Amph Diagon Alley: The Official Harry Potter Thread

Discussion in 'Community' started by Kessel Runner, Jul 26, 2001.

  1. Kessel Runner Manager Emeritus

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    Yesterday I started a thread stating I had finally found Harry Potter. Well, I was happy to find that there many fans here at the JC (I guess I shouldn't be surprised).

    Anyway, I thought it would be nice if all of us Potterheads had a communal place to hang out, discuss characters, the books, the stuff, the future books, etc.

    I just finished Azkaban and was once again surprised at Rowling's ability to throw in some plot twists that had tremendous foreshadowing...so subtle that it was easy to miss (if you weren't paying attention, like I was).

    Anyway, this is your home away from Hogwarts, enjoy. :D
  2. Anakin2001 Jedi Master

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    I can't wait KR to November l6th, the day after my birthday. Anyway I'll be back in this thread later; I'm leaving for a fishing trip in a few minutes.

    "Professor Binns" will also join you later.

    Wish me Luck!
  3. Kessel Runner Manager Emeritus

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    Ahh, so are you fishing Muggle style?

    For the record I'm starting Goblet of Fire today for the first time, so if you talk about that book, let me know about spoilers before you post them.... I want to be surprised by the book.
  4. Toni Force Ghost

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    Yep, don't spoil me either. I'm almost finished with Prisoner of Azkaban, and it was great that Harry learned something about "Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs" I kept trying to figure out the forwshadowing, partially figureed it out. Do you think Rowling meant for Sczbbers to be more than a rat from the 1st book?
  5. Kessel Runner Manager Emeritus

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    I'm definitely starting to get the impression that she had a much larger story in mind than one book when she started, kinda like Uncle George and a certain story about a war in the stars ;)

    I really like Lupin as a character. I hope we see more of him.
  6. Shara_82 Administrator Emeritus

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    I think she meant the Scabbers thing. I've read in interviews and biographys that she's had the whole series planned out from the beginning.
  7. Kessel Runner Manager Emeritus

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    Yeah I got that it was supposed to be Scabbers in that post.

    Makes you wonder how much more is mapped out and how much background on some of the existing characters will come out in the next book.
  8. Jedi knight Pozzi Force Ghost

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    The Goblet of fire is the fourth book in a series of seven I believe. I also believe it's the Harry Potter version of ESB, that's in tone not plot. Your really gonna love it.

    Next book appears late this year doesn't it?
  9. Kessel Runner Manager Emeritus

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    Well, according to A2001 above, it comes out in November. I am so thrilled that kids are reading 740 page books for fun. Truly magnificent what this series has done for reading among the youth.

    So Goblet is the ESB???? Excellent, I know I'll love it.
  10. FurryDuck Jedi Master

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    At first I heard that book 5 is coming out in November 2001, but then I heard it was pushed back to February 2002, and just recently I've heard that it's been pushed back yet again to July 2002. I really hope that it isn't coming out in July 2002- I don't want to have to wait another year for it.
  11. Jedi knight Pozzi Force Ghost

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    Buy these in the meantime.

    Fanastic Beasts and where to find them. by Newt Scamander

    and

    Quidditch through the ages. by Kennilworthy Whisp

    Purchase of either of these books will go towards Comic Relief. Both are wonderful.
  12. Kessel Runner Manager Emeritus

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    I saw those at Barnes and Noble when I picked up the Goblet of Fire. Cool. I started laughing out loud when I saw them. Great idea for "spinoff" books.

    I can't wait to see the Monster book of Monsters on the shelf ;)
  13. darthfrede Jedi Master

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    I'm not a HP-fan... But I'm definately planing on reading the books before the film is released...

    Does anyone know if the plot of the movie follows the plot of the first book, or if they only share the title?
  14. Kessel Runner Manager Emeritus

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    To be honest, I'm not sure, but I have seen the trailer and it seems that the bits in that were very close to the first book.

    Anyone else have deeper insight?
  15. Shara_82 Administrator Emeritus

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    Supposedly they have a gag order on the stars, which means that something is different.

    On the other hand, JKR was very involved in the making of it. I doubt she'd let them change it all that much.

