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Postby Anita Bensoussane » 02 Nov 2014, 11:52

Just came across a YouTube clip of Heather Rooney drawing Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter. Wow! She has done lots of other portraits too, including other Harry Potter characters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maW0KmHs_sM
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Postby Courtenay » 01 Aug 2015, 16:59

This is just a bit of fun, but it gave me a laugh just now... :wink:

24 Hilarious Fake "Harry Potter" Books that Need to Exist
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Re: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling

Postby Soenke Rahn » 02 Aug 2016, 00:30

Will anybody visit the theatre play in London or read the new script of it. I suppose I will read it later, possibly in January in German. (Suppose it would be also interesting to campare the structue with Blyton's Famous Five Adventue.) ---- :-)
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Re: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling

Postby Poppy » 02 Aug 2016, 18:13

My sister got a copy of the script the other day and I can't wait to read it once she's finished with it! According to her, it's absolutely AMAZING so I have high hopes for it. Wish I could go and see it performed, but it would be so expensive, especially when you take into account travel costs and accommodation, but I'm happy to just read the book.
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Re: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling

Postby Rob Houghton » 02 Aug 2016, 20:17

One interesting thing I've read about the play script is that it seems to take heavily from online Harry potter fanfic...and appears to be a follow on fanfic type plot rather than 'real' Harry Potter. Of course - I have no idea if this is true - I personally dislike Harry Potter, have only read the first book and seen the first two films, but I wondered if anyone had thoughts as to the fanfic accusations once they've read it! :-)
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Postby Fiona1986 » 02 Aug 2016, 21:50

I haven't read it yet but I do have a theory.

Fanfic (generally speaking) is very dialogue-driven. Most writers assume that their readers are fans of the original work and therefore don't need long paragraphs of detailed descriptions, scene setting or explanations of relationships, rules, etc. So, if you were to write a Friends fan-fic you would assume that the reader knows what the six main characters look like. They would also know what Monica's apartment looked like, the layout of Central Perk and so on. Therefore they wouldn't spend a long time describing these things, unless a particular element was very important.

And The Cursed Child, being a script, is going to be heavy on the dialogue and light on the descriptions. It will have basic scene setters, and some physical cues but other than that it's going to be dialogue. Hence the likeness to fan-fic.
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Re: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling

Postby Rob Houghton » 02 Aug 2016, 23:21

Good point, Fiona! :-D
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Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
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Postby Fiona1986 » 03 Aug 2016, 21:19

Thanks, Rob. I did wonder if I was being a crazy crack-pot theorist :lol:
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Re: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling

Postby pete9012S » 05 Aug 2016, 15:59

Apparently there have been some brazen Harry Potter copycat books;

13 Brazen Harry Potter Knock-Offs From Around the World


http://mentalfloss.com/article/31430/13 ... ound-world

I've never read any Harry Potter books as yet,so I can't say if this excerpt is in any way close to her usual style of writing?

If J.K. Rowling’s seven Harry Potter books left you hungry for more Hogwarts, you’re not alone. Fortunately, a whole bunch of totally unauthorized Potter novels have been published in other countries. To give you a taste of the kind of quality reads available to Potter fiends, here are the plot summaries of a few brazen knock-offs.


1. Harry Potter and the Leopard-Walk-Up-To Dragon (China)

This book manages to rip off two best-selling franchises. After getting caught in a sweet and sour rain, Harry turns into a fat, hairy dwarf. To recapture his magical powers, he teams up with an old wizard named Gandalf to find a mystical ring, kicking some serious dragon butt along the way. Essentially, the anonymous author took a bunch of scenes from The Hobbit and swapped in Harry Potter and his friends for Tolkien’s characters.

Here’s the first paragraph, as translated by Young-0:

Harry did not know how long this bath would take, when he would finally scrub off that oily, sticky layer of cake icing. For someone who had grown into a cultured, polite young man, a layer of sticky filth really made him feel sick. He lay in the high quality porcelain tub ceaselessly wiping his face. In his thoughts there was nothing but Dudley's fat face, fat as his Aunt Petunia's fat rear end.
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Re: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling

Postby Moonraker » 05 Aug 2016, 18:42

I was rather surprised to see in the new London production that Hermione is now black. Is that magic or what?
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Re: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling

Postby Rob Houghton » 05 Aug 2016, 18:50

Apparently Rowling was quoted as saying the character's colour is 'never stipulated' but to me it's just a nod to being inclusive - a nice idea - but why not just invent a new and important character who is black?
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Re: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 23 May 2017, 08:48

My son and I had fun doing this "Sorting Quiz" last night to find out which house we'd be in at Hogwarts:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/eleanorbate/ac ... #.wqmMRGla

I was put in Ravenclaw and my results were as follows:


You Are 36% Ravenclaw, 30% Gryffindor, 25% Hufflepuff, and 9% Slytherin!

You believe above all in the importance of wisdom, which is why you undoubtedly belong in Ravenclaw, but your sense of adventure means you may also have an affinity for Gryffindor house. You are a thrill-seeker – you love to travel and there’s nothing more exciting to you than new experiences – and believe that adventure is essential in the pursuit of knowledge. You are brave, but would never intentionally put yourself in danger, placing you firmly in Ravenclaw.

Your slight compatibility with Hufflepuff house suggests a deep love and appreciation for those close to you, which you may keep hidden for fear of being hurt.
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Re: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling

Postby Fiona1986 » 23 May 2017, 17:24

I always come out Hufflepuff on quizzes!

You Are 39% Hufflepuff, 32% Ravenclaw, 18% Gryffindor, and 11% Slytherin!
You belong in Hufflepuff without question, but your Ravenclaw-esque appreciation for knowledge means your many friends come to you when they need advice from someone with a level head. While you enjoy any kind of learning, working as part of a team is where you truly thrive. You are an excellent collaborator, and understand that communication with others is an essential part of learning and, more importantly, growing as a person.

Your slight compatibility with Gryffindor house hints at an underlying desire for adventure that may manifest itself in a love of travel or trying new things.
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Re: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling

Postby sixret » 23 May 2017, 17:56

You Are 35% Hufflepuff, 28% Gryffindor, 23% Ravenclaw, and 14% Slytherin!
You’re undeniably a Hufflepuff, but you definitely have some strong Gryffindor qualities. You proudly wear your heart on your sleeve, but you lack the recklessness of a true Gryffindor, which means that you don’t act on your feelings without thinking. Your kindness and openness is what originally attracts other people to you, but they stay for your unwavering loyalty, meaning you’re constantly surrounded by a large group of friends.

Your slight compatibility with Ravenclaw house hints at an appreciation for knowledge and wisdom, though they are not priorities for you.
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Re: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling

Postby sixret » 23 May 2017, 17:59

I prefer to be in Slytherin!
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