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|Friday, April 11th, 2008|
|Thursday, March 13th, 2008|
Back from the dead! Sort of.
Like the smoke-corpse of Dumbledore rising from the dust at Grimmauld Place, intoning "Severus Snape????", the Remembrall Club is back. Sort of. Most likely we'll be gone again as fast as you can say, "It was not I that killed you, Professor."
So! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
will be made into not one but TWO films! My question to you, dear ones, is this: Where will the first movie end???
I have two ideas. My first idea is that the first movie ends when Ron leaves the trio in the forest. That gives you the cliffhanger vibe. The other idea is for the first movie to end with the destruction of the locket, as that gives you the giant climax moment that will be needed at the end of the film. Your thoughts???
PS - I miss talking about new Harry Potter stuff. It's okay, though. I am totally owning up to how sad that is.
|Monday, July 30th, 2007|
|Friday, July 27th, 2007|
Hey guys, I was looking through my old posts (because I am so bored) and I found this one
. If you skip past the part where I bitch about my boyfriend, you will find some things that I TOTALLY FORGOT I wrote last year.
This is officially to say that I am pretty smrt. G'head and link to YOUR smart predictions now!
|Wednesday, July 25th, 2007|
|Monday, July 23rd, 2007|
We will begin discussing Book 7 on Wednesday! I know a lot of you are already finished, but just hang tight. Maybe read the last 200 pages again...
|Friday, July 20th, 2007|
All of Harvard Square has been transformed into a Harry Potter themed wonderland in honor of the book release tonight. There's tons of people milling around, many in costume, experianting the Pottery goodness. Many resturants in the area are having themed menus for tonight with various takes on foods from the books and a few offered butterbeer. Of course, every place doing this was mobbed so I was unable to sample any of these delights. Instead of waiting in line for anything, I opted to head off to Harvard Yard where three wizard rock bands were playing (apparently this genre originated in Boston with Harry and the Potters, who were headlining a bill consisting of Draco and the Malfoys and The Hungarian Horntails). I showed up in time for Draco and the Malfoys who's music is so bad I would reccomend using it in Guantanamo in place of waterboarding. I didn't stick around for the rest but I hang out and look at people's costumes. Most were wearing robes and carrying a wand but some were quite clever. I'm pretty sure J.K. expected 15 year old girls to dress up like catholic schoolgirl sluts with the various Hogwarts house colors. The best costume I saw was a young girl who was a snitch. Adorable.
You guys, I was just looking at the cover of Deathly Hallows and I think they are beyond the veil fighting. What else would explain those curtains?Here it is again
before we all get our grubby mits on it for real.
Anyway, just wanted to throw that out there. Also, I was thinking this morning about how much I resisted reading Harry Potter when it first came out. Indeed, four books were out before I started reading them and I was very anti-HP. I ended up reading Book 1 my senior year of college when I was staying up all night with a friend who was going through a rough spot. I got immediately hooked and read the first 4 books in 2 weeks. I remember sitting at the Space with van_gogh_dog_go
when I was halfway through Book 4 and asking him if the end of 4 was scary. He revealed that there was a murder and ... cutting! I went with my sister and her friend Sharif to get book 5. And two years ago I went with Meg and Gigi to get Book 6 as Aaron was making his way to Italy.
I am really glad I came around and started reading Harry Potter!
An entry from Annie
Here's an entry by our dear vaticanplum
I was just frantically reading Half-Blood Prince one last time before holing myself up with Book 7 when I came across something that almost made me -- yes -- laugh out loud in the solitary privacy of my own home. It was the following exchange between Nearly Headless Nick and Ron: "Harry Potter knows that he can confide in me with complete confidence,' I told them. 'I would rather die than betray his trust.' "
"That's not saying much, seeing as you're already dead," Ron observed.
"Once again, you show all the sensitivity of a blunt axe,' said Nearly Headless Nick in affronted tones, and he rose into the air and glided back toward the far end of the Gryffindor table just as Dumbledore got to his feet at the staff table.
The sensitivity of a blunt axe. Says the man with his head [nearly] chopped off. Who is, by the by, insulted yet again by being reminded that he's dead. People, this is frigging hysterical.
The major reason my mother always cites as she scoffs at the Harry Potter phenomenon and refuses to read the books is that she's "not into that fantasy stuff". and time after time I try to explain to her that one of the most thoroughly enjoyable aspects to them is the way they weave the real world into the magical one -- and the poignancy and humor that provides. But especially the humor. I remember clear as a bell the passage midway through the first book that I think was what hooked me for good (" 'And you could ask your parents if you know who Flamel is,' said Ron. 'It'd be safe to ask them.' 'Very safe, as they're both dentists,' said Hermione.") These books are absolutely hilarious; the characters are hilarious and the way their tales are told is hilarious. All while still being very well-told. Look at the Nearly Headless Nick passage up there...just some plain brilliant writing in only a couple of sentences. Ron doesn't "say"; he "observes". That's very subtle, but funny. And when Nick "glides" away to the table, he's counteracted in the same sentence by the human Dumbledore who gets "to his feet
". Again: subtle and hilarious. I think the strength of the humor in the books is often overlooked, actually, when in fact it's the humor that gives them so much of their poignancy.
So as we all prepare ourselves for death and tears, I'd love to just take a couple of minutes today for everybody to remember their Favorite Funny Moments in Harry Potter. I mean, the Weasley twins could have a book on their own. But what do you remember, Weasley or not?
Discussing Book 7
I never occurred to me that we would discuss Book 7 until Darin mentioned it! HAHAHA, I am dumb! So here's a question: When do you want to start discussing? Answer in comments, majority rules.
Give it a full week and another weekend and then we'll talk!
Some other date.
|Thursday, July 19th, 2007|
OMG! Book 7 Comes Out Tomorrow!
It's time for predictions!!!! Under the cut are some of mine. Feel free to throw in your own or pick a fight with me or whatever!REMINDER: This is a spoiler-free zone. Don't fucking ruin it for everyone else. Thanks!( PredictionsCollapse )
|Tuesday, July 17th, 2007|
The Case for Snape, continued
More of Snape's good deeds:
- Saving Harry in Book 1 during the Quidditch match
- Not giving veritaserum to Umbridge so she could use it on Harry in Book 5
- Alerting the Order that Harry was probably going to try to do something classically brash and stupid (again)
- (Apparently) saving Harry at the end of Book 6, even after Harry tries to crucio him and calls him a coward
Now, Snape has never been one to control his anger around Harry, especially when provoked. Either he's in a weird place because of what just happened on the tower, or he's taken an Unbreakable Oath to not hurt Harry when DD is gone (or both).
Keep in mind, in the beginning of the book he explains away his protection of Harry because Dumbledore was always around. But in Book 5 it would have been easy to keep Harry's cryptic clue to himself - the only people who understood it would probably go ahead and get killed in the Ministry if Snape didn't intervene. And that excuse clearly doesn't work at the end of book 6, either.
I still don't think he's a good guy. But I'm pretty sure he's not in Voldemort's camp - he may figure it benefits him more if Voldemort is overthrown than if he sticks around. And if we're to believe the prophecy, Harry's the only show in town as far as that's concerned.
|Monday, July 16th, 2007|
Proof that Snape is good, in HBP
"Blocked again and again and again until you learn to keep your mouth shut and your mind closed, Potter!" (HBP p.602)
He's telling him exactly what he needs to work on in order to be successful in taking on Voldemort.
hp continuity editor on talk of the nation
Ok, so I just finished listening to a segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation with the american Harry Potter continuity editor (the lady who makes sure everyone's names are spelled the same way and spells mean the same thing every time.)
One caller asked about the thestrals. Their first questions (which I never picked up on!) was why Harry couldn't see the thestrals when they rode in the school carriages to the gates at the end of book 4. Why couldn't he see them until the beginning of Book 5. The answer? Basically JK didn't feel like dealing w/ it yet. She made up some bull about Harry couldn't see them until he had processed the death that he witnessed. But then the caller asked why Harry hasn't been able to see them all along since he witnessed his mother's death. The answer? Do we know that he witnessed his mother's death? Touche. continuity editor. Or to use JK's earlier excuse, maybe Harry still hasn't processed his parents' deaths yet.
