Harry Takes Top Two Spots on Amazon 2007 Best Seller List

The seventh book and the DVD of the fifth movie.

Was anyone else startled that four of the Amazon top five best selling items were DVDs — and that Order of the Phoenix made it to number two on the list in a little over two weeks of sales time?

Another JKR Interview: 12/30/07 (Trailer online…)

It is interesting to see the author talking in what seems to be an almost private conversation (neglecting the camera crew and others that had to have been there).

Your thoughts?

Another Award! JKR Meets “Obama Girl”

Ms. Rowling has won another Celebrity Newsmaker Award from the MSM! I think her placement at the end of the list means (1) she is the most important women newsmaker, (2) the least important on this list, or (3) the most/least like Hilary Clinton, the first woman profiled — but I cannot tell which one it is.

Is anyone keeping track of the year end awards for which she hasn’t been nominated? I don’t remember her name being mentioned in the run-up to the selection of the Heisman Trophy winner. Anything else she’s missed out on?

The Hidden Key to “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Merry Christmas, HogPro All-Pros!

Here’s a challenging essay by Patrick Deneen that explains how George Bailey built a world without porches (on a graveyard, no less!) that destroyed any chance of the happy ending he enjoyed in Capra’s “Its a Wonderful Life.” Enjoy.

John, hoping your holidays were joyous

Goblet of Fire: ‘The House-Elf Liberation Front’ and ‘The Unexpected Task’ (Chapters 21 and 22)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Chapters 21-22

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” Write your thoughts about the discussion points in the comment boxes below! Jump right in…

1. _____ At the Gryffindor party celebrating Harry’s fun with the Hungarian Horntail, Harry opens the Golden Egg to learn the clue he needs to understand for the second task. There are galleons galore and music inside but no clue.

2. _____ Fred and George tell Hermione how to get into the Hogwarts kitchens so she can help the house-elves prepare more food for the party. She finds Dobby and Winky there – and runs to get Harry and Ron. [Read more…]