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When ?Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? comes out, it?s the perfect occasion to read auras of the actors?or any other actors, politicians or broadcasters. Whose aura has magic? On that basis, at least one of the actors in ?Harry? has been badly miscast.

Auras, the energy fields around people, are packed with information about spirituality, communication talent, power style, truthfulness. They show lifelong gifts of the soul, plus negative stuff (be it temporary or chronic) which can always be healed. Screen chemistry is just another word for extraordinary aura dynamics. Some performers transform audiences through their auras; many simply broadcast sex appeal.

Physical attributes have nothing to do with it. No amount of money can buy aura implants. Even the most talented actor, the most charismatic broadcaster, can?t convincingly project a magical aura if it doesn?t exist. So a discussion of auras will validate many an audience member?s hunches. And if there?s a big star whose apparent lack of talent has driven you nuts, why not have Rose investigate if there?s something superb in that aura?

SAMPLE COMMENT about the sexiness of Ralph Fiennes, who plays the evil wizard Voldemort: ?Not only is his sexiness huge and memorable, but the quality of appeal is fascinatingly androgynous. Male or female, gay or straight, you can find your own vibe at Ralph?s belly chakra, and that energy is tantalizingly huge and transformative. Please note, I?m not making comments about the man?s personal sex life. This unusually universal sex appeal is a sacred gift that he brings to his career.?

Although your audience may not know that auras can be read from ordinary photos (including ones on the Internet), Rose Rosetree teaches students to do this internationally, ranging from public high schools in Virginia, where her adult-ed classes give professional credit to psychologists; to housewives at yoga schools in Ohio and Massachusetts; to Japan?s leading seminar company, VOICE, where professionals pack the room. Let Rose read your aura and you?ll marvel at the accuracy. Whether she?s reading household names or local luminaries, this is a truly thought-provoking perspective.

Rose?s how-to book, Aura Reading Through All Your Senses, has become a national bestseller in Germany. She has done 643 interviews to date, and is often invited back. Veteran talk show host and paranormal researcher, Rob McConnell told Rosetree during her appearance on ?X Zone Radio,? ?You have more credibility with me as an aura reader than any I?ve interviewed.?

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Watch The Trailers Of The Upcoming Harry Potter Film Online

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Harry Potter is about to enter in his sixth year at Hogwarts. Now that everyone started believing him again and they very well know about the prophecy that Harry really is the Chosen One and will defy Voldemort in the end.

On the other hand Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort

Muggle Area Rugs


Imagine having to live in Harry Potter’s Wizarding World instead of with all these Muggles, or normal people as wizards would call us. Despite our advances in technology, nothing would seem to match the thrill of having certain wizarding tools an paraphernalia. The wand, for example, is anything anyone would ever need to have anything in the world. Just a few incantations here and there would suffice to sustain a happy life. In Muggle world, what kind of tool would there be, similar to a wand, that would sustain one throughout the years? None. Even the newspapers are livelier with their images moving about and interacting with the readers, very much unlike our boring ones.

A secret, though, must be recognized regarding a certain innovation that would confuse both muggles and wizards alike. Area rugs, which before were static pieces of home décor that serve nothing more than a thing to stand on above our floors has now been developed into a much more magical with peculiar characteristics.

Indeed – today we now have washable rugs which can be cleaned in the fashion of normal muggle equipment without being soaked or destroyed. These washable rugs are almost magical in that they appear to have magical properties but in truth, are only given such by curious Muggle technology that absorbs said liquids, enabling frequent washing and use. Such technology enables Muggles to enjoy the rug for longer and is sure to give delight to all Muggle children and adults alike with comfort and protection it brings to homes. Muggle innovations such as this would be sure to please even Arthur Weasly.

So remember folks, in order to experience the wonders of the Wizarding World, one does not need to go through Floo Powder or ride the Hogwarts Express. There is magic in these washable area rugs – try them out for yourself!

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Whiskey Fire: World's Stupidest Muggle

My personal favorite scene from the Harry Potter saga appears midway through Half-Blood Prince, where Harry is up in Dumbledore’s office, and Harry says, “Professor? Is there anything in the whole fucking universe more piss-drunk stupid than a Townhall column?” And Dumbledore says, “Christ on a horcrux, can you believe the shit they’ll publish?”

