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"what if angels sat on pinheads?"

Happy birthday to the wonderful agentxpndble, a super lady and the mistress of two great websites:

May you have a fantastic day and many more!

And here is one more Half-Blood Prince essay recommendation, a fascinating look at Spinner's End by zoepaleologa: "So Where Is Spinner's End?"

In honor of agentxpndble, keeper of all things John Castle, a quote for the day:

Philip: If that's a warning, thank you.
Geoffrey: What if it's an offer?
Philip: "What if" is a game for scholars: what if angels sat on pinheads?
Geoffrey: What if I were king?
Philip: It's your game, Geoff; you play it.

from James Goldman, The Lion in Winter


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Jul. 24th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I don't suppose I could have Geoff instead of the quote...? (I'm such a greedy little bastard. ;-)

Hmm... Spinner's End... I've been so wrapped up in the ending, I hadn't remembered to think about this one. I'll admit - The 'look of not being used' line really keeps me from feeling attached to this as Snape's actual home. Perhaps a property he owns, but not his main home. And I can't help it - I just feel like his family would have been of a higher class. Maybe not in his lifetime, but ancestrally. I'm not seeing a castle or anything in my head, but certainly some smaller sort of manor-type house. And definitely someting standing on its own (rural), not in the town/city.

We have simply got to connect up and have a Lupin discussion... Are you finding anything interesting or useful being said elsewhere?
Jul. 24th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
I agree that Spinner's End wasn't what I was expecting: I wonder if that contrast was intentional on Rowling's part? It does make sense that Snape wouldn't use his old home much, more than likely, considering the memories attached to it. (From Order of the Phoenix: "[A]nd suddenly Harry's mind was teeming with memories that were not his -- a hook-nosed man was shouting at a cowering woman, while a small dark-haired boy cried in a corner.... A greasy-haired teenager sat alone in a dark bedroom, pointing his want at the ceiling, shooting down flies.... A girl was laughing as a scrawny boy tried to mount a bucking broomstick --") At any rate, the atmospheric description, and the image of Pettigrew skulking about in the shadows and behind doors, really added to the whole scene with Narcissa -- and she obviously knew where to find him, whether Spinner's End is his family home or a Death-Eater safehouse, or something else entirely. I'm hopeful we'll learn more about this place at some point.

Must. Find. Lupin. Discussions. (!!!) And I do want to hear all of your thoughts, too!

Wishing you Geoff and a happy birthday!
Jul. 24th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
Coolness. Congrats again on tracking down these great HP essays. :)
Jul. 24th, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC)
Yea! So glad you're liking them, too! :)
Jul. 25th, 2005 06:00 am (UTC)
in honour of your friend's b'day, I visited the john castle gallery and checked out stills from lost empires and, wouldn't you know it, I found a john castle film I've seen - robocop III! lol.

sorry. have inevitably lowered the tone of your post now. :P
Jul. 25th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
LOL! You must be so proud. I know I am. :-P
I still get a kick hearing words like "ninja" and "robocop" coming out of his mouth... :-)
Jul. 25th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
Finally updated the website...sorry it took me so long... check it out!
Jul. 25th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! Thanks so much for the heads up! I'll check it out immediately.
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