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Harry Potter Fact #83


🙂 Perfect.



Uh oh…looks like someone needs to go back to their community college science class. Don’t do this, folks.

A Harry Potter prequel?!


Oh my god. Oh my god. This exists!!!

Apparently, J.K. Rowling wrote this a while ago for charity. How amazing is that? It’s only 4 pages, and it details an encounter young James and Sirius have with the police one night. Someone else joins the party at the very end. Read it here! And be excited!

 


Is there a way to blame Microsoft for this?

I mean…damn you, AutoCorrect!

I mean…

Haha. Just kidding. Hey there!

I’m back on the grid, guys. At least for the next couple of weeks.

So obviously, that 6-day rule failed miserably. In my defense, let me tell you the story of how this blog came to be.

Lol no it won’t be that bad.

So basically, I started writing sometime in June or July after this loser for whom I still had feelings at the time got some girl pregnant and ended up marrying her. A couple of mutual friends decided to make me aware of this for reasons best known to themselves, and for one full weekend it put me in the vilest mood I’ve known in all of 2012.

By Monday I was sick of it, and I didn’t have classes or a job (or really anything) going on at the time, so I decided to start the Millennial Experience Project. I had no game plan and not a single clue about what would be on here. I just instinctively turned to writing like I always do, and finally took the plunge to make it publicly available because I wanted people to believe me when I said I was good at it.

Not long after, I got a part-time job at a beauty salon and supply store. It was not even slightly the right thing for me, but I took it, made some money, and it did help me fight off what could have been a really bad time. The job distracted me from everything else on weekends and during the day, and this blog when I couldn’t sleep at night (which was pretty much all the time).  I eventually got bored enough with that job that I started writing posts and formulating new ones for this blog while I was there, so truthfully, this is what I was doing for most of the summer.

Then I landed a research/editorial internship at a small but well-known and specialized newspaper, and that was even more awesome even though I learned that journalism isn’t quite right for me. School started up again around the same time, so between work during the day and classes at night, I was barely writing here anymore. When I did publish something, it was just a completed version of an earlier post that I hadn’t yet finished. It was unfortunate, because at that point I’d formed a solid idea of what this blog was going to be about, and had no end of things to say. But the pressure was mounting, and so I let it slide.

I was only there for about 7 weeks before I got contacted about a full-time position at a staffing agency. That industry really is where I want to be, so I interviewed and started the job that same week. I felt lukewarm about it from the beginning, but I didn’t realize until later that the main reason I wanted that particular position so badly is because it was down the street from where I used to live before I was forced to move. The position wasn’t great, but just being there again made me feel better. So much better, in fact, that I thought I didn’t need this blog anymore. I didn’t write or publish a single post the entire time I was there.

Finally (I’m almost done, I promise), three weeks ago, I got contacted yet again about a different technical sourcing position at a bigger company. I’m still there (believe it or not), still in 15 units at school, and still trying very, very hard to meet the academic and professional standards I’ve set for myself.

It’s not easy.

My brain has had so many things thrown at it over the last few months that I feel like it just stopped processing new stuff a couple of days ago. The combination of school obligations/due dates, training topics, and family stuff last week made it pretty much the shittiest week of college I can remember, and that’s when it suddenly became crystal clear to me how important it is to write. It’s literally like thinking to me.

So, in a nutshell, that’s why I’m back. Now you also know why I left, and that I’m never going to forget about this blog. It got me through a pretty rough time and sometimes I honestly can’t believe that there are people all over the world who read this thing. I didn’t actually expect any followers at all, and even if you don’t realize it, every “like” and comment I’ve gotten has helped me build up my confidence, little by little, to the highest level it’s ever been. I never would’ve even considered working full-time while still in school if I didn’t have that. Thank you.

So stick around, and bear with me…I still have no end of things to say.


I’m stoked. Stoked! I’ve only finished the first chapter (which is only a couple of pages) so far, but I already love it and know it’s going to be sort of a bittersweet experience for me.

The first character we meet is named Barry. He’s married to a woman named Mary. That alone feels like a smile and wave from a friend who I thought had forgotten all about me.

Go buy the book, kids. I’m off to enjoy my brand-new hardcover copy for which I paid the actual retail price – something I haven’t done since…oh yeah, Harry Potter. 🙂


That’s cheating, I know…but I couldn’t choose between them. It’s not meant as a diss to Imelda Staunton’s Umbridge or the written portrayal of Barty Crouch Jr. They’re both wonderfully despicable.

