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Darth Nagus reports from the set of HARRY POTTER

Hey folks, Harry here... Once again, I'm here to introduce more HARRY POTTER reports... but folks... it's just another movie for me. I hope that it's magical and special and all that... but I'm more excited by a Henry Selick helmed TRIPODS TRILOGY... but then, I know those stories. Well, here's Darth Nagus with the scoop...

Hey Harry, I'm a big fan of the site. This is my first scoop. Call me Darthnagus.

Today I got a glimpse of some of the work being done on the Harry Potter movie, being filmed here in England at Durham Cathedral. Using a free period at college, I hurried to the Cathedral and managed to see the following...

There were pillars dotted around the cathedral, big stone things with owls on top and a big H carved into them, which I assume stands for 'Hogwarts'. In an open area there were more of these pillars, as well as numerous folks doing what I guess were lighting tests for the following:

I saw Harry Potter's white owl being trained. This consisted of some fella standing on a ladder and using a whistle to call the owl to him, which it did so after quite a bit of hesitation, and tried to make a break for freedom twice.

Trolleys loaded with lighting equipment where being whelled around, and yellow and orange costumes with strange symbols on them were being carted into a room that was cordoned off. So, I waited till no-one was around and tried to leap the barrier, but was caught red handed and waved away by a member of the crew. Shame - although there's always next week. Hopefully I'll be able to take a few pictures next week and I'll get them to ya as soon as possible.

So there you have it. While I didn't spot any of the principal cast, save for Potter's owl, everything seems to be gearing up for the shoot. I'll report back when I have more news.

Keep up the great work with the site.


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  • Oct. 10, 2000, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Plenty of British talent on display

    by *veers*

    In this potter movie, pity they couldn't get a British helmer. Danny Boyle would've been excellent.

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Harry, you've got to at least read book 1...

    by George McFly there's no doubt that this is going to be one of the most anticipated and wildly-successful (at least from a money-making standpoint) movies of 2001. The book is a breeze to read and it won't take you long. Take a small part out of your day to begin reading the first book, and I'm sure it will help you greatly in dealing with the various rumors and news surrounding the upcoming film. It's great seeing you excited about films, and I'd love to see you excited about this one, too. McFly<--

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Hey George...

    by SDG

    I saw you in Nurse Betty! You were the reporter Roy! It was the way you said that line in the shootout at the end: "NO, [man], YOU shut up" (can't remember what Pruitt Taylor Vince's name was). You used the exact same delivery 15 years ago when you said, "NO, Biff, YOU let her GO." I said: "Hey! That's GEORGE McFLY!"

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 9:19 a.m. CST

    I see Harry's point

    by HootDad

    As a rule of thumb, if a movie is being released that I am looking forward to, and if it's based on a novel that I think I would like, I try to read the novel first. Regardless, although I happen to agree with McFly, I understand Harry's argument as to why he doesn't want to read the book.

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Quidditch uniforms?

    by HootDad

    I forgot to mention - I'm guessing that the yellow and orange costumes with strange symbols are Quidditch uniforms.

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Seriously, Harry...

    by AaronHayden

    You could read the whole first book in an afternoon if you wanted to, and I promise that, if you started, you'd want to. Plus, I agree with McFly that this movie is going to, of course, be huge. You'll probably have reports flowing in when principal photography gets rolling, and it'd be nice for everyone, when dealing with the news and rumors, if you had that understanding of it all.

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Not that big of a deal

    by Warlord92

    You know I really dont understand this whole fan boy obession with HP, Star Wars I get, Xmen, Spiderman,LOTR I get, but Harry Potter?? It could be fun but not earth moving. I mean THEY ARE CHILDRENS BOOKS not some groundbreaking epic/saga. Besides what little(if simplistic)magic there is in the books will more than likley be lost in the transition to film anyway. This is not going to keep me up at night.

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 12:04 p.m. CST

    So much more than children's stories

    by CyclopticJackass

    Man, the Harry Potter books are so much more than just children's stories, they really are. It's a world for all ages, there are adult elements in the books as well as childrens, and the series is certainly getting progressively darker. I felt Tim Burton would have been a great choice to direct these films. He has the touch, the kind of sinister edge that would be needed to make these films.

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Harry...Roald Dahl

    by Sakla

    Is it just me or do these books hearken back to Roald Dahls work? I loved Dahls books, and love these for the same reason. Go ahead all, blast me for the comparison.

