I don't think sales are lagging, but I haven't really bothered to check. I heard that something like 16 million copies were sold the first day, and it was around what they expected.
Harry Mania was on the cover of this weeks Entertainment Weekly. There are several articles about the archs and themes of the series, some spoiler filled speculation on what really happend in THBP and what it will mean for the next, and subsequently, last HP book, and a funny little article titled, "Hot 'N' Heavy at Hogwarts" -- a delicioulsy fun read. There are also some stills from the upcoming Goblet of Fire movie.
I too am a fan of the Potter books. My favorite character in the books would have to be Snape. I know there are those who hate him too, but I think there is a lot more to him that we will learn about come the final book. I will of course proclaim his innocence to the end....I can't believe him to be the terrible person Harry and the rest do. Just my 2 cents on that one!
Anyone wants to debate the if he's guilty or not...feel free, I'm game.
Detective Robert Goren: Come on, you're a small guy. What size shoe do you wear? [throws his leg up on the table] Detective Robert Goren: I wear a 13. [stands up and peers under the table] Detective Robert Goren: You look like a 9, or... what, like an 8? ~ Jones Ep. 5 S1
Post by kawaiidragonfoe821 on Nov 18, 2005 3:55:25 GMT -5
I have been a fan of harry potter sence i first found out they were making a movie from the 1st book, the movie looked cool but a friend of mine insisted that i read the book first so i did & 5 (... wait, now 6) books later i'm not a self proclaimed fanatic, LOL i have almost every poster from all of the movies.
As for snape, i have always had a certian loathing for him, he reminds me of a math teacher i had when i was in junior school, i was always a fave w/ teachers b/c i was a pretty smart kid. this b**ch always delighted in humilating me in front of the class by forcing me to do work on the board when i didnt do well on my homework assignments (i was good in my other classes, but i was a tad deficient in math. the section of my brain that goverens math has been underdevloped sence birth). Maybe i half-deserved it, i mean i did push her buttons. Hell i would act out just to get sent to the assistant principle's office LOL.
As for the pencive thing, didnt James stop teasing Snape b/c Lily asked him to?
I saw and liked this movie. At one point, I even felt cold, the kind of miserable cold that comes with being thoroughly drenched.
Not bad. I like that Harry and his friends grow and suffer along with other teens. That's always the added (read better) element in good movies - human factor, be it humour in horror or pathos in superheroes.
I saw it for the second time last night. I'm usually not a stickler about movies not staying with the book, but the ending of this movie just ruins the whole thing for me. How are they all smiles after what they just discovered? In the book, the horror and apprehension over what happened in the graveyard haunts everyone who believes it. Which leads me to my second greatest problem with the movie; everyone believes Harry. The disbelief and cover-up's are a major plot point for book 5.
I also don't like that the director chose to close the rooms and grounds in even further. I get it; Harry's not a little fish in a big pond anymore, and the world outside Hogwarts is huge and increasingly important to Harry's story. But, they went too far with shrinking the school, and didn't even show what was going on outside it. The World Cup was all flash, and virtually no story. I wonder, how will they explain Dumbledor getting fired in the next movie?
I hate hollywood, the most uncreative place on the face of the Earth. If they had stayed true to the book's ending, haunting and foreboding, they would have movie goers wrestling to see the next installment. Nothing more piqueing than a cliff hanger, after all. Instead they opted for formulaic happy endings!
Oh well, maybe another book as influencing as the Harry Potters' will be written and THEN they will get it right.
(A good movie? This is all a figment of my imagination, isn't it?)
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Post by janetcatbird on Dec 30, 2006 18:53:34 GMT -5
Back in September/October, MSNBC online had a two-hour video called "An Evening with Harry, Carrie and Garp", featuring Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and a third guy I can't remember at a charity reading and Q&A. Of course, everyone was asking about Book 7 in Harry Potter, and Rowling was desperate about trying not to give away spoilers and plotlines. Highlights:
"Dumbledore is dead! You're going through the stages of grief and I've got to help you get past denial--he is not coming back."
She has a soft spot for Hagrid and loves him.
Salman Rushdie (!) and his son were there and asked a question that they believe will be the whole of Book 7: "Is Snape good or evil?" Apparentlyt he two of them think that Snape is really good and it was a pre-planned hoax/agreement when he killed Dumbledore. (The question of a hoax prompted the first quote that Dumbledore really is dead.) Rowling moaned "Oh no, you're probably good at guessing plots!" She refused to say for certain.
There is more to Aunt Petunia than we have seen so far.
Some time after I saw this I was sitting up with friends until 4 AM talking about Book 7 and our predictions. Some thoughts we had:
One of my friends is convinced that Hermione is going to die, because Harry is going to loose some friends and Rowling has talked about the cliche of killing off the best friend (Ron). The friend's theory--somebody we love is going to get killed, and Hermione will snap and go all vigilante (Maybe against Snape, for violating the trust of a professor/student?), she'll get killed in the process but she'll take some bad guys along with her. As a nerd/bookworm/goody-two-shoes myself, I'm praying that he's wrong.
We're not sure how Percy Weasley is going to go, either come to his senses and return to the good side, or remain a small-minded bureaucrat. Uncertain as to the role of the rest of the Weasley's, but since Bill was already bitten by a werewolf and paid his dues he'll probably live. Ginny is a prime target, possibly one of the twins.
Neville Longbottom is going to be crucial. Think about it; Neville was the other possibility for the child who lived, his parents paid a harsh price, and he has always been somewhere in the background. In later books he's moved to a more visible, active role.
Just my two cents. I suppose I ought to go ahead and pre-order my copy.
"If it's dangerous to talk to yourself it's probably even dicier to listen." --Jim Hightower
Post by sobergal95 on Dec 30, 2006 19:59:46 GMT -5
Back in September/October, MSNBC online had a two-hour video called "An Evening with Harry, Carrie and Garp", featuring Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and a third guy I can't remember at a charity reading and Q&A.
Sorry I missed it! My guess is the third guy would be the author of "The World According to Garp" ,"The Hotel New Hampshire" and "A Prayer for Owen Meany" and others, John Irving. I like his work, but they tend to be humorous but pretty dark.
I think you're onto something with the Hermione character being killed off. I don't know if it's going to be her or someone else but I'm sure it's not going to be Ron. I think she planned to have Ron be killed in this book way back when she was writing notes in the Scottish coffee shop on the 7-book saga. (Btw is that called a septology?!) But then the first one was published and the whole thing took off and there was pressure to continue it rather than end it at seven as she'd always planned. Pressure too, to change it. For instance, to not make it so scary (which apparently had nothing to do with what the kids thought at all. So thankfully she didn't listen.)
I think she realized part way through writing and, maybe because, through turning her copious coffee shop notes into actual book, she became a better writer and realised killing Ron was in fact a cliche. Personally I think killing Hermione instead is just a substitute cliche because they play essentially the same kind of role with respect to Harry but who else's untimely death would pack such a pathos-ridden punch?
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