Harry Potter

Link Tank #4

by Jamie Sanford on August 23, 2013

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Weirdly small Elementary gif. Only a month until it comes back!

Elizabeth Spiridakis Instagrammed her wedding, in real time. Awesome.

Here’s a list of 10 actions you can take against Russia. The way that this country has taken steps backwards in equality is horrendous.

I can’t get enough Nine Inch Nails news. Here’s a story from Jon Pareles of The New York Times.

Wonderful story about the Right Whale and how much we do not know about them.

Everyone knows that Buzzfeed is the best website ever, yes? 50 Things Only 80s Girls Can Understand made my day.

For my email marketers – the best time to send emails.

For my photographers – 5 basic lighting techniques.

How Tablets Are Transforming Web Design, from Inspiredology.

Ha! The Eternal Shame of Your First Online Handle. (Cruisin127, what of it? ::cringes::)

Totally old, but this Hogwarts cake is amazing.

Another old one – but this from Buzzfeed: Classic Album Covers Re-imagined with Harry Potter Characters.

Finally, Shauna did some shopping at H&M home, and now I want everything. I didn’t even know they had home stuff!

That’s all for now. See you next month!

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Harry Potter Films 4-7 (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 18, 2011

38. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
39. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
40. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
41. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Spoiler alert!

Here is the trailer for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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Here is the trailer for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

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Here is the trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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Here is the trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Bonus points to this movie for featuring baby Robert Pattinson!

Back for year 4 at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and this time, the school is hosting guests for the year as part of the Tri-Wizard Tournament.  Naturally, although it goes against the rules, Harry’s name ends up being chosen for the competition, making it more of a Quad-Wizard Tournament.  We find out later that there is a major situation with some polyjuice potion, and oh right, Voldemort gets resurrected at the end from his weird former CGI baby situation.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

The shit hath hitteth the fan…ith. (Bonus points to those who know what movie that quote is from.) Voldemort is back, yet the Ministry of Magic wants to deny it all day long.  Harry ends up at the Ministry defending himself after having cast a Patronus to save himself and his cousin from some Dementors.  We get introduced in the courtroom to Dolores Umbridge, who ends up being one of the most heinous witches in the entire series.  The Order of the Phoenix is a group of wizards that previously came together to fight evil when Voldemort was previously in power, and they are re-forming under the guidance of Dumbledore to defeat Voldemort.  Another school year passes and during that year, Dolores Umbridge becomes headmaster of Hogwarts, and Harry forms a club called Dumbledore’s Army, the sole purpose of which is to train the members in defensive magic.  It becomes helpful late in the movie with the big showdown at the Ministry of Magic.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

If I was going to talk smack about any of the Harry Potter movies, this one is the winner. Unfortunately, it is inevitable that Half-Blood Prince is going to suffer a bit as being the movie that has to provide us all of the information that leads us to the events of films 7 and 8.  We see the continued teenage-ness of our characters, especially their love lives and feelings.  In addition, Dumbledore and Harry explore more into the history of Voldemort, the most important part of which is figuring out how to obtain the memory of an interaction that Tom Riddle had many years prior with new Potions professor, Horace Slughorn.  Naturally, Harry eventually gets the information that Dumbledore wants, and so Harry and Dumbledore discover the key to destroying Voldemort.  They go searching for a horcrux (there are 7 of these that Voldemort made in an attempt to achieve immortality) to destroy and locate it, and end up back at Hogwarts, where Draco Malfoy is waiting to kill Dumbledore, which we learn he has been trying to do all year in weak, pathetic ways.  Draco disarms Dumbledore, but then some of the other Death Eaters arrive to back him up.  In the end, it is Professor Snape that takes the life of Dumbledore.  Before the end of the film, Harry tells Hermione that he doesn’t intend to return to Hogwarts next year, that he will instead find and destroy the remaining horcruxes before finding Voldemort.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.

My apologies to the editor(s) of this movie, but it could have been shorter. A huge portion of the movie is devoted to Harry, Hermione and (sometimes) Ron in the woods, trying to work things out, and it just feels superlong.  The other parts of the movie are really exciting, the trip to the Ministry of Magic, the showdown at the Malfoys’ house, the trip to Godric’s Hollow.  It’s just those bits in the forest that feel so long.  No matter though, the story is done really well, and there’s a LOT to cover given all that happened in the book.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is available on DVD from Amazon for $7.69.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is available on DVD from Amazon for $14.95.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is available on DVD from Amazon for $11.64.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 is available on DVD from Amazon for $9.99.

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Harry Potter Films 1-3 (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 15, 2011

36. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
37. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
38. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Here is the trailer for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:

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Here is the trailer for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

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Here is the trailer for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

We meet  Harry Potter, “the boy who lived,” (played by Daniel Radcliffe) and watch him going through his introduction to the magical world and his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He meets Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) and they become fast friends. He learns of why he is “the boy who lived” and faces off against a weak “he who must not be named,” AKA Lord Voldemort.  In this film, Voldemort is trying to resurrect himself utilizing, you guessed it, the Sorcerer’s Stone.

I love this movie because as soon as I watched it, I was totally in.  You are fully encased in the magical world while watching this film, when Harry goes to Diagon Alley for the first time with Hagrid, it’s, you guessed it, magical.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

It’s year 2 at Hogwarts and Harry is the first to discover a message from the “heir of Slytherin.” A dangerous creature is terrorizing the school and turning students and the like into petrified objects. Naturally, this event is also tied to Voldemort, and another attempt of his to return to his former level of power.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

We meet back up with Harry after a time spent with his aunt and uncle and his unfortunate cousin.  (We also meet up with Harry after a growth spurt – this is where the actors started being older than their characters.) Harry accidentally casts a spell on a rude family member and ends up on a magical bus that takes him to the more magical parts of London.  We find out that the big story is that a man named Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban, the magical prison.  Harry is told not to go looking for Sirius Black, and he is confused.  Harry eventually finds out that Sirius Black played a big part in the life and death of his parents, and so eventually, Harry confronts Sirius.  I’m not spoiling anything!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is available on DVD from Amazon for $7.49.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is available on DVD from Amazon for $7.99.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is available on DVD from Amazon for $11.88.

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Sunday Link Party!

by Jamie Sanford on November 22, 2010

It’s Thanksgiving week! I’m excited, this is one of my favorite holidays.

Photo of the week, another from my recent trip to a historic cemetery:

Autumn in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Autumn in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Great post from “You Might As Well…”

Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere!

Christina Hendricks

I love this woman. She's fabulous.

Tamsen McMahon is calling bullshit on social media. (Brass Tack Thinking)

These are some of the greatest photos! Grandma’s Superhero Therapy indeed. (My Modern Met)

Watch the cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows try to speak with American accents. (If you can’t see the video, use this link.)

Twitter is getting analytical. (Mashable)

DIY Dollar-Store Apothecary Jars. (Someday Crafts)

A little red goes a long way. (Apartment Therapy)

Finishing up for the week, some new music from Adele, who I really enjoy.

Have a great week!

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