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What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?

Posted by Melissa
May 25, 2011, 11:40 AM
A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.
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The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.
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Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen
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I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.
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I hope Twin 1 & 2 passed on this one!

Posted by Won_Two on September 16, 2011, 10:07 PM report to moderator
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Morning all!

Well, it looks like my guess was correct; it appears Leaky is about to become a multi-fandom fansite. Last night, the site “Ultimate Gleeks” posted to say it was going to be partnering with Leaky:

“This Sunday, September 18th, you’re all going to notice some major changes to the entire UltimateGleeks social media network. UltimateGleeks has officially partnered with Melissa Anelli and The Leaky Cauldron to bring you “Leaky News!” Leaky News is a multi-platform, multi-fandom entertainment news website and Glee is going to be a huge focus…

…On Sunday, all of the UltimateGleeks brand handles, (Including Twitter) will change to LeakyNews, so all of the Glee coverage and giveaways will be coming from LeakyNews. Please understand that you will still get the same Glee coverage you’ve come to expect from UltimateGleeks, and you’ll also be able to get your fix of Team StarKid, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Hunger Games and more! I hope you’ll show Leaky News and my new partner, Melissa Anelli the same outpouring of love and support that you’ve all given me. Melissa and I have had so many late night pow-wows these past weeks planning some of the most AMAZING Glee giveaways and events for you!"

That’s most of the relevant stuff, but here’s the link if you want to check out the post for yourselves: http://ultimategleeksofficial.tumblr.com/post/10303155120/ultimategleeks-is-changing-say-hello-to-leaky-news

I’m wondering if this was an early “leak” of the announcement. It seems odd that the GLEE site would announce it before Leaky itself would. In any case, I’m pretty excited about this. I’ve really liked what Andrew and others have done with Hypable; it’s cool to get info from a bunch of fandoms all in one place, and what makes it different than the regular entertainment sites like Entertainment Weekly or E! News is that it’s run by true fans. Now, what will make Leaky different from Hypable, I don’t know, but since I’ve always been a Leaky fan over Mugglenet, I have a feeling I’ll still be loyal to Leaky first, even if I continue to read both sites.

I’m guessing this may mean that the “slightly different focus” they’ve mentioned for future LeakyCons means that the conference will be multi-fandom too, which is even more awesome. Sort of like a smaller scale Comic-Con, maybe? :D

Posted by Bookworm Jen on September 17, 2011, 07:23 AM report to moderator
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Deanie, in regard to the question of student numbers, Jo did essentially say that it was an error. This is her answer from the Melissa and Emerson interview, which was a few years after her “1000 students” reply:

“Well, Hogwarts. All right. Here is the thing with Hogwarts. Way before I finished “Philosopher’s Stone,” when I was just amassing stuff for seven years, between having the idea and publishing the book, I sat down and I created 40 kids who enter Harry’s year. I’m delighted I did it, [because] it was so useful. I got 40 pretty fleshed out characters. I never have to stop and invent someone. I know who’s in the year, I know who’s in which house, I know what their parentage is, and I have a few personal details on all of them. So there were 40. I never consciously thought, “That’s it, that’ s all the people in his year,” but that’s kind of how it’s worked out. Then I’ve been asked a few times how many people and because numbers are not my strong point, one part of my brain knew 40, and another part of my brain said, “Oh, about 600 sounds right.” Then people started working it out and saying, “Where are the other kids sleeping?” [Laughter.] We have a little bit of a dilemma there. I mean, obviously magic is very rare. I wouldn’t want to say a precise ratio. But if you assume that all of the wizarding children are being sent to Hogwarts, then that’s very few wizard-to-Muggle population, isn’t it? There will be the odd kid whose parents don’t want them to go to Hogwarts, but 600 out of the whole of Britain is tiny.

Let’s say three thousand [in Britain], actually, thinking about it, and then think of all the magical creatures, some of which appear human. So then you’ve got things like hags, trolls, ogres and so on, so that’s really bumping up your numbers. And then you’ve got the world of sad people like Filch and Figg who are kind of part of the world but are hangers on. That’s going to bump you up a bit as well, so it’s a more sizable, total magical community that needs hiding, concealing, but don’t hold me to these figures, because that’s not how I think."

LOL, so here she doesn’t even mention the 1000 number, so it definitely sounds like the exact numbers are not set in stone. ;)

On a more somber note, Twin1 was at that air show. :( She said that if the plane had crashed just a few seconds later, she would have been hurt or killed. So scary!

