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Topic in our household today was that Umbridge never really got her due.

"...just like real life"
"But this isn't 'real life'. This is as fantasy as fantasy gets."


Also -- Harry's proper adult profession is teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts. It's absurd to go through the foreshadowing of Dumbledore's Army and the repeated message that since Voldemort, DADA profs never last and not reconcile with the symmetry of Harry meeting his best intended use.

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So, question: fifteen years from now when Rowling decides that she doesn't have enough millions to count, and the inevitable Harry Potter as an adult film comes ("It's your kids, Harry!"), how much is it going to suck?


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So, question: fifteen years from now when Rowling decides that she doesn't have enough millions to count, and the inevitable Harry Potter as an adult film comes ("It's your kids, Harry!"), how much is it going to suck?

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So, I was standing on my front porch the other day when I noticed a spider crawling on the railing. Then I noticed there was another, slightly smaller one following the same path. Then another, and another. I counted over 20 spiders of varying sizes following a path from the railing and up the side of my house. :o

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So, I was standing on my front porch the other day when I noticed a spider crawling on the railing. Then I noticed there was another, slightly smaller one following the same path. Then another, and another. I counted over 20 spiders of varying sizes following a path from the railing and up the side of my house. :o

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So, I was standing on my front porch the other day when I noticed a spider crawling on the railing. Then I noticed there was another, slightly smaller one following the same path. Then another, and another. I counted over 20 spiders of varying sizes following a path from the railing and up the side of my house. :o


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I have to apologize. I looked it up, and indeed, my wife is correct. At the end of book 6, Harry does not break up with Ginny by saying, "smell ya later." Mea culpa.

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Oooh, I hope it's about James/Lily or Dumbledore's past with Grindelwald.



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Big News! JKR Writes New Harry Potter Prequel for Charity Auction
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Hang on everyone, as there is some rather big news tonight regarding that notecard that J.K. Rowling has written for a charity auction in June. MSNBC is reporting tonight that the note card is actually "an 800-word Harry Potter prequel." The only other information on this new material regarding the beloved Harry Potter series is that "Rowling used both sides of her card to hand-write a prequel to her seven-book Harry Potter saga."

The report goes on to say "Organizers refused to comment on the content of Rowling's Harry Potter prequel, but Hogwarts fans hoping for another book to add to their collection may be disappointed by her signoff.

-'From the prequel I am not working on — but that was fun!' Rowling wrote.

Rowling has previously said she had no plans to write another Potter novel, but in December she sold a handwritten, leather-bound book of fairy tales she described as drawing on the series' themes, for nearly $4 million at auction. The money went to The Children's Voice, a charity Rowling co-founded in 2005."

As a reminder, this card is part of a charity auction to be held at Waterstone's Book seller in London, England June 10, proceeds to benefit English PEN and Dyslexia Action. As we reported previously, the card, along with ones from the 12 other authors who contributed to the charity auction, will be published in a book due on sale in August, with the cards also to be posted online June 11, including this new Harry Potter prequel from J.K. Rowling. The Telegraph cites Gerry Johnson, the managing director of Waterstone's as saying: "We never dreamed that JK Rowling would donate something so precious, and we're incredibly grateful. Fans unable to meet the bidding price for the prequel need not fret, however. The day after the auction, a facsimile of the story will be displayed in Waterstone's branches and on its website. "


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Oooh, I hope it's about James/Lily or Dumbledore's past with Grindelwald.



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Big News! JKR Writes New Harry Potter Prequel for Charity Auction
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Hang on everyone, as there is some rather big news tonight regarding that notecard that J.K. Rowling has written for a charity auction in June. MSNBC is reporting tonight that the note card is actually "an 800-word Harry Potter prequel." The only other information on this new material regarding the beloved Harry Potter series is that "Rowling used both sides of her card to hand-write a prequel to her seven-book Harry Potter saga."

The report goes on to say "Organizers refused to comment on the content of Rowling's Harry Potter prequel, but Hogwarts fans hoping for another book to add to their collection may be disappointed by her signoff.

-'From the prequel I am not working on — but that was fun!' Rowling wrote.

Rowling has previously said she had no plans to write another Potter novel, but in December she sold a handwritten, leather-bound book of fairy tales she described as drawing on the series' themes, for nearly $4 million at auction. The money went to The Children's Voice, a charity Rowling co-founded in 2005."

As a reminder, this card is part of a charity auction to be held at Waterstone's Book seller in London, England June 10, proceeds to benefit English PEN and Dyslexia Action. As we reported previously, the card, along with ones from the 12 other authors who contributed to the charity auction, will be published in a book due on sale in August, with the cards also to be posted online June 11, including this new Harry Potter prequel from J.K. Rowling. The Telegraph cites Gerry Johnson, the managing director of Waterstone's as saying: "We never dreamed that JK Rowling would donate something so precious, and we're incredibly grateful. Fans unable to meet the bidding price for the prequel need not fret, however. The day after the auction, a facsimile of the story will be displayed in Waterstone's branches and on its website. "

"Ms. Rowling, you've simply written the word 'Voldemort' 800 times and charged $14.95. That's not really a story."

