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I just got an email from Borders: - reserve the new HP and the DH and choose from one of two stickers that say "Trust Snape" and "Snape is a very bad man." What, like we can't trust him in this matter and think he's a bad person?

I bet they've had this email waiting to be sent out for months and just needed to fill in the date of the release.

Date: 2007-02-01 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phenway.livejournal.com
oh, I already placed my pre-order with amazon! no stickers for me. pout.

Date: 2007-02-01 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ves-heill.livejournal.com
I always think about doing Amazon for the convenience, but the lure of the other HP fans gathering together without me is generally too much for me to bear.

I'll probably go to the Borders by my house for the midnight release party. Such a shame that the new Barnes and Noble opening near me won't be open by them - I preferred their release party more.

Date: 2007-02-01 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phenway.livejournal.com
ah. closest borders etc. is in memphis, over an hour away.

Date: 2007-02-01 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notjustamommy.livejournal.com
I went to Borders.com and it redirected me to amazon since they are now partnered with Borders. I'm still going to go to a release party in my area though. I've never been to one and this is my last chance.

Date: 2007-02-01 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ves-heill.livejournal.com
How wierd. I guess I got it because I signed up for an email update about the release date? They did say that you could get the stickers if you pre-ordered the book in person at Borders.

Date: 2007-02-02 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notjustamommy.livejournal.com
I got the same e-mail but I'm wonder if because I did it through Amazon and not their in-store pick up online reservation set up, if it would still be ok to get a sticker? Not that I necessarily need one.

Date: 2007-02-01 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ves-heill.livejournal.com
Ah I re-read the email and it says "Limited time starting February 3". It also says: Reserving online? No problem. During your next Borders of Waldenbooks visit, just go to the Information Desk and tell us you reserved online. Then choose your sticker - friend or foe.

Date: 2007-02-01 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 2seastars.livejournal.com
Lindsay, I literally woke up in the night thinking 2 things I had to ask you about HP.

1) In end of HP 4, HP relates to Dumbledore that Voldemort touched his (HP's) face, and Dumbledore has a happy reaction he tries to hide. Any ideas what that means?

2) In beginning of HP 5, HP can suddenly see the critters that pull the carriages to/from Hogwarts for all but the first years. It's explained that they are visible only to people who have seen death, and that HP has seen Cedric's death so can now see the critters. Huh? HP rode in the carriages at end of HP 4 - after Cedric died - without seeing them, and moreover has ridden back and forth for 4 years despite having seen his parents' deaths at age 1. I don't want to think Rowling made a mistake here. What's the deal?

Date: 2007-02-01 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ves-heill.livejournal.com
Oh, I do so love some good HP discussion! Especially when people actually ask me for ideas/opinions, rather than me thrusting it down people's faces. ;)

1) This was discussed frequently back after GoF came out. There were two prevailing theories at the time. First, that somehow Dumbledore was not actually working on the side of the light, but was rather instead covertly working with the Dark Side (which, incidentaly, always makes me think of Star Wars) and was attempting to assist in Voldemort's revival. I always thought this was a stupid belief and I this was obviously known to be unfounded once OotP and HBP came out. Second, that Dumbledore was pleased to see that Voldemort was on his way to being mortal rather than an immortal spirit, and thus could eventually be killed. At the time, people assumed the look meant he actually WAS mortal, but now that we know about the horcruxes I think it's likely that Dumbledore was reflecting on that one sep had been taken, but as he already was starting to guess that other fragments of Voldemort's soul existed somewhere the very next look of weariness sybolizes his understanding of just how very far there still was to go.

2) JKR has explained this (I think on her website, but I can't remember exactly) by saying that at the end of GoF Harry hadn't really had time to reflect on what death actually meant, and the finality of it hadn't sunken in. Remember, Harry doesn't have nightmares about Cedric's death until he returns home to Privet Drive.

Date: 2007-02-01 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ves-heill.livejournal.com
Oh, I found the quote. ;) It's from the Edinburgh Book Festival in 2004 - http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2004/0804-ebf.htm

In the fifth book, Harry can see the Thestrals. Can you?

Yes, I can, definitely. That is a really good question, because it enables me to clear up a point. The letters that I’ve had about the Thestrals! Everyone has said to me that Harry saw people die before could see the Thestrals. Just to clear this up once and for all, this was not a mistake. I would be the first to say that I have made mistakes in the books, but this was not a mistake. I really thought this one through. Harry did not see his parents die. He was one year old and in a cot at the time. Although you never see that scene, I wrote it and then cut it. He didn’t see it; he was too young to appreciate it. When you find out about the Thestrals, you find that you can see them only when you really understand death in a broader sense, when you really know what it means. Someone said that Harry saw Quirrell die, but that is not true. He was unconscious when Quirrell died, in Philosopher’s Stone. He did not know until he came around that Quirrell had died when Voldemort left his body. Then you have Cedric. With Cedric, fair point. Harry had just seen Cedric die when he got back into the carriages to go back to Hogsmeade station. I thought about that at the end of Goblet, because I have known from the word go what was drawing the carriages. From Chamber of Secrets, in which there are carriages drawn by invisible things, I have known what was there. I decided that it would be an odd thing to do right at the end of a book. Anyone who has suffered a bereavement knows that there is the immediate shock but that it takes a little while to appreciate fully that you will never see that person again. Until that had happened, I did not think that Harry could see the Thestrals. That means that when he goes back, he saw these spooky things. It set the tone for Phoenix, which is a much darker book.

Date: 2007-02-01 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 2seastars.livejournal.com
THANK YOU! Very, very reassuring re the thestrals. I still feel iffy re face-touching. Hmmm.

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