Site ColumnsBy Caillan
July 2, 2003 - 11:18 AM
This Hello World! contains major spoilers for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Continue reading at your own risk. You have been warned. Do not send me email saying I've spoiled the book and now you want to go and drown yourself in a cauldron.
I finally finished Order of the Phoenix at about 3:30 this morning after managing to steal it away from my brother (see here for the saga). The night before he actually slept with the book so I couldn't read it.
The reason that I stayed up so late was that I was desperate to find out who died. After J.K. Rowling said she cried when she wrote the death scene of a "major" character, I was worried that someone like Dumbledore, Hagrid, or even Ron or Hermione, might get the chop. But it was Sirius Black. What a let-down after all the hype! At the beginning of the book, I couldn't even remember who he was, so my reaction to his death was muted, to say the least. I think it would have been better if I hadn't known about the death, then I wouldn't have found it so disappointing when it did happen.
In fact, I thought the whole conclusion of the book a little...off. After the "big fight", in which, once again, Voldemort makes a brief cameo appearance only to be quickly vanquished, there's a long expository talk from Dumbledore which completely bored me. Of course, that could have been because I was already falling asleep at the time. I'll have to read it through again to deliver a more informed judgement.
However, on the whole I enjoyed Order of the Phoenix tremendously, and Dolores Jane Umbridge is one of Rowling's best characters yet. Hem, hem!
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
- Would you watch a Star Trek movie not based on a TV series?
- Why wasn't there a follow-up to "Attached"?
- Discuss your impressions of Elite Force II.
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items at the beginning of July, 2001:
- New Evidence For Enterprise Logo
Ain't It Cool News confirmed that a logo which had been spied on the Paramount lot was indeed the badge worn by Enterprise crew members on their uniforms. In other pre-Enterprise news, yet another image purporting to be of the Series V starship was debunked.
- A Weekend At Holodiction - Part 1
I filed the my report on my first ever Star Trek convention. The first part focused on talks given by Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres), Garrett Wang (Harry Kim) and Tim Russ (Tuvok). A slightly embarassing read two years on.
- TV Guide To Reveal Enterprise Next Week
TV Guide announced it would be publishing exclusive images of the Series V starship. The ship would be featured on a pull-out poster, with all the magazine's Trek covers featured on the other side.
More news can be found in the TrekToday archives.
Below are the results of the most recent TrekToday poll:
Thanks for voting! Please participate in our new poll, which asks if Activision has a genuine grievance against Viacom.
Yesterday was the birthday of Dominic Keating, who plays Lieutenant Malcolm Reed on Enterprise.
Today's Television Listings
"Reed accidentally leaves his communicator on a pre-warp alien planet during a visit, and when he returns with Archer to retrieve the crucial technology, they are captured by soldiers who accuse them of being enemy spies. Meanwhile, Trip and Mayweather use the cloaking technology of the damaged Suliban Cell-Ship they had previously captured in an attempt to rescue Archer and Reed before they are executed."