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2013-09-12 12:50:49 PM
Harry Potter and the Spanish Inquisition.


Book it. Done.
 
2013-09-12 12:52:40 PM
From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????
 
2013-09-12 12:54:31 PM
I gotta say, there's nothing wrong with a good author producing good fiction and getting paid for it. I'm sorry that subby feels like making money is a bad thing.

Also, it'll at least be no worse than the other dreck they call films these days. It's not another Michael Bay film.

//They should let Michael Bay direct a Harry Potter film
 
2013-09-12 01:03:48 PM

Walker: From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????


I'm more concerned with her empire (see Walt Disney).
a) she's crowding out other voices in children's literature and fantasy literature
b) she and her descendents will lawyer up so that her copyrights never expire (she's already done with once, squashing a 3rd party index/guide/concordance)
 
2013-09-12 01:08:03 PM
I'll see it! I don't care what you all think!

:D!
 
2013-09-12 01:08:45 PM
Will it be like Life Aquatic but for kids?
 
2013-09-12 01:09:12 PM

FrancoFile: Walker: From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????

I'm more concerned with her empire (see Walt Disney).
a) she's crowding out other voices in children's literature and fantasy literature
b) she and her descendents will lawyer up so that her copyrights never expire (she's already done with once, squashing a 3rd party index/guide/concordance)


It's her universe, so she gets to say who plays in it.
 
2013-09-12 01:13:00 PM

gopher321


Harry Potter and the Spanish Inquisition.


Nobody expects that.
 
2013-09-12 01:13:12 PM

give me doughnuts: FrancoFile: Walker: From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????

I'm more concerned with her empire (see Walt Disney).
a) she's crowding out other voices in children's literature and fantasy literature
b) she and her descendents will lawyer up so that her copyrights never expire (she's already done with once, squashing a 3rd party index/guide/concordance)

It's her universe, so she gets to say who plays in it.


There's a reasonable argument to be made that guides and indices do not infringe copyright.  Hence Cliff Notes, Sparknotes, etc.
 
2013-09-12 01:17:16 PM

FrancoFile: give me doughnuts: FrancoFile: Walker: From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????

I'm more concerned with her empire (see Walt Disney).
a) she's crowding out other voices in children's literature and fantasy literature
b) she and her descendents will lawyer up so that her copyrights never expire (she's already done with once, squashing a 3rd party index/guide/concordance)

It's her universe, so she gets to say who plays in it.

There's a reasonable argument to be made that guides and indices do not infringe copyright.  Hence Cliff Notes, Sparknotes, etc.


Cliff Notes / SParknotes also pay for the rights to publish those guides fyi.
 
2013-09-12 01:19:49 PM

Sning: FrancoFile: give me doughnuts: FrancoFile: Walker: From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????

I'm more concerned with her empire (see Walt Disney).
a) she's crowding out other voices in children's literature and fantasy literature
b) she and her descendents will lawyer up so that her copyrights never expire (she's already done with once, squashing a 3rd party index/guide/concordance)

It's her universe, so she gets to say who plays in it.

There's a reasonable argument to be made that guides and indices do not infringe copyright.  Hence Cliff Notes, Sparknotes, etc.

Cliff Notes / SParknotes also pay for the rights to publish those guides fyi.


It is probably less about the money and more about boredom and enjoying the attention. But I imagine that more money will get her closer to the fabled "Oprah Money" tier...
 
2013-09-12 01:20:03 PM
Yes I am a big enough Harry Potter nerd that I will see this. Currently listening to a Harry Potter podcast about that
 
2013-09-12 01:21:22 PM
Wow, the butthurt over wealthy people never ends here on Fark. It's also good to see that the "everything should be free and up for grabs" crowd have poked their troll heads in as well.
 
2013-09-12 01:23:15 PM

Dr J Zoidberg: Yes I am a big enough Harry Potter nerd that I will see this. Currently listening to a Harry Potter podcast about that


I probably will too. They did an awesome job on creature creation for those movies. I'd love to see what they do with the ones that were only mentioned and never shown.
 
2013-09-12 01:24:04 PM
I very good friend of mine had the chance to work with the Harry Potter franchise years and years ago, before the movies came out but after after HP was hugely popular. JKR has a real issue with other people writing her characters. In fact, the project my friend was working on was cancelled specifically because she didn't want someone other than her writing any of her characters, especially not Harry, Ron, and Hermione. That being said, I completely understand why she feels that way.

Meanwhile, I'll just be happy there's another Potterverse movie in the works. It probably won't suck.
 
2013-09-12 01:25:46 PM

Sning: FrancoFile: give me doughnuts: FrancoFile: Walker: From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????

I'm more concerned with her empire (see Walt Disney).
a) she's crowding out other voices in children's literature and fantasy literature
b) she and her descendents will lawyer up so that her copyrights never expire (she's already done with once, squashing a 3rd party index/guide/concordance)

It's her universe, so she gets to say who plays in it.

There's a reasonable argument to be made that guides and indices do not infringe copyright.  Hence Cliff Notes, Sparknotes, etc.

Cliff Notes / SParknotes also pay for the rights to publish those guides


Yes, they settled, and they shouldn't have.  Copyright law is farked up about that.

They produce added value, they don't reduce the value of the original work, and they are used for scholarly and critical purposes.  Completely within what copyright law *should* be.  Porn parodies are legal, but indices and study guides aren't?  That's farked up.
 
2013-09-12 01:26:11 PM
Until she puts out a sub-par book/movie, she gets my confidence.

/wasn't a really big fan till Azkaban
//first 2 books were "meh"
 
2013-09-12 01:27:56 PM

FrancoFile: Walker: From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????

I'm more concerned with her empire (see Walt Disney).
a) she's crowding out other voices in children's literature and fantasy literature
b) she and her descendents will lawyer up so that her copyrights never expire (she's already done with once, squashing a 3rd party index/guide/concordance)


Crowding out? One can make the argument that she created a market for tween literature. When I was a kid, there seemed to be a big jump between kiddie books and adult lit. Finished with Babysitters Club/hardy boys/cleary/judy blume? Off to read Dickens and Austen.
 
2013-09-12 01:28:19 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: Until she puts out a sub-par book/movie, she gets my confidence.

/wasn't a really big fan till Azkaban
//first 2 books were "meh"


I recently reread 1, and it was much better than I remembered, and significantly better than the movie.
 
2013-09-12 01:29:32 PM

Fano: FrancoFile: Walker: From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????

