emmagrant01: (Harry's fucked)
I realize this is coming really late, but I just saw HP7A for the third time today, and wanted to take a moment to write down some thoughts.

First of all, I really... )
emmagrant01: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] midnitemaraud_r and others on my flist have noted that today is the 3rd anniversary of the release of the last Harry Potter book.

Wow. It feels like it's been a lot longer than 3 years in a lot of ways. Three years ago today, I was home in Austin, having canceled my trip to go to Sectus in London after finding out I was pregnant (after 6 years of trying and a successful IVF cycle, woot. Incidentally, got the call that I was pregnant while at a Remus Lupins concert with some fellow HP fans. How's that for a fan's life?). I went to a local release party and had a blast, then went home to read the book alone. I posted my thoughts chapter-by-chapter as I went, which is really fun to go back and read now.

So obviously my life has changed a lot since that night 3 years ago!

One of the best things about going to Infinitus was that it really reignited my love for this fandom! And it got me writing again, which is fantastic.

*loves you all*
emmagrant01: (DD gay)
I have zero time to read these days, so I decided to listen to the audio version of HP&DH in my car on my commute. It took a month, and I just finished.

WOW. I mean seriously, wow! It's been two years since I last read it, and I had forgotten just how amazing it is, how she ties everything up so well, how awesome all the little Harry/Draco moments are, how cool the new magic is, how gorgeous the ending is with Harry uniting the Deathly Hallows and being the only true master of them, and how amazing the whole Harry-is-a-secret-horcrux-but-oh-wait-Voldie-has-Harry's-blood-so-Harry-doesn't-really-die-when-Voldie-kills-him stuff was. I even loved a lot of the bits that pissed me off two years ago, much to my surprise. I even found the epilogue oddly endearing. Endearing. How weird is that?

And now I'm really excited to see the film version, I have to say. I'm SO glad there will be two films, because that means we'll (hopefully) get to see so much more of the story than usual.

I was rewatching some of the films this weekend (they were on the Disney Channel for "Wiz-tober") and was struck by how different Harris's Dumbledore was from Gambon's Dumbledore, and how much more I like Gambon's version. As the books went on it became more clear that Dumbledore was a far more complex character than the early books made him seem, with more undertones of buried darkness than the young Harry saw. Gambon's characterization of him really highlighted that. Probably not a popular fandom opinion, but there you go. ;-)
emmagrant01: (DD gay)
So how does the idea that DD is gay change the way certain parts of the books read? It's a whole new reason to re-read, which is kind of cool. I won't have time to re-read DH anytime soon, but I was thinking about the bit in chapter 2 when Harry is first reading about Rita Skeeter's new book about Dumbledore.

Cut for the three of you who haven't read it yet. )
emmagrant01: (DD gay)
So much love for JKR today! Not to mention pride at the fact that so many of us read chapter 18 and went, "ZOMG, they were SO doing it" -- and we were TOTALLY RIGHT!

Take that, people who booed me at Prophecy when I mentioned Grindeldore in the keynote panel. Homophobic motherfuckers. Heh.

Edit: And after fifteen minutes of reading my flist, I'm depressed. Must we wank about everything, people? We finally get a canonically gay character, and fandom's response is to bitch about it. Why am I not surprised? :-/ </hormonal grumpiness>

Edit 2: For my own future refernece: [livejournal.com profile] iamstarmom has a transcript of exactly what Jo said here.
emmagrant01: (Default)
In the midst of lots of recent interviews with JKR in which she's talked about the futures of the characters (occasionally contradicting herself and canon) and answering questions that were unanswered in the books, I'm curious:

[Poll #1030317]

For the record, I'm in the "no" camp. IMO canon is the books, period. Everything else (including new material in the films) is interesting and potentially useful in fic and art, but isn't canon. But that's just me, of course. What do you think?

(DH spoilers likely in comments.)

Edit: Just to clarify, I personally separate "that which is called canon" from "that which one can write fic about". I don't think that defining canon as being one thing or another restricts or determines what you can write fic about. It just forms a basis we can all use to talk about the books.

