[DWJ] Living in Other Series
debrisoftheages at yahoo.co.uk
Wed May 25 14:25:55 EDT 2011
Millie does have powerful magic, I'll agree -- but I still don't think it's as powerful as Christopher's. And don't forget, Gwendolyn managed to use and strip lives from Cat -- and she's only a witch!
On nine-lived enchanters -- my impression is that to become so, they're doubles had to die pretty much at birth (sort of like, people are only considered orphans if their parents die when they're children; people who are fifty or sixty and have two dead parents aren't generally called orphans). Perhaps lives work like that: when one is a tiny baby, one's body is somehow flexible enough that it can absorb new lives, but it gets more difficult as one gets older.
Then I think about that story with Neville Spiderman -- and his soul-beans. The babies ate them easily, no problem -- but if Spiderman could do that, why wouldn't he have eaten them while he got them? Unless they were like asprin -- or like Willy Wonka's Wonkavite, or whatever that de-ager was called -- and had to be taken all at once.
But still, I think I'll stick with there being something special about babies dying at (or, I suppose, very near) birth which allows their counterparts to get their lives. I also seem to remember something about other enchanters who have multiple lives, just not nine of them -- three or seven or something -- which made them less powerful than nine-lived enchanters.
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