Saturday, July 28, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - finally finished!

Note: I've been careful to not have any spoilers for any of you who haven't read the book yet and don't want to know...

I've been busy working on various projects and things the last couple of weeks, but today I have a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. After receiving a borrowed copy of the book on Thursday, this afternoon I finished reading the final book of the Harry Potter series - and I loved it! There are a couple of things that are a little hokey, but in general the book is the best one yet and I was not disappointed. Rowling managed to answer most of my burning questions about the key characters and gave a lot of information in a surprising amount of space. I really can't wait to see this one as a movie - with all of the action scenes, it should be pretty easy to convert from book to screen.

I also think the conversations around Harry Potter have been very interesting - between the 5th movie being released recently and now the book being out, Potter-mania has struck the media but the religious communities seem split. Some people aren't talking about it all and others are talking about it A LOT - either to use as a way to reach out to younger people or in condemnation of the culture that allows for the Potter phenomenon. So, I'm curious, what do you think about Harry Potter and the general frenzy around the books/movies/etc.?? If you're a fan, why? If you're not, why? I willingly admit that I'm a fan, but there will be no judgement on people who think otherwise. My own partner doesn't even read ficition, let alone have any feelings on Harry! Love ya, honey!!

3 comments:

Rachael said...

I loved it too! I thought the author did a great job of tying up loose ends and explaining everything. The only question I had (which was really minor) is what happens to George? I wish she'd put a little blurb in the epilogue about him too. I've read the first 4 books twice, so now I think I'm going to go back and re-read books 5, 6 & 7 together. And as with any good series of books, I'm a little sad the series is over.

Kim in KCK said...

We saw movie 3 in 3D at the IMAX a week or so ago, and I had begun to reserve book 7 at the library, but was like 230+ in the queue for 50 books. On a whim, I checked on the audiobook, and was only number 2 in the queue. Last Thursday, I was at the library for something else, and the librarian said they had a hold for me. It was the tapes! I guess number 1 got the book instead. Even though no one in my family has even read book 6, I am listening to book 7 in the car. I have to be careful not to talk about it, though. I'm kind of a fan. I never really got into Rowling's writing style-I tried several times to start book one, but never made it past the first chapter- but the audiobooks are great. Jim Dale does a great job reading the books. I don't have the problem with it that some people have...I even defended the books with my (now deceased) step-father-in-law (retired UMC minister). He was against them based on what he had "heard" about them. It was apparent that he had never read them. They are classic stories of good versus evil, and that is a message that needs to be heard in whatever form it may take.

Kim

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