Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Daaaaaaaaaaaaamn! -- And Harry

Just thought I'd mention that I had over 800 hits yesterday (but no increase in comments-go figure), primarily on the 1-18-08 post. Talk about viral marketing at its best. I know a lot of blogs probably get this kind of traffic on a daily basis, but not me. I get an average of 150-200 hits and this is blowing me away. I've been meaning to put up some kind of meaningful post, but summer (and potty-training my 3 year-old) seems to be getting the better of me. And for the most part, traffic was down, that is until Stewart mention the whole 1-18-08 thing. But I am going to make a deliberate digression. After all, I have no freaking idea what 1-18-08 is about anyway. So, about Harry Potter. We are going to get some closure soon aren't we? The whole will she or won't she kill him off question will be answered for good. Me? I think he'll live. But it would be fascinating to see what would happen if she killed him off wouldn't it? Personally, I think we'd see the death of the Harry Potter phenomenon if she did. They're going to release the movie adaptation of "The Order of the Phoenix" today and the book comes out on the 21st. Can you just imagine if Harry dies? I bet the movie theatres would be empty. After all, why go see it if the main character is just going to die? And you could forget about any more sequels. And this is without even getting into the issue of the vast number of heartbroken children who would be wondering who turned their world upside down. Far be it for me to suggest that Ms. Rowling should end the series based on marketing though. Lord knows she doesn't need any more money. But after 7 books and 5 movies, people feel as if they've invested a lot in Harry Potter. In a way they have. I mean, how many characters from a book can you think of who have inspired this kind of attention? Other than Jesus that is. So I am eagerly waiting to see what happens to Harry. And not just because I am a sucker for a happy ending but because I am dying to see the public reaction to it. I don't want him to die, but I'd love to know how the public would react if he did...

18 comments:

Fab said...

The movie will be in our theatres this Friday (Friday 13th! Oh no!). I'm not sure though if I'll go or wait for the DVD. Who am I kidding? Any excuse to go to the cinema is good for me.

I ordered the book and am curious. In an interview Rowling already said a main character will be killed. Is she taunting us? I believe as well Harry will live. But then again, I thought someone else was going to live as well, and wow she killed him off!

(I still can't get over it that I didn't recognize David Tennant in the previous Potter film! The shame!)

DesLily said...

I am not even going to try to get to the movie this weekend! It will be a madhouse!
I preordered the book long ago and really anxious to get into it. I just hope I can read it without thinking of things she's said while writing it. I think "moods" and "feelings" enter into the thoughts of the author.. and I don't want to think of her while reading. (needless to say she, as a person, went from very high regard for someone who fought the odds and won, to "ms high and mighty" *my writing and characters are better then yours**)
ah well... I do plan to try to enjoy the final book!

Alan said...

I doubt harry will be killed off, but even if he is I don't see all the interest suddenly going *poof* so many readers have so much invested in the saga that nothing will stop the conclusion from being a mega hit both in print and on film

SQT said...

Alan, you think so? I still don't think they'd make the final movies if Harry was killed off. Because people are so invested in the story they'd be mighty angry at Rowling for killing off their hero. Parents of kids who love the story would probably be outraged at having to deal with their children's grief too.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Harry Potter will not die, nor will the other two principle children. It makes no dramatic sense. At least at this point. I think it almost has to be one of the other adults, maybe Ron's parents, or his brothers, and maybe almost certainly Hagrid. Hagrid actually makes most sense because he has been the most self-sacrificing person in the series and will stop at nothing in protection of Harry and the other children.

Fab said...

It could very well be Hagrid, Steward. But for me, although it would be sad, it would not have that much of an impact. Is that wrong of me?

SQT said...

There is a supposed "spoiler" site that claims to have advance knowledge and says that Hermione will die. I seriously doubt this site, and whoever authors it, knows a darn thing, but they have garnered a lot of attention.

It just shows you how much people have come to care about Harry Potter.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

I've heard that some have said that the current film isn't as good as the book.

The Curmudgeon said...

Stewart's analysis is interesting. Hagrid... yes, I could see that.

My thought was that Mrs. Weasley might be killed, too.

My wife has theorized that Dumbledore isn't really dead... and that Snape really isn't a bad guy after all.

But, SQT, I agree with you about Potter's death killing the film series. In fact, I think it may ruin the movies if Rowling kills off any of the Big Three.

We'll soon know.

SQT said...

You know Curmudgeon, you have a good point. If any of the main three are killed, I think it would effectively end the Potter movies.

I've never thought Dumbledore was really dead. Also remember that Voldemort effectively came back from the dead by creating his "horcrux" (I think that's what they were called). I wouldn't be surprised if Dumbledore did the same thing with Snape's knowledge and help.

Like you said, we'll know soon enough.

Kate S said...

I don't know anything about the 1-18-08 biz, so I'll stick with my passion: Potter. :)

Well, people knew how "Gone With the Wind" and "Lord of the Rings" and were going to end, but that didn't stop them from seeing it. ;)

Though I do think that the madness will die down about a year or so after the release of the last book, and certainly after the release of the last movie. But Potter is timeless, and will still have his fans.

As for theories, I'm still with the "Snape is Good" crowd, though when you consider the curse on the Dark Arts job - it has made every person's worst traits/fears come to life - I have doubts. On the other hand, Snape's worst fear could have been that he would have to kill DD someday to keep his cover with Voldemorte.

Anyhoodles, I'm afraid that Hagrid will die, and I always thought Lupin would, too, but now that he's got Tonks, he may be the character to whom she gave a reprieve. But seriously doubt any of the Trio, but maybe one of the Weasely twins (I'd sob) or Neville (also heartbreaking.)

Just my two cents. Oh, and while I'm at it, I'll throw in that I think Victor Krum is Snape's secret son. People think I'm nuts for saying it, but they thought I was nuts when I predicted Tonks & Lupin would get together too. :)

SQT said...

Krum huh? I don't know. Wouldn't it be interesting if Voldemort had a secret son? Doubtful though.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Curmudgeon, I hadn't even thought of the effect of Harry's death on the film series, or the death of any other character for that matter. And may I weigh in on Dumbledore. I believe he is alive and that the entire affair was staged between him and Snapes.

"I'm most sorry, Harry," said Dumbledore, stepping forward. He cast a glance toward Snapes and back again. "Snapes and I agreed it was too dangerous to let anyone else in on our plan. My death freed me to work undercover, so to speak. As long as Voldemort knew I was alive, his spies would be everywhere."

"But why not tell me?" asked Harry.

"Because regardless of how hard you may fight it or try and defend yourself, you have a connection with the villain. I trust you, Harry. But this is something over which you have no control. We must never underestimate Voldemort."

SQT said...

Stu, I think it could happen very much like that.

Matt said...

I just saw the latest Potter movie - a frustrating experience - but I haven't read any of the books beyond the first. I've seen all the movies but I'm certain I'm missing out on crucial plot developments.

Just reading the comments here have revealed some new information but I don't really mind.

Still, can I get a recommendation on whether it's worth reading all the books or should I just wait for the movies to come out? I've kind of been enjoying not knowing what's going on so far when I walk into the theater.

SQT said...

I'm a bigger fan of the books than the movies Matt. There's just so much going on and the movies can't possibly cover everything.

Alex said...

Either way, only a complete ignoramus would waste the four or five hours it takes to read a Harry Potter book. I think you would lose less intelligence by spending that time watching MTV while banging your head with a cinder block.

SQT said...

I can't help myself Alex. I've come this far and I just need to know how it ends now.