Saturday, July 21, 2007

Amanda and The Deathly Hallows

While all across America last night from Providence to Portland, Pensacola to Palm Springs, Portsmouth to Point Arena people were participating in parties praising and proclaiming the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Amanda was presiding over a pretty pathetic personal Potter pity party in which she was the only participant. Particularly pouty because she wasn't partying with the plethora of Potter partisans that she pals around with, she was also pretty petulant that perhaps her procurement of the precious Potter pages would be pretty prolonged due to our present pauper parameters.

Whew! Read that paragraph over five times fast!

'Tis true, though, that Amanda has long been counted amongst those who suffer from Potter-mania and she was feeling a bit left out last night as one of her friends kept calling her from a book release party that she was attending in Atlanta. There were quite a few of the same type of parties being held here in Connecticut but despite the non-stop talk about the much-anticipated release of the seventh and final book in J.K. Rowlings extraordinarily successful saga of wizards and witches, I hadn't really given it much thought.

You see - I must confess - I have never read a single Harry Potter book (wow, I can hear that gasp all the way over here!) and have never been to one of the movies in a theater either. I have watched a couple of the movies on DVD with the girls but to be perfectly honest with you I wasn't paying a lot of attention then either. I'm lucky I can tell Hagrid from Hedwig and Dumbledore from Draco. Yes, yes, I know - I am such a muggle!

Even though I'm not in the legion of Potter fans, I wasn't unsympathetic to Amanda's plight and just because I hadn't joined the thousands - nay, millions - who had pre-ordered the book didn't mean that I wasn't planning on getting it for her. However I had asked Amanda to do some artwork for me a long time ago (well over a month and a half ago) and she just hadn't gotten around to it as something else always seemed to take precedence. Figuring that if I dangled a carrot in front of her nose in the form of The Deathly Hallows might get her to finally, finally, finally do the favor I had asked of her, I told her that she would get the book when she was done with my artwork.

I wasn't at all worried about being able to get my hands on the book as I was pretty sure that there were going to be more than enough copies to go around and I'd be able to pick one up at my local Wal-Mart Supercenter without having to wait in line for a single minute. Sure enough - turns out I was right. I had fully intended on going out to get the book today but I was feeling pretty awake at 12:30 last night (or was that this morning?) so decided to hop in the car and head over to Wal-Mart. I told Amanda I'd be back soon but didn't tell her where I was going, though I would have thought she might have figured it out on her own. Upon arriving at the store, I had no trouble at all procuring a copy off one of the two large flats of books that were sitting at the front of the store - stacks that looked like they had hardly been touched!

When I arrived home Amanda was scanning another piece of artwork into the computer for her DeviantArt site but, of course, the picture I was waiting for was still in the "inking" stages and nowhere near done. Obviously she hadn't figured out where I was going because when I told her that "I have a book but you have no picture" she got quite animated and much squeeing ensued.

A word of warning to those reading ... if by any chance you have something in your hand that a teenager who is bigger than you desperately wants, it might be a good idea to make the announcement from the other side of a locked door rather than within reaching distance of said teenager! I had to beat a hasty retreat to my room with Amanda in hot pursuit and let me tell you, it was quite the battle keeping that book out of her clutches! I finally had to put it under a pillow and sit on it in order to keep it away from her! Good grief, for an Emo-kid she sure was showing an awful lot of emotion at that particular time!

She finally realized that I wasn't going to break down in my resolve and slumped downstairs in defeat to work on my picture while I went to bed with instructions that she could wake me when she finished the artwork. I had barely fallen asleep about an hour later when she came upstairs with what she claimed was the completed picture. Half asleep I looked at what she gave me, told her she was going to need to make some changes before it was totally acceptable, and then let her have her precious book. What's a mother to do?

Anyhow, it's now just a little after 4:00 in the afternoon and she only has a little over a hundred pages left to go before she finishes the book. She's going to take a break from reading so that her friend in Atlanta can catch up but if I wanted to I could tell her how the story ends as I read the last page while waiting to check out at Wal-Mart (hey, I was curious!). But I won't - I'm not that much of a muggle that I would ruin it for her or anyone else!

Hope everyone has a great weekend of magical reading!


  1. I've said it before, I'll say it again: YOU are an AWESOME mom, Linda!

  2. I feel your pain, Linda. Even though I have read every single book, and attended every single movie (and we own 'em, too), I have lost interest in the saga of the teenaged wizard. It is w/great sadness that I must report that as of 12:43pm this date, I became a "Wizarding Widower", since "Mrs. Bulldog" has taken to her bed, and does not appear interested in coming out of the bedroom until she has completed the ENTIRE tome. I wonder if there are support groups for folks like us...?

