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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!)
Just a friendly reminder from the folks at Harry and the Potters, the Leaky Cauldron and PotterCast: Nobody likes a spoil sport and nobody likes to be spoiled. I have been lucky so far to not have any of the Harry Potter books spoiled for me and now that I'm in the home stretch, I don't want to be spoiled. Nobody does. What's more, I have the a group of people on speed dial (or rather, in my Yahoo! email address book) who have connections to Jo Rowling, Scholastic, Bloomsbury and their respective lawyers who have many books to throw at those who spoil. All I can say is if you spoil, you deserve it.

Like the icon says, on Jo Knows until July 21, 2007. And that's how it's gonna stay.

(There was a nifty little audio link to a PSA Harry and the Potters did for PotterCast, but it is incompatible with my LJ, so it's on the PotterCast link.  Go listen to it, it's pretty funny).


EDIT: To the jackass who thought it was funny to put a link to the whole book in my LJ comments (I didn't read it, but it was there and you claimed it was real), I have deleted the comment and you have been banned from posting in my LJ.  I sent the link along with your LJ username along to the Leaky Cauldron who are on a first-name basis with Jo's publishers.  Give her lawyers a hello from me, would ya?

EDIT part dos: Apparently there have been a number of like-minded jackasses who are huddled in their mothers' basements getting a strange high off of spoiling unsuspecting people (as they laugh wheezily until they have to reach for their inhaler - seriously you hack-job, Urkel-worshippers, it's not our fault you can't get a girlfriend).
    To avoid myself and others being spoiled, I have put my comment status as "Friends Only" and am screening comments.  I am also logging IP addresses for those commenting in my LJ (wish I would have done that this morning).  I'll put it back to normal after I've finished reading on July 21, but for now, this is how it's going to be.  I hate to have to avoid grand discussion before the final book, but the few pinheads have to ruin it for the rest of us have left me no choice (can't you do something less destructive - like dismantling a pipe bomb in your bedroom?  Do us all a favor and cut the red wire).
Stupid little me got thinking and then I got all nostalgic and sentimental (but not so weepy this time - saving that for next week).  I didn't go to bed until about 12:15 am and then it hit me:

This time next week, I will have a copy of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' in my hot little mitts.

I've been an obsessive Harry Potter fan since I was fifteen.  Back then, I was a tall, scrawny dweeb with glasses and a retainer.  I was the little grunt for the yearbook staff and I didn't even have my driver's license yet.  I read the first three Harry Potter books the summer before my sophomore year and read Goblet of Fire the first day of school (my mom surprised us with a copy after we got home).  I then spent the next three years going nuts with waiting for the fifth book and getting even more and more obsessive.  Two more years, and Half-Blood Prince was out (as was the old wizard).  Most of my obsession has been fueled by the Internet and forcing my friends to go to midnight showings and releases with me.  None of them are insane about this as I am.  Only this past year did I meet someone with whom I could relate:  [profile] shellic and I became roommates my last year of college and I finally had a fellow Potterholic to pal around with in real life.

So now, we're in the home stretch.  All the theorizing, all the discussion, all the movies, all the fandom-ness is down to these last seven days (In my case: seven years spent waiting for seven days before the seventh book - 07-07-07 weddings, eat your heart out).

It's 5:00 in the afternoon right now.  If I do Deathly Hallows the way I did Order of the Phoenix, I will probably have finished with the book this time next week.  That's how it goes with waiting for something big: you always spend more time waiting than you do actually enjoying the experience (Goblet of Fire: Harry says that the days leading up to the First Task in the Triwizard Tournament were much worse than actually going at it with the dragon).

I don't know when something this amazing and awesome will come around again, so I have to gush for a minute: I have been greatly inspired by Jo Rowling and the Harry Potter books.  I have branched out into other genres and I have learned to think about things in different ways.  Without Harry Potter, I might not have majored in English and I might not enjoy writing the way I do.  The theorizing has helped me learn to synthesize information and not treat information in a vacuum.  But most importantly, I have made friends and enjoyed myself and enjoyed life the way I think few people ever get to enjoy.  Harry Potter is one of my wide and varied interests, but it's a big part of the fun I have.  I've learned to be braver than I ever was before and I've learned to stand up for myself.  I've learned that heroes are flawed and I've learned how to defend people and things that I love.  It's not "just" the books that have done this - it's how I internalized what I love and subconsciously made it a part of me.

Whatever happens next week - whoever dies, whoever lives, whoever is on the good side, whatever turns out to be a Horcrux, whatever theories turn out to be true, it's been a fun and wacky ride, not to mention very soul-enriching.

Let the final countdown begin!
I've already posted about this.  I've listened to the special PotterCast (in which I couldn't hear John or Melissa, but Sue's mic was WAAAY up).  And just NOW I am getting an e-mail from Big J and the Leaky Lounge regarding the July 21, 2007 date and LL's discussions.

Stay tuned for further ironic and cynical BS from me throughout the day.

Love from,
Jenny Wildcat

PS, Big J, you know I still love ya ^_^
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will be released on July 21, 2007.  Eight days after the "Order of the Phoenix" movie.

No. Freaking. Way.

Tell me this is a bad "February Fool's" joke.  Tell me that, in addition to the "Holidaye Moste Evile" (Feb. 14, for those of you in Rio Lindo) they have also decreed that February will be known as "The Month in Which the Wildcat Poked Her Own Eye Out With a Stick."

I suppose I should look on the bright side: if the movie is a disappointment (which, I don't doubt), I have something good (and CANON!) to look forward to.  On the negative side: this is the only time this will happen.  All I'll have to look forward to now is the crappy thrown-together movie versions of HBP and DH that the filmmakers will certainly put out (where did you go, Peter Jackson-o? but that's another post)

I hate being proved wrong.  Though, anything that hurts the filmmakers is fine by me.  Think about it: people will go see the movie, want to throw up, and go spend millions of dollars on the book the very next weekend instead of going to see the movie a second time (or third or fourth.  Some weirdos might be up to seven by that time).

I hate that this announcement was so low-key.  It's the END OF HARRY POTTER for crying out loud! There should be parades and fanfare and... all that other fun stuff, but it was just a press release sort of deal posted on jkrowling.com.  No secret door, no "Do Not Disturb" sign, no puzzles... NOTHING!  All because the movies had to steal the books' thunder by putting of OotP in July.

Hey, it's easy to blame the movies.  They're the perfect scapegoat.  And, until we get some coherence and consistency with all seven fillms, then that's how it's going to be.

On to the book: I'm sad that this is the end, but I want so much to find out what's going to happen, but then again, no more theorizing or discussing and things like that.  Well, we can theorize, but it'll be in a way that feels like "Well, there are no more books, so it's hard to know for sure."  What will PotterCast be like now?

Anyway, those are my intial thoughts and reactions (and rants).  And it snowed today, so I had to change my flat tire in the snow this morning (with the help of some good Samaritans from the ward.  I'm such an idiot.)

Love from,
Jenny Wildcat

PS, I don't whether to cheer or to go into mourning.  In any case, I'm wearing black today.

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