What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?
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|Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen||
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ASTI, I’m glad he arrived safely but the technology situation is not good. When my DS went to Orlando and stayed at Sea World last year there was almost no cell phone signal there, just as we had almost no cell phone signal in Walt Disney World or Universal Studios or the hotels associated with those parks. It was vexing to be in probably the top tourist attraction in the world and not be able to use your own cell phone. I was on constant alert for enough phone signal to send photos back to Facebook. I almost never had enough for a phone conversation. I also learned I could send a lot of photos even if I didn’t have a signal and if I walked through a patch of signal later they would go without me having to do anything else. I would send photos that did not go and later I would see they had arrived.
Unfortunately, that will make for a lonely week for him after he gets back to his room. You have never said if he is a reader. Did he take a supply of books? It is also going to make for some short, difficult phone calls. My DS had to go outside to call me from Orlando.
Asti I’ve just had a radical idea, he could write a letter! However he would need to send it first class or he would arrive home before the letter, if my recent experience with Royal Mail is anything to go by.
Lady Hawke I had decided not to go to the wedding as I think I posted but my daughter came up with a solution for both of us to make it. I am so glad we did. I am ashamed of my family. There was only 4 of us from my brother’s side of the family who showed up for the wedding. The rest were from my ex sister-in-law’s family. I realize we did not have a lot of notice but since most of my brother’s and their families live in the town of the wedding there is no excuse for not coming for a little while. The rain stopped so that was no excuse for them. This does not bode well for future family get togethers of the second generation. My brother hosted the wedding for his daughter. He at least should have received more family support.
What time should we be here for the HP discussion?
I finished Call the Midwife last night. Since I didn’t want to start some other book today and have to put it down I went ahead and started reading SS/PS. So, I’m on board. I’ve messaged KOREY on Facebook to remind her she started this and we are ready to roll.
COOLG, I was thinking that since everyone has their own schedules we would make our own observations and offer up our own questions as is convenient for us, read the posts written by others and make comment. Then, come back later to comment and make observations again, sort of like we used to do. Fortunately, here the messages are available for people to read and respond at their leisure.
I know I am taking my mother to see about her cataracts tomorrow morning but since it is across town I may not be back until later in the afternoon. We are likely to eat lunch and run errands once we are that far from home. So, I probably won’t be around for anything meaningful until late afternoon. I may post something before I leave in the morning.
My aunt’s brain is bleeding so they have stopped the medication they were giving her to deal with the stroke. Her body is going to have to deal with the bleeding on its own. I suppose they must have had her on blood thinners because of the stroke and when her brain started bleeding they had to stop the blood thinners. It is pretty certain I have another funeral in my future this week. At least my daughter is out of school and can go with us this time.
Good Morning Folks!
Today’s the day! It is time to start the Leaky Cauldron Poll Commenters Harry Potter Rereadathon. Today we start on Sorcerer’s Stone/Philosopher’s Stone. We will read on this for the next two weeks – give or take – if everyone is finished before then we will move forward and if everyone has not finished we will wait.
Before I get started I am going to take a moment to reflect on how and when I got started on Harry Potter and Poll Commenters. When Harry Potter first came out, I did not have the slightest bit of interest in it. In fact, I found the fact that it was everywhere slightly annoying. However, my dad bought the first movie and I was hooked from the first moment Albus Dumbledore made an appearance on Privet Drive. I rushed out after the movie and bought all the books – at the time it was only released up to Goblet of Fire – then I spent the next few months to a year rereading them until Order of the Phoenix was released.
I did not make an appearance on Poll Commenters until between Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows. I was so excited for the final book and had no one in my life to discuss them with. I was overflowing with theories of ideas (all of which were wrong) I found a place to discuss the books plus some quite unexpected friendships. Over the years, I have come and gone when life gets in the way. I have always returned to open arms and my royal purple room in the castle. I will admit that I am guilty of being a lurker – I read but don’t have a lot to say.
So with that being said – I am ready to read! I will begin this afternoon, after work. If I start this morning, I may never make it to work.
