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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Review of Doctor Who Christmas Special 2012 The Snowmen''

Spoiler Warning.
 If you don't want to be spoiled don't read, Simple! 

Well, What can I say !
 I enjoy this one but not for the Snowmen story but the build up and what would River Song say of that Kiss.
I loved Strax, he made this episode with his funnys and the scene with the Doctor being Holmes!
It was really supporting characters of Strax, the Madame Vastar (lizard lady the great detective) and Her assistant wife Jenny who made this episode great and oneliners.
Don't really care about the evil snowmen, the episode story or the kids.
This special was clearly filler, character and storyline build up for the next season.
 But wait I am getting a head of myself.

The Doctor was very understandably  blue over the lose of  his in-laws Amy and Rory Pond!
Has he lost River Song forever to the library?

I have a feeling that we will see her later this season and then she will be gone! Snifff!

I  have to say I love the ladder leading to the Tardis and the Doctor living on a cloud genius idea. Who knew the Doctor could control the wind!

Now my thoughts on the New Companion! 

Well she is good and they do have a good bouncey chemistry! Guess that's what you get when you film out of order and film this after filming the first 3 episodes of the new season before you do the Xmas special so Matt and Jenna have a working  relationship established plus a very good support casts of Madame Vastar (lizard lady), Jenny and Strax. 

Who are now a very much loved threesome. Strax rebirth is great but Moffet could have the Doctor met him earlier in Strax's timeline  it would have been easier than bring Strax back from the dead. More Wibbley Time stuff is fun but you can have to much. I think it would be nice to have linear story telling back in who as I feel that grandparents and younger children are the ones who miss out and don't understand it.
 I know My grandparents don't understand how the Snowmen died at the end but they are in their 80's! 

 Back to Jenna-Louise Coleman good acting but we knew this from her performance in the Asylum of the Dalek's.

To be very honest Stephen Moffet has over played his hand very early this season as we all knew that Clara would be Oswin Oswald! 
Oswin is smart and the Doctor or the Tardis has a bad habit of using smart people e.g  River to extend the Doctor life by give him all of River's regenerations and to save his life. 
So Oswin Oswald made the Dalek's forget the oncoming storm or the Doctor from thier database and history which is what the Doctor has been doing to free his wife from the Stormcage Prison as the how can River kill a man who doesn't exist.
So Now the Doctor will find Oswin and screw up her life so bad she gets converted into a Dalek, Yeah for being a genius! 
Very child friendly travel with the Doctor and you become a Dalek or get stuck in a library or back in time! 

Overall I give this episode 3/5 as was mostly build up for next season . 
Bring back River I say and have Clara fight her that would be a great fight; but really all of the so called powerful women on Doctor Who now fight over him! 
Not very progressive. I miss Rose yes she moped over him but at least she and Sarah Jane from a bond of female support. I don't think Clara and River will do that or even met ! 

Myriam signing out! 

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Little Alchemy Fun!

Just a short post to say that I really like the Little Alchemy App! 

You start with earth, fire , air and water and create anything, for instance earth + water = mud!

Great App! The link is below!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Casual Vacancy Review

Here we go a review on J K Rowling first adult book but really even she says that 14 year old could read it and I agree. 

Spoiler warning don't read if you don't want to be spoiled! 

I could some this book up in 2 letters and  3 words I would say "J K Rowling's Red book."
Jessica Mitford would be proud of this one Joe! 

This book in clearly written for the political intelligencer so they at least have some understand of what it is like being a small  back-word village who are struggling to cope with there local chav problem  or benefits class as working class implies you work for a living and underclass implies you don't exists in society. The village also has issues with being a multicultural society as most of the village is white and there is one Asian family in the village. The village is a  characters study in its self. J K Rowling makes sure all class groups are represented as you have the chav class, the middle class with up-class pretensions and the upper class who clearly don't want to be in the fictional Pagford at all. 

Overall  I have  to say this is most depressing book yet after Harry Potter. It would have be more believe able if the teenager had lived and had a baby; but Joe had to kill her as well as the little boy. This is a women who killed Hedwig and Dobby after all.  I love her ability to do detailed middle class characters with honeyed venom, Dear stalker hat. lol. 
It is a great fiction example of an English town today and in short is could be called Mugglemarch.  

