Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I Am the Worst. Wife. Ever.

Warning: to those of you who, like my Spouse, have not finished the Harry Potter series, I would suggest you look elsewhere. This post contains spoilers.

You gone?


Ok, let's begin.

As I mentioned, Spouse has not finished Harry Potter. He's on Book 6, about halfway through. But he's totally into it and will be finishing as time permits. Just time doesn't permit too much, and he's not much of a pleasure reader anyway.


He still digs the series and is fascinated by it as a marketing device as much as anything. So he mentions the other night that JKR did an interview in which she "outed" Dumbledore. Telling me, "Now everybody is up in arms about Dumbledore being gay."

To which, unthinkingly, I respond, "What does it matter? He's dead."

To which Spouse responds, "HE'S DEAD??????????????"

Henceforth, I am the worst wife ever.

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Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Hahahahahaha. Painful, but hilarious.

6:43 PM  
Blogger K-Lyn said...

I'm am impressed you have lasted this long in the same house with the un-pottered! I couldn't have done it that long. I'm sure I would have slipped earlier. Not in such a spectaularly blogworthy way but still...

8:56 AM  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

And who knew Dumbledore was gay? I mean, women loved him!

For someone who admitted that she cried when the headmaster died (check your archive), this seems particularly heartless of you. Way to take all the fun out of dying.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Jade said...

Yikes... that's a tough one. But... at the same time... at this point I think it's generally thought that spoiler alerts are only required for book 7 in the general public, so it's easy to slip up. As one of the guys from Brotherhood2.0 said...

"...if you have managed to avoid Harr Potter spoilers please send me your address, because your house will be the safest place to be in a nuclear war."

11:14 AM  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

Jade: I don't think living under a rock will help with a nuclear fallout.

Generally, Book 6 should also be spoiler-free, because the movie hasn't come out yet. Also, outside of HP discussion, I don't think Dumbledore's death was common knowledge.

Now, in specific circumstances, you could argue that the entire series should not be spoiled; for example, if you know someone (like Spouse, when he started book 1) who would probably benefit from knowing in advance as little as possible.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

It's true, dead is worse than gay.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Jade said...

To avoid Harry Potter spoilers, though... it doesn't just require living under a rock. I think it requires a level 6 security clearance to an underground bunker. You have to actively tuned to tuning out any HP reference in the media or general population at this point to keep from getting spoiled. This is difficult to do when you log into the internet and every news home page has a headline "New information about Dumbledore revealed!!" I found out from reading a blog, with no spoiler warning (not that his being outed is a spoiler to the story, but it does create discussion as to why it's important - which does bring up a plot point to book 7 actually.... so that should have had a spoiler warning really...)

And is it the movies that are the spoiler deadline? I wasn't sure... nowadays if it comes up in conversation I try to make a point to ask if the person cares about spoilers before I say anything. It's frustrating though, to be this many months past the end of the series and still have to watch what I say in front of my brother in law (who hasn't finished book 5 yet - and that movie is out, so I should be able to talk about that at least!)

6:37 PM  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

Maybe; a passive person cannot help but be bombarded by HP, generally. But never underestimate the ingenuity of a person who actively avoids HP discussion, and therefore spoilers. If they're good, they can put on the blinders.

I don't know if there are similar spoilers at play with Lord of the Rings, but as a non-partaker, I actively avoid that world. So, to some extent, I must be spoiler-free.

Of course, I probably saw "Frodo Lives!" on bathroom stalls long before I knew what a Frodo was, and given the enthusiastic comment that he lives, I have to conclude that he probably doesn't.

9:40 PM  

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