Weekly Obsession Premier: And this time – Harry Potter!

6 Jan

So in case some of you haven’t noticed – I tend to obsess about stuff (really? Nooo….).

In an attempt to lighten up this little tiny corner of the blogosphere, I have decided to start a new weekly tradition – I rant/talk/explain my obsessions! Yay! Fascinating!

So this week, since it’s the first time, I will talk about Harry Potter. Yes. I am a 30 year old woman obsessed with Harry Potter.

But not the movies! The books. Only the books. I will rant about the movies and why I hate them later.

So let’s start with the obsession breakdown:

I have read the entire series beginning to end 5 times.

I have listened to the entire series beginning to end twice on audio book (both stephen fry and jim dale – I prefer jim dale).

“What?” you say “Only five times?”

Five times beginning to end, people! Let’s do an individual book count, shall we?

Sorcerer’s Stone:  Read: 8  Audio book: 3

Chamber of secrets: Read: 6  Audio book: 2

Prisoner of Azkaban: Read: 26 . Audio book: 5

Goblet of Fire: Read: 14  Audio Book: 2

Order of the Phoenix: Read: 10 Audio Book: 4

Half-Blood Prince: Read: 9 Audio Book: 5

Deathly Hallows: Read: 10 Audio Book: 8

Now it may seem from this count that Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite book. It actually isn’t. Deathly Hallows is, and OOtP and HBP tie for second. However, I had to wait around for GoF to come out, and needed something to tide me over until the release of OOtP (I’m not that crazy about GoF – relatively speaking, of course).

So I know PoA inside and out. I actually wore out my original copy and had to toss it and buy a new one. One of the things I do when I have trouble sleeping is recite the chapter names in order in my head. I kid you not.

Now writing all of this out kind of scares me, if I’m being honest. I mean, it is a bit much. Though I’m sure other people have done much worse. Like this guy, who I first introduced in the comments section of one of my previous posts:

But no, he does not make me feel better (plus – it seems that he likes the movies just as much as the books. Which makes him just plain lame).

I know I could have spent my time reading more intellectually stimulating things. I don’t care. I love harry.

A few other fun facts:

I always name my pets after HP characters. Current pet: Luna.

I did a complete 7 day media blackout (yes including internet!) before DH came out so as to avoid spoilers.

During a particularly tough week after my second M/C I found and read EVERY SINGLE POST of the blog “mark reads harry potter” (awesome blogger, BTW. I highly recommend his new sites markreads.net and markwatches.net)

I have had more than one conversation with Shmerson (all initiated by me), regarding what age to introduce our children to the books, and in what language. I have yet to make a decision about it. It has already been discussed at length for several hours. I’m thinking of using my nephew as a guinea pig once I put together a good enough system (I know my brother may be reading this – so – sorry!).

See – the debate is – do we introduce the child to the whole series at once? If so, then we definitely have to wait until the kid is at least 13, because otherwise the last few books would be waaay too heavy for him/her.

On the other hand, I have the “one for every birthday” theory – which means that starting at age 11, the kid would get one book a year.

But by the time our first kid reaches that age, I’m assuming they would know how to google “harry potter” and I don’t want them to have any spoilers. I got spoiled on the end of OotP and haven’t gotten over it since.

Oh yeah- and they definitely will NOT see the movies before reading the books. Not if I have anything to say about it, anyway.


Yet I always go to see them opening weekend. I have no will power.

Ok – I’ll admit that DH part 1 wasn’t that bad. And OotP was halfway decent because the producers had the brains to use a different screenwriter (why oh why did you bring back Steve “I am only capable of writing exposition into dialogue in lame ways” Kloves for the last two?).

If you want to really piss me off all you have to do is look at me with an innocent, sincere smile, and say (in a british accent of course) “Oh! I forgot! Phoenix tears heal!”

Try watching Daniel Radcliffe say that line at the end of the two and a half hour crapfest that is CoS while holding in two large diet cokes worth of urine in your bladder and you will understand why I have such a negative pavlovian response.

Seriously Kloves – You’re a douche.

Oh – and don’t get me started on the end of HBP!!! Listen Kloves – Harry Potter would never ever ever ever EVER be that passive.

