Jade - I hope you get well soon! Or got well soon, it's a bit timey-wimey.
Pretty sure there were more naked men than women in Monty Python (I can't actually remember ANY naked women, but there may have been one or two).
I HAVE read Bored of the Rings, but it's really bad (though it is at least, short).
Magic rings have a VERY long history - there's Siegfried (Sigfrid/Sigurd) and the Norse saga of Nibelungenlied, there are magic rings in the Arabian Nights (notably Alladin), as well as Narnia & Lord of the Rings.
Huh. I'd always thought Hedwig was male but checking up, I was wrong (not knowing German - Hedwig is a girl's name). Hedwig was always played by a male owl in the films, however (they're smaller and easier to handle, apparently).
I actually did a Harry Potter sorting quiz while listening - apparently I'm a Hufflepuff. Badger Pride!