Goodbye, ‘Accio Quote!’?

In an announcement put up just before Roonwit’s helpful summary of the PotterCast interview with Ms. Rowling, Madame Pince, the librarian at Accio Quote! (and friend of this blog), announced big changes at Accio Quote!. She wrote under the headline “Changes Coming” that:

I want to let all of our readers know that my website Accio Quote! will be changing. Some of the articles will be taken offline, although when possible we will be linking out. This means that for a short time the current search index will be less thorough, so we will be re-configuring that too and moving to Google Coop for our search utility. [Read more…]

Should She or Shouldn’t She? Why Ms. Rowling Won’t Shut Up — and Why That is a Good Thing

Goblet of Fire: ‘Beauxbatons and Durmstrang’ & ‘The Goblet of Fire’ (Chapters 15 & 16)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Chapters 15-16

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” Write your thoughts out in the blue books provided at the end of this examination page.

1. _____ Harry writes a letter to Sirius to discourage him from flying north; he writes that he must have imagined his scar hurting. Sirius responds that Harry is probably correct and that he wants to hear all the news via Hedwig, promptly.

2. _____ Professor “Mad-Eye” Moody gives everyone practice trying to resist the Imperius curse, but only Harry succeeds in hearing “another voice” “in the back of his brain” that argues with the commands of Moody. [Read more…]

Ms. Rowling TLC PotterCast, Part 1

The first part of Ms. Rowling’s interview at The Leaky Cauldron is online already but I will wait to comment until the transcript goes up at TLC or Madame Pince’s Potter Pages. If you have iTunes on your computer and have listened to the show, please offer your thoughts here. The posted Table of Contents for the “landmark show” is:

-The morals of Beedle the Bard
-Who was right about Horcri?
-Who made the first Horcrux?
-Creating a Horcrux vs. splitting the atom
-Will Jo tell us how to create a Horcrux? [Read more…]

Goblet of Fire: ‘Mad-Eye Moody’ & ‘The Unforgivable Curses’ (Chapters 13-14)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Chapters 13-14

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” Please share your thoughts on these two chapters in the com boxes below!

1. _____ Harry, Ron, and Hermione gather bubotuber puss in Herbology before Care of Magical Creatures class with Hagrid. They try to feed the Blast-ended Skrewts the frog livers they love without getting burnt, blasted or blood sucked.

2. _____ Hermione decides the best way to protest the slavery of house-elves is not by refusing to eat and wasting away. She eats as fast as she can at every meal instead and goes to the library to get away from being a part of “the slave scene.” [Read more…]