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The mysterious Pottermore project has been leaked! Hours before the official announcement, a PR exec from StonehillSalt slipped up by sending out a confidential document containing details relating to the event, to several major UK newspapers. Oops. I sense someone’s about to be fired.
If you don’t want to know what Pottermore is DO NOT SCROLL DOWN.
…an ONLINE GAME.
But not just any old online game, how could it be? This is Harry Potter we’re talking about and there’s nothing “normal” about him. The document mentioned a treasure hunt for magic wands to be found in a number of countries. However, this has now been refuted by the PR company who now claim that this information is from an “old plan” which is now “out of date”, and there would be no treasure hunt. Despite this, the game has been developed by another PR company who has previously created games using online-only treasure hunts so who knows? We’ll have to wait for the more formal announcement later today (June 23) for the full official details. [Source]
You have to hand it to J.K. Rowling! She certainly knows how to get her fans squeeeeein’. She’s announced, “The Owls are Gathering”, for what, we do not yet know. If you visit Pottermore.com, you’ll see a pretty pink site with owls perched on each side of the page. Click on either of the owls and it takes you to her YouTube countdown page, which at my last viewing was counting down from 3 days 11 hours 25 minutes and 20 seconds.
Countdown to what? That is the big question that has everyone speculating on Rowling’s newest project. While searching for different thoughts on the project, you’re sure to find yourself over at Clube do Slugue and/or the Harry Potter Forum where, for years apparently, they have been trying to guess what Pottermore is all about – online role-playing game? fan site? HP encyclopedia? No one knows for sure. You can subscribe to the YouTube announcement page and follow @Pottermore on Twitter for more official updates. From what I can tell, her official website offers no hints (but it is a fun, interactive site).
A book or not a book? Well, Rowling’s PR company Stonehill Salt told the Guardian on 16 June that the new project was not a new book. “All we can say is that Pottermore is the name of JK Rowling’s new project. It will be announced soon, and it is not a new book,” said a spokesperson. However, many may remember Rowling’s interview with Oprah in 2010 when she said “[The characters] are all still in my head. I mean, I could write. I could definitely write an eight, ninth, 10th. I could, easily.”
On a side-note: I saw that interview and was touched by Rowling’s past, her reasons for writing Harry’s story and very much enjoyed seeing deeper inside the amazing woman behind the series. If you missed, you should pop over to Oprah’s site and read the transcript.
What’s your guess??
In the meantime …
This past week another clip, said to be the final one (we’ll see) until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 premieres on 17 July, hit the web. This one is quite wicked. And, it seems Harry sees dead people.
I haven’t finished reading the books, so I’m excited to find out how it all ends. Those that have read the books and watched the movies, how well do you think the films portrayed the story? Well done? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
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❉ “It All Ends” ~ Harry Potter, the Final Chapter
Minor Spoiler Warning ~ This Discussion is about Part TWO of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’
Overall plot summary, per Wikipedia: “Following Dumbledore’s death, Voldemort completes his ascension to power and gains control of the Ministry of Magic. Harry, Ron, and Hermione leave Hogwarts to hunt and destroy Voldemort’s remaining horcruxes. They isolate themselves to ensure their friends and families’ safety. They have little knowledge about the remaining horcruxes except the possibility that two are objects once belonging to Hogwarts founders Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff, and the third may be Nagini, Voldemort’s snake familiar. The whereabouts of the two founders’ objects is unknown, and Nagini is presumed to be with Voldemort. As they search for the Horcruxes, the trio learn more about Dumbledore’s past.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione recover the first horcrux, Salazar Slytherin’s locket, by infiltrating the Ministry of Magic. Under the object’s evil influence and the stress of being on the run, Ron leaves the others. A mysterious silver doe leads Harry to the Sword of Godric Gryffindor, among the few objects able to destroy horcruxes. When Harry attempts to recover the sword, the horcrux attempts to kill him. Ron reappears, saving Harry and using the sword to destroy the locket. Resuming their search, the trio continually encounter a strange symbol, which an eccentric wizard named Xenophilius Lovegood tells them represents the mythical Deathly Hallows. The Hallows are three sacred objects: the Resurrection Stone, with the power to summon the dead to the living world; the Elder Wand, an unbeatable wand; and an infallible Invisibility Cloak. Harry learns that Voldemort is seeking the Elder Wand, but is unaware of the other Hallows and their significance. Harry decides that finding Voldemort’s horcruxes is more important than procuring the Hallows. They break into a Death Eater’s vault at the Wizarding Bank Gringotts to recover another horcrux, Helga Hufflepuff’s cup. Harry learns that another horcrux is hidden in Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione enter the school and find the Horcrux, the Diadem of Ravenclaw, and destroy the cup and the diadem.
Voldemort and his followers besiege Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione, their allies, and various magical creatures defend Hogwarts. Several major characters are killed in the first wave of the battle, including Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Fred Weasley, and Severus Snape. Harry discovers while viewing the memories of Severus Snape that Voldemort inadvertently made Harry a horcrux when he attacked him as a baby and that Harry must die to destroy Voldemort. These memories also confirm Snape’s unwavering loyalty to Dumbledore and his role as spy in Voldemort’s camp. Harry surrenders himself to Voldemort, who casts the Killing Curse at him, sending Harry to a limbo-like state between life and death. There, Dumbledore explains that when Voldemort used Harry’s blood to regain his full strength, it protected Harry from Voldemort harming him; the Horcrux inside Harry has been destroyed, and Harry can return to his body despite being hit by the Killing Curse. Harry returns, the battle resumes, and after the last horcrux is destroyed, Voldemort is killed, and the wizarding world lives in peace once more.”
We’ve watched Harry, Hermione and Ron grow up on-screen, from the beginning of their time at Hogwarts. And, now it will all end with ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ Part Two airing 15 July 2011. In part one, we followed the threesome as they searched for Voldemort’s final horcruxes. Part one ends with Voldemort breaking into Dumbledore’s tomb retrieving his wand, which we’ve learned in one of Voldemort’s horcuxes, the Elder wand. To date, I have only read books #1-4, so I was saddened to see Dobby died. I’m anxious to see the conclusion to the “story that captured the heart of millions”.
To learn more about the movie visit:
* Harrypotter.com for information about Part One on Blu-Ray
* WarnerBros.com for a sneak peek at scenes from Part Two
* IMDB.com for detailed information on cast
* Wikipedia.com for information about the movie and book