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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, TheLeakyCauldron.org 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 TheLeakyCauldron.org, 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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385 Points

HEAR, HEAR, Harry Potter’s magic will never cease to amaze the hearts and minds of both young and old. This series is a true modern classic and has left its mark on the literary world that will stand the test of time.

Posted by ProfKnight on June 23, 2009, 09:39 AM report to moderator
2906 Points

TWILIGHT SUCKS!!! (no offense to twilight fans.. :D Its just my opinion)

Posted by gayle.marie [[ ROAR ]] on June 23, 2009, 09:56 AM report to moderator
24135 Points

Well, i don’t think they have anything to worry about. I think the anticipation for this film has only added to the magic!

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on June 23, 2009, 10:01 AM report to moderator

A little bit…. But it’s all because all this delays. They must have made an extraordinary movie to win the fans again. Because there is only the movies left to be some amusement for the fans. There won’t be more books and the films have big time space between each other so we’ll see how long it will last.

Posted by madeyed on June 23, 2009, 10:03 AM report to moderator
1290 Points

And I think that the point that the author mentioned, that jkr had everything in her head and added little details that will mean a lot and all that…. That’s not in the Twilight series. Compare it :)
The seven HP books all belong together while Twilight are four books for themselves.
GO HP :) (no offense I like the twilight stuff :])

Posted by Ravonja [WBM♥] on June 23, 2009, 10:17 AM report to moderator
7475 Points

Twilight and Harry can co-exist…

the big big BIG difference…Harry potter attracts young, old, male, female whilst twilight attracts tween to teen girls…hmmm which one will last longer??

I tired reading Twilight and i jsut couldn’t get past the first book…it was too dull..harry potter spoiled me i think haha

Posted by Luce-Lupin !~ROAR~! on June 23, 2009, 10:24 AM report to moderator
731 Points

Harry Potter will always have its magic no matter how old it gets. Harry Potter has a bigger fan base to begin with. Twilight is geared more toward teenagers and ‘moms’. Where as Harry Potter has touched the lives and souls everyone from elementary ages to grandparents. Twilight will never beat that. Harry Potter is just that good!

Posted by Sorceress25 on June 23, 2009, 10:29 AM report to moderator
415 Points

woot woot!
well said.
and twilight is totally not as big as HP. It’ll die out

Posted by kira902k on June 23, 2009, 10:29 AM report to moderator
346 Points

i don’t think that the magic has died nor will ever die.

Harry potter has its place in history as a story that not only inspired people to read but also to do great things.

before harry potter came there were no books that people were willing to wait in line to get and these days every body has either herd or read the series or at least seen some of the movies.

this series is readable for both young and old, men and women where the twilight series (and i don’t mean to sound like a twilight hater, even if i don’t like the books) seems to have more attention by younger girls and this is why i could never compete with any of the harry potter books.

Posted by jonfrog {ROAR} on June 23, 2009, 10:34 AM report to moderator
348 Points

There is no comparison btwn Twilight and HP. Though I read Twilight,and rather enjoyed it for the most part, It doesnt attract the broad spectrum of readers like HP does and never could. I turned my boyfriend into a huge HP fan and I dont think he’d make it through the first chapter of Twilight. Its definitely geared towards the female population and there is nothing wrong with that. But Harry Potter, anyone any age can open those books and be taken to that magical place!!!!

Posted by IwishIwas@Hogwarts on June 23, 2009, 10:46 AM report to moderator
3048 Points

This report is nothing less than a provocative article designed to gain hits than to actually contribute anything to a cultural dialogue; of course, other fandoms and cultural items have surfaced that have distracted people, but at the end of the day their passion for all things Potter remains stable and unwavering. Harry Potter possesses a magic that will attract people for decades to come, and I agree with the author that these books are fated to become classics.

Posted by Kirk on June 23, 2009, 10:48 AM report to moderator
125 Points

What effing crap, seriously!
Twilight can NEVER match up with it, as strong as the media attention is towards the Twilight “Saga” these days, it’ll fade even faster,
Whereas Harry Potter, like The Lord of the Rings, will hold the same position in the fans’ hearts forever. There we go :D <3

Posted by Swansurf2099 on June 23, 2009, 11:10 AM report to moderator
93 Points

My love is definitely not going down, if anything it’s going up. I know many other people who are the same way.

Posted by konfusion on June 23, 2009, 11:10 AM report to moderator
8736 Points

The magic will never die! Harry Potter fans are a loyal bunch, we love the books and deal with the movies, and HP is a classic, Jo’s character’s grew up with me,they’ll never leave my heart.

Posted by Rumbleroarϟ{WBM!}ǝıʞɔnp! on June 23, 2009, 11:24 AM report to moderator
2525 Points

Nothing compares to Harry potter. I mean it has been around for a decad. nothing can replaces EVER!! I have just finshed reading all the books for the 20th time and each time they get better and better. Belive it or not some people still havent read the books and i am making it my life misson to spread harry potter. LONG LIVE HARRY POTTER!!!!

Posted by The Nerd on June 23, 2009, 11:24 AM report to moderator
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