starlady: "They don't play by the rules, why should we?" (dumbledore's army)
First: The Aurors Prompt-Fest is open for signups and prompts!!

Are you fan of cop dramas on TV? Is Mad-Eye Moody one of your favorite Harry Potter characters? Ever wish the series had chucked Quidditch in favor of more Defense Against the Dark Arts?

Then you would like The Aurors, the TV show that, alas, never existed. Except here, in fanfic form! This is a prompt meme inspired by that fan "trailer," for readers and writers who would love to see a grittier, more adult Harry Potter, focused on the men and women (and possibly some non-humans, too) who defend both the wizarding and Muggle worlds against evil magic.

Signups are open now; close on December 8th at 8 p.m. EST; stories are due by the same time on January 8th, and will be opened for reading on the 9th. They'll be anonymous to begin with; author reveal will follow a week later.

[livejournal.com profile] swan_tower and I are your hosts. Please leave prompts if you have them, sign up if you see any that tickle your fancy, and spread the word!
starlady: "They don't play by the rules, why should we?" (dumbledore's army)
So The Aurors was not accepted as a Yuletide fandom this year, which makes me and a few other people I know rather sad.

Would anyone be interested in putting together an Aurors fic fest or mini-exchange?
 Comment to this post if you're interested, no commitment implied! And please feel free to link!
starlady: (always)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Dir. David Yates, 2011.

It's the end of an era. I was thirteen when the first book came out in the States in 1998. (Yeah, I have a signed American first edition. On the back it has a great blurb from some British newspaper The Guardian about how Harry Potter "might become as famous as Charlie, of chocolate factory fame." BWHAHA OR MAYBE HE'S RIGHT UP THERE WITH JESUS NOW…particularly considering that he was Jesus? Yeah.)

No spoilers: on many levels I loved it and thought it was awesome. Just as I expected, I sobbed like a child in the resurrection stone scene, just like I did the first (and thus far only) time I read the book. It's…well, partly because of my mother, who was one of the biggest Harry Potter fans I knew, that scene has a lot of meaning for me. Other people find it corny, but I find it absolutely, painfully, humanly true. So there was that.

I've been reading everyone's reaction posts that I can find, so I think a lot of things I have to say will be familiar for that reason, but…yeah, where to start?

Let's finish this the way we started: together )


So, yeah. Harry Potter! It's not that there's not a ton of things to be said and criticisms to be made, because there totally are, but there was so much awesome and so much to love here, and I do. ♥ Between JKR and fandom, it's been an amazing journey.

And here, have two vids that are awesome and brilliantly summations of that.

starlady: Gryffinclaw motto: I've got plenty of common sense, I just choose to ignore it! (story of my life!)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I. Dir. David Yates, 2010.

As has become tradition, I went to see this with my dad and my sister on Christmas Eve. What a happy holiday movie! Or NOT.

I liked the movie, bleak though it was; I've enjoyed the later movies for the way they imbricate Harry and his friends in the Muggle world as thoroughly as they do in the magical, and the way the movies overlay those two worlds on each other much more closely than the books can or do. This movie isn't immune to the essential plotting problems that make the first half of the seventh book such a slog, but it does manage to move things along slightly quicker, which is good, because there's horrible things to see and favorite characters to be killed off, damn it! (As time goes on I get less reconciled to many of JKR's decisions in these last three books, I have to admit.)

I sort of found myself annoyed that, because of time constraints in earlier movies, a lot of characters whom we already know from way back had to be introduced for the first time at the beginning of this movie, but I was glad to see them, and I thought this movie did really well at conveying a strong emotional tone, strong enough to carry us across the six month gap until the next and final film. It ends at basically the lowest point possible, which is a good spot, because at least there's nowhere to go but up.

And, yeah, Harry and Ron wouldn't last two days without Hermione: Ron's always right when he's being sarcastic. Whoever called this movie Hermione Granger and the Two Boys She Saves Repeatedly was totally right. 
starlady: Darth Vader reading Deathly Hallows (join the dark side)
This makes me so happy:



Via [personal profile] sasha_feather, I also really enjoyed [livejournal.com profile] beccatoria's NaViMaMo vidlets. I particularly liked the ones for The Dark Knight and for the Star Wars saga, though I also thought the BSG/"Cold War" vidlet was interesting. I continue to have strong reservations about vids to Janelle Monáe's music, but I think this vid deals with concerns that are similar enough that it's not blatantly appropriative but rather creates an interesting commentary on both source and song--though the song is still far ahead of the source, I think, in terms of complexity. Though I haven't finished BSG yet; maybe when I do I will change my mind. Anyway.
starlady: (adventure)
Happy Birthday to Harry Potter!

My mother loved Harry Potter. In fact, it's perhaps the one book (or rather, series of books) that my entire family read, enjoyed, and discussed together--and then we saw the movies and discussed some more.  So thank you, J.K. Rowling, for giving us those experiences. And here's to Harry, the Boy Who Lived!
starlady: (always)
My dad and I went to see "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" last night--as far as we could work out, it was the exact same theatre in which we saw "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" lo these many years ago, which seemed fitting on multiple levels. "HBP" has to be the best Potter movie since "Prisoner of Azkaban" and is one of the two best movies overall, hands down.

