It's funny - I was on Tumblr and there were a few people lamenting the end of their childhood with the release of Deathly Hallows part 2 tonight. Now, this is just me and my own feelings, but my childhood "ended" 4 years ago when Deathly Hallows was released in book form.

Don't get me wrong - I enjoy the Harry Potter movies. But they aren't the books. I'm just not emotionally invested this go around. And it's not like the franchise is ending forever (hello Pottermore!)

Still, it is the end of an era and I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge it in some way. Harry Potter was my introduction to the ideas of fandom and - truly my first real obsession. It was the first fantasy I read while realizing that I enjoyed the fantasy genre and it was my gateway to British culture in general (which led to other things as well). I also credit (or blame, depending on how you look at it) Harry Potter for the fact I majored in English and wanted to become a writer. I admire JK Rowling for everything she's accomplished and the good things she's done with her fame and money. And, for a while, the fandom was a great place to be (even though it got a pretty exclusive there toward the end).

So - in honor of the occasion and for your entertainment, here's a light-hearted recap of all the movies.

Do you all remember back in the early days of Harry Potter movies that HP was continually compared to Lord of the Rings?  And I thought it was kind of stupid because they were both such different stories?  Well, maybe those who insisted the comparison was there may finally have something.  I mean, look at all these battle sequences:



Not that I'm complaining, mind you. ^_^  This is gonna be gooooooood...
It was a week ago that I finally saw DH part 1 (I am such a bad, bad fan - but to make up for this, I am re-reading all seven Harry Potter books before I see Part 2 next summer.  I should have been doing this already, but life gets in the way).

Anyway, these are my thoughts after they have had seven days to simmer (plus some of my somewhat-coherent note-taking.  Yes, I take notes during movies.  And TV shows.  Because I know I'll be reviewing them later.  Stop judging me).

On to the review - cut for length and spoilers -

I almost forgot how this feels... )

ZERO HOUR

Dec. 9th, 2010 05:57 pm
Am I just silly or what?

Before I get in to what I REALLY am on here about, I think it's time for a MASSIVE HARRY POTTER RE-READ!  I've been reading Mark Reads Harry Potter from the beginning and I am feeling inspired to go back to my fangirl roots (fair warning: Mark often employs language that many - including me - find objectionable, but somehow, I manage to sleep at night).  Currently, I'm reading "The Hunger Games" trilogy for the second time (am now in the middle of "Catching Fire"), but after that, I'm going to go through all the epic goodness that is HP.  Reading Mark's chapter-by-chapter reviews remind me of why I fell in love with Harry Potter in the first place and it's so endearing to read one person's first-time reactions to the series.  If I wasn't such a "OMG - I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!!!11!1!" nut, I could have done something similar.  Maybe I'll keep that in mind for the next STINKING HUGE AND AWESOME book series - just for my own amusement.

(Speaking of "The Hunger Games," that's what Mark is reading right now.  He's already been through "Twilight," but I elected not to read those reviews - erm, well, I elected not to FINISH reading those reviews.  I've already been there and I don't care to go back - too much WTF-ery for me to stomach, honestly).

But onward - tomorrow is the BIG DAY!  Tomorrow is when my high school students put on "Ebony Scrooge: A Modern Christmas Carol."  And I just got some seriously-epicly-awesome news: Remember how my students said they wanted to raise money to donate to the family of a local soldier who was killed in Afghanistan?  Well, I finally got in touch with some people I know who also know this family and they said the mother of this soldier is going to come to our play tomorrow!!  She works on the army base out here that isn't too far away from our school (relatively speaking) and she wants to attend!

Oh. My. Goodness.  This is... just... holy cow - WOW!  I'm floored, really.  I just feel honored that she'd want to come out here just for this.  I mean, no one out here really knows the family (my connection is just one of those "Six Degrees of Separation" things).  I'm kind of a speechless-mumbly-mess-of-goo right now.  I have such respect and admiration for soldiers and military families and even though I don't know anyone personally who's served (I know family members of soldiers, but not the soldiers themselves), I'm just glad that my students wanted to do something for this family, that's all.

