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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

Silver has a wide use in folklore, against werewolves, various undead creatures, and "witches", so I think it depends. In one of my fandoms the vampires can be burned just by touching silver, and silver bullets kill them. I had thought that was only werewolves but apparently there's some basis for the idea.

As for Remus, Rowling could go either way and I think I heard a possible explanation for silver hurting Remus even though he eats at Grimmauld place, but that would indicate to me personally that it means it doesn't hurt him. But I doubt killing werewolves is based on bullets in Rowling when only muggles use guns.

I remember a Harry Potter guide commenting about Ron possibly saying true things without trying (I can't remember exactly how it was phrased... something like "He's insightful --possibly they even said propetic-- when he's joking.") but it's far cry from that to a Seer and I don't think it's true. And it was only a commentary book. He almost failed out of Divination, didn't he? But judging by the teacher, who knows.

But I agree, I think Ron is central enough without being Mysteriously Great and I doubt JKR will go there.

[/long-winded speech]

obviously i'm not as knowledgable about werewolves as everyone else! then again....i haven't met any that i know of ;)

From Daily Prophet

I remember a Harry Potter guide commenting about Ron possibly saying true things without trying (I can't remember exactly how it was phrased... something like "He's insightful --possibly they even said propetic-- when he's joking.") but it's far cry from that to a Seer and I don't think it's true.

I think the thing is that when Ron's calm he's pretty on the ball and I think that he has a lot more common sense at times then Hermione and Harry.

IMO his biggest flaw is his temper because once he gets angry or upset he just completely loses it.

But like I said I think it's more intelligence and sense then psychic powers.