Live Blogging Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Fifth Hour

Last hour, which was more than a year ago, we discussed how goblins fit into the Potterverse, the curious road to redemption for Draco Malfoy, and the surprising choice to off Dobby but not Kreacher. Hour #5: p. 519-658 (“Gringotts” through “The Elder Wand”…and just short of “The Prince’s Tale.” Sigh.) –At this point in… Read More Live Blogging Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Fifth Hour

Live Blogging Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Fourth Hour

Last hour, we had our first Potter Lightning Round (which doesn’t really need to be in boldface, but I kinda like it that way), wondered why there are four Hogwarts houses instead of three, and celebrated the sinking of the good ‘ship Harmony. On with the show! Hour #4: p. 388 to p. 518 (“Xenophilius Lovegood” through… Read More Live Blogging Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Fourth Hour

Live Blogging Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Third Hour

Last hour, we covered among other things: telling the difference between Fred and George, why werewolves are HIV/AIDS patients, and why Harry would be utterly wretched without Hermione to whisper the answers in his ear. I’ll go ahead and say that this hour is probably the dullest one of the bunch, even though there’s a great… Read More Live Blogging Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Third Hour

Live Blogging Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Second Hour

Last hour, we did some rants about the power of Authorship, the foibles of plot-first writing, and the ebb and flow of James Potter, among other things. Hour #2: p. 137-267 (from “The Wedding” through “The Muggle-Born Registration Commission”) I’ll confess that during most of my early Potter readings, Fred and George were largely interchangeable… Read More Live Blogging Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Second Hour

Live Blogging Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: First Hour

Sales of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows commenced in the United States at midnight on July 21, 2007 (a Saturday). I had spent the previous week in Biloxi, Mississippi, doing relief work with my church’s youth group after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; we were to go home on the 21st. Sometime around dawn that day, I… Read More Live Blogging Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: First Hour