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Special edition cover - The Phantom Librarian
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Special edition cover
Dang, that new cover they have up at Leaky is neat. And I wish I could justify spending the cash on the fancy version with color plates and everything. I wish they'd release those as trade paperbacks a few months after release. I just wants it, precious...

You know what I really love about Harry Potter, though? I mean, aside from all issues actually regarding the story. I love that we're preparing for a serious, Hollywood blockbuster style opening all over the world... for a book. An actual, paper and ink between covers book. I think I would love this even if I was neutral on the story. (I guess if I hated the story, it would irk me, but luckily, I don't have that particular misfortune.) All for a book! The librarian/bibliophile/little-girl-who-read-under-the-covers is clapping for the concept alone.
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aimeesworld From: aimeesworld Date: June 9th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)
It's pretty amazing. People are more excited about a book than so many blockbuster movies.
rdprice29 From: rdprice29 Date: June 9th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I know! Isn't it wonderful! And it's so exciting to be in this time when it's happening. Because when my son's finally old enough to read the books, he'll be able to blow through them at his leisure, and I'll be like...but I had to WAIT! Years, even! to know what happened next. They just won't appreciate it like we do.

And I thought I couldn't be more excited about DH coming out, but I'm dying to know why they're flying on a dragon! And if it's Norbert! And if we get to experience more Charlie! Just, SQUEEEEEEE!

Sorry about the rampant fangirling there, but I can't help myself.
lacontessamala From: lacontessamala Date: June 9th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh, I know! Nothing like this has thrilled geeky little me so much in a long, long time.
petitecrivan From: petitecrivan Date: June 9th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I work at Waldenbooks (part of Borders) and a weekish ago we got an email saying we weren't allowed to take preorders for the special edition books anymore. I was disappointed, because I'd planned on preordering the book once I knew what the cover looked like (I wasn't going to pay that much for a n ugly book). I mentioned that to someone the other day, and apparently we were told that we can still take preorders for it, but there's no guarantee that they'll actually get the special edition. Apparently the publishers decided to publish less than they'd originally said. Stupid, right? I think I'll be fine just seeing the pretty on my computer screen.
alkari From: alkari Date: June 9th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
You're right Fern - it IS awesome. I mean, pre-Harry Potter there were those predicting the near-demise of real, paper and ink printed books, thinking that today's generation would soon want to get everyting electronically. And of course, that has its place - but it's very difficult to 'curl up with a good laptop' and read!

Perhaps that will be JKR's real legacy to to the world - not just some great books, but the fact that she has encouraged so many kids to read again, and discover the marvellous world of literature.
greyashowl From: greyashowl Date: June 9th, 2007 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)
It is amazing and we are lucky that we get to participate the way we have and not look back on it as something we wished happened in our time.
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: June 9th, 2007 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I think a lot of non-fans even acknowledge that this book got kids to read again. And now the kids are teens, and, according to a survey I did, still reading. That's pretty powerful, although I don't think the series is for kids anymore. (Teens, yes. Even ten year olds. But not eight year olds.)

The fancy version really is beautiful though, and it makes me want to know what the moment is about.
olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: June 9th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, somebody figured out the dragon was an antipodean opaleye, listed in Fantastic Beasts as one of the only dragons safe for humans. It also doesn't have any pupils, only "whites" in its eyes that are opalascently multicoloured, so this fits! (It never did look like a Norwegian Ridegback to me.) The cover is gorgeous, but a part of me is disappointed that the so-common-it's-trashy meme of dragon-riding has found its way into HP, too. :( Couldn't we have left it to the teenage fantasy writer wannabes?

I also hate that they're limiting the number of special editions to 100,000. It's the sort of cheapass marketing ploy I'd hoped Jo had too much class for... but apparently not, considering that theme park in Orlando...

But yes, once again I'm awed at the *book*-release mania, not least because I've never even considered participating in any other sort, so had always assumed manias were not going to be in my list of been-there-done-thats! I wish I'd known you a a kid, nobody I knew was into books like I was. *nudge* There's space under those covers for the both of us. What are you reading? :)

author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: June 9th, 2007 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I also hate that they're limiting the number of special editions to 100,000. It's the sort of cheapass marketing ploy I'd hoped Jo had too much class for... but apparently not, considering that theme park in Orlando...

