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Student Muggles obsess over wizarding staff writer

Murphy Hansen

Senior Tyler Dunham, a die hard Harry Potter fan, will be attending the midnight showing of the movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” Dunham is the type of Harry Potter fans others try to be and says he’s excited for both parts of the movie to come out. “It’s all coming together,” he said. “And I’m excited for the battle scene in part two. ‘Bout to be groundbreaking.” Dunham has read the series many times. “I have (read the series before). It depends on the book, but at least five times.” His favorite characters, depending on the book, are Fred and George, Ron Weasley’s twin older brothers. He calls them a classy choice and agrees with most Potter fans that the books are much better than the movies. “You gotta stick with the books. But Emma Watson puts up a strong fight by herself,” he said. Dunham has something to say to all of you Twilight fans too, “Stop reading ‘Twilight’ and look at Emma Watson.” Junior Susie Butler, however, will not be attending the showing of the movie. Butler, like Dunham has read the series multiple times. “I probably have read the

series four or five times,” she said. “I’ve read the sixth and seventh books five times each.” However she is one of the unlucky fans who will be sitting home the evening of Nov. 18 wondering what could have been, “Unfortunately I will not be attending the midnight showing due to school and finals coming up,” she said. Although she is unable to see the midnight premier of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” she is planning to see the seventh and final movie in theaters. “Hell yes I plan on seeing the movie. If you aren’t planning on seeing it, you’re crazy,” she said. “I expect that the movie will have all of the facts that are in the books. Since it’s broken down into two movies, there is more time to fill. All of the movies have left things out that were in the books and in the seventh book there are so many important things that have to stay in order for everything to make sense, so I hope that it stays true to the book.”

The first six films

Both Harry Potter books and movies have been a prominent part of Butler’s life. “I don’t really know why I love Harry Potter,” she said. “I guess it’s because I grew up around them like I read them when I was little and continued to read them until today. It’s also just amazing how someone can come up with this stuff. J.K. Rowling made up her own world. That alone just amazes me, and I love that she shared it with the world.” Butler’s favorite book is the seventh because she said. “That’s where everything just clicks and makes sense. There are also amazing fights/battles that go on. It’s just an epic book. So many things happen and you just can’t put the book down.”

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staff writer

Sarah Molnar

Many students enjoyed the seven books that J.K Rowling has written since 1997 and the Harry Potter movies have been around since 2000, are also popular. So it’s not surprising that obsessed fans can’t wait for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” to come out. Part 1 of the movie will be released in 2D and IMAX formats and Part 2 will be in 2D, 3D and IMAX on July 15, 2011. Director David Yates has created an action movie rated PG13 for some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and brief sensuality. Steve Kloves directed the screenplay with the executive producer Lionel Wigram. Preproduction

began in January 2009, while filming began in February 2009 at Leavesden Studios where the previous six movies were filmed. Pinewoods Studios became the second studio location for filming the seventh movie. In March 2010, filming finished in Pinewood Studios. According to Film Filia, this is the seventh and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, motion picture event in two, full-length parts. The idea to split the book into a two part movie had been around since the middle of 2007. The main stars for the movie are Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. According to Moviefone, the first installment of the twofilm adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” follows Harry, Ron and Hermione as they search for the pieces of Voldemort’s soul that he extracted from his being and hid in obscure locations both far and wide. If the trio is unable to locate and destroy them all, Voldemort will remain immortal. Despite their long friendship, a combination of dark forces, romantic tensions, and long-held secrets threaten to sabotage the mission.

deathlyhallowsdetails • The two ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ films are the first in the ‘Harry Potter’ series to be released in cinemas in complete 3D versions. • Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double David Holmes was seriously injured in January 2009 when he fell from a harness. The former gymnast was at Leavesden film studios (Watford, Herts) rehearsing a flying scene that involved an explosion when the accident occurred.


Seventh film set to captivate viewers staff writer

Nicole Ferguson

• Dunham and Butler

staff writer

Carl Schimmel

Harry Potter lives with his aunt and uncle but on his 11th birthday he learns he is a wizard and is whisked off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He learns he is famous in the wizarding world because of surviving Lord Voldemort death curse. Voldemort has returned after the 11 years, in search of the Sorcerer’s Stone, so Harry and his friends, Ron and Hermione, will do anything to stop him. Harry goes on to face Professor Quirnius Quirrell, who has been possessed by Voldemort, and keeps him from getting the stone.

