No lie, this is the literal, word-for-word conversation that just went on in my head:

"Harry names all of his kids after people he knew that had died. Like, to a ridiculous extent. That's kind of masochistic, I think. (Is that the right word? Whatever). Ron and Hermione picked a perfectly normal name. Rose Weasley is a wonderful name. How come Harry and Ginny didn't pick a normal name? Like, Lawrence, or something. Lawrence Potter, that's a nice name. They could call him Larry, for short. Larry... Potter... oh.."
You know, this is one of those things that I've never asked, and I feel is very important to know about all my friends:

Please comment to this post about which Hogwarts House you affiliate with!

I know, of course, that [ profile] siochembio is a Ravenclaw, but I don't know about the rest of you. Personally, I'm very much a Hufflepuff with distinct Gryffindor qualities -- or a Gryffindor with distinct Hufflepuff qualities, depending on how you look at it. There is nothing wrong with being loyal, accepting of others, and hardworking, and Hufflepuffs aren't at all "cowardly duffers"; look at Cedric Diggory, how brave he was! The way I see it, Gryffindors are impulsive, and jump into trouble immediately and without thought. Hufflepuffs plan first. They examine all sides, and then they act. Neither one is better than the other, but there is a difference. (Of course, it would help if JKR had paid any distinct attention to Hufflepuff *besides* Cedric... 7 books, and that's all we get!? Cedric Diggory and Ernie MacMillan are hardly enough to create a good portrait of what makes a Hufflepuff student. They're wildly different. This is definitely one of my pet peeves about the books...)

Also, I think part of the reason why I affiliate with Hufflepuff is because almost *no one* chooses to affiliate with them of their own volition. I like thinking that I'm a champion for Hufflepuff, standing up for their reputation... but then I think, isn't that a Gryffindor quality? It really kind of is... but whatever. I'm a Gryffinpuff, I guess. But that's the great thing about the Hogwarts houses, isn't it? That everyone has a little bit of each house in them? ^_^ It's impossible to be 100% of any. I mean, even Harry is living proof.

If this video doesn't make you feel good inside, then you have a heart of stone. ♥

In other news, I'm making these socks:

In a gorgeous green yarn that I bought at the Sock Summit knitting convention with my Mom this weekend, and I'm so excited. This yarn is GORGEOUS. I mean really, stunning. And so are the knee-high socks that I'm making with it. WITH CABLES. ^_^ I loooove me some cables. Also, knitting goes great with listening to my Harry Potter audiobooks... oh, Jim Dale. I associate you with Harry Potter and Pushing Daisies and other good things in my life.
A chapter of my childhood has just ended. I have had to say goodbye to some very, very dear friends who I have literally grown up with, year-by-year. I don't know how to feel about that right now. I... I know these people. I've fought and cried and laughed and conspired and been on the edge of my seat with them for ten years now.

I feel very proud of them, for what they've done. Very proud.

(...I may or may not have read completely through the night.)

I didn't plan on it! I figured I'd start (it was about 10:00) and put it down when I got tired. It seemed like twenty minutes later, but I closed the book and looked at my alarm clock and it said 6:15.

Still, just as I reached the climax, I looked up to compose myself just in time to see the sun rise. I'll never forget it.

I'll post a spoilerful entry later. Right now I need to go sit somewhere and digest everything.

I am SO EXCITED for this book. Last week, I was all like, "Whoa, Harry Potter, anticipating and fairly anxious" but now I'm all like, "HOLY CRAP HARRY POTTER LET THE AWESOME BEGIIIIIN"

It hit me the other night that I've been waiting like, what, 10 years for this book? I mean, I'm scared! And anxious! But ahhhhsoexcited! I mean, JKR hasn't let me down yet, so I'm really looking forward to this.

I can't believe all the people out there with spoilers or whatever. I can they do that to themselves? Like I said, I've been waiting my whole childhood for this, I have LITERALLY grown up year-by-year with these chartacters, I've invested a lot of time and energy, I'm not going to throw all that away because I can't wait seven more days. I feel sorry for those people.

my pre-DH predictions: )

I'll add more as I think of them...but right now I should probably be buckling back down to work. SIGH



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