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Happy Halloween, Day 19

I am off early this morning to New York City to see J.K. Rowling at Carnegie Hall. I will be back online tomorrow afternoon with a new Halloween update. I'll also be posting my review of Rowling's "Open Book Tour" event as soon as possible. Have a wonderful Friday!


And now, on with the show:

Link of the Day: Pumpkins and More (Pumpkin recipes from the University of Illinois Extension – yum!)


Literature of the Day: Since both of these relate to the world of Harry Potter, in one way or another, I thought they were appropriate. Enjoy!

"Song of the Witches" from Macbeth
By William Shakespeare (c. 1564-1616)

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.


"The Ballad of Nearly Headless Nick"
By J.K. Rowling (1965-present)

(Originally written for but later edited out of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.)

It was a mistake any wizard could make
Who was tired and caught on the hop
One piffling error, and then, to my terror,
I found myself facing the chop.

Alas for the eve when I met Lady Grieve
A-strolling the park in the dusk!
She was of the belief I could straighten her teeth
Next moment she'd sprouted a tusk.

I cried through the night that I'd soon put her right
But the process of justice was lax;
They'd brought out the block, though they'd mislaid the rock
Where they usually sharpened the axe.


Next morning at dawn, with a face most forlorn,
The priest said to try not to cry,
"You can come just like that, no, you won't need a hat,"
And I knew that my end must be nigh.

The man in the mask who would have the sad task
Of cleaving my head from my neck,
Said "Nick, if you please, will you get to your knees,"
And I turned to a gibbering wreck.

"This may sting a bit" said the cack-handed twit
As he swung the axe up in the air,
But oh the blunt blade! No difference it made,
My head was still definitely there.

The axeman he hacked and he whacked and he thwacked,
"Won't be too long", he assured me,
But quick it was not, and the bone-headed clot
Took forty-five goes 'til he floored me.

And so I was dead, but my faithful old head
It never saw fit to desert me,
It still lingers on, that's the end of my song,
And now, please applaud, or you'll hurt me.

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otoselkie
Oct. 19th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
Enjoy your trip! That sounds like a really great event.

Have you heard of the film Häxan? It's a very early (as in silent film era) documentary about witchcraft with some stunningly creepy scenes. Here's one on YouTube – if you can find a clip of the witches' sabbath, it's amazing.
otoselkie
Oct. 19th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
ETA: The YouTube clip appears to be an amalgamation of various re-enacted scenes from the film, so the bit I mentioned is in there.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you - it was wonderful!

Oooh, thank you so much! I haven't heard of that film, and I'm so glad you told me about it and shared the clips! I have to watch the entire thing, now. It looks amazing.
alicambs
Oct. 19th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
Enjoy yourself!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I had a fabulous time.
thehornedgod
Oct. 20th, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)
Everyone's talking about JKR's revelations today, Dumbledore mainly, it must be the same thing you saw!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
Yep - I was there!
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