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Edited: May 29, 2011, 9:46pm Top

Welcome to the Hogwarts Express! If you're new to the group, this thread should help you sort out who's who in the group, as well as giving helpful hints for posting and other cool stuff. Feel free to post questions and comments here, as well.

Thanks to all of the group members who contributed to our earlier information thread -- I borrowed from several members' posts to come up with the information in the next four posts. While not credited, your input is much appreciated!

Edit 5/29/11: Recent changes to Talk have made some of what I've said below obsolete -- when I get a chance, I will fix it. In the meantime, if something doesn't make sense, just ask!

Edited: Dec 31, 2009, 10:55am Top

Okay, the first thing I'm going to tell you about, before we let all of the assorted crazies other members of the group loose on this thread, is how to do special stuff with your posts. You're probably wondering how to make things bold or underlined or italicized, or how to cross them out like I did above.

Actually, those things are all pretty easy -- if you are familiar with using html tags, you already know what to do. If not, don't despair! Just use the following formulas:

<i> italics </i>
<b> bold </b>
<u> underlined </u>
<strike> crossed out </strike>

Always remember to "close your tag" by putting the </i> (or whatever) in -- otherwise, the entire rest of the thread will be in italics (or bold, or underlined, or . . . you get the picture).

You can also create
  • bullet points with the <li> and </li> tags
  • or
    Indented paragraphs with <blockquote> and </blockquote>, which is nice for setting quotes apart from the rest of your text

    Oh, one final text-editing trick: the non-breaking space. You may have noticed that LT automatically takes out additional spaces between words. However, if you really want spaces between your words, you can type in & nbsp; (except without the space between the "&" and the "nbsp;") and it will add a space. If you put more than one of those in, put a space in between them.

    No doubt you want to try out all of these cool new tricks now! Please don't do it on this thread. We have a practice thread that you can use to perfect your html skills.

    Edited: Dec 31, 2009, 1:51pm Top

    Okay, so now we know how to do a few html tricks with our text. Very good! Now for links to other websites, which may be a little trickier.

    First of all, if you just want to put a link out there, it's easy. Put a space in front of it and a space behind it and it should link. For example, you might put http://www.librarything.com and see what happens. (You will need to put the "http://www." part, or the computer won't know that it has to go out on the internet to look for that page.)

    Now, if you want to get fancy (or maybe you have a really long link and you want to be nice and make it short, or embed it in a sentence), you do this:


    <a href="www.yourlinkhere">

    then put the word you want highlighted

    then put </a>

    So, a link to <a href="http://www.librarything.com">LibraryThing</a> (the LibraryThing homepage) in a sentence, looks like this:

    I spend way too much time on LibraryThing for my own good!

    That's how to do a link. Now, you may also have noticed that some people put photos in their posts. (we're particularly fond of pictures of


    Posting pictures is easy! First, find the picture you want to post. It needs to be somewhere on the Internet, not just on your computer. You can use Google image search or some other search engine to find the picture you want to add. Copy the web address of the picture to your clipboard. Then, type in
    <img src="http://www.webaddresshere.jpg">

    Now, if you want to post a picture from your computer, you just have to add a couple of steps. First, you'll need to get the picture from your computer to the Internet, and for that, you'll need to use a photo hosting site, such as flickr or photobucket. Both of these sites will tell you how to upload pictures, and both will provide ways to put them on websites -- you want the one that looks like the "img src" tag we used above.

    One last advanced photo-posting trick: Kerian has a clever way of "wrapping" birthday presents, so here's how it's done.

    To do this, you combine two of the html tags we've already talked about: the anchor (a href) tag, and the image (img src) tag.

    The first thing you need to do is find two images -- the "gift" and the "wrapping." I do this by opening two tabs (besides the LT thread where you want to post the gift).

    Let's say I want to use this book stack as a gift:


    But I want this gift box to show on the thread:


    Here's the formula:
    First, put:
    <a href="URL of the item inside the gift">

    Then, where you would normally put a word to describe the link, put an img src tag of the gift box:
    <img_src="URL of the wrapped gift">

    Then put
    to close the tag.

    So, to get the desired result, I would type in the following:

    <a href="http://innovativelyorganized.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/book-stack.jpg"> <img src="http://www.commercialchristmasornaments.com/shop/images/categories/GiftBox.jpg"> </a>

    Ta-da! (Click on the gift box to go to the book stack.)

    Remember, if you want to practice any of these techniques, we have a practice thread so this one doesn't get too crazy!

    Edited: Nov 1, 2013, 5:23pm Top

    A word of caution about posting pictures: when you post a picture using the method I described above, you are actually linking back to the website where the picture really "lives." Some website owners don't like for you to do that, so they make it so their pictures won't show up (they do this either because they want to protect their intellectual property, or because linking to their pictures uses up a lot of their bandwidth, making their site run slower). So, if you try to post a picture and it doesn't show up, that may be why.

    Also, when you're merrily posting pictures, try not to post anything too ginormous, as it makes the entire thread where the big photo is posted hard to navigate.

    How do you know if a picture is going to be too big? Well, if you're pulling it from Google Images, the size is listed. My rule of thumb is to not post anything too much over 500x500. Also, if you right-click on the picture and choose "view image" it shows you the picture at actual size. If it takes up your whole screen, it's going to be too big to post here!

    What should you do if you accidentally post a huge picture? Well, the easiest thing is to just remove it from your post. As you probably have noticed, there's an "Edit" link at the bottom of each of your posts. If you click on that, you can fix your typos, remove unwanted bulky pictures, and close those pesky font tags that make the whole rest of the thread bold and italic! Of coure, the edit link only shows up in posts you wrote -- you can't edit other people's posts, and other peole can't edit yours.

    The other trick you can use if a photo is too big, is to reduce the size. If a picture is big and you want to shrink it, the code is:

    <img src="IMAGE ADDRESS" height="PIXELS" width="PIXELS">

    If you use only one or the other (height or width), it'll scale the picture appropriately. 300-400 pixels in the longer dimension is usually about right for this kind of thread.

