July 16, 2005, 5:13 a.m. CST
July 16, 2005, 5:22 a.m. CST
by Ra Ra Rasputin
Great job Mr Quint, Its like being there myself, Except I am at work in wales. Love The Pottter, my buddy is a postman and he is as happy as a pig in shit this morning delivering the thousands of books to all the fans. Which means he gets lots of overtime so he can buy pints of stella, the drunken bum. Haryy Potter is a great money spinner for everybody.
July 16, 2005, 5:25 a.m. CST
July 16, 2005, 5:42 a.m. CST
Heh. Vintage Ron. Glad to see that's in there.
July 16, 2005, 8:14 a.m. CST
the article give us a link to pictures of "dragons", but it was just a creapy fansite. Chilling.
July 16, 2005, 8:16 a.m. CST
He could do it... he fucking rules
July 16, 2005, 8:22 a.m. CST
no i didn't...how is it? anyone done reading it? anyone start?
July 16, 2005, 8:39 a.m. CST
***********SLIGHT SPOILER ALERTi've had the book finished since Wed (the perks of working at a bookstore)... I found it to be on par with GOF (which is my 2nd favorite book of the series behind POA)... the ending though... wow... they're gonna need to justify the death of <won't say it quite yet> by <won't say that either> or else i will be real pissed off while i'm reading book 7
July 16, 2005, 9:37 a.m. CST
the WB needs to step up and resign these kids for the last 3 before they lose em and we get Dakota Fanning as Hermoine
July 16, 2005, 10:04 a.m. CST
Arrghhh, why do I always fucking do it?! I had to go and keep reading that last post even though there were spoiler warnings. Well, anyway....arrghh.
July 16, 2005, 10:11 a.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
Also, the Gannster of Love and possibly The Joker.
July 16, 2005, 10:16 a.m. CST
by I Dunno
Waldo is found, the little engine actually can, and in the conclusion of "Everybody Poops", the kid flushes the toilet.
July 16, 2005, 10:43 a.m. CST
..seriously, it would be better than The Fantastic Four.
July 16, 2005, 12:35 p.m. CST
Fantastic Book. It might be the best in the whole series, but I have to read it again to make sure. I might be the only person not to like the movie adaptation of Prisoner of Azkaban, but with this report from Comic Con a little faith has been restored in the movie versions. I still say read the books, but if you don't have the time or patience to read the books then at least you're getting quality movies.
July 16, 2005, 12:46 p.m. CST
by Thunder Mammoth
if they trimmed 15-30 minutes off each film, although they wouldn't resemble the books quite as definitively as fans would like; they would however be more enjoyable to watch as movies. They are good flicks, but all of them seemed to drag.
July 16, 2005, 12:53 p.m. CST
I agree with you Waspo on Azkaban. I didn't dislike the third adaptation, but I think most of the love directed towards it, is simply because it has Cauron directing rather than the film itself. Chamber of Secrets had far better pacing and at least had a climatic ending. Yeah he got better performances out of the kids in the third, but they were a year and a half older, any director could get better performances out of them. Yeah 'Columbus is hack' yadda yadda, maybe so, but Azkaban isn't a superior film just because it had Cauron. Chamber of Secrets may have been the weaker book, but to bring sequences like the spiders and the basalisk and make them fit into the film, well, it had more thrills than anything in the yawn-fest of a film that was Azkaban. I'm glad Cauron is gone, his direction may have been new, but I can only remember these specifics from the one time I saw it. 1. The Hippogriff was excellent. 2. What the fuck was happening in the shrieking shack!??!?!? 3. Why isn't there anything cool happening. 4. Is Harry going to fight someone sometime soon. 5. Nice touching moment on the bridge remembering his parents, although sucks it turns out to be lies lies lies from the real bad guy. 6. What the fuck happened in the ending. I don't remember so it musn't have been that great. I remeber the endings of the first two, and I've only seen each of them the once.
July 16, 2005, 1:09 p.m. CST
the first movie was fine, but the last two were like bad sequels...not good continuations
July 16, 2005, 2:19 p.m. CST
but nobody complains that Rowling uses the word "berk" as a noun in a children's book. Because "berk" means "cunt."
