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What are you most excited about doing at the Harry Potter park?

Posted by Melissa
May 21, 2010, 10:04 PM
Eating the food
2168 (6%)
Riding the Hogwarts Journey ride
11637 (34%)
Riding the Dueling Dragons
1764 (5%)
6197 (18%)
Drinking butterbeer
11649 (34%)
  33415 votes in total


1623 Points

Morning all!

Hi Huff! I’m glad you were able to pop in again, and I hope you do stick around! :)

Asti – it must be torture putting up with two non-book readers! Thank goodness for your daughter; it sounds like she’s taking after her mum! It’ll be great when you can have in-depth discussions about all the books you both love! My dad was never a big reader, though he’d pick up a book now and then – usually something business or sports related, but occasionally a thriller like a Nelson DeMille. But ever since I got him to read the HP books a little over a year ago, he’s been reading a lot – including three times through the series. I seem to have gotten him interested in YA books – he’s read the Twilight series, The Vampire Diaries, and is reading The Hunger Games right now.

Hopefully I’m going to be able to make my nephews readers too. Both of my sisters are sporadic readers; they’ll get on a kick where they read a lot, and then will go weeks without picking anything up. So my nephews will at least see them reading, though they’re not passionate about it. Last week when I was babysitting, my nephew and I were trying to decide what to do, and I said, “Let’s read some books.” He got a panicked look on his face and said, “But it’s still daytime; it’s not time for bed!” Apparently he only associates reading with bed time, and was afraid I was trying to trick him into going to bed early. So now my mission is to show him that it’s fun to read at any time of day. That day and last night, I made sure we read a few books then still had plenty of time to play before bed. I’ll be very disappointed if my efforts don’t pay off! :)

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 10, 2010, 10:53 AM report to moderator
245 Points

Here it is a Saturday, almost midday. We went to the pool and on to see ECLIPSE last night and my daughter is already after me to go DO something. Sometimes I don’t want to have to do anything. I already know I have to cook what I had planned to have for dinner last night.

I was going to roast some chicken and some veggie kabobs and serve them with orzo pasta but my DS called while we were at the pool and the decision was made to go see ECLIPSE so instead of cooking what I had intended I ran home and pulled out one of those frozen meals in a bag. My mother had a coupon for it and bought it for me months ago and I never used it. Well, I did last night and I was glad to have it. It was an Orange Chicken Asian dinner served over rice. I ended up adding some mushrooms and some pepper flakes that perked it up a bit but it cooked very quickly and we were able to make an early showing of the movie. I will probably keep at least one of those type meals in the freezer from now on. I was unsure of how I felt about them but it was a blessing when I needed to feed us fast and move on with plans.

My daughter was possitively WILD after seeing ECLIPSE. The whole shirtless boy thing is almost more than she can take. She started talking as soon as the lights came up and it was almost impossible to turn her off. My DS and I ended up talking about the need to make good decisions about what one did in order to have/keep a boyfriend. The world does not come to an end if you don’t have a boyfriend, especially one that causes you to make questionable or bad decisions.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 10, 2010, 12:58 PM report to moderator
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Posted by Won_Two on July 10, 2010, 01:28 PM report to moderator
85 Points

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HW!!! – May your birthday be full of fun.

Won I was getting worried that I would have to go back tracking to count all those new posters. Phew!!

LadyHawke – I say hand your daughter her bike and tell her to explore the neighborhood, meet some neighborhood kids and have a good time. LOLOL!!! That used to be our fun time in the summer. :)

I am posting right before I have to leave for the Bachlorette Party for my future DIL. It was not something I would have chosen to do but it seems I am expected to attend. :( :(

The wedding is in TWO WEEKS!!! I have worried and worried. Sigh.

