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07 August 2007 @ 02:42 pm
Question of Speculation  
So what do you all think?  After reading HP book 7 and the Epilogue
who do you think is Hogwarts new Headmaster?  I know it is a smal detail but I think it would be fun to speculate.  Personally, I have no doubt it is McGonagall, now does that mean in 19 years she is still there?  Who knows, baring any more evil or someone killing her I say yes.  What do you think?
 
 
 
Me, myself and I: get upascendingflame on August 7th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
I believe JKR already said that it's no one we know. Unfortunately I can't remember where (or find the source to link).

Personally, I think it sucks! MacGonagall should have been headmistress ages ago. It's kind of hard to see in the films but in the books MacGonagall is a good deal younger than Dumbledore and could easily have been headmistress 19 years later.
Nuchtchas (Nutty, NIMLAS, however you know me)nuchtchas on August 7th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
After posting I did find an article where she details stuff (I had avoided all interviews with her for the last year because I was so afraid of being spoiled.) so yeah, she answers it, but that doesn't mean we can't speculate right? I mean just cause she said it in an interview, does that make it canon? and even so we can express what we wish happened then. Here is the link http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19959323/

I agree, JK says she is getting on in years and yet so was dumbldor back when James and Lily were at hogwarts, he was even older when Tom Riddle was there, so what makes us think she would not still be there. After all she is hardly the type to settle in for retirement, I see her as working and teaching up till the day she dies. I could even see many in the magical world wanting to force her into retirement but her refusing to let them. I think she will be fighting all of her years, she is by far one of my fave characters.
Me, myself and I: anthill insideascendingflame on August 7th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Not wanting to take away your joy, but when an author gives out information, it does become canon. Especially as JKR gave this as a specific and not as a tentative, "I think that... " or "most likely it was someone else...".

So we can't really speculate about this because the author's taken that from us. All we can do is say that we'd have liked it to be otherwise and how we'd have liked it.

And this is really one of the reasons I really wished JKR hadn't given us the epilogue. Especially as the story was set in our past and the epilogue is set in our future, which is kind of weird. I'm also not looking forward too much to that encyclopedia she's planning, because I fear there'll be nothing left to speculate about at all and that's kind of killing the imaginations of the readers. I think that's always a pity. She has told her story and she should now leave it to the readers to imagine bits and pieces she couldn't write about. But that's just me. I just think it would be more interesting.
Nuchtchas (Nutty, NIMLAS, however you know me)nuchtchas on August 7th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
I think I agree with your point here, and I think what I meant when saying it is not necessarily canon is that I like to take the opinion of choosing my own canon at times. If it is in the books no doubt, if she says it.... well maybe, but that is my choice. Just as Joss Whedon fans are constantly arguing over canon, are the season 8 comics canon because Joss wrote them? Are all the comics and books canon? Or is it just the filmed shows that are canon?

I'm greedy, I like to take control over my fandom... so if it is Canon, then I would think it makes more sense if what I want happened.... or I wish my thoughts were... but again, I am being greedy
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Nuchtchas (Nutty, NIMLAS, however you know me)nuchtchas on August 17th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
I expect ron and hermione to still be together, but to have had a very on again and off again relationship, I expect them to bicker constantly
Zopticrainbow on September 2nd, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
Good lord this was a great book in a lot of ways, but in others i felt a bit empty.

For some strange reason, i felt like something was wrong when i realized that harry didnt die. i felt like she had spent so much time perparing us with harrys pages of thoughts on perparing HIMself for is end....and the way he justified it and accepted it....and then all of a sudden, nope. he lives. and happily ever after the end.

um, really?

i dont know. i felt a bit miffed.

i do agree i think it was a pretty crappy epilouge. Ive read fanfiction online where it was much better writing and creativity. I have no idea.

Its just...the idea that he lives happily ever after makes me mad. That is not harry potters life. he has responsibilities for the ministry.....he had talked about wanting to be an auror. There wasn't any mention of that. In all acctuallty, at the end i started to realize, what story was she trying to imply she was meant to tell this whole time? Harry's defeat of Voldemort, or his life to include his defeat of voldemort? I was so afraid that it would end with him dieing, and then we dont get to know anymore, becuase it was always from the eyes of harry. once hes dead, the story ends.

i would have at the very least liked the epilougue to be a bit more detailed. To see him talking with Molly about her son, and to see if george was still pursuing the wheezes without his brother...and if not, what had become of him.
and to see what type of job harry got...as she had prepped us for finding out for so long.
I also thought the reference of whos kids were whos was thoroughly confusing, as she introduced them soley through conversation, and no side-thoughts from harry...about birthing or anything. there wasnt any fond thoughts from him about his kids or anything as they took off on the train. no reference to his scratchy beard or how he still felt about his wife, ginny.

it just felt so empty.

but, i will say, sans the epilouge, the book was very well played. i thought the build up to the climax of what we have been waiting for was very well written and justified. it was full of confusion, but still layed out steadily. I think the people who suffered death were sufficient surprise....the opposite of people we thought would die.

My heart goes out to fred, and lupin and tonks....and for their son....

that is all.

-thora
Nuchtchas (Nutty, NIMLAS, however you know me)nuchtchas on September 3rd, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
I agree it all felt empty, and like she was trying to make herself happy, she was not writing for us there.

as for Harry not dieing, well he did die, but then he came back... not great but not as bad as if he never came back.

I felt like she cheated at the end and Harry was such a godmoder! hee hee