I'm more concerned with her empire (see Walt Disney).
a) she's crowding out other voices in children's literature and fantasy literature
b) she and her descendents will lawyer up so that her copyrights never expire (she's already done with once, squashing a 3rd party index/guide/concordance)

Crowding out? One can make the argument that she created a market for tween literature. When I was a kid, there seemed to be a big jump between kiddie books and adult lit. Finished with Babysitters Club/hardy boys/cleary/judy blume? Off to read Dickens and Austen.


Seriously! World of Warcraft is crowing out the MMO market! Avengers is crowding out the superhero market! The Yankees are crowding out the baseball market!
 
2013-09-12 01:29:42 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: Until she puts out a sub-par book/movie, she gets my confidence.

/wasn't a really big fan till Azkaban
//first 2 books were "meh"


Azkaban was the first one I wore the spine out on. Always thought Sirius Black was a great character, one of the best on there.
 
2013-09-12 01:31:38 PM
Also, subby, she's got two new books one of which is being made into a tv series and another is going to be made into a film series. She doesn't need to go back to Harry Potter for more cash
 
2013-09-12 01:31:57 PM
FTFA: The eight Harry Potter films are the largest-grossing film franchise in history.

Because ... their were 8 of them?

/where you at, Bond fans?!
 
2013-09-12 01:36:38 PM
Buckaroo Banzai Harry Potter Against the World Crime League.
 
2013-09-12 01:36:57 PM
There's nothing wrong with Harry Potter; it's this generation's Wizard of Oz / Lord of the Rings / Star Wars, and it's understandable why there's tremendous pressure from the entertainment industry to keep a good thing going.

But here's the problem -- Rowling has built the world and told the story she set out to tell, resolving all of the characters and conflicts. Most people who aren't hardcore fans aren't too interested in the extended universe (as evidenced by the lack of mainstream interest in the three supplementary books already available or the Pottermore additions, both of which are virtually unknown by anyone but hardcore fans).

So we begin to descend into Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire territory, where we attempt to fill in gaps that don't need filling and expanding on great and popular stories with sub-par cash-ins. Let"s just hope Rowling doesn't further take us into prequel territory, since prequels are perhaps the laziest way to retell a popular story by showing the origins of popular characters through the adventures of people we don't care about and whose fates are already known.
 
2013-09-12 01:36:58 PM

Mike Chewbacca: Jim from Saint Paul: Until she puts out a sub-par book/movie, she gets my confidence.

/wasn't a really big fan till Azkaban
//first 2 books were "meh"

I recently reread 1, and it was much better than I remembered, and significantly better than the movie.


I much prefer the movie 1, can watch or read 2 and prefer the books (especially 5) over the movies (which are still AWESOME).
 
2013-09-12 01:38:26 PM
Evil Mackerel: Buckaroo Banzai Harry Potter Against the World Crime League RoboPotter
 
2013-09-12 01:38:59 PM
Even though this isn't, I have no problem with someone doing cash grab projects when they donate significant portions of their wealth to charity.
 
2013-09-12 01:39:01 PM
I'd love to be married to her.
Just cook and clean and go out for dinner once in a while.

J.K, I give great foot massages, if you are reading this.
 
2013-09-12 01:40:49 PM

Walker: How much money does this woman need????


Every tuppence she's earned, matie.
Every farthing.
 
2013-09-12 01:43:13 PM

Mike Chewbacca: Jim from Saint Paul: Until she puts out a sub-par book/movie, she gets my confidence.

/wasn't a really big fan till Azkaban
//first 2 books were "meh"

I recently reread 1, and it was much better than I remembered, and significantly better than the movie.


CSB: I read 1 when it 1st came out in paperback.  I was going on a cruise and wanted something light to read.  I had heard an interview with Rowling on Fresh Air and the story sounded good.  I started it in the line to get on the ship and finished it before we departed port.  I kept telling my wife that she should read it and that she would love it.  She kept saying 'but it's a childrens book'.  She finally read it about a month later and loved it so much that she eventually went to all of the release parties at Barnes and Noble dressed up as one of the adult characters and even won one of the costume contests.  I created a monster.  Although funtime with Tonks was awesome!
 
2013-09-12 01:44:00 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: Mike Chewbacca: Jim from Saint Paul: Until she puts out a sub-par book/movie, she gets my confidence.

/wasn't a really big fan till Azkaban
//first 2 books were "meh"

I recently reread 1, and it was much better than I remembered, and significantly better than the movie.

I much prefer the movie 1, can watch or read 2 and prefer the books (especially 5) over the movies (which are still AWESOME).


5 is my favorite of the books, which makes me a weirdo because everyone else thinks it needs serious editing. But the libertarian in me freaking LOVES how the school revolts against Umbridge in the book, which is completely missing from the movie. They basically cut out my favorite part, so I was actually disappointed by the movie a bit. Oh, and I love that Harry finally becomes proactive rather than reactive (at Hermione's insistence).

/libertarian leftish-ist
 
2013-09-12 01:44:02 PM

Walker: From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????


All of it.
And there is nothing wrong with that.
 
2013-09-12 01:44:24 PM

vudukungfu: I'd love to be married to her.
Just cook and clean and go out for dinner once in a while.

J.K, I give great foot massages, if you are reading this.


She's rich, has big boobs, and is rich. What more could a guy want?
 
2013-09-12 01:45:15 PM
One of the things that made the Harry Potter books popular with teens is that Rowling likes to use langue to hide clues. The main character in this book is  Newt Scamander.
 
2013-09-12 01:45:27 PM

stupiddream: Mike Chewbacca: Jim from Saint Paul: Until she puts out a sub-par book/movie, she gets my confidence.

/wasn't a really big fan till Azkaban
//first 2 books were "meh"

I recently reread 1, and it was much better than I remembered, and significantly better than the movie.

CSB: I read 1 when it 1st came out in paperback.  I was going on a cruise and wanted something light to read.  I had heard an interview with Rowling on Fresh Air and the story sounded good.  I started it in the line to get on the ship and finished it before we departed port.  I kept telling my wife that she should read it and that she would love it.  She kept saying 'but it's a childrens book'.  She finally read it about a month later and loved it so much that she eventually went to all of the release parties at Barnes and Noble dressed up as one of the adult characters and even won one of the costume contests.  I created a monster.  Although funtime with Tonks was awesome!


accio wand! ENGORGIO!
 
2013-09-12 01:48:42 PM
A Harry Potterverse movie is a far better thing than a 4 hour Twilight "Director's Cut"

Why is this a cash-grab, yet Michael Chricton or Stephen King movies are ok, subby? You don't like it when female authors make money on movies?

