Okay, so by now you probably saw on Facebook or other parts of this vast thing we call the Interwebs that there is an upcoming interview with JK Rowling where she regrets having Ron and Hermione ending up together and that their union was more of a “wish fulfillment” than a necessity to the plot. (Here is a link to an article on Hypable. I’m not a huge fan of that website, but the site I read the article from first linked its source as Hypable, ergo I will as well.)

Despite this reveal, Ron and Hermione are still my HP OTP because, for me, this relationship actually works. And why does it work?

Two words: Star Wars

“Buh-what?” you say?

Yep, Star Wars. Ron Weasley is obviously the Han Solo of the group, Hermione is the Leia and good old HP is Luke Skywalker. Even though I have came this conclusion on my own, other people have also pointed this out and I cannot/will not claim this as my own. (The HP franchise is similar to the original Star Wars trilogy in many ways, but for now we will just focus on the three lead characters.)

Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger work well together because their differences complement each other. Ron is street smart whereas Hermione is book smart. Ron is family-oriented whereas Hermione is an only child. Ron is pureblood whereas Hermione is muggle-born. Ron thinks with his heart whereas Hermione thinks with her head.

But, for as much as they are different, they share a lot of the same ideals. In the books, Ron’s legitimate worry about the house elves’ safety was what finally made Hermione go for it. He cares about what she cares about – it might not be in the same way, or the same level of caring, but he does his best and tries hard to do what’s right. They’re both best friends (and true family) of Harry Potter. Ron is the brother Harry never had while Hermione takes the role of sister and mother. Harry and Hermione would never work (in my opinion) because she sees him as someone who needs to be minded/tended to – not someone who she would see in a romantic sense. Ron is worried that Hermione thinks that she would be better off with Harry (hence what he saw when they were trying to destroy the locket), but really she wouldn’t.

Harry and (movie) Ginny are a terrible couple (because movie Ginny was underdeveloped as a character – she lacked the sass and maturity of book Ginny). But Harry and Hermione wouldn’t make a better couple. If anything, it would be like watching Luke pine for Leia and squirming because you know their love is more familial than romantic.

OR

You could also use a Little Women analogy (though this is a bit of a stretch, but let me explain). Hermione is like Laurie and Ron is Amy (even though he’s definitely more of a Meg or Beth because Amy is truly despicable…). Hermione was always meant to be a Weasley and Ron was her only real way to gain entrance to that family. But Ron and Hermione’s feelings/love is real, or at least waaaaaaaay more realistic/believable than Amy and Laurie’s love. (BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW LAURIE AND JO WERE MEANT TO BE, OKAY?)

So, yeah… that’s my two cents.

I don’t care what JK Rowling’s intentions were/are or that she regrets Ron and Hermione ending up together. As a huge fan of the books and movies (as they are separate entities), I thought this pairing worked. I thought their relationship progressed naturally over the course of the books/movies.

Long story, short… You can call me Captain Smith because I will go down with this ‘ship.

❀ Ron and Hermione 4ever ❀

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… and some tears fell.

I am posting at 9something in the morning because everyone else in the apartment is still asleep. So, I am killing time before they awake and we can go get pizza and slushies and watch The Glee Project all day.

Yesterday morning, I woke up at 6 and was on the road by 6:40 to drive to Kansas to visit my sister and her boyfriend. During my journey, I was belting out a lot of Glee in between listening to some Darren Criss mix CDs I made from a few of the concerts he’s had in the last month or so. (God bless DC fans, because they record audio/video of all of his stuff, and then other DC fans turn it into pretty stellar audio files from which one can make some pretty stellar mix CDs. But, since there is so much screaming from all the fans on all the audio files, it sounds/feels like you are at the concert, except you can’t see anything. Apparently, he’s got a solo album in the works – as in working on it right now. I have his EP, but it’s only 5 songs. So, a studio album is going to be much appreciated by the fans… I’m hoping he’ll have “The Muse” and “Sophomore” on there, but it is going to be extra awesome if there is new music that we haven’t had a chance to hear yet. Or perhaps the complete version of the “New Song Interlude“… that’d be nice πŸ™‚ )

Anyway… car ride to Kansas went well. Even though it rained a lot. And by rained, I mean poured. It was raining so hard at times that it was white out.

