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PandaWings posted a comment on Sunday 23rd April 2017 6:26am for Chapter 7

I absolutely loved the drunk scene. Especially the running gag of Harry telling everyone to wave at Dumbledore whenever he saw him.

RHJunior posted a comment on Sunday 29th January 2017 8:53am for Chapter 7

The drunken food fight and all that preceded and followed--- I laughed so hard I peed myself a little.

OriksGaming posted a comment on Wednesday 24th June 2015 1:28pm for Chapter 7

Wow, that food fight was insane. Hey, it's Dumbledore. Let's wave to him! I was... actually giggling the whole time. I don't know how to describe it, and giggling fits the bill, but it's awkward to admit, even in writing. I'm still hoping for Harry and Fleur(I love HarryxGabrielle and HarryxFleur stories), and I would hope for a HarryxGabrielle but that would just be completely and totally awkward and perverted at this point. Anyways, great work, keep it up!

aalens posted a comment on Monday 26th January 2015 9:55am for Chapter 7

I am thoroughly enjoying this fic. Thanks so much.

BTW I believe the 'brass monkeys' to be a shorthand and more polite way way of referring to the saying 'cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey,' and that, I vaguely remember reading somewhere, was to do with the apparatuses called brass monkeys which held the cannon balls on a fighting ship.

kstchr posted a comment on Monday 24th November 2014 12:52am for Chapter 7

Loved how Dumbledore (and McG) saw/learned exactly how it's going to be ... though I do feel bad that McGonagall is set in such a bad light with Dumbledore. I also thought it was wonderful how they spent their "detention" playing poker with the various implements cleaning up the manure - a la Sorcerer's Apprentice!!

sh8ad8ow posted a comment on Friday 10th January 2014 5:04am for Chapter 7

great chapter

Secca posted a comment on Friday 1st November 2013 5:26am for Chapter 7

Not sure where the Brass Monkey's originated (probably from European sailors to the Orient in the early 19th century), but it makes sense when you remember that the whole saying is "colder than the balls on a brass monkey".

gtgrouch posted a comment on Wednesday 8th May 2013 2:41am for Chapter 7

I haven't laughed that hard at anything in a long, long time.

(Let's all wave at Dumbledore!)

Brandon R posted a comment on Tuesday 22nd January 2013 6:59pm for Chapter 7

"Hey everyone it's Jeconais! Let's wave to him." As a group all readers of great fanfiction wave to jeconais.

That bit had me laughing, alot. It was probably funnier cause i was tired, but nontheless it made me chuckle. You sir are a true artist of language...ok maybe not per se, but a damn talented author and anyone who says other wise should be...should have...well something extremely unpleasant done to them.

I've read Hope and WKGQ, many times (2 and 3 respectively in my all time top 5 fanfictions ever) I can't remember if im remembering this right, and if im not completely disregard this part, but you said that you would be able to write something that well again? or something like that. Well i have to disagree, your writing has not diminished in the least, it's only taking a different route that leads to the same destination.

In case you were wondering that destination was Happiness for the readers as you are a talented writer and anything you write is more than worth reading...Unless you dont think thats the case, in which, the destination becomes the bahamas. Though how you would write to get there is beyond me.. well anyway, thank you very much for this fabulous chapter and story!

Brandon R

Aberbadger posted a comment on Tuesday 4th December 2012 6:25am for Chapter 7

I believe the full phrase is "cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey"

kitsu524 posted a comment on Tuesday 23rd October 2012 6:58am for Chapter 7

Im really sorry I have to ask such a stupid question for such an amazing story but where in the world did you get ""Hey" "its Dumbledoor everone wave" I died laughing over and over XD you are truely an amazing wordsmith XD thank you

Wolfric posted a comment on Tuesday 16th October 2012 10:30am for Chapter 7

Great chapter. I never get to parties like that any more, what a shame. Thanks for writing. W.

