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Sorry, I never intended to get to far into speculation. Won't add it again until there is a direct confirmation.--Rodolphus (talk) 16:26, February 16, 2018 (UTC)

No worries! But, as the supporting notes even pointed out, the green colour scheme is used for some non-Slytherin characters on Pottermore, including Chastity Barebone. So it would be best to hold off speculating on Leta's possible house until we have more solid information. Starstuff (Owl me!) 16:30, February 16, 2018 (UTC)


Hello, Starstuff, how have you been keeping? Even though I already know your feelings on the matter, I am obliged to show you this so that I can't be accused of any unfairness. Again, of course, you are under no obligation to respond. I should also note that I changed Ninclow's block settings to allow him to edit his talk page per his request; those privileges are to be revoked if in any way abused or, indeed, if you strongly disagree. Cheers! --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 02:11, March 21, 2018 (UTC)

Which is fair enough, and I don't necessarily disagree. I just had to inform you, for the sake of transparency. Thanks! --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 15:22, March 21, 2018 (UTC)

Beauxbatons and Durmstrang Student Pics

Since you have posted some pics of some pics of Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students from Goblet of Fire, could you please add more pics of the students played by their actors featured on the wiki? (Hobbiton777 (talk) 19:40, May 14, 2018 (UTC))

Hi Make me an admin please

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday, Starstuff!
Have a good day and a nice party!
 Harry granger   Talk   contribs 18:44, May 25, 2018 (UTC)

RE Hey

We're a few miles north so doing ok - thanks! Busy helping friends deal with some stuff. Taking a break actually this week for a long planned trip - in NY seeing Cursed Child tonight and tomorrow (figured I stop in here and try and switch gears mentally). Hope all is well with you and yours! --Ironyak1 (talk) 14:05, June 28, 2018 (UTC)

Duplicate image removal help

Hi there! The image policy clearly stated "Duplicate images should not be uploaded unless intended to replace a lower quality version of the same image. Obvious duplicate images will be speedy deleted." yet the person who uploaded a batch of lower quality duplicate that also contained watermarks responded to the request of removal with "Given the amount of duplicate images on this wiki, is it really an issue?". I don't care that he is both a Staff and an Admin, how hard can it be to follow and RESPECT a policy on a wiki? Regular users do not have the user right to delete stuff, yet the person who does, chose to ignore what their rights allowed them to do. Hence I'm here contacting another Admin to hopefully do something about it, instead of using some excuse to do nothing and let the duplicate sit around for no good reasons.

On Special:Recentchanges you can see I've marked 9 files for deletion and have provided what files they are duplicated from. They've also appeared in {{Fantastic Beasts Characters}}, which is not editable for regular users and is the only reason why they appeared anywhere at all, for, had the template not been locked, the swap could be easily done and they really would just be a bunch of duplicates that are neither higher quality nor being used anywhere.

I'm sorry that my tone is probably disrespectful and hostile, but as an Admin on other wikis, I know deleting images can be done super fast, so I find it offensive that instead of actually following the policy and taking actions to rectify the mistake, we are given some lame reason for not doing so. Please do something about it. Thanks! Because if that train of thought is acceptable ("hey, duplicates are already everywhere, why bother, let's just keep on uploading duplicates since it's not something that can be helped") what's to stop people from spamming the wiki with duplicates? The duplicates being upload in this case may be a very honest mistake, but after being pointed out and choosing to do nothing, I'd say that's close to intentionally spamming. --Sammm✦✧(talk) 19:26, September 25, 2018 (UTC)

