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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Ch. 10-13 Tuesday, June 17, 2008

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Chapter 10: Kreacher’s Tale
Harry wakes in the morning and goes exploring around Grimmauld Place. He finds Sirius’ room, decorated with all his Gryffindor stuff and pictures of the Marauders. He also finds a bit of a letter on the floor from Lily to Sirius, saying 1 year-old Harry loved the toy broomstick for his birthday. She also mentions Bathilda Bagshot (in Godric’s Hollow) keeps coming by to tell them stories about Dumbledore that he probably wouldn’t want them hearing. The letter abruptly ends because it was torn. Harry can’t find any other pages of it. Finally Hermione and Ron come yelling for Harry, as they had awoken and found him gone. Harry wants to go to Godric’s Hollow to talk to Bathilda Bagshot about Dumbledore and his parents, but Hermione says he knew Dumbledore and they have to press on. On the way downstairs, Harry spies Regulus’s room and on the door it says “Do Not Enter Without the Express Permission of Regulus Arcturus Black.” The Trio gets to the place we all got last book in realize that RAB from the locket is Regulus. They search his room, but don’t find the locket. The Trio gets to another place we all got in realizing that the locket nobody could open from OOTP is the locket. They go to find Kreacher to ask him about it. (more…)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Ch. 6-9 Monday, June 16, 2008

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Chapter 6: The Ghoul in Pajamas
Mad-Eye’s death leaves the house in a somber mood for days. Harry tells Ron and Hermione he only need stay there for 4 more days (until his birthday and the trace on underage magic is off him) and then they can leave. Ron reminds him they have to stay for Bill and Fleur’s wedding, so it’s actually 5 days. He also warns Harry that Molly has been cornering them to find out what they are leaving to do, so he should be on the look out. Sure enough, she corners him later that day. She finally backs off, but Harry notices suddenly that she has him, Ron and Hermione so busy doing wedding chores that they never have time to discuss their plan. Sneaky, that Molly.

Harry also notices Order members coming and going. Arthur explains that when Dumbledore died, all the Order members became secret-keeper for Grimmauld Place, so Snape could tell Voldemort. Therefore the Burrow is the new headquarters. Mad-Eye also set up a few curses at Grimmauld for Snape. They should keep him out or bind his tongue if he tries to talk about it, but they can’t be 100% sure. Bill also tells Harry that they haven’t been able to locate Mad-Eye’s body. Sad. (more…)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ch. 25-30 Thursday, June 12, 2008

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Chapter 25: The Seer Overheard
Harry and Ginny are dating and everything is sunshine and puppies. Hermione is still on Harry about the dodge HBP, showing him a photo of a girl named Eileen Prince. Harry says he can just tell it’s not a girl and she says that he doesn’t think a girl would be clever enough. Harry is stung, asking how can he have hung around Hermione for 5 years and not think girls are clever? Hermione runs off to investigate further.

Harry gets a note telling him to come to Dumbledore’s office as quick as he can. On the way he bumps into Trelawney, who has been expelled from the Room of Requirement by someone who is already in there. She heard someone celebrating, whooping it up. Harry tells her she should tell Dumbledore. She bristles, saying he won’t listen to her no matter how many times she pulls the lightning-struck tower in her tarot spreads. But Harry convinces her. (more…)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Ch. 20-24 Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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Chapter 20: Lord Voldemort’s Request
Harry and Ron are allowed to leave the hospital wing. On their way to breakfast with Hermione they run into a small girl in the 7th floor corridor and help her pick up the scales she drops. Hermione also informs Harry that Ginny and Dean are fighting, which cheers him. Luna passes by and gives Harry a note about another appointment with Dumbledore.

That night, Harry arrives at Dumbledore’s office to find Trelawney threatening to leave if that “nag” doesn’t stop teaching Divination too. Dumbledore reveals to Harry that she would be in great danger outside Hogwarts because it was she who made the prophecy so many years ago. Dumbledore gets a great little throwaway line in, “Divination is turning out to be much more trouble than I could have foreseen, never having studied the subject myself.” Snerk. That Dumbledore. (more…)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Ch. 16-19 Tuesday, June 10, 2008

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Hello all [shuffles feet nervously].  Haven’t been around much lately.  But last summer we did an awesome Harry Potter series and then I couldn’t finish it because work got to be too much.  This summer, seeing as how I am jobless, that is not a problem.  And I also happen to be rereading the Harry Potter series for the first time since last summer (so I haven’t read Deathly Hallows except for the night it came out.)  It occurred to me the other night that I never did finish these, so I’m going to now.  Here is where we left off.

