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The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Deathly Hallows, Part 1
« on: December 05, 2010, 10:32:01 PM »
Lightening may strike me for saying this, but I was disappointed.  I felt the split of the book into 2 movies slowed the first movie's pacing.  I am all for prolonging the HP experience, but after being frustrated after story lines and characters (I really wish Peeves had been in the movies) were cut in prior movies, the page for page tracking of the book feels belabored in this most recent movie.  I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts.

Hogwarts (No Spoilers) / New Books
« on: December 05, 2010, 10:28:39 PM »
So, I heard a rumor that JKR is thinking about reconsidering her "seven books is all" statement, and revisiting the HP universe with more books.  Has anyone heard anything similar?

The Three Broomsticks / NaNoWriMo
« on: October 03, 2009, 02:08:08 PM »
Anyone doing NaNoWriMo this year?

The Three Broomsticks / Twilight
« on: August 08, 2008, 01:42:04 PM »
I just saw the movie trailer for Twilight, and Robert Pattinson (who played Cedric Diggory) is Edward.  Very nice casting.

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Deathly Hallows Movie
« on: January 15, 2008, 10:04:30 AM »
IMDB.com is reporting that the book will likely be made into 2 movies!   ;D

Here is what is being reported

Harry Potter Finale To Be Split Into Two Movies?
The last installment in the Harry Potter movie franchise may be released in two parts - because one edit of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows could leave out too much information about the boy wizard's final adventures. The sixth film in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is due for release in November, and although the characters' futures are wrapped up in just seven novels by author J.K. Rowling, fans of the movies will be given an extra treat with a double dose of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. A source says, "There's so much to fit that the view is the last movie should be in two halves. There is a huge battle when Harry, played by Daniel Radcliffe, takes on (evil wizard, Lord) Voldemort (played by Ralph Fiennes) that needs to be done really well." And Rowling has briefly commented on the reports herself, stating on her website: "It is simply impossible to incorporate every storyline into a film under four hours long." Fans of the books have previously criticized the big-screen adaptations for their lack of detail.

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Filling in the Blanks (spoilers)
« on: July 26, 2007, 09:29:27 PM »
In case you didn't get to see it, below is a link to the story and video clip of the J.K. Rowling appearance on the Today show where she filled in some of the blanks and missing information from the epilogue:


Hogwarts (No Spoilers) / Visit Hogwarts?
« on: June 01, 2007, 11:18:32 AM »
I cannot express how excited I am to live in driving distance of Orlando, FL, or what will soon be known as Hogwarts!!!!!

Below is a link to an article announcing that a Harry Potter Theme Park will open in Orlando in 2009!!!!  Yippee! 


The Three Broomsticks / JKR: Life after Hogwarts
« on: March 03, 2007, 02:14:59 PM »
A friend and I were discussing whether JRK may be growing weary of the world of Hogwarts and Harry Potter, and may be longing for the day when she can write about other things.  What are your thoughts?

I think I remember reading somewhere that she had written an unpublished novel for adults, but I may be wrong.  It will be interesting to see what she choses to write next, or if she choses to write.  Harper Lee never wrote another novel after To Kill a Mockingbird.  JKR has written a series with such a strong following, I wonder if readers would be able to accept other works from her.

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / R.A.B.
« on: March 03, 2007, 01:58:29 PM »
I was sure there was a thread discussing the possible identity of R.A.B.; I know that discussion has occurred.  However, I must be going blind because I could not find it.  With the new book approaching, I thought we may want to throw our theories about as to who it could be.  I am sure it will be revealed in the last book.

Regulus Black is the obvious choice, so therefore, I am concluding it is not him.  However, I am baffled as to who it could be.  Other key wizarding families with surnames beginning with B are:

Bagman (I think we can ignore this one)
Bell (Katie Bell from the Quidditch team)

None of these excite me too much.  So, how about this - what if R.A.B. is not a person - we are assuming that the letters are initials. What if they are something else (not sure what, but maybe we are looking at the wrong thing)

Zonko's Joke Shop / World of Warcraft
« on: August 01, 2006, 01:54:07 PM »
Looks like a bunch of us are playing WoW, so I thought we could start a thread.  I am still new to the game, but would love to play with any of you.  I currently only have one toon - she is a mage on the Uldum server named Semele.  I am a level 33 now, but hope to change that soon. 

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Lupin
« on: January 03, 2006, 07:47:51 PM »
In reading JRK's response to the question on her website about Lupin returning as a Hogwart's professor, she wrote that he would not and pointed out that dodgy times are ahead in light of Fenrir Greyback's presence.  I can only conclude that werewolves (and Lupin) will play an important role in Book 7.  Thoughts?

