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  • I live in La Verne, Ca
  • I was born on July 18
  • My occupation is Retired
  • I am Female

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Please stop adding that "span style..." code to articles. It does nothing (at least in my browser) and even if it did there's no reason for the words you're putting it around to be different from the rest. Thanks. -Shorty1982 02:02, October 6, 2011 (UTC)

I have no idea what you are talking about so can you explain what I'm doing wrong. I always preveiw before publishing & it looks find —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Wonka2011 (talkcontribs).
It's weird, but if you take a look at some of your recent edits by viewing the history of the pages, you'll see what Shorty means. For example, if you visit Phineas Nigellus Black and check the History (you have to click "Edit" and then choose "History" from the dropdown menu), you can see what happened there. Just hit "Compare Selected Revisions" and you'll see that the revision you made added a bunch of unnecessary HTML code. I'm not sure what would be causing it, though, because it doesn't seem to have happened with your most recent edit, to Headteacher of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during 1792. As a precautionary measure, though, I'd recommend switching to Source mode before making/publishing your edit - that way you can be sure that no extra code has snuck into there. ProfessorTofty 02:47, October 6, 2011 (UTC)
Could this be caused by a cut & paste from Word? Typically I will type my change in Word for the spellcheck and then paste it. If that's it, what I'll do is spellcheck then run it through Notepad to strip it —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Wonka2011 (talkcontribs).
Yes, indeed. If you're cutting it from Word, I'd say it's highly likely that's the cause of that. In fact, I just tried the same thing myself and I'm seeing similar coding. So yeah, you could do like you said and strip it using Notepad, or you might try the Source mode tip that I suggested. A few other things - when posting a comment, either here or on a talk page, it's generally customary to sign your post by using four tildes, or the signature button. Secondly, each subsequent reply is indented using a colon. Finally, for a faster reply, it's generally procedure to reply to someone's response to your comment by heading to their own talk page and posting your response there - this will generate a message to them that they have an "Owl" and that way they know that you've replied and don't have to check. They can then head back to your talk page and respond from there, if there's still something that needs to be discussed. ProfessorTofty 03:29, October 6, 2011 (UTC)
Also, a number of modern web browsers have spell checkers built right in (or it can be added easily). I know Firefox has for quite a while. Very handy and saves the extra step of using a word processor to check the spelling. -Shorty1982 11:25, October 6, 2011 (UTC)

Re: Test

Yep, that worked and I received the owl. I think you're doing quite well and I'm sure you'll get the hang of it soon. Feel free to ask questions. You might also try out the Sandbox if you want to test some of the features of editing. Examining the code of some of the pages on the site might also be a good way to pick up some things -- again, I recommend switching to "Source" mode as it lets you see all of the code that makes up the page when you're editing it. Just clik on "Source" up at the top of the page where it says "Source" and "Visual." Other good things to look at include the help pages, which are linked to in the welcome message that you received - some of it is pretty dry, but there's definitely a lot of good information in there. And yeah, sure, we all have moments at times when we forget stuff, like adding the signature tag. You can always go back in and edit it in later if you forgot, if someone else doesn't get to it first. ProfessorTofty 04:23, October 6, 2011 (UTC)

Salem Witches' Institute

Thanks for pointing that out. I guess I wasn't paying close enough attention. All I really saw was that you had removed the templates at the bottom of the page. Shows what I know. (*Hand over head*) NEOW! --Cubs Fan (Talk to me) 05:02, October 8, 2011 (UTC)

Re: Trying to correct spelling breaks link; how can i avoid that

If what I think is happening is what is happening then you're not breaking anything. When you edit a section and click "Preview" it only renders the code of that section in the box. As the ref list is at the bottom of the page, and most likely not in the section you're editing, the system is going to see references in that section but see no place to display them so it gives the red error message. This isn't indicative of a problem, as long as you're not editing the References section. To put it simply, you can safely ignore this error in nearly all cases. When in doubt, save the edit and check the page. If everything looks like it should, great. If not you can always try to fix the problem. I fixed the spelling error in the article you mentioned and saw the red error when I previewed the change but when I saved it everything was displaying correctly. Shorty1982 23:44, October 9, 2011 (UTC)

