heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
If you're following the #SecretStreetView hashtag on Twitter, or the "coordinates" on various Potter websites, you'll have seen that JKR is about to make an announcement about something or other.

There are hidden letters and you have to find them - and when the letters got hacked by WizardingLife, they realized it was POTTERMORE.

So I went over to the US Trademark Office's website (hi, [livejournal.com profile] chaeche!) and discovered a few things that I just tweeted about:


TM records suggest #Pottermore will be a #HarryPotter social networking site w/downloadable books, mags, audio & video DL, activities & more
1. Phone cards, cash cards, prerecorded tapes and discs (Ser. No. 77788098)
2. Lots of digital/ebook things (Ser.No.77788427)
3. Toys/sporting goods (Ser. No. 77788368)
4. Books & mags feat. action, adventure, comedy (Ser No. 77788107)
5. On-line retail store services featuring audio books, electronic books, books, magazines, etc. Ser. # 77788396
6 is the one I mentioned above: Providing multiple-user access to a global computer information network; providing on-line chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards for transmission of messages among users in the field of general interest; providing on-line communications links which transfer the web site user to other local and global web pages; providing on-line facilities for real-time interaction with other computer users concerning topics of general interest (Ser. No. 77788415)

I have my own hunches about some other things based on things I've heard in the last year or so (all cool) but this is all I can find from public records so far.

Could be cool!
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
If you're following the #SecretStreetView hashtag on Twitter, or the "coordinates" on various Potter websites, you'll have seen that JKR is about to make an announcement about something or other.

There are hidden letters and you have to find them - and when the letters got hacked by WizardingLife, they realized it was POTTERMORE.

So I went over to the US Trademark Office's website (hi, [livejournal.com profile] chaeche!) and discovered a few things that I just tweeted about:


TM records suggest #Pottermore will be a #HarryPotter social networking site w/downloadable books, mags, audio & video DL, activities & more
1. Phone cards, cash cards, prerecorded tapes and discs (Ser. No. 77788098)
2. Lots of digital/ebook things (Ser.No.77788427)
3. Toys/sporting goods (Ser. No. 77788368)
4. Books & mags feat. action, adventure, comedy (Ser No. 77788107)
5. On-line retail store services featuring audio books, electronic books, books, magazines, etc. Ser. # 77788396
6 is the one I mentioned above: Providing multiple-user access to a global computer information network; providing on-line chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards for transmission of messages among users in the field of general interest; providing on-line communications links which transfer the web site user to other local and global web pages; providing on-line facilities for real-time interaction with other computer users concerning topics of general interest (Ser. No. 77788415)

I have my own hunches about some other things based on things I've heard in the last year or so (all cool) but this is all I can find from public records so far.

Could be cool!
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
I'm putting together a fanvid showcase that will be part of Informal Programming at LeakyCon in July in Orlando; I've got a solid collection of Harry Potter fanvids (although I have only just started asking the vidders for permission) but I know there must be some that are beyond my radar screen - too new, or too old. If you have one or know of one that's particularly creative, insightful, well-made, extremely funny or otherwise notable, please comment or email me. Feel free to direct friends to this post, and please, newsletters, spread the word.
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
I'm putting together a fanvid showcase that will be part of Informal Programming at LeakyCon in July in Orlando; I've got a solid collection of Harry Potter fanvids (although I have only just started asking the vidders for permission) but I know there must be some that are beyond my radar screen - too new, or too old. If you have one or know of one that's particularly creative, insightful, well-made, extremely funny or otherwise notable, please comment or email me. Feel free to direct friends to this post, and please, newsletters, spread the word.
heidi: (Travel2)
I have five days in London in July - but one of them (July 7) is going to be filled with Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows premiere-type things, and I may have stuff for that on the 6th and possibly the 8th as well.

On the 8th, also, I am going to omgomg Much Ado About Nothing SQUEE in the evening, so that's booked up.

I haven't been back in the UK since the summer of 1992 - I hear things have changed? I'd certainly consider going to the British Museum or the V&A, but what, specifically, should I go there - or to any other museum - to see?

What else do I want to do? Not Madame Tussaud's, and not the London Dungeons as they freaked the hell out of me when I was 14, but is there anything else theatrical that I must see? Restaurants, stores, museums, exhibitions? Is the Doctor Who exhibition worth it? I don't think I have time to get to Cardiff or Haye on Wye, unfortunately, not on this trip.