Beyond that - the preparations for the play are going really well.  Tomorrow at noon is our dress rehearsal and the actual production goes on at 6:30.  I think everyone's ready.  Our Ghost of Christmas Present kept faking me out that he didn't know his lines, but then he went and gave a spot-on performance in practice today (I swear, that kid eats sarcasm for breakfast).  The lights look great - the costumes are great (since this is supposed to be set in modern times, Ghost of Christmas Past is dressed like a hippie, since we figured Ebony would have been a kid in the 70s - it's fantastic) and the music is great.  And I'm excited for this.  Nervous as all get out, but excited.
It was exactly nine years ago today that "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was released in theaters!  I know - it freaked me out when I realized it.  I was still in high school, for crap's sake!  Mom let me skip school that day (she called the school and told them I had an appointment... which is partially true, if you think about it) and I camped out at the movie theater for tickets.  The newspaper even came down and took pictures of people waiting.  I had been reading "Prisoner of Azkaban" and the newspaper folks got a shot of me reading my book, which ended up on the front page of the paper.  To this day, it remains one of the best photos ever taken of me (and I'm looking down ^_^  I probably have a copy of it in  shoebox somewhere).  Seems fitting, seeing as how this Friday, part one of  "Deathly Hallows" is coming out.

But nine years ago today - the SQUEE was unleashed.  Enjoy some nostalgia:



(Everybody's thinking it, I'm just going to say it: HOLY CRAP THEY'RE SO LITTLE!!!)

ETA: While we're talking about release date anniversaries, I was made aware by the [livejournal.com profile] doctorwho  comm that today is also the day that "Time Crash" first aired for Children in Need.  And since this is one of my favorite DW episodes (I don't care if it "only" clocks in at 8:19 - or 7:42 depending on which YouTube link you're looking at - it has opening credits and is generally made of awesome - it's an episode), I share it with you now via a link so as not to upset the delicate balance of your flist.
The Deathly Hallows trailer!  Or as I like to call it, *FLAIL!!!*



I certainly did NOT expect THAT to be the opening scene of the trailer!

Holy cow... this is like, an end of an era.  Well... I actually considered the publication of book 7 to be the actual end because the movies were never what I wanted them to be (Order of the Phoenix came close, I will give them that).  But still... holy cow! (I am incoherent right now, so do forgive me ^_^)
(Today might just be a day to avoid all human contact - in person, online or otherwise.  I have a feeling that I might rip somebody's head off if they just ask me for the time).

It's Saturday - moreover the Saturday before my next class weekend.  A class weekend that I have a group presentation due - and I feel like I've been doing all the work.  Our group is so huge that we had to split off and do separate pieces of the project and somehow I ended up in the group that doesn't return emails.  Which is really sad because I've sent them all kinds of stuff that I would like the rest of my group to give me some feedback on before I submit it to the larger group.  sigh... and it doesn't help that I keep getting mass-update emails from our other group and they have everything mapped out.  I tried to take my frustrations to them, but they just keep say "Oh, go work with the people working on your part of the project."  Imma just a teensy bit frustrated, you know?  Well, if I end up doing our part on my own, at least I'll know what I'm talking about, I guess :\

I don't even know how I got into this position.  It's not like I didn't speak up and get in with the rest of the people who seem to have a handle on things.  It's like two or three of the people just up and decided they were going to do their own little thing and let the rest of us fight over what was left to do.  I hate whining about things, but I've done everything I can think of to do and I'm not getting anywhere!  So when that happens, it's time to burden the flist with my troubles.  -_-'

(weird, my computer just started talking to me - sounded like NYPD coming to make an arrest.  Geesh - sor-ry!  I won't carp about school anymore >_<).