I got to my sister’s place a little after 2. She, her boyfriend and I went and got some burgers and then chilled for awhile before we went to the movie theater.

We had tickets for the 9 pm screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, as well as tickets for the 12:01 screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

We got to the theater at 7 and there were three ginromous lines. People had lawn chairs and umbrellas and picnics… crazy. Luckily, since we were seeing 2 movies, we were put in what ended up being the shortest line. (The really, really long lines were people who were just seeing Part 2 … crazy.)

We had to wait outside for about 20 minutes before the let us in. And, somehow, even though we got there a lot later than most everyone else, we had THE BEST SEATS. Back row, center seats… I don’t know how that worked out, but we had those seats for both movies. And they were phenomenal.

The theater we saw both movies in was one of the biggest theaters I’ve ever been in. The seats were comfy, plenty of leg room. Nice.

We had an hour and a half to kill before the first movie, and another 45 minutes to kill before the second one.

I was texting the girl I’m going to see Darren’s concert with when the guy next to me struck up a conversation about my phone. We’ll call him “Poor Man’s Dane Cook” (or PMDC for short). He was there by himself and hadn’t read any of the Harry Potter books, but had seen all the movies, but wasn’t a huge HP fan.

My sister and her boyfriend left me to go get snacks for the three of us. During this time PMDC kept talking, so we conversed about movies and whatnot. When my sister and her boyfriend got back with our food, I munch on my pretzel and PMDC played with his phone. I then tried to nap before the movie started, but that didn’t work because I was too excited for the movies to start.

Throughout HP7 Part 1, PMDC made some audible smart-ass remarks every now and again. It was one of those situations where I think he thought he was being funny/cute, but when I’m at a movie, I kinda don’t want anyone talking to me while the movie is up on the screen. Luckily, I’ve seen HP7 Part 1 4 or 5 times by now, so at least I wasn’t being distracted during something I wasn’t familiar with.

Between the movies, everyone in the theater stood up and stretched. Some people walked about, others got food, etc. My sister and her boyfriend left me again to get provisions for Round 2. PMDC also left for awhile, but soon came back and conversation resumed. There was more talk of movies and whatnot. I told him I hate it when people clap during a movie because it’s not like the people on the screen can hear your appreciation. (That, and then you usually miss subsequent dialogue.)

A half hour later, trailers started. I was pumped to see the teaser for the new Batman movie. I was also wigging out in my seat when they showed the 3D trailer for the 3D Glee Concert movie. (I am totally going to go see this, even though I hate 3D movies…) I could tell PMDC was judging me as I spazzed out in my chair, so I told him I saw the concert.

When HP7 Part 2 started, I went into movie-mode. I was in my zone. My eyes were glued on that screen like my life depended on it. However, PMDC kept making comments/asking questions throughout the movie. He would lean in and ask about stuff that if you read the books, you’d know what the answers were. Every time people burst out into applause, he’d look over at me and I would just shake my head.

I won’t spoil the movie for you… but I will say that I loved it. I got teary-eyed twice and tears actually fell a third time. I will have a full-out review of this plus my comments on the film and key scenes in a different post (right now, my sister’s boyfriend is making breakfast, so I’m going to try and wrap this up before he finishes).

When the movie ended, I said goodbye to PMDC and told him to have fun at work. (Apparently, he had to be at work for 6 am or something like that.) He told me to have fun sleeping in. I gave him the thumbs up and that was the last I saw of PMDC.

On the drive home, my sister, her boyfriend and I dissected the film and went over some plot points. By time I got to bed, it was nearing 4 am. And I woke up less than 4 hours later… I am bonkers tired.

This afternoon, when my sister finally wakes up, we’re going to chillax on her bed for the rest of the day and watch taped television. It’s going to be the best afternoon ever.