Posted by Madame Minerva on July 10, 2010, 01:59 PM report to moderator
85 Points


Did anyone see the new Clip for Deathly Hallows on the front page? It supposed to be playin ABC Family Channel. You can see part of the Diner scene were the Trio gets attacked. It also has all the people coming to fight. It all looks correct but maybe someone with a more observant eye could see the variations. :(

Posted by Madame Minerva on July 10, 2010, 02:05 PM report to moderator
245 Points

Isn’t it early in the day for a Bachelorette Party? I thought dinner, a “show” and partying would happen later in the day.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 10, 2010, 03:23 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Hello all!

Jen, it is torture! My Dad is very influential in my reading. If he recommends a book, I will buy it straight away. I’m delighted if he enjoys a book I think a lot of, and I love the book discussions I have with him! I hope to have them with my daughter too. I still have hope for my son, as I didn’t start to read obsessively ‘til I was about 15 or 16. I’m glad you’ve managed to get your dad reading, and well done with your nephew! I read to my son a lot when he was little, and I think it is such an important thing to do with a child. I remember newspaper articles from a while ago, reporting that some children starting school didn’t even know which way to hold a book, as they had NEVER been read to. Stories form such an important part of pre school education. And you’re right, if a child sees an adult reading, even sporadically, the child will absorb that it is normal behaviour, lol!

Lady Hawke, I will deliberately cook too much bolognaise sauce, or curry sauce to freeze down for just that kind of emergency meal. I also quite often have a standby frozen pizza, just in case. Tuesday last week was so hectic, we just headed for the fish and chip shop!
That sounds a very sensible discussion to have with your daughter. Far too much pressure can be put upon little girls, by the media, and their peers.

MM, I hope you, and your future DIL have a great time. Two weeks…. wow!

Posted by asti on July 10, 2010, 04:10 PM report to moderator
245 Points


Now you’ve done it. I was thinking just yesterday about asking for a good English curry recipe. We don’t eat nearly as much curry here as you do unless we go to an Indian restaurant. I read about people getting take out curry and making it at home in books. Then, I saw you made a shrimp curry tonight. Do you have a good chicken curry recipe?

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 10, 2010, 08:01 PM report to moderator
1623 Points

Evening all!

I’ve had a good day. I babysat my other two nephews so that sister and my BIL could go see ECLIPSE this afternoon. They both really liked it. And I am quite jealous…about 5 minutes after the movie was due to start, I got a text from my sister saying, “Watching the Harry Potter preview right this minute.” (Of course, I took exception to the fact that she was texting rather than WATCHING it, but she hasn’t gotten into HP…yet! LOL. She’s read and seen the first two, but didn’t get into them. I keep trying to convince her that she’s got to read PoA – that was the one that really hooked me, and I think it would her too.) Anyway, I will have to go to the theater closer to her when I go to see Eclipse again (The sister who went last night went to the same theater I did, but she arrived as the last trailer was playing, so she’s not sure if they’ve started showing it there yet.)

LH, I hope you were able to have a restful day, despite your daughter’s eagerness to do something.

MM, have fun at the Bachelorette party and good luck with the final wedding preparations. I can’t wait to see pics!

Asti, I’ve read stuff like that, about kids entering school having never seen a book and it horrifies me! I can’t even imagine! That’s one of the reasons I love the Harry Potter Alliance’s Accio Books campaign. We’ve sent thousands and thousands of books to underpriviledged areas where kids might not otherwise have books to read. Oh! Speaking of the HPA, has everyone voted for them to win $250,000? Chase is donating money to charities based on the number of votes they receive. The HPA is currently well in the lead, thanks to our awesome fandom, but every vote counts. They’ll be able to do even more incredible work with that kind of money. Here’s the link (it’s being done through Facebook): (and that’s my public service announcement for the day)!

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 10, 2010, 09:45 PM report to moderator
1884 Points

I don’t know why I can’t post all the time.

Posted by Cool G on July 10, 2010, 10:34 PM report to moderator
1884 Points

Well that seemed to work. Posting from the previous page.

Posted by Cool G on July 10, 2010, 10:36 PM report to moderator
1623 Points

Hi CoolG!

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 10, 2010, 10:55 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Lady Hawke, I’ve got a fantastic recipe for chicken curry. I’ll email you.

