Archive for the Category » Books «

It’s All Canon-ish And Stuff…

Wednesday, November 03rd, 2010 | Author: Hollie

Know what I’m thoroughly enjoying lately? The Leaky Cauldron’s “Daily Quotedown” – the awesome daily countdown to the film via quotes from the novel. Don’t you adore how it gives us Nerdfighters (et. al) ample opportunity to ponder the precious jewels of the canon? The daily quotage reconfirms the epic nature of what is coming! Some may call it “the beginning of the end”, but I refuse to believe it will ever end. Never! (Said in the most desperate Xenophilius voice one could muster). And before you all start judging me on my use of the word “epic”, which is possibly the most overused and misunderstood word in history, besides “absolutely”, just know that I’m actually fitting it into proper context. It drives me mad when people utter the word lately – it’s not meant to be uttered! If so, you’d mistake something mundane for being epic! All of that was my nasty English teacher persona splattering onto your screens. Enjoy.

I’m taking y’all back to October 18th when the ever hard-working Edward (isn’t he, though?) posted this brilliance as part of a double “Daily Quoteodown” on Leaky:

“Just — just to be clear,” he said. “You want to leave Tonks at her parents’ house and come away with us?”

“She’ll be perfectly safe there, they’ll look after her,” said Lupin. He spoke with a finality bordering on indifference. “Harry, I’m sure James would have wanted me to stick with you.”

“Well,” said Harry slowly, “I’m not. I’m pretty sure my father would have wanted to know why you aren’t sticking with your own kid, actually.”

Pow! Alright, before we get into admiring Harry’s saucy ways, let’s take a look at the entirity of the thing. First off, I’m expressing our collective excitement over the prospect of seeing this oh-so-poignant moment on screen. The scene is expressing much relevance, and I don’t know where to start. How about this – Lupin had it coming. He needs to be taken down from his gloomy moon and put in his place. Not to hide away with the trio like he thinks, but to do his part from home, just like any other great father on pat. leave would do. Okay, I know, he’s going through a devastating, confusing time in his life. It’s not easy being outcasted – or suffering through his werewolfish episodes. Yet – he’s got a beautiful, intelligent, brave, and loving wife who is there for him, um, always. Seeing him for the human being he truly is, and taking major risks because she um, loves him. Oh yeah, she just happens to be a kick-ass Auror too. No big deal. He’s losing sight of what really matters (his family), and Harry (cheekily, yet effectively) pulls him back down to fam-jam time, where he belongs.

Frankly, folks, at this point in the series, I’m tiring of Moody Moony, aren’t you? I say this out of love for my Lupin. Don’t take me wrong, okay? I know you’re out there, waiting to pounce on a sister for her harshness. Take it like real wizards and witches! But thankfully, we get the real Lupin back…only not for long, which makes me feel terribly sad, disturbed, and sort of guilty for throwing criticisms his way. And in the end, we all know what a proud, happy father he makes!

I’ll also take the time to concentrate on JK’s knack for great words: “…finality bordering on indifference.” I mean, who could have explained it better? And, can’t you just see yourself squirming in your seat when this amazingness is on-screen?

One last thing. Harry. He’s grown-up. He’s confident. He’s knowing who he is, and we love it. He’s the hero we’ve always known, yet the one we’ve been waiting for. He’s here to save the world, and we’re going to see him in…two weeks?! What?!


A Dementor Cure

Tuesday, November 02nd, 2010 | Author: Kim

Depression is something expressed in a variety of different ways.  For the Beatles, it was expressed through song.  Their famous hit, “Help”, details a story of one person’s depression.  One person’s crying out, “Help me if you can.  I’m feeling down.”  For others, it is expressed through art.  For Pablo Picasso, a blue period which produced some of the most beautiful art in the world helped to ease the pain and sadness of depression.

For J.K. Rowling, depression was channeled into words and thus, the dementor was born.  Depression has never before been captured in such an honest and serious way.  A creature that takes over your life, sucks out any joy or hope or happiness you might have.  A creature that makes you feel as though there is no escaping dread and fear and sorrow.  That is depression to a T.  It is an ugly creature, sucking the life force from people.

For Rowling, there is only one cure… Chocolate.  For others, it is song.  For others still, art.  For me?  My puppy.  My family.  Jumping on a trampoline.  Watching horror movies.  J.K. is a brilliant woman to equate happiness with chocolate.  Chocolate is something that makes everyone feel warm, fuzzy and happy inside.  But for me, I can achieve the same affect by rubbing my face on my soft puppy’s fur.  Or by jumping sky high on a trampoline, forgetting that dread and sorrow even exist.

What’s your own personal dementor cure?

Category: Books, Canon  | Tags: , ,  | One Thought

A “two-faced bastard”… But, is he?

Sunday, October 31st, 2010 | Author: Maria

One of the most intriguing and complex characters in the “Harry Potter” universe is, at least in my opinion, Draco Malfoy.

J. K. Rowling portrayed Draco as a fearsome and evil little boy during the first five books, and I believe all of us disliked him as much as Harry did. He was just a “twitchy little ferret”, right? Personally, I despised him for his rudeness, for his prejudices against Muggle-borns and especially for his cowardice.

In the sixth book, when Draco is assigned the task of killing Albus Dumbledore by Lord Voldemort, he makes a deadly and effective plan to do exactly so. But he started to get stressed because of the difficulty of the mission and the consequences of failure. And then, surprisingly enough (I can say that I was completely shocked while reading), we read that Draco visited Myrtle regularly, even openly crying in front of her! To add to that, when Dumbledore is wandless and Draco is on the verge of casting Avada Kedavra, he falters. He just could not gather enough courage to say that spell. I believe this shows a hint of goodness in him and that if the Death Eaters did not enter the Astronomy Tower during that very moment, Dumbledore could have succeeded in convincing him that “Good always triumphs”.

After reading Half-Blood Prince, I seriously started to question all of my hatred towards him. I only realised my vision about the character had completely changed once reading Deathly Hallows.

During the last book of the series, I honestly started to see some good in Draco, even though he still fought along side with the Death Eaters in the Battle of Hogwarts. I guess I actually started to consider him one of my favourite characters when in the Epilogue he gives that curt nod to Ron, Ginny, Harry and Hermione. It had to mean something, right? Well, even if it didn’t mean much to most people, it definetly made me analize his past, and I got to the conclusion that he never had supporting parents, he never knew true love, he always thought the best way to shield himself from the cruelty of the world was by acting the way he acted. He never truly was a “two-faced bastard”, like Ron called him, he was just a scared boy that made all of the wrong choices.

And, as Deathly Hallows:Part 1 is about to be released, I just can’t wait to, hopefully, see that hint of goodness I saw while reading the book.

Category: Blog Post, Books, Canon  | Tags: , , ,  | 4 Thoughts

Say Hello to Future Harry Potter Books?

Saturday, October 02nd, 2010 | Author: Adam

A few minutes ago, I finished watching the new Oprah interview with JK Rowling. Within the first 10 minutes, Jo clearly states “I could write an eight, ninth, tenth (novel). I could easily…I’m not going to say I won’t. I don’t think I will. I loved writing those books…I feel that I am done, but you never know.”  Of course, Potter hopefuls are probably jumping with excitement right about now, but I feel much differently.

Many people may, and will, disagree with me, but I feel that the infamous Harry Potter series should be over. I feel as if Jo discovered the perfect time to finish it and she did. I think that Harry’s story has been told. Hasn’t Jo said these words? I may be fogetting. Every story must come to an end and I think that this series that we love so greatly has found its perfect ending.

If Jo were to write any more books surrounding the world of Harry potter, I’d really hope that they begin with their own plot and timeline, and that they do not correspond with the original and epic Harry Potter series.

to view the full interview online, click here.