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#1 chewytulip

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Posted 05 December 2015 - 22:08

What color ink do you think Professor McGonagall would use?

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#2 swanjun

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Posted 05 December 2015 - 22:26

When Harry receives his acceptance letter (which is signed by McGonagall), it is "addressed in emerald green."  The specific color of her signature is not mentioned here, but if we assume that she took care of both signing letters and addressing envelopes, then I think emerald green is the answer.



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Posted 05 December 2015 - 22:36

I second swanjun's suggestion. Also, McGonagall's robe and hat accents are green.


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Posted 06 December 2015 - 03:52

I agree that the hogwarts acceptance letters were green, but for her personal use? Green is generally a Slytherin colour. Maybe for griffendor she would use a red/gold like Rouge Hematite.
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Posted 06 December 2015 - 07:51

I'm thinking her ink may change color depending on the mood conveyed by the message. Perhaps it doesn't even stay ink, but may transfigure and scurry off if need be. And when Harry receives dozens of duplicate addressed invitations, I'm thinking no one sat and wrote them out by hand, in spite of their afixed signature. Maybe a house elf does her day to day menial correspondence, which may explain the green.

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 11:54

Magical McGonagall 'Tartan Shimmer' of course!



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Posted 06 December 2015 - 15:19

Magical McGonagall 'Tartan Shimmer' of course!


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#8 graystranger

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 16:19

Looks like I'm  not the only one who thinks about the inks that the Harry Potter characters would use! I made up a list a couple of years ago and shared it with Alex Ross at Goulet Pens (she has left since) and we came up with these ideas (just based on our immediate thoughts, not any in-depth analyses):

 

Luna Lovegood: De Atramentis Dianthus

Snape: El Lawrence (looks like old oil)

Hermione: PR Spearmint (she smelled spearmint toothpaste in the love potion)

Harry: Rohrer & Klingner - Alt-Goldgrun (no idea)

Ron: Private Reserve Chocolat

Ginny:  Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses

McGonagall:  Diamine Merlot (for a leadership personality)

Dumbledore: Noodler's Red

Umbridge: De Atramentis Apple Blossom

Alstair Moody: Blue Ghost (Alex picked this, I was stumped)

 

Things may have changed with some of the new inks like J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor and Diamine's Shimmertastic collection. Brandy Dazzle looks like antique liquid gold to me, maybe that should be Luna's ink.

 

And, I too think Tartan Shimmer is a winner!!

 

Any other ideas?


Edited by graystranger, 06 December 2015 - 16:21.

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#9 Arkanabar

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 00:07

At some point in the Philosopher's Stone, Harry's ink was described as changing color as he wrote.  It was almost certainly the basic bog-standard school ink ... though, I suppose Hagrid picked it out for him.

 

I tend to doubt Harry would have kept using it for long, though.  One of the things I learned from the Varmint Vapor Vestry back when it looked like this, was that you should NOT put words on a varicolored background.  I suppose multicolored words on a white or near-white surface wouln't be quite so bad.



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Posted 07 December 2015 - 00:11

Given the Harry Potter series is fiction you could make it any colour you want and you would be neither right or wrong..... :D


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#11 Sailor Kenshin

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 00:13

Looks like I'm  not the only one who thinks about the inks that the Harry Potter characters would use! I made up a list a couple of years ago and shared it with Alex Ross at Goulet Pens (she has left since) and we came up with these ideas (just based on our immediate thoughts, not any in-depth analyses):
 
Luna Lovegood: De Atramentis Dianthus
Snape: El Lawrence (looks like old oil)
Hermione: PR Spearmint (she smelled spearmint toothpaste in the love potion)
Harry: Rohrer & Klingner - Alt-Goldgrun (no idea)
Ron: Private Reserve Chocolat
Ginny:  Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses
McGonagall:  Diamine Merlot (for a leadership personality)
Dumbledore: Noodler's Red
Umbridge: De Atramentis Apple Blossom
Alstair Moody: Blue Ghost (Alex picked this, I was stumped)
 
Things may have changed with some of the new inks like J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor and Diamine's Shimmertastic collection. Brandy Dazzle looks like antique liquid gold to me, maybe that should be Luna's ink.
 
And, I too think Tartan Shimmer is a winner!!
 
Any other ideas?



This is awe-inspiring! El Lawrence, stroke of genius.

#12 amberleadavis

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 09:08

Well, we should ask DCRoe05 since he bought ink at the Harry Potter store.

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 09:20

I'm convinced she uses De Atramentis Bookworm. A dark, shading green that smells like books.

#14 graystranger

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 15:59

If it smells like books, then De Atramentis Bookworm would probably also be used by Hermoine. I had not heard of this ink before. Great match, Newjelan!


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Posted 08 December 2015 - 16:17

What color ink do you think Professor McGonagall would use?

 

Come on people. 

 

Professor McGonagall would only use J.Herbin Emerald of Chivor and Harry KWZ inks (they change color as they dry and as they oxidize).


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Posted 09 December 2015 - 07:10

Lol. This is a fun thread. But El Lawrence for Snape is an uncanny match. I'll always remember that when I use it.

And Emeraud de Chivor seems to be a very Dumbledore colour. Or perhapes Purple Pazzazz would suit him.
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