Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Harry Potter Should Have Ended Up with Hermione...

... and other things you wish would have happened in JK Rowling's beloved series.

If you've never read the Potter series because you think it will be too juvenile or it doesn't appeal to you, after all you're not into that magic stuff.... how sad we all are for you. To say that the series is genius is an understatement of the grandest proportions. When has it ever happened that men and women and boys and girls have all agreed on a single subject and have all become equally rabid in their devotion of one thing? Very rarely. Even more rarely with books. I can't even think of another that competes in this equal opportunity cross genres. We all know that Potter saved the YA market for books and may have even saved publishing altogether.

This is all stuff we know. Well, recently, I've undertaken a Harry Potter movie marathon. It's been a long time since I've watched the films and I've never done it back to back. It's been thrilling and now that the series is over, now that we know exactly what significance everything had, I'd like to open a discussion on what we WISH would have happened or the inconsistencies that we see in the series, the things we wish we could do over.

I'll start off:

1.) While reading, I totally bought the Hermione and Ron thing up until the last book (please... we waited all that time for one lousy, rushed kiss) but now... now, rewatching and rereading it seems absolutely preposterous that Harry does not end up with Hermione, the only girl he has consistent contact with or a growing relationship. And really? While Ginny is brave, there is no other personality except that she gets with tons of boys to get Harry's attention..?

2.) What's up with these super powerful Order of the Phoenix/Dumbledore wizards not being able to take out the Death Eaters once and for all? Harry Potter comes in with "stupefy" and takes out Voldemort about six times in the series. Hmmm... "Hogwarts is impenetrable!" Except of course for a Basalisk who's existed there for CENTURIES and no one's noticed or a room where all Death Eaters meet to have tea, cookies, war councils...

3.) What's with Draco always challenging Harry? Um.... Harry defeated Voldemort about a thousand times, won the Tri-Wizard tournament, killed a basalisk... blah, blah... pretty sure everyone (especially the kids whether they hated him or not) would have been in terrified awe. But then again, everyone's astonished every time he does something because he's, after all, only a 3rd year so... par for the course.

4.) And finally, the ending... * clears throat.... um... necessary? She kills about, oh, half the good guy population in annonymus, pointless deaths but all the death eaters live. Except for Bellatrix, who, by the way wasn't killed by Neville but whatever. No happy "Yeah! Voldemort's gone! Open Diagon Alley! Let's celebrate! Like in the beginning of Book One". None of that.

These are my thoughts.

Any of yours?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Ok. So I know that this is off the beaten track when it comes to my book blogging but -- the presses need to be stopped because I've got a little story that needs to be told.

Things have gotten a little out of hand. The fat jeans are no longer the fat jeans, if you know what I'm saying. I stopped recognizing myself in grocery store mirrors weeks ago. But it was the pic of two ham like arms and breasts that hung approximately to my knees that made me go into cardiac arrest. And also made me start Weight Watchers. I have a theory that EVERYONE knows Weight Watchers. And the "points". So I joined the website. I put in the points consumed at the Tea House for a baby reception. I thought it was the responsible thing to do. Why not find out how many points were left before dinner... because... after all... I wouldn't want, you know, to go OVER.

Daily Points allowed: 25
Daily points consumed by 2:00 in the afternoon: 72


Without dinner

Um... yeah.

Goodbye cruel world

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


So. Some of you don't know my secret, very deep, abiding love for Remington Steele, the fabulous detective series in the '80's. I mean -- love.

We're talking, stay-up-until-midnight-to -tape -the episodes-before -the -days-of tivo love. Get off early from work love.

And there have been encounters. Or at least one. A friend of mine took me to a concert for Loreena McKennit in 1994. I almost declined the date to stay home to watch Remington Steele. Yeah. I'm serious. But I went. And much to the chagrin of my date, of the 100 people in the audience --PIERCE BROSNAN -- was there. And it was embarrassing. I was embarrassing.

But I digress.

Today, my friend Susan (the follower of all things Pierce) sent me a link to an MTV article about Conan O'Brien's tweet saying he's been spending his days watching Remington Steele -- naked -- drowning his sorrows. Susan got this article from PIERCE BROSNAN'S site who googled it to all his fans. In the article they list a link to a cheestatic video and guess what folks... IT'S MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The video I made is in an article by MTV. And Pierce sent this article. To all his fans. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Check it out! http://newsroom.mtv.com/2010/03/02/conan-obrien-twitter-pierce-brosnan/

Monday, March 1, 2010


After a tragic week of a broken computer (and no posts -- sniff, sniff!) I am happy to announce in my very first post from my brand new MAC computer that Velvet has won the "Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict" giveaway!!! Thanks to everyone for participating and be sure to check back for the next big giveaway!