Rowling Wins Special Nibbie Award

Rowling won a special British Book Award yesterday for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone being the most important book of the last thirty years. They are beginning to call her, ‘The Woman Who Will Not Be Cancelled,’ and this honor has to mean a lot in the context of the continued attacks, misrepresentation, and controversy The Presence is enduring at present.

Looking at the short list of possible winners, Philosopher’s Stone is the stand-out best-seller and important British Book of the last three decades. Though Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code. believe it or not, is in the same stratosphere of sales, you’ll forgive me for not thinking of it as a ‘British Book,’ despite its being set in part in the UK. No book transformed the idea of reading experience and changed the direction of book publishing and selling than Rowling’s Hogwarts Saga.

But the Nibbies could have taken the safe course and chosen not to acknowledge the obvious rightful winner in order not to be faced with criticism for honoring someone so out of favor today with the Cancel Culture and the Idea of the Moment. Cheers to them and to Rowling for their courage in this. Rowling’s comments, filmed who knows when, seem especially gracious, except perhaps for not mentioning Christopher Little, The Agent Who Dared.

In other news, the project at Wizarding World to have celebrities read Philosopher’s Stone aloud chapter by chapter has stalled. There have been no new chapter readings posted since 10 June and on 24 June the franchise tweeted that they were “taking a break” so everyone can catch up.

On the thread, fans speculate Rowling, Nibbie or no Nibbie, has become so radioactive that even second and third tier actors associated with the film adaptations are refusing to participate in a charitable endeavor with her. Many of them express the hope that The Presence will finish up the project by reading chapters herself. 

Rowling Writes Trans Views Tell All Post; Fandom Divides ‘Team Jo,’ ‘Team Trans’

On 6 June, J. K. Rowling tweeted nine separate times on the issue of transgender people and their rights. I think the most important thread is this one:

Though only a reiteration of her #IStandWithMaya Tweet Heard Round the World from last December, one with special emphasis in each part of the thread that the accusation that she hates transgender people is untrue and unfair, the world that believes with former Vice President Joe Biden that transgender rights “are the civil rights issue of our time” have doxxed her thoroughly. Celebrities as closely tied with her as Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Eddie Redmayne, and Evanna Lynch have all gone public to affirm that “transgender women are women.” [To my knowledge, Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger have not yet checked in on this issue.]

On 10 June Rowling responded with an essay which was posted on her website, ‘J.K. Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender Issues,’ and she has pinned a link to this post to the top of her twitter page (she has been silent on twitter since 6 June). In this essay she reviews the history of her involvement with the transgender issue, the story of her several fat-finger mistakes at the keyboard that led to her being identified as “transphobic” by trans activists online, and of her decision to return to twitter in December after a long hiatus to support Maya Foraster. She details, too, the fallout thereafter, not only the verbal abuse and threats she endured and expected, but also the unanticipated “avalanche of emails and letters” “the overwhelming majority of which were positive, grateful and supportive.” These notes, she writes, [Read more…]

Guns Akimbo: Harry Meets Katniss?

My first thoughts on seeing this trailer were:

‘Guns Akimbo’ looks like a fun meta-take on video games. I wonder if it is direct to video or whether there will be a video game released akin to the story-line…

Does anyone else feel an irony boundary has been crossed akin to the Gamesmakers being tasked with making film adaptations of The Hunger Games books?

Chris Calderon has actually seen the movie and given it a thorough review:

The fundamental problem of Guns Akimbo is that it is sabotaged by the very message it wants to convey. If Howden is determined to critique the kind of story premise found in the works of authors like Rowling, then in order to prove his point, he must look for the most satisfying outcome for his character. The best possible refute would have been to let the critique play out in such a way that Miles is able to emerge a better and wiser character precisely because he has had a realization of the futility of the path he’s on. That could have made for an interesting premise. The trouble is there’s no such payoff to be found anywhere in the film’s running-time. The story requires a certain type of course correction from the character that never quite arrives. Instead, everything peters to a halt at the very end by Howden being unable to find that other course and letting the character trod the same path that audiences have either seen or read a thousand times before.

Read the whole review at Chris’ weblog, Scriblerus Club, for the several Potter, Everdeen, and Baggins allusions embedded more and less successfully in the movie.

And, if you’ve seen the movie, let me know what you think. Is it worth the hours of viewing time?

Rowling Reads ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ — Chapter 5, On the White House Lawn!

Hat-tip, the Rowling Library!

Harry Potter at Home: Noma Dumezweni Reads Aloud Chapter Two of ‘Stone’

‘The Vanishing Glass’! Check out Chapter Two’s reading by Noma Dumazweni here: