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Post  particle_person on Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:25 pm

big chicken wrote:Someone has figured out a way to get the UK version if you're in the US.. It involves having to two e-mail accounts and creating two Pottermore accounts.
I did it, it works! I have the UK account linked to my Amazon, though, in case I want to buy anything else this way later. Assuming they don't immediately fix this "problem" with their site. Incidentally, if you are considering doing this, I would do it right this moment because it will take them no time at all to realize this is going on and put a stop to it.

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Post  vwlphb on Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:39 am

Pottermore is finally open to the general public. I just registered and am waiting for my validation email (it seems to take a while).

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Post  big chicken on Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:04 am

Harry Potter shows up in the lastest installment of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. He's not mentioned by name but it's him.

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Post  jstilwe on Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:54 am

Characters resembling both Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger also appear and, at one point, the Potter character kills someone with a lightning bolt from his flaccid penis.
Alan Moore is an idiot.

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Post  particle_person on Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:57 am

Seriously, if this was meant as a comment on publishing, then I guess the comment must be "Alan Moore is choking on big mouthfuls of sour grapes."

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Post  big chicken on Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:36 am

I wonder what Rowling's response is going to be. I know Laurie R. King got a letter from Dorothy Sayer's estate after she had Peter Wimsey make a brief--as in one page--appearance in one of her books. She didn't mention him by name but left enough clues for people familiar with the character to figure out who he was.

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Post  laddical on Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:15 am

I don't know that Rowling should even acknowledge it.

And Alan Moore is a cock. Sour grapes indeed. I hope DC's Before Watchmen initiative is wildly successful just to spite him.
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Post  ulkis on Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:15 pm

Characters resembling both Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger also appear and, at one point, the Potter character kills someone with a lightning bolt from his flaccid penis.

um, what? Ew. Is this a graphic novel people are supposed to take seriously or is it a parody? I'm genuinely confused.

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Post  laddical on Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:49 pm

To hear Moore's fans tell it, it's "criticism" and "parody". Which is what justifies Moore trampling all over other people's toys while throwing a fit about DC publishing Before Watchmen.

I will give him this small slice of credit, though - AntiHarry is brought low by Mary Poppins as God/Cosmic Nanny. That's a pretty neat idea.
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Post  Instant Monkeys on Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:36 pm

This just had me in near-hysterics at my desk.

"Milt Moor, Dad Lover!"

"Dildo Lover Rat-Mom."

"Rev. Tom 'Dildo' Molar."

I think he picked the best of the lot really.
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Post  particle_person on Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:39 pm

Heee. I feel like that needs to be part of Pottermore, practically. For book 2.

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Post  big chicken on Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:10 pm

I think this proposed web seires, Auror's Tale, is pretty damn cool and I hope they raise the money they need.

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Post  RiverThames on Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:13 am

laddical wrote:To hear Moore's fans tell it, it's "criticism" and "parody". Which is what justifies Moore trampling all over other people's toys while throwing a fit about DC publishing Before Watchmen.

"Hi, Leg Store? Do have something for Alan? He doesn't have one to stand on."

Seriously, I could not understand the logic behind his statements of, "MY characters in Watchmen were created just to tell that story. There's no other story for them. But my futzing about with other characters is totally kosher." At least before he had the vague justification that the authors he was stealing from were dead, and thus couldn't complain. Or something.
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Post  ActonBell on Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:08 am

And Alan Moore is a cock. Sour grapes indeed. I hope DC's Before Watchmen initiative is wildly successful just to spite him.

Frankly I've been grossed out by him since he wrote Lost Girls. If he wants to take wild liberties with characters from other works, it's outrageous for him to turn around and get shirty with DC for using Watchmen characters.
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Post  Crowbridge on Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:11 pm

Well, I'm a newcomer to the Harry Potter world, what with being a 30-something woman who never picked up a book or watched one of the movies until a couple of months ago. Everybody and their brother told me I had to read the series, but since I was never into fantasy and I was never a big series reader, I balked. I was convinced that it couldn't possibly have anything for me to enjoy, but I finally picked up "Sorcerer's Stone" and gave it a shot.

OH MY GOD. After I started reading- and totally got sucked into that world- I started to realize what everyone was talking about. It's been a long time since I've read anything so rich in detail and creative. Before I knew it, I devoured the entire series, and now I'm experiencing a little sadness at leaving it all behind. It's dorky as all get-out, but I feel like I lost some good friends.

One of the things I love most about the series is the fact that nothing is black and white, that the heroes are as messy and imperfect as the villains. You may root for a character like Sirius Black or Remus Lupin, but you can't defend everything they do. It's very true to life, and I think Rowling was a genius for writing her characters this way. Too many children's series get bogged down by the good/evil crap. It was refreshing.

If I had to pick a favorite book in the series, I'd go with "Half-Blood Prince." I think this is an unpopular opinion (my brother told me it was, anyway), but I love it for the Tom Riddle/Voldomort backstory, and for the fact that it's Snape-heavy. Snape is my favorite character, and I think his big reveal at the end of "Deathly Hallows" is one of the most heartbreaking things I've ever read. It explains SO MUCH, but it just punches you in the gut. I must have re-read that one chapter like, ten times. I love it.

