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Harry Potter

Happy Birthday Lily Potter … Jan 30 1960

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James Potter, born 27 March 1960, died 21 October 1981
Lily Potter, born 30 January 1960, died 31 October 1981

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Happy Birthday Lily !!!


A very Potter Birthday July 31

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Happy Birthday Harry …

Happy Birthday to me …

July 31 …


Lily and James Potter …

James Potter, born 27 March 1960, died 31 October 1981

Lily Potter, born 30 January 1960, died 31 October 1981

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

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Happiest of birthdays to Hermione Granger!

Today is Hermione’s Birthday. Happy Birthday. I always wondered when her birthday was. It was never mentioned in any of the books, that I remember.

Ron is March 1st
Harry is July 31st – My birthday as well.

Just some Harry Potter trivia for you.

Toodles …


July 31 in the Harry Potter World … Happy Birthday Harry Potter

July 31st In the World of Harry Potter …

Harry Would Be 32 today. And as it is my birthday as well, there will be festive cake and fun later on tomorrow evening.


Happy Birthday Ron Weasley !!!

Today is March 1st. It’s Ron’s Birthday. Let us celebrate … I forget where it is mentioned, his birthday, I was going to go look it up for a quote but that would take too long to go thumbing through the books, although I have it high-lit …

Happy Birthday Ron !!!

I found the reference : Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince pg. 365

‘ Happy Birthday, Ron,’ said Harry, when they were woken on the first of March by Seamus and Dean leaving noisily for breakfast. ‘Have a present.’

 


Happy Birthday Harry …

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

It’s my birthday today. And it’s Harry’s birthday as well.

My new high dunks are on their way here in the mail.

It was a good day. I got the next installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 1 for my birthday from hubby, so we will be watching that this evening while chowing down on KFC !!!

Loves me some KFC.

I got out to Sunday Nighter’s tonight for a meeting. Since it is the last Sunday of the month, we were reading from the 12 and 12 and since it is the seventh month, we read the Seventh Tradition.

“Every AA group ought to be fully self supporting declining outside contributions.”

The room was full and the discussion went the entire period. I didn’t stay for the second speaker meeting as we are going to start the party here shortly, that is after Big Brother is over with.

That’s all for right now.

More to come, stay tuned …


The Neville Connection …

Courtesy: Matthew Lewis Fans

Otherwise known as Neville Longbottom

And as soon as I hit publish and got up from my chair I saw lightening flash in the sky and the rain began to fall…

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If you are a Harry Potter head like me, you have read all the books and now, probably seen all the movies and then some.

Over the last few months I have read and re-read book seven enough that I had to re-glue the book back together because my copy is all bent backwards and forwards.

I decided to go back and re-read the other books going backwards. So first was Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, The Order of the Phoenix and lastly, The Goblet of Fire.

There is a distinct change in writing styles from Goblet into the Order and on into the Half Blood Prince and the Deathly Hallows. Harry as a young teenager in the Goblet is written in such a way that they are still explaining things to him through the story and introducing new characters who will play greater roles in Harry’s life later on in the successive books.

Long Long ago if you followed along on the websites and J.K.’s notes about the characters, The Prophecy spoke about a boy born at the end of July who would battle the Dark Lord and have powers that he had not.

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As Snape was apprehended before the full prophecy could be made, only part of the prophecy was reported to Voldemort. Oddly enough, the prophecy could have referred to one of two people born at the end of July, later known to be Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom. Though the prophecy could have referred to either Potter, a half-blood, or Longbottom, a pure blood, Voldemort decided that it was the child of James and Lily Potter to whom the prophecy was referring. Shocked by Voldemort’s decision, Snape hastened to Dumbledore and explained that Voldemort had come to the conclusion that the Potters’ child was his would-be vanquisher, and had vowed to kill him. Snape also confessed his longtime love for Harry’s mother, Lily, and offered Dumbledore his loyalty in exchange for her protection.

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You would know that Neville is the other boy that could have taken his spot in the story instead of Harry, had Voldemort gone after him rather than Harry. And it comes to pass that Neville’s parents are tortured by the Lestrange’s using the cruciatus curse and driven mad in the process and that they live at St. Mungos hospital for magical maladies.

The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches … born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies … and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not … and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives … the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies …
—Prophecy made to Albus Dumbledore by Sybill Trelawney

It was in the Goblet that Harry learns about Neville’s parents, but not yet who their torturers were. Dumbledore tells Harry not to tell anyone, that it would be Neville’s right to tell who he needs to tell. And Harry carries this memory forwards in the story.

In The Order of the Phoenix, Harry has his vision of Mr. Weasley getting attacked by the snake and ends up in St. Mungo’s over the holidays. And on one occasion Harry, Hermione and Ron are visiting Ron’s father and they happen across the long term living floor where Gilderoy Lockheart is living, and they also happen across a young Neville visiting his parents on the ward on Christmas. It is then that we see just how terrible Neville’s suffering is having his parents alive but unable to recognize him while he is there with his grandmother.

Harry is faced with a truth that while his parents were killed by Voldemort trying to save him, Neville’s parents still live, although insane from torture. Harry learns just how much several of his friends have been impacted by Voldemort’s cruelty and evil.

Harry then shares the secret with Hermione and Ron about Neville’s parents. It is part of the story that Dumbledore tells Harry continuously that he should share what he has learned with them as the story progresses.They are always kept in Harry confidences.