I've just come back from an extended hiatus. I'm sorry we've fallen behind on wiki maintenance. We're short-handed as far as admins go, and while we definitely need to recruit some more, that's not something I can personally rectify. I've done a "field promotion" once before (Ironyak1) and I'd rather have a proper election this time.
I'm sorry you received a dismissive response from an admin. I read something from Cavalier One earlier today that seemed like it was a slight directed at me, but it was simply that he'd phrased something poorly, leading to a misunderstanding. So I'd advise giving him the benefit of the doubt here. Today may simply not be the best day for him as far as communication goes.
We do appreciate your diligence in terms of tagging duplicate images. But we might not always be prompt in dealing with them due to the current admin shortage. I have to go out soon, but I will try to deal with them later, and switch out the images in the template. But it's possible we may get more duplicates of those posters uploaded over the next few days by new or intermittently active users (i.e. people who don't know we already have those images on the site). That's just the way it is whenever new material drops. Starstuff (Owl me!) 19:57, September 25, 2018 (UTC)
Hello! I'm already replied on Sammm's page about this, but this is for Starstuff's benefit -- I will rectify the issue within a couple of hours when I am more able to unless you get to it first. If you do Starstuff, then please note the images to be deleted are in Template:Fantastic Beasts Characters on the main page and need to be replaced. Also, I apologise unreservedly for the comment on Talk:Nagini that you almost took in the wrong way -- it was indeed a bad choice of words just like the response to this issue originally. It appears I am having a bad day with words today! As for the admin issue, I plan to be back on a more regular basis which I hope will help with the issue. - Cavalier OneGryffindorcrest(Wizarding Wireless Network) 20:19, September 25, 2018 (UTC)
I've done a "field promotion" once before (Ironyak1) and I'd rather have a proper election this time. - Having second thoughts huh? Well fine then! (don't have a lot of time to edit, but can make time to harass you ;) FWIW, the Main Page's FB template has been updated and lower-res duplicate images have been deleted. What is good for the plebs is good for the gander, or something, although I agree there are more pressing concerns. Cheers --Ironyak1 (talk) 20:30, September 25, 2018 (UTC)
To all of the Admins that have replied: Thank you! The dedication you guys have for this wiki is clearly shown, and I'm sorry that a misunderstanding on my part led to two of you apologizing. I want to make it clear though, I will never hold "not taking action immediately" against anyone (we all have RL!), and I'm sorry it sounded that way, my main concern was about whether actions would be taken at all, and perhaps put in the wrong emphasis about said actions could also be quickly done. I wouldn't have minded how long it took, as long as they were acknowledged as "eventually to be gone", which I did not get from the initial respond.
As Mike said, he wrote to me and I now know I took the statement the wrong way, so all is good, really! Extra thanks to Ironyak1 for doing the swap and deletion. You are superb and awesome.
Now I almost feel like I threw a tantrum and feel quite embarrassed about it, but again, thank you all for the patience you've shown! --Sammm✦✧(talk) 20:58, September 25, 2018 (UTC)
Cavalier One - No worries! We all have off days and I totally understand. Thanks for acknowledging the missteps all the same. :)
Ironyak1 - I didn't meant to imply that I regretted granting you admin rights. Only that I did it the once without going through the formal process because we were in desperate need of active admins at the time and nominations were failing by default due to a lack of votes. I wouldn't want to do it again with another user as it might seem like I was disregarding an important community procedure to enact my own preferences. Also, thanks for seeing to the duplicate files.
Sammm - No worries. The duplicate images have now been taken care of.
I was hoping to get some more editing in today, but I'm beat. Going to sign off until tomorrow. :) Starstuff (Owl me!) 01:51, September 26, 2018 (UTC)
Not to hog Starstuff's talk page, but for Sammm, you obviously care about the source material or wouldn't invest your time here. When I saw the reply about rectifying the images, I interpreted the response much as you did and found it a bit, well, cavalier. That said, Cavalier One, Seth Cooper, Starstuff, and Rodolphus have been involved with this wiki for over a decade (!) and as such have plenty of experience and the long view to draw upon - their methods tend to be thoughtful and always well-intentioned, although not infallible. Hopefully RL grants us all more time to apply ourselves here to help facilitate some improvements. I'll leave you with words from a moderator for another site that I respect: "Assume the best and ask questions" - wise advice for staying optimistic but getting at the truth of a situation. Cheers --Ironyak1 (talk) 02:51, September 26, 2018 (UTC)


Hello Starstuff, my name is Dave and I am a regular contributor here. I asked Ironyak1 about cool people to talk to, and he suggested you. If you need help with anything, feel free to ask!

Harrypotterexpert101 (talk) 21:19, October 28, 2018 (UTC)

Motivations Survey

Hi Starstuff
I’m doing a study about the motivations of Wikia contributors, and you’ve been contacted as you are listed as an active admin of this wiki. Would you be willing to fill out a survey to provide data for this study? Thanks for your consideration.
Survey Link
Tower12346 06:12,3/12/2018

RE:Background change

That's perfectly alright, I know and respect your feelings on the subject. It wasn't me who put it up, at any rate. Anyway, glad to see you around — and a Happy Christmas to you! ;) --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 16:18, December 22, 2018 (UTC)

How to find new fantasy franchises to get into

Hello Starstuff,

I am currently doing a study on the challenges fantasy fans face in finding the next fantasy franchise they would like to get into and where to get access to that content.

Given your role as an admin for the Harry Potter wiki, I would be keen to interview you to get your thought on this. What would be the best way to do this and would you have some availability to connect on this over the coming weeks?


Fantasynexus2019 (talk) 22:20, February 25, 2019 (UTC)

Forum protocol

Hi there, Starstuff! Hope all is well! Tried to find if there was a clear instruction about the matter at Harry Potter Wiki:Policy, but kind of failed; it most likely is mentioned somewhere just not having its own page.

So um, when a forum thread hasn't been active for a really long time, and there's something related to be discussed, what's the best practice to proceed?

