I first cracked open my copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone on a lazy summer day in 1999. I had just recently graduated from West Nichols Hills Elementary and was preparing for the jump to middle school at Classen S.A.S.
The parallels I found in Harry Potter could only be described as magical (sorry to be lame, but it’s true.) and the fact that I was reading a book could also be considered some form of sorcery as I was much more inclined then to sit around and play Playstation (Crash Bandicoot for life!).
But as I opened up the book with that red tinted cover with a picture of a peculiar looking boy riding a broomstick with his broken glasses and messy hair, I was blown away by the sheer entertainment of word on paper. The immersion into a ridiculous world where pictures moved in newspapers, where giants existed (and half-giants; you’re my boy Hagrid!), a world of flying broomsticks, spellbooks and huge fire breathing dragons; I was hooked.
It was announced this morning at 7 a.m. ( and yes I set an alarm so I could watch the announcement because I’m a huge, lame 23-year-old nerd) the revealing of J.K. Rowling’s newest project Pottermore!
Rowling starts off the video by telling everyone how passionate Harry Potter fans are and how she hopes the love affair will spread to a new generation with this new project.
“Thirteen years after the first Harry Potter book was published, I am still astonished and delighted at the response the stories have met,” she began.
Rowling said the introduction of Pottermore will be an “online reading experience unlike any other.” Pottermore users will be able to choose a username and be sorted into a Hogwarts house, as well as upload drawings, comments and other feedback.
I AM SO STOKED!!! Can I make it into Gryffindor? Or will I be embarrassed and sent to Hufflepuff?
Rowling went on to say that she will also be releasing content that she has been hoarding for years, which makes me think that this could be the release of the much anticipated Harry Potter encyclopedia.
“The digital generation will be able to enjoy a safe and unique online reading experience built upon the work,” said Rowling. The site will be an “exclusive place to purchase digital audio books and, for the first time, e-books of the series.”
The website won’t go live until October, but Rowling said a few lucky fans will get a chance to get an early sneak pick and help by giving their input on what they want to see out of Pottermore.
I practically crushed my rememberall in excitement for this site! Alright, gotta go re read all the books for the 34th time in preparation.
Watch this video and visit Pottermore!
I think almost every little kid has built things with some legos.
I have to admit, after watching this video, I wanted to build something with legos or find a job so I can be called a Lego Master Builder. I’m such a dork, I’m so going to see this lego model of OKC in November.
Oh, and seven days until Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince! Exciting!!
I miss the Killers. No, as far as I know, the Killers have not broken up. No, miss the Hot Fuss Killers. Let me explain.
I absolutely loved the Killers’ Hot Fuss album, I would blast it in my car, scream and dance along. I was stoked whenever I heard about their sophomore album, Sam’s Town, and bought it immediately. Unfortunately, I only liked one track, “When You Were Young.” But I had faith, I did the same for their third album, only to be again disappointed by them.
I went back later to give each another listen, hoping that maybe my tastes would become more susceptible to it like I had with Maroon 5 earlier. That was not the case. Instead I realized why.
I believe the reason I loved their first CD so much was because of its rock-ability with the undertones of 80′s bubbling underneath. Slowly but surely, the 80′s crept up more in the second album until the third album sounded like an album from the 80′s.
Now, grant it, I appreciate the 80′s but I see its music as a transition into music of today. I can safely say it is because of the 80′s that fads like boy bands and teeny pop stars came on the scene in the 90′s. To me, Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round,” The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” and “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” are all examples of what the 80′s has to offer me: a good laugh.
The examples are below.
I know they won’t go back and I don’t expect the Killers to go back to their earlier sound, but I will still say I miss them.
19 days until Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!
Where am I going to be July 14? Waiting in line to watch the sixth installment of the Harry Potter movies! After pushing the movie’s theatrical release date back to almost a year, I am definitely needing my Harry Potter fix, especially since everyone has gone into a Twilight frenzy (something I completely do not understand. Oh, I can’t go outside…why? Because I sparkle!). While pirates may have beat out the ninjas, I refuse to accept that the Twilight vampires will dominate over the Harry Potter wizards.
Hurry! Tickets are on sale now and if you want to go to someplace like the Warren, you have got to get your tickets now!