There are other secrets that come to light throughout the earlier books that are finally explained in the seventh and final book. In The Half Blood Prince, Harry and Dumbledore visit the gaunt shack several times throughout Tom’s life to see several memories that have been collected.

BUT

If you read The Goblet of Fire now, after reading all the other books and you go back, the story opens with Voldemort finding himself in the old manor house where he kills his father and grandparents and also the old caretaker of the manor house who happens upon Voldemort and Wormtail. That is one piece of the story that is introduced well early of its placement later on in the time line.

This is one memory that stands alone and is never really rectified where Tom was never totally connected to the deaths of his father and grandparents, but Dumbledore suspects that it was a magical death. And here in Book four, the Goblet, the story plays out for us on the pages, directly from the memory played out in the Half Blood Prince.

At the end of the Goblet where the Dark Lord rises, you learn who the Death Eaters are that return to him after his resurrection and those death eaters later play a crucial role in the Deathly Hallows. Harry is able to name them to Dumbledore back in his office after returning from Little Hangelton.

The graveyard of Little Hangleton is where Voldemort’s father and granparents are buried near the manor house of the same name exist in the Goblet and are mentioned in the Half Blood Prince when Dumbledore introduces this memory of the killing of Tom’s father and his parents.

You get introduced to many characters who take on greater roles in the story later on in the Goblet of Fire. Harry begins to run across Horcruxes in the Order of the Phoenix, with the help of Hermione and Mrs. Weasley and the cleaning of Number 12 Grimmauld Place. J.K. has woven all these little tidbits of secrets and mysteries within the stories as they flesh out into the Deathly Hallows.

In the Half Blood Prince, Harry gets his first taste at fighting and finding Horcruxes with Dumbledore and learns all those secrets that have been hinted at or firstly introduced in the earlier books. It must have been a long process trying to figure out how she would introduce each layer of the story with whom and by whom. Each Character she introduces in earlier stories grow into crucial characters who all play a role in Harry’s success in the final installment.

It is in the final book where Neville gets brought into the final three Horcrux secret where Harry tells him about killing Nagini when Harry is off to the forest. And in the end the boy who almost was the boy targeted by Voldemort, Neville gets to kill one of Voldem0rt’s horcruxes. The silent/other participant in the prophecy gets his moment in the light.

In the Goblet of Fire, when Wormtail takes blood from Harry to restore Voldemort’s body, when he takes the blood, he inadvertently creates another Horcrux that must be destroyed later on. Harry becomes a horcrux himself because some of the charm his mother gave him now resides in Voldemort. And while a part of Lily exists inside Voldemort, he cannot be killed. Which is why, in the Deathly Hallows, when Voldemort attempts to kill Harry in the forest, he then kills the final horcrux himself. And Dumbledore sheds light on all those things that happened throughout all the books to Harry. All those little unexplained pieces of information get explained by Dumbledore through his study of all things Voldemort. Harry was the seventh Horcrux. The one that was made inadvertently in the Goblet.

What other tidbits of information do you have from your reading of the Harry Potter stories??? Share then with us…


Not my daughter, you BITCH !!!

 

It’s all over. All the movies, all the books…

I’d stick with the book (s), myself.

I guess you can’t get it all right. Putting things in where there were no things to begin with, Leaving things out where there should have been things. Putting words into people’s mouths. Certain things said by certain people were changed and words came out of mouths when there shouldn’t have been.

Ollivander never knew about the Deathly Hallows …

The book was very succinct. Things happened for a reason in certain order with certain people at certain times.

Leaving out crucial aspects of the book  to make it to the film really did in some of what we saw on screen. But oh well, you win some, you loose some.

It was all very magical. In the end, the book tells the real story.

But yes you should see it.

The last few pages of the book were classic.

19 years later …

I am sure that there are still a few books to be written.


Pottermore …

Courtesy: Ieatcha

It rained today. It is still a little gray out.

I had one thing to do today and that was to hit my shift at the intergroup office this afternoon. It was a very quiet day, call wise. When the phone did ring, all the lines lit up at the same time across the board. All around the dinner hour, people feverishly looking for a meeting.

It was a good day nonetheless.

The other exciting news today was this:

With a sense of anticlimax for the day was the opening of this site: Pottermore.com

A supposed interactive site for the next generation of Potter maniacs. I signed up with my email address and the site opens on 31 July. Funny that, it is Harry’s Birthday, AND MINE AS WELL …

Not to mention that I also sorted into Gryffindor when it all started.

That’s about all for today.

Maybe more later.

Stay tuned …


Sunday Sundries …

Courtesy: Venomous-viper

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood today. The sun shone and the breeze was light, perfect weather for getting out and about. And so that’s what we did…

I finished reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince last night before bed, this was the second time in as many weeks that I reread the book. Now I can reread book seven before the next episode of Part seven comes to theaters in the coming weeks. The final movie clip for the next film looks really good. I hope that they take more time in this episode to cover more and not be a disappointment like the first film was.

I walked out to Sunday Nighter’s this evening. There were a lot of people at the meeting. We are reading from a new book “Experience, Strength and Hope” stories from the first, second and third editions of the Big Book. It was a good meeting.

