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  • I love all of the books and/or movies

    14 56.00%
  • I love some of the books and/or movies

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  • Meh it's just alright

    2 8.00%
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    1 4.00%
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Thread: Harry Potter Politics

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    Re: Harry Potter Politics

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    Now, bear in mind, "drool over" is NOT necessarily the same as "would bang her given the chance". But we definitely like to look. I'm fairly sure it is instinctive, since it is darn near universal.
    I have not right to judge. I like to look too, I'm pretty visual for a woman. Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth (good examples) What'ya gonna do.
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    Re: Harry Potter Politics

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    I wondered if it was supposed to be a metaphor for the British government...
    There may be something to this. If the ministry is a metaphor for the British government, then Voldermort and his crew could be a depiction of BNP right wing extremists seeking to "purify" the land.

    Edit: Then again, this is all guesswork. I'm sure it was more likely a metaphor for the importance of community and friendships in the face of dangers that big government programs can't defend you from.
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    Re: Harry Potter Politics

    Quote Originally Posted by opendebate View Post
    yeah, I know. Weak moment. Reality sucks.
    It sucks worse for the dirty old men who spend their lives drooling over something they can never have.

    So I guess reality sucks equally for everyone.

    But it's not all doom and gloom, because I think with age you begin to realize that the secret to happiness isn't in seeking more, it's figuring out how to enjoy what you've got.

    A very un-american concept, I'm sure.

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    Re: Harry Potter Politics

    The Latin translation by Peter Needham (Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis, 1997) is actually great. I can't imagine any better way to hook someone young and impressionable on the classics.

    Now, many years later, my (deeply Japanese, though New York-dwelling) nephew-by-marriage is perfectly capable of appreciating Ovid as much as Lady Murasaki.

    "Cultural phenomena" should not be judged just by their own informational content - it is also very much about what we are making out of them.

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    Re: Harry Potter Politics

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post

    It sucks worse for the dirty old men who spend their lives drooling over something they can never have. So I guess reality sucks equally for everyone.
    In this regard at least, I agree. It just typically starts earlier for women. Not bitter (all evidence to the contrary) just bummed. It's more extreme in this country. You have to rise above it.


    But it's not all doom and gloom, because I think with age you begin to realize that the secret to happiness isn't in seeking more, it's figuring out how to enjoy what you've got. A very un-american concept, I'm sure.
    I completely agree on both counts.
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    a nearly complete absence of quality imagery

    You find the imagery horrendous? I think JK Rowling has a fantastic imagination.

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    Actually, I remember now 1 of the movies I didn't like so much.

    I like the movies, but before they came out I had already envisioned Harry and Hogwarts in my mind a certain way so when the first movie came out my own perception was dashed.

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    Ah. Yes, some of it I would've cut out of the books, but overall I still loved them. Btw this is coming from someone who hates Twilight and any book similar to it. I will say though she doesn't hold a candle to Tolkien even if I do like her work.

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    She didn't write it for children. She stated that in an interview she doesn't put an age limit on her books. The books are very complex and not just for children.

    I would highly recommend for you to read The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince in the original) it's one of the most amazing books ever. It's written for children about a boy who crashes his plane on the moon. The author not too long after during WWII crashed his plane in North Africa and was never found. The book even though it's for children actually has a deeper impact on adults.

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    Ah, thank you for answering. What is your view on Tolkien? He was a genius in my view.

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