Thursday, August 7, 2008

Can we handle any more Harry Potter?

I have long felt that I have a fourth child in my family. A kid with a lightning scar across his forehead. A magical kid who goes to Hogwarts. My kids have gone through periods where they think they go to Hogwarts.

Drama Girl started reading the books in second grade, and by 2004, she was casting spells on people.

In 2005 Wasabi Girl began her Hogwarts studies.

Last year I not only had two Hogwarts students, but Bellatrix Lestrange showed up.

My Bellatrix won a costume contest at the bookstore when we went there for the midnight release of Harry Potter 7. We had to get two copies, and even with that, we had to make deals around who could read them first. Drama Girl and I stayed up all night reading. I finished in the morning, tired and tearful, and passed a copy on to Jungle Boy, who was impatient for his turn. Drama Girl fell asleep around 6 am so she finished later.

Yes, that's right, we have multiple copies of the books, because for a while there everyone was reading them at the same time. I once walked into the living room and saw six of the books on the coffee table. That's pretty bad since there are only five people in the family. The kids listen to the tapes all the time and I'm starting to think the narrator, Jim Dale, also lives at my house.

We've got the movies, the wands, the Hedwig puppet. I threw an incredible HP birthday party one year. We play HP on the Wii. But overall, the obsession seems to be slowing down.

Now the kids have all seen this:

To me it looks like "Harry Potter 6: Dumbledore phones it in." I just don't know if I can handle any more Harry.

But then again, it does have Jim Broadbent in it. I always like him.

Who am I kidding. We'll probably be first in line for this one too. *sigh* I wonder what it's like to have a family that doesn't grow up with Harry?

12 people stopped folding laundry to write:

Liz Jimenez said...

Oooh... I had no idea the new trailer was out!

When book 6 came out, we were in DC visiting friends. The first bookstore we tried was sold out when we went Saturday evening. So Sunday morning I called all around DC to find a store that had some. M and I got two copies. We finished them on the airplane home that night.

Last summer was book 7 and movie 5, and I was hugely pregnant. Movie 5 is the last thing I've seen in the theater. Book 7 came out when I was 34 weeks pregnant...

I'm looking forward to introducing the books to my kids, though I'm not sure when I'll do that. Because now that the whole series is out, I know there's no stopping once you start reading. And I want them to be old enough to handle the scarier parts...

I guess I may have a few years!

owlfan said...

We have one of those Harry Potter robes and first one then the other kid has worn it for Halloween for quite a few years - and to their book parade at school - and just for fun around the house. My 9yo boy got to attend a Hogwarts banquet yesterday - I can't wait to hear about it (he's with grandma).

We even made our own wands earlier this summer - tons of fun -

Anonymous said...

We saw the preview yesterday! All three kids are a bit young but I know ill go see it haha

Abhishek said...

Fans of Harry Potter cannot ever have enough of him and his movies. They always want more. Well I read that the new HP 6 movie has to offer its viewers something similar. It has loads of actions and new spell binding special effects which will keep the fans wanting for more. Source:

Anonymous said...

It's so sad that it's all over isn't it. I miss the anticipation of a new Potter book but what can we do.

Soon we will be on to something else!

Anonymous said...

Thats a ALOT of HP in your life. Glad it only grazed my kids attention....I mean we like it. But we aren't insane about it. Not that you guys are insane or anything. Okay I will just shut up now.

Claremont First Ward said...

You have to be first in line. YOu just have to! :)
BTW, cute Potter look alikes! :)

Jocasta said...

I was once awoken at 4am with my husband shaking me saying "where's number 3, where's number 3"

I wish I was joking but I'm not! He is the HP fan to outlast all fans.

LdybugSammi said...

There can never be too much Harry Potter!! I had no idea the new trailer was out, I'm so excited, and I'm a grown woman!

Des said...

So funny you should mention 10 year old I THOUGHT had grown up with Harry. She read them in 2nd grade, we've seen all the movies. Had to have 4 copies when the last 2 books came out so we could ALL read at the same time. Well, she's started again. That is ALL she will read. She just finished number 7 and is back to number 1. I get a running total each day of where she is how far she has to go. THEN she has to listen to it as well. No hannah montana. No High School Musical. Just Jim Dale. The trailer looks awesome.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait. I wonder if I can convince my library to have a harry potter party??? We need an excuse to dig out the books and other way fun stuff!!
I love the books and have been one of those crazy people who have been at Wal-mart at midnight picking up the latest copy~

Coloradolady said...

Oh, I had to tell you to check my post from Sat. Your kids will love it, its about owls. I am a Harry Potter fan myself, so I liked this post. very cute.

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