Category Archives: J.K. Rowling
UPDATE 4/27/11: I uploaded the LATEST trailer, just out today, here on ForCarol.com.
Just stumbled across this today. The part 2 trailer for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” (see my review here). This is interesting since it has the actors and director / producers giving some insight.
UPDATE: If you read the books (I’m sure you did if you are here), can you tell me WHY this scene would have been deleted from Part 1? It tells the movie viewer sooo much, and is quite powerful.
Drive Safe! Never Forget.
Getting ready for the movie, I just finished “Deathly Hallows” for the second time yesterday.
I must say, I caught a lot more of the details the second time thru it (I also purposely slowed down). Some of the parts that were confusing the first time, made sense now. Sooooo, if you have the book, I recommend a second, or third, reading. :-)
This review: MAGICAL ! See my full review (the original) here.
Even though we all know what happens, I am definitely looking forward to the last two movies. As you watch this, it looks to me as though a lot of liberties were taken, but, I’ll need to read the book again to refresh my memory. (I did that…see my review on this blog).
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
Rating: 5 WaterTowers
The magic continues.
“The Tales of Beedle the Bard” was given to Hermione Granger in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” as one of the items that would help them (Harry, Ron and Hermione) destroy Voldemort.
This book was translated from the Ancient Runes by Hermione and includes detailed commentary of each story by Albus Dumbledore. The book is introduced and illustrated by the slightly well known Muggle writer: J. K. Rowling.
These tales are similar to the Muggle worlds “Grimms Fairy Tales” including some tales that are rather harsh. But they all teach a lesson and help tie in information given to us in “Deathly Hallows”. In fact, I now need to go back and re-read “Deathly Hallows”.
Here are the five tales included in this 107 page book (I am a slow reader and finished it in a couple of hours). That makes 29 books for 2008, down from 35 in 2007 (being a “starving blogger” has taken it’s toll….arrrghhh)
1. “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot”
yes there is a pot that hops….
2. “The Fountain of Fair Fortune”
one person every year gets to bathe in the fountain ensuring good fortune….
3. “The Warlocks Hairy Heart”
reminded me of “Pirates of the Caribbean”….
4. “Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump”
5. “The Tale of the Three Brothers”
critical story for “Deathly Hallows”….
J.K. Rowling has extended the magic of Harry Potter with this short childrens book.
How I wish HP included 100 books rather than just 7, errr, now 8.
I’m ready for more.
NOTE: the net proceeds from the sale of this book goes to the Children’s High Level Group a charity cofounded by J.K. Rowling and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, MEP.
UpDate: Jan 5, 2009. This article from CNN says that J. K. Rowling has penned an 800 word prequel to the Harry Potter Series. It will be auctioned off for a good cause. Gee….I wonder how much one of my Blog entries will go for? Yeah…I know….zero. :-)
This is not a book review, but, gee, it’s Harry Potter.
See my review of the “Half Blood Prince” and enjoy the trailer that just came out today!
UPDATE Jan 1, 2009…here is a new one:
I don’t know about you, but, I am still looking forward to the movies even though the books are complete and we know all the answers.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J. K. Rowling
Rating: 5 Water Towers
Think of the fastest, tallest, roughest rollercoaster you have ever been on. Multiply that by ten and you may come close to the excitement in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.
If you have not read Books 1 thru 6 do not read below
The final chapter of the Boy-Who-Lived is a rousing send-off of the Harry Potter saga. As Book 6 ended, Dumbledore had prepared Harry to strike out on his own to seek out the remaining horcruxes of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
In Book 7, Harry, Hermione and Ron receive the items left to them by Dumbledore. At first glance, they seem odd and not at all helpful. Ron received the “Deluminator” (this is the device that Dumbledore uses in previous books to turn off lights and then turn them back on). Hermione received a book of Wizard fairy tales written in “Runes” (being Muggle born and brought up, these stories are new to her), and Harry received the first “Snitch” he ever captured (in his mouth) at Hogwarts (when he breathed on it some very cryptic words appeared “I open on close””). But looks are deceiving. The importance of these items becomes apparent and the core plot of the “Deathly Hallows” hinges on them.
Minor Book 7 spoilers below
With much planning and little knowledge as to where the next horcurxes could be found, Harry, Ron, and Hermione set out on their adventure. And a harrowing adventure it turns out to be.
The Death Eaters and Voldey have taken over the Ministry of Magic and caused the deaths and imprisonment of numerous Muggles, Muggle Born, and Blood Traitors. People are fleeing for their lives. The mere mention of the name “Voldemort” instantly causes Death Eaters, or bands of renegades, down upon them. To remain free, one must move constantly and not mention his name. Not unexpectedly, Harry is the #1 most wanted person.
I am not going to ruin the book, but, as page after page of pure terror unfolds; Harry, Ron, and Hermione are captured, escape, and nearly lose their lives several times. Harry is lucky to have both Hermione and Ron with him (at least most of the time). Herminone gets them out of scrape after scrape and Ron comes through when he is needed the most (after flakeing in the beginning, then leaving, then coming back (thanks to the Deluminator) at just the right time).
The three-some have help from an unknown person with a silver Doe as a patronous, and many other people. Via their travels they find, and destroy, several more horcruxes (and learn what the Deathly Hallows are). The final battle at Hogwarts, where many of the characters who have been missing are still at school and now show up, is wild and disturbing.
I don’t know what J. K. Rowling meant when she said two main characters die. My count of “main” characters that we know, and love or loath, who perish exceeds TEN. So beware of the mounting death toll that starts almost right from the start. The bloodbath at Hogwarts claimed over 50 people from “Dumbledore’s Army”, the “Order of the Phoenix”, and students and teachers.
But in the end, the “Deathly Hallows” teaches us about the power of love and that we should respect everyone.
Many questions are answered, including: Is Snape good or bad?, Is Dumbledore really dead?, Why is Dumbedore’s hand burnt in Book 6?, Do Harry,Ron, or Hermione live or die?, What are the final horcruxes?, How can horcruxes be destroyed?, How tall are real giants?, How did R.A.B. get the locket?
This is a very satisfying book to finish the series.
The ending is complete, surprising, and scary. I’m glad I have finished it, so now I can relax.
Tracy, CA, 12:01 AM, Saturday July 21, 2007
Harry Potter released to the public.
Braving a large crowd at Barnes & Noble Tracy intrepid Harry Potter fans are finally able to purchase the 7th and final book. Tonight all the secrets will be revealed as the epic journey of the boy wizard comes to an end.
Here are some pics of the festivities.
One of the Tracy Press Book Nook Authors above and below