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Harry Potter Readalong, Tales of Beedle the Bard: "The only surviving woodcut shows that he had an exceptionally luxuriant beard."

I love The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and I am DELIGHTED that the readalong caused some to read it for the first time. JKR is just a magnificent writer who is so very very good at her genre. And so good at fleshing out her universe! Extremely good. The story of the Hogwarts play-gone-wrong? Fantastic. "A proud non-theatrical tradition that Hogwarts continues to this day" (poor theatre nerds).



All the stories are lovely (er, except The Warlock's Hairy Heart, of course) and I want JKR to spend the rest of her life writing other made-up books from the wizarding world and random companion books to HP. That is all I want from her. But that's not exactly an original want.

I do have to say though — "Bertrand de Pensées-Profondes"? JK, what is it with you and disliking the French? Because with the possible exception of Madame Maxime, I feel like you do. Maybe it's the English thing. For those unaware, Bertrand's name translates to 'Bertrand of Deep Thoughts,' which could be called a medieval naming system, but I call it lazy, because Rousseau had NOTHING like that (okay, he might have, because TBH I don't know much about Rousseau, but I don't THINK he did and that's where I'm leaving it). And no, the 18th century isn't medieval, but just go with me here.


 
Aberforth's favorite story was Grumble the Grubby Goat. Excellent. Yes.

The Deathstick is the worst wand name. If that guy would've had some friends and not just killed everybody, they could have advised him on this. "Deathstick is literally the most awful name you could have invented. It's not even a good band name. It's the band name of three guys trying hard but being terrible at trying."

"No witch has never claimed to own the Elder Wand. Make of that what you will." Bless you, JK. Bless you.


phase 1 of my plans for us

EDIT: Would people be down with skipping posting on May 31st? It's the Friday of BEA and it'll make things far easier for those attending.


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