93 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'harry potter':


Fortunately, I was right and I did like Deathly Hallows Part 2 a lot better the second time, once I had digested the things they cut and changed......

srah - Sunday, 17 July 2011 - 4:16 PM
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2

There are heathens out there, possibly even in my own family, who have not seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 yet, so I shall attempt to shield them by hiding the rest of this entry behind the jump. Venture there with me, all ye who dare!...

srah - Saturday, 16 July 2011 - 6:07 PM
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Wicked trainers, Dobby!

Last night I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 again. For while I had seen it drive-in style and regular style, I still had not seen it on the IMAX. You wouldn't think it would make a difference, but it did. Everything was bigger and louder and I picked up on all kinds of things in a third viewing that I missed or forgot after the first two. Before I left the house, I said to Jason, "Please help me remember to go to the bathroom when I get to the theatre, before the movie...

srah - Friday, 3 December 2010 - 7:26 PM
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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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Who has two thumbs and already saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

Last night, Jason's boss at the drive-in movie theater unexpectedly announced that they were doing an private showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 for employees and their friends. So Jason, Tyler and I bundled up in our blankets and Snuggies and went off to see the movie a day early. I'm sure that some of you don't want to be spoiled, so I'll put the rest behind the jump. Read if you dare!...

srah - Thursday, 18 November 2010 - 5:11 PM
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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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Remember, remember what rises from embers

Today is Doughnut Appreciation Day, but there aren't enough doughnuts in this town to appreciate. So in honor of Guy Fawkes Day, here is a picture of a guy with Fawkes: (Apparently you're going to get some Harry Potter even in the non-Harry Potter posts!)...

srah - Friday, 5 November 2010 - 10:05 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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The hero/ Under the stairs is now the man who holds/ Our last true prayer

Listening to Harry Potter books-on-tape while driving seems like a good idea, until you're driving in the rain at the end of Deathly Hallows and you have to see through two levels of moisture. I don't have windshield wipers for my tears! http://youtube.com/watch?v=tXClBpytvRg Good news: I was actually sad when Dobby died this time. Apparently Jim Dale's narration added something to the story that was not there when The Voice Inside Srah's Head was reading the book last summer. Is it 2010 yet?...

srah - Monday, 10 December 2007 - 7:42 PM
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With a dreamy far-off look, and her nose stuck in a book

What's the deal with polyjuice potion, anyway? In the movie version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Crabbe/Goyle-polyjuiced Harry and Ron speak in their own voices, though they try to just grunt in true Crabbe/Goyle fashion so that Draco doesn't suspect anything. In the audiobook for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (a seriously over-polyjuiced book, by the way), Fleur sounds like herself when she's been polyjuiced to look like Harry, Harry sounds like himself when he's "Barny Weasley" but they all get new voices when they're polyjuiced into Mafalda Hopkirk, Reg Cattermole and Albert Runcorn, or...

srah - Thursday, 29 November 2007 - 12:58 PM
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Don't talk of June, don't talk of fall! Don't talk at all! Show me!

I would like to have it known that I am not in favor of J.K. Rowling's announcement that Dumbledore is gay. It is not that I am upset that Dumbledore is gay, but I am tired of these press-conference revealings of information that didn't make it into the books. This is the worst kind of example of "telling rather than showing". I thought the Epilogue was guilty of that, but these are even worse. I don't want you to tell me that Ron and Harry are Aurors, or Dumbledore is gay or Neville marries me Hannah Abbott. If you feel...

srah - Tuesday, 23 October 2007 - 12:39 PM
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You'd think a bit of snogging would cheer her up!

