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Posted: May 5th 2011 2:05PM Dunraven said

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My memories of the first Potter books were my Mum reading them to me at bedtime...Though I have read all the Books I haven't watched the Movies nor shall I play any MMO's...because it just can't compete with my visions of it.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Posted: May 5th 2011 3:35PM Dril said

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@Dunraven

I'm the opposite. Never read more than the second book (the world was far more interesting than the characters, but it alone couldn't sustain my interest.) I enjoy the movies, and I'd love to play a (good) MMO, because it would hopefully be far more about the world and exploring it than Harry and his exploits.

On the other hand: A Game of Thrones is ruining how I imagined most of its characters. *That* is vexing.
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Posted: May 5th 2011 2:11PM Wispur said

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With the last movie coming out soon, in a year's time Harry Potter will be a thing of the past.

Nobody picked it up, at this point with all potential tie ins over with, nobody will pick it up either. It's a dead duck. Get over it. =P

Posted: May 5th 2011 2:17PM Naru now in 3D said

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@Wispur Is that why Star Wars never got an MMO after the movies ended? ;3
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Posted: May 5th 2011 2:28PM rhorle said

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@Naru now in 3D

Star wars didn't die with the movies. They had several early computer games, video games, comics, books (the EU is huge in terms of story and still continues to this day).

Harry potter has so far only cashed in on the original book and movie related stuff. Will they do more? If they were smart they would.
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Posted: May 5th 2011 4:19PM Dracones said

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@Wispur I really have hard time believing that there won't be a cartoon, tv show or something based on the world after the final movie.

There's just too much money to be made off it.
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Posted: May 5th 2011 4:46PM Wispur said

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@Dracones If that happens, and they do have more high profile stuff with the property in the works, than yeah, they could definitely still get in on an MMO!

I just haven't heard about anything else being worked on. >.>
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Posted: May 5th 2011 2:13PM (Unverified) said

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if a MMO does come about, I don't think it should be confined in the spaces of Hogwarts alone.

Posted: May 5th 2011 6:48PM Durinthal said

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Agreed. I could see Hogwarts as the perfect tutorial area with you graduating into the larger wizarding world.

Granted, that would mean they would have to create a lot of content beyond what already exists, and that would be easy to do quite poorly.
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Posted: May 5th 2011 2:16PM Naru now in 3D said

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An MMO based on James Cameron's Avatar makes a lot of sense too!

But the concern is that whatever would happen in the industry to make an MMO based on one of these huge IP's possible would cause the final product to end up being wayyyyyyyyy short of it's full potential and not as good as other MMOs out right now.

On the off-chance that a Harry Potter or Avatar MMO was made that actually did take advantage of all it's potential... WoW's days as the popularity queen would be over :)

Posted: May 5th 2011 2:18PM Integral said

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Oh man. I read the article title of the article and was a bit skeptical. But after reading it, you've convinced me! The "years are levels" idea is pure genius! If this ever happens, I'll give it a try.

Posted: May 5th 2011 2:19PM Lenn said

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I respectfully disagree. I think Harry's had his day in the spotlights. WB can stretch it for a few more months, with the cinematic release of the final film and then the dvd, but that's pretty much it. No new books, no new films.

HP is not like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, who both have a strong adult cult following. Many Potter fans are now (young) adults themselves and are starting to realize how derivative the Potter books are.

The films and books are hugely enjoyable, but Harry Potter just doesn't have the same "classic" quality that Tolkien and Star Wars have.

If I'm wrong, and we do get a Potter MMO, I'll likely be one of the first to try it out; I may be jaded, but I'm a little boy inside.

Posted: May 5th 2011 2:41PM (Unverified) said

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@Lenn

It seems like you pulled all that nonsense about the all of the Potter fans thinking it's derivative out of your ass. Don't speak for a group of people of which you have no clue how they think about the series.

Lastly, the Harry Potter franchise is 13 years old. You have no clue (again) if it'll be considered a classic and continue to have an adult following such as LOTR and Star Wars.

TL;DR: Don't talk like your view on a series is the definitive view.
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Posted: May 5th 2011 2:55PM Lenn said

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@(Unverified) I didn't. It's pretty clear I'm merely expressing my opinion, so you can take a chill pill now. I'm not attacking HP. I have the books and the dvds and enjoy them a lot.

The HP craze isn't as big now as it was when it all started. Unless Rowling comes back on her decision never to write another Potter book, I just feel the franchise will fizzle out once the final film has been out for a while.

A Potter MMO would have been a smash hit if they'd done it sooner. The timing seems way off.
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Posted: May 5th 2011 2:57PM Lenn said

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@(Unverified) By the way, if you think the books aren't derivative, you're wrong. No opinion here. Just fact.
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Posted: May 5th 2011 3:04PM Eamil said

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@Lenn "and are starting to realize how derivative the Potter books are."

Star Wars is pretty derivative too, when you get right down to it. Most people don't really care how "original" something is as long as they enjoy it.
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Posted: May 5th 2011 3:19PM Lenn said

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@Eamil No argument there. I quite agree. But George Lucas never made it a secret Star Wars was derivative. He's always clearly stated what his influences were.

But the point is: Star Wars is now a classic. It withstood the test of time. Nowadays we get dozens of new films every month, but back in the 70s that just wasn't the case. A film really stood out. It's no coincidence that many of the classic films are from that period.

I just don't see Harry Potter going down the same road. Kids who grew up with him will have kids of their own, and they'll have their own crazes when they grow up.

But again, I certainly wouldn't mind a Harry Potter MMORPG (Magically Multiplayer Online RPG). I'd love to see what they could do with it. I'm just not very optimistic about it.
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Posted: May 5th 2011 3:31PM (Unverified) said

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@Lenn

I respectfully disagree. The thing that really had me hooked with Potter is the hints of the Wizardring world we get glimpses at beyond Hogwarts. I was fascinated with the other schools, I was intrigued by Aurors and the Ministry, and I wanted to, being American, know more about American wizards. So I think a Potter MMO, if slightly derivative, can be rather entertaining because there's so much more of a world to explore that we just BARELY see in the novels.
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Posted: May 5th 2011 4:14PM Lenn said

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@(Unverified) Not sure where you're going with your American wizards, but I would be beyond disappointed if a potential Harry Potter MMO was set in America.
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Posted: May 5th 2011 5:43PM (Unverified) said

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@Lenn I wouldn't expect a Harry Potter game to be set in anywhere BUT Britain, but it doesn't mean that those aren't avenues they couldn't explore in a potential MMO.

In Goblet of Fire, they brought in German and French wizards and they lived Wizarding lives very different from the British ones at Hogwarts. My curiosity in that regard naturally extends to where I live.
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