Christina: YAY HP7:2! I've got my tickets, seeing as it's a double feature in my town. Part 1 starts at 9, followed by the premiere of Part 2 at midnight. I wish it weren't in 3D, but I guess that's just the way things are going these days. My perceptual preferences will have to get used to it.
Cassie: My favorite fairy tales... I'm not nearly so versed in them as you are, but just from the summaries you've related here, I may count those among my top few! Most of the fairy tales I've encountered have had distressingly weak characters (most often the "heroine"), so I never really found myself their particular fan.
Top 5 Favorite Random Things (in no particular order):
A) Favorite musical interval: Minor sixth.
This is the interval made by starting at one note and playing the one a minor sixth (up a major scale to the perfect fifth and then up one more half step). I couldn't really say why it's my favorite; it just resonates in my soul. And my synesthesia dictates that nostalgia sounds like it.
2) Favorite movie: Evening.
Not a whole lot of people know about this movie, but has an all-star cast (Claire Danes and Meryl Streep, to name just two) and is absolutely beautifully done. The story is of a woman at the end of her life, and her two daughters have come to help her out. In the woman's dreams, we get to see portions of her life and the people who came and went and the love that was (and was not). It is amazing. You must see it.
III) Favorite artist: Wassily Kandinsky.
I'm afraid I can't claim to know very much about the history or circumstances surrounding Kandinsky's life and work, but all of it is amazing. His use of color is mesmerizing, and the shapes he creates with that color are out-of-this-world delightful.
....-) Favorite webcomic: Toothpaste for Dinner.
Natalie Dee is amazing. She and Drew (her husband), if you don't know, have a network of webcomics that will keep you in stitches for hours (or, if you're like me and went through the entire archives as soon as you discover her, days and perhaps months). TfD is a hilarious commentary on such things as grammar, politics, dreams, family life, boring office work, and pretty much anything else. If you are a nerd, you will love Toothpaste for Dinner. But then, you may already have known that.
101) Favorite cold-weather garment: Mittens.
Mittens rock. They keep all your fingers together in one happy family. Also, in my own happy family at home, we call them "flap units" and hit each other with them every time we wear them. That is why mittens are my favorite cold-weather garment. (Upon reading this paragraph, I also realize that it sounds like a fourth-grade response to a writing prompt.)
SO YEAH. Those are my top five favorite random things.