But there is some fun news in connection with class.  For one of our online discussions, our instructor gave us a list of websites to visit.  We had to pick one and comment on how it was organized and if it was user-friendly or not.  One of the sites listed was jkrowling.com, which is hilarious because that site is less for casual "Yeah, I've read Harry Potter" types and more for the "ZOMG! HP RULES!!" people (which I have been known to take that approach to life).  Anyway, reading my classmates' comments about the site has been a trip.  None of them can figure out what the pink eraser with the question mark is for or what the WOMBAT is (a few did a Wikipedia search and found out that it was a test and tried to take it, which, nobody's been able to take the test since 2007).  And the best part is that they're given their analyses in this purely academic tone like "I find the organization of this website to be..."  It's hilarious, quite frankly.  I had a jolly time answering my classmates' confusions about jkr.com and explaining that this site was designed for the hardcore fans and not people simply looking for JKR's birthday or whatever (though that stuff is on there - if you know where to look).  I might have gotten a little snotty in some of my remarks, though.  I'm pretty sure my reputation as a hardcore, I-have-no-life, weirdo nerd is sealed.  Which is fine by me - it's a badge I wear with distinction ^_^
So... I downloaded a boatload of PotterCasts (pretty much everything I missed on my mission) and I downloaded the audiobook for "Harry, a History" by Melissa Anelli (who is also a PotterCaster and the webmistress of The Leaky Cauldron.  And calm down - I downloaded it from Audible.com, so it's legal).  I've been listening to all these - and, quite honestly, everyone is getting on my nerves.  Sue's constant apologetic tone for theories and reporting the news is annoying.  Melissa's thinly veiled attempts at political-correctness-and-objectivity-that-really-isn't ticks me off.  Even John's jokes have gotten vulgar.  Frak is okay - to a point (I guess since I've been introduced to him in post-mission life, I can handle him).

I guess it's time to move on.  As I listened to Melissa's book, I realized how little I have to do with that fandom anymore (that I probably never had much to do with the hardcore geekery in the first place).  Oh, I'm still excited about the next Harry Potter movie and the possibility of going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando - but Leaky has gone too liberal for me (or maybe they always were and I had the excitement of the books to disguise it).

I dunno... between dealing with the "Dumbledore is gay! Hooray!" puke-fest and the socialist HP Alliance, I feel like my fandom's been hijacked by people whose opinions routinely spit in my face and insult me on a personal level constantly.

A note related to Dumbledore's sexual preferences: as part of my playing catchup, I listened to PC's "Harry goes to Comic Con" live show.  Here, Melissa and several others were part of a Harry Potter panel.  Most of the audience, it seemed, were there for things other than Harry Potter.  Someone, not of the HP fandom, brought up the question of what Dumbledore's "outing" had done to the fandom.  Someone from either the Sugar Quill or Fiction Alley (neither of which I frequent, seeing as how I am not a fanfiction devotee) responded that it was great because they finally had ammo to throw at all the "hateful" people who requested that fanfiction be kept heterosexual and clean and that homophobia has no place in Harry Potter, so get out you intolerant non-homosexual religious person, you!

That's not exactly how it was said, but that's how I felt after she said what she said.  And the fact that people cheered for it just rubbed salt in the wound.  It's the first time that a podcast has made me cry.  Honestly, I thought all that hullabaloo would die down and life would go back to normal, but I guess it hasn't and it won't.

I don't believe homosexuality is moral or even natural - BUT I don't believe that makes people who have chosen to be homosexual inherently evil.  I believe they are human just like the rest of us and, just like the rest of us, they make mistakes that can thankfully be forgiven through the Atonement.  The choices they make are between them and their Creator and none of my business.

Don't Harry Potter fans know what it's like to be laughed at and ridiculed for something they treasure?  Sorry, but my values are a touch more deeply held than my love of Potter and they come first.  I never knew that Harry Potter fans could be bullies, but when you get to interview JK Rowling and are on Scholastic and Warner Brothers' speed dial, I guess there comes a point where you become "The Man" that you fought so hard against.

(As an aside, I laughed during the Wizard Rock chapter when the DeGeorge brothers of "Harry and the Potters" fame, who had worked so hard to flourish and not sell out of mainstream rock and "stick it to The Man" suddenly became "The Man" of Wizard Rock when they told Alex Carpenter of "The Remus Lupins" that he couldn't perform unless he was opening for the Potters.  Talk about hypocrisy.  I was happy when Alex told them - in effect - "screw you" and continued to play.  I knew there was a reason I preferred his music over the others.)

Anyway, that's one example of how I suddenly feel disenfranchised by my once-fandom-of-choice.  And it doesn't feel like I can do much about it because I'm just one person - one person who's been out of the loop for a year and a half doing something that, quite frankly, I'm sure I would get laughed at if I were to mention it on the boards at Leaky.

