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Getting close to the day the new Harry Potter comes out!|
Have I been missing something...?
Oh, nothing in the HP books (no matter what the hardcore HP fans say) but in the O'Brian books there's always mention or rumors of sailors raping women while on leave, cabin boys being 'buggered' by crew, women prisoners being taken advantage of etc...etc... Nothing graphic at all but it kinda sets my teeth on edge.
"wizard society hidden within and alongside muggle society" is just too much to swallow. Especially the whole idea of going to school to learn spells
OOH! That's the best part! Especially from a kid's point of view. Imagine, you find out you're MAGIC and get on board a scarlet train that takes you to a CASTLE far away from boring, mean 'ol
Muggles family. A secret magic school is right up my alley.
I can see your point about underage magic, though. I guess, to take a realistic view, that magic is just too dangerous for kids to be playing with. Like a gun. Which is why they're not even allowed wands until they're eleven or twelve or so. Kids have indirect, defensive abilities though (Harry flying up onto a roof when Dudley's gang was chasing him, Neville bouncing harmlessly when his uncle dropped him from a height) and accidental magic (Harry's hair growing back overnight after being sheared or turning his teacher's wig blue) so kids aren't totally helpless. As for chores, hmmmm, I'll use my imagination and say that they have magical items that help them. Items that are voice activated the way the door to St. Mungo's is. *Shrug* Best I can do.
Why are house elves enslaved? Hmmmm, let's say some asshole wizard put an enslavement spell on a young, helpless elf or group of elves about a thousand years ago. That spell was carried down from generation to generation until there were no NON-enslaved elves left. It would never even occur to the latter-day elves that they should or even could be free. (There are parallels. How d'you think thousands of human slaves were kept under control? It was their lot in life to be slaves and shameful of them to try to escape. Not to even mention the repercussions that would fall on their families left behind or themselves if they were caught.)
Heh, I should open a 'Ask Singe' column somewhere in the Harry fandom. Give me your questions! I have an answer for everything!
*L*! I like the voice-activated idea.
Oooo... more questions?
How does a child whose parents are both Muggles end up going to Hogwarts? I think it's Dean who (I just read) has Muggle parents. And how do they know who has wizard powers?
How do they get to Hogwarts (Diagon Alley, the train etc...) or how are witches and wizards born to non-magical types?
When two Muggles love each other very much...
Well, lemme see...how do they know: The same way they knew that magic happened in Harry's house when Dobby smashed the pudding, of course! "How did they know that, doofus?" I'm sure the Ministry of Magical Law Enforcement has a crystal ball or something similar that tells them when an underage witch uses magic. As for SCHOOL, here's what I think: somewhere in Hogwarts itself, since it's Dumbledore that makes contact with the kids (and it would be Dumbledore that would ENCOURAGE the muggle-born kids to come to Hogwarts since I doubt the Ministry, being led by pureblood assholes like Fudge, Malfoy and Umbridge, would be very keen to invite in a load of Mudbloods year after year)is the same sort of crystal ball or a mist or a map that displays Hogwarts 'territory' and when magical types are born, they're pinpointed. When they come of age, they're sent an owl to come to school.
How do they get there: Now, it would only take a little obversation of said kid to determine if she's Muggle-born or not so, if she is, I can see a representative of the school being sent to chaperone that kid to the proper places the way Hagrid did Harry. I wonder if Hagrid chaperoned Hermione, too? She, like Dean, by the way, is also born to Muggle parents and Seamus is half-and-half. (Rumor has it that HE'S the half-blood prince. Er, I dunno.)
Maybe a column's a bad idea.
That's right... I forgot about Hermione.
*G* I still think you should write one!