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Things we hate about…

Things we hate about…

The Hardy Boys: The fact that these boys (who in my head, have come to look like the Jonas Brothers) never discussed their case with their father, even though at the end of every mystery, it becomes evident that their detective father, Fenton Hardy was working on the same damn case. If you are smart enough to foil the mafia’s plan and use Morse code to escape kidnappers, surely you must see this pattern. If you exclaim, “oh, father was dealing with the same criminals” after the 900th case, it stops being a surprise, morons!

The Archie Comics: Little Archie. It’s funny that Archie is caught in the love triangle with Betty and Veronica, but when you make them kids, it’s just creepy. Sure, restaurant dates become picnics and smooches become pecks on the cheek, but hey hey, they are children! There’s a pervy little boy hitting on two chicks and it’s not cute. Also, Betty’s perpetually perfectly S-shaped ponytail.

The Nancy Drew Series: Nancy Drew. Also, what kind of idiot dates someone with a name like Ned Nickerson?

The Harry Potter Series: The fact that Victor Krum was friendless and alone before he met Hermoine Granger. In the second task of the Triwizard Tournament, the person you would miss most had to be rescued and Krum’s person was Granger. We are talking about a Quidditch star here, who just a few months ago had taken the wizarding world by storm with his feinting. It’s impossible to believe that for years, he had no friends, girlfriends or even quidditch buddies that he would miss and instead bestowed all his yearning for a girl he met a few weeks ago at a new school. A Quidditch star, STAR, with no social life? C’mon.

Malory Towers and Saint Claire’s: Girls who didn’t play or like sports were never the “good sort”, they were always the weak little ninnies who would be laughed at later or given a “dressing down.” It is possible to hate games and still be a good sport okay. OKAY! YOUR MOM IS A NINNY!

 

Nitwit. Blubber. Oddment. Tweak: A tribute to JK Rowling

Nitwit. Blubber. Oddment. Tweak: A tribute to JK Rowling

1998. My mother, back from her trip to Flora Fountain handed me a bag of books. It had two Five Find-outers, one Hardy Boys and one book called Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone.

The synopsis read “Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy until he is rescued by a beetle-eyed giant of a man, enrolls at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry, learns to play quidditch and even does battle in a deadly duel. The reason: HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!”

I rolled my eyes at my mother. I was 9, I wasn’t going to read a book about magic and wizards. Geez.

My grandmum, who, when she visits us reads everything she can get her hands on, read it and used it as a bedtime story for my sister one night. I woke up early the next morning, because I had to know what happens to the boy who lived under the stairs.

Harry Potter is funny, intriguing, exciting, smart, dramatic, sweet, detailed and did, I mention funny? Rowling has a narrative that holds you and won’t let go.

Nothing in recent years has compared to the brilliance of the Potter series. This is an actual conversation .

Me: Oh, you should read The hunger games.

Sheena: Is it as good as Harry Potter?

Me: No.

Me: Read that book..

Sheena:Is it as good as..

Me: No.

Me: Read…

Sheena: Is it…

Me:  No.

Here are 50 things, concepts and people I love about Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling.