Mission life changes you.  You see things you once loved in a new light and, sometimes, that stuff has to drop out of your life.  I still enjoy the Harry Potter books, but the fandom continues to disappoint.  I'm not ready to give it up completely - I promised myself I would finish listening to all these PotterCasts - maybe some kind of redemption is possible, but I doubt it.  However, I hear Twilight has a big following - maybe I can find some intellectual grownups over there.

Or maybe I should just read the books and forget about any kind of fandom interaction.  I know I'll at least listen to my own theories.

(x-posted to Blogspot)

I'm listening to PotterCast, playing catch-up from the 18-month hole of my fandom life.  I'm to the point where Half-Blood Prince was moved to summer 2009 instead of Thanksgiving 2008, which, I was happy about because it meant I got to see the sixth movie in theaters when I got home, instead of having to settle for waiting for it on DVD.  The non-mission fandom was pissed, with good reason.  I would have been the same if I was home.  But I wasn't and I'm selfish, so I'm glad Warner Brothers made the change.  So there *blows raspberry*

But here's another thing that I'm annoyed about: they just keep ragging and ragging on Twilight!  And I am very upset by it.  In my view, you cannot compare Harry Potter and Twilight in terms of content and story.  Harry Potter is a coming-of-age fantasy story about a kid who has to defeat evil.  Twilight is a semi-clean romance/fantasy novel geared toward teenage and adult females (and their boyfriends or husbands that want to impress them) about a girl who falls in love with a vampire and they have to find a way to make their relationship work.  The only thing HP and Twilight have in common is that they're fantasy.  Hell, they don't even take place on the same frickin' continent! (well - "New Moon" goes to Italy for a short stint, but that's about it).  I personally think they are both very well-written and geared for their audiences, which are certainly NOT the same.  The only reason - and I mean the ONLY reason - they get compared is because they both gained huge fanbases so quickly (and Robert Pattinson was in the fourth Harry Potter movie).  I enjoy both for different reasons and there is nothing wrong with it.

This reminds me of the idiotic "competition" between the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies back in 2001-2003.  It's so incredibly stupid.  You are allowed to like more than one thing - it's not going to kill you.  Honestly, you really don't even have to like anything, but give it a rest already!  Sheesh.

I have to say this: I was initially impressed by Twilight because it was a fantasy/romance (and I am a hopeless romantic-type, so I tend to gravitate toward those things), it was a vampire novel, which I usually eschew because most vampire stories are all about sex (like, graphic, X-rated porno sex.  No. Thank. You.) - but this one WASN'T.  And it was good!!  It also didn't hurt that Stephenie Meyer is a Mormon - REPRESENT!!  I was excited because here was a member of the LDS Church that was having success in a genre related to the one that I want to pursue in my own career and I wasn't sure if I could do it and still keep to my deeply-held values and standards.  But Stephenie Meyer did (at least, as far as I know) and that gives me hope in my own goals and ambitions (not saying she hasn't come into her own share of negativity, but you get that with anything).

PC isn't the only place that I've seen HP fans getting their panties in a bunch over Twilight.  A well-loved HP icon maker on LiveJournal even is on this tirade (or was a few months ago - I was looking at some of her stuff).  And the PotterCast I'm listening to mentioned that one of the wizard rock bands (I forget which one - everyone and their Kneazle has a wizard rock band) made a snide comment about Twilight, saying it was the Hannah Montana of fantasy (idiot - why do you say stuff like that at ComiCon?)  And, as far as PotterCast is concerned, I guess it's just John Noe being John Noe (darn Slytherins).

You know, just because the media are a bunch of blowhards that can't make any kind of substantial comparison doesn't mean we fans have to be at each others' throats.  Both Twilight and Harry Potter tell good stories that haven't been told before.  If one isn't your cup of tea, you don't have to trash it.  Until Stephenie Meyer says something snotty about Harry Potter or until JK Rowling says that Twilight is retarded, I want everyone to keep their inane opinions to themselves.  If anything, just be happy for one another's success.  Good grief, MuggleNet is affiliated with a fansite for Eragon (or they were last I checked) - which, Christopher Paolini isn't exactly Shakespeare.  But, hey, there is plenty of fandom love to go around for everybody.  I for one am willing to give anything a chance (Exhibit A: Philip Pullman - I finished the entire Golden Compass series before I decided that I didn't like it.  And I haven't picked it up since.  But I don't go on fansites or whatever and say "OMG U SUCK!" because that is a waste of my time and energy (and there will likely be people that do that to me if my book is ever published).

