On 9 Aug 2005 10:48:01 -0000, "Stolzi" Stolzi@... wrote:
<<And just BTW - if Ravenclaw is for the intellectual, brainy types, why
didn't the Sorting Hat send Hermione there?>>
I seem to recall one of the characters asking that in Book 5 as well. But
Gryffindor, I think, is for the "heroic" people who are inclined to fight
evil and have adventures, so perhaps that aspect of Hermione trumped the
brainy aspect of her.
I would guess she would have been sent to Ravenclaw if she was the type to
be so involved in her books and studying that she would stay out of the type
of thing that tends to go on with Harry, but instead, helping her friends
and fighting the bad guys always comes before school for her, no matter how
much she values school and being the best student, etc. So, she's a
And of course, there is a sense of destiny in this story so perhaps the
Sorting Hat knew that she would be instrumental to Harry's success at
Hogwart's and so sent her to be with him.
As for Professor McGonagall, I thought beadily in that context meant
something sort of like "beady little eyes," like her eyes were all screwed
up all small, sort of suspiciously/angrily. <shrug> The only definition I
can find for "beadily" is an adverb connected with the adjective "beady" --
"small, round and shiny with interest or greed." So my guess is that the
adverb is meant to describe more how her face looked as she said it than the
tone of her voice.
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From: "Katie Glick" <ktglick@...>>
Katie, your explanation re Hermione makes plenty of sense!
> As for Professor McGonagall, I thought beadily in that context meant
> something sort of like "beady little eyes," like her eyes were all screwed
> up all small, sort of suspiciously/angrily.
Yes, I'm sure that's what it MEANS, but what you say below is why it's bad
writing. JKR's prose is usually serviceable, though not brilliant, but in
that particular case she (and her editors) messed up.
> So my guess is that the
> adverb is meant to describe more how her face looked as she said it than
> tone of her voice.