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9 Days Until Halloween & A Poll

The Harry Potter Fest 2010 at Lenoir-Rhyne University is coming up next week, and as promised, I'm back with a schedule of events.

For my lecture on Monday, and the quidditch match and wizard rock concert on Friday, I will be dressed as a Ravenclaw student, as you can see. I'm also considering this my Halloween costume for the year.

Ravenclaw student for Potterfest 2010

There are various events every day on campus for the students, including film viewings, costume contests, and special wizarding menus in the school cafeteria. These events below, however, are the ones I'm free to disclose to the off-campus Muggle world:

Monday, Oct. 25
My presentation: "Who's Afraid of J.K. Rowling? Harry Potter's 'Appropriate' Readership"
9:20am, Belk Centrum

Thursday, Oct. 28
John Granger's presentation: "An Evening with John Granger"
7pm, Belk Centrum

Friday, Oct. 29
Presentation with John Granger and me: "Who's Saying What About Harry Potter and Why?"
9:20am, Bear's Lair

Quidditch Match
3pm, Russell House Lawn

Wizard Rock Concert
with The Blibbering Humdingers and Gred and Forge
6:30pm, Russell House Lawn

The new book Harry Potter Smart Talk is also available now. Believe it or not, this is relevant to Halloween. Two of the chapters are transcriptions of my guest appearance on last year's Halloween episodes of the Potter Pundits discussing Harry Potter as Gothic literature.

As for my costume, here's another view, with a closeup of my beloved prop. This raises a question: are you dressing up this year? If so, what as? And what's your favorite costume of all time?

Poll #1634469 Halloween Costumes

Are you dressing up this year for Halloween?

Of course!
No way.
Only in spirit.
Ticky-boxes are ghoulish joy.

Assuming you're dressing up, what is your costume?

Of all the costumes you've ever worn, what's your favorite?

Pictures are welcome in the comments section, too!

And now back to our regularly scheduled countdown…

Text of the Day: I hope you enjoy "Lady Button-Eyes" by Eugene Field (1850-1895). Does this make anyone else think of Neil Gaiman's Coraline?

When the busy day is done,
And my weary little one
Rocketh gently to and fro;
When the night winds softly blow,
And the crickets in the glen
Chirp and chirp and chirp again;
When upon the haunted green
Fairies dance around their queen—
Then from yonder misty skies
Cometh Lady Button-Eyes.

Through the murk and mist and gloam
To our quiet, cozy home,
Where to singing, sweet and low,
Rocks a cradle to and fro;
Where the clock’s dull monotone
Telleth of the day that’s done;
Where the moonbeams hover o’er
Playthings sleeping on the floor—
Where my weary wee one lies
Cometh Lady Button-Eyes.

Cometh like a fleeting ghost
From some distant eerie coast;
Never footfall can you hear
As that spirit fareth near—
Never whisper, never word
From that shadow-queen is heard.
In ethereal raiment dight,
From the realm of fay and sprite
In the depth of yonder skies
Cometh Lady Button-Eyes.

Layeth she her hands upon
My dear weary little one,
And those white hands overspread
Like a veil the curly head,
Seem to fondle and caress
Every little silken tress;
Then she smooths the eyelids down
Over those two eyes of brown—
In such soothing, tender wise
Cometh Lady Button-Eyes.

Dearest, feel upon your brow
That caressing magic now;
For the crickets in the glen
Chirp and chirp and chirp again,
While upon the haunted green
Fairies dance around their queen,
And the moonbeams hover o’er
Playthings sleeping on the floor—
Hush, my sweet! from yonder skies
Cometh Lady Button-Eyes!


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Oct. 22nd, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
You look wonderful!
Oct. 23rd, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
That's so kind of you! Thanks. :)
Oct. 22nd, 2010 01:10 pm (UTC)
Ooh, very stylish. ;-) I haven't dressed up for Halloween in years.
Oct. 23rd, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Ha! Thanks. ;)
Oct. 22nd, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
You look absolutely adorable as a Ravenclaw student. I can totally see you roaming the halls of Hogwarts. *g*
Oct. 23rd, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! *g*
Oct. 22nd, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
Speaking of cons, are you going to be a guest at MarsCon? If so, I'm planning to run a Lord of the Rings Trivia Game at 1600 on Friday if you care to join. Depending on whether or not the con has a policy regarding such things, I intend to offer a very hobbity prize for the winner.
Oct. 23rd, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
That sounds marvelous! I'd love to be a part of it.

Unfortunately, I can't be there this year. I was planning on it, but then another event got rescheduled, and I need to be there. So I'll be in D.C. while you're in Williamsburg.

I'll be anxious to hear your report. I hope you have a blast!
Oct. 22nd, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
Careful somebody doesn't stop by and give you homework!

We will be dressing as ghouls.
Oct. 23rd, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Ha! If they give me homework, I'll pass it along to my students. Rank has its privileges, and all that.

We will be dressing as ghouls.

But the whole point of a costume is that it's different from your everyday look... ;-P

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Oct. 23rd, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D
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Oct. 23rd, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! :)
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Oct. 23rd, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
Isn't The Burrowers great? The ending really hit hard, I thought.

Thanks for your kind words about my costume! I appreciate it. I'll be posting on Virginia Monday; she just finished her "fashion shoot." She's going as a jack-o-lantern this year. LOL! :)
(no subject) - eldritchhobbit - Oct. 24th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 22nd, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
Great costume and photo! And best wishes on your presentations! I just finished reading Deathly Hallows.. had skipped some of the later books in the series but thought I would read the final one before the film came out. I really liked the book.

My most memorable costume, because of the funny and unexpected male attention it attracted (from friends who knew me already!), was Annette from the Mickey Mouse Club. I had a t-shirt printed up with her name, had the mouse ears and such --- and stuffed my bra to about 10 times its size. My ex and I used to throw huge Halloween parties each year... he has the photo albums from those parties but I need to borrow/scan them.
Oct. 23rd, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your kind words! I appreciate it. And I'm so glad you liked the final book. I really loved it, myself.

Your Annette costume sounds like a hoot. How clever! I'd love to see a copy sometime. I bet you had a blast with it.
Oct. 22nd, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Love the photo - very sexy! :-)
Oct. 23rd, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you. I don't know about that, but you do a kindness to a gal's ego. LOL! ;)
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Oct. 22nd, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Nice. Looking good and magical and studious! :)
I'm resisting the urge to say that you look like a groomed Bellatrix, posing as a Ravenclaw student...hehe.

I'd dress up but I don't think any of my friends are having costume parties this year. :(
Might have a bonfire though.
Oct. 23rd, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks so much. I thought I might scare them a bit if I tried to deliver a lecture as Bellatrix. That doesn't mean she isn't there, just bursting to get out... Maybe next year. ;)

A bonfire sounds like fun!
(no subject) - Abbie [wordpress.com] - Oct. 23rd, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 22nd, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
I LOVE your costume! You rock my world, GH. And thanks for the shiny car. Made my day when I finally got home and back online.
Oct. 23rd, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
Aw, that makes my day! Thank you. And you're most welcome.
Oct. 22nd, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
images for the Hallo'n-season
Amy & Friends I came across this very excellent site for images, engravings, drawings from Old Books. http://www.fromoldbooks.org/Search/?kw=spooky
Oct. 23rd, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
Re: images for the Hallo'n-season
Wonderful! Thanks so much for the great link.
Oct. 22nd, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
fellow ravenclaw here...
an oddly short-haired Luna Lovegood shall be working Reference at my library on Halloween... (I flat out refuse to wear a wig to work thus why Luna will have short hair - but the dirigible plum earrings and butterbeer necklace I made along with my Spectre-Specs I bought at DragonCon will be the highlights of my costume!)
Oct. 23rd, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Re: fellow ravenclaw here...
Excellent! The world can't have enough Luna Lovegoods. Your accessories sound fabulous. Go Ravenclaws! I have no doubt you'll be the toast of the library.
Oct. 22nd, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, Ravenclaw! I thought it was a highly underrated house.
Oct. 23rd, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Me, too! I would've begged the Sorting Hat to put me in Ravenclaw.
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