Dusted Off: Really shouldn’t have taken the time when I did, but…

I’m done. And to steal a phrase from Nero Wolfe, all I have to say for the moment is, “Most satisfactory.”

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Dusted Off: Really? Really?

from Sci Fi Wire:

J.K. Rowling announced on Dec. 21 the title of her upcoming seventh and final Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, according to her British publisher, Bloomsbury. The publication date has not been set, though it’s expected in 2007.

Deathly Hallows? uhhh. oookay. If you ask me, it doesn’t have the ring of and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone; …and the Chamber of Secrets; …and the Prisoner of Azkaban; or …and the Goblet of Fire.

Ah well…who cares what it’s called? It’s one step closer to being here!!

Dusted Off: Potter-time (You can’t touch this)

at least ’til 12:01 am tomorrow.

In honor of the Potter-mania, I’d like to post a few links:

  • Doug Jones’ “Most Real Fantasy”, best line:”Harry Potter can’t be a threat. Wizardry doesn’t really work. And if your kids are really tempted to join a coven then it’s not a giant leap to say that you’ve failed miserably as a parent. Where is the ballast in your childrearing?”
  • Go watch “Welcome Back Potter” from last night’s The Daily Show (you have to sit through a little bit of other hilarious stuff first). Stewart brings up the oft-quoted Cardinal Ratzinger interview where he talked about the books containing, ““subtle seductions that work imperceptibly, and because of that deeply, and erode Christianity in the soul before it can even grow properly.” Stewart replies “yes, and really who knows better how children can be subtely seduced…”
  • While you’re there, see “Harry Potter Terror” also from the Daily Show
  • I think this photo shows the greatest threat posed by Rowling’s books: those hats catching on.
  • Meghan Cox’ A Classic for the Ages?is worth a read
  • Lastly, sure the themes get a little old, but most of the 11 pages here are worth a read.