What about James Bond/Jason Bourne franchises? Their authors are dead, yet their estates (or the copyright owners) still make gobs of cash off movies and no one biatches.
 
2013-09-12 01:50:57 PM
I liked my "Fantastic Profits and Where to Find Them" headline better. Oh well. I'll get over it.

Also, unlike many franchises, HP hasn't made me jaded about their product yet. So I'll probably see it. I've got a kid now who will be right in the target demographic when it comes out, so it's very likely.
 
2013-09-12 01:51:44 PM

stupiddream: Mike Chewbacca: Jim from Saint Paul: Until she puts out a sub-par book/movie, she gets my confidence.

/wasn't a really big fan till Azkaban
//first 2 books were "meh"

I recently reread 1, and it was much better than I remembered, and significantly better than the movie.

CSB: I read 1 when it 1st came out in paperback.  I was going on a cruise and wanted something light to read.  I had heard an interview with Rowling on Fresh Air and the story sounded good.  I started it in the line to get on the ship and finished it before we departed port.  I kept telling my wife that she should read it and that she would love it.  She kept saying 'but it's a childrens book'.  She finally read it about a month later and loved it so much that she eventually went to all of the release parties at Barnes and Noble dressed up as one of the adult characters and even won one of the costume contests.  I created a monster.  Although funtime with Tonks was awesome!


So what your saying is the witch chose the wand this time?
 
2013-09-12 01:52:13 PM
 
2013-09-12 01:52:41 PM
Sounds like they probably were gonna make a movie anyway, and JK Rowling wanted to write it herself. That's not a cash grab except by the studio, on her part it sounds like she cares.
 
2013-09-12 01:53:15 PM

Mike Chewbacca: stupiddream: Mike Chewbacca: Jim from Saint Paul: Until she puts out a sub-par book/movie, she gets my confidence.

/wasn't a really big fan till Azkaban
//first 2 books were "meh"

I recently reread 1, and it was much better than I remembered, and significantly better than the movie.

CSB: I read 1 when it 1st came out in paperback.  I was going on a cruise and wanted something light to read.  I had heard an interview with Rowling on Fresh Air and the story sounded good.  I started it in the line to get on the ship and finished it before we departed port.  I kept telling my wife that she should read it and that she would love it.  She kept saying 'but it's a childrens book'.  She finally read it about a month later and loved it so much that she eventually went to all of the release parties at Barnes and Noble dressed up as one of the adult characters and even won one of the costume contests.  I created a monster.  Although funtime with Tonks was awesome!

accio wand! ENGORGIO!


Which reminds me of my favorite Fark harry-potter headline

"
Guy at Harry Potter Movie: "Engorgio. Spankus monkius." Police: "ARRESTO""

I don't know why it amuses me so, but it does.
 
2013-09-12 01:53:38 PM

FrancoFile: They produce added value, they don't reduce the value of the original work, and they are used for scholarly and critical purposes. Completely within what copyright law *should* be. Porn parodies are legal, but indices and study guides aren't? That's farked up.


What added value do they have except to lazy students who don't want to read the source material?
 
2013-09-12 01:55:44 PM
I love all the people who biatch on Fark when someone is successful.  I can only imagine its because they have never come up with a creative idea of their own and then worked their ass off to make it a success.  Hipster Socialists are all fine with the "everything should be free" creed until someone walks into their house, kicks them in their ken-doll like nutsack and takes their ironic man-grooming shears and vintage Ant-Man lunchbox.

JK Rowling came up with a tremendously inventive idea, wrote it beautifully, and marketed it shrewdly.  She can profit off it for as long as - and for as much as - she wants.  Ditto for George Lucas.  If it were that easy to have such a monster success, it wouldn't be a once in a generational thing.
 
2013-09-12 01:58:52 PM

give me doughnuts: FrancoFile: They produce added value, they don't reduce the value of the original work, and they are used for scholarly and critical purposes. Completely within what copyright law *should* be. Porn parodies are legal, but indices and study guides aren't? That's farked up.

What added value do they have except to lazy students who don't want to read the source material?


Critical analysis.

If you cheat by reading the cliff notes instead of the book, that's between you and the school.  Copyright law has nothing to do with that.
 
2013-09-12 01:58:55 PM

Mike Chewbacca: Jim from Saint Paul: Mike Chewbacca: Jim from Saint Paul: Until she puts out a sub-par book/movie, she gets my confidence.

/wasn't a really big fan till Azkaban
//first 2 books were "meh"

I recently reread 1, and it was much better than I remembered, and significantly better than the movie.

I much prefer the movie 1, can watch or read 2 and prefer the books (especially 5) over the movies (which are still AWESOME).

5 is my favorite of the books, which makes me a weirdo because everyone else thinks it needs serious editing. But the libertarian in me freaking LOVES how the school revolts against Umbridge in the book, which is completely missing from the movie. They basically cut out my favorite part, so I was actually disappointed by the movie a bit. Oh, and I love that Harry finally becomes proactive rather than reactive (at Hermione's insistence).

/libertarian leftish-ist


I enjoy how you get a MUCH better insight into Neville and why he might be the way he is.

"Weasly is our King" is a neat subplot.

Also, my favorite exchange in the entire bookseries happens in that book. Harry has been kind of a dick to everyone around him and his firends are getting tired of it. He also thinks that Voldermort may be possesing his body so that makes him even more snarky and rude to everyone around him. Then this:

'How're you feeling?' asked Hermione.

    'Fine,' said Harry stiffly.    'Oh, don't lie, Harry,' she said impatiently. 'Ron and Ginny say you've been hiding from everyone since you got back from St Mungo's.'    They do, do they?' said Harry, glaring at Ron and Ginny. Ron looked down at his feet but Ginny seemed quite unabashed.    'Well, you have!' she said. 'And you won't look at any of us!'    'It's you lot who won't look at me!' said Harry angrily.    'Maybe you're taking it in turns to look, and keep missing each other,' suggested Hermione, the corners of her mouth twitching.    'Very funny,' snapped Harry, turning away.    'Oh, stop feeling all misunderstood,' said Hermione sharply. 'Look, the others have told me what you overheard last night on the Extendable Ears - '    'Yeah?' growled Harry, his hands deep in his pockets as he watched the snow now falling thickly outside. 'All been talking about me, have you? Well, I'm getting used to it.'    'We wanted to talk to you, Harry' said Ginny, 'but as you've been hiding ever since we got back - '    'I didn't want anyone to talk to me,' said Harry, who was feeling more and more nettled.    'Well, that was a bit stupid of you,' said Ginny angrily, 'seeing as you don't know anyone but me who's been possessed by You-Know-Who, and I can tell you how it feels.'    Harry remained quite still as the impact of these words hit him. Then he wheeled round.    'I forgot,' he said.    'Lucky you,' said Ginny coolly
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2013-09-12 02:00:31 PM
Let's try that formatting again:

'How're you feeling?' asked Hermione.

