Give away: Two Pottermore accounts

I’m giving away two Pottermore Accounts. Why? I think it’s a little unfair the way they are posting the clues. Anyway, here, everybody will get the chance to enter to Pottermore. How? Random contest. Leave your comments (you have time until 19:00 BST, London Time), and I’ll choose two comments at random (using www.random.org).

In the comment, tell a little about yourself and why you deserve the account. Remember to write your email in the field so I contact you if you win!

Good luck!

Felix Felicis is forbidden.

Update 1: No more comments! I will publish the winners soon!

Update 2: Winners!




Congratulations Marguerite and Melissa! I’m contacting you right now 🙂

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Harry Potter and History – Nancy Reagin

Harry Potter and History
Nancy Reagin
Wiley, 2011
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Harry Potter and History starts off with a timeline which includes the major events of our world alongside with the most important events of the magic world. This beginning is great for a book that’ll try to identify the history of the magic world in the muggle world, trough the similarities in the historical processes.

This book will guide you in the history of humanity showing how J.K. Rowling may have been inspired. Mandrakes, bezoars and love potions did exist. The words used as a spells too, in latin, greek and other languages. For example, the authors of the differents essays note that the spells uses for medicine practices, like episkey, come from greek. It’s not minor Ancient Greek was very important for the advancement on medicine. Although, my favorite chapter is “Was Voldemort a Nazi?”, a great research about the parallels between the Nazi regime and Voldemort’s followers.

Undoubtedly, Harry Potter and History will be loved by those fans who like to discover the facts of the real world behind the words of J.K. Rowling.

7/10

What do you think? Did you read it? Would you get it? Leave your comments!

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Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story

Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story
Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story
Paul A. Kaufman, Poppy Montgomery
2011

Magic Beyond Words is the first J.K. Rowling biography made into film. The film has a big production, so it’s surprising the amount of mistakes it has.

It starts with her childhood, and we see Jo’s life until the release of the first book of the series. Full of errors from the start, we can see a blonde young Jo, when we know she was brunette as a child. As a smart teen at high school, good at Math class, even when she said in an interview she is very bad with numbers. It seems the writer didn’t do his research.

When Poppy Montgomery appears on screen and we finally reach 1990, the movie seems to get better. It does, actually, but it’s not enough. The story never feels real, it looks like a sum of random scenes based on some interview excerpts, if not invented.

But unlike The Deathly Hallows Part 2, this movie gets better if closer to the end. The last half hour is emotional. It’s worth watching just for these last few minutes, which coincide precisely with the finish of the first book.

The final taste that the film leaves is strange, because although the end leaves a good feeling, the beginning fails to convince.

6.5/10

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – The Movie

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – The Movie
David Yates, Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes
Warner Brothers, 2011

I love the movie. You must love it. Not for how i is, but for what it means. It’s the final event of a generation, it’s the final event of the PotterMania. You can’t deny it. I’m sorry for being rude, but that is the truth. Harry Potter won’t be the same anymore.

I love the movie. I did, at least until the scene where Neville talks to Voldemort. From that part on, everything changed. It isn’t the movie about the book anymore. The end is totally changed. It’s a shame the fight between Harry and Voldemort through Hogwarts. I didn’t like neither the missing talk between them at the end (it’s so strong in the book)… nor Voldemort’s corpse! Come on, Yates, why did he disintegrate?

But the epilogue is great, the relationship between Ron and Hermione… and Snape’s story. Brilliant. I must admit Maggie Smith surprised me. And I’m glad Alan Rickman finally could put all his talent and effort to show a magnificent Snape. But nobody has talked about her… Helena Bonham Carter. She did an incredible job when she was Hermione Granger. It’s really hard to impersonate another character, but she did it so well…

Harry Potter came to its end. Thank you Warner Brothers for everything. I can’t be very objective with my review, and altough I know it’s not perfect, I can’t deny I loved it. Thank you.

And thank you Harry Potter. You changed my life. So long, my friend.

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I owe the most to the Harry Potter fandom

I owe the most to the Harry Potter fandom, however, which originally drew me into the Potterverse. Waiting for each new book in the series together, imagining what would happen next and arguing about each clue: my fellow fans made the experience of J. K. Rowling’s marvelous story and characters much better for me than the books ever could have been if experienced alone. The wizarding world is endlessly absorbing, especially when you have you have such friends to explore, discuss, and debate with it, and my companions (and co-conspirations) in Harry Potter have enriched my life enormously.

Nancy Reagin, Harry Potter and History

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My thoughts about PotterMore

I must admit that when Pottermore was announced over a week ago, I thought it would be something amazing and that it would change the Harry Potter fandom. Now I am not only disappointed with the final result, but also with the way the fans were treated.

Firstly, we had to wait for an announcement that wasn’t even live, simply a two-minute pre-recorded video in which JK Rowling barely clarifies what this website is about. It’ll be some sort of social network with an online store, with fan fictions and a small encyclopedia, along with never-before-seen games and new magical experiences. Not only did they have all the fans restlessly waiting for what they believed was a launch, but now we have to wait until October. They are playing with the fans’ anxiety, even if Rowling did thank them wholeheartedly in the video.

Moreover, Pottermore is not a great website for fans. It is clearly a publicity stunt (that is way too interactive) in order to introduce the Ebooks into the mass market, something that is completely new to the Harry Potter publishers. If they had been introduced into the market like any other electronic book, the sales wouldn’t have been as expected. But with the printed book sales so low right now and the publishers’ need to continue to make profit out of this worldwide phenomenon, the only solution is to create an exhaustive campaign that will eventually lead the fans to buy the electronic versions. Not to mention the online store, which will include stuff especially designed for the fandom.

In the official press release, it was promised that the game will be faithful the original plotline of Philosopher’s Stone, stating that we would start our first term at Hogwarts in October and that Year 2 would soon follow in 2012. Clearly, like any other publicity stunt, if the sales don’t improve the site will not be updated anymore and will only keep on living due to the fans’ actions and enthusiasm, and even without the promised help that Rowling initially offered.

If not, how could someone explain the thousands of dollars invested in development and promotion for something that, in theory, would only favor the fans? How to explain the hiring of professionals and the years of planning with so much precaution (they registered more than 150 domains in allusion) if they don’t expect to gain anything in retribution? Above all, the iconic Sony logo stands out at the top of the site, so that we don’t forget with whom we’re dealing.

It is a pity that after all those profitable years JK Rowling’s brand will be sold to a company that will generate a campaign that will excite fans (and for that very same reason, disappoint them,) and that, in the end, is only looking for more earnings.

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PotterMore Preview

Clube do Slugue has posted three images which seems to be a preview of PotterMore:



It seems to be a Social Network with games, fan fictions, etc. Also the possibility to buy the books in e-reader format.

We are not sure for this and we’re awaiting confirmation from Clube do Slugue.

Update: Clube do Slugue said this photo are not real. 😦

Update 2: The story behind this images is complicated. Clube do Slugue published this image a year ago, in their investigation about the new trademark PotterMore. Now, they were choosen to publish a coordinate, so they can’t do anything wrong now they are choosen by J.K. Rowling. So, when this images were found, they have to say this are not real, because if not, the very same fan which are participating on this are ruining the surprise. I am not saying this screens are final, but they are some early screens. Of course, they’ll have differences in the final version.

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