Integrity, loyalty, empathy, compassion. These are some of the moral components of lessons learned throughout Harry Potter. The novels have taught their readers lessons in being good people, in standing up for what they believe in, for fighting for what is right and raising your voice to do so. That is why when J.K. Rowling did not raise her own voice in light of the casting within the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films, something seemed off.
J.K. Rowling is a fantastic writer and has been a triumphant voice against hatred, in favor of feminism and equality. However, her support of Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald makes her commitment to those beliefs questionable.
Hello fellow Harry Potter fans! It’s Harry Potter week, and that means getting ready for HP movie marathons and re-reading the series! When I entered the world of Harry Potter, you could say I entered in reverse. I actually watched the movies before I read all of the books. This is very unusual for me, since I always try to read the book before the movie adaptation comes out. However, when I was younger I just couldn’t seem to pick up the books and read them. I like to think of it as something that was meant to be. With that being said, there are some pros and cons to experiencing Harry Potter in “reverse.”
Welcome to the Thursday of Harry Potter Week! All this hubbub about the play script has got me thinking…What’s next? JKR already has quite the diverse repertoire. In addition to the original Harry Potter heptology, there are the reference books Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch through the Ages, plus the book of fairytales, Beedle the Bard. Not to mention all her non-Harry-Potter-related adult works, some of which were written under a pseudonym. On the silver screen are the original eight movies and now Fantastic Beasts is on the way (with new content from JKR). And coming up is the drama production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and its script, which will be released on the 31st. Lastly, there is the interactive web experience that is Pottermore. So what genre or medium should J.K. Rowling tackle next? Let’s consider a few options: Continue reading What Should J.K. Rowling Try Next?→
Like many fans who grew up loving Harry Potter, I was initially excited by the prospect of J.K. Rowling expanding that magical world to other places. In college I was excited about Pottermore in theory, but didn’t actually find the site that engaging after I was sorted, and I mostly waited for other fan sites to tell me if something exciting was posted. When the “History of Magic in North America” was posted in March, I didn’t pay attention until I saw some of the reactions from fans (including Native American fans) saying that there were serious issues with it. I was concerned, but I didn’t go and read them. Then the history of the founding of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was posted in late June, and this time I went and read it. I was not happy.
If you’re in the Wizard fandom, you know J.K. Rowling wrote a play set in the Harry Potter world. The play is set to premier in London on July 30th of this year. Called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the play will tell a new story set nineteen years after the books end. If you’re not fortunate enough to be in London when the play premiers, fear not! The script of the play will be released in book form.
Judianna Makovsky, Lindy Hemming and Jany Temime. Who are the people behind these names, and what do they mean to the Harry Potter movie world? These happen to be the women responsible for designing the costumes for the magical film franchise.
As I’ve previously mentioned: Costuming is a silent, visual and psychological force when you’re watching something, be it in a movie, a television show or on stage at a theatre. Along with the other technical aspects of a production, costuming is a necessary, integral part of a person’s viewing experience, as it helps do things like set the time period, location and mood of whatever it is you’re watching. Costumes can also give the viewer clues as to who the characters are, what their occupations may be, and can even influence how we feel toward certain characters, depending upon color, fabric and garment choices.
Thus, in order to make a macrocosm like the Harry Potter universe believable, the details separating muggles from magical beings can be seen in just about everything, including how the costume designers decided to dress all of those lovable, irascible, heroic, and/or contentious characters.
Today is a very important day in the Harry Potter fandom. On this day, the Boy Who Lived was born. Not just Harry, though. Our Queen, J.K. Rowling also graced our planet with her majestic presence. In honor of them, we are making homemade Butterbeer to toast in their honor. Continue reading How to Make Butterbeer→
The Harry Potter books have inspired eight movies already, with a new trilogy of films based on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them companion book coming. The HP films have drawn almost every British actor who has ever won an award. Soon, Harry Potter will grace the professional stage in London. These books are so full of drama and intrigue, they need to be retold, and rethought with immense theatricality.
Here are some of the absolute best moments which were inspired by or came about because of The Harry Potter series:
We at Daily Geekette (most of us anyway) love Harry Potter. Last year we celebrated Harry’s birthday, as well as J. K. Rowling’s birthday, with a whole week of awesome articles. We had so much fun doing it that we’re back for year two! We’ll also be celebrating Neville Longbottom’s birthday!
Endings are important. They linger in your mind after you close the book or turn off the TV. They are what you take away. Because of this, they are often used to cement a message. Changing the ending therefore changes the entire story. It changes the tone, the point, the meaning. Few things outrage fans more than when a screen adaptation changes the ending of a novel for the sake of making it palatable for a more general audience. A friend’s recent complaint about the ending of the miniseries version of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy brought back some old thoughts about the movie versions of Blood and Chocolate, and The Queen of the Damned that I thought I would share with you all. Continue reading Why Changing the Ending Ruins a Book-Turned-Movie→