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Yes past self, yes he would you silly past self you,

 

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If John and Ringo went to Hogwarts, they would be three years behind Minerva McGonagall.

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What Hogwarts house would you be in? What Hogwarts house do you think some of the other BB members would be in?

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What Hogwarts house would you be in? What Hogwarts house do you think some of the other BB members would be in?  

I did the test on Pottermore and I'm in Ravenclaw. Happy with that.

I finished Deathly Hallows this morning. Wow. What a series. JK Rowling is a genius storyteller, the Lennon-McCartney of children's literature.

I read Philosopher's Stone years ago and thought it OK as a children's book. It didn't make me want to go any further, but about a year ago I read that and Chamber of Secrets to my boy. He loved them, and we watched the first two films and played the Wii Lego game (years 1-4).

Then on holiday in August I wanted some light reading, so decided to read book three. And book four. And I haven't stopped since then (OK, I'm a fairly slow reader, and OotP took forever). I've actually not wanted it to end because it's been so enjoyable.

And what a visionary writer she is. To plan all that, pace it superbly, weave so many strands together and not disappoint with the resolution is a tremendous feat. She also seems to be a properly decent person, which is heartening (I follow her on Twitter).

Now I want to write my own fictional saga, sell millions of copies and become richer than the Queen of England. Just off to do some brainstorming, brb.

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^ That's great! I'm rereading them in French at the minute, (I'm taking a little break having read 1-5 one after the other, I'm going to restart with 6 and 7 during the Christmas break).

A lot of people dismiss children's books as being "for children" and "childish" but HP really is a series that transcends generations and cultures.

 

Were you spoiled for any parts of the books @Joe like

Snape kills Dumbledore, Snape loved Lily, Sirius' death etc.

 

If there's any series I'd like to reread going in blind it would be definitely Harry Potter, closely followed by A Song of Ice and Fire.

 

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I've been reading Harry Potter fanfiction. This is the most popular story to make fanfiction of.

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I got confunded by the "for children" thing. I knew the series followed the characters as they progressed through school, but I thought "why would I want to read about a bunch of teenagers doing magic?" Ellie had been a fan for years, so we had all the books, and I kind of knew they were supposed to be very good, but never really had the inclination to go further. Also, I tend to read non-fiction more than novels.

Yes, I was aware of some of the plot twists, including

Snape/Dumbledore; I knew Neville was something of a hero, but not why; I knew Sirius died, and Fred Weasley too; and I knew Harry married Ginny, and Ron and Hermione, and the kids' names.

Some things were just hard to not hear after all these years. And I developed an unfortunate habit while reading of visiting fan sites for more info, and only retreating once I'd read a little too much. Serves me right.

I couldn't stand ASOIAF. I thought it was terrible fiction, really just awful. I read about half then gave up, and I very much doubt I'll go back – however much people want to convince me otherwise! I found it slow, dull and with deeply uninteresting characters. I don't care about their boring wall and their boring lives, so there.

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I've got tickets for the Cursed Child in London ahdn_george_08. Two of my friends are going with me and we'll be in London for 3-4 days in September 2018. Yay! 

Even though the story is atrocious it's meant to look visually spectacular so I can't wait to see it. We were trying for the best seats available but 8000 people were in front of me in the queue so we managed to get 3 balcony seats but I've seen reviews for the seats and they're all positive. The only complaint being it's cramped but eh those things happen.

 

I'm so excited 😀 

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Oh wow, that's so cool! Congratulations on getting the tickets!a-hard-days-night-john-6

When I read the Cursed Child a while ago I also didn't like the story too much but only from the stage directions in the text, I could imagine that the piece must be awesome to look at!

On a different note, I found this pic a few days ago and initially wanted to put it in the Beatles LOL thread but I think it fits better in here. So, let me introduce to you, the one and only.... Ringo Weasley!!!! (Damn, why didn't George wore the jumper, that would've fit better regarding the namesahdn_paul_01, oh well, at least it has Ringo's cute smile now!)

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There must be a George one, @Martha, because...

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Which could be captioned, "You've Pleased, Pleased Us, Mrs. Weasley!"

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There must be a George one, @Martha, because...