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Quidditch, Dahl, and Epic Sagas

    by Harlequin

    The yellow and orange costumes certainly sound like Quidditch uniforms. The comparison to Roald Dahl is a very valid one, but remember that Dahl also draws influence from both Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll. They're all very refreshing in the light of other British travesties like Tele Tubbies. Eccch. As for panning the Potter books as less than epic, especially when compared to the other works mentioned (Star Wars, XMen, etc.), PUH-LEASE! I think they are easily as complex and engrossing as any of those mentioned, and probably on par with much larger, more established works (again, the works of Dahl, Dickens, and Carroll come to mind). Especially starting with Book Three, the odds begin to go up exponentially, beyond what is typically at stake in most OTHER "childrens' stories."

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 1:07 p.m. CST

    More than children's books?

    by marsyas

    I have to ask, after having read not one but TWO Harry Potter books, what exactly do adults see in them? I'll admit, they are great books -- for KIDS. I would have loved them -- when I was a KID. On the other hand, I could never figure out what adults saw in comic books either, so if you want to say that the Harry Potter books are just as grown-up as Spiderman et al., I can't really argue.

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by xeeds

    Wow based on some of these comments, I just realized how cool Episode I could have been if Lucas had just ripped off the story from Harry Potter. Imagine an orphan Anakin, parents were killed by a Sith Lord when he was a year old, now at age 11 is rescued from his narrow minded Aunt and Uncle who don't beleive in any of that Jedi stuff and blame the death of Anakin's parents on anything having to do with the Force. Anakin is taken to the Jedi Council where he is taught different schools of Jedi philosphy by different Jedi. Then Anakin starts hearing things in hall about the Sith lord who killed his parents is still alive and that he is trying to steal an ancient Jedi artifact that could return him to power, though noone knows if it is the Sith Lord himself or someone else is doing his bidding for him (a Phantom Menace). Meanwhile Anakin is a natural pilot and gets recruited for the Pod Racing team. Well if I go any further, I'll be giving too much of the Potter plot away. Though if you swith Quidditch for Pod Racing, Wands for Lightsabers, Dumbledore for Yoda, the Ministry of Magic for the Republic, Voldermort for a Sith Lord, Hogwart's for a Jedi Academy, and Harry for Anakin it would make a far superior Episode I than what Lucas gave us. Much like in Star Wars there is corruption in Government, which I could see the Ministry of Magic eventually crumbling in the next few Potter books. Much like Star Wars there is a Dark side that is trying to return to power. Instead of a young Jedi trying to use the powers that are inherit to him, but that he lacks training in, he is a young wizard getting training in the powers that are inherit to him. Much like the original Star Wars, it tells a story that has captured the hearts and imagination of kids and adults, with heroes and villans that seem real despite their fantastic powers and situations. The original Star Wars didn't pander to kids (unlike Episode I) and neither does Harry Potter, the story has elements that kids certainly enjoy, but without being a kids story. Harry's life is often in danger and in book 4, people around him start dying, and I expect book 5 to be even darker still. Though because the hero is 11 and it has been marketed to kids, a lot of people have pigeonholed it as being a kids book.

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Hey, wait a minute...

    by Maxim

    Why does everyone keep saying "HP is about an 11 year old"? Yeah, in the first one Harry is that old, but at the start of the next book, Harry will either A) be 15, or B)turn 15. As Harry's getting older, the books are getting progressively NOT children's books.

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 3:58 p.m. CST

    xeeds got it EXACTLY right!

    by sixot

    Way to go, xeeds! Couldn't have said that better myself. It is so hard for others to understand.... it does have to do with the fact that the books are growing increasingly popular. "I'm not into that 'kids' shit", "It's just another fad like Pokemon", blah blah blah. If only you guys would just shut up for a second and listen to us! The Harry Potter story is a hero's story, just like Star Wars. I was reading through my Star Wars Magic of Myth book, and it was frightening how similar both of the stories are to the great epics of the past, and to each other. One can enjoy A New Hope and not even have to think a deep thought about it while another person will have a life-altering experience and want so much more of the story. By the end of Empire Strikes Back, the latter person is so engrossed with the story, and so into the depths the tale has reached. The same is with Harry Potter. By the end of Goblet of Fire, which in MANY ways is like the end of Empire, the story completely takes on a new depth. These are books for everyone, not just kids. I could probably go as far as to say Goblet isn't even suitable for kids, but it has enough humor to keep the darkest parts a little easier to swallow. Do not dismiss these books because they appear to be a "fad". They are popular because they reach people and make them think in a whole new way and they want their friends to have that feeling, too. It gained its status by word-of-mouth. Only recently has it been a bit abused by the media. If only you'd listen to us...

