Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Happy Harry Potter Week!

This photo is not mine. It belongs to this person but it is too hilarious not to share.

Hooray hooray! It's finally time for Deathly Hallows Part 1 to come out! I am not so secretly relieved that the producers couldn't get the 3-D together in time for the release of this film because 3-D gives me a headache and I feel it is terribly unnecessary. Of course this opens the window for them to make even more money by re-releasing HP7.1 IN 3-D right before HP7.2.... right?

So, the truth of it all is that I am enormous fan of the Harry Potter series. It captured my imagination like very few other series have and has a strangle-hold on me...just like Peter Pettigrew's silver hand. So I will be the 30 year old woman in the South Philadelphia movie theatre at 12:03 AM Thursday/Friday wearing a Gryffindor sweatshirt and trying to negotiate carrying popcorn, soda, and a wand. Hilarity is bound to ensue.

I decided to dig up my predictions of what would happen in the 7th book, just for funsies. I started an online reading group via LiveJournal to re-read all 6 books in anticipation of the 7th coming out and it was a lot of fun. If you haven't read the 7th book and don't want to be spoiled, I guess stop here. But also, I mean - come on. It came out 3 years ago. How have you not read it?

My predictions for what would happen in the 7th book (with original comments):

1. Hogwarts will re-open.
2. Snape will die.
3. Ron will die. (sniff!)
4. That wedding is going to be a bloodbath.
5. Neville will kick some Bellatrix ass.
6. Snape will sacrifice himself in some way so that Harry can defeat Voldy.
7. Nagini will put up a fight.
8. The house elves will be important (boooooooooooooo)
9. Lily Potter worked in the Love room in the Dept. of Mysteries.
10. The last Horcrux is something we've never seen.
11. In the end, Harry will wake up in bed with Suzanne Pleshette.

Okay, let's analyze.

1. Yup but now the bad guys run it.
2. Yes again (I am so smart), and his death leads to my absolute favorite chapter of all the books, "The Prince's Tale."
3. NO! Thank God. Somehow, though, I think losing Fred is worse. This may or may not be influenced by the fact that I think the boys who play the Weasley twins are stone cold foxes. Oh! And one of the reading group members totally predicted that one of the twins would, in her words, "eat it."
4. Thanks to Kingsley's Patronus warning, most were able to disapparate before the Deatheaters got there. It was close, though.
5. Sort of? Okay, he doesn't get to actually kick her ass, but he does get some pretty sweet moments - especially with the hat and the sword and the snake.
6. Sort of? Eh, I'm not sure if I can shoehorn that prediction into what actually happened.
7. Um, literally! The scene in Bathilda Bagshot's house is horrifying. While I personally feel that it was hastily written and I wish that there was a little more time spent on the scene so it didn't seem to be over so quickly, Nagini coming out of the body is one of the scariest moments in that series. If the scene is not absolutely sickening then the director has done it wrong.
8. Totally. But! I turned my feelings around on Dobby! In the end, I actually cried for him.
9. No idea. Lily was fleshed out a little bit but not much at all.
10. WRONG-O. I could not have been more wrong on that one.
11. Sadly, no.

All of this is to say, NOBODY EXPECTS THE 400 PAGES IN A TENT.

On Friday, I'll give my thoughts on the movie so don't look if you don't want to know. I'll definitely be writing about where they chose to leave the cliffhanger.


  1. Two things I'd like to share:

    1) I will also be out there at midnight. Just 1200 miles away. And your midnight comes an hour before my midnight. I have no wand, but the sheer fact that I will be present will be hilarious enough to me.

    2) This past Sunday the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra did a special performance of music from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, Sorcerer's Apprentice by Dukas, and ... the Superman theme (I don't get it either). Anyway, it was geared towards kids, and there were all these little kids in costumes with wands. It was awesome and you would've loved it.

  2. And, as a side note, I have completely forgotten what has happened in the books before this one, so I'll be that idiot saying, "OMG I LOVES HARRY POTTER" and then spending the whole movie going, "Who's that? What are they referring to? Why does whores need cruxes?"

    Can't wait.

  3. Ant, I love both of these comments. We will reconvene tomorrow to discuss! Enjoy the movie - and all of the surprises it has in store for you, haha!