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OMG new Deathly Hallows trailers, featuring even more of the Seven Potters scene!

So hyped.


This is pretty necessary.

This is pretty necessary.


Girls Can Do Anything, and Twilight is like whatever, but Barbie is right about this one. Fuck math.

Girls Can Do Anything, and Twilight is like whatever, but Barbie is right about this one. Fuck math.


This is what you see when a dementor takes its hood off.
(“I haven’t eaten a soul like that since grade school!”)

This is what you see when a dementor takes its hood off.

(“I haven’t eaten a soul like that since grade school!”)

(Source: cherubine)


mizufae:

That’s right, Harry. Sacrificial self-aware lamb, Harry. It doesn’t hurt to die, Harry!
Am I allowed to say that I think the whole Marauder Entourage Suicide Squad thing was creepy as fuck and I strongly prefer it spun so that they were just figments and phantoms and that his REAL dead family would NOT be encouraging him to KILL HIMSELF? Yeah.

Maybe it’s just because I’m a godless heathen or whatever, but I was never down with Dumbledore’s “Death is just the next great adventure” bullshit. No, Dumbledore, they stick you in the ground, and that’s the end of it! You’re not catching a train, you’re lying in the dirt and you’ve stopped. Voldemort is bad because he fears death? Fuck that, I fear death! You know what happens when you die? You stop living. Did you know that all I ever do is live? It’s working out pretty good for me!
And, see, you don’t need that whole Voldemort-being-afraid-of-death-he’s-bad thing to make the story work. He’s awful because he kills lots of people, and is mad with power like that Albert Schweitzer guy, and he has lots of insane prejudices. He could be all Dumbledore-like and say I love dying but if he’s appending that with just give me 150 years of murderous terror on earth than I’ll give it up, I’d still think he’s a fucking asshole.
So, that ending where Harry sacrifices himself is noble and everything, but it’s noble because being dead sucks so hard! If he was just going off to the next great adventure, then what would he care that he’s giving himself up to be Avada Kedavra-ized? Like, if I were moving to New York, I might be a bit trepidatious, but I would be OK, because moving to New York is the next great adventure. DEATH IS NOT MOVING TO NEW YORK. 
J.K., I love what you’ve done with these books, but enough with the morbid death-is-awesome ish, OK? There’s enough Gothness from HBC’s Bellatrix Lestrange.
Also, I want to point out that Mizu had this post tagged #WHO IS CATSITTING CROOKSHANKS, which is a Very Good Question.

mizufae:

That’s right, Harry. Sacrificial self-aware lamb, Harry. It doesn’t hurt to die, Harry!

Am I allowed to say that I think the whole Marauder Entourage Suicide Squad thing was creepy as fuck and I strongly prefer it spun so that they were just figments and phantoms and that his REAL dead family would NOT be encouraging him to KILL HIMSELF? Yeah.

Maybe it’s just because I’m a godless heathen or whatever, but I was never down with Dumbledore’s “Death is just the next great adventure” bullshit. No, Dumbledore, they stick you in the ground, and that’s the end of it! You’re not catching a train, you’re lying in the dirt and you’ve stopped. Voldemort is bad because he fears death? Fuck that, I fear death! You know what happens when you die? You stop living. Did you know that all I ever do is live? It’s working out pretty good for me!

And, see, you don’t need that whole Voldemort-being-afraid-of-death-he’s-bad thing to make the story work. He’s awful because he kills lots of people, and is mad with power like that Albert Schweitzer guy, and he has lots of insane prejudices. He could be all Dumbledore-like and say I love dying but if he’s appending that with just give me 150 years of murderous terror on earth than I’ll give it up, I’d still think he’s a fucking asshole.

So, that ending where Harry sacrifices himself is noble and everything, but it’s noble because being dead sucks so hard! If he was just going off to the next great adventure, then what would he care that he’s giving himself up to be Avada Kedavra-ized? Like, if I were moving to New York, I might be a bit trepidatious, but I would be OK, because moving to New York is the next great adventure. DEATH IS NOT MOVING TO NEW YORK. 

J.K., I love what you’ve done with these books, but enough with the morbid death-is-awesome ish, OK? There’s enough Gothness from HBC’s Bellatrix Lestrange.

Also, I want to point out that Mizu had this post tagged #WHO IS CATSITTING CROOKSHANKS, which is a Very Good Question.

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Also, as you might have heard me mention before

I have this fantasy of an alternate universe in which Cam’ron’s a Harry Potter fan, so he can rap “Avada Kedavra; another cadaver.”

Or maybe it’s more of a Writer line?


I would not be disappointed if you shared some of these.

andyhutchins replied to your postAlso, as you might have heard me mention before

You have no idea how many Harry Potter lines I’ve written.