    Now you know how to post, do fun effects with text, add links and pictures, and fix anything that gets out of hand. Guess you're ready to get to know our group, so I'll just add a couple quick group-specific notes and turn it over to them.

    Have fun!

    Edited: May 29, 2011, 9:44pm Top

    The last thing I'm going to tell you about are a few things that will make it easier to understand us here. Like most web communities, we've come up with a bit of shorthand in our conversations. While we're not particularly l33t, we do have a few abbreviations and such that you'll want to know. Many of them are ones you probably could guess or infer from their context.

    LT = LibraryThing
    HE = Hogwarts Express

    You'll hear us talk a lot about our "TBR"s, or "To-Be-Read" shelf/list/pile/mountain/etc.

    You may also see references to "ER"s or "ER" books -- this has nothing to do with a quick trip to the hospital, but is actually referencing LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.

    Certain group members have a strong appreciation for particularly attractive members of the opposite gender, so you may see references to "HEG"s -- a "Hot English Guy" (or girl, depending on context, though for some reason the former is correct 99.9% of the time). Of course, the English do not hold a monopoly on hotness, so the phrase gets modified for other nationalities from time to time.

    We sometimes use "kik" as a substitute for "lol" -- if lol is a laugh, kik is a giggle, or what you get when you try to type lol but your fingers are one space over on your keyboard.

    When someone has edited a post, they might type in "ETA" for "Edited to Add" (I've also seen this defined as "Edited to Adjust" -- you get the idea).

    And, since this is a Potter-centric group . . .
    HP = Harry Potter
    JKR = J. K. Rowling
    We also abbreviate the book titles:
    SS/PS = Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
    CoS = Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    PoA = Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    GoF = Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    OotP = Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    HBP = Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    DH = Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    A word of warning: since it's been over a year since the final book in the series was released, we're not always careful about posting "spoiler" warnings when we talk about things that happen in the books. So, if you haven't read all of the Harry Potter books and you want the ending to be a surprise, tread carefully.

    That covers the basics, but if you see something you don't recognize or can't figure out, just ask!

    Apr 16, 2009, 12:37am Top

    *Looks around*

    I seem to have stayed up past everyone's bedtime, putting in explanations.

    Oh, you're wondering who I am, exactly? Well, I'm foggidawn, often called foggi. I'm one of the co-"owners" of the Hogwarts Express group, which is a lot less impressive than it sounds. (Kerian is the other co-owner; she'll be around to introduce herself soon.) You can read a little more about me on my profile, but for the sake of the discussion here, I'm a children's librarian, I have one relative (my brother, Espeon200) who posts regularly on HE, my favorite HP book is PoA, my favorite HP characters are Dumbledore and Snape. And I tend to go on and on about things, as evidenced by the first five posts on this thread, but I'm going to stop now.


    Apr 16, 2009, 5:02am Top

    Oh foggi, you are wonderful!

    Hi all.

    I'm LadyN, sometimes referred to as Lady, sometimes N....or other permutations. I'm often not around at the same time as everyone else, since I'm one of the few HE Brits. (That's HE as in Hogwarts Express not Hot English..., but who am I to comment?) However, that doesn't mean I'm not keeping a keen eye on all the goings oni around here...

    Apr 16, 2009, 7:48am Top

    Lol Foggi, Have you ever written a text book? You should give it a go your explinations are wonderful!!!!

    I'm Ms_Bella, It has been shortend to Bella. I don't have any relatives on LT but I hope you all enjoy it here... Don't be afraid to jump right in on discussions even though we can get off topic!

    Apr 16, 2009, 8:50am Top

    *claps at foggi's tremendous effort*
    Very nice foggi!

    *sigh* Snape. foggi said Snape. *sigh*

    I'm kirbyowns/kirbyjack, but you can just call me kirby. I keep 2 seperate LT accounts so I can keep my school books seperate from my personal books. I guess you can infer from that sentence that I am a teacher. I try to check in before school and after school when I can. Sometimes I'm on here during my lunch time too. Anywho.....


    Apr 16, 2009, 9:18am Top

    thanks foggi - dixie works fine i guess it's cool with me or DK works but that makes me think of my mom's WOW game death knight whatever you wanna call me is fine

    Apr 16, 2009, 9:25am Top

    Hello newbies!

    I'm biblioholic29, which even I hate to type, so people around here just call me bib. I have relatives galore which occasionally pop up here on the HE. My sister Mandy2 (or Mandy) is around most often and our other sister hollybeee (or holly) pops in every so often. Also our dad Mutumbo (emphasis added) has recently started posting occasionally. We're still working on a nickname for him.

    I have a job that is occasionally super busy and often slow as molasses, so I can generally be counted on to post throughout the work day and maybe a little on the evenings and weekends. And to follow foggi's lead my favorite HP book is OotP (my least favorite HP movie is OotP) and my favorite character is....ummmmm....all the Weasleys....even Percy.

    Apr 16, 2009, 10:09am Top

    Wow, bib, this must have taken forever! I even learned a couple of things. 8)

    Hello, I'm MEM... um ... I'm a Libra and I don't have an actual favorite HP character. I loved them all. um....I have two point three kids...and I have a mother, pollysmith, that gets on here, too, but I don't like to claim her. 8)

    Edited: Apr 16, 2009, 11:58am Top

    I'm littlegeek, often called simply LG. I used to spend more time here, but I pop in from time to time especially when we're discussing books or tv shows. PoA is my favorite HP book and movie. oh, and btw, I hated THE BOOK. (Did you explain that one, foggi?)

    edited for bad html

    Apr 16, 2009, 12:00pm Top

    Oh yeah, and I'm also known for posting redheads into the HEG threads. So sue me.

    Apr 16, 2009, 12:02pm Top

    Oh, and I'm a knitter and I post my projects in the Craft Corner threads. And my memory isn't what it used to be.

    Apr 16, 2009, 12:28pm Top

    KIK lg.