Chapter 16, A Very Frosty Christmas
The boys are at The Burrow and Harry fills Ron in about Snape and Malfoy while they help make dinner (Hermione is at her house for Christmas break).  Ron is stunned to hear Snape made an Unbreakable Vow, telling Harry that if you break your vow, you die.  Fred and George tried to get him to make one when he was five and Arthur found them and went crazy.  It’s the only time he’s ever been as angry as Molly. (more…)

Harry Potter Book Pillows Don’t have the Kung-Fu Grip Friday, August 3, 2007

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book!

As a child, I was a toy-whore. For the most part it was GI Joes, Transformers, and Legos. I would set up the GI Joe Battle Fortress and all the vehicles like the tank and snowcat on the red carpet in my room and have an epic battle. The carpet being red was a fortunate coincidence because I just pretended that GI Joe kicked the snot out of Cobra Commander and the whole battlefield was covered in blood.

The Plush Harry Potter monster books doesn’t have kung-fu grip like my beloved GI Joes, but that doesn’t mean it’s useless. Ok, well unlike Bob Uecker I find pretty much any plush item useless… but that’s my bias.

Other popular toys that don’t have kung-fu grip.
Barbie and Ken (also lacking anatomical correctness)
Legos
My Little Pony
Transformers
Fire
Power Tools
Easy Bake Oven

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Note: I had some of these toys as a child. Some I did not.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Saturday, July 21, 2007

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I want to be mindful of spoilers because I know people aren’t done with the book, but I finished around 6 am this morning and am leaving for the weekend shortly. However, I’ve thrown a post up at Andrea’s Atrium that is SPOILER-LADEN and for discussion. If you’ve read the ENTIRE BOOK, head on over there.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, ch. 11-15 Tuesday, July 17, 2007

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Hermione’s Helping Hand sees Harry receive his ordered Potions book, but he switches the covers with the old one and keeps the “old one” that looks new, putting the new one that looks old back in the cabinet.  Hermione also reads at breakfast that Stan Shunpike, from the Knight Bus, has been arrested on suspicion of Death Eater activity.  Harry cannot believe it and Hermione says the Ministry must be trying to look like they are at least doing something. (more…)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, ch. 6-10 Monday, July 16, 2007

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Sorry these aren’t going to be very good this week.  Real life keeping me busy as a bee.  So, I’ll do quick summaries and you guys can feel free to discuss stuff.  Spoilers can stay here, I don’t think anybody is reading HBP for the first time anymore.  Friday cannot get here fast enough, guys.

Draco’s Detour sees Harry stay at the Weasleys until it’s time to go to Diagon Alley for school supplies.  When they go, Mr. Weasley tells them how Florean Fortescue at the ice-cream place and Ollivander the wand-maker have both been dragged off, probably by Death Eaters.  They all go to visit the twins’ jokeshop and it is AWESOME.  They’ve come up with some really advanced magic, even Hermione is impressed.  Harry spots Draco Malfoy through the window, hurrying off somewhere and he dons the Cloak with Hermione and Ron to follow Draco. (more…)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Thursday, July 12, 2007

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Here we are gang!  Last book!  As of my writing this sentence, we are 8 days, 2 hours and 16 minutes from the release of Deathly Hallows.  EEEEEE!

The Other Minister begins our final book by taking us to the Prime Minister of England’s office.  One of his portraits tells him that he is going to have a meeting with Cornelius Fudge.  The minister remembers the other visits he has received from Fudge since joining office.  Their first meeting, another one with something to do with a escaped convict named “Serious” and various other meetings over the last couple years.  This time, Fudge appears to tell the minister about how the Brockdale Bridge collapse was no accident, the “hurricane” was actually damage from rampaging giants, and the Bones and Vance murders were committed by Lord Voldemort.  Fudge also tells him that he has been sacked as Minister of Magic and introduces his replacement, Rufus Scrimgeour.  They tell the minister they’ll keep him posted and they vanish. (more…)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, ch. 35-38 Wednesday, July 11, 2007

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Beyond the Veil has the 6 kids surrounded by Death Eaters. When Harry demands to know where Sirius is, they taunt him about not knowing the difference between a vision and reality. Harry realizes that they want the sphere in his hand, the “prophecy,” and he stalls them to give himself time to think. He asks what the prophecy says and why Voldemort wants it so badly and Lucius and Bellatrix taunt him about Dumbledore never telling him that the reason he has his scar was hidden in the Department of Mysteries. The prophecy is why Voldemort tried to kill him as a baby. Harry finally gets them talking about how Voldemort tried to get Sturgis and Bode to steal it, then he yells “NOW!” and all the kids bellow “REDUCTO” at the shelves full of spheres, sending hundreds of them smashing to the floor. They all run for it. (more…)

Harry Potter Midnight Showing Wednesday, July 11, 2007

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Order of the Phoenix was SO GOOD.  SO.  GOOD.  Unbelievable, I loved it and can’t wait to see it again.  Run, do not walk, to see this movie.  The ending was so fantastic that it made up for some of my favorite stuff from the book that they cut.

