Goblet of Fire: ‘Aboard the Hogwarts Express’ & ‘The TriWizard Tournament’ (Chapters 11 & 12)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Chapters 11-12

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” Write your answers to the discussion points in the com boxes below.

1. _____ Amos Diggory wakes the Weasleys with the news that Arthur must rush to save Mad-Eye Moody from the Muggle “Please-men.” It seems the famous – and paranoid – retured Auror imagined an intruder and sent the dust-bins rocketing. Amos gives Molly some toast to apologize for waking her up.

2. _____ Three Muggle taxis take the Hogwarts crew to King’s Cross station but an errant firework and an overly excited cat make the crowded trip in the rain miserable. [Read more…]

Michael Gambon: The Perfect Dumbledore?

Wonderful conversation going on over at Sword of Gryffindor about the latest revelations about the actor who plays Albus Dumbledore in the movies and the actor who turned down the part.

I haven’t read any of the combox comments except those at the linked articles and they are what you’d expect, namely, fans wanting to see Dumbledore blasted from the Astronomy Tower by Severus Snape in the Half-Blood Prince film (a sentiment I first read on the blog of an Orthodox priest and friend back in 2005). Folks really don’t like Michael Gambon.

Which is too bad. Post Deathly Hallows, I’m thinking he was a brilliant choice for the part. [Read more…]

Tales of Beedle the Bard: “Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump”

One more for your edification! Please share your thoughts on this specific tale and how it works with the first three… I’m assuming the fifth tale is “The Three Brothers” about which we know a little more than the story (e.g., it’s connection to Chaucer). Do you see any connections with other Chaucer tales? Boccaccio? Grimm?

Tales of Beedle the Bard: The Warlock’s Hairy Heart

Number three is up at Amazon.com. (Scroll down the page.) We’re looking positively Grimm — and my friends from Who Killed Albus Dumbledore are speculating we’re seeing a “a booklet on virtues as illustrated by quaint little wizarding vignettes standing in for the usually fairy tale approach” (Professor Mum).

What do you think?

Tales of Beedle the Bard: The Fountain of Fair Fortune

And here is the second Tale, as reviewed at Amazon.com. Waddya think?