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 4:01 p.m. CST

    this is gonna be fun

    by foreverguardian

    I'm really looking forward to this. The HP movie isn't going to be groundbreaking, artistic or any other of those things that supposed movie lovers whine about. The point of this film is; FUN. Its meant to be a fun ride of a flick. And as with The Phantom Menace, it will be worth the admission fee alone to hear all the little kids go 'OOOOHHH' and 'AAAAHH' and giggle with glee when the bad guys get whupped. HP, while not strictly for kids, is a very positive thing for them. Its fun, its scary (for them at least) and hell, its made kids pick up books the world over. Cool.

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 5:16 p.m. CST


    by Son of Ishmael

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 5:30 p.m. CST

    by Son of Ishmael

    Harry Potter is not an adults book in the sense that it deals with hugely adult issues and the characters don't get their kit off every 50 pages. But to say JUST a children's book is horseshit. It was better written then the majority of adult fiction with endings that atually surprise you unlike the second Blair Witch film if reports are to be believed. The children (magic aside) behave in a realistic way they are sometimes moody and bitchy. Anyone remember Episode 1's scenes of children? I'm sure you'll complete the race this time Ani! Harry doesn't hit on girls pre-puberty especially ones who are 5 years older then him. I think the film will be the superior of Episode one as it will possibly have characters that don't annoy the hell out of you.

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Only one question:

    by TruPhan

    Why are they "Americanizing" certain scenes?

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Tim Burton

    by HootDad

    ... would have been a good pick - if he were british. I think the film should have had a british director. That said, I'll totally negate myself by stating that I think Chris Noonan would have done a bang-up job.

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 6:58 p.m. CST

    HP and americanizing...

    by Typhoon

    TruPhan, the title of the first book was Americanized, as are some words and phrases in it. It's a mild bend to accomodate a wider audience. Considering that they do have a target audience of younger readers, replacing distinctly Brit phrases (and more importantly, spellings) with American ones makes the books a little more accessible. Harry...dude, ya gotta give the books a try. I didn't take a look until I was babysitting a 9-year-old, and I ended up borrowing all three from him.

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Reason for the differences

    by sixot

    TruPhan, the reason the names and some of the scenes being different is because JK Rowling changed the name Philosopher's Stone to Sorcerer's Stone for the US. I had thought it was the publishing company, but the author did this. The reason is that a Philosopher's Stone, which is in the American dictionary, is an alchemist's tool for making gold and for extending life, but "philosopher" hasn't got an impact on Americans. Over the years, the word changed meaning. But I really hope the rumor that Platform 9 3/4 is being changed to 9 1/2 for the US edition is not true. That's just a plain insult.

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 9:30 p.m. CST


    by Godai-kun

    If I remember correctly, yellow and orange are the colors of Hufflepuff House (one of the four divisions of Hogwarts). The costumes mentioned above may or may not be Quiditch robes, but they are most certainly Hufflepuff.. And Harry, read the books. I'm so happy that I discovered them before the film debuts. I have my own vision of what the characters sound and look like. They live and breathe in my mind. I can't wait for the movie, but I wouldn't trade my own untainted vision of the books for anything. Though I do admit my vision of HP isn't totally original. I can't help but picture Ralph Wiggum as Neville. Is it just me? Probably.

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Godai-kun, no you're not the only one!

    by Mr_Sinister

    I also pictured Neville Longbottom as a Ralph Wiggum-ish type character!!! I can't wait to see all these little kiddies in their roles. For those of you who have read the book, which scene/s do you think will be the greatest? I'm betting that the Quidditch matches will be awesome, and the scene where Harry and Ron save Hermione from the troll in the bathroom will be great too! Ahh, how I hope this film is good...

  • Oct. 10, 2000, 10:55 p.m. CST


    by sixot

    Oh, gosh! Lots of scenes will be great to see. If I have to pick just one, I think the scene at the end when the three go though the vault under Fluffy. One of the most moving scenes would have to be the Mirror of Erised one, if they get it right.

