Over the past few weeks, beta testers for J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore experiment have expressed a range of opinions about the interactive site. Many have complained about the slow admittance process, but the fortunate few who have seen the site have praised both its artwork and the completely immersive experience it has to offer. Keith Staskiewicz, EW’s lucky Potter-tester, said the site will “let you experience some of the fun of living in the world of Harry Potter.”
The fun of living in the world of Harry Potter, eh? Isn’t this ‘fun’ what we’ve all been chasing since our first visit to Hogwarts in 1997? Isn’t it the reason behind the valuable time I’ve spent taking Sorting Hat quizzes (Hufflepuff? I think not), and debating whether to buy a plane ticket to Orlando to sample Universal Studios’ interpretation of Butterbeer? My verdict is a definitive yes. Anyone who has read this series without experiencing the serious side effect of Hogwarts-envy is probably a Death Eater.
Well, now Potter fans (or really just responsible dog lovers) can join in on the fun by making a beloved member of the Potter family a member of their own family! Berry, the 10-year-old German Shepherd who played Sirius Black’s animagus Padfoot, is now up for adoption in Britain. Berry and his best friend Porridge lived with stuntman Paul Thompson for most of his life, but both dogs are now homeless because Thompson can no longer care for them.
Is your heart broken yet? No? Well, here’s an excerpt from Berry’s essay, The Realities of Rescue, which was published on his landing page on the German Shepherd Dog Rescue site:
My Dad contacted German Shepherd Dog Rescue because he realised he didn’t have the time to look after us properly anymore. His work takes him away from home an awful lot and whilst his friends and family tried to help look after us, we weren’t getting the walks or brushes we were used to… Apparently there were a lot of people on the film I was in, something to do with a Harry Potter, who became very rich and very famous from it and they all live in lovely houses of their own. If it wasn’t for German Shepherd Dog Rescue and my Mums and Dad I would not be as happy and cared for now as I am, but I am still waiting for a home to call my own. If only I had become rich and famous as well then maybe I could have helped these wonderful people help more dogs like me and Porridge… Please read what mum told me about German Shepherd Dog Rescue and if you can help in anyway, Porridge and I would be most grateful.
He added six x’s on the end. That means six kisses from this marauding pup, who would surely light up your life and give you the kind of love Crookshanks never gave Hermione. Any PopWatcher who might be looking to add a sweet German Shepherd to their home can contact the GSDR here. In the meantime, maybe Berry can crash at one of Daniel Radcliffe’s numerous multi-million dollar properties.