Skip to main content

Harry Potter Readalong, 'Goblet of Fire' sounds better than 'Tankard of Water'

Welcome to the Goblet of Fire.

David Tennant, you are appropriate for this

This is the one everyone gets way jazzed for. This is the one where it goes from really good to amazing. This is the one my brother unthinkingly ordered off Amazon for my birthday and then we went out of town and I couldn't get it until Sunday evening and my younger cousin had a copy that I chased her around the house trying to get.

(it all turned out ok, though, because he inscribed it "To one of my favorite Muggles," and how do you not forgive someone after that?)

I need to talk about Dickensian parallels and shit in a second, but first, good Lord, QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP.


Does Harry Potter need to be set at Hogwarts? NO. J.K. is a badass at writing her world, and really the World Cup is one of my favorite parts of the series. Please just write any story set in any part of your world, Jo Rowling. Because I will read it.

The detail is ri-dic. Omnioculars? Damn. Veela? Check. Discussions of large event planning and organization? YES. And I mean, sure, the Cup seemed to end pretty quickly, but I DO NOT CARE BECAUSE THEIR TENT IS MAGICAL AND I WANT TO STAY IN IT.

People're probably gonna be all over Malfoy the bouncing ferret, but because I have A Thing about the Malfoy family, I'm gonna be excited about Draco saying "Don't you dare insult my mother, Potter."

You know why? Because THE MALFOYS ARE AWESOME TOGETHER. To each other. Not so much to anyone else really. But they LOVE each other. Which is why I have issues with the end of the seventh movie, but leeeeet's not get ahead of ourselves.

A lot of people have compared Rowling to Dickens. A few sentences popped up in a book I'm reading that seemed like damn good parallels:

The characters and scenes of this writer have become, to an extent undreamed of in all previous cases, part of our actual life. Their individualities whether mental or external, are as familiar to us as those of our most intimate associates, or our most frequent resorts.

 Oh hi, Dumbledore and Hagrid and Snape and Hermione and Luna and Diagon Alley and Hedwig and the Leaky Cauldron and Arthur Weasley and Neville and Gringotts and EVERYTHING SHE HAS WRITTEN.

[S]ome of the younger Victorians grew up in such close familiarity with the Dickens people that these became their intimate life companions, meeting them at every turn of the road.


Next week's gonna be even better. Because TRIWIZARD TOURNAMENT AND HUFFLEPUFF IS THE BEST.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

How to Build a Girl Introductory Post, which is full of wonderful things you probably want to read

Acclaimed (in England mostly) lady Caitlin Moran has a novel coming out. A NOVEL. Where before she has primarily stuck to essays. Curious as we obviously were about this, I and a group of bloggers are having a READALONG of said novel, probably rife with spoilers (maybe they don't really matter for this book, though, so you should totally still read my posts). This is all hosted/cared for/lovingly nursed to health by Emily at As the Crowe Flies (and Reads) because she has a lovely fancy job at an actual bookshop ( Odyssey Books , where you can in fact pre-order this book and then feel delightful about yourself for helping an independent store). Emily and I have negotiated the wonders of Sri Lankan cuisine and wandered the Javits Center together. Would that I could drink with her more often than I have. I feel like we could get to this point, Emily INTRODUCTION-wise (I might've tipped back a little something this evening, thus the constant asides), I am Alice. I enjoy

Harry Potter 2013 Readalong Signup Post of Amazingness and Jollity

Okay, people. Here it is. Where you sign up to read the entire Harry Potter series (or to reminisce fondly), starting January 2013, assuming we all survive the Mayan apocalypse. I don't think I'm even going to get to Tina and Bette's reunion on The L Word until after Christmas, so here's hopin'. You guys know how this works. Sign up if you want to. If you're new to the blog, know that we are mostly not going to take this seriously. And when we do take it seriously, it's going to be all Monty Python quotes when we disagree on something like the other person's opinion on Draco Malfoy. So be prepared for your parents being likened to hamsters. If you want to write lengthy, heartfelt essays, that is SWELL. But this is maybe not the readalong for you. It's gonna be more posts with this sort of thing: We're starting Sorceror's/Philosopher's Stone January 4th. Posts will be on Fridays. The first post will be some sort of hilar

Book Blogger Hop, Pt II

All right. The question for this week is:  "Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?" Oh-ho my. I have an issue with book commitment. I start a new book, and it's exciting and fresh, and I get really jazzed about it, and then 20% of the way through, almost without fail, I start getting bored and want to start another book. I once had seven books going at the same time, because I kept getting bored and starting new ones. It's a sickness. Right now I'm being pretty good and working on The Monk , Northanger Abbey , Kissing the Witch , and I'm about to start Waiting for the Barbarians since my friend lent it to me. But The Monk and NA are basically books I only read when I'm at work, so I don't see it so much as working on four books, as having books in different locales. Yes. This entry wasn't as good as some of the others, but I shall rally on the morrow. Yes I shall.