*sniffles*

Jul. 31st, 2009 08:23 am
ella_menno: (blue pen)
What are the five most heartbreaking things that have ever happened in your fandom(s)?

~ from [livejournal.com profile] fannish_5


In no particular order, and right off the top of my head:

1. The Sentinel: Blair. Fountain. "Don't you go!" *is broken*

2. Smallville: Lex's memories of how baby Julian really died - the end music ("My Immortal," by Evanescence), playing behind Clark's conversation w/Martha, was the killer for me.

3. Harry Potter (books): Fred's death in "DH." There were many moments in the series that made me cry, but that one hit me hardest emotionally. Odd, I know.

4. HP (movies): I have as many (if not more!) problems with the films as anyone, but Amos Diggory's reaction to Cedric's death always - always - brings me to tears. The wracking kind.

5. Supernatural: The closing moments of AHBL part one, and Dean's monologue to Sam at the beginning of part 2. Wrecks me, every time.

ETA: Ooh! Can't leave this out -

6. Revenge of the Sith: Everything after Anakin pledges fealty to Palpatine. I sobbed my way through the last, say, half-hour of that movie. It really did break my heart.

Lord. Now I feel all bummed out!
ella_menno: (evil but pretty)
Oldest Child is working on his last project of the year, which is a paper bag speech. Each kid takes a paper grocery bag and labels/decorates each of its sides with "an important aspect of yourself." The examples were things like family and friends and education.

Oldest's four sides are as follows:

SIDE ONE
Label: Family
Decor: photos of various family members; a drawing of the family crest

SIDE TWO
Label: Travels
Decor: a few cut-outs of state shapes; photos from various vacations

SIDE THREE
Label: Art
Decor: samples of his drawings; photos of his origami and clay work

SIDE FOUR
Label: Harry Potter
Decor: small copies of all 7 book covers; a photo of the medal he won in the library's Potter trivia contest; a photo of me and him at the bookstore the night DH was released.


Fannishness: Spanning Three Generations!
ella_menno: (voldie vs. dumbledore from ootp)
I’m a little concerned about those select few persons who call themselves "shocked" that Dumbledore was gay all along.  This brings me great concern for the literacy and ability to read for content of the general public.  Let's go through some of the text:


Nothing like this man had ever been seen on Privet Drive.  He was tall, thin, and very old, judging by the silver of his hair and beard, which were both long enough to tuck into his belt.  He was wearing long robes, a purple cloak that swept the ground, and high-heeled, buckled boots.  His blue eyes were light, bright, and sparkling behind half-moon spectacles and his nose was very long and crooked, as though it had been broken at least twice.  This man's name was Albus Dumbledore.



JKR introduces us to the character by telling us that "nothing like [him] had ever been seen on Privet Drive."  Privet Drive, as we all know, is a symbol of conventional (i.e. heterosexual) Muggle suburbia - a place to which we’re explicitly told that Albus Dumbledore is foreign.  It’s apparent that his magical ability is one of the reasons he is so alien to this landscape; however, it isn’t too much of a stretch to see that there may well be other reasons.


The next sentence tells us that the Headmaster's hair and beard are both exceptionally long.  As found on gay.com:  “In the late ‘60’s and ‘70’s1, when modern gay radicalism was born, long hair spoke of nonconformism, sensuality, and a challenge to rigid gender norms.”  Aha!  Another clue for those careful students of the text. 


Up next, we discover what the Professor wore on his outing – er, excuse me – his excursion to Privet Drive.  Certainly robes and cloaks are standard attire in the wizarding world, so there are no clues to the wearer’s sexual orientation there.  However – of all the many colors, what hue does our Headmaster choose?  That’s right:  purple – just like the famous gay icon Tinky Winky.  Not only is Dumbledore’s cloak purple, but it “sweeps the ground.”  An interesting word choice, is it not?  Exchange the “eeps” for “ishes,” and our esteemed Professor fairly prances atop the pavement.2


And what is on those prancing feet?  “High-heeled, buckled boots.”  Honestly, at this point, I have to wonder who among JKR’s readers was still under the impression that Dumbles was straight. 


