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Quint at Comic-Con: New footage from HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE shown! Read on!

Ahoy, squirts. Quint here and let me tell you... I'm dragging. It's nearly 2am PST and I have to be up at 8am in order to get to the SUPERMAN RETURNS panel in enough time to ensure a seat. I'm running on fumes, spending 12-14 hours at the Con doing interviews and watching all this cool shit. I know, poor old me. Truth be told, I live for this stuff. But that still doesn't make my body happy when I force it awake after a week of getting between 3-6 hours of sleep a night.

Anyway, I'm going to try to hit you with the Comic-Con exclusive trailer for HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE!

I know many of you out there are either eagerly awaiting your copy of the newest HARRY POTTER book or are taking a break from reading it right now (I myself have it preordered on Amazon, so it'll be awaiting me when I return home), so in order to take advantage of the Harry Potter hysteria, let's go into the HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE trailer that was shown.

Director Mike Newell taped a video introduction telling us that this is a special trailer cut just for us, that won't be shown outside of Comic-Con. After seeing the trailer, I wish that wasn't true. As cool as it'd be to say I've seen this footage that no one else has, I have to say this is hands down the best trailer for any of the HARRY POTTER films thus far.

I was worried at the start of this production. Newell runs hot and cold for me. I love DONNIE BRASCO, but didn't care much for FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL. I loved Cuaron's take on the world of HARRY POTTER and when Newell came on board a lot of the visual effects team that Cuaron had brought on left with the visual effects artists from the first two films coming back. I loved the casting of Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody and everything else seemed to be good... but I was just worried that the atmosphere would be toned down and the bar for effects lowered back to where they were with the first two films.

This trailer made me throw all of that out of the window. It perfectly sets up the Tri-Wizard Tournament, the competing schools, the chosen players and the three different tasks without giving too much away. It's a brilliant introduction to the story for those who haven't read the book.

I'm going to go into specifics here, so if you want to be kept 100% pure, then I wouldn't read too much further.

We see all the schools arriving... with the standout being Durmstrung's aquatic appearance. We see the ship quickly come up from under the water of the pond on the Hogwarts ground. The effects here are easily the best of the series thus far (at least in this one shot). The water dripping off and the pond violently crashing against the hull as it rises up is beautiful.

We see Dumbledore explain the Tri-Wizard Tournament as well as pull the names for the players of the tasks, the reaction of Harry Potter's name being in there (calling him a cheat)... In the video intro Newell says that Harry'll face many dangerous obstacles in the film, from horntails to Lord Voldemort himself... and worse and most life-threatening of all... a new-found interest in girls.

True to his word, we were given Harry clumsily asking Cho Chang to the Yuletide ball, as well as a longer shot of Hermione appearing in her dress and walking down the steps. We also get Ron accusing her fraternizing with the enemy (by going to the dance with Viktor Krum, the chosen player from another school).

Mad-Eye Moody. We posted that weird picture from what looked to be a sticker of Moody that got me worried... He looked regal and had an eye-patch instead of his crazy eye.

Moody owned in the trailer. Gleeson isn't quite as craggly and messed up as I would have liked, but they nailed the eye and he nails his delivery. The eyepatch isn't really there. Instead imagine the straps to an eyepatch, except instead of a patch there's a crazy eye rolling around in its socket. The visual effect was fantastic and just as creepy and awesome as I wanted it to be.

The bit we see of him in the trailer has him explaining the Avada Kedavra curse to the Defense Against Dark Arts classroom, saying that only one person in history has survived this curse and that person is sitting in this classroom. Of course all eyes (including Moody's crazy one, to be sure) turn to Harry Potter.

We get glimpses of what I'd imagine is the Deatheaters ruckus caused on the grounds of the Quidditch World Cup. You see tents flapping and an eerie green light in the distance. We also get the barest glimpse of Voldemort, although it was so quick and so brightly white against black that I couldn't make out any specific feature. There was a long glimpse of Wormtail churning the cauldron calling upon Voldemort. This looked really nice.

