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I did a quiz! Online quizzes seem like an artifact of the old Livejournal days, to me. This one is about "secondary" Harry Potter characters - apparently everybody other than Harry, Ron, Herminone, Voldemort and Dumbledore are secondary, in somebody-or-other's opinion (even Snape!) - but anyway, this thing has something like 84 questions and I got 94%. I couldn't remember which one was Crabbe and which one was Goyle, and the rest of them I missed were pretty much the really minor characters, the ones that stayed in the background, mostly some of the most minor adults. (I've read the books more times than I've seen the movies, so it's putting the faces with the names that I tripped up on. The spelling of the names is not a problem for me.)

Anyway, that reminded me that I meant to come back and talk about Fantastic Beasts and How to Find Them, because I don't think I said anything about it other than that we'd been twice and that (obviously) we liked it. I'll try not to be spoilery, because the main thing I wanted to say was that if you haven't seen it you really ought to. I read somewhere that while its first weekend wasn't spectacular, it's holding on really well and it's going to end up making more money than they first thought - it has "good legs" as they say. And that tells you that the word of mouth is good. I guess the #1 thing that I liked about it were the CGI animals, because they are gorgeous, but the rest of it is awfully good too. I have never been a huge fan of Eddie Redmayne's, but he is really good in this as well, as is, well, everybody else. Other than Redmayne and Colin Farrell and the (cough) surprise guest (which I won't spoil) at the end - and, well, Jon Voight, but that's also practically a cameo - mostly this is a cast of relative unknowns. They're people who have been around, yes, but aren't really super-famous. -- Anyway, everything else I can think of to say seems to veer into spoiler territory, and to avoid that, I better just stop here.

Regarding the title of this entry, the "Wizarding World" thing seems to be what they're pushing as an overall name for the two series, since "Harry Potter" doesn't exactly work any more. (Before this I had only heard it as the name of that theme-park thing in Orlando.)


Holidailies - blue
mellicious: pink manicure (Potterpuffs - Molly)
I was gonna put this over on Google Plus and then it got kind of long - at least by what I think of as Google+ standards - so I'm gonna put it here and link here instead.

SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! - maybe )
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I'm still laughing at fake book titles, because I am easy:
Harry Potter and the Deep and Very Special And Unique Pain That No One Could Ever Possibly Understand
(from the same place that the last one was from)

OK, so we went to see Harry Potter twice, and furthermore, Rob let me talk him into going, too, which rather surprised me. I'm much more likely to want to see movies multiple times than he is, and for both of us to see a movie two times in three days is unheard of, that I can recall. So I don't guess it's necessary for me to say that I liked it. It was dark, but not any moreso than the book, you know? And the main reason I wanted to go again was because there was so much detail packed into it. I am not ruling out seeing it again later, either.


I spent several hours chatting with my best friend from 10th grade on Friday night. Very weird. (We had a falling out over a boy - I didn't care so much about the boy, at the time, as I did about the fact that she was supremely catty about the whole thing - and we weren't really friends after that. But that was, god, 35 years ago, so who cares now?)


How can it be almost Thanksgiving? Seriously. It's just not possible. As usual, I have to bring rolls for Thanksgiving, which ought to be easy, except that I'm stressing out because there's no room in my freezer, so I couldn't just buy them yesterday when we went to the store and stash them away til then. At some point I'm going to have to brave a grocery store again. It was already far busier than normal yesterday and it's only going to get worse.
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I was running errands late this afternoon and I swung by the Cinemark to pick up our Harry Potter tickets, figuring that it's going to be a zoo tomorrow. And it was very quiet, so that was good, but there was a group of kids in Hogwarts robes coming in when I was leaving. (I don't usually hit the Harry Potter release parties, so I've never actually seen anybody wearing Hogwarts robes in the flesh before.) So either they were coming in to pick up their tickets too (and they just decided to get dressed early) or they're having some kind of pre-show thing before the midnight show (way before, because it was like 4:30 when I was there) or - and actually maybe this is the most likely - they had the employees dressing up for the occasion.

I'm glad I finally remembered to add the new Conan to the DV-R list, because it's fairly funny, so far. I never remembered to watch any of his shows regularly before - I used to watch The Tonight Show pretty regularly in the old old (i.e., Johnny) days but I stopped remembering its existence entirely, for the most part, during the Jay years. (Wonder how the whole ratings things is going so far. I haven't heard.)

In other pop culture-ish news, that Dwayne Johnson movie looks bad, and the more ads they run for it, the worse it looks. They really should just give it up. On the other hand, I don't suppose I'm the target market, so maybe it looks different to somebody else, I don't know.

I've just now been watching the first episode of The Walking Dead - well, I watched a bit of it weeks ago, but I just now got around to watching the rest of it. Pretty riveting, really. (So Andrew Lincoln was the guy who had the crush on Keira Knightley in Love Actually, right? I kept thinking he looked familiar but I couldn't place him for the longest time. - Heh, fun fact: according to IMDb he's also Ian Anderson's son-in-law.)
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Apparently this time of year I get in the mood to post, or something. Hey, two days in a row!! We'll see if this continues, I'm not going to promise anything.

This totally needs to be a t-shirt. Or maybe a band name:
harry potter and the neverending teenage angst
(from Mark Reads Harry Potter)
Actually, I find it hard to believe that there is not already a band called Neverending Teenage Angst, come to think of it.

My class is ending Monday and I am sort of sad. Interaction with real live people twice a week! People that I mostly actually like, at that. (Learning things is just a bonus.)

I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving already. The weekend after Thanksgiving [livejournal.com profile] antheap  is coming to visit (ok, in reality she's coming for work, but I tend to ignore that part) and the weekend after that I have volunteered to drive her to Austin - but not back again, because I have to be in Dallas right after that for a seminar. Hopefully the logistics on this will all work out.

Also, I got a Thanksgiving card from my insurance agent today. I suspect that this is in lieu of a Christmas card, but we will have to wait and see about that. Honestly, I don't remember having ever gotten a Thanksgiving card from anybody before. I knew they existed, in theory, but I don't remember getting any.


Also:
DORA AND MARTEN, OMG!!!!  -- Hmm, I suspect I'm way too invested in this cartoon.

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