I have class this morning, but I may be around later this evening.

Posted by Bookworm Jen on September 17, 2011, 07:34 AM report to moderator
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AHA! And right after I posted this, Melissa Tweeted the leakynews link again, so I went to it, and sure enough, the question mark area is now a link to a post talking about the upcoming changes. :)

Posted by Bookworm Jen on September 17, 2011, 07:49 AM report to moderator
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So, we may not be here tomorrow? Maybe we can convene over at the new Castle and conference on finding some out of the way spot on the HP part of the new website that maybe Melissa will let us take over.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 17, 2011, 10:25 AM report to moderator
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I don’t even want to think about not being able to come here. Yes we have other sites but this is our home.

Posted by Cool G on September 17, 2011, 12:59 PM report to moderator
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COOLG, we will have to find some corner to take over. Melissa knows we are here and that we are likely to find some other obscure spot to move in.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 17, 2011, 01:25 PM report to moderator
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Are they changing this site to Leaky News? if not, it could just be another site for people who want a larger base for news about multi-fandoms. I am sure each fandom will still have sites that ae relatively exclusive to their own bits.

After all, I have never watched Glee, so I really don’t care about their news. Well, except as it makes Jen happy or sad. ;)

The same goes for the Twilight or True Blood news. And a lot of others. ;)

I have not found fansites, in english, for a lot of the anime I follow. At least, not by show. I have found a few that are sort of all encompassing. They are not for me! ;)

Yes, finding out about another show that I may like is good, but I hate slogging through a bunch of stuff that is not of interest to me, just to find the gems. ;)

I don’t have that kind of time! ;)

I supose we will see just what they do to or for us, eventually. We always knew that there were likely to be changes once the final movie was released. ;)

I’m still holding hope that new movies will be done in animation and be much closer to the books. I have heard that there is a rumor about making SS/PS into an animated miniseries. If it is done like the Star Wars shows that I have seen, it should be almost exactly the books made into moving graphic novel. I would buy those! ;)

See you all later, here or at the new castle, or wherever! ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 17, 2011, 01:30 PM report to moderator
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No! Melissa has posted that there will be no changes to The Cauldron! This will just be an additional thing…

Posted by Won_Two on September 17, 2011, 01:54 PM report to moderator
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WON, GREAT NEWS!!!!

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 17, 2011, 02:54 PM report to moderator
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I knew from previous conversations that T1 & 2 liked going to the Air Races @ Reno… I had a suspicion that one or both might be there. That one should have had this awful thing happen right in front of her is VERY frightening to say the least! :+O

Posted by Won_Two on September 17, 2011, 02:58 PM report to moderator
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Won, that is just such awful tragic news about the air show. I am relieved to hear that Twin1 is ok, but she must be very badly shocked.

Posted by asti on September 17, 2011, 03:40 PM report to moderator
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I had always wanted to see an air show and was contemplating the one here since there has been so much publicity about it but then ASTI reported her incident and now TWIN ONE had this happen yesterday. WON, it begins to look as if you were lucky to have nothing of any particular note happen at your show a couple of weeks ago. This group is not fairing well around air shows.

My daughter’s father’s friend has called and has given us tickets to see a community theatre production of LITTLE WOMEN tonight. My daughter called a friend from school. So, now I am escorting three girls to the theatre tonight. I am not so excited about this show but I am glad my daughter will have a night out with her friends.

I have had to rework my plans in terms of weekend food. I had intended to have something easy after LES MISERABLES tomorrow but now we are having the easy food tonight since I have been galvanized into action, getting myself ready and cooking dinner all at once.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 17, 2011, 04:36 PM report to moderator
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As of 4PM Eastern US time there are 9 confirmed dead, and 50+ wounded…

Posted by Won_Two on September 17, 2011, 04:36 PM report to moderator
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Here is a C&P of Melissa’s statement:

>>Hey guys! Some of you clever people have hacked into our site and seen what we’re up to. Tricksy hobbitses!

We are used to teasing you guys right up to the moment of revelation, but, that doesn’t seem fair. Let’s just let the cat out of the bag and hopefully you’ll become as psyched about it as we are.

LeakyNews is becoming an all-stops entertainment site. That means the people who have been serving Harry Potter fans for a decade have decided to take all that knowledge, all that drive, and turn it into something even more awesome.

First of all, The Leaky Cauldron is going nowhere: your favorite Harry Potter site will remain that for many years to come. LeakyCon is still primarily a place to geek about Harry Potter. But we realized that fans of Harry Potter are very frequently fans of other things as well. We want to be the people to engage with you on those fandoms, too.

