A Slice of Fried Gold

It's Time

Thursday, July 12, 2007

As most anyone that knows can tell you, I'm a bit of a Harry Potter freak. Or even a super freak. Myself and my friend Brian even call ourselves Hpotheads for god's sakes. Even today, I was working out and contemplating to myself whether or not I wanted to get a shirt made for myself that had a drawing of Harry Potter on it and underneath it it simply said Hpothead. Would that be too controversial? Who knows these things. Or maybe a take off of the old "Ohio is for Lovers" shirt that said something like "Hogwarts is for Snoggers." I decided that one is too ridiculous, but the former one is clearly in consideration.

Tonight I went to go witness the unveiling of the new movie, the filmic adaptation of the 5th book called Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Needless to say I was blown away, but of course I really do think every movie throughout the series has improved on the previous one. I won't go into any plot details because odds are you've read the books, will read the books, will see the movie, or something of that sort (will have it spoiled for you by Gen May mayhaps?). The point is that I think director David Yates really captured the essence of the story as well as you possibly can do. His impossible task was to successfully adapt an 870 mammoth into a movie that was 2 to 2.5 hours long. Simple right? Throw on top the fact that the Hpothead community (my name but the collective can borrow it for the sake of this blog) are a fiery bunch who will of course ask questions like "Where was Harry getting angry?" or "Where was Quidditch?" or "Why didn't Dobby find the room the DA trained in?"

As a passionate Harry Potter fan, I only have to say this: Get off his back. It is a RIDICULOUSLY long book that he and his crack team of writers successfully tightened up into the lean, mean fighting machine of a film he created. This baby weighed in at a taut 2 hours and 18 minutes and it was ready to go for all 12 rounds. It was entertaining, funny, dramatic, and chock full of all the delicious wizardry us Hpotheads crave. Gotta get my fix! Of course, I do understand the point-of-view of the reading community. I am part of you and I do get frustrated at things being cut out, it apparently simply bothered me less than it bothered others (but that is because I suck at remembering...right Kim?). Great movie, great adapation. Cheers team, you did good.

With all that said, this is the little leagues. The heavy hitter is coming out next Friday/Saturday. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is coming out the 21st at the crack of midnight and it is going to dominate all forms of communication for a while. Deservedly so too. If there is one thing in the world I am certain of, it is that I will enjoy the hell out of this book. My current plan is to dress up, have ear plugs if any suspicious audience members decide to blurt out certain plot points, party with my people, and go home and read 'til my eyes shut permanently or I finish. Come on body...it's you and me...and I'm not losing. David Harper vs. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Stay tuned for next weekend, because this one...well, this one is going to be epic.

6 comments:

Bobbie said...

If I may say so, and I am stealing from your blog title - this movie, was a Slice of Harry Potter Heaven!!!! It was the most enjoyable movie to date. Loved it!

Erik said...

SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE!

sheri said...

I could totally make you a shirt that says "hpothead".. but not so much on the picture of him..

if you can think of something that would be recognizable as a single color stencil... i'd give it a shot.

but only because i'm awesome.

and you'd owe me lunch next time i visit.

Matt said...

I am currently spilling Benny's shitwagon rice and beans all over this article! Haha.

Matt said...

No, bad Higgins! That's Tom Sellick's food! I don't know why, but I had to include that.

Patty said...

Maybe this book won't take two years to read!

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