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Title: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on May 20, 2004, 04:38 PM
(http://www.adventistreview.org/2001-1547/images/harrypotter.azkaban.jpg)

New movie coming out in 2 weeks, book 6 in the works, its an exciting time in Potterland

I've seen a few different trailers of Azkaban and it looks amazing.  Much better than the last two both of which I thought were rather well done

My one criticism of the books is that the first three stories are almost all identical in their plotlines and I see the same thing in the movies.  With Goblet and she broke the mold and it will be VERY interesting to see how they handle Goblet on the big screen
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Rob on May 22, 2004, 01:04 PM
Well, since no one's biting on your thread...I'll chime in.  I like the books - I'm reading the 5th one now.  The movies are okay, but I think the second one was a little slow...  I'm looking forward to the new one and think the movies won't really start getting good until the fourth - which is the best book by far (keeping in mind I'm only 200 pages into book 5).
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on May 22, 2004, 04:31 PM
Williams score for the new movies sounds fantastic, love that little choir piece that has been in most of the trailers
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Sprry75 on May 22, 2004, 05:41 PM
Man, I'm psyched as all hell about Azkaban.  It's by far my favorite of the books, and the movie looks awesome.  I've got my tix, and I can't wait...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: SiteC on May 22, 2004, 08:46 PM
I like the HP movies, but my ADD doesnt allow me to read the books.

I probably won't see this one until the DVD though.  I just have no interest in seeing movies in the theater anymore, especially one where screaming, unrestrained, and undisclipined children will be crawling alll over the theater.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Diddly on May 23, 2004, 03:15 PM
I read the first 2 books and half of the third. Own the fourth, but not the fifth.

About movie #4, I heard that they were going to pull a "Matrix/Kill Bill" - Separate it into two parts, release part one during the summer, and part two around Labor Day. Take this as a grain of salt though.

I'll be going to see the new movie too.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Mikey D on May 24, 2004, 08:10 AM


About movie #4, I heard that they were going to pull a "Matrix/Kill Bill" - Separate it into two parts, release part one during the summer, and part two around Labor Day. Take this as a grain of salt though.



Makes sense, though.  Their is a lot of stuff in GoF that I don't think will fit in a two hour movie.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on May 24, 2004, 09:02 AM
Damn...could have went to see a Sneak Preview showing yesterday but the cashier told us it was Chamber of Secrets.  Then I heard on the radio people saying they went to that theater to see Prisoner >:(
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on May 24, 2004, 12:03 PM
My wife and I actually just saw the first Harry Potter movie two weeks ago, and now I'm planning to go rent the second one...and see the third as well.  I haven't ever read the books, or really been "into" it before, but after seeing that movie, my tune has changed.  I'm really excited for the third one, and these movies seem very well done.  Not just "kid" movies, as many people (myself included at one point), thought.  Does anyone know, are the same actors, the principal 3 kids, going to continue in the movies...since they are getting a bit older?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on May 24, 2004, 12:09 PM
They are signed on for Goblet of Fire, not sure about Order of the Phoenix

If they keep filiming as fast as they are, they might beat Rowling to the screen with Book 6 :)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on May 24, 2004, 04:57 PM
My girlfriend has read them all, and can't wait to see the movie. I've only seen the movies so far, but I'll probably read the books myself.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth Kenobi on May 24, 2004, 05:35 PM
I can't wait till this movie comes out as will.  I saw the first two movies before I read any of the books.  When book 5 came out I bought all of them and read them all in abnout 2 weeks.  
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: JediMAC on May 27, 2004, 01:43 AM
Count us among the Potter fans too.  Patty's read all the books so far, while I've only read the first but plan to read the others.  The movies are definitely fun, and I hope they can keep up with them every year or year and a half, and eventually cover all the books.  Like SW, it's just a fun world to hang out in for a few hours, so I say the more the better.  We'll be watching it opening weekend, I'm sure...   8)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on May 27, 2004, 11:27 AM
CNN has an article up today talking about the three principal "kids" in the Harry Potter films.  Alfonso Cuaron (director of Azkaban) talks about how he would like to see them stay throughout all of the movies.  Clicky HERE (http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/Movies/05/26/film.potter.reut/index.html) for more.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Sprry75 on May 27, 2004, 12:04 PM
Hmmm....I thought all of the kids were already substantially older than their characters are supposed to be.  I think I could could buy Harry and Hermione, but Ron's getting pretty huge.  He's already slouching quite a bit not to tower over his co-stars.

He's got the best handle on his character, though.  If they can pull it off with the originals, I agree that it would be awesome.

One thing in that article alarmed me, though.  The director for #4 is the same guy that shat "Mona Lisa Smile" into this world?  That's disconcerting, to say the least.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on May 27, 2004, 12:59 PM
Not sure what to think either, it was a bit of a shock to see how much both Ron and Harry changed between Stone and Chamber and there won't be much of a change betwixt Chamber and Prisoner...Sprry's got a good point, there is no way they will be kids by the time they get even to Phoenix.  

I can see the idea behind having them continue to roles as a great way of having some continuity but it might get a bit silly
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: JediMAC on May 27, 2004, 02:04 PM
Hmmm....I thought all of the kids were already substantially older than their characters are supposed to be.

I don't think so.  I think they were spot-on matched up agewise in the first flick, and therefore the second movie as well.  Since this third movie took an extra 6 months to get out, I think that makes them only up to half a year off now on film (not in person though).  But that discrepancy could continue to grow if they don't get back to the one movie per year schedule, which seems doubtful now...

I don't really mind if they look a little older than they should.  I'd definitely rather have that, than all new actors stepping in half way through the series.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: FX-7 on May 27, 2004, 04:26 PM
Potter does nothing for me sorry, can't get over the fact that these are kids books in my mind.  I know adults love them but its never donme it for me
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Pistol Pete on May 27, 2004, 04:28 PM
I'm going, love Harry and the whole world.  As far as the kids go, I say keep em, makes the whole thing a little bit more real instead of having a new group
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Boba Binks on May 28, 2004, 11:30 PM
I have not read any of the HP books. I have enjoyed the movies.
I picked up the new soundtrack and the mood is so much darker than the other two. I am looking forward to the new HP movie.

I saw a preview of the new guy who plays Dumbledoor. They really changed his look. Instead of the long beard it is now like Gandalf the White's now. I am sure the guy who replaced the late Richard Harris did a great job as Dumbledoor.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on June 3, 2004, 02:52 PM
So who's going this weekend?  We're waiting for a while, probably catch it over the 4th of July
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on June 3, 2004, 03:01 PM
I'd really like to go this weekend, but not sure if we will end up going right away or not.  We just moved, and have a lot of things around the house to take care of.  Also, we haven't seen "Chamber of Secrets" yet, so we need to rent that before we go into the third one  ;).  After seeing the first one, I'm thinking about picking these up on DVD...but will wait until after we rent the next one...but they seem like pretty good movies, much better than I expected even.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth Kenobi on June 3, 2004, 03:09 PM
I just purchased tickets to go see it on Sunday.  I would of gotten them for Saturday but my work ended up needing me to come in to give samples of salads to custormers for 7 hours.  
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Boba Binks on June 4, 2004, 03:58 PM
Just got back from seeing Harry Potter at the 11:20am showing. Not many kids at all mostly adults. I will not give anything away.

First off I have never read any of the Harry Potter books.

I think this is the best of the Harry Potter movie yet. I liked the first one but this one is really good. The movie is dark and somewhat sccccaaarrrrrryyyyyy for the kids at times. I like the dark undertone of this movie.

I thought that I was not going to like the new guy who plays Dumbledoor. Though the Dumbledoor character has changed dramatically from the previous two movies he seemed to fit in. Though I like the Richard Harris Dumbledoor a whole lot more.

The effects were good, the story was good, overall it was a good movie. I would see this again.

It is about time that Alan Rickmans character Prof. Snape gets some action in.

Now I am looking to the next Harry Potter movie which is already in production. :)

So what did you think of the movie?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Sprry75 on June 4, 2004, 04:29 PM
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Potter does nothing for me sorry, can't get over the fact that these are kids books in my mind.  I know adults love them but its never donme it for me

No offense, but that has to be the most uninformed dismissal of the series possible (I've heard it before, too; a guy at my work said the same thing).

While the books certainly appeal to kids, and have kids--or at least adolescents--as the main characters, the stories themselves deal with much more complex subject matters than your basic Ramona Quimby novel.  There's love, lust, death, betrayal, good vs. evil, etc.  Additionally, they deal with what is actually very mature subject matter.  I mean, there's the "fun" magic stuff and Quidditch and all that, but these are the same books that brought the Philosopher's Stone and Nicholas Flamel into the mainstream (well, sort of), for crying out loud.

Alchemy and the occult have never really been the sole domain of rugrats.....

I've got tix to see a matinee with my daughter tomorrow, and I'm going to watch the first two back-to-back tonight.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on June 4, 2004, 04:54 PM
We broke out the DVDs and watched #1 aka "Stone" last Monday and then watched HP#2 aka "Chamber" oon Wednesday in anticipation.

We don't have tickets yet for HP#3 aka "Azkaban", but plan on seeing this movie either Sunday... or next weekend if we run out of time this weekend.

Looks good from the reviews I've read so far...

Jeff
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: JediMAC on June 4, 2004, 05:07 PM
We just did the same thing Jeff.  Watched Sorcerer's Stone last weekend, and Chamber of Secrets just last night.  Depending on what time I get home tonight, and how awake we both are, we might try to watch it tonight.  If not, then probably tomorrow instead.

Of course, Patty's kinda pissed, 'cause she still wants to see Troy first, with Brad Pitt's ass everywhere.   >:(
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: jadesfire on June 4, 2004, 09:28 PM

Of course, Patty's kinda pissed, 'cause she still wants to see Troy first, with Brad Pitt's ass everywhere.   >:(

You go Patty!!!  :D

Since I've already seen the mighty fine looking, bare-assed Mr Pitt (more than once actually), I am going to watch Potter on Sunday.  Great month for movies actually and I enjoy going when the movie first comes out (we have an cinema 8 and only one of the moive screens has THX and dolby surround sound so you have to see the blockblusters right away, before they are moved to the not-so-great screens).
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on June 4, 2004, 10:02 PM
I'm actually not too impressed with much of what's coming out this summer beyond Spidey2, The Terminal and this...probably won't see Shrek, or Troy although if my wife found out that Pitt's ass was in there we'd be going tomorrow (which I can't figure out, she can look at my ass all she wants ;D)

Hope you all kidless and older kids people have a good time this weekend, me, I'll just be sitting here watching the boys, sigh
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Morgbug on June 4, 2004, 11:25 PM
Heh, you just have to get used to being a big loser and going to movies by yourself Scott.  My wife and I do it a fair bit as we have no babysitter since the mother in law passed away :-\

Went out and saw POA tonight.  A pretty good movie all in all.  None of the characters were terribly annoying, though it was obvious Ron has put on a tad more weight than the other two.  Hardly looks 13 at all.

What was surprising was the sheer number of 13 year old girls there that are in love with Harry.  More shocking was some of the crap coming out of their mouth with respect to young Mr. Potter :o  I suppose I knew at that age that girls thought that way too but it's still surprising to here it.  One woman reamed them out in the middle of the movie, as much because they just wouldn't shut up as for what they were saying.  I like that woman :)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: JediKnight87 on June 4, 2004, 11:36 PM
I saw Harry Potter on Wed. in Hollywood for an advance screening. The theater was nice and the place was packed. Glad I got there a few hours early. It was a mad house! The movie was great, I really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: SilverZ on June 5, 2004, 05:48 AM
The first one bores me so much I have never seen it straight through in one sitting. The second one was an improvement but hasnít moved me to watch it even a second time.

Checked the new one out tonight and really, really enjoyed it. Itís vastly superior to the last two from story, to acting, to direction. Even John William's score leaps past his work on the first one and kinda-sorta work on the second. This one rocks.


Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on June 5, 2004, 09:34 AM
I've read this is Williams best score in a long, long time...I liked Catch Me If You Can but the last really good one he did was Schindler's List
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Diddly on June 5, 2004, 02:22 PM
I saw the third flick yesterday, good film. The music was great, and had a lot of notes that reminded me of SW. If you do go see it GET THERE EARLY. We got there just after they had started seating everyone, and it was packed.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: JediMAC on June 6, 2004, 04:18 AM
We tried to see this on Friday, but when we got to the theater, every show had long since been sold out for the rest of the day and night, so we had to watch Troy instead...

But we did catch Harry tonight though.  It was a lot different than the first two.  A good film, and definitely a lot darker, as everyone has already pointed out.  The kids are much more grown up, as are the themes and dialogue and such, which I think is what made it feel a lot different than the first two.

For some reason, I think I liked the first two a little better though.  I think it was because the kids were still young and wide-eyed, learning so much and also getting to know eachother.  In this one, the kids already know their stuff, and know one on another, so that element, along with some of the wonder and magic, is no longer as exciting and evident in the film.  I think it also felt different 'cause the kids were dressed in real clothes, and much of the movie took place in "real" environments (like the outdoor stuff).  So it seemed a little more connected to the "real world", and not quite the fantasy world of Hogwarts that was so much fun to go and play in.  Seemed a little disjointed and choppy to me in the early going as well.

A couple other things that bugged me a bit...

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I thought they practically ruined the character of Malfoy in this one.  He didn't have much screen time, but when he did, he was getting his ass kicked and literally crying as a result.  Hell, even Hermaine decked him.  He was probably our favorite character in the first two films - such an evil young kid.  His expressions, ego, and taunting were just a joy to watch.  But now he's been shown to be a total wuss, and can no longer be taken seriously as Harry's school rival.  Not sure if this was because of the book (which I haven't read), or if it was a conscious choice of the filmmakers, but I miss the old, evil Malfoy.

I also felt a little like I was watching Back To the Future during that one long sequence.  This story also just seemed to cover the first week of school, or so.  I enjoyed watching the series of events progress over the course of their school year in the the first one, and even TCOS seemed more drawn out.

But those few qualms aside, it was still a good movie, and HP's still a movie franchise that I greatly enjoy spending some time in, if but only a few hours a year.  One question, who'd win - the POA Dementors, or the LOTR Ringwraiths?   8)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth Kenobi on June 7, 2004, 12:02 AM

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I thought they practically ruined the character of Malfoy in this one.  He didn't have much screen time, but when he did, he was getting his ass kicked and literally crying as a result.  Hell, even Hermaine decked him.  He was probably our favorite character in the first two films - such an evil young kid.  His expressions, ego, and taunting were just a joy to watch.  But now he's been shown to be a total wuss, and can no longer be taken seriously as Harry's school rival.  Not sure if this was because of the book (which I haven't read), or if it was a conscious choice of the filmmakers, but I miss the old, evil Malfoy.

I also felt a little like I was watching Back To the Future during that one long sequence.  This story also just seemed to cover the first week of school, or so.  I enjoyed watching the series of events progress over the course of their school year in the the first one, and even TCOS seemed more drawn out.

But those few qualms aside, it was still a good movie, and HP's still a movie franchise that I greatly enjoy spending some time in, if but only a few hours a year.  One question, who'd win - the dark ghost thingees in POA, or the Black Riders from LOTR?   8)

Matt, the thing with Malfoy I'm not sure if he was protayed that way in the book or not, its been a while since I read the book.  The thing about the time of the movie was shown differently then the way which the other director of the first two did it. In this one we see the changes in the weather with the wrompping williow, Fall (leaves falling), Winter (snow covering) Spring (The Thraw of the Ice and Snow).  We are also told by a few characters about events of the year Professor Lupin says he will help Harry after the hoildays (which we know is christmas from previous movies) and Heriomne tells Harry that Professor Mangango gived her that object at the bringing of the first term.  THe thing that bugged me a little was how different the grounds of Hogwarts look like compared to the other movies.  
Overall I liked this film but hope they will allow for more run time even if this means getting a first and second version of any future films so that we don't lose stuff from the story.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on June 14, 2004, 05:23 PM
Well,

I got a chance to see HP3 last night.

Good Stuff  :)

My wife and I both gave it thumbs up!

I liked the "Buckbeak" CGI.  Pretty cool.

I also liked Black... too bad about him in the next book/movie though.   :-X

Jeff
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darby on June 14, 2004, 08:57 PM
I really liked it, but I think this is a case where they moved away from the source material too much.  Mainly in regards to the relationship between (SPOILERS) Black, Lupin, Petigrew and the Potters.

Beyond that, it was visually striking, and yeah, that was John Williams' best score in years.  Fantastic.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Durge on June 14, 2004, 09:02 PM
Well,

I got a chance to see HP3 last night.

Good Stuff  :)

My wife and I both gave it thumbs up!

I liked the "Buckbeak" CGI.  Pretty cool.

I also liked Black... too bad about him in the next book/movie though.   :-X

Jeff


It's actually the movie after the next. :'(
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Durge on June 14, 2004, 09:03 PM


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WTF? Why no damn spoiler warning!? >:(
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on June 29, 2004, 04:10 PM
The title for Book 6 is....

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (http://books.guardian.co.uk/harrypotter/story/0,10761,1250169,00.html)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on August 2, 2004, 10:46 AM
Saw Prisinor this last weekend, good movie, loved the darker tone and how they showed a lot more of Hogwarts this go round.  I agree they glossed over the relationship of the Potters, Pettigrew, Lupin and Black...it sort of wasn't that way in the book but it worked well on screen.  Hermione and Harry are great, Ron is awful...I wouldn't be sad if he was recast.

Looking forward to see how this goes, Goblet is super long and I've heard either talk of lots of editing or two movies...interesting
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on August 4, 2004, 11:13 PM
Ralph Fiennes to Play Voldemort in Goblet of Fire (http://movies.yahoo.com/news/fc?d=tmpl&cf=fc&in=entertainment&cat=harry_potter)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darby on August 4, 2004, 11:41 PM
Good choice.  I always liked him.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on August 4, 2004, 11:43 PM
Don't cruise Potter sites too much but anyone have any scoop on their plan for Goblet?  2 Movies shot at the same time?  Large amounts of editing leaving lots of stuff out?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Diddly on August 5, 2004, 12:14 AM
Last I heard they wanted to do 2 separate movies, Part 1 at Thanksgiving and Part 2 at Christmas, but that was a long time ago.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Mikey D on August 5, 2004, 08:39 AM
Excellent casting for He Who Shall Not Be Named.  Next "big" part should be Prof. Moody.  Any ideas?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on August 10, 2004, 10:15 AM
Excellent casting for He Who Shall Not Be Named.  Next "big" part should be Prof. Moody.  Any ideas?

Here are a few other recent cast additions:
Brendan Gleeson ....  Mad-Eye Moody
Miranda Richardson ....  Rita Skeeter

They have also cast pretty much all the big kid roles (Krum, Fleur, Diggory) and the other School teachers as well, but they are pretty much no-name actors/actresses.

Don't cruise Potter sites too much but anyone have any scoop on their plan for Goblet?  2 Movies shot at the same time?  Large amounts of editing leaving lots of stuff out?

Last I read, they were dumping the two movies part.  Tis true they were planning a Kill Bill-esque Vol 1 and Vol2 , but I think WB decided that was too much watering down the HP franchise since they have to keep this thing rolling for at least 7 movies.

The current plan I believe is to dump a lot of the intro parts (World Cup Quiddich) into dialogue and skip the actually filming.  IE, Harry and Ron talk about how they went to the match, but we don't see it in the film.

Jeff
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on December 21, 2004, 02:06 PM
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be released July 16th, 2005 :)

Yahoo news Report (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=8&u=/ap/20041221/ap_on_en_ot/books_here_comes_harry)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Mikey D on December 21, 2004, 02:54 PM
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be released July 16th, 2005 :)


Can't wait.  ;D
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Morgbug on December 21, 2004, 02:55 PM
Where are we now on the movie side of things? †With three out I cannot see the main characters being visually representative of children for much longer. †Ron looked huge, the difference between Harry in the first and third was dramatic and Hermione is turning into a teenager quite clearly. †They're going to need to film all four in a row if they are to pull it off with the same actors :-\
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on December 21, 2004, 03:04 PM
I believe Goblet of Fire is set for Thanksgiving next year and then as far as I know their contracts are up.  I guess I'm torn as to wether I want to see them go on for 5-6-7 or to have new people cast :-\
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Morgbug on December 21, 2004, 03:08 PM
I'd like to see them stay, but they'd have to film them all at the same time to make it believable with respect to age.  I suppose that is subject to the desire of said actors and whether they want to continue.  Type casting is a danger, but they are young enough to overcome that.  I think.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth Broem on December 21, 2004, 03:33 PM
I can still see that SNL skit with Lindsay Lohan (sp?) as Hermionie (Sp? again).  LOL!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on December 21, 2004, 05:01 PM
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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: JediMAC on December 21, 2004, 07:02 PM
I finally caught that SNL re-run a few months back, after unfortunately missing the original show.

Great stuff.† Love's me some Lindsey boobies.† †8)



I think that wacky chick who played Harry was even better though.  Absolutely classic!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on March 14, 2005, 03:46 PM
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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on March 14, 2005, 04:27 PM
So who is the Half-Blood Prince?

I've heard that JK Rowling said it isn't Harry or Voldemort, so who then?

Hagrid?† He's Half Man, Half Giant, right?

Jeff
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on March 14, 2005, 04:36 PM
Maybe its someone who was from the past, back from Harry's parents days.  There always seems to be a bit of fleshing out of the Voldemort/Potters/Black and crew story along with the current one
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Famine on March 14, 2005, 08:06 PM
I think the Halfblood prince is some one new. I need to read Order of the Pheonix...I never had a chance to.

Kevin
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Shannon (Princess) on March 14, 2005, 10:15 PM
So who is the Half-Blood Prince?

I've heard that JK Rowling said it isn't Harry or Voldemort, so who then?

Hagrid?† He's Half Man, Half Giant, right?

Jeff
I think there may have been a brief reference to a half-blood prince in the last book.
By half-blood, I'm assuming they mean half pure witch and half mudblood- so that rules out a bit of the characters...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: John C on March 25, 2005, 02:44 PM
Man, I'm glad Lindsay is 18 so I don't have to feel dirty when I look at her cleavage. 
Is that next book going to be over 1000 pages?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on June 14, 2005, 12:58 PM
Goblet of Fire Teaser Trailer (http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/harry_potter/thegobletoffire/large.html)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on June 14, 2005, 01:40 PM
Awsome.† I think this one, like ROTS, will be the one my son misses for a while though.† I just don't see how they can be as true to the book as they have been already and not be too dark for him.

I'm assuming that we saw Fleur DeLacour† in that trailer, but somehow she doesn't look quite right to me.† Too plain.

Brendan Gleeson is cast as Mad Eye Moody, though, and that is brilliant.

(http://ia.imdb.com/media/imdb/01/I/92/17/38m.jpg).†


 And the utter perfection of Alan Rickman as Snape will forever make up for any casting bobbles.† †Best.† Casting. Ever.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Commander Cody on June 14, 2005, 03:29 PM
Not a bad teaser, but I wish they showed a little less of the previous three and a little more of the 4th.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 15, 2005, 06:33 PM
Thought I'd bump this up since the new book will be available at midnight.  I was going to wait until the morning to go get it, but I'll be on alert tomorrow.

Also, my local theater already has the teaser poster for Goblet of Fire up in the lobby.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Mikey D on July 19, 2005, 08:05 AM
Bought it Saturday morning, started reading it Saturday night and finished it last night.  I won't spoil anything and will wait to discuss it until more people have finished it.  A lot of back story in this one and the ending goes by pretty quickly. 

In preparation of this book, I went back and re-read the previous five books.  I'd rate this one behind Goblet of Fire and fairly evenly with Prisoner of Azkaban.  All in all, an excellent book.  The wait for #7 is going to be a long one.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 21, 2005, 12:58 AM
I finished the book Monday....I spent most of my alert this weekend readin it.

I agree with you Mikey....it's going to be a long wait for the next one!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: jadesfire on July 21, 2005, 10:46 PM
I agree.  The beginning of the book rather dragged on for me but once I got in to the middle, I couldn't put it down until the end (and what an end that was!!).

