Saturday, July 28, 2007

Finally got around to it ...


grilled pimento cheese on sourdough
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We ate lunch at Parker & Otis today, although I think it shall forever be known to us as "that place that used to be Fowler's." It was OK. It will be one of those places we end up going to when we can't think of anything better because hunger has clouded our faculties.

In other news, that book about the wizard boy is still tumbling through my mind. (SPOILER WARNING: go away if you still haven't read it ... or if you're not a fan and the topic doesn't interest you.)

There's one part that I have a question about--maybe it's a continuity error, maybe an error in my understanding. During "The Prince's Tale," when Snape is in the headmaster's office and Dumbledore's portrait is telling him to reveal the correct date of Harry's transfer, it's more than a month before Snape has been announced as headmaster. So what's he doing in the office getting advice from the portraits? Perhaps in the absence of an actual headmaster any member of staff is free to wander in and consult the portraits ...

Oh yeah, make that two things I have a question about: How is Dobby able to take Dean and Ollivander to Shell Cottage when it's under a Fidelius Charm and he hasn't been told its location by the Secret-Keeper? Or is it yet another case of house elves having their own magic and not being subject to certain rules? If that's true, then they'd be pretty handy if you want to assasinate someone, now wouldn't they? Hmmm ...

4 comments:

random muggle #27 said...

re: Shell Cottage. Is Harry a secret-keeper? If so, does that extend to any house elves in his service? (no, that won't work; Dobby is a free elf).
I seem to remember reading in a comment thread somewhere that there's mention of Snape breaking into Hogwarts at some point over the summer. Since he's pretty much in hiding until the Voldemort-controlled Ministry installs him as headmaster, it makes sense that he'd have to sneak back in to consult Dumbledore's portrait.

Lisa B. said...

Bill was the secret keeper for Shell Cottage (he tells Harry so on page 482). Harry is the one who told Dobby to go there but harry isn't the secret keeper so Dobby shouldn't be able to find it. Unless elves are exempt from the Fidelius charm ...

I don't remember anything about Snape breaking into Hogwarts ..di I miss something? (Maybe I need to read it a third time!) Voldemort breaks into Hogwarts when he takes the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's grave, and Snape did break into #12 Grimmauld Place.

Florean Fortescue said...

I went back and checked and the "break-in" reference was just someone's assumption about how Snape would have gotten into the headmaster's office to talk with Dumbledore's portrait, not a reference to the text.

Does Dobby ever apparate into Grimmauld Place in any of the earlier books? Cos that at least would have set up the ability.

Lisa B. said...

To my recollection Dobby never apparated into Grimmauld Place. But we know house elves can apparate in and out of Hogwarts while protective spells prevent people from doing it, so I guess it would follow that maybe they aren't subject to other protective spells.

I guess Snape can get in and out of Hogwarts grounds via the Whomping Willow/Shrieking Shack passages, and I guess if Dumbledore was thinking ahead (which he seemed to do a lot) he could have set up a way for Snape to have access to the office, like a special password or something.