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Which could be captioned, "You've Pleased, Pleased Us, Mrs. Weasley!"  

That's too awesome to be true!beatlemaniacs_02_gif

I really wonder where these pictures come from and at which occasion they were taken, there seems to be very little information about them. 

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I've found George in his Mrs. Weasley jumper, @Martha...

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I believe they were taken backstage at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park during the run of The Beatles Christmas Show that started on 24 December 1963 and ended on 11 January 1964.

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Wow, thanks a lot! apple01That's so cool! In fact, I found the photos so cute, I hung them up on my bedroom wall immediately:

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By the way, @AppleScruffJunior, I meant to say congrats on getting the tickets before I got distracted by Weasley jumpers! Am sure you and your friends will enjoy it. Are you planning to take in anything Beatley while in my fair city?

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By the way, ASJ, I meant to say congrats on getting the tickets before I got distracted by Weasley jumpers! Am sure you and your friends will enjoy it. Are you planning to take in anything Beatley while in my fair city?

Any advice or tips needed, just ask.  

I'd like to but neither of my friends are Beatle fans so the likelihood is slim. I might convince them to go to Abbey Road but I don't think I'll get a walking tour in, unfortunately. 

 

Und danke schoen for the help! 

 

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A couple of places you might be able to take in pretty easily, @AppleScruffJunior:

Not far from the Palace Theatre, just a few minutes walk, straight up Greek Street, is Soho Square, with Paul McCartney 's offices at 3 Soho Square (and they are obviously Paul's offices from the outside), and there's a nice veggie place, Govinda's, on Soho Street which is off the opposite side of the Square if you're coming up Greek Street - while Paul's office would be on the left-hand side of the Square from that direction;

While if you're planning on taking in Regent Street and Oxford Street, Savile Row runs parallel to Regent Street, and if you look for Vigo Street coming off Regent Street, that'll take you straight to the 3 Savile Row end of Savile Row, it's just a couple of minutes walk.

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A couple of places you might be able to take in pretty easily, ASJ:

Not far from the Palace Theatre, just a few minutes walk, straight up Greek Street, is Soho Square, with Paul McCartney 's offices at 3 Soho Square (and they are obviously Paul's offices from the outside), and there's a nice veggie place, Govinda's, on Soho Street which is off the opposite side of the Square if you're coming up Greek Street - while Paul's office would be on the left-hand side of the Square from that direction;

While if you're planning on taking in Regent Street and Oxford Street, Savile Row runs parallel to Regent Street, and if you look for Vigo Street coming off Regent Street, that'll take you straight to the 3 Savile Row end of Savile Row, it's just a couple of minutes walk.  

Thanks for all the help! 

There's a Govinda's in Dublin, great food, and very cheap (bless the Hare Krishnas, eh? 😉 )

 

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Love this from Botnik.

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I skipped the shop and actually went to the platform 9 and 10. There is a separator but it would be tough to get into it.

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I've got tickets for the Cursed Child in London ahdn_george_08. Two of my friends are going with me and we'll be in London for 3-4 days in September 2018. Yay! 

Even though the story is atrocious it's meant to look visually spectacular so I can't wait to see it. We were trying for the best seats available but 8000 people were in front of me in the queue so we managed to get 3 balcony seats but I've seen reviews for the seats and they're all positive. The only complaint being it's cramped but eh those things happen.

 

I'm so excited 😀   

Hi @AppleScruffJunior. If you're going to the Cursed Child there's another Harry Potter place you MUST go to, and it's just a short (~2min) walk from the theatre – House of Mina Lima on Greek Street. MinaLima is the design company that did all the artwork for the HP films, as well as Fantastic Beasts. The merch is expensive but you get to see props and designs from the films, and it's free to get a guided tour of the building. Very much recommended.

Platform 93?4 at King's Cross Station has a trolley embedded in the wall, and you can have your photo taken there. There's normally a 20-30 minute queue, but if you go early or late (opening times here) it'll be a lot less busy. There's a big shop next to it which is full of HP swag – my kids got a toy Hedwig, Dobby, assorted mugs, wands etc. The shop is expensive, though, and you can probably buy the stuff online for a lot less.

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