July 16, 2005, 3:52 p.m. CST
Let me just say this: Jessica Alba is one hell of a dancer. And she looks DAMN good in tight jeans. Jack Black was there, Seth Green was there. The guy from Blade: Trinity was there (Ryan something.) I thought he was Jason Lee... I asked him if he was; he said he gets that all the time. The Tavern is at 1200 Garnet Avenue. It's at Garnet and Everts St., across the street from Typhoon Saloon. In case you're wondering, yes, I do work there. I'm the head DJ (DJ Wonderbread.) I'll be spinning tonight, if you wanna come by and check it out, maybe meet some people... maybe Sue Storm might show back up... you never know. Or you could stand in line all night in one of the over-priced tourist traps downtown. See ya!
July 16, 2005, 4:19 p.m. CST
by I Dunno
Have a little dignity. You're Head DJ. That title should command some pride. What would the lesser DJs think of you if they saw this display?
July 16, 2005, 6:41 p.m. CST
HOLY SHIT!!!!! It is a more subdued book with none of the huge set pieces that the last three had but take my word for it, nothing will prepare you for how it ends and what it means to Harry's world. Dark? You'd better fucking believe it!!
July 16, 2005, 7:23 p.m. CST
The last two reviews from the test screening don't exactly have me jumping up and down for this movie. Love the book, though. Haven't had a chance to lay my hands on "Half-Blood Prince", simply because no bookstore around Anaheim Hills has a copy. I'm probably just gonna end up buying it on Amazon.
July 16, 2005, 7:27 p.m. CST
have just finished HBP, and it is the tightest of the series, much darker tone, allows far more character development.... and a more cogent ending heading into the next (and final) book compared to all previous in the series.... not really a HP fan - other half is, but this one is as good a read as the Da Vinci code... and I hope it encourages kids to read and read and read...
July 16, 2005, 7:37 p.m. CST
I won't post spoilers, but I finished a few hours ago and it is DARK, RELENTLESS AND SHOCKING! Where the hell is Jo taking the 7th book??
July 16, 2005, 7:52 p.m. CST
"berk" is short for "berkley." in this case, the Berkley Fox Hunt. "hunt" rhymes with "cunt." It's cockney.
July 16, 2005, 7:53 p.m. CST
How in the name of he-who-shall-not-named are they gonna make this one a kiddies film. HBP is seriously dark shit, no spoilers but who'd have thunk it!
July 16, 2005, 11:42 p.m. CST
In Azkaban, I think Cauron nailed the look and atmosphere of Harry Potter but he dropped the ball on what could have been an exciting and emotionally satisfying climax (i.e. cutting out major backstory). You put Lupin and Harry on the bridge, Harry thinking he saw his father and then Patronus...and it's a special effect, it means nothing. That was so disappointing. From this account, it sounds like Newell is including lots of the little moments from the book and making it a thriller. However, I'm not getting my hopes up as I did with Azkaban, it still has plenty of potential to be extremely episodic with the three tasks.
July 17, 2005, 12:49 a.m. CST
by Sicuv Uyall
They would say you're the head cocksucker. Take some pride in that.
July 17, 2005, 12:50 a.m. CST
by Sicuv Uyall
And stay home tonite... I'm sure you don't like the club scene anyways.
July 17, 2005, 2:04 a.m. CST
But how do you go from Cueron to Newell? What a revoltin`dedelopment
July 17, 2005, 2:33 a.m. CST
the book was much tighter than otp...and if i was a potter character i'd want to date ginny hands down...i will spoil nothing here...only to kindergarden students who've yet to finish the book :)
July 17, 2005, 2:59 a.m. CST
Not to spoil anything but the ending, that doesn't happen in "childrens" literature often. Anyone else keep hearing banjo music when we were introduced to you know whos relatives? Great book.
July 17, 2005, 5:02 a.m. CST
July 17, 2005, 5:28 a.m. CST
You're on a movie website. Did you know this?