The best thing about her writing even if it is a bit simple are the the characters and their  relationships to each other and this shines through well. Making you want to read on. J K Rowing is very good a writing tomes and Casual Vacancy is a novel in 7 parts making it 503 pages long.

would give this book out of ten seven for it works but the story is a little dull and depressing causing the book to lag in the middle but the paces picks up towards the ending.  
J K Rowling wrote this one with a political agenda and I have to say that I think it has worked. 
J K Rowling does write teenagers characters really well. 

Major Spoiler Warning 

By burying Barry the fields boy made good who became a saint next to Krystal the fields girls with the bad reputation and Robbie the innocent victim of the fields. J K Rowling is showing that small villages kill bad housing estates.
 This show by the people from Pagford who could have stop the situation before the child fell.  At the end of the novel where Pagfrod makes the fields part of Yarvil and not there problem. But whose Problem are these so called trouble estates then? 

By Myriam Roberts 

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

How Jimmy Savile Hoodwinked the whole country!

How Jimmy Savile Hoodwinked the whole country! 

Jimmy Savile was a member of Mensa the High I.Q society and had a magnetic personally. At the time there was no CRB checks at the BBC and there were no policies of child protection or safeguardi
ng in the 1960-1970. This is not a excuse but a fact.

Peoples attitudes were very different' they were not like us looking for abuse. Jimmy when questioned about it said he hated children and turned it into a joke wink wink. He also preyed on the most vulnerable young people both boys and girls from institutes like Boardmoor and behaviour schools.

At the time no one would believe a word these young people would have said about the abuse and being abused by Jimmy Savile the charity supporter, catholic, Freemason, Mensa member. It is sad to think that Jimmy was allow to get away with is for so long because of people disbelieving attitudes. Jimmy Savile was untouchable.

I myself feel sick in the stomach and I only wrote in the the show. What is even worse is that there seems to be a link between Jimmy and Gary Glitter of all people. The cover up and the the on going investigation is going to damage not just the BBC but the whole country!

How on earth could the whole of the UK be hoodwinked by one man? Jimmy did this abuse in front of the whole country and no one looking into the rumours!

I only hope the BBC investigation doesn't over shadow the hundred maybe thousand of Jimmy's victims. 

Click link below for BBC program on this!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Chris Schweizer's Harry Potter Characters Designs!

Hello Web,
I have to tell you all about Chris Schweizer's Harry Potter character designs. Chris has designed an incredible set of 55 Potter cartoon characters from the series! 
See images below. 

Chris is allowing you to download your own set of figures.  I love the designs so much that I downloaded my own set and have spent 3 hours cutting , sticking and glueing them together.
Hopefully when they are finished they should look like Chris's below.

 I am going to do a youtube video of them when they are complete.  I love the designs they are so creative and fun. The character cartoons feel like they have walked straight out of the book which takes Harry Potter back to his literary roots, unlike the stylised film image below.

Seeing these cartoons made me see the series in a new light!
I think it is important that people understand that these characters do not have one set look that defines them! They have whatever look the reader imagines or in this case the drawer!

 You can only get the Moaning Myrtle figure by 

clicking the link below!

Here is a link to the Mugglenet article about them.

Here is the direct link to Chris awesome website where you can download your own set of figures!

By Myriam Roberts 

Saturday, 13 October 2012

A History of the Authorized King James Version of Bible

The King James Version of Bible 

How and why we got one of the great pieces of religious literature and writing the world has ever seen the King James Version of Bible (JKV)King James VI seen in the painting was both the ruler of the Scotland, England and Ireland. King James was King of Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567 and King of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the English and Scottish crowns on 24 March 1603 until his death. The kingdoms of England and Scotland were individual sovereign states, with their own parliaments, judiciary, and laws, though both were ruled by James.

King James was Presbyterian as Scotland had a fully Presbyterian system. There were issues between King James and the Church of England at first as well as the puritans and other English nonconformists faiths of the time. What better way to get all your Christian groups together but to create one authorized Bible in English so everyone could read and understand it apart from the Roman Catholics. This Bible was going to the official Bible for the whole of United Kingdom and its Christian faiths as at this point there was not a single reliable English version in the world. 

Before the King James Version!


