I sent this paper to JK Rowling explaining how the wizarding gene could be singular, autosomal, and dominant despite the protests of a bunch of fans who stopped learning genetics after Punnett squares in 4th grade. Warning: contains science and is not approved for Creationists.
Nerdery at it’s finest. This is wonderful.
Oh man. We had pallets upon pallets of these boxes. We signed agreements to not open boxes before 12:01 under any circumstances, we counted and counted and counted, making sure we had enough copies, and I spent hours setting up a system for pre-order pickups. And when the book came out? I was in Paris. Alone.
I couldn’t handle missing out on the biggest bookselling night imaginable, so I went to the nearest store and volunteered my services as an English-speaking bookseller. Best decision ever. I got to run the costume contest, help almost everyone who came into the store, and award prizes for all of the games.
More than anything, though, it was great to see how universal bookselling is. I slipped into this store’s routines so easily - it was like knowing where the beats are in my favorite standup routines.
They gave me a copy of the book for free and I stayed to help them clean up. When I left around 2am, I started walking home, and I noticed that everywhere - on every bench, in every open cafe, at every taxi stand - were people sitting and reading the book. The metro was closed, we all had to either walk or wait for a cab, and so everyone had just found a spot and started reading. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.
Bloomsbury, the publisher of the “Harry Potter” series by author JK Rowling, also said it was counting on a new Rowling three-book box set tied into the Potter series, and a non-fiction account of spies in World War II to support sales in the coming year.
Three new books in the Harry Potter world.
And yet look at the headline. Talk about burying the lede.
“You read so slow, I’m already done. Next page please!”
I was in Paris when The Deathly Hallows was released and I ended up volunteering my services as an English-speaking bookseller to the employees of the store I chose to go to. I helped coordinate events and sort out issues with the (mostly) English-speaking customers (since the books wouldn’t come out in French for a while yet, this was a crowd unto itself. Mostly tourists.) When I finally left the store at about 4 in the morning, the only way to get back to my hotel was via cab, but there was not one to be had because everywhere - at every cab stand, on benches in every park, sitting on curbs along the Champs-Élysées - were people waiting for cabs and reading the book. Some people were already well into the story and others were on the early pages, but it was so beautiful to see that city at night, filled with people all reading the same story. One of those things I’ll never forget.
Potter Rock Anthem [LMFAO Parody]
I WILL ALWAYS REBLOG THIS. It’s still my fuckin’ jam. Deal with it.
Yes I’m posting this again. You know why? Because it’s my motherfucking jam.
I posted this earlier today, but I’m posting it again, because it’s a Harry Potter spoof on Party Rockers that my friends made and it’s fucking awesome. Check it.
What’s that? You’d like to see a Harry Potter/Party Rock Anthem video? Well thank god my friends are awesome and spent the weekend making THAT VERY VIDEO. Ladies and gentlemen, I present Potter Rock Anthem. You’re welcome.