So, when does book 7 come out??? ;)

I'll wait a bit more until others have finished it to discuss everything that happened but this was probably my 2nd favorite of the series.  I'll have to go back and re-read Goblets of Fire before November.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 22, 2005, 12:40 AM
I've never been able to re-read a book.  Damn photographic memory!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on July 28, 2005, 11:36 AM
I finally finished. I have to say that I liked Order of the Pheonix more, but this one still has a brillient level of quality.

Out of all the books though, this one has me waiting for the next one the most. I can't wait and it's bummer that it's at least two years away.



SPOILER-



I am dissapointed that she took Snape to the bad side. He was my favorate character because I'm intregued by conflicted characters like his and for him to be playing the good side the whole time seems a little cheep (although it was logically thought out.) My wife and I talked about this and she seems to think that there can still be a chance Snape was following Dumbledor's orders, but I'm not so optimistic.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: jadesfire on July 28, 2005, 12:02 PM
*spoiler below*


I agree about Snape.† It's hard to believe that Dumbledore would allow Snape to kill him as part of the plot but it does make sense since it would give Snape top billing with Voldermort.† I can't believe that Harry and company don't plan on going back to Hogwarts (if it is even open) for their final year.†

The beginning dragged a bit for me but when Harry and Dumbledore were in the cave, I couldn't put the book down until it was finished.†

I was hoping Percy might come around in this book but it looks like I'll have to wait until #7 to see if he does.† I loved the Weasley brothers store and hope they have a bit more action in book seven also.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 28, 2005, 03:09 PM
*spoiler below*




I agree with y'all about Snape.  Although, the fact that he really is going back to the deatheaters is a twist that took us all by suprise.  My mom also read the book and we were discussing it last night and she was wondering if there was a way that Dumbledore actually staged his death.  I don't see how that's possible, but he now has a portrait in the Headmaster's office so he can still help the others, and Harry is now on the path to stopping Voldermort.

It is going to be a looong wait for the next book!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darby on July 28, 2005, 03:32 PM
I posted my thoughts on my blog (http://terminal-optimist.blogspot.com/2005/07/half-blood-review.html).† Spoilers in there, and

SPOILERS

I also think Dumbledore 'participated' in his own death, and given all the references to phoenixes, I'm not convinced he's dead.† I loved the book, and I can't wait for the next one.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Shannon (Princess) on July 28, 2005, 03:47 PM
SPOILERS BELOW!
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Remember Snape took a vow to protect Draco- he promised not only to protect Draco but to fulfill the vow Draco had to Voldemort.  The vow was to kill Dumbledore- so in doing so he is protecting Draco and doing the deed.  I think Dumbledore is dead- although you'd think the phoenix could come and resurrect him.  I wonder if Rowling is a SW fan- because to me it's very similiar to Obi-Wan giving into the force in his battle w/ Vader on the Death Star.  He can obviously still help Harry through portraits, but Harry is going to have to mature into his own powers and trust himself to defeat Voldemort. 
It's kind of sad to think one more book though... :(
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: John C on July 28, 2005, 05:48 PM
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It was as if Dumbeldore was trying to goad Malfoy into killing him.  He seemed to be ready for it.  We have to wait a while to find out why.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on August 1, 2005, 12:20 AM
SPOILERS

Finished today...

I had similar thoughts on the Snape situation, I think he's still following orders.  Feeling bad for having Harry's parents killed isn't the real reason Dumbledore trusts him.  There is more there...

I also thought of the Obi-Wan/Phoenix/Not Dead/Ressurection angle

Its good to see the romance lines progressing as they should as well

I thought this was the best so far of the 6...

R.A.B.

Hmmm.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on August 1, 2005, 08:00 AM
SPOILERS


R.A.B.

Hmmm.

Sirius Black's Brother?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on August 1, 2005, 12:46 PM
SPOILERS


R.A.B.

Hmmm.

Sirius Black's Brother?

I doubt it...Sirius' brother is dead and I'm willing to bet that R.A.B. is still alive.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Shannon (Princess) on August 1, 2005, 03:10 PM
SPOILERS


R.A.B.

Hmmm.

Sirius Black's Brother?

I doubt it...Sirius' brother is dead and I'm willing to bet that R.A.B. is still alive.
I think R.A.B. is dead- killed by Voldemort for backing down from doing an order - since he was a death eater, and they'll be able to recover the locket fairly easy.  (So as not to spoil- see pg 116 of Order of the Phoenix- last paragraph, and pg 117 second paragraph.)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on August 1, 2005, 04:49 PM
I enjoyed the book as well. I couldn't put it down towards the end with all that was going on. It was excellent. I can't wait for the final book now and that'll be a few years down the road... sigh. I guess we'll be seeing Goblet this November and most likely Order of the Phoenix before the last one comes out, so that should whet our appetites.

SPOILERS below







I was not surprised that Dumbledore was killed as he was the only wizard Voldemort feared, so getting him out of the way would make it seem that victory for the dark forces was imminent.

But the whole Snape thing being good/bad... you despise him for hating Harry like he does and are trying to guess if he is as good as Dumbledore trusts. Though Dumbledore always seemed to be a step ahead of the game and knew that if Snape were ever approached about helping Voldemort's cause (and I'm sure Dumbledore knew that he would be a probable target) then he was to maintain the facade of being one of the Death Eaters at all costs, even if it meant killing Dumbledore. Perhaps that is why he is angry when Harry faces him? He's being not malicious, but angered that he had to kill the only man who believed he was good. Just my 2 knuts.

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Post by: Brian on September 15, 2005, 09:10 AM
The full trailer for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is now up online.  You can check it out at Moviefone (http://movies.aol.com/movie_exclusive_harry_potter_goblet_clip), which I believe is the first to get it.  It will be elsewhere soon I'm guessing, and I think it is attached to "The Corpse Bride" as well.  Looks pretty cool, I'm looking forward to it.  It will probably be the next movie that brings us to the theatre this year ;).  Check out the trailer at the linky above.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on September 15, 2005, 10:07 AM
Oh holy crap in a hat.  This looks simply incredible.  I think I'm more excited about this than I was about ROTS.  Well. . .more optimistic at the least.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on September 15, 2005, 09:04 PM
This movie looks better and better!  I can't wait to see it.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on October 26, 2005, 10:35 AM
Filmforce (http://media.filmforce.ign.com/media/571/571288/imgs_1.html) has a whole slew of images from the upcoming "Goblet of Fire".  Clicky the link if interested.  I'm looking forward to seeing this next month, and its been awhile since we've been to the theatre too now.  The holiday season seems to bring out a few of the better releases.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: JediMAC on November 18, 2005, 05:47 AM
So, who's seeing it today?!?  We picked up tickets for the 4:15pm showing, so we'll be getting a pretty early look at it.  Watched a special about Goblet of Fire on A&E tonight, and it looks pretty promising...

So chime in if you've seen it so we can know what to expect!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on November 18, 2005, 09:08 AM
We're planning on going tomorrow if possible, and I'm really looking forward to it.  To be honest, its never worked out for us to see the previous movies in the theatre, and ended up seeing them on DVD.  Really a fun, and good, film series overall I think...we enjoy them anyways.  Sounds like GOF is getting pretty good reviews too.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Famine on November 18, 2005, 09:12 AM
My girlfriend got tickets to the opening show at midnight. I don't know weather to be proud... or what.

Kevin
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on November 18, 2005, 02:21 PM
I surprised my wife last night with a babysitter and tickets to the midnight show.

Great film and well made. I definately think it's better than the first two, but whether it's better than the third one is debatable. I guess it's a matter of taste. Definately not for the little kiddies.

They had to cram a lot in, so a lot of book material had to go, but it made up for it in giving almost every secondary character some great bits. Ralph Finnes was supurb. I think everyone will really enjoy it.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Reid on November 18, 2005, 04:28 PM
Planning to see it sunday with my friend.  :)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on November 18, 2005, 04:31 PM
Due to some schedule conflicts, I won't get to see this one until Sunday.   :(

It should be a good one though from everything I'm reading/hearing.   :)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth Kenobi on November 18, 2005, 05:08 PM
I just got back from seeing it.  I enjoyed the movie and thought that they did a good job with it. I hadn't seen the cast list in a while  and didn;t know who played Verdomnt until I saw the end credits.  I thought Raplh FInnes was good with the character.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: jadesfire on November 19, 2005, 08:28 PM
Going to experience it tomorrow at noon at the IMAX theatre in Columbus.  Never been to an IMAX movie before so I am looking forward to it.  Everyone has said this is the way to go so......  :)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on November 19, 2005, 09:11 PM
I'm hoping to see it on Tuesday.  A friend of mine and I are trying to get a point in our schedules that will work and that looks like the window of opportunity.

Odd though...this is the first one I haven't seen on opening day! :-\
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: DarthAcroyear on November 20, 2005, 04:46 PM
Please bear with me as I have to explain a couple small details about myself before I comment on this movie.

First and foremost, I'm not a Harry Potter fan. I've tried to read a couple of the books but I just couldn't make it through a single one as I found them to be a bit simple and kind of uninspiring for my taste but I understand that's just me and I think no ill thoughts of anyone who enjoys them.

Now then, about the movies. I've seen all of them at least once because of a female with whom I am rather fond. The first two weren't too bad I shall admit. A bit predictable and not overly complex or deep but by no means a waste of my time or money to see but once. The third film on the other hand I thought was just dreadful (as did the female fan who asked me to see it with her. You see it was her favorite "Potter" book and she thought the director ruined it and was kind enough to explain how and why she thought that after the movie was over.) and filled with great many unexplained who, what, where, when, and whys(Which my female friend was kind enough to tell me about as they were things in the book but not on the screen and a big reason for her dislike for said film.) . Plus it looked to me liked it was done by a man who wants very badly to be Tim Burton and just isn't, for both very little good and in this case very much ill, and who didn't even bother to watch the first two movies let alone find out who the characters are, how they behave and where the bloody story even takes place. What a waste of my time and money. I will say that it was not as bad as "The Incredible Hulk" movie or the "40 Year Old Virgin" but still no where near as good as the first two movies which I thought were really just "OK" at best to begin with.

So now we come to this latest film and what can I say, I liked it. I really, really like it. In fact, I would like to see it again and what's more, I would be happy to buy it on DVD once it's released. This was the first and only Harry Potter movie that I wanted to see on my own after viewing a couple of the trailers and believe it or not, I was the one to ask a certain female to go see it at the Midnight show Thursday night/Friday morning. Needless to say she was rather surprised and pleased by this turn of events and was quite kind to me later on that morning. ;)  Oh yes, she rather enjoyed the movie as well.   8)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on November 20, 2005, 06:36 PM
I'm going to have to disagree with you about the third one. Azkaban is superior to the first two in almost every way filmatically. It's agruably my favorate (not to dis the latest which is outstanding.)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Reid on November 20, 2005, 07:50 PM
Just saw this, and its pretty good. Better then the first 3 IMO.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on November 21, 2005, 09:43 AM
We went and saw it Saturday, and really, really enjoyed it as well.  I think it might be my favorite of the films so far, and I've liked them all.  It has really become on of our favorite "franchises" to watch on DVD at home too, and I hope the movies continue to do well.  Hopefully they can get some more done before the kids get too old, because it would be hard to imagine others in these roles at this point.  Definitely a much "darker" movie than the previous 3, as has been said.  Great movie I thought though.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on November 21, 2005, 10:03 AM
† Hopefully they can get some more done before the kids get too old, because it would be hard to imagine others in these roles at this point.†

They're scheduling the movies to keep them all near the right age. Phoenix is close to production, if it isn't already, and should be in theaters summer '07. By then, HBP should be in production for a winter '09 release.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Commander Cody on November 21, 2005, 11:30 AM
If movie audiences accepted Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker in high school, then they'll certainly accept these kids as 16 year olds.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on November 25, 2005, 10:39 AM
I wound up seeing Goblet again. Holds excellently a second time!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on November 25, 2005, 07:20 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and plan on seeing it again when the theater isn't so crowded.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 26, 2005, 09:34 AM
I'm not sure how it happened, but I have yet to see a single Harry Potter movie (and I'm way to lazy to read any of the books).  Needless to say, I'm a little out of touch with the Potter craze.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on November 29, 2005, 06:28 PM
I went and saw it for a second time today.  Extra bonus was I was one of only three people in the theater!

Anyway, I enjoyed it yet again, and I'm amazed at how well the acting is in these films.  These kids really have some talent.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on April 7, 2006, 12:38 PM
I'm sure everyone has heard by now, but just wanted to update:  Warner Brothers has announced that the fifth entry in the Harry Potter franchise is coming next summer.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be released on July 13, 2007.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on April 7, 2006, 11:34 PM
Wow, that's qute a ways away. The only benefit is that my older daugher might be mature enough to take with us then. I'm sure the sixth one will be finished production by then.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on April 8, 2006, 04:34 AM
I'm sure everyone has heard by now, but just wanted to update:  Warner Brothers has announced that the fifth entry in the Harry Potter franchise is coming next summer.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be released on July 13, 2007.

Book Seven may be out around that time as well, so if that holds up, 2007 could be a very big year for the franchise. . .

And some links, if anyone's interested:

More info on the Order of the Phoenix film at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_Phoenix_%28film%29)

Info on Book Seven at (you guessed it) Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter:_Book_Seven)


Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on June 27, 2006, 10:40 AM
 Rowling hints Harry Potter might die (http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/books/06/26/potter.deaths.ap/index.html?section=cnn_showbiz)

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LONDON, England (AP) -- Author J.K. Rowling said two characters will die in the last installment of her boy wizard series, and she hinted Harry Potter might not survive either.

"I have never been tempted to kill him off before the final because I've always planned seven books, and I want to finish on seven books," Rowling said Monday on TV in London.

Rowling declined to commit herself about Harry, saying she doesn't want to receive hate mail. (Watch what else Rowling said that suggests Harry will die -- 1:24)

"The last book is not finished. But I'm well into it now. I wrote the final chapter in something like 1990, so I've known exactly how the series is going to end," she said.

Some characters might die, but the blockbuster movie franchise lives on. Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that the fifth installment will be released in cinemas in July 2007.

In "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," directed by David Yates, the teenage Harry continues to battle the evil Lord Voldemort (again played by Ralph Fiennes) and his followers. Daniel Radcliffe is returning as the title character, and Emma Watson and Rupert Grint reprise their roles as Hermione and Ron. Oscar-nominated actress Imelda Staunton plays the malicious, frumpy Professor Dolores Umbridge, who tortures Harry.

In her Monday interview on the "Richard and Judy" show, Rowling said people are sometimes shocked to hear that she wrote the end of book seven before she had a publisher for the first book in the series.

"The final chapter is hidden away, although it's now changed very slightly. One character got a reprieve. But I have to say two die that I didn't intend to die," she said. "A price has to be paid. We are dealing with pure evil here. They don't target extras do they? They go for the main characters. Well, I do."

Rowling is the richest woman in Britain -- wealthier than even the queen -- with a fortune estimated by Forbes magazine last year at more than $1 billion.

Whatever she writes next, Rowling is sure of one thing: It won't be as successful as Harry Potter.

"I don't think I'm ever going to have anything like Harry again. You just get one like Harry."
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Mikey D on June 27, 2006, 11:10 AM
If I remember correctly, if Harry dies, then Voldemort lives (and vice versa).  Woulk Rowling be willing to go that far and have the bad guy win?  That would definitely be a change of pace from the cliched "the good guy always win".
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Neal on June 27, 2006, 12:48 PM
If I remember correctly, if Harry dies, then Voldemort lives (and vice versa).† Woulk Rowling be willing to go that far and have the bad guy win?† That would definitely be a change of pace from the cliched "the good guy always win".

I thought that for Voldemort to be fully destroyed, Harry had to die as well.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Deastron on June 27, 2006, 12:57 PM
SPOILER!!!










From what I've heard, 2 main characters will die in this book, one could possibly be Harry.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on June 27, 2006, 01:03 PM
SPOILER!!!










From what I've heard, 2 main characters will die in this book, one could possibly be Harry.

Thanks for the update.

Got a link?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Dr. Zoltar on June 27, 2006, 02:14 PM
I thought that for Voldemort to be fully destroyed, Harry had to die as well.

Yep, that's it.  In order for one to die the other has to as well.  Why?  I'm guessing he has part of Voldemor's soul in him (just like the diary did)...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Smartypants1635 on June 27, 2006, 02:35 PM
Zoltar, Doyou really think VOldemort would make Harry A horcrux?? That is part of his soul so if he kills harry another part of him is gone, His soul is precious to him, he wouldnt throw it away. Remember he has attempted to kill harry before, so that would be killing a horcrux. He wouldnt do that.

Rayne: the prophecy was like this.
"The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches...born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies...and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not...and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives...the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies..."

This is saying if they are both living, they will keep on fighting each other, And neither can live until the other dies. So Harry doesnt have to die to kill him but thats probably what will happen.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on June 27, 2006, 02:55 PM
With all the little kids that are so into the series, Rowling would have to have a huge set of these if she killed Harry off:

(http://img29.photobucket.com/albums/v87/matka/235-glengarry_glen_ross-01-fk.jpg)

It'd be like Lucas offing Luke in Jedi. 

It'd be interesting, but I say. . .  nah gah happen.

Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on June 27, 2006, 06:15 PM
Rowling has said before that the series is intended to mature with her audience, so the youngest children who started the series should be ready for the more complex and dark drama of the later books.

This is, though, placing responsibility on parents to make the call on what books their children are ready for.  I've had to do it already with the films...my five year old loves the first three, but will not see the Goblet of Fire for a few years yet.  Same with Revenge of the Sith.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Smartypants1635 on June 27, 2006, 11:11 PM
She said in her interview that 2 of the main characters will die, and 1 is spared.
The three main characters are of course Harry, Ron, and Hermione. 2 of then are going to get Pasty as Jar jar says. :'(

Adam
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Nicklab on June 28, 2006, 02:22 PM
Well, you would have to expect one of those major characters to be Voldemort, right?  And there's also the matter of Snape as well.  Not a minor character given the end of Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Smartypants1635 on June 28, 2006, 05:48 PM
True. At the end I was in denial, thinking he was doing it to keep his cover, now I'm not so sure.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Logray2776 on June 28, 2006, 11:37 PM
Hello folks,

 Figured I would come out of lurking and post for a change. I just recently got interested in the HP series, had the first 4 dvd's for a while now. Well I decided to watch them all while i was in between jobs, and well, I got completely hooked on it. So i went and bought the first six books, and within the span of two weeks I am about halfway done with the sixth book. I love the series, very good reads.


And looking forward to the new movie next year.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on June 28, 2006, 11:43 PM
True. At the end I was in denial, thinking he was doing it to keep his cover, now I'm not so sure.

Bah.

Snape's a good guy.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Smartypants1635 on June 29, 2006, 02:27 PM
LOL
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Dr. Zoltar on June 29, 2006, 05:55 PM
Zoltar, Doyou really think VOldemort would make Harry A horcrux??

Maybe, but not intentionally.  Maybe his soul has been so damaged from all the killing it just kind of happened.  He's the only wizard that has made more than one horcrux.

It was just a theory.  I was kind of wondering why Harry was being written as so moody and dark, and that JK made sure the reader knew that.  I think it was a foreshadowing of something bad.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on August 8, 2006, 11:24 AM
According to TVGuide.com - although we still have Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix coming up next July, Warner Brothers has also announced/booked Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince for November 21, 2008.  Two consecutive years with a HP movie, so that should be good.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on August 8, 2006, 11:44 AM
Zoltar, Doyou really think VOldemort would make Harry A horcrux??

Maybe, but not intentionally.† Maybe his soul has been so damaged from all the killing it just kind of happened.† He's the only wizard that has made more than one horcrux.

It was just a theory.† I was kind of wondering why Harry was being written as so moody and dark, and that JK made sure the reader knew that.† I think it was a foreshadowing of something bad.

That's actually a pretty good theory.  It fits with the prophecy and with what Dumbledore said about Harry having some of Voldemort's traits in Chamber of Secrets.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Dr. Zoltar on August 9, 2006, 03:42 PM
That's actually a pretty good theory.† It fits with the prophecy and with what Dumbledore said about Harry having some of Voldemort's traits in Chamber of Secrets.

Well I thank you.† I guess I have to wait until next year to see if my guess is correct.† But there has to be a reason why it was repeated over and over that Harry was fighting dark tendancies.† Also, remember in book 1 when the Sorting Hat said he'd do just as well in Slytherin?† But then we'd have an evil Harry Potter and the books wouldn't be as fun...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on September 14, 2006, 01:53 PM
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J.K. Rowling Challenges Airport Security
Sep 14, 9:17 AM EST

The Associated Press

LONDON -- British author J.K. Rowling says she won an argument with airport security officials in New York to carry the manuscript of the final "Harry Potter" book as carryon baggage.

Had security agents not relented, she said on her Web site, she might not have flown, she said in a posting dated Wednesday.

"I don't know what I would have done if they hadn't ó sailed home probably," she wrote.

The author had participated in a book reading for charity on Aug. 1 with fellow writers Stephen King and John Irving. Security was drastically tightened after Aug. 10 when British police said they had intercepted a plot to blow up U.S.-bound airliners.

"The heightened security restrictions on the airlines made the journey back from New York interesting, as I refused to be parted from the manuscript of book seven.

"A large part of it is handwritten and there was no copy of anything I had done while in the U.S."

Eventually, she added, "They let me take it on, thankfully, bound up in elastic bands."

Rowling said she was still considering two possible titles for the last of the boy wizard's adventures.

"I was quite happy with one of them until the other one struck me while I was taking a shower in New York," she wrote.

"They would both be appropriate, so I think I'll have to wait until I'm further into the book to decide which one works best."
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on September 14, 2006, 03:35 PM
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J.K. Rowling Challenges Airport Security

"I was quite happy with one of them until the other one struck me while I was taking a shower in New York," she wrote.



Harry Potter and the Massaging Shower Head?† † :o
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on September 14, 2006, 03:46 PM
Yeah, that was the most-curious part of the article to me, too.

It's easily the sexiest thing to happen the Potter series since the Vibrating Nimbus 2000 toy (http://www.seattleweekly.com/diversions/0237/arts-smallworld.php) from a few years ago.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth Slothus on September 14, 2006, 08:12 PM
Thanks for the curious article, Matt.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on September 14, 2006, 08:51 PM
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J.K. Rowling Challenges Airport Security

"I was quite happy with one of them until the other one struck me while I was taking a shower in New York," she wrote.



Harry Potter and the Massaging Shower Head?† † :o

Don't laugh, all my best idea's come to me in the shower. :-X
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on September 28, 2006, 10:39 AM
Order of Phoenix pics

http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1808475612/photo/stills
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Nicklab on September 28, 2006, 01:44 PM
I read online that Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) is having some reservations about whether or not to sign on for the last two movies in the series.  Read about it in this Newsweek article (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14973113/site/newsweek/).  It would really be tough to recast the role, IMO.  But the article does state that Daniel Radcliff (Harry Potter) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) have signed on for the remainder of the series.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Lady Jaye on October 6, 2006, 11:58 AM
I hope she comes back, I hope they all do! It'd be a perfect ending to a fabulous movie series. I loved the last one, replacing the first movie as my fave.

Oh and I don't know how much the discussion has gotten into Snape, but I believe he will be the one taking over Hogwarts at the end of the last book. He did what he had to do in order to save Draco from becoming evil like his father. As of now, Draco is simply following what the elder Malfoy has filled in his head!! I also think Harry has a good chance of dying in order to prevent Voldemort from having the slightest chance at returning cause I do think Harry is a Horcrux.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Nathan on November 16, 2006, 01:16 AM
OOTP teaser poster is out now (http://comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=17569).
(http://cheesebuerger.de/images/midi/konfus/a054.gif)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on November 20, 2006, 12:27 AM
A walkthrough (http://youtube.com/watch?v=f8C_LU7RzQ4) of the great hall and some other interesting sets is available on you tube.

and a very brief clip of the trailer is here (http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/videogallery/video/show/555)

Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: JediMAC on November 20, 2006, 04:11 AM
Your links are a bit wonky there, Richard.  I was going to edit them to remove JD's "form" portion of the URL that shouldn't be included there, but even deleting that piece didn't get them to work...  Maybe the HP big wigs had that stuff removed?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on November 20, 2006, 09:53 AM
thanks...i think i fixed it now.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: MetalJedi on November 20, 2006, 11:13 AM
Trailer looks good. Can't wait for the movie.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on November 20, 2006, 04:05 PM
Full teaser up now! (http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/videogallery/video/show/560)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Nicklab on November 20, 2006, 04:19 PM
Very cool!  I'm kind of curious about who that is in the mask.  Would Voldemort actually wear a mask?  I think I also spotted Bellatrix Lestrange.  It's also very cool to see Sirius Black back in the midst of things.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: MetalJedi on November 20, 2006, 08:06 PM
Even better! Can't wait till July.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on November 21, 2006, 07:10 AM
Wow, that was awesome.  I can't wait till the release a full trailer.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on November 29, 2006, 06:55 PM
For those that have the idea that Harry may be the unknown Horcrux, how do you think that happened? When? I remember Dumbledore said that making a person or animal a Horcrux was a bad idea and it's already assumed that Nanini is one.

