Friday, September 04, 2009

Harry Potter

I have been listening, not reading, the final book in the Harry Potter series. I have really enjoyed all of the books and the movies but I don't think I would have been able to make it through all of the books without using Audio Books. I ready about 20 pages per hour, and for some reason, one hour is about my limit on my attention span. My eyes just can't take that much reading. So, if I were to read a long book like the Harry Potter's, then it would take me months and months to read it. Hummm, lets see, 20 pages per hour, one hour per page. If the book is 600 pages, how long would it take if I read every day? Where are those mathmaticians when you need them? Ok, I'll just tell you. 30 days!

I know, I know, there are many of you out there that can read a 600 page book in one day. I don't know how you do it. Deanna, my wife, is one of those people.

I don't know why I went into all that because that is not what I wanted to talk about. What I wanted to talk about is some of Harry Potter's words. Most of the words the author used are awesome and I love them, like Gillyweed and Crumple Horned Snorkack, Hermione, and Hargrid. However, there are some words that I don't like. I discussed these words with my kids and they didn't agree. As we argued about what words were good and which were bad, they challenged me to come up with better names. So, here they are.

Names I don't like and the new name I came up with.
Dumbledore, he is not dumb so it should be Smartbledoor or Merlinore.
Stupefy, ok, throwing a "stupid" charm at someone won't do much,(although my kids seem to throw their own stupid jinx's around all of the time in our house) it should be Stunner or Shockify!
hufflepuff, sounds like puff the magic dragon, it should be Dragonsbreath.
Parselmouth, just doesn't give you the snake feeling, it should be Viperspeak.

I don't know if you will like my new names or not. If you have any Harry Potter words that you don't like, please come up with some good alternatives and post them on my blog.


Melinda said...

I totally agree with the Hufflepuff! Who wants to be in the "puff" club? I like your words alot better.

Dumbledore....yes, brings dumb to mind. Brilliandore? Einsteidore?

Marni said...

I like your thinking, you should definitely give J.K. a call. Although after 7 wildly popular books, it might be tough to make the changes.

We checked out a book at the library a few years ago that talked about significance of the different names and such. I enjoy the books, but wow, some people REALLY get into it all.

Susan said...

Can't comment on this one, except to say that I LOVE books on tape. I am bored in the car especially while I am waiting for Dad, so it have been wonderful to have some books on tape to keep my mind engaged. I think it is a great way to make car travel go by quickly, especially from Twin Falls to Bountiful. It is getting quite boring. Great for air travel as well. It helps to keep your mind off the fact that you're sitting 10,000 feet in the air.