“Escape from Gringotts" by Mary GrandPré
I’ve always loved “The Final Hiding Place,” Chapter 27 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It’s such a beautiful moment in Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s journey. The calm before the storm, as they say.
The image above is from some random imgur link, since it’s the largest version I could find, but I originally discovered the piece while browsing Mary GrandPré’s collection of Harry Potter prints, which I found via that Buzzfeed article. The preview photo on the collection site is smaller but more vibrant in coloring (though I’m not sure I like this more), and you can buy the print for $800 or $425 (limited edition giclee on canvas/paper). I would probably be tempted if I had a bunch of money to throw around.
Today I found the web series (Character) and watched its entire first season, as well as the first 2 episodes of its second season, which is currently being aired.
It is probably the funniest web series I have ever seen.
In the show, a small group of actors/crazy people try to put on a melodramatic play about an accountant. It’ll probably be easier for you to just watch some of it (The first episode is embedded above.) than for me to describe it; the episodes are brief and there are not many of them. The characters are surprisingly rich and their relationships are beautiful and the writing feels very real despite the absurdity that pervades the show.
One of the actors is Laura Spencer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and you’ll find her character, Hollis M. Daly, is very un-Jane-Bennet-like.
(A tangent: I was standing right by Laura Spencer at one point during LeakyCon this weekend, and it is unfreakingbelievable how beautiful this woman is. This is a weird thing to say. There are, of course, many beautiful people in the world—and of course I try not to place to much value in the physical attractiveness of people, because that’s silly. But Laura Spencer’s beauty seems somehow surreal. Like, it seems very strange that a person can be so beautiful. Anyways. She’s also a good actress.)
Another actor, Paul Stuart, has this weirdly appealing voice that I want to narrate everything in the world. I feel as if I have seen him in something else, though a web search reveals nothing. He too seems to be a good actor. In fact, all the acting seems quite excellent to me, and the production is simple but extremely well done. It’s hard to believe the episodes only have a few thousand views each. Watch this show.
I came back to this space not out of nostalgia, but maybe because it is a placemarker. There’s comfort knowing that the places one creates on the Internet hang around often enough for you to return. They barely look up, they aren’t dusty or worn, they are exactly the same.
And it’s comforting.
It’s been years, and it goes without saying that these months days weeks hours have brought forth within me so much newness and challenge that maybe even this small blinking cursor doesn’t know me.
I’m okay with that.
No, no. I love that.
So, again—allow me to type my scattered thoughts, my recipes, my revelations, my words.
These crumbs, my offering to a space that never knew I left.
Just as I am returning to Tumblr, someone I remember following long ago does so as well—albeit with more grace.
I recommend clicking, reading, following, etc.
Have you seen this yet?? The new cover for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was revealed today!! The cover art was done by Kazu Kibuishi, author of the Amulet series.
The complete repackaged series and a new boxed set will be available on August 27, 2013, as part of the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the US publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Stay tuned for more reveals!
Oh, I actually like this one.
Last night I made this note in my phone (roughly 3am)…I have no recollection of making it or any idea what it means.
Children: Amelia, Audrey, Cordelia, Fiona, Gemma, Griffin, Harper, James, Juliet, Oliver, Phoebe, Quinn, Rowena.
It’s typed exactly like that. What does it mean?
There’s not really a good reason why I’m reblogging this. It’s just a very pleasant sounding list of names.
Before I went to see Before Midnight, I watched Before Sunrise and commented that it was startling, even as someone who’s seen it many times, to see how young they really were. And someone pointed out something remarkable to me: For those of us who were roughly the same age as Jesse and Celine, it’s not that we don’t remember how young they were; it’s that we never registered how young they were to begin with, because we didn’t register how young we were. (via ‘Before Midnight’: Jesse And Celine Are Older Now, And So Are We : Monkey See)
Photo: Sony Pictures Classics
I feel like I have aged incredibly since I watched the first film, even though that happened just 11 months ago. I watched the second last night. And now—
I'm Alec. I'm go to high school in Seattle, which is a great city. I apologize if some of the stuff on this blog is immature; I was a different person when I started posting here than I am now. I tried to clean up some of the more distasteful things.
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Things I feel particularly loving for at this moment: my yellow Arrow t-shirt (Clare and the Reasons!), Pushing Daisies, FIREFLY, Community, Netflix on my phone, anticipation to go back to school, sleep, questioning whether "anticipation to go back to school" is grammatically correct, the new Voice number I just got, those times when my mind is thinking clear enough that I can actually write things in this list and not keep flipping away and feeling like I need to sleep, Luna Lovegood-(8.26.10)
theta, spring, fun ferry rides with friends, music, feeling carefree, throwing it all to the wind, future less vivid, sun, some traits of myself, insignificance, Luxana, birds, blue things, green things, white things-(3.7.10)
So I decided I'm just going to add to this list and not delete older stuff-knowledge, good things, friendly people, REGINA SPEKTOR!, words, mathematics, NPR, Luna Lovegood, the design of Wired, colours, science, more-(12.2.09)
Participles, Luna Lovegood, Mika's new album "The Boy Who Knew Too Much," Alec (me), snow, energy, my friends (aww that's sweet en't it?), Seattle, my iPhone (her name's Mollie), film!, whipped cream, love, books, my brain, laughter, other stuff