Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Harry Potter Hype

I am thinking about going to see Harry and the Potters this weekend. Not just because they are cool, and brothers, and dress like Harry Potter and sing songs like Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock and This Book is so Awesome, and you get to see little kids rocking out. It's also because the final Harry Potter book comes out in a few weeks (July 21) and I don't want to waste it by not being appropriately hyped up. It helps that Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix comes out on the 11th, too.

Here's a question, though. Do you think there's something wrong with all these adults reading kid's books? Do they make us stupider? Are we burying our heads in childhood fantasy because we're no good at being grownups?

Personally I will defend the reading of Harry Potter books, though I was initially skeptical. I'm generally pretty picky about writing style and less interested in plot. I was pleasantly surprised that these books manage to balance the two well enough for me to enjoy them. So I'm not going to feel guilty for a little indulgence. Plus books that can freak kids out enough to get them standing in line to read are awesome.


Ben said...

Dude, EVERYONE reads the books, so if it's stupid, you're at least in good company.

Check this out, sure to make you nostalgic for the city. From the Harry & The Potters tour. I especially like "Hungarian Horntails" as a band name.

July 19th, Thursday
Queens, NY
Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
5:00pm, $10 adults/$5 under 12
29-19 24th Ave, Astoria, NY 11102
Oh yes! You're going to have to be careful not to OD on Awesomeness tonight! This is a SUPER SPECIAL show! Also performing are the Hungarian Horntails and those jerks in Draco and the Malfoys. And to top it all off, we are going to be joined by the Dumbledore's Army HORN SECTION! Whoa! Oh my! Do not miss this!

Ben said...

One last comment about the Harry and the Potters tour, the show list for which can be Googled: they certainly play a lot of libraries. There are "stadium bands" and "bar bands" and "small club bands," but have you ever heard of a "library band?"

alice said...

the hungarian horntails is made up of an 8 year old and a 4 year old!

Karen said...

I like The (or A) Library Band as a band name. Or maybe just Library Band?

Leslie said...

bloody harry potter! it's only a bit better than the lord of the rings nerds. i'm proud to say i've never read any of the books and i feel asleep during the first movie.