An excerpt from The Seven Month Slip…

“After a year of learning new ways of living, new attitudes and desires, I became self confident and then careless. I suppose that you would say I got to feeling too sure of myself and Zowie …”

The story goes on the tell how the writer ended back out after some time in the program. This short passage brought to mind what happened to me the first time I got sober. After four years of sobriety, I was just going through the motions, going to meetings, hanging with my friends and living life as it went along.

But at some point during that fourth year, I started feeling lonely for something that I felt was missing in my life, the problem was, I did not talk about this to anyone. I didn’t have a sponsor, and I was flying by the seat of my pants. I did not tell any of my friends either. I took my will back and planned my slip out the door. Which was exactly what happened. And when it was all over with 18 months later, I had lost everything that I owned and had to regroup with only what I could carry after being extricated from that situation with what little dignity and life I had left.

There were sure things that I had not learned the first time around. I should have opened my mouth at some point and admitted that I was going to make a huge BAD decision. Had I done that, I probably would not have done what I did. But things happen for a reason. I had to walk that part of my journey.

I’ve learned that lesson now, about my will and how dicey it would be to take my will back and try it on my own. Things are much different today. I share with people, when I get squirrley I talk about it. I never make decisions without passing those thoughts by people who know me.

The discussion went the whole period. I was going to come home right after the first meeting, but thought better because a young man I know from another meeting was speaking at the second meeting, and I wanted to hear what he had to say. I see him on Friday nights at The Gates of Hell on the East side.

Several people stayed on to hear him speak. And it was a great meeting. The young people in AA here in Montreal are working on a Bid committee to go to San Francisco September 2-5th 2011 for the 53rd ICYPAA convention of young people. They will be presenting a bid to bring the convention here to Montreal next. It is a big project and they have been campaigning for people to get involved here in the city. It is a huge community bringing together both the English and French sides together for this event. And The Gates of Hell is where it all starts.

We’ll see how they get along. I switch my Friday nights up, going to NDG for Friday West End speaker meeting, or I go to St. Laurent and the Gates on other Friday nights. I have been hitting more NDG meetings because my French is not up to par sitting in a bilingual meeting. I need more practice listening and understanding French.

After the second meeting I waited for Bill, one of my friends who lives a couple blocks over from our building, we walk home from meetings together. A good time was had by all.

That’s all for now.

More to come, stay tuned …


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Review/Spoiler) Be warned …

After a long wait, and multiple reads through the book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows made its debut today in Montreal, like everywhere else in the world.

I have read the book numerous times to count. And I have to say, to begin with that I was terribly disappointed in the film. Harry seemed antagonistic. Ron and Hermione were really good.

The film opened with several scenes but the continuity of the story was off. The film is a series of vignettes that come and go so quickly. The opening scene with Hermione obliviating her parents memories was discussed in the book and comes later in the story than in the opening salvo in the book, where she explains what she did to them to protect them.

Snape appears at Malfoy Manor where Voldemort is awaiting him as they discuss what is to take place with Harry’s moving and Charity Babbage and Nagini.

Fade to Black …

The Dursley’s on the one hand – in the book are escorted out of the story by Dedalus Diggle and Hestia Jones after a long conversation with Harry. In the film, Vernon and family are packing up the car and trailer with all their things and drive off into the sunset. No mention of magical help otherwise. No other wizards are in this scene they are conspicuously left out.

The Seven Potters chapter was done with some continuity. The conversation from the book is left on the cutting room floor for a more proactive Mad Eye Moody and Hermione, and Harry just relents. They could have pushed this scene a little further. But they bring everyone directly to the Burrow instead of all points from the book. I thought they could have done more with this section of the film.

You can’t put everything from the book in a two hour block of time so that is why the continuity was lacking.

George gets his scene with the “Holey geddit Fred” conversation from the book. But they mangled this part of the film it just does not flow correctly, too many misses and what they COULD have done, they chose not to do.

Harry attempts to flee the Burrow and Ron wakes up and follows him outside and they have a conversation about staying and the fact that they wouldn’t last 2 days without Hermione. Harry goes back.

No mention of Harry’s birthday at the burrow. No party, no gifts, but we do get the minister of magic coming to give them Albus’s gifts from the will. Once again, this scene from the book could have been played out in its entirety, but wasn’t. There are no words between Harry and the minister.

We jump right into the wedding scene where Harry walks up and sits down with Elphias Dodge and Auntie Muriel, she actually gets a whole scene.

“They are coming…” made it into the film, then the three of them disapparate into London Proper. There is no mention or view/use of the invisibility cloak. Harry does not take polyjuice potion to disguise at the wedding. They do change in an alleyway from formal clothing to street clothing from Hermione’s beaded bag.

The mention of Harry’s birthday comes while they are wandering around town, trying to find a place to hide, which eventually the scene changes to Grimmauld place.

Then we move into the diner scene with them ordering coffee and get caught by death eaters and the first wand fight commences. Hermione does all the complicated spells throughout the movie, I thought she did a really great job with her part.

There is no conversation about Grimmauld place they just go there directly assuming that was the logical next stopping point. Mrs. Black is absently silent at the house. The whole hunt through Sirius’s bedroom and the finding of R.A.B. on the next door does not happen, but words are put into Ron’s mouth. When it is Harry and Hermione who realize that R.A.B. is the brother. The whole time they spend at Grimmauld place runs about 15 minutes in the film.

No Lily Letter – No scene with Hermione and Harry … They just butchered this section for a few minutes of film.

