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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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Owl and Phoenix Cookie Jars from Anthropologie

by Jamie Sanford on January 27, 2011

Can I just say that I love Anthropologie?  The collection of items that they carry is really well curated and fits into their developed aesthetic.

Of course, we know that I am drawn to owls, and now I get to feature 2 of them!


The Winking Owl Cookie Jar is available for $68.


Phoenix Cookie Jar is available for $69.95.


Wise Owl Cookie Jar is available for $128.

These are more decorative than anything else, putting cookies into something like this will probably result in a lot of broken cookies and crumbs.

Speaking of cookies, I totally cheated on making holiday cookies this year and used the fabulous pre-made dough from Pillsbury.

I can’t find it online but you can pick it up in the grocery store for a few dollars.  You open this up, slice into little discs, add sprinkles and whatnot and then bake.  They are quite delicious and since you do add a bit of yourself into the process, they let you cheat in the best way.

If you have time and the desire to do the real thing, AllRecipes.com has a massive cookie recipe index.

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