So anyway, I just wanted to express a late bloomer's newfound love for the series and ask if anyone can provide a link to some good HP fanfiction (not hot Harry and Draco lovin'. Nothing against that, but I just don't want to read it.) :)

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Post  Nerg on Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:33 pm

Yay! I love stories like this. I honestly think pretty much everyone can find something to love about HP if they give it a try. And it's times like these I wish I could go back and read it again for the first time.

Snape is my favorite character, and I think his big reveal at the end of "Deathly Hallows" is one of the most heartbreaking things I've ever read. It explains SO MUCH, but it just punches you in the gut. I must have re-read that one chapter like, ten times. I love it.
I could not agree more with this, and I went into Deathly Hallows pretty much hating Snape and fully expecting a trite Snape-loved-Lily backstory, but goddamn, "The Prince's Tale" just hits you hard. I think it's my favorite chapter in the series.

As for fic recs, I haven't really read much the past few years, so for some reason I can't remember any except Harry Potter and the Eagle of Truthiness (which is amazing) and My Immortal (which will make your eyes to bleed but is worth it for the comedy value). I'm sure other people will have actual good recs. In the meantime, I believe Sugar Quill used to only put up well-beta'd fics with canon pairings, so you can start there if that's what you're into.

But there's also a ton of other fun stuff you should check out (if you haven't already):

  • Potter Puppet Pals is a classic.
  • Makani's fanart is awesome.
  • Mark Reads Harry Potter lets you relive the series again through fresh eyes (beware that sometimes Mark can get a little preachy and annoying, but overall he's pretty funny)
  • A Very Potter Musical is pretty great (especially the parts with Draco, because the girl who plays him is SO funny).

Basically there are insane amounts of fandom crap out there to help fill the HP-sized void in your heart, but nothing's quite like reading it the first time.

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Post  big chicken on Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:54 pm

My current favorite HP fandom thing is the Hufflepuffs' Sorted This Way which is their take on Gaga's "Born This Way".

"There's nothing wrong with badger pride 'cause that's the house where I belong/ So hold your head up high and don't you cry/ The Sorting Hat is never wrong"

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Re: Harry Potter (Spoilers)

Post  Crowbridge on Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:10 am

Thanks for the suggestions, Nerg! I'll be sure to check 'em out. :)

LOL..."Sorted This Way" is hilarious. I so want that on my iPod.

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Post  particle_person on Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:47 am

I just got this: in Chamber of Secrets, the vanishing cabinet Nearly Headless Nick breaks to distract Filch (while Harry reads about the Qwik-Spell course) is the one Malfoy repairs in book 6!

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Post  VodouDoll on Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:53 am

And also the one that the Weasley twins shove that other kid into during Umbridge's reign of terror. He's stuck for so long because Nick broke it!

I realized recently that when Harry needs to hide the Prince's potion book after he uses a spell in it that hurts Draco, he stashes it in the Room of Requirement in a wardrobe with a bust on top wearing a funny hat. It's Ravenclaw's diadem!

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Post  Red Wolf on Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:18 am

It occurs to me that if Rowling and GRRM ever collaborated, the result would be absolute continuity porn.

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Post  big chicken on Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:04 pm

Scholastic is releasing new editions of the books in trade paperback with new covers by Kazu Kibuishi. The cover for the first book is the only which has been revealed so far but I like it a lot. I'm trying to figure out what the other covers will be. I don't think he's going to use any moments which have already been drawn by Grand Pre so the dragon ride and Harry's confrontation with Voldemort are probably out for DH. I hope HBP is something from the cave with Dumbledore (I almost wrote Gandalf so that may be a strike against that) and I want OotP to be something from the room with all those prophecies.

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Post  Unlucky Bear on Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:46 pm

I want to hate it, but....it's so pretty.
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Post  RiverThames on Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:34 am

Little rant tangential to the re-release, since there was whining about it on io9 in the comments:

Yes, in the US they changed it to "Sorcerer's Stone". It's not because American kids are stupid. It's because it's a better fucking title. You know why? Not just because of alliteration, but that's part of it. And not because "Philosopher's Stone" would scare kids off because "Philosopher" makes it sound like it's about thinking. Yes, the "Philosopher's Stone" is a thing in myth that's tied to alchemy, and I'm glad British children are so brilliant that they know that, but let me ask you, even given that: how much alchemy is in this book? Would you say that "alchemy" is even a major theme? No, it isn't. So, "Sorcerer's Stone" is a better title because "Sorcerer" let's you know with one word that this book is about MAGIC, and you know what there's a lot of in the book? Motherfucking magic, haters.

OK, I feel better.


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Post  particle_person on Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:24 am

I like "Philosopher's Stone" just because that's what the author wanted to call the book, and also historical resonance. Flamel is pretty well-tied to alchemy and that's enough alchemy for me. Rowling has said she wished she'd had the courage to speak up when they changed the title. (Mind you, they probably would have ignored her at the time.) And all those clever American kids would have known right away this book is about MAGIC because they know what a fucking Philosopher's Stone does.

OK, I feel better too.

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