The followers of John Wycliffe undertook the first complete English translations of the Christian scriptures in the 15th century which were banned in 1409 due to their association with the Lollards. The Wycliffe Bible pre-dated the printing press but was circulated very widely in manuscript form. As the text translated in the various versions of the Wycliffe Bible was the Latin Vulgate, and as it contained no heterodox readings, there was in practice no way by which the ecclesiastical authorities could distinguish the banned version; consequently many Catholic commentators of the 15th and 16th centuries (e.g. Thomas More) took these manuscript English Bibles to represent an anonymous earlier orthodox translation.

Tyndale The Father of the English Bible

In 1525, William Tyndale, an English contemporary of Martin Luther, undertook a translation of the New Testament.Tyndale's translation was the first printed Bible in English. Over the next ten years, Tyndale revised his New Testament in the light of rapidly advancing biblical scholarship, and embarked on a translation of the Old Testament. Despite some controversial translation choices, the merits of Tyndale's work and prose style made his translation the ultimate basis for all subsequent renditions into Early Modern English.Tyndale wrote other books e.g. The Parable of the Wicked Mammon and The Obedience of a Christian Man. The theme of the first book is justification by faith alone. It was heavily dependent upon Luther, in fact in some places it was merely a translation of Luther. But it was original enough to show that Tyndale was not just parroting Luther, though he was more “Lutheran” than most of the succeeding reformers. The second book argues that Christians always have the duty of obedience to civil authority, except where loyalty to God is concerned.

Coverdale & Mary I

All of  these translations were  lightly edited and adapted by Myles Coverdale.  In 1539.Tyndale's New Testament and his incomplete work on the Old Testament became the basis for the Great Bible. This was the first "authorized version" issued by the Church of England during the reign of King Henry VIII. When Mary I succeeded to the throne in 1553, she returned  to the Roman Catholic faith and many English religious reformers fled the country, some establishing an English-speaking colony at Geneva. Under the leadership of John Calvin, Geneva became the chief international centre of Reformed Protestantism and Latin biblical scholarship.These English expatriates undertook a translation that became known as the Geneva Bible. This translation, dated to 1560, was a revision of Tyndale's Bible and the Great Bible on the basis of the original languages

Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I took the throne in 1558, the flaws of both the Great Bible and the Geneva Bible(namely, that the Geneva Bible did not "conform to and reflect the structure of the Church of England and its beliefs about an ordained clergy) became painfully apparent. In 1568, the Church of England responded with the Bishops' Bible, a revision of the Great Bible in the light of the Geneva version. While officially approved, this new version failed to displace the Geneva translation as the most popular English Bible of the age – in part because the full Bible was only printed in lectern editions of prodigious size and at a cost of several pounds. Accordingly, Elizabethan lay people overwhelmingly read the Bible in the Geneva Version – small editions were available at a relatively low cost. At the same time, there was a substantial clandestine importation of the rival Douay–Rheims New Testament of 1582, undertaken by exiled Roman Catholics. This translation, though still derived from Tyndale, claimed to represent the text of the Latin Vulgate.

King James VI and I

In May 1601, King James VI of Scotland attended the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland at St Columba's Church in Burntisland, Fife, at which proposals were put forward for a new translation of the Bible into English. Two years later, he ascended to the throne of England as King James I of England. King James I had a excellent education and had already translated the Psalms into English and was working on the New Testament. King James himself could have translated the whole Bible but he did not have the time to do so,  with so many religious clashes what better way to keep the Christian sects  busy as well as the religious scholars and poets for a long time, than get  47 scholars to translate the bible into English. Kings James I said that they had to use the words in the new translation and no marginal notes:-
  • Priest instead of Elder 
  • King instead of Tyrant 
  • Church instead of Congregation. 
King James approved each Bible book personally before approving the whole Old Testament and New Testament collections together and then the whole work. The 47 scholars were split into 6 committees as outlined below. 

