A Meditation on Malfoy

So, I’m not the most humongous Harry Potter fan out there, but I do like it, and now I like it even more after my discovery last night of A Very Potter Musical.

I had just completed the 750-piece puzzle I bought last week that actually turned out to be a 748-piece puzzle because two pieces seem to be missing. While I was looking around for them, and scrolling through some YouTube links, I came across “Going Back to Hogwarts,” the opening number from the show. I played it, expecting it to be subpar, but it was surprisingly catchy, almost Billy Joel-like in its rhythm and lyrics. It’s also really funny; Cho Chang has a Southern accent, and quite obviously from the voice, Draco Malfoy was sung by a female actor.

Then, today, I looked for more on YouTube and sure enough, StarKid Productions uploaded it, in about twenty parts.

And I watched them all.

And it was totally awesome.

All the actors really shone. I actually couldn’t tell that Harry Potter was played by Darren Criss, who I find annoying in real life, but not bad as an unrecognizable Harry. The actors playing Ron, Ginny, and Snape kind of camped it up a bit, but I really liked Voldemort, Dumbledore, Hermione, and most surprisingly…Draco Malfoy.

I’m not the type of person who jumps at the evil characters. In fact, quite the opposite; I’ve always felt oddly drawn to Gryffindor, even though it’s kind of turned into the House for overachieving losers. Slytherin’s where all the cool kids are, and despite a lot of my Harry Potter-loving friends singing the praises of that house, I guess I’m just such a fan of playing by the rules that Gryffindor seems to be the house for me. Many who read the books found Harry Potter to be annoying, but I rooted for him most of the time, and definitely against the Slytherins, because when you have that much power, why waste your time being mean and petty when there are bigger fish to fry? Anyway, Draco Malfoy always seemed to me like a Wizard version of Harry’s cousin Dudley Dursley; rich, spoiled, overweight, and generally a nuisance, even though he seemed to redeem himself in the later books.

But in AVPM, Malfoy is totally the opposite.

Whereas most of the characters are played straight, brilliant actress Lauren Lopez accentuates all the quirks of Malfoy from the books and stretches them to the max, whether she’s drawing out words in a posh accent or seemingly forgetting how to walk and rolling around the stage for no apparent reason. Combined with the bad wig, the glazed expression, and the bitchy scowl, this interpretation of Draco Malfoy makes him turn from evil to downright adorable.

See for yourself:

And that’s how I spent the majority of this beautiful day in May.


Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

I saw this today on Charlotte Bibliophile’s blog, and I said, “Wow, what a neat idea…I’ll copy it someday…” Well, it’s been a relatively uneventful say, so no day like today, I guess?

Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

Accio – an upcoming release you wish you could get your hands on right now
Girl Waits with Gun, Amy Stewart. All right, so it’s technically out (in hardcover) but the paperback version is not released until May, at which point I’ll probably be buying it. I have way too many books here, but I would bump it up to the very tippy top of the mountain.

Alohomora – a favourite series starter
Map of Bones, James Rollins. Again, another technicality; Sandstorm is technically the first in the Sigma Force series of novels, and Map is the second, but I never got around to reading Sandstorm and I’m already a few books behind, but I’m sure it’s wonderful.

Cheering Charm – a book that gave you the warm fuzzies
Anything Jennifer Weiner. My sister has been lucky enough to see her speak twice. Her books are just kinda all-around feel good.

Aguamenti – a book that made you ugly cry
Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt. Not necessarily ugly cry, but I secretly read a few pages of it behind my prayer book during morning prayers in high school and shed a tear or two in the process.

Expecto Patronum – a bookish hero or heroine you want around to protect you in real life
Matilda, from Matilda, Roald Dahl. ZAPPP!

Lumos – a book you intentionally spoiled for yourself
Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsJ. K. Rowling. I didn’t spoil it completely, but with all the hype, combined with the fact that I wasn’t planning on reading it right away, I knew I couldn’t avoid it forever, so I read partial spoilers but was still surprised by a lot of it.

Imperio – a book you would make everyone read if you could
None, I guess, it would just dilute it and make it less special.

Engorgio – a book series you wish never ended
Mrs. Pollifax, Dorothy Gilman. RIP Dotty G.

Wingardium Leviosa – a book with an uplifting message
Call the Midwife, Jennifer Worth. What’s not to love about these nutty midwives.

Obliviate – a book you wish you could forget you ever read
Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr. When I was living in Israel, my friend Shoshana gave it to me and swore by it. I finished it, but it was just page after page of paranormal teen fantasy crap.

Anapneo – an author whose books can always get you out of a slump
So, so many…Jennifer Worth, Laura Childs, the Murder She Wrote series…

Jelly-Legs Jinx – a “swoon-worthy” hero or heroine
Not sure on this one. I’m not too into idol worship through books.

Arresto Momentum – a book that caused you to stop doing other things until you finished
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs. Just read my review…give. me. MORE.

Crucio – a book that was painful to read
Stiff, Mary Roach. Corpses, not my cup of tea.

Rictusempra – a book that had you laughing out loud
Bossypants, Tina Fey. My friend Julie recommended it and I’m glad she did.  All hail Tina Fey.

Expelliarmus – a book that made you want to send it flying
Any book with a pointless death at or near the end. Happened in Harry Potter more than once, and in Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett.

Portus – a book world you wish to visit
Miss Peregrine, again. The cave, the island, a home where children never grow old and are always happy…

Stupify – a book with a shocking twist or ending
The Hundred Secret Senses, Amy Tan. Or Saving Fish from Drowning. Really any Amy Tan book.

Avada Kedavra – a character death that destroyed you
Spoiler alert: Sirius Black in Harry Potter.

Finite Incantatem – best series conclusion
Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling. Same as Charlotte…the last three words say it al.


Christmas in July

Oh my goodness.

It’s almost July, so apparently it’s also almost Christmas in July.

Because the day after Thanksgiving until January 1 isn’t enough Christmas for the world.

Six months ago I said that I didn’t resent Christmas that much, but when it comes in July…it’s ripe for resentment. Every single thing about it. Do we really need another month of Christmas movies, or made-for-tv Christmas movies with V-list stars?

The first thing I think about when I think about Christmas is cold. COLD. I am done with that for awhile, at least. I don’t really care that I sweat all day outside and all night in my centrally-heated, temperature-controlled apartment, at least I’m sweating. It gets rid of some calories and is an excuse to enjoy iced beverages with more regularity. The same thoughts go for snow. You want snow in July? Go camping in Antarctica, and don’t do it on my TV screen.

Cheesy Christmas movies have their time: between December 25 and January 1 when there’s nothing else on TV and it’s wicked cold outside, if you live in Wisconsin, that is. Not in July.

And another thing…why can’t Summer in December be a thing?

YES. Yes. Yes to the Yes.

Hey networks, can we make this a thing? Let’s spend December watching Gidget and Beach Blanket Bingo and all those fun surf movies!

Oh wait…we can’t.

Because it’s Christmas.

Also, what movie is this from?