Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Confessions of A Hogwarts Junkie

Yes, it's true. I confess that I read Harry Potter. Moreover, I'm almost as excited as your average pre-teen about the July arrival of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.'

Despite all the hype and as charming as I find the books, I don't stand in long midnight lines with the other Muggles to get my Harry fix the day it's released. I buy it whenever my next book run is, and I've never been unable to get a copy.

I think that no matter what one's age is, it's hard not to fall in love with the mystique and the magic of Harry Potter's enchanted (and enchanting) world. In a way, you are a kid again when you're reading Harry Potter -- and therein lies the magic.

When we can suspend belief and appreciate the awe and wonder of Harry's world, we are only as old as we wanna be.

Two guys were discussing popular family trends on sex, marriage, and values. Stu said, "I didn't sleep with my wife before we got married, did you?"

Leroy replied, "I'm not sure, what was her maiden name?"

A collection of manuscripts written by Isaac Newton recently went on public display for the first time.

In one manuscript from the early 1700s, Newton used the cryptic Old Testament Book of Daniel to calculate the date for the Apocalypse, reaching the conclusion that the world would end no earlier than 2060. "It may end later, but I see no reason for its ending sooner," Newton wrote.

I thought that was pretty interesting. And so, apparently, did Albert Einstein who once had an opportunity to study the documents.

My Word Gone Wild pick of the day:

excpect - A particularly nasty type of spitting.

Your Famous Last Words Will Be:

"What we know is not much. What we don't know is enormous."


Roxan said...

***Your Famous Last Words Will Be:***

"I dunno, press the button and find out."

Charles said...

Although some of my friends have enjoyed them, I have yet to purchase the first of any of the H.P. books. I am anxiously awaiting the book, Sandworms of Dune, and its companion, Paul of Dune. Does that make me a nerd?

Serena Joy said...

I like that one, Roxan.:-)

NO, Charles! That does not make you a nerd. One should read exactly what one wants to read. Always.:)

tfg said...

My last words will be, "I just know I can soup this pacemaker up."

Serena Joy said...

LMAO, T. Kinda almost sounds like practice, doesn't it?:-)

Anonymous said...

2060 huh?
I've got time to run up my credit

Your pic..very nice! now that's what I'm talkin about.:)

Your Famous Last Words Will Be:

"Nice doggy."

Serena Joy said...

That's what I was thinking, TC. Might as well live in the moment. LOL. On the other hand, he didn't say it wouldn't be 1,000,000 years AFTER 2060, in which case we'll have to pay the bills. LOL.

Aw, "nice doggy" -- I like that.:)

ThatGreenyFlower said...

Ok, I am so confused by the Newton/Einstein thing. Was that supposed to mean something?

I think my famous last words will be, "Did you unplug the iron?"

I, too, am PSYCHED about HP7. I have had a hard time wanting to read anything lately, much less my current book ("The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All" by Alan Gurganus, which is good but kind of tedious from time to time). I'm pretty sure that I'll have a reading rennaissance in July, though.

I'm also excited about the movie.

...But not much else right now. I'm in a bit of a summer slump, I think.

Serena Joy said...

Greeny, it only means that Einstein read the documents and did not denounce Newton as a crackpot. I suppose one may draw one's own conclusions.

I read "...Confederate Widow." It WAS very tedious.

It is the Season of the Summer Slump. It'll pass.

Oliviah said...

I confess. I have read every one of them and watched every movie that has come out. :-D

puerileuwaite said...

I don't mean to be a spoiler, but I happen to know that Darth Vader was also his father.

G-Man said...

I've never read a Harry Potter book, or seen a movie!!
Uh Oh, you gotta watch Charles now...he's after your "spice"..

Last words...TTFN!!

littlebirdblue said...

T.Greeny F,
have you read Expiration Date by Tim Powers?

p.s.--my last words will supposedly be, "Look ma! No hands!"

Hale McKay said...

I have not read any of HP books or seen any of the HP films - and I'm not interested in doing so.

I'm a science fiction fan, but I don't care for fantasy - magic, sorcery, dragons, etc.

I never read any of the H.R.R. Tolkien books either - but the "Lord of the Rings" movies I saw and enjoyed very much. Some day, I do plan to read these books.

Nowadays, it seems that the only things I read are newspapers and blogs.

Corn Dog said...

I saw a Harry Potter movie or two with someone that was a rat and someone that was a werewolf. There was also some lame time travel. I got tired and saw no more. Someone told me Harry or Dilbert dies in this one. Or Naomie. I can't keep those children straight.

***Your Famous Last Words Will Be:***
"Bite me, you asshole."

Serena Joy said...

You're a kindred spirit, Oliviah.:)

I heard that rumor, Puggy. Apparently, Darth got around.:-)

Short & sweet last words, G. LOL. Go see the next movie -- you'll like it!

Great last words, LBB -- especially apropos of midnight bike riding in Portland, don't you think?:-)

You should read them, Mike. They're magical.:)

Dang, CD, you go to the movies with THE most interesting characters. And YOUR last words I'm getting tattooed on my head. LOL!

Queenie said...

I love Spike Milligan's
"told you I was ill"....

Charles said...

That's a disturbing visual, corn dog being consumed by an asshole.

Serena Joy said...

Good one, Queenie.:-)

I hadn't thought of it in quite that way, Charles. NOW I'm scared.:-)

Liz said...

My last words wil be "Nice doggy." Quite apt really ...

My copy is pre-ordered on Amazon. And yes, I have queued at midnight before now! Don't think much of the films though.

Serena Joy said...

Liz, you're a braver woman than I am to take on the midnight queues.:)

Corn Dog said...

I hadn't thought about that Charles. It is disturbing, isn't it? I must die in some giant colonoscopy accident.

Serena Joy said...

That won't happen to you, CD, because you're never having another colonoscopy. Remember? And besides, Captain Colon is on the job now. He'll protect you.:-)

Charles said...

You could take the stage name Colon Ferule.

Serena Joy said...

ROTFL, Charles!:-)

Charles said...

Let me apologize, I am sorry, I shouldn't make a joke at your expense. Please accept my apologies. I said it only thinking of the humor, I failed to think about your feelings. Again, I'm sorry.