Monthly Archives: July 2007

Harry Potter Meets Jason Mraz

Right, I did say I had one last Harry Potter/Deathly Hallows/Rupert Grint post to go up yesterday, but I wasn’t happy with what I wrote, so I’ll save it for a bit later this week. I do want to move on from the topic and get back to writing about all that is Mraztastic and blah la la lovely, but the Harry Potter world is still occupying a good amount of my headspace, so it’s sure to pop up every so often for a while.

Besides, Jo Rowling has been saying so much about the books and giving so many details about the characters’ futures and all of the other questions people still have, it’s not as much fun doing my own speculating. I feel like Moe, bursting in to solve the mystery of the unidentified corpse at the old quarry only to find that the Simpsons have already figured it all out. (That episode has some great Homer quotes, including: “Now the movie’s turned into a play! Still good though.” Ha.)

Ron HermioneYesterday I actually got a bit indignant as I read a transcript from Rowling’s Internet chat earlier in the day. In it she says, “Ron joined George at Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes, which became an enormous money-spinner.”

Huh? Excuse me? Ron is going to work in a freaking joke shop while his wife and best friend reinvent wizarding government? Not only is that thought depressing, it also contradicts an answer she gave to the same question just a few days earlier. In her interview that was broadcast on the Today show we were told:

As for his occupation, Harry, along with Ron, is working at the Auror Department at the Ministry of Magic. After all these years, Harry is now the department head. “Harry and Ron utterly revolutionized the Auror Department,” Rowling said. “They are now the experts. It doesn’t matter how old they are or what else they’ve done.”

Maybe he does both, a little dark wizard catching, a little pygmy puff selling for the family business. That would be ok, he could handle it. Ron conquered his inner demons, kicked some serious Death Eater ass, risked his life repeatedly, and figured out how to speak Parseltongue while under extreme pressure, so I suppose he could handle a part-time job in Diagon Alley. 

House Elf iconHouse Elf iconPlus, none of this is written in stone, so Rowling can change her mind as often as she likes. I just thought Lee Jordan would be the one to go to work with George. He was a good friend of the twins, their third Musketeer much of the time, and he helped them out plenty when they first started the business back at Hogwarts. Those three had a real knack for mischevious spells and charms, but it never seemed like something Ron was particularly interested in.

Maybe Ron could work with the Wheezes in his role as an auror, to customize certain items for use in fighting Dark wizards. That would be excellent; just don’t put Ron out to pasture.

And yes, I do find it slightly alarming how much thought I’ve given to the fate of fictional characters.

(Find more Rupert/Emma icons like the ones in this post at this lovely site: hunter-graphics.livejournal.com)


My Harry Potter Review Published!

Yep, right next to a couple of middle schoolers and a college kid who obviously just finished a literary criticism class. Ah well. At least I got the lead!

http://www.contracostatimes.com/entertainment/ci_6498601?nclick_check=1

Rupert GrintIt’s been a while since I’ve seen my name in a print publication, but it was a great exercise, being forced to whittle down the long-windedness I can use here where there are no word or time limits and the ever-present ability to go back and edit, and have to put my thoughts into just 100 words.

I’m going to allow myself one last Harry Potter post, later today, and then I’m going roasted turkey (it’s less strict, and jucier, than cold turkey) on the topics of Deathly Hallows, Epilogues, and the always endearing Rupert Grint.

Until then, check out this incredibly uplifting story. If it came true, I would almost not dread the final movie.

Cuaron “tempted” to direct Deathly Hallows

Cuaron In a new interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron says that he would be “very tempted” to direct Deathly Hallows:

I feel a little bit like I have to try to do the films that are not going to exist without me. On the same token, I would be really tempted because it was really beautiful. I just started reading the last book and something I respect is the care the producers have put in the film franchise. It would have been so easy after the success of the series just to take the cynical approach of knowing that no matter what people are going to see those movies. Actually they’ve been taking a lot of care from beginning to end, so yeah I would be really tempted.


Harry Potter and the Epilogue of Controversy

The Epilogue. The much discussed, much dissected, semi-loathed Epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Are you pro or con? I haven’t seen any official polls, but from the little I’ve read and the people I’ve talked to, people seem split about 50-50 on it, and they either love it or hate it. Nobody has said “meh”.

My gut reaction at 3:35 a.m. last Sunday was, “What?! That’s it? That can’t be it!” I had just left Harry and Ron and Hermione in Hogwarts, the school still shaking and grieving and covered in death and victory. The bodies weren’t even cold yet. I had just barely started to breath normally again, my heart still pounding, and then I turned the page and saw there was nothing there. They were gone. Poof. Like magic.

I’m telling you, I felt a cold dread spread over me as my old abandonment issues came back for a visit. How could they just leave me like that? Didn’t they know what I’d been through?

But when I saw more words peeking through the next page my mood swung all the way back to where I thought, “Ah ha! I knew Jo couldn’t just leave it like that. All the last answers must be right here!” But then, those dreaded words… “Nineteen Years Later.” And again, “What the hell? What do you mean 19 years later? Go back, go back! I need to know how George is and if Harry is going to swoop Ginny up in his arms right there in front of everyone and who is going to tell Mrs. Tonks what happened?”

But it wasn’t there.

The Epilogue did give us some nice bits. The fact that Harry considered Dumbledore and Snape equals was touching. We learned that Neville is still at Hogwarts. The rest, well, I think we all kind of guessed there would be a Happy Ever After in there as far as Ron and Hermione and Harry and Ginny went. But there were just so many other things we wanted to ask, and no answers.

But the more I grumbled, the guiltier I felt. Jo Rowling created an entire world for us – people, places, languages, lore, laws, government, animals, relationships, history. She spent 17 years putting it all together, and I have the nerve to whine that I want more? It’s like those obnoxious snots that go to Jason Mraz concerts and rather than appreciating the stellar set he always puts together, they use every quiet moment to scream, “Rand McNally!” Shut up already and let the boy play!

Besides, after all the little details Rowling managed to weave together, can we honestly believe that she missed the mark because she wasn’t smart enough to know what we wanted? What we expected? Do we really think it had no purpose, or that she threw it together carelessly? I’ve seen a few good theories on the Epilogue, and they go something like this:

1. All Harry ever wanted was a normal life and a family. We had to go into the future to give him that, his final reward. It’s true. He deserves it. And while I don’t really like to think of our gang all grown up, seeing them this way gives us the definintive answer that it all worked out. Voldemort really did die. The world became safe and happy again.

2. Rowling wanted to make sure nobody would expect her to write any more Harry Potter books. By saying that nothing happened for 19 years, we see that there’s no more story for her to tell. Fair enough.

3. Showing us all those kids could be a way of introducing us to the next generation of the Order of the Phoenix. And who knows what they might get into, should Rowling ever decide to go back to that world. The Epilogue works as an ending, but it could also be a new beginning. It’s not a bad thought. Rowling is a clever cookie. I can see where even if she promised herself she would never go back to the wizarding world, that she might still leave herself a little loophole, just in case she feels differently in another ten years or so. I would like to know more about Teddy Lupin. Half warewolf, half metamorph sounds like an awesome combination.

Do any of those explanations make me feel better? Not really. It’s still over, innit? Having someone hand me 100 more pages stolen from some kind of secret stash of Rowling’s with a bunch of post-battle details might help, but at the end of that I’d still feel the same way. Now that it’s all out there Rowling does seem very happy to spill the beans and fill in the holes, but even that’s unsatisfying. I don’t want to just hear, “Oh yeah, Harry and Ron are aurors. The Ministry is completely transformed.” I want to read it. I want to see all the little details. I want to go back to the Burrow and see what Hogwarts looks like and find out if Ollivander opened up shop again in Diagon Alley and knock on the door of Privet Drive one more time.

And I think therein lies our dilemma. Many people have compared finishing the last book to a death, but it’s really more like a break-up, one that you really didn’t want to happen, even though you knew it had to. Because with a death, you tend to look back at a person’s life. With a break-up, you can’t help but look ahead and wonder what might have been, or what the other person is doing now, without you.

We all spent years together, and going into it we knew it wouldn’t last forever, but we couldn’t not fall in love with these characters along the way. We shared things, we fought side-by-side, we were in on all the jokes, we knew who was in love with who long before they realized it themselves. And now we still carry around all those feelings, but there’s nowhere to put them.

One of the things I most clearly remember learning in college was said during a workshop I had to attend to be an RA. The school’s head counselor was giving a seminar on dealing with relationships and break-ups, and the way he defined heartbreak has stayed with me to this day. He said that when a relationship ends, you don’t miss the other person so much as you miss the part of yourself that you gave them. And that feels exactly right.

Sure, we miss Harry and Ron and Hermione and Neville and the others, but we miss our own characters too. We were in those books, right with them through all of their adventures. And when the last page of the last book was turned, that part of us got left there on Platform 9 3/4 next to them.

The experiences we had and the emotions we felt have to stay there; they can’t be carried on to another book, or film, or even a blog, no matter how many words I… er, we, write. We can go back to the beginning and start again, but it won’t be quite the same. So what do we do with those bits of us that got left in the books? Where do they go? What happens to us next? That’s the hole that’s the most difficult to fill.

Thank goodness there’s always the Simpsons, dark chocolate, and J.D. Salinger – a triple threat of warm, comfortable, soul-nurturing goodness.


Harry Potter Icons – Dan, Rupert & Emma

Found these while surfing around. They’re too fun not to share. Visit alohamora icons for more.

Emma       Trio      Rupert

From that page I wound up at the live journal site don’t be so base where there’s even more fun to be had.

Rupert Grint       Rupert

And from there I found this group of icons dedicated to Ron and Hermione by Punkette.
Rupert Grint      Rupert and Emma      Ron and Hermione icon

And finally wound up at chocolate coins where there’s a whole bunch of everything.

Weasley twins      Harry Potter

Go play!


Play Dress Up With Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint dollMy, oh my. I was cruising around looking for some new Rupert interviews (I love how no matter how bubbly the interviewer is he always answers questions with a really calm, “Aww, yeah it’s pretty good,” or “Yeah, it’s good fun.” and then looks at the interviewer like they have three heads. It must be incredibly boring to answer the same questions dozens of times a week.) and I found this site called Stardolls.

Stardolls has a Rupert Grint paper doll, featuring some excellent abs, that you can dress up however you like. A cozy, cuddly sweater perhaps? Maybe his trademark tshirt and jacket look? Do what you like, his body is in your hands – probably the only time you’ll ever be able to say that.

I haven’t checked yet to see if there’s a Daniel Radcliffe doll, but if there is, I hope there’s an owl accessory. Ooh, or maybe a horse. 

(This is my Wham! era Rupert. Next I’ll be doing the ice cream man version.)


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Epilogue

Looks like J.K. Rowling beat me to it, discussing the Deathly Hallows Epilogue in her latest interviews. She gives the details up so freely, it’s almost a let-down:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19959323/

I still hope they leave that bit out of the film. I don’t want to see Dan, Rupert and Emma made up to look older, and I really don’t want our final shot to be of three strangers, not after all the time we’ve spent together.

Maybe by the time film seven goes into production, Rowling will consider giving us a suprise, alternate ending. One final twist to look forward to? Nothing shocking, just different, like one last summer at the Burrow, or maybe even a final trip to Privet Drive. Hmmm…


Harry Potter’s Spoilers of Death and Rupertly Hallows

But Lisa, you said you were going to talk about the Epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

RupertYeah, I say a lot of things. It doesn’t make them true. My Curbside’s Best Guide to Epilogue Prophecies is coming along. Until then, please click the banner up above or a link down below to see all my latest Harry Potter reviews, spoilers, and pervy thoughts about Rupert Grint… I’m so ashamed. Intrigued and excited in some really inappropriate ways, but ashamed at the same time.

If you think you know a way not to melt at that smile, I’d like to hear it.

Read ’em and weep. I know I did: