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Entry #4 - Deciphering Me
I Am a Locked Room in a Tall Tower
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Entry #4
Today in the library I was reading ahead in leafing through my Muggle Studies textbook and there was a section about Muggle medicine. It's pretty interesting how they cure diseases without potions and spells. Some of it's pretty gross though. I mean, really, whoever came up with the idea of "immunizations" must have been completely deranged. Injecting people with disease?! With NEEDLES?! I read about these pills people take which fix their brains so they feel happy even when maybe they really aren't. I'll have to read it again to really understand what it meant. But anyway, I couldn't help but think that maybe Umbridge has been taking them. It might explain the pink. If she's not taking them... maybe she ought to be?

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How are you two doing? I wasn't there, of course because the very idea of the stands makes me feel ill, but it would be hard not to have heard about it. Horrible, nasty, evil woman. Do you need anything? Hugs? Chocolate? A sounding board for revenge plotting?

Current Mood: curious curious

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newt_demelza From: newt_demelza Date: November 8th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I just looked at that section after I read this. Anti-depressants, right?

Hmm - well, if she were depressed and on anti-depressants, then why would she want everyone else to be so miserable still - despite the pink? And if she's depressed and not on anti-depressants, why is she still getting so much joy out of making people so miserable?

Well, actually, she's not so much depressed as she is sadistic.
newt_verity From: newt_verity Date: November 9th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes! That's the right section.

You know, I think you might be on to something there, Demelza. I wonder if there is a Muggle medicine to cure sadism?
newt_roger From: newt_roger Date: November 8th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, those are antidepressants, which are mind-altering substances typically prescribed by certain types of Muggle healers called Psychiatrists for people who are depressed (which in Muggle healing has a scientific definition, not just 'sad' or 'upset'). But they can have some dodgy side effects, I believe. I guess it's kind of like the Muggle equivalent of hitting people with Cheering Charms and dosing them with the Elixir to induce Euphoria constantly. Strangely I think some forms of antidepressants cause people to have suicidal thoughts, which is bizarre considering their intended purpose. Bad chemical reaction, I suppose. Don't know that it should be chanced upon Umbridge though.
newt_verity From: newt_verity Date: November 9th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
BBTB! Did you just make a joke about giving an authority figure suicidal thoughts?! I'm SHOCKED.

Sometimes people make remarks about how I must be constantly hit with Cheering Charms. I don't think I'd act like this if that were the case. Maybe I'm wrong though.
newt_george From: newt_george Date: November 9th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Private to Veritylicious (works better than Verityey) and Gred

Well, it was a bit of a blow but we're not exactly the type to lie back and be despondent, are we?

All of the above would be welcome, if not strictly necessary.
newt_verity From: newt_verity Date: November 9th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Private to Gorgey Porgey (who thinks I'm delicious) and Freddikins

No. One of the many reasons I like you two so much.

Well the next time I see you, you had better be prepared for hugs and chocolate, George. Because I think they ARE necessary. And I'm glad they're welcome.
newt_fred From: newt_fred Date: November 10th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Private to Verity and George

Do I get a hug too? Oh well, no matter. You can't tell us apart so I'll just pretend I'm George when you next see me. I'll have to work on not being so devastatingly handsome though!
newt_verity From: newt_verity Date: November 10th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Private to My Favourite Redheads

Fred! Of COURSE you get as many hugs as you want!!!! But you hadn't responded to say you wanted any!!! And you're both very handsome!!
newt_george From: newt_george Date: November 10th, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Private to Fred and She of the Excessive Exclamation Marks

I am a whole two points more handsome, though, don't forget.
newt_verity From: newt_verity Date: November 10th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Private to The Boys Who Need to Dye Their Hair, Apparently

Oh of course! And everyone thinks I'm a slag?
newt_george From: newt_george Date: November 10th, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Private to Veritasty and I'm not even going to try and come up with a new nickname for Fred

How exactly do I prepare? You seem to launch yourself without warning usually.
newt_verity From: newt_verity Date: November 10th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Private to the Boys Who I'm Not Smart Enough to Come Up With More Nicknames For... Some Ravenclaw...

Aha, but that's the beauty of trying to prepare. You have to be ever alert and ready!
newt_george From: newt_george Date: November 10th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Private to he who needs new robes and she who needs more class

Don't fret, I am ever ready. Oh Verity, Verity, do you even know what that sounds like?
newt_marietta From: newt_marietta Date: November 9th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
'Happy' is not a word I'd used to describe Umbridge, even allowing for the not really being happy part. She does smile a lot, though, only... not in a happy way.
newt_verity From: newt_verity Date: November 9th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know. It's more of a terrifying way, isn't it? I always feel like she's thinking evil thoughts. And not in the fun way like the twins.
newt_marietta From: newt_marietta Date: November 11th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure I'd go as far as evil. Malicious, perhaps. They're meant to be fun?
newt_barney From: newt_barney Date: November 9th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if I'd like to feel happy if I wasn't happy.
newt_verity From: newt_verity Date: November 9th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes being happy is the only way to deal with being sad. I know what you mean.
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