Harry Potter

I thought as the final installment of the Harry Potter series appears in cinemas, that now would be a good time to start reading the books. For the first time. Yes, although I am part of the so-called ‘Harry Potter generation’, it has in fact taken me until the ripe old age of eighteen to actually get round to reading them. Where have I been? You may well ask…

Somehow, the Harry Potter mania which has existed for several years managed to pass me by entirely. My mother has never approved of the whole witches and wizards thing (as a child I was forbidden to watch Sabrina or The Worst Witch, for example) but I never remember her actively discouraging me to read Harry Potter, and indeed I believe she never did.  For some reason, I just never read any of them. That is, until now.

So what do I think ? Well, I’ve read The Philosopher’s Stone, The Chamber of Secrets and am now about 1/3 of the way through The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Although these books are aimed at kids, child as I am at heart, I’m really enjoying them. I find myself amazed and amused at all the fantastic things J.K Rowling invented at Hogwarts. The books are humorous and well written and I like her methods of building up suspense towards the climax of each book, planting plenty of red herrings along the way.

I have to say that my favourite line of all the books so far, has to be when Hermione says in The Philosopher’s Stone: “We could all have been killed — or worse, expelled!” She’s so cute and I loved her little fan-girl crush on Lockhart in The Chamber of Secrets!

I don’t think these books are perfect, however. I think the constant theme in each book  of ‘someone’s out to get Harry, how will he avoid being killed by them until the massive climax at the end of the book where he heroically defeats them?’ may get a tad repetitive if it continues over the rest of the books. And yes, I know Harry is constantly battling against you-know-who and his agents, but I hope you get my point – I just don’t want to find the books getting too formulaic. Although I am enjoying them so far, I may not read the whole series – the books get pretty hefty after Azkaban and I’m not sure that I can lug them all the way to uni!

In conclusion, do I think the Potter mania was justified? On the whole, yes.  I can see why this series has captivated thousands, if not millions, of children – the books are inventive and witty and I’m sure they will be read for many years to come.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jeyna Grace
    Jul 30, 2011 @ 18:13:27

    I agree with you. Though the theme is rather similar but to me, it has created a whole new world so close to reality that it actually seems real. Guess that’s why its so sensational. Nice post btw 🙂

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    • comeandgobybubble
      Aug 02, 2011 @ 16:58:27

      Thanks for your comment. 😀 I have to agree – I love the wizarding world that she created, and for me, it’s the little details that makes it really work, such as the portraits in Hogwarts going to visit each other and all the merchandise in Diagon Alley. 🙂

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