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HP questions

For those of us not caught up in the holiday festivities - or for those who are but need a break from it or from Shabbat prep -



Over the past couple of years, I've heard people refer to Ron as a Seer, even going so far as to give him a brother between Charlie and Percy so that he's actually a seventh son. Can anyone point to instances in the books that might imply that he is, indeed a Seer?

Also. On another note - right now I'm seeing speculation about Wormtail hurting Remus because his hand is silver. And I'm having trouble with that.

Number one - the hand seems more *silvery* than silver. I'll have to reread that bit, but I got the impression that it's a magical construct and doesn't actually contain silver.

Number two - I'm not sure Remus is sensitive to silver. Yes, I know that our mythology has werewolves sensitive to silver, and that can't be ignored, but there's no mention of Remus avoiding the silver cups and plates at Grimmauld Place, and they did make a big deal out of them, with Mundungus trying to see how he could fence them. No mention of Remus using a set of china and stainless steel, for example.

Are the goblets at Hogwarts silver? The plates are golden, so the cups might be, too. And what sort of utensils would he use to eat, given that I don't think they *do* use stainless steel?

My feeling about Remus is that being a werewolf is nothing but a curse for him - he's otherwise as vulnerable as any other wizard to weaponry and attacks. He also must either take a foul potion for a week out of every month or turn into a ravening beast, and his civil rights are severely curtailed.

Comments

if i asked really really nicely, would you in the future put speculation behind a cut for the extremely, irrationally spoiler-phobic? (i readily admit that it's totally irrational. feel free to say no, and i'll find other ways to avoid it.) [big brown puppy-dog eyes]

nowthen. i don't think there's any canon evidence of ron being a seer -- but i think the whole knight-to-king concept is way overthought so i'm not especially sympathetic to Theories That Try To Glorify Ron anyway. my feeling is, he's the hero's best friend -- that's what makes him great. (but, you know me. bah. humbug. [g])

I'm so sorry.

Consider it done in the future - but what was spoiled in that post?

And I find K2K amusing and a lot more acceptable that that awful Remus-is-really-James theory that had been around for a bit (and that Rowling shot down so elegantly) but, yeah, I don't think anyone really buys it.

I like Ron. Ron is vital to the storyline - he's the insider, the cultural guide. He's the best friend. He's the strategist. He's the Heart (that is, he's Xander.) He doesn't need to be a seer.

I'm just wondering where it came from.

but what was spoiled in that post?

nothing, that i know of. (of course i quickly averted my eyes rather than read the whole thing. [g]) the thing is, i'm so spoiler-phobic that i try to avoid speculation on the off chance that something turns out to have been a spoiler; more often, and a little less freakishly, i try to avoid speculation because the line between speculation and spoiler gets a little fuzzy sometimes, particularly among people who don't mind being spoiled, and it's easier to avoid everything than some things. (for me, anyway.) i didn't know, for instance, that JKR had shot down the remus-is-james theory. :-)

She did, after a direct question.

Given that I'm always wrong about these things, I wouldn't worry about anything I say. :)

I will cut-tag in future, though.

. Ron is vital to the storyline - he's the insider, the cultural guide. He's the best friend. He's the strategist. He's the Heart (that is, he's Xander.) He doesn't need to be a seer.

I'm just wondering where it came from.


Well, I think some of it is exactly from there - Xander is the one who sees. People have taken that to mean he Sees (the way Cordelia did), rather than that he's just really good at reading the emotional temperature of his friends, and seeing how they feel and knowing what to say when it needs saying (ala his speech to Buffy in "The Freshman" and to Dawn in whatever episode it was in season 7).

I've speculated about a child between Charlie and Percy, but that was before Rowling insisted they were only three years apart. and I made it a girl. *g*

I've speculated on children between Charlie and Percy, too, and, frankly, I don't trust Rowling on "maths." She's already corrected herself once. My own speculation has to do with pureblood inbreeding, though, and I gave them more than one.

Well, Ron isn't that good at seeing emotional stuff, but he's not the Head, because that's Hermione, and he's not the Hands, because that's Harry. He may be the glue of the trio, though.

Oh, Ron's the Heart, just like Xander was. *g*

<I've speculated about a child between Charlie and Percy, but that was before Rowling insisted they were only three years apart. Unless Percy lost a twin...One WIP fic I'm following has that "The Awakening of a Magus" (Uber-Harry story but very well done). It would explain why he's never happy, never satisfied to be just himself. A broken twin bond would be hard to deal with, especially if you didn't know it was there... My 2c.

And I find K2K amusing and a lot more acceptable that that awful Remus-is-really-James theory that had been around for a bit (and that Rowling shot down so elegantly) but, yeah, I don't think anyone really buys it.

Lots of people do. I do. Why would lizardlaugh and ixchelmala spend so much time and effort and money explaining their theory in a cogent manner if nobody was listening? K2K has many, many people who think it may be possible, and no small number who think it is quite likely.

Sorry if I come off as overly defensive, but I hate to see one of my favourite theories so casually dismissed.

Please accept my apology.

I truly believed people were spending time and effort because the theory is *fun* to play with. Which I see as a good enough reason to do it. Because it *is* fun to play with.

Apology accepted. :]

It is indeed very fun to play with. As far as I'm concerned, the crazier a theory sounds, the better - if you can make it work. But we're still cackling in the back because JKR has yet to shoot it down, so.