I'm staying by Leicester Square, if you have any nearby restaurant recs, as I'll probably need them on the 7th.

Plan my trip, o lovely flist! Please?
heidi: (Travel2)
I have five days in London in July - but one of them (July 7) is going to be filled with Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows premiere-type things, and I may have stuff for that on the 6th and possibly the 8th as well.

On the 8th, also, I am going to omgomg Much Ado About Nothing SQUEE in the evening, so that's booked up.

I haven't been back in the UK since the summer of 1992 - I hear things have changed? I'd certainly consider going to the British Museum or the V&A, but what, specifically, should I go there - or to any other museum - to see?

What else do I want to do? Not Madame Tussaud's, and not the London Dungeons as they freaked the hell out of me when I was 14, but is there anything else theatrical that I must see? Restaurants, stores, museums, exhibitions? Is the Doctor Who exhibition worth it? I don't think I have time to get to Cardiff or Haye on Wye, unfortunately, not on this trip.

I'm staying by Leicester Square, if you have any nearby restaurant recs, as I'll probably need them on the 7th.

Plan my trip, o lovely flist! Please?
heidi: (Texting5)
1. The final HP premiere in London will be on July 7 at Trafalger *and* Leicester Squares, as per Mugglenet, etc. today. I am expecting to be there, in London from the 5th or 6th through the 10th (for some reason, it's 1200 dollars cheaper than flying home on the 9th, no I don't know why). Does anyone want to see Much Ado with me on the 8th or 9th?

2. [livejournal.com profile] lazy_daze and I are playing around with a fest at [livejournal.com profile] j2_fpsfest, where Jared & Jensen (and everyone else from the alt-verse in last week's SPN) are fictional people (and alpacas) and therefore the squick some have about writing fic about real people need not come into play! It's not just a J2 fest - anyone who exists in the alt-verse is fair game, in their fictional personas. Details are still being worked out, but it's going to be adorable and amusing!

3. Food & Wine Festival was last weekend in Miami; I had far too many burgers, and decided not to have any wine at the Grand Tasting on Sunday, so I stuck to cocktails. I think I had two to three sips from about twenty different drinks, and had much love for the Skinnygirl Margarita, this amazing Pomagranate margarita that had salt and chile flavor on the rim, and a vodka thing made from Florida oranges. The iced tea vodka was disgusting. And the new Jelly Belly cocktail flavours - mojito, cosmo, margarita - were gorgeous.

4. Loved last night's Castle - the emotions, the problem-solving smarts of the rest of the team, everything was fantastic and it was a joy to see Pasdar on my screen again. Gah, I hope this turns into a spinoff or something; after the hell that it sounds like the last two years of Heroes were for him, he deserves something good.

More catch-up postyness later.
heidi: (Texting5)
1. The final HP premiere in London will be on July 7 at Trafalger *and* Leicester Squares, as per Mugglenet, etc. today. I am expecting to be there, in London from the 5th or 6th through the 10th (for some reason, it's 1200 dollars cheaper than flying home on the 9th, no I don't know why). Does anyone want to see Much Ado with me on the 8th or 9th?

2. [livejournal.com profile] lazy_daze and I are playing around with a fest at [livejournal.com profile] j2_fpsfest, where Jared & Jensen (and everyone else from the alt-verse in last week's SPN) are fictional people (and alpacas) and therefore the squick some have about writing fic about real people need not come into play! It's not just a J2 fest - anyone who exists in the alt-verse is fair game, in their fictional personas. Details are still being worked out, but it's going to be adorable and amusing!

3. Food & Wine Festival was last weekend in Miami; I had far too many burgers, and decided not to have any wine at the Grand Tasting on Sunday, so I stuck to cocktails. I think I had two to three sips from about twenty different drinks, and had much love for the Skinnygirl Margarita, this amazing Pomagranate margarita that had salt and chile flavor on the rim, and a vodka thing made from Florida oranges. The iced tea vodka was disgusting. And the new Jelly Belly cocktail flavours - mojito, cosmo, margarita - were gorgeous.

4. Loved last night's Castle - the emotions, the problem-solving smarts of the rest of the team, everything was fantastic and it was a joy to see Pasdar on my screen again. Gah, I hope this turns into a spinoff or something; after the hell that it sounds like the last two years of Heroes were for him, he deserves something good.