Korey 1979 That was interesting. The Harry Potter phenomenon first attracted my attention when the excitement of the fans about the release of Goblet of Fire appeared on the news on TV. About six months later I picked up a copy of PS in Waterstones in a 3 for two bargain offer, it was in an adult cover, a black and white photo of a steam train. I loved it immediately because it was obvious to me that the author had been researching in areas that I had been searching through since the early 90’s, and I loved her sense of humour. Like you, I promptly bought the next three books. It was after I had read Prisoner of Azkaban and had to go back and re-read the final chapters which dealt with the time-turning aspect, that I woke up to the fact that there was more to this series than just the surface school/adventure theme. I first started to look online for fellow fans after I was so disappointed by the PoA film and I found Leaky ready and waiting to feed my need for all things Potter. I never dreamed that I would make such good friends on my journey with Harry or that my horizons would expand in the way that they have. To quote Harry, “I love magic”.
There is bad flooding in central Europe, presumably due to heavy rain, I am going to watch the BBC news at 1.0pm.
Morning All, I did not receive a phone call during the night so my aunt must have made the night.
I came to Harry after avoiding it like the plague. When my daughter was born the first three HPs were on the NYT Best Seller’s List while they still had children’s books on the main list. There was a lot of hostility to the books around here. As I’ve said there are the people who read them and the people who don’t who preach at you why you shouldn’t read them. So, very few people volunteer that they read them, even now. I had never been a fan of fantasy books so they didn’t really appeal to me anyway and the few people I knew who were reading them were not people I thought had much imagination. They were reading them to their children. So, I had them in my mind as “children’s books”.
It finally caught my attention when one of those “imaginationless” people stopped reading them after the PoA. She curled her lips and said she didn’t think they were appropriate, that they were too dark. Okay, so that sounded more interesting. I had seen the first three movies and they were pretty good I thought, still not something I might have gone to see without my DS suggesting we go. I started lurking around HP websites, trying to figure out what had happened that had caused the sneer on the face of my acquaintance. Somewhere along the line I saw some discussion of what Petunia knew and speculation about the “howler” she received. Of course, I didn’t understand about howlers at the time. So, I started with GoF since I thought, having seen the movies, that I knew enough to begin with the next book. Of course, I read OotP and HBP in quick order and went back and read SS/PS, CoS and PoA. Then, I joined the hoards of people waiting for the seventh book. I waited and lurked and anticipated the opening of the GoF movie all by myself until June of 2007 when I was finally bursting to talk to someone and knew I would be frantic if I didn’t go ahead and start posting in order to have someone to discuss the OotP movie and DH with once it was published. So, I made my first post and within days I was challenging LEMON for the massive size of posts. I had so much pent up inside.
I have begun reading. I have an observation that really has nothing to do with foreshadowing or the plot. I realized Petunia, at least, must have been very young at the opening of the book, the night Harry survived the attack by Voldemort. Since Lily died so young and Petunia was just a bit older. So, when Harry shows up on her doorstep she is probably not more than 23 years old and already completely emotionally dried up. She is written as if she is a dried up old spinster instead of a young mother.
I love that we before we are 65 pages in we have already heard about being mad to try to rob Gringotts, there are dragons guarding the vaults, and that Hagrid has always wanted a dragon. Did JKR just put all these details in and then figured out how to use them or did she know from the beginning there would be a robbery of Gringotts and an escape on a dragon? Did she know she was going to have Hagrid give up information in his pursuit of a dragon?
I am off to take my mother to her appointment about her cataracts.
I did not get into reading Harry Potter till after the second movie “Prisoner of Azkaban” was the first book I read.
I did not read the first two books until after I had read “Goblet of fire”
Lady Hawke About Petunia – we must realize that by the time she meets and marries Vernon, she has already seen her dreams get shattered. She wanted to be magical like Lily and once she realized that wasn’t going to happen she deemed them all freaks and turned her nose up at them. She turned sour and a very young age.
And on Hagrid – I believe J.K. Rowling had the story mostly mapped out in her head before she wrote the books. I recall her saying something similar but I’m not 100% sure on that. Anyway, I believe those details were deliberate and sat there for years waiting to be discovered after the whole story had been told.
My DS managed to phone from the restaurant where he’s gone for something to eat. Today has gone ok, and he sounds quite perky.
Lady Hawke, no he is definitely NOT a reader. I don’t know how he lives without books. Last night he did go so far as to say he wished he’d taken one, but I can’t remember the last time I saw him read. When he was younger he did a bit. He quite liked James Herbert, and Stephen King type books, and still has about a dozen on one of the upstairs shelves.
