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MSN Asks "Has Harry Potter Lost the Magic?"

Posted by: sue
June 23, 2009, 09:24 AM

The MSN Mom & Pop Culture Blog for Family Entertainment has an opinion piece today based on the question " 'Has Harry Potter Lost His Magic?.' " The article starts by mentioning the huge interest and media attention paid to the Twilight series, then discusses the delay of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, wondering if this would cause waning in the love of the series and films. The author notes that while some had been planning a boycott when the movie opens next month, the magic remains strong and firm for many of us, and mentions our own recent LeakyCon convention held last month in Boston. Quotage:

But on the other hand, there is reality. Harry Potter still has passionate fans. The Web site, reports more than 75,000 members in its online discussion community. These fans not only have no plans to boycott Warner Bros. for delaying the movie, some of them also traveled to Boston a couple of months ago for "LeakyCon," a convention that raised money for charities and featured the musical stylings of an astonishing number of Harry Potter tribute bands.
The event, put on by, wasn't just about bands, though. Two major names in young adult literature, Cheryl Klein and John Green, gave a keynote speech on the writing process. Klein was on the U.S. editing team for Harry Potter, and Green is author of "Looking for Alaska" and "An Abundance of Katherines" and "Paper Towns."

The author then goes on to note a feeling that is shared by so many of us:

 As impressive as this is, conventions aren't proof that the boy wizard retains his magic. That lies in the stories themselves, where the magic remains in abundance...I picked up "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" again to get myself ready for the movie, and loved it more this time than I did the first. Once you know how the series ends, you can see the incredibly way Rowling structured the story, weaving little bits into the tapestry that would have great meaning later. All the while, she stayed true to her central theme: that a mother's love is the most powerful magic of all. And she keeps things refreshingly complex. Many secondary characters are a mix of good and evil -- sort of like how people are in the real world.

These books are good enough that they should be considered classics. The movies, for the most part, have been good, too. This is why I'll be at the theater the day "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" opens. For me, at least, the magic is as strong as ever.

Hear Hear! Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens July 15th.
Thanks Jenny and Samantha!

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402 Points

The person who wrote this obviously doesn’t mean it and just wants to print an attention-getting headline! She says in the end “no” it hasn’t lost the magic. How stupid.

Posted by pansy parkinson on June 23, 2009, 03:07 PM report to moderator
174 Points

I’ve just read HBP again i didnt realise that trelawny was right about ‘the lightning struck tower’ and she kept warning dumbledore… just prooves she isnt as much as a fraud as I first thought.

Posted by Felix Felicis on June 23, 2009, 03:13 PM report to moderator
2573 Points

There is no match to Harry Potter! Dying magic? Whatever!!! :)

Posted by ErinM {Roar} on June 23, 2009, 03:29 PM report to moderator
64 Points

twilight is a fad, and fads fade. (i think that was in Frindle…)
lol anyway, Harry Potter has spanned a whole decade. while it might not be at the height of its glory anymore, its still popular, and it has in NO WAY lost its magic. twilight will be out soon.

Posted by makandcheese on June 23, 2009, 04:17 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

I will always be a HUGE Harry Potter fan no matter what!! Remember, Harry Potter came out before Twilight… and besides, Twilight does SUCK!! OMG, its sparkley vampires… oh please! lol

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on June 23, 2009, 06:13 PM report to moderator
28 Points

When I was young, I loved the OZ books by Frank L. Baum, reading the series many times. When the Harry Potter books first came out, I was happy that this generation could experience the magic I had with my OZ books. My granddaughter finally talked me into reading the HP books after the second movie. I was hooked forever. My husband started reading them after the third movie. We have both read them several times. I tried re-reading my OZ books and decided they were for children. My granddaughter, who is currently reading the Twilight series, got me to try the first book in this series but I could not finish it. JKR has produced something extraordinary and unique, a story with true universal appeal.

Posted by easouza on June 23, 2009, 08:19 PM report to moderator
192 Points

Harry Potter is the best and there is no way it has lost its magic in any way! Bought my tickets for the midnight showing :] Twilight sucks and will never be HP!

Posted by PadfootLover4ever on June 23, 2009, 08:39 PM report to moderator
2475 Points


TWILIGHT?! Again?! the comparison aggravates me so much! There is NO comparison!

Posted by Kamidee {ROAR!} [TZS] on June 23, 2009, 09:02 PM report to moderator
104 Points

“Take my hand and we will soar. These words will never fade.” (Remus Lupins)

Posted by Maraudersgirl on June 23, 2009, 09:07 PM report to moderator
292 Points

Harry Potter for life! If I ever have kids I will read it to them :)

Posted by Necrotoxin on June 23, 2009, 09:07 PM report to moderator
113 Points

NOOOOO! As a fan of both series, i can definitively say that harry potter is WAY better (written and directed) than Twilight. Sorry, but all Twilight has is an intriguing plot. Harry Potter, on the other hand, has plot, creativity, suspense, for pity sake, Rowling made up a whole entire new world out of scratch and elbow grease!

Posted by watchmen_roadkiller on June 23, 2009, 09:35 PM report to moderator
439 Points

Yes, the magic is still there plain and simple.

Posted by CandyCane2304 on June 23, 2009, 09:37 PM report to moderator
414 Points

Really . Harry Potter will live 4 ever but the twilight series ? Just a few years.

Posted by ice_dreamz4eva * WBM* on June 23, 2009, 09:39 PM report to moderator
2017 Points

I don’t think the magic will ever go away, even after all the movies are done and over with!

Posted by Looie [ROAR!] on June 23, 2009, 09:41 PM report to moderator
1661 Points

Nope. It’s hasn’t lost it’s magic! I can’t wait to see Half Blood Prince and I’m almost finished re-reading the books! I’m not surprised an article like this has popped up, but it’s completely useless. The HP fans, whether hardcore or not, will still be there to watch the movies when they come out and they will be there to support the theme park when it opens and they will also read ANYTHING that JKR decides to publish in the future AND there’s no doubt that Harry Potter will remain a classic for years and years to come.

Posted by cghambright on June 23, 2009, 09:54 PM report to moderator
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