  • Oct. 11, 2000, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Gilliam should be director

    by sherlock jr

    Terry G. should really be directing HARRY POTTER and not hack Chris Columbus whose imagination is limited and earthbound. T.G. has both the imagination and the sense of humor to make it work. Too bad.

  • Oct. 11, 2000, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Neville Longbottom IS Ralph Wiggum

    by Mickey Finn

    You're not alone guys. As I read the four books, Ralph Wiggum is exactly who I pictured as Neville Longbottom, and with a similarly squeaky voice (but an English accent).

  • Oct. 11, 2000, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Eagerly awaited scene

    by Tingting

    The scenes I'm most looking forward to are Harry's first meeting with Sirius in part 3 and Voldemort's coming back to life in part 4. Too bad I'll have to wait three or four years until I get to see them! As for part 1, I look forward to seeing Snape's facial expressions change every time Harry survives an attack. The way they are described in the book is pretty impressive. Oh, and the mirror scene is bound to be great, too.

  • Oct. 11, 2000, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Just "children's books"? Ha.

    by George McFly

    It's this same comment, coupled with the fact that many of my 20 and 30-something year old friends (I'm 30 myself) were trying to get me to read these books, that I finally caved in and read book 1. Folks, if you have NOT read these books, you CANNOT call them "children's books" and leave it at that. The ONLY way I can call them children's books is that the language and verbage isn't so adult that children are excluded from reading them. There's serious, adult stuff going on in these books, some of it quite surprising for a "children's" book. "Goodnight Moon" or "Where The Wild Things Are" this ain't, people. These books have truly evil characters and individuals, kids suffering major injuries, and more. And the books are getting progressively darker. The reason why I think Harry should read the first book, at a minimum, is because it's obvious that a huge segment of the film's crowd will be people who have read the book. Harry's review of the movie could be quite skewed from that of the general population if the movie doesn't hold up to the book, but yet it's a decent movie anyway. Besides, there's a lot of movies that Harry sees where he's already read the script, so why not read this book first? But if you simply forget a movie is even being made, as a long, long-time reader of this site, I think it's a book that Harry would love. McFly<--

  • Oct. 11, 2000, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Re: George McFly

    by marsyas

    But I HAVE read these books, at least the first two, and I STILL think they're children's books. Well-written ones, granted, but children's books just the same. Everyone points to the fact that the fourth book gets dark and violent as evidence of the series' adult status, but a) I don't feel like reading another 1200 pages to get to that point, and b) just because something is dark and violent doesn't automatically mean that it's for adults (case in point: Grimm's Fairy Tales). It's great that adults can enjoy the books too, but that doesn't mean they are FOR adults.

  • Oct. 11, 2000, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Still dont get it

    by Warlord92

    Man you people really do get upset at the insults &/or deconstruction of Harry. I just cant get into them. I will agree that the premise seems intresting but the writing has to simplfiy everything so the children will understand. Look I love kid stuff I'm 23 & the Lion King is probably my favorite movie. It's great, but I'm not going to say it's not a kids movie, it is. The point I was making in my previous post is that the story's are concieved,written for & published for CHILDREN!!!! They are the one's that the movie will be made for & while I do admit the story's can be intresting they are childrens stories & that will be the apporach the movie will take as well. So I still dont see what the fuss is about,it's great that there is somthing out there that is motivating children to read but it is not somthing I am going to go & lose my shit over. Now I will with Star Wars but I have been following that since I was a kid. I guess if I was 7 or 8 I'd lose my shit but 15 plus....I just dont get it.

  • Oct. 11, 2000, 3:52 p.m. CST


    by Becka

    You are so right!!! Tim Burton would have been perfect for this! Burton would have done wonderful wonderful things. Just think about what he could have done with Hogwarts and the ghosts. Oh now I am so disappointed. Why the hell is Burton doing Planet of the Apes? My memory from those movies is of deserts and lots of the color brown. Burton does not belong there.

  • Oct. 11, 2000, 7:42 p.m. CST

    sad old bastards

    by Mel

    All these people obsessed with geek melodramas like Star Wars and X-Men who then dismiss Harry Potter are fucking retards. Yeah right -- Harry Potter is for kids, but STAR WARS AND X-MEN are real adult mythologies. Oookay. Here's some news for you: most well adjusted adults (read: probably not you) I've met consider the four (so far) Harry Potter books to be a far more enduring saga than either that camp shite X-Men or Lucas' cringeworthy quasi-religious Star Wars movies (which, shock! Lucas also made for kids). If you're so much of a 30 year old still-living-with-his-mom geek to accept the next wave of (IMO vastly superior, darker and more textured) popular mythology then that's your loss. Just keep on jacking off over your Darth Maul figure, he ain't coming back, and neither is your collective misplaced childood.

