A Conversation for Harry Potter
apepper Posted May 28, 2005
Sorry for the long delay in replying - I didn't realise the thread was still in progress! JKR has said that the HBP isn't Voldemorte or Harry. It could be a new character, or (my long shot) Hagrid.
Asmodai Dark (The Eternal Builder, servant of Howard, Crom, and Beans) Posted May 28, 2005
Main plot bunny - reveal or dont reveal?
If I was her, I smile, say 'its someone you wont expect', and laugh as the new house gets paid for
apepper Posted Aug 28, 2005
I read the HBP - one of the best, the opening scene with the prime-minister was excellent.
Sho - gainfully employed again Posted Aug 30, 2005
I liked it (currently re-reading) but I think she did dwell a tad too much on teenage hormones.
But don't think it was as good as HP5 or HP3 (sorry, too lazy to type in full)
smart_one555 Posted Sep 1, 2005
Harry Potter 6 may have had a lot of teenage hormones and stuff, but I think that Harry Potter 5 had way too much teen angst.
I really liked Harry Potter 6, and I *think* I know who "R.A.B" is. (Yeah, I know, a billion other people all over the internet know too, but I still felt pretty proud when I figured it out on my own )
The Harry Potter books may not be the best books on earth, but I had a whole lot of fun reading them. I suggest the Bromeliad Trilogy by Terry Pratchett cause it's hilarious.
Dark Side of the Goon Posted Feb 22, 2006
I used to grumble about the originality of JKR's work vs the "obvious" genius of Tolkien etc etc and then one day I woke up and realised it's because I'm an embittered writer wannabe who can't quite believe Rowling got seriously wealthy off her first ever published work.
Now that I'm over that - and I am so over that - Harry Potter is rather fun.
Yes, it's not Tolkien. What is? Oh...Tolkien, of course. The point?
Compare Rowling to Pratchett. By book seven of the Discworld series, had El Tel really hit his stride?
...when people are yelling and screaming about how awful the Potter series is, please keep one thing in mind.
Kids are reading it.
That's a good thing. If they develop the habit now, we can steer them gently towards some of the good stuff later and then hey! maybe we can get them into Hemmingway, or Proust, or Dosdoyevsky.
Oh, and for my money, accolade for best character in the Potter series (and one of the best ever)? Severus Snape.
Sho - gainfully employed again Posted Feb 22, 2006
heh heh heh, you and me both jealous of her success, sunshine!
I love Snape. The more I read the more I think he really is one of the best characters in literature ever. Even better than Sirius Black - with whom I have fallen deeply and irrevocably in love. (even before he looked a lot like Sid's dad)
And I will echo the sentiment: anything that gets children (and adults, come to think of it) readng can only be a Good Thing.
Good luck with getting anyone into Dostoyevsky - I prefer Chekhov and Turgenev myself. Not so heavy (literary-wise or book-size wise)
Dark Side of the Goon Posted Feb 23, 2006
Snape is fun.
Not having read Half Blood Prince, I don't know that much about his background but what I do know is:
He's one of the Good Guys.
He's been undercover for so long it's difficult for him to tell where the mask ends and the real Severus begins.
He's monumentally petty, which means that although he's not a nice person he's not a bad person.
JKR loves to write him. You can tell. Snape seems to be one of those characters who end up writing themselves.
Sirius Black was likewise much more interesting than virtually everyone else around him. We're told he was the brightest and best in his year, we can see the potential he had before he went to Azkaban and how that time destroyed the man he might have been.
He's also a rebel, in the leather jacket wearing Marlon Brando style, because he turned against his family and everything they stood for on principle.
And then we watch him slide none too gently into isolation and (probably) alcoholism, only to go out in a blaze of glory. Which is how, I feel, he would have wanted it.
Interesting that the two most interesting characters in the series hate each other so thoroughly. D'you think Snape wanted to be Black?
Sho - gainfully employed again Posted Feb 23, 2006
I think Snape just wanted to be as accepted as Black. In HP5 there is some mention of an abusive father, and 6 gives more details about his past (you REALLY must read 6,Gradient, you simply HAVE to)
Your comment about him finding it difficult to realise where the real Snape ends and the false Snape begins is spot on. I really feel for him - he has, in effect, given up everything to back Dumbledore - and gets NO thanks or recognition for it.
I really can't wait for 7.
Dark Side of the Goon Posted Feb 24, 2006
I wonder about the "lack of recognition".
When I read the books, I get a strong sense that there is far more to the relationship between Severus and Albus than meets the eye - no, we're not talking slash - and the same is true for Draco Malfoy.
Could it be that Draco is currently idling in a Smeagol role? Are we going to see him turn his coat at the last moment? Why do I have the distinct feeling that Draco only hates Harry because he's expected to?
Sho - gainfully employed again Posted Feb 25, 2006
do you have a copy of HP6 in the house? May I suggest you read it... before I fill you full of spoilers
Dark Side of the Goon Posted Feb 27, 2006
I do not currently own a copy of Half Blood Prince (and I'm willing to put hard cash money on the possibility that the Prince in the title has nothing to do with royalty, wizarding or otherwise, and isn't Harry, Draco, Neville or Voldemort) but Spoiler away if you feel the need. I consider myself warned.
Sho - gainfully employed again Posted Feb 27, 2006
no... really, I can't
it would ruin the ending (but you're right about who the prince isn't)
You really should read it though - there is loads of Snape & Draco in it. And, unfortunately, (but quite well done) lots of teenage hormones and snogging!
Dark Side of the Goon Posted Feb 27, 2006
Don't tell me, let me guess:
- well, if it's Hermione then Rupert Grint will be bitterly disappointed -
...Molly Weasely? No, no of course not. Ginny.
And since you said Teen, I can safely close the file on the forbidden love that is Minerva McGonagal and Professor Flitwick.
Sho - gainfully employed again Posted Mar 5, 2006
How to name kids
strange_views Posted May 3, 2008
How to name kids
Sho - gainfully employed again Posted May 4, 2008
The thing that bugs me with the names is this type of thing: Remus Lupin. His parents had no idea he was going to be bitten by a warewolf, so what's that about? Sirius??? he only became an animagus when he was at school.
But I still love 'em.
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