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July 22nd, 2009

09:53 pm - Initial Reactions to the HBP Movie

Hello friends!  I got to see Half-Blood Prince at midnight opening night last week, and I've posted my initial reactions on my blog.  You are welcome to check out my latest entry to see my thoughts.  I plan on seeing it again before making a full review.  Please leave your responses here on this community or on my blog, whichever you prefer! 


Current Location: home
Current Mood: creative
Current Music: Merlin, Episode 1

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June 18th, 2009

10:48 pm - God, C. S. Lewis, and J. K. Rowling?: Conclusion
Hello friends!  I've finally finished posting my thesis up on the blog, and I'd be delighted if you take a look at it.  The Conclusion chapter is now up on the blog.  You can read it here.  Also, if you've missed the whole thing, you can find the thesis main page here.  It has links to all the chapters for easy access.  I'd appreciate it if you'd take a glance!  :)


Current Location: home
Current Mood: productive
Current Music: nada

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June 9th, 2009

11:48 am - My Entertainment Blog
Hey guys and gals,

My entertainment blog, Nerdy Blogger, is now on the blogroll of The Hog's Head, plus I'm being featured in a "Common Room" post on The Hog's Head later today!  If you've never checked out The Hog's Head, you definitely should.  It's the blog of Travis Prinzi, one of the leading voices in Harry Potter literary crticism right now.  He's just published a book, and speaks at Harry Potter conferences around the country.  There are few other places on the web to find top notch insight on Potter like you'll find there. 

Also, I'm in the process of posting my senior thesis up in segments on Nerdy Blogger (which is the content being featured on The Hog's Head) so if you're at all interested in reading it, you can find the static page for it here


Ashley (aka Nerdy Blogger)
Current Location: home
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Current Music: nada

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May 19th, 2009

04:59 pm - Hello long neglected community!
I've been away from LJ for a while now, so I'm making this community open, rather than moderated membership.  Feel free to invite whoever and talk about some relevant potter stuff! 

The HBP movie is only about 55 days away!!!  :D
Current Location: home
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: nada

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August 28th, 2007

01:11 pm - A Calvinist Take on Deathly Hallows
Very interesting opinion piece which explains why book 7 made some fans uneasy. Be sure and read the discussion in the comments.


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August 27th, 2007

11:15 am - The Politics And Philosophy Of Harry Potter
Prof. Barry Rubin has written an essay on the subject.  It's very, very political, and pretty clear he's got his own agenda.  But it's always kinda fun to see Potterverse described with big words.  We all see through our own filter.


He does touch on religion as a cultural element and why he thinks Rowling left it out.

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August 23rd, 2007

10:02 pm - Dragon Con anyone?
I'm hitting Dragon Con this year!  My first time.  I've been wanting to go for nearly a decade.  Anyone else going?  I think there's supposed to be some HP stuff.  I think I'll be Amidala (black feather headress) on Friday and Hermione on Saturday....still working Sunday/Monday costumes. 

I was wondering if anyone else is going to be there.

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August 3rd, 2007

12:03 pm - Richard Abanes Q&A

I'm doing an interview/discussion with Richard Abanes author of "Harry Potter and the Bible", "Fantasy and your Family", and "Harry Potter, Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings".  He's been established as a Harry Potter critic, and no I don't agree with him entirely.  But I think he's the most rational voice the HP objectors have.  And I do think he makes several good points.

Anyway, we're doing this bit by bit over e-mail, so I'm still welcoming questions.  

You can read the first part here:

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July 24th, 2007

02:26 pm - Biblical allusions
After Deathly Hallows... I feel like it might be good for the ChristnHP.org site to have a master list of Biblical quotes/allusions/parallels.

Also a question, when you quote the Bible in a work of fiction, are you supposed to cite it somewhere/somehow?  I can understand it might have broke the flow to give chapter and verse right after, and I know plenty of films and probably books too have used uncited quotes... but does anyone know what the "etiquette" for lack of better term is?

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July 19th, 2007

08:33 am - "He cannot kill you if you are already dead"

Dumbledore says this to Draco in HBP Ch 27 (page 591 in my copy).

It just struck me how significant this statement is in a religious light.  Dumbledore is offering Draco salvation from the Death Eaters.  But it requires Draco dying in some sense... (now Dumbledore probably means a staged death, but even so Draco would have to leave his old life behind.)  I've been taught to think of death as separation.  So basically Draco would have to seperate from his old life.  The old Draco would "die", and he'd take on some new identity in Dumbleore's/the Order's service.

The Christian parallel is that we must die to live also and need Christ's help (Dumbledore standing in as savior figure to Draco even as he is dying) to do so.  The old man, the sinful nature in us dies away, so that we can take up a new life saved from the destruction that Satan intends for us.

Voldemort is a very Satan like character in HBP.  It just made me think, how being "already dead" we become beyond Satan's reach to destroy.

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