As to me finding Harry…….. When the children were young, my DS always tried to buy me appropriate presents from them…… Things they might like themselves, but I would still like too. For example, one year my then toddler daughter gave me a board book about how much a little girl loves her Mummy.
One Christmas my gift from my son was PS. I had never heard of it, but started to read. And fell head over heels. I bought CoS a few days later. As I remember, PoA was due out in paperback soon afterwards, and the rest I bought in hardback the day of the release.
I didn’t find my way here until after DH was out. I so wish I had been a part of the fevered speculation!
I have spoken many times about how grateful I am for all the very real friends I have found here. I love you all. xx
I note Petunia mentions Lily turning teacups into rats, etc. Was she practicing underage magic out of school?
In Diagon Alley while being fitted for robes Malfoy mentions his mother is down the street looking at wands. It sort of implies she was shopping for his wand instead of allowing it to choose him.
ASTI, that was quite clever of you “son” to choose PS for you for Christmas. How could he have known how much his mother would love it? If you had never heard of HP you must have a fairly early copy. I remember the excitement of the American printing of this book about a boy wizard. I remember them saying there would be seven books, one for each of seven years of school. There was no mention of the idea it was a arching storyline, just the story of each of his years at school. It seemed to be something like a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boy series in which you had the same recurring characters in new stories for each book. I think that one another reason it didn’t appeal to me and the rumor that Aunt Petunia “knew” something cued me in on the idea there was an ongoing mysterious story behind the main stories.
We had a 10:30 AM appointment and were not called back until almost Noon. We did not leave until after 1:30 PM and still had to find lunch. I left with SEVEN appointments to complete the process of having two cataracts removed. The next appointment is next week for some sort of lab work. Then, she will have the first cataract removed on the following Wednesday. We have to return for a recheck the next day. Then, we have a one week recheck. Three weeks after the first cataract is removed the second will be done, followed by a next day recheck and a one week recheck. Then, we will face having new glasses fitted. We will not know what time the actual surgeries will be until the day before. We must call to see what time we must be there. So, that means the days of surgery are a complete wash. No other plans may be scheduled on those days.
Mr. Ollivander also mentions Lily buy her “first” wand, as if people upgrade along the way. “First” wand suggests people regularly purchase additional wands. Unless a wand is broken we don’t see anyone purchasing new wands. The poor witch being questioned by Umbridge in the M of M in DH states she bought her wand from Mr. Ollivander when she was eleven.
I realize I am nitpicking. These are just thoughts that jump up at me.
Lady Hawke When Lily and James left Hogwarts they joined the Order of the Phoenix full-time because Dumbledore knew that it was time to counteract the Death Eaters. Lily would have needed something with greater potential than her “good for charms” wand. Perhaps it was only the threat from Voldemort and his followers that caused activists to upgrade. A state of war does not occur again until the seventh book.
Draco’s mother is a snob, I think she would be finding out if Ollivander’s products were graded by quality of material. We don’t know for certain that there were no other wand makers in, say, Knockturn Alley.
I did not find Leaky until I finish reading Deathly Hallows.
it started with my daughter…. My daughter kept telling me to start reading SS that a real cool movie was coming out about the boo&….but I kept telling her “I don’t want to read a kids book.” Until during one of our vacation trips she held it up at a store we stopped and said “this is the book, Can we buy it?” we did but she started reading it first. I was not that interested. Once she was done I caved in and started reading the book. I loved it. The same day it finished I went and bought CoS and PoA. Goblet of Fire was just released and I did not have a copy right away. I finished the 2nd and third book and started GOF. What an intense book.
The wait for OooP was unbearable. By then I was already obsessed. I read the books over and over, HBP was released and my son and I waited in line for it. Than Deathly Hallows came out. My son by then was in college. He waited in line and brought two copies. One fr him and one for me. We read through the night. I finished and started again immediately. I was so devastated tha t it had ended I wanted to talk to everyone about it. It was my son who told me about Leaky and where Poole hung out to talk. Somehow I stumbled into the comments area of a the poll.