Translation Committees

  • First Westminster Company, translating from Genesis to 2 Kings:
Lancelot Andrewes, John Overall, Hadrian à Saravia, Richard Clarke, John Layfield, Robert Tighe, Francis Burleigh, Geoffrey King, Richard Thomson, William Bedwell;
  • First Cambridge Company, translated from 1 Chronicles to the Song of Solomon:
Edward Lively, John Richardson, Lawrence Chaderton, Francis Dillingham, Roger Andrewes, Thomas Harrison, Robert Spaulding, Andrew Bing;
  • First Oxford Company, translated from Isaiah to Malachi:
John Harding, John Rainolds, Thomas Holland, Richard Kilby, Miles Smith, Richard Brett, Daniel Fairclough, William Thorne;
  • Second Oxford Company, translated the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, and the Book of Revelation:
Thomas Ravis, George Abbot, Richard Eedes, Giles Tomson, Sir Henry Savile, John Peryn, Ralph Ravens, John Harmar, John Aglionby, Leonard Hutten;
  • Second Westminster Company, translated the Epistles:
William Barlow, John Spenser, Roger Fenton, Ralph Hutchinson, William Dakins, Michael Rabbet, Thomas Sanderson.
  • Second Cambridge Company, translated the Apocrypha:
John Duport, William Branthwaite, Jeremiah Radcliffe, Samuel Ward, Andrew Downes, John Bois, Robert Ward, Thomas Bilson, Richard Bancroft.
King James gave the translators instructions intended to guarantee that the new version would conform and reflect the Church of England. In common with most other translations of the period, the New Testament was translated from Greek, the Old Testament was translated from Hebrew text, while the Apocrypha were translated from the Greek and Latin.  By the first half of the 18th century, the Authorized Version was effectively unchallenged as the English translation used in Anglican and Protestant churches. Over the course of the 18th century, the Authorized Version supplanted the Latin Vulgate as the standard version of scripture for English speaking scholars. Today, the most used edition of the King James Bible, and often identified as plainly the King James Bible or King James Version, especially in the United States.


It is beyond sad that today people aren't reading the Bible at all and that all that the people mention above and the people that aren't died so we could read the Bible in English. 
We remember the WW1 and WW2 who gave use the freedom to live in a free country with democracy  but we don't remember the people who fought and died so we could read the word of God in any language . 

"If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that

driveth the plough shall know more of the Scripture than 

thou.” Tyndale.

Will Tyndales statement have all been for nothing? 
As today no reads the JKV even the clergy aren't reading it. 
 Can we today be guide by the holy spirit?


Saturday, 6 October 2012

Moonrise Kingdom Review !

Dear All,
I really love Moonrise Kingdom. It is just an awesome movie from the visuals, to the script, set design and the soundtrack. I really think you all should to check it and watch it. I will not say too much more about it as I do not what to spoil it for you!

From the script!

Sam: 'What kind of a bird are you?'
Suzy: 'I am a raven.'

Dear Suzy, When?
Dear Sam, Where?

Do you like to read?
If you do check out the video below! 

Bye Myriam

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Pottermore Hogwart's House Descriptions

Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Crest

House Descriptions from Pottermore! 


Congratulations! I’m Prefect Gabriel Truman, and I’m delighted to welcome you to HUFFLEPUFF HOUSE. Our emblem is the badger, an animal that is often underestimated, because it lives quietly until attacked, but which, when provoked, can fight off animals much larger than itself, including wolves. Our house colours are yellow and black, and our common room lies one floor below the ground, on the same corridor as the kitchens.

Now, there are a few things you should know about Hufflepuff house. First of all, let’s deal with a perennial myth about the place, which is that we’re the least clever house. WRONG. Hufflepuff is certainly the least boastful house, but we’ve produced just as many brilliant witches and wizards as any other. Want proof? Look up Grogan Stump, one of the most popular Ministers for Magic of all time. He was a Hufflepuff – as were the successful Ministers Artemesia Lufkin and Dugald McPhail. Then there’s the world authority on magical creatures, Newt Scamander; Bridget Wenlock, the famous thirteenth-century Arithmancer who first discovered the magical properties of the number seven, and Hengist of Woodcroft, who founded the all-wizarding village of Hogsmeade, which lies very near Hogwarts School. Hufflepuffs all.

So, as you can see, we’ve produced more than our fair share of powerful, brilliant and daring witches and wizards, but, just because we don’t shout about it, we don’t get the credit we deserve. Ravenclaws, in particular, assume that any outstanding achiever must have come from their house. I got into big trouble during my third year for duelling a Ravenclaw prefect who insisted that Bridget Wenlock had come from his house, not mine. I should have got a week of detentions, but Professor Sprout let me off with a warning and a box of coconut ice.

