Wizard World

Harry Potter, The Movie, Took in $93.5 Million in Its Opening Weekend. Feeling the Magic?

What was your favorite book or movie as a kid? I loved Thundercats.This guy has a sword and he summons human cats by repeating "Thundercats, Thundercats, Thundercats." I loved Bugs Bunny, and Scarfaceand The Godfather, both of which I saw with my parents. I read more now as an adult than I did as a kid. Mostly nonfiction, antigovernment things like Behold the Pale Horse, and books about the Illuminati. I also read a book called Rich Dad, Poor Dad. It's written for you to read to your nine-year-old kid. It's about business. The kid in the book has two fathers, one with money, one without.

If you had magic powers, what would you change? War would be resolved in a word. Osama bin Laden would be captured and put in jail for the rest of his life. He wouldn't be killed. He would be placed in a room with a light and a window overlooking a large population so that he could see what he was missing. Or across from the World Trade Center to see what he did.



imageDONALD ALEXANDER
Age 29
Resides Manhattan
OccupationAuto body repairman

Are you excited about the Harry Potter movie? Yes. I want to see it because I'm into vampires and wizards. There's a movie I really like, the title of which I can't remember, about a boy and his brother who end up in Santa Monica hanging out with bikers who are vampires. It was very good.

What was your favorite book or movie as a kid? I was into Disney movies and Captain Kangaroo and Sesame Street. I also remember liking Votron, where big robotic lions were transformerd piece by piece into crime fighters once trouble showed up. They were the good guys. Transformers was good. The characters in that were robots in disguise too.

If you had magic powers, what would you change? If I had powers like that, I'd be a vampire. I believe that vampires are from another realm, and that they're here and walking among us now. As a vampire, I would feed off evil people—the rapists and murderers and the government. I'd only drink the blood of bad people so that good people could survive.



imageLENA
Age18
ResidesStudent
OccupationQueens

Are you excited about the Harry Potter movie? Yes, I'm very excited. I've read some of the books and I'll see the movie when I get through with my schoolwork. I've read that many adults have been less satisfied with the movie because it sticks so closely to the book, but kids like that. They like when they know what's going on and what's going to happen because in real life they rarely do.

What was your favorite book or movie as a kid? I was a Disney freak. I'm a Micky Mouse obsessive. I loved Beauty and the Beastand Aladdin. I still watch Aladdin. Even this year, Shrekwas my favorite movie. There were lots of dirty jokes in it. It was subversive. I think that it was probably made for adults.

If you had magic powers, what would you change? I wish I could read minds because I have trouble figuring out if people are real or fake. Whether it was over personal things or more global issues, I'd like to sit in a room and really know what people were really thinking.



imageCURT LUTMAN
Age33
ResidesManhattan
OccupationTheater manager

Are you excited about the Harry Potter movie? I haven't seen it, but I want to. I'd like to read the books if I could only find the time. I think that the movie has come at a perfect time because it's pure escapism. That's why it made so much money its first weekend.

What was your favorite book or movie as a kid? I loved the Chronicles of Narnia. Last night I was watching a Thirty Somethingrerun and it was the episode where Nancy has cancer and Eliot quotes to her from the Narnia books. My favorite movie as a kid was Star Wars. I was nine years old when it came out. My friends and I would say, "What did you do today?" and one of us would say, "I went to see Star Warsthree more times."

If you had magic powers, what would you change? I'd be an empath, able to feel and tap into others' emotions. I'd be able to connect more intuitively with them, to sense their moods. Not to take advantage of them, but for greater self-knowledge.



imageSKYE
Age26
ResidesStaten Island
OccupationPolice cadet

Are you excited about the Harry Potter movie? I haven't seen it, but I want to. I saw an interview with the director where he said he had turned to his own daughter for help, since she knew the book better than he did. Generally, I like these kinds of movies and I watch things like Charmedand Buffy the Vampire Slayeron television. I stopped watching TV after September 11 but have started again. I had to return to normalcy.

What was your favorite book or movie as a kid? Worst Witch.It was about witches who were students and the main warlock was the lead from Rocky Horror Picture Show. A girl sang a song: "Growing up isn't easy, scared of every move . . . " It was all about fantasy and growing up.

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