The paragraph ends by telling us that Dumbledore’s nose appeared to have been “broken at least twice.”   We see other injuries in the text, most of which are mended in a trice by Madam Pomfrey or other medi-magical personnel.  Why would these injuries of Dumbledore’s still be noticeable?  Could they, perhaps, be the remnants of some homophobic Dark Wizard’s Hate Curse? 


Mind you, all this information comes from only one paragraph early on in the first book.  I’m sure that there are many other clues scattered throughout all seven books, readily available for anyone with a modicum of talent at reading comprehension.


Notes

1.  Though the quoted article almost certainly refers to the sixties and seventies which occurred in the 1900's, one would not be remiss in wondering how tolerant the 1860's and 70's were, given that Dumbledore's canonical age indicates he was running around Europe in that time period.


2.  For more semi-canonical insights on "swishing," please see Ralph Fiennes' performance as Voldemort in 2005's "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." click for visual aid )
ella_menno: (smug club)
OMG YOU GUYS!!!!!!11!!! LOOKIE HERE!!!

<---*points to icon*

ETA: Because not everyone knows what I'm talking about, this is from the comm userinfo:

HALLOWOOD SQUARES
The Deathly Hallows Prediction Contest

This is a slightly-different-than-usual contest for the purpose of predicting the developments in the finally installment of the HP series -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!


My name what where I done good.

I remember taking this poll and deliberately not agonizing over what to pick - which is hugely OOC for me - and whaddya know? I guessed...wisely. [/wise old man in a cave voice]

People. I may be FAR too excited about this. Then again, my main source of excitement these days is being a part-time lunchlady, so there you go.

*giggles*
ella_menno: (baby!harry illo)
Yeah, I'm just going to cut-tag the whole entry. )

And now, I need a nap.
ella_menno: (baby!harry illo)
...and in the dream, I open up the book to check out the chapter titles, and I realise there are only nine of them.

Mmkay, dream-me thinks; so they're long chapters.

I give the chapter titles another look, and I realize they're in a totally different, non-HP-ish font.

All righty, dream-me thinks; perhaps this is symbolic of how Harry and co. are, um, growing up? (Because, as we all know, the first sign of adulthood is when you change your font. *eyeroll*)

Then I give the chapter titles an even closer look, and I realize my copy of the book isn't in English. Not only that, but the entire book is printed in gibberish - several hundred pages of random groupings of letters.

I really, really need for this book to come out. I fear my sanity requires it.

*pathetic sigh*
ella_menno: (baby!harry illo)
quote in subject line from Jacob Hornberger

Dammit. I stayed out here as long as I could, but with the newest "hey, let's ruin everyone else's fun" spoiler-news, I'm going to go to ground.

Let's see. Until Saturday, I'm avoiding all comms on LJ and anyone's personal LJ unless I know they're considerate about spoilers. No visiting major websites - because the Muggles just don't understand! - and I guess I'll set comments to friends-only.

Am I forgetting anything?

*sighs* It's still safe to read all the stuff I have in memories, isn't it?
ella_menno: (griff pride neville)
1. The HP #7 nerves have officially set in. On each of the past two nights, I've had dreams about the upcoming book. I don't remember much about last night's - mostly, it was me trying to keep the Oldest Child away from a caffeinated beverage at the midnight release party - but the previous night's dream was a doozy.

I was standing alone in the middle of my local Barnes and Noble. It seemed to be open for business, yet nobody else was there. I had my brand, spanking new copy of Deathly Hallows (btw, do book titles get italicized or quotation-marked? I never can remember....) and started reading it, not even bothering to find myself a chair.

And it sucked. It sucked. Somehow, right off the bat I could tell that none of the plotlines got any resolution, plus, only the first half of the book was actually about Harry et al; the remainder was a long list from JKR of all the other books, plays, etcetera that had influenced her writing over the years.