I don’t care if leaving the final critical scene intact would have been complicated to represent on screen – DEAL WITH IT! What they did was a total cop-out. It just makes me mad.

E-hem. Sorry. I get carried away sometimes. Ok. I get carried away a lot. Sue me. Or don’t. Whatever. I’m not bitter.

So I could analyze why I am so madly in love with these books and go into yet another lengthy emotional spewing of my love of escapism, jk rowling being a genius, bla bla bla.

But that will just give you more reasons to mock me. And I believe the last several hundred words should give you plenty of material as is.

Go on, have at it!


Favorite Book: DH

Favorite Chapter (excluding the last third of DH because then it wouldn’t be a fair fight): “After the Burial” from HBP.

Favorite Character: Luna Lovegood, of course.

Least Favorite Book: CoS

Least Favorite Chapter: “The Whomping Willow” from CoS. Sorry JK – I will never buy the interior logic leading to Ron and Harry stealing that Ford Anglia.

Least Favorite Character: Gilderoy Lockhart (anybody seeing a pattern here?)

Ok – off to take a shower. I hear it helps keep away the gulping plimpies.

9 Responses to “Weekly Obsession Premier: And this time – Harry Potter!”

  1. slcurwin January 6, 2011 at 04:39 #

    “Yet I always go to see them opening weekend. I have no will power.” haHAAAAA! and you mocked me saying I can’t help myself watching them! lol. I too am a big fan of escapism (i think you put it).

    And REALLY WTF was with HBP? why burn the burrow? just for a kiss scene? the couldn’t have found a better way (ah, yes they could have)? And leaving out the fight scene is so beyond rediculous I nearly screamed in the theater. And then of course I watched it a year later and somehow forgot about that and had to go through this whoe aweful CRAP again.

    Too bad I can’t post a pick of me as Luna here. My friend made a HP halloween party a few years ago and everyone had to be a different character. I didn’t even get the option, they all picked me as Luna before I could say “I think I’ll go for Luna”. At least we all agreed.

    • mommyodyssey January 6, 2011 at 13:35 #

      I admit – this is totally a case of the pot calling the kettle black. I have no self control!
      I could rant about HBP for hours – I mean – Ginny in the room of requirement?!?! Can Harry BE any more passive? Unbelievable.
      I would pay to see that luna pic, BTW 🙂

      • slcurwin January 10, 2011 at 05:59 #

        I dont have the good pics, I’ll have to look through Hermione’s. I hope I sent it to the right address, lol. Note: the wand is lost in my hair and my shoes had been stolen by the nargles (found in later pic). If you have facebook account I can share my friends album.

  2. runnyyolk January 6, 2011 at 06:19 #

    Um hello? Me too.

    And I disagree with the you could be “reading something more intellectual” thing. I defy anyone to find better crafted, better written, better developed characters than JK Rowling. These are masterful works of fiction and I feel sorry for anyone who doesn’t realize that.

    I’ve seen every movie on opening day and I did actually love this newest one. I was already crying when Hermione obliviates her parents and don’t even get me started on Dobby. (PS-I went to see it alone so no one would bother me.)

    DH is my favourite too and CoS my least favourite as well.

    I cried for about the last 250 pages of DH the first time I read it and I still do every time.

    • mommyodyssey January 6, 2011 at 13:38 #

      I know – I was disarming my critics ahead of time 🙂 it is a masterpiece. Period.
      The first DH movie was definitely awesome – I’m just hella-worried they’re going to find a way to screw up part two.
      I’m with you – the last part of DH is amazing I remember getting to the gringotts chapter at 1am and then cursing JK because I was tired and couldn’t put the book down until the end. Wow wow wow!

  3. edan January 6, 2011 at 09:11 #

    hey its me (the brother) 11 is too old you can start book one at age nine its innocent enough. Now you have me on record

  4. Lori Ivey March 6, 2011 at 01:54 #

    OMG….I love you! We are HP soul mates! LOL I really really LOVE the video!

    • mommyodyssey March 6, 2011 at 02:09 #

      yay! Always awesome to find another HP freak! Double yay!

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