    I'll do the honors for The Book. There are many people here with strong feelings about Twilight, both positive and negative. When I first started reading it, I was hesitant and started calling it The Book instead of by it's title. Things snowballed from there so:
    The Book=Twilight
    The Next Book=New Moon (I think, I don't even know the order of the middle books!)
    The Book After Next=Eclipse
    The Last Book=Breaking Dawn and
    His Book=for Midnight Sun.

    The last one is particularly important as Stephenie Meyer has said she won't finish it until people stop talking about it. :)

    Apr 16, 2009, 2:29pm Top

    Hello and welcome to the Newcomers!

    I am Renald128 but everyone calls me Ron (my real name is Ronald so it figures) or Ren around here. My favorite HP book is Deathly Hallows and my favorite characters are Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood. And I don't have any strong feelings about The Book although I have read them.

    Apr 16, 2009, 3:34pm Top

    Welcome newcomers!

    I'm jugglingpaynes, but everyone calls me crazy. I mean JP. They just think I'm crazy. :o) I am the one who is easily sidetracked, likes to have a good laugh, and yes, I really do juggle. I also draw comics and homeschool. My oldest is another LT HEer, catbastet. But I'll let her speak for herself.

    And me. She tends to do my editing.

    Apr 16, 2009, 3:48pm Top

    Hello and welcome all newcomers! I'm 06nwingert. The 06 is the year I graduated high school (as a general rule, I use the year I graduated high school or the year I will graduate college as part of my user names/passwords for various internet sites that require said information; it makes everything a lot easier). The n is the first letter of my first name (Nathan) and wingert is my last name. People call me wing, or Nathan (though they haven't done that yet, but are allowed to). I work at a library, and, by extension, read all the time. I'm attempting to become a published author. My favorite HP book is OotP, which happens to be my favorite movie.

    Apr 16, 2009, 4:15pm Top

    I'm catbastet, crazy's daughter. Most everybody calls me cat. My favorite HP book is probably either Prisoner of Azcaban or Deathly Hallows. I like art, knitting, reading (obviously), and twisting into yoga positions. I do a great impression of a pretzel.

    Apr 16, 2009, 6:18pm Top

    I hate doing these things *looks around hoping someone else will be chosen*.

    I'm MsDonna aka MsD. My favourite HP book is The Philosopher's Stone and my favourite HP movie would be Prisoner of Azcaban. See the 'u' in favourite? That means I'm from a country where we usually try to use the queen's English.

    I'm MrAndrew's wife, or is he my husband? I take no responsibility for any images posted by MrA, or anything said by him.

    Apr 16, 2009, 6:29pm Top

    > 14

    Wow, where on earth did you find that picture of the young Bill Gates? He looks almost human!

    Apr 16, 2009, 6:41pm Top

    I'm Pollysmith, MEM_82 's mother and love to embarress her...er...I mean I love to comment. I'm here almost daily at some point. My favorite Hp book is SS/PS
    and is also my favorite movie thus far of the series.

    Apr 16, 2009, 7:45pm Top

    I am MrAndrew, a robot from the planet plotznic. You may call me MrA or 10110101101. You will all be assimilated. Resistance is futile. Have a nice day.

    Apr 16, 2009, 8:01pm Top

    #24: *sigh* If you give away all of our secrets, no one will want to join.

    Apr 16, 2009, 9:09pm Top

    Wow Foggi! Nice work!

    This is me getting JP back on track. ;)

    I'm lefty33, usually just lefty. Yes I am left-handed. My favorite HP book is OotP. I work in special needs for children with severe and profound disabilities at the junior/senior high school level. I also do alterations and custom sewing. If there is time at the end of the day after all that, I love to knit, write, run, quilt, learn a new language ... things like that. Oh, and I read constantly.

    My sister Mindylou182 (Mindy) posts often. My brother bigmikeyt, husband boilerbum, and RL friend bdevil4 don't post often but are on LT.

    Apr 16, 2009, 9:53pm Top

    Ah-hahahahaha! "boilerbum"!

    So, you are saying he has a hot butt?

    Apr 16, 2009, 9:53pm Top

    *snicker* lefty said "bum".

    Apr 16, 2009, 10:07pm Top

    #27 and 28 are a demonstration of why assimilation is annoying.

    Edited: Apr 16, 2009, 10:11pm Top

    Hey there!

    I'm picolina, often referred to as pico, pic (although that gets confusing since you can call pictures pics), pi (apparently pronounced 3.14159265). Ummm, my fave HP book is OotP, and my least fave HP movie is GoF. I love reading, LTing, biking, running, and um, ya. You can learn more bout me on my profile.

    Have fun!

    Apr 16, 2009, 10:54pm Top

    24- I don't know, that seems kind of long. Can I call you 101 for short?

    Apr 16, 2009, 11:24pm Top

    No! That's a rude word!

    Apr 16, 2009, 11:27pm Top

    Oops. I'm so embarrassed now!

    Apr 16, 2009, 11:49pm Top

    I accept your apology, 110101.

    Apr 17, 2009, 12:13am Top

    I'm so sorry I've not been here! I've been so busy with work and whatnot. A few updates about myself:

    I went to London a few weeks ago AND:

    1) Saw Les Miserables!!!! So good, as usual.

    2) Saw Wicked (all time favorite musical!!!!) AND guess who I saw there? RUPERT!!!! THE Rupert...the Weasely! But only for a second, because security rescued him from the mob of girls surrounding him. And no, I was not part of the mob, but the one walking down the stairs as he came out of the throng.

    3) Saw performance of "A Winter's Tale", put on by RSC in Stratford-Upon-Avon!!!!!!! From second row, no less!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am now an official fan of Shakespeare.

    So anyway, that's the biggest thing that's happened with me. Now I'm off to catch up with all of you!

    *Thank you SOOOO much for this info. thread foggi!*

    Apr 17, 2009, 12:14am Top

    That is so COOL, AR!

    Apr 17, 2009, 12:17am Top

    I was thinking of all you guys over there...you would have loved it!!!!

    Apr 17, 2009, 12:18am Top

    Did I mention the organ recital at Westminster?
    And the piano and violin recital at St. Martin's in the Fields??

