It took me an entire Sunday, but I finished the book. Good stuff.
Here’s what I learned from the book and from a Harry Potter release party:
- When I sold my soul, I should have done it in 7 separate parts.
- Even one of the largest Potter Parties in the country can be ruined by Christian fundies on the street screaming to everyone that they’re going to hell. Here’s one guy… though there were several more in his vicinity:
- Other Christian fundies might be embarrassed by those in their group. Some that I saw remained silent, passed out pamphlets, and stood at a distance from their louder church colleagues. It’s like they wanted nothing to do with them.
- If you start telling the fundies that “Allah is God,” simply out of spite, like one guy did, the cops get mad.
- Apparently, there are light sabers in Harry Potter:
- Barnes & Noble enjoys taunting the children before midnight:
- Starbucks now has exciting new drinks! And you need to magically create extra money if you want any hope of paying for them…
- Bathrooms are so much cooler when they’re Potterfied:
- For all the talk of the book having a Christian undertone, I enjoyed this conversation between two characters (p. 411):
“Well, how can that be real?”
“Prove that it is not,” said [Character 1].
[Character 2] looked outraged.
“But that’s — I’m sorry, but that’s completely ridiculous! How can I possibly prove it doesn’t exist?… I mean, you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist!”
“Yes, you could,” said [Character 1]. “I am glad to see that you are opening your mind a little.”
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