Harry Potter and the Chamber of Boredom

I’m sitting here watching a Harry Potter movie on ABC family (I’m not the one choosing the viewing). I know that approximately 98% of the people in the world love Harry Potter but I believe that I’m immune to the charms of this series. Kind of like that dreadful movie Love Actually, it’s odd to see actors I like so much (Alan Rickman, Richard Harris, Robbie Coletrane) doing work I find so non-compelling.

I just can’t say umpteen books/movies of British boarding school politics holds much interest for me, whether or not it contains a bunch of twee magicky crap. I’m watching a monster chase Harry through sewers and know there is no chance it will eat him, so I guess rooting for the monster is futile. This stuff is just not my bag. I’m sure they’ll do fine without me. Michael Swanwick’s The Iron Dragon’s Daughter is the closest I’ve been to caring about this kind of stuff and I can’t imagine anyone else ever getting me to care about it again.

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4 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Boredom”

  1. Dylan J.J. says:

    I’m sry but I totally disagree about the HP books. I think the are amazing books but except the fact that somepeople may not like them. But, THE MOVIES SUCK!I’m with you there Alan Rickman is a great actor who has in this series seriously disappointed me. Btw, I don’t know if you’ve actually read the books but they bearly resemble the movies.

    Dylan J.J.

  2. Dylan J.J. says:

    Also, I got a link to your site from Avalanche the podcast. I just subscribed to your podcast and am really enjoying it


  3. gray says:

    the first lord of the rings cured me of this recent slew of fantasy movie trilogies/sagas/franchises. epic battle after epic battle after epic battle after epic battle after epic battle doesn’t seem to get any fresher the longer it plays.

    an Ocean’s 13 that’s more like 11 than 12 wouldn’t bother me tho.

  4. Dave, in the battle over trying to decide whether Harry Potter is compelling or not, I found this little hack:


    I haven’t laughed this hard in a long, long time. But be warned: you’ll never read Harry Potter the same way again. 🙂

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