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Posted by: Melissa
May 09, 2009, 12:32 PM

In two weeks, the first ever HP screenwriter-fan chat will be taking place at LeakyCon 2009 in Boston, MA. Today, we're asking you to take part, even if you can't go to the conference.

We're taking your questions ahead of time: leave a question for Michael Goldenberg, scriptwriter of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, here in this thread, and we'll pick out the best ones to be asked during the keynote.

That keynote, by the way, is selling out fast. You can register for LeakyCon here, or amend your registration to include the keynote here.

Here is the entire schedule of events for LeakyCon:

Friday Morning
Friday Afternoon and Evening
Saturday Morning
Saturday Afternoon and Evening


Editors and Authors: Cheryl Klein and John Green - click here to read about it, click here to register.

Nosh with the Nerdfighters - click here to read about it, click here to register.

Q&A with Michael Goldenberg - click here to read, click here to register.

We are also holding a drawing for a signed one-of-a-kind collection of all 10 American-Edition Harry Potter books, donated by Scholastic and J.K. Rowling. For pics and video of the set, click here.

Remember, leave your question in a comment on this thread and we will pick the best ones to be asked at the conference.

See you there!

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1980 Points

thats coool!

Posted by floridianhp*ROAR* on May 09, 2009, 02:26 PM report to moderator
49 Points

Were you a fan of the Harry Potter series before you signed onto writing the screenplay?

Posted by felixismycat on May 09, 2009, 02:47 PM report to moderator
62 Points

i have just one question…
how come, if harry saw his parents die, that he can only see thestrals until he sees voldemort murder cedric??

Posted by hermi0ne_228 on May 09, 2009, 02:51 PM report to moderator
13596 Points

How did you manage to convert Harry’s possession by Voldemort into a visual narrative?

Posted by Garden State Geek on May 09, 2009, 03:08 PM report to moderator
347 Points

How did you decide how to shape Harry’s growing anger?

Posted by HarryRichardsPotter on May 09, 2009, 03:15 PM report to moderator
232 Points

How many drafts did you have to write before you felt that the script was perfect?
Do the producers and director have any say as to what makes it into the script? (and if so… how much?)
In the film we see that Cho ratted out the D.A. to Umbridge (not intentionally, of course, but under the influence of Veritaserum). Was this written to clearly show Harry and Cho’s relationship coming to end, or was there, perhaps, another meaning?
In books, we as readers can go inside character’s heads in the sense that we can read their thoughts. Do you have a certain approach to translate the character’s thoughts onto the screen?
-Taylor from Grand Rapids, Michigan

Posted by Rumbleroar! on May 09, 2009, 03:38 PM report to moderator
62 Points

hi,, me again, could someone tell me (please) why harry potter can only see thestrals after he sees cedric murdered?? (if he saw his mom die?)

Posted by hermi0ne_228 on May 09, 2009, 04:13 PM report to moderator
232 Points

^^ J.K. Rowling explained this in an interview I believe. It had something to do with the death “sinking in.” Although Harry’s parents died, this is not an event that he can still picture or recall, since he was only a baby. And as far as Cedric, I believe that it wasn’t until after the summer when he had finally processed it from reliving that graveyard scene over and over in his dreams, at which point he has come to accept the death. Hope that helps… :)

Posted by Rumbleroar! on May 09, 2009, 04:28 PM report to moderator
212 Points

Mr. Goldenberg, was there any point in writing Order of the Pheonix in which Jo said to keep something in. If so, when?

Posted by senoritasophia13 on May 09, 2009, 04:34 PM report to moderator
566 Points

How was it coming into the middle of the series after the first four films had been written by the same scriptwriter?

Posted by blue4t on May 09, 2009, 05:11 PM report to moderator
86 Points

What made you pick and use only Nargles as Luna’s peculiar creature reference, rather than also using or strictly using one of her other many mentions like say crumple-horned snorcaks, or blibbering humdingers? :)

Posted by Autumn on May 09, 2009, 05:18 PM report to moderator
791 Points

I wish I could go….


Posted by DanielleD on May 09, 2009, 05:31 PM report to moderator
161 Points

What do you wish you could have left in the screenplay from the book?

Posted by Hufflepuffler on May 09, 2009, 06:28 PM report to moderator
857 Points

was the battle scene hard to scale down to size?
unrelated-will peeps that aren’t able to go still be able to watch/read a transcription of Michael answering all of these questions? And what about the other keynote speakers? God I HATE not being able to go!!!

Posted by kayzz on May 09, 2009, 06:29 PM report to moderator
595 Points

What was the pressure like working on this project? Did you have a whole staff working with you to adapt the book to the screen, or was all up to you? How difficult was it deciding what stayed in the script, and what went? Did the directors and producers tell you ahead of time what scenes would be cut, or were those decisions up to you?

Posted by MJLeakyCon on May 09, 2009, 10:38 PM report to moderator
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