Harry's had a crappy life, therefore the moodiness. Parents are dead, left to be maltreated by his magic-hating relatives, unwanted attention. The boys been through a lot in the short life he's lived. I don't think he's excited about life too much unless he's playing Quiddich or snogging Ginny.

I'm not shooting down your idea, but am interested in hearing more about why you think so.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on November 29, 2006, 08:35 PM
I'll take this on.

The theory comes from Chamber of Secrets, where Dumbledore talks about how Harry has some of the traits of Voldemort.  This happened when Voldemort tried to kill Harry that night and ended up transferring some of his power to him....ergo making him a horcrux, even if done by accident.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Lady Jaye on December 1, 2006, 07:23 AM
The creation of a horcrux requires an evil and violent act, murder being the most violent and unforgiveable act anyone can do. When he tried to kill the boy after murdering his parents, he wasn't able to because of the protection his mother gave him Harry by sacrificing herself. When the killing curse backfired, it left a piece of Voldemort in Harry, which is why Voldemort was weakened to near death.

Like Fury said, he left a piece of himself within Harry, including some of his traits, like being able to speak in Parseltongue, a trait not commonly found outside of Slytherin. Also it could be that Voldemort whet to the house all along to make Harry a Hrocruz, since it is believed that Harry himself is a decendant to Godric Gryffindor, and Voldemort used relics from each of the heads of the houses, ie Slytherin's locket, Hufflepuff's cup, and an unknown object of Ravenclaw's, which leaves Gryffindor's item!

Again just speculation. But it could be the huge shocker of Book 7, that Harry sacrifices himself so that Voldemort can never come back. I think it would be the only way to truly end this series. It leaves Ron and Hermione together as a couple, and the new leaders of Dumbledore's Army.

I think that Severus Snape becomes the new headmaster at Hogwarts, yes he becomes the new headmaster! What he did was to protect Draco, and Dumbledore knew this, he willingly sacrificed himself to protect Draco. Snape in fleeing continued to give hints to Potter on how to defeat Voldemort. I think he helps bring down Voldemort in book 7, and takes on the duties of headmaster!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Artoo on December 2, 2006, 09:51 PM
Wow, Jaye has posted here! :o


 ;)
I like the idea of Harry sacrifcing himself. But, I sorta hope Rowling dosen't have a screw you geeks with your happy ending! ending.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on December 3, 2006, 05:29 PM
Thanks Matt and Jaye. The whole transfer of Voldemorts power to Harry when he killed his parents could make sense. Perhaps we don't know the whole story... that V was weakened after his killing Lily, that Harry was the only thing for V to make a Horcrux. No one would think it, right?

And Lady Jaye, you mentioned that Harry might die because he is the final Horcrux could be right on. JK Rowling said that she wanted to make it so that no further books could be written about Harry once she is dead... kind of like how some modern-day authors carry on making sequels of novels from long-dead authors. I know it isn't really the ending I'd like to see because Harry is finally finding a family and love of his own in the Weaselys and Ginny, especially after the life he had lived. Besides, once Voldemort is gone, there could be other dark wizards in the future and Harry could teach others to be Aurors, kind of like the DA.

I also think that we don't know everything about Snape either. Rowling has always made Harry so sure Snape was bad, and Dumbledore sure in his innocence. In fact, Harry is usually so adamant that his direction is right that in the end he is far from the truth. Sure, we are made to think that Snape murdered Albus. Snape had to play the part of double agent, he had to make the promise to help Draco to his mother otherwise it would seem odd he wouldn't help Voldemort's cause. He probably told Dumbledore about this and Dumbledore told him if the time came Snape should carry out his part and kill him to maintain his part as a spy for the Order.

Anyway, I can't wait to see how it all plays out in the end. Supposedly, a lot of people die. I wonder who.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Lady Jaye on December 5, 2006, 08:09 AM
Exactly, Snape may come off as a mean, rude, and uncaring, but there's more to it than just that! He is there to push Potter! Potter unfortunately just sees the outer level, he doesn't see beneath the big picture. He wants Potter to be the best, cause IMO, he knows Potter might be the only one that can bring down Voldemort once and for all!! That's why he protected him from Prof. Quirrel in Socerer's Stone, why he pushes him and goads him in the rest of the films! It's not to belittle Harry, but to get the first burning to be the best! Just that one scene in the preview trailer proves my point!

Which, like I said in my previous post, Snape will become the new Headmaster of Hogwarts!! It won't be Minerva, she's getting on in years. There's no other professor that can handle the position. Snape was trusted completely by Dumbledore, and I bet he left something behind for Snape to carry out his last wish and take over as Headmaster!

Of course the school could be destroyed, but it will be rebuilt!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on December 5, 2006, 08:48 AM
Good theory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on December 5, 2006, 10:51 AM
Of course the school could be destroyed, but it will be rebuilt!

I was thinking the same thing, too. I could see the final mother-of-all battles between Harry and Voldemort taking place inside the castle and just obliterating it because the two adversaries consider Hogwarts their homes and it holds a special place in their hearts. It would make an ideal "trophy" for Voldemort.

Another thing that's left open is Wormtail. In Azkaban, Dumbledore told Harry that Wormtail owes Harry for saving his life from Lupin and Sirius and that wizards always pay back their debts. I wonder how Peter Pettigrew will do that... lunge in front of Voldemort's Avada Cadavera (sp?) spell to save Harry??
 
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Nicklab on December 5, 2006, 12:37 PM
Which, like I said in my previous post, Snape will become the new Headmaster of Hogwarts!! It won't be Minerva, she's getting on in years. There's no other professor that can handle the position. Snape was trusted completely by Dumbledore, and I bet he left something behind for Snape to carry out his last wish and take over as Headmaster!

After the way book 6 ended?  I find that highly unlikely.  I thought that Snape took off after he killed Dumbeldore.  I think that it's likely that if he's playing the double agent, then he'll see things through that he might get close to Voldemort for book 7.  And I can see Professor McGonagall taking over Hogwart's for that book.

The one thing that keeps coming back to me is Sirius Black.  Somehow I don't think he died in the Department of Mysteries.  I think he's going to be back in book 7.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on December 5, 2006, 03:58 PM
The one thing that keeps coming back to me is Sirius Black.  Somehow I don't think he died in the Department of Mysteries.  I think he's going to be back in book 7.

You know, that's one thing that always got me, too. Good ol' Beatrix zaps him (we don't know which spell it was) and he falls through that curtain where all those voices try to lure people, like Harry, and disappears. There really wasn't an explanation about what it was and what happens... we just assume it's bad and that Sirius is dead. I suppose it was a really nasty black magic item that the Dept. wanted kept from the world.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Smartypants1635 on December 5, 2006, 09:17 PM
Rowling said he is Dead, but that harry's mirror will play an important role :P. Thats from her website.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on December 6, 2006, 07:19 AM
Which, like I said in my previous post, Snape will become the new Headmaster of Hogwarts!! It won't be Minerva, she's getting on in years. There's no other professor that can handle the position. Snape was trusted completely by Dumbledore, and I bet he left something behind for Snape to carry out his last wish and take over as Headmaster!

After the way book 6 ended?  I find that highly unlikely.  I thought that Snape took off after he killed Dumbeldore.  I think that it's likely that if he's playing the double agent, then he'll see things through that he might get close to Voldemort for book 7.  And I can see Professor McGonagall taking over Hogwart's for that book.

The one thing that keeps coming back to me is Sirius Black.  Somehow I don't think he died in the Department of Mysteries.  I think he's going to be back in book 7.

Don't forget wizards have longer life spans than muggles.  McGonagall is supposed to be roughly half Dumbledore's age (75 and 150) and he was still pretty spry up until the end.

I'm sure Snape will turn out to be good at the end, but I hope it is more of a he is out for himself thing.  He will help Harry defeat Voldemort because Snape wants to be the next Dark Lord.  I think it would make more sense than Snape killing the most powerful wizard for the good side just to keep his cover with Voldemort.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Lady Jaye on December 7, 2006, 12:16 AM
Which, like I said in my previous post, Snape will become the new Headmaster of Hogwarts!!

After the way book 6 ended?  I find that highly unlikely.

No, he wasn't playing double agent, not IMHO. What he was doing was protecting Draco! If he hadn't of killed Dumbledore, Draco would not have either, which meant Draco would die at the hands of Voldemort! I think Dumbledore knew this.

And when he was escaping and Harry was giving chase, he continued to push Potter into learning what he needs to learn in order to beat Voldemort, namely casting spells without saying them out loud!! I mean it's all right there, his taunts on Harry not knowing how to cast spells silently, I forgot what the term is!

You know another shocker that I think may happen, this could be out of left field, but I think no matter if Harry lives or dies, Dudley Dursley will develop magical abilities!! :o Just one more prediction!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on December 7, 2006, 09:37 AM
Which, like I said in my previous post, Snape will become the new Headmaster of Hogwarts!!

After the way book 6 ended?  I find that highly unlikely.

No, he wasn't playing double agent, not IMHO. What he was doing was protecting Draco! If he hadn't of killed Dumbledore, Draco would not have either, which meant Draco would die at the hands of Voldemort! I think Dumbledore knew this.

And when he was escaping and Harry was giving chase, he continued to push Potter into learning what he needs to learn in order to beat Voldemort, namely casting spells without saying them out loud!! I mean it's all right there, his taunts on Harry not knowing how to cast spells silently, I forgot what the term is!

You know another shocker that I think may happen, this could be out of left field, but I think no matter if Harry lives or dies, Dudley Dursley will develop magical abilities!! :o Just one more prediction!
Another good theory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Although$  Can you name me one children's media series (be it Books, TV or Movies) where the hero has been killed off????  I can only think of Optimus Prime in the TF Movie%  Much like our own beloved sextilogy, there is so much potential money to be made off of this franchise, she risks alienating parents and kids everywhere by killing off the hero (thereby losing potential millions)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Killing Dumbledore was expected in fact I'm surprised it didn't happen a lot earlier...but killing the hero can't be done IMNSHO!#@$%^&!*(@)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Mikey D on December 7, 2006, 10:25 AM
I can only think of Optimus Prime in the TF Movie% 

And even then, he came back to life!!!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on December 7, 2006, 10:31 AM
I doubt she'll actually kill Harry, but I'll almost guarantee you that she'll you thinking that it's likely up until the last few pages.

On the snape thing...strictly from a literary standpoint, you don't to all the trouble and time of setting up a background such as the Unbreakable Vow if you don't intend to make use of it later.  I'm convinced that Snape had an unbreakable vow with Dumbledore to do whatever must be done to maintain his cover for the Order and possibly to protect Harry.  That puts Snape in double UV's  - one to protect Malfoy, and one to protect Harry and Dumbledore.  The only option on the table was to kill Dumbledore.

Great point, too, about Snape continuing to train Harry on the lawn of the castle.  Snape remains committed to Harry's development as a wizard.  It may be because of committments to the OoTP, or it may be something more magical -- Dumbledore continues to remind us that the most powerful magic is love, and I am convinced that Snape loved Lilly Potter.

Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on December 7, 2006, 12:11 PM
...and I am convinced that Snape loved Lilly Potter.

What if Harry's real father is Snape and not James Potter?!?!?!?!?!   :-X


Snape:  Dumbledore never told you what happened to your father.

Harry: He told me enough!  He told me Voldemort killed him.

Snape: No.  I am your father!


Or not...  :P
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on December 7, 2006, 03:53 PM
...and I am convinced that Snape loved Lilly Potter.

What if Harry's real father is Snape and not James Potter?!?!?!?!?!   :-X


Snape:  Dumbledore never told you what happened to your father.

Harry: He told me enough!  He told me Voldemort killed him.

Snape: No.  I am your father!


Or not...  :P


Lol...

Harry Potter: The Goth.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Lady Jaye on December 7, 2006, 08:08 PM
Another good theory!

Although  Can you name me one children's media series (be it Books, TV or Movies) where the hero has been killed off?  I can only think of Optimus Prime in the TF Movie%  Much like our own beloved sextilogy, there is so much potential money to be made off of this franchise, she risks alienating parents and kids everywhere by killing off the hero (thereby losing potential millions)! Killing Dumbledore was expected in fact I'm surprised it didn't happen a lot earlier...but killing the hero can't be done IMNSHO!#@$%^&!*(@)

Pointless and petty jabs aside, what does it matter if she alientates her fan base?? I mean this is the final book, and she will not revisit the character! Nor does she want anyone else to do the same!

I mean she has more money than the queen, she can retire forever and never publish another book and still never want for money. Plus she could cease productions of the entire Harry Potter series, and still not need money!! So either financially, proprietary wise, she can kill him off!!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on December 7, 2006, 08:19 PM
You didn't answer my question!!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Lady Jaye on December 7, 2006, 09:55 PM
Not that I can recall, but really it doesn't matter!! I think she has the gumption to do something so dramatic like killing off Harry! I think it would be one of the biggest shock endings for a book/movie ever! To kill off a hero like Potter!

But it seems so right, leaving Hermione and Ron together at last to take up the mantle, along with the rest of Dumbledore's Army. In fact, Harry might finally be at peace, he'll be with his mother and father, and of course Sirius as well. It might be the ending that will have Harry truly the happiest! I mean in the wizarding world, is one truly gone when they die? Harry could become the new guardian over Hogwarts, in fact they could name a new after him, Potter!! :o
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on December 7, 2006, 10:09 PM
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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Lady Jaye on December 8, 2006, 05:38 AM
Ahh yes, another quality comment that ads much to the discussion at hand, thanks Matty your contributions are priceless!

Anyone else that isn't holding these tired old grudges like these two have some opinions to the contrary?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on December 8, 2006, 07:20 AM
I think an unbreakable vow with Dumbledore is out of the question.  Dumbledores very nature is that he is/was very trusting.  I can't see any circumstance where he would put someone in a position to keep a promise or die.

With Snape, Rowling always makes us think incorrectly about him.  In the first book, it looked like he was after the stone, but turns out to be good instead.  In GoF it looks like he and Karkarov may be up to no good, but it wasn't the case.

His training Harry while fleeing the school may be more misdirection, espicially if he is playing both sides.  However, I think Rowling is writing him to be good, probably due to the fact he was in love with Lily and he can't forgive Voldemort for killing her.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on December 8, 2006, 10:31 AM
Ahh yes, another quality comment that ads much to the discussion at hand, thanks Matty your contributions are priceless!

Only the best for you, Bertha.

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Anyone else that isn't holding these tired old grudges like these two have some opinions to the contrary?

Stop ass-raping the exclamation point like it's going out of style, and I'll stop making fun of you about it.  How'd that be?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth Slothus on December 8, 2006, 11:28 AM
How about this then

Harry Potter sacrificing all of his magic power and ability for some unforeseen reason in the movie...and some stupid-made-up rule about 'once you do this, you can never get the power back...'

This way, you could in a sense, kill him off in a different way.

and Jeff...I laughed at your humor but, honestly, I've thought of that several times..what if Snape WAS Potters' dad? How would that change things/help move the plot of the next book/film?

I mean, what if the lil punk was Snapes' kid and he gave him up for adoption?
Or...what if Snape knocked Harry's mom up before she got married to Harry's dad? Hmmmm

The DS
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on December 8, 2006, 01:07 PM


Stop ass-raping the exclamation point like it's going out of style, and I'll stop making fun of you about it.  How'd that be?

Jake: Well, maybe I don't use my exclamation points as haphazardly as you do.

Elaine: You don't think that someone having a baby warrants an exclamation point.

Jake: Hey, I just chalked down the message. I didn't know I was required to capture the mood of each caller.

Elaine: I just thought you would be a little more excited about a friend of mine having a baby.

Jake: Ok, I'm excited. I just don't happen to like exclamation points.

Elaine: Well, you know Jake, you should learn to use them. Like the way I'm talking right now, I would put an exclamation points at the end of all these sentences! On this one! And on that one!

Jake: Well, you can put one on this one: I'm leaving!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on December 8, 2006, 04:13 PM
They've made too many comments on how Harry looks like James Potter (except his eyes...he has his mother's eyes), for him to be Snape's kid.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth Slothus on December 8, 2006, 04:44 PM
True, I overlooked that
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Lady Jaye on December 8, 2006, 06:07 PM
How about this then Harry Potter sacrificing all of his magic power and ability for some unforeseen reason in the movie...and some stupid-made-up rule about 'once you do this, you can never get the power back.This way, you could in a sense, kill him off in a different way.

Hey, not bad!! I can see it working in everyone's favor. She makes it so it would be hard to bring back her character, but there is always that chance if he's alive! And she does it in a way that the fans will still have Harry in their lives! ;) But if Harry is a Horcrux, there will always be a chance for he who must not be named ti return!!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on December 8, 2006, 06:38 PM
But if Harry is a Horcrux, there will always be a chance for he who must not be named ti return!!

Maybe Hermione figures out a way to rid Harry of being a Horcrux at the cost of Harry losing his powers. Though without his magic, Harry is still an excellent Seeker and goes professional, becoming the Wizrding worlds best Seeker ever without any magical powers. That would still make Harry happy and still keep him in the Magical community.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth Slothus on December 8, 2006, 07:40 PM
I like that EXCEPT..how could he be a world class seeker and ride the broom without magic ability?!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on December 9, 2006, 09:09 AM
I like that EXCEPT..how could he be a world class seeker and ride the broom without magic ability?!

Not sure, but maybe it's something that comes naturally to him... kind of like riding a bicycle, he's had the training so he'll never forget it. I don't recall if Rowling said that only the magically-inclined can ride brooms, it's just assumed so. Maybe it's not the case. Muggles don't consider it since it's all bad, pagan and make-believe.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Lady Jaye on December 9, 2006, 12:00 PM
I think that's just it! To end the story of Harry Potter, which the entire series is on, he either has to die, or as was suggested, his powers have to go! There's never been any mention if a wizard could lose their powers indefinately or not, at least not that I've seen or read. If he does lose them, it'd be a great way for Harry Potter to go on with his life, sadder without his powers, but alive! We'll see I guess!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on December 9, 2006, 05:27 PM
There's never been any mention if a wizard could lose their powers indefinately or not, at least not that I've seen or read. If he does lose them, it'd be a great way for Harry Potter to go on with his life, sadder without his powers, but alive! We'll see I guess!

I highlighted "indefinately" because maybe Rowling will pull an X3 ala Magneto... whose powers seem to slowly recover at the end. Of course, Magneto is one powerful mutant like Harry is a wizard.

I can't wait to read the final book... hopefully he doesn't buy it in the end, but that's not for me to decide.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Sprry75 on December 9, 2006, 09:33 PM
She's not going to kill Harry; that's a stupid idea.

Even though the titles have grown progressively "darker," it's still a series of children's books.  No author is going to have a main character with whom kids have identified get killed...no matter what a bunch of adult-aged adolescents think.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth Slothus on December 10, 2006, 04:02 AM
...no matter what a bunch of adult-aged adolescents think.


OK then? :-\
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Artoo on December 10, 2006, 04:48 PM
HP isn't really childrens books anymore, with GOF it's really turning into adult books (the same class SW novels are in). Of course kids read them anyway, Lucas killed off Obi-Wan, Yoda & the ever-so popular(kids & adults alike) Boba(not really but kids don't know that unless they read the bigger books) & Jango Fett, why shouldn't J.K. kill Harry. I agree with Jaye he would be the happiest he's ever been. I also think she shouldn't kill off Ron or Hermione. They should have a happy ending.

I'm glad Jaye is leading this discussion. :) It's what giving us a long discussion about HP.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Sprry75 on December 12, 2006, 07:57 AM
HP isn't really childrens books anymore, with GOF it's really turning into adult books (the same class SW novels are in). Of course kids read them anyway, Lucas killed off Obi-Wan, Yoda & the ever-so popular(kids & adults alike) Boba(not really but kids don't know that unless they read the bigger books) & Jango Fett, why shouldn't J.K. kill Harry. I agree with Jaye he would be the happiest he's ever been. I also think she shouldn't kill off Ron or Hermione. They should have a happy ending.

I'm glad Jaye is leading this discussion. :) It's what giving us a long discussion about HP.

Um...okay...if by your standards, Star Wars novels are "adult" reading, then I guess Harry Potter is, too.  And so are the Ramona Quimby books, Stuart Little, R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps" series, and Superfudge.

Color me convinced...especially considering that E.B. White killed of Charlotte in "Charlotte's Web."
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on December 12, 2006, 09:40 AM


Color me convinced...especially considering that E.B. White killed of Charlotte in "Charlotte's Web."

Don't forget Old Yeller.  And Ol' Dan and Li'l Ann from Where the Red Fern Grows.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on December 12, 2006, 10:52 AM
HP isn't really childrens books anymore...

I think what Artoo means, and I've heard this from different sources, that HP books started off as kids books but as Harry aged, the tone of the books got more darker. Dealing with pre-adult issues. So while their not really the tone of childrens books anymore, they're not necessarily an adult book either... I'd say in the teens.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth Slothus on December 12, 2006, 04:18 PM
The series ends when Harry becomes a wraith to work at Azkeban forever :-*
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on December 13, 2006, 02:45 PM


Don't forget Old Yeller. 

Thanks for bringing that one up... I'd almost recovered  ;)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Lady Jaye on December 13, 2006, 06:19 PM
Anyhow, contrary to what Sprry said, there's always a possibility!! What others have done has no consequences! She is not an author in the traditional sense. I doubt she cares what others have done, she's only doing what's right for her characters! Since both his parents, Sirius, and Dumbledore are dead, it might be best for him to be at peace and join them! Sure he would leave behind Hermione and Ron, but them being together finally could comfort each other!

Again this is just an idea, a possible scenario. What would be stupid is too shoot others ideas down, just because you don't agree with them, that's stupid!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on December 13, 2006, 09:53 PM
Again this is just an idea, a possible scenario. What would be stupid is too shoot others ideas down, just because you don't agree with them, that's stupid!

I think it's fun to try and speculate about these possible scenarios (no matter how outrageous) and not get serious about it.  ;D JK Rowling will be the final say as to Harry's fate.  ;)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on December 13, 2006, 10:46 PM
[obscure reference that only perhaps Virex may understand]I think Voldemort is going to fly a broom in to Hogwarts and blow the entire place up[/obscure reference that only perhaps Virex may understand]
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Sprry75 on December 13, 2006, 11:09 PM
Anyhow, contrary to what Sprry said, there's always a possibility!! What others have done has no consequences! She is not an author in the traditional sense. I doubt she cares what others have done, she's only doing what's right for her characters! Since both his parents, Sirius, and Dumbledore are dead, it might be best for him to be at peace and join them! Sure he would leave behind Hermione and Ron, but them being together finally could comfort each other!

Again this is just an idea, a possible scenario. What would be stupid is too shoot others ideas down, just because you don't agree with them, that's stupid!

No, that's being hyper-critical.  Stupid is abusing punctuation marks.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Rob on December 13, 2006, 11:11 PM
Anyhow, contrary to what Sprry said, there's always a possibility!! What others have done has no consequences! She is not an author in the traditional sense. I doubt she cares what others have done, she's only doing what's right for her characters! Since both his parents, Sirius, and Dumbledore are dead, it might be best for him to be at peace and join them! Sure he would leave behind Hermione and Ron, but them being together finally could comfort each other!

