Who Do You Think You Are, Daniel? Happy 30th Birthday, Daniel Radcliffe

Read about the show here. Hat tip to Kelly!

‘Cursed Child’ Three Minute Clip

The Clip Introduction —

Motorbiking Misadventures: A Hogwarts Professor Visits Universal, Day 3.

Date:  9 July 2019.

T-shirt choice: Hand-painted Virginia is for Wizards Ravenclaw/Erudite hybrid.

Status of Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure: Open, with “brief” delays.

This was our Wizarding World-focused day.  Our hotel offers early admission to the Harry Potter sections of the park, so we decided to take advantage of being able to visit prior to the general public. Our plan was to start at Hogsmeade, which we hadn’t explored in detail the previous day, but, turns out, the early admissions offer only applied to Diagon Alley. This is not what the brochure advertised, so I suspect this restriction is a response to the crowd control measures necessitated by the popularity of Hagrid’s Motorbike Ride.

So, with my son’s new wand tucked safely into our Generic Magic Festival tote (thanks, Lana!) we headed there around 7:30 to try out some more spells. We spent an hour or so puttering around Diagon Alley with the spell map, trying out all the official ones and the “secret” unmarked ones that I had found on the internet. As we had heard, some are easier than others, and learning to use the wand takes some practice, as you can see in this video of my first attempts at spell-casting.

Within an hour or so there was a huge crowd forming in the line to King’s Cross Station and word spread that Hagrid’s Motorbike Ride was open. With high hopes that yesterday’s closure had resulted in the removal of all the nargles, we hopped in the line, got aboard the train (this time seeing the magic brick wall where people appear to vanish—we missed that on day 1) and joined the crowd heading to Hogsmeade, to assess the situation.  Did we make it to the oh-so-hyped adventure?  Tune in after the jump. Spoilers for rides ahead. [Read more…]

Cormoran Strike Pillar Post: Strike5 Speculation and Predictions

We do not have a title yet for the fifth Cormoran Strike mystery but speculation about and predictions of its plot points, its possible parallels with Order of the Phoenix and Career of Evil, and its place in the narrative arc of the series are well underway at HogwartsProfessor. Check out these three posts:

More of this musing and conjecture can be found in the comment box threads under the Lethal White posts that explore the echoes linking Strike4 and Goblet of Fire. See the Lethal White Pillar Post for those links.

This opening salvo of a Pillar Post will be updated in the months and one hopes not-too-many years separating us from the publication of Strike5. You can always check on it by clicking on the ‘Individual Rowling Works’ in the Pillar Post sidebar on the left of the site’s homepage and then the Strike5 entry there.

 

Psychology

This is a placeholder post to be added to the Pillar Post ‘Keys for Interpretation.’

More anon! Thank you for your patience with this project.