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10-17-2011 11:37 AM
Annia I don't know if I am going.. Just that I really want to..

And I will even if I have to sell something to get the money to go....
10-17-2011 05:12 AM
Earthling Only if it's not extortionately expensive. So... probably not
10-17-2011 05:07 AM
fadeaway1289 That's so cool!!

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Oh I am going

Take pics!

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Hey, I live in Watford

Are you going to go?
10-17-2011 04:26 AM
Earthling Hey, I live in Watford
10-15-2011 05:21 PM
sequoia At Universal Studios in Florida they have recreated Hogsmeade. One day I'll go
10-14-2011 02:50 PM
Annia Oh I am going
10-14-2011 06:50 AM
Amy SF
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Harry Potter studio to open for public tour

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press 1 day ago

WATFORD, England (AP) The magical world of Harry Potter is being meticulously reassembled at a former aerodrome near London.

The collection of sheds and sound stages is where the eight films were shot over the course of a decade, and soon they will be home to the official "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour.

With more than five months to go until the tour's March 31 opening stonemasons in hard hats are busy laying the (real) flagstone floor of the Great Hall at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Even half-finished, its Gothic arches, gargoyles and huge fireplace are an impressive sight.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...0cbfd9317c285d

OMG still one more reason for me to visit the UK.

Who wants to go with me?
09-04-2011 03:10 PM
reneeannem I started my Harry Potter meet vegan food blog! The first recipe is Vegan fried egg and a gammon of coconut bacon!

http://theleafycauldron.blogspot.com/
08-06-2011 08:19 PM
sequoia
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The animated Deathly Hallows story was inspired

That was my favorite part of all the movies. I loved it, I thought it was beautifully done.
08-06-2011 08:18 PM
sequoia
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Originally Posted by reneeannem View Post

Me! Me! Me! I'm PurpleFelicis135.

Also, I'm starting a blog called "The Leafy Cauldron - Recipes for Non-Death Eaters"! I'm going to veganize the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, from start to finish.

Wow, that is quite the undertaking! Post the URL when it's up and running
08-06-2011 01:13 PM
reneeannem
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Pottermore anyone?

Me! Me! Me! I'm PurpleFelicis135.

Also, I'm starting a blog called "The Leafy Cauldron - Recipes for Non-Death Eaters"! I'm going to veganize the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, from start to finish.
08-06-2011 01:06 PM
Annia Pottermore anyone?
07-09-2011 02:40 PM
Earthling The animated Deathly Hallows story was inspired
07-08-2011 04:56 PM
AeryFairy I think the movies are getting better. I loved the first two when they came out, because I was the same age as the actors and didn't know better. Now I like them for nostalgia reasons. The third is awful, and I actually struggle to sit through it because it's so terrible. Fourth was good, fifth was brilliant (Umbridge was an amazing piece of casting, in that I hated her on sight), sixth was decent, seventh was amazing. Especially the animated deathly hallows story. I can't wait for the last installment
07-08-2011 03:50 PM
sequoia
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Originally Posted by IamJen View Post

No doubt. Star Wars was "criticized" for being a rip-off of Westerns. Good and Evil, orphans, characters with undecipherable motives...all these pieces have been part of storytelling for centuries.

I have not been a big fan of the movies overall, but I was pleased with DH1. The first two were very Hollywood (directed by Chris Columbus, so go figure). POA (my favorite of the books) was so bad I wanted to rip my ears off to make it end. The next three again seemed a bit bland, to fans of the books at least, and I don't remember being overwhelmed by any one particular film. There were good parts though...the maze in Goblet of Fire, or blasting up the Ministry of Magic, and Imelda Staunton's simply amazing turn as Umbridge.

I'm looking forward to the end, but was horribly sad when the release date was moved back last year, as I'd hoped to go with my sisters while we were in the States. Sigh.

I'm not a fan of the movies either. I liked the books, though.
07-08-2011 10:41 AM
vegkid Well, I suppose it's also for reasons of catchiness, for better sales. As in, it's easier for kids to say and understand "Sorcerer" than "Philosopher" so it'll sell more copies to a wider audience.

Again, just general American dumbness. Not much we can do about it
07-08-2011 10:25 AM
IamJen I don't understand why they changed it, in that it was apparent after just a short while in the book. Even if Americans didn't know (as didn't many Brits, actually) the Philosopher's Stone legend, they could surely read the book, eh?
07-08-2011 10:17 AM
Josh James xVx
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I think it's the whole bit about knowing that the philosopher's stone is supposedly something magical that they didn't think Americans would get. They figured we Americans wouldn't know enough about medieval European superstitions to get the reference, so we'd think the book was about philosophy, not magic.

But actually, the philospher's stone concept has popped up plenty of times in 20th century American popular culture. It was the weapon of Dr. Alchemy, an enemy of the superhero Flash in DC Comics. There was an Indiana Jones novel called "Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone". There was even a Donald Duck cartoon called "The Fabulous Philosopher's Stone".

Ok, I cheated by checking Wikipedia, but I really did know about Dr. Alchemy. I was only on Wiki to make sure I was remembering the right supervillain name, because I thought I might have been getting him confused with Mister Element. And ironically, Mister Element WAS Dr. Alchemy - they're the same character. But the one I was thinking of was the later Dr. Alchemy persona.

