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 "I am going to be in Ravenclaw. And if you really think that I'm planning to do something dangerous, then, with respect, you don't understand me at all. I don't like danger, it is scary. I am being prudent. I am being cautious. I am preparing for unforeseen contingencies. Like my parents used to sing to me: Be prepared! That's the Boy Scout's marching song! Be prepared! As through life you march along! Don't be nervous, don't be flustered, don't be scared -- be prepared!" (Harry's parents had in fact only ever sung him those particular lines of that Tom Lehrer song, and Harry was blissfully unaware of the rest.)

  And finally she grasped her wand in both hands and shrieked, "Lucis Gladius!"


  1. Word of God confirms that it's a reference to the demonic "Jihad to Destroy Barney" version.
  2. And because apparently some people complained about Sci Fi references in a fantasy novel. Which makes one wonder if they even read the previous 69 chapters.
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