  3. haha, you folks crack me up!
    Actually we wait with baited breath for's supposed to arrive by 7pm tonight. It's now 4:36 and it isn't here yet. I'm actually sorta hoping it gets here about 7:30pm,...then it's FREE!!
    Then the fun really begins. hubby and I get to fight over who reads when.........

  4. Patti and son Kid2 picked up the book this morning. I confess to having not read any of the books, but our kids have devoured them. Kid1 even has the first book autographed by J.K. herself at a B&N in Westport, CT...

  5. i have not read a single one, nor have i seen a single movie. when people talk about it i always think i should, then i don't. you are a wonderful mom honey!

    smiles, bee

  6. That was an incredible mother story. You are AWESOME. I nearly cried when I read that you got in your car and went to WalMart to get the book for her. Hugs hugs hugs to you SUPERMOM of the YEAR!!

    And I've gotta tell ya...that first paragraph is award-winning as well. I love alliteratin and you do it well.

    Sorry to say I've never read a single HP book or seen the movie. I started one once but actually lost interest. If I do it now, I'll have to start at the beginning of the series and catch up. Just the way I am.

    Have a happy Saturday SuperMom. Are you gonna show us the artwork?

    We wanna see!!

  7. Anonymous9:46 PM EDT

    You rock Linda! I love saying that. Hee hee. What a great story!!

    My two oldest girls went to our little bookstores HP party last night. They got home at a quarter to 1 and that alone sent me into a cry session because that was the first time they'd been out that late. They had a blast and came home with the fat book which cost them $37.00(!!) of their hard-earned money.

    I think daughter #1 is on the 4th chapter, middle daughter enjoyed the party but probably won't read the book, she just isn't into all that!

    P.S. I added you to some silly link-love train thing I got tagged for. I seem to think you tagged me for something like this when I was brand-spanking new and I never knew what to do with it. So I hope this counts for that. Bug hugs!

  8. Anonymous11:37 PM EDT

    I've read the first two, maybe the third I really can't remember it's been so long ago. But, I'm with ya...not into the HP mania. :( Maybe some day I'll catch up. Right now I have no time for reading...unless I stop blogging! That ain't gonna happen. heh heh

  9. I haven't read any Potter either, Linda. That was a well written first paragraph. Positively popular!

  10. I'm just trying to catch up after my holiday on my favourite blogs. So glad you haven't revealed anything from the latest Harry Potter book as I picked one up in the supermarket yesterday. I admit to being a real fan, as I've read them all. I just hope I don't come across a review of the new one on anyone's blog before I have chance to read it!

  11. Anonymous10:20 AM EDT

    I've never read any of the Harry Potter books or really watched the movies. I went to the movie theatre with hubby to watch "The Prisoner..." movie. He woke me up when it was over...needed to wipe the drool from my sleep I ever had... :-D)

    Now give me a good Stepahnie Plum book and I'm there!

  12. I haven't read the books or seen the movies either.. oh well..

    take care and happy Sunday :)

  13. For the love of God don't tell me the ending!

    Oh and Amanda can I pretty pretty please borrow the book??????

  14. Anonymous3:56 PM EDT

    I've seen three of the movies in the theatre but haven't read more than one chapter of one book. I'm just not into fantasy. I say, Muggles of the World Unite!

  15. Phew! What a relief (oh, and you can add that word to your listing too, can't you?) I was thinking I was the only person who hadn't read any HP books, hadn't seen the movies either so I was relieved to learn you and I along with a goodly number of others here are sans knowledge about HP and the author, JKR. Maybe one of these days I'll read one of the books but if I haven't done so by now, odds are not in favor that I'll follow through with that idea. Just not my kind of genre for openers.

  16. Anonymous11:58 AM EDT

    You ARE a good mom! I've read only the first Potter book.

  17. Muggles! I'm surrounded by Muggles! :) I own 'em all (except for the Order of the Phoenix, it was borrowed from me and ruined by a sister-in-law who still hasn't replaced it), and have seen all of the movies. I think it wasn't the best of the seven, but it did what it was meant to do. (I finished reading it in 5 hours flat) However, I'm not among those who are in tears at the end of Harry's journey, as I've still got the whole thing safely at home, to be returned to whenever I'm feeling lonely! :) Yes, there will not be another new one, but with seven books chock full of adventure, I think I can profess myself satisfied.


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