Again this is just an idea, a possible scenario. What would be stupid is too shoot others ideas down, just because you don't agree with them, that's stupid!

Wait a minute, Dumbledore is dead?!!!!! 



****
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Nicklab on December 13, 2006, 11:18 PM
What, you didn't read book 6 yet?  ;D
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Rob on December 14, 2006, 09:52 AM
Regardless,  I could totally see her killing off Potter.  Maybe she won't because it would upset the kids, but I think she might just to put any doubt to rest that the series is caput.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on December 14, 2006, 11:00 PM
[obscure reference that only perhaps Virex may understand]I think Voldemort is going to fly a broom in to Hogwarts and blow the entire place up[/obscure reference that only perhaps Virex may understand]

That's about as likely as Darth Maul kamikaze'ing into the Jedi Temple and killing all the Jedi except for Ben and Yoda, who are down in the Jedi Temple Basement.

(Good?)

---

I may actually have to agree with Crazy Punctuation Lady here--it would take a huge sack to do it, but I could also see Rowling offing our hero, just to prevent the bastardization of him by lesser authors and money-grubbing publishers later on.  I'd rather see him dead than see Harry Potter: The Enchanted Universe, for example. . .








P.S. Snape's still a good guy (and the best character in the whole series).
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jesse James on December 15, 2006, 10:36 PM
Gah, it'd be as hacky as killing off Chewbacca to boost sales.  Typical these days.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on December 16, 2006, 09:34 AM
OT, kind of a spoiler for Pan's Labyrinth but related to the discussion....







If anyone wants to know what it feels like to watch a main kid character get kill off in a fantasy film, go see Pan's Labyrinth.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Artoo on December 17, 2006, 08:29 PM
HP isn't really childrens books anymore, with GOF it's really turning into adult books (the same class SW novels are in). Of course kids read them anyway, Lucas killed off Obi-Wan, Yoda & the ever-so popular(kids & adults alike) Boba(not really but kids don't know that unless they read the bigger books) & Jango Fett, why shouldn't J.K. kill Harry. I agree with Jaye he would be the happiest he's ever been. I also think she shouldn't kill off Ron or Hermione. They should have a happy ending.

I'm glad Jaye is leading this discussion. :) It's what giving us a long discussion about HP.

Um...okay...if by your standards, Star Wars novels are "adult" reading, then I guess Harry Potter is, too.  And so are the Ramona Quimby books, Stuart Little, R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps" series, and Superfudge.

Color me convinced...especially considering that E.B. White killed of Charlotte in "Charlotte's Web."
I sorta meant dark-ish books, HP has become dark & all the new SW books are dark (Legacy, Yuuzhan Vong, etc...). Plus Chewbacca was squished by a frickin' planet, Charlotte died of old age.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on December 21, 2006, 12:27 PM
Looks like the title for book seven has been released. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061221/ap_en_ce/books_potter_title)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on December 21, 2006, 08:49 PM
Looks like the title for book seven has been released. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061221/ap_en_ce/books_potter_title)

Sweet!! That's a fun little hunt to get to the game!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Lady Jaye on December 28, 2006, 11:31 AM
Gah, it'd be as hacky as killing off Chewbacca to boost sales.  Typical these days.

Like Harry Potter needs a boost in sales! ::) If the books weren't selling and there would be a new series afterwards, then it could be a possible motive for killing him off, but that's nowhere near the reason!

Anyhow a nice lil article titled, Who will kill Harry Potter? (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/955496.cms) can be read! I think they are in Harry's going to die camp as well!! And they acknoledge that he could be a Horcrux as well!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Nicklab on December 28, 2006, 12:24 PM
So the gamblers are getting in on the act, huh?  Nice to know that something for kids and the youthful like Harry Potter is now fodder for the degenerate gamblers of the UK.  Oh, and LJ, you really need to lay off the exclamation points.  Seriously.  It's just a step short of writing everything in caps.  ;D
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Sprry75 on December 28, 2006, 10:03 PM
Just be glad she's only using one per sentence.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Dr. Zoltar on January 9, 2007, 07:16 PM
I thought that for Voldemort to be fully destroyed, Harry had to die as well.

Yep, that's it.  In order for one to die the other has to as well.  Why?  I'm guessing he has part of Voldemor's soul in him (just like the diary did)...

**AHEM**

 ;D
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on January 9, 2007, 11:13 PM
Unless this is further explained in THBP (which I am only a 1/4 through) The Prophecy says...Either must die at the hand of the other and neither can live while the other survives. 

Harry then asks Dumbledore:

"so does that mean that...that one of us has got to kill the other one...in the end?"

Dumbledore says:

"Yes"

So...again if there is something in Half Blood Prince that I'm forgetting, either Harry or Voldemort has to die and I don't think its going to be Harry.  Although...I have been known to make mistakes, from time to time
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Artoo on January 15, 2007, 02:46 AM
That would suck if Voldermort survives with no one to stop him.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jediknight760071 on January 15, 2007, 05:54 AM
I thought that for Voldemort to be fully destroyed, Harry had to die as well.

Yep, that's it.  In order for one to die the other has to as well.  Why?  I'm guessing he has part of Voldemor's soul in him (just like the diary did)...

**AHEM**

 ;D

Wait, I saw Dragonheart...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on January 17, 2007, 09:37 AM
Alright I just finished Half Blood Prince there is no mention of there being any other interpretation of the prophecy I wrote down above...

Harry or Voldemort will kill the other one...you really think she's going to have Voldemort kill Harry?

Here's my take

Harry kills Voldemort...then he kisses Ginny and then...the end

I do agree Snape will help Harry in the end, he had to kill Dumbledore because of the Unbrakeable Vow, Dumbledore was at the end of his rope anyway after his two run ins with the real and fake Horcrux
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on January 17, 2007, 10:22 AM
Here's what I think...

Voldemort will kill Harry.

Longbottom will kill Voldemort.   
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on January 17, 2007, 10:36 AM
Then...

Draco will kill Longbottom.

Hermione will kill Draco.

Lucius will kill Hermione.

Snape will kill Lucius.

Ron will say "Bloody Hell".

The End.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on January 17, 2007, 10:55 AM
Longbottom's gonna face Bellatrix and take her down for what she did to his parents.
Harry will defeat Voldemort and being a Horcrux, Snape will figure out how to rid a Horcrux from a person and somehow let Harry know (maybe Snape does this himself). Snape also might feel he owes Harry as he was in love with Lily and feels responsible for her and Harry's dads death.
Draco is probably dead, unless Harry saves him. He failed in his mission and being that Voldemort isn't kind to failure would probably kill him to send a message to the Malfoys... which could turn those Death Eaters to the good side.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Dr. Zoltar on January 17, 2007, 02:47 PM
Here's what I think...

Voldemort will kill Harry.

Longbottom will kill Voldemort.   

Word.  We already know that Longbottom has an important role to play in the finale.  I do think this is how it will play out.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on January 17, 2007, 02:54 PM
Nope...Dumbledore has already said the prophecy does not apply to Longbottom, Harry asked more than once
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Dr. Zoltar on January 17, 2007, 03:18 PM
Agreed.  But Rowling's has mentioned that Longbottom does have a role to play in the final book.  Personally I think he becomes the DADA teacher upon graduation.  She has already stated that one of the students will become a teacher at the end of the 7th book.  I think it will be him.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on January 17, 2007, 03:47 PM
Nope...Dumbledore has already said the prophecy does not apply to Longbottom, Harry asked more than once

Quote
Either must die at the hand of the other and neither can live while the other survives.

Once Harry's dead, though, the prophecy is fulfilled and - as i would interpret it - anyone could then kill Voldemort.  It's been established that Harry doesn't have the anger in him to successfully pull off a Avara Kadvara....I think Longbottom may...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on January 17, 2007, 04:16 PM
Here's the whole thing:

"The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches... born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies... and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not... and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives... the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies..."

I'd say it means that "one" person will have the power to kill Voldemort, not "two" the prophecy, as has already been stated, does not apply to Neville due to the fact that Harry was marked (chosen) as his equal (his scar). 

So you can say the prophecy isn't true and that it won't happen that way but I don't see the point of having a prophecy to begin with if its not going to play out that way
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on February 1, 2007, 09:31 AM
Harry Potter's not gonna not die on Saturday, July 21st. (http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/news_view.cfm?id=97)

(So they're not gonna capitalize on the very obvious, yet still very cool, date of 7-7-07?  That just seemed like a natural.  Oh well.)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Mikey D on February 1, 2007, 09:36 AM
Harry Potter's gonna die on Saturday, July 21st. (http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/news_view.cfm?id=97)


Spoiler tags, damnit  >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on February 1, 2007, 09:45 AM
Whoops!

Better now?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Mikey D on February 1, 2007, 10:00 AM
Absolutely.

Maybe I should change my post to reflect the change.  Don't want to spoil it for anyone else.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on March 22, 2007, 01:37 PM
Final Potter book: 784 'green' pages (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/books/03/20/books.greenpotter.ap/index.html)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on March 22, 2007, 05:18 PM
Great....so a portion of this book MAY contain paper that Colman used to wipe his ass.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on March 22, 2007, 05:25 PM
Great....so a portion of this book MAY contain paper that Colman used to wipe his ass.



spoiler tags, dammit!!!!!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on March 28, 2007, 11:26 AM
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/0545010225.01._SS400_SCLZZZZZZZ_V24642110_.jpg)

(http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/0545010225.01.IN01._SS400_SCLZZZZZZZ_V24642110_.jpg)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on March 28, 2007, 04:00 PM
Thanks, Matt. Neat cover. It'll be nice to see the back as well since there are some clues in the covers, I've noticed.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on March 28, 2007, 04:26 PM
I think we're looking at the back in image two.

think of it as the dust jacket laid flat.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on March 28, 2007, 04:39 PM
(http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/0545010225.01.IN01._SS400_SCLZZZZZZZ_V24642110_.jpg)

So, if I'm reading that image correctly, it looks like Book 7 ends with Harry and Voldemort staging a summer concert-in-the-park together...  ???


Either that, or maybe Harry and Voldie end up going on tour together...

"HELLO LONDON!  I'm Harry Potter and we are... The Deathly Hallows!"  *cue rock music*
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on March 28, 2007, 06:38 PM
I think we're looking at the back in image two.

think of it as the dust jacket laid flat.

Err, I guess I just didn't scroll down far enough.  :-\  ;D Too excited seeing the cover, I guess.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on March 28, 2007, 09:58 PM
um....it would seem that the picture has changed....
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on March 30, 2007, 02:12 AM
Found some bigger, better, new, and clickable pics:

(http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/9936/book7coverusfullmj2.jpg) (http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/6573/book7coverusfullpg7.jpg)

(http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/2929/book7coverukfullgr5.jpg) (http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/2333/book7coverukfullla1.jpg)

(http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/6886/book7coverukadultfullaa6.jpg) (http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/4342/book7coverukadultfulliz8.jpg)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on March 30, 2007, 07:20 AM
Wow, Ron finally gets rich.

I think this will be a really good book.  I like the little bit of preview that we get to read on the British covers.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Artoo on March 31, 2007, 12:35 PM
So Harry is now a treasure hunter like Indy Jones? :P
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: TheBlackDog65 on April 5, 2007, 12:31 PM
So Harry is now a treasure hunter like Indy Jones? :P

No, that is all the loot from touring with Lord V. and the Deathly Hallows.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on April 24, 2007, 09:46 AM
International Trailer (http://video.aol.co.uk/video-film/1891890) for Order of the Phoenix, looks pretty good.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on April 24, 2007, 11:22 AM
clearly, i need to re-read that.  Lot's going on in that trailer that I don't remember from the book.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on April 24, 2007, 12:16 PM
Another new (exclusive) trailer has shown up at Yahoo Movies (http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/harrypotterandtheorderofthephoenix.html).  Its a bit longer, and with even more scenes than the previous.  Definitely looking forward to seeing this.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Artoo on April 24, 2007, 07:05 PM
I hope John Williams comes back to do the music in the last 2 HP movies. GOTF didn't really feel like a HP movie without his score.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: evenflow on April 25, 2007, 08:49 AM
Do you think the actors will agree to make the last 2 movies? I remember hearing that they didnt want to do this one.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on April 25, 2007, 08:57 AM
I'm pretty sure they're all confirmed on Half Blood Prince  except for maybe emma watson.  She wasn't so much holding out as just not committing in the press yet.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on April 25, 2007, 09:00 AM
Did some checking after that post..

They're all in for both (http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2007/23/c6173.html)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: evenflow on April 25, 2007, 01:18 PM
Thats cool to hear, its nice to see them all stick around and to finsih all the movies. It will make a cool box set once its out on DVD.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on April 26, 2007, 07:16 AM
Another new (exclusive) trailer has shown up at Yahoo Movies (http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/harrypotterandtheorderofthephoenix.html).  Its a bit longer, and with even more scenes than the previous.  Definitely looking forward to seeing this.

This looks like it will definately be the best movie yet.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Taminar on May 3, 2007, 12:47 AM
It's so tough to translate these books to screen because they're so long. I've read all the books, so far, but my husband hasn't. I know what's going on when I'm watching and sometimes he doesn't.  I wish they could make mini-series and put everything on screen.

Can't wait for the next book!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on May 31, 2007, 10:29 AM
Harry Potter Theme Park on the way. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070531/people_nm/arts_potter_dc) It sounds like it could be pretty neat, and is scheduled to open in 2009.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Artoo on June 4, 2007, 09:39 PM
It could be cool, it depends if Harry survives book 7.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on June 5, 2007, 08:46 AM
the Southern Baptists are going to descend on orlando like a righteous whirlwind.   We can only hope that this wizard theme park opens on the same weekend as Disneyworld's gay days.


On a different note, is anyone else bothered that all we ever got was Star Tours?  Where's my Star Wars theme park!!!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on June 5, 2007, 09:32 AM
Quote
On a different note, is anyone else bothered that all we ever got was Star Tours?  Where's my Star Wars theme park!!!

You know, that's the first thing I thought of when I read this as well - and a friend of mine and I discussed this awhile back as well.  Just think what kind of rides and attractions you could do with a Star Wars theme park.  Heck, I'd be happy to just walk/sit in a recreated Falcon cockpit and interior.  A trench run ride or something - there's all kind of ideas you could come up with.  Oh well, back on topic now :P.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth Slothus on June 5, 2007, 10:40 AM
the Southern Baptists are going to descend on orlando like a righteous whirlwind.   We can only hope that this wizard theme park opens on the same weekend as Disneyworld's gay days.


On a different note, is anyone else bothered that all we ever got was Star Tours?  Where's my Star Wars theme park!!!

Great idea! No doubt about it...we could have themed rides like mill falcon in asteroid field ...ATAT stomping over hoth..a roller coaster going into a tunnel/but the tunnel is a Sarlacc. It would be fun. It could be done. Why hasn't it yet?
Hmmm

DS
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Smartypants1635 on June 5, 2007, 04:46 PM
Hey even add in those Laser tag games from CIV. :P
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on July 3, 2007, 10:10 AM
HUGE BOOK SEVEN SPOILER!!!!!











SCROLL DOWN AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!!!!!!!!!









DON'T SAY I DIDN'T WARN YOU!!!!!!!!!!!











YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!!!!!


















(http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/5647/harrydracoor7.jpg)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on July 3, 2007, 11:58 AM
I knew it!   :-X
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Smartypants1635 on July 3, 2007, 12:01 PM
You did?? :o
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 3, 2007, 03:03 PM
I always figured Malfoy to be the bottom!

HP Book 8 - Brokeback Hogwarts!  :o
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on July 3, 2007, 03:50 PM
I always figured Malfoy to be the bottom!

Really? That looks like some spoon action to me.

I guess Malfoy knew where the final Horcrux was located after all.  :-*
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on July 5, 2007, 11:24 PM
Pfft...they totally stole that from LOTR

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/1-05/samfrodo.jpg)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on July 12, 2007, 09:39 AM
Saw Order of the Phoenix. If I could pick one word to critique it, it would be: Unbalanced.

There were a lot of things going for the movie. I loved that that everyone came back to do it. I loved a lot of bits that will spoil the movie if I mention them. I loved some of ways that the script deviates from the book, but the films biggest enemy is the uninspired direction. There were simply too many missed moments filmicly that really took away much of the wonder and magic that the reviews have mentioned.

As soon as I saw what a great job Alfonso Cuaron did with Azkaban, I thought he'd be perfect for Phoenix given the tone of the book. I really wish he had done it, though I think Newell would have done just as well.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Neal on July 12, 2007, 11:17 PM
$44,232,338 for its opening day.  Not bad.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on July 14, 2007, 01:09 AM
Saw it tonight.  Absolutely loved every last minute of it...I almost cried when Sirius died...and again when Harry exorcised Voldemort and he saw all of his friends and family...

Wondeful all around, the way they condensed the book in to the film worked on so many many levels that it was truly great.  There were Umbridge scenes in there that were exactly as I visioned them in my head while reading.

OOTP is my least favorite book of the the 6 so far but I think outside of the first movie, this is the best one of the bunch
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BillCable on July 14, 2007, 01:42 AM
Saw it tonight.  Absolutely loved every last minute of it...I almost cried when Sirius died...and again when Harry exorcised Voldemort and he saw all of his friends and family...

*****.

Quote from: OCB
Wondeful all around, the way they condensed the book in to the film worked on so many many levels that it was truly great.  There were Umbridge scenes in there that were exactly as I visioned them in my head while reading.

I enjoyed it thoroughly as well.  I have one question for you book readers.  The one thing the movie seemed to lack was some sort of closure between Harry and his girlfriend at the end.  He found out she was compelled to betray them via potion, so I guess we're left to assume they had some sort of reconciliation.  But it's not seen on screen.  Was there anything more in the book about it?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on July 14, 2007, 09:46 AM


I enjoyed it thoroughly as well.  I have one question for you book readers.  The one thing the movie seemed to lack was some sort of closure between Harry and his girlfriend at the end.  He found out she was compelled to betray them via potion, so I guess we're left to assume they had some sort of reconciliation.  But it's not seen on screen.  Was there anything more in the book about it?

Cho wasn't the snitch in the book, it was a minor character named Marietta. Regardless, that was a glaring loose end.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on July 14, 2007, 10:59 AM
I saw it last night too, and feel the same as OCB....they took the worst book of the series and managed to make it one of the best of the movies.   All of the Grawp scenes I hated in the book.  Hated them.  Utter wasted of time.  They actually made them engaging and drew a clearer line to the story line. 

Umbridge was fantastic.  Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix was brilliant, and once again Alan Rickman proves to be probably the most perfect casting choice in the history of print to film adaptions.

My only complaints would really just be on behalf of the non-book readers:  The movie needed to explained more about the Black family and more about the prophesy and the hall of mysteries.

Can't wait until this Saturday now when my copy of the Book 7 arrives! 
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Smartypants1635 on July 14, 2007, 06:10 PM


I enjoyed it thoroughly as well.  I have one question for you book readers.  The one thing the movie seemed to lack was some sort of closure between Harry and his girlfriend at the end.  He found out she was compelled to betray them via potion, so I guess we're left to assume they had some sort of reconciliation.  But it's not seen on screen.  Was there anything more in the book about it?

Cho wasn't the snitch in the book, it was a minor character named Marietta. Regardless, that was a glaring loose end.

On top of that, they never really continued the relationship in the book. It just kinda died after an argument they had.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on July 14, 2007, 09:15 PM
OOTP is my least favorite book of the the 6 so far but I think outside of the first movie, this is the best one of the bunch

I agree.  OotP is my least favorite, but I liked the movie.  It flowed well, they made some good cuts, and it moved the story along. 

The one problem that I did have was that they left out the hospital bit - I would have liked to see the Longbottoms and Gilderroy and whatnot.  I missed that scene and it took a lot away from the Longbottom characters to just get two lines from Neville about them.  :-\
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Smartypants1635 on July 14, 2007, 11:07 PM
OOTP is my least favorite book of the the 6 so far but I think outside of the first movie, this is the best one of the bunch

I agree.  OotP is my least favorite, but I liked the movie.  It flowed well, they made some good cuts, and it moved the story along. 

The one problem that I did have was that they left out the hospital bit - I would have liked to see the Longbottoms and Gilderroy and whatnot.  I missed that scene and it took a lot away from the Longbottom characters to just get two lines from Neville about them.  :-\

Especially when in the book, it was revealed That Voldemort marked harry as his equal, but it could have been either neville or harry. It adds alot more depth to the longbottom family, that was kinda big in the 6th book.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 15, 2007, 02:04 AM
Good points, but there's no way they could make these movies just like the novels; and let's face it, up until POA, these movies were the closest to their book counterparts in history!

I enjoy the books, and I enjoy the movies...I just know that there are going to be differences plotwise.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on July 15, 2007, 09:38 AM
I saw it again yesterday and have to admit I liked it better the second time. I would have loved to see the Lockhard scene myself, but as soon as I read the book (my favorate) I know that the meeting was going to get cut. :(
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: evenflow on July 15, 2007, 09:48 AM
Saw the movie last night and it was my least favorite so far. I thought it was boring and slow moving. I felt like nothing was really going on.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Reid on July 15, 2007, 07:51 PM
Saw OOTP today. Very good, on par with Goblet.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on July 18, 2007, 08:19 AM
I've started a thread in which to discuss Deathly Hallows once you are done reading...don't post any reactions, comments or anything else here as I don't want to see something wrecked ala the season ending episode of Lost

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows SPOILERS (http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=15682.0)

If you post spoilers here you're ass is grass :)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on July 18, 2007, 09:31 AM
I have to wait until my Wife is done reading TDH to start. Fortunately, she'll probably be done by the end of the day on Saturday.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: brian_peppers on July 18, 2007, 12:03 PM
I've read the book but i have'nt seen the movie my cousin's friend said it was TERRIBLE ;D
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 18, 2007, 12:37 PM
Your cousin's friend is wrong.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: brian_peppers on July 19, 2007, 05:04 PM
Your cousin's friend is wrong.
  Yeah he thought the goblet of fire wasn't worth seeing in theatres so he's an IZIOT
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Artoo on July 22, 2007, 11:27 PM
It wasn't as good as Azkaban or Chambers, but it was still good.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: JohnH on July 27, 2007, 12:21 PM
Saw it last night and thought it has the potential to be my favorite to date.  I really enjoyed the whole flick, but I had a couple of complaints.  it felt like they really rushed through everything.  It was barely over 2 hours, but given how much more they could have dipped in to some other characters and plots I think it should have been stretched out to at least 2 1/2 hours.  Even though I haven't read the book, I have a feeling they could have stretched it out that much more than not slowed the pace down a bit.  :)  I thought a few good characters (Luna, Tonks, LeStrange) were underutilized.  Honestly, I felt a lot of people were underutilized...it went so fast and there was so much going on, but yet I felt so many characters didn't do much.

Even though I have a few gripes it really didn't take away from my enjoyment of the movie.  The Voldemort/Dumbldore battle was fantastic...you'd kind of been waiting for a truly powerful match between equals after watching Harry (a rookie) go up against all the incarnations of Voldemort.  I also really liked seeing Harry step up and become a leader in Dumbldore's Army.  Nicely done.  And Delores Umbridge...I don't remember the last time I hated a character in a movie so much.  :)  Can't remember the actress's name but she did a fantastic job in that role.

John
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: brian_peppers on August 3, 2007, 03:16 PM
Saw it two days ago i thought its the middle movie behind goblet and chamber
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on August 6, 2007, 11:31 PM
Just a reminder, all posts on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows belong in the other thread:


I've started a thread in which to discuss Deathly Hallows once you are done reading...don't post any reactions, comments or anything else here as I don't want to see something wrecked ala the season ending episode of Lost

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows SPOILERS (http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=15682.0)

If you post spoilers here you're ass is grass :)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on August 7, 2007, 12:57 PM
I don't know if this has been covered already in here or not, but have you guys listened to any of the audiobooks at all?  I finished Book 7 last week and am entertaining the thought of going through the series again via the audiobooks.

I just can't figure out if I should listen to the Jim Dale (American) versions or the Stephen Fry (British) versions.

