Shuck and Jive

Friday, July 20, 2007

So who is Remus Lupin?

Harry Potter frenzy has hit the stores. I feel ashamed that I haven't read a single book although my family has read them all. I did go to all the movies though. I guess I better catch up with the rest of the world! I'm such a Muggle. Hat tip to Bob Cornwall for this quiz: Which Harry Potter character are you?

You scored as Remus Lupin, You are a
wise and caring wizard and a good, loyal
friend to boot. However sometimes in an
effort to be liked by others you can let
things slide by, which ordinarily you would
protest about.

Remus Lupin


Hermione Granger


Albus Dumbledore


Severus Snape


Sirius Black


Draco Malfoy


Harry Potter


Ginny Weasley


Ron Weasley


Lord Voldemort


Your Harry Potter Alter Ego Is...?
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  1. Cool! I scored as a Harry Potter. If you've seen the movies you should remember Professor Lupin from Prisoner of Azkaban, a very cool Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher who has that little problem during full moons. You need to take a break from all that heavy reading it seems like you are constantly doing and dig into the actual books though, then we can enjoy some Potter-inspired sermons on Sundays. :)

  2. All right, Bobby! I will do it. My wife says the same thing!

  3. Piffle! I tried the quiz twice with my nephew and got timed out both times!

    I haven't read any of the HP books, either. I just reread The Lord of the Rings when I want to read about wizards.

  4. I haven't read any of the HP books, either. I just reread The Lord of the Rings when I want to read about wizards.

    Lord of the Rings is great, but Harry Potter is fun and the way to go for reading about wizards in training! They really are delightful books that deal with the age old theme of good and evil.

    Tolkien has a new book out too, of sorts: The Children of Hurin. It's a newly edited version of a story that existed in various pieces before recently being painstakingly put together by J. R.'s son, Christopher Tolkien. It's a good story set way before Frodo's time and is far easier to read than the Silmarillion.

  5. Bobby -

    Yes, I have that book as well, though haven't read it yet. My husband got it for me for our anniversary - it came out the same day he went shopping and had no idea it existed, but figured I would like it. I'm reading Lord of the Rings to my nephews right now, and will read Hurin when I am finished with that - probably some time next year!

    I read the first few chapters of the first HP book, but was not impressed with the writing. I really just can't get excited about reading any of them for that reason alone, plus I am a stubborn cuss and tend not shy away from things that are too popular - it took me years to even see any of the Star Wars movies (didn't like them, either)! Ah well.

  6. I read the first few chapters of the first HP book, but was not impressed with the writing.

    Well, I understand I suppose, but I have to say I think they are written with quite a dash of clever, and most youngsters seem to agree with me. You've probably heard some variation of the author's biography, but it is compelling; a single mother struggling to make ends meet; wrote portions of the first book on cocktail napkins; envisioned much of the entire story while on a train...

    I also think the writing gets better; she really hits her stride by book 3; a couple of chapters really isn't enough to go on...I really can't help but try to cajole you read them; feel free to ignore me.

    As for the popularity, I have some friends who agree with you; I kind of get frustrated by that sometimes; some things that are popular are junk and some deserve to be popular; best ignore that and judge things on their own merit; Tolkien is pretty darn popular too after all.

    The Potter popularity particularly does my heart good as it has just been fun watching kids and adults alike go all nutty over a book like we've seen; who'd have thought it would happen in the vaunted technology age; where a great deal of futurist types predicted the poor book would be long gone by now.

  7. Bobby -

    I'll make a deal with you: I'll start reading the Harry Potter books as soon as I finish reading "Rememberance of Things Past". I've been working on that one for about 10 years now.

  8. You got a deal; just don't take ten years to read Harry when you get to it. :)

  9. Hey Bobby,

    Now just for you I talked about Harry Potter in church today. My wife has already read the new book. She is like an addict. She had it sent and then devoured it in two days. I am starting with book one. Or should I read the last one first and go backwards?

  10. Good grief; and I missed it; I’ll be sure to listen to it when it’s posted. I’ve been having this ear infection problem, and I just felt too washed out and ended up staying home. See, this is my problem with going to church though, I’m always feeling guilty about something. I don’t show up enough, I don’t help enough; don’t read the bible enough, etc. I know 1st Pres is a guilt-free establishment, but yeesh, I could do better…

    Anyway, as to your question, get serious! You gotta start with the first book and work your way up; no cheating! Read one a month or something like that if you don’t want a total Harry Potter blitzkrieg. My wife is reading the last one now too; I’m up to bat next. The books do get successively darker in tone though, which I imagine continues with the last one, so starting at the beginning will allow you to experience that sort of turning in the narrative as the books go along; still a fun read through and through. Fair is fair though; if you start reading the Potters I’ll finally get around to reading God and Empire.