When Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was released, the same weekend I graduated from high school, I waited in line at midnight. And waited again, two years later, for Half-Blood Prince. But after the midnight release of Deathly Hallows, just prior to my final year of college, I started to close the Harry Potter chapter of my life. So when Scholastic released the script to the ‘8th Harry Potter story,’ nine years later, I didn’t rush to Amazon or my local book store. I waited. I forgot. I didn’t know if I wanted to read it at all. And then eventually, because friends wanted to talk about it, I cracked the spine on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Instead of criticizing the Sochi Winter Olympics, people of the internet should compete in online events to prove their superiority.
Today on YA Rewind, I talk about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and the tremendous impact the boy wizard has had on my life. After, I spend some time on the Casting Couch discussing the first movie adaptation, its problems and successes, and why I would actually approve of a reboot in ten years.
In much of literature, love stories are about couples who have to overcome tremendous obstacles to be together – but sometimes the only obstacle to a happily ever after is the couple itself. Two characters who spend most of a story arguing until a sudden realization and declaration of love is, of course, a romantic comedy staple, and not unique to the silver screen. Some of our favorite fictional pairs spend their books completely oblivious to the relationship that’s right in front of them.
Some of fiction’s greatest stories revolve around the anti-villains, the wrongfully accused, or the unfortunately misunderstood. Today, we take a look at ten characters whose crimes ought to be excused by reasons of redemption-by-death, traumatic childhoods, or a shift in the moral event horizon.
Tonight, after I get off work, I’ll be driving down to Irvine to wait in line for a midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. There was a time when I didn’t think Hollywood would make all seven books into films, certainly not with the same set of actors. Looking at the pictures of the main characters then and now has been a bit of a shock – I feel old. Which is what happens when you start young. I began reading the books in 1999, but it was really two years after that that Harry Potter changed my life. How many people can say that about Twilight with a straight face?
An Open Letter to Geoff Boucher of The Los Angeles Times in Response to “Steve Kloves Speaks”: I’m not the most unbiased of Harry Potter fans; I don’t pretend to be. The Harry Potter series was a mainstay of my life for seven years, and continues to ripple through it even after the final book was published. I was a part of the online community that Steve Kloves fears so…