'Fine,' said Harry stiffly.

'Oh, don't lie, Harry,' she said impatiently. 'Ron and Ginny say you've been hiding from everyone since you got back from St Mungo's.'

They do, do they?' said Harry, glaring at Ron and Ginny. Ron looked down at his feet but Ginny seemed quite unabashed.

'Well, you have!' she said. 'And you won't look at any of us!'

'It's you lot who won't look at me!' said Harry angrily.

'Maybe you're taking it in turns to look, and keep missing each other,' suggested Hermione, the corners of her mouth twitching.

'Very funny,' snapped Harry, turning away.

'Oh, stop feeling all misunderstood,' said Hermione sharply. 'Look, the others have told me what you overheard last night on the Extendable Ears - '

'Yeah?' growled Harry, his hands deep in his pockets as he watched the snow now falling thickly outside. 'All been talking about me, have you? Well, I'm getting used to it.'

'We wanted to talk to you, Harry' said Ginny, 'but as you've been hiding ever since we got back - '

'I didn't want anyone to talk to me,' said Harry, who was feeling more and more nettled.

'Well, that was a bit stupid of you,' said Ginny angrily, 'seeing as you don't know anyone but me who's been possessed by You-Know-Who, and I can tell you how it feels.'

Harry remained quite still as the impact of these words hit him. Then he wheeled round.

'I forgot,' he said.

'Lucky you,' said Ginny coolly.


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2013-09-12 02:00:48 PM
Please let this be an offshoot where we follow Neville around during the events in the books.  We get to see Neville work all the girls in the class while keeping it a secret and maintaining his dorkish rep.  We can call it Harry's Shadow.
 
2013-09-12 02:04:30 PM

Fubini: I gotta say, there's nothing wrong with a good author producing good fiction and getting paid for it. I'm sorry that subby feels like making money is a bad thing.

Also, it'll at least be no worse than the other dreck they call films these days. It's not another Michael Bay film.

//They should let Michael Bay direct a Harry Potter film


you know how I know you're an expert on films? you trashed Michael Bay.
 
2013-09-12 02:05:37 PM
Mike Chewbacca:  Tonks!

accio wand! ENGORGIO!


The Tonks full frontal in Game of Thrones is nice.
 
2013-09-12 02:09:11 PM

vudukungfu: Walker: How much money does this woman need????

Every tuppenceknute she's earned, matie.
Every farthing. galleon.

 
2013-09-12 02:09:25 PM

Saiga410: Please let this be an offshoot where we follow Neville around during the events in the books.  We get to see Neville work all the girls in the class while keeping it a secret and maintaining his dorkish rep.  We can call it Harry's Shadow.


We also learn that he picks Graff's fantasy football team.
 
2013-09-12 02:12:09 PM
The... regret I have about Rawlings is that, considering her origins, she has a Billion dollars - and could change the Real world of the homeless. And yet, here she is, and there they are.

If having lived through the situation doesn't activate some compassionate crusade in someone That wealthy... what chance does any cause have?
 
2013-09-12 02:13:33 PM
Would I need a seat over there if i were to opine that Bonnie Wright has grown up nicely?
 
2013-09-12 02:14:31 PM
Didn't she donate the entire proceeds of the Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch books to charity?
 
2013-09-12 02:15:22 PM

perigee: The... regret I have about Rawlings is that, considering her origins, she has a Billion dollars - and could change the Real world of the homeless. And yet, here she is, and there they are.

If having lived through the situation doesn't activate some compassionate crusade in someone That wealthy... what chance does any cause have?


You do know she give boatloads to charity, right? And from what I remember especially poor single mothers.
 
2013-09-12 02:19:32 PM
Luna married Rolf?
I thought for sure Neville was hitting that.
 
2013-09-12 02:21:49 PM
I wouldn't mind reading some stories featuring Luna after Hogwarts.
 
2013-09-12 02:23:58 PM
I wish this film would be about Luna (and Rolf) preparing a new edition instead of about Newt.
 
2013-09-12 02:25:41 PM

sign_of_Zeta: perigee: The... regret I have about Rawlings is that, considering her origins, she has a Billion dollars - and could change the Real world of the homeless. And yet, here she is, and there they are.

If having lived through the situation doesn't activate some compassionate crusade in someone That wealthy... what chance does any cause have?

You do know she give boatloads to charity, right? And from what I remember especially poor single mothers.


"New information about Rowling's estimated $160 million in charitable giving combined with Britain's high tax rates bumped the Harry Potter scribe from our list this year," Forbes noted in its "Billionaire Dropoffs" list.

dwighttowers.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-12 02:29:11 PM
Hermione Granger and the Pedophiles of Kazakhstan
 
2013-09-12 02:29:59 PM
Well according to Forbes from last year she has given at $160 million to charity.  http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/jk-rowlings-charity-g i ving-knocks-her-off-forbes-billionaires-list

"New information about Rowlings' estimated $160 million in charitable giving combined with Britain's high tax rates bumped the 'Harry Potter' scribe from our list this year," stated Forbes.
 
2013-09-12 02:30:25 PM

Fubini: //They should let Michael Bay David Lynch direct a Harry Potter film


I might actually go see that.
 
2013-09-12 02:31:18 PM

Mike Chewbacca: sign_of_Zeta: perigee: The... regret I have about Rawlings is that, considering her origins, she has a Billion dollars - and could change the Real world of the homeless. And yet, here she is, and there they are.

If having lived through the situation doesn't activate some compassionate crusade in someone That wealthy... what chance does any cause have?

You do know she give boatloads to charity, right? And from what I remember especially poor single mothers.

"New information about Rowling's estimated $160 million in charitable giving combined with Britain's high tax rates bumped the Harry Potter scribe from our list this year," Forbes noted in its "Billionaire Dropoffs" list.

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heh...spent too much time googling...

\tiny fist
 
2013-09-12 02:33:39 PM
If it keeps her from writing shiatty sparkly vampire type shiat then I say let her write.  At least we know she's capable of writing a decent kid's level novel.
 
2013-09-12 02:33:47 PM

ReapTheChaos: Wow, the butthurt over wealthy people never ends here on Fark. It's also good to see that the "everything should be free and up for grabs" crowd have poked their troll heads in as well.


