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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

The idea that the ordinary wizarding family would use silver is, I'm afraid, a bit unrealistic. They probably eat off of ordinary china and use stainless steel (which has been around for cheap flatware for over a century - certainly much longer than the radio, which wizards do use and know about). If they used anything besides stainless it would likely be pewter, which is silver-free.
Other possibilities: wood, horn, bone, ceramic, cast iron.

I also seriously doubt that the Blacks used nothing *but* silver dinner service; probably that was for good, while the china and steel were for everyday, just as it is in most rich families.

As for the silver allergy...I wouldn't be surprised if Wormtail uses the silver hand to attempt to kill Remus at some point. It's way too obvious, the remaining Marauders killing each other....

I'll buy that for ordinary families, but if they set the table for *stew* with the Black silver, I'm going to guess that, well, ordinary stuff wasn't available.

I'm going to reserve judgement on the silver allergy. For years, I was convinced that Severus gave Remus his wolfsbane in a silver goblet in PoA, but that's not the case - my mind sees "silver" next to goblet even when that's just not true. (And anyway, there could well be a magical reason for using silver in that case, so it wouldn't prove anything.)