Friday, October 21, 2011

Word of the Day. 10/21/11

monkey wrench [munhg-kee-rench]
1. a wrench with an adjustable jaw permitting it to grasp nuts or the like of different sizes.
2. something that interferes with functioning.
3. an obstacle

EX. In J. K. Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter series they introduced a time travel device in the the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Despite the fact that this object has the quality to allow its user to go back as far as they can turn back the device, one hour per turn, they gave it to Hermione Granger so she could take multiple classes at once. They very vaguely imply some sort of danger the device can cause but, according to the evidence presented in the book, it is practically fool proof. Therefore, we can only assume that J. K. Rowling allowed it to fade into the background as to not become a monkey wrench in the gears and cogs that move the well-timed machine that is the Harry Potter Universe and timeline.


  1. yeah, I totally see what you mean. It could be a really powerful deus ex machina and just undo everything. haha could make for some crazy fanfics if someone wanted to make parallel universes and get all manner of crazy!
    I don't blame JK for not using it that way, it would have undone everything the plot had worked towards and made the whole plot kinda cyclical-- and resolved it too easily, in my opinion.

  2. I agree that it was probably best to ditch it. To be honest, did Harry Potter need time travel? Not really. It's part of the reason that I don't like the third book as much as I would like. On one hand, she covers the time travel fairly well and, on the other hand, she was probably a little lazy in the addition of a rather complicated device that complicates the universe.