  • Oct. 12, 2000, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Silly rabbit. Books are for kids.

    by kurozukin

    It bothers me how everyone, whether bashing or praising the Harry Potter books, seems to interpret the term "children's book" as an insult. Is there something so shameful and wrong about being a child, that a story created with children in mind must be "inferior"? It bugs me when people say that one story is automatically of better quality than another, just because the target age group is older.

  • Oct. 12, 2000, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Potter Casting scoops

    by potter fan

    Harry, If I were you I'd keep my eye on for some interesting casting news - It would seem they have some interesting and much more up-to date info

  • Oct. 12, 2000, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Mel is absolutely right

    by Mr_Sinister

    Everything he said is pretty much spot on. Almost all the people who have been knocking Harry Potter reveal themselves to be a fan of other forms of 'child entertainment'. This talkback is ripe with examples. I, however, am a fan of comics and the Harry Potter books, and can appreciate them for what they are. Argue all you want, but comics are just as much geared towards CHILDREN/TEENAGERS as the Harry Potter books. Make sure you get this into your head Silent Bob. You keep citing Potter as a fad that will be over when the movie comes out, but oh I think you may be eating crow when it does. You also keep saying how there are no adult fare for your multiplex. Well, I know you're looking forward to SPIDERMAN (I am too) but that is just going to add to the volume of children flicks you are complaining about. You know why these adults have such venom for the Potter books? Frankly, I think it's because they don't want to accept that these 'children's books' are proving to be more popular amongst younger people and are currently having a greater effect than the forms (comics, STAR WARS) they liked as a child. But Mel! X-MEN wasn't camp shite at all! Grrr! I don't discriminate a work based on its target audience - who cares if it's a kids book/comic!!! In this case it doesn't matter anyway, because Harry Potter, comics and STAR WARS are all aimed AT THE SAME AUDIENCE.

  • Oct. 12, 2000, 8:49 a.m. CST

    re: kurozukin

    by marsyas

    Who said "children's book" was an insult? I certainly didn't. On the contrary, I think the problem is that a lot of Harry Potter fans underestimate kids, and they think that kids couldn't possibly be smart enough to understand something that THEY enjoyed. They conclude that it must not be a children's book. And some people lump all kids into the same category, like that talkbacker who tried to compare HP to Goodnight Moon. Well, Christ. Goodnight Moon is for what, two year olds? Give me a break. No one is saying that HP is for toddlers. But ten, twelve, even fourteen year olds are still kids. Don't think that just because HP is a little bit challenging that it must be for adults. Kids can handle challenging material. When I was thirteen, I was reading Shakespeare, Jane Austen, John Steinbeck, etc. for literature class. No one can deny that Chamber of Secrets is more than a few steps below Pride and Prejudice in terms of the maturity of the material. I think some people deny that HP is a children's book because they are embarrassed to be reading children's books. Don't be. I read them all the time. Just this year, in addition to two Harry Potter books, I've read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Treasure Island, Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on top of my regular "adult" reading. They are children's books. And that's not an insult.

  • Oct. 12, 2000, 10:25 a.m. CST

    No one in the cathedral?

    by potter fan

  • Oct. 12, 2000, 4:42 p.m. CST

    marsyas, you know nowt

    by far2loaded

    I can't believe what I just read! How is it possible to make comparisons between the violence in Frimm's fairy tales and Harry P? There is no comparison. You may as well compare J K Rowling to John Irving! The violence in Griimms has absolutely no comparison with that in Harry Potter. In Hp, it's there to drive the plot forward, and more than that, there is a lot of emotion behind it. It's not there to shock, it's there to make people actually feel something for the characters involved. The death in Harry Potter 4 really hits hard, but it's not there to gross out or offend. C;mon, you don't need a degree to see that. Incidentally, I first came across Harry Potter, as did many of my friends, with their more 'adult' covers in England. This just shows how many adults actuallly bought it - the need for an adult cover! Noone can think that people have stuck with Harry Potter bcause of the magical element. Fair enough, it's integral to the story, butit's not the reason for the story. J K Rowling has done something that thousands of authors will never achieve. She' created characters that people actually care for. Just look at those people who've left messages here. Everyone can't wait for the mirror scene - no SFX as such, just an orphaned child's first glimpse of the parents he never know. It's moment like this that make the books magical. I'm a teacher, I ought to know. I've sat there with a class of 10 year olds with tears streaming down their faces as we've read this together. Don't twell me that anyone ever shed a tear over Pikachu, and these are the same kids who are trading cards at lunchtime! Don't be a snob about these books. Just for once, something being popular does not equate with being crap. Just one more thing: the kids in Episode 1. Put your hand up if you've ever heard a kid genuinely go "Yippee!" when they're excited... thought so