Sirius Black is on the loose and looking to kill Harry. Harry learns how to cast the patronus charm from the new defense against the dark arts teacher Remus Lupin. Harry then attacks and subdues Sirius. Harry learns that it was not Sirius who betrayed Harry’s parents. Dementors on the Hogwarts grounds then attack the injured Sirus. Harry tries to fight them off but is overwhelmed. Just as he is about to pass out, a shadowy figure from across the lake casts a patronus charm. Harry then wakes up in the hospital wing; the dementors are about to execute Sirus. Dumbledore tells Hermione to use the magic time travel necklace she has to go back in time and save Sirius.

In the fifth movie, the Dark Lord has returned, but the wizarding government denies it. The ministry puts a puppet defense against the dark arts teaching in Hogwarts. Harry starts a club to teach other students real magic. Voldemort learns of these connections between them and plants a vision of him torturing Sirus within the ministry of magic. Harry then gathers his friends and comes to rescue Sirus. They fall into the trap and fight off the death eaters. Then the Order of the Phoenix comes to their aid. Then Dumbledore comes to the rescue and fights Voldemort. Before one of them can win, the ministry of magic shows up and sees that Voldemort is back.

Once again sinister forcers are at work at Hogwarts. A cryptic message “the chamber of secrets has been opened enemies of the heir ... Beware,” appears written in the wall in blood. Harry, Ron and Hermione get to work figuring out who the heir of Slyerthen is. A basilisk, a massive snake that can kill a person if it makes direct eye contact, petrifies more students including Hermione.Harry then journeys into the chamber of secrets and finds Rons little sister Ginny having her spirit consumed by Voldemort.

Hogwarts is hosting the triwizard tournament, a tournament where a student chosen by the goblet of fire will compete to win the triwizard cup. But Harry is chosen as a second contestant from Hogwarts. The champions have three tasks to complete. In the third task is a maze. From the maze Harry is teleported off to a graveyard to find Petigrew and a weak Voldemort. Petigrew then completes a magical ceremony resurrecting Voldemort. Harry fights Voldemort and manages to escape and is teleported back to the entrance of the maze. Harry wins the tournament, but the Dark Lord has returned.

The 6th movie starts with Harry being taken by Dumbledore to bring retired teacher Horace Slughorn back to Hogwarts. Harry is told by Dumbledore to collect a memory of a conversation that Slughorn had with Voldemort when he was a student at Hogwarts. The memory reveals that Voldemort splintered his soul into seven pieces and placed the pieces in objects. He will not die until all the horcruxes are destroyed. Harry and Dumbledore go and destroy one of the horcruxes but Dumbledore his horribly weekend by the process. When they get back Malfoy lets death eaters into Hogwarts. The death eaters surround Dumbledore. Malfoy doesn’t have it in him to kill, but when he lowers his wand, Snape comes in and casts Avada Kedavra, killing him instantly.

Junior Taylor Marcel likes Harry Potter. She goes crazy for it. She went to the midnight premiere of “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” last year and she plans to go to the premiere this year too, even though it’s on a school night: she’s going even if it kills her, or rather her mother. Marcel has a Gryffindor scarf and tie, four Harry Potter shirts, Harry Potter wands that glow, bracelets and other T-shirts that she’s made and, of course, the Harry Potter books. All of them. Looking around, it’s noticeable that the popularity of Potter has become a pandemic. But why? After an investigation of various students with Potter Pandemonium, some answers have been uncovered. Marcel said, “You get to love the characters, and then when the characters die, you cry. The seventh book was just really hard. You get really connected to (the characters), and it’s such a good story. It’s like you’re watching a movie, but you’re reading a book. I know a lot of books are like that, but this one is a lot like that.” English teacher Jo Muszkiewicz said,

“It is just so well-written and everything is interwoven. It’s absolutely amazing. I think that’s a part of the appeal: that it’s so well crafted.” Marcel said the appeal of Harry Potter also came from the timing. “I think it’s because it’s been a big thing since we were born,” Marcel said. “It came out at the right time when we were able to read those books. It came out at the perfect time ... we’ve all grown up with it.” Muszkiewicz’s insights were a little different. She said, “I think the reason it’s popular with kids is that the protagonist, Harry, is a kid, and he’s got the power over the adults. He is the most powerful being in the story. The powerful magical figure, Harry, is very appealing and Hermione being the genius behind everything makes women and girls feel great too.” Muszkiewicz is also a fan of Butter Beer and the rest of Rowling’s magically world. She said, “It’s just really clever. I like it because of Arthurian legend (the Legends of King Arthur, of which Harry Potter is based off of). “And The most exciting thing about it is that it got kids reading and liking to read.” Thinking for a moment, Muszkiewicz said, “For all ages, I think it’s the ever-present battle of good and evil, and good triumphs.”


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Friday, November 19, 2010

at Thanksgiving dinner 1. Eat as much as possible.1 The only reason why loads of food are poured onto the table is because people want you to eat as much as possible. That is the only explanation for it.


2. Stay silent. Throughout the entire evening, you will have plenty of time to talk with your friends and family. Not at the table though. People will be too focused on the food. They don’t want to listen to anybody else talk. 3. Get a slice of every pie. Personally, I am an apple pie type of guy. Don’t let that affect your choice though. If you can’t choose, just take all the pies laid out on the table. They all were made with love.

staff writer

Brennan Conter


1. Go to the bathroom in the middle of your meal. Remember the table is going to be filled with crazy, hungry Americans. Once you leave the table because you have bladder issues, they are going to be all over your food. 2. Eat the veggies. The basic reason for Thanksgiving is to get as much fat in your system as possible. You job is not to eat healthy. Parents, please keep the veggies away from the table, and if you are a vegetarian, tough luck. This is a day for the carnivores. 3. Be nice to your family. You’re on a mission. You can’t deal with the distractions the family presents to you. Once you sit down, you’re only focused on the food. You have to fight for every of ounce food even if that means hitting your distant cousin with a drumstick.

4. Keep your eyes on the prize. It’s all about the food. There is really no thanks, except to the pilgrims. Keep your eyes on the prize. The prize being the food.

4. Talk about yourself the whole time. Any other time besides Thanksgiving you can talk about yourself. After all, you’re gathered with people you haven’t seen in a while. But let them talk. And be nice to them except at the dinner table. However, you’re still on a mission.

5. Leave before the dishes. Your job at Thanksgiving is to eat, not to do the dishes. After you eat, you say good-bye to everyone and get out of there. You leave the dishes for the host. It was their fault for holding the dinner anyway.

5. Let go of the turkey. For 365 days, you have been waiting for the moment the turkey reaches the table with a lot of garnishes surrounding it. If you and some other person at the table reach for the turkey tray at the same time, do not let go. You have waited too long for this moment. Don’t spoil it.

uPage editor

Marshall Kellenberger

With junior Ethan Cramer

uPage editor

The best part of lunch is ...

In the event of a food fight, what do you do?

You, the kids.

The end.

There is no best part.



EC: Thank you. I’m glad you noticed.

F&N Worker The kids.


I give spankies. I kick the butt.

MK: Looking very classy today.

Doreen Reardon

Parapro Dee Braden

Parapro Tim Wise

Parapro Connie

Custodian Maria Mast

Marshall Kellenberger

MK: Do you feel that having an iPad puts you above everyone else?

Seeing the kids.

MK: Do you really starch your comb over?

Blow my whistle and get out of the way.

Put our gate down and hide.

With my warm smile.

EC: No, actually I do not. MK: May I see your phone? EC: Yes, why not?

I smile and say, “Please put your lunch here in the trash.”

I deliver the garbage cans and smiles.

Yell at them and put their lunch in the trash.

I smile a lot.

What do enjoy doing outside of your lunch duties?

Joke with the children.


Surfing and writing songs.

I don’t neccessarily enjoy it, but I collect emergency forms and put information in computers.

Be with my family.

Have you ever stolen lunch food?

No, I just steal the trash.


Uh. No.


MK: What’s your favorite iPad app? EC: I’d have to go with Doodle Jump. Such a great app.

How do you brighten each student’s lunch experience?


EC: Yes, most definitely.

MK: When does your Ralph Lauren modeling contract end? EC: It ends with death. MK: All the girls seem very attracted to you and your scent. What is that you’re wearing? EC: That would be Polo Blue. It could also be Polo Black, though, or Nautica Voyage, depending on the day and mood. MK: What is your most embarrassing moment? EC: Hmm ... let me think about that. MK: What are your future plans for life? EC: Hedgefund manager. They make a lot of money.

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