Seriously, people - get over it.

I know this is old news, but I want to carp about it because I didn't get to when it first happened.  And it was all over the place, but that's me and my blogging. 
I have a few things to say about something that has come to my attention. I am very disheartened by this news, but since I can't publicly say I'm disheartened by this without being tarred and feathered, I am going to talk about it on my LiveJournal. Call me bigoted and call me intolerant, but this is how I truly feel.

Brokeback Hogwarts )
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Happy Birthday JK Rowling and Harry Potter!!  Here's to many more happy days and many more great books and all sorts of other coolness!! ^_^

What a fitting way to end teh BEST MONTH EVAR!! :3

ETA: Since Leaky isn't linking to it, from Jo's site (with a little tweaking from MS Paint):

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Happy Happy!
I had this all written up yesterday, but then LJ went dark and soooo.... yeah.  Hope I can remember everything.

Leaky just posted something fantastic. It goes without saying that spoilers are included in this link, so proceed with caution (unless of course you've finished the book, in which case you are free to click away).

More spoilers beneath the cut...

I decided to give my journal a little tweak after I saw that header with the Weasley family from [profile] iconseeyou, who also provided the html code so I could actually put it together (if the Good Lord intended me to be artistic, He wouldn't have given me tracing paper).

I'm on a high.  Shut up.
It's the wrong reference, but who cares?

Finished "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" last night at midnight.  It's been a crazy weekend - full of laughing, crying, shouting, confusion and the list continues.  And all this happened without leaving my bedroom which I was barricaded in all weekend (my new roommate thinks I'm mad, but there you are).


To my flist (especially those who aren't as nutty about HP as I am): Someday I may finally have something other than Harry Potter to discuss.  Thanks for putting up with it, though.
Okay, I'm gone in fifteen minutes until probably Monday (erm... yeah, most likely Monday). Banner courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] wicked_visions 


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I was going to wait to do this, but Leaky posted one last news item from JKRowling.com.  It's a note from Jo acknowledging all the amazing people that got her to this point (and if I could link directly to her note, I would.  You go to Jo's website, click on the pink eraser on her desk.  That takes you to a closed door that usually has a "Do Not Disturb" sign on it, but the sign is gone.  Click the handle and the door opens to reveal a desk with a piece of paper on it.  Click the paper and read the note.  The Lexicon might have it up later, who knows?).  It humbles me that someone so wonderful and talented will come up with a letter to everyone who's helped her and it's even more awesome that she included her oldest daughter the way that she did.

I've been trying to come up with a meaningful way to express what I'm feeling right now.  On the one hand, I've been waiting for this since I was a goofy high school sophomore.  I want there to be closure to Harry's story - whether that bodes well or ill.  Then again, I don't want the experience to end either.

I have known Harry through what I call my "Formative Years" - through high school and college (some of us are late bloomers).  When I was first introduced to Harry, I was a shy little geek without a driver's license that wouldn't take a chance on anything.  I wouldn't stick up for myself or the people/things I love and am loyal to.  I was content to go wherever the wind took me and, looking back, I would not have been happy where I would have ended up (on a lighter note, I could hardly run the internet before Harry).  But now, all of that has changed to one degree or another.  I've learned that I love writing stories as well as reading them.  I've learned that I can have an opinion and a belief system that may not be popular with the rest of the world.  I've learned to stick up for myself and those I love because it's the right thing to do.  I've learned that it's okay to make mistakes (as long as Dumbledore likes it and he'll reward your house with a million points ^_^)  In short, I find myself echoing Melissa Anelli of the Leaky Cauldron: Before Harry, there was nothing brave about me.  After Harry, I work every day to be a deserving member of the House of Gryffindor.

Harry has been with me in my joys and triumphs and also my letdowns.  My good days were made better by the influence of Harry Potter and my bad days were made less bad by the examples Harry and his friends provide.  From the books to the movies to the websites to the podcasts to the nutty fan discussions to the disagreements to the midnights of release date insanity - I have found things that make me happy and things that I've applied in my life that have made me a better person.

