Wednesday: July 20, 2011
- Harry Potter and Google make semi-unbreakable vow for Pottermore.com website.
Pottermore will be integrated with a number of Google products and APIs. When the series of Harry Potter ebooks and audio books launch on Pottermore.com later this year, you will be able to push them through to your Google eBooks account. Additionally, YouTube will be the default platform for all future video broadcasts, just as it was for JK Rowling’s Pottermore announcement back in June.
Monday: July 18, 2011
- Final Harry Potter movie breaks box office records worldwide.
Here in the states, Harry and friends (and enemies) took over the top spot from 'The Dark Knight' for best opening weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, the final Potter film took in $168.55 million. Christopher Nolan's second Batman grossed a robust $158.4 million when it opened in 2008. Around the world, the cumulative Potter numbers were even larger. The movie grossed about $307 million, outgrossing the previous world box office record holder, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' by almost 20 percent.
Thursday: July 7, 2011
- Reviews starting to come in for the very last Harry Potter movie.
It ends well. After eight films in 10 years and a cumulative global box-office take of more than $6.3 billion, the most successful franchise in the history of movies comes to an obligatory -- and quite satisfying -- conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Fully justifying the decision, once thought purely mercenary, of splitting J.K. Rowling's final book into two parts, this is an exciting and, to put it mildly, massively eventful finale that will grip and greatly please anyone who has been at all a fan of the series up to now.
Tuesday: March 9, 2010
- Location services might be coming to your Facebook account in near future.
Soon you'll know exactly where all of your friends are and where you can find them. Isn't it great when mystical items from movies and books somehow make their way into real life? It's almost like magic.
Monday: December 7, 2009
- Teaser trailer for next Harry Potter movie surfaces online.
Teaser trailer starts after the interview segment of the video, about fifty-seven seconds in. This movie (which is just part one of two) will hit theaters November of 2010.
Monday: November 2, 2009
- Turns out the real-life Harry Potter not that big a fan of Harry Potter series.
After 12 years of it I couldn't count the amount of times I've heard 'You're a wizard Harry'. It does wear a bit thin after a while. And I've heard all the puns about my wand.
Thursday: October 22, 2009
- Windows 7 more popular than Harry Potter in regards to pre-order sales.
The OS immediately put Windows Vista to shame, selling more copies on Amazon in its first eight hours than Vista did in its entire pre-order period. In the last three months, the only currently available products to beat Windows 7 were Dan Brown novels.
Thursday: September 17, 2009
- Harry Potter Theme Park set to open next spring at Universal Orlando.
Article goes into detail about most of the attractions that will be found at said theme park. You'll be dueling dragons and flying on hippogriffs whilst enjoying a cup of butter beer. Bring your own broom.
Friday: September 11, 2009
- Twenty odd musical instruments that you can actually play online.
A neat gallery of playable instruments (must have Adobe Flash to actually play instruments) by inventor Harry Partch. According to Wikipedia, Partch invented and constructed instruments that could underscore the intoning voice.
Wednesday: July 15, 2009
- Five ways in which people take Harry Potter way too seriously.
Unfortunately, humanity's ability to simply enjoy the Harry Potter books and get on with their lives ended the very second two computers were connected together. These days, the rule of fandom is anything worth doing, is worth overdoing, often to a terrifying degree.
Monday: July 16, 2007
- Date Night: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Mad and I managed to get out and see the latest Potter flick over the weekend. We call this act of seeing movies every so often as 'date night'. As a preface I have to come to the sad reality that we're both big overgrown wizarding fans. However, I also have to say that I am not totally ashamed to admit this because I blame most of my Potter fandom solely on my other half. It all started right after we saw 'Chamber of Secrets' (which feels now like a very, very, very long time ago). I hadn't read any of the books but Mad was very much into the whole series at the time (the books were up Goblet of Fire at that point). Anyway, the conversation went something like this:
Me: 'What was with that tree that attacked the flying car?'
Mad: 'Oh, thats the Whomping Willow. It's where Harry's dad and his friends used to hang out because one of them was a werewolf and needed a place to hide.'
