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08 July 2007 @ 04:46 pm
Crookshanks is too darn smart!  
Hi there everyone - I've been doing a read through of all the HP books in preparation for DH, and I keep seeing things everywhere.  I'm about 3/4 of the way through PoA and am fascinated with all the little factoids that jump out at me.  One thing is for certain though, and that's that Crookshanks is either the smartest cat/kneazle in the world, or there's really something more going on here. 

Crookshanks immediately dislikes Scabbers/Wormtail, pouncing on him at every opportunity.  He makes friends with Sirius...steals the sheet of passwords from Neville's bedside table (which means he can read, methinks), learns how to open the tunnel through the Whomping Willow...I mean, this is one cool cat!

Or is he?
The definition give in Fantastic beasts is: Kneazle (NEE-zul)
This very intelligent cat-like creature can detect unsavory or suspicious persons very well and will react badly to them. However, if a kneazle takes a liking to a witch or wizard, it makes an excellent pet. The kneazle has spotted fur, large ears, and a lion-like tail (FB). Crookshanks is part kneazle (Nr, JKR).

That said, maybe I'm just blowing hot air, but Kneazles seem to be very VERY smart.  There is also an interview with JKR where this question was posed:

Is there something more to the cats appearing in the books than first meets the eye? (i.e. Mrs. Figg's cats, Crookshanks, Prof. McGonagall as a cat, etc.)
Ooooo, another good question. Let's see what I can tell you without giving anything away....erm....no, can't do it, sorry.

So...my wacko theory is...

Ron's Uncle Bilius, (who is probably Arthur's brother), you know, the one that saw a Grim an died 24 hours later?  Well, what if he just disappeared?  What if he was an Animagus, and trapped in his Animagus form?  What if Crookshanks, who seems to get along very well for a cat with a big shaggy black dog, is really Bilius Weasley, trapped for 20 odd years as a cat?  I mean, Weasleys certain seem to take to Hermione, don't they?
Current Mood: crazycrazy
naiad8naiad8 on July 9th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
Ack...i should do more reseach before I post stuff...I just found a bunch of instances where JKR specific states that Crookshanks is NOt an animagus...ah well. I think think something's weird....
Classy kinda sassy: [Theodore] ADORABLEsimmysim on July 9th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
Ah, when I first read this, I thought you were being very clever in wording this:

What if Crookshanks, who seems to get along very well for a cat with a big shaggy black dog, is really Bilius Weasley, trapped for 20 odd years as a cat?

Because if he was trapped as a cat, he wouldn't be an Animagus, but a cursed wizard. But I guess I was reading too much into it, lol. It was fun to read, though, either way. :)
Rachael: Crystal Ball - Ronbratty_jedi on July 9th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
This is only tangentially related to your post, but I figured I throw it out here anyway. I know JKR has said Crookshanks isn't an Animagi so I'm not sure where I'm going with this, but I just noticed this today:

Description of Crookshanks when we first meet him in chapter 4 of PoA (pg. 60 US hardback)
The cat's ginger fur was thick and fluffy, but it was definitely a bit bowlegged and its face looked grumpy and oddly squashed

Description of Mundungus Fletcher when we first meet him in chapter 2 of OotP (pg. 22 of US hardback)
He had short bandy legs, long straggly ginger hair, and bloodshot baggy eyes

The face descriptions are different, but the emphasis on bandy/bowed legs and lots of ginger hair is definitely similar. The question is, coincidence or something more?
Shield Wolfshield_wolf on July 9th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
I suspect that all of this has more to do with the fact that Godric Gryffindor's animal emblem is a Lion than anything else. Perhaps we should be viewing all the cats and feline descriptions -- don't forget Rufus Scrimgeour, the "lion man " -- as pointers to that lion and therefore Gryffindor by extension as a pervasive influence on present-day events.
naiad8naiad8 on July 9th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
This seems like an excellent answer to her comments. And I just kneazles are like owls, just profound more intelligent than non-magical creatures.