Harry Potter Help!!

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  1. dxp4acu macrumors regular

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    Okay, so I help out with our Church youth group, and some of the kids talked me into seeing Harry Potter with them tonight at midnight.

    The problem is, I've never seen the first 3. Well, I saw 30 minutes of the first one last week. That's it. I had a roommate in college that was so into HP it drove me to swear off never seeing any of them. I'll give it a chance now.

    Anyway, what should I know? Can someone fill me in? Anything important before this one?
     
  2. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    The books for the most part are self contained. Each different year of Harry's at school.

    There is a lot o English Boarding school stuff which takes a lot for an American to understand.

    Harry's parents are dead. They were killed by Voldemort who mostly died in the process. Harry is being raised by his Aunt and Uncle, two terrible people and he has an equally terrible cousin.

    The books are far better than the movies and honestly some of the best writing I've read in a while.

    Harry's friends are Ron and Hermione.
     
  3. iGav macrumors G3

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    Are you going to see it at a multiplex? that's your best bet... hopefully they'll also be showing something like 'SAW II' which will hopefully have a start time of something like 10 minutes after Harry Potter ;)

    Sit on the row behind the kids (your excuse is to make sure they don't get up to any funny business of course) and when the lights go down, sneak out and into the 'SAW II' auditorium :D at 91 minutes long, 'SAW II' has been custom designed for folk in these kind of situations to be able to sneak out of crap films, and be able to sneak back in before the original film finishes. ;)
     
  4. Applespider macrumors G4

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    OK - I'll have a go...

    Background. Harry's wizarding parents were killed by Lord Voldemort (You Know Who) who was a wizard specialising the the Dark Arts but he (Harry) survived a death curse thanks to the strength of his mother's love. He's the only person to survive that curse which gave him his distinctive scar. The wizarding world all know about Harry Potter; the Muggle (our) world don't.

    Book 1 - Harry learns the above and goes to Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry. He becomes good friends with Ron and Hermione (in his Gryffindor house) and doesn't like Draco Malfoy (who's father was involved with Voldemort and is in Slytherin House). We learn Voldemort isn't quite dead yet although he doesn't have a body. But he has managed to convince a weak-minded wizard, who happens to be Harry's Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, to allow him to share his body. This teacher is trying to steal the Philosopher's Stone (which Dumbledore - the wizard Voldemort fears most - has hidden at Hogwarts); the store will help restore Voldemort to a more physical presence when he will have more power.

    Harry, Ron and Hermione figure out that someone is trying to steal the stone and follow. They think it's Snape though who is their 'evil' Potions teacher and head of Slytherin. But they get the stone and Voldemore flees when Dumbledore returns.

    Book 2 - The Chamber of Secrets.
    Students at Hogwarts are being found 'frozen' around the school by the stare of a basilisk. This has happened once before and eventually a student died. There are threats the school will be closed down.
    It turns out that Voldemort is once again behind it as he tries to get a 'body' to use. Ron's little sister found a diary where she could have a 'conversation' with the old owner. She didn't know that the old owner was Voldemort as a boy. He instructs her to let the basilisk escape and eventually takes her to its chamber where he possesses enough of her soul to almost be able to take over her body. Harry rescues her from there and kills the basilisk and the 'diary'

    Book 3 - The Prisoner of Azkaban
    A prisoner has escaped from Azkaban, the wizard prison, and the Dementors (guards who suck the happiness out of people) are stationed around Hogwarts. The escapee is Sirius Black, the person who was convicted of helping Voldemort murder the Potters and killing many others; he's also Harry's godfather since he was the Potters best friend. The Dementors badly affect Harry since they bring back memories of his parents' deaths.

    At the end, Harry, Ron and Hermione end up in a ramshackle hut with Sirius Black, who is an Animagus who can turn himself into a large dog - and their Dark Arts teacher, Lupus who is a werewolf (both Sirius and Lupus were Harry's dad's friends). Sirius explains that he wasn't involved in killing the Potters; instead it was the fourth member of the friends; Wormtail but he's been missing, assumed murdered by Sirius for the last 14 years). He was jealous of the success of the others and turned to Voldemort.

    Sirius realised he was still alive when he saw a picture of Ron and his family. Ron has a pet rat (the animal the Wormtail could become) who is in fact Wormtail. They turn him back into a human and he confesses but while they are escapting, the full moon appears, Lupus becomes a werewolf and Wormtail escapes. Sirius is recaptured and the Dementors are scheduled to come to 'zombify' him. But Dumbledore believes Harry and his pals; and lets them use Hermione's timetwister device to go back in time and rescue Sirius from his cell before the Dementors arrive. Wormtail has still escaped though and the fear is that he will try to find Voldemort and help him.

    EDIT - eesh... that turned out horrifically long! Sorry!
     
  5. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Great theory in principal iGav...if not for the fact that Saw II is, well, crap
    ;) :p
     
  6. iGav macrumors G3

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    I thought it had a great twist though. :D

    But you have to agree that it's the lesser of two evils ;) Harry Potter MUST be stopped.
     
  7. mac-er macrumors 65816

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    Like what? I never reading anything that was foreign to me or that seemed to be outright English. :confused:

    (And, I don't mean that in a smartass way. I just don't remember anything like that).
     
  8. treblah macrumors 65816

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    I'm not sure what he meant either. Maybe how the kids live at the school and never see their parents and never seem to get home-sick? That seems like a totally foreign idea compared to American schools.

    This Harry Potter looks fantastic, if I didn't have to go to class at 8am I would totally see it at Midnight tonight.
     
  9. dxp4acu thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks to all, especially Applespider.... that helped a lot!!
     
  10. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    That and the whole idea of Houses.
     
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    You dare speak the dark lords name!!:eek: :D

    In the books voldemort is usually reffered to as he-who-must-not-be-named. The onyl ones that say Voldemort in the books are Harry and Dumbledore. Or if one of his followers are talking about him it is The Dark Lord.

    Great books and if you have not read them i suggest finding them on CD :)

    I have read all the books and am now listening to them on my iPod beofre i go to see the movie. Going sometime next week to see it wish i could go tonight but school really early.
     
  12. rickvanr macrumors 68040

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    Well you're no fun.

    The Harry Potter movies are exciting, I'll be going Saturday afternoon to see it myself. I'm very much looking forward to it. I just hope the lineups aren't too long.
     
  13. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a

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    I think they actually have Sparknotes on Harry Potter now, those are fun to check out.

    Man, I want to see the movie so bad! Except, I have no money to buy a ticket and a seven page paper to write that day, plus we don't have an imax theater anywhere near here. Must wait til Thanksgiving to watch it with the parents.
     
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  15. dxp4acu thread starter macrumors regular

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    Pretty good movie. I survived!! A little hard to be at work now.

    It was made much more enjoyable thanks to you guys! I could actually keep up, which is hard at 1:30 in the morning, especially when they speak British!

    The theatre wasn't even sold out, but it was packed. Fun time!
     
  16. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Glad you enjoyed it. I'm going with some friends tonight although at a more civilised time ;)
     

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