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Just Had to Note…

Harry Potter theme park news came out today.

If I was beside myself to see the props tour in Chicago, you can guess how excited I am for an entire THEME park.

WB be warned: If you don’t let me buy the wand that “chooses” me, i will be very upset. I’ll be even more upset if you charge ridiculous prices for said wand. I cannot begin to explain how terrible it would be to be a child, go to Ollivander’s, find your very own wand, and then realize you can’t have it cause it’s crazy expensive. Now if you want to make the display cases crazy expensive, I’d think that’s fair.

Okay. Now off to bed. Night all!

~Kell

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HPRC: Bonus Edition

So, just for, you know, kicks (and not in any way because I’m bummed that HPRC is over), I read the remaining JKR items that I have. Quick thoughts/blurbs on each below.

Tales of Beedle the Bard: I am fully aware that this book is like, in reality, 90 pages. Maybe less, but I do adore it. I think it is completely obvious that wizards would have their own set of “fairy tales.” But, obviously, the Tale of the Three Brothers has a particularly fun background. My favorite of the five tales has to be The Fountain of Fair Fortune (I adore the drawings), and the creepiest is the Warlock’s Hairy Heart. Dumbledore’s commentary is, as always, delightful and the fact that Hermione translated from the original runes is just a topper. Love this little book.

Quidditch Through the Ages: Originally released on its own, but now only available in a box set, QTtA gives a brief overview of the history of Quidditch. Which, really, was ingenious on JKR’s part, because everyone (muggle and wizard alike) loves Quidditch and wants to know how this noble sport came about. My personal fave are the “blurbs” by other authors promoting the book, and I think Dumbledore’s note at the beginning is so amusing. The actual history is interesting, although I’m always a little bummed that US of A is so far behind in liking Quidditch.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: LOVE the doodling and writing throughout Harry’s textbook. It seriously makes the book. For the most part, it actually reads like a textbook, but I do enjoy the actual listing of the magical creatures. Esp. because JKR draws so much from other myths and legends and to have that acknowledged is awesome.

What’s Your Story?: So, Waterstone’s (an English bookstore, i think) developed a project for charity where a bunch of authors and some author-wannabes contributed a postcard worth of a story. Each postcard was auctioned off for said charity. Copies of the postcards were compiled into a book and sold in Waterstone’s stores. JKR did one, containing an 800 word prequel. I paid a RIDICULOUS amount of money (for such a small amount of text)(but it was for both the JKR card and the Neil Gaimen card) to get one, but it’s so worth it because of the four listed here, it’s my favorite. You can read the whole thing here!

It also should be noted that all of the above were published for some sort of charity cause. Which I think makes JKR even cooler. (and makes me feel better about spending money on them.)

And, as I’m sure you can expect, I own each of these items 🙂

Deathly Hallows by the Numbers

Final BTN!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Number of Times Harry is in Mortal Danger: Once again, technically the entire book. But we’ll go with immediate danger: 10 (although if you want to get technical about it, he does sorta die at the end. So does that count double?)

Number of Times Hogwarts, A History is Referenced: 2

Trips to Hagrid’s Hut: 0

Quidditch Matches: 0

Trips to the Hospital Wing: 0 (man, when you don’t go to Hogwarts except to do battle at the end, it kinda kills my numbers!)

Number of Times the Whole School Hate Harry: .25 for Slytherin representation

Number of Times the Whole School Loves Harry: 1 big moment, but really, the entire book.

The Rankings:

Books:

#1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

#2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

#3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

#4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

#5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

#6 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

#7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Movies:

#1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

#2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

#3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

#4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

#5 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

#6 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

HPRC: Part, The End

Like before, there are spoilers (a lot), and I’m just going to go with it…ergo, no form letter for this post!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Full Disclosure: I had not read this book in its entirety since its release. This is mostly due to the fact I have been in a grad program and did not have time to read all 759 (paperback) pages last summer, but opted to read my favorite parts (probably 300pages, if i were to guess). So I was uber pumped to reread it and ended up reading it (once again) in one night.