Last night I decided I wanted to go to the movies, so I searched online to find all of the movies that were playing in a two-town radius, then narrowed that down to the ones I wanted to see. It came down to: SuperbadThe Simpsons MovieHairsprayBecoming JaneThe Nanny Diaries So I went to see... Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Again. It was nice, though, because I got a private showing. Apparently no one else wants to see months-old movies on Labor Day night (Labor Night?). In my defense, I guessed that it would be interesting to see...

srah - Tuesday, 4 September 2007 - 12:32 PM
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It's reported you've been Cruciatin' Muggles and elves and runnin' wild

As I have previously stated, my future hypothetical wizard rock band will be called Washing Ron's Underpants¹. I was thinking about Washing Ron's Underpants² as I was driving back down to Ohio on Monday because I was running my mp3 player through my car speakers and "Harper Valley PTA" came on³. Normally this wouldn't have anything to do with Harry Potter, but for some reason when I went to sing the line "This is just a little Peyton Place and you're all Harper Valley hypocrites," it came out "you're all Harper Valley hippogriffs." Then the next song was "Help Me...

srah - Wednesday, 1 August 2007 - 5:38 PM
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Blah blah blah Harry Potter blah

I keep meaning to blog but: whenever I sit down to write a blog post I forget all of the brilliant ideas I came up with earlier in the day, andabout 20% of my thought processes this week have been devoted to work, 5% to other miscellaneous thoughts (including blog-ideas that I forget five minutes later) and 75% of my thought processes during any given day are related to Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger and why they are so perfect that I am overwhelmed with emotion at every single thing that has ever happened to/between them in the books These...

srah - Tuesday, 24 July 2007 - 10:25 PM
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: my thoughts

In the past, when I've taken notes or "live-blogged" a new Harry Potter book, it's been mostly because I knew that when reading later books, I would want to look back at notes from earlier books - especially hints and clues that seemed relevant but weren't covered in that book (and were potentially being saved for later). That's one of the sad things about HP7: there are no later books! But I think these notes will serve two purposes: to record my first reaction to things and theories as the book goes on (like in book 6, where every few...

srah - Saturday, 21 July 2007 - 12:47 AM
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Dobby kills Harry Gollum kills Dobby Professor Plum does it in the library with the lead pipe

I'm going to go (attempt to) hide from the Internet for a while¹ (even though this was the closest I've come to Harry Potter spoilers). I will return to you all in the wee hours of Saturday, when I begin my liveblogging of book 7 (following the popularity of my book 6 notes). Come back and read along! ¹ Who am I kidding? I will probably be on the Internet all day tomorrow. Sigh....

srah - Thursday, 19 July 2007 - 9:38 PM
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Don't kill Arthur Weasley!

While I was out for a walk last week I passed the textbook store in town where I had reserved my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I dropped in to ask about their Harry Potter festivities, because I could remember being told that they were opening sometime before midnight, but I couldn't remember the exact time. I asked the woman behind the counter what time they were opening for Harry Potter and she said, "11:45. 11:40. Half an hour before midnight." I don't know if she was just making it up as she went along, if she...

srah - Thursday, 19 July 2007 - 8:46 AM
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Weasley is our king!

To begin with, I have to say that I really liked the movie version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It is a huge challenge to turn an 896-page book into a 138-minute movie and they did pretty well with it. I do still miss the things that had to be cut, though. I shall hide further discussion of this subject in the extension, for those of you who have not seen the film yet....

srah - Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 12:58 PM
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Coughing up the galleons...

My copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is now on reserve at my local bookstore. I forgot that I even had a local bookstore until someone pointed out to me this week that one of the textbook stores in town also has a collection of real books. That's nice. I hadn't yet figured out how I was going to get Harry Potter, but I thought it would involve either driving an hour to Cincinnati, going up to Michigan for the weekend or hoping that they had it at Meijers. None of them had the right combination of: a)...

srah - Wednesday, 16 May 2007 - 5:46 PM
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Is this a kissing book movie?