Two rants

Jul. 26th, 2007 08:03 pm
emmagrant01: (Default)
Okay, this has been coming for a while, and two posts I saw today have triggered this. I don't think these are unpopular fandom opinions, and I want to put them out there in order to tell people that they aren't alone.

#1: What's with the anti-motherhood shit? [Spoilers] )

#2: The first rule of fan fiction is that there are no rules. [No spoilers] )

Spoilers likely in comments.
emmagrant01: (Potterwatch)
There were lots of questions I expected DH to answer that weren't, and I'm actually not unhappy about that. In fact, it's really cool that JKR left us a lot of room to play. But I have a few questions I'm wondering about, and I thought I'd pose them in a poll. [Spoilers] )
emmagrant01: (Buffy laughing)
I'm sure most of you have seen this by now, but if you haven't, go read [livejournal.com profile] violet_quill's take on what she might have guessed the plot of DH was based on reading her flist if she hadn't read the book. You will laugh your ass off. Oh, and SPOILERS.
emmagrant01: (DH finshed)
Well, I've finished. I haven't left my house since I got home Friday night (okay, Saturday morning, really), so I feel like I need to get a bit of fresh air. I did shower, at least, and managed to get enough snatches of sleep that I feel fine.

I want to make a big comprehensive post about how I feel about it all, but I think I need some time to digest it. I also want to read everyone else's thoughts, mostly because I feel like I've been horribly isolated, especially today. Not reading my flist during all of this was a lot harder than I thought it would be!

I kept a running commentary as I read each chapter, which contains my reactions to events as I read them and crazy theories as to what I thought was coming. Many of them were laughably wrong, but some of them were right. You can read that here, if you're interested. (Spoilers, obviously.)

I'm off to the grocery store, since I need to eat something other than pizza for dinner. And then I will spend the rest of the evening catching up with my flist!

*hugs everyone*
emmagrant01: (DH reading)
I'm about 2/3 of the way through the book at the moment. I decided to take my time with it, because there was no reason to rush. Originally I was going to be at Sectus and co-modding a round table with [livejournal.com profile] dragon_charmer about the future of Harry/Draco, and so my plan was to read like a fiend to be ready for that. I think that round table has happened by now, and I hope to find a post about what was said in the next couple of days.

But anyway, I woke up this morning and stared at the ceiling for a little while, thinking that this is the last morning I'll wake up not knowing how Harry Potter ends. That's sort of bittersweet, because I always had this crazy fear that something would happen to me and I would never find out how it ended, while at the same time not wanting it to be over. But this is it. Today is the day I will finally know everything. :-P

BTW, I'm writing up my thoughts chapter by chapter as I read here.
emmagrant01: (DH finshed)
I just got back from a HUGE release party with at least 1500 people, and it was awesome. There were lots of fantastic costumes, dueling, magic displays, wizard rock, and more. I even got to drink some Felix Felices, though it didn't help me get my book early. I got home around 2:00 am, determined to get started reading. And I'm thrilled to say that I never got spoiled, which is awesome!

I'm going to keep a log of my thoughts chapter by chapter as I read, mostly just to have a record for myself. I'll edit this post as I go. Here be SPOILERS, obviously.

Chapters 1-5 )

Chapters 6-10 )

Chapters 11-15 )

Chapters 16-20 )

Chapters 21-25 )

Chapters 26-30 )

Chapters 31-36 )

And the Epilogue )

And that's it. Wow. Canon is closed. I need some time to digest that and read what everyone else is thinking. At least I don't have to be afraid of spoilers anymore!

Edit: I didn't read any comments on this post until finishing because I was afraid someone would spoil me, either inadvertently or intentionally. And sadly, I was right about that. :-/
emmagrant01: (DH waiting)
This was originally posted to [livejournal.com profile] hp_centraltx, but I know many folks are avoiding communities this week, so I'm reposting it here.

I had to cancel my trip to Sectus, and one of the things I was most looking forward to there was the reading party. The idea of reading the final HP book in a room with other fans sounded so exciting. Fandom for me is so much about sharing the experience with other fans, and the idea of reading the final HP book all alone was a little depressing.

