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Rowling and Tarot

Using cards for divination is not permitted, but I didn't know that back in college and I'd just read (oh, the shame of it) Piers Anthony's Tarot series, which was far from his worst work, so I got a couple of decks and started reading about it.

We know about the Lightning Struck Tower - in fact, as I just learned during my reread, Trelawney had found that card just before *that* chapter.

There's at least one other member of the Major Arcana mentioned in the series - in GoF, the pub in Little Hangleton is called "The Hanged Man".

What is the Hanged Man? It's a picture of this relaxed guy *hanging upside down from one heel.* Like this..

Yes, he's tied to an odd sort of tree, but think about levicorpus. I wonder if there are other images that we've missed. *Goes to check Three of Wands*


You probably already knew about this, but I don't think we can discuss JKR and tarot without mentioning the founder's artifacts: a sword for Gryffindor, a cup for Hufflepuff, and a disk for Slytherin, matching three of the four tarot suits. So the fourth must be Ravenclaw's wand, and is likely the wand seen on a purple cushion in Ollivander's shop in the first book.

I'd completely forgotten about Ollivander's wand.

I did remember the Tarot symbols for each house, and how off they are.

If I were to place the Houses into suits, Gryffindor (fire) would be wands, Hufflepuff (earth) would be discs, Ravenclaw (air) would be swords and Slytherin (water) would be cups. So, yes, since the other suits have been placed, Ravenclaw must be wands, and that wand is the most likely thing.

I wonder how or if Voldie got his hands on it? He didn't get to the Gryffindor sword.

(here from the daily_snitch)

Well, Ollivander said that Voldie bought his wand from the shop, so he had the opportunity then- but somehow I don't think he was making Horcruxes at age 11. There's probably some long involved story behind how he got to it- it could be through Borgin and Burkes, or maybe he's got some sort of hold on Ollivander. I think he did get to it, because why else would Ollivander disappear? Either Ollivander knows what Voldie did to the wand and thustly went underground, or Voldie knows what Voldie did to the wand and kidnapped Ollivander, thus covering a base. It's anyone's guess which it is.

Re: (here from the daily_snitch)

I was wondering if that's why Ollivander's left.

On the other hand, Fortescue is gone, as well. Not that that needs to mean anything.

Re: (here from the daily_snitch)

Well, ice cream is sold in cups, aina?

Re: (here from the daily_snitch)

If that wand is a horcrux...and yes, I do like the theory...then I would guess that Voldie had it *before* Ollivander did. Remember, after Voldemort died, his various possessions might have gone anywhere. It makes perfect sense for Ollivander to be the holder of a rare, famous wand, if it somehow came adrift from wherever Voldie had hidden it.

As for Ollivander's disappearance: We don't know much about Ollivander, except that he's the best wandmaker in Britain, if not beyond. Making wands must require a pretty bit of magic, which means Ollivander is a very powerful and wise wizard, in his way. Ollivander might have known the significance of the wand, or Dumbledore might have tipped him off. If so, I would say Ollivander went into hiding to *protect* the wand.

Given that Fortescue's place was wrecked and that Ollivander's place was neatly packed up and emptied, I believe strongly that Ollivander went underground by choice.