The whole running down the stairs and calling of Kreacher does not happen. We find in the film that the three of them are sitting in the kitchen when they open a cupboard door and find Kreacher there. Harry is antagonistic when he quizzes Kreacher about the missing locket, he hangs the fake locket in front of Kreacher trying to force a response from him. There is no discussion with Kreacher, no tears, no long story about R.A.B. Regulus.

Kreacher makes his short response about Mundungus Fletcher and then Harry tells Kreacher to “Find Him.” A quick fade across the land and Kreacher pops back into the kitchen with Mundungus and Dobby the elf …

Dobby appears once in the book … well later on in the story. In the dungeon of Malfoy Manner. That’s later on.

So Kreacher and Dobby are fighting with Mundungus Fletcher in the kitchen and Dobby has an entire conversation with Harry about he finding Kreacher in Diagon alley and overheard the words Harry Potter and so he just had to come and help.

Where did that story line come from???

There is no planning of the break in to the Ministry of Magic. No Kreacher with the bouncing locket on his chest. But Mundungus begins telling Harry about Delores Umbridge when in the kitchen, so handily there is a Daily Prophet with her photo on it.

Then we move right into the hunt for the locket at the ministry. The polyjuice in and this whole sequence of events are odd. The whole way that Harry finds the locket (around Delores Umbridge’s Neck) while she is in court with Mrs. Cattermole. Interrogating her about her blood status.

Harry steals back Moody’s eye off the door and they stun Deloris the get the locket from her and end up back in the Floo Network back to Grimmauld Place, where Yaxley grabs ahold of Hermione and they end up in the forest where Ron gets splinched.

Hermione is nervous over Ron’s body and she plays the scene right out of the book, right down to the dialogue with Harry. They speed through the Locket is a hot potato and there is no mention of the runaways goblins in the forest eating salmon where Ron becomes enflamed with Harry leading to them splitting up as rain fell on the tent.

The “You’re parents are Dead” line is delivered by Ron and Harry and Ron go at it, there is no shield charm and Hermione gets Ron to take off the locket and follows him out of the tent where the snap is heard outside the tent and Ron Disapparated.

The interaction between Hermione and Harry after Ron’s departure is funny. There is an entire dance sequence between the two actors that was stuck at this point in the film.Listening to pop tunes on a radio. Hello … is anybody paying attention to continuity???

There is discussion about Godric’s Hollow and the pair disapparate there in the snow. No disguises, no polyjuice potion… The totally ripped apart the visit. No war memorial, Hermione finds Ignotus’s grave with the hallow sign on it. Then the camera pans and Harry is standing in front of his parents grave, where Hermione walks up on him and produces the Christmas roses. In the book, Hermione is trudging through the graveyard and the whole Kendra and Ariana conversation happens. There is no mention of them nor do  you see their graves in the film. They just hopped skipped and jumped through this chapter in the book.

The portion of the story with Bathilda happens, with the photo and the fact that Bathilda lures Harry up stairs where the snake comes out of her body to keep Harry there. It was a dark scary scene in the movie.

Harry is seen standing outside the tent in the snow. Hermione is off on her own sitting by a tree reading a book, sitting on a blanket hiding the pieces of Harry’s broken wand. The whole dialogue between Hermione and Harry after the snake, the conversation where she says Ron’s name early on Christmas Day doesn’t happen.

But it is mentioned later on.

Continuity … Hermione is supposed to be sponging Harry’s brow as he wakes up from his whole “being in Voldemorts head” from the book doesn’t happen. Harry walks up to Hermione and asks her where his wand is … it could have been played like the book, but once again, Harry is in an antagonistic mood once again, she hands him the broken wand apologizes and he says that He will use hers in the meantime.

My favorite chapter in the book … The Silver Doe…

It’s funny that they sit outside the tent building camp fires in front of the tent several times. The silver doe comes to Harry and he follows the light into the forest where it ends up stopping OVER the forest pool where the sword of Gryffindor is waiting for Harry. Harry strips off and “diffindo’s” the pond. Wearing the horcrux as he dives, like the book, almost kills him as Harry is seen banging on the ice from underneath.

Ron appears and saves Harry, get’s the sword and “Are you mental???” is spoken. You cast that doe, no I didn’t, I thought it was yours, no my patronus is a stag. We flash to the locket on the stone as Harry tells Ron to stab it. But there is no conversation and when Ron says he can’t do it, Harry asks him “Why did you come back?” with attitude. Harry has a chip on his shoulder the whole film.

The locket opens and tortures Ron and is destroyed. There is no soft scene between Harry and Ron. No I love her like a sister, I thought you knew that? All that dialogue is left out of the film.

Harry wakes Hermione (it is light outside the tent through this whole section of the film) when it should be in the middle of the night. But Hermione is asleep when they get back to the tent and the whole scene between Hermione, Harry and Ron is mangled. You read it in the book, and she is really demented. She gets her hits in but the dialogue is all screwed up.

Hermione attacks Ron outside the tent (NOT inside) the whole story between Ron and the two is mangled to bits. Then we see Ron and Harry sitting on a bunk admiring the flames in a jar and Ron gives Harry the wand he snatched from the snachers. There is mention of that happening makes it into the movie but not where it should be.

They should have lifted the dialogue out of the book and stuck it into the film, the silver doe chapter is a pivotal chapter in the book.