Posted by asti on July 11, 2010, 04:17 AM report to moderator
1884 Points

Morning All,

I seem to have come full circle. I am down to just lurking and reading the post. Most of the time it won’t post my comments.
Hi Jen I thought I would try again this morning.

Posted by Cool G on July 11, 2010, 08:41 AM report to moderator
1623 Points

Morning all!

CoolG, that is so frustrating! I was going to say that maybe it has something to do with your internet security settings, but that wouldn’t make sense since you’re still able to post sometimes. Do keep trying, though; it’s always good to see you over here. And maybe just type your posts in Word first, that way if it doesn’t go through, you’ll still have it to try again later!

I’m just going to pop into Facebook and Twitter, then I’m off to cross-stitch for a bit, while listening to an audiobook. Korey’s helped me get back into it because she’s been posting pics on FB of her progress on her project, so it’s motivating me to keep working on mine. I’m still plugging away at what was supposed to be a piece for my nephew’s wall, with a teddy bear & an angel, and his name and birth date. It’s a bit too late now, as he’s 4 and his room no longer has the baby decorations, but I’m determined to finish it so my sister can at least save it with his stuff, since the colors matched it all.

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 11, 2010, 11:01 AM report to moderator
106 Points

CoolG, the only thing I can think of, is you use two different computers. Will one work, and the other not??? Either way, please keep trying, it’s good to see more people here!

Jen, I hope you’re having a relaxing day, with your book, and your cross stitch. I havn’t done any since I was a kid :( My Mum did a piece similar to yours for the birth of one of her friends babies. I think it’s a lovely idea.

We’re watching the World Cup Final. DS and son are backing Spain.

Posted by asti on July 11, 2010, 03:27 PM report to moderator
1623 Points

Evening all!

After my relaxing morning, I headed up to Boston for my HP-MA meet-up. We ended up just doing the regular discussion meeting at Borders; I guess there were some conflicts in schedules and travel arrangements, so it didn’t work out for everyone to be able to go to one of the girl’s houses as had been suggested.

Unfortunately, the good day was marred, because I learned that my grandmother fell (AGAIN) today, and this time she broke a bone in her neck in four different places. She’s not paralyzed right now, but she has to have surgery first thing in the morning, and it’s apparently a dangerous, complicated surgery. There are high risks of paralysis, stroke, or death resulting from it. But doctors at both the hospital she was originally transported to, and the one she’s been transferred to for the surgery agree that the surgery is necessary, so we can only hope and pray that it goes well.

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 11, 2010, 09:57 PM report to moderator
85 Points

The Bachlorette party was a LOT OF FUN!!!

LadyHawke – We went to meet at my future DIL house for cocktails. That was at 4:00 PM. We waited for everyone to arrive and we left for Downtown Chicago at 4:30 pm. We had dinner reservations at 6:15 pm at Rockit restaurant. We arrived a little early so we had more cocktails at the bar. At 6:15…We had dinner and enjoyed a few shots right after dinner. LOL!!

At 8:00 PM we were in line to get into the “Baton Lounge” to see their Burlusque show. It was hysterically funny. It was all men dressed as women singing. It was so much fun, we drank some more….during the show the music was loud and the men really looked like women. Some of them were astonishing good looking as women. My jaw dropped several times. Some of those women/men dressed so risque and were showing so much you just wondered if they ever were men. LOLOL!!! They were taking dollars and all these women were more than willing to give them dollars. LOLOL!!

Apparently this show is Mecca for Bachelorette parties. I counted close to 15 brides to be. The most hysterical was the poor bride to be that was made to wear black men’s underwear on her head. Her bridesmaids in support were all wearing men’s underwear on their heads too and were the loudest bunch in the Lounge. I won’t say what was written on the underwear because this is a PG13 site but it was so funny we were laughing all night.