The Three Broomsticks / Narnia
« on: December 12, 2005, 09:43:06 PM »
Has anyone seen the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe yet?  I haven't, but have heard great reviews.  I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on it.  Anything to look out for in the movie?

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Loose Ends
« on: December 12, 2005, 09:39:36 PM »
There are a lot of loose ends (other than the obvious what happens to Harry/YKW) to be wrapped up in the last book.  What things do you guys feel need to be wrapped up?

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / At the solstice will come . . .
« on: August 20, 2005, 10:53:17 PM »
Was Dumbledore's death at the solstice?  Could the snippet of a prophecy that Harry heard when at the MoM have dealt with Dumbledore's death?  If so, could Dumbledore have known of said prophecy?  He showed in the first book he did not fear death.  Could Snape have shared with Dumbledore knowledge of the prophecy forshadowing Dumbledore's death?

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Pensive
« on: August 20, 2005, 10:50:50 PM »
Dumbledore had an amazing ability to anticipate the future (while his demise may disprove my theory).  Could he have left his key memories behind in his pensive for Harry?  Could he have left his memory of what made Snape someone Dumbledore trusted?

Flourish and Blotts / Return of the one word wonder
« on: July 22, 2005, 02:00:54 PM »
As you remember, each person will add one word to the story.  Every so often we will put everything together to see where the story progresses.  Please be sure to read the prior posts so that your post is not so random that the story makes no sense.  I will begin.


The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / New MoM
« on: July 18, 2005, 04:02:21 PM »
What are your thoughts on the new MoM?  I find it interesting that Scrimgeour seems tougher than Fudge, but has adopted the heart of a politician (i.e. asking for Harry's help on 2 separate occasions).  I was disappointed with the death of Amelia Bones.  I had hoped she might become the new MoM.  I wonder if that was why she was killed.  Could Voldy being manipulating the MoM by ensuring there is a minster he can defeat? 

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Ollivander
« on: July 17, 2005, 07:14:52 PM »
I recall we have discussed Ollivander's loyalties in past threads.  In light of what happens to him in book 6, where do you think his loyalties lie now?

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Book 7 News and Rumors
« on: July 17, 2005, 06:59:31 PM »
THere was a great post on the Leaky Cauldron about a recent JKR Interivew.  I have posted the text below:

J.K.Rowling Interview on ITV; Book 7 Two Years Away?

ITV just broadcast show that featured their contest winner, Owen Jones, interviewing Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. TLC Reader Dawn sent in some quick notes of things that JKR said in the broadcast.

    - Jk says that Ravenclaw will have their day *taps nose*

    - Wormtail will not kill Lupin.

    - Jk was implying something having Dumbledore defeat Grindelwald the same year World War 2 ended.

    - She gave Harry a fortune as she was poor at the time and wanted him to have a lot. Wishful thinking.

    - Jk would like to teach Defence against the Dark Art at Hogwarts as it's the most worth while.

    - Loves fan-theories. People have been very close to figuring out things and some people have even figured out part of book seven.

    - Her editor doesn't want characters swearing, so she gets round that (by saying things like Ron swore loudly).

    - Will start book seven at the end of the year and has already done a few things to prepare.

UPDATE: CBBC Newsround has now posted their story about this ITV interview. In an article titled "Potter seven is 'two years' away' ", there are some additional quotes from J.K. Rowling about the books.

    But she did have some good news for Potter fans who can't imagine waiting another two years to find out what happens to Harry and his friends. She said that, more than ever before, the end of the sixth book will leave big clues as to what's to come in book seven.

    "I think I give very clear pointers as to what Harry will do next," she said. "There is plenty to guess at... at least one thing I think people will probably deduce, there is a mystery left at the end, but I think they might already know the answer if they think about it."

ALSO: Ireland On-line now has extensive quotage from the interview with JKR. There is this from the author about keeping the plots and details secret before the release of the books

    "What do you think you have gained from keeping the plots such a secret?" asked Owen.

    Rowling replied "I gain nothing but the satisfaction of knowing that all my hard work goes to the people for whom it is intended. In other words, people who really want to read the books, and I definitely believe that 99.9% of my readership would rather read the books and find out for themselves.

    "I find it upsetting and disquieting that some elements are so keen on spoilers because it seems such a mean spirited thing to do. This is not about money or anything other than the pleasure of reading for people who want to read it, so... yeah I find that difficult."

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / Snape
« on: July 17, 2005, 06:31:34 PM »
I thought it might be a good idea to start a thread dealing with Snape in light of the events in HBP.  What are people's thooughts on Snape's vow to Narcissa and the way he executed it?

The Three Broomsticks / London
« on: July 07, 2005, 07:46:16 AM »
I know several board members live in London.  I hope everyone is safe; my prayers are with you. 

