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« on: July 20, 2009, 02:17:03 PM »

Okay . . . Harry Potter is (again) raking in big bucks at the boxoffice.  I shall now publicly confess:

* I have never seen a Harry Potter movie
* I have never read a Harry Potter book
* I do not own any Harry Potter products
* I do not know the names of any characters (except Harry)
* I am not sad, nor do I feel a vast emptiness, because of the above facts

Okay, throw your daggers!  Chastise me!  Ridicule me!  I can take it!

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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2009, 02:20:06 PM »

I don't hate you for it.  Thumbup

I only read up to book 4, but I enjoy the films becuse of the awesome actors in them.
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2009, 02:23:20 PM »

Okay . . . Harry Potter is (again) raking in big bucks at the boxoffice.  I shall now publicly confess:

* I have never seen a Harry Potter movie
* I have never read a Harry Potter book
* I do not own any Harry Potter products
* I do not know the names of any characters (except Harry)
* I am not sad, nor do I feel a vast emptiness, because of the above facts

Okay, throw your daggers!  Chastise me!  Ridicule me!  I can take it!

Same here. I'm keeping it that way too.
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2009, 02:28:58 PM »

Okay . . . Harry Potter is (again) raking in big bucks at the boxoffice.  I shall now publicly confess:

* I have never seen a Harry Potter movie
* I have never read a Harry Potter book
* I do not own any Harry Potter products
* I do not know the names of any characters (except Harry)
* I am not sad, nor do I feel a vast emptiness, because of the above facts

Okay, throw your daggers!  Chastise me!  Ridicule me!  I can take it!



me too. My kids watched the harry potter marathon last week on tv and enjoyed them, Im completely indifferent to these movies.
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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2009, 03:23:04 PM »

Okay . . . Harry Potter is (again) raking in big bucks at the boxoffice.  I shall now publicly confess:

* I have never seen a Harry Potter movie
* I have never read a Harry Potter book
* I do not own any Harry Potter products
* I do not know the names of any characters (except Harry)
* I am not sad, nor do I feel a vast emptiness, because of the above facts

Okay, throw your daggers!  Chastise me!  Ridicule me!  I can take it!



What are you missing?  I can tell you that.  You're missing a series that is a light and entertaining read at first (with a handful of quite engaging characters, which definitely does not include the title character), but descends into excessive limp melodrama.  You're missing out on a film series that aims high, but suffers from too much plot in too little run time and just never quite makes it. 

If you're not interested, you're not missing a huge amount or anything.  Meh.
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2009, 03:44:32 PM »

Okay, throw your daggers!

Alright, but I'm not a trained professional...
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2009, 04:29:20 PM »

I think Harry Potter would have been better if the books had been written in the late 1950s and early 1960s and Arch Hall, Jr. was chosen to play Harry in the movies.
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2009, 06:21:03 PM »

I find it really strange how the characters in the new film seem not to accomplish much at all in two and a half hours.

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2009, 07:34:57 PM »

I don't hate you for it.  Thumbup

I only read up to book 4, but I enjoy the films becuse of the awesome actors in them.

The films are not bad, only read up to the 5th book. Might read 6 and 7 soon once I finished reading the Hitch hikers guide by Douglas Adams for the ummm (I have no idea 5 or higher time), all the Shah's men by S, Kinzer and Manufacturing Consent by E. S, Herman and N, Chomsky.

Hopefully by the end of the summer I will read books 6-7.

The films are rather entertaining but not really a fan, I watched 1 and 2 but did not touch the 3rd film. (Its the only book I really enjoyed in the series).
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2009, 07:36:17 PM »

I watched the first movie, maybe a half hour here, an hour there.  Pretty sure I've seen the whole thing  TeddyR  Watched a few bits of the rest of them, I just can't get into those characters at all.  
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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2009, 07:53:11 PM »

Has anyone seen the new movie? I must say Emma Watson is a fox.

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« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2009, 07:55:06 PM »

I watched the first movie, maybe a half hour here, an hour there.  Pretty sure I've seen the whole thing  TeddyR  Watched a few bits of the rest of them, I just can't get into those characters at all.  

General rule I normally use. If a film is based off a book, it is rarely going to be great, mainly as it has to condense character development to a much more limited time scale, same goes for plot.

There are some excellent films based on books. I highly enjoyed "No Country for Old Men".
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« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2009, 08:58:40 PM »

I have read the books which I find amateurishly written at best.  JK Rowling has stolen just about every creature and idea from other stories/mythologies and made big bucks off it.  Yes she has the gaul to sew people who do fan fiction based on her work.  Seriously...these are all things she uses...

Giants
Werewolves
Zombies (aka Inferi but its still zombies)
Elves
Goblins
Wizards
Spiders
Cerberus (three headed dogs named "Fluffy")
Centaurs
Unicorns
Labyrinths

How original... Lookingup  I guess where her work shines is on film.  I have to admit the films sucks me into the world but I know in the back of my head the story is lame.  If it wasn't for special effects and stunning visuals, theres really nothing holding the plot lines together. 

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« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2009, 12:10:30 AM »

OOOOhhhhkayyyy . . .

I love Harry Potter, both film and book, though I thought it a HUGE mistake not to cast Bob Hoskins as Peeves - The character of Peeves is dropped entirely from the films, yet he is a driving force in the novels.

No, the films have to pick and choose, and thus will disappoint.  I am a reader and a student of English Literature and don't find the books badly written at all - they are, after all, written as childrens'/young adults books, so sytlistically they aren't going to be "In Bruges", and we should be fine with that.  Accept the films as what they are - excuses to show dragons and monsters!!

And why pick on Rowling for co-opting mythic creatures from the pantheon of known mythic beings?  Joseph Campbell would approve . . .

I have read all of the books, seen all of the films, and will doubtless see this new one as well.  The characters are compelling, the story lines consistent, the what-happens-next factor is lively.  Really, you all are missing a treat because it's "trendy".

I put off reading Tolkien for decades because I went to school with people who named their children "Bilbo" and "Frodo", and I couldn't see any fictional work being that important.  I finally read "Lord of The Rings" while in hospital after a near-fatal adventure in India, and simply loved it!! I was so glad I had put it off, and was able to simply read it for what it was, without being surrounded by its acolytes.  Not to say Rowling is in any way equivalent to Tolkien, but perhaps some of you may have a similar experience one day, once the hype is dead and Harry is very much yesterday's news --

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« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2009, 04:03:06 AM »

I have read all of the books, seen all of the films, and will doubtless see this new one as well.  The characters are compelling, the story lines consistent, the what-happens-next factor is lively.  Really, you all are missing a treat because it's "trendy".

I agree completely.
I too have read all of the books and have seen all the films.
Yes, the books are better, but only because there's so much more detail. (as with any book)

The final book, "Deathly Hallows" was absolutely fantastic.  I couldn't put it down and read it in about a week.  Considering most books take me around a month to finish, that should tell you how good it is.
Would Harry die while trying to defeat Voldemort?  That was the burning question.
The end of Deathly Hallows and what happens to Harry and his friends was brilliant!
During the final showdown, my jaw was literally on the floor. 
It has a slight twist that I never saw coming.

I highly recommend that if you do decide to get into the Harry Potter movies, start from the beginning.  If you don't, it won't make much sense and will probably suck.

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