Also, the final chapters of OotP recap will be up after I get off work…..that I have to be at in 5 hours.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, ch. 30-34 Tuesday, July 10, 2007

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Grawp has the whole school buzzing with tales of the Weasleys escape from Umbridge.  Troublemakers also sprout up everywhere, having been encouraged by the twins’ dramatic exit.  Students everywhere are using the Skiving Snackboxes to leave DADA, claiming they have Umbridge-itis.  Peeves has also taken their advice to heart, wreaking total havoc all over the school.  The professors don’t seem terribly bothered either, as Harry sees McGonagall (in another moment that cracks me up) walk past Peeves, who is loosening a crystal chandelier, and mutters, “It unscrews the other way.”  HEE! (more…)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, ch. 27-29 Monday, July 9, 2007

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The Centaur and the Sneak has the kids go off to their first Divination lesson with Firenze.  Dumbledore has bewitched a classroom to look like the forest and he welcomes everyone inside.  The students can’t believe there are more Centaurs in the forest and Dean Thomas asks if Hagrid bred them, like the Thestrals.  Firenze reminds them that Centaurs are not the servants or playthings of humans.  He then instructs them to lie on their backs and observe the heavens, saying that Trelawney taught them about Astrology is balderdash.  He points out that the stars have predicted two periods of great war with a short period of calm in between. (more…)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, ch. 23-26 Saturday, July 7, 2007

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Christmas on the Closed Ward sees the kids and Molly returning to Grimmauld Place. Harry is convinced he’s the weapon Voldemort didn’t have last time and that he’s dangerous to every one around him. He starts to pack up his stuff when suddenly Phineas, in the picture in his room, tells him Dumbledore has a message for him. “Stay where you are.” That’s it. Harry hides out in his room and Buckbeak’s room all night and the next day, sulking. (more…)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, ch. 18-22 Friday, July 6, 2007

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Dumbledore’s Army kicks off with Hermione convinced that Hedwig’s accident was no such thing.  Umbridge has been reading Harry’s mail; that’s why Filch thought he was ordering dungbombs and wanted to read Harry’s mail a few weeks ago.  Umbridge told him a “tip” so he’d have an excuse to confiscate Harry’s letter. (more…)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, ch. 14-17 Thursday, July 5, 2007

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Percy and Padfoot has Harry waking early on Saturday to write to Sirius. He spends a long time trying to figure out what he can say that is in code and he finally manages to express his dislike for Umbridge, that his scar is hurting and that he’s wondering where Hagrid is. He goes to send the letter and runs into Cho in the Owlery, sending her mom a birthday present. She calls him brave for standing up to Umbridge like he did and says that she believes him. Filch bursts in, saying he was tipped off that Harry was ordering dungbombs from somewhere and that he wants to inspect Harry’s letter but he’s already sent it. (more…)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, ch. 11-13 Tuesday, July 3, 2007

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The Sorting Hat’s New Song sees the kids arrive at the castle, with Harry deciding not to tell his friends about the creepy-ass horse things that only he and Luna can see. Heh. Good idea, Harry. They enter the Great Hall for the feast and scan the head table. No Hagrid and Harry spots the fat bow-wearing witch from his trial, Delores Umbridge. Hermione puts it together that she’s the new DADA teacher.

The sorting begins and the Hat has an interesting song this year, basically telling the school that he sees bad things ahead and wishes he didn’t have to divide them up, as it would be better if they were united. Nearly Headless Nick informs the Trio that the Hat sometimes gives advice, when it thinks the school might be heading for a period of great danger. (more…)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, ch. 6-10 Monday, July 2, 2007

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The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black has the kids heading upstairs after getting some information out of the adults. The boys talk about what kind of a weapon Voldemort could have this time that could be worse than the 3 Unforgivable Curses. The next morning, they are all put to work cleaning Doxies out of the curtains. Doxies are poisonous little fairy-looking creatures and the twins are pocketing them to use the venom in their Skiving Snackboxes, part of their mail order joke shop they’ve got going. (more…)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, ch. 4 & 5 Sunday, July 1, 2007

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Sorry for the delay, folks. Work and playtime got in the way. Here are the rest of Friday’s chapters.

Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place opens with Harry thinking about the information he just memorized and suddenly a house appears between numbers 11 and 13 Grimmauld Place. They all hurry inside and Moody lifts the disillusionment charm off Harry. He surveys the place, noticing the peeling wallpaper and threadbare carpet and cobwebs. Molly Weasley whispers hello to Harry, then says a meeting is about to get started for the Order and he should go upstairs to his room. He asks why they are whispering and she says so as not to wake anybody up. (more…)