    Basically...its kinda inconclusive at the moment. :(
  16. Jedi knight Pozzi Force Ghost

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    I'm wondering if we should be looking forward to the film so much. The first book didn't have that much of a plot, however captivating.
  17. Kessel Runner Manager Emeritus

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    But, frankly I think that lends itself to film better. Short books and novelas always seem to make better films. If you have a full length novel (ala Goblet) you have to cut stuff out to make it fit the movie format and you always end up ticking someone off.


    BTW, the only thing I "KNOW" about that has changed is the exact location of his scar.
  18. farraday Jedi Grand Master

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    My guess is the movie won't be excellent, I mean it's got a lot to live up to and no matter what people are goign to be disappointed.
    I'll I hope is it will be good, is that to much to ask?
  19. darthfrede Jedi Master

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    Does Harry Potter have a scar?
  20. Kessel Runner Manager Emeritus

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    Probably true, but hopefully not. From the trailer I saw, I couldn't help but get excited. Visually, it looks stunning and if they can keep the writing as good as in the book, it should be good and/or great.

    I can't wait to see how they pull off Hagrid. What will he look like? I keep picturing something like Lobo from the Superman comics.
  21. Jedi knight Pozzi Force Ghost

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    It's got alot of names in the film.

    John Cleese, Alan Rickman, etc. I wonder if that's a help or hinderence?
  22. Arun Dale Jedi Grand Master

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    I think the casting for the film is spot on..
    Alan Rickman as Snape, Richard Harris as Dumbledore, Maggie Smith, John Cleese, Rik Mayell, Robbie Coltrane, Ian Hart, Richard Griffiths, Julie Walters and Leslie Philips as the voice of the sorting Hat... ( superb )..they've even got John Hurt playing the wand guy..As far as I'm aware JKR has worked really closely on the film..didn't she turn down Speilberg to direct, beciuse he wanted to plant the story in the states?
  23. Kessel Runner Manager Emeritus

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    Frankly, I think that is a help. And with Richard Harris playing Dumbledore. What a perfect casting job that is.

    Do we know who they are all playing? I can see Rickman playing Snape (remember his turn in Prince of Thieves?).


    <<<EDIT: Thanks for answering my question. That is great casting. I can totally see each of them in specific parts, and it seems to match where they were cast.>>>
  24. Arun Dale Jedi Grand Master

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    Daniel Radcliffe .... Harry Potter
    Rupert Grint .... Ronald 'Ron' Weasley
    Emma Watson (II) .... Hermione Granger
    Richard Harris .... Headmaster Albus Dumbledore
    Maggie Smith .... Professor/Deputy Headmistress Minerva McGonagall
    Alan Rickman .... Professor Severus Snape
    Ian Hart .... Professor Quirrell
    Robbie Coltrane .... Groundskeeper Rubeus Hagrid
    Richard Griffiths (I) .... Vernon Dursley
    Fiona Shaw .... Petunia Dursley
    John Cleese .... Sir Nicholas De Mimsy-Porpington (aka Nearly Headless Nick)
    rest of cast listed alphabetically
    Sean Biggerstaff .... Oliver Wood
    David Bradley (IV) .... Argus Filch
    Warwick Davis .... Professor Flitwick
    Alfie Enoch .... Dean Thomas
    Tom Felton .... Draco Malfoy
    Joshua Herdman .... Gregory Goyle
    John Hurt .... Mr. Ollivander
    Matthew Lewis (IV) .... Neville Longbottom
    Rik Mayall .... Peeves the Poltergeist
    Harry Melling .... Dudley Dursley
    Devon Murray .... Seamus Finnegan
    Katharine Nicholson .... Pansy Parkinson
    James Phelps .... Fred Weasley
    Oliver Phelps .... George Weasley
    Leslie Phillips (I) .... The Sorting Hat
    Chris Rankin .... Percy Weasley
    Will Theakston .... Marcus Flint
    Verne Troyer .... Griphook the Goblin
    Julie Walters .... Mrs. Molly Weasley
    Zoë Wanamaker .... Madame Hooch
    James Waylett .... Vincent Crabbe
    Bonnie Wright .... Ginny Weasley
    Luke Youngblood .... Lee Jordan

  25. Jedi knight Pozzi Force Ghost

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    If she turned down Spielberg for that reason I'm glad. It has a very british flavour. it should keep that.