Archive for the ‘Harry Potter’ Category

  • The Daily Prophet: WiziLeaks!

    Date: 2011.07.13 | Category: Harry Potter | Response: 0

    If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that this week I am talking about all things Harry Potter in honor of the release of the final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II.

    Yesterday I talked about Severus Snape, and why he is the best Harry Potter character.

    Continuing with Snape, today I have a funny little fan-fiction piece to share with  you.

    Some background…. When my uber-obsessed Harry Potter child turned 8, we threw him a Harry Potter birthday party. As part of the party, we created a customized Daily Prophet where he was the headline star wizard.  I wrote the below piece as part of the Daily Prophet.

    You will need to click on each of the images below to read the piece. Sorry I couldn’t figure out a way to post this in full size nicely on the blog. But please click on the images below… IT’S WORTH IT!





  • Severus Snape: Tragic Awesomeness

    Date: 2011.07.12 | Category: Harry Potter, Writing | Response: 7

    Yesterday I talked about the magic of JK Rowling. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, in honor of the release of Deathly Hallows Part II, this week the blog is dedicated to all the awesomeness that is Harry Potter.

    Today, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite characters in the book : Severus Snape.

    Seems that I may not be alone. MTV sponsored a Harry Potter World Cup which had 64 characters competing for the title of greatest Potter character ever. Check out the full matchup here. In Round 4, Snape goes against Harry Potter himself. The potion master crushed “the boy who lived” with a vote of 62% in his favor. He then went on to beat Hermione Granger to make it to the finals where he was matched up against Ron Weasley (who just eeked out a narrow victory against another one of my favorites, Sirius Black).

    This popularity contest was great fun (thank you MTV), but speaks to a bigger point : WE LOVE SNAPE! Sure we love the Fab three of Harry, Hermione, Ron. I have a special place  in my heart for Neville and Dobby. But without a doubt, Snape is my favorite character in the whole series. Remember the first time we see Snape as the potions teacher? I love how he bursts into the room, swooshing his cape dramatically, flicking his long black hair reciting, “There will be no foolish wand waving or incantations in this class.” AWESOME!

    Snape is the character with the most complicated story arc, and that makes him interesting. Throughout the 7 books we are led to believe that he is cruel, but I think he is basically an insecure person longing to find the respect he never received as a student at Hogwarts. He wants to be the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and yet Dumbledore rewards that position to everyone but Snape. And then, none other than Harry Potter shows up at Hogwarts – the child of the only woman he ever loved (Lilly) and his biggest antagonist (James).

    There are so many reasons to love Snape (did I mention Alan Rickman yet?), but only at the end of the book series do we really learn how special he really is. He fights and dies to protect Harry. Why? Harry who should be the thorn in his side. Why would he die for Harry? Because in the end he still loves Lilly and must protect her son. Because despite being passed up for the Defense Against the Dark Arts post, he believes in what Dumbledore stood for and will continue to fight for his memory. And because when you peel away the mystery that is Snape you are left with an incredible person who appreciates the simple idea that good must triumph over evil. Snape knew that only by his death would Harry ever stand a chance against Voldemort. It is Snape’s tragic ending that shows us just how amazing of a character JK Rowling has created.

    Stay tuned tomorrow where I will be featuring a great fan-fiction piece on Snape. You are definitely going to LOL when you read it. But in the meantime, here is a video that my kids have been watching and laughing about. I don’t know why this is so funny, but it is.



    Try getting that song out of your head now!!!! Mwhahahahah

  • The Magic of JK Rowling

    Date: 2011.07.11 | Category: Harry Potter, Marketing, Publishing, Writing | Response: 1

    It was the summer of 2000, and my family was headed up to Cold Spring, NY to visit my baby brother, Isaac, who was spending his first summer at sleep away camp. He had given us explicit instructions as to what we should bring up for visiting day: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Book four in the series was released just one day before visiting day, and Isaac couldn’t wait to get his hands on the book.  51HJX1X824L

    After our reunion with Isaac, we found a nice spot near the lake, where nearly a hundred other families had already set up picnic blankets. We were excited to hear stories about Isaac’s camp experience. But instead of catching up with his family, what was Isaac doing? Reading Goblet of Fire!

    I looked around, and dozens of other children were doing the same thing. Reading Harry Potter! Clearly other families had the same idea to bring the new release up for camp visiting day. Instead of boating on the lake, playing sports, or hiking, so many of the campers were ignoring their families in favor of reading Harry Potter!

    What was going on? Kids were reading!!!!

    And herein is the real genius of Ms. J.K. Rowling. We all talk about the billion dollar empire that she singlehandedly created, and yet all of that doesn’t speak to the real magic that is J.K. Rowling. With one boy wizard, Rowling had transformed reading for children around the world. Reading became fun again. And not only were children reading, adults were reading too. Harry Potter became an experience the whole family could share together. So forget about the Potter movies, the theme park, and the gluttony of merchandizing. The true magic is that Rowling found the formula to make reading awesome again.

    No other writer in modern times has been as transformative as JK Rowling, and for that, I salute her. I know that she has inspired many other day writers to create books that children actually want to read, yours truly being one of those writers. And yet, I don’t know if there will ever be another book as epic and enduring as the Harry Potter series.


    This is a big Harry Potter week in my house. We are taking the kids to see the Deathly Hallows Part II on opening night. We’ve had tickets for almost 2 months! In  honor of the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series I plan on dedicating my blog this week to all things Harry Potter. So stay tuned this week to more Harry Potter fun.

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