In article <aqs6dp$r8...@news1.radix.net>,
dicc...@radix.net (Richard Eney) wrote:Indeedy, it could well be that Nearly Headless Nick is lying, especially
> In article <3dd168a...@mk-nntp-2.news.uk.tiscali.com>,
> Ben Goudie <b_...@tiscali.co.uk> wrote:
>> from the date of Nearly Headless Nick's death, celebrated with his
>> somethingty-hundredth deathday in book 2, The second book was set
>> in 1992.
> Five hundredth, he says, but we know Nick's a social climber.
> I think he's lost track and is hoping nobody will notice as he
> adjusts the date to whatever is convenient for him.
since in PS-07 he tells Harry that he hasn't eaten for nearly 400 years;
but fortunately for us, that doesn't matter, since we don't care when he
actually lived & died, all we want is the current year for Book #2.
In CoS-08, NHN says "this Halloween will be my five hundredth deathday"
If NHN lied in CoS-08 and told the truth in PS-07, then what he should
The same argument applies (only more strongly) if NHN told the truth in
>> However, subsequent references to popular culture have contradictedThat's right, Tamar. JKR first thought of Harry Potter in 1990, and did
>> this a little. I'd say JK'd be foolish to put in anything that ties
>> it in to any definitely specific year, as this would mean it would
>> clearly be set in the past for anyone who tries to read the books
>> in, say, 10 years time.
> It's already set in the past, from that Deathday date. Harry starts
> at Hogwarts in 1991, he'll start his seventh year in 1997 and leave
> Hogwarts in 1998, end of series.
most of her plotting for all 7 books in the following few years, (click
on http://www.geocities.com/aberforths_goat/ and check out the absorbing
article "August_1997_Elisabeth_Dunn_The_Daily_Telegraph"), so 1992 could
easily have been when she first thought of NHN's 500th deathday party.
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