Wednesday, 16 June 2010

J.K. - Thanks for the magic.

Now don't get all het up, just because I've posted up a picture of possibly the most heart-warming story of 'rags-to-riches' success that the world of publishing has ever known. To hell with the writer's writers, Rowling deserves everything she has received, including the recognition.

I have to say that I have never read any of her books, but I become as excited as a child when a new film adaptation comes out, and I have them all on DVD.

When the first film arrived around Christmas all those years ago (10?), I was transported back to childhood (a better one) like I have never been before, and Christmas took back on some of the old magic, despite the stupid Christians who railed against the movie.

Did you see the documentary on her, when she visited her old flat in Scotland where she wrote the first one? She was in tears, and so was I. She is fucking great, as far as I am concerned.


  1. Yeah, she's pretty cool :)

    I was a reporter ten years ago when the Hogwarts train or whatever you call in came into Edinburgh Waverly Station. It arrived in a cloud of steam (the steam first then the grey pointed engine of the train). Was pretty magical and I couldn't interview any of the kids cos they were all so hyper and excited they didn't give me a second glance. And rightly so. Even me, the old cynic that I am, was all tongue tied at the spectacle.

    She looks great in this pic, doesn't she?!

    Milton's Mum

  2. Yes, Milton. That must have been a hectic scene at Waverley station! Those kids went absolutely mental at the time. I know one of the kids who had a bit part on the first (now adult...) and even she had some of the magic rub off. I also know one of the few thousand people who worked on production - my god - don't those credits roll on and on?! Because I live near Lackock Abbey, I was very familiar with some of the sets too.

    J.K. comes over as someone who really appreciates what has happened to them, and has strong links with the past - I like that. I know quite a few rich women who remind me of her - they still hang onto their roots and family. And the life of her characters into the future is very much mapped out, even though we may never know what happens to them.

    The thing is, it is all so REAL.

  3. Maybe I should find out what I'm missing. Not read a book; not seen a film. Would I have to start at the beginning?

    How's the tooth?

  4. Definitely at the beginning, Cro. Speaking as someone who has not read the books, it all starts off when Harry is delivered as a baby on a doorstep, and carries on from there. I cannot work out if that was the best film, or just that I had never seen anything like it before. The books have certainly been enhanced by modern CGI in the films, but I think they must have stuck to the stories and dialogue fairly strictly, and it's the imagination of Rowling herself which everything else hangs on. The opening, tinkly music is wonderful too.

  5. Got to love anyone who picks themselves up by the bootstraps the way she did. Like you Tom, I haven't read the books, but always eagerly await each movie.
    We all need a little magic in our lives.

  6. J K's a classic. I saw that documentry or read the article about her and thought she was brilliant.

  7. I (of course) agree with you both!