The Message Behind the Door
An original editorial by Jenni
Jo has opened the door for a second time, and for a second time we Mugglenet readers
have gone through the same kind of emotions: excitement, exasperation, contentment
and then finally...exasperation again.
Right now the comments are being updated once every millisecond; everythings a bit
hectic and so I chose to write an editorial to make my view on the matter heard.
First the message, a refresher for anyone who doesnt have it imprinted in
their mind or engraved heavily into their computer desk:
He looked rather like an old lion. There were streaks of grey in his mane of
tawny hair and his bushy eyebrows; he had keen yellowish eyes behind a pair of
wire-rimmed spectacles and a certain rangy, loping grace even though he walked with
a slight limp.
First off, Id never heard the word "rangy," so more for myself than anything
else, I looked it up in the dictionary. Rangy, apparently, is another word for
gangly or lanky; so were probably looking at someone quite tall.
The description puzzles me and Ive found myself yelling at my computer as the
comments come flooding in: its the HBP!; its Godric Gryffindor!; its McGonagalls
husband!; its McClaggan!
Now, before I spontaneously combust, I want to try and disprove some of these
Its the HBP. I think thats almost an insult to Jo! I have no doubt in
my mind that she would NOT make it that easy for us. Although the whole book isnt
going to be centred around the Half Blood Prince weve all been talking over, she
didnt give any information away about who the Prisoner of Azkaban was before book
3, what the Goblet of Fire was before book 4 and definitely not what the Order of
the Phoenix was before book 5. I dont think its going to be any different this
time around, my fellow Potter fans. I dont think were going to find that out
until the book is right in front of our goggling little eyes.
"Its Godric Gryffindor." - To put it simply: hes dead. I dont think its
ever been specifically stated, but the dude lived over a thousand years
ago and just like R. Ravenclaw, S. Slytherin and H. Hufflepuff, hes dead, buried and
gone. If they werent, thered be no reason for the Sorting Hat and no wizard is
immortal unless they have the Philosophers/Sorcerers stone, which has been
"It's McGonagalls husband." - Its never been stated that Minerva is married, and Im not
seeing that as an option until Jo reveals McGonagall's marital status.
Lastly, "its good old McClaggan." He/she has only been mentioned once and already
theyre about as famous as the Mona Lisa. To defy this theory, I call upon a quote
from Rowlings talk at the Edinburgh Book Festival:
"I found the name McClaggan the other day, which I think is a great name. There is a
McClaggan in book six because I thought that it is a surname that is too good to
I dont think this McClaggan person is going to have a main role I think he/she is
going to have a minute part, a little like Archie in Goblet, the guy who made
Hermione giggle by refusing to replace his muggle nightdress with trousers...gotta love the guy!
By the sounds of things, Jo just put him/her in because she liked the name, which is
as good a reason as any. Any main parts that Jo thinks up already have names, I
believe, even if they do end up being changed (like Rita being called Bridget) and
are planned beforehand. Jos now halfway through the book, and she states
that she only came across the name the other day. Sounds like a bit part to me.
I have to say, I dont think weve come across the character described before and
Im one of many speculating that maybe, just MAYBE, this guys the new defense
against the dark arts teacher (in which case I feel sorry for the Hogwarts first
years because he doesnt come across as the friendliest-looking person in the
world). Either that, or its just a random passage about a random,
Frankly, I dont think well know who this dude is until the books published. We
may not like secrecy but Jo does, and we respect that. I dont think the "Brain Behind
Harry" is going to give away too much until the books out there to be devoured.