Vulcan’s Peak

Some slightly dated Harry news

July 21, 2006 8:39 am

I’ve been staring at this for a few days now in case I changed my mind, but I still think it’s a bad idea:

Composer wants to create a Harry Potter opera cycle.

Okay, give the lady credit. From the quotes in the above article, it sounds like she wants to use HP’s immense popularity to revitalise opera and make it interesting to kids. But I just get the feeling that some things should not be set to music. They talked about making a Star Trek musical at one point, after all. Not to mention the fact that opera singers are stereotypically middleaged and overweight for a reason: the voice doesn’t finish maturing until you’re about thirty and opera music is demanding. I’m not saying it couldn’t be done. But I don’t think it would be a service to the stories. The composer likes that HP is “pure epic” — but I don’t think epic and opera are as analogous as she would like to make out.

Fortunately for all involved, both J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers have denied permission for the project.

In other Harry news, I really want someone to remind this guy [‘Harry won’t die’ says literature expert] that JKR has explicitly told us that Neville is NOT the chosen one. Voldemort made Harry the chosen one when he tried to kill him as a baby…because he percieved Harry, not Neville as a future threat.

I also think that the first point quoted in the article is bogus. YES, like in Dickens’ work, good has to win in the end, but that doesn’t require Harry to survive the book. He just has to take Voldemort with him if he does die.

I think what really gets my goat about that article is the way Prof. Krasner talks about Harry as though he’s got all the answers. Snape is “really fighting for good despite all appearances,” he says. Well, yes, the thought has crossed most of our minds, now hasn’t it? No call to sound presumptuous about it.

2 Responses to “Some slightly dated Harry news”

Elf wrote a comment on July 23, 2006

Doesn’t Little Nell die in a Dickens novel? (I remember reading a book of interconnected ghost stories where some character in the story thought he was Little Nell and died at the very end… I wonder what that book was called.)

Harry dies. Everybody you ever met in the books dies. The only way she never has to write a sequel again is if she magic-nuclear-bombs the Wizarding World.

Odette wrote a comment on July 23, 2006

I think that Little Nell comes from The Old Curiousity Shop, but I haven’t read it, so I’m not positive. I suspect good may prevail in some other form, so the death may just be part of the general misery that Dickens’s characters have to wallow through.

I am even less positive on the matter of Harry’s demise. I think it is entirely possible. I think that all her talk about “IF he survives” could just as easily be a lot of hype. And JKR loves to keep us in suspense — I’ve read some people who say that book 6 is all about distraction so that JKR still has some surprises up her sleeve for the last book. And I know that if I were in her place, I would love to put all the readers on tenterhooks by suggesting character deaths…and having a good chuckle when Harry lives happily to a ripe old age.

I could see it either way.

So as usual, here I am sitting on the fence…guess I’ve probably built a treehouse over it by now.

The only thing I really don’t see happening is JKR nuking the whole wizarding world. I also don’t go for my cousin’s theory that the books will end with the wizarding world exposing itself to the Muggle world. But we shall see….

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