I don't have a problem with wealthy people.  I have a problem with people who buy dumb shiat with their wealth.
It's the "I have fark you money" crowd that draws most of the ire here on FARK.

A net worth of $1,000,000,000.00 is "fark you" money.  Definitely.
 
2013-09-12 02:33:49 PM
I enjoyed the movies for the most part, but things really went downhill starting on the 4th...just way to much material to cram into a 2.5 hour movie.  Shame because Goblet of Fire was my favorite book.
 
2013-09-12 02:38:25 PM

FrancoFile: b) she and her descendents will lawyer up so that her copyrights never expire (she's already done with once, squashing a 3rd party index/guide/concordance)


FrancoFile: There's a reasonable argument to be made that guides and indices do not infringe copyright. Hence Cliff Notes, Sparknotes, etc.


You know how I know you didn't read Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. v. RDR Books, and its associated materials?  575 F.Supp.2d 513 (SDNY 2008).  The fair use analysis there is pretty clean, and follows the statute well.  Fair use is not some magic talisman that removes all possibility of liability the minute it is shouted. A defendant actually needs to show it, and in that case, they didn't. 

Unlike Cliff's note and the like, the guide here was not transformative enough in scope and purpose.  Much like the Seinfeld guide in Castle Rock Entertainment Inc. v. Carol Publishing Group, the guide at issue in RDR Books was made for entertainment, not scholarly, purposes.  It also quoted extensively and lengthily from the source works, incorporating "distinctive original language from the Harry Potter works in excess of its otherwise legitimate purpose of creating a reference guide."  Add in the fact that Rowling already published guidebooks to the world and indicated intent to do/authorize more, and the fair use argument looks rather thin.  The Court properly applied the 107 factors and came to what appeared to be a reasonable result.  In the future, under the opinion, a guide to the Potter Books would totally be allowed, as long as it offered more transformative analysis and did not copy, wholesale, large swaths of Rowling's work.
 
2013-09-12 02:45:10 PM
Oh, and RDR went back, edited the book to add more commentary and remove a lot of the heavy quoting, and published the guide just fine.
 
2013-09-12 02:47:22 PM

FrancoFile: she's crowding out other voices in children's literature and fantasy literature


She wrote 7 books (9 if you count the 3 spin-offs) and her last Potter book came out in 2007. It's been 6 years, and her recent books have not been for kids. She's not "crowding out" other voices. If anything, she's the reason these other voices now have a bigger audience. Once kids read the series, which can be done in a week by dedicated readers, they are hungry for more. The Harry Potter series is fast moving to "Classic" status as children's books. They are becoming standards, but they are hardly the only voice out there. If you can't find any other kids' books or fantasy books, you just aren't looking hard enough.

Now, yes, it is harder for authors to break into publishing these books, but that's less the fault of Rowling and more about the state of today's publishing industry.
 
2013-09-12 02:50:59 PM

soporific: FrancoFile: she's crowding out other voices in children's literature and fantasy literature

She wrote 7 books (9 if you count the 3 spin-offs) and her last Potter book came out in 2007. It's been 6 years, and her recent books have not been for kids. She's not "crowding out" other voices. If anything, she's the reason these other voices now have a bigger audience. Once kids read the series, which can be done in a week by dedicated readers, they are hungry for more. The Harry Potter series is fast moving to "Classic" status as children's books. They are becoming standards, but they are hardly the only voice out there. If you can't find any other kids' books or fantasy books, you just aren't looking hard enough.

Now, yes, it is harder for authors to break into publishing these books, but that's less the fault of Rowling and more about the state of today's publishing industry.


I found it really funny when JK's publisher decided to come out with a whole new set of book covers because tons of adults were reading them, but were embarrassed by the child-like covers in public.

booksend.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-12 02:52:57 PM

HawgWild: FTFA: The eight Harry Potter films are the largest-grossing film franchise in history.

Because ... their were 8 of them?

/where you at, Bond fans?!


Not adjusted for inflation.

According to Box Office Mojo, adjusted for inflation, the Bond movies grossed a total of $5,146,439,000
The Harry Potter movies grossed an inflation-adjusted total of $2,889,298,000

So Bond is more successful overall, but Potter wins on average inflation adjusted gross per movie at $361,162,300 to Bond's $214,435,000
 
2013-09-12 02:58:23 PM

Fano: FrancoFile: Walker: From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????

I'm more concerned with her empire (see Walt Disney).
a) she's crowding out other voices in children's literature and fantasy literature
b) she and her descendents will lawyer up so that her copyrights never expire (she's already done with once, squashing a 3rd party index/guide/concordance)

Crowding out? One can make the argument that she created a market for tween literature. When I was a kid, there seemed to be a big jump between kiddie books and adult lit. Finished with Babysitters Club/hardy boys/cleary/judy blume? Off to read Dickens and Austen.


You just had teachers that didn't give a crap. It was out there in the 80's if you looked for it.
 
2013-09-12 03:08:20 PM
More kick ass Neville?
 
2013-09-12 03:20:55 PM
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
"Harry Potter Series 2:  The Search for More Money!"

/i'm ok with this
 
2013-09-12 03:20:58 PM

scottydoesntknow


I found it really funny when JK's publisher decided to come out with a whole new set of book covers because tons of adults were reading them, but were embarrassed by the child-like covers in public.


But is that really an improvement? They still say HARRY POTTER in large letters.
 
2013-09-12 03:21:05 PM

LucklessWonder: HawgWild: FTFA: The eight Harry Potter films are the largest-grossing film franchise in history.

Because ... their were 8 of them?

/where you at, Bond fans?!

Not adjusted for inflation.

According to Box Office Mojo, adjusted for inflation, the Bond movies grossed a total of $5,146,439,000
The Harry Potter movies grossed an inflation-adjusted total of $2,889,298,000

So Bond is more successful overall, but Potter wins on average inflation adjusted gross per movie at $361,162,300 to Bond's $214,435,000


how does adjusting for inflation reduce the earnings?
/math fail
 
2013-09-12 03:21:25 PM
I just started reading the books a short time ago (currently reading Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix). I'll finish a book and then watch the movie.

The first two movies were a bit tough to watch (I would fall asleep watching them and have to rewind later), but I really enjoyed Prisoner of Azkaban. I also liked what they did with The Goblet of Fire.

Rowling has a done a great job of creating a rich, cohesive universe.
 
2013-09-12 03:24:17 PM

chitownmike: LucklessWonder: HawgWild: FTFA: The eight Harry Potter films are the largest-grossing film franchise in history.

Because ... their were 8 of them?

/where you at, Bond fans?!

Not adjusted for inflation.

According to Box Office Mojo, adjusted for inflation, the Bond movies grossed a total of $5,146,439,000
The Harry Potter movies grossed an inflation-adjusted total of $2,889,298,000

So Bond is more successful overall, but Potter wins on average inflation adjusted gross per movie at $361,162,300 to Bond's $214,435,000

how does adjusting for inflation reduce the earnings?
/math fail


It doesn't but "largest-grossing film-franchise in history" is a slightly misleading term as a 2013 dollar and a 1962 dollar  aren't exactly at parity with each other, so when it comes to film grosses, adjusting for inflation gives a more honest comparison. Also, the numbers weren't mine, I just copied from Box Office Mojo, so if the math is wrong,blame them.
 
2013-09-12 03:29:44 PM

Mike Chewbacca: Jim from Saint Paul: Mike Chewbacca: Jim from Saint Paul: Until she puts out a sub-par book/movie, she gets my confidence.

/wasn't a really big fan till Azkaban
//first 2 books were "meh"

I recently reread 1, and it was much better than I remembered, and significantly better than the movie.

I much prefer the movie 1, can watch or read 2 and prefer the books (especially 5) over the movies (which are still AWESOME).

5 is my favorite of the books, which makes me a weirdo because everyone else thinks it needs serious editing. But the libertarian in me freaking LOVES how the school revolts against Umbridge in the book, which is completely missing from the movie. They basically cut out my favorite part, so I was actually disappointed by the movie a bit. Oh, and I love that Harry finally becomes proactive rather than reactive (at Hermione's insistence).

/libertarian leftish-ist


5 sucks because Harry is a whiny little biatch in that one. He's fine in 4 and back to normal in 6. The plot of 5 is fine; it's just Harry's character that sucks.
 
2013-09-12 03:38:06 PM

Cymbal: Even though this isn't, I have no problem with someone doing cash grab projects when they donate significant portions of their wealth to charity.


Not only is she an enormous donator to charity, but she's specifically talked about remaining in England with its higher tax rates because those rates and the public services they paid for did so much for her when she was a single mom.
 
2013-09-12 03:38:13 PM

dartben: 5 sucks because Harry is a whiny little biatch in that one. He's fine in 4 and back to normal in 6. The plot of 5 is fine; it's just Harry's character that sucks.


He is definitely a twat in that one. But then, how do you expect a 14-year-old (or 15-year-old) to respond to witnessing one of his classmates get murdered, and then having the government completely deny that fact whilst calling you a liar in public?
 
2013-09-12 03:42:45 PM
th00.deviantart.net
 
2013-09-12 03:51:30 PM
She gets a lot of credit in my mind for not going the prequel route.
 
2013-09-12 04:00:42 PM
I hope they go with "Drunk Ron Weasley".
 
2013-09-12 04:01:52 PM

Copperbelly watersnake: She gets a lot of credit in my mind for not going the prequel route.


The prequels will be written by JKs son and another author.  These will cover the original raise of Voldemort.  Then they will do a pre pre prequel that will cover the actual generation of the hallows.   Then they will go thousands of years into the future and reveal that the hallows were not destroyed by Harry and only the 10^6th clone of Neville have the power to distroy them.
 
2013-09-12 04:07:41 PM

dartben: Mike Chewbacca: Jim from Saint Paul: Mike Chewbacca: Jim from Saint Paul: Until she puts out a sub-par book/movie, she gets my confidence.

/wasn't a really big fan till Azkaban
//first 2 books were "meh"

I recently reread 1, and it was much better than I remembered, and significantly better than the movie.

I much prefer the movie 1, can watch or read 2 and prefer the books (especially 5) over the movies (which are still AWESOME).

5 is my favorite of the books, which makes me a weirdo because everyone else thinks it needs serious editing. But the libertarian in me freaking LOVES how the school revolts against Umbridge in the book, which is completely missing from the movie. They basically cut out my favorite part, so I was actually disappointed by the movie a bit. Oh, and I love that Harry finally becomes proactive rather than reactive (at Hermione's insistence).

/libertarian leftish-ist

5 sucks because Harry is a whiny little biatch in that one. He's fine in 4 and back to normal in 6. The plot of 5 is fine; it's just Harry's character that sucks.


He's a whiney ass teenage who needs SOMEONE to put him in his place.

Hence why I copied and pasted my favorite scene earlier, as Ginny is the first person to do so.
 
2013-09-12 04:18:49 PM
I'm pretty liberal, but I have no problem with someone earning a lot of money doing actual real work that produces a product people eagerly purchase.  If only that description matched most of the -wealthy in this world, there would be a lot less bitterness.
 
2013-09-12 04:19:54 PM
Good on her... to a point. 160 million is no small potatoes... but still just ten percent of a Massive pond of spondolucks. Money that continues to regenerate and grow, for a woman who has, at the outside, perhaps 30 years left.

It would just be splendid to see one person who is willing to go balls-deep up against one problem, just because they know how evil it is, and they want to stomp it down flat. She will never, ever, ever be poor again, even if she only maintains one tenth of one percent of her current worth, not including continuing growth and refreshment. She could make a difference - not just a donation.

I don't fault her. But, as I said, I regret not seeing it happen.
 
2013-09-12 04:41:13 PM

scottydoesntknow: I found it really funny when JK's publisher decided to come out with a whole new set of book covers because tons of adults were reading them, but were embarrassed by the child-like covers in public.


And that's why I read The Hunger Games trilogy on my kindle
 
2013-09-12 04:43:04 PM

Mike Chewbacca: He is definitely a twat in that one. But then, how do you expect a 14-year-old (or 15-year-old) to respond to witnessing one of his classmates get murdered, and then having the government completely deny that fact whilst calling you a liar in public?


And he'd been abused for years by his relatives
 
2013-09-12 04:43:19 PM

Mike Chewbacca: dartben: 5 sucks because Harry is a whiny little biatch in that one. He's fine in 4 and back to normal in 6. The plot of 5 is fine; it's just Harry's character that sucks.

He is definitely a twat in that one. But then, how do you expect a 14-year-old (or 15-year-old) to respond to witnessing one of his classmates get murdered, and then having the government completely deny that fact whilst calling you a liar in public?


And the whole fact of Voldemort being all up in his mind and screwing with it (even unintentionally) for a significant portion of it. I enjoyed Snape's sneering at how weak Potter was at legilimency.
 