    So much cool stuff! Original writing of Shakespeare...and I bought a photocopy of the first folio of Romeo and Juliet. COOLEST book I now own.

    Edited: Apr 17, 2009, 5:51am Top

    > 24 (not 14 lol - thanks for that #40)

    You are clearly neither American nor related to the Borg. If you were, you would know that "resistance is feudal" :-)

    (a sentiment that applies equally to Bill Gates though haha #14)

    Apr 17, 2009, 5:47am Top

    Apr 17, 2009, 5:59am Top

    >#39: You will be aspirated.

    Edited: Apr 17, 2009, 9:10am Top

    i am dixiekoala or dixie tho you can acall me DK but my name is renee...whatever floats your boat...okay so i hav no family on this site i am on here because it looked cool and all you people are soo funny and random my favorite book is the SS (cuz thats how it all began) and my fav movie is GoF (i like the Dragon) my favorite character is Draco Malfoy (big snaps for Tom Felton). And i love The Book and all its series.
    i love art i draw and paint i crochet and i write music. Music is like my life! i play piano, clarinet, saxophone.and i am learning to play guitar. I am also i member of my high schools color guard and marching/concert/jazz bands. Thats about it!

    Apr 17, 2009, 9:07am Top

    </b> Turning off the bold.

    Apr 17, 2009, 9:10am Top

    Hi DK ! Hope you feel at home here.

    Apr 17, 2009, 9:11am Top

    #43 i forgot how i had to go look

    #44 thanks

    Apr 17, 2009, 9:13am Top

    #45: People forget to turn off their bold and italics all the time around here. The next person by will usually just throw in a post and do it for them, which is what I was doing. Don't sweat it!

    Apr 17, 2009, 9:16am Top

    Thanks bib

    Edited: Apr 17, 2009, 9:21am Top

    #38 - AR - Welcome to London! (Sorry it's late, but if people don't say their coming, it's hard to greet in time! ;-) I could have met you for coffee!!) Glad you had a great time.

    Apr 17, 2009, 9:25am Top

    You will be assimilated slobbered on.

    Apr 17, 2009, 9:29am Top

    OMG! Is he a Borg-oi? A Labra-Borg? An Assimil-sation? Whatever, if he turns those headlamp eyes on me, I'm going to surrender, right away!

    Apr 17, 2009, 9:33am Top

    it's cute koala bear just like me 8)

    sorry practiceing picture post thingymajigs

    Apr 17, 2009, 9:38am Top


    Apr 17, 2009, 10:14am Top

    Tid: That's a rare species of the Welshie-Borg. Everytime he looks that way to me I have to surrender too. It usually ends in giggles and kisses though.

    Apr 17, 2009, 10:15am Top


    Apr 19, 2009, 6:08pm Top

    Hello to our newbies! I'm Kerian but sometimes called K. I have an unpredictable work schedule so sometimes I'm here a lot and other times I miss this place as it will feel like days since I've been here. I might be here very late LT time (which is running on Eastern Standard Time) because I'm on the west coast of the US. I can't pick a favorite HP book and character but I can tell you my least favorite book is CoS and my least favorite character is that oh-so-obvious Voldemort. (Who has that mysterious ticking noise in mind? ;)

    #42 --> Welcome, dixiekoala! :)

    Apr 19, 2009, 10:49pm Top

    foggidawn here, posting under the group owner account. When you see someone posting with this login name, it is either Kerian or foggidawn. We use this account when we want to make changes to the information on the group homepage, the movie watch thread, or any "official" announcements (these are pretty rare -- you won't see a lot of posts from "Hogwarts_Express").

    Just wanted to let everyone know that I went ahead and linked this thread to the group homepage in place of the old one. I (posting as foggidawn, of course) also made a couple of updates to the first few posts.

    Welcome, newcomers!

    Apr 20, 2009, 6:06am Top

    I have a confession to make.

    I post here because there are a lot of cool threads, discussions, games etc, and I'm an incurable rabbiter.

    (Patience, I haven't reached the confession yet)

    The fact is ... (mumbles, gazing down towards feet) ... erm ... I actually don't like ... (looks out of window and refuses to meet the gaze of group owner) ... Harry Potter ... (runs away in confusion, expecting to hear a thunderclap behind and the sound of galloping horses).

    Apr 20, 2009, 6:32am Top

    Who's Harry Potter?

    Apr 20, 2009, 7:05am Top

    Tid, that took a lot of courage and for that you are still welcome here. Prehaps we can cure your incomprehensible dislike of HP! just kidding. Of course you are still welcome to post!

    Apr 20, 2009, 7:33am Top

    OMG ! I made that confession, waited for the thunderbolt ... next thing I knew when I came to refresh the Talk pages :

    "Sorry, we're down - We''ll be back in a few minutes"

    I withdraw my confession !! I love Harry Potter !!! I don't want this power !!!!

    Well, you all seem very kind, so if you can forgive me for bringing LT down ...

    Apr 20, 2009, 8:03am Top

    *sounding like her mother* have you actually read the HP books Tid? I put off reading them for years and I was always secretly snarky about adults I saw reading the books. Finally a co-worker who I respect convinced me to read PS and I was hooked. Lucky for me it was when HBP had already been published so I didn't have to wait too long for Deathly Hallows.

    Apr 20, 2009, 8:23am Top

    MsD- I refused to read them until the 4th book came out. I finally gave up my little fit and decided to try one. I picked up the 4th book first from the library. Read through it. Three days later I was back at the library picking up the first 3.

    Apr 20, 2009, 8:25am Top

    > 61

    I did try, but I couldn't get on with her style of writing (this is such a subjective thing, I know). Compared to Philip Pullman or most of my favourite authors, she makes me wince a bit. But, (though I've never finished a HP) I have to say that her story-telling seems awesome - I guess for me it's the "Isaac Asimov syndrome" : fantastic stories, just can't get on with the prose!

    Apr 20, 2009, 8:33am Top

    It might be worthwhile try again at a later. I was like that with The Shipping News but I can honestly say it is now one of my favourite books of all time.