  • Oct. 12, 2000, 6:06 p.m. CST

    this HP feedback

    by sixot

    This HP topic has had the best feedback. The others had so many people slamming the books (yes, there's still that one, but he's very out-numbered this time). And then they seemed to get into this US/UK debate. This feedback is a lot more refreshing. By the way, where the heck are all the new pictures that have come out? Not on this site! Great ones of Robbie Coltrane just came out today. I don't know how they did it, but he's HUGE! They didn't use computer f/x like I thought they would, they made *him* Hagrid-sized. Plus, a few days ago some pictures of the students in uniform appeared. Not here, again. Odd...

  • Oct. 12, 2000, 9:51 p.m. CST

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  • Oct. 12, 2000, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Listen to someone who knows....

    by monkeypretzels

    I have read not 1, or 2 but FOUR Harry Potter books as soon as i could get my hands on them. I can understand older adults who might not wanna read em(you should seriously try though) but they are by far the best books i have ever read. I can't wait till the movie comes out. Harry, READ THE FIRST BOOK at least. I can almost assure you that you will shortly start reading the rest of the series. And to any of you who have said it is just a "kiddy book" or a "fad" and has never read it READ it before you can't say anything. If for some outragous reason you think it is at all "BAD" (after you have read it of course)then by all means then you can tell the world. But till then shut the hell up cause you have no right.

  • Oct. 12, 2000, 10:13 p.m. CST

    If you liked the "Hitchiker's Guide" books

    by houndog

    You'll like Harry Potter. It has a very British sense of humor and matter of fact way of introducing the story and characters. Stands alongside the "Chronicles of Narnia" as children's (and lots of adults) favorite classics.

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 12:29 a.m. CST

    The Best HP site

    by sungod Check it out because it really is the best HP site in the world

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Potter's Domain

    by sixot

    That's a great site! I was just there right before I came here. They just announced who's playing Draco Malfoy!

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Draco Malfoy

    by Tingting

    Empire Online has a photo of the boy who's cast as Draco, and oh my goodness, it's just BRILLIANT casting ... EXACTLY what I imagined Malfoy to look like ... Spectacular stuff.

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 1:46 p.m. CST

    re: far2loaded

    by marsyas

    Exactly how many words do you think you can put into my mouth? I never said that the violence in HP was there to "gross out or offend", nor did I equate its being popular with "being crap". If you're going to address me specifically, and call me a snob, then at least do me the courtesy of sticking to what I actually wrote rather than inventing strawmen to knock down. As for the rest of your argument, I hardly know where to begin. First of all, you obviously have no respect for children's literature if you think it's all on the level of Pokemon. Secondly, the fact that HP contains memorable characters and evokes emotion, even tears, is not enough to establish it as adult literature. Maybe you've heard of Charlotte's Web, Old Yeller, etc... And finally, I brought up the brothers Grimm simply to show that children's literature DOES deal with dark issues. Too crass for you? Fine. Read Hans Christian Andersen's "The Story of a Mother" instead. This discussion is absurd. Who doesn't see proof that HP is a children's book in the mere fact that a classroom full of ten year olds is eager to sit through a reading of it?

  • Oct. 30, 2000, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Potter's Domain II finally opens

    by sungod

    Potter's Domain II is here and much bigger and better than it's predecessor. We still have three photographs of RC as Hagrid that I haven't seen on any other website and believe me I have looked. Send your friends HP greeting cards, do the crosswords, find out whats happening in the HP world, read some reviews of other books as Harry isn't the only magical figure in literature. Just check it out and you'll be glad you came. Bookmark it too as it is updated every 48 hours at the very least. Well finally heres the address Have fun Sungod