July 30th, 2010


Harry Potter Fandom-specific: Calling the wizard coroner?

I seem to find myself writing some Harry Potter fanfiction. However, I've hit a wall in regards to death: What does a wizard or a witch do when someone else dies? In particular, what does a witch do when her husband is killed, she is incapacitated, and later discovers that the killer has vanished, and she has no idea whether or not he'll be coming back to finish the job and so wants to get out of Dodge immediately? Especially when she doesn't have a pet owl of her own, and it's about one in the morning.

My knowledge of what goes on in the Muggle world is that one calls the coroner up on the phone, or if they're not sure what to do, dialing 911 (or the equivalent) is acceptable, at all hours, and I assume there must be wizard coroners. But wizards don't have phones, and not everyone has owls, and even if they did, that seems to be an awfully inefficient method to deliver the message, "Please take my dead husband's body away." There's the method of using one's Patronus, but that seems to be an Order-of-the-Phoenix-only thing. I feel like I must be missing something obvious.

EDIT: Thank you everybody, you've all been a great help (and also have made me feel better about how I handled my own mother's passing, because I was sure in retrospect dialing 911 was the long way to do it). I had completely forgotten about Floo Powder. Contacting the Aurors also neatly takes care of another plot point I'd been semi-fudging anyway, so, hooray!

Holding songs hostage.

All my googling has lead to lots of information on copyright regarding performance/covers, but not quite answering my question.

I have a band. In the middle of recording their third album, there's a huge fight between the singer and lead guitarist, and the singer walks out. The vast majority of their songs were co-written by the singer and the guitarist.

If they don't reconcile, and the singer completely refuses to engage with his former band, is there a chance this could affect the band's abilities to perform songs from the first two albums? I figured once the songs were recorded and released they'd be property of the band (or something to that effect) and still be cool for them to perform without him, but would they need his permission, or anything?

Secondly, there were a few tracks mostly finished before the walk-out, and I need these songs to be, for all intents and purposes, 'lost'. Would this be possible if they were fully written and recorded, or would it only be possible if maybe some of the instrument tracks have been recorded, but not the entire songs? (ETA: I know lots of bands have unreleased material for various reasons, what I'm wondering is if the departing member of the band could block the release of the tracks, and if he can, is there any point in their production where they'd be deemed 'complete' to the extent that he can no longer block the release)

Generic - Knowledge

Upside-down spaceship?

I'm writing a fic in a sci-fi setting and though the fic is in no way serious, I do like getting details at least mostly right.

So the situation is this:

I have a spaceship. It's a great big mothership, and like all good sci-fi spaceships, it has artificial gravity. How it has it has never been mentioned in canon, and for this fic, it's frankly not that important. The important thing is that it has it.

The question is that if this ship should somehow end up basically rolling over so it's upside-down, what would happen to the crew? I want to say that they'll just fall to the ceiling (except maybe the poor guy currently wired into the control mechanism), but I honestly have no idea if the fact that they're in space affects anything. The ship is in no way damaged, just upside-down. If it matters, it's a mostly-organic spaceship.

I've tried googling different variations of spaceship and upside-down, artificial gravity and upside-down and a few variations of questions like "what happens if you turn a spaceship upside-down". Tried using other words, too, like overturned and inverted.

Of course, this isn't a question likely to have one true answer, considering that it's very unlikely there will ever be a case of an upside-down mostly-organic alien spaceship with artificial gravity, but I'd still appreciate the input.

ETA: Answered! Thank you very much for the help!
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