Harry Potter in Jordan

Like everything else on the internet today, this post is about Harry Potter.

We're still waiting for the movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to come out in theaters here. The rumor is that it will open on August 1st, but I have no idea where that information came from. When we were in Syria last week, we bought a pirated DVD copy off the street but the quality was so bad it was actually unwatchable. The picture was blocked for minutes at a time, probably when the pirater stuffed the camera into a bag while an usher walked through the theater.*

So we'll wait until August 1st, and then go from there.

In other news, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out today. We did some legwork ahead of time and found out that a few local stores would be releasing it on time. Unfortunately, unlike Costco and Amazon, they're charging full list price (almost 40 dollars). We were all determined to just wait until we got back to America to read it when my little brother broke down and bought it this afternoon. He's on page 141 already and we're lining up to rent it from him as soon as he's done. Many of the students are doing the same thing.

One of my students told me that Cozmo sold the book to its first ten customers for 7 JD (about ten dollars) as a promotion. She said people lined up at the store as early as 2 am to be first in line. And that's for the English version, not even an Arabic translation (which probably won't appear, at least officially, for several more months)!

In the meantime, I'll have to steer clear of any blogs, websites, or TV shows that might be talking about the book. I am determined to avoid any and all spoilers. So if you've read it, keep the spoilers to yourself!

*Note to readers: before you condemn us for purchasing pirated video materials, hear me out. We usually only buy pirated videos when they're not available to watch in theaters, and we never bring them to America. Also, we always make sure to legitimately spend money on the film in some way in America so that the filmmaker gets his rightful business from us. I think of it like renting a video, before the video is released.

(En)Trail of evidence

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