17 thoughts on “Two Things That I’m Definitely Doing This Weekend

  1. We got our tickets for HP for 6:20 PM tonight. The later shows were sold out.
    Thanks for reminding me to put the game on our list. We’re traveling, so might not have access. But we should look.

  2. My son has read the first HP book but not the others, and my daughter insists that she “hates” Harry Potter. *sigh* I’ve read all the books but have seen only 1 of the movies (Azkaban).
    My weekend plans include working Waterfire (and thus trying to figure out how to stay awake past 10 pm) and weeding my garden now that it’s not 90 degrees out.

  3. Around book 5 (I think it was the battle at the Ministry of Magic) I remember thinking to myself–this will be so much better in the movie. And it was.

  4. I’m trying to read book 1 to my son because he insisted. He’s too young to follow it easily and it is going to take forever with all the questions.

  5. I don’t know how old MH’s son is, but when we first tried to read Harry Potter to our daughter (I think she was maybe 4), she found it too upsetting that the protagonist’s parents were dead. We had to wait another year or so.
    “Ah, as the heart grows older,/It will come to such sights colder/By and by . . . .”

  6. I am looking forward to moving on from HP. I really dislike the copyright regime that encourages the multi-billion dollar marketing of one intellectual property over the creation of new works, and that’s what’s been done with HP.
    My daughter wants more HP stories and was troubled by the fact that no one else can write them and that JK Rowling has no incentive (except the goodness of her heart) to provide those stories.
    I wouldn’t have been at all disappointing if my two hadn’t rejected HP. My guess is my daughter would have rejected, them, too, if she hadn’t been the first to read them in her social set.

  7. Oops, too many negatives in that sentence. I wouldn’t have been disappointed if my kids had rejected HP and that we’d just been able to avoid all the hype.
    I actually managed to avoid watching all the Star Wars movies until I was forced to watch them with the kids, and even then, my knowledge is sketchy, having watched the movies on TV while simultaneously doing something else.

  8. My son is five. He’s completely fine with the dead parents but completely terrified that Harry gets caught breaking rules.

  9. “He’s completely fine with the dead parents but completely terrified that Harry gets caught breaking rules.”
    That is an excellent sign for the future.

  10. I am, of course, a complete Potterholic–and so I went to the midnight showing last Thursday. It was a good–though not great–movie (loved the preparation for the battle sequences, was disappointed with Snape’s memories), but the movie almost didn’t matter at this point; what mattered was actually being part of the experience. I have my issues with the film actually on the screen, though I recognize and loved it as a solid ending to the series nonetheless. The fact is, any ending is, itself, kind of rough for fans like me to deal with.

  11. bj,
    I am curious about your copyright complaint, because it would seem like marketing and billions of dollars would produce precisely the opposite effect–the desire to keep cashing in on the HP cow by pumping out more and more books. Rowling from the very beginning was clear she was writing a 7 book bildungsroman, which is what she did. To her credit, the extraordinary popularity and wealth her books generated did not seem to overly influence her general creative vision in the books. If she had stopped after no. 4 because she realized she didn’t need to write more for money, then I can see being angry, but Rowling seems to have been motivated by artistic integrity and a genuine love of her characters, not marketing, and all good things must come to an end, even the HP series.
    Also personally as a HP fan, I think I would be quite disturbed if someone else were to write and publish a HP novel. While not the best writing in the world, what makes the stories so good is very much Rowling’s skill in putting together an interesting adventure/bildungsroman narrative in a compelling fantasy world, and I’m not sure whoever took up the task would be up to it. If HP turned into the Nancy Drew of fantasy, that would to me be far more depressing than having 7 good books to return to. If you do want to read more HP stuff, there’s plenty of it on the internet, though you might not want to let your daughter read a lot of it without screening it first.

  12. HP has also fueled a crazy amount of other YA fantasy writers getting published, for both good and bad. It’s more or less singlehandedly (well, with some help from Joss Whedon I suppose) made magicky stuff mainstream and not embarrassingly geeky for kids, by merging it with the regular-kid school novel tradition. (Yes, it had been done before but not as ambitiously.)
    So downside, lots of ultra-crappy faerie and vampire-themed teen and tweener books, and upside, Diana Wynne Jones easily available in the U.S. and people like, say, Megan Whalen Turner getting treated as seriously salable authors, not tiny niche writers.
    (Hi everyone, haven’t been around in a while. Got a much more fun and demanding job, which means not reading blogs at work anymore.)

  13. Never read Harry Potter, strangely. I kept having children, and imagining that I’d have to read it to one of them, so didn’t want to have to read it twice, and now two have gotten through all of them 6 times between them and the third, well, I’ll be amazed if he ever sits still.
    Thrilling world cup final, though, and a well deserved win for Japan. Just thought I’d throw that in (like the good immigrant I am I was basically onside for the USA until they gave away the first goal, then it seemed a case of hard work winning out, which I always prefer to flair and talent).

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