There are precious few things that have come along in my life that have made such an impact and Harry Potter is one of them.  Because of Harry, I have gained the confidence to tackle things that I would probably would have otherwise avoided.  I have made so many good friends and acquaintances that I wouldn't have known.  I'm not saying that I credit Harry Potter 100% with everything good in my life, but he's responsible for a substantial portion of it.  If I had to make a list, it would go: Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, Mom and Dad, Family, Friends, Harry Potter, Everything Else (considering what Everything Else entails, trust me, that's substantial).

In conclusion, as I was coming home last night, I was listening to the "Wicked" soundtrack and a song came on that I felt was perfect to express what I want to say.  If I could send out a song dedication to Harry Potter and Jo Rowling, this would be it.  It's called "For Good":

I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you:

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend:
Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you:

Because I knew you:

I have been changed for good

And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I've done you blame me for

But then, I guess we know
There's blame to share

And none of it seems to matter anymore

Like a comet pulled from orbit as it passes the sun.
Like a stream the meets a boulder halfway through the wood.

Like a ship blown from its mooring by a wind off the sea.
Like a seed dropped by a bird in the wood.

Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
I do believe I have been changed for the better?

And because I knew you:

Because I knew you:

Because I knew you:
I have been changed for good.

I am grateful for my aunt and uncle recommending Harry Potter to our family all those years ago.  I'm grateful for a lazy summer day in August 2000 where I saw a little unopened paperback book sitting on the bookshelf in the basement.  I'm grateful that I was prompted to open that little book and read "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four Privet Drive..."  I'm grateful for everything that has happened to me since and I am honored to have grown up with Harry and tagged along for all his adventures.  Even though the fandom and friendships will continue, the journey ends tonight and, while I'm sure many tears will be shed, I am grateful for everything it has meant to me.

"With you whatever happens."

See you on the flip side.

Love from,
Jenny Wildcat
July 20, 2007

PS, As of right now, my internet existence is null and void (what with Potter parties to attend and books to read and such).  I'll probably be back on Monday with a greater understanding of the universe ^_~

OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! Deathly Hallows comes out TONIGHT!!! (I'm at work, so I can't do the Chinese-Firedrill-type SQUEE-fest as I would like to, but I'm doing it in my head).

If I had planned my approached to DH better, I would have taken work off today and camped out last night at the unofficial DH pre-party for Barnes and Noble wristbands this morning (I have a reserved copy, but I couldn't be there at 9:00 to get my wristband for a reserved place in line).  [livejournal.com profile] elucreh  and [livejournal.com profile] shellic  had a group in line at 5:00 pm last night and thusly were the first people in line.  They said they'd get my wristband, so I'll probably be one of the first people to get my little mitts on a copy of DH.  I love having friends in high places (and elucreh thinks I'm awesome for my Hallows theory and my extensive discussion of House prejudices *sparkle*).

I did go down from about 5:30 until midnight last night to hang out with the group and get the general feel and informing the clueless masses about why we were doing this (I had to explain to some older lady that Harry Potter was our generation's Rod Stewart - she admitted that was the only thing she ever camped out for).

The party was fairly calm, though I can honestly say that this was first party I've ever been to where the cops showed up.  The B&N employees didn't lock up very well and one guy in our group started pulling on the doors as a joke and they came open and set off the silent alarm - no harm done, but it was kind of funny.  The owners came down with their huge black lab (Padfoot Lives!!)

Right now, I'm getting mad at this lady who just called into the radio station complaining that people are already lining up outside Barnes and Noble with their kids and it's going to be so hot today and is B&N going to let them inside and why don't you just go down to Costco or K-Mart tomorrow and get the book and RAWR.

The deejay replied to her: "Well, those people will probably know the end of the book an hour before you do." after explaining to the uninitiated that these people were actually in line for wristbands and were coming back tonight.  Morons. :P

I'm sure I'll post more later.  My goal is to completely spam my flist before midnight tonight.

 EDIT: Something to giggle over while we're out twiddling our thumbs:
This guy kinda sounds like he's from They Might Be Giants. In any case, a very well-written song (not to mention ten kinds of amazing!)
This is from [profile] hp_fridayfive in honor of the Deathly Hallows release.  I have my own tribute planned for a little later, but this is going to be fun!