Albus Dumbledore advised Harry Potter that “Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” As the final installment of the Harry Potter series comes to a close, it becomes clear that Harry was equal to that challenge, and that, despite great personal cost and effort, Harry consistently chose “right” over “easy”. Not so President Obama.

Since first being sworn into office almost three years ago, Americans have had the misfortune to witness Obama’s propensity for taking the easy way out of a crisis, regardless of the cost to the American people.

The rest of this article focuses on how, just like Voldemort, Obama uses a teleprompter. And insights of a similar class.

Omigodda Kafuckme!

(The punchline would be that the stimulus was too low because Obama is a right-leaning moderate. Ha ha ha.)

Whiskey Fire: World's Stupidest Muggle

My personal favorite scene from the Harry Potter saga appears midway through Half-Blood Prince, where Harry is up in Dumbledore’s office, and Harry says, “Professor? Is there anything in the whole fucking universe more piss-drunk stupid than a Townhall column?” And Dumbledore says, “Christ on a horcrux, can you believe the shit they’ll publish?”

Albus Dumbledore advised Harry Potter that “Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” As the final installment of the Harry Potter series comes to a close, it becomes clear that Harry was equal to that challenge, and that, despite great personal cost and effort, Harry consistently chose “right” over “easy”. Not so President Obama.

Since first being sworn into office almost three years ago, Americans have had the misfortune to witness Obama’s propensity for taking the easy way out of a crisis, regardless of the cost to the American people.

The rest of this article focuses on how, just like Voldemort, Obama uses a teleprompter. And insights of a similar class.

Omigodda Kafuckme!

(The punchline would be that the stimulus was too low because Obama is a right-leaning moderate. Ha ha ha.)

Son of a Muggle-Born Witch « The Monster's Ink

Alyssa Rosenberg has put together a very astute list of political lessons from Harry Potter, though there’s one thing that’s striking in its absence from her list. Perhaps she’s left it out because it’s more of a cultural issue than a political one, but either way, it’s such a pervasive part of the storyline that I will point it out.

RACISM IS NOT JUST DANGEROUS, IT IS STUPID.

If we view magical heritage as the Potterverse’s proxy for racial differences, then the message is not subtle: segregation will get you absolutely nowhere.

We see the vastly oversimplified categories of pureblood, half-blood, and Muggle-born, and time and time again, we see that heritage bears not the slightest correlation with magical ability. On the pureblood side, we have the Blacks (Sirius, Bellatrix, Narcissa) who are all very competent, but then there’s Neville Longbottom. His struggles are arguably due to psychological issues rather than magical ability, but still: all those generations of pure blood don’t make him any better off than his classmates.

Voldemort’s maternal family, the Gaunts, are so proud of their magical heritage that they’d rather become dangerously inbred than mate with any dirty Muggles, and boy does it ever show. Sure, they’re pureblood; they’re also deformed and crazy from all those oh-so-magical genes getting repeatedly reinforced. Tom Riddle is lucky enough to be as healthy and good-looking as his “filthy Muggle father,” but unlucky enough to have been conceived in a coerced union because his pureblood mother was desperate/crazy enough to use a Love Potion.

The Weasleys are recognized as a very old and very thoroughly pureblood family, but they’re badass because they don’t give a fuck about their blood status. Arthur is notorious for making a career out of protecting Muggles from the depredations of wizards. Ron’s older brothers are successful not because their family tree goes back through umpteen generations of nothing but magic, but because they’re clever, determined and dedicated to whatever it is they’re doing. The following generation of Weasleys, furthermore, is no longer pureblood. The first witch to marry into the family is not even fully human.

On the half-blood side, we have…well, we have Harry, for example. He gets his money, his looks and his athletic ability from his pureblood father, but he’s apparently inherited a sense of compassion and justice from his Muggle-born mother, who was a badass witch in her own right. JKR has disclosed that Lupin is a half-blood. We have Tonks, only child of a rebel Black mother (sister to Voldemort’s right-hand woman, no less) and a quietly brave Muggle-born father. We have Dumbledore, for heaven’s sake, the most powerful wizard of the century, also the son of a Muggle-born mother. We have Snape, a problematic character but either way a competent wizard with a Muggle father. Voldemort, most importantly, is steadfastly obsessed with blood status but when faced with a choice between two wizard boys born at the end of July, he chooses not the pureblood, but the half-blood like himself.

