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I admit it, I'm a huge Harry Potter fan-- looking for the best in fan
And this is a BIG month for us muggles.
The seventh and final installment, Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hollows, comes out on July 21st, the movie of the
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix arrives in theaters today (July 11th),
and finally, Harry has a birthday
on July 31st (coincidentally also author J.
K. Rowling's Birthday).
What does a search engine have to do with all this? Well, it's my way of keeping
track of everything about the world that Ms. Rowling created.
On a quest for information about Harry, I've often used the related search
feature - there are things other people are thinking about that I'm not. (If
you've searched on Severus
Snape or Draco
Malfoy, we're talking lots of fanfic
evidently!) Note: some links that appear may be NSFW or NSFC.
Obviously, I started with standard web search, but to do the serious detective
work, I had to specialize.
covers. There might just be something in the artwork that gives away something
about the plot. And as you can see, there's US covers, UK covers...the book
covers around the world vary.
Picturing the Characters
I have mental pictures in my head of every character, but I love to see how
other people envision them. Using Ask Image search, I found how fans draw some
of my favorite characters.
Black (illustration by Tealin)
(illustration by Fiendling)
Finding Movie Stills & Clips
I also get a kick out of the stills from the latest movies.
It's one of the first things that pops up in search suggestions as you're searching
Then I used Ask3D to find trailers
for the new movie. Then I wanted to see if I could find any additional clips,
and stumbled across the trailer from the SciFi Channel in French.
Vive le video search!
Shopping for Harryphernalia
Normally it's the kids who get their parents into Harry Potter--not in my house!
Suffice to say my whole family is involved. My daughter really wants a chess
set. She may need to just save her allowance or wait until her next birthday.
Making Harry Potter Movie Premiere Plans
I have twisted a friend's arm to get pre-release preview passes, it still doesn't
compare to seeing the show on opening weekend with a big crowd of fans. So I
have plans to see the movie on July 13th. Here in the Bay Area, long
waits in line for big movies isn't unheard of (I think it was six hours
III opening night.) Which means, even if the show isn't until 8pm on Friday,
I'll need to make certain food options are near where I plan to see the movie.
Here's my first cut of looking for places to go that evening.
Making Harry Potter Book Release Plans
On the 20th, I'm considering a Harry Potter-themed dinner party. I'm encouraging
and a possible potion or two. (Felix
Felicis, anyone?) And yes, you can find these recipes online. If only I
could wait at Florean
Fortescue's Ice Cream shop.
Then I'll head over to the local bookstore at about 10:30 (more standing in
line), to make certain I've got a good spot. I'll head home right after buying
it, and jump straight into bed. I will probably read straight thru the night
(I will admit to falling asleep at 3am during Half-Blood Prince and waking up
at 6am to finish it.). Then I'll write my reviews and email them out to all
my friends, minus key spoilers, which leads me to…
Searching For the Ending
Ultimately, we're all looking clues as to how book
7 ends, right? (and you did you know could look for something by ISBN
As I said, I've been following the news and blog coverage. Because there's
a lot of theories bouncing around. And worries. Will the prophecy
come true? Will Voldemort
Snape good or evil? And most importantly, will
Ask's news, blog and feed search tools are my own personal rumor mills, I not
only can see what the latest posts are, but where to go to read them.
keep finding new and interesting posts, including several about Harry possibly
being a Horcrux
that I had to investigate.
Now, back to searching for some Weasley's
Wizarding Wheezes; I'd like to find some way to vanish from my office and
finish re-reading all six books before the madness begins.
Aside from that, I'm well prepared. Accio,
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