Well, breakfast is ready… have a good one!

I’m a fairly tolerant person. Except for when it comes to people who are epically ignorant.

In today’s national and local news, this was one of the big stories – Presidential hopeful/MN congresswoman Michele Bachmann and her husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann, run a clinic that tries to cure gay people by trying to turn them straight through prayer.

Now, I know this isn’t the whole story… but come on.

What I always want to know is how/where did present adults learn this kind of thought process/behavior? Intolerance is a learned habit, whereas ignorance is a lack of education. What a horrible, horrible combination.

A friend of mine posted today on Facebook his disgust with Michele Bachmann and her like-minded colleagues (I’m paraphrasing, obviously…) and then went on to say that he hates being considered a second class citizen, but that he loves his partner and is looking forward to another 17 years, at least, of being together and how he hopes one day that what they share will be legal in the state that they live in.

I can’t tell you how ridiculously happy/proud I was to see his post. Even though I’ve heard some stories, I honestly can’t even imagine what it’s been like for him and his partner to be together that long and for have other people (including government officials) tell them that what they have is wrong.

I know I take for granted that if I fall in love with a guy and we want to get married, we can. In any state we want. With pretty much no questions asked. Hell, if I was in Vegas, I could meet a guy and we could get married within the hour if that’s what we wanted to do.

Besides Michele Bachmann and her husband’s pray-the-gay-away techniques, I’m embarrassed to be living in Minnesota right now because our state government is still shut down. A friend of mine from work lost her other job because it’s affected by the shutdown. She’s not the only one… so many people are out of work right now because of this. I’m pretty sure the state is losing money as I’m typing this. And it doesn’t even seem like government officials are even really talking to each other. Tonight on the local news, they showed the governor talking at one press function, while two Republicans were talking at another on. TALK TO EACH OTHER, FOR GOODNESS SAKES. Shit, people. You’re not going to get anything done if you aren’t meeting with each other.

How frustrating.

Today was just an all around frustrating day. I had a heck of a time at work today… there were some mighty unhappy people due to bad experiences with customer service, do to (I’m thinking) lack of training. At work, sometimes I feel like they just shove new people into their positions without any sort of guidance. And since we’re always short-staffed, it’s probably hard for new people to ask questions because there is physically no one around to ask. A colleague and I spent an hour with one couple trying to answer their questions and resolve their issue with our workplace. An hour. And I was only at work for 4 hours today. Needless to say, I didn’t come close to making my sales goal. So, I’ll likely get scolded for that, even though I worked my ass off with my colleague trying to help this couple. Oh well. I did the best I could do with the resources available.

I got someone to cover two of my shifts this week so I could go visit my sister. Today at our meeting, the higher ups were saying that they needed people to work this weekend… which is when my shifts were that I got other people to cover. The higher ups were saying how it’s our responsibility to pick up extra shifts in addition to what we were scheduled on busy days because that’s part of what we signed on to do when we got hired. In my opinion, they should just freakin’ schedule enough people when they’re making the schedules and then they wouldn’t have to call people on the day of to scramble to try and get more coverage in our respective work areas. I used to be in charge of making schedules at a previous job… it’s not rocket science.

But, as much as I like the people I work with, I’m glad I managed to find people to cover my shifts so I don’t have to be there this weekend. Instead, I am going to be enjoying visiting my sister… Harry Potter and the NKOTBSB concert are gonna be epic.

Well… off to sleep

Have a good one

P.S. You know what else is going to be epic? The Darren Criss concert in Chicago in August… I cannot friggin’ wait for this. I heard from the girl I’m going with a couple days ago and we were both gushing about how excited we are for what we have planned that weekend. I already paid for my my part of the trip. This is actually happening πŸ™‚

So, in honor of my epic excitement for Darren’s show, as well as HP7 opening this week, here’s one of my favorite scenes from A Very Potter Sequel… it’s when Harry Potter meets Ron Weasley for the first time before going to Platform 9 3/4… and then Ron sings a song about Harry Freakin’ Potter. Enjoy:

I had full intention on job hunting this morning/afternoon.