Afterwards I came home with my son’s future MIL and all the young girls went on to hit several other bars. We were the only ones over 30, erm…40?…..okay…okay…. very close or practically kissing 50 with them. LOL!!! Everyone else was in their 20’s. jeesh!!

Posted by Madame Minerva on July 11, 2010, 10:07 PM report to moderator
1623 Points

Hi MM! Sounds like a great night! I’m glad you had fun! I know you’ve said you get along well with your future DIL; do you get along well with her mom too?

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 11, 2010, 10:30 PM report to moderator
5008 Points

Good Morning Everybody!!! A Happy Monday to ALL!!!! I have all the books for Eclipse, New Moon, and so forth, but I am not interested in seeing the Movies. which is a bit unsual for me, as I usually am interested in Vampire stories!!!! I hope everybody had a nice weekend, I got around to setting up a little space for conversations on my front lawn to the left of my deck on the front of my house, I went to Wentworth Nursery, and bought a nice cement cured/sculpured bench, a fountain, and I already had two nice plastic lawn chairs, I also bought a Japenese Holly bush, it will get 4ft tall, and 4ft wide!! it is all green with small shinny leaves, I place this to the left of my conversation place, I will also be able to watch the birds from here, my bird bath is up to the right about 5 ft from this spot. My front storm door was installed also on Saturday, it looks really nice. Home Depot did a really nice job, and it only cost $97 to have it installed, the door I picked out was $144, and there is not tax on an installation. At this price, I had them measure my side door which leads from my kitchen and my small deck on the side of my house. I figure I might as well get that one done also, and then after buying my pellets for my pellet stove fireplace, I should be set up for Winter. I am not in a hurry for Winter though, and I certainly hope we do not get as much snow as we did last winter. Never has the Federal Government been closed 4 days in a row before, I was shocked, and very tire of cleaning off, and digging out my car!!!! not to mention that I had both pairs of my boots in storage unit, and Most of my clothes were there also. I am so happy to be in my own house now, and I can get things and maintenance done at my own pace and not have to be in a hurry. I am hoping to retire this comming March 2011, I am really looking forward too it!!! I will have 35 years of Fed- Governent, and 5 years of what I call outside industry working, which makes a total of 40 years I have been working total, and now it is time to get into what I plan to do with retirement, I have checked in to local hospital, and Nursing home, and they would be glad to have someone come there and read to the elderly, and this has been my dream for quite some time. I am wishing everybody to have a FANTASTIC DAY!!!! lol

Posted by Mistic Willow on July 12, 2010, 09:01 AM report to moderator
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Whoops!!! that should read a cement curved/sculpured bench!!!!! and tired of cleaning off and digging my car out of snow!!!!

Posted by Mistic Willow on July 12, 2010, 09:06 AM report to moderator
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Morning all!

Mistic, that sounds like a nice little space you set up on your lawn. I’m sure you’ll enjoy sitting out there! Also, your retirement plans sound great; I’m sure the residents and patients will really appreciate having you there to read to them. And since you’re planning to retire in March, you should have the free time in July to join us for LeakyCon, or at least the theme park meet-up! You should definitely plan for that; it’ll be so much fun!

Everyone – just want to put one more plea out there to vote for the Harry Potter Alliance. Today’s the last day, and after a week of holding a strong lead (as much as 10,000 votes), we’re now vacillating between first and second place. Here is the link: There’s a great little video on the page, if you’re looking for more info about what the HPA does. Also, Paul DeGeorge of wrock group Harry and the Potters, and co-founder of the HPA had sent out an email that does a great job of explaining the organizations purpose. I’ll copy and paste it here…actually, I’ll do it in a separate post, since it’ll be long. Thanks!

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 12, 2010, 11:09 AM report to moderator
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Here’s the text of Paul’s email:

Dear friends,

Five years ago a sweaty dude named Andrew Slack came to one of our shows with an idea would profoundly change the way Harry Potter fans could interact with the magical world created by JK Rowling. No, he wasn’t proposing a theme park. Instead, he wanted to take a cue from the books and create an actual Dumbledore’s Army. He wanted to harness the enthusiasm and dedication of Harry Potter fans everywhere and put it to practical action here in our own world. His idea was to form an Alliance of Harry Potter fans.