The trio travel to see Xenophilis where Hermione narrates the entire story of the three brothers, this is a very inconsequential chapter in the book, but they go into detail at this point of the film. I don’t know why they chose to illuminate this section of the book, and they skimped on some of the more important points in the story line.

They disapparate from Xenophilus’s house into the forest where they happen upon snatchers. Snatchers in the forest. They don’t go back to the tent and are happened upon by death eaters who take them to Malfoy Manor.

The snatchers chase them through the forest and decide take them to the Malfoy’s where the family is along with Bellatrix Lestrange. They weren’t going to turn them in. Hermione mangles Harry’s face. They mangled this section of the book as well. It is rushed and there are missing characters from the book, intentionally left out of the story in the film.

The whole scene in the dungeon is rushed. Harry looks into the mirror shard and calls for help… no eye appears and Harry calls for help. Dobby shows up in the dungeon and takes Ollivander and Luna back to Shell Cottage in Tinworth. Dobby apparates back and tells Harry to meet him at the top of the stairs in 3 seconds, where Pettigrew is struck down and killed. Not by his own hand, and there is no interplay between Harry, Ron and Pettigrew.

The house is empty save the Malfoy’s and Bellatrix, at the point where they go to summon Voldemort, Dobby drops the chandelier on Bellatrix and they grab the wands and apparate out to shell cottage.

The scene fades in with Dobby standing on the beach swaying. And Harry happens upon him and holds him in his arms and Dobby dies, and Luna says “we should shut his eyes…” Where are the others?

Bill, Fleur, and Dean, Ollivander and Griphook?

Harry says that he wants to dig the grave. There are no other characters in the scene, Harry digs the hole, and they (Ron and Hermione) carry Dobby in a blanket and they place him in the grave and the cover him up.

Fade to Black … Voldemort violates Dumbledore’s grave, takes the wand from him and lightening streaks into the sky …

Fade to black … the credits roll…


They are Coming …

The night has been exciting, as news of the first crowds preparing for the first showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The first shows should have ended by now, and tomorrow the reviews will be coming in from all corners of the world.

We have tickets for the 4 p.m. show on the IMAX screen at Scotia Bank Place Theatres in Downtown Montreal.

I’ve seen all the clips that have been released. I am hoping for a good show tomorrow. From all that I have seen, the clips are true to the book.


Slip and Slide …

Courtesy: Dropdeadgorjess

I am scratching my head tonight, as are my sponsor and my friend Dave, but more on them in a moment.

But – First things First …

I got up today with a plan in hand and on my mind, and I accomplished everything on the list of to do’s. One thing was to get tickets for Harry Potter – the midnight showing was sold out. But that’s ok, I got tickets for the 4 p.m. show on Friday on the IMAX screen.

Movie tickets are expensive. An evening at the movies is not a $20.00 night any more. Two tickets, plus food and drink, you’re gonna pay… Just to let you know that (2) tickets alone for an IMAX movie here in the city cost me $25.00. Then you add pretzels, candies and soda and you are probably edging closer to $40.00.

There weren’t a lot of people in line at the movie theatre this afternoon which was good. I got in and out quickly.

I have heard, through the grape vine, that J.K. Rowling thinks that this film is the best one in the series. Which bodes well for the grand finale come next year.

After my successful adventure at movie land, I set off for the meeting, with plenty of time to spare. I only wanted to make one trip into town then a return trip to the meeting instead of coming home between.

It was great. Have you heard the new Susan Boyle Christmas album? Probably not because it just came out here a few days ago on tv. Anyways, I got a copy. I have to say that I love this cd. I love choir music and Susan’s voice is just incredible. The cd is called “The Gift.” I played the music over and over again, it was heavenly.

We had a small crowd for the early meeting, and we talked about faith. From March 6th in the Daily Reflections:

“Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you.”

Alcoholics Anonymous p. 47

When we speak about faith, people generally equate this topic with the 3rd step. “Made a decision to turn our will and our life over to the care of God as we understood him.”

Faith. You either have it or you don’t, sooner or later you will either find it, or it will find you. Unless of course you choose not to work your steps and remain blissfully ignorant of spiritual concepts.

Today’s topic went around the room and I listened. There were several people who spoke up, all with varying time in sobriety. Not everybody shared. But eventually, I got to the point that I was able to contribute something.

I wrote about this a while back, and I guest posted on Sam’s blog a few weeks ago.

One thing sets me apart from all the members who come to my meeting. When I got sober in 1994, the first time, I was sick. I was given a terminal diagnosis of impending death, set for 18 months.

At that time, I started my rehabilitation. Not only was I getting sober, I was learning how to stay alive. I can’t really tell you that God was on my radar in any sense. I made a conscious decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of Todd and Roy, that was as close to God as I would ever get. It was the best choice I ever made.

Do you know what it feels like to live in earnest? To live life, knowing that you ARE going to die? Not many people know what that feels like unless of course, you are facing your own death. most people in my sober circle have never faced this truth, that I know of.

And I heard someone talk about turning his will over to a God of his understanding, and he says that if he doesn’t keep control of his life, that he will surely die. “I must hold on to my will…” he said. Obviously he has issues with “turning it over.”

Back then in 1994, I learned how to One day at a time it. I marked every day neurotically. It made my sponsor so angry. He ripped several calendars off the wall of my apartment during that first year.