However, I logged online at the exact moment the livestream was starting for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II red carpet event was starting, so for the next four hours, my eyes were glued to the pixel-ly video on my screen. I couldn’t help but watch this historic event go down in its entirety. The last Harry Potter premiere in England. I had to be a part of it anyway I could… and that turned out to be me sitting on my bed for four hours starring at the computer, finally having to break into a box of Junior Mints from Christmas because I was starving by the 3rd hour.

I’m beyond grateful that I watched the whole thing. (My mom popped in my room part way through to see if I wanted to play ping pong… I had to turn her down and stick with the red carpet. I told her she could go ahead and eat lunch without me… she laughed and assured me she was going to do just that.)

Even though the hosts and announcer guy were not exactly the greatest (there were several obvious flubs in information – calling Luna Lovegood “Lune Lovejoy” and not knowing the difference between James and Oliver Phelps at any time throughout the entire telecast, calling Draco Harry’s main nemesis, saying there was a love triangle between Harry-Ron-Hermione, saying there was a love triangle between Harry-Ginny-and an unnamed 3rd character, etc…), the livestream was really engaging. They showed a few interview and production clips from the whole series. The arrivals were so staggered that you really got to see each actor interact with the fans and then hear an interview. I was most excited to see Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Radcliffe, J.K. Rowling, and Darren Criss… of course they were all toward the very end of the livestream, but it was worth it.

(Unfortunately they didn’t interview Darren, but they did show him for a little bit… and the presenter guy was hating on him for his outfit and for spinning around and jumping for the photographers. Obviously the presenter was completely unaware that this kind of red carpet behavior is completely normal for Darren Criss… which is why we get to see pictures that look like this, this, and this from various red carpet/premiere endeavors. You keep being you, Darren. You keep being you.)

Ralph Fiennes wasn’t particularly loquacious, but I didn’t expect him to be. I actually laughed a bit when I saw him arrive on the red carpet. True story – I had a super awkward encounter with Mr. Fiennes 5 summers ago in NYC. My sister and I waited for him outside the stage door of The Booth before his play, The Faith Healer, so we could get our pictures with him. He’s my favorite actor of all time, and when I actually got to see him/meet him, I kinda freaked out and delivered an epic monologue about how much I love him and how I’ve seen all of his films and how Quiz Show was the film that made me want to study films. He chuckled at me, but I just kept talking. Luckily, he was kind enough to let me get my picture taken with him. I was so embarrassed after the fact that I couldn’t watch any of his films (except for the Harry Potter series) for two years.

Me and Ralph Fiennes ... I still can't believe this actually happened.

(Another true story – I actually had a super awkward encounter with *another* actor at the HP7 Part II premiere. Ironically, this actor also played Lord Voldemort, albeit in the viral musical version of the source material. A couple months ago, I tried to buy Joe Walker a drink at a bar. I honestly wasn’t trying to hit on him [honest], I was trying to do it as a “thank you” after one of his performances… but the bar was loud, and neither he nor the bar tender could hear me very well. So, instead of getting him the drink, the bar tender gave me a bottle of water, and when I tried to rectify the situation, both guys had moved on to talk to other people, so I was left standing there with a bottle of water, even though I already had a Diet Pepsi in my hand. Even though I was very embarrassed by this, it’s very likely that Joe Walker has absolutely no idea who I am, and that he probably doesn’t even remember this happened. But, every time I see a picture or video of him now, I kinda shake my head and remember the bar situation. I saw a couple seconds of him during the livestream. He was at the premiere with Darren Criss. I think it’s totally awesome that the two of them got to attend this monumental event.)

Anyway, enough embarrassing stories about me…

It was great to see how excited people were to see Daniel Radcliffe, but even more so, it was brilliant to see the reaction when J.K. Rowling showed up.

