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Felted Easter egg nest

Right now, the felted eggs are loose inside the nest, but if requested, I can stitch them down so this can be worn as a hat.

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The Snapey coffee art of my DREAMS!

Look what ShockingBlankets drew for me!  I am in love.  I want to get this printed on everything.  It started because I've always wanted a coffee mug that said "Wit-Sharpening Potion."  But this.  This is beyond.


The to-do list on the parchment reads:

Death Eater meeting
Order of the Phoenix meeting
Grade Potions essays
Slytherin House Cup strategy
Career advice for Slytherin seniors
Detention slips
Occlumency lesson plan
Hermione Granger’s extra credit essay to grade
Restock Madam Pomfrey’s potions
Pick up Dumbledore’s dry cleaning

Eileen Prince Snape! <3

I'm pondering the part of the Prince's Tale where we catch our single precious glimpse of Eileen Prince Snape on Platform 9 3/4.  I just teared up with how badly I want to go up to her and tell her that her child is brilliant, so brilliant, immensely strong-willed, an inspiration, funny and resourceful and always able to learn new things.  That he helped so many people.  And tell her she must have done so many things right.

Hermione/Kingsley OTP :-)

Sometimes I remember that Hermione went to Kingsley's house in canon and it makes me really happy.  :-)
The first time you read Deathly Hallows and you saw the silver doe Patronus approach Harry, did you know right away that it was Snape's?

Poll #2039383 The Silver Doe Patronus

When did you know the silver doe was Snape's?

Immediately
2(13.3%)
Sometime during that scene
1(6.7%)
I figured it out before the reveal
3(20.0%)
Not until The Prince's Tale
9(60.0%)

Bananapus

I'm really enjoying the produce-related octopods.

Cedric Diggory = Baldur

Imagining Snape seeing Cedric Diggory's death through Harry's eyes during the Occlumency lesson, I realized Snape probably didn't have a darn thing against Cedric, either.  He was probably a perfectly good potioneer and conscientious student.  Oh.  Cedric was Baldur.  Everyone loved him.  And then I thought "except the mistletoe" and then I pictured Harry and Cho with mistletoe and realized my head is full of nargles and I'm going back to writing the chapter now.

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The Occlumency chapter

I'm working on the first Occlumency lesson right now and it is divinely funny and awful.  Snape cannot stop insulting Harry.  He's wasting energy doing so.  Or maybe it would take more energy for him to stop himself.  He says Harry does not understand fine distinctions:  "It is one of the shortcomings that makes you such a lamentable potion-maker."  That doesn't even have anything to do with the lesson!  It does make me wonder, though, just how many other shortcomings Snape could list before he ran out of breath. 

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Not exactly.  But while Dumbledore and Snape are putting their school duties second to their desperate initiative to keep Hogwarts safe from Voldemort, McGonagall is in charge of the school and Hermione moves into the role of surreptitious Defense Against the Dark Arts mastermind.

In my last two rereads of OotP, it's struck me more and more how desperate Dumbledore and Snape were.  Reader anger at Dumbledore's mistakes in this book (including mine) is influenced by our image of Dumbledore as almost infallibly brilliant.  Why did he not do better?  But in reality, Voldemort is a formidable opponent.  It was a closer competition than I sometimes give it credit for being.

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Mundungus steals a car to drive Harry and the Weasleys to St. Mungo's.

Hermione is so disgusted with Rita Skeeter that she throws a balled-up cocktail napkin at her.  Heh.

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