You may have read about the Boggarts in the Harry Potter books?#34;those nightmarish engines of evil that attack by taking the shape of whatever their victim most fears. And you may have seen “Scarecrow” in the Batman Begins movie?#34;that malevolent villain endowed with the same talent. But until now, you didn’t know where to buy the figurine.

Now you do, and just in time for Christmas. Ridge Art, 21 Harrison St., offers Holiday Harpies, perfect for anyone on your Christmas list who has everything, except a reminder that the dark side is always there, seething in the oily depths, teeth sharpened. It’s one-stop shopping for anyone who wants to give truly unique, memorable holiday gifts that say, “I care. Plus, I hope you rot in hell.”

Our Christmas list contains, at present, quite a few names for whom a Holiday Harpie seems like the perfect fit. Fortunately, artist Dean Hacker’s harpies go on sale on Friday, Nov. 18, during the Harrison Street Arts District Third Gallery Walk, from 6 to 9 p.m. along Harrison Street between Austin Blvd. and Ridgeland Avenue. Call 773/622-0324.

For those of you who are nicer than we are, the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration is Sunday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Giles Parish, 1045 Columbian Ave., sponsored by the Community of Congregations. Bring food and cash donations for the Hunger Task Force Food Pantry and West Suburban PADS. Sign up to be a sponsor for the Holiday Food and Gift Basket Program. Leave your Holiday Harpies?#34;and your list of those who deserve them?#34;at home.

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