More catch-up postyness later.
heidi: (Doctor_Ravenclaw)
No, I didn't do NanoWriMo or even NaBloPoMo, but someone on my flist asked yesterday whether there was anything we would want to change in the HP books, now that it's all said and done. And of course, I'm sure everyone has things - big and little, world-changing and world-tweaking - that they would have done differently; I'm curious as to what y'all would have changed or expanded upon.

For me, there are tiny tweaks - to the way Hedwig died, to some aspects of Tonks' characterization, to Draco's hairline in the Epilogue - but I wouldn't want to change anything significantly. There is, however, one thing that I've always wanted, and had really weirdly hoped to see in the film even though it wasn't in the books - a soul-less Barty Crouch stuck in a corner somewhere.

So finally, I wrote the one-paragraph drop-in drabble that I would've loved to see in Deathly Hallows (and am considering trying to organize it as a Challenge in the new year):

Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: G
Characters: Barty Crouch, Jr.
Summary: A 100-word drop-in to Deathly Hallows that would've changed nothing, but would look really good on screen.

Harry was surprised to see a blank-eyed Barty Crouch, Jr. standing like a cloak-rack off by the wall nearest the Slytherin table. There were four hats piled on his head, three cloaks on each arm and a massive bag at his feet. The Death Eaters seemed to be using him to hold their stuff while they battled Hogwarts' defenders. How many years ago had Sirius told Harry that wizards could live without a soul, but Harry had never expected to see the aftereffects of a Dementor attack in the Great Hall. Someone, Harry thought fleetingly, must be feeding him regularly.




In other news? OMGOMG NASA is having a presser on Thursday regarding a major astrobiology discovery!?!? Gawker thinks that they may be announcing a discovery of bacteria on one of Saturn's moons!!!! How soon til we get ONTD_Aliens? Internet crash and twitter failwhale in about 51 hours, clearly.
heidi: (Doctor_Ravenclaw)
No, I didn't do NanoWriMo or even NaBloPoMo, but someone on my flist asked yesterday whether there was anything we would want to change in the HP books, now that it's all said and done. And of course, I'm sure everyone has things - big and little, world-changing and world-tweaking - that they would have done differently; I'm curious as to what y'all would have changed or expanded upon.

For me, there are tiny tweaks - to the way Hedwig died, to some aspects of Tonks' characterization, to Draco's hairline in the Epilogue - but I wouldn't want to change anything significantly. There is, however, one thing that I've always wanted, and had really weirdly hoped to see in the film even though it wasn't in the books - a soul-less Barty Crouch stuck in a corner somewhere.

So finally, I wrote the one-paragraph drop-in drabble that I would've loved to see in Deathly Hallows (and am considering trying to organize it as a Challenge in the new year):

Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: G
Characters: Barty Crouch, Jr.
Summary: A 100-word drop-in to Deathly Hallows that would've changed nothing, but would look really good on screen.

Harry was surprised to see a blank-eyed Barty Crouch, Jr. standing like a cloak-rack off by the wall nearest the Slytherin table. There were four hats piled on his head, three cloaks on each arm and a massive bag at his feet. The Death Eaters seemed to be using him to hold their stuff while they battled Hogwarts' defenders. How many years ago had Sirius told Harry that wizards could live without a soul, but Harry had never expected to see the aftereffects of a Dementor attack in the Great Hall. Someone, Harry thought fleetingly, must be feeding him regularly.




In other news? OMGOMG NASA is having a presser on Thursday regarding a major astrobiology discovery!?!? Gawker thinks that they may be announcing a discovery of bacteria on one of Saturn's moons!!!! How soon til we get ONTD_Aliens? Internet crash and twitter failwhale in about 51 hours, clearly.
heidi: (Shame)
No, I didn't do NanoWriMo or even NaBloPoMo, but someone on my flist asked yesterday whether there was anything we would want to change in the HP books, now that it's all said and done. And of course, I'm sure everyone has things - big and little, world-changing and world-tweaking - that they would have done differently; I'm curious as to what y'all would have changed or expanded upon.

For me, there are tiny tweaks - to the way Hedwig died, to some aspects of Tonks' characterization, to Draco's hairline in the Epilogue - but I wouldn't want to change anything significantly. There is, however, one thing that I've always wanted, and had really weirdly hoped to see in the film even though it wasn't in the books - a soul-less Barty Crouch stuck in a corner somewhere.

So finally, I wrote the one-paragraph drop-in drabble that I would've loved to see in Deathly Hallows (and am considering trying to organize it as a Challenge in the new year):

Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: G
Characters: Barty Crouch, Jr.
Summary: A 100-word drop-in to Deathly Hallows that would've changed nothing, but would look really good on screen.

Harry was surprised to see a blank-eyed Barty Crouch, Jr. standing like a cloak-rack off by the wall nearest the Slytherin table. There were four hats piled on his head, three cloaks on each arm and a massive bag at his feet. The Death Eaters seemed to be using him to hold their stuff while they battled Hogwarts' defenders. How many years ago had Sirius told Harry that wizards could live without a soul, but Harry had never expected to see the aftereffects of a Dementor attack in the Great Hall. Someone, Harry thought fleetingly, must be feeding him regularly.




In other news? OMGOMG NASA is having a presser on Thursday regarding a major astrobiology discovery!?!? Gawker thinks that they may be announcing a discovery of bacteria on one of Saturn's moons!!!! How soon til we get ONTD_Aliens? Internet crash and twitter failwhale in about 51 hours, clearly.
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
Even though I've been reminding myself for a week to switch to this icon in honour of the release of DH1 (which should have an old-school VH1-style logo) I still managed to forget yesterday.

Well, I've corrected for it now.

As I've tweeted recently, I was lucky enough to get to see Deathly Hallows at the premiere in NYC on Monday, although my review was officially embargoed until today. Crossposted from FAP and HPfGU-Movies, as I am kickin' it old school for the next few months... )

Harry Potter changed my life. It's been more than twelve years since I first read Philosopher's Stone, and Chamber of Secrets shortly thereafter. And twelve years ago this week, I learned I was pregnant with a boy we named Harry, and tomorrow he'll be going with me to the movies as a very, very belated birthday party thing.

In July, we're both going to be at LeakyCon, so we can see it surrounded by thousands of friends who we've met because of JK Rowling's words, and it won't be the end of the story for either of us. I can't wait to finally get to Leavesden Studios, or see the new additions to the Museum Exhibition again some day, and of course, there will always be cons and symposia and events and revivals of the movies and maybe someday, musical theater.

And there will always be people who are new to the story, and who then discover the fandom - and those who read the books and saw the movies, but are only just now finding the news-sites and the fics and the art and the vids and the films, musicals and fancons.

The kids who are about to have their first experience with Harry Potter as their parents take them to the Wizarding World, the random grownups like Mark (of MarkReadsHarryPotter) who didn't read it in their childhood or their teens, the kids whose parents banned the films and books because of "witchcraft" and those who simply, finally, get caught up in the hype that will lead to the last movie's release - they're all still just discovering fandom, and like the influxes of the past, they will all cause fandom to change in a million individual ways.

If you have a moment and haven't voted yet, let me know what song you think I should vid each HP film to. And if you can think of a better song that charted in the UK in 1997, please let me know!
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
Even though I've been reminding myself for a week to switch to this icon in honour of the release of DH1 (which should have an old-school VH1-style logo) I still managed to forget yesterday.

Well, I've corrected for it now.

As I've tweeted recently, I was lucky enough to get to see Deathly Hallows at the premiere in NYC on Monday, although my review was officially embargoed until today. Crossposted from FAP and HPfGU-Movies, as I am kickin' it old school for the next few months... )

Harry Potter changed my life. It's been more than twelve years since I first read Philosopher's Stone, and Chamber of Secrets shortly thereafter. And twelve years ago this week, I learned I was pregnant with a boy we named Harry, and tomorrow he'll be going with me to the movies as a very, very belated birthday party thing.

In July, we're both going to be at LeakyCon, so we can see it surrounded by thousands of friends who we've met because of JK Rowling's words, and it won't be the end of the story for either of us. I can't wait to finally get to Leavesden Studios, or see the new additions to the Museum Exhibition again some day, and of course, there will always be cons and symposia and events and revivals of the movies and maybe someday, musical theater.

And there will always be people who are new to the story, and who then discover the fandom - and those who read the books and saw the movies, but are only just now finding the news-sites and the fics and the art and the vids and the films, musicals and fancons.

The kids who are about to have their first experience with Harry Potter as their parents take them to the Wizarding World, the random grownups like Mark (of MarkReadsHarryPotter) who didn't read it in their childhood or their teens, the kids whose parents banned the films and books because of "witchcraft" and those who simply, finally, get caught up in the hype that will lead to the last movie's release - they're all still just discovering fandom, and like the influxes of the past, they will all cause fandom to change in a million individual ways.

