Q: Keeping with the Spirit of Giving this season, what book do you think EVERYONE should read and if you could, you would buy it for all of your family and friends?
I would definitely give out a copy of Anna and the French Kiss to all of my friends. I guess to keep up with the Christmas season, I’d also have to give out some of my favorite holiday reads like, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares! I would also buy copies of the Harry Potter series for those who have not yet read them and the Outlander series for those friends that can handle it.
Also, I’d probably give out copies of recent favorites such as Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Ilsa Bick’s Ashes, and David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy.
Books are the perfect gifts!
Let’s just stick to Harry Potter films as a whole when tackling this question. Hands down, I feel like the last two films were the best adaptation of the book. Arguably, it is better just solely on the point that the filmmakers had a lot more time to work with. They didn’t have to cram a 800-page book into two and a half hours. They got about double that. But if you look past the time constraint, the movie-making of the last two novels were just better. The cinematography was beautiful. It’s evident if you watch the movies one after the other.
On the other hand, the worst adaptation had to be the sixth, Half-Blood Prince. All the excess romance was just silly and it really made me want to pull my hair out. I unfortunately found it extremely cheesey and I feel like the director put the emphasis on the wrong themes. I would have loved to see a more effective use of flashback – especially because it was incredibly important to the book. Less kissing, more dark themes next time.
After seeing the last Harry Potter movie last night (yes, it involved many tissues), my best friends and I wondered: How are we supposed to move on with our lives Post-Potter? The books have been all written, the movies have all been made. What’s next? What can fill the gaping hole?
Muggle-Born’s Advice for Coping with Post-Potter Stress Disorder
1. Read lots of fan fiction. Fan fiction is a great way to immerse yourself back in the Potter world. There are hundreds of thousands of fan fiction out there waiting to be read. I admit most is utter crap, but if you know how to find them, there are some gems worth the attention. Browsing through some livejournal communities for recommendations are a great place to start. Other archives such as the Harry Potter Fan Fiction archive has a list of recommended fics.
If you know me well enough, you’d know I’m a die-hard shipper of Draco/Hermione. The ship has a really strong fan base – enough for them to hold yearly (or is it even bi-yearly) awards highlighting the best fan fiction and fan art out on the Internet. If you’re interested in Draco/Hermione, feel free to ask me for recommendations. Hawthorn & Vine is also a fantastic archive for Draco/Hermione fan fiction only.
2. Reread the series and watch the movies all over again. Marathons are fun. Reliving the magic once more can never get old.
3. Go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I actually haven’t been there yet, but trust me, I will get myself there soon.
4. Play some quidditch! Or watch. After seeing last year’s Quidditch World Cup, I vowed that I’d go again this year. It turned out to be a lot of fun, and it felt great to be surrounded by other Potter fans. Because they will understand exactly what you’re going through.
5. Try a new recipe. At home, we love to experiment with food and try Harry Potter inspired recipes. I don’t have the recipes off-hand but there are lots of great recipes for butterbeer online (alcoholic and non-alcoholic alike) as well as these awesome Cauldron Cake recipe that my brother tried out. (I will try and ask him to find the recipe! It was to die for.) For my 18th birthday, my brother even went out and made me a snitch shaped birthday cake! The possibilities are endless.
6. Play videogames. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and buy LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 before Years 5-7 come out in December. It really is a lot of fun and it takes you through Harry’s journey.
7. Go camping. My family and I are going camping this weekend at a place where they have old-fashioned tents. It reminds me of Harry Potter. I’m going to pretend I’m on the search for Horcruxes this weekend. If you don’t see me much this weekend, you’ll know why.
How are you coping with Post-Potter Stress Disorder?
I’m so happy to be able to introduce this exciting news to you all! …
Larry King Special – Harry Potter: The Final Chapter
Who: The Harry Potter Cast – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter and Robbie Coltrane
What: An interview with the cast and also never-before-seen footage from the previous films and clips from Deathly Hallows: Part II & more!!!
When: July 10th 2011 at 11 PM ET
Why: I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. The end of the movie franchise is very very near (which is also very very sad). You don’t want to miss this!
Need more to convince you? Well, here’s some eye candy!
Larry King and Daniel Radcliffe
Thank you so much to Akua from IcedMedia for sharing this news with me. I can’t wait!