Holy crap. Not only have they finally released the publication date (June 21) for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, they’ve also revealed that this book is a third longer than Goblet of Fire! I’m going to need a bigger bookshelf.

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  1. Well, it *should* be a long book. After all it’s taken her bloody ages to finish the damn thing. I’m sort of wondering whether whe’ll ever get round to writing th efinal three installments. I mean, it’s not like she needs the money any more…Bah. I’m just being cynical. Can’t wait to get my hands on The Order Of The Phoenix. Woo!

  2. I just realized that I’ve forgotten half the stuff that was set up in Book 4. Wasn’t there something about Hagrid going to meet with the giants? And Snape acting as a double agent? I’m gonna have to re-read.

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  4. Yes, I’ll definitely have to re-read Book 4 sometime in May. I’ve spent far too much time buried in fanon to keep everything separate from canon. I mean, jeez… Rowling’s Snape is obviously notthe dark, dynamic, sexy character I’ve grown to know and love. She writes him very one-dimensional, which is understandable. The books are all from Harry’s point of veiw, and he’s just a kid, so I doubt we’ll ever see Snape as anything other than an unfair, greasy git.

    🙂

    I’m excited, too, but… I’m worried that I’ll be disappointed in how Rowling handles some of my favorite characters. For some reason, I have this feeling that Ron is going to turn on Harry. Evil!Ron is one of the more popular theories, actually. My favorite take on that particular idea is the hilarious “Pop Goes The Weasle” trilogy. But I really don’t want that to happen in canon. What I’d really like to see is the Gryffindor Three a strong, united front against Evil.

    But if Rowling puts Ron and Hermione together in a relationship, I’ll puke. Same goes for Harry and Ginny. Or… Or if she reveals that the reason Snape hates Harry so much is that he was in love with Lilly, and James took her away from him. [gag] Buh!!!

    Heh. I don’t want Rowling to ship, period. She’d be better off leaving that to the fans. 😉

    But, other than all that, I can’t wait. I’m curious to see what Rowling has in store for us in Harry’s 5th year. From the little snippets revealed in this article, it looks as if it’ll be an interesting ride, to say the least.

  5. a third longer?! hell yeah. sounds like i’ll be in pajamas and spend another entire weekend sleepless and reading…(the GOF exhausted me!)

    but now i think jk’s building me up for disappointment with the final three books – if one of them actually turns up shorter than its predecessors, i’ll feel let down or something. i can’t wait though, either. i’m glad they at least waited a while before announcing the release date – june seems but a few moments away! yippee! and it’s conveniently near my birthday, so, you know, any nice sisters i have can like, pre-order it for me and stuff, if they like, really, really love me… : )

    or i’ll just go pick up a copy myself -that way i can wear my scarf to the bookstore! in LA! in June! HA! (and i made fun of you for drawing the lightning bolt on your forehead for movie 1. sorry about that.)

  6. Didn’t we find out why Snape hates Harry? I thought it was because James Potter and his posse pulled that trick on Snape (sent him into the werewolf house, didn’t they?) that nearly got him killed. Of course, that seems a silly reason to harbor a serious grudge against the guy’s kid 20 years later, so maybe there’s more to it.

    I’ve gotta disagree with you on the romance angle. I SO want Ron and Hermione to get together! I definitely think she’s gonna go there, too, what with the set-up involving the big dance in Book 4. But don’t get me wrong, I don’t actually wanna SEE them get together. It’s like how Bridget Jones talks about Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. You want them to get together, and you know they eventually will, but you don’t actually want to see them, like, shagging or anything. It’s just too weird. But I’d love for those two to end up together by the time the series ends.

    Poor Harry, though, is destined to a loveless existence, in my opinion. I don’t think the Ginny thing was ever a serious plot possibility; she just had a silly crush. Cho Change is more realistic, but we’ve read very little about her. I’m betting that she gets killed off or something. And didn’t she sorta set Harry up to be an Auror (or Augurer, whatever the word is) as a career? Those guys sound more like “lone wolf” than “family man” types. Nah, I see Cho biting it at some point and Harry going on to avenge her death and carry the memory of her in his heart. (But hopefully not with the dumbass Braveheart ending, where he shags some stupid French chick because he’s going to die anyway. But I digress…)

    Just my two cents… 🙂

  7. I always thought that the whole Shrieking Shack incident was a stupid reason to hold a grudge against Harry. While Snape possibly had every reason to loathe the Marauders, it doesn’t explain why he’s out to get Harry.

