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Finite Incantatem, Inauguration and Musical Rumors

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Melissa
January 13, 2009, 12:49 PM

The Scotsman today has two items in a Harry Potter report: First, that J.K. Rowling is on expected to receive an invite to one of January 20th's Inaugural Balls in Washington, DC. This seems to have traveled from one article suggesting JKR would be on the list for future state dinners, to another speculating that she'd be at the inauguration, to another claiming she will be. As of this moment no invitation has been received. (And with seven days to go, that committee better hurry to the post office.)

The other regards the often-rumored Harry Potter musical, the premise of which you will remember (from an earlier TLC report) Dan Radcliffe soundly rejecting; JKR's agent has told the Scotsman that a musical is not in the works, "full stop."

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Posted by abhijit on January 13, 2009, 01:01 PM report to moderator
Ryan R.

Jo is probably happy about the inaguration but why would she need to go to state dinners XD LOL

And really, I dont wanna see an HP Musical… please…. unless its a short show at the Theme Park :D

Posted by Ryan R. on January 13, 2009, 01:04 PM report to moderator

I hope she does get an invitation!

As for the musical… no thanks.

Posted by Lionpaws on January 13, 2009, 01:38 PM report to moderator

Jo’s supposed invitation to the inauguration was in The Sunday Times a couple of days ago.
It sounded so speculative that I didn’t bother telling Leaky about it.

Posted by roonwit on January 13, 2009, 01:49 PM report to moderator

I so hope she goes to the Inaguration Ceremony! She would be representing all of us Potter fans! I just hope there is no HP musical! I would make HP so childish. i cant think of people dancing and singing HP. just leave it alone with the wizard rock.,more than enough!

Posted by Helen on January 13, 2009, 02:05 PM report to moderator

hm on this….i had some peripheral involvement in one of the inaugurals (16 years ago, if anyone wants to figure things out), and can tell you that the invite lists are created many weeks before the event, and for the big-names invitations are extended months in advance…last minute invitations are rather unlikely, the more so because of the excitement about this inaugural. I’d definitely put this in the rumor category, with the slight possibility of JKR might be invited by the British Embassy as a guest/representative of Her majesty. Since —as Melissa indciates above —an invitation has not yet been received, then I’d say its pretty unlikely

roonwit, hope all is well?

Posted by budb on January 13, 2009, 02:06 PM report to moderator

hey if i was rich and famous – going to inaugurations and premieres is one of the perks i would be happy to deal with! it would almost make having to deal with paparazzi worth it! plus who wouldn’t want to go to this inauguration – it’s historic – on the very steps that slaves built … i am tearing up now :)

Posted by joan on January 13, 2009, 02:25 PM report to moderator

Well, I’ve long supported the idea of a Children’s Ball at Obama’s Inauguration. And it would be nice if writers and musicians that Sasha and Malia love were there. I hope JKR gets an invite.

And, speaking of musicals, I don’t see a Harry Potter musical. But what about Harry, A HIstory: The Musical? I can see it now, Idina Menzel playing Melissa, a kid fresh out of journalism school looking for her first big break when she meets some oddly dressed people looking like witches and wizards (opportunity for in-jokes abound) while visiting a bookshop late at night. Cue the music, “I’m in love with the Boy who lived, the boy with the lightning scar. With coffee and laptop and digital scanner, we’ll travel far.”

Posted by davidenglish on January 13, 2009, 02:43 PM report to moderator

maybe the invite thing was a rumor. but knowing Obama i’m sure it’s just a matter of time before she’s invited and no offense to Obama but i`m sure that she would be the most famous person there. there`s always next year.

harry potter a musical? i`m sorry for those who think other wise but i can`t see it ever happening. just thinking of having to sit for hours in some theater watching harry prance around singing some song because he learned how to make an object float would kill me. i`d probably get up screaming because they destroyed such a great piece of work as the potter series and destroying it with a musical. it be like peeing on the Mona Leesa!

Posted by jon on January 13, 2009, 03:16 PM report to moderator

yeah, we didn’t post the initial rumor but now papers are starting to act like it’s fait accompli. Which is when we get to do the happy rumor squashing dance. It looks something like the macarena.

Posted by Melissa on January 13, 2009, 03:48 PM report to moderator

Sure, most of us would NOT like a harry potter musical… but i still think that it would have some potential. (although harry potter and theatre are my two biggest loves in life, so of course I like this idea!) If it’s put in the wrong hands, it would be corny, embarassing, and just downright atrocious! But if put in the hands of the right people, it could be the next Wicked!!!

Hopefully Jo is invited to the Inauguration, but I was under the impression that it would have been confirmed by now.

Posted by T-Vey on January 13, 2009, 03:48 PM report to moderator

hahaha. I’d love to see this rumor squashing dance!!!

Posted by T-Vey on January 13, 2009, 03:49 PM report to moderator

Melissa dancing the macarena? Why wasn’t that included in We are Wizards? ;-)

Oddly, I’m not concerned that anyone would really pull off a “Harry the Musical”, but in about 10-12 years I wouldn’t be surprised if a cartoon “Harry and friends at Hogwarts” doesn’t get seriously discussed…..yeech! Just had an image, kinda “ScoobyDoo meets the Death Eaters”!

Posted by budb on January 13, 2009, 04:15 PM report to moderator

Oh please please please don’t do any musical. Just don’t make such a ridiculous thing.

Posted by ele0206 on January 13, 2009, 04:18 PM report to moderator

We can’t assume that Sasha and Malia are Hary Potter fans? Maybe, they aren’t.

Posted by PensievePlotter on January 13, 2009, 04:42 PM report to moderator
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