July 17, 2005, 6:03 a.m. CST
It was tighter than the under-edited OotP, and just all-around had more impact than the overrated Azkaban. Harry ain't a bitch anymore either! Whoa!
July 17, 2005, 6:30 a.m. CST
OH MY FU***** GOD!!!!! all i m saying is that the 7th book has to be TOP NOTCH to get over this! i finished this morning at 6:50. I was literally at tears at the end! i think this is WAY WAY WAY worse than what happened in book 5. i will be so very pissed if the 7th book is not EXCELLENT. this was a HUGE ass shocker! good book . love who Harry hooked up with. been rootin 4 them all the way. book was AWESOME! amazingly good writing. SUPERB!
July 17, 2005, 6:36 a.m. CST
frankly i hope that whan they turn this into a movie they will put a bit more restriction on the age ratings. i am getting REALLY tired of having to watch the movie with tiny children screaming in the backround. pisses me off!
July 17, 2005, 6:53 a.m. CST
July 17, 2005, 7:28 a.m. CST
There is a black Slytherin in the book just to show that they don't care what colour you are as long as your not muggle. SPOILER The butler did it. Just kidding, read the book!
July 17, 2005, 8:45 a.m. CST
C'mon,, how many people do you think really liked that movie just because Cuaron directed? Really? "The actors were a year and a half older, any director could have gotten better performances out of them." If anything should discredit your post, that's it. I won't bother explaining why. "Azkaban" wasn't a perfect movie, but it went well beyond it's predecessors in creating a believable universe in which the story could take place.
July 17, 2005, 9:12 a.m. CST
by The True Priapic
July 17, 2005, 10:42 a.m. CST
JK has taken the Harry Potter franchise and flipped it upside down. I read the last two chapters with a dead feeling inside. Warning: this is NO LONGER A KID'S BOOK! Amazing book, but the ending is going to bother A LOT of kids and their parents, and Book 7 is going to suffer. JK Rowling is going to be criticized to hell for this. But still...
July 17, 2005, 12:19 p.m. CST
As excited as I am for the GOB movie, having finished Half Blood Prince yesterday, all I've gotta say is that we're in for a treat. The next four movies are going to blow our minds, especially if movie four looks as good as it sounds.
July 17, 2005, 12:19 p.m. CST
by The True Priapic
...........she was being interviewed by a kid,she spoke to him like he was a moron.Patronising cow.Still................nice tits.
July 17, 2005, 12:22 p.m. CST
Just wanted to say how much I agree that this is no longer a children's series. I'm getting sick of being laughed at for reading kids books. Like FallenAngel said, kids are gonna be shitting their pants reading the end of this book. Ron and Hermione...it's got to happen
July 17, 2005, 12:30 p.m. CST
that's right. thanks.
July 17, 2005, 12:54 p.m. CST
July 17, 2005, 1:22 p.m. CST
Woah... good point, man. I don't know what came over me. I just got a little too excited there. Thanks for helping me maintain, bro. (Deep breath) All right. Back to business. As you were, gentlemen. ;-)
July 17, 2005, 4 p.m. CST
Oh my god and the music, Temp or not, that was used during the trailer was pretty damn chilling... the intensity of it just kept building and building. I really hope they'll post it on the net once they get the visual effects done.
July 17, 2005, 5:03 p.m. CST
okay well i finished the book last night. in my opinion it was GREATNESS. but not my favourite out of the series. SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER. DONT READ IF YOU HAVENT READ. okay WHY THE FUCK is [sshhSNAPEshhh] THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE? that was so stupid. i mean like i was expecting someone EARTH SHATTERING. i already had a feeling it was snape in the early chapters of the book before the CRAPPY REVEAL. i just kept denying it bcuz i thought jk rowling would really step it up. i have respect for her and i think shes a fucking genius and maybe there is a POINT in making snape the big "half blood prince" but right now im just not feeling it. okay SPOILER AGAIN. i really really was fucking down in the dumps when i read that dumbledore died. i cried just like i did when sirius died. its just not enough closure for me. AND DARK? HELL YEAH. I WAS LIKE SILENT FOR THE REST OF THE EVENING AFTER I READ IT! i was in some shock. i didnt really get a lot out of it. i wanted more things explained i guess. now i have to wait for the 7th for that.