Very unsatisfying, I must say. Happily, I think my actual experience with the book will be much better. *g*

2. After holding out for Lo These Many Years, I have finally seen the first two Lord of the Rings movies in their entirety. (The third one is making its way here even as we speak.)

The fanbabies and I are watching it together, which (much to my surprise) isn't irritating me at all. I told them going into it that they should feel free to ask any questions that they wanted to, and that I'd pause the movie to answer as best I could.

This was a boon to them, or so it would seem from their expressions; then again, I am the one who enacted the ABSOLUTELY NO TALKING DURING SMALLVILLE UNLESS YOU ARE ON FIRE AND EVEN THEN IT BETTER BE A BIG ONE rule, so perhaps it’s not so surprising.

Anyway. The first movie, which runs for three hours, took us nearly four to get through, what with all the questions. It was quite interesting to note what kinds of questions each of them asked. (For the record, the Oldest had the fewest questions, which were most often variations on ‘which character is that again?’ Middle’s questions were along the lines of “is he a bad guy or a good guy?” and “is that a computer special effect, or a filming trick?” Smallest, of course, just wanted to know “is this a scary part?”)

I think I’ll wait to give my opinion until I’ve seen the third film. I will say that I’m enjoying them far more than I expected to, which is a pleasant surprise. (I’ll also say that I’ve found yet another actor who does nothing for me in stills, but makes me slightly breathless whilst watching him in action: Viggo Mortenson. *swoon*)

3. In perusing my LJ profile today, I realized I have an odd number of communities friended, which bothers me. (I don’t know why. Yet another neuroses, I’m sure.) I’m not willing to dump any of them, so I need to add another comm: who wants to suggest one or two three?

*Come on: TENTACKLES. I know there's tentacle, ahem, fic out there - someone, somewhere, simply MUST have written RPS tentacle fic. Or, if I could just be honest here, RPS tentacle porn. Therefore, there must be at least one story extant that could rightfully be labeled "tentackles."
ella_menno: (voldie vs. dumbledore from ootp)
Because I've dithered over this long enough.

Title: 20 Random Things the Basilisk Would Prefer No One Else Knew, circa 1992
Author: [livejournal.com profile] jenowago
Character(s): The Basilisk; brief mentions of other characters
Rating: G
Summary: Twenty facts about Hogwarts’ most famous snake.
Warning(s): It’s entirely possible I did too much research into snakes before writing. It’s also entirely possible that this is what they call “crack fic.”
Disclaimer: The Basilisk and all other Harry Potter characters and locations belong to JKR. I use them only in fun.
Author's Notes:
A)Written as part of The Harry Potter Random Facts Fest, which you should go and look over right now, if you haven't already done so.
B) Bonus point to the first person to catch the Lockhart allusion.
C) Feedback is appreciated, adored, and always acknowledged.

Twenty Random Things the Basilisk Would Never Admit to Anyone )
ella_menno: (baby!harry illo)
Our local bookstore had a little party last night to celebrate the release in paperback of HBP. Of course I had to go (what, me miss a Potter event? Nevah!), and Oldest Child asked if he could come along.

Since the party was at six o'clock, and since I'd long promised that I'd take him to the next Potter-related bookstore gathering (assuming that it would be the book seven release party - granted, I'll still end up taking him to that as well), he and I made a Date Night of it.

I'd like to say it was a magnificent party with all sorts of fun activities, but if I did, I'd be fibbing. From random observations I made, it looks like the person in charge of the children's section is brand new at the job and just kind of cobbled together an event at the last minute. Not that it was bad, per se - there just wasn't much to it. Oldest was rather disappointed, though the excitement of purchasing his Very Own Copy of HBP mitigated his emotional distress. *g*

Anyhow, now both he and I have fresh new paperback copies of HBP. He's in the bathroom down the hall, and I can hear him reading the "good parts" to himself. ("Good Parts," to him, generally involve Quidditch games, Peeves, scatalogical humor, and/or Snape's dialogue.) Here's a sample for you, and I'll attempt to transcribe it with the inflections he's using:

"You think he is MISTAKEN? Or that I have somehow HOODWINKED him? Fooled the DARK LORD, the GREATEST WIZZZZZ-ARD, the MOST! ACCOMPLISHED! LEDGE-ILLY-MENS! the WOOOOOOOOOOORLD has evah SEEN??!?"


Never let it be said he lacks dramatic flair.

If I can get the camera to cooperate with me, I'll post the photo I took. Cuteness abounds, yo.
ella_menno: (baby!harry illo)
Ohhhhhhhhh, do I feel like junk. My throat hurts, I'm hot and cold at the same time, my body aches, and the gland (lymph node, right?) that lives under my left arm is as tender as a very tender thing. Blecch.

Currently, I'm trying to decide if I feel lousy enough to excuse myself from doing laundry. Pro: not having to do laundry. Con: the laundry isn't going to do itself.

It appears that I may be amusing myself for quite some time today. There are several ways I could occupy myself - care to make your opinion known?


[Poll #701027]

*sigh* I lurve polls.
ella_menno: (baby!ginny)
Some hodgepodge, both fandom and otherwise, that’s accumulated in my brain.


1. HP: Not that I've written in, oh...forever, but I've got a bunny. Have a seat, I'll tell you about it.

It'd be a happy little gen piece featuring post-book 7!successfully-defeated-Voldemort!Harry. He pops around to talk with also-survived-Voldemort-and-is-now-happily-married-to-Tonks!Remus, because he needs advice on proposing to Ginny.

You see, our poor Harry can’t ask any of the numerous male Weasleys - you (and he!) know full well that at some point, the story of “when Harry needed advice on women” would come up around the Christmas tree. He won’t ask Hermione, either, because this is a guy thing, darn it -- not that he’s usually like that! Of course not! -- but for some reason he would be like that about marriage stuff. Not that he could talk to Hermione about this anyway, as she and Ginny are so close now, and one has to suspect that said information would get back to the potential bride to be.

Harry would be tentative, and though Remus would have a fairly good idea of what the poor boy wanted to talk about, he wouldn’t want to push. Tonks would wander into the kitchen, which would, sadly, stifle Harry’s conversational skills even more. Now, Tonks isn't the socially inept ninny so many authors insist on portraying her as, so she’d make up a completely scurrilous excuse about having to leave the house RIGHT NOW on some ridiculous errand. Isn't she sweet?

Anyway. At this point, Remus would realize that certain people - ahem - are simply more comfortable conversing if they don't have to look someone in the eye. Remus mentions a little pub down the way where they could shoot some darts (and can’t you just see the two of them playing darts?) until Harry finally gets around to asking Remus about marriage in the wizarding world. Sure, Harry had been to the one wedding, but he’s wondering if there are any traditions he’s unaware of regarding the actual proposing of marriage - see, he loves Ginny, and he very much wants to do right by her and her family. And yes, he knows full well they’d excuse any faux pas he might make, but the point is he wants this to come off perfectly. Just this one thing, just this one time, mind you.

I've wanted to read that story for the longest time. *sigh* I suppose I'll have to try to write it someday....

2. SV: I don’t read spoilers – I try to avoid them, for the most part *glances furtively at [livejournal.com profile] celes720* – but I’m here to throw down about this week’s episode, for which I am pretty much unspoiled.

The commercials are making it look like Ha! I bet you thought I'd forget to cut this for those of you who are spoiler averse! )This way, if I am correct, I can be all smug and self-satisfied, gloating to one and all that “I totally called that one!”

If, however, by some freak accident of scriptwriting, I am incorrect? Well then...*whistles* What? Predictions? I never make those.



3. random: We’ve all heard the phrase “a thing of beauty,”

i.e., “Tom Welling is, truly, a thing of beauty.”

Why, I ask you, is there no like phrase for the opposite end of the spectrum – say, for example, if your across-the-street neighbor decides to display his newly completed papier-mâché bust of Elvis on his front lawn. Is there no provision in our language to tell your friends that each time you leave the house, you are forced to behold “a thing of ugly”?

