A few things of note:
First, Pottermore has pushed back its opening date to the end of October. The delay can be expected to frustrate millions of fans worldwide; however, speaking as one of the beta testers, in my opinion they had no choice. Whatever they planned the servers to be able to handle, beta testing spent all of last week oversetting it in a major way. I can report, however, that last time I logged on, the site ran decidedly more smoothly than I had ever seen it. There is hope.
Perhaps harder for hopeful ebook readers to take, the Shop does not plan to open till the first half of 2012. The only consolation these readers have is that after years of hard-copy only, at least the ebooks have been promised.
In other points of interest:
For the writers among us, writer and Potter essayist S.P. Sipal has taken it upon herself to analyze the Harry Potter series in terms of how to write a great story. Visit Harry Potter for Writers to study Rowling’s masterwork and consider how her principles might help your own work.
For those of us who still sometimes find ourselves explaining Why Harry Potter Isn’t Of the Devil now and again, speculative fiction author John C. Wright has three essays discussing fantasy literature, the occult, and the Christian. They’re long, but I don’t regret a moment I spent on them. Consider:
So, I submit that Christians can set stories in make-believe universes that operate under the rules of pre-Christian theology for the same reason science fiction writers can set stories in make believe universes with time travel or faster than light drive or mind reading: not that we think these things are literally true, and not because we are trying to promote a belief in them…We can do it because Christianity is a complete system, that encompasses the universe, including the pre-Christian or pagan universe, and Christianity fulfills and completes and brings to flower what these pagan world views only hint at. We can write a story set in a pagan background, which praises the pagan virtues of justice, prudence, moderation and fortitude, because these four cardinal virtues are part of and have been incorporated into the seven virtues taught by the Church.
And the links:
- Harry Potter and the Christian Magicians
- Harry Potter and the Christian Magicians II: Baptizing Dumbledore
- Harry Potter and the Christian Magicians III: Theological Speculative Fiction
For anyone interested in considering the effects making a movie out of a book has upon the imagination, here’s one artist’s brief and poignant ode to his own mental pictures of The Lord of the Rings.
And lastly, for randomness: a Mythological Unicycle.