First, it’s amazing how much I managed to do in the absence of LJ last weekend. I also happened to have the house to myself, since both my roommates were out of town. Mostly, I did lots of boring chores and errands, like cleaning my room, organizing my ESL materials, and trying not to let the cats drive me crazy, but I also managed to spend some time outdoors, and to read most of Sylvester by Georgette Heyer (I still have about 10 chapters left, I think).
And I know I owe you some answers. First, congratulations to all six people who answered my last riddle. You were all correct, though sannalim was just a smidge faster than anyone else. The answer was…
…the two-way mirror Sirius gave to Harry.
I can give back what you give me,
But say the word and I’ll give more.
A mirror gives back what you give, but this magic mirror allows you to communicate with someone, if you ask for them.
I once gave words of friendship,
And distraction from odious chores.
James and Sirius used it to distract each other during detention.
If you had only asked me,
I could have shown you the truth;
It’s so incredibly frustrating that Harry never thinks to use Sirius’s gift!
It would have saved you from your grief,
And saved me from my ruin.
Sirius would have been saved, and Harry would not have destroyed the mirror in his rage and grief.
The mirror really added to the poignancy of the closing scenes in OotP, I thought, and I hope JKR makes good on her hint that we might see it again. Oh, and thanks to my dad for giving me the idea to riddle-fy the mirror.
And the answers to the quotes in the movie quote meme that were correctly guessed are here. The remaining quotes, along with hints, are below:
ETA: C'mon movie buffs, where are you??!!?
2. Well... they're only an hour late.
This is from a fairly recent blockbuster-type film. This film received a poor reaction from critics, a lukewarm response from the general public, and enthusiastic praise from me. I guess there’s no accounting for taste.
This is from a film made in the 80s, but set in post-Reformation England. This line is spoken by one half of an R/Hr-ish couple to the other half.
Gilford Dudley in Lady Jane - Guessed by markbrannan - Included because I love the way Jane and Gilford love each other, and the way their love changes them for the better, and draws them both closer to God; I think that's how love should be.
7. -Where about you from?
-I'm from around Tennessee. I ran away when I was 12 years old and I ain't never looked back.
-What ya doin' since then?
-I've been running for President. [pause] I ain't winnin’, though.
This is from another historical film, set in 1860-something. *hint hint*
8. Women have choices, and men have responsibilities.
Believe it or not, this is from a comedy! Obviously it does deal with some serious issues (such as abortion in this scene), but overall, it is light-hearted.
This is from an older film (it’s black and white). As I told jdbailey, this line is spoken by a Hollywood diva, and the film is an unhappy one.
Blanche Dubois (Vivien Leigh) in A Streetcar Named Desire - Guessed by karet's husband - Included because I feel a kinship with Blanche; if I were to be driven to despair and madness by my life's circumstances, I'm sure my brand of madness would look like Blanche's.
What follows is new material that was not in the lost entry:
I came across some fanart I would like to share with you. Here is one artist’s rendition of the scene in which Harry wakes up from his nightmare about Mr. Weasley and the snake. Now, I have a question for you, which you might notice was being discussed in the reviews:
What effect does the absence of vomit next to Harry's bed have on this illustration?
The canon inaccuracy diminishes the quality of the illustration.
The lack of EW! enhances the quality of the illustration.
It really doesn’t make a difference.
*snerk* Thank you. That is all.