me and magic

* avatar drawn by alcyone

potter fan since: 1999
favorite character: ron
house: gryffindor
wand: holly, phoenix feather, 8 3/4 inches
favorite magical creature: phoenix
favorite weasley: bill and ginny
favorite wizard food: chocolate frogs, butterbeer
i most identify with: ginny weasley
favorite HP book: harry potter and the order of the phoenix
my portkeys:
>> the leaky cauldron
>> the HP lexicon
>> harry potter filks
>> pinoy harry potter
>> the shrieking shack

a phoenix and a dog
about my very own magical pet

When I finished reading "Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets", I was greatly intrigued by Fawkes, Albus Dumbledore's pet phoenix. As soon as I got my copy of "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them", one of the first creatures that I looked up was the phoenix. According to Newt Scamander, the "magnificent, swan-sized, scarlet bird with a long golden tail, beak and talons" can be found in Egypt, India, and China. It can "regenerate, bursting into flames when its body begins to fail and rising again from the ashes as a chick." It is a gentle creature, has never been known to kill, and can appear and reappear at will. Its tears also have magical healing powers.

I thought, "Wow! Wouldn't it be cool to have such a pet?" Gentle, has healing powers, can apparate, and it regenerates, too. Perfect! I want one!

Then I looked down at my own pet, my dog, Yoda. She's not a magnificent looking dog. She's one-fourth chihuahua and three-fourths doberman pinscher. But she's very loyal. Like all dogs, she answers only to her owner and members of the family. She usually doesn't trust other people and doesn't let them pet her unless she's seen them several times visiting the house and proves to herself that they can be trusted. She can also apparate. Well, at least she can appear at my side (seemingly at light speed) when she smells food or hear sounds related to food (you know, the crunch of potato chip bags, clinking of glasses and plates, stuff like that). She's usually very gentle, too, but she kills mice. We do not know how she does it because there's never any blood. Maybe she scares them to death.

One more thing. You may not believe me, but I know my dog has healing powers. She can heal broken hearts and wounded egos with her unconditional love and warm companionship.

With all that, I think my dog is just as perfect a pet as a phoenix. I just wish she can regenerate, too. Burst into flames when her body fails, and emerge from the ashes as a puppy. Then there'll be another dog lifetime for us to be together. The only thing that comforts me is the thought that, maybe, just maybe, the old saying is true. I hope all dogs DO go to heaven.

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part2 *** 10.15.2001
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