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Halloween Countdown, Day 29

The Harry Potter Fest 2011 was fantastic, all eleven hours of it! Travis Prinzi was a brilliant guest, Hawthorn and Holly gave a fabulous concert, and of the twelve teams that competed in the trivia contest, those who won first and second place were made of students from my seminar! Well done, everyone! We enjoyed owls and quidditch and lots of Hogwartsian food and drink, as well. You can see my pictures here.

This seemed Halloween-appropriate. You always knew I was a bit "off," didn't you?

Have you seen this wizard?

Here's one of lizziebelle's wonderful photos I always return to around Halloween:


Text of the Day: Today's short story is "The Music on the Hill" by Saki (1870-1916 ).

There was a sombre almost savage wildness about Yessney that was certainly not likely to appeal to town-bred tastes, and Sylvia, notwithstanding her name, was accustomed to nothing much more sylvan than "leafy Kensington." She looked on the country as something excellent and wholesome in its way, which was apt to become troublesome if you encouraged it overmuch. Distrust of townlife had been a new thing with her, born of her marriage with Mortimer, and she had watched with satisfaction the gradual fading of what she called "the Jermyn-Street-look" in his eyes as the woods and heather of Yessney had closed in on them yesternight. Her will-power and strategy had prevailed; Mortimer would stay. Outside the morning-room windows was a triangular slope of turf, which the indulgent might call a lawn, and beyond its low hedge of neglected fuschia bushes a steeper slope of heather and bracken dropped down into cavernous combes overgrown with oak and yew. In its wild open savagery there seemed a stealthy linking of the joy of life with the terror of unseen things. Sylvia smiled complacently as she gazed with a School-of-Art appreciation at the landscape, and then of a sudden she almost shuddered.

Read the complete short story.


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Oct. 29th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your students cleaning up the trivia. Way to mold the minds of tomorrow! Also, thanks for the virtual gift. Yay Halloween weekend!
Oct. 30th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! :)

And you're most welcome! Three cheers for Halloween!
Oct. 29th, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the successful Harry Potter Fest! You are my favorite Prisoner of Azkaban!! Congrats also to your students winning the trivia contest. They have a great professor :) Love the pictures...the owls are amazing. Looks like a wonderful time for all.
Oct. 30th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! :) It was indeed a wonderful time. And the owls were incredible!
Oct. 29th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
LOL! I love the picture of you as Sirius Black. *g*

I think of you every time I pass that sign now, since you posted it last year. ;)
Oct. 30th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks.

Aw, that makes me smile! It's a truly shiver-inducing sign. I love the matter-of-factness of it. I love that photo so much.
Oct. 31st, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
That sign is great! It makes me think of when we went to Ratoo Tower in Ireland - The graveyard was *awsome* but I was terrified to try and walk around in it as the place was so overgrown, you couldn't actually tell where the decrepit old tombs were exactly and I was afraid I'd step down and... ACK! I have fallen into a musty old grave and can't get out!!!
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