Also, apparently in the first edition of book 4, Harry's parents come out of Voldy's wand in the wrong order. His dad comes out first, then his mom. But since they're coming out in reverse order of their death, it should be the other way around.
And in book 5 when the kiddies are taking their astronomy exam at midnight at the top of the tower and looking for the position of venus? Apparently you can't see Venus from earth at midnight. But is that really a mistake or were they given a trick question?
This is what happens when you let npr listeners confront the lady who is supposed to make sure everything is perfect. This is probably also why they only allotted 5 minutes for this segment.
* Diary (destroyed)
* Ring (destroyed)
* Locket (missing)
* Hufflepuff's cup (no idea)
* Nagini (alive)
* ___________ ??????
and then of course, the seventh: Voldy.
|Sunday, July 15th, 2007|
Harry Potter and the Curious Literary Structure
One of the things that I've been waiting for a month now to discuss about this book (I jumped the gun and read 5 & 6 back-to-back) is the structure - specifically, the first two chapters. With the exception of the first chapter of Sorcerer's Stone, there are no others that aren't told from Harry's point of view. In fact, the invisibility cloak and some other magical devices seem to also function as plot devices to get Harry to be able to witness things he wouldn't get to otherwise...of course, there's no way Harry would witness either of these conversations. But isn't it interesting that JKR broke with her overall format to include them?
Chapter 2, especially, seemed interesting. I was surprised, re-reading it, that I had forgotten Wormtail's seemingly inexplicable presence in Spinner's End...and that a point is made to mention that he has been eavesdropping regularly. I wouldn't put it past him to have still listened in on some/all of the conversation.
JKR also likes to re-use spells/events/items/characters. I couldn't help but wonder if part of what Snape did to assure Dumbledore he had switched teams for real was taking an unbreakable vow with Dumbledore...
Harry Potter and the Not a Dry Eye in the House
I finished re-reading HP and the Half Blood Prince about 15 minutes ago and I forgot just how incredibly sad and upsetting it is. It has not been a good weekend for me personally, what with real and fictional funerals figuring into the whole of it. No matter, there are two things I want to start discussing right away.
I belive the our dear RAB is Sirius' brother, Regulus Black. In Book 5, the trio finds a heavy locket that none of them could open in the House of Black. Sirius says that it belonged to his brother, Regulus, who was in with Voldemort until he changed his mind. Sirius says that Voldemort himself killed Regulus. Interesting that RAB would change his mind... I think he found out about the Horcruxes, realized that Voldemort would not stop at anything and didn't care who he kills to obtain immortality, RAB deserted the Death Eaters. And he found a fate much like Karkaroff. But he knew that would happen. Here's what he wrote in the fake locket:To the Dark Lord
I know I will be dead long before you read this but I want you to know that it was I who discovered your secret. I have stolen the real Horcrux and intend to destrooy it as soon as I can. I face death in the hope that when you meet your match, you will be mortal once more.
But now, for me, the question is not Who Is RAB? Rather, the question is: What happened to the real locket? We saw Mundungus in Book 5 with stolen treasures from Grimmauld Place, off to sell them. Was the locket in there? Clearly, RAB never got to destroy the locket - where is it now?
2. Harry + Ginny = Spiderman + Mary Jane?
Seriously, there is no was Ginny will ever let Harry just go ahead and do what he has to do without her. You saw how she defended Harry to Hermione - which was awesome, ps. I think Ginny will end up joining the trio in the quest. There's no way she'll give up on Harry.
Okay, I have a third, which is a question to all of you:
Do you think Hogwarts will reopen? I think it will...
|Tuesday, July 10th, 2007|
I can't be the first member of this group to have seen this, am I?
|Sunday, July 8th, 2007|
No Spoilers, Motherfuckers!
So here's the thing - it's not that I don't trust you that you won't reveal spoilers if you find them out. But you know, some of us got an advance copy of Deathly Hallows (COUGHiphisol
COUGH), and it is sometimes hard to contain excitement.
So I'm changing the settings so that no one can post but me now. I hope you guys aren't offended - I just don't want anything getting out even by accident.
Okay, so keep reading Book 6 cause we're going to start discussing on the 16th!
And ps: oh man, this week is Movie 5!!!!!!! Hot damn!