Do you enjoy reading and watching Harry Potter books and films?

Do you read &/or watch Harry Potter books & films  - Harry Potter books & films.
Singapore
September 3, 2007 2:30am CST
There are many Harry Potter fans who are willing to queue up to buy the latest Harry Potter books just before its official launch. Its author, J.K. Rowling, had earned so much from royalties that her assets are worth over $1 billion and they are still increasing!What makes Harry Potter books so popular? Is it because of magic, sorcery, thrilling actions, excellent storyline or plots, suspense, excellent acting skills etc... What do you think are the x-factors that will contribute to the popularity or success of an excellent author/writer or a movie?
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@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
4 Sep 07
I am not a Harry Potter fan, but my husband is. Frankly I have two reasons, one is that sorcery is forbidden for Christians and Jews and two, being a witch or a warlock is not all that appealing, falling off brooms, not being socially acceptable, having bad taste in clothes, and being lazy ==snap your fingers and the dishes are done. So here is my take on why Harry Potter is acceptable. People are interested in witchcraft, but in the past, they were discouraged from partaking in it or being interested in it, unless one was a priest and had to know the enemy. Do you all remember the shows like the Munsters and Bewitched? Before that, when one saw movies about witchcraft, everyone knew they were evil, but once they became nice next door people, then witchcraft was considered harmless. So after a few years of this, the time was ripe for someone to write a series of books, and J. K. Rowlings did. She just saw what would be popular at that time. Had she written Harry Potter back before shows like the Munsters or Bewitched came on the air, I doubt Harry Potter would be a best seller now.
• Singapore
7 Sep 07
Yes, you are right. Sorcery and witchcraft are forbidden in the Bible. I remembered watching "Bewitched" and also "I dream of Jeanie" on TV in the 1960s. Although I enjoyed watching them, I don't believe in witchcraft or sorcery. I watched for entertainment only. If J.K. Rowlings had written the Harry Potter series before Munsters or Bewitched as you had mentioned, I don't think she will be that popular. So, the timing of a product launch is also just as important.
@stvasile (7316)
• Romania
3 Sep 07
Harry Potter - The seven-part Harry Potter series of fantasy novels was written by English author J. K. Rowling about an adolescent boy wizard named Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The story is mostly set at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a school for young wizards and witches, and focuses on Harry Potter's fight against the evil wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry's parents as part of his plan to take over the wizarding world.
I have only seen three of the movies and I can say I've enjoyed them. I don't buy the books because they are really expensive. I think "Harry Potter" is so interesting because it brought a new type of adventure to the readers/movie watchers.
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• Singapore
3 Sep 07
Yes, I agree that Harry Potter books are expensive and I don't buy them. I like adventure stories and movies too :D
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@stvasile (7316)
• Romania
3 Sep 07
Discworld map - Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of a giant turtle, Great A'Tuin. The books frequently parody or at least borrow ideas from J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft and William Shakespeare, as well as myth, folklore and fairy tales, often using them for satirical parallels with current cultural, technological and scientific issues.
If you like this type of adventure, I recommend Terry Pratchett's books. I have read the first 3 books from the "Discworld" series ("The color of magic", "The light fantastic" and "Equal rites") and I can't wait for the next book to become available in my country!
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• Singapore
3 Sep 07
Thanks for your recommendations. I will try to look out for them in the library.
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@jcj_111776 (3220)
• Philippines
5 Sep 07
I've always enjoyed watching Harry Potter films but I've got no time to enjoy a book about it. But my niece does, she's a sucker for Harry Potter books and I even bought her one. Though it was a bit expensive here. I wasn't able to watch the latest one because I didn't have the chance to see it. I prefer to watch the Harry Potter series because for me, watching the story unveil in the big screen gives me more excitement and satisfaction.
• Singapore
7 Sep 07
Watching the Harry Potter on movies is more exciting because you can experience the magic, sound and special screen effects.
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• Philippines
7 Sep 07
I like to read books too but when it comes to stories like that, and I know what great sound and background effects will be made, I always make it a point to just watch it. My imagination, if I choose to read the book for these kind of stories fail to compare with what is shown in the cinema.
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• Singapore
7 Sep 07
That is very true for me too.
@pendragon (3351)
• United States
3 Sep 07
I havent read the books, but I have enjoyed the films quite a bit.
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• Singapore
9 Sep 07
Do you prefer to watch the films than reading the books ?
@pendragon (3351)
• United States
11 Sep 07
Not normally, I'd rather read a book than watch a movie,but the hype around this series doesnt make me want to spend the time, I've been invited to edach of the movies by other fans though, so i have gone and enjoyed them as films.thanks for asking.
@kenzy_ss (19)
• Egypt
13 Sep 07
i think is harry potter is so great i love it so much
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• Singapore
14 Sep 07
Glad to know you like Harry Potter. Have a nice day !
• Philippines
12 Sep 07
Yes I do enjoy reading Harry Potter books, I can read them all over again. And I was able to watch all Harry Potter movies as well. It's easier for me to understand the movie since I already read the book. Aside from that I also play Harry Potter games in my gameboy advance and Play Station. Isn't too obvious that I'm an Harry Potter fan?
• Singapore
13 Sep 07
Yes, you are definitely such a great Harry Potter fan ! :-)
@xiuluoelly (1225)
• China
6 Sep 07
Yes, I very much like the first time I see Harry Potter was exciting as it attracted a remarkable story, the magic of magic and lovable characters attracted me, then read the Harry Potter film, I feel like they entered the magic world.
