It's been a while since I've heard any Potter chatter, but now that there's a movie coming out in November people are starting to talk. In regards to this upcoming event I've decided to resurrect one of my posts from the now defunct Light Refreshments Served, not because I'm too lazy to write something new, but because I spent a buttload of time today writing something new when my computer Crashed. And I mean, CRASHED. Like, I might cry about how much information it ate, but I'm waiting for Cory to come home and tell me just how bad it is. But guess what? Cory is inspired, because two weeks ago he made me buy a new computer because he "just didn't have a good feeling" about that laptop and felt its days were numbered. I thought he was being silly and a little frivolous with some of our disposable income, but now I will kiss him squarely on the lips when he gets home on account of his being so awesome. He installed the new computer over the weekend, and the laptop bit the dust around 2 this afternoon. And now for He Who Must Not Be Named...
I haven’t read any of the Harry Potter books. I’m not apologizing, just stating a fact. However, the rest of my family is very into it and so everyone was excited about the newest release. I didn’t want to be left out or serve as the party pooper, so I tried to get up to speed before going to the latest movie so I could at least follow what was happening. And by "get up to speed" I mean I went on Wikipedia. After seven very enlightening paragraphs, I hopped in the car with the family secure in my knowledge that Dumbledore was a good guy, Voldemort was a bad guy, and Harry was the guy with the glasses.
A critical element of the story line comes to light in this 6th movie (and book) regarding horcruxes. For those of you like me who have stayed away from the Harry Potter frenzy, let me briefly explain to both of you that a horcrux is a place where a dark wizard hides a part of his soul for the purpose of attaining immortality. As long as the horcrux stays intact, so does the person’s soul. At this point in the series, it is learned that this is precisely what Lord Voldemort has done, and now they just have to figure out what/where all of his horcruxes are so they can destroy them, and thus destroy HIM.
Which got me thinking, if I were Lord Voldemort, where would I hide the pieces of my soul? (psst: I copied this idea from my friend Rachel. You can read HER version here.)
Unlike Tom Riddle, my diary would not be a likely choice. For starters, I have too many diaries, and I have too many lame diaries. They contain startling details to the most ridiculous stages of my life, and I am certain that they are the first place people will be looking after I die for juicy information. It’s where I document 5 years of Tuesday nights and use several exclamation points to emphasize how much I love “Remington Steele”, and where I drone on for months about a guy I refer to as “Mr. No Name” who I stalked but didn’t know what his name was until I finally asked him to dance at a party. He said I was a good dancer and I thought he was serious and I planned our wedding to the tune of Madonna’s “Crazy For You” under the colored lights of the gym. Surprisingly, it never went anywhere; a recurring theme through all seven volumes of my journals. Like I said, “JUICY”.
Another place I would never use as a horcrux – my DVD’s of “The Office”. Too obvious. My computer? Another dead giveaway. The Costco size bag of chocolate chips – can you imagine? Harry Potter would be all, “It’s like she’s not even trying.” If I really had to be honest though, here’s what I think I would use.
MY CHAP STICK – Some people need meth, I need chap stick. Only a few people who are close to me know how much I rely on the stuff and I have several stashes – one in my car, one in the kitchen, another in my bathroom drawer, and a final one in my purse. For the record, I think I would pick the one in my bathroom drawer to store the horcrux, because I don’t care what your magical powers are you do NOT want to go rummaging around in there. For as long as I can remember I have used Cherry Chap Stick, because it gives my lips a slightly glossy, pink tint and doesn’t require the stronger commitment of lipstick. That was before I met my mistress, “Vanilla Mint” and we fell in love. Except then I couldn’t find it anymore, and for months I had to revert to the cherry until Cory came home from work one day and said he had a present for me. Could it be diamonds? A laundry fairy? Chipotle? He handed me a paper sack and I opened it up to reveal FOUR PACKAGES of Vanilla Mint chap stick! *Sigh* My hero.
THE TREADMILL - Hellloooo, who’s going to think to look there?
A JOJO’S SHAVE ICE - I had one of these when Cory and I went to Kauai a few years ago, and as soon as I took a bite I knew we were meant to be together.
THE AIR CONDITIONING VENT – I wouldn’t necessarily choose this, it’s just that I know myself enough to know that part of my soul belongs to air conditioning whether I’m a dark wizard or a stay at home mom. It’s who I am.
Finally, if I really want to keep myself alive I think I’d hide one in Drew’s socks. It’s basic common sense – Drew can’t ever find them, I can’t ever find them, and if I’m that desperate to live forever I think it’s my best shot.