November 27th, 2010 by Karen
Well, it’s been a week since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 blessed the big screen, and surely there’s been plenty of Thanksgiving family time, food comas, and football to keep everyone busy since then. And yet… Harry Potter mania continues!
The Internet is still abuzz with news and commentary related to the movie and the books. Check out some recent reports since the movie’s release:
Looks like there’s a new train line that goes straight from Manhattan to Hogwarts! At least, that seems to be the wish of some HP fans in New York, who added a “9 3/4” sticker to a subway sign, as reported by New York Daily News. (Funnily enough, I actually got out at this subway stop when I went to see the movie!)
Some wizards in the kitchen have combined two of my very favorite things in the world: Harry Potter and baked goods! Check out this round-up of amazing HP-themed cakes over at the Cake Wrecks blog. (Nancy, now you know where to order my next birthday cake.)
Merlin’s pants! I can’t believe the pain some super dedicated fans go through to wear their HP devotion on their sleeves. Get it? They wear it on their sleeves because these are Harry Potter tattoos! Ha ha ha ha! I’m hilarious. Anyway… check out this photo gallery at Moviefone’s blog.
And some Harry Potter fans are hoping to make a permanent mark not on their skin, but on the world. Founded in 2005, the Harry Potter Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that supports human rights related and other causes that Dumbledore and the Order would be proud of. As they say on their website, the HPA “fights the Dark Arts in the real world.” (Don’t you just love that? It makes me shiver a little.)
With the release of the new Harry Potter movie, the HPA is now taking on their biggest fight yet: the Deathly Hallows Campaign. In the nine months between now and the release of the final HP film, the HPA is asking Harryheads around the world to join them in their fight against seven real-life horcruxes (to be revealed in monthly announcements). The first one is the “Starvation Wages Horcrux,” which the HPA is fighting by sending around a petition and asking Harry fans to sign — and get their friends to sign too.
Check out this video about the HPA’s Deathly Hallows Campaign (including a reenactment of the Battle of Hogwarts!):
And there you have it: a round-up of continued Pottermania even as the movie release date becomes history. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m almost done listening to the audiobook of Deathly Hallows for the third time.