November 21st, 2010

green little review

Poem for Sunday and Harry Potter Science

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I spent the second day of my pre-Thanksgiving celebration weekend in Baltimore with my family and perkypaduan, who came to meet us at the Maryland Science Center for Harry Potter Day. My kids complained that it was not age-appropriate for them -- everyone in costume was either half their ages or twice their ages, and I think they were more embarrassed to be around adults dressed as wizards than eight-year-olds -- but it was quite entertaining for me! We went first to the Potions presentation, which was a bit of a disappointment since the museum had promised a sinister professor but instead had a chirpy woman in a lab coat who claimed to be Snape's cousin (I could forgive the Muggle technique but not the lack of snark), then we headed to the planetarium for a presentation on characters named after stars and constellations and the appropriateness of their names with regards to mythology. We also went on the horcrux hunt through the various museum galleries, where my kids were more interested in the crabs and dinosaurs than the horcruxes, unsurprisingly! Plus we visited the shipwreck exhibit, which has a lot of stuff about pirates even though most of the artifacts are from merchant ships or warships -- I guess pirates are better for recruitment and fundraising!

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We made things up to my kids by having Paul take them to get snacks while I got in line for Deathly Hallows on IMAX -- we already had tickets but people were waiting to stake out seats nearly an hour and a half before the sold-out show. There were plenty of people in costume there, too. I think I enjoyed the film more this time around, in part because it was a wildly enthusiastic audience that laughed a lot (and people were sobbing aloud over various deaths, including Moody's). One thing I forgot to mention yesterday that was a change from the book, which I liked in one regard and really did not like in another: Collapse ) We didn't get home till after 8, which made dinner a rushed affair, then we watched the Maryland/Florida State game, in which the Terps played pretty well until the interception that put the game (and possibly a bowl invitation) out of reach. Ah well, at least we didn't hit traffic for the stadium on the drive home from Baltimore.