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“Order of the Phoenix”? I Think I’ll Pass.

Posted by knitpicking on 8 July 2007

Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a Harry Potter fanatic. I have a wand. I even have a Time-Turner (sadly, non-working). I have all of the books, and I have (with one exception) read them multiple times. The one that I cannot bring myself to read again is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. And so I may break from tradition and skip the movie.

SPOILER ALERT: To anyone who has not read the book and plans to see the movie, you may not want to read the rest of the post, as I am going to discuss exactly why I didn’t like the book. In doing so, I may reveal details that would be considered spoilers. You have been warned.

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What’s the French Word for Nerd?

Posted by knitpicking on 8 May 2006

When I found out that J was going to Paris, I specifically requested one thing:

A copy of the first Harry Potter book in French (with the bonus of a Metro ticket that serves as a bookmark). The French language and I have a curious relationship with each other. I can read it pretty well, and I have a passable understanding of spoken French. However, I have virtually no ability to speak it or write it. So far, I’m having no trouble understanding a book that’s written for French children, although I probably wouldn’t admit it if I did.

The most amusing thing so far is that the word for “wand” is “baguette”. I keep getting this mental picture of people performing magic by waving around loaves of bread.

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