Around the Common Room: October 12, 2012

The Hog’s Head isn’t the only site pulling out the Halloween props–ghosts, spooks and goblins are all over the web! To begin, you may want to get your Potter-themed costume from OfficialHarryP

otterCostumes.com. Though making your own is always a perfectly good choice, too.

On Blu-Ray this fall: Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection, which includes such famed monsters as The Phantom of the Opera, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Mummy.

Definitely frightening: a pie chart of Voldemort’s soul, describing what percentage is in which Horcrux (assuming a 50/50 split every time).

Kirkus Reviews’ Andrew Liptak has “A Brief History of the Vampire Novel.”

And in top [n.] lists related to horror, 9 movie monsters that would be unstoppable in reality, 9 most outrageously hilarious horror comedies of all time, the top 5 zombie films of all time, the top 10 horror stories, 10 of the creepiest ghosts in literature, 10 trickster villains we love (Satan made this list… it’s anyone’s guess how), 10 films you didn’t know were horror, and 4 ways high school makes you hate reading. Perhaps that last one isn’t horror exactly, but some of the novels mentioned are definitely the stuff of nightmares.

Also potentially the stuff of nightmares: teenage girl attempts to make herself look like an anime character.

In the non-Halloween-related, the internet came up with a handful of Potter-related things. First–just because it’s so hilarious–The Onion had this headline prior to the release of The Casual Vacancy:Man Going To Show Up To Launch Of J.K. Rowling’s New Book Dressed As Severus Snape Anyway.” Then, Huffington Post turned up one young artist’s custom designed covers for Hogwarts textbooks. The YA Highway bloggers posted a comparison of the top-grossing young adult/middle grade fiction book-to-movie adaptations, with Harry Potter outgrossing the others by more than double the cash of its nearest competitor. Cracked suggested Hogwarts was all in Harry’s head. And if that’s not enough for a Potter fan, it’s now possible to buy a coffee cup which responds to heat by transforming the writing thereon from “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good” to “Mischief managed.” And the customer service website Not Always Right recently put together a roundup of Twilight vs. Harry Potter fan stories.

In non-Potter news of J.K. Rowling, her description of a Sikh woman in The Casual Vacancy has upset some Sikhs.

The Princess Bride is 25! The still-living cast members did a little celebrating together recently. And Blastr has 11 reasons we still love the movie. (One reason they failed to note: it’s possibly the most quotable piece of fiction on the planet. I exchanged a few lines with my father just this afternoon.)

Lastly, Banned Books Week came and went, leaving behind a thoughtful post from Deborah J. Ross at BookViewCafe, as well as an exhibit of trading cards for banned or challenged titles, designed with original artwork.

3 thoughts on “Around the Common Room: October 12, 2012

  1. I really enjoyed the links to “The Princess Bride” 25th anniversary. One point about the pie chart of Voldemort’s soul. I don’t think that Tom (the caretaker on the Riddle estate) was a horcrux.

  2. The Voldemort Soul chart was great. Charlie, I think the 0.7% Tom was the tiny little bit left of Tom Marvolo Riddle after all of his ill advised experiments with the darkest of magic; a fragment of soul beyond any salvation.

  3. Already asked for the mug as a Christmas present. And my son is 7- too soon for Princess Bride? We’ll see. Great list of links Jenna!

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