Today, I am so grateful for the wonderful friends I have met and find so dear to my heart. I will always consider every one of you part of my family. :)
Lady Hawke I think Petunia was well along the road to dried up, close-minded “normalcy” by the age of 12 or 13. I think that she could not have been more than 2 years Lily’s senior, probably closer to only 1 year. Otherwise she would not have been playing on the swings when Lily was almost 11. Usually once a girl hits puberty, she thinks she should have more dignity than to be seen playing “baby” games. Then around 14 or 15, she will play on swings again, but this time with boys, or at least a mixed group of kids in the same age group. ;)
In the interview/documentary that aired just before or after GoF came out, Jo showed her notebooks and said that the one with the plot of the seventh book was locked up somewhere else. So I think the foreshadowing events and comments were well thought out in advance. ;)
I recall watching tv news back in 2002 and wondering what the heck all the Harry Potter stuff was all about. I did a search and found Leaky… The rest is history. I went on EBay and found a guy in Germany selling a copy of P.S. for $50 US… I thought this a crazy high price, but bought it anyway… SH*T I am so glad I did… I read it & fell in love with JKR & Harry, and I got a first edition P.S. to boot! I became a Potterphile & found the Poll and here I stay… Geeze this coming October will be 11 years… I am so very glad I found this place, & met all you wonderful folks… I just wish all the absent friends I made were still here…
I stopped last night at the point where Hagrid is banging on the door at the hut. I really have no observations beyond what LH has pointed out. Petunia must have been greatly dissapointed by her lack of magical ability and therefore deemed all magical people freaks.
As usual, I forgot all about reading SS so I will start today. I need to buy the next two for my Kindel. I had the first three in paperback and they got destroyed when the roof leaked downstairs. My hardback books made it thru OK.
I have told the story of how I came to Harry Potter but will tell it again. I bought the first books for my grandson at Christmas time. I had never read them but found out about the books at the bookstore. I was always looking for an interesting book for him every year for Christmas. That grandson is now a college graduate, married, and works as a chemist. He is still a HP fan.
The year SS came out as a movie, I took most of my grandchildren to see it as a Christmas present to them. I was hooked. After we saw the movie, I went to the bookstore and bought the first 3 books as paperback and the Goblet of Fire in hardback. After that one, they were all bought in hardback. I went online and lurked at the other site…..Muggelnet or whatever it was called. I eventually made my way to The Leaky Cauldron and lurked in the forums. I did join but after my stroke, I forgot my password and what I was registered under. I only lurked after that because I was afraid I would say something wrong and get thrown out by the moderators. Those of you that posted in the forums know how strick they were.
The only person I had to discuss HP with was my granddaughter. I made sure she had each book as it came out after the 4th one so we could discuss it. My grandson read the books but had no time for discussion. He was getting older and tried to pretend that he didn’t read them. By the time Deadly Hallows came out, I was getting desperate to talk myself. Of course you couldn’t post at Leaky because they were on a shutdown. That is how I found our little corner. I was clicking on everything to see what I could find. I went back and read several of the previous polls. It was so different from the forums. I knew I had found a home. I think it took me a couple of months before I started posting. The rest is history.
I do remember thinking that Petunia’s attitude seemed a bit like sour grapes. Vernon just seems to have a great fear of being “different” and with Petunia reinforcing that, really had no choice but to treat Harry badly as a cover for his own insecurities. Sad.
I wonder, in light of what we now know of Smeltings, whether Vernon was bullied by boys in much the same way he seems to encourage Dudley. Is he trying, vicariously to get even with the boys who bullied him? Bullies seem to raise two types of children, bullies or those being bullied. Victims can also give rise to both type of child depending on wherter they remain meek or are all bluster. Vernon seems to be large but not really solid (possibly a chubby, easily bullied, child) and full of bluster. ;)
He yells at Dudley to get obedience whild Dudley is still relatively small, but he also uses bribery. Is he really afraid of his overly heavy son? ;)
My Kindel has finally found SS. I really should delete some of the books I have on here so it wouldn’t take so long. I also downloaded the second one since it does not take long to read SS.
It’s really lovely to see so many posts about Harry!
My DS survived day two. He lost signal and vanished halfway through the call, and rang back several minutes later having walked further up the lane trying to find reception!! The B and B sounds VERY rural. Apparently there are a lot of sheep, lol.