Posts Tagged ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

Nerd Alert: A Letter to Tara Parker-Pope of NYTimes.com

July 28, 2009

Dear Ms. Parker-Pope,

While browsing nytimes.com I came across your article “Harry Potter and the Pint of Liquid Courage”, and with such an interesting title I couldn’t help but read. However, instead of feeling like I learned something, I found myself once again laughing at the ignorance and utter lack of cultural exposure in Americans.

In your description of the new HP movie, it seems like the whole thing takes place in a bar, with Hogwarts students running wild like it’s spring break in Cancun. You wrote, “In scene after scene, the young wizards and their adult professors are seen sipping, gulping and pouring various forms of alcohol to calm their nerves, fortify their courage or comfort their sorrows.” What you failed to emphasize was that out of the two hours and fifty-five minutes of the movie, there was probably a total of five minutes of footage displaying alcohol, and the only people who were visibly drunk were adults, and legally allowed to get as drunk as they wanted to.

Don’t get me wrong- we don’t want to encourage little kids to do body shots and beer bongs- but you have made a mountain out of a mole hill. The scenes you have described are grossly exaggerated, and in pointing them out you have made them much more important to the plot than, well, the actual plot.

Let’s take a look at what you have a problem with, and why my intelligence and nerd knowledge proves you wrong.
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The Half-Blood Prince OMGOMGOMG

July 14, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens to the masses tonight at midnight, and fans around the world are freaking out in anticipation. As McJAWN’s resident Harry Potter nerd I’ve been readying myself for over a year now by obsessively reading the books over and over again in a continuous flow of HP madness, watching all the previous movies, checking up with sites like The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet, and pretty much annoying the crap out of everyone around me by talking about doing all these things and how excited I am.

I will shut up about it now, I swear!

In less than twelve hours the wait is over, and my life can go back to some sort of normality. Anyway, to celebrate this momentous occasion I’d like to provide some Master P-themed activities you all can do while you wait today.
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Three Years Ago Today

July 11, 2009

I lost my best friend.

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Lani’s suicide has affected me more than almost anything in my life. Still, I was lucky enough to know her and have spent so much time with her, and that has impacted me more than her death ever will.

Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her, but today stands out more than any other. On the way home from the bank I rode by 15th and Spruce and stopped to look up at the roof she jumped from. It still makes makes me cry. 

And people wonder why I won’t go to the Fox and the Hound.

I have decided this time I won’t drink until I can’t feel anymore, which is something I haven’t been able to accomplish on any other anniversary like this. Instead, I am making a Luna Lovegood Costume for the Half-blood Prince midnight release. So far I’ve made her Spectrespecs.

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I’m also making the radish earrings and cork necklace, and possibly a copy of The Quibbler. I’ll take pictures when I’m in full costume. I’m trying to convince Nan to dress up as Harry Potter because they have the same haircut. She’s refusing so far, even though I’ve given her an excellent reason.

Distracting with art and books. I guess this means I’m coping better(ish).

I miss my best friend so much, my stomach has been in my heart and my heart has been in my throat, and all I can do is swallow and pretend like I’m okay.