February 2018
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I've joined the HP fandom!!! AAaaaahhhhh!!!!!!

I read all 6 books (at least 3,300 pages) in the last eight days. J.K. Rowling can write! So much suspense! And I really never knew what was going to happen (except I knew that a certain character was going to die, so all I did after meeting him was wait for him to die) -- which is very unusual, I tend to have a good feel for what is going to happen next. I just gobbled up the books. Her characters are awesome, her talent for bending realism is amazing, and her magical imagination is unsurpassed -- but best of all her plotting is so unusual, so sneaky, that even at the end of book six, I'm still not sure where Snape's loyalties lie. I want him dead either way though, the asshole. And I'm not sure if the guy who died at the end is really dead. (trying not to spoil things for those who might want to read)

OH, and you know the 'show don't tell' thing that writing teachers always tell you? Through reading her, I finally understand how. Nowhere does she go off expounding on the feelings of any character (except occasionally Harry, since he's the protagonist) -- she just shows how they're feeling through their actions. She's amazing, I really really hope that after this series she'll go for a more fantastical series (as opposed to the 'magical realism' of the HP series)

My favorite part was the D.A. -- I'm not sure why but I LOVED that. I felt like Harry came into his own there, and I loved Hermione for organizing it.

And, in case you can't tell, Luna Lovegood is my favorite character. She has a 'knack for uncomfortable honesty' that I just LOVE. She's so drifty and ethereal. And it doesn't even occur to her to conform or care what people think.

Now I'm wondering if the movies are any good. Thoughts from fans who read the books first?


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notashamed ══╣hp. hermione's secret.╠══
I'm SO EXCITED that you've joined the HP fandom :D you did some serious work on those books!

IMO, the movies aren't really worth it. Well, they maybe are worth seeing once, just to see how things are done, but they were surprisingly boring for me. Prisoner of Azkaban is the only exception so far, and that's partially due to Chris Colombus NOT directing that one. Of course, that one is probably my favorite book, so that might also be why i liked it. :)

Personally, I look forward to the movies coming out, but I do my best to not have high expectations for them because the first two just crushed me.
belenen ══╣luna lovegood╠══
Hmm. Well, I think I'll see them for curiosity's sake, but I'll keep my expectations low.

Who's your favorite character?
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writer_lilies ══╣╠══
I zipped through them like you did. I'll keep my personal opinions to myself on her writing, which I do happen to like or else I wouldn't be reading them, and the movies are worth it if you want to see them. I'd rent them though because if you're like me, you'll only watch it once anyway. I thought the third one was the best.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
I'll probably borrow them from someone, I have so many HP obsessed friends. ;-)
ohsaycanyousay ══╣╠══
I have never read the books, although I know that I would love them. I think I will wait until I have the entire set. I'm hoping to pick them up at a garage sale or flea market one day. I have, however, seen the movies, and I love them. They may not be the greatest movies in the world, but I found them entertaining and that's enough -- more than I initially expected actually. And for the most part, the cinematography is wonderful -- something I ALWAYS notice.
belenen ══╣artistic╠══
oooh, I always notice cinematography too, I'll definitely have to watch them just for that!
maladroitkat ══╣Other- Hogwarts is home╠══
I love the movies and all, but nothing can top the books. :-)
belenen ══╣luna lovegood╠══
Who is your favorite character?
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talkingpotato ══╣╠══
I've enjoyed the movies though I haven't read the books yet.
belenen ══╣luna lovegood╠══
oooh, you must! She creates so many awesome magical things that they couldn't possibly fit into the movies -- like mints that floss your teeth, and all the wierd magical plants!
betrue2me ══╣╠══
I love the HP series! My favorite of all time. All I can for the movies is yes they're good, but they leave so much out! Thats the only thing I can say..I'm glad you decided to read them..=)
belenen ══╣luna lovegood╠══
That's the sad thing about books made into movies -- they always have to leave so much out.
dangermike ══╣╠══
The movies are your typical dazzling Hollywood. Entertaining, but ultimately pretty shallow. It's a good time to watch them, though, since you've already got all the books finished -- watching the movie before the books, I think, can be bad because the movie has already given you the images.
belenen ══╣luna lovegood╠══
Yeah, books first then movies is the way to go -- I really hope they get the right actress to play Luna Lovegood, because I don't want my image of her spoiled.
killercerberos ══╣╠══
Mhh okay. I will read at least the first book, too. You seemed to like HP. :P Got me interested...