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Follow-up on yesterday's post:

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New Harry Potter Prequel to Feature Marauders Story

Following on the big news from yesterday about the brand new 800 word prequel to events in the Harry Potter series, we now have some additional information about what the story will feature. According to the Guardian, we will be hearing more about the beloved Marauders, as the paper reports the story will feature "the fictional wizard's father James and his friend Sirius Black in their younger years." Newsround also has a photo from the card, that shows the last line from J.K. Rowling that reads "From the prequel I am not working on – but that was fun!"

As we posted yesterday, this new Harry Potter prequel from author J.K. Rowling is contained on a special card that will be part of a charity auction to be held in London at Waterstone's on June 10. The bookseller will then post the card (along with 12 other cards donated to the auction from authors such as Neil Gaiman and more) online, available for all to see on June 11. Also as we reported previously, this card then will be contained in a new book, which will go on sale in August and is now available for pre-order here via Waterstone's. All proceeds from this event will benefit Dyslexia Action and English Pen.


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Has anybody sampled the Harry Potter podcasts from iTunes? Are they worth the effort to download/subscribe?

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Has anybody sampled the Harry Potter podcasts from iTunes? Are they worth the effort to download/subscribe?


I've been listening to PotterCast since day 1 (almost 3 years now). It's by the people who run The Leaky Cauldron. I've sampled others, but they all suck.

PotterCast is fun, but there's a lot of nonsense, too. As with any podcast that runs for a very long time, there are injokes and such, but I still find it entertaining.

Every week, they have a number of recurring segments, like:
- News -- where they go over what has happened recently in the Potter community, with the movies, and stuff like that
- Phoenix Files -- this is wrapping up now, but they've been dissecting the Order of the Phoenix movie scene by scene.
- Bit by Bit -- where they talk about and dissect Deathly Hallows one little bit at a time.
- Canon Conundrums -- where they take on one specific issue in the Potter canon and try to come to some sort of answer. This worked better before Hallows came out (when they could do stuff like "Is Snape good or evil?"), but it's still fun.

They've also started doing an Acting Troupe, where fans audition to play parts in a sort of play which they're gonna write and it's gonna revolve around the next generation (Albus Severus and them).

I dunno if I'm biased since I've listened for so long, and it's pretty nerdy, but I enjoy it.


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Has anybody sampled the Harry Potter podcasts from iTunes? Are they worth the effort to download/subscribe?


I've been listening to PotterCast since day 1 (almost 3 years now). It's by the people who run The Leaky Cauldron. I've sampled others, but they all suck.

PotterCast is fun, but there's a lot of nonsense, too. As with any podcast that runs for a very long time, there are injokes and such, but I still find it entertaining.

Every week, they have a number of recurring segments, like:
- News -- where they go over what has happened recently in the Potter community, with the movies, and stuff like that
- Phoenix Files -- this is wrapping up now, but they've been dissecting the Order of the Phoenix movie scene by scene.
- Bit by Bit -- where they talk about and dissect Deathly Hallows one little bit at a time.
- Canon Conundrums -- where they take on one specific issue in the Potter canon and try to come to some sort of answer. This worked better before Hallows came out (when they could do stuff like "Is Snape good or evil?"), but it's still fun.

They've also started doing an Acting Troupe, where fans audition to play parts in a sort of play which they're gonna write and it's gonna revolve around the next generation (Albus Severus and them).

I dunno if I'm biased since I've listened for so long, and it's pretty nerdy, but I enjoy it.


Thanks.

Do they ever critique the flims? On an only mildly relevant note, a Potter movie gets rewatched in our house about once every two or three weeks I'd say. These days I consistently push for #1 or #2 because I can't stand Michael Gambon's acting.

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These days I consistently push for #1 or #2 because I can't stand Michael Gambon's acting.

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Do they ever critique the flims? On an only mildly relevant note, a Potter movie gets rewatched in our house about once every two or three weeks I'd say. These days I consistently push for #1 or #2 because I can't stand Michael Gambon's acting.


Yes, they do. In a fan-way, i.e. knock stuff that doesn't make sense, rile against things that were left out, and bash Michael Gambon. It's all good fun.

Also: Gambon, ass, eat, etc.


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The 800-word prequel is now available to read online, as well as those of other authors who also donated bits towards charity.

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So what with my vacation and all the rest of it, I forgot to post a piece of rather exciting news here.

On December 4th, Jo Rowling's charity, Children's High Level Group, will publish The Tales of Beedle the Bard in an exclusive deal with Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Amazon. It can be pre-ordered already. The word is awesome. I have obviously already preordered the Collector's Edition.