Hooray! Lots of action and tension... and I don't just mean the awful, awkward Harry/Cho kissing situation. And while we're at it... [new international trailer via dollsome]...

srah - Sunday, 22 April 2007 - 8:22 PM
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Harry Potter and the Ravenous Goblin-thing

I've seen the new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows US cover art all over the Intarnest¹. The US cover is quite boring - the O in Potter has a little wing on it, so I think Harry's supposed to be reaching for the most enormous O-shaped snitch anyone has ever seen. Either that or the gold fleck that I'm assuming is the wing is a strangely-shaped snitch itself, but that's weird too. Anyway, I find it bizarre that Harry is spending his time tooling around a Quidditch stadium, when I thought book 7 was supposed to be about the...

srah - Thursday, 29 March 2007 - 7:05 PM
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'Give her hell from us, Peeves.'

For more than a month now, I have been working my way through the book-on-tape of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It's such a long book that I haven't reread it since it first came out, and I thought I probably ought to have a refresher before the movie comes out. The book-on-tape format works well for a book like this - I just pick up where I left off every time I get in the car and don't have to lug that huge tome around. I started it before driving up to Michigan for Christmas, have...

srah - Wednesday, 24 January 2007 - 12:33 PM
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You too can Save Ginny Weasley from the Basilisk

Attention Ann Arbor! Harry and the Potters are playing at the Blind Pig tonight with... Draco and the Malfoys. What is this world coming to? Stay away from them, Potters! They are a bad influence! Unfortunately I will be on the road heading to Ann Arbor while they're playing. All y'all go and tell me how it was. [via ghetto of our mind]...

srah - Friday, 7 July 2006 - 12:36 PM
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Harry Potter and the Snakes and Snails and Puppy-dog tails

I don't think this is a spoiler, because it's said in one of the early chapters and isn't very surprising: Dumbledore briefly mentioned that the Dementors were breeding, something that made both me and my sister make a strange face when we read it. I hadn't really thought about the Dementors having sexual organs or any gender at all. Alfie explained her confusion thusly: "There are female ones? I always associated them with being male because they suck the happiness out of everything." Srahmom put her two cents in, wondering what a baby dementor would look like, being pushed around...

srah - Sunday, 17 July 2005 - 10:42 AM
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: My thoughts

I went to Borders last night with Alfie to pick up her reserved copy of the book. It was a bit of a zoo. When we picked up Order of the Phoenix at Waldenbooks, we stood in a line of about thirty people, picked up the book and were probably home by 12:30. At Borders this year, we were given a number somewhere in the 500s and everyone milled around until midnight, which was when they finally started lining people up by number. We were home by about 1:45. Zonk. Interesting, though: When we bought Order of the Phoenix, the...

srah - Sunday, 17 July 2005 - 2:55 AM
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Christmas in July!

Alan Rickman must have left it in my mailbox, for that's where I found it. Apparently Ann Arbor's UPS deliveryfolks only work a half-day on Saturdays, so some of their Harry Potter deliveries were outsourced to the US Post Office. Pictures are taken, blog is blogged. Now to get reading!...

srah - Saturday, 16 July 2005 - 12:55 PM
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I would settle for Rupert Grint! But that's kind of gross!

To follow up on a previous post: From the delivery reports so far, it looks like all of the deliveries are being made by celebrities who have something to do with what's being delivered. This is fair - if Dale Jarrett showed up on my doorstep, I believe my exact reaction would be, "Hey.... Guy in a Jumpsuit.... It's really amazing to actually meet you in person, Guy in a Jumpsuit. I'm a big fan of... whatever it is you do. Oh well. At least I got my Harry Potter book. Bye." But in something I read about the promotion,...

srah - Thursday, 14 July 2005 - 3:59 PM
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Look, Your Worshipfulness, let's get one thing straight. I deliver orders to just one person: you.

I can picture it now... *doorbell rings* *srah races to the door to collect her Amazon delivery* *delivery-person hands srah a box* *srah's jaw drops* *srahfamily's collective jaws drop* "Don't everyone thank me at once." If Han Solo delivers my copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince a week from Saturday, I'm going to... ... I don't know. Take a picture of him or something. I'm such a wimp....

srah - Friday, 8 July 2005 - 12:40 AM
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Book #6 approacheth!

Order your copy today!ERRORYou do not have Javascript enabled.Until the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!Hogwartsmagic.com Thanks to Katie, mine shall be delivered to my very own front door! At last, in nineteen days, there will finally be something blogworthy in my life!...

srah - Sunday, 26 June 2005 - 10:46 PM
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Half-Blood Prince release date announced!


srah - Tuesday, 21 December 2004 - 12:57 PM
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You may consider shenanigans called

How can you make a movie version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire without Percy Weasley? I love that dirty rotten slimeball, but I could accept them cutting him out of Prisoner of Azkaban. Sometimes when you make a movie, things have to go and Percy wasn't really vital to the plot. But Percy is very important to Goblet of Fire. He's Barty Crouch's mouthpiece when he's missing! Percy is also very important to the fifth book, but if we jump from Chamber of Secrets to Order of the Phoenix, we will be seriously lacking in character development....

srah - Monday, 22 November 2004 - 7:22 PM
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'Can it be true? That I hold here in my mortal hand a nugget of purest green?'

On our last night in France last year, at the end of the assistantship, Renata, Jenny and I went out for Indian food. We found a restaurant just by wandering around and I happened to look up and see that it was in the Rue Nicholas Flamel. At the time, I only knew Flamel as the "only known maker of the Philosopher's [or Sorcerer's] Stone" from the Harry Potter books, but it turns out that he really existed. Flamel was a fourteenth-century French alchemist and that he really was rumoured to possess the Philosopher's Stone, which is supposed to create...

srah - Thursday, 15 July 2004 - 5:58 AM
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And no one heard at all/ So I ate a pear

I have heard "Help Me Rhonda" three times this weekend. I normally like it, but due to overexposure, I have come to listen to it is as though it were about Harry Potter turning to Ron Weasley for comfort after being dropped by Cho Chang (apparently Hedwig was none too sympathetic). Consider, therefore: Well since she put me down there's been owls pukin' in my bed Come in late at night and in the mornin' I just lay in bed Well, Ron you look so fine (look so fine) And I know it wouldn't take much time For you to...

srah - Monday, 8 September 2003 - 1:16 PM
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Happy birthday, J.K. and Harry!

Rowling is our Queen, Rowling is our Queen, She's raking all the shillings in*, Rowling is our Queen... Rowling will write everything, She won't leave out a single thing, That's why all her readers sing: Rowling is our Queen. * yes, I am aware that shillings don't exist anymore, but pounds didn't fit and dollars seemed inappropriate. not that shillings isn't. shut up....

srah - Thursday, 31 July 2003 - 11:39 AM
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'One more lesson like that and I might just do a Weasley.'

I did wonder about a few of these lines while reading Order of the Phoenix, but I certainly didn't catch all of them: Order of the Phoenix Fun-Tastic Innuendo List [via Somewhat, Muchly]...

srah - Saturday, 26 July 2003 - 1:20 AM
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Meesa meejahoor

I am what Meg calls a meejahoor. Recently I have been constantly trying to read four or five books at the same time and watching movies when I come up for a breath of non-literary air. I think this is because I was deprived of English-language books and movies (or at least of selection) in France and I'm now so inundated with them that I gave myself and get in over my head. Read/viewed within the past week: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - it's a reread, but an interesting one, what with all I've learned in book...

srah - Tuesday, 22 July 2003 - 7:03 PM
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Muggle-born, Magic-educated

'My name was down for Eton, you know, I can't tell you how glad I am I came here instead. Of course, mother was slightly disappointed, but since I made her read Lockhart's books I think she's begun to see how useful it'll be to have a fully trained wizard in the family..." -Justin Finch-Fletchley, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets My parents and I have had this conversation: If I had been accepted to Eton (which would have been surprising since I'm a girl) and Hogwarts (which would have been surprising because, as far as I'm aware, it...

