Abendroth Blutjager's Guide to Harry Potter

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

No More Encyclopedia WIP

No, I'm not talking about JKR's plans for an encyclopedia. I do think she plans to publish one. It's actually due in part to this fact that I have given up writing my own HP encyclopedia. I gave this up months ago, but I've procrastinated in posting the fact here.

Anyway, I have other plans in the works -- my own novel, which would be the first part in a series.... It has NOTHING to do with Harry Potter or the surrounding Potterverse, though.

I might dedicate another blog to my writing pursuits. :)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Outing of Dumbledore, part one

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few days you'll know that Jo answered a fan question about Albus Dumbledore's sexuality. Yes, Albus Dumbledore is a gay character.

With all the theorists, like myself, wandering around and spouting off about how Harry must or must not be a horcrux, Harry will or won't time travel again, Snape and Irma Pince are or are not related, and Snape always loved or never loved Lily..... Ah, well, I'm surprised I never saw a theory about Dumbledore's sexuality. There's loads of slash fanfic, and many of the stories have Dumbledore as gay, but these are not theories, just others' imaginations gone wild. I'd considered the possibility of Dumbledore being gay myself, from time to time, but I didn't think Jo had the literary balls to include a homosexual in this acclaimed children's series, so I never made any real theory about it.

Damn, I wish I had....

So, now that Albus Dumbledore has been removed from the broom closet, let's go back and consider all the clues that at one time or another made the idea cross my mind. Of course, now that I know it's for real and not a fleeting figment of my imagination (or a matter of getting confused between Jo's novels and some slashfic I read on Sycophant Hex or something) I can also go looking for the clues I missed.

Our first clue comes from Albus Dumbledore's very first appearance. Yes, he apparates to Privet Drive and what does the narrator say about him that seems really out of place? It's not his robes or cloak, no, because we expect wizards to wear robes and cloaks. It's not his long hair and beard; we expect those too, after all he's the Gandolf-like figure of the story. It's his shoes, or to be more precise, his high-heeled boots. Why would this be unexpected? Well, when I first read it I was struck by the oddity. No one else is described as wearing high-heeled boots... and he's tall already without them. I passed it off as "he's old and eccentric." I figured he's wearing a fashion he grew up with, sort of stuck in the past. However, one major fact was still bugging me about those boots... they went out of fashion for men back in the 1700's, still quite some time before Dumbledore was born. But as they say about fashion, everything old is new again, so perhaps he's being fashion-forward, not a clueless old fart.

The oddness of the boots is reinforced by the mention of how he's unwelcome, from his name to his high-heeled boots, to paraphrase. I wrote it off as an eccentric wizarding thing -- his high-heeled boots are unwelcome because they are indicative of his wizardness. But no. They are indicative of something the Dursleys and their ilk would find just as horrid. Dumbledore isn't just the epitome of wizarding life, with his long hair, long beard, robes and cloak. He also represents a non-magical alternative lifestyle, homosexuality, and since he's not particularly flamboyant, his high-heeled boots could be a subtle clue.

Next, I'll post about his robes and cloak. Yeah, I know, we expect him to wear them... but purple or covered in bright patterns? Again, another discussion of things I originally passed off as mere eccentricity....

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Monday, September 24, 2007


How did everyone do on the W.O.M.B.A.T.s?

I received:

Grade 1: Outstanding

Grade 2: Exceeds Expectations

Grade 3: Outstanding

BTW, I'm working on a quiz through http://www.okcupid.com/, and it will be much like the W.O.M.B.A.T., except it's geared toward Muggles and Squibs who have been exposed to the wizarding world.... I'll let you know once it's up and running, and I'll put a link to it here.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

What have I gotten myself into?

I'm sorry I haven't posted anything in a long time. You might have started to think I was dead or something, but no.

I mentioned somewhere that I was working on a comprehensive analysis of the entire septology and a reference book, and I'd love to do this, but I can never seem to find the time to get past a draft outline of how the work should flow. It might require more than one volume, too, since there is so much I wish to cover. Meanwhile I have other projects to work on, like paintings and a startup business for food tours. (Ask me about the food tours.) This is all on top of my 8am to 5pm day job....

Still, if I'm ever going to do this I should have it published (somehow) before Jo publishes the awaited encyclopedia, right?

What have I gotten myself into? How do I manage my time to do all of these things? or, more to the point, how SHOULD I? Hmmm, this will take some serious changes....

First off, I think I need to spend a lot less time watching TV at my sister's place! That means making my sister angry with me for not spending as much time with her, but oh well. At least she's not a huge poisonous snake....

BTW, the picture shown in this post is by Lithrael at http://www.deviantart.com/ .

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Remaining Questions: Making Inferi

It's said that Voldemort killed (or had killed) enough people to make an army of Inferi. Meanwhile, we know that Voldemort had placed several Inferi in the black lake, where he placed the locket horcrux.

However, we don't see any Inferius attacks first-hand other than in that cave. And we don't hear specifics of any new attacks on the general populace since Voldemort's first rise to power. The Ministry warns that since Voldemort had used Inferi in the past he might use them again, but apparently he didn't. Looks like he only made them before attacking the Potters, not afterwards, and that they all ended up in the black lake. Why is this?

Dumbledore gives us an interesting hint about it, but the details are missing. He told Harry that Grindelwald wanted to use the Resurrection Ring in order to raise an army of Inferi. Though Grindelwald never found the ring (it was still in the possession of the Gaunt family), Voldemort sure did -- he stole it the day he killed his father and paternal grandparents. He was still known as Tom Riddle then, still a student at Hogwarts, still a member of the Slug Club, but he knew how to make a Horcrux by then. He obviously didn't understand that the ring he used to make a Horcrux also happened to be a Hallow. Peverell ring = Resurrection Ring. If he had known just how special the ring was he might never have turned it into a Horcrux. Did Voldemort make Inferi without knowing how he did it? Had he figured out how to tap the ring's ability to make Inferi without understanding the ring?

Is there another way to make Inferi without the Resurrection Ring?

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