US cover art | UK cover art

The Collector's Edition ($100 USD) will include the following:
- All five fairy tales from the original The Tales of Beedle the Bard
- Outer case disguised as a wizarding textbook from the Hogwarts library
- Exclusive reproduction of J.K. Rowling's handwritten introduction
- 10 new illustrations by J.K. Rowling not included in the Standard Edition or the original handcrafted edition
- Velvet bag embroidered with J.K. Rowling's signature
- Metal skull, corners, and clasp
- Replica gemstones
- Emerald ribbon

The Standard Edition ($7.59 USD) will have:
- All five fairy tales from the original The Tales of Beedle the Bard
- A new introduction by J.K. Rowling
- Illustrations reproduced from the original handcrafted book
- Commentary on each of the tales by Professor Albus Dumbledore


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According to a post on JKRowling.com, the book will have commentary by Dumbledore (it was "discovered in his papers after his death," including historical notes, personal reminisces, and insights into the most mysterious branch of magic, wand lore). The tales were "translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger" and have illustrations by J.K. Rowling.

JKR: "There was understandable disappointment among Harry Potter fans when only one copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard was offered to the public last December. I am therefore delighted to announce that, thanks to the generous support of Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Amazon (who bought the handwritten copy at auction) – and with the blessing of the wonderful people who own the other six original books - The Tales of Beedle the Bard will now be widely available to all Harry Potter fans. Royalties will be donated to the Children's High Level Group, to benefit institutionalised children in desperate need of a voice. The new edition will include the Tales themselves, translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, and with illustrations by me, but also notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore, which appear by generous permission of the Hogwarts Headmasters' Archive."

The book's proceeds will go to de-institutionalize children. Amazon will produce a maximum of 100,000 collector's edition copies which will sell for about $100, and will aim to closely replicate the look and feel of the original copies that J.K. Rowling gave to six people closely associated with Potter last year.

All proceeds, expected to garner about 4 million pounds, will be donated to CHLG.

Emma Nicholson of the CLHG says: "We are so thrilled to be publishing such an exclusive and special book. This unique project will raise vital funds for the work of CHLG, to help us change the lives of hundreds of thousands of marginalised and institutionalised children who are living in appalling conditions, and make sure that no future generation suffers in this way."


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I'm re-reading Deathly Hallows. If James and Lilly were dead, Harry was a baby and Voldemort was gone how did anyone know Harry survived the killing curse?

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I'm re-reading Deathly Hallows. If James and Lilly were dead, Harry was a baby and Voldemort was gone how did anyone know Harry survived the killing curse?


Well, they were living in Godric's Hollow, a wizarding town, so chances are someone noticed. And the Order of the Phoenix kept tabs on each others...

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I'm re-reading Deathly Hallows. If James and Lilly were dead, Harry was a baby and Voldemort was gone how did anyone know Harry survived the killing curse?

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I'm re-reading Deathly Hallows. If James and Lilly were dead, Harry was a baby and Voldemort was gone how did anyone know Harry survived the killing curse?


Well, they were living in Godric's Hollow, a wizarding town, so chances are someone noticed. And the Order of the Phoenix kept tabs on each others...


There's no doubt someone noticed the Potters were dead, the roof had a giant hole in it and baby Harry had a new scar. What I don't know is how did anyone know the scar came from surviving the killing curse. With all the crazy magical stuff they are capable of, and especially as feared and respected as Voldemort is, its possible any number of spells could have taken place up there.

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I'm re-reading Deathly Hallows. If James and Lilly were dead, Harry was a baby and Voldemort was gone how did anyone know Harry survived the killing curse?


Well, they were living in Godric's Hollow, a wizarding town, so chances are someone noticed. And the Order of the Phoenix kept tabs on each others...


There's no doubt someone noticed the Potters were dead, the roof had a giant hole in it and baby Harry had a new scar. What I don't know is how did anyone know the scar came from surviving the killing curse. With all the crazy magical stuff they are capable of, and especially as feared and respected as Voldemort is, its possible any number of spells could have taken place up there.


Don't forget that they knew Voldemort was trying to kill Harry. And I believe it was Hagrid who mentioned in the first book, that a scar like that could only be product of dark magic. I think they just put 2 and 2 together.

I understand where you are coming from. Who knows, maybe there is a

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I think it's fair to assume that Dumbledore and the rest of the Order figured it out. Dumbledore (and Snape, for one) knew Voldemort was going to kill Harry. So when his parents wind up dead and the house is blown to pieces, yet Harry has nothing but a dark magic scar on his forehead, they knew.


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Those wizards get pretty lazy, relying on magic for everything. Just think of how differently everything would have turned out if Voldemort would have just choked Harry or dashed his head against a rock instead.

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Those wizards get pretty lazy, relying on magic for everything. Just think of how differently everything would have turned out if Voldemort would have just choked Harry or dashed his head against a rock instead.


Agreed. I read a story once about how Harry defeated Voldemort by pushing him down a flight of stairs in their first encounter.


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