Hufflepuffs are trustworthy and loyal. We don’t shoot our mouths off, but cross us at your peril; like our emblem, the badger, we will protect ourselves, our friends and our families against all-comers. Nobody intimidates us.

However, it’s true that Hufflepuff is a bit lacking in one area. We’ve produced the fewest Dark wizards of any house in this school. Of course, you’d expect Slytherin to churn out evil-doers, seeing as they’ve never heard of fair play and prefer cheating over hard work any day, but even Gryffindor (the house we get on best with) has produced a few dodgy characters.
What else do you need to know? Oh yes, the entrance to the common room is concealed in a stack of large barrels in a nook on the right hand side of the kitchen corridor. Tap the barrel two from the bottom, middle of the second row, in the rhythm of ‘Helga Hufflepuff’, and the lid will swing open. We are the only house at Hogwarts that also has a repelling device for would-be intruders. If the wrong lid is tapped, or if the rhythm of the tapping is wrong, the illegal entrant is doused in vinegar.(Hufflepuff pours acid on people who get there knock wrong, dark stuff from them but they do live next to Slytherin!)

You will hear other houses boast of their security arrangements, but it so happens that in more than a thousand years, the Hufflepuff common room and dormitories have never been seen by outsiders. Like badgers, we know exactly how to lie low – and how to defend ourselves.

Once you’ve opened the barrel, crawl inside and along the passageway behind it, and you will emerge into the cosiest common room of them all. It is round and earthy and low-ceilinged; it always feels sunny, and its circular windows have a view of rippling grass and dandelions.

There is a lot of burnished copper about the place, and many plants, which either hang from the ceiling or sit on the windowsills. Our Head of house, Professor Pomona Sprout, is Head of Herbology, and she brings the most interesting specimens (some of which dance and talk) to decorate our room – one reason why Hufflepuffs are often very good at Herbology. Our overstuffed sofas and chairs are upholstered in yellow and black, and our dormitories are reached through round doors in the walls of the common room. Copper lamps cast a warm light over our four-posters, all of which are covered in patchwork quilts, and copper bed warmers hang on the walls, should you have cold feet.

Our house ghost is the friendliest of them all: the Fat Friar. You’ll recognise him easily enough; he’s plump and wears monk’s robes, and he’s very helpful if you get lost or are in any kind of trouble.

I think that’s nearly everything. I must say, I hope some of you are good Quidditch players. Hufflepuff hasn’t done as well as I’d like in the Quidditch tournament lately.

You should sleep comfortably. We’re protected from storms and wind down in our dormitories; we never have the disturbed nights those in the towers sometimes experience.

And once again: congratulations on becoming a member of the friendliest, most decent and most tenacious house of them all.


I’m Prefect Robert Hilliard, and I’m delighted to welcome you to RAVENCLAW HOUSE. Our emblem is the eagle, which soars where others cannot climb; our house colors are blue and bronze, and our common room is found at the top of Ravenclaw Tower, behind a door with an enchanted knocker. The arched windows set into the walls of our circular common room look down at the school grounds: the lake, the Forbidden Forest, the Quidditch pitch and the Herbology gardens. No other house in the school has such stunning views.

Without wishing to boast, this is the house where the cleverest witches and wizards live. Our founder, Rowena Ravenclaw, prized learning above all else – and so do we. Unlike the other houses, who all have concealed entrances to their common rooms, we don’t need one. The door to our common room lies at the top of a tall, winding staircase. It has no handle, but an enchanted bronze knocker in the shape of an eagle. When you rap on the door, this knocker will ask you a question, and if you can answer it correctly, you are allowed in. This simple barrier has kept out everyone but Ravenclaws for nearly a thousand years.

Some first-years are scared by having to answer the eagle’s questions, but don’t worry. Ravenclaws learn quickly, and you’ll soon enjoy the challenges the door sets. It’s not unusual to find twenty people standing outside the common room door, all trying to work out the answer to the day’s question together. This is a great way to meet fellow Ravenclaws from other years, and to learn from them – although it is a bit annoying if you’ve forgotten your Quidditch robes and need to get in and out in a hurry. In fact, I’d advise you to triple-check your bag for everything you need before leaving Ravenclaw Tower.