srah - Friday, 11 July 2003 - 9:01 AM
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Potterholism as a cause for insomnia

I am awake and online at 3am because I remembered reading online that the prophecy in Book 5 was a lot less disappointing if you read very carefully everything that the Death Eaters say in the prophecy/fight scenes. The person who wrote this suggested rereading that section (or the whole book), and said that we should get it then. I did so, and I still didn't get it, and now I can't find the original post for more clues. I don't know if it was a blog-post or a comment somewhere, and neither Google nor Daypop has been helpful, and...

srah - Sunday, 29 June 2003 - 3:10 AM
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Harry Potter Meme

This post is going into hiding to prevent spoilers for those who haven't read Book 5. Read on, MacDuff....

srah - Friday, 27 June 2003 - 9:10 AM
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No, I will not shut up about this

But look, I'm so nice that I put questions 9-21 in the MORE... section, so you don't have to read them if you don't want to. That is how much I love you, dear readers. Beware minor Book 5 spoilers... 1. Favorite HP Book (1-4) and Why? Prisoner of Azkaban because it's more exciting and hopeful than Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets. Goblet of Fire is good but long. It has parts that are better than PoA, but taken as a whole, PoA comes out on top. 2. Favorite Character(s) (try to stick with 3 or less) Ron Weasley,...

srah - Monday, 23 June 2003 - 12:55 AM
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Because I can't talk about anything else this weekend...

It's a shame when people won't even give Harry Potter a chance. His celebrity has gotten the best of him, and now half the people I read online seem to be refusing to read the books. If you think Harry Potter is kid stuff or just hype, I would ask you to read the first 30 pages or so of The Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone. If it doesn't get you hooked, fine. But I like to think it will. Don't knock it till you've tried it!...

srah - Sunday, 22 June 2003 - 11:19 PM
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It is time for me to tell you...

Well, I'm done. And it was a really good book. Like Goblet of Fire, it dragged a bit at some parts in the middle, but finished with a bang. I laughed a lot (though less than in previous books), I cried a bit, and chapter 37 gave me goosebumps. I can't wait for Book 6 and am rather frightened that J.K. Rowling doesn't have a deadline for the last two books. I don't, however, think that Order of the Phoenix was a great book. I enjoyed it as an established Harry Potter fan. I liked to see the continuing adventures...

srah - Saturday, 21 June 2003 - 4:25 PM
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The spirit was willing, but...

Around 5am, I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer, so I went to sleep, about halfway through the book. Latest favorite bit: "Have a biscuit" (p. 248) I'm trying not to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't read it yet, but if you have, you should get it. I am in the late 400s now, and things are looking Extremely Bad. Romantic entanglements are annoying and disgusting me. No one is dead yet, but I'm hoping it will be a surprise death when it comes, because if it's the person they seem to be suggesting, it is shaping up...

srah - Saturday, 21 June 2003 - 10:54 AM
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Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure

My favorite line so far? "What are Fred and I, next-door neighbors?" (p. 163) Loving it. Loving Ron, loving Weasleys, loving Tonk. Putting up with that rat Potter. I resent that everyone seems to think that good things happen to Ron because of Harry's deficiencies and not because of Ron's own qualities. Jerks....

srah - Saturday, 21 June 2003 - 3:20 AM
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Annoying loud girl jumping up and down at Waldenbooks? That would be me

Stood in line for an hour behind the likes of Mr and Mrs JDay, but now we haves it and it's our precioussssssssssszzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... Pardon me, nodding off already. Not sure I'll make it to the end, although Becky and I made a Meijers-run to stock up on supplies to get us through the night. I will be munching almonds and cottage cheese and honeydew (although not all together) and chocolate to get me through the tragic death of Whoever It May Be. Ah, the suspense....

srah - Saturday, 21 June 2003 - 1:10 AM
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Save all Weasleys! Take Cho Chang!

What if it's Ginny? WHAT IF IT'S GINNY? Two hours to go. I'm going crazy......

srah - Friday, 20 June 2003 - 10:01 PM
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Don't call me this weekend; I'm busy

I can already predict that I will be nocturnal this weekend. My schedule will be thrown off by staying up until 1am to pick up my copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (not hairy pottery), then not being able to sleep until I've finished the 900+ page monster. When I finally got my hands on Goblet of Fire, I started in the morning or afternoon and stayed up until 4am, caught up in the book and sniffling. This time, Becky and I have each reserved our own copy so that I don't have to wait for...

srah - Tuesday, 17 June 2003 - 11:12 AM
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Tuesday This-or-That?

1. Cats or dogs? Both have their advantages and disadvantages. I've never had a cat of my own, but I like them because they're independent. I like dogs because... they're not cats. 2. Butterflies or birds? Butterflies, unless they're penguins. I prefer butterflies because they don't make such a mess when they poop on you. And I prefer penguins to butterflies because they can't get high enough to poop on you unless you're laying on the ground and they walk over you. And having a penguin walk over you is almost worth the poop. Why am I still typing? 3....

srah - Tuesday, 3 June 2003 - 8:49 AM
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Bob Barker wants YOU

Yesterday, between all of the adorable little caniches I saw in the street that begged to be petted and cuddled and my fellow moviegoers at the Harry Potter screening, I decided that we have it all wrong. We should be spaying and neutering our neighbors and letting the puppies flower and multiply in abundance. The family behind me had somewhere from 3 to 8 kids. I couldn't tell, because they were moving around throughout the whole movie. And kicking my chair. And kicking other chairs in my row so mine bounced along with them. And walking up and down their...

srah - Thursday, 13 February 2003 - 5:48 AM
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With a Friend Like Harry, who needs other reading material?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix comes out June 21, 2003. I know, I know, I'm the last person in the world to know this, but I heard on the radio that it was coming out in the fall. It didn't occur to me that they were talking about the French translation. Duh. Amazon gives us a sneak peek at a few lines of the text, including the opening: "The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive.... The only person...

srah - Saturday, 18 January 2003 - 9:42 AM
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I can't get no satisfaction

Today was a day of halves and not-quites. I had my visite medicale in Clermont-Ferrand, beginning with the lung x-ray at 2pm. I left Vichy at 12:00 because the next train was at 1:07 and wouldn't get me to Clermont until 1:40. I was concerned that I would not have enough time to find the office if I arrived with twenty minutes to spare. So I arrived at 12:40 instead, looked at my convocation to see the address of the radiography center, and discovered that my appointment was at 2:30, so I was wandering around Clermont for two hours for...

srah - Wednesday, 11 December 2002 - 3:21 PM
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Une place pour 'Arry Potère, SVP

Everyone else on the Internet has seen Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and it's finally my turn tomorrow, as Renata, Jennifer and I are going to Clermont for a subtitled-movie treat and some Christmas shopping. I expect to leave giggling and sighing over le Professeur Rogue....

srah - Tuesday, 3 December 2002 - 4:12 PM
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Very Harry

There's a possibility that EITHER our old pal J.K. is planning on an eighth book OR they're just trying to cover things up by registering a lot of titles for upcoming Harry Potter books. Personally, I'm disappointed to hear them all at once and have the surprise spoiled. Just hurry up and get the fifth one out!...

srah - Monday, 21 October 2002 - 4:55 AM
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Big week for Potterites

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire finally comes out in paperback today, years and years and years after it came out in hardcover. Notice no fifth book yet. Hmph. Anyway, anyone know what tomorrow is? It's J.K. Rowling's and Harry Potter's shared birthday! So I suggest we all write J.K. some birthday greetings that say "Hurry up and finish the goldarned fifth book. Srah is impatient. Happy birthday." Seems like they could have delayed the release by a day, just to match them up......

srah - Tuesday, 30 July 2002 - 12:46 PM
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We finally got around to picking up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on DVD. I think I liked the movie better than I did before - after a while to think about it - but there's still a lot missing. I would much rather have Book 5 out than the Chamber of Secrets in theaters. The extras on the DVD are odd. The box says there are deleted scenes somewhere, but the extras are such a complicated tangle that it's impossible to find anything. Instead they make you play their little games. I WANT DELETED SCENES!...

srah - Monday, 3 June 2002 - 8:30 AM
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Harry up!

