My first glimpse of the Harry Potter series was through the movies. I saw both the Sorcerer's Stone and the Chamber of Secrets after they were released on DVD. Some time later I listened to the third story on audiotape. It instantly became my favorite. The story, the characters (including my all time favorite, Padfoot), the twists, the hope; it all kept me wanting to know more. I listened to the Goblet of Fire soon after and enjoyed it as well.
After experiencing two stories on film and two from the actual books I decided two things…Jim Dale is a great narrator and the books are a million times better than the movies. Don't get me wrong, the movies are great, and I am impatiently awaiting the summer release of Prisoner of Azkaban, but the details and flow of the books can't be compared. At this point there was nothing left to do but wait for a new book, so I went back to the beginning and read all the books myself. It was even better the second time around.
Finally, this past summer, book five was released. I bought it the day it came out and was finished four days later. I was shocked, horrified, and terribly disappointed. Not by the writing so much as the events that took place. For months there was talk about a big death in the book, someone important, I expected it to be affected by it, but when it was all playing out on paper I was in disbelief. It just happened to be the one person I didn't expect it to be. I'm still not over it. I know, I know! It's just a book, but I'm still angry and it kind of ruined the Order of the Phoenix for me. In a way it also took away from the last two books as well. For a while I even swore I wouldn't read the next two books, but who am I kidding… I know I will. I just hope the death (which I'm keeping mysterious for those who still plan to read/see it) was not in vain.
I believe Rowling has already started the sixth book, so I still have a while to stew, but the third movie will keep me busy for the time being. I've found a hobby in picking on the new director who is ruining everything I love about the books. Simple things like the Hogwart's students not wearing robes, the new Hogwart's Express and the absence of Quidditch in a year when it is should be emphasized are making me expect my favorite of the stories to be ruined. Guess I'll just have to wait and find out.
The Harry Potter books have taught me many things, but one of the most important things I've realized is that you don't have to be a kid to enjoy your imagination. I actually think it's more exciting to be "grown-up" and have the opportunity to step out of yourself and get lost in such a magical world.
Pics & Links
Visit the Official HP movie site for news, games, message boards and tons of Hogwarts fun!
Site I discovered after reading
The Order of the Phoenix, it was definitely therapeutic!
Here's a clip from the upcoming Prisoner of Azkaban. It shows Harry, Ron & Hermione with Professor Lupin and Sirius Black.
This is Dobby, a cute lil house elf who's always out to help Harry, but usually gets him into trouble!