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Sun, Apr. 9th, 2006, 02:15 pm
missmarypotter: Sword

I was hanging up my Godric Gryffindor rip-off sword when I thought about it...
Why would a magician need a sword? Sure it was convienant to say the least for Harry and he needed to use it against a basilik because his wand was being coveted by Riddle's Memory. In addtion to this he did not know enough magic to fight off a basilisk--plus I assume that the hide may be too thick to penetrate with spells much like a dragons--so there for Harry couldn't just shrink it.
However to nit pick, why would Godric, a man smart enough to invent a sorting hat and be talented to forge a school for magicians, need a sword?
Now I am sure this is one of those things JKR would say... "I don't think that way..." and that I am over anaylising a bit. But seriously, objects are often thought about long and hard before they are just placed in the hands of a character. Especially if they are going to have any strong focuses in any given seen. Deep thoughts. Okay back to laundry and thinking about swords.

Mon, Apr. 10th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
wolfsbaine: RE:

My theory on the matter is that at the time that Godric lived he could have been the Lord of the Manor, with both muggles and magical people under his care. Given that he was a Lord of the Realm, then he would have been in service to the monarch of the time and would have had to do battle on his/her behalf and headed up an army, thus he would have carried and used a sword as a matter of course.

At this time there was no Secrecy Act, muggles and magical people shared their lives and given that the ruling class in the wizarding world seems to have been mainly made up of Pureblood families of long lineage, they could be seen as what becomes the aristocracy of Britain.

I also wonder given that Godric's position was that any magical child should be taught at Hogwarts that his family line had married into high standing muggle families to form alliances. This was a common practice of the time in the muggle world and as there was no distinction between both wizarding and muggle society it makes sense that he could have to this position and make sense of his opposition to Slytherin’s view that magic must stay in the hands of purebloods only, to keep control over the both societies.

Mon, Apr. 10th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
fynarra

My theories are more basic in, that, at the time he was running about, swords were a required piece of a nobleman's gear--even wizards.

And, if nothing else, spells take time, whether wordless or not. To be nice and violent, put a sword in someone's throat (or through their wand hand) and they can't do much in the way of magic. Also, it's likely steel, and steel/iron would afford a lot of protection against a large number of magical creatures/beings (Sidhe, etc. especially, if they exist in that world).

And, really reaching--perhaps it doubled as a wand in the middle of a fight. :)