Posts Tagged ‘Harry Potter’

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

18 November 2010

I have been so excited to see this has been coming up – and now we only have a few hours to wait until the new Harry Potter Movie is on the big screens.  Are you as excited as I am? 

With the movie being released and the second part of the movie opening next year… we are heading towards the end of an era.  The Harry Potter era. 

So my question for today is (and in honour of the movie it is a two-part question!):

1. Will you see the last two movies on the big screen?…. and

2. Do you actually prefer the books rather than the movies (where your imagination can run wild)?


NEW MOON trailer!

29 August 2009

When I went to see Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince the other day, one of the trailers prior to the movie was for New Moon.

Yep – the newest in the Twilight series!

So, if you want to check out the official New Moon trailer… here it is!


What do you think? Will you go and watch it?  Is it too scary?  Did you find the Harry Potter movie too scary?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

28 July 2009
Official Book Cover

Official Book Cover

Has anyone seen the movie yet?  Just wondering…

With the Australian premiere on the Gold Coast last week and the movie opening the other night, has anyone had a chance to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince yet?  I hope to go this weekend, but knowing my luck all the cinemas will be booked out!  I might have to re-read the series while I wait!

If you have been to the movie – why not write in and let us know what you think!! (Try not to give us too many spoilers – although since most have read the book – it would be pretty hard to spoil us I’m sure!!)

If you haven’t seen the movie yet… what are you looking forward to seeing the most??  I know the end of the movie is going to be sad – but I can’t wait to see it!!

In the mean time, why not go back to the beginning and watch the previous movies…. I know I will be! Or perhaps search our catalogue for the following titles?

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

What do I read now?

19 January 2009

It is getting close to the end of school holidays… and soon it will be February and the start of a new school year.  Hopefully you were one of the lucky ones to get in early with the Twilight series… who would have thought this time last year we would all be so entranced with some vampires?  With it sold out at every shop and a waitlist at the library, it is still high on everyone’s reading lists.

So my question to everyone is… what do you think will be the hits and misses of 2009?  Mia certainly gave me a head start with her recent post… But what do you think will capture everyone’s imagination and will make us clamour for more?  Will it be vampires?  Will it be Harry Potter again? (As Mia suggests!) Do I need to get out the graphic novels and give them a try?

What do you think? Let me know – so I can start reading now, before I’m left behind!

What next for 2009?

7 January 2009

Now that 2008 is done and dusted, it’s time to start considering the possibilities for 2009.  We’ve had a number of lists with our favourite things of the last twelve months, but now it’s time to look forward.  What things are you most looking forward to in 2009?

I’m looking forward to the eventual release of the sixth Harry Potter movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  It’s screening was postponed last year but this July it will finally hit the big screen.  2009 will also see movie sequels such as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Terminator:Salvation, and X Men Origins: Wolverine released.

I know many out there will be happy that filming for New Moon starts soon, with the movie scheduled for a November 2009 release date.  There’s also the possibility, however faint, that Stephenie Meyer will finish writing the fifth book in the Twilight series Midnight Sun.  So keep your fingers crossed if you’re a Twilight fan – 2009 could be a very good year.

But in 2009 I am most looking forward to the movie adaptations of Coraline and Where the Wild Things are.  Wild Things is my favourite picture book of all time.  As for books, I’m hoping that the sixth Obernewtyn Chronicles book (possibly called The Sending) will arrive this year as well.

So write and let us know what books, movies, events or anything else that you’re looking forward to this year.

Holiday plans

19 November 2008

With school finishing soon (or for the lucky few – finished!), what are the school holiday plans for this summer?  We are very lucky to be living next to some of the world’s best beaches and just a short drive from some beautiful rainforests with amazing views.  But what happens if the weather is less then the usual perfect?  Just look what happend earlier in the week with the wild weather!

Some really fun items came through the circulation counters this week.  Great movies and copies of some fun television shows.  (Some of them from the early 1980s – you should check out the clothes!)  This really got me thinking about my favourite holiday viewing.  Do you have a particular movie that you watch every holiday?  Do you drive your parents up the wall with repeated viewing of music DVDs?
Movies that I watch all the time include:

  • Aladin (so much fun! Great songs and even better animation – you are never too old for this movie!)
  • Harry Potter series… (You can’t go past this!)

But I think I need help to make a top 10 of favourite movies to help me get through this summer.  What would you put on your top 10?

How to summon a Djinni

8 October 2008

As an adult (well, to look at anyway)  and a long term fantasy reader I was pleasantly surprised when I read Jonathon Stroud’s The Amulet of Samarkand . At the risk of public ridicule, I will admit that I am one of the rare few that just didn’t get the whole Harry Potter phenomenom. Hate me if you will, but when you have grown up on a diet of fantasy novels you start to yearn for something that breaks, or at least bends, stereotypical fantasy convention.  

That is why I was pleasantly surprised by the delights that unfolded as I read Stroud’s The Amulet of Samarkand, book one in the Bartimaeus Trilogy. Mr Stroud serves up a creative ride where the readers get front row seats into the mind of a summoned djinni, Bartimaeus, and his time in servitude to a budding apprentice wizard, Nathanial.

I prefer to discover the adventure of a good book myself rather then read it in a review, so I won’t divulge too much here. I will say that Stroud’s cynical humour made me laugh out loud, and his ability to capture the machinations of real world intirigue and political/social climbing, yet portray these machinations in a modern day fantasy setting was impressive. There is also plenty of action and magic to keep even the most hardcore fantasy addict satisfied. I have even been told by those that do like the Harry Potter series that they enjoyed this series as much.

I’m sure you will make your own mind up on that score, but I really enjoyed this book. So if you like your fantasy a bit left of centre I heartily recommend you give this book a look in!

Waiting for Harry Potter

4 September 2008

I’m sure that like me, you love movie adaptations of your favourite books. Charlotte’s Web, The Chronicles of Narnia, the Spiderwick series and more… 

Have you heard that the newest movie in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, has had its release date delayed by more than half a year? Due to be released December 2008, it has been set back to July 2009!

To make the wait a little easier, take a look at JK Rowling’s website and check out all the great links.