So I will be hosting a reading party at my house in Austin this weekend!

I'll be picking my book up at midnight at Book People on Sixth Street and then heading home to start reading, and I would be happy to have people over to read, whenever they want to start. You could come at 1:00 am, 8:00 am, 1:00 pm, whatever -- anytime on Saturday. I have lots of space and places for people to sit around and read. There are several bedrooms where you could go take a nap when you need to, and I'll set aside a "spoiler room" for anyone who wants to go and talk about what they've just read.

I'll fire up the home theater system for anyone who wants to take a break and watch a movie, or for those who don't plan on binge reading. ([livejournal.com profile] phaballa is bringing the DVDs of Hex, and I have a ton of other DVDs to choose from.) I have wireless, so you can bring your laptops and keep up with what's going on on LJ, even.

We'll order in food, drink coffee, and just share the experience of reading the last book together.

If you're in the area and are interested in coming anytime on Saturday, comment here and I'll send you more information.
emmagrant01: (DH waiting)
[livejournal.com profile] rookie131 made three DH-related icons that people can use to indicate where they are in the process of reading DH. They're free for the taking, and she says credit is nice but not required.



There is a comm called [livejournal.com profile] hallows_reviews for posting your thoughts, when you're ready.

I'm still not ready, btw. But I'm resigned to it now. :-P

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] heidi8 for pointing these out.

9 days?

Jul. 11th, 2007 10:13 pm
emmagrant01: (Default)
I stopped at the grocery store on the way home from seeing OOTP again with [livejournal.com profile] phaballa, [livejournal.com profile] charlotteschaos and her hubby, and [livejournal.com profile] stargategirl82, and I was walking past the book section where they have this big DH display with the number of days left until the book release.

And it said 9 days.

I stopped in front of it and said "Oh my god", because seriously, single digits. I mean, how can that be? And I stood there in my Ravenclaw t-shirt with broccoli and hummus in my hands, and I started to cry. In the middle of the fucking grocery store.

How can it be down to single digits? How can it be that in a number of days I can tick off on my fingers, it will all be over? I'll have the last Harry Potter book in my hands and will be mere hours away from finding out how the story ends. I'm SO NOT READY for that. I can't even wrap my mind around it really. I've known it was coming for a long time, of course, but it was somehow all theoretical until I saw that sign. Nine days.

What will it be like to know how it ends? To know whether Snape is really faithful to Dumbledore or not? To know once and for all who lives and who dies? To watch those pages left to read get fewer and fewer, until the last word is read and that's all -- no more Harry Potter?

I can't even begin to imagine. I don't want to. Oh god.
emmagrant01: (Harry's fucked)
I have seen quite a few posts on my flist from people who aren't going to log on to LJ for the next two weeks (until after they've read DH) so they won't get spoiled. I don't want to get spoiled either, but I'm not going anywhere.

I love fandom, and I would not miss these last two weeks before the last HP book for ANYTHING. The excitement, the last-minute theorizing, the last-minute fics, but most of all, feeling like I'm part of something really special, something that will likely never happen again in my life -- I'm not missing out on all of that. The idea of isolating myself in a spoiler-free bunker doesn't sound the least bit appealing. I'll risk being spoiled, thanks. I'd rather be here, with all of you. :-)

Besides, if you temporarily leave fandom to avoid spoilers, the terrorists spoiler asshats have won, right? ;-)

*grumble*

Jul. 5th, 2007 08:29 am
emmagrant01: (Draco little)
I was reading a post in a non-HP-related comm, and someone had commented on the post using an icon with a DH spoiler printed across it.

o_0

It could be a joke for all I know, but seriously, what kind of asshole does that even as a joke? Un-fucking-believable.
emmagrant01: (Draco - in ur fic)
This might be considered a Book 7 spoiler, so don't click if you're avoiding absolutely all spoilers.

As seen on The Today Show this morning and now on The Leaky Cauldron: new cover art for Deathly Hallows (the "deluxe" edition)!!

EDIT: Possible spoilers (speculation, anyway) in comments. Click at your own risk.

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