My favorite bit in the whole trailer, though, was the Sirius Black's appearance. Yes, his face appears in the fireplace like in the book and my god... they way they chose to do it is so damn cool. It's not like you're expecting... his face isn't in the flames... it's actually made out of the burning embers and coals, a glowing red and sooty black outline of his face. Spectacular.

I'm so jonesing to see this movie right now and I imagine with me soon to delve back into the world of Harry Potter with HALF-BLOOD PRINCE that anticipation is only going to increase. Great job on the trailer, guys!

Ok, I have to get going. If I'm lucky I might get 5 hours before my day starts... Farewell and adieu!


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  • July 16, 2005, 5:13 a.m. CST


    by Darth_Binge


  • 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

    when will this be put up online?

    by ElPaw


  • July 16, 2005, 5:42 a.m. CST

    "We also get Ron accusing her fraternizing with the enemy."

    by Ribbons

    Heh. Vintage Ron. Glad to see that's in there.

  • July 16, 2005, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Anybody hear remembe an older AICN TB that sent fans to a "Hermi

    by krullboy

    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

    Harry Potter 4 should just have Gary Oldman playing every charac

    by ALUCINOR11

    He could do it... he fucking rules

  • July 16, 2005, 8:22 a.m. CST

    just finished reading HBP...

    by evolvingsensblty

    no i didn' is it? anyone done reading it? anyone start?

  • July 16, 2005, 8:39 a.m. CST


    by evolution1085

    ***********SLIGHT SPOILER ALERTi&#39;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&#39;re gonna need to justify the death of <won&#39;t say it quite yet> by <won&#39;t say that either> or else i will be real pissed off while i&#39;m reading book 7

  • July 16, 2005, 9:37 a.m. CST

    with regard to the movies

    by evolution1085

    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


    by Ribbons

    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

    Steve Miller is the Half-Blood prince

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Also, the Gannster of Love and possibly The Joker.

  • July 16, 2005, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Spoilers for other genre books

    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

    Every movieshould have Gary Oldman playing every character....

    by DOGSOUP

    ..seriously, it would be better than The Fantastic Four.

  • July 16, 2005, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Half Blood Prince

    by Waspo

    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&#39;t have the time or patience to read the books then at least you&#39;re getting quality movies.

  • July 16, 2005, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Harry Potter Gobbler of Fiber

    by Thunder Mammoth

    if they trimmed 15-30 minutes off each film, although they wouldn&#39;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


    by mmm_free_wig

    I agree with you Waspo on Azkaban. I didn&#39;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 &#39;Columbus is hack&#39; yadda yadda, maybe so, but Azkaban isn&#39;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&#39;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&#39;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&#39;t remember so it musn&#39;t have been that great. I remeber the endings of the first two, and I&#39;ve only seen each of them the once.

  • July 16, 2005, 1:09 p.m. CST

    prisoner of azkaban was incredibly boring

    by d8cam

    the first movie was fine, but the last two were like bad sequels...not good continuations

  • July 16, 2005, 2:19 p.m. CST

    The pope hates Harry Potter...

    by kintar0

    but nobody complains that Rowling uses the word "berk" as a noun in a children&#39;s book. Because "berk" means "cunt."

  • July 16, 2005, 3:52 p.m. CST

    You guys in San Diego! Go to The Tavern on the Beach in Pacific


    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&#39;s at Garnet and Everts St., across the street from Typhoon Saloon. In case you&#39;re wondering, yes, I do work there. I&#39;m the head DJ (DJ Wonderbread.) I&#39;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

    Jesus Christ, "LlGHTST0RMER"

    by I Dunno

    Have a little dignity. You&#39;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

    Just finishing reading the new book and all have to say is...

    by Gabba-UK

    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&#39;s world. Dark? You&#39;d better fucking believe it!!

  • July 16, 2005, 7:23 p.m. CST

    I&#39;m still a bit worried

    by BuzzumFrog

    The last two reviews from the test screening don&#39;t exactly have me jumping up and down for this movie. Love the book, though. Haven&#39;t had a chance to lay my hands on "Half-Blood Prince", simply because no bookstore around Anaheim Hills has a copy. I&#39;m probably just gonna end up buying it on Amazon.