Another cool thing about Ravenclaw is that our people are the most individual – some might even call them eccentrics. But geniuses are often out of step with ordinary folk, and unlike some other houses we could mention, we think you’ve got the right to wear what you like, believe what you want, and say what you feel. We aren’t put off by people who march to a different tune; on the contrary, we value them!

Speaking of eccentrics, you’ll like our Head of house, Professor Filius Flitwick. People often underestimate him, because he’s really tiny (we think he’s part elf, but we’ve never been rude enough to ask) and he’s got a squeaky voice, but he’s the best and most knowledgeable Charms master alive in the world today. His office door is always open to any Ravenclaw with a problem, and if you’re in a real state he’ll get out these delicious little cupcakes he keeps in a tin in his desk drawer and make them do a little dance for you. In fact, it’s worth pretending you’re in a real state just to see them jive.

Ravenclaw house has an illustrious history. Most of the greatest wizarding inventors and innovators were in our house, including Perpetua Fancourt, the inventor of the lunascope, Laverne de Montmorency, a great pioneer of love potions, and Ignatia Wildsmith, the inventor of Floo powder. Famous Ravenclaw Ministers for Magic include Millicent Bagnold, who was in power on the night that Harry Potter survived the Dark Lord’s curse, and defended the wizarding celebrations all over Britain with the words, ‘I assert our inalienable right to party. There was also Minister Lorcan McLaird, who was a quite brilliant wizard, but preferred to communicate by puffing smoke out of the end of his wand. Well, I did say we produce eccentrics. In fact, we are also the house that gave the wizarding world Uric the Oddball, who used a jellyfish for a hat. He’s the punch line of a lot of wizarding jokes.

As for our relationship with the other three houses: well, you’ve probably heard about the Slytherins. They’re not all bad, but you’d do well to be on your guard until you know them well. They’ve got a long house tradition of doing whatever it takes to win – so watch out, especially in Quidditch matches and exams.

The Gryffindor's are OK. If I had a criticism, I’d say 

Gryffindor's tend to be show-offs. They’re also much less

tolerant than we are of people who are different; in fact,

they've been known to make jokes about Ravenclaws who 

have developed an interest in levitation, or the possible 

magical uses of troll boogies, or ovomancy, which (as you 

probably know) is a method of divination using eggs.

 Gryffindor's haven’t got our intellectual curiosity, whereas

 we've got no problem if you want to spend your days and

 nights cracking eggs in a corner of the common room and

 writing down your predictions according to the way the yolks

 fall. In fact, you’ll probably find a few people to help you.

(Gryffindor's aren't intellectual, curios or tolerant! Just ask a 

Slytherin they would say the same about them, scary!)

As for the Hufflepuffs, well, nobody could say they’re not nice people. In fact, they’re some of the nicest people in the school. Let’s just say you needn’t worry too much about them when it comes to competition at exam time.

I think that’s nearly everything. Oh yes, our house ghost is the Gray Lady. The rest of the school thinks she never speaks, but she’ll talk to Ravenclaws. She’s particularly useful if you’re lost, or you’ve mislaid something.

I’m sure you’ll have a good night. Our dormitories are in turrets off the main tower; our four-poster beds are covered in sky blue silk eiderdowns and the sound of the wind whistling around the windows is very relaxing.

And once again: well done on becoming a member of the cleverest, quirkiest and most interesting house at Hogwarts.


Congratulations! I’m Prefect Gemma Farley, and I’m delighted to welcome you to SLYTHERIN HOUSE. Our emblem is the serpent, the wisest of creatures; our house colours are emerald green and silver, and our common room lies behind a concealed entrance down in the dungeons. As you’ll see, its windows look out into the depths of the Hogwarts lake. We often see the giant squid swooshing by – and sometimes more interesting creatures. We like to feel that our hangout has the aura of a mysterious, underwater shipwreck.

Now, there are a few things you should know about Slytherin – and a few you should forget.

Firstly, let’s dispel a few myths. You might have heard rumours about Slytherin house – that we’re all into the Dark Arts, and will only talk to you if your great-grandfather was a famous wizard, and rubbish like that. Well, you don’t want to believe everything you hear from competing houses. I’m not denying that we’ve produced our share of Dark wizards, but so have the other three houses – they just don’t like admitting it. And yes, we have traditionally tended to take students who come from long lines of witches and wizards, but nowadays you’ll find plenty of people in Slytherin house who have at least one Muggle parent.

