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Diversity and Harry Potter

For ten years now, J.K. Rowling has taken over the world with her fantasy adventures in her Harry Potter series. With the fifth movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, hitting theatres this week and the final book coming out later this month, some students at FAU are nothing short of excited.

Kim Eldrige, a sophomore, takes a liking to the book far more than the movie.

“I’m not much of a fan [of the movies],” Eldrige says. “I don’t hate Harry Potter, it’s just not my favorite movie. The books are way better.”

The first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was released in America in September 1998 after being released in Europe under the name Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in July 1997. To date, all six books have sold over 325 million copies. The movie for the Sorcerer’s Stone was released worldwide in November of 2001.

Freshman Charlie Bourque doesn’t seem to favor one over the other, but has one small request for future films for the series.

“I’m a very big fan of both the books and the movies,” Bourque, a commercial music major, says. “But the movies need to follow the books more, like they did with the first one.”

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is released worldwide on July 11 and while based on novels, still brings in the film crowds.

Senior Ryan Tracy plans on heading to theatres this week, but still feels as if he is missing out on something.

“I never read [the books],” Tracy, a philosophy major, says. “I’m sure I would appreciate it more if I had. I like the movies, though. They’re interesting.”

Even with the movies racking in over $1.1 billion according to Boxofficemojo.com , an official box office tracker, and the seventh (and final) installment of the book series calculating over 12 million pre-ordered books from amazon.com, there will always be some people who just don’t latch on to the success of Harry and the gang.

Senior Fergie Ramos is one of those people.

“I don’t want to see the movie and I have not read the books,” Ramos, a pre-med major, says. “I like Pearl Harbor much better because it’s realistic and interesting.”

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