Saturday, July 28, 2007

Harry Potter

Since this is what all the other blogs are talking about, I figured why not. Chenae and I finished last night. Who else is reading? Who has finished, what did you think? Who hates/loves these books. Regardless of your take on the books their popularity is amazing. I've found them, especially this last book, to be one of my most enjoyable literary experiences. I'm curious to see to how history treats Harry Potter. While the prose may not be of classical calibar, I have to admit that I haven't found myself emotionally moved (e.g., tense, elated, excited, sad, relfective, etc.) by a book too many times, as I was while reading the Deathly Hallows. Maybe this is reflection of deep rooted immaturity on my part or psychological scarring from never being able to dunk or maybe they're just good books.


  1. I guess I'm a humbug, but I haven't been able to get on the Potter train in full force. I got mired down somewhere mid-book 4 and haven't restarted. I had a lot of fun with the first three books--I especially liked 3--but couldn't make it through 4 for some reason. I think I was getting a little tired of the same setting and the same characters. I imagine I'll pick it up again in a few years and finish the series.

  2. I've read the first 5 books but have yet to look at the last two. In the first book I thought there was a great potential for a moral story about how an unloved unwanted child that lived in the cupboard under the stairs could realize he was of worth and become a good person of importance and power. But the author never really followed that line. Instead we have a series of light, enjoyable fantasy/escapist reading, and there's nothing wrong with that.

  3. I have to admit I got totally caught up in it. I thought I was above it for so long, but then finally read and got hooked.
    After I read the second to last book that came out summer 05 I think? I actually felt sad for a long time because of how the book ended, and then this last one, the Deathly Hallows was really emotional, like you say Mat, very arresting. I don't think it's good writing. And sometimes her writing actually gets in the way of her story. But it is so enjoyable to read, and her stories are so complex that I can never guess exactly how it's all going to end up.
    So I guess I would say I'm a fan, although it's a little embarrassing. It does make me wonder if I'm a little immature, but I didn't go to the book release party in robes with a wand, so I guess that says good things (sorry to anyone who did!)

  4. Ginna,
    Never be embarrassed for loving Harry Potter. Only pity those who don't.

  5. Not a fan of the Potter, Mat. I don't know quite why, but I'm not willing to give it a try. It might be the movies, or it might be the popularity, or it might be that giant crowd that gathered at Harvard to celebrate (seriously, it was crazy...more detail is in the post I made about it) the release of the latest book. I probably should give it a try, and perhaps I will. It's just one too many nerds who have made it their Middle Earth. Of course, you could say the same thing about The Lord of the Rings and so that shouldn't make it an issue, as I love me some Hobbitses.