The Month of Harry PotterThis is a huge month for those of us among the Harry Potter fandom. In a mere 10 days, the fifth movie in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, hits theaters. I've just re-watched the first four movies to prepare for the Phoenix opening. Gradually, the movies have gotten darker and more intense as the threat of Lord Voldemort's return increases and as Harry, Ron and Hermione grow into their teenage years, with all the inherent angst that brings. Not only is there an exterior life-or-death threat to the entire wizarding world, but they're concerned with getting dates to dances and dealing with unrequited love. In Phoenix, Harry finally has his first kiss, with Cho Chang.
You can tell the darkness is increasing just by looking at a couple of the new movie posters.
And here's the international trailer, which has more shown than the U.S. trailer.
Then at the stroke of midnight on July 21, the last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, goes on sale. This will be the first Harry book I've bought, having borrowed the rest from the library. But I don't want to risk waiting on the hold list at the library and somehow hearing the answer to the big question we're all waiting to have answered -- who will die? Author J.K. Rowling has said that two characters will die, and I'm nervous for Harry, Ron and Hermione. I've heard speculation that Hagrid and Snape might be on the chopping block, but you never know what might happen. There's also speculation that Harry has to die in order for Voldemort to be defeated, that Harry is a tragic hero. I just hope Ron and Hermione get together and don't die, and Harry and Ginny get back together and don't die. I just can't imagine the legions of fans wanting to see the seventh movie if any of the main trio are killed. Still, I've heard that a big bookstore chain in Britain has set up help lines for readers traumatized by the deaths in the book. That doesn't sound good.
So, are you a Harry fan? Will you be attending the parties at bookstores the night Deathly Hallows comes out? I think I might. It's a huge cultural event that's not likely to be repeated in my lifetime.
And what questions are you looking forward to getting the answers to when reading Deathly Hallows?