I had given my life over to Todd, totally and without reservation. I went to meetings, I worked, and I lived. If it had not been for the structure and love I was given then, I would surely have died.

Once that date count began, I stacked one day on top of another. I stacked days into weeks, and weeks into months. Then it was months on top of months. My system runs on six month intervals.

My birthday falls in July. My sober anniversary is now in December, so is Christmas. If I lived to see my birthday, I was reasonably sure that I would live until Christmas, and if I made it to Christmas, then I was able to say that I would live to see my next birthday. That thought process lasted for a number of years.

When I made it to the death date and I was still alive, I knew that a power greater than myself got me there. I decided to go on living instead of waiting to die, so to speak. That did not happen over night. It took a few years to be confident that I wasn’t gonna die.

Aside from the hiccup in sobriety (read: my slip) I would not rely on that six month model again.

Faith. What is it, how does one find it, and where does it come from?

I had someone to rely on. Men whom I could put faith in. In those days, God was punishing people, taking their lives and that was that. I have remarked in the past, over the years that not many people with AIDS from the circle of writers that I was reading never mentioned the word God in one single book that they wrote. And that is conspicuously missing from AIDS writing from the 80′s and 90′s.

I had a tangible example of what a relationship with God is. These men I trusted with every facet of my life. There was not one thing that was unknown about me, and I kept no secrets from anyone.

I was loved into life. It would not be for several years into my diagnosis that I would turn to God mentally. And I can tell you when that happened. The day that Fr. Jeff handed me a copy of “I heard the owl call my name.” I made a commitment to start going to church and to pray and celebrate the sacraments, at the behest of the priests of my home parish. What had been started only grew stronger.

I listen to people grapple with sobriety. I listen to people stress over turning it over. I listen to people wrestle with God. The stories are all the same, they just come out of different mouths.

So I throw it out there … You know what I miss? Living by the seat of my pants. Living in a frenetic way. Everything from that first year and a half was a big blur. A big frenetic blur. Everything I remember has been safely and completely covered here on the blog.

I have forgotten the feeling of what it was like to live as if I were dying. We can’t turn back the clock. And this is a shocker for most people, when I share these thoughts in open community.

I am different from you, and unless you have walked a day, a month or a year in my shoes, you have nothing to judge.

Faith. You either have it or you don’t, sooner or later you will either find it, or it will find you. Unless of course you choose not to work your steps and remain blissfully ignorant of spiritual concepts.

People get complacent in recovery. God is a lightly tread on subject. It is Good Orderly direction. Spirituality has replaced the old religious God. But unless reminded of these things in concrete terms, they don’t think about it the way I do.

If you knew what it felt like to be told that you are going to die, then you would understand what faith is, and how to come by it. Because in the beginning we rail against God. Then we eventually fall to our knees and beckon God. And the follow through is turning it over.

I have learned over the last 16 years what things I put credence into. Faith, Family, Love, Charity. Faith, like positive energy, is life affirming. Faith is power. Emotions are power. My faith life has been tested and fired in the kiln of life.

My life experience, my studies in university and my own sober journey have enlightened my understanding of God and religion.

I may not be a “sit in the pew and pray” Christian. I find these days that I am a follower of a a God who lives “out in the field.” I love Church and ritual. I may not get to the Eucharist as often as I’d like, but Eucharist is very important to me.

Faith is the air that I breathe. It is the perfect pin point energy that I have learned to employ in my life. I live sobriety, one day at a time. I don’t run the show, and god is God.

I think I’ve rattled on enough about that topic tonight.

In other news …

We had been going to Chateauguay for meetings for the past couple of months. And we stayed there because we got invested in the lives of the people there. Some people marked time over the past few weeks. One gentleman in particular. I heard him speak one night early on about his struggles. Then on Halloween weekend he picked up a years sobriety, cake and all. Everyone celebrated his achievement.

Then, our man decided that he would stop going to meetings.

And do you know what happened to that man?

He drank.

He stopped going to Friday night. He stopped calling his sponsor, and one thought led to another thought and that thought led to one beer and then to another. All the time our man was asking himself, “What the hell am I doing?”

Cunning, Baffling and Powerful …

Fuck all his year of sobriety.

During the break between the meetings, our man showed up with his wife in tow. He did not quite think through what he was gonna do, but Rick, Dave and I knew about him. He thought that he’d anonymously come into a strange meeting away from his home group and take another beginners chip. He seemed pleasantly surprised to see us all there.

I was chairing. My speaker canceled on me at 5, we had to hunt a speaker from who was there, and we did.

I asked our man to read How It Works. And he freaked out on me. He was like, I am just coming back, I can’t read, and I was like, YOU – You’re reading. That’s it and that’s all.

Time is of the essence. You either get back on the wagon, or you carry your ass out the door, what’s it gonna be? He stayed and read for me.

The speaker was great. I don’t remember ever hearing him, although Rick said he spoke for us last year? I don’t remember. Anyways, it was a good share.

It was a party meeting tonight as Dave was taking his One Year Cake with us. Rick, Dave and I have been traveling to meetings for the past few months, as Rick is sponsoring both of us. We were so proud of him tonight. He spoke from the heart. We had candles and cake. And lots of sharing after the meeting.

It was a full day.

In 3 weeks time, I get to have my cake and eat it too. I will be celebrating 9 years of sobriety.