We’ve wanted to do this with LeakyNews.com for a few years, actually. Only now have all the right components come together. We are starting with these fandoms and building upward:

Harry Potter (duh)

The Hunger Games

Glee

StarKid

Doctor Who

Game of Thrones

Why those? It’s the ones we love most! We have a small group of editors covering these things based on their interest alone: Rosi will handle Doctor Who and The Hunger Games; Edward will do Harry Potter; Zach (who is turning his entire @ultimategleeks enterprise into this new site, a measure of devotion and excitement that has been inspiring) will handle the Glee and StarKid areas, and I (Melissa) will be our resident Game of Thrones geek. (Because I am.) (Valar Morghulis. YEAH I SAID IT.)

We’re starting small on purpose: we want to build additional areas into the site based on what comes naturally, and on your interest level. That means we want you. If you are a major geek about a specific thing – be it book, author, television show, film series, whatever – and are interested in being a part of this site, start getting ready to let us know why you should write for LeakyNews. We have two qualifications for writers: That they are major fans of the things they want to cover, and they can write. Let us know what you’d like to cover and send samples to apply@leakynews.com – starting now!

So what can you expect on LeakyNews? Well, of course, all the latest news coverage. New types of content and a lot more opinion, recaps, reviews, etc. Interviews with people you want to hear from. Lots of prizes. You can also write your own articles which may get featured right on the site.

This is a new and exciting time for us: our baby is growing up. We’re turning into a source for all the things you love and can’t wait to take this journey with you, the loyal Leakies!

Get pumped!

Love,
Melissa<<

Posted by Won_Two on September 17, 2011, 04:54 PM report to moderator
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daughter’s friend’s father (too many possesive words in a row)…got them out of order.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 17, 2011, 05:12 PM report to moderator
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Hey everyone!!
Harry Potter + Glee + Starkid in one place?!?! (Gives my brain a few minutes to process this awesomeness…) :O This is totally awesome. And the Hunger Games is great too, of course. I’m just not quite as obsessed with that one. I have absolutely no clue what the Game of Thrones is though. ???

That’s so horrible about the air show. Thank God Twin 1 is OK. She must be horrified though. We had an air show here last week, but I didn’t go. I just don’t see the appeal in watching planes fly around. My mom loves them.

Posted by Hermione Weasley on September 17, 2011, 07:08 PM report to moderator
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Evening all!

Class today went well…except for the moment about 10-15 min in, when a cockroach went scurrying by the front on the room! The professor was reviewing the syllabus and talking about the assignment that had been due today went a girl behind me screeched, “OH MY GOD!” For some reason, my first instinct was to duck; I suppose I thought something was coming behind me since that was the direction of the voice. But then I noticed that people in front of me were jumping up on their seats and then I spotted the disgusting thing. One woman got up, saying, “It’s just a bug,” and stuck her empty coffee cup over it, then slid a paper underneath and carried it out. Ugh! Afterwards, though, we got a good laugh because one girl said to the one who had screamed, “Wow, I thought you were really upset about the assignment!” LOL! Maybe it was one of those things where you had to be there, or maybe I’m just overtired, but I’m actually hysterically laughing over this right now. The exclamation was just so unexpected and so loud, and the thought that someone would shout like that over an assignment is just cracking me up!

Okay, I’ve composed myself now. (Bahahahah, maybe not…just realized I typed “composted”; that would have been a whole different thing! Yeah, I think I’m overtired!)

LH, I hope you have fun at Little Women … I didn’t realize there was a play version. Is it a musical or straight play? Also, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Les Mis. You’ve seen it before, right? I’m really interested in how the new production compares to the original/standard one. Laura saw it last and absolutely loved it, but since she hadn’t seen it previously, she didn’t have a point of comparison. I see it on Nov 3; I can’t wait!

HW, Game of Thrones is an epic fantasy book series that just became a tv series on HBO. I own the books but haven’t read them yet (each one is HUGE!), but I did watch the show and it’s AWESOME! I was originally going to hold off on watching until I’d read the books, but since they weren’t at the top of my list and everyone was talking about how faithful the tv adaptation was, I finally decided to let myself watch. I definitely recommend it…though I suppose I should add a warning that being an HBO show, it does have a lot of nudity and graphic violence.

