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The "Harry Potter" Debate: The Witch-Hunt Continues
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Posted on 11/27/2001 8:41:52 PM PST by jrherreid

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To: Ward Smythe
I thought the kids were good, because they were just as I had imagined them while reading the book, especially the know-it-all Hermione. But I didn't take to the Draco Malfoy; I felt like something was missing. Maybe it was just because they trimmed his role to fit the time constraints.
41 posted on 11/28/2001 10:48:41 AM PST by alpowolf
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To: spoosman
A C.S. Lewis could not simply exist in this day and age of anti-Christianity

Not paranoid are we?

Actually, since the claim is that Harry Potter leads to witchcraft, it is a witch hunt in a way. ;-)

42 posted on 11/28/2001 10:54:02 AM PST by alpowolf
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To: Ward Smythe
... in a 2 1/2 hour movie, you can only include so much of the book.

I would have made it longer. I suspect the DVD will have some additional scenes.

I'm used to Masterpiece Theater adaptations of novels, which can easily go to six hours.

In the books, Harry goes to school, and much of the charm of the books is in the descriptions -- not of the content of witchcraft -- but of the personalities and methods of teachers. This is what's so fascinating to kids of all ages.

43 posted on 11/28/2001 11:02:38 AM PST by js1138
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To: 4Freedom
I'll be happy to flesh them out in a little more detail for you.

I think you just have too much time on your hands. ;-)

But if you read much science fiction/fantasy you'll see that the patterns of setting up the good vs. evil are all very similar. It's the same story, it's a matter of how it's told. Kind of like John Grisham novels.

Still, I anxiously await the next installment of Star Wars and Harry Potter.

BTW - if you think Scabbers (Ron's rat) is like Chewbacca, you haven't read the fourth book...

44 posted on 11/28/2001 11:34:03 AM PST by Ward Smythe
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To: js1138
I would have made it longer.

I just don't know how that could sell. In any book translated to the screen, you've got to lose something.

45 posted on 11/28/2001 11:35:46 AM PST by Ward Smythe
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To: Ward Smythe
I just don't know how that could sell. In any book translated to the screen, you've got to lose something.

Perhaps in theaters, but not necessarily in home video. I'll be willing to bet that the DVDs will be longer than the movies. Most of the stuff that Hollywood leaves out is character development, which is low budget.

46 posted on 11/28/2001 11:55:05 AM PST by js1138
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To: alpowolf
Not paranoid at all. Just stating a matter of fact. We live in the age of anti-Christianity. Rowling's Potter, and Potter's popularity, is merely a symptom of a dis-eased culture. It's been that way for a long time, and I expect it to be that way far into the future. I am used to it by now. I am just not buying into it, and advise others to make a better investment.
47 posted on 11/28/2001 12:06:28 PM PST by spoosman
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To: spoosman
I have to disagree. Christianity has endured far worse in past ages. More directly to your point, you have read C.S. Lewis, and so have many others. His works seem to be "existing" quite well.
48 posted on 11/28/2001 12:12:04 PM PST by alpowolf
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To: Ward Smythe
I haven't read the Harry Potter books yet. I will wait until all the HO-Ha has died down like I did with the Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings.

I am asking my family to get a Babylon 5 paperback, Invoking Darkness: The Passing of The Techno-Mages. The 3rd in a trilogy. Lots of character development.

49 posted on 11/28/2001 12:14:47 PM PST by TOMH1
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To: spoosman
That means, whereas C.S. Lewis used his imagination to support the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ, Rowling does it to magnify the arts of Hell.

?? You read the books?

50 posted on 11/28/2001 12:19:04 PM PST by jrherreid
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To: alpowolf
Well, I think the facts and the evidence support my conclusion substantially. In case you might be wondering, not too many folks like me. Used to be lots more.
51 posted on 11/28/2001 12:21:45 PM PST by spoosman
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To: Ward Smythe
I've read quite a bit of science fiction over the years.

Right now, in my leisure reading, I'm finishing "Star Wars, Tales from the New Republic". After that I have "Star Wars, X-Wing #9-Starfighters of Adumar", "The Crystal Star", "The Black Fleet Crisis", "The New Rebellion", "The Corellian Trilogy" and the latest installments of the "New Jedi Order" to catch-up on.

I've been meaning to read the Harry Potter books, but I haven't been able to squeeze them in.

It would have been nice to re-read the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy before the release of the film, too. But hey, I have to make some time for Free Republic.

52 posted on 11/28/2001 1:38:43 PM PST by 4Freedom
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