Lee Barwood

Paranormal, Mystery, and Environmental Fiction

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The Beat of Gaia's Heart

An End and a Beginning: The Harry Potter Alliance

July 16, 2011

Tags: Harry Potter, alliance, climate change, Snape, McGonagall, Hogwarts, Deathly Hallows, environment, horcrux

Today was another milestone. I went to see the final Harry Potter movie.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is so good I really wanted to buy a ticket for the next show and see it again right away, but I did have work to do. Sigh.

If you havenít seen it yet, run, do not walk, to the nearest theater. But I have to agree with the critics about one thing. It was far too short -- especially for a bittersweet farewell to such a fantastic adventure.

The action scenes are stupendous. The special effects are incredible. I LOVED the dragon! The actors shine, all of them, with Snape finally coming into his own, and I got the shivers when Professor McGonagall called the statues to defend Hogwarts. Heck, I got the shivers when I saw that in the trailer. She was magnificent when she Ė well, just in case you havenít seen it yet, I donít want to give away anything and lessen the dramatic impact. Oh, and bring tissues if you happen to be the emotional type. You will need them.

The tremendous self-sacrifice displayed by the characters really do make one think, and when I saw a piece on the Web about the Harry Potter Alliance Ė a group Iíd heard of a few months ago Ė I was really heartened to see that, although they took on a crusade against the horcruxes of modern life during the months between the release of Parts 1 and 2 of the Deathly Hallows, they arenít calling it quits just because the second movie has been released. No, theyíre tackling one of the biggest horcruxes of all: climate change.

You know Iíve been very outspoken, in my work, in my newsletters, and on this blog, about the damage man has done, and is doing, to the environment. Well, Iíve decided to join the Alliance in their fight. What better way to have a truly lasting effect on the lives of people all over the world than by taking on a cause that affects everyone, everywhere?

I ask you all to join me. Go to http://thehpalliance.org/ and sign up. The need is great, the weapon is love, and we are the weapon.

Selected Works

Horror
Love and death tread the boards at a haunted Victorian theater
Love can survive death -- but so can hate. The two collide in this haunted Ozarks tale of betrayal and heroism -- on both sides of the grave.
Folklore/Juvenile
Australian wildlife images to stimulate creativity in children and adults alike
Vintage wildlife photos illustrate a children's story about koalas
Retellings of eight Australian Aboriginal tales, mostly focusing on the koala -- a powerful figure in Aboriginal lore
Fantasy
Gryphon Award-winning ecological fantasy novel, now available from Double Dragon Publishing (February 2006)
Volume I of The Ribbons of Power, this was Honor Book Award winner in Andre Norton's Gryphon Award competition
Volume II of The Ribbons of Power
Mystery
A professor is murdered. Can the plot be unraveled?

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