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« Reply #1350 on: Aug 10th, 2013, 04:06am »

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« Reply #1351 on: Aug 10th, 2013, 05:27am »

on Aug 9th, 2013, 4:44pm, NoSonofVine wrote:
Even though I think the Harry Potter franchise is one of the greatest things every created since the dawn of man, I'm going to be completely honest in saying this - I do not like the titular character. That's right, folks. Even though he's the star of the series, the main character, Harry James Potter, really gets on my nerves at times.

What I dislike about Harry is his constant disregard for common sense, doing incredibly stupid things throughout the series and yet never learning from his mistakes. Even in the sixth book he almost murders one of the other characters with a very violent spell because of his stupidity, even after being warned by Hermione that to use a spell without knowing what it does is extremely foolish and dangerous. And yet we're always expected to sympathise with him, as if he never deserves what he gets. rolleyes

He's a lot better in the films though. He's represented as a better, more rational and more likeable character in them. In the books though, he can be a real pain and because of this he's far from one of my favourite characters. My favourite character in the series would have to be either Dumbledore, Hagrid or Professor McGonagall, because they have the most interesting personalities. Also, their actors in the films get their characters down perfectly, especially the magnificent Dame Maggie Smith. smiley


"And yet we're always expected to sympathise with him, as if he never deserves what he gets."

One can sympathise with Harry and yet still recognise that Harry does deserve what he gets, in the situations to which you refer.

Yes Harry can be infuriating, but people - teenagers especially I would think - are infuriating from time to time! wink And with the Sectumsempra spell - who would have thought that a student who was filling a potions book with tips to make the potions-brewing more efficient (as well as relatively harmless spells like Muffliato and Levicorpus) would also include a spell that could potentially kill the person it's aimed at? Also bear in mind that Draco was going to cast the Cruciatus curse on Harry at the time.

PS I disagree with your assessment that Dumbledore is played perfectly in the films. Richard Harris was very good indeed, but IMO Michael Gambon completely missed the charm of the character. sad
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« Reply #1352 on: Aug 10th, 2013, 06:07am »

I've only seen the first "Potter" film and it seemed to me that they were making the story up as they went along so I've not bothered with the rest
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« Reply #1353 on: Aug 11th, 2013, 06:14am »

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« Reply #1354 on: Aug 11th, 2013, 1:23pm »

on Aug 10th, 2013, 05:27am, Merryman72 wrote:
"And yet we're always expected to sympathise with him, as if he never deserves what he gets."

One can sympathise with Harry and yet still recognise that Harry does deserve what he gets, in the situations to which you refer.

Yes Harry can be infuriating, but people - teenagers especially I would think - are infuriating from time to time! wink And with the Sectumsempra spell - who would have thought that a student who was filling a potions book with tips to make the potions-brewing more efficient (as well as relatively harmless spells like Muffliato and Levicorpus) would also include a spell that could potentially kill the person it's aimed at? Also bear in mind that Draco was going to cast the Cruciatus curse on Harry at the time.

PS I disagree with your assessment that Dumbledore is played perfectly in the films. Richard Harris was very good indeed, but IMO Michael Gambon completely missed the charm of the character. sad


Bizarrely, my daughter thinks the exact opposite about Dumbledore.
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« Reply #1355 on: Aug 12th, 2013, 05:43am »

It's so quiet.
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« Reply #1356 on: Aug 12th, 2013, 3:02pm »

on Aug 12th, 2013, 05:43am, Down And Out wrote:
It's so quiet.

And here's the first post in any thread in TFOLR for 4 and a half hours - absolutely astonishing! shocked shocked shocked
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« Reply #1357 on: Aug 13th, 2013, 09:01am »

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Yeah, I get it. So does every nine-year-old on the planet.

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« Reply #1358 on: Aug 13th, 2013, 09:28am »

JK Rowling is somebody I think I would like very much.
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« Reply #1359 on: Aug 14th, 2013, 02:50am »

Apparently there's a new Coldplay single due which is going to be on a film soundtrack.
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« Reply #1360 on: Aug 14th, 2013, 08:06am »

Aaaand...relax....
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« Reply #1361 on: Aug 14th, 2013, 12:47pm »

Talking about listening to Pink Floyd in the car, over at Dust's Pink Floyd thread, has reminded me of another album that used to be played in the car sometimes, a bit earlier on in my memory (maybe when I was about 5 or 6 years old). I really enjoyed it but I only ever knew it as the "fireworks" album, possibly because the opening reminded me of fireworks. I think I got mixed up with what the cover of the cassette tape looked like, and I ended up not being able to tell Dad what I wanted to listen to when I wanted to hear "the fireworks music". The album faded into obscurity in the house.

I now think that the album I loved so much was Yessongs by Yes. I can't be sure, but when I recorded the vinyl onto our computer around a decade later (for we do indeed have the album on both cassette and vinyl), it seemed distantly familiar, particularly that "Firebird Suite" opening. It is indeed a cracking album, and one of Yes' very best. (I happen to believe that a great deal of the music is played far better than the studio versions, and it seems pointless to ever listen to The Yes Album, Fragile or Close to the Edge.)
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« Reply #1362 on: Aug 15th, 2013, 12:04am »

*Sigh*

I wish I were this funny....

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« Reply #1363 on: Aug 15th, 2013, 03:55am »

on Aug 14th, 2013, 12:47pm, Merryman72 wrote:
Talking about listening to Pink Floyd in the car, over at Dust's Pink Floyd thread, has reminded me of another album that used to be played in the car sometimes, a bit earlier on in my memory (maybe when I was about 5 or 6 years old). I really enjoyed it but I only ever knew it as the "fireworks" album, possibly because the opening reminded me of fireworks. I think I got mixed up with what the cover of the cassette tape looked like, and I ended up not being able to tell Dad what I wanted to listen to when I wanted to hear "the fireworks music". The album faded into obscurity in the house.

I now think that the album I loved so much was Yessongs by Yes. I can't be sure, but when I recorded the vinyl onto our computer around a decade later (for we do indeed have the album on both cassette and vinyl), it seemed distantly familiar, particularly that "Firebird Suite" opening. It is indeed a cracking album, and one of Yes' very best. (I happen to believe that a great deal of the music is played far better than the studio versions, and it seems pointless to ever listen to The Yes Album, Fragile or Close to the Edge.)

You say "one of Yes' very best" - have you got that apostrophe use correct Mr. Apostrophe Man? I know that for ownership by a plural noun, an apostrophe after the "s" is correct. But the word "Yes", both as the affirmative and a band name, is not a plural. I would write "one of Yes's very best". But I don't know for certain which one of us is correct. grin wink
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« Reply #1364 on: Aug 15th, 2013, 04:39am »

on Aug 15th, 2013, 03:55am, Down And Out wrote:
You say "one of Yes' very best" - have you got that apostrophe use correct Mr. Apostrophe Man? I know that for ownership by a plural noun, an apostrophe after the "s" is correct. But the word "Yes", both as the affirmative and a band name, is not a plural. I would write "one of Yes's very best". But I don't know for certain which one of us is correct. grin wink


laugh Do you know, I think I probably should have added an "s"! shocked
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