Four hours later I pretty much knew the entire plot of Prisoner of Azkaban without having read the book. This backstory got me all intrigued and I had to pick up the book and it read it for myself. Luckily, Mad saved some plot twists in the book as a surprise (I totally did not see the Moody thing coming when I read the book - another 'huh' moment). Now coming into book seven, I'm still hooked. Damn you J.K. Rowling and your addictive children's literature.
Anyway, back to date night. Truth be told, we kind of forgot the plot of Order of the Phoenix since it had been so long since either of us picked up the actual book. After the movie ended everything about the book came rushing back. We began to converse about how things were left off in the book and why they didn't get put into the movie.
What was left out of the movie:
- Kreacher being instrumental to Sirius Black's demise.
Sorry to spoil for anyone, but this kind of irked me. Rumor has it that J.K. Rowling told the producers of this movie to put Kreacher in because he plays a larger role in the final book. However, in this movie Kreacher (very well animated too, in my opinion) only had a whopping three lines - most of which were mumbled. In the book, this house elf might as well have been one of the main reasons Sirius got 'veiled.' Why go to the trouble of including this character then if it doesn't even play a role in the movie? Hmph.
- No visits to St. Mungos.
This was an interesting part of the book I was hoping to see put to film but never happened. It also would have served as a great cameo for the actor who played Gilderoy Lockehart to appear once more. Sadly, it was not to be.
- No sign of Regulus Black on the family tree.
Come on, we all know R.A.B. is Regulus Black - how hard would it have been to work this into that scene in some way. Bah.
- Voldemort's confrontation with Dumbledore as Harry was weak.
The last couple chapters of Order of the Phoenix are a great dramatic read. You essentially get Voldemort possessing Harry and then telling Dumbledore flat out 'go on, kill him then'. In the movie it was a wishy-washy 'let's look into Harry's memories again.' Blah.
Overall we did enjoy the movie though despite the above nitpickings. It was visually stunning and the acting was spot on. You really get the sense that these kids are more than just actors - their a gang (which would be weird if they weren't after doing five of these movies together). I also came to the realization that adding in these plot details would have made the movie six hours too long anyway. Go figure.
- Kreacher being instrumental to Sirius Black's demise.
Tuesday: July 10, 2007
- My personal prediction for how Harry Potter will end.
The end is drawing near for the Harry Potter series and with ten days left until the release of the final book I thought I'd throw my hat into the 'what happens' ring.
Let's examine the legendary prophecy:
- 'THE ONE WITH THE POWER TO VANQUISH THE DARK LORD APPROACHES...BORN TO THOSE WHO HAVE THRICE DEFIED HIM, BORN AS THE SEVENTH MONTH DIES... AND THE DARK LORD WILL MARK HIM AS HIS EQUAL, BUT HE WILL HAVE POWER THE DARK LORD KNOWS NOT... AND EITHER MUST DIE AT THE HAND OF THE OTHER FOR NEITHER CAN LIVE WHILE THE OTHER SURVIVES... THE ONE WITH THE POWER TO VANQUISH THE DARK LORD WILL BE BORN AS THE SEVENTH MONTH DIES...'
Many people on the Internet have analyzed this paragraph over and over. Most of them end up with the conclusion that Harry and Voldemort are the only participants in the aforementioned text. This is where my theory comes into play:
'The Hand of the Other' in the referenced prophecy is in fact, Wormtail. So there it is. That's my theory. My prediction is that Peter Pettigrew's life debt will somehow come into play and will be a defining factor in helping Harry defeat his arch nemesis. He after all, has a silver hand, a very distinctive way to separate him in the prophecy (hand of the other - given to him by Voldemort in Book 4). Whether Harry lives or kicks the bucket is still up for grabs. I have a feeling that this will come into some play somehow to greatly effect the outcome of the story. This theory seems like a clever trick and play on words that is on par with J.K. Rowling's writing style. Feel free to debunk me if you feel otherwise, that's why we have comments here.
Edit: this same theory is apparently popular amongst many Harry Potter fan sites. So there you go, we shall see in ten days time.