Anyone listened to both versions, and have an opinion one way or the other?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Dr. Zoltar on August 7, 2007, 01:06 PM
Oops.  Thanks for the move Jeff.  I guess my ass is grass now...

 ;D
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: jjks on August 7, 2007, 11:18 PM
Matt - The American versions are fantastic, and if you really are serious about picking them up, shoot me a PM. I'm sure I can get you a deal on them through my work.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on August 7, 2007, 11:57 PM
I don't know if this has been covered already in here or not, but have you guys listened to any of the audiobooks at all?  I finished Book 7 last week and am entertaining the thought of going through the series again via the audiobooks.

I just can't figure out if I should listen to the Jim Dale (American) versions or the Stephen Fry (British) versions.

Anyone listened to both versions, and have an opinion one way or the other?

The Audio Books are AMAZINGLY good.  Jim Dale does a great job with all the voices.  I've never heard the British version.  I've read and listened to all the books (well, haven't finished listening to Deathly Hallows yet).  I enjoy listening to them as much (if not more) than reading them.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on August 8, 2007, 10:24 AM
I think what I may do is "purchase" both versions of Book 1, see which one I like the best, and then go with that version for the rest of the series.

Matt - The American versions are fantastic, and if you really are serious about picking them up, shoot me a PM. I'm sure I can get you a deal on them through my work.

I think I'm good for now, but I do appreciate the offer.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on August 8, 2007, 11:14 PM
For what its worth, I got the American versions from my Library.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on December 17, 2007, 12:56 PM
WIZARD (http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/wizard/006745494.cfm) has the first still taken from the next HP movie, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

(http://wizarduniverse.com/_images_/006745/harrypotter6small.jpg)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on December 17, 2007, 02:04 PM
SPOILER WARNINGS, DAMMIT!!!!!


 ;D
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on December 17, 2007, 02:29 PM
Yeah, I hate it when I get to see the clothes Harry wears and the books he'll read and the door he comes in and the weather outside the place.  ;D

Actually, that's cool! I have yet to see OotP yet and they are working on 6! (I know they have to to keep the current actors in the roles). But it's amazing.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jayson on January 14, 2008, 09:26 AM
Deathy Hallows Double Feature?

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/35268
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on January 14, 2008, 10:56 AM
Hmm. That's interesting, but it goes against the concept of 7 being the magical number, plus all the movies are by year, too, so would it be year 7 and 7.5?

I can't see them doing it though, because there was so much left out of OotP that should have been there and stuff left in that wasn't too important and that realistically could have been a 2-parter. But we'll see. We've a few years to go before it hits the screens.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: evenflow on January 14, 2008, 12:08 PM
I see it just a way for them to make more money. Film the movies at the same time and then double the profit for ticket sales.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on January 14, 2008, 12:41 PM
Hasn't the "they are making the book into 2 movies" rumor happened for just about every HP movie since GoF?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on January 14, 2008, 07:53 PM
I don't care if it's two 2 hour movies or one 3.5 hour film.  My only concern is they cover all the important ground.  And they don't screw with the main characters and their motivations. 

In other words, I don't want to get to the end and have Ron marry Fleur because the powers that be didn't want to intro another character....or something equally stupid.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on February 21, 2008, 09:28 AM
Harry Potter off screen gossip (http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-News-Blog/Todays-News/Harry-Hermione-Hookup/800033670), poor Ron :).  From what I've been hearing/reading online, its sounding more and more like the final movie will be split into two movies.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on March 13, 2008, 08:54 AM
According to IGN/LA Times (http://movies.ign.com/articles/859/859172p1.html), the final book (Deathly Hallows) will indeed be split in two.  It was confirmed by producer David Heyman.  David Yates (Order of the Phoenix/Half Blood Prince) will direct the final movies as well, with Part 1 likely hitting in Nov. 2010 and Part 2 in May of 2011.  It sounds like they'll just be called "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II".  More info at the linky.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: evenflow on March 18, 2008, 12:40 PM
Not sure if anyone has seen this, but that is alot of money.

Amazon buys Tales of Beedle Bard (http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=gw_cto_rarebook?ie=UTF8&docId=1000179911&pf_rd_p=369140101&pf_rd_s=left-nav-2&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=507846&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0EWK152GFK0JSWTJXWT6)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on March 18, 2008, 07:32 PM
If I had $4 million just lying around I'd be tempted to have bid on it!  It's an incredible looking book, it's for a good cause, but not only that, I want to read the stories!

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on March 19, 2008, 07:29 AM
If I had $4 million just lying around I'd be tempted to have bid on it!  It's an incredible looking book, it's for a good cause, but not only that, I want to read the stories!

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I think JKR will eventually release this book in the same manner as the Beast and Quiddich books at some point.  She did retain publishing rights to the material.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on March 19, 2008, 05:08 PM

I think JKR will eventually release this book in the same manner as the Beast and Quiddich books at some point.  She did retain publishing rights to the material.

Not that she needs the money, but she'd be crazy not too.  Of course people would buy it.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on March 19, 2008, 07:41 PM
I'm assuming that the Tales will eventually be published but still, as a lover of books, that's an awesome edition.  Plus, as I said, it's for a good cause as well.

This thread also reminds me that I need to pick up Beasts and Quidditch and read them.  Haven't done that yet and since I'm currently looking for my next book to read, those might make good choices.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on March 25, 2008, 09:38 AM
Since the official announcement that Deathly Hallows was going to be split into two movies, I've read a lot of speculation on where they could "split" the book in two, to end the one movie and begin the next one.  Where do you think would be the best place to split the book in two?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on March 25, 2008, 09:51 AM
Well lets see. How many pages are there? Then divide by two.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on March 25, 2008, 10:27 AM
Where do you think would be the best place to split the book in two?

Off the top of my head?  I seem to remember two natural "breaks" in the middle...




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First, after the battle at Lovegood's house.  The trio just heard the Deathly Hallows story and there's a nice shootout.  If the cut was here, it'd end the first half with Hermione, Harry, and Ron popping out of the exploding house.  Nice cliffhanger...

Or, after the battle at Malfoy's.  The battle there would also be a nice break and you could end the movie on a down note with the death of Dobby.  Sort of gives it that "hopelessness" for the main characters a la ESB. 
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on March 25, 2008, 10:56 AM
Those are the two points I thought of as well Jeff - and had the same thoughts as you regarding your second option (the whole ending on a down note a la ESB).
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on March 27, 2008, 09:34 PM
I think Jeff nailed it.  Both are logical places to split.  I could see either of them being used.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on July 7, 2008, 10:06 AM
IGN (http://media.movies.ign.com/media/040/040311/imgs_1.html) has a few new pics up from Half Blood Prince, hopefully a trailer will be released before too long (I'm thinking maybe with Dark Knight).
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on July 30, 2008, 11:04 AM
Half Blood Prince (http://www.moviefone.com/movie/harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince/27063/main) teaser trailer is now up at Moviefone.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on July 30, 2008, 11:35 AM
Nice.  I can't wait for that film.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Nathan on July 30, 2008, 03:23 PM
Bad. Ass.

This will be the first one I've read before seeing the film, and I loved the book, so I'm really looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: knashdx on July 30, 2008, 04:39 PM
AWESOME - JUST FREAKING AWESOME!!!!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on July 30, 2008, 09:01 PM
Sweet.  Great teaser.  I noticed a little Gandalf in our favorite headmaster.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on July 30, 2008, 09:07 PM
I'll echo the "cool" comments.  Seems to convey exactly what the movie is about without giving away too much about horcruxes and volemort/riddle... not to mention the whole half-blood prince part of the book.  Looks good!  :)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on July 31, 2008, 07:29 AM
I have to say, Dumbledore really lets his hair go in five to seven years.  In the Riddle at the orphangan scene he has shoulder lenght dark hair with a small beard, but in the Chamber of Secrets flashback, both hair and beard are long and grey.  I think the young Riddle is supposed to be about eight (maybe five at the youngest) and around 15 or 16 during the flashback, so maybe 10 years max.

I'd would love to do a freeze frame on the bottles of memories to see if we could read all the labels.  Seems they are doing the Pensieve a bit differently than before.  I really wished they would have used it in OoTP per the book instead of Harry breaking through Snapes defenses.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on August 1, 2008, 12:17 AM
Not sure if anyone has seen this, but that is alot of money.

Amazon buys Tales of Beedle Bard (http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=gw_cto_rarebook?ie=UTF8&docId=1000179911&pf_rd_p=369140101&pf_rd_s=left-nav-2&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=507846&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0EWK152GFK0JSWTJXWT6)

I think JKR will eventually release this book in the same manner as the Beast and Quiddich books at some point.  She did retain publishing rights to the material.

Flash-forward 4 months and we have the announcement...  a new edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be available in December.  Not something I will run out and buy the day it comes out, but I'm sure we'll pick it up eventually...  might make for good bedtime stories for the kids!  :P
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on August 1, 2008, 01:06 AM
I heard that today.  I'm happy, I'll pick up that book and read it.  I figured it would only be a matter of time.  The fans are still so hungry for new printed material that it would be a huge disservice to them if she wrote those stories and didn't make them available for everyone.

Still, the limited edition books were incredible.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on August 1, 2008, 09:13 AM
I really wished they would have used it in OoTP per the book instead of Harry breaking through Snapes defenses.

I'm almost certain that's how it did happen in the book....Harry witnessed Snape's memory during an occlemancy lesson.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: knashdx on August 1, 2008, 10:30 AM
I really wished they would have used it in OoTP per the book instead of Harry breaking through Snapes defenses.

I'm almost certain that's how it did happen in the book....Harry witnessed Snape's memory during an occlemancy lesson.

You are right. But it isn't till end of the series that he understands why Snape acts the way he does towards Harry. (Trying not to give anything away to those who haven't read Deathly Hollows.)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on August 14, 2008, 08:57 PM
'Potter' film delayed (http://movies.yahoo.com/mv/news/va/20080814/121876187700.html)

And BTW, the teaser trailer is fan ******* tastic
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on August 15, 2008, 07:23 AM
I really wished they would have used it in OoTP per the book instead of Harry breaking through Snapes defenses.

I'm almost certain that's how it did happen in the book....Harry witnessed Snape's memory during an occlemancy lesson.

You are right. But it isn't till end of the series that he understands why Snape acts the way he does towards Harry. (Trying not to give anything away to those who haven't read Deathly Hollows.)

Actually that isn't correct.  If you remember, Snape would remove memories before his lessons and place them in a Pensieve.  During one lesson, Snape left the room for some reason and Harry delved into his memory through the Pensieve.

For the movie delay, did they really give a reason besides Potter movies do well in the summer and some vague reference to the actors strike?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on August 15, 2008, 09:47 AM
That's all it takes. It's all about maximum return. Release dates are based solely on that.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: knashdx on August 15, 2008, 10:15 AM
For the movie delay, did they really give a reason besides Potter movies do well in the summer and some vague reference to the actors strike?

They mentioned that they are having problems with scripts for films because of the strike.. If they push back Potter to next year since most everything released this year was completed last year before the strike, they get a big box office smash to help bolster their week movies being filmed this year.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BillCable on August 15, 2008, 11:10 AM
I just hope this doesn't push back production of the last two films.  The actors pretty much all still look young enough for the parts... but with the Apocalypse coming in 2012 we need at least the first half of the finale to be released in 2011.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: jedipurge on August 15, 2008, 12:10 PM
For the movie delay, did they really give a reason besides Potter movies do well in the summer and some vague reference to the actors strike?

They mentioned that they are having problems with scripts for films because of the strike.. If they push back Potter to next year since most everything released this year was completed last year before the strike, they get a big box office smash to help bolster their week movies being filmed this year.

Hit the nail right there from what I read, they're worried about not having something good to release next year.  From the crap that comes out sometimes in between the good stuff I'm wondering what all these production companies are going to do without their writers
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on August 18, 2008, 07:54 AM
I just hope this doesn't push back production of the last two films.  The actors pretty much all still look young enough for the parts... but with the Apocalypse coming in 2012 we need at least the first half of the finale to be released in 2011.

I see people mention the actors ages a lot.  It is not like this is 90210 with 35 year olds playing high schoolers.  The actors who play Harry and Hermoine just recently turned 18 and they should be 17 in Deathly Hollows.  The actor who plays Ron is just one year older than those two.  They really aren't that much older than their parts.  I believe at least production has started on the last two movies.  Also, since now that all the principle actors are over 18, they can work longer hours in the UK.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on August 18, 2008, 07:47 PM
I'm kind of disappointed that this film is going to be delayed for so long.  I was already planning a re-read of the books and a movie marathon before the new film dropped in November. 

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on August 19, 2008, 09:01 AM
Ralph Macchio around 25 when he played 16 year old Daniel Larruso in Karate Kid II.

But let's face it....Macchio is an exceptionally good actor.


(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v463/name7574/karate-kidanakin.jpg)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on August 19, 2008, 09:29 AM
Ralph Macchio around 25 when he played 16 year old Daniel Larruso in Karate Kid II.

But let's face it....Macchio is an exceptionally good actor.

He went to the Sylvester Stallone School of Acting.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: knashdx on August 19, 2008, 02:58 PM
Ralph Macchio around 25 when he played 16 year old Daniel Larruso in Karate Kid II.

But let's face it....Macchio is an exceptionally good actor.

He went to the Sylvester Stallone School of Acting.


Along with

Ron Howard
Will Ferrell
Scott Baio
Jm. J Bullock
Dolf Lundgren


Together they made up the CRAP Pack.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on October 29, 2008, 08:56 AM
The new trailer (http://movies.tvguide.com/Movie-News/Harry-Potter-Half-34884.aspx) for Half Blood Prince has leaked, and is currently up at TVGuide.com (and probably other places as well).  Check it out while you still can.  Looks good to me.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: knashdx on October 29, 2008, 09:21 AM
The new trailer (http://movies.tvguide.com/Movie-News/Harry-Potter-Half-34884.aspx) for Half Blood Prince has leaked, and is currently up at TVGuide.com (and probably other places as well).  Check it out while you still can.  Looks good to me.

Like the first trailer more. This one doesn't do a lot to explain things in the movie. I like the part where Herminie(sp) hits harry in the head, but that was it.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on November 19, 2008, 05:24 PM
New Potter trailer (http://www.newsarama.com/common/media/video.php?aid=24276) is up at Newsarama.  Definitely looking forward to this next summer, too bad it got delayed or it would have been this Friday I think.

EDIT: Also up at the Official Potter Site (http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/harrypotterandthehalf-bloodprince/)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Nathan on November 19, 2008, 06:09 PM
******* solid. This was the first one I'd read before seeing its adaptation so I'm really looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Artoo on November 19, 2008, 10:12 PM
Potter >>>>>>>> Twilight

It's the truth.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on November 19, 2008, 10:33 PM
Looks great!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on November 19, 2008, 11:29 PM
Potter >>>>>>>> Twilight

It's the truth.

Even Cedric Diggory is in it.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on November 19, 2008, 11:44 PM
I'm still kind of pissed that this was pushed back.  I'm really looking forward to this film.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Nathan on November 20, 2008, 05:22 AM
On the bright side, now I have time to reread HBP since it's well after graduation.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jayson on November 23, 2008, 04:29 PM
New Trailer (http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809791044/video/10774936)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on December 1, 2008, 02:35 PM
A short article (http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2008-11-30-beedle-the-bard-rowling_N.htm?se=yahoorefer) on USA Today focusing on this week's release of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard".
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on December 9, 2008, 09:36 AM
IGN (http://movies.ign.com/articles/936/936366p1.html) has a preview feature up on the Half Blood Prince, if anyone is interested.  SPOILERS for those who haven't read and/or heard about the proceedings in the book, as it discusses some somewhat crucial scenes that are apparently being cut from the movie.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on December 9, 2008, 11:22 AM
Anyone pick up "Tales of Beedle the Bard" yet?  I figured since it's only $7 at Target and the money goes to charity, I'd pick it up today when I go out to buy TDK on DVD... 
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on December 9, 2008, 06:03 PM
I bought it Saturday but i haven't read it yet.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on December 10, 2008, 07:20 AM
I bought it Saturday but i haven't read it yet.

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I preordered it but have not read it yet either.  I'm currently in the middle of Children of the Jedi for the SWAN bookclub.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on December 10, 2008, 09:25 AM
We're getting it as a gift.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: GrandMoffNick on December 10, 2008, 11:33 AM
Anyone pick up "Tales of Beedle the Bard" yet?  I figured since it's only $7 at Target and the money goes to charity, I'd pick it up today when I go out to buy TDK on DVD... 

I bought it and read it. It's fun to have something Harry Potter again, but for $7.50 (I know it goes to charity and that's great) it was a little disappointing. It takes about 45 minutes to read.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on December 10, 2008, 08:14 PM
Picked up Beetle Bard at Target today for a Christmas Gift.  Looking forward to reading it at some point after Christmas.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on December 11, 2008, 09:30 AM
Picked up "Beedle the Bard" as well, haven't gotten a chance to read it yet though.  Always nice to have something new from the world of Potter though.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on March 2, 2009, 09:28 AM
IGN (http://movies.ign.com/dor/objects/40311/harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince/videos/hp6_feat1_022709.html) has a "behind the scenes" feature up for the Half Blood Prince.  Definitely looking forward to seeing this.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on March 10, 2009, 10:26 AM
I think it may have first come out last week/weekend, but it appears there is a new trailer (http://wbads-54.vo.llnwd.net/e1/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_Large.mov) released for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: GrandMoffNick on March 10, 2009, 01:46 PM
I am excited for the movie, but it is going to hit me again when I see it that we are done with the books and I have nothing to look forward to in this series.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: knashdx on April 9, 2009, 03:45 PM


Harry Potter Villan arrested (http://www.popeater.com/movies/article/harry-potter-actor-arrested/419138?icid=main|main|dl8|link6|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.popeater.com%2Fmovies%2Farticle%2Fharry-potter-actor-arrested%2F419138)

Should have had a Port Key with him!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on April 15, 2009, 10:39 AM
Sounds like HP and the Half Blood Prince's release has been moved up a couple of days to July 15th.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on April 17, 2009, 09:29 AM
New trailer (http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=54557) for the Half Blood Prince is now up online, still looks really good to me.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on April 17, 2009, 10:24 AM
Very cool. One of the few movies I'm looking forward to.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on April 17, 2009, 11:00 AM
SPOILERISH QUESTION BELOW:






















What is going on in that trailer with Jenny suspended up in the air above the snow....I don't recall that at all from the books.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: knashdx on April 17, 2009, 11:02 AM
 :o :o :o :o :o

The trailers for this movie have got to be the best they have done in years. Just out of this world.















SPOILERISH QUESTION BELOW:






















What is going on in that trailer with Jenny suspended up in the air above the snow....I don't recall that at all from the books.


SPOILER ANSWER




















That isn't Jenny. That is Kristin Bell. She accidentally touches a cursed necklace and that is what the curse does to her.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on April 17, 2009, 11:15 AM
SPOILERISH QUESTION BELOW:






















What is going on in that trailer with Jenny suspended up in the air above the snow....I don't recall that at all from the books.


SPOILER ANSWER




















That isn't Jenny. That is Kristin Bell. She accidentally touches a cursed necklace and that is what the curse does to her.


Spoilerish reply:



















































Ah yes....I had to get my secretary to come in and remind me about that.  Then I Googled the necklace (http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Opal_necklace):

(http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/harrypotter/images/4/48/Silver_and_Opals.JPG)
Quote

The Opal necklace was a cursed Dark object, which was claimed to have taken the lives of many Muggles. It was used by Draco Malfoy in an attempt to assassinate Albus Dumbledore.

[edit] 1992When Harry Potter mistakenly went to Borgin and Burkes instead of Diagon Alley, he saw the necklace and read the label, "Cursed."

[edit] 1996-1997In 1996, four years later, the necklace was purchased at Borgin and Burkes by Draco Malfoy, under the orders of Lord Voldemort. [1] During the first Hogsmeade trip of the 1996-1997 Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry year, Draco Malfoy cast an Imperius Curse on Madam Rosmerta. She in turn cast another Imperius Curse on student Katie Bell. Bell was ordered to take a package containing the opal necklace to Albus Dumbledore.

Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger witnessed Bell arguing with her friend, Leanne, as they were heading back to Hogwarts. They noted that Katie did not seem 'herself,' acting dazed and detached. During the course of the argument, the package ripped, and the necklace touched Katie's skin through a hole in her glove. Katie rose into the air, screaming, with Leanne screaming as well and attempting to pull her down. Ron and Hermione attempted to help while Harry ran off to find someone, bumping into Hagrid and leading him back to the group. After learning the nature of the event, Hagrid carried Katie to the castle, accompanied by Harry and his two friends, who handed over the necklace to Professor Severus Snape, through the Caretaker Argus Filch. Katie was taken to St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, where she spent much of that year recovering from the effects of the curse.


Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: knashdx on April 17, 2009, 11:42 AM
name - I gave the short, short, shot version of that story.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on May 21, 2009, 12:19 PM
Four new TV spots (http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=55733) for Half Blood Prince have popped up online.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on June 29, 2009, 10:20 PM
Nothing much, but there's a gallery up with some on set filming pics (http://www.comingsoon.net/imageGallery/Harry_Potter_and_the_Deathly_Hallows_Set) from the Deathly Hallows.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on June 30, 2009, 01:08 AM
It is just me or does Radcliffe have two caterpillers above his eyes?

Watson seems to be getting better looking in every movie. I wonder what she will do after Potter?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth_Anton on July 11, 2009, 05:00 PM
Just got back from seeing Half Blood Prince. It's just as good as the last movie. A lot of painful omissions from the book, but the movie does a fairly good job bridging the gaps.

I'm still not a fan of the director though. I'll admit that he did a better job on this one, but I still feel that 3 and 4 are the pinnacles of the series. There's simply a lack of grace to Yates' technique and it shines painfully when you contrast the emotional impact of the main death scenes in last three movies.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on July 14, 2009, 12:07 PM
Newarama (http://www.newsarama.com/film/090714-HarryPotter6Review.html) has an early review up that is very positive for Half Blood Prince as well.  Pretty much everything I've seen/read so far has been positive, but I think all the movies in this series have been well reviewed so far.  Definitely looking forward to seeing it, hopefully this weekend.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on July 14, 2009, 04:10 PM
I have a ticket for a 12:05am showing tonight/tomorrow morning.  Can't wait.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on July 15, 2009, 06:17 PM
What, nobody else see this last night?  When I bought my ticket on Monday they had 2 screens for Potter and I was in the second theater, when I got there last night they had 7 screens open and half of them were sold out.  They lined us up in the mall hallway and let us into the theater in batches as it got closer to midnight. 

My theater was mostly sold out but there were still one or two decent seats when I got in.  The film didn't start till 12:30 (after the previews) and it was 3:00 on the nose when I walked into my apartment after the movie. 

On the movie front, it rocked.  I really liked the film.  There was a lot of humor and some action but it did a really good job of setting things up for Deathly Hallows. 

Spoilerish stuff, but not really...























The only thing I didn't really like about the film, and it had nothing to do with the plot, was that the location for the Weasley house changed and when they showed us the Hogwarts Express travelling to school, they showed the train in some desolate bog type area instead of the lush mountainous areas they've used before.  I don't know exactly why the change other than for the train ride, at least, they did it to set a mood.

Also, we got new looks at Hogwarts and I could be wrong but it seemed like they changed classroom locations again.  The main Hall looked different also, but that might just have been some deco update, I'm pretty sure it was the same hall. 

Anyway, those things stood out.  The film had a different feel to it than the previous films, partly beause there was no ongoing trials, really, for the main characters.  It was mostly relationship building and character development, and history lessons.  Still, the film flew by, it was a good story.

We didn't see as much of some of our favorite characters in this film.  Less screen time for Hagrid, Neville, the Weasley twins, and some of the other Gryffindor regulars.  Some of them were relegated to background cameos more than anything.

But, excellent!  Can't wait for next year for the start of the final installment.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Sprry75 on July 16, 2009, 12:38 AM
I just got back, I thought it was really good.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on July 16, 2009, 12:39 AM
I just got back, I thought it was really good.
::)  Nice review Cine Jr ::)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Sprry75 on July 16, 2009, 12:41 AM
White Power.

