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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

It’s the penultimate ‘Potter’


Rob Collins
The “Harry Potter” franchise is humming along after a decade of filming.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wake Wood

At least it’s better than Hammer Films’ last time at bat.


Rod Lott
Getting Hammered just isn't as much fun as it used to be.
Friday, June 24, 2011

The final countdown

We're just a few days away

There are five stages of grief. I am still in Stage 1: denial.

“No, I’m fine. Really! I’m nothing but excited for this final ‘Harry Potter’ movie, ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2,’ that will close out more than a decade of being a Potterphile.”

So, until I move on to Stage 2 — anger — at approximately 2:30 a.m. Friday, let’s celebrate this final week of having new “Potter.” The photo up in the corner should get everyone in the celebratory mood. You guys, that is Neville Longbottom (aka Matt Lewis). No, I’m not kidding. Chubby-cheeked, buck-toothed Neville has grown up. You’re welcome. (And who else wants to join me in taking up herbology as a pastime?)

Harkins Bricktown Cinemas is hosting a whole week of “Harry” in the lead-up to Thursday’s midnight premiere. Here’s how it works: Each day, starting today, Harkins is showing two “Potter” movies. It starts with “Sorcerer’s Stone” at 7 p.m. this evening and finishes up at 10 p.m. Wednesday with “Half-Blood Prince.”

Marathoners will get two free small popcorns, a free 2011 Loyalty Cup (similar to the Tri-Wizard Cup except probably not a portkey that leads to a graveyard, Wormtail and — if you’re a future sparkly vampire — death), and a bag o’ swag.

These are package tickets, and there aren’t very many left, so if you’re in for the marathon, run over to Harkins immediately. Really, leave right now. Try apparating.

With or without the marathon (I’m doing one from the comfort of my own couch), there are still three full days until you can go jump in line for the midnight premiere. You can stare at  Lewis and contemplate all the movie roles you’d like to see him in, or you can take a break Wednesday and attempt my super-hard “Harry Potter” quiz that’ll be online.

Start studying now for the quiz — it’ll post Wednesday as part of our “Harry Potter” cover story — because I was not effing around when I came up with the questions. One winner will take home glory and a $25 gift card to any of the Western Concepts metro restaurants.

For younger HP fans, Science Museum Oklahoma is doing its final Bright Night of Harry Potter on July 15. The overnight adventure includes lots of fun events for kids — wand-making, wizard duels and more — and will take kids to Cinemark Tinseltown for the movie’s premiere.

by Jenny Coon Peterson 07.11.2011 3 years ago
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Geek love

Satisfy your inner nerd at Science Museum Oklahoma’s gift shop.


Jenny Coon Peterson
Guess what comes out in two days? I’ll give you a hint: It’s on the cover; I’ve blogged/talked/wrote about it kind of incessantly; I may or may not be wearing a T-shirt dedicated to it right now.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Harry Potter quiz

Think you're a real Potter wiz?

You’ve stayed up late studying, your quill hand cramping. But it’s finally here: your chance for eternal glory and/or a $25 gift card to the restaurants of the Western Concepts Group.

You have until July 20 to floo over and take my super-tough “Harry Potter” quiz and gain a chance to win the top prize. (Actually, there’s only one prize, but whatever.) Look for an owl late next week with your results and whether or not you’ve won the gift card.

Good luck!​m/s/okgharrypotterquiz
by Jenny Coon Peterson 07.13.2011 3 years ago
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Wizards rock

Tonks and the Aurors and Armoured Bearcub are among the five artists slated to play at the Wizard Rock Show.


Alex Ewald
With band names like The Whomping Willows and Justin Finch-Fletchley, it’s no surprise that Harry Potter has taken over America’s musical fandom, too.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

We have a winner

One Harry Potter fan is going to eat well this weekend

But first, a bonus question a friend asked me a few days ago: In “Sorcerer’s Stone,” Dumbledore tells Harry he has a helpful scar on his knee. What is it in the shape of?

So, the quiz. Most people scored between 15 and 18 points — that makes you all N.E.W.T. grads. We did have a couple Muggles (ahem, Rod Lott), but I felt a lot of HP love when grading your quizzes.

Two questions in particular seemed to trip up a lot of people. First, J.K. Rowling’s middle name. She actually doesn’t have one. She added her grandmother’s name (Kathleen) because her publishers were afraid boys wouldn’t want to read a book by a woman — hence the initials. The second question that impedimented prospective winners was the first to be petrified in “Chamber of Secrets.” I have to admit, this was the only question in the quiz in which I had wrong too. Like a lot of you, I thought Justin Finch-Fletchley was the first student to encounter the basilisk, but it was camera-toting Colin Creevey.

A big surprise for me was the fact that every single person answered correctly to the question about Lovegood’s magazine (The Quibbler, FYI) — there must be a lot of Luna lovers out there.

Some stray observations:

-I saw some really creative ways to spell Neville.

-Ireland won the Quidditch World Cup, but Bulgarian Seeker Victor Krum caught the Snitch (which won the Weasley twins quite a bit of money).

-A couple people added “cupboard under the stairs” to Harry’s address. Awwww!

-A lot of people thought Harry’s b-day was July 19 or Aug. 19. I have no idea why. It’s July 31, same of J.K. Rowling.

-The other Chosen One? I saw Draco, Voldemort and, sadly, an Edward. I’m sorry, no sparkly vampire would ever be a Chosen One.

-Charlie seems to be the forgotten Weasley. My cat Charlie would be so sad to learn this.

-J.K. Rowling said for years that “scar” would be the last word of the series (she ended up going with “well”), but you guys had some creative last words: Died, bang (love this one — can you imagine … “Harry was happy. All was-BANG!”), over, love (a popular choice) and from Mr. Lott, a word that starts with F and ends with uck.

Now, the winner: Congrats to Callie Ferguson, who answered all 20 questions correctly (one of only two to achieve that)!

And that answer to the bonus question above? Dumbledore’s scar is in the shape of the London Underground.

That’s it, friends. “Harry Potter” is now officially over. (Unless Jo fulfills all my dreams by penning a Marauders Era series.) But, I’m going to end on a sappy note and a quote from Rowling herself at the London premiere:

“Whether you come back by film or by page, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

by Jenny Coon Peterson 07.22.2011 3 years ago
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Vines so fine

Confession time: I. Love. Black. Licorice!

Just as I am about the only American who doesn’t like Harry Potter, I am about the only American who loves black licorice.

Whenever I go to any of our local theaters and see people gnawing on bags of strawberry Twizzlers from the concession stand, I long for the black licorice they do not carry. (And that’s OK, because concession prices are so through-the-roof, you have to take out a second home mortgage to acquire anything there.) I’m the guy who keeps Good & Plenty in business.

That’s why Natural Vines made my day last week by sending over two bags of its “gourmet licorice” — one bag o’ black, one red — to try. Rather than sneak them into Kickingbird Cinema’s Saturday matinee of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” — because that would break theater policy — I sampled both over the weekend while watching DVDs

First, just to get it out of the way, I sampled the strawberry flavor of Natural Vines before passing off to my Twizzler-loving family, who scarfed these up. I’ll admit it was far superior to Twizzlers, with a taste that’s more tart than sweet.

But the black licorice flavor was the amazing one. It carried a taste that grows in sweet strength the more you chew it. Also, it was softer than what we’re used to, because instead of appearing in long, thin strands, Natural Vines’ licorice is cut into short, thick nubs, like the size of gumballs.

To summarize: They tasted awesome and have my mouth’s eternal love. That’s because, true to the brand’s name, they’re made with all-natural ingredients — you’re not missed at all, high-fructose corn syrup! — and real licorice extract. Bonus: Low in fat and sodium, the candies are less than 17 calories per piece. —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 08.08.2011 2 years ago
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Know your Snooki!

She is a best-selling author, after all.


Gazette staff
As reported in the August issue of Wired magazine, one college class among “TV-Themed Course Work” across our nation’s hallowed halls of higher ed is the University of Oklahoma’s “‘Jersey Shore’ GRC: Depictions of Gender, Race, and Class on the Shore.”
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

'The Guard'

With red moons, black lads and blue language, lucky charms abound in the Irish comedy ‘The Guard.’

Rod Lott
With the success of “Bad Santa” and “Bad Teacher,” the time has come for “Bad Cop.”
Wednesday, August 24, 2011