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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 1: It’s Party Time!


I’m going to feel like a big nerd admitting this, but yes, I am a Harry Potter fan, as are many of the people I regularly associate with. Because I was still in college when the behemoth seventh book was released, I didn’t get a chance to read it until right before the sixth movie came out.

I had mixed feelings upon hearing that the movie adaptation of Deathly Hallows was going to be released in two parts. Without spoilers, I’ll say that the first half of the book is mainly the core trio of characters bouncing around one campsite to another, squabbling, sometimes fighting off something evil or ominous, but mainly… searching. It’s thoughtful and tense and a little over wrought as written, but compelling nonetheless. I was concerned about how this would translate to screen, however, especially when considering that both movies were easily going to be 2+ hours long. The same written adventures as presented on-screen threatened to be tedious.

Jackie, a fan of the Harry Potter movie series, did not seem to be beholden to the same concerns. Her primary objective on Friday, November 19th, the release date for the new movie,  was to throw one hell of a Harry Potter – themed dinner party, which also tied neatly into our friend Maureen’s birthday.
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Good Morning, Amy!

Amy Sedaris has a new book out, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, containing much the same design and sense of humor as her first pseudo how-to guide, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. If you haven’t had a chance to check out I Like You  yet, absolutely do. It’s filled with a zany sense of can do in any host situation, whether you’re hosting a reception for a funeral or a discount movie night for your friends. While the tone and look is firmly tongue-in-cheek, there’s also a lot of really good, effective ways of decorating and setting up a party, not to mention an array of fantastic recipes (some, admittedly, with less than impeccable directions, but that’s not really the point). For anyone who loves hosting and has a bit of a warped sense of humor, this book is a must have. I know that as soon as I have a little extra money, I’ll be picking up her new, crafting-focused book and be on my way to making crafts for Jesus and bunnies.

And did I mention funny? If you’re not familiar with Sedaris’s former series, Strangers With Candy, now is the time to catch up, at least if  you have a decent digital cable package: LOGO, the network that specializes in GLBT programming, is currently running episodes from all three seasons. Or you can just go ahead and buy the DVDs, cause if you’re like me, you’re going to want to anyway. (Also, if you buy the complete series, it comes in a commemorative trapper keeper.)

In addition to being unbelievably hilarious and a top-notch domestic maven, Sedaris is also a killer guest on talk shows, cooking shows, etc. I’ve included a few clips of her, as well as a surprisingly cute video she did for Microsoft.

Also, check out this great AVClub  interview with her, posted just from this past Wednesday.