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On 2007-03-27 20:48, Mystician wrote:
Just bored, so I thought I'd revive this old thread..

I believe I mentioned the Leaky Lounge ( http://www.leakylounge.com ) forum previously, and how hawkish the moderators are there. They're polite and all, but man, they work overtime.. I made 5 or 6 posts there today, and every single solitary post was modified, merged, edited, or removed by a moderator.


I thought you said they banned you, or did you leave and not come back?
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No, they never banned me.. they just gave me a bunch of crap over my avatar, and then they removed it, even though I wasn't stealing bandwidth from anyone but myself, since it was coming from my own site. I did nothing wrong but was treated like it because other people "might" do that. I hate that mentality !! Punish all for the actions of a few, even when I'd proven the avatar was mine and linked to my own site.
I wasn't going to be forced to put my good avatar up on some stupid public photo sharing site, so I made a real simplistic version of it, changed the colors and all, and uploaded that instead - I like having an avatar so I can find my posts quickly and take up a thread from my last post there.

and thanks. Smile
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On 2007-02-02 12:59, Mystician wrote:
Anyone looking to critique or compare the Harry Potter series to classic literature isn't getting it.
Popularity has never had much to do with sophistication, for starters. It's not supposed to be a modern day equivalent to "War and Peace" or "Catcher in the Rye".

The series is charming, it's brought an interest back to wizardry, the likes of which I've not seen in my lifetime. It's fun, it's interesting, and it's fairly light reading. The stories are entertaining, and a little bit thought provoking - not so much that it's a chore of course, or kids would be turned off.
oh, and most importantly of all, she's got kids wanting to read again !

I mean, really, the series is written for kids, not adults, although lots of "gr'ups" enjoy it too (like myself).

On a side note, I really liked the little time twist section in Prisoner of Azkaban; writing time travel and dealing with the potential paradoxes is not an easy feat - at least, not if you do it well. I think it was done brilliantly.


One of the things that might have been mentioned (I haven't read all posts yet) is that there is a great depth to a few of the stories. In England, the first book is not called "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" but is instead referred to as "HP and the PHILOSOPHER'S Stone," which is a connection to ancient Alchemy. Furthermore, Nicolas Flamel was an actual person who was born in 1340 & died in 1417.

While some of her works tend to pander to the modern crowd (i.e., quick, easy entertainment suitable to be a Hollywood script), there is some amazing depth to her work that will insure she is more than just a 15 minute of fame writer.

I agree, the time twist was written extremely well & I loved the story. My favorite line there is Hermoine remarking, "Is that what my hair really looks like in the back?"
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The stories definitely get deeper each book in !
I've finally finished reading all 6 of the books currently published, so I'm all caught up and can talk shop with the best of 'em.
There have definitely been some serious plot elements to the novels, and the vocabulary has increased, and most notably - the overall tone has darkened, with death or the threat of death permeating the atmosphere.

Still, I wouldn't have minded if Rowling had made a "Grown up" version of the books from the get-go (instead of just using more adult looking book covers, lol).
On the other hand, I guess I have no real complaints with the series as it is, either!
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Mystician,

I can totally understand that! LOL, I refused to read them for years... perhaps I just needed more of a chance to study symbology & whatnot; or, perhaps I was being obstinate! Whatever the case may be, once I got hooked, I was hooked! I read the Half-Blood Prince in about 3 hours & then re-read it again, all within 12 hours of it being released at midnight (I slept after finishing it). I'm a prolific reader, so I didn't need to read it again... I just wanted to because it was a great read =).

I don't have too many complaints myself, I have already pre-ordered 2 Deathly Hallows (1 for my daughters & 1 for me & my wife) & have made plans to fly from the Arctic to Anchorage to watch the new movie. That's NOT a cheap endeavor for 3 round-trip flights, probably about $2,000 for the tickets alone...
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Yikes, that's dedication ! Smile

I got a kick out of a section in HPB, where, Herminone, worried about ancient Runes, laments that she confused Ehwaz with Eihwaz on an exam.. I had to laugh, Ms. Rowling did her research ! I'm just studying Runes now, myself.. I took a break from Latin.
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Yeah, I resisted the books at first, too, assuming they were concerned with the usual "magical" junk found in most children's books. I was pleasantly surprised to find such was not the case. I, too, wouldn't mind stories aimed more at the adult market, but I'll take what we have now.

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On 2007-02-09 23:23, Mystician wrote:
Now that you mention it, yeah, we are a literate bunch - at least, relative to most Internet posts I see. We be edju-mo-cated.
Nothing says "loser" like someone who spells it, "looser" ! Smile

I'm thinking of picking up Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" (I'm thinking the corner pub !) and "Quidditch Through the Ages" .. anyone got 'em, and if so, whatcha think ?
I might just get them for the sake of the charity donation, actually.


Mystician, LOL, got me thinking of when I played WoW... instead of rogue, most everybody would type "rouge" and then there is my all time favorite, makes me grind my teeth (because of WoW):

rediculos (or any variant thereof).

Those are right up there with "looser"
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New international trailer for Order of Phoenix....looks fun...last 20 minutes in 3D in select theaters.
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/32383
and or here
http://video.aol.co.uk/video-film/1891890
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So whos got their copy?

anyone finished it? Smile


I've just started reading it this morning, seems good!



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Half way through.
The postman came late yesterday.

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I stayed up last night until 3 AM just to finish it. J.K. Rowling is one of the world's greatest magicians (in my opinion). She never bought a magic prop, doesn't perform on stage, but creates a magic in one's mind that is real and lasting, and she performed the "true miracle" of getting millions of teen-ageers to sit down are read.
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I haven't read any of them but my wife does (I love the movies). Anyway, I preordered her copy and ended up going out at 5:00am to surprise her when she woke up. Was going to return the other copy and when we opened the package it had a misprinted cover (the red foil didn't take) so she decided to keep them both Smile
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2 thirds of the way through



Steve - you had me scared the! Smile
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Finished Smile


very good!

I love the last sentence of chapter 35


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Spoken like a true mentalist. Smile

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Aside: Finally saw the Order of the Phoenix last night - I love Valdimort's suit at the train station - that fellow has good taste.
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I saw OotP at a theatre while up in Maine on vacation.
Not bad, but it wasn't the best movie. None of them had the charm and "magic" that the first one did, frankly. That was the best - but then, it was all new, too.
I think M. Gambon did a slightly better job of being Dumbledore in this movie, better than the dreadful job he did in Gof at least.
On the way home from vacation Friday night, we made it home and to local Borders at 11:30pm, just in time ! Unfortunately, I hadn't expected to be home so I never reserved a copy, and they had no unreserved copies left. So no book for me Friday night. That was okay though, I just wanted my son (and myself) to see the release of the last Potter book, to be there; it was definitely historic. My son got a kick out of everyone being dressed up (including the kook dressed like a Jedi - what the hell was that about ?!). The very next day, I went back and they'd gotten more books in, so I got my copy Saturday afternoon instead, and still got the 40 percent discount, I even still got the free poster.

I'm just about halfway though it now.
It's a very good book, I can see why JKR liked it so much! I'm just about to head into the meat and potatoes of the story I think, I can feel it building up again, after a "slow" chapter ("The Thief".. the only chapter that's left me saying, "meh", so far, the other's were all excellent).
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