Here’s a little-known fact that the other three houses don’t bring up much: Merlin was a Slytherin. Yes, Merlin himself, the most famous wizard in history! He learned all he knew in this very house! Do you want to follow in the footsteps of Merlin? Or would you rather sit at the old desk of that illustrious ex-Hufflepuff, Eglantine Puffett, inventor of the Self-Soaping Dishcloth?
I didn’t think so.

But that’s enough about what we’re not. Let’s talk about what we are, which is the coolest and edgiest house in this school. We play to win, because we care about the honour and traditions of Slytherin..

We also get respect from our fellow students. Yes, some of that respect might be tinged with fear, because of our Dark reputation, but you know what? It can be fun, having a reputation for walking on the wild side. Chuck out a few hints that you’ve got access to a whole library of curses, and see whether anyone feels like nicking your pencil case.

But we’re not bad people. We’re like our emblem, the snake: sleek, powerful, and frequently misunderstood.

For instance, we Slytherins look after our own – which is more than you can say for Ravenclaw. Apart from being the biggest bunch of swots you ever met, Ravenclaws are famous for clambering over each other to get good marks, whereas we Slytherins are brothers. The corridors of Hogwarts can throw up surprises for the unwary, and you’ll be glad you’ve got the Serpents on your side as you move around the school. As far as we’re concerned, once you’ve become a snake, you’re one of ours – one of the elite.

Because you know what Salazar Slytherin looked for in his chosen students? The seeds of greatness. You’ve been chosen by this house because you’ve got the potential to be great, in the true sense of the word. All right, you might see a couple of people hanging around the common room whom you might not think are destined for anything special. Well, keep that to yourself. If the Sorting Hat put them in here, there’s something great about them, and don’t you forget it.


Congratulations! I’m Prefect Percy Weasley, and I’m delighted to welcome you to GRYFFINDOR HOUSE. Our emblem is the lion, the bravest of all creatures; our house colors are scarlet and gold, and our common room lies up in Gryffindor Tower.

This is, quite simply, the best house at Hogwarts. It’s where the bravest and boldest end up – for instance: Albus Dumbledore! Yes, Dumbledore himself, the greatest wizard of our time, was a Gryffindor! If that’s not enough for you, I don’t know what is.

I won’t keep you long, as all you need to do to find out more about your house is to follow Harry Potter and his friends as I lead them up to their dormitories. Enjoy your time at Hogwarts – but how could you fail to? You’ve become part of the best house in the school.

Gryffindor do talk a lot but then again we know them so well! Long live Slytherin! 

