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post #1 of 18
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I started rereading Sorcerer's Stone a couple night ago and am about half way through it. I'm reading it slowly, on purpose, so I can pick apart things that bug me.

So, here we go.........

The letter of acceptance to Hogwarts clearly states that each student may bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad. How come Ron gets to bring a rat?

And while I'm on that subject....why are students allowed to bring anything but an owl, to begin with? It's not like the other animals are used for anything except clever plot devices. (Neville's toad establishes him as a bumbler quite early on; Hermione's cat--in later books--is the one that shows them how to get to the shreiking shack; and, of course, Ron's rat, who isn't a rat at all.....)

It seems that the only animal of any use at Hogwarts is an owl to begin with. If the reason is that they can bring their "pets", then why stop at cats, toads and owls? What about my dog? Why can't I bring my dog? He'd kick Voldie's butt! :

Anyone else rereading? Come talk to me.
post #2 of 18
I've been rereading the series again, too. I'm halfway through Chamber of Secrets. I have already found some inconsistencies. For instance, in SS, Harry and Hermione take Norbert to the top of the astronomy tower for Charlie and his friend to take him away. Then in CoS, it is said that Harry has never met Charlie or Bill. WTH? Did I miss something?

Oh, well. I don't really care. I love the books so deeply, that I will put up with it.
I find it very fun to read these books again. I haven't read the first two for a few years now, because my kids were so obsessed with the first two movies and we saw them OVER AND OVER. I had forgotten a lot of things that happened, and how different (and better) they are from the movies.
post #3 of 18
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Jade, it was two of Charlie's friends who took Norbert. Charlie wasn't there.
post #4 of 18
Ive never read any of these books, but really want to start, so even though Im not re-reading, Im going to follow.
post #5 of 18
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Melissa, awesome! Just a word of caution, though; you might not want to read this thread (or any of the other ones) before you've read the books so that you don't get "spoiled"

If you don't care about that, though, welcome aboard Honestly, I think the books are best when you don't necessarily know what's coming next.
post #6 of 18
Thank you! ANd that makes sense, lol. Maybe I should start a club for all the people who always wanted to read harry potter but never got around to it, lol!!
post #7 of 18
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Thank you! ANd that makes sense, lol. Maybe I should start a club for all the people who always wanted to read harry potter but never got around to it, lol!!
That's actually a good idea. One thread per book should do it.

On this thread, we're going to be saying "Aha- just look at that tiny detail in chapter 1 of Book 1 that we'd all overlooked. This is how it ties into XYZ that happened in Book 7." Come to think of it, there ARE things that happened in Chapter 1 of SS that still haven't been explained yet!
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whatever happened to those "missing 24 hours"? I don't think it was ever explained.
post #8 of 18
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Jade, it was two of Charlie's friends who took Norbert. Charlie wasn't there.
Thanks for clearing that up. I should have gone back and looked!
post #9 of 18
Ok I am joining in. I have not read any of the books. I have wanted to for a while. I own the 1st 2. I am starting tonight.
post #10 of 18
I thought the reason they told the kids they could bring (small) pets, was so they could practice transfiguration on them.
post #11 of 18
"Hi, my name's Delphine, and I'm a Harry Potter addict"

I just finished reading HP7 and am so sad it's over! I will start rereading them soon, after I get my house clean again (read instead of cleaning the house when DS was asleep).
post #12 of 18
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"Hi, my name's Delphine, and I'm a Harry Potter addict"
Hi Delphine. I am Gealach. I am a HP addict too.

I am re-listening to the books now. I reread the whole series earlier in the year but did it quickly. I have the books saved on itunes so I can listen to them and I started listening a couple of weeks ago (took a break for Deathly Hallows).

By the way, I now find listening to the first two books more enjoyable than reading. Those early books were starting to seem pretty simplistic in comparison to the later ones (and, yes, I know they are supposed to) but it made them harder to read for me. But, the narration is wonderful and I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the stories. I'm up to Goblet now. It has satisfied my Harry addiction and made me feel less sad about the ending of the series.

If am also mid-way through my second read of Deathly Hallows but taking it very slowly and have stopped to read a couple of other books in between.

Ruthla, what is this lost 24 hours mystery of which you speak? Do you mean what happened to Harry between the time that Voldemort killed his parents and Hagrid came to pick him up?
post #13 of 18
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Ruthla, what is this lost 24 hours mystery of which you speak? Do you mean what happened to Harry between the time that Voldemort killed his parents and Hagrid came to pick him up?
Yes, there were about 24 hours between the time Harry's parents were murdered and the time Hagrid shows up with Harry at the Dursley's. The Wizarding world is partying all day, and Harry is nowhere to be found.

How did Dumbledore tell Hagrid to get Harry before anybody else got there? I guess there could have been a portrait in both buildings (Hogwarts and the Potter home) to communicate the attack to Dumbledore who then sent a talking Patronus to Hagrid. I'm not sure how Hagrid got there before the Muggle police did- did Hagrid ever learn how to Apparate? How long would it take him to get there on the flying motorbike? If it took him half the day to retreive Harry, and the other half to bring him home, then how was Harry safe while waiting for Hagrid?
post #14 of 18
I just re-read Book One, and the first thing that stuck out to me is that the item Dumbledore leaves to Ron in Book Seven is called the Deluminator. He clearly uses it right in the first chapter of Book One, and it's called a Put-Outer.

I also was commenting to a friend about how I can definitely see how she was edited more closely in her first three books than she was with the last four. I wondered to what extent it was due to the fact that they realized that she had grown an adult audience at this point, and was able to change her writing style to best address this audience. The last 4 books did get darker by design, but I wonder what role we all and our following made in that. KWIM?
post #15 of 18
I just finished Book 4 in my re-reading of the series. I absolutely love the ending of the book, it's the first time I cried while reading HP. The writing is so good, the emotions are so raw...Cedric died and Voldemort is back.

I know what you mean about the last 4 books. I was just thinking last night that her editor must have taken a vacation after Book 3 and never returned. She was such a branded writer that she could write anything and it would sell millions of copies. But despite all of the inconsistencies, errors and gaping holes I love it anyway. It's such a great story with such wonderful characters that I forgive her.
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I just re-read Book One, and the first thing that stuck out to me is that the item Dumbledore leaves to Ron in Book Seven is called the Deluminator. He clearly uses it right in the first chapter of Book One, and it's called a Put-Outer.

I also was commenting to a friend about how I can definitely see how she was edited more closely in her first three books than she was with the last four. I wondered to what extent it was due to the fact that they realized that she had grown an adult audience at this point, and was able to change her writing style to best address this audience. The last 4 books did get darker by design, but I wonder what role we all and our following made in that. KWIM?
Perhaps Dumbledore referred to it as his "Put Outer" but used its formal name in his will. It's also possible that the will stated "Put Outer" but Scrimgeour decided to use the formal name of the item when handing it to Ron.
post #17 of 18
Didn't Scrimgeour say that it was a one-of-a-kind item, of Dumbledore's own invention?

Perhaps DD was experimenting with it in book 1, and "Put-outer" was kind of a working name. By the time he perfected it, he came up with a better name.
post #18 of 18
Maybe the pets (owl, cat, toad) are pets more common for wizards/witches to own. Can't exactly picture a witch with a smiling Golden Retriever perched on her broom!
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