On Team Muggle-born, we have the aforementioned Lily Evans, member of the original Order of the Phoenix and Harry’s mom. We have Hermione Granger, the brightest witch of her generation, who never met a spell she couldn’t master.

The Death Eaters are not just characterized by racism; it defines them. The supremacy of purebloods and exclusion of Muggle-borns from Wizarding society is their end goal. The fact that their leader is the son of a Muggle father is never mentioned in their ranks. The only wizard he ever feared was the half-blood Dumbledore. They pride themselves on their purity of blood, but that doesn’t save them from getting their asses handed to them. At the center of the resistance we find a handful of teenagers including, but not limited to: the half-blood kid raised in the most neurotically Muggle household ever, the Muggle-born bookworm, the blood traitor, the kid who barely made it out of Potions lessons in one piece.

It’s no accident that the final book opens with the inner circle of Death Eaters killing a teacher who advocates for more mixing of magical and Muggle blood, not less. They wouldn’t bother to capture and kill her if they weren’t afraid she was right.

Before Harry Potter, 'muggle' meant marijuana | Seattle's Big Blog

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You might be surprised to read in a 1931 issue of TIME magazine that prison authorities found “muggle-smuggling a perplexing problem.”

Huh? They were smuggling non-magical muggles?

It’s not what you think.

The Atlantic Wire explains:

The term has been fair game ever since the Oxford English Dictionary added it back in 2003. (Harry Potter author JK) Rowling says she fashioned the word as a play on the British slang “mug” or “an easily fooled person.”

That makes sense, but the fact is the term was in use much earlier, beginning with the New Orleans jazz crowd, as a term for a marijuana cigarette.

Read the rest here: “Before Harry Potter, ‘muggles’ meant pot.”

Visit seattlepi.com’s home page for more Seattle news. Contact Amy Rolph at amyrolph@seattlepi.com or on Twitter as @amyrolph and @bigblog.

A Muggle's View of Potter-Speak : Word Routes : Thinkmap Visual

With the final Harry Potter movie opening this weekend, many are reflecting on the last legacy of J.K. Rowling’s oeuvre. In print and on screen, the Harry Potter franchise has been incredibly successful, and it’s only natural that such a mass phenomenon would leave its imprint on popular culture, including the popular lexicon. Rowling’s inventive use of language has been a key to conjuring the fantasy world of the Potterverse, and that language has seeped into real-world usage as well.

I was interviewed about the popularity of Harry Potter-isms by NPR’s “Morning Edition” and also wrote up a guide to words and expressions from the books and movies for NPR’s “Monkey See” blog. (The interview airs Friday morning and audio will be available on the NPR site soon thereafter.) But truth be told, when it comes to Rowling’s work, I’m nothing more than a muggle. In the Potterverse, that’s someone without magical powers, but in extended use it’s an unenlightened outsider who lacks the skills or knowledge associated with a particular community. (The Oxford English Dictionary gives this example from a 1999 issue of Computer Weekly “Our new senior DBA starts on Monday. She’s a muggle. No IT background, understanding or aptitude at all.”)

Despite my lack of Potter cred, I hope I’ve done justice to the rich linguistic creativity in Rowling’s books and the film adaptations. It’s true that Rowling is no J.R.R. Tolkien, who used his philological background to concoct not just names for people and things in his imagined world, but entire languages for the races of Middle Earth. Nevertheless, Rowling’s innovation in coining terms for her realm of witches and wizards has clearly captivated readers young and old.

Over at the Oxford Dictionaries blog, Adam Pulford has an excellent post on the sources for Rowling’s neologisms. For instance, Pulford explains that an animagus – a wizard capable of transforming into an animal – is “a blend of animal and magus, a Persian priest or magician from antiquity, so the meaning of a wizard as an animal is clearly derived.” Names of people (Severus Snape, Bellatrix Lestrange) and places (Hogwarts, Azkaban) likewise display Rowling’s knack for evocative word-wrangling.

To overcome my mugglehood, I enriched my knowledge of Potterisms by talking to devoted fans of the books. (Fortunately, I’m married to one!) I also delved into Harry Potter fan forums, where it’s possible to find long discussion threads about how the language of the Potterverse has entered people’s everyday lives. For American fans in particular, the Britishisms of the books and movies seem to lend added exoticism, and they revel in mimicking putdowns like prat and dunderhead or interjections like blimey and bloody hell (even if those expressions are unremarkable to Brits).

It’s been much noted how entire generation has grown up with Rowling’s books. Often, it starts with parents reading the early books in the series aloud to their children, and then the children learn to read the books on their own. As they grow older, they are exploring not just the escapist fun of Potter wizardry, but also the joys of language itself. That, I think, will be Rowling’s lasting legacy. The young readers who expanded their literacy with the Harry Potter books will carry with them a delight in linguistic play, thanks to their appreciation of horcruxes and dementors, Butterbeer and Quidditch. At least that’s one muggle’s perspective.

(Read “A Guide To Potter-isms: Wizardspeak In Translation” on the NPR website here.)

Update: The audio for the “Morning Edition” segment is now online.

What to answer with so I can get into Ravenclaw/Slytherin house on pottermore?

Question by melanie: What to answer with so I can get into Ravenclaw/Slytherin house on pottermore?
Okay, I’m finally playing pottermore, and I really want to be either Syltherin or Ravenclaw house.
Does anyone know what answers to the questions I should pick to get into one of those houses, preferably slytherin?

Best answer:

Answer by Asldkfhajsdh
There is a quiz for the sorting, which involves about 7 questions. The best way to do it is to think about the house’s qualifying trait and answer the questions accordingly (Ravenclaw=smarts, Slytherin=ambition.) There is a large variety of questions that they pick from randomly for each person, but I have heard the following: (I’ve highlighted the ones which, in my opinion, are Ravenclaw/Slytherin).
Which of the following would you most hate to be called?
-Selfish
-Ignorant (RAVENCLAW)
-Ordinary (SLYTHERIN)
-Cowardy

Once every century, the Flutterby bush produces flowers that adapt their scent to attract the unwary. If it lured you, it would smell of…
-A crackling log fire (SLYTHERIN)
-The sea
-Fresh parchment (RAVENCLAW)
-Home

Which would you rather be?
-Envied (SLYTHERIN)
-Imitated
-Trusted
-Praised (RAVENCLAW)
-Liked
– Feared (SLYTHERIN)

Which of the following would you most like to study?
– Centaurs
– Goblins
– Merpeople
– Ghosts
– Vampires
– Werevoles
– Trolls

A Muggle confronts you and says that they are sure you are a witch or wizard. Do you:
– Ask what makes them think so? (RAVENCLAW)
– Agree, and ask whether they’d like a free sample of a jinx? (SLYTHERIN)
– Agree, and walk away, leaving them to wonder whether you are bluffing?
– Tell them that you are worried about their mental health, and offer to call a doctor.

Do you prefer the forest or the river?
-Forest (SLYTHERIN)
-River

Black or White?
-Black (SLYTHERIN)
-White

What power would you like to have?
-Invisibility
-Super Strength
-The ability to change the past (SLYTHERIN)
-The ability to change your appearance at will
-Mind Reading (RAVENCLAW)
-The ability to talk to animals

What are you most looking forward to learning at Hogwarts?
-Apparition and disapparition
-Transfiguration (RAVENCLAW)
-Flying on a broomstick
-Hexes and jinxes (SLYTHERIN)
-All about magical creatures
-Secrets about the Castle (SLYTHERIN)
-Every area of magic I can (RAVENCLAW)

Which road tempts you the most?
-The sunny, grassy lane
-The Narrow dark lantern lit alley (SLYTHERIN)
-The twisting leaf-strewn path in the woods
-The cobbled street lined with ancient buildings (RAVENCLAW)

Four boxes are placed before you. Which do you open?
-The small tortoiseshell box, embellished with gold, inside which some small creature seems to be squeaking
-The gleaming jet black box with a silver lock and key, marked with a mysterious rune that you know to be the mark of Merlin (RAVENCLAW)
-The ornate golden casket, standing on clawed feet, whose inscription warms that both secret knowledge and unbearable temptation lie within (SLYTHERIN)
-The small pewter box, unassuming and plain, with a scratched message upon it that reads ‘I only open for the worthy’

You are walking and come to a crossroads. Which path do you take?
-The path that leads to a beach
-The path that leads through a forest
-The path that leads to a castle (RAVENCLAW and SLYTHERIN)

You are walking along and hear a sound. What do you do?
-Tread cautiously with you hand on your wand (SLYTHERIN)
-Retreat and wait for the source of the sound to reveal itself while remembering defensive spells (RAVENCLAW)
-Seek out the source of the sound

How would you like to be remembered in history?
-Being Wise (RAVENCLAW)
-Being Good
-Being Bold (SLYTHERIN)
-Being Brave

Would you rather invent a potion that would give you…
-Power? (SLYTHERIN)
-Love?
-Glory?
-Wisdom? (RAVENCLAW)

Which do you find most difficult to deal with?
-Boredom (RAVENCLAW)
-Cold
-Hunger
-Loneliness
-Being ignored (SLYTHERIN)

Four goblets are placed in front of you, which would you choose to drink?
-Foaming, silvery liquid that sparkles as though containing ground diamonds
-Smooth, thick purple drink that smells of chocolate and plums (RAVENCLAW)
-Golden liquid, which makes sun spots dance around the room
-Mysterious black liquid, which gives the drinker strange visions

A troll has gone berserk in the headmaster’s office and is going to destroy the precious items. In what order to you save them?
-Cure dragonpox potion (SLYTHERIN)
-Merlin’s Books (RAVENCLAW)
-Student records

How do you want to people to react when they hear you name after you’re dead?
-Miss you and smile
-Want to hear more stories about your adventures (SLYTHERIN)
-Think about your achievements (RAVENCLAW)
-I don’t care what happens when I’m dead, it’s when I’m alive that matters

Dawn or Dusk?
-Dawn
-Dusk

Heads or Tails?
-Heads
-Tails

Left or Right?
-Left
-Right

Stars or Moon?
-Stars
-Moon

Add your own answer in the comments!

Wizarding Life | Muggle-Style Fight Breaks Out in Azkaban

Lunch time in Azkaban yesterday was a far more disturbed affair than usual. Shouts and cheers could be heard throughout the prison as a disagreement between two inmates grew into a full-fledged Muggle-style fistfight. By the time guards stopped the fight, at least twelve inmates were reportedly involved.

Without soul-sucking dementors present, Azkaban is beginning to see more physical violence between inmates.

Of course, physical violence has become a bit more common since dementors left the prison, since the inmates are no longer tortured into nonbeing. Still, a fight such as this is rarely seen in the wizard prison, as disagreements are usually dealt with immediately. How, then, did this escalate so quickly?

“Nobody knows what happened,” Rolphio Trinkerall, a guard on duty at the time of the incident, said. “One moment Kempers was sitting at a table eating and the next thing we knew, a huge brawl broke out.” Other sources report that Wilfred Kempers, convicted of three murders in the year 2000, was first approached by a newly incarcerated inmate: Robert Tremmer, who was the brother of one of Kempers’s victims. An argument ensued and when Kempers attempted the Cruciatus Curse without his wand, a third inmate hit him with a chair. Others jumped into the fray before the guards placed protection charms around the group, separating the sides.

“Tremmer was not in actual danger,” Azkaban guard Patricia Waverbee said of the incident. “It is impossible to perform an Unforgivable Curse wandless, and [Kempers] was certainly unarmed.” But Waverbee was also quick to point out that they “still take the idea of using an Unforgiveable seriously. He will be dealt with once he recovers.” Indeed, Kempers is in for a painful recovery. He suffered three broken ribs, a broken nose, and his right lung was punctured. Azkaban prisoners do not get premium recovery care, so he will have to settle for secondary potions.

Two other inmates were injured during the chaos, but they suffered less severe injuries. They are expected to return to their cells tonight, completely cured. Kempers is expected to return in about a week. Guards would not comment on any punishment Tremmers faced after the confrontation.

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