I've only seen one movie, so all I know are the basic characters and that.
belenen ══╣luna lovegood╠══
Oh, they're definitely worth reading! I gobbled them.
misemifein2 ══╣╠══
I've only read I think 2 or 3 books. I have seen the first movie. I might've seen the second too, actually, but I can't remember. The first one was a spectacularly boring and bad film, in my personal opinion. Unlike the first Lord of The Rings film, which scared the pants off me with those big black horses.
belenen ══╣luna lovegood╠══
Oh, you should keep reading, they get so much better as they go along. The first two books kinda bored me, the third one really got me hooked, and the 5th one was my favorite! You'd looooooove the character of Luna Lovegood, I'm certain. ;-)
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belenen ══╣luna lovegood╠══
Yay Luna fan! ;-) She's so awesome.
jedibubbles ══╣╠══
*glee!* See, and you could have been enjoying them for YEARS! Though, as I said earlier, you joined the fandom at the right time; the end-time-waiting has come.

Luna is joy. I think Rowling put her in there specifically to comment on everyone else's actions--particularly Ron's.

Really, the movies only blip my radar because half of my favorite thespians are in them--well, that, and they're Harry farking Potter!

The first two have a most un-Potter-esque clean-cut, sugar-coated feel to them, whereas the third one--directed by the man who brought us Y Tu Mama Tamiben (a very sexual movie)--has the appropriate gritty feel but strips the story down to its bare bones. And David Thewlis as Lupin was just WRONG.

Basically, whoever commented with "Typical Hollywood: dazzling but ultimately shallow" got it about right.
belenen ══╣luna lovegood╠══
Oh, I'm glad I waited until now to read them. I'd have hated to go through all the waiting for each book that YOU suffered. *shudder* It's bad enough waiting for this last one!

Do you think Luna has a crush on Ron? I do.

I really really hope they get an actress with the right look to play Luna. I'll hate the movies if they don't. But I have a while to wait anyhow.
smurfb1ue ══╣╠══
The books are by far the best because she's able be sneaky with all her clues and whatnot that just won't communicate on screen. I'll admit to being one who searches through the book for clues. It really is fascinating to see how much plot she gives away if you have the patience to look for it. The movies are worth seeing, though the third is easily the best if watched as a movie and not an exact replica of the book. Prisoner of Azkaban is what I'd call a "beautiful movie." It's just kinda pretty to watch.
Luna is also one of my favorites, simply because I can so identify. I love that she's had a life that's been anything but easy yet still clings to a childlike faith--like how she believes all of her belongings will eventually turn up at the end of Order of the Phoenix.
And welcome to the crazy fabulous HP fandom!
belenen ══╣luna lovegood╠══
Wheeeee! I have no patience, so I can't do the searching for clues thing. I go along and either pick it up or realize it later. ;-)
boobearsguppie ══╣╠══
The movies are fantastic, especially when viewed around Samhain.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
cool. ;-)
kouhaataru ══╣╠══
About Snape and the sixth book, the same thoughts went through my mind. Yet at the same time I think that it would be hmm.... "delicious" if he really was what he'd always seemed: a total asshole who had it out for harry and just needs to die.

Interestingly enough, a friend of mine said that in the 6th book Dumbledore really reminded him of Jesus. I heard him say that before I read it and at first I didn't see it. He also didn't mean it in the err... sense of how the book ended which is what I thought. But I felt that my perception might turn out to be correct in that sense.

As for the movies, most people like them but I didn't really care for the first movie and haven't bothered to watch any more. I just found it too young for me. The books are borderline "too young" but there's a certain something about them that transcends age I think. But not so much with the movies. My mother really likes them though, and it's not like they're worse than anything else so it can't hurt overly much to check them out...

Then again, when can the movie EVER hold a candle to the book? I think that's a pretty good summary of my feelings on the movies. Too bad I didn't think of that before saying the other stuff. Oh well.
belenen ══╣analytical╠══
heh heh, I love your rambling comments. ;-)

I can definitely see the Dumbledore/Jesus parallel, if applied loosely, but I don't get the impression that it was intentional. I think the last book will decide that. I love having no clue what will happen. The author does such a good job of that! I've never been so clueless as to what will happen next -- so unusual!
sing_dream_love ══╣╠══
I have yet to succomb to the Harry Potter craze. I've contemplated more than once on picking up the books, although I already know who dies, because it's all over the place. I was told by more than one person to skip the books and just go for the movies. I'm glad to hear that the books are good though, maybe I will have to give it a whirl.
belenen ══╣analytical╠══
I definitely think you should try reading them. And if you're easily bored, start with the third one, 'cause the first two are a bit slow but the rest are fascinating!
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