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I've got a Harry Potter, I'm all in!
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 10/11/06 11:30 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

In the game of Texas Hold 'Em poker, curently one of the most popular varieties of poker being played now, to start the hand, you get two cards, called your "hole cards". Certain combinations of these hole cards have acquired nicknames.

For example, JJ (two Jacks) is called Fish Hooks, 88 (two eights) is called Snowmen and J5 (a Jack and a 5) is called Motown (for the Jackson Five).

However, today on Managing Information News, we learn of a new hold 'em poker hand nickname.

According to the article, this hand (a Jack and a King) is now known as a "Harry Potter", because of its famous author, J.K. Rowling.

Is that cool, or what?

ADDENDUM: Thanks to Wizard News reader Gloria in Whittier, CA who wrote in to say that in addition to the "Harry Potter" hand in poker, now "Snake Eyes" in the game of craps is now called a "Voldemort" (for obvious reasons...) :-)

Web site synchronicity
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Sunday, 10/08/06 7:48 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

Two of my web sites are basically the same but unrelated. They are Wizard News, which features Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings news, and What Goes On, the latest Beatles news. One of the features of these sites is the automatic display of birthdays of people important to the topic of the site.

Today is the only day of the year when both unrelated sites honor the same person.

British actor Ian Hart was born in Liverpool, England on this day in 1964. Ian first came to prominence in the role of John Lennon in the 1994 film Backbeat. It was his second portrayal of Lennon, his first was in the film The Hours and Times in 1991.

Ian also set the tone of the Harry Potter films by portraying the first bad guy in a Harry Potter film, with his performance as Professor Quirrell in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 2001.

Happy birthday, Ian!

We're not worthy! We're not worthy!
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 08/25/06 2:12 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

I usually don't like to toot my own horn but in this case this was just too cool not to mention.

It's now four weeks later and I'm still jazzed! On August 2nd at Radio City Music Hall, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling mentioned one of my web sites!

It took a week or so to get the transcript of what was actually said, and later I finally got to actually hear her say it, when MSN and Bloomsbury did a webcast of the event.

J.K. Rowling mentions my web site!

I just love the way it sounds when she pronounces it!

By the way, even though J.K. has said that Dumbledore is definitely dead, we don't think that settles the issue. Check out for whole story.

Slytherin in the movies today
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 08/18/06 7:21 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

A much-publicized movie opens in theaters today that should be of interest to Harry Potter fans, and we're proud to bring you a first look at the new film. The movie is called...

Snapes on a Plane!

Excuse me? The new movie is called Snakes on a Plane?

Oh. That's very different.

Never mind.

(image thanks to Wizard News reader Robert Waetjen)

The worst Harry Potter joke ever
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Sunday, 03/12/06 7:28 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

Harry: Voldemort has no nose!

Hermione: How does he smell?


(Sorry... but I did warn you! :-)

Harry Potter seeping into mainstream culture
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 04/07/05 12:13 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

I read an article today in the Rushville Republican that was about geocaching. Geocaching is the popular fad where someone hides something, and then posts the coordinates of it on the internet and then using their GPS unit, other geocachers go out to find it.

What I found interesting about the article was this paragraph:

"Another challenge is finding and rehiding the cache without any passersby noticing. Those people are called "muggles" in the geocaching vernacular. The term from the Harry Potter book series refers to those who don't realize the magical fun going on under their noses."

I wouldn't be surprised if soon we're hearing some Democratic politician on the Senate floor referring to the Republicans as Slytherins...

Sirius Black escapes from Azkaban!
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 11/23/04 8:35 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

Yeay! Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is now available on DVD!

We finally have the movie on DVD so we can start picking it apart frame-by-frame!

I've already discovered a cool inside fact about the movie, go here to see my article about the book that Ian Brown is holding in his cameo in the movie!

Way too stupid to post
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 10/18/04 7:28 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

A Wizard News reader emailed me an article today that was just too stupid for the Wizard News site. It's on a "satire" web site, but it's not even funny or clever:

Billionaire writer JK Rowling said yesterday she would kill the Harry Potter series off in her next movie because she was tired of writing children's novels.

Ms Rowling said she wanted to concentrate on serious literature and while Potter was alive she would remain linked to the character.

In the novel it would be revealed that Harry Potter was a victim of child abuse who turned to heroin and later suicided.

Not only is this stupid, it doesn't even make logical sense, in that two whole books have already been written which come after what occurs in "the next movie".

For your amusement, the whole stupid article can be read here.

Almost too stupid to post
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Saturday, 10/09/04 8:45 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

The Mirror in the UK is printing today that David Hasselhoff is angling for a part in a Harry Potter movie. This is too stupid for words for more than one reason.

First of all, he's not British. They're only casting British actors for the adult parts in Harry Potter, most of whom are British (except for foreigners like Igor Karkoroff, who David Hasselhoff's not the right nationality for either, and anyway, that part's already been cast).

Mr. Hasselhoff could have been Gilderoy Lockhart, but that movie's already been done, and Kenneth Branagh was wonderful in the part.

Remembering Richard Harris
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 10/01/04 8:01 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

I'm sitting here reflecting on how weird a month October has turned out to be in the history of Harry Potter.

Today is Richard Harris' birthday. He also passed away in October, two years ago on October 25th. Coincidentally, Michael Gambon's birthday is also during October, on the 19th.

In my opinion, everyone who has been cast so far for the first two Harry Potter movies has been great. I can't imagine anyone who could have been a better Professor McGonagall than Dame Maggie Smith, she is perfect as both stern teacher and caring head of Gryffindor House. And who can imagine another actor being as sweet a Hagrid as Robbie Coltrane?

But as good as those other actors are, Richard Harris was Dumbledore for me. He was as formidable as the most powerful wizard of the age should be, and at the same time could be like a father to Harry. Read Dumbledore's explanation at the end of Order of the Phoenix about how he cared about Harry all those years and possibly jeopardized the future of the wizard world to spare Harry's feelings as he was growing up, and then go back and watch Dumbledore and Harry's scenes together in the first two movies, and you can see it's all there. Richard Harris nailed it.

As all the Harry Potter casting so far has been perfect, I'm looking forward to Michael Gambon being a great Dumbledore. But for me, deep down, Dumbledore will always be Richard Harris. It's ironic, the exact thing that Richard didn't want to happen has happened. He will forever be remembered as Dumbledore. I hope, looking down from wherever he is right now, he can see just how incredibly much we all love him, and realize that maybe being remembered as Dumbledore isn't such a bad thing after all.

Happy Birthday, Professor Dumbledore. Hope you don't get too many socks.

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