'Course,that could also be the publishers... they now technically own her books too, so anything marketing related might to them, not her. I'm not sure if that's the reason or not, and I don't think it excuses her completely, but it may not have been something she had a lot of say over. I went to a panel on local authors a while back, and based on what they said (and, in fact, based on stuff JKR herself has said), I don't think authors have as much freedom as we like to think they do. I could, of course, be totally wrong there.
olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: June 10th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
There're authors and there're authors... and then there's JK Rowling. I'm pretty certain they'd never be able to do the theme park without her express consent. I would imagine there are specific rights involved for theme parks - and she did say she has an unusually large amount of control over her merchandising rights, stopped people from making HP toilet paper and whatnot, didn't she?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 9th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, somebody figured out the dragon was an antipodean opaleye, listed in Fantastic Beasts as one of the only dragons safe for humans. It also doesn't have any pupils, only "whites" in its eyes that are opalascently multicoloured, so this fits!

I'm not sure I buy that. It doesn't make any sense if it's a dragon other than Norbert, and Jo has said we've already met everyone who matters. We've never met an opaleye and they have no particular connection to the story. In the seventh book, it would have to be something that's already introduced. I'd guess the pearly eyes are more an artist's interpretation than anything else, just because in a literary sense, no dragon other than Norbert would fit, and Norbert is a great huge loose end that something needs to be done with.
jennnlee From: jennnlee Date: June 9th, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't agree more. I always insist on going to the midnight book release parties at the local bookstore, because I love seeing so many kids this excited to read. All dressed up, talking about favorite characters, counting down to midnight... I absolutely love it.
tannim_ From: tannim_ Date: June 9th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Amazon is selling the special Edition for $39.00
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
As far as the dragon type goes -

Opaleyes seem _safer_ to be around but not necessarily _safe_. Jo has also said that you _can't_ tame dragons.

Of course, that may be for a given value of tame.

Some dragons may be capable of the kind of higher level thinking that allows for negotiating or taking sides in some kind of limited context, although even this seems unlikely from what we've seen of them.

So, I'm guessing on some kind of magical explanation. It could be some kind of magical control. Maybe Harry was able to upgrade Parseltongue to include dragons. Maybe there's a magical dragon guardian of Hogwarts (tickled or otherwise) who responds to students in great enough need.

Or it could be something about this particular dragon. It may be someone turned into a dragon. I can't think of anyone likely to be a dragon animagus at this point that where it wouldn't seem like too much, but it is a possibility. Someone turned into a dragon, possibly as a curse or a transfiguration gone wrong, seems more likely.

It could also not be a real dragon. It could be a statue brought to life or something like that.

scionofgrace From: scionofgrace Date: June 9th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Word, yes. Too cool.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know that Mary Grand Pre will have gone and read all the tiny details of the different dragons in FBAWTFT. Seems to me like she has drawn "a" typical dragon, based on typical stereotypes of dragons, and has concentrated on getting the key elements of the story correct for her picture. Those are that: The Trio is 'in trouble' (hence tattered robes) and they are flying somewhere on a dragon ... or else they are escaping! The location seems to be in central Europe, and she has given a generic illustration of a "typical" village, fitting in with the various story aspects involving Romania and Albania. I doubt that she has worried to much about the precise breed of dragon!

As for the eye, she may well have been influenced by the protective second-eyelid in alligators and other big reptiles, which is semi-transparent and is used when swimming underwater, etc.

alkari From: alkari Date: June 9th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
That last comment was from me - for some reason the system didn't log me in!
iamstarmom From: iamstarmom Date: June 9th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember the release of HBP and standing in the midst of Barnes & Nobles in Manhattan, and being completely overwhelmed by the exact same thought. Oh, and add to it: "written by a woman." Sometimes the universe tilts its axis just a *wee* bit to set the chaos right.

Oh.. and starkid and I went on the KnightBus at the Brooklyn Public Library today!! Pics to follow! We stood behind 3 Gryffindors (2 Hermione's, 1 Ginny) and one bespotted Marietta Edgecombe. I was only miffed that they didn't allow 'grownups' to share their thoughts.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 9th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got to do my little video, but that was probably because we were earlier on and it was in the morning on a weekday.

It was fun. I just loved seeing that big old purple bus outside the library.
excitedrainbow From: excitedrainbow Date: June 10th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haha, yes!

It's amazing. Books are one of the best inventions ever, and I love that one of them can inspire this much crazy passion.

That new cover - GAH. Just lovely.
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