That’s all for tonight, it’s getting way late …


Monday Madness … T-minus 3 days

It has been a quiet weekend. We didn’t do much all weekend long except read and watch tv here and there.

Several new clips from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows are up on Yahoo Servers. All of them are true to the book. We are a few days away from the premier here. I am hoping that I can get tickets to the midnight show on Thursday night.

Everyone is excited for the film. I am reading through the book again so we can judge the film’s portrayal of the book in whole.

I went to class tonight, and the prof was a no show, so we all left and came home. There was no note online or at the college of what was going on. If the prof does not show 15 minutes into class, then students can leave and it not count as an absence.

Tomorrow is Tuesday, my speaker called to confirm for the late meeting. That is all good.

Not much else is going on …

I need to go by the theatre tomorrow to get tickets for Harry Potter. I haven’t yet gone to check out my favorite shoppes to see what kind of offerings they will have this Christmas. I have been sorting through my address book, prepping for Christmas cards. I am ahead of the game on that front.

There is snow in the forecast for the weekend coming, and probably we will put the tree up soon. I know some of my friends already have their trees up and their houses are decorated for the holidays. We usually wait until U.S. Thanksgiving to put ours up.

More to come, stay tuned…


Harry Potter

And the Deathly Hallows.

As you see, the imagery on the blog has changed, as we begin the countdown to the Finale Episode 1 of Deathly Hallows on the 19th of November.

Throughout the month you will see these images change as the day approaches. I have something BIG planned for premier day, so stay tuned. We will rotate in and out new images from the trailer of the first film. I spent a good hour watching the latest trailer over and over again trying to find suitable images to post here on the blog.

I have 8 header images and assorted shots from the film here and there. Maybe I will do successive Harry Potter posts into the feed. People like Harry so maybe we will do that.

Stay tuned …


Potters …

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So So Saturday …

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Don’t you just love photography…

Little by slowly I am coming to LOVE my new phone. We have been downloading apps and getting to know all the abilities of these phones. The Google Operating systems for android work really well. Most of the apps that I have downloaded into my phone work, save the Harry Potter ringtones. They don’t seem to work, although you can use them as a soundboard. Sites online that I have searched don’t have correct fixes and the sounds are copyrighted so I haven’t found another site that offers the number of “quotes” that I have already sitting in my phone.

We got out of town for our meeting tonight. We went to the New Saturday Night Laval meeting off island. It was in a huge church and it was a new crowd of people that we don’t see in the city. Since I am chairing this month for the 8 pm meeting, I had to look for a speaker for next week. Rick and I spoke about someone to ask, and he showed up at the meeting tonight, so I have my speaker for the meeting.The meeting tonight was a speaker format, and the space lent to the speaker. We enjoyed our visit. We will be going back next week for sure.

The weather has definitely changed today. It is 15c out right now with clouds and rain coming and going. There is rain in the forecast for the rest of the week coming.

If you know of a good reliable site that hosts a download for Harry Potter ringtones, let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.

Tomorrow we will hit the Sunday Nighter’s at 6:15 for the literature discussion meeting. Hopefully the crew will show up. We gained another groupie this week, so we are all busy with meetings and step work.

Well, that’s all I have tonight.
More to come, stay tuned …


Today is the final day of shooting for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Courtesy: MuggleNet.com

We’ve known for a while that the final day of filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would be in June.  We now know that today – Saturday, June 12th – is the one.

Warwick Davis – who we recently interviewed on MuggleCast – confirmed that this final day involves a scene with Griphook.  As he posted on his Twitter:

The end of an Era – today is officially the last day of principal photography on ‘Harry Potter’ – ever. I feel honoured to be here as the director shouts cut for the very last time. Farewell Harry & Hogwarts, it’s been magic! x …and goodbye Griphook!

Test shoots for the film began in January 2009, and regular filming started the following month.

Congratulations to Warner Brothers, David Heyman, David Yates, David Barron, JK Rowling, Stuart Craig, Steve Kloves, and the entire cast and crew!

Check out the trailers for Deathly Hallows: HERE

The film release dates are as follows:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – November 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – July 2011


Daniel Radcliffe Teams Up with the Trevor Project to Help LGBT Youth

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Filed by: Waymon Hudson @ Bilerico

What a magical match up!

Daniel Radcliffe, the star of Harry Potter, has made a major donation to our friends at The Trevor Project, the non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide suicide-prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth.

The 20-year-old actor joined The Trevor Project’s Circle of Hope, a community of major donors which plays an essential role in providing the financial leadership and support that makes the organization’s critical lifesaving work possible.

Radcliffe had this to say:

I am very pleased to begin my support of The Trevor Project, which saves lives every day through its critical work. It’s extremely distressing to consider that in 2009 suicide is a top three killer of young people, and it’s truly devastating to learn that LGBTQ youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.

I deeply hope my support can raise the organization’s visibility so even more despondent youth become aware of The Trevor Helpline’s highly trained counselors and Trevor’s many other resources. It’s vitally important that young people understand they are not alone and, perhaps even more important, that their young lives have real value.

Radcliffe has long been outspoken about his support for the LGBT community, and often speaks out about his love for the community, whom he calls his best friends and family. Having such a high profile supporter, who has such a huge following and a cash-cow movie franchise, can only help a group like The Trevor Project and the issues around LGBT youth.