I immediately started working with Andrew on his idea for the Harry Potter Alliance. Just as these books had inspired us to start a band and make art, they also inspired us to be better people. They taught us that the powers of love and friendship and courage are enough to overcome seemingly insurmountable evil. Harry and his friends proved that it doesn’t matter how old you are: you can still play a huge role in shaping the world. We hoped to create an organization that would help facilitate and empower Harry Potter fans everywhere, to bring them together, and to help them transfer a little of the magic of Harry’s world into our own.

Five years later, I am truly honored to be a part of the organization that the Harry Potter Alliance has become. It is certainly a testament to the impressive character and unyielding generosity of Harry Potter’s fanbase that we have been able to grow so large and accomplish so much. Earlier this year, we partnered with various segments of the Harry Potter fandom and beyond to raise over $123,000 for Haiti disaster relief. Through Partners in Health, we were able to send five full cargo planes filled with food and medical supplies to Haiti! Then a few months later, our members donated over 50,00 books to the Mississippi Delat! These statistics blow my mind!

Like all non-profit organizations, the Harry Potter Alliance is in constant need of financial support. For the past few years, we’ve survived on a few grants, proceeds from various wizard rock compilations, and member-organized drives and donations. Other activist organizations have marveled at our ability to accomplish so much on a nearly non-existant budget. I know this sounds like I’m gearing up to ask you for some cash, but I’m happy to report that’s not the case.

Instead, I’d like to ask you to take just a little bit of time to lend your support to the Harry Potter Alliance as we enter the final days of the Chase Community Giving contest on Facebook. We have been doing really well and have a legitimate shot at winning $250,000, but we really need YOUR VOTE to help put us over the top. We are currently in 2nd place and the contest ends tonight at midnight (July 12, EST), so the situation is URGENT! I can’t even being to tell you about the incredible things we can do with that kind of money, but rest assured that an already awesome organization will be able to continue being awesome at all new levels of extreme awesomeness!

So here’s what you can do to help:

1) Please go vote for the Harry Potter Alliance RIGHT NOW via Facebook

It can be a bit confusing, but here’s all you need to do to vote for the HPA:
1. Click “Get started to vote” (the second green button, top right)
2. Allow access and then click “Like”
3. Click “Vote now” (green button, top right)

2) Once you’ve voted, please repost, retweet, blog, dance, shout, etc. Do whatever it takes to get as many of your friends and family to cast a vote for the Harry Potter Alliance. I can’t emphasize how important this is! This is your chance to help round up the votes we’ll need to win this competition. Be a hero! Is your mom on Facebook? It’s weird, I know, but now’s your chance to really share something with her. She loves HP too and I’m sure you can convince her to lend the HP Alliance a vote. And bonus points if she can get some of her own friends to vote too! If you can get 10 of your friends to vote, you’ll be a hero. If you can get a hundred friends to vote, you’ll be a superhero! Message all your friends right now and tell them how important this is to you! And if it’s not super-important to you, let them know how important it is to me!

3) Gift votes! You’re only allowed to vote for the HP Alliance once, but if you vote for 5 different organizations in this contest, you’ll receive one gift vote to send to a friend. We recommend using the BUDDY SYSTEM! Find a buddy, vote for a few more organization, exchange gift votes, and then use them to vote for the Harry Potter Alliance. Using this gift vote is like casting a patronus and having it fight alongside you! EXPECTO PATRONUM!

4) If you want to help out some more, check in with our staff to find out more tricks and tips to help us win this contest. Email for details!

This contest ends tonight – in less than 16 hours!!! – so please do this RIGHT NOW! We have a real shot at winning $250,000 and every vote counts!