    Apr 20, 2009, 8:42am Top

    #57/63: So long as you've given them a try and you don't start any "I hate Harry" threads (which unfortunately occurs occasionally) you're cool with us! We do have a lot going on here that isn't Harry related at all and I'm glad you're having fun with it!

    Apr 20, 2009, 8:45am Top

    > 65

    Thanks! And no, I wouldn't dare, I'd be lynched haha.

    Edited: Apr 20, 2009, 10:05am Top

    Tid: Have you been watching the movies? Not that they are an accurate depiction of the real HP story but a little HP is still HP. Don't worry if you haven't seen the movies we won't hold that against you either. We're glad you like it here and that you feel you can fit in even if you are not a fan!

    Apr 20, 2009, 10:13am Top

    Actually, I should try a movie, you're right. And they would be light relief after Lord Of The Rings. Mind, I haven't even seen the Golden Compass yet! (Perhaps that should be my strategy? WATCH HP, and READ PP).

    Apr 20, 2009, 10:32am Top

    Frankly, I know a number of people who didn't like the first HP, but continued and ended up enjoying it by the end. Also, sometimes your mood at the time you read a particular book can affect your opinion about it.

    And really, you shouldn't be worried about us. We all have such diverse likes and dislikes here. We don't mind if someone doesn't enjoy HP, we just get curious as to why. So always be prepared to explain!

    Apr 20, 2009, 8:53pm Top

    JP is right i am NOT a huge fan of the first 2 HP books but i stuck with it and i love the rest i havn't seen the Golden Compass but i love the book though the subtle knife confused me a lil well ALOT i never finished it.... should I?

    Apr 20, 2009, 10:36pm Top

    I personally didn't like the movie of The Golden Compass but I loved the books. They're one of my fave series, other than HP. I think you should try to finish The Subtle Knife dix, it was confusing, but I just really loved how Pullman pulled it all together at the end.

    Apr 21, 2009, 1:57am Top

    I guess as long as it comes together in the end i will be okay thanks pico i will try as soon as my school stuff slows down

    Apr 21, 2009, 7:36am Top

    You need to try and finish The Subtle Knife as that sets the scene for The Amber Spyglass. But if it's too hard-going, you could just dive straight in to the third book - no-one is going to know! (Actually, I liked Subtle Knife best of the three).

    Apr 21, 2009, 9:38am Top

    *keeps quiet and says nothing about how dull she fond Amber Spyglass, apart from the very last page, and that she wishes the whole thing had been condensed into 2 books, not 3*

    Yes, The Subtle Knife was my favourite of the three too Tid.

    Apr 21, 2009, 11:10am Top

    #74: I'm getting mixed messages here. Was it dull, or are you fond of it? :o)

    Edited: Apr 21, 2009, 12:17pm Top

    Sorry, I wasn't very clear was I!

    Of the 3 books in the series, I enjoyed The Subtle Knife the most. I found The Amber Spyglass to be long-winded and unnecessary for the most part, although the conclusion was lovely.

    I have various issues with the series and am not a huge fan, but I think my biggest problem is with Pullman himself, who I just can't take to.

    eta - I've just spotted the typo to which you are referring, JP! Doh!

    Apr 21, 2009, 12:51pm Top

    Lady N I know what you mean. I adored the Golden Compass for making a tough little girl the hero but then he minimizes her later in the series.

    He uses uses a religion of sort and mythologizes it for his series but he resents it and openly speaks against it in his public appearances and I don't think you get to use the magical to attack the magical.

    I am glad I read the books but Pullman has more that is frustrating about him as an author.

    Apr 21, 2009, 1:00pm Top

    #77 - In addition to which, I'm uncomfortable with how impressed he seems to be with his own intelligence. I think Phillp Pullman's biggest fan is Phillip Pullman, and to me it comes across in his writing.

    But please, this is not a personal attack on anyone who enjoys his books - it is merely my own opinion, and not a criticism of anyone who does not share it.

    Apr 21, 2009, 1:20pm Top

    #76-78 -- You both put that so much better than I ever could. I'm glad "His Dark Materials" is a series that so many enjoy, but Pullman's attitude toward so many things spoils it for me . . . and I felt that, as I went into the series, the plot grew less important, and the ideology of the author grew more important.

    Apr 21, 2009, 1:23pm Top

    76-79: I couldn't agree more. I'm happy to have read it, as I don't believe in declaring an opinion on something until you've actually experienced it. However, I had the same problems as many of you have mentioned and will likely not pick it up again.

    And since is the info thread, obviously we're all a bit nutty, but occasionally in-depth literary discussions breakout unexpectedly!

    Edited: Apr 21, 2009, 2:31pm Top

    I felt the Golden Compass was the best of the series and I quite enjoyed it. I thought the end sucked and didn't fit with the rest of the series, more like Pullman had this end he wanted and finally just said "OK enough I'll just MAKE this happen".

    ETA :
    readafew is a troglodyte that lurks in the HE and periodically spews non sequiturs and semi useful bits of trivia. Like "readafew" can be type correctly with one hand on the qwerty keyboard.

    Apr 21, 2009, 2:30pm Top

    I know I've said this before, but I had a hard time getting through The Golden Compass because it didn't seem to gell together for me. I didn't pick up the 2nd book for that reason.

    Apr 21, 2009, 3:54pm Top

    #80 - "And since is the info thread, obviously we're all a bit nutty, but occasionally in-depth literary discussions breakout unexpectedly!"

    I did feel a bit bad when I realised the Dark Materials discussion had hijacked the info thread, but then I thought well, no, it's par for the course really - best the newbies get used to it as soon as possible! :-D

    Apr 21, 2009, 7:50pm Top

    I personally liked The Amber Spyglass the most, but I agree with all of you. The ending was completely unrelated to The Golden Compass and as foggi said, as the books went on, the plot grew kinda unimportant, and we could sense more what Pullman really wanted to show when he was writing his books.

    But personally, I kinda ignore those facts, and the fantasy and plot of the books makes them great for me.