You're welcome. Don't worry, you seem to be doing a good job and getting the hang of how wikis work. Honest mistakes happen to everybody, I make them too. I hope by "you guys" you don't mean administrators as I'm not one. I'm just a regular editor like you. -Shorty1982 23:58, October 9, 2011 (UTC)

Minerva McGonagall's office

Hi, Wonka! I saw your post on the page of Minerva McGonagall's office. You should better post it on the talk page (discussion), not in the article.

But there is a trick with this site. It has hidden his informations. When you press your left mouse button, hold it and pull it to the end of the site, you can read the hidden text after this marking. Good luck. Harry granger 17:59, October 10, 2011 (UTC)

Morning coffee? Is there where you live now morning? Here in Germany, where I live, is now late evening. Has it helped? Could you read the text about the two characters? Harry granger 18:23, October 10, 2011 (UTC)

I show it was posted on the talk page???? never got the left mouse to show any hidden text

and yes, I still currently have 28 minutes of morning left here in So CaliforniaWonka2011 18:32, October 10, 2011 (UTC)

O. k., I have marked it and post it here. I posted your post about the link on the talk page and told there that I gave the answer on your talk page. Southern California, then you must have warm or hot weather. We have autumn here now with wind and rain, but luckily not too cold.

O. k., that's long now. Do not be startled.

"Quirrel's Story: Spoiler (highlight to show): Harry’s first Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher is a clever young wizard who took a ‘Grand Tour’ around the world before taking up his teaching post at Hogwarts. When Harry first meets Quirrell, he has adopted a turban for everyday wear. His nerves, expressed most obviously in his stammer, are so pronounced that it is rumoured the turban is stuffed full of garlic, to ward off vampires.

I saw Quirrell as a gifted but delicate boy, who would probably have been teased for his ti-midity and nerves during his school life. Feeling inadequate and wishing to prove himself, he developed an (initially theoretical) interest in the Dark Arts. Like many people who feel themselves to be insignificant, even laughable, Quirrell had a latent desire to make the world sit up and notice him.

Quirrell set out deliberately to find whatever remained of the Dark wizard, partly out of cu-riosity, partly out of that unacknowledged desire for importance. At the very least, Quirrell fantasised that he could be the man who tracked Voldemort down, but at best, might learn skills from Voldemort that would ensure he was never laughed at again.

Though Hagrid was correct in saying that Quirrell had a ‘brilliant mind,’ the Hogwarts teacher was both naive and arrogant in thinking that he would be able to control an encounter with Voldemort, even in the Dark wizard's weakened state. When Voldemort realised that the young man had a position at Hogwarts, he took immediate possession of Quirrell, who was incapable of resisting.

While Quirrell did not lose his soul, he became completely subjugated by Voldemort, who caused a frightful mutation of Quirrell's body: now Voldemort looked out of the back of Quirrell's head and directed his movements, even forcing him to attempt murder. Quirrell tried to put up feeble resistance on occasion, but Voldemort was far too strong for him.

Quirrell is, in effect, turned into a temporary Horcrux by Voldemort. He is greatly depleted by the physical strain of fighting the far stronger, evil soul inside him. Quirrell’s body manifests burns and blisters during his fight with Harry due to the protective power Harry's mother left in his skin when she died for him. When the body Voldemort and Quirrell are sharing is hor-ribly burned by contact with Harry, the former flees just in time to save himself, leaving the damaged and enfeebled Quirrell to collapse and die.

McG: Spoiler (highlight to show):


Minerva McGonagall was the first child, and only daughter, of a Scottish Presbyterian minis-ter and a Hogwarts-educated witch. She grew up in the Highlands of Scotland in the early twentieth century, and only gradually became aware that there was something strange, both about her own abilities, and her parents’ marriage.

Minerva’s father, the Reverend Robert McGonagall, had become captivated by the high-spirited Isobel Ross, who lived in the same village. Like his neighbours, Robert believed that Isobel attended a select ladies’ boarding school in England. In fact, when Isobel vanished from her home for months at a time, it was to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that she went.

Aware that her parents (a witch and wizard) would frown on a connection with the serious young Muggle, Isobel kept their burgeoning relationship a secret. By the time she was eigh-teen, she had fallen in love with Robert. Unfortunately, she had not found the courage to tell him what she was.

The couple eloped, to the fury of both sets of parents. Now estranged from her family, Isobel could not bring herself to mar the bliss of the honeymoon by telling her smitten new husband that she had graduated top of her class in Charms at Hogwarts, nor that she had been Captain of the school Quidditch team. Isobel and Robert moved into a manse (minister’s house) on the outskirts of Caithness, where the beautiful Isobel proved surprisingly adept at making the most of the minister’s tiny salary.

The birth of the young couple’s first child, Minerva, proved both a joy and a crisis. Missing her family, and the magical community she had given up for love, Isobel insisted on naming her newborn daughter after her own grandmother, an immensely talented witch. The outlan-dish name raised eyebrows in the community in which she lived, and the Reverend Robert McGonagall found it difficult to explain his wife’s choice to his parishioners. Furthermore, he was alarmed by his wife’s moodiness. Friends assured him that women were often emotional after the birth of a baby, and that Isobel would soon be herself again.

Isobel, however, became more and more withdrawn, often secluding herself with Minerva for days at a time. Isobel later told her daughter that she had displayed small, but unmistakable, signs of magic from her earliest hours. Toys that had been left on upper shelves were found in her cot. The family cat appeared to do her bidding before she could talk. Her father’s bagpipes were occasionally heard to play themselves from distant rooms, a phenomenon that made the infant Minerva chuckle.

Isobel was torn between pride and fear. She knew that she must confess the truth to Robert before he witnessed something that would alarm him. At last, in response to Robert’s patient questioning, Isobel burst into tears, retrieved her wand from the locked box under her bed and showed him what she was.

Although Minerva was too young to remember that night, its aftermath left her with a bitter understanding of the complications of growing up with magic in a Muggle world. Although Robert McGonagall loved his wife no less upon discovering that she was a witch, he was pro-foundly shocked by her revelation, and by the fact that she had kept such a secret from him for so long. What was more, he, who prided himself on being an upright and honest man, was now drawn into a life of secrecy that was quite foreign to his nature. Isobel explained, through her sobs, that she (and their daughter) were bound by the International Statute of Secrecy, and that they must conceal the truth about themselves, or face the fury of the Ministry of Magic. Robert also quailed at the thought of how the locals - in the main, an austere, straight-laced and conventional breed - would feel about having a witch as their Minister’s wife.

Love endured, but trust had been broken between her parents, and Minerva, a clever and ob-servant child, saw this with sadness. Two more children, both sons, were born to the McGo-nagalls, and both, in due course, revealed magical ability. Minerva helped her mother explain to Malcolm and Robert Junior that they must not flaunt their magic, and aided her mother in concealing from their father the accidents and embarrassments their magic sometimes caused.

Minerva was very close to her Muggle father, whom in temperament she resembled more than her mother. She saw with pain how much he struggled with the family’s strange situation. She sensed, too, how much of a strain it was for her mother to fit in with the all-Muggle village, and how much she missed the freedom of being with her kind, and of exercising her consider-able talents. Minerva never forgot how much her mother cried, when the letter of admittance into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry arrived on Minerva’s eleventh birthday; she knew that Isobel was sobbing, not only out of pride, but also out of envy. School Career

As is often the case where the young witch or wizard comes from a family who has struggled with its magical identity, Hogwarts was, for Minerva McGonagall, a place of joyful release and freedom.

Minerva drew unusual attention to herself on her very first evening, when she was revealed to be a Hatstall. After five and a half minutes, the Sorting Hat, which had been vacillating be-tween the houses of Ravenclaw and Gryffindor, placed Minerva in the latter. (In later years, this circumstance was a subject of gentle humour between Minerva and her colleague Filius Flitwick, over whom the Sorting Hat suffered the same confusion, but reached the opposite conclusion. The two Heads of house were amused to think that they might, but for those cru-cial moments in their youths, have exchanged positions).

Minerva was quickly recognised as the most outstanding student of her year, with a particular talent for Transfiguration. As she progressed through the school, she demonstrated that she had inherited both her mother’s talents and her father’s cast-iron moral sense. Minerva’s school career overlapped by two years with that of Pomona Sprout, later Head of Hufflepuff House, and the two women enjoyed an excellent relationship both then, and in later years.

By the end of her education at Hogwarts, Minerva McGonagall had achieved an impressive record: top grades in O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s, Prefect, Head Girl, and winner of the Transfi-guration Today Most Promising Newcomer award. Under the guidance of her inspirational Transfiguration teacher, Albus Dumbledore, she had managed to become an Animagus; her animal form, with its distinctive markings (tabby cat, square spectacles markings around eyes) were duly logged in the Ministry of Magic’s Animagus Registry. Minerva was also, like her mother, a gifted Quidditch player, although a nasty fall in her final year (a foul during the Gryffindor versus Slytherin game which would decide the Cup winner) left her with concus-sion, several broken ribs and a lifelong desire to see Slytherin crushed on the Quidditch pitch. Though she gave up Quidditch on leaving Hogwarts, the innately competitive Professor McGonagall later took a keen interest in the fortunes of her house team, and retained a keen eye for Quidditch talent.

Early Heartbreak

Upon graduation from Hogwarts, Minerva returned to the manse to enjoy one last summer with her family before setting out for London, where she had been offered a position at the Ministry of Magic (Department of Magical Law Enforcement). These months were to prove some of the most difficult of Minerva’s life, for it was then, aged only eighteen, that she proved herself truly her mother’s daughter, by falling head-over-heels in love with a Muggle boy.

It was the first and only time in Minerva McGonagall’s life that she might have been said to lose her head. Dougal McGregor was the handsome, clever and funny son of a local farmer. Though less beautiful than Isobel, Minerva was clever and witty. Dougal and Minerva shared a sense of humour, argued fiercely, and suspected mysterious depths in each other. Before either of them knew it, Dougal was on one knee in a ploughed field, proposing, and Minerva was accepting him.

She went home, intending to tell her parents of her engagement, yet found herself unable to do so. All that night she lay awake, thinking about her future. Dougal did not know what she, Minerva, truly was, any more than her father had known the truth about Isobel before they had married. Minerva had witnessed at close quarters the kind of marriage she might have if she wed Dougal. It would be the end of all her ambitions; it would mean a wand locked away, and children taught to lie, perhaps even to their own father. She did not fool herself that Dougal McGregor would accompany her to London, while she went to work every day at the Ministry. He was looking forward to inheriting his father’s farm.

Early next morning, Minerva slipped from her parents’ house and went to tell Dougal that she had changed her mind, and could not marry him. Mindful of the fact that if she broke the In-ternational Statute of Secrecy she would lose the job at the Ministry for which she was giving him up, she could give him no good reason for her change of heart. She left him devastated, and set out for London three days later. Ministry Career

Though undoubtedly her feelings for the Ministry of Magic were coloured by the fact that she had recently suffered an emotional crisis, Minerva McGonagall did not much enjoy her new home and workplace. Some of her co-workers had an engrained anti-Muggle bias which, given her adoration of her Muggle father, and her continuing love for Dougal McGregor, she deplored. Though a most efficient and gifted employee, and fond of her much older boss, Elphinstone Urquart, Minerva was unhappy in London, and found that she missed Scotland. Finally, after two years at the Ministry, she was offered a prestigious promotion, yet found herself turning it down. She sent an owl to Hogwarts, asking whether she might be considered for a teaching post. The owl returned within hours, offering her a job in the Transfiguration department, under Head of Department, Albus Dumbledore. Friendship with Albus Dumbledore

The school greeted Minerva McGonagall’s return with delight. Minerva threw herself into her work, proving herself a strict but inspirational teacher. If she kept letters from Dougal McGregor locked in a box under her bed, this was (she told herself firmly) better than keeping her wand locked there. Nevertheless, it was a shock to learn from the oblivious Isobel (in the middle of a chatty letter of local news) that Dougal had married the daughter of another far-mer.