  1. Ronald Weasley
  2. Draco Malfoy
  3. Severus Snape
  4. Butterbeer (Butter + Beer. For real)
  5. Moving chess pieces
  6. Rowling is the first person in the world to become a billionaire by writing books.
  7. The clock in the Weasley’s kitchen
  8. The marauder’s map
  9. Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore and his words of wisdom (After all to the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.  Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live)
  10. Rowling’s amazing commencement speech
  11. Luna Lovegood
  12. A Snitch
  13. Fang
  14. The fans (I love Harry Potter fans. There is always conversation. I may not know your full name but we could have long conversations on why I was always on Snape’s side or why no one could be a better Bellatrix Lestrange than Helena Bonham Carter)
  15. Hagrid
  16. Felix Felicis
  17. “I’m going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed – or worse, expelled.”  – Hermione Granger
  18. Cedric Diggory
  19. Professor McGonagall
  20. Books by Gilderoy Lockhart (Break With A Banshee, Gadding With Ghouls, Holidays With Hags, Magical Me, Travel With Trolls, Voyages With Vampires, Wandering With Werewolves, Year With The Yeti)
  21. Peeves (We did it, we bashed them, wee Potter’s the one and Voldy’s gone moldy, so now let’s have fun!)
  22. The Firebolt
  23. Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour
  24. Flourish & Blotts
  25. Fred and George Weasley (I think I wept when they leave Hogwarts to a shower of fireworks)
  26. St. Mungo’s
  27. The deathly hallows
  28. The Knight Bus
  29. The Floo network
  30. Gryffindor common room passwords (abstinence, 
balderdash, banana fritters, caput draconis, dilligrout, fairy lights, flibbertigibbet, fortuna major, Mimbulus mimbletonia, oddsbodikins, quid agis, scurvy cur)
  31. Dobby
  32. Crookshanks
  33. Animagus
  34. Sirius Black (And the tiny detail, that “Sirius Black” is a pun on his Animagus form of a black dog, as the star Sirius is known as the Dog Star, and is the brightest star in Canis Major.)
  35. Daily Prophet
  36. Horcruxes
  37.  Gellert Grindelwald
  38. Dumbledore’s Army
  39. The Sorting hat and the House system (I’d definitely be a Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. That’s kind of sad)
  40. Marvolo Gaunt
  41. Ginny’s song (His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad, His hair is as dark as a blackboard. I wish he was mine, he’s really divine, the hero who conquered the Dark Lord.)
  42. Arabella  Doreen Figg (Oh, god she was squib! Whaaat! The cat lady with the house that smelled of cabbage)
  43. Hogsmeade
  44. Honeydukes Sweetshop
  45. Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes (“Why are you worrying about you-know-who? you should be worrying about u-no-poo. the constipation sensation that’s gripping the nation!”)
  46. Mad-eye Moody
  47. Kingsley Shacklebolt
  48. Polyjuice potion
  49. Patronus
  50. The Goblet of Fire (Best tournament in the history of everything)

– Sharanya

Popular culture’s most amazing dogs

Popular culture’s most amazing dogs

Popular culture’s most amazing dogs

The Vodafone pug

He’ll find you true love, follow you when you go fishing, dote on you, curl up next to you at night, and stand guard while you canoodle with a love interest. Man, with dogs like these, who needs networks?

Odie from Garfield

Eternally panting, unfalteringly joyful, infinitely enthusiastic, naive, hopeful, energetic: We can’t get enough of him, even as he’s constantly getting one- upped by the sulky, scheming Garfield.

Muttley from Whacky Races and The Perils of Penelope Pittstop

Question: What’s more awesome than a dog who sits shotgun in a race car? Answer: A dog that sniggers deviously every time you screw up.

Tuffy from Hum Aapke hain kaun

Tuffy earns his stripes umpiring cricket matches and deciphering that Salman Khan is in fact, the real groom. Of course, he thinks of doing the last bit an hour before the wedding when he could have picked any moment during those long months spent picking sarees, sending out wedding invites… well, the umpiring bit is so cool.

Snoopy from Peanuts

How many dogs do you know write books, are World War I Flying Aces and have an alter-ego called Joe Cool? Just the one.

Snowy from Tin Tin

An inquisitive if slightly cowardly white Wire Fox Terrier, Snowy accompanies Tin Tin in his adventures. He helps him solve mysterious and sometimes even gets super drunk and delirious. Hey, a dog’s gotta do what a dog’s gotta do.

Fang from the Harry Potter series:

He’s full of disobedient, happy doggy-love and he slobbers absolutely everywhere, in sickness and in health, in good times and bad. Cheers.

Dug from Up

A golden retriever that can talk. Yup, that’s right; Dug has a special collar that translates his barks into human. Affectionate and joyful, only squirrels can distract him.

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