  1. Reply at the existing thread, regardless of its active/inactive status or its current length.
  2. Archive the existing but dead thread (renaming to add "/Archive 1" at the end) and continue the discussion under the same thread title, while providing the archived subpage link within so people can check.
  3. Start a new thread and name it whatever, then provide the link of the related dead thread within so people can check.

I'm asking because I can imagine people be like, obviously just do #1, but at the same time it can probably go why are you bringing up something that's already concluded?.

To be more concrete, the specific thread that led me to asking you is Forum:Merging Articles on Unidentified Characters; with the lack of sleep, there was a split second that I actually consider just doing #2, and realized how rude it would be.

Fellow User Kates39 and I had a relatively in-depth discussion on article Rionach O'Neal (comparing to the previously virtually non-existing discussion) at Talk:Rionach O'Neal#Dumbledore's Army, where, upon viewing screenshots, we concluded that the article contained some serious misattributions. There's similar issues on other articles, my prime concerns are the following claims:

  1. Ryan Nelson as Michael Corner
    • (when, according to HPW, he was only credited as "slightly creepy boy". One factor that was used for this deduction, seemed to be because Nelson's character was seen next to Ginevra Weasley... While it's possible that he really was portraying Corner, imo, I think it's a bit weak to claim it's an absolute fact when there's nothing else to support it (if there was, it has not been shared?))
  2. Emma Jayne-Corboz as Susan Bones (claim of recast)
    • (when a] Jayne-Corboz's Mandy profile only had her credited as "School Girl" in DH b] the current infobox image is however from OOTP c] personally, I don't find the girl in the infobox image even looks like Jayne-Corboz, and if that's Eleanor Columbus, I'd wonder why she wasn't credited: translation: I think the girl in the infobox is just a random girl people assume to be Susan because she's Hufflepuff and was seen in DA meetings. Again, not enough to support the claim)
  3. Louisa Warren as Hannah Abbott (claim of recast)
    • (when, according to HPW and Warren's Mandy profile, she was only credited as "Hufflepuff Senior", which, I've definitely seen credited to other actresses and not just Warren.)

I thought there were more, but for now I can only think of the three above. I feel like, if people want to attempt matching the bunch of unidentified DA members in the OOTP film, it needs to be like Nick Shirm as Zacharias Smith, where, according to HPW, the actor voiced the character.

In the case of Nelson, "the unidentified Hufflepuff girl that users claimed to be Susan", along with Unidentified Ravenclaw Girl during the Battle of Hogwarts; I'm wondering if there could be a page documenting "unidentified DA members", just so people won't again try to deduct with little to backup the speculation. Sophia FitzGerald is one of the Gryffindor girls in the DA meetings; while I'm glad the actress' article does not seem to have been linked (prior to this message), people literally can start speculating that oh, she could be the recast of Angelina Johnson, Alicia Spinnet, Lavender Brown, or Katie Bell (despite FitzGerald was also in HBP where the latter 2 also made appearances)

Those unidentified characters also won't necessarily all be "non-canon": there's nothing to suggest they aren't actually representing specific canon characters, just that at the same time there's also nothing to support that they are.

I figured since they are similar issues, it makes more sense to discuss them at one place, just not sure how to go about it, and since a thread that might be appropriate was created by you, I'm just testing waters.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. --Sammm✦✧(talk) 20:16, March 21, 2019 (UTC)

Henry Shaw Senior

Hello Starstuff, I am an editor who is currently sorting some images I have uploaded into their correct categories, including one of Henry Shaw Senior. In the category for images of him, I have seen you deleted it a while ago, but I am just letting you know I am re-creating it, as I have realised its existence and have recently uploaded an image of him, so I would think it best for these categories to be accordingly categorised. Happy editing and have a good easter. RedWizard98 (talk) 02:23, April 20, 2019 (UTC)

Happy belated Birthday

'Happy Birthday, Starstuff!
Hope you had a good day and a nice party!
 Harry granger   Talk   contribs 13:50, May 26, 2019 (UTC)
Thanks! Sorry my reply is also belated. :) Starstuff (Owl me!) 03:01, July 28, 2019 (UTC)


Hello starstuff, I'm Newt. Just here to say that you are doing a great job as an admin. Not that it matters for you, but I could not stop myself to compliment you. I mean a lot of archives there, you might be here for quite a long time, I suppose. Hope to talk to you someday. Cheers!

Newt Strike (talk) 09:44, July 29, 2019 (UTC)

RE Hey!

Happy Holidays to you and yours Starstuff! I was glad to see your message and hope you are doing well. As for Rowling, everyone's got an opinion. At least we'll always have Prisoner of Azkaban. (Here's looking at you kid ;) --Ironyak1 (talk) 06:07, December 21, 2019 (UTC)

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