|Chase wearing Potter glasses from Build-a-Bear|
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II comes to a theater near you Friday at 12:00 am. and I'm finding it hard to believe that it is almost over. Harry has been a big part of my life for the past 12-ish years and while I know that Harry will continue to spark the imagination of children and adults for decades to come, there will never be a time like the first time. Those of us lucky enough to get caught in Harry's spell from the beginning got to experience a ride that literally takes my breath away. Waiting a year or two for the next book was oh..so..sweet and oh…..so…..frustrating...at the same time. The movies were done so well that a new movie release became another reason to stand in line at midnight. Harry wasn't just another book- just another story- it was something much deeper and much, much, more extraordinary.
|From the first movie|
Harry Potter and Sorcerer's
I met Harry Potter when I was giving the first 3 books, before the phenom had begun, by my friend Liz. Her older girls fell in love with them and both Liz and her husband had read them and enjoyed them. Ryann (who is now 12-years-old) was 9-months old at the time. Because I often read while putting her down to sleep with my favorite lullaby music playing, to this day when I hear the music from this CD, I am instantly transported back to the days when Harry Potter, and my little Ryann, were new-I get a little choked up. It seems like it was yesterday and 100 years ago.
|Emma at London Premier |
|Daniel in London |
|Daniel in first movie |
10 years ago.
|The Late Richard Harris|
|New York Premier 7/11|
|London Premier last week.|
Last month, JK Rowling announced the plans for Pottermore. She describe it as a totally free, safe environment where fans can go to discuss all things Harry, Hermione, Hedwig, and Hogwarts. The site, which will go live in October, will allow fans to order e-books of the series for the first time, interact with other readers, and learn about the background stories of various characters.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Crafting World of Harry Potter
One only needs to enter "Harry Potter" in the search bar at either Etsy or Ebay to realize the vast array of products related to the boy wizard and his fight against Lord Voldemort. I love to see what Etsy artists are designing….so many really, really cool pieces of art, jewelry and clothing items. Some of the more interesting objects d'art I found on Etsy today include:
|Available from www.esty.com/shelldolls|
|available at www.esty.com/buymycrap|
|Available at www.Etsy.com/buymycrap|
|Available at www.etsy.com/mistressjeanie|
|Available at www.etsty.com/letterexpress|
|Available at www.etsy.com/crochetavenue|
|Available at www.etsy.com/stargazer1984|
|Available at www.etsy.com/blackberrydesigns|
|Available at www.etsy.com/wandsandswords|
|Butterbeer Jelly Shot from Rock Ur Party|
|Butterbeer Jelly Shot|
One of my favorite blogs is Jelly Shot Test Kitchen. I love it, not because I make the recipes, but because they are so freaking gorgeous. The blogger/recipologist Michelle, reinterprets a cocktail as a "jelly shot"; not to be confused with the "Jello Shot". Michelle goes old school, making her jelly's with gelatin and fruit juice all spiced up with alcohol. I assume they taste fabulous but her true gift is the way she makes each shot look like a little jewel. Today, she went all Harrypolooza and posted Harry-inspired recipes on both her blog and as guest blogger at rock ur party.
On her own blog she posted her version of Chocolate Frogs. How flipping' cool are those. Part crazy, part disgusting, and I'm sure part flavor explosion. I love the imagination and ingenuity of this woman.
The inspiration for this blog, besides Harry himself, was a link I saw in my daily "Craftzine" email. They profiled an artist named Justin who makes what he calls "cinemagraphs"; pictures with one part that moves while the rest is a still photo. How Harry Potter is that? Oh my, the pictures featured in the email made my heart pitter patter. Justin even shares his instructions for making the magical little photos- essentially he uses a GIF file in the midst of the photo. You can see some amazing moving pictures at his Tumblr page. I can't figure out how to import a picture into my blog so you have to go to his Tumblr to view them but it is worth it.
I have 2 tickets to Deathly Hallow Friday at the midnight showing. I can't wait….. are you planning on going to the midnight show?