There’s a lot of strange folk at the Hogshead…
If you are a long-time local here or if you just poke your head in on the way to Zonko’s please leave a comment and tell us what you’d like to be discussing and in what format.
We haven’t had much discussion for quite a while and we need to be more deliberate- if that’s what we want to do.
Maybe you’d like a general posting area that is like a free-for-all discussion, more topical posts by members and discussion in respose (like we have always done). We could also migrate completely to the Hogshead Forum (http://thehogshead.org/forum).
You may feel that there just isn’t enough of what brought you to the pub still going on to warrant a portion of your time. That’s fine. Please drop a comment and let us know.
Today is apparently the 16th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts and J.K. Rowling tweeted she had a moment of silence and that she hated killing some of those people. Entertainment Weekly had a brief story on this too.
Now, of course, in our Muggle time frame, it hasn’t been 16 years since the battle of Hogwarts but only 7. Still, either way a lot of time has passed under the bridge. Does anyone still have any strong feelings about any of the deaths in the Battle of Hogwarts or for that matter in the entire series?
I suspect some may. The author of the aforementioned piece in Entertainment Weekly concludes her article thusly: If you need me, I’ll be having a moment of silence over my keyboard for Sirius Black, every day for the rest of my life — because, for some of us, that was the most painful Harry Potter death of all.
I know some people who would whole-heartedly concur with that sentiment. What about you? What was the most painful Potter death for you?
by Deborah Chan/Arabella
Yes, the pub is still in operation. We’re just in that kind of post-New Year’s, snoozy, shut-in-the-house-by-the-massive-winter-storm-and-subzero temps apocalypse.
However, whilst we’ve been busy shoveling snow in the U.S., J.K. Rowling has been shoveling Ron and Hermione out of marital happiness. And right before Valentine’s Day, no less.
She has decided that Ron and Hermione really don’t work as a couple.
In an interview with Emma Watson, guest editor for Wonderland magazine, she says:
“If I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.”
“I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.”
A huge controversy, while the books were being published, was over the Shipping Wars—who would end up with whom. Some hated the Ron and Hermione pairing, feeling that Harry and Hermione made the better pair. Others liked Hermirone in an opposites-attract-kind-of-way. We had some pretty heated arguments in the pub on the subject.
John Granger has written a post at HogPro on Rowling’s reverse, which you can check out here.
But here are some questions I have for you:
Yesterday I saw the trailer for the new Godzilla movie for the first time…on the big screen of a theater. It already looked good just on Youtube. It’s really great in larger scale. Can hardly wait for the movie to come out in May of next year.
After the trailer there was a movie called The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, loosely based on the book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Now, if you know of my history with the films of Peter Jackson, you’re probably expecting a rage filled rant. But this time you’d be wrong.
I certainly have a fair few criticisms of the movie, but as for feeling… Well, I was pleasantly unemotional watching it yesterday. Sure, I rolled my eyes a fair few times, but otherwise no strong feelings either up or down. Except for the scenes with Smaug. Smaug was very well done. Benedict Cumberbatch did a great job bringing out the dragon’s personality.
Anyway, onto my thoughts on the film. Beware of spoilers!
Are we ready for a play about Harry’s years before Hogwarts?
According to ew.com:
J.K. Rowling says she is working on a play about the boy wizard’s life before he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Rowling said in a statement Friday that the play will “explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast. “
Rowling will be a co-producer on the show, along with veteran theater producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender. The statement said Rowling will collaborate with a writer but will not write the script herself.
The focus here seems to be on Harry’s more Dickensian life with the Dursley clan and his interior life—and certainly that life was more closely tied to the Wizarding World than Harry realizes in his first few years at Hogwarts….
“Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production, but Sonia and Colin’s vision was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry’s story to the stage. After a year in gestation it is exciting to see this project moving on to the next phase.”
I expect we’ll see where the magical community intersected with his life, including Arabella Figg and Daedelus Diggle.
What do you think?
Well, the new trailer for the 2014 Godzilla movie is coming to town. Well, it’s actually already arrived and boy does it look good. Even to me, and I’m usually quite cynical and pessimistic about remakes, especially when they involve things I love. But I’ve watched the trailer at least five times now and am quite optimistic. They at least appear to be taking Godzilla seriously.
Take a look at the trailer if you haven’t seen it yet and let us know your thoughts on it.
It’s the penultimate post in our month long celebration of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series and this time we’re exploring The Magician’s Nephew as a traditional creation story. The Magician’s Nephew is most clearly and most simply a creation story in that it shows us the creation of the world the whole series centers on, Narnia. But the novel also takes us to places beyond the ones we thought we knew; it shows us the nothingness before a world and lets us witness the birth of the physical and spiritual elements of a new world. And in doing so, it echoes the many creation myths and folktales around the world.