Friday, 21 September 2012

Pottermore Book 2 Chamber of Secrets Pure-blood explained

Here at last we have Pottermore Information on the History and Term Pure blood

Personally I think a lot of this information is some what contradictory to the how the pure blood ideology appear's in Chamber of Secrets. But I always through that J.K.Rowling was holding information back in Chamber of Secrets like what Tom Riddles Diary really was e.g a Horcrux and the real purpose of the Chamber of Secrets complete with Basilisk is Salazar Slytherin 'sInternal Hogwart's security system or defence system after he left or was it shoved out by Godric Gryffindor??
The term 'pure-blood' refers to a family or individual without Muggle 
(non-magic) blood. The concept is generally associated with Salazar
 Slytherin, one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft
 and Wizardry, whose aversion to teaching anybody of Muggle
 parentage eventually led to a breach with his three fellow founders,
 and his resignation from the school.
Slytherin's discrimination on the basis of parentage was considered an
 unusual and misguided view by the majority of wizards at the time.
 Contemporary literature suggests that Muggle-borns were not only
 accepted, but often considered to be particularly gifted. They went by
 the affectionate name of 'Magbobs' (there has been much debate
 about the origin of the term, but it seems most likely to be that in such
 a case, magic 'bobbed up' out of nowhere).
Magical opinion underwent something of a shift after the International
 Statute of Secrecy became effective in 1692, when the magical
 community went into voluntary hiding following persecution by
 Muggles. This was a traumatic time for witches and wizards, and
 marriages with Muggles dropped to their lowest level ever known,
 mainly because of fears that intermarriage would lead inevitably to
 discovery, and, consequently, to a serious infraction of wizarding law.*
Under such conditions of uncertainty, fear and resentment, the pure-
blood doctrine began to gain followers. As a general rule, those who 
adopted it were also those who had most strenuously opposed the
 International Statute of Secrecy, advocating instead outright war on
 the Muggles. Increasing numbers of wizards now preached that
 marriage with a Muggle did not merely risk a possible breach of the
 new Statute, but that it was shameful, unnatural and would lead to
 'contamination' of magical blood.**
As Muggle/wizard marriage had been common for centuries, those
 now self-describing as pure-bloods were unlikely to have any higher 
proportion of wizarding ancestors than those who did not. To call
 oneself a pure-blood was more accurately a declaration of political or
 social intent ('I will not marry a Muggle and I consider Muggle/wizard
 marriage reprehensible') than a statement of biological fact.
Several works of dubious scholarship, published around the early
 eighteenth century and drawing partly on the writings of Salazar
 Slytherin himself, make reference to supposed indicators of pure-
blood status, aside from the family tree. The most commonly cited 
signs were: onset of magical ability before the age of three, early 
(before aged seven) prowess on a broomstick, dislike or fear of pigs 
and those who tend them (the pig is often considered a particularly
 non-magical animal and is notoriously difficult to charm), resistance
 to common childhood illnesses, outstanding physical attractiveness
 and an aversion to Muggles observable even in the pure-blood baby,
 which supposedly shows signs of fear and disgust in their presence.
Successive studies produced by the Department of Mysteries have
 proven that these supposed hallmarks of pure-blood status have no
 basis in fact. Nevertheless, many pure-bloods continue to cite them as
 evidence of their own higher status within the wizarding community.
In the early 1930s, a 'Pure-Blood Directory' was published
 anonymously in Britain, which listed the twenty-eight truly pure-blood
 families, as judged by the unknown authority who had written the
 book***, with 'the aim of helping such families maintain the purity of
 their bloodlines'. The so-called 'Sacred Twenty-Eight' comprised the
 families of:

  • Abbott
  • Avery
  • Black
  • Bulstrode
  • Burke
  • Carrow
  • Crouch
  • Fawley
  • Flint
  • Gaunt
  • Greengrass
  • Lestrange
  • Longbottom
  • Macmillan
  • Malfoy
  • Nott
  • Ollivander
  • Parkinson
  • Prewett
  • Rosier
  • Rowle
  • Selwyn
  • Shacklebolt
  • Shafiq
  • Slughorn
  • Travers
  • Weasley
  • Yaxley
(Also as to the Pureblood family list of the sacred 28 families. Where? Oh Where? Are the Potter family, as James Potter is from a Pureblood line??? Perhaps not eh?? Oddly am a glad that the Gaunt made it as they don't appear on the Black family tree and everyone else does! )

Black Family Tree with every surname on it apart from Gaunt!

Love this Wizards of Britain Family Tree makes my heart warm as everyone is included! 

A minority of these families publicly deplored their inclusion on the
 list, declaring that their ancestors certainly included Muggles, a fact
 of which they were not ashamed. 
Most vocally indignant was the numerous Weasley
 family, which, in spite of its connections with
 almost every old wizarding family in Britain, was proud of its
 ancestral ties to many interesting Muggles. 
Their protests earned these families
 the opprobrium of advocates of the pure-blood doctrine, and the
 epithet 'blood traitor'. Meanwhile, a larger number of families were
 protesting that they were not on the pure-blood list.
* Over subsequent decades and centuries, the number of mixed
 marriages began to climb again until the healthy levels of today, and
 this has not led to widespread discovery of the hidden magical
 community. Professor Mordicus Egg, author of The Philosophy of the
 Mundane: Why the Muggles Prefer Not to Know, points out that Muggles in love
 generally do not betray their husbands or wives, and Muggles who fall
 out of love are jeered at by their own community when they assert that
 their estranged partner is a witch or wizard.
** In fact, the reverse appears to be true. Where families adhered
 consistently to the practice of marrying within a very small group of
 fellow witches and wizards, mental and physical instability and
 weakness seems to result.
*** Widely believed to be Cantankerus Nott.
Information take from Pottermore, Book 2, Chamber of  Secrets, in chapter 7
Mudbloods and Murmurs!