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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2010 1:33:37 PM PST
maketime4fun says:
Congrats to your mom!!! I hope she enjoyed this magical series. I gave up trying to get my mom to read a "children's book" (I know, don't even....) More for me :)

Once Fawke's owner died, he cried his sad phoenix song during or right after Dumbledore's funeral and flew away. I too was hoping Harry would inherit him, but until JKR tells us so, he's gone.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 1:37:53 PM PST
bookaholic13 says:
That part was sad... no one in my family is a big reader except for me, so I keep them updated on the books. When I told them Dumbledore died, they said I looked so upset about it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2010 1:42:30 PM PST
maketime4fun says:
Um, yeah....Dumbledore died. Hello....rightfully upset....I think everyone one was/is.....

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 3:52:14 PM PST
1593 says:
I was VERY upset about it!

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 4:03:26 AM PST
I was so thrilled she's finished it and she LOVES it. We're wizard addicts here. But you know Dumbledore's didn't rock me off the boat completely because...I don't know Dumbledore didn't necessarily make me feel so safe. He gave orders with a high cost and lots of demands. And let me clarify: I adore D'dore. But as someone who has taught and someone who was mentored --omigod half my life could be just checking on my mentors, some freaking incredible brilliant inspiring people -- but there comes that time in that relationship of mentor to mentee where one MUST step out alone and I always anticipated that Harry had to face that.

As I have much mentioned much to the great fatigue of you my fellow Potterwatchers -- I try to keep it as restrained as possible, I swear--for me the huge emotional blow was Sirius. Harry and Sirius looked out for each other and kept each other going; and also it was easier for Harry to relate to Sirius who is in his thirties than like Dumbledore the hundred year old genius of all wizards. Like D'dore even admits at the end of OOTP that old age skewed his understanding of his proteges from Snape to Sirius. It was his death that totally messed me up. But I still cried for D'dore when Fawkes sang his sad song.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 4:56:35 AM PST
maketime4fun says:
All the deaths were hard to deal with, but I guess Dumbledore's and Mad Eye Moody's seemed more natural. DD was ancient and Mad Eye the Warrior was going to die in battle fighting for the cause. I think I knew Snape wasn't going to make so that was a tough one when I got to that part, especially the black eyes looking into the green ones. Oddly Hedwig's demise got a yelp out of me, that a beloved pet would perish. And the killing of a twin....wow, leaving the other one to live without him. A young one at that.....

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 5:05:12 AM PST
maketime4fun says:
BTW, MmePolitrixie: if your mom loved this wizard series, may I suggest Michael Scott's, "The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel" for her to explore. In this to-be six book series, Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel live on, protecting the Book of Abraham and OMG, what an adventure so far. Read the Amazon synopsis for the better description. There are three books so far, "The Alchemyst", "The Magician", and "The Sorceress" with the remaining three books to be released one a summer come 2010. I could not put these down. Really, go check them out.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 6:16:59 AM PST
Boy, I'm away a couple of days and *bang* 22 replies.
First, despite DD's statement in the movie that rank has privileges (about apparating), in the book there is no such loophole. As Hermione says at least a thousand times, "You cannot apparate or disapparate in Hogwarts." That's why Harry and DD took brooms in the book.

Harry gave testimony about Snape, and yet he ended up the new Headmaster, which shows how quickly the Ministry must have fallen.
Does anyone know how quickly after LV's death the Ministry got itself cleaned up and back together? (I feel like I'm talking about Humpty Dumpty).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 6:31:31 AM PST
maketime4fun says:
Yeah, the apparating in HBP.....I got slammed on another blog about not being happy about that. Do we know if Dumbledore indeed had the power to override the can you/can't you apparate in Hogwarts? When the Ministry teacher came to conduct the apparating lessons, the spell was lifted then the students could do it in the Great Hall.
I bet the Ministry did their house-cleaning very quickly once the evil fell, eager to get on with the brand-new dawn.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 7:04:58 AM PST
just4laffs, thanx for the book recommendation i'm stocking my Amazon basket for the spring presently and I will definitely check that series out. I'm not familiar with it at all and need something new. And ditto everything you said about the deaths from Hedwig-that got to me particularly as well to Fred. I hated that Lupin died offscreen, if you will. I feel like he deserved some glory. But JKR can be a bloodthirsty demon, I mean btwn HBP and DH how many main characters and others does she take out?! She just was so vicious and the whole book I'm either crying or suffering hypertension. I mean, even poor little Colin Creevey got it!

As to this complicated inquiry into apparating I gotta go back over the two weeks I've been absent from school to catch up so I'll just follow along quietly. Hi Alan, Happy New Year to you too :-D

You know we need like a Gryffindor Common Room thread or the Great Hall thread or something (I'm a Gryffindor with the Sorting Hat considering Ravenclaw) where folks can check in just generally to find out where the hot topics rooms are -- they shift here and there sometimes -- we could take turns being Prefect greeting newcomers and veterans. That's probably a lot of work for everybody but it could make for unity...or not I dunno.

ok back to dis-apparating *crack*

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 7:18:42 AM PST
This was supposed to be my New Year's Gift to Everyone: have you guys been to youtube to see the harry potter music videos? you can basically search it like that but here's a couple of terrific ones. How to Save a Life is really popular with the video crowd but here are few Must See Vids. People have used the movies and made their own creative music vids. So creative, some will make you totally cry.

