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In Equal Rites, then Arch-Chancellor Cutangle asks Granny Weatherwax if she would accept a Chair and give lectures on herbology and headology.

Is there evidence that she in fact did so in subsequent novels?

  • No, that was a one-off. – MMacD Dec 18 '16 at 0:59
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I'm going to say no.

That based on all adult Discworld books read to a point of dog-earedness, though admittedly not the Tiffany Achings ones, which I've only gone through once and didn't care for. Also included, the various guides and maps.

Maybe a deep search in the old Usenet archives, where Pterry used to post could turn up something.

Granny's only links seem to be a distant cousin, an old flame and a protegee!

Heck, we don't even hear of Eskarina ever again! EDIT: yes, we promptly do in the one I didn't finish I Shall Wear Midnight.

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    Did you read I Shall Wear Midnight, by any chance? Eskarina shows up there. – Adamant Jun 16 '16 at 3:27
  • I never made it past about 1/3 of that one. I don't know why, but it rubbed me all wrong. – Marakai Jun 16 '16 at 3:27
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    I liked it. But in any case, I was pretty happy to see Esk show up again. – Adamant Jun 16 '16 at 3:28
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    Well slap a feather on me and call me a duck. The one I didn't finish and it promptly has Eskarina in it? :-D But no lecturing Gran... sorry, Professor Esmeralda Weatherwax, right?! – Marakai Jun 16 '16 at 3:29
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    @StoneTrue As was the Bursaaaaaaaaar! What was up with that? Barring pointless speculation that Pterry's condition was catching up with him by then and the last books were ghostwritten by people with only a passing familiarity with the entire disciverse. – Marakai Jun 16 '16 at 23:12
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Who knows?

In Equal Rites, Granny Weatherwax puts forth a few good reasons not to lecture, and seems to reluctantly accede:

Granny frowned, and then nodded across the haze over the city to the distant glitter of the snow on the Ramtops. “It's a long way,” she said. “I can't be keeping on going backwards and forwards at my time of life.”

Perhaps most important, she merely resolves to "think about it," rather than actually agreeing:

“Practical things?” she said, thoughtfully.

“Absolutely,” said Cutangle.

“Mmph. Well, I'll think about it,” said Granny, dimly aware that one should never go too far on a first date.

I have read all the main Discworld books (though not Science of Discworld), and I do not recall any mention of Granny Weatherwax giving any lectures.

On the other hand, that does not mean it did not happen. It simply means it did not become so regular a part of Granny's life that it was still happening as of Lords and Ladies, for example.

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    Oh, if it had happened I think we would have felt the ripples! ;) Could you imagine what UU would have looked like, had Granny lectured there? Who would win in a Game of Wills? Granny or Mrs Winslow? Granny vs the Luggage? Granny vs Mustr.... oh wait, that one we DO find out about. ;) – Marakai Jun 16 '16 at 3:37
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    I think there's an underlying problem with Granny giving lectures at the UU. She's very skilled, of course, but it's not the kind of skill the average UU wizard would even "recognize". I am referring to "headology". Of course Granny also knows a thing or two about actual magic, but since it's never meant to be flashy I feel it would still fall into the first category. Oh, and there's the fact that she's a... well... woman. ;) – Shaamaan Jun 16 '16 at 11:50
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    @Marakai The Luggage. Always the Luggage. – Mr.Mindor Jun 16 '16 at 13:03
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The simplest explanation is that this is a different continuity than most other books follow - the existence of parallel realities is slightly hinted at in "Lords and Ladies", where Esme and Ridcully did barely not

spend their lives together.

Hex also sometimes seems to hint at this, and remember at the end of "Equal Rites", the most powerful form of magic turns out to be

not performing magic at all,

yet in no future instalment you ever see a Wizard performing that art, let alone mastering it. There is also a strong chance that John Keel was not

replaced by Sam Vimes

before "Night Watch".

In summary, while this is probably not as complicated as the timelines in , the explanation still boils down to this (attention, TVTropes link!):

"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually — from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint — it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly... timey-wimey... stuff."
— The Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who, "Blink"

And thus the answer is in "main" continuity, she didn't.

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