I am tickled pink that so many people are that excited by a writer. She pretty much single-handedly saved reading (in my opinion, of course). So many people have read this series. Those books are really, really well written. And those characters will stay with us for all time.

Near the end of the livestream, an executive from Warner Bros., Producers David Heyman and David Barrons, Director David Yates, actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, as well as J.K. Rowling all said a few words about the people they’ve worked with and their Harry Potter experience on a whole.

I am not ashamed to admit that I was in tears throughout most of this part of the livestream. These books meant a lot to me over the past decade, and same with the films. I love them. And I am beyond sad that this is the end of the film series. But it’s not the end. Not really. We’ll always have the books and the movies (and the musicals… woot woot.) Rowling put it best when she said, “β€œWhether you come back by the page, or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

I, for one, plan on rereading this series throughout the rest of my life.

I’m going to a midnight premiere of Deathly Hallows Part II. I fully expect to sob throughout most of the move. (For the record, I’ve only ever cried during 3 movies in my entire life… A League of Their Own, In America, and Million Dollar Baby. But, I know I will be bawling during HP7 Part 2. The trailer made me tear up. Hell, I can’t even listen to Hedwig’s Theme anymore without getting choked up.) I’m okay with being a wreck, though. This has been a decade in the making… tears happen when you say goodbye to something you’ve known for so long.

So, after my four hours of Harry Potter livestream, I ate some lunch and folded my laundry. I was going to start making mix CDs, but opted for ping pong w/my mom instead.

Later tonight, we watched Community, Parks & Rec, and Glee re-runs.

Tonight’s Glee re-run was “Original Song” – one of my favorite Glee episodes of all time… mostly because THIS happened. That, and I really love it when the Warblers sing “Raise Your Glass“… I f**king love that song.

I wrote a huge blog about this episode when it originally aired in March. You can read that HERE if you want πŸ™‚

Well, I’m off to read… then sleep… then maybe wake up and go see Horrible Bosses. We’ll see, though.

Have a good one!

It was in the last 30 minutes of my shift too… man. I know what happened, though. I was trying to do too many things at once, and I got wrapped up in a phone cord and I just knocked something right off our work space. Luckily there were more to replace the thing I broke, but still… I hadn’t broken anything in the 7 or 8 months I’ve been there and today I broke my streak. Literally.

Oh well. I was dehydrated/dizzy *and* caught up in a phone cord. It was basically inevitable.

I worked all day, so really there is nothing to report.

EXCEPT, that I am going to see my sister next week! Someone took one of my work shifts, so I can drive down in time to see HP7 Part 1 at 9 pm, and then HP7 Part 2 at midnight with my sister and her boyfriend. YAY!!!!!!!!!! So, that makes me happy. I’m probably the only person who would drive hundreds of miles to see a Harry Potter movie with a sibling. But hey, I miss her. And it’ll be nice to get out of town for a few days. Plus, this gives me an excuse to make some more mix CDs. Woot woot.

Well, that’s really all… I’m gonna head to bed early b/c I have to be up super early to go back to work. Boo.

Have a good one

P.S. Here’s some Warblers performing “Raise Your Glass”… it’s the last song I heard before I turned in for the night. LOVE IT!!!!

Today was beautiful, thank goodness. I really can’t handle 100 degree weather. When I get a place of my own, it will be somewhere where it isn’t ungodly hot all the time, that’s for sure. I like seasons. I like cold weather. I like snow. (Yep. I wrote it. I like snow.)

My parents and grandparents got an early start, but they let me stay home and sleep in since I was still feeling really sick last night. I woke up a few times throughout the night, but then slept until around 9. I needed it, badly. I’m still a bit off today, but since the weather was nicer, I wasn’t doing as horribly as I had been. However, this morning, I drank over a half a pitcher of iced tea because my mouth was feeling really dry and no matter how much I drank, I still felt thirsty. This happened last summer, so I’m not too alarmed. I’m sure it’s weather (or even stress) related.

