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  1. “The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels & God, and at liberty when of Devils & Hell, is because he was a true Poet and of the Devil’s party without knowing it.”

  2. Sort of like the old joke about slavery: Nobody wants to do it, but “At least the work was steady.”

  3. Just this morning I saw an ad with Harry Potter characters made of Lego. I was hoping for a new set of satirical cartoons (along the lines of “Lego Star Wars“, which are generally extremely well done, and very funny), but alas, no, it was just a new line of building sets.

  4. Slytherin are characteristically cunning (Harry Potter was almost sorted into Slytherin). The sorting of all four characters are spot on, but fails in that Slytherin does not equate to villian (many of the heroes of the Battle of Hogwarts were Slytherin).

  5. Many people assume that Slytherin are all bad guys, and a lot of the books did little to disabuse people of that notion. Certainly there was never a case of a Slytherin telling a Slytherin bully to knock it off.

  6. (Or did Slughorn ever tell a bully to lay off? It seems like something he would do, as long as the bully wasn’t someone he wanted to network with)

  7. If there are only four of them, then presumably someone has to be Slytherin. But if it is some Potteronvention with loads of people, then perhaps the danger is almost everyone will want to be one of the fluffier houses. This bunny is aware that that would leave the playing bit unbalanced, so is both taking one for the team (being an unpopular badguy character) but also gratifyingly getting to be centre stage, as there will be a lot of focus on him if he is the only Slythe. However, for that to work better as a possible explanation, the first three panels ought to have multiple representatives of the other houses.

    I went to a British public (ie private) boarding school. We had houses, but in name only: we weren’t segregated into different actual buildings, instead sleeping in dorms simply according to what year we were in. The most house-based thing we did was get sorted into them for mealtimes. It was a Quaker school, so our 8 houses were Quaker heroes like Fox, Penn, Fryer, Tuke and in my case Bright.

    We had notional houses even in my primary school; being a British school in Beirut, with a large non-British intake including plenty of Americans, those houses were Nelson (Napoleonic wars Royal Navy), Lawrence (of Arabia, WWI soldier), Churchill (WWII PM) and Lincoln (US Civil War). These were all fairly war-oriented people despite, in some cases, their other claims to fame. The Quaker chappies were (or were supposed to be) more of a pacifist bent.

  8. Not all Slytherin are villains, but it sure has far more than it’s share of villains. If it was a real social organization, I wouldn’t be eager to be associated with it.

  9. Also, I believe that lots of actors (live action or otherwise) find it more ‘fun’ to play a villain than a goody-goody, and certainly that’s a pretty stance I’ve read in interviews with various professional wrestlers.

    once acted in a community theater production of KING LEAR, playing Burgundy, one of Cornwall’s servants, and Edmond’s Captain, so I had the pleasure of first jilting Cordelia, then toadying to one of her chief enemies, and finally killing her (offstage, but you can’t have everything). I felt sorry for the guy who played “nice guy” France and only got to marry her.

  10. Not all Slytherins were bad guys but I’m having trouble remembering a bad guy who wasn’t Slytherin.

    As others have said, though, the bad guy is often the best part.

    Jean Kerr was the wife of Walter Kerr, a prominent New York theater critic, and their four kids grew up learning a lot about theater. In her book “The Snake Has All The Lines” she tells about how thrilled one of her sons was to get the part of Adam in the school play about Adam and Eve.

    But he was very unhappy when he came home after the first rehearsal.

    Why? “The snake has all the lines!”

  11. The most prominent bad guy who wasn’t a Slytherin is probably Peter Pettigrew, who was in Gryffindor with the other Marauders.

  12. Mitch4: Yes, “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” came first, was immensely popular, and was turned into a movie staring Doris Day and David Niven. “The Snake Has All the Lines” was the sequel but it was not as successful.

  13. We just did a good sized (but not large) reenactment over the weekend with other groups and individuals that were invited to join us. There were a number of fellows (and at least two woman) portraying a British army – soldiers and officers. Why? Because they want to as that is what interests them about the American Revolution. I don’t think any of them are descendants, although that is always possible. One of the groups is horse mounted and also do other periods including being Theo. Roosevelt’s’ Rough Riders. If no one “played the bad guys” who would the “good guys” fight at these events.

    We had a woman, Rebecca, who came last year to first of this event and came back this year with a friend (and they are upset that we are planning on it being every other year from now on as they want it to be annual as they enjoy so much). She portrays a runaway indentured servant. Why play that? She spends the event running away from the British soldiers as they search for her. She gets captured. Then somehow always gets freed – one of our members who interprets a large merchant has vouched for her – that he will make sure is returned to her master or she runs off from the soldiers who capture her, etc. Now she could be any type of person she wants to be. But runaway indenture is what she likes to portray – why, I have no idea, maybe next time I will ask her. Her modern self is more fun to be with than most of the other women at the event.

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