    It’s weird. In Philosopher’s Stone, Snape went out of his way to save Harry from being knocked from his broom during that first Quidditch match. You could argue that Snape was just doing his job as a professor of Hogwarts, but I don’t believe that it’s as simple as that. And I don’t think it’s a valid argument to say that it’s all an act… Snape practically begs Dumbledore to expel Harry more times than I can count; he does this even when unaware that there’s a listening (albeit unseen) audience. I sincerely hope that there’s more to Snape than meets the eye, but that’s just me. I’d love it if Rowling wrote him out to be a secret double agent. Wouldn’t that just be dashing and sexxy and angsty?? Squee!! ;D

    Bah! You happily travel on the HHS Pumpkin Pie, eh? 😉

    The major problem I have with the Ron/Hermione thing is that Ron straight up doesn’t understand Hermione. I just can’t imagine… Buh. As sweet as the romance might be at first, I think Ron’d be better off with someone a little less… deep, I guess you could say. He needs to hook up with a Quidditch chick.

    I still think there’s hope for Hermione/Snape. 😉

    Harry is definitely destined to be a lone wolf, kinda like his godfather, Sirius Black. He might have a crush on Cho Chang, she’s definitely pretty and everything, but I don’t think that he’d actually like her if he got to know her. I mean, do you ever think that Cho would get over Cedric’s death that quickly, or even be able to separate Harry from that unfortunate circumstance? I don’t know. Buh. I don’t like Cho.

    But, you know, I don’t really want to see Harry with anyone. I think he’d be better off doing the whole lone wolf thing.

    Heh… It’d be even better if Harry realizes that he’s gay, and secretly in love with Draco Malfoy. Harry/Draco is a marvelous pairing.;)

  8. Erk. Sorry. That’s supposed to be “HMS Pumpkin Pie.” ;P

  9. Poor Harry..he’s going to be the single friend that Hermione and Ron keep trying to set up w/ a stream of unworthy girls, a la Notting Hill.

    And Snape is Harry’s real father. Yep…I’ve just given two huge plot twists away. 🙂

    Although I do love the idea of Harry/Draco! LOL Take that right wingers. Forget the magic, you have to protect your children from a gay Harry. Ah, the midwest would implode.

  10. A Scene From Harry Potter: Voldemort Strikes Back…

    Snape: There is no escape. Don’t make me destroy you. Harry, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the Wizarding World.

    Harry: I’ll never join you!

    Snape: If you only knew the POWER of Voldemort. Dumbledore never told you what happened to your father.

    Harry: He told me enough! He told me YOU killed him.

    Snape: No. I am your father!

    Harry: NOOOOO! It’s not true! That’s impossible!

    Heh…

  11. What’s the Pumpkin Pie reference? I’m out of the loop.

    Snape *is* going to be a double agent against the Death Eaters, isn’t he? Or was that the guy from Durmstrang? Man, I really need to re-read these books.

  12. Heh! It’s a dorky fandom thing, really. We take “relation” off of the word “relationship,” shortening it to just “ship.” So when you’re rooting for Ron/Hermione, you say that you’re a R/H Shipper.

    There’s a group of R/H Shippers on a mailing list that decided to be all cutesy-wootsy about their ship preference, and instead of just saying they ship R/H, they’ve named it HMS Pumpkin Pie. I guess HMS stands for “Her Majesty’s Ship,” right? I know that’s the title that the Brit Navy uses when naming their ships, the same as the U.S. uses the title “USS.”

    Like I said, it’s stupid… And I’m far too involved in fandom for my own good!

    And the guy from Durmstrang is Karkaroff, who is an evil, evil guy. He used to be — well, is — a Death Eater. I’m pretty sure that Snape will prove to be a double agent, but that’s really just speculation at this point, from hints that Rowling dropped in Book 4. Harry saw Snape’s Dark Mark, so we know that Snape is, or was, somewhat involved in Death Eater activities. Only time will tell what side he’s really on, although I’m afraid I’ll hate Rowling ’til the day I die if she decides that Snape is evil incarnate after all. 😉

  13. Oh I’m down with shipping. I’m a Joey/Pacey ‘shipper from way back. I just didn’t get the Pumpkin Pie thing. 🙂

    Don’t feel bad about your Harry Potter addiction. It’s still more respectable than that of us sad Dawson’s Creek rejects…

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