I suppose it’s just going to be “Harry Potter” week on this blog, until I change my mind in a day or two; that’s all anybody seems to want to ask me about these days. Looking forward to seeing the movie tonight, in the company of my nephew who has traditionally been my date for all the “Harry Potter” advance screenings and is now 15 and about twice my height. He and I will share our opinions soon enough, if we don’t get trampled by Muggles this evening. In the meantime, some bits and pieces of Potteriana . . . .
— The Quidditch World Cup, which is indeed a real thing though I didn’t initially believe it, took place in Manhattan this weekend with 46 teams competing (most of them from universities, which makes sense, as kids in college now would have grown up with “Harry Potter” and maybe nobody explained to them that what makes Quidditch Quidditch is the flying). Anyway, QWC players run around with a broom between their legs (if your broom touches the ground, you have to take a 15-second time out) and try to throw the quaffle through the goal (which is basically a hula hoop taped to a stand). All this is described quite wonderfully over at New York Magazine, right down to the injuries and the merchandising and the way it all looks like “summer campers taking their color wars very seriously.” (OK, so this has nothing to do with the movie, but I was fascinated. And glad I’m not in college now.)
— Steve Kloves, who wrote seven of the eight “Harry Potter” movies (all but “Order of the Phoenix”), spoke to the New York Times about his “Hogwarts decade.” He says he came to know the characters as well as Rowling herself — but did get one plot prediction wrong:
But he admitted to a spectacular misjudgment: He thought that Hermoine would be killed.
“If you read the books, you can argue that Jo’s setting it up,” he said. A dinner party attended by Ms. Rowling — during which he and some other guests began a parlor game of Harry Potter predictions — convinced him further.
“I said, ‘I think Hermione’s going to die,’ and at that point, Jo said, ‘I think we should stop the game now.’ When I read the book, I thought, ‘Bloody hell — how could you do that to me?’ ”
— My story about watching all six Harry Potter movies in a day was published in yesterday’s print edition (illustrated with a drawing of a woman watching television with her cat — and I can tell you that the cat likeness is spot-on, as are the woman’s shoes), and I’m hearing from a few people who’ve done Potterthons of their own. (As well as hearing from people who think I should get a life. Hey, it was a work day; I was paid.) Any of you watched all six in a row?
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, bracing themselvse for one more go in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I” (Photo: Jaap Buitendijk, copyright Warner Bros. Pictures)