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Pub Quiz by the Leaky Cauldron

Last night a handful of people from my office went to the Southwark Tavern near London Bridge/Borough Market for a pub quiz. Team name? Conquiztadors.

Want to know another fun fact? The Southwark Tavern is dangerously close to the Leaky Cauldron in Harry Potter. Naturally the whole time I was imagining I was sitting in the Leaky Cauldron on Diagon Alley. Who wouldn’t?

The quiz took place down in the cellar, where all the tables were reserved for us quiz takers. Each person pays a pound, and the winning team gets the entire pot.

Fellow conquiztadors.

I didn’t know many answers. I did, however, answer correctly to the question: What do Americans call bum bags? Fanny packs! Brits think this is funny because fanny doesn’t mean the same thing over here …

Sadly we didn’t win, or get last or second to last place. If you get second to last you win a bottle of wine! Last place got some nasty looking candies. The first place team got to split £54 of winnings.

Perhaps next time the conquiztadors will prevail.


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Go see it now.

Your eyes will want to puddle up through the entire movie. Watch this trailer. Non-stop action. I can’t wait to see it again tomorrow.

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I own 9 Harry Potter T-shirts.

I left most of my Potter shirts back in the US, so my selection isn’t what it used to be. Still, my decision on which one to wear tomorrow is something I’ve been debating for more than a week now.

Back home I have:


Neville Longbottom



Sirius Black

Harry Potter (in 3 different shirts)

Hogwarts button-up hoodie

Here I have only these two:

I really like the detail in his glasses.

Sorry for the crappy quality. Don’t worry, these will definitely get ironed before tomorrow.

And the other one. This one actually fits me really well and I like the v-neck.

I think I’m probably going to wear the black tomorrow and the white Sunday. Does anyone else own Potter clothes?

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Stupid Robert Pattinson.


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Kevin Bacon and one of his hairs

Last night I had a dream about a hair on Kevin Bacon’s head.

I know he’s been in a lot of movies, but I most likely haven’t seen 99 percent of them, and I’ve never had even two thoughts about him. He’s kind of a non-entity to me.

So why was he in my dream last night, asking me why someone I work with stalked him, collected a hair that fell off his head and then taped it to a stick to keep at our desk?

How do I answer I that? “I don’t know why my co-worker has one of your hairs on a stick.” It was really awkward, so I sent him in the direction of said co-worker.

Kevin Bacon: Look what I have. [holds up stick with his single hair attached]

Co-worker: Sh*t. That’s mine. Can I have it back?

Kevin Bacon: Well, not really. It’s actually mine. It’s my hair.

I remember standing there watching the conversation and thinking “this is really creepy,” but then I woke up. I never figured out why my not-so-freaky-in-real-life co-worker had this hairy stick and brought it to work.

Oh, did I mention that this conversation took place in Harry Potter’s castle after I’d been chased through it and almost killed? Harry Potter doesn’t even have his own castle, but in my dream he did.

A lot of times people say they don’t remember their dreams. I almost always remember mine because they are so WEIRD.


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Um, when did Emma Watson become a little French boy?

This is a little boy on a movie poster I saw in France. Is it just me, or does he have the exact same face as Emma Watson?



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Are You Excited About Harry Potter?

I am, and you should be. It’s a momentous event in 21st century culture. Kids have grown up with Harry Potter. There is a whole generation of people who started reading the books when they were young, and as they grew up and became more mature the books kept coming out and got darker and more mature as well.

I know a dementor and he is not excited about Mr. Potter. That’s why he’s a dementor – only dementors are unable to find joy in HP. The movie, not the sauce. Actually, I know a lot of dementors. More than half the people I know are not excited about this!

Here is Lupin’s description of Dementors, which I find to be amusing:

Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them. Even Muggles feel their presence, though they can’t see them. Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. If it can, the Dementor will feed on you long enough to reduce you to something like itself…soul-less and evil. You will be left with nothing but the worst experiences of your life.

I have a T-shirt I’m going to wear to the IMAX showing Sunday. Unfortunately I don’t have a shirt for the new movie, but I really like my shirt with Voldemort on it. It has the below picture and on the back it says, “You will lose everything.” When I first heard those words on the trailer I got shivers.

How scary is that picture?!

Some people say I’m not a true Harry Potter fan because I  never read the fourth book. Hear me out!

I didn’t read the fourth book because I was reading the fourth book when the movie came out. Hear me out!

I got so angry about the movie that I decided the whole story was stupid so I didn’t waste my time with the book. I thought it was stupid because I didn’t think there was any way that responsible adults would cancel Quidditch in favor of a tournament that only three students could play, a tournament in which their lives would be risked. No way. It’s totally unrealistic and it just wouldn’t happen. J.K. should have come up with a more realistic story line.

“But it’s Harry Potter … it’s a fantasy world, ” you might be thinking, like every other jerk who doesn’t agree with me. 

Sure, it’s Hogwarts, which is a fantasy world, but human behavior is human behavior. No adult would risk the lives of students for some stupid, pointless tournament. The adults in the series are continuously worried about student safety, yet all of a sudden they aren’t? Riddikulus! (you like what I did there?)

I’m seeing the movie at least two times this weekend. I can’t wait!!


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