Friday, July 15, 2011

Jump On the Potter Bandwagon!

Well, many of the reviews are out and have spoiled the fun for me a bit, but I encourage you to ignore them completely and bask in the delight that is the final Harry Potter movie! I sometimes have the attitude of an old, crotchety lady and actively seek to ignore most pop culture phenomenon, but I was sucked into the Harry franchise a few years back and am long past the point of no return. Others disagree, but I've loved the movies and think they are, mostly, a fine representation of the books. The second Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 flicked off the screen, I have been twiddling my thumbs waiting for Part 2 and, clearly, so has the rest of America as it has already shattered records at the box offices. Now that the day has arrived I might actually try and wait for the crowds to dissipate before going to see it just to savor the last-time-I'll-be-anxious-waiting-for-a-HP-movie moment.

While it looks like a lot of our copies of the movies have been checked out (but, not all, so be sure to check FindIt), no doubt in anticipation of this day, we still have plenty of copies of the books available to relive your favorite Potter moments and lots of other books on all things Potter. Plus, check out some of the links I found that are pure fun:


Charmed Knits: Projects For Fans of Harry Potter

Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon
A story of Harry Potter fandom

Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books Behind the Hogwarts Adventures
The books that inspired Rowling and the HP novels are discussed in this book

KDL What's Next Database
This is a database of series fiction. You can search by author, series name, or book title.

One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter
Author Greg Garrett argues that Christians need not be alarmed by Harry Potter and insists that the values present in HP are many of the same values upheld by the Christian faith.

The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works


Harry Potter (Scholastic)
Tons of games here for kids or the kid in you

Harry Potter: A Look Back
Get a 5 minute recap of all of the Harry Potter movies

Harry Potter Spells
You can get this app on your iPhone (or iPad). You get to pick your wand, try on the sorting hat, and practice spells

Parseltongue Translator
Get any 150 character message translated into parseltongue

Most have probably heard of this by now, but J.K. Rowling has created Pottermore, which will be a sort of digital enhancement of the Harry Potter stories. You can watch a video of the announcement by Rowling from here.

What's Your Patronus?
Find out what your patronus is. Mine is a cat, just like Dolores Umbridge. You see? I truly am a crotchety old lady!

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