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Hello! I'm Tina and my journal is [livejournal.com profile] cmer. I'm happy to be
doing the blogathon for Holly. :)

I saw on the news this morning that Harry Potter may be "losing its
magic," according to an anchor on MSNBC, and that made me feel kinda
sad. I've been a huge Harry Potter fan since the fourth book came out
(2000) and I've always looked forward to the movies, despite many of
their unneccessary changes and weird additions in all of them.

Perhaps the general audience, the non-Harry Potter reading people,
aren't avid movie fans as they used to be? The sixth movie, in my
opinion, was really great and wonderfully funny. Really, it's most
definitely something I'm anxious to see again sometime very soon,
personally (but maybe that's because I'm biased, lol). Anyway, the
MSNBC anchor and some movie expert guy speculated that the world might
be experiencing "Harry Potter fatigue." That makes sense, I suppose.
The Harry Potter craze has been around for about ten years now and may
be fizzling now that the Harry Potter series is complete.

There's also the possiblity that many people, mostly avid HP fans, are
boycotting the movie because Warner Bros. delayed the release date
from November of last year to July of this year. The WB execs did this
because they realized too late that WB did not have a summer
blockbuster movie for this year as they did last year with The Dark
Knight
. They pissed off a lot of fans (myself included) as a
result and after posting a petition about this, thousands of fans
included their signatures but that did not convince WB to change the
date back. But I haven't heard anyone boycotting the movie on the
internet yet; maybe that's because I don't visit the right HP sites
anymore; a few years ago I've personally moved on from the Harry
Potter fandom to another fandom, DC Comics.

Despite the disappointing (though expected) news that no one cares
about the HP movies anymore, I am eagerly looking forward to the last
two Harry Potter movies that are based on the last book, Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows
. What's most intriguing is that the
movie producers decided to split the last movie into two movies, as I
said, and I wonder where in the book they'll be ending the first
movie. Rumors currently going around the internet state it'll end
where (spoilers!) the Death Eaters capture Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the
woods
. If that turns out to be true, then I'll be really
pleased. It's definitely a good cliffhanger for the non-HP reading
fans, I think. But what I'm most looking forward to is my favorite
chapter in Deathly Hallows, A Prince's Tale since I'm a
huge Snape fan and so I hope they'll do that part justice.

This concludes my blogathon post for Holly. (It was much longer than I
anticipated, lol. Sorry.) I hope everyone is having great weekend! :)

(I hope the html in this post works...)

Date: 2009-07-25 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smeddley.livejournal.com
Perhaps some people just aren't as eager to rush out and see the movie because now we know how it all ends? That's another explanation. It feels... finished, in a way.

I'll still buy all the movies when they come out on DVD, and I'll watch them (I can't wait to have a Harry-Potter-a-thon when all the movies are out!), but since I'm not much of a theater-going person I'll probably not see any of them until they come out on DVD.

Also, are they comparing ticket sales to the last movies, and is there a general drop in ticket sales they're not accounting for? Economic times are tight for a lot of people, and I can buy and own the DVD for less than the cost of two movie tickets. What with people having good home theater systems (and inexpensive popcorn, pause-on-demand bathroom breaks, comfy chairs) I can see more people being willing to wait.

Date: 2009-07-26 05:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auraesque.livejournal.com
Hmm, I'm not sure I can agree with mass media here. I think I am on the fringe of the Fandom, and even out here there is a lot of excitement. Smeddley might have a point about the economy, and that does make sense--I definitely cut down on my movie spending, and seeing HP was a special treat. But, the theatre was still packed when I went a week later, so where is MSNBC getting thier numbers?

Ooh, delicious spoiler there. I hadn't heard that, but now I am excited.

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