06-14-2007 06:47 PM
hp definitely brings people together.
06-19-2007 01:40 AM
06-19-2007 01:44 AM
However, the radicalists who attempt to ban Harry Potter from being read because it supposedly perpetuates the occult are, I think, deluded. These people seem to miss the entire point of the series to focus on a single detail like witchcraft, without noticing that the books are really a great struggle between good and evil, and in fact, that the books emphasize values like loyalty, courage, kindness, and determination, all of which are values emphasized in THEIR OWN RELIGION.
Second, a lot of the people attempting to ban Harry Potter.......have never read Harry Potter.....never even attempted to pick the book up, and see what it was really all about.....sad, but true. That's just close-mindedness, really.
I think this topic must be getting weak with those who object to Harry Potter. Soon they will be the only ones who have never read Harry Potter. It is hard to deny a book with such a following. The final book and the OotP movie will completely dominate everything in July and now a new Theme Park in Orlando Florida puts it on par with Disney. How can a parent keep denying a book to child when the book is being read and talked about by virtually most of the other children. The child will probably get to read it somehow and then start challenging the credibility of the parent and possibly the religious standpoint that condemned it. That is somewhat regrettable since it then calls into question in the child's mind values that might be important. They will be questioning if anything a parent or their religion says has validity. I think this whole thing will die a natural death. Actually, all this noise about the satanic elements in Harry Potter probably fueled its popularity in the early days--and, incidentally, made a lot of anti-Harry Potter authors very rich so I guess in the end everyone made out well.
actually, it can be inerpreted as religious in the symbolism of serpents and darkness and 'the Dark Lord' being trampled and defeated by 'The chosen one'. No one tries to even talk about that one.
wow i neva would have thought about relating this to christianity...that opened a few doors in my head
06-21-2007 06:13 PM
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07-14-2007 03:35 PM
By the time Order of the Phoenix was published she was reading Harry to herself at night. But we have had a ball through every book release and movie. She complained through the Goblet of Fire Movie - too much of the book story line left out for her liking.
We went to see Order of the Phoenix Thursday nite - She was satisfied -(plus I threatened punishment if she talked and complained through this one like the last.
We are eagerly awaiting the release of the 7th and final book. J.K. Rowling has become one of my literary heroes. I want to be just like her when I grow up!!!
But when I read the news article about her finishing the book and her comments on the process and her reaction I have to quote the famous Star Wars line - "I have a bad feeling about this".......
Whatever the case, we will be in line waiting to purchase our reserved copy/copies Friday night at stroke of Midnight.
07-15-2007 01:44 PM
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07-15-2007 10:03 PM
~ConnieK, 5 days
i think im going to have to be put in a mental house when i finish the seventh book. that or ill go through severe depression. has anyone ever thought that people might take harry potter so seriously that someone is going to like commit suicide or something after the 7 book? i wouldnt be surprised to see something like that happen. neither would i blame them. such an addiction isnt healthy.
07-16-2007 03:43 PM
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07-24-2007 05:58 PM
But now, thankfully, they are all obsessed like me, so we can roll our eyes at others! =D
07-24-2007 09:38 PM
LONG LIVE HARRY POTTER!!!!!
07-24-2007 09:41 PM
my dad cant stand how i reread and reread the HP books when ever a new movie or book comes out. Or how i just read the books just for fun. He asks me if i ever get tired of them. I say NO!!
07-24-2007 09:45 PM
I hope these books remain popular as time goes on. I hope a LotR like following develops around it, so that people like us will always be able to find others who are still thinking about the books.
07-25-2007 10:14 AM
Like millions of others, I've literally grown up with Harry Potter. I was a few years younger than the three main characters of the books when they first came out and I became interested, and as the gaps betweeen books began occuring, it ended up that Harry and the gang were 17 in the final book, as I am. Nerdy as it is, it's literally like they've been friends to me that I've grown up with. No matter what point I was at in my life, or what other interests I had at the time, Harry Potter has always outlived everything else, and I'll continue to keep rereading the books forever. They have changed my life.
Like many of the posters above me, I have wet marks all over the last 50 pages of my copy of Deathly Hallows, I just cried my eyes out the whole way through the end of the book. It's just wonderful to know everyone else feels so strongly about this story as I do.
And hey, the story is not over! Although the books are completed, there are still countless generations to come who will read the books, and feel the same amount of excitement and amazment as we all did as kids growing up reading the books, so the magic will never cease!