29 entries from srah blah blah tagged with '30 days of harry potter':


He Who Must Be Driven

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 30: How has Harry Potter affected you/your life? I went out this weekend and bought a Dark Ford, which can be summoned from a distance by pushing a thing on my arm¹. Its original name can be rearranged to spell more nefarious things². It speaks to me in Parseltongue³ and once lived on the back of some guy's head4. Also, it has Sirius, but only for six months, and then I guess he will be released. For these reasons, I have named my new car.... Ford Foldemort ¹ Well, it has remote-start that...

srah - Tuesday, 30 November 2010 - 1:25 PM
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Je m'appelle Claude. Je te ploo plee.

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 29: What would your Animagus form be? It's never established as absolute, but it seems like Patronuses and Animagi are usually the same animal. So... probably a fox again. BORING. Anyway, I saw Deathly Hallows, Part 1 again this weekend, so here are some further thoughts to fill up more space: I can't believe I didn't mention it the first time I saw the movie, but it was really exciting to me that we actually got to see Neville in Part 1, since I spent the entire book whining about how we didn't...

srah - Monday, 29 November 2010 - 12:28 PM
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Call me - hic - Winky!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 28: Favorite magical treats I would like to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter mainly to taste all the wizarding treats that I've only been able to imagine. And I would most like to taste the butterbeer! Hermione may also be a house-elf.My friend Molly had a housewarming party that coincided with the opening weekend of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. We are both big Harry Potter fans, so I made pumpkin pasties and brought Witches' Brew and the makings of homemade butterbeer. The butterbeer recipe I found...

srah - Sunday, 28 November 2010 - 10:41 PM
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In which Harry Potter's Wheezy finds him

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 27: Top 3 favorite chapters It is hard to limit myself to just three. Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 - The Prince's TaleIn which all is revealed about SnapeDeathly Hallows, Chapter 19 - The Silver DoeIn which Ron returns to Harry and Hermione, saves Harry and destroys Slytherin's locketOrder of the Phoenix, Chapter 23 - Christmas on the Closed WardIn which we meet the Longbottoms (I would have forgotten about this one until I had to come up with a favorite missing scene!)...

srah - Saturday, 27 November 2010 - 7:37 AM
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Something from the trolley?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 26: What magical job would you want after Hogwarts? Cakes are on my mind, and I made pumpkin pasties and butterbeer last week so I've already made my entrée into the wizarding baking world. Someone has to invent and bake those treacle tarts and pumpkin pasties and cauldron cakes¹, and why shouldn't it be me? I will be some kind of magical bakery impresario. I'm sure that there's some way I could magick up these delights once I've invented them, so I don't have to get sore feet from standing around mixing and...

srah - Friday, 26 November 2010 - 9:04 AM
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'But as they left, Harry was sure he saw Neville slip the sweet wrapper into his pocket.'

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 25: Was there a scene in the books that wasn't in the movies, but you wish it was? Gilderoy LockhartI wish we'd had an opportunity in the Order of the Phoenix film to see St. Mungo's, meet the Longbottoms and re-meet Gilderoy Lockhart.   Alice & Frank LongbottomI love to see the wizarding versions of things like government buildings, pubs and bookstores, so why not a hospital? The scene is not essential to the plot of Order of the Phoenix, but it is pretty darn essential to the character development of Neville Longbottom,...

srah - Thursday, 25 November 2010 - 5:37 PM
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It's funny because Dumbledore appears to be saying 'poo'.

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 24: Favorite HP related GIF/photo/fanvid I may have gotten a little carried away there....

srah - Wednesday, 24 November 2010 - 5:12 PM
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You ask me 'bout this thing we share/ And he tenderly replies/ It's Guy Love/ Between two guys

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 23: Favorite friendship First, a little mood music: Here's how their first meeting went: Or, if you prefer:...

srah - Tuesday, 23 November 2010 - 12:04 PM
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Floo powder power! Floo powder power! Floo powder power!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 22: Favorite mode of transportation (apparition, broomstick, floo powder, etc.) The Hogwarts Express is probably my favorite mode of magical transportation, although there's nothing about it (that I can think of) that makes it particularly magical. It's also a form of transportation that seems to only run between King's Cross and Hogsmeade¹, so it's unusual in that respect. In terms of everyday transportation, I would pick Apparition. In thinking about my answer to this question I ruled it out at first, because it's a little scary and potentially dangerous. On the other hand,...

srah - Monday, 22 November 2010 - 6:51 AM
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I wasn't interesting. And he was. Interesting... and brilliant... and mysterious... and perfect... and beautiful... and possibly able to lift full-sized vans with one hand

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 21: Which actor would you most like to meet?I'd love to meet The Grint¹, Ian Hart, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Dawn French, John Cleese, Evanna Lynch, Sean Biggerstaff², David Tennant, Robert Hardy, David O'Hara, Bill Nighy³ or David Thewlis4. But if I could choose only one Harry Potter actor to meet, it would be... and don't judge me on this... because it's not for the reason you'd think... Robert Pattinson. I would like to meet Robert Pattinson because I feel like there's always been a twinkle in his sparkly vampire eye, like he...

srah - Sunday, 21 November 2010 - 10:57 AM
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I am nothing if not predictable

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 20: What would you change in the epilogue? In the epilogue and all the post-Deathly Hallows interviews J.K. Rowling has done, the thing I would change is: More showing, less telling. Don't just tell me what happened to the characters, show me. I don't want you to tell me that Dumbledore was in love with Grindelwald in a post-series interview after you had the opportunity to show it in the book and didn't bother to put it in. This is the best moustache that my Photoshop skills could give you.And I want more...

srah - Saturday, 20 November 2010 - 9:23 AM
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There are SO MANY WORDS to choose from!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 19: Favorite quote "Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix...

srah - Friday, 19 November 2010 - 6:51 AM
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It's hard to identify other things I love by their smells

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 18: What would your love potion smell like? Amortentia "has a different aroma for everyone who smells it, reminding each person of the things that they find most attractive." So my potion would smell like cilantro and nothing but cilantro, because I hate everything on earth that isn't cilantro. Gingerbread, new babies, new cars, happiness: I hate them all. Cilantro + me = 4EVA. All you cilantro-haters will have to deal with the fact that you think my love potion smells like soap!...

srah - Thursday, 18 November 2010 - 7:03 AM
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Kill the spare!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 17: Death that hurt/shocked the most The death of Cedric Diggory was unexpected and shocking, not just because it was the first major death of the books but also because Cedric was a classmate of Harry's. For all that he was an adult in the wizarding world, he was still only seventeen and a student. Authors, especially authors of children's books, usually keep child characters safe, so the fact that he was killed is pretty shocking. And the way it's presented doesn't sugarcoat it - it's pretty blunt and final. Oh Cedric, how...

srah - Wednesday, 17 November 2010 - 5:14 PM
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I am Ravenclaw with Hufflepuff leanings. Is that a thing?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 16: House you would want to be in Maybe it's because I've always identified with the house, but I feel like Ravenclaw is the house that has been most poorly treated by Warner Brothers¹. For some reason they changed the house colors from blue and bronze to blue and silver and the house animal from an eagle to a raven. If you want a scarf for any other house, you can just buy it from the Warner Brothers store, but if you want a real, authentic Ravenclaw scarf then you have to have...

srah - Tuesday, 16 November 2010 - 12:28 PM
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If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 15: Top 3 least favorite characters I don't want to pick the obvious characters who are mean and evil because I think a lot of them are quite good at being mean and evil. The characters I dislike more are those that I think I'm meant to like and do not. The best (and highly controversial) list I've come up with: The movie version of Seamus Finnigan (why is he always exploding?)Dobby (he has good intentions, but why must he accomplish them in the worst way possible?)Sirius Black (irresponsible, immature, says one thing...

srah - Tuesday, 16 November 2010 - 7:16 AM
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You called?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 14: Favorite spell I would like to be a witch, because I think that my innate laziness would be infinitely helped by access to summoning charms. Accio TV remote!, I would shout if it was a little out of reach (if I owned a fellyvision or even knew what one was). Accio keys!, I would shout when I wanted them and couldn't find them. Accio blanket!, I would shout if I were a little bit chilly. Accio salmon!, I would shout if my personality were drastically changed and I suddenly developed an interest...

srah - Sunday, 14 November 2010 - 8:12 PM
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Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur. Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr, purr, purr.

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 13: What pet would you want to have? (owl, cat, rat or toad) I don't think of an owl as a pet, but as more of as a service animal. It's not an animal that sticks with you (Hedwig always seems to be in the Owlery during the school year and in cages or out delivering during the summer) and it's certainly not very cuddly or loving. I don't think of Hedwig and Harry's relationship as a pet/owner relationship, but more like an employer/employee relationship with occasional biting. It also seems like there...

srah - Saturday, 13 November 2010 - 6:30 PM
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The truth is, in the end, I'm pretty useless without friends

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 12: Who would you want to be friends with at Hogwarts? Who wouldn't I want to be friends with? Well, I would not have any Slytherin friends. I don't object to Slytherins on principle, but the few Slytherins we meet in the books are not particularly nice people. I wouldn't rule it out, if it turned out that Daphne Greengrass or Tracey Davis were nice once you got to know them.Go Ravenclaw! My first choices, if I get to pick my Hogwarts friends, would be Neville and Hermione. I think Harry and Ron...

srah - Friday, 12 November 2010 - 10:22 PM
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What say you, Draco? Will you babysit the cubs?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 11: Favorite professor I feel like I have said enough about Remus Lupin('s moustache) already this month, so here's a damn video for you little bastards....

srah - Thursday, 11 November 2010 - 10:03 PM
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Lambs and sloths and carp and anchovies and orangutans and breakfast cereals and fruit bats

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 10: Favorite magical creature To prepare for today's question, I finally sat down and read all 42 pages of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which I've had sitting around for months did extensive research on the topic. Now I'm armed with knowledge of all kinds of Fantastic Beasts, both those that appeared in the Harry Potter series and those that make their only appearance in this guide to magical fauna. So I've picked one of each: He is, of course, in pyjamasGHOULMinistry of Magic Classification: XX (Harmless/may be domesticated) The ghoul,...

srah - Wednesday, 10 November 2010 - 9:20 PM
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We have nothing to fear but fear itself and also this one other freaky deaky thing

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 9: What would your Boggart be? I just got back from a conference in Indianapolis. This conference always happens in November, and it's always a challenge to work NaBloPoMo duties in around sessions and receptions and dinners and all the activity that conference-going infuses into my humdrum life. So yesterday morning, when I was writing my day 8 post before going to my first session, I thought, "I should read the day 9 question now, and start formulating my answer." So I read it yesterday morning, thought about it all day, thought about...

srah - Tuesday, 9 November 2010 - 9:51 PM
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What do you like me to call you when we're alone together?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 8: Which character are you are most like? I feel like everyone's going to say Hermione, and that was my first thought too. But then I considered it a little more and I think I'm going to go with Arthur Weasley. Why not? I've always thought I'd probably make a pretty good dad....

srah - Monday, 8 November 2010 - 8:03 AM
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What, exactly, is the function of a rubber duck?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 7: What class would you most want to take? I always think it's interesting when the students I send abroad have an opportunity to take an American Studies class in another country. Even if it's not in a formal academic setting, one of the most valuable experiences students have abroad is the opportunity to see their home culture from an outside perspective, but it's especially interesting when they find themselves learning about America in a foreign classroom. For this reason, I think it would be interesting, as a Muggle, to take a Muggle...

srah - Sunday, 7 November 2010 - 11:51 AM
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Give her hell from us, Peeves!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 6: Favorite villain This isn't a question I've really given much thought to, so to answer the question, first I tried to remember who all the villains are. There are probably some minor villains¹ (and perceived villains²) that I forgot, but this is what I came up with: Quirinus QuirrellVoldemort (via diary)Peter PettigrewBarty Crouch, Jr.Hem, hemDolores Umbridge, Voldemort and Death EatersThis is a weird one. I suppose Draco could be considered a villain, and you're led to believe that Snape is one too, but there isn't really a central villain in the way...

srah - Saturday, 6 November 2010 - 12:10 PM
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And Jane Austen novels!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 5: Favorite pairing I will allow the Ministry of Magic and whoever made this video to answer that for me: While Ron and Hermione are definitely my favorite canon pairing, I think an honorable mention should go to Voldemort and Quirrell:...

srah - Friday, 5 November 2010 - 12:34 PM
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You can't go to Pigfarts. It's on Mars.

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 4: Top 3 favorite characters My top 3 Harry Potter characters are: Neville LongbottomNeville's one of the characters I most enjoyed seeing grow and change throughout the books. He started out timid and lonely, with low self-esteem, but you could see that as he had opportunities to stand up for himself, win points for his house and find subjects that he could excel in, he gained confidence in himself throughout the series. You might not have expected that the Neville Longbottom losing his toad in Sorcerer's Stone would turn out to be the...

srah - Thursday, 4 November 2010 - 5:36 PM
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Dolores, I live in fear/ My love for you's so overpowering I'm afraid that I will disappear

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 3: What would your patronus be? I established, once upon a time, if I lived in the universe of His Dark Materials I would want my dæmon to be a fox. So I suppose if I lived in the Harry Potter universe, I would choose the same animal for my Patronus. I share a Patronus with Seamus Finnigan (but I don't think that says much about shared personality traits, because Dolores Umbridge and Minerva McGonagall both have cats). I think our Patronus could hold its own in a fight; foxes are pretty feisty...

srah - Wednesday, 3 November 2010 - 8:15 PM
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You're Harry Freakin' Potter!

According to The 30 Days of Harry Potter, today's topic is your favorite movie, and I already missed yesterday's, which was your favorite book. So, since Gretchen and Jennie! have already done this, let's see mine:We are not judging your dress robes, Ronald. We are judging your hairstyle. Books Prisoner of Azkaban (3)Order of the Phoenix (5)Half-Blood Prince (6)Goblet of Fire (4)Deathly Hallows (7)Sorcerer's Stone (1)Chamber of Secrets (2) Movies Half-Blood Prince (6)Prisoner of Azkaban (3)Order of the Phoenix (5)Sorcerer's Stone (1)Goblet of Fire (4)Chamber of Secrets (2) I'd say my most important decision-making factor when ranking the books was...

srah - Tuesday, 2 November 2010 - 12:45 PM
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