    *Apologizes to everyone for getting the thread off-track again. Oh-well!*

    Apr 21, 2009, 9:16pm Top

    Sorry, but I'm going to take the thread off track for about 30 seconds. I LOVE The Amber Spyglass. It's my favorite book in the trilogy. The ending was both unexpected and expected. Pullman took John Milton's Paradise Lost and expanding it to fit into his world. If you've ever read that, the ending to Amber Spyglass is expected. However, what happened to some of the characters was unexpected.

    Ok, the threads back on track now.

    Apr 21, 2009, 11:25pm Top

    Re: Pullman, I never bothered to read the final book. I didn't like the way he stuck a boy in the second book and then made Lyra into a dumb female.

    Apr 22, 2009, 7:52am Top

    aww no, never dumb - just becoming an adolescent

    oh wait ...

    Apr 22, 2009, 9:15am Top

    86 > yes that was disheartening. If I remember it gets worse in the last book.

    Apr 22, 2009, 9:26am Top

    Gee, now I won't read the books

    Edited: Dec 31, 2009, 1:55pm Top

    Yikes! I was just checking the threads I have linked to from the homepage and realized that, when Tim did something to how LT deals with HTML in Talk forums a while back, it really messed with my explanations in the first few posts here. I'm working on fixing them. . . .

    ETA: Okay, they're pretty much fixed. If something doesn't make sense, let me know -- it could be that something similar has happened and I need to work on it again.

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:22am Top

    Ok, so I'm so new to LibraryThing and Hogwarts Express. My name is SavvyRose some call me Savvy, some Rose, some SavvyRose my real name is Kris and you can call me that too...but I do prefer Savvy though I won't kill anyone if they forget that little fact (LOL)...I have been reading the Harry Potter series for 10 years now...I was a late-starter (LOL). I am obsessed with Harry Potter and very grateful to the magnificent genius known as J.K. Rowling seeing as how she introduced me to my favorite genre of Fantasy (LOL). I do use LOL alot, I have been told this many times before. My favorite Harry Potter book is HBP and my favorite characters are: Ron, Dumbledore, Hagrid, Hermione, Harry, George & Fred :'(, Ginny, Arthur, and Molly. I love most of the characters...but I won't list all of them...These are just the main ones. I am a fan of the movies...though I find myself criticizing them more often than not. I am currently a film student so I truly cannot hate them (like some fans I know do).

    Sorry if that was too much information....I could talk for days on Harry Potter!!!

    Jun 4, 2010, 7:32am Top

    Welcome, Savvy!

    Jun 4, 2010, 11:01am Top

    Welcome Savvy! Film student, eh? Do you know a lot of movie quotes? *she said, trying to get new people into the movie quote conversation thread*

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:41pm Top

    Hi! Welcome aboard!

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:51pm Top

    Hi Savvy!

    Jun 4, 2010, 3:33pm Top

    Er, hi... I'm new here, and I was just browsing and saw this group (huge HP fan, and thought "that's the group for me!") so I'm just going to say hello...
    I'm LovesReading, but I'm not really allowed to say my real name on here, so LR will have to do as a nickname :( , my favourite book is definitely Deathly Hallows, and NEVILLE is my absolute hero

    Jun 4, 2010, 4:25pm Top

    Hello Savvy and LR!

    Jun 4, 2010, 9:31pm Top

    #96 -- Welcome, LR! Nice to have some new posters.

    *tosses Resurrection Stone to Savvy and LR* Feel free to post on old posts if you see any that interest you. I think we have one about wands, and one about patronuses (patronii?), and The Monster Thread of Monsters, and a thread for ranking the books in the series . . .

    Yeah, that should do it.

    Jun 5, 2010, 3:35pm Top

    Thanks, will do! Sounds great :)

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:32pm Top

    Welcome LR and Savvy! *tosses welcoming confetti*

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:14pm Top

    Hello everyone,

    I'm Emma, and you could call me Em :">
    I'm a fan of Harry Potter for nearly 7 years. My favorite book is Harry Potter and Deathly Hallow, I love Fred&George and I'm really sad at Fred's death ;____;
    I love books the most and I could spend all day on talking about books :">, and I love music too :">, every kind of music except rap and hiphop ;____;

    I'm glad to find out this place to talk about HP :">

    Nice to meet all of u!!

    Mar 11, 2011, 6:46am Top

    hello Em, glad you could join us!

    Mar 12, 2011, 1:41am Top

    I've missed a lot on this thread, one thing being a discussion on a favorite series as far back as a year ago.

    Using the resurrection stone . . . . I find everyone's reactions and opinions of Pullman and His Dark Materials (aka The Golden Compass and such) understandable despite that I love his books. I personally found the first book to be my favorite. It expands a lot from there, but there you have it. Like HP and Thursday Next books, I've lost count how many times I've read it.

    Welcome to the group, Em/Aik212! I'm glad you were able to discover LT. It's candy for bookworms. :)

    May 19, 2011, 7:26pm Top

    I'm just checking out the 'heart' thing... lt's see if it works:

    May 19, 2011, 7:36pm Top

    Oh yeah! It works! Now, I'm gonna try for a pic...

    ...if that worked, they are McFly... The BEST band in the universe... (From right to left): Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter, Harry Judd (not the best photo, but... :P)

    May 19, 2011, 7:37pm Top

    ::stares:: Well, even the link disappeared....

    ::leaves, confused::

    May 19, 2011, 8:24pm Top

    I have trouble with pics too Tabby. Keep trying

    Edited: May 29, 2011, 6:40pm Top

    #5 - (ETA) I don't know if anyone caught this. I know this is a Harry Potter group but when telling of the book abbreviations you left out Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which I know would be abbreviated OOTP

    Just thought you should know

    May 29, 2011, 8:17pm Top

    *ominous voice* We do not speak of that book.

    Kidding. I don't know how we all missed that, but OoTP is missing. Just shows you how much we all trust foggi to give the correct information!

    May 29, 2011, 8:44pm Top

    bad Foggi! Bad! Bad!