The First (And, Incidentally, Last) Time I Read This Book: This book was released on the same night my friend was getting married. I was in the wedding. Luckily, she (the bride) and many of the bridesmaids were HP fans, and she (the bride) wanted the book for her honeymoon. So she kicked us out of the reception at 11 o’clock so that we could go pick it up at midnight for her. I got home at like one-ish in the morning, read the entire thing, went to the morning-after the wedding brunch then came home and slept. And it was totally worth it.

About J.K.R.: In brief, I do want to note that I think in all the books (but it stands out the most in Deathly Hallows), JKR rewards those who read and love her characters and the world she created. There are tons of people that were introduced throughout the seven books and many of them make some sort of reappearance in the seventh book. Also, there’s a lot of reference back to earlier books (one of my favorite: “Are you a wizard or what?”).  I honestly thing that is one of the reasons I keep rereading these books.

Because: this was the first time i’d really concentrated on the book (hello, the first time i read it i had a deadline for brunch!), I really was able to pick up on a lot I hadn’t before. My favorite part was an amazing exchange between Ginny, Fred and Mrs. Weasley in the Room of Requirement near the end. Ginny wants to fight against Voldemort and declares that she’s in Dumbledore’s Army. Mrs. Weasley exclaims that it’s just a “teenager’s gang.” Fred, however, gave me goosebumps when he said “A teenager’s gang that’s about to take him on, which no one else has dared to do!” (page 604) So amazingly true. I love the many things this statement reflects.

Speaking of Fred: I was heartbroken by his, Hedwig’s and Lupin’s deaths. According to JKR, it was either Lupin or Mr. Weasley, and I do think the right one was killed. (Mr. Weasley is, quite literally, the only stable father figure in the entire series. Plus, with Lupin’s death, she was able to show that an orphan can still be raised with love – which both Voldemort and Harry were not.) But Hedwig and Fred. Man. Not even okay a little bit.

In Conclusion: The HPRC, as always, was a blast. I can’t wait to do it again next summer (without homework!) and see the Deathly Hallows movies. I hope everyone (all 5 of you) goes out and rereads them because they are amazing and awesome

(Editor’s Note: Numbers post to come, but later after work. Also, I wasn’t originally going to do this, and I still might not, but I have a bunch of Harry-related books that I’ve been meaning to read that I may do some write ups on those!)

HBP By the Numbers

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Number of Times Harry is in Mortal Danger: A shockingly-low 2, but you could argue for a couple more for whenever he has to leave Hogwarts. I mean he was a top priority for the ministry security, so one must assume, you know, there are threats.

Number of Times Hogwarts, A History is Referenced: 0. Sad.

Trips to Hagrid’s Hut: 3 (For a fight, a funeral and to prevent fleeing)

Quidditch Matches: 1.2 played by Harry (Gryffindor went 2-1 this year)

Trips to the Hospital Wing: 2

Number of Times the Whole School Hates/Fears Harry: Not at all really. I think “is in awe” would be a better way of putting it.

Number of Times the Whole School Loves Harry: For the girls? The whole book. Everyone else? See above.

The Rankings:

Books:

#1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

#2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

#3 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

#4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

#5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

#6 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Movies:

#1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

#2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

#3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

#4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

#5 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

#6 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

(i actually changed this from my last ranking…woohoo upset!)

HPRC: Sad

So, first: Spoilers, majorly, ahead. But once again, I feel I must repeat this: If you are honestly worried about this being spoiled, turn off the computer, go to the library and read these books. NOW

Second: Normally, I have headings like Biggest OMG Moment, etc., but I think we can all understand that with HBP, we are way beyond that. So I’m just going to free-flow my thoughts here.

How Crazy Does…: Harry seem in this book? I mean the obsessing with Draco and the Room of Requirement, I tell you! I knew that he was 100% right and still I was like “oye, Harry. move on.” The boy is STUBBORN! I think this obsession was greatly overlooked in the movie (and rightfully so. how boring would that be?) and I really forgot how crazed he is in stalking Malfoy.

The Look of Love: So Harry and Ginny, eh? I know there are some people who absolutely HATE this pairing. I, personally, am a fan of it. Although, I do tend to feel like it’s rather sudden (from Harry’s standpoint, not Ginny’s). I realize it takes the whole book to develop, but there aren’t even HINTS about a possibility in earlier books (hello, Cho!). I must admit, I secretly always thought Harry and Luna would be hysterically, wonderfully and absurdly awesome together, but that just doesn’t end well, you know? Harry and the Weasley’s, however, it’s like the perfect package. If only there wasn’t that pesky little problem with a certain Wizard-Formerly-Known-As-Tom.

But, where, oh where, IS the Wizard-Formerly-Known-As-Tom?: Right? I mean, we never actually see him or hear from him. Always by proxy. (Or in memory.) Never first-hand. The only other book this happens in is PoA. Kinda makes you wonder what he’s been up to while Draco’s been having a rough year.

And I Must Admit: I do feel bad for the kid. Draco, that is. I mean, talk about peer pressure. And I’m assuming, much like tattoos, Dark Marks are probably not easily removed from ones’ skin. It’s a lifestyle, I will say.

One of My Favorite On-Going Things: In these books is Professor Trelawney’s amazingly accurate faux-predictions. If you read her predictions, many of them have a tendency to come true. Not all, but a lot. And I enjoy that.

Really, Though: This book is about the Half-Blood Prince. And, likewise, the mystery that is Severus Snape. There’s a line towards the end of the book about how Harry didn’t notice until it was too late that the HBP started out seemingly nice and helpful, but slowly morphed to darker and darker tendencies. What a thought on Snape at Hogwarts, huh?

But Who, On the Other Hand Is: R.A.B.? aka freer of the Horcrux. If you’ve been paying attention, this is one of the easiest clues to solve in the entire series (in my opinion).

Movie Thoughts: I saw the movie so long ago (and at midnight!) that I’m not quite prepared to do a full review. Maybe if I see it again. But, I do HAVE to point out how awesome I thought the two “young” Tom Riddle’s were. A lot of people were upset they didn’t get the original one from Chamber of Secrets, but I thought these two were awesomely creepy AND charismatic. In other words, perfection.

Dumbledore. : I’m not sure why, but I’m far more upset about Dumbledore after this reading than any other prior. Maybe it’s because instead of plowing through the entire book in one or two days, I was forced to read it chapter by chapter and let it really sink in? Shrugs. Not sure, but honestly, Dumbledore is one of the coolest characters on the planet. (Which, incidentally, is my reasoning on why no one can seem to fully grasp him on film…) And it’s positively heart-wrenching to know that he was slowly dying all year and he knew it.

Quick After Thought: Quidditch: Personally, I’ve always been disappointed in the Quidditch Cup in this book. Harry’s captain (woohoo!) but only really gets to play one game. AND he completely misses his last (and presumably final) game due to detention. Kind of a let-down.

HPRC Update: I’m not sure I can go right into Deathly Hallows. I’m depressed after reading about Dumbledore, and to know all the sadness that’s coming up in DH. Oye. Think I need a bit of fluff between the two. BUT! I’m totally adding Tales of Beedle the Bard to the challenge. I mean, it’s like 50 pages, so it’s not asking terribly much, really.

OotP by the Numbers

Numerology has nothing on these Spoilers!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Number of Times Harry is in Mortal Danger: Arguably, the whole year with Umbridge around. But we’re going to go with 3. One at the beginning, and one at the end. And one due to those centaurs of awesomeness. Umbridge didn’t want to kill Harry. Just hurt him. A lot.

Number of Times Hogwarts, A History is Referenced: 2

Trips to Hagrid’s Hut: 3

Quidditch Matches: 3 played, 2.2 watched. 3 lifetime bans.

Trips to the Hospital Wing: 1 (Doesn’t that seem crazy low?)

Number of Times the Whole School Hates/Fears Harry: Nearly the entire book.

Number of Times the Whole School Loves Harry: 0 actually.

The Rankings:

Books:

#1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

#2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

#3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

#4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

#5 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Movies:

#1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

#2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

#3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

#4 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

#5 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban