What if we all re-read the Harry Potter series, AS A FAMILY, and talked about it? What if I did chapter recaps a couple times a week? And then, what if once we week we had a bonus post – maybe a think piece about Harry Potter issues? Maybe someone writing about their undying love for Pottermore?? WHO KNOWS?!!! – where anyone who wanted could post some Potter stuff, so we could experience the glorious kaleidoscope of opinions on Potter-related matters within our community? WHAT THEN????
What nothing! It’d be tits, is what! So that’s just what I’m gonna do!
This will be my one squintillionth time reading the series beginning to end (Cool Lady Alert!!), but the idea of digging into such a beloved and very familiar text is really exciting to me, and hopefully to you goofballs, too. I know this is an ambitious endeavor, which is why I’m really hoping you guys will help me out. The idea of recapping every chapter of every book, and writing about the movies, which I will NO FUDGING DUH watch and write about after each book, is daunting as all h-e-double hockey sticks, but I’m pretty excited at the prospect.
Here is my goal: Mondays and Wednesdays I will post chapter recaps. Depending on how much exciting stuff happens per chapter, it’ll be one or two chapters per post. Then on Friday we’ll do our wild card post, where we delve a bit into various topics – maybe we’ll hash it the heck OUT about the chapters, or maybe someone will want to do an in-depth post in favor of a much maligned character. Maybe you want to talk about how access to magical stuff might change our day-to-day muggle lives. Fan fic? Uh, yeah. Do that. What else? I DON’T KNOW THAT’S WHY IT’S SO WILD, Y’ALL!!!
Then, when we finish a book, we’ll watch the movie and talm bout that bidnizz.(SPOILER ALERT: I do not enjoy the movies and will have a lot of not nice things to say about them. Will that be fun for you? Or painful? Maybe we can do a critic vs. apologist recap format? We can do whatever we want! This is where we make the rules!)
Here is what I need from you, baby monsters: I need volunteers to pick up the slack here and there on chapter recaps, and volunteers to write longer pieces on Fridays. Remember the thing on Friday can be anything Potter-related. Just let me know if you have a fun idea.
I also would be interested to hear what you think about spoilers. I know at least one person (HI JANA HI HI HI) who will be reading along with us as she goes through the series for the VERY FIRST TIME WHUUUUT and I’ve been trying to decide how precious we need to be about protecting her from spoilers. Should we write assuming everyone is familiar enough to be able say whatever we want? Or should we try to keep all our commentary and Think Pieces to just what we’ve read so far? What do you think? Both have their appeal for me, but this is a democracy so let those with a stake in the format let their melodious voices be heard. La la laaaaaa!
Okay okay okay. I’m getting so amped, duders. This is gonna be so fun. I hope you’re amped, too, and this will be a fun thing we can do together, as a family. I’ll see you back here Monday, January 14th, 2013, 9am EST, okay? Okay! Hopefully by then I will know how to do more than just type words into posts on WordPress so I can spice up my recaps a bit with blingees or gifs or pie charts or something. Fingies crossed!