By the way, why don't they have Ginny look more like this in the movies:

(http://cdn2.maxim.com/maxim/files/2009/07/10/the-girls-of-harry-potter/bonnie_wright_l.jpg)

Hermione's a doll.  Why Harry would pick Ginny, who looks and acts like a thumb in the movies, over a cutie like Hermione?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on July 20, 2009, 12:38 PM
So did anyone else catch HBP this past week/weekend?  We got out to a matinee yesterday, and really enjoyed it.  I expected to, because I've liked them all, but I will say that I did notice omissions and condensing of certain scenes more this time.  It might just be because I just re-read the book prior to seeing this (I haven't really done that before), but it seemed more apparent to me this time.  I guess I expected the ending sequence at Hogwarts to be a bit more "actiony" as it was in the book.  Aside from that though, I really enjoyed the movie.  It does make me look forward to Deathly Hallows (Part 1) next year big time.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: knashdx on July 20, 2009, 12:59 PM

By the way, why don't they have Ginny look more like this in the movies:

(http://cdn2.maxim.com/maxim/files/2009/07/10/the-girls-of-harry-potter/bonnie_wright_l.jpg)

Hermione's a doll.  Why Harry would pick Ginny, who looks and acts like a thumb in the movies, over a cutie like Hermione?

The Weasley's are suppose to be poor and get everything 2nd hand. Having Ginny look like this wouldn't fit.



So did anyone else catch HBP this past week/weekend?  We got out to a matinee yesterday, and really enjoyed it.  I expected to, because I've liked them all, but I will say that I did notice omissions and condensing of certain scenes more this time.  It might just be because I just re-read the book prior to seeing this (I haven't really done that before), but it seemed more apparent to me this time.  I guess I expected the ending sequence at Hogwarts to be a bit more "actiony" as it was in the book.  Aside from that though, I really enjoyed the movie.  It does make me look forward to Deathly Hallows (Part 1) next year big time.


I saw the movie on Saturday morning and I enjoyed it too. I am going to have to re-read the book as well. There was a lot from the book that they cut out and a fair ammount that they changed too. 2 more years is what it is going to take to wait for both parts of Deathly Hollows to be released and in that time I am going to re-read all the books, but especially Deathly Hollows since it appears that they are not cutting out a lot for that movie. I almost wish that they had made GOF, OOTP, & HBP 2 parters as well to cover more of the story's.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on July 20, 2009, 02:12 PM
We saw the movie over the weekend.  I enjoyed it for what it was but as I've said after watching each one... it reminds me why I like the books so much more.

I thought the movie did a credible job of moving the plot along without radically changing the way events happened.  I'm definitely glad that Deathly Hallows will be split into two movies.  However, even doing that I'm sure the script will still have to cut out chunks of the story.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 20, 2009, 09:31 PM
We saw it today and it was great!  I'm looking forward to the last two films.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Morgbug on July 28, 2009, 12:39 AM
Saw it tonight and thought it the weakest of the bunch thus far.  Not saying it was a bad movie, just the least enjoyable from an action, character development, plot movement standpoint.  I did enjoy it, but it could have been better. 

Can't believe none of them are hooking up with Luna.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BillCable on July 28, 2009, 10:00 AM
Saw it Sunday.  Liked it a lot.  I saw the few reviewers who gave it negative reviews mostly complained it was a bridge movie to the finale.  I honestly have no problem with that given that the finale is guaranteed.  As the movies are meant to be enjoyed as a series, I can't see faulting the filmmakers for treating it as such.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Rob on July 28, 2009, 01:32 PM
I loved it.  Each one starting with 3 has been better than the last IMO.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on July 28, 2009, 11:38 PM


By the way, why don't they have Ginny look more like this in the movies:

(http://cdn2.maxim.com/maxim/files/2009/07/10/the-girls-of-harry-potter/bonnie_wright_l.jpg)

Hermione's a doll.  Why Harry would pick Ginny, who looks and acts like a thumb in the movies, over a cutie like Hermione?

Ginny cleans up well doesn't she. ;)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: DP on July 29, 2009, 01:48 AM
eh...i kinda think Harry Potter is dumb....the books are better
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: GrandMoffNick on July 29, 2009, 09:17 AM
eh...i kinda think Harry Potter is dumb....the books are better

Of course the books are better. When are movies ever better than books? In a movie you have to try and cram 700 pages of plot into 2 hrs.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BillCable on July 29, 2009, 09:24 AM
A Clockwork Orange may have been a better movie than book... that's because the whole book was written in first person from Alex in his future-speak.  Tough to sift through parts of it.  Still it was a good book.  But the movie was brilliant.  The movie was very faithful to the book, only omitting one major scene I noticed.  Ending was different, though.  The book went a few more years into the future, while the movie stopped after Alex was rewarded.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: GrandMoffNick on July 29, 2009, 09:27 AM
A Clockwork Orange may have been a better movie than book... that's because the whole book was written in first person from Alex in his future-speak.  Tough to sift through parts of it.  Still it was a good book.  But the movie was brilliant.  The movie was very faithful to the book, only omitting one major scene I noticed.  Ending was different, though.  The book went a few more years into the future, while the movie stopped after Alex was rewarded.

I've never read the book. I probably should. I love the movie. Malcolm McDowell gives one of my top three acting performances in it.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Sprry75 on July 29, 2009, 09:40 AM
A Clockwork Orange may have been a better movie than book... that's because the whole book was written in first person from Alex in his future-speak.  Tough to sift through parts of it.  Still it was a good book.  But the movie was brilliant.  The movie was very faithful to the book, only omitting one major scene I noticed.  Ending was different, though.  The book went a few more years into the future, while the movie stopped after Alex was rewarded.

Totally OT, but A Clockwork Orange is both one of my favorite books and favorite movies.  I saw the movie several times before I ever read the book, and once you're used to the "viddy this" and "me droogs" that from the film, the book's great.  The final chapter in the book gives it the edge in my opinion, because although the book and the film tell essentially the same story, the message is entirely different due to Alex's reflections in the 26th chapter.

Another one where I think the movie was maybe a bit better than the book was "Into the Wild."  Or I guess I should say, the movie was a better movie than the book was a book.  But again, I like both of those a lot.

Back to Half Blood Prince, I'm bummed that they didn't include the climactic battle at Hogwarts.  Just to have the Death Eaters slink off into the bushes was kind of a letdown, because I remember reading those chapters and thinking "this is going to be awesome in the movie."  And then nothing.

But overall, I liked the movie quite a bit.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on July 29, 2009, 12:51 PM
Back to Half Blood Prince, I'm bummed that they didn't include the climactic battle at Hogwarts.  Just to have the Death Eaters slink off into the bushes was kind of a letdown, because I remember reading those chapters and thinking "this is going to be awesome in the movie."  And then nothing.

But overall, I liked the movie quite a bit.

That was my biggest let down for the movie too.  I really enjoyed it overall, but the ending didn't seem to have the "punch" it did in the books, at least in my mind.  Reading that battle in Hogwarts between the various Death Eaters, and the students/teachers seemed so cool to me when I read it - but the movie, like you said, pretty much just had them running away and that was that.  Even the Snape/Harry showdown was pretty short and sweet.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on July 29, 2009, 02:37 PM
I missed the ending battle also but I seem to recall reading, and this was quite a while ago, that the battle from the book would not be in this film.  And I think that's not a bad idea.  The final battle in Deathly Hallows also takes place at Hogwarts and I think that having two large, movie ending battles at the school would look played out on film.

It works perfectly in the books, but thinking about it from a film standpoint, not seeing the school involved like that till the ultimate climax of the series may be a good choice.  Or not.  I guess we'll know in two years.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BillCable on July 29, 2009, 02:54 PM
There was a big battle in the school in the last movie too, wasn't there?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Darth Kenobi on July 29, 2009, 03:12 PM
There was a big battle in the school in the last movie too, wasn't there?

If you are talking about the Order of the Phoenix, the final battle took place in the Ministry of Magic and not Hogwarts. 

As for the Battle in the Half Blood Prince I'm not sure if it was a good idea to totally remove it from the movie or not.  I have heard it was mostly done due to it being similar to the ending to The Deathly Hallows battle and the film makers didn't want it to be the same.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BillCable on July 29, 2009, 03:49 PM
Ah... that's right... I'm thinking of the fourth movie, probably.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on August 1, 2009, 12:34 PM
Caught HP6 last night and I liked it.  It has been since Deathly came out that I've read HPB.  My wife on the other hand read it yesterday before the movie.  It was a mistake on her part IMO because she hated all of the of plot they cut from the book but I didn't notice nor care.  I would have liked a little more Snape but otherwise it was good all around...pacing, effects, score.  I was particularly impressed with Slughorn.  The casting for the entire series has been so damn spot on it is amazing how well the actors translate the pages to the screen.  I've always not liked whoever plays Ron but he did a great job this last turn.  Looking forward to Hallows :)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Nicklab on August 1, 2009, 04:43 PM
There are definitely some significant ommissions from the movie version of Half Blood Prince.  I think there are some things that were done right, like the Quidditch match and the sequence with the cave at the end.  But there's barely any sense of who Fenrir Greyback is at all, despite his appearance.  And there's a lot that was glossed over with the Weasely family. 

The books are by far a much richer experience.  But I don't know how they can really be translated into movies without turning them into 3 hour+ epics.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on August 1, 2009, 09:49 PM
I was particularly impressed with Slughorn.  The casting for the entire series has been so damn spot on it is amazing how well the actors translate the pages to the screen.  I've always not liked whoever plays Ron but he did a great job this last turn.  Looking forward to Hallows :)

That's something my wife and I have been talking about as we've re-watched the series lately (and then seeing HBP in the theater).  The cast is pretty much perfect, all the way down to the most minor characters or new ones just brought in each movie (Slughorn is a great example, he was one of our favorite parts of this new movie).  Just great casting overall.  I still think that Alan Rickman as Severus Snape is one of the best castings in movie history.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on August 2, 2009, 02:23 AM
(Slughorn is a great example, he was one of our favorite parts of this new movie).  Just great casting overall.  I still think that Alan Rickman as Severus Snape is one of the best castings in movie history.

Agreed on both counts.  The amazing thing, to me, is that they took a shot on Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson and they've all really grown into the characters and become better actors as the films have progressed.  Plus the teaching staff, even the Dursley's, all really well cast.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on September 15, 2009, 06:24 PM
Details on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park (http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=59130) are starting to be made available (intro video and virtual tour type thingy at the link).  Sounds pretty nifty, its too bad they wouldn't do something like this with Star Wars (beyond Star Tours that is - which may be cool, I've never been there).  Opening Spring of 2010.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on September 16, 2009, 11:04 AM
So it sounds like lots of shopping. Two rethemed rides that are already there and a big new ride in the castle. At least the Magic Kingdom is getting an extension of fantasyland with multiple all new rides.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on September 21, 2009, 06:10 PM
Commercial for the Harry Potter - Ultimate Editions (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riH1ZYYkAoM) DVD and Blu Ray.  Apparently the first two movies will be released alongside the Half Blood Prince DVD on December 8th, with the rest of the movies on the way in the future.  Each one will have an hour of an 8 hour documentary on the making of the films, as well as additional footage.  Obviously not a fan of "double dipping", but it sounds like it could be pretty well done.  I know this is one series we'd like to get on blu ray if/when we make that switch.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on January 28, 2010, 09:54 AM
The Deathly Hollows released in 3D? (http://movies.yahoo.com/news/movies.reuters.com/next-harry-potter-movies-coming-3d-reuters)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on March 26, 2010, 06:27 PM
This is related more to the books than the movies, but the Harry Potter (http://harrypotter.scholastic.com/) official site is now live (at Scholastic).  Looks like there is a fair amount of stuff for each book there now, for those interested.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on May 26, 2010, 10:09 AM
SPOILERS apply, especially if you haven't read the last book yet, but some spy pics have popped up online of Harry/Ginny in the "19 years later..." sequence of the movie.  You can check them out HERE (http://www.oclumencia.com.br/galeria/thumbnails.php?album=1128), at least while they are still up.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on June 4, 2010, 09:54 AM
SPOILERS apply, especially if you haven't read the last book yet, but some spy pics have popped up online of Harry/Ginny in the "19 years later..." sequence of the movie.  You can check them out HERE (http://www.oclumencia.com.br/galeria/thumbnails.php?album=1128), at least while they are still up.

Sort of replying to myself here, but apparently some more (http://www.snitchseeker.com/harry-potter-news/rupert-grint-talks-harry-potter-wild-target-new-deathly-hallows-epilogue-photos-73613/) pics of this sequence have popped up online.  Although this obviously won't be in "Part 1" this November, I sure am looking forward to that movie (and next year's finale).
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on June 4, 2010, 11:29 AM
They didn't age well did they.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on June 4, 2010, 11:49 AM
They didn't age well did they.

These look more like 29 years later! Or else they all got into some serious heavy drugs in that time.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on June 4, 2010, 11:56 AM
Yeah, I thought they looked a bit too old as well.  Hopefully the final on screen look will be a little different, or look better than we think from these "spy" pics.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Morgbug on June 4, 2010, 01:02 PM
Malfoy looks to be about late 50s, at best, in those shots.  Nice that Hermione didn't age at all  ???
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Keonobi on June 4, 2010, 01:18 PM
In that fifth picture Harry looks like Seth Green.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on June 4, 2010, 01:42 PM
Yeah, those look a little scary.  I'm guessing they aged them more than they needed to because once the lighting and editing take place, they'll fit in with the scene.  At least I hope so, because Malfoy does look like he's about 50 and they should only be, what, 37, 38?  That's younger than I am and I don't look anywhere near that old.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on June 5, 2010, 03:01 PM
That's younger than I am and I don't look anywhere near that old.


I don't know about that Eric.  ;)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on June 5, 2010, 04:17 PM
I am starting to get a lot of gray.  Maybe time for some Just for Men...

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on June 7, 2010, 12:34 PM
New Deathly Hallows footage (http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=66861), as shown on the MTV Movie Awards last night.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on June 21, 2010, 11:52 AM
So, with the grand opening last week, is anyone here planning on taking the family to check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal?  From everything I have seen, it looks pretty amazing...and I wouldn't mind seeing it someday.  I still don't know why Lucas hasn't done something like this with Star Wars (more than just Star Tours), it seems like it would be a pretty big success.  Imagine walking around in the Falcon, or the different ride potentials.  Anyways, the HP park does look pretty nice.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on June 21, 2010, 12:09 PM
I still don't know why Lucas hasn't done something like this with Star Wars (more than just Star Tours), it seems like it would be a pretty big success.  Imagine walking around in the Falcon, or the different ride potentials. 

I once drew an idea for a SW theme park. It had a Snowspeeder-themed roller coaster that went through the legs of an life-sized AT-AT.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on June 21, 2010, 02:35 PM
I'm hoping to fit a trip to the HP part in as part of the CV trip this year.  I still need to work out some final details on travel but if everything lines up I'll either have a day before or the Monday after the con to try to get over there for it.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jayson on June 28, 2010, 01:13 PM
Reminder - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One Trailer will be released later today.  8)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on June 28, 2010, 07:41 PM
The trailer (http://www.mugglenet.com/trailer.php) is up at Mugglenet, can't wait.  Sort of sad that the series will be wrapping up though...kind of bitterwsweet like it was with the ROTS release.  Excited to see it, but disappointed that it will be "over" (at least we get a two part finale though).

Edit: Also up at Apple (http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/harrypotterandthedeathlyhallows/)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Morgbug on June 28, 2010, 10:53 PM
Did they have to make it 3D? ::)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on June 28, 2010, 11:02 PM
Did they have to make it 3D? ::)

Of course. But for us lame old-timers, there's still 2-D.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on June 29, 2010, 01:43 AM
That trailer is kick-ass!  I'm really looking forward to this movie.

I don't think I'll see it in 3D but I think we can pretty much expect many, if not all, big even films like this will get the 3D treatment in order to pull some extra box office bank. 

Plus, it's the new toy to play with.  It's like everyone that ran out to put bullet time shots into their films, television shows and commercials after The Matrix came out.  They even put it to work in a couple NFL stadiums.  Now you don't see it that often unless it's done as a joke.  I don't think 3D will be the same way, but I think at some point the newness will wear off and you'll see it reserved more for movies filmed in 3D like Avatar than just converted to it because the producers could afford it.

   E...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on June 29, 2010, 09:34 AM
I'll stick with 2D as well me thinks.

I liked the trailer and it looks as gritty as I was expecting/hoping.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised but most of the clips look to come from Part 2 of the movie.  

Was that the same Olivander in the trailer as from the Sorcerer's Stone?  Its been a long time since I watched that one and for some reason he didn't look like I remembered.  
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BillCable on June 29, 2010, 09:51 AM
http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0000992/
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on June 29, 2010, 10:22 AM
http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0000992/

Cool.  Same guy, no photo though :)  

Still very excited to see some more Harry Potter!!


I've been working my way through the Audio books (again).  I'm in the beginning of the Goblet of Fire right now.  For those of you who have not ever listened to them, I highly recommend doing this.  Jim Dale does the reading and he does and absolutely fabulous job with them.  He changes his voice for all the characters and you really get sucked in.  In many ways, its my favorite way to enjoy the Harry Potter experience.    
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jabba the Slug on July 9, 2010, 08:00 PM
I saw movie #5 in both 2D and 3D - 3D worked very well for the final battles, especially the duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort. I was disappointed that movie #6 lacked so much action (although I did love the few "sort of" moments of "action" that Bellatrix had towards the end), and I'm definitely looking forward to the battle of Hogwarts.

Bellatrix is so awesome!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on August 14, 2010, 11:41 AM
SPOILERS for those who don't want to know, but apparently the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly reveals the "split point" for the Deathly Hallows movies.  You can read the excerpt HERE (http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=68749), if you'd like to know.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: knashdx on August 16, 2010, 05:40 PM
SPOILERS for those who don't want to know, but apparently the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly reveals the "split point" for the Deathly Hallows movies.  You can read the excerpt HERE (http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=68749), if you'd like to know.

Without giving away what the article says - I have to agree that it is a lot later into the book than I expected too.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on August 17, 2010, 07:08 AM
SPOILERS for those who don't want to know, but apparently the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly reveals the "split point" for the Deathly Hallows movies.  You can read the excerpt HERE (http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=68749), if you'd like to know.

Without giving away what the article says - I have to agree that it is a lot later into the book than I expected too.

I have been rereading the books in a run up to the movie.  I honestly don't remember how far along in the book this point was.  Interesting place though with how far along the article says it is.  Once I get to the book, I guess I can get a better idea of the content of movie 2.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on August 23, 2010, 09:08 PM
Sounds like there was a test screening (http://www.mugglenet.com/app/news/show/3721) for Death Hallows - Part 1 in Chicago this past weekend.  A number of reviews at the link above, although this one (http://www.mugglenet.com/movies/movie7/deathly-hallows-review-5.shtml) seems the most detailed and pretty much takes you through the entire movie in summary form.  SPOILERS ahoy, if you're worried about that.  A few changes from the book, but overall, it seems pretty faithful and looks like it will be pretty great - really looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on September 22, 2010, 11:24 AM
Fifteen new pics from Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=70003)

I have to admit, the scene with the various "Harrys" looks like it could be funny.  Really looking forward to the movie.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on September 22, 2010, 01:16 PM
I never did stop back in here after CV.  I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal with the guys I drove to Florida with, Jace and Chris, on Monday after CV.

The attraction was packed all day.  There were huge lines for all of the shops and the Three Broom Sticks which is the food option for that section of the park.  Jace and I did the castle tour but I skipped the two roller coasters, it rained and they were both off for a while and I didn't feel like waiting in the lines afterwards, plus I'm not a huge roller coaster fan anyway.

The shops and decor of the attraction are really cool but I think they could have used a couple more shops and definitely could have used more space for the shops that are there.  I walked through Zonko's and Honeydukes and hit Filch's Emporium of Confiscated Goods, which is as the exit to the castle.

I completely missed the Dervish and Banges store but I think it was because the line of people for Olivanders was wound out past that store.  The line for Owl Post was also long enough that I didn't wait for it.

The lines for Olivanders were so long, in fact, that they added a separate cart near the castle that was selling wands for people interested in buying but didn't care if they missed the wand selection with the cast members.  I ended up buying two wands and got them from the cart instead of the store.  I actually waited in line behind Jay Laga'aia who was at the park with, I'm assuming, some of his family.

There were also carts around the attraction selling shirts and some other items that you would normally find in the stores.  They also had a huge Butter Beer cart and a couple smaller carts selling pumpkin juice and other drinks.

Besides the wands I picked up a pin at Filch's Emporium and a chocolate frog.  There was additional HP merchandise at the large store near the entrance.  That store had stuff from all of the various attractions around the park so, from a shopping standpoint, it was easier to look there than in the dedicated stores in the attraction.  That's actually where I bought my frog.

We got to the park around 11:00am and left at 9.  Jace and Chris had passes for both Universal parks and they visited the second park while I stayed at Islands of Adventure, where HP is.  So I had plenty of time to walk around the full park as well as the HP area.  I would have spent more time in the HP area but I really didn't feel like waiting long periods of time in lines to see the stores when I wasn't planning on buying anything, it just kind of felt like a waste of time.  I would definitely go back, though, I had a fun time at the park and would like a chance to look through all the stores and maybe have dinner at the Three Broom sticks.

Since the HP attraction is still so new, it's going to be a while before the lines start to settle down.  I was a little surprised at how packed the place was on a Monday in August, but I still had a good time.

   E...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on September 22, 2010, 11:39 PM
But how was the ride?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on September 23, 2010, 12:57 AM
The castle ride?  Didn't go on it.  Apparently it wasn't built for someone that stands 6'4" as the over-the-shoulder restraint couldn't close over my shoulders. 

Still went through the castle to see the sights, though, which was interesting.  There were really long lines though so, while we stopped to listen to the talking paintings and hear Dumbledore talk about Harry, it was a little rushed.

   E...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on September 23, 2010, 10:54 AM
Full Trailer (http://www.mugglenet.com/app/news/show/3788) for Deathly Hallows - Part 1 is now online, looks great to me.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on November 16, 2010, 01:39 PM
So....anyone excited for Deathly Hallows - Part 1 this weekend?  We're heading out sometime this weekend, and looking forward to seeing it.  I've been busting out the BD/DVDs of the previous movies over the past few weeks, just to watch them all again and it has been a good time.  Although I like some more than others (as with any franchise), I really think that this is a well made group of movies overall.  Sure there may be a bit of rough acting from the kiddos in the early installments, but overall they are all pretty strong movies to me.  I always think this franchise reminds me the most of what Star Wars (the OT) was to us in our day.  Nice family movies (although getting darker now) with strong characters, interesting supporting cast, and nifty visuals.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: McMetal on November 16, 2010, 01:46 PM
I've never felt anywhere near the excitement for any of the films as I have waiting for the new books back in the day. That was a freakin' EVENT. I was so stoked when this installment was finally published. Now that the movie is here? Meh.

I haven't even seen the last 2-3 because I got so bitter over how much they were leaving out from the books. (Still disgruntled about SPEW)

That said, I am making an effort to catch up because some of the later stuff I am very curious to see play out on the big screen.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Hemish on November 16, 2010, 08:50 PM
Wont watch this one, till the second part is due, i'm sure it will be out on blue ray by then and you can almost bet some theatres will run them both back to back
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: iFett on November 16, 2010, 09:46 PM
I've never read the books and I don't really care for these movies either even though I own them all up to what has been released thus far.  Blah...Long live Harry Potter?  Maybe not...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on November 16, 2010, 10:40 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing it, but not sure when due to a 7 week old baby.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on November 16, 2010, 11:52 PM
I'm really excited for the movie this weekend.  I watched the first 4 films this weekend and I'll watch 5 and 6 tomorrow and Thursday night.  I wanted to go to the midnight showing but waited to get a ticket, I looked yesterday and my theater has 12 midnight showings and they're all sold out already.

So I'm going to try and sneak into the Friday afternoon showing of it.  Hopefully that won't be sold out.

