Pottermore

Finally, finally, finally.  I got home after a night out with Joseph to find a Pottermore email in my inbox.  I mean, seriously, it’s almost the end of September already, it’s about time!  So, despite the fact that it was past midnight, I HAD to explore Pottermore.  Because I went to LeakyCon over the summer I was able to get a preview of Pottermore while the rest of the world was still trying to figure out “What the F is Pottermore?”  I’m not going to bother explaining what it is because at this point you can just look it up (but if you didn’t find the magical quill, then you can’t see for yourself until October).

Suffice it to say, it’s awesome.  And I absolutely love to read all of the extra information from Jo about everything.  The illustrations of the scenes are lovely and rich (think picture book, not video game).  And everything is so true to the book.  One thing I forgot about was Hagrid’s hut.  In the movies it’s this constantly evolving stone building, but in the book it’s supposed to be a wooden hut, and there it is, illustrated on Pottermore as a wooden hut.

Also, newsflash, I’m not actually a Ravenclaw.  Sorting was one of the things that I was most looking forward to because J.K. Rowling created the test herself.  You can’t get any more legit than that (other than actually having a Sorting Hat).  And as it turns out, I’m a Hufflepuff!  For some reason I kinda of actually thought this might happen.  And, I swear I’m not disappointed at all.  People keep saying at least I wasn’t put in Slytherin, but honestly, I could totally have embraced that… green’s totally my new favorite color of the month.  In case you’re curious, these are the questions and answers I gave (but not everyone gets the same questions).  No judging!

 

  1. I would most hate it if people called me selfish. (Other options were cowardly, ordinary, ignorant)
  2. I would drink the goblet filled with the smooth, thick, richly purple drink that gives off a delicious smell of chocolate and plums… yeah, that’s my sweet tooth talking. (Other options: The golden liquid so bright that it hurts the eye, and which makes sunspots dance all around the room./ The mysterious black liquid that gleams like ink, and gives off fumes that make you see strange visions./ The foaming, frothing, silvery liquid that sparkles as though containing ground diamonds.)
  3. If a troll was going berserk and was about to destroy several irreplaceable items, this is the order I would save them in: student records going back 1000 years, a mysterious handwritten book full of strange runes believed to have belonged to Merlin, then a cure for dragon pox.  But, now I’m thinking I should have switched the first two.
  4. I’m most excited to learn about “everything I can.” (as opposed to apparition/disapparition, magical creatures, transfiguration, flying, hexes and jinxes, or castle secrets
  5. If I heard a strange cry late at night while walking all alone I would save my ass and withdraw into the shadows while thinking about what sort of defensive and offensive spells I know.
  6. Stars of moon, I say stars.
  7. Right or left, right for me.

And voilà, a Hufflepuff is born.  One of the good parts to being sorted into a house that isn’t Gryffindor is that there’s lots of previously unknown information about the other houses.  Let us also appreciate the crests for each house (notice how each house is represented by an element in the background: earth for Hufflepuff, water for Slytherin, fire for Gryffindor, air for Ravenclaw).

And the process to get my wand…

  1. I am short for my age.
  2. I have dark brown eyes.
  3. I choose the right path to the castle. (Not to the forest or the ocean.)
  4. I choose the big gem in the chest of magical objects (Other options being silver dagger, scroll, dusty bottle, old glove, mirror, gold key).
  5. I’m most afraid of the dark. (fire, small spaces, heights, isolation)
  6. I’m proud of my imagination.

*Drumroll* 9 3/4 inches, alder, phoenix feather, surprisingly swishy…  And according to Mr. Garrick Ollivander…

Alder is an unyielding wood, yet I have discovered that its ideal owner is not stubborn or obstinate, but often helpful, considerate and most likeable. Whereas most wand woods seek similarity in the characters of those they will best serve, alder is unusual in that it seems to desire a nature that is, if not precisely opposite to its own, then certainly of a markedly different type. When an alder wand is happily placed, it becomes a magnificent, loyal helpmate. Of all wand types, alder is best suited to non-verbal spell work, whence comes its reputation for being suitable only for the most advanced witches and wizards.

I’m done nerding out now.

 

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Trailer Time!

I went to see Transformers 2 today.  I really don’t have much to say about that.  It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t the best thing to happen to me in my life either.  Somewhere in the middle.  Oh, but the effects were pretty stunning.  I just like the zwoom-zwoom lightsaber-eque noises the Decpticons make when they move.