Posted by Bookworm Jen on September 17, 2011, 09:49 PM report to moderator
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Back from LITTLE WOMEN. The play is pretty much the movie but played out on the one interior set, in this case redressed between scenes to indicate different locations. This was at a little community theatre about three miles from my house. I tend to call it, “Pa has a barn. Let’s put on a show.” style theatre. The acting is noticably wooden and I didn’t see anyone in the cast who has done work in other local theatres, just in this one place, their own little fishbowl.

In the first act I did notice one actress who was not noticably “acting”. She wasn’t letting it show. Her lines were delivered as if she was having a conversation. During intermission I made a point of reading her biography in the program. She holds a graduate degree from The Shakespeare Institute at Stratfore-Upon-Avon. How in the world she made it into this theatre and into this cast I will never understand.

One other actor was more than passable in the second act, the professor who Jo marries. I took a look at his bio as well. He holds a masters in theatre from a local university. I had never seen the results of an education so clearly until tonight.

JEN, I have seen LES MIS in London, a couple of times in New York, and several times here. I’ve probably seen it five times. I am accustomed to the turn table stage so I am quite interested in seeing what they have done to top that. I hope I don’t miss the turn table. I was always impressed by it.

I remember the first time I saw it was in London. It was in an old Victorian era theatre. Before the performance all the doors were thrown open down the sides of the outside aisles. There were so many doors it almost felt as if you were outside. Just before the show began the doors were quickly shut and the theatre went dark. The outside world was shut out. The lights went out and the show started. I don’t think the theatre was air conditioned. I had never seen anything like it. All the New York theatres are air conditioned.

Also, JEN, I was once in religion class in highschool when a girl in the next row and maybe one seat back of me started screaming and climbed up on her desk. Everyone turned and looked at her and then turned to see why she was screaming. When I turned to look there was a head of a boa constrictor coming out of the neck of the jacket of the boy directly in front of me. I nearly flipped out. I hate snakes so, of course, I had to scream some too after I bolted out of my seat.

The boy, my best friend, had to take the snake to his locker and put it there and lock it in until its owner could claim it and take it home.

I should have known something was strange because when he came into class his wind breaker jacket was zipped all the way to his neck. I had never seen that jacket zipped up at all. I should have known he was hiding something and been suspicious. I never would take anything from him when he would hold out his hand and say, “Close your eyes and hold out your hand.”

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 18, 2011, 12:45 AM report to moderator
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Morning all! We have a grey morning and there has been rain overnight. I was conscious overnight of not being as warm as I would like so I might might be a bit dozy today. I watched quite a bit of TV yesterday, mostly repeats. I am looking forward to the second series of Downton Abbey which I so enjoyed last season, and which proved to be surprisingly popular.

I have been a bit remiss in my entertainment coverage – I can thoroughly recommend Camelot despite the fact that I carelessly missed two episodes. Excellent acting, realistic settings and acceptable costumes and a fine performance by Eva Green as Morgana. I was completely gripped by Torchwood, Miracle Day which finished this week. It is fantasy/sci-fi and a spin off from Dr. Who. I have finally lost patience with Dr. Who and stopped watching it. We were introduced to a new series called The Body Farm last week, a concept with which we are both familiar from CSI. The first episode was so gruesome and the setting so unnattractive that we both decided not to sully our minds by watching any further episodes. Last night I watched Dulpicity with Clive Owen and Julia Roberts which was well done but the plot was very complicated. I have a special soft spot for Clive Owen who has been around on TV for quite a long time. I always found him a compelling actor to watch and felt that he had a bright future and in the last few years he has been in several big films. Perhaps all that was needed to promote his progress in Holywood was extensive dental work.

Coffee time.

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GRAYMAYNE, the original real life BODY FARM is located in Tennessee outside of Knoxville which is the last large city we pass through before we leave the interstate headed into the mountains. It is part of a department at the University of Tennessee. I think it was Patricia Cornwell who wrote the book, THE BODY FARM. It is definitely not my cup of tea but my mother watches CSI and reads that sort of thing.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 18, 2011, 08:21 AM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke I knew of the existence of the body farm because Stephen Fry paid a nervous visit to it, lol, and I bought the book of his journey.

I’ve had a friend request from RoseMagicl67, does anyone know who this is?

Posted by Graymayne on September 18, 2011, 09:02 AM report to moderator
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Aloha! ;)

Lady Hawke You may need to redo your list at (Ihave decided to just call it) Newcastle. This time include the names of everyone who signed up for the Beta test, whether we are in yet, or not. That way we can start sending friend requests as soon as we get in. ;)

If I ever get in, I will be “BronzeCharm138”. It’s not flowery or poetic or romantic, but I hope it will be magical and long wearing. ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 18, 2011, 12:47 PM report to moderator
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Afternoon, everyone!