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• Singapore
7 Sep 07
Oh yes, a remarkable story, magic and lovable characters do attract lots of people.
@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
4 Sep 07
I can't get into Harry Potter, no matter how hard I try. When I was traching years ago, I had to read Harry Potter to my classes. It just wasn't my thing. My daughter & husband love the Harry Potter novels & movies.
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• Singapore
7 Sep 07
As was mentioned or written earlier in this discussion, it is a matter of personal preference. Thanks for your participation here.
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
4 Sep 07
There are a lot of things that make Harry Potter appealing, at least to me. First of all, I think that everyone can relate to at least one character or recognize someone they know in a couple of characters. Which makes it a good draw. The story is enchanting and interesting. It sucks you in and makes you need to know how it all finishes.
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• Singapore
7 Sep 07
Yes, what you wrote here are also contributing factors.
@brew2x (3095)
• Philippines
4 Sep 07
I do enjoy reading Harry Potter books and watching the films. I think all you've mentioned contributes to its popularity and success plus the fact that it is really different and it caters not only to kids but also to adult audiences.
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• Singapore
7 Sep 07
You are right. Both adults and kids enjoy Harry Potter.
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
4 Sep 07
My husband and I have both read the whole Harry Potter series and have seen every movie to date. We also own all of the movies that have been released to dvd, along with every book. The series just draws you in. It is so descriptive and imaginative. The storyline and characters are well developed. I was sad to see this series end. The movies have excellant special effects, though I enjoyed Goblet of Fire more than Order of the Phoenix.
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• Singapore
7 Sep 07
Your husband and you are really great supporters/fans of Harry Potter.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
4 Sep 07
I personally do not see all the hype about the Harry Potter stuff. I have not read the books, they are of a genre that does not interest me a whole lot. I did see all of the first movie and some of the second one. What I got out of it - and everyone says I just didn't get it - was that some kid "benefited" off the hard work and talents of others. I think it's just personal preference. Although Stephen King - one of my favorites - is EXTREMELY popular, I know there are people out there that do not see the attraction.
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• Singapore
7 Sep 07
I agree that it is a matter of personal preference. Either people love Harry Potter or they don't. Oh yes, Stephen King is also extremely popular. Thanks for bringing this up.
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@crazed_moma (1054)
• United States
3 Sep 07
I think there just is a shortage of good fantasy for kids. :) My son loves the Potter series, we read them all. We've discovered a new one (since potter's ending) It's the Eidolon Chronicles by Jane Johnson. It's just starting so maybe it'll last thru his adolescence.
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• Singapore
7 Sep 07
Do you think the Eidolon Chronicles will be just as popular as Harry Potter ?
• Philippines
3 Sep 07
its not in my interest...i like to read books and watched movies about magic, thrilling actions but Harry Potter wont came to my interest...i dont know, and sometimes i wondered that too, why many people like Harry Potter...
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• Singapore
7 Sep 07
I wondered why many people like Harry Potter too and that was why I posted this discussion.
@redlynn (322)
• China
3 Sep 07
I love reading Harry Potter series books.These books brings me to a magic world. However,I don't like the movie,all of the five Harry Potter movies are not so excellent as the book,and sometimes I even feel it does't worth to watch though I went to watch all of the five.
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• Singapore
3 Sep 07
I think the novels are so addictive or captivating that people just could not resist the urge to watch the movie versions.
• China
3 Sep 07
I have seen three of the movies.It is really intresting .And it is famous around the world .I am a Chinese student .Many of my classmates are crazy about Harry Potter.I have not bought a book becuse it is very expencive .But my friend told me if i did not read book ,i would fail to understand the movie .I think it is true.
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• Singapore
3 Sep 07
Yes, I agree with your friends too. To understand the whole story, you need to read the entire novel or the whole series of Harry Potter books.
@MisterPlus (1917)
• Philippines
3 Sep 07
There are so many novel books to choose if you love to read. What makes the reader get involve so much to what they are reading is the plot of the story and the technique of the writer. There are novels that you once started reading you can't stop till you reach the climax until you are paste to your couch reading the novel. The secret of novels is in the story telling technique of the writer. The success of HARRY POTTER maybe is because the writer never stopped dreaming of adventures Harry has.
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• Singapore
3 Sep 07
It seems that J.K. Rowling (the author of Harry Potter) never runs out of adventures for the novel and indeed she has great creative writing and story telling skills.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
3 Sep 07
Hi there. I really enjoyed the very first "Harry Potter" movie that came out a few years ago, I saw the second one with my kids and now days here on mylot, seems like the reading section is bombarded with it...
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• Singapore
3 Sep 07
Hi my friend, An extremely popular and successful book will be read, recommended, watched in cinemas, talked about and discussed everywhere !
@wisconsin26 (3859)
• United States
3 Sep 07
Yes my whole family are harry potter fans mainly my husband he just loves them books and movies they have out...I find harry potter movies very interesting... the x-factor i am not interested in nore is my family in that matter!
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• Singapore
3 Sep 07
Thanks for letting us know that your whole family are Harry Potter fans.
• Hong Kong
3 Sep 07
For the first 3 books, I enjoyed both reading and watching the movies. But when the books are getting thicker and thicker, I lost my interest in reading the books themselves and I prefer to watch the movies when they come out. I guess it's basically I prefer more precise stuff rather than mentioning some sort of feelings again and again on the 14 pages. Those annoy me. I think the creativity in the book is really a success!
• Singapore
3 Sep 07
Some people will watch the movie version rather than reading thick novels. I agree with you that creativity is important.
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