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Mental Sampler 3

A heads up that there is a Harry Potter spoiler in the last section of this post.  So scroll down slowly so you can stop reading when I tell you to stop reading if you haven’t read books 6 and 7.  Got it?


Does anyone else remember ice milk?  We used to always get ice milk when we were little, and it took me until 2015 to realize that it’s no longer on the market.  Apparently, it hasn’t been around since 1994.  I’m a little slow to catch on.

I used to love ice milk.  It was ice cream, but made with milk instead of cream.


Not to be completely stuck back in the 80s today, but do you remember Roxette’s “She’s Got the Look”?  That just came on the radio.

I don’t understand those lyrics, but I wanted to have “the look.”  I was never sure what the look was, but whatever it was, I wanted someone to croon that I was “tasty like a raindrop.”


I’ll finish this off with one of the Wolvog’s Harry Potter questions that I couldn’t answer.  It contains a spoiler for book 6 and 7, so STOP READING NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THOSE BOOKS.


I warned you.

In book 7 we learn that Regulus Black drank the potion in the cave, had Kreacher switch the real horcrux with the fake horcrux, and then committed suicide by walking into the water and getting pulled down by the Inferi.

So who filled up the basin with potion between the time that Regulus drank the potion (about 16 years before book 6) and the time that Dumbledore drank the potion?  Voldemort never knew that his horcrux had been stolen, so he certainly didn’t return to pour in a little more potion.  And no one else knew about the cave or the horcruxes, so they certainly didn’t come by with some magical potion.

So… how did the new potion get in the basin, full to the brim, especially when we see that the basin is empty (as in, it’s not a regenerating potion) when Dumbledore drinks it?

Anyone have an explanation?

Side note: just your weekly reminder that tomorrow is Microblog Monday.  Get busy writing something tiny.



1 Katherine A { 03.29.15 at 8:26 am }

Hmmmmm…maybe the potion only regenerates if there’s an item of the same basic size/shape of the original horcrux in the basin?

I must compliment the Wolvog on his attention to detail – it’s an excellent question! Definitely something I overlooked when reading the books. I’ll be interested to see what answers other people come up with.

2 Chickenpig { 03.29.15 at 11:46 am }

I believe this is what is called artistic license and a plot device. Rowling needed the potion to be there for the plot, she is the Goddess of this world, so the potion is there. It is a magical world so I’m assuming things can just appear, or reappear in this case, and there isn’t a logical explanation for everything.
My theory is that if Wolvog doesn’t have an answer, than there probably isn’t one, or only Rowling knows for sure. I am in the process of rereading book 7 myself, and then I’m going back to book 6 and I have questions for Wolvog about squibs. 🙂

3 a { 03.29.15 at 1:14 pm }

I think when a series of books has been out this long, you can stop noting spoilers ahead. Adult discussions of Christian symbolism in C.S. Lewis did nothing to ruin the books for me…I didn’t pay attention. Of course, for me, discussions about things I haven’t read just make me want to read them, so that’s a factor.

I didn’t love ice milk – it always tasted too ice crystal like for me. Never stopped me from eating it, though.

I will have to listen to that song because I can’t place it. You’ve Got The Look by Sheena Easton apparently takes up all that sort of real estate in my head.

4 Justine { 03.29.15 at 1:16 pm }

The potion knows that it’s a plot device. 😉

I remember ice milk, too. Though I have less positive associations with it … I used to eat it because my mother would sometimes buy it if she was on a diet. Which she always was.

No, you don’t want “the look.” You’re tasty just the way you are. 😉

5 Queenie { 03.29.15 at 5:07 pm }

Wait, what? There is no ice milk???

I’m going to have to re-read books 6 and 7 and get back to you.

6 Mina { 03.29.15 at 6:28 pm }

The basin replenishes itself while there is something inside of it. Regulus replaced the horcrux with a copy. Dumbledore didn’t.

7 earthandink { 03.29.15 at 7:33 pm }

I agree with Mina. It replenishes itself, as part of it’s magic. That was my assumption.

I hated ice milk. Everyone in my family was on a diet and we had ice milk instead of ice cream. I am not unhappy that it’s gone, frankly.

I think of Roxette as more the early ’90s because the very last thing I did with one of my exes was go to a Roxette concert at the Mesa Amphitheater which is one of the best places ever, ever to see a concert. So wonderful. So yeah, not only do I remember them, but I’ve seen them live. Tadah.

8 earthandink { 03.29.15 at 7:36 pm }

Also, I was doing some research about Harry Potter and found out the person who made some of the horocrux props is named Miraphora Mina. And that is an HP name if ever there was one. No way she’s a muggle. http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Miraphora_Mina

9 andy { 03.30.15 at 7:27 am }

sounds like a question to tweet to JK Rowling! I’ve got nothing.

10 Mali { 03.30.15 at 9:25 pm }

I’ve never heard of ice milk. But actually, Italian gelato is milk-based not cream-based (as I learned on my food tours in Rome a year or two ago). So eat gelato instead!

(You’re welcome.)

11 Elizabeth { 03.31.15 at 2:59 pm }

We used to make ice milk popsicles when I was a kid, sometimes with berries in them. Yum!

I like Mina’s idea. My theory was that the potion replenishes, but very very slowly – drop by drop over the years.

12 loribeth { 03.31.15 at 8:34 pm }

No opinion on Harry Potter — I haven’t read that far in the series. But —

Didn’t Dairy Queen used to serve ice milk?

Loved/love Roxette, and that song. 🙂 I had to Google them after reading this post, and they are still together and still touring!

13 BattyNurse { 04.13.15 at 5:01 am }

I remember ice milk. I always liked it.
As far as the potion I always figured it regenerated itself when the bowl was empty? For some reason I thought Voldemort saw the potion when he went to check the horcrux even though Harry and Dumbledore didn’t refill it.

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