Pottermore, owls, OMG

18 Jun

If you are like millions of avid readers all over the world, you have read the Harry Potter series, or at least recognize author J.K. Rowling for the household name that she has become. This past week, she released a new website, Pottermore.   The website is very mysterious, simple, and leaves most visitors speculating as to what it could mean, including me.  When one clicks on the owls that appear on the webpage, she is taken to a YouTube video that is counting down in real-time to the announcement will be made as to what Pottermore really is.  According to Daniel Radcliffe, the British actor who portrays Harry in all the movies, Rowling has promised him never to write another Harry Potter book.  According to one article I read, Rowling’s lawyer says it’s not even a book at all. What? It would sadden me greatly if Rowling is revealing some sort of consumer driven game or clothing line or some other awful branded line.  Rowling wrapped up the serious so succinctly, and I left the last book sound in my knowledge that life turned out pretty darn well for the wizards in that world, not to mention, good triumphed over evil, which is pretty much what most fans yearn for when reading such an epic series as this. Visit the website here:Pottermore

 

It crossed my mind that perhaps Rowling would start a series about the lives of all the offspring of the main characters, since the website is called Pottermore, but I don’t think that would fly very well, not to mention an author has to come up with a pretty amazing plot-line and new characters and conflicts to engage old and new readers.  I’m a little obsessed with owls, mostly because of the amazingly quirky television series, Twin Peaks, by David Lynch. If you haven’t watched it, go do it NOW! Or come over to my place, as I’ve got the entire series.  I also have a VHS copy of the movie, Fire, Walk With Me,  which I own because in college I failed to return tapes on time to the local video store (but my perpetual habit of not being able to return things on time is another story for another day).  My younger brother went to a Waldorf school during his elementary school years, where each child is assigned an animal that the teacher believes represents him or her.  My brother had an owl, which I thought awesome.  So, simply because Rowling is using owls to incite curiosity, I’m that much more committed to finding out what this is all about. The big reveal date is June 23rd, for those of you playing along at home. What do you think it will be?

Lastly, as some of you may know, I’m also obsessed with magazines. I love them.  I love their big, colorful pages, I love the random tidbits one can learn from reading them, I love how light and portable they are, I love the photographs, and (maybe this most of all) I love opening up my mailbox after a long, tiring day at work to a new magazine to explore.  I’m not quite ready to divulge the exact number of subscriptions I have, but I did want to share an interesting bit of information I learned from one.  It’s about the origin of OMG, which has been recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary.  If you, like me, thought this term was created in the digital age, you’re wrong! It actually dates back to 1917, where it appeared in a letter from British admiral John Arbuthnot to Winston Churchill.  I have no idea what it was referring to, but I like to imagine that they had other funny acronyms, like WWWCD, PWVYR(Peace Without Victory, Yeah Right), and WWITB (Woodrow Wilson is the Bomb).  Happy Weekend-I hope you do something that warrants a big, giant OMG!

2 Responses to “Pottermore, owls, OMG”

  1. msmamma July 24, 2011 at 3:36 am #

    Your blog is fantabulous. I stumbled across it looking for things to do with beer lables and voila! What a trove of swankness. A chiquita after my own heart!

    • mzpinetree July 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

      Thank you so much! I’m happy you found it and I hope you continue to enjoy! 🙂

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