Actually sir, after all these years I just sort of go with it. )

All that being said, though, I'd still totally rather have an eighth Potter book than a Potter encyclopedia. Are you listening, JKR?
starlady: (siriusly)
My Harry Potter Spoiler of Doom is:
Harry is turned into a house plant by Gilderoy Lockhart after signing a massive advertising contract with McDonalds.
Get your Harry Potter Spoiler of Doom


In other news, I saw HP5 again today with Mel, and I was thinking that the answer to Voldemort's telling Harry that "you will lose everything" is Luna saying, "Things we lose tend to come back to us eventually, though not in the way we expect them to." And I've generally found that to be true.
starlady: (Blaze)
I saw Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix yesterday with Spike and I really liked it. I thought it was a great movie, and I thought what it managed to hack out of that long 5th book is actually probably the most relevant plot-threads vis-a-vis the 7th book. Ah, fascism, the perennial vice of the British. The only place the filmmakers may have shot themselves in the foot, I think, is not showing all of the scene from "Snape's Worst Memory," but I suppose they could fix that later. Although it's a good thing they took JKR's advice and kept Kreacher. But yeah, a really good movie, really fast-paced, I liked it. And the way they played up Sirius' role was good. Although Gary Oldman seemed way saner and more mature than Sirius does in the book, I think, and I picture Tonks way prettier and less buxom. Many hearts to Michael Gambon for his portrayal of Dumbledore, although he's not the way I picture him from the book, and personally I wouldn't have minded more of that scene with Harry in his office at the end.

In other news, I'm going to Boston tomorrow. Wish me luck with that. And in other news, I made a Code Geass video. And in still other news, more than a year later, the scanlation group I work with has finally released something I translated: Yu no Hana Tsubame chapter 1. Personally it made my skin crawl, but the head of the group tells me it's supposed to be hilarious. So if you are interested, head over to Be With You Scan's homepage.
starlady: (siriusly)
The sun has risen over New Jersey and I finished the seventh and final volume, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, about ten minutes ago. I disagree with Michiko Kakutani about "clunky chunks of exposition," I thought this book slithered along with a fleetness and an inevitability probably not matched since Goblet of Fire, which is now dueling in my heart for the position of "my favorite of the lot" with this final entry of the saga.

Without revealing too much, I will say that all the little odd details that seemed telling and memorable throughout the first six volumes came home to roost in this seventh, although a disproportionate number seemed to be from Sorcerer's Stone, which seems only fitting. At several points I was laughing outloud at how bits of memorable verbiage from that first book were made real in this last. In the beginning was the word, indeed. I am pleased with the high number of guesses and wagers I had made with myself that turned out to be true, although on at least one I was completely wrong. And on at least one important question, everyone was right, and everyone was wrong.

I don't think I've ever read a book that has made me sob like this one did. Just--sob. I have wept at books, yes, but I have never sobbed like I did for this one: Sob at the thought of these characters' fates and of how they met them, and also because it is over and I have loved every minute of being a Harry Potter fan since I first bought that first book nine years ago because from the first words it was impossible not to love these characters, even the most broken and damaged among them. But then, the ones who love us never leave us, and nor do the ones we love. All is well.

P.S. After years of JKR saying she would never write about the Potterverse again, recently she's changed her tune and said, "Well, maybe," and in my opinion the pessimistic could take the end of this volume as leaving the door so wide open Hagrid could walk through it without bending. We'll see. I'm not sure what I think. Maybe I think what I thought after finishing Sorcerer's Stone: "Good ending. She could totally write another if she wanted to."
starlady: Raven on a MacBook (Default)
“Well, after seven--no, nine--years, I finally hold in my hands the final installment of Harry Potter, and I'm very sad, and I can't even bear to read the entire table of contents. Which is unusual, 'cause usually I read the whole table of contents, which is how I figured out that Dumbledore died in the sixth book. And, yeah. I don't know. It's quite the scene in the bookstore; people in ball gowns and costumes. There was this one Druid guy with a skull and a stick and then he put like a paper crown on the skull? It was weird. And it's 1:22 now, so--yeah, if I'd been smart I would have gone here at 2 in the afternoon when I saw the people queueing outside Barnes & Noble. The cops are here too actually; I guess they're keeping public order. But, yeah, I don't know. Wow. I feel a strange reluctance to read, actually. But--oh god, my back cover is bent. That's kind of sad. Whatever. Anyway. It's mine, it is mine. Yeah, okay. Off to the 24-hour Starbucks with the units 'cause apparently we're going to read through the night, or at least I am. And we're having Three Buck Chuck at home. So, yeah. I don't know. Potterdammerung, someone called it, and it makes me sad. Sad, but also excited, because I want to find out what happens. But whatever. Yeah. Okay. Off to read Potter. Bye.”
starlady: (adventure)
“1:00 in the morning on the East Coast & I've been waiting for Harry Potter since 7:30. They've just called my wrist band color. But I hear that Barnes & Noble is total chaos, whereas we actually have an orderly line, so hopefully I'll have my book soon. Apparently, it's only 1/2 an hour from where I'm now standing. I wasn't going to post until I got this but whatever. So, anyway next post will be when I have the book in hand, later.”

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