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The troubling timing of Book 7

by David Haber

The official release date of the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was announced yesterday. This date is troubling to me for several reasons. We were hoping that Book 7 could be released on July 7, which would have been 7/7/07. But the disappointment that we have apparently missed getting Book 7 on 7/7/07 is not the main reason I am troubled by the announcement of the book's release date.

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As to the "no one want to see any more of the movies if Harry s" debate, Mel Gibsen's "Pasion" made millions around the world and just about every one knew how that was going to end...every ten years or so there's another movie about some aspect of King Arthur, about 15-25 years between Robinhood movies...World Wars 1&2 are always popular...My point is, if the story is entertaining enough, people want to see it through to its ultimate conclusion...

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on February 5, 2007 09:14 AM

I'm not sure the 5th movie would be very successful just after the release of book 7. It would be like eating the appetizer at the end of the dinner. Nobody would be very hungry at seeing a film about an old novel, just after having read the end of the series. I guess that, after reading book 7, everybody be discussing in forums, look back in the whole series, and so on. No place for cinema.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on February 5, 2007 09:50 AM

Kevin, my point wasn't so much that people wouldn't want to see the movie if they knew how the story ends, as we know the movies come necessarily after the books, that's inevitable. My point was, would fans, at the of Harry, be so sad and turned off by the story that they would no longer want to see or think about Harry?

I must admit, I, myself, felt that way for about 8 hours after the of Dumbledore. I was thinking, would the of Harry be a much bigger blow to fans?

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on February 5, 2007 09:54 AM

July 31st is a much better date for the 7th book to come out! Shouldn't it come out on Harry's birthday? Definitely. As for whether Harry Potter is going to , I say yes. After all, if You Know Who s and Harry Potter lives and everything is perfect, I would be VERY disappointed in J.K. Rowling! That is too fairy-tale-ish! If Harry s, it be a bloody, fighting , he be trying to defeat You Know Who. All I hope is that if Harry s, so You Know Who. Great comments everyone...

Posted by Allyssa from Yetzel, North Carolina on February 5, 2007 11:16 AM

i would deffinately be extremely unhappy if harry d, but i think it would make sense and that i would still see all of the movies when they came out-but i agree that a lot of people won't

Posted by Longbottom from Yellow Springs, OH on February 5, 2007 11:37 AM

If the theory that no one watch Harry Potter after his is true, then why didn't they wait until after the sixth movie to publish the book? Maybe people not want to see the movie, but there are still movies 6 and 7 aren't there? Dave you're the best and everyone has SUCH great comments!

Posted by Hermione from Yetzel, North Carolina on February 5, 2007 12:40 PM

Harry would be too depressing and in film it would be as bad if not worse in a sense.
The ending to GoF movie is both dramatic and sad, to see Cedric Diggory's father over his sons body is tragic, and in some ways a visual portrayal of those moments can be more powerful than reading them.
We know we are going to see Sirius fall through the veil this year, we know we be watching Harry's despair. But we all want to see it, we want to see everything else.
We know that come HBP we see thrilling battle scene but the movie have a tragic ending in DD's and . If Harry s in book 7 we really want to put ourselves through another miserable ending? He win, good vanquish evil no doubt but Harry too? I can't bear the thought and could you imagine the look on a eaters face - the dark lord is defeated but at least he took that Potter with him. I don't think so!

Posted by Orlando from England on February 5, 2007 12:44 PM

There is no way jk would let the movie company know what happens to harry in the end. there is too big a chance of it getting out and ruining the book

Posted by Ciaran Thorpe from Kildare,Ireland on February 5, 2007 1:27 PM

I hate to break it to you all, there are actually people who ONLY keep up with Harry via the movies. So while we are all caught up through book 6, some of them do not know what happens beyond the Goblet of Fire (I know, it's shocking haha) So therefore, the movies still be watched because people still want to know how the story continues. I would continue to watch the movies too, even if Harry does .

Posted by Amy from P. Kentucky on February 5, 2007 6:18 PM

One of the things that I love about JKR's writing style is that she makes you think one way throughout most of the book and then...BAM, right at the end she takes a twist and has you thinking the other. In every book, I have gotten to the end and I found myself immediately shuffling the pages back and saying "no way".

It'll happen again for book 7 and it may just have that twist that makes you start right back at book 1. It'll be a septology twist for sure. My point is that once we (the devoted fans) get our hands on that book, we are not heading out to the movies. We're going to be rehashing this one for awhile.

Face it, it's going to be sad---people are going to and major story lines are going to be revealed. I'm sorry, but if snape s and we find out his back story (that he was good, bad childhood, blah, blah, blah), we may feel sorry for him---he may the true hero. If that is the case we are all going back to prior books to see which clues we missed.

And what if we find out something crucial about Nevil or McGonagall---something that changes our view of them as we know them? You know we're hitting the books.

I really think that the movie/publishing industries had no choice. Since both the book and the movie are coming out in July, the movie has to come out first. It's the only way the movie is going to get the most out of it's first week (it's all about the money).

We're all going to see the movie (OoP), and a week later read the book (DH), and then spend the rest of the summer rehashing the whole septology. At least I am.

Posted by Heather from NJ on February 5, 2007 7:49 PM

I agree that the movie companies don't want Harry Potter 7 to come out before the OOTP because they think there's going to be an unhappy ending; but I don't think they really know what's going to happen. I think only J.K. Rowling and maybe her publisher know. Or, maybe for fans who think Harry should , they don't want to release OOTP after the book because those fans might get angry. Or maybe they thought that people would be too busy reading the seventh book to go watch the movie (but I don't think it would take anyone a whole week to read the book; and if it does, then they can watch the movie when they finish the book, or while they're still reading it; I'm not going to leave the book once I get a hold of it). If the book has an unhappy ending, I still think fans are going to watch the movies. I would. I think we'd still be interested in the movies no matter what happens. Everyone would want to see the last movie even if the book has an unhappy ending because it's the last thing in Harry Potter. The encyclopedia is probably going to be released by J.K. Rowling before the movie. It'll be the last movie :( so everyone watch it. I think the book should be released on the 7th of July. It makes much more sense. They are releasing it in July so it can't possibly hurt them if they release it 2 weeks early. I was disappointed that they didn't decide on the 7th of July, but atleast it's not getting released after the summer or in 2008. If they put a little bit of effort into it, I think it can be published on the 7th of July, they just need a little push. Who can do something to help encourage them to publish it 2 weeks early?

Posted by Dumbledore's Fan on February 6, 2007 04:19 AM

Allyssa from Yetzel, North Carolina,
Would "Rocky" have been a better movie if the Italian Stallion got knocked out at the last round? Perhaps but for me, I would NOT be dissappointed if Harry lives.

If we consider the prophecy at its most basic interpretation, it suggests that there be a final battle between Harry and L.V. One live, one . It doesn't say that both . And frankly I can't imagine an ending where L.V. lives and Harry s.

In the end, we must have faith in J.K. that however she ends it, it be fulfilling. Afterall, she hasn't let us down yet.

Posted by Mikey from New Jersey on February 6, 2007 05:30 AM

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