Albus Dumbledore discovered Minerva in tears in her classroom late that evening, and she confessed the whole story to him. Albus Dumbledore offered both comfort and wisdom, and told Minerva some of his own family history, previously unknown to her. The confidences exchanged that night between two intensely private and reserved characters were to form the basis of a lasting mutual esteem and friendship.


Through all her early years at Hogwarts, Minerva McGonagall remained on terms of friendship with her old boss at the Ministry, Elphinstone Urquart. He came to visit her while on holiday to Scotland, and to her great surprise and embarrassment, proposed marriage in Madam Puddifoot’s teashop. Still in love with Dougal McGregor, Minerva turned him down.

Elphinstone, however, had never ceased to love her, nor to propose every now and then, even though she continued to refuse him. The death of Dougal McGregor, however, although trau-matic, seemed to free Minerva. Shortly after Voldemort’s first defeat, Elphinstone, now white-haired, proposed again during a summertime stroll around the lake in the Hogwarts grounds. This time Minerva accepted. Elphinstone, now retired, was beside himself with joy, and purchased a small cottage in Hogsmeade for the pair of them, whence Minerva could tra-vel easily to work every day.

Known to successive generations of students as ‘Professor McGonagall,’ Minerva - always something of a feminist - announced that she would be keeping her own name upon marriage. Traditionalists sniffed - why was Minerva refusing to accept a pure-blood name, and keeping that of her Muggle father?

The marriage (cut tragically short, though it was destined to be) was a very happy one. Though they had no children of their own, Minerva’s nieces and nephews (children of her brothers Malcolm and Robert) were frequent visitors to their home. This was a period of great fulfillment for Minerva.

The accidental death of Elphinstone from a Venomous Tentacula bite, three years into their marriage, was an enormous sorrow to all who knew the couple. Minerva could not bear to remain alone in their cottage, but packed her things after Elphinstone’s funeral and returned to her sparse stone-floored bedroom in Hogwarts Castle, accessible through a concealed door in the wall of her first-floor study. Always a very brave and private person, she poured all her energies into her work, and few people - excepting perhaps Albus Dumbledore - ever realised how much she suffered." Harry granger 18:55, October 10, 2011 (UTC)

Just saw where it says "Spoiler (highlight to show):" DUHWonka2011 19:06, October 10, 2011 (UTC)

Sorry, I have not understood all. What is AC? We have here now @ 57,2 F. Turning of the leaves: Do you mean the color? Then yes, our leaves are getting yellow or red. Harry granger 19:13, October 10, 2011 (UTC)

Now I understand, up and down weather you have, anywhere between summer and autumn, perhaps your autumn-time. That is a stressful weather. I saw a picture of the Indian Summer in Canada. That was really great.

Did you like the informations about the two characters? I found them very interesting. Harry granger 20:12, October 10, 2011 (UTC)

Hi, Wonka! You gave me your Mail-adress. I wrote to you. Did it arrive? Harry granger 20:40, October 28, 2011 (UTC)

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Answer to (Wonka)

I wrote this:

Sorry, but I can't open this. When I tried I got this message:

Unfortunately this video is not available in Germany, since it could include music, for what the GEMA has not given the necessary music rights. Sorry.

In Germany, GEMA represents the copyrights of more than 63,000 members (composers, lyricists and music publishers) as well as over one million rights owners from around the world.

You must pay a fee to the GEMA to play other people's music. So I can't open this. Sorry! Harry granger 21:51, November 9, 2011 (UTC)

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