T-minus 14.5 hours folks!!
Subject line adapted from PotterCast's most recent anti-spoiler plea (and it looks like Leaky is broken, so I can't put a link to the specific post, but trust me, it's there).

I never thought it would happen to me, but I have had spoiler attempt after spoiler attempt on my life since yesterday morning.

Attempt #1: Some a****** thought it would be funny to post spoilers in my LJ comments (see yesterday's post for more info).  Luckily, they were only links to possible spoilers and not the spoilers themselves.  Perpetrator was banned and reported to the proper authorities.  Privacy settings on my LJ go through the roof in order to keep my DH-virgin eyes that way until July 21 (I've always been paranoid, but now I have an excuse).

The Harry Potter Read-A-Long community ([profile] read_hp) posted about banning other LJ Death Eater wannabes who get their sadistic kicks from ruining the endings of books.  They provided usernames, which I promptly added to my Banned User list.  This community and The Leaky Cauldron are the only two HP-related websites that have been proven to be spoiler-free (MuggleNet lost that distinction over the weekend, apparently - I'm just glad I dropped their sorry cans a long time ago).  I'm thanking the Powers That Be for Leaky, but it looks like their credible reputation is working against them since the site is down.  I guess they're about the only ones who won't post spoilers, so those who need their cyber HP fix are overloading the dock.  Sigh...

Attempt #2: Yahoo! News (of "OMG Harry Kisses a GURL!" headline fame) had a front-page blurb about DH spoilers abound on the web.  If I didn't knew Hotmail was just as bad (what do you expect from people who still think the Live Earth circus is relevant news?), I would switch over.  Anyway, I don't use Yahoo for news flashes.

Attempt #3: This was a completely innocent incident, but I blame Fate and no one else.  While my sister was a work yesterday, one of her co-workers was sifting through some HP spoilers on a website and they were all discussing them and how real they could possibly be (my sister claims that this co-worker usually surfs MuggleNet and that's how they found the spoilers.  I promptly told her that MN isn't worth the powder it'd take to blow it to hell - as Grandpa would put it).  Anywho, Emily said that they didn't think the spoilers were real because they just didn't seem plausible.  They were set up in a system that said "On page X, A, B and C happen," except Emily told me what A, B and C were.
    From what they were, I'm inclined to believe it was fanfic passed off as real, but I explained to her that this was just as bad as posting real spoilers.  Plus, she said some of the page numbers were up into the mid-800s, and we know for a fact that Deathly Hallows is 700-some odd pages long.  But I can't get what she told me out of my head and I'm hoping (HOPING) that it wasn't real spoilers.

Case for DH Innocence #1: Jo Rowling has updated the Diary section of her website.  It's not quite debunking the BS that's out there, but it makes me feel better (if it comes from Jo about HP, then it's legitimate - if we can't trust Jo, we're all screwed).

Two-point-five days until the party begins!  I can do this.

ONE LAST THING TO WOULD-BE SPOILER FOLKS: It pains me that I have to keep repeating myself because I really hate doing it.  Then again, the smartest person in the room often has to (especially when the room is full of retards): I know people who know people.  You spoil me and a Crucio curse will feel like a warm summer breeze.  And if posting spoilers is how you get off, I would highly suggest you get a girl- or boyfriend so they can tell you how much of a jackass you are.  Heavens knows your mother won't do it for you (if she did, she would have kicked you out of the house twenty years ago when you turned 18).

I have no kind words for idiots.  Never could do it.

EDIT: And that DH spoiler spotlight LJ has on the main page is driving me nuts.  Not that I wasn't already.

EDIT #2: Leaky is back and reporting that Jo's lawyers are on the case. HA, TAKE THAT YOU MEANIE BUTTS! (it's what my little cousin calls 'em...)  Woot for fans owling in and for practicing CONSTANT VIGILANCE (*does a happy victory dance and is pleased to have been part of the effort*)
    But one question, couldn't the lawyers start with the press (i.e. the Times) that is reprinting these spoilers?  They're just as bad!  Kudos to Leaky for not providing the link and only quoting what's relevant to us fans.

EDIT #3: Also, I've heard to avoid DeviantArt, since people there aren't very sensitive to the No-Spoiler rule either.  Sheesh, this is like season 3 of "24."

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