Madame Puddifoot's Tea Shop / Tri-Wizard Lightening Round
« on: March 11, 2005, 08:38:36 AM »
On Sunday, there will be a Tri-Wizard Touranment Lightening Round.  For students not competing in the tournament, there will be an opportunity for 1/2 the point value to answer the test presented to our tournament competitors.  There will only be 24 hours to answer the question once it is posted.  This is an individual effort; no PMs or discussions in common rooms to find the answer or you will LOSE big points for your house.  Please check this thread for details this weekend.

Madame Puddifoot's Tea Shop / Thiird Tri-Wizard Tournament Tournament
« on: February 24, 2005, 10:14:47 PM »
All champions wiishing to submit their name . . . please write down there name and submit it by throwing it into the goblet . . .

Zonko's Joke Shop / 7 Degrees of Harry Potter
« on: February 11, 2005, 04:39:19 PM »
OK, we all know the 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon game - lets try it with Harry Potter.  Someone will put out the name of an actor/director/composer, and we have to tie that person to the Harry Potter movies within 7 steps.  To keep the postings easy to read, follow this format:

Name of suggested person: ________________________
Degree one:
Degree two:
Degree three:
Degree four:
Degree five:
Degree six::
Degree seven (include this person's tie to HP):

If anyone is able to satify the link before the third degree, then there may be points involved. 

I will start:

Name of suggested person: Brad Pitt
Degree one:
Degree two:
Degree three:
Degree four:
Degree five:
Degree six::
Degree seven (include this person's tie to HP):

Cold Storage / Commercialization
« on: December 11, 2004, 02:50:29 AM »
I have been holiday shopping in the little free time I have been able to find, and I cannot believe how extreme the commercialization of the holiday season has become.  I love this time of year, but when the stores start decorating and putting out holiday merchandise in late summer/early fall, it makes me question if the commericialization is making the season less special.  I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on this issue.  My husband and I talked about this tonight and are contemplating scaling back the gift giving to focus on the more non-tangible/emotional aspects of the season.

Cold Storage / Hurricane
« on: September 15, 2004, 12:04:23 AM »
Hey everyone - keep Carolyn and me in your thoughts - we live in Alabama, and hurricane Ivan is expected to hit the state pretty hard tomorrow night.  The predicitons are pretty bad.

Madame Puddifoot's Tea Shop / Second Tri-Wizard Tournament
« on: September 07, 2004, 11:54:03 AM »
I will be posting information about the Second Tri-Wizard Tournament this weekend.  If you are interested in competing, check in here this weekend.



Library / JKR's unasked questions for book 6
« on: August 16, 2004, 09:27:27 AM »
In an interview this weekend, JKR pointed to two key unasked questions for the future of the HP books:

There are two questions I don't think I've ever been asked and that I should have been asked, if you know what I mean," Rowling said.

She told the gathering they should be asking themselves "not 'why did Harry live' but 'why didn't Voldemort die?"'

The second question they should think about is: "Why didn't Dumbledore kill, or try to kill, Voldemort?" she added, referring to the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

My theories on these questions:

1.  The wording of the prophecy is key to the answer of why Voldemort did not die (neither can live while the other exists).  I don't link Voldemort is living, but rather, is existing.  This ties in with the whole there are things worse than death discussion that we have.  I think Voldemort took extreme steps to avoid death, but in the end, death is a part of living, so to escape death, he had to forfeit living.  I think he may have taken steps akin to becoming a vampire to prolong his existance, including feasting on unicorn blood).  I am rambling, sorry . . . .

2.  I don't think Dumbledore tried to kill Voldemort because he knew he couldn't.  I think Dumbledore knows that the only person with the power to defeat Voldemort is the subject of the prophecy.

What are your theories?

Library / Sorting Hat
« on: August 01, 2004, 10:20:42 PM »
Back to the basics - I am re-reading Book 1, and I was struck by the Sorting Hat's choice of words when sorting hat - he mentions "it is all there in your head" when telling Harry Slytherin could help him along to greatness.  What does that mean - "it is all there in your head?"

Library / Philosopher's Stone Revisted
« on: July 23, 2004, 08:16:45 PM »
I am re-reading the series from the beginning, and two things in book 1 have stood out so far as being potentially significant to the future of the series.

First, when Harry went to Gringott's with Hagrid and his parents' vault was opened, green smoke billowed out of the vault.  The color green seems to be significant (green eyes, green light).  I wonder if the green smoke could be significant?

Second, it is mentioned more than once that James's and Lily's house was blown to bits.  Petunia mentions that Harry's parents were blown to bits.  However, my understanding of the adavera kadavera curse was that its victims just dropped dead (remember the curiosity surrounding the Riddles' death?).  Why would the house have been blown to bits (and potentially Harry's parents).  It makes me wonder if more went on than we know.

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