Thou marvel’st at my words, but hold thee still. // Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill . . . William Shakespeare — Macbeth — Act 3, Scene 2

Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretches her fingers to touch the heavens ... Lao Tzu

I recognize in thieves, traitors and murderers, in the ruthless and the cunning, a deep beauty — a sunken beauty ... Jean Genet

Because it continues to come up: Yes, I am female. Guilty pleasures include impolite swear words, the rare dirty martini with extra olives, Steampunk, all things gothic, Goth/EBM/Industrial music, and dark clubs. Stealth eldergoth. I appreciate black clothing, black humor, real books, excessive semi-colons, and effective sarcasm. INFJ. Regarding social niceties, I'm uncomplicated: "We be nice to them if they be nice to us." I like words and people. I'm not a programmer, not a "woman in tech," and I don't speak code. Fandom: Harry Potter. I also like Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek: TNG, and SGA. My rep comes exclusively from Harry Potter Q&A, except for a smattering of material from Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. DVK's partner in crime.

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‘Would you like me to do it now? Or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?’
Severus Snape to Albus Dumbledore - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Pottermore Sorting - a Slytherin

^ J.K. Rowling, via Pottermore, affirms what I've known since the first time I read Philosopher's Stone: I'm pretty sure I'd be in Slytherin ... Oh, yes, I definitely would be ... And, yes. I'm still bitter about the house cup.

Moaning Myrtle in the prefect's bath - *Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire*

"*Oh! Hello, Harry ... Long time no see ... *"

Moaning Myrtle to Harry - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

O HAI THAR ...

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." - Inigo Montoya - The Princess Bride

Slytherin House Crest

Or perhaps in Slytherin // You’ll make your real friends // Those cunning folk use any means // To achieve their ends ...

Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter)

Seeker to Seeker ...

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comment How many people did Voldemort kill?
@DVK -- It may be your question, but it's JKR's canon! ;) You should edit the distinction into your question, so it's clear to others. But let's not argue :D
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comment How many people did Voldemort kill?
@DVK -- I'm not sure who you mean by Edward. We don't know that the Death Eaters only killed at Voldemort's command; they could have had their own murderous tendencies -- Bellatrix killing Sirius, for example. I don't think we can say that all victims of a Death Eater are also victims by proxy of Voldemort. If we know the specific circumstances of a Death Eater committing a murder, then we can judge whether it was by order of Voldemort or not.
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comment How many people did Voldemort kill?
@SBQ -- Yes, thank you. I've edited that in. I also caught Cedric Diggory -- he was killed by proxy via Wormtail. I think everything is in order now. :)
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comment Why didn't the Death Eaters capture Harry Potter at the end of the Half-Blood Prince?
@Gargandeep -- I agree that the sensible thing to do would have been for the Death Eaters to take Harry to Voldemort at that point in the Half-Blood Prince movie. But they didn't and that's not a choice I personally had anything to do with. I tried to answer the question pertaining to what is, not what perhaps should be. I've revised my answer -- maybe it's more acceptable now? :)
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revised Why didn't the Death Eaters capture Harry Potter at the end of the Half-Blood Prince?
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comment Why didn't the Death Eaters capture Harry Potter at the end of the Half-Blood Prince?
@SS - True. Edited for clarity. Thanks for pointing that out. :)
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comment Why is Science Fiction in the same category as Fantasy??
I'm totally with @Martha.
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comment Why must Harry Potter be told that a part of Voldemort's soul latched itself onto the only living thing it could find, again?
@tls -- I get what you're saying (and I'm not saying you're wrong, because it is a bit nebulous), but what I was trying to do was point out that JKR says the piece of soul that latches onto Harry itself broke into two pieces -- one piece latched onto Harry; the other piece became the incarnation of Voldemort that was "was less than spirit, less than the meanest ghost" (GoF). I thought this represented Voldemort's soul, the part that goes on to become the creature at King's Cross. My interpretation could be totally wrong, though. I'm open to alternate explanations. :)
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comment Why must Harry Potter be told that a part of Voldemort's soul latched itself onto the only living thing it could find, again?
@DVK -- Just another example of JKR muddying her own waters.
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comment Why must Harry Potter be told that a part of Voldemort's soul latched itself onto the only living thing it could find, again?
@MatthewRead -- It was just a clarification, as (not just in this question/answer) users state Harry was a Horcrux. He was not. It's clearly not self-evident to everyone, even though it might be to us. * sigh * :)
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comment Why must Harry Potter be told that a part of Voldemort's soul latched itself onto the only living thing it could find, again?
@DVK -- See the quote above from JKR. The way she's speaking it sounds like the accidental piece of Voldemort's soul that broke away when he killed Lily itself broke into two pieces. One piece resided in Harry. The other piece goes into a limbo-like existence that is Voldemort in books 1-3, until he is resurrected in GoF. My question is, how do these two soul pieces again come together to create a singular piece of soul, which goes on to become the grotesque creature at Kings Cross?
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