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I'm not finished or ever done with my obsession with Severus Snape. But I was a bit of a let down after seeing Half-Blood Prince. I mean in the 7th and final book Severus Snape is what? 37? 38? Yes. How old is Alan Rickman now? 63! See the problem, I have? Yeah, in HBP it didn't seem like they even cared there was such a large age difference. (Which was not that large when they first started the films!) So yeah.

I still absolutely adore Snape. And believe he faked his death and went to somewhere like Greece, Bermuda, or if he'd prefer a remote cold place - Svalbard. Hehehe.

Instead I think I'm going to refurbish this LJ into a The Big Bang Theory/Dr. Sheldon Cooper PhD LJ. Hehehe! Then I also may be able to visit more, since I'm totally and completely obsessed with BBT at the moment. Whee!

EDIT: I haven't updated this journal since June '08??????? YIKES! I hadn't even realized it had been that long!

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My profile page says it's been 20 weeks since I last updated. So, I figured I'd go ahead and update. Though, on what I've no clue. I know I was thinking I'd use this LJ for writing fanfics. Has that happened? Ha! Not exactly. I said that back in October '06. And I have three documents sitting on my computer from then that have barely seen the light of day (meaning only one maybe two people have seen 'em.) Nothing else has happened since then, and that can be explained with three little reasons. 1. I have very little courage to post 'em elsewhere. (Though I've gotten a bit more courage recently.) 2. I keep getting stuck. It's a bit disheartening when you can't even get past a single, tiny, little chapter. 3. I'm severely lacking in sufficient motivation. I really want to write something (I'm constantly getting -and sometimes forgetting- ideas, I just don't have that extra push I need to get it done.

*sigh*

I have been jotting down ideas, just in case I do eventually get the motivation I need. Which maybe be soon, but who knows really.

So, instead I'm going to post something else somewhat HP related instead. Something entirely silly, stupid and completely useless. But. I'm bored, so I'm going to do it anyway....Lately I've been trying to classify which HP characters my family is most like and I think I'm somewhat close.

Mom: Molly Weasley & ? (I'm not sure this is correct, but it's the closest I've gotten so far.)
Dad: Severus Snape & Ron Weasley - (Now THAT'S an odd combination! Though they're not all just the best and/or worst aspects. Just a mix of both.)
Brother: James Potter & ? - (James in the sense of having attention focused on them. My brother is a bit more social than I. Not in the ways that James just annoys me.)
Me: Severus Snape & Luna Lovegood - (Another combination that just amuses me so.)

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Like I've mentioned in the previous couple of entries. I've read the Twilight books and enjoyed them. Though I've lost a bit of interest in the whole movie thing (other than the fact it's Robert Pattinson). I also find it somewhat amusing how many people says Bella whines way too much....she does. And that they aren't the best written books EVER. Which, they also aren't. I like that even the author mentions this, in a way, in an article. Calling herself more of a 'storyteller' than a 'writer'. I'll still probably read the next book, I do want to know what happens, but I am somewhat surprised at obsessed some people are.

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Back to HP. I am thinking of upgrading my account to the Plus Account. I'm beginning to think that six Snape icons just isn't enough! ^_^
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Haven't updated in quite a long time. Finished up reading all the Twilight books so far and got a boxed set of Madeline L'Engle books for christmas so I'll probably start reading A Wrinkle in Time again next month some time. First I got to get back to reading a series a coworker let me borrow but didn't finish before she left, though I do know where she works now.

I also discovered last week sometime that they've done more casting on the Twilight movie. I thought the girl who was cast as Bella was fitting, but when I saw who they got for Edward, OMG, I'm so excited. Robert Pattinson aka Cedric Diggory! I'm surprised he never crossed my mind when trying to figure out who I'd pick, but I do think he'll do an awesome job. I'm also curious to see how he sounds without his British accent. 

    

On occasion, when I'm bored I like to snoop a bit around IMDb, and see what's upcoming and I happened across one of the most surprising movies. One I NEVER thought would be made, but I guess I can now say I was proven wrong. They are making a movie called Dragonball. Yes. I clicked on it from Jason Marsters profile (aka Spike from Buffy) since my mom pointed out he was in PS I Love You and I didn't believe her.  Apparently he's playing Piccolo. Umm..okay. Though I'm a bit surprised Emmy Rossum, from the Phantom of the Opera movie is in it as well.

Every time I think about the movie, I tend to start giggling. I cannot believe they're making it and I have a feeling it'll be very awesome or very bad. Either way I've decided that I AM seeing it. Hehehehehehe. I guess I'm not too worried at this point since I'm not the fan I used to be of the show like I was in High School, as well as the fact my favorite character isn't in there...yet. Though that may change if the movie does....well. Since they may make more. Just gonna have to wait and see. ^_^
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I have found another, new book to read now. I'm not sure how many have heard of Twilight but I love it. Up until this point I'd never read any vampire books, or romance books but I do like this one. And I love how it's set in a real town, Forks, WA. I find it insanely funny how fast I can be obsessed but I want to go there already. Well, I can put that off for awhile but I do want to visit.

I think that's mainly just an excuse to go back up there. Before starting High School part of my family went on a road trip up to Seattle to visit my uncle and it was then that I decided that if I lived anywhere in the US, I want it to be the Seattle area. And well, so far I'm still in Texas, but I've not even been out of college for six months yet, so there's still time. I really did fall in love with the area. And it helps that I saw a thing on the Olympic National Park when flipping channels on TV and falling upon the travel channel. :)

On the map below the green circle is around Seattle, though my uncle lived a bit farther south at the time. Since though I think he may live in Seattle. The red X was my favorite part of the trip...though we got stranded on that island overnight since we unknowingly took the last ferry out. And last, the black X is Forks. I know it's quite silly that I posted this, but I'm bored. :D

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I guess it's about time I get around to mentioning what I thought of Deathly Hallows. Obviously if you hadn't read the book and don't want it spoiled DON'T READ PAST THIS POINT!!!!!! Oh and so you know, this entry is loooooooooooong. I though I should warn you.


I think I'd like to start by listing my top three HP characters:

1. Severus Snape
2. Luna Lovegood
3. Kingsley Shacklebolt

If you know me at all, number one shouldn't be too surprising. If you've looked at this LJ at all, it definitely shouldn't be surprising. Haha. It's odd to think about now, but Professor Snape is to blame for me picking up the HP books. Now that by itself is not uncommon, I've heard of many people picking up the books after seeing Alan Rickman in the role in the movies. The difference here, is that the movies were only an idea at the time I picked up the books, if that. I started reading the HP series way before the obsession with it reached the point it is now. If I remember correctly the second book hadn't come out at the time and I was about to start High School. So I would have been about 13 or 14 at the time and I'm now nearly 24.

Anyway, back to Professor Snape and why he got me reading the books. My mom is a kindergarten teacher and she collects children's books. Mostly things around the Kindergarten age group but it isn't always the case. I, like my mother love to read and we've occasionly shared books, sometimes my brother would as well. Though he was never a big reader like we were. Before HP, the main example would be Madeline L'Engle's books: A Wrinkle in Time , A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. Between the three of us we've read them all though my brother and I both have one we haven't read yet. Anyway I always remembered in Jr High reading it with my mom and brother and then discussing 'em.

For some reason though when my mother mentioning hearing about this book about a wizard and how people were saying it was really good. (And I'd never heard a thing about it and never saw anything anywhere about it.) I just responded with something along the lines of "Pfft, whatever." and let her read it to my brother instead. My room is just down the hall from my brother's and with him being around six or seven years old at the time and not the best reader my mom would read aloud to him. There would be many times I'd be in my room and overhear her but continued to ignore them until one certain character was mentioned - Professor Snape. I still do not understant to this day what about him got me curious but something must have. I know I overheard a part with him once and just kinda brushed it aside at the time, but when Mom was reading about Quirrell, Snape and Hermione at the Quidditch match (when she sets his cloak on fire) I had to read the book and find out more about this character.

In a way, you could say that Professor Snape has been my favorite character even before I read the books. Before I knew anything about him.

After reading PS/SS I was surprised at the fact I liked it, and I think only a few months later CoS was released and my mother obviously bought that one too. I think I also read that one on my own after she finished reading it to my brother. And to this day it is still one of my favorites, probably my second favorite after HBP. Oddly enough I don't remember much about the time when PoA came out. I was probably very caught up in Band, football season and our team going to the State Championships. When GoF came out I think that's when I noticed how huge the whole HP thing was getting. It was also when I read my first HP fanfic, which being the Band Geek I was at the time was about the 'Hogwarts Band Class' and coincidentally had no canon characters in it. I also was snooping around HP sites, saw how unpopular Slytherin House was (which is vastly different now) and visted Mugglenet for the first time back then (and it looked so different).

Then OoTP book was released and that's the first book release that I remember being somewhat big...probably because it was the first we went to. I remember we got in line late at night and it was odd seeing half the town there in line with us. A few people beind us in line was our next door neighbors and then a few people in front and behind were friends of myself and my brother. I know when HBP came out we were in line again late at night be arrived at the store at like 11:55 since were were coming back from D/FW and most of the people we knew were ahead of us in line. With both OoTP and HBP we didn't make it to the actual "party" and only got there in time for getting in line for the book. So, when DH came out last month I was determined to go to the party itself this time. It was the last chance and there would be no more after it so, really I kinda had to if I wanted to.

Even though I did have the end of HBP partially ruined for me by the silly VH1 show Best Week Ever, which figured that everyone had read it by the following weekend (which obviously I hadn't, I was about halfway through since the book was shared between my brother, mother and I). Luckily it wasn't completely ruined they only said "___ kills Dumbledore" and so I didn't know who did it. Up until recently I considered OoTP my favorite book, but now I think it would be HBP, even with the fact I was silly enough to assume that the Internet was the only place that it would be ruined for me.

It's kinda funny now that right after reading HBP I assumed that Snape was gonna have to kidnap Harry, convince him he was good and then train him to fight against Voldy. Hahaha, that seems so off now and I even realized it about a year or so ago. Going into it there were somethings that I was convinced of and surprisingly I was correct on some....just not the ones I was oh so certain about. Like I was very certain that Snape would live, but I just had a feeling that Lily and Severus were friends while at Hogwarts together.

Anyway, it's kinda funny with how it started with the Dursley's leaving and I was sad to see them go. I was actually a bit sad we wouldn't see Dudley again. Which I found terribly, terribly odd. I mean that was what, only two or three chapters in and I was already a bit sad about something. Maybe that was a sign of things to come for me. Hehe. And actually I was really, really liking it after that because it was totally different from what I was expecting, and I was happy about that. I was really glad that I didn't predict too much already.

The only questioned I asked my Aunt before actually opening the book, and it was a yes or no question was if Andromeda made and appearance and I was so insanely pleased to finally meet her. I've always wanted to meet her and discover what she looked like and how she was personality wise and all that stuff so when my Aunt said yes, I was terribly happy. Though she was only seen once and mentioned a few times, I was glad she was there. She may even make it up there on my list of favorite characters. It's kinda funny how much I wanted her to be in there and she was.

It's also kinda funny some of the reactions I got from people when I told them that I knew Snape was good within the first 1/3 of the book, but maybe it was only obvious to me since I seem to identify with Snape somewhat. When the trio read that Snape has been appointed Headmaster of Hogwarts was what gave it away for me. I knew as soon as I read that, that I was correct in him being good. I mean being up in the Headmaster's Office and having Dumbledore's portrait there to converse with and such just told me...and I was right.

Actually I probably enjoyed most of the book. It's just certain parts I've got to come to terms with. Hehe, and if you know me well enough or even got a glimpse of my layout for this LJ you can probably figure out why. But unlike so many who say that "The Prince's Tale" was their favorite chapter...for obvious reasons. Mine was actually "The Silver Doe". I can't explain it really (and I was actually a bit sad that Ron came back...*bad me*) but I do think it was a really nice chapter. It only took me a few more chapters down the line to figure out who it belonged to. Hehe. Though I did get a bit confused at one point. I'm a very fast reader (it took me about 14 hours to finish the entire book) and when Snape revealed his Patronus to Dumbledore I was at such a fast pace that I mistakenly read it as being a 'dove.' Somehow I seemed to have added a "V" in there somewhere. I finally figured out my mistake when Harry said it was a doe later on.

I know I've said that Snape is my favorite character and I haven't said much on him overall for the book but then, if you've read it you know he's not in there that much. I was actually a bit happy about that but then he gets killed. And honestly I was in a bit of shock when I read that and didn't really react. I was in a bit of disbelief at the time and didn't cry or anything at that point, which isn't surprising since I almost never cry. I did start though, when Harry showed how much his opinion in him changed. That's what got me crying. I've told many people it was the Epilogue that got me, but I didn't go into more detail than that. It was when it was shown that Harry's opinion in Snape changed so much that got to me. And me, the person who never cries, cried when finished. Cried when I was trying to sleep about an hour later (I somehow finished the book at 4am). Cried a bit in the morning. And almost started crying at the laundromat the next morning. Luckily I didn't since I would have felt a bit weird.

