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So I was reading about my favorite Hogwarts professor, Minerva McGonagall when I saw where JK Rowling got the inspiration for her surname. William McGonagall is known as the worst poet in British history. And it ticked JK Rowling's fancy that someone as smart as Prof McGonagall might be related to him.

Anyway, here's a sampling of William McGonagall's poetry following a train wreck.

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv'ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember'd for a very long time.

"Which will be remember'd for a very long time." That's so bad I could have written it!

Anyone thinking of a certain vampire before he was turned? I guess unless your surname is Wadsworth, it's best not to aspire to poetry if your first name is William.
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Pottermore finally opened up to the general public. Interesting challenge actually getting in. First my confirmation message went to my spam box, which rarely happens. My email service is usually so good at sorting wanted from unwanted stuff that I don't even think about it. It wasn't until several days later that it hit me that I still did not have my confirmation email that I went fishing for it.

Found it, confirmed everything, and it still took them over a day to get my account activated. Finally got in. I enjoyed exploring and learning the new information JK Rowling put out. I got my wand, which I loved. 14 1/2 inches, pear, unicorn core, flexible. It seemed to fit me well. Was looking forward to getting sorted.

WTF!? Slytherin!? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! )

* If this seems disjointed or if weird characters are placed at strange places, it's because my son decided to help me type.
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The archetypal Cinderella is the woman who is impoverished and lifted into a life of ease and leisure by a handsome prince. Not J.K. Rowling. Using her talents, her creativity, and her gift for storytelling she lifted herself from living on social security to living life as a multi-millionaire! Who says you need a man to climb the economic ladder?

Having a lot of money is not necessarily a mark of character. What you do with that money is. And Ms. Rowling has done wonderful things with hers. She gives money to many charities and advocated on the behalf of children in Romanian orphanages.

She has attained great wealth and status, yet in her interviews she seems so down to earth. She is generous to her fans and encouraging to them.

Of course, the reason she's famous is not because she's a good person or a philanthropist, but because she is a good writer. Harry Potter is so absorbing, and I look forward to reading the new book she is releasing.

Reading Harry Potter actually helped me through a trying time. When I was pregnant I was very sick. I was constantly nauseous and I could only hold down water and a bit of mashed potatoes. I lost 30 lbs in one month. Throughout my third month the nausea was constantly churning in my stomach, making me miserable. I think it would be an exaggeration to say that the only way I got through it was by re-reading Harry Potter, but it certainly made one week out of that month of hell more pleasant. Yes. In one week I sat and read all seven novels. It was the only thing that kept my mind off how sick and miserable I felt. Watching tv did nothing. Playing The Sims was not distracting. Reading Harry Potter was the only thing that was absorbent enough to distract me from my misery. That is some good writing.

When a story transports you to another world, makes you forget your own and your troubles, compels you to care about the characters as though they are real people, and leaves you wanting more even when everything is wrapped up, you know you have found a jewel. Some people think Ms. Rowling is really a witch and knows real spells. It's easy to see how people could get so confused, because her writing is truly magical.
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For Christmas my folks got me Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Guide. It's a good read, if obviously focused only on the positive (it left out Crabbe's actor's conviction among other things, and everyone was just wonderful to work with, of course).

It explained some things that I'd always wondered. For instance I could never understand why they didn't give Daniel Radcliffe contacts to turn his eyes green...until I learned that they had, but he was so allergic they had to take them out after one day of shooting. I'd also thought that Hagrid was a lot smaller in the movies than he had been described in the books, but I wasn't sure because I'm bad with spatial stuff like that. Turns out I was right, they had to scale him down for logistical reasons like having him go through doors.

There were some fun facts. Like how Emma Watson would not just memorize her lines, but the lines of every other character, and they would often have to remind her to not mouth the other characters' lines (how perfect for Hermione's actress!)

This weekend I re-watched the Deathly Hallows movies and Half Blood Prince.

Thoughts about actors. )

Late thoughts on the Deathly Hallows movies. )
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I'm usually not big on liking villains in media. I like to root for the good guys. Still, there are villains that I feel are very effective or strike some chord with me. In my mind, a good villain is one who makes your blood boil and yell at the screen "HOW COULD YOU!?" One that you cheer when the hero/heroine takes him/her down.

See below for the villains who make my blood boil. )

That's that. In other news, B. is with my parents for the weekend because Andy had to have his wisdom teeth removed this morning. So instead of taking care of my little baby I'm taking care of a baby baby post surgery. *sighs* In Feb B. is staying with my parents for the weekend and I'm going to do something fun!
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Since I am a Halloween-o-holic, I've been obsessing about what to dress B. as for the holiday. One idea I had was dressing him up as Harry Potter, and when I typed it into the search engine I got this...a photo slideshow of the Harry Potter cast as babies.

Quibble: Lupin and Voldemort were born human.
alexeia_drae: (linagourry)
I had a dream last night that JK Rowling published an 8th Harry Potter novel. It's existence was considered to be the best kept secret in the publishing world. Coincidentally, Kanzaka had written a 16th novel for the Slayers series, and amazingly it had been translated and released in English at the same time as Japan and on the same day that the Harry Potter book was released.

I then had to make the agonizing decision over which one to read first.

In that way that only happens in dreams, I somehow managed to get to the last chapter of both books (which were both really good) when my sis decided to drop by. So....I never got to see how they ended.

And if this served as a happy diversion from more serious matters then I will be happy.
alexeia_drae: (girls only no boys allowed)
It seems to flare from time to time, people who say they can't stand female characters for whatever reason. Considering women make up roughly 30% of the speaking roles in movies and roughly 50% of the population, that's a lot of people not to like. Especially when you factor in novels (particularly those written by women), tv shows, and anime (which tends to have more female characters).

I'm not going to speculate on what is going on here, but I am going to do a shout out once a week to an awesome female character.

Some warnings.

1. There will be spoilers. Tread carefully.

2. Usually I encourage differing viewpoint. However, this is to express love and adoration, not for someone who has a bone to pick with a particular character to vent about it. If you don't like my choice of Wonderful Woman for the week, I don't want to hear it. So if you don't like character A and decide to write to tell me why, I'm going to delete it.

3. Considering the above, feel free to discuss character traits or different reads on the character (for instance if I think character A's most proud moment was this, and you think it was that, feel free to discuss why. That is fine and encouraged. But DON'T tell me why you don't like her).

4. No derailing by talking about male characters who get dissed. Yes, male characters get bashed, but I've yet to see someone say that they hate ALL male characters or find ALL male characters boring. If you feel some poor neglected male character out there needs some fan love, write out your own shout out.

With that out of the way, I will now shout out to: Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books and movies. )
alexeia_drae: (girls only no boys allowed)
It seems to flare from time to time, people who say they can't stand female characters for whatever reason. Considering women make up roughly 30% of the speaking roles in movies and roughly 50% of the population, that's a lot of people not to like. Especially when you factor in novels (particularly those written by women), tv shows, and anime (which tends to have more female characters).

I'm not going to speculate on what is going on here, but I am going to do a shout out once a week to an awesome female character.

Some warnings.

1. There will be spoilers. Tread carefully.

2. Usually I encourage differing viewpoint. However, this is to express love and adoration, not for someone who has a bone to pick with a particular character to vent about it. If you don't like my choice of Wonderful Woman for the week, I don't want to hear it. So if you don't like character A and decide to write to tell me why, I'm going to delete it.

3. Considering the above, feel free to discuss character traits or different reads on the character (for instance if I think character A's most proud moment was this, and you think it was that, feel free to discuss why. That is fine and encouraged. But DON'T tell me why you don't like her).

4. No derailing by talking about male characters who get dissed. Yes, male characters get bashed, but I've yet to see someone say that they hate ALL male characters or find ALL male characters boring. If you feel some poor neglected male character out there needs some fan love, write out your own shout out.

With that out of the way, I will now shout out to: Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books and movies. )
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Morning sickness is a bitch. But re-reading "Harry Potter" makes it somewhat tolerable. So now I'm a good quarter into "The Order of the Phoenix" and weird thoughts started besieging me. For instance, I know that if "Harry Potter" had been around when I was a kid, when I turned eleven I would be hoping against hope that I would get a message saying that I was a witch and could go to Hogwarts, or the American equivalent (I'd prefer Hogwarts). I'd be disappointed when it didn't happen. But now, I guess having a kid on the way does strange things to your thought process, because I started wondering if my kid, whom I intend to read the books to, would hope when they are eleven that the whole thing was real and that s/he could go to Hogwarts.

And then it hit me. Here I am, a parent, and some weird person comes to my house, claiming to be a witch or a wizard, claims that my kid is one, and says that there is this school that I've never heard about and can't find any record of that I can send my kid to for ten months out of the year to be trained. I think I'd have a hard time swallowing it.

More weird musings under the cut. )
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Morning sickness is a bitch. But re-reading "Harry Potter" makes it somewhat tolerable. So now I'm a good quarter into "The Order of the Phoenix" and weird thoughts started besieging me. For instance, I know that if "Harry Potter" had been around when I was a kid, when I turned eleven I would be hoping against hope that I would get a message saying that I was a witch and could go to Hogwarts, or the American equivalent (I'd prefer Hogwarts). I'd be disappointed when it didn't happen. But now, I guess having a kid on the way does strange things to your thought process, because I started wondering if my kid, whom I intend to read the books to, would hope when they are eleven that the whole thing was real and that s/he could go to Hogwarts.

And then it hit me. Here I am, a parent, and some weird person comes to my house, claiming to be a witch or a wizard, claims that my kid is one, and says that there is this school that I've never heard about and can't find any record of that I can send my kid to for ten months out of the year to be trained. I think I'd have a hard time swallowing it.

More weird musings under the cut. )

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