If you have a moment and haven't voted yet, let me know what song you think I should vid each HP film to. And if you can think of a better song that charted in the UK in 1997, please let me know!
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
I have no idea why, but to avoid posting un-cut spoilers for DH, I posted on LJ instead; you can read my review of DH1 here.
heidi: (one)
As a friend reminded me, yesterday was three years to the day since Albus Dumbledore came out of the closet, via J.K. Rowling's reading/talk in NYC. And of course, today is Spirit Day, where we're wearing purple in memory of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide, and speaking out against bullying, especially anti-gay bullying.

I know a lot of you were at Lumos, where Emerson of Mugglenet and a friend crashed the slash panel and were really rude about slash, and also remember the first two thirds of the decade, when Mugglenet refused to host slash fics (although they did start before the Dumbledore announcement, fwiw).

So I wanted to point to the site today, which is purple, and especially Andrew Sims' post. Years pass, people grow up, things change - but not quickly enough for the kids that are lost, and who were never told "It gets better." If you haven't gone to Mugglenet in years, take a moment to pop over there today, and read Andrew's post.
heidi: (one)
As a friend reminded me, yesterday was three years to the day since Albus Dumbledore came out of the closet, via J.K. Rowling's reading/talk in NYC. And of course, today is Spirit Day, where we're wearing purple in memory of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide, and speaking out against bullying, especially anti-gay bullying.

I know a lot of you were at Lumos, where Emerson of Mugglenet and a friend crashed the slash panel and were really rude about slash, and also remember the first two thirds of the decade, when Mugglenet refused to host slash fics (although they did start before the Dumbledore announcement, fwiw).

So I wanted to point to the site today, which is purple, and especially Andrew Sims' post. Years pass, people grow up, things change - but not quickly enough for the kids that are lost, and who were never told "It gets better." If you haven't gone to Mugglenet in years, take a moment to pop over there today, and read Andrew's post.
heidi: (legally)
Did I really say this, back in Feb of 2001?
[If WB doesn't go after people who use the Harry Potter mark without their authorization] not only will there be dozens of HP sites (which the world could deal with) there would be unauthorized HP merchandise, and even possibly unauthorized books (which would be bad).


I wouldn't blame any of you if you never spoke to me again! "Dozens" of HP sites?

Wow, my predictive powers sucked.

This post brought to you by the letter "N" for Nostalgia.

So, anyone reading this who remembers when there were fewer than 1000 people on HPfGU?
heidi: (fandom)
If this is true, I'm so excited for him! Mike Ausiello from EW just tweeted that Darren Criss, who adorably played Harry Potter in A Very Potter Musical & A Very Potter Sequel has been cast on Glee, and may be playing Kurt's boyfriend-to-be! If you haven't seen the musicals, they were a fan project by a bunch of students at and recent grads of UMich, and this summer, Darren was also on the panel I put together for Comic Ckn (which I unfortunately wasn't able to be at, but Melissa modded in my stead) and a clip from one of the songs is here.
heidi: (fandom)
If this is true, I'm so excited for him! Mike Ausiello from EW just tweeted that Darren Criss, who adorably played Harry Potter in A Very Potter Musical & A Very Potter Sequel has been cast on Glee, and may be playing Kurt's boyfriend-to-be! If you haven't seen the musicals, they were a fan project by a bunch of students at and recent grads of UMich, and this summer, Darren was also on the panel I put together for Comic Ckn (which I unfortunately wasn't able to be at, but Melissa modded in my stead) and a clip from one of the songs is here.
heidi: (The Bad Place)
I've been busy this summer! And if I can't be at D*con, I can at least do something vaguely geeky. So DW and now White Collar ep catchup + a giant bowl of popcorn and a glass of shiraz is what it'll be.

Luckily my flist has seen their way to leading me to two particular photos today:

One is Jared's mouth in this pic. (thank you [livejournal.com profile] deirdre_c!)

The other is this pic of Jason as Lucius in DH- spoiler for how Lucius looks in DH ) (omgomgomg THANK YOU [livejournal.com profile] gmth!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

What picture and/or type of popcorn made you smile today?

And is anyone considering the SPN cons in SF (sigh, already planning to go to Vegas that weekend for my 40th birthday so I don't think it's possible) and/or Nashville? Nashville may be possible for me, as it's not terribly far. Damn, I seem to already have a conflict on Nashville-weekend :( and Boston-weekend. And I have to be in LA the weekend after this February's con, and I don't think I can justify spending a whole week out there. So, why not somewhere in Texas, Creation-people?

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