Fugs and Pieces: July 15, 2011


Happy Friday, y’all! Until you get your sweet freedom from the work week, enjoy this Harry Potter-heavy dose of Fugs and Pieces:

Rock stars who look like wizards! Man, Neil Young almost makes a better Prof. Moody than Moody does. (Rolling Stone)

– Heather and I sometimes call someone we love — usually someone for whom we are feeling sympathy — “muffin.” But this person made a huge collage of Pippa Middleton USING MUFFINS. LITERALLY. Which takes it to a whole new level. (Daily Mail)

HARRY POTTER COCKTAILS. I would only argue that perhaps the Neville Longbottom ought to end with a spicy zing. Because how he got hot at the end. GET IT? Anyway: awesome. (The Backyard Bartender)

– Chuck Klosterman’s piece about the Fastest Human Alive – who it is, and how to determine that — is a great (and math-y) (and beautifully written) read. (Grantland)

– Empire Magazine counts down the 25 Greatest Harry Potter characters, as voted by the readers and dear readers, I must say that I disagree DEEPLY with the way the rankings shook out, especially in the middle sections. (Although number one is not a surprise.) I mean,  how is Luna Lovegood — as much as I adore her — a greater Harry Potter character than VOLDEMORT? You Know Who is easily one of the top five best villains in YA literature ever. Right? (I mean: Voldy, Wicked Witch of the West, the White Witch [of whom I was terrified as a child and am still scared], and….Two Other Villains to be named later, right? Discuss in the comment.) Although the intro to the piece seems to imply that the vote was for FAVORITE, not GREATEST, which is different. I can see that you might TREASURE Luna more than Voldemort. I mean, I am the person who spent literally five years terrified Rowling was going to kill off Ron. So I am confused, but EITHER WAY: These things are so fun to argue about, you guys. (Empire)

Are they REALLY going to make Bridget Jones 3? I love the original, but the second was…well. You know. (Celebitchy)

– This piece is called “The Weird Writing Habits of Famous Authors” but PERSONALLY I don’t think writing in one’s underwear is WEIRD AT ALL HOW DARE YOU. (Flavor Wire)

– More Potter: this piece about about Title IX (and 3/4ths) and Quiddich is, for a sports fan like myself, awesome. Although I think real life Quiddich DOES suffer from the fact that none of us actually get to fly.  Also that there seems to be no reason to do anything in the game except try to get the Snitch, because you’re never going to score enough points to win if the OTHER team gets the Snitch, so why don’t you all just…you know what, never mind. That’s a long conversation. (Ms Magazine)

Hot Neville Longbottom is the new Jon Hamm. (Lainey)

– In honor of her Emmy nod (YAY!) a compilation of (many of) the times Connie-Britton-as-Tami-Taylor says “y’all.” I love her, y’all. (Warming Glow)

– And finally, Heather did a quick Q&A with Sweet Potato Chronicles about food, kids, and food-and-kids, in which she accidentally got the name of her own brownie recipe wrong. Although I do think calling them “Utterly Deadlines” (instead of “Utterly Deadlies”) is at least an amusingly Freudian mistake. (Sweet Potato Chronicles)

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Comments (25):

  1. Kate

    Those muffins making up Pippa Middleton aren’t muffins, they’re crumpets! (Amusing in England, as crumpet is another way of saying a bit of totty.)

  2. Brandy

    I loved the article with Heather. Makes me feel better about becoming a first time mom in three months. Side note…the twins are adorable and I covet your red hair!

  3. Nicole McIlroy Steeves

    But Ireland wins the Quidditch Cup without getting the snitch…

  4. Annie E

    The White Witch is SO. TERRIFYING.

  5. Sara L.

    Okay, when I first read the one about Pippa Middleton using muffins, I thought the collage was of pictures of Pippa Middleton using muffins, like, as earmuffs or something, I really have no idea. Help me.

    And OMG Neville really is the new Hamm. He is so yummy. Like a muffin.

  6. joey.brill

    Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony: divorced

  7. Kimberly

    joey, I KNOW!!! My immediate reaction to that headline was, “OMG, are H&J still going to be able to do Hola, lovers with vampires?!?!” Clearly, I have my priorities straight.

  8. Lauren

    Melificent, although I do agree that the White Witch is terrifying. The Green Lady (from Prince Rillian) is pretty scary too. C.S. Lewis did a good villainess.

  9. RMJ

    HOW and WHY would T. Swift be Luna Lovegood? Because she’s blond? Swift is fine, but not a weirdo. For better or for worst, Lady Gaga = Luna.

  10. Dazie

    Ugh. Bieber is NOT anything Voldemort-esque.

  11. maria

    Cruella DeVille and Captain Hook.

  12. Veronica

    I realize the artist meant no harm and is probably a decent individual, but I have to admit that after reading about the drought impact in Somalia and surrounding areas, the waste of all that food is sort of nauseating. :-/

  13. Kris

    Kimberly: Yeah, I had a similar reaction. Out loud, I said “Adios, lovers!” and then immediately felt guilty for being so mean, plus I had to explain myself to my husband.

    I wish the HP cocktails were a little more geared towards drinks that mere Muggles could make. Snape’s signature drink sounds both very tasty and harder to make than polyjuice potion.

  14. Eva

    Haven’t seen the HP 7 part 2 yet, but I’m looking forward to getting the chance :D Hope it shows in 3D! That would be amazing :D
    Can’t wait to see more!

    xoxo Eva @ TheLaceFiles.blogspot.com

  15. felicia hackney

    Utterly deadlines is at least as funny a slip as rapid beavers!

  16. LovleAnjel

    Malificent and Khan Noonien Singh.

  17. LovleAnjel

    Courtney Love should have been Bellatrix.

  18. Leigh

    Yet another vote for Maleficent. She scared the weebies out of me as a kid. Also, IT from A Wrinkle in Time, particularly when IT takes over Charles Wallace. That’s effin’ terrifying.

  19. Jaime

    That HP Fave Characters list is wiggidy whack. Lupin over Dumbledore? And how can Fred & George possible be separated and favored differently?

  20. CC

    muffins aren’t crumpets. Not even a little bit.

  21. Sonia

    Much waited post! I love the creative jibes. I almost get hooked to the posts for 10 -20 mins everyday.

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  22. Kimberly

    Sleeping Beauty is my favorite Disney movie and I can still barely bring myself to watch/listen to the scenes where Maleficent lures Aurora to the Spindle of Doom. (And I’m 27!) Just thinking of the music gives me shivers. Ohmylord, Maleficent is scary as hell.

  23. Curtis

    The quotes they used for many of those characters were atrocious. “Nice face, Potter.” Really? That’s the best Draco Malfoy quote you could come up with? Nothing about filthy mudbloods, or how his father would hear of this?

    I also disagree thoroughly with the ordering, but I suppose there’s no complaining without voting.

  24. Faye

    @Veronica – I’m with you. I don’t want to sound like someone’s hectoring mother, but in a time where there are people starving all over the globe, the artist really couldn’t think of anything better to do with all those crumpets and jam than waste them?

  25. Miss Parker

    Leigh–another vote for L’Engle’s IT. So wrong. So creepy. I mean, a pulsing, disembodied BRAIN on a DAIS?! My 13-year-old (and 30-year-old) self cringes.