Pottermania is sweeping the nation! I’m sure you are all wondering when I will go see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. My answer: not anytime soon. See, I dislike crowds, especially unruly ones. Therefore, while being crammed into a theater with fellow Harry Potter fanatics sounds incredibly fun in theory, the truth is that it would probably result in a panic attack. When I do see the movie, you will be the first to know…and I’m sure my scream of horror at Fred Weasley’s death will be heard many miles away.
Incidentally, I did receive some flack for my post on Fred’s death, which I posted here and on Backseat Reader. Apparently the post’s title, “Why do you care so much about Fred Weasley’s death?” is a spoiler. Not a very big spoiler, but a spoiler nonetheless, which is why I was sure to warn ALL my readers that this post could be spoily. I would hate to ruin the “fun” of discovering Fred’s death for anyone else. (Personally, I see my post as a public service announcement to help people know that while it appears that our dear Fred is dreadfully departed, things are not always what they seem.)
A few “lovely” individuals also left mean comments calling me stupid and telling me to get over it. Since Backseat Writer is a benevolent dictatorship, I deleted those nasty comments and felt sad that those people missed the entire point of why I cared so much about Fred Weasley’s life and death. Honestly, I don’t mind being called “stupid” (OK, I do mind…just keeping it real), but I do mind when I pour my heart into a post, only to have it dismissed as “silly” or “stupid” simply because it’s misunderstood.
My main point is this–J.K. Rowling created a world with very real and colorful characters. These characters are so real that the death of one–namely Fred Weasley–is painful. Not only that, but because of the Harry Potter books, I was able to find an escape during some very painful times. Such is the wonderful power of literature and imagination! It reminds me of a quote my friend Hira posted on Twitter. Alan Rickman, the actor who portrays Severus Snape in the movies said this, “When I’m 80 years old, I’ll be reading Harry Potter. My family will say, ‘After all this time?’ and I will say ‘Always.’” Me, too. Who’s with me?
Therefore, in celebration of Harry Potter and the beginning of the end of an era (before Pottermore is launched and we all become obsessed with it), this week it’s all about Harry and the gang.
*Kimberly at Reflections of a Book Addict is hosting the “Harry Potter Blogsposion,” where you can win paperback copies of ALL the Harry Potter books and even a couple of the movie DVD’s. Personally, I put my name in for my fave book in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, since my copy is starting to fall apart. After giving into my incessant begging via Twitter, Kimberly was also kind enough to let me in on the fun. So whilst you’re over there checking out all the Harry goodness, take a look at my article, “Amy’s View on the Best of the Rest,” where I discuss some of my favorite secondary characters in the series.
*While checking the latest book news on Reading With Tequila, I noticed that Jennifer had various posts on Harry Potter characters that were “loved.” But do you know who wasn’t among the adored? My very own Fred and George Weasley! Maybe I volunteered, maybe Jennifer asked, maybe a little of both…who can remember? The end result is another post by yours truly called, “Why I Love Fred and Geroge Weasley.”
*Andye at Reading Teen (whose love for all things Potter surpasses my own) and her gang posted some hilarious Harry Potter material in recent weeks, including this video about what it means to be in Hufflepuff (I really did laugh out loud) and the Harry Potter comic parody known as “SummHarry.” Created by artist Lucy Knisney, the comics depict ALL of the Harry Potter books through comics. You’ve got to see it to believe it, and believe me, you want to see it. You can download all the drawings FOR FREE on Lucy’s site (you can make a small donation to help Lucy out with website/bandwidth costs…or just because you appreciate her clever artistry.) My favorite Potter post, written by Andye, is called “Ten Things I Wish Were Real (Harry Potter).”
*This evening I discovered Patricia’s Peculiarity (try saying that five times fast), which is running a month long Harry Potter celebration with giveaways, including HP swag! Woot! There are a ton of great posts, items, and memories to be found here. My favorite giveaway thus far is the Gryffindor swag. I mean, honestly, would you want to be in any other house? Gryffindor is where all the action happens.
*Are you a bookish, average-looking, intelligent and brave gal? Then chances are you are a big fan of Hermione Granger. (Personally, she’s my fave member of the trio. I guess it should be Harry Potter, and I do love my Harry, but I’ve always had a soft spot of Hermione’s amazingness!) And guys, I know you like intelligent girls who read, so everyone should check out this excellent post by the Huffington Post’s Laura Gibbard called, “Hermione Granger: The Heronine Women Have Been Waiting For.” The article talks about how Hermione has so much more substance than a Disney princess and also argues that Harry and Ron would be lost without her, which is absolutely true. We love Hermione!
*I almost forgot to tell y’all about Potter Puppet Pals, this crazy web series by Neil Cicierega, featuring a parody of Harry Potter using puppets. Sometimes they’re a little off-color, so throw the kids out of the room and watch. You’ll love your guilty pleasure.
*One of my favorite singer/songwriters and author of the Wingfeather Saga, Andrew Peterson, wrote an absolutely lovely post this week called, “Harry Potter, Jesus, and Me.” Peterson reflects on how he came to read the Harry Potter series, why it’s awesome, and how it can point us to God.
*I know it’s hard to believe, but there are other movies releasing this weekend, including the one seen in the trailer below. It’s a cute spoof on DH2.
One more thing, congratulations to Janelle, the winner of last week’s Freedom Giveway Hop! Out of the 273 of you who entered the giveaway, only a shameful seven truly think Fred Weasley is no longer with us! I even have this nifty graph to illustrate how we all voted, and I’m sure you all voted that Fred’s alive because you believe it in your hearts; the extra entry had nothing to do with it, right?
Look at that! 97% of us know that Fred’s alive, which must mean…he’s alive! Hooray! We saved Fred, had an awesome giveaway, and proved to the world that you can get people to agree with crazy theories for an extra entry into a contest! (P.S. Jen [who also wrote this awesome post on her blog, “Harry Potter and the End of It All“] was totally ready to go with our contest and I flaked out on her. It is a’coming, so stay tuned!)
Let’s discuss! Tell me in the comments section when you plan on seeing Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Who’s your favorite Harry Potter character? What does it mean to be in Hufflepuff? Do you support house elf rights? Do you think I should have made the text for this post red and yellow to celebrate Gryffindor? (I thought that would be hard to read.) And…at what age will you stop reading the Harry Potter books?