Look at that. David Tennant’s face could become a meme right there. He was amazing in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. That’s a really important book in the series and the Prisoner of Azkaban movie kind of disappointed me, so when I went to watch the movie I was nervous about how well the story would be represented on screen. This was the period when directors were being switched around and things looked as unsteady as possible for a film series that has never changed the three main actors, but David Tennant did not disappoint. His whole story is morbidly fascinating, made only more so by his being one of the Death Eaters who tortured Neville’s parents into madness, and he conveys the qualities of his character perfectly on screen. It’s a fairly difficult task given how many little details from the book were left out.


On to Umbridge…to be frank, I think she was way scarier in the books than in the movies for some reason. She didn’t end up looking as unpleasant as I was hoping (although the abundance of pink did help her get there) and I was particularly upset that the teacher inspections and fights with McGonagall were either cut out or nowhere near as intense as I expected. From my perspective, those were a key part of her character because that’s how her evil was articulated in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Imelda Staunton didn’t really take risks with the character like David Tennant did (quick tidbit: the tongue thing was actually an improvisation on his part and not in the script…genius). I don’t mean to compare them as actors rather than characters, but when you’re talking about a beloved book that became an equally beloved movie, it’s hard not to. In the books, she gets under everyone’s skin and makes students and teachers alike hate her so much that she kind of becomes a unifying force among those who might not otherwise even speak to each other. The obvious example is the formation of Dumbledore’s Army, which teaches Harry such an important lesson (that he doesn’t have to do everything alone, even if he is the Chosen One) and is so incredibly important to his ultimate triumph. Not gonna lie, though, I kinda wish we’d gotten to see the bitch dying at the end of Deathly Hallows 2.

So, do you agree? Disagree? Have a different villain in mind entirely?

A/N: Yes, I am aware that September aka Harry Potter Month has ended. However, I did such a pathetic job of it that I feel like it’s physically impossible for me to call it quits yet. I have some awesome posts lined up for the grand finale, and I’m gonna get them out of my drafts queue. So I’ll extend HP Month to the end of October, but that’s it. I’ll probably still do some HP posts after that, but it’ll be back to business as usual for the most part.


On this blog, that is.

Yeah, I’m going there.

Books, movies, characters, actors, and whatever else Potter-related pops into my head will find its way here sometime over the next month. I hope you’re excited, because I am freaking PSYCHED!

Also, happy belated birthday to Rupert Grint.


 

…and yet, sometimes they can’t end fast enough. I had one of those this summer. It was horrible.

As Labor Day weekend approaches and August comes to a close, it seems like everywhere I look, one of two things is happening. Either young, naive couples are tearfully hanging on to each other for the last few moments before their inevitable breakup, or managing to convince each other (and themselves) that somehow, some way, we can make this last. Well, I like to shake things up in my corner of the world. So this one goes out to all the ladies (and gentlemen) who have had a hookup, fling, or true-blue relationship so thoroughly awful this summer that it might almost have been preferable to not get any action at all.

First of all, relax. It’s okay. We all have those WTF-was-I-thinking people in our lives, and while some of them truly should get sucked into the center of the earth by a combination of gravity and used plungers, it’s better than passing up a chance and then wishfully pondering the road not taken. So don’t dwell on the fact that taking the chance was a mistake, either. Forgive yourself for whatever happened.

But remember to learn from it. Was this guy older than you by the better part of a decade and the type to flip out Bruce Banner-style if he found out that you didn’t intend to see him after the first date? Was she manipulative, clingier than cotton candy, and passive-aggressive to an almost comedic degree? Make a mental note of any and all red flags that came up, so that at least you can avoid getting trapped with the same ones next time.

Above all, though, don’t let any of it stop you from pursuing many more summer passions throughout the years to come with just as much joyful and reckless abandon. This one went to hell, but some of my most cherished memories were also born of summer romances, and becoming jaded about any of the season’s gifts to us is no way to live. Don’t be the one who looks back in September and regrets not taking out more time to enjoy the sunshine and sweet smells and Vitamin D. Never forget, you can’t be sure you’ll see any of this again next year. No one can.

Summer and love are two of the most wonderful things in life, and it can be really tough having to let go of both at the same time. Going out for a walk after dinner without your significant other is bittersweet and heart-wrenching enough on its own, and realizing that you can’t even wear shorts after sundown anymore without feeling a chill does exactly nothing to help.

But fall colors are starting to bloom, I have a new job to look forward to after Labor Day, and the holiday season isn’t too far off. Yay for Halloween and pumpkin pie and mistletoe and stuff. And hey, it’s much less ridiculous to start making plans for New Year’s from this side of August! Say goodbye to summer and whoever you spent it with, start cooking up a kickass Halloween, and don’t let the Mayans get you down come December.

 


Biebs, you’ve barely turned 18. Come on now, calm yourself down.

On a completely unrelated note, I hope people notice that I’ve categorized this under “humor”.