How horrifying that one of our Twins was actually at that air show! I’m so glad she’s okay, thanks for letting us know, Won. I can only imagine how she’s feeling after being there, and all those other poor people. Just awful. :(

We have a wet, overcast day happening here. I think it calls for a pajama day, hanging out and watching movies. The DS had to go to OR for several days, so it’s just me and the kids. I need to get some work done, too, but I’m planning an easy schedule today.

LH I hope LittleHawke and her friends had a good time at Little Women, and you had at least a passable one! :)

I’m glad for the reassurance that our corner of Leaky will not be altered for this new venture of theirs. I’m sort of interested to inspect the Game of Thrones fandom. I haven’t started reading those books yet (though they are quickly moving up to the top of my TBR pile the more I hear about them), nor have I seen the HBO series since we don’t get that channel and I don’t think they’re on Netflix yet, but it does sound good and it would be interesting to see what that fandom is like. I can’t imagine getting heavily involved in anything other than Harry, though. No matter how great any of those other series are or ever will be, nothing will ever match or even compete with Harry and our community here. Home is where the heart is, and my heart is here!

Jen that’s too funny about the cockroach! LOL But LH I would have probably had a conniption fit to see that snake, OMG! I would have been sent straight home once I regained consciousness, LOL.

I had one episode of screaming in class myself – I’d had an argument with my best friend/boyfriend (with whom I am still in contact) earlier in the day (8th grade, so I was about 13, I think?), then during quiet reading time I accidentally fell asleep at my desk. I had a nightmare that he pushed me over a cliff (!!!) and woke up screaming bloody murder in the dead silent classroom! I never did live that one down, LOL, and to this day he still needles me about it.

I used to love Patricia Cornwell’s books, including The Body Farm and her older titles like All That Remains, etc. They are VERY scary but very well written. They used to keep me up at night, especially when the DS was working nights or graveyard shift and I was home alone with little kids in the house. Luckily we had a dog and an alarm system, but I also slept with a baseball bat beside the bed for years and years! Her work has fallen out of favor with me now, but I still have those older titles.

Deanie your Pottermore name bodes well for a place in the Ravenclaw common room!

off to have some, well I guess it will be brunch now… Have an enjoyable Sunday, everyone!

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on September 18, 2011, 04:01 PM report to moderator
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I have an unused, activated PM acct… I had created it for someone who, for good reason could not ‘be there’ for the find the quill business, & has now decided not to use it…

Posted by Won_Two on September 18, 2011, 04:47 PM report to moderator
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I’m hoping I will get my email by tomorrow. If not, I’m going to forget about it for awhile. I am tired of checking my email so often.

I have had people in and out all weekend. Mostly my granddaughters with their boyfriends. I guess I will have to get use to having the boyfriends here constantly on the weekends.

I have been watching the things they are showing for the rain delay in Chicago for the race. In between I have been reading. It’s overcast here and raining on and off so it’s a dreary day.

Posted by Cool G on September 18, 2011, 05:11 PM report to moderator
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Downton Abbey was excellent!

My DS was back home at lunchtime because he didn’t sleep very well on Saturday night and he was afraid of falling asleep at the wheel because he is accustomed to having an afternoon nap.

I think I will have an early night.

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Hey everyone!!

Jen, LOLOL!!! I’d probably be the one screaming. I remember my first lab class for Chemistry sophmore year, my teacher was going over all the safety guidlines when I saw a spider crawling along the table right next to my arm. I freaked out and tried ot jump out of my chair, but we had these tall stools, so I just ended up falling over, and the entire class was staring at me. Then my lab partner just reached over and squished the spider. It was really embarrasing, but I HATE spiders.
From your description, I just know that’s ine of those shows I would never be allowed to watch in a million years. My parents are so overprotective… \-..-/

LH, A boa constrictor!! OMG, I’d probably have a heart attack. LOL

Lemon, yep, I’ve had that wonderful experience too. ;) I wasn’t screaming, but apparently I was talking in my sleep. Fortunately, we had a substitute that day. He was came over and started poking my shoulder to get me to wake up and everyone was cracking up. It was awkward, but hilarious.

Posted by Hermione Weasley on September 18, 2011, 07:13 PM report to moderator
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Evening all!

