Wednesday, July 11, 2007

more meaningless harry potter trivia

Amazon's selling all seven Harry Potter books as a boxed set, and seeing them all lined up made me wonder if it was possible to spot a clear growth trend -- in spine widths.

Meaningless, I know. And I haven't even read the books.

(The movies don't count, do they?)

KTW, who has read -- and also owns -- the first six books, was kind enough to provide the measurements.

The trend isn't as obvious as I had hoped.

One "get out of blog-meme free card" will be conferred upon the brilliant talent who can project (or take a wild swinging guess at) the actual spine width of the soon to be released Book No. 7.



Update: It does appear that the diagram creates a snake-like pattern -- a silent homage by Rowling to Potter's Parseltongue powers? hmm.

6 comments:

mrtn said...

W-e-e-ll, the US edition is 784 pages long, according to Wikipedia. You could just correlate with the rest of the US first editions (after Goblet of Fire, at least) and get a very accurate estimate of spine width.

I, Rodius said...

Heh. Harry Potter. I'm going with 2.25 inches. I used to make fun of the wife for reading those books, but after she took me to see the Goblet of Fire movie, and I started asking her a bunch of questions about the history of those characters, I realized I should just read the stupid things. So I did. I was pleasantly surprised that they weren't horrible. I was also surprised by how they started by the end of the 2nd book to no longer be appropriate for the young audience that the first one established. It kind of reminded me of the fairy tale tone of The Hobbit as compared to the much darker Lord of the Rings series. Not that Rowling approaches anywhere near the richness of Tolkien, though. And she sure could use an editor that isn't afraid of her. Anyway, they've been an acceptable substitute for bad television at least.

Lolabola said...

I think 2.4

and the movies can drive you crazy what with that repetitive monster sound that EVERY movie uses. When that huge serpent came out and sounded like Jurassic Park I thought I was going to puke.

suttonhoo said...

DANG I love your ear, lolabola -- that you would even notice that.

to me a monster is a monster is a monster...

Lolabola said...

is a monster that sounds like Jurassic park....

I may have just ruined every sci-fi movie you'll see in your future. and I'm not sorry at all.

mrtn said...

They do that stuff all the time.

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