Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Harry Potter Prequel!

So Rowling has written an 800 word prequel to HP to auction off for charity.   By hand.   Now perhaps if I were the best mom in the world I would get that for Julia for her birthday but since I've been out of work since before the strike I think buying the mass produced published version when it comes out might be better.

I think I'm going to have to have Julia try to write one of these - 
- just for the possibility of being part of the whole thing.  Wouldn't that be cool

Monday, May 26, 2008

a very harry potter birthday

So the birthday fast approaches (June 4) and yesterday we pulled out all the stops and threw Julia's birthday party - very appropriately a Harry Potter Dark Art Party - because she loves HP and she loves art. Pals were asked to wear magical clothes and they started off at this amazing place in west la - Creative Space - where there was tatooing and nail painting and wandmaking and potion making and wizarding class and a seemingly accident waiting to happen obstacle course that I was sure someone would break their neck during so I was glad we ruled out little kids and Quidditch (which turned more into dodgeball with those floatie noodle things between their legs) and the very Muggle snack of juice boxes and pizza - and, of course, CAKE!

I got a "best mommy in the world" when we picked up the cake (thank you Ralphs) - wish I'd had the time and energy to be Martha and make it myself but this made her happier than any I could come up with I'm sure. I can just picture now the gloppy purple dyed icing falling over wizard hat cake that would have come out of my kitchen - all vomity and unappetizing.

The "best kid in the world" part - Julia asked her friends to bring a new book instead of a present for her and she's donating all of them to Operation Schoolbell tomorrow after school. At one point I thought she was going to ask everyone to bring a Harry Potter book to donate but she let them pick their own - funny thing, not one person brought a Harry Potter book to donate (from Fancy Nancy to Chronicles of Narnia and a wide range in between!).

Monday, May 5, 2008


We're closing in on the end of The Order of the Phoenix. And this morning - before school - I read to Julia the last two pages of the chapter where Sirius dies. It's an interesting death in that it's not bloody or violent, there's no body to recover, no corpse to weep over. He disappears behind the veil and he is gone.

And I'm wondering why Rowling chose that route. Did she think Cedric's death was enough, having that body to weep over? Was having Sirius merely fall behind the curtain a hint he could return, (even if having read book 7 we know he doesn't). Did she contemplate that? Magical deaths appear to be much cleaner than gunshots and plane crashes and knife fights - is this a somewhat sanitized version for kids as we move into the harsher books 6 and 7?

As for Julia - she knew it was coming because her friend W has filled her in on some plot points but she's trying to figure it out...coming to me tonight to find out when Dumbledore dies (yeah, he spilled that too). And she's lying in bed right now, sounding out words in one of her more age-appropriate books. Soon she'll be reading HP to herself and I'll be obsolete. And sad.

Harry Potter falls off the best seller list?!

Say it isn't so!

Must be Voldemort's doing.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

and crafty too?

OK - Julia does want me to teach her how to knit, but I am not that accomplished. I am able to surf the net at all hours of the night but knit, not so much. I did rug-hook as a kid but I pretty much think that's a lost art (or at least I've lost it).

But spotting this book - oh, it may be incentive for us both to learn. If I were Mrs. Weasley I could charm some knitting needles and pump out some sweaters. Julia does want a Weasley sweater with a big J on it (or is it a big G since she believe's she Ginny, it's so hard to figure out).