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Old 14th Jul 2005, 21:22   #1
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Old 14th Jul 2005, 22:47   #2
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Me too :(
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:( I wonder if the rector has actually read the book? I somehow doubt it.

Sigh.

Edit: well he probably has and has completely managed to miss the point that despite the fact that, yes, there are witches and wizards in the book, they spend most of their time fighting against evil not teaching satanic spells and rituals to 7 year olds. :?
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Unbelievable. Am tempted to find out the identity of the aforementioned rect(um)or and start a Wrighto style hate campaign against him.

I'm no fan of Potter, but I thought this sort of idiot humourlessness was an American preserve.
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Cue Jerkass .......
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I feel so sorry for the kidlets - they have had their fun cancelled, and probably aren't going to understand why <sigh>

I wonder how much pressure the head was under, as it would have been a good thing if he could have stuck by his decision/

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It would appear the Pope isn't a fan either:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main...14/wpope14.xml

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Amusing piece by John O'Farrell in today's Guardian on the Potter launch.

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Waterstone's are opening at midnight tonight and I for one am determined to be there the moment the doors open and the crowds rush in. "Hello, I wonder if you can help me. I'm looking for something on the Franco-Prussian war."

"Er, well we're mainly selling the new Harry Potter book tonight," shouts the bookseller over the noise of the mob crushed against the tills, clutching the new JK Rowling.

"Yes, I'm particularly interested in the siege of Paris and Gambetta's escape from the city - but there don't seem to be any shop assistants in your history department downstairs."

"Er, well there might be something about it in this book here - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

The Harry Potter hype is now in full flow. I have just received an email from Amazon telling me that "extra owls have volunteered to help muggles get their copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". This is clearly not going to work. What they need is a van.

The publicity has been given a shot in the arm by the Pope, who, it turns out, condemned the Harry Potter books when he was a cardinal. "You never know where these things are going to lead," said the former Hitler Youth member. In the broadsheets, social commentators will try once again to dissect the Potter phenomenon. "In a way Harry Potter is an allegory for New Labour. The first book was published in 1997, yes, that's perfect, and while we were enchanted by the magic for a while, er, Harry Potter's cuts to lone-parent benefit, no hang on ... "

Of course with Harry Potter now reaching adolescence it's going to be much harder for us to like him. A mumbling, zit-covered, selfish 15-year-old thinking permanently about sex is a challenge to any author. In the new book, Harry Potter and the Cauldron of Clearasil, the teenage wizard doesn't actually appear before page 200 because he won't get out of bed until half past one in the afternoon, when he finally stomps down the stairs, heading straight for the front door.

"Where are you going, Harry?"

"Out!" he grunts, slamming the door behind him.

Occasionally he manages the odd conversation with an adult. "I don't want a broomstick - Nimbus 2000s are poncy. I want a moped."

"You're not having a moped, they're too dangerous."

"You're ruining my life! I'm going to kill myself."

"You can't kill yourself, Harry. You're immortal."

In this sixth adventure there are also hints that Rowling is keen to give her stories a little more resonance with present-day Britain, such as the chapter when Hogwarts fails its Ofsted and is reopened as a city academy specialising in business studies and maths. There is also a pertinent scene in which none of the broomsticks will get off the ground because Hermione and Ron Weasley have grown so obese from eating nothing but crisps and burgers. Finally the pupils pass their exams but decide not to go to wizards' university because they don't want to be paying back student loans till they're in their mid-40s.

But of course there is a sinister side. Religious groups warned us of the dangers of dabbling with witchcraft and the dark arts, but no one could have predicted quite how much suffering would be inflicted upon publishers as a result of the Harry Potter phenomenon: thousands of godawful manuscripts sent in to agents and editors from members of the public who thought they might have a crack at this children's fiction lark. "I could never write a proper book, so I thought I'd write a book for kids."

The sheer scale of JK Rowling's sales has made it fashionable to deride the Harry Potter books, but their success in getting children to read should not be taken for granted. Never before have schoolboys hung around the cloakroom comparing the size of their hardbacks. Many young readers have raced through her books and then had the confidence to attempt more challenging titles, such as the Quidditch World Cup PS2 game, or the Lego Creator Hogwarts Express CD-rom.

Rowling herself has been quietly generous to various charities and has used her position to push for having her books published on ancient forest-friendly paper following a campaign by Greenpeace. But her mistake, of course, was to sell too many books. There is nothing more vulgar in literary circles than selling too many books. Many authors are secretly jealous of her enormous success and would dearly love to attempt something similar. But the rest of us learned long ago that artistic merit is what really counts and no one ever became a great writer belatedly trying to cash in on the success of others.

ยท John O'Farrell's book Barry Potter and the Sudoku Code is published at midnight tonight
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Old 15th Jul 2005, 13:40   #9
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From John O'Farrell in Guardian Unlimited this morning:

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The publicity has been given a shot in the arm by the Pope, who, it turns out, condemned the Harry Potter books when he was a cardinal. "You never know where these things are going to lead," said the former Hitler Youth member.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole article which is here. I am thankful that the hype seems a little less this time than last, but I suppose there's time yet.

EDIT: Goddammit John, beat me to the post!
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Great minds think alike, eh ono!
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