Charles Robbins, the executive director of The Trevor Project, seemed extremely excited about Radcliffe’s support:

We’re incredibly grateful to Daniel for his truly inspiring and historic generosity and support. He is setting a meaningful example for millions of young people around the world by embracing diversity and demonstrating that he cares deeply about the well-being of LGBTQ youth.

So kudos Radcliffe for putting his money and support where his mouth is. We love our allies who step up to help!


Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

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The dark and brooding way in which this film is presented gives it a new feel, unlike all the other movies. Some have called this the best of the movie yet so far. I will hold that judgment until the final film is out.I liked the way in which this film was “filmed” and shown.

Firstly, I though that Bellatrix and her cohorts were given way too much screen time, as deatheaters don’t show up much in the book. The whole doing the unbreakable deed at Pettigrew’s with Narcissa and Bellatrix was something. I don’t know if Cissy looks the part, from the way she is described in the Deathly Hallows. Helena Bonham Carter is devilishly evil in her portrayal.  But why does her crew get all this screen time? Are they trying to bait us with an impending battle to come?

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Did you know that Harry Potter and I share a birthday – the 31st of July. I think that they gave good time to the rest of the story in the book. But refraining from telling more about the romances between Harry and Ginny and the brooding budding relationship between Ron and Hermione was telling.

What DID strike me as odd was the wand fight at the Burrow… Why did Bellatrix and company move on the Burrow. And where did they get that sequence from – because I went back to the book looking for it – I just wondered why they would destroy the burrow and leave the Weasley’s homeless when the burrow plays a pivotal part in the opening of the next movie – or are they going to skip the whole Harry’s Birthday and the wedding of Bill and Fleur in the next installment? Are they giving the Weasley’s an out?

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The whole disapparating visual was great. And the way that they told the story of the memories and the pensieve were well done. It was very close to the telling in the book. The youthful Tom Riddle was well played. The fact that they only placed one group of deatheaters in the castle – at the time of Dumbledore’s death was also telling. They are saving the big battle for the final film. I think they gave us at least a hint of what it will look like when we finally get there.

Malfoy gets a lot of screen time. In his attempt to get the cupboard in the room of requirement working correctly, this portion of the movie played true to the text. The bathroom scene with the wand fight between Harry and Malfoy was very dark and telling as well. There is no friendship between them. And no love lost when Harry uses “Sectumsempra” on him.

Snape is as sinister as he is in the book. The fact that Harry uses the “Sectumsempra” on Snape was in the book, but the visual on screen does not follow the book. The Flight of Snape and party was intertwined with the realization that Snape is the Half Blood Prince and he lets Harry be there, and does nothing to get him the the Dark Lord. Strange – nobody bothered him at this point of the movie. There was no big Dark Lord fight…

The fact that they left out the funeral for Dumbledore leads me to believe that they have a lot of action to get into the next two films. A funeral – the last of the Dursley’s – the leaving of the house and the lifting of the trace – the wedding and the crashing of the Death Eaters – the quest for the horcruxes and the final battle for the castle is going to take up much of the screen time, if the film makers believe that can keep continuity in telling the rest of the story.

They did well with the sea cave – the locket and the drinking of the potion was very true to the book. They did a good job with the visual of the Inferi and the lake of the dead. I went back to my book to try and piece together what they showed in the movie as to what is in the book.

They added film sequences that throw the book continuity out of synch – they did not spend enough time on telling the story as the book reads. They gave minor characters in the 6th book more air time than the book gives them, and in the end, I enjoyed the film.

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I am a little too fond of the Weasley’s and was sad the see their house get burned to the ground. I don’t know why they did that to them, as we know that Molly and Belltrix go head to head in the final battle – maybe the destruction of their house gives Molly a BIGGER resentment to see Bellatrix dead in the final film.

I still adore the final book. They have big shoes to fill in the last two film installments. I would be disappointed if they did not maintain story telling continuity through the last of the Half Blood Prince – they need to give Dumbledore closure and they need to open the next film with a BIG piece of the story – I hope they don’t leave anything major out of the story telling.


Final Potter to get 2011 release

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Via:  The BBC News Online

The final instalment of the Harry Potter film franchise is to be released in 2011, it has been announced.

Fans of the boy wizard will get to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II in cinemas from 15 July.

Warner Brothers decided to split the seventh book in JK Rowling’s series into two parts as it was impossible to cram its 608 pages into a single film.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is set to be released on 19 November 2010.

Stuntman David Holmes suffered serious back injuries on the set of Deathly Hallows last month practising an aerial sequence.

The set was closed for a week for investigation before being allowed to re-open by the Health and Safety Executive.

It was announced in August last year that the release date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince would be pushed back eight months to July this year.

Warner Bros president Alan Horn said the decision was taken to guarantee the studio a major summer blockbuster in 2009.

He also blamed the Hollywood writers’ strike, which hit the film industry hard in 2008.

The first five movies have made $4.5 billion (£2.2 billion) worldwide – making it the biggest film franchise in box office history, surpassing both James Bond and Star Wars.


Christmas Gifts…

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What did you get for Christmas???

I got a few kool items…

  • A Clay Pot for cooking (way kool)
  • Casino Royale (007)
  • Love Boat (Season One dvd)
  • The Tales of the Beedle the Bard (J.K. Rowling)
  • Booty from the inlaws (sox, gift cards and cash !!!)

Have a good day, next on the menu – FOOD !!! and lots of it…


Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

New Trailer Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


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