Recently J.K. Rowling started an online treasure hunt, giving clues to the top Harry Potter blogs which collaboratively spelled out “Pottermore” – a new Harry Potter website that, for the moment, just has a couple of owls and the words “coming soon.” What is J.K. Rowling’s Mysterious New Harry Potter Website? It’s not a book, she says. She’s also promised Daniel Radcliffe not to write another Harry Potter book (after she joked about it in an interview, he called her up in a nervous sweat and demanded to know if it was true).
My guess is this: Pottermore will be an online multiverse like World of Warcraft, where you can pick a side, a character, battle opponents, hone skills, form groups and take on quests. If it isn’t… well, then she’s missing out on a great opportunity.
What do you think it will be? Will it launch in time for Deathly Hallows?
Deathly Hallows Part II (HP8) is coming soon and with it, a definitive conclusion to the Harry Potter series. Here’s a cute video of the Harry Potter cast summing up their Harry Potter experiences in one word.
What has Harry Potter meant to you? Share your one word in the comments (mine is “inspiring”)
The Onion recently took advantage of the recent trend to split books into several movies, thus capitalizing on and extending the life-line of Franchises like Twilight and Harry Potter. Their newsreport (which are becoming increasingly more convincing – you can hardly tell the following video is a total farce) claims Harry Potter 8 (part II of Deathly Hallows) would be split into a further 7 minutes. It’s pretty damn funny – check it out.
What’s better: Twilight or Harry Potter? While some fans are absorbed by the magical world of Harry Potter, the unique characters and challenges of Hogwarts and the Epic Conclusion of Deathly Hallows; others melt in relation to Bella’s Hunky Supernatural Companions, ripped abs of Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson, and the complex emotions involved in loving someone that wants to eat you.
As a huge fan of both, I know that each has its own charms; but if I had to pick one, I’m pretty sure I’d choose Harry Potter. The MTV Awards will only be able to choose one winner however, and these two franchises (and their fans) are set to come head-to-head. Recently celebs were asked to take a stand – check the video for their answers!
UPDATE!: It seems Twilight won just about everything. Harry Potter did get one award though, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) won the “Best Villain” award. (Definitely deserved it!). See all the winners of the 2011 MTV awards here:
Out of all the stuff they sell on amazon.com, Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 1 takes up 3 of the top spots, for various versions of the DVD. Everybody must be preparing for Deathly Hallows Part II, the final, epic conclusion of the series. What the hell are we going to do when it’s all over?
It shows Harry and Voldemort face to face with one wand between them. At the bottom it reads “IT ALL ENDS 7.15”.
If you’ve read the last book of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, then you already know what this wand is, and that the possession or mastery over this wand will determine the winner in the conflict between Harry and Voldemort. You also know about the mysterious, intimate relationship between Harry Potter and Voldemort which Harry finally comes to understand in Deathly Hallows. When I first saw this poster, I thought it looks a lot like one of those visual puzzles (is it a vase or two faces?). Interestingly, with the trails of smoke winding up the wand, it also forms a Caduceus symbol or the Wand of Hermes; perhaps unintentionally hinting at the spiritual progression of the soul or religious symbolism in the Harry Potter series. Don’t forget about Moses’ snake on a stick or the fact that Jesus’ crucifixion was related to it – the deeper spiritual significance of the Harry Potter epic is not unrelated to Christianity’s literature. At any rate, it will be exciting to discover if – in filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II – they will play up Harry’s sacrifice and suffering, making the parallel with Christ’s passion more obvious, or gloss over it in favor of action and magical special effects.
What do you think of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2) Movie Poster? What are you excited to see in the movie?
Discover the surprising parallels between Harry and Jesus – and what they reveal about the Bible and the historical Jesus.