  • July 16, 2005, 7:27 p.m. CST

    kinda second Gabba&#39;s view

    by milkybar

    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


    by Bean_

    I won&#39;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


    by kintar0

    "berk" is short for "berkley." in this case, the Berkley Fox Hunt. "hunt" rhymes with "cunt." It&#39;s cockney.

  • July 16, 2005, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Holy dark shit man

    by sarky_lass

    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&#39;d have thunk it!

  • July 16, 2005, 11:42 p.m. CST

    It&#39;s gotta be better than Azkaban

    by Bebamos

    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&#39;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&#39;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

    I Dunno...

    by Sicuv Uyall

    They would say you&#39;re the head cocksucker. Take some pride in that.

  • July 17, 2005, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Jesus Christ, I Dunno..

    by Sicuv Uyall

    And stay home tonite... I&#39;m sure you don&#39;t like the club scene anyways.

  • July 17, 2005, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Who hates Four Weddings? Jeez

    by chien_sale

    But how do you go from Cueron to Newell? What a revoltin`dedelopment

  • July 17, 2005, 2:33 a.m. CST


    by blackthought

    the book was much tighter than otp...and if i was a potter character i&#39;d want to date ginny hands down...i will spoil nothing here...only to kindergarden students who&#39;ve yet to finish the book :)

  • July 17, 2005, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Finished it at 1am this morning

    by ROBE

    Not to spoil anything but the ending, that doesn&#39;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

    not berkley

    by ElPaw


  • July 17, 2005, 5:28 a.m. CST

    by mmm_free_wig

    You&#39;re on a movie website. Did you know this?

  • July 17, 2005, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Holy Crap! HPB kicked ASS!

    by Saluki

    It was tighter than the under-edited OotP, and just all-around had more impact than the overrated Azkaban. Harry ain&#39;t a bitch anymore either! Whoa!

  • July 17, 2005, 6:30 a.m. CST


    by FallenAngel91

    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

    HBP movie

    by FallenAngel91

    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

    Okay, so WHO Dies in Book 6?! Who Gets Deported?Who get&#39;s Re

    by JelloboyII

  • July 17, 2005, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Black Slytherin

    by ROBE

    There is a black Slytherin in the book just to show that they don&#39;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


    by songfighter

    C&#39;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&#39;s it. I won&#39;t bother explaining why. "Azkaban" wasn&#39;t a perfect movie, but it went well beyond it&#39;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

    Holy Shit, I can&#39;t believe who snuffed it!

    by JackBristow

    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&#39;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

    Book 6

    by boyrobin

    As excited as I am for the GOB movie, having finished Half Blood Prince yesterday, all I&#39;ve gotta say is that we&#39;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

    Just saw J.K.Rowling on t.v...................

    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

    Book 7

    by boyrobin

    Just wanted to say how much I agree that this is no longer a children&#39;s series. I&#39;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;s got to happen

  • July 17, 2005, 12:30 p.m. CST


    by kintar0

    that&#39;s right. thanks.

  • July 17, 2005, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Okay, let me just say to ANYONE who plans on reading HBP, DO NOT

    by Ribbons

  • July 17, 2005, 1:22 p.m. CST

    To I Dunno (from Lightstormer)


    Woah... good point, man. I don&#39;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

    POTTER!!!!! Holy crap that was awesome!!!

    by Russman

    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&#39;ll post it on the net once they get the visual effects done.

  • July 17, 2005, 5:03 p.m. CST

    i finished reading half blood prince

    by ilovehp

    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

    oh yeah

    by ilovehp


  • July 17, 2005, 5:10 p.m. CST


    by ilovehp

    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&#39;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


    by -sfx-

    Goddamn trolls.

  • July 17, 2005, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Half Blood Prince ***Spoilers***

    by boyrobin

    If you ask me, Snape being the Half-Blood Prince fine. I don&#39;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&#39;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&#39;s Harry that&#39;s gotta beat Voldemort, not Harry-under-instruction-from-Dumbledore. I gotta say though, between Ginny and Hermione, this book was every nerd&#39;s wet dream (including myself). Last thing-I hate to say it, but Harry&#39;s gonna die.

