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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Pottering fever...

What is it about this Harry Potter fever?

I know I haven't caught it but my son has. At midnight last Saturday, he joined a 200m queue outside Asda to get the latest-no idea what it's called- of JK Rowling's books.
In Pakistan a car bomb was defused outside a bookshop where the book went on sale. Do not panic, I have a watertight alibi. At no time did I leave the country in the last seven days.
How do you say Harry Potter in Urdu?

Don't get me wrong but I say good luck to Ms Rowling for coming up with such a "brilliant?" idea to become a multi-millionaire.

It's just that from Day One I did not get carried away by Harry’s wizardry. I remember going to the pictures to see the first film but I also remember falling asleep half way through it.

I personally prefer to be “Far from the madding crowd.”

Do I sound like a rebel?
I'm off for a few days to see if Harry Potter has reached Marrakesh...

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Blogger Mary said...

Read it Cream. You know the books are always way better than the movies. It's great storytelling. I love them. I didn't and wouldn't wait on line. I will eventually pick it up. but they are great books.

25/7/07 1:20 PM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

Harry Freakin Potter is a genuine phenom that may never be repeated in the publishing industry. I myself am far too busy reading embarrasing secret documents and sordid personal e-mails that I find by hacking into the G8 government offices at 5:01 p.m.
...it's a kind of magic.

25/7/07 1:38 PM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Don't knock it Cream - read it! The Harry Potter books are too good for kids!!

25/7/07 4:06 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

ahh, Marrakesh! One of my fantasy destinations! Have a wonderful time and please post LOTS of pics!

26/7/07 3:10 AM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

Now, now, do I detect a bit of cynism there? To tell you the truth, I read the first book, watched Parts 1 & 2, and just outgrew it.

26/7/07 5:09 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Mary, I'm not really into fantasy. Please feel free to read Harry Potter, I won't hold it against you!

HE, I thought that kind of stuff wouldn't appeal to you. You're more into fantastic than fantasy!

Akela, I'm glad I'm a grown-up... But still a kid at heart!

Hayden, I'm looking forward to sampling that magic square "Djemaa el F'na" this evening... My camera is ready!

Not cynicism, Bella... Just lack of interest.

26/7/07 8:40 AM  
Blogger Trac said...

Whatever Hayden just said - that is what I want to say too!

Nah...I have no interest in reading or watching 'The Potter' either. Isn't it for kids?

I am looking forward to seeing The Simpsons movie though! That isn't for kids!

Have a great time! :O)

26/7/07 11:43 AM  
Blogger fathorse said...

I liked it back in the day when Harry Potter really was just a kids book with self-contained little quests each year at school. Then the blood and gore started drizzling in. If you've read the last book, it's madness. It's a bit heavy for ten year old kids now. I went to see the latest film with my 8 year old brother and I don't think he understood a thing. I read the last book cause I had to know what happened, but they don't captivate me like they used to. Also, they make a really big thing out of all the deaths, but rowling can't actually write them properly.

Still, I've grown up with the potter books, and they've made me feel less grumpy at the fact that I missed Star wars by about ten years...

Praise be to Potter.

26/7/07 2:21 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

We are an elite (millions strong!) but slightly-weird clique and you need an invitation to partake. But first you need to pass the hazing ceremony... :)

26/7/07 5:00 PM  
Blogger muddy red shoes said...

I am potter free zone too, no real reason just not got round to it yet. Makes you wonder though, how many JKRowlings are lurking undiscovered, and musicians and artists. Wish I was off to Marrakesh.

27/7/07 5:28 PM  
Blogger Merisi said...

I read the first three Potter books aloud to my youngest, and she happened to be in the US when the latest one went on sale at midnight, so there she was in line, again. :-) Same for the movie (her host had to shuttle the kids at midnight and pick them up at 3am *chuckle*).
She started out way back when it was still recommanded by word of (kids'!) mouth. Can't join the chorus of "how bad it's written". All four of our kids love them, and I like listening to them discussing the various plots and fine points. Quite enlightening. ;-)

27/7/07 11:46 PM  
Blogger kj said...

cream, bottom line: you should read book #1. even if you don't read.

i think you should.


29/7/07 5:04 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

I think it's awesome that these books got so many kids to read! better that they are standing in line for books than so many other inane things. Amazing is what it is! Have fun in Marrakesh! Really? Are you really going there?

29/7/07 7:58 AM  
Blogger cave renovator said...

My son is daft about all things Harry, its good that JKR has got kids reading books though too. Me, last film I saw was Blood Diamond, now thats a good film.

30/7/07 7:43 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

The first books were ok. When she started writing "by the pound" (The Order of the Phoenix) it all went down the drain. It went from simple fantasy for kids to let's just get plenty of pages filled up with words so we can sell another book. The films... I guess you can skip the films, but then again most films these days are also easy to skip.

30/7/07 11:26 PM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

I absolutely love the Harry Potter novels. I was in line in Pennyslvania (USA) with around 400 or so people waiting to buy the book and had it read in about 12 hours. :)

I didn't dress up for the book release party because we were on vacation and didn't realize we would be away for the release.

4/8/07 12:13 AM  

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