Snape and Werewolves

Severus Snape; the most intriguing character of HP

Snape POV is back in A Study In Magic! High time, too. I missed writing from his perspective. I’ve read it somewhere Snape is one of the best characters J.K. Rowling created. I agree. I don’t like him; if I ever met him in Real Life™, I’d find him too similar to me and hate his guts. But as a character, he is the most interesting.

That said, it’s odd to write about werewolves from Snape’s perspective.

There are so many things I wish to cover for A Study In Magic. Werewolves weren’t one of them, actually, but my fondness for Remus Lupin steered the plot that way. And the more I thought about Lupin and his struggle over Lycanthropy, the more interesting turns did my thoughts take.

Werewolf Curse and the AIDS epidemic


Postmortem: Degrees of Magicalness – from Dumbledore to Lockhart

I’ve been thinking about degrees of magicalness in the Harry Potter world. It came about while I was fleshing out chapter ten of A Study in Magic: Application. So beware if you’re the type who hates spoilers.

From Great to Average to … Lockhart

This post calls for a Lockhart photo

Lockhart’s magic ability perplexes me. He excelled at memory Charms, but mediocre to bad at everything else. How? How?

Let’s suppose memory Charms are N.E.W.T. level magic. Hermione doesn’t even try to learn it until after book six, so the evidence seems to point to this direction. Based on this, one may think Lockhart had N.E.W.T. level Charms education. Neville Longbottom got an “Exceeds Expectations” for his Charms O.W.L.. Can we further assume Lockhart was at least as good as Neville in his fifth year?

Story Updates and World Building

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the holidays at home, being nice and cozy.

Chapter eight of A Study In Magic, the Application is up! You can read it on FFNET or get the whole book here. Now some closing thoughts and notes…

What Species of Snake is Nagini?

I recall JKR said in an interview Nagini is the Boa Constrictor Harry set loose in year one. The films used a Ground Boa. Harry in A Study In Magic met and had a conversation with a Burmese Python when Sherlock and John took him to the London Zoo (you can read about it here). (more…)