My Immortal - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MvKyR1zeow

Smooth Criminal -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPEGg1sncaw

How to Save a Life - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td05VXaP_XY
Breathe Me - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2aNdKx7LfA

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 7:46:42 AM PST
maketime4fun says:
I think you'll love the books so far. They are catagorized as Young Teen Fiction, but at 49 (and a half!), I could not put them down. It's amazing how much fact and mythological references he managed to weave into these books. The first books cover the span of two or three days each, starting in San Francisco with accurate travel references, to Paris and the catacombs to London to Ojai, CA. They just fly. I checked them out from the library, but as soon as the series is complete, I'm buying the box set.
Yes, Lupin and Tonks should have had a "better" death. Oh, and thank you for reminding me about little Colin Creevey. I remember reading that, thinking how the little boy who plays him in the movies, Hugh Mitchell (OK, the guy is now 20 and is in a goth band), how eager he'll be to get his DH book to see how his character fares, and there he's dead. He was so cute....It was a bloodbath, just like JKR said it would be, just like in the real world wars, people dying. Pets should have just been given a reprieve, no killing of the pets.......

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 8:17:40 AM PST
I must say Kreacher calling out the house elves in the name of Regulus "defender of house elves" also made me cry silly. And as for realism, we don't need CSI to figure out there were some substantial deaths due to severed femoral arteries and such...what a scene. How they are going to film the various battles...oh the anticipation...

As for the pets, I bet they had sense enough to get out the way of foolish destructive power-mad greedy humans, wizards & Muggles both. Except Nagini, he's not really a pet being a horcrux and I'm glad little Neville chopped him up. Little Neville grew up 7th yr to be Neville Badass!

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 8:25:58 AM PST
I kinda cried a lot over some Harry Potter. PoA makes me cry. OOTP and DH. I have periodic breaks for weeping for the fate of my beloved magical creatures. And age has nothing to do with loving good books. I consider reading one of my careers and pretty much even being a considerable book snob sooner or later my hands end up in all genres. And due to grace, magic or some intense magnetic energy like the past two esp. I've been picking up solid winners across the board... and "the Alchemyst" I'm going to check it out because you swear by it and I trust the reading tastes of the folks in here, but even if it is young adult I'm surprised it got past my supersensory charmed Amazon tags and settings. I have it so trained that it can turn awesome literature better than I can on my own anymore...

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 8:28:31 AM PST
M. Svitak says:
**I must say Kreacher calling out the house elves in the name of Regulus "defender of house elves" also made me cry silly**
Me too!!! That had to be one of my favorite parts of the battle.

For me it was Dobby's death that hit me the hardest. I think because I wasn't expecting it. He was an innocent bystander in many respects, and his devotion to Harry is what made him go back to Malfoy Manor which he was clearly terrified to do. And then he went and died in Harry's arms.... *sob!*

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 8:47:07 AM PST
Dobby was super harsh, so unexpected. Yeah, wept like a girl. I am a girl but still...whatever it's just a saying...that I did do. Y'know?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 9:04:56 AM PST
As I see you've discovered, the Cafe thread is sort of our non- specific discussion place. We just put in the hot tub, so make sure any reading material and/ or electronic devices are Imperviused first. Expect to see lots of references to food, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 9:33:47 AM PST
It took me a minute but I "get" the Cafe now, recipes relaxation, Shout and SOMEBODY will answer! I saw the recipe for butterbeer in one thread, did anyone try it was it yummy? Fizzy warm foamy and sweet? One for the hot tub, and I carry Sneakoscope at all times. One can never be too safe ;-)

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 9:40:41 AM PST
M. Svitak says:
Hey, where's the cafe thread? How come no one's invited me?? *pout* *pout*

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 11:18:38 AM PST
maketime4fun says:
Oh, I forgot about Dobby (bad girl, must go slam hands in the oven door)....I can just image those huge eyes when he looks at Harry for the last time......

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 11:26:12 AM PST
maketime4fun says:
I had to grow a thick skin for people laughing at what I was reading, like fun books from my childhood like The Three Investigators, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Ramona the Pest, Henry Higgins, and of course Harry Potter. But to my defense, nearly all my grown-up friends are HP fans and the few that aren't kind of look left out when we get into a heated discussion about some detail or plot hole of the books. Darned good things libraries are chock-ful of all kinds of books for everyone. "The Alchemyst" is one that totally swept me away and I can whole-heartedly recommend.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 11:36:45 AM PST
M. Svitak says:
Oooh, I remember reading Henry Higgins! Didn't he have a dog Ribsy? And I read the Ramona books too. My 8 year old son is working his was through the Roald Dahl books (I got him the set for xmas), I'm going to re-read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as soon as he's done with it. Alas, he absolutely refuses to read Harry Potter (he's a stubborn boy, much like his mother), so I'm going to have to find a way to trick him into it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 11:56:40 AM PST
maketime4fun says:
Yep, his dog was/is Ribsy. I have no idea what's cool for kids to read now a days so when my cousin needs ideas for his 9 and 6 year old, these are the books I recommended. And I remember being read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 4th grade...we got one chapter aftger recess and I snuck the book away and read a chunk of it before I was discovered. Hee hee. I may even go back to Nancy Drew tho I'm sure I'll be snorting at her chaste and pure ways....
Your son will come around to Harry Potter....8 may be too young...maybe when he's 11 like Harry was....the movies may work to entice him....

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 1:21:09 PM PST
M. Svitak says:
I've let my kids watch the movies, they've seen up to GoF until the maze, the rest is too scary. He just refuses to read any book i suggest. Which is why Santa got him the Dahl collection (plus he had just read James and the Giant Peach in school). I'm sure he'll come around, in the meantime, i'm going to start reading them to the six year old.
I still remember my first Nancy Drew book - Nancy Drew and the Spider Sapphire. I wonder if they've updated them a bit? Does Nancy carry a cell phone?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 2:53:08 PM PST
maketime4fun says:
Yep, that's about as far as children should see the movies. Looks like there's a new up-dated (and horrid) series, Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew....I'd look for the original yellow books at garage sales and antique stores...then Nancy will still be tooling around in her convertible with Ned...
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