Archives for November 2010

Deathly Hallows Movie Notes: The Dance Scene

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has opened to great box office success, as we knew it would, and it’s about time I wrote something about it, though I’m not a big movie goer. I want to note first that ‘Twilight: New Moon’ still holds the record for a November opening. I confess that startled me, as much as I admire the Twilight books (having written a book on the Forks Saga, right?), I didn’t think the fandom’s devotion to the cause or just sheer size were comparable. Wrong, again, it seems. Check out Box Office Mojo.

As predicted, the latest addition to the Potter series worked its magic on the box office, raking in a $125 million in ticket sales — a figure that includes it’s midnight/early Friday showings. But while the series topped itself, outpacing its last pre-Thanksgiving opening — 2005’s “Goblet of Fire” — “Twilight: New Moon” still holds the November opening title with $142.8 million…

What I want to write about, though, before sharing some book points is the Dance Scene in which Harry and Hermione ‘cut the rug’ in the tent playfully for a moment just after Ron’s departure. Some folks like it, others don’t, all, I think, miss the Big Movie allusion or hat tip to the Martin Scorsese classic, Taxi Driver.

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Mailbag: Links for Serious Readers and Gift Givers

Riddled With Gilt: Gilded Books for the Lover of Truth and Beauty on your Gift List (especially if you have extra gold for such things!)

The Harry Potter Alliance has a Gift Shop! Who knew?’s ‘Best Literature and Fiction’ Top 10 List for 2010. I’m confident Mockingjay outsold each and every one and the Deathly Hallows paperback outsold the lot combined. ‘Best Fiction,’ though, means ‘Best Selling Psychological/Literary genre piece.’ Go figure.

The new Hunger Games? Matched, published today and an Amazon best seller right out of the gate, features a girl-two-guy threesome, a dystopian setting, and a movie deal with Disney (just in case it’s the new Twilight, too).

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How does ‘Ring Composition’ Work, Anyway?

The big buzz among serious readers of Harry Potter at the end of 2010 is the revelation of Ms. Rowling’s use of traditional Ring artistry in putting together each of her books and the seven book series as well. The only thing in print on the subject so far are my Ring Composition lecture notes and, as hurried a production as that was, it succeeds in establishing the fact of Ms. Rowling’s circular wizardry — all the more apt given the assonance of her name with the word ‘rolling.’ After the fact, though, at least one reader was left wondering how such an arcane architecture for the world’s best selling books explains their popularity.

I downloaded and read your lecture notes about the ring structure of the seven books. They are convincing. This is clearly an intentional and foundational structure for the books.

My question is, “How does this particular structure increase the impact of the books for readers? How can it affect their experience of the books, especially since it is so subliminal for most people?”

What I mean is…

We connect characteristics and emotions with symbols. And we can identify with  alchemical imagery through our own experiences of struggle and transformation.

But how does something as subtle as a ring structure influence a reader’s experience of a book?

Love to hear what you think.

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Guest Post: Tis the Season for Holly Wandlore

Hey, the Contact Tab is working and I have received two Guest Posts and a YouTube musical from Russia, no less, in as many days. Here — after the jump — is the short Wandlore piece that revealed the broken Contact Form: [Read more…]

Guest Post: An Evangelist at the ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ Movie Premiere in NYC

And she was dressed as Dolores Umbridge! Enjoy her full story with tract after the jump —

“Mudbloods and the Dangers They Pose to a Peaceful Pureblood Society”—the tract!

By Melanie N. Lee, November 28, 2010

I slowly got into the Harry Potter movies over the past few years, and then devoured the books in the Summer of 2009.  That Halloween I dressed as Dolores Umbridge, and this year, 2010, in honor of the Deathly Hallows movie release, repeated the costume, albeit in a new pink suit.  I also thought, how cool would it be to hand out copies of Dolores Umbridge’s pamphlet “Mudbloods and the Dangers They Pose to a Peaceful Pureblood Society”—only as a Christian evangelical tract?  Especially in the light of recent events like the tough new Arizona immigration law, the controversy over the proposed “Ground Zero Mosque”, and increased attacks upon Muslims, Hispanics, and gays, such a tract about intergroup tolerance may be needed.

Professor John Granger, in an email, pointed me to the pages in Deathly Hallows with anti-“Mudblood” propaganda.  I lifted the Daily Prophet article from page 209 (fair use, right?), then wrote the tract:

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