Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) wrote,
Cleolinda Jones


GOD! It's like being seven years old and waiting for Christmas over here. And you know, there's a point where it's not even about Harry Potter anymore. It's exciting knowing that millions of us are all waiting for the book to come out. It's exciting--and a little wrenching--to know that this is going to cap off a seven-book, ten-year series; that we're going to find out everything we've been wondering about, all the loose ends; that terrible things might happen to characters we care about; that there won't be more after this. And having OOTP come out in theaters just the week before multiplies the excitement by a factor of ten--it's exciting because it's exciting, if that makes any sense; it's getting excited for its own sake, a communal experience, a fannish high. I think the communal factor cannot be underestimated here; the last Lemony Snicket book had me champing at the bit, but it was relatively quiet in a fannish way, probably because fewer people read that series. The high dissipated pretty quickly. Deathly Hallows, you know people will be discussing this for months, and--bonus!--bitching at each other for years. For those of you who don't follow Fandom Wank, there are some violent, vicious differences of opinion over whether Harry should die, whether Snape is good or evil, whether Draco is a romantic antihero or a weaselly little bully, and, most importantly, who Harry ends up with. Some guy named Voldemort may be involved, but I hear that's just a rumor left over from the fake fanfic still circulating.

(Note: As of last night, all those links were spoiler-free.)

Another Pro Tip I heard on the interwebs today: Unsubscribe from email notifications of anyone who friends you (or defriends you, for that matter) until you've finished the book. When, oh, let's say dobbykillsharrypage606 friends you, you'll understand why.

Meanwhile, I've finally decided what I want to do on Friday night, and I am SO INCREDIBLY RELIEVED to have settled it. It's cost $40, but I'm going to the McWane Center for OOTP in IMAX at 8:30 pm ($10), and then hang around at their party ($5) until midnight, at which point they will have books right there ($25). Yeah, I probably could have gotten it cheaper, but four or five dollars is worth it to actually have something to do, since I was bored stupid for five hours at the HBP Barnes and Noble "party," and I suspect that people who would pay to get into McWane are less likely to shout spoilers out at midnight. SO. RELIEVED.

Monday Morning Box Office: Harry Potter Learning To Deal With New Stirrings In His Naughty Wizard Places (Gawker).

Harry's pals must face ‘Deathly Hallows’ too (MSNBC).

Seven questions for Rupert (USAToday).

Tonks Talks: A New Interview with Natalia Tena ("I really wish she had had pink hair like in the book. They didn’t want to do that because pink would be associated with Umbridge, who is evil. They really didn’t take many risks") (Leaky Cauldron).

Staunton colors evil pink in 'Order of the Phoenix' (USAToday).

Harry Potter and the magical Midlanders (fun facts: the actor who plays Filch is Kate Beckinsale's godfather; one of the Phelps twins was a runner on The Da Vinci Code; both Peter O'Toole and Ian McKellen turned the Dumbledore recast down) (Sunday Mercury).

Harry Potter And The Newfound Appreciation For House Music (Defamer).

Harry Potter and the Pricing Problem (Booksquare).

Noted tenor Jerry Hadley taken off life support.

Art owner alleges Warhol conspiracy.

Mexican volcano is test bed for trees on Mars.

"Too sexy for my bus," woman told; status regarding party, shirt and cat uncertain.

Officials: Prosthetics give amputee edge.

2,400-year-old golden mask unearthed.

University chairman: N-word 'slipped out.' *facepalm*

Royal Audits: BBC Sentenced To Identifying And Correcting Every Lie In History By Decree Of An Angry Queen.

They've penetrated our code walls! They're stealing the internet!

Dooce answers her hatemail.

Fair Warning, Science Fiction Writers: "At some point in the near future there will be a new market for science fiction short stories that not only intends to pay you poorly, but also plans to carve out a slice of a whole bunch of your derivative rights."

Three More 'Indiana Jones' Films Heading Our Way?; Lucasfilm Denies Future ‘Indy’ Sequels In Works.

New Joker/Heath Ledger Photo.

Cate Blanchett's 'Elizabeth' Becoming a Trilogy?

Set pics from Cloverfield, and what Ethan Haas was all about. Warning: It's ONTD, so do NOT go into the comments if you don't want to be spoiled for HP.

Anne Hathaway to Star in Jonathan Demme's 'Dancing with Sheba.'

No Cobra in G.I. Joe? I have no idea who Cobra is; I just report on things I think y'all like.

Poster: The Spiderwick Chronicles.

Shoreline Buys The Rights To Horror Comic 'The Living Corpse.'

'Torture porn' hits a bloody wall.

Art Forgers Hit the Big Screen -- Possibly with Clooney and Owen.

Leto, Polley Star In Sci-Fi Mr. Nobody.

trailer_spot: Last Legion, And When Did You Last See Your Father?, Golden Compass, Rush Hour 3, In the Shadow of the Moon, No Country for Old Men, Death at a Funeral, In the Valley of Elah, Margot at the Wedding, Charlie Bartlett.

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