Harry Potter; Weasleys’ Dragon Roasted Nuts

If a miniature dragon in a wizarding vending machine was to roast nuts and pop them out to you, this is what the nuts would taste like....more
Now I want butterbeer and I'm all out of butterbeer supplies. - Karenmore

Starting My Harry Potter... Maybe

Today, as the sun was rising on my second day at my new job, I was sitting at the bar's marble countertop drinking a coffee and reading this month's Vogue. The lighting was dim, the atmosphere was serene. Not even the old hardwood floor creaked. I sat indian style, staring out the window, reveling in the sheer stillness of the moment. ...more

Whoops

I seem to have accidentally taken a week off of blogging.  I got a bit burned out after all the posting last week, but there was a bigger issue going on.  Namely, it was a huge week  in my favorite club, the Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup on Ravelry.  The House Cup is a 3-month crafting competition among a few hundred students who are sorted into houses like in the Harry Potter books.  I have been playing since our fall term in 2010....more

In Praise of Gary Oldman

Everyone loves Gary Oldman, right? Whether he is playing a super-villain or ... a super-villain. There are so many great Oldman roles to choose from — from some high-ticket features to little-known gems. There are even a few that are appropriate to watch with the kiddies. Here are some of my favorite Oldman movies.Sid and Nancy (1986) — Oldman played the Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious and made him both a caricature and human at the same time.Nancy, "I hate my fuckin' life."...more
Sign me up for that movie marathon! Siriusly! ;-)more

Boarding the Bandwagon...One Decade Too Late

*sigh*So I finished a book today. Well, actually seven books. I got into this series and couldn't stop or do anything else until I finished....more

Harry Potter And The Quiet Book

For my third installment in my nerdy quiet book series, I decided to step out of the sci-fi universe and take a step towards fantasy. What better fantasy book to start with then Harry Potter. Right?...more
Big Harry Potter fan! I am also making a quiet book, although it won't be as intricate as yours!more

J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy": The Reviews Are In!

J.K. Rowling's first post-Harry Potter book has been placed on bookshelves and downloaded to e-readers across North America. Will the public accept The Casual Vacancy, her first book written for adults, for what it is? Or will they be too focused on what it is not? The reviews are in and well, people are having a hard time leaving Harry Potter behind....more
Even though it shocked "Potterheads" with its foul language, confronting characters, and tragic ...more

How Harry Potter Helped Me Lose Weight

Oh sure, go ahead and laugh. But while you're laughing, please note that in the middle picture below, the one where I'm dressed for a midnight screening of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," I'm wearing Slytherin colors. So you might want to reconsider that whole mocking me thing....more
 @FatCat When the relationship comparison came to me I knew it was the perfect way to really ...more

What Are You Reading?

I'm in the middle of two wonderful series: The Hunger Games (CatchingFire, book 2) by Suzanne Collins and Dean Koontz's Frankenstein (...more

#RowlingReturns! J.K. Rowling Announces New Novel Will Be For Adults

Yes, the day has finally come. J.K. Rowling has announced that she's publishing a new novel. The Blair Partnership website updated earlier today with the news. Details, including the title, will not be released until later in the year but they have confirmed that the novel will be targeted at adults. ...more
Could not get into the Harry Potter books at all, so I'm not sure what to expect from her for ...more