When my parents and grandparents got home, we hung out for a bit, then headed to downtown Minneapolis. We went out to lunch at some tavern and then went for a ginormous walk near/around/on the Stone Arch Bridge. I’ve been there a few times before, but I never mind going back because I like that area of town – I think the Guthrie and the Mill City Museum are pretty awesome to look at. Plus, since it was such a gorgeous day, it was nice to be out for a walk – good breeze, some mist off the Mississippi River… nice. I had my sunglasses on, so I was all set for the bright day.

We were supposed to go on a boat ride, but we got a later start than we should have, so that didn’t happen. Alas. I haven’t been out on the new boat yet, so I was looking forward to that. But, another day.

I found out from my mom that my sister is going to NYC later this month. I was so jealous/pissed. I haven’t been there in YEARS and it’s my favorite place to visit. I was really sad, so I texted her and told her that I miss our trips (we used to road trip together all the time when we lived together) and that I really want to go to NYC or somewhere w/her sometime soon. (I haven’t been on a proper vacation in forever.) So, she’s not free again until October, and I have no idea where I’ll be then or what my availability will be, so we’re gonna have to play it by ear. I might be going to visit her for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II premiere, though. If I can get someone to cover a couple of my shifts, I’ll go to Kansas and see it w/her and her boyfriend. I should find out tomorrow if that’s going to be possible. I hope it is.

So, since I love all things Harry Potter and I’m going to do my part to spread the word about the amazing musical/acting talent that is Darren Criss… I thought I’d share a video clip with you. (Sorry, blog readers, but whether you like it or not, you are going to be infiltrated daily, most likely, with Darren Criss information… He’s a talented dude. More people should be aware of said talent.)

Anyway, I know you’ve read about my epic love for A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel, but here’s a clip of Darren Criss (w/guest Lauren Lopez!) singing “Get Back to Hogwarts” at his recent concert at the Irving Plaza in NYC… enjoy πŸ™‚

And seriously… even if you aren’t a Darren Criss fan (yet), if you like Harry Potter, you should really watch A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel. They are BRILLIANT.

Have a good one

So, I was going to post earlier and then go to sleep, but my dad offered to watch another episode of Band of Brothers w/me, and I couldn’t pass that up. I love my dad and that series too much to say no πŸ™‚

My day was pretty meh. I had to work for a few hours – I was super busy, so at least it went pretty quickly. I got home and played some ping pong with my mom, then watched Jeopardy since my friend was on again. She didn’t win again today, but she was up against some tough competitors *and* both rounds had bonkers hard/random answers/categories. My mom and I made pancakes for dinner and watched some more Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I can’t help but laugh when Harry gets all mad after finding out that stuff about Sirius Black and he’s all like, “HE WAS THEIR FRIEND!“. I’ve watched A Very Potter Sequel too many times and now all I can think of during this scene is when Harry yells “I’M IN A RAGE! THIS IS THE MADDEST I’VE EVER BEEN!” (2:28… you’re welcome πŸ™‚ )

I did the dishes and then read for a bit, then watched some HIMYM reruns. My mom and I played some more ping pong (i won one game today… out of a dozen or more played) then my dad and I watched BoB. And now I need to read some more and try to get some sleep in before the storms roll in tonight (we’re supposed to have rain and storms overnight, lasting for a few days… boo).

I’m still reading “don’t you forget about me” and I LOVE IT. These essays about John Hughes films are outstanding. I’ve seen almost all of his films, so I’m at least in the know about what these people are writing about. I can’t help but think, though, about Blane in Pretty in Pink. One of the producers for Glee said that Blaine Anderson was named after Blane… and it’s general consensus that Blane didn’t deserve to end up with Andie in Pretty in Pink… so I’m hoping that there is no correlation between Blane and Blaine besides the name. Because even though one could argue that Blaine doesn’t deserve Kurt, I like the two of them together too much. Whereas, I think Andie should have ended up with Duckie… because Duckie was kinda great. πŸ™‚

Anyway, I could totally expand that into an epic monologue, but I need some sleep.

Have a good one!