2013-09-12 04:44:30 PM

Dr. Kefarkian: ReapTheChaos: Wow, the butthurt over wealthy people never ends here on Fark. It's also good to see that the "everything should be free and up for grabs" crowd have poked their troll heads in as well.

I don't have a problem with wealthy people.  I have a problem with people who buy dumb shiat with their wealth.
It's the "I have fark you money" crowd that draws most of the ire here on FARK.

A net worth of $1,000,000,000.00 is "fark you" money.  Definitely.



Your "dumb shiat" is somebody else's "cool stuff"...who the fark are you to decide what somebody should buy with their money?  Do you pay all your bills and then donate the remainder of your paycheck to charity?
 
2013-09-12 05:19:16 PM

Cuthbert Allgood: scottydoesntknow: I found it really funny when JK's publisher decided to come out with a whole new set of book covers because tons of adults were reading them, but were embarrassed by the child-like covers in public.

And that's why I read The Hunger Games trilogy on my kindle


I just read the second two books of that last week. The story was only so-so, but I very much appreciated all the PTSD everyone had. There was no "and they lived happily ever after" in that series. Not at all.
 
2013-09-12 05:20:18 PM

Cuthbert Allgood: Mike Chewbacca: He is definitely a twat in that one. But then, how do you expect a 14-year-old (or 15-year-old) to respond to witnessing one of his classmates get murdered, and then having the government completely deny that fact whilst calling you a liar in public?

And he'd been abused for years by his relatives


scottydoesntknow: Mike Chewbacca: dartben: 5 sucks because Harry is a whiny little biatch in that one. He's fine in 4 and back to normal in 6. The plot of 5 is fine; it's just Harry's character that sucks.

He is definitely a twat in that one. But then, how do you expect a 14-year-old (or 15-year-old) to respond to witnessing one of his classmates get murdered, and then having the government completely deny that fact whilst calling you a liar in public?

And the whole fact of Voldemort being all up in his mind and screwing with it (even unintentionally) for a significant portion of it. I enjoyed Snape's sneering at how weak Potter was at legilimency.


And the boogeyman was literally trying to kill him, over and over again. Yes, Harry was a jerk in that book, but most 15-year-olds are jerks in real life and they're struggling with much less dire circumstances.
 
2013-09-12 05:38:01 PM
Normally I'd be against something like this, but I'm a sucker for good world building which is what the goal of this looks to be.
 
2013-09-12 05:48:43 PM

ReapTheChaos: Wow, the butthurt over wealthy people never ends here on Fark. It's also good to see that the "everything should be free and up for grabs" crowd have poked their troll heads in as well.


*poink!*

that was easy!

/A hint: if you're going to troll a thread, never use the word "troll" in any form in your post; it gives away the game.
 
2013-09-12 06:33:47 PM

Mike Chewbacca: but I very much appreciated all the PTSD everyone had. There was no "and they lived happily ever after" in that series. Not at all.


Strongest part of the story, IMHO.
 
2013-09-12 07:05:23 PM

elvindeath: I love all the people who biatch on Fark when someone is successful.  I can only imagine its because they have never come up with a creative idea of their own and then worked their ass off to make it a success.


Meh. Pratchett's "Unseen University" from the Discworld novels (a school of magic where the staff is so busy in academic infighting that no wizarding actually gets accomplished) always struck me as far superior.
 
2013-09-12 07:21:21 PM
That is all well and good, but I would like to see a little more about  what was happening over at Vince Clortho Public School For Wizards during the whole Voldemort incident.
 
2013-09-12 07:43:39 PM

Fano: FrancoFile: Walker: From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????

I'm more concerned with her empire (see Walt Disney).
a) she's crowding out other voices in children's literature and fantasy literature
b) she and her descendents will lawyer up so that her copyrights never expire (she's already done with once, squashing a 3rd party index/guide/concordance)

Crowding out? One can make the argument that she created a market for tween literature. When I was a kid, there seemed to be a big jump between kiddie books and adult lit. Finished with Babysitters Club/hardy boys/cleary/judy blume? Off to read Dickens and Austen.


I agree to an extent. Her entries definitely created a more definable line of children's literature. I found myself marveling at how much I enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy yet couldn't find a similar style book when I was actually 14 or 15. By that time, I moved on to adult fiction like Koontz, King, Laymon and so forth.

That said, her presence does hurt other start-up authors because their scripts/entries are less likely to be read if a more known author announces their new novel. Much like what Cortez did to Saliere in Finding Forrester. I find the same to be true of the titans of rap. Why let a starving artist have a try when Jay-Z will be releasing a remastered set with two new tracks.

/Goblet of Fire destroyed a good portion of my class time in astronomy and Baldwin literature course.
//While we're on books, I have to say the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant and The Ruins by Scott Smith are two recently read books I enjoyed immensely. I'm now starting on Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities
///good slashies come in threes
 
2013-09-12 08:01:14 PM
I wish she would do a HP in the future, like two generations.
 
2013-09-12 08:03:34 PM

Saiga410: Copperbelly watersnake: She gets a lot of credit in my mind for not going the prequel route.

The prequels will be written by JKs son and another author.  These will cover the original raise of Voldemort.  Then they will do a pre pre prequel that will cover the actual generation of the hallows.   Then they will go thousands of years into the future and reveal that the hallows were not destroyed by Harry and only the 10^6th clone of Neville have the power to distroy them.


I see you've played this game before.
 
2013-09-12 08:15:49 PM
Order of the Pheonix is my favorite book because Fred and George are my favorite characters, and the are really highlighted in this book.

I cringe every time Harry decides to go to the ministry though.
 
2013-09-12 08:42:56 PM

Cookbook's Anarchist: Fano: FrancoFile: Walker: From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????

I'm more concerned with her empire (see Walt Disney).
a) she's crowding out other voices in children's literature and fantasy literature
b) she and her descendents will lawyer up so that her copyrights never expire (she's already done with once, squashing a 3rd party index/guide/concordance)

Crowding out? One can make the argument that she created a market for tween literature. When I was a kid, there seemed to be a big jump between kiddie books and adult lit. Finished with Babysitters Club/hardy boys/cleary/judy blume? Off to read Dickens and Austen.

I agree to an extent. Her entries definitely created a more definable line of children's literature. I found myself marveling at how much I enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy yet couldn't find a similar style book when I was actually 14 or 15. By that time, I moved on to adult fiction like Koontz, King, Laymon and so forth.

That said, her presence does hurt other start-up authors because their scripts/entries are less likely to be read if a more known author announces their new novel. Much like what Cortez did to Saliere in Finding Forrester. I find the same to be true of the titans of rap. Why let a starving artist have a try when Jay-Z will be releasing a remastered set with two new tracks.

