Due to an overwhelming interest at the moment in all things Potter, and due to the fact that my editor asked me to, I’ll be hosting a live Harry Potter chat tomorrow (Friday) at noon. Please do join me, so I don’t get lonely. Should you wish to submit a question in advance, or browse a selection of Potter-related media (including my review of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”), see this page.
And I’ve wondered for some time (haven’t you?) whether somebody who never read a “Harry Potter” book or saw any of the earlier movies would be able to make any sense of the later ones. Question answered: Slate.com found two of its editors who were complete Potter virgins (never read a page of the books; never saw any of the movies) and sent them off to see “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.” You can read the whole story here (note: there be spoilers, in their discussion of the new movie); but here’s an excerpt of their exchanges before seeing the movie, as they discussed what they thought they knew:
JS: Is Harry Potter an orphan?
Feels like he is.
Did Voldemort kill his parents?
JG: Maybe? Maybe they just wanted to run off to Tahiti.
JG: And they made up this whole magic thing
to make him feel better about banishing him to that ferkakte school
JS: Your theory sounds equally plausible.
JG: Also quiddich [sic].
At some point they play quiddich [sic].
JS: Quiddich [sic] is a game played with brooms I think.
JG: Which is worse than hacky sack
but maybe better than ultimate Frisbee.