The Harry Potter series has sold billions of dollars worth of books, movie tickets and DVDs because it’s one of those rare series that children can enjoy but won’t make adults want to gouge out their eyes.
Author J.K. Rowling had a way of throwing a bone to the grown-ups here and there by slipping in sly little adult references along the way. It’s usually done in subtext (like the elderly wizard Dumbledore’s homosexual relationship with the male wizard Grindelwald), but sometimes it’s right there in the open for anyone perceptive enough to get it.
And sometimes, that s**t gets nasty. Read more… Keep reading »
Now that the “Harry Potter” kids no longer have a bazillion dollar franchise to support, Emma Watson has got some free time, and it seems she’s opted to pick up some work as a fashion designer. No longer content to merely serve as a model/muse for Burberry, Watson is said to be launching her own line, and has been taking cutting, sewing and design classes, presumably at Brown University’s sister school, RISD. According to an unnamed source, “Emma wants to challenge herself creatively. She’s obsessed with art at the moment She’s already designed a line of T-shirts and wants to expand her skills to create bespoke evening wear.” So she’ll join Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag and Avril Lavigne, among others, as model/actress/muse/designer. Phew. That’s a long resume. [ONTD] Keep reading »
“It was an irritating costume to wear. It was too long and, sometimes, I would trip over it. The gusset of the tights kept dropping between my thighs, and this made it very hard to walk with any kind of dignity … Sometimes, when the stunt team got too macho, I would tease them with my inner thigh.”
—Ralph Fiennes, who played Lord Voldemort in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” explains why he began wearing a garter belt underneath his menacing robes. Somehow, this information makes Voldemort seem much less scary. Also, Ralph looks so different without a nose! It’s easy to forget that was him under all that movie makeup. [ONTD] Keep reading »
It all ends today. And by “it,” of course, I mean our decade-long love affair with the Harry Potter movies. For those young adults who came of age with Harry, what’s ending is an era. I am one of them – I was 11 when the first book was released, and 19 when the last one came out – and though I’m a bigger fan of the books than of the movies, I can’t help but feel a bittersweet blend of sadness and excitement as it all winds down.
We grew up as Harry grew up, and though none of us was involved in a good-versus-evil, civil-rights-metaphor fight-to-the-death with a vicious tyrant, we still saw ourselves in Harry and in his friends. We learned a lot from these books. For example, that sometimes, nice guys finish first and smart girls get the guy. We learned about motherhood and feminism. We learned that love is the answer to almost every question, and if “love” doesn’t work, try “expelliarmus!”
And more recently, as the cast of the movies has been hitting the red carpet to promote the movie, we have learned about the glory of being a late bloomer. Keep reading »
“It’s an interesting phenomenon, being the bad guy. If you think about it, the bad guy is always the hero in his own story. Here I am, ridding the world of the kind of people who are perpetually at Walmart and who fangirl Gilderoy Lockhart, and suddenly I’m ‘evil.’ Refusing to change my beliefs because popular opinion does not agree is praised when the person doing it isn’t also attempting to enslave the nonmagical race. … The point is that the Dark Lord does what he wants. If you don’t like my condescending attitude, bite me.”
—Lord Voldemort, err, He Who Shall Not Be Named shares his feelings on the “Harry Potter” franchise ending on The Daily Beast. But apparently this is not goodbye—you can still follow the dude on Twitter. Just not if you’ve been to Walmart in the past 365 days. [Daily Beast] Keep reading »