July 17, 2005, 5:06 p.m. CST
and another thing. I CANT WAIT FOR GOBLET OF FIRE. and another thing. GINNY AND HARRY SHIPPERS ALL AROUND THE WORLD at this very moment ARE ROLLING AROUND IN THEIR BEDS PUNCHING THE AIR YELLING "I TOLD YOU SO!!!!!!!!! I KNEW IT!"
July 17, 2005, 5:10 p.m. CST
AND SORRY ONE MORE THING. i think that this book might just be a little mature for little, little kids like 6-8. when they read the snogging parts..they're gonna be like "WHAT THE HECK?" and then ending is just...............WHAT THE FUCK. i cant take it!! its like seriously dark. it leaves you hanging there for like 15 minutes wondering what the fuck is the matter with jk rowling. I WISH THE BOOK WAS LONGER. i want her to JUSTIFY ALL THIS!!!
July 17, 2005, 5:50 p.m. CST
July 17, 2005, 5:55 p.m. CST
If you ask me, Snape being the Half-Blood Prince fine. I don't think the revealing of the half-blood-prince was all that important to the story, but the twist that Snape really was a death eater was incredible. Although, I wonder whether Dumbledore didn't have this planned, to make Harry go out on his own. As long as Dumbledore was around Harry would only be doing what he was told, and it's Harry that's gotta beat Voldemort, not Harry-under-instruction-from-Dumbledore. I gotta say though, between Ginny and Hermione, this book was every nerd's wet dream (including myself). Last thing-I hate to say it, but Harry's gonna die.
July 17, 2005, 6:48 p.m. CST
Erm, guys, not to be a pain in the ass, but this site is about movies, not books... If you want to talk about HBP, do it somewhere like www.harrypotterportal.com, there'll be a lot more discussion of it there anyway. :)
July 17, 2005, 8:27 p.m. CST
then why are they reporting on uwe boll and stuff?
July 18, 2005, 12:23 a.m. CST
this talkback is anyway. ;)
July 18, 2005, 2:50 a.m. CST
JKR said herself that Book 1 was written at a 6th grade level, and each year is being written one level higher... More complex writing, more mature ideas, and (normally) thicker books. Book 6 is roughly at a Grade 11, with Book 7 being written for high school Graduates!
July 18, 2005, 7:42 a.m. CST
thats what happens in Half Blood Prince....
July 18, 2005, 9:42 a.m. CST
SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brainz: I've already read the book, but fuck you for putting that up like that. Ilovehp: JKR does a pretty good explanation to why SS is the HBP. Like always, it's a play on words and we find out he's Half-blood, pretty damn unusual for a death-eater, don't you think? Plus, wasn't it perfectly obvious that the HBP is a potions genius? I was still pretty devistated by the ending. I'm not the kind of person who tends to say "that's too dark for kids" but this one's definitely not for anyone under the age of 11 or 12.
July 18, 2005, 9:47 a.m. CST
people can talk about whatever that hell they want, and god I'm tired of control freaks like yourself trying to give direction. Spoiler we all knew dumbledore was getting the axe, and we all knew things were getting more sexually active, and though we didn't know about snape who cares no one gave away enough info to ruin anything. On another note I seriously hope serious black isn't done here (even if he does a obiwan kinda talking to harry) because I hate the fact that every "surprise" isn't the death of a major caracter because that just sucks. Look at lord of the rings - the dwarf was supposed to die according to the books but when it came time for the movie it was a much better tale without ripping the heart of its readers out! something I think a lot of writers make the mistake of doing. Can anyone with kids imagine the look on a childs face when they see dumbledore die?? good luck getting them out of your beds for a couple months
July 18, 2005, 10:01 a.m. CST
July 18, 2005, 10:46 a.m. CST
You're welcome Arithma... THATS YOUR PUNISHMENT FOR INVADING IRAQ.... HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAAAAAAA (EVIL GRIN)
July 18, 2005, 11:12 a.m. CST
is a fucking genius as a wizard but he's an evil prat!