4. children: Decided to transcribe the 4 yr old’s version of the “our Father” tonight, to keep it for posterity. It goes like this:

Our Fadder
Who arf in heaven
Hall-uld be die name.
Vy kindom come
Vy willby done
On earf as dizzen heaven.
Give us dis day-hour
Daily bread
And furgib us are trefpath
As we *pause to inhale so nobody notices she doesn’t know the words* ‘gainst us
And lead us not to ‘tashun
But delibber us from ebil.
Ay-men.

Heh. Ebil. *is amused*

5. HP: was thinking about Remus tonight (not that I spend an inordinate amount of mental hours dwelling on the fates of various characters in the Potterverse, mind you!) when this occurred to me: fandom being what it is, the likelihood of Remus/Wolverine fiction existing somewhere in cyberspace is quite likely, isn’t it.

Pardon me whilst I shudder.

6. In closing, I have recently realized that, as of next month, seventeen years will have passed since I was seventeen years old. I really liked being seventeen, for the most part. I’m not sure how that has any bearing on…anything, really. Just had to put it out there.

I'm crazed.

Jan. 9th, 2006 08:54 pm
ella_menno: (baby ginny)
So, I'm over at Mugglenet.com reading an article on potential endings of the seventh book, when I run across this sentence:

It seems unfair that Harry's soul could be damaged just because Voldemort's crazy enough to tear his own into murderous confetti. -

and the first thing that pops into my mind is, "Wow! 'Murderous Confetti' would be a GREAT name for a band!"

*shakes head*
ella_menno: (baby ginny)
I don't know who or what to blame this on, but of late, I've been pondering which Houses certain non-Potterverse magical folk would've been Sorted into.

Take, for example, Cinderella's fairy godmother - surely a Hufflepuff if ever there was one.

How about Mxyzptlk? (Yeah, yeah, I know; alternate dimension. Work with me, here.) My instinct is to say Slytherin, but I have to wonder if, perhaps, Ravenclaw is more his style.

Then there's the Wicked Witch of the West (or Elphaba, if you prefer. *g*) The "wicked" title pegs her as Slytherin, but she's certainly got the brains to be Ravenclaw. And I'm sure there's a good argument to be made for Elphie-as-Gryffindor, too.

How about the unnamed magical person who put the spell on the young and spoiled prince in "Beauty and the Beast"? Her actions certainly smack of self-righteousness to me - not to mention a bit of "I'll-show-you" - points which, much as I hate to admit it, make me think Gryffindor. (But probably, like, a fifth-year student. You know how challenging that fifth year can be, after all; who can blame her for being a bit hasty with the hexing?)

You know who's really got me stumped? Count von Count, of Sesame Street fame. Sure, he's got the whole bats and dungeon thing going on, but he sincerely wants to help little kids learn their numbers - even little Muggle kids. What do we do with him?

And don't get me started on the White Witch. Always winter but never Christmas? Surrounded by her sleigh full of furs? Tall and physically imposing?

Obviously, she went to Durmstrang.
ella_menno: (voldie vs. dumbledore from ootp)
Since y’all know I’m crazy already, I’m going to put out there what’s been bugging me lately. Don’t know if this counts as a rant, technically. A rantlet, perhaps?

There has got to be a story - at least one – somewhere, in some fandom, which has two people who:

1. are romantically interested in one another;
2. are not involved with other people (in other words, each person is available);
3. have feelings of sexual desire towards one another;
4. decide, voluntarily, to wait to engage in sexual behavior with one another;
5. and talk about that decision in the course of the story.

Seriously. I can dink around for less than fifteen minutes, I’d bet, and be able to come up with half a dozen stories with bizarre pairings, unusual kinks – I mean, come on, there are entire communities for stuff like that! – but I’ve been actively looking for a story with the above components, and I can’t seem to find any.

Because I feel like, when I was a teenager, I seem to remember being boyfriend/girlfriend (or hearing stories form my friends who were in that kind of relationship) didn’t automatically mean you were doing it. It was a huge deal if you were going to “go all the way” with your boyfriend, a step that you only took when you felt ready (ideally, I guess). I honestly don’t remember anyone going from “hey, let’s be boyfriend/girlfriend” to “we’re doing some mattress dancing” in the same step.

I suppose this makes me hopelessly behind the times, or naïve, or out of touch with reality.

I’m not kidding, though. If anyone knows of a story that sounds anywhere near what I’m talking about, let me know. At this point, I’d read in just about any fandom, just to prove to myself that such fiction exists.
ella_menno: (strange girls)
1. Parents will be here in less than 24 hours. Official freaking out started this morning.

2. Note to oldest child: if you encounter frozen waffles that are stuck together, do not attempt to unstick them by running them under warm water. Especially not if you're going to stick them in the toaster immediately afterwards.

3. Etiquette question: if one is having houseguests, and said houseguests are going to sleep on a pullout sofa, and said sofa does not interfere with normal house traffic when it's unfolded, should the host set up said bed (sheets, blankets, etc) for the guests, or should the host let the guests make it up themselves?

4. Note to dog: Please do not to be pooping in the house whilst my parents are here. My dad already doesn't like you; your wee tiny little poops will not endear you to him. Thanks.

5. Found several shirts at Cafe Press that I waaaaaaant. Seriously thinking about purchasing this one. Tell me it wouldn't be great to wear that when I go see GoF?

6. Child crying. Cannot procrastinate any more. Grr.
ella_menno: (little girl at window)
I seem to have a bit of a mental block when it comes to the upcoming film Brokeback Mountain. I know what it's about, but I can hardly ever remember its proper title.

So, um, just to entertain myself this afternoon, I tried to think of synopses for the incorrect titles that have come to mind. Feel free to add your own, of course.

Bareback Mountain, the story of two gay cowboys and their tragic refusal to use condoms;

Backstroke Mountain, a thrilling tale of two gay lifeguards;

Breakneck Mountain, the epic saga of gay stuntmen,

and, of course, the wrong!title that's popped into my head entirely too often -

Buckbeak Mountain, which is, of course, the legend of two gay hippogriffs. (Although I suppose it could be a retelling of "Goblet of Fire" from Sirius' POV, too.)

*shakes head* Yeah. Sleep might be a good idea at this point.
ella_menno: (nitwitblubber)
Many of the ideas and theories on this list are things I've stumbled across while online; in other words, please do not to think these are the offshoots of my own wee mind.

That being said...a list of things I may want to refer to once I've devoured read HBP.

**What if Neville was memory-charmed to forget that Snape was one of the DE’s who attacked his parents?

**I think Harry will eventually choose to give up his magic, while mirror image Neville will choose to embrace his.

**Is time travel involved in that missing 24 hours in Harry’s life? (the time between the rebounded AK and when Hagrid delivers Harry to the Dursleys?)

**Is Sirius really dead, or is he time-travelling?

**I expect to see Bane the centaur again.

**Tonks is going to have greater significance.

**Harry may be a metamorphmagus.

**According to Jodel, Harry may be carrying around two souls inside him: his own and Voldemort's. Jodel speculates that Voldemort's Avada Kedavra curse, which literally backfired on him, separated his memory and intellect - let's call this his persona - from his soul. Voldemort's soul then, needing a warm body in which to live, and having nobody (haha) else around (since Voldemort's body was vaporized), leapt into Harry's body and is still there today.

This would explain a lot of things. Harry's scar, for example, is a magical injury, present because two souls are inside him and one is trying to get out to re-join its original persona. Voldemort still has a connection to his soul - this explains the telepathic link with Harry. This also explains why Voldemort is not roaming around like a zombie, as the victims of a Dementor's kiss would do - and THAT is very important indeed.

But if the curse just bounced off him, why does he still have a scar exactly where the curse touched his head? Consider this: if his mother's love really did protect him, he should have no marks at all. The fact that there IS a scar proves he has been injured; therefore his mother's love could not have been the perfect shield it has been made out to be.

**Were James and/or Lily employed as Unspeakables?

"AT the hand, not BY the hand" - many different outcomes are possible just from this line. If "the hand of the other" is, in fact, the silver hand VM gave to Wormtail, then it could come down to a HP/VM showdown, with Wormie having sustained a serious injury - but surviving it - and at that point in time, the "neither can live while the other survives" may come into effect. Both Harry and Voldie would be in a kind of stasis, much like the cage match of doom in GoF, and VM may try to control the hand, but PP will choose to fight it and overpower that control, in much the same way that HP can throw off Imperio.

**The prophecy for me seems quite simple. When Harry was a baby, VM attempted to kill him but his mother's ancient magic charm issued at the point of her own death protected Harry. Since an Avada Kedavra curse cannot be blocked, the curse was deflected onto VM himself.

This left Harry marked with a scar, but also it seems much of VM's power in the process. Why? It may have something to do with VM trying to avoid death. His own body was destroyed and we know he's studied many different ways of achieving immortality. Faced with death, he transferred his essence to Harry whilst his spirit escaped in a barely existent form which steadily over the years moved from body to body, small creatures to gradually larger, more complex life-forms until eventually being 'reborn' into the form he takes after Pettigrew resurrects him.

From the prophecy we can deduce that this form is not technically alive since "neither can live while the other survives". Using Harry's blood in the ritual at the end of GOF is a way of anchoring himself to the one body that exists that still contains his power and essence - Harry's. Once he has taken Harry's body, he can look for ways to achieve immortality.

This further demonstrates the above prophecy - VM can only "live" by taking Harry's body therefore, destroying him "by his own hand." Conversely, Harry can only live by destroying VM since VM only hope of life is to take over Harry's.

**Perhaps the happy reason Harry leaves the Dursley's earlier than usual is to work on his metamorphmagus/animagus transformation? Or apparating? Or to attend the "official" opening of the twins’ joke shop?

**Theory: Snape loved Lily. He knew he didn't have a chance with her, so rather than waiting to be rejected, he rejected her (re: the mudblood comment). He already hated James, but hated him more after the shack incident, and yet more after James and lily got together. The potters somehow figured into Snape's decision to turn traitor to Voldemort.

**Similarly, Voldemort will be "killed" as a wizard, but will live as Muggle. Making a Muggle out of a wizard can hardly be considered a murder.

I can only suppose that it would be a "fate worse than death" for Voldemort (or any wizard for that matter) to be stripped of his powers and forced to live amongst the Muggle world. Dumbledore alluded to things "worse than death" that could befall a wizard.

I can foresee a twisty ending where Harry has to make some choices giving up to Voldemort the powers that he, Harry, possesses. Harry first chooses to have NO wizard powers whatsoever, then chooses to have Voldemort possess only these powers (none).

** Per JKR: need to focus on WHY Dumbledore didn’t even try to kill Voldemort at the MoM battle. It’s not the reason he (Dd) gave….

**But the prophecy about Harry is in the present/indeterminate: Neither can live while the other survives.

Harry is living! Now. In the present. Which must mean that, in some sense of the word, Voldemort is NOT. And for Voldemort to come completely to life, Harry must die.

**Could one of the steps have been to divide his (Voldemort’s) soul with whoever would deliver a killing curse? Only Godric's Hollow took him by surprise as he didn't know that the curse he delivered to Harry was going to rebound.

In other words, VM somehow made it so if someone else fired an AK at him, it would bounce and kill the caster instead; only he didn’t count on the kind of protection HP got from Lily, so when the curse rebounded, it did affect him (as it was originally cast by VM himself and therefore didn’t fill the parameters of being cast by someone else). The other kind of protection VM had used kept him from total death, but his own curse damaged him/split his soul from his body. And, perhaps, some of his soul went to reside in Harry….

**in GoF, VM is resurrected with a potion – SS, the spy/double agent, is the Potions Master.

**Why did the AK bounce off Harry and hit VM? Why didn’t it bounce off Harry and, say, reflect/refract somewhere harmless, off to his left or whatever?

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