The only crew coming consistently with the Harry Potter lines is Young Money. (“You be Harry Potter and I’ll be Hermione” — why do you ship H/Hr, Nicki Minaj? — “Bitches on my stick but my name’s not Harry Potter” — Cho Chang or Ginny Weasley, Weezy?) I totally hope YM goes to the Deathly Hallows premiere in costume. Weezy’s been rocking the glasses, so he’ll obviously be Harry. Birdman can go as Dumbledore, Drake has that Neville Longbottom nerd-steez down. Mack Maine and Jae Millz can be Fred and George. Lil’ Chuckie would have to be Dobby.

(Fact: Dwayne Carter’s lawyers established a secret plea bargain that ensured he would be out of prison in time to go see DH on opening night.)


My great love is for Hermoine Granger, one of Harry’s best friends, a girl born to human parents with magical abilities, who I believe is perhaps the greatest and most progressive popular romantic heroine of a generation. When makeover narratives were the single most prevalent romantic storyline in popular culture, Hermione got the guy in the library, dressed up for the Yule Ball, and returned placidly to her regular routine. Hermione didn’t transform herself because she never particularly felt the need to be transformed.

Her concern for house elves—magical creatures who are essentially wizards’ slaves—started out as comedy and ended up as the early articulation of the novels’ great moral concerns for equality, as well as one of the most moving sequences (and some of the best writing) of Deathly Hallows. Ultimately it is she, rather than Ron or Harry, who undergoes real and prolonged torture at the hands of the Death Eaters, and it’s she who survives that torture with her dignity and her friends’ secrets intact.

The things that make Hermione a scold, a nerd, a pain, a victim in the early pages of Harry Potter and the [Philosopher’s] Stone are the things that make her a heroic, lovable woman. What changes is how she expresses her intellectualism and her social convictions.

Alyssa Rosenberg: “'Harry Potter': Why It's So Hard To Say Goodbye," The Atlantic, November 18, 2010

#HermioneAppreciationPost

Also note that the only role the transformation played in the narrative was to smack down Ron and Harry’s cluelessness.


With the very important caveat that I’ve read about four chapters of Twilight, and so may be missing very important parts of the story, doesn’t this seem odd to you? Not the stuff about how the reader is apparently rarely reminded that Edward Cullen is 100 years old, but the stuff where the reader is reminded of it.
Like, OK. Dude was born in 1901, which makes him 55 when Bill Haley dropped “Rock Around the Clock.” And you remember the deal with rock ‘n’ roll? That it was rebellious teenager music that even folks younger than 55 thought was dangerous and immoral? This was the day of the generation gap, not these modern times when your dad thinks some of the bands on the radio are cool. Edward Cullen is more than old enough to be really shocked by Elvis’s hip-wiggling on TV.
And, sure, I guess Edward could be thinking of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, but there continued to be old man-friendly music in the ’60s, and it was more popular than common memory allows! (As for the line about the ’80s, I hope it’s a joke about The Cure and Sisters of Mercy, and if so, fair play.)
My point is that you can fudge your details to make your romantic object strange and still sexy, but you damn well better have your comments about musical history make sense.
(If you’re wondering, as I hit post, I’m mentally calculating the odds that Jonathan Bogart will tell me I have my history wrong. Of course, if he does, you should trust him over me.)

With the very important caveat that I’ve read about four chapters of Twilight, and so may be missing very important parts of the story, doesn’t this seem odd to you? Not the stuff about how the reader is apparently rarely reminded that Edward Cullen is 100 years old, but the stuff where the reader is reminded of it.

Like, OK. Dude was born in 1901, which makes him 55 when Bill Haley dropped “Rock Around the Clock.” And you remember the deal with rock ‘n’ roll? That it was rebellious teenager music that even folks younger than 55 thought was dangerous and immoral? This was the day of the generation gap, not these modern times when your dad thinks some of the bands on the radio are cool. Edward Cullen is more than old enough to be really shocked by Elvis’s hip-wiggling on TV.

And, sure, I guess Edward could be thinking of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, but there continued to be old man-friendly music in the ’60s, and it was more popular than common memory allows! (As for the line about the ’80s, I hope it’s a joke about The Cure and Sisters of Mercy, and if so, fair play.)

My point is that you can fudge your details to make your romantic object strange and still sexy, but you damn well better have your comments about musical history make sense.

(If you’re wondering, as I hit post, I’m mentally calculating the odds that Jonathan Bogart will tell me I have my history wrong. Of course, if he does, you should trust him over me.)


Harry and company’s daring raid on the Ministry of Magic to purloin another horcrux is hobbled by a) bloat, b) poor staging, and c) a failure to remind us what a horcrux is. I’ve read all the damn books and seen all the movies, and I still need the occasional refresher.


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