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I love Ruth. Check her out in this short clip of geeky costumes. You’ll be sad if you miss this.

It took some time, but I have finally compiled my post about Harry Potter in England. And let me tell you, fellow muggles, it’s true! Below you will see proof that J. K. Rowling is writing about what really goes on in England. I think all that talk of “fiction” is just a cover story so us muggles won’t know what is going on.

We passed a witch and wizard while touring one of the colleges in Cambridge.
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And here, someone left their FireBolt just laying about. It probably has some spell on it to keep us from seeing the brand name and stirrups.
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And I think this must be Hogwarts.
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The difficult-to-spot Platform 9 and 3/4 must have been malfunctioning because all of these tourists had crowded around it.
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We also found the British version of the book for sale, everywhere we went.HP London 4

And I couldn’t help myself but I bought a whole sheet of First Class stamps, featuring the British book covers. HP London 2

Queueing

Still waiting for the books I requested from the library. It’s been almost one month since I requested them. The audio book is taking longer than the book book. I’ve moved from #367 to #234 for the audio book, but from #1195 to #186 for the book.

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Since I’ve both read the book and listened to it, I think I’ll remove myself from the list now. ūüôā

Finished

Well, I finally finished! I read about 300 pages of the book Cristin so kindly loaned me in the three days before I took my trip, and then I listened to another five hours on the flight over to England. Still, I hadn’t finished by the time I landed. I intended to finish on the trip back home, but sat next to an engaging conversationalist. I only got about 1-2 hours read on the 6+ hour flight. I was able to listen to more during my several hour layover in JFK, but still didn’t finish the whole thing until a day after I got home.

So, what did I think? I guess I’m not really sure how I feel about it. There were¬†several things that I found quite confusing, and it took some internet¬†reading to understand what they meant. So when I closed the book, I didn’t quite have closure. Now I understand, but I’m still not sure I liked it as much as Cristin. More details below.

If you have already read the book, or have no plans to, I cannot highly enough recommend this synopsis. Really, really funny. Worth the read, and shorter than the book if you’re feeling intimidated by its length.

Also, I liked Ryan’s account of the book. Thanks for the comment!

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Tonight, Cristin was kind enough to lend me her copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. She didn’t want me to wait until I was 82. She’s the sweetest friend. And yes, I know own the audio book, which I plan to listen to on my long flight, but still, the chance to seek my teeth into right now, I couldn’t resist.

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I also found this at the comic store today – I’m so excited!

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Kelli, Cristin, Ele, Will, Kerri and I went to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the Imax. It was fun, with some 3D scenes, but the person who brought their screaming baby should have their Achilles tendon cut. With a grapefruit spoon.

Harry Potter at the IMAX

I got a response to my Craig’s List posting for a cheap copy of the Harry Potter Book 7 Audiobook. I got it for $30, a little more than I wanted to pay for it but $50 cheaper than list.

I am taking a long trip soon, and I’m going to listen to it then. I can’t wait! Harry Potter Audiobook

My Harry Potter-watching outfit, which you will see in person if you come on Sunday to the IMAX!

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So, Cristin says I’ll be able to read the¬†7th Harry Potter¬†book¬†when I’m 82.

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Dave and I have been playing catch-up recently, trying to see some movies while they were still in the theatres.

So, here’s what we’ve seen recently.

300 – Lovely cinematography and plenty of eye candy, though I have to admit that Gerald Butler’s Scottish accent was quite peculiar. I enjoyed the modern soundtrack and the action scenes were entertaining, but some of the creepy creatures were just too creepy. Oh, I also totally called that they filmed the Oracle scene under water – yay for me! Did I mention that there is a lot of nudity in this film? Lots.

Hot Fuzz – Another brilliant Simon Pegg movie! I love love love Simon Pegg, who I first saw in Shaun of the Dead. I’ve seen Shaun of the Dead 4 times now, including the Zomb-o-meter version and the director’s commentary. If you haven’t seen it, rent it now! Hot Fuzz pairs Simon Pegg with his buddy Nick Frost once again. The action is terrific, the story never slows down, and the jokes don’t stop. It’s currently playing at the second-run Carmike theatre on Blue Ridge Road.

Transformers – More than meets the eye!! This movie is awesome! Really, really wonderful. Go see it now!! I sat with my knees pulled up to my chest the whole time – there’s not a minute of relaxing in this fast-paced, adrenline-packed movie. Shia LaBeouf did a great job, but what kind of funny name is that? I also found myself feeling a dramatic surge of patriotism and pride watching all the arms of the military responding with lightnight speed and courage to the situations that were thrust upon them. Silly, I know, but that’s just who I am. *shrug*

Silver Surfer – Not as bad as the first Fantastic Four movie, but not great by any means. I was never a fan of the comic so I wasn’t put off by how much they changed Galactus for the movie. Jessica Alba continued to look plastic with her Sims hair, freaky fake contacts and goofy blue eyeshadow. Ioan Gruffudd (pronounced YO-an GRIFF-ith) is pretty cute though they didn’t give him enough gray at the temples. The Silver Surfer himself was pretty cool.

Harry Potter – We’re going to see it today!! Here’s Cristin’s review.

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