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Five new Harry Potter Clips for The Half-Blood Prince

ABC aired five one minute Harry Potter clips previews.  Each one gives a little glimpse into what they will cover in the movie and includes interviews with cast and crew.

The Half-Blood Prince will delve deeper into the story behind Tom Riddle

and the secret that Professor Slughorn holds.

I’m glad to see that they will bring Quidditch back for this movie.  I can’t wait to sing Weasley is our king!

I’m also glad that they will include more of the lighthearted elements from the story plus the really cool romantic line between Harry and Ginny.

I’m both very excited and concerned with how they will conclude the last 20 minutes of the film.  Part of me really hopes they stay true to the book and put all of it in it would make for good movie magic but the other part of me isn’t sure if I want to see it.  July couldn’t come sooner but don’t forget your reading assignment one complete scroll on the Tales of Beedle The Bard.

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Will There be a Sequel to Harry Potter in Court?

harry_potter_1-7 Earlier this year a New York Federal Judge ruled that Steven Vander Ark’s Harry Potter reference book was a violation of J.K. Rowling’s copyright.  This main argument of the case was over what is fair use.  Although I had mixed feelings over the case as it was going on I have hope that the results could still be positive. Instead of continuing the fight in appeals court Steven Vander Ark rewrote the Harry Potter reference book using what he learned from the trial on what is fair use.

"We learned a lot at the trial about what was acceptable, what would follow the fair use guidelines," said Vander Ark, 50. "That was not clear before. There was no law on the books that made it clear what was acceptable and what wasn't. (via AP)

The new book contains a lot more critical commentary.  This will have to be seen in application.  If the entries consisted of clips of actual Potter text on the topics then of course it was copyright infringement but if the entries was just facts on the subject then it was not plagiarism.  Did they require him to put in a lot of opinion into a reference that has the expectation of facts.  If that is the result of the case then a great injustice has been done to a society that already has issues differentiating between fact and opinion.

Steven Vander Ark also removed the plot spoilers from the new book.  I’m not a fan of spoilers being used carelessly but a reference book comes with an expectation that it would contain a reasonable degree of spoilers.  Once again this will have to be seen in application before I let my ire build but it concerns me.  I would understand removing major spoilers from the text but some spoilers would have to happen because they are tied into the facts and should be included.

On the plus side it appears that this Harry Potter reference book will make it to publication since a lawyer for Rowling’s Literary Agency is “Pleased to hear that rather than continue to litigate, RDR have themselves decided to publish a different book prepared with reference to Judge Patterson's decision."

Was Dumbledore Gay?

I am still looking for other conformations of this but the Harry Potter Automatic News Agregator is reporting that at her reading in New York, J K Rowling revealed that Albus Dumbledore was gay and that his first love was the dark wizard Grindelwald.

Answering a question ... at tonight's book reading at Carnegie Hall ... JK Rowling said she "always thought Dumbledore was gay" and that he originally fell in love with the wizard Grindelwald.

Rowling also said she had read through Steve Kloves' script for the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and corrected a passage in which Dumbledore was reminiscing about past loves by crossing it out and scrawling "Dumbledore is gay" over it.

Upon hearing her response, a hush fell over the audience in attendence [sic] and then applause exploded (HPANA).

I am classifying this in the realm of hearsay for the moment, and will keep and eye out for other sources of the story. But if this is true, it would really beg the question as to what a gay character in fiction has to do to prove their queerness. Should a writer have to make the character's sexuality evident in the story if it has nothing to do with the plot? Personally, I have written numerous gay characters that have never had an opportunity to reveal their sexuality in the story. Does that make them any more or less gay? It is an interesting question.

As for Dumbledore, I am on the fence. I can see it from a certain point of view, and it would explain some things about the way he was written, but I am not trumpeting this until I have a bit more concrete sourcing. I just thought I would pass it along.

(from my HQ Blog)