October 19th, 2007


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.

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