Right now, I want to talk about the trailers.  We’ll start from the beginning.

Trailer #1: Aliens in the Attic.  It seems like a pretty doofy movie.  (Yeah, I just made up that word.)  Mostly, I was excited to see Carter Jenkins in the movie.  He’s had a lot of guest spots on some TV shows, but he will always be Miles Barnett from Surface to me.  I loved that show, but it was canceled after the first season.  The gist of it… newly discovered sea species are causing lots of problems when they start messing up with the ocean.  It was awesome, and it’s gone… and now Miles is trapped in a church in North Carolina as the coast floods and gigantic sea creatures swin around him.  You don’t really care, so next trailer.

Trailer #2: 2012.  This looked like a pretty awesome movie.  I pretty much adore Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow,  and since it’s all Roland Emmerich, I think it’s safe to say 2012 will be good.  Just a side note, Liam James, the little boy who plays the young Sean Spencer in Psych is in this.

Trailer #3: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  It’s the grand finale!  What kind of Harry Potter fan would I be if I hadn’t already seen every version whether it be American or Japanese released?  I’d be a lousy one, so of course I’ve seen this trailer several times on my computer and listened to the PotterCast crew dissect it several times.  But, it finally hit me today as I was watching the trailer on the big screen.  There’s a new Harry Potter movie coming out in 12 days!  Brand new!  All new!  New new!  I am so excited for this movie now.  This might be the most excited for a movie I’ve ever gotten, actually.  I might manage to ignore the fact that the Death Eaters poop black smoke when they apparate and that Slughorn doesn’t have a walrus mustache.  I might just enjoy the movie as a movie and not as a sucky film version of an awesome book.  Maybe it’s because HBP is my least favorite Harry Potter book…

No, this isn’t about Obama. Stop looking at that picture.

HARRY POTTER!…

Lucky me, Santa gave me Harry, A History for Christmas.  Exactly what I asked for… from my mom.  Anyways, I wanted the book because I listen to PotterCast and of course I’ve been hearing about the book since Melissa, one of the hosts, wrote it.  The book is basically about Melissa’s experience with the fandom and she’s been right front and center being the webmistress of, like, the biggest Harry Potter fan site, The Leaky Cauldron.

Melissa on the front of USA Today, keeping company with Obama and McCain. Photo from harryahistory.com

Melissa on the front of USA Today, keeping company with Obama and McCain. Photo from harryahistory.com

The stories and experiences that Melissa writes about are really insightful.  It tells you a lot about what it’s like to be a fan of such a huge series,although I doubt the amount of people who don’t know what it’s like will actually pick it up to find out.  There are a lot of moments in the book where, I could imagine, every fan wished he or she was Melissa.  Lemme think… well, she’s friends with the Jamie Waylett aka Crabbe, she’s held an original copy of Beedle, she’s been on tour with Harry and the Potters, she’s interviewd Laura Mallory (you all know you wish you could at least meet the woman), she’s sat in Dumbledore’s chair, she’s met JK Rowling, she’s interviewed JK Rowling, she’s been inside Jo’s house, she’s just so essential to the community in so many ways.

One of my favorite chapters was when Melissa interviewed Laura Mallory.  I can’t imagine having to talk to the lady who went so far to ban the Harry Potter books from libraries without even reading the book because God told her not too.  She’s so firm in her faith it’s almost frustrating.  I mean, you have to at least try to hear the other side out sometimes.  And I think this is one of those times.  But, I admired how Melissa seems to have handled the encounter and she wrote about it without making Laura Mallory out as a terrible fiend.  I have no idea if I could even manage that much.

The only problem with the book I had was the actual writing.  The style just didn’t sit well with me personally.  Some of the metaphors Melissa uses and the way she explains things and describes events seems confusing to me, or at leasy a little wordy at times.  But, that’s just my opnion and Harry, A History just goes against my general writing preferences.

But, other than that, I would certainly reccommend this book to all Harry Potter fans whether or nor you are an extremely obsessed one or a casual movie-goer.  It really gives you a sense of what you’re contributing to.  And for those people who aren’t into Harry Potter, the book might give you some insight on why we fans are so crazed.

One last thing, there is a website for Harry, A History that has a bunch of fun extra tidbits.  Vault 27 has some extra pieces from Melissa’s interviews that didn’t make it into the book which is worth a visit.