  • July 17, 2005, 6:48 p.m. CST

    book discussions

    by zidewinder

    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, there&#39;ll be a lot more discussion of it there anyway. :)

  • July 17, 2005, 8:27 p.m. CST

    this site is about movies?

    by blackthought

    then why are they reporting on uwe boll and stuff?

  • July 18, 2005, 12:23 a.m. CST


    by zidewinder

    this talkback is anyway. ;)

  • July 18, 2005, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Of course these books aren&#39;t meant for young children...

    by darienjsilver

    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


    by Brainz

    thats what happens in Half Blood Prince....

  • July 18, 2005, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Nice, Brainz, real nice! :( Verdict: HBP is DEVISTATING!

    by Arithma

    SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brainz: I&#39;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&#39;s a play on words and we find out he&#39;s Half-blood, pretty damn unusual for a death-eater, don&#39;t you think? Plus, wasn&#39;t it perfectly obvious that the HBP is a potions genius? I was still pretty devistated by the ending. I&#39;m not the kind of person who tends to say "that&#39;s too dark for kids" but this one&#39;s definitely not for anyone under the age of 11 or 12.

  • July 18, 2005, 9:47 a.m. CST

    shut up zidewinder

    by trevorfactor

    people can talk about whatever that hell they want, and god I&#39;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&#39;t know about snape who cares no one gave away enough info to ruin anything. On another note I seriously hope serious black isn&#39;t done here (even if he does a obiwan kinda talking to harry) because I hate the fact that every "surprise" isn&#39;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

    Zidewinder: If this site is ONLY about movies, why do they have

    by Arithma

  • July 18, 2005, 10:46 a.m. CST


    by Brainz


  • July 18, 2005, 11:12 a.m. CST


    by blackthought

    is a fucking genius as a wizard but he&#39;s an evil prat!

  • July 18, 2005, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Spoilers here, but since they&#39;ve already been shouted

    by zer0cool2k2

    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&#39;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&#39;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&#39; say though, the book is great, I tore through it in a day, and I&#39;ve been struggling for over a week to get through the overhyped "The Traveler".

  • July 18, 2005, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by zer0cool2k2

    I don&#39;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&#39;m sure there are plenty of discussion sites for the books i could have posted to, but since there&#39;s not a HBP specific talkback here on AICN, I asked my question here. I&#39;d rather get the speculation of talkbackers I&#39;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

    SNAPE IS NOT EVIL!!! (Spoilers, if that even matters anymore)

    by Shark Parcel

    Think about it, people. JKR has said he&#39;s the most intriguing character to write. To have him simply be a double agent is not THAT interesting. In fact, it&#39;s downright cliche. No no! He is a triple agent. Dumbledore knew he was going to die, he made Snape kill him, Snape didn&#39;t want to do it at all... read the book again and pick up the clues.

  • July 18, 2005, 7:02 p.m. CST

    not a big spoiler

    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

    zidewinder u r a phuking tr0ll LOL OMG

    by -sfx-

    teh biqqes7 tr0ll EVAR LOL OMFG ROTFL

  • July 19, 2005, 12:07 a.m. CST

    a book came out?

    by blackthought

    where was i?

  • July 19, 2005, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Book 6/7 Spoiler!!! The Location of one of the Horcruxes!!!

    by JackBristow

    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&#39;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


    by JackBristow

    Locket, I meant.

  • July 19, 2005, 12:16 a.m. CST


    by JackBristow

    I meant vulnerable.

  • July 19, 2005, 7:23 a.m. CST


    by blackthought

    mandungus..such a proveyer of petty thef.

  • July 19, 2005, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Somewhere, Dan Brown is clutching a green and purple book and cr

    by minderbinder

    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&#39;t know how they&#39;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&#39;t already). And seriously, if you&#39;re not done reading a book this heavy on surprises and plot twists, what are you doing reading talkbacks? You&#39;re just asking to be spoiled.

  • July 19, 2005, 6:30 p.m. CST

    plus it&#39;s AICN

    by blackthought

    their job is to spoil shit, and the talkbacks are just an be prepared to be spoiled.