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Ian Topham
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The latest Harry Potter film is out this week 'The Half Blood Prince' and it got me thinking about what aspects of legends and folklore acted as an inspiration to JKR and basically anybody's thoughts on the books in general. 

I have only read the last few books but I like them.

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I am a die hard fan of the books. It is so elaborate in the fact that from reading just a couple of chapters, you can pick out a few good influences. For example,  house elves are based on Brownies, the deer patronuses are based on the celtic belief a white deer or stag shall lead you to a different realm. In hogwarts the children are allowed to bring cats, owls, toads and rats which are prime examples of a witch's familiar. It is basically a huge mish mash of different things, slightly twisted. All of the characters have wands based on their celtic birth trees and the story of the three brothers is very familiar to a Scottish folk tale, of which I forget its name. Even Sirius' death can be related to the symbolism of going beyond the viel and travelling to the underworld. Along with that, it does have some Christian symbolism, usually with the comparision of snakes to evil and lions to good. I just love it.

Shame the new film is branded 'crap' by most reviewers. If only they focused on the actual plot instead of shoving in a lot of hollywood inspired, fairly unnecessary, lovely dovey, fan girl moments. I personally don't want to see Daniel Radcliff snogging any more than is necessary.

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Ecardina I saw the harry potter film last night.  You'll be glad to know thar daniel radcliff does not get to do much snogging. 

It is lot darker than the other films.  I liked it.

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Darker -- as it should be.  Deathly Hallows is actually pretty darned depressing in parts, really.

The series has used things like the boggart and black dogs, of course.  Werewolves (but I don't recall any vampires, Britain doesn't really have much of anything in the way of vampire traditions, does it?  Ireland has a few, and Scotland, but I'm hard-pressed to think of any from England or Wales.  Referring to old legends now, not things like the Highgate Vampire), too, of course.  Even little-known things like the Yorkshire grindylow get mentions. 

Apropos of nothing, has anyone ever mulled over a connection between Grendel and grindylow?  Being that it is Yorkshire, I could see it being derived from Grendel, as York was prime Viking country.

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England does have the Croglin Vampire and there is a tale of one at Eastbury House, but of course these are relatively modern compared to most legends and folklore about vampires.

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Gotta say that was a cracking film - however it did miss chunks of the book out (which has been discussed in great length at work this morning). Already the highest grossing midnight opening of any film.

roll on The Deathly Hallows

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 It'd be interesting to know which of the entries in the bestiary are based on actual legends. www.hplex.info/bestiary/bestiary.html

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I have been to see the film now.  It is great I must say.  That is a great link above to the bestiary Columbine.  Perhaps we should get Ian and Dan to add one to this site, with links to where they have been reportedly seen.



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