books up to the last book:
So, how old is McGonagall? I'm beginning to wonder if she's not as old as, or older than, Dumbeldore. In book six she tells Neville that his grandmother didn't do well on her OWL in Charms. I'm assuming McGonagall is either a friend of his grandmother's or, better still, his grandmother's teacher/head of house (let's assume Neville's grandmother, like his parents, were indeed in Gryffindor). If she's as old as or older than, it wouldn't be odd because Professor Marchbanks actually examined him in his NEWTs showing us that witches and wizards can live to be far older than DD's age at death (and we know he was ancient). And we know there's concern for her age when she's hit by the four stunners in book five (but the characters probably would never have said the same thing about DD).
When did Umbridge get the locket? There's the scene in OotP where Umbridge touches Harry's hand and he feels Voldemort's joy, which is later explained as coinciental. But do we know if she didn't have the locket before book seven? The last we see of the locket is the summer cleaning which means Mundungus could have swiped it over the summer, Umbridge bought it before the start of term, and then was wearing it throughout the school year? I'm not saying she wasn't evil all along, because JK even confirms that the locket agrees with her. I'm just questioning if the locket was on her in book five, specifically at the moment she touched Harry.
Why was Amelia Bones killed? I'm assuming that it is because she was one of the witches to let Harry go, and one who was fascinated by Harry's powers in book five. I was hoping to learn a little bit more about her because in book six, we learn she's a very powerful witch and Harry seems a bit upset that she is dead.
In book six we learn that the DADA position held by Merrythought was up for grabs when LV first left Hogwarts at the age of 18. Why, then, was it open again when he returned just a few short years later? The curse LV put on the position didn't begin until he was refused the position by DD.
In book five we learn that the twins only got three OWLS each. I'm thinking their OWLS were in transfiguration, charms, and potions because those would be the most helpful to their business.
In book six, we learn that Lily has a nack for potions making. I'm curious if she was trained and tutored by Snape and that is why she is so wonderful. Could this be part of Snape's resentment of Harry through books one-five while he's in potions? And why he's angry that he has become a natural at potions in book six? She betrayed his love for James after all the assistance he gave her.
In book five, we learn that Tonks' head of house used to laugh at her. I believe she refers to the head of house as a "he". I'm curioius which house Tonks was in and when she was in school (assuming after Harry's parents and prior to Harry attending himself). So I figured her head of house could be either Flitwick or Snape, which means she's either a Ravenclaw or a Slytherin.
Neither Slughorn nor Trelawney are attacked by the end of book seven despite book 6 indicating that they were both in danger. It's obvious now that DD went to get Slughorn to fill the post of Potions master so that he could validate Snape moving into the position for DADA It's also obvious that Snape would have blocked Harry from taking NEWT potions which would have prevented him from taking the position. However, it's interesting that Snape it tutoring Crabbe and Goyle in DADA so that they can take their OWLs again (page 324 of HBP). I didn't know students were able to take their OWLs more than once, in which case, why didn't the Weasley twins take their failed ones over?
Now that the horcruxes have been discussed openly, will the school continue to ban them from discussion? In book six, we're told that DD himself made sure that anything containing information on horcruxes was removed. But would it be a banned or taboo subject now that Voldemort has created them and they've been destroyed?
One final question, in books four through seven, the pensieve is exceptionally important. In books four through six, DD puts a lot of thoughts into the Pensieve. In book five, Snape does the same. In book seven, Harry puts Snape's thoughts in the pensieve. Wouldn't it be dangerous to just leave all of these thoughts in the school?