Tag Archives: Harry Potter

Mistaken

I thought the word for 2016 was CHANGE.

wands

I’m beginning to think it’s really LOSS.

RIP Alan Rickman.

Incendio!

I had to mail two packages at the post office today and noticed a book of Harry Potter stamps behind the counter.

They’re so pretty.

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So, of course I bought some.

(I knew you’d want to, too.)

Go Bee Doo

My sister and I visited  Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure in December.

Harry Potter was our goal, but we played around in the rest of the two parks as well, trying out all kinds of 3D rides.

One of our favs?

The minions from the movie Despicable Me. It was designed for kids, but I think the adults on the ride had just as much fun.

One thing I did not realize…

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Minions are members of the #BBN.

No wonder everyone loves ’em.

Sunday night special

I just ordered this t-shirt at LookHuman.com

patronus t-shirt

This website totally gets me.

Witchy woman

I can’t believe The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been open for four years, and I still haven’t gone.

So I’m going in the next couple of months  — before the summer crush of kids and family.

Or am I?

harry potter worldUniversal Orlando announced just yesterday that the park is launching a new expansion…

This summer.

Can I really go now and miss all the cool new attractions?  We’re talking the actual Diagon Alley, a fully functional Hogwarts Express train that connects the Universal parks, more shops and restaurants from the books, and a new ride called “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.”

Of course, if I do wait and go this summer, all those kids will be there….which means ginormous crowds and lines and heat and sweat and regret.

Perhaps I can wait a bit longer — what’s a few more months at this point — and go between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  That is supposedly the slowest time at the park.

Decisions, decisions.  OH WAIT —

I’ll got twice!

Cash only, please

It’s a well-known principle of sales — don’t ask the customer if they want a product.

Ask them to choose between product A or product B.

Well, look at how some crafty salespeople are making  this thinking pay off  — literally — at the check-out counter.

tip as survey question

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(And the correct answer is, of course, “Harry Potter.”)

What a character

I saw two movies today.  It was a double feature Saturday —

My favorite kind.

The films were The Perks of Being a Wallflower starring Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, and Trouble with the Curve starring Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams.

Obviously the latter had the big name stars.  But I would argue the former featured more interesting acting choices.

Clint Eastwood harumphed his way through Curve, playing an ol’ curmudgeon that appears to be the extent of his repertoire.  It’s just an older version of Dirty Harry.  Or the Outlaw Josey Wales.  Or any role he’s ever played.

‘Cause he’s only got the one.

In Perks, Ezra Miller plays a lovable, gay, sometimes cross-dressing stepbrother to Harry Potter’s Emma Watson.  It took me to the end credits to realize that he was the same actor who played the title character in last year’s award-winning We Need to Talk about Kevin,  a sinister teenager who used a bow-and-arrow to orchestrate a massacre at his high school.

He was unrecognizable in Perks.  And it’s not like he had dyed his hair or changed his physique.  He simply committed to a different character choice so completely, it almost changed the contours of his face.

Something tells me Clint could never lose the squint.

Ruiners

eBay hates Harry Potter.

Or, at the very least, has it in for the Weasley twins.                                                                                                                                                                                                        In their 2012 Fall Sellers Update, the Internet auction site banned “wizardly enchantments, magic spells and potions.”

Divination Professor Sybill Trelawne would also be out-of-luck, because psychic readings have been nixed as well.

What are they thinking?

Hogwarts would be a shade of its former self without Snape sneering in potions class.  And with no deadly spells or enchantments to cast, Harry’s ultimate showdown with Voldemort would be no more.  The whole legend up in smoke.

It’s just a book series, you say?  Well, of course it is….

Now that eBay’s banned all the fun stuff.

Harry scary

Thinking about seeing The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, this weekend?
The Sticky Egg was at the theatre first thing this morning to bring you this review.

Plus, I don’t see scary movies close to bedtime.  I’ve learned that lesson the hard way. (Remind me to tell you about my Blair Witch Project fiasco sometime.)

The Woman in Black is my favorite kind of horror film.  The ghosts are scary, but they pretty much stay in one place — in this instance, an old haunted house in Yorkshire at the turn of the century.  There’s also no gore.

I hate gore.

Daniel Radcliffe, who has joked about being cast as Harry Potter because of his ‘orphan eyes,’ uses them to full effect here as a still grieving widowed lawyer sent to the haunted manse on business for the former owner.

Once there, he sees the legendary Woman in Black and soon children in the village begin to die in horrific ways.

I love the look of the film — so gray and cold.  I kept burrowing under my coat to get warm in the theatre.  Radcliffe disappears into the role as well; you won’t confuse him with Harry here.  The film is well paced, building slowly and eerily towards it climax.

Or what you think is the climax.

Bwha ha ha.

Where there’s smoke

For people who celebrate Chinese New Year — or just heart Chinese food — today marks the official beginning of the Year of the Dragon.  According to legend, the dragon is a symbol of good fortune, intense power and authority.

That’s so hot.

But I have to wonder — what kind of dragon will 2012 be?

Will it be like the dragon in the first Shrek movie — ferocious and fire-breathing one moment, then a puddle of mush the next, all because of the attentions of a wise-cracking yet lovable Donkey?

(And how many months of the year will be fire-like, and how many mush?)

Or will 2012 be a dragon with a temperament more in keeping with the three beasts in the Tri-Wizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?  They also breathed fire and brimstone, but were initially restrained by bars and chains.  When they finally broke free, they fought till the death to vanquish their enemies.

Not sure I want to go up against a year like that.

No, I would prefer the Year of the Dragon to be more like Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon.  He was first misunderstood and underestimated, but man oh man — didn’t he end up being exactly the kind of dragon you wanted on your team when the going got tough.

Yep.  That’s the 2012 I’d like to see.