Harry Potter and the Nite of Jupiter | J@N | 11.18.10

Harry Potter and the Nite of Jupiter | J@N | 11.18.10

It’s a ridiculously huge money-making franchise that even rivals that of Star Wars and Star Trek. No other series of young-adult books have ever matched it — even The TWILIGHT Saga.

As the first half of the final installment of Harry Potter lands in theaters this weekend, tune in to hear the thoughts of the J@N crew on this phenomenon, and the impact it’s having on the world.

The Controversies

Religious groups complain that HP series drives children to witchcraft

Dumbledore is GAY?  *gasp!*

Warner Bros’ move to split the final book = a money grab?

Extended scenes portray Harry & Hermione as “more than friends”

Emails and Web Links promising exclusive peaks could lead to Viruses/Spyware/etc.

The Money

Has already sold out almost 4,000 Midnight Screenings

An estimated $7.5billion in Box office by next Summer (international total across all films)

Rupert Grint (aka Ron) has “not much idea” how much money he’s made

Emma Watson (aka Hermione) was a multi-millionaire by the age of 17.

The Impact

Quidditch: A Real Sport from a work of fiction

Owl population in India has been threatened as they are now being seen as pets (or worse)

Outgrossing Star Wars franchise?

Harry Potter Fandom has its own wikipedia article!

JK Rowling was voted runner-up for TIME Magazine’s 2007 Person Of The Year

It’s even spawned a THEME PARK!

The Reviews and More

DailyMailUK: “The memorable sequences are not, for once, the action scenes, but the acting ones.”
VancouverSun: “3.5/5 stars — A magical jumble.”

SaltLakeTribune: A synopsis of the plots thus far.

Potter By the Numbers (quick facts)

If You Like Harry Potter:

John:  “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins
Jeremy:  “Game of Thrones” by George RR Martin
Tibbetts:  “Dresden Files” by Jim Butcher
Nalais:  “Shannara Series” by Terry Brooks
Redhammer:  “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card
catintheengine:  “A Dirty Job” by Christopher Moore
MisterGlass:  “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Patterson

TSA UPDATE:

Florida opts out of TSA security screening
http://www.examiner.com/libertarian-in-national/florida-airport-to-opt-out-of-tsa-screening

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