Archives for January 2008

Order of the Phoenix: The Order of the Phoenix and The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black (Chapters 5&6)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Chapters 5-6

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” Write your answers to the discussion points in the com boxes below.

1._____ Harry, Hermione, and the Weasley children come to dinner as the Order of the Phoenix meeting in the kitchen breaks up. Tonks, Fred, and George help Molly cook and serve dinner, but the twins get an earful for too much magic…

2._____ Mundungus apologizes to Harry for skipping out on his guard duty. The thief isn’t very popular with Mrs. Weasley because he seems, in her opinion, to “have missed a few crucial lessons” in learning about right and wrong.

3._____ Sirius asks Harry why he hasn’t asked any questions about Voldemort and the room freezes. Molly and Sirius have a row about Dumbledore’s instructions that they not tell Harry “more than he needs to know.” Lupin sides with Padfoot. [Read more…]

Order of the Phoenix: The Advance Guard and Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place (Chapters 3&4)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Chapters 3-4

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” Write your answers to the discussion points in the com boxes below.

1._____ Harry sends angry letters to Ron, Hermione, and Sirius demanding information – and winds up waiting three days in his room. He objects when Uncle Vernon locks him in one night before the Dursley family goes for a drive.

2._____ Eight witches and wizards come to guard Harry Potter’s exit from Privet Drive. “A surprising number of people volunteered to come and get you.”

3._____ Nymphadora Tonks, a Metamorphmagus, helps Harry pack. She is an Auror despite almost failing Stealth and Tracking. Her inborn ability to change clothes instantly “got top marks in Concealment and Disguise.” [Read more…]

Order of the Phoenix: Dudley Demented and A Peck of Owls (Chapters 1&2)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Chapters 1-2

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” Write your answers to the discussion points in the com boxes below.

1._____ Order of the Phoenix opens with Harry in the flower bed outside 4 Privet Drive. He is listening to the evening news on television because he believes there must soon be reports of Lord Voldemort’s return even on the Muggle news.

2._____ After something of a fight with Uncle Vernon about a loud noise in the street, Harry goes for a walk in Little Whinging. He remembers gratefully the mail he has received from Ron, Hermione, and Sirius. Then he meets Dudley. [Read more…]

Why Actors Don’t Read the Book [JAB]

Today, our good friends at the Harry Potter Automatic News Aggregator lead us to a very sensible explanation of why some actors avoid reading the novel a screenplay is based upon–to avoid the “heartbreak of exclusion.”

In this interview in METRO.co.uk actor Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy to Potter fans) explains it as follows:

I stopped reading the books when the scenes I loved, usually involving me, stopped making it into the scripts. I’m waiting to read the script for the last one, then I’ll read the book. I don’t want to fall in love with particular sequences that don’t end up in the film. Obviously, they can’t include the whole story or the films would each be 20 hours long. I read the first four books all in one go, but haven’t read one since.

[Read more…]

News Flash: Sybill Trelawney Consults at Davos![JAB]

Courtesy of our friends at hpana.com, we discover a possible reason for the recent World Economic Meltdown Sybill Trelawney has been consulting at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Actually, Sybill was masquerading as the actress Emma Thompson at the time, but HogPro’s know what happens when Madame Trelawney begins to supply guidance…’nuff said.

Under the headline: Laughter works magic for ‘Harry Potter’ star at Davos forum Hellomagazine.com reports:

When Emma Thompson borrowed from John Cleese’s Handbook Of Silly Walks to address a high-powered forum about pressing global issues, it worked a treat. The charismatic actress grabbed everyone’s attention at the annual meeting of the world’s most influential global players in Davos, Switzerland.

Check out the rest of the article here.

On a [slightly] more serious note, after she gets her degree (honorary) from Harvard, will J.K. Rowling be going to Davos next year? If so, what might she add to their discussions? Comments?