If I were an author, I think I would be pretty jealous of J.K. Rowling. Everyone else's editor/publishing house is on their backs, pushing them to put out another book. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was, I believe, originally supposed to come out last summer. Then they pushed it to the fall. Then to spring/summer of 2002. Then September. Now the vague "fall 2002", which is what the clerk at Border's told me on Saturday. I've heard rumors that she hasn't even started it yet. And is the publisher going to complain? No. "Oh, you're not going...

srah - Monday, 13 May 2002 - 1:03 PM
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It's 2002

It's 2002. What does this mean? Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones (Spring) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Summer) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Fall) What are you looking forward to in 2002?...

srah - Tuesday, 15 January 2002 - 1:08 PM
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My Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone™ calendar...

My Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone™ calendar page for yesterday says "Harry sees a goblin for the first time when he visits Gringotts™ with Hagrid™." This disturbs me greatly. It's so despicably commercial-sounding. Harry™ Harry™ Harry™, you've sold out....

srah - Sunday, 13 January 2002 - 1:14 PM
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Do you think the people in Shrek looked realistic?

Do you think the people in Shrek looked realistic? I don't. They looked fake and they didn't move like real people do. We don't have the technology yet. Will someone please tell Hollywood? There was only one point in The Fellowship of the Ring (and now I don't remember where it was) where I had that creepy Shrek-feeling, but I noticed it a lot more in Harry Potter - like when Neville flies into the air and falls off his broom, most of the Quidditch sequence, and when they're fighting the troll. We do not have the technology to replace...

srah - Friday, 21 December 2001 - 10:40 AM
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Saw Harry Potter again

Saw Harry Potter again. Ron Weasley stole the show. Life is as it should be....

srah - Friday, 23 November 2001 - 6:01 PM
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It was much better than expected.

It was much better than expected. Overall, it was quite enjoyable, although I have those normal Potterholic complaints of things that were left out or changed and a few other things as well. Most of the effects were great - especially the Invisibility Cloak, which I really liked. I thought the movie worked pretty well for those who had read the books and who knew what they were expecting. I think it worked less well for those who were new to the Potter experience. I'm not sure that everything was made as clear as in the books and they might...

srah - Saturday, 17 November 2001 - 2:32 AM
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Judging from the reviews

Judging from the reviews I've read, I think Harry Potter is going to be a disappointment. But then again, anything is going to be a disappointment when it's built up like this. Look at The Phantom Menace... I hope The Fellowship of the Ring lives up to everything Alex is expecting of it....

srah - Friday, 16 November 2001 - 6:46 PM
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I did manage

I did manage to get Harry Potter tickets for Friday, after all. Becky is going to come and watch with us and spend the night....

srah - Wednesday, 14 November 2001 - 12:38 PM
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This is me and Alex

This is me and Alex......

srah - Monday, 12 November 2001 - 2:35 AM
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I am so shamefully slow

I am so shamefully slow. I should have bought Harry Potter tickets weeks ago and didn't get around to it. Now we probably won't be able to see it opening night. Shame shame shame! I am hanging my head and sniffling....

srah - Friday, 9 November 2001 - 5:42 PM
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I like Harry

I like Harry, but I wouldn't want to wear his glasses. Alex has the advantage of a dork-stigma on The Lord of the Rings, so it isn't as heavily merchandised. :( 11 days to Potterdom......

srah - Monday, 5 November 2001 - 11:02 AM
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I am a hopeless HP geek

I am a hopeless Harry Potter geek. 13 days....

srah - Saturday, 3 November 2001 - 4:01 AM
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