If you’ve ever read a Harry Potter book or seen a movie, if you’ve ever sorted yourself into a Hogwarts house or put on a pair of round glasses, if you’ve ever been to a wizard rock show or played in a wizard rock band, or if you’ve ever wished that magic was real, now is your chance to make it so. Now is your chance to be a wizard! Now is your chance to support our real-world Dumbledore’s Army! Now is the time to raise that magic wand-of-an-index finger and click over to Now is your chance to help the Harry Potter Alliance and Harry Potter fans everywhere continue to bring the magic of these stories to life.

Thanks for your support!

Paul DeGeorge
Co-founder, the Harry Potter Alliance
Harry and the Potters

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 12, 2010, 11:11 AM report to moderator
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Aloha! ;)

Because most of the office are at a symposium this week, we are supposed to be having a pizza party here today. I have seen riots that were better organized!

First they could not decide where to get the pizzas, then they could not decide what toppings to get. Then every topping they picked had mushrooms. I am allergic to mushrooms!

So they changed one of the selections when I asked for my money back.

Anyway, I usually go to lunch at 11:00 am. They finally placed the order at 11:25 am. I have no idea when or if they will be delivered.

Many pizza places will not deliver to our building because we are on the wrong side of the street or they can’t find our address in their database or the delivery person is crazy or some other wierd reason.

I have started on my afternoon snacks so I don’t feel starved when they get here. I am leaving early today because I am supposed to get my permanent crowns installed at the dentists. I hope I can eat before I have to leave. ;)

I hope your day is going better. ;)

Posted by Deanie on July 12, 2010, 11:56 AM report to moderator
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Hi Deanie! I hope that by now the pizza has arrived (and that they didn’t mess up the order)! Good luck at the dentist.

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 12, 2010, 12:36 PM report to moderator
245 Points


I voted and sent my OWL to MELISSA.

Posted by Lady Hawke on July 12, 2010, 01:37 PM report to moderator
1884 Points

Good Morning All,

*Jen * that was a good idea. I use to write my post in Word all the time. Then I stopped because I was getting lacy with my spelling. With word check I just didn’t pay attention to how I spelled things. So I stopped. Of course now I either misspell something or add an extra letter. My fingers just automatically add certain letters to words.

MM Sounds like you had a lot of fun at your outing. I did look at the pictures of the bridal shower. I’m with Sirius about no pictures of you. I was also looking for a picture of your DS. I don’t think I have seen one. Your daughter did a good job with the paper flowers. What I found so funny was these big macho men holding these pens with flowers on the end. It just struck my funny bone. Lol

Mistic Your sitting place in your garden sounds wonderful. I do like to sit out and watch the birds. I should bring one of my bird baths here.

There is the cute little dog that came into the campground over the weekend. No one will claim it. It’s friendly and goes to anyone who is around. It’s an expensive dog and has a collar but it looks like it’s been on it’s own for awhile. We thought it would find it’s way back home but so far no such luck. I can’t think of the name for it. I would give it a home but I already have two dogs.

Posted by Cool G on July 12, 2010, 01:44 PM report to moderator
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Thanks, LH! I really hope they’ll win this money. It’s so frustrating knowing that we had such a huge lead and lost it. Of course the other charity seems like a worthy cause as well, but I like that the HPA helps out a number of different causes (well, and because of its HP connection, of course).

Hi CoolG! If you don’t want to rely on the spell checker on Word, you could always turn it off or, better yet, you should just turn off the auto-correct thing. That way, it will still underline anything you mis-spell, but it won’t change it, so you can see what you got wrong. You’ll probably notice that it tends to be some of the same words and you’ll be more conscious when you’re typing them – it should help you improve your spelling, rather than get lazy with it! :) In any case, it’s good to see a longer post from you here! :D

Oh, and LOL – I also looked at MM’s pics and chuckled over the men holding the flower pens! :)

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 12, 2010, 01:57 PM report to moderator
248 Points

Hello Leaky

Posted by korey1979 on July 12, 2010, 02:37 PM report to moderator
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KOREY! Hi! :)

Posted by Bookworm Jen on July 12, 2010, 02:47 PM report to moderator
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