Music = Life
As you all know, the GOF Soundtrack came out a couple of days ago. I
was fortunate enough to get a copy today and let me tell you: BLOODY
AllMusic.com posted this review of it where they say, "Darker, bolder, and a little less magical, Doyle doesn't reach the
dizzying heights achieved by Williams on 2004's Prisoner of Azkaban,
but he has managed to create some new and exciting themes that
integrate themselves seamlessly into the Potter universe."
I most certainly have to disagree with this assessment. True, it is
darker and bolder, but that is what makes it more magical! It's more
mature magic. Ok, John Williams is my musical hero, composing for Star
Wars AND Harry Potter; nothing will compare to his genius. This
soundtrack still sounds BLOODY FANTASTIC!
J.K.Rowling Nominated for Person Of The Year!
Now is the time to vote for J.K.Rowling in Time Magazine's Person of the Year Contest! Come on you lot, she deserves it!
I hope I'm not the only one, but I'm really sick of all the interviews.
Yes, interviews happen when promoting a movie but, to be honest, this
movie really doesn't need to be promoted. People were posting
behind-the-scenes pictures from GOF a year ago. However, I did happen
to notice a comment Michael Gambon said in an interview with Empire Magazine. When he was asked what makes Dumbledore such an awesome character, his reply was, "I have no idea. I learn the lines that JK Rowling or whoever writes
them, and say them. There’s no subtext in Harry Potter really; it’s all
magic, anything can happen."
*drums fingers* I MISS RICHARD HARRIS! *tear* Is it not plainly obvious why Dumbledore is amazingly cool? I mean, come on!
You can download their joint podcast here and see pictures from the New York premier here and the Podcast here. Unfortunately, there are no transcripts as of yet but it should be up soon.
This is what Newsweek has to say about GOF, but mainly Mad-Eye Moody:
The uncontestable triumph of "Goblet of Fire," however, is Brendan
Gleeson's Alastor (Mad-Eye) Moody, the grizzled new Defense Against the
Dark Arts professor. With a face like cracked pottery and a manner both
menacing and mentoring, he becomes Harry's protector as he faces
life-threatening tests. Gleeson, one of the screen's greatest character
actors, steals every scene he's in-no small feat when you're up against
Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman.
....Wow. Just, wow! *is extremely giddy*
A Post From Leaky
I don't think I'm able to put this any better so let's just quote it, then comment:
News agency AFP is running a story outlining the positions of the proponents and the critics of the use of magic in the Harry Potter
books and films. One camp, represented by Christian preacher Steve
Wohlberg asserts that the stories "[present] really evil, versus
greater evil, it is not really good versus evil. The Harry Potter story
is communicating a story to young people, the idea that you can be a
good witch or wizard, you can still cast spells."
The opposing view, as articulated by University of Maryland
Professor of English Verlyn Flieger, is that " . . . people who really
worry about something satanic or occult in the story don't understand
the use of metaphor. It is really a pretty straightforward story about
coming of age, growing up and going to school -- the magic part of it
is really a gimmick."
You can read the entire article here.
Note: Our own Melissa Anelli is quoted in the article (with her name misspelled)!
Posted by Julie