The Weekly Word: July 14th, 2011

We solemnly swear we’re up to no good:

The Last Harry Potter Movie Released from Magician’s Hat July 15th!

Just Listen.

Well, we’re sure there will be prequels, sequels, every kind of quel (Nyquil?) until JK is officially pronounced Queen of England, but we give it two wands up! Heck, we don’t mind. (Just like Minnesotans didn’t mind when Brett Favre came back to lead the Vikings to the Super Bowl, wait…)

Anyway, we know two things:

  1. Really cool people know tons of Potter trivia.
  2. The market value of said trivia knowledge skyrockets on opening night/day of the final movie coming out.

Could your Potter skills use a little polishing before the big day? Not to worry, we have guides to all 7 Harry Potter books, which include troves of trivia treasure. Why? Because we are SOOOOO cool (see above definition of cool) and enjoy knowing stuff our friends don’t, like…

Also, if you aren’t satisfied by Potter alone and need more young wizards in your life, check out Wizard of Earthsea andThe Name of the Wind. Then, get some help. Seriously, that’s a lot of wizards.

Final NASA Shuttle Launch

Oh, the hardware. This is the largest mosquito zapper ever. And yes, we shed one tear on account of the fact that our childhood dreams to become astronauts have been officially crushed. Check out the photo album of the launch, or read up on the beginning of the Space Program with our Sixties timeline.

Extra! Extra! Shmoop Needs Math Writers!

Help! If you can tell us why dy is over dx and how dx‘s mother feels about it in 40 words or less, we will give you a serious listen. You need to be fluent in statistics. Feel qualified? Nerdy enough? Please apply your stats off here.

Staff Favorites: New and Improved Shmoop Guides

Looking for some interesting Shmoop that has been certified fresh by our staff? Check out…

Shmoop Shout Out: Sgt. 1st Class Petry, Medal of Honor Recipient

Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry became the second living active serving officer to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq. He’s also a straight up G. Learn about his incredible story.

Shmoop Shout Out 2.0: The Emergency Party Button

Ever find yourself in a situation where your living room is full of people who need a party? But you haven’t bought any snacks, picked out any beats, or rented a fog machine? Never fear, the Emergency Party Button is here.

Shmoop Shout-Out Three Point Oh, oh, oh: Allen Guei

Ready for another hypothetical rhetorical question? Ever won $40,000 for shooting free throws? Ever given away $40,000 you just won for shooting free throws? Cal State Northridge freshman Allen Guei has. Read more about the generous athlete.

We’ll see you at the theater,

Dumbledore’s Dorks

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