It’s Emmy night! Woo hoo! I love awards shows! :D

LH, part of me thinks your snake incident was worse than mine since the creature was directly in front of you…but since I’m less afraid of snakes than I am of bugs, I think I might have preferred yours, LOL. HW, I’d react the same way to a spider crawling right near my arm!

Graymayne, I loved the first season of Downton Abbey. I saw something about how it was coming back tonight and got very excited before I realized that it was only in the UK. It probably won’t return here until the spring.

HW, after I began writing about recommending Game of Thrones, it dawned on me that I should add the warning so you wouldn’t start watching it with your parents or something, LOL.

I’ll be lurking during the Emmy commercials. :)

Posted by Bookworm Jen on September 18, 2011, 08:13 PM report to moderator
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I have returned from LES MISERABLES. It was spectacular and the Jean Valjean , J. Mark McVey, was one of the best I have heard in person. When he sang BRING HIM HOME I couldn’t see him because my eyes were full of tears. They drained down my face; my nose filled and I couldn’t breathe. It happened every time I sang but I came close to suffocating on BRING HIM HOME. He had one of those wonderful head voices that made his high notes sound effortless, a true Irish tenor., as reflected by his name. He has almost 3000 performances as Valjean to his credit having made his Broadway debut as Valjean on Broadway. He was also a lovely man. We waited at the backstage door and although he was the last cast member to leave he stopped and signed autographs and posed for photos with everyone who had waited for him. He even gave a pep talk to the children about not giving up on their dreams. His family waited at the stage door with us for a time. They finally decided to move on to the potluck dinner provided by the ushers without him as he was taking so long and the children needed to eat. The younger girl was in the show as well. The wife said they had thought she and the older girl would stay home and then decided to just go ahead and hit the road with the father and younger girl. He also told us that his background was a bachelor’s degree in finance, that his education did not reflect a theatre background.

Javert was a fine Javert as well. He has a powerful voice and presence and was also quite charming on exiting the stage door. Someone suggested he could have a second career in Memphis as an Elvis performance artist. He agreed and said he had been told that before. He did look like Elvis with black pompador hair and gold rimmed sunglasses. The cast in general was fantastic. The Fantine and Eponine were both fabulous. The Cosette had a high coloratura soprano.

Now, to the restaging. The set is black and charcoal. I will use an overused description from HP movies. It was dark. The whole thing looked like Grimmauld Place, so dark, so black. The only real color was in the costumes but limited to the costumes worn by the Thenardiers, sometimes Javert, and some of the prostitutes in dark red in LOVELY LADIES. Otherwise, the costuming ran toward taupe, grey, black, browns, and dingy white. For the wedding scene the ladies finally showed up in ice cream colors.

I sometimes fought the feeling I wanted them to turn the lights on so I could see better. Of course, that would have ruined the look of the show and been counter productive.

To tell the truth I did miss the turntable but only really terribly missed it one time but I’ll tell you about that later. The loss of the turntable allowed the use of more conventional more fully fleshed out, less representational sets. Rooms, buildings, set pieces came on from the wings and propelled downstage and flew in from the overhead flyspace.

There was a scrim upstage on which the skyline of Paris was seen when Javert stood on the bridge, stars, the buildings of Paris pass quickly by while the cart careens out of control, the tunnels under Paris move past as Valjean carries Marius under the city. Much of the time the scrim showed swirls of muted almost no color. It was a beautiful set and although the turntable was gone the group blocking in most crowd scenes still followed the swirl pattern on entrances and exits as it did when there was a turntable. So, the suggestion of the turntable remained.

As an examble of the more elaborate sets, in AT THE END OF THE Day substantial work tables came out on stage and overhead lighting as might be seen in a factory dropped down from the ceiling. In ON MY OWN the streets of Paris came in from the wings instead of the traditional wall of backlit shutters we saw upstage in the original production.

With the turntable in place the sets were much less solid, less concrete.

Now, the one time I very much regretted the loss of the turntable was after the seige on the barricades when the students have been killed. When there was a turntable the entire barricade unit turned and you saw what had been on the upstage side. You saw various dead students draped on the wall, among them Enjolras, and the body of Gavroche with the red flag dropped, abandoned and spread out across the barricade. It was an iconic image of the original production and now it is gone.

Since there was no turntable you never got to see the upside of the barricade. Instead they bring a cart with the bodies of Enjolras and Gavroche with the red flag trailing from it across the stage and it is inspected by Javert. looking for Valjean. It was okay unless the mental image of the original view is still in your head and you wanted to see it.

My daughter was absolutely mesmerized. We loved the show.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 18, 2011, 09:20 PM report to moderator
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