July 18, 2005, 12:13 p.m. CST
Well, I had a feeling about who the major character to bite it was going to be, but I was sure Voldemort was going to be the Half-Blood Prince, and I was wrong. Here's what has me wondering though, during the big death scene, Dumbledore looks to Snape, and says "...Severus....please..." rowling points out that for the first time dumbledore is pleading. So my guess is that he was begging for Snape to finish him off, either because he knew the potion he had consumed was killing him anyway, or because it was the only way to save Malfoy from crossing over to the dark side. (Perphaps a combination of both). Remember Snape was sworn to protect Draco, which could have meant protecting him from becoming evil (or moreso than the little punk already is). And speaking of the Dark Side, this series just seems to parallel the Star Wars saga more and more. Now Harry's the chosen one, his mentor has been struck down (and perphaps become more powerful than you could imagine), and he must soon face the most evil figure in the world, to whom he is strangely connected. Next, I expect dumbledore to begin advising Harry from paintings, while he travels to a remote forest to be trained by the ancient wizard who taught Dumbledore. Gotta' say though, the book is great, I tore through it in a day, and I've been struggling for over a week to get through the overhyped "The Traveler".
July 18, 2005, 2:04 p.m. CST
I don't think you were addressing me directly, and I agree with your point, but since it had been shouted from the virtual rooftops by others by others, I thought I would get other opinions on the part of the book I asked about. I'm sure there are plenty of discussion sites for the books i could have posted to, but since there's not a HBP specific talkback here on AICN, I asked my question here. I'd rather get the speculation of talkbackers I'm somewhat familiar with than a bunch of pre-teen Potter maniacs on a different site. sorry if i offended you.
July 18, 2005, 5:54 p.m. CST
by Shark Parcel
Think about it, people. JKR has said he's the most intriguing character to write. To have him simply be a double agent is not THAT interesting. In fact, it's downright cliche. No no! He is a triple agent. Dumbledore knew he was going to die, he made Snape kill him, Snape didn't want to do it at all... read the book again and pick up the clues.
July 18, 2005, 7:02 p.m. CST
by RJ MacReady
Best part of the new book, Rowling taking a great shot at that jack-ass Bush.Wretched man!
July 18, 2005, 7:52 p.m. CST
teh biqqes7 tr0ll EVAR LOL OMFG ROTFL
July 19, 2005, 12:07 a.m. CST
where was i?
July 19, 2005, 12:15 a.m. CST
SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! Who is RAB, the thief of the locket and author of the letter intended for the Dark Lord? SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! How about Regulus A. Black, brother of Sirius Black and former Death Eater (who was killed for trying to get out)? SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! Now turn to Page 116 of ORDER OF THE PHOENIX and read the last paragraph on the page. SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! It says, and I quote: "There was a musical box that emitted a faintly sinister, tinkling tune when wound, and they all found themselves becoming curiously weak and sleepy until Ginny had the sense to slam the lid shut; also a heavy lockey that none of them could open..." SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! Wala! One of the Horcruxes, the keys to making Lord Voldemort invincible, is sitting in the Black household (now owned by Harry Potter). Of course, it's always possible that Mundungus swiped it. SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER!
July 19, 2005, 12:15 a.m. CST
Locket, I meant.
July 19, 2005, 12:16 a.m. CST
I meant vulnerable.
July 19, 2005, 7:23 a.m. CST
mandungus..such a proveyer of petty thef.
July 19, 2005, 2:55 p.m. CST
Wow, HBP was fucking awesome, best of the series by far. I was starting to lose hope after the slightly disappointing 4 and painfully bloated 5. This one was like a freight train, no bullshit with newspapers trying to make people look bad or other nonsense. I don't know how they're going to make it into a movie, though. Too much important stuff, and dark enough for a PG-13 (if 4 or 5 aren't already). And seriously, if you're not done reading a book this heavy on surprises and plot twists, what are you doing reading talkbacks? You're just asking to be spoiled.
July 19, 2005, 6:30 p.m. CST
their job is to spoil shit, and the talkbacks are just an extension...so be prepared to be spoiled.