LOTEN: So, Pottermore is changing into something else, apparently. It’s now the ‘digital heart of the wizarding world‘. As far as I can tell this means it’s had a tablet/phone friendly redesign which is a pain to use on a computer, and is still going to occasionally give out new shit for us to laugh at, though it’s going to be much harder to find since the story format and navigation seems to have gone out of the window.
They’ve also scrapped the whole Houses thing, temporarily, which apparently means I’ll have to go through the Sorting etc again at some stage. I’m pissed at losing the wand it gave me. Apparently eventually we’ll be tested for our Patronus forms, which could be kind of interesting.
Today, the origins of the Potter family. They’re descended from an absent-minded 12th century wizard nicknamed ‘the Potterer’ (I don’t think ‘pottering about’ was a phrase in the twelfth century, and also absent-minded people plus Potions equals messy death…) who made herbal cures for his Muggle neighbours, who unaccountably did not accuse him of witchcraft. Also he invented Skele-Gro (so much for our hope that it was a cheesy brand name and not the actual thing) and Pepperup and tons of other stuff, because of course he did and those are totally twelfth-century names for things (though it’s completely plausible there have been no medical advances in nine hundred years), and most of the family’s money came from selling his amazing potions to other wizarding folk. Anyway, his eldest son married Ignotus Peverell’s granddaughter, magic cloak, bla bla bla. Various descendants made it to government level and the family often married Muggles – er, Rowling, are you forgetting the definition of PUREBLOOD? You’ve said numerous times that they’re a pureblood family. There’s also no reference to them being related to the Blacks, which was mentioned on the stupid tapestry in Grimmauld Place.
One of their descendants, Henry-known-as-Harry, really liked Muggles, you guys, and argued with the mean nasty government about the whole casually abusing them thing, because he was awesome like that. He then named his son Fleamont for some reason (Henry’s mother’s maiden name, apparently) and Fleamont quadrupled the family’s stash of gold by inventing Sleekeazy hair potion before he and his wife produced James. They both died of dragon pox sometime between James and Lily getting married and Harry being born. It also specifically states that James didn’t inherit the cloak until Daddy snuffed it… one presumes he stole it to use at school to bully people and show off with, then.
So… the family of amazing potioneers and healers (lol yeah right; interesting how Slughorn never mentioned all these famous ancestors, isn’t it) dwindled to the point where two of them died of basically chicken pox. And then James died of stupidity.
I can’t help but feel this is some sort of judgement on them for occasionally marrying Muggles…
MITCHELL: Wow. This is… I’m really not sure what to say about any of this, honestly. The “digital heart of the wizarding world” thing just sounds like more of the same kind of thing as it was trying to do before (e.g. with the Quidditch World Cup and so forth), pretending that the wizarding world actually exists and presenting everything as documenting in-universe things? I really don’t know why they insist on writing things that way, but then I honestly don’t know anything about the people who go there or what the mainstream HP fandom is like these days, maybe it is mostly people who want to roleplay as if this stuff actually exists. Anyway, regardless, you’re quite right it’s more to laugh at… though mostly right now I feel more like finding something hard to bash my head against than laughing.
Hmm, interesting. That surprises me because I’d have thought people would be attached to that… then again, I always thought it was silly.
I really don’t know what to say about any of this supposed history of the Potter family, though, aside from the fact it makes no fucking sense and contradicts pretty much everything she’s written before (like she always does). That said… I did a bit of quick Googling on “pottering about” and I got the impression that that phrase seems to date to the 16th or 17th century at the earliest. Typical. I’d also have said that a nickname like that doesn’t seem to me like the kind of thing that’d end up becoming a family name… but then we’re talking about Britain here, home of Roger the Navel-Fucker, so I’m really not sure any more.
I like your point about how Slughorn really would have commented on these famous ancestors, especially where Potions-related, if they weren’t such an obvious retcon. And also the pureblood thing; does she pay even the slightest bit of attention to her writing any more? (Also let’s notice how the potions they’re credited with inventing are a few of the ones with more memorable names, but all of these are things we already knew existed from canon; it’s not like she’s going to present actual new content… that would require effort. It’s just so transparently lazy.)
LOTEN: Well, the people roleplaying there are shit out of luck now, all the forums and places to post have gone too. I assume to save money on moderators. And yeah, people really were attached to the Houses thing… I quite liked collecting random items in the interactive updates too, not just reading shit – there doesn’t seem to have been much warning that it was all going to be taken away, only a few days’ notice at best.
Yeah, it’s the usual nonsense broken retcons. Only minus the pretty art and ability to interact with any of it, so even less fun than it was previously. And the name origin really is stupid, why couldn’t they have been descended from a Muggle who was a potter, which is where the surname actually comes from in the real world? Or hell, no reason why wizards can’t be into pottery if she wants to keep insisting they were purebloods while saying that they’re actually not. It would make more sense than all the Potions retcon crap.
It honestly seems as though Rowling has basically nothing to do with this site any more, except for the fact that fans would take more care not to contradict existing canon…