But for awhile I was in a bit of denial and had to take the book out and reread the part like three or four times before it began to sink in. I think it was so tough because I was expecting him to die in a duel with someone, not by snake bite. And then there's the fact that Arthur Weasley got attacked by Nagini in OoTP and survived but then JKR said that he was the one to get the reprieve as well as the fact that I suspect Voldy didn't let him get killed as a way to earn Harry's trust so he could be duped later into rescuing Sirius, who wasn't at the Ministry. Then there's also the fact that I had reached the same conclusion as Voldy, in the fact that Snape was the new owner of that wand. So I can't really forget that..though I was a bit upset later to realize that he wasn't really.

I was also a bit surprised to realize I was right on the fact that Severus and Lily were friends, could've never predicted Best Friends and that he knew her before Hogwarts, but at the same time remembered almost instantly that Petunia was referring to Snape in OoTP when explaining how she learned about Dementors and that "that awful boy" was actually Snape, not James. I'm surprised I remembered that. And I guess I was also a bit sad, 'cause like my mom said "Severus was a sweet little boy". Hehehe, though he was probably only really nice to Lily.

I was also a little disappointed that the book stopped almost directly after the Battle, that little bit and then the Epilogue surprised me, I thought there'd be at least a little bit more after the battle, but there wasn't really. Not much. I did like little Albus Severus though, and like many others I hope that he was put in Slytherin. But I guess both what happend directly after the war and what House Al gets into will have to be in that Encyclopedia that has been mentioned.

Oh! And I must say before I forget, I wasn't that happy about the whole Ron/Hermione thing. Then again I haven't liked any of the couples that JKR has had in her books. Though Harry/Ginny has bothered me the least out of all of 'em. Ever since about book six I always imagined it falling more along the lines of Harry/Luna and Hermione/Viktor. Though that last one I wasn't too fond of either, but I preferred them to Ron/Hermione. I guess it's just a matter of preference. And I'm also slightly disappointed that Luna ended up with this Rolf guy. With the little parts in the book with Luna and Dean Thomas together I thought they'd make a cute couple, but no....JKR sticks Luna with that Rolf guy.


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I'm gonna miss the Harry Potter book releases. Fighting over who gets to read when with my mother and brother. I know with OoTP my brother would yell at us when Mom or I attempted to read ahead of him....but we'd still do it. And with HBP I claimed the book at night and sat up reading till around 1 or 1:30 am. I did go to Hastings friday night for a realse party and even saw a Channel 6 news truck parked outside (even watched them film their piece from beside the camera).

My mom came over yesterday and first thing she asked was how much I read. I guess she didn't believe when I said I wasn't gonna read just yet. Waiting on a friend to loan me her's on monday or when I came up on the library's waiting list. She told me she was on Ch. 12 already and was soooo wanting to talk to me about it. Anytime she came close to spilling anything I did kept cutting her off. Hehehe, it kept cracking this up. I have gleamed a bit of info from the conversations but mainly very small facts from yes or no questions. My main one was 'Will we meet Andromeda (Black) Tonks. I've always been incredibly curious about her.

My Aunt and cousin were in town and purchased theirs at Walmart saturday morning and hadn't ready any of it yet. They'd been mainly visiting relatives, which was their purpose in coming down here. We went to eat with them and saw the OoTP movie again. It was also a bit surprising to learn that Snape is both mine, my mom's, and my Aunt's favorite character. Hehehe. Though it is a bit weird to hear your mother say 'I love Snape'. (It does give me a bit of hope that she still says this 12 chapters in, as well as from what I've learned without reading it.) I also found it hilarious that my cousin (whose eleven) kept claiming that I found Snape "hot", after we saw the movie.

Finally this afternoon while my mom was talking with my grandmother and my brother was finally eating breakfast after staying up late and reading, I finally gave in and grabbed my Mom's copy and started reading. I found it funny that my Mom came over once and saw I was on Ch. 2 and just kinda smiled and walked away, but came back about 10 mins later and just said "You're on Ch. 4 already!!" Hehehe, and that was with the distraction of overhearing their conversation. I could have been in Ch. 5 for then if it wasn't for my Mom and Grandma's loud voices.

And, what I have feared has happened. I stopped about a page into Ch. 5 and I am just itching to read on some more. Being that it's only 3:51 on a sunday afternoon I may just have to break down and go to Hastings or Books-A-Million in the mall and sit and read. If they provide us with nice chairs there, they better expect us to read....though I wouldn't be surprised if the chairs are already filled by other Harry Potter fanatics.
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My brother had a soccer scrimmage up near Ft Worth, so I've hijacked his computer since I wanted to update before Deathly Hallows is in stores, and I completely lack internet at my apartment. (And I feel weird updating my LJ at the Library.)

...Anyway, I finished reading all of the His Dark Materials books. And oddly enough I got a bit teary-eyed at the end of both the 2nd and 3rd books. And also both were because of the character Stanislaus Grumman. Which in a way seems odd to me. Thinking back later and to my reactions with reading Harry Potter, I didn't react like that for the death of Cedric, Sirius, or Dumbledore. And it makes me wonder how I'll react when I read book seven. We'll see. I know I'm gonna be terribly depressed that this is the end.

I'm terribly excited about the Order of the Phoenix movie. A co-worker from work has invited me to come along with her and her daughter when they see it. I think I may wear my Cedric Shirt and Hufflepuff scarf. :P Being the dorky, obsessed fan that I am.

Oh, and I think I will be making a second attempt at writing and maybe putting it here. I'm getting attacked by ideas and they won't leave me alone. So it looks like I'm just gonna have to write them down. Don't know if I'll like them enough to post them somewhere. Just gonna have to see on that as well.
Lastly, I'm almost certain that Snape will not die in Deathly Hallows but the closer it gets to the books the release the more I begin to doubt myself. I begin to wonder if it may end up with a 'Fruit Tree' -like ending for him. I'm still 99% certain he's good so this is the only ending I can see. And I think if you read the lyrics (http://www.nickdrake.com/fruit_tree_lyrics.html) you'll get what I'm saying. I'm still hoping that it's not the case.
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Only a few weeks after mentioning what I thought my dæmon would be, they added a little test to the movie website to see what yours would be and it says mine's a hare (after the second try, the first wasn't as accurate I think.) So, yeah if you follow that link above you can double check and see if I answered properly before it becomes "permanent" - after 12 days. Uh...yeah. So if you don't mind. :)
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It's been awhile since I've updated, so I thought I'd do so again, before I forget again. I think this journal could possibly morph into just an obsessive journal. Talking about things I know the majority of my LJ readers aren't that interested in. Things like HP, the His Dark Materials books I'm currently reading, TV shows and so on. I've lost all interested in writing anything at all (stupid school) and may not want to for awhile. I'll probably be more artsy over the summer. I really want to get my watercolors out again. :)

It's been awhile since the images were released, but I've got to say that I love the Deathly Hallows book cover, US more so than UK. Which is slightly odd since usually I like the UK children's covers more. Mainly since those are the ones I own. I still need book six (and in a way, book five as well). Anyway, I've gotta say I really loved it....loved it so much that it is now my desktop background. The funny thing is it's not the part that most people would think.



Yes, even though I'm not a fan of him that much, Voldemort is my desktop background. Ha, I find it kinda funny actually. But the main reason is I just love the way he looks in the book cover. I guess it helps that my favorite color, after purple, is orange. More so a burnt orange color like on the cover. I love my desktop. :)

In non-HP related stuff, I'm almost finished reading The Subtle Knife. Sometimes it amazes me how incredibly fast I can zip through a book. I've been taking my time with these books and am kind of glad I'm doing so. I kinda zoomed through both the Lord of the Rings books as well as Perfume when I bought it. It's kind of a nice change to read these at such a slower pace. Though honestly if I count up the time I actually spend reading these books, they probably take less than a day each. Because of reading these books I've been trying to think of what my dæmon would be and I think it would be a red panda. :D ...And because of my obsessiveness with HP I wonder if my dæmon and animagus form would be the same. I think so, but part of me doesn't want it to be.

And I think since I've probably bored those small few that actually read this enough already...I will now return to my Sims 2 game. :)
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Though not what I imagined, I'm most impressed with their casting. :P
More so than what I saw of the marauders. ^_^
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