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Posted by CryingHero (62 posts) -

So I've just watched J.K Rowling's announcement and boy am I excited! 
 
I've been a huge fan of the books since they were launched (11 years ago already mind you) and have not turned back soon. Constantly re-reading, listening to and watching anything to do with Harry Potter! This announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise as well as somewhat of a relief that J.K is re-visiting the Harry Potter universe but not as we know or would expect!   

If you don't know what I'm on about head HERE or HERE to find out more!

#1 Posted by CryingHero (62 posts) -

So I've just watched J.K Rowling's announcement and boy am I excited! 
 
I've been a huge fan of the books since they were launched (11 years ago already mind you) and have not turned back soon. Constantly re-reading, listening to and watching anything to do with Harry Potter! This announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise as well as somewhat of a relief that J.K is re-visiting the Harry Potter universe but not as we know or would expect!   

If you don't know what I'm on about head HERE or HERE to find out more!

#2 Posted by suikoden352 (423 posts) -

i heard about this last week a few days after having camped overnight for midnight tickets for the 8th movie. mind you, i did so with 2 other friends and we got balcony tickets to the best theater in the state and balcony is top premier seating for those 21 and older. it's definitely worth it. lol but i saw a post on twitter about this and told my friends. we started speculating that it would be either a whole new series of stories either telling of the magic war years before or of tales beyond the years of harry's days with his kids and then other's or even a whole new storyline with all new people. didn't expect something like this though. real interested to find out what all secrets will finally be shared. did sortof expect the ebooks stuff though. was rumored to be happening for the last few months so good thing it's finally happening.

#3 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2686 posts) -

I like HP and all... But I dunno.

#4 Posted by suikoden352 (423 posts) -

@Rolyatkcinmai: dunno what? not feelin the whole i'm gonna add in more info to the story that i've been holding back all this time deal?

#5 Posted by CryingHero (62 posts) -
@Rolyatkcinmai said:

I like HP and all... But I dunno.

It's kinda going to be an interactive community so hopefully something will come of it!  
 
@suikoden352
:  Ha! Impressive! I'm kinda disappointed that it wasn't a new book (with nothing to do with the Harry Potter universe) that  she was releasing. I'm still excited for this and will be at the early launch (hopefully I'll get in ;)) 
Looking forward to the final film just as much. I've had my tickets for the opening night in my local cinema booked for the opening night months now! Going to be fun! 
#6 Posted by KarlPilkington (2722 posts) -

It doesn't explain what it really is though.

Online
#7 Posted by CryingHero (62 posts) -
@suikoden352 said:

@Rolyatkcinmai: dunno what? not feelin the whole i'm gonna add in more info to the story that i've been holding back all this time deal?

Yeah I agree. Although a bit of background on SOME characters (and only some) would be interesting! 
I like the fact that one can choose their house and win house points and so on.
#8 Posted by CryingHero (62 posts) -
@Chabbs0: Interactive website. Also going to be community based, join houses, win points etc. New information and so on.  
There is still a lot left unsaid about the site but I presume that it will come in time! :)
#9 Posted by Teoball (591 posts) -

This seema like a cool thing for the fans.

If you like the potter movies and live in Norway you might wanna go to oslo soon. One of the best theatres in oslo just announced the Harry Potterton. They're gonna show all the movies in a rowwith 20 minute breaks between them.
Thats 21 hours of potter!
L

#10 Posted by Bombs_Away (1010 posts) -

I really didn't think anyone gave a shit about Harry Potter anymore. I must just be getting old...

#11 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

An entire weeks build up for what is, in essence, an official wiki.

If I was a fan, I'd be pissed. But I'm not, and I find the entire series basically horseshit, so it doesn't bother me. Shame for the fanbase though. Why something decent can't have a fanbase like these (fairly poorly written) books, I don't know. It's a shame, makes me a little sad about literature, and it's state in the world.

And then Twilight happened, and that got way way worse.

But seriously - a wiki. Wow.

#12 Edited by CryingHero (62 posts) -
@Tylea002 said:

 Why something decent can't have a fanbase like these (fairly poorly written) books, I don't know.   

 
   You aren't serious are you? No joke but the HP series are among the few modern classics! You have no idea what you're on about!   
 
@Bombs_Away: I'm getting old. But still love it! :D

#13 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

So is it like an MMO, I'm confused

#14 Posted by Evilsbane (4595 posts) -

@Tylea002 said:

(fairly poorly written)

Really now, if you don't like the books fine but as an avid reader that is BS those books are engaging and some of the Most Well Written books put out there, the books themselves even matured as the original readers did it got progressively darker and the characters went with it, you can hate em but Poorly written they are not.

#15 Posted by armaan8014 (5385 posts) -
@Teoball said:
This seema like a cool thing for the fans. If you like the potter movies and live in Norway you might wanna go to oslo soon. One of the best theatres in oslo just announced the Harry Potterton. They're gonna show all the movies in a rowwith 20 minute breaks between them. Thats 21 hours of potter! L
oh darn that would be awesome!
#16 Posted by Buscemi (1106 posts) -

Man, I read those books a shitload of times when they each came out. Now I listen to them on audiobook (with Stephen Fry) when I work, and it's pretty neat. Some of the magic (punned!?) has gone, but that's to be expected. Not sure about this whole thing, though. It's basically a glorified Wiki-site right?

#17 Posted by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

It's a shame it's just an interactive website. A Harry Potter MMO would be awesome if they did it right.

#18 Posted by rentfn (1279 posts) -

I'm bummed it's not a new book...I kinda feel this is a blow to people who have been working on HP wikis up to this point. Who knows...I'll check it out when it opens.

#19 Posted by Mikemcn (6982 posts) -

It sounds like the Call of Duty Elite of books. Poorly explained and not really anything new.

#20 Posted by Brendan (7777 posts) -

While it's not surprising that it's more Harry Potter, I'm a little surprised it's not that aftermath book she mentioned once or twice about where all the different characters ended up after the last book.

Online
#21 Posted by Vexxan (4620 posts) -

Interactive website?

Mjeh.

#22 Posted by loopy_101 (287 posts) -

I don't believe. Then again  I'm not truly a Potter fan either.

#23 Edited by Aronman789 (2676 posts) -

Most people I know stopped caring about Harry Potter around the time the 4th movie came out. 
 
Looking back on it, my frantic reading of the books some 4 years ago seems quite shitty now that I've started reading much better books.

#24 Posted by blueduck (964 posts) -
@Aronman789 said:
Most people I know stopped caring about Harry Potter around the time the 4th movie came out.  Looking back on it my frantic reading of the books some 4 years ago seems quite shitty now that I've started reading much better books.
This. Although it is a very good childrens series.
#25 Posted by ShaggE (6427 posts) -

Here's hoping she'll finally tie up all the loose ends she promised to reveal in the last book and never did. 

#26 Posted by SuperfluousMoniker (2907 posts) -

Figured she was announcing a spin off book. Interactive website? WTF?

#27 Posted by DeeGee (2121 posts) -

@ShaggE said:

Here's hoping she'll finally tie up all the loose ends she promised to reveal in the last book and never did.

Which ones? : D

#28 Posted by Kut_U_Up (52 posts) -

I clicked on the title of this thread expecting a Harry Potter/Paramore musical fusion

#29 Posted by S0ndor (2716 posts) -
@blueduck said:
@Aronman789 said:
Most people I know stopped caring about Harry Potter around the time the 4th movie came out.  Looking back on it my frantic reading of the books some 4 years ago seems quite shitty now that I've started reading much better books.
This. Although it is a very good childrens series.
I think it's very pretentious to bash something you once loved, just because you've found something better. I've read dozens of better books, but HP was the first book series I started reading out of my own free will (no school obligations). It is the series that I grew up with and the series that got me into reading, and I will always remember it fondly.
#30 Posted by Ragdrazi (2283 posts) -

Hermione should be topless.
 
What. That's a perfectly valid point to make in any conversation.

#31 Posted by ESREVER (2683 posts) -
@Teoball said:
 They're gonna show all the movies in a rowwith 20 minute breaks between them. Thats 21 hours of potter! L
That's a horrendous idea! I did that the days before I saw Deathly Hallows ;-; I was miserable. I don't believe the series makes for very good movies.
#32 Posted by TheHT (11155 posts) -

So... it really is a just a fancied up wiki?

#33 Posted by Ragdrazi (2283 posts) -

Only the first four books are ... good? They're ok. After that she got her fame and realized she could write anything at all and sell it. Potter 5 is so bad, it's almost unreadable. I understand your character is going through adolescence. But fucking capslock? Page after page of it?

#34 Posted by ShaggE (6427 posts) -
@DeeGee said:

@ShaggE said:

Here's hoping she'll finally tie up all the loose ends she promised to reveal in the last book and never did.

Which ones? : D

Oh god, I don't even remember offhand, haha. 
#35 Edited by Ragdrazi (2283 posts) -
@ShaggE said:

@DeeGee said:

@ShaggE said:

Here's hoping she'll finally tie up all the loose ends she promised to reveal in the last book and never did.

Which ones? : D

Oh god, I don't even remember offhand, haha. 
There weren't any. Those were just huge plot holes.
#36 Posted by Evilsbane (4595 posts) -

I just wanted a new book.

#37 Posted by ShaggE (6427 posts) -
@Ragdrazi said:
@ShaggE said:

@DeeGee said:

@ShaggE said:

Here's hoping she'll finally tie up all the loose ends she promised to reveal in the last book and never did.

Which ones? : D

Oh god, I don't even remember offhand, haha. 
There weren't any. Those were just huge plot holes.
That's what I'm talking about. The shard of mirror that Rowling kept swearing would build up to something, for instance. Yeah, it *kind of* did, but not really. Or Dumbledore's "glint of triumph" when dying. Nothing afterward made that line make sense.  
 
Things like that could have been explained satisfactorily in a sentence or two, but were just kind of handwaved away with a last-minute pseudo explanation instead.  
  
I honestly think Rowling bit off more than she could chew with Harry Potter. I love the whole series, but she didn't have the experience necessary to write such a detailed world while keeping everything in check.
#38 Posted by Ragdrazi (2283 posts) -
@ShaggE: I don't know. Her first four books seem fine. Not bad. Very "Scholastic" brand. But then she became bigger then the Beatles, and either she couldn't take the pressure, or she realized it didn't matter what she wrote.
#39 Posted by ShaggE (6427 posts) -
@Ragdrazi:  
 
That's very possible. She wouldn't be the first author to just say "fuck it" after awhile, that's for sure. 
#40 Posted by Aetheldod (3556 posts) -

I haven't read the books ,  I like the movies .... but why all the bashing? Is she really that bad a writer? Or is it fame hate? What I have seen seems decent enough

#41 Posted by Ragdrazi (2283 posts) -
@Aetheldod: Read book 5. And for that matter Book 7.
#42 Posted by DeeGee (2121 posts) -

I don't understand the bashing either. Sure the later books got darker and got increasingly more convoluted, but they were brilliantly written at least. JK is a good author, well, she became one. The first three or so books are actually hard to read, it feels like something I'd find on a slash fiction website, it terms of writing skill.

#43 Edited by Ragdrazi (2283 posts) -
@DeeGee: Brilliantly written? Book 5 was brilliantly written? Capslock Harry was a brilliant literary choice? Yes, I ABSOLUTELY THINK YOU ARE CORRECT!
 
AND SO I'M GOING TO KEEP ON WRITING LIKE THIS.
 
RWARG! I AM A BRILLIANT WRITER!!!!
#44 Posted by DeeGee (2121 posts) -

@Ragdrazi said:

@DeeGee: Brilliantly written? Book 5 was brilliantly written? Capslock Harry was a brilliant literary choice? Yes, I ABSOLUTELY THINK YOU ARE CORRECT! AND SO I'M GOING TO KEEP ON WRITING LIKE THIS. RWARG! I AM A BRILLIANT WRITER!!!!

RAWR LET'S FOCUS ON ONE THING FOR WHEN A CHARACTER IS SHOUTING AND NOT THE REST OF THE BOOK!!!21Q11SHIFT+ONE

#45 Edited by Ragdrazi (2283 posts) -
@DeeGee: RWARG! MAKING A CHOICE AS GLARINGLY BAD AS TO HAVE YOUR MAIN CHARACTER SPEAK IN CAPSLOCK FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME REALLY IS INDICATIVE OF THE OVERALL QUALITY OF THE WRITING IN THE HARRY POTTER SERIES AS A WHOLE.
 
EVEN YOU YOURSELF POINT OUT THE PLOT CONTRIVANCES. WHAT'S LEFT? CHARACTER? AS HAS BEEN POINTED OUT IN THIS THREAD ALREADY, SEVERAL IMPORTANT CHARACTER MOMENTS SEEMED TO HAVE NO POINT OR PURPOSE WITHIN THE STORY. THAT'S NOT BRILLIANT WRITING. SO NOT NARRATIVE OR CHARACTER. SO DESCRIPTION? I THINK YOU AND I CAN BOTH AGREE THERE SHE WAS LITTLE MORE THAN AVERAGE. SO WHY DEFEND HER, RWARG?
#46 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -

J K Rowling is fanfic writer who got lucky.

#47 Posted by DeeGee (2121 posts) -

@Ragdrazi said:

@DeeGee: RWARG! MAKING A CHOICE AS GLARINGLY BAD AS TO HAVE YOUR MAIN CHARACTER SPEAK IN CAPSLOCK FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME REALLY IS INDICATIVE OF THE OVERALL QUALITY OF THE WRITING IN THE HARRY POTTER SERIES AS A WHOLE. EVEN YOU YOURSELF POINT OUT THE PLOT CONTRIVANCES. WHAT'S LEFT? CHARACTER? AS HAS BEEN POINTED OUT IN THIS THREAD ALREADY, SEVERAL IMPORTANT CHARACTER MOMENTS SEEMED TO HAVE NO POINT OR PURPOSE WITHIN THE STORY. THAT'S NOT BRILLIANT WRITING. SO NOT NARRATIVE OR CHARACTER. SO DESCRIPTION? I THINK YOU AND I CAN BOTH AGREE THERE SHE WAS LITTLE MORE THAN AVERAGE. SO WHY DEFEND HER, RWARG?

SHE'S SMOKIN' HOT, DAWG

#48 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6296 posts) -

I wish I had half the money JK Rowling has. Fuck.

#49 Posted by Buscemi (1106 posts) -
@Everyones_A_Critic: I would murder many seals for a tenth of it.
#50 Posted by powicewobots (96 posts) -

It's such a blatant marketing ploy, under the guise of 'giving something back to the fans'. Did you think it was a coincidence that Pottermore will be the (sole) place to purchase Harry Potter e-books for the first time?