Passion and Rememberance


The WoW player base is perhaps some of the most passionate people on the planet.  Take a gander at the official forums, and you can see that is it just chock full of people who are passionate about one subject or another.  Albeit, the forums are passionate perhaps to a fault, but they are passionate none the less.

It’s also my experience that WoW players have the tendency to appreciate abstract/fantasy things as more than just a game.  No, Im not talking about the “leet purpalz,” I am talking about the scenery, and the story of the game.  Take a gander at this article written by Elnia over at The Pink Pigtail Inn.  I dare you to read that masterpiece and tell me that Elnia has no passion about the scenery of the game.  It was *supremely* well written, you can tell that she took care to set the words in place exactly the way that she wanted to make the puzzle of language paint her picture.

I am sure many WoW players have read the Harry Potter series, or at least watched the movies.  Harry Potter is one of the best series I have ever read.  I think history will prove that it did to young adult literature, what Tolkein did with fantasy literature when The Lord of the Rings was published (to be fair, I think that The Lord of the Rings is in a completely different class, literarily speaking, than Harry Potter – so don’t come murder me in comments).  If you have not read the books, I strongly urge you to.  JK Rowling has a way with words that is simple, yet conveys so much.  The movies simply do not do it justice.

The sixth book in the Potter series was my least favorite.  It was a lot of exposition – too much, in my opinion, for one book.  However, it was neccesary to set the story up for the final tome in the epic saga.  Likewise, I have never been a fan of the movies either.  They simply cut too much important details out of the movies to really tell the whole story.

I went to see the sixth movie in the series, expecting to be dissapointed just like all the rest.  But I wasn’t.  It turns out that it is my favorite of the series.  The entire film was handled…  with reverance – something that all previous installments have missed.  They missed the point of many interactions between the characters that all wove the web of the bigger picture.  But I digress.

As many of you know by now, Dumbledore dies in this movie.  In our theatre, since it was opening night, there was not an empty seat in the house.  Every single one was filled.  And throughout the whole movie, even the children, were absolutely silent.  They were drawn in to a dark, and foreboding story, that maintained its slow, cautionary pace, never stopping, yet never rocketing along either.

As the final scene approached, it was not a kid who spoke up, but a rowdy teenager who was just plain being rude.  All the people around him literally swamped him.  He piped up that he was “Done with this retarted movie” and started texting.  The entire building threw something at him – popcorn, candy wrappers, even a coke cup, and he shut up, and turned his now sticky cell phone off.

The moment it happened, I could literally hear a pin drop in the theatre (rather a cup was knocked over, and started rolling down the steps).  The theatre goers had been so intricately woven into the story of Dumbledore over the last 6 years (even more, if you have read the books from day 1), they felt like they had lost a friend, colleague, mentor.

I think it says something about the human psyche that we can have such an affinity so something so abstract, be it an online game’s scenery, or a fantasy series’ character.  I think it says that we have the ability to have passion for almost anything, and that passion can drive you to great things.

RIP Dumbledore

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

2 Responses to “Passion and Rememberance”
  1. Tutunkommon says:

    I was less impressed with this movie. There were scenes inserted to the movie that were not in the book.

    Having said that, at the end of the show (we went this afternoon), someone was sobbing in the back of the theatre. I spoke to my sister (an english major that has read the whole series over 20 times over) and she says she had the same reaction to Sirius’ death in the movie, even though she was expecting it.

    As always, there was just too much removed in the movie to get the same story as what is in the book.

    In the words of Kathleen Madigan, the comedian:

    “You don’t see a frown on my face, because I waited for the movie, like a good American. That’s what *you* get for reading!”

  2. Tutunkommon says:

    Uh-oh. It is pretty bad when Hound gets ahead of you on posts…. LOL!!!

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