/Goblet of Fire destroyed a good portion of my class time in astronomy and Baldwin literature course.
//While we're on books, I have to say the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant and The Ruins by Scott Smith are two recently read books I enjoyed immensely. I'm now starting on Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities
///good slashies come in threes


Fair enough. I made that comment based on recollection of my small town library as a kid. It had two floors, the first floor was general and the second floor was the one for kids. So once you'd read the heck out of "young adult" - the sort of stuff I listed, plus stuff like Bridge to Terabithia and A Day No Pigs Would Die, The Once and Future King, the endless slew of postwar British schoolboy coming of age novels, etc, there was a big jump to adult stuff. I have no doubt that as a previous poster said, I could have found plenty that blurred the lines, but I never relied on teachers to select my reading for me.

This list is interesting to me: http://info.infosoup.org/lists/ClassicsForTeens.asp a lot of usual suspect and then Brothers Karamazov and Moby Dick? Granted, I DID read both as a teen but didn't figure either would be the sort of thing most teens would go for.
 
2013-09-12 09:20:30 PM
The Casual Vacancy managed to not only be boring, but boring and filled wholly with unlikeable characters (and this is coming from a guy who puts "Last Exit to Brooklyn" in his top 20 book list). Her attempt at writing mystery under pseudonym was, well, not even cared about until it was outed that she was the author and then, out of thin air, people with no taste in mystery fiction found it to be almost original.

I can't blame her to milking the cash cow that is Harry Potter yet again. At the end of the day, it's what brings home the bacon, not her vanity projects.
 
2013-09-12 09:55:06 PM

DeArmondVI: The Casual Vacancy managed to not only be boring, but boring and filled wholly with unlikeable characters (and this is coming from a guy who puts "Last Exit to Brooklyn" in his top 20 book list). Her attempt at writing mystery under pseudonym was, well, not even cared about until it was outed that she was the author and then, out of thin air, people with no taste in mystery fiction found it to be almost original.

I can't blame her to milking the cash cow that is Harry Potter yet again. At the end of the day, it's what brings home the bacon, not her vanity projects.


That is a counterfactual statement.
 
2013-09-12 10:46:16 PM
JK Rowling doesn't have to use a pseudonym to prove she can write. It's not like anyone heard of JK Rowling till she wrote a book.
 
2013-09-12 10:53:47 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: Until she puts out a sub-par book/movie, she gets my confidence.

/wasn't a really big fan till Azkaban
//first 2 books were "meh"


Azkaban was the best excluding DH2 IMO.
 
2013-09-12 10:57:01 PM
She's got the mainstream nerd-appeal down pat. Why do anything else?
 
2013-09-12 10:58:45 PM
Let's shift gears to Harry Potter's death.

Who is Mary Poppins? Is she the sacred feminine incarnation of God, where Jesus was both God and his son? What is Mary Poppins meant to be doing, then, in the stories which she appears? Did Alan Moore really want the Phantom Stranger, the Spectre or John Constantine to ice Potter but had to change the plan?
 
2013-09-12 11:33:00 PM

perigee: The... regret I have about Rawlings is that, considering her origins, she has a Billion dollars - and could change the Real world of the homeless. And yet, here she is, and there they are.

If having lived through the situation doesn't activate some compassionate crusade in someone That wealthy... what chance does any cause have?


What I love here is that this is in regards to an article about a book she wrote explicitly to raise money for charity.

She has given away hundreds of millions of dollars to charity.  Last year alone, she gave away like $160 million.

What I'm saying is, fark you.
 
2013-09-12 11:36:42 PM

Dr. Kefarkian: ReapTheChaos: Wow, the butthurt over wealthy people never ends here on Fark. It's also good to see that the "everything should be free and up for grabs" crowd have poked their troll heads in as well.

I don't have a problem with wealthy people.  I have a problem with people who buy dumb shiat with their wealth.
It's the "I have fark you money" crowd that draws most of the ire here on FARK.

A net worth of $1,000,000,000.00 is "fark you" money.  Definitely.


Because you've done a trillionth as much to help humanity as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, or even Rowling?
 
2013-09-12 11:40:29 PM

fuhfuhfuh: That is all well and good, but I would like to see a little more about  what was happening over at Vince Clortho Public School For Wizards during the whole Voldemort incident.


What, the students at Hogwarts aren't rich enough for you?  Can't have those Weasleys or Muggle-born running around in your school?
 
2013-09-12 11:41:50 PM

meanmutton: perigee: The... regret I have about Rawlings is that, considering her origins, she has a Billion dollars - and could change the Real world of the homeless. And yet, here she is, and there they are.

If having lived through the situation doesn't activate some compassionate crusade in someone That wealthy... what chance does any cause have?

What I love here is that this is in regards to an article about a book she wrote explicitly to raise money for charity.

She has given away hundreds of millions of dollars to charity.  Last year alone, she gave away like $160 million.

What I'm saying is, fark you.


I mean seriously, why are there still homeless people? I mean, it's not like whole governments don't spend billions every year to prevent poverty. Surely one English woman giving away lots of her vast fortune should have ended it overnight.
 
2013-09-13 01:10:17 AM

meanmutton: fuhfuhfuh: That is all well and good, but I would like to see a little more about  what was happening over at Vince Clortho Public School For Wizards during the whole Voldemort incident.

What, the students at Hogwarts aren't rich enough for you?  Can't have those Weasleys or Muggle-born running around in your school?


Yeah... rich. http://vimeo.com/54162829
 
2013-09-13 01:11:30 AM
I thought people were over this fad by now?
 
2013-09-13 01:15:18 AM
Not a fan, per se (never read the books), But the movies were all entertaining popcorn flicks. I say go for it.
 
2013-09-13 08:10:24 AM

cards fan by association: Jim from Saint Paul: Until she puts out a sub-par book/movie, she gets my confidence.

/wasn't a really big fan till Azkaban
//first 2 books were "meh"

Azkaban was the best excluding DH2 IMO.


I loved 5 and the finale.

I'm sorry, when you kill the mascot in the first 60 pages of the book you most certainly have my attentiom.
 
2013-09-13 12:17:24 PM
Finally we will have clarification on just what exactly a Blabbersnatch is.
 
2013-09-13 02:11:01 PM

Walker: From celebritynetworth.com:
JK Rowling is a British author and one of the wealthiest private citizens in the United Kingdom, with a net worth of $1 billion.

How much money does this woman need????


Meh unlike most billionaires she actually earned her fortune
 
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