keichan2 posted a comment on Friday 12th October 2012 5:44pm for Chapter 7

"As a group, they all waved at Dumbledore." Bwahahaha! Third time is a charm! "He conjured the most deadly weapon he could think off, and threw it. He turned to watch, as the plate of strawberry ice cream sailed forward and landed on Dumbledore’s head." Bwahahahahahaha! Thanks for this one! (and I do wonder how long you took to choose what said deadly weapon would be ;-p) OK... I think I'll stop quoting everything I think funny, because the review will get bigger than the chapter! (and given the size of your chapter, it is not easy to achieve!) Though I find interesting you chose to have Hermione's mother as the sport fan! Thanks for a very funny chapter! I wonder how Gabrielle will comment next time she will see Harry, given the end of this chapter ;-)

maddog6295 posted a comment on Friday 12th October 2012 2:11pm for Chapter 7

The saying cold enough to freeze the balls off of a brass monkey comes from the British Navy in the 1800's. A brass monkey is a frame on the deck of a ship that they store the Iron cannon balls on stacked in a pyrmad. When it got to cold the brass would contract and the cannon balls would fall off.

Patches posted a comment on Friday 12th October 2012 8:50am for Chapter 7

Fudge is such an idiot. Of course he isn't going to get the best of Harry and his very smart, informed friends. I'm glad they also dealt with Umbridge. That was great. That and Harry got a lot of money off the death eaters in his civil suit as well as getting them trials that will deffinitely keep them locked up for a long time. That and there is an arrest warrant out on Lucius. Great all around. I loved the scene the morning after the party. That was fantastic.

Snape getting his just desserts was great. Harry blackmailing Dumbledore was great. SiriuIs getting a fair trial finally will be great. That and Sirius is finally his legal gaurdian. That has been a long time coming. Melissa getting her own Law Firm is fantastic. She has deffinitely earned it. I'm looking forward to the final task of the tournament. With all the champions working together it will be great. Thanks for writing. I look forward to more of this story. pms

MutantRancor posted a comment on Thursday 11th October 2012 8:02am for Chapter 7

"Brass monkeys" is short for "cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey," a phrase of disputed origin that some say refers to the differential contraction of different metals at extreme low temperature and iron cannonballs stacked on brass plates called monkeys. Which is distinctly not true, but it makes for a good story.

As for the other one, I have no idea. If you're curious, you might check the Phrase Finder website.

Crys posted a comment on Wednesday 10th October 2012 2:56pm for Chapter 7

THAT was an awesome drunk scene with a gratuitous food fight thrown in for good measure. Falling out of my chair laughing wouldn't have gone over well with my boss, unfortunately.

Yeah, I recognized the Churchill quote.

"Freezing the balls off of a brass monkey." Just in case you actually care: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brass_monkey_(colloquial_expression )

I'm sure Harry's focusing "love" on Gabrielle and a few others is going to be important and/or backfire sooner or later.

Off to read the next chapter.

Rick D Gale posted a comment on Wednesday 10th October 2012 5:19am for Chapter 7

It's good to have you back!

Great chapter, though I would have thought the court case may have been more descriptive in some areas.

Really at a loss of words with everything that happened here. It's just nice to read a good story now and then

Thank you for your effort in that respect.

On to the next chapter.

rdgale

ibskib posted a comment on Tuesday 9th October 2012 3:47pm for Chapter 7

Great to see an update, this story has become just about my favorite Harry/Gabby fic. And although the drunk out of their minds scene, isn't particularly realistic, it was certainly amusing to read.

Not being in debt indeed :-)

Corrections:

drunk what seemed an endless supply - drink what seemed an endless supply

new bound will be better - new bond will be better

as a complete irrelevance - as completely irrelevant (not sure if it is wrong, just seemed strange)

sat on the stairs - sitting on the stairs

died in the wool - dyed in the wool

layout Snape - lay out Snape

drgonzo2 posted a comment on Tuesday 9th October 2012 12:44pm for Chapter 7

"Brass Monkeys" is a contraction of the phrase "Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey". This was a common naval saying back in the wooden ship era, when cannonballs were held "at the ready" (by the cannon) in stacks of 4 - 3 as a base, 1 on top. As cannonballs are round and have a tendency to roll away, a triangular brass frame was used to hold the base of the 4-stack - the so-called "Brass Monkey".

As to the 'freezing the balls off' bit, brass and cast iron have differing coefficients of thermal expansion(and contraction). In severely cold weather, both the balls and monkey shrink, but the brass monkey shrinks more than the iron balls do, leading to the balls falling "off" their stack onto the ships deck.

Hence; Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey = really fuffin' cold...

Cheers... G