   E...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Neal on November 17, 2010, 10:09 AM
I'm really looking forward to it as well.  I'll be taking my nephew to see it on Black Friday.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on November 21, 2010, 12:17 AM
Saw the new Potter today. I really enjoyed it. Easily the closest version to the books yet. Sure there are some things left out or changed but all in all it was very well done.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on November 22, 2010, 01:03 AM
Just got back about an hour ago from seeing Potter.  I thought it was excellent.  It felt very true to the novel but a couple of little details were changed that I thought wouldn't really have needed to be changed.  I liked the way they filled in some of the research...what took chapters in the novel was easily handled in a few short lines of dialog without seeming forced in.  And it was great to finally meet Bill Weasley even though I've always thought they should have introduced him and Charlie more in line with how they were in the novels.

The film is definitely a tear jerker.  The movie was barely underway and it had a sad vibe to it.

I also thought they picked a good spot to break it till part 2 drops.  It made as much sense as any other point I could think of.

   E...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: McMetal on November 22, 2010, 09:22 AM
It felt very true to the novel but a couple of little details were changed that I thought wouldn't really have needed to be changed.  I liked the way they filled in some of the research...what took chapters in the novel was easily handled in a few short lines of dialog without seeming forced in.  And it was great to finally meet Bill Weasley even though I've always thought they should have introduced him and Charlie more in line with how they were in the novels.

   E...

They JUST introduced Bill?!?! WTF? He appears WAAAAAY before the last book.  ::)

I'd love to hear about the other discrepancies, because that stuff pisses me off to no end and may ultimately decide whether I waste my money on this or not.

If you're stretching one book (not even the longest one at that) into TWO movies, you damn sure better include everything IMO.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on November 22, 2010, 09:29 AM
If you hadn't noticed that Bill hadn't been in the previous films then I take it you haven't seen any of them?  I think he was mentioned, as was Charlie, but we didn't actually seel Bill till this film and I don't think Charlie is ever going to be in the films.

   E...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on November 22, 2010, 09:40 AM
If you hadn't noticed that Bill hadn't been in the previous films then I take it you haven't seen any of them?  I think he was mentioned, as was Charlie, but we didn't actually seel Bill till this film and I don't think Charlie is ever going to be in the films.

   E...

If we're lucky, we would see Charlie at the Battle of Hogwarts, but I'm not holding my breath.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on November 22, 2010, 11:11 AM
The series hurt itself by making the "battle" at the end of The Half Blood Prince so short.  They missed the opportunity there to introduce Bill and his encounter with Greyback.  So instead they just quickly pass this information along in the first 15 minutes of the movie.

The movies will never (ever ever) be able to live up to the books.  However, I'll stand by initial impression of Part 1 - its as close to the books as we'll probably ever get.  Even then, they really minimize a lot of the "history" of Dumbledore and the Hallows.  We'll see if they go back to this in Part 2 but I expect not so much. 
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on November 22, 2010, 11:21 AM
I think the excuse for HPB is that there was going to be a huge battle in the last movie, so they didn't want to do it twice.  A major plot hole for the current movie is the mirror given to Harry in OoTP from Sirius.  It was completely left out of the fifth movie, but is used in this one.  It seems they have tried to use explanations in the past for stuff like this, but not this time.

As for the closeness of the books to the movies, I would say the first is probably the closest.  The only major changes that I can think of off hand is the omission of the Charlie's friends coming to pick up Norbert, the change in who was in detention in the Forest w/ Hagrid, and the omission of the potion challenge at the end.  Otherwise it followed the book pretty closely.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on November 22, 2010, 11:23 AM
I reread the book before seeing the movie...

Of note, 2/3 of the book is in Part 1 of the movie.  I thought it was great and was pissed that the movie ended wanting more.  I agree that the movie is pretty much true to the source.  I loved all of the cameos and bringing back of the old characters.

One thing they should have done...had a preview for Part 2 right before the credits of Part 1.  The Battle of Hogwarts will definitely take up most of the time allowed in the movie, and I can't wait!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on November 22, 2010, 11:31 AM
I think the excuse for HPB is that there was going to be a huge battle in the last movie, so they didn't want to do it twice. 
I agree with you on that... however, in a vacuum of a stand alone movie, what was the purpose of Draco fixing the vanishing cabinet??  If all they were going to do was show up and watch Draco kill Dumbledore.  Think about, they didn't do anything else in the movie. 

A major plot hole for the current movie is the mirror given to Harry in OoTP from Sirius.  It was completely left out of the fifth movie, but is used in this one.  It seems they have tried to use explanations in the past for stuff like this, but not this time.
Totally agreed.  Along those same lines, I read that when they put the script together for Order of Phoenix, Kreacher wasn't even going to be included and JKR basically told them that they were omiting a character that was going to have a vital role in the last book. 

As for the closeness of the books to the movies, I would say the first is probably the closest.  The only major changes that I can think of off hand is the omission of the Charlie's friends coming to pick up Norbert, the change in who was in detention in the Forest w/ Hagrid, and the omission of the potion challenge at the end.  Otherwise it followed the book pretty closely.

I'd have to go back and re-read and watch Sorcerer's Stone again.  However, I think you are right that one was pretty close as well.  Of course, the source material was about 280 pages and the movie was the same length (around 2.5 hours) as the other movies that were much longer books.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Morgbug on November 22, 2010, 11:38 AM
A long time ago I decided against reading the books for no reason other than I wanted to enjoy the movies.  We have all the books in the house and my wife has read them all.  My intent is to read them after the last movie is released and I've seen it.  It seems movies never stand up to the books, regardless of the author so in this rare instance I was able to avoid the books and I'm happy with that decision.  I'm quite certain the books will prove entirely fascinating in another year or so. 
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on November 22, 2010, 11:48 AM
We caught the movie Sunday afternoon, and I really enjoyed it as well.  It is certainly a different movie because of the lack of Hogwarts, and such a tight focus on the "big three" of the Potter kids.  That being said, I still thought it was a great movie.  I also thought it was very accurate to the book, at least so far, and I can understand why they cut it the way they did.  Also, it is quite sad (as expected if you've read the books), but still a strong movie.  Can't wait for Part 2 next July.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on November 22, 2010, 02:14 PM
A long time ago I decided against reading the books for no reason other than I wanted to enjoy the movies.  We have all the books in the house and my wife has read them all.  My intent is to read them after the last movie is released and I've seen it.  It seems movies never stand up to the books, regardless of the author so in this rare instance I was able to avoid the books and I'm happy with that decision.  I'm quite certain the books will prove entirely fascinating in another year or so. 

I'd seen the films but hadn't read the books till Deathly Hallows was released.  I wanted to be able to read the final book without waiting years to see the film, so a couple of weeks before it dropped I started picking up and reading the first 6 books in the series.  I was a big fan of the films but after reading the series I was even more in love with the story.

I actually, for whatever reason, hadn't seen any of the Potter films in the theater until Order of the Phoenix.  I'd seen the rest all on DVD and even though I liked them, for some reason I never made them a priority to see on the big screen.  Now I almost feel that I missed out a little, twice; I didn't read the novels as they were released and I didn't enjoy the films in the theater until the 5th.

Anyway, after reading the series in 2007 I read it again at the beginning of this year and I'll probably read it again next year just prior to part 2 being released.  Of course, I did a two weekend marathon of the films on DVD, wrapping up OotP and HBP Saturday night and then going to see Hallows last night.

Having seen the first 4 films prior to reading the books, and vice versa on OotP, HBP and DH, I can honestly say that I enjoy both equally.  That's a very rare occurrence and I think that Lord of the Rings is the only other book/film franchise that I can say the same about.

Even though I was an adult when this franchise came about, I really enjoy it and can only imagine how attached to it kids are that literally grew up along with Harry.  It doesn't hurt that I think the cast of the films completely own the roles and, for the most part, the directors have nailed the translation from book/script to screen.  I was sad when I finished reading the books and I'm sure I'm going to be sad when the final film is over, but I still can't wait to see it.

   E...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on November 22, 2010, 02:24 PM
I'm in much the same boat as you E.  I got into both the books, and movies, a little later than most.  We didn't see the first movie in theaters, and I think I started reading the books right after Goblet of Fire was released in theaters.  Like you mentioned, I saw them all on DVD - and really enjoyed them - but for some reason just didn't get to them in the theater.  I often feel like I missed out as well, both on the movies and book side.  I'm sure the hype for both was a lot of fun to take part in.

Since then, I've read the whole series a couple of times and I'm actually going through them again right now for the first time in awhile (currently on Prisoner of Azkaban).  I also enjoy the movies and books nearly equally, and think all of them are very well done.  I think the books are probably my favorite reads of all time, and the movies are up there among my favorites as well.  I've said before, this universe often reminds me a lot of Star Wars when I was a kid.  The movies....at least for the most part (as they've gotten darker)....are something the entire family can enjoy together, with a heroic trio (and supporting characters), a central villain, cool creatures/effects/etc., and a great good vs. evil story.  Like you already mentioned, I got into this series as an adult as well, but I bet it is a lot of fun for those kids who truly grew up with this series.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on November 22, 2010, 02:51 PM
I picked up on Potter a few months before The Order of the Phoenix was released.   I read through the first four at break neck pace and then settled into the long wait for Half Blood Price and Deathly Hallows.  I've read all the books twice now and have also listened to them on audiobook format.  In fact (and I know I've said this before) but my favorite way to experience the books is the audiobook.  The US verison is read by Jim Dale and he just does a fabulous job "acting" out the voices of the characters.  I've noticed a few discrepancies in the pronouncations (Voldemor vs VoldemorT, silent vs not silent T) over the course of the series but otherwise, they seem flawless!

As far as the family experience, my wife hasn't ready any of the stories, I keep telling her too but she gets wrapped up in something else (Twilight for example) so she's just watched the movies and she's enjoyed them all.  Over the last two years each of my kids has been slowly reading them.  They both just finished Deathly Hallows this summer/fall.  Its been great watching them experience the books and movies.  This weekend was the first time, we were all excited to go to a family movie together.  My daughter is already planning her 9th birthday party for next summer and Part 2!

I'm going to try to re-read all the books leading up to Part 2 and I think we'll probably do a 1-2week marathon of all the movies again.  ;D
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: McMetal on November 22, 2010, 04:42 PM
If you hadn't noticed that Bill hadn't been in the previous films then I take it you haven't seen any of them?  I think he was mentioned, as was Charlie, but we didn't actually seel Bill till this film and I don't think Charlie is ever going to be in the films.

   E...

I have seen a few actually.

The first one was great because, as others have mentioned, it follows the book very faithfully. After that is kind of started to go downhill for me. I much, much preferred Richard Harris over Gambon. Harris was the PERFECT Dumbledore. I know they had no choice but it just lost something after that.

By the third or fourth movie I was so irritated about all the stuff they were leaving out that it became an annoying distraction and I really did not enjoy the experience anymore. That said, I do feel a curiosity to see some of the scenes from the later books, so I'm sure I'll get through the rest of the films eventually.

Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on November 22, 2010, 04:49 PM

The first one was great because, as others have mentioned, it follows the book very faithfully. After that is kind of started to go downhill for me. I much, much preferred Richard Harris over Gambon. Harris was the PERFECT Dumbledore. I know they had no choice but it just lost something after that.

By the third or fourth movie I was so irritated about all the stuff they were leaving out that it became an annoying distraction and I really did not enjoy the experience anymore. That said, I do feel a curiosity to see some of the scenes from the later books, so I'm sure I'll get through the rest of the films eventually.

Four, Five, and Six are by far the most annoying for leaving things out/changing them.    I'd say I' was most disappointed in the Goblet of Fire and the Half Blood Prince because of how much got changed/omitted.  I know the same things happened with the Order of Phoenix but that one didn't irritate me nearly as much.

I still enjoy watching all three of those movies but as I've told my wife, the books are SOOOOO much better, especially for those three.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on November 22, 2010, 10:54 PM
One thing I've done is listened to all seven HP books on audio CDs. Jim Dale does a fantastic job of the read. He has completely different voices for every character. It's a great alternative to the movies because it is all there and extremely well read. It's definately worth the time to check the audio books out at the library.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on November 23, 2010, 11:29 PM
We saw it today in Imax and I thought it was great.  Looking forward to the finale in July!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: I Am Sith on November 29, 2010, 01:30 PM
Went on Friday to see this with my wife who had read the book before we went.  I did not read any of the books but had seen all the movies and really enjoyed them.  She had warned me going into the movie that it would be different than the others but didn't want to influence me one way or another before I saw it.  I have to say that I was disappointed in the movie only because it didn't take place at Hogwarts.  That for me was always the best part of the movies (the students, the teachers, the secrets that they continually uncover).  This was a much slower movie than I was expecting from the standpoint of the action, etc.

So Friday night I picked up the book and started reading it beacuse I couldn't wait until next year to find out how it ended.  After reading the content of the book that was part of the first movie, I have to agree with everyone else that it followed the book about as well as it could have.  There's no way that they were going to be able to compress the several 'months' of the timeline into a few hours of movie.  I now appreciate the movie a little more having read the source text.  I still haven't finished the book, but I'm close.  After reading what will be happening in the second movie, I can't wait to see it on screen.

So knowing that people have been talking about the changes and omissions from the other movies, I plan to go back and start reading the books from the beginning.  It will be very interesting to me to see which I end up liking more, the books or the movies.  I have a feeling that the purest in me will end up liking the book a lot more...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on November 29, 2010, 03:09 PM
You will certainly get your dose of Hogwarts in the next film.  I reread all the books through Oct. and Nov. leading up to the movie release.  Considering where they split the movies I would think the next movie would start a Shell Cottage, move to Gringotts and then progress in short order to Hogsmede and Hogwarts.

As for the books vs. movie, I think you will find that the movies diverged more as the books got longer up until this point.  A major thing is that Ron gets short shrift in the movies.  Most of his insights and knowledge in the books gets pushed on Hermoine in the movies since she is the "smart one".

Since it seems that Hollywood can only remake movies these days, I envisioned what it would take to truely recreate these books as movies as I reread them.  There are places for cuts and condensation, but I think that you would either have to do two movies for most (from either book 3 or 4 on) or do Lord of the Rings directors cuts style running time for most.  At the least, I think Books 5 and 7 would require two movies each.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on November 29, 2010, 07:54 PM
What's more incredible is the casting director picked eleven-twelve year olds that ended up actually being able to act later on as young adults. It will be interesting to see which ones become big stars as adults and which ones crash.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BillCable on November 29, 2010, 08:03 PM
I think keeping them through 8 films is the greatest accomplishment of all.  That's gotta be unprecedented.  The dedication on the actors' part.  Really astounding.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on November 29, 2010, 11:57 PM
I agree with Bill, I think it's an amazing commitment that all of the actors and actresses made to do these 8 films.  I think part of it may be that the adults, at least, recognized the vision in the story and wanted to be part of it.  Plus, I'm guessing that guaranteed long term work isn't bad either!  Although, I doubt you'd find too many American actors that would do the same thing.  Which I think is a testament to the dedication the British actors have.

On the topic of careers for the main three, I've wondered what they'll do after the Potter films are over.

All three of them have definitely gotten better as the films have gone on.  I think Radcliffe has the most straight forward of the three roles, even though Harry has the biggest role in the movies.  Rupert may actually be the best actor of the three, at least by a little, and due to the way the character has translated from the novels.  Emma is right there with him and those two, IMO, probably show the most range of the three.

I think Emma won't have a problem getting roles, she's hot and I'm sure a lot of jobs are going to be thrown at her just because of that.  I believe Rupert has already done one or two other things, which I haven't seen, and if he does well there's nothing to stop him from having a good career.

I think it'll take a long career of really good roles for Radcliffe to overcome his always being thought of as Harry.  He'd need a Harrison Ford type career with a lot of varied characters in different genres to do it.  Otherwise he becomes Mark Hamill, forever known for that one role, for good or for bad.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on November 30, 2010, 07:10 AM
Radcliff has already broke out in a way with doing Equis on broadway.  Quite a different role for him.  Ruppert has done a few movies...I think they were all smaller films.  I think we will have to wait and see what the trio does after the last film has been released.  Regardless, they are all set for life.  With all the rumors that one or more were thinking of quitting, I bet they are happy they stuck with it at this point.  I am even more impressed with the fact that so few actors were changed throughout the films.  Dumbledore is the biggest one, but that couldn't have been helped.  The only casting change I can think of in this movie was Hermoine's parents who had a brief appearance in Chamber of Secrets.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on November 30, 2010, 11:08 AM
 I am even more impressed with the fact that so few actors were changed throughout the films.  Dumbledore is the biggest one, but that couldn't have been helped.  The only casting change I can think of in this movie was Hermoine's parents who had a brief appearance in Chamber of Secrets.

Help me out here but wasn't the Young Tom Riddle two different actors as well?  The one from Chamber of Secrets should have been nearly the same age as the one in Slughorn's memory.  

EDIT:  I just chedked IMBD and they were in fact different actors from the Chamber of Secrets and Half Blood Prince.  I suppose there could have been an age difference between the two Tom Riddle's but I still think they'd be nearly the same "age" in both memories/incarnations.  Of course since the movies were 6 years apart it may not have been practical to try and use the same actor again.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on November 30, 2010, 12:11 PM
I was reading the beginning of this thread where Azkaban  was just being released.  At the time we were wondering if would happen if any of the big three left...good times
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on November 30, 2010, 01:14 PM
 I am even more impressed with the fact that so few actors were changed throughout the films.  Dumbledore is the biggest one, but that couldn't have been helped.  The only casting change I can think of in this movie was Hermoine's parents who had a brief appearance in Chamber of Secrets.

Help me out here but wasn't the Young Tom Riddle two different actors as well?  The one from Chamber of Secrets should have been nearly the same age as the one in Slughorn's memory.  

EDIT:  I just chedked IMBD and they were in fact different actors from the Chamber of Secrets and Half Blood Prince.  I suppose there could have been an age difference between the two Tom Riddle's but I still think they'd be nearly the same "age" in both memories/incarnations.  Of course since the movies were 6 years apart it may not have been practical to try and use the same actor again.

That is true, but as you said, it was quite hard to keep the same actor.  I think it works fine since I believe the HBP Riddle memory occurs before he created the diary horcrux and thus the Riddle we see in Chamber would be older than the one we see in HBP.  As for the overall series, the vast majority of the adult actors played the same roles throughout.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on November 30, 2010, 02:34 PM
I'm still pissed that Richard Harris quit playing Dumbledore.   >:(
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BillCable on November 30, 2010, 02:38 PM
"Quit" as in "died"?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt on November 30, 2010, 02:48 PM
Whatever his excuse was, yeah.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on December 1, 2010, 12:48 AM
It's ok. He had a good excuse.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on December 7, 2010, 10:18 AM
I am even more impressed with the fact that so few actors were changed throughout the films.  Dumbledore is the biggest one, but that couldn't have been helped.  The only casting change I can think of in this movie was Hermoine's parents who had a brief appearance in Chamber of Secrets.

yes...that's the most impressive part to me.  That the main characters stayed on is one thing, but they managed to keep even the most minor characters on board...even those who have no speaking parts worth noting and are just window dressing for the most part.  Is there an oscar for human resources?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on December 7, 2010, 10:56 AM
If you watch closely, you see the same student extras in each movie even if they don't say anything.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on December 7, 2010, 12:47 PM
If you watch closely, you see the same student extras in each movie even if they don't say anything.

I've noticed that as well, pretty cool.  I agree though, overall just so impressive that they've kept basically the entire cast together for 8 movies.  Even more impressive when it is kids in so many of the main roles.  As much as I am looking forward to the big finale next summer, it will be somewhat bittersweet - much like when ROTS hit - in that it will be "over".
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on April 1, 2011, 01:44 PM
http://www.ign.com/videos/2011/04/01/harry-potter-the-aurors-tv-show-trailer?sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4d96099ffff1aa1f%2C0
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on April 2, 2011, 07:39 AM
How could I have not heard about this before just seeing this trailer? Looks intriguing.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on April 2, 2011, 01:45 PM
Anything posted on 4/1 needs to be taken with a wink and a nod :-*
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on April 2, 2011, 04:23 PM
Even if it was fake, it was a great idea.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on April 2, 2011, 11:47 PM
Even if it was fake, it was a great idea.

Doh!  Now I really feel stupid.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on April 3, 2011, 11:56 PM
That reminds me. They need to bring back the Dresden Files. I love those books.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on April 27, 2011, 08:49 PM
Deathly Hallows Part 2 Trailer (http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/harrypotterandthedeathlyhallowspart2/)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: I Am Sith on April 28, 2011, 08:00 AM
I actually got goosebumps.  Can't wait for this to come out!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on May 24, 2011, 10:38 AM
Seven more Potter films on the way! (http://www.theonion.com/video/final-minutes-of-last-harry-potter-movie-to-be-spl,20528/)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on May 24, 2011, 11:10 AM
I saw that this morning...pretty funny. 

But, you know, there probably really is an accountant sitting in an office at WB with a stack of spreadsheets in front of him trying to figure out a way to propose an 8th HP film to keep the money rolling in.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: McMetal on May 24, 2011, 11:22 AM
I feel pretty secure that she has enough money already to resist the lure of ever writing any more of these. Kind of glad too, go out on top with the happy ending.

They just need to set up some kind of legal mumbo-jumbo that prevents anyone else from stepping in and besmirching her legacy by trying to write more books. I would hate to see this franchise go the way of Dune, or even Star Wars.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: I Am Sith on May 24, 2011, 08:06 PM
I don't know, I'd kind of like to read some books about Harry and Ron as Aurors.  I think that would make for some very interesting/entertaining reads.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on May 25, 2011, 12:07 AM
It would be like a kid's version of the Dresden Files.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on May 25, 2011, 12:25 AM
I don't know, I'd kind of like to read some books about Harry and Ron as Aurors.  I think that would make for some very interesting/entertaining reads.

Probably pretty boring since Harry pretty much wiped out evil in the last book.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on May 25, 2011, 01:24 PM
I've always thought that stories set in the Potter Universe, but during WWII Europe would be simply amazing.  A secret wizard war folded among the muggle warfare?  Come on...awesome.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jeff on June 16, 2011, 01:42 PM
Pottermore (http://www.pottermore.com/)?

Speculation seems to be all over the map (new tv show, on-line game, new web portal, etc), but everyone seems to say it's not a new book.  Also sounds like the "official" announcent on it will come late next week...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on June 16, 2011, 01:58 PM
It could be the Scottish Book (the Harry Potter Encyclopedia) that JK has mentioned before.  Since it seems to have her direct involvement, I don't think that it would be an online game or another theme park.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on June 17, 2011, 11:06 AM
New trailer for Deathly Hallows Part 2 available (with new footage):

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/harrypotterandthedeathlyhallowspart2/ (http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/harrypotterandthedeathlyhallowspart2/)

Really looking forward to this.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on June 23, 2011, 11:33 AM
Pottermore is open now... sort of:

http://www.pottermore.com/
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: McMetal on June 23, 2011, 11:43 AM
Wow...e-books. How underwhelming.

Ya couldn't even have written a new short story?  :P
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on July 13, 2011, 10:17 AM
So is anyone heading out to the final chapter this weekend?  Sounds like reviews have been pretty positive (as usual with Potter), and I know I'm really looking forward to it.  Hopefully - if the parents babysitting comes through - we'll be heading out on Saturday.  I know some of our local theaters are doing a promo where they show all of the Potter films through an entire day, with the new one premiering at midnight.  Long day, but it would be fun if you had the time I guess.

I was watching a special the other day where they were saying the top three "franchises/stories" of all time were the Star Wars OT, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter (I believe it was Leonard Maltin - film critic - who said that).  I know I sure enjoy all three.  I wonder if we'll ever see anything like Potter again, where they had so many films (8) that were all of good quality, and had the same actors throughout the series.  Definitely something special.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on July 13, 2011, 04:50 PM
I have tickets to a midnight showing tomorrow.  I'm not sure how many screens the film is playing on, but my theater has 7 start times for tomorrow night and 6 are sold out, the newest one they added is a 3:10am start.

