Harry Potter is evil?!

Photo from Film.comFunny how many netizens can be very gullible that they easily believe and take as truth even satirical jokes on the Internet. In one of the forums that I regularly visit, I was alarmed after reading a post quoting an e-mail supposedly from an American Christian organization that warns parents of Harry Potter’s effect to children. Part of the e-mail reads:

And here is dear Ashley, a 9 year old, the typical average age reader of Harry Potter: “I used to believe in what they taught us at Sunday School,” said Ashley, conjuring up an ancient spell to summon Cerebus, the three-headed hound of hell. “But the Harry Potter books showed me that magic is real, something I can learn and use right now, and that the Bible is nothing but Boring lies.”

The e-mail also quoted J.K. Rowling as saying Jesus is “weak and idiotic”:

“I think it’s absolute rubbish to protest children’s books on the grounds that they are luring children to Satan,” Rowling told a London Times reporter in a July 17, 2000 interview. “People should be praising them for that! These books guide children to an understanding that the weak, idiotic Son Of God is a living hoax who will be humiliated when the rain of fire comes, while we, his faithful servants, laugh and cavort in victory.”

I searched Google using some of the exact phrases in the quotation and do you know what I found out? The e-mail used as a basis for its claims this article from The Onion, a satirical website. According The Onion site, it “uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental”.

For more “urban legends” like this Harry Potter thing, visit TruthOrFiction.com.

I have a new book!
This afternoon, I bought a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring”, the first book in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Huli na ko sa balita, ano?

My web host was down

My web host was down the whole day yesterday. I felt bad to find out my site visitors — are there any? — were unable to access my site after I spent a big part of my weekend on it. Good thing it’s now running again. However, My PC was attacked by a not-so-harmful virus. It just bugs me from time to time while I am using my PC. I’m still working on how to get it out of my system. Probably it’s a sign from CyberSpace that I’ve been ignoring the pains on my back and shoulders caused by lenghty hours spent in front of my PC.

By the way, the ARMM election was generally peaceful, according to COMELEC. Peaceful, however, is not exactly the right term to describe the current situation in some areas in Mindanao right now. Read the news and find out why.

Sa wakas!

I’ve been awake for around 20 hours already. Last night, after work, I had some bottles of beer with a buddy at our favorite Friday night hang out. Immediately after I arrived at home, I started working on my website. Finally, after around five hours of back-breaking trial-and-error session with my PC, I was finally able to set up the comments feature of my site. Many thanks to Phil Ulrich and Phil Ringnalda. Their sites were of great help to me. Want to try and see how the comments feature works?

Harry Potter

I watched “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on its first showing day.

Photo from The Official Harry Potter WebsiteI was among the hundreds of thousands — or probably millions — of Harry Potter fans in the Philippines that trooped to the movie houses to watch “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on its first showing day last Wednesday, November 21. The theater I went in was jam-packed. Good thing I went to see the movie alone; I did not have to worry about looking for two or three vacant seats. I was lucky enough to get a seat from where I had a good view of the movie screen. The movie was loyal to the book. It was really great seeing it as if you are reading it directly from the book. The members of the cast were convincing. They performed so well. Daniel didn’t seem to act at all. It’s like he’s just playing his own character. Hmmm, must stop here — I am not really a movie reviewer, you know. To those who haven’t seen the movie yet, what are you waiting for?

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