Harry Potter Archive
In August 2010 started re-reading the Harry Potter books to get properly hyped up for the release of the seventh movie. This created a three-month Harry Potter Renaissance whichhas certainly been productive of posts. I thought I’d gather them all together here for easier browsing if anyone’s interested … since I’m also getting a lot of incoming searchers with Potter on the brain. If you like what you’ve read you can find more book breakdowns, character analyses, movie reviews and random commentary on the books and the world here.
Raised by wolves, the poor kid isn’t ever given much of a chance to change his mind about who’s right and who’s wrong. Its not that I like bad guys … I’m just not convinced that Draco actually is one.
The un-sung hero of the books – who knew in Book One that round-faced, toad-losing little Neville Longbottom was going to be the Chosen Alternate and kill a Horcrux before all was said and done … well, maybe anyone who read the first book carefully enough. Check it out.
When we revisit Neville in Book Seven what a transformation has been effected. But how much has he really changed? Sure he’s grown up, stutters less, knows more spells, has a new wand. But I think he’s largely the same person all along. Still slightly self-effacing but ultimately ready to get the job done.
A triangle is the strongest shape and a three legged stool wont wobble but a three person friendship is pretty much guaranteed to leave one person on the outside every time. Harry, Ron and Hermione on the rocks, through the books.
One of my favorite characters. She’s got a mean bat bogey hex up her sleeve but she’ll only use it if you try to hurt her friends … or if you pester her with too many annoying questions.
Best. Fan video. Ever.
Are you a Slytherin? Or a Griffindor? Nobody much seems to care about the Ravenclaws or, certainly, Hufflepuff. I’m really not sure the Houses don’t do more harm than good. Singing in Yoda-like inversion, the Sorting Hat itself seems to agree with me at the end of its Order of the Phoenix song:
Though condemned I am to split you
Still I worry that it’s wrong,
Those Hogwards kids … they know how to study and I love ‘em for it. Hermione isn’t the only one; Harry may procrastinate with the best them and Mr. Roonil Wazlib may not be able to spell his own name but even they spend hours paging through dusty tomes in the school library. Thank you, J.K., for making research essential to magic success.
A minor retraction of my Anti Chamber of Secrets movie rant because one small part of it wasn’t AS FAR from the writing as I thought it was.
Watch out for that thing! Its a Horcrux.
Seriously! Its actually pretty open to debate and so here I demonstrate my absolute and total nerdiness by exploring some of the calculation options. Geek out here to your hearts desire.
We all know it. We all love it. First there’s the dramatic climax but the book never ends there. We still need to stop by the Hospital Wing for a little healing up and some detailed re-hashing of the plot thus far. And then there’s the train ride. Everybody get your wands out and lets all jinx Draco Malfoy before going back to the Dursleys. Cue the music.
How to celebrate a Harry Potter opening: make English pub food for dinner, pumpkin pasties for desert and a delicious mixed drink called the “Strong Neville.”
Some really great fan art: wanted posters for the big six, perhaps as during the 7th book when every single one of them was on the run by the end. Check it out!
It does the job: kicks off the series and isn’t nearly as crass as Home Alone II or as DREADFUL as Percy Jackson … so we can all be grateful that Chris Columbus did his working-well-with-young-actors magic and left the plot alone!
This one turns Ron into a bully, Malfoy into an idiot and casts a 40 year old woman as Moaning Myrtle. If you want a rant about how terrible this movie is, click the title above and you’ll get it.
Yay! They saved the franchise by finally making it not suck! The sets are stunning, the cinematography is beautiful and the kids can finally act. Plus Hermione kicks ass and saves the day … almost more than she does in the book. (Full disclosure: this post is a love song to Alfonso Cuaron).
More a setup for the inevitable video game than a movie – this one is a plot packed place holder. Here’s my punch list of what makes me crazy including what they change from the book, what they add, the stuff they just screw up, the gratuitous action sequences and the continuing presence of freaking Myrtle. Blech.
This one has its points. I have friends who love it but I’m a little more “eh.” If you want and anti-Cho rant … read this one.
This is a great one – beautiful filming, even-more-beautiful musical score. The romance is note-perfect and hilarious but the overall tone is nicely dark. I can’t wait to see what comes next!