Share Your World – 8/18/2020

Share Your World Meets Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter can speak to snakes. If you were able to have conversations with any one animal, what animal would you like to speak to? What would be the topic of your first conversation?

Dogs. I would love to know what the Duke is thinking about. And the birds and squirrels. I wonder if they even think in the sense that we mean it?

The portraits in Hogwart’s dormitories can talk. If your graduation portrait could speak to people passing it by, what would it tell them?

I will take the fifth on that one. I’m sure it would be gibberish.

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger use the Pollyjuice Potion for finding new clues for the happenings at Hogwarts. (The Pollyjuice Potion is a magic potion that allows your body to form into that of another and live their life for a few hours.) If you could transform into another being, who would you chose to be? What would you hope to learn?

Nope. Not going there. I hate rumor, gossip, and loathe eavesdropping. Pollyjuice manages to combine all three.

No one hears anything good by eavesdropping. Rumor-mongering isn’t an official mortal sin, but it ought to be. From rumor-mongering comes blackmail, extortion, and great statements like “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” which to me means that if it looks like “he did it,” assume he did. Out of which you wind up with lynchings and online attacks that make teenagers commit suicide. Shame on those who do it and shame on anyone who encourages it.

There was a flooding in the girl’s bathroom where Moaning Myrtle resides. What has been the most dangerous (or comical) ‘flooding’ where you reside?

There’s nothing funny about flooding. If you can’t afford to have a company come and clear up the mess, it takes months to make your home not stink of rot and mold. There’s nothing fun or humorous about it.

Mundane or “Muggle” Questions

(Serious one which is rather creepy):  How do you think you’ll die?  IF you do think about it?

Considering how hard I’ve fought to stay alive, I do not think about dying. I have enough issues and I’m sure one of them will eventually take me out. In the meantime. life just is and I’m glad to be part of the living.

What’s the best online screen name you’ve seen? “Best” might mean the oddest.

I come up blank on this one. Sorry.

What’s invisible that you wish people could see?

Odor. If people could see how they smell, they might do something about it!

If over time you replace parts on a car, at what point does it stop being the same car you bought? How many parts do you need to replace to make it a new car?

I have so many spare parts in my body, I’m beginning to wonder at what point I stop being me and become someone else, a “miracle of modern medicine.”

As for cars, we can’t afford old cars. We can’t repair them. When the price of your monthly repairs comes close to or exceeds what you’d pay for a new or newer car? Replace it. As for my body, I think I’m out of spare parts.

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17 replies

  1. I love your thoughts on talking to dogs. Noe taht I think about it, I would love to know why they chase thier tails?

    Thanks for participating in the Potter questions this week.


  2. I remember we had this old jalopy that was so old that whenever something went wrong with it we’d rip it out and throw it away. It still worked but rattled less.


  3. Thanks Marilyn for Sharing Your World. I sort of sense that those H.P. questions bother you a little bit. My response is that I believe Roger was asking them in the spirit of the books themselves, and they aren’t meant to be taken in real world situations, but that’s how I interpreted them. None of the things you mentioned about pollyjuice or flooding are funny if taken in an ‘our real world’ sense. Eavesdropping and gossiping are the vilest things around, and bullying ought to be a hate crime and those who do it imprisoned. But. Do those things teach valuable lessons? In standing up to bullies and calling out gossips? Yep. I had to learn them, nobody is exempt, because you’ll always meet someone who is willing to DO them. In my opinion, it trains people for adulthood when we are supposed to be ‘mature’ towards the overgrown adolescents whose parents never taught them NOT to bully or gossip, because we’ve all met them as adults. Well I did any way. Maybe I needed to work in better places..

    Anyway. I hope you weren’t offended by what was truly meant as a light hearted and silly set of questions based on fiction.

    Me? Although I’d never survive the mental trauma of it, I’d love to be Trump for a day. Just to know for myself what the hell goes on in that idiot’s mind. Still, as mentioned, I’d probably go insane after two minutes. Not a good thing at all!

    I’m fully on board with the visible odor. People DO need to see how badly they smell, and I could finally actually sue that bozo next door who keeps pouring out the fiberglass fumes for me and everyone around here to breath. It’s gotta be a crime!

    Thank you Marilyn for participating, and I hope your week is at least tolerable and you find some bright spots in it.


    • I’m grinding slowly towards the conclusion of the refinance. I’ve got bills due and I think it’ll be another week to 10 days before this is finished. Worrying about money is the pits for me.

      I wasn’t a great fan of Harry Potter. I liked parts of it but I didn’t like the relationships between people. The movies were more fun because they left out the annoying details. To top it off, I have a toothache and no time to get to the dentist because I’ve got the oncologist tomorrow and the heart guy on Friday.

      There will always be bullies and victims. I didn’t care for all the sneaking around in the Potter books. Maybe there’s a teaching moment in there, but I didn’t see it. All I saw is that when confronted by bullies, use any means to get back at them and in this case, ANY means.

      I never gave any serious thought to the books. They were strictly light entertainment. The problem is, these questions MADE me think. I know it’s supposed to be just good fun, but if you have to THINK about the books, there’s a lot of nastiness and meanness. It didn’t bother me because I think I read them at super high speed and never thought about them The teachers were more interesting than the kids. I still want to know Dumbledore’s motives. Other teachers were downright kinky.

      The Potter books don’t hold up well compared to many other good children’s sagas. I doubt I’ll read them again. But others, like the Narnia books, “Little Women,” “The Black Stallion” series and other books about young people learning to grow up. The “Little House” books are still wonderful today. To give children a sense of ethics and morals, you have to have a grip on them yourself. To convey meaning to kids, the author has to be invested. In none of the Potter books did I get anything more than a sense of fun. The best parts were about Quidditch.

      I’ve read the Narnia series half a dozen times and once during the past 6 months and I think they are even better now than they were when I first read them. I’ve read “Little Women” so many times I can recite it. I reread “The Black Stallion” a couple of months ago. Even “Pollyanna” had a sincere message. But the Potter books don’t.

      And, to be fair, I’m not a big fan of “youth fiction.” There’s a lot of it being published and most of it is not well-written nor does it contain a strong ethical core. It’s no different than reading comics. Although I always BELIEVED in Superman. And the Lone Ranger. And Hopalong Cassidy. They were GOOD guys.


  4. I love your thoughts on all these questions and I couldn’t agree more.


    • I think children’s authors need to commit to some level of ethics before they can put that stuff into their books. Some do, many don’t. Entertainment has its value, at least insofar as it helps kids read, but books are also teaching tools. Or should be.


      • Couldn’t agree more. If you want to teach a child something of value, then absolutely, but there is a line in the sand as far as I’m concerned. Sorry I haven’t been around, haven’t felt well. Better now, so looking in more often. Adore you and Garry, take care.


  5. Visible odor is a good idea. Would save lot of nasty smells.


  6. How many part have you replaced…?


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