But apparently, British publishers think all Americans are idiots, so they had to dumb down the title of the first HP novel for us. I just find it funny that they gave up on making sure the titles made sense to outsiders so quickly after that. Who could possibly have known what Azkaban was before reading that book?

--Fromper



I knew about the Philosopher's Stone concept years before HP came out. Of course, I was one of those kids who read science books and watched the History channel growing up, as opposed to watching American Idol and smoking pot which is my exact perception of many from my generation and likely the cause of a great deal of their mental deficiencies. Oh snap JJ is ranting and raving again, look out!
07-08-2011 10:09 AM
IamJen No doubt. Star Wars was "criticized" for being a rip-off of Westerns. Good and Evil, orphans, characters with undecipherable motives...all these pieces have been part of storytelling for centuries.

I have not been a big fan of the movies overall, but I was pleased with DH1. The first two were very Hollywood (directed by Chris Columbus, so go figure). POA (my favorite of the books) was so bad I wanted to rip my ears off to make it end. The next three again seemed a bit bland, to fans of the books at least, and I don't remember being overwhelmed by any one particular film. There were good parts though...the maze in Goblet of Fire, or blasting up the Ministry of Magic, and Imelda Staunton's simply amazing turn as Umbridge.

I'm looking forward to the end, but was horribly sad when the release date was moved back last year, as I'd hoped to go with my sisters while we were in the States. Sigh.
07-08-2011 10:06 AM
reneeannem
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Originally Posted by Fromper View Post

I think it's the whole bit about knowing that the philosopher's stone is supposedly something magical that they didn't think Americans would get. They figured we Americans wouldn't know enough about medieval European superstitions to get the reference, so we'd think the book was about philosophy, not magic.

But actually, the philospher's stone concept has popped up plenty of times in 20th century American popular culture. It was the weapon of Dr. Alchemy, an enemy of the superhero Flash in DC Comics. There was an Indiana Jones novel called "Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone". There was even a Donald Duck cartoon called "The Fabulous Philosopher's Stone".

Ok, I cheated by checking Wikipedia, but I really did know about Dr. Alchemy. I was only on Wiki to make sure I was remembering the right supervillain name, because I thought I might have been getting him confused with Mister Element. And ironically, Mister Element WAS Dr. Alchemy - they're the same character. But the one I was thinking of was the later Dr. Alchemy persona.

But apparently, British publishers think all Americans are idiots, so they had to dumb down the title of the first HP novel for us. I just find it funny that they gave up on making sure the titles made sense to outsiders so quickly after that. Who could possibly have known what Azkaban was before reading that book?

--Fromper

I guess they gave Canadians the benefit of the doubt.
07-08-2011 06:50 AM
Fromper
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Originally Posted by sequoia View Post

Harry Potter is Star Wars.

Actually, that's a pretty bad comparison. I was expecting a detailed article about how they both use common archetypes, which would have been completely true and much more detailed than that.

--Fromper
07-08-2011 01:05 AM
sequoia Harry Potter is Star Wars.
07-07-2011 08:02 PM
vegkid I understood what the Philosopher's stone was, but I didn't make the connection until after reading the book.
07-07-2011 07:53 PM
Fromper I think it's the whole bit about knowing that the philosopher's stone is supposedly something magical that they didn't think Americans would get. They figured we Americans wouldn't know enough about medieval European superstitions to get the reference, so we'd think the book was about philosophy, not magic.

But actually, the philospher's stone concept has popped up plenty of times in 20th century American popular culture. It was the weapon of Dr. Alchemy, an enemy of the superhero Flash in DC Comics. There was an Indiana Jones novel called "Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone". There was even a Donald Duck cartoon called "The Fabulous Philosopher's Stone".

Ok, I cheated by checking Wikipedia, but I really did know about Dr. Alchemy. I was only on Wiki to make sure I was remembering the right supervillain name, because I thought I might have been getting him confused with Mister Element. And ironically, Mister Element WAS Dr. Alchemy - they're the same character. But the one I was thinking of was the later Dr. Alchemy persona.

But apparently, British publishers think all Americans are idiots, so they had to dumb down the title of the first HP novel for us. I just find it funny that they gave up on making sure the titles made sense to outsiders so quickly after that. Who could possibly have known what Azkaban was before reading that book?

--Fromper
07-07-2011 07:36 PM
vegkid
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Originally Posted by Josh James xVx View Post

Ironic since the founding fathers of the US could all very easily be described as philosophers, including every signer of the declaration and constitution all of the first six or seven presidents.

What's a constitution?
07-07-2011 07:29 PM
Josh James xVx Ironic since the founding fathers of the US could all very easily be described as philosophers, including every signer of the declaration and constitution all of the first six or seven presidents.
07-07-2011 05:29 PM
vegkid Sorcerer's Stone in the US. Apparently we're not smart enough to understand what a Philosopher is.
07-07-2011 05:24 PM
Tom Ahhh! I think that's my favorite of the whole series! Here in the United States they changed the title to "Sorcerer's Stone"... I forget what the rationale for that was.

I liked the book better than the movie, but the movie was good.
07-07-2011 05:18 PM
reneeannem
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Still scratching my head... what's PS? I can't think of any Harry Potter titles that match it...?

Philosopher's Stone!
07-07-2011 05:15 PM
Tom Still scratching my head... what's PS? I can't think of any Harry Potter titles that match it...?
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