Monday, October 09, 2006

Harry Potter Documentary

I borrowed a video from the library last week: Discovering the Real World of Harry Potter. Talk about the secular world getting HP all wrong. It was a total waste of time to watch. It approached HP from the point of view that sends good Christian folks running for the hills when they hear the words, Harry Potter.

What I'd love to see is a video about the Harry Potter series from a Catholic point of view. It would have interviews with Amy Welborn, Regina Domain, Mark Shea, and most definitely Nancy Brown.

It could present all Catholic viewpoints and include the concerns of Steve Wood, Michael O'Brien, and Toni Collins.

I'd love to hear from Catholic teens who read the books and their take on whether the books promote Christianity or Wicca, or neither. It's possible that they're just plain enjoyable reads.

And maybe John Granger could be squeezed in there. He's not Catholic, but he has some great insights into the Christian symbolism found in the books.

It would be a perfect project to begin work on now with the last HP book coming out in 2007.

Any filmmakers out there?

9 comments:

John Farrell said...

Why yes...now that you mention it.

http://www.farrellmedia.com/video.html

Um...any suggestions for funding?

:)

Maureen Wittmann said...

Anyone? Anyone? Speak up if you have ideas for funding.

I know of a Catholic author with a query out regarding a book on Harry Potter and how he can fit into the Catholic home. If she gets a publisher, then they may be good to approach for a video project.

Ummmm . . .

John Hearn said...

Try googling orthodox catholic foundation grants: there is money out there...

Nancy C. Brown said...

I would love to work on this with you, but who is going to show it? What about EWTN? Do you think they would be interested?

John Farrell said...

Thanks, John. This is very apropos as I've been bouncing ideas off Mark Shea for another video and culture related project of mine...

Cay in La. said...

Do it.
Just do it. :)

Maureen Wittmann said...

EWTN might be interested in showing such a video, I don't know. Do they have an official stance on HP?

My guess is that main distribution would be through home sales, with the excitement of the final installment of HP carrying individual purchases into the stratoshpere.

Okay, maybe not the stratosphere, but I bet that sales would be brisk. I'd buy one. And I would get my library to buy one too.

Nancy C. Brown said...

OK, so, how do we do this?

John Farrell said...

Interviewing the people Maureen suggested is easy. (Travel budget). But getting license to use the obvious--at a minimum, cutaways of passages etc from the actual books, interview footage of JK Rowling, etc etc-- is where you would run into complications.

That said, shooting in Digital video is inexpensive, and so is editing.