Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Harry Potter, Dave Barry and Teaching a 7th Grader about Kingdom Hearts

As many of you know (or have gathered from the short story below), I am a fan of Harry Potter. The cover art for the new book was revealed today.

I'm not sure how I feel about it. On the one hand, it's kinda obvious...There was always going to be a showdown between Voldemort and Harry...

Two questions immediately came to mind, however; "What is he reaching for?" and "Where is his wand?"

In the meantime, I am waiting for Lady Lupin or Brandon Ford to comment on their editorials at Mugglenet. Lady Lupin writes the Spinner's End; and Brandon writes The Underground Lake.

I am also a huge Peter Pan fan, and have always wanted to do a Peter Pan themed baby's room. We plan to skew it to Tinkerbell if we have a girl, and Peter Pan if we have a boy. But it's impossible to find Disney baby stuff that's not Winnie the Pooh. (I love Tigger and Pooh as much as the next girl my age, but come on!) Well, with the release of the Peter Pan movie on DVD, Disney has started selling baby play yards with a map of Neverland painted on the bottom of it! Could a Neverland themed crib set be far behind? This blogger hopes not!

Anyway, I was roaming through the Children's Books section of Barnes and Noble and discovered that Dave Barry has co-authored two stories about how Peter met Captain Hook; Peter and the Starcatchers and Peter and the Shadow Theives. I bought and finished both of them in short order, and tried to discover if there were more on the way. I found the Escape from the Carnivale, which was a fun little read.

In the meantime, I've given up Scott Adams blog for Dave Barry's (mostly due to the Peter Pan books) and have thoroughly enjoyed the posts in the blog, and the comments his other fans make keep me in stitches. His blog mostly consists of news articles of wierd news from around the world. (Is it wrong that this is my only source of news?)

I, only today, discovered that Dave's taking time away from his column to write the next in the Peter Pan series! I feel that Harry Potter-esqe obsession creeping up on me. It's giving me something to look forward to in the fall, besides the release of the next HP movie on DVD...

Speaking of Disney, my little sister is staying with me and my husband while she finishes her 7th grade year. (My parents moved to the other side of the state the week after we moved up from Cali. Thanks guys!) I logged 70 (yes you read it right) hours on Kingdom Hearts a few years ago (before I started dating my husband...or anyone else for that matter), and my little sister wanted to know what it was like. We started it two weeks ago, and are going through it together. We take turns fighting the bad guys, and we switch when we die, or when the dog jumps on the person holding the controller. We're stuck fighting Ursula at the moment, but a few more try's should do it. (She's harder to beat than the guy at the end of the game. Then again, I didn't fight him until I leveled up to 99 and had the Ultima Weapons for all of the characters...)

My husband shakes his head, but I told him that I only have a few more weeks with her, and the rest of my life with him! And it's not like we're going to rush right into KH2 when we're done. Or are we?