Friday, October 07, 2005

Harry Potter

A couple of weeks ago we were sitting around with some friends and the subject of the new Harry Potter book came up. I said that I wouldn't read any of the books because it is too popular and was told that was a stupid reason not to read them. As a consumer of sports and pop culture and their sometime tenuous connection to life itself I needed to read the books. So off I started by borrowing the first book from my friend and reading through it pretty quickly. The second and third book went fairly fast as well and by the end of the week I was starting the fourth book. I had seen the first three movies so the books were quick reads though they get longer and longer as they go on.

The fourth book was the first one in which I had no idea what was going to happen and the book where the whole story really takes a dramatic turn. I found myself locked into this now and genuinely concerned with Ron, Hermione, Harry, and the rest of the kids. The fifth book was a tough read at first because the kids were so moody and whiny, from what I hear from my mom a pretty accurate portrayal of teenagers. I have just finished the sixth book last night and now for the first time on this trip I have to wait like everyone else. Kate asked me if I was going to be one of those people at Borders at midnight to get my copy and I laughed and said "Please!" I'm not going to line up with all those people like an idiot, I'm gonna pre-order it and frantically check the mail box every ten minutes till it arrives. I mean I'm not freak. Have any of you read the Potter books?


Linsey said...

No, they're too popular. (See definition of Formalist Aesthetics.)

Barrie said...

I haven't read a single word, we all know that Harry Potter is from the devil and if you read it in front of the mirror you grow horns.

amy said...

Yes, they are so wonderful. And I've found that all the people I know who are skeptical and then read them have the same experience that you did. They end up loving them!

Jamie said...

I agree with Amy. I love the Harry Potter books for the entertainment value. I too pre-order the book and go first thing the next morning to the book store and pick it up. I also have all the movies and intend to go see the new movie in November the first weekend it opens.

For me it is all about being entertained and their adventures are certainly that. Being the sports fan you are, you probably enjoy the adventures in Quidich. Or however you spell it.

Anonymous said...

I haven't read a single one. I've listened to them all on Audio Book. The reader, Jim Dale, does a great job of separating the characters by voice and personality. It'll be a tradgedy if there is ever a Harry Potter audio book not read by him. My carpool partner and I have listened to all 6 books while commuting, and I'm listening to them again now.

~Jeff McCann