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Seekers Guide To Harry Potter

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Journey into the underlying themes of J.K Rowling's fantastically successful Harry Potter series. Drawing from her unique background and personal experiences, the author provides original insights into the mysticism, magic and symbolism within the world of Harry Potter. Dr. Geo Trevarthen has painstakingly researched the Potter craze, going far beyond the normal criteria and into a world of real magic and its shamanic past. She reveals the origins of many of the elements found within the novels. Dr. Trevarthen developed and teaches the course on Harry Potter at the University of Edinburgh.

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A most refreshing perspective on the Harry Potter novels, NOT to be missed. --O.H. Krill, author of Montauk Babies: The Many Lives of AL Leedskalnin

Seekers interested in the meeting of fantasy literature and contemporary religious movements should find this DVD an extremely worthwhile part of their collection. --epages.wordpress.com

First and foremost this documentary is a personal journey in which Dr. Geo Athena Trevarthen draws parallels between the Harry Potter novels and her own experiences related to mysticism. --10kbullets.com

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dr. Geo Athena Trevarthen
  • Directors: Dr. Geo Trevarthen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Reality Entertainmen
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZJ955Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY/TIME ON THIS. If you are a fan of The Harry Potter series you will learn very very little from this video. I believe the woman is more interested in pushing her own agenda than exploring JK Rowling's wonderful tale. Her perfoming a dance on the video was embarassing along with her reclining position while she speaks is just strange. The breaks for emphasis are awkward. This is an extremely amaturish self promotion piece of rubbish. I fully understand JK Rowling's and Warner Bros. disclaimer on this. I would too!
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This is very amateurish and does nothing to enlighten. Too much music and repeat segments, had I knew this I would not have waisted my money.
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I made the mistake of watching this garbage on Netflix while browsing for documentaries on outre topics.

It mostly consists of some New Age tart trying to convince the audience of how deep and spiritual she is by pontificating on the obvious mystical symbolism in the Rowling's universe. She shamelessly cites her lineage in a "Scots-Irish tradition" - that apparently utilizes the rituals from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn complete with the Hebraic names of God - as the basis for her expertise. What little content there is interrupted with pointless segues of her dancing, performing rituals, and making significant glances at the camera to further convince you that she is a truly mystical being.

Watch only if you feeling in the mood for a bit of schadenfreude.
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The Seekers Guide to Harry Potter is not what I hoped it would be.

The direction is cheesy and comical at best; the information is sparse; and the extra footage is overused and slightly ridiculous. The professor is certainly qualified, but the way she is portrayed makes her seem like a quack.

Here are some prime examples.

While shooting B-roll film (filler, or extra footage), she swung a sword around pretending to fight with it. That exact footage was used at least five separate times, in slow motion, with melodramatic music playing in the background.

Instead of using a straight-forward documentary style, the filmmakers used a corny method to imply that she was magical. The professor would fade slowly in and out of a scene, as if by magic. Instead of adding an interesting layer of depth or meaning, it was a poor way to distract from what she said -- the entire reason why someone would watch the DVD in the first place.

During scenes when she practiced ... something -- it was never specified or explained what she was doing -- she drew pentagrams in the air (a five-pointed star), a small section would be in English, but most of the ceremony was in a language we didn't understand or nothing was said at all. Instead of being interesting or clearly having something to do with the Harry Potter series, it made her look a little nutty and us uncomfortable. Any context would have made it enlightening and possibly interesting.

There are other examples, but I don't want to waste anyone's time. If you buy this, please note that I warned you.
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I watched this elsewhere (it has low ratings there as well) and i must say, i quite surprised at the lacking quality and content of this documentary.
I'm not an avid harry potter fan, but have some exposure to the books and movies, and i must say, this film has little to do with the series. In actuality it is a film that comes off as pretentious and self-indulgent. The majority of its run time is spent on, what i can only imagine is, someone's first attempt at cinematography. Meaning, you get long, drawn-out, scenes that use horrible tricolor filters and special post-product effects that are either used too much or have no purpose and all which is accompanied by boring repetitive music. These scenes are the real content of this film, the few bits of "filler", if you will, are the good Dr rambling on about generalities that could be said about any series, not just harry potter. Even worse, these ramblings often contain little to no factual information, but rather are just monologues about her personal (and general) interpretations on the harry potter series.
In effect, what you get is roughly 20 minutes of actual "content" (term applied very loosely) in the 80 minutes of run time. And not to sound paranoid, but i find any review that gives this higher than 3 stars to be very suspect, as even a forgiving reviewer would be hard pressed to find anything in this "documentary" that would warrant a higher rating.

And on an tangent topic, what is Trevarthen's doctorate in? I looked on her site but don't see it explicitly stated anywhere. Actually, at the time of this writing, the page listing her qualifications is listed as "under construction".
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I watched this on netflix and I wish i could rate it negative stars. first the production, camera work, and so forth is TERRIBLE. they throw in weird colorization and angles. more time with chimey music and just her walking and sitting around with her eyes closed than actually having a documentary. also spent time just having her point out places where JK rowling wrote...not really what it's supposed to be about. 'narrator' spends the first five minutes just talking about why she likes harry potter and what her own religious stuff is...while waving around a wand. she takes a tour of Edinburgh (and you even get to see a double decker tour bus) she reads signs instead of actually discussing anything. i was under the impression from the description it would be about harry potter books and have a little more to do with it and less to do with this chick..... definitely seems like just an excuse to use HP to make a few bucks with useless jabbering. a blog is better than this garbage. after 15 minutes I turned it off and sent it back. don't waste your time or money on it.
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