I didn't do a midnight showing last year because I waited too long and they sold them all out.  But for Half Blood Prince, I believe they showed Potter on 8 screens for their midnight showing.  And I don't live in that large of a town, and both colleges are out for the summer.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on July 13, 2011, 06:17 PM
My family I'd planning to go on Friday evening. Really looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 13, 2011, 07:41 PM
We have tickets for Friday Afternoon in IMAX.  I'm looking forward to this one!
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Neal on July 13, 2011, 11:26 PM
I'm taking one of my nephews to see it at 9:10 PM on Friday night.  Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on July 15, 2011, 12:07 PM
Really liked it.  Saw the 12:40 show this morning, the local theater had 7 start times with at least 10 screens showing the movie and they were all sold out, including the 3:10am showing.

There were a lot of changes from the book, some I was fine with but there were a few little things that I didn't care for.  I really dislike it when they change the little things for no real reason.

A few people were in costumes last night, there was some cheering and clapping at a few points and you could tell there were a lot of tears through various parts as well.

This is only the 4th film that I've seen in theaters, Order of the Phoenix was the first one I went to (the rest I saw on DVD first), but it's going to be weird knowing that there won't be another film coming next year.  As far as the films and books go, I think my love for this series almost surpasses my love of Star Wars.  I think it's possible that in my lifetime there won't be another series of films that will match up with Potter.  LotR is close but some of my other favorites such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones weren't this consistently good for this long of a run of films.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Morgbug on July 15, 2011, 02:44 PM
LotR is close but some of my other favorites such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones weren't this consistently good for this long of a run of films.

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I don't disagree that Potter had more consistency but I think if you tried to resurrect the franchise 15-20 years down the line it'd suffer as the others did as well.  The beauty is that the films were over such a compact period of time, to me just like the LOTR trilogy or the original SW/Indy films.  Those originals were wonderfully consistent for the most part (******' ewoks). 

Never having read the books for the Potter series, I haven't known what would change in the movies, so no idea what I've missed or what could have irritated me.  I went to a late night show last night for fun and I was stunned by how well behaved the crowd was.  No cell phones, no conversations at quiet points in the movies.  I still hate 3D and find it wholly unnecessary for the movie going experience to be enjoyable.  The movie proved to be a very good finish to the series for me with enough drama to be a suitable ending.  Now I can go read the books. 
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 15, 2011, 05:54 PM
Overall, I think they did a good job. A nice ending to the series.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on July 15, 2011, 06:37 PM
I went to a late night show last night for fun and I was stunned by how well behaved the crowd was.  No cell phones, no conversations at quiet points in the movies.

I found the same with my theater last night.  Once the film opened it was dead silent in the theater except for the few cheering points, a couple laughs and later, sniffling as people were crying.  And the age range skewed young in the crowd I was with.

I'd say many of the people there were the kids that literally grew up with Harry in the books and then films.  I sat next to two couples that were my age, maybe a couple years older, but most everyone sitting in front of me were 20-25 maybe, some younger probably.  There were some busses at the theater when I got there and I think they were from Cornell, bringing over a lot of the summer students from campus.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on July 16, 2011, 12:09 AM
Very pleased with this movie. Sure there were some tweaks but all in all I was okay with them.  I will probably post more when there is less of a chance to spoil some parts.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on July 16, 2011, 08:30 PM
Estimated Friday box office of 92 million, beating the Twilight record by 20 million.  Sounds like the Dark Knight three day record could be crushed as well, nice to see it doing so well.  We went to see it this afternoon, and loved it.  I had much the same feeling after seeing Revenge of the Sith, where it was bittersweet because while I loved the movie I was sad that it was "over".  There were some changes from the book - mostly minor - and nothing I can say I had much problem with.  Although I really like all of the movies in the series, I can see why many say this one is "the best".  It definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat, and I wouldn't mind catching it again in the theaters.  It is really impressive to me how much they've kept the quality up throughout all eight movies.  Sure, some of them have more changes from the books than others - and I know that bothers some more than me - and although some of the effects in the first two seem a little rough now, they are still fun to watch and almost have a bit of "nostalgia" in a way.  Anyways, very good movie, highly recommend catching it if you are remotely interested in Potter.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Pete_Fett on July 16, 2011, 08:58 PM
My wife and I saw this on Friday night and we both really enjoyed it.

I think my wife really enjoyed it because I had been having her re-watch the first seven movies with me at night for the eight days leading up to the movie's release. I have read the books, but she has not, so I wanted her to at least be "caught up" from a movies stand-point.

It was definitely fun to see it with a theater full of Potter fans - everyone cheering at certain moments and getting somber during others.

I would definitely like to see it again, probably not in the theater, but I will buy the Blu-Ray when it comes out. I'd be interested to see if there were any other scenes they filmed but were cut for the final release.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Neal on July 16, 2011, 10:04 PM
I liked the movie, but the audio in the theater I saw the film in was just terrible.  It was difficult to hear dialogue, and it sounded like they were mumbling.  It really took me out of the movie. 
Oh well.  I guess I'll just have to see it again.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on July 16, 2011, 10:34 PM
My wife and I went today.  I thought it was fantastic, my wife gave it a good. There were two changes I really didn't care for but they didn't ruin it for me at all

The whole tone of the book and the movie are sort of downers when you think about it...its not like ROTJ or ROTK where there are huge celebrations and a sense of joy...the series ends somberly and while emotionally it tugged at the right spots it also left me rather melancholy.

When I was reading the Snape scenes near the end of the book/movie I could picture how this was going to play out on screen and they really nailed it...except it was really tough to convey Harry's feelings about their relationship...still pretty powerful stuff and has been said ad naseum, Rickman was born to play the part. 

Hard to say where the series ranks in geekdom film history, it is right there with all of the big ones though
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on July 17, 2011, 10:09 AM
The whole tone of the book and the movie are sort of downers when you think about it...its not like ROTJ or ROTK where there are huge celebrations and a sense of joy...the series ends somberly and while emotionally it tugged at the right spots it also left me rather melancholy.

That is something we noticed as well.  Although I know it is quite similar to the book, I noticed that (although the "19 years later" helped a bit) the movie still sort of ended on a somber note.  There wasn't a big "hooray" celebration scene, similar to what we saw in ROTJ or ROTK.  When Harry is walking back into the hall and seeing everyone, it sort of just looked like "well, its over".  Again, the book is very much the same, so it was accurate.  Still, great movie - already looking forward to the blu ray.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Morgbug on July 17, 2011, 02:30 PM
That's an interesting point Brian and Scott make.  I actually felt they handled the end of the movie better than ROTJ or ROTK.  In both those movies there are great celebrations but I've always felt they've too easily brushed aside the death of their comrades in battle and go on to party a little too quickly for my tastes.  Maybe it's just conversations I've had with uncles that fought in WWII but I felt the somber mood in the last Potter movie was more fitting.  We won, that's fantastic, but look at the cost...  Struck me as a more pragmatic approach. 
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on July 17, 2011, 04:12 PM
That's a good point Brent, and something along the lines of what I've been discussing with my wife over the past couple weeks.  She's read I think the first three books (but then went back to re-reading her Twilight series) and has watched all the HP movies several times.  She really didn't like all the death in the HP series, particularly in Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2, and was asking me why Rowling felt it necessary to kill off so many characters.  The best way I could explain it was saying that in real wars, people die, and that it wouldn't be realistic if this was the wizard war to end all wars with huge numbers on both sides that no one at all would get hurt and/or killed.  It did remind me a bit of one of the SW docs where they said many (almost everyone) was pushing Lucas to kill off a main character in ROTJ, but he insisted not to.  Granted, it was a different time, and SW (particularly in the 80s) was really a movie for kids whereas Potter (the books and movies) may have started with kids for the most part but has become much more adult as the series has gone on.  Anyways, I can see what you are saying as well Brent.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on July 17, 2011, 04:21 PM
New weekend record for Potter as well: estimated $168.6 million (beating Dark Knight by about $10 mil).  I saw this over at EW, which allows fans to discuss some things they would have liked to see done differently in the books/movies (not just complaining, just their opinions) - it is sort of an interesting read.  I can't say I disagree with some of the points posted either.  I am sort of surprised (and granted, it is the internet, so grain of salt and all that) at how many people really disliked Michael Gambon as Dumbledore.  I mean, I've heard that before, but didn't know it was quite so widespread (again, amongst internet posters at least).
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 18, 2011, 12:29 AM
I thought he did a good job....but Richard Harris did a great job!  It's a shame he passed away after filming Chamber of Secrets.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: McMetal on July 18, 2011, 09:21 AM
Enjoyed reading all the comments. You guys touched on my two biggest beefs with the film franchise: Sucky Fake Dumbledore Gambon and the unfailing need to change the source material.

Now, I get that they were trapped when Harris died, and in Gambon's defense, I wouldn't have liked anyone else in that role either, but he really is a piss-poor Dumbledore. He lacks all of the warmth and whimsy of Harris. Harris was just so superbly cast, it literally diminished the whole of the franchise when they lost him.

Imagine LOTR without the real Gandalf, or Star Wars without the real Obi-Wan. Just not the same.

That said, I can live with casting changes made out of necessity, but the rampant plot changes and exclusion of important details just became too irritating and distracting to ignore anymore after the first movie. I forget which was the longest book, I want to say 3 or 4, but they cut so much out it was like watching a completely different movie.

I honestly don't know how you make sense of it all without having read the books. You certainly miss quite a lot.

I am trying to make an effort to watch the movies again now as I never even saw the last 2 or 3. I'd like to get caught up so I can still catch the last one in the theatre.

Oh, and just so I can get the frustration out ahead of time, what exactly did the change about this last installment? Nobody lives who dies or vice versa hopefully?
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on July 18, 2011, 09:30 AM
Oh, and just so I can get the frustration out ahead of time, what exactly did the change about this last installment?

There's a lot changed in part 2.  Some big, some small, but a lot overall.

Nobody lives who dies or vice versa hopefully?

I don't think that's one of the changes.  Other than there may be some characters from the novels that were never actually in the films, I think this all stayed the way it was supposed to.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on July 18, 2011, 11:04 AM
I disagree on Gambon...I think Harris was a perfect Dumbledore when all we knew about Dumbledore was that he was an eccentric, lovable old wizard.  In hindsight, though, Dubledore has a LOT more depth to him...a darker side that I think Gambon is perfect for. 
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Nicklab on July 18, 2011, 05:59 PM
I think Gambon did quite a good job as Dumbledore.  Richard Harris was a great actor, but he never really got much of a chance to sink his teeth into some of the more complex parts of Dumbledore's story.  The closest we even came to that was in the flashback scenes in the second film, and those were quite brief.

I made a point of checking out the movie today.  I was very surprised to see that Ciaran Hinds was cast as Aberforth Dumbledore!  Lots of emotional moments in this final chapter.  And it was fairly true to the book.  The final scene seemed a tiny bit off.  Perhaps I had a difficult time picturing the characters at that point in their lives.  All in all, a very good way to bring the series to a close.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Rob on July 18, 2011, 06:29 PM
Gambon's Dumbledore > Harris' Dumbledore 
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Jabba the Slug on July 21, 2011, 04:55 AM
Ralph Fiennes' interpretation of Voldemort was beyond words. He definitely is one bad-ass villain. With Vader you see a tragic villain and you feel sympathy with him, but you just wanna hate Voldemort. And to top it all of there's many in-depth scenes in the film where see Voldemort at his emotional weakest. You hardly ever see a villain in a movie like this, I thought it was so interesting to see it.

I saw the film twice and I was both awe-struck in many ways and let down in a few ways, as I thought some of the action sequences were lacking. To say that the series went out with a bang is definitely true. I was definitely an emotion wreck that the series was over, more so than when ROTS came out. I grew up with the Prequel Trilogy only, but I grew up with the entire Harry Potter film franchise.   
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on July 21, 2011, 07:14 AM
Finally got to see this last night.

For the Gambon/Harris debate, I think one of the biggest gripes about Gambon is that he never read (and from what I can gather, refused to read) the books.  To me, I think that is essential to being a major character in the series.  I would say he got better as he went through the movies.  He was way to manic in the beginning; a prime example is when Harry's name comes out of the Goblet of Fire.  Book Dumbledore would not have grabbed Harry and shook him like Gambon did.

Anyone feel that the pacing in this movie was rushed?  I think they could have benefited from making this installment 2.5 to 2.75 hours long instead of closer to 2 hours long.  I felt that the Hogsmead bit was rushed as well as "the sacking of Snape" (or however that chapter was titled) scene.  I feel that Part 1 came a lot closer to the book than Part 2.

As for character deaths, I think they were pretty consistent.  I guess they got lucky that the actor who played Crabbe was the one busted for pot and not the actor who played Goyle.  I do have one character death question, did Wormtail die in Part 1?  I don't recall seeing him in this movie, but he certainly didn't get his book death.  Towards the end of Part 1 when Harry and company escape the basement, did Dobby kill Wormtail, or just knock him out...it wasn't too clear.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BillCable on July 21, 2011, 07:38 AM
He was way to manic in the beginning; a prime example is when Harry's name comes out of the Goblet of Fire.  Book Dumbledore would not have grabbed Harry and shook him like Gambon did.

That would have been the director's decision, not the actors...
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on July 21, 2011, 09:20 AM
He was way to manic in the beginning; a prime example is when Harry's name comes out of the Goblet of Fire.  Book Dumbledore would not have grabbed Harry and shook him like Gambon did.

That would have been the director's decision, not the actors...

So the actor has no say in their performance?  I could understand the child actors no being able to have input, but someone of Gambon's stature?  I would think Gambon would have some input, then again, he never read the books and only a script so he didn't have much of a basis to say something was out of character.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BillCable on July 21, 2011, 10:10 AM
Even if an actor improvises, the director decides whether or not it gets into the final movie.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Diddly on October 25, 2011, 02:23 PM
Report: Warner Bros to pull Potter DVDs/Blu-Rays (http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2011/10/25/warner-bros-to-pull-harry-potter-dvds-and-blu-rays-from-stores/)

Apparently WB is going to create a Disney Vault of their own, placing all of the Potter movies in moratorium. I'm no Potter fan but this is a really, really dumb decision.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: P-Siddy on October 25, 2011, 02:32 PM
It's the whole panic idea, I think. Get it now! But on the flip side... out of sight, out of mind.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: EdSolo on October 25, 2011, 02:58 PM
Seems a bit strange considering Deathly Hollows Part 2 doesn't come out for another two weeks.  Additionally, both Death Hallows movies have yet to receive the Ultimate Edition treatment and there has yet to be an eight movie set put out.  I guess this could be a precursor to the final ultimate editions and the complete series set.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: I Am Sith on October 25, 2011, 08:59 PM
I really hope that they still move forward with the Deathly Hallows Ultimate Editions.  I have all the others and it would be a shame not to have the complete release in UE format.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on October 25, 2011, 09:04 PM
Seems strange with the final movie (and biggest) just being released on Nov 11, only to be put in the "vault" a month and a half later.  There is an 8 film box set hitting that day as well, but I read somewhere (I think Mugglenet or some other Potter site) that WB has already said there will be a better box set coming next year sometime.  This is one of the movies/series that I want all of them upgraded to blu, so I was tempted to get the box set, but I may just wait it out for the "super duper edition" one.  I wonder about the "ultimate editions" as well.  Personally, I just have one of them (the first movie) when it was on sale at Amazon for like $18 or something a year or so back.  It is very nice, and I like it, but the box is just so big that I didn't want to dedicate the space to all eight of them like that.  I'm pretty sure they would take up the majority of our movie shelves :).
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: McMetal on October 25, 2011, 09:53 PM
I still want to know why Half Blood Prince is not available On Demand or via Red Box. It's like the only way to see that movie is to frigging buy it. Stupid.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on March 27, 2012, 03:23 PM
I never did stop back in here after CV.  I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal with the guys I drove to Florida with, Jace and Chris, on Monday after CV.

The attraction was packed all day.  There were huge lines for all of the shops and the Three Broom Sticks which is the food option for that section of the park.  Jace and I did the castle tour but I skipped the two roller coasters, it rained and they were both off for a while and I didn't feel like waiting in the lines afterwards, plus I'm not a huge roller coaster fan anyway.

The shops and decor of the attraction are really cool but I think they could have used a couple more shops and definitely could have used more space for the shops that are there.  I walked through Zonko's and Honeydukes and hit Filch's Emporium of Confiscated Goods, which is as the exit to the castle.

I completely missed the Dervish and Banges store but I think it was because the line of people for Olivanders was wound out past that store.  The line for Owl Post was also long enough that I didn't wait for it.

The lines for Olivanders were so long, in fact, that they added a separate cart near the castle that was selling wands for people interested in buying but didn't care if they missed the wand selection with the cast members.  I ended up buying two wands and got them from the cart instead of the store.  I actually waited in line behind Jay Laga'aia who was at the park with, I'm assuming, some of his family.

There were also carts around the attraction selling shirts and some other items that you would normally find in the stores.  They also had a huge Butter Beer cart and a couple smaller carts selling pumpkin juice and other drinks.

Besides the wands I picked up a pin at Filch's Emporium and a chocolate frog.  There was additional HP merchandise at the large store near the entrance.  That store had stuff from all of the various attractions around the park so, from a shopping standpoint, it was easier to look there than in the dedicated stores in the attraction.  That's actually where I bought my frog.

We got to the park around 11:00am and left at 9.  Jace and Chris had passes for both Universal parks and they visited the second park while I stayed at Islands of Adventure, where HP is.  So I had plenty of time to walk around the full park as well as the HP area.  I would have spent more time in the HP area but I really didn't feel like waiting long periods of time in lines to see the stores when I wasn't planning on buying anything, it just kind of felt like a waste of time.  I would definitely go back, though, I had a fun time at the park and would like a chance to look through all the stores and maybe have dinner at the Three Broom sticks.

Since the HP attraction is still so new, it's going to be a while before the lines start to settle down.  I was a little surprised at how packed the place was on a Monday in August, but I still had a good time.

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We took our boys yesterday and we all had a ton of fun...it is amazing how lifelike everything was.  We ate in the three broomsticks, our boys got picked for the wand ceremony at Olivanders, the line for the HP Virtual Ride was 2 hours long.  Probably not worth it for the ride but walking through the castle and decorations was awesome. 

(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/hpworld.jpg)
(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/hpworld2.jpg)
(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/hpworld3.jpg)
(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/hpworld5.jpg)
(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/hpworld6.jpg)
(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/hpworld7.jpg)
(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/hpworld8.jpg)
(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/hpworld9.jpg)

I'm not a huge crowd guy and I'm really not a lowest common denominator guy (which seems to be attracted to theme parks for some reason)  Needless to say that after 8 hours of standing in line in the hot Florida sun...I was wiped, a Hog's Head Ale was well deserved

(http://www.jedidefender.com/spearson/hpworld4.jpg)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on March 28, 2012, 01:47 AM
That's awesome that your boys got picked for the wand ceremony.  It looks like the place was packed...that's about how it looked when I was there.  I guess the "newness" hasn't worn off yet.

The day I was there it rained and I think that contributed to our much shorter wait to go through the castle.  We were in line maybe an hour before we got inside, but only about a half hour before we were under cover of the attraction, which wasn't bad, but 2 hours would have sucked.

I still think it looks odd with the snow on the buildings but everyone running around in shorts, and knowing it was probably 80.

I'm looking forward to going again this August, as much or more than CVI at this point.

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on March 28, 2012, 11:10 PM
I've been wanting to go to IOA for a long time. Its just the plane trip across the country with three kids and a motion sick wife that scares me.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: name on March 29, 2012, 08:47 AM


I still think it looks odd with the snow on the buildings but everyone running around in shorts, and knowing it was probably 80.



Ain't nothing wrong with that....

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v463/name7574/23774_569985557786_57504248_33395582_5426341_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: efranks on January 2, 2013, 12:01 AM
Dredging this thread up.  I spent most of yesterday and today watching all 8 Potter films.  I've been reading through the series again, just started Half Blood Prince, but had sort of planned the marathon a while ago. 

When we went to Celebration VI this year, I went to Universal again to see the HP attraction and on th way out picked up a couple bottles of Pumpkin Juice and a chocolate frog and figured a marathon was a good time to for them.  It takes about 20 hours to watch everything so I watched the first 4 movies yesterday and finished the rest off today.  It was a really lazy way to spend the holiday but it was fun. 

With the books fresh in my mind, I've seen the movies more, it surprised me how much GoF, OotP and HBP were changed.  The first time I'd read the novels it had been a while since I'd seen a couple of the films and vice versa next time I saw the movies.  The first three films (w/ some variances in Prisoner) are pretty accurate so I guess I forgot how different the next three are.  I still love the movies, but I think I'm a little less impressed with their interpretations than I have been in the past.

And I'm still not at all happy with the end of Deathly Hallows 2 when Harry doesn't fix his busted wand. 

Still have to finish off reading HBP and then read the DH, though. 

(http://netenigma.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Harry-Potter-Movie-Marathon-2012.jpg)

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Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Morgbug on January 2, 2013, 07:00 PM
Interesting timing on this one.  On the advice of several reviewers on Amazon.com I picked up the Blu-Ray boxed set off Amazon.uk for $32 shipped  :o  Walmart had the same set locally for $59 and the two Deathly Hallows movies on Blu-Ray would have run me near $40 after taxes so it turned out to be a heck of a deal since we'd picked up neither DH movie yet.  Of course we have six HP movies on regular DVD with no real need at the moment but can probably flog those for $5 a piece during a garage sale in the summer. 
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Scott on September 12, 2013, 10:15 AM
New Movies Coming (http://movies.yahoo.com/news/warner-bros-j-k-rowling-team-harry-potter-131202995.html)

I really thought the next set of Potter media would be sequels starring the Weasley and Potter kids but alas this might be kind of fun too
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Master_Phruby on September 12, 2013, 11:10 AM
I hope this does well. I want to see people doing extensions to universes instead of crappy prequels and sequels. I wish Disney would do extensions rather than sequels for Star Wars. New stories that have nothing to do with the Skywalker family or any characters we already have would be great.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: McMetal on September 12, 2013, 11:16 AM
Hmmm, not sure about this idea.

If she's doing 100% of the screenwriting, plotting etc I'm on board. That seems to be the idea now but who knows. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

I wish she would just write more books and then adapt those for cinema. This cutting out the middle man stuff sort of defeats the best thing about this franchise - how excited it got kids about reading.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: BrentS on September 12, 2013, 07:43 PM


I wish she would just write more books and then adapt those for cinema. This cutting out the middle man stuff sort of defeats the best thing about this franchise - how excited it got kids about reading.

I'm totally with you on this. I'm looking forward to more in the universe but I'd much rather have a new series of books first!  My kids loved these.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on September 12, 2013, 08:53 PM
I'm pretty excited for this, not just for myself, but for our daughter.  She has been way into Harry Potter for the past year plus (she was Hermione for Halloween last year), and it is great there is potential for her to be able to see the new movie(s) on the big screen since she was too young for the proper Harry Potter.

I'm also with you guys on wanting more books.  I've been reading the Potter books to my daughter before bed each night, and it would be great if there was more for her to get in on the ground floor with.  I know she's even asked me before if they'll ever do "the adventures of their kids", which would be kind of cool.  Either way, I think it is exciting news just for the fact that we get to return to that "world".  Sort of when they finally announced that the Hobbit was moving forward, I'm just excited to get to experience that universe again in a new way.  I really get the feeling that they'll try to branch this out in the "Marvel Model" like Star Wars is doing, and like WB should be doing with DC.
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: Brian on July 8, 2014, 10:50 AM
J.K. Rowling has released a new Potter short story, written in the style of a Rita Skeeter article, detailing the crew years later getting together at the Quidditch World Cup.  You can read it if you are a member of Pottermore, or the Today Show website seems to have it as well:

http://www.today.com/books/read-j-k-rowlings-new-post-latest-harry-potter-gossip-1D79887288 (http://www.today.com/books/read-j-k-rowlings-new-post-latest-harry-potter-gossip-1D79887288)
Title: Re: Harry Potter
Post by: McMetal on July 9, 2014, 09:57 AM
Read it last night...sigh. Why is that shrewish hosebag even still alive? The first thing Dumbledore's Army should have done after defeating Voldemort is round up all the collaborators like Skeeter, Umbridge, the Malfoys, etc and just have them mass executed.  >:D

Seriously though, was a fun read, I miss these characters. I liked the mention about Lupin's son. Little disppointed Neville and Luna did not end up together though, that seemed like a good match.