    May 29, 2011, 9:43pm Top

    *sigh* I will fix it. I need to do a complete overhaul of the first few posts, as I see that some of my images have gone missing, and some of the changes to Talk affect what I've written.

    May 30, 2011, 8:39am Top

    Sorry I didn't mean to get anyone into trouble or anything. I was trying to be helpful...lol. I stumbled across this discussion yesterday and was reading and noticed.

    May 30, 2011, 9:17am Top

    Don't be silly! No one's in trouble!

    May 30, 2011, 9:20am Top

    Almost no-one.

    May 30, 2011, 9:46am Top

    Just me. Well, and I suspect MrA is always in trouble of one sort or another (maybe MsDonna can weigh in on that).

    Just kidding, Ali -- thanks for bringing it to my attention!

    May 30, 2011, 1:34pm Top

    Your welcome!

    Jun 6, 2011, 10:42am Top

    Hi, I'm kinda new to this group. I love reading about Harry and his friends. Hope I'd get to know you guys pretty soon

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:11am Top

    #117 -- Welcome to the group!

    Jun 6, 2011, 3:02pm Top

    #117- Welcome to the group. I'm semi- new as well but everyone is really nice here.

    Jun 7, 2011, 4:59am Top

    I'm not.

    ...but just for a change: Welcome!

    Jun 10, 2011, 3:21pm Top

    I'm a noob (Allie, technically we both are)... But WELCOME!

    Jun 10, 2011, 6:06pm Top

    #121 - Yeah that's true

    Jun 13, 2011, 12:56am Top

    Welcome, Blue.Morpho!

    Jul 10, 2011, 1:11am Top

    Hi, I'm new. Expect me here a lot.

    Jul 10, 2011, 8:25am Top


    Trod in that superglue we left lying around, huh?

    Jul 10, 2011, 9:37am Top

    Hello and welcome Skawidlay!

    Jul 10, 2011, 11:48pm Top

    Yes, I was immediately hooked. Thank you!

    Jul 11, 2011, 5:51pm Top

    oops i missed this thread!!! oh well... here i am! i want to try out thoseold and italic formulas, so dont mind me!


    Jul 11, 2011, 5:51pm Top

    cool!!! it worked!!!

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:17am Top

    Hey my Name in Cara... you can call me Ara (like my two year old cousin) Car (Like my four year old cousin) or Ce Ce (like my friends). Either way it all good ;).

    Jul 20, 2011, 6:09pm Top

    hi Cara/Ara/Car/Ce Ce!! im sarah!!

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:50pm Top

    Hey! You don't have to call me Cara/Ara/Car/Ce Ce.. just choose what ever suits you.

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:57am Top

    Caraaracarcece bo-bannah BANANA-fana fo-fannah fee-fi-mo-mara... Cara!

    Edited: Jul 21, 2011, 5:02pm Top

    133- hahahahahahahhaahahahahahaha very nice, mr a, i see you learned ur girl scout around-the-fire chants very well.
    132- i know, i was just veing fun...... is Ce Ce ok? i like that name, and i dont know anyone with that name......

    Jul 22, 2011, 7:20pm Top

    LOL yeah Ce Ce is lagit!!! Lol Mr A

    Edited: Jan 28, 2012, 2:09pm Top

    Hello everyone! I'm new here. I hope I'm in the right thread...

    I'm AvocadoPenguin but you can also call me Juliet or AP, depending on which one you remember and can be bothered to type. I'm a university dropout from London.

    I've been a Harry Potter fan for over 13 years but I never seem to tire of the books. My favourite book is PoA and my favourite character is Neville Longbottom.

    I look forward to getting to know you all better!

    Jan 28, 2012, 2:26pm Top

    Welcome, AP!

    Jan 28, 2012, 3:09pm Top

    Welcome AvocadoPenguin! Glad to see a Neville fan, and I hope you have fun here. Feel free to jump into the conversations anywhere! :)

    Jan 28, 2012, 8:12pm Top

    Welcome AP!

    Jan 29, 2012, 5:06am Top

    Penguins. They always go for Neville. He's huge in Antartica.

    Hi AP!

    Jan 29, 2012, 1:49pm Top

    Yes, antarticans are known to go for the herbology whiz types.

    Hello all! I'm read_books but don't have an official nickname, so feel free to call me whatever takes your fancy. I've been posting for a while now, but never formally introduced myself. So... my fav HP book isprobably SS, even though I know quite a few people that don't like it and my favorite character has to be Luna or P. McGonagall and my favorite movie is the GoF. *puases for breath* and my favorite non Harry book is (currently) the Invention of Hugo Cabret. I think that covers it!

    Welcome, AP!

    Jan 29, 2012, 7:59pm Top


    read_books, I think you have been posting long enough for a nickname. What do you like? r_b maybe?

    Extra warm welcome to AP!

    Jan 29, 2012, 9:29pm Top

    i shall call you fluffy.

    Jan 29, 2012, 9:55pm Top

    I was given a nickname once, but it was never used and I don't remember what it was. Kasongo is short enough.

    Edited: Jan 30, 2012, 1:57pm Top

    Fluffy :)? Like the 3 headed dog? Where did that come from?

    r_b sounds good to me! Maybe when I'm a famous author, that could be my alias... RB... I like it!

    Oh, never mind! Do the initials REB ring a bell to anyone?

    Kasongo's a cool name by itself!

    Edited: Jan 30, 2012, 5:35am Top

    >#144: oingo boingo?

    >#145: fluffy. Like something wot is made of fluff. Fluffesque, if you will. You said, and i quote, "feel free to call me whatever takes your fancy". And I choose to call you fluffy. It is my fancy. No backsies. Fluffy i say you are, and fluffy you will be until the end of time. Revel in your fluffiness.

    Jan 30, 2012, 7:11am Top

    Could call you rebo. yeah I like that!

    Edited: Jan 30, 2012, 7:33am Top

    MrA- I did say that, didn't I? All righty then! Feel free to call me Fluffy. ;)

    Polly- although fluffy is hard to beat, I think I like rebo!

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:52am Top

    #146: LOL!
    #147-8: I like rebo, too! Although it is hard to compete with Fluffy, rebo actually takes some of the letters of your username, which would make it easier to remember outside of this thread. Fluffy would have to be explained a lot. :o)

    Jan 30, 2012, 1:19pm Top

    Fluffy is a pretty epic nickname. :)

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:35pm Top

    I may combine the two and refer to you as Fluffy Rebo. Which would also make an excellent band name, I feel.

    Edited: Mar 6, 2012, 7:28pm Top

    151- LOL! Perhaps it would! If we ever see a band named Fluffy Rebo, we'll know where they got thief inspiration! :^)

    149- I agree, rebo would make a lot more sense.

    Rebo it is!

    Aug 21, 2012, 9:39pm Top

    for the record....to register so I won't again forget this thread!!!.

    Aug 22, 2012, 8:19pm Top

    I'm a newbie to this group and just found this very informative thread!! Hello to all!

    I was a late-comer to the Harry party myself. My bosses introduced me to the series 7 years ago when I was having major meltdown issues in Atlanta traffic. They loaned me SS on audio book and I was HOOKED! I immediately began listening to each book in turn and was able to get caught up in time for the release of the last two books. Still, audio is how I listen to Harry. I get to savor it that way and I hear something new / fresh every time I listen to one.

    I can't begin to pick a favorite book or character. I love them all (minus Snape & Malfoy). Nobody in my RL is a huge HP fan so finding this group is a treat for me!

    Oh, I'm Tina (as you can see by my handle). :-)

    Dec 29, 2012, 1:33pm Top

    I'm Riley18, you can just call me Riley, and I'm new to LT but not HP. I love all the books although DH is my favorite. Favorite characters......... no idea, I hate Umbridge though.

    Dec 29, 2012, 5:40pm Top

    Hello Riley!

    Dec 29, 2012, 7:35pm Top

    Welcome, Riley!! We are a fun, if slightly kooky bunch, so you'll likely find yourself laughing and shaking your head a bunch as you settle in. :)

    Dec 30, 2012, 7:01am Top

    I'm fun, and grkmwk is slightly kooky. Hi Riley! Also hi to TinaV95! You have interesting overlords.

    Dec 30, 2012, 1:12pm Top

    Hi everybody. Sounds like fun. I think everybody that I know is more than slightly kooky, so I think I'll be good.

    Dec 31, 2012, 11:20pm Top

    Welcome, Riley!

    Jan 5, 2013, 10:34pm Top

    Hey Riley! And everyone else! *waves timidly* I've been gone from LT for awhile, but I think its time to jump back in! You can call me rebo (or, if you are MrA, Fluffy)

    Jan 8, 2013, 6:03am Top

    Hi fluffmonster!

    Feb 7, 2013, 10:25pm Top

    I'm hellosis, that's hellos is not hello sis. new to LT. You could call me a kid by prefer the term adult in training.
    Favorite book: HBP
    Favorite character(s): Snape and Neville

    Feb 12, 2013, 7:23pm Top

    Unfortunately, I managed to forget my password within 5 days of when I made it. : ( I'm hellosis reencarnated

    Feb 12, 2013, 9:28pm Top

    I thought you looked familiar...

    Feb 12, 2013, 10:52pm Top

    well, now you know why

    Jul 13, 2013, 2:17am Top

    Can you tell me what are you all talking about cause I joined in today.

    Jul 13, 2013, 5:30am Top


    You're in a Library Thing forum - this one is 'sponsored' by a group called Hogwarts Express, obviously started by a Harry Potter fan!

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    ...which are all to do with what range and type of topics you can see. A useful place for beginners to start is Hot topics as that is what is currently active. You can add to most topics, except the ones that require you to join their group before posting anything. Thankfully, that is not the norm.

    After you've posted to a few topics, clicking Your posts will give you a list of just those topics, with any new additions showing since you last posted.

    Nov 1, 2013, 5:07pm Top

    Um... Hi, I'm new to LibraryThing but since I'm a hp fan and this group seemed really active I thought this might be a good place to start.

    Nov 1, 2013, 5:24pm Top

    Welcome, Rose! Jump in wherever -- we're always glad to see new members!

    Nov 1, 2013, 10:18pm Top

    Welcome Rose! After seeing your "White Christmas" quote on the movie page I think you are going to fit right in!

    Jan 26, 2014, 3:34pm Top

    This group seems rather active, and I'm new to LT, so I decided to jump into a few groups! My favorite HP book is PoA (which is why the movie, while good, was disappointing with its lack of explanation as to why Lupin suddenly is friends with Sirius again) and I'm not sure what my favorite HP movie is. I've read the series three times, and I'm usually found penciling in notes about the foreshadowing, so I can't really lend my books out to my friends. :)

    Jan 26, 2014, 5:48pm Top

    Welcome AChism! My favorite book is the 1st b/c of the introduction into the HP universe. As for movies, it changes with my mood. I'm not sure if I've ever decided on my favorite one. Sounds like it's time for a marathon! Anyone know if ABC Family has one coming up soon? ;)

    Jan 27, 2014, 7:25am Top

    Well, I own them all, so I suppose I could have a marathon whenever. Unfortunately, I have school and work that gets in the way. :)

    Feb 12, 2014, 1:49am Top

    Hello! Technically, I am not new, but I had to wander away from LT for a while after I became a bit too addicted and let it take over my life. You'll see me infrequently, but I love this group so I just keep wandering back in randomly. I missed the craziness around here!

    Edited: Feb 19, 2014, 2:02am Top

    hi im mariah im new here but i love hp i still have no idea how to use this site im in cali so my times weird my fav book is GoF and my fav movie is PoA my fav character is Snape

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:19am Top

    i was looking at early posts i tried the amber spyglass but couldnt finish i couldnt get into it should i try again??

    Feb 19, 2014, 7:31pm Top

    It never hurts to try a book again. As we age our taste changes. It's also okay to abandon a book if you're just not getting into it.

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