Saturday, September 16, 2006

Harry Potter and the Great Big Security Guards


Now this is a conversation I wish I could have heard.

Note also the bit about Stephen King pleading with JKR to spare Harry's life.

(Also, do me a favour and stay out of the *&%$#@ comments box unless you've actually read the books. Ta.)

15 comments:

Stephanie Trigg said...

I liked this too, and wondered what other works of art or literature would have rated this exception? Or is this an argument for the return of the manuscript? (sorry: the medievalist writing here). And yes, I have read all the books, but find myself increasingly unmoved by them, and surprised to find myself not really caring whether the boy lives or dies (and wonder if this is because when I think of HP, I now see Daniel Radcliffe so obviously thriving, with his feet planted so firmly on the red carpet). Now if Naomi were to take up his case, I might feel differently...

Pavlov's Cat said...

Indeed. The warning about the comments box was because of what happened last time I mentioned Harry Potter, which was that a whole pile of hitherto unsighted trolls turned up going yuk and gack and such -- there's a certain very large segment of the blogosphere that thinks that any mention of anything is an open invitation to express uninformed opinions about it.

I wouldn't worry too much about WaWa -- word is that reports of his (imminent) death have been greatly exaggerated.

cristy said...

I'm with Stephen King on this one. I don't want Harry to die. I get very attached to characters and am not really looking forward to reading the 7th book now that I know that main characters are definitely going to get killed.

All this talk about 'ultimate evil' and people 'having to die' also makes me feel a bit uncomfortable. It takes some of the charm out of the story. I kind of wish that it had kept some of the innocence of the first book.

Mindy said...

Agatha Christie wrote the novel with the death of Hercule Poirot during WW2 in case she died during it, to be published posthumously so that no one could write about him either. Thankfully they both survived the war and that novel was published much later.

(I can't comment on HP as (very sorry) I haven't read the books, but I promise not to troll).

FXH said...

..there's a certain very large segment of the blogosphere that thinks that any mention of anything is an open invitation to express uninformed opinions about it.

Spoilsport.

yeah well as I was saying, I've never read Harry Potter, tried, didn't work, tried the fillum, worse. I have also, out of a sense kindness to others who relied on it, tried that Flatworld guy, Prachet?, several times. Nope. Nuh.

Pavlov's Cat said...

It's Discworld, and I find Pratchett patchy myself. How do you feel about the Molesworth books?

FXH said...

No idea what a Molesworth is.

Pavlov's Cat said...

Molesworth.

FXH said...

nah my only english schoolboy of memory was the Owl of the Remove. Excepting VIZ of course. coarse nudge nudge wink wink.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viz_(magazine)

Anonymous said...

What about William?

About JK, does anyone else think it's a bit odd of her to have chanced taking the manuscript on the plane, or anywhere really, it being the only copy and all?

Pavlov's Cat said...

I don't think it was the whole ms, I think it was handwritten stuff that she'd written while in the US. Given how valuable it would be, she'd be mad to chance it even to a highly stealable laptop or any other small computerised thing, much less to the net. And I'm sure she knew she'd never be able to take a laptop into the cabin.

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

molesworth! chiz!

I've read all the HP books and seen the movies and bought a modicum of paraphenalia. but...

they're not a patch on the utter delight that is molesworth.

eugh!

Mikhela said...

[Spoilers]I'm finding HP increasingly unsettling. That carving into the arm thing a couple of books ago? - wrong. Also those creepy underwater dead people in the last book. I have all the HPs so far - I'm half-dreading the next one as JK seems to get worse each time, & if HP is going to die, I bet it will be gruesome. I don't know that I've got the stomach for it. O for the days of Enid Blyton's spankings!

Zoe said...

Ms Cat, have you seen this? I found it at Bek's.

Anonymous said...

HP takes us places we didn't/couldn't go with the secret seven etc. I don't want him to die (i only buy the books for the kiddies, of course) but I can kinda see it happening. I'd cry, but then I did when Gulert died, and he was a noble beast.
S